I am posting this to prevent any Chinese whispers.
After a great deal of thought, I have taken the decision to resign from my position as Director of Public Relations for the WPA. My main reason for stepping down is that I don’t feel able to commit the time and dedication to the role that it requires.
I have enjoyed my short time on the Exec. and hope I have contributed something positive to the WPA. I leave with the backing of the Exec. and have agreed to assist in any way I can with increasing the profile of Pétanque in Wales in a positive way and hopefully growing our membership.
I discussed this at length with Bob Pugh earlier today and I have his full support.
I would like to thank the Exec. and members for the support I have received during my time in this role.
Gareth J Spencer.
This year’s National Men’s and Women’s Singles are being held at Caerleon PC on 23rd June.
Pre-entry is required and the closing date is Thursday 20th June.
Payment can be made on the day but if you would like to enter can you please email your entry to dev [at] welshpetanque [dot] org [dot] uk.
Registration will be 9:00 – 9:30am.
Even if you are not playing why not come along and watch, it will be an interesting day.
Below is a list of teams that have entered the qualifiers for this year’s Inter-Regionals at Hayling Island.
This year the EPA Inter-Regional Competition is being held over the weekend of 14th-15th September.
We need eight teams which means we are a few short at the moment, if anyone else is interested in putting a team forward, can you please contact Kon at:- development [at] welshpetanque [dot] org [dot] uk
Good afternoon all,
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.
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.
Good afternoon all,
Please see the invitation below from the Wheatsheaf PC to join them at the Wheatsheaf for Henry’s Day – an open melee to celebrate their past landlord who brought boules or Pétanque to the area.
It is usually a fantastic day, so why not go along and join in the fun.
Linda has asked that you let her know if you will be attending as this will give her an idea of numbers and will be a great help for organisational purposes as there will be a BBQ. She has also asked me to let you know that you will still be welcome to come along at the last minute should you find yourself at a loose end.
This year as a result of the closure of the Kymin the Colin Ballet Open Doubles is being held at Monkstone PC on Sunday the 9th of June.
Colin Ballet was a founder member of the Penarth Petanque Club and instrumental in its development, before he sadly passed away in 2010.
I knew Colin well as I worked with him for many years in British Telecom where he was a popular and well liked character who always liked to talk about pétanque or his regular trips to Cyprus with his wife Simone.
This competition is popular too so you’ll need to get your entries in quickly to secure your place.
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.
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.