WPA logo

Welcome to the website of Pétanque Wellington. On these pages you will find information regarding the game of Pétanque, also known as Boules or French Bowls, within the lower North Island of New Zealand.

Please take some time to browse through the site and we welcome your feedback (webmaster@petanque.org.nz).


News Archive | Subscribe to News
Follow Wellington Petanque on Google+
Follow Wellington Petanque on Instagram
Follow Wellington Petanque on Pinterest
Follow Wellington Pétanque on Twitter
Follow Wellington Petanque on YouTube

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 evnt 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.

Khandallah Open Singles

3 August 2017

The entry form for the Khandallah Open Singles (9 September 2017) is now available.

An opportunity to get some Singles practice before the Club, Regional and National Singles events are held. (Entry list)

Calendar Charges

3 August 2017

In preparation for the start of the new Pétanque season the calendar has been rolled over.

2016-17 is now Last Season, 2017-18 is now This Season and 2018-19 has been added as Next Season

Events will be added to the Calendar as dates are confirmed.

Representative team

28 July 2017

The Wellington Development team to play the Auckland Development team for the Chanticleer Cup has been announced.


Steve Frampton (Kapiti), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua), Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti), Trish Smart (Manwatu), Ron Sandilands (Manawatu).


David Corley (Manawatu), Tony Gatford (Kapiti), Ann Hogg (Otaki), Marc Khull (Manawatu), Shirley MacDonald (Otaki), Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East).


Graeme Morris and Alan Taylor.

David Corley and Ron Sandilands will make their Wellington Representative debut.

The match will be held at the Manawatu Pétanque club over the weekend of 26-27 August.

Previous results

Wanganui East Mêlée

25 July 2017

The closing date for the Wanganui East Mêlée is Thursday, 10 August 2017.

Premier Pétanque Triples

25 July 2017

The entry form for the inaugural Premier Pétanque Triples at Otaki (6 August 2017) is now available.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

23 July 2017

Ron, Ian, Peter, Vaughan, Noeline, David

Upper Hutt’s second defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was at home to Manawatu.

A slow start by the holders saw them down 0-3 after the first round. In the second round, Upper Hutt closed the gap slighly to trail 2-4.

However, in the final round Manawatu picked up two wins to secure the Trophy for the second time.

Manawatu’s first defence will be away to Otaki.

| Result | Previous history |

The Real Bastille Day Tournament

20 July 2017

Unfortunately due to unfavourable weather Masterton Pétanque club postponed their Real Bastille Day tournament.

It will now be held at the Masterton Pétanque Club on Friday 4th August.

If you had already entered for the 14 July and still want to participate on the new date please reconfirm your attendance by email to r.priddle@clear.net.nz. If you weren’t registered for the original date and would now like to play please also contact Ralph at the above email.

Rex Hayes Memorial Mixed Doubles

18 July 2017

The entry form for the Rex Hayes Memorial Mixed Doubles at Kapiti (17 September 2017) is now available.

Kapiti Bastille Day Mêlée

15 July 2017

Given the dire weather predictions, our decision to hold the mêlée on Tuesday, 11 July was fortuitous. The sun was shining most of the time and the colourful, French inspired clothing, added to the scene.

Roy Buchan

The imagination some members showed was original to say the least.

Special mention goes to Roy Buchan who made the most of what I had, turning up in red rugby jersey, royal blue beanie with the most curious bit of material dangling from one ear.

When asked, he explained that it was a red sock and as he could not find the other, decided to be creative and keep one ear warm.

Tony Gatford in flight

As usual, Tony Gatford did a splendid job of organizing the day, ably assisted by Graham Hooper, President of the club.

Tony, having explained the rules of the mêlée, (in French, then English) played a rousing version of La Marseillaise for players to sing along to.

I think Tony may have missed his calling, putting on a superb show as a conductor.

Three games were played, after which drinks and nibbles were in order. The usual diversity of food was appreciated by all.

The top ten places were announced, with the following results:

Ian Calder 1;
Beth Lind, Colleen Hooper 2 equal;
Paul Wedge, Jan McCarthy 4 equal;
Carol Knapp 6;
Eddie Campbell, Denys Peck 7 equal;
Lindsay McCallum and Michelle Maxwell 9 equal.

Report & Photos: Marlene Barker

Central Districts Trophy

11 July 2017

The winning Wanganui East team with Trophy

Wanganui East successfully defended the Central Districts Trophy at home on 2 July.

Final results:

  1. Wanganui East 34½ points
  2. Manawatu 25
  3. Otaki 21
  4. Horowhenua 15½

Representative team

10 July 2017

The Auckland Development team to play the Wellington Development team for the Chanticleer Cup has been announced.


Allan Fletcher, Pam Jenkins, Virginia Kirk, Lani Mailei, Thierry Pannetier and Selwyn Sainty.


Grant Gardiner, Diana Glazumina, Glen Glazumina, Leslie Haines, Seti Mailei and Angela Maxted.


Georgio Vakauta.

The match will be held at the Manawatu Pétanque club over the weekend of 26-27 August.

The first Chanticleer Cup match was held in Wellington in 2007 and alternates between the two regions. Auckland have won the Cup on six occassions and Wellington have won four times (2007, 2010, 2013, 2015). (Previous results)

Kapiti Open Doubles

2 July 2017

The entry form for the Kapiti Open Doubles (20-21 January 2018) is now available.

Kapiti Events

1 July 2017

The entry forms for the Kapiti Memorial Mêlée (10 September 2017) and Kapiti Super Seniors (29 November 2017) are now available.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

25 June 2017

Upper Hutt’s first defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away to Horowhenua. Overcoming some spirited resistance, Upper Hutt prevailled seven games to two to retain the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy.

Upper Hutt’s next defence will be at home to Manawatu.

| Result | Previous history |

WPA Annual General Meeting

18 June 2017

Some highlights from the Annual General Meeting held at Silverstream. The minutes will be sent out in due course.

Life Membership

Jack Gazzard (Kapiti) and Gwen Hill (Kapiti) were awarded Life Membership of the WPA in recognition of their service to Umpiring.

Jack Gazzard
Gwen Hill

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

28 May 2017

Linda, Eric, Moises (with Jacques), Jeanne, Ian, Colin

Wanganui East’s latest defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away to Upper Hutt. After the first round, Wanganui East led 2-1.

In the second round Upper Hutt won all three games to take the lead 4-2. In the final round, Wanganui East had to win all three games to retain the Trophy. When Upper Hutt won the Triples, the Trophy changed hands.

Upper Hutt’s first defence will be away to Horowhenua.

| Result | Previous history |

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

Murrayfield Open Triples

22 May 2017

Ann Hogg, Dave Gatchell and Shirley Parslow

Twenty-eight teams took part in the Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki on Sunday.

The format was a five round random draw and three teams finished the day undefeated.

Taking the title on Points Differential was Dave Gatchell, Ann Hogg and Sheryl Parslow with +49 ahead of Julie McDougall, Beth Miles and Judith Williamson (+40) and Jack Gazzard, Linda Gazzard and Barbara Nicholls (+26).

Final results

Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles

21 May 2017

The entry form for the Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles in Napier (2-3 September 2017) is now available.

Representative Team

21 May 2017

Nine Wellington Region players have been selected for the New Zealand team to participate in the Oceania Championship in Christchurch (25-29 October 2017).


Ian Baker, Bruno Falco, Allan Fletcher, Stephane Montel, Thierry Pannetier, Tom Paulo, Michael Rocks, Adellys Taraunu, Georgio Vakauta. Myles Cowper is the Reserve. John Greig is the Coach.


Claire Bradburn, Marilyn Bunce, Sharon Cannon, Ann Hogg, Annick Le Guen, Shirley MacDonald, Christine Strichen, Kathleen Wallace, Claire Wilson. Ruby Vakauta is the Reserve. Graeme Morris is the Coach.

WPA Representative Squad

17 May 2017

The WPA representative squad training will begin this Saturday 20, May at Otaki (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) and anyone who is not currently in the squad but would like to be involved should contact Grame Morris (graememorris@xtra.co.nz or 0272479370).

The purpose of the training group is to select teams for representative matches that WPA is involved but also gives players an opportunity to improve their pétanque.

Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples

14 May 2017

The video of the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.