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Kernow at the Inter-Regionals

Cornwall players took third place among the eight teams competing in Division Two of the Challenge competition at this year’s English Petanque Association (EPA) Inter-Regional tournament, held over the weekend of 15-16 September.

The Kernow team won 27 games of the 48 played over the two days, with an overall points difference of +55. In first place was a Combined squad of players from last year’s top regions, which won 38 games (points difference of +243), followed by the East Midlands team with 32 wins (+109).   

This is Cornwall’s best performance at the Inter-Regionals for several years and could see them promoted to Division One for next year’s contest. In last year’s Challenge Kernow won 21 games and came fifth out of seven.

 After many years at Brean Sands, Somerset, this year’s Inter-Regionals moved to a new venue at Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, generally agreed to be a great improvement in terms of accommodation and facilities. The playing terrains were very varied and offered a real challenge for pointers.

Top Cornwall team in 2012 was Kernow 1: Hugh Appleton, Paul Lancaster and Simon Penna. Their nine wins and +47 points difference gained them third place among the teams in the Division Two competition.

Kernow 3 – Ian Johnson, Peter Lynas, Rosemary Piggin and Susan Williamson – won seven games (points difference +2) and Kernow 4 – Colin ‘Boot’ Booth, Peter ‘PD’ Downing, Roy Pemberton and Paul Rundle – won six games (+1).

Kernow 2 – Robert Herrick, Graeme Kirkham and Dave Piggin – won five overall (+5) but distinguished themselves by losing games in which they started out leading 7-0 and 11-3, apparently forgetting that the basic idea in pétanque is to keep getting your boules nearer the coche than those of your opponents . . .

Kernow team manager again this year was Kate Herrick, who recorded and reported scores, liaised between the squad and the organisers and generally kept things running smoothly; thanks to Kate from everyone.

  • Full results for the competition can be found on the English Petanque Association website (see the Links page).

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