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New Cornwall region triples champions

The 2014 Kernow Petanque triples champions are Simon Penna, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan, all members of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS). The three previously won the trophy in 2011.

Runners-up were Colin 'Boot' Booth and Barney Knapp, both North Inn Petanque Club, with Pete English of TAPS.

The competition was held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 7 September.

Simon and Rob will play in the Kernow 1 triple in Division 2 of the EPA Inter-Regional Challenge competition at Hayling Island next weekend. Boot, Barney and Roy will be playing as Kernow 3.

Good luck to all Cornwall's players going to the event.


New Cornwall shooting champion

The 2014 regional shooting champion is Graeme Kirkham, of Tregony Petanque Club. He narrowly beat Dave Piggin, also of Tregony, and, in third place, last year's champion, Arnaud Ruetsch of the North Inn PC.

The shooting contest took place during the Kernow Petanque President's Day event, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 31 August. There was a good turnout for a melee, including visitors from Devon and Great Western regions.

The overall winner of the melee was one of the Devon 'tourists', Franck Depreaux of Chudleigh PC, with Jock Turnham of Rising Sun PC in second place and another Devon player, Stewart Brown, taking third.

Arnaud Ruetsch took first place in a petanque skills competition. 

The next event in the Kernow calendar is the regional triples competition, which takes place at the Star on Sunday 7 September.


Summer league round 3 status

Today's match at the Rising Sun gave three wins to the home team - Rae, Iain and Andy Argent - and they also have an extra win from an error in the previous score sheet. This puts them on seven wins; a triples win today for First Timers (Ray Beresford, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson) gives them seven as well.

At the top of the table the Artistes still hold the lead with ten wins, followed by GDR and 2+1, both on eight. TAPS, Rising Sun and First Timers all have seven wins. This means there are six teams in contention for the top spot in round 4 of the league, to be played on 17 September. Watch this space!


Kernow president's event - Sunday 31 August

The Kernow Petanque President's event takes place next Sunday, 31 August, at the Star Inn, St Day, and will be a melee. This is an open event so all are welcome.

Registration 10.15-10.30. Start of play: 10.45. £5 per player.

There will also be petanque skills contests and a raffle - prizes would be welcome.

Rolls with roast pork, chicken or beef will be available for lunch from the Star.

The annual Kernow shooting competition will also be held - Kernow Petanque members only.


First and Last in a three-way contest - not last but not first

Cornwall narrowly lost to Devon in the annual three-way competition between the English Petanque Association's Kernow, Devon and Great Western regions, held at the Isca Centre in Exeter on Sunday 3 August 2014.

Devon's six triples notched up a total of 19 points during the event, chased by Cornwall's six teams with 17. Great Western, which only fielded three triples and a single player for a combined team, took 9 points.

The 16 teams initially played four leagues of four. Kernow 1 (Robert Herrick, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin) won two of their three games, as did Kernow 3 (Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas) and Kernow 4 (Iain and Rae Argent, Roy Pemberton), 

Kernow 2 (Colin 'Boot' Booth, Barney Knapp and Pete Downing), Kernow 5 (Wendy Booker, Kate Herrick and Rosemary Piggin) and Kernow 6 (Ray Beresford, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson) each won one game.

The top two teams in each league went through to a knockout main competition, bringing three Cornwall, three Devon and two Great Western triples to the quarter finals. All three Kernow teams won, with the result that Kernow 1 and Kernow 3 faced each other in the semi-finals, the result going to Kernow 1. In the other semi Rae, Iain and Roy of Kernow 4 put up a good fight against Devon 2 (Anne Barton, Peter Smith, John Thatcher), the result finally going to Devon. Fresh from this success, the Devon triple took the final relatively easily from Kernow 1.

The three Cornwall teams in the plate all lost in the quarter finals, with the plate final going to Devon 1, the Chudleigh Petanque Club team of John Baxter, Franck Depreaux and Thierry Hacq.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day of petanque - thanks and congratulations to John Thatcher, Marie Pegg and team for making it all run so smoothly.


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