We are delighted to announce that Carnoustie Petanque Club are the latest club to affiliate to the Scottish Petanque Association. Welcome!
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.
The Scottish Petanque Association are delighted to announce that Glasgow Petanque Club have affiliated for the 2018 season. They are a new club based at Willow Bank Bowling Club in the West End of the City (Dowanside Road) and have just built a new terrain.
You can follow them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowPetanque/
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.
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.
Melrose Gala Petanque Club are hosting the SPA Triples on Sunday 27th August at their home piste at the Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels.
Registration is 9.00 – 9.15 and play will commence at 9.30. Entry £6 per player and teams of 3 or 4 players can enter.
The club have arranged for a light lunch to be provided at a cost of £6.50 per head. So they are able to plan catering etc, if you intend coming to the competition and have not already done so, please contact Peter Harrington by email as soon as possible email@example.com
Please remember that for National Competitions such as this, teams are required to wear matching tops and to present their SPA licence at registration. Those who have applied for a licence but not yet received should inform the person manning the registration table.
Good luck to Inverleith PC who travel this week to Draguinan, France for the EuroCup Qualifying Round which starts this Thursday. Their opponents will be the club champions from France, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The top 2 teams from the round robin qualifier will play in the EuroCup Finals later in the year.
League pétanque made a welcome return to Scotland on Easter Sunday as Inverleith hosted Melrose in the inaugural Lothian & Borders Pétanque League match.
Each league match consists of two doubles rounds, one single and one triple.
Inverleith won the match 6 games to 0.
North v South at Perth PC on Sunday:
Registration is 10am for 10.30 start. 2 rounds before lunch. 2 or 3 rounds after lunch depending on light/weather/temperature.
Please bring your own lunch/ refreshment.
Please be aware the clocks go forward one hour on Sunday am!!!