17 teams again registered to compete in the third and final Grand Prix at Perth PC on Sunday 22nd June. With the Triaxle team of Jimmy, Kevin and Paul sitting in top spot with a 9 point margin over DRAM, their nearest opponents, it seemed unlikely that anyone would catch them in the race to the Grand Prix Series.
The weather stayed dry and humid all day and lunch was served in Bells Sports Centre which seemed to work well.
On to the competition and with DRAM and Triaxle having a mixed day, the opportunity was there for others to gain ground. And that they did, with the two teams with interchangeable names rising to the top. The winners, Sex Pisteols (Shirley, Lynn and Richard) retained the GP3 trophy, pipping Pretty Vacant on BHN. The other placings are listed below. The sharp tacks among you may notice a slight change to the announced placings:- following a thorough check of the results a mis-entered score was discovered from round 5. This means that some of the minor placings were different than those announced.
On to the GP Series itself and the Sex Pistols GP3 win meant that was enough to overtake Triaxle, capping a good year for them and adding to their Celtic Challenge top team honours.
Teams 1-8 will be invited to represent Scotland at the Home Nations 2015 and teams 1-12 will play in the SPA Masters in September.
14 teams arrived at Fochabers PC on Sunday 27th April. The results are shown below. Congratulations to the winners, DRAM, a new name on the trophy. Many thanks to the Fochabers crowd and SPA volunteers for their assistance running the competition. Next up….. the Celtic Challenge at Fochabers next weekend.
12 teams arrived at Fochabers PC on Sunday 21st April for the first Grand Prix of 2013. Players were greeted to bacon rolls & coffee at breakfast (thank you Shirley) and a veritable feast of chilli, nachos and Mrs Stronach’s famous home baking for lunch. The SPA would like to thank Fochabers PC and all their volunteers for their hospitality over the whole weekend. We were delighted that the SPA’s founding President, Chris Pern, paid a visit to the piste during the competition.
The SPA are using the Swiss Ladder system to determine the order of play and the BHN/fBHN ranking method. In addition, timed games have been reintroduced this year. Games are limited to 60 minuted plus an additional end (with a one boule each tie breaker if necessary).
The teams seemed to adapt to the new format quite easily and, with play ceasing bang on 6 pm the timed games element worked out perfectly.
Ranking points and standings in the Grand Prix Series are therefore as follows:
Congratulations to Les Cremants, Grand Prix 1 winners:
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