GRAND PRIX 1 REPORT – The first Grand Prix of the season was one of the highest attended in recent years with 21 teams travelling to Perth to contest the first round of the 2019 Grand Prix series. It was great to see new teams in attendance including representation for the first time from Moffat PC and Glasgow PC.
The format remained the same as last year, using the Swiss ladder system over 6 timed rounds, with the weather staying mild and dry for the entire day.
After a very busy and long day of petanque, Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Derek Adam & Robbie Stroanch) emerged as the winners with a perfect record of 6 wins. Runners up were Triaxle (Emma Montgomery, Kevin Johnstone, Paul Fletcher & Matt Neilson) and collecting the bronze medal were The Sex Pisteols (Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter, Colin Stewart & John Wilson).
A massive thank you to Perth Petanque Club for hosting and setting up the extra pistes needed to accommodate the 21 teams playing.
Round 2 of the Grand Prix series is just around the corner, as the series heads North to Fochabers on the 19th of May.
With an impressive 32 wins Scotland have retained the Celtic for another year, making it a record 6 wins in a row. A notable mention goes to Scotland 1 ( Shirley, Robbie & Derek) who won all 12 of their games over the weekend.
A massive congratulations to the entire Scotland team for their efforts.
Final standings were
Scotland 32 wins +91
Wales A 24 wins +16
Wales B 24 wins +8
Ireland 16 wins -115
The SPA would like to thank Pontyclun Petanque club and the Welsh Petanque Association for hosting this years competition. We look forward to welcoming our Celtic friends back to Scotland in 2020.
The SPA has adopted an Equality & Diversity Policy which can be found here. Members are asked to read it carefully. If you have any questions about the policy please contact us through the usual channels.
On Sunday 31st March, 41 players entered our friendly precursor to the season at Perth Petanque Club. Thank you to all who supported the event, despite the clash with Mother’s Day and losing an hour’s sleep.
Perth PC treated us to bacon rolls and coffee before the action kicked off on a cold, by dry day. The players were sorted at random into triples with the odd pair in each of the five rounds.
Top of the pile after the last round was Malcolm McKenzie, Douglas Hamilton was second and Paul Fletcher was third. The final standings for all players can be found here.
Next up is the EuroCup Qualifier to be contested by Perth PC and Inverleith PC at Carnoustie on 7 April, followed by the first Grand Prix of the season at Perth on 28 April.
Finally, a quick reminder that we are selling SPA branded jacks in 4 colours (white, blue, purple and pink) for £2.50 each. You can pick some up at SPA competitions while stocks last, but if you aren’t able to get to a competition and want some, you can email Colin Stewart email@example.com who will sort you out.
The South of Scotland Pétanque League begins once more in April, now expanded to include 7 SPA affiliated clubs:
Each club will play 3 home and 3 away matches over the summer to determine 2019’s champions.
Good luck to all!
We’re delighted to announce that Boulers O’Birse are the latest club to affiliate to the SPA. We are very pleased to once again have an affiliated club in Aberdeenshire and wish all of their members a very warm welcome.
Four men’s pairs and two women’s pairs contested the World Championships Qualifier on Sunday 25th November at Perth. Weather-wise, it was a difficult test for the players with cold and wet conditions throughout the day.
The qualifiers are:
- Mags Montgomery
- Dani Cassini
- Robbie Stronach
- Paul Fletcher
They will represent Scotland at the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles World Championships in Almeria, Spain, in May. Congratulations to the qualifying players and commiserations to those who missed out.
The Scottish Petanque Association held its AGM on Sunday 28 October at Perth Petanque Club. At the AGM, the members voted to adopt a new constitution and you can view it here.
Among other things, the constitution creates 2 SPA membership categories which come into effect on 1 April 2019:
Affiliate Member. Every member of every affiliated club will become an Affiliate Member.
Full Member. This is subject to an additional membership fee and allows the member to hold an SPA licence and serve on the NEC.
Current membership rights of members are maintained until the new membership structure comes into force.
The membership also voted in favour of adopting the following fee structure for 2019:
Club Affiliation Fees
- For clubs affiliating for the first and second years – £25 per club
- For clubs affiliating for third year onward – £6 per member
Full Membership Fees
- £14 for Full Club Members – this applies to members of an affiliated club who want to upgrade to Full Member.
- £25 for Full Individual Members – this applies to members who are not also a member of an affiliated club.
Finally, a new NEC was elected and you can see it here.
We are delighted to announce our 13th affiliated club, Walkerburn Bowling & Petanque Club. A very big welcome to them.
It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Malcolm McKinlay who passed away earlier this month.
Malcolm was a passionate pétanque player at his home club of Troon and who represented Scotland on numerous occasions, the last being at this year’s Home Nations in Jersey.
Our thoughts are with Rosemary, Malcolm’s family and friends and of course Troon Pétanque Club.
A true gentleman and a great supporter of our sport, he will be sorely missed.