Early Birds at the Birds & Bees


The second Open Competition of the 2009 Season was the EARLY BIRDS hosted by the Birds and Bees Pétanque Club at the Birds and Bees in Causewayhead, Stirling.

On another beautiful calm, sunny and warm spring Sunday morning twenty four players, making twelve teams, rolled up bright and early to the Birds and Bees.

The teams were – Zandra Boyle & Carol Bretenoux, Jim & Margaret Wilkie, John & Norma Cameron, Bob Boyle & Byron Milton and Paul & Pierre Bretenoux all from the Bees, Mabel Danraj & Margaret Mauchline, Jean Hutcheson & Finlay Ross, Alice Sheach & Ed Strachan all from Perth, Adrian Ford & Istvan Poka from Ayr, John Wilson & Robbie Stronach from Fochabers, Aileen Moonie & Brian Ward from Perth/Troon and John Watson & Douglas Hamilton from Bees/ Perth.

Three leagues of four were played before lunch and in the afternoon a “Swiss” for the top eight teams for the Early Birds Trophy and a league of four for the Plate.

In an early shock, last week’s winners of the Fenton Quaich, John and Robbie were not in the top eight for the afternoon – “It wisnae me” said Robbie “It wis the big loon.” – but won the Plate as consolation.

In the Early Birds, John and Douglas overcame John and Norma and Paul and Pierre to meet Ed and Alice, who had beaten Adrian and Istvan and Bob and Byron, in the final round and ground out a satisfying 13 – 2 victory – a turn around from having lost the first game of the day to Jean and Finlay by 13 – 1!

The full result was –

The Early Birds –

1st – John Watson & Douglas Hamilton.

2nd – Alice Sheach & Ed Strachan.

3rd – Boyle Boyle & Byron Milton.

4th– Paul & Pierre Bretenoux.

The Plate –

John Wilson & Robbie Stronach

A good friendly open competition, immaculately rigged by Bob, was enjoyed by all.


Perth Pétanque Fenton Quaich

Fenton Quaich 2009

The first Club Open Competition of the 2009 Season was the FENTON QUAICH run by the Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch Perth.

On a beautiful calm, sunny and warm spring day with coffee and hot cross buns for 50p only fourteen players, 9 from Perth, 3 from the Bees and 2 from Fochabers, forego rolling their Easter Eggs turned up to contest the once prestigious Fenton Quaich.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE PLAYERS GONE? Although it is early in the season I hope that the last two weeks’ low turnout is not an indication of those absent players’ lack of interest in competing in Club Open and SPA Competitions during the rest of the year. Six teams, two triples and four pairs played five rounds.

The winning of the competition was the result of the Madams (who chose that name for two alpha males?) who where trouncing FASCH (a big boy wouldn’t tell me what it stands for!) by 11 to 4 decided to go AWOL and lost 13-11!

So the result was as follows –

1st – FASCH – Robbie Stronach and John Wilson – 5 wins + 45

2nd – The Madams – John Watson and Douglas H – 4 wins + 30

3rd – Team Cobra – Alice S, Jean H and Ed S – 3 wins + 15
The other three teams were –

Wee Twa – Eileen M and Sheila A, The Downhillers – Mabel D, Sheila I and Findlay R and The Busy Bees – Gavin and Caroline S.

Thanks to the above for coming to support Perth Petanque and making it a friendly day out in the sun.

Report by Douglas Hamilton

SPA North v South


The first SPA Competition of the 2009 Season is the NORTH v the SOUTH hosted by Perth Petanque Club at the North Inch in Perth on 6th April.


On a bright and sunny morning twenty four players turned up – 11 from Perth, 6 from Fochabers, 5 from Inverleith and 2 fae Troon. Where were Inverness, Mr President’s, Birds and Bees and other Inverleith and Troon stalwarts?

Battle commenced at 10:30, a Melee triples with four teams per side playing four rounds.

Lunch was taken after two rounds with the North romping to an 8 games to 0 lead.

Desperation set in for the South, and with the port and cheese to the fore thanks to Mike, the first three games in the afternoon went to the North. Then disaster! North, with last year’s 12 – 4 drubbing in mind, and intent on a whitewash dropped a game to 12 thanks to Robbie – a big boy telt me to say that!

However normal service was resumed and the end result was – NORTH 15 – SOUTH 1

Thanks to Gavin, Mike, Alex, Lynn, Robbie and John from Fochabers and Mabel, Margaret, Eileen, Sheila, Ian and Douglas from Perth, north of the Tay, who represented the North.

and, Art, Dani, Marina, Derek and Finlay from Inverleith, Brian and Charlie fae Troon and Alice, Jean, Sheila, Margot and Steve from Perth, south of the Tay, who represented the South.


Fochabers Spring Fling


The SPRING FLING was hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club at the Cricket Club in Fochabers on Saturday 25thMarch 2009.

On a pleasant afternoon, and not so early evening, thirty players from a’ th’ airts, Troon, Ayr, Inverleith, Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen – Aberdeen? was Mr Carter on the comeback trail! – and Fochabers making fifteen teams, enjoyed good crack and a good workout before Sunday’s GP1.

The result was –

The Spring Fling –

1st – Donnie and Marion MacIntyre.

2nd – Mike Watt and Alex Davie.

3rd – Ed Strachan and Alice Sheach.

4th – the above mentioned Mr and Mrs Carter.

Young Robbie Stronach organised the event, standing nae nonsense from the rowdier element, but what else would you expect at Fochabers!


SPA Grand Prix 1 Report


SPA Grand Prix 1 was hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club at the Cricket Club in Fochabers on Sunday 26thMarch.

Players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith, Troon and Ayr registered fifteen teams to play in GP1 and hopefully will do so for GP‘s 2 and 3.

The format was a seven round Snake and, in fine weather, play commenced at 10 o’clock.

Come 1 o’clock the heavens opened, thunder, lightening, rain and hail deluged the piste and play was suspended for an hour, fortuitously it was the denner oor, thereafter we were blessed by a fine afternoon and play continued until nearly seven thirty.

The result of SPA GP1

1st – Pisteols Robbie Stronach, John Wilson and Lynn Jenkins.

2nd – Birds and Bees Byron Milton, Bob Boyle and Istvan Poka.

3rd – Nord Ecosse Gordon and Pat Scott and John and Christine Mudd.


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