The Welsh Pétanque Association (WPA) will be hosting the annual Home Nations Championship in 2019, meaning a return to the country that provided the very first venue for the tournament in 2000 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Although originally a battle between England, Scotland and Wales, the Jersey Pétanque Association joined the fray for the first time in 2016, and in 2018 the Jersey Pétanque Club at Les Quennevais welcomed Home Nations competitors to the shores of the Channel Island for the very first time.
Since its inception, the Home Nations Championship has always been won by England, although the 2018 tournament was a very close run affair that was not settled until the the very final round. It ended up with England on 64 wins, Jersey on 61, Scotland on 42 and Wales on 25.
Our Welsh friends will be looking to improve on that on 10th and 11th August when the Championship returns to the centre of Cardiff at the Monkstone Pétanque Club, Pen-y-lan Bowing Club, Marlborough Road, Cardiff, CF23 6BU. This is a great venue with good facilities and our England teams had a fabulous experience there in 2015.
The Home Nations Championship offers a superb opportunity to PE members to represent their country and wear the cherished white shirt of England. 8 teams or 3 or 4 players are required to defend our title and we use our Home Nations Qualifier (HNQ) to find those teams. The HNQ will be once gain held at the Nottingham Pétanque Club on Sunday May 12th, 2019 and our members can enter by logging into their online PE account. It’s the best and easiest way to enter all PE national competitions.
The HNQ is one of our most popular competitions and the Home Nations itself is not only a great weekend of sport, it’s also an excellent social occasion that our players and officials always enjoy. Why not get your team entry in today for HNQ 2019?