Eighteen teams registered to compete in the first Grand Prix of 2017, played at Inverleith PC on Sunday 23rd April. It is encouraging to see a number of newcomers to Grand Prix (and some veteran returners too!). The usual six round ‘Swiss Ladder’ with time limited games format continues for Grand Prix this year.
The competition was won by Triaxle – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone and Jimmy Johnstone – with 5 wins from 6. Following closely behind (just one point) was the Sex Pisteols – Robbie Stronach, Derek Adam and John Wilson – 5 wins. Third with 4 wins was the 3 Bears – Alec Davie, Gavin Hillson and Mike Watt.
Details regarding the Celtic Challenge have now been published and can be found here.
Players are asked to note that we will be operating time limited games and should familiarise themselves with the rules we will be using (some of which are different from the timed game rules normally used in our own competitions). You can view the rules here.
We look forward to welcoming our Irish and Welsh friends to Edinburgh at the end of this month.
Inverleith PC went head-to-head with Fochabers PC on Sunday 2nd April at Perth PC’s terrain to decide which club would take Scotland’s place in the 2017 EuroCup for clubs. The qualifier followed the format of one EuroCup match, with 6 Singles games, 3 Doubles and 2 Triples. 2 Match Points were awarded for a Singles win, 3 for Doubles and 5 for Triples. The winning club would be the one who accumulated the most Match Points.
The Singles matches were shared at 3 wins each, meaning the match was tied after the first round:
Inverleith won 2 out of the 3 Doubles matches, meaning they took a 3 point lead into the Triples round:
The triples were a tense affair and, with Fochabers winning the first of the Triples games 13-6, it all came down to the final match. The Inverleith triple of Mags, Monty and Matt overcame a strong start by Fochabers’ Lynn, Shirley and Alec to take the win 13-11. Leaving the final score Fochabers 14 Inverleith 17.
Inverleith now wait for the draw to determine where they will travel to and who their opponents will be for the EuroCup Qualifying Round in July. Many congratulations to Inverleith and commiserations to Fochabers for coming so close.
Inverleith PC and Fochabers PC will contest the EuroCup qualifier on 2nd April at Perth. The winning club will represent Scotland in this year’s EuroCup, the first round of which will be played in July.
We’d like to remind members that, in order to compete in SPA competitions in 2017, you will need to be in possession of a new SPA licence (the new credit card design) and this must be produced at registration for each competition. It takes around 4 weeks from your application to receive your new licence. With this in mind, we suggest you apply for your licence no later than Sunday 12th March to ensure you have your licence in time.
Licences can only be issued to those who are either members of a SPA affiliated club or who have paid an individual SPA membership fee.
You can apply for your licence by clicking on the link in the ‘quick links’ section to the right of this page. Please don’t leave it too late.
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