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Winter league update

With two rounds to go, the top places in the Cornwall winter league have changed again. It's still a tight race, however, and there's all to play for.

New leaders in the competition are Ray Beresford and Susan Williamson, with a total of nine wins from the 12 games played so far. Last month's leaders, Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan, also have nine wins but didn't show for round 4 so missed out on two vital league points and slip to second place. (League points are awarded to teams for wins but also for each appearance.)

Third, up from fifth after the last round, are Pete 'PD' Downing and Graeme Kirkham, with eight wins. Also on eight wins and with the same number of league points are Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch, down from third last month; they fall behind because of a slightly smaller points difference.

In fifth place, up one from sixth and with seven wins, are Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen. Behind them come two teams on six wins: Andrew and Sarah Jarvis lie sixth, down from fourth, with a league points advantage over seventh-place Anthony Frost and Rod Walker.

Five wins give Pete English and Roy Pemberton eighth place, down one from the last round.

Round 5 of the winter league will be held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 9 February. Fingers crossed for better weather than today's torrential rain!


Winter league dates

The next round of the winter league will take place at the Star Inn, St Day on Sunday 12 January 2014, registration from 10.00 - 10.20.

Dates for the last two rounds are 9 February and 9 March.


Santa Shoot

The last date on the 2013 Cornwall petanque calendar is the Santa Shoot, to be held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 15 December. This is a new event, planned as an enjoyable pre-Christmas social occasion as well as an occasion for some competitive petanque.

The day will be organised as an open melee – teams for each round will be organised on the day – and all are welcome: do bring your friends! It would be useful to have some idea of numbers in advance, though, so please contact Andrew Jarvis by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are intending to take part .

Registration for the Santa Shoot will be from 10.00 to 10.20. See you there!


And what did Santa bring?

Fifteen hardy souls braved rain and high winds at the inaugural Kernow Petanque Santa Shoot, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 15 December.

Fortified by soup, mince pies and the Star Inn's best turkey rolls, they managed four rounds of timed games before deciding that home by the fire made a lot more sense than paddling about on a flooded terrain . . . 

In fourth and third places with three wins were Peter Lynas from Constantine and Gordon Couch of Gorran Haven. In second place, with four wins, was Graeme Kirkham, from Tregony PC, but ahead on points and taking first place was another Tregony player, Susan Williamson.

A Happy Christmas and a peaceful, successful 2014 to all members of Kernow Petanque and to boules players everywhere. 


Winter League - Round 3 Surprises

Round 3 of the Cornwall Winter League produced some major changes at the top of the table, although not right at the top: Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan have not yet dropped a game and stay in first place with 9 wins and a points difference of +72.

The round was held at the Star, St Day, on Sunday 1 December, and produced a low turnout, with only 9 teams taking part.

Three wins in this round gave second place to Ray Beresford and Susan Williamson, up from fourth last month, with 7 wins and +21 points. Third place is held by Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch, with a total of 6 wins and +9 points bringing them up from eighth place in round 2.

Andrew and Sarah Jarvis now lie fourth, down from second after the last round (5 wins, +29) and Pete PD Downing and Graeme Kirkham, in fourth place last time, go down to fifth with 5 wins and +2.

Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen move up one place to sixth in the table, with 5 wins and -7. Pete English and Roy Pemberton slip from third in November to seventh place, with 4 wins and +9.

In eighth place, also on 4 wins but pulled down by fewer league points (based on wins plus the number of events participated in) are Anthony Frost and Rod Walker.

The date for round 4 of the Winter League will be posted shortly. 


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