SPA Singles & Shooting 2009

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Lynn Jenkins 2009 SPA Singles Champion

The 2009 Singles Championship started off promisingly but halfway through the first game the heavy rain arrived. Thankfully it only lasted a short time and by the end of the first game the rain had gone. The weather for the rest of the day remained mainly sunny with a little bit of cloud.

There were 23 people participating in the Singles Championship and the top 16 qualified to participate in the afternoon session which consisted of four games in the Swiss system.

In a repeat of one of last years semi-finals Robbie Stronach took revenge over Ed Strachan to qualify for the final. In the other semi, Lynn Jenkins triumphed over Brian Ward. In an all Fochabers final, Lynn moved up a gear and raced in to a commanding lead. Robbie rallied to pull back some points but Lynn finished him off to win the 2009 Singles Championship.

In the plate, the winners of two leagues fought it out to claim this trophy. In his first season of Petanque and his first SPA competition, Henry Hutcheson from the Perth Club, qualified to take on Colin Montgomery in the Plate final. The wily old Monty triumphed to win the plate, with threats of not coaching any more Perth players. In a generous gesture Monty presented Henry with a bottle for his achievements in his first event as it was also noted that Henry qualified for the knockout phase of the shooting event.

Howard Tipton 2009 SPA Shooting Champion

Qualification for the shooting competition took part in the morning and the top 8 players went through to a straight knockout phase. There was a playoff for the eighth position as Finlay Ross and Ed Strachan had the same score. Ed managed to just pip Finlay in the playoff to complete the top eight. The knockout took place over the afternoon and was fitted in, in between the Singles matches. Fresh from her Singles win Lynn Jenkins strolled into the shooting final where she came up against the in-form Howard Tipton. Howard raced into a commanding lead from which Lynn was unable to recover. Howard was crowned the 2009 Shooting Champion.

Our thanks go to Derek Adam for organising the singles and shooting events and also thanks to Mags Montgomery and the catering staff for organising the lunch time food and all the other things that made this event a success. Our thanks also go to the team who setup the shooting apparatus. Finally thanks to the Inverleith club for hosting this event which was run very smoothly and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Ed Strachan

SPA Grand Prix 3 Report

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SPA GRAND PRIX 3

SPA Grand Prix 3 was hosted by Troon Petanque Club at the Rugby Club in Troon on Sunday 15th June.

The players who represented clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr who played in the two previous GP’s registered fourteen teams and were joined by a further two teams from Troon making a round number to play in GP3.

The format was a six round Snake and, in spite of a doom and gloom weather forecast and news of thunder, lightning and torrential rain over parts of Scotland, Troon was wall to wall sunshine! On a piste ‘of two halves’ (had to get a footie reference in for the benefit of Rabid, sorry, Rangers supporters Susie and Eck) play commenced at 10 o’clock

Regardless of only playing six rounds play continued until after six o’clock. Did I hear talk of timed games for SPA events? No doubt a hot topic for future debate and all opinions looked forward to with anticipation and trepidation!

The result of SPA GP3

1st – Bears Gavin Hillson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

2nd – Barons Robin Gardiner, Donnie MacIntyre and Brian Ward.

3rd – I P A Derek Adam, Colin Stewart, and Stephane Maurage.

The twelve teams that qualified for the Masters to be held at Inverness on the 5th and 6th of September are, in alphabetical order –

Barons, Bears, Birds and Bees, Cabbage and Ribs, Champignons, Hillbillies, I P A, Just Us, Maboule, Midgetiers, Nord Ecosse and Pisteols.

SPA Grand Prix 2 Report

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SPA Grand Prix 2 was hosted by Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth on Sunday 25th May.

The players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr who registered fifteen teams to play in GP1 turned up in good time at Perth for GP 2.

The format was a seven round Snake and, in fine weather and on a fast piste, play commenced at 10 o’clock.

Unlike at Fochabers no thunder, lightening, rain and hail deluged the piste only the sound of hootin’ and hollerin’ which was thought to be coming from those diehard Rangers supporters Suzy, don’t gie me a green raffle ticket, Allan and Eck Davie, but no, it was from nubile women and macho men playing in a volleyball tournament adjacent to the piste!

Play continued sedately on a sunny afternoon until the early evening.

The result of SPA GP2

1st – Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

2nd – Pisteols Robbie Stronach, John Wilson and Lynn Jenkins.

3rd – Cabbage and Ribs Fiona and Howard Tipton, Ben Burnhill and Emma Montgomery.

Douglas.

SPA North v South

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The first SPA Competition of the 2009 Season is the NORTH v the SOUTH hosted by Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth on 6th April.

“REVENGE IS SWEET – NORTH UNSTOPPABLE, WELL ALMOST!”

On a bright and sunny morning twenty four players turned up – 11 from Perth, 6 from Fochabers, 5 from Inverleith and 2 fae Troon. Where were Inverness, Mr President’s, Birds and Bees and other Inverleith and Troon stalwarts?

Battle commenced at 10:30, a Melee triples with four teams per side playing four rounds.

Lunch was taken after two rounds with the North romping to an 8 games to 0 lead.

Desperation set in for the South, and with the port and cheese to the fore thanks to Mike, the first three games in the afternoon went to the North. Then disaster! North, with last year’s 12 – 4 drubbing in mind, and intent on a whitewash dropped a game to 12 thanks to Robbie – a big boy telt me to say that!

However normal service was resumed and the end result was – NORTH 15 – SOUTH 1

Thanks to Gavin, Mike, Alex, Lynn, Robbie and John from Fochabers and Mabel, Margaret, Eileen, Sheila, Ian and Douglas from Perth, north of the Tay, who represented the North.

and, Art, Dani, Marina, Derek and Finlay from Inverleith, Brian and Charlie fae Troon and Alice, Jean, Sheila, Margot and Steve from Perth, south of the Tay, who represented the South.

Douglas.

SPA Grand Prix 1 Report

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SPA Grand Prix 1 was hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club at the Cricket Club in Fochabers on Sunday 26thMarch.

Players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr registered fifteen teams to play in GP1 and hopefully will do so for GP‘s 2 and 3.

The format was a seven round Snake and, in fine weather, play commenced at 10 o’clock.

Come 1 o’clock the heavens opened, thunder, lightening, rain and hail deluged the piste and play was suspended for an hour, fortuitously it was the denner oor, thereafter we were blessed by a fine afternoon and play continued until nearly seven thirty.

The result of SPA GP1

1st – Pisteols Robbie Stronach, John Wilson and Lynn Jenkins.

2nd – Birds and Bees Byron Milton, Bob Boyle and Istvan Poka.

3rd – Nord Ecosse Gordon and Pat Scott and John and Christine Mudd.

Douglas.

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