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Womens World Championships

13 October 2015

It is not long now until we leave for the Womens World Championships in Thailand so we would like to thank and acknowledge all the support we have had from the Pétanque community.

The support we have received has been wonderful and humbling and has come from all over the country.

Thank you to the Wanganui East Club, Wanganui East Pétanque Club, Auckland Pétanque Assn, Caversham Pétanque, Manawatu Pétanque, Southern Pétanque Assn, Northcote Pétanque, Horowhenua Pétanque, and the Wellington Pétanque Assn.

To all those that supported our Lotto bonus number fundraiser, our raffles and those that donated prizes for our raffles, that played in our fundraising melee and those that just handed us a donation our thanks go to you all.

We hope that we will be able to justify your support and will be doing our utmost to do so.

Thanks again
Claire Wilson
Sharon Cannon
Christine Strichen

WPA Regional Shooting Championships

13 October 2015

Eleven players have entered the Regional Shooting Championship at Kapiti.

WPA Regional Doubles Championships

13 October 2015

Twenty-seven teams have entered the Regional Doubles Championship (16-17 October) at Kapiti.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

11 October 2015

Hataitai successfully retained the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy when they defeated Silverstream by 6-3. Result

The draw for the next round will be made at the next WPA Committee meeting.

Horowhenua 80 plus Mêlée

11 October 2015

The entry form for the Horowhenua 80 plus Mêlée (19 November) is now available.

PNZ National Doubles Championship

11 October 2015

The entry form for the PNZ National Doubles (7-8 November) at Herne Bay is now available.

PNZ Website

9 October 2015

The redesign of the PNZ website is finally live. Hopefully, this will make it easier to find things.

WPA Regional Seedings

7 October 2015

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

Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system

PNZ National Singles Championship

4 October 2015

Fifty-six players took part in the 2015 National Singles Championship at Horowhenua. This is the largest entry for several years.

Georgio Vakauta

In the Trophy final, Georgio Vakauta (Vikings) beat Nicolas Jegousse (Upper Hutt) 13-8 to claim his eighth Singles Championship.

Partial results.

Champion of Champions - Singles

27 September 2015

Alan Taylor is the fourth Kapiti club player to win the Champion of Champions - Singles. Played as a single round robin, Alan won 6 of his 7 games to win the title. Colin Gooch and Steve Frampton finished a point back. Final positions

WPA Regional Singles Championship

20 September 2015

Thirty-six players took part in the Regional Singles Championship, an increase of four on last year.

Four players, Dave Gatchell, Pete Hamilton, Tony Gatford and Lew Gill emerged unscathed after the five rounds of qualifying held on Saturday.

Pete and Lew maintained their unbeaten run through the second round pools, but Dave and Tony were not so successful and slipped into the Plate.

While overcast, the weather behaved itself on Sunday and the rain stayed away until after the finals were completed.

In the Trophy final, Annick Le Guen won her second Regional Singles title beating Marc Khull 13-5.

The Plate was won by Dave Gatchell from Steve Frampton. The Bowl was won by Shirley Selwyn ahead of Brett Maguire.

The Bowl Condolation was won by Yvonne Futcher from Richard Turfrey and Doc Murray took out the Consolante.

Final results

Annick Le Guen Marc Khull

Khandallah Doubles Delight

17 September 2015

After 16 years of 3-Boules Triples, Open Triples and Spring Triples we felt it was time for a change.

The entry form for the Khandallah Doubles Delight (28 November) is now available.

Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée

17 September 2015

The entry form for the Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée (15 November) is now available.

World Championship Fundraising raffle

8 September 2015

The winners of the World Championship Fundraising raffle were:

  1. Steve Lawry (Auckland)
  2. Ena Manuireva (Auckland)
  3. Gesta Avaemai (Auckland)

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

6 September 2015

Christine Strichen & Sharon Cannon

In the first all women final, the 19th Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles featured Sharon Cannon and Christine Strichen against Annick Le Guen and Claire Wilson.

Progress score: Cannon/Strichen-Le Guen Wilson: 1-0, 3-0, 3-2, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, 9-2, 11-2, 12-2, 12-4, 12-6, 12-6, 12-7, 13-7.

Final results

Why is the Jack called a Cochonnet?

3 September 2015

In all the descriptions about the game of Pétanque there is invariably a line that states “jack or cochonnet (literally little pig)”.

Strangely, no-one ever goes on to explain how the target in Pétanque came to be known as a cochonnet. Until now, that is.

Thanks to Roger Ball, who received a photocopy of an article from The Guardian Weekly several years ago, we now have a very plausible reason for the name.

In a Letter from France (dated Wednesday 7 April 1999), Jan Beart Albrecht describes how after a home kill of a pig.

“In the old days it would have been suspended from a hole in the ceiling (the kitchen in my house still has one); the small piece of wood removed from the upstairs floorboards was used as the jack in innumerable games of boules, to the extent that the small marker ball is still known today as the cochonnet.”

And there we have it, how the jack came to be called a cochonnet!

Guy Fawkes Doubles

3 September 2015

The entry form for the Guy Fawkes Doubles (Sunday, 8 November) at Horowhenua is now available. Note that this year the event is open to all, it is not a Men only event.

Manawatu Troublesome Triples

26 August 2015

Sixteen teams took part in the Manawatu Troublesome Triples. Dave Gatchell, Pete Hamilton and Cheryl Parslow went through undefeated to claim first place. Final results

Wanganui East Open Triples

24 August 2015

The entry form for the Wanganui East Open Triples (21-22 November) is now available.

Chanticleer Cup

23 August 2015

The Wellington Development team has beaten their Auckland counterparts to regain the Chanticleer Cup. More details to come.

Around the Clubs

23 August 2015


Get to Know Pétanque 1

Manawatu Pétanque recently hosted Sport Manawatu staff on a typical cold, windy and rainy Friday afternoon in a Get to Know Pétanque Time.

Get to Know Pétanque Time 2

Ann was aghast as the children who took over from the parents could get their boules closer to the cochonnet after a few throws.

New Zealand International Open

26 July 2015

The twentieth edition of the NZ International Open will be held at the Herne Bay Pétanque club over Auckland Anniversary weekend (30-31 January 2016).

The tournament comprises two events: the Open Triples and a Women's Doubles. Participants come from Australia, New Caledonia and Tahiti. Some years have also included players from England and France.

All players in NZ, whether national champion or novice club player, should attend the Open at least once in their playing careers. For any player with ambitions to play on the international stage, then the Open should be considered mandatory.

With a prize fund of $8,000 there are quite a few reasons to consider taking part in 2016. As an added incentive, the winning team in the 2015 Wellington Open Triples will have their entry paid to the NZ Open Triples.

Tournament flyer

In 2013 Allan Fletcher, Charles Peni and Richard Swaney became the first NZ team to win the Open Triples. Thankfully the game was captured on video as it remains one of the best games of petanque played in NZ.