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Masterton Open Triples

21 February 2017

The entry form for the Masterton Open Triples (26 March 2017) is now available.

Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

17 February 2017

Upper Hutt have received the maximum twenty entries for their Swiss Doubles on 12 March. Any further entries will be placed on a waiting list.

WPA Regional Triples Championship

16 February 2017

Seventeen teams have entered the WPA Regional Triples Championship this weekend (18-19 February).

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

13 February 2017

Otaki’s hold on the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was short-lived. In their first defence, Otaki faced Wanganui East at home and were overwhelmed 8-1.

Wanganui East’s first defence will be at home to Kapiti.

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PNZ Tournaments

11 February 2017

The entry forms for the PNZ National Women’s Triples (3 March 2017), PNZ National Shooting Competition (3-5 March 2017) and PNZ National Triples (4-5 March 2017) at Herne Bay, Auckland are now available.

WPA Champion of Champions - Triples

11 February 2017

Ken Benn, Kevin Bryan and Ron Sandilands

Five clubs (Kapiti, Manawatu, Otaki, Upper Hutt and Wanganui East) took part in the Champion of Champions Triples at Otaki.

The Manawatu team of Ken Benn, Kevin Bryan and Ron Sandilands went through undefeated to claim the title. However, it was a close run thing. In round 3 they played Wanganui East (Trish Biddle-Amora, Pete Hamilton and Richard Turfrey) and won 13-12.

Final results

Mike Towart

8 February 2017

Mike Towart at the
2013 Kapiti Super Seniors

It is with sadness that we report the death of Mike Towart, a long-term member of the Otaki Pétanque club.

Mike was a frequent competitor on the Wellington scene and a regular member of the Otaki Inter-club and Jacques Cochonnet teams.

Our deepest sympathies are offered to Mike’s family.

Kapiti Open Doubles

29 January 2017

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

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

WBS Open Triples

17 January 2017

The entry form for the WBS Open Triples (25-26 February 2017) at Masterton is now available.

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

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.

Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

11 January 2017

The entry form for the Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles (Sunday, 12 March 2017) is now available.

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.