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2013 inter-regionals: not a triumph, but not a disaster

Eighteen wins from 48 games: that was the result for the Kernow Pétanque squad participating in the Division One Challenge competition at the 2013 English Petanque Association inter-regional tournament at Hayling Island on 14-15 September.

This was disappointing by comparison with the 27 wins gained in last year’s Division Two competition but reflects the higher standard in the upper division. The squad ended second from bottom of the Division One table and 2014 is likely to see Cornwall region back in Division Two.

Kernow 1 (Andrew Jarvis, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan) had five wins over the two days and a points difference of -7. They scored good wins against Isle of Wight 1 and Northern 1 on Saturday, but had a bad start to Sunday morning with a 13-0 defeat from Northern 2. The team went on to beat Anglia 13-1 and Isle of Wight 13-2 and squeaked another win against Southern 13-12.

Kernow 2 (Robert Herrick, Ian Johnson, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin) had five wins overall, with a points difference of -12. On Saturday they beat East Midlands 2 and Isle of Wight 2 – they took this last game 13-1 – but were soundly beaten 1-13 by Kent 2.  Sunday started badly, losing 2-13 to Northern 1, but the team pulled back with wins against the East Midlands, Anglia and Isle of Wight first teams, losing the penultimate game of the day narrowly 12-13 to Southern.

Pendeen’s North Inn Pétanque Club contributed the Kernow 3 team (Colin ‘Boot’  Booth, Peter ‘PD’ Downing and Barney Knapp), which took three wins from the weekend (points difference of -13). The team had a disappointing first day with only one win to record, 13-3 against Northern region, and frustratingly narrow losses against Kent (12-13), Isle of Wight (10-13) and Southern (11-13). Sunday was an improvement with a win against East Midlands and a convincing 13-2 versus Isle of Wight, plus another narrow 12-13 loss against Northern.

Kernow 4 – Pete Lynas, Rosemary Piggin, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson – took five wins from the weekend with a points difference of -12. They had three wins on the Saturday, the best Cornwall performance on the first day, beating Chiltern, Kent and Southern. The win against Kent 4 was a particularly good performance, the other team winning all 11 of their other games during the weekend! Sunday saw wins against Northern 3 and Isle of Wight 3 and a narrow loss to Southern 10-13.

The Cornwall squad’s best round was the last of the competition on Sunday afternoon: despite torrential rain and high winds – not ideal weather for boules! – they took four wins out of four against Isle of Wight. The final rankings for the Division One Challenge competition put Cornwall second from bottom with 18 wins and an overall points difference of -44, above Isle of Wight’s 18 wins and points margin of -82. Top team in the Division was Kent, with 34 wins.

Kate Herrick was the Kernow team manager, keeping track of where games were to be played, recording scores, tracking down lost boules and being generally supportive. Cornwall Regional Coach Paul Lancaster offered advice and encouragement throughout. Now it’s time for the squad to reflect on what went well and more particularly on what should have gone better, with an eye on the 2014 competition.

  • Photographs of the squad will appear on the gallery pages and on the Kernow Petanque Facebook page.

Cornwall Inter-Regional squad

Kernow Pétanque has named its squad for the English Petanque Association Inter-Regional competition, to be held at Mill Rythe, Hayling Island, over the weekend of 14-15 September.

The region will be entering four teams in the Challenge competition. Team 1 will be Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) with Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan (Treleigh Arms). Team 2 is Dave Piggin, Graeme Kirkham (both Tregony PC), Ian Johnson (Vogue PC) and Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC).

Three members of Team 3 are from the North Inn PC, Pendeen: Colin 'Boot' Booth, Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp. The fourth member is Paul Lancaster (Rising Sun PC).

Team 4 is from Tregony PC: Susan Williamson, Rosemary Piggin, Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle.

Team manager is Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC).

We're looking forward to it - fingers crossed for good pétanque weather!


New Kernow shooting champion

The new Cornwall precision shooting champion is Arnaud Ruetsch of Penzance. He convincingly took top place during the Kernow Pétanque regional shooting competition held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 18 August.

The shooting competition was part of the annual President's event. Second place went to Colin 'Boot' Booth of the North Inn Pétanque Club, Pendeen.

The day also featured a melée, won by Simon Penna with Rosemary Piggin as runner-up, and various pointing and pétanque skills contests.


Summer league result

Winners of this year's Kernow Pétanque summer league were Piggin Hell: Dave and Rosemary Piggin and Susan Williamson, all of Tregony Pétanque Club. Runners-up in the competition were Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas, playing as 2 plus 1.

Lena Daddow took first place in the captains' competition.

These two teams were clear winners and, instead of the finals scheduled for 1 September, six of the league teams played a round robin as an end of league competition.

Winners were the North Stars: Andrew Jarvis  and Rod Walker of Vogue PC with Barney Knapp of the North Inn, Pendeen. Runners-up were Not a Clue, with Pete English, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan, all of Treleigh Arms Pétanque Society (TAPS). Third were the Trinites: Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC) with Graeme Kirkham and Paul Rundle of Tregony PC.


Cornwall wins again

For the second year in succession Cornwall came out on top in Kernow Petanque's annual match against the Devon region, played at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 7 July.

The final score was close: 17 wins to Cornwall against 13 for Devon. The outcome was all the more creditable in that several of Cornwall's more experienced players were absent and four of the Cornwall team were playing in an inter-region event for the first time.

It was also a strong Devon squad, including chair of the English Petanque Association (EPA) umpiring commission and Devon president John Thatcher, EPA president Mike Pegg and last year's EPA shooting champion Franck Depreaux.

The best Cornwall performances came from Simon Penna, Hugh Appleton, Rob Sullivan and Roy Pemberton, of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS), and Pete PD Downing, Barney Knapp and Ray Beresford of the North Inn, Pendeen. Both teams won all five of their games.

Rae and Dave Argent (Rising Sun PC, Altarnun), with first-timers in a regional match Des and Barbara Yates (TAPS), won three out of five games. Two teams won two: Lena Daddow (Vogue PC), Barbara Brown, and Pete Lynas (both Tregony PC), and Pete English (TAPS) with Andrew and Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC). Paul Rundle (Tregony) with first-timers Arnaud Ruetsch and Richard Lapworth had a bad day with no wins.

(Apologies to all our readers for the late posting of this report.)


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