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Chanticleer Cup match

27 August 2016

After the first day’s play, the Auckland Development team leads their Wellington counterparts by 39 points to 21. There are still plenty of points on offer on Sunday.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

22 August 2016

Masterton's second defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge trophy was away to Manawatu. The last time the two sides met, Masterton recorded a narrow win (5-4) to regain the Trophy. This time the winning margin was 6-3 to Masterton.

Masterton's next match will be away to Upper Hutt.

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PNZ National Singles Championship

22 August 2016

The entry form for the PNZ National Singles Championship (1/2 October 2016) at Panmure Pioneers, Auckland is now available.

WPA Inter-club competition

21 August 2016

Results from the first day of the Inter-club competition.

Wanganui East Mêlée

19 August 2016

Christine Strichen presenting
Sharon Cannon with her prize.

Forty-four players took part in the Wanganui East Mêlée last weekend. The format was five rounds of 45 minute games.

There were three players on 5 wins. Sharon Cannon (Wanganui East) was first on tie-break from Shirley MacDonald (Otaki) and Wayne Goodman (Wanganui East). Prizes were awarded down to twentieth place.

The Wanganui East club wish to thank the Manawatu and Otaki players for their support.

Kapiti Anniversary

16 August 2016

Some of the attendees at the dinner.

One hundred and thirteen members, former members, supporters and guests attended the Kapiti Pétanque club’s 20th Anniversary dinner on Saturday at the Paraparaumu Beach Bowling Club.

It was a great night and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Photo Board.
Beverley Mason cutting the anniversary cake.

Trans Tasman

11 August 2016

Another video from the 2016 Trans Tasman match played in Alexandra.

It is from Round 2, a Women's Triples game featuring Kapiti's Annick Le Guen.

WPA Regional Singles Championship

10 August 2016

The entry form for the WPA Regional Singles Championship (18/19 September 2016) at Horowhenua is now available.

Wanganui East Open Triples

9 August 2016

The video of the 2014 Wanganui East Open Triples final is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel. A small portion of the game was lost due to the camera battery running out.

Trans Tasman

8 August 2016

Video from the 2016 Trans Tasman match played in Alexandra.

The game is from Round 7, Mixed Triples.

WPA Inter-club competition

5 August 2016

Hi everyone, this is to confirm postponement of tomorrows rounds 1 and 2 of the interclub due to very cold and wet weather.

The postponed rounds 1 and 2 will now be played on 20 August at the venues listed for rounds 1 and 2 i.e. Manawatu in the west and Upper Hutt in the east. Rounds 3 and 4 (west) and round 3 (east) will now be played on 11 September and round 5 for west will be played on 8 October. A new date for the finals day will be advised in due course.

It is a shame to postpone but we want to enjoy the day and not endure excessively wet and cold weather.

Cheers Graeme

Central Districts Tournament

3 August 2016

Wanganui East players receiving the Central Districts shield
Wanganui East players receiving the Central Districts Shield from Sue Gurr.

First established in 2007, the Central Districts tournament is an annual competition between the Horowhenua, Manawatu, Otaki and Wanganui East clubs.

The clubs play for the Central Districts Shield, which was donated by Sue Gurr of the Wanganui East club.

The event is hosted by the previous year’s winner and this year’s tournament was held at Wanganui East. The format was 6 rounds of 45 minute games for teams of 8 players.

Each round, one person would play Singles, four would play Doubles and the remaining 3 would play Triples. The person playing Singles would change each round.

The first round had driving rain, thunder, lightning, hail and a howling wind. The weather did improve to just a howling, freezing wind.

After five rounds, Wanganui East had an unassailable lead, so it was decided to skip the last round.

Wanganui East have now won the competition seven times with Otaki having won it twice.

WPA Committee Meeting

30 July 2016

The draft minutes from the Committee Meeting held on 14 July 2016.

Representative team

30 July 2016

The Auckland Development team to play Wellington for the Chanticleer Cup is:


Jean-Pascal Cuer, Steve Lawry, Ena Manuireva, Andre Noel, Thierry Pannetier, Selwyn Sainty. The reserve is Adelys Taraunu.


Francoise Case, Tumua Faitele, Grant Gardiner, Diana Glamuzina, Seti Mailei, Angela Maxted. The reserves are Glen Glamuzina and Tony Irvine.

The match will be played at the Herne Bay Pétanque club on 27-28 August.

Tournament Calendar

30 July 2016

With the start of the new season on 1 September, the links from the website have been updated. The current season link will point to the 2016-17 calendar, last season will point to the 2015-16 calendar, and next season will point to the 2017-18 season.

The 2014-15 calendar (previously last season) has been archived.

NZ International Open 2017

30 July 2016

The 2017 NZ International Open (Triples and Women's Doubles) will be held over Waitangi weekend rather than Auckland Anniversary weekend.

Kapiti Bastille Day Mêlée

28 July 2016

Bastille Day was celebrated a week late because of a clash of events on the actual day. It was, nonetheless, enjoyed by those who entered into the spirit of the day.

The format was a 3 game mêlée, with twenty players participating. At the end of play, the winner, fittingly, was Annick Le Guen. Second was Dave Kitchener, with Colleen Hooper third.

Tony Gatford
Tony Gatford at the Mêlée

Tony Gatford turned up trumps in his wonderfully original outfit and made sure that the morning's competition went off without a hitch.

Graham Hooper was his able assistant, giving out Freddo Frogs to those he thought were worthy of them.

The first two of the three games were played, pausing only for a brief wetting of the whistles, before being called back for the third and final game of the competition.

There were two drop outs, but Graham and Tony duly stepped into the breach and played with gusto.

The third game completed, we shared a pot luck lunch.

It was a fantastic spread as usual and it was so great to sit and talk and just enjoy each other's company.

Jo Maxwell and Graham Hooper

Graham Hooper was presented with his Kapiti Pétanque club Life Membership plaque by Past President, Jo Maxwell.

Report and Photos: Marlene Barker.

PNZ National Mixed Doubles Championship

27 July 2016

PNZ have announced the inaugural National Mixed Doubles Championship to be held in Christchurch (6/7 May 2017).

Khandallah Open Singles

25 July 2016

With the new season starting on 1 September, why not take the opportunity to brush up on your Singles skills before the Inter-club finals and the Regional and National Singles.

The entry form for the Khandallah Open Singles (10 September 2016) is now available.

Kapiti Memorial Mêlée

24 July 2016

The entry form for the Kapiti Memorial Mêlée (25 September 2016) is now available.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

17 July 2016

Manawatu's first ever Jacques Cochonnet defence was away to perennial Trophy holders Masterton.

Down 2-4 after two rounds Manawatu needed to win all three third round games to retain the Trophy. Masterton won the Triples and so claimed the Trophy for the nineth time.

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WPA Committee Meeting

4 July 2016

The agenda for next WPA Committee Meeting to be held at the Kapiti Pétanque clubrooms on Thursday, 14 July starting at 7:30 pm.

WPA Annual General Meeting

4 July 2016

The draft minutes from the Annual General Meeting held on 18 June.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

2 July 2016

Manawatu players with Jacques
Ian Bailey, Noeline Corley, David Smart, Roger Ball, Ron Sandilands
and Marc Khull with the Jacques Cochonnet trophy

With their win last month against Silverstream, Kapiti equalled their longest winning run in the Jacques Cochonnet. Their opponents in their latest match were Manawatu, who in 10 previous matches had yet to win a challenge.

However, this time round things went better for Manawatu. In the first round they won all 3 games which meant they only had to win two of the remaining six games.

With Kapiti winning just the Doubles game in round 2, Manawatu won the two games they needed to win the Trophy for the first time.

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4 July 2016

Manawatu make the local newspaper with their first Jacques Cochonnet win.

Representative team

27 June 2016

The Wellington Development team to play Auckland for the Chanticleer Cup is:


Steve Frampton (Kapiti), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Shirley MacDonald (Otaki), Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti), Tony Simpson (Wanganui East), Alan Taylor (Kapiti).

The Reserves are: Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti), Trish Smart (Manawatu).


Brian Bradburn (Silverstream) , Tony Gatford (Kapiti), Ann Hogg (Otaki), Marc Khull (Manawatu), Barbara Nicholls (Otaki), Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East).

Ann Hogg and Marc Khull will be making their Wellington debut.

Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée

23 June 2016

The entry form for the Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée (13 November 2016) is now available.

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

15 April 2016

The entry form for the Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles (3-4 September 2016) is now available.

This will be the twentieth time the Classic has been run. Previous winners