JPA Inter Parish Petanque League – Week 22 – FINAL REPORT
The finale of the 2017 Inter Parish Petanque league saw just one change in the order with St Clement edging above St Martin virtue of games difference.
St Lawrence retained the trophy; having been held to a draw away to St Martin, they had already done enough to ensure they could not be caught by St Saviour who have had a very good year and pushed the champions all the way!
In their closing match St Saviour hosted St Mary. At 10:00 am the terrain was flooded and there was doubt as to whether the match could be played, but luckily by 2:00pm, although a bit soggy in places it had dried out enough. there were some good close games, which provided entertainment for a small group of spectators, the triples causing the most excitement with St Saviour recovering from 0-9 down to take the win 13-11
Third placed St John finished in style taking all six games in their home tie against St Ouen who in turn finished fourth.
St Clement hosted St Brelade on a very windy but dry morning at Le Hocq, and it was St Clement which took the day at 5-1. First game to finish went to St Clement, David Nursey and Nina Doublet with a convincing 13-4 win.
St Brelade then drew level with Judy Dove and Lino Di Meo winning 13-9. Albert Brown and Brian Daghorn then took the hosts to 2-1, winning 13-7, followed by Harry Cooper and John Tanner with a very hard fought, touch and go match against St Brelade’s Mike Ritzema and Val Glover. Harry and John were finally victors 13-12. With St Clement 3-1 ahead all eyes went to the singles and triples. David Nursey had his second victory of the day after a very hard-fought game against Mike Yates, another very close 13-12. Last to finish was the triples match and straight away St Clement went 2-0 down. However, the host team of John Doublet, Nicky Tanner and Jenny Turner soon drew level and thereafter there was no looking back as they went on to win 13-4. Between 25 and 30 people were hosted afterwards at St Clement Parish Hall, a fitting end to the 2017 season and a wonderful 'Community get-together'.
Away to St Peter, St Helier were 3-1 up after the doubles but the home side won both the triple and single to level the match.
Trinity completed their first full season with double figures from two wins and four draws. They have certainly been improving as the season progressed.
So now a few weeks to rest and get some coaching in before the 2018 season begins early in the New Year.
Elaine Paisnel - JPA
The winning St. Lawrence Team 2017