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Kernow Petanque goes where the crowds are

Kernow members set up a temporary terrain and invited members of the public to try petanque during a very popular heritage event held at Geevor Tine Mine Museum, Pendeen, yesterday, 6 August.

Several thousand people turned out to see Man Engine, the giant mechanical marionette constructed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

The Kernow Petanque terrain was in the middle of the site and, while most visitors were there to see the main attraction, there was interest from significant numbers. Younger players were particularly enthusiastic at getting a chance to 'have a go' with our 'balls of steel'! 

Kernow players handed out leaflets with contact numbers for Cornwall's five clubs but beyond this created an additional profile for the game in the county: a number of people said they hadn't previously known that petanque is played in Cornwall.

A big thank you to Colin 'Boot' Booth of the adjacent North Inn Petanque Club, who arranged for us to take part, and to those who turned out to set up the terrain and talk to prospective players: Susan Wiiliamson, Mark Hypponen, Pete Lynas, Ray Beresford and Graeme Kirkham.


Petanque at Geevor next Saturday

Kernow Petanque will be present for the festivities at Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Pendeen, on Saturday 6 August. It's the Pendeen Steam Rally and the final appearance of the amazing 10m-high 'Man Engine' at the end of his journey through Cornwall's historic mining landscape.

We will be laying out a temporary petanque terrain and playing from midday onwards, answering questions and inviting visitors to the event to 'have a go'.

The event is likely to be very popular. Information on travel and parking is available on the Man Engine website at


Cornwall singles contest coming up

The Cornwall regional singles competition will take place next Sunday, 31 July, at the Star Inn, St Day, As last year, there will be separate Women's and Men's contests.

Registration from 10.00; play starts at about 10.30.


New Cornwall Singles champions

Six women and 15 men competed in the 2016 Kernow Petanque Singles competitions held yesterday, Sunday 31 July, at the Star Inn, St Day.

The new women's title holder is Kate Herrick (Rising Sun PC), who ended narrowly ahead of Tregony PC's Susan Williamson on points difference. Both had four wins from the five games played but Kate had +25 to Susan's +14.

Third place went to Lena Daddow of Vogue PC with 3 wins and +3.

The men's contest was won by Simon Penna against fellow Coaching Inn PC member Rob Sullivan. Precision pointing ruled in a very close match which eventually went to Simon 13-10.

It was Simon's third victory in the Singles competition, having previously taken the title in 2012 and 2013.

In the semi-finals Simon beat last year's champion, the North Inn PC's Colin 'Boot' Booth. Rob took the other semi 13-11 against the 2015 runner-up, Graeme Kirkham of Tregony PC. Graeme beat Boot in the playoff for third place.

Ray Beresford (North Inn) won the men's Plate final against Tregony's Paul Rundle.


Round 4 tightens the table - but no change at the top

After round 4 of the Cornwall summer league the top three places stay unchanged, despite good wins for the teams which held fourth, fifth and sixth places at the end of the previous round.

Tregony PC lost 2-1 at home to Coaching Inn on 10 July but holds on to the number one spot with a total of eight wins from the 12 games played so far and a points difference of +29,

Still in second place with seven wins and +19, Vogue PC lost 2-1 away to North Inn A. The other Pendeen team, North Inn B, although it had a 2-1 loss away at Rising Sun PC in this round, is sticking very close behind Vogue with seven wins and +12.

North Inn A now holds fourth place with 5 wins (+9), followed by Coaching Inn on five wins (-27) and Rising Sun PC with four wins (-39).

Round 5 is to be played on or before 21 August and will see Tregony and Vogue face each other, the Rising Sun play North Inn A and Coaching Inn take on North Inn B.


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