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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.

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Club of the Month

September 2014

Horowhenua Pétanque is the featured club for the month of September.

WPA Regional Doubles Championship

22 September 2014

The entry form for the WPA Regional Doubles on 18/19 October at Kapiti is now available.

WPA Regional Singles Championship

22 September 2014

Thirty-one players took part in the Regional Singles Championship held at the Horowhenua Pétanque club (20/21 September) after a late withdrawal due to illness. More »

Sport Connector newsletter

19 August 2014

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

PNZ National Doubles Championship

20 September 2014

The entry form for the PNZ National Doubles on 1/2 November at Kapiti is now available.

A Message from Tony about Yvonne

18 September 2014

Firstly, thank you for your kind wishes and thoughts regarding myself and Yvonne. The last five days have been very difficult, a total roller coaster emotionally so it is great to feel the support of everyone who cares about her.

As most of you know Yvonne has been in intensive care in Dunedin hospital following her collapse at the NZ Women's Triples last Saturday night. She has been battling bacterial meningitis and a further CT scan showed that she has also had a stroke. These two major insults to the brain have meant that Yvonne has been in a critical condition and unfortunately remains in a critical condition.

The doctors cannot give us any assurances as to if, or when, she will regain consciousness or come off the respirator, but over the last 24 hours there have been some encouraging signs which give us some hope to hold onto.

The doctors have said that any recovery will be very gradual and it could take some weeks for her to be fully conscious. We all know Yvonne to be a strong determined women and that is just what she needs to get through this.

While in Dunedin I am staying with Neville and Stefany Frost on 03 455 5681 or 021 717 080 and they have offered to deal with phone messages in the short term as I am unable to have my phone on while at the hospital and haven't always felt up to dealing with messages when I leave the hospital.

So thanks again for the support, we will let you know when there is something new to report.

Tony Simpson

PNZ National Women's Triples

16 September 2014

Maryon Beer, Kay George, and Mavis Thompson won the National Women's Triples Championship held in Alexandra. In the final they beat Cathryn Lyall, Sarah Lyall, and Kathleen Wallace 13-7. Final results.

Kapiti 3-Boules Triples Charity Mêlée

15 September 2014

Playing in the rain at Kapiti

A damp start did not prevent 48 players from turning out for the Kapiti Charity Mêlée in support of Wellington Free Ambulance.

At the end of play, Shirley Peard (Horowhenua) topped the standings with 5 wins (+42 differential) ahead of Annick Le Guen (Kapiti) with 5 wins (+32) and Trish Smart, 4 wins +26.

The Club raised $250 for the Wellington Free Ambulance.

Jacques Cochonnet Challenge match

14 September 2014

Park Avenue's hold on the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy was shortlived. Their first defence was away at Masterton and unfortunately they were only able to win one of the three games each round.

Final score Park Avenue 3, Masterton 6.

Masterton's first defence will be at home to Horowhenua.

Match result | Tournament history

Pétanque in Bali

14 September 2014

For anyone who would like to play a little pétanque while on holiday, you might like to consider the Singles and Triples compettions at the Beach Pétanque Club, in Nusa Dua Peninsula, Bali.

The Pétanque events on 11/12 October are part of the Bali International Sports week during the 2014 Nusa Dua Fiesta.

Tournament details

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

8 September 2014

Fifty-four players from around the North Island took part in the eighteenth Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles held at the Napier City Pétanque club.

Perhaps it was the due to the scheduled Rugby Championship match in Napier, but the weather was more Winter than Spring like over the weekend.

At the end of Saturday's five qualifying rounds, three teams were undefeated: John Hudson and Josie Parkin; Maurice Beltz and Peter Hamilton; and, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks.

Sunday saw the top 16 teams compete in four pools of four, with the top two teams progressing to the Trophy knockout and the bottom two taking part in the Plate. The remaining 11 teams took part in the Bowl competition.

By the end of Sunday only Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks remained undefeated. In the Trophy final, they beat last year's winner Dez Grant and Sarah-Jane Wright 13-3.

In the Plate final, Horowhenua clubmates Dave Gatchell and Lew Gill beat Barbara and Murray Johnston of Masterton.

In the Bowl final, Grant and Janet Hackett of Auckland's West End club beat the Napier team of Dave Bosley and Barbara Lucas.

Final results

Richard Lawson

7 September 2014

Richard Lawson, WPA Male Player of the Year, 2011-12

It is with sadness that we report the death yesterday of Richard Lawson of the Hataitai club. Richard was a regular participant in Regional and National events.

Richard took part in two Chanticleer Cup matches against Auckland, two Haines Cup matches against Hawke's Bay and two Tri-Star matches.

Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from this year's Chanticleer Cup match.

In the 2011-12 Regional Awards, Richard was named Male Player of the Year.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Richard's family.

Richard's funeral will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, 12 September at the Cocburn Street Chapel, Corner of Onepu Road and Cockburn Street, Kilbirnie.

Wanganui East Open Triples

5 September 2014

The entry form for the Wanganui East Open Triples on 15/16 November is now available.

PNZ National Singles Championship

2 September 2014

The entry form for the PNZ National Singles Championship on 4/5 October is now available. This year's Singles will be held in Christchurch.

Partner Wanted: National Doubles

2 September 2014

Richard Browne from Christchurch is looking for a partner to play in the National Doubles Tournament at Kapiti on 1/2 November.

If you are interested in partnering Richard, please contact him on (03)308-6455.

WPA Women's Triples

1 September 2014

Ten teams took part in the WPA Women's Triples at Otaki on Sunday. The format was again four rounds of qualifying, followed by a knockout.

The Trophy final was won by Yvonne Futcher, Barb Johnston, and Annick Le Guen who beat Shirley MacDonald, Margaret Mordecai, and Sheryl Parslow 13-10.

Linda Gazzard, Robin Mann, and Tommy Werry won the Plate, 13-8 over Val Clark, Shirley Fraser, and Joan Judd. The Bowl was won by Claire Bradburn, Lynne Shepherd, and Judith Williamson who beat Christine Daykin, Ann Dowds, and Trish Smart 13-3.

WPA Women's Doubles

1 September 2014

Eighteen teams entered the WPA Women's Doubles at Otaki on Saturday. After four rounds of qualifying, the teams were seeded for the knockout stage.

In the Trophy final, Joan Miller and Shirley Selwyn beat Claire Bradburn and Monica Smiler 13-2. The Plate final was won by Erica Drake and Catherine Maher, who beat Val Clark and Joan Judd 13-7.

The Bowl final was won by Robin Mann and Tommy Werry, 13-5 winners over Glenys Reeves and Marlene Trembath.

Khandallah Open Singles

31 August 2014

Bob Horton and Myles Cowper finished with 5 wins from 6 games in the Khandallah Open Singles, played under the Swiss system.

With games limited to 40 minutes duration and no extra ends, there were two draws.

Final results

Chanticleer Cup result

28 August 2014

The Auckland Development team beat their Wellington counterparts 97 points to 23 in their annual match at the Herne Bay Pétanque club last weekend. Match result.

Pétanque becomes Fashionable

24 August 2014

Just in from our Fashion editor, Pétanque really is cool. Club Petanque Fashion launched earlier this year. Now you know what to wear this season!

Pétanque New Zealand

22 August 2014

August 2014 Pétanque New Zealand magazine cover

The August issue of Pétanque New Zealand has been mailed out to subscribers.

The issue includes reports on the NZ Open, Coventry Doubles, National Club Championship, Australian Open, and National Triples.

There is also information from PNZ and an article about Curling.

This is Graeme Morris's last issue in charge, so there is a vacancy for an Editor.

To download a subscription form see the PNZ website.