SCPA vs Mercia


On July 11th, 8 triples teams from the Mercia region headed down to Suffolk for our (usually) annual competition.These are always hard fought, but friendly battles, and it was good to see a lot of the regulars, along with some newcomers in their side. The Suffolk side saw representatives from 16 of the leagues teams come together.

This year we were at the new venue at The Meadlands in Stowmarket, which provided a varied and challenging set of pistes. With 4 rounds of 8 matches, there were a total of 32 points were up for grabs.

So with the welcome and briefings done, we got down to business, with the Round 1.


The Suffolk Coastal teams won 4 games, with Mercia taking 3 wins, with the last game finishing as a 9-9 draw, so SCPA took a narrow 4.5-3.5 lead into round 2.

Round 2 saw SCPA take a decisive lead into the halfway point, winning the round 6-2, to pull ahead at 10.5-5.5.

Following a short lunch break, the Mercia team regrouped, refreshed and took Round 3 by 5.5-2.5 to pull SCPA's lead back to 13-11.

With all to play for in the final round, some close games ensued, but unfortunately for Mercia, 4 games which were won by a 2 point or less margin, all went to the SCPA team, who repeated their second round score of 6-2.

So after the 4 rounds, it was the home team of SCPA that came out 19-13 winners.

Thanks to our friends from Mercia for making the trip, particularly given what was taking place that evening!

A really great day of Petanque, well organised by Simon Fletcher, with thanks to Paul Shaw for ensuring the pistes were all ready, and the staff at the Meadlands for dealing with 60 odd thirsty and hungry Petanque players.

Looking forward to next year, when the plan is to have a three way competition with Mercia and our friends from Middelburg in Holland.


Tournaments and Finals day update

Forthcoming tournaments:

We have 3 upcoming tournaments – first on the list is the Eels Foot Cup on the 8th August, this is now full but if any pair wish to be put on the reserve list please let us know at, then on 29th August we have Moules & Boules at Aldeburgh – still spaces available so please register via….

Finally we have the Memorial triples – this takes place on 19th September, potentially at a new venue but still tbc – no need to register a triple, simply register individually as a pointer, middle or shooter and you will be drawn into a triple, please use as address to register

Finals day will take place on 3rd October – further details to follow…..

May 22nd Update on Finals day & Summer Cup

So just a quick update for everyone – Winter League fixtures need to be completed by 20th June – Winter Cup (to Quarter Final) need to be completed by 12th June – our end of Winter finals day is going ahead on 13th June at Meadlands, we will have 5 finals including all 3 Comeback Cup finals, the Winter Cup final and the Singles league final, the Day will commence with the Winter Cup semi finals…..

For clarity only 3 players can be used in the Comeback cup as that was the format throughout…

The Summer cup closing deadline for entry is 5pm 23rd May, the format and draw will be confirmed later that week with play commencing from 21st June – we currently have 42 teams registered!

Finals Day June 2021

So finally we can confirm the date for the Comeback Cup Finals, the Singles league final and the Winter Cup Final will all take place on 13th June, provisionally we have agreed these will take place at Meadlands who now have 8-10 pistes available – it would be great to see lots of you come and support the 5 finals!!!

2021 – One day tournaments

We will run a number of 1 day competitions – currently, as a minimum we aim to hold the following events (subject to venue agreement, lockdown dates remaining as is etc):

Saturday 26th June: Singles Tournament

10th July: Memorial Triples

8th August: Eels Foot Cup

29th August: Moules & Boules

Once we confirm venues we will start to take entries and public’s here and via our Facebook page

2021 Doubles league details

In addition to the Summer Cup this year we will be running a doubles league across the whole summer – each team can consist of 3 named players but only 2 can play in a particular match. We have 38 teams registered so far but be quick as the closing date is 16th April! A match will consist of 2 games with 3 points to the winner, 1 point for the draw, but in the event of a draw an extra point will be awarded to the team with the aggregate high score. The league will be around 9 teams each with 8 games to be arranged between the teams involved, we are catering for daytime only players in a league and will look for some geographical limitations unless teams specifically indicate they want to travel further field.

The league will run between late April and September and break into gold/silver & bronze knockout once the fixture list is complete – entry fee is £10 per team and all entries via please !

2021 Summer Cup

In place of our usual league we are looking to kick off a Summer cup once all restrictions are lifted in mid June! This is free to enter and so far we have 31 teams registered, with a deadline of May 23rd for entry. We aim to give teams a minimum of 4 games in a group stage and then irrespective of finishing position at least 1 game in a straight knockout phase leading to a finals day in late September. Each team can consist of a minimum of 4 players and each match will involve 4 doubles matches (in knockout this may lead to a deciding 5th match) – all matches should be played on a Sunday unless mutually agreed – entry is free so please register or ask for further details from any of the committee members !


EXCITING 2021 NEWS – We can play again!

Good news finally! Whilst we have decided against a full league programme this year we have ensured that all players, old and new have ample opportunities to pick up their boules and play again!

This season will commence with a doubles league which we are looking to kick off towards the end of April – registration closes on 16th April and we will detail format etc in a separate post – however each team can consist of 3 players to ensure maximum opportunity for everyone, this will cost £10 per team to provide trophies etc.

Next up will be a Summer Cup – this will involve teams of 4-8 players and stretch from mid June to late September – so far we have 31 teams registered (it’s free!), please see separate post for details but registration will remain open until late May.

In addition to these competitions taking place across the whole summer, there will be a number of one day tournaments including The Eels Foot Cup, Moules and Boules and The Memorial triples.

A full and varied programme of events for us all to enjoy – registration for all of them can be made via any committee member and please keep an eye both here and via the Suffolk Coastal Petanque Facebook page for updates!