News Archive - September 2014

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September 2014

Horowhenua Pétanque is the featured club for the month of September.

WPA Women's Doubles

1 September 2014

Eighteen teams entered the WPA Women's Doubles at Otaki on Saturday. After four rounds of qualifying, the teams were seeded for the knockout stage.

In the Trophy final, Joan Miller and Shirley Selwyn beat Claire Bradburn and Monica Smiler 13-2. The Plate final was won by Erica Drake and Catherine Maher, who beat Val Clark and Joan Judd 13-7.

The Bowl final was won by Robin Mann and Tommy Werry, 13-5 winners over Glenys Reeves and Marlene Trembath.

WPA Women's Triples

1 September 2014

Ten teams took part in the WPA Women's Triples at Otaki on Sunday. The format was again four rounds of qualifying, followed by a knockout.

The Trophy final was won by Yvonne Futcher, Barb Johnston, and Annick Le Guen who beat Shirley MacDonald, Margaret Mordecai, and Sheryl Parslow 13-10.

Linda Gazzard, Robin Mann, and Tommy Werry won the Plate, 13-8 over Val Clark, Shirley Fraser, and Joan Judd. The Bowl was won by Claire Bradburn, Lynne Shepherd, and Judith Williamson who beat Christine Daykin, Ann Dowds, and Trish Smart 13-3.

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

4 September 2014

Twenty-seven teams have entered this weekend's Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles at the Napier City Pétanque club.

  1. Maurice Beltz/Peter Hamilton
  2. LeeAnn Bird/Sue Gurr
  3. David Bosley/Barbara Lucas
  4. Bob Bridge/Lee Taffard
  5. Cheryl Broock/Trevor Neilson
  6. Stewart Burnett/Pam Fuller
  7. Sharon Cannon/Yvonne Futcher
  8. Sandy Carston/Eddie King
  9. Myles Cowper/Michael Rocks
  10. Vicky Cox/Robert Wilson
  11. Bernice Devinie/Deanna Lamason
  12. Sarah Falkner/Gordon Ogden
  13. Marie Fenton/Gerard Flaschner
  14. Dave Gatchell/Lew Gill
  15. Dez Grant/Sarah Jane Wright
  16. Grant Hackett/Janet Hackett
  17. Ian Hay/Robyn Johnson
  18. John Hudson/Josie Parkin
  19. Simon Hurley/Dean Norman
  20. Barb Johnston/Murray Johnston
  21. Jonathan Kerr/Pam Nicholson
  22. Ann Leighton/Charles Leighton
  23. John Maxwell/Michael Rouse
  24. Joan Miller/Ralph Priddle
  25. Susan Norman/Shirley Selwyn
  26. Murray Porter/Brian Smith
  27. Tony Simpson/Richard Turfrey

Richard Lawson

7 September 2014

Richard Lawson, WPA Male Player of the Year, 2011-12

It is with sadness that we report the death yesterday of Richard Lawson of the Hataitai club. Richard was a regular participant in Regional and National events.

Richard took part in two Chanticleer Cup matches against Auckland, two Haines Cup matches against Hawke's Bay and two Tri-Star matches.

Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from this year's Chanticleer Cup match.

In the 2011-12 Regional Awards, Richard was named Male Player of the Year.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Richard's family.

Richard's funeral will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, 12 September at the Cocburn Street Chapel, Corner of Onepu Road and Cockburn Street, Kilbirnie.

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

8 September 2014

Fifty-four players from around the North Island took part in the eighteenth Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles held at the Napier City Pétanque club.

Perhaps it was the due to the scheduled Rugby Championship match in Napier, but the weather was more Winter than Spring like over the weekend.

At the end of Saturday's five qualifying rounds, three teams were undefeated: John Hudson and Josie Parkin; Maurice Beltz and Peter Hamilton; and, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks.

Sunday saw the top 16 teams compete in four pools of four, with the top two teams progressing to the Trophy knockout and the bottom two taking part in the Plate. The remaining 11 teams took part in the Bowl competition.

By the end of Sunday only Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks remained undefeated. In the Trophy final, they beat last year's winner Dez Grant and Sarah-Jane Wright 13-3.

In the Plate final, Horowhenua clubmates Dave Gatchell and Lew Gill beat Barbara and Murray Johnston of Masterton.

In the Bowl final, Grant and Janet Hackett of Auckland's West End club beat the Napier team of Dave Bosley and Barbara Lucas.

Final results

Kapiti 3-Boules Triples Charity Mêlée

11 September 2014

Forty-eight players have entered the Kapiti Pétanque Charity Mêlée in support of the Wellington Free Ambulance on Sunday, 14 September.

  1. Stuart Allingham (Kapiti)
  2. Rangi Ankins (Horowhenua)
  3. Ian Bailey (Manawatu)
  4. Ian Baine (Upper Hutt)
  5. Jean Baine (Upper Hutt)
  6. Marlene Barker (Kapiti)
  7. Eddie Campbell (Kapiti)
  8. Yvonne Chandler (Horowhenua)
  9. Barry Cody (Kapiti)
  10. David Corley (Manawatu)
  11. Noeline Corley (Manawatu)
  12. Anne Dawson (Kapiti)
  13. Terry Dawson (Kapiti)
  14. Christine Daykin (Manawatu)
  15. Ann Dowds (Manawatu)
  16. Kathy Gatford (Kapiti)
  17. Jack Gazzard (Kapiti)
  18. Linda Gazzard (Kapiti)
  19. Jan Haywood (Horowhenua)
  20. Jan Holloway (Horowhenua)
  21. Graham Hooper (Kapiti)
  22. Bob Horton (Upper Hutt)
  23. Colleen Horton (Upper Hutt)
  24. Cath Hughes (Manawatu)
  25. Marc Khull (Manawatu)
  26. Dave Kichener (Kapiti)
  27. Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)
  28. Les Little (Manawatu)
  29. Bev Mackay (Kapiti)
  30. Brian Mackay (Kapiti)
  31. Brett Maguire (Kapiti)
  32. Jo Maxwell (Kapiti)
  33. Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)
  34. Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti)
  35. Beth Miles (Kapiti)
  36. Doc Murray (Upper Hutt)
  37. Shirley Peard (Horowhenua)
  38. Lynne Shepherd (Kapiti)
  39. David Smart (Manawatu)
  40. Trish Smart (Manawatu)
  41. Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  42. Don Thompson (Manawatu)
  43. Janet Toogood (Manawatu)
  44. Marilyn Trembath (Horowhenua)
  45. Nikki Trotter (Kapiti)
  46. Judith Williamson (Kapiti)
  47. Rex Williamson (Kapiti)
  48. Jeanne Zee (Upper Hutt)

PNZ National Women's Triples

12 September 2014

Twelve teams have entered the first PNZ National Women's Triples of the season, which will be held this weekend in Alexandra.

  1. Maryon Beer (Cromwell)/Kay George (St Kilda)/Mavis Thompson (Timaru T&C)
  2. Shona Birch/Elaine Nicolson-Winter/Mary Race (Southland)
  3. Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)/Margaret Penny (Vikings)/Ann Shields (Epsom)
  4. Marilyn Bunce (Alexandra)/Shirley MacDonald (Horowhenua)/Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)
  5. Sharon Cannon (Bay View)/Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)/Claire Wilson (Masterton)
  6. Athena Douglas/Madeline Kilgour/Helen Stewart (Cromwell)
  7. Stefany Frost (Dunedin City)/Bev Kendall/Aileen Simpson (Caversham)
  8. Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East)/Pam Jenkins/Joanne Lippard (Herne Bay)
  9. Sandra Hay (Alexandra)/Nadine Simpson/Anne Sinclair (Caversham)
  10. Cathryn Lyall/Sarah Lyall/Kathleen Wallace (Dunedin City)
  11. Catherine Maher (Hataitai)/Margaret Maher (Northcote)/Jean Parley (Stanley Bay)
  12. Karen Stephen/Tina Targett/Christine Taylor (Christchurch)

Jacques Cochonnet Challenge match

14 September 2014

Park Avenue's hold on the Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy was shortlived. Their first defence was away at Masterton and unfortunately they were only able to win one of the three games each round.

Final score Park Avenue 3, Masterton 6.

Masterton's first defence will be at home to Horowhenua.

Match result | Tournament history

Kapiti 3-Boules Triples Charity Mêlée

15 September 2014

Playing in the rain at Kapiti

A damp start did not prevent 48 players from turning out for the Kapiti Charity Mêlée in support of Wellington Free Ambulance.

At the end of play, Shirley Peard (Horowhenua) topped the standings with 5 wins (+42 differential) ahead of Annick Le Guen (Kapiti) with 5 wins (+32) and Trish Smart, 4 wins +26.

The Club raised $250 for the Wellington Free Ambulance.

PNZ National Women's Triples

16 September 2014

Maryon Beer, Kay George, and Mavis Thompson won the National Women's Triples Championship held in Alexandra. In the final they beat Cathryn Lyall, Sarah Lyall, and Kathleen Wallace 13-7.

18 September 2014

Final results

WPA Regional Singles Championship

16 September 2014

Thirty-two players have entered the Regional Singles Championship which will be held this weekend at the Horowhenua Pétanque club.

  1. Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)
  2. Grant Bray (Kapiti)
  3. Eddie Campbell (Kapiti)
  4. Morgan Choveaux (Khandallah)
  5. David Corley (Manawatu)
  6. Noeline Corley (Manawatu)
  7. Myles Cowper (Haitaitai)
  8. Steve Frampton (Park Avenue)
  9. Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua)
  10. Tony Gatford (Kapiti)
  11. Lew Gill (Horowhenua)
  12. Peter Hamilton (Wanganui East)
  13. Cath Hughes (Manawatu)
  14. Nicolas Jegousse (Upper Hutt)
  15. Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)
  16. Les Little (Manawatu)
  17. Shirley MacDonald (Horowhenua)
  18. Catherine Maher (Haitaitai)
  19. Bob McCarthy (Otaki)
  20. Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti)
  21. Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)
  22. Graeme Morris (Masterton)
  23. Dean Norman (Windy Hills)
  24. Michael Rocks (Khandallah)
  25. Trish Smart (Manawatu)
  26. Enoka Smiler (Park Avenue)
  27. Monica Smiler (Park Avenue)
  28. Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)
  29. Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  30. Don Thompson (Manawatu)
  31. Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East)
  32. Claire Wilson (Masterton)

A Message from Tony about Yvonne

18 September 2014

Firstly, thank you for your kind wishes and thoughts regarding myself and Yvonne. The last five days have been very difficult, a total roller coaster emotionally so it is great to feel the support of everyone who cares about her.

As most of you know Yvonne has been in intensive care in Dunedin hospital following her collapse at the NZ Women's Triples last Saturday night. She has been battling bacterial meningitis and a further CT scan showed that she has also had a stroke. These two major insults to the brain have meant that Yvonne has been in a critical condition and unfortunately remains in a critical condition.

The doctors cannot give us any assurances as to if, or when, she will regain consciousness or come off the respirator, but over the last 24 hours there have been some encouraging signs which give us some hope to hold onto.

The doctors have said that any recovery will be very gradual and it could take some weeks for her to be fully conscious. We all know Yvonne to be a strong determined women and that is just what she needs to get through this.

While in Dunedin I am staying with Neville and Stefany Frost on 03 455 5681 or 021 717 080 and they have offered to deal with phone messages in the short term as I am unable to have my phone on while at the hospital and haven't always felt up to dealing with messages when I leave the hospital.

So thanks again for the support, we will let you know when there is something new to report.

Tony Simpson

WPA Regional Singles Championship

22 September 2014

Thirty-one players took part in the Regional Singles Championship held at the Horowhenua Pétanque club (20/21 September) after a late withdrawal due to illness.

Saturday's format was a five round random draw with games limited to 60 minutes with no extra ends.

On Saturday, the weather at times was terrible. Hail fell during the first round, and strong winds and frequent heavy showers made play rather unpleasant. However, everyone solidered on.

At the end of the first day, defending champion Annick Le Guen, Graeme Morris and Steve Frampton were all undefeated.

Sunday's weather was in complete contrast to Saturday, minimal wind, sunshine and warmth. With the improvement in the weather, so came an improvement in the play.

Sunday saw the top 16 qualifiers split into four pools of four players. After a three rounds of games the top two in each pool qualified for the Championship, while the bottom two qualified for the Plate.

The remaining 15 players were also allocated into four pools. After the three rounds of games, the top two qualified for the Bowl and the bottom two qualified for the Bowl Consolation.

Play in each section then moved to the knockout phase and the time limit was removed. The noise level dropped as things become tense and the game duration, particularly in the Chapionship, increased.

The Championship final saw regular Triples teammates Nick Jegousse and Michael Rocks competing against each other. Michael gained a small early lead and basically maintained it to the end of game, eventually winning 13-10.

The Plate was won by Pete Hamilton from Monica Smiler. The Bowl was won by Christine Strichen from Trish Smart.

The Bowl Consolation was won by Alan Taylor from Bob McCarthy.

A raffle to support Yvonne and Tony raised over $650.

Final results

WPA Regional Seedings

23 September 2014

With his win in the Regional Singles, Michael Rocks has joined Annick Le Guen at the top of the WPA Regional seedings.

Graeme Morris has moved into third place, while Singles runner-up (or vice-Champion as they say in France) Nick Jegousse is in fourth.

Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system

Yvonne is on the mend!

23 September 2014

On behalf of Tony and Yvonne, I am delighted, relieved, excited to let you know that over the last 30 hours Yvonne has made massive gains.

Not only has she regained consciousness, she is moving all parts of her body, able to hear, see and recognise people and is off all breathing support. She has also begun to speak.

While she still has a long way to go and they have advised Tony that recovery will take months, it definitely feels like Yvonne is on her way back.

And the best news … they are flying Yvonne and Tony back to Wanganui Hospital tonight (Tuesday), so she can be closer to family and friends as that is what she needs to help stimulate her brain recovery.

I am so excited to be saying goodbye to them and know that you will all be as relieved and happy as I am and that you will all take good care of them both.

Stefany Frost

WPA Champion of Champions - Singles

28 September 2014

Seven clubs were represented in the Champion of Champions Singles played at Otaki. The number of entries meant that a round-robin format was used.

Steve Frampton, Park Avenue, headed the field with 5 wins from 6 games. In second place was Shirley MacDonald from Horowhenua.

Update on Yvonne

28 September 2014

Yvonne is now back in Wanganui hospital. She arrived here late Tuesday night and improvement in her condition has been considerable since then. She has started to talk more, is moving, and has started eating a little. She will start rehabilitation next week.

Yvonne has had lots of visits from family and friends which is helping to stimulate her recovery. There is a long way to go but she has also come a long way so far.

I would firstly like to thank Stefany and Neville so much for everything they did in Dunedin. Without their support and care in that time I would have been lost.

Thank you to everybody around the country for their love and best wishes.

And I would also like to thank those players at the Wellington Regional Singles who had a fundraiser for Yvonne.

Thank you so much.

I will do another update as Yvonne reaches more milestones.


WPA Committee Meeting

28 September 2014

The draft minutes from the 20 September meeting are now available.

Please note: The next meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 20 November at Silverstream. Items for the agenda (plus their discussion papers) need to be sent to Michael Rocks by 27 October.

Many thanks
Colleen Horton