New Executive for 2019

The AGM was held at the Monkstone Petanque Club on Friday 11th January where three new Executive Members were elected for two years, they are:

President – Bob Pugh
Treasurer – Tony Smith
Director of Public Relations – Gareth Spencer

They will join Derek Jones (Secretary) and Kon Tomczyk (Director of Development) for the remainder of their tenure.

We wish the new executive all the best for their endeavours.

WPA Executive Officer Nominations

Nominations for the Elected Officers have been received in accordance with the WPA constitution. The nominations are as follows:
National President
Robert Pugh – Wenvoe PC
Vickie Adshead – Monkstone PC
National Treasurer
Tony Smith – Monkstone PC
Director of Public Relations
Gareth Spencer – Monkstone PC
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Friday, 11 January 2019, 7.30pm at Monkstone PC (Pen-y-Lan).

News update

The WPA Executive was informed yesterday by the President Mr Dan Murphy that he has resigned from his position as WPA President and that he has terminated his membership of the WPA with immediate effect. I’m sure the Executive and members want to thank Dan for the contribution he has made to the WPA over many years and wish him well for the future.

BBC Feature on Pétanque in Wales

The BBC Wales cameras attended the Cup for Clubs match between Penarth and Caerleon on Sunday 11th December to produce a feature on the growth of Pétanque in Wales.

James Pontin from BBC Wales spoke with WPA President Dan Murphy, Director of Development Jean-Yves Robic, Caerleon’s Wales International Tansy Mayfield and Penarth’s Tim Howard, who is one of the younger members of the Association.

View the BBC Wales Video Here

Several hours of Pétanque were captured for the BBC archives and Pontin has cut that down to an excellent 3 minute feature of the BBC’s digital platforms.

The match was won comfortably by Caerleon, who join Wenvoe at the top of the table in the 2016/17 Cup for Clubs. The competition continues in the New Year.

WPA President – Glyn Attley

Many boulers will by now be aware of the sad news of the passing of Glyn Attley on Remembrance Day. 

Glyn was not only a WPA member from the start of the WPA, but for many years before that, when Wales was part of the British Petanque Association. He had been a Committee Member, and was an avid, passionate player and supporter of our sport at all levels, right up to his final admission to hospital.

For many years Glyn competed with the very best players in Britain, and was highly ranked among “GB” players, and represented GB, along with great players like Paul Bond and Jerome Rousseau. At the Welsh national level he frequently played for Wales in the famous “Inter Regionals”, in the Celtic Challenge, and since its inception in the Home Nations.  He also played in major tournaments in England. He played all over the four Nations, winning the old Hereford Open and doing well in the Rochester.

Back Row – Second from the right.

In the Inter Regionals he played venues at Poole, Brean Sands, the Isle of Wight, and Hayling Island. 

Back Row – Third from the right.

For many years Glyn was always part of Wales’ top two or three teams, playing with Paul Bond, Neil Dobbins, and Phil Bradshaw. For about 14 years he partnered Phil Bradshaw in playing for Wales.

Almost 25 years ago he was instrumental in setting up the Monkstone Inn PC, a very successful club, which hosted the Celtic Challenge and numerous great club competitions and Welsh National events. He remained on its Committee, and was a stalwart of his club playing in the Welsh League and Cup. 

As President at the time of the first Home Nations in 2000, I was very grateful for his support. He got stuck into the physical preparations which involved laying a full international standard terrain, with 18 pistes, on the floor of what was then called the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 

He “borrowed” and installed a large number of railway sleepers to provide the outer edges of the terrain, and helped us pack down tons of stone dust, and later to remove it all, shovelling it into some 44 full size skips. It was typical of his support for the game – he was always ready and willing to help.

Millennium Stadium 2000.

He was a very talented player, and respected wherever he played. He was a competitive player, and if his own team mates threw a duff boule they were not spared their blushes! He was something of a legend in our sport. He was always a fair player, a real sportsman who could appreciate the skill of his opponents as well as that of his team mates. 

He was also a very good friend, and his company was always enjoyable, on or off the field of play. He was not simply liked, but held in great affection by those who met him. So many players were fortunate enough to have known him. He will be very sorely missed by all of us.

On behalf of the Welsh Petanque Association, its Officers and Members, and also personally on behalf of Gay and myself, I extend our deepest condolences to Glyn’s family. May he now find rest and peace.

Dan Murphy

President, Welsh Petanque Association.   

Glyn Attley 1954 – 2016


It is with sad regret that the WPA has to announce the passing of Glyn Attley, after a short illness.

Glyn was a past member of the Monkstone PC and more recently the Monkstone Inn Petanque Club, a talented player who had represented both Great Britain and Wales over many years. Glyn’s last represented Wales in this years Celtic Challenge at Caerleon.

Glyn’s partnership with players such as Phil Bradshaw, Neil Dobbins, Ian Bailey and Matthew Franks won him a number of our national titles over the years, and his presence on the field of play and in the bar will be greatly missed.

Our condolences and thoughts especially go Sue and all Glyn’s family and friends.

Further details will be publish in due course.


WPA Executive Response to Sub-Committees Findings.

Response of the WPA to various complaints and concerns expressed to it by a number of members concerning the National Singles Championships.

The WPA set up and requested advice from a sub-committee of experienced members who were not part of the Executive Committee. The sub-committee made various recommendations. These have now been very carefully considered by the Executive Committee. While there will be individual responses to the individuals who contacted the WPA about the Championships, this is the expressed view of the Executive Committee on this subject, but of course subject to the determination, if appropriate, of any appeal(s).

To read the  WPA’s Executives full response, click here to download the document.

Extra-Ordinary General Meeting – Nominations

Nomination for the two vacant positions on the WPA Executive closed at mid-night of 16th October 2016, no other nominations will now be accepted.

The following members have been nominated:

  • National Secretary  – Bernard Adshead – Monkstone PC
  • Director of Publicity – Andrew Howard – Penarth PC

The Executive Committee (EC) of the Welsh Pétanque Association’s (WPA) has called this Extra-Ordinary General meeting under clause 8 of its constitution, for the sole purpose of electing a National Secretary and Director of Public Relations to the EC, there will be no other business.

As per the current WPA Constitution, Part 2, Rules for the EGM to be quorate to elect the above nominees to their respective positions, No EGM shall proceed to business unless 20 members, or more, representing at least five registered clubs are present within half an hour of the notified time of commencement of the EGM”.

Therefore, it is important for you to turn up to this meeting and to elect these members to the Executive, so that they can begin their important work for you all. If the meeting is not quorate then they cannot be elected to office.

The meeting will be held at:

Cardiff Yacht Club Windsor Esplanade,
CF10 5BG On
Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Commencing at
8:00 p.m.


Graham Attfield

It is with regret, that the WPA Executive has received and accepted Graham’s resignation from the post of Director of Public Relations, and as a member of the Executive Committee, which has immediate effect.

We would like to than Graham for his service to the WPA in various roles on the WPA Executive.

The position of Director of Public Relations will now be included in the EGM which members will be notified of, to elect his replacement and a new Secretary.

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