The fourteen teams that played in GP1, joined by another team Firing Black from Inverleith, duly turned up on a grey but not unpleasant morning.
The revised format introduced this year – leagues in the morning – 4 leagues – with the top 2 from each league playing a modified knockout of 3 rounds, to determine the GP2 winner and the top eight places, in the afternoon. The remaining seven teams also played a knockout of 3 rounds for the Plate and GP points. see Web Site for “Competition Rules and IQS Series 2011”
First round in the knockout produced convincing wins in all four games – The Bears 13-7 v Nord Ecosse, Triaxle 13-6 v Just Us, Maboule 13-5 v Champignons (revenge for 13-1 drubbing in the morning!) and Acorns 13-6 v Sex Pisteols. The Bears went on to beat Triaxle 13-9 to reach the final to meet Maboules, 13-8 winners over Acorns .
Pretty Vacant won their three games in the afternoon to claim the Plate.
Thanks to John W and Douglas H for organising the competition, Umpire Byron M for keeping an eye on the proceedings and to Perth Petanque members for their hospitality and bacon rolls.
The full result of SPA GP2 –
1st – Maboules Zandra & Bob Boyle, Dani Cassini and Douglas Hamilton.
2nd – The 3 Bears Gavin Hilson, Mike Watt and Alex Davie.
3rd – Triaxel Paul, Kevin & Robin G.
4th – Acorns Malcolm Mc, Istvan Poka and Brian Ward.
5th – Sex Pisteols Paul Bretenoux, Robbie Stronach and John Wilson.
6th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon Scott and John & Christine Mudd.
7th – Champignons John Watson and Mags & Colin Montgomery.
8th – Just Us Eileen Moonie, Mabel Danraj and Margaret Mauchlin.
9th – Pretty Vacant Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and Shirley Legge.
10th – Capercaille Jean Hutcheson, Ian Smith and Stuart Malcolm.
11th – Deuchars IPA Derek Adam, Colin Stewart and Emma Montgomery.
12th – Migetiers Susan Allen, Dave Pattison and John & Norma Cameron.
13th – Les Folles Christine Thomson, Marie Snell and Alison Swiffen.
14th – Pointiers Alice Sheach, Henry Hutcheson, and Ed Strachan.
15th – Firing Black