Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs


The Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs open competition was contested on 30th May by 9 teams.  The disappointing turn-out could have been due to a number of factors, it being a bank holiday weekend with a poor weather forecast perhaps?  Those who did make it, from Troon, Perth and Twecher, had to contest with changeable weather.  The morning was very cool, but, following a sharp downpour the sun did make a very welcome appearance in the afternoon.  Inverleith Park was full of tents for the Taste of Edinburgh Food Festival but they too appeared to suffer from a disappointing turn-out; there was no sign of the long queues of last year.

The morning’s play comprised of 3 leagues of 3 teams each.  The winner of each league and the best second place would go on to contest the main competition with the rest competing for the plate.  Despite their being only 3 rounds in the morning, the leagues were not fully decided until after 2 p.m.  so some players had to wait for their stovies for quite a while.

It was necessary, to avoid play going on too late, to restrict games in the plate to 11 points, and following some keenly fought games Jean and Henry (Perth PC) were victorious against John W (Birds & Bees PC) and Christine (Inverleith PC) in the Plate final.  Jean retained her Plate having won it in 2009 with Frank Malcolm.

The main competition was a round robin.  In third place came John P and Allan (Inverleith PC) with one win, Brian and Therese (Troon PC) were second with 2 wins, but retaining their title were Mags and Monty (Inverleith PC) with impressive dominance throughout the afternoon – winning all of their games.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the day, with special thanks to Chris and Stephen Burden for selling raffle tickets and to Gladys and John Porter for their culinary delights; the stovies were very welcome on this chilly day and wouldn’t have been out of place at the Taste of Edinburgh, indeed it is rumoured that Heston Blumenthal has asked for the recipe!

Over £200 was raised which will be donated to St Columba’s Hospice.

Frank Malcolm Memorial


The Frank Malcolm Memorial Melee was held at the North Inch in Perth on 9th May.

On a most pleasant sunny spring day thirty five players – 13 from Perth, 12 from Inverleith, 7 from the Birds and Bees, and 3 from Troon – came to Perth to pay their respects to one of the ’weel kent faces’ of Scottish Petanque and compete for a unique trophy featuring one of Frank’s boules.

Frank will not only be remembered for the support he gave to both the Perth Club and Scottish Petanque but also for his skilful play, his generosity, his pauky sense of humour and tales of ‘daring do’ in the West Indies. At club nights and at competitions Frank was a walking tuck shop, dispensing drinks and biscuits to all and sundry. His curries were legendary and his rum punch (1 of strong, 2 of sweet, 3 of sour and 4 of weak) was a great ‘pick me up‘! Frank is sadly missed.

The format – a five round doubles Melee – came up with many interesting combinations of teams and results and everyone enjoyed a ‘no pressure’ competition.

The result was as follows –

1st – Brian Ward – 5 wins + 42

2nd – John Porter – 5 wins + 27

3rd – Stuart Malcolm – 5 wins + 24

The players were –

Alice, Douglas, Ed, Eileen, Elsie, Henry, Ian, Jean, Jim, Mabel, Margaret, Sheila and Stuart from Perth.

Alan, Art, Ben, Chantal, Christine T, Colin M, Colin S, Fiona, John P, John W, Mags and Mari from Inverleith.

Byron, Caroline, Christine C, John C, John W and Norma from the Birds and Bees.

Brian, Istvan and Monica from Troon.

Thanks to the above for coming to the Frank Malcolm Memorial. All proceeds from entry fees and raffle are to be donated to Cancer Research,

Perth Petanque Fenton Quaich


The second Club Open Competition of the 2010 Season was the FENTON QUAICH run by the Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth on 18th April.

On not the most pleasant of spring days – we experienced dull, damp, wet, fair, sun, rain and sleet – well perhaps that is a typical spring day!

Twenty players – 13 from Perth, 2 from the Bees 3 from Inverleith and 2 from Fochabers – were welcomed with bacon rolls and coffee courtesy of Eileen M and Jean H.

Ten teams played a five round snake.

No need to mention the winners at this stage, it was third place that was most keenly fought with four teams registering three wins and after several recounts Ben B and Ian S got the better of Eileen M and Margaret M, Mabel D and Finlay R and Jean and Henry H on points difference.

Two teams were ‘fannied’, you know who you are, and were excused the embarrassment of kissing the Fanny due to the forgetfulness, a senior moment, of the organiser! Just be thankful it wasn’t Uncle Ed S who was running the competition.

So the result was as follows –

1st – Robbie Stronach and John Wilson – 5 wins + 39

2nd – Colin Stewart and Derek Adam – 4 wins + 24

3rd – Ben Burnhill and Ian Smith – 3 wins + 14

The other teams were –

Eileen M and Margaret M, Mabel D and Finlay R, Jean and Henry H, Alice S and Douglas H, Stuart M and Jim D, John W and Christine C and Sheila A and Elsie W.

Thanks to the above for coming to support Perth Petanque and making it a good day of petanque regardless of the weather.

Francis Faber Memorial Pairs


The Francis Faber Memorial Pairs was held at Inverleith Petanque Club on 11th April.

Last year a fine summer’s day drew fourteen teams, this year an even finer spring day only nine teams turned up. All the usual suspects from Fochabers, Inverleith, Perth and Stirling registered to play for our sadly departed Frenchman Francis Faber’s Trophy.

Three leagues of three were played before lunch and in the afternoon a league of four for the Trophy and similar for the Plate. But there were nine teams you say – shimples klick – ‘One of teams not making top four from morning’s leagues not do plates!’

Regardless of the good weather we were warned that Francis always rained, or words to that effect, on his parade, well Francis, where were you on Sunday? Have you turned over a new leaf!

The Trophy produced keenly fought games and was won by John W and Robbie S with two wins and a better points difference than Emma M and Colin S with Jean and Henry H coming third.

Mags and Monty M were unbeatable in the afternoon to win the Plate.

The Francis Faber Trophy

Winners – John Wilson and Robbie Stronach – Fochabers.

Runners up – Emma Montgomery and Colin Stewart – Inverleith.

Third – Jean and Henry Hutcheson – Perth.

The Francis Faber Plate

Winners – Mags and Monty Montgomery – Inverleith.

Runners up – John Watson – Bees and Douglas Hamilton – Perth.

A fine day out and yet again excellent stovies at lunch time, but where was the gateau, courtesy of John P and his lady wife, was enjoyed by all.

Waverley Vintners Pairs


The Waverly Vintners Pairs was held on Perth Petanque Club’s piste at the North Inch Perth on a not unpleasant late summer’s day.

Ten eager Perth club members had turned up by 9.30 and were hopeful that some visitors would roll up before 10 o’clock. But nary a one – not even that grand supporter of club events Mr Twechar John.

The Waverly Vintners was originally a closed competition – Perth Petanque club’s doubles trophy – so back to the past for the WV 2009!

So with five teams, a leisurely four game round robin was enjoyed by the Perth club members and the outcome went to the last round with Steve and Douglas getting the better of Alice and Ed.

The Waverly Vintners Trophy 2009

Winners – Steve Wallace and Douglas Hamilton.

Runners up – Eileen Moonie and Pat Menmuir.

Third – Alice Sheach and Ed Strachan.

Fourth – Finlay Ross and Mabel – she of the Lorne Sausage Butties – Danraj.

Fifth – Jean and Henry Hutcheson.


Francis Faber Memorial Pairs


The Francis Faber Memorial Pairs was held at Inverleith Petanque Club.

A fine summer’s day drew fourteen teams, made up of players from the clubs of Inverleith, Fochabers, Perth and Stirling to register for our ‘favourite’ sadly departed Frenchman Francis Faber to play for his Trophy. And where were the Troonies this time? Doing battle on behalf of Scotland in the European Cup for Clubs in Monte Carlo, a report on their exploits will be posted on their return.

Two leagues of four and two of three (why not one of six?) were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Trophy and two leagues of three, the winners to play off for the Plate.

We were warned by Monty that regardless of the good weather Francis always ‘rained (not the word Monty used!) on his parade’ and sure enough midway through the morning a ten minute deluge, what a bladder for a small Frenchman!

The Trophy produced keenly fought games and was won by the dynamic duo of Wilson and Stronach after defeating first Mabel Danraj and Finlay Ross then Derek Adam and Stephane Maurage and in the final round Judy Collier and Zandra Boyle, winners against Jean and Henry Hutcheson and Ben ‘poker face’ Burnhill and Colin Stewart (13-0 a little bird told us – kiss the Lady boys!).

Mags and Monty Montgomery got the better of Alice Sheach and Douglas Hamilton to win the Plate.

The Francis Faber Trophy

Winners – John Wilson and Robbie Stronach – Fochabers.

Runners Up – Judy Collier and Zandra Boyle – Birds and Bees.

Third – Jean and Henry Hutcheson – Perth.

The Francis Faber Plate

Winners – Mags and Monty Montgomery – Inverleith.

Runners Up – Alice Sheach and Douglas Hamilton – Perth.

A good day out and yet again excellent ’scoff’ at lunch time, courtesy of John P and his lady wife, was enjoyed by all.


William Leishman Memorial Trophy


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

On a dull morning fourteen players from Ayr, Perth and Twecher ,guess who, turned up bright eyed and bushy tailed to compete for the elegant new WLM Trophy on APP’s piste at the Scottish Bowling Centre in Ayr.

A disappointing number of competitors considering Troon, the hotbed of west coast pétanque, is but a stone’s throw up the road – perhaps the 10:30 start was a tad early for Chuck McCosh!

Six teams were formed, four doubles and two triples, using Adrian’s unique ’card trick’ method and played a five game round robin.

The weather held, cool one minute, a hint of rain then jumpers off the next, and play commenced at 10:30.

At lunch time the raffle was drawn – a sumptuous affair, the prizes outnumbering the players about four to one – see what you Troonies missed!

The outcome of the Trophy went to the wire but Mary, Monica and Adrian held on defeating Charles and John in the final round to win all five games.

The trophy was presented by William Leishman’s daughter Pat Ashwell, who was visiting from Brighton, to the winners Mary, Monica and Adrian.

The full result was –

1. Mary McGregor (Ayr) Monika Toli (Ayr) Adrian Ford (Ayr) 5W +28

2. Fiona Eaglesham (Ayr) Douglas Hamilton (Perth) 4W +27

3. Jean and Henry Hutcheson (Perth) 2W +9

4. Rae McIntosh (Ayr) Lesley Mathieson (Ayr) 2W -11

5. John Watson (Birds & Bees) Charles Docherty (Troon) 1W -16

6. Enid Gray (Ayr) Jane Wallace (Ayr) Alice Sheach (Perth) 1W -23

An friendly open competition, immaculately run by APP‘s members, was enjoyed by all.


(Apologies to Troon, you were represented by Charlie D!)

Finlay Morrison Trophy


On Sunday 28th June 2009, Perth hosted the Finlay Morrison Trophy competition at the North Inch Perth. A new Trophy is being played for this year, a Quaich kindly donated by Ed Strachan, to replace the original Trophy which has been ‘mislaid’.

The weather was not great being very overcast but at least dry.Four visitors turned up and along with Perth members six teams, four pairs and two triples, played five games.

The winners were John Wilson and Stuart Malcolm, second John Watson and Christine Crawford and third Mabel Danraj and Findlay Ross.

Thank you to the visitors for joining us and we hope everyone enjoyed the day.

Alice Sheach.

Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs



The Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs, which raises money for St Colomba’s Hospice, was held at Inverleith Petanque Club.

A magnificent sunny spring day enticed twenty two teams, made up of players from the clubs of Inverleith, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Troon and visitors from East Anglia and La Rochelle and not forgetting the ‘Terror from Twecher’, to register to battle it out for the prestigious Margaret Burden Trophy.

Four leagues of four and one of six were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Margaret Burden Trophy and a random draw of three games for the remaining fourteen teams for the Plate.

The Trophy produced some keenly fought games and was won by Colin and Mags Montgomery in an all Inverleith final who beat, first, John Watson and Christine Crawford, Birds and Bees, then five times consecutive winners Byron Milton and Stephane Maurage, Birds and Bees / Inverleith, before finally dispatching Ben (in the blue corner at 210 lbs) Burnhill and Colin Stewart – winners against John Wilson and Robbie gid ba’ Stronach (Fochabers) and Robin Gardiner and Bill fae Troon – in the final round.

In the Plate only one team won all three games and that was Finlay Ross playing with his granny Mabel Danraj. Several teams were on two wins and the best on points difference was Dani Cassini and Marina Collins.

The Margaret Burden Trophy

Winners – Colin and Mags Montgomery – Inverleith.

Runners Up – Ben Burnhill and Colin Stewart – Inverleith.

The Margaret Burden Plate

Winners – Finlay Ross Mabel Danraj – Inverleith/Perth.

Runners Up – Dani Cassini and Marina Collins – Inverleith.

The event was most successful and raised the handsome sum of over £300:00 for the Hospice which was much appreciated by Ernie Burden and his sons.

A grand day out, including an excellent curry at lunch time courtesy of Colin M and John P, was enjoyed by all.


Early Birds at the Birds & Bees


The second Open Competition of the 2009 Season was the EARLY BIRDS hosted by the Birds and Bees Pétanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

On another beautiful calm, sunny and warm spring Sunday morning twenty four players, making twelve teams, rolled up bright and early to the Birds and Bees.

The teams were – Zandra Boyle & Carol Bretenoux, Jim & Margaret Wilkie, John & Norma Cameron, Bob Boyle & Byron Milton and Paul & Pierre Bretenoux all from the Bees, Mabel Danraj & Margaret Mauchline, Jean Hutcheson & Finlay Ross, Alice Sheach & Ed Strachan all from Perth, Adrian Ford & Istvan Poka from Ayr, John Wilson & Robbie Stronach from Fochabers, Aileen Moonie & Brian Ward from Perth/Troon and John Watson & Douglas Hamilton from Bees/ Perth.

Three leagues of four were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Early Birds Trophy and a league of four for the Plate.

In an early shock, last week’s winners of the Fenton Quaich, John and Robbie were not in the top eight for the afternoon – “It wisnae me” said Robbie “It wis the big loon.” – but won the Plate as consolation.

In the Early Birds, John and Douglas overcame John and Norma and Paul and Pierre to meet Ed and Alice, who had beaten Adrian and Istvan and Bob and Byron, in the final round and ground out a satisfying 13 – 2 victory – a turn around from having lost the first game of the day to Jean and Finlay by 13 – 1!

The full result was –

The Early Birds –

1st – John Watson & Douglas Hamilton.

2nd – Alice Sheach & Ed Strachan.

3rd – Boyle Boyle & Byron Milton.

4th– Paul & Pierre Bretenoux.

The Plate –

John Wilson & Robbie Stronach

A good friendly open competition, immaculately rigged by Bob, was enjoyed by all.


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