CORNWALL TRIATHLON SERIES AWARDS 2012:
This year's Cornwall Triathlon Series consisted of ten events of which competitors had to finish six to qualify for a series position.
Penzance Triathlon, which took place at Penzance Leisure Centre, was the first event in the series followed by five open water triathlons and four pool-based events.
Helen Webb of Mounts Bay Harriers was second in the overall series but first in her fiercely fought 21-39 age group. Helen was awarded with a lovely glass trophy with a selection of USN products.
Penzance's Neil Eddy, who runs for Mounts Bay Harriers but competes in triathlons for Cycle Logic, was joint first in the overall series together with team-mate Dave Bartlett.
Neil and Dave also received a glass trophy but were presented with a pair of giant carbon fibre wheels each, worth more than £1,500 per pair.
Everyone who completed six events received a medal, Helen Webb, Yvonne Turner, Liz Prady and Rob Burrows were the only Mounts Bay Harriers who completed the series and attended to pick up their awards.
A number of other Harriers athletes took part in individual triathlons in the series but did not manage to complete six events.
Yvonne and Liz came fourth and fifth respectively in the female 50-59 age group with Rob Burrows finishing sixth in the male 50-59 age group.
DOCKS CRUISE TO WIN:
The West Cornwall Table Tennis League, sponsored by Ignition Credit plc, continues with Falmouth Docks B making the early running, writes Malcolm Peters.
A 10-0 win over a weakened Palace B helped their cause. Bob House played his first league match for almost two years, but Docks came out with a maximum courtesy of a tight 16-14 five end doubles win from Malcolm and Chris Peters.
In Division One, Mounts Bay A have created a gap of 10 points over second placed Docks F, assisted by a 9-1 win over Docks G.
Young Charlie Scorse spoiled Mounts Bay's evening by defeating Mike Moore in straight games.
St Ives A and Docks F fought out a 5-5 draw, with three wins from Mike Fisher and two from David Smith for the home side.
Three wins for Bridge C helped them to a 9-1 win over Mylor B, while Docks E won 7-3 over Mounts Bay B, the Bay's points coming from Tyrone Staniland with two wins and Mike Elford with a close five end win over Treeve Rowe.
Division Two leaders Cape Cornwall A gained a 9-1 win over local rivals St Ives B, William Wynne taking the point by beating Kaye Stenner.
Cape's B outfit were on the receiving end of a 10-0 beating from Mounts Bay C, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Elsewhere, Palace E went down 6-4 to visitors Harris Mill while Docks J lost 7-3 to Docks H.
In Division Three Cape Cornwall C came away from Mylor C with only two points, Sam Penrose defeating David Jenkin and Howard Charman getting the better of David Marshall.
Matthew Bassett took three wins to maintain their second place position. A bottom of the table clash saw Saracens defeat Docks N 6-4, three wins from Paige Baker lifting Saracens out of the bottom two.
Mounts Bay D remain mid table, after a 7-3 win over Palace H, young Jared Harris gaining wins over Steve Clothier and Sam Staniland and a win by George Underhill over Staniland taking the three for Palace.
The Cornwall Billiards and Snooker Association have formed a new competition for the 2012/2013 season.
The competition is split into east and west and an invitational event with six players from the east and six players from the west competing on a round robin basis.
The winner from the east will then play the winner from the west in the final.
In the West section Alan Hurley (Illogan Highway) whitewashed Carl Boundy (St Day) 7-0, gaining breaks of 37,38,36,43,44 & 56.
Jamie Read (St Rumons) sprang the biggest shock of the week with a 4-3 win over former county snooker and billiards champion, Steve Downing (St Rumons).
Steve opened up a 2-0 lead with breaks of 36 & 50 but Jamie won the next and won a very important 4th frame with a 73 clearance after Steve had already had a 53 break.
Jamie moved 3-2 ahead with a 36 break but Steve hit a 32 break in the next to make it 3-3. Jamie won a decider to win the match 4-3.
Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club) had a good start defeating Bobby Southworth (Bells Court) 5-2. Chris had breaks of 37 & 39 and Bobby had a 48.
In the East section, Darran Lock (Lostwithiel SC) started with a 4-3 win against Barrie McIntosh (Tregonissey). Darran gained breaks of 41 & 54 as he opened a 3-0 lead but Barrie gained a 59 break in the next and won the 4th frame. Darran won the match with after a 53 break in the fifth frame but Barrie won the last two frames and had a 46 break in the last.
Andy Ridgeman (Callington SC) had an excellent 5-2 win over former two time county champion Richard Lloyd (Bude SC).
Andy had a 58 break in frame one and breaks of 37 & 50 in frame two.
Richard had a 55 break in frame four and a 32 break in frame six.
Andrew Best (Bugle WMC) got off to a good start with a 5-2 victory over Andy Pearce (St Dominic). Andrew had breaks of 42, 59, 39, 50 and 31 and Andy had a 39 break.
Results and table page 79.
At the Cornwall Dreamstore Academy, six new Level 2 Sea Angling Coaches achieved their awards accredited by Dreamstore and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Fienn D'Arcy-Hyder, Peter Trimble, Bill Padgeth and Jason Brown coach pupils at Helston Community College, while Mark Willey is a coach for Mounts Bay Angling Society Juniors and will be joined by Bill, and John Clare from Surrey works with Help for Heroes.
The Cornwall Academy was sponsored by Dreamstore, a charity which supports and promotes activities which benefit education, social inclusion, and conservation through one of the nation's favourite pastimes, fishing.
The new coaches completed three weekends of training and assessments to achieve their awards.
The course was led by Terry Yarnell from Shropshire and John Brooks of Falmouth.
Course leader John said: "The technical skills of the candidates were very high, and the group is one of the best that has attended a Dreamstore Academy."
The first weekend covered the theory and practice of coaching, adapting coaching styles to meet the needs of participants and risk assessments.
The second weekend included a first aid course, as well as general fitness and nutrition in sport and practical assessments.
The final weekend included a theory examination and the final practical assessments, including one session before the external verifier followed by a final review of portfolios of evidence.
Anybody interested in attending a future Dreamstore Academy to become a Level 2 Coach should contact John on 07966 757322 or email email@example.com
The nationally-ranked Kerrier Junior Badminton Tournament returned to its home base at Truro for the Under 13s and Under-15s and Under-17s annual events.
In the Girls' Singles the seeded players all made it through to the semi-final stages, with Bronya Pike of Devon beating her compatriot Lauren Cole 21-14 in the final.
The doubles final was an all-Devon affair with Lauren and partner Emily Killoran getting the better of Kathryn Brown and Lucy Cooper. The Boys were also engaged in some keenly-contested games with Lloyd Skinner from Devon just pipping his colleague Alex Moir 22-20 in the final.
Alex and Lloyd then teamed up to contest the Doubles Final but had to yield 22-20to the inspired play of home pair of Ollie Cavill and Mark Pearson.
The trophy presentation was made by Truro headmaster Paul Smith accompanied by his wife, Kathy.
He is retiring at the end of the year and to mark the occasion in gratitude for the huge support since the tournament's inception he was presented with a inscribed Silver tankard. Kathy received a bouquet from Ellie Watkinson.
As expected the U15 disciplines provided a sharp rise in standard with a high quality of play. The Cornwall players really came into their own registering a clean sweep in all events.
Sam Laity who has often been the 'nearly' boy, shed that title by recording a singles win against Tyler Sillifant and with partner Isaac Barrow completed the double against Tyler and Milo Semonin.
Kellen Moore also recorded a double in the Girls' events, beating Mae Sing (Devon) 21-16 in the Singles Final and pairing with clubmate Amy Polglase overcame the Devon pair of Anya Paton and Emily Hutchings.
Finally, the U17-s – another successful discipline for Cornwall – who took three of the four titles on offer.
Amy Polglase really stepped up to the mark in the singles where she recorded a comfortable win over her doubles partner Kellen 21-9. In a single box doubles final Hannah and Sophie Laidler (Devon) defeated Kellen and Amy 4-2.
The Boys also turned on the style with a notable performance by Jake Brazewell in the Singles. Jake, so often labelled the 'nearly' boy, prevailed in a hard fought encounter against fellow Duchy lad Liam Sillifant by 21-15.
Toby Bamforth and Vinodh Arumugam then defeated Liam and Will Bick in a high quality thrilling final 21-16.
Man of the Tournament – Jake Brazewell. Also plaudits to the brothers, Will and Matt Bick for their general attitude and demeanour – an example to all.
On Sunday Cornwall hosted Devon at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club in the latest round of ESMBA Inter County Championship fixtures.
Going into the Premier Team match. Devon held a commanding lead at the top of the table, and Cornwall's aim was to score as many points as possible to keep up the challenge for second in the group.
At the halfway point the score read Cornwall 8 points (86 shots) Devon (8 points 82 shots) but Devon
To leave the final match score Cornwall 17 points (168) shots Devon 23 points 183 shots.
Cornwall's score ensured that to date they have achieved the most points against Devon in the group with 25, Somerset have scored and 20 and Dorset 8, with their away match against Devon still to play.
In the day's other match, Somerset defeated Dorset 26-14.
Results and tables page page 78 and 79.
Cornwall's A Team started well with three wins in the first session. and eventually ran out comfortable winners.The final match score was Cornwall 26 points (185 shots) Devon 14 points (177 shots).
The day's other match saw Somerset comfortably defeat Dorset 32-8 to move two points ahead of Cornwall in the table.
Match scores and tables page 78.
In both the Premier and A team competitions Cornwall's progress into the Main or Consolation championship lies in their own hands when they face Somerset at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday December 2.
The Premier team need a win and will trust that Devon will show the home form against Dorset that has seen them drop just 10 out of 80 points in home fixtures this year to ensure main Championship action in the knockout stages of the competition.
The A Team need nine points to ensure progression to the Main Championship and 22 points to secure top spot in the table.
On Saturday qualification competitions were played for the National Fours, Mixed Fours and Singles competitions at Carnmoggas.
First up was the Fours with Cornwall's three England Squad members Peter Hore, Elise Daniell (Holmans), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) joined by Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) unbeaten to claim the top spot and a guaranteed place at the Nationals. After a close final match John Worton (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake), Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) took second place on shots difference but will have to wait until allocations are confirmed before knowing of they will be travelling to Bromsgrove.
In the Mixed Fours Cornwall's England players, this time joined by Margaret Jenkin (Newlyn Trinity), again took top spot edging out Meg & Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Diane & Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake) on shot difference.
The final competition of the day saw 12 players compete in the singles split into four groups of three with group winners going into a knockout.
Nigel Nicholls was unbeaten in winning Group One. David Studden (Illogan) claimed Group Two on shot difference from Peter Hore and Dennis Shorthouse.
Derek Elliot (Holmans) was unbeaten in Group Three and Peter Skinner (Saltash) similarly in Group Four.
The semi finals saw David Studden need an extra end to defeat Nigel Nicholls 8-7 and Derek Elliot defeat Peter Skinner 7-6.
The final was again decided by a single shot with David Studden defeating Derek Elliot 6-5 for a guaranteed place at the Nationals.
Peter Hore takes on the biggest challenge of his bowling career when he takes his place in the England team for the British Isles Championships at Potters in Norfolk this weekend.
Peter becomes only the third Cornish bowler to have competing in the championships following on from Brian George in 1992 and Karen Watson on 2010.
COUNTY NEWS ROUND-UP:
Last year's beaten finalists Tehidy Park came a cropper in the second round of the CAW Cornwall Bowl as they went down to a 311/2-11/2 Remembrance Day defeat at the hands of Bude and North Cornwall at Perranporth on Sunday.
Second round results: Mullion 3, Carlyon Bay 2; Perranporth 1, Trethorne 4; St Enodoc 2, Newquay 3; Bude & N Cornwall 31/2, Tehidy Park 11/2; St Austell 5, Looe 0; Porthpean 4, Truro 1; Lanhydrock 3, Budock Vean 2; Trevose 2, Whitsand Bay 3.
Quarter-final draw: (matches to be played over the weekend of January 19/20 at venues to be announced): Bude & N Cornwall v St Austell; Porthpean v Lanhydrock; Whitsand Bay v Mullion; Trethorne v Newquay.
The inaugural President's Cup competition has reached the quarter-final stage with four matches due to be played this Sunday.
Quarter-final draw: Merlin v China Fleet, at Trethorne (10.27am); Looe v Falmouth, at St Austell (10.30am); Launceston v Lanhydrock, at Looe (9.32am); Bowood Park v Lostwithiel, at Carlyon Bay (10.50am).
Local club results, page 75.