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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.


Summer league round 2

After two completed rounds of the Cornwall summer league the top spot is held by Tregony PC, with five wins from the six games played so far giving them 15 points and a points difference of +22.

In second place is North Inn A, the first round leaders, with 9 points and +14.

Three other teams are also on 9 points. Vogue PC holds third place with a points difference of +3, followed by North Inn B on -2 and the Coaching Inn on -8.

Rising Sun PC is on 3 points and -27.

Matches between the Coaching Inn and Rising Sun and North Inn B and Vogue were played on Sunday 22 May. Coaching Inn was at home to the Rising Sun and won all three games, with scores of 13-12, 13-3 and 13-4. North Inn B won two out of their three games, 13-5 and 13-10, with Vogue PC taking the third 13-6.

The North Inn A V Tregony match took place two weeks ago, with Tregony winning 3-0 (see previous post).

Third round matches - Tregony V Rising Sun, Coaching Inn V Vogue and North Inn A V North Inn B - are to be played on or before 19 June.


Result from round 2 of summer league

North Inn A traveled to Tregony for round 2 of the Cornwall summer league on 8 May, with the result a 3-0 win for the home team.

The three triples games played went to Tregony 13-5, 13-10, 13-10. The last could easily have gone the other way, with North Inn A 10-5 ahead before a strong comeback from the Tregony team.

North Inn A were Richard Lapworth, Arnaud Ruetsch and new player Alan Fowles. The Tregony squad was Mark Hypponen, Graeme Kirkham, Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson.

Other round 2 matches are Coaching Inn V Rising Sun and North Inn B V Vogue PC. They must be played on or before Sunday 22 May.


Close result for Cornwall doubles

Eight teams contested the Cornwall doubles competition at the Star Inn, St Day, on 15 May, playing six rounds in warm sunshine.

Three teams ended on five wins, with a points difference of +32 giving the top place to Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan of Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major. Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC, Pendeen) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), narrowly behind on +29, took second.

Third place - based on a points difference of +15 - went to Ray Beresford (North Inn) and Susan Williamson (Tregony).

Each of the top three lost a game to one of the others: Ray and Susan lost to Simon and Rob (4-13), who lost to Boot and Graeme (2-13), who lost to Ray and Susan (10-13).

Another Coaching Inn team took fourth place: Dion Beechey and Roy Pemberton had three wins and +4.


Disappointing result from Devon trip

The annual Cornwall V Devon derby played on 24 April at the Isca Centre, Exeter, resulted in a narrow victory for the Devon region of the English Petanque Association.

Devon took 20 wins from the six rounds played, with Cornwall notching up 16. Three of the games were narrow defeats, however, with scores of 12-13, so the result could easily have gone the other way.

The best results of the day went to Kernow 6 (Lena Daddow, Sarah and Andrew Jarvis) and Kernow 1 (Colin 'Boot' Booth, Graeme Kirkham and Roy Pemberton). Both had four wins from six games, with Kernow 6's points difference of +14 putting them just ahead of Kernow 1 on +12.

Kernow 2 - Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson - had three wins (-5) and there were two wins each for Kernow 4 (Terry Jones, Andy Rose and Rob Sullivan), points difference -8, and Kernow 5 (Kate and Robert Herrick and 'guest' players Lesley and Costa Drakatos), -15.

Pete 'PD' Downing, Mark Hypponen and, making a very welcome return to the Cornwall squad after a long absence, David Lynas, took one win as Kernow 3 (-29).

The best Devon results were from Devon 1 - Franck Depreaux, Thierry Hacq and Rob Thomas - with six wins. However, two of these were close results 13-12 over Kernow 4 and Kernow 6.

Illness and last-minute commitments left the Cornwall squad two players short and thanks are due to Devon region's Lesley and Costa Drakatos for standing in at short notice. Thanks also to John Thatcher for umpiring and organising the day and to Isca PC for hosting the event.


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