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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:


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