William Leishman Memorial

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The William Leishman Memorial Trophy was held by the Ayr Petanque Club.

Twenty one players, twenty two if you include Adrian F who acted as host and umpire – eight from Ayr, eight from Troon, five from Perth and Twecher John from the B&B‘s – turned up, albeit on a dampish morning to compete for the WLM Trophy on APC’s piste at the Scottish Bowling Centre in Ayr.
What a splendid turnout compared to recent attendances at Club opens!

Seven triples teams were formed using Adrian’s now traditional ’card trick’ method each team playing a four games. The team of Enid G (Ayr), David Croft-Smith (Troon) and Istvan P (Troon) were too good for the rest of the field and with 4W +35 were worthy winners of the WLM Trophy.
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he other teams were –
Malcolm McK, (Troon), Ray McI (Ayr), Paul W (Troon) – 3W +30.
John W (B&B‘s), Jean H and Alice S (both Perth) – 3W +6.
Monika T (Troon), Mary McG (Ayr) and Douglas H (Perth) – 2W +5.
Raymond K (Ayr), Mabel D and Henry H (both Perth) – 2W +2.
Kevin W (Troon), Philomena D Ayr), Stuart K (Ayr) – 0W -31.
Lena Croft-Smith (Troon), Jimmy W (Troon), Wilma W (Ayr) – 0W -31

With twenty one participants and the help of APC’s most generous raffle the sum of £189:00 was raised for William Leishman’s designated Charity.

Thanks to Adrian and APC‘s members for an enjoyable day and we all arrived home well in time for fish and chips for tea – well the Perth lot did!

Douglas.

Finlay Morrison Memorial

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The Finlay Morrison Memorial Pairs was held at the North Inch in Perth.

Perth‘s second day of summer – warm, sunny and wall to wall blue sky only 11 players – 8 from Perth, 2 from the Birds and Bees and 1 from Ayr – strolled their way to the North Inch clubhouse for croissants and coffee. Failing to rouse another player Adrian made up a triple with Mabel and Margaret.

So the 5 teams played 4 games each resulting in Douglas H winning the Trophy for the second year running – last year with Stuart M this year with Ed S.

The teams were Ed S and Douglas H – 4 wins; Christine and Twecher John – 3 wins; Eileen M and Alice S, Jean and Henry H and Mabel D, Margaret M and Adrian F- 1 win each.

Regardless of the fine weather yet again a disappointing turn out for a Club Competition open to all comers – where have all the players gone?

Birds & Bees May Day Pairs

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A May Day Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

By 9:45 on a late spring Sunday morning that couldn’t make up its mind whether to rain or shine, so it did both, but luckily the latter outshone (get it!) the former to the relief of the motley crew assembled in the Birds and Bees car park. Why do we never learn? The gate to the courtyard is locked on a Sunday morn until any time between 10:00 and 10:15!

14 players, 7 teams, 4 pistes – no need for Bob to play his fiddle – so two leagues – one of 3 and one of 4 and the morning’s play commenced.

Alison Swiffin & Ed Strachan – Birds & Beeds May Day Pairs Winners

The teams were – Zandra B & Pauline, Bob B & Stuart, Jimmy W & Carol, Margaret W & Nick, Paul B & Judy‘s grandson Thibault (pronounced Tibo), Judy C & Douglas H and Ed S & Alison S.
Note – Stuart, Carol and Nick are new members of the Birds and Bees

After an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches the top 4 teams from the morning leagues played for the honour of being ‘top team’ of the day.

The remaining 3 teams fought it out for the non existent plate via Bob playing his fiddle!

The above resulted in Ed & Alison coming from behind to beat Judy & Douglas 13-10 to be the “May Day“ pair, with Jimmy & Carol coming third.

Bob & Stuart won the ’Plate’.

Another sociable open competition, regardless of the lack of numbers, was as usual with B & B competitions run immaculately by Bob and enjoyed by all.

Douglas.

Perth Pétanque – Fenton Quaich

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The second Club Open Competition of the 2011 Season was the FENTON QUAICH run by the Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth.

On a most pleasant spring day only six teams turned up (ten teams last year) – five from Perth and one from Fochabers – Inverleith where were you? mind you it was Easter Sunday after all and perhaps the Capital players were at their devotions.

Robbie Stronach & John Wilson – Fenton Quaich Winners

Six teams so a league of six – doh – what other format! The teams were –

The Campers – Jean & Henry H, FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson, Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S, Kandu – Eileen M & Pat M, UZ – Alison S & John Watson and Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R.

Opening round – Wee Twa fannied UZ , second round – Wee Twa were fannied by Ham and Edds – “Well that’s our points difference back to zero!” commented Mabel. For the second year running the “fannied” were excused the embarrassment of kissing the Fanny due, yet again, to the forgetfulness of the organiser.

FASCH sailed through the day undefeated although they did find themselves under the cosh against UZ at 11-2 down but pulled out the stops, or did John Watson run out of banter, to win 13-11.

So the result was as follows –

1st – FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson – 5 wins + 38

2nd – Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S – 4 wins + 22

3rd – Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R – 3 wins + 8

Thanks to all for coming to support Perth Petanque and making it a good day of petanque regardless of the low turnout.

Next weekend the SPA and Troon Petanque Club host the Home Nations and we extend a welcome our Irish and Welsh visitors and both Scottish teams and look forward to a ‘home’ victory!

Douglas.

Inverleith Cash Pairs

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The final competition of the 2010 season was the Inverleith Cash Pairs hosted by Inverleith Petanque Club at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh on 3rd October.

October – the month of mists and mellow fruitfulness, or is that November? Whatever, it was mist and raining cats and dogs as players assembled for bacon butties and coffee in the clubhouse. And you have guessed it – an odd number of teams yet again! – 13 on this occasion. So three leagues of 3 and one of 4 for the morning’s play, the top 8 for the Main and the ‘big prizes’ and the remaining 5 for the Plate, with a small consideration for the winners, in the afternoon.

The 13 teams were – Mags & Montie, Alan & John P, Emma & Derek, Christine & Art,

Colin S & Benny, John W & Chantal, Stephane & Istvan (Troon) and Mari & Douglas (Perth) from Inverleith, Shirley & Lynn and Robbie & John from Fochabers and Jean & Henry, Eileen & Alice and Mabel & Finlay from Perth.

Fortunately the weather improved, and continued to be fine all day, by the time play started and with no ‘leagues of death’ most of the usual suspects qualified for the Main. After two rounds of the MRK (Modified Rolling Knockout – you were told about it in the last report) The Foreigners (Stephane & Istvan) overcame Pocket Jacks (Colin & Benny) and fannied The Old Farts (sorry Alan & John P!) to meet Fasch (Robbie & John), winners against Just Us (Alice & Eileen) and Meikleour (Shirley & Lynn) for the big prize of £130:00!

Both teams were firing on all cylinders however The Foreigners edged ahead an held on despite Fasch’s efforts to catch up. At 11-9 with John’s last boule of the end holding shot Istvan tiered and stayed for 2 and a 13-9 victory.

Emma & Derek came out top of the 5 team league to win the Plate.

Inverleith Cash Pairs –

1st The Foreigners – Stephane & Istvan £130:00

2nd Fasch – Robbie & John £60:00

3rd Champignons – Mags & Montie £30:00

Cash Pairs Plate –

1st Emma & Derek £15:00

Thanks to Inverleith PC for their generous prizes and hospitality, top class as usual, and to Colin S for running a smooth competition.

“That’s all folks!” – for 2010.

Douglas.

Birds & Bees Charity Pairs

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A Charity Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling on 12 September.

By 9:45 on a surprisingly sunny and warm early autumn Sunday morning 20 keen players assembled in the Birds and Bees car park. Why the car park? Well, the gate to the courtyard was locked and when manageress Jemma arrived at 10:15 she announced that no one had come “to knock her up” – what sort of thing is that to say on a Sunday morning!

20 players, 10 teams, 4 pistes – how was Bob going to fiddle that? – easy peasy – two leagues of 3 and one of 4 and the morning’s play commenced.

The teams were – Pres. Byron & Sandra M, Zandra & Bob B, Jimmy & Margaret W, Carol B & Judy C, Paul & Pierre B, John & Norma C and Judy’s grandsons Thibault & Matthew (pronounced Tibo) from the Birds and Bees and Jean & Henry H, Alice S & Stuart M and Eileen M & Douglas H from Perth.

After an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches the top 4 teams from the morning leagues played for the honour of being ‘top team’ of the day.

The remaining 6 teams fought it out for the non existent plate via Bob playing his ’fiddle’ again!

The above resulted in Paul & Pierre coming from behind to beat Jean & Henry 13-10 to be ’Top Dogs’. Oh no, the Perons are back! Jimmy & Margaret were third.

Eileen & Douglas, surviving some excellent pointing from young Thibault and accurate shooting from Matthew – keep playing guys the SPA needs you, hung on to win the ‘Plate’ 13-11.

Another sociable open competition, only one ‘fanny’- no names no pack drill! was as usual with B & B competitions run immaculately by Bob and enjoyed by all.

Douglas.

Inverleith Quaich Melee

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On a sweltering hot summer Sunday we expected a good turnout for our melee and saw twenty participants from Ayr, Twechar, Stirling, Drymen and Perth. This being quite a result as attendances at opens lately are quite worryingly small. We breakfasted royally while the most complicated draw in the Scottish calendar was ably plucked from the ether and we settled down to days competition on the, now four different surfaces offered for play at the sumptuously situated venue.

A break for lunch of stovies and gateaux washed down with beer or wine saw the resumption of an epic battle between the three contenders, namely Henry from Perth, Derek and the flying Finn, Mari both from Inverleith. At the end of the day Hendry and Mari were both undefeated with Hendry winning on points followed by Derek who lost out to Mari in the final game .

The melee format still still stands up as the most social and pleasant form of a game rich with these virtues already, and Inverleith thank our new team of helpers for making the day run like clockwork.

Monty

William Leishman Memorial Trophy

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The William Leishman Memorial Trophy was held by the Ayr Petanque Club on 11th July.

Only eleven players – six from Ayr and five Perth – turned up, albeit on a damp and stormy morning to compete for the WLM Trophy on APC’s piste at the Scottish Bowling Centre in Ayr.

Where have all the flowers – sorry players – gone?

It is a sad reflection on the state of our sport when, for the third Club competition running the Bees, Perth and now Ayr could only muster ten, ten and eleven players respectively.

Come on guys and dolls, the clubs that hold open competitions need your support!

With the weather improving, positively Mediterranean – well nearly! – after lunch, four teams were formed, three triples and a double using, once again, Adrian’s unique ’card trick’ method and played a four game round robin.

The destination of the WLM trophy ended up in the hands of Jean H (Perth), Adrian F and Stuart K (both Ayr) with 3 wins and more points than Mabel D and Douglas H (both Perth) also with 3 wins but short on the points front.

The other teams were Ray M (Ayr) with Alice S and Henry H (both Perth) and Enid G, Raymond K and Stan B (all Ayr) with 1 win each.

Not withstanding the lack of numbers and with the help of APC’s most generous raffle the sum of £90:01 – yes 1 penny, who was the cheapskate! – made up to £100:00 by Adrian’s wife – was raised for William Leishman’s designated Charity.

Thanks to Adrian and APC‘s members for an enjoyable day and we all arrived home well in time for the for the World Cup Final!

Douglas.

Perth Petanque Finlay Morrison Memorial

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The Finlay Morrison Memorial Pairs was held at the North Inch in Perth on 4th July.

On a most unpleasant morning, raining cats and dogs and an almost flooded piste, 5 teams from Perth – I don’t blame others from the provinces for not turning up – paddled their way to the sanctuary of the clubhouse for croissants and coffee. After some debate – “och, lets ging hame” was the cry – we decided to pit our skills(!) against the elements which had somewhat abated to a drizzle.

Drizzle, rain, cloud, sun – yes sun! – thunder and lightning, hail, downpour and dogs we had it all but the 5 teams played 4 games each resulting in Stuart M winning the Trophy for the second year running.

The teams were Stuart M and Douglas H – 4 wins; Margaret M and Mabel D – 2 wins; Eileen M and Pat M – 2 wins; Alice S and Frazer S and Jean and Henry H – 1 win each.

Regardless of the fickle weather we didn’t get too wet and were home by 3:30!

Douglas.

Birds & Bees Pairs

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A Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling on 13th June.

On a pleasant calm, sunny and warm early summer Sunday morning 5 teams, rolled up bright and early to the Birds and Bees.

The teams were – Zandra and Bob B and Jim and Margaret W, from the Birds and Bees, Jean and Henry H, Alice S and Douglas H, and Eileen M and Pat M from Perth, and that’s your lot!

So the 5 teams played 4 games each and ended up with Zandra and Bob B with 3 wins and more points than Alice S and Douglas H with 3 wins and less points winning the day and two bottles of wine each.

As there was such a small turnout everyone received a bottle of wine which was most generous of the Birds and Bees Club as the entry fee was £3:00 per person and the wine was £4:50 a bottle!

So, a good friendly open competition, immaculately run by Bob, was enjoyed by all.

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