SPA Singles, Shooting and Doubles 2013 Report

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Inverleith Petanque Club were hosts to the Scottish Singles, Shooting and Doubles titles on 27 and 28th July.  The SPA would like to thank Inverleith for their hospitality and stovies! Inverleith’s piste has undergone a bit of a makeover, with a new surface added in parts, seating and new score boards all in time for the Home Nations in August.  Well done to them for all their hard work.

The Singles and Doubles competitions followed the Swiss Ladder format and six rounds were played in each.

The Singles was contested by 21 players but was yet again dominated by one man, Robbie Stronach.  Throughout the day he saw off everyone in his path in emphatic style although the title was not secured until he won his last game against Kevin Johnstone.  A win for Kevin in that game would see him take the title on BHN.  In the end Robbie won comfortably and took the title for the 3rd year running with a perfect record of 6 wins and having only dropped 20 points all day.  Colin Stewart snuck into 2nd place and Kevin Johnstone was 3rd on superior BHN.

Robbie Stronach - 2013 SPA SIngles Winner & 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Robbie Stronach – 2013 SPA SIngles Winner & 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Singles Results

SPA Singles 2013 Final Standings

The Shooting was held at the same time as the Singles with players invited to register a qualifying score for the Shooting in the breaks between Singles games.  After all qualifying scores were registered, the top 4 players played off in Semi Finals.  The Semis were Robbie Stronach v Ed Strachan and Kevin Johnstone v Istvan Poka.  Robbie and Kevin emerged victorious from their Semi Finals but, as play was about to begin in the Final the heavens opened.  After a bit of discussion it was agreed to abandon the final and with Kevin not returning for the Doubles the following day the competition ended.  Robbie agreed to give Kevin the trophy (Kevin had the highest total points score over the two rounds which were played).

 

Kevin Johnstone - 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

Kevin Johnstone – 2013 SPA Shooting Joint Winner

The Doubles, on the Sunday, was played for the most part in heavy rain, it only clearing to leave sunshine well into the afternoon. So puddles, brollies and waterproofs were the order of the day and 12 teams stepped out into the wet.  With play not limited by time there were some long games but most of those who had to wait were probably grateful for the opportunity to dry off in the clubhouse. Reigning champions IPA – Colin Stewart & Istvan Poka were again in fine form. Despite two close games against Fasch – Robbie Stronach & Johnny Wilson and Acorns – Brian Ward & Malcolm McKinlay ( which IPA knew they had to win the latter to ensure victory with Robbie & Johnny snapping at their heels resulting in a tense affair) IPA retained the title with 6 wins from 6.   Robbie & Johnny finished second with 5 wins and Les Champignons – Colin & Mags Montgomery finished in 3rd place with 4 wins.

Doubles Results

SPA Doubles 2013 Final Standings

Congratulations to all the winners.  Next up is the Home Nations at Inverleith on 10th and 11th August where we look forward to welcoming our English and Welsh friends for some serious petanque and camaraderie.

Grand Prix 1 Result

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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.

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Grand Prix 1 Results

Ranking points and standings in the Grand Prix Series are therefore as follows:

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Grand Prix Series After Round 1

Congratulations to Les Cremants, Grand Prix 1 winners:

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Les Cremants – Christine Thomson, Ed Strachan & Alison Swiffin

 

 

 

 

 

Fochabers Spring Fling Results

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Fochabers PC held their traditional Spring Fling on Saturday 20th April, the day before the SPA Grand Prix.  15 teams (a mixture of pairs and triples) entered and were divided into 4 leagues in the qualifier rounds.  The top 8 qualified for the main competition knockout and the remainder played in the Plate.  Games were limited to 9 points.

Winners in the main competition were Anne & Robin Gardiner (Troon). The winners of the plate were John McAllister (Penicuik) and Art Ager (Inverleith).

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Anne & Robin Gardiner – Spring Fling Winners

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John McAllister & Art Ager – Spring Fling Plate Winners

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