Fifteen teams registered for the first Grand Prix of the 2015 Season, held at Fochabers Petanque Club on Sunday 19th April. On a chilly day, the tea and coffee pots were very popular and we were treated to a hearty chilli-con-carne for lunch. Very many thanks to all the volunteers at Fochabers PC for making us all so welcome and for keeping us warm!
With 6 rounds of timed games to play under the Swiss Ladder system once more, it would be a packed day although sadly for some, because of the odd number of teams, byes were required.
In the end, the Sex Pisteols (Derek Adam, John Wilson, Robbie Stronach and Colin Stewart) came out on top with 5 wins and superior points difference. Les Champignons (John Watson and Mags, Emma and Colin Montgomery) were second, also with 5 wins. Pretty Vacant (Lynn Jenkins, Shirley Legge and Richard Carter) were third.
With a great deal of sadness, we report the passing of Robin Gardiner yesterday. Robin’s dedication to Troon Petanque Club was considerable and he made a lasting contribution as former President and twenty years service on the committee. He was a regular player both at his home club and on the Scottish scene and represented Scotland at international level on several occasions.
Robin was a larger than life character, always at the heart of the banter and his loss will be sorely felt by many. Our thoughts and sympathies go to Annie, the rest of the family and all of his friends at Troon PC.
Over forty players turned out at sunny Perth to compete in the “North v South” competition and launch the SPA’s 30th Anniversary season.
Whilst players tucked in to bacon rolls teas and coffees, and with a little bit of pre-deadline transfer activity we managed to come up with eight teams for each squad.
Round one went to the South 5 – 3. The North reversed the score in round 2 meaning both squads could enjoy the lunches laid on by host club, Perth PC.
The Afternoon saw the South take round three 5-3 and round four was shared 4-4. The South’s nerve held to take the final round 5-3 and run out 22-18 winners.
This meant the South defended the title, which was just as well as nobody brought the trophy along!
Best team of the day was the South’sTriaxle with 5 wins and +27 points difference. Pretty Vacant were the best Northern team with 4 wins and +22 point difference.
Other teams on 4 wins were the Perth Fools (N) and Montys + Derek (S) and Dram (S).
Special thanks goes to Douglas and the team at Perth PC for being great hosts.
Not only did they pull out the stops on the food & hospitality front but they put down a new and challenging piste in the carpark!
See you all at Fochabers:-
The Spring Fling (1PM) on Saturday 18.04.15
SPA Grand Prix I on Sunday 19.04.15, registration 08.45 -09.15.
North versus South, will be held at Perth Petanque Club on Sunday the 29th of March 2015.
We’d like to start play at 10.30AM prompt so please aim to be there registered, coffee/tea/bacon rolled up by 10.15AM. That will give us 15 minutes to square off teams & draw the first round. We’ll aim for a minimum of 4 rounds, hopefully five.
Entry is free so please be generous with your raffle donations & purchases!
This year the SPA will celebrate our 30th Anniversary and the NEC have agreed that we would like to make 2015 a bit more special for all our members. We will confirm the details in due course, but here are some of things we’ve arranged:
Coaching sessions with French player, Didier Chassot, on 9th and 10th May at Inverleith Petanque Club. The session on the 9th will be aimed at Scottish internationals, competitive players and coaches. The session on the 10th will be aimed at the club player and is open to all our members.
A special 30th Anniversary weekend on 11th and 12th July in Fochabers. Fochabers PC will hold an open competition on the 11th, followed by a celebratory meal at the Gordon Arms and the SPA National Triples on the 12th. It’s sure to be a great weekend.
All our members will receive a special 30th Anniversary memento
We would really like to hear from anyone who might have photos at home from by-gone days of the SPA. If you can help please get in touch via the ‘Contact the SPA’ menu.
The SPA were sad to learn that Chris Pern died peacefully at Glen O’Dee Hospital on 20 February. He was aged 88. Chris was the founding President of the SPA from 1985 – 1990 and a regular player on the Scottish scene.
Apologies to our readers who experienced difficulties accessing the calendar. Hopefully this is resolved and you can see all the confirmed events under ‘Events’ and then ‘Calendar’. Please note two changes from the provisional calendar:
Grand Prix 1 will now be hosted by Fochabers (with the usual Spring Fling the day before)
Grand Prix 3 will now be hosted by Inverleith
If you would like to advertise an event, please let us know via the contacts section of the website and we’ll add them in.
Scottish petanque was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Main on 24.12.14. Our thoughts and condolences are with Norma and the family.
The “Mainiacs” were among the vanguard as petanque spread across Scotland in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Jim and Norma, living and working in Aberdeen, helped get petanque booming in Aberdeen and the North-East area. With clubs in Newburgh, Ardo House, Stonehaven and Fochabers it was not unusual to have well in excess of 30 teams at open competitions.
The Mains regularly made the later stages of triples events and Jim and Norma were an even more formidable doubles pairing. However it was at Singles that Jim made his mark, as the second person to win the National Singles title.
Jim was a great sport and gentleman on and off the piste. We will miss him.
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