The results from Inverleith’s group of the EuroCup have now been checked and published.
The team managed a good match with against the Wheatsheaf from Wales, meaning Inverleith finished 6th in the Group. Sadly that means they didn’t qualify for the finals. But we hope they had a good trip to Italy and enjoyed the experience of playing against some of the top club sides in Europe.
A team of 6 from Inverleith Petanque Club will compete in Group D of the EuroCup for Clubs Qualifying Round in Imperia, Italy from Thursday. Contested over 4 days, they will compete against the following clubs:
S. Giacomo Petanque T.Arbustini (Italy)
Żywiecki Klub Boules (Poland)
Helsingin Boule Yhdistys (Finland)
Wheatsheaf PC (Wales)
Carrefour PC (Jersey)
SCP Кiev (Ukraine)
The top 4 from Group D will compete in the EuroCup Finals in late November, along with the 12 clubs that qualify from Groups A-C.
The SPA Doubles Championship was contested by 18 teams on Sunday 1 July at Troon Petanque Club. It was a very hot day but the standard of play was excellent nonetheless. A very big thank you to Troon PC and, in particular to Istvan Poka, who also helped Ayr to prepare for the Singles the day before.
Emma Montgomery and Michael Rennie won the deciding game to take the title, with Malcolm McKinlay and Stuart Killen finishing second, while Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge finished in third place.
18 players competed in the SPA Singles Championship at Ayr Petanque Club on Saturday 30 June. A very big thank you to Ayr for hosting their first SPA event for a few years – they did a great job and the play area was immaculately presented on a very warm day.
Robbie Stronach won with 5 wins, 24 BHN, Paul Fletcher was second with 5 wins, 19 BHN, who just pipped Kevin Johnstone into third. The full results are shown below.
The Shooting Championship was also contested, with players registering a qualifying score during breaks in play in the Singles. The top 4 players from the qualifying round played semi finals, with the 2 winners playing off in the final for the title.
Paul Fletcher won, and also registered the top score of the day – 32. Kevin Johnstone was runner up.
The SPA Singles and Shooting will be held at Ayr Petanque Club, Northfield Bowling Complex, Ayr on Saturday. Registration is 9.00 – 9.30. Please note that there is a large bowling event on at the venue on the same day and there will be no catering for petanque players that day. Please therefore bring your own lunch and refreshments. Entry is £6 pp for the Singles, Shooting entry is free. We will be running a raffle on Saturday so prize donations would be very welcome.
The SPA Doubles will be held at Troon PC on Sunday. Registration is 9.00 – 9.30. Lunch will be available to purchase from the club for £5 pp (please not breakfast will not be available at the club). Entry to the competition is £6 pp. There wont be a raffle on the Sunday.
18 teams contested the final Grand Prix of 2018 at Fochabers on 10 June. With only 8 lanes available at the terrain, a temporary piste was created in the carpark. It is great to see that support for our competition is increasing – it’s a good problem to have!
Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Derek Adam and Robbie Stronach) played exceptionally well all day and secured GP3 with a perfect 6 wins, adding to their GP2 title won a few weeks before.
Les Champignons Sauvage (Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Dani Cassini and Matt Neilson) continued their strong showing in Grand Prix, taking second with 5 wins and pipped Triaxle (Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher & Kevin Johnstone) into 3rd place in the final match of the day. With both teams tied on twelve points at the end of the match, a final additional end was played and Les Champignons Sauvage took the point they needed.
As it turned out, the final end of that match would also determine which of the two teams would win the 2018 Grand Prix Series, meaning Les Champignons Sauvage capped a very consistent Series by taking the overall title. Due to the new points scoring system, which was designed to make the Grand Prix Series more competitive, it went down to the wire (in fact, it was as close to the wire as you can get!). A very exciting finish.
The results from Grand Prix 3 and the final standings are shown below. The top 12 teams from the GP Series have qualified for the 2018 Masters to be held at Inverleith PC on 13-14 October. The top 8 teams have qualified to represent Scotland at the 2019 Home Nations which we expect will be held in Wales. Congratulations to all of the qualifying teams and commiserations to those who missed out this time.
20 teams contested Grand Prix 2 at Inverleith PC on Sunday 20 May. With a couple of teams adding a 4th player in this round, player numbers topped 65. Another very healthy turnout. Thank you to all the players who continue to support our events.
The weather was good, glorious at times, and Inverleith PC and Ferranti Bowling Club ensured that we were well fed and watered nicely.
It turned out to be a very close competition, with the eventual winners not being settled until all the games were completed thanks to the BHN/fBHN tie breaking score system. In the end, Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and Derek Adam) emerged as the winners with 5 wins, pipping the Sex Pisteols (Richard Carter, John Wilson and Colin Stewart) into second who, with 5 wins and identical BHN had just one fewer fBHN point. Les Campignons Sauvage (Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Dani Cassini and Matt Neilson) came third, also with 5 wins but slightly lower BHN. An exciting finish to a fine day of petanque.
The full set of results and standings with 1 round still to play are shown below. The Grand Prix Series looks like it is going to go down to the wire this year.
The next round will be held on 10 June at Fochabers.
This weekend 4 teams from Scotland will travel to Dublin to compete with Ireland and Wales for the 30th Celtic Challenge.
The Scotland teams are:
Scotland 1: Derek Adam, Robbie Stronach, John Wilson
Scotland 2: Shirley Legge, Richard Carter, Mike Watt
Scotland 3: Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Matthew Neilson
Scotland 4: Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone
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