We’re delighted to announce that Boulers O’Birse are the latest club to affiliate to the SPA. We are very pleased to once again have an affiliated club in Aberdeenshire and wish all of their members a very warm welcome.
Many congratulations to Tweed Valley Pétanque Club, which has been awarded Clubsport Tweeddale Club of the Year 2018, sponsored by Tontine Hotel Peebles. It is great to see their hard work being rewarded. To find out more about the club, visit the website www.tweedvalleypetanque.org
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.
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.
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 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/
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