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Cornwall at the qualifiers

Isca Petanque Club in Exeter was the venue for the 2012  south-west qualifying round of the annual search for the men's and women's triples teams who will represent the English Petanque Association (EPA) at international level during the coming year. Eleven men's and four women's teams competed, making the trip to Exeter from the EPA's Chiltern, Kent, Southern Counties, Sussex, Great Western, Devon and Cornwall regions.

The event, on Sunday 29 April, was played despite horrendous weather: gale-force winds and torrential rain continued all day, keeping temperatures well down and producing very challenging playing conditions. Accurate shooting in particular was difficult for everyone because of the cold and the impossible task of drying the boules!

Three Cornwall teams took part. The women's triple - Kate Herrick, Rosemary Piggin and Susan Williamson - made a good start, beating a strong Kent team 13-10, with a 13-9 win over a Great Western triple in the second round. They then lost 7-13 to an experienced Southern Counties team.

The men's triple A - Robert Herrick, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin - won three of their four games during the day. They lost the first 7-13 to a strong Kent team but then beat triples from Great Western (13-12) and Southern Counties (13-6).  In the knock out rounds they had a bye, which meant a long wait after lunch, but then came back from 10-0 down against a Southern Counties triple to win 13-11. They were among the four men's teams qualifying from the event.

Cornwall's men's triple B was Andrew Jarvis, Roy Pemberton and Paul  Rundle. They started the day in a league of 3 teams which meant a bye in the first round, always difficult when what you want is to get on with your game! In the second round they lost narrowly 12-13 to a strong triple of Sussex and Southern Counties players and then in the first knockout round beat the Devon triple 13-2. In the last game of the day they went down 1-13 to a very experienced Kent team.

This is the second year that the EPA qualifiers have come to Exeter, making it easier for petanque players in the south west to participate in the national selection process. The event is now a key date on the annual petanque calendar in the region. Many thanks to Isca PC for hosting the competition and to John Thatcher for umpiring and to he and Rose Thatcher for organising and running the day.



Cornwall doubles: results

The Cornwall doubles competition saw a storming return by former Great Britain international player Paul Lancaster, back in the region after several seasons away, with partner Simon Penna. The pair, both members of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS), won all their games and rolled out winners of the Skinners Regional Pairs trophy.

Runners-up in the competition, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 15 April, were Roy Pemberton and Pete English, both also of TAPS. Pete and Dave Lynas of Trengilly Wartha took third place and Dave and Rosemary Piggin of Tregony PC were fourth. Twelve teams took part.

Winners of the Plate were Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC) and Paul Rundle (Tregony PC), with last year's doubles winners Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC) scraping a place as runners up.

See the gallery page for photographs.



Cornwall doubles

The Kernow Petanque regional doubles competition takes place at the Star inn, St Day, on 16 April; registration 10.00-10.15, play starts 10.30. (Kernow Petanque members only - the Membership Secretary will be there if you want to join.)


Cornwall doubles - correction

The Cornwall doubles is on Sunday 15 April, not 16 April


No April Fools for start of season

Cornwall’s traditional first event of the petanque calendar, the Easter Egg Shoot, was held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 1 April. Despite bright sunshine there was a low turnout of only eight teams.
Overall winners were Simon Penna (Treleigh Arms Petanque Society – TAPS), Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (both Tregony Petanque Club), who won all five games during the day. Runners-up were Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas.
In third place were the Angel-Headed Hipsters – Gordon Couch, Anthony Frost and Jock Turnham – followed by the Rams: Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon and Kate Herrick (Rising Sun Petanque Club).
The Plate competition was won by Pete English and Andrew Jarvis (TAPS) with Paul Rundle (Tregony PC). Runners-up were Sarah Jarvis, Des and Barbara Yates (all TAPS). In equal third place were last year’s winners of the Easter Egg Shoot, Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC), Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan (both TAPS), and a pick-up triple made up of Rod Walker and two first-time players, Tina English and John Ransome.
Next event in the Cornwall calendar is the Regional Doubles, to be held at the Star on 15 April (Kernow Petanque members only). Watch this page for more details.

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