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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

Horowhenua Same Club Doubles

7 June 2017

The entry form for the Horowhenua Same Club Doubles (29 July 2017) is now available. Note: Both players must be from the same club.

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.

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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.

The Real Bastille Day Tournament

17 May 2017

The Masterton Pétanque club is running The Real Bastille Day Tournament on Friday, 14 July 2017.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

15 May 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association (Incorporated) will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 17 June 2017 at the Silverstream Pétanque Club, Dunns Street, Silverstream.

Business to be transacted will include:

  1. President’s report for the year ended 30 April 2017
  2. Presentation of the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2017
  3. Approval of affiliation fees
  4. Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer
  5. Presentation of Subcommittee reports
  6. Life Membership


Any Club or member wishing to have a remit or motion presented to the AGM should submit it to the Secretary as soon as possible, and by 27 May 2017 at the latest.

A further notice advising the details of any remits/motions will be sent to Clubs two weeks in advance of the AGM.

Officer Nominations

The closing date for nominations is 27 May 2017. Position descriptions President (190kB), Secretary (189kB) and Treasurer (189kB).

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.

Wanganui East Mêlée

12 May 2017

The entry form for the Wanganui East Mêlée on Sunday, 13 August 2017 is now available.

PNZ National Mixed Doubles Championship

6 May 2017

Sharon Cannon and Murray Porter were the only unbeaten team after the usual five round Swiss at the National Mixed Doubles in Christchurch. The top 16 teams will continue in the hunt for the inaugural title. (Qualifying rankings)

7 May 2017

Sunday morning saw the top 16 teams split into 4 Barrage pools with the top 2 going through to the Trophy knockout in the afternoon and the bottom 2 going into the Trophy Consolation.

The next 8 teams from Saturday went into the Plate (Barrage then knockout) and the bottom 5 teams played a round-robin for the Consolanté.

In the Trophy quarter-finals, the four South Island teams faced three North Island teams plus one North-South composite and it was the North that prevailled in all four cases.

The Trophy final featured the top 2 teams from Saturday: Sharon Cannon & Murray Porter against Michael Rocks & Christine Strichen.

On Saturday, it was Sharon and Murray who triumphed 13-9. On Sunday afternoon things were a little different. It had been wet on Sunday morning and the constant walking up and down on the terrains had given them a texture of rolled mud. It was noticeably cooller and it was also later in the day.

The early skirmishes saw Sharon and Murray lead 3-2 with the fourth end killed. Michael and Christine then picked up a 5, 4, another killed end and then 2 to win the inaugural Mixed Doubles title 13-3.

The Trophy Consolation was won by Leilani Mailei & Adelys Taraunu over Shirley MacDonald & Graeme Morris. Another North final.

The Plate was won by Margaret Penny & Paul Tamagushiku (composite) over Steve Frampton & Ann Hogg (North).

Finally, the South prevailled in the Consolanté when Lindsay Hay & Sandra Hay claimed top spot.

This will hopefully be the final event at the old Christchurch terrain in North Hagley Park. The new terrain should be ready in time for the Oceania Championship in October.

Final results

9 May 2017

The video of the 2017 National Mixed Doubles Championship final (filmed by Richard Browne) is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Shirley Hayes

5 May 2017

(left to right) Rex Hayes, Shirley Hayes, Pat Davey, Helen Ball,
John Mason, Peter Ball (Kapiti Pétanque club)
Inaugural Jacques Cochonnet Challenge match against Porirua
(20 February 1999)

It is with sadness that we report the death on Wednesday of Shirley Hayes from the Kapiti club. Shirley was a member, along with husband Rex, of the Senior Goodwill tour to the United States in 2008.

On the terrain she was tough opponent and had the ability to pull off the miracle or lucky shot.

Many of the early photos on the website are courtesy of Shirley.

WPA Regional Women’s Singles Championship

3 May 2017

Twenty players took part in the Regional Women’s Singles Championship at Otaki. After the morning qualifying, Trish Smart (Manawatu) was the only undefeated player with 4 wins.

The top eight qualifiers went into the Trophy section, the next eight went into the Plate section and the final four went into the Bowl section.

In the Trophy final, first-time finalist Trish Smart prevailled 13-3 over three-time winner Claire Wilson.

The Plate final was a hard fought 13-12 win by Barbara Nicholls over Lee-Anne Bird. The Bowl was won by Lynne Shepherd from Alison Zuppicich 13-9.

Final results

PNZ National Club Championship

26 April 2017

Eighteen teams (from fourteen clubs) took part in the National Club Championships at Rotorua (22-23 April). Each team comprised 6 players in two Triples combinations. The first day was a five round Swiss, where Team A played the opposing team B, while Sunday was another five round Swiss with Team A playing Team A and B versus B. The two results were then added together to determine the overall winner.

At the end of Saturday, Bay View and Herne Bay Green led the field with 8 wins from 10 games. Vikings, Wanganui East Blue and Panmure Pioneers were next on 7 wins.

On Sunday, the lead changed several times as first one of the leaders then the other dropped a game to allow the chasing pack to close the gap. After three rounds, Bay View, Herne Bay Gren and Vikings were all on 36 points. Vikings won both round 4 games to take the lead. In the last round, Vikings played Bay View and Herne Bay Green played Masterton.

Vikings quickly won the A game and then Herne Bay won both games to reach 45 points. It all came down to the Bay View-Vikings B game. After the regulation 60 minutes and 1 end, the scores were tied. An extra end was required. Vikings took the point with their last boule. However, Geoff Greer (Bay View) shot it out to win the game.

Over to the computer (using the KickerTool program) to calculate the result. Bay View pipped Panmure on tie-break to claim Bronze. With a margin of 0.12, Herne Bay Green relegated Vikings to second place.

Northcote Blue won the Senior team competition ahead of Kennedy Park.

Final Results

WPA Women’s Triples

15 April 2017

Eight teams took part in the Women’s Triples at the Manawatu Pétanque club.

In the Trophy final, Sharon Cannon/Christine Strichen/Claire Wilson beat Ann Hogg/Shirley MacDonald/Sheryl Parslow 13-5.

The video of the 2017 WPA Women’s Triples final (courtesy of Marc Khull) is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

The Plate was won by Carleen Fitzgerald/Jan/Shirley Peard over Christine Daykin/Trish Smart/Judith Smith.

Final results

WPA Women’s Doubles

15 April 2017

Participants in the Women’s Doubles

Eleven teams took part in the Women’s Doubles at the Manawatu Pétanque club. After the four qualifying rounds Yvonne Futcher/Annick Le Guen and Pauline Foxall/Trish Smart were the only undefeated teams.

Yvonne and Annick won their semi-final, but Pauline and Trish were undone on time by Sharon Cannon and Sheryl Parslow.

In the final, Sharon and Sheryl ended Yvonne and Annick’s winning run 13-7.

The Plate was won by Christine Strichen/Claire Wilson over Beryl Cowan/Athena Christodoulaki. The Bowl final was won by Christine Daykin/Judith Smith over Pauline Ray/Louise Rose.

Final results

Barrie Sinclair

4 April 2017

Barrie Sinclair
Foundation member, Manawatu Pétanque club

Manawatu Pétanque has lost their Foundation and Life Member Barrie Sinclair. Barrie along with his late wife Ngaere were instrumental in establishing Pétanque in Manawatu in the early 1990’s.

Both Barrie and Ngaere were elected Life members in May 2009 in recognition for the service they had given to the Club over the past 10 years.

Their contributions has enthused others to continue with our mission statement to promote Pétanque as a healthy, attractive, enjoyable, competitive sport with leisure and social activity to all members of the club.