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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.


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.


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!


Summer league update

After most teams have played three rounds of the Cornwall summer petanque league, Gordon Couch, Andrew Jarvis and Rod Walker, playing as the Artistes, hold a narrow lead, They have won four of the six triples games they have played and all three of their doubles and singles, giving a total of 10 wins overall.

Behind them with 8 wins are GDR (Graeme Kirkham, Dave and Rosemary Piggin); they have also won four triples but dropped one each of the doubles and singles. Also on 8 wins are 2+1 (Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas). They have three triples wins, two doubles and three singles.

TAPS (Terry Jones, Roy Pemberton, Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan) have won four triples, one doubles and two singles, to give them 7 wins. Behind them are Point, Shoot and PD (Colin 'Boot' Booth, Pete Downing and Barney Knapp), with 5 wins (three triples, two doubles), and the Bombardiers (Ruth Beresford, Sarah Jarvis and Arnaud Ruetsch), also with 5 wins (three triples, a doubles and a singles).

Rams (Wendy Booker, Peter Gliddon, Robert and Kate Herrick) have three wins and Talent Spotters (James Byers, Terry Downes and George Evans) have yet to score.

Two teams are still to play each other in round 3, and the result could bring a significant upset to the table. Ray Beresford, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson (First Timers) have six wins (three triples, two doubles and a singles) from the two rounds they have played. A good win from their round 3 game against the Rising Sun (Andy, Iain, Katherine and Rae Argent) could put them into the top two or three places. Rising Sun currently have three wins (three triples) from their two matches and could also step up the table with a good win. The First Timers V Rising Sun match will be played at the Rising Sun, near Altarnun, on Saturday 9 August.


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