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Alan Poole RIP

A message from Kernow player Enid Rose with the sad news that former Cornwall region President Alan Poole has died at his home in Spain. He had suffered ill health for several years.

Enid says: 'For those of you who remember Alan Poole he passed away on Friday 20th April at his home near Albox in South of Spain. He was a great ambassador for the game, organising many competitions throughout the county, and forming the Cornish Squad to go to the inter-regionals plus charity events when he managed the Seahorse lnn at Maenporth, Falmouth. Andy and I are attending his funeral [today] in Arboleas.'

Many past players around Cornwall will remember the charity petanque events staged by Alan at the Seahorse in the 1990s, often for the RNLI, with a playing surface installed on the car park and 40-50 teams taking part. Alan's contacts brought numerous teams from outside the county to these competitions.

Pete Lynas remembers that Alan introduced him to playing petanque at the Seahorse and adds 'He will be missed'. Former Kernow players Paul Johns and Mike Hill also have good memories of the Seahorse events as highly sociable occasions.

Alan moved from Maenporth to a pub in Truro and then to the Norway Inn, Perranarworthal, retiring to Spain 8-10 years ago.

 

Cornwall summer league under way

Round 1 of the Cornwall summer petanque league kicked off yesterday, Sunday 22 April, with Tregony away to the North Inn, Pendeen.

The visitors came away with an encouraging 3-0 win from the three timed triples games.

Tregony's Susan Williamson, Paul Rundle and Graeme Kirkham took the first game 13-6 against North Inn's Bill Kingdon, Anthony Frost and Dominik Ellwanger. The second game went to the same score, with North Inn fielding Anthony, Pete 'PD' Downing and Mark Hypponen.

After a great North Inn lunch the sun came out in time for the third game. This was closer, with Dominik, Bill and Mark pushing strongly for a result. North Inn took the score to 11-9 up but Graeme shot twice for Tregony and stayed, with his boules 25-30 cm behind the jack. Paul then pointed one in front of the jack, but North Inn were still holding. Susan pointed with Tregony's final boule, pushed Paul's boule onto the jack, which moved back to bring Graeme's two boules behind into play. Mark shot once and pointed with North Inn's last two boules, but Tregony took four on the end to win the game.

The other league game this month will be Coaching Inn PC at home to Vogue PC; watch this space for results.

 

Sunshine for the start of the season

Blue skies and sunshine for the annual Kernow Easter Egg Shoot doubles competition today - it felt almost like Spring!

Six pairs took part - disappointing for the first event of the calendar - and five wins from the five rounds played gave the top slot to Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC), with a points difference of +34.

In second place were Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle, both Tregony PC, with four wins and +13. Three wins and +2 gave third place to Susan Williamson (Tregony) and Bill Kingdon (North Inn PC).

April sees the start of the 2018 summer league - all first round games to be played before the end of the month - and if the weather really is improving club play will get properly under way. The next regional event will be the Kernow Doubles on 20 May.

 

Sunshine for the start of the season

Blue skies and sunshine for the annual Kernow Easter Egg Shoot doubles competition today - it felt almost like Spring!

Six pairs took part - disappointing for the first event of the calendar - and five wins from the five rounds played gave the top slot to Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC), with a points difference of +34.

In second place were Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle, both Tregony PC, with four wins and +13. Three wins and +2 gave third place to Susan Williamson (Tregony) and Bill Kingdon (North Inn PC).

April sees the start of the 2018 summer league - all first round games to be played before the end of the month - and if the weather really is improving club play will get properly under way. The next regional event will be the Kernow Doubles on 20 May.

 

Last round of the winter doubles and new officers for Kernow Petanque

The final round of the 2017-18 Winter Doubles series took place at the Star Inn, St Day, yesterday, 4 March. This was a much smoother (and greener) roly-poly surface than most of those played during earlier rounds.

There were five teams and after four games the winners were (open the envelope) . . . . Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony), with four wins (+19). Second were Andy Rose (Rising Sun) and Pete English (North Inn), on three wins (+14). Third place went to Mark Hypponen (North Inn) and Dominic Ellwanger: two wins (+3).

The competition was followed by the Kernow AGM. Pete Lynas stepped down after three years as President of Kernow region; Graeme Kirkham was elected as President for the coming year. A huge thank you to Pete for all he has done for the region during his term of office.

Bill Kingdon (North Inn) will take over as Secretary and Susan Williamson is now Membership Secretary for the region: get your 2018 subs to her as soon as possible!

The meeting was attended by 11 members. There was discussion of the format for the Winter Doubles event - going on tour and trying a variety of different playing surfaces was generally agreed to have been successful - and of the 2018 Summer League.

It was agreed that this year each club taking part in the League would play both home and away matches against each of the other clubs. The format would be three timed triples games, which will allow rounds to be played on weekday evenings if preferred. Each game must be played during the month specified in the League programme. Full details will be available soon.

Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis also announced that he has agreement for some refurbishment of the Star playing surface - watch that space!

Finally, this year Kernow will again be entering a squad for the Challenge competition at Petanque England's Inter-regional event. This takes place at Hayling Island in September. This comes after two years in which it has not been possible to take part as a region - looking good!!

 


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