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Maidstone Mêlée

22 September 2017

The entry form for the Maidstone Mêlée (29 October 2017) is now available.

WPA Regional Singles Championship

19 September 2017

Forty Players are taking part in the WPA Regional Singles Championship at the Horowhenua Pétanque club this weekend (23-24 September).

Khandallah 3 Boules Triples

19 September 2017

The entry form for the Khandallah 3 Boules Triples (25 November 2017) is now available.

Kapiti Memorial Melee

18 September 2017

Despite the threat of rain, the day turned out to be a cracker for this time of year. The wind was a trifle chilly, but the sun made regular appearances to make up for it. Prior to the games commencing, a minute’s silence was held for those who are no longer with us.

A total of 52 players took part. More details

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

13 September 2017

Silverstream were unable to find a team of six players able to travel to Palmerston North for their challenge match against Manawatu so have defaulted.

Manawatu’s next defence will be away at Kapiti.

Previous history

Khandallah Open Singles

9 September 2017

Unfortunately, due to the bad weather the Khandallah Open Singles has been cancelled. Better luck next year! Players will be contacted to arrange for the return of their entry fees.

Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles

6 September 2017

Thirty-five teams took part in the twenty-first edition of the Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles at the Napier City Pétanque club. Unfortunately, the weather was one of the coldest Spring weeekends for quite a number of years.

In a retro move, Saturday’s qualifying format was five pools of six teams and one pool of five teams, instead of the more common Snake format or Swiss system.

The top two teams in each pool, plus the four best third placed finishers qualified for the Trophy/Plate second round pools of four teams, while the remaining nineteen teams went into the Bowl/Consolation pools.

In the Trophy final, Lee Taffard and Nico Toyne faced Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks. Over the course of the game, the lead changed hands several times before Lee and Nico ran out the winners 13-11.

The Plate was won by Annick Le Guen and Claire Wilson who beat Maurice Belz and Morgan Choveaux 13-11.

Paul Anderson and Sheryl Parslow beat David and Noeline Corley 13-12 to win the Bowl in another close final. The Consolation final was won by Stewart Burnett and Gill Lamason 13-8 from Jenny Evans and Pam Ward.

Chanticleer Cup match

26 August 2017

The annual match between the Auckland and Wellington development teams is in progress at the Manawatu Pétanque club. Each team comprises twelve players, split into six Open players and six Senior (over 60) players. Note: Senior players may be included in the Open team, but not the other way round.

The match is played over nine rounds, with the teams playing two rounds of Singles and three rounds of Doubles on the Saturday and four rounds of Triples on the Sunday.

One match point is awarded for each Singles win, two match points for each Doubles win and three match points for each Triples win. There are 108 match points in total and the winning side is the first to reach 55 match points.

The Singles games was shared 12-12. In the Doubles, Auckland won 13 games to 5 to hold a 38-22 lead at the end of the first day.

With 48 match points available in the Triples, both sides are still in with a chance. Auckland needs to win six Triples games and Wellington needs to win eleven games. (There are sixteen in total).

(Previous results)

27 August 2017

Auckland picked up the six wins it needed in the first two rounds of Triples games to retain the Chanticleer Cup. Auckland won a further three games in round 3 to lead 65-31. The fourth round was not played.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

25 August 2017

Manawatu’s first Cup defence was away at Otaki. They started well, winning both the opening Singles and Doubles games.

In the second round, Manawatu again won the Singles and Doubles to lead 4-2. Otaki rallied in the final round, picking up another Triples win and their first Doubles game to close the gap. However, Manawatu prevailled once again in the Singles to retain the Trophy 5 games to 4.

Manawatu’s next defence is at home to Silverstream.

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Premier Pétanque Triples

12 August 2017

Alan, Vaughan and Kevin

Fourteen teams took part in the inaugural Premier Pétanque tournament in Otaki last weekend.

Based on Lawn Bowls Fast Fives, the Triples games are played in 2 sets of 5 ends. If each team wins a set then a tie-break single end is held to determine the winner. A set will be drawn if the scores are tied after the five ends.

In addition, each team may nominate a Power Play end each set (before the start of the end). In a Power Play, the team will score double points.

The inaugural Premier Pétanque Triples was won by the Manawatu team of Kevin Bryan, Alan Cameron and Vaughan Husband. It is hoped to run the event again next year.

Final Results

Representative team

12 August 2017

The Wellington team to play in the Southern Tri-Star tournament (25-26 November) has been named.

Steve Frampton (Kapiti), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Marc Khull (Manawatu), Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti), Trish Smart (Manawatu) and Alan Taylor (Kapiti).

The Coach is Graeme Morris (Masterton).

The Tri-Star will be held in Ashburton for the first time. (Previous results)

Viva La France

11 August 2017

Competitors in the Masterton Bastille Day Mêlée

Last week the Masterton Pétanque Club held a Bastille Day Mêlée with local members and visitors from Manawatu, Upper Hutt and Turangi. A very successful day enjoyed by all who participated.

Players arrived in Bastille Day dress and the French National Anthem was played at the start of the day with French music played throughout the day. Prizes were fiercely competed for with first prize being awarded to Barbara Johnston from Masterton. Patricia Galbraith from Turangi came second with Graeme Morris a close third.

John Clark (front) won the best dressed outfit.

Business for Sale

25 May 2017

The NZ agency for OBUT boules and other Pétanque equipment is for sale. If you are interested in operating a small part-time business involving your favourite sport, please contact David Parr by email: info@petanque.co.nz