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Last round of the winter doubles and new officers for Kernow Petanque

The final round of the 2017-18 Winter Doubles series took place at the Star Inn, St Day, yesterday, 4 March. This was a much smoother (and greener) roly-poly surface than most of those played during earlier rounds.

There were five teams and after four games the winners were (open the envelope) . . . . Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony), with four wins (+19). Second were Andy Rose (Rising Sun) and Pete English (North Inn), on three wins (+14). Third place went to Mark Hypponen (North Inn) and Dominic Ellwanger: two wins (+3).

The competition was followed by the Kernow AGM. Pete Lynas stepped down after three years as President of Kernow region; Graeme Kirkham was elected as President for the coming year. A huge thank you to Pete for all he has done for the region during his term of office.

Bill Kingdon (North Inn) will take over as Secretary and Susan Williamson is now Membership Secretary for the region: get your 2018 subs to her as soon as possible!

The meeting was attended by 11 members. There was discussion of the format for the Winter Doubles event - going on tour and trying a variety of different playing surfaces was generally agreed to have been successful - and of the 2018 Summer League.

It was agreed that this year each club taking part in the League would play both home and away matches against each of the other clubs. The format would be three timed triples games, which will allow rounds to be played on weekday evenings if preferred. Each game must be played during the month specified in the League programme. Full details will be available soon.

Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis also announced that he has agreement for some refurbishment of the Star playing surface - watch that space!

Finally, this year Kernow will again be entering a squad for the Challenge competition at Petanque England's Inter-regional event. This takes place at Hayling Island in September. This comes after two years in which it has not been possible to take part as a region - looking good!!


Winter doubles and Kernow AGM

The final event in the winter doubles series will take place at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 4 March. Registration 10.30-10.45 for 11.00 start of play.

The event is open to all - everyone welcome.

This will be followed at about 15.00 by the Kernow Petanque Annual General Meeting. Details of this have been sent to all current members by email or by post. The agenda and other information will go out shortly.

This is an important meeting: our President, Pete Lynas, has indicated that he will be standing down and it would be good to have as many members as possible there to elect a new President. All other officer posts are also open to nominations.

Details of the officer posts and the nomination process were in the recent email / letter from the Secretary. Any items you would like to be discussed at the meeting should be notified to the Secretary by next Saturday, 24 February.

Please note: only paid-up members of Kernow Petanque will be able to vote or be nominated as officers. If possible, please renew your membership online before the meeting:…

If you wish to transfer between clubs please contact the Kernow Membership Secretary before renewing.

If you don't want to renew online you will be able pay the current year's subscription (£27) prior to the meeting.


To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go . . . .

Weather and numbers permitting, the next outing in the winter doubles series will take place next Sunday, 4 Febuary, at Swanpool car park, Falmouth.

We plan on three games. Registration 10.45 - start of play 11.00. Open to all - all welcome.

To be sure that there will be enough players to make it a worthwhile event (minimum four pairs), please email Graeme - see contact us page for email address - to confirm you will be there. The forecast isn't great for later in the week so, as before, we'll post here and on Facebook and email a final on/off decision on Saturday.


Winter boules

At least eight people have said they will play at Swanpool tomorrow (Sunday 4 February), which gives us three games. If more than eight turn up, but fewer than 12, we can make up some triples to avoid byes or anyone sitting out.

However, the Met Office forecast for Falmouth tomorrow is for a feels-like temperature of 0 degrees at 11.00! Sunny intervals but a gusty north-east wind. Is everyone still keen? Please email Graeme - see contact us page for email address - if you are not going to come - it's a long way for people to go if we are not going to be able to get the three games planned.


Boules in Penzance

Eight players turned out for the 14 January leg of the winter boules safari, held in the fine setting of St Anthony's Gardens, Penzance: palm trees, a fountain and Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount in the background.

The surface was . . . challenging. Thin gravel over very uneven tarmac with plenty of biggish stones coming through, lightly topped with patches of grass and weeds and liberally sprinkled with quantities of dog mess of varying freshness.

After three timed games two pairs had two wins and a points difference of +4. Mark Hypponen and Roy Pemberton just took the top spot, because they beat Arnaud Ruetsch and Richard Lapworth when the two teams played each other in the first round.

Also making an appearance, though not in the results table, were Andrew Jarvis and Graeme Kirkham, and Pete English and Andy Rose.

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