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Stop press: a famous victory!

The annual Cornwall V Devon inter-regional triples match took place at Isca Petanque Club, Exeter, on Sunday 1 July. For the first time that anyone can remember Cornwall came out on top with a final score of Cornwall 23 wins, Devon 13, with an overall points difference of +63.

Six teams from each region took part. Team of the match were Cornwall's no 3, Simon Penna, Steven Boyne and Roy Pemberton, who won all six of their games during the day. Three other Kernow teams won four games and the others two.

Most of the Cornwall squad have taken part in previous Cornwall - Devon battles, but the victory was a particularly notable success for five members who have been playing at club level for less than two years.

Devon President John Thatcher was magnanimous in defeat: 'Congratulations to Kernow for not only winning yesterday but soundly thrashing Devon. It had to happen sometime and yesterday was your day, well done. We will return to you next year in Kernow and try to do much better.'

Many thanks to John and his team for hosting and organising the event.



A day by the sea for Cornwall boules players

Sunday 24 June marked the eighth consecutive year that Cornwall boulistes have met in Penzance on Quay Fair day to play informal games in St Anthony's Gardens. The Gardens lie just behind the Promenade and are also at the hub of the Quay Fair fun-fair: sea views, large crowds and high-volume noise from the rides make quite a contrast with the peaceful rural setting of our usual events at the Star Inn, St Day.

Fine weather brought a good turnout, including both regular players and a number who dust off their boules once a year specially for this event. The playing surfaces in the Gardens were acknowledged to be 'challenging' - an uneven layer of small beach gravel over very uneven tarmac - but rewarded those who took the trouble to look for a landing spot for their boules. The presence nearby of the Yacht Inn helped to console those who didn't. Here's to next year!


New Cornwall singles champion

Winner of the 2012 Kernow Pétanque Singles title is Simon Penna of the Treleigh Arms Pétanque Society (TAPS). He adds this victory to the Cornwall doubles trophy, which he and partner Paul Lancaster won last month.

The competition was held at the Star Inn on Sunday 20 May and despite a fine warm day - perfect pétanque weather - attracted a disappointingly small entry of only 13 players.

The semi-finals saw Simon win 13-9 against Steven Boyne, defending holder of the Singles trophy, who had won the competition for the past three years. In the other semi, Andrew Jarvis, Kernow Pétanque Playing Officer and also of TAPS, beat another TAPS player, Rob Sullivan, 13-11.

Score for the final between Simon and Andrew was 13-4. Steven Boyne beat Rob Sullivan 13-7 to take third place in the event.

In the final of the Plate competition Roy Pemberton, another TAPS member, won 13-5 against Peter Lynas of Trengilly Wartha.


Triples title gives Simon three in a row

Triples winners - Hugh, Simon and PaulFalmouth-resident Simon Penna and partners Paul Lancaster and Hugh Appleton took the Kernow Pétanque 2012 triples title at the Star Inn, St Day, on 10 June. Simon adds the title to those for the Singles and Doubles events which he won earlier this season.

The final saw Simon, Paul and Hugh win 13-7 against a team made up of Robert Herrick of the Rising Sun Petanque Club, Altarnun, and Dave Piggin and Graeme Kirkham of Tregony PC. In the semi-finals the latter won very narrowly 13-12 against Colin 'Boot' Booth, Ray Beresford and Pete 'PD' Downing of the North Inn PC at Pendeen. In the other semi-final Simon, Paul and Hugh beat Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas 13-9.

A playoff between the semi-finals runners-up gave third place in the event to the North Inn team. The Plate was won by Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon and Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC). Only seven teams took part in this year's competition, continuing a trend of disappointing support for regional events.


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.



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