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A message from the Membership Secretary

Kernow Petanque membership is now due for anyone who would like to play in regional events and competitions in 2015.

Our Annual General Meeting is on the 8th February at the Star Inn, St Day (details will be posted soon). There will be elections for officers of Kernow Petanque and there may be other things to vote on. In order to vote you will need to have renewed your membership before the meeting starts. If you can, please do this online on the English Petanque Association website ( before the 8th. If you can't join online I will have membership forms with me on the day and you can complete them and pay the fee then (cash or cheque). The membership fee is now £25 as the EPA has increased its annual fee by £5.


A petanque Christmas in Cornwall

This year's festive petanque event will be the Santa Shoot melée, to be held at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 14 December.

Registration is 10-10.30, with play to start as soon as the draw for the first round has taken place.

This is an open event - everyone welcome.

The melée format means that each player is drawn with different partners in each round but carries the score from each game with them - the winners are those who have been in the most successful partnerships! 

It is an ideal opportunity for new players to give the game a try in company with more experienced team-mates.

There will be a raffle and there may be mince pies. Food will be available from the Star.


Winter league update

After two rounds of the Cornwall winter league one team is well in front: Ray Beresford (North Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) have eight wins from the eight games played, with a points difference of +51.

Seven teams are signed up for the competition, so all will benefit from byes as the rounds proceed over the next few months.

In second place after three wins in today's round are Susan Williamson and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), with five wins and +39.

Four teams have four wins and are separated only by points difference. Colin Boot Booth (North Inn PC) and Rob Sullivan (from the recently formed Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major) have a points difference of 0, while Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen (regular players at Tregony PC), after three wins today, are on -2. With the same -2 points difference is a Coaching Inn PC team: Terry Jones, Roy Pemberton and a new player, Dion.

Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC) and Richard Lapworth (North Inn) also have four wins and a points difference of -14, followed by Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC) and Rod Walker (Vogue PC) with three wins and -23. 

All to play for in the next round, to be held at the Star Inn, St Day on 7 December. 


Winter league: round 3

Ray Beresford (North Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) keep their lead in the Cornwall winter league, with a total of 11 wins from the 12 games played and a points difference of +65.

Still in second place are Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC), with eight wins and +51.

Coaching Inn PC's Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton have 7 wins (-3), leading from Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC) and Rod Walker (Vogue PC) with 5 wins and -16 points.

Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC), Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch (both North Inn PC) also have 5 wins but are in fifth place with a points difference of -21.

Two teams didn't play in today's round, and both stand on 4 wins: Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn PC) are on a points difference of 0 with Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen (both Tregony PC) just behind on -2.

Round 4 of the winter league will take place at the Star Inn, St Day, on 11 January, 2015.


Charity event trophy goes across the Tamar again

Kernow Petanque's Reg Daddow Memorial event has been won by a team visiting from outside Cornwall for the second year running.

Winners of the 2014 contest, held at the Star Inn, St Day on Sunday 26 October, were John Murray and Martin Britton - the Compton Vikings - of Compton Petanque Club, near Bath. Runners-up were last year's winners, also from Compton PC, Jim Britton and Adrian Williams, who went down 4-13 in the final.

Three Devon teams also travelled to take part in the competition, which, with a rather disappointing turnout of only nine Cornish teams, made a total of 14 pairs for the event. This was up on last year, however, as was the amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a total donation of £260 coming from entries, a raffle and pointing and shooting contests.

Leaders after the morning rounds were Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), with four wins from four games (including victories against both the eventual finalists!), but they crashed out spectacularly in the first of the afternoon's knockout rounds in the main competition, losing 13-0 to John Baxter and Franck Depreaux of Chudleigh PC, Devon. 

Three other Cornish teams went into the main: Gordon Couch and Rod Walker lost to the Compton Vikings in round 1; Ray Beresford and Pete Downing (North Inn PC) beat Kate and Robert Herrick of the Rising Sun PC but then lost to the Vikings in round 2.

John and Franck of Chudleigh lost to Jim and Adrian, the other Compton team, in round 2, leaving an all Compton final.

In the Plate contest Pete English (Treleigh Arms Petanque Society) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) beat Jane Mackenzie and Markku Hypponen in round 1 and Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton of the new Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major, in round 2. 

Peter and Sue Smith (Ottery PC) beat Paul Rundle and Pete Lynas (Tregony PC) in round 1, then faced off clubmates John and Rose Thatcher in round 2, the latter having won against Barbara Brown and Lena Daddow. In the final the Smiths narrowly took the victory 13-12 from Pete and Andrew.

The shooting competition was won by Franck Depreaux and the pointing by John Thatcher.

Many thanks to all who turned out, and to the Star Inn for the pre-game soup and usual excellent lunchtime food.

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