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9th July Update

Quick reminder tomorrow evening (10th July) I s cut off for entries into the Cup that will be renamed! We have , I think 21 entries so far so hopefully we can get up to 24 and have 8 groups of 3, guaranteeing 4 group games and 1 knockout. – if we have 24 or close to that we can then look to have a gold silver and bronze knockout so every team will be guaranteed 5 games and we can have a mini finals day….

In terms of Winter League cut off for entry is 31st July so plenty time, with a view to mid/late August start 

Finally any more volunteers for The Annual shooting comp let me know and I will aim to set up a couple of afternoon sessions….

all correspondence on Facebook page or via please….

Covid Cup Updates

As at 03/07 we have 13 teams registered in the Covid Cup – we are hoping to have groups of 3 of 4 with top 8 going into Cup and remainder into Plate – this should allow all teams a minimum of 5 games – deadline for entries is Friday 10th July so please let us know via….if any singles or couples are looking for a team again please let us know and we will aim to create scratch teams for those looking to play

Singles League latest

16 players registered for the Singles league in June, moving into early July we have seen a number of games played and 1 league already completed with Martin completing a clean sweep with a close fought victory against Darryl in the final match....elsewhere all to play for in the other 3 divisions although it’s looking like Matt may secure Division B - the top 8 go into a seeded playoff so all to play for....

In the cup a couple of fixtures have been completed with John securing victory over Hugh and Ray B beating Richard in a close match

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