Inverleith Petanque Club hosted the 2013 Home Nations on 10th and 11th August. A total of 24 teams from England, Wales and Scotland competed over the weekend for the annual event. With England bringing one of their strongest ever squads it would be a tough test for the Scottish and Welsh players.
True to form, England hit the front early and after 3 rounds were 8 wins ahead of Scotland and 10 wins ahead of Wales. By Saturday night that lead had extended to 20 wins.
Overnight Standings on Saturday: England 38 v Scotland 18 v Wales 16
In reality the question at this stage was not about who would win but by how much. And there was still a fight to be had for second spot.
Wales seemed to step up the pace in the race for second spot on Sunday morning and pulled level with the Scots’ total by Sunday lunch.
Sunday Lunch standings: England 56 v Scotland 26 v Wales 26
England continued to forge ahead on Sunday afternoon and kept their best round until the last, a perfect 8 wins. Wales recorded one of their best rounds in round 10 with 5 wins compared to Scotland’s 2 which all but sealed Scotland’s fate.
Final Standings: England 75 v Wales 35 v Scotland 34
Top Team: England 8 – 12 wins +92
Top Welsh Team: Wales 2 – 7 wins +10
Top Scottish Team: Scotland 2 – 8 wins +40
Congratulations to England for once again retaining the Home Nations. We look forward to meeting up with everyone again in England in 2014.
Inverleith Petanque Club were hosts to the Scottish Singles, Shooting and Doubles titles on 27 and 28th July. The SPA would like to thank Inverleith for their hospitality and stovies! Inverleith’s piste has undergone a bit of a makeover, with a new surface added in parts, seating and new score boards all in time for the Home Nations in August. Well done to them for all their hard work.
The Singles and Doubles competitions followed the Swiss Ladder format and six rounds were played in each.
The Singles was contested by 21 players but was yet again dominated by one man, Robbie Stronach. Throughout the day he saw off everyone in his path in emphatic style although the title was not secured until he won his last game against Kevin Johnstone. A win for Kevin in that game would see him take the title on BHN. In the end Robbie won comfortably and took the title for the 3rd year running with a perfect record of 6 wins and having only dropped 20 points all day. Colin Stewart snuck into 2nd place and Kevin Johnstone was 3rd on superior BHN.
The Shooting was held at the same time as the Singles with players invited to register a qualifying score for the Shooting in the breaks between Singles games. After all qualifying scores were registered, the top 4 players played off in Semi Finals. The Semis were Robbie Stronach v Ed Strachan and Kevin Johnstone v Istvan Poka. Robbie and Kevin emerged victorious from their Semi Finals but, as play was about to begin in the Final the heavens opened. After a bit of discussion it was agreed to abandon the final and with Kevin not returning for the Doubles the following day the competition ended. Robbie agreed to give Kevin the trophy (Kevin had the highest total points score over the two rounds which were played).
The Doubles, on the Sunday, was played for the most part in heavy rain, it only clearing to leave sunshine well into the afternoon. So puddles, brollies and waterproofs were the order of the day and 12 teams stepped out into the wet. With play not limited by time there were some long games but most of those who had to wait were probably grateful for the opportunity to dry off in the clubhouse. Reigning champions IPA – Colin Stewart & Istvan Poka were again in fine form. Despite two close games against Fasch – Robbie Stronach & Johnny Wilson and Acorns – Brian Ward & Malcolm McKinlay ( which IPA knew they had to win the latter to ensure victory with Robbie & Johnny snapping at their heels resulting in a tense affair) IPA retained the title with 6 wins from 6. Robbie & Johnny finished second with 5 wins and Les Champignons – Colin & Mags Montgomery finished in 3rd place with 4 wins.
Congratulations to all the winners. Next up is the Home Nations at Inverleith on 10th and 11th August where we look forward to welcoming our English and Welsh friends for some serious petanque and camaraderie.
Perth Petanque Club hosted Grand Prix 3 on Sunday 23rd June. Players from the same 14 teams who contested Grand Prix 2 were welcomed to bacon rolls in the morning and ‘picnic baskets’ of cold meats, cheese, bread, pickles and salad for lunch. The SPA would like to thank all the volunteers from Perth for all their hard work.
With a number of teams in the hunt for the SPA Grand Prix Series it was sure to be an interesting day’s play. And so it turned out with the top 3 ranked teams after Grand Prix 2 seeming to struggle this time around.
In the end Grand Prix 3 was won by Pretty Vacant with a perfect 6 wins, the Champignons were second and the Sex Pisteols were third, both with 4 wins.
The Grand Prix Series was won by the Champignons with Pretty Vacant climbing into second place and third place went to Les Cremants. Congratulations to all.
3 SPA coaches (Mags, Monty and Colin S) travelled to Stow to help them run a Petanque competition as part of their annual ‘Stow Sports’ week. The comprises a number of events including the opportunity for residents of the village to try out traditional games and this is the second year they have chosen to showcase petanque.
Sadly with poor weather the chip van was far more popular than the petanque although those who did brave it to the end seemed to have had fun.
The SPA would like to thank the organisers, Stow Parish Archive for the invitation to attend and in particular their very kind donation.
We hope Stow will continue to embrace petanque in the years to come.
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