News Archive - January 2014

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National Rankings

4 January 2014

Georgio Vakauta has been joined by David Lippard at the top of the end-of-year National Rankings following his two national championship wins in 2013.

Joanne Lippard is the top ranked female player and Bob Bridge the top ranked Senior.

The decision by the PNZ Board to drastically reduce the number of teams qualifying for the Plate and Trophy divisions has deflated the points available. In 2012, the twentieth ranked player had an average of 13.50, this year it is 10.00. The major impact is that ranking points are used to determine the seedings for the draw on the first day of qualifing at the national championships.

Points of note are:

PNZ National Rankings - Top 20 players
 Nov 13Nov 12
Vakauta, GeorgioVikings23.001=23.001
Lippard, DavidHerne Bay23.001=20.805
Fletcher, AllanHerne Bay21.00321.333
Swaney, RichardHerne Bay20.00420.007=
Noel, AndreVikings19.60522.002
Bridge, BobMasterton17.67616.6713
Fouquet, ChristianHerne Bay17.60721.204
Purcell, JuniorVikings17.3389.3331=
Lippard, JoanneHerne Bay15.50910.0027
Wilson, ClaireMasterton15.201014.4018
Winnie, DirkPark Avenue15.001120.007=
Rocks, MichaelKhandallah14.001219.009
Strichen, ChristineWanganui East13.601313.6019
Hamilton, PeteWanganui East12.801413.2023
Morris, GraemeMasterton11.671515.0017
Jenkins, PamHerne Bay11.60169.3331=
Simpson, TonyWanganui East11.331713.3321=
Peachey, BillHibiscus Coast11.001816.0014=
Cannon, SharonWanganui East10.0019=12.5024
Pierce, RayHerne Bay10.0019=Not Ranked

Note: The list shows Players who have competed in a minimum of 3 National Championships in the last 2 years.

The official rankings have not been updated recently, but some inspired guess work suggests that this unofficial list should be reasonably accurate.

Otaki New Year Mêlée

5 January 2014

Otaki New Year MêléeOtaki New Year Mêlée

Fifty-two players took part in the Otaki New Year Mêlée and the weather played its part.

Leading scores were:

  1. Clare Loman (Otaki) 4 wins, +32
  2. Carleen Fitzgerald (Horowhenua) 4, +31
  3. Tony Simpson (Wanganui East) 4, +26
  4. Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East) 4, +19
  5. Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East) 4, +14

WPA Regional Triples Championship

6 January 2014

Due to the clash with the Trans Tasman match, the Regional Triples Championship has been rescheduled to 8/9 March at Kapiti.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

8 January 2014

Fourteen teams have entered the Khandallah Mixed Doubles (Sunday, 12 January).

  1. Ian Baine/Jean Baine (Upper Hutt)
  2. Rosemary Barrack/Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua)
  3. Alan Cameron/Trish Smart (Manawatu)
  4. Anne Dawson/Terry Dawson (Kapiti)
  5. Fay Doyle/Harl Stevens (Kapiti)
  6. Brian Frampton/Jo Maxwell (Kapiti)
  7. Don Fraser/Shirley Fraser (Otaki)
  8. Jack Gazzard/Linda Gazzard (Kapiti)
  9. Pete Hamilton/Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East)
  10. Clare Loman/Mike Towart (Otaki)
  11. Jan McHardy/Peter van Heusden (Khandallah)
  12. Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)
  13. Elizabeth Rocks/Michael Rocks (Khandallah)

9 January 2014

Graeme Morris (Masterton) and Susan Norman (Windy Hills) are the fourteenth entry for the Mixed Doubles.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

12 January 2014

Fourteen teams took part in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles. After four rounds, Jack Gazzard/Linda Gazzard and Pete Hamilton/Shirley Selwyn both had 3 wins and one tie. The tournament format of 60 minutes per game, with no extra ends, meant that ties were possible and four occurred in the 35 games played.

The final round saw the top two teams face off against each other. If that match was tied then the following three teams on 3 wins had an opportunity to overtake them down the home straight.

After a close tussle, Jack and Linda claimed the final match 13-12 to win the Khandallah Mixed Doubles for the first time. (Final results)

Khandallah Mixed Doubles #1 Khandallah Mixed Doubles #6

Khandallah Mixed Doubles #3 Khandallah Mixed Doubles #4

Khandallah Mixed Doubles #5 Khandallah Mixed Doubles #2

Kapiti Open Doubles

13 January 2014

Thirty-eight teams have entered the Kapiti Open Doubles (18/19 January). The field includes four-time winner, Brian Smith, and two-time winners Maurice Belz, Sharon Cannon, Myles Cowper, and Pete Hamilton.

  1. Paul Anderson/Tony Simpson (Wanganui East)
  2. Maurice Belz (Bay View)/Bob Bridge (Masterton)
  3. David Bosley/Barbara Lucas (Napier City)
  4. Brian Bradburn/Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)
  5. Ted Burr/Joan Judd (Otaki)
  6. Ian Calder/Rex Hayes (Kapiti)
  7. Eddie Campbell (Kapiti)/Clare Loman (Otaki)
  8. Sharon Cannon/Peter Hamilton (Wanganui East)
  9. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper (Manawatu)
  10. Myles Cowper (Hataitai)/Michael Rocks (Khandallah)
  11. Anne Dawson/Brett Maguire (Kapiti)
  12. Krissy Dinniss/Dene Futcher (Wanganui East)
  13. Fay Doyle/Harl Stevens (Kapiti)
  14. Erica Drake/Richard Lawson (Kapiti)
  15. Diane Fletcher/Barbara Nicholls (Park Avenue)
  16. Helen-Mary Foley/Julie McDougall (Kapiti)
  17. Jill Forsdick/Beth Mills (Kapiti)
  18. Brian Frampton (Kapiti)/Steve Frampton (Park Avenue)
  19. Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East)/Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)
  20. David Gatchell/Lew Gill (Horowhenua)
  21. Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford (Kapiti)
  22. Dez Grant/Sarah-Jane Wright (St George)
  23. Simon Grant/Enoka Smiler (Park Avenue)
  24. Sue Gurr (Wanganui East)/Sandy MacDonald (Horowhenua)
  25. Barb Johnston/Murray Johnston (Masterton)
  26. Shirley MacDonald (Horowhenua)/Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)
  27. Robin Mann/Tommy Werry (Park Avenue)
  28. Jo Maxwell/Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  29. Bob McCarthy (Otaki)/Peter van Heusden (Khandallah)
  30. Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)
  31. Bev MacKay/Brian MacKay (Kapiti)
  32. Joan Miller/Ralph Priddle (Masterton)
  33. Graeme Morris (Masterton)/Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East)
  34. Sheryl Parslow/Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East)
  35. Jan Poland/Yvonne Reeks (Kapiti)
  36. Murray Porter (Bay View)/Brian Smith (Masterton)
  37. Pat Scholes/Lynne Shepherd (Kapiti)
  38. Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)/Claire Wilson (Masterton)

What Happens Next?

15 January 2014

The following situation occurred several times in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles.

Team A points their first boule close to the cochonnet. Team B shoots the holding boule and both boules end up off the piste. Who plays next?

Article 15

If after shooting or pointing no boules are left on the designated playing area, the arrangements concerning a dead end as defined in Article 28 apply.

Article 28

When the two closest boules to the jack belong to opposing teams and are at an equal distance from it, 3 cases can apply:

  1. If the two teams have no more boules to play the end is dead and the jack belongs to the team which threw the jack at the preceding end.
  2. If only one team has boules at its disposition, it plays them and scores as many points as it has boules closer to the jack than the nearest opponent's boule.
  3. If both teams have boules at their disposition, it is for the team which played the last boule to play again, then the opposing team, and so on alternately until the point belongs to one of them. When only one team possesses boules, the arrangements set out in the preceding paragraph apply.

If, after completion of the end, no boules remain within the boundary of the authorised playing area, the end is null and void.

Option 3, applies in this case. Team B plays next, followed by Team A.

A very good summary of the point nul or Undecided Point appears on the Petanque Rules website.

Kapiti Open Doubles

18 January 2014

Three teams were undefeated on the opening day of the Kapiti Open Doubles: Murray Porter/Brian Smith, Graeme Morris/Shirley Selwyn and Kevin McFadgen/Shirley Selwyn.

Qualifying ranking

Kapiti Open Doubles

19 January 2014

As so often happens, the leading teams from Saturday's qualifying round struggled in the morning round and dropped out of contention for the main prize.

The Trophy final saw six-ranked Maurice Belz/Bob Bridge up against thirteenth-ranked Myles Cowper/Michael Rocks. In the morning round Cowper/Rocks had won a tight match 8-7 after the game finished 7-7 on time.

Progress scores from the final were (Cowper/Rocks score first): 2-0, 3-0, 3-3, 6-3, 9-3, 9-6, 9-9, 9-12, 10-12, 13-12.

The Trophy Consolation was won by Brian Bradburn/Claire Bradburn. The Plate was won by Barbara Johnston/Murray Johnston and the Plate Consolation by Brian Frampton/Steve Frampton.

The Bowl was won by Simon Grant/Enoka Smiler.

Final results

Kapiti Open Doubles #1 Kapiti Open Doubles #7

Kapiti Open Doubles #2 Kapiti Open Doubles #6

Kapiti Open Doubles #3 Kapiti Open Doubles #4 Kapiti Open Doubles #5 Kapiti Open Doubles #8

Pétanque New Zealand

21 January 2014

January 2014 Pétanque New Zealand magazine cover

The January issue of Pétanque New Zealand has been mailed out to subscribers.

The issue includes a profile of the Napier City Pétanque club, and reports on the National Senior Doubles, South Island Singles and Doubles, Devonport Doubles and the Southern Tri-Star match.

To download a subscription form see the PNZ website.

WPA Committee Meeting

30 January 2014

The Agenda for the next Committee meeting (Thursday, 13 February) at Silverstream.

WPA Inter-club competition

31 January 2014

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

Unhappy Cochonnet

31 January 2014

Unhappy Cochonnet

An unhappy cochonnet, upset at missing out on the photograph at the Kapiti Open Doubles.