The winners of the Finlay Morrison Quaich at Perth on 7th July were Margaret Mauchline & Mabel Danraj. Report to follow.
The FIPJP Women’s World Championships will be held in Montauban, France on 4th – 6th October
The 2014 Celtic Challenge will be hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club on 3rd and 4th May.
Perth Petanque Club hosted Grand Prix 3 on Sunday 23rd June. Players from the same 14 teams who contested Grand Prix 2 were welcomed to bacon rolls in the morning and ‘picnic baskets’ of cold meats, cheese, bread, pickles and salad for lunch. The SPA would like to thank all the volunteers from Perth for all their hard work.
With a number of teams in the hunt for the SPA Grand Prix Series it was sure to be an interesting day’s play. And so it turned out with the top 3 ranked teams after Grand Prix 2 seeming to struggle this time around.
In the end Grand Prix 3 was won by Pretty Vacant with a perfect 6 wins, the Champignons were second and the Sex Pisteols were third, both with 4 wins.
The Grand Prix Series was won by the Champignons with Pretty Vacant climbing into second place and third place went to Les Cremants. Congratulations to all.
3 SPA coaches (Mags, Monty and Colin S) travelled to Stow to help them run a Petanque competition as part of their annual ‘Stow Sports’ week. The comprises a number of events including the opportunity for residents of the village to try out traditional games and this is the second year they have chosen to showcase petanque.
Sadly with poor weather the chip van was far more popular than the petanque although those who did brave it to the end seemed to have had fun.
The SPA would like to thank the organisers, Stow Parish Archive for the invitation to attend and in particular their very kind donation.
We hope Stow will continue to embrace petanque in the years to come.
12 Teams from across Scotland competed for the Fenton Quaich in Perth on 16th June and it was nice to see a good mix of players taking part. An enjoyable day was had by all and after 5 rounds 5 teams had 4 wins so the top places were decided on points difference: Winners Bob and Zandra Boyle (Birds and Bees), Runners up – last years winners – Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge (Fochabers).
Penicuik hosted their latest open, this time a triples, at their new piste in Penicuik Park on Sunday 9th June. With only 5 triples teams registered the decision was made to split up the 2 Penicuik triples teams into 3 pairs to create a round robin of 6 teams.
3 games were completed before before lunch and most of the players went over to the Craigiebield Hotel for soup and sandwiches. At lunch Stephane and Martyn were the clear leaders having won all their games in the morning. And nothing much changed in the afternoon, they won all their games in the round robin. The Montys placed second after the round robin, Moray and Keith were 3rd and Bob and John were 4th.
So on to the final and 3rd/4th playoff. John & Bob reversed their morning result to win and secure 3rd place against Moray and Keith. And similarly the final also showed a reversal of fortune with the Montys coming out on top against Stephane and Martyn.
Winners: Mags, Emma & Colin Montgomery (Inverleith)
Runners Up: Stephane Maurage & Martyn Lovatt (Penicuik)
3rd: Bob Macdonald & John McAllister (Penicuik)
4th: Moray & Keith McHattie (Penicuik)
SPA President Colin Stewart attended Monymusk Boules Masters competition on 8th June having accepted an invitation to act as time keeper and arbitrator. 30 teams of 4 players pre-registered to play in the charity event. 12 pistes were erected in the village square (and dismantled within minutes of the end of the event) by a squad of burly volunteers.
With musical entertainment (accordion player and a jazz band), bunting, French food and wine, an enormous raffle and cake stall the event was a roaring success. The boules became more competitive as the day went on, timed qualifiers in the morning and knock-outs in the afternoon. Many players were new to the game, with a sprinkling of the odd team with a bit more experience. And the fancy dress! Where else would you find matadors, Musketeers, Napoleon Bonaparte and extras from Les Mis in the same place at once, not to mention the countless berets, striped mariner t-shirts and strings of garlic!
Well done to all involved for their meticulous planning, organisation and enthusiasm. The event raised cash for local charities and the talk was soon about doing it ‘bigger and better’ next year. We hope so.
You can see the results and more details here: Monymusk Boules Masters website
Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone won the Margaret Burden Pairs at Inverleith on 2nd June. Colin and Mags Montgomery were runners up.
Coaches from Penicuik Petanque Club (with help from Colin and Emma Montgomery) ran taster sessions for 220 pupils from Penicuik High School and Beeslack Community High School on 29th and 30th May. The hope is that a few of those pupils will be keen to learn more and so Penicuik PC are offering youth only coaching sessions on Wednesday nights throughout June and into the summer holidays.
If any other clubs are interested in engaging with their local schools please contact Colin Stewart on email@example.com who would be happy to provide advice.