Good luck to Ed Strachan, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone and Derek Adam who depart soon to compete for Scotland in the Men’s Triples World Championships in Madagascar.
The SPA has decided to adopt a new system issuing and renewing petanque licences and this is now in effect for 2017 licences. To remind you, you need an SPA licence to play in SPA competitions, as well as any overseas competitions where an international licence is required. The benefit of the new system is that you will receive a high quality, waterproof credit card type licence.
The process to apply for your new 2017 licence is very straightforward. Click on the link below and click on the Join Us/Renew button.
You will need to complete the application form and you will need to have a digital photograph already stored on your computer to upload into the database (which is suitable for ID purposes, i.e. a photograph of your head and shoulders, looking square on, with a neutral background). We may ask you to send a different photograph if the one you upload isn’t suitable.
Once your application is complete and approved, we will arrange for the new licence to be delivered. It takes around 3-4 weeks and it will be sent directly to you at your home address. The new licences will be valid from 1 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017.
There is no cost for your first licence each year, but if you lose it and require a replacement, there will be a charge of £5.
You will be invited to renew your licence around 28 days before expiry of your current one (i.e. in early December each year). All you need to do is check your details remain the same and renew, or edit those details which have changed.
If you have any difficulty using the system please do let me know.
Scottish Petanque Association
Good luck to Emma Montgomery and Colin Stewart who travel to Halmstad, Sweden this week to compete in the first European Singles Championships. The competition was hastily rearranged following the late withdrawal of the original hosts and we are very grateful to the Swedish and Danish federations for agreeing to host at such short notice.
You can find out more about the competition here http://www.svenskboule.se/ECSingles2016
The 2016 SPA Masters was contested on 17 and 18 September at Troon PC. The top 12 ranked teams from the Grand Prix Series battled it out in a round robin to determine the 2016 Masters team and those who would compete for Scotland in 2017. A big thank you to Troon PC for their hospitality and the delicious lunches on both days.
At the end of play on Saturday, Triaxle were sitting in pole position with 5 wins, their only loss coming narrowly in the first round to last year’s Masters, Les Cremants. Maboule, The 3 Bears, Les Cremants and The Dukes of Marr all had 4 wins.
Sunday saw Triaxle continue to dominate, racking up another 4 wins and taking the title. The Sex Pisteols shook off their shaky performance on Saturday to win all five matches on Sunday and finish in second place. Les Cremants strong perfmornace continued, with another four wins on Sunday to take third. Maboule managed only two wins on Sunday but clung on to take fourth.
The full results are shown below. Teams 1 -4 will play as Scotland A in the Celtic Challenge at Melrose in April, Teams 5-8 will form the B squad.
- Emma Montgomery has qualified as of right to compete in the Women’s Triples World Championships in 2017.
- Paul Fletcher and Kevin Johnstone have qualified as of right to compete in the Men’s Triples European Championships in 2017.
- John Wilson has qualified as of right to compete in the Veteran’s European Championships in 2017
Well done to all the qualifiers.
Our Women’s team of Alison Swiffin, Chistine Thomson, Lynn Jenkins and Mari Snell are competing in the Women’s European Championships in Bratislava this weekend. We wish them the very best of luck. You can follow their progress at http://petanquebratislava.com/en/
The SPA Singles and Doubles titles were contested over the weekend of 20th and 21st August at Fochabers Petanque Club. Due to the number of entries for the Singles and a lack of suitable space, the Shooting title was not contested.
First up, the Singles on Saturday and 22 entries. The format was a 6 round Swiss and, due to only 8 lanes being available, each round was played in 2 sessions.
The title looked like it would be won by Colin Stewart who had managed to secure a perfect 5 wins going into the last round against Shirley Legge who had 4 wins. At the same time, Lynn Jenkins would play John Wilson, also both on 4 wins. Shirley got the better of Colin and all eyes were then on the match between Lynn and John. In the end, Lynn beat John and pipped Shirley as her points difference was one point greater. Colin had to settle for 3rd.
Sunday brought the doubles and, with 11 teams competing, that meant byes. Lynn and Shirley dominated the day, beating everyone in their path to win the title and complete a perfect weekend for the pair. John Wilson and Robbie Stronach finished 2nd while Mari Snell and Dani Cassini finished 3rd.
Next up is the Scottish Masters at Troon on 17th and 18th June for the top 12 teams from the Grand Prix Series. This will be used to select Scotland Squads for 2017 internationals.
The Scottish Petanque Association and Inverleith Petanque Club hosted the 2016 Home Nations on 6th and 7th August. Teams from Scotland, England, Wales and, for the first time, Jersey competed for the trophy that has been won by England on each occasion since the competition was founded in 2000.
England kept to their winning ways and pulled away from the pack from the first round. Jersey were lying in second after the first round, Wales 3rd and Scotland 4th.
As the weekend wore on, England stretched their lead and won the Championships convincingly. It looked like they might record a record number of wins but they fell just short of the record with 80 in the end. 4 of their teams registered perfect 12 wins.
Wales had a strong weekend, finishing with 48 wins and taking second place.
Scotland, having been in 4th place for much of the competition, won some key games against Jersey in the penultimate round, meaning they secured third place on points difference.
While Jersey finished 4th, they pushed Scotland all the way and only missed out on third by the smallest of margins.
1st – England – 80 Wins, +550
2nd – Wales – 48 Wins, -40
3rd – Scotland – 32 Wins, -201
4th – Jersey – 32 Wins, -309
England 7 – Sean Prendergast, David Plumhoff, Graham Galton – 12 Wins +112
Wales 1 – Phil Bradshaw, Ian Bailley, Derek Jones – 9 Wins + 56
Scotland 2 – Emma Montgomery, Paul Fletcher, Kevin Johnstone – 7 Wins +14
Jersey 2 – Callum Stewart, Andy Bellamy-Burt, Matt Pinel, Alan Oliviera – 7 Wins -4
Congratulations to England for retaining the trophy once more. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.
It is with a great deal of shock and sadness that we pay tribute to Pierre Bretenoux who passed away suddenly on Friday.
Pierre was a Life Member of the SPA and, during his competitive days, won the Scottish Triples and Grand Prix Series both on five occasions, as well as a Scottish Doubles title. He represented Scotland on numerous occasions in the annual matches against the British Pétanque Association and the Celtic Challenge.
While he stopped playing competitively some time ago, latterly he would often visit us at competitions to cheer on his son Paul and say hello to us all.
Our thoughts are with his wife Carol, Paul and Cheryl and all his friends at the Birds and Bees at this very sad time.
On Saturday 23rd July, Colin Stewart and Colin Montgomery travelled to Moffat to give our newest club members a session on basic petanque technique. Here’s what they had to say about it:
I would like to thank both you and Colin Montgomery for coming to Moffat on Saturday to teach the members of Moffat Pétanque Club the elementary techniques of playing. All eighteen members who were there said how useful the morning had been and how grateful they are to you for giving up so much time for them. You have left us with a lot to practise but also with some ways of improving our ability and ways to work on our techniques.
Once we have had some time to work on your advice perhaps we might invite you to return to see what progress we have made, perhaps with a friendly game to sharpen the concentration!
Should any other new club be hesitating to seek your help, I would suggest they swallow their pride and take advantage of this excellent service the Scottish Pétanque Association provides.
Secretary, Moffat Pétanque Club”
In return, the two Colins would like to thank Moffat for their hard work, they really have ‘hit the ground running’ and we are delighted with the progress they have made in such a short time. We wish them every success and the SPA will always be on hand to assist. And a very big thank you to the Moffat PC Committee members who treated us both to delicious lunch.
A reminder to all clubs, if you have some new members who could do with some coaching, or if you are an old hand but have fallen into some bad habits (!) or want to improve the SPA can help. We offer sessions to anyone who wants them. If you are interested please get in touch and we’ll send a coach or two to help you.
11 teams contested the annual SPA Triples Championship at Inverleith PC on Sunday 17 July. The weather forecast threatened rain but thankfully it remained dry, if slightly chilly all day. Many thanks to Inverleith PC for hosting.
The competition was dominated by Triaxle (Paul, Kevin and Emma) who played some fantastic petanque at times. The finished with a perfect six wins and were very worthy champions.
Les Champignons (Matt, Mags and Monty) also had a good day and finished in second place with 4 wins + 33 points. Maboule (Zandra, Dani, Bob and Doug) ran Les Champignons close, but finished in third place with 4 wins + 28 points.
The next SPA event is the Singles, Doubles and Shooting in August in Fochabers. But before then, the SPA and Inverleith PC host the Home Nations Championship on 6 and 7 August. We’d encourage anyone who is in Edinburgh that weekend to come along to support the Scotland Team as we take on England, Wales and Jersey.