Jersey Petanque Club

Top Jersey Petanque Club Team
 Derek and Joy Hart                                                                                       

One, two three … it’s Mark Nicol
Jersey’s recently crowned pétanque singles champion, Mark Nicol, has added two more pieces of silverware to his trophy cabinet after two competitions over the Bank Holiday weekend. On Sunday he and his partner Chris Romeril won the Jersey Pétanque Club Open Doubles and on Monday he was part of the trio that walked away with the Carrefour Pétanque Club Open Triples trophy.
The event was played at the Carrefour Pétanque Club in St Lawrence in difficult conditions in which players had to contend not only with their opposition but also driving rain and a biting wind in bitterly cold conditions. Twenty-eight teams took part including a substantial number from Guernsey and England.
Mark Nicol and his partners Neil Selby and Keith Boleat were one of four pairs to win all their games in the morning qualifying round which made the task of deciding which teams went through to the semi-finals straightforward. They were joined by two other Jersey trios plus one from the north east of England (who called themselves the Brexiteers).
The first semi-final turned out to be a marathon, lasting more than an hour and half before Nicol , Selby and Boleat finally clinched it 13-11 against Michel Morel, James Gennoe and Geoffroy Buffetrille. In the other semi-final Matt Pinel, Andrew Bellamy Burt and Callum Stewart made much quicker work in disposing of the English trio, Roger Nunns, John Gaughan and Colin Smith 13-2.
The final was a tense affair in the pouring rain braved by only a handful of spectators. The eventual winners took command and went into a 9-4 lead before being pegged back by their opponents who got back to 9-8 before the final end when they let in Nicol, Selby and Boleat to score a match-winning four-pointer. The third place medals went to the other Jersey trio who beat the Brexiteers comfortably.

Consolage Two
1st                                 Keith Priaulx (Guernsey PC) & Shane Brehaut (Guernsey PC)
 2nd                               Dennis Le Mercier (Jersey PC) & Joan Le Mercier (Jersey PC)
 3rd Equal                      Dave Simpson (Whitehouse PC) & Tom Crowd (WhitehousePC
                                      Bill Weller (Whitehouse PC) & Colin Simons (Whitehouse PC)

Main Competition
1st & 2017 JPC Open Champions    Chris Romeril (Carrefour PC) & Mark Nicol (Carrefour PC)
 2nd                                                   Geoffroy Buffetrille (Liberation PC) & Matt Buesnel (Liberation PC)
 3rd Equal                                          Matt Pinel (Liberation PC) & Brandon Ogier (Guernsey PC)
                                                          Dave Bartram (Guernsey PC) & Giles Cleal ( Guernsey PC)  

Monday May 1st at Carrefour

Plate Competition       
1st                                          Brian Harris (Jersey PC) & Paul Le Moine (Liberation PC)
 2nd                                        Jeff Fox (Cranleigh PC) & Lesley Lewis (Cranleigh PC)
 3rd Equal                              John Murray (Compton PC) & Martin Britton (Compton PC)
                                               Linda Taylor (Jersey PC) & Chris O’Rourke (Bridlington PC)

Mark Nicol Keith Boleat Neil Selby             Mat Pinel  Andrew Bellamy Burt   Callum Stewart             Geoffroy Buffetrille Michel Morel James Gennoe

Consolage One
1st                           Richard Baker (Whitehouse PC) & Peter Shillingham (Whitehouse PC)
 2nd                         Roger Nunns (Wetherby PC) & Sue Nunns (Wetherby PC)
 3rd Equal               Tommy Glennie (Jersey PC) & Lawrence Rondel (Jersey PC)
                                Rosanne Smith (Wetherby PC) & Alan Taylor (Wetherby PC)

What awful weather on Sunday and Monday

Top Channel Island Team
           Chris Romeril (Carrefour PC) & Mark Nicol (Carrefour PC)

Friday April 28th 2017
A vin d’ honour was held at our clubhouse where, over a glass of wine and a light bite we can meet and go through the weekend’s programme followed by the draw. A chance to renew old friendships and meet new competitors. It started at about 6.00pm with refreshments and the briefing at 6. 30pm.
Saturday April 29th
Play started at 9.15 am on Saturday (and 9.30am on Sunday). The competition was “a Snake” and during the day each team played 6 other teams.
Refreshments were on sale throughout the day..
At the end of the day we collated the results into 4 groups. The top quarter to the Main, the second to the Plate, the third to Consolage 1 and those who have not had the best of days to Consolage 2.
Sunday April 30th
With a 9.30am start each team played 3 games within their group and the top 4 teams went on to play for first, second, and equal third. Played in this way it meant all the eliminated teams were able to watch the finals. This was followed by the presentations and celebrated with a glass and some nibbles.
Monday May 1st
Play moved to The Carrefour Petanque Club.