Devon Petanque

a region of the English Pétanque Association

August 2018 - Newsletter

Precision Shooting & Singles Championships

(John Thatcher (left) being presented with the Singles Champion Trophy by Devon President Gerald Barton)

The last two championships of the Devon Region for 2018 were decided last Sunday.

Held at Chudleigh Petanque Club and on a technical terrain, Ottery St Mary's John Thatcher overcame a strong field to take the Singles crown.

John had earlier topped his group in the first phase of the tournament, with Thierry Hacq and Rob Thomas from the host club leading the other two groups. Second places were taken by Chudleigh's Costa Drakatos, along with the Honiton pair of Chris Bigmore and Jenny Lavender.

The afternoon's knockout stages saw John storm through, defeating Costa Drakatos 13-4 in the semi final to meet Rob Thomas who also won his semi 13-4 over Plymouth's Mike Carroll. A hard fought final followed with John Thatcher eventually winning 13-9 to become champion.

This added to John's season's success after being one third of the team that claimed the triples title, and it would have been a clean sweep but for a narrow defeat in the final of the doubles championship.

In the Plate competition Ronnie Hutchinson from Honiton overcame Plymouth's Mike Newberry 13-11 in another closely fought final.


(Thierry Hacq receiving his Precision Shooting Championship trophy from Devon President, Gerald Barton)

A full day's play was complimented with the Precision Shooting event and John Thatcher figured again as he took the runners up spot, but it was Thierry Hacq who recorded the highest score to beocme the 2018 Precision Shooting Champion..

Devon President Ged Barton presented the trophies to the winners and acknowledged yet another competitive and very successful tournament for the region.

Devon v Great Western Region


The latest inter regional match for Devon took place on Sunday at the Isca Centre, Exeter. The match played in extremely hot conditions was against Great Western Region and the visitors proved to be too strong for Devon, running out decisive 25-15 winners.

With eight teams of triples each, playing over five rounds, the results after round one were very close with GWR leading 5-3.

They extended their lead to 12-4, then 17-7 after rounds two and three, before Devon took their only round of the day to bring the score back to 20-12.

GWR needing just one game in the final round easily secured victory making their final total to 25 wins.

Best home performance of the day came from the Devon 2 team of Thierry Hacq, Henry Pickett & Rob Thomas who scored four wins out of five.

Devon President Ged Barton was still pleased with the relatively new team's excellent performance against tough opponents and said "Great Western are to be congratulated on a thoroughly deserved win, but the final score should have been tighter and did not really reflect the close nature of many of the individual games" adding "We did achieve one of our main aims though, which was to gain some valuable matchplay experience ahead of the Inter Regional Championships".

The Inter Regional Championships are next up for Devon, taking place at Hayling Island on 15/16th September.

Devon Doubles Champions 2018


(from left to right: Mike Newberry and Mike Carroll)

Devon Doubles Plate winners 2018

(from left to right: Maurice Adams & John Stotesbury)

Devon v Kernow 2018

Devon v Kernow - report from Ged Bartion (President)

Devon Triples Champions 2018

(from left to right: John Thatcher, Rose Thatcher & Pete Smith)

Triples Plate Winners 2018

(from left to right: Charles O'Reilly, Chris Bigmore & Jennifer Lavender)

The Charity Shield 2018