Come and have a BOWL if you think you’re hard enough! Elderly boules players challenge teen yobs to a game after they pelted the bowlers with eggs
- A group of pensioners, aged 69 to 89, regularly play boules in Ramsgate, Kent
- Teenagers brought two dozen eggs to hurl at them on Saturday, landing two hits
- Peter Hulcoop, the youngest player, mocked the youths for their poor accuracy
- ‘It’s not a competition on accuracy… if it was we all know who would win,’ he said
A team of elderly boules players have challenged a group of teenagers to a game after they were pelted with eggs.
The group, aged between 69 and 89, regularly meet in Ramsgate, Kent, to play a game of pétanque – but police were called to one of the typically relaxed outings on Saturday after a group of teenagers threw eggs at the elderly players.
Peter Hulcoop, the youngest player, mocked the youths for their poor accuracy, managing to only land two hits from a stash of two dozen eggs.
He said: ‘A couple of eggs were thrown over which splattered onto the court, which we ignored.’
Peter Hulcoop (right, white t-shirt) playing a game of boules at Charlotte Court in Ramsgate
An argument ensued and Mr Hulcoop says the youngsters returned with 24 eggs.
He said: ‘One hit me in the stomach, it didn’t break, and it fell to the ground.
‘One egg went past me and hit the oldest member of our group on the jacket. He’s had several medical scares and walks with a zimmer frame.’
The pensioner said his group could always hear the teenagers, who would throw ‘the odd stone over’, and they could ‘always smell the weed they’re smoking – it’s unbelievable, it makes you feel dizzy’.
‘They also walk and cycle through the middle of the court when we’re playing which not only ruins the surface but it’s dangerous,’ he said.
‘They just try to be annoying.’
Six of the gang members, who Mr Hulcoop says are aged between 14 and 17 and wear the ‘sloppy black running trousers that is the fashion these days’, tried to ruin their game last Saturday.
Mr Hulcoop said the gang have tried to intimidate the elderly group for the past four or five years, but he thinks the teenagers are getting up to mischief because they are bored.
He said: ‘I agree there is nothing for them to do in Ramsgate.
‘There is nothing to do here. They could join us but it’s not cool to play boules.
Mr Hulcoop said: ‘These teens wasted two dozen eggs and only got two hits. It’s not a competition on accuracy, but if it was we all know who would win’
‘There’s nothing for us to do either, but we pensioners are trying to do something about it.’
But Mr Hulcoop did say that a little game of boules, which derives from Ancient Greece, would do them some good.
He said: ‘We are throwing our steel balls from a great distance and coming within two centimetres of our mark.
‘We train three times a week. These teens wasted two dozen eggs and only got two hits.
‘It’s not a competition on accuracy, but if it was we all know who would win.’
Kent Police confirmed enquiries were taking place to establish the circumstances.
A spokesperson said: ‘At 1.21pm on Saturday police received a report that a group of young people had behaved antisocially towards another group of people in Charlotte Court.
‘No injuries were reported and officers were advised the young people had dispersed.’
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