HAYLE RUNNERS CELEBRATE GRAND PRIX SUCCESS:
Hayle Runners celebrated a successful year and returned home with a huge number of trophies from the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Grand Prix series presentations at Princess Pavilions in Falmouth.
Some 24 men and 26 women from the club received a qualifiers trophy by completing eight of the 14 races. Six of the men, Jordan Morant, Scott Abraham, Rich Savage, Matt Curtis,Mike Baldwin and Adrian Bastian – and two women, Fiona Ruetsch and Helen Rule, completed all 14 races in the series.
The club also had successes in the mini grand prix for athletes under 20 years of age, with Daniel Costello, Lia Foreman and Hannah Smith all receiving awards, while Lia received a special award for third place in Cornwall.
Six of the club's members won individual category trophies in the series. Men's team captain Scott Abraham was second in his 40-44 age category, Stewart Townend 2nd in the 65-69 age category.
Women's captain Faye Toms was 1st and Charlotte Bennett was 2nd in the women's 35-39 age category, Fiona Ruetsch was 2nd in the 45-49 age category and Timothea Cardell was 1st the women's over 70 age group.
The club had its best ever year in the team competition taking second place in both the men's and women's competition across all of Cornwall running clubs.
The club was also recognised for having the largest number of entries from runners in the series with more than 800 Hayle Runners club entries in the year.
Hayle Runners are now preparing for next season with a large group of the club's runners planning to run at the Stormforce 10 mile run from Camborne in January.
Craig Tonkin club captain explained that the new year gets busy. He said: "We always have an influx of new runners in January who are either targeting a marathon or a half marathon or just aiming to up their activity levels to get fit.
"Our coaching arrangements are particularly good at catering for people new to running and those with experience."
WEST CORNWALL LEAGUE:
St Ives' David Smith was in tremendous form in his side's match against Penpol in the West Cornwall Table Tennis League, writes Malcolm Peters.
Smith won three without dropping a game, but two wins from Adam Sparks earned a draw for the home side.
In a clash between the top two teams leaders Mounts Bay A defeated Docks F 8-2. Nick Peters was unlucky to lose out to ex Premier player Karim Ali 16-14 in the deciding game, both players squandering match points before Ali finally took the match. Ali also beat Dennis Williams 14-12 in the fifth to maintain the lead for the Bay at the top.
In Division 2, Mounts Bay C entertained Palace D and ran out 9-1 winners, Harry Stanbury gaining his first victory over Simon Jacobs 12-10 in the decider. Jacobs did get the better of Mike Elford to avoid the whitewash. Mounts Bay had a tougher time when making the short trip to St Ives, although three from Mark Cock helped the Bay to a 6-4 win. Cape Cornwall A beat Docks H by a 7-3 margin three each from Scott Meagor and Rob Fuller stretching their lead at the top.
Division 3 saw Mounts Bay D beat Docks N 9-1, Chloe Crilly defeating Steve Clothier gaining the point for the visitors. Sam Staniland and Neil Pinkett were rarely troubled by the Docks youngsters. Kieran Roskell-Thomas continued his good form taking three wins against Cape Cornwall C, Dan Beechey's three helping his side to an 8-2 win which leaves them equal on points with third placed Docks K.
UK PRO SURF AWARDS:
The UK Pro Surf Association's 9th annual Surf Awards, in association with the UK Pro Surf Tour, was held last week at the Carnmarth Hotel Newquay.
The UK Surf Awards are the only awards that reward surfers from across the United Kingdom's competitive community for their outstanding performance in the water and celebrate the achievements of talented individuals and the surfing industry as a whole.
Winners of outstanding individual achievements included: 1. Rookie of the Year 2012: Jobe Harriss (Bude); 2. Carve Aerialist 2012: Harry Timson (Newquay); 3. Surf Girl Most Up and Coming Female Surfer 2012 : Peony Knight (Croyde); 4. Most Improved Surfer 2012: Josh Braddock (Newquay / Lanzarote); 5. Surfers Choice Award 2012: Jayce Robinson (St Ives); 6. UKPSA Best Surf Judge 2012: Mike Durkin (Newquay); 7. Christian Surfers Sportsman Award 2012: Taz Knight (Croyde); 8. Surfing GB Ambassador Award 2012: Andrew Cotton (Croyde); 9. Tiger 24 Brand Award (Commercial Brand supporting surfing in the UK in 2012) Marley Mellow Mood; 10. UKPSA Services to the Sport of Surfing 2012 Pete Hughes (Groundswell).
UKPSA Tour Trophies: UK PST U12 Open Champion 2012 – Winner: Garin Clay (Croyde); UK PST Groundswell Trophy for U16 Girls Champion 2012: Flora Lawton (Croyde); UK PST Groundswell Trophy for U16 Boys Champion 2012: Angus Scotney (Newquay); UKPST U18 Girls Champion 2012: Ellen Harding (Kingsbridge); UKPST U18 Boys Champion 2012: Jobe Harriss (Bude); UKPST Marley Mellow Mood Pro Junior Champion 2012: Jobe Harriss (Bude); UKPST Trophy for Women's Champion 2012: Evie Johnson (Costa Rico); Relentless Super Series Champion 2012: Jayce Robinson (St Ives); UK PST Trophy for Open Champion 2012: Jayce Robinson (St Ives).
A TEAM STRUGGLE:
On Sunday Cornwall faced Somerset at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club in the final round of Round Robin games of this year's ESMBA Inter County Championship competition.
Going into the match Cornwall were confident of pulling off results that would see both the Premier and A teams record their respective best finishes in the groups stages for some years however Somerset proved tough opponents as they set about destroying Cornwall's ambitions.
The Premier Team recorded just one point in the first session, the morning Singles and Pairs, with Nigel Nicholls earning a 15-15 draw in the Singles. The second session, the morning Triples and Fours, was to prove almost as frustrating for Cornwall as they recorded just two points courtesy of Bill Sharp, Neil Gribble & Chris Roberts in the Triples 10-8. After a hugely disappointing morning Cornwall trailed by 3 points to 13 and 68 shots to 96.
Cornwall's fortunes changed a little in the third session as they managed to earn a share of the game points. Nigel Nicholls completing a double in the Singles with a 14-9 win and Graham Reeves & Nicholas Truscott winning 15-7 in the Pairs. Somerset claimed the bonus points from both disciplines to take the match win with a session to spare. The final session saw a dominant Somerset win three of the four games. Elise Daniell, Derek Elliott, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher scoring two points from the session for Cornwall with a win in the fours 11-6.
Somerset claimed the respective Triples and Fours bonus points to wrap up a dominant 31 points to 9 and 188 shots to 153 match win to move from fourth place in the table before the start of the weekend into second place.
With Dorset scoring 12 points against Devon on Saturday they secured third place with Cornwall left at the bottom of the table and likely to face a preliminary round match in what will now be a defence of the Inter County Championship Consolation title in the knockout stages.
Premier Team scores:
SINGLES: Peter Hore (Holmans) 11-14 & 10-19; Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 11-11 & 14-9.
PAIRS: Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) 11-18 & 12-14; Graham Reeves (Saltash) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) 8-13 & 15-7.
TRIPLES: Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 8-11 & 8-19; Bill Sharp (Dobwalls) , Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) 10-8 & 9-10.
FOURS: Elise Daniell (Holmans), Derek Elliot (Holmans), Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) 2-12 & 11-6; Kath Goodman (Treviscoe), Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Percy Tripp (Helston) 7-9 & 6-8.
Cornwall's A Team started the match two points behind their opponents and confident that having only narrowly been defeated at Taunton earlier in the season, the team would be able to pull off a result that would see them top the table. Somerset however had other ideas as they took a clean sweep of games in the first session of Singles and Pairs. Cornwall fought back in the second session with three wins to bring the score back to 6-10. In the Triples wins for Lynne Davey, Gary Davey & Keith Matthews 9-5 and Tony Jago, Joe Dixon & Henry Kendall 9-8 together with a win in the Fours for Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley 11-9 saw Cornwall on the scoreboard.
The afternoon Singles and Pairs saw Cornwall record a solitary win, Luke Jolly in the Singles winning 15-11. Somerset claimed the bonus points which pushed them onto 20 points ensuring top spot in the table. The final session saw points split 3-5 in Somerset's favour. For Cornwall the points came from the Fours with Peter Hamley's rink recording a dominant 17-1 win and Meg Horrell, Pam Williams, Dennis Shorthouse & Derek Newton drawing 8-8. Cornwall took the Fours bonus points and Somerset the Triples to leave the final match score Cornwall 13 points 164 shots Somerset 27 points 174 shots. Cornwall will play in the Main Championship section of the Knockout competition, the natural progression from winning the Consolation Title last year, after finishing in second place in the table.
A Team scores:
SINGLES: Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) 9-14 & 15-11; Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) 10-14 & 12-14.
PAIRS: Keith Williams (Penlee) & Mike Widger (Porthleven) 13-17 & 12-13; Betty Temple Smith (Luxulyan) & Brenda Sleep 9-13 & 11-13.
TRIPLES: Lynne Davey, Gary Davey (Liskeard) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) 9-5 & 8-11; Tony Jago (Treviscoe), Joe Dixon (Withiel) & Henry Kendall (Withiel) 9-8 & 4-10.
FOURS: Pam Hamley (Lostwithiel), Jim Rule (Lostwithiel), Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) 11-9 & 17-1; Meg Horrell (Withiel), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake) & Derek Newton (Dobwalls) 7-13 & 8-8.
Cornwall have to wait for confirmation of who they will play in the knockout competition together with where and when until the ESMBA publish the draw after all group games have been completed.
On Saturday the remaining National Championship qualifiers were played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club with Pairs played in the morning at Triples in the afternoon.
The Pairs saw the seven entries split into groups of 3 and 4 to play a round robin with the top two from each group going forward to a knockout.
Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) were dominant in the groups to win Group One with 6 points +34 shots, joining them in the semi finals were Chris Harris (Hayle) and Derek Elliott (Holmans) on 2 -10. Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) & Peter Hore (Holmans) claimed Group Two on 4 +19 with Elise Daniell (Holmans) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) second on 2 +7.
In the semi finals David Studden defeated Nicholas Truscott 14-6 and Peter Hore just edged a tight match against Derek Elliott 10-9. A tense final went the way of Nigel Nicholls and Peter Hore by 10 shots to 9 after an extra end against Richard Brown & David Studden.
During the afternoon the Triples were played with the five teams competing needing to play each other over five sessions of play. Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) and Peter Hore (Holmans) won all four games played to claim the automatic place at the National Championships with 8 points +22. Graham Luke (Ladock), Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) claimed second place with 6 +/-0 after defeating Richard Brown (Illogan), Derek Elliott (Holmans) & David Studden (Illogan) 9-8. David Studden's team took third with 4 +12. Alan Holden, Dennis Shorthouse & Neil Gribble finished fourth on 2 +4 and Lyn Douglass, Janet Moyse & James Simmons rounded off the results on 0 -38.
Those who have finished in second place in the respective competitions will have to wait to see if they have been allocated places in the championships with the allocation of places due to be published by the ESMBA early in the new year.
COUNTY CUP DRAW:
Penzance will host Truro A in the pick of the men's Cornwall Cup quarter-finals.
Camborne School of Mines travel to Liskeard to play Caradon after narrowly avoiding an upset against Duchy A in the first round.
Following a win over Truro B in the opening round, Duchy's first team face a tough quarter-final against holders Truro, who received a bye.
West Clubs Women's Hockey League South Division leaders Bude, seeded third, beat Callington in round one to earn a home draw against holders Newquay, third in WCWHL Premier 2B.
Camborne SoM, the lowest ranked side left in the women's competition, are drawn at home to Truro, while Bude 2 beat Bodmin in round one to earn a home tie against Falmouth.
Caradon's 7-6 first round win is rewarded with home advantage against South Division rivals Penzance. Full draws:
Men: Penzance v Truro A, Bude v Bodmin, Truro v Duchy, Caradon v Camborne SoM.
Women: Bude v Newquay, Camborne SoM v Truro, Bude 2 v Falmouth, Caradon v Penzance.
Ties to be played on or before January 27.
Steve Rickard, Cornwall's captain for the last two years, will continue in the role for a third year, it was agreed unanimously at a CGU meeting at Lanhydrock last week.
His vice-captain Richard Simmons had been due to take over the reins last month. But a combination of family commitments and business relocation led to him asking the CGU executive if he could delay taking on the captaincy for a year.
As well as having two small children at home, Simmons, with his brother Peter, have recently relocated their Golf International magazine from London to Trevose, where owner Nick Gammon has provided them with the necessary facilities for them to run their monthly publication.
"It just makes more sense to delay it for a year because of all the travelling involved and with Steve due to retire from the police force early next year," Simmons said.
Rickard himself is delighted to be able to carry as captain on for another year. "I really enjoy it and we've got a good young team coming through," he said. "I feel we're destined to win something in the next couple of years."
PENZANCE AT THE DOUBLE:
The latest rounds of the .22 Target Rifle shooting shoulder to shoulder league matches have been shot with two wins for Penzance and St Ives 489 over Truro 479 and 486 to 484 against St Austell. All scores ex 500.
In the two matches that the Penzance club have shot the scores were: Richard Tanner 100 John Emmerson 99 & 96 Konrad Spalek 98 & 97 Mrs Mandy Tanner 96 and 97 and Stuart Smith 96.
For Truro, Fred Teagle had 100 John Hancock 98 Tom Thorogood and Steve Sandercock 96 and Simon Thorogood 95.
For the St Austell team Grenville Matta had 98, Phil and Matthew Hammond 97s and Paul Yeomans and Linda Hammond 96s.