Devon beaten by Kernow in annual petanque meeting
PUBLISHED: 13:30 17 June 2018
The focus of attention in terms of South West petanque last week was on Isca Centre, Exeter where the annual match between the Devon and Kernow regional teams was staged.
The Cornishmen took the honours with a convincing 17-8 win after another highly competitive encounter.
Kernow maintained a firm grip on proceedings throughout the day - and needed to as seven of the games were won by four points or less.
The result could have been very different had some of those games swung in favour of Devon, and the overall points difference between the teams over 25 games was just 41 points.
It should also be noted that Devon decided to give debuts to several new players in this match with an eye to future development.
Five teams represented each region, all playing each other in a triples format, and the visitors won four of the five rounds played.
Three of the Kernow teams scored four wins, with the most successful being Kernow Three, comprising of Pete English, Andrew Jarvis and Paul Lumley.
For the hosts, the best performers, with three wins, were Devon Three comprising Simon Rapsey, Ian Ash and Colin Brooks.
A clearly delighted Kernow president Graeme Kirkham said: “I thought it was an impressive win, though to be fair to Devon there were a number of tight games that could have gone the other way.”
Ged Barton, Devon president, agreed, saying: “With a bit of luck the result could have been closer. That said, I was still very pleased with the performance of all the team, particularly as we blooded some new players. We do though congratulate Kernow who were very worthy winners”.
There will be an early chance for Devon to gain revenge in July as the two regions are joined by Great Western Region in a three way match to be held at the same venue.