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Wanganui East Open Triples

24 June 2018

The Wanganui East Open Triples has been renamed the Pete Hamilton Memorial Triples. The Triples will be held 17-18 November 2018.

WPA Annual General Meeting

17 June 2018

Some highlights from the Annual General Meeting held at Horowhenua. The minutes will be sent out in due course.

The next WPA Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 15 July at Kapiti.

Wanganui East Mêlée

16 June 2018

The entry form for the Wanganui East Mêlée on Sunday, 19 August 2018 is now available.

Masterton Bastille Day Mêlée

16 June 2018

The entry form for the Masterton Bastille Day Mêlée on Saturday, 14 July 2018 is now available.

Representative teams

12 June 2018

The Auckland and Wellington Development teams to contest the Chanticleer Cup have been announced. The match will take place at the Herne Bay Pétanque club, Auckland, on 25-26 August 2018. More »

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

12 June 2018

Otaki with Jacques

Otaki’s first defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away at Horowhenua. They started slowly, winning just the Doubles game in the first round to trail 1-2.

In the second round, Otaki won all three games to lead 4-2. In the final round, Horowhenua picked up the Singles and Triples, but fell just short as Otaki won the Doubles to claim the match 5-4.

Otaki’s next defence is at home to Naenae.

| Result | Previous history |

Boules to You Trophy

10 June 2018

Upper Hutt & Masterton teams

On Wednesday, 30 May 2018 the Upper Hutt Pétanque Club played our traditional challenge against the Masterton Club for the Boules To You trophy.

Four teams from each club played four rounds of doubles. After the third round the score was six games each.

In the last round, Upper Hutt managed to win three of the games and therefore won the trophy by nine games to seven.

Upper Hutt players with the Boules To You trophy

This proved very satisfying as Upper Hutt has not had their name on the trophy for quite a number of years. A good day was had by all.

Report: Colleen Horton

Oceania Championship - Women’s Triples Final

4 June 2018

The video of the 2017 Oceania Championship Women’s Triples final at Christchurch between New Zealand and Tahiti is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Annual General Meeting

2 June 2018

The Agenda for the 2018 Annual General Meeting to be held at the Horowhenua Pétanque club on Saturday, 16 June starting at 1:00 pm.

Kapiti Open Doubles

27 May 2018

The video of the 2018 Kapiti Open Doubles final is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Murrayfield Open Triples

22 May 2018

Lee, Sharon & Maurice

Twenty-six teams took part in the ninth Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki. Thankfully, the forecast showers stayed away, so everyone was able to enjoy the games without the hassle of rain.

Maurice Belz, Sharon Cannon and Lee Taffard were the only team to go through undefeated. Second place was claimed by Kathy Gatford, Tony Gatford and Lynne Shepherd.

The other prize winners were: Carleen Fitzgerald, Jo Anne Hayward and Barbara Nicholls; Anne Grant, Simon Grant and Robin Mann; and Graeme Millard, Linda Millard and Doc Murray.

Final Results | Previous Winners

Notice of Annual General Meeting

13 May 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association (Incorporated) will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, 16 June 2018 at the Horowhenua Pétanque Club, Western Park, Tiro Tiro Road, Levin.

Business to be transacted will include:

  1. President’s report for the year ended 30 April 2018
  2. Presentation of the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2018
  3. Approval of affiliation fees
  4. Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer
  5. Presentation of Subcommittee reports
  6. Life Membership


Any Club or member wishing to have a remit or motion presented to the AGM should submit it to the Secretary as soon as possible, and by 26 May 2018 at the latest.

A further notice advising the details of any remits/motions will be sent to Clubs two weeks in advance of the AGM.

Officer Nominations

The closing date for nominations is 26 May 2018. Position descriptions President (190kB), Secretary (189kB) and Treasurer (189kB).

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

10 May 2018

The Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy has moved on once more. Hataitai, fresh from their victory over Kapiti, lost their first defence away at Otaki 2-7.

Otaki’s first defence is away at neighbours, Horowhenua.

| Result | Previous history |

PNZ National Triples Championship

5 May 2018

The video of the 2018 PNZ National Triples Championship final at Manawatu is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Regional Women’s Singles Championship

5 May 2018

Thirty players took part in the Regional Women’s Singles Championship at Horowhenua. Two players who had registered withdrew due to illness. This was the largest entry since 2006.

After the morning qualifying rounds, three players Annick Le Guen, Claire Bradburn and Claire Wilson were undefeated with four wins.

In the afternoon, the top eight qualifiers went into the Trophy section, the next eight went into the Plate section, the next eight into the Bowl and the final six went into the Bowl Consolation.

In the Trophy final, 2013 champion Annick Le Guen beat first-time finalist Ngaire Erikson 13-9.

The Plate final was won by Trish Biddle-Amoroa over Barbara Nicholls. The Bowl was won by Michelle Maxwell from Lee-Ann Bartrum. The Bowl Consolation was won by Judy Tyree from Debby Butler.

Final results

WPA Regional Triples Championship

29 April 2018

The video of the 2018 WPA Regional Triples Championship final at Manawatu is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Pete Hamilton

27 April 2018

Pete Hamilton
Wanganui East Pétanque club

It is with great sadness that the Wanganui East Pétanque Club advise that their club mate and friend Pete Hamilton passed away last night.

Pete will be remembered for his presence, humour and prowess on the piste. He was so passionate about pétanque and he was a great club mate and we will miss him so much.

Messages of condolence can be sent to:
Christine Strichen
5 St. Helens Place
Wanganui 4501
and these will be passed on to the family.

Pete’s family have advised that there will be a time of remembrance for Pete on Wednesday, 2 May at 2:00pm at the Wanganui East Club, 101 Wakefield Street, Wanganui East.

Pete’s palmar├Ęs included:

  • WPA Winter Doubles (2008)
  • Kapiti Open Doubles (2009, 2013)
  • Hawke’s Bay Summer Doubles (2010)
  • National Senior Doubles Championship (2011)
  • WPA Champion of Champions Doubles (2011)
  • National Singles Championship (2012)
  • Horowhenua Midwinter Triples (2013)
  • Murrayfield Open Triples (2014)
  • WPA Regional Triples Championship (2016)
  • Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples (2016)
  • WPA Regional Doubles Championship (2016)
  • WPA Open Triples (2016)
  • Wellington Regional Representative (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • New Zealand National Representative (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Photo credit: Liz Rocks

WBS Open Triples

24 April 2018

The video of the 2018 WBS Open Triples final at Masterton is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

National Club Championships

23 April 2018

Twenty teams (from thirteen clubs) took part in the National Club Championships at Rotorua (21-22 April). More »

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

18 April 2018

Kapiti’s second defence for 2018 was away at Hataitai. Kapiti started strongly, winning two of the three first round games.

Hataitai won all three seond round games to lead 4-2. In the third round, Hataitai picked up two wins to claim the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy for the sixth time.

Kapiti’s loss meant that they matched their longest winning run of 4 games, which they have done twice before (2012 and 2016).

Hataitai’s first defence is away at Otaki.

| Result | Previous history |

WPA Women’s Doubles

11 April 2018

Yvonne & Annick

Eighteen teams took part in the WPA Women’s Doubles at Kapiti last Saturday.

After the four qualifying rounds, the top four teams progressed through to the Trophy Knockout, the second four qualified for the Plate, the third four qualified for the Bowl, the fourth four qualified for the Bowl Consolation and the last two teams went into the Teaspooon final.

The Trophy final was won by Yvonne Futcher and Annick Le Guen. The Plate final was won by Colleen Horton and Linda Millard. The Bowl final was won by Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson.

Trish Biddle-Amoroa and Mary Joblin won the Bowl Consolation. Fran Beach and Bernadette Lawton won the Teaspoon.

Final Results

WPA Women’s Triples

10 April 2018

Lynne, June & Kathy

Eight teams took part in the WPA Women’s Triples at Kapiti. After the four qualifying rounds, the top four teams progressed through to the Trophy Knockout and the bottom four went into the Plate Knockout.

The Trophy final was won by June Cody/Kathy Gatford/Lynne Shepherd who beat Yvonne Futcher/Annick Le Guen/Monica Smiler 13-11.

In the Plate final Shona Callera/Noeline Corley/Judith Smith beat Ann Hogg/Shirley MacDonald/Sheryl Parslow 13-11.

Final Results

Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples

7 April 2018

Bethne, Dave & Maurice

Thirteen teams took part in the 14th annual Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples at the Hawke’s Bay Lawn Tennis and Squash (HBLTS) club in Napier the week before Easter.

The cramped playing calendar this season, with the National Triples, Trans Tasman and Easter all happening in March has probably had an impact on the numbers attending the Autumn Triples, but it didn’t stop those who attended from having an enjoyable weekend of pétanque.

Sharon Cannon, Dez Grant and Sarah-Jane Wright made to through to the Trophy final for the third year in a row. Unfortunately, it did not prove to be third time lucky as they were beaten by Maurice Belz, Dave Gatchell and Bethne Rouse.

Final results

National Men’s Shooting Compettion Final

31 March 2018

The video of the 2018 National Men’s Shooting Competition final at Manawatu between Brian Westerbeek and Adelys Taraunu is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

National Women’s Shooting Competition Final

24 March 2018

The video of the 2018 National Women’s Shooting Competition final at Manawatu between Sharon Cannon and Christine Strichen is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Regional Seedings

19 March 2018

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

| Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system |

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.

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

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.

Final results