GP 2 – Monkstone PC – 23 April 2017

Battle was rejoined at Monkstone PC for Day 2 of the Grand Prix Series. As the on previous day, bacon rolls were the order of the day to get the players in trim for the day ahead. Again there were some very competitive matches and by lunchtime, whilst the favourites to qualify were beginning to emerge, it was still mathematically possible for any of the teams to make it into the final eight. Play continued after lunch in blazing sunshine for the second day. At around 4:30pm the last game was concluded and the final rankings were confirmed as:

Congratulations to all the teams that entered and particularly to the eight teams that qualified to represent Wales at the Home Nations Championships in Hayling Island in August 2917.

 

GP 1 – Caerleon – 22 April 2017

Ten teams registered at Caerleon to fight it out to be one of the eight teams going on to represent Wales in the Home Nations Championship at Hayling Island in August. The format of the competition was a 10 Team Round Robin with 5 rounds to be played at Caerleon RFC PC and the final 4 rounds to be played at Monkstone PC tomorrow.

The Teams were:

Club AKA Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Caerleon PC Helmets Richard Harris Paul Gregory Alison Gregory Paul Mayfield
Pontyclun PC Fantastic 4 Derek Jones Marie Jones Peter Beresford Graham Attfield
Monkstone PC Myopics Phil Bradshaw Nai Kongchun Bernard Adshead Vickie Adshead
Monkstone PC Minotaurs Peter Kensett Rose Fiera Peredur John
Wheatsheaf PC Wheatsheaf Linda Hutchinson Jim Hutchinson Simon Herbert Robert White
Caerleon PC Silurians Tansy Mayfield Barbara Vaughan Kon Tomczyk Gemma Foster
Caerleon PC The Broadwalkers Tania Howard Janet Price Ian Wheeler
Brecon PC
Young and Old
Jim Page Gareth Smart Tony Griffiths
Maesteg PC / Pontyclun PC
Commandos Len Field Jeremy Clare John Attfield
Cardiff Bay PC  Celtic Warriors Dan Murphy Gay Evans Jane Dunne

The day commence with excellent bacon rolls courtesy of the Caerleon members. When the competition commenced it was fiercely fought in blazing hot sunshine with some very close scores. The Silurians were the only team to finish the day undefeated.

The Rankings at the end of Day 1 were:

And so it is on to Day 2 tomorrow at Monkstone PC where, with 4 games still to play, no team is mathematically out of contention.

 

World Championships – Ghent, Belgium.

The competition has now reached the quarter final stage, with Europe failing to have a team in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles, the four teams will be from South- East Asia and North America.

Currently , the quarter finals of the men and women’s doubles are taking place with teams from Europe, North America and South-East Asia.

The last quarter final of the day will be the men and women’s singles championship, the great news here is that Gemma Foster will be playing Thailand for a place in the semi-finals.

Gemma and Tony pictured during
the quarter-final.

At the end of the qualifying competition Gemma finished 8th in the world, which placed her in the first round of the knock-out stage of the competition to face Sylvia Mrazkova of the Czech Republic, which Gemma won with a positive performance 13/9. Gemma’s next opponent is Phantipha Wongchuvej representing Thailand, who Gemma previously played in round one of the qualifying series. At the end of this competition Gemma will be ranked in the top 8 of world women’s single players, a great achievement.

The Welsh Squad on the whole has learnt a lot from the experience of attending World Championship and will take away many happy and positive memories.


A full report will appear on our return to Wales.

World & European Qualifier Series – TWO DAYS TO ENTER

 

The Closing Date for entries to the WC & EC Qualifier Series is Wednesday 5 April 2017.

Teams wishing to enter the Series MUST enter by this date. Teams do not have to take part in all the rounds of the Series but will obviously lessen their chance of qualifying as they will not get any points for the rounds they miss.

Teams MUST however enter for the Series by the above date even if they do not intend to take part in the first event of Series, the Precision Shooting, which will be held at the Kymin, Penarth on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Registration will be from 8:30 to 9am for a 9:30am start.

Entry for the WC & EC Qualifier Series must be made through the WPA Website at:

WC & EC Qualifier Series Entry Form

2017 League & League Cup/Plate – Update

The 2017 League will commence on 26 April 2017. There will be 3 Divisions as in 2016.

Full Details of the Fixtures are available on the National League page. Other documents relating to the League will be added shortly.

The draw for the League Cup/Plate will be made at the Monkstone PC Open Doubles on 2 April 2017.

Stuart Clarke Cup a Success in the Sun

The Stuart Clarke Cup proved to be a Sunday success in the Cardiff sunshine.

Match Action
There were 25 players from clubs in Glamorgan and Gwent who took part in the second Welsh Petanque Association warm up  competition of the playing season. The competition was played on the challenging terrains at Pentwyn Leisure Centre, Cardiff, in perfect conditions.
After the pool stages in the morning and the two rounds of knock-out games; the final of the Main competition was contested by a mixed team from Wenvoe PC and Penarth PC (Ian Bailey, Julie Bailey and Jean-Yves Robic) and the ‘in form’ team from the newly formed Maesteg PC (Jeremy Clare, Len Field and Kevin Edwards), who contested their second final in as many weeks, after losing in the President’s Cup last weekend.
The Final was evenly contested in the first two ends but Ian’s team took the lead and cruised to a comfortable 13-3 win to take the Cup.
In the Plate, the final was contested between a team from the Monkstone PC (Phil Bradshaw, Peter Kenset, John Maroney and Rose Fiera) and a team from the Gwent League (Hugh Morris, Christine McCaddon and Karen Robbins). Despite a good resistance from the Gwent players in the early stages of the game, the Monkstone PC team claimed victory, 13-5.
The winners and runners-up

Eligibility for Wales a future WPA discussion, AGM informed 

The Welsh Petanque Association Annual General Meeting was held in Caerleon on Wednesday 22nd March and the eligibility to play for Wales in the future, was discussed as Any Other Business.

The Agenda confirmed that no vote would be taken on the matter, but the AOB item introduced the topic as a first opportunity for discussion amongst the membership. It’s well known that the World Governing Body (FIPJP) are hoping that Petanque is introduced into the Olympics as a demonstration sport in the 2024 Games, should Paris be awarded the XXXIII Olympiad. A successful bid for inclusion in any future Olympics, would mean that our sport’s Governing Body would have to align its eligibility rules with those of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The AGM commenced with the President’s report as Dan Murphy praised the performances over the last twelve months. “A fantastic Celtic Challenge was held in Wales and a range of events have gone off well,” Murphy exclaimed.

“The Hayling Island Inter-Regionals were particularly good and the sheer number of trophies and cups at our recent Presentation night in Wenvoe shows the vast activity of WPA competitions now available for members.”

The President thanked all those who had participated and supported events over the last season with particular praise to the volunteers involved in the sport and singled out Graeme Attfield and Bob Pugh for their service to the WPA Executive.

The President then looked forward to the new season, which is already underway, with a number of International tournaments to savour. In the coming weeks, the first World Championships of mixed doubles, doubles and singles will be played in Ghent with subsequent events in France (Men’s Euro) and potentially China (Women’s Worlds).

In addition to those, the Celtic Championships (Edinburgh), Home Nations (Hayling Island), Inter-Regionals, the Euro Clubs Cup for Caerleon and the start of the League and club events are all other events for players to set their sights on.

To conclude, a plea for clubs to increase their membership was forthcoming, to meet the common objective of more members within the WPA.

Tony Smith, the Treasurer, presented the annual accounts, which were accepted and a request was made for an auditor for the next financial year.

The positions of President, Treasurer and Director of Public Relations were all confirmed as Dan Murphy, Tony Smith and Andrew Howard were appointed unopposed.

The discussion on eligibility then ensued, before Director of Development Jean-Yves Robic discussed forthcoming competitions and reminded Members that all events were listed on the WPA calendar on the website. He added that there were just two weeks to register for the Qualifying Series, with the 1st event being the Shooting competition on Sunday 9th April.

Monkstone PC Open Doubles – 2 April 2107

The annual Monkstone PC Open Doubles will take place at the Club on Sunday 2 April 2017.

The Prize Pot will depend on the number of entries but will be a GUARANTEED  MINIMUM of £150.

Entry Fee is £10 per team.

Registration will be between 8:30am and 9:00am for a 9:30am start.

Bacon rolls will be available before the start of play and the Club bar will be open at lunch time.

Entries are limited to 32 teams.

Entries to be made through the Monkstone PC Web Site here.

For further details, please email here.

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