SPA Grand Prix 2 2011

SPA Grand Prix 2 was hosted by Perth Petanque on their piste at the North Inch in Perth on the 15th of May.

The fourteen teams that played in GP1, joined by another team Firing Black from Inverleith, duly turned up on a grey but not unpleasant morning.

The revised format introduced this year – leagues in the morning – 4 leagues – with the top 2 from each league playing a modified knockout of 3 rounds, to determine the GP2 winner and the top eight places, in the afternoon. The remaining seven teams also played a knockout of 3 rounds for the Plate and GP points. see Web Site for “Competition Rules and IQS Series 2011”

First round in the knockout produced convincing wins in all four games – The Bears 13-7 v Nord Ecosse, Triaxle 13-6 v Just Us, Maboule 13-5 v Champignons (revenge for 13-1 drubbing in the morning!) and Acorns 13-6 v Sex Pisteols. The Bears went on to beat Triaxle 13-9 to reach the final to meet Maboules, 13-8 winners over Acorns .

The final was a close affair but with The Bears in the lead at 11-8 Maboules conjured up a 5 to win the game and GP2

Pretty Vacant won their three games in the afternoon to claim the Plate.

Thanks to John W and Douglas H for organising the competition, Umpire Byron M for keeping an eye on the proceedings and to Perth Petanque members for their hospitality and bacon rolls.

Maboules – Grand Prix 2 Winners

The full result of SPA GP2 –

1st – Maboules Zandra & Bob Boyle, Dani Cassini and Douglas Hamilton.

2nd – The 3 Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

3rd – Triaxel Paul, Kevin & Robin G.

4th – Acorns Malcolm Mc, Istvan Poka and Brian Ward.

5th – Sex Pisteols Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson.

6th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon Scott and John & Christine Mudd.

7th – Champignons John Watson and Mags & Colin Montgomery.

8th – Just Us Eileen Moonie, Mabel Danraj and Margaret Mauchlin.

9th – Pretty Vacant Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and Shirley Legge.

10th – Capercaille Jean Hutcheson, Ian Smith and Stuart Malcolm.

11th – Deuchars IPA Derek Adam, Colin Stewart and Emma Montgomery.

12th – Migetiers Susan Allen, Dave Pattison and John & Norma Cameron.

13th – Les Folles Christine Thomson, Marie Snell and Alison Swiffen.

14th – Pointiers Alice Sheach, Henry Hutcheson, and Ed Strachan.

15th – Firing Black

Birds & Bees May Day Pairs

A May Day Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

By 9:45 on a late spring Sunday morning that couldn’t make up its mind whether to rain or shine, so it did both, but luckily the latter outshone (get it!) the former to the relief of the motley crew assembled in the Birds and Bees car park. Why do we never learn? The gate to the courtyard is locked on a Sunday morn until any time between 10:00 and 10:15!

14 players, 7 teams, 4 pistes – no need for Bob to play his fiddle – so two leagues – one of 3 and one of 4 and the morning’s play commenced.

Alison Swiffin & Ed Strachan – Birds & Beeds May Day Pairs Winners

The teams were – Zandra B & Pauline, Bob B & Stuart, Jimmy W & Carol, Margaret W & Nick, Paul B & Judy‘s grandson Thibault (pronounced Tibo), Judy C & Douglas H and Ed S & Alison S.
Note – Stuart, Carol and Nick are new members of the Birds and Bees

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 3 teams fought it out for the non existent plate via Bob playing his fiddle!

The above resulted in Ed & Alison coming from behind to beat Judy & Douglas 13-10 to be the “May Day“ pair, with Jimmy & Carol coming third.

Bob & Stuart won the ’Plate’.

Another sociable open competition, regardless of the lack of numbers, was as usual with B & B competitions run immaculately by Bob and enjoyed by all.

Douglas.

Perth Pétanque – Fenton Quaich

The second Club Open Competition of the 2011 Season was the FENTON QUAICH run by the Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth.

On a most pleasant spring day only six teams turned up (ten teams last year) – five from Perth and one from Fochabers – Inverleith where were you? mind you it was Easter Sunday after all and perhaps the Capital players were at their devotions.

Robbie Stronach & John Wilson – Fenton Quaich Winners

Six teams so a league of six – doh – what other format! The teams were –

The Campers – Jean & Henry H, FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson, Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S, Kandu – Eileen M & Pat M, UZ – Alison S & John Watson and Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R.

Opening round – Wee Twa fannied UZ , second round – Wee Twa were fannied by Ham and Edds – “Well that’s our points difference back to zero!” commented Mabel. For the second year running the “fannied” were excused the embarrassment of kissing the Fanny due, yet again, to the forgetfulness of the organiser.

FASCH sailed through the day undefeated although they did find themselves under the cosh against UZ at 11-2 down but pulled out the stops, or did John Watson run out of banter, to win 13-11.

So the result was as follows –

1st – FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson – 5 wins + 38

2nd – Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S – 4 wins + 22

3rd – Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R – 3 wins + 8

Thanks to all for coming to support Perth Petanque and making it a good day of petanque regardless of the low turnout.

Next weekend the SPA and Troon Petanque Club host the Home Nations and we extend a welcome our Irish and Welsh visitors and both Scottish teams and look forward to a ‘home’ victory!

Douglas.

SPA Grand Prix 1 2011

SPA Grand Prix 1 was hosted by Troon Petanque Club on their piste at Marr Rugby Club on the 19th of April. Troon, the venue for the Home Nations in two weeks time, was chosen for GP1 to give teams already qualified for the CC the chance to reaquaint themselves with the piste – and easy it is not!

Players from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith and Troon registered fourteen teams to play in GP1 – note an even number – and bodes well for GP‘s 2 and 3.

A revised format has been introduced this year – leagues in the morning with the best eight teams playing a modified knockout of 3 rounds to determine the winner and the top eight places and, in this case, the remaining six teams in a six team league – three games – playing off for the Plate – see Web Site for “Competition Rules and IQS Series 2011”

Afternoon play in the ’knockout’ produced some tight games. The Bears experienced two 13-12 games, against Acorns and Maboules, only to loose out to the Migetiers – winners against Deuchars IPA and Pretty Vacant – for the shiny new GP1 Trophy. Maboule also endured two 13-12 games before squeezing past Pretty Vacant to take third place.

The Champignons won their three games in the afternoon to claim the Plate.

Thanks to John W for organising the competition, Umpire Byron M for keeping an eagle eye on the proceedings and to Troon Petanque Club members for their hospitality and sustenance.

 

 

The full result of SPA GP1 –

Migetirs – Winners Grand Prix 1

1st – Migetiers Susan Allan, Dave Pattison and John & Norma Cameron.

2nd – The 3 Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

3rd – Maboules Zandra & Bob Boyle, Dani Cassini and Douglas Hamilton.

4th – Pretty Vacant Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and Shirley Legge.

5th – Sex Pisteols Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson.

6th – Deuchars IPA Derek Adam, Colin Stewart and Emma Montgomery.

7th – Acorns Malcolm Mc, Istvan Poka and Brian Ward.

8th – Pointiers Alice Sheach, Henry Hutcheson, Donnie MacIntyre and Ed Strachan.

9th – Champignons John Watson and Mags & Colin Montgomery.

10th – Triaxel John J, Paul & Kevin.

11th – Just Us Eileen Moonie, Mabel Danraj and Margaret Mauchlin.

12th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon Scott and John & Christine Mudd.

13th – Capercaille Jean Hutcheson, Ian Smith and Stuart Malcolm.

14th – Les Folles Christine Thomson, Marie Snell & Alison Swiffen.

Douglas.

SPA North v South 2011

The first SPA Competition of the 2011 Season is the NORTH v the SOUTH hosted by Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth.

“ANOTHER CLOSE AFFAIR”

Here we are again – the start of another Petanque season and on an early spring day of sunshine, cloud and the odd shower the SPA were hoping for a repeat of last years turnout of 55 players.We were not too disappointed, 44 happy bunnies emerged from winter hibernation – 15 from Inverness, 6 from Fochabers, 12 from Perth, 3 from Inverleith, 2 from the Bees, and 6 from Troon. An encouraging turnout.

Play commenced at 11:00, 6 triples and 2 pairs teams per side playing five rounds. Lunch was taken after two rounds with the match tied at 8 games all.

After lunch North powered away and after 4 rounds was leading by 20 games to 12.

South made a spirited comeback in round 5, winning 6 games but North held on taking the 2 games they required for victory.

So the end result was – NORTH 22 – SOUTH 18

Thanks to Fraser S, Stuart T, Christine T, Calum T, Pat S, Gordon S, Moira P, Bob P, Duncan F, Jim McC, Christine S, Jim S, Margaret S, Marcus G and Harvey M from Inverness, Gavin, Alex, Robbie, John, Shirley and Richard from Fochabers and Paul B from the Bees who represented the North and Jean, Stuart, Ian, Eileen, Mabel, Margaret, Henry, John T, Alice, Ed, Alison and Douglas, from Perth, Christine, Mari, and Art from Inverleith, John W from the Bees and Brian, Istvan, Malcolm, Donnie, Paul and Kevin from Troon who represented the South.

Douglas

Inverleith Cash Pairs

The final competition of the 2010 season was the Inverleith Cash Pairs hosted by Inverleith Petanque Club at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh on 3rd October.

October – the month of mists and mellow fruitfulness, or is that November? Whatever, it was mist and raining cats and dogs as players assembled for bacon butties and coffee in the clubhouse. And you have guessed it – an odd number of teams yet again! – 13 on this occasion. So three leagues of 3 and one of 4 for the morning’s play, the top 8 for the Main and the ‘big prizes’ and the remaining 5 for the Plate, with a small consideration for the winners, in the afternoon.

The 13 teams were – Mags & Montie, Alan & John P, Emma & Derek, Christine & Art,

Colin S & Benny, John W & Chantal, Stephane & Istvan (Troon) and Mari & Douglas (Perth) from Inverleith, Shirley & Lynn and Robbie & John from Fochabers and Jean & Henry, Eileen & Alice and Mabel & Finlay from Perth.

Fortunately the weather improved, and continued to be fine all day, by the time play started and with no ‘leagues of death’ most of the usual suspects qualified for the Main. After two rounds of the MRK (Modified Rolling Knockout – you were told about it in the last report) The Foreigners (Stephane & Istvan) overcame Pocket Jacks (Colin & Benny) and fannied The Old Farts (sorry Alan & John P!) to meet Fasch (Robbie & John), winners against Just Us (Alice & Eileen) and Meikleour (Shirley & Lynn) for the big prize of £130:00!

Both teams were firing on all cylinders however The Foreigners edged ahead an held on despite Fasch’s efforts to catch up. At 11-9 with John’s last boule of the end holding shot Istvan tiered and stayed for 2 and a 13-9 victory.

Emma & Derek came out top of the 5 team league to win the Plate.

Inverleith Cash Pairs –

1st The Foreigners – Stephane & Istvan £130:00

2nd Fasch – Robbie & John £60:00

3rd Champignons – Mags & Montie £30:00

Cash Pairs Plate –

1st Emma & Derek £15:00

Thanks to Inverleith PC for their generous prizes and hospitality, top class as usual, and to Colin S for running a smooth competition.

“That’s all folks!” – for 2010.

Douglas.

SPA Triples 2010

SPA Scottish Triples was held at Inverleith Park hosted by the Inverleith Petanque Club on Sunday the 19th of September.

On a gey driech and wet autumn morning eleven teams signed up – you will note an odd number yet again – for the Triples. However service was normal in the clubhouse – bacon or sausage butties and coffee on tap!

Ten teams were Grand Prix participants – Pisteols, IPA, Champignons, Nord Ecosse, Maboules, Pretty Vacant, Capercaillie, Pointiers, Wee 3 and Christine’s Boys – the eleventh was the welcome appearance of John Wooliscroft and Chantal Dessailly who teamed up with Harvey from Calboakie.

The morning session was two leagues of four and one league of three. .

With improving weather play began with the top two from each league plus the two best thirds qualifying for the afternoon ‘Modified Rolling Knockout for Eight Teams’.

The remaining three teams were joined by our 8 New Zealand friends and Art from Inverleith who also made up three teams – Sue, Jean and Charles, Trevor, Bob and Colleen and Bill Lynn and Art.

The afternoon ‘MRKfET’ progressed and the two undefeated teams – Pisteols, who defeated last years winners Maboules and IPA met Pointiers, winners against Christine’s Boys and Nord Ecosse to decide the destination of the Scottish Triples.

The Pisteols chose to play on the ‘hilly’ piste, however the Pointiers took the initiative and an 11-6 lead but a 4 by the Pisteols made it 11-10. Three tight ends ensued, calling ’Umpire’ on one occasion, and 12-12 was reached. The last end resulted in a 13-12 win for Pisteols and a round of applause from the spectators for an exciting and skilful final.

In the Plate participants were divided into two leagues of three with the winners of each league meeting to decide its fate.

Pretty Vacant overcame stiff opposition from NZ 3 to keep the Plate in Scotland.

The SPA TRIPLES

1st – Pisteols – Paul B, Robbie S and John Wilson.

2nd – Pointiers- Ed S, Alice S and Henry H.

3rd – Champignons – Mari S and Colin & Mags M.

4rd – IPA- Derek A, Colin S, and Stephane M.

The PLATE

1st – Pretty Vacant – Richard C, Shirley L and Lynn J.

2nd – NZ 3 – Sue, Jean and Charles.

Thanks to Inverleith Petanque Club for their hospitality, and to Derek, once again, for the smooth running of an SPA competition.

Douglas.

Next Competition – ’Cash Pairs’ – Sunday 3rd October – Inverleith Petanque Club.

New Zealanders’ Visit to Scotland

Following the cancellation of the Abergavenny Seniors Challenge between Wales, Scotland and New Zealand, eight of the New Zealanders said they were visiting Scotland and asked if the SPA could arrange a match for them against a Scottish Seniors team.

Their visit coincided with the SPA Scottish Triples weekend so it was decided to play the match on the Saturday and invite the NZ players to join in the ‘Plate’ on the Sunday.

The match was held at Inverleith Park and hosted by the Inverleith Petanque Club on Saturday 18th September.

Saturday was, thankfully, a fine autumn day and the teams assembled for an eleven o’clock ’kick off’.

The four New Zealand teams of Trevor & Sue, Bob & Colleen, Jean & Charles and Bill & Lynn were joined by Colin M & Nigel to make up five teams (so five rounds could be played) lined up against John P & Allan M, Bob B & Dave P, Jean & Henry H, Sandra B & Douglas H and John tartan trews W & Pat M.

At lunch time, after two rounds the score was 5 – 5 and after four rounds the score was

10 all, so all to play for in round five! Bob & Dave, having romped through four rounds, had their wings clipped by Jean & Charles however three of the remaining games four games went Scotland’s way and the final result was Scotland 13 – New Zealand 12.

After a most friendly encounter enjoyed by all, we retired to the Clubhouse for a veritable feast provided by Mags and her crew. After the Selkirk Grace, beautifully delivered by Pat, we all tucked into soused herring followed by haggis, tatties and neeps and finished of with fruit crumble and custard! All of us appreciated the effort put in by Mags, Colin and members of Inverleith Petanque Club for what was a grand day with great crack and most important of all meeting and making new friends from the world of Petanque.

Douglas.

Birds & Bees Charity Pairs

A Charity Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling on 12 September.

By 9:45 on a surprisingly sunny and warm early autumn Sunday morning 20 keen players assembled in the Birds and Bees car park. Why the car park? Well, the gate to the courtyard was locked and when manageress Jemma arrived at 10:15 she announced that no one had come “to knock her up” – what sort of thing is that to say on a Sunday morning!

20 players, 10 teams, 4 pistes – how was Bob going to fiddle that? – easy peasy – two leagues of 3 and one of 4 and the morning’s play commenced.

The teams were – Pres. Byron & Sandra M, Zandra & Bob B, Jimmy & Margaret W, Carol B & Judy C, Paul & Pierre B, John & Norma C and Judy’s grandsons Thibault & Matthew (pronounced Tibo) from the Birds and Bees and Jean & Henry H, Alice S & Stuart M and Eileen M & 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 6 teams fought it out for the non existent plate via Bob playing his ’fiddle’ again!

The above resulted in Paul & Pierre coming from behind to beat Jean & Henry 13-10 to be ’Top Dogs’. Oh no, the Perons are back! Jimmy & Margaret were third.

Eileen & Douglas, surviving some excellent pointing from young Thibault and accurate shooting from Matthew – keep playing guys the SPA needs you, hung on to win the ‘Plate’ 13-11.

Another sociable open competition, only one ‘fanny’- no names no pack drill! was as usual with B & B competitions run immaculately by Bob and enjoyed by all.

Douglas.

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