2014 WPA 10th Anniversary Pin

2014 WPA 10th Anniversary Pin
2014 WPA 10th Anniversary Pin


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WPA, a pin has been commissioned base upon the original WPA membership pin.

This pin will be issued to all current members of the WPA, via your club executive.  The pins are now being distributed to all club secretaries for their members.

Should members wish to purchase another 2014 pin, there is a limited number for sale at £2.50 plus P&P.


AGM – 2013

The AGM, which was held at the Cardiff Bay Boule Club has elected a new National Executive comprising:

National President: Jean-Yves Robic.
Vice President: Kon Tomczyk.
National Treasurer: Tony Smith.
National Secretary: Graham Attfield.
National Coach: Peter Beresford.
Press Officer: Judith Smith.

The National Executive and members of the WPA would like to thank Tansy Mayfield and Dan Murphy who have stepped down, for their hard work.

John Humphries 1917 – 2013

Sadly it has been announced over the weekend of the death of John Humphries at the age of 96. John was one of the founder members of the Penarth Pétanque Club with his wife Peggy. John had not played for a number of years, but was always interested in what was happening in Penarth and Wales.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Details of the funeral have not been announced.

Ladies World Championship – Montauban, France.

Today has been the first day of play at the Ladies World Championship, the Welsh team of Julie Bailey, Gemma Foster, Tansy Mayfield (captain) and Gay Evans supported by Jean-Yves Robic and Peter Beresford are now well into the 3rd qualifying round.

Round 1 saw the Welsh team drawn against the Moroccan team, who are a very strong team. Wales lost this first round 13:2. Round 2 saw Wales drawn against Bulgaria, again Wales lost 13:8.

Rounds 3, 4 and 5 will be played Saturday morning.

At the time of writing the shooting competition is currently underway.

News of the other Home Nations teams:

Round 1:
Scotland 13:6 Bye
England v Hungry 13:2
Netherlands v Ireland 13:4

Round 2:
Scotland v Mauritius Islands 5:13
Spain v England 13:2
France A v Ireland 13:0

Wheatsheaf play in EuroCup in Metz

EuroCup Report

CEP EuroCupLate in the evening of a bone chilling Sunday in early March at Pen-y-Lan, The Wheatsheaf PC qualified to represent Wales in The EuroCup for Clubs for 2013.  We took up the challenge and were drawn to play in Metz against winning clubs from France, Germany, Hungary and Latvia over the weekend 26th to 28th July, with the top three teams going through, the third being a nominated host, to the second round.  A team of eight: Roger and Judith Morgan; Steve and Jill Brace; Jim and Linda Hutchinson; Basil White and Colin Sweet, together with Colin’s wife and two friends set off in three cars to make the 1,000 mile round trip.  We left Newport on Thursday 25th July at 05.00 to drive to Dover to catch the 10.00 ferry to Dunkirk.  After a smooth 2 hour crossing, we drove through Belgium and Luxembourg before dropping back down into France for the final stint into Metz itself. Going from Luxembourg into France we were only a few kilometers from the point at which the borders of France, Germany and Luxembourg meet at Schengen, which is now a byword for free cross-border travel between EU countries in mainland Europe.

The temperature during the journey was in the mid to high 20’s, which was a far cry from those on qualifying, but still only a taste of what was to come from the weather.  After settling in at the hotel on the northern outskirts, we set off to find the host club.  Despite some false starts we arrived and had some practice on the outdoor pistes.  As we were the only visiting team to turn up on the evening, we were made very welcome by the club members and enjoyed the snacks which they had lain on, together with a few drinks from their club bar.

When we saw the draw, it was fairly clear that on past form France would come first and Germany second, with third place up for grabs between the other three of us.  Play started on Friday afternoon with France against Hungary and Germany v Wales.  Both ties, consisting of two triples and three doubles, went to form by 5-0 margins.  Latvia had a bye and were nowhere to be seen.  A meal of cold meats, cheese and French stick was provided by the host club.  As we were the only team to stay on for this, there was plenty of it!  A few drinks and some melee games with club members made for a very enjoyable evening.

The Wheatsheaf had their bye on Saturday morning while France played Germany and Hungary took on Latvia.  This gave us the opportunity to do some sightseeing before returning to the pistes to weigh up our main opponents playing their doubles matches.  Hungary and Latvia had each won one triple.  Each won a doubles match easily and the decisive last match was narrowly won 13-11 by Latvia who therefore took the tie 3-2, despite scoring five points less.  Germany won one of their doubles, but France won the tie overall 4-1.

After a lunch break came our first crunch tie against Hungary, to be played in temperatures of around 35oC.  The triple of Basil, Colin and Jim won the first game to finish 13-10.  After a long hard battle Roger, Steve and Jill narrowly lost 11-13.  Basil and Jill won the first double 13-12, while Linda and Jim lost 11-13.  This meant that the tie was decided by the final double in which, after a very long hard game, Roger and Steve won 13-10 to give victory to the Wheatsheaf by 3-2 – Job half done!  While this was going on, France were thrashing Latvia 5-0, dropping only 8 points over the five games.

Now it was our turn to face France and the inevitable hammering.  This duly came in double quick time with a loss of only 5 points over the five games.  However, only one fanny was sustained and they know who they were!  Steve and Jill both drew applause from the 50 or so crowd for carreaus and sustained accurate pointing during their games.  The French players had only two types of shot on their home very rough terrain, boule to boule shots – about 70% carreaus, and a very high point with so much spin that boules stuck to their landing spot spinning for a few seconds after landing, a shot they learn from a very early age!  Germany dispatched Latvia in similar fashion, dropping only 7 points.  After a couple of drinks at the club, we returned to the hotel for much needed showers and a very pleasant meal in the courtyard.  Unfortunately, there were lots of insects in the area also having a pleasant meal – us!  The evening came to a sudden end when a mini whirlwind arrived, followed soon after by a thunder storm with torrential rain.

The storm continued into the night and started again after breakfast.  We arrived at the club complete with full wet weather gear to find that play had been switched to the club’s indoor bouledrome.  Thus the climax of our weekend was played out indoors to the Wagnerian accompaniment of thunder and rain hammering down on the tin roof.

Our triples were drawn with Latvia: Roger, Steve and Jill winning 13-11 and Basil, Colin and Jim losing 10-13, despite having a 9-3 lead at one point!  Jim and Judith lost their double 5-13 and, after a hard fight, Basil and Jill lost 9-13.  Another long game resulted in a win for Steve and Roger 13-10, but sadly the tie was lost 2-3 and Latvia finished third and will host a second round tie with Monaco and Sweden travelling to them – ah, what might have been!

Germany beat Hungary 5-0, giving a final scorecard of:-

  Club Nation




1 La Ronde Petanque de Metz France +180 254 74 19 1 4 0
2 VFPS e.V Germany +142 238 96 16 4 3 1
3 SK “upesciems” Latvia -110 123 233 6 14 2 2
4 Wheatsheaf PC Wales -121 127 248 5 15 1 3
5 Magyarszeki Onkormanyzati Hungary -91 148 239 4 16 0 4

It had stopped raining by now and after a consoling drink and wishing our new French friends au revoir, we returned to the hotel and on into Metz for the evening.  Metz is a typical beautiful French city with a cathedral, squares filled with cafes and restaurants and large public gardens.  Set on the Moselle and Seille rivers and a canal system, you are never far from a bridge!  A very nice touch was the temporary boules pistes set up in some of the squares for anyone to play on.

The return journey was almost without incident, the exception being a thunder storm with torrential rain causing flash flooding while we were in a motorway services on the M4.  Overall it was a hard but very enjoyable weekend.  For the third time The Wheatsheaf won a tie, and almost repeated the success of 2010 in progressing to the second round.

Jim Hutchinson
Wheatsheaf Petanque Club

WPA Executive Members visit North Wales

Saturday 17th August.

Last weekend executive members Jean-Yves Robic (JY), Kon Tomczyk (KT), Peter Beresford (PB) accompanied by Barbara Vaughan (BV) visited the residential home of Llys-Erw in Ruthin North Wales.

The warden and residents have just built a terrain in the grounds for residents and families to be able to participate in the game of boule.

The purpose of the visit was to give some direction on how to play the game, demonstrate the various techniques required to enable them to enjoy the game of boule.

For the residents it was to have a sport they can enjoy, be slightly competitive and gain useful exercise when doing so.

We were met by Anna Newman (Warden) and her colleague Anne at the Castle Hotel and over some refreshments discussed the plan for the day. We were taken to the resident’s home to find Frank (the main man for installing the terrain and getting the whole thing off the ground) busy cooking enough food to feed an army.

The two pistes were constructed of local material with a topping of crushed slate, which was found to be quite testing.

New players at Ruthin, North Wales.

Frank had also arranged for several picnic type benches to be installed for residents and visitors to come and watch the games, if they did not want to participate.

We were joined by about a dozen residents all eager to learn how to play and after eating as much as possible of Frank’s fine cuisine we split into 2 groups.

The first group went onto the piste with JY and PB to be shown the basics of how to play and practice their techniques. The other group joined KT and BV inside to watch a video on the techniques used and various practice sessions to improve their game and discuss the basic rules and strategy when playing the game. The groups then swapped over to go through the process again.

That completed, a couple of games of triples which was organised between the residents, who by this time were keen to put into practice what they had learnt from the coaching sessions.

Members of the WPA with the Ruthin Organisers.

A game was then played between John-Yves and Kon versus Peter and Barbara to demonstrate the strategy and decision-making they could use during their matches

After several successful hours of talking and playing boule it was back to the hotel for an evening meal. We were joined by Anna, Dave, Chris, Steve and of course Frank to discuss the day’s events.

We all agreed that it was a fruitful day on both sides and it will be interesting to see how they progress.

Sunday 19th August.

On Sunday morning after a hearty breakfast it was off to the Groes Inn, Conway which was about a 45 minute drive from Ruthin.

The new terrain at Groes Inn near Conway, North Wales.

This historic inn is set in the beautiful North Wales countryside and has been welcoming visitors for over four centuries. We were welcomed by Justin the owner/landlord of the pub and shown the terrain he has installed in the car park, again constructed from local material (crushed slate), but a lot firmer than the terrain in Ruthin.

Justin’s aim is to provide the facility not only for his customers, but to establish a small league with other public houses in the area and to involve as many local people as possible. We were joined by about 16 people from junior to senior ages, all eager to learn how to play pétanque.

We divided into 4 groups with each group having a member of the WPA attached to each one. During the practice sessions the local press who took a multitude of photos for the local paper and were obviously keen to spread the word that pétanque is being played in North Wales joined us.

New petanque players at the Groes Inn in North Wales.

After the practice sessions a game was organised with everybody participating using the techniques that were demonstrated during the coaching sessions.

A spot of lunch and a glass of the local Groes ale and it was time to head home. We left to the sound of people discussing ordering boule and some talk on building pistes in their gardens.


A fantastic day was had by all. We then headed for home; down through the beautiful Welsh countryside with spectacular views all the way.

Kon Tomczyk
Vice President

Norman Dorling 1919-2013

Norman Dorling 1919-2013It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that Norman Dorling, much-esteemed and long-standing member of Penarth Pétanque Club, passed away peacefully at the age of 94, at the Waverley Care Home, Penarth on 5th August.

Norman was an honorary life member of both the Welsh Pétanque Association and the Penarth Pétanque Club, he will be greatly missed by all the members of Penarth Pétanque Club and the WPA.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time especially his daughter Sian.

A private funeral is to be held, but donations for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Penarth, c/o the Funeral Directors, 30 Hickman Road, Penarth, CF64 2AL.

Fred Stirland 1936-2013

It has been announced on the English Petanque Association’s website the very sad news that Fred Stirland, past President of the EPA, has died.

There is no further information at this time but the WPA, together with the EPA membership would also like to express our sincere condolences to his family.

Tom Murray 1945 – 2013

It is with deep regret that news has been received of the death, on 1st February, of Tom Murray of Creigiau Club. Tom represented Wales in competitions on many occasions, and will also be remembered for his great singing voice (having been a professional singer at one time) – he entertained many boule members on their trips abroad. His funeral takes place on Monday, February 18, at 9.30 am St. Peter’s Church, Roath, Cardiff; followed by a ceremony at Thornhill Crematorium.  The WPA would like to extend its condolences, on behalf of the Executive and all the Members, to Tom’s wife Joy and their immediate family and friends.




Wales give their all in European title quest

Tansy Mayfield, Julie Bailey and Gemma Foster represented Wales at the Ladies’ European Championships held in Ghent, Belgium.

At the same time Tony Smith, the Welsh Petanque Association executive member,  was elected to the European Confederation, the governing body of the sport in  Europe.

Mayfield represented Wales in the precision shooting where she scored 17  points.

In the pre-qualifying round for the European Championship, Wales was drawn  against Ireland, Jersey and the Czech Republic.

Their first game against Jersey saw the Welsh ladies work hard to win the  game 13-9.

Their second game produced Wales’ best result where they came back from 7-0  down to win 13-10 against the Czechs with a combination of positive play,  refusal to give up, and good team spirit.

The last game saw Wales lead Ireland all the way and on the final end they  were winning 11-8.

However, the luck of the Irish took over and Ireland scored five points to  take the game 13-11.

Wales’ final score, however, was enough to ensure that they went through as  the top team into the main competition – the only home nation to do so.

Unsurprisingly, the European Championship the next day was much harder work.  In the first round, despite good play, Wales were beaten soundly 13-3 by an  on-fire Poland who played a virtually faultless game.

This, on top of the Irish game, seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Welsh  team and they played their most patchy and loose game against Belgium losing  13-1.

However, they rounded it off by playing well against Turkey. Despite the 13-4  scoreline it was a long, well-played and aggressively-fought game and the score  didn’t do the game justice.

South Wales Echo, November 2012.

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