2018 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 16

Having made it right through the mid-way in the season unbeaten, this week St Ouen brought an end to leaders’ St Helier’s excellent run. On home terrains, St Helier found themselves 1-2 down after the opening round. Joan le Roy and Roy Langlois, having won the one double for St Helier then won their second to level the match. However, the St Ouen triple won to six and their team mate Ken Vibert won the single to seven to steal the win.
In the lower half of the table, Grouville hosted St Martin in a very keenly contested match. Father and Son, Brian and Paul Harris stormed though their first double with accurate placing and firing, to fanny their opponents! For Grouville Mike Oldham and Stuart Abraham won a tough game 13 – 10 beating Geoff Welland and Martin Illien. The result of the day was Mike and Sandra Harrison winning 13 – 6; at the turn Grouville were 2-1 up.
Gordon de Gruchy won the single 13 – 8 against Paul Le Moine but the visiting trio of Irene Green, Bob Maynard and Sophie Wellard won 13-1.
So, it was down to the last double for a win or a draw and after being down at the start, Stuart Abraham and Gill Noel made it 11 – 11 and by taking 2 on the last end won the game and the match for Grouville. This win move Grouville above St Peter who lost 2-4 at home against St Brelade. It also lifts St Brelade up to sixth, one point ahead of St Clement.
St Saviour closed the gap between them and St Helier a little as they got a home win against St Mary. St Mary pushed hard though and got into double figures in two of the games they lost. The win also moves St Saviour back into second place.
After Trinity’s success in week 15, they were not able to inflict another whitewash this time and went down 1-5 away to St Lawrence. Alan le Maistre was the one victor for Trinity; 13-6 in the single and he nearly won his double too losing 11-13 with partner Norman Tingley against Rita le Brocq and Steve Foster.
St John started well winning two of the three openers against st Clement; Carol and Bryan Mollet winning their game 13-0. However, St Clement staged a comeback winning the last double and the triple. They then came within one point of a match win as Keith White lost to Ron Le Herissier 12-13 and the match was drawn.
Elaine Paisnel - JPA

JPA Inter-Parish League 2018