The FIPJP has confirmed that due to the continued situation with Covid-19 in mainland Europe, the World Championship: Triples for Men, which was to be held in Prilly-Lausanne, Switzerland, in July and postponed from 2020, has been cancelled.
This must be extremely disappointing for our friends in Switzerland who have worked tirelessly to host the Championships for the past 3 years. However, due to the ever-evolving nature of the virus and the restrictions placed upon organisations, the FIPJP, together with the hosts, decided that the potential quarantine conditions for teams arriving in Switzerland and on return to their country, as well as the constraints that would have to be imposed at the site were also considered too problematic.
Following up on the announcement from the FIPJP, The European Petanque Confederation (CEP) has stated that they “…continue to monitor the pandemic situation across Europe and remain hopeful that each of our championships will go ahead as planned; however, a final decision [by the CEP] on this year’s championships will be made in early July”.
We will, of course, keep you informed of any announcements concerning the European Championships.
A Cold and Wet Day for the opening round of Assessments
The morning (in particular) weather didn’t help the competitors in the first round of the Qualifying Assessments for the 2021 World Championships (Triples: Men), European Championships (Triples: Men) and European Championships for Veterans (Triples: Women & Men).
I need to begin with thanking the Monkstone PC for giving over their pistes for the day to allow us to safely spread out and run the three individual Assessments, as well as a distanced area for playing/warming up (a term I use lightly, given the weather).
I must also thank the people who marked each event – Jean-Yves Robic, Tony Smith and, especially, Lyn Babbage who stepped in at the last minute to help out after I had to pull-out due to illness.
There had been a lot of discussion among the Executive Committee and with the National Coach prior to the event taking place – firstly around whether it should have gone ahead at all. We always knew it would be a risk, starting such an important process in nearly December, and we have 2 further weekends for scheduled into the 2021 Draft Playing Calendar for more rounds for these events, as well as a separate event for the World Championships (Triples: Women). In addition, this is partly driven by the closing date for entries to the World Championships. Based on our experience earlier this year, the organisers will need full details of the team by early Spring.
Given this likely requirement, along with the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus restrictions in Wales, we decided it would be useful to get at least one round “in the bag” while we had a window of opportunity.
We added a second day to the Playing Calendar in case we needed that extra time, depending on the number of players who entered, but as it turned out, only the Saturday was needed.
With a slight evolution of the process, we used in 2019, the original plan for the day involved a number of timed triples matches between teams made up of the players not undergoing their individual assessments and taking place simultaneously with those. The plan was for these games to be observed and each player marked using the same process as our coaches follow at international events. Unfortunately, the lack of people available to undertake this observation & marking meant this element had to be removed from the event.
All the players who took part have been asked for their feedback on the event. I am grateful for the replies received so far and hope the people who haven’t responded yet, will be able to do so. All suggestions/thoughts/views will be considered before the next rounds.
The Standings at the end of Round 1 can be seen below. Each player’s individual detailed scoring will be emailed directly to them by the National Coach.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a big thank you again to Monkstone PC and the volunteer markers.
Let’s hope the following rounds take place in kinder conditions.
The 1st WPOC World Pétanque Offline Cup organised by the FIPJP.
The preliminary phase of the WPOC has finished and the qualifying results are out for the WPOC 2020 Championships.
Three WPA players who decided to enter to represent Wales had limited time to produce the necessary video for the qualifying sessions.
Derek Jones got his precision shooting and parthian shooting (trick shot) completed on Sunday 3rd August afternoon while Gareth and Michelle Spencer completed their precision shooting just before the deadline of Monday 4th August afternoon.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for Gareth and Michelle to produce a qualifying parthian shooting video before the 4pm deadline.
Despite the lack of time the results from the players exceeded any expectation, results as below:
Men’s Parthian shooting Derek Jones – Finalist top 8 (Qualified 5th)
Women’s Shooting Michelle Spencer – 27th Top Female European player
Men’s Shooting Derek Jones – 13th Top Male European player
Gareth Spencer – 32nd Second European player
Congratulations to all players an excellent performance.
Derek has now performed another parthian shot for the final phase and this is currently being assessed by the five judges.
Our friends at Pétanque England have issued the following statement:
The PE Board Meeting met virtually today and a number of playing matters were discussed.
2020 Inter Regional Championships
It is with deep regret that the PE Board has decided in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic that we are left with no alternative than to cancel the 2020 Inter-Regional Championships.
This decision is taken with heavy heart but we have concluded that we are unable to hold and organise such a major event safely for all our members young and old.
Considerable work has been undertaken by the Board to ensure that we were not left with significant financial liabilities and we are very grateful for the support we have received from our partners IoW Tours.
2020 would have been the last time that we would have held the Inter-Regionals at Hayling Island because of their refurbishment and remodelling to a format unsuited to our needs. We are now planning for 2021 and a new venue. We look forward to a major celebration in 2021, where once again we can all gather at the biggest and best national tournament in England.
We will update members when we have more details on the new venue, but just as an advance warning, we are expecting 2021 Inter-Regionals to take place a week earlier in September than they have taken place traditionally.
Although this is disappointing, I’m sure we all agree it is totally understandable, and we applaud the PE Board’s decision to make this call earlier rather than later.
This morning, we received the following statement from Mike Pegg, CEP President:
Dear Federations, Dear Presidents,
We are all in the midst of an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, with daily updates and actions being taken by governments around the world. During these uncertain times health, safety and the well-being of our families, friends and the community at large is paramount.
I can confirm we are continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for our 2020 Championships, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19.
After discussing the current situation with members of the Spanish Federation we have taken the decision to postpone the Women’s Triples Championship which was scheduled to be held from the 4th to 7th June in Spain.
The landscape is changing day-by-day with COVID-19, and we will adapt our plans accordingly however, for the present time we are now scheduling the 10th European Triples Championship for Women to take place in Torrelavega, Spain from the 29th October to the 1st November 2020.
We shall issue the registration and hotel reservation documents a little closer to the date when we can be sure the championship can go ahead safely. Meanwhile, we will communicate openly and often to keep you advised of our plans. .
With warm regards
As a result of this, we would hope to be able to hold a Qualifying Assessment event to find a team to attend this event, and as soon as we have further confirmation, we will issue a further notification.
In the meantime. the EC met by video conference yesterday and are continuing to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.
Finally, we hope you and your families are well and continue to stay healthy.
Following Bob’s email to our membership yesterday he has also asked me to post it on the website.
I am writing to inform you of an important update to the arrangements for the 2019 Home Nations and to allay any rumours you may have heard.
I must inform you that:-
1. For internal reasons, the Monkstone Petanque Club have unfortunately decided to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Home Nations.
2. WPA Executive Committee are currently working hard to identify an alternative venue and we will keep you updated with our progress.
3. In-line with the Competitions Rules, the WPA Executive Committee is exploring the possibility of amending the team order within the Welsh Squad for the Home Nations. This decision has not been taken lightly and we are attempting to ensure the minimum disruption to the Welsh squad along with the smooth-running of the Competition. The new team order will be announced in the near future.
Finally, I am delighted to let you know that following her excellent work during the Celtic Challenge, Michelle Spencer has agreed to take on the role of Team Manager for the Welsh Squad and I hope you will respect her position and support her in this vital role.
Kind regards Bob Robert Pugh National President
As your Exec. we will endeavour to keep everyone informed of developments as they happen and would appreciate the support and co-operation of you, our members.
Today saw the second day of qualifiers for the teams hoping to represent Wales at the Home Nations which as we are all aware is being held in Wales this year and the competition for places was always going to be stiff.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams that took part, it was great to see new players coming forward and entering for their first time, I really hope you enjoyed the experience. It is a great opportunity to gain experience playing against people you may not have met or played against before and hopefully you will have formed new bonds.
Again well done to everyone that took part and let’s look forward to a successful Home Nations this year. So with no further delay, here is the bit you all want to see. . . . . The results.
PS an extra special thanks to Kon who has been busy running qualifying events all weekend but has still got these out for us tonight.
Apologies for the delay in posting these but as you may well be aware there were issues with the website Sunday and yesterday (Bob Pugh sent an email to advise everyone yesterday and included the results).
Normal service has resumed and here are the results.
The second round will be held again at Monkstone PC next Sunday, good luck to all taking part.