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North Inn points the way

Despite a cold, windy day with little sign of Spring, the traditional Easter Egg Shoot season-opener for Cornwall's boules players attracted a near record turnout of 15 pairs, including two visiting teams from Devon.

Held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 7 April, the event was a striking success for the North Inn Pétanque Club, Pendeen, with two teams from the club facing each other in the final. Overall winners were Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp, with Colin 'Boot' Booth and Ray Beresford taking second place.

The losing semi-finalists were Devon visitors John and Rose Thatcher and Tregony PC's Susan Williamson with - playing for the first time in several years - Rachel Ellis.

The plate competition was won by another Devon pair, Peter and Sue Smith, who beat Tregony's Graeme Kirkham and a new player in his first competition, Cliff Tunnicliffe.

Next event on the calendar is the Cornwall regional Doubles competition on 21 April. Entry is restricted to paid up members of Kernow Pétanque: memberships can be paid on the day.


New season begins with Easter Egg Shoot

The first event of the 2013 calendar is the annual Easter Egg Shoot, which will take place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 7 April. This will be a doubles competition and is open to all - new players will be very welcome.

Registration is 10.00-10.15 and play starts at 10.30. Entry is £10.00 per team. Prizes and a raffle.



New pétanque club in Cornwall

A new pétanque club has been formed at Kernow Pétanque's main competiton venue, the Star Inn at Vogue, near St Day.

The new club, known as Vogue Pétanque Club, already has a number of members signed, several of whom were previously independent regional members. President of the club is Kernow Pétanque Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis, the Secretary is Sarah Jarvis (KP Youth Development Officer) and Treasurer Rod Walker.

Club nights will probably be Thursdays (to be confirmed), starting from mid April. For more information contact the club by email via the contacts for Andrew and Sarah on the Contact Us page.


Cornwall (more-or-less) on top in three-way event

The annual three-way competition between Cornwall, Devon and Great Western regions ended with a narrow win for the Cornwall squad. The final scores were 15 wins to Kernow, 14 to Devon and 11 for Great Western.

The outcome wasn't quite that simple, however, in that Cornwall and Great Western both fielded seven teams, Devon only six. Low temperatures and a biting easterly wind made the start-of season event something of an ordeal for the players and the competition was limited to four rounds rather than the planned five.

The result turned on the last game of the day, between the Cornwall 5 team - Andrew and Sarah Jarvis and Pete English - and Devon 5: Ged and Ann Barton and Peter Smith. The Cornwall team had a bad start but came back from 9-1 down to win 13-12!

Three Cornwall teams won three out of the four games, with Cornwall 2 - Robert Herrick, Dave Piggin and Graeme Kirkham - narrowly losing their final game against Devon 1 (Franck Depreaux, Thierry Hacq and Rob Brealey); they had been leading through the game but a loss of focus in the last couple of ends cost them the result. Cornwall 5 also won three games, as did Cornwall 7 (Lena Daddow, Barbara Brown and Pete Lynas).

The other Kernow teams were: Cornwall 1 (Hugh Appleton, Roy Pemberton and Simon Penna), 2 wins; Cornwall 3 (Colin 'Boot' Booth, Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp), 1 win; Cornwall 4 (Rosemary Piggin, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson), 1 win; Cornwall 6 (Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon and Kate Herrick), 2 wins.

Thanks to John Thatcher and his team for organising the event and to Cary Bush for umpiring - no fun on cold day!



2012-13 winter league results

The final round of the Winter League produced no changes in the top four places: Andrew Jarvis and Roy Pemberton, who led almost from the start of the competition, strolled home to take the trophy with 16 wins from 18 games played and a points difference of +103. 

Second were Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp of the North Inn Pétanque Club, Pendeen, with 13 wins (+30) and third Simon Penna and Pete English of the Treleigh Arms Pétanque Society (TAPS) with 10 wins (-15). In fourth place were Gordon Couch and Jock Turnham of the Rising Sun PC, Altarnun, with 8 wins (-24).

Just behind - moving up two places since the previous round and with eight wins from 15 games played (+11) - were Colin 'Boot' Booth and Ray Beresford of the North Inn. (The Winter League rules penalise teams who don't play in every round.) Sixth were last year's winners of the competition, Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson of Tregony PC, with seven wins from 18 games (-21).

Another Tregony team, Dave and Rosemary Piggin, were in seventh position, with six wins (-29). Eighth were Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch with six wins from 15 games (-11). They again lost out because of missing a round, as did the final two teams: Robert Herrick and Wendy Booker (five wins from 15 games, points difference of -8), and Kate Herrick and Paul Rundle with five wins from 12 games (-18).

The Summer League - open only to Kernow Pétanque members - will be a triples competition and starts on Sunday 28 April.




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