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2022 Celtic Challenge

Scotland hosted the 2022 Celtic Challenge at the Glasgow Petanque Club on the weekend of 30th April and 1st May.

The following teams travelled to Glasgow and brought back the Celtic Challenge Trophy to Wales.

Wales 1 Kon Tomczyk Barbara Vaughan Tansy Mayfield Gemma Foster
Wales 2 Ian Bailey Sean Smith Tony Smith
Wales 3 Bob Pugh Derek Jones Steve Snudden David Elston
Wales 4 Jean-Yves Robic Julie Bailey Len Field


With an impressive 33 wins, Wales has succeeded in stopping Scotland from making it a record 7th win for them. The Welsh Squad managed to win 69% of their encounters compared to Scotland A’s 52%, Ireland’s 50% and Scotland B’s 29%.

The WPA would like to congratulate Scotland 1 comprising Shirley Legge, Derek Adams and Robbie Stronach who won 10 out of their 12 encounters to take the title once again of Top Team. However, Wales can be proud of Wales 2 and Wales 4 who took 2nd and 3rd placed Best Teams, respectively.

Both teams also won 10 out of their 12 encounters but with a much-reduced points difference.

The Executive and Members congratulate the Welsh Squad on their success.

The 2023 Celtic Challenge will be hosted by the Irish Petanque Association.

To enter a team for the 2023 Celtic Challenge Qualifier, click here.

History of The  Celtic Challenge

In 1989 the Scottish Pétanque Association accepted an invitation to play Wales in Cardiff, Scotland won. The return match was held in Stirling in 1990 and following a request from Northern Ireland to be included, the Celtic Challenge was formed.

In 1991 the Irish Pétanque Association was formed and the third Celtic Challenge was held at Clandboyne, Northern Ireland.

The Celtic Challenge is played over two days, each nation supplies four teams of three players with the host nation supplying an additional ‘B’ squad. The winner is the squad who achieves the most wins after twelve rounds (when each team has played against all the opposing teams). The host nation’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads play each other in the first four rounds.

Strong competition coupled with a social and friendly atmosphere combines to make the Celtic Challenge one of the highlights of the pétanque calendar.

Going into the 2022 competition the standing is: Scotland has won 14 times, Wales 12 times and Ireland 5 times.

YearVenueWinners (Wins)Comments
2022Scotland - GlasgowWales (13)In the idyllic setting of Glasgow Petanque Club, COVID-19 has all been forgotten and the sound of the pipes fading away the 32nd Celtic Challenge took place with both Ireland and Wales determined to stop Scotland's winning streak.

Ten wins from twelve meant Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and Derek Adam retained the top triples title.
2021Scotland - GlasgowCOVID-19 strikes again! No Celtic Challenge was held again this year, but the 3 Associations decide it was only fair for the venue to be carried over to 2022.
2020Scotland - GlasgowSo - COVID-19 strikes and we all have to stop! No competition was held this year, but the 3 Associations decide it was only fair for the venue to be carried over to 2021.
2019Wales - PontyclunScotland (14)National anthems played (and sung), challenging pistes needing boule-to-boule shooting and plombé pointing led to Scotland's 6th consecutive win. Twelve wins from twelve meant Shirley Legge, Robbie Stronach and Derek Adam were top triples.
2018Ireland - DublinScotland (13)
2017Scotland - GalashielsScotland (12)
2016Wales - CaerleonScotland (11)The old Roman town of Caerleon was the venue. Despite being paraded onto the piste by a Roman Centurion, Scotland take no prisoners as they continue their winning streak with a hat-trick of wins. Ian Bailey, Glyn Attley & Phil Bradshaw were top triple.
2015Ireland - Fairfield CorkScotland (10)A typically warm Irish welcome was waiting for the players, which was just as well given the weather which was wet for most of the weekend. This didn't deter Scotland, who retained their title from Fochabers. Scotland 2 was the top triple, denied a clean sweep of 12 wins by Wales 4 - Alison & Paul Gregory & Richard Harris.
2014Scotland - FochabersScotland (9)The Fochabers bald and sloping pistes are transformed on Sunday with heavy rain that stops play as it floods the lower pistes. Stronnach-Wilson-Bretenoux once again are top triple.
2013Wales - LlanhennockWales (12)At The Wheatsheaf Inn, deep in the countryside overlooking the Celtic Manor Golf complex, Wales emerge victorious.
2012Ireland - BangorScotland (8)The games come back to Bangor where Scotland continue the winning streak.
2011Scotland - TroonScotland (7)Home advantage in Troon helps Scotland stop the Welsh dominance. Byrin nMilton is moire and tournament,ent director. Robbie Stronnach, Paul Bretenoux and Johnny Wilson win 12 out of 12.
2010Wales - WenvoeWales (11)Wales make it four-in-a-row at The Wenvoe Arms.
2009Ireland - CorkWales (10)The second time the Celtic Challenge is played in Frankfield, Cork. In a tight battle, Wales emerge victorious with 29, Ireland with 28 and Scotland with 27.
2008Scotland - FochabersWales (9)Fochabers was the venue, with good weather for one in nScotland. Roly-poly pistes meant that luck was a factor. Wales again take the trophy and the best triple.
2007Wales - AbergavennyWales (8)A relatively easy win for Wales in glorious Abergavenny. Paul Bond and the Dobbins father & son duo are best triple.
2006Ireland - DublinIreland (5)Dublin Airport is windy but sunny, and even though Paul Bond, Glyn Attley and Neil Dobbins are top triple, Ireland win again on home ground.
2005Scotland - InvernessScotland (6)A Saturday of glorious sunshine inn Inverness is followed by heavy rain one Sunday. On the first day it is roly-poly on flat ground; on the second it is plombé into soft sand.
2004Wales - BreconIreland (4)The first win away from home is recorded by the Irish in Brecon.
2003Ireland - BangorScotland (5)Scotland make it a second win in a row at Pickle Bowling Club in Bangor when they demolish Wales by 11 wins to 5. The Belgian World Champions are visitors.
2002Scotland - StirlingScotland (4)The Birds and Bees host the event in Stirling, and Scotland use home advantage to win. This was the year of Braveheart and the nearby Wallace memorial was poignant.
2001Wales - PontypoolWales (7)Wales regain the trophy on home soil at Panteg House in Pontypool.
2000Ireland - CahirIreland (3)Cahir in County Tipperary is the venue, beside the great castle. Charles Clarke, playing for Ireland B, throws the last boule to beat Scotland and sewcufre an Irish win.
1999Scotland - DrymenWales (6)Wales come to Scotland and regain the trophy from the Scots. Ireland are third. John Cameron was the organiser of a great weekend.
1998Wales - BreconScotland (3)Back to Brecon, with the three nations deciding that the B teams' results would now count in the scoring. The Scots celebrate their first win since the initial matches. Young Neil Dobbins plays on the B team for Wales. His father, Rod, plays with Paul Bind on the best triple.
1997Ireland - CastlewellanWales (5)The first and only time that the Celtic Challenge has been played indoors. the soft clay of the Seeconnell Arena required spot accuracy in shooting, and plombé was and effective way of pointing. The Irish Breteches were the stars, winning all twelve games.
1996Scotland - PerthWales (4)Perth was memorable for its cold, wet weather. Paul Bond played for Wales as they narrowly overcame Scotland. Best triple was Roy Lindsay, Morgan Ince and Keith Lord.
1995Wales - CardiffWales (3)The Monkstone Inn, Cardiff is the venue. The fist year that a Cahir triple plays for Ireland. Glyn Attley, Phil Bradshaw and Matthew Franks are the top triple as Wales dominate by 20 games to Ireland's 14, who squeezed past Scotland on points.
1994Ireland - CorkIreland (2)The first games in southern Ireland are held at Frankfield, Cork. Ireland win the Celtic Challenge and the Eurovision Song Contest. The Irish Breteches are top triple.
1993Scotland - TroonWales (2)At The Anchorage in Troon, Wales win, although the top side is Byron Milton, Mike & Ron Dow. The umps of Charles Clarke, Barra O'hEireamhian & Christoph Degranges play well for Ireland.
1992Wales - BreconWales (1)The great Welsh side, with stars such as Feix, Chris Trig, Colin Newman, Rhys Davies and Tony Fox, emerge to dominate the Celtic Challenge for the next 4 years. Wales win convincingly at the Blue Boar in Brecon.
1991Ireland - ClandeboyneIreland (1)The Irish Pétanque Association is formed. The three nations meet in the George in Clandeboyne, Bangor. John McCloy, with his last boule on the last game secures a win for Ireland on Points from Wales. The Scots are led by Bob Boyle and the Welsh by Colin Newman.
1990Scotland - StirlingScotland (2)Scotland invite Wales to a return match in the Birds and Bees in Stirling. Northern Ireland are asked to join. Scotland win by 25 games to Wales' 16 and Ireland's 7.
1989Wales - CardiffScotland (1)Wales invite Scotland to a match in Cardiff. Scotland win by 9 games to 7.

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