Eighteen wins from 48 games: that was the result for the Kernow Pétanque squad participating in the Division One Challenge competition at the 2013 English Petanque Association inter-regional tournament at Hayling Island on 14-15 September.
This was disappointing by comparison with the 27 wins gained in last year’s Division Two competition but reflects the higher standard in the upper division. The squad ended second from bottom of the Division One table and 2014 is likely to see Cornwall region back in Division Two.
Kernow 1 (Andrew Jarvis, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan) had five wins over the two days and a points difference of -7. They scored good wins against Isle of Wight 1 and Northern 1 on Saturday, but had a bad start to Sunday morning with a 13-0 defeat from Northern 2. The team went on to beat Anglia 13-1 and Isle of Wight 13-2 and squeaked another win against Southern 13-12.
Kernow 2 (Robert Herrick, Ian Johnson, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin) had five wins overall, with a points difference of -12. On Saturday they beat East Midlands 2 and Isle of Wight 2 – they took this last game 13-1 – but were soundly beaten 1-13 by Kent 2. Sunday started badly, losing 2-13 to Northern 1, but the team pulled back with wins against the East Midlands, Anglia and Isle of Wight first teams, losing the penultimate game of the day narrowly 12-13 to Southern.
Pendeen’s North Inn Pétanque Club contributed the Kernow 3 team (Colin ‘Boot’ Booth, Peter ‘PD’ Downing and Barney Knapp), which took three wins from the weekend (points difference of -13). The team had a disappointing first day with only one win to record, 13-3 against Northern region, and frustratingly narrow losses against Kent (12-13), Isle of Wight (10-13) and Southern (11-13). Sunday was an improvement with a win against East Midlands and a convincing 13-2 versus Isle of Wight, plus another narrow 12-13 loss against Northern.
Kernow 4 – Pete Lynas, Rosemary Piggin, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson – took five wins from the weekend with a points difference of -12. They had three wins on the Saturday, the best Cornwall performance on the first day, beating Chiltern, Kent and Southern. The win against Kent 4 was a particularly good performance, the other team winning all 11 of their other games during the weekend! Sunday saw wins against Northern 3 and Isle of Wight 3 and a narrow loss to Southern 10-13.
The Cornwall squad’s best round was the last of the competition on Sunday afternoon: despite torrential rain and high winds – not ideal weather for boules! – they took four wins out of four against Isle of Wight. The final rankings for the Division One Challenge competition put Cornwall second from bottom with 18 wins and an overall points difference of -44, above Isle of Wight’s 18 wins and points margin of -82. Top team in the Division was Kent, with 34 wins.
Kate Herrick was the Kernow team manager, keeping track of where games were to be played, recording scores, tracking down lost boules and being generally supportive. Cornwall Regional Coach Paul Lancaster offered advice and encouragement throughout. Now it’s time for the squad to reflect on what went well and more particularly on what should have gone better, with an eye on the 2014 competition.
- Photographs of the squad will appear on the gallery pages and on the Kernow Petanque Facebook page.