Rain in Alexandra on Saturday did little to dampen the spirits of the women’s teams competing in the annual South Island Triples Petanque Championships.

Alexandra Petanque Club captain Liz Baxter said it rained off and on during the day and although she stayed relatively dry, some of the players got soaked.

Petanque was played year round, not only in summer.

“We play in some really awful conditions sometimes,” she said.

The women’s triples was won by Pat O’Shea, of Christchurch, Stefany Frost, of Dunedin, and Marilyn Bunce, of Alexandra.

The final was played in heavy rain and by late afternoon the temperature had dropped so all competitors were happy when the final was over, Mrs Baxter said.

on Sunday young guns Jackson Gallagher and Matt Scott, of the Dunedin youth team, joined seasoned player Paul Tamagushiku, of Christchurch, for a tight final.

They played against older players David Beer and Art Vernon, of Christchurch, and Mervyn Wilson, of Dunedin.

Age and experience won out, but both young men were going to go a long way in the sport, Mrs Baxter said.

“Dunedin is doing a lot to encourage young players and here in Alexandra we’d like to encourage the school kids.”