News Archive - November 2015

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Women's World Championship

1 November 2015

The New Zealand team for the Women's World Championship left this morning for Bangkok, via Sydney. As they waited for departure they did manage to watch the first half of the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia.

It is hoped that some updates from the team will appear on the website. If updates prove difficult then the PNZ Facebook page and the Wellington Pétanque Twitter page should have something.

Kapiti Pétanque Anniversary Dinner

2 November 2015

Kapiti Pétanque will be celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a dinner on Saturday, 13 August 2016 following a melee that day.

Members of other clubs are welcome to attend the dinner but should register their interest by 30 November (without commitment) to enable the club to secure a suitable venue.

Rex Hayes Memorial Mixed Doubles

11 November 2015

The inaugural Rex Hayes Memoral Mixed Doubles was held at the Kapiti Pétanque club on Sunday, 1 November. Fourteen teams took part and Grant Bray and Annick Le Guen from the Kapiti club were placed first.

WPA Regional Senior Doubles Championship

16 November 2015

Twenty-one teams have entered the Regional Senior Doubles to be played at Kapiti on Wednesday, 18 November.

  1. Ian Baine/Jean Baine (Upper Hutt)
  2. Roger Ball/Alan Cameron (Manawatu)
  3. Brian Bradburn/Claire Bradburn (Silverstream)
  4. Ian Calder/Eddie Campbell (Kapiti)
  5. David Corley/Noeline Corley (Manawatu)
  6. Christine Daykin/Ann Dowds (Manawatu)
  7. Brian Frampton (Kapiti)/Shirley MacDonald (Otaki)
  8. Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua)/Enoka Smiler (Park Avenue)
  9. Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford (Kapiti)
  10. Lew Gill (Horowhenua)/Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East)
  11. Simon Grant/Judy Stewart (Park Avenue)
  12. Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East)/Joan Judd (Otaki)
  13. Ann Hogg/Sandy MacDonald (Otaki)
  14. Tim Lovell-Smith/Barry Sarney (Silverstream)
  15. Catherine Maher (Hataitai)/Judith Williamson (Kapiti)
  16. Robin Mann/Tommy Werry (Park Avenue)
  17. Jo Maxwell/Lynne Shepherd (Kapiti)
  18. Joan Miller/Ralph Priddle (Masterton)
  19. Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)/Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East)
  20. Graeme Morris/Brian Smith (Masterton)
  21. Doc Murray/Dave Wilmshurst (Upper Hutt)

PNZ National Doubles Championship

17 November 2015

Last year's runners-up, Junior Purcell and Georgio Vakauta again made the final of the National Doubles. This year they were successful against Leilani Mailei and Seti Mailei.

Partial results

Wanganui East Open Triples

18 November 2015

Nineteen teams have entered the Wanganui East Open Triples to be played this weekend (21/22 November).

  1. Spida Anderson/Margaret Pomana/Kevin Simpson (Wanganui East)
  2. Denise Bavidge/Geoffrey Greer (Bay View)/Gordon Ogden (Napier City)
  3. Maurice Belz/Lee Trafford (Hastings)/Ruby Vakauta (Vikings)
  4. Lee-Anne Bird/Sandra Carston (Wanganui East)/Eddie King (HBLT)
  5. David Bosley/Barbara Lucas (Napier City)/Wayne Goodman (Wanganui East)
  6. Alan Cameron/Christine Daykin/David Smart (Manawatu)
  7. Sharon Cannon (Wanganui East)/Claire Wilson (Masterton)/Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East)
  8. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper/Paul Husband (Manawatu)
  9. Beryl Cowan/Bill Ray/Louise Rose (Wanganui East)
  10. Emile Ferrand/Paul Tamagushiku (Christchurch)/Georgio Vakauta (Vikings)
  11. Christian Fouquet (Herne Bay)/Nick Jegousse (Upper Hutt)/Michael Rocks (Khandallah)
  12. Stefany Frost/Neville Frost (Dunedin)/Shirley Smith (Wanganui East)
  13. Dene Futcher/Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East)/Marie Toyne (NA)
  14. Yvonne Futcher/Tony Simpson (Wanganui East)/Alan Taylor (Kapiti)
  15. Dave Gatchell/Lew Gill (Horowhenua)/Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East)
  16. Ann Hogg (Otaki)/Barbara Nicholls (Hataitai)/Peter van Huesden (Hataitai)
  17. Barb Johnston/Murray Johnston/Joan Miller (Masterton)
  18. Annick Le Guen (Kapiti)/Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)/Dirk Winnie (Hataitai)
  19. Shirley MacDonald (Otaki)/Brett Maguire (Kapiti)/Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)

WPA Regional Senior Doubles Championship

20 November 2015

Twenty teams took part in the Regional Senior Doubles Championship at Kapiti. In the Trophy final, Lew Gill and Shirley Selwyn beat Graeme Morris and Brian Smith 13-3.

The Plate was won by Dave Gatchell and Val Young, 13-4 winners over Ian and Jean Baine.

Ian Calder and Eddie Campbell beat clubmates Jo Maxwell and Lynne Shepherd to win the Bowl.

Final results

NZ Representative Teams

20 November 2015

PNZ have announced the Trans Tasman Open and Oceania Championship teams.

Oceania Championship


Ian Baker (Herne Bay), Bruno Falco (Christchurch), Christian Fouquet (Herne Bay), Tom Paulo (Vikings), Junior Puleitu (Vikings), Georgio Vakauta (Vikings). The Reserve is Bill Peachey (Hibiscus Coast)


Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Sharon Cannon (Bay View), Margaret Maher (Northcote), Jean Parley (Stanley), Ruby Vakauta (Vikings), Kathleen Wallace (Dunedin City).

Trans Tasman

Open Men

Richard Browne (Ashburton), Bruno Falco (Christchurch), Christian Fouquet (Herne Bay), Ena Manuireva (Auckland), Junior Puleitu (Vikings), Georgio Vakauta (Vikings). The Reserve is Bill Peachey (Hibiscus Coast).

Open Women

Sharon Cannon (Bay View), Annick Le Guen (Kapiti), Christine Strichen (Wanganui East), Ruby Vakauta (Vikings), Kathleen Wallace (Dunedin City), Claire Wilson (Masterton).

Bruno and Kathleen will make their international debut at the Oceania Championship. Richard and Ena will make their debut at the Trans Tasman.

Wanganui East Open Triples

22 November 2015

Twenty teams took part in the Wanganui East Open Triples. The bye was avoided when a visiting couple from France heard about the tournament and entered on Friday evening.

Three teams were undefeated after the first day's play at Wanganui: Maurice Belz/Lee Taffard/Ruby Vakauta, Emile Ferrand/Paul Tamagushiku/Georgio Vakauta and Christian Fouquet/Nick Jegousse/Michael Rocks.

After the second round, only Maurice Belz/Lee Taffard/Ruby Vakauta remained undefeated. However, their run was halted in the semi-final when they lost a long match against Emile Ferrand/Paul Tamagushiku/Georgio Vakauta.

In the Trophy final, Christian Fouquet, Nick Jegousse and Michael Rocks beat Emile Ferrand, Paul Tamagushiku and Georgio Vakauta 13-8 in ten ends.

The Plate final was won by Sharon Cannon, Pete Hamilton and Claire Wilson 13-2 against Alan Cameron, Christine Daykin and David Smart.

The Bowl competition was won by Dene Futcher, Sheryl Parslow and Marie Toyne ahead of Annick Le Guen, Christine Strichen andDirk Winnie.

Full results

Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée

30 November 2015

Thirty-six players took part in the Upper Hutt Maidstone Mêlée on 15 November.

It was to have been five games, but after 3 games in the morning, sudden and heavy rain forced all players into the adjoining clubrooms (which Pétanque now shares with the football club).

Unfortunately, the afternoon play was called off due to the weather.

Nevertheless, we had a clear winner in Dean Norman (Windy Hills) and the runner-up Erica Drake (Hataitai).

As usual, there was the enthusiastic, friendly Upper Hutt hospitality, raffles, food aplenty and a couple of gazebos. But all this was of no avail against the elements.

Never mind, three very good games and a good time had by all.

Doc Murray