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Good result for Kernow from the inter-regionals

Cornwall's squad for the English Petanque Association Inter-Regional competition came home with its best result since 2012, winning 26 of the 48 games played over the weekend and just missing out on promotion.

Kernow Petanque, the smallest of the EPA's regions, took part in Division 2 of the Challenge competition, sending a squad of 13 players and a team manager to compete against teams from Wales, West Midlands, Thames Valley, Sussex and eastern and northern England. The event, held at Hayling Island near Portsmouth over the weekend of 12-13 September, was attended by hundreds of petanque players from all over England and Wales.

Cornwall's most successful team was Kernow 2 - Colin 'Boot' Booth, Roy Pemberton and Graeme Kirkham - who won eight of their 12 games and lost another to the frustratingly small margin of 12-13. They ended the competition with a points difference of +16.

Kernow 1, made up of Pete Lynas, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson, won seven games (+10) with two narrow defeats of 12-13. Last year, playing at Kernow 4, the three were members of Cornwall's top team, gaining nine wins. Terry Jones, Rob Sullivan and Andy Rose made up Kernow 3 and took six wins (-1).

Kernow 4 - Pete 'PD' Downing, Robert Herrick, Andrew Jarvis and Enid Rose - had five wins (-12), but again had two narrow losses, 12-13.

Team manager Kate Herrick did a great job keeping tabs on progress and making sure that teams were where they were supposed to be at the right time, as well as providing general encouragement and moral support!

The 26 Cornwall wins this year compare with 27 in 2012, a result which took us briefly into Division 1 of the Challenge in 2013; just 18 wins that year meant back to Division 2 in 2014, when we won 23 games. This year's result put us in fourth place in Division 2 and narrowly missed gaining promotion into Division 1 of the Challenge, with our points difference just falling short of the team above. The number of 'near misses' in the results means that even a small improvement in our game for the 2016 event could see us move up the following year to join our neighbours across the Tamar, Devon region, who this year for the second year running took first place in Division 1.

A big thank you to EPA President Martin Eggleton and his team for the smooth running of the event, and to whoever was in charge of the weather: despite the forecast we had perfect warm and sunny petanque conditions over most of the two days of play!


2015 triples champions

The new Kernow triples champions are Simon Penna, Rob Sullivan and Roy Pemberton, all of the Coaching Inn PC. They won all of their games at the 2015 triples contest to take the title for the second year running.

Runners-up at the event, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 6 September, were Andrew and Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC) and Pete English (North Inn PC), with three wins from four games.

Turnout for this year's triples event was very disappointing indeed, with only five teams taking part in what should be the major event of the regional calendar.


Cornwall Singles coming up

This Sunday 2 August will see the Kernow Petanque regional Singles competition, to be held at the Star Inn, St Day.

Registration 10.00-10,15, start of play 10.30.

As a regional trophy competition this event is open only to current paid-up members of Kernow Petanque.


Cornwall Singles - new men's and women's champions

The new Cornwall regional Men's Singles champion is Colin 'Boot' Booth, of the North Inn Petanque Club, Pendeen.

Good consistent pointing and effective shooting gave him a 13-9 win in the final against runner-up Graeme Kirkham of Tregony PC.

Winner of the new Women's Singles title was Sarah Jarvis. She beat fellow Vogue PC player Lena Daddow 13-11 in the final. The women's competition was an innovation this year and the first time anyone can remember there being a separate Singles event for women in the very small Cornwall region.

The turnout of eight women and 14 men was the best for a Kernow Singles competition for a number of years. The competition took place at Cornwall's principal petanque venue, the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 2 August.

Third place in the men's competition went to Simon Penna, of the Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major, and the Men's Plate was won by Roy Pemberton, also Coaching Inn. Steven Boyne (Rising Sun PC, Altarnun) took second in the Plate.

Both Men's and Women's competitions played five rounds before going into the knockout stage. Sarah and Lena headed the women's event with an equal tally from these games of four wins and a points difference of +20. Third highest score was by Enid Rose (Rising Sun PC) with three wins and -7; Kate Herrick, another Rising Sun player, had two wins, +2.

Top scorers among the men in these rounds were Simon Penna, with four wins, +33, Arnaud Ruetsch (four wins, +18), Graeme Kirkham (four wins, +12), Rob Sullivan (3 wins, +9) and Boot (3 wins, +5).

In the quarter finals Simon Penna beat Pete Lynas (Tregony PC), Graeme Kirkham beat Ray Beresford (North Inn), Boot beat Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn) and Arnaud (North Inn) beat Mark Hypponen (Tregony). In the semis Graeme beat Simon 13-7 and Boot won 13-8 against Arnaud.

The next Kernow regional titles event is the Triples competition on Sunday 6 September.


Two losses for Kernow in 2015 inter-regional matches

There were disappointing results for Cornwall in both the inter-regional events played this summer.

The first of these was the annual joust against Devon region, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on 28 June. Six triples played five rounds with Devon coming out with 20 wins against Cornwall's ten.

Four Cornwall teams managed two wins. Roy Pemberton, Terry Jones and Dion Beechey of the Coaching Inn PC had the best result, with a points difference of +3. Rob Sullivan, Andy Rose and Mark Hypponen had a zero points difference, Pete English, Andrew and Sarah Jarvis had -3 and the North Inn PC triple of Colin Boot Booth, Ray Beresford and Pete PD Downing came out with -7.

Two teams took one win: Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas, and Paul Rundle, Kate and Robert Herrick.

Devon gained a second victory a week later at the three-way competition played against Great Western and Kernow at the Isca Centre, Exeter, on 5 July. Devon took 15 wins from their 24 games, Great Western 11 and Cornwall eight.

The most successful Cornwall team was Ray, Boot and PD from the North Inn, who took three wins from their four games and ended with a points difference of +10. Two other teams - both including 'borrowed' players from Devon because of illness in the Cornwall squad - had two wins. Another Kernow triple won one out of four and two had a very disappointing day with no victories.

Other members of the Cornwall squad were Lena Daddow, Pete English, Sue Hardy, Kate and Robert Herrick, Mark Hypponen, Sarah Jarvis, Dave Lynas, Pete Lynas, Roy Pemberton, Andy and Enid Rose, and Paul Rundle. Barbara Brown and Andrew Jarvis were both unable to play because of illness: many thanks to Costa Drakatos and Del Hansen for stepping in.

[Apologies for the late posting of this report.]


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