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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This weekend 4 teams from Scotland will travel to Dublin to compete with Ireland and Wales for the 30th Celtic Challenge.
The Scotland teams are:
Scotland 1: Derek Adam, Robbie Stronach, John Wilson
Scotland 2: Shirley Legge, Richard Carter, Mike Watt
Scotland 3: Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Matthew Neilson
Scotland 4: Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone
On Saturday 5th May, Norham PC are having an open day to publicise the new club and to encourage new people to join in. If you are in the area do pop along between 10 and 12 to say hello and find out more about their plans. Contact details are shown in the poster below if you want more information.
20 teams (64 players) registered for the first round of the 2018 Grand Prix Series on 22 April, held at Troon Petanque Club. Numbers for SPA competitions continue to grow each year and it is many a year since we have attracted 20 teams to a triples competition. This is excellent news and it is great to see more new players this year, as well as others who’ve made a long awaited comeback!
The usual swiss ladder system was in operation, with 6 timed rounds.
Weather wise, we got wet in the morning, dried out nicely early afternoon before getting wet once more in the final round.
The winners, and retaining their GP1 title, were Triaxle (Emma Motgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone). Capercaillie (Jean & Henry Hutcheson playing with Stephen Leitch) were second and Les Marrons (Raymond & Stuart Killen playing with Malcolm McKinlay) were third.
The SPA would like to thank Troon PC for hosting, including the work they did to add extra wood to the play area to allow us to squeeze in 10 lanes.
Well done to all. The second round of the series will be played at Inverlieth PC in May.
Good luck to John Wilson, Richard Carter, Mags Mongtomery, Colin Montgomery, Gavin Hillson, Alec Davie and Mike Watt who are competing for Scotland in the Nations Veterans Cup invitational tournament in Schijndel, Netherlands this weekend. They are accompanied by coaches Shirley Legge and Robbie Stronach.
Teams from Denmark, Jersey, Monaco, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland will compete over 3 days of competition.
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