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Cornwall doubles result

North Inn's Pete English and Andrew Jarvis of Vogue PC took the top place in the Cornwall doubles competition, played today at the Star Inn, St Day.

Pete and Drew won two of their three league games in the morning to take a place in the main competition, then beat Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn PC) 13-4 in the semis.

They took the final 13-9 against Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), who had won their semi-final against Vogue PC's Barbara Brown and Lena Daddow 13-1.

Winners of the plate competition were Eric Guy (Coaching Inn) and Mark Hypponen (North Inn), who beat Tony and Di Smith (Tregony) 13-10 in the plate final.

It was a disappointing turnout of only eight pairs for the event, the first regional competition of the 2017 calendar, but the sun shone and the Star's beer is always good, so . . . . .

The next major event on the regional calendar is the annual match against Devon, to be played at the Star this year, which takes place on 9 July.


Cornwall players at Ottery charity event

Three Cornwall pairs made the trip across the Tamar for Ottery St Mary Petanque Club's annual Charity Shield competition yesterday, held in support of Hospiscare. A total of about £400 was raised for the charity during the day.

The visitors were Robert and Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC), Eric Guy (Coaching Inn PC) and Mark Hypponen (North Inn PC), and Susan Williamson and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC). Susan and Graeme had a particularly good day, taking first place in the event.

The competition was limited to 16 teams, organised in four leagues for the morning rounds, with knockout games in the afternoon. Susan and Graeme won their three league rounds, and then met Thierry Hacq and Sally Richards in the quarter-finals, winning 13-1. In the semis they met John and Rose Thatcher, taking the game 13-3, and won the final against Peter and Sue Smith 13-7.

Eric and Mark won one of their morning games, taking them into the afternoon's plate competition. They went out in the quarter-finals, losing to a Plymouth PC duo who were the eventual plate winners. Robert and Kate won one game in the morning, and also went out in the plate quarter-finals.

During the lunch break there were pointing and shooting contests, and - a good innovation - a competition for accurate throwing of the jack.

The weather was perfect, the Ottery PC facilities very impressive and hospitality from the Club members, led by John and Rose Thatcher, extremely welcoming., with a special mention for the fantastic array of cakes! Thanks to all concerned: roll on next year!


Cornwall (sub-aqua) petanque league

It was wet - very, very wet - for the first match in the Cornwall summer league, with Tregony at home to North Inn B on Sunday 30 April.

For the first of three triples games Tregony's Susan Williamson, Paul Rundle and Pete Lynas faced Colin 'Boot' Booth, Ray Beresford and new Kernow member Bill Kingdon.

The rain was torrential, making grip and release on the boules extremely difficult. There wasn't quite enough water on the terrain to float a jack, although it was close, but very quickly the playing surface turned to mush.

Tregony started well and despite a North Inn recovery the home team took the first game 13-7.

After lunch - big thanks to Jo Foster and Tregony Sports Club for a very fine chicken curry - and with the rain petering out, the second Tregony squad took the field. Tony and Di Smith and Graeme Kirkham played Boot, Bill and Ray in the second triples, with the home team coming out winners by the narrower margin of 13-10.

Susan, Peter and Paul came back on for the third game and took it 13-9. Final score 3-0 to Tregony.

Well done to all for braving the weather: roll on summer!


A close run thing!

What a difference a week can make. Last Sunday Tregony played the first leg of the Cornwall summer league at home against North Inn B in torrential rain. Today they were in Pendeen away to North Inn A for the second leg, playing in T-shirts in warm sunshine!

North Inn (Arnaud Ruetsch, Richard Lapworth, Mark Hypponen) got off to a good start on their home terrain, building a 9-1 lead in the first game. Tregony (Paul Rundle, Pete Lynas, Graeme Kirkham) came back and the score went to 12-all. North Inn were holding the point with their last ball played but a shot from Paul moved a lot of boules around but left his on the jack. One to Tregony.

After lunch (fantastic food at the North Inn!) the second and third games also went to 12-12, with Tregony just taking the final point in each to win overall 3-0.

Tregony now 6-0 up but no other games yet played. All to play for!

Cornwall Sports Partnership


Cornwall summer league 2017

This year's inter-club summer league contest is now open. Five teams will be taking part: two from the North Inn Petanque Club (Pendeen) and one each from Coaching Inn PC (St Columb Major), Vogue PC (Star Inn, St Day) and Tregony PC (Tregony Sports Club). Unfortunately the Rising Sun (Altarnun) will not be fielding a team this year.

First-round matches can now be played and must be completed and scores reported by Sunday 14 May.

This is an open competition - any player from a club venue is eligible to take part - with teams formed of up to six players. Each round is decided by the results from three triples games.

In 2016 Tregony won narrowly over Vogue: who's looking good in 2017?

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