WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: WPA NATIONAL EVENTS POSTPONED

WPA NATIONAL EVENTS POSTPONED.

With the latest news from the Welsh Government (WG), and yesterday’s announcement of a further 4 areas of South Wales put into a lockdown state, the WPA EC feels it has no choice but to postpone the National events that were scheduled to be played in the next few weeks.

These were:
National Precision Shooting: Women & Men
National Mixed Doubles
National Singles: Women
National Singles: Men

Although this is regrettable, we hope our members understand that this decision was not taken lightly, but was done-so with everyone’s health, safety and well-being in the forefront of our minds.

We will continue to monitor the situation and we wish to assure our members that, when the circumstances allow we will look to reschedule as many of these events as we are able.

Although the WG advice continues to allow groups of up to 30 to meet outdoors for organised activities (subject to the same guidelines as we have published previously), and we would encourage all members to support their local clubs if they wish to continue to play, we must remind members that travel into or out of a lockdown area is only for essential purposes – and playing sports does not fall into that category.

We also understand that this is a difficult time for Clubs who may be missing out on some income that they rely on from hosting competitions, running open-days, etc.

If Clubs are struggling financially, we would like to remind you that, as we have previously briefed out, Sport Wales has a Be Active Wales Fund that clubs are encouraged to apply to for assistance.

Details can be found here: https://www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund/

REMEMBER:

#KEEP WALES SAFE

Kind regards
Bob
Bob Pugh
National President

WPA National Doubles: Men – Report

Thrilling Final after Last-Minute Change of Venue

Pontyclun PC, based at Pontyclun RFC, once again played host to a National Championships – this time for the Men’s Doubles.

Originally due to be held at another venue, a last-minute issue meant that an 11th-hour change was needed and the WPA are very grateful to the Executive of Pontyclun PC, and Marie Jones in particular, for making the arrangements that allow this event to go ahead.

Shortly after the notification of venue change was sent to all the entrants, the PA weer advised that the local council, Rhondda Cynon Taf, had introduced a more rigid covid requirement to ensure face-covering were to be worn in any public indoor space. This necessitate another communication to ensure everyone was aware of these restrictions..

A total of 10 teams entered – not the best number for a competition – so the playing format followed one used previously, with teams divided into 2 pools of 5, with play following a round-robin pithing the group and teams in each pool that had a bye, playing the “bye-team” from the other pool, all played using timed games. .

Following the completion of the pool games, the top-2 sides from each pool were drawn into semi-finals to play full-length (i.e. untimed) games, so Winner-Pool-A v Runner-Up-Pool-B and Winner-Pool-B v Runner-Up-Pool-A.

The Semi- Finals started at 4pm, with Richard Harris & Kon Tomczyk playing Gareth & Stewart Spencer and Ian Bailey & Jean-Yves Robic playing father-&-son pairing, Huw & Matthew Morris.

Bailey & Robic dominated their semi, winning 13-3, whilst Harris & Tomczyk had to work hard for their victory, finally closing it out 13-11.

After a brief pause, the final got underway at 5pm, with Harris & Tomczyk making the best of starts by taking 5 points on the first end. Bailey & Robic clawed a couple back before Harris & Tomczyk pulled ahead again. But they were unable to close the game out, allowing Bailey & Robic to drag their way back to level the scores at 10-10, before easing ahead to 11-10 and finally coming out as victors 13-10 and claiming the title.

Once again, the pistes played their part, but there was still some fine and accurate play in the final.

Huge congratulations to our 2020 National Doubles for Men champions, and, once again, our thanks to Pontyclun PC and Pontyclun RFC for hosting the event in a safe and sporting way.

Standings after Pool Stages:

Pool A Pool B
1  Richard Harris & Kon Tomczyk 1  Ian Bailey & Jean-Yves Robic
2  Hugh Morris & Matthew Morris 2  Gareth Spencer & Stewart Spencer
3  Bernard Adshead & Roger Griffin 3  Jake Caston & Bob Pugh
4  John Attfield & Derek Jones 4  Roger Green & Sean Smith
5  Colin Sweet & Basil White 5  Jeremy Clare & Len Field

Next-up is the National Precision Shooting for Women & Men, currently scheduled for September 27th – venue still to be confirmed.

WPA National Doubles: Men 2020 Winners: Jean-Yves Robic & Ian Bailey

 

WPA National Doubles: Men 2020 Runners-Up: Kon Tomczyk & Richard Harris

 

Bob Pugh
WPA National President

WPA National Doubles: Women – Report

SUPERB WIN FOR THE FIRST-TIMERS

The first National competition was finally held on Sunday 6th September at Pontyclun PC’s base at Pontyclun RFC.

It seemed like a very long time since the last WPA competition was held, way back in March, when the President’s Cup was held at the Wheatsheaf Inn.

After all the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and after the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government, the WPA finally kicked its season into play, when 6 teams entered the National Doubles for Women.

A trial doubles competition had been held at Pontyclun and the lessons learned were used as the basis of the play for this competition.

For the vast majority of the players, this was their first competitive outing of the year, and a number of the teams were new to each other having not played together previously, as well as a few more familiar pairings. The competition was played under the WPA’s published guidelines, including the regulation 2m social-distancing requirements. These included enhanced hygiene, recording of everybody’s temperature, recording of personal contact details for compliance with the Welsh Government’s Track, Trace, Protect programme, 30-person-limit within the “activity bubble” and full 2m social distancing.

With 6 teams entered, the “round-robin” format was adopted so every team played the other 5.

September being what it is, we experienced hot sun, chilly winds, light rain – often all within a few minutes!

The pistes at Pontyclun are renowned for their unforgiving nature, but this didn’t deter any of the teams and the quality of play overall was of a very high standard. This was evident by the start of Round 5 where, despite one team having built an unassailable lead, 4 of the remaining teams were in with a chance of the runners-up spot.

This finally went to the “locals’, Kath Attfield (justifying her award of Most Improved Player of 2019) and Marie Jones, who won 3 of their games – 2 of which were extremely tense finishes of 13-12 & 13-11.

The honours of the day, with a clean-sweep of 5 wins out of 5 matches went to the Monkstone PC-based pairing of Gill Clarke and Gill Greenwell.

“The Gills'” victory is even more remarkable because, not only was it their first competitive pairing, it was Gill Greenwell’s first National competition, it was her first visit to Pontyclun and she only started playing pétanque in June of 2019.

FInal Standings:

Position
1  Gill Clarke & Gill Greenwell
2  Kath Attfield & Marie Jones
3  Chris McCaddon & Karen Robbins
4  Gemma Foster & Tansy Mayfield
5  Trudie Merry & Michelle Spencer
6  Vickie Adshead & Jayne Dunn

Huge congratulations to our 2020 National Doubles for Women champions, and our thanks to Pontyclun PC and Pontyclun RFC for hosting the event in a safe and sporting way.

WPA National Doubles: Women 2020 Champions: Gill Clark & Gill Greenwell

 

WPA National Doubles: Women 2020 Runners-Up: Kath Attfield & Marie Jones

 

 

Bob Pugh
WPA National President

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT: UDATED PLAYING CALENDAR PUBLISHED

We now feel in a position to resume a number of National Competitions.

As a result, we have now published an updated Playing Calendar on the WPA Website.

Earlier this week, we wrote to all Club Contacts asking if they could host any events and at the time of publication we are still awaiting some responses. As a result, all events are currently awaiting confirmation of Venue, so these will be updated as we know them.

ALL EVENTS WILL BE PLAYED UNDER THE WPA-PUBLISHED COVID GUIDELINES.

Please note that we have added an alternative arrangement for paying Competition Entries to the drop-down list in the on-line entry form. We now have the capability of paying “on the day” by card – either via chip & PIN or (preferably) via Contactless payment (including Apple & Google Pay). This will help us to minimise the amount of cash we need to handle – and with this in mind, we would ask that if you have to pay with cash on the day of the event, please make sure you have the correct money. NO CASH CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN.

The Cut-Off for each Competition will be 7 days before the date of the event. As you will know, this has always been the case, but due to the need to plan the piste-layouts and draw, we need to have the numbers of entries finalised in advance to enable this to happen. I would, therefore, ask you to not delay entering.

You will also see that we have separated most events into Women & Men’s events as this will help us with managing the event under the current COVID regulations. In addition, we have added 2 “qualifying” dates for the Men’s Doubles – this may be reduced to just the Sunday if entries permit.

If these events prove successful, and subject to further changes with the WG COVID Regulations, we hope to add further events in the coming weeks.

We hope you feel comfortable enough to consider entering these events and we look forward to welcoming you back and seeing you on the piste.

REMEMBER:

#KEEP WALES SAFE

Kind regards
Derek
Derek Jones
Director of Development

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATE 15/03/2020

WPA ANNOUNCEMENT


Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19)

SUSPENSION OF ALL WPA EVENTS


The WPA Executive Committee has been closely monitoring the situation with regard to the official advice from the UK and Welsh Governments and NHS and NHS Wales.

In light of the latest official information, as well as the Press Release issued today by the F.I.P.J.P., we have taken the decision to suspend ALL WPA events, competitions and meetings from midnight on Sunday 15th March 2020 until further notice.

This includes all formal and leisure-playing of the sport.

The F.I.P.J.P. Press Release can be found HERE.

We understand that some of you will be disappointed by this decision, but we recognise that we have a duty of care to all our members and feel that now is the right time, in view of the age-profile of our members themselves as well as the potential to pass the infection on to vulnerable people with whom we may come into contact.

This action brings us in line with our friends in England, who have already announced a suspension of all their competitions and meetings.

Although our member clubs are autonomous bodies, we feel we should advise them that we believe that they should also implement a similar suspension of they playing activities.

Hopefully, this suspension will be temporary and we can all get back to playing the sport we enjoy soon.

The EC will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further updates as we have them.

In the meantime, we hope you and your families stay healthy.

Robert Pugh

National President.

Caerleon RFC PC – Bastille Day Weekend

Caerleon RFC PC

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You are warmly invited to join us for our 12th Bastille event – our annual weekend of petanque, fun & friendship.

Play in one or both competitions – our weekend coincides with Caerleon’s Arts Festival featuring free bands both nights, and events during the day: why not make a weekend of it!

Places for each event secured by payment – no licence needed

Any questions? Speak to Tansy, google Caerleon RFC Petanque, or email us at caerleon [dot] petanque [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

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Saturday 11th July

Bastille Melee:

The most popular event in our calendar with 70+ players mixed in over 4 games. Lots of prizes, inc. “most average” & best French fancy dress.

£6 entry includes a great buffet lunch


Sunday 12th July

Caerleon Open Triples:

This is a competitive, friendly event with a prize pot of £200, rising with entries. £15 a team (£20 for team of 4)

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Caerleon RFC PC, Broadway, Caerleon, NP18 1AY


More details, including Entry Form, can be found here

2019 Inter-Regional Qualifier

The Inter-Regional Qualifier will be held at Caerleon Pétanque Club on Sunday (16th), there are currently 7 teams entered, to send a full squad 8 teams are required.

Therefore, one more team is required to make the 8.

The following teams have registered:

Brecon P.C.: Jim Page, Gareth Smart, Tony Griffiths & A.J. Jones
Pontyclun P.C.: John Attfield, Katherine Attfield, Gareth Jackson & Trudie Merry
Caerleon P.C.: Kon Tomczyk, Barbara Vaughan, Gemma Foster & Tansy Mayfield
Wheatsheaf P.C.: Jim Hutchinson, Linda Hutchinson, Pat Daviss & Gail Brooksbank
Caerleon P.C.: Alison Gregory, Paul Gregory, Paul Mayfield & Steve Snudden
Monkstone P.C./Caerleon P.C.: Jayne Dunn, Sue Foster, Jeremy Clare & Sean Smith
Wheatsheaf P.C.: Basil White, Colin Sweet, Simon Herbert & Alun Evans

If you believe you have entered, but your name is not listed above, please contact development [at] welshpetanque [dot] org [dot] uk.