Good luck to our men’s team, Derek Adam, Robbie Stronach, Johnny Wilson and Colin Stewart, who travel with coach Shirley Legge to St-Pierre-Les-Elbeuf, France tomorrow. Shooting competition starts on Thursday evening with the main even kicking off Friday morning.
This weekend, eight teams from Scotland will compete against squads from England, Jersey and Wales in the 2017 Home Nations at Hayling Island. The squad is:
Scotland 1: Emma Montgomery, Colin Stewart, Derek Adam
Scotland 2: Art Ager, John Dryburgh, John Taylor
Scotland 3: Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Matthew Neilson
Scotland 4: Alison Swiffin, Christine Thomson, Ed Strachan
Scotland 5: Pat Scott, Christine Mudd, John Mudd
Scotland 6: Carol Cheam, Paul Gillam, Peter Harrington
Scotland 7: Dani Cassini, Mari Snell, Douglas Hamilton
Scotland 8: Michael Rennie, Paul Martin, Gordon Scott
Head of Delegation: Colin Stewart
Good luck to all our players!
Good luck to Inverleith PC who travel this week to Draguinan, France for the EuroCup Qualifying Round which starts this Thursday. Their opponents will be the club champions from France, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The top 2 teams from the round robin qualifier will play in the EuroCup Finals later in the year.
On 29th and 30th April, the Scottish Petanque Association welcomed our friends from Ireland and Wales to the 29th Celtic Challenge at Inverleith PC in Edinburgh. Scotland fielded the top 8 teams from the 2016 Masters competition in 2 squads, A (the top 4) and B (teams 5 to 8). Ireland and Wales each fielded 4 teams.
The first round of matches were Scotland A v Scotland B while Ireland took on Wales. Scotland A set down an early marker taking the match 14 wins to 2, while Ireland won 9 to Wales’s 7.
The next series of games finished Scotland A 13-3 Wales and Scotland B 4-12 Ireland. With Scotland A on 27 wins going into the final round of matches, it was looking like a thumping was on the cards, but Ireland’s tails were up and the final matches would prove to be crucial.
Scotland A took the final round of matches 11-5 against Ireland, while Wales beat Scotland B 12-4.
So Scotland retained the trophy for the fourth consecutive year, matching the record previously set by Wales, and have amassed 6 wins in the last 7 years. We’ll certainly be looking to make history with 5 wins on the trot next year.
The final scores were Scotland A 38, Ireland 26, Wales 22, Scotland B 10.
The competition’s top team was taken by Scotland 1 – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone with 11 wins from 12. Ireland 1 – Jack Di Pizzo, Alain Robert and Stephane Voinot – were closely behind with 10 wins.
Once play had finished, the teams retreated to the Waverley Castle Hotel for the traditional prize giving. The celebrations went on until the wee hours before we all departed for home on Monday.
The Scottish Petanque Association would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped to make the weekend such a success. Particular thanks must go to our Vice President Shirley Legge, who took on the bulk of the behind the scenes organisation.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 30th Celtic Challenge in Ireland next spring.
Good luck to Lynn Jenkins, Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson who travel to Ghent this week for the FIPJP World Championships. You can follow their progress here.
Details regarding the Celtic Challenge have now been published and can be found here.
Players are asked to note that we will be operating time limited games and should familiarise themselves with the rules we will be using (some of which are different from the timed game rules normally used in our own competitions). You can view the rules here.
We look forward to welcoming our Irish and Welsh friends to Edinburgh at the end of this month.
Inverleith PC and Fochabers PC will contest the EuroCup qualifier on 2nd April at Perth. The winning club will represent Scotland in this year’s EuroCup, the first round of which will be played in July.
Best of luck to both sides.
We’d like to remind members that, in order to compete in SPA competitions in 2017, you will need to be in possession of a new SPA licence (the new credit card design) and this must be produced at registration for each competition. It takes around 4 weeks from your application to receive your new licence. With this in mind, we suggest you apply for your licence no later than Sunday 12th March to ensure you have your licence in time.
Licences can only be issued to those who are either members of a SPA affiliated club or who have paid an individual SPA membership fee.
You can apply for your licence by clicking on the link in the ‘quick links’ section to the right of this page. Please don’t leave it too late.
The FIPJP has issued a revised set of rules for petanque. You can find them here. The new rules come into effect from 1 January 2017 and we would urge all members to familiarise themselves with them before the start of the new season. The Scottish Petanque Association will issue competition and qualifier specific rules as necessary in due course.
Good luck to Ed Strachan, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone and Derek Adam who depart soon to compete for Scotland in the Men’s Triples World Championships in Madagascar.