World Singles Championships: Men and Women: January 23-25, Nice

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The SPA are delighted to report that we have received an invitation to nominate both a female and male player to represent Scotland at the forthcoming World Singles Championships in Nice in January. To this end it has been decided that the highest placed female and male players in Saturday’s SPA Singles competition will be offered our places.

Players will be asked at registration on Saturday whether they wish to be considered in principle for selection. This decision is not fully binding as full details have not yet been published by the FIPJP, but those who wish to be selected should be prepared in principle to participate. Please note that the SPA cannot offer any financial assistance to the successful players. The SPA will provide full details as soon as they become available – we expect this in August.

This is an exciting opportunity and we wish all of our competitors the very best of luck.

SPA Trophies: A Reminder

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The cost of purchasing trophies is constantly on the rise.  Occasionally the SPA will have to purchase new trophies for a variety of reasons.  However to keep our costs to a minimum we would like to remind all past, present and future SPA champions of the conditions attached to retaining an SPA trophy. This does not include mementos, medals, glasses etc which are for the winners to keep but relates to any perpetual trophy (for example a Grand Prix, Masters or National Title trophy).

  • All perpetual trophies remain the property of the SPA.
  • They should be returned to the SPA, duly engraved, before commencement of the following year’s event in question.  So, for example, the Grand Prix 1 trophy should be returned to the SPA by the following GP1 registration at the latest.  Costs of engraving will be met by the SPA on production of a suitable receipt.
  • Care should be taken to ensure the trophies remain in good condition.  If you are cleaning trophies, please do not use any abrasives (such as Brasso) – our trophies are generally electro-plated and abrasives will remove the top surface, ruining the appearance.  A soft cloth and water is all that is necessary to remove any dirt or tarnish.
  • Accidents happen and trophies can be damaged or broken.  If this happens please let the SPA know as soon as possible.  Where possible we will attempt  a repair or (in the worst case) replace it in time for the next time the trophy is contested.

We are aware of a number of trophies and plates which are being held by past winners for competitions which are not currently being contested (or in one case, is still being contested trophy-less).  If you are holding one of these trophies, please bring them to the next SPA event you attend or contact the SPA as they could be re-used either now or in future.  Call it a ‘trophy amnesty’.

Thanks

Colin Stewart, President

CEP Veteran’s Results

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The Scottish squad of Christine Thomson, Ed Strachan and Douglas Hamilton competed in the European Veteran’s Championship in Lulea, Sweden, last weekend.  The team faced a tough draw against Denmark (8th in the competition 2 years ago) in the opening round but put up a strong fight. Here are the results of the first 5 Swiss rounds:

1. Denmark 13 – 9 Scotland
2. Switzerland 7 – 13 Scotland
3. Scotland 13 – 12 Hungary
4. Estonia 13 – 10 Scotland
5. Poland 9 – 13 Scotland

With a record of 5 wins and ranked 10th after the Swiss rounds, Scotland faced an elimination match, again against Poland. The winners would qualify for the main competition with the losers into the Nations Championship.

Elimination Round: Scotland 11 – 13 Poland

So Scotland went into the 1/4 finals of the Nations Championship and were drawn against Norway

1/4 Nations Championship: Scotland 3 – 13 Norway

A very creditable effort from the Scotland squad who faced tough competition along the way. The main competition was won by Monaco who defeated Denmark in the final. The Nations Championship was won by England who fannied Norway in the final.

You can find all the results here

Grand Prix 3 Report

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17 teams again registered to compete in the third and final Grand Prix at Perth PC on Sunday 22nd June.  With the Triaxle team of Jimmy, Kevin and Paul sitting in top spot with a 9 point margin over DRAM, their nearest opponents,  it seemed unlikely that anyone would catch them in the race to the Grand Prix Series.

The weather stayed dry and humid all day and lunch was served in Bells Sports Centre which seemed to work well.

On to the competition and with DRAM and Triaxle having a mixed day, the opportunity was there for others to gain ground.  And that they did, with the two teams with interchangeable names rising to the top.  The winners, Sex Pisteols (Shirley, Lynn and Richard) retained the GP3 trophy, pipping Pretty Vacant on BHN.  The other placings are listed below.  The sharp tacks among you may notice a slight change to the announced placings:- following a thorough check of the results a mis-entered score was discovered from round 5.  This means that  some of the minor placings were different than those announced.  

On to the GP Series itself and the Sex Pistols GP3 win meant that was enough to overtake Triaxle, capping a good year for them and adding to their Celtic Challenge top team honours.

Teams 1-8 will be invited to represent Scotland at the Home Nations 2015 and teams 1-12 will play in the SPA Masters in September.

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Grand Prix 3 Result

 

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Grand Prix Series Final Standings

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Sex Pisteols – GP 3 and GP Series Winners

Penicuik Open Pairs Info

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Details for Penicuik Open Pairs this Sunday:

Registration: 9.30 for 10.00 start
Cost: £3 per player
Refreshments: Soup and sandwiches lunch @ nearby hotel £4 per person, pay at registration. Selection of soft drinks for sale during the day at the piste (please don’t drink alcohol).
Format: depends on entry

Bring a camping chair if you have one, there isn’t any seating at the piste. Note we have very little shelter so come prepared for inclement weather. Contact Colin on 07535716010 if you need any more info.

Grand Prix 2 Report and Results

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Seventeen teams attended Grand Prix 2 at Troon PC on 18 May. It was nice to several new faces and we very much hope they will continue to enter SPA competitions in the future. As ever, Troon put on a sumptuous spread including pasta and a huge variety of cakes and home baking which was very much appreciated by all the players. A very big thank you to Troon PC for again making us all feel so welcome.

On to the competition itself: Play was brisk thanks to the timed games, which was welcomed on what turned out to be a chilly day. With an odd number of teams, byes were required (which can be a curse or a blessing depending upon your viewpoint).

Strong showings from Pretty Vacant, Triaxle, Sex Pisteols and Champignons meant the competition went down virtually to the wire. In the end, the Pretty Vacant team of (confusingly) Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and Johnny Wilson were undefeated and worthy winners. Triaxle continued their great form with another second place putting them in the driving seat for the Grand Prix Series overall winners. The Sex Pisteols of (equally confusingly) Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins and Richard Carter finished in 3rd place with Champignons having to settle for fourth.  The final results are:

Grand Prix 2 Ranking

Grand Prix Series Standings After 2 Rounds

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Ayrshire Open & Grand Prix 2 Information

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Troon PC are hosting an open triples competition on Saturday 17th May (the day before Grand Prix 2). Details as follows

Ayrshire Open
Registration 1pm for 1.30 start. £9 Entry fee per team. We can make up triples if required on the day.
The Bar will be open from 1pm on Saturday. Tea and coffee will be also be available from the kitchen.

Grand Prix 2
Registration 9 am to 9.15 for 9.30 start. Bacon or sausage rolls will be available along with tea or coffee from 8.15 till 9.am.

Lunch will be available at a cost of £3.50 per person.
Menu as follows.
Lasagne or Macaroni with Bacon and cheese.
Macaroni Cheese (veg option)
French Bread
Salad
Home Baking
Tea or Coffee.
Lunch tickets will be on sale on Sunday Morning. The bar will be open on Sunday from 12.noon.

Celtic Challenge Report

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Fochabers PC hosted the 2014 Celtic Challenge on 3rd and 4th May. The main sponsor was Diageo.

The players arrived to a warm welcome at the piste with nibbles and refreshments – a chance to practice and renew acquaintances.

After a welcome by Colin, Shirley and Linda Mellis from Diageo, play commenced at 9.00 am on the Saturday morning with the Scotland A & B teams up against each other, while Ireland faced Wales. The round ended after 11, with 2 games going beyond the 2 hour mark, with Wales in a narrow lead, closely followed by Scotland A & Scotland B.

The results of the first 4 rounds of matches were:  Scotland A 11-5 Scotland B, Wales 10-6 Ireland.

 

Play continued in the afternoon in the sunshine although no team managed to dominate Scotland A managed to extend their lead and Scotland B had pulled themselves into 3rd place. The standings at the end of the first day’s play were: Scotland A 16, Wales 13, Scotland B 10, Ireland 9.

Sunday morning arrived with the threat of showers in the weather forecast and everyone hoped for dry weather.  Scotland A took the 4 rounds against Wales with a score of 10-6 whilst Scotland B recorded an 11-5 score against Ireland.  After 8 rounds the standings were therefore: Scotland A 21, Wales 16, Scotland B 16, Ireland 11.  Scotland B were only 3rd by virtue of points difference.

One more round was completed before lunch and then, just as round 10 got going and everyone thought we might stay dry, it started to rain. And rain. And rain.  The umpires called a break in play as the rain poured down the piste and flooded pistes 1 & 2 to the point that they were unplayable.  Thankfully the rain subdued after around 30 minutes and all but piste 1 was playable.  Cue frantic channel digging to attempt to drain piste 1 while play continued on pistes 2-8.  By the end of round 10 piste 1 had drained sufficiently to be clear of water, although with all the mud and silt that had been washed down the piste it was very soft.

By the end of Round 11 Scotland A had done enough to win the competition, being 5 wins ahead of second place but the question remained which team, Scotland B or Wales, would finish in second, both were on 22 wins.  Wales emerged from the last round with 3 wins to take second place.  The final 4 rounds results were:  Scotland A 8-8 Ireland, Scotland B 7-9 Wales.

The final standings were therefore:

1st Scotland A 29

2nd Wales 25

3rd Scotland B 23

4th Ireland 19

Congratulations to Scotland A.  They will be hoping to retain the trophy when the Celtic Challenge returns to Dublin in 2015.

The SPA would like to thank Fochabers PC and volunteers, Diageo and the other sponsors and anyone else who contributed to a fantastic weekend’s sport and socilalising.

Celtic Final Result

Celtic Team Results by Round

Round by Round

Scotland A - Celtic Challenge 2014 Winners

Scotland A – Celtic Challenge 2014 Winners

Scotland B - Celtic Challenge 3rd place

Scotland B – Celtic Challenge 3rd place

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