Colin Ballett Open Doubles – 2019

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.

 

Home Nations Qualifiers – Final results

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.

Regards

Gareth

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.

Home Nations Qualifier (Grand Prix1) results

Apologies for the delay in posting these but as you may well be aware there were issues with the website Sunday and yesterday (Bob Pugh sent an email to advise everyone yesterday and included the results).

Normal service has resumed and here are the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second round will be held again at Monkstone PC next Sunday, good luck to all taking part.

Matching team shirts at Home Nations GP qualifiers and future WPA competitions

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.

Regards

Gareth

Celtic Challenge 2019 – latest news

Celtic Challenge WPA website page.

The Celtic Challenge website page has been updated to reflect this years competition that was held over the weekend of 4th/5th of May at Pontyclun PC.

The full results are there along with a selection of photographs taken over the weekend.

The page can be found in the dropdown menu under Competitions.

Celtic Challenge 2019

 

Today saw the start of the 2019 Celtic Challenge.

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.

Welsh National Veteran’s Triples Championship 2019 – latest news.

Good morning folks,

Further to my last post regarding this competition we now have nine teams entered and as you are all well aware, competitions are easier to run when there are an even number of teams.

For any of you that are still thinking of entering a team please don’t forget the closing date for entries is tomorrow 26th April, if you would like to enter a team can you let Kon know asap.

Please email your entries to dev [at] welshpetanque [dot] org [dot] uk

Below are the teams currently entered.

President’s Cup 2019

 

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.

Bob.

 

 

 

 

Final positions were:-

1 2 3 8