Perth Petanque 25!

Perth Petanque celebrated their 25th season at the Fenton Quaich Competition on Sunday 2nd August.

Players from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Inverleith, Birds & Bees, Tweed Valley, Troon and Ayr, 44 in all making up 16 pairs and 4 triples teams, congregated at our North Inch piste to cross boules for the coveted Fenton Quaich which was, fittingly, Perth Petanque’s first trophy!

The morning session was 3 timed games in 5 leagues of 4 teams. A buffet lunch was partaken at one o’clock to sustain the jouers for the afternoon and battle for the trophies on offer!

The top 8 teams from the morning’s leagues played a ‘Swiss System’ for the 25th Fenton Quaich and the remaining 12 teams, in leagues of 4 for the 25th Anniversary Cup, Plate and Consolation trophies.

The winners were –

25th Anniversary Fenton Quaich:-
1st – Robbie and John – Fochabers.
2nd – Ed and Alison – Perth.
3rd – Gordon and Pat – Inverness.
25th Anniversary Cup:-
1st – Lynn and Shirley – Fochabers.
2nd – John & Norma – Birds&Bees

25th Anniversary Plate:
1st – Stuart and Bill – Ayr/ (Troon/Tweed Valley)

25th Anniversary Consolation
1st – Paul and Carol – Inverleith.

After the prize presentation the 25th Birthday Cake was ceremoniously cut and shared out along with a small libation to mark the occasion!

The weather stayed fine and thanks not only to John and Derek for preparing the piste, Ed and Alison who devised and ran the competition and Ann for organizing the lunch but to all the players who attended and made Perth Petanque’s 25th Season Birthday bash a success and happy occasion.

Our next competition is the Frank Malcolm Melee on 30th August and we look forward to hosting the SPA Masters on the 12th and 13th of September.


The Winners
The Cake

Ask Monty!

If you have a burning question about the rules of petanque or if something happens in a game which you don’t know how to resolve,  our National Umpire, Monty, is the man to help.  We’ve set up a new ‘Ask Monty’ page where you can email him questions. The good ones might even get a mention on the site!

Perth 25th Anniversary Pairs – 2nd August

Perth PC celebrate their Silver Jubilee!

A reminder to all that you need to register in advance (contact Perth PC) by Friday 24th July latest to play in the pairs competition.  Entry is £6 per person and includes lunch and soft drinks (if you bring your own alcohol it must be consumed in the clubhouse or private area at the rear). The clubhouse will be open from 9.30 am – players are requested to be there by 9.55 latest so play can commence at 10.15.  Presentation and cake will be at around 5.15.


30th Anniversary Celebrations and SPA Triple Results

The weekend of 11/12 July saw the SPA formally celebrate our 30th Anniversary in Fochabers.

The weekend started on Saturday afternoon with Fochabers PC hosting the ‘Summer Fling’ – a friendly open competition. As well as many of the usual players we were delighted to find players from nearby Portknockie joined in too. With play starting at 1.30, the 14 teams were divided into leagues (2 leagues of 4 and 2 leagues of 3). The top two from each league would play in the main knockout while the others would thrash it out for the plate. Games were limited to 11 points so all the matches could be squeezed in in time for everyone to get ready for the evening celebrations. Winners of the main were Robbie and Emma.

On Saturday evening, 30 players (shame it wasn’t more) were greeted to a glass of fizz and sat down to a sumptuous dinner in the Gordon Arms. The SPA would like to say a big thank you to all who contributed the vast table of memorabilia, with photos, newspaper cuttings and other papers from days gone by. It was an evening to reminisce and reflect on the contribution of all of those volunteers who, over the years, having given much their spare time to further the SPA’s cause, as well as to remember those who are no longer with us. Much merriment was had and the conversations went on in to the wee hours.

On to the Triples on Sunday morning. With a few sore heads, 8 teams registered to play. The format would be a round robin of 7 rounds, with games played to 11 points. Play was brisk and, although play started at 9.45, 4 rounds were fully complete before lunch at 1 o’clock. At this point, the Sex Pisteols were out in the lead having won all their games in the morning, with five teams two games adrift. As usual we were treated to a feast at lunch, Lasagne this time, along with sandwiches and home baking.

Play finished not long after 4 pm and, in the end, the Sex Pisteols – Robbie, Derek & Colin – hung on to win with 6 wins from 7. In second were last year’s winners Lynn, Shirley and Richard (this year playing under their usual name of Pretty Vacant) on 5 wins and third were Les Champignons – Emma, Mags and Monty – with 4 wins and better points difference.

A huge thank you to Fochabers PC for hosting and in particular to Shirley Legge for organising the whole weekend – the Summer Fling, prizes, dinner, decorating the hall, collecting memorabilia etc etc etc.

2015 SPA Triples Results
2015 SPA Triples Results

Grand Prix 3 and Series Results

The final Grand Prix of 2015 was contested by 16 teams at Inverleith Petanque Club on 21 June.  A number of teams were in with a chance of winning the Grand Prix Series and with places at the Scottish Masters and 2016 Home Nations up for grabs, it was all to play for.

The top 3 ranked teams after Grand Prix 2, Sex Pisteols, Triaxle and Pretty Vacant looked like they might battle it out for the Series title and at lunch, after 3 rounds, the Sex Pisteols and Triaxle had three wins while Pretty Vacant had two.

The fourth round saw Triaxle and the Sex Pisteols paired together by the Swiss draw – it was becoming increasingly likely that this would be the Grand Prix Series decider.  The Sex Pisteols prevailed and, despite losing to Pretty Vacant in round five, secured Grand Prix 3 and the Grand Prix Series.  Round six saw Triaxle paired against Pretty Vacant, the winners would take second place while the losers would have to settle for 3rd.  Pretty Vacant took the win to secure 2nd place in the Grand Prix and 3rd in the Series, while Triaxle took 3rd place and 2nd place respectively.

The top 12 teams will be invited to compete in the SPA Masters at Perth in September and the top 8 will represent Scotland at the 2016 Home Nations, which will be hosted by the SPA.

Well done to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who didn’t manage it this time.

Grand Prix 3 results
Grand Prix 3 results
Grand Prix Series Final Standings
Grand Prix Series Final Standings

Grand Prix 2 Results

Sixteen teams competed for the second Grand Prix of the season, hosted by Troon PC, on Sunday 24 May.  As ever, the hospitality at Troon was superb and the palyers were treated to breakfast rolls and lunch of baked tatties and home baking.

By lunch, two teams emerged in contention – Triaxle (having lost only 8 points all morning) and Scottish Wildcats – both on 3 wins, with a number of teams following closely behind on two wins. They would play each other and a resounding win for Triaxle put them in pole position to win.

Round 6 saw Triaxle drawn against the Sex Pisteols.  Triaxle knew a win would seal the victory, while there was an outside chance that the Sex Pisteols could pip them on points difference with a big win.  Triaxle continued their strong play and emerged comfortable 13-8 winners.  The Scottish Wilcats finished second, having won all but their game against Triaxle and the Sex Pisteols were third on 4 wins.


Grand Prix 2
Grand Prix 2
Grand Prix Standings after 2 Rounds
Grand Prix Standings After 2 Rounds




Celtic Challenge | Report

The 27th Celtic Challenge was once again a memorable affair, held at Frankfield Petanque Club in Cork on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2015.

The players arrived at Frankfield house on Friday evening to a friendly welcome with a homemade curry before being handed an array of goodies and enjoying the local ales whilst catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Practise was sadly off the cards on Friday night due to the dank dreary conditions.

We arrived at the piste on Saturday morning to a warm welcome from the Lord Mayor of Cork and the torrential rain! Rain aside, play commenced at 9.30 with Scotland battling against Wales and Ireland A and B against each other.  After the morning Rounds Wales were edging ahead with 7 wins to our 5. We had a little more to do in the afternoon.

We ended play on day 1 with 13 wins out of a possible 24 with Ireland B also on 13 wins, and Wales and Ireland A on 11 wins each. Going in to day 2 it was all to play for. The top team going in to Sunday were Pretty Vacant as Scotland 3 on 6 out of a possible 6 with + 67.

Day 2 started a little less wet than Saturday but that wasn’t to last and with several references made to Fochabers last year with the flooded piste, there was a definite sense of déjà vu in the air!

Scotland Started out Sunday morning with 9 out of 12 wins which saw us edge up to 22 wins + 66, jumping ahead of Wales in second place with 18 wins and then Ireland A and B battling for 3rd place it was very exciting going in to round 10!

Round 10 was the round of the weekend where all our teams won their games and saw us jump up to 26 wins + 92, a very credible score which sealed the win for us! The focus  then turned to Triaxle as Scotland 2 with 5 out of 6 wins on day 1 and by the end of round 10 saw them edge up to 9 wins. They had 2 more games to make be the clear cut best team of the weekend, which they duly did with a score of 11 out of 12 wins + 55. The second best team of the weekend overall were Scotland 3 with 9 wins +67.

Retaining both the Celtic Challenge Trophy and the Best Team Shield for a second year in a row was a real treat and put a ray of sunshine on what was a very wet weekend.

Final Placings were Scotland with 32 wins +129 Wales 25 wins + 35 Ireland B 20 wins – 96 and Ireland A 19 wins -66

The SPA would like to thank Frankfield Petanque Club and the Irish Petanque Association and their dedicated volunteers for assisting us during the weekend and making it another memorable trip to the Celtic Challenge. We look forward to 2016 in Wales, where we can do it all over again and Scotland can begin their hat-trick campaign.

Celtic Challenge | Cork

This weekend sees the Celtic Challenge return to Cork and we look forward to renewing our friendship with the Irish and Welsh teams and supporters.  The four Scotland teams are:

Scotland 1 – Derek Adam, Istvan Poka, Colin Stewart

Scotland 2 – Jimmy Johnstone, Kevin Johnstone, Paul Fletcher

Scotland 3 – Richard Carter, John Wilson, Robbie Stronach

Scotland 4 – John Watson, Emma Montgomery, Mags Montgomery

The teams will be looking to put in a strong performance and retain the title, having won it on 3 of the last 4 occasions.  We will try to keep you updated throughout the weekend with the state of play.

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