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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.


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. 


Club nights at the Star, St Day

The new Vogue Petanque Club will be meeting on Thursday evenings, from 6.30pm. The club is at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day. All welcome, including beginners and young players. Boules available to borrow. Contact Andrew and Sarah Jarvis for more details (see the Contact us page).


2013 doubles champions

The new Kernow Pétanque doubles title holders are Andrew Jarvis (Vogue Pétanque Club) and Roy Pemberton (Treleigh Arms Pétanque Society - TAPS). They beat Robert Herrick (Rising Sun PC) and Peter Lynas (Tregony PC) 13-5 in the final.

Twelve teams took part in the event, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 21 April.

The other semi-finalists were Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan (both TAPS), who went down 4-13 to Robert and Peter, and Anthony Frost and Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC), who lost 9-13 to Andrew and Roy. Simon and Rob won the play-off for third place 13-0.

Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC) beat Rod Walker and Danny Frost 13-7 to win the plate competition.


North Inn points the way

Despite a cold, windy day with little sign of Spring, the traditional Easter Egg Shoot season-opener for Cornwall's boules players attracted a near record turnout of 15 pairs, including two visiting teams from Devon.

Held at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 7 April, the event was a striking success for the North Inn Pétanque Club, Pendeen, with two teams from the club facing each other in the final. Overall winners were Pete 'PD' Downing and Barney Knapp, with Colin 'Boot' Booth and Ray Beresford taking second place.

The losing semi-finalists were Devon visitors John and Rose Thatcher and Tregony PC's Susan Williamson with - playing for the first time in several years - Rachel Ellis.

The plate competition was won by another Devon pair, Peter and Sue Smith, who beat Tregony's Graeme Kirkham and a new player in his first competition, Cliff Tunnicliffe.

Next event on the calendar is the Cornwall regional Doubles competition on 21 April. Entry is restricted to paid up members of Kernow Pétanque: memberships can be paid on the day.


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