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Petanque makes


great strides socially and competitively


Association had a change of leadership in 2012 with Ken Le Brun stepping down as Chairman and Derek Hart taking over the role.


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Over the second half of the year the JPA committee developed an action plan that will take the association through to 2015. The main thrust of the plan is to encourage more people to participate in the sport of petanque and primarily to get younger people playing at a high level.


There were a number of Island Championships held during the year. These competitions are not only held to find Island


Champions but also give selectors an indication of who should be chosen to represent the Island in Inter Insulars and other competitions.


It is great to see players from the Island’s newest club, the Liberation Petanque Club proving themselves to be a challenge to the older, longer established clubs.


A team from the Carrefour Petanque Club won the Inter Club league again in 2012 making it three in a row. This means that once again the Carrefour Club will be representing Jersey in the Euro Cup next year. They had returned earlier in the year from Metz where they had represented the Island Association in this prestigious competition.


A team of veterans (over 55 years of age) also travelled to Copenhagen to compete in the European Veterans triples. The


he Jersey Petanque


team was made up of players from both the Carrefour Club and the Jersey Petanque Club.


In November a team of ladies travelled to Ghent in Belgium to compete for the Ladies European Triples title where the top sixteen European Nations qualify for the World


Championships. In 2013, the


association hopes to build on its current tentative steps into European


competition by


sending teams to the men’s triples and, if we can develop a team, to the Espoirs and junior championships.


This is an exciting time to be involved with petanque in the Island. Building on work carved out by past committees, we are taking great strides in moving the game of petanque to an international level.


The JPA appreciates that not all players want to compete at national or international level. A large number of people simply wish to play a social game. This is why the JPA supports the creation of Parish Petanque in the Island. However should anyone get the petanque bug and decide that he or she would like to progress to another level the pathway is there – from parish league to Island championships to international selection.


In 2013 we hope to increase the number of club coaches and


umpires and thus improve the support that the JPA can give to new as well as experienced players.


By DEREK HART Chairman, Jersey Petanque Association.


Contact Details: W: www.jpa.org.je


E: jpa@jpa.org.je secretary@jpa.org


T: 741469 OR 851580


THE GROUVILLE PARISH PETANQUE TEAM PLAY AT HOLME GROWN.


Why not come with family & friends and enjoy an afternoon of free Petanque. We provide a set of free balls for anyone to use on our pitch. There are tables adjacent to the pitch for players to eat or drink; a range of refreshments are available from our cafe, 'Stanley's'.


Plenty to occupy oneself on site with a greengrocer, a butcher, a bakery,


gardening, potter, artist classes, breakfasts, lunches and cream teas; car parking is free. Bread, cakes, patisseries & savouries are available daily together with our in house butcher for holmemade sausages plus local pork, lamb & beef when available.


Shop 858826 - Butcher 840757 - Cafe 858825 - Gardening - 856732 Opening Hours:


Monday to Friday 7.30am to 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday 7.30am to 6.00pm


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