Welsh Petanque Association National Doubles Championships
Sunday 11th June 2017. Pentwyn Leisure Centre, Cardiff
On Sunday 11th June, the WPA hosted its annual National Double Championships in Pentwyn with ten teams entering the male competition and four teams entering the female competition. The doubles Championship was also the penultimate event of the European Championships qualifier.
The four women’s teams played a double-round robin and after the first three rounds in the morning session, the Caerleon team of Tansy Mayfield and Gemma Foster were leading with 3 wins from their 3 matches. The Gwent-based duo were closely followed by the Cardiff Bay PC / Penarth PC pair of Gay Evans and Jayne Dunn.
The afternoon session followed the same path, as Mayfield and Foster demonstrated their dominance to record a further three wins (13-3, 13-3, 13-1) to take the 2017 Title with a faultless 100% winning record.
Evans and Dunn claimed second place with three wins overall. In third place, a new pairing of Diane Hayes (Wenvoe PC) and Linda Hodges showed good potential for the future. The 4th place went to Monkstone PC duo Rose Fieira and Vickie Adshead. Despite the low level of entries in the women’s competition, there were some very good games played on a very challenging Pentwyn terrain.
Nine senior and one junior team competed in the men’s section of the competition. After five qualifying rounds in Pool 1, only one team recorded a 100% record of 5 wins from 5 matches as Kon Tomczyk (Caerleon PC) and Derek Jones (Pontyclun PC) finished just ahead of Ian Bailey (Wenvoe PC and Jean-Yves Robic (Penarth PC) who claimed 4 wins.
In Pool 2, the Monkstone PC pair of Phil Bradshaw and Nai Kongchung finished top with four wins ahead of the other Monstone PC pair of Bernard Adshead and Roger Griffin with 2 wins.
The first knock out round showed the surprising defeat of previously unbeaten Jones / Tomczyck pairing to the junior pair of Lewis and Harley Ellar (Wenvoe PC). Another shock followed as the Adshead / Griffin pair lost to Peter Beresford and Ray Hayes (Wenvoe PC) to the same tight scoreline of 13-10.
Bradshaw and Knonghung had to up their game to beat the Maesteg pair of Jeremy Clare and Len Field, while Bailey and Robic also needed to find their form against Steve Brace (Wheatsheaf PC) and Dan Murphy (Cardiff Bay PC), recording a 13-3 win.
In the Plate, after the two semi-finals, Jeremy Clare and Len Field had to dig deep to beat Steve Brace and Dan Murphy 13-12, whilst Adshead and Griffin took the 3rd place and Jones and Tomczyk finished in 4th place.
In the first semi-final of the main competition, Bradshaw and Kongchung overcame the young Ellar’s 13-9 and in the second semi final; Bailey and Robic convincingly beating Beresford and Hayes 13-2 to book their place in the final. In the 3rd and 4th place game the Ellar brothers offered a good resistance, but the experienced duo of Beresford and Hayes, prevailed to win 13-8.
The Main final and title decider saw Bailey and Robic face Bradshaw and Kongchung. Bailey and Robic took the lead and despite some excellent shooting and pointing by Bradshaw and Kongchung, they couldn’t stop an inform Bailey and Robic who took the Title, 13-1.
It is with regret that we announce that the Secretary of the WPA, Bernard Adshead, has decided to step down as a member of the Executive Committee and as Secretary of the WPA.
He had in his short time in the post made a significant contribution to the work of the WPA Committee, but we are pleased to say that he has very kindly agreed to accept an appointment by the Committee, on a temporary basis, as Assistant Secretary, which is not an elected Committee position but an Appointed Officer post, to carry out routine matters until such time as a Secretary can be appointed.
Cardiff was under the global spotlight on Saturday as 100 million people in over 200 countries tuned into the UEFA Champions League Final, but that wasn’t the only sporting event of significance played on the weekend as the WPA hosted its annual Veterans Championship.
The competition format was played as a double round robin with four teams and began under light rain.
Glorious sunshine welcomed the Italian and Spanish visitors to our capital city on Saturday, but the weather Gods were not so kind to the quartet of petanque teams as a heavy downpour during the third round and the first part of the lunch break flooded the pistes.
The Champions League may have boasted over 1,200 volunteers over the weekend, but it was left to the sterling work of the loyal Monkstone members, who punched holes in the sub-strata to allow the pistes to drain sufficiently in order for play to recommence after lunch.
Shortly afterwards, the sun came out and a warm dry afternoon ensure completion of the competition.
At lunch, Team Pugh (Bob Pugh, Peter Westall, Peter Beresford and Ray Hayes) had won all 3 games and led Team Adshead (2), Team Murphy (1) and Team D. Westall 0 at the half-way stage.
Team Pugh dominated the second half, just as Real Madrid did the night before, with three further wins to win the Title with a 100% winning record. The National Title was the second for Peter Westall in as many months as he added the Veterans Title to his National Singles crown.
Dan Murphy, Gay Evans and Len Field claimed the runners-up spot on points difference over Bernard Adshead, Vickie Adshead and Peter Kensett.
The two Diane’s (Westall and Hayes) together with Rod Dobbins finished in fourth position.
Congratulations to all those that took part and braved the elements and also to the volunteers of the Monkstone Club who ensured the competition could be completed.
An EGM of the Welsh Petanque Association was held in Wenvoe on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 and an amended Resolution of the WPA Exec was passed by members present.
At the start of the meeting, President Dan Murphy confirmed that the requisite number of Clubs and Members had attended and that in accordance with the WPA Constitution, the meeting was quorate.
The Motion, as communicated by the WPA Exec, was proposed by Jean-Yves Robic and seconded by Bernard Adshead.
Following a lengthy discussion from members, Gemma Foster, proposed an amendment, which was seconded by Tansy Mayfield to include the word “Ladies” in point 3 of the original proposal. The amendment was supported by the members present with 23 in favour and 2 abstentions.
The amendment was heard first and supported with 16 in favour, 7 against and 2 abstentions. The Amendment was carried as follows;
That the current “Rules for the FIPJP World Championships & CEP European Championships 2017 Qualification Series” should be amended as follows:
A minimum of 8 triples teams, comprising 3 or 4 players in each of the three above competitions is required in order to run a meaningful qualifier. If the minimum number of teams fail to enter the qualification series, then the qualification series will be cancelled and the WPA will NOT enter a team to represent Wales.
The WPA would ideally like to see a minimum of 8 triples teams, comprising 3 or 4 players in each of the three above competitions, in order to run a meaningful qualifier. In the event that the number of entries is less than the ideal minimum, the WPA Executive shall have discretion to:
continue the complete Series or any part of it: and/or
cancel the complete Series or any part of it: and/or
organise a different ladies qualification Series to replace any part(s) of the Series covered by these Rules which has been cancelled in accordance with b) above.