EuroCup Results

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The results from Inverleith’s group of the EuroCup have now been checked and published.

The team managed a good match with against the Wheatsheaf from Wales, meaning Inverleith finished 6th in the Group.  Sadly that means they didn’t qualify for the finals.  But we hope they had a good trip to Italy and enjoyed the experience of playing against some of the top club sides in Europe.

EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results

EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results

Inverleith PC in EuroCup Action This Weekend

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A team of 6 from Inverleith Petanque Club will compete in Group D of the EuroCup for Clubs Qualifying Round in Imperia, Italy from Thursday.  Contested over 4 days, they will compete against the following clubs:

  • S. Giacomo Petanque T.Arbustini (Italy)
  • Żywiecki Klub Boules (Poland)
  • Helsingin Boule Yhdistys (Finland)
  • Wheatsheaf PC (Wales)
  • Carrefour PC (Jersey)
  • SCP Кiev (Ukraine)

The top 4 from Group D will compete in the EuroCup Finals in late November, along with the 12 clubs that qualify from Groups A-C.

Good luck to Inverleith PC. You can follow progress of all the Qualifying Rounds at http://www.cep-petanque.com/eurocup.html

SPA Doubles Results

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The SPA Doubles Championship was contested by 18 teams on Sunday 1 July at Troon Petanque Club.  It was a very hot day but the standard of play was excellent nonetheless.  A very big thank you to Troon PC and, in particular to Istvan Poka, who also helped Ayr to prepare for the Singles the day before.

Emma Montgomery and Michael Rennie won the deciding game to take the title, with Malcolm McKinlay and Stuart Killen finishing second, while Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge finished in third place.

The full result is shown below.

2018 Doubles

2018 Doubles

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.

SPA Triples This Sunday

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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 melrosepetanque@gmail.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.

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