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Welcome to the website of Pétanque Wellington. On these pages you will find information regarding the game of Pétanque, also known as Boules or French Bowls, within the lower North Island of New Zealand.

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PNZ National Senior Doubles Championship

30 November 2016

Eight Wellington Region players are included in the twenty-four teams that have entered the National Senior Doubles Championship in Dunedin this weekend (3-4 December).

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

27 Novemmber 2016

Hataitai’s second defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away to Otaki. After the first round Hataitai led 2-1, only for Otaki to win all the second round games to take a 4-2 lead.

With Otaki winning the third round Singles to claim the Trophy, the remaining games were not played due to the poor weather.

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

| Result | Previous history |

Khandallah 3 Boules Triples

26 November 2016

Participants in the Khandallah 3 Boules Triples.

Eight teams took part in the Khandallah 3 Boules Triples after one team had to pull out due to ill health.

The format was a five round random draw and after three rounds Kapiti Belles (Kathy Gatford, Jo Maxwell and Lynne Shepherd) were the only undefeated team.

The Belles slipped up in Round 4, which allowed Happy Landings (Hayden Boulton, Michael Rocks and Peter van Heusden) to catch them.

Both teams won their final game, but it was the Belles who headed the standings on tie-break.

Final results

WPA Regional Senior Doubles Championship

25 November 2016

Twenty teams took part in the Regional Senior Doubles Championship held at the Otaki Pétanque club. In the Trophy final, Sharon Cannon and Sheryl Parslow beat Marc Khull and Shirley MacDonald 13-4.

The Plate final was won by Dave Gatchell and Pete Hamilton 13-10 over Doc Murray and Dave Wilmshurst. Sue Gurr and Shirley Madgwick beat Dave Kitchener and Lynne Shepherd 13-9 to win the Bowl.

Final results

Representative Team

25 November 2016

A record eight WPA members have been named in the NZ Open team to take part in the 2017 Trans-Tasman match in Adelaide (18-19 March). This is the two more than six selected in 2014.

Wanganui East Open Triples

19 November 2016

Player briefing prior to start of play.

Twenty teams are taking part in the tenth annual Wanganui East Open Triples.

Saturday’s format was the five rounds (60 minutes, plus 2 ends) with the top 8 teams qualifying for the Trophy section.

Three teams finished with five wins: Maurice Belz/Myles Cowper/Michael Rocks, Sharon Cannon/Pete Hamilton/Claire Wilson and Yvonne Futcher/Kevin McFadgen/Sheryl McFadgen.

Qualifying rankings

Measuring the point.

20 November 2016

The Trophy final featured the top two teams from Pool A. In the morning game, Barbara Johnston, Murray Johnston and Ralph Priddle lead 11-5 against Maurice Belz, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks at the end of 60 minutes. In the two extra ends, Maurice, Myles and Michael picked up a 3 and 3 to win the match 12-11.

The second time around, the contrast couldn't be more dramatic as Maurice, Myles and Michael won the match 13-0.

The Plate final featured two teams from Pool B. Sharon Cannon, Pete Hamilton and Claire Wilson beat Team Toyne (Ben, Maree and Niko) 13-2.

The Bowl was won by Wayne Goodman, Shirley Madgwick and Trish Smart.

Final results

WPA Regional Senior Doubles Championship

21 November 2016

Two more teams have entered the Regional Senior Doubles Championship to be held at the Otaki Pétanque club on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

19 November 2016

An eighteenth team has entered the Regional Senior Doubles.

18 November 2016

Seventeen teams have entered the WPA Regional Senior Doubles Championship. An extra team to avoid the Bye would be welcome.

Upper Hutt Mêlée

17 November 2016

A full house of 40 players took part in the annual Mêlée at Upper Hutt on Sunday. The weather was kind with only a couple of light showers.

The day started with Bob Horton arriving at Maidstone Park at 6:30 am to dig some holes under the border to drain the not inconsiderable amount of water lying on the terrain from the previous day’s rain. By 9:00 am it had drained enough for play to begin.

Julian Teni was the only player to record 5 wins (+26). Len Cogger was in second place with 4 wins (+33) and Barbara Nicholls third with 4 wins (+26).

WPA Champion of Champions - Doubles

15 November 2016

Teams from seven clubs took part in the Champion of Champions Doubles tournament at Silverstream on Saturday. Like the Singles, the tournament was decided in the last round when Enoka and Monica Smiler (Park Avenue) faced Dave Gatchell and John Pallesen (Horowhenua) with both teams on 4 wins.

Park Avenue took the game 13-5 to win the title, with Kapiti pipping Horowhenua as runner-up on tie-break. Final results.

Pétanque Wellington website Search

15 November 2016

Due to the number of the pages (700 and counting) that now exist on this website we have outgrown our free Swiftype search engine.

Consequently, a new Zoom search engine from Wrensoft has been installed and is now operating. Indexing of the site will happen at least weekly.

Horowhenua Over Eighties Mêlée

15 November 2016

Due to the bad weather the tournament has been postponed until Wednesday, 7 December 2016.

PNZ National Doubles Championship

9 November 2016

Christchurch Pétanque club terrain
Christchurch Pétanque club terrain.
Note: The clubrooms have since been demolished.

Thirty-six teams took part in the nineteenth PNZ National Doubles Championship. This was the final event to take place at the Christchurch Pétanque club terrain in North Hagley Park.

Saturday’s format was a six-round Swiss, which saw 4 teams finish on 5 wins (Charles Peni/Adelys Taraunu, Andre Noel/Tom Paulo, Emile Ferrand/Stephane Montel and Junior Puleitu/Georgio Vakauta).

The top 16 went into the Trophy competition, the next 16 into the Plate and the remaining 4 played off for the Bowl. (Qualifying rankings)

After the barrage round on Sunday morning the teams were split again for the knockout. The top 8 in the Trophy and Plate carried on with the bottom 8 dropping to the Trophy and Plate Consolation section.

Trophy finalists
Richard Swaney, Maurice Belz, Andre Noel, Tom Paulo.

The Trophy final featured 2014 Doubles Champions, Andre Noel and Tom Paulo, against 2004-5 Doubles Champion, Richard Swaney, and 2016 Singles Champion, Maurice Belz.

Maurice and Richard had the better of the early stages, but Andre and Tom stormed back to take the match 13-8.

Final results

Twilight Pétanque

1 November 2016

Twilight Pétanque has restarted at Khandallah. Every Tuesday night from 6:00 pm until the end of Daylight Saving.

NZ International Open Triples

31 October 2016

The entry form for the NZ International Open Triples (4-5 February 2017) in Auckland is now available.

Note: The separate Women’s Doubles will not be held in 2017. All teams will compete in a single Triples event.

Guy Fawkes Doubles

30 October 2016

Twenty teams took part in the Guy Fawkes Doubles at Horowhenua. The format was 5 randon drawn games and three teams finished with 5 wins.

Ties were split by Points Differential with Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks (+51) finishing ahead of Dave Gatchell and Barbara Nicholls (+44) and Kevin Bryan and Ron Sandilands (+26).

Final results

WPA Regional Seedings

21 October 2016

The Regional Seeding points have been updated using the results from the Regional Doubles. Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East) has taken over top spot from Michael Rocks.

| Regional Seedings | Explanation of the Seeding system |

WPA Regional Doubles Championship

16 October 2016

With an entry of 24 teams there were 16 qualifying spots up for grabs on Saturday. After 5 rounds of qualifying games, Myles Cowper and Michael Rocks were the only undefeated team.

As is the usual case, the top teams from Saturday didn’t have it their own way on Sunday, with four of the top eight teams relegated to the Plate.

In the Championship final, Dave Gatchell and Pete Hamilton faced the 2012 champions Grant Bray and Dirk Winnie.

Grant an Dirk took an early lead only to see Dave and Pete fight back and then take the lead themselves. Grant and Dirk then picked up a 4 to tie the scores at 11-11.

A tense final end saw Pete shoot the cochonnet to claim the last 2 points.

The Plate final was won by Andrew Joe and Brian Smith. They beat Yvonne Futcher and Annick Le Guen 13-7.

The Bowl was won by Kevin and Sheryl McFadgen who beat Kathy and Tony Gatchford 13-8.

Final results

WPA Regional Shooting Championship (Tir de Précision)

16 October 2016

Seven competitors took part in this year’s competition. The cancellation of the Friday afternoon qualification session may have contributed to the small entry.

Michael Rocks and Myles Cowper, who finished first and second in qualifying on Saturday evening, faced off during the lunch time break in the Regional Doubles on Sunday. A low scoring final saw Michael win the title for the fifth time. (Final results)

NZ Masters Games

14 October 2016

NZ Masters Games Pétanque logo

The 28th NZ Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from 3-12 February 2017.

There are two Pétanque events on offer. A social competition (4-5 February) and a competitive competition the following weekend (11-12 February).

Further details