SPA Singles, Shooting and Doubles 2013 Report

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Inverleith Petanque Club were hosts to the Scottish Singles, Shooting and Doubles titles on 27 and 28th July.  The SPA would like to thank Inverleith for their hospitality and stovies! Inverleith’s piste has undergone a bit of a makeover, with a new surface added in parts, seating and new score boards all in time for the Home Nations in August.  Well done to them for all their hard work.

The Singles and Doubles competitions followed the Swiss Ladder format and six rounds were played in each.

The Singles was contested by 21 players but was yet again dominated by one man, Robbie Stronach.  Throughout the day he saw off everyone in his path in emphatic style although the title was not secured until he won his last game against Kevin Johnstone.  A win for Kevin in that game would see him take the title on BHN.  In the end Robbie won comfortably and took the title for the 3rd year running with a perfect record of 6 wins and having only dropped 20 points all day.  Colin Stewart snuck into 2nd place and Kevin Johnstone was 3rd on superior BHN.

Robbie Stronach - 2013 SPA SIngles Winner & 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Robbie Stronach – 2013 SPA SIngles Winner & 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Singles Results

SPA Singles 2013 Final Standings

The Shooting was held at the same time as the Singles with players invited to register a qualifying score for the Shooting in the breaks between Singles games.  After all qualifying scores were registered, the top 4 players played off in Semi Finals.  The Semis were Robbie Stronach v Ed Strachan and Kevin Johnstone v Istvan Poka.  Robbie and Kevin emerged victorious from their Semi Finals but, as play was about to begin in the Final the heavens opened.  After a bit of discussion it was agreed to abandon the final and with Kevin not returning for the Doubles the following day the competition ended.  Robbie agreed to give Kevin the trophy (Kevin had the highest total points score over the two rounds which were played).

 

Kevin Johnstone - 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Kevin Johnstone – 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

The Doubles, on the Sunday, was played for the most part in heavy rain, it only clearing to leave sunshine well into the afternoon. So puddles, brollies and waterproofs were the order of the day and 12 teams stepped out into the wet.  With play not limited by time there were some long games but most of those who had to wait were probably grateful for the opportunity to dry off in the clubhouse. Reigning champions IPA – Colin Stewart & Istvan Poka were again in fine form. Despite two close games against Fasch – Robbie Stronach & Johnny Wilson and Acorns – Brian Ward & Malcolm McKinlay ( which IPA knew they had to win the latter to ensure victory with Robbie & Johnny snapping at their heels resulting in a tense affair) IPA retained the title with 6 wins from 6.   Robbie & Johnny finished second with 5 wins and Les Champignons – Colin & Mags Montgomery finished in 3rd place with 4 wins.

Doubles Results

SPA Doubles 2013 Final Standings

Congratulations to all the winners.  Next up is the Home Nations at Inverleith on 10th and 11th August where we look forward to welcoming our English and Welsh friends for some serious petanque and camaraderie.

Grand Prix 3 & Series Results

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Perth Petanque Club hosted Grand Prix 3 on Sunday 23rd June.  Players from the same 14 teams who contested Grand Prix 2 were welcomed to bacon rolls in the morning and ‘picnic baskets’ of cold meats, cheese, bread, pickles and salad for lunch.  The SPA would like to thank all the volunteers from Perth for all their hard work.

With a number of teams in the hunt for the SPA Grand Prix Series it was sure to be an interesting day’s play.  And so it turned out with the top 3 ranked teams after Grand Prix 2 seeming to struggle this time around.

In the end Grand Prix 3 was won by Pretty Vacant with a perfect 6 wins, the Champignons were second and the Sex Pisteols were third, both with 4 wins.

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Grand Prix 3 Results

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Pretty Vacant – Lynn Jenkins, Shirley Legge and Richard Carter – Grand Prix 3 Winners

The Grand Prix Series was won by the Champignons with Pretty Vacant climbing into second place and third place went to Les Cremants.  Congratulations to all.

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Final 2013 Grand Prix Series Placings

Champignons - Colin, Emma & Mags Montgomery, John Watson

Champignons – Colin, Emma & Mags Montgomery, John Watson – 2013 Grand Prix Series Winners

 

Grand Prix 2 Results

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Champignons - Colin, Emma & Mags Montgomery, John Watson

Champignons – Colin, Emma & Mags Montgomery, John Watson – Grand Prix 2 Winners

Fourteen teams fought for Grand Prix 2 at Troon Petanque Club on Sunday 26th May.  Once again the weather defied the forecast and it was warm and sunny for most of the day.    Troon PC pulled out all the stops, making the competitors feel very welcome with bunting, balloons and a feast of lasagne, baked potatoes and home baking.  The SPA would like to thank Troon PC for all their hard work.

For the second year running at Troon the Champignons (The Monty Clan plus John Watson) dominated the day and secured the trophy with 5 wins.  They must like Troon’s piste!

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Grand Prix 2 Results

The standings after 2 Rounds are as follows:  After 3 rounds are complete teams 1-12 will be invited to compete in the SPA Masters in Septemer and teams 1-8 will be invited to represent the SPA at the 2014 Home Nations.

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Grand Prix Standings After 2 Rounds

 

 

 

 

Celtic Challenge Report

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Scotland Squad for 2013 Celtic Challenge

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May brought the 25th Celtic Challenge to the Wheatsheaf Inn, Llanhennock, nr Newport, Wales.

We were welcomed at the piste on the Friday night for a practice on the challenging surface (bare, hard and sloping car-park) followed by a buffet and musical entertainment.  A nice welcome after our long journey.

Saturday arrived and the customary opening ceremony was held in the morning mist.  Play started a little after 9 am with Scotland facing Ireland first.  Scotland took a commanding lead following 3-1, 3-1, 4-0 and 3-1 victories in the first four rounds.  Indeed after the final round against Ireland teams 1,2 and 3 from Scotland were unbeaten.  After 4 rounds the scores read: Scotland 13, Wales A 10, Wales B 6, Ireland 3.

During the lunch interval the presidents of all three associations decided to complete seven rounds on Saturday to give more time on Sunday for preparations for the dinner.  More on that later.

Up next for Scotland were Wales B.  With three rounds to be completed this was an opportunity for Scotland to put down a good lead overnight. And so it proved to be, when play finally finished (at 9pm under floodlights) Scotland went into the overnight break having secured 3-1, 4-0 and 3-1 wins against Wales B.  However, Wales A also had a good 3 rounds against Ireland and therefore the scores overnight were: Scotland 23, Wales A 20, Wales B 8, Ireland 5.

Scotland took round 8 first thing in the morning on Sunday with a score of 3-1 meaning the scores with just four rounds to play the scores were Scotland 26. Wales A 24, Wales B 9, Ireland 5.  It would all therefore be settled in the head to head with Scotland and Wales A in the final four rounds.  It is worth noting at this point that Scotland 1 (Johnny, Robbie & Paul) and Scotland 3 (Shirley, Lynn and Richard) were both unbeaten.

Then a hammer blow as Wales A took round 9 with a score of 4-0 over Scotland and took the lead. Round 10 was not much better with Wales bagging the round 3-1.  This left Scotland with only the slimmest of hopes of retaining the title.  With the head to head score at Wales A 31, Scotland 27 a big come back would be required.  With round 11 tied at 2-2 the contest was effectively over with Wales holding a 33-29 lead with vastly superior points difference.  However, pride was at stake and, with 10 wins from 11 so far Shirley, Lynn and Richard were within touching distance of being the weekend’s top team – but they would need to beat Wales 4 in the final round.

Scotland won the final round 3-1 but sadly Shirley, Lynn and Richard didn’t manage to beat Wales 4 and lost out on the top team prize.  Final score Wales A 34, Scotland 32, Wales B 17, Ireland 13.

A big thank you to the Welsh Petanque Association and the Wheatsheaf Inn for being fantastic hosts.  We very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to Scotland in 2014.

Results by Teams

Results by Nations

Results by Nations Summary

Photos (with thanks to Tony Smith)

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