20 teams contested Grand Prix 2 at Inverleith PC on Sunday 20 May. With a couple of teams adding a 4th player in this round, player numbers topped 65. Another very healthy turnout. Thank you to all the players who continue to support our events.
The weather was good, glorious at times, and Inverleith PC and Ferranti Bowling Club ensured that we were well fed and watered nicely.
It turned out to be a very close competition, with the eventual winners not being settled until all the games were completed thanks to the BHN/fBHN tie breaking score system. In the end, Pretty Vacant (Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and Derek Adam) emerged as the winners with 5 wins, pipping the Sex Pisteols (Richard Carter, John Wilson and Colin Stewart) into second who, with 5 wins and identical BHN had just one fewer fBHN point. Les Campignons Sauvage (Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Dani Cassini and Matt Neilson) came third, also with 5 wins but slightly lower BHN. An exciting finish to a fine day of petanque.
The full set of results and standings with 1 round still to play are shown below. The Grand Prix Series looks like it is going to go down to the wire this year.
The next round will be held on 10 June at Fochabers.
This weekend 4 teams from Scotland will travel to Dublin to compete with Ireland and Wales for the 30th Celtic Challenge.
The Scotland teams are:
Scotland 1: Derek Adam, Robbie Stronach, John Wilson
Scotland 2: Shirley Legge, Richard Carter, Mike Watt
Scotland 3: Mags Montgomery, Colin Montgomery, Matthew Neilson
Scotland 4: Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone
On Saturday 5th May, Norham PC are having an open day to publicise the new club and to encourage new people to join in. If you are in the area do pop along between 10 and 12 to say hello and find out more about their plans. Contact details are shown in the poster below if you want more information.
20 teams (64 players) registered for the first round of the 2018 Grand Prix Series on 22 April, held at Troon Petanque Club. Numbers for SPA competitions continue to grow each year and it is many a year since we have attracted 20 teams to a triples competition. This is excellent news and it is great to see more new players this year, as well as others who’ve made a long awaited comeback!
The usual swiss ladder system was in operation, with 6 timed rounds.
Weather wise, we got wet in the morning, dried out nicely early afternoon before getting wet once more in the final round.
The winners, and retaining their GP1 title, were Triaxle (Emma Motgomery, Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone). Capercaillie (Jean & Henry Hutcheson playing with Stephen Leitch) were second and Les Marrons (Raymond & Stuart Killen playing with Malcolm McKinlay) were third.
The SPA would like to thank Troon PC for hosting, including the work they did to add extra wood to the play area to allow us to squeeze in 10 lanes.
Well done to all. The second round of the series will be played at Inverlieth PC in May.
Good luck to John Wilson, Richard Carter, Mags Mongtomery, Colin Montgomery, Gavin Hillson, Alec Davie and Mike Watt who are competing for Scotland in the Nations Veterans Cup invitational tournament in Schijndel, Netherlands this weekend. They are accompanied by coaches Shirley Legge and Robbie Stronach.
Teams from Denmark, Jersey, Monaco, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland will compete over 3 days of competition.
The annual North v South challenge match is the traditional season opener. This year, the friendly match fell very early in the calendar on 25 March and was contested by 53 players at Perth Petanque Club. With the demographic of our clubs somewhat skewed towards the south nowadays, the north/south divide was drawn along the Firth of Forth this time around. Here’s hoping we can get it to creep north in future – we’re trying!
5 rounds were played and while it was quite cold at times, at others the sun made a welcome return after the long winter.
The result was an emphatic win for the South 31 games to 14.
This weekend, Inverleith PC and MelroseGala PC go head-to-head in Penicuik for Scotland’s place in this summer’s EuroCup for clubs (petanque’s equivalent of the Champions League). The winning club will travel to either France, Belgium, Monaco or Italy to one of 4 EuroCup Qualifying Rounds, with a place in December’s Final up for grabs for the top 2 placed clubs from each of the 4 qualifiers. Best of luck to both clubs.
The Scottish Petanque Association are delighted to announce that Glasgow Petanque Club have affiliated for the 2018 season. They are a new club based at Willow Bank Bowling Club in the West End of the City (Dowanside Road) and have just built a new terrain.
You can follow them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowPetanque/
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