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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.


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.


Kernow at the inter-regionals

For the first time since 2015 Kernow Petanque, the Cornish region of Petanque England, took part in the annual inter-regional competition, which was held at Hayling Island, Hampshire, over the weekend of 14-17 September.

The Kernow squad of 14 players and manager came home with a good result: 25 wins from the 48 games played over the two days of the event. This gained them third place among the eight teams in the Division 2 Challenge competition, a creditable outcome for the region with the smallest number of members of all the Petanque England regional associations. This potentially gains them promotion to Division 1 of the Challenge in next year's inter-regionals.

Top-scoring team was Kernow 1, Colin 'Boot' Booth, Bill Kingdon, Graeme Kirkham and Roy Pemberton, who won eight of their 12 games. Day 1 of the competition was particularly successful, with six wins from seven games and a points difference of +25. They had a particularly good 13-8 win in the penultimate round on Sunday, beating an East Midlands team which won ten of the other games played during the weekend.

Kernow 2 - Mark Hypponen, Andrew Jarvis and Andy Rose - won seven games over the weekend, with 5 wins from seven games on Saturday but, as with Kernow 1, a tougher day on Sunday, with only a further two wins and a final points difference of zero.

Kernow 3 were Lena Daddow, Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson. They picked up three wins on Saturday and another on Sunday for a total of four wins and a points difference of -35.

The St Columb Major players who made up Kernow 4, Dion Beechey, Tim Coad and Rob Sullivan, had six wins from 12 games across the competition, with four on Saturday and two more on Sunday. Their final points difference was -14.

The fifteenth member of the Kernow squad was manager Sue Hardy, who did a great job keeping track of scores, getting validating signatures, reporting the results and getting the teams to the right playing areas on time - thanks Sue!

The weather was great, with bright sunshine across pretty well the whole weekend, the playing surfaces were varied (mostly on the difficult side of 'challenging') and the petanque was - as always - sometimes good, sometimes not. The photographs (see the Kernow Petanque Facebook page: give an idea of the great atmosphere at this major event in the boules-player's calendar.

The photos, as well as the results, also show that most members of the squad have some room for improvement in technique and consistency: the drop-off in successes on day 2 says the same thing. Let's keep working at it and see what Kernow can do next year!

Full results for the Division 2 challenge competition are at…/IRChallengeDiv2.pdf

Results for the whole event are on the Petanque England website:


Tregony come through in final round of Cornwall summer league

After trailing a win or two behind St Columb Major's Coaching Inn PC all season, Tregony PC produced a big score against the leaders in the final round to take the 2018 summer league title. This is the third year in succession the Tregony club has won the league.

Both games in the final round of the six-leg competition were played on Sunday 23 September, with Tregony at home to Coaching Inn and Pendeen's North Inn away to Vogue PC at St Day.

Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle of the Tregony team were in Guernsey for the Open this weekend, so regular Tuesday-night player Keith Redfern was drafted in (thanks Keith!) to join Susan Wiliamson and Graeme Kirkham against the visiting team of Dion Beechey, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan.

After the five previous rounds Coaching Inn held a 12-11 lead over Tregony in games won, needing two wins from this leg to avoid a draw, which could have meant a Tregony win on a better points difference. In the event all three games went to Tregony, with scores of 13-5, 13-4 and 13-3, giving the Roseland team a final tally of 14 wins from the 18 games played and an overall points difference of +87. Coaching Inn's final score for second place was 11 wins and +13.

In the other final round match Vogue's Lena Daddow, Andrew Jarvis and Paul Lumley faced Colin 'Boot' Booth, Mark Hypponen and Bill Kingdon for the North Inn. The home team started strongly, with Vogue taking the first game 13-1, but North Inn came back to take the second and third games 11-8 and - another big margin - 13-1.

Vogue ends the competition in third place with six wins from 18 games and -21 with North Inn PC on four wins and -79.


Countdown to Hayling!

This Friday the Kernow squad, together with hundreds of other petanque players from all over England and Wales, heads to Hayling Island, Hampshire, for the annual Petanque England inter-regional competition.

The four Kernow teams will play 12 games over the weekend, seven on Saturday 15 September and five more on Sunday 16 September.

Having not taken part in the event as a region since 2015, Kernow Petanque this year has a squad of 14 players plus manager and will be playing in Division 2 of the Challenge contest.

Kernow 1 is Colin 'Boot' Booth and Bill Kingdon (both North Inn PC), Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony). Kernow 2 is Andy Rose (Rising Sun PC), Mark Hypponen (North Inn) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC).

Lena Daddow (Vogue), Susan Williamson, Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle (all Tregony) make up Kernow 3 and Kernow 4 is Rob Sullivan, Dion Beechey and Tim Coad (all Coaching Inn PC).

It's great that Kernow is once again taking part in the biggest event on the petanque calendar for the regions making up Petanque England. But, the long-term goal is to have a large enough squad for Cornwall to be able once more to take part not in the Challenge but rather in the main competition at the inter-regionals: that means eight teams, at least 24 players. So, if you are in Cornwall and interested in playing petanque, Kernow Petanque needs YOU!


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