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Cornwall petanque season gets rolling

The first competition on the Kernow Petanque calendar for 2017 is the open doubles Easter Egg Shoot, which takes place at the Star Inn, St Day, on Sunday 9 April.

All welcome - registration is 10.00-10.15, start of play 10.30. £5 per player.

The Star will be doing it's fabulous roast rolls - usually a choice of chicken, beef or pork - which can be ordered in advance on 01209 820242. Please do not bring your own food or refreshments to the pub.

Kernow Petanque memberships are now due. If you haven't yet renewed you can do so online via the English Petanque Association website - - or see Graeme Kirkham, KP Membership Secretary, on Sunday. Annual membership is £27: £20 to the EPA, £7 to Kernow Petanque.

See you at the Star!!


Winter league winners

The final round of the Cornwall winter petanque league once again produced a last-minute surprise. Ray Beresford and Bill Kingdon (North Inn) topped the table all the way through through the competition but in the final round were just pipped at the post for the top place by Pete English (North Inn) and Drew Jarvis (Vogue PC).

The final took place at the Star Inn on Sunday 12 March, with three teams competing. In the first game, Pete and Drew beat Ray and Bill 13-7, to leave these two teams level on 7 wins and 25 match points (match points are awarded for 'good wins' - victories to 0, 1, 2 or 3).

The second game was the turning point, with Pete and Drew defeating Mark Hypponen (Tregony PC) and Eric Guy 13-0 and so going ahead on 8 wins and 30 match points. That meant Ray and Bill had to do the same to level for first place. They won but didn't get a second fanny against Mark and Eric so also finished on 8 wins but with only 28 match points.

Third team member for Mark and Eric was Pete Lynas (Tregony); Sarah Jarvis was third for Drew and Pete, but was unable to play in the final round because of injury



The weather forecast for tomorrow is not good - windy, wet and cold! - so the event at the Star will now be starting at the later time of 12 for 12.30. The AGM will take place at 3pm as planned.

Hope to see you there.


Two new officers for Kernow Petanque committee

The Kernow Petanque AGM on Sunday 5 March saw two new officers join the region's management committee. Pete English (North Inn PC) steps in as Treasurer and Andy Rose (Rising Sun PC) becomes the new Regional Umpire.

Kate Herrick (Rising Sun) stepped down as Treasurer after four years in the post and Sarah Jarvis gave up the post of Youth Development Officer after a similar term. Both were warmly thanked for all they have contributed.

The meeting was not well attended but agreed that the main priorities for the coming year must be promotion and recruitment - membership is currently at a six-year low and there is an urgent need to attract new players who are willing to take part in the major competitions.

Other matters discussed included the format for the summer league competition. It was decided that the successful inter-club contest would run again in 2017, enabling those taking part to play on a variety of different terrains.

Andy Rose gave a brief run-through of the important changes to the rules which have come into play this year.

Playing Officer Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) also outlined the calendar for 2017 which will be distributed and posted shortly.

The officers elected were: President: Pete Lynas (Tregony PC); Vice-President: Colin Booth (North Inn); Secretary: Susan Williamson (Tregony); Treasurer: Pete English (North Inn); Playing officer: Andrew Jarvis (Vogue); Membership Secretary: Graeme Kirkham (Tregony); Youth Development Officer: post vacant; Promotion Officer: post to be shared by Vice-President and Membership Secretary; Regional Umpire: Andy Rose (Rising Sun).

A number of members turned out for the melée held before the AGM, cut short from the planned event because of the dismal weather forecast. As it happened the rain and hail stopped, the wind died down and the sun came out! Winner of the three-round contest was Susan Williamson (Tregony PC), with Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn) as runner-up.


Update on Kernow event

The Kernow Petanque start-of-season melée competition on Sunday 5 March will now be FREE to all taking part. Prizes for first and second places.

If you would like one of the Star Inn's famous Sunday roast baps (usually a choice of beef, chicken or pork) please order in advance from the Star on 01209 820242. Please do not bring your own food to the venue.

See you there!


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