News Archive - July 2015

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Manawatu Bastille Day + Hip-Op Plus Day

6 July 2015

Due to a lack of entries the Manawatu Hip-Op event has been cancelled.

WPA Committee Meeting

9 July 2015

The agenda for the next WPA Committee meeting to be held at the Otaki Pétanque club on Saturday, 11 July.

Wellington Representative Team

13 July 2015

The Wellington Development team to play against Auckland for the Chanticleer Cup is:


Steve Frampton (Hataitai), Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East), Kevin McFadgen (Kapiti), Barbara Nicholls (Hataitai), Tony Simpson (Wanganui East), Alan Taylor (Kapiti).

The reserves are: Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti), Trish Smart (Manawatu).


Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua), Tony Gatford (Kapiti), Lew Gill (Horowhenua), Margaret Mordecai (Otaki), Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East), Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East).

The reserve is: Eddie Campbell (Kapiti).

We have decided to go with the use of substitutions for this match as a trial to see if it works for Wellington and then we will assess if it is worthwhile continuing in the future.

The match against the Auckland Development team will be held at the Manawatu Pétanque club on 22-23 August.

Graeme Morris

WPA Committee Meeting

19 July 2015

The draft minutes from the WPA Committee meeting held at the Otaki Pétanque club on Saturday, 11 July 2015.

Kapiti Midwinter Mêlée

26 July 2015

At a recent forum which allowed members to put forward ideas, thoughts and concerns, the subject of a three game competition was raised. There were members who felt that they were unable to enter into some competitions because of the number of games they had to play.

At the last committee meeting, the idea was discussed, along with the topic of the usual annual midwinter celebration.

Simple solution. Combine a three game melee with a pot luck mid winter lunch to follow.

Our club captain, Brian Frampton organised the tournament which was held on 16 July. The weather was kind to us although very cold and the tournament started on time, with due ceremony and I have to say, with much laughter.

The competition was fierce, with cries of anguish and of glee. The pomp and ceremony was absent, how could there be any with people attired in gumboots, woolly hats and various garments to ward off the cold wind.

After the three games were played, we all moved into the clubhouse to sample the bounty that each member had provided. It was a great spread, catering to everyone's digestive system.

The winners of the first three game melee were:

  1. Ian Calder
  2. Graham Hooper
  3. Tony Gatford

And a handsome trio they are, too.

Once the accolades were over, Jo Maxwell, our club President, introduced our guest, Nigel Hopkins, the morning host for our local radio station, BeachFM.

Nigel has been a champion of our local sports clubs, including Kapiti Pétanque club.

In recognition of this, he was presented with the WPA's 2014-15 Media Award certificate.

Marlene Barker
Kapiti Pétanque

New Zealand International Open

26 July 2015

The twentieth edition of the NZ International Open will be held at the Herne Bay Pétanque club over Auckland Anniversary weekend (30-31 January 2016).

The tournament comprises two events: the Open Triples and a Women's Doubles. Participants come from Australia, New Caledonia and Tahiti. Some years have also included players from England and France.

All players in NZ, whether national champion or novice club player, should attend the Open at least once in their playing careers. For any player with ambitions to play on the international stage, then the Open should be considered mandatory.

With a prize fund of $8,000 there are quite a few reasons to consider taking part in 2016. As an added incentive, the winning team in the 2015 Wellington Open Triples will have their entry paid to the NZ Open Triples.

In 2013 Allan Fletcher, Charles Peni and Richard Swaney became the first NZ team to win the Open Triples. Thankfully the game was captured on video as it remains one of the best games of petanque played in NZ.