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Geevor for round 1 of the winter boules safari

Now confirmed that the first of the Kernow winter competitions will be at Geevor mine, Pendeen (TR19 7EW), next Sunday ,18 November.

Registration 11.00-11.15, start of play approximately 11.30 or sooner if we're all set to go. A café and toilets are near at hand and there's a variety of playing surfaces. Just what we were looking for!

For those who haven't taken part previously, the boules safari takes us to places where we don't usually play and aims to find more 'interesting' and 'challenging' surfaces than those of our usual pistes. The usual format is three timed games. 

All welcome: it would be great to see some new faces or faces we haven't seen for a while. Please email Graeme ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are intending to play.

See you there!.

PS. If anyone has a suggestion for a venue for a future safari event, the main requirements are an interesting but playable surface with enough space for at least four games, with toilets and (preferably) a café or pub nearby.


Annual Kernow charity event takes place next weekend

The annual Reg Daddow Memorial Doubles contest takes place next Sunday, 21 October, at the Star Inn, St Day (TR16 5NP).

This is an open event - all are welcome to take part. All proceeds will go to charity.

Registration will take place from 10.00-10.15, start of play at 10.30. £5 per player. The competition will probably finish at about 5pm.

Please order your Star roast rolls in advance on 01209 820242: choice of meats, gravy and stuffing. Please do not bring your own food and refreshments to this event.

Raffle: donations of prizes welcome.

Look forward to seeing you, one and all. Fingers crossed for good boules weather!


Rob is new Kernow shooting champion

The new holder of the Kernow Petanque Shooting title is Rob Sullivan of Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major. He took the contest with a total of 15 points, just ahead of runner-up Pete Lynas (Tregony PC) on 14 points.

Seven players took part in the Cornwall region precision shooting championship, held during the annual President's Event, which took place on Sunday 30 September at the Star Inn, St Day.

The shooting contest consists of five 'disciplines' - target set-ups including a single boule, boules between boules, boules behind boules and an individual 'jack' - each of which is attempted from four distances between 6.5m and 9.5m. Points are awarded for shots which touch the targets or remove them cleanly from the 1m target circle.

A petanque skills contest was also held during the morning, with tests including accurate throwing of the jack, pointing in front of the jack and pointing to move an opposition boule from close to the jack. The winner was Barbara Brown of Vogue PC with Graeme Kirkham (Tregony) runner-up.

Three rounds of a doubles competition were played before and after the lunch break, somewhat marred by drizzle and a cold breeze, with Colin 'Boot' Booth and Graeme Kirkham taking first place with three wins and, in second place, Pete Lynas and Ros Luckman, a new player to Kernow Petanque events, with Susan Williamson stepping in in the the third round.

The next Kernow Petanque event is another 'open' competition, the Reg Daddow Memorial Doubles contest, which will take place at the Star Inn, St Day, on 21 October. Watch this space for further details.


Cornwall winter boules safari

The Kernow calendar issued in March this year scheduled the first round of the 2018-19 winter competition for 7 October.

Things have been busy recently and regrettably there wasn't time to get this organised. Round 1 was therefore postponed. Apologies to anyone who was particularly disappointed!

The format this winter is likely to be the same as that we trialled last year, with monthly excursions to different venues for informal three-round events, trying out different playing surfaces. Last year's terrains included the car parks at Geevor mine, Pendeen, and Swanpool, Falmouth, the piste in Boscawen Park, Truro, and St Anthony's Gardens, Penzance.

Keep an eye on this page, the Kernow Petanque Facebook page and your email inbox (if you are on the mailing list) for details. If you have any ideas for new challenging places to play (preferably with toilets and cafe nearby), please get in touch.


Kernow President's open event - Sunday 30 September

This coming Sunday, 30 September, the annual Kernow Petanque President's event takes place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day (TR16 5NP).

The format this year will be a little different from past years:
At 10.30 will be the Kernow Petanque Shooting Competition, to decide the 2018 Kernow Shooting Champion. This is open only to current members of Kernow Petanque.
From 11,30 there will be a Petanque Skills Competition (mainly pointing); this is open to all as individuals.
From 12.30 there will be a Doubles competition of three or four rounds, again open to all.
So, turn up in time for the events you are interested in taking part in. We aim to finish the day's play by about 5pm.
There will be a short break for lunch at about 1.30. You can order the Star Inn's famous roast rolls in advance on 01209 820242. If you don't order in advance there may not be food available. Please do not bring your own food or other refreshments to the pub.
Look forward to seeing you and there will be prizes!
Please pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested.

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