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.

Presidents Cup Round Up

President’s Cup – 12 March 2017

As previously announced the WPA President’s Cup will take place at Monkstone PC on 12 March 2017. Registration will be 9:00am for a 9:30am start.

The format will be pools in the morning followed by pools or knockout in the afternoon depending on the final number of entries.

The following team have been registered to date:

Club Team Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
Wheatsheaf/Unaffiliated Griffithstown Gladiators Hugh Morris Matthew Morrris Lianne Jones
Unaffiliated Valley Men Jeremy Clare Len Field Kevin Edwards
Unaffiliated/MonkstonePC TNT Terry Thompson-Dewey Tina Oliver Lynda Hodges
Monkstone PC Minotaurs Bernard Adshead Vickie Adshead Ian Baildon-Smith
Monkstone PC Monkstone Mindbenders Roger Griffin Mike Jones 3. Peter Kensett             4. John Maroney
Monkstone PC Monkstone Samba Judith Smith Gill Clark Roger Green
Monkstone PC Monkstone Muskauders Tony Smith Phil Roberts Carol Maroney
Wheatsheaf PC/Penarth PC  F.R.K  Gemma Foster  Jean-Yves Robic  A.N. Other
 Monkstone PC Monkstone Monkeys   John Barnes  Keith Nott  Andy Temple

Wenvoe crowned Welsh Cup for Club 2017 Champions

Wenvoe Petanque Club have been crowned the Welsh Cup for Clubs Champions for 2017, beating Caerleon in a tense Final.
The Victorious Wenvoe Petanque Club
The Victorious Wenvoe Petanque Club
In a tough competition in Cardiff on Sunday (5th March), the Title was only confirmed in the last round of Triples in the afternoon. The morning event was played on the challenging piste at Pentwyn in the East of the capital, before the teams moved to Penylan to play the afternoon session in wet and windy condition at the Monskone Petanque Club.
The victorious captain Bob Pugh stated; “Wenvoe Petanque Club thanks Tony Smith for preparing the pistes at Pentwyn, which were very challenging (in a good way) and providing the rings and scoreboards. Thanks also to the members and committee at Monkstone Petanque Club for their hospitality in the afternoon session.”

Encounter 1 (at Pentwyn Leisure Centre)

Wenvoe PC v Caerleon RFC PC
Singles: 9-13, 13-5, 3-13, 11-13, 13-8, 7-13 – Wins: 2-4 – Points: 4-8
Doubles: 13-6, 13-12, 7-13 – Wins 2-1 – Points 6-3
Triples: 10-13, 13-10 – Wins 1-1 – Points 5-5

Total Points: Wenvoe PC 15 – 16 Caerleon RFC PC

Beaten Finalists Caerleon RFC PC

Encounter 2 (at Monkstone PC)

Caerleon RFC PC v Wenvoe RFC PC
Singles: 13-10, 6-13, 9-13, 12-13, 13-8, 13-7 – Wins: 3-3 – Points: 6-6
Doubles: 6-13, 7-13, 11-13 – Wins 0-3 – Points 0-9
Triples: 13-12, 9-13 – Wins 1-1 – Points 5-5

Total Points: Caerleon RFC PC 11 – Wenvoe PC 20

Aggregated Total Points: Wenvoe PC 35 – 27 Caerleon RFC PC

Caerleon to face Wenvoe in Cup for Clubs Final

The final round of the Cup for Clubs round-robin was played on Sunday 19th February between Caerleon RFC PC and Monksone PC.

Following that tie, it is Caerleon RFC PC who will now face Wenvoe PC in the final round.

The final round will comprise two encounters, each on neutral venues, the venues will be announced shortly.  Both clubs taking part in the final should notify the Director of Development of their intent to represent Wales in the EuroCup Qualifying Round over the weekend of 27th to 30th July at a venue to be announced in early April.

The WPA is required to notify the CEP of our intention to enter the EuroCup by 1st March 2017.

Position Club Encounters Wins Points
1 Caerleon RFC PC 3 22 69
2 Wenvoe PC 2 19 56
3 Monkstone PC 1 17 44
4 Penarth PC 0 8 17

Official Rules update for 2017

The Official Rules for the sport of PÉTANQUE, applicable to all territories of the national federations, who are members of the FIPJP, were updated by the FIPJP Executive Committee on the 4th December 2016 and are applicable from the 1st January 2017.

The Rules have been updated on the WPA website here

The Rules are available for download here.

A Summary of the updates from the WPA Exec is as follows;

Article 3 – There is now a weight limitation for the jack, between 10 and 18 grams.

Article 6 – There is no longer 3 throws of the jack, once only. If it isn’t valid, the opposition place the jack. Also if a player picks up the circle and there are boule still to be played, the circle is replaced but only the opponents are allowed to throw their boules.

Article 8 – If the jack is stopped by a member of the team, the opponent will place the jack in a valid position.

Article 10 – Players are not permitted to sweep in front of a boule prior to shooting.

Article 27 – If a player picks up their boule from the playing area while their partner have boules remaining, they will not be allowed to play them.

Article 32 – No player may be absent from a game or leave the playing area without the authorisation of the Umpire. In any case this absence will not interrupt the course of the game, nor the obligation for the partners to play their boules in the specified minute. If the player has not returned by the moment they are to play their boules, they are cancelled at the rate of one boule per minute.

There is one important clarification in the shooting rules, there is is a time limit of 20 minutes, excluding seating up. If all the disciplines are not completed within this time frame then all the outstanding shots are marked as zero.

There are a number of further clarifications in the rules, so Members should familiarise themselves with the document in its entirety.


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