KO Cup Cliffhanger
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Pétanque’s Parish Knockout Cup finals were decided this morning and the result couldn’t have been more dramatic. In the final were 2015 winners, St Lawrence, and St Ouen who’d never got past the preliminary rounds previously. With St Ouen having won the triples and St Lawrence needing just one point in the doubles the whole match depended on the result of the singles which were deadlocked at 12-all going into the last end. Ken Vibert for St Ouen who’d come back from 12-8 down managed to outpoint his St Lawrence opponent, Tony Morton, and claim the victory for the western parish.
The competition’s preliminary rounds were played in late June but a continuous downpour brought proceedings to a premature end. Four teams qualified for the semi-finals which were played today at Jersey Pétanque Club’s terrains at Les Quennevais – in dry and occasionally sunny conditions. All the matches consisted of three games, a singles, a doubles and triples. St Lawrence beat Grouville 2-1, Ken Le Brun, Ken Jones and Sid Simkin beating Pauline Ryan, Gill Noel and Elaine Paisnel 13-7; Frank and Bob Morel won 13-2 against Dorothy de Gruchy and Sandra Harrison while the singles was the only game to go Grouville’s way, Gordon de Gruchy beating Tony Morton 13-8.
In the second semi-final St Ouen took on St Brelade and also came through 2-1. Graeme 2 Follain, Jeff Thomas and Ron Vibert beat Judy Dove, Nina and Lino De Meo 13-4 and Ken Vibert won the singles against Mike Ritzema 13-7. St Brelade’s consolation came in the doubles where Mike Yates and Wendy Ritzema took the honours 13-8 against Ken Luce and Cathy Bowen.
The final resulted in comfortable victories for St Lawrence in the doubles – the Morel brothers comfortably beating Ken Luce and Cathy Bowen 13-6 – and St Ouen in the triples, Graeme 2 Follain, Jeff Thomas and Ron Vibert winning 13-5 against Ken Le Brun, Ken Jones and Sid Simkin. The result hinged on the singles which turned into a cliffhanger, Ken Vibert going -8-4 ahead, then finding himself 8-12 down only to tie the scores at 12-all before the dramatic finale ended with Vibert punching the air in jubilation.
JPA INTER PARISH KNOCKOUT CUP 2017
This competition started on Tuesday 27th June, but had to close early due to torrential rain.
10 Parishes took part and the competition finished the preliminary rounds.
The top four teams of St. Lawrence, and St. Ouen then St. Brelade and Grouville will play the semi-finals on 11th July.