JPA Inter-Parish League 2021


It was a good week for St Saviour as St Martin travelled to second place St Brelade and managed to get a draw.

It was exceedingly hot at the Elephant Park when St Brelade played St Martin with all the players trying to stay in the shade as much as possible.  However, despite this everyone played very well with some very close games.  The four doubles ended with each Parish winning two each so all eyes were on the single and triple games.  Kevin Daley took on Brian Harris but lost 7-13 but the St Brelade triple of Mike Yates, Judy Dove and Vanessa Nash took advantage of their home terrain and won the game resulting in a well-deserved draw for both Parish teams in very hot conditions.

Trinity hosted St John on a very warm afternoon for playing Petanque at the Trinity Parish Terrain – we look forward to being able to offer chilled refreshments in the near future.  This was a very friendly match to the extent that both teams play in exactly the same colours so, as the result showed, very little to separate the teams at every level!  Trinity took the lead in the first round of games by 2 to 1, with the pick of the games being between Jude Tanguy and Paul Waters for Trinity and Ann and Graeme Huelin for St John.  Ann and Graeme initially went into a strong lead having played some fine boules but Jude and Paul fought back to win the match 13 -11.  Nail biting to the final end!  St John came back strongly in the second round of games winning 2 -1, with Paul Waters taking the singles against Alain Aoutin 13 – 9 to draw the match.  This was a repeat of the result of the earlier match this season between the two teams, so definitely honours shared between them for this year.

St Lawrence faced St Helier at the Millennium Park.  St Helier played well in the first half of the competition, though Sandra and Malcolm put up a good fight in their doubles.  Thus making it 2 games to one in favour of St Helier.  In the second half St Lawrence getting used to the terrain won the next 3 games making it St Lawrence 4 to St Helier 2.

Thunder and heavy showers on Wednesday morning put in doubt whether St Saviour would be able to play the competition against Grouville on our home terrain, but miraculously by lunchtime the rain stopped, clouds parted, and out came the sun!!  Games between the teams were friendly but obviously competitive.  Grouville who have some excellent players put up a good fight and there were some close calls, but home team St.Saviours were on top form and went on for an impressive 5 - 1 win.  The only game lost by St Saviour was to 13 – 12 so one more point to St Saviour in that game would have given them a 6 – 0 win.  Having said that Gouville’s lowest score was 7 so they were all pretty close games.  Well done team St.Saviours.

St Peter hosted St Clement with the home side going 2 – 1 up after the first three doubles.  Unfortunately for St Clement despite three closely fought games in the second half the home side won them all for a 5 – 1 victory.

St Mary hosted St Ouen.  St Ouen won two of the first-round doubles with relative ease but the third game was finally won by St Mary.  In the second round the St Mary’s triple team proved too strong for St Ouen and won convincingly as did the St Ouen’s singles player.  The final doubles game was very different from all that had gone before.  St Mary had established a good early lead only for St Ouen to catch them up.  From that moment on the game was very close and went on for quite some time before eventually St Mary managed to secure the win to draw the match.