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Petanque and good-natured sledging went hand in hand on Monday afternoon.

The official opening of the Alexandra Petanque Club’s new 12-piste complex was celebrated in style with cake, ribbon-cutting and a celebrity petanque match between Central Otago District Mayor Tim Cadogan and Vincent Community Board chairman Martin McPherson.

While the pair’s boules skills may have been left wanting, the banter was on point.

Each were partnered with a past or present New Zealand petanque representative to teach them the game, and help the winner secure bragging rights.

Early into the match, Mr McPherson received his first yellow card for throwing the wrong boule and cautioned a red card would see him off the piste.

The pairing of Mr Cadogan with past senior New Zealand petanque representative Marilyn Bunce proved to be a winning combination, with the duo beating the competition 13-3.

Alexandra Petanque Club president Allan Motion said the new complex housed 12 pistes, and used the bowling club facility for social activities.

The club had raised the bulk of the $20,000 for the complex, and community sponsorship and voluntary manpower had helped get the project over the line.

Mr Cadogan said the new complex was an asset to the area.

And his thoughts on the match?

“The best thing was the best team won, and that’s the important bit.”