News Archive - May 2017

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WPA Regional Women’s Singles Championship

3 May 2017

Twenty players took part in the Regional Women’s Singles Championship at Otaki. After the morning qualifying, Trish Smart (Manawatu) was the only undefeated player with 4 wins.

The top eight qualifiers went into the Trophy section, the next eight went into the Plate section and the final four went into the Bowl section.

In the Trophy final, first-time finalist Trish Smart prevailled 13-3 over three-time winner Claire Wilson.

The Plate final was a hard fought 13-12 win by Barbara Nicholls over Lee-Anne Bird. The Bowl was won by Lynne Shepherd from Alison Zuppicich 13-9.

Final results

Shirley Hayes

5 May 2017

(left to right) Rex Hayes, Shirley Hayes, Pat Davey, Helen Ball,
John Mason, Peter Ball (Kapiti Pétanque club)
Inaugural Jacques Cochonnet Challenge match against Porirua
(20 February 1999)

It is with sadness that we report the death on Wednesday of Shirley Hayes from the Kapiti club. Shirley was a member, along with husband Rex, of the Senior Goodwill tour to the United States in 2008.

On the terrain she was tough opponent and had the ability to pull off the miracle or lucky shot.

Many of the early photos on the website are courtesy of Shirley.

PNZ National Mixed Doubles Championship

5 May 2017

Twenty-nine teams are taking part in the inaugural National Mixed Doubles Championship in Christchurch this weekend (6-7 May).

It was hoped that this would be the first event at the new terrain in North Hagley Park, but delays with the consent process and the bad weather has meant that the old terrain is being used instead.

  1. David Beer/Maryon Beer (Alexandra)
  2. Karen Bensdorp/Neville Bensdorp (Ashburton)
  3. Nicola Brock (Kennedy Park)/Jared Handford (Christchurch)
  4. Richard Browne/Karen Stephen (Ashburton)
  5. Colin Bunce/Marilyn Bunce (Alexandra)
  6. Sharon Cannon/Murray Porter (Bay View)
  7. Les Clearwater (Christchurch)/Janet Goodin (Caversham)
  8. Jonathan Crum/Marion Harrison (Ashburton)
  9. Paul Dalebroux (Stanley Bay)/Margaret Maher (Northcote)
  10. Keith Dixon/Christine Taylor (Christchurch)
  11. Bruno Falco/Pat O’Shea (Christchurch)
  12. Steve Frampton (Kapiti)/Ann Hogg (Otaki)
  13. Neville Frost/Stefany Frost (Deunedin City)
  14. Dene Futcher/Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East)
  15. Kay George/Mervyn Wilson (St Kilda)
  16. Jan Guilford (Ashburton)/Goulwen Robinet (Christchurch)
  17. Peter Hamilton/Claire Wilson (Wanganui East)
  18. Lindsay Hay/Sandra Hay (Alexandra)
  19. Caroline Kinloch/Ron Paterson (Papanui)
  20. Annick Le Guen/Brett Maguire (Kapiti)
  21. Alice Maguigan (Papanui)/Stephane Montel (Christchurch)
  22. Rewa Kyle/Stephen Kyle (Ashburton)
  23. Shirley MacDonald (Otaki)/Graeme Morris (Masterton)
  24. Lani Mailei/Adelys Taraunu (Panmure Pioneers)
  25. Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen (Kapiti)
  26. Margaret Penny (Herne Bay)/Paul Tamagushiku (Christchurch)
  27. Michael Rocks (Bay View)/Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)
  28. Paul Stewart (Christchurch)/Janet Wilkinson (Papanui)
  29. Mavis Thompson (Timaru)/Brian Westerbeek (Christchurch)

PNZ National Mixed Doubles Championship

6 May 2017

Sharon Cannon and Murray Porter were the only unbeaten team after the usual five round Swiss at the National Mixed Doubles in Christchurch. The top 16 teams will continue in the hunt for the inaugural title. (Qualifying rankings)

7 May 2017

Sunday morning saw the top 16 teams split into 4 Barrage pools with the top 2 going through to the Trophy knockout in the afternoon and the bottom 2 going into the Trophy Consolation.

The next 8 teams from Saturday went into the Plate (Barrage then knockout) and the bottom 5 teams played a round-robin for the Consolanté.

In the Trophy quarter-finals, the four South Island teams faced three North Island teams plus one North-South composite and it was the North that prevailled in all four cases.

The Trophy final featured the top 2 teams from Saturday: Sharon Cannon & Murray Porter against Michael Rocks & Christine Strichen.

On Saturday, it was Sharon and Murray who triumphed 13-9. On Sunday afternoon things were a little different. It had been wet on Sunday morning and the constant walking up and down on the terrains had given them a texture of rolled mud. It was noticeably cooller and it was also later in the day.

The early skirmishes saw Sharon and Murray lead 3-2 with the fourth end killed. Michael and Christine then picked up a 5, 4, another killed end and then 2 to win the inaugural Mixed Doubles title 13-3.

The Trophy Consolation was won by Leilani Mailei & Adelys Taraunu over Shirley MacDonald & Graeme Morris. Another North final.

The Plate was won by Margaret Penny & Paul Tamagushiku (composite) over Steve Frampton & Ann Hogg (North).

Finally, the South prevailled in the Consolanté when Lindsay Hay & Sandra Hay claimed top spot.

This will hopefully be the final event at the old Christchurch terrain in North Hagley Park. The new terrain should be ready in time for the Oceania Championship in October.

Final results

9 May 2017

The video of the 2017 National Mixed Doubles Championship final (filmed by Richard Browne) is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples

14 May 2017

The video of the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

15 May 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association (Incorporated) will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, 17 June 2017 at the Silverstream Pétanque Club, Dunns Street, Silverstream.

Business to be transacted will include:

  1. President’s report for the year ended 30 April 2017
  2. Presentation of the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2017
  3. Approval of affiliation fees
  4. Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer
  5. Presentation of Subcommittee reports
  6. Life Membership


Any Club or member wishing to have a remit or motion presented to the AGM should submit it to the Secretary as soon as possible, and by 27 May 2017 at the latest.

A further notice advising the details of any remits/motions will be sent to Clubs two weeks in advance of the AGM.

Officer Nominations

The closing date for nominations is 27 May 2017. Position descriptions President (190kB), Secretary (189kB) and Treasurer (189kB).

Murrayfield Open Triples

17 May 2017

Twenty-eight teams are taking part in the Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki on Sunday (21 May).

  1. Ian Bailey/Pauline Foxall/Don Thompson (Manawatu)
  2. Ken Benn (Manawatu)/Flo Madgwick (Wanganui East)/Trish Smart (Manawatu)
  3. Trish Biddle-Amoroa/Yvonne Simpson/Tony Simpson (Wanganui East)
  4. Paul Bonsey/Wayne Green/Lynley Watt (Upper Hutt)
  5. Dave Bosley/Barbara Lucas (Napier City)/Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East)
  6. Diane Brunton/Joan Judd/Margaret Mordecai (Otaki)
  7. Kevin Bryan/Alan Cameron/Vaughan Husband (Manawatu)
  8. Moises Burgos/David Gwerder/Graeme Millard (Upper Hutt)
  9. Ted Burr/Val Clark/Shirley Fraser (Otaki)
  10. Shona Callear/David Corley/Noeline Corley (Manawatu)
  11. Eddie Campbell/Michelle Maxwell/Lynne Shepherd (Kapiti)
  12. Len Cogger/Bob Horton/Dave Wilmhurst (Upper Hutt)
  13. Derek Cooper/Elva Cooper/Paul Husband (Manawatu)
  14. Beryl Cowan/Lousie Ray/Pauline Ray (Wanganui East)
  15. Peter Dennett/Erica Drake/Christophe Vesse (Hataitai)
  16. Christine Daykin/Peter Foxall/Judith Smith (Manawatu)
  17. Carleen Fitzgerald/Jan Holloway/Shirley Peard (Horowhenua)
  18. Steve Frampton (Kapiti)/Shirley MacDonald (Otaki)/Graeme Morris (Masterton)
  19. Don Fraser (Otaki)/Marc Khull (Manawatu)/Lynne O’Connor (Otaki)
  20. Dave Gatchell (Horowhenua)/Ann Hogg (Otaki)/Sheryl Parslow (Wanganui East)
  21. Kathy Gatford/Tony Gatford/Jan McCarthy (Kapiti)
  22. Jack Gazzard/Linda Gazzard (Kapiti)/Barbara Nicholls (Otaki)
  23. Jan Haumaha/Patrick Scarlett/Judy Tyree (Horowhenua)
  24. Colleen Horton/Linda Millard/Alison Zuppicich (Upper Hutt)
  25. Sandy MacDonald/Marilyn Trembath/Tony Trembath (Horowhenua)
  26. Brett Maguire (Kapiti)/Christine Strichen/Claire Wilson (Wanganui East)
  27. Julie McDougall/Beth Miles/Judith Williamson (Kapiti)
  28. Barbara Smith (Otaki)/Nicky Trotter (Kapiti)/Maureen Walker (Otaki)

Representative Team

21 May 2017

Nine Wellington Region players have been selected for the New Zealand team to participate in the Oceania Championship in Christchurch (25-29 October 2017).


Ian Baker, Bruno Falco, Allan Fletcher, Stephane Montel, Thierry Pannetier, Tom Paulo, Michael Rocks, Adellys Taraunu, Georgio Vakauta. Myles Cowper is the Reserve. John Greig is the Coach.


Claire Bradburn, Marilyn Bunce, Sharon Cannon, Ann Hogg, Annick Le Guen, Shirley MacDonald, Christine Strichen, Kathleen Wallace, Claire Wilson. Ruby Vakauta is the Reserve. Graeme Morris is the Coach.

Murrayfield Open Triples

22 May 2017

Ann Hogg, Dave Gatchell and Shirley Parslow

Twenty-eight teams took part in the Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki on Sunday.

The format was a five round random draw and three teams finished the day undefeated.

Taking the title on Points Differential was Dave Gatchell, Ann Hogg and Sheryl Parslow with +49 ahead of Julie McDougall, Beth Miles and Judith Williamson (+40) and Jack Gazzard, Linda Gazzard and Barbara Nicholls (+26).

Final results

Business for Sale

25 May 2017

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Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

28 May 2017

Linda, Eric, Moises (with Jacques), Jeanne, Ian, Colin

Wanganui East’s latest defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away to Upper Hutt. After the first round, Wanganui East lead 2-1.

In the second round Upper Hutt won all three games to take the lead 4-2. In the final round, Wanganui East had to win all three games to retain the Trophy. When Upper Hutt won the Triples, the Trophy changed hands.

Upper Hutt’s first defence will be away to Horowhenua.

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