After having won the annual Cornwall – Devon inter-region competition for the past two years, this year’s Cornwall squad went down by 19 wins to 11 against a stronger Devon team. The event was held at the Isca Centre in Exeter on Sunday 22 June.
The original plan was to run the event over six rounds, with all teams playing each other, but time didn’t allow and a decision was made to end the competition after the fifth.
None of the Cornwall teams won more than two games from the five played during the day. Five teams won two, with the smallest points differences being logged by team 3 (Colin ‘Boot’ Booth, Barney Knapp and Pete ‘PD’ Downing) and team 5 (Robert and Kate Herrick and Graeme Kirkham). Both won two games and ended with a points difference of -4. Pete Lynas, Lena Daddow and Barbara Brown (Cornwall 2) also won two and had a points difference of 5.
Susan Williamson, Ray Beresford and Paul Rundle (team 6) won two and ended with -10; team 1 (Simon Penna, Hugh Appleton and Rob Sullivan) again had two wins and ended on -11.
Cornwall’s team 4 was Roy Pemberton, Pete English and new player Terry Jones, the latter playing in his first inter-regional event. They won one game and finished with a points difference of -27.
The most successful Devon team was from the recently formed Chudleigh Petanque Club: Franck Depreaux (EPA Shooting Champion in 2011 and 2012), Thierry Hacq, John Baxter and Henry Pickett. They won all five of their games, including handing out a ‘fanny’ 13-0 defeat to a Cornwall team during the day.
Devon 4 (Stewart and Yvonne Brown and Joan Dixie) won four games, their only defeat coming from Cornwall 6, Susan, Ray and Paul.
All of the Devon teams won at least two games, with their pointing on the Isca terrain being generally better than Cornwall’s. No doubt about it: Cornwall players really need to work on ‘reading’ the playing surface, choosing and playing to landing places, adjusting effectively if the first ball doesn’t do the job. Plenty to work on – must try harder!