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SCPA Regional Status Update

SUFFOLK COASTAL PETANQUE ALLIANCE

OBTAINING REGIONAL STATUS – UPDATE 5th JANUARY 2022

(Bold, underlined text is used to illustrate certain specific important parts).

Thank you all for being so patient in awaiting the arrival of this update document. It is has been an ‘’open secret’’ for several seasons now that the next step forward for the Suffolk Coastal Petanque Alliance is being able to stand on its own two feet, independently, as its own region, separating amicably from the Anglia Region.

But first, to expel all the whispers and rumours that have been circulating in recent weeks, it needs to be noted that if you do not currently have a Petanque England (PE) licence and NEVER plan in doing so, then for you absolutely nothing will change in the way the current Suffolk Coastal Petanque Alliance is set-up, with its current cycles of Summer and Winter Leagues, competitions and tournaments and that nothing will change in how you and your team members take part in the various leagues etc. You will not be forced to take out a PE Licence, nor will your team be required to have a minimum number of licenced players and you would not need to register your club or team with PE.

So as we say, NOTHING will alter in the way the current set-up is, so lets put that to one side and lay the rumours to rest.

If you are a current PE Licence member, or you are planning to obtain a licence in the near future or at any further time ‘’down the line’’, then please read on. Equally if you don’t plan to ever have a PE Licence but want to at least keep abreast of what is potentially happening, then please feel free to also digest the following information.

INITIAL DISCUSSIONS

Those of us that have experienced playing at Regional level over the years or have come into Regional level playing in recent seasons, know what a great step up from ‘’club level’’ this can be and the opportunities of further playing at a higher level this can bring. This culminates with a region being able to enter the Inter-Regional Championships, held usually in early September each year. This consists of being able to send 8 triples teams to the Championship, 4 additional triples teams to the Challenge and, if a region is so blessed, a junior triples as well. Each triple can be a foursome, so this gives up to 52 players a chance to represent their region, spread over a 2-day weekend.

To achieve regional status, we would need the approval of Petanque England, as our governing body, and having spoken to the vast majority of our current PE licence holders who play in our Coastal events, it became very evident that the desire to become our own region was burning quite brightly in most of us.

So starting in February 2021, outline discussions were held with several members of the PE Board, followed by in person and telephone conversations with the PE Events the then incumbent PE President. After setting out why we wanted Regional status, PE were upbeat in our aims but had the concerns on how such a separation would affect the Anglia Region, as there is no point in setting up a new region, only for an existing one to decline and potentially fold.

Therefore, PE said our proposals would be reviewed but only on the basis that we obtained Anglia Regions permission before PE would potentially consider it.

So at an Anglia Region Executive Committee in February/March 2021, we were given the opportunity to discuss our proposal to the Anglia Region Executive, who listened to what we had to say and stated that we needed to go away and prove over the course of 2021 that we could generate PE licence holders and create ways in which we could expand on our PE Licenced Membership. They would then review this at the Anglia AGM in November 2021.

2021 SEASON

We went away and, over the course of the season, promoted the taking out of a PE Licence and the benefits it gives. To this end, the Inter Challenge Match versus Mercia Region gave us an opportunity to further advertise the importance of holding a licence, not just the insurance coverage it provides to the individual holder.

That match versus Mercia showed how many would turn out and play for the region with a full 8 triples teams (all consisting of 4 players), therefore meaning 32 Coastal players took part and we even had a waiting list of other players, if any last minute substitutions were required.

*All those that took part in this match will still be receiving a free SCPA polo shirt, it hasn’t been forgotten!!!

The match result also shows that we can hold our own on the piste against a settled and established regional team, which bodes well for the future.

ANGLIA AGM

At the end of November, we managed to get our proposal accepted as a Motion to be discussed at the Anglia AGM, in that we needed to seek Anglia’s permission to take our formal proposal to Petanque England.

We had to get this Motion included in the AGM at short notice, because had we not done it this year, we would have had to have wait until the November 2022 AGM before we could get it raised again, hence the urgency of our email attempting to get your support.

Having set out an initial proposal document, which was countered by another document, a good, frank, honest, open debate was undertaken and at the end of it, a formal vote was taken. You were only allowed to vote if you were present in person at the AGM and whilst we asked that you emailed your support of the proposal, these votes of support were not counted but at least did prove that the weight of those people who would have been eligible to vote if they had been in attendance, were in favour of the proposed motion that we be given formal permission to speak to PE.

We set out that whilst we had somewhere around 45 current PE Licence holders who regularly play in the Coastal events, that we also had around 15 to 20 others who we believe would be interested in taking out a PE Licence in the future as a ‘’Suffolk Coastal Region’’ player.

The vote was ‘’near’’ unanimous with 19 votes for, 2 abstentions and 0 votes against.

LICENCE RENEWALS

Another reason for the urgency in getting the permission to speak to PE was because Licence Renewals were due on 1st January 2022, and if we were to achieve Regional Status, we needed to give PE time to get Suffolk Coastal added as a Regional option on the LoveAdmin website where Licence Renewals are carried out.

HOWEVER, PE released news just before Christmas that if you currently hold a PE Licence, its validity has been extended until 31st March 2022, meaning that you DO NOT NEED TO RENEW YOUR LICENCE UNTIL 1stApril 2022.

This gives us a little bit of ‘’breathing space’’ in approaching PE, as we need to set out our full proposal but also to understand what documents we need to put in to them to accompany our submission, so this is now the next stage that we are embarking on.

WHAT BEING A REGION WILL ENTAIL?

Being a formal Region involves your membership having to be 100% Licenced members, but as we stated in the opening paragraphs of this document, everything that is currently Suffolk Coastal is totally ring-fenced and left unchanged and unaffected.

So a completely separate organisation would need to be created, where membership is limited to only those who take out a PE Licence but still under the ‘’Suffolk Coastal’’ branding.

There is no proposal to run any separate leagues under this set-up. Everything remains as is.

But the new Coastal Region would then be able to run its own Regional Championships for Triples, Doubles, Singles, Tir De Precision, Juniors (hopefully), Over 55’s etc, with the winners and runners-up automatically qualifying for the annual National ‘Champion of Champions’ event in each category, with every region in England sending their respective winners and runners-up to compete.

As a Region, we would be able to take part in other Inter-Regional events, as well as the main Inter Regional Championships, on an even footing with our opponents as opposed to being a ‘’pseudo-region’’ as we seem to be at the moment when we play Mercia each season etc.

YOUR CHOICE

At no point whatsoever are we saying you MUST have a PE Licence nor are we saying you MUST have a Coastal Licence if we get regional status, we are just saying that we would recommend and promote the obtaining of a licence, as once we hopefully get that status, we need your support to help us be as supportive of our governing body as we hope they will be of us.

At the end of the day, it will ALWAYS be your personal choice.

We will always allow non-licence holders to be as much a part of our Coastal brand as we would those that hold licences, whether they be Coastal, Anglia, Eastern or whatever.

NEXT STEPS

We are approaching PE within the next two weeks to establish the parameters of what we need to put in place.

OUTCOMES

From how we see things, there is likely to be one of three outcomes to this:-

  1. Petanque England say no………..that’s it, the whole proposal stops short, but this will not stop us from keeping asking in future years.
  2. PE say yes and we can get everything in place by 1st April 2022 in time for licence renewals.
  3. PE say yes but give us a year to get everything in place, so 1st April 2023 becomes the renewal date, and those who wish to renew their licence this year, will still renew as Anglia Region for the 2022 season.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at webmaster@suffolkcoastalpetanque.co.uk.

 

Suffolk Coastal Petanque Alliance

January 2022

Memorial Tournament 2021

Sunday 19th September sees the return of the Memorial Triples Tournament, this year being held at Carlton Park Saxmundham.

Please be at the venue for 9:15 ready for a short briefing.

On Sunday 12th, Martin did a live Facebook draw to decide the teams, taking a player from each of the three 'Barrels' to ensure the teams are as balanced and random as possible.

Memorial 2021 Seeding Teams

The format will be three 'seeding' rounds in the morning, after which teams will be seeded based on our usual system of Games Won/Drawn/Lost then points difference then points for.

Seeds 1 to 8 will go through to the Gold Knockout, seeds 9 to 16 to the Silver Knockout and seeds 17 to 22 will go into the Bronze Knockout.

In the Gold and Silver, the 4 losers of the next round will go into the Gold Consolage and Silver Consolage. In the Bronze Knockout, seeds 19 to 22 will play off, with the winners joining seeds 17 and 18 in the Semi-Final, the losers will be out of the competition. If this is as clear as mud, don't panic, we will tell you what to do on the day.

All games up to the finals will be timed at 50 minutes, when the bell rings you finish the end you are on and play one more. An end is deemed to have finished when the last boule of the end has been played.

Here are the list of the seeding matches with the estimated start times.

Memorial 2021 Seeding Matches

We look forward to seeing you there!

Eels Foot Results

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After a years hiatus the Eels Foot Cup returned to the calendar yesterday - we had 29 teams after a late drop out so 3 teams played a 4th morning game to avoid bye’s and one of their matches was not counted (randomly drawn prior to any match being played!).

The weather was extremely good to us until midway through the final(s) but given the forecast we were lucky all day.
After the morning qualifiers Simon & Bill, Dave & Julie and Simon & Sandra were the only 3 teams with 3 wins and qualified as the top 3 seeds, the top 8 moved into the gold and particular mention to Joy and Sharon, a late replacement who qualified 4th.

In the gold, Simon and Bill won through easily to the semi’s as did Simon and Sandra, joined by Martin and Richard. The best match of the round however was Dave & Julie against Baillie & Matt, in a see-saw match Dave and Julie were leading 11-9 going into the last end only to see Matt and Baillie secure a 3 for a 12-11 win.

Meanwhile the silver moved through the rounds to deliver a final line up of Pierre & James v David & Josh and the silver consolation saw Paul & Kim line up against Chris & Michael.

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In the gold semi’s Matt and Baillie ended the run of Sandra and Simon with a convincing win whilst Martin & Richard edged past top seeds Simon & Bill whilst in the consolation round last years winners Lil’Quinn won through to play Stefan and Alan.
Kim & Paul were victorious in the silver conselation whilst Pierre and James won the silver.

In the gold consolation Stefan and Alan just managed to squeeze past Lil’Quinn 13-11 whilst in the gold final Baillie and Matt got off to a flyer leading 9-1 and despite a bit of a fight back they never really looked in danger, winning the final 13-5.

Thank you to everyone who stayed behind to watch the rain interrupted finals and to John, Pat, Michael, Wendy & Hils for helping set up and so on and to Richard for making scoring/seeding so much quicker!

Summer League Knockout Stage

We are approaching the end of the Pool stages of the Summer League 2021, and as soon as the last results are in we will publish the draw for the Knockout stages. Please remember that all Pool matches must be played by 22/08/2021.

There will 5 separate Knockout tournaments:-

  • Gold - The 8 teams who won their respective Pool
  • Silver - The 8 teams who came second in their Pool
  • Bronze - The 8 teams who came third in their Pool
  • Copper - The 8 teams who came fourth in their Pool
  • Tin - The 6 teams who came fifth in their Pool

The top two seeds in the Tin Tournament will get a Bye to the Semi-Final stage.

Teams will be seeded based on the usual SCPA method, using the metrics below to split the teams:-

  1. Points per game
  2. Games difference
  3. Games won
  4. Points difference
  5. Points scored

Matches are the same format as the Pool stages, 2 rounds of 2 pairs, with a deciding game to be played if the score is 2-2. As per usual SCPA rules, this decider can be played by a pair who previously played together.

Singles Competition Results

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On the 26th June, our first post COVID tournament saw 28 players, and several horses, head to The Eels Foot for the Singles Tournament.
Following three rounds in the morning, the players were seeded, with Seeds 1 to 8 playing in the Gold, whilst Seeds 9 to 28 played for the Silver.
At each Quarter Final stage, the losing players went into a Gold or Silver Consolage tournament.
Full singles results:
Gold - Dan Cooper beat Richard Baker in final, losing semifinalists Simon Fletcher & Andy Wilson
Gold Conselage - Baillie Inglis beat Pete Etheridge, losing semi finalists Phil Richardson & Michael Quinn
Silver - Martin Inglis beat Paul Fletcher
Silver Conselage - Matt Conway beat Steve Bell
Thanks to Martin, Pat and John Willis for organising another great tournament, which judging by the Facebook comments was enjoyed by all (especially our International Super Star Super Sub Tracey who handed out quite a beating to her other half).
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SCPA vs Mercia

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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.

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The Suffolk Coastal got off to a good start, winning 4 games to Mercia's 3, with the last game finishing as a 9-9 draw, giving SCPA 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, all 4 of the 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. Lastly thank you to Paul Fletcher for allowing me to use some of his excellent photos of the day.

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

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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 martininglis@hotmail.co.uk, then on 29th August we have Moules & Boules at Aldeburgh – still spaces available so please register via Simonfletcher1968@icloud.com….

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 martininglis@hotmail.co.uk 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!!!