SPA Calendar

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Apologies to our readers who experienced difficulties accessing the calendar.  Hopefully this is resolved and you can see all the confirmed events under ‘Events’ and then ‘Calendar’.  Please note two changes from the provisional calendar:

  • Grand Prix 1 will now be hosted by Fochabers (with the usual Spring Fling the day before)
  • Grand Prix 3 will now be hosted by Inverleith

If you would like to advertise an event, please let us know via the contacts section of the website and we’ll add them in.

Jim Main: SPA Singles Champion 1984: RIP

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Scottish petanque was saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Main on 24.12.14. Our thoughts and condolences are with Norma and the family.

The “Mainiacs” were among the vanguard as petanque spread across Scotland in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Jim and Norma, living and working in Aberdeen, helped get petanque booming in Aberdeen and the North-East area. With clubs in Newburgh, Ardo House, Stonehaven and Fochabers it was not unusual to have well in excess of 30 teams at open competitions.

The Mains regularly made the later stages of triples events and Jim and Norma were an even more formidable doubles pairing. However it was at Singles that Jim made his mark, as the second person to win the National Singles title.

Jim was a great sport and gentleman on and off the piste. We will miss him.

Annual General Meeting

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The SPA’s Annual General Meeting was held in Perth PC on Sunday 26th October.  There were two changes to the NEC for the forthcoming year.  Brian Ward stepped down as Treasurer and Gordon Scott was elected to replace him.  Jean Hutcheson stood down as NEC member and Derek Adam joins the NEC.  All other posts remain as last year.  The SPA would like to thank Brian and Jean for their hard work over the last two years.

The first meeting of the new NEC will be on Sunday 7th December at 11.00 am either at Perth PC clubhouse or the cafe at Bells Sports Centre, Perth.  The full NEC can be viewed here.

 

Scottish Women Reach New Heights in Turkey

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The Scottish Women’s team of Dani Cassini, Emma Montgomery, Lynn Jenkins and Shirley Legge competed in the Women’s European Championships in Mersin, Turkey, last weekend.

The opening rounds followed the Swiss format and the Scots were drawn against Ukraine first up.  The results from the Swiss were as follows:

1. Scotland 13-7 Ukraine

2. Scotland 0-13 Italy

3. Scotland 13-2 England

4. Scotland 13-6 Portugal

5. Scotland 11-12 Slovenia

A great performance placing the Scots in twelfth place after the Swiss rounds and qualifying for the last 16 in the main competition.

The last 16 format was 4 seeded pools played under the barrage system.  The Scots faced Denmark in the first game and were beaten 13-0.  Up next was Slovenia and a must win game to stay in the competition.  And that they did, winning 13-7 and reversing the result from the Swiss round.  So, with one win and one loss, the Scots found themselves in the barrage match against the Spanish, the winner would secure a spot in the last 8 knock-out phase.  Sadly for Scotland it was not to be and the Spaniards won without conceding.  So the Scots were out, but achieved the highest ever ranking of a Scottish team in an international event and they will no doubt look back on the weekend as a triumph.

Interestingly, the Danes and Spanish (both of whom Scotland faced in the last 16 pool) contested the final, with Spain coming out on top.  The Scots can therefore be very proud of their achievements against such high calibre opponents.

This bodes very well for the game in Scotland.  Bit by bit players are getting experience of playing at the highest level and this can only benefit all players as our standard improves.

Well played Ladies!

Pisteols Win Scottish Triples

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Sex Pisteols - SPA Triples 2014 Winners

Sex Pisteols – SPA Triples 2014 Winners

The Scottish Triples were hosted by Perth PC on Sunday 31st August.  15 Teams registered who were divided into 4 leagues for the morning’s play.  The top 2 from each league would qualify for the afternoon’s main competition whilst the remainder would play in the plate.

In the end, the Sex Pisteols (Lynn Jenkins, Shirley Legge and Richard Carter) won to add to their impressive haul of titles this year.  Last year’s winners Les Champignons (Colin, Mags and Emma Montgomery, joined by John Porter) couldn’t quite retain their title and were runners up this time after a tight final.  Wee 3 (Maureen Mauchlin, Eileen Moonie and Mabel Danraj) pipped Pretty Vacant to 3rd spot after an equally tight 3/4th place playoff.  The Midgetirs (Susan Allan and John & Norma Cameron) won the plate on points difference.

Congratulations to all the prize winners.  The final SPA event of the season, the Scottish Masters, will be played at Inverleith PC over the weekend of 13th/14th September and will feature the teams who were ranked 1-12 in the 2014 Grand Prix Series.

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