Scottish Masters 2009


The SPA Scottish Masters 2009 was hosted by Inverness Petanque Club at Fairways Golf Club in Inverness on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September.  The twelve teams that qualified for the Masters 2009 were, in alphabetical order –

Barons – Robin Gardiner, Donnie MacIntyre, Brian Ward.

Bears – Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt, Alex Davie.

Birds and Bees – Byron Milton, Bob Boyle, Istvan Poka.

Cabbage and Ribs – Fiona and Howard Tipton, Emma Montgomery, Ben Burnhill.

Champignons – John Watson, Mags and Colin Montgomery.

Hillbillies – Jean Hutcheson, Stuart Malcolm, Steve Wallace.

I PA – Derek Adam, Stephane Maurage, Colin Stewart.

Just Us – Margaret Mauchline, Mabel Danraj, Eileen Moonie.

Maboule – Dani Cassini, Zandra Boyle, Douglas Hamilton.

Midge tiers – Susan Allen, John and Norma Cameron.

Nord Ecosse – Gordon and Pat Scott, John and Christine Mudd.

Pisteols – Robbie Stronach, Lynn Jenkins, John Wilson.

With the horrendous weather that hit the north and east of Scotland, especially the Moray coast over Wednesday and Thursday teams arriving in Inverness on Friday evening had no idea what to expect with regard to the condition of the Fairways pistes. However hard work by Gordon and members of Inverness Petanque Club ensured that the pistes would be playable for Saturday morning.

The Masters, a round robin of eleven rounds, started promptly at 9:30 on Saturday under grey, blustery and showery skies but the weather improved as the day wore on.

Saturday evening, at the end of six rounds, the Pisteol were out in front with six wins followed by five teams – Barons, IPA, Maboule, Nord Ecosse and Hillbillies – each with four wins. The remaining six teams could only muster ten wins between them.

Sunday morning and the Pisteols met their bogey team – the Ladies of Just Us – and after a sleepless night, according to Robbie, worrying about it duly lost! By lunch time with nine rounds played, three teams – Pisteols, IPA and Maboule – were out in front on seven wins followed by Barons, Nord Ecosse and Bears on six, five and four wins respectfully.

At the end of play and eleven rounds the Pisteols prevailed with nine wins followed by Maboule on eight wins and IPA and Barons with seven wins each.

SPA Masters 2009 Final Standings

1st – Pisteols – Robbie Stronach, Lynn Jenkins, John Wilson.

2nd – Maboule – Dani Cassini, Zandra Boyle, Douglas Hamilton.

3rd – I PA – Derek Adam, Stephane Maurage, Colin Stewart.

4th – Barons – Robin Gardiner, Donnie MacIntyre, Brian Ward.

5th – Nord Ecosse – Gordon and Pat Scott, John and Christine Mudd.

6th – Bears – Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt, Alex Davie.

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

8th – Cabbage and Ribs – Fiona and Howard Tipton, Emma Montgomery, Ben Burnhill.

The top four teams will represent Scotland at the 2010 Celtic Challenge in Wales and the above eight at the Home Nations 2010 in Inverness.

Full results – wins, points difference, etc., will be posted on the web in due course.

Thanks to Derek for organising and running a smooth competition, to Gordon and his crew and Fairways for their hard work and hospitality.


Waverley Vintners Pairs


The Waverly Vintners Pairs was held on Perth Petanque Club’s piste at the North Inch Perth on a not unpleasant late summer’s day.

Ten eager Perth club members had turned up by 9.30 and were hopeful that some visitors would roll up before 10 o’clock. But nary a one – not even that grand supporter of club events Mr Twechar John.

The Waverly Vintners was originally a closed competition – Perth Petanque club’s doubles trophy – so back to the past for the WV 2009!

So with five teams, a leisurely four game round robin was enjoyed by the Perth club members and the outcome went to the last round with Steve and Douglas getting the better of Alice and Ed.

The Waverly Vintners Trophy 2009

Winners – Steve Wallace and Douglas Hamilton.

Runners up – Eileen Moonie and Pat Menmuir.

Third – Alice Sheach and Ed Strachan.

Fourth – Finlay Ross and Mabel – she of the Lorne Sausage Butties – Danraj.

Fifth – Jean and Henry Hutcheson.


Francis Faber Memorial Pairs


The Francis Faber Memorial Pairs was held at Inverleith Petanque Club.

A fine summer’s day drew fourteen teams, made up of players from the clubs of Inverleith, Fochabers, Perth and Stirling to register for our ‘favourite’ sadly departed Frenchman Francis Faber to play for his Trophy. And where were the Troonies this time? Doing battle on behalf of Scotland in the European Cup for Clubs in Monte Carlo, a report on their exploits will be posted on their return.

Two leagues of four and two of three (why not one of six?) were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Trophy and two leagues of three, the winners to play off for the Plate.

We were warned by Monty that regardless of the good weather Francis always ‘rained (not the word Monty used!) on his parade’ and sure enough midway through the morning a ten minute deluge, what a bladder for a small Frenchman!

The Trophy produced keenly fought games and was won by the dynamic duo of Wilson and Stronach after defeating first Mabel Danraj and Finlay Ross then Derek Adam and Stephane Maurage and in the final round Judy Collier and Zandra Boyle, winners against Jean and Henry Hutcheson and Ben ‘poker face’ Burnhill and Colin Stewart (13-0 a little bird told us – kiss the Lady boys!).

Mags and Monty Montgomery got the better of Alice Sheach and Douglas Hamilton to win the Plate.

The Francis Faber Trophy

Winners – John Wilson and Robbie Stronach – Fochabers.

Runners Up – Judy Collier and Zandra Boyle – Birds and Bees.

Third – Jean and Henry Hutcheson – Perth.

The Francis Faber Plate

Winners – Mags and Monty Montgomery – Inverleith.

Runners Up – Alice Sheach and Douglas Hamilton – Perth.

A good day out and yet again excellent ’scoff’ at lunch time, courtesy of John P and his lady wife, was enjoyed by all.


SPA Triples 2009


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

Twelve teams rolled up on a grey morning to the welcoming smell of bacon or sausage butties and coffee. Of the twelve teams nine were Grand Prix teams, albeit a couple of heavyweights were missing, so a good dog eat dog fight was anticipated!

The morning session was simple – three leagues of four, top two from each league plus the two best thirds qualifying for the afternoon Swiss and glory.

With the weather as fickle as ever, sun, cloud, wind and the odd spot of rain and add to that the incessant noise of chain saws and tom-toms from the Fair in the park adjoining the piste, play began. The anticipated dog fight came to pass – the Bears and Inverleith Petanque Athletes (winners and third respectively at GP3) were relegated to the plate and Birds and Bees only squeezed into the main on points difference!

The afternoon ‘Swiss’ progressed and the two unbeaten teams – Los Amigos, who defeated Cabbage and Ribs and Silence is Golden, and Maboule winners against Nord Ecosse and Midgetiers met to decide the destination of the Scottish Triples.

Los Amigos romped ahead and were 7-0 up after two ends, but at 9-2 down Maboule, after a telling off from Aunty Zandra, woke up, pulled up their socks and ground out a 13-9 victory. Inverleith Petanque Athletes reached 13 points before the Bears to win Plate.


1st – Maboule – Zandra Boyle, Judy Collier and Douglas Hamilton.

2nd – Los Amigos – Ernie Burden, John Porter and Allan Murray.

3rd – Silence is Golden – Margaret Mauchline, Eileen Moonie and Alice Sheach.


1st – Inverleith Petanque Athletes – Derek Adam, Colin Stewart, and Stephane Maurage.

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

The other teams taking part were – Midgetiers, Birds and Bees, Cabbage and Ribs, Champignions, Nord Ecosse, Rocky 3 and Triple A.

Thanks, once again, to Inverleith Petanque Club for their hospitality, bacon butties and stovies and gateau at lunch time and to Derek for the smooth running of the competition.


William Leishman Memorial Trophy


The William Leishman Memorial Trophy was held by the Ayr Petanque Club.

On a dull morning fourteen players from Ayr, Perth and Twecher ,guess who, turned up bright eyed and bushy tailed to compete for the elegant new WLM Trophy on APP’s piste at the Scottish Bowling Centre in Ayr.

A disappointing number of competitors considering Troon, the hotbed of west coast pétanque, is but a stone’s throw up the road – perhaps the 10:30 start was a tad early for Chuck McCosh!

Six teams were formed, four doubles and two triples, using Adrian’s unique ’card trick’ method and played a five game round robin.

The weather held, cool one minute, a hint of rain then jumpers off the next, and play commenced at 10:30.

At lunch time the raffle was drawn – a sumptuous affair, the prizes outnumbering the players about four to one – see what you Troonies missed!

The outcome of the Trophy went to the wire but Mary, Monica and Adrian held on defeating Charles and John in the final round to win all five games.

The trophy was presented by William Leishman’s daughter Pat Ashwell, who was visiting from Brighton, to the winners Mary, Monica and Adrian.

The full result was –

1. Mary McGregor (Ayr) Monika Toli (Ayr) Adrian Ford (Ayr) 5W +28

2. Fiona Eaglesham (Ayr) Douglas Hamilton (Perth) 4W +27

3. Jean and Henry Hutcheson (Perth) 2W +9

4. Rae McIntosh (Ayr) Lesley Mathieson (Ayr) 2W -11

5. John Watson (Birds & Bees) Charles Docherty (Troon) 1W -16

6. Enid Gray (Ayr) Jane Wallace (Ayr) Alice Sheach (Perth) 1W -23

An friendly open competition, immaculately run by APP‘s members, was enjoyed by all.


(Apologies to Troon, you were represented by Charlie D!)

SPA Singles & Shooting 2009


Lynn Jenkins 2009 SPA Singles Champion

The 2009 Singles Championship started off promisingly but halfway through the first game the heavy rain arrived. Thankfully it only lasted a short time and by the end of the first game the rain had gone. The weather for the rest of the day remained mainly sunny with a little bit of cloud.

There were 23 people participating in the Singles Championship and the top 16 qualified to participate in the afternoon session which consisted of four games in the Swiss system.

In a repeat of one of last years semi-finals Robbie Stronach took revenge over Ed Strachan to qualify for the final. In the other semi, Lynn Jenkins triumphed over Brian Ward. In an all Fochabers final, Lynn moved up a gear and raced in to a commanding lead. Robbie rallied to pull back some points but Lynn finished him off to win the 2009 Singles Championship.

In the plate, the winners of two leagues fought it out to claim this trophy. In his first season of Petanque and his first SPA competition, Henry Hutcheson from the Perth Club, qualified to take on Colin Montgomery in the Plate final. The wily old Monty triumphed to win the plate, with threats of not coaching any more Perth players. In a generous gesture Monty presented Henry with a bottle for his achievements in his first event as it was also noted that Henry qualified for the knockout phase of the shooting event.

Howard Tipton 2009 SPA Shooting Champion

Qualification for the shooting competition took part in the morning and the top 8 players went through to a straight knockout phase. There was a playoff for the eighth position as Finlay Ross and Ed Strachan had the same score. Ed managed to just pip Finlay in the playoff to complete the top eight. The knockout took place over the afternoon and was fitted in, in between the Singles matches. Fresh from her Singles win Lynn Jenkins strolled into the shooting final where she came up against the in-form Howard Tipton. Howard raced into a commanding lead from which Lynn was unable to recover. Howard was crowned the 2009 Shooting Champion.

Our thanks go to Derek Adam for organising the singles and shooting events and also thanks to Mags Montgomery and the catering staff for organising the lunch time food and all the other things that made this event a success. Our thanks also go to the team who setup the shooting apparatus. Finally thanks to the Inverleith club for hosting this event which was run very smoothly and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Ed Strachan

Finlay Morrison Trophy


On Sunday 28th June 2009, Perth hosted the Finlay Morrison Trophy competition at the North Inch Perth. A new Trophy is being played for this year, a Quaich kindly donated by Ed Strachan, to replace the original Trophy which has been ‘mislaid’.

The weather was not great being very overcast but at least dry.Four visitors turned up and along with Perth members six teams, four pairs and two triples, played five games.

The winners were John Wilson and Stuart Malcolm, second John Watson and Christine Crawford and third Mabel Danraj and Findlay Ross.

Thank you to the visitors for joining us and we hope everyone enjoyed the day.

Alice Sheach.

SPA Grand Prix 3 Report



SPA Grand Prix 3 was hosted by Troon Petanque Club at the Rugby Club in Troon on Sunday 15th June.

The players who represented clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr who played in the two previous GP’s registered fourteen teams and were joined by a further two teams from Troon making a round number to play in GP3.

The format was a six round Snake and, in spite of a doom and gloom weather forecast and news of thunder, lightning and torrential rain over parts of Scotland, Troon was wall to wall sunshine! On a piste ‘of two halves’ (had to get a footie reference in for the benefit of Rabid, sorry, Rangers supporters Susie and Eck) play commenced at 10 o’clock

Regardless of only playing six rounds play continued until after six o’clock. Did I hear talk of timed games for SPA events? No doubt a hot topic for future debate and all opinions looked forward to with anticipation and trepidation!

The result of SPA GP3

1st – Bears Gavin Hillson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

2nd – Barons Robin Gardiner, Donnie MacIntyre and Brian Ward.

3rd – I P A Derek Adam, Colin Stewart, and Stephane Maurage.

The twelve teams that qualified for the Masters to be held at Inverness on the 5th and 6th of September are, in alphabetical order –

Barons, Bears, Birds and Bees, Cabbage and Ribs, Champignons, Hillbillies, I P A, Just Us, Maboule, Midgetiers, Nord Ecosse and Pisteols.

SPA Grand Prix 2 Report


SPA Grand Prix 2 was hosted by Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth on Sunday 25th May.

The players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr who registered fifteen teams to play in GP1 turned up in good time at Perth for GP 2.

The format was a seven round Snake and, in fine weather and on a fast piste, play commenced at 10 o’clock.

Unlike at Fochabers no thunder, lightening, rain and hail deluged the piste only the sound of hootin’ and hollerin’ which was thought to be coming from those diehard Rangers supporters Suzy, don’t gie me a green raffle ticket, Allan and Eck Davie, but no, it was from nubile women and macho men playing in a volleyball tournament adjacent to the piste!

Play continued sedately on a sunny afternoon until the early evening.

The result of SPA GP2

1st – Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

2nd – Pisteols Robbie Stronach, John Wilson and Lynn Jenkins.

3rd – Cabbage and Ribs Fiona and Howard Tipton, Ben Burnhill and Emma Montgomery.


Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs



The Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs, which raises money for St Colomba’s Hospice, was held at Inverleith Petanque Club.

A magnificent sunny spring day enticed twenty two teams, made up of players from the clubs of Inverleith, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Troon and visitors from East Anglia and La Rochelle and not forgetting the ‘Terror from Twecher’, to register to battle it out for the prestigious Margaret Burden Trophy.

Four leagues of four and one of six were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Margaret Burden Trophy and a random draw of three games for the remaining fourteen teams for the Plate.

The Trophy produced some keenly fought games and was won by Colin and Mags Montgomery in an all Inverleith final who beat, first, John Watson and Christine Crawford, Birds and Bees, then five times consecutive winners Byron Milton and Stephane Maurage, Birds and Bees / Inverleith, before finally dispatching Ben (in the blue corner at 210 lbs) Burnhill and Colin Stewart – winners against John Wilson and Robbie gid ba’ Stronach (Fochabers) and Robin Gardiner and Bill fae Troon – in the final round.

In the Plate only one team won all three games and that was Finlay Ross playing with his granny Mabel Danraj. Several teams were on two wins and the best on points difference was Dani Cassini and Marina Collins.

The Margaret Burden Trophy

Winners – Colin and Mags Montgomery – Inverleith.

Runners Up – Ben Burnhill and Colin Stewart – Inverleith.

The Margaret Burden Plate

Winners – Finlay Ross Mabel Danraj – Inverleith/Perth.

Runners Up – Dani Cassini and Marina Collins – Inverleith.

The event was most successful and raised the handsome sum of over £300:00 for the Hospice which was much appreciated by Ernie Burden and his sons.

A grand day out, including an excellent curry at lunch time courtesy of Colin M and John P, was enjoyed by all.


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