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FIPJP Men’s Singles World Championships

The FIPJP have announced the first Men’s Singles World Championships in Nice on 31st Jan – 2nd Fen 2014.  Europe have been allotted 18 places at the championships and it appears that the qualifying European nations will be determined from the final rankings in the recent CEP Men’s Triples European Championships.  It is therefore unlikely that Scotland will be offered the opportunity to compete this time.

We hope that, for future events such as this, an appropriate qualification system will be put in place and that Women, Espoirs and Juniors will also be given the opportunity in time to compete in Singles at World Championship level.

Life Membership Award: Douglas Hamilton

Douglas Hamilton - SPA Life Member
Douglas Hamilton – SPA Life Member

Following his decision to step down from the National Executive Committee for 2013/14 the SPA have awarded a Life Membership to Douglas Hamilton.

Douglas introduced petanque to the Perth area initially by getting together with a group of friends and neighbours in the St. Martin/Balbeggie region.  They initially played in their driveways on a rotation basis, sometimes playing at three different locations in one night.

Douglas and his neighbour David Blair founded Perth Petanque Club in 1990, playing for a short time at Perth College.  They were successful in persuading Perth Council to build the permanent piste on the North Inch. Douglas has been regularly elected to of the SPA National Executive Committee and was President in 1995/96 and 2011/12.

The SPA would like to say a huge thank you to Douglas for his tireless work for both his club and the SPA.

SPA Masters Results & Report

The 12 top ranked teams from the 2013 Grand Prix Series turned up a Fochabers to contest the 2013 Masters. With places up for grabs in the 2014 Celtic Challenge, Men’s World Championships, Women’s European Championships and Veteran’s European Championships there was certainly a lot to play for.

A big thank you to all the volunteers at Fochabers PC for the hot lunches on both days and the sumptuous spread of home baking.

Turning to the competition itself and the holders, the Sex Pisteols, faced off early against IPA (2nd in 2012) in the second round. The game was tense and lasted well over 2 hours. IPA took the game 13-11 to take an early advantage. However the Sex Pisteols returned to winning ways with emphatic wins against Pretty Vacant and Les Cremants which IPA lost in round 4 against Capercaillie. By the close of play on Saturday (after 6 rounds) the Sex Pisteols led on points difference from IPA with Midgetirs and Pretty Vacant one game adrift in 3rd and 4th place.

Sunday arrived with the threat of severe weather but, in the end, a little wind a heavy showers were all the players had to content with. The four leading teams all won in round 7 putting them out in front. The Sex Pisteols lost round 8 and with wins for IPA and Pretty Vacant, it looked like the Masters may have a new team name on the trophy. With all 3 leading teams winning round 9 it was getting very tight at the top, with IPA holding a game advantage. But round 10 brought all 3 leaders back level with wins for the Sex Pisteols and Pretty Vacant while IPA lost to Maboules. The title and all the prizes at stake would not be decided until the final round…

Pretty Vacant won their round 11 game and were left to watch as the Sex Pisteols played the Bears while IPA played the Champignons. IPA stumbled over the line first against the Champignons in a scrappy game 13-10. This left one game on the piste – the Sex Pisteols needed to win to retain the title. And, despite a lot of nerves, so it proved to be with a 13-11 win. The Sex Pisteols extended their winning ways in the competition to 6 consecutive years.

The final standings can be viewed here

All 4 players from the Sex Pisteols will be selected to compete in the 2014 Men’s World Championships should Scotland be given a place.

Shirley Legge and Lynn Jenkins will have the honour of forming the team to compete in the 2014 Women’s European Championships.

Players from the Midgetirs are eligible to form the team to compete in the 2014 Veteran’s European Championships.

The Sex Pisteols, Pretty Vacant, IPA and Nord Ecosse will compete as Scotland A in the Celtic Challenge.

The Midgetirs, Les Cremants, DRAM and the 3 Bears will compete as Scotland B in the Celtic Challenge.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who missed out.  SPA competitions will resume in the Spring.

 

SPA AGM 2013 Notice to Members

Notification – Scottish Petanque Association – Annual General Meeting – 2013

The 2013 AGM of The Scottish Petanque Association will be held at:-

Perth Pétanque Club

Clubhouse
North Inch,
Perth
PH1 5HS

On Sunday the 20th October at 1PM.

Tea & coffee will be available for 50p.

Amendments to the constitution require a proposer and seconder. Can you please get these to me no later than Friday 11th October 2013?

The constitution can be found here.

Best regards … Lynn

 

Lynn Jenkins

SPA Secretary

SPA Triples 2013 Report

The 2013 SPA Triples was hosted by Penicuik on a cold and blustery but mainly dry 1st September.  This was the first National Competition to be held in Penicuik and for many players it was their first opportunity to try out Penicuik’s new piste.

With no power available at Penicuik’s piste it was back to an ‘old school’ pen and paper competition – a snake format over six rounds with wins and points difference separating the placings.

The competition remained tight at the top all day.  At lunch two teams (Champignons & IPA) had perfect records of three wins, with Maboules, Triaxle & Capercaillie snapping at their heels with two wins.

By the end of round 4 the Champignons were clear leaders on 4 wins +36, but IPA, Maboules and Capercaillie were still in the hunt with 3 wins each.

Round 5 saw IPA beat the Champignons and Maboules clocked up another win, leaving the top three places as follows:  Champignons 4 wins +30, IPA 4 wins +23, Maboules 4 wins+19

IPA registered a strong 13-1 win against DRAM in the final round meaning the competition would go to the wire and with Champignons drawn against Maboules the top three places could all change.  The Champignons did what they needed to (just) with a 13-7 win and took the title on the narrowest of margins.

Final placings:

2013TriplesResults

Frank Malcolm Memorial Melee 2013 Report

On a slightly overcast but pleasantly warm and dry day 18 players (well actually 19 as Istvan shared a place with Monika) took part in this Perth Petanque event – a five round individual Melee with players mixed up in each round and playing in either a pair or a triple depending on the draw.

It was especially good to see some of the newer Perth members amongst the usual mix of players, all of whom acquitted themselves well with some good wins which will hopefully encourage them to participate in future events.

The end result was very close with final results depending on the outcome of the last game and with four players on four wins fighting it out for 2nd to 4th it was Bob Boyle (Stirling) who just missed out on a prize on points difference. Alison Swiffin and Istvan/Monika tied on 4 wins and +19 points for 2nd/3rd place and by mutual agreement shared those prizes, giving the choice of prize to Istvan’s daughter who was asked if she would prefer wine or chocolate – no prizes for guessing which one she chose!

However that was a tie for Second place and the outright Winner was one of Perth’s well established players with a clean sweep of 5 wins out of 5 – Eileen Moonie, who was on top form during the event pulling out some of the classic shots that Eileen is renowned for.
Proceeds from refreshments and the fun lunchtime competitions (Congratulations to Henry Hutcheson who won both the shooting and pointing events) totalled £75. This will be donated to Cancer Research UK via their charity shop in Frank’s home town of Blairgowrie.

Many thanks to all those who assisted and participated to make this a very successful event.

Eileen Moonie - Frank Malcolm Memorial Winner 2013
Eileen Moonie – Frank Malcolm Memorial Winner 2013

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