CONDITIONS TEST BEST OF CORNWALL AND DEVON:
After last year's successful inclusion of the Cornwall County Cross Country Championships within the Westward League fixture, the 2012 Championships on Sunday followed the same format and at the same venue over the fields adjacent to the Newquay Sports Centre, writes Dave Varney.
The course, which has been rated by visiting Devon teams as one of the best in the South West, was at its most testing after months of wet weather, compounded by an overnight deluge which made the going slippery and heavy.
The day opened with the Senior Women's race combined with both U17 Men's and Women's athletes. The front end of the race was dominated by the U17 men and more importantly, Cornish athletes.
Sam Lane de Courtin (Tavistock) took his first victory over Devon rivals to claim the county victory followed quickly by Thomas Wood (Mounts Bay) and Danny Old (Newquay & Par). Old led his team to victory with Kieran Rowe sixth and James Craddock ninth.
Veteran international, Emma Stepto (Cornwall AC) had the leading group of male athletes in her sights from the start and built up a commanding lead over the rest of the female athletes, winning by two minutes.
Such is the strength of veteran athletics in Cornwall at the moment, the top three were all in these age group categories.
Stepto won the WV40 medal, Jenny Nash (East Cornwall H) was second and WV50 winner with Lucy Mancer (Newquay & Par) third and winner of the WV35.
With only three U17s and five Under 20s these were the only age groups to be poorly supported; however, this did not detract from the quality of the athletes that did complete the 5Km course.
In the U17s the Cornwall champion was Isabel Steele (Cornwall AC), Charlotte Cayton-Smith in her Tretherras School kit was second and Lucy Bowden (Newquay & Par) third.
The U20s was won by Alice Rogers (Tavistock) Jess Behennah (East Cornwall H) was second and Chloe Carley (Truro College) third.
Katie Hughes (Cornwall AC) led from the gun in the U13 Girls' race but was chased all the way to the line by Imogen Wood (Mounts Bay Harriers) and Sian Temple (Tavistock).
Cornwall AC won the team medals with Maya Groves (4th) and Sarah Wilson (9th) backing up Katie's win.
Finn Birnie (Newquay & Par) left it until the last 600m to overtake the early leader in the U13 Boys' race, but was a clear winner at the line over James Greenwood (Bodmin) and Will Savage (Helston).
Newquay & Par AC were team winners thanks to Finn's, win plus Lois Garner seventh and Sam Bray eighth.
The popular U11 Development races were well attended despite the races falling at the end of half term but with just one complete team in the boys race, the number of scorers may be brought down to three in line with the other younger age groups for 2013. Clare Tapsell (Bodmin) won the girls' event with Chloe Pettitt (Newquay & Par) in silver and Ella Henry-Brock (St Petroc's, Bude) with bronze.
Bodmin St Petroc's won the team event with Tapsell, Jodie Greenwood (6th), Daisy Greenwood (9th) and Tia Brown (10th).
The Boys' race saw the closest finish of the day. After taking the lead in a tight trio, Charlie Parker (Newquay & Par) looked to have snatched victory but a chasing Sam Norton (Truro School) just dipped on the line for a vest thickness win with Matthew Rodden (Penzance) a close third.
Goldolphin School were the winning team with Titas Zemkins (10), Louis Usher (15), Loius Bell (17) and Joel Sharkey (18).
The opening laps of the U15 Girls' race was a very cagey affair with a group of ten athletes not wanting to take the lead but gaps started to show half way through the second lap, the Cornish athletes just losing touch with the Devon girls.
Taking the championship medal was Yoyo Barnsley (Cornwall AC) just ahead of Tess Masselink (Tavistock) and Annie Trotter (Newquay & Par).
With Lily England fourth and Lowenna Hawkey sixth, Newquay & Par were team winners.
In a quality U15 Boys' race, the Cornish lads struggled to keep in touch with their Devon rivals but still showed some class as Ben Rogers (Cornwall AC) held off Frankie Aldred (East Cornwall H) and James Williams (Cornwall AC). Jonathan Wilson (5th) completed the winning Cornwall AC team.
The finale was the U20 and Senior Men's race over four laps of the course which by now had deteriorated and steadily got worse as about 120 men progressed over the 10Kms.
Penryn's Mile High were a force in the county for many years but have not shown on the cross country scene recently, but they showed they were back in contention with the winning performance coming from one of their athletes, Tony Brewer.
Cornwall AC still showed that they were the strongest team with the win from Dan Rodgers at silver placing and Justin Thomas Bronze medalist, the team completed by the winner of the individual U20 medal, Callum Jones.
Andrew Worden took silver for the U20's and Tom Rawet the bronze. In the veteran age groups, Chris Harry won the VM50 medal (6th), Tony Dunn the VM45 (7th) and Adrian Mutsaers the VM40 (29).
Teams will now be selected from these championships to represent Cornwall in the South West Championships at Bicton Arena in January, followed by the National Inter Counties at Birmingham in March.
COUNTY NEWS ROUND-UP:
West Cornwall emerged as the winners of the handicap section of the Junior Maxam Cup at wet and windy Perranporth last week, writes Peter Heyman.
They carded a team score of 188-33=155 to win by five shots from runners-up St Enodoc on 189-29=160.
The pair with the best net score of the day were also from West Cornwall. Harry Hall, playing with his cousin Sophie Gratton, recorded an individual score of 87-12=75. The other members of the West Cornwall team were Ross Hutchings, Hayden Blewett, Finley Rule and Bradley Barnes.
Carlyon Bay won the scratch event. Eugenie Knight and Louis Gough shot a best of the day gross 81 to pick up the individual prize, which helped their team to an aggregate score of 169. This left them two shots clear of runners-up Truro (171), with St Austell in third place on 181.
The format for the competition, which involved 13 clubs each with teams of six players, was medal foursomes with the best two pairs' scores to count.
The venues for the quarter-finals of the Cornwall Team Championship (CTC) to be played on Sunday, November 18, have been announced by CGU secretary Chris Pountney.
CTC quarter-final draw (all matches start at 8am): Trevose v St Enodoc, at Newquay; Bude & N Cornwall v Tehidy Park, at Trevose; West Cornwall v Newquay, at Perranporth; St Mellion v Perranporth, at St Enodoc.
Forty-eight of the county's top single figure handicappers will be competing in the third round of the Cornwall Winter Golf Series at Perranporth on Sunday.
The first round at West Cornwall in September was washed out by heavy rain before West Cornwall teenager Matt Richards took the honours in the second event at Bowood Park last month.
Local club results, page 79.
Over the weekend 47 pairs competed in the qualification competition for the County Pairs at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club, 24 on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.
Saturday saw play organised with six groups for four with group winners and two best runners up progressing to a single knockout round.
From Group One Marion & John Keers (St Newlyn East) progressed with 6 points +7 shots. Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) topped Group Two with 6 +19. Group Three produced two qualifiers, Sheila & Robert Flower (Tintagel) topping the group with 6 +7 after defeating Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) & Stuart Hambly (Camelford) 10-7 leaving them on 4 +17 to take the second runners-up spot.
Jim Rule & Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) needed a maximum score of four on the last end of their final group game to defeat Ken Moir & Derek Elliott (Holmans) 12-11 to finish on 6 +11 in Group Four. Group Five went to Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) with 5 +10. The final group saw Gary Davey (Liskeard) & Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) top the table with the day's best score of 6 +29. Jean Welch & WJ James (Marazion) took the first runners up spot with 4 +19.
The play-offs saw Gary Davey & Martin Boraston defeat Marion & John Keers 11-6. Jim Rule & Terry Bray edged a tight match against Sheila & Robert Flower 7-6.
Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher defeated Derek Swaby & Stuart Hambly 13-10 and Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls were comfortable 19-3 winners against Jean Welch & WJ James.
Sunday saw play organised into five groups with one of six, one of five and three of four and the group winners and three runners up progressing to the knockout.
Group One saw Arthur Hambley & Henry Matthews (Withiel) defeat Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) 10-6 in the deciding game to take top spot with 5 +13. Brenda & Max claimed a runners up spot with 4 +14.
Elise Daniell & Peter Hore (Holmans) were Group Two winners with 6 +24, the day's joint top score. Val & Geoff Risdon (Lanteglos) took a tight Group Three with 4 +7.
Group Four produced some high scoring games which saw two teams progress, Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) with 4 +23 as group winners and Edward & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) with 4 +22 as runners up. In Group Five Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) survived a late comeback from Joe Dixon (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) to take top spot with 6 +24 to be joint top points scorers whilst Joe & Keith claimed what proved to be the top runners up spot with 4 +23.
In the play-off round Elise Daniell & Peter Hore won a last end decider against Val & Geoff Risdon 9-8. Brenda Sleep & Max Burden defeated Edward & Brian Wakeley 10-6. Richard Brown & David Studden won a last end decider against Joe Dixon & Keith Matthews 9-8.
The final game saw Gillian Cawrse and Nicholas Truscott defeat Arthur Hambley & Henry Matthews 14-3.
On Saturday Cornwall's National Championship hopefuls in the Singles, Fours and Mixed Fours will play at Carnmoggas to determine who goes forward to the National Championship in Bromsgrove at the end of the season.
Play starts at 9am when the five teams in the Fours will play against each other in five rounds of games. Immediately after the four teams entered in the Mixed Fours will play from noon in three rounds of games. With all the team play out of the way the 12 entrants in the Singles will play from 2pm.
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP:
On Sunday Cornwall will face Devon at Carnmoggas in the latest round of Inter County Championship fixtures. The Premier Team will be looking for a strong result against the run away group leaders to keep them in contention for a place in the Main Championship at the end of the season. Cornwall lead the way in the A Team competition but have seen their lead cut to just four points after Somerset defeated Devon 21-19 on November 4.
WORLD-RENOWNED GURU COMES TO CORNWALL:
Ronin Combat Academy is hosting a very special event on Sunday.
Maul Mornie, a critically acclaimed martial arts Guru, will be teaching a seminar in Marazion for one day only.
Guru Maul is fast becoming a world famous authority in the martial art system of Silat.
This previously secret art hails from Indonesia and Guru Maul travels the world teaching his family's own system called Silat Suffian Bela Diri (SSBD), which originates from Brunei.
The Ronin Combat Academy teachers and students are very excited that Maul has agreed to travel to Cornwall for his first seminar here.
Instructors Ray Burns and John Bennetts have trained at several other SSBD seminars in Britain, and the feedback has always been the same – Maul Mornie's system is the best that anyone has seen for a very long time.
If you want to learn a martial art for self defence, then you need to develop in a system that truly works. The training philosophy that drives Ronin Combat Academy is based on Jeet Kune Do (JKD), the martial art founded by Bruce Lee, arguable the most famous and proficient martial artist ever.
The fundamentals of the JKD training ethos is that everyone has different abilities, strengths and weaknesses, but we all have the same basic body mechanics.
Therefore we should learn, master and then integrate the most effective techniques from the best martial arts, to create our own unique way of expressing ourselves, just as Bruce Lee did when he created Jeet Kune Do.
SSBD also incorporates a similar training philosophy and blends stand up skills, ground work, empty hands techniques and weapons training into what many martial arts experts, all over the world, believe is one of the most complete, efficient and effective martial arts systems available. Silat is also graceful, with some movements almost like a dance, but each has a purpose, and is delivered with power, hence the efficiency.
At the seminar on Sunday, Maul will teach a variety of empty hand techniques that involve defending and countering both single and also multiple attacks from any number of opponents. This is a particular feature of Silat training, where the defensive techniques are taught to become natural movements that can then be applied from any position or angle and counter any number of assailants. Therefore every SSBD skill and strategy is relevant to western society today, due to the increase in street crime, assaults and particularly knife attacks. Silat can help students to train the correct attributes and the right mindset to be aware of, and overcome these types of altercations. Not to mention the many health benefits that can be acquired in learning a new skill and improved physical fitness – and increased self confidence too.
SSBD is available to all ages and training levels. To anyone who is interested in learning martial arts, or if you already train in a particular system – this SSBD seminar is a great opportunity to learn some new techniques, different philosophies to combat training and an excellent introduction to a complete, efficient and practical martial art. Everyone is welcome at the seminar, if you are interested in attending, please contact Ronin Combat Academy.
For more information on the art of Silat Suffian Bela Diri, visit www.silatsuffian.com or view videos of Guru Maul Mornie at www.youtube.com/maul565. You can acquire more details of Sunday's seminar by contacting John Bennetts on 07786326566, or at www.ronincombatacademy.com