Minutes of Wellington Pétanque Association Committee Meeting 21 August 2003


Michael Rocks, Brian Smith (Executive)
Margret Fleck, Maureen Wood (Hataitai)
Fay Doyle, Beverley Mason (Kapiti)
Roy Zeier (Khandallah)
Graeme Morris, Ralph Priddle (Masterton)
Tommy Werry (Park Avenue)
Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)
Patrick Smith (Upper Hutt)
Susan Norman, Dean Norman, Neil Dykes (Windy Hills)


Fran Beach (Upper Hutt), John Beard, Lindsay Skinner (Porirua), Kath Alison (Kapiti), Anne Cook (Park Avenue), Louise Sligo (Secretary)

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Minutes of 19 June 2003 be accepted. Moved: M Rocks. Carried

Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.




That the Inwards correspondence be received and the Outwards correspondence be confirmed. Moved: M Rocks. Carried

Treasurer's Report

Brian presented an updated fmancial position that includes the Regional Singles. Affiliation fees have been received from Otaki. The cash position in the bank account stands at $3,128.

In 2004 the due date for affiliation fees will be one month from the date of the AGM. The change will provide the affiliation income at the start of the year rather than end of the year.

Moved: B Smith/C Bradburn. Carried

WPA Open Triples

WPA website

Peter Ball will be retiring in the next few months and moving to Napier. A replacement webmaster, either an individual or a group, will be required. Any interested parties are to contact Michael Rocks.

That a letter of appreciation for his work be sent to Peter Ball. Moved: M Rocks Carried

PNZ Report

The PNZ Committee met in Wellington two weeks ago. A report will appear in the next issue of the magazine. Highlights of the meeting included:

Allocation of national championships

From 2005, the tournaments have been allocated to regions rather than having clubs/regions bid for hosting rights. The Wellington and Auckland regions will have one tournament each year and the third tournament will alternate between the Central region and the South Island.

National Triples

The winning team will no longer represent NZ at the World Championship. Starting in 2004, a national training squad will be formed and teams for the Trans-Tasman, Oceania, World Championship etc. will be chosen from the squad. An initial 56 players, including 15 from Wellington, will be asked if they wish to join the squad. Regions will be asked to nominate other players for inclusion.

PNZ Tenth Anniversary

Details on a Pétanque week will be in the next magazine. Regions will be asked to think of ways to promote the sport.

Arbiter course

Following on from the Coaching course run earlier this year, PNZ and Pétanque Australia are in negotiations to bring out International Arbiter Mike Pegg from England to run a series of Arbiter seminars.

NZ at the World Championships

NZ finished lower down the rankings despite winning more games than last year. This was primarily a consequence of qualifying for the second round via the repecharge rather than directly from round one.

General Business

Inter-region match

The proposed date may be a problem for Hawke's Bay. Details on how the team will be determined will be announced shortly.

2004 tournament calendar

A draft calendar and a paper on options for the winter league and inter-club was circulated by M Rocks. Clubs are to review and a decision will be made at the October meeting.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy draw

The loser of the September challenge (Masterton or Upper Hutt) will challenge in March 2004.

October - Kapiti
November - Park Avenue
December/January - not held
February - Hataitai
March - Masterton/Upper Hutt
April - Porirua
May - Silverstream
June - Khandallah

The Clash

To be held in Christchurch 27/28 September

Based on the results of the Winter League doubles, and the exclusion of the top 10 rated players, invitations are to be sent to Margret Fleck, Pat Robinson (Hataitai), Claire Wilson (Masterton), Tony Millar, Peter van Heusden (Khandallah), Fay Doyle, Rex Hayes, Shirley Hayes, Jan McHardy, Pat Scholes and Harl Stevens (Kapiti) to make up the team of six players.

Clubs will be asked to nominate further players to fill any shortfall.

The sponsors are providing $600 towards the cost of travel and the WPA is contributing $300.


A "Train the Trainers" seminar will be run at Kapiti on 20 September from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Details will be sent out in the next few days. All clubs will be asked to send a representative. The seminar will focus on the material that came from the Australian clinic. Brian Smith and Bernadette Lawton will be leading the seminar.

New club

Neil Dykes spoke about the formation of a new club, Windy Hills. The club will be based initially in Churton Park but may move to Chaffers Park once the City Council's new pistes are built. The club is initially targeting social players who don't want to join a formal club. Once they are hooked then they will introduce them to the region's competitions.

That the application by the Windy Hills Petanque Club to affiliate to the WPA be approved. Moved: M Rocks/B Smith

After a general discussion on the nature of the club and what the WPA expects of members, the motion was put and carried.

Wanganui Pétanque Club

There has been an informal approach from the Wanganui club to affiliate to the WPA. At the time it was declined because they were considered part of the Central Region. The PNZ Committee have advised that they have no objections to the Wanganui clubs affiliating to the WPA. Contact will be made with the Wanganui clubs to let them know about the coaching seminar.

Regional Singles debrief

Feed back on the new format was positive. It will be used at the National Singles later this month and the Regional Doubles and National Doubles in October. Players will be reminded to check the recorded scores as a mistake meant that another player was relegated to the Plate competition. An option in future may be to simply swap players rather than redo the draw, assuming the mistake is picked up prior to play starting.

Winter League Doubles debrief

Patrick raised an issue where time limits had been imposed on the first four games, but there was no limit on the final round game. If time limits are to be used then they should be used consistently.

Louise Sligo