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Charity event trophy goes across the Tamar again

Kernow Petanque's Reg Daddow Memorial event has been won by a team visiting from outside Cornwall for the second year running.

Winners of the 2014 contest, held at the Star Inn, St Day on Sunday 26 October, were John Murray and Martin Britton - the Compton Vikings - of Compton Petanque Club, near Bath. Runners-up were last year's winners, also from Compton PC, Jim Britton and Adrian Williams, who went down 4-13 in the final.

Three Devon teams also travelled to take part in the competition, which, with a rather disappointing turnout of only nine Cornish teams, made a total of 14 pairs for the event. This was up on last year, however, as was the amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a total donation of £260 coming from entries, a raffle and pointing and shooting contests.

Leaders after the morning rounds were Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), with four wins from four games (including victories against both the eventual finalists!), but they crashed out spectacularly in the first of the afternoon's knockout rounds in the main competition, losing 13-0 to John Baxter and Franck Depreaux of Chudleigh PC, Devon. 

Three other Cornish teams went into the main: Gordon Couch and Rod Walker lost to the Compton Vikings in round 1; Ray Beresford and Pete Downing (North Inn PC) beat Kate and Robert Herrick of the Rising Sun PC but then lost to the Vikings in round 2.

John and Franck of Chudleigh lost to Jim and Adrian, the other Compton team, in round 2, leaving an all Compton final.

In the Plate contest Pete English (Treleigh Arms Petanque Society) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) beat Jane Mackenzie and Markku Hypponen in round 1 and Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton of the new Coaching Inn PC, St Columb Major, in round 2. 

Peter and Sue Smith (Ottery PC) beat Paul Rundle and Pete Lynas (Tregony PC) in round 1, then faced off clubmates John and Rose Thatcher in round 2, the latter having won against Barbara Brown and Lena Daddow. In the final the Smiths narrowly took the victory 13-12 from Pete and Andrew.

The shooting competition was won by Franck Depreaux and the pointing by John Thatcher.

Many thanks to all who turned out, and to the Star Inn for the pre-game soup and usual excellent lunchtime food.


Cornwall open charity petanque event

Kernow Petanque's major charity event of the year, the Reg Daddow Memorial competition, will take place on Sunday 26 October at the Star Inn, St Day. Funds raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The competition will be an open, doubles contest, with all players welcome to take part. Registration 9.45-10.15; play starts 10.30. £5 per player entry.

In addition to the main doubles competition, there will be pointing and shooting contests during the lunch break, with prizes for the highest scorers. There will also be a raffle: donations of prizes would be very welcome.

Soup will be available in the morning before play starts and food will be available  at lunchtime. The Star will be offering a choice of roast (usually pork, chicken or beef) in a roll (£2.50) or stew and crusty bread (about £5). If you would like food please let Andrew Jarvis, Kernow Petanque Playing Officer, know your choice before 6pm on Wednesday 22 October, either by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: 01872 272603. (Please do not bring your own food.)

Kernow Petanque looks forward to welcoming old friends and new - come and help us raise money for a very good cause.


Cornwall at the 2014 Inter-regionals

Four Kernow Petanque teams took part in Division 2 of the 2014 English Petanque Association Inter-regional Challenge competition, held over the weekend of 13-14 September at Hayling Island, Hampshire.

One of the Cornwall teams had a spectacularly good set of results, winning nine of their twelve games over the two days. However, the results overall were disappointing, with a total of only 23 wins from the 48 games played.

Top team was Kernow 4 - Pete Lynas, Rosemary Piggin, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson, all of Tregony Petanque Club. They won six of their seven games on Saturday, losing the first of the day narrowly 11-13, and three of the five games on Sunday, dishing out a fanny (13-0) to a Welsh team in the process.

In the final game on Sunday Peter, Paul and Rosemary (Susan was taking her turn to sit out) trailed 12-7 to a team from Heart of England (former West Midlands) region, but fought back point by point in a nail-biting climax to take the win 13-12. This despite enthusiastic support for their opposition from a large crowd of Heart of England players.

Kernow 1 - Hugh Appleton, Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan - took six wins from the twelve games, with narrow defeats against Heart of England (12-13) on Saturday and Thames Valley (11-13) on Sunday.

Colin 'Boot' Booth, Barney Knapp and Roy Pemberton, the Kernow 3 team, won five of their games over the weekend, with narrow losses of 12-13 to Isle of Wight and 11-13 to Eastern on Saturday.

Kernow 2 - Robert Herrick, Ian Johnson, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin - had a disappointing weekend, with only three wins from twelve games. There were narrow losses to Isle of Wight 2 (12-13) on Saturday and Thames Valley 1 (11-13) on Sunday.

The Cornwall squad's best rounds were those against Thames Valley, Great Western and Eastern on Saturday, with three wins out of four in each, and the final round against Heart of England on Sunday, with all four teams winning their games. By contrast, all four lost in the round against Thames Valley on Sunday.

Devon came out as the top region in the Division 2 Challenge, with Devon 1 as top team: John Baxter, Thierry Hacq and Franck Depreaux of Chudleigh Petanque Club won all 12 of their games. Kernow 1 managed six points against them on Saturday but with the score at 12-0 to the Devon trio it looked as though Kernow 2's game against them on Sunday was going to result in a fanny, the fate of several other teams during the weekend. However, the Cornwall players managed to take three points in one end and two in the following before the axe fell.

Good weather helped to make it a very enjoyable weekend of petanque. Warm thanks to Kernow Team Manager Kate Herrick for getting the teams to the right pistes at the right time and for all her other help and encouragement, and to departing EPA President Mike Pegg and his team for another successful Inter-regional event.


Cornwall summer league - results

The winners of this year's Cornwall summer league competition are the team from the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS) - Simon Penna, Terry Jones, Rob Sullivan and Roy Pemberton. They finished the season with a total of 14 wins and a points difference of +54.

In second place were 2+1 - Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas - with 13 wins and +56.

Two teams notched up 12 wins, with the Artistes (Rod Walker, Gordon Couch and Andrew Jarvis) taking third place with a +36 points difference over Tregony PC's GDR (Graeme Kirkham, Dave and Rosemary Piggin) with +24.

Fifth place went to North Inn PC players Colin 'Boot' Booth, Barney Knapp and Pete Downing, with 11 wins and +49, ahead of First Timers (Ray Beresford, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson), also with 11 wins and +21.

The Bombardiers (Arnaud Ruetsch, Ruth Beresford, Sarah Jarvis and Richard Lapworth) took seventh place with a total of 9 wins and -21.

The Rising Sun PC's Rae, Andy, Iain and Katherine Argent were in eighth place with seven wins (-33), with Rams - Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon, Robert and Kate Herrick - also on seven wins but with a points difference of -34, 

Talent Spotters (George Evans, James Byers and Terry Downes) - unable to play all their matches because of ill health - took tenth place with two wins.

The captain's competition was narrowly won by Simon Penna, with four wins and +24, ahead of Andrew Jarvis with four wins and +20.

The Cornwall winter league is an open competition and begins on Sunday 5 October.


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.


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