SPA Grand Prix 3 was hosted by Fochabers Petanque Club on Sunday 6th June.
Players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith and Troon registered thirteen teams to play in GP3. Maybe the forecasted weather kept some of the other teams away for the final round of the GP Series.
The format was a seven round Snake and, with fortification from Gavin’s supply of Tea and Coffee along with a delicate display of biscuits, the teams awaited the decision of the umpire as to whether the piste was playable. After much deliberation and, with the rain looking as if it might clear, the go-ahead was given and the teams splashed onto the piste.
Some big team names seem to falter in this final round which led to some new team names appearing in the top 3. Once more one of the last games on the piste was crucial with Capercaillie overcoming Cabbage and Ribs to snatch 2nd place with four wins. In third place was Nord Ecosse of Inverness also with four wins.
However it was the Midgetirs from Stirling with 5 wins who triumphed in Grand Prix 3.
Thanks to Derek for organising the competition and keeping the league table up to date to ensure the teams knew what was required to qualify. Also thanks to Byron for umpiring the event. Finally, thanks to the Fochabers club for their hospitality and for hosting the final round of the Grand Prix Series.
The result of SPA GP3 –
1st – Midgetirs – Susan A and John & Norma C. – 5w +12
2nd – Capercaille – Jean H, Ian, S & Stuart M – 4w +19
3rd – I P A – Derek A, Colin S and Stefan M. – 4w +17
Grand Prix Series Result
The top 3 teams for the Grand Prix Series are as follows
1st – Pisteols – Paul B, Lynn J, John Wilson and Robbie S. – 13w +82
2nd – I P A – Derek A, Colin S and Stefan M. – 13w +35
3rd – Nord Ecosse – Gordon S, John & Chris M – 11w +30
The twelve teams who qualified (in alphabetical order) are as follows:
Acorns – John J, Istvan P and Brian W.
Bears – Gavin H, Mike Wand Alex D.
Cabbage and Ribs – Howard & Fiona T, Emma M and Ben B.
Capercaillie – Jean H, Ian S and Stuart M.
Champignons – John Watson and Mags & Colin M.
I P A – Derek A, Colin S and Stefan M.
Maboules – Zandra & Bob B, Dani C and Douglas H.
Midgetirs – Susan A and John & Norma C
Nord Ecosse – Pat & Gordon S and John & Christine M.
Pisteols – Paul B, Lynn J, John Wilson and Robbie S.
Pointiers – Alice S, Henry H and Ed S.
Pretty Vacant – Chris S, Richard C and Shirley L