JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – 21st October 2016 Week 22
Already having secured the championship St Lawrence finished their season away to St Brelade. The home side played very well and while the final result was a draw it could well have been a win as they lost games to 10 and 12 points.
Also assured of their place as runners up, St John showed no mercy away to St Peter and their four players won all but one game. Gil le Roche saved St Peter from a whitewash by winning the single and he also came close to a second win as he and his wife Gaile lost a double 12-13.
The battle for third place saw Grouville hold off the challenge from St Helier who were one point behind them in the table. Making short work of winning their opening doubles, Gordon de Gruchy and Stuart Abraham beat their opponents 13-0. Charles Dix and Elaine Paisnel made it two wins for the home side. Taking a lead of 10-0 they closed out the game at 13-3 but Joan le Roy and Roy Langlois won their game for St Helier by the same score. The triple and single both finished 13-1 so Grouville were assured of a draw to stay in the third place but Jean Meldrum and John Mahoney were in a very tough, close double with St Helier’s David Jehan and Nigel Blake. Coming from behind the Grouville pair finally managed to get the win 13-10 with players cheering on both sides.
Both St Ouen and St Mary had the chance to take fourth place from St Helier but both their matches finished in draws so neither improved their position.
St Clement hosted St Ouen and the visitors were soon 1-0 up with a fine win by Dan Dingle and Margaret Batho 13-3. The St Clement pair of John and Nina Doublet then levelled the score winning a very tight, hard fought match 13-12. The next to finish was also a very competitive game, but this again went to St Ouen with Geoff and Olive Thomas winning 13-12. Not to be outdone, St Clement made it 2-2 with a fine 13-5 win by John Riseborough and David Nursey. St Clement then took the lead for the first time when Brian Heard was victorious 13-8. The last to finish was the triples which seemed to go on forever. It was neck and neck until 6 but then the St Ouen team crept up to 10. St Clement fought back and also reached 10. However, fortune favoured St Ouen, with Geoff and Olive Thomas, together with Margaret Batho the eventual victors. With some very close results either Parish could have won the day but this draw was a fitting result for a most enjoyable morning and both teams accumulated 64 points overall!
St Martin had a splendid turnout of 13 players. The first round of doubles were won by St Martin, one a whitewash with Brian Harris and Kay Laverty wining 13-0. The other was a closer affair but again St Mary, despite a valiant effort, lost 10-13. In the following two doubles st Mary pulled one game back. Richard Sowerby and Jeanne le Brun, down 0-10 against Paul le Moine and Jayn Johnson, dug their heels in and won 13-11. The St Mary triples team won 13-8 and Richard Sowerby and Brian Harris had a tough singles game. At eleven points all Richard scraped through to win 13-11 making the result a draw but on points St Martin were well ahead with 70 compared to only 54 for St Mary.
Finally, the bottom two teams faced each other. Trinity who only started at the mid-way stage having recently formed a Parish team, were on home ground against St Saviour. Losing the first three games, Trinity did not let their heads drop and Roy Therin and Kay le Feuvre won a double before Alan Dunford won the single keeping Trinity’s hopes of a draw and a first point alive. Their triple were not able to win however and it was St Saviour who were the victors.
Elaine Paisnel - JPA
PARISH KNOCKOUT CUP 2016
Nearly 100 players took part in the Parish Knockout Cup on 8th November, 2016.
Worthy winners were St. John, who beat St. Mary (in blue) 2 - 1 in the Final.
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