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.

Malcolm McKinlay

It is with great sadness that we pay tribute to Malcolm McKinlay who passed away earlier this month.

Malcolm was a passionate pétanque player at his home club of Troon and who represented Scotland on numerous occasions, the last being at this year’s Home Nations in Jersey.

Our thoughts are with Rosemary, Malcolm’s family and friends and of course Troon Pétanque Club.

A true gentleman and a great supporter of our sport, he will be sorely missed.

Masters Report & Results

The 2018 Masters were contested on 13 and 14 October at Inverleith PC and we were treated to hearty lunches both days (with thanks to the assistance from Ferranti Bowling Club).

The Masters is the culmination of the international qualification series, with places in the Women’s World Championships (Cambodia), Men’s and Veteran’s European Championships (Bulgaria) and the Celtic Challenge (Wales) up for grabs.

As ever, the Masters was very competitive with a high standard on show. Pretty Vacant dealt with the terrible rain on Saturday to finish the 6th round in first place on 5 wins, but there were a few teams snapping at their heels on 4 wins overnight.

Sunday saw much improved weather, even if it was a bit chilly at times. As play wore on, it became clear the title was a two horse race, with Pretty Vacant continuing their strong performance from Saturday, notching up another 4 wins to go into the final round. But Triaxle were too having a strong day and were in the hunt one win behind.

In the final round, 4 of the top 5 places changed as Pretty Vacant were unable to beat the Sex Pisteols, leaving the door open for Triaxle to take the title if they could win without giving up too many points. A comfortable win for Triaxle in the last game saw them crowned champions, a repeat of 2016, on points difference. Pretty Vacant were second. The 3 Bears had a very good weekend to take 3rd place on 8 wins, with the Sex Pisteols recovering from a difficult Saturday to take 4th place on points difference.

Qualifiers as of right for each of the internationals are as follows:

Women’s World Championships – Emma Montgomery
Men’s European Championships – Paul Fletcher & Kevin Johnstone
Veteran’s European Championships – Alec Davie, Gavin Hillson, Mike Watt

The top 4 teams will represent Scotland at next year’s Celtic Challenge in Wales.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers and commiserations to those who missed out.

The final standings are as follows:

SPA Triples Result

12 triples teams competed in the 2018 SPA Triples at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. We are pleased to see two new triples teams competing this year – The Combies (from Moffat PC) and Carnoustie PC. We hope they enjoyed the experience and will join us again at our events next season.

The winning team were Pretty Vacant – Shirley Legge, Lynn Jenkins and Robbie Stronach with a perfect record of 6 wins. The Sex Pisteols – John Wilson, Derek Adam and Colin Stewart – were second with 5 wins and Triaxle – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone were third.

The national playing season now takes a break due to international competition. The final competition of the season will be the SPA Masters at Inverleith PC on 13 and 14 October, where the top 12 qualified teams from the Grand Prix Series will play for places in next year’s international squads.

SPA Triples Arrangements

The SPA National Triples will be contested at Perth PC on Sunday 19 August. Registration will be open from 9am – 9.15 sharp with play commencing asap thereafter. A reminder, competitors need to hold an SPA licence to compete. Licences should be presented at registration.

Perth PC will offer tea/coffee and perhaps a light breakfast bite at registration. Please bring your own lunch.

There will be a raffle, with proceeds shared between Perth PC and the SPA. Prize donations would be very welcome.

EuroCup Results

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.

EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results
EuroCup Qualifying Round Group D Results

Inverleith PC in EuroCup Action This Weekend

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.

Good luck to Inverleith PC. You can follow progress of all the Qualifying Rounds at

SPA Doubles Results

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.

The full result is shown below.

2018 Doubles
2018 Doubles

Singles & Shooting Results

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.

2018 Singles Result
2018 Singles Result











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 full results are here


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