2018 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 22
I am sure none of us expected such an exciting finish to the Inter Parish league, with St Helier completing the opening half of the season without losing a match – some achievement!
However, St Saviour were always staying in touch as were several other parishes, including the 2018 winners St Lawrence.
Well, St Helier gave it their all in their closing match and inflicted a ‘whitewash’ on poor St Mary although two games went to 11-13. This gave them hope of snatching back the league from St Saviour who had to win their match away to St Peter to hold on to first place.
St Saviour went 3-1 ahead but with nerves kicking in the last two games were very tight and could have gone either way.
However, the issue was settled when the remaining doubles match ended in a narrow win for the St Saviour pair and although they lost the triples a final match score of 4-2 win meant St Saviour were home … if not dry on such a cold and soggy afternoon.
St Lawrence had still had the very slightest chance of a last-minute upset, but St Ouen who sat one place behind them, held them to a draw.
Meanwhile, St Clement playing on home ground, were hoping to win to maintain their position above opponents St Brelade. Well, they did just that and also leapt up into fourth place, above both St Ouen and St John!
It surely was the coldest day since last winter, but the visitors quickly settled, and in the first three doubles were all in commanding leads. However, the St Clement pair Brian and Jean Daghorn, who at one time were 5-8 down to Mike Yates and Joan Le Mercier, defiantly turned the game around taking it 13-8. Brian Heard and Harry Cooper were in a similar predicament against visiting pair Joy Hart and Dave Harrison. They too fought well but could not quite match Joy and Dave who took the game 13-12. Albert Brown and Rosemary Benest also put up a brave fight but could not match the strong 'St Breladais pair' Wendy Ritzema and Judy Dove who took the game 13-6.
With St Brelade needing 3 points to equal St Clement in the final league table it looked, 2-1 up at half time, as if they were going for victory. In the second session the singles game was first to finish and Brian Heard, having come so close to victory in his earlier game, took revenge (friendly) over his earlier victorious opponent Dave Harrison, by taking the game 13-6. Next to finish was the final doubles in which St Clement John Doublet and Norman Syvret were up against Val Glover and Christopher Davey. For a time, the St Clement pair were trailing by four, but they also recovered, taking the game 13-9. The tables had turned, and it was now St Brelade fighting for a draw. The strong visiting team of Joy Hart, Wendy Ritzema and Michael Yates were up against hosts, Brian Daghorn, Nicky Tanner and Tony Beddoe. As in the other games St Brelade took the lead and were soon up 7-3. It seemed as though St Brelade would be finishing strongly, but again the very determined 'St Clementais' fought back valiantly, finishing the game victorious at 13-10 and giving St Clement three more points.
St Martin got their eighth draw, but the illusive wins didn’t come. They started this match well winning two games to one in the first round. Then St. John won the Single to make it 2-2. St Martin won the 4th double to go back into the lead. It was all down to a very long Triple game which was 7 all at one stage before St John got a 3 on each of the last 2 ends to secure the overall draw.
Playing their final match on the current terrain before moving to their superb new facilities next year, Trinity hosted Grouville. Alan Le Maistre and Norman Tingley soon had the first double for Trinity, but team mates Alan Dunford and Jean Therin were way behind at 2-12 before rallying to romp home 13-12! The third double was close right from the start, but Grouville’s John Mahoney and Stuart Abraham won it 13-9. Grouville’s triple came back from a slow start to level the match and as they won the single and final double, they came away with a win to close their season.
Well, it has been a long season but as usual, while competitive, the competition has been friendly, with great sportsmanship displayed by all. Well done to all the captains for their hard work in organising their teams.
Here’s to another great year in 2019!
Elaine Paisnel - JPA
Parish League 2018