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 Pétanque on Google+
Follow Wellington Pétanque on Instagram
Follow Wellington Pétanque on Pinterest
Follow Wellington Pétanque on Twitter
Follow Wellington Pétanque on YouTube

Haines Cup Match

16 November 2018

Wellington beat Hawke’s Bay 33-7 at Manawatu to to win the Haines Cup for the first time since 2015.

Khandallah 3 Boules Triples

16 November 2018

Eleven teams had entered the Khandallah 3 Boules Triples on Saturday, 10 November. After the weather-forced postponement, nine teams took part on Sunday.

Doc Murray was also unable to play, so tournament organiser Michael Rocks took his place.

Four players from the Probus group who play at Waitangi Park, joined forces with Wayne Green to compete in their first tournament. The 3 Boules Triples is a good introduction, being a relaxed event with everyone guaranteed a prize.

Final Results

Pete Hamilton Memorial Triples

15 November 2018

Twenty-five teams have entered the Pete Hamilton Memorial Triples at Wanganui East this weekend (17-18 November).

WPA Representative Teams

15 November 2018

The Wellington teams to play Canterbury and Southern in the annual Tri-Star tournament at Horowhenua (24-25 November) are:

Wellington Gold

Moises Burgos (Upper Hutt), Steve Frampton (Kapiti), Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua), Ann Hogg (Otaki), Vaughan Husband (Manawatu), Michelle Maxwell (Kapiti).

Wellington Black

Trish Biddle-Amoroa (Wanganui East), Debby Butler (Kapiti), David Corley (Manawatu), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Tony Gatford (Kapiti), Shirley MacDonald (Otaki).

Kapiti Super Seniors Mêlée

12 November 2018

The entry form for the Kapiti Super Seniors Mêlée (28 November 2018) is now available. Note that Super Seniors is Over 70.

Wellington Open Triples

10 November 2018

The entry form for the Wellington Open Triples (8 December 2018) at Otaki is now available.

Sinclair Memorial Swiss Triples

7 November 2018

The entry form for the Sinclair Memorial Swiss Triples (1 December 2018) is now available.

Horowhenua Over 80 Mêlée

7 November 2018

The entry form for the Horowhenua Over 80 Mêlée (23 January 2019) is now available.

Masterton Open Mêlée

26 October 2018

The entry form for the Masterton Open Mêlée (15 November 2018) is now available.

WPA Regional Senior Doubles

23 October 2018

The entry form for the WPA Regional Senior Doubles (7 November 2018) is now available.

WPA Regional Shooting Competition

22 October 2018

The video of the 2018 WPA Regional Shooting Competition final between Annick Le Guen and Michael Rocks is on YouTube.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

19 October 2018

Otaki’s fifth defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away at Masterton.

Unfortunately, the trip back from the Wairarapa was a little lighter than journey over as they had to leave Jacques behind. Masterton won the match 6 games to 3.

Masterton’s first defence is at home to Wanganui East.

| Result | Previous history |

WPA Champion of Champions Singles

8 October 2018

Eight clubs were represented in the Champion of Champions Singles which was played at the Naenae Petanque club. The final was won by Colin Gooch (upper Hutt) who beat Regional Singles Champion, Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua).

Final results

WPA Regional Shooting Competition

6 October 2018

The video of the 2017 WPA Regional Shooting Competition final between Morgan Choveaux and Nico Toyne is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

5 October2018

The entry form for the Khandallah Mixed Doubles (12 January 2019) is now available.

Ted Burr

2 October 2018

Ted Burr (Otaki)
Champion of Champions Singles winner 2013

It is with sadness that we report the death of Ted Burr yesterday at the Palmerston North Hospice.

Ted was a frequent competitor on the Wellington scene and a regular member of the Otaki Inter-club and Jacques Cochonnet teams.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Ted’s family.

Rex Hayes Mixed Doubles

29 September 2018

Moises & Trish

A total of 23 teams took part in the Mixed Doubles on Sunday, 22 September. The Mixed Doubles is an annual event in honour of Rex Hayes, who was a member of the Kapiti Club. Many players were from other clubs, who came to honour Rex.

Rex was a well known and respected person throughout Pétanque circles in New Zealand. He gave of his time freely, coaching and encouraging newer players. He also played at the top level, representing New Zealand.

The eventual winners were:


Trish Biddle-Amoroa/Moises Burgos 1;
Dave Gatchell/Shirley MacDonald 2.


Brett Maguire/Michelle Maxwell 1;
Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford 2.


Denise Bavidge/Geoff Greer 1;
Kathy Taylor/Dave Wilmshurst 2.

Report: Marlene Barker

WPA Regional Seedings

26 September 2018

The Regional Seeding points have been updated using the results from the Regional Singles. Dave Gatchell has moved into second place following his win in the Regional Singles.

| Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system |

WPA Regional Singles Championship

23 September 2018

Dave Gatchell with Graeme Millard

Thirty players took part in the WPA Regional Singles Championship at Kapiti, a drop of eight players from last year.

Five players, Claire Wilson, Moises Burgos, Annick Le Guen, Graeme Morris and Nico Toyne, were undefeated after the first day’s play.

As is usually the case, some of the top qualifiers from Saturday struggled on Sunday morning and dropped down to the Plate section.

In the Trophy final, Dave Gatchell beat Moises Burgos 13-10 to claim his first Regional Singles title. Moises is the first player to be runner-up in three Regional Championships at the same time (Singles, Doubles & Triples).

The Plate was won by Steve Frampton 13-8 from Annick Le Guen. Christine Strichen beat Vaughan Husband to claim the Bowl and Michelle Maxwell was undefeated in winning the Bowl Consolation.

Final Results

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

22 September 2018

Ann, Carolyn, Gary, Shirley, Don & Ann

Otaki’s fourth defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away at Upper Hutt.

Otaki started strongly winning two of the three first round games.

In the second round, they went one better winning all three games to retain the Trophy. In the third round they picked up a further two games to win the match 7-2.

Otaki’s next defence is away to Masterton.

| Result | Previous history |

WPA Regional Pointing Competition

21 September 2018

Nico Toyne with Graeme Millard

Sixteen players took part in the WPA Regional Pointing Competition at Kapiti.

David Corley (35) and Nico Toyne (34) topped the scoring after the qualifying round.

In the final on Sunday, Nico scored 36 against David’s 22 to claim the inaugural Regional Pointing title.

Final Results

Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles

20 September 2018

Forty teams took part in the twenty-second edition of the Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles at the Napier City Pétanque club.

Like last year, the first day’s qualifying play was in pools, this time eight pools of five teams which meant that each team only played 4 competition games and sat out a Bye. Some teams took the opportunity to arrange unofficial games with other teams having the Bye.

In the Trophy section, the defending champions Lee Taffard & Nico Toyne were beaten by Junior Puleitu & Georgio Vakauta in the semi-final. Junior and Georgio went on to defeat Michelle Maxwell and Graeme Morris in the final.

The Plate section was won by John & Mary Church. The Bowl was won by Barb & Murray Johnston and the Consolation was won by Arnold Lander & Josie Parkin.

Final Results

Masterton Open Mêlée

18 September 2018

Masterton Petanque Club are holding an Open Mêlée on Thursday, 15 November. Details and entry form will follow in October.

They also advise the annual WBS Triples, usually held over the last weekend in February, has a change of date to 23 & 24 March. This is now on the WPA Calendar. Again, entry form will be available on this site in the New Year.