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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).


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Club of the Month

January 2015

Masterton Pétanque is the featured club for the month of January.

NZ International Open

26 January 2015

Sixteen Triples and eight Women's Doubles teams from Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti took part in the 19th NZ International Open held at the Herne Bay Pétanque club over Auckland Anniversary weekend.

Both Trophy finals featured a New Zealand versus Tahiti match. New Zealand prevailled in the Women's Doubles with Tahiti claiming honours in the Open Triples.

Partial results

Heifara, Mike & Robert

Junior Triples

Renee & Catherine

Otaki March Mêlée

20 January 2015

The entry form for the Otaki March Mêlée (14 March) is now available.

Partners Wanted

19 January 2015

Peter van Heusden is looking for two other players to make up a team for the Regional Triples at Park Avenue (14/15 February). Peter can be contacted on (04) 972 3438 or partnerwanted@petanque.org.nz

Alan Taylor is looking for two other players to make up a team for the WBS Triples in Masterton (21/22 February). Alan can be contacted on (04) 904 0096.

Kapiti Open Doubles

18 January 2015

The top two teams from Saturday continued undefeated through the morning's second round. They were joined in the Trophy knockout by five of the remaining top eight qualifiers from Saturday. Graeme Morris and Trevor Neilson were the only lower ranked side to make it through, eventually falling in the semi-finals.

Annick Le Guen and Dirk Winnie's unbeaten run was finally broken in the quarter-finals, but Dave Gatchell and Lew Gill marched on to the final where they faced defending title-holders Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks.

Unfortunately, it proved to be a game too far as they went down 1-13 in 5 ends (0-2, 0-5, 0-10, 1-10, 1-13).

Final results

17 January 2015

Annick Le Guen and Dirk Winnie (5 wins, +50) and Dave Gatchell and Lew Gill (5 wins, +33) were the only two undefeated teams after the qualifying rounds of the Kapiti Open Doubles. (Qualifying ranking)

Nick & Grant

Lorraine & Murray

Marilyn & Joan

Tony & Brian

Watching the finals

WPA Regional Triples Championship

13 January 2015

The entry form for the WPA Regional Triples Championship at the Park Avenue Pétanque club (14/15 February) is now available.

This may be the last Regional Pétanque Championship held at the Park Avenue terrain as the Hutt City Council has plans to create a Regional Lawn Bowls Centre on the site.

WPA Committee Meeting

11 January 2015

A very happy New Year to you all.

The first committee meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association for 2015 will be held at Park Avenue on Saturday, 14 February at the completion of the day's play of the WPA Regional Triples (approx 3:30 pm).

Items for the agenda, with appropriate documentation, need to be submitted to the Secretary by Wednesday, 21 January 2015.

Colleen Horton

PNZ National Women's Triples Championship

11 January 2015

The entry form for the National Women's Triples at the Stanley Bay Pétanque club in Auckland (7/8 February) is now available.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

11 January 2015

Masterton hosted Wanganui East in their first Jacques Cochonnet Challenge defence of the year. Result

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

10 January 2015

Results from the Khandallah Mixed Doubles.

Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

6 January 2015

The entry form for the Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles (8 March) is now available.

Photographs from the Early Days

1 January 2015

The WPA website was set up by Peter Ball in 1997-98. Due to space restrictions, the number of images on the site was severely limited. Photos were displayed for a few weeks and then taken down to allow new ones to be shown.

Nowadays the space restriction is pretty much meaningless, however the website is still very much text only.

Recently we obtained a number of photographs from Rex and Shirley Hayes' collection and these will be added to the site over the coming weeks.

Followers on Twitter Twitter will have seen some of these already under the #throwbackthursday hashtag.

Porirua Petanque club - inaugural Jacques Cochonnet Trophy winners 1999

Porirua Petanque club - inaugural Jacques Cochonnet Trophy winners, February 1999.

Photo credit: R&S Hayes.

7 January 2015

More photos from the Early Days

NZ Representative Teams

18 December 2014

Two Wellington region players have been named in the Senior team to take part in the Trans Tasman match at Avoca (Victoria, Australia) next March.


Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Marilyn Bunce (Alexandra), Kay George (St Kilda), Margaret Maher (Northcote), Shirley McDonald (Horowhenua), Ann Shields (Epsom). The Reserve is Chris Taylor (Christchurch) and the Coach is Jean Parley (Stanley Bay).


Clive Bartleet (Vikings), Charles Brock, Colin Bunce (Alexandra), John Hudson (Tauranga BOP), Trevor Neilson (Rotorua), Ray Pierce (Vikings). The Reserve is Graeme Morris (Masterton) and the Coach is Murray Porter (Bay View).

The Open players were announced last month.

Wairarapa Building Society Open Triples

17 December 2014

The entry form for the Wairarapa Building Society Open Triples (21/22 February) is now available.

Sport Connector newsletter

17 December 2014

The December issue of Sport Wellington's Sport Connector newsletter is now available.

Pétanque in the News

16 December 2014

Pétanque makes the Manawatu Standard newspaper.

Wellington Open Triples

14 December 2014

Fourteen teams took part in the 12th Wellington Open Triples held at the Manawatu Pétanque club.

The Trophy final featured the two unbeaten teams: Sharon Cannon, Murray Porter and Brian Smith against Myles Cowper, Annick Le Guen and Michael Rocks. Progress score: 1-0, 1-3, 1-5, 1-9, 1-12, 2-12, 2-13.

Final results

PNZ National Senior Doubles Championship

11 December 2014

Twenty-two teams took part in the National Senior Doubles Championship at Herne Bay last weekend. In the Trophy final, Ian Baker and Paul Bicklemann defeated Kevin Davis and Max Davis.

The Trophy Consolation final was by Charles Brock and John Greig from Ann Shields and Shirley Selwyn.

Final results

Timed Games in WPA Tournaments

4 December 2014

At the 20 November WPA meeting a petition was received from several of the competitors who took part in the Regional Doubles Championship requesting a change to the Playing Conditions for timed games adopted at the July 2014 Meeting.

Club responses to the proposed change close on Friday, 12 December.

WPA members are invited to join the debate on the Discussion forum (under Tournaments).

Coaching Day

3 December 2014

Graeme Morris is organising a coaching day. Interested players should complete the application form.