JPA Island Singles 2021
May 15th, 2021
Back on track: the Jersey Petanque Association’s first major championship of the season took place on Saturday after last year’s wipe-out by Covid-19. Geoffroy Buffetrille clinched the JPA Singles title for the first time after beating Alan Lahiffe in the final at Les Quennevais. It was neck and neck all the way until the penultimate end when Buffetrille took three points to lead 12-9 and then placed his first boule in the next end alongside the coche. Lahiffe fired unsuccessfuly three times and the match was over.
Presenting the trophy to the winner JPA Chairrman Derek Hart praised the performance of both finalists, saying the quality of play had been absolutely superb. However he lamented the fact that neither could represent the Island in international events. That was despite the fact that Buffetrille, who’s French, has lived in Jersey for ten years and Lahiffe who holds an Irish passport has been resident in the Island for 29 years.
But it was Buffetrille’s day, having won all his five games in the preliminary round. In the semi-finals he had been six-nil down to James Rondel but eventually managed to claw his way back into the game and win 13-10. Lahiffe meanwhile had an equally tough fight in his semi-final but edged out Gavin Scott 13-9. In the play-off for third place Scott went on to claim the bronze medal by beating Rondel 13-10.
A record thirty players took part in the championship. It was a mixed day for the Stewart clan. Callum Stewart beat both his father Alex and sister Cassie in the first two games of the preliminary round to reach the quarter-finals but was spared playing his mother Jean who also reached the quarter-final stage. She took the lead against the eventual winner in their last eight match but eventually lost 13-11. Callum meanwhile lost 13-4 to the player who came third, Gavin Scott.