Celtic Challenge This Weekend

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This weekend 4 teams from Scotland will travel to Dublin to compete with Ireland and Wales for the 30th Celtic Challenge.

The Scotland teams are:

Scotland 1: Derek Adam, Robbie Stronach, John Wilson
Scotland 2: Shirley Legge, Richard Carter, Mike Watt
Scotland 3: Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Matthew Neilson
Scotland 4: Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone

Scotland are aiming to win the trophy for an unprecedented 5 times in a row. You can see the history of winners here http://www.scottishpetanque.org/celtic-challenge-history/

Good luck to all our players

Grand Prix 1 Results

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20 teams (64 players) registered for the first round of the 2018 Grand Prix Series on 22 April, held at Troon Petanque Club. Numbers for SPA competitions continue to grow each year and it is many a year since we have attracted 20 teams to a triples competition. This is excellent news and it is great to see more new players this year, as well as others who’ve made a long awaited comeback!

The usual swiss ladder system was in operation, with 6 timed rounds.

Weather wise, we got wet in the morning, dried out nicely early afternoon before getting wet once more in the final round.

The winners, and retaining their GP1 title, were Triaxle (Emma Motgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone). Capercaillie (Jean & Henry Hutcheson playing with Stephen Leitch) were second and Les Marrons (Raymond & Stuart Killen playing with Malcolm McKinlay) were third.

The SPA would like to thank Troon PC for hosting, including the work they did to add extra wood to the play area to allow us to squeeze in 10 lanes.

Well done to all. The second round of the series will be played at Inverlieth PC in May.

Nations Veterans Cup – Netherlands

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Good luck to John Wilson, Richard Carter, Mags Mongtomery, Colin Montgomery, Gavin Hillson, Alec Davie and Mike Watt who are competing for Scotland in the Nations Veterans Cup invitational tournament in Schijndel, Netherlands this weekend. They are accompanied by coaches Shirley Legge and Robbie Stronach.

Teams from Denmark, Jersey, Monaco, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland will compete over 3 days of competition.

Come on Scotland!

Inverleith win EuroCup Qualifier

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Melrose Gala PC and Inverleith PC contested the EuroCup qualifier at Penicuik on Saturday 7th April. The format played was the same as one EuroCup match.

Inverleith won 4 of the Singles games to lead 8-4.

The Doubles resulted in 2 wins for Inverleith to take the score to 14-7.

Melrose Gala knew they needed to win both Triples games to win the match, however it was Inverleith who won them both to leave the final score 24-7.

Inverleith will find out where they will travel to at the weekend, when the draw will be made at CEP headquarters in Luxembourg.

Congratulations to Inverleith and commiserations to Melrose Gala.

North v South Result

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The annual North v South challenge match is the traditional season opener.  This year, the friendly match fell very early in the calendar on 25 March and was contested by 53 players at Perth Petanque Club.  With the demographic of our clubs somewhat skewed towards the south nowadays, the north/south divide was drawn along the Firth of Forth this time around.  Here’s hoping we can get it to creep north in future – we’re trying!

5 rounds were played and while it was quite cold at times, at others the sun made a welcome return after the long winter.

The result was an emphatic win for the South 31 games to 14.

This weekend, Inverleith PC and MelroseGala PC go head-to-head in Penicuik for Scotland’s place in this summer’s EuroCup for clubs (petanque’s equivalent of the Champions League).  The winning club will travel to either France, Belgium, Monaco or Italy to one of 4 EuroCup Qualifying Rounds, with a place in December’s Final up for grabs for the top 2 placed clubs from each of the 4 qualifiers.  Best of luck to both clubs.

Anne Gardiner

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It’s with a heavy heart we write to remember our dear friend Anne Gardiner who passed away on Thursday the 7th December at Ayr Hospice. Anne has been a valued member of the Scottish Petanque Association for a long time and started playing with her beloved Robin. Anne continued to play throughout her battle with cancer, attending every competition she could, with her last competition being a charity event at Troon Petanque Club 2 weeks ago which saw her raise £600.

Anne’s smile, courage, determination, happy nature, amazing baking skills and love for life will be missed on the Petanque scene by each and every one of us.

Anne’s celebration of life will be held at West Lothian Crematorium on Friday the 15th of December at 2pm.

Annual General Meeting News

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The SPA’s Annual General Meeting was held in Perth PC’s Clubhouse on Sunday 29 October. The following individuals were elected to the National Executive Committee:

President: Colin Stewart
Vice President: Shirley Legge
Honorary Secretary: Lynn Jenkins
Honorary Treasurer: Gordon Scott
Publicity Officer: Shirley Legge
National Umpire: Mags Montgomery
National Coach: Derek Adam
Youth Development Officer: Emma Montgomery
Committee Members: Colin Montgomery, Peter Harrington, Paul Gillam, Carol Cheam, Michael Rennie, Istvan Poka, Sandy Crawford

A motion was passed at the AGM asking the NEC to consider the current club affiliation fees formula. As a result the NEC have commenced a detailed review of our affiliation fee structure. To ensure we have a good understanding of the views of our members, we have written to each of our affiliated clubs today to ask for their input, prior to making any recommendations. The aim is to complete the review by the end of December.

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