Our Senior England Women compete in international competitions at World level (organised by the FIPJP) and at European level (organised by the CEP).
Currently the cycle is that in odd numbered years, our Senior Women play in the World Triples Championships (to be played in Cambodia in 2019) and also the World Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles (to be played in Spain in 2019). In even numbered years, they play in the European Triples Championships (played in France in 2018) and the European Singles Championship (played in Italy in 2018).
In 2018, our team for the European Championships was Sarah Huntley, Emma Longstaff, Sabrina Seville and Claire White and they finished joint 9th in the main championship.
Sarah competed in the Precision Shooting at the tournament and was ranked 22nd out of 33 after the qualifying round which mean she did not progress into the final stages.
Our player that competed in the European Singles was Sarah Huntley who finished joint 5th. Sarah replaced Sammy Thatcher who had originally been selected for this tournament but who had to withdraw due to illness. It was Sammy (Singles and Doubles) and Emma Longstaff (Doubles and Mixed Doubles) who represented England at the 2019 World Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Spain and they took us to a 30-year high with a Quarter Final placing (joint 5th) in a World Championship.
PE uses a system of National Rankings Competitions to find our representatives for international competitions. The process followed is set out in our National Playing Programme. In 2019, we will be inviting the top two players in our National Rankings to represent England in the World Triples Championship in November along with two other players selected from those placed 3 to 6 in the Rankings.
All PE license holders can compete in our National Rankings Competitions, but international rules restrict our representation to UK nationals only.
Women in Pétanque (WIP)
An initiative led by a group of PE’s female members and established in September 2017 aims to promote the sport to women of all ages. They provide information, share news and promote pétanque throughout the country.
In 2019, WIP launched a highly successful set of International Women’s Day (IWD) Doubles competitions throughout PE’s regions, leading to the inaugural National IWD Competition held at Oxshott PC, where Hassi Leverett and Karen Lombard won the trophy for the first time.
WIP issues a regular newsletter, and you can download these below.