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Kernow at Hayling Island

Seven Kernow Petanque players made the trek across country to Hayling Island this weekend to take part in the English Petanque Association's annual Inter-Regional competition.

They formed teams 3 and 4 in the Challenge Division 2 Combined squad, which came fourth of the eight regions in this event with a total of 25 wins from the 48 games played. The two Cornish teams contributed 14 wins to the total.

Team 3 - Colin 'Boot' Booth, Roy Pemberton and Graeme Kirkham - won six of their seven games on Saturday, despite heavy rain, mud and pools of water on the terrains. On Sunday, under blue skies and warm sunshine, they took a further two wins from the three morning games and until lunchtime were on the board as one of the three most successful teams in the Division 2 Challenge. Unfortunately that was it and they lost the two afternoon games.

Andy and Enid Rose, Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson were team 4 and took three wins on Saturday and - despite losing Paul's services to a bout of food poisoning - a further three on Sunday.

Coaching Inn's Roy Pemberton, new Kernow Shooting champion, took part in the EPA precision shooting competition on Friday evening, but after a long journey and a rush to get there didn't make the final four for the Saturday semi-final and final.

Winners of the Division 1 Championship this year were Southern Counties, with Chiltern second and Kent third. Division 2 was won by Eastern.

Devon retained their place in the Division 1 Challenge, coming third despite the absence of ace shooter Franck Depreaux, Southern also took the top spot in this contest.

We couldn't get a Kernow squad together for the event this year: let's start working now to make sure Cornwall is there in 2017!


Cornwall players at the inter-regionals

Kernow Petanque will not be taking part in the English Petanque Association's major inter-regional tournament at Hayling Island, Hampshire, this weekend, 9-11 September.

This is the first time for many years that a Cornwall squad has not participated in the inter-regionals. Regrettably, it was not possible to put together the number of players required for a viable squad and the region had no option other than to pull out.

However, the EPA asked for two Cornwall teams to form part of the Combined squad in the Challenge competition, division 2, and seven Kernow players will be travelling to Hayling Island for the competition.

The two teams are Andy and Enid Rose (Rising Sun PC), Paul Rundle and Susan Williamson (Tregony, and Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn), Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn) and Graeme Kirkham (Tregony).

Roy, the new Kernow shooting champion, will also be taking part in the EPA's precision shooting competition over the weekend.

Results from the inter-regionals will be shown and updated on the EPA website during the two days play:


New Cornwall shooting champion

The new Kernow Petanque precision shooting champion is Roy Pemberton, of the Coaching Inn Petanque Club, St Columb Major.

Roy took the title yesterday, Sunday 4 September, with an impressive performance which included shooting the jack three times out of four during the final round of the event.

Roy will now represent the Cornwall region at the English Petanque Association's national precision shooting competition, to be held at Hayling Island, Hampshire, this coming weekend.

The 2016 shooting contest was held as part of Kernow's President's Day event at the Star Inn, St Day. Runner-up in the competition was Kernow President Pete Lynas.

A sociable melée provided the main competition of the day, won narrowly by Paul Rundle over fellow Tregony PC member Mark Hypponen. Both had five wins from the five rounds played with Paul holding the top spot with a greater points difference.

A pointing competition was won by this year's Kernow women's singles title holder, Kate Herrick of the Rising Sun PC, Altarnun,


2016 summer league results

Winners of the 2016 Cornwall inter-club summer league competition are Tregony Petanque Club, just taking a narrow victory over Vogue PC.

Both clubs won three of the five matches played - that is, took two or three of the three games played in each round - and also won nine games overall. Tregony took the title with a points difference of +34 against Vogue's +14.

The North Inn A team came home in third place with three match wins and eight game wins (+22). Behind them were the Coaching Inn (3 matches, 7 games, -26), North Inn B (2 matches, 8 games, +11) and the Rising Sun (1 match, 4 games, -53).

The final round saw Tregony and Vogue face each other at the Star Inn, with Vogue taking two games to one. The Vogue squad included former Kernow president Paul Johns (a past Star player, possibly even a star player!) and landlord Mark Graham.

The winter league competition will start in October and teams are already forming - watch this space for details.


Kernow President's Day event

The annual Kernow Pétanque President's Day event will be held on Sunday 4 September at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day. This is an open event - all pétanque players are very welcome. Kernow President Peter Lynas will preside!

The main competition will be a melée - players are drawn with new team partners in each round - and there will also be a pointing contest. The Cornwall Shooting competition will also take place during the day (open only to registered members of Kernow Pétanque).

Registration is from 10.00-1015, start of play 10.30. Entry: £5 per player.

Food - the usual rolls with a choice of roast meats, stuffing, gravy, etc - will be available from the Star at lunch time. Please order in advance on 01209 820242. Please do not bring your own refreshments.


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