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
We have received more details from the hosts of the first round of the Grand Slam. Interested players should visit the Grand Slam Website (http://makingchanges.wix.com/grandslam):
I can see from the SPA website that you have a link to the Grand Slam of Petanque series. Could you please promote on the site the first event which is being held in North Yorkshire just north of Ripon on Sunday 5th May. I am aware that this unfortunately clashes with the Celtic Challenge, but I imagine there may well be other teams north of the border that might like to travel for this, particularly given its location (at a theme park and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales) and given that it’s a bank holiday weekend.
I am really keen to promote the sport more in the North of England and am delighted that my club has been awarded this inaugural competition. Unfortunately I had little choice over dates this year – but hopefully this will become an annual event, and a date in 2014 can be selected in close liaison with your calendar.
For each Grand Slam event, which can be entered as a stand-alone or as part of the series, after the morning leagues teams will qualify for a gold, silver or bronze knock-out, with first round losers of the gold and silver then moving into the next competition down, thereby giving a minimum of 5 games I understand. The intention is to have cash prizes for top 4 of each tournament, with £300 minimum as the top prize for the Gold event (numbers permitting). Registration is to go live very soon with a dedicated website – when available, would you promote it please.
I am happy to provide further information to members as required. thank you.
We have received an email from Michel Morel in Jersey giving details of the Carrefour Open Triples and Jersey Opens to be held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Players who are interested should contact Michel or visit the website links in his email:
I am writing from the Carrefour Petanque Club in Jersey to advise about some open competitions being held in Jersey over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May.
We are having our Open Triples on the Monday 6th May, following the Jersey Petanque Club’s Open on Saturday 4th and Sunday 6th. They have substantially increased the prize money this year.
I think this may be of interest as Easyjet have started some direct flights leaving Glasgow early on the Saturday morning and returning on the Tuesday. I have used the service myself and have found it excellent value.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information.
President- Carrefour Petanque Club
The rules for 2013 competitions have been published. You can view them here.
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.