On Saturday 23rd July, Colin Stewart and Colin Montgomery travelled to Moffat to give our newest club members a session on basic petanque technique. Here’s what they had to say about it:
I would like to thank both you and Colin Montgomery for coming to Moffat on Saturday to teach the members of Moffat Pétanque Club the elementary techniques of playing. All eighteen members who were there said how useful the morning had been and how grateful they are to you for giving up so much time for them. You have left us with a lot to practise but also with some ways of improving our ability and ways to work on our techniques.
Once we have had some time to work on your advice perhaps we might invite you to return to see what progress we have made, perhaps with a friendly game to sharpen the concentration!
Should any other new club be hesitating to seek your help, I would suggest they swallow their pride and take advantage of this excellent service the Scottish Pétanque Association provides.
Thanks again. John Holden Secretary, Moffat Pétanque Club”
In return, the two Colins would like to thank Moffat for their hard work, they really have ‘hit the ground running’ and we are delighted with the progress they have made in such a short time. We wish them every success and the SPA will always be on hand to assist. And a very big thank you to the Moffat PC Committee members who treated us both to delicious lunch.
A reminder to all clubs, if you have some new members who could do with some coaching, or if you are an old hand but have fallen into some bad habits (!) or want to improve the SPA can help. We offer sessions to anyone who wants them. If you are interested please get in touch and we’ll send a coach or two to help you.
The SPA is delighted to welcome two new petanque clubs in 2016. Melrose PC are based at Kingsknowe Hotel, between Galashiels and Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Moffat PC are based in Station Park in Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway.
This brings the total number of SPA affiliated clubs to 11 and it is very encouraging to know that petanque is finding its way into new areas. We wish both clubs every success and we look forward to being of assistance to them where ever we can.
Saturday 18 June: Ayrshire Open (Triples) – £3 per adult player – free for school age youngsters. Register 1.30 for 2.00 start.
Sunday 19 June: SPA Grand Prix 3 (Triples – qualifier) – £6 per player. Register 9.00 – 9.15 for 9.30 sharp start. Sausage rolls and hot drinks available from 8.30 – £1.50. Baked potatoes and various fillings for lunch – £3.50
SPA Grand Prix I is on Sunday 17 April and the hosts are Fochabers Petanque Club. Registration will run from 09.00-09.15AM for a 09.30AM start. The club will have tea / coffee / cake available all day and will have options for lunch.
The host club will also run their “Spring Fling” on the Saturday afternoon. Registration at 1.00pm for a 01.30pm start. Format dependant on numbers & weather.
Troon are hosting an open doubles competition on 29 November and you can find the details by clicking here. Please note you need to pre-register. To do so, please email Therese Ward email@example.com and she will send you an application form.
Perth Petanque celebrated their 25th season at the Fenton Quaich Competition on Sunday 2nd August.
Players from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Inverleith, Birds & Bees, Tweed Valley, Troon and Ayr, 44 in all making up 16 pairs and 4 triples teams, congregated at our North Inch piste to cross boules for the coveted Fenton Quaich which was, fittingly, Perth Petanque’s first trophy!
The morning session was 3 timed games in 5 leagues of 4 teams. A buffet lunch was partaken at one o’clock to sustain the jouers for the afternoon and battle for the trophies on offer!
The top 8 teams from the morning’s leagues played a ‘Swiss System’ for the 25th Fenton Quaich and the remaining 12 teams, in leagues of 4 for the 25th Anniversary Cup, Plate and Consolation trophies.
The winners were –
25th Anniversary Fenton Quaich:-
1st – Robbie and John – Fochabers.
2nd – Ed and Alison – Perth.
3rd – Gordon and Pat – Inverness. 25th Anniversary Cup:-
1st – Lynn and Shirley – Fochabers.
2nd – John & Norma – Birds&Bees
25th Anniversary Plate:
1st – Stuart and Bill – Ayr/ (Troon/Tweed Valley)
25th Anniversary Consolation
1st – Paul and Carol – Inverleith.
After the prize presentation the 25th Birthday Cake was ceremoniously cut and shared out along with a small libation to mark the occasion!
The weather stayed fine and thanks not only to John and Derek for preparing the piste, Ed and Alison who devised and ran the competition and Ann for organizing the lunch but to all the players who attended and made Perth Petanque’s 25th Season Birthday bash a success and happy occasion.
Our next competition is the Frank Malcolm Melee on 30th August and we look forward to hosting the SPA Masters on the 12th and 13th of September.
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