At last the National Welsh Mixed Doubles 2018 were held at Caerleon PC after being
cancelled due to bad weather on two occasions.
The weather was better than expected and with intervals of cloud and sunshine (no
rain) which put the players in good spirits for the games ahead in this prestigious









Winners for the last 2yrs Foster and Westall (Caerleon / Wenvoe PC’s) were hot
favourites to make it 3 in a row and started their campaign with a win over Vaughan
and Tomczyk who had been runners up in this competition several times a close game
with only 2 points between the teams with one end to go however they showed there
determination as champions and took 4 points on the last end 13-7.
New paring of Brooksbank and Smith (Wheatsheaf / Monkstone PC’s) started with a
convincing win over Gregory and Gregory (Caerleon PC ) who had taken part and won
the BIG Cup for Caerleon A’s the day before.
Monkstone’s Adshead and Griffin started their campaign against Mayfield (Caerleon)
and Spencer (Monkstone) a close game 13-9 with the win going to Mayfield and
Howard and Wheeler (Caerleon) started their day off with a win against Davies and
Morris (Wheatsheaf) 13-8
In the second round Brooksbank and Smith notched up their second win over Howard
and Wheeler, Gregory and Gregory lost their second game to Adshead and Griffin,
Vaughan and Tomczyk gained their first win over Mayfield and Spencer in a tight
game throughout and Foster and Westall took a convincing win over Davies and
Third round saw Foster and Westall take on Brooksbank and Smith and taking their 3 rd
win 13-9 in a tight game, Vaughan and Tomczyk had their 2 nd win over the Gregory’s
who still had not performed to their normal standard, Adshead and Griffin also had
their second win 13-5 over Howard and Wheeler and lastly Davies and Morris got off
the mark with a win over Mayfield and Spencer.
Last round before the semi-finals Foster and Westall make it 4 wins in a row,
Brooksbank and Smith take their 3 rd win over Mayfield and Spencer in a very tight
game 13-11, Vaughan and Tomczyk take their 3 rd win, Davies and Morris
Take their 2 nd win.
The Cup semi – final in the cup saw Foster and Westall take on Adshead and Griffin
with a win to the defending champions

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The other semi-final Vaughan and Tomczyk finally ended Brooksbank and Smith’s
challenge with the crowd cheering every boule throw by either team.
The Plate Semi-final saw the Gregory’s go through with a win over Davies and Morris
and a place in the final for Mayfield and Spencer over Howard and Wheeler.
The plate final was a closely contested match between the two teams the Gregory’s
finally displaying their experience and took the game (Well done to both teams)
The Cup final between Foster – Westall and Vaughan – Tomczyk was a tense affair
with Vaughan and Tomczyk taking the first 2 points only to be pegged back in the
next end by the reigning champions however the game opened up considerably with
Vaughan and Tomczyk taking a commanding lead 11-4 through some excellent
pointing and shooting from the pair.
It looked like it now was only a formality for the challengers for the title to take 2
more points to win the game, but showing the skill of the true champions they are,
Foster and Westall fought back to make it 10 – 11 much to the dismay of the
Game on, the penultimate end was very tight with Vaughan putting a boule within 10
cm of the cosh only to see Foster put her boule on it to take the point 11 – 11 on the
floor with 2 boules left Tomczyk tried to bump Fosters boule off only to narrowly miss
ending up 30cm past the boule, last boule Tomczyk tried the same shot this time with
a little less weight resulting in nestling on Fosters boule but not taking the point,
Westall with 2 boules in had could win the game but it looked virtually impossible to
make another point however he released a high boule which came in and with perfect
accuracy made another point 12-11 could he win the game with his last boule with
the head being so tight and hardly enough room, Westall played the same shot but
more cautiously only to see it stop 30 cm short.
12-11 to the reigning champions, last end
Foster puts the cosh at 9 meters and with several boules around it saw the
challengers holding the point some 30cm to the side, with one boule left foster put
her boule exactly between the cosh and Vaughan’s boule 13-11 on the floor but no
boules left, 3 in hand for Vaughan and Tomczyk, as they were holding 2 nd the
challengers decide to play into the holding boule with a heavy point which would give
them game if Fosters boule was moved back far enough, Vaughan threw her boule
and just narrowly missed but gave the challenges 2 nd and 3 rd boule, minds made up
with 2 boules in hand and game on the floor the only option was for Tomczyk to
shoot, he released his boule and with the accuracy he had displayed throughout the
game hit the holding boule back enough to take the game.
Well done to both teams for exciting final
Thanks to Caerleon PC for their hospitality and hosting the event and all participants
for their support which made for a very exciting competition.

WPA – mixed doubles

Teams so far for the WPA mixed doubles:
P Westall – G Foster
G Spencer – T Mayfield
H Morris – P Davies
I Wheeler – T Howard
A Gregory – P Gregory
V Adshead – R Griffin
G Brooksbank – S Smith
B Vaughan – K Tomczyk

They Think It’s All Over …….. It Is Now

The 2018 League Season was completed on 29 August 2019 with the final tables as follows.


Isca Romans ran out clear winners from Wenvoe Warriors in second place and are this year’s top dogs. At the bottom Wenvoe Raiders had a wretched season and were relegated along with Monkstone Minotaurs who just had a few too many draws.


Maesteg finished top and gained promotion for the second season running. They will be joined in Division 1 next season by Monkstone Inn Un who only finished 4 points behind after it looked like Maesteg were going to win by a country mile. Monkstone Marauders and Barns Wallace, who had a difficult season but managed to keep going and complete their fixtures, will be featuring in Division 3 next season.


Cwins just pipped new team Pontyclun Cubs to the Division 3 title with both teams set for Division 2 whilst at the bottom Monkstone Mystics and Monkstone Musketeers, who had even more draws than their fellow club team, Minotaurs,  both just managed to avoid the wooden spoon which went to Monkstone Inn Youth

Special mention should go to Church Inn, a brand new club in the League this year, who finished in a very respectable fifth place.

Well done to all teams but especially those who will be moving up a Division next year and commiserations to those they will pass heading in the other direction


King Kon crowned WPA’s Shooting Star

Champion Kon Tomczyk (left) and Runner Up Will Thomas
Champion Kon Tomczyk (left) and Runner Up Will Thomas

Caerleon Petanque Club’s Kon Tomczyk was crowned the WPA Shooting Champion for the 2018 season when he claimed his second National Shooting Title in an excellent day at the Monkstone Petanque Club in Penylan, Cardiff.

In the morning’s opening round Andrew Howard (30), Gemma Foster (24), Peter Westall (23) and Tomczyk (22) all did enough to claim a direct place in the afternoon’s quarter-final.

As the day progressed and the sun shone brighter, it wasn’t only the temperature that heated up; but also, the competition.

Len Field (Maesteg PC), who narrowly missed out on automatic qualification for the quarter-final sealed his afternoon spot with the highest score of the second round. Tom Mills (Monkstone PC) ensured there was home interest in the afternoon session as he impressed to qualify on his shooting competition debut. Will Thomas (Penarth PC) – who propped up the table in the first round – also did enough second time around to claim a place in the quarter-finals, whilst National Singles Champion Matthew Howells (Abergavenny PC) claimed the final spot.

In the Quarter Finals, the two highest scoring players of Round 1, Andrew Howard and Gemma Foster, were both eliminated by Matthew Howells and Will Thomas respectively. Last season’s Champion Peter Westall used his skill and experience to secure a semi-final spot against the rookie Tom Mills, whilst Kon Tomczyk ended Len Fields’ hopes.

In a nervy semi-final, where neither Matthew Howells nor Will Thomas were able to replicate their Quarter-Final excellence, it was debutant Thomas who claimed the first Final place. The second semi-final was an excellent and tight encounter, with Kon Tomczyk claiming a slight touch on the cochonnet in the penultimate round to just pip Westall by a single point in a thrilling encounter.

In the Final, Kon led through every Round as his experience in this discipline shone through and it was the Caerleon-man who claimed the Title with a 19-5 triumph.

WPA Singles Knock-Out Rounds

Quarter Finals
Andrew Howard 20-28 Matthew Howells
Gemma Foster 14-20 Will Thomas
Peter Westall 28-16 Tom Mills
Kon Tomczyk 18- 12 Len Field

Semi Finals
Matthew Howells 2-7 Will Thomas
Peter Westall 16-17 Kon Tomczyk

Kon Tomczyk 19-5 Will Thomas

League Cup & Plate – Update 1

The League Cup & Plate Semi-Finals and Finals will take place on Sunday 23 September 2018 at Creigiau Petanque Club.  The Semi-Final matches will be:

League Cup

Monkstone Minotaurs v Maesteg

Penarth Pendragons v Isca Romans

League Plate

Wenvoe Dragons v Monkstone Mystics

Wenvoe Warriors v Monkstone Inn Un


Details of the arrangements for the day will follow nearer the date.

PE Inter Regional – order of play – day 1

For those players going to Hayling Island

PE Inter-Regional Championship Div 2 2018

Order of play for day 1

Round 1 Heart of England v Devon
Round 1 Eastern v Thames Valley
Round 1 Sussex v Great Western
Round 1 Welsh PA v Mercia
Round 2 Heart of England v Thames Valley
Round 2 Eastern v Devon
Round 2 Sussex v Mercia
Round 2 Welsh PA v Great Western
Round 3 Heart of England v Great Western
Round 3 Eastern v Mercia
Round 3 Sussex v Devon
Round 3 Welsh PA v Thames Valley
Round 4 Heart of England v Mercia
Round 4 Eastern v Great Western
Round 4 Sussex v Thames Valley
Round 4 Welsh PA v Devon
Round 5 Heart of England v Welsh PA
Round 5 Eastern v Sussex
Round 5 Mercia v Devon
Round 5 Great Western v Thames Valley
Round 6 Heart of England v Sussex
Round 6 Eastern v Welsh PA
Round 6 Mercia v Thames Valley
Round 6 Great Western v Devon
Round 7 Heart of England v Eastern
Round 7 Sussex v Welsh PA
Round 7 Mercia v Great Western
Round 7 Thames Valley v Devon

WPA v BIG Result

WPA v BIG League 2018

The WPA v BIG Annual Challenge Cup 2018 was hosted by Monkstone PC on Sunday 19thAugust. This was the 6th running of the event with the WPA leading 4 wins to 1 and the WPA bidding to make it 3 wins in a row, was it time for the cup to change hands. The weather was favourable and apart from some slight rain at times stayed mainly dry for the day and given that the event had already been cancelled at an earlier date due to bad weather anything reasonable was most welcomed.

The BIG was represented by players from: Caerleon PC, Machen PC, Pilcs PC, Dormouse PC, Wheatsheaf PC, Rising Sun PC, R.O.F PC, Talywain PC and two German visitors.

The WPA was represented by players from: Penarth PC, Monkstone PC, Pontyclun PC, Creigiau PC, and Maesteg PC.


Round 1. The BIG came out fighting in the 1st round taking 7 of the 12 games played and with a 34 points difference a positive start

Round 2. Saw the WPA make a determined effort with some close games taking place but could only manage 5 wins points difference 45. Unfortunately the first Fanny of the day was for the WPA by the BIGs German Visitors Karin and Harold. Second round score BIG 14 – WPA 10 was a pattern starting to emerge

Round 3. Again saw the BIG come out determined and again although there were several close games they took 8 out of the 12 games on offer. Karin and Harold gave out their 2nd fanny and were certainly having an impact on the match. Score BIG 22 – WPA 14

Time for lunch and an opportunity for the teams to consider their positions.

Lunch over, WPA trailing by 6 games but still plenty of points to play for this was a crucial round for both teams and the match could be decided on this round.

Round 4. The BIG could feel that victory could be theirs and produced another decisive round taking 9 games out of the 12 increasing their lead to 31 wins to 17

Round 5. 14 points adrift with only 24 points left to play for gave the WPA a hill to climb but they were up for the task and although they did not cut the deficit they took 6 games out of the 12 their best round yet, but made the result inevitable at this stage. Also this could not prevent BIGs Karin and Harold taking their 3rd fanny of the day but not to be out done the WPA team of Marie Jones and Trudie Merry also gave the first fanny for the WPA

Round 6. With the result safely in the bag for the BIG it was for the WPA to make a final rally in the last round and although a valiant effort was made they took 5 games out of the 12 making the final score. BIG 44 wins – WPA 28 wins

A convincing and well deserved win for the BIG

Top Team for WPA Derek and Gareth form Pontyclun PC.

Top Team for BIG Karin and Harold (our visitors from Germany).

Well done to both pairs.

To sum up, the matches were all played in good spirit with a lot of close games which could have gone either way. Congratulations to the BIG and I am sure next year’s event will be as hotly contested as this years with the WPA looking to regain the cup.

Thank you to all players that participated and a special thanks to Monkstone PC and their members for hosting the event with great hospitality as always.


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