JPA Inter-Parish League 2021

What a finish to an enthralling season with the results going down to the very last match.  Do we have an overall champion or will there be a playoff?  Well here are the reports and the first match to finish in this round contend one of the top two with St Brelade visiting St Clement.
A beautiful sunny morning greeted St Brelade when they arrived at Le Hocq for their final game of the season.  After a 6-0 thrashing at St Brelade, St Clement were hoping for a better performance but there was no mercy shown by Mike Yates and Judy Dove who took St Brelade into an early lead winning 13-0. St Clement, not to be outdone showed that they too could be ruthless, with Brian Daghorn and Nina Doublet winning to 1. And even more was to come from St Clement who forged ahead with Albert Brown and Rosemary Benest winning to 2.  The 2nd half proved to be a more leisurely affair and the fourth doubles game was on even keel up to 7.  Then suddenly this game was over with Steve Harvey and Lis Auld of St Brelade taking all 6 at the next end, levelling things at two each.  Next to finish was the singles in which things were neck and neck in the early stages.  However, Albert Brown, the only St Clement player to have two games, showed great skill in forging ahead and winning this game to 7.  With St Clement leading 3-2 was there a possibility of St Brelade being beaten?  No such luck as the visiting team of Mike Yates and Judy Dove, this time accompanied by Paulette Reed showed their resilience, this time winning the triples to 8, and finishing the day 3-3. Even though the sun had disappeared this did nothing to detract from an excellent morning of Pétanque, played in the spirit of what has made the Parishes league so successful.
The very last match of the season to be played involved the other team who were jointly top of the table before this round began.  Can St Saviour earn a draw to force a playoff or did they win or even lose so that one of the prior top two teams could be crowned champions.
St Ouen hosted St Saviour and suffered a 6-0 loss.  This result in no way reflects the match where the home team lost two of the games to 12.  One of these saw Kevin Cronin and Margaret Batho come back really well from a bad start to give St Saviour captain Rob Birch and Graham Walker a real scare.  The parish triple of Ron Vibert, Ken Jones and Kevin Cronin lost the other 12 game, when they let a big lead slip through their fingers to lose out to Alex Stewart, Linsey Walker and Keith Lajoie.  For the winners Peter and Gill Blampied won two of the doubles.  This was a display of exactly why St Saviour are the champions.  St Ouen ended up in fifth place.
St Mary travelled to St John knowing a win would secure them third place in the table.  At the halfway stage St Mary were leading 2 – 1 and although St John won the singles St Mary took the fourth doubles and the triples to cement third place in the table.
The last match of the season for Grouville was at home to St Lawrence, always a close match.  Grouville got off to a very fast start winning 13-0 in just 5 ends but not to be out done St Lawrence bounced back winning the second double 13 – 3 and the third 13 -11.  This game took over one and a quarter hours to play.  So at the halfway point it was St Lawrence leading by 2 – 1.  The triples then went to Grouville with an excellent 13 – 2 win and the singles also won by Grouville 13 – 6.  So it was down to the last doubles with St Lawrence taking an early lead and Grouville making a strong fight back.  But the St Lawrence pair were just too strong and were winners by 13 – 9.  So it was a 3 – 3 draw.  The points score told a different story with Grouville on 62 and St Lawrence 47.  
So another season ends and I am sure we all look forward to starting again early in 2022.  
This result coupled with St Ouen’s loss mentioned above means that St Lawrence finished fourth in the league.  This result also means that depending upon results between St Helier and St Peter and also between St Martin and Trinity would decide who out of St Helier, Grouville and St Martin would finish in the top half of the table.  A win for St Helier would guarantee them sixth place.
Despite the threat of rain, the sun shone for the final game of the season.  3 double games we soon won by St Helier, the 4th was bravely fought but Gil and Gaille finally grasped it from the clutch of St Helier.  St Peter had a good win with the triple game and Dan clinched the final game beating Keith for the first time in many years.  This resulted in a draw for the teams.  
With draws for Grouville and St Helier, St Martin could jump above both of those teams to finish in sixth place if they could beat Trinity.
The first two Doubles went the home team's way, although at one stage St. Martin's Charles Dix and Robin Perchard were well behind Jude Tanguy and Paul Waters.  However, Charles and Robin fought back hard to eventually win to 13-11.  The third Double was won by Trinity.  Colin Myers and June Vibert were on top form beating Percy Gicquel and Gerald Le Cocq 13-5.  In the second half the first game to finish was the Single which went Trinity's way.  This was a tight struggle at the beginning between Nicky Maindonald and Trinity's Alan Dunford.  It was 5 all at one stage and then Alan pulled clear with some excellent pointing to win 13-5.  That result made it 2 all in games.  The Triple was a hard-fought contest.  The home side had been leading at one stage but the Trinity triple pulled it back to 8 all I believe.  A few ends later and it was 11-10 to Trinity but in the final end, St. Martin were holding one with Trinity out of boules when Trevor Green stepped up for St. Martin and played two stunning shots to win the game for the home side.  This made the score 3-2 to St. Martin and the final result depended on the 4th Double where Richard Tanguy and Lawrence de Gruchy were in control leading 5-12 against Sophie Welland and Jayn Johnson.  In one end the whole scenario changed.  The home team scored a 5 to make it 10-12.  The next end ended with Jayn and Sophie taking 1 point although they still had two boules to play but playing them would have been risky.  Trinity seemed a bit shell shocked by the comeback and in the last end St. Martin got the 2 points they needed to win 13-12.  A super comeback from Jayn and Sophie.
Congratulations to St Saviour on retaining your title and well done everyone on another thrilling and keenly contested season.  The overall results show there were:
 6-0 wins   4
 5-1 wins 29
 4-2 wins 62
 3-3 draws 37
 Home wins 57
 Away wins 38