SHARKS ACADEMY BENEFITS FROM NEW COACHES:
The British American Football Coaching Association held a Level One coaching course at Truro College which was attended by 21 coaches from the Cornish Sharks Academy of American Football.
All candidates passed with flying colours and the teams in the Academy will all benefit.
Five of the coaches are from the FXU Falmouth Tridents University Team, three from the Penzance Buccaneers, two from the St Austell Spartans, three from the Junior Varsity Sharks in Newquay and eight are from the Cornish Sharks senior team. Seven of the new coaches are under 18 and play for the county team, Team Cornwall who this year became Divisional Champions.
Brian Smallworth, head coach of the Cornish Sharks, Falmouth Tridents and St Austell Spartans and head of the Academy felt it was a significant achievement.
He said: "The Academy project has seen unprecedented growth in the past year, with new youth/junior teams, the development of Team Cornwall playing in the national 5 on 5 league, new rookie players in the senior Cornish Sharks team and the successful launch of the FXU Falmouth Tridents University Team.
"There are teams in schools and colleges too and I have calculated that there is no less than 140 hours of American Football coaching being given by our Academy coaches each week and so the more quality, trained coaches we have the more we can offer across the county, giving more young people the opportunity to try and to play this wonderful sport.
"The organisation is Club Marked which means our coaches have to adhere to a strict code of practice and in addition, we insist on all our coaches being CRBd and holding an up to date first aid certificate."
He added: "We are immensely grateful to the National Governing Body for their support and to the Coaching Association for travelling to Cornwall each year to train a new influx of coaches.
"Without new coaches, referees, volunteers of all sorts, the organisation could not maintain the momentum we have been enjoying."
Possibly the draw of the first rounds in this year's Cornwall Billiards and Snooker competitions was in the individual billiards when 13-time champion Charlie Gay (St Day) was drawn against nine time champion Dave White (Bude SC).
Charlie came out on top winning by 650 points to 561 points gaining breaks of 86, 69 and 58. Dave had breaks of 60 and 53.
Charlie will play Derek White (Menheniot) in the semi finals and 2 more previous champions, Steve Downing (St Rumons) and Chris Mitchell (Dobwalls) will play each other in the other semi.
In the individual snooker, 2010 winner Bobby Southworth (St Rumons) had a 77 clearance in his 3-1 win over Ryan Gilbert (Heamoor) and last year's winner, Kevin Steed (St Cleer) won 3-1 against Roy Good (Breage SC).
Gary Spencer (Bugle WMC) had breaks of 44 & 50 in his game with team-mate Andrew Best but lost 3-1 and Tony Farrant (St Dominic) gained breaks of 45 & 44 in winning a tough game against Jamie Read (St Rumons).
Notable ties in the last 16 sees former champions Steve Downing and Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club) play each other and Barrie McIntosh (Tregonissey) plays Andrew Best (Bugle WMC).
St Rumons will play the Godolphin Club in the County Fives Team final. Godolphin defeated St Day 3-1 in the preliminary round and Bethel Social Club 3-1 in the semi final. St Rumons had a 3-1 win over WH Bond.
In the Pairs Snooker Steve Downing & Phil Lane (St Rumons) had a 3-0 win over Chris Timmins & Antony Connor (Godolphin Club) to get through to the last eight and in the individual snooker handicap county youth player Carl Mitchell (+21) (St Rumons) had a 54 break in his first round win and Alan Hurley (-14) Illogan had a 59 break to make his way to the next round.
Defending champion Andy Ridgeman(-14) (Callington SC) had a 54 break to win his first round in the over 45's handicap while Kevin Gilbert (+14) Heamoor fought off Steve Downing (-21) 3-2 to make his way into the last 8.
Full Results and draws for next round on page 78.
BRITISH INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall kept their promotion hopes alive with a workmanlike performance that was rewarded with a 23-13 victory away at Staffordshire.
The Ladies B side were vilified for their last performance but turned around their fortunes in style when they trounced their opponents 6-0 to give the Duchy squad the perfect start.
Anna Johnson (19.39), Tracey Hancock (17.71) and Marian Smith (11.63) all won with the loss of just a single leg while there were 3-0 victories for Carla Ruberry (18.33), Gina Jeffery (13.54) and lady of the match, Tyrian Jesse (23.48).
The Men's B side lost the first two sets of their match but won the next three through Richard Craddock (24.24), who hit an 11-dart leg in a 3-0 win with good support from Matt Knowles (25.32) and Malcolm Johns (25.05).
Although the hosts took sets six and seven, Cornwall were back in winning mode when Kevin Mitchell (25.84) came from 2-0 down to win 3-2, followed by welcome victories from Brian Jones (24.24) and Tony Warne (22.64).
Staffordshire claimed the penultimate point of the day but the visitors had the last word when Simon McClary (24.35) emerged a 3-1 winner to claim the match 7-5 and ensure Cornwall had a commanding 13-5 overnight lead.
Sandra Allen (20.24) gave a lady of the match performance at the start of the Ladies' A encounter and emerged a 3-1 winner, aided by checkouts of 97 and 112.
Sue Shepherd (19.17) and Nikki Furse (18.01) both won 3-1 while Teresa Brookshaw won by the odd leg in five to push the overall scoreline to 17-7.
Kevin Mitchell (24.59) was promoted to the Men's A team following his heroics the previous day and he didn't disappoint when taking the opener 4-3.
Staffordshire won the next, only for Paul Cook (23.58) and Chris Gill (22.96) to extend Cornwall's advantage when winning 4-0 and 4-3 respectively.
The fifth set was narrowly lost before Neil Meneer (29.50) was outstanding in a 4-2 victory followed by Simon May (24.14) who won in straight legs, aided by an outshot of 101.
Staffordshire hit a purple patch when taking the next four but John Mann (24.67) won 4-2 to ensure a share of the spoils from the Men's A team match but three bonus points from a superb 23-13 victory which keeps Cornwall in second spot.
PENZANCE DUO IMPRESS AT REGIONAL COMPETITION:
Talented Penzance swimmers Renae Caddy and Thomas Shorey competed at Millfield School last weekend in the South West short course championships.
The pair were the only two representing Penzance Swimming Club and there were only six swimmers there from Cornish clubs.
Renae was one of only a small number of 12-year-olds to qualify for the championships, which are open to all age groups and she qualified for an impressive seven events.
Renae was the first 12-year-old to finish in the 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle.
To qualify for so many events is a huge achievement for Renae given her age. Olympic gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte also took part in the Championships.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Thomas Shorey qualified for a phenomenal nine events and is improving with every swim. Thomas achieved 4 personal best times and his best result was 14th, which again is a fantastic achievement as swimming against some of the best swimmers in the country including Olympic silver medalist Michael Jamieson.
Cornwall ladies played their final match this year at home to the Isle of Wight.
Finishing off the season in fine form the girls stormed through the first section, winning 10-1 and followed up with impressive section wins of 9-2 6-5 and 8-3 to leave a comfortable victory of 33-11.
Final Regional tables leave Cornwall ladies in third place which sees them improving on previous years results and hoping to improve yet again in 2013.
A great performance from the whole team but in particular from player of the match Vaness Scott.
Cornwall: Paula Pope, Becky Cocks, Michaela Edwards, Amy Edwards, Emma Rowett, Vanessa Scott, Sarah Gallant, Nicky Moore, Stacey Hancock, Kerry Wilton, Hollie Richards and Carol Stephens (captain).
Congratulations to the following eight players who will be retained this year to play in the 2013 squad: Stacey Hancock, Caz Stephens, Paula Pope, Becky Cocks, Michaela Edwards, Emma Rowett, Kerry Wilton and Sarah Gallant.
Also congratulations to Cornwall's Stacey Hancock and Caz Stephens who have qualified for England Team Trials in March.
Cornwall County Pool Association also thank The Q Bar Bodmin and GMO Cars Penzance for their sponsorship and support throughout the year.
Diary Dates: Cornwall Ladies' County Pool Trials Sunday January 6 11am at Q Bar Bodmin; Cornwall Men's County Pool Trials Sunday January 13 – 9.30am registration, 10am start.
Over the weekend the qualification competition for the County Singles was played at Carnmoggas with 62 bowlers competing.
On Saturday 32 bowlers competed split into eight groups of four with the group winners going forward to a knockout round.
David Topliffe (St Minver) won Group One with 4 points +15 shots. Graham Reeves (Saltash) came through Group Two with 5 +9. Fran Phillips (Helston) was unbeaten to claim Group Three with 6 +23. Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) defeated Mark Albon (Luxulyan) in the decider to take Group Four with 6 +30.
In the second half of the draw Elise Daniell (Holmans) defeated Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) in the final game of Group Five to progress with 6 +15. Group Six went the way of Terry Trevorrow (Hayle) with 5 +14. Alan Holden (Landrake) won a tight Group Seven finishing on 4 +9. Group Eight went the way of John Worton (Ladock) who defeated Karen Watson (Treviscoe), who had comfortably won her opening two games by a total margin of 36 shots, 10-8 to finish on 6 +23.
In the Play Off round Graham Reeves comfortably defeated Terry Trevorrow 21-2. John Worton defeated Alan Holden 9-7. Luke Jolly defeated Elise Daniell 13-4 winning 9 ends in the process. David Topliffe claimed the final spot at finals day defeating Fran Phillips 14-3.
Sunday saw 30 players competing across seven groups, one of six and six of four with the group winners and one runner up going forward to a knockout round. In Group One a 10-10 draw between Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) and Keith Matthews (Blisland) left both players on 5 +16. Martin was declared group winner on the basis of having scored 1 more shot than Keith. Keith however claimed the one runners up spot in the play off round. Richard Brown (Illogan) claimed Group Two with 5 +8.
Chris Roberts (Ladock) was unbeaten in Group Three with 6 +14 after defeating Gary Davey (Liskeard) in the group deciding game.
Group Four went the way of Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) who progressed with 4 +19 after Neil Gribble (Landrake) was defeated in the final group game, with 4 +12.
Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) defeated Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake) in the game of Group Five to finish on 6 +24. Brian Wakeley (Ladock) also needed a final game win in Group Six to confirm qualification, defeating Malcolm Daniels (Hayle) 14-6 to finish on 6 +16.
The final place in the play off round went to Paul Whybrew (Altarnun) who was an 18-4 winner against John Nixon (Saltash) in the final game of Group Seven finishing on 6 +22.
The play offs saw Graham Ford get off to the best possible start against Richard Brown scoring a four and going on to win 10-8. Chris Roberts recovered from 2-6 down at the halfway point against Martin Boraston to win 10-7.
Nigel Nicholls started with a four on the first end against Brian Wakeley going on to win 17-7 with a couple of ends to spare.
The final game between Paul Whybrew and Keith Matthews saw the score tied at 5-5 after seven ends before Keith took control over the closing three ends to win 5-12.
The eight qualifiers will return to Carnmoggas on Saturday February 9 to contest the finals.
COUNTY MIXED FOURS:
The final county competition before the Christmas break will be played at Carnmoggas on Sunday when the Mixed Fours will be contested by 24 teams chasing eight places in the finals.
WEST CORNWALL LEAGUE:
The West Cornwall Table Tennis League, sponsored by Ignition Credit plc, is approaching the half way stage of the 2012/13 season.
Falmouth Docks D remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division, their visit to Bridge B only yielding them two points. Docks B's lead at the top is being eroded after they visited Palace A with only two players and could only manage a 5-5 draw.
The Bridge club's top two sides met at Harris Mill, and the B side came out on top 6-4.
In Division One, Mike Credland turned out for Bridge C on a return visit to the area, and helped them to a 10-0 win over Palace C. Palace recovered from this the following week to defeat Docks E 7-3, Colin Flook beating Jeremy Hartley 12-10 and Treeve Rowe 11-8 both in five end matches.
Docks F maintained second spot three points ahead of their own G side thanks to an 8-2 win over Mounts Bay B, Nick Peters and Dennis Williams taking tree each and Dominique Williams two.
Division Two saw Mounts Bay C make the trip to Harris Mill and just scraped this match 6-4. George Banfield took three for the Mill, but two each from Mark Cock and Harry Stanbury and one from Mike Elford won it for the visitors.
In Division Three leaders Docks P defeated their club mates from the K side by a 9-1 margin. James Freeman and Rafa Kmiec took 3 and Aaron Robertson 2, losing out to Morgan Cardell. Docks L visited Palace F and came away on the wrong end of a 7-3 result.
For Palace Doreen Davis took three singles, supported by 2 from Gareth Allen and one from Christian Leverton. Mylor C made the short trip to neighbours Saracens and took a maximum 10 points thanks to Dave Jenkin, Matt Bassett and David Marshall, although Freya Tuffery made Marshall fight for an 11-6 fifth end win. Docks N entertained Palace F but could not trouble the scorers. Cape Cornwall C leapfrogged Mounts Bay D thanks to a convincing 9-1 win, Neil Pinkett saving the Bay's blushes with a win over Sam Penrose.
RIDERS TREC TO CAPITAL:
Three Penwith girls are included in a crack team of riders who will represent Cornwall Trec at the finals of The SEIB British Riding Clubs Quadrille of the Year at the London International Horse Show, Olympia, next week.
Michelle Pulley (Cultivo) of Redruth, Rebekah Gossan (Gimnasta) of Rosudgeon, together with Katherine Davis (Mr Corbett) and Hannah Macey (Irish Dream) of St Erth, with reserve rider Jenna Payne of St Day, will be producing a magnificent performance to the theme of The Knights of the Round Table in their attempt to wow the judges.
The journey to Olympia has been a long and hard one with team coach Verity Perry of Rosevidney Livery and Competition yard, Penzance, providing the necessary inspiration and expertise in planning Cornwall Trec's fabulous routines.
The Native Pony Association of Cornwall have organised a Woolly Pony Christmas Fun Show at Chiverton Riding Centre on Friday December 28, which is open to all.
Schedules on the website: nativeponyassociationcornwall.co.uk or ring Di Cosgrove 01736 362906.