IPA competitions 2017

The draft calendar of IPA events was agreed at the AGM and is available below.

Please note that there is a proposal [subject to agreement by the clubs] that the inter-club tournament for 2017 become a triples rather than a doubles event.

All entrants to IPA competitions must be members of the IPA but can join on the day of a competition.

Please note that there will be NO extension of entry dates for competitions under any circumstance.




Rules of Pétanque 2017

FIPJP has updated the official rules of Pétanque with effect from January 2017. It is important that all players are aware of the [changes to the] rules. All players are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the new rules to avoid disputes on the piste. Your attention is drawn [among others] to Article 7 – players feet when throwing; Article 17 Players behaviour and Article 21 – time to play; which have caused some debate in the past. As one who knows – bad habits can be hard to break – so please try and keep to the rules but above all  ENJOY! See here for the current rules of the game. official-rules-for-the-sport-of-petanque-2017

IPA AGM 2017

The draft minutes of the AGM will be available soon but just to let you know the Council members elected on 11th February were;


President: Jim Ryan
Hon.Sec: D Nightingale
Hon.Treas. Owen Kelleher


George Davidson
Cahal O’Boyle
  Norman Flanagan
  Letitia Hyver
  Barra O hEireamhóin
  Martin Kerr

Irish team for 2017 Celtic Challenge

The four Irish triples for the annual match between Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be held in Melrose, Scotland in 2017 have been finalised. The players come from all 4 established clubs representing Cork, Dublin, Belfast and North Down and are as follows:

Jack Di Pizzo, Alain Robert, Vincent Belingard

Jim Di Fusco,  Pádraic Di Fusco and Rene Di Fusco.

Greg Toner – Barra Ó hEireamhóin – Michael Greene

Humberto Tavares, John O’Grady and Ciaran McFerran

We wish the team all the best for the competition and hope to improve on our performances in the recent past.

2016 IPA Doubles

The 2016 IPA Doubles were held on 16th September in Bushy Park Dublin, Kindly facilitated by Park Petanque Club. The weather was fine and a good day’s sport was had by all teams

The 12 doubles entered were drawn into two groups and a round robin format meane each team played fve games. At the end of the round robin the top two teams in each group  progressed to the semi finals which saw Gregory Novaresio & Vincent Beritault take on  Conor and Tim from Park Petanque Club while Franck & Sylver Breteche  faced  Humberto Tavares & Jack di Pizzo.

Franck and Sylver played Gregory and Vincent in a very tough final but the Breteches were victorious in the end – congratulations to them and all who participated.


The winners of the 2016 IPA Doubles

Inter Club Doubles 2016

The recent competition was held in Bushy Pary Dublin on 21st May with teams from North Down, Park and Frankfield Petanque clubs taking part.

This was the first major competition held on the refurbished piste and the victorious club was North Down.

Congratulations to their team of Franck and Sylver Breteche and George Davidson and Paul Trainor.