Duo’s big win takes them to national competition
They were both introduced to the sport of Petanque through their French connections, now Hina Vert and Helen Bayet can boast the title as State Petanque doubles ladies champions.
After two days of competition at the Rockingham Petanque Club on September 7 and 8, Vert and Bayet won 10 of their 12 games in a roundrobin competition to win the event.
Bayet was introduced to Petanque — a game of French boules on a dirt pitch and played similar to lawn bowls — by her husband Daniel, of French heritage, while her doubles partner Vert was introduced to the sport by her father, Patrick, who was born in France before migrating to Australia.
Vert, 30, and Bayet, 67, have played the sport for 10 and 20 years respectively, and both agreed age was no barrier for anyone to play the sport.
“There’s a huge age difference between us,” Bayet said.
“It’s open to all ages. Our oldest member of the club is 86.”
The women have now turned their attention to next month’s national doubles competition on October 19 and 20, to be hosted by the Rockingham club.
Bayet, who is RPC president, said she expected 50 teams to compete in the event.
“It will certainly be a big weekend and hopefully put Petanque, and Rockingham, on the map,” she said.
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