Irish teams for 2018 Celtic Challenge

After a competitive days play in Bushy Park Dublin, facilitated by Park Pétanque Club and organised by Jim Ryan, the following top 8 teams emerged as the Ireland squad for the Celtic Challenge in 2018, [scores are subject to scrutiny].
October 2017 Bushy Park
Position             Team                                    Wins  Points Difference
1                Tavares-Novaresio-Beritault     6              +45
2                Di Pizzo-Robert-Misty                   6              +43
3                Toner-Greene-O’hEireamhain  5              +25
4                Di Fusco-Rene-Jim-Padraig         4               +12
5                O’Neill-Hickey-Zydorek                4              +10
6                Davidson-Hennessy-Ryan           4                +4
7                Ruff-Broderick-Ruff                      2                 -7
8                O’Boyle-Subtil-Kavanagh            1               –22
Should any of the top 8 teams be unavailable for some reason the following teams will be ‘promoted’ from the Reserve list in the order indicated.
1            Flanaghan-Dolan-Javid
2            Carroll-O’Donohue-Cassidy 
3            Grummit-Ferguson-Talbot 
4            Kerr-Treliving-Cannet 
The second qualifying round will be held in Bushy Park on Saturday 10th March2018 with a round robin format being used. Scores from the first qualifying round will be carried forward to the second round.

2017 Irish Doubles

Bushy Park Dublin once again hosted the IPA Doubles on Saturday 16th September.

A dozen teams from all over Ireland competed for the perpetual trophy.

After the group matches and semi-finals it was a keenly fought encounter between Jack di Pizzo & Alain Robert and Gregory Novaresio & Vincent Boritault with the latter pair coming out on top.

Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part and thanks to Owen and the rest of the Park Petanque Club for their organisation of the event..

IPA Triples

Congratulations to the 2017 Triples Winners – pictured below – Vincent, Gregory and Vincent kept the trophy at Park Petanque Club for another year at least.

Well done too to all the other teams taking part and PPC for their organisation on the day.

2017 triples winners

2017 IPA Singles

The 2017 Singles competition was held at a damp and windy Bushy Park on 18th March.

Players from Cork and Belfast joined the Dublin players for a good days sport despite the conditions. The two groups for the round robin stage saw all three Bretèches in the one group so it really was a family affair in that group with young Sylver coming out on top with 5 wins. In the other group there was also a clear winner when Stéphane Voinot, playing in his first  IPA singles event, ran out a clear winner. [Stéphane has also been drafted into the Celtic Challenge team in place of Vincent  Belingard who has had to drop out for work reasons.

The final was a closely fought affair in the early ends but Sylver managed to dominate the latter stages and ran out winner by 13 points to 6. congratulations to both players on their performance.

Our thanks once again go to Owen Kelleher and the Park Petanque Club for hosting the event.


Our photo shows Stéphane [left] and Sylver [right] being presented with their trophies by Owen – IPA Treasurer.

NB 18th March was also notable as the day the wheels came off the English Rugby chariot at the Aviva stadium. Well done to the 23 lads in green!


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