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Almost . . . . . but not quite

Glorious spring weather on Sunday 25 March saw a three-way competition between Kernow Petanque and our nearest neighbouring English Petanque Association regions, Devon and Great Western. Each regions sent six triples and the four-round competition took place at the Isca Centre in Exeter, organised by Devon region.

The outcome was a very narrow victory for the Devon squad – 14 wins to Cornwall’s 13, with Great Western finishing on nine games won. Two of Cornwall’s losses had final scores of 12-13, so one more point won in one of those games would have either given Kernow an overall win or put us into equal first place.

Cornwall’s most successful team was Kernow 6 – Kate Herrick (Rising Sun Petanque Club, Altarnun) and Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC). They had three wins and a points difference of +7. Close behind them were Kernow 4 – Peter Lynas (Trengilly Wartha PC), Roy Pemberton (Treleigh Arms Petanque Society – TAPS) and Rosemary Piggin (Tregony) – with three wins and +4.

Gordon Couch, Anthony Frost and Jock Turnham made up Kernow 3 and had two wins (+9), plus one of the narrow 12-13 losses.

Kernow 1 and 2 also both had two wins. Kernow 1 – Hugh Appleton, Graeme Kirkham (Tregony) and Simon Penna (TAPS) – finished the day with a points difference of -10, narrowly ahead of Kernow 2 on -12. Kernow 2, made up of Robert Herrick (Rising Sun), Mike Hill and Dave Piggin (both Tregony), had a very varied day with scores across the four games played of 0-13, 13-12, 0-13, 13-0!

Finally, Pete English and Andrew and Sarah Jarvis, all from TAPS and making up Kernow 5, took one win and a points difference of -21.

The most successful team in the competition was Devon 1, with three wins and a points difference of +20. The team is made up of Thierry Hacq, Frank Depreaux (the current EPA shooting champion) and Devon Region president and chair of the EPA Umpires Commission, John Thatcher.


Winter league: final round

Winter League Winners 2012With first place already decided, the final round of the Cornwall winter league saw intense competition for the remainder of the spots on the prizes board. The competition took place at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 11 March.

Holding on to the second place they gained in the previous round were Mike Hill (Tregony PC) and Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC, Altarnun). Two more wins gave them a final points total of 67. Just behind them on 65 and with three wins in the final round were Roy Pemberton, Pete English and Mark McDermott (Treleigh Arms - TAPS).

In fourth place were Jock Turnham and Gordon Couch on 62 points, followed by Colin ‘Boot’ Booth and Pete Downing of the North Inn Petanque Club, Pendeen, with 60. Both teams had two wins.

Overall winners of the competition were Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson of Tregony PC. However, after dropping only two games over all of the earlier rounds they had a disastrous final day, losing all three.

Other results (to tenth place) were: 6th - Andrew and Sarah Jarvis (TAPS), 57 points; 7th - David and Rosemary Piggin (Tregony PC), 55 points; 8th - Kate Herrick and Peter Wayland (Rising Sun PC) and Paul Rundle (Tregony PC), 47 points; 9th - Richard Lapworth, Arnaud Ruetsch and Ruth Beresford, 46 points; 10th - Anthony Frost, Rod Walker and Roger Weiss, 40 points.


Winter league news

With five rounds played and one to go the top spot in the Cornwall winter league is secure.  Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson of Tregony Petanque Club now have an unassailable lead from the 15 games played with 75 points and a points difference of +87.  Maximum points score from each round is 17.

Competition is hot for the next few places, however, with narrow margins between the next six teams.

Currently holding second place are Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC) and Mike Hill (Tregony PC) with 55 points (+32), followed by two pairs with 50 points: Jock Turnham and Gordon Couch (+15) and Andrew and Sarah Jarvis of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS) on -5.

In hot pursuit are three teams on 48 points: Colin ‘Boot’ Booth and Pete ‘PD’ Downing of the North Inn PC, Pendeen (+44), David and Rosemary Piggin of Tregony PC (+37), and Roy Pemberton and Pete English (TAPS), with +25.

Still within reach of the podium (just!) are Richard Lapworth, Arnaud Ruetsch and Ruth Beresford, all West Penwith players, with 39 points (-31), and Kate Herrick and Peter Wayland (both Rising Sun PC) and Paul Rundle (Tregony PC), on 35 points (-15).

Fourteen teams took part in the 2011-2012 winter league competition. The final round will be played on 11 March.


Kernow Petanque AGM

Three new officers were elected at Kernow Petanque's 2011 Annual General Meeting, held at the Star Inn, Vogue, on Sunday 12 February.

Robert Herrick, formerly Playing Officer, was voted in to a new post, Vice President - Development. This role will have a broad remit, working to increase interest and participation in petanque in Cornwall. Getting the post off to a flying start, Robert announced a major petanque event now in the planning stages to be held in south-east Cornwall on France's Bastille Day, 14 July.

Elected as the new playing Officer was Andrew Jarvis, who has just re-launched the petanque club at the Treleigh Arms, Redruth.

Another new role voted in at the AGM was Youth Development Officer, aimed at increasing young people's participation in petanque in Cornwall. This was taken on by Sarah Jarvis, also a member of the revived Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS).


Happy event!

Long-standing member of Kernow Pétanque Dave Lynas – holder of many past titles and current webmaster – and his wife Carla have recently become proud parents, with the birth of Sophie Eleanor. She weighed in at 7lb 14oz, or a bit less than two sets of boules! Sincere congratulations and very best wishes from all Kernow Pétanque players.


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