Players please note that the venue for Grand Prix 1 on 23 April has been moved to Inverleith PC. It was originally to be hosted by Melrose Gala PC.
We’d like to remind members that, in order to compete in SPA competitions in 2017, you will need to be in possession of a new SPA licence (the new credit card design) and this must be produced at registration for each competition. It takes around 4 weeks from your application to receive your new licence. With this in mind, we suggest you apply for your licence no later than Sunday 12th March to ensure you have your licence in time.
Licences can only be issued to those who are either members of a SPA affiliated club or who have paid an individual SPA membership fee.
You can apply for your licence by clicking on the link in the ‘quick links’ section to the right of this page. Please don’t leave it too late.
The FIPJP has issued a revised set of rules for petanque. You can find them here. The new rules come into effect from 1 January 2017 and we would urge all members to familiarise themselves with them before the start of the new season. The Scottish Petanque Association will issue competition and qualifier specific rules as necessary in due course.
Good luck to Ed Strachan, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone and Derek Adam who depart soon to compete for Scotland in the Men’s Triples World Championships in Madagascar.
The SPA has decided to adopt a new system issuing and renewing petanque licences and this is now in effect for 2017 licences. To remind you, you need an SPA licence to play in SPA competitions, as well as any overseas competitions where an international licence is required. The benefit of the new system is that you will receive a high quality, waterproof credit card type licence.
The process to apply for your new 2017 licence is very straightforward. Click on the link below and click on the Join Us/Renew button.
You will need to complete the application form and you will need to have a digital photograph already stored on your computer to upload into the database (which is suitable for ID purposes, i.e. a photograph of your head and shoulders, looking square on, with a neutral background). We may ask you to send a different photograph if the one you upload isn’t suitable.
Once your application is complete and approved, we will arrange for the new licence to be delivered. It takes around 3-4 weeks and it will be sent directly to you at your home address. The new licences will be valid from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017.
There is no cost for your first licence each year, but if you lose it and require a replacement, there will be a charge of £5.
You will be invited to renew your licence around 28 days before expiry of your current one (i.e. in early December each year). All you need to do is check your details remain the same and renew, or edit those details which have changed.
If you have any difficulty using the system please do let me know.
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Good luck to Emma Montgomery and Colin Stewart who travel to Halmstad, Sweden this week to compete in the first European Singles Championships. The competition was hastily rearranged following the late withdrawal of the original hosts and we are very grateful to the Swedish and Danish federations for agreeing to host at such short notice.
You can find out more about the competition here http://www.svenskboule.se/ECSingles2016
The 2016 SPA Masters was contested on 17 and 18 September at Troon PC. The top 12 ranked teams from the Grand Prix Series battled it out in a round robin to determine the 2016 Masters team and those who would compete for Scotland in 2017. A big thank you to Troon PC for their hospitality and the delicious lunches on both days.
At the end of play on Saturday, Triaxle were sitting in pole position with 5 wins, their only loss coming narrowly in the first round to last year’s Masters, Les Cremants. Maboule, The 3 Bears, Les Cremants and The Dukes of Marr all had 4 wins.
Sunday saw Triaxle continue to dominate, racking up another 4 wins and taking the title. The Sex Pisteols shook off their shaky performance on Saturday to win all five matches on Sunday and finish in second place. Les Cremants strong perfmornace continued, with another four wins on Sunday to take third. Maboule managed only two wins on Sunday but clung on to take fourth.
The full results are shown below. Teams 1 -4 will play as Scotland A in the Celtic Challenge at Melrose in April, Teams 5-8 will form the B squad.
- Emma Montgomery has qualified as of right to compete in the Women’s Triples World Championships in 2017.
- Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone have qualified as of right to compete in the Men’s Triples European Championships in 2017.
- John Wilson has qualified as of right to compete in the Veteran’s European Championships in 2017
Well done to all the qualifiers.
Our Women’s team of Alison Swiffin, Chistine Thomson, Lynn Jenkins and Mari Snell are competing in the Women’s European Championships in Bratislava this weekend. We wish them the very best of luck. You can follow their progress at http://petanquebratislava.com/en/
The SPA Singles and Doubles titles were contested over the weekend of 20th and 21st August at Fochabers Petanque Club. Due to the number of entries for the Singles and a lack of suitable space, the Shooting title was not contested.
First up, the Singles on Saturday and 22 entries. The format was a 6 round Swiss and, due to only 8 lanes being available, each round was played in 2 sessions.
The title looked like it would be won by Colin Stewart who had managed to secure a perfect 5 wins going into the last round against Shirley Legge who had 4 wins. At the same time, Lynn Jenkins would play John Wilson, also both on 4 wins. Shirley got the better of Colin and all eyes were then on the match between Lynn and John. In the end, Lynn beat John and pipped Shirley as her points difference was one point greater. Colin had to settle for 3rd.
Sunday brought the doubles and, with 11 teams competing, that meant byes. Lynn and Shirley dominated the day, beating everyone in their path to win the title and complete a perfect weekend for the pair. John Wilson and Robbie Stronach finished 2nd while Mari Snell and Dani Cassini finished 3rd.
Next up is the Scottish Masters at Troon on 17th and 18th June for the top 12 teams from the Grand Prix Series. This will be used to select Scotland Squads for 2017 internationals.
The Scottish Petanque Association and Inverleith Petanque Club hosted the 2016 Home Nations on 6th and 7th August. Teams from Scotland, England, Wales and, for the first time, Jersey competed for the trophy that has been won by England on each occasion since the competition was founded in 2000.
England kept to their winning ways and pulled away from the pack from the first round. Jersey were lying in second after the first round, Wales 3rd and Scotland 4th.
As the weekend wore on, England stretched their lead and won the Championships convincingly. It looked like they might record a record number of wins but they fell just short of the record with 80 in the end. 4 of their teams registered perfect 12 wins.
Wales had a strong weekend, finishing with 48 wins and taking second place.
Scotland, having been in 4th place for much of the competition, won some key games against Jersey in the penultimate round, meaning they secured third place on points difference.
While Jersey finished 4th, they pushed Scotland all the way and only missed out on third by the smallest of margins.
1st – England – 80 Wins, +550
2nd – Wales – 48 Wins, -40
3rd – Scotland – 32 Wins, -201
4th – Jersey – 32 Wins, -309
England 7 – Sean Prendergast, David Plumhoff, Graham Galton – 12 Wins +112
Wales 1 – Phil Bradshaw, Ian Bailley, Derek Jones – 9 Wins + 56
Scotland 2 – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone – 7 Wins +14
Jersey 2 – Callum Stewart, Andy Bellamy-Burt, Matt Pinel, Alan Oliviera – 7 Wins -4
Congratulations to England for retaining the trophy once more. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.