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WPA Regional Seedings

19 March 2018

The Regional Seeding points have been updated using the results from the Regional Triples.

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Trans-Tasman Match

17 March 2018

New Zealand has a narrow 34-26 lead in the Senior category and trails by 23-37 in the Open category after the first day’s play at the Trans-Tasman match in Tauranga. New Zealand needs 61 points to win each category.

18 March 2018

New Zealand retained the Senior Trans Tasman Cup with a 65-55 win over their Australian counterparts. The Open team fell just short of their target going down 57-63.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

17 March 2018

Kapiti’s first defence for 2018 was at home to Silverstream. It was a dominant performance by Kapiti who won 8 of the 9 games to retain the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy.

Kapiti’s next defence is away at Hataitai.

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Oceania Championship - Men’s Singles Final

15 March 2018

The video of the 2017 Oceania Championship Men’s Singles final at Christchurch is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

13 March 2018

Participants in the Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

Twenty teams took part in the 16th annual Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles at Maidstone Park. Unfortunately, the new pistes weren’t ready, so the two teams on the waiting list missed out this year.

With drawn games possible, only Eric Herbert and Julien Teni had a perfect record after the three morning rounds.

In the first game after lunch they drew with Adrienne Gwerder and Michael Rocks. This set up a final round match with Dave Gwerder and Doc Murray who had also drawn with Adrienne and Michael.

Dave and Doc won 13-7 to clinch first place. Moises Burgos and Len Cogger took second place with 4 wins, while Eric and Julien finished third.

Final results

WPA Women’s tournaments

7 March 2018

Entry forms for the WPA Women’s Doubles (Sat, 7 April), Women’s Triples (Sun, 8 April) at Kapiti and the Women’s Singles Championship (Sat, 28 April) at Horowhenua are now available.

PNZ National Triples Championship

5 March 2018

The National Triples Championship is the longest running and most prestigious of the National Championships. In twenty-three previous tournaments, Auckland teams have won 19 titles, Wellington teams have won 2, Hawke’s Bay has won 1, with one title won by a team comprising both Hawke’s Bay and Auckland players.

Twenty-nine teams took part in the National Triples Championship at Manawatu. This year the format was a seven-round Swiss followed by the knockout. The traditional Barrage pools were not held.

The Auckland team of Allan Fletcher, Pam Jenkins and Adelys Taraunu went through the Swiss undefeated. In the afternoon, they continued their run to reach the Championship final. In the final they faced off against the Wellington team of Moises Burgos, Morgan Choveaux and Nico Toyne.

The Aucklanders won the opening exchanges and stretched their lead to 8-2. Wellington fought back to 8-8 and then took the lead before a late rally saw Auckland claw back to 11-12.

In the final end, Moises, Morgan and Nico had a little luck with a displaced cochonnet to pick up the thirteenth point and claim their maiden National Championship title.

Full results to come.

WBS Open Triples

26 February 2018

Eleven teams took part in the twenty-first WBS Open Triples at the Masterton Pétanque club. The small entry meant that every team played every other team, with the top two teams playing off for the WBS Open Triples title.

Last year’s champions Maurice Belz, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks were unbeaten in the round-robin, qualifying for the final with two rounds to spare.

At the end of the tenth round, four teams were still in the running to play them in the final. As luck would have it, the four teams faced each other in round eleven. In one game Bethne/Barry/Lee played Moises/Morgan/Nico and in the other game Sharon/Murray/Brian played Barb/Joan/Ralph.

Sharon/Murray/Brian won their game and Bethne/Barry/Lee won the other. Sharon/Murray/Brian had beaten Bethne/Barry/Lee in round 8, so they went through to the final for the fourth consecutive year.

Anyone who has seen the movie Groundhog Day may have pinched themselves over the two finalists. Both teams had qualified for the final in 2016 and 2017, with Maurice, Myles and Michael narrowly winning both encounters.

Sadly for Sharon, Murray and Brian it will be another year as runners-up as they lost the final 3-13.

Full results

Otaki Easter Mêlée

26 February 2018

The entry form for the Otaki Easter Mêlée (31 March 2018) is now available.

Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples

23 February 2018

The entry form for the Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples (24-25 March 2018) at the HBLTS Pétanque club in Napier is now available.

WPA Regional Triples Championship

19 February 2018

Fourteen teams took part in the Regional Triples Championship at Manawatu. Saturday was the usual 5-round random draw to make the top 8 teams.

Sharon Cannon, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks were the only team to register 5 wins. In second place was Grant Bray, Moises Burgos and Lee Taffard. These two teams went through unbeaten to the Trophy final on Sunday afternoon.

Grant, Moises and Lee had several opportunities to take a healthy lead, but couldn't capitalise and soon found themselves being ground down in a battle of attrition. Down 5-12, they fought back but were eventually undone falling 11-13.

This was Myles and Michael’s fifth Triples title with a new partner each time.

Claire Bradburn, Debby Butler and Vaughan Husband won the Trophy Consolation. Yvonne Futcher, Monica Smiler and Alan Taylor took out the Plate.

Final results

Obut Boules and Accessories - New Zealand

15 February 2018

Richard Browne of Ashburton has taken over the distribution of Obut Boules and Accessories from David Parr (Carterton).

Richard can be contacted on 021-0294-1234 (email: browne_nl@yahoo.co.nz).

Champion of Champions - Triples

12 February 2018

Six clubs took part in the Champion of Champions - Triples at Otaki. The Naenae triple of Enoka Smiler, Monica Smiler and Tangi Rasmussen started strongly winning their first four games. Despite losing their final game, they still finished a point ahead of Kapiti and Upper Hutt.

Final results

Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy Draw

9 February 2018

The Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy draw for Round 25 was made at the WPA Committee meeting on Thursday, 8 February.

NZ International Open Triples

5 February 2018

Forty teams took part in the twenty-second NZ International Open Triples at the Herne Bay club in Auckland. This year there were players from Australia, France, New Caledonia and Tahiti along with local players from Auckland to Christchurch.

Three players from Wellington took part: Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks teamed with Maurice Belz and finished runners-up in the Trophy Consolation.

Nico Toyne teamed up with Jared Handford (Christchurch) and Junior Puleitu (Vikings) and they reached the Trophy final where they faced the New Caledonian team of George Nauta, Alain Vautier and Bernard Yao.

In front of a large and appreciative crowd Jared, Junior and Nico became the second New Zealand team to win the NZ International Open.

Final results

Wellington Open Triples

28 January 2018

The video of the 2017 Wellington Open Triples final at Otaki is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Wanganui East Open Triples

27 January 2018

The video of the 2017 Wanganui East Open Triples final is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Oceania Championship

22 January 2018

The video of the 2017 Oceania Championship Women’s Pointing final between NZ (Claire Wilson) and Tahiti (Meherio Terei) is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Kapiti Open Doubles

22 January 2018

Kapiti Open Doubles banner

Twenty-nine teams started the 18th Kapiti Doubles on Saturday. Unfortunately, Pete Hamilton had to withdraw due to illness after the third round.

Lynne Shepherd stepped in to play with Dave for the remaining two rounds. However, their scores were not counted and they took part in the Bowl on Sunday.

Two teams, Debby Butler/Michelle Maxwell and Claire Bradburn/Monica Smiler won all five qualifying games on Saturday.

The top 16 teams from Saturday qualified for the Trophy, the next 8 teams took part in the Plate and the final 4 teams plus Dave and Lynne took part in the Bowl.

The curse of the top qualifiers partially struck on Sunday morning. Debby and Michelle dropped a game to finish second in their pool. Claire and Monica were not so lucky, losing two games to drop down to the Trophy Consolation.

After a long hot day in the sun, the Trophy final featured Steve Frampton and Ann Hogg against three-time winners Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks.

A tight match over the next two hours saw Myles and Michael eventually win 13-8 and equal the record of Brian Smith and Dirk Winnie who won four Kapiti Open Doubles (2001-02-03-05).

In an unusal twist, Myles and Michael mirrored that record with 3 wins in a row, a year off and then their fourth win.

Final results