WELSH CUP FOR CLUBS – RESULT

WELSH CUP FOR CLUBS

RESULTS

2020

Full Results

20/10/2019
Club P W L Match Pts F Match Pts A Match   Pts Dif F A Dif Pts
1 Pontyclun PC 4 3 1 79 45 34 505 390 115 9
2 Monkstone PC 4 3 1 70 54 16 466 384 82 9
3 Caerleon PC 4 3 1 68 56 12 457 414 43 9
4 Wheatsheaf PC 4 1 3 46 78 -32 382 478 -96 3
5 Penarth PC 4 0 4 47 77 -30 361 484 -123 0
*Maesteg PC also entered, but were forced to pull out after Round 1.

As there were 3 Clubs that tied on 9 points in the overall results then, as the EuroCup rules criteria state, in the event of a draw on points then to determine the winning Club it will be the results of the tied Clubs, and only the tied Clubs’ matches, played against each other.

In the event that there is a draw on points, then the next criteria is match points between the tied Clubs, This scoring process was clarified with the CEP President before being published on the WPA Website and being emailed to all members on 16th October, prior to the final Round being played.

 

Tied-Clubs Results: FINAL STANDINGS

20/10/2019

  Club P W L Match Pts F Match Pts A Match Pts Dif F A Dif Pts
1 Caerleon PC 2 1 1 34 28 6 204 237 -33 3
2 Monkstone PC 2 1 1 32 30 2 224 222 2 3
3 Pontyclun PC 2 1 1 27 35 -8 247 216 31 3

 

Therefore it is congratulations to Caerleon RFC PC who are the 2020 Welsh Cup for Clubs champions and will be invited to compete in the EuroCup 2020.

 

To clarify this result, the CEP introduced the awarding of “Match Points”, awarding 3 for a “Win”, to overcome the situation where a Club narrowly lost 3 Matches 15-16 (thus gaining a total of 45 “Game-Points”, but ended up beating a Club that narrowly won 2 Matches 16-15 but lost heavily in their 3rd Match 10-21 (thus only gaining a total of 42 “Game-Points”).
The WPA has used this process previously.

The CEP EuroCup Qualifying Rules, Arts. 8.9, 8.10, 8.11 & 8.12 outline the criteria used to award points and decide the results.

In order to prevent any confusion about this in future, the EC has begun the process of updating our own Welsh Cup for Clubs Rules to provide better clarity.

Thanks to all Clubs and players who took part and also thanks to Abegavenny PC for hosting the event.

 

Robert Pugh
National President

5th European Triples Veterans and 9th Triples Men Championships, Albena, Bulgaria, September 2019

In Memoriam

Peter Westall

1952-2019

On completion of the selection process used by the WPA to decide the teams that would represent Wales in both the Veterans and Men’s European championships in Bulgaria, the Welsh squad was formed of the following:

• The Veterans Team was comprised Peter Westall (Maesteg PC), Len Field (Maesteg PC), Derek Jones (Pontyclun PC) and Stewart Spencer (Pontyclun PC); the selected Coach was Jean-Yves Robic (Penarth PC).
• The Men’s Team comprised largely of the same players for the Veteran’s but with Stewart Spencer giving way to Peter Beresford (Pontyclun PC).

During the months immediately before the European Championships, the squad attended weekly training sessions and took part in a number of WPA and Club events, culminating in the Men’s team winning the Welsh National Triples title.

Venue for the 5th European Triples Veterans and 9th Triples Men Championships, Albena, Bulgaria, September 2019
Venue for the 5th European Triples Veterans and 9th Triples Men Championships.

The news of the sudden passing of Peter Westall only a few days before the start of the Veterans European Championships left the squad in a state of shock, but resolute to play the best they could to honour his memory.

The squad also decided that Wales would not take part in the EC Precision Shooting Championship as it was to be Peter’s individual event.

With the agreement of the CEP, Wales was able to register Peter Beresford in the Veterans team to replace Peter. The support of the CEP extended again at the start of the Veterans Championship, when a minute silence was held by all the countries present in respect of Peter and other pétanque players that had died recently.

EC Triples: Veterans

The first phase of the championship was the qualification, which comprised a 5 round Swiss System that saw Wales drawn against Finland, always a difficult opponent. Finland took a 2 points lead in the first end, but Wales came back and a tight game developed until the end of normal time where the teams were even at 10-10. The first extra end was enough for Wales to clinch their first victory 13-10.

Round 2: Wales v Netherlands
EC Triples; Veterans Round 2: Wales v Netherlands

The second game was more complicated for the 3-man Welsh team as they were facing the Netherlands, the current European Champions. The Netherlands built a rapid 0-10 lead after 5 ends but Wales started to fight back and reduced the score to 02-10. Unfortunately, the Netherlands had regrouped and secured a 13-3 victory in the 10th end.

The 3rd round draw was again not easy one for Wales against Poland. The game started the same away as the encounter against the Netherlands, with Poland racing ahead 10-0 after the 6th end. But, after a swap in play position between Derek and Stewart, Wales scored 4 points in the 7th end then 3 points in the next, reducing the score to 10-7. Again, this would not be enough and Poland extended their lead to 11-7 and then sealed their victory 13-7 in the 10th end.

EC Triples: Veterans 4th Round Wales v Jersey.
EC Triples: Veterans 4th Round Wales v Jersey.

Jersey was Wales next opponent in the 4th round and this was to be an interesting contest as Jersey was keen to take the fight to the Welsh. The game was tight and at the end of normal time, Wales was only leading 10-8 with two extra ends to play. Wales, helped by good pointing by Derek and Stewart, took the game to its conclusion in the 1st extra end winning 13-8.

With 2 wins and 2 losses Wales sat in the middle of the ranking table before the last round. The final draw was eagerly awaited and it was Denmark, who had just lost to England. Denmark has always been a tough opponent and the game proved to be another difficult one. Wales, helped again by good shooting from Len (including a couple of welcome carreaux) found themselves 4-4 after three ends and therefore still in contention. Denmark upped their game and started to pull away rapidly to finish the game worthy winners 13-4.

EC Triples: Veterans 5th Round Wales v Denmark.
EC Triples: Veterans 5th Round Wales v Denmark.

Wales finished the qualification round with 2 wins and 3 losses, but having played strong teams (Inflicting the only defeat to Finland) had a chance to be one of the top 16 teams. The final ranking was produced and Wales (16th) had succeeded to be one of the top 16 teams for the first time using this Championship format.

The drawback of finishing 16th was that Wales would be in the same pool as the team ranked 1st. This year it was France with their first participation in the Championship. France’s 2019 squad included two legends of the sport FIPJP Player of the 20th century Christian Fazzino and other Marco Foyot. France had topped the ranking table with a perfect 5 wins out of 5.

Along with France and Wales in Poule A was England, ranked 8th and the Netherlands, ranked 9th. The first game of the pool was against France and the players thought that it was a fitting tribute to Peter to have to play the top pétanque playing nation in the world. Wales was expected out-classed by the French who had a near perfect game, shooting 5 carreaux out of 7 shots and not missing a single point, they only needed 3 ends to inflict a 13-0 defeat.

EC Triples: Veterans Group Match Wales v France.
EC Triples: Veterans Group Match Wales v France.

Wales was now waiting for the outcome of the game between England and the Netherlands, who proved to be too strong for England, convincingly winning 13-4 and setting-up a Wales-England confrontation for the second pool game. Facing an England team lead by Simon Bird seemed like another daunting task for Wales, but the arrival of Peter Beresford provided the team a welcome boost. Despite some early apprehensions, the game was balanced and after 7 ends the score was level at 7-7. England took a 2 points lead over the next couples of ends but accurate pointing by Peter Beresford kept Wales in the game and after the 12th end Wales had a 2 points advantage leading 11-9. Two excellent points by Peter put the England shooters under pressure and gave the final 13-9 victory to Wales. This win eliminated England from the Championship and sent Wales in to the barrage against the Netherlands, who had lost 13-9 against France.

EC Triples: Veterans Wales v England
EC Triples: Veterans Wales v England

This game was a must win for Wales if they wanted to progress to the quarter-finals, but again the Netherlands proved to be too strong and inflicted another severe defeat 13-2 to the Welsh team. Despite losing this last game, the general atmosphere in the team was good, having achieved a 13th place overall; the best of any of the Home Nations teams and having played against some of the best teams in Europe. France went on to beat Sweden 13-4 in the Final and win their first Veterans European Championship title.

After a colour full and entertaining gala dinner on the Wednesday evening, Thursday was the start of the Men’s European Championship. Having decided not to field a competitor in the European Precision Shooting Championship, the team used the day to practice on the numerous outdoor pistes close to the hotel and prepared for the start of the qualifying rounds on the Friday morning.

EC Triples: Men

EC Triples: Men Round 2 Wales v Ukraine
EC Triples: Men Round 2 Wales v Ukraine

The draw for the 1st round of the Swiss System had been made and Wales was facing the Ukraine. Despite building an 8-5 lead after 5 ends, Wales could not keep up the momentum and allowed a skill full Ukrainian team to come back and take a 11-8 lead in the 8th end. Wales could not stop Ukraine achieving a 13-10 win.

The second game for Wales was against another of the rapidly improving Eastern European teams, Hungary. The start of the game was similar to the previous game with Wales ahead 6-2 after 5 ends. Again, Wales’ momentum was stopped and Hungary made up their deficit by the 7th end and were leading 11-8 in the 8th end. By the end of normal time, the teams were tied at 11-11, but the Welsh team had found their form again and won the game 13-11.

The third round provided another Home Nation encounter with Jersey. This was was to be a difficult game for Wales, as the Jersey team had shown their qualities at the Home Nations held in Wales during the summer. As expected Jersey took an early lead 4-0 after 3 ends, but Wales took the initiative and levelled the game 5-5 after the 5th end. Wales played well and were leading 11-6 after the 9th end. However, Jersey scored 5 points in the next end and were then level with Wales at 11-11. Normal time was called during the 11th end and Wales was left with 4 boules in hand to win the game. After a taking the wrong tactical decision, Wales gave the game to Jersey.

With only 1 win out of 3 games, the fourth round was a must win for Wales to stay in the top half of the ranking table. The 4th round provided another Home Nations contest against Ireland. Wales had recovered from their disappointing loss against Jersey and were keen to change their fortunes. The game was one-sided and after 5 ends Wales was winning 12-0 and very quickly took the game 13-0. Wales was back on track, winning the last game of the Swiss System was crucial if Wales wanted to finish in the Top 16, which would be the first time in the history of the Championship.

EC Triples: Men 5th Round Wales v Russia
EC Triples: Men 5th Round Wales v Russia

The last opponent for Wales was Russia, this turned out to be a slow and frustrating game. Wales built-up a healthy 6-2 lead after the 5th end, and at the end of normal time were 11-3 in front. Wales was controlling the game and its tactical play only allowed Russia to score two more points in the extra ends, finally securing a 11-5 win, the 3rd for Wales.

With the 3 wins Wales had a chance of finishing in the top 16. After a long nervous wait the final ranking was confirmed and Wales had indeed finished in 16th place just ahead of England and Scotland, who were both relegated to the Nations Cup. The 16th place for Wales gave them an automatic qualification to the 49th World Championships that will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July 2020.

EC Triples: Men 1st match group Wales v France
EC Triples: Men 1st match group Wales v France

The next phase of the competition saw Wales in the same pool as France, the current European and World champions, along with Sweden and Poland. The first game against France was another short encounter, but this time it took France 5 ends to beat Wales 13-1 in just over 20 minutes.

The second game was against Sweden, a surprising loser against Poland. Again, the opposition proved to be too strong for Wales who were outplayed in all departments and Sweden recorded a convincing 13-1 win in 7 ends. The loss against Sweden ended Wales’ Championship, but the direct qualification for the next World Championship was a superb result and credit needs to be given to all the members of the Welsh Squad who have, in extremely difficult circumstances, always wore their Welsh shirts with pride and played to the best of their ability. I think Peter Westall would have been proud of them and their achievements in both European Championships.

Jean-Yves Robic
October 2019

Welsh Cup For Clubs – last round – UPDATE

Standings Going Into Last Round

 

With only a few games to go any of the top 3 clubs can become welsh cup for club champions 2019.

To clarify the formula to decide the overall results

  1. If 2 teams are tied on points then the winner of their match will be ranked 1
  2. If 3 teams are tied on points then the ranking will be decided on match points between the 3 teams all other games match point will be disregarded.
  3. Points difference between the tied teams
  4. Points for between the tied teams
  5. The total number of games won in each phase of the match between the tied tied teams

Good luck in next week’s matches

Kon  

 

 

Kon Tomczyk
National Director of Development

WPA 2019 League Cup/Plate Finals

The 2019 WPA League Cup/Plate Finals were held on 29 September at Ystradowen PC. The competing teams were Maesteg, Monkstone Minotaurs, Monkstone Monarchs & Penarth Panthers.

Before the competition commenced a period of silence was observed in memory of our good friend Peter Westall who died recently and was a member of Maesteg PC.

The semi- finals featured Maesteg v Minotaurs and Monarchs v Panthers. Moments after play started the rain started and continued for the whole of the semi-finals, with only a couple of short breaks, until lunchtime.

The Minotaurs got off to a poor start when Bernard Adshead & Peredur John never really got into the game and lost 3 -13 in very short order against Jeremy Clare and Len Field. In the other game Vickie Adshead and Peter Kensett kept the Minotaurs in the tie with a 13–7 win against Kevin Edwards and Matthew Clare. In the reverse games, Bernard & Pred came good and ran out comfortable winners by 13-2. This meant that Vickie & Peter needed only 6 points to draw the tie and 7 to win. After a poor start and then a slight recovery by the Minotaurs, Jeremy & Len regrouped and Maesteg finally secured the win to 5 and won the tie on countback by 35-34.

In the other semi-final, represented by Rogers Griffin & Green, Sean Smith & Mike Jones, the Monarchs ran out comfortable winners 4-0 and 52-31 against Penarth, represented by Valérie & Rob Falconer, Celia Scott & Pat McCarthy, although the Monarchs were pushed to concede 9 points in 2 of the games by the 2nd Division team.

After the lunch break, the weather cleared and only a couple of light showers spoiled the fine weather. In the Cup final, the Monarchs struggled against Maesteg. In their best game they took 11 points but eventually went down 0-4 and 37-52.

The Minotaurs went into the Plate final knowing that the pistes suited Penarth who generally play a pointing game. In the event the Minotaurs prove too strong for their opponents and ran out winners by 3-1 and 47-28.

So congratulations to Maesteg and Monkstone Minotaurs who took the Cup and Plate respectively.

All the teams agreed that new club Ystradowen had  developed a superb facility and their hospitality was second to none – bacon rolls will always win over a petanquer! Seriously. on behalf of the WPA many thanks to Ystradowen who were hosting their first WPA competition in their first season.

CUP WINNERS – MAESTEG PC

Kevin Edwards, Jeremy Clare, Len Field & Matthew Clare

PLATE WINNERS – MONKSTONE MINOTAURS

Peter Kensett, Vickie Adshead, Bernard Adshead & Peredur John

 

Petanque England Inter-Regionals 2019 – Report

The annual Petanque England Inter-Regional competition was held at Hayling Island last weekend
14th – 15th September, to which the Welsh Petanque Association had their much-appreciated invitation.

This professionally well organised and most enjoyable event was held in glorious sunshine and, as in previous year, lived up to all its expectations of competitiveness and enjoyment of the sport of petanque.

It gave the WPA squad a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones for the future and as always to compete at their very best throughout the competition.

With the sad news of one of the most respected and liked Welsh players, Peter Westall, passing away prior to the event, the determination of the Welsh squad was stronger than ever and although some of the results did not go their way there was no relenting from the task they had set themselves, right down to the last boule of the very last game which saw Wales 7 (Super Sue Foster – Sean Smith – Jeremy Clare and Captain, Jayne Dunn) in a fierce battle with Great Western 8 both sides giving nothing away and with the full support from both squads cheering every boule made a thrilling end to the tournament

WPA winning 13 – 10 but overall a 4 -4 squad draw, a fitting result to end the day.

Inter-Regionals 2019 Final Standings

The WPA would like to expresses their appreciation to PE for our invitation and all involved for their hard work on organising this tournament and hope to see you all again next year.

Thank you to all of the players who represented the WPA in this event your determination and team spirit throughout this occasion was second to none, well done, Peter would have been proud of you I’m sure.

Thanks to Wales 8 (Wally Wilkinson – Dai Bevan – Ian Wheeler – Tania Howard) for providing our base camp gazebo much appreciated.

A big thank you goes to Matthew Clare who stepped in and took on the task of squad manager ensuring all teams went to the correct lanes, scores were entered correctly and signed by team captains, before handing them in to the control desk. A daunting task of responsibility at the best of times but for a junior to have the confidence to take the task on, was exceptional. Well Done Matthew 

Finally a huge thank you to Ken Aston for his generosity in sponsoring the new WPA representational shirts, very much appreciated by all members.

Day 1: Welsh Squad proudly wearing their black armbands in honour of Peter Westall

 

 

Kon Tomczyk
Director of Development for Welsh Petanque Association

WELSH REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS – GOOD LUCK

This is a busy time for players representing Wales:

The 5th European Veteran’s Championships is being held in Albena,Bulgaria from 16th-18th September.
The Wales Team is:
Derek Jones, Peter Westall, Len Field & Stewart Spencer (Coach/HoD: Jean-Yves Robic)

This is followed by the 6th Men’s Triples & Precision Shooting Championships at the same venue from 19-22nd September.
The Wales Team is:
Derek Jones, Peter Westall, Len Field & Peter Beresford (Coach/HoD: Jean-Yves Robic)

 

Also this weekend (14-15th September), the Petanque England Inter-Regional Championships is being held at Hayling Island.
The Wales Squad is:

Wales Squad for 2019 Inter-Regionals

 

I’m sure all our members would join us in wishing all our players the best of luck in their respective competitions. Play well and enjoy yourselves.

Bob Pugh
WPA National President
on behalf of the WPA Executive Committee

Celtic Challenge 2020 Qualifier – Report

CELTIC CHALLENGE 2020 QUALIFIER

The 2020 Celtic Challenge is being held at Glasgow Petanque Club on 9/10 May 2020.

The Welsh qualifier was held in glorious sunshine at the Monkstone Petanque Club on Sunday 8th September, with 11 teams competing for the 4 available places.

11 Teams ready to compete for the honours

This was a chance for players to claim a position in the Welsh Squad for this much revered and enjoyable annual event which started back in 1989 when Wales invited Scotland to play in Cardiff the following year Ireland joined the event and the rest, as they say, is history. The event is rotated yearly between the 3 nations and is always heavily contested by each country to gain a place in their national squad this year was no exception in Wales.

All the games were highly competitive and went to the last game result where several teams still had a chance with a last win to ensure a place in the national squad.

Thank you to all the teams that took part and congratulations to the successful teams who will represent Wales next year (Lets bring back the trophy to Wales).

Celtic Challenge 202 Qualifier:
Final Standings

 

Wales 1 (L to R):
Ian Bailey, Jean-Yves Robic, Julie Bailey, Sean Smith

 

Wales 2 (L to R):
Bob Pugh, Tansy Mayfield, Barbara Vaughan, Kon Tomczyk

 

Wales 3 (L to R):
Tony Smith, Tom Mills, Jeremy Clare, Len Field

 

Wales 4 (L to R):
Jim Hutchinson, Linda Hutchinson, Alan Evans

 

Thank you to:

Monkstone PC for their hospitality and use of their facilities and

Tony Smith for running the competition well done all

Kon
Kon Tomczyk
National Director of Development.

Celtic Challenge 2020 Qualifier – UPDATE

CELTIC CHALLENGE 2020 QUALIFIER

Celtic Challenge 2020 

To be held in 

Scotland 

At

Glasgow Bowling Club 

On 

Saturday & Sunday 9th& 10thMay 2020 

The 2020 Celtic Challenge qualifier will be held at

 Monkstone Petanque Club

On

Sunday 8thSeptember 2019

Registration is 9.00 – 9.30

Pre Entry is required

Please email your entry to

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

Cost of entry – £7 per player

Payment can be made on the day

Closing date is 5thSeptember 2019

The following 11 Teams have entered – ideally we could do with one more to avoid BYEs:

Caerleon / Wenvoe PC: T Mayfield, B Vaughan, K Tomczyk, B Pugh
Penarth / Monkstone / Maesteg: J Y Robic, S Smith, J Bailey, I Bailey
Monkstone / Maesteg PC: T Smith, T Mills, L Field, J Clare
Monkstone / Penarth PC: G Spencer, A Howard, S Murray, J Caston
Caerleon / Maesteg / Pontyclun  PC: P Mayfield, S Snudden, P Westall, S Spencer
Caerleon PC: N Wilkinson, D Bevan, T Howard, I Wheeler
Wenvoe PC: D Cannan, M Jacques, G Jones, T Lloyd
Monkstone PC: B Adshead, R Griffin, J Dunn, V Adshead
Wheatsheaf / Pontyclun PC: Gail Brooksbank, P Daviss, C McCaddon, B White
Pontyclun PC: D Jones, M Jones, H Morris, G Attfield
Wheatsheaf PC: L Hutchinson, J Hutchinson, A Evans

If you think you’ve entered but your Team isn’t showing here, please contact me ASAP.

Kon
Kon Tomczyk
National Director of Development.

WPA 2019 LEAGUE – FINAL TABLES

The 2019 WPA League season was concluded on Wednesday 28 August 2019. The final round of matches did not produce any great surprises as most, if not all, of the top and bottom places had already been decided.

Division 1

Congratulations to Isca Romans who took the Division 1 title. They were hotly pursued by Monkstone Monarchs who just could not maintain their challenge and fell away in the last two weeks to finish second.

At the bottom, you could not have got odds on Monkstone Minotaurs being relegated at the half way point of the season but they staged a remarkable run in July & August with 4 wins and 2 draws propelling them up to fifth place leaving Wenvoe Dragons and Penarth Pendragons in the relegation places.

Division 2

Congratulations to Wenvoe Raiders who took the Division 2 title bouncing straight back to Division 1 at the first time of asking after their relegation last season. The Raiders just pipped Pontyclun Badgers who will be playing alongside them in Division 1. The Badgers have fallen just short of promotion a few times recently but have finally made it.

At the other end of the table Cwins were unfortunate to drop back into Division 3 after being promoted last season taking Creigiau Crusaders with them.

Division 3

Congratulations to Monkstone Marauders who took the Division 3 title again bouncing straight back at the first time of asking after their relegation last season. The Marauders established a lead they never relinquished right at the start of the season and confirmed the top spot with 3 games to spare. Penarth Panthers just pipped Monkstone Inn Youth to grab second spot and a place in Division 2 next  season.

At the other end of the table the two newest teams to the League – Church Inn (2nd season) and Ystradowen Newts (debut season) both managed to avoid the bottom spot – well done to them both – which this year was claimed by Creigiau Casuals.

NOTE:  Depending on the number and spread of entries to the League for the 2020 Season, it is possible that there could be some adjustment to the relegation spots if it is necessary to balance the number of teams in each Division. This will not be resolved until Spring 2020 when all the entries have been received.

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