Penicuik Open Pairs

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The 2012 Penicuik Open Pairs competition was held at Beeslack High School, Penicuik on Sunday 19th August. 13 pairs from across the country joined us, with teams from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Peebles and Edinburgh. But the furthest travelled award went to Brian and Zena Forbes who joined us all the way from Nottingham. We are very grateful to all who travelled so far to make our event a success. It was good to new faces and old (some were very old!) join in.

The morning’s play (qualifiers for the afternoon’s main competition) was a ‘league’ format with a leagues of 4,6 (3 games only) and 3 teams respectively. The best 8 teams from the leagues would fight it out for the title in the afternoon, with the other 5 teams going into the plate competition.

The weather was hot to begin with, but gradually cooled as the day went on and the inevitable downpour commenced at around 3 pm. At least we were able to provide shelter for the players this year in the form of our new yellow gazebo which was kindly part funded by Penicuik & District Community Council.

The afternoon’s plate (a 5 team round robin with games restricted to 9 points) resulted in two teams being level at the top of the table – Ernie Burden / John Porter and Christine Thompson / Douglas Hamilton both had 3wins +18 points. A count back revealed that Ernie and John had won the ‘head to head’ game and therefore were crowned the plate winners.
In the main competition, the first round saw Robbie Stronach and John Wilson drawn against their international team mates Paul Bretenoux and Stephane Maurage (all four will be competing together for Scotland at the World Championships in Marseille in November). A close game ensued and Robbie and John emerged with the win and went through to the semi final to keep their hopes of defending their title alive.

The other semi finalists were Colin & Mags Montgomery, Zena & Brian Forbes and Ed Strachan and Alison Swiffin.
Robbie & John beat Colin & Mags while Ed & Alison won against Brian & Zena in the semis.

In the 3rd/4th playoff, Colin & Mags won against Brian & Zena to take 3rd place.

The final was a close affair, but Ed and Alison managed to get over the line first to wrestle the trophy from 2011 winners Robbie & John.

Congratulations to all. Win or lose we hope you enjoyed the day and we hope to see you again at our next open competition in 2013. We are very grateful for all the support we receive from our pétanque friends across Scotland and, now, Nottingham (we will have to make a reciprocal visit next year, plans will be made!).

Colin Stewart
Penicuik Petanque

Inverleith Cash Pairs

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The Inverleith Cash Pairs was held at Inverleith Petanque Club, Edinburgh.

So much for the Indian summer, Indian monsoon more like! However money talks so 26 players from Ayr (3), Edinburgh (8), Fochabers (4), Haddington (2), Perth (8) and Stirling (1) splashed their way to this year year’s competition making up thirteen teams – yes the dreaded odd number again!

Four leagues – three of three and one of four – were played before lunch and in the afternoon a Swiss for the top eight – top two from each league – for the main dosh and a league of five for the plate – less dosh.

Fasch – Robbie and John – dominated the afternoon play, as they did in the morning, playing most of their games on ’the hill’ a piste on which they are masters. They beat Chips – Shirley and Lynn – to 7, Champignons – Colin and Mags – to 1, and the Foreigners – Stephane and Istvan – to 4 to lift the top prize.

Giggly Girls – Dani and Susan – and Chips – Shirley and Lynn – fought it out for third place with the GG’s coming from behind to win 13-12

Christine C and John P came out on top of the league of five to win the Plate.

The Inverleith Cash Pairs –

Winners – Fasch – Robbie S and John W – Fochabers.

Runners up – Foreigners – Stephane M and Istvan P – Inverleith/Troon.

Third – Giggly Girls – Dani C and Susan A – Inverleith/B&Bs

Fourth – Chips – Shirley L and Lynn J – Fochabers

The Inverleith Less Cash Pairs –

Winners – Christine T and Allan M – Inverleith.

A fine if somewhat wet day out, bacon rolls for breakfast and mince and tatties with apple crumble to follow at lunch time, was enjoyed by all.

Douglas

SPA Masters 2011

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SPA MASTERS 2011 was hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club on their piste next to the Cricket Club in Fochabers over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of September.

The twelve teams and 41 players (five teams have 4 players) represented clubs from Fochabers (3), Inverleith (2), Inverness (1), Perth (2), Stirling (2), and Troon (2).

A ‘round robin’ format, 6 games were played on Saturday and 5 games on Sunday.

With an unfavourable weather report for the weekend players assembled at the piste on overcast but happily dry Saturday morning and play commenced promptly at 10:00.

Lunch from 1:00 to 2:00 and a sumptuous feast of soup, sausage rolls, sandwiches, scones, cakes, you name it, was provided by Mrs Stronach. And similar fare was repeated on Sunday! Much appreciated Robbie’s mum!

With no official umpire for the weekend teams were asked to solve, as far as possible, their measure situations and this was achieved with very few ‘third party’ requests.

The lure of a place at the World Championships for the winners and only four places at the Celtic Challenge table a dog eat dog competition was anticipated.

The day ended with four teams, Pretty Vacant, Nord Ecosse, Maboules and the Pisteols on 5 wins, followed by Triaxle and Just Us on 4 and 3 wins respectively and the other six teams fighting for the remaining 9 wins.

Sunday morning, overcast and threatening rain, progressed with little change in the overall standings. The afternoon brought rain, but no break in play, with the top five teams from Saturday still in the lead and at the end of the day the Pisteols took first place with 9 wins followed by Nord Ecosse with 8 wins and a 1 point difference over Pretty Vacant also on 8 wins. Triaxle – the new boys on the block, well Robin G is hardly a new boy but Paul and Kevin are – with 6 wins pipped Maboules – old boys and girls! – also on 6 wins by 7 points to claim 4th place.

The full result of SPA MASTERS 2011 –

1st – Pisteols (7th) Paul B, Robbie S and John Wilson. – 9w +49

2nd – Nord Ecosse (10th) Christine & John M and Pat & Gordon S. – 8w +33

3rd – Pretty Vacant (5th) Richard C, Shirley L and Lynn J. – 8w +32

4th – Triaxel (9th) Robin G,

 

Paul J and Kevin J. – 6w +9

5th – Maboules (1st) Zandra & Bob B, Dani C and Douglas H. – 6w +2

6th – B
7th – Capercaille (12th) Jean H, Ian S and Stuart M. -5w -3ears (2nd) Gavin H, Mike W and Alex D. – 5w +2

8th – Champignons (8th) John Watson, Ben B and Colin & Mags M. – 5w -13

9th – Just Us (11th) Margaret M, Eileen M and Mabel D. – 4w -17

10th – Migetirs (3rd) Susan A, Dave P and Norma & John C. – 4w -18

11th – Acorns (4th) Malcolm McK, Brian W and Istvan P. – 3w -32

12th – I P A (6th) Laura, Emma M and Colin S. – 3w -44

(Numbers in brackets represents 2011 GP Series placing)

Team 1 – Pisteols – qualify to represent Scotland at the World Championships 2012.

Teams 1 to 4 qualify to represent Scotland at the Celtic Challenge 2012 in Ireland.

Teams 1 to 8 qualify to represent Scotland at the Home Nations 2012 in Wales.

Thanks to Johnny W and Douglas H for organising the competition and Fochabers Petanque Club members, especially Ma Stronach and her helpers, for their hospitality.

Douglas. 19/09/11

Birds & Bees Charity Pairs

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An Autumn Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

A 10:30 start attracted 18 players regardless of the indifferent weather which persisted throughout the day – until we finished, of course, and the sun came out!

18 players, 9 teams, 4 pistes – how was Bob going to fiddle that? – easy peasy – three leagues of 3 but no – Bob had a senior moment – thinking he needed 6 pistes for that format made up one league of 4 and one of 5 – daa!

So with this odd format the morning’s play commenced.

The teams were – Jimmy W & Carol, Margaret W & Nick, Paul & Pierre B, Judy C & Carol B, Judy’s grandsons Thibault & Matthieu and John & Norma C from the Birds and Bees, Jean & Henry H, Eileen M & Marcus from Switzerland and Alice S & Douglas H from Perth.

After an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches the top 4 teams from the morning leagues played for the honour of being ‘top team’ of the day.

The remaining 5 teams fought it out for the non existent plate with Bob playing his ’fiddle’ again!

The above resulted in Paul & Pierre coming from behind beating Eileen & Marcus 13-12 to meet Alice & Douglas who overcame John & Norma 13- 8 for a ‘final showdown’.

Alice & Douglas romped ahead to lead 12-4 when the Paul & Pierre comeback started but at 12-10 came to a halt and they accepted defeat 13-10.

John & Norma squeezed home 13-12 against Eileen & Marcus for third place.

Jean & Henry won both their afternoon games to win the ‘plate’.

Another sociable open competition – no ‘fannies’ – was as usual with B & B competitions immaculately run by Bob and enjoyed by one and all.

Douglas.

SPA Triples 2011

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Congratulations to Gordon Scott, John Mudd and the Inverness club for recovering their piste from the horrendous rains they had over the previous month. We also thank the Inverness club for acquiring the sponsorship deal from the Balblair Whisky Distillers, based on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, who have been producing Single Malt Whisky since 1790. They have supplied the prizes for the 2011 SPA Triples.

In total the SPA Triples attracted a total of 11 teams, with only 4 regular teams in attendance. In an attempt to encourage more players to consider participating in the SPA events and give people the opportunity to experience playing with different people, Ed Strachan and Alison Swiffin had come up with an idea of gathering people from various clubs to create new teams. The idea was circulated by Lynn Jenkins to the SPA clubs and we gathered together 15 players (from the Inverness, Perth & Tweed Valley clubs) which were split into 5 teams with an even balance of player skills throughout the teams. Nord Ecosse also split up into two teams by inviting a couple of other Inverness players to join them.

The teams were split into three leagues (two of four and one of three). The top two from each league went through plus the next best two to form the Main event. This only left three teams for the plate competition.

Considering some of the poor weather we have been experiencing of late it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by warm sunshine which lasted for almost the full competition. Feedback from the teams that had been formulated on the day was good and hopefully it will encourage those players, who had not participated in an SPA event before, to consider forming teams for future SPA events.

The experience and skill of the Scottish representative teams was enough to get them in to the main event. The two teams created from Nord Ecosse also managed to qualify. The final two teams came from the newly formed teams. One of these teams won their first game in the main event, beating one of the top Scottish teams. This was very encouraging for the new players who had not participated in an SPA event and will hopefully encourage more people to join in.

The third place was claimed by one half of the Nord Ecosse team, much to the delight of the ladies of the team, having beaten their respective husbands in the first round of the main event.

The final was a keenly fought contest with the Sex Pisteols gaining an early lead only to be begged back by Maboule. It was then pretty even as the teams matched each other until the Sex Pisteols managed to edge ahead and claimed a 13-10 win.

The SPA expressed their thanks to Gordon and the Inverness club for getting everything prepared and for laying on the excellent weather. The prizes from Balblair were very welcome and the overall competition was run very well.

SPA Triples Competition Results held at Inverness on 4th September 2011

Champions: Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach & John Wilson

Runners-Up: Dani Cassini, Zandra & Bob Boyle

Third Place: Stewart Thomson, Pat Scott & Chris Mudd

Plate Winners were Pam Mackenzie, Jean Hutcheson & Bob Pollock.

Perth Petanque Frank Malcolm Memorial

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The Weather people had forecast rain for Perth. The folks of Inverleith had predicted rain for Perth. As only the members from Perth were in attendance, it looks like the rest of Scotland had decided it would rain on Perth. Unfortunately, everyone was right and it rained during the Frank Malcolm Memorial Trophy event held at the Perth piste on Sunday 7th August. However, twelve members from Perth donned their waterproofs (well most of us) and played Petanque despite the weather.

Prior to starting the event we cleared some of the flood waters from the piste to allow the games to be played. We played a pairs melee with three games in the morning before breaking for lunch. With puddles in evidence it wasn’t long before the youngster of the club (Finlay Ross) had the old timers splashing about in the puddles much to his delight. When it came to shooting, it is amazing how clear of people the head is when the boule to be hit is sitting in the middle of a puddle.

A number of people were in contention by the time we reached lunch and the rain continued to persist. So a welcome respite to the clubhouse to dry off a bit and get some lunch was in order. Suitably replenished the Chairman suggested playing another round after lunch then a democratic decision would be made whether to continue. After the fourth round was complete the majority of players decided that they were suitably soaked and the competition was brought to a finish. Despite the rain there were some good matches being played and an excellent camaraderie within the competition.

The final results were worked out and Finlay Ross was pipped by Douglas Hamilton. Both with 4 wins, but Douglas claiming the Trophy with a +26 to Finlay’s +17 points difference.

Naturally, as we were locking up the rain decided to abate, but then who can really predict our wonderful Scottish weather.

Our thanks to the members of Perth who managed to come along to the event and to the helpers who prepared the bacon rolls and got the piste into a playable state.

Congratulations to Douglas Hamilton on winning the Frank Malcolm Memorial Trophy.

SPA Singles, Doubles & Shooting 2011

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The SPA Singles and Shooting on Saturday 23rd and the SPA Doubles on Sunday 24th of July were held at Inverleith Petanque Club in Edinburgh.

The weather forecast for the weekend was promising and so it turned out to be with wall to wall sunshine on both days.

Twenty five players, a similar number to last year, from The Birds and Bees – 2, Fochabers – 4, Inverleith – 12, Perth – 6 and Troon – 1 turned up to do battle.

Twenty five, odd number yet again, were formed into five leagues of four, one of six and one of three.

Sixteen players qualified and played a Swiss league, the winner claiming the Trophy.

After some close games in the Robbie S of Fochabers met and defeated Derek A of Inverleith 13-4 to become Singles Champion 2011.

“How many times have you won the singles Mr Stronachy?” “Dinna ken – a few times” was the reply!

SPA Singles Trophy –

Winner – Robbie Stronach.

Runner up – Derek Adam

Third – Istvan Poka

Fourth – Lynn Jenkins.

The remaining nine players – three leagues of three, top four to a knockout resulted in an all Perth final in which Henry H beat Ed S 13-4 to win the Plate.

The other players were –

Bob B and Dave P – Birds and Bees,

Shirley L and John W – Fochabers,

Ben B, Art E, Paddy H, Stefan M, Mags & Colin M, Colin S, Billy McM, John P, Mari S and Christine T – Inverleith,

Douglas H, Jean H, Alice S and Alison S – Perth.

The Shooting Competition, set up by Istvan and Colin S, was run at the same time as the Singles. Most of the players entered in the Singles tried their hand at the Shooting Competition.

Eight ‘tireurs’ qualified for the knockout stage ending up with Derek A meeting and defeating Istvan P 24-18 in the final to regain the Trophy for a second year.

Scoring was much improved from last year the highest being Istvan P with 39 in a high scoring semi final with Lynn J – 39-28.

SPA Shooting Trophy –
Winner – Derek Adam.
Runner up – Istvan Poka.
Semi-finalists – Lynn Jenkins and Ed Strachan

SPA DOUBLES COMPETITION – 24/07/11

With the sun shining on us once again sixteen teams, hooray an even number, made up of most of Saturdays players, from The Birds and Bees, Fochabers, Inverleith, Perth and Troon turned up to compete for the SPA Doubles Trophy.

Four leagues of four with eight teams qualifying for the Trophy and eight for the plate in two Swiss leagues in the afternoon – simples!

Reigning Champions, the Bad Boys – Dave P & Bob B, were knocked out in the first round 13-12 by FASCH – Robbie S & John W, who made their way to the to the final and a ‘red hills’ showdown with Les Francais – Paul B & Stephan M.

With four players who will be representing Scotland at the European Championships in Sweden, what promised to be a titanic struggle turned out to be a damp squib!

After three ends – 6, 4 & 3 points respectively – Les Francais had met their ABBA, sorry Waterloo, and it was thank you and good night – quel dommage!

In the Plate, following a poor morning, Deuchars IPA – Derek A & Colin S got their act together and beat Les Champignons – Mags & Colin M 13-8 to win the Plate.

SPA Doubles Trophy –
Winners – FASCH – Robbie Stronach & John Wilson – Fochabers.
Runners Up – Les Francais – Paul Bretenoux – B & B’s & Stefan Maurage – Inverleith.
Third – Acorns – Istvan Poka & Malcolm McK – Troon.
SPA Doubles Plate –
Winners – Deuchars IPA – Derek Adam & Colin Stewart- Inverleith.
Runners up – Les Champignons – Mags & Colin Montgomery – Inverleith.
Third – Les Cremants – Alison Swiffin & Ed Strachan – Perth.

The other teams were –

Champions of Gordon – Brian, long time no see M & Richard C and Trashy Blonds – Shirley L & Lynn J – Fochabers,

Bad Boys – Dave P & Bob B – Birds & Bees,

BenA – Ben B & Art E, Cronies – John P & Alan, Flying Finns – Mari S & Isobel and Panache – Christine T & Paddy H – Inverleith.

Campers – Jean & Henry H and Eido – Eileen M & Douglas H – Perth,

Triaxle – Kevin J & Paul J – Troon,

Thanks to John W, Douglas H and friends for organising play, to Inverleith members, especially the galley crew, for hospitality and with fair weather and a good turn out a long weekend was enjoyed by all!

Next Event

7th August – FRANK MALCOLM MEMORIAL MELEE – at the North Inch Perth.

Douglas 25/07/11

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