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.
It opened with welcoming words from Cllr. Margret Griffiths, Rhondda Cynon Taff and her husband Cllr. Paul Griffiths, leader of Pontyclun Community Council, these were then followed by welcoming speeches from Bob Pugh, president of the WPA, Heads of delegations for Ireland and Scotland along with Gareth Jackson, President of the hosting club (Pontyclun PC) and Bob Parker from the English Pétanque Association, our guest umpire.
The competition started and all teams were up to the challenge, Wales A had to play their first games against Wales B which was a tough fought battle with Wales A finishing 8 – 4 ahead at the lunch break.
Similarly, Scotland were showing Ireland no quarter in their early rounds and they too finished 8 – 4 up at the break but Wales A were ahead on points.
The afternoon session started with Wales B taking games off Wales A, Scotland continued their strong play and by the close of play had held their nerve and continued to take games from all angles including those against the home nation.
The day finished at:-
Scotland – 15
Wales A – 13
Wales B – 13
Ireland – 7
Tomorrow brings a new day and more great games, there were a few nail biters there today and I am sure there will be many more tomorrow.
There will be more pics posted soon, don’t forget to watch out on the WPA facebook page for the games that are being live streamed.
Last Sunday the Welsh National Veteran’s Triples Championship was held at Monkstone PC and as can be seen from the results below it was a tough contest.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather following the visit from Storm Hannah on Saturday, it was actually a pleasant day.
The first semi-final saw a very close fought game with Linda Hutchinson/Jim Hutchinson/Pat Davis eventually winning 13-12 against Peter Westal /Len Field/Terry Lloyd.
The other semi-final was between Roger Green/Gill Clarke/Phil Roberts and Barbara Vaughan/Bob Pugh/Kon Tomczyk which saw Barbara, Bob and Kon clinch that with a 13-6 win.
This then brought us to the final which was between Linda Hutchinson/Jim Hutchinson/Pat Davis and Vaughan/Bob Pugh/Kon Tomczyk. This was another closely contested game with some excellent pointing on both sides but slightly stronger team of Barbara, Bob and Kon eventually won 13-8.
Both teams will be going on to represent Wales in the Nations Cup Veteran’s Triples International Invitation which is being held at Monkstone PC over the weekend of 29/30th June.
Thanks to all the teams that took part in this making it a successful event and a special thank you to Monkstone PC for hosting it.
This is the second time we have seen El Presidente Pugh qualify to represent Wales this year, he also came second in the President’s Cup. . . . . . Folks, it’s time we pulled our fingers out and done something about this streak . . . lol.
Message from the National President:
Huge thanks to the members of Caerleon RFC for hosting today’s President’s Cup, especially Konrad Tomczyk for organising.
Two teams finished on 5-wins with the victory honours going to Gemma Foster, Tansy Mayfield and Richard Harris.
Runners-up were Mathew Howells, Robert Pugh & Gareth Spencer.
More importantly, that means all-4 players heading to Almeria for the World Championships in 2-weeks had some excellent practice.
Well done to everyone who turned up and played.
Linda Hutchinson has asked me to pass on the information below;-
The Wheatsheaf Petanque Club is holding its Open Triples competition this coming Saturday, last opportunity to join us for a wonderful day, glorious views, good competition, hot food – can’t guarantee the weather!
• Venue: Wheatsheaf Pétanque Club, Llanhennock NP18 1LT • Date: Saturday 13th April 2019 • Time: 9.30 am registration for 10.00 start • Cost: £5 per person • Prizes: Wine & Cash prizes • Contact: Linda Hutchinson – jilicrinic [at] talktalk [dot] net or text on 07817-178743 • Closing: 5 pm 12th April 2019 last opportunity to register Please pass on to your club members, we look forward to seeing you there!
Below is a list of teams entered for the President’s Cup this coming Sunday at Caerleon, the sharper eyed amongst you will notice there are only seven teams entered and as we all know this is not an ideal number when it comes to the running of a competition.
The closing date was last Sunday 7th April but in the hope that we can get another team to make it up to eight teams or another three teams to make it up to ten teams etc. Kon has extended the closing date to Friday 12th April.
If you would like to enter a team, can you please contact Kon asap with your team details.
Teams 1 R Harris / T Mayfield / G Foster 2 B Vaughan / K Tomczyk / Paul Mayfield 3 Gail Brooksbank / Pat Daviss / Andy Pook 4 Val Faulkener / Rob Faulkner / John Thorn 5 Sean Smith / Jayne Dunn / Roger Green 6 Bob Pugh / Mathew Howells / Gareth Spencer 7 Bernard Adshead / Vickie Adshead / Roger Griffin
It was brought to our attention at last night’s OGM that the names of the players who qualified to represent Wales were not published on the website, this was obviously an oversight and I would like to apologise on behalf of the Exec.
Following three rounds of assessments in various disciplines over several weeks the following players were selected to represent Wales at this year’s World Championships.
Gemma Foster Tansy Mayfield Matthew Howells Richard Harris
Tony Smith and Peter Beresford
We would like to wish them all the best for a successful and a safe trip.