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Deck your halls with boules and holly

The annual Kernow Santa Shoot event will take place next Sunday, 17 December, at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day. Registration from 10.30 - 10.45, play to start as soon as possible afterwards.

It will be a melée - new teams are made up in each round, so you don't need to come as part of a team - and to keep things moving there will be four or five rounds of timed games. Open to all - bring your friends.

Refreshments will be available at the start, to warm us up, and please phone your orders for roast rolls to the pub in advance on 01209 820242. Do not bring your own refreshments to the Star.

If you are intending to play it would be useful if you would email Andrew or Graeme (email addresses on Contact us page), so that we know someone will be coming (!) and so we can make forward arrangements with the Star.

Ho ho ho!


Winter pairs event called off

Please note: not enough players are available for the winter pairs event proposed for Penzance on Sunday 10 December, so this will not now take place.


Boules in the Park

The first of the new Cornwall winter event series took place in Boscawen Park, Truro, on Sunday 26 November, with seven pairs turning out in spite of a less than favourable weather forecast.

The Met Office promised us a 90% chance of heavy rain, gusty winds and a feels-like temperature of only 5 degrees. As it happened there were a few minutes of a light mizzle, no wind and it was reasonably warm with an occasional glimmer of sun - Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn PC) played in shirt sleeves!

The going on the park piste was good to soft in places, with occasional stony patches and plenty of subtle ups and downs, just to make it interesting. For shooting it was almost entirely boule to boule (as it should be); landing short just bounced over the target boule. A great venue, with lots of activity around, a cafe (good bacon rolls) and toilets near at hand.

And there was the return of an old 'face': Jock Turnham turned up with his son, Mike, for his first Kernow Petanque game in what seems like a long while. Good to see both of them.

And the result? Top place with three wins (OK, two wins and a bye) went to Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony). Second were Pete Lynas (Tregony) and Sue Hardy, on 2 wins (including a bye) and +11, and third Andy Rose (Rising Sun PC) and Pete English (North Inn) with 2 wins and +8.

No prizes, but definitely a good event, and a great opportunity for those who were at Brian Stote's coaching session last weekend to put some of the ideas acquired into practice. Or not.

Next in the series is scheduled for 10 December in St Anthony's Gardens, Penzance. Full details nearer the time.


Cornwall winter boules safari - event 2

The second event in the Cornwall winter doubles series will take place at St Anthony's Gardens, Penzance, on Sunday 10 December. Registration 10.45, start 11.00; free entry, all welcome.
As with the successful first event in Boscawen Park, Truro, three games are planned.

St Anthony's Gardens is behind the Promenade in Penzance, close to the Jubilee Pool and the Yacht pub.
The competition needs a minimum of four pairs to make it worthwhile. A number of people have already said that for various reasons they won't be able to take part this time, so it would be very helpful if pairs who are intending to play can say so soon.
Either leave a comment on the Kernow Petanque Facebook page indicating that you will be coming or email Graeme Kirkham ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to confirm.
If it looks like there won't be a reasonable turnout the event will be cancelled, so please respond as soon as possible. Look out for further news here.


Coaching day in Tregony

A very big thank you to Brian Stote, current coach to the England junior squad and former chair of the EPA Coaching Commission, for a great day of coaching in Tregony today.

Ten Kernow Petanque members took part and benefited from well structured morning and afternoon sessions which ran from first principles - grip, stance, backswing, balance, etc - to some basic elements of tactics and team dynamics.

Brian strongly emphasised the importance of identifying and playing to a suitable landing spot for each boule thrown - plenty of practice landing boules on beer mats! - and the potential benefits of playing 'aggressively'. The latter was illustrated with a trial game played to a maximum of 4 metres from the throwing circle!

All who took part came away with lots to think about and new skills to practice and put into effect: roll on the 2018 season! The Kernow Management Committee will also be looking out for further opportunities to make coaching available to Cornwall players.

The session was a timely reminder of the very useful EPA coaching video (Brian was a major contributor to this, and provides the commentary). It is available to watch on the EPA website:

Finally, a big thank you to Tregony Sports Club for hosting the day and providing a very fine lunch.


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