The Charity Melee at Glasgow PC which was to be held on 31 August has been postponed until further notice.
The Home Nations was contested at Monkstone Petanque Club, Cardiff on 10 and 11 August. The annual triples tournament pits squads of eight teams each from Scotland, England, Jersey and Wales and is one of the highlights of the petanque season for our players.
The squads travelled to Cardiff on Friday and we were able to get some practice in on the pistes in the afternoon. With 2 contrasting surfaces, one very smooth and fast with the other rocky and unpredictable, it was sure to be a good challenge for us all.
Saturday brought very heavy rain and the morning’s play was tough going for all the players. The rain seemed to be a leveller, with all 4 nations closely bunched at lunch. Lunch seemed to affect the Scottish players and we lost our way a little in the afternoon. By close of play on Saturday we had 19 wins to our name. While we were in touch with Wales (just 3 wins adrift), Jersey and England had managed to stretch ahead a little with 27 and 28 wins respectively. There was certainly all to play for on Sunday and we had a good opportunity to catch Wales.
Sunday was supposed to be better weather wise, and it was in the afternoon, but in the morning we had to again contest with heavy driving rain. This time, we didn’t cope with the conditions as well as our opponents and we gradually drifted further away from the pack. In the end, another 15 wins on Sunday brought our total to 34. Wales were third on 46, Jersey secured second for the third year running with 51 wins and England retained the trophy once more after a strong showing on Sunday and 61 wins in total. Congratulations to them.
You can see the complete results by round here
The top Scottish team was Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and John Wilson with 6 wins.
I would like to thank Monkstone Petanque Club and the Welsh Petanque Association for a very successful competition. We were made to feel very welcome and they looked after us well. Special mention goes to the brave volunteers who, armed with 2lb hammers and spikes, drained the pistes between games. They did a brilliant job to ensure we could play, when at one point it looked like the weather might get the better of us. While the players were soggy all weekend, the pistes were bone dry for the last 2 rounds.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Troon for the 21st Home Nations in 2020.
Colin Stewart – President
We are pleased to announce that Comrie Petanque Club, a new club based at Comrie Golf Club, has affiliated to the SPA. With a large number of members already signed up they really have hit the ground running. Welcome!
The SPA now has 16 affiliated clubs but we are always looking to bring more into the fold. If your group or club is considering becoming affiliated to the SPA, we’d love to hear from you.
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.
Many thanks to Carnoustie Petanque Club for pointing us to this brilliant article about them in the Courier. We hope it generates a lot of interest and more members at the club. Keep up the good work!
This new competition will be held at Perth Petanque Club on 24 and 25 August. A communication has been issued today to each of our affiliated clubs.
If you want your club to be involved speak to your club’s secretary or contact us via the usual channels.
Sunday 19 May saw the GP series head to the wilds of the North, where 18 teams battled it out on the challenging Fochabers terrain.
No teams were able to make it a clean sweep however three teams finished on 5 wins out of 6. With Les Cremants taking first place, 3 Bears finishing second and Pi claiming the bronze medal.
Going into the final Grand Prix of the series at Inverleith on the 9th of June, the series title is still very much wide open.
The Carnoustie Petanque Club invite entries for an Open Triples Petanque Competition for The Carnoustie Gala Petanque Trophy, sponsored by The Carnoustie Gala Committee to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 in the grounds of the Aboukir Hotel, Ireland Street, Carnoustie.
Due to daylight and pistes available, only the first 12 teams to register can be accepted. Entries received after the first 12 will be notified by telephone and fee returned.
Entries stating name of team, contact name and telephone number, together with entry fee of £10 per team, should be sent to Harry Ritchie, 18 Burnside Street, Carnoustie, DD7 7EU by Wednesday 26th June 2019 with cheques/money orders payable to R.A.Ripley
For further information contact Harry Ritchie on 01241-852281.
Chair of Carnoustie Petanque Club
18 Burnside Street, Carnoustie
Tel: 01241-852281 Mob:07866125428
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.