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Second time lucky? New date for postponed Easter Egg Shoot

The annual start-of-season Easter Egg Shoot will now take place on Sunday 28 April. Weather permitting!

This is a doubles competition and open to all.

The competition will take place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day (TR16 5NP), with registration from 10.30 to 10.45 and start of play at 11.00. Entry: £5 per player.

The Star's famous roast rolls are available for lunch, to be ordered in advance - phone the Star on 01209 820242. Please note: do not bring your own food or refreshments to the pub.

Look forward to seeing you there.

(Once again, we should make it absolutely clear that no Easter eggs are harmed during the course of the event. Apart from being eaten, of course.)

 

Easter Egg Shoot postponed

The Met Office forecast for tomorrow is not good: it's currently predicting 80-90 per cent probability of heavy rain through the morning and until about 2 o' clock, with the temperature feeling like 0 degrees in the strong wind.

There's no point in suffering that much Cornish weather, and it certainly won't make for good petanque!

So we'll postpone for now and hope to re-schedule the event soon.

Disappointing, but . . . .

 

Kernow players at part 2 of club coaching course

Three Kernow players took part in the Pétanque England club coach examinations at Isca PC, Exeter, yesterday, following the initial training day in January.

Colin 'Boot' Booth and Mark Hypponen (both North Inn PC), with Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), had an early start travelling up to Exeter for a day of tests aimed at assessing their ability to give new players a good grounding in the basic elements of the sport. Other candidates were there from Devon and Great Western regions.

First up was a one-hour written examination covering a wide range of topics, from the 'basics' (size and weight of legal competition boules, size of the throwing circle, etc) to trickier questions on the role of the coach and effective ways of communicating within coaching sessions.

This was followed by a practical session, outside on a cold and breezy Isca terrain, formally observing and assessing three volunteer 'guinea pigs' on the various aspects of the throw - grip, stance, backswing, use of the non-throwing arm, follow-through and release - in pointing, squat pointing and shooting. Congratulations to the guinea pigs on their acting skills!

Back inside for lunch - many thanks to Ged Barton, Devon president, for doing the shopping - and then each of the candidates was asked to give two short presentations, inside or out on the piste, on topics chosen at random, to test their effectiveness at communicating within the coaching process.

Finally, each candidate was asked to show their ability to demonstrate 'good practice' in pointing, squat pointing and shooting: it's all very well being able to talk the talk but coaches have to walk the walk as well!

Now the candidates have to wait for the results, which should be with us some time in the next month. Wish us all luck!

Overall, it was a very good day. Many thanks to Chris Garratt of Great Western who ran the course and examined the participants. Thanks also to Thierry, John and Ged of Devon for duties as guinea-pig 'demonstrators': only a matter of time before they all get 'Oscars'!

 

Easter Egg Shoot kicks off 2019 Kernow season

First event of the petanque season in Cornwall is the traditional Easter Egg Shoot, to be held on Sunday 14 April. This is a doubles competition and open to all.

The event takes place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day (TR16 5NP), with registration from 10.30 to 10.45 and start of play at 11.00. Entry: £5 per player.

The Star's famous lunchtime roast rolls are available to order in advance - phone the Star on 01209 820242. Please note: do not bring your own food or refreshments to the pub.

Look forward to seeing you there!

(Please note that no actual Easter eggs are shot during the course of the event: it's just a name.)

 

Final stop on the winter boules safari

Four teams turned out for the last of the winter doubles events, held this time at Trengilly Wartha, Constantine.

We had hailstones, rain and occasional sun, plus an undulating surface that varied from hard in places, allowing the chunky gravel to divert an unwary boule, to very soft.

Winners this time were Mark Hypponen and Dominik Ellwanger, with two wins and a points difference of +11 from the three games played.

Pete Lynas and Bill Kingdon also had two wins, but narrow margins - 13-12 and 13-11 - gave them a points difference of -6.

Colin 'Boot' Booth and Graeme Kirkham had one win (-2), with Ray Beresford and Emmanuelle Juan also on one win with -3.

The boules safari events have been enjoyable as a way of keeping the arm swinging through the winter months but also an opportunity to play a greater range of surfaces than we experience with our usual club venues.

The Kernow calendar for the coming season will be out shortly: next event will be the traditional start-of-season Easter Egg Shoot on 14 April. More details soon.

 
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