Best Channel Island pair
THE JERSEY PETANQUE CLUB OPEN DOUBLES 2018
SATURDAY 5th May & SUNDAY 6th May
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
The first big competition of the pétanque season didn’t start well for Mark Nicol and Chris Romeril – they lost their first game in the preliminary round of the JPC Open Doubles – but it ended triumphantly with a 13-5 victory in the final over Guernsey pairing Shane Brehaut and Iain Haith. It was the second year in a row that the Jersey pair had won the title on Jersey Pétanque Club’s terrains at Les Quennevais.
In the final they swept to an 11-nil lead against the Guernsey pair who had been the top-scoring team in all the early rounds of the tournament. The Sarnians fought back briefly to make it 11-5 but Nicol and Romeril closed out the match.
The pair had looked out of sorts in their semi-final – at one stage they were 8-2 down against another Jersey pair, Michel Morel and Chris Romeril’s son, Jake, but the eventual winners rallied strongly to reach the final.
In the other semi Brehaut and Haith came through after seeing off an English husband and wife duo, John and Ang Gaughan.
After the six rounds of games on the Saturday the 64-strong field was split into four groups with the 16 top teams going into the main competition and the same numbers into the Plate, Consolage 1 and Consolage 2 groupings.
The Plate final was an-all Jersey Pétanque Club affair, Mick Rondel and Dennis Le Mercier beating Ron Le Herissier and Peter Connor 13-3.
Another Jersey pairing, Colin Huelin and Nigel Barette, won Consolage 1 by the same 13-3 scoreline against an English couple Nick and Shirley Henry from the Isle of Wight.
The Consolage 2 final featured three competitors from England and a Jerseyman. Anne and Alan Oxley from Wetherby in Yorkshire won the match 13-7 against Sheila King from Kent and local player John Dyer with Mike and Wendy Ritzema coming joint third.
What appeared to be a strong Danish challenge after the first day’s play in the main competition ended on Sunday morning with Birgitte and Eric Frederiksen failing to win any of their three qualifying games for the semi-finals. A similar fate befell the other Danish entrant, Glen Bernstein, who was paired with JPC stalwart, Tommy Glennie.
Two other trophies were awarded at the end of the day’s play, the first to the best performing Jérsey Petanque Club pair, Ken Vibert and Linda Taylor, and the second to the competition’s winners, Mark Nicol and Chris Romeril, for being the best Channel Islands pairing.
Many of today’s competitors will be in the hunt for more trophies tomorrow in the Carrefour Pétanque Club Open Triples event for which 26 teams have entered.
Best JPC pair
Plate winners and runner ups
Carrefour Triples Monday 7th May
What a weekend for Chris Romeril. Winner with Mark Nicol of the JPC open doubles on Sunday and today, winner of the Carrefour PC open triples, this time with son Jake and Shane Brehaut from Guernsey. They raced to a 12-0 lead against Jim and Joan Ramsey plus Iain Haith from Guernsey but were then pegged back to 12-10 before completing the job. In the play-off for third place Ken and Darren Le Brun partnered by Mike Fennell fannied their opponents from Yorkshire. Only four teams managed to win all four games in the preliminary round. In the semi-finals the Romerils and Brehaut beat the Le Bruns and Fennell 13-2 and the Guernsey trio beat their opponents 13-7.