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Kernow V Devon coming up this weekend

The annual match between the Cornwall and Devon regions of the English Petanque Association takes place this coming  weekend.

This year the event is hosted by Cornwall and will be at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 9 July.

May the better team (located west of the Tamar) win!


Kernow summer league

St Columb Major's Coaching Inn visited Pendeen to play North Inn A in the Cornwall summer league on Sunday 2 July and came away with a 2-1 win.

In the first of the three triples played Coaching Inn's Eric Guy, Rob Sullivan and Roy Pemberton took a 13-6 win from North Inn A's Mark Hypponen, Anthony Frost and Arnaud Ruetsch.

Rob, Roy and Tim Coad took the second game for the Coaching Inn 13-10 but the North Inn came back in the third, winning by the same score against Rob, Roy and Dion Beechey.

The summer league continues: more results soon.


Cornwall doubles result

North Inn's Pete English and Andrew Jarvis of Vogue PC took the top place in the Cornwall doubles competition, played today at the Star Inn, St Day.

Pete and Drew won two of their three league games in the morning to take a place in the main competition, then beat Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn PC) 13-4 in the semis.

They took the final 13-9 against Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC), who had won their semi-final against Vogue PC's Barbara Brown and Lena Daddow 13-1.

Winners of the plate competition were Eric Guy (Coaching Inn) and Mark Hypponen (North Inn), who beat Tony and Di Smith (Tregony) 13-10 in the plate final.

It was a disappointing turnout of only eight pairs for the event, the first regional competition of the 2017 calendar, but the sun shone and the Star's beer is always good, so . . . . .

The next major event on the regional calendar is the annual match against Devon, to be played at the Star this year, which takes place on 9 July.


Great National Singles and Doubles weekend in Exeter

There were no prizes for the Cornwall players who took part in this weekend's EPA National Singles and Doubles competitions in Exeter, but it was a great opportunity to watch and play against the best in English petanque.

The Singles competition on Saturday attracted 76 entrants for the men's event and 36 women, with a league format in the morning taking players into Gold, Silver and Bronze contests in the afternoon.

Two Cornwall players - Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony) - took part in the Men's Singles, and both started with tough first-round draws. Boot faced last year's Singles champion Dean Seville, who also went on to win this year''s event; he lost 13-3. Graeme drew Scott Ashby, who went on to the semi finals of the Men's Gold competition, and, after a lobbing game on the 3-inch deep loose gravel of piste no 1, lost 13-5.

Boot and Graeme each won one of their morning games with Boot winning a further two games in the afternoon and Graeme taking one win. Going out at that stage did give them the chance to watch the very impressive play in the Women's and Men's semi-finals and finals.

For the Doubles events on Sunday there were 26 entries for the women's event and 45 for the men's. Format was as for the Singles, with leagues followed by Gold, Silver and Bronze contests.

Boot and Graeme again had a tough start, with an opening draw against Jack Blows and David Plumhoff, who went on to win the plate contest in the Gold division of the competition. These two took some time to find their usual form, however, with Boot and Graeme reaching 11-2 up! The luck didn't last and they didn't score another point, losing 11-13.

They won their second game of the morning and then faced another very tough draw against Mark Robertshaw and Stephen Daykin; Mark had been a very impressive semi-finalist in the Men's Gold the previous day and Stephen a runner-up in the Silver section, and the pair were the eventual winners of the Silver section of the Doubles. After a very tight game Boot and Graeme took an unexpected win, 13-11!

The two wins in the morning games took them into the Silver contest. They gained a narrow win in their first game against Tim Raine and Steve Golder, who went on to win the Silver plate event, but were then knocked out 13-6 by a team from Plymouth Petanque on the very smooth rollers' terrain of the temporary car park pistes.

The other Cornwall entries for the Men's Doubles were Pete Lynas and Paul Rundle. Disappointing results in their morning games placed them in the Bronze event. They took a win in the first game of the afternoon but then they too were knocked out.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Mixed Doubles competition but there were no Cornwall entries for this.

Thanks to Rob Brealey and his team at Isca PC for a lot of hard work setting up the terrains and to Martin and Annette Eggleton for handling the immensely complicated organisation of the multiple competitions. Congratulations to all those who made it to the final results tables (see the EPA News section of the EPA website). Video streams of the later stages of the event are on the English Petanque Association Facebook page.


Cornwall players at Ottery charity event

Three Cornwall pairs made the trip across the Tamar for Ottery St Mary Petanque Club's annual Charity Shield competition yesterday, held in support of Hospiscare. A total of about £400 was raised for the charity during the day.

The visitors were Robert and Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC), Eric Guy (Coaching Inn PC) and Mark Hypponen (North Inn PC), and Susan Williamson and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony PC). Susan and Graeme had a particularly good day, taking first place in the event.

The competition was limited to 16 teams, organised in four leagues for the morning rounds, with knockout games in the afternoon. Susan and Graeme won their three league rounds, and then met Thierry Hacq and Sally Richards in the quarter-finals, winning 13-1. In the semis they met John and Rose Thatcher, taking the game 13-3, and won the final against Peter and Sue Smith 13-7.

Eric and Mark won one of their morning games, taking them into the afternoon's plate competition. They went out in the quarter-finals, losing to a Plymouth PC duo who were the eventual plate winners. Robert and Kate won one game in the morning, and also went out in the plate quarter-finals.

During the lunch break there were pointing and shooting contests, and - a good innovation - a competition for accurate throwing of the jack.

The weather was perfect, the Ottery PC facilities very impressive and hospitality from the Club members, led by John and Rose Thatcher, extremely welcoming., with a special mention for the fantastic array of cakes! Thanks to all concerned: roll on next year!


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