Troon PC will host the Bensley Freight Open Pairs on Sunday 28 April. Registration 1pm for 1.30 start.
The Scottish petanque season began in earnest on Sunday 7th April at Perth Petanque Club with the annual North v South challenge.
A total of 56 (that’s 56!) players registered – the North v South is clearly a popular format! Hopefully we will see similar numbers attend club open and SPA competitions this year. Players were divided into 10 teams for each side, with only 8 lanes available on the purpose built terrain, two games in each round would need to be played in the carpark – an unprepared surface with tiles, bricks and large stones scattered across it – a very real challenge!
Scotland’s clubs were well represented in the 10 teams on each side:
SOUTH; Troon (12 players), Inverleith (7), Penicuik (4), Birds & Bees (5)
NORTH; Birds & Bees (3) Perth (12), Inverness (9) and Fochabers (4)
The damp and cold weather meant that the planned five rounds were restricted to four. The North roared to a 7-3 lead after the first round. Honours were even in the next round meaning the North took their lead of 12-8 into lunch. The third round saw the North claim a further 8 victories, taking the match score to 20-10. This left the South needing to win all games in the final round to tie and retain the trophy.
In the end the South claimed 7 games in the final round to leave the final score North 23 v 17 South.
The SPA would like to thank Perth Petanque Club for their hospitality including the breakfast roll, hot drinks and warming lunch which were much appreciated on such a cold day.
The next SPA event is Grand Prix 1 at Fochabers on Sunday 21st April. Don’t forget that Fochabers Petanque Club are holding their ‘Spring Fling’ on Saturday 20th April (1 pm).
It is with deep sadness and regret that I have to announce that former SPA President Byron Milton passed away on Wednesday 27th March.
In a playing career which spanned well over three decades Byron achieved countless titles in Scotland and further afield, a regular place in the Scotland squad and was one of the most successful players in Scottish petanque’s history. One of petanque’s most memorable characters, he will be sorely missed by all.
On behalf of the SPA I would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to his wife Sandra and all his club mates and friends at the Birds & Bees.
Colin Stewart, President
Inverleith are running three open competitions this year, Details available on the Calendar.
Penicuik Petanque Club invite teams of 3 or 4 players to an Open Triples competition on 9th June 2013 at their new piste in Penicuik Park. Details available here.
Birds & Bees PC have announced the dates of their open pairs competitions. You can find more details on the calendar.
Fochabers PC invite you to their annual Spring Fling on 20th April at 1.00 pm (the day before SPA Grand Prix 1). A modest entry fee will be charged towards their club funds. More details available here.
Perth Petanque Club confirm their open competitions as follows:
Fenton Quaich Pairs – 16th June
Finlay Morrison Pairs – 7th July
Frank Malcolm Melee – 25th August
You can find more details by visiting the Calendar