Kernow Petanque

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Arnaud on target

Congratulations to Arnaud Ruetsch (North Inn PC) on winning the Kernow Petanque shooting championship, taking back the title he previously won in 2013.

The shooting contest took place during the annual President's Day event at the Star Inn, St Day. Second place went to Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC), third to Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn PC).

Winner of the President's Day melée was Paul Rundle (Tregony PC) - Paul also won the pointing competition held during the day - with Andrew Jarvis taking second and Barbara Brown (Tregony PC) third. All three had four wins from the five rounds played, with Paul just ahead on points difference.



Kernow President's event

The annual Kernow Petanque President's event takes place on Sunday 4 October, at the Star Inn. Vogue, St Day.

The main competition will be a melée, a format in which teams are drawn at random in each round, so players don't need to come as part of a ready-made team. The event is open to all and is an ideal opportunity for new players to get a 'taste' of the game.

There will also be a pointing competition and the Kernow 2015 Shooting contest (for members only) will be held during the day.

Registration is from 10.00-10.15, with play starting at 10.30.

Rolls with a choice of roast meats will be available at lunchtime: if you would like to eat please let Kernow President Pete Lynas know by email in advance - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Players must not bring their own food to the pub.


'Open season' for Cornwall petanque

Petanque events in Cornwall this autumn and winter are open to all players, not just to members of the Cornwall region. New players and those returning to the game will be very welcome.

October is going to be a busy month. First on the calendar is the Kernow Petanque President's event, to be held at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 4 October. This is likely to take the form of a melée, with playing partners picked at random for each round - full details to be announced shortly. (The Kernow Shooting Championship will be held during the day: this will only be open to current members of the region.)

Sunday 11 October sees the start of the Cornwall winter league. This is a competition for pairs and is played approximately monthly at the Star Inn through the winter. Registration 10.00-10.15, start of play 10.30.

On Sunday 18 October the Star is the venue for the Reg Daddow Memorial doubles event. This is our major charity fund-raiser of the year and has in the past attracted a good number of visiting teams. Again, new players are very welcome. Registration 10.00-10.15, start of play 10.30.

Looking further ahead, the annual Santa Shoot competition takes place on 13 December. Full details available nearer the date.

It may pour, it may freeze - no reason to stop playing petanque!


Summer league - final results

Having led throughout the competition, Simon Penna, Rob Sullivan and Dion Beechey (Coaching Inn PC) clinched the Kernow Petanque summer league title today in the final round, played at the Star Inn, St Day.

Having won all of their games in previous rounds, however, they lost the first of the triples today to Lena Daddow (Vogue PC), Barbara Brown and Pete Lynas (Tregony PC). That result was enough to boost the latter up the table into second place.

Third were Colin 'Boot' Booth, Pete 'PD' Downing and Ray Beresford (North Inn PC), just ahead of Susan Williamson, Mark Hypponen and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC).

Two teams tied for fifth: Robert and Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC) and Paul Rundle (Tregony), and Gordon Couch (Rising Sun), Rod Walker (Vogue PC), Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch (North Inn). They were just ahead of seventh-placed team Andrew Jarvis (Vogue), Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn).


Good result for Kernow from the inter-regionals

Cornwall's squad for the English Petanque Association Inter-Regional competition came home with its best result since 2012, winning 26 of the 48 games played over the weekend and just missing out on promotion.

Kernow Petanque, the smallest of the EPA's regions, took part in Division 2 of the Challenge competition, sending a squad of 13 players and a team manager to compete against teams from Wales, West Midlands, Thames Valley, Sussex and eastern and northern England. The event, held at Hayling Island near Portsmouth over the weekend of 12-13 September, was attended by hundreds of petanque players from all over England and Wales.

Cornwall's most successful team was Kernow 2 - Colin 'Boot' Booth, Roy Pemberton and Graeme Kirkham - who won eight of their 12 games and lost another to the frustratingly small margin of 12-13. They ended the competition with a points difference of +16.

Kernow 1, made up of Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson, won seven games (+10) with two narrow defeats of 12-13. Last year, playing at Kernow 4, the three were members of Cornwall's top team, gaining nine wins. Terry Jones, Rob Sullivan and Andy Rose made up Kernow 3 and took six wins (-1).

Kernow 4 - Pete 'PD' Downing, Robert Herrick, Andrew Jarvis and Enid Rose - had five wins (-12), but again had two narrow losses, 12-13.

Team manager Kate Herrick did a great job keeping tabs on progress and making sure that teams were where they were supposed to be at the right time, as well as providing general encouragement and moral support!

The 26 Cornwall wins this year compare with 27 in 2012, a result which took us briefly into Division 1 of the Challenge in 2013; just 18 wins that year meant back to Division 2 in 2014, when we won 23 games. This year's result put us in fourth place in Division 2 and narrowly missed gaining promotion into Division 1 of the Challenge, with our points difference just falling short of the team above. The number of 'near misses' in the results means that even a small improvement in our game for the 2016 event could see us move up the following year to join our neighbours across the Tamar, Devon region, who this year for the second year running took first place in Division 1.

A big thank you to EPA President Martin Eggleton and his team for the smooth running of the event, and to whoever was in charge of the weather: despite the forecast we had perfect warm and sunny petanque conditions over most of the two days of play!

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