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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).

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Club of the Month

June 2015

Wanganui East Pétanque is the featured club for the month of June.

Regional Representative Squad

30 June 2015

The squad members are: Brian Bradburn (Silverstream), Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Eddie Campbell (Kapiti), Steve Frampton (Hataitai), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Dave Gatchel (Horowhenua), Tony Gatford (Kapiti), Lew Gill (Horowhenua), Annick Le Guen (Kapiti), Shirley MacDonald (Otaki), Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti), Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti), Margaret Mordecai (Otaki), Barbara Nicholls (Hataitai), Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East), Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East), Tony Simpson (Wanganui East), Trish Smart (Manawatu), Christine Strichen (Wanganui East), Alan Taylor (Kapiti), Claire Wilson (Masterton)

Twelve players (6 Senior and 6 Open) are required for the Wellington Development team to play against Auckland for the Chanticleer Trophy (22/23 August).

Anyone else interested in trying out for the team should contact the Regional Selector, Graeme Morris (selector@petanque.org.nz).

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

27 June 2015

Kapiti's first defensive test of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was successfully completed at Otaki. Result

Kapiti's next defence is away to Upper Hutt. Remaining draw

Women's World Championship Fundraising

24 June 2015

Christine, Claire and Sharon are running a Mêlée on 16 August 2015 to raise funds towards their trip to the Women's World Championship in Thailand.

In addition they are also running a Bonus Lotto draw for the month of August.

Kapiti Memorial Mêlée

27 June 2015

Last weekend's rained off Kapiti Memorial Melee has been rescheduled to Sunday, 27 September 2015.

WPA AGM Minutes

23 June 2015

The draft Minutes of the WPA Annual General Meeting held on 13 June are now available.

WBS Open Triples

22 June 2015

Video of the 2015 WBS Open Triples final played at Masterton has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

Pétanque in the News

18 June 2015

Claire Wilson is featured in the Wairarapa Times Age.

Silverstream AGM Doubles

14 June 2015

Results from the Silverstream Doubles played prior to the WPA AGM on Saturday.

PNZ National Doubles Championship

14 June 2015

Video of the PNZ National Doubles Championship final played at the Kapiti Pétanque club on 2 November 2014 has been added to Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Regional Awards

13 June 2015

The Regional Award winners for 2014-15 were announced at the AGM. The full list of winners is:

Two special Awards were also announced.

Women's World Championship

9 June 2015

PNZ have announced the NZ team to participate in the Women's World Championship (4-8 November 2015) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Congratulations to Sharon Cannon, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson. The coach is Michael Rocks.

Things to do in the Off-season

9 June 2015

With the reduction in activity over the winter months, what is the dedicated Pétanque fan to do?

Online you can watch videos from Pétanque Wellington , PetanqueTube, PetancaTV, Quarterback.

You can also simply type in Petanque Video and use your favourite Search engine.

For inspiration, you might like to consider Extreme Pétanque where there are no rules, just boules!

Masterton Midwinter Doubles

7 June 2015

Video of the Masterton Midwinter Doubles final played at Clareville last weekend has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

6 June 2015

Masterton's hold on the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy has finally been broken by Kapiti.

After the first round Kapiti led 2 games to 1. Masterton fought back to level 3-3, before Kapiti cleaned up in the third round to finish 6-3 victors. Result

Kapiti's first defence is away to Otaki. Remaining draw

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

5 June 2015

The entry form for the Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles (5-6 September) is now available.

Manawatu Bastille Day + Hip-Op Plus Day

4 June 2015

The entry form for the Manawatu Bastille Day + Hip-Op Plus Day (15 July) is now available.

PNZ National Triples Championship

1 June 2015

Video of the PNZ National Triples Championship final played at the Christchurch Pétanque club on 1 March has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

The final features three players from the Wellington region.

Masterton Midwinter Doubles

31 May 2015

Twenty-eigth teams took part in the sixteenth annual Masterton Midwinter Doubles tournament at the Clareville A & P Showgrounds.

After five rounds of qualifying games only two teams were undefeated, Dez Grant/Sarah-Jane Wright and Annick Le Guen/Christine Strichen. (Day one qualifiers)

On Sunday morning, the second round pool play saw both the overnight leaders lose their undefeated run.

Unlike last year, the time limit was kept for the quarter and semi-final stages of the knockout, with several games not going the full distance.

The time limit did mean that the finals started in daylight and finish under lights around 6:00 rather than the typical 8:00 pm.

Masterton Midwinter Doubles winners

In the Trophy final, Dez Grant and Sarah-Jane Wright (St George) beat Kevin and Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti) 13-3.

This is the second year in a row where the previous year's losing finalist wins the following year. Any takers on Kevin and Sheryl doing this next year?

The Plate final was won by Steve Frampton (Hataitai) and Alan Taylor (Kapiti) 13-12 against Alice Maguigan and Art Vernon (Christchurch).

The Bowl final was another close affair. Dene Futcher and Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East) won 13-12 against Neville and Stefany Frost (Dunedin City).

Final results

It wouldn't be a Midwinter without a visit from the local wildlife.

Bob McCarthy

29 May 2015

Bob McCarthy with Trans Tasman Trophy

It is with sadness that we report the death yesterday of Bob McCarthy from the Otaki club.

Bob was frequent competitor on the Wellington scene and also a qualified umpire.

Bob was a member of the NZ Senior team to play against Australia in the Trans Tasman match in 2013 (Teralba) and 2014 (Rotorua).

In 2011 Bob, with regular Doubles partner Margaret Mordecai, won the Wellington Doubles Championship. Bob represented Wellington nine times in inter-region matches: Chanticleer Cup (2013-14), Haines Cup (2011-12-13), Southern Open Tri-Star (2013) and Southern Senior Tri-Star (2011-12-13).

Bob was recognised as the Male Senior Player of the Year in both 2011-12 and 2013-14 at the Wellington Regional Awards.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Jan and family.