Bringing home the medals


A couple of Oamaru’s top petanque players claimed medals at the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin recently.
Excelsior club members Alec Clarke and David Gardiner won silver and bronze at the annual celebration of masters sport.
They claimed silver in the opening petanque competition, a twilight event held over two evenings, and bronze in the main tournament.
Clarke and Gardiner won two of their three opening qualifying games to play off for gold in the twilight competition, and claimed silver after a close-fought final.
The main part of the petanque event attracted 16 teams from as far afield as Hibiscus Coast in the north and Invercargill in the south.
The Oamaru pairing won two of their five qualifying games and were unlucky to lose a third 13-12 after holding a 12-2 lead at one point.
That put Gardiner and Clarke into the plate section, where they progressed to the semifinals after two good wins. They were beaten in the semifinals by a team they had defeated earlier in the tournament, so had to settle for bronze.

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