Congratulations to Gemma Foster and Peter Westall on regaining the title they held in 2016 & 2017.
Held in very changeable conditions at Pontyclun RFC Petanque Club, the results were:
Main – Winners: G Foster & P Westall
Main – Runners-up: C Maccaddon & H Morris
Plate – Winners: V Falconer & L Field
Plate – Runners-up: G Brooksbank & D Cannan
Champions again – National Director of Development, Kon Tomczyk presents the National Title Shield to Gemma Foster & Peter Westall
The last national competition of 2019 took place at Pontyclun Petanque Club on Sunday 18/8/19.
This was the last chance for WPA members to win a title for this year and with very challenging piste’s and unsettled weather the scene was set to be a very competitive event.
With the draw and groups completed the event started in reasonable weather and with a little surface water from the deluge of rain during the night.
Group A saw a win for last year’s champions Vaughan / Tomczyk v Falconer / Field (13 – 6) and also a convincing win (13 – 1) for Adshead / Griffin v Greenwell /Smith.
Group B saw a convincing win (13 – 2) for Foster / Westall (previous 2 time winners 16/17) against Dunn / Adshead, with McCaddon / Morris notching up a win against Brooksbank / Cannon (13 – 7.
The second round was again successful for Foster / Westall with a win in a tough game over McCaddon / Morris, Vaughan / Tomczyk also recorded a win against
Greenwell / Smith (13 – 6)
Adshead / Griffin gained their second win in a very tight game against Falconer / Field (13 – 11)
Brooksbank / Cannon got off the mark with a win against Dunn / Adshead (13 – 7)
Round 3 saw Foster / Westall and Vaughan / Tomczyk both take wins making it three in a row for both teams and a place in the main semi – final.
Other wins in the round came from
Falconer / Field v Greenwell / Smith (12 – 11)
McCaddon / Morris v Adshead / Dunn (13 – 2)
With lunch over, the semi- finals commenced in the main it was poised for a possible rematch of last year’s final with Foster / Westall progressing to the final with a win over Adshead / Griffin
The other Semi saw McCaddon / Morris take a 6 -1 lead over Vaughan / Tomczyk only to be pegged back to 6 – 6 a point each in the next couple of ends 7 – 7 a
Foster / Westall v Vaughan / Tomczyk was still possible, however not to be as McCaddon / Morris took the next few ends to win 13 – 7 and make the final.
In the plate wins from Falconer / Field and Brooksbank / Cannon set up the plate final.
The final of Foster / Westall v McCaddon / Morris was expected to be another tight game as it was when they met in the earlier rounds.
Unfortunately for McCaddon / Morris, who had played well throughout the day, this was not to be when Foster / Westall went up a gear with some excellent pointing and shooting to win the game convincingly 13-1 and take the welsh National Triples 2019 title.
The Plate final Falconer / Field v Brooksbank / Cannon was a closer affair with enthusiastic applause for both sides when points were won.
However as always someone has to win and the victors, much to the delight of Falconer, they were the winners 13 – 8
Congratulations too both winning teams and commiserations to the runners up, well played everyone and thanks to all players who made it a very enjoyable day of boules.
Also thank you to Pontyclun Petanque Club for their hospitality and for hosting the event, all participants for their support and last but by no means least to Graham Attfield for Umpiring and time keeping throughout the day, well done
Director of Development