Pisteols Win Scottish Triples

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Sex Pisteols - SPA Triples 2014 Winners

Sex Pisteols – SPA Triples 2014 Winners

The Scottish Triples were hosted by Perth PC on Sunday 31st August.  15 Teams registered who were divided into 4 leagues for the morning’s play.  The top 2 from each league would qualify for the afternoon’s main competition whilst the remainder would play in the plate.

In the end, the Sex Pisteols (Lynn Jenkins, Shirley Legge and Richard Carter) won to add to their impressive haul of titles this year.  Last year’s winners Les Champignons (Colin, Mags and Emma Montgomery, joined by John Porter) couldn’t quite retain their title and were runners up this time after a tight final.  Wee 3 (Maureen Mauchlin, Eileen Moonie and Mabel Danraj) pipped Pretty Vacant to 3rd spot after an equally tight 3/4th place playoff.  The Midgetirs (Susan Allan and John & Norma Cameron) won the plate on points difference.

Congratulations to all the prize winners.  The final SPA event of the season, the Scottish Masters, will be played at Inverleith PC over the weekend of 13th/14th September and will feature the teams who were ranked 1-12 in the 2014 Grand Prix Series.

Home Nations 2014 – Report and Results

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The 2014 Home Nations was held and Mansfield Petanque Club on 9th and 10th August.

The teams arrived on Friday 8th August and many headed to the pistes for a practice, to find them waterlogged after torrential rain. With practice impossible, the socialising started early!

The Scots, Welsh and English players arrived at the well manicured pistes at 8am on the Saturday morning, to find no sign of the flooding from the night before. An army of volunteers from Mansfield PC had clearly been up early to prepare the pistes and catering – a sterling job and much appreciated by the players. After welcome speeches and photographs the games commenced at 9 am. The weather forecast for Sunday was very poor and therefore it was decided to play 7 rounds on the Saturday as a contingency against delays on Sunday.

As play commenced on Sunday heavens opened and, by the end of round 8 almost all the pistes were waterlogged and unplayable, despite the pump. A meeting of the heads of delegations was hastily arranged and it was reluctantly agreed that play could not continue and the competition would be cut short to 8 rounds. A disappointing end to what was otherwise a great weekend.

In the end, many of the Scottish teams struggled with a total of 24 wins across the squad. The English team did what they needed to with 43 wins and the Welsh held a solid second place on 29.

Notable exceptions were the Scotland 2 team of Lynn, Shirley and Robbie who amassed 6 wins from 8 to be the top Scottish team of the weekend, closely followed by Scotland 6 Christine and John Mudd and Gordon and Pat Scott who secured 5 wins.

The SPA would like to thank all of the volunteers from Mansfield PC and the English Petanque Association for their hard work during the weekend. It was sad that they were beaten by the elements in the end, but their efforts and planning were greatly appreciated.

Full results tables

Paul Fletcher Wins Scottish Shooting Title

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Paul Fletcher won Saturday’s SPA Shooting title defeating Kevin Johnstone in a very close final. Both players were tied after the five disciplines and had an identical record of 5 and 3 point scores. Therefore, the match was decided by an extra round.

In addition, the record for the highest score achieved by a Scottish player in competition was broken by Kevin Johnstone in his semi-final against Istvan Poka – a score of 50 to Istvan’s 44.

Congratulations to all players – an impressive shooting display which bodes well for the future.

Istvan Poka Wins Scottish Singles

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Istvan Poka won Saturday’s SPA Singles title and has therefore been selected to represent Scotland at the Men’s Singles World Championships in Nice in January.

Lynn Jenkins was the highest ranked female competitor and therefore has been selected to represent Scotland at the Women’s Singles World Championships in Nice in January.

Congratulations to them both. Full report and results to follow.

World Singles Championships: Men and Women: January 23-25, Nice

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The SPA are delighted to report that we have received an invitation to nominate both a female and male player to represent Scotland at the forthcoming World Singles Championships in Nice in January. To this end it has been decided that the highest placed female and male players in Saturday’s SPA Singles competition will be offered our places.

Players will be asked at registration on Saturday whether they wish to be considered in principle for selection. This decision is not fully binding as full details have not yet been published by the FIPJP, but those who wish to be selected should be prepared in principle to participate. Please note that the SPA cannot offer any financial assistance to the successful players. The SPA will provide full details as soon as they become available – we expect this in August.

This is an exciting opportunity and we wish all of our competitors the very best of luck.

SPA Trophies: A Reminder

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The cost of purchasing trophies is constantly on the rise.  Occasionally the SPA will have to purchase new trophies for a variety of reasons.  However to keep our costs to a minimum we would like to remind all past, present and future SPA champions of the conditions attached to retaining an SPA trophy. This does not include mementos, medals, glasses etc which are for the winners to keep but relates to any perpetual trophy (for example a Grand Prix, Masters or National Title trophy).

  • All perpetual trophies remain the property of the SPA.
  • They should be returned to the SPA, duly engraved, before commencement of the following year’s event in question.  So, for example, the Grand Prix 1 trophy should be returned to the SPA by the following GP1 registration at the latest.  Costs of engraving will be met by the SPA on production of a suitable receipt.
  • Care should be taken to ensure the trophies remain in good condition.  If you are cleaning trophies, please do not use any abrasives (such as Brasso) – our trophies are generally electro-plated and abrasives will remove the top surface, ruining the appearance.  A soft cloth and water is all that is necessary to remove any dirt or tarnish.
  • Accidents happen and trophies can be damaged or broken.  If this happens please let the SPA know as soon as possible.  Where possible we will attempt  a repair or (in the worst case) replace it in time for the next time the trophy is contested.

We are aware of a number of trophies and plates which are being held by past winners for competitions which are not currently being contested (or in one case, is still being contested trophy-less).  If you are holding one of these trophies, please bring them to the next SPA event you attend or contact the SPA as they could be re-used either now or in future.  Call it a ‘trophy amnesty’.

Thanks

Colin Stewart, President

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