Sincerest apologies for the late publication of the results from Grand Prix 3.
20 teams competed in the final Grand Prix of the season at Inverleith PC on 9th June. With the Grand Prix Series being very close, there was a lot at stake.
After the 6 matches, the winners of GP3 were Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Derek Adam and Robbie Stronach) which was also enough to secure the Grand Prix Series. Live Wires (Marian MacIntyre, Donnie MacIntyre and Charlie Rennie) were second and also secured the silver medal in the series. Les Champignons (Dani Cassini, Mags Montgomery and Colin Montgomery) were third.
The top 4 teams from the Grand Prix Series will represent Scotland at the 2020 Celtic Challenge as team A, with the teams placed 5-8 in team B. The Celtic Challenge will be hosted by Scotland next year.
The top 12 teams in the Series have qualified for the SPA Masters in September, with places at the 2020 Home Nations and other international competitions up for grabs.
GRAND PRIX 1 REPORT – The first Grand Prix of the season was one of the highest attended in recent years with 21 teams travelling to Perth to contest the first round of the 2019 Grand Prix series. It was great to see new teams in attendance including representation for the first time from Moffat PC and Glasgow PC.
The format remained the same as last year, using the Swiss ladder system over 6 timed rounds, with the weather staying mild and dry for the entire day.
After a very busy and long day of petanque, Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Derek Adam & Robbie Stroanch) emerged as the winners with a perfect record of 6 wins. Runners up were Triaxle (Emma Montgomery, Kevin Johnstone, Paul Fletcher & Matt Neilson) and collecting the bronze medal were The Sex Pisteols (Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter, Colin Stewart & John Wilson).
A massive thank you to Perth Petanque Club for hosting and setting up the extra pistes needed to accommodate the 21 teams playing.
Round 2 of the Grand Prix series is just around the corner, as the series heads North to Fochabers on the 19th of May.
With an impressive 32 wins Scotland have retained the Celtic for another year, making it a record 6 wins in a row. A notable mention goes to Scotland 1 ( Shirley, Robbie & Derek) who won all 12 of their games over the weekend.
A massive congratulations to the entire Scotland team for their efforts.
Final standings were
Scotland 32 wins +91
Wales A 24 wins +16
Wales B 24 wins +8
Ireland 16 wins -115
The SPA would like to thank Pontyclun Petanque club and the Welsh Petanque Association for hosting this years competition. We look forward to welcoming our Celtic friends back to Scotland in 2020.
The SPA has adopted an Equality & Diversity Policy which can be found here. Members are asked to read it carefully. If you have any questions about the policy please contact us through the usual channels.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will sort you out.
We’re delighted to announce that Boulers O’Birse are the latest club to affiliate to the SPA. We are very pleased to once again have an affiliated club in Aberdeenshire and wish all of their members a very warm welcome.
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