News Archive - April 2008

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PNZ National Triples

6 April 2008

Thirty teams from around the country took part in the National Triples held over the weekend at the Herne Bay club in Auckland. At the end of Sunday, Christian Fouquet, Andre Noel and Georgio Vakauta were crowned National Champions after beating Clive Bartleet, Clem Boer and Charles Brock 13-4 in the final.

The Napier Plate was won by Seti Mailei, Jean-Luc Nonu and Ruby Vakauta who beat the southern team of Colin Bunce, Marilyn Bunce and Neville Frost.

Full results

Jacques Cochonnet Challenge

6 April 2008

Masterton successfully passed their first defensive test when they comfortably beat Upper Hutt by 9 games to nil. Masterton's next defence is home to Wanganui East.

Results (Masterton names first)
Singles: Joan Miller vs. Elaine Hunt 13-6, 13-9, 13-11;
Doubles: Murray Johnston/Ralph Priddle vs. Mike Kennedy/Jeanne Zee 13-1, 13-3, 13-12;
Triples: Graeme Burnard/Barb Johnston/Claire Wilson vs. Colin/Gooch/Sheryl Gooch/Patrick Smith 13-1, 13-3, 13-0;

Tournament history

Trans Tasman match

8 April 2008

The sixth annual Trans-Tasman match will be played at the Christchurch Pétanque club in North Hagley Park in Christchurch this weekend (12 & 13 April).

In the Open section, Australia leads 3-2 after wins in Clareville (2004), Sydney (2005) and Melbourne (2007). New Zealand recorded wins in Melbourne (2003) and Levin (2006).

The Senior section was added in 2005 and after three series, Australia leads 2-1 after each team won at home.

The Australian teams are:


Women: Sue Begley, Arianne Ernest, Kate Mangan, Eilleen Marie, Shirley Marshall, Jacqueline Nemorin
Men: David Bossua, Sebastien Edouard, Michael Lacase, Eric Leconte, Pierrot Lubin, Denis Masson
Manager: Jean Francois Veyssiere


Women: Rolande Bernard, Judith Brown, Arlette Figon, Valmai Nicoll, Judy Porra, Minouche Rouselle
Men: France Blackburn, Santiaco Mayor, Mike Mulvihill, Rene Thibault, Dave Ward, Brett Williams
Coach: Neil Brown, Manager: Sue Williams

The New Zealand teams are:


Women: Claire Bradburn, Lorraine Gibbons, Helene Hay, Jayne Heron, Monica Smiler, Sarah-Jane Wright
Men: Clem Boer, Christian Fouquet, Harry Gosselman, David Lippard, Andre Noel, Dirk Winnie
Manager: Alan Heron, Team Captain: Dirk Winnie


Women: Kath Alison, Diane Findlay, Margaret Maher, Joan Miller, Sue Neilson, Jean Parley
Men: Kaye Alison, Bob Bridge, Andrew Findlay, Rex Hayes, Trevor Neilson, Malcolm Pfhalert
Coach/Manager: Murray Porter

The match format is:
Open: three rounds Doubles, two rounds Triples (both days)
Senior: two rounds Triples, three rounds Doubles (Saturday), two rounds mixed Triples, three rounds mixed Doubles (Sunday)

Doubles matches are worth 2 points and Triples matches 3 points. Each day there are 60 points available and the match will be awarded to the team who gains at least 61 points. In the event of a tie (60-60) the match will be declared drawn.



8:00 am - Teams assemble
8:15 am - Powhiri
9:00 am - Player briefing by Umpire followed by warmup
9:30 am - Play commences


8:30 am - Player warmup
9:00 am - Play commences

Trans Tasman match

12 April 2008

At the end of Day 1, New Zealand leads Australia in both the Open match (36-24) and the Senior match (39-21). There are 60 points available in each match on Day 2, so there is still lots to play for.

Results Day 1

WPA Interclub

12 April 2008

Results from Day 2

Trans Tasman match

13 April 2008

New Zealand wrapped up both Trans Tasman events in convincing fashion. In the Senior section, the match was stopped after 8 rounds with NZ leading Australia 72-24. Australia had a bad day at the office, only winning one game.

In the Open section, it took an extra round with New Zealand winning 69-39.

The matches are now tied 3-3 (Open) and 2-2 (Seniors).

Final Results

WPA Women's Singles Championship

26 April 2008

Margaret Mordecai (Otaki) is the new Women's Singles Champion after she defeated Tommy Werry (Park Avenue) 13-11 in the final. Full results.

WPA Committee Meeting

27 April 2008

The Agenda for the WPA Meeting this Thursday is attached. I had hoped to get it out earlier. I have set out correspondence and matters arising known to me, and it would be appreciated if the delegate most involved would speak to the item concerned (briefly please as there is a long agenda to get through).

If there is anything missed, please raise it on the night. I have also set out a full list of upcoming events for the year so that the venue and dates are known. Of course, there might be additions as time goes by.

If you could identify yourselves when speaking, that would help me immensely until I get to know who you are. Thanks.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday at Silverstream.

Owen Davie
WPA Secretary

Khandallah Open Triples

27 April 2008

Anne Cook, Catherine Maher and Christophe Vesse (Hataitai) won the rescheduled Khandallah Open Triples. Full results

Regional Player Rankings

29 April 2008

People like lists. People also like ranking things. Ergo we have ranking lists!

Who are the strongest players in the Wellington region? We could probably agree on the top 5, but what about the top 10, or 20 or even 50?

In the absence of a perfomance based system (such as ELO ratings, where you gain more points from beating stronger opponents), perhaps it is time to review the Regional seeding list.

An alternative Ranking list. Comments are welcome.