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Winter League update

With a record 29 teams entering we all clearly have an appetite to get back playing and some leagues have already kicked off in earnest! 28 teams entered the cup and after a vote that finished 7-5 it has been decided to not hold an additional plate competition.

The deadline therefore for playing the 1st round of the cup is 11th October, with the 2nd round to be completed by 30th Nov – the full draw can be found on the website.

Good luck to all teams taking part!

Comeback Cup update (1st Sept)

So far so good in the comeback cup with 25 teams entering we are heading towards the final weekend of group fixtures with all but 2 groups completed – on Sunday 6th a live draw via the Facebook page will take place involving all teams, split into Bronze, Silver and Gold – each group will be unseeded and a random draw with fixtures to be played within the next 3 weeks

General Update 14th August

Finally we are all starting to get out to have a few games – the singles league and comeback cup are now in full flow and the Winter league registration closes today so fixtures can start within 2 weeks!

In the singles league 3 of the 4 divisions have been decided with Martin Inglis & Matt Conway winning their leagues undefeated and Baillie Inglis winning his with one defeat – in division D it all depends on the Hugh v Jamie fixture on Monday subsequent to which the top 8 seeds will go to knockout phase…..

In the cup we are close to a semi final line up with Matt v Martin confirmed and Darryl to play either Baillie or Mike, the semi’s and final venue will be voted on by the 4 semi finalists and both rounds will be played on the same day.

In the comeback cup all but 1 division has seen matches played with some groups already decided, including Group 1 where Eels Foot 3 have secured top spot, Group 2 where Beaux Belles are unbeaten after completing their games and Group 5 where Hilbaillies are assured of top spot with a game to play – once all groups are completed within the next 3 weeks we will go into the knockout phase in a gold/silver and bronze competition with the draw unseeded in each.

Comeback Cup Guidelines

Comeback Cup/Winter League - guidelines for play.

The matches are using our Winter League format, with the Triple being played first, followed by the Pair and Single, and the teams are awarded a point for each game won, so every game matters.

Could all of you involved please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the guidelines for safe play as provided by Petanque England, click here to view these.

There is no expectation of refreshments or food being provided by the home team - if anyone has any queries regarding anything on these guidelines please contact myself or one of the committee members, we are expecting guidelines to change/be updated and will advise when this happens but as it stands, and with Cup matches likely to commence this weekend please ensure the guidelines below are adhered to.

Please use the Scorecard, available here, and email this to

2020 Season Update

We hope you and your families are keeping well and safe in these unusual times. For many of us, Petanque is a major source of socialising and recreation, and we appreciate that the lack of play can have a real impact on our lives.

As the Government continues to relax the lockdown policies, the SCPA Committee has started to discuss how we can get people back into the playing Petanque, whilst recognising that there are those members who are more vulnerable and may still feel the need to protect themselves.

With this in mind, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Summer SCPA season, and we will carry the current 2020 league tables over to the 2021 season, and will adjust these as we usually do to allow for any teams joining or leaving for the 2021, season. With regards to payments made, we will retain the 2020 payment and carry this over to the 2021 season, unless your captain requests that we refund the money.

For those who are happy to start playing, we will be running a ‘COVID Club Cup’ competition, based on the winter league format of 3 games, 1 triple, 1 double and 1 single, but each team will only be allowed to bring 3 players to the match to limit the number of people present to 6. We will accept ‘scratch’ teams to allow for those who may not be able to make a team of 3 from their usual team mates, however all players must have played in either the Summer or Winter 2019 SCPA leagues.  If you are interested in entering this, please email the Fixture Secretary -

The SCPA Shooting competition for the Alan Sturmer trophy will be held this year, and we will arrange a couple of afternoons where a member of the Committee will be present, and players will be able to turn up and register their score. The venue and dates for this will be announced one we know how many people are entering. Again, please register your interest for this with

If we are able to do so, we are looking at starting the Winter season earlier than usual, and we welcome those teams who normally have a break in the winter to join us. We are taking entries, £10 per team to enter, please email to enter or for more information.

The Ladies League entry fees will be refunded over the next few weeks, and Deborah hopes to start this again next spring.

We will also start to plan some single day tournaments as soon as the restrictions relax sufficiently to allow us to access the venues and open to enough people, and we will be notifying you of these as soon as we can.

As those of you at the Team Representatives meeting may recall, we had asked for 2 nominations to join the committee, and up to the meeting, we had only received 1, which was Pat Clarke. After the meeting Steph Adamson came forward and offered to join, and we took the opportunity to co-opt her onto the committee in the absence of any other nominations.

Finally, we would like to place on record that we have received and accepted Mike Rios-Hall’s resignation, and we would like to acknowledge and thank him for all his hard work and efforts in helping run the league over the last years.

Ladies League 2020 Cancelled

Given the current COVID-19 situation I have reluctantly decided to cancel the Ladies League for 2020. I feel that when the current lockdown is lifted, we will all be busy catching up with life, league games etc.

If you have registered, please contact Simon Fletcher on, and he will arrange a refund.

Thank you for your support and I hope to see you soon!

Deborah Bell

Unplayed Games Scoring Change

Due to the changes in the points system for this summer seasons league matches, the management committee have addressed the potential for problems arising from awarding scores for unplayed matches. With the season due to start this coming weekend, we have thought of how to make the penalties relevant. We had many fewer unplayed matches last season and are hopeful that this trend will continue.

It has always been the aim to penalise those who do not play matches, whilst at the same time not penalising other teams in the same division by providing an unfair advantage to the "wronged" party. For this reason we have decided that the "wronged" party will be awarded a 3-0 victory (hence 3 points) and a plus 18 shots difference. The party found to be at fault will not receive any points at all and will suffer a minus 18 shots difference.

Whilst discussing this issue it gave rise to a decision that there are technical defaults where teams cannot agree a time and venue to play the match within the six week rule. This will be dealt with as above. However there is what, you may call a physical default where a time and venue has been agreed and one team does not turn up. This happens rarely but does happen. On one occasion, three members of a team decided to go shopping instead. In this instance the Disputes Panel reserve the right to allot penalty points to such infringements.

These changes are to be applied in normal circumstances.

The Disputes Panel will, due to the current Corona Virus/Covid-19 scare, be looking at all unplayed matches depending upon the circumstances and how the situation evolves. As usual common sense will prevail.

Currently Petanque England have issued guidelines that suggest that handshakes and kisses be substituted with the (very French) elbow bump. They, like us, will be monitoring the situation going forward.

With best regards - Mike Rios-Hall - Chair - Disputes Panel