It is with deep sadness that we pay tribute to John Watson, who died in May. John took an active role in the administrative side of the sport in the early 2000s, and was President of the SPA between 2004 and 2006.
Although he stopped playing petanque a few years ago, before this he competed regularly in SPA competitions and was a regular member of the Scotland Squad for the Home Nations and Celtic Challenge. He also represented Scotland at the Veteran’s European Championships in Copenhagen in 2012.
John was a lively character and he loved petanque and its people. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
As part of the SPA’s drive to improve opportunities for players to improve their skills and to recruit and train coaches, the coaching team led by National Coach, Malcolm McKenzie, have been very busy in the offseason. You can find out what they’ve been up to below.
If you are interested in future training courses to become a coach, please let Malcolm know. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
A very limited number places still remain at the coaching sessions which will be delivered by Laurent Brunel, coach of top French club ABC Draguinan, on 25 Feb (Perth) and 28 Feb (Inverleith). To grab a slot, please email Malcom asap!
The SPA is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Harry Ritchie on Sunday. Harry loved petanque and was a keen supporter of the SPA. Our thoughts are with Harry’s friends and family at this sad time.
Carnoustie Petanque Club has asked us to publish the following tribute:
It is with great sadness and shock that Carnoustie Petanque announce the sudden death of their chairperson Harry Ritchie. Harry was the driving force in establishing the club and encouraging increasing numbers of people to come along and experience the game at the pistes he established in the grounds of the Aboukir Hotel in Carnoustie. His enthusiasm, commitment and energy will be greatly missed.
We know that the strong foundations he has built into the club will allow us to grow and develop into the future. His last engagement was to present a prize for a local schools competition to design our new club logo – that summed him up, engaging with and looking forward to the next generation.
The SPA is sad to learn that Peter Cassini, one time regular petanque player and brother to Dani, died suddenly on Sunday.
Peter was most active playing in the late 80s and early 90s at Inverleith Petanque Club and in national competitions. He represented the SPA in the annual match against the British Petanque Association in York. Latterly, Dani persuaded him to come out of petanque retirement for a couple of competitions, and managed to win on both occasions!
Our thoughts are with Dani and the family at this difficult time.
It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Charlie Coward who died suddenly in November. Charlie was a member of MelroseGala Petanque Club and Walkerburn Bowling & Petanque Club. He played regularly as part of the MelroseGala team in the South of Scotland Petanque League and represented Scotland at the 2018 Home Nations in Jersey.
A quiet man but with a keen sense of humour, Charlie loved petanque and did so much to establish the club at MelroseGala with his friend Peter Harrington.
Our thoughts are with Charlie’s partner Barbara and his friends at MelroseGala PC and Walkerburn BPC.
The 2019 Scottish Cup for Clubs was contested on August 24 and 25 at Perth Petanque Club. The first competition of its kind to be held in Scotland pitted club teams from Fochabers, Glasgow, Inverleith, Perth (A and B squads), Penicuk and Troon against each other over two fantastic days of competition.
The winning club would be 2019 Scottish Club Champions and offered the opportunity to represent the Scottish Petanque Association in the 2020 EuroCup.
The 7 clubs were divided into two leagues for Saturday’s qualifying rounds with the top 2 from each league progressing to Sunday’s main competition and the rest contesting the plate. The results of the Saturday qualifying rounds were as follows:
Sunday’s matches would follow the format of EuroCup matches, with 6 Singles, 3 Doubles and 2 Triples games per match.
In Sunday’s semi finals, Perth A defeated Inverleith while Fochabers prevailed over Troon. Penicuik won against Perth B in the Plate semi final.
The final resulted in a strong win from Fochabers to take the title against Perth A. The bronze match was won by Inverleith and Glasgow beat Penicuik in a very tight Plate final.
All in all a very successful and enjoyable weekend. We hope more of our clubs will be encouraged to enter teams to next year’s Scottish Cup for Clubs.
Congratulations to Fochabers Petanque Club who will be offered the place in the 2020 EuroCup.
The Home Nations was contested at Monkstone Petanque Club,
Cardiff on 10 and 11 August. The annual triples
tournament pits squads of eight teams each from Scotland, England, Jersey and
Wales and is one of the highlights of the petanque season for our players.
The squads travelled to Cardiff on Friday and we were able to get some practice in on the pistes in the afternoon. With 2 contrasting surfaces, one very smooth and fast with the other rocky and unpredictable, it was sure to be a good challenge for us all.
Saturday brought very heavy rain and the morning’s play was
tough going for all the players. The rain
seemed to be a leveller, with all 4 nations closely bunched at lunch. Lunch seemed to affect the Scottish players and
we lost our way a little in the afternoon.
By close of play on Saturday we had 19 wins to our name. While we were in touch with Wales (just 3 wins
adrift), Jersey and England had managed to stretch ahead a little with 27 and
28 wins respectively. There was certainly
all to play for on Sunday and we had a good opportunity to catch Wales.
Sunday was supposed to be better weather wise, and it was in the afternoon, but in the morning we had to again contest with heavy driving rain. This time, we didn’t cope with the conditions as well as our opponents and we gradually drifted further away from the pack. In the end, another 15 wins on Sunday brought our total to 34. Wales were third on 46, Jersey secured second for the third year running with 51 wins and England retained the trophy once more after a strong showing on Sunday and 61 wins in total. Congratulations to them.
The top Scottish team was Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and
John Wilson with 6 wins.
I would like to thank Monkstone Petanque Club and the Welsh Petanque Association for a very successful competition. We were made to feel very welcome and they looked after us well. Special mention goes to the brave volunteers who, armed with 2lb hammers and spikes, drained the pistes between games. They did a brilliant job to ensure we could play, when at one point it looked like the weather might get the better of us. While the players were soggy all weekend, the pistes were bone dry for the last 2 rounds.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Troon for the 21st Home Nations in 2020.
We are pleased to announce that Comrie Petanque Club, a new club based at Comrie Golf Club, has affiliated to the SPA. With a large number of members already signed up they really have hit the ground running. Welcome!
The SPA now has 16 affiliated clubs but we are always looking to bring more into the fold. If your group or club is considering becoming affiliated to the SPA, we’d love to hear from you.
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