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Disappointing result from Cornwall - Devon event

After having won the annual Cornwall – Devon inter-region competition for the past two years, this year’s Cornwall squad went down by 19 wins to 11 against a stronger Devon team. The event was held at the Isca Centre in Exeter on Sunday 22 June. 

The original plan was to run the event over six rounds, with all teams playing each other, but time didn’t allow and a decision was made to end the competition after the fifth. 

None of the Cornwall teams won more than two games from the five played during the day. Five teams won two, with the smallest points differences being logged by team 3 (Colin ‘Boot’ Booth, Barney Knapp and Pete ‘PD’ Downing) and team 5 (Robert and Kate Herrick and Graeme Kirkham). Both won two games and ended with a points difference of -4. Pete Lynas, Lena Daddow and Barbara Brown (Cornwall 2) also won two and had a points difference of 5. 

Susan Williamson, Ray Beresford and Paul Rundle (team 6) won two and ended with -10; team 1 (Simon Penna, Hugh Appleton and Rob Sullivan) again had two wins and ended on -11. 

Cornwall’s team 4 was Roy Pemberton, Pete English and new player Terry Jones, the latter playing in his first inter-regional event. They won one game and finished with a points difference of -27.

The most successful Devon team was from the recently formed Chudleigh Petanque Club: Franck Depreaux (EPA Shooting Champion in 2011 and 2012), Thierry Hacq, John Baxter and Henry Pickett. They won all five of their games, including handing out a ‘fanny’ 13-0 defeat to a Cornwall team during the day.

Devon 4 (Stewart and Yvonne Brown and Joan Dixie) won four games, their only defeat coming from Cornwall 6, Susan, Ray and Paul. 

All of the Devon teams won at least two games, with their pointing on the Isca terrain being generally better than Cornwall’s. No doubt about it: Cornwall players really need to work on ‘reading’ the playing surface, choosing and playing to landing places, adjusting effectively if the first ball doesn’t do the job. Plenty to work on – must try harder!


Cornwall Singles

Winner of the 2014 Cornwall Singles title is Roy Pemberton, of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS). This puts a new name on the trophy and breaks a run of repeated wins: Simon Penna of TAPS won in 2012 and 2013 and for three years before that the title was held by Steven Boyne.

Sixteen players took part in the competition, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 1 June. The numbers meant that the rough and sloping 'outside' piste, next to the car park had to be used, which some players used to advantage and others found challenging.

After a league in the morning, the first round of the afternoon knockout games saw defeats for both the previous title holders, Steven Boyne losing to Roy Pemberton and Simon Penna to Kernow Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC).

The semi-finalists were Pete 'PD' Downing (North Inn PC) and Roy, the latter winning 13-8, and Andrew and Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC), with Andrew winning this game 13-10. The final between Roy And Andrew - played on the outside piste - went to 13-6.

A playoff for third place was an all North Inn affair between PD and Boot, with Boot winning narrowly 13-11.

The plate competition was won by another North Inn player, Barney Knapp, with a 13-9 win against Rob Sullivan of TAPS.


Sofa Dodger visits Tregony PC

Tregony PC's club night last Tuesday had a visit from Sam Taylor, who runs the Sofa Dodger website( She started it to provide easy access to listings of local sporting clubs and activities around the country.

Sam is now undertaking a challenge to try 100 different sports in the course of a year, chronicling the results in a blog - petanque was no 6 on her list. Her blog account is at

Thanks  to Sam from Tregony PC for coming to see us - good luck with the 94 sports to go!


Cornwall doubles 2014 - results

The final of this year's Cornwall regional doubles competition was an all Tregony Petanque Club event, with Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle playing Susan Williamson and Graeme Kirkham. Susan and Graeme cruised to an 11-2 lead and then . . . lost the plot (!), with Pete and Paul sharpening their pointing to come out winners 13-11.

In the semi-finals Pete and Paul beat Roy Pemberton and Terry Jones of the Treleigh Arms Petanque Society (TAPS) 13-9; Colin 'Boot' Booth and Barney Knapp of the North Inn PC, Pendeen, lost 13-8 to Susan and Graeme.

The Plate competition was won by Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan (TAPS), who beat Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC) and Rod Walker (Vogue PC).

Only nine teams took part in the event, played at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 18 May, a very disappointing turnout for a regional competition. 


Cornwall doubles

The Cornwall regional doubles takes place at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 18 May. Registration is 10-10.15, start of play 10.30. Entry: £10 per team.

This event is open to paid-up members of the Cornwall region of the English Petanque Association. 


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