The SPA events calendar has now been finalised and can be viewed here. Clubs may advertise their open competitions on the calendar, please send details via the link on the left hand side of the page.
We have received an email from Frankfield Petanque in Cork giving information about their Boules Blitz weekend on 7th and 8th September:
The Boules Blitz 2013 at Frankfield Petanque, Cork
The 2013 Frankfield Boules Blitz will be held on Saturday+Sunday, 7+8 September next.
The ‘Blitz’ continues to attract players from Wales, England, France and Sweden, as well as from Ireland North and South. The weekend has always been most enjoyable, along with keen competition throughout. We welcome players of every standard and from all clubs. Those of you who have competed in the past, will know that Day One is a qualifier, with the results determining which competition each double will be in on Day Two – the aim being, to have teams in a competition of their own standard on Day Two. Depending on entry numbers, Day Two will have two or three competitions.
Prizes for the weekend will be very attractive, with €300 and the Perpetual Shield for the winning double in the premier competition of Day Two, ‘The Complete Cuisine Gold Shield’, and as always, great prizes down the line. In the second competition on Day Two, ‘The Frankfield Doubles Cup’, the winning double will receive the Perpetual Cup and a big cash prize, and again great prizes down the line
3. Entry fee is €25 per double. Please let us have your entry by e-mail or phone to the Secretary not later than 23 August 2013.
4. Registration time on Saturday, Day One, is 9.15am sharp, with play commencing at 9.45am. Please circulate your club members about The Frankfield Boules Blitz 2013.
Fochabers PC, Birds & Bees PC, Troon PC and Inverleith PC all held competitions over the New Year period:
John Wilson won at Fochabers on New Year’s Day
Christine Thomson and Douglas Hamilton won at the Bees on the 2nd
John Hart, Bill Taylor and Robin Gardiner won the Brass Monkey Trophy at the Frostbite Follies at Troon on the 2nd
Mags Montgomery and Art Ager won at Inverleith on the 6th
The Celtic Challenge will be hosted by The Wheatsheaf Inn Pétanque Club, Llanhennock, nr Caerleon, Wales on 4th and 5th May. More details will follow in due course and will be published here.
Penicuik Pétanque Club are planning a big recruitment drive in 2013 to attract youth players. Penicuik’s new piste is due to be built in time for the new playing season in April and have a commitment from Midlothian Council’s Active Schools Coordinator to involve pupils from Penicuik High School and Beeslack Community High School in a program of pétanque coaching sessions.
It is hoped that not only will the school pupils develop their own petanque skills and knowledge to play and compete, but that some will also become coaches to pass their knowledge on further. The aim is to give the youth players their own section of Penicuik Pétanque Club with its own activities and identity.
Increasing youth participation and volunteering in pétanque is a key aim for Penicuik Pétanque Club and the hope is, in conjunction with SPA Youth Development, to develop the next generation of Scottish champions and internationals.
Clubs who are interested in recruiting youth players can contact Colin Stewart for tips on where to begin.
The deadline for responses for all of the items below is 20th December:
- Players who wish to put themselves forward for the Women’s World Championships
- Clubs who wish to compete in the Eurocup for Clubs
- Clubs who wish to be considered to host SPA competitions in 2013
Interested parties should email Lynn directly or via the form on the contact page.
Readers may be interested to note that a new series of Open competitions has been announced for 2013. There are six events which serve as qualifiers for the Grand Slam final and the competitions are aimed at players at all levels. Each round and the final will be held at a different location in England. You can find out more by visiting their website.
National Coach Mags Montgomery accompanied by three other SPA coaches made the short journey to the newly created pistes in Rosefield Park, Portobello, on Sunday 25 November. Despite the weather (low temperatures and heavy rain) 7 hardy souls from Porty turned up and were introduced to the game.
Portobello’s pétanque roots are strong. Although it has been some time since there was a club there, a number of former and current international players have played in Portobello and we are encouraged to see that pétanque has once again returned. Naturally the SPA will be on hand to offer them support and advice whenever needed.
The SPA would like to wish all those involved the very best of luck . You can find out more at the group’s Facebook page
The FIPJP Women’s World Championships are to be held in Monastir, Tunisia, on 2nd-6th October. The SPA therefore invite teams of 3 or 4 women who are willing, committed, able and eligible to represent the SPA to register their interest. We have set aside the 14th April 2013 as a date for a qualifying competition but teams are required to register their interest no later than 20th December 2012 by email to Lynn Jenkins directly or via the form on the contacts page.
Please note that the SPA are not able to offer financial assistance for participating players.
The Birds ‘n’ Bees Pétanque Club invite you to their annual New Year Chuck Up. Bring your boules and your hangover to the Birds ‘n’ Bees, Easter Cornton Road, Stirling for a 12 noon start on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.