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Round 4 tightens the table - but no change at the top

After round 4 of the Cornwall summer league the top three places stay unchanged, despite good wins for the teams which held fourth, fifth and sixth places at the end of the previous round.

Tregony PC lost 2-1 at home to Coaching Inn on 10 July but holds on to the number one spot with a total of eight wins from the 12 games played so far and a points difference of +29,

Still in second place with seven wins and +19, Vogue PC lost 2-1 away to North Inn A. The other Pendeen team, North Inn B, although it had a 2-1 loss away at Rising Sun PC in this round, is sticking very close behind Vogue with seven wins and +12.

North Inn A now holds fourth place with 5 wins (+9), followed by Coaching Inn on five wins (-27) and Rising Sun PC with four wins (-39).

Round 5 is to be played on or before 21 August and will see Tregony and Vogue face each other, the Rising Sun play North Inn A and Coaching Inn take on North Inn B.


Cornwall summer league - round 3

With all games now played in round 3 of the summer league Tregony PC stays in front - just! Three wins apiece for Vogue PC and the North Inn B squad put them both on six wins, one behind Tregony's seven.

In the matches played on Sunday 19 June Vogue beat Coaching Inn 3-0 and North Inn B gained the same result in their home derby against North Inn A.

Vogue's squad of Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Andrew Jarvis were at home to Coaching Inn's Roy Pemberton, Rob Sullivan and new player Michaela Kent, taking part in her first competition. The teams took advantage of the large marquee set up on the Star Inn terrain to keep them out of the rain (see photos on Kernow Petanque Facebook page), with the games going to Vogue 13-2, 13-10 and 13-3.

North Inn B's Ray Beresford, Colin 'Boot' Booth and Pete 'PD' Downing faced Alan Fowles, Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch on a damp North Inn terrain, with the B's winning 13-7, 13-11, 13-7.

Full results after round 4, to be played on or before 10 July.


Tregony gains another league result

Tregony PC was away to the Rising Sun on Sunday 5 June for round 3 of the Cornwall summer league and came home with another overall win.

Scores from the three triples played were Tregony 13-2, 5-13, 13-4, giving them 7 wins from 9 games played so far.

The Rising Sun's squad was Kate and Robert Herrick, Andy and Enid Rose, Mike Matcham and Ken Ransom. Tregony fielded Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle, Mark Hypponen, Susan Williamson and Graeme Kirkham.

Other games in this round must be played on or before 19 June.


New Cornwall umpire

Congratulations to Andy Rose (Rising Sun PC), who has just qualified as an EPA umpire.


Boules in the sun at Exeter

There were no great successes for Cornwall players but some very high-standard petanque to be seen and sunshine all the way at the EPA's Singles and Doubles competitions in Exeter over the Bank Holiday weekend, 28-30 May.

Six Kernow members entered the events. Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony) took part in the Men's Singles contest on Saturday and Men's Doubles on Sunday. Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle (both Tregony) also took part in the Doubles, as did Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC) paired with Devon player Costa Drakatos. Kate Herrick (Rising Sun) and Lesley Drakatos were the only south-west entries for the Women's Doubles, also played on Sunday.

The standard was high: Graeme's first round draw in the Singles pitted him against Sofiane Lachani, EPA singles winner in 2012 and member of the winning EPA men's triples teams in 2011 and 2013 and doubles team in 2011. Graeme was lucky to get 4 points! Boot also had very tough opposition and lost very narrowly to EPA Vice-President Martin Hughes in his third round game. Graeme and Boot both won one of the six games they played during the day.

The competition was again tough in the Doubles on Sunday, with only Boot and Graeme making it beyond the guaranteed two games in the knockout which followed the morning league. A single win from the three morning games put them into the Consolage. Successive wins in the afternoon games - including a very tight game against Devon's Rob Brealey and Colin Carter - took them into the consolage semi-finals. But no further . . .

Overall a very good weekend, and in particular a great opportunity to play against - and to watch and learn from - some of the best players in the country, not least some very impressive younger boulistes. Roll on next year! A big thank you to the EPA organisers and to John Thatcher and Devon region for making it happen.

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