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Cornwall winter events 'on tour'

The first in the new Cornwall winter series of one-off mini-competitions will take place in Boscawen Park, Truro, on Sunday 26 November. (The winter league event which was in the calendar for 19th November has been cancelled.)

This is a doubles event, open to all. There will be three games. Registration at 10.45, play begins at 11.00. Entry is free.

Boscawen Park is on Malpas Road, Truro; this leads off the Trafalgar roundabout. To reach the petanque terrain follow Malpas Road past the main park entrance and continue to a small car park on the right just before the entrance to Truro Cricket Club. There is parking in the car park or on the road. The playing area is under a very large pine tree near the car park.

There are toilets nearby, and a café.

This is the first in a series of winter mini-events, trying out different potential venues and a variety of playing surfaces. Should be fun - just keep your fingers crossed for a good weather forecast!


Winter league opening postponed

The first round of the Cornwall winter league competition, due to be held at the Star Inn on Sunday 29 October, has been postponed. Please pass this news on to anyone you know who was planning to take part.

The decision has been taken because several players who had expressed an interest in taking part were not going to be available. Discussions are also taking place on a change to the format of the competition, including playing at a variety of different venues around the county.

More news soon.


Charity doubles competition

The annual Reg Daddow Memorial doubles  competition takes place on Sunday 15 October at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, with all proceeds from the day going to the Little Harbour Children's Hospice at Porthpean.

Registration is 09.45-10.00, with play starting as soon as possible after that. £5 per player.

There will be a raffle and prizes would be welcome.

The Star Inn will be doing their usual roast rolls: please order in advance on 01209 820242. Please do not bring your own refreshments to the pub.


Kernow charity event

For the second year in a row Colin 'Boot' Booth and Graeme Kirkham took the trophy in the Reg Daddow Memorial doubles competition, held on Sunday 15 October, at the Star Inn, St Day. But only by the narrowest of margins.

After seven rounds of timed games three pairs had five wins: Boot and Graeme, Susan Williamson and Ray Beresford, and Dion Beechey and Rob Sullivan.

Dion and Rob had a final points difference of +10 but Boot and Graeme and Susan and Ray both had +19. Boot and Graeme had won the game they played against Susan and Ray - just! - with a score of 10-9.

Unfortunately the event, intended as the Cornwall region's major charity fundraising event of the year, attracted an entry of only seven teams, only six of which were from the local region. A big thank you to Ged and Ann Barton, who traveled from north Devon to take part and took fourth place.

A total of £150 was raised from entry fees, donations and a raffle and will go to the Little Harbour Children's Hospice, St Austell. The charity was chosen by Lena Daddow, widow of Reg, who was himself one of the founding players of petanque in Cornwall. The competition has been held in his memory since 2006.


New Cornwall Shooting Champion - and President's event melée winners

The new Cornwall region Shooting Champion is Andy Rose, of the Rising Sun PC. He took the trophy against nine other contestants on Sunday 8 October, during a competition held as part of the Kernow President's Day event at the Star Inn, St Day.

The event used the region's new shooting mat for the first time, obtained from those clever people in Southern Counties. Very convenient, although the stark white of the material was somewhat distracting! Just as well it was a bit gloomy or we'd all have been wearing dark glasses!

The melée was won by Tregony PC's Tony Smith, who took five wins and one draw from the six rounds played. The North Inn PC took second and third places, with Colin 'Boot' Booth on four wins and one draw and Bill Kingdon on four wins.

The pointing contest held during the day was won by Mark Hypponen, another North Inn player.

Turnout for the day was very disappointing, with fewer than half of the region's registered members taking part in what is intended to be a significant social event in the Kernow calendar. If players don't like melées (and some don't) they need to say what they would prefer!

Fingers crossed for more faces next Sunday at the region's major charity event of the year, the Reg Daddow Memorial doubles competition. 


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