Up and Coming Competitions – Information

CANCELLED – Sunday 26th September – National Triples: Veterans – Mixed

Unfortunately, due to insufficient entries, this event is cancelled.

The following Teams registered for this event which was to be held at Pontyclun PC.

Bernard Adshead Vickie Adshead Roger Griffin
Gill Greenwell Rose Fiera Phil Roberts
Kon Tomczyk Barbara Vaughan Derek Jones
Jake Caston Len Field Stewart Spencer

A minimum of eight teams was required for this event.

The deadline for entries was midday 19/09/2021

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October – 2022 Celtic Challenge Qualifier

The following Teams have registered for this event to be held at Monkstone PC.

Bernard Adshead Vickie Adshead Peredur John Roger Griffin
JY Robic Julie Bailey Len Field Geoff Jones
Ian Bailey Nai Kongchung Sean Smith
Scott Murray Jake Caston Ken Agius Stewart Spencer
Gill Greenwell Jayne Dunn Rose Fiera Tom Mills
Kon Tomczyk Barbara Vaughan Gemma Foster Tansy Mayfield
Hugh Morris Tim Howard Andrew Howard Mathew Morris
Bob Pugh Steve Snudden Derek Jones  David Elston
Dai Cannan Ken Ashton Mike Jacques Terry Lloyd

As you can see there are currently, there are nine teams entered, it would be great to see another three teams join in to make tweleve.

If you would like to enter a team for the Celtic Challenge Qualifier, click here.

Note: Every player entering the Celtic Challenge Qualifier is committing to attend the event should their team qualify in the top four.

Deadline for entries: Midday 25/09/2021

We are sure that several more members are thinking about taking part, take the plunge, and register.

This page will be regularly updated with the latest competition information.

WPA Executive.
updated: 20/09/2021

National Triples: Men & Women

This Sunday (12th), the National Triples Championship for Men & Women. Currently, the following teams have registered for the two events to be held at Caerleon PC.


Bernard Adshead Roger Griffin Peredur John  
Kon Tomczyk Derek Jones Stuart Spencer  
Jean-Yves Robic Ian Bailey Nai Kongchung Team Withdrawn
Jake Caston Len Field Matthew Howells Team Withdrawn
Scott Murray Ken Angus Geoff Jones  

We require three more men’s teams to achieve the required number of entries.


Valerie Falconer Gail Brooksbank Linda Hutchinson
Jayne Dunn Rose Fiera Gill Greenwell Vickie Adshead

We require six more women’s teams to achieve the required number of entries.

We are sure that several more members are thinking about taking part, take the plunge, and registering.

Online entries can be made by clicking here.

WPA Executive.

Welsh Petanque Association victory at PE Inter-Regionals

After a nail-biting last round, the Welsh PA team emerged as Champions of the Challenge Division 2, with 29 wins to Anglia’s 28.

Congratulations to Wales 4 (Gemma Foster, Tansy Mayfield, Barbara Vaughan & Kon Tomczyk) on winning the Top Team award with 9 wins.

(More details to follow)

The WPA would like to thank Petanque England for an excellent competition, held in a great new venue.

2021 WPA League Cup & Plate Finals

The 2021 WPA League Cup & Plate Finals were held today at Ystradowen PC under glorious blue (sometimes a bit cloudy) skies. The ladies of Ystradowen PC had provided excellent bacon rolls, tea and coffee to sustain the competitors before play began at 11:00. Proceedings were opened by Vickie Adshead, WPA League Secretary, who explained the competition format and rules, and Chris Howard of Ystradowen PC who gave a health & safety briefing. Chris and his team of helpers were later thanked by Vickie on behalf of the WPA and the competitors.

Before the games commenced, WPA President, Tony Smith, called for a minute’s silence to remember Mike Coleman of Wenvoe PC, a very popular member of the pétanque community, who had passed away recently.

The teams that had qualified for Finals Day and their players were:

Isca Romans Wenvoe Dragons SWBRC Sea Hawks Monkstone Monarchs
Kon Tomczyk Bob Pugh Len Field Roger Griffin
Barbara Vaughan Gloria Davies Geoff Jones Mike Jones
Gemma Foster Dai Cannan Ian Bailey Tony Smith
Steve Snuddon Ken Aston Julie Bailey Sean Smith

Semi-Final 1 between Romans and Dragons got under way with Kon & Barbara facing Dai & Ken and Bob & Gloria and Gemma & Steve as the other paring. In the first game Kon & Barbara raced into an early lead with 6 points to nil on the board but Ken & Dai fought back with a 4 and a 2 to level at 6-6. The revival was short lived as Dragons only took 2 further points and Romans took the game 13-8.

Dragons second pairing of Bob & Gloria were the first to the half way mark leading Gemma & Steve 7-4. Bob & Gloria continued their strong start only conceding 1 more point to record a 13-5 win. This left Romans and Dragons at 1-1 in games with a slight points advantage to Dragons, 21-18.

In the reverse games, there was a cagey start to the game between Kon & Barbara and Bob & Gloria when with score at 3-4 to Dragons, Romans took a 5 and a 4 to lead 12-4. Bob & Gloria staged a mini comeback but at 12-7, Romans secured the extra point for a 13-7 win.

The final game of this Semi-Final pitted Gemma & Steve against Dai & Ken and proved to be nail biting encounter. The score had reached 7-7 when Dragons took a 3 and although Romans hung onto their coat-tails they never managed to catch up and Dragons ran out 13-12 winners. This left the match at 2-2 but thanks to the 12 points gained by Romans in the last game they took the match by a slender 2 points at 43-41.

Semi-Final 2 between Sea Hawks and Monarchs saw Len & Geoff take on Roger & Mike. Monarchs were holding their own up to 4-4 but then Sea Hawks turned up the heat and allowed Monarchs only 1 more point to run out 13-5 winners.

The other Monarchs pair of Tony & Sean took an early 4-0 lead against Ian & Julie but were soon pegged back to 4-5. Sea Hawks now had the momentum and although Monarchs picked up 3 more points they eventually went down 7-13. This left Sea Hawks  in a commanding position for the reverse games with a lead of 2-0 and 26-12 in points.

In the third game of this Semi-Final, Ian & Julie raced into a commanding 7-0 lead for Sea Hawks. Monarchs, Roger & Mike, staged a recovery taking 5 on the next end and holding Sea Hawks to a 2 point lead at 8-6. Ian & Julie took the next three ends to put Sea Hawks into a unbeatable 3-1 lead in games with a 13-6 win.

This left the final game of the Semi-Finals as a dead rubber and nothing for Monarchs to play for but pride. Sea Hawks, Len & Geoff, took 4 on the first end but Monarchs fought back with Tony & Sean taking a narrow lead at 8-6. The second half of the game was a tight affair with neither team leading by more than 1 point until, with Monarchs leading 12-11, Len & Geoff took 2 to close out the game at 13-12 giving  Sea Hawks a 4-0 whitewash and points of 52-30.

Lunch was taken with some competitors availing themselves of even more bacon rolls and teas/coffees provided by the hard working ladies of Ystradowen PC.

Following the morning’s Semi-Finals, the Cup Final was to be contested by the Sea Hawks and Isca Romans while the fight for the Plate was to be Monarchs v Dragons. All of the teams fielded the same personnel with the same pairings as had played in the Semi-Finals.

The Cup Final proved to be a surprisingly one sided affair with Romans not putting up much resistance against the rampant Sea Hawks. The best Romans could manage was 5 points in the game between Kon & Barbara and Ian & Julie and Sea Hawks won the Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win in games and 52-16 in points.

The Plate Final turned out to be a much more exciting match. In the first game Roger & Mike took on Dai & Ken. After 7 ends, Dragons were up 6-2 but in the next 6 ends Monarchs slowly clawed back the lead and overtook Dragons to lead 11-6, finally taking the game 13-7.

In the next game, Monarchs, Tony & Sean, established a commanding 10-1 lead which looked to be setting Monarchs up well for the reverse fixtures. Dragons, Bob & Gloria had other ideas and started a fight back. At 10-5, Monarchs took another 2 points for 12-5 and it looked as if the game was up for Dragons. With nothing to loose, Dragons loosened up and in 3 ends they had remarkably taken the game 13-12. Instead of what had looked like a nailed on 2-0 lead in games, Monarchs had to settle for 1-1 but had a points advantage of 5.

So the last 2 games of the day got under way with Monarchs, Roger & Mike, up against Dragons, Bob & Gloria fresh from their spectacular win in the first game. Would the momentum be with them to give Dragons a 2-1 lead? Monarchs had a nervy start with Dragons going 3-1 up but Monarchs soon recovered their poise with Dragons gaining only 1 more point to give Monarchs a 13-4 win. Monarchs had a 14 point lead which again made the final game a dead rubber.


Monarchs, Tony & Sean, established a 10-3 lead after 7 ends – surely they couldn’t throw it away again. Dragons, Dai & Ken are canny pair and pulled the lead back to 3 points before Monarchs took 2 points to lead 12-7. Their was a certain amount of déjà vu about the game and so it proved to be with, for the second game in a row and the third game of the day, Tony & Sean unable to get over the line and going down by the same score, 12-13. This was a valiant effort by Dragons but it was impossible to overturn Monarchs 14 point advantage and, with games at 2-2, Monarchs took the Plate by 50-37.

It had proved to be an excellent day’s pétanque in beautiful weather and CONGRATULATIONS go to SWBRC SEA HAWKS, 2021 winners of the WPA League Cup










and also to MONKSTONE MONARCHS, 2021 winners of the WPA League Plate.


And a final thank-you goes to Ystradowen PC for hosting today’s event and to the unsung heroes of the kitchen for the well received bacon rolls and tea/coffee. All competitors agreed that it was an excellent venue with the pistes being a lot more challenging than they first appear.

The gallant losers:


















All the competitors:



National Championship Doubles: Mixed

Thirteen teams took part and after the ranking rounds the knock out stage was split into a Cup and Plate and played out as follows:


John Attfield & Kath Attfield (3) V Gail Brooksbank & Basil White (13)

Steve Snudden & Gemma Foster (13) V Kon Tomczyk & Barbara Vaughan (5)

Sean Smith & Gill Greenwell (13) V Hugh Morris & Marie Jones (0)

Jayne Dunn & Peredure John (13) V JY Robic & Valerie Falconer (2)


PLATE (QF) elimination round

Jim Page & Sue Foster V Shirley Smart & Tony Griffiths


The semi final was between:


Jayne Dunn & Peredure John (13)  V Gail Brooksbank & Basil White (0)

Steve Snudden & Gemma Foster (13) V Sean Smith & Gill Greenwell (1)


Len Field & Pat McCarthy (13) V Jim Page & Sue Foster (7)

Gill Clark & Roger Green (13) V Peter Kensett & Rose Fiera (3)


The Final


Steve Snudden & Gemma Foster (13) V Jayne Dunn & Peredure John (6)


Gill Clark & Roger Green (13) V Len Field & Pat McCarthy (0)


Congratulations to the 2021 National Mixed Doubles Champions: Steve Snudden & Gemma Foster


WPA National Doubles (Mixed) Champions 2021: Steve Snudden & Gemma Foster

WPA National Doubles (Men) Champions 2021: Ian Bailey & Jean-Yves Robic 

The WPA would like to thank the Executive and Membership of Brecon Boules Club for their support during the competition.

Derek Jones
National Director of Development

National Championship Doubles: Men

After a few years away, it was great to return to playing at the picturesque Brecon PC on the side of the Brecon canal basin. Eight teams took part and after the ranking rounds the knock out stage was played as follows:

Ian Bailey & JY Robic (13) V Jake Caston & Scott Murray (12)

Kon Tomczyk & Steve Snudden (13) V Lyn Babbage & Hugh Morris (6)

Len Field & Ken Agious (13) V Sean Smith & Roger Green (8)

Tony Griffiths & Jay Geldert (7) V Jim Page & Gareth Smart (13)


The semi final was between:

Ian Bailey & JY Robic (13) V Kon Tomczyk & Steve Snudden (12)

Len Field & Ken Agious (13) V Jim Page & Gareth Smart (6)


The Final was a close affair with the scores evenly matched

Ian Bailey & JY Robic (13) V Len Field & Ken Agious (12)

Congratulations to the 2021 National Doubles Champions: Ian Bailey & JY Robic

WPA National Doubles (Men) Champions 2021: Ian Bailey & Jean-Yves Robic


The WPA would like to thank the Executive and Membership of Brecon Boules Club for their support during the competition.

Derek Jones
National Director of Development

MIKE COLEMAN R.I.P. (25/12/1943 – 08/08/2021)

Wenvoe Petanque Club is sad to announce that their long-standing Club President, Mike Coleman, passed away on Sunday 8th August 2021 after a short illness.

​Ever-popular, Mike had been a member of Wenvoe PC since the 1980s, and had served as Club President for many years. He was a long-standing and loyal member of the WPA.

Many of our members will have played against Mike and felt the impact of his classic “boule-to-boule” shooting style. 

Always willing to support and share his advice, Mike will be deeply missed.

​Mike’s funeral will be a private, family-only service.

The WPA would like to extend its sincere condolences to Mike’s parter, Gill and all their family at this difficult time.

League Results 28 July 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.


Congratulations to PONTYCLUN BADGERS who pipped Isca Romans to the 1st Division title. Isca Romans who had lead the table for most of the season came up against the Badgers in the final game of the season and came off second best in a close match.

Commiserations to MONKSTONE MINOTAURS who for whom Division 2 beckons after they lost to SWBRC Snipes in the relegation decider. The Minotaurs were definitely off colour on the night and paid the price for not being able to close out previous games with 6 draws in 10 matches.


Congratulations to SWBRC SEA HAWKS on winning Division 2 title. The Sea Hawks proved too strong for the other teams in Division 2 going through the whole season without dropping a point. They will provide some strong competition in Division 1 next season.



League Secretary





League Cup Results for 21 July 2021 & Finals Day Details

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.



 22 August 2021

(Ystradowen PC – Semi-finals commence at 11:30am)



SF 1 Isca Romans v Wenvoe Dragons
SF2 SWBRC Sea Hawks v Monkstone Monarchs


CF Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


PF Loser SF 1 v Loser SF 2



League Secretary

Membership Update – July 2021

Summer has finally arrived, and we can begin to enjoy those outdoor activities that we have missed so much, one of which is boule. Many of our clubs are endeavouring to host open competitions. I encourage as many members to support these competitions as they help to provide valuable funds to their existence.

As you know, as of Saturday 17th July, Wales moved from Level 1 to Level 0 for organised outdoor activities; this move has resulted in a change in the clubs’ requirements.

The principle change is regarding social distancing, which is no longer a separate law enforcing the 2m gap between individuals. However, social distancing is still essential and must be included in each clubs risk assessment, which by statute every club organising outdoor activities for their members should have.

Every day we see that the infection levels are increasing. However, we are encouraging clubs and members to play; we all have to be sensible to ensure that we can play in the knowledge that all precautions are being taken. To help, the Executive is currently reviewing our current guidance notes to Clubs and Players, and these will be updated to the website soon.

Towards the end of 2020, the world governing body for our sport (FIPJP) amended the rules; some keener members have read them and endeavoured to show off their newfound knowledge to everyone they play. So, to enable you to check that they are correct, we have produced an A5 booklet to be issued to each member. These will be sent to your club for distribution to you.

We are not expecting you to read them immediately and become experts, but if you are unsure of a rule, you can have a look yourself without the fuss of tracking down a copy. Some of the rules may not apply if you play ‘local’ rules set by your club, no problem, as long as you enjoy the sport.

Finally, due to the cancellation of the major European Championships because of the continued concerns from Covid-19, we have a surplus of 2021 pins. Therefore, the Executive have decided to give all our members a 2021 pin to go with the 2020 pin you all received last year.

Tony Smith

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