Scotland 23 – Wales A 20 – Wales B 8 – Ireland 5
After 3 rounds the scores are as follows:
Scotland 10 – Wales A 7 – Wales B 5 – Ireland 2
Good luck to the four triples teams representing the SPA at this weekend’s Celtic Challenge in Wales. Scotland are aiming to retain the trophy having won it in 2011 and 2012. The Scotland 1 team of Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson have not been beaten in a Celtic Challenge since 2010.
12 teams arrived at Fochabers PC on Sunday 21st April for the first Grand Prix of 2013. Players were greeted to bacon rolls & coffee at breakfast (thank you Shirley) and a veritable feast of chilli, nachos and Mrs Stronach’s famous home baking for lunch. The SPA would like to thank Fochabers PC and all their volunteers for their hospitality over the whole weekend. We were delighted that the SPA’s founding President, Chris Pern, paid a visit to the piste during the competition.
The SPA are using the Swiss Ladder system to determine the order of play and the BHN/fBHN ranking method. In addition, timed games have been reintroduced this year. Games are limited to 60 minuted plus an additional end (with a one boule each tie breaker if necessary).
The teams seemed to adapt to the new format quite easily and, with play ceasing bang on 6 pm the timed games element worked out perfectly.
Ranking points and standings in the Grand Prix Series are therefore as follows:
Congratulations to Les Cremants, Grand Prix 1 winners:
Les Cremants secure victory in Fochabers. More to follow.
The Scottish petanque season began in earnest on Sunday 7th April at Perth Petanque Club with the annual North v South challenge.
A total of 56 (that’s 56!) players registered – the North v South is clearly a popular format! Hopefully we will see similar numbers attend club open and SPA competitions this year. Players were divided into 10 teams for each side, with only 8 lanes available on the purpose built terrain, two games in each round would need to be played in the carpark – an unprepared surface with tiles, bricks and large stones scattered across it – a very real challenge!
Scotland’s clubs were well represented in the 10 teams on each side:
SOUTH; Troon (12 players), Inverleith (7), Penicuik (4), Birds & Bees (5)
NORTH; Birds & Bees (3) Perth (12), Inverness (9) and Fochabers (4)
The damp and cold weather meant that the planned five rounds were restricted to four. The North roared to a 7-3 lead after the first round. Honours were even in the next round meaning the North took their lead of 12-8 into lunch. The third round saw the North claim a further 8 victories, taking the match score to 20-10. This left the South needing to win all games in the final round to tie and retain the trophy.
In the end the South claimed 7 games in the final round to leave the final score North 23 v 17 South.
The SPA would like to thank Perth Petanque Club for their hospitality including the breakfast roll, hot drinks and warming lunch which were much appreciated on such a cold day.
The next SPA event is Grand Prix 1 at Fochabers on Sunday 21st April. Don’t forget that Fochabers Petanque Club are holding their ‘Spring Fling’ on Saturday 20th April (1 pm).
It is with deep sadness and regret that I have to announce that former SPA President Byron Milton passed away on Wednesday 27th March.
In a playing career which spanned well over three decades Byron achieved countless titles in Scotland and further afield, a regular place in the Scotland squad and was one of the most successful players in Scottish petanque’s history. One of petanque’s most memorable characters, he will be sorely missed by all.
On behalf of the SPA I would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to his wife Sandra and all his club mates and friends at the Birds & Bees.
Colin Stewart, President
The Competition Committee confirm that registration for the North v South on 7th April in Perth will open from 10.00 – 10.30 am with a 10.45 start.
The rules for 2013 competitions have been published. You can view them here.
The SPA events calendar has now been finalised and can be viewed here. Clubs may advertise their open competitions on the calendar, please send details via the link on the left hand side of the page.