JPA SINGLES 2018
Matt Pinel is the new Island pétanque singles champion. It's the third time he's won the JPA trophy, after victories in 2007 and 2009. He's the first player in the history of the competition to have achieved the treble. “The treble has been a long time coming,” said Matt, “but today really made the wait worthwhile.”
The final was played on the Weighbridge terrains which were bone-hard after the long dry spell making pointing difficult. After a cloudy start to the day, the final ended in warm sunshine with Pinel beating Mark Nicol 13-9 in today's final, a match that swung one way, then the other, with the eventual runner-up, 9-6 to the good at one stage.
The final was the first time Nicol had been beaten in today’s competition. He was one of only three players who came through the preliminary round unscathed, winning all five games, along with Brian Harris and Geoffroy Buffetrille. The other group winners were Neil Selby (4 wins +38) and Andrew Bellamy-Burt (4 wins +29).
Pinel, (4 wins +38) on the other hand, lost his first game of the day and only reached the quarter-finals as the best-runner up in the group stage. Next was Alan Oliveira (4 wins +27) and then Christine Eccles (4 wins +15). Joy Hart and Wendy Ritzema just failed to make the last eight.
There was no play-off for third place so medals were awarded to both Andrew Bellamy-Burt (beaten 13-5 by Nicol in the first semi-final) and Brian Harris (who lost a very close match to the eventual winner, 13-11).
The only woman player to make the quarter-finals, Christine Eccles, lost out 13-3 to Nicol. Pinel had another tough match in the quarter-final, beating the man he’d lost to in the opening round, Geoffroy Buffetrille 13-12. In the other quarter-finals, Andrew Bellamy-Burt saw off Neil Selby 13-3, and Brian Harris beat Alan Oliveira 13-8.