WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: Pétanque England Inter-Regional Championships 2020 Cancelled

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.

Bob Pugh
WPA National President

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WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: 10th EUROPEAN TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN – POSTPONED

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
Mike
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.
Kind regards
Bob
Robert Pugh
National President.

Home Nations 2019 – Important announcement

Good afternoon all,

Following Bob’s email to our membership yesterday he has also asked me to post it on the website.

Dear members,

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.

Thanks

Gareth.

Home Nations Qualifiers – Final results

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.

Regards

Gareth

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.

Home Nations Qualifier (Grand Prix1) results

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.

Matching team shirts at Home Nations GP qualifiers and future WPA competitions

Previous posts have mentioned it and everyone should be aware that all teams entered into a WPA qualifying event or WPA competition must wear matching tops, something that isn’t always easy if the team members are from different clubs.

As we are all aware, we now have the new Welsh shirts for “International” competitions (Celtic Challenge and Home Nations included) and these now supersede all earlier versions.  As a result, the Exec. has agreed that players may play in the older style WPA shirts which will hopefully assist you in arranging matching shirts.

If team members have the earlier style Welsh shirts it will save them the cost/trouble of getting matching shirts and the dreaded £10 fine for not wearing matching tops can be avoided.

Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Gareth

Home Nations GP Qualifier

The first of the Home Nations qualifiers is being held at Monkstone PC this coming Sunday, below are the entries so far. We currently have 11 teams and as we all know, an even number works far better.

There is still time to put a team in as you have until Friday 10th May, if you want to put a team in can you please email Kon with the details:-

dev [at] welshpetanque [dot] org [dot] uk

Celtic Challenge 2019 – latest news

Celtic Challenge WPA website page.

The Celtic Challenge website page has been updated to reflect this years competition that was held over the weekend of 4th/5th of May at Pontyclun PC.

The full results are there along with a selection of photographs taken over the weekend.

The page can be found in the dropdown menu under Competitions.

Celtic Challenge 2019 – Update

Great weekend at the Celtic Challenge, held at Pontyclun PC.

Scotland – 32 games

Wales A – 24 games

Wales B – 24 games (just behind Wales A on points)

Ireland – 16 games

Full update and pics to follow tomorrow.

 

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