Cup for Clubs – winners

Cup for Clubs – Winners

Last week saw the first round of the cup for clubs, Pontyclun v Penarth and Pontyclun v Monkstone played in glorious sunshine at Creigiau PC.

The morning match which saw Pontyclun take on Penarth in the 1st round, After a closely fought battle in 6 singles games Pontyclun had gained a small advantage by winning 4 games to 2 and with each singles game being awarded 2 match points this gave a lead of 8-4 to Pontyclun and left everything to play for. The 2nd round of 3 doubles games saw Pontyclun make a charge winning all 3 games and with each doubles game being worth 3 match points take an unassailable lead 17-4. The 3rd round of 2 triples matches saw both teams in another close battle, eventually the round was drawn 1-1 and with 5 points for each game the final result saw victory for Pontyclun with 22 points and Penarth with 9.

The afternoon match which saw Pontyclun take on Monkstone in the 2nd round, Again a very close battle between the teams with Monkstone leading with 4 wins to 2 and gaining a 8-4 points lead after the singles. The 2nd round of doubles games saw Pontyclun clawing back the deficit by winning 2 of the 3 doubles games but still trailed 11-10. The 3rd round of games saw both teams battling hard but with Monkstone only needing a draw for overall victory, Pontyclun were always going to find it hard to win both triples. With each team winning 1 of the final triples games it was over for Pontyclun. Monkstone eventually gaining the victory 16 points to15.

Round 3, Penarth v Monkstone and with a new week saw new weather, heavy rain replacing sunshine. Everything to play for, if Monkstone win, they win. If Penarth win with a big margin of 15 points they win and if they win by less Pontyclun win. The singles again saw both teams tied with 3 wins and 6 points each. The doubles matches were again very close with 2 of the 3 games going to 12 points, but Monkstone winning 2 of the 3 games they took the advantage and with both of the final triple games also going to Monkstone it was all over, Monkstone taking victory 22 points to 9.

A big thank you to the members of Creigiau PC for hosting the event and for the use of their facilities.

Congratulations to Monkstone PC on their win. Monkstone will now be invited to participate in the 2019 Euro Cup.

WPA Welsh National Doubles 2018

WPA Welsh National Doubles 2018

The annual National Welsh Doubles 2018 were held at Monkstone Petanque Club on Sunday 15th July and once again the exceptional weather this year made it the ideal conditions for playing.

Players took to the pistes to start the first round which threw up a few surprises with a win for Westall and Tomczyk 13 – 0 and Howells and Pook 13 – 1

The second round saw Field and Clare record their second win of 13 – , a close call for Howells and Pook winning 13 – 12, local club players V Adshead and J Dunn bounced back from their first round loss with a 13 – 9 win

Although Westall and Tomczyk lost their second round match they returned to form with a 13 – 4 win in the third round and with Field and Clare losing their third round match leaving Howells and Pook in the lead with three wins at the half way stage.

Other Monkstone PC teams were not far behind with both  B Adshead and Griffin, Barnes and Spencer winning two out of the first three games.

Lunch over, the players returned to the piste with one or two wilting in the unrelenting sunshine, something we are not totally accustomed to in Wales.

Round four saw Field and Clare versus Howells and Pook who were unbeaten at this stage with but a 13 – 8 win to Field and Clare put them back in contention and with Westall and Tomczyk winning their third game this meant 3 teams with three wins, so all to play for with 2 games to go. All three teams won their 5th round match 3 teams now on 4 wins with one to go

The last round saw Howells and Pook v Westall and Tomczyk – Field and Clare v B Adshead and Griffin this was a must win for all teams.

With Field and Clare losing their final game 7 -13 it left the match of Howells and Pook v Westall and Tomczyk to decide the National Doubles Champions 2018

The game started with Westall and Tomczyk taking a commanding lead through outstanding shooting from Tomczyk and accurate pointing by Westall and at 10 – 4 looked as if the match was pretty much over.

However how one end can change a match with the cosh at 9 metres accurate pointing and shooting from Howells and Pook saw them take a six, levelling the scores at 10 – 10 a disastrous end for Westall and Tomczyk, pressure on, game on.

The penultimate end gave Westall and Tomczyk  1 point 11 – 10

With the cosh again at 9 metres the situation was Howells and Pook’s boule was 15 cm behind the cosh with the a remaining boule count at 2 for Westall /1 for Tomczyk / 2 for Howells, Westall pointed his boule 10 cm in front of the cosh taking the point, as both boules were in line and the cosh in the middle Howells decided to shoot unfortunately a miss, boule count now 2 to 1, Howells decided to be bold and shoot again, hit the boule full and unfortunately also took out the cosh leaving Westall and Tomczyk with two boules in hand, game over and an unfortunate way to lose a match but “ that’s boules” as they say’.

Thanks to Monkstone PC for their hospitality and hosting the event and all participants for their support which made for a very exciting competition.


Celtic Challenge 2018

This bank holiday weekend the Welsh Team travel to Ireland to compete in the 2018 Celtic Challenge. We wish them well in their matches and hope they have a great time with our friend from Scotland and Ireland.

Good Luck Wales

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.

Laurent Mirbelle 1961 – 2017

Laurent representing Wales at the 2009 Celtic Challenge.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Laurent Mirbelle who died on Saturday 29th July in France.

Laurent started playing petanque at Penarth PC in 2007 before joining neighbouring Wenwoe PC in 2015. Laurent played regularly in the WPA League for both of his clubs and he will be remembered fondly by all.

Laurent also represented Wales at the Home Nations, EPA Inter-Regional Championship and the Celtic Challenge.

The membership of the WPA send their condolences to his family.

Laurent’s funeral was on 4th August at Agon-Coutainville, France – the place he loved so much. He will be buried with his parents

Tony and Nai win Colin Ballett Pétanque Tournament in Penarth

Tony Smith and Nai Kongchun – 2017 Champions

The 7th annual Colin Ballett Pétanque Tournament was held on Sunday 9th July at The Kymin in Penarth and former Penarth Club President Tony Smith claimed the Trophy for a record third time.

Smith – who now plays for Monkstone Pétanque Club in Penylan, Cardiff – won the event for a second time with partner Nai Kongchun, following up their 2014 triumph in style.

Just like in 2014, Smith and Kongchun enjoyed the dry pistes on a balmy day in Penarth, as they turned on the form, to claim six straight wins.

With thirteen teams entering the competition, the top eight pairs following the morning’s group games, qualified for the knock-out competition. Smith and Kongchun won all group matches to qualify in third place on points difference and then came from 6-0 behind to beat Penarth’s Andrew Howard and Will Thomas in the quarter-final.

In another quarter-final match, Wenvoe’s Ray and Diane Hayes narrowly beat Jenny Spooner and Celia Scott of Penarth, ending the home club’s hopes of keeping the Trophy in its hometown.

The semi-final ties were both entertaining matches and Smith and Kongchun overcame the challenge of Phil Bradshaw and Vicky Adshead of Monkstone. On the opposite piste, the Hayes duo were beaten by East Midlands’ Simon Cotton and Sabrina Seville who travelled from Leicester for the event.

In an intriguing Final, played to a very high standard, it was Smith and Kongchun who regained their Title beating the East Midlands duo in front of a good crowd that filled the banks of the Kymin.

The Plate competition Final was strongly represented by Penarth as Tim Howard (Penarth) and father Chris Howard (unaffiliated) beat Jayne Dunn and Barbara Harrington (both Penarth).

The day was concluded with the Presentation of the Trophy, which was made to the winning pair by the late Colin Ballett’s wonderful wife, Simeone.

Thanks, must go to everybody involved at the club, for making the event so special with excellent organisation. But the real winner was the game of Pétanque, which continues to thrive in Penarth. The club meets every Sunday at 11am at the Kymin and visitors and new members are welcome. Contact Tim Howard (07545 396815 / tim-howard [at] hotmail [dot] com or visit the website at for more information.


European Singles Championship – Sweden

Congratulations to Tansy Mayfield and her coach Derek Jones for their Bronze Medal place in the Nations Cup this weekpodium2end in Sweden.

The Bronze medal podium position was  shared with Scotland, Silver medallists Austria and Gold medallists Finland.

Well done…

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