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Trengilly boules terrain back in play

After several years with little or no play, the petanque piste at the Trengilly Wartha Inn, near Constantine, has been refurbished and is now very definitely back in use.

The terrain had become very overgrown and was used more by the pony stabled beside it than by boules players! Recently, however, Kernow Petanque President Pete Lynas, who originally built the facility (including the massive stone wall along one side), has put a lot of work into clearing vegetation and making it playable again.

It's a nicely challenging surface, with a variable slope from side to side, some humps and bumps and hard and soft spots.It's located in a peaceful spot in the woods behind the pub.

The Trengilly Wartha Inn (postcode TR11 5RP) is well known for its food and beer and tucked away in beautiful surroundings at Nancenoy, just south of Constantine village and close to the Helford river. Just right for a boules safari!

 

Making each boule count - for charity

Eight teams took part in the 2016 Reg Daddow Memorial doubles competition, played on Sunday 16 October at the Star Inn, St Day.

Contrary to good weather forecasts the day was marked by two very local torrential downpours - places less than two miles away had no rain at all - which left much of the playing area temporarily under water and most of the players very damp!

Despite this there was a good day's play and £150 was raised for Children's Hospice South West, particularly the Little Harbour hospice at Porthpean, St Austell.

Overall winners were Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), with four wins from the five games played and a points difference of +25. In second place were Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle (both Tregony) with four wins and +8.

Third place went to last year's winners, Anthony Frost (North Inn) and Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC), with three wins and +8, narrowly ahead of Mark Hypponen (Tregony) and new player Eric Guy on three wins and +5. This was a particularly good result because it was only Eric's second time playing petanque.

By chance the last game on the terrain was a re-run of 2015's tight final between Anthony Frost and Gordon Couch and Colin 'Boot' Booth and Graeme Kirkham. In 2015 Anthony and Gordon took the top spot 13-12; this year Boot and Graeme turned the result round to win by the same score.

This game could have reversed the eventual positions for first and third places, with both teams going into it with three wins. After several tight ends the score was 12-8 to Anthony and Gordon, who then had a bad end, ending up out of boules while Boot and Graeme had only pointed one. Graeme shot the jack 'over the top' (a miracle!) to take four points, which made it 12 all. Boot then pointed close to the jack and Anthony and Gordon regained the point only with their sixth and last boule, played by Gordon, which nudged Boot's boule aside to give them two. Graeme shot the nearest boule and Boot pointed in for game.

Thanks to all who took part for a very worthwhile day and to those who donated for helping us raise a worthwhile sum for LIttle Harbour,

 

Cornwall winter league starts

The Kernow winter league competition begins this Sunday, 2 October, at the Star Inn, St Day.

This is a doubles contest, open to all - new players are very welcome. The rounds take place approximately monthly through the winter and all are played at the Star.

Registration 10.00-10.15, :Play starts at 10.30.

 

It's the great Cornwall charity petanque event again!

The major Kernow Petanque charity event of the year, the annual Reg Daddow Memorial doubles competition, takes place next weekend, on Sunday 16 October. Once again the aim is to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This is an open event - all players, new and experienced, are very welcome. It takes place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day; registration is 10.00-10.15, with start of play 10.30. Entry £10 per team.

Roast meat rolls will be available for lunch - please order in advance by phoning the Star on 01209 820242 by Saturday 15 October. Please do not bring your own food to the pub.

Look forward to seeing you there: bring your friends!

 

Kernow at Hayling Island

Seven Kernow Petanque players made the trek across country to Hayling Island this weekend to take part in the English Petanque Association's annual Inter-Regional competition.

They formed teams 3 and 4 in the Challenge Division 2 Combined squad, which came fourth of the eight regions in this event with a total of 25 wins from the 48 games played. The two Cornish teams contributed 14 wins to the total.

Team 3 - Colin 'Boot' Booth, Roy Pemberton and Graeme Kirkham - won six of their seven games on Saturday, despite heavy rain, mud and pools of water on the terrains. On Sunday, under blue skies and warm sunshine, they took a further two wins from the three morning games and until lunchtime were on the board as one of the three most successful teams in the Division 2 Challenge. Unfortunately that was it and they lost the two afternoon games.

Andy and Enid Rose, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson were team 4 and took three wins on Saturday and - despite losing Paul's services to a bout of food poisoning - a further three on Sunday.

Coaching Inn's Roy Pemberton, new Kernow Shooting champion, took part in the EPA precision shooting competition on Friday evening, but after a long journey and a rush to get there didn't make the final four for the Saturday semi-final and final.

Winners of the Division 1 Championship this year were Southern Counties, with Chiltern second and Kent third. Division 2 was won by Eastern.

Devon retained their place in the Division 1 Challenge, coming third despite the absence of ace shooter Franck Depreaux, Southern also took the top spot in this contest.

We couldn't get a Kernow squad together for the event this year: let's start working now to make sure Cornwall is there in 2017!

 


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