News Archive - January 2009

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Park Avenue Doubles

4 January 2009

Twenty-two teams took part in the Park Avenue New Year Doubles.

Yvonne Futcher and Michael Rocks won the Trophy final against Joan Miller and Claire Wilson 13-11.

Rusty and Dirk Winnie along with Jack and Linda Gazzard finished third equal.

Full results

WPA Annual General Meeting

10 January 2009

Happy New Year Everyone

Attached is a Notice for the upcoming WPA Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19 February.

Please think seriously about nominations for Secretary in particular.

Best wishes
Owen Davie

Position of Secretary

11 January 2009

Happy New Year and great Pétanque to you all.

It is most regrettable that Owen is not seeking re-election. As you will all appreciate he has done a great job and has been very helpful to me in particular.

I thought I should draw your attention to a small but important point regarding the position of Secretary - it is not necessary for the Secretary and President to be living in close proximity, they do however need to have email access. Please encourage your members to consider this position as we do not want to have to put someone else in the same position as we did to Owen last year when I asked him over the phone!

I look forward to seeing many of you at Kapiti


WPA - Where to from here?

12 January 2009

What is the most appropriate model to run a sport in 2009?

But what of the WPA? Do we need to change how we do things? With the Annual General Meeting coming up, Michael Rocks opens the debate.

Kapiti Open Doubles

15 January 2009

Forty-two teams have entered the Kapiti Open Doubles which will be played this weekend at Paraparaumu. The field includes one team from the South Island, Keith Dixon and Christine Taylor, and one player from overseas, Alain Grailhe (Moissac, France).

Previous tournament winners

Changes to the Playing Rules

16 January 2009

The FIPJP Congress meeting during the World Championships in Dakar, Senegal, last November ratified the adoption of several changes to the Official Rules of the Game of Pétanque.

Note: At this stage a date for their adoption by PNZ has not been announced.

In summary, the changes appear to be:

The new FIPJP Official Rules of Pétanque (not archived).

Kapiti Open Doubles

18 January 2009

Forty-two teams took part in the ninth annual Kapiti Doubles held over Wellington anniversary weekend. Included in the field were two overseas entrants and teams from Auckland, Christchurch, Hawke's Bay and the greater Wellington region.

Myles Cowper and Pete Hamilton beat Maurice Belz and Ron Sandilands 13-12 in an absorbing final to win the Olive Shop Cup.

Full Results

World Championships Scheduling

20 January 2009

Information on the FIPJP website is rather limited, but from reports on the English Pétanque Association and Scottish Pétanque Association websites there will not be a Senior World Championship in 2009 following the Netherlands withdrawal as host.

Presumably the cost of staging a world championship has finally forced FIPJP to review the frequency and format of the three world championships. Since 1971 the Senior championship has been held annually, while the Junior (under 18) and Women's championships have been run in alternate years since 1987. Over the years the number of attendees has increased and with the host federation paying for the accommodation and meals during the tournament, the cost has meant that fewer federations are in a position to stage a championship.

The next Senior Championship will be held every even-numbered year starting in 2010 (possibly Taiwan or Turkey). The Women's championship may be brought forward a year (to 2009) and held in every odd-numbered year. Presumably, the Junior championship will continue in odd-numbered years.

In addition to the change in scheduling, it has also been suggested that the number of entries will be capped at 48, which will require each of the regional associations (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania) to stage a qualification championship in the year prior to each world championship. There is also a suggestion that the Senior championship will no longer be Open, but become a Men's championship.

It is unclear if the French proposal to introduce an Under 23 championship will proceed.

Note: The Junior World championship is scheduled for 2-4 October in Tunisia.

Inter-club draw

20 January 2009

The draw for the 2009 Inter-club competition is now available. Any questions/concerns, please contact Graeme Morris.

National Senior Representative players

20 January 2009

The players who are still available for selection for the New Zealand Senior team to play Australia in May are:


Marilyn Bunce (Alexandra), Diane Findlay (Christchurch), Margaret Maher (Northcote), Joan Miller (Masterton), Sue Neilson (Rotorua), Jean Parley (Stanley Bay), Marjorie Vincent (Papanui).


Brian Bradburn (Silverstream), Bob Bridge (West End), Colin Bunce (Alexandra), Keith Dixon (Westminster), Andrew Findlay (Christchurch), Ron Hann (Christchurch), Rex Hayes (Kapiti), Arnold Lander (Rotorua), Graeme Morris (Masterton), Trevor Neilson (Rotorua), Paul O'Connor (Herne Bay), Charles Parley (Stanley Bay), Bill Peachey (Hibiscus Coast), Malcolm Pfhalert (Christchurch), Ralph Priddle (Masterton).

WPA Annual General Meeting

24 January 2009

Notice for the upcoming WPA Annual General Meeting on Thursday 19 February.

Wellington Senior Representative team availability

31 January 2009

A correction to the previous notice.

A Senior (Over 60) inter-region competition along the lines of the Southern Triangular has been proposed for the weekend of 18 & 19 April, with the inaugural event to be held in Christchurch. Each Representative team comprises six players.

Note: This event has yet to be sanctioned by the WPA.

The Open team event will be held in Wellington on 28 & 29 November.

Inter-club Results

31 January 2009

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