2018 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 20

2018 JPA Inter Parish Petanque League report – Week 20
Having held the top spot in the table from week 5, St Helier have finally been overtaken by St Saviour. Runners up last year, St Saviour have been pushing hard through the season to go one better and now have that chance with just two matches remaining.
St Martin gave St Saviour a good match and with a bit more luck could have secured a draw. The first double between Brian and Paul Harris and Peter Blampied and Alex Stewart was very closely contested. It was only at the end that Peter and Alex got away to clinch it. The game lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. The other close game was the Triple. St. Martin were 9-2 up at one stage but St. Saviour went on a run and brought it back to 10 all. The home team then got a 3 on the last end to secure the win.
St Helier will be sure to try to regain the lead after losing away to St Clement. This match too could easily have been drawn as John Doublet and Albert Brown beat St Helier’s Joan le Roy and Keith Boleat by one point. At one stage Joan and Keith were 9-2 down but fought back valiantly and the game could have gone either way at 12 each. The first game to finish went to St Clement duo, Brian Heard and Keith White who beat Tony Allchurch and Roy Langlois 13-6. The third doubles saw another close game, with St Clement’s Norman and Margaret Syvret being narrowly defeated 11-13 by Alf Le Masurier and Martin Koradi.  With St Clement 2-1 ahead at half-time the next game to end was the final double with John Doublet and Rosemary Benest up against Tony Allchurch and Joan Le Roy. St Clement made it 3-1 with John and Rosemary winning 13-2. St Helier came back fighting in the singles with Keith Boleat successful at 13-10 against Brian Heard.  Were St Helier going to come back and fight for a draw?  Brian Daghorn, Keith White and David Nursey for the hosts, took on St Helier's Graham Collas, Martin Koradi and Roy Langlois.   The result for this game took some time and was eagerly awaited but it was another win for St Clement who took the day 4-2 and they too move up one place.
Grouville’s improved run continued and they won at home against St Brelade. Wendy Ritzema pushed hard in the single before losing 10-13 to Gordon de Gruchy and John Mahoney and Barbara Grover won their double to clinch the match win.
St John drop two places after losing to St Lawrence.  On home ground, St John started well to lead 2-1 but St Lawrence came back strongly winning the remaining three games.
St Peter went to play at Trinity and came home with a ‘whitewash’, but it was not as one sided as the result indicates; Trinity lost two of the games to eleven.
At St Ouen the home team made the perfect start and won the three opening doubles against St Mary. They went on to win the fourth double, but St Mary then got to grips with the surface and won both the single and triple to restore some honour. St Ouen are now back in third place in a very tight finish to the season.
The top five teams could all theoretically win the league. On paper, St Helier may have the best chance with Trinity and St Mary to play, but anything can happen as we have seen through the season. St Saviour play St Ouen next and the outcome of that match could be very significant; St Lawrence also play at St Ouen in the final match. St Saviour close their season away to St Peter; never an easy one.
All to play for!

Elaine Paisnel - JPA

JPA Inter-Parish League 2018