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Petanque in the sun

After a very cold start, winter sunshine on Sunday 8 February warmed to the point where some players in the winter league round held at the Star, St Day, were spotted in shirtsleeves! Cornwall in February - balmy! 

The top of the table didn't change but any of the three leading teams could now in theory take first place after the four games in next month's final round. 

Still in the lead are Ray Beresford (North Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) with 16 wins and a points difference of +69. Close behind them, with 15 wins and +82 are Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC).

Still in third place are Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton (Coaching Inn), with 13 wins (+25).

Behind them are two teams on nine wins: Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch (North Inn PC) have a points difference of -20, putting them just behind Rod Walker (Vogue PC) and Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC) with a difference of -19.

Two teams are on seven wins: Sue Hardy and Mark Hypponen (Tregony PC) have a points difference of +5, putting them just ahead of Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn) and Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn) on -4, 

The final round of the competition will take place at the Star on Sunday 8 March.

New President of Kernow Petanque

Long-time Cornwall player Pete Lynas was elected President of Kernow Petanque by a unanimous vote of members present at the region's Annual General Meeting today. Pete is now a member of Tregony Petanque Club but he and his family were for a long time mainstays of the old Trengilly Wartha club.

Most of the current officers were re-elected to their existing posts but Graeme Kirkham takes over as Membership Secretary from Susan Williamson. 

The other officers are: Robert Herrick, Vice-President; Wendy Booker, Secretary; Kate Herrick, Treasurer; Andrew Jarvis, Playing Officer; Sarah Jarvis, Youth Development Officer; Colin Booth, Publicity and Promotion Officer. The posts of Regional Umpire and Regional Coach are currently vacant.


A petanque Christmas in Cornwall

This year's festive petanque event will be the Santa Shoot melée, to be held at the Star Inn, Vogue, St Day, on Sunday 14 December.

Registration is 10-10.30, with play to start as soon as the draw for the first round has taken place.

This is an open event - everyone welcome.

The melée format means that each player is drawn with different partners in each round but carries the score from each game with them - the winners are those who have been in the most successful partnerships! 

It is an ideal opportunity for new players to give the game a try in company with more experienced team-mates.

There will be a raffle and there may be mince pies. Food will be available from the Star.


A message from the Membership Secretary

Kernow Petanque membership is now due for anyone who would like to play in regional events and competitions in 2015.

Our Annual General Meeting is on the 8th February at the Star Inn, St Day (details will be posted soon). There will be elections for officers of Kernow Petanque and there may be other things to vote on. In order to vote you will need to have renewed your membership before the meeting starts. If you can, please do this online on the English Petanque Association website ( before the 8th. If you can't join online I will have membership forms with me on the day and you can complete them and pay the fee then (cash or cheque). The membership fee is now £25 as the EPA has increased its annual fee by £5.


Winter league: round 3

Ray Beresford (North Inn PC) and Andrew Jarvis (Vogue PC) keep their lead in the Cornwall winter league, with a total of 11 wins from the 12 games played and a points difference of +65.

Still in second place are Graeme Kirkham and Susan Williamson (Tregony PC), with eight wins and +51.

Coaching Inn PC's Terry Jones and Roy Pemberton have 7 wins (-3), leading from Gordon Couch (Rising Sun PC) and Rod Walker (Vogue PC) with 5 wins and -16 points.

Sarah Jarvis (Vogue PC), Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch (both North Inn PC) also have 5 wins but are in fifth place with a points difference of -21.

Two teams didn't play in today's round, and both stand on 4 wins: Colin 'Boot' Booth (North Inn PC) and Rob Sullivan (Coaching Inn PC) are on a points difference of 0 with Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen (both Tregony PC) just behind on -2.

Round 4 of the winter league will take place at the Star Inn, St Day, on 11 January, 2015.


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