SPA Triples 2011


Congratulations to Gordon Scott, John Mudd and the Inverness club for recovering their piste from the horrendous rains they had over the previous month. We also thank the Inverness club for acquiring the sponsorship deal from the Balblair Whisky Distillers, based on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, who have been producing Single Malt Whisky since 1790. They have supplied the prizes for the 2011 SPA Triples.

In total the SPA Triples attracted a total of 11 teams, with only 4 regular teams in attendance. In an attempt to encourage more players to consider participating in the SPA events and give people the opportunity to experience playing with different people, Ed Strachan and Alison Swiffin had come up with an idea of gathering people from various clubs to create new teams. The idea was circulated by Lynn Jenkins to the SPA clubs and we gathered together 15 players (from the Inverness, Perth & Tweed Valley clubs) which were split into 5 teams with an even balance of player skills throughout the teams. Nord Ecosse also split up into two teams by inviting a couple of other Inverness players to join them.

The teams were split into three leagues (two of four and one of three). The top two from each league went through plus the next best two to form the Main event. This only left three teams for the plate competition.

Considering some of the poor weather we have been experiencing of late it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by warm sunshine which lasted for almost the full competition. Feedback from the teams that had been formulated on the day was good and hopefully it will encourage those players, who had not participated in an SPA event before, to consider forming teams for future SPA events.

The experience and skill of the Scottish representative teams was enough to get them in to the main event. The two teams created from Nord Ecosse also managed to qualify. The final two teams came from the newly formed teams. One of these teams won their first game in the main event, beating one of the top Scottish teams. This was very encouraging for the new players who had not participated in an SPA event and will hopefully encourage more people to join in.

The third place was claimed by one half of the Nord Ecosse team, much to the delight of the ladies of the team, having beaten their respective husbands in the first round of the main event.

The final was a keenly fought contest with the Sex Pisteols gaining an early lead only to be begged back by Maboule. It was then pretty even as the teams matched each other until the Sex Pisteols managed to edge ahead and claimed a 13-10 win.

The SPA expressed their thanks to Gordon and the Inverness club for getting everything prepared and for laying on the excellent weather. The prizes from Balblair were very welcome and the overall competition was run very well.

SPA Triples Competition Results held at Inverness on 4th September 2011

Champions: Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach & John Wilson

Runners-Up: Dani Cassini, Zandra & Bob Boyle

Third Place: Stewart Thomson, Pat Scott & Chris Mudd

Plate Winners were Pam Mackenzie, Jean Hutcheson & Bob Pollock.

Perth Petanque Frank Malcolm Memorial


The Weather people had forecast rain for Perth. The folks of Inverleith had predicted rain for Perth. As only the members from Perth were in attendance, it looks like the rest of Scotland had decided it would rain on Perth. Unfortunately, everyone was right and it rained during the Frank Malcolm Memorial Trophy event held at the Perth piste on Sunday 7th August. However, twelve members from Perth donned their waterproofs (well most of us) and played Petanque despite the weather.

Prior to starting the event we cleared some of the flood waters from the piste to allow the games to be played. We played a pairs melee with three games in the morning before breaking for lunch. With puddles in evidence it wasn’t long before the youngster of the club (Finlay Ross) had the old timers splashing about in the puddles much to his delight. When it came to shooting, it is amazing how clear of people the head is when the boule to be hit is sitting in the middle of a puddle.

A number of people were in contention by the time we reached lunch and the rain continued to persist. So a welcome respite to the clubhouse to dry off a bit and get some lunch was in order. Suitably replenished the Chairman suggested playing another round after lunch then a democratic decision would be made whether to continue. After the fourth round was complete the majority of players decided that they were suitably soaked and the competition was brought to a finish. Despite the rain there were some good matches being played and an excellent camaraderie within the competition.

The final results were worked out and Finlay Ross was pipped by Douglas Hamilton. Both with 4 wins, but Douglas claiming the Trophy with a +26 to Finlay’s +17 points difference.

Naturally, as we were locking up the rain decided to abate, but then who can really predict our wonderful Scottish weather.

Our thanks to the members of Perth who managed to come along to the event and to the helpers who prepared the bacon rolls and got the piste into a playable state.

Congratulations to Douglas Hamilton on winning the Frank Malcolm Memorial Trophy.

SPA Singles, Doubles & Shooting 2011


The SPA Singles and Shooting on Saturday 23rd and the SPA Doubles on Sunday 24th of July were held at Inverleith Petanque Club in Edinburgh.

The weather forecast for the weekend was promising and so it turned out to be with wall to wall sunshine on both days.

Twenty five players, a similar number to last year, from The Birds and Bees – 2, Fochabers – 4, Inverleith – 12, Perth – 6 and Troon – 1 turned up to do battle.

Twenty five, odd number yet again, were formed into five leagues of four, one of six and one of three.

Sixteen players qualified and played a Swiss league, the winner claiming the Trophy.

After some close games in the Robbie S of Fochabers met and defeated Derek A of Inverleith 13-4 to become Singles Champion 2011.

“How many times have you won the singles Mr Stronachy?” “Dinna ken – a few times” was the reply!

SPA Singles Trophy –

Winner – Robbie Stronach.

Runner up – Derek Adam

Third – Istvan Poka

Fourth – Lynn Jenkins.

The remaining nine players – three leagues of three, top four to a knockout resulted in an all Perth final in which Henry H beat Ed S 13-4 to win the Plate.

The other players were –

Bob B and Dave P – Birds and Bees,

Shirley L and John W – Fochabers,

Ben B, Art E, Paddy H, Stefan M, Mags & Colin M, Colin S, Billy McM, John P, Mari S and Christine T – Inverleith,

Douglas H, Jean H, Alice S and Alison S – Perth.

The Shooting Competition, set up by Istvan and Colin S, was run at the same time as the Singles. Most of the players entered in the Singles tried their hand at the Shooting Competition.

Eight ‘tireurs’ qualified for the knockout stage ending up with Derek A meeting and defeating Istvan P 24-18 in the final to regain the Trophy for a second year.

Scoring was much improved from last year the highest being Istvan P with 39 in a high scoring semi final with Lynn J – 39-28.

SPA Shooting Trophy –
Winner – Derek Adam.
Runner up – Istvan Poka.
Semi-finalists – Lynn Jenkins and Ed Strachan


With the sun shining on us once again sixteen teams, hooray an even number, made up of most of Saturdays players, from The Birds and Bees, Fochabers, Inverleith, Perth and Troon turned up to compete for the SPA Doubles Trophy.

Four leagues of four with eight teams qualifying for the Trophy and eight for the plate in two Swiss leagues in the afternoon – simples!

Reigning Champions, the Bad Boys – Dave P & Bob B, were knocked out in the first round 13-12 by FASCH – Robbie S & John W, who made their way to the to the final and a ‘red hills’ showdown with Les Francais – Paul B & Stephan M.

With four players who will be representing Scotland at the European Championships in Sweden, what promised to be a titanic struggle turned out to be a damp squib!

After three ends – 6, 4 & 3 points respectively – Les Francais had met their ABBA, sorry Waterloo, and it was thank you and good night – quel dommage!

In the Plate, following a poor morning, Deuchars IPA – Derek A & Colin S got their act together and beat Les Champignons – Mags & Colin M 13-8 to win the Plate.

SPA Doubles Trophy –
Winners – FASCH – Robbie Stronach & John Wilson – Fochabers.
Runners Up – Les Francais – Paul Bretenoux – B & B’s & Stefan Maurage – Inverleith.
Third – Acorns – Istvan Poka & Malcolm McK – Troon.
SPA Doubles Plate –
Winners – Deuchars IPA – Derek Adam & Colin Stewart- Inverleith.
Runners up – Les Champignons – Mags & Colin Montgomery – Inverleith.
Third – Les Cremants – Alison Swiffin & Ed Strachan – Perth.

The other teams were –

Champions of Gordon – Brian, long time no see M & Richard C and Trashy Blonds – Shirley L & Lynn J – Fochabers,

Bad Boys – Dave P & Bob B – Birds & Bees,

BenA – Ben B & Art E, Cronies – John P & Alan, Flying Finns – Mari S & Isobel and Panache – Christine T & Paddy H – Inverleith.

Campers – Jean & Henry H and Eido – Eileen M & Douglas H – Perth,

Triaxle – Kevin J & Paul J – Troon,

Thanks to John W, Douglas H and friends for organising play, to Inverleith members, especially the galley crew, for hospitality and with fair weather and a good turn out a long weekend was enjoyed by all!

Next Event

7th August – FRANK MALCOLM MEMORIAL MELEE – at the North Inch Perth.

Douglas 25/07/11

William Leishman Memorial


The William Leishman Memorial Trophy was held by the Ayr Petanque Club.

Twenty one players, twenty two if you include Adrian F who acted as host and umpire – eight from Ayr, eight from Troon, five from Perth and Twecher John from the B&B‘s – turned up, albeit on a dampish morning to compete for the WLM Trophy on APC’s piste at the Scottish Bowling Centre in Ayr.
What a splendid turnout compared to recent attendances at Club opens!

Seven triples teams were formed using Adrian’s now traditional ’card trick’ method each team playing a four games. The team of Enid G (Ayr), David Croft-Smith (Troon) and Istvan P (Troon) were too good for the rest of the field and with 4W +35 were worthy winners of the WLM Trophy.
he other teams were –
Malcolm McK, (Troon), Ray McI (Ayr), Paul W (Troon) – 3W +30.
John W (B&B‘s), Jean H and Alice S (both Perth) – 3W +6.
Monika T (Troon), Mary McG (Ayr) and Douglas H (Perth) – 2W +5.
Raymond K (Ayr), Mabel D and Henry H (both Perth) – 2W +2.
Kevin W (Troon), Philomena D Ayr), Stuart K (Ayr) – 0W -31.
Lena Croft-Smith (Troon), Jimmy W (Troon), Wilma W (Ayr) – 0W -31

With twenty one participants and the help of APC’s most generous raffle the sum of £189:00 was raised for William Leishman’s designated Charity.

Thanks to Adrian and APC‘s members for an enjoyable day and we all arrived home well in time for fish and chips for tea – well the Perth lot did!


Finlay Morrison Memorial


The Finlay Morrison Memorial Pairs was held at the North Inch in Perth.

Perth‘s second day of summer – warm, sunny and wall to wall blue sky only 11 players – 8 from Perth, 2 from the Birds and Bees and 1 from Ayr – strolled their way to the North Inch clubhouse for croissants and coffee. Failing to rouse another player Adrian made up a triple with Mabel and Margaret.

So the 5 teams played 4 games each resulting in Douglas H winning the Trophy for the second year running – last year with Stuart M this year with Ed S.

The teams were Ed S and Douglas H – 4 wins; Christine and Twecher John – 3 wins; Eileen M and Alice S, Jean and Henry H and Mabel D, Margaret M and Adrian F- 1 win each.

Regardless of the fine weather yet again a disappointing turn out for a Club Competition open to all comers – where have all the players gone?

SPA Grand Prix 3 2011


SPA Grand Prix 3 was hosted by Inverness Petanque Club on their piste at Fair Ways in Inverness on the 5th of June.

Thirteen of the fifteen teams that played in GP2 (Triaxle and Firing Black were missing) turned up on a pleasant, sunny and bright morning for the third and final Grand Prix of 2011 with the 3 Bears and Maboules 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

With 13 teams 4 leagues – 3 of three teams and 1 of four – was the morning format with the top 1 from each league and the next best 4 playing a modified knockout of 3 rounds, to determine the GP3 and GP Series winner. The remaining 5 teams played a round robin,meaning 5 rounds so games were restricted to 7 points.

First round in the knockout produced tight, close games – Pretty Vacant edged out Champignons 13-12, Migetirs beat Acorns 13-9, Maboules overcame Capercallie 13-6 and with the 3 Bears 11-6 up against Deuchars IPA it looked very much on the cards that there would be a ‘shoot out’ in round 2 between the Bears and Maboules for the GP Series title but it was not to be – IPA rallied and won 13-11 to meet Maboules for a place in the final.

Maboules – Grand Prix Series 2011 Winners

This also meant that Maboules, even if they were 4th, would accumulate enough points to win the SPA 2011 GP Series, however in a game of numerous ‘burnt coches’ Maboules won 13-9 to meet GP1 winners Migetirs, winners over Pretty Vacant by 13-10.

The final was a ding dong affair, the lead changing hands several times, until John C rolled in his two boules for a 13-11 to win GP3.

Nord Ecosse won their four games in the afternoon to claim the Plate.

Thanks to John W, Brian W and Douglas H for organising the competition, Derek A for doing the honours at the presentation and to Inverness Petanque Club members and Fair Ways for their hospitality.

Migetirs – Grand Prix 3 Winners

The full result of SPA GP3 –
1st – Migetirs Susan Allen, and John & Norma Cameron.
2nd – Maboules Zandra & Bob Boyle, Dani Cassini and Douglas Hamilton.
3rd – Deuchars IPA Derek Adam, Colin Stewart and Emma Montgomery.
4th – Pretty Vacant Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and Shirley Legge
5th – The 3 Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.
6th – Acorns Malcolm Mc, Istvan Poka and Brian Ward.
7th – Champignons John Watson, Ben Burnhill and Mags & Colin Montgomery.
8th – Capercaille Jean Hutcheson, Ian Smith and Stuart Malcolm.
9th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon Scott and John & Christine Mudd.
10th – Sex Pisteols Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson.
11th – Just Us Eileen Moonie, Mabel Danraj and Margaret Mauchlin.
12th – Les Folles Christine Thomson, Alison Swiffen and Laura A.
13th – Pointiers Alice Sheach, Henry Hutcheson, Don MacIntyre and Ed Strachan.

SPA Grand Prix 2 2011


SPA Grand Prix 2 was hosted by Perth Petanque on their piste at the North Inch in Perth on the 15th of May.

The fourteen teams that played in GP1, joined by another team Firing Black from Inverleith, duly turned up on a grey but not unpleasant morning.

The revised format introduced this year – leagues in the morning – 4 leagues – with the top 2 from each league playing a modified knockout of 3 rounds, to determine the GP2 winner and the top eight places, in the afternoon. The remaining seven teams also played a knockout of 3 rounds for the Plate and GP points. see Web Site for “Competition Rules and IQS Series 2011”

First round in the knockout produced convincing wins in all four games – The Bears 13-7 v Nord Ecosse, Triaxle 13-6 v Just Us, Maboule 13-5 v Champignons (revenge for 13-1 drubbing in the morning!) and Acorns 13-6 v Sex Pisteols. The Bears went on to beat Triaxle 13-9 to reach the final to meet Maboules, 13-8 winners over Acorns .

The final was a close affair but with The Bears in the lead at 11-8 Maboules conjured up a 5 to win the game and GP2

Pretty Vacant won their three games in the afternoon to claim the Plate.

Thanks to John W and Douglas H for organising the competition, Umpire Byron M for keeping an eye on the proceedings and to Perth Petanque members for their hospitality and bacon rolls.

Maboules – Grand Prix 2 Winners

The full result of SPA GP2 –

1st – Maboules Zandra & Bob Boyle, Dani Cassini and Douglas Hamilton.

2nd – The 3 Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

3rd – Triaxel Paul, Kevin & Robin G.

4th – Acorns Malcolm Mc, Istvan Poka and Brian Ward.

5th – Sex Pisteols Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson.

6th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon Scott and John & Christine Mudd.

7th – Champignons John Watson and Mags & Colin Montgomery.

8th – Just Us Eileen Moonie, Mabel Danraj and Margaret Mauchlin.

9th – Pretty Vacant Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and Shirley Legge.

10th – Capercaille Jean Hutcheson, Ian Smith and Stuart Malcolm.

11th – Deuchars IPA Derek Adam, Colin Stewart and Emma Montgomery.

12th – Migetiers Susan Allen, Dave Pattison and John & Norma Cameron.

13th – Les Folles Christine Thomson, Marie Snell and Alison Swiffen.

14th – Pointiers Alice Sheach, Henry Hutcheson, and Ed Strachan.

15th – Firing Black

Birds & Bees May Day Pairs


A May Day Pairs competition was hosted by the Birds and Bees Petanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

By 9:45 on a late spring Sunday morning that couldn’t make up its mind whether to rain or shine, so it did both, but luckily the latter outshone (get it!) the former to the relief of the motley crew assembled in the Birds and Bees car park. Why do we never learn? The gate to the courtyard is locked on a Sunday morn until any time between 10:00 and 10:15!

14 players, 7 teams, 4 pistes – no need for Bob to play his fiddle – so two leagues – one of 3 and one of 4 and the morning’s play commenced.

Alison Swiffin & Ed Strachan – Birds & Beeds May Day Pairs Winners

The teams were – Zandra B & Pauline, Bob B & Stuart, Jimmy W & Carol, Margaret W & Nick, Paul B & Judy‘s grandson Thibault (pronounced Tibo), Judy C & Douglas H and Ed S & Alison S.
Note – Stuart, Carol and Nick are new members of the Birds and Bees

After an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches the top 4 teams from the morning leagues played for the honour of being ‘top team’ of the day.

The remaining 3 teams fought it out for the non existent plate via Bob playing his fiddle!

The above resulted in Ed & Alison coming from behind to beat Judy & Douglas 13-10 to be the “May Day“ pair, with Jimmy & Carol coming third.

Bob & Stuart won the ’Plate’.

Another sociable open competition, regardless of the lack of numbers, was as usual with B & B competitions run immaculately by Bob and enjoyed by all.


Perth Pétanque – Fenton Quaich


The second Club Open Competition of the 2011 Season was the FENTON QUAICH run by the Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth.

On a most pleasant spring day only six teams turned up (ten teams last year) – five from Perth and one from Fochabers – Inverleith where were you? mind you it was Easter Sunday after all and perhaps the Capital players were at their devotions.

Robbie Stronach & John Wilson – Fenton Quaich Winners

Six teams so a league of six – doh – what other format! The teams were –

The Campers – Jean & Henry H, FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson, Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S, Kandu – Eileen M & Pat M, UZ – Alison S & John Watson and Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R.

Opening round – Wee Twa fannied UZ , second round – Wee Twa were fannied by Ham and Edds – “Well that’s our points difference back to zero!” commented Mabel. For the second year running the “fannied” were excused the embarrassment of kissing the Fanny due, yet again, to the forgetfulness of the organiser.

FASCH sailed through the day undefeated although they did find themselves under the cosh against UZ at 11-2 down but pulled out the stops, or did John Watson run out of banter, to win 13-11.

So the result was as follows –

1st – FASCH – Robbie S & John Wilson – 5 wins + 38

2nd – Ham and Edds – Douglas H & Ed S – 4 wins + 22

3rd – Wee Twa – Mabel D & Finlay R – 3 wins + 8

Thanks to all for coming to support Perth Petanque and making it a good day of petanque regardless of the low turnout.

Next weekend the SPA and Troon Petanque Club host the Home Nations and we extend a welcome our Irish and Welsh visitors and both Scottish teams and look forward to a ‘home’ victory!


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