Pre-Season Melee Results

On Sunday 31st March, 41 players entered our friendly precursor to the season at Perth Petanque Club.  Thank you to all who supported the event, despite the clash with Mother’s Day and losing an hour’s sleep.

Perth PC treated us to bacon rolls and coffee before the action kicked off on a cold, by dry day.  The players were sorted at random into triples with the odd pair in each of the five rounds.

Top of the pile after the last round was Malcolm McKenzie, Douglas Hamilton was second and Paul Fletcher was third.  The final standings for all players can be found here.

Next up is the EuroCup Qualifier to be contested by Perth PC and Inverleith PC at Carnoustie on 7 April, followed by the first Grand Prix of the season at Perth on 28 April.

Finally, a quick reminder that we are selling SPA branded jacks in 4 colours (white, blue, purple and pink) for £2.50 each.  You can pick some up at SPA competitions while stocks last, but if you aren’t able to get to a competition and want some, you can email Colin Stewart who will sort you out.

World Championships Qualifier Results

Four men’s pairs and two women’s pairs contested the World Championships Qualifier on Sunday 25th November at Perth.  Weather-wise, it was a difficult test for the players with cold and wet conditions throughout the day.

The qualifiers are:

  • Mags Montgomery
  • Dani Cassini
  • Robbie Stronach
  • Paul Fletcher

They will represent Scotland at the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles World Championships in Almeria, Spain, in May.  Congratulations to the qualifying players and commiserations to those who missed out.


Annual General Meeting

The Scottish Petanque Association held its AGM on Sunday 28 October at Perth Petanque Club.  At the AGM, the members voted to adopt a new constitution and you can view it here.

Among other things, the constitution creates 2 SPA membership categories which come into effect on 1 April 2019:

Affiliate Member. Every member of every affiliated club will become an Affiliate Member.

Full Member. This is subject to an additional membership fee and allows the member to hold an SPA licence and  serve on the NEC.

Current membership rights of members are maintained until the new membership structure comes into force.

The membership also voted in favour of adopting the following fee structure for 2019:

Club Affiliation Fees

  • For clubs affiliating for the first and second years – £25 per club
  • For clubs affiliating for third year onward – £6 per member

Full Membership Fees

  • £14 for Full Club Members – this applies to members of an affiliated club who want to upgrade to Full Member.
  • £25 for Full Individual Members – this applies to members who are not also a member of an affiliated club.

Finally, a new NEC was elected and you can see it here.

Malcolm McKinlay

It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Malcolm McKinlay who passed away earlier this month.

Malcolm was a passionate pétanque player at his home club of Troon and who represented Scotland on numerous occasions, the last being at this year’s Home Nations in Jersey.

Our thoughts are with Rosemary, Malcolm’s family and friends and of course Troon Pétanque Club.

A true gentleman and a great supporter of our sport, he will be sorely missed.

Masters Report & Results

The 2018 Masters were contested on 13 and 14 October at Inverleith PC and we were treated to hearty lunches both days (with thanks to the assistance from Ferranti Bowling Club).

The Masters is the culmination of the international qualification series, with places in the Women’s World Championships (Cambodia), Men’s and Veteran’s European Championships (Bulgaria) and the Celtic Challenge (Wales) up for grabs.

As ever, the Masters was very competitive with a high standard on show. Pretty Vacant dealt with the terrible rain on Saturday to finish the 6th round in first place on 5 wins, but there were a few teams snapping at their heels on 4 wins overnight.

Sunday saw much improved weather, even if it was a bit chilly at times. As play wore on, it became clear the title was a two horse race, with Pretty Vacant continuing their strong performance from Saturday, notching up another 4 wins to go into the final round. But Triaxle were too having a strong day and were in the hunt one win behind.

In the final round, 4 of the top 5 places changed as Pretty Vacant were unable to beat the Sex Pisteols, leaving the door open for Triaxle to take the title if they could win without giving up too many points. A comfortable win for Triaxle in the last game saw them crowned champions, a repeat of 2016, on points difference. Pretty Vacant were second. The 3 Bears had a very good weekend to take 3rd place on 8 wins, with the Sex Pisteols recovering from a difficult Saturday to take 4th place on points difference.

Qualifiers as of right for each of the internationals are as follows:

Women’s World Championships – Emma Montgomery
Men’s European Championships – Paul Fletcher & Kevin Johnstone
Veteran’s European Championships – Alec Davie, Gavin Hillson, Mike Watt

The top 4 teams will represent Scotland at next year’s Celtic Challenge in Wales.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who missed out.

The final standings are as follows:

SPA Triples Result

12 triples teams competed in the 2018 SPA Triples at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. We are pleased to see two new triples teams competing this year – The Combies (from Moffat PC) and Carnoustie PC. We hope they enjoyed the experience and will join us again at our events next season.

The winning team were Pretty Vacant – Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins and Robbie Stronach with a perfect record of 6 wins. The Sex Pisteols – John Wilson, Derek Adam and Colin Stewart – were second with 5 wins and Triaxle – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone were third.

The national playing season now takes a break due to international competition. The final competition of the season will be the SPA Masters at Inverleith PC on 13 and 14 October, where the top 12 qualified teams from the Grand Prix Series will play for places in next year’s international squads.

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