There are now dedicated websites for both the Women’s World Championships and Men’s European Championships. You can follow the progress of the Scottish teams by clicking on the images below.
The 12 top ranked teams from the 2013 Grand Prix Series turned up a Fochabers to contest the 2013 Masters. With places up for grabs in the 2014 Celtic Challenge, Men’s World Championships, Women’s European Championships and Veteran’s European Championships there was certainly a lot to play for.
A big thank you to all the volunteers at Fochabers PC for the hot lunches on both days and the sumptuous spread of home baking.
Turning to the competition itself and the holders, the Sex Pisteols, faced off early against IPA (2nd in 2012) in the second round. The game was tense and lasted well over 2 hours. IPA took the game 13-11 to take an early advantage. However the Sex Pisteols returned to winning ways with emphatic wins against Pretty Vacant and Les Cremants which IPA lost in round 4 against Capercaillie. By the close of play on Saturday (after 6 rounds) the Sex Pisteols led on points difference from IPA with Midgetirs and Pretty Vacant one game adrift in 3rd and 4th place.
Sunday arrived with the threat of severe weather but, in the end, a little wind a heavy showers were all the players had to content with. The four leading teams all won in round 7 putting them out in front. The Sex Pisteols lost round 8 and with wins for IPA and Pretty Vacant, it looked like the Masters may have a new team name on the trophy. With all 3 leading teams winning round 9 it was getting very tight at the top, with IPA holding a game advantage. But round 10 brought all 3 leaders back level with wins for the Sex Pisteols and Pretty Vacant while IPA lost to Maboules. The title and all the prizes at stake would not be decided until the final round…
Pretty Vacant won their round 11 game and were left to watch as the Sex Pisteols played the Bears while IPA played the Champignons. IPA stumbled over the line first against the Champignons in a scrappy game 13-10. This left one game on the piste – the Sex Pisteols needed to win to retain the title. And, despite a lot of nerves, so it proved to be with a 13-11 win. The Sex Pisteols extended their winning ways in the competition to 6 consecutive years.
The final standings can be viewed here
All 4 players from the Sex Pisteols will be selected to compete in the 2014 Men’s World Championships should Scotland be given a place.
Shirley Legge and Lynn Jenkins will have the honour of forming the team to compete in the 2014 Women’s European Championships.
Players from the Midgetirs are eligible to form the team to compete in the 2014 Veteran’s European Championships.
The Sex Pisteols, Pretty Vacant, IPA and Nord Ecosse will compete as Scotland A in the Celtic Challenge.
The Midgetirs, Les Cremants, DRAM and the 3 Bears will compete as Scotland B in the Celtic Challenge.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who missed out. SPA competitions will resume in the Spring.
Notification – Scottish Petanque Association – Annual General Meeting – 2013
The 2013 AGM of The Scottish Petanque Association will be held at:-
Perth Pétanque Club
On Sunday the 20th October at 1PM.
Tea & coffee will be available for 50p.
Amendments to the constitution require a proposer and seconder. Can you please get these to me no later than Friday 11th October 2013?
The constitution can be found here.
Best regards … Lynn
The 2013 SPA Triples was hosted by Penicuik on a cold and blustery but mainly dry 1st September. This was the first National Competition to be held in Penicuik and for many players it was their first opportunity to try out Penicuik’s new piste.
With no power available at Penicuik’s piste it was back to an ‘old school’ pen and paper competition – a snake format over six rounds with wins and points difference separating the placings.
The competition remained tight at the top all day. At lunch two teams (Champignons & IPA) had perfect records of three wins, with Maboules, Triaxle & Capercaillie snapping at their heels with two wins.
By the end of round 4 the Champignons were clear leaders on 4 wins +36, but IPA, Maboules and Capercaillie were still in the hunt with 3 wins each.
Round 5 saw IPA beat the Champignons and Maboules clocked up another win, leaving the top three places as follows: Champignons 4 wins +30, IPA 4 wins +23, Maboules 4 wins+19
IPA registered a strong 13-1 win against DRAM in the final round meaning the competition would go to the wire and with Champignons drawn against Maboules the top three places could all change. The Champignons did what they needed to (just) with a 13-7 win and took the title on the narrowest of margins.
Inverleith Petanque Club hosted the 2013 Home Nations on 10th and 11th August. A total of 24 teams from England, Wales and Scotland competed over the weekend for the annual event. With England bringing one of their strongest ever squads it would be a tough test for the Scottish and Welsh players.
True to form, England hit the front early and after 3 rounds were 8 wins ahead of Scotland and 10 wins ahead of Wales. By Saturday night that lead had extended to 20 wins.
Overnight Standings on Saturday: England 38 v Scotland 18 v Wales 16
In reality the question at this stage was not about who would win but by how much. And there was still a fight to be had for second spot.
Wales seemed to step up the pace in the race for second spot on Sunday morning and pulled level with the Scots’ total by Sunday lunch.
Sunday Lunch standings: England 56 v Scotland 26 v Wales 26
England continued to forge ahead on Sunday afternoon and kept their best round until the last, a perfect 8 wins. Wales recorded one of their best rounds in round 10 with 5 wins compared to Scotland’s 2 which all but sealed Scotland’s fate.
Final Standings: England 75 v Wales 35 v Scotland 34
Top Team: England 8 – 12 wins +92
Top Welsh Team: Wales 2 – 7 wins +10
Top Scottish Team: Scotland 2 – 8 wins +40
Congratulations to England for once again retaining the Home Nations. We look forward to meeting up with everyone again in England in 2014.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The 2014 Celtic Challenge will be hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club on 3rd and 4th May.
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.
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.
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!
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.