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.

Margaret Burden Memorial Pairs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Douglas.

Francis Faber Memorial Pairs

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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.

Douglas.

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