12 Teams from across Scotland competed for the Fenton Quaich in Perth on 16th June and it was nice to see a good mix of players taking part. An enjoyable day was had by all and after 5 rounds 5 teams had 4 wins so the top places were decided on points difference: Winners Bob and Zandra Boyle (Birds and Bees), Runners up – last years winners – Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge (Fochabers).
Penicuik hosted their latest open, this time a triples, at their new piste in Penicuik Park on Sunday 9th June. With only 5 triples teams registered the decision was made to split up the 2 Penicuik triples teams into 3 pairs to create a round robin of 6 teams.
3 games were completed before before lunch and most of the players went over to the Craigiebield Hotel for soup and sandwiches. At lunch Stephane and Martyn were the clear leaders having won all their games in the morning. And nothing much changed in the afternoon, they won all their games in the round robin. The Montys placed second after the round robin, Moray and Keith were 3rd and Bob and John were 4th.
So on to the final and 3rd/4th playoff. John & Bob reversed their morning result to win and secure 3rd place against Moray and Keith. And similarly the final also showed a reversal of fortune with the Montys coming out on top against Stephane and Martyn.
Winners: Mags, Emma & Colin Montgomery (Inverleith)
Runners Up: Stephane Maurage & Martyn Lovatt (Penicuik)
3rd: Bob Macdonald & John McAllister (Penicuik)
4th: Moray & Keith McHattie (Penicuik)
Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone won the Margaret Burden Pairs at Inverleith on 2nd June. Colin and Mags Montgomery were runners up.
Coaches from Penicuik Petanque Club (with help from Colin and Emma Montgomery) ran taster sessions for 220 pupils from Penicuik High School and Beeslack Community High School on 29th and 30th May. The hope is that a few of those pupils will be keen to learn more and so Penicuik PC are offering youth only coaching sessions on Wednesday nights throughout June and into the summer holidays.
If any other clubs are interested in engaging with their local schools please contact Colin Stewart on firstname.lastname@example.org who would be happy to provide advice.
Fourteen teams fought for Grand Prix 2 at Troon Petanque Club on Sunday 26th May. Once again the weather defied the forecast and it was warm and sunny for most of the day. Troon PC pulled out all the stops, making the competitors feel very welcome with bunting, balloons and a feast of lasagne, baked potatoes and home baking. The SPA would like to thank Troon PC for all their hard work.
For the second year running at Troon the Champignons (The Monty Clan plus John Watson) dominated the day and secured the trophy with 5 wins. They must like Troon’s piste!
The standings after 2 Rounds are as follows: After 3 rounds are complete teams 1-12 will be invited to compete in the SPA Masters in Septemer and teams 1-8 will be invited to represent the SPA at the 2014 Home Nations.
Fochabers PC held their traditional Spring Fling on Saturday 20th April, the day before the SPA Grand Prix. 15 teams (a mixture of pairs and triples) entered and were divided into 4 leagues in the qualifier rounds. The top 8 qualified for the main competition knockout and the remainder played in the Plate. Games were limited to 9 points.
Winners in the main competition were Anne & Robin Gardiner (Troon). The winners of the plate were John McAllister (Penicuik) and Art Ager (Inverleith).
The new petanque piste in Penicuik Park is now open. This project has been two years in the making and Penicuik Petanque Club are very grateful to all who have been involved in its delivery. Penicuik PC would especially like to thank the following people:
- Councillor Adam Montgomery for his enthusiasm and support for our cause in the early stages, for identifying the site and for being happy to help whenever needed.
- Penicuik Community Sport Hub for agreeing to fund the facility in full via their Sportscotland funding stream. Community Sport Hubs are a Sportscotland initiative which aims to provide a lasting sporting legacy for community sport in the wake of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The piste is only one of several projects which Penicuik Community Sport Hub have helped deliver for its member clubs in its short history.
- Councillor Derek Rosie for his offer of financial assistance (which as yet has not been needed) and for helping to ensure the project was complete in time for the beginning of the 2013 season.
- To all Midlothian Council employees who have helped plan and deliver the project.
The petanque piste is a vital part Penicuik PC’s long term plan to develop a vibrant petanque club in Penicuik. The club is open to all but they are especially keen to recruit young members. They are holding taster sessions for 200 school children in May and youth coaching sessions throughout June and July. Their aim is to unearth the Scottish Champions of the future and to provide a pool of players from Penicuik who could be selected for the Junior World and Junior European Championships.
Equally as important as meeting the needs of Penicuik’s growing club, the piste also provides a valuable community resource. It is open to the public and is free to use. Penicuik PC have donated four sets of leisure boules, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, for members of the public to use.
Troon PC will host the Bensley Freight Open Pairs on Sunday 28 April. Registration 1pm for 1.30 start.
Inverleith are running three open competitions this year, Details available on the Calendar.
Penicuik Petanque Club invite teams of 3 or 4 players to an Open Triples competition on 9th June 2013 at their new piste in Penicuik Park. Details available here.