The SPA would like to wish Christine Thomson, Ed Strachan and Douglas Hamilton, Scotland’s Veterans squad, the very best of luck for this weekend’s European Championships in Lulea, Sweden.
17 teams again registered to compete in the third and final Grand Prix at Perth PC on Sunday 22nd June. With the Triaxle team of Jimmy, Kevin and Paul sitting in top spot with a 9 point margin over DRAM, their nearest opponents, it seemed unlikely that anyone would catch them in the race to the Grand Prix Series.
The weather stayed dry and humid all day and lunch was served in Bells Sports Centre which seemed to work well.
On to the competition and with DRAM and Triaxle having a mixed day, the opportunity was there for others to gain ground. And that they did, with the two teams with interchangeable names rising to the top. The winners, Sex Pisteols (Shirley, Lynn and Richard) retained the GP3 trophy, pipping Pretty Vacant on BHN. The other placings are listed below. The sharp tacks among you may notice a slight change to the announced placings:- following a thorough check of the results a mis-entered score was discovered from round 5. This means that some of the minor placings were different than those announced.
On to the GP Series itself and the Sex Pistols GP3 win meant that was enough to overtake Triaxle, capping a good year for them and adding to their Celtic Challenge top team honours.
Teams 1-8 will be invited to represent Scotland at the Home Nations 2015 and teams 1-12 will play in the SPA Masters in September.
Despite a dull morning in Perth an impressive 16 pairs, from a number of clubs across Scotland, arrived to take part in this event and made up a good mix of ‘the regulars’, ‘rare visitors’ and new faces to the Scottish club competition scene. A random draw allocated a number for each team which then determined who they would play in each of the 5 rounds. At the end of a sunnier afternoon two teams were on 5 wins, but it was Shirley Legge & Lynn Jenkins (Fochabers) who claimed victory, based on points difference, over fellow club members John Wilson & Robbie Stronach. 3rd place was shared between Jean & Henry Hutcheson and Margaret Mauchline & Mabel Danraj (all Perth petanque) who tied for best points difference out of the teams on 4 wins. Mabel sends her thanks to all who supported the event and those who helped out and we hope to see another excellent mix of players at the next Perth Petanque open pairs on 20th July.
10 teams registered for Penicuik’s annual Open Pairs and were divided into two pools of 4 and 6, with 3 rounds played in the morning to decide the 4 teams who would qualify for the afternoon’s main competition.
The afternoon’s main competition, a 4 team round robin, saw Jimmy & Istvan (Troon), Paul & Kevin (Troon), Mags & Monty (Inverleith) and Christine & Doug (Inverleith/Perth) battle it out. In the end Kevin and Paul prevailed to take the trophy with Mags & Monty runners up. Ron & Stephane (Penicuik) won the plate.
Many thanks to all who came to support our wee competition.
Details for Penicuik Open Pairs this Sunday:
Registration: 9.30 for 10.00 start
Cost: £3 per player
Refreshments: Soup and sandwiches lunch @ nearby hotel £4 per person, pay at registration. Selection of soft drinks for sale during the day at the piste (please don’t drink alcohol).
Format: depends on entry
Bring a camping chair if you have one, there isn’t any seating at the piste. Note we have very little shelter so come prepared for inclement weather. Contact Colin on 07535716010 if you need any more info.
Seventeen teams attended Grand Prix 2 at Troon PC on 18 May. It was nice to several new faces and we very much hope they will continue to enter SPA competitions in the future. As ever, Troon put on a sumptuous spread including pasta and a huge variety of cakes and home baking which was very much appreciated by all the players. A very big thank you to Troon PC for again making us all feel so welcome.
On to the competition itself: Play was brisk thanks to the timed games, which was welcomed on what turned out to be a chilly day. With an odd number of teams, byes were required (which can be a curse or a blessing depending upon your viewpoint).
Strong showings from Pretty Vacant, Triaxle, Sex Pisteols and Champignons meant the competition went down virtually to the wire. In the end, the Pretty Vacant team of (confusingly) Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and Johnny Wilson were undefeated and worthy winners. Triaxle continued their great form with another second place putting them in the driving seat for the Grand Prix Series overall winners. The Sex Pisteols of (equally confusingly) Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins and Richard Carter finished in 3rd place with Champignons having to settle for fourth. The final results are:
Grand Prix Series Standings After 2 Rounds
Grand Prix 2:
1st Pretty Vacant (formerly Sex Pisteols)
3rd Sex Pisteols (formerly Pretty Vacant)
More to follow…
Troon PC are hosting an open triples competition on Saturday 17th May (the day before Grand Prix 2). Details as follows
Registration 1pm for 1.30 start. £9 Entry fee per team. We can make up triples if required on the day.
The Bar will be open from 1pm on Saturday. Tea and coffee will be also be available from the kitchen.
Grand Prix 2
Registration 9 am to 9.15 for 9.30 start. Bacon or sausage rolls will be available along with tea or coffee from 8.15 till 9.am.
Lunch will be available at a cost of £3.50 per person.
Menu as follows.
Lasagne or Macaroni with Bacon and cheese.
Macaroni Cheese (veg option)
Tea or Coffee.
Lunch tickets will be on sale on Sunday Morning. The bar will be open on Sunday from 12.noon.
Fochabers PC hosted the 2014 Celtic Challenge on 3rd and 4th May. The main sponsor was Diageo.
The players arrived to a warm welcome at the piste with nibbles and refreshments – a chance to practice and renew acquaintances.
After a welcome by Colin, Shirley and Linda Mellis from Diageo, play commenced at 9.00 am on the Saturday morning with the Scotland A & B teams up against each other, while Ireland faced Wales. The round ended after 11, with 2 games going beyond the 2 hour mark, with Wales in a narrow lead, closely followed by Scotland A & Scotland B.
The results of the first 4 rounds of matches were: Scotland A 11-5 Scotland B, Wales 10-6 Ireland.
Play continued in the afternoon in the sunshine although no team managed to dominate Scotland A managed to extend their lead and Scotland B had pulled themselves into 3rd place. The standings at the end of the first day’s play were: Scotland A 16, Wales 13, Scotland B 10, Ireland 9.
Sunday morning arrived with the threat of showers in the weather forecast and everyone hoped for dry weather. Scotland A took the 4 rounds against Wales with a score of 10-6 whilst Scotland B recorded an 11-5 score against Ireland. After 8 rounds the standings were therefore: Scotland A 21, Wales 16, Scotland B 16, Ireland 11. Scotland B were only 3rd by virtue of points difference.
One more round was completed before lunch and then, just as round 10 got going and everyone thought we might stay dry, it started to rain. And rain. And rain. The umpires called a break in play as the rain poured down the piste and flooded pistes 1 & 2 to the point that they were unplayable. Thankfully the rain subdued after around 30 minutes and all but piste 1 was playable. Cue frantic channel digging to attempt to drain piste 1 while play continued on pistes 2-8. By the end of round 10 piste 1 had drained sufficiently to be clear of water, although with all the mud and silt that had been washed down the piste it was very soft.
By the end of Round 11 Scotland A had done enough to win the competition, being 5 wins ahead of second place but the question remained which team, Scotland B or Wales, would finish in second, both were on 22 wins. Wales emerged from the last round with 3 wins to take second place. The final 4 rounds results were: Scotland A 8-8 Ireland, Scotland B 7-9 Wales.
The final standings were therefore:
1st Scotland A 29
2nd Wales 25
3rd Scotland B 23
4th Ireland 19
Congratulations to Scotland A. They will be hoping to retain the trophy when the Celtic Challenge returns to Dublin in 2015.
The SPA would like to thank Fochabers PC and volunteers, Diageo and the other sponsors and anyone else who contributed to a fantastic weekend’s sport and socilalising.
Scotland A 29, Wales 25, Scotland B 23, Ireland 19.
Top team: Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter – 9 wins
More to follow…