Inter-insular successes for Jersey



September 9th, 2017

Nothing went right for the Sarnians  in the pétanque inter-insular competition – in fact nothing went from Guernsey for four hours as far their plane was concerned. Because of the flight delay they arrived in Jersey with no time for practice and soon found themselves 10-2 down after the 12 singles matches.
It proved to be too big a deficit and after the doubles and triples matches the home team eventually won the match 32-16. Guernsey’s woe didn’t stop there. There were two extra matches to find the Channel Islands ”Champion of Champions”,  played between the singles and doubles champions of both islands. Jersey won both titles.
Twelve months ago the inter-insular competition between the two islands was abandoned for the first time in thirty years because of travel problems between Jersey and Guernsey. The decision was made to change the format with only 12 players each side to reduce the costs of getting to Jersey.
The Guernsey team were due to arrive at 10am but because of technical problems with their plane didn’t arrive at the Jersey Pétanque Club until nearly 2 o’clock. The home side had plenty of time for practice but because the competition was squeezed into afternoon play there was not time for the visitors to practice.
The first round consisted of singles matches between the twelve players of each side and Jersey got off to the best possible start winning ten out of the twelve. Having acclimatised themselves, and despite a torrential downpour, Guernsey reduced the gap by winning the next round of doubles matches 7-5. However Jersey struck back in the second set of doubles, winning 8-4.
It meant that Guernsey had to succeed in all four triples matches in the final round to win the competition. Their chances weren’t helped by the fact that three of their team had to return home on a plane that evening and were replaced by substitutes. The match was decided in the first triples when the Jersey threesome of Mark Nicol, Matt Pinel and Alan Lahiffe beat their Guernsey opponents 13-0.
Jersey went on to win two more of the triples matches to complete an emphatic 32-16 win. The Inter-Insular was followed by a singles match between the winners of both islands’ singles championships, Seb Renaud for  Guernsey and Rob Birch for Jersey. Birch won the first leg 13-5 and, although the second leg was much closer, went on to become the Channel Islands’ Champion of Champions.
The final match of the day which ended in near darkness was for the doubles equivalent of the Champion of Champions  between Derek and Joy Hart for Jersey and Giles Cleal and Brandon Ogier for the visitors. The Harts won the first leg fairly easily 1t 13-3 and although the Guernsey pair made a fight of it in the second leg the Harts eventually won it to take the title.
September 10th: A post-script to yesterday's report on the Inter Insular petanque matches between Jersey and Guernsey.
As well as the match between the two islands, the opportunity was taken to play three matches between the respective singles, doubles and triples champions. Jersey won both the singles and doubles last night and this morning their trio of Geoffroy Buffetrille, Mark Nicol and James Gennoe completed the hat-trick, thrashing their opposition to the extent that Guernsey won only a solitary point in the two legs (it was best of three) played, completing a miserable weekend for the Sarnians.

Nothing went right for the Sarnians  in the pétanque inter-insular competition – in fact nothing went from Guernsey for four hours as far their plane was concerned. Because of the flight delay they arrived in Jersey with no time for practice and soon found themselves 10-2 down after the 12 singles matches.
It proved to be too big a deficit and after the doubles and triples matches the home team eventually won the match 32-16. Guernsey’s woe didn’t stop there. There were two extra matches to find the Channel Islands ”Champion of Champions”,  played between the singles and doubles champions of both islands. Jersey won both titles.
Twelve months ago the inter-insular competition between the two islands was abandoned for the first time in thirty years because of travel problems between Jersey and Guernsey. The decision was made to change the format with only 12 players each side to reduce the costs of getting to Jersey.
The Guernsey team were due to arrive at 10am but because of technical problems with their plane didn’t arrive at the Jersey Pétanque Club until nearly 2 o’clock. The home side had plenty of time for practice but because the competition was squeezed into afternoon play there was not time for the visitors to practice.
The first round consisted of singles matches between the twelve players of each side and Jersey got off to the best possible start winning ten out of the twelve. Having acclimatised themselves, and despite a torrential downpour, Guernsey reduced the gap by winning the next round of doubles matches 7-5. However Jersey struck back in the second set of doubles, winning 8-4.
It meant that Guernsey had to succeed in all four triples matches in the final round to win the competition. Their chances weren’t helped by the fact that three of their team had to return home on a plane that evening and were replaced by substitutes. The match was decided in the first triples when the Jersey threesome of Mark Nicol, Matt Pinel and Alan Lahiffe beat their Guernsey opponents 13-0.
Jersey went on to win two more of the triples matches to complete an emphatic 32-16 win. The Inter-Insular was followed by a singles match between the winners of both islands’ singles championships, Seb Renaud for  Guernsey and Rob Birch for Jersey. Birch won the first leg 13-5 and, although the second leg was much closer, went on to become the Channel Islands’ Champion of Champions.
The final match of the day which ended in near darkness was for the doubles equivalent of the Champion of Champions  between Derek and Joy Hart for Jersey and Giles Cleal and Brandon Ogier for the visitors. The Harts won the first leg fairly easily 1t 13-3 and although the Guernsey pair made a fight of it in the second leg the Harts eventually won it to take the title.
September 10th: A post-script to yesterday's report on the Inter Insular petanque matches between Jersey and Guernsey.
As well as the match between the two islands, the opportunity was taken to play three matches between the respective singles, doubles and triples champions. Jersey won both the singles and doubles last night and this morning their trio of Geoffroy Buffetrille, Mark Nicol and James Gennoe completed the hat-trick, thrashing their opposition to the extent that Guernsey won only a solitary point in the two legs (it was best of three) played, completing a miserable weekend for the Sarnians.