IPA DOUBLES 2022

August 13th saw the 2022 edition of the IPA Doubles played in a sun kissed Bushy Park Dublin.

After the two round-robin group games the 13 teams were whittled down to two, Samir and Sariff and Sylver and Franck, to contest the final.

The final saw some excellent play by both pairs and in the end Samir and Sariff ran out the winners by the narrowest of margins – 13 points to 12.

Congratulations to all participants and thanks to Park Pétanque Club for facilitating the event.

Our photo, courtesy of Des Spratt [Ormeau Petanque Club] gives a flavour of the day’s play in Bushy Park.

2023 Celtic Challenge Qualifier – entry update!

The IPA Council has reconsidered the arrangements for the 2023 Celtic Challenge qualifying event.

The date of the Qualifier remains the same i.e. Saturday 10th September 2022.

What has changed is the date for entries, which has been brought forward to 1200 on August 9th 2022.

The reason for the change of entry date is to ascertain from those entered the most favourable venue at which to play the Qualifier. The 2023 Celtic Challenge is being held at the North Down club in Bangor.

Team captains MUST state their willingness to play the Qualifier in North Down, Bush Park or Frankfield or state No Preference [if that is the case].

Once entries are received in August the Council will decide the venue for the Qualifier and we hope that all teams will be able to travel to play at the chosen venue. At their discretion, the IPA Council may allow ‘late’ entries, up to the original entry date of 3rd September 2022 on the understanding that late entries will have no say in the choice of venue.

Triples that have already expressed an interest in playing in the qualifier are required to confirm their entry AND specify their preference for the venue as per above.  

These changes have been made in the hope of getting as many teams as possible to enter so we can select the best 8 triples to represent Ireland next year.

Wishing you all an enjoyable summer – wherever you may be spending it.

Denis Nightingale – Hon Sec IPA

2022 IPA Mixed Doubles

A small but quality field were present in Bushy Park Dublin on 21st May for the 2022 Mixed Doubles.

Our photo shows the winners Terry and Tuathla Greene with the trophy they won after defeating Christy Nolan and Kathleen Fay 13-10 in the final.

Also included in the photo is Colin Delaney, organiser on the day, who along with partner Aoife, lost out to Dave Beck and Dawn Kirk by the same score in the third place play-off.

Thanks go to Colin for his organisation on the day and to Park Pétanque Club for facilitating the event.

IPA Events in 2022

Just a reminder of the upcoming IPA events-

IPA Mixed Doubles 21st May in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 14th May

IPA Doubles 13th August in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 23rd July

2023 Celtic Challenge qualifier 10th September in Bushy Park Dublin – entries to be with the Hon Sec by 1200 on 3rd September. Ireland will be hosting the 2023 event so we need 8 triples to play in the Celtic Challenge so we would encourage as many teams as possible to enter the qualifier in September.

All entries as usual to denisnightingale@yahoo.co.uk by the date/time specified above.

CELTIC CHALLENGE 2022

The much delayed 2020 Celtic Challenge finally took place in Glasgow on the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Saturdays play was saw the teams battling rain and wind but, as our photo of the Ireland team shows, the sun did come out for some of the time.

The Ireland team, a mixture of experienced and novice internationals, had a poor start on the Saturday but rallied on the Sunday gaining 15 of their total of 24 wins on the day. A better start might have seen them overhaul the hosts who just pipped Ireland to second place with 25 wins in total.

Wales however were the dominant team of the weekend winning a total of 33 of the games they played = congratulations to the men and women of Cymru who put an end to Scotland’s run of success in the competition.

Lets hope for a better result for Ireland when the competition returns to the Emerald Isle in 2023

2022 IPA National Triples

13 Teams played in the National Triples with representatives from clubs across the country, Cavan, Limerick, Down, Cork, Bayside, Fairview & PPC.

After the round-robin phase the qualifiers from the two groups were:-

Colin, Sariff & Samir Winners of Group A,  with 4 wins + 38pts

Stephane, Cathal & Alain R/U in Group A, with 4 wins + 36 pts

Yaness, Andy & Ashok Winners of Group of B,  with 4wins + 30pts

Sylver, Gilles & Franck R/U in group of B, with 3 wins + 18pts

In semi-final 1 Colin Sariff & Samir beat Sylver, Gilles & Franck by a score of 13 – 6

While in semi-final 2 Stephane, Cathal & Alain beat Yaness Andy & Ashok by a score of 13 – 1

In the final won by Colin, Sariff & Samir defeated Stephane, Cathal & Alain by 13 – 5.

Congratulations to the winners and all who took part, especially those competing in their first National event.

UPCOMING IPA EVENTS FOR 2022

Entries are now closed for the IPA Triples event in April but you still have time to enter the following events:-

IPA Mixed Doubles on 21st May – Closing date for entries is 14th May 2022

IPA Doubles on 13th August – Closing date for entries is 23rd July 2022

Celtic Challenge 2023 qualifier on 10th September – closing date for entries is 3rd September 2022. As Ireland are hosting to 2023 event we need 8 triples to represent the IPA so its an opportunity for those of you who haven’t played for Ireland before to have a go and see if you can pull on the green shirt on home soil.

2022 IPA SINGLES

26th March saw a good turnout for the 2022 event and after some keen play during the day in Bushy Park the final was between Sylver Breteche and Johnny Kelly with Sylver being triumphant.

Congratulations to all participants and thanks to Park PC for hosting the event.

REVISION TO COMPETITION CALENDAR 2022

PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED COMPETITION CALENDAR OF THE IPA BELOW

IRISH PÉTANQUE ASSOCIATION

REVISED CALENDAR FOR 2022

MONTHDATEVENUEEVENTAPPLICATION TO HON.SEC. by 1200 on
MARCH @Saturday 26thBushy ParkIPA Singles5/03/22
APRIL @Saturday 23rdBushy ParkIPA Triples26/3/22
APRIL/ MAYFriday 29th to Sunday 1stGlasgowCELTIC CHALLENGE 
MAY@Saturday 21stBushy ParkIPA Mixed Doubles14/5/22
JUNESaturday 25thTBADownpatrick Summer Doubles*18/6/22
AUGSaturday 6thTBADownpatrick Changing Partners*30/7/22
AUG@  Saturday 13thBushy ParkIPA Doubles23/7/22
AUGSaturday 27th Sunday 28thFrankfield P.C. CorkBoules blitz**AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
SEPT@Saturday 10thBushy Park2019 Celtic Challenge Qualifier ( Triples )3/9/22

@ SEE REVISIONS BELOW.

ENTRIES FOR THE ABOVE IPA EVENTS SHOULD BE WITH denisnightingale@yahoo.co.uk BY THE LATEST 1200 ON THE DATE SPECIFIED ABOVE. IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO RESTRICT ENTRIES TO EVENTS DEPENDING ON COVID REGULATIONS IN FORCE AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.

Singles entries in to Hon Sec by 5th March

Qualifiers, if necessary, 12th March -19th March date and venue as suits entrants and organisers

Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 19th March

Final 26th March NEW DATE, Bushy Park Dublin

Triples entries to Hon Sec by 26th March

Qualifiers, if necessary, 9th April -16th April date and venue as suits entrants and organisers

Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 16th April

Final (Triples) 23rd April (no change) Bushy Park Dublin

Mixed Doubles entries to Hon Sec by 14th May

Final (mixed Doubles) 21st May Bushy Park Dublin

There is no change in the timetable for this event.

Doubles entries to Hon Sec by 23rd July

Qualifiers, if necessary, 30th July – 6th August date and venue as suits entrants and organisers

Qualifying results sent to Hon Sec by end of 6th August

Final (Doubles) 13th August (no change) Bushy Park Dublin

ENTRIES FOR THE DOWNPATRICK AND FRANKFIELD EVENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO :-

* THIS IS NOT AN IPA EVENT – ENTRIES SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO

slybret11@hotmail.co.uk

** THIS IS NOT AN IPA EVENT – ENTRIES SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO

frankfieldpetanque@gmail.com

Hon Sec 26th February 2022

Where to play Pétanque in Ireland

As well as the established clubs in Ormeau, Belfast; North Down, Bangor; Frankfield, Cork and Bushy Park Dublin, details of three new clubs are given below. They can be contacted via the details given and in addition some of the clubs have a Facebook page and/or a Website.

 Martello Boules Club, People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire.  
Play every Saturday Morning at 11.00   In good weather we also play mid week morning or afternoon when it suits membership.   Newcomers always welcome to drop by.   No membership fee. Insurance  10e per annum. Extra collected if and when required.   Contact Drusilla Wynne 0872390985  

County Cavan Pétanque is based at

Belturbet Community Bowling Club Station Road Belturbet H14E276

We are an existing short mat bowls club who have been in existence since 2005. We are based in Belturbet, a border town, and have established our own new boulodrome which consists of 3 competition standard pistes. The piste is in the station grounds. Pictured below.

All are welcome. There is no fee to visit and play. If anyone wants to join the County Cavan Pétanque club it’s €20 membership that also gives you membership to the Short matt bows club as well. 

You can contact the club via billygleadell@icloud.com.

Sligo Petanque Club pistes in Sligo town at Mitchel Curley Park pictured above.
Secretary of the Sligo club is Lennie McVeigh and her email address is lenniemcveigh@gmail.com.