Celtic Challenge

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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.

Celtic Challenge – Results By Day And By Team

 

 

 

 

Celtic Challenge

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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.

International Licences Reminder

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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.

European Singles Championships

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Good luck to Emma Montgomery and Colin Stewart who travel to Halmstad, Sweden this week to compete in the first European Singles Championships.  The competition was hastily rearranged following the late withdrawal of the original hosts and we are very grateful to the Swedish and Danish federations for agreeing to host at such short notice.

You can find out more about the competition here http://www.svenskboule.se/ECSingles2016

Home Nations Report & Results

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The Scottish Petanque Association and Inverleith Petanque Club hosted the 2016 Home Nations on 6th and 7th August.  Teams from Scotland, England, Wales and, for the first time, Jersey competed for the trophy that has been won by England on each occasion since the competition was founded in 2000.

England kept to their winning ways and pulled away from the pack from the first round.  Jersey were lying in second after the first round, Wales 3rd and Scotland 4th.

As the weekend wore on, England stretched their lead and won the Championships convincingly. It looked like they might record a record number of wins  but they fell just short of the record with 80 in the end. 4 of their teams registered perfect 12 wins.

Wales had a strong weekend, finishing with 48 wins and taking second place.

Scotland, having been in 4th place for much of the competition, won some key games against Jersey in the penultimate round, meaning they secured third place on points difference.

While Jersey finished 4th, they pushed Scotland all the way and only missed out on third by the smallest of margins.

Final result:

1st – England – 80 Wins, +550

2nd – Wales – 48 Wins, -40

3rd – Scotland – 32 Wins, -201

4th – Jersey – 32 Wins, -309

Top Teams:

England 7 – Sean Prendergast, David Plumhoff, Graham Galton – 12 Wins +112

Wales 1 – Phil Bradshaw, Ian Bailley, Derek Jones – 9 Wins + 56

Scotland 2 – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone – 7 Wins +14

Jersey 2 – Callum Stewart, Andy Bellamy-Burt, Matt Pinel, Alan Oliviera – 7 Wins -4

 

Congratulations to England for retaining the trophy once more.  We look forward to seeing everyone next year.

Results by Team Saturday

Results by Team Sunday

Results Summary

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