We’re delighted to announce that Boulers O’Birse are the latest club to affiliate to the SPA. We are very pleased to once again have an affiliated club in Aberdeenshire and wish all of their members a very warm welcome.
Four men’s pairs and two women’s pairs contested the World Championships Qualifier on Sunday 25th November at Perth. Weather-wise, it was a difficult test for the players with cold and wet conditions throughout the day.
The qualifiers are:
- Mags Montgomery
- Dani Cassini
- Robbie Stronach
- Paul Fletcher
They will represent Scotland at the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles World Championships in Almeria, Spain, in May. Congratulations to the qualifying players and commiserations to those who missed out.
Many congratulations to Tweed Valley Pétanque Club, which has been awarded Clubsport Tweeddale Club of the Year 2018, sponsored by Tontine Hotel Peebles. It is great to see their hard work being rewarded. To find out more about the club, visit the website www.
The Scottish Petanque Association held its AGM on Sunday 28 October at Perth Petanque Club. At the AGM, the members voted to adopt a new constitution and you can view it here.
Among other things, the constitution creates 2 SPA membership categories which come into effect on 1 April 2019:
Affiliate Member. Every member of every affiliated club will become an Affiliate Member.
Full Member. This is subject to an additional membership fee and allows the member to hold an SPA licence and serve on the NEC.
Current membership rights of members are maintained until the new membership structure comes into force.
The membership also voted in favour of adopting the following fee structure for 2019:
Club Affiliation Fees
- For clubs affiliating for the first and second years – £25 per club
- For clubs affiliating for third year onward – £6 per member
Full Membership Fees
- £14 for Full Club Members – this applies to members of an affiliated club who want to upgrade to Full Member.
- £25 for Full Individual Members – this applies to members who are not also a member of an affiliated club.
Finally, a new NEC was elected and you can see it here.
We are delighted to announce our 13th affiliated club, Walkerburn Bowling & Petanque Club. A very big welcome to them.
It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Malcolm McKinlay who passed away earlier this month.
Malcolm was a passionate pétanque player at his home club of Troon and who represented Scotland on numerous occasions, the last being at this year’s Home Nations in Jersey.
Our thoughts are with Rosemary, Malcolm’s family and friends and of course Troon Pétanque Club.
A true gentleman and a great supporter of our sport, he will be sorely missed.
The 2018 Masters were contested on 13 and 14 October at Inverleith PC and we were treated to hearty lunches both days (with thanks to the assistance from Ferranti Bowling Club).
The Masters is the culmination of the international qualification series, with places in the Women’s World Championships (Cambodia), Men’s and Veteran’s European Championships (Bulgaria) and the Celtic Challenge (Wales) up for grabs.
As ever, the Masters was very competitive with a high standard on show. Pretty Vacant dealt with the terrible rain on Saturday to finish the 6th round in first place on 5 wins, but there were a few teams snapping at their heels on 4 wins overnight.
Sunday saw much improved weather, even if it was a bit chilly at times. As play wore on, it became clear the title was a two horse race, with Pretty Vacant continuing their strong performance from Saturday, notching up another 4 wins to go into the final round. But Triaxle were too having a strong day and were in the hunt one win behind.
In the final round, 4 of the top 5 places changed as Pretty Vacant were unable to beat the Sex Pisteols, leaving the door open for Triaxle to take the title if they could win without giving up too many points. A comfortable win for Triaxle in the last game saw them crowned champions, a repeat of 2016, on points difference. Pretty Vacant were second. The 3 Bears had a very good weekend to take 3rd place on 8 wins, with the Sex Pisteols recovering from a difficult Saturday to take 4th place on points difference.
Qualifiers as of right for each of the internationals are as follows:
Women’s World Championships – Emma Montgomery
Men’s European Championships – Paul Fletcher & Kevin Johnstone
Veteran’s European Championships – Alec Davie, Gavin Hillson, Mike Watt
The top 4 teams will represent Scotland at next year’s Celtic Challenge in Wales.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who missed out.
The final standings are as follows:
12 triples teams competed in the 2018 SPA Triples at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. We are pleased to see two new triples teams competing this year – The Combies (from Moffat PC) and Carnoustie PC. We hope they enjoyed the experience and will join us again at our events next season.
The winning team were Pretty Vacant – Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins and Robbie Stronach with a perfect record of 6 wins. The Sex Pisteols – John Wilson, Derek Adam and Colin Stewart – were second with 5 wins and Triaxle – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone were third.
The national playing season now takes a break due to international competition. The final competition of the season will be the SPA Masters at Inverleith PC on 13 and 14 October, where the top 12 qualified teams from the Grand Prix Series will play for places in next year’s international squads.
The SPA National Triples will be contested at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. Registration will be open from 9am – 9.15 sharp with play commencing asap thereafter. A reminder, competitors need to hold an SPA licence to compete. Licences should be presented at registration.
Perth PC will offer tea/coffee and perhaps a light breakfast bite at registration. Please bring your own lunch.
There will be a raffle, with proceeds shared between Perth PC and the SPA. Prize donations would be very welcome.
The results from Inverleith’s group of the EuroCup have now been checked and published.
The team managed a good match with against the Wheatsheaf from Wales, meaning Inverleith finished 6th in the Group. Sadly that means they didn’t qualify for the finals. But we hope they had a good trip to Italy and enjoyed the experience of playing against some of the top club sides in Europe.