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:
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.
14 teams arrived at Fochabers PC on Sunday 27th April. The results are shown below. Congratulations to the winners, DRAM, a new name on the trophy. Many thanks to the Fochabers crowd and SPA volunteers for their assistance running the competition. Next up….. the Celtic Challenge at Fochabers next weekend.
Tweed Valley Pétanque Club has been awarded £2600 from Awards for All
Scotland and £500 from Borders Sport and Leisure Trust. This will enable the club to purchase a new shed and increase our Pistes to three @ 15 x 4 metre or five @ 12 x 3 metre increasing playing capacity to a maximum of thirty people at one time.
Congratulations to Tweed Valley PC from all at the SPA.
Once again the traditional season opener between the North & the South proved popular, despite the weather forecast with 55 players registering for the competition at Perth PC on 6th April. The players were divided into 10 teams on each side and 5 rounds were played. The results were as follows:
Round 1 – South 5 – North 5 (5-5)
Round 2 – South 4 – North 6 (9-11)
Round 3 – South 7 – North 3 (16-14)
Round 4 – South 6 – North 4 (22-18)
Round 5 – South 4 – North 6 (26-24)
So, in the end a narrow win for the South. Particular mention goes to Paul Bretenoux and Stephane Maurage who were the only team to remain undefeated.
The next SPA event is Grand Prix 1 on Sunday 27th April at Fochabers PC (registration 9.00 – 9.15 sharp for 9.30 start).
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