News Archive - January 2017

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New Pétanque Rules

4 January 2017

The FIPJP Congress in Madagascar approved the adoption of new Rules from 1 January 2017.

PNZ has published a New Zealand version which incorporates the Interpretations issued last year.

The appropriate pages under Umpiring will be updated shortly. In the meantime a copy of the NZ Rules and Interpretations (1Mb) is available for download.


  1. The weight of the cochonnet must be between 10 and 18 grams.
  2. The team winning the toss or the previous end will have only one attempt to throw a valid jack (instead of 3). If the throw is not valid, the opponent must place (not throw) it at a valid position on the piste.
  3. If a player picks up the circle when there are boules still to be played, the circle is replaced but only the opponents are allowed to play their boules (if any).
  4. If a player picks up their boules from the playing area while their partner(s) have boules remaining, they will not be allowed to play them.
  5. Flattening/sweeping the ground in front of a boule to be shot is explicitly prohibited (with penalties).
  6. A yellow card for exceeding the time limit will be imposed on all the players of the offending team. If one of these players has already been given a yellow card, they will be penalised by disqualification of the boule played or to be played.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

11 January 2017

Eighteen teams have entered the Khandallah Mixed Doubles on Saturday, 14 January.

  1. Kath Alison (Kapiti)/Michael Rocks (Khandallah)
  2. Ian Bailey/Pauline Foxall (Manawatu)
  3. Ian Baine (Upper Hutt)/Anne Cook
  4. Paul Bonsey/Lynley Watt (Upper Hutt)
  5. Geoff Brown/Linda Brown (Upper Hutt)
  6. Moises Burgos/Colleen Horton (Upper Hutt)
  7. Alan Cameron/Trish Smart (Manawatu)
  8. John Clarke/Betty Wilmshurst (Upper Hutt)
  9. Christine Daykin/Peter Foxall (Manawatu)
  10. Erica Drake (Hataitai)/Doc Murray (Upper Hutt)
  11. Brian Frampton/Lynne Shepherd (Kapiti)
  12. Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford (Kapiti)
  13. Jack Gazzard/Linda Gazzard (Kapiti)
  14. Wayne Green/Betty Jackson (Upper Hutt)
  15. Adrienne Gwerder/David Gwerder (Upper Hutt)
  16. Bob Horton/Bev Plowman (Upper Hutt)
  17. Barbara Nicholls (Otaki)/Brian Smith (Masterton)
  18. Kathy Taylor/Dave Wilmshurst (Upper Hutt)

Otaki New Year Mêlée

13 January 2017

A full field being greeted by Club Captain Ted Burr.

Blessed with magnificent weather, a field of sixty-four players took part in the annual New Year Mêlée at the Otaki Pétanque club.

A great day was had by all to kick off the New Year.

Ted Burr and Doc Murray.

The top 5 players were:

  1. Doc Murray (Upper Hutt)
  2. Alan Cameron (Manawatu)
  3. Don Thompson (Manawatu)
  4. Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East)
  5. Shirley Fraser (Otaki

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who took part.

Report and photos: Ann Hogg.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

11 January 2017

Players in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles.

The largest entry since 2010 saw eighteen teams take part in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles. After 3 rounds of qualifying, three teams Barbara Nicholls & Brian Smith, Kathy Gatford & Tony Gatford and Alan Cameron & Trish Smart were undefeated.

They were joined in the Trophy section by defending champions Kath Alison & Michael Rocks who qualified fourth on points differential.

Barbara & Brian and Kathy & Tony both won their semi-finals and so faced off for the Mixed Doubles title. In a close match, Barabara & Brian prevailled 13-11.

The Plate section was won by Wayne Green & Betty Jackson over Jack & Linda Gazzard. The Bowl was claimed by Moises Burgos & Colleen Horton who beat Ian Bailey & Pauline Foxall.

Paul Bonsey & Lynley Watt beat Brian Frampton & Lynne Shepherd to win the Cup, and the Spoon was won by Adrienne & Dave Gwerder who beat John Clarke & Betty Wilmshurst.

Final Results

Claude and friends Photos from the Khandallah Mixed Doubles

Kapiti Open Doubles

16 January 2017

Thirty-six teams have entered the Kapiti Open Doubles this weekend (21-22 January).

  1. Paul Anderson/Kevin Simpson
  2. Marlene Barker/Peter Blake
  3. Denise Bavidge/Geoff Greer
  4. Maurice Belz/Sharon Cannon
  5. Grant Bray/Annick Le Guen
  6. Kevin Bryan/Alan Cameron
  7. Ian Calder/Alan Taylor
  8. Eddie Campbell/Lynne Shepherd
  9. Tony Chin/Ants Yee
  10. Ernie Chu/Andrew Joe
  11. Morgan Choveaux/Nico Toyne
  12. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper
  13. David Corley/Noeline Corley
  14. Myles Cowper/Michael Rocks
  15. Anne Dawson/Margret Fleck
  16. Christine Daykin/Judith Smith
  17. Erica Drake/Christophe Vesse
  18. Brian Frampton/Kevin McFadgen
  19. Steve Frampton/Ann Hogg
  20. Yvonne Futcher/Tony Simpson
  21. Bethne Gardiner/Barry Hunt
  22. Dave Gatchell/Pete Hamilton
  23. Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford
  24. Linda Gazzard/Jo Maxwell
  25. Dez Grant/Sarah-Jane Wright
  26. Sue Gurr/Doc Murray
  27. Barbara Johnston/Murray Johnston
  28. Shirley MacDonald/Graeme Morris
  29. Shirley Madgwick/Margaret Pomana
  30. Brett Maguire/Sheryl Parslow
  31. Joan Miller/Ralph Priddle
  32. Margaret Mordecai/Barbara Nicholls
  33. Graeme Pilcher/Monica Smiler
  34. Murray Porter/Brian Smith
  35. David Smart/Trish Smart
  36. Christine Strichen/Claire Wilson

Kapiti Open Doubles

27 January 2017

Thirty-three teams took part in the 17th annual Kapiti Open Doubles played over Wellington Anniversary Weekend.

Saturday’s qualifying featured the usual 5-round snake format. As the first major event of the New Year, this was the first experience many players had of the new FIPJP rules.

While the one throw of the cochonnet generally met with approval, it did possibly result in more 7½ to 8½ metre ends than ususal. (As an aside there is an online petition in France to go back to the three throws of the cochonnet.)

Two teams, Morgan Choveaux & Nico Toyne and Tony Chin & Ants Yee, both won all five games to head the qualifying standings.

A Tir de Précision (Shooting Competition) was added this year and the two top qualifiers were Michael Rocks and Nico Toyne.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s weather was wet and at times very windy. With so many puddles on the terrain, the synthetic cochonnet (which are now banned due to their weight), were allowed again to reduce the incidence of floating cochonnet.

The weather improved over the lunch break, which allowed the Shooting Competition to proceed in dry conditions. Michael beat Nico 22-6.

In the afternoon, Morgan and Nico progressed through to the Trophy final, where they met the 2011 champions Maurice Belz and Sharon Cannon. Unfortunately, the rain returned for the final. Maurice & Sharon won the match 13-5 to claim their second title together.

The Trophy Consolation was won by Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks, 13-9 winners over Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson.

The Plate was won by Ann Hogg & Steve Frampton. The Bowl was won by Ernie Chu & Andrew Joe, while the Bowl Consolation was claimed by Anne Dawson & Margret Fleck.

Final results

Kapiti Open Doubles

29 January 2017

The video of the 2017 Kapiti Open Doubles is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.