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.

SPA Triples Arrangements

The SPA National Triples will be contested at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. Registration will be open from 9am – 9.15 sharp with play commencing asap thereafter. A reminder, competitors need to hold an SPA licence to compete. Licences should be presented at registration.

Perth PC will offer tea/coffee and perhaps a light breakfast bite at registration. Please bring your own lunch.

There will be a raffle, with proceeds shared between Perth PC and the SPA. Prize donations would be very welcome.

EuroCup Results

The results from Inverleith’s group of the EuroCup have now been checked and published.

The team managed a good match with against the Wheatsheaf from Wales, meaning Inverleith finished 6th in the Group.  Sadly that means they didn’t qualify for the finals.  But we hope they had a good trip to Italy and enjoyed the experience of playing against some of the top club sides in Europe.

EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results
EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results

Inverleith PC in EuroCup Action This Weekend

A team of 6 from Inverleith Petanque Club will compete in Group D of the EuroCup for Clubs Qualifying Round in Imperia, Italy from Thursday.  Contested over 4 days, they will compete against the following clubs:

  • S. Giacomo Petanque T.Arbustini (Italy)
  • Żywiecki Klub Boules (Poland)
  • Helsingin Boule Yhdistys (Finland)
  • Wheatsheaf PC (Wales)
  • Carrefour PC (Jersey)
  • SCP Кiev (Ukraine)

The top 4 from Group D will compete in the EuroCup Finals in late November, along with the 12 clubs that qualify from Groups A-C.

Good luck to Inverleith PC. You can follow progress of all the Qualifying Rounds at

Singles & Shooting Results

18 players competed in the SPA Singles Championship at Ayr Petanque Club on Saturday 30 June. A very big thank you to Ayr for hosting their first SPA event for a few years – they did a great job and the play area was immaculately presented on a very warm day.

Robbie Stronach won with 5 wins, 24 BHN, Paul Fletcher was second with 5 wins, 19 BHN, who just pipped Kevin Johnstone into third.  The full results are shown below.

2018 Singles Result
2018 Singles Result











The Shooting Championship was also contested, with players registering a qualifying score during breaks in play in the Singles. The top 4 players from the qualifying round played semi finals, with the 2 winners playing off in the final for the title.

Paul Fletcher won, and also registered the top score of the day – 32. Kevin Johnstone was runner up.

The full results are here


SPA Singles, Shooting and Doubles arrangements

The SPA Singles and Shooting will be held at Ayr Petanque Club, Northfield Bowling Complex, Ayr on Saturday. Registration is 9.00 – 9.30. Please note that there is a large bowling event on at the venue on the same day and there will be no catering for petanque players that day. Please therefore bring your own lunch and refreshments. Entry is £6 pp for the Singles, Shooting entry is free. We will be running a raffle on Saturday so prize donations would be very welcome.

The SPA Doubles will be held at Troon PC on Sunday. Registration is 9.00 – 9.30. Lunch will be available to purchase from the club for £5 pp (please not breakfast will not be available at the club). Entry to the competition is £6 pp. There wont be a raffle on the Sunday.

Grand Prix 3 Results & Grand Prix Series Final Standings

18 teams contested the final Grand Prix of 2018 at Fochabers on 10 June.  With only 8 lanes available at the terrain, a temporary piste was created in the carpark.  It is great to see that support for our competition is increasing – it’s a good problem to have!

Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Derek Adam and Robbie Stronach) played exceptionally well all day and secured GP3 with a perfect 6 wins, adding to their GP2 title won a few weeks before.

Les Champignons Sauvage (Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Dani Cassini and Matt Neilson) continued their strong showing in Grand Prix, taking second with 5 wins and pipped Triaxle (Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher & Kevin Johnstone) into 3rd place in the final match of the day.  With both teams tied on twelve points at the end of the match, a final additional end was played and Les Champignons Sauvage took the point they needed.

As it turned out, the final end of that match would also determine which of the two teams would win the 2018 Grand Prix Series, meaning Les Champignons Sauvage capped a very consistent Series by taking the overall title.  Due to the new points scoring system, which was designed to make the Grand Prix Series more competitive, it went down to the wire (in fact, it was as close to the wire as you can get!).  A very exciting finish.

The results from Grand Prix 3 and the final standings are shown below.  The top 12 teams from the GP Series have qualified for the 2018 Masters to be held at Inverleith PC on 13-14 October.  The top 8 teams have qualified to represent Scotland at the 2019 Home Nations which we expect will be held in Wales.  Congratulations to all of the qualifying teams and commiserations to those who missed out this time.

Grand Prix 3 Result

GP3 Result


Grand Prix Series Final Standings

Grand Prix Series Final Standings


Grand Prix 2 Results

20 teams contested Grand Prix 2 at Inverleith PC on Sunday 20 May. With a couple of teams adding a 4th player in this round, player numbers topped 65. Another very healthy turnout. Thank you to all the players who continue to support our events.

The weather was good, glorious at times, and Inverleith PC and Ferranti Bowling Club ensured that we were well fed and watered nicely.

It turned out to be a very close competition, with the eventual winners not being settled until all the games were completed thanks to the BHN/fBHN tie breaking score system. In the end, Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and Derek Adam) emerged as the winners with 5 wins, pipping the Sex Pisteols (Richard Carter, John Wilson and Colin Stewart) into second who, with 5 wins and identical BHN had just one fewer fBHN point. Les Campignons Sauvage (Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Dani Cassini and Matt Neilson) came third, also with 5 wins but slightly lower BHN. An exciting finish to a fine day of petanque.

The full set of results and standings with 1 round still to play are shown below. The Grand Prix Series looks like it is going to go down to the wire this year.

The next round will be held on 10 June at Fochabers.

Grand Prix 2 results

GP 2 results a










Series standings

GP Series after round 2 a

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