National Championship Doubles: Women

The first National Championship took place at the South Wales Bowls and Recreation Centre-Petanque Section (SWBRC-PS) Sully on Sunday 30th May.  This is the first time a National Championship has been held at this new and rapidly developing venue.

Eight teams representing Pontyclun PC, Monkstone PC (Cardiff) and Wheatsheaf PC (Gwent) came together to take away the National Women’s Doubles title. 

The morning session saw the teams play in two leagues to decide their ranking and opposition in the afternoon knockout phase. The top team from Group A was Julie Bailey (SWBRC-PS) & Jayne Dunn (Monkstone PC), and Group B Simone Ballett & Sonia Ford (SWBRC-PS).

The first round of the afternoon knock-out session saw the following teams drawn against each other:

Julie Bailey (SWBRC-PS) & Jayne Dunn (Monkstone PC) v Patricia McCarthy & Jenny Spooner (SWBRC-PS)
Linda Thomas & Sue Roberts (SWBRC-PS) v Katharine Attfield & Marie Jones (Pontyclun PC)
Gill Greenwell & Gill Clarke (Monkstone PC) v Gail Brooksbank & Linda Hutchinson (Wheatsheaf PC)
Judith Smith & Amanda Jenkins (Monkstone PC) v Sonia Ford & Simone Ballett (SWBRC-PS)

The second round (semi-final) of the afternoon saw the winners of round 1 coming together with: 

Gail Brooksbank & Linda Hutchinson (Wheatsheaf PC) v Simone Ballett & Sonia Ford (SWBRC-PS) Score: 13-12
Julie Bailey (SWBRC-PS) & Jayne Dunn (Monkstone PC) v Linda Thomas & Sue Roberts (SWBRC-PS) Score: 13-7

The final saw Julie Baily and Jayne Dunn (dark blue shirts) against Gail Brooksbank & Linda Hutchinson (light blue shirts).

The final was a tight match between two experienced teams, Gail Brooksbank & Linda Hutchinson, who took an early lead, but Julie Baily and Jayne Dunn fought back to take the match and the title 13-10.

National Champions: Jayne Dunn & Julie Baily with Tony Smith, WPA President.

Runners-Up: Linda Hutchinson and Gail Brooksbank with Tony Smith, WPA President.

The WPA would like to thank the Executive and Membership South Wales Bowls and Recreation Centre-Petanque Section for their support during the competition.

Tony Smith
President

Inter-Regional Qualification

The competition to establish the Wales Squad for Petanque England’s (PE) Challenge Cup between September 4th and 5th will take place at Caerleon RFC PC on Sunday 13th June.

The following teams have registered to take part:

Only four teams will qualify from the above list and will be required to attend the championship.

Wales are placed in Division 2 of the Challenge Cup and are drawn against the following PE Regions and Juniors.

Venue: Caerleon RFC PC
Organiser: Tony Smith
Registration: 09h00 to 09h30
Start of Play: 10h00
Playing Format: To be confirmed. Base upon current entries it will be a Round Robin with timed games. The bye will not be counted.

Tony Smith
President

2021 International Representation

We would like to thank all the members who entered the qualification process at the end of 2020, which was finally completed at the beginning of June 2021.

Originally, the qualification process was to identify the team to represent Wales at the World and European Championships 2020; however, due to the pandemic, all the major championships were cancelled or postponed and therefore the emphasis changed to identify the teams for 2021.

The qualification process was organised and overseen by the coaching team to ensure consistency.

The process comprised two rounds of pointing and shooting exercises to establish the players’ technical ability and was completed by an assessment in a game situation. The final results are tabulated below.

Data table showing final ranking of the players taking part.

The top five players, highlighted green have qualified to represent Wales in the forthcoming European Triples Championships for Veterans and Men (yet to be confirmed by the CEP) at Albertville, France in September, two reserve players have been highlighted in amber.

The Executive would like to congratulate the following members for qualifying to represent Wales at the following championships:

Name of the players selected for the EC triples: Veterans and EC Triples: Men

Tony Smith
President

World Championship Triples: Women

In the past few days, we have received confirmation from the Petanque Association of Thailand, the host for the 18th Junior and Women World Petanque Championships, that the spread of the Coronavirus has forced them to postpone the championships. The Association hope to be able to host the championships at a later date. 

We also received a communication from the President of the FIPJP outlining their commitment to having the championships at a later date, but also for the twice cancelled Men’s World Championship that was to be held in Switzerland (2020/2021); all we can do is wait to see what evolves.

Finally, something closer to home, as we are aware here in Wales, the movement from Alert level 2 to Alert Level 1 continues with a further reduction in restrictions for organised outdoor activities; what this means is that clubs can now exceed the previously stated maximum number of 50 people. However, clubs should undertake a risk assessment to establish their maximum capacity based upon their facilities.

It is still a requirement for Clubs to Track and Trace members attending and ensure Social Distancing is maintained during play. We are currently revising our guidance for Clubs and Players, and they will be published soon.

Finally, Clubs will shortly be asked if they are interested in participating in the Welsh Cup for Clubs. This is a competition between affiliated clubs to find the best club in Wales; please consider taking part, you never know.

Best wishes.

Tony
President

Monkstone PC – Open Doubles

2021 Monkstone Open Doubles

will be held at

Monkstone PC

on

Sunday 20 June 2021

Registration 8:45am to 9:15am for a 9:30am start.

£10 per team

Cash Prizes

Entry by email to the Organiser giving names of both players and contact phone number

Entries will close at 12 noon on Saturday 19 June 2021

The number of entries will be limited to 16 Teams

Entries will NOT be accepted on the day

 

League Results for 2 June 2021

We are now publishing the full league & league cup/plate results and scores every week this season. The League Tables and Fixture Grids are in the usual place under the Competitions tab above.

Vickie

League Secretary

League Cup Results for 26 May 2021

We are now publishing the full league & league cup/plate results and scores every week this season. The League Tables and Fixture Grids are in the usual place under the Competitions tab above.

Vickie

League Secretary

League Results for 19 May 2021

We are now publishing the full league & league cup/plate results and scores every week this season. The League Tables and Fixture Grids are in the usual place under the Competitions tab above.

Vickie

League Secretary

Information Update – 18/05/2021

On Monday 17th May Wales officially entered Alert Level 2 (medium risk); I think we can all now begin to see the months of restrictions and the rapid progress of the vacation having a positive effect on our everyday lives.

I hope in the past few weeks you have all been able to start playing Pétanque again, whether it is just with friends, at your club or in your local league, and I am sure you are enjoying playing.

Also, as from Monday (17th) organised outdoor activities for up to 50 people can now take place, and I know many clubs have events programmed in the coming weeks; I urge you to support as many of these as possible as these competitions are a source of revenue for the club. A significant move forward is that indoor club facilities can now reopen provided that all necessary precautions as stipulated in the Welsh Government guidance for hospitality settings have been adhered to, which can be found here

The Welsh Government’s advice regarding Alert Level 2 can be found here, and there are links to our updated Guidelines for Clubs and Players on our COVID-19 page.

Obviously, we all hope to enter Alert Level 1 soon, but we still have to be mindful of our interactions with other people and take the necessary precautions. Many of us have received one or both vaccinations; however, it does not stop us from catching or transmitting the virus to others.  Therefore, it is important that if you feel unwell with any of the published symptoms of Covid-19, please do not play in your local league and/or competitions.

On a non-Covid issue, I would like to thank all those members who responded to the poll included in the email concerning Petanque England’s Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Cup, which is due to be held at Melton Mowbray in early September. I had 63 responses from members, with 30% interested in the event and 70% not. The Executive will be meeting very soon to discuss the way forward.

On Sunday 30th May, the National Doubles: Women will take place at the South Wales Bowling and Recreation Centre, Sully. Nearly 40% of our members are women, and the rest of the Executive and I encourage you to participate in this event. There is still plenty of time to enter this event, which you can do by completing the online entry form here.

So far, we only have 8 teams entered, 16 women members, where the other 64 members? There must be more women members out there who want to take part? Come on, have a go and enter this cracking competition.

Tony Smith
National President.

League Results for 12 May 2021

We are now publishing the full league & league cup/plate results and scores every week this season. The League Tables and Fixture Grids are in the usual place under the Competitions tab above.

 

 

Vickie

League Secretary

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