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Kernow Petanque programme 2016

The Kernow Petanque calendar for 2016 is now available, offering a great mix of events for members and a number of dates which are open to all. It includes Regional Singles, Doubles and Triples competitions, an inter-regional match against Devon and a three-way event between Cornwall, Devon and Great Western.

This year's Summer League will operate to a new format as an inter-club or venue competition: details will be available soon.

Following the final round of the Winter League competition next Sunday, 13 March, the first event of the 2016 programme will be the Easter Egg Shoot, an open doubles contest to take place at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 3 April. Full details soon.


Winter league - penultimate round

Colin Boot Booth and Graeme Kirkham clinched the 2015-2016 winter league title with two wins in the last-but-one round of the competition, played at the Star Inn on Sunday 28 February.

However, they lost again to fourth-placed duo Pete English and Sarah Jarvis, who broke their winning streak in the last round.

Boot and Graeme have notched up an overall total of 41 league points and a points difference of +54, ahead of last year's league winners, Ray Beresford and Drew Jarvis, who hold second place with 28 league points and +9. Hard on their heels are Mark Hypponen and Pete PD Downing (replaced by Susan Williamson in this round) with 27 points and +18.

Also just in contention for second and third places are Pete and Sarah, with 21 points and -16.

Although the league began with seven contending teams, illness and other commitments have meant that it has been reduced to these four. Final placings for second, third and fourth will be determined in the final round on Sunday 13 March.


New committee for 2016

The new Kernow Petanque Management Committee, voted in on Sunday 7 February at the AGM, sees Colin 'Boot' Booth stepping into the post of Vice-President (Development) and Susan Williamson taking on the role of Secretary.

Other officers remain in post, with Boot's previous role of Promotion and Publicity Officer to be split temporarily between the posts of Vice-President and Membership Secretary.

The meeting - unfortunately very poorly attended by members - voted thanks to former Secretary Wendy Booker and Vice-President Robert Herrick for the contributions they have made to the region.

The current Kernow committee is: Peter Lynas (President); Colin Booth (Vice-President); Kate Herrick (Treasurer); Susan Williamson (Secretary); Graeme Kirkham (Membership Secretary); Andrew Jarvis (Playing Officer); Sarah Jarvis (Youth Development Officer).

After the meeting Alan Fowles of the social enterprise Hope in the Heart (, based in Penzance, gave a short presentation on the organisation's work in linking towns in the south west with Soweto in South Africa, including introducing local communities in the latter to petanque.


Winter league

The winter league round postponed from 7 February will take place at the Star, St Day, on Sunday 28 February.

Only one more round after this one, so all to play for!


Kernow Petanque AGM

Kernow Petanque's Annual General Meeting takes place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 7 February. The meeting will start at about 2.30pm (it may be delayed for a few minutes if winter league games overrun or there are customers in the restaurant).

Agendas have been sent to all current members. Key points for the meeting will be plans for future coaching, promotion and recruitment for the region, the format for the summer league, and election of officers. The posts of Vice-President (Development) and Secretary are currently vacant but all posts are open for nominations.

This is an important meeting and it would be good to have a large turnout of members.

Please note: only members who have paid their 2016 subscriptions will be eligible to vote at the meeting and to stand for officer posts. Subscriptions can be renewed online via the EPA website (preferable) or paid by cash or cheque at the beginning of the meeting.


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