News Archive - May 2015

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Club of the Month

May 2015

Upper Hutt Pétanque is the featured club for the month of May.

WPA on YouTube

3 May 2015

Wellington Pétanque has launched a channel on YouTube. The first video is the final of the Kapiti Open Doubles held In January.

Stay tuned for more video highlights.

WPA Women's Doubles

4 May 2015

WPA Women's Doubles winners

Nineteen teams took part in the WPA Women's Doubles at Horowhenua on Saturday. Seven rounds of games meant that the finals were played in the dark.

In the Trophy final, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson beat Sharon Cannon and Annick Le Guen 13-11.

The Plate final was won by Claire Bradburn and Monica Smiler who beat Joan Judd and Marilyn Trembath 13-7.

Rosemary Barrack and Carleen Fitzgerald beat Shona Callear and Noeline Corley 13-9 to win the Bowl final.

Final Results Women's Doubles

WPA Women's Triples

4 May 2015

WPA Women's Triples winners

Ten teams took part in the WPA Women's Triples at Horowhenua on Sunday.

Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson made their second Trophy final of the weekend. Accompanied by Sharon Cannon they defeated Kath Alison, Claire Bradburn and Jo Maxwell 13-6.

The Plate final was won by Noeline Corley, Christine Daykin and Trish Smart 13-4 against Joan Miller, Shirley Selwyn and Marilyn Trembath.

Val Clark, Margaget Mordecai and Sheryl Parslow beat Dianne Brunton, Shirley Fraser and Val Long 13-6 to win the Bowl.

Final Results Women's Triples

WPA Regional Triples

7 May 2015

Video of the WPA Regional Triples final played on 15 February has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

This is the final game played at the Park Avenue terrain in Treadwell Street.

Notice of AGM

8 May 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association will be held on Saturday, 13 June 2015 at Silverstream Pétanque Club, Dunns Street, Silverstream starting at 3:00 pm.

Nominations are now requested for the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer. These nominations should be forwarded to The Secretary, 5 Maclean Street, Upper Hutt or by email to by June 11 2015.

Anyone wishing to present remits at the AGM or to add items to the agenda, please forward these to me by Wednesday, 20 May 2015.

Colleen Horton

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

12 May 2015

The first Challenge match of round 21 saw Masterton taking the Trophy over to Manawatu. Unfortunately for Manawatu, the Trophy returned to Masterton in the afternoon. Result

Masterton's next defence is at home to Kapiti.

Murrayfield Open Triples

13 May 2015

Twenty-two teams have entered the Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki on Sunday.

  1. Ian Baine/Jean Baine/Doc Murray (Upper Hutt)
  2. LeeAnn Bird (Wanganui East)/Michele Corney (NA)/Beryl Cowan (Wanganui East)
  3. Shona Callear/David Corley/Marc Khull (Manawatu)
  4. Alan Cameron/Christine Daykin/Trish Smart (Manawatu )
  5. Sharon Cannon/Murray Porter (Bay View)/Brian Smith (Masterton)
  6. Val Clark/Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)/Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East)
  7. John Clarke/Eric Herbert/Dave Wilmshurst (Upper Hutt)
  8. Len Cogger/Bob Joyce/Lynley Watt (Upper Hutt)
  9. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper/Paul Husband (Manawatu)
  10. Erica Drake (Hataitai)/Mike Kennedy (Upper Hutt)/Christopher Vesse (Hataitai)
  11. Don Fraser/Shirley Fraser/Shirley MacDonald (Otaki)
  12. Dene Futcher/Pete Hamilton/Ken Heywood (Wanganui East)
  13. Yvonne Futcher (Wanganui East)/Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)/Tony Simpson (Wanganui East)
  14. Dave Gatchell/Lew Gill (Horowhenua)/Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East)
  15. Jack Gazzard/Linda Gazzard/Harl Stevens (Kapiti)
  16. Jan Holloway (Horowhenua)/Ann Hogg (Otaki)/Glenys Reeves (Horowhenua)
  17. Bob Horton/Colleen Horton/Jeanne Zee (Upper Hutt)
  18. Joan Judd (Otaki)/Marilyn Trembath (Horowhenua)/Tony Trembath (Horowhenua)
  19. Sandy MacDonald/Bob Wilde/Shirley Wilde (Otaki)
  20. Jo Maxwell/Lynne Shepherd/Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  21. Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)/Barbara Nicholls (Hataitai)
  22. Sheryl Parslow/Christine Strichan (Wanganui East)/Claire Wilson (Masterton)

PNZ National Women's Triples

17 May 2015

Video of the PNZ National Women's Triples final played at the Stanley Bay Pétanque club on 8 February has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

The final featured four players from the Wellington region.

Management Committee Job Descriptions

18 May 2015

To All Wellington Pétanque Clubs

With the Wellington Pétanque Association AGM being held in June 2015 the Management committee have completed job descriptions for the three management positions (President, Secretary, Treasurer). These are being sent to the Clubs so they and potential candidates are aware of the duties and responsibilities for these roles.

The Secretary and President position will need to be filled at the June AGM. Colleen Horton is standing down after providing wonderful service to the Association and President has completed his three year term allowable under the Association's constitution.

Can Clubs you please circulate the job descriptions so potential candidates can view the requirements of the roles before putting their application.

Please note it is essential that these two positions are filled at the AGM to enable the smooth running of the Association.

Kevin McFadgen

WPA Regional Team Selectors/Coach

20 May 2015

Applications are invited for up to three Regional Selectors and one Regional Coach. (The Coach may be a Selector.) The closing date for applications is Saturday, 6 June and the appointments will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting on 13 June.

Job Description (31 kB). The appointment is from July 2015 to June 2016.

Applications should be sent to

National Lost Sock Memorial Mêlée

20 May 2015

National Lost Sock Memorial Mêlée winner

Forty-eight players took part in the National Lost Sock Memorial Mêlée run by the Manawatu Pétanque club on 9 May.

Shona Callear from the home club (pictured) finished in first place.

Runner-up was Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua). Linda Gazzard (Kapiti) and Lew Gill (Horowhenua) finished third equal.

Murrayfield Open Triples

22 May 2015

Murrayfield Open Triples winners

Twenty-four teams took part in the Murrayfield Open Triples run by the Otaki Pétanque club on 17 May.

Four teams finished with 5 wins and it was Sharon Cannon, Murray Porter and Brian Smith who took out first place on points differential.

Final results

WPA Regional Awards Nominations

22 May 2015

Nominations have closed for the 2014-15 WPA Regional Awards. The category winners will be announced at the WPA Annual General Meeting. (Nominees)

Voting for the Personality of the Year closes on 7 June 2015.

Masterton Midwinter Doubles

25 May 2015

Twenty-seven teams have entered the Masterton Midwinter Doubles at Clareville this weekend (30/31 May).

  1. Roger Ball/Alan Cameron (Manawatu)
  2. Denise Bavidge/Geoff Greer (Bay View)
  3. Brian Bradburn/Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)
  4. Len Cogger/Bob Joyce (Upper Hutt)
  5. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper (Manawatu)
  6. Noeline Corley/Paul Husband (Manawatu)
  7. Myles Cowper (Hataitai)/Michael Rocks (Khandallah)
  8. Robert Cumming/Rosemarie Cumming (Rotorua)
  9. Christine Daykin/David Corley (Manawatu)
  10. Steve Frampton (Hataitai)/Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  11. Neville Frost/Stephany Frost (Dunedin City)
  12. Dene Futcher/Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East)
  13. Yvonne Futcher/Tony Simpson (Wanganui East)
  14. Dez Grant/Sarah Jane Wright (St George)
  15. Bob Horton/Collen Horton (Upper Hutt)
  16. Andrew Joe (Windy Hills)/Brian Smith (Masterton)
  17. Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)/Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)
  18. Alice Maguigan/Art Vernon (Christchurch)
  19. Robin Mann/Tommy Werry (Park Avenue)
  20. Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)
  21. Doc Murray/Dave Wilmshurst (Upper Hutt)
  22. Barbara Nicholls (Hataitai)/Lee Tafford (Bay View)
  23. Graeme Pilcher (Masterton)/Peter van Heusden (Hataitai)
  24. Brian Ramage/Jennie Ramage (Christchurch)
  25. Elva Simonsen/Kelvin Simonsen
  26. Gael Singer/Niall Singer (Masterton)
  27. David Smart/Trish Smart (Manawatu)


28 May 2015

The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting to be held at the Silverstream Pétanque club on Saturday, 13 June starting at 3:00 pm.

Bob McCarthy

29 May 2015

Bob McCarthy with Trans Tasman Trophy

It is with sadness that we report the death yesterday of Bob McCarthy from the Otaki club.

Bob was frequent competitor on the Wellington scene and also a qualified umpire.

Bob was a member of the NZ Senior team to play against Australia in the Trans Tasman match in 2013 (Teralba) and 2014 (Rotorua).

In 2011 Bob, with regular Doubles partner Margaret Mordecai, won the Wellington Doubles Championship. Bob represented Wellington nine times in inter-region matches: Chanticleer Cup (2013-14), Haines Cup (2011-12-13), Southern Open Tri-Star (2013) and Southern Senior Tri-Star (2011-12-13).

Bob was recognised as the Male Senior Player of the Year in both 2011-12 and 2013-14 at the Wellington Regional Awards.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Jan and family.

Masterton Midwinter Doubles

31 May 2015

Twenty-eigth teams took part in the sixteenth annual Masterton Midwinter Doubles tournament at the Clareville A & P Showgrounds.

After five rounds of qualifying games only two teams were undefeated, Dez Grant/Sarah-Jane Wright and Annick Le Guen/Christine Strichen. (Day one qualifiers)

On Sunday morning, the second round pool play saw both the overnight leaders lose their undefeated run.

Unlike last year, the time limit was kept for the quarter and semi-final stages of the knockout, with several games not going the full distance.

The time limit did mean that the finals started in daylight and finish under lights around 6:00 rather than the typical 8:00 pm.

Masterton Midwinter Doubles winners

In the Trophy final, Dez Grant and Sarah-Jane Wright (St George) beat Kevin and Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti) 13-3.

This is the second year in a row where the previous year's losing finalist wins the following year. Any takers on Kevin and Sheryl doing this next year?

The Plate final was won by Steve Frampton (Hataitai) and Alan Taylor (Kapiti) 13-12 against Alice Maguigan and Art Vernon (Christchurch).

The Bowl final was another close affair. Dene Futcher and Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East) won 13-12 against Neville and Stefany Frost (Dunedin City).

Final results

It wouldn't be a Midwinter without a visit from the local wildlife.