SPA Grand Prix 2 was hosted by Inverness Petanque Club on Sunday 16th May.
Players representing clubs from Inverness, Fochabers, Perth, Stirling, Inverleith and Troon registered eighteen teams to play in GP2, an increase of three from GP1. The three extra teams, all from Inverness, were the Harvey Smiths, the Fairway Drifters and the Simpolthoms. It is hoped that these three teams will venture east to Fochabers on the 6th of June for GP3.
The format was a six round Snake and, on a sunny Highland morning and most of the players fortified with either a Fairways ‘full Scottish’ or bacon rolls and coffee, play commenced at 10 o’clock. Apart from a couple of sharp showers the weather throughout the day was fine and warm and play continued until 6:30.
As has become a habit at competitions this season, the last game on piste was crucial to the outcome. The Champignons struggling to a fifth win over Just Us and, with superior points difference over I P A, stole second place.
The Pisteols with a full house of six wins retained the GP2 Trophy.
Thanks to Derek for organising the competition, umpires Mags, Colin (“I will do a measure when I‘ve finished the end“ – quite right!), Stephan and Bob – no eagle eyed Byron this time, to Fairways for sustenance and Inverness Petanque Club for their hospitality.
The result of SPA GP2 –
1st – Pisteols Paul B, Lynn J, John Wilson and Robbie S. – 6w + 53
2nd – Champignons John Watson and Mags & Colin M. – 5w + 23
3rd – I P A Derek A, Colin S and Stefan M. – 5w + 16
The other 15 teams were –
4th – Maboules Zandra & Bob B, Dani C and Douglas H. – 4w + 22
5th – Harvey Smiths J & S Smith and G Harvey. – 4w + 21
6th – Cabbage and Ribs Howard & Fiona T, Emma M and Ben B. – 4w + 15
7th – Nord Ecosse Pat & Gordon S and John & Christine M. – 4w + 11
8th – Pretty Vacant Chris S, Richard C and Shirley L. – 3w + 6
9th – Migetiers Susan A and John & Norma C
10th – Bears Gavin H, Mike Wand Alex D.
11th – Anglo Mix Christine T, John P and Mari S.
12th – Pointiers Alice S, Henry H and Ed S.
13th – Acorns John J, Istvan P and Brian W.
14th – Capercaille Jean H, Ian S and Stuart M.
15th – Fairway Drifters D Fraser, E Gardiner and J McCarrick
16th – Sleepy Heads Maureen & Charlie R and Donnie M.
17th – Simpolthoms F Simpson, E Gardiner and J McCarrick
18th -Just Us Eileen M, Mabel D and Margaret M.
Here endeth the second lesson!