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.