Celtic Challenge

With an impressive 32 wins Scotland have retained the Celtic for another year, making it a record 6 wins in a row. A notable mention goes to Scotland 1 ( Shirley, Robbie & Derek) who won all 12 of their games over the weekend.

A massive congratulations to the entire Scotland team for their efforts.

Final standings were

Scotland 32 wins +91
Wales A 24 wins +16
Wales B 24 wins +8
Ireland  16 wins -115

The SPA would like to thank Pontyclun Petanque club and the Welsh Petanque Association for hosting this years competition. We look forward to welcoming our Celtic friends back to Scotland in 2020.

Pre-Season Melee Results

On Sunday 31st March, 41 players entered our friendly precursor to the season at Perth Petanque Club.  Thank you to all who supported the event, despite the clash with Mother’s Day and losing an hour’s sleep.

Perth PC treated us to bacon rolls and coffee before the action kicked off on a cold, by dry day.  The players were sorted at random into triples with the odd pair in each of the five rounds.

Top of the pile after the last round was Malcolm McKenzie, Douglas Hamilton was second and Paul Fletcher was third.  The final standings for all players can be found here.

Next up is the EuroCup Qualifier to be contested by Perth PC and Inverleith PC at Carnoustie on 7 April, followed by the first Grand Prix of the season at Perth on 28 April.

Finally, a quick reminder that we are selling SPA branded jacks in 4 colours (white, blue, purple and pink) for £2.50 each.  You can pick some up at SPA competitions while stocks last, but if you aren’t able to get to a competition and want some, you can email Colin Stewart who will sort you out.

Penicuik PC Returns

We’re delighted to announce that, after a brief break, Penicuik Petanque Club has reformed and is affiliated to the Scottish Petanque Association once more.  Welcome back!

For more information about the club contact John Mcallister

World Championships Qualifier Results

Four men’s pairs and two women’s pairs contested the World Championships Qualifier on Sunday 25th November at Perth.  Weather-wise, it was a difficult test for the players with cold and wet conditions throughout the day.

The qualifiers are:

  • Mags Montgomery
  • Dani Cassini
  • Robbie Stronach
  • Paul Fletcher

They will represent Scotland at the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles World Championships in Almeria, Spain, in May.  Congratulations to the qualifying players and commiserations to those who missed out.


Annual General Meeting

The Scottish Petanque Association held its AGM on Sunday 28 October at Perth Petanque Club.  At the AGM, the members voted to adopt a new constitution and you can view it here.

Among other things, the constitution creates 2 SPA membership categories which come into effect on 1 April 2019:

Affiliate Member. Every member of every affiliated club will become an Affiliate Member.

Full Member. This is subject to an additional membership fee and allows the member to hold an SPA licence and  serve on the NEC.

Current membership rights of members are maintained until the new membership structure comes into force.

The membership also voted in favour of adopting the following fee structure for 2019:

Club Affiliation Fees

  • For clubs affiliating for the first and second years – £25 per club
  • For clubs affiliating for third year onward – £6 per member

Full Membership Fees

  • £14 for Full Club Members – this applies to members of an affiliated club who want to upgrade to Full Member.
  • £25 for Full Individual Members – this applies to members who are not also a member of an affiliated club.

Finally, a new NEC was elected and you can see it here.

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