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Club of the Month

September 2014

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

Update on Yvonne

28 September 2014

Yvonne is now back in Wanganui hospital. She arrived here late Tuesday night and improvement in her condition has been considerable since then. She has started to talk more, is moving, and has started eating a little. She will start rehabilitation next week.

Yvonne has had lots of visits from family and friends which is helping to stimulate her recovery. There is a long way to go but she has also come a long way so far.

I would firstly like to thank Stefany and Neville so much for everything they did in Dunedin. Without their support and care in that time I would have been lost.

Thank you to everybody around the country for their love and best wishes.

And I would also like to thank those players at the Wellington Regional Singles who had a fundraiser for Yvonne.

Thank you so much.

I will do another update as Yvonne reaches more milestones.


WPA Committee Meeting

28 September 2014

The minutes from the 20 September meeting are now available.

Please note: The next meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 20 November at Silverstream. Items for the agenda (plus their discussion papers) need to be sent to Michael Rocks by 27 October.

Many thanks
Colleen Horton

WPA Champion of Champions - Singles

28 September 2014

Seven clubs were represented in the Champion of Champions Singles played at Otaki. The number of entries meant that a round-robin format was used.

Steve Frampton, Park Avenue, headed the field with 5 wins from 6 games. In second place was Shirley MacDonald from Horowhenua.

National Representation Process

25 September 2014

Reminder that the closing date for registration for the 2014-15 National Representative process closes on Tuesday, 30 September.

Representation process (222kB) | Player Registration form (271kB) | 2015 Trans Tasman details (403kB) | National Ranking Points

PNZ National Doubles Championship

24 September 2014

The entry form for the PNZ National Doubles on 1/2 November at Kapiti has been updated.

Details of the PNZ 21st Anniversary Dinner that is being held in conjunction with the Doubles. This dinner celebration is open to anyone to attend, not just those entering the Doubles, so please spread the invitation far and wide!

Bookings and payment details for the dinner are at the bottom of the Menu.

WPA Regional Seedings

23 September 2014

With his win in the Regional Singles, Michael Rocks has joined Annick Le Guen at the top of the WPA Regional seedings.

Graeme Morris has moved into third place, while Singles runner-up (or vice-Champion as they say in France) Nick Jegousse is in fourth.

Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system

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

20 September 2014

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

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.