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New Kernow shooting champion

The new Cornwall precision shooting champion is Arnaud Ruetsch of Penzance. He convincingly took top place during the Kernow Pétanque regional shooting competition held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 18 August.

The shooting competition was part of the annual President's event. Second place went to Colin 'Boot' Booth of the North Inn Pétanque Club, Pendeen.

The day also featured a melée, won by Simon Penna with Rosemary Piggin as runner-up, and various pointing and pétanque skills contests.


Cornwall wins again

For the second year in succession Cornwall came out on top in Kernow Petanque's annual match against the Devon region, played at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 7 July.

The final score was close: 17 wins to Cornwall against 13 for Devon. The outcome was all the more creditable in that several of Cornwall's more experienced players were absent and four of the Cornwall team were playing in an inter-region event for the first time.

It was also a strong Devon squad, including chair of the English Petanque Association (EPA) umpiring commission and Devon president John Thatcher, EPA president Mike Pegg and last year's EPA shooting champion Franck Depreaux.

The best Cornwall performances came from Simon Penna, Hugh Appleton, Rob Sullivan and Roy Pemberton, of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS), and Pete PD Downing, Barney Knapp and Ray Beresford of the North Inn, Pendeen. Both teams won all five of their games.

Rae and Dave Argent (Rising Sun PC, Altarnun), with first-timers in a regional match Des and Barbara Yates (TAPS), won three out of five games. Two teams won two: Lena Daddow (Vogue PC), Barbara Brown, and Pete Lynas (both Tregony PC), and Pete English (TAPS) with Andrew and Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC). Paul Rundle (Tregony) with first-timers Arnaud Ruetsch and Richard Lapworth had a bad day with no wins.

(Apologies to all our readers for the late posting of this report.)


Singles champion holds on to title

Repeating his success in last year's competition, Simon Penna (Treleigh Arms Pétanque Society - TAPS) has again taken the trophy for the Cornwall regional Singles competition. But only just: runner-up Colin 'Boot' Booth, from the North Inn, Pendeen, matched him point by point until the last couple of ends, to give Simon the win by 13 points to 11.

In third place was Pete 'PD' Downing (North Inn), who beat Pete Lynas (Tregony PC) 13-1.

The Plate was won by Kernow Pétanque Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC), who beat Barney Knapp (North Inn) 13-8.

Overall turnout for the event was poor, with only ten players taking part.


Cornwall triples champions 2013

This year's Cornwall regional triples champions are Dave and Rosemary Piggin and Susan Williamson, all of Tregony PC.

Low turnout for the event - poor weather may have kept other teams away - meant that it was decided by a simple round robin between the five teams taking part. The Tregony team won all four of their games.

Runners-up were Simon Penna, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan (Treleigh Arms), with three games.

Other teams were Paul Rundle and Graeme Kirkham (both Tregony PC) and Ray Beresford (North Inn), Pete English (TAPS), Andrew Jarvis and Rod Walker (both Vogue PC), and Barbara Brown, Lena Daddow and Pete Lynas.


Coaching in Cornwall

Nine Cornwall players took part in a coaching session with former Great Britain player Paul Lancaster at the Star Inn, St Day, on Saturday 18 May.

This is the first stage towards the volunteers becoming Grade 3 coaches and so giving the Cornwall region a number of players able to coach new youth and club players.

'It was a great day', said Kernow president Graeme Kirkham. 'There has been no formal coaching in Cornwall for about 10 years and we need people with the skills to bring new players into the game and give them a good start.'

'We're very grateful to Paul for giving his time and experience and for making the session so successful.'

Further coaching sessions will take place in June and again later in the summer. 


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