Home Nations 2019 – Cardiff

The Scotland Squad

The Home Nations was contested at Monkstone Petanque Club, Cardiff on 10 and 11 August.  The annual triples tournament pits squads of eight teams each from Scotland, England, Jersey and Wales and is one of the highlights of the petanque season for our players.

The squads travelled to Cardiff on Friday and we were able to get some practice in on the pistes in the afternoon.  With 2 contrasting surfaces, one very smooth and fast with the other rocky and unpredictable, it was sure to be a good challenge for us all.

Saturday brought very heavy rain and the morning’s play was tough going for all the players.  The rain seemed to be a leveller, with all 4 nations closely bunched at lunch.  Lunch seemed to affect the Scottish players and we lost our way a little in the afternoon.  By close of play on Saturday we had 19 wins to our name.  While we were in touch with Wales (just 3 wins adrift), Jersey and England had managed to stretch ahead a little with 27 and 28 wins respectively.  There was certainly all to play for on Sunday and we had a good opportunity to catch Wales.

Sunday was supposed to be better weather wise, and it was in the afternoon, but in the morning we had to again contest with heavy driving rain.  This time, we didn’t cope with the conditions as well as our opponents and we gradually drifted further away from the pack.  In the end, another 15 wins on Sunday brought our total to 34.  Wales were third on 46, Jersey secured second for the third year running with 51 wins and England retained the trophy once more after a strong showing on Sunday and 61 wins in total. Congratulations to them.

You can see the complete results by round here

The top Scottish team was Lynn Jenkins, Richard Carter and John Wilson with 6 wins.

I would like to thank Monkstone Petanque Club and the Welsh Petanque Association for a very successful competition.  We were made to feel very welcome and they looked after us well.  Special mention goes to the brave volunteers who, armed with 2lb hammers and spikes, drained the pistes between games.  They did a brilliant job to ensure we could play, when at one point it looked like the weather might get the better of us. While the players were soggy all weekend, the pistes were bone dry for the last 2 rounds.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Troon for the 21st Home Nations in 2020.

Colin Stewart – President

Grand Prix 3 Report

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.

Grand Prix 3 Result


Grand Prix Series Final Standings

Sex Pisteols – GP 3 and GP Series Winners

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