North v South Report

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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).

 

 

Byron Milton

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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

Portobello Pétanque Taster Session

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National Coach Mags Montgomery accompanied by three other SPA coaches made the short journey to the newly created pistes in Rosefield Park, Portobello, on Sunday 25 November.  Despite the weather (low temperatures and heavy rain) 7 hardy souls from Porty turned up and were introduced to the game.

Portobello’s pétanque roots are strong. Although it has been some time since there was a club there, a number of former and current international players have played in Portobello and we are encouraged to see that pétanque has once again returned. Naturally the SPA will be on hand to offer them support and advice whenever needed.

The SPA would like to wish all those involved the very best of luck .  You can find out more at the group’s Facebook page

Invitation: FIPJP Women’s World Championship Qualifier – Date Correction

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The FIPJP Women’s World Championships are to be held in Monastir, Tunisia, on 2nd-6th October.  The SPA therefore invite teams of 3 or 4 women who are willing, committed, able and eligible to represent the SPA to register their interest.  We have set aside the 14th April 2013 as a date for a qualifying competition but teams are required to register their interest no later than 20th December 2012 by email to Lynn Jenkins directly or via the form on the contacts page.

Please note that the SPA are not able to offer financial assistance for participating players.

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