North v South

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Over forty players turned out at sunny Perth to compete in the “North v South” competition and launch the SPA’s 30th Anniversary season.
Whilst players tucked in to bacon rolls teas and coffees, and with a little bit of pre-deadline transfer activity we managed to come up with eight teams for each squad.

Round one went to the South 5 – 3. The North reversed the score in round 2 meaning both squads could enjoy the lunches laid on by host club, Perth PC.
The Afternoon saw the South take round three 5-3 and round four was shared 4-4. The South’s nerve held to take the final round 5-3 and run out 22-18 winners.
This meant the South defended the title, which was just as well as nobody brought the trophy along!

Best team of the day was the South’sTriaxle with 5 wins and +27 points difference. Pretty Vacant were the best Northern team with 4 wins and +22 point difference.
Other teams on 4 wins were the Perth Fools (N) and Montys + Derek (S) and Dram (S).

Special thanks goes to Douglas and the team at Perth PC for being great hosts.
Not only did they pull out the stops on the food & hospitality front but they put down a new and challenging piste in the carpark!

See you all at Fochabers:-
The Spring Fling (1PM) on Saturday 18.04.15
SPA Grand Prix I on Sunday 19.04.15, registration 08.45 -09.15.

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North v South details

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North versus South, will be held at Perth Petanque Club on Sunday the 29th of March 2015.

We’d like to start play at 10.30AM prompt so please aim to be there registered, coffee/tea/bacon rolled up by 10.15AM. That will give us 15 minutes to square off teams & draw the first round. We’ll aim for a minimum of 4 rounds, hopefully five.

Entry is free so please be generous with your raffle donations & purchases!

The SPA is 30!

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This year the SPA will celebrate our 30th Anniversary and the NEC have agreed that we would like to make 2015 a bit more special for all our members.  We will confirm the details in due course, but here are some of things we’ve arranged:

  • Coaching sessions with French player, Didier Chassot, on 9th and 10th May at Inverleith Petanque Club.  The session on the 9th will be aimed at Scottish internationals, competitive players and coaches.  The session on the 10th will be aimed at the club player and is open to all our members.
  • A special 30th Anniversary weekend on 11th and 12th July in Fochabers.  Fochabers PC will hold an open competition on the 11th, followed by a celebratory meal at the Gordon Arms and the SPA National Triples on the 12th.  It’s sure to be a great weekend.
  • All our members will receive a special 30th Anniversary memento

We would really like to hear from anyone who might have photos at home from by-gone days of the SPA.  If you can help please get in touch via the ‘Contact the SPA’ menu.

Colin Stewart | President

SPA Calendar

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Apologies to our readers who experienced difficulties accessing the calendar.  Hopefully this is resolved and you can see all the confirmed events under ‘Events’ and then ‘Calendar’.  Please note two changes from the provisional calendar:

  • Grand Prix 1 will now be hosted by Fochabers (with the usual Spring Fling the day before)
  • Grand Prix 3 will now be hosted by Inverleith

If you would like to advertise an event, please let us know via the contacts section of the website and we’ll add them in.

Jim Main: SPA Singles Champion 1984: RIP

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Scottish petanque was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Main on 24.12.14. Our thoughts and condolences are with Norma and the family.

The “Mainiacs” were among the vanguard as petanque spread across Scotland in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Jim and Norma, living and working in Aberdeen, helped get petanque booming in Aberdeen and the North-East area. With clubs in Newburgh, Ardo House, Stonehaven and Fochabers it was not unusual to have well in excess of 30 teams at open competitions.

The Mains regularly made the later stages of triples events and Jim and Norma were an even more formidable doubles pairing. However it was at Singles that Jim made his mark, as the second person to win the National Singles title.

Jim was a great sport and gentleman on and off the piste. We will miss him.

Annual General Meeting

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The SPA’s Annual General Meeting was held in Perth PC on Sunday 26th October.  There were two changes to the NEC for the forthcoming year.  Brian Ward stepped down as Treasurer and Gordon Scott was elected to replace him.  Jean Hutcheson stood down as NEC member and Derek Adam joins the NEC.  All other posts remain as last year.  The SPA would like to thank Brian and Jean for their hard work over the last two years.

The first meeting of the new NEC will be on Sunday 7th December at 11.00 am either at Perth PC clubhouse or the cafe at Bells Sports Centre, Perth.  The full NEC can be viewed here.

 

Scottish Women Reach New Heights in Turkey

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The Scottish Women’s team of Dani Cassini, Emma Montgomery, Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge competed in the Women’s European Championships in Mersin, Turkey, last weekend.

The opening rounds followed the Swiss format and the Scots were drawn against Ukraine first up.  The results from the Swiss were as follows:

1. Scotland 13-7 Ukraine

2. Scotland 0-13 Italy

3. Scotland 13-2 England

4. Scotland 13-6 Portugal

5. Scotland 11-12 Slovenia

A great performance placing the Scots in twelfth place after the Swiss rounds and qualifying for the last 16 in the main competition.

The last 16 format was 4 seeded pools played under the barrage system.  The Scots faced Denmark in the first game and were beaten 13-0.  Up next was Slovenia and a must win game to stay in the competition.  And that they did, winning 13-7 and reversing the result from the Swiss round.  So, with one win and one loss, the Scots found themselves in the barrage match against the Spanish, the winner would secure a spot in the last 8 knock-out phase.  Sadly for Scotland it was not to be and the Spaniards won without conceding.  So the Scots were out, but achieved the highest ever ranking of a Scottish team in an international event and they will no doubt look back on the weekend as a triumph.

Interestingly, the Danes and Spanish (both of whom Scotland faced in the last 16 pool) contested the final, with Spain coming out on top.  The Scots can therefore be very proud of their achievements against such high calibre opponents.

This bodes very well for the game in Scotland.  Bit by bit players are getting experience of playing at the highest level and this can only benefit all players as our standard improves.

Well played Ladies!

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