Lothian & Borders July Medal

Penicuik hosted the monthly Lothian & Borders medal on Sunday 13th July.  3 teams from Penicuik and 3 from Inverleith PC played 3 games.  The winners were Monty and Paul from Inverleith.  In second were Dave, Mieke and Moray from Penicuik.

 

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Penicuik Player Success at Scottish Masters

Once again we are delighted to report success for Penicuik players at a National competition.  This time the stakes were huge, with places at next year’s Men’s World Championships up for grabs.  Penicuik were represented by Stephane Maurage (playing with Paul Bretenoux (Stirling), Johnny Wilson and Robbie Stronach (both from Fochabers)) and Colin Stewart (playing with Istvan Poka (Troon) and Derek Adam (Inverleith)).

Fochabers PC were the hosts for the weekend long competition between the top 12 ranked teams in the country.  The format was a Round Robin resulting in 11 games.

Stephane’s team were drawn to play Colin’s team in round 2 making for an early showdown, both teams being amongst the favourites to take the title overall.  With so much at stake tensions were very high and the round 2 match lasted well over two hours.  The lead changed hands a few times in the game and both teams had the chance to close out the game but failed to take the chance.  In the end Colin’s team won the match 13-11 which put them in a strong position early on.  But they knew Stephane’s team would in all likelihood would be snapping at their heels from then on.  Colin’s team needed to keep winning.

Sadly, a narrow loss in round 4 against a team of players from Perth who played out their skins meant that Colin’s team’s strong position did not last long.  With Stephane’s team restoring their winning ways for the rest of the day, both teams ended day one with 5 wins from 6 with Stephane’s team having superior points difference and holding the lead narrowly.

Day two brought the threat of seriously bad weather although, in the end, all the players had to contend with were a few heavy showers and blustery wind.  Colin’s team won their first 3 games whilst a slip from Stephane’s team in round 9 caused the lead to change hands once more.   If Colin’s team could win their last two games they would be the winners without worrying about what any other team did.

Colin’s team lost their 10th round game however, leaving the whole competition outcome unsure going into the final round.  By this time there were 3 teams (including Pretty Vacant from Fochabers who had quietly ‘come up on the rails’ on 8 wins from 10 and any one of them could win the title.

Pretty Vacant posted a strong final round win to really put the pressure on both Colin’s and Stephane’s teams.  Colin’s team won a scrappy final game by a three point margin leaving them narrowly in second place with one game still going – that of Stephane’s team.  If Stephane’s team won they game they would be champions, if not they would fall into 3rd place.

In the end, Stephane’s team won a very tense game 13-11 to take the title.  Although 3 teams had 9 wins from 11 they had the better points difference. Colin’s team had to settle for a disappointing 3rd place.

So congratulations to Stephane who will be part of the team to travel to Tahiti in November 2014 for the Men’s World Championships.  Stephane and Colin also did enough to qualify for the Scotland A squad for the Celtic Challenge in May next year, also in Fochabers.

Penicuik Success at National Triples

For the first time in its short history, Penicuik Petanque Club hosted the Scottish Triples Championship at Penicuik Park on Sunday 1st September.  Ten teams from all across Scotland registered on the blustery but mainly dry day to contest the annual competition over 6 games.

Penicuik were well represented with ‘Les Pois’ a wholly Penicuik team of Moray McHattie, Bob Macdonald, John McAllister and Stephane Marage. Colin Stewart played with his regular ‘IPA’ partners Derek Adam (Inverleith PC) and Istvan Poka (Troon PC).

Les Pois started the day in startling form giving a ‘fanny’ in their first game and were at that point in the lead.  IPA too started well and by lunch (after 3 games) had an unblemished record.

In the end Les Pois won three games and, with a good points difference, took a very creditable 5th place.  IPA won two games in the afternoon and were just pipped into second place at the very last throw of the competition by the impressive and Grand Prix Series winner the Champignons (Mags, Colin and Emma Montgomery from Inverleith).

The progress of Penicuik players is very encouraging.  Penicuik will be represented at the Scottish Masters on 13/14 September by Colin Stewart and Stephane Maurage. Stephane is also competing at the Men’s European Championships in Rome in October.

Penicuik Player Success at Home Nations

The annual Home Nations International (Scotland v England v Wales) was hosted by Inverlieth Petanque Club on 10-11th August.  Penicuik had one player in the squad – Colin Stewart.

Sadly, Scotland finished last on 34 wins, Wales were second on 35 and England retained the trophy with 75 wins.

Colin, playing with his regular partners of Derek Adam (Inverlieth PC) and Istvan Poka (Troon PC) played well all weekend and racked up 8 wins from a possible 12 to finish as Scotland’s most successful team over the weekend with 3 wins from 6 against English opponents and 5 wins from 6 against the Welsh.

We are confident that is only a matter of time before more Penicuik players qualify for the Scotland squad in future.  

Penicuik Success at National Championships

3 Penicuik players (Bob ‘Cat’ Macdonald, John McAllister and Colin Stewart) competed at the Scottish Singles and Doubles on 27th/28th July at Inverleith Park, Edinburgh.

Out of 21 entrants in the Singles, Bob didn’t have his best day with 20th place but John finished a creditable 9th and Colin finished in 2nd.

In the Doubles sadly John and Bob only managed 11th place but Colin with his partner Istvan Poka (Troon) continued their fine form and retained the title.

Next weekend sees the Home Nations (Scotland v England v Wales) return to Edinburgh and Penicuik has a representation – Colin.  The competition has been dominated by England since its inception in 2000 (England have won every year, often by a high margin).  There are some signs that the Scottish team might put up a better fight this time round.  We can only hope!

Penicuik v Tweed Valley

Sunday 7th July saw us host a challenge match with Tweed Valley PC from Peebles.  On a scorching day we mustered only 4 players (with a few on holiday or elsewhere) while Tweed Valley turned up with 10.  We ‘pinched’ 3 players from our opponents to even up the numbers and the teams were divided into a team of triples and two doubles per side.

Play was swift (with everyone keen to catch at least some of the Wimbledon Men’s Final) and in 2 hours we managed to fit in 3 rounds.  The final scores were Penicuik 8, Tweed Valley 1.

We very much hope to organise a reciprocal visit before the end of the season to give Tweed Valley a chance to take the trophy (kindly donated by John McAllister of our club).

And we managed to catch the last set of Andy Murray’s victory too!

Penicuik Open Result

We held our Open on Sunday 9th June at the piste in Penicuik Park. 5 triples teams registered and so we decided to split the two Penicuik teams into 3 pairs to create a round robin of 6 teams.

The teams were Stephane & Martyn; Moray & Keith; Bob & John (all Penicuik); Christine, Mari and John P; Mags, Emma and Monty (Inverleith); Kenny (Inverleith), Jean & Henry (Perth).

3 games were completed before we broke for lunch and most of us went over to the Craigiebield Hotel for soup and sandwiches. At lunch Stephane and Martyn were the clear leaders having won all their games in the morning. And nothing much changed in the afternoon, they won all their games in the round robin. The Montys placed second after the round robin, Moray and Keith were 3rd and Bob and John were 4th.

So on to the final and 3rd/4th playoff. John & Bob reversed their morning result to win and secure 3rd place. And similarly the final also showed a reversal of fortune with the Montys coming out on top.

Thank you to all who came to support our competition. We will have to do a bit of work to try and attract more players next year though.

Winners: Mags, Emma & Colin Montgomery
Runners Up: Stephane Maurage & Martyn Lovatt
3rd: Bob Macdonald & John McAllister
4th: Moray & Keith McHattie

Youth Taster Sessions

220 S1 and S2 pupils from Penicuik High School and Beeslack Community High School were given a taste of Petanque this week.  We are very hopeful that some of them might be interested in playing more and so we are running coaching sessions throughout June and July at the piste in Penicuik Park.  Sessions are from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings for under 18s only starting Wednesday 5th June.  All equipment will be provided, just turn up wearing trainers and comfortable clothes.