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Cornishman county scene: August 30

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

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Penzance Waterpolo Club have once again enjoyed a brilliant season at Penzance's Jubilee Pool.

The junior sessions have proved to be very successful with players aged from eight to 16 taking part in the training sessions in all weather conditions.

Up to 26 juniors have trained in the outdoor sea water lido and coaches Anthony Stevenson, Joff Collins, Ben May and Jackie Roberts have been very pleased with the ever increasing turn out and the improvement that the youngsters have shown.

The senior water polo players also train at the pool on a Friday evening and ended their outdoor season with a match against old rivals Newquay.

Penzance were able to field a very large squad of players in a closely fought and physical game. The first quarter ended 1-1 but Newquay ended up ahead at the half way point by adding another goal.

Penzance's goalkeeper Sam Luxford was in great form and saved countless shots from Newquay.

The third quarter saw the teams again even up with Ben May and Neil Eddy making the score sheet. Excellent defence from Jack Hoare, Luke Hollis, Connor Outram and Dan Lugg helped the home side to draw level at 4-4. The score at the end of the final whistle was seven goals apiece, with Anthony Stevenson making the score sheet. The final score was a true reflection of a very tough and skilful game.

Penzance hope to return the fixture in the winter indoor season.

The over 40s masters team are travelling to Plymouth's Life Centre in a fortnight's time for a fixture against Devonport.

Squad: Joff Collins, Keith Hollis, Nick Brooks, Mike Murphy, Peter Lugg, Anthony Stevenson, Sean Hickman, Shay Bowen, Cullam Osborne and Jason Walker.



Last Saturday evening saw Race 8 of the 10 event Cornish Multi Terrain Series 2012 held at Trelissick.

Despite the heavy showers during the day the course was in good condition. The start and finish was in front of the magnificent house where 209 runners completed the course on what turned out to be, for a change, a dry evening.

The weather behaved itself so much that the presentation of awards was held outside.

The course took runners across a wide variety of terrain; the parkland with its steep climbs and downhill sections, then through woods, fields, along the river paths, beautiful garden and finally back across the parkland again to the finish, where every finisher was awarded with a Trelissick 10k tee shirt.

The event was extremely well organised and thanks go to Matt Lewis, all the marshals and to the National Trust.

Penzance's James Waldie, of Cornwall AC, was first to finish with Tony Brewer, Mile High, in second place. First lady to finish was Jasmine Finney, representing Bude Rats.

Gig rowing


Mounts Bay attended the popular Fowey regatta on Saturday.

The ladies' A crew were up first and were lucky to have the only dry conditions of the day. Despite missing two regular members the crew had a strong race on the course which took the rowers to the mouth of the River Fowey.

The crew of Ryan Watts (cox), Charlotte Roberts, Ele Hague, Julie Ancell, Tressa Hoskins, Becks Campbell and Kathy Hawkings finished in a respectable second place.

The men's B crew of Charlotte Roberts (cox), Zack Such, Rob Tilley, Jonathan McCree-Grey, Tony Such, Colin Campbell and Julian Parrot had a great race. A poor start soon saw them creep back up the pack before the first turn, coming out the last turn in third place, but they just weren't strong enough to fight off Caradon's challenge and finished fourth.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the club enter two crews in the Annual Fish Festival gig race in Newlyn. In rough conditions which saw plenty of gigs enjoying the surf the Kensa crew of Ian Blewett (cox), Rebecca Harvey, Barbara Tremain, Jo Culley, Julian Parrot, Russ Salter and Lucy O'Hare finished fourth.

The Cormoran crew of Tracy Tonkin (cox), Charlotte Roberts, Tressa Hoskins, Ryan Watts, Tony Such, Becks Campbell and Colin Campbell fought off competition from the Zennor crew in Melusine to finish comfortably in first place, once again taking home the prestigious RNLI Lifeboat trophy.

Saturday September 1 sees Mounts Bay hold its annual race day in Marazion. Refreshments will be available from 10am with racing commencing at 12.30pm in the bay.



Cornwall's Under-18 team went down to a disappointing 12½-2½ defeat at the hands of their counterparts from Somerset in a Greenaway Shield match at Taunton & Pickeridge last week, writes Peter Heyman.

After losing all five of the morning foursomes, they could only add singles wins by Justin Barnard and Josh Chaplin and a half from Jack Screech in the afternoon singles.

Cornwall scores. Foursomes – Niall Hutton & Sam Church lost 2&1; Justin Barnard & Sam Chivers lost 7&5; Josh Chaplin & Kyle Frazer lost 5&4; Connor Warne & Ryan House lost 1 down; Jake Finn & Jack Screech lost 4&2. Singles – Hutton lost 4&3; Barnard won 2&1; Church lost 3&2; Chivers lost 3&1; Chaplin won 2&1; Frazer lost 2&1; Warne lost 2 down; Screech halved; Finn lost 5&4; House lost 8&7. Overall result: Somerset 12½, Cornwall 2½.

Cornwall ladies' second team defeated Devon 2½-1½ in a match played in a new format of four fourball betterball matches at Launceston last week.

Cornwall team: Jan Harrison, Emily Toy, Suzanne Courteney, Lynn Saget, Eugenie Knight, Abi Maude, Paula Coleman, Bev Vann.

St Enodoc Seniors lifted the Fred Rothwell Shield last week with six points to spare from the Piranos of host club Perranporth, with Bowood Park in third place a further point behind.

Ten teams of five pairs, with every player over 60, competed in one of Cornwall's premier seniors' competitions and the high scoring pairs in the early part of the day made for a thrilling finish when the rain earlier in the day finally relented.

The raffle in aid of Cornwall Children's Hospice raised £200. Piranos captain Adam Bareham presented the prizes and praised organiser John Fallick for a great day of golf.

Results. Teams: 1, St Enodoc 185 pts; 2, Piranos 179; 3, Bowood Park 178; 4, Falmouth 172; 5, West Cornwall 171; 6, Carlyon Bay 167; 7, Perran Seniors 165; 8, Launceston 164; 9, Trevose 163; 10, Truro 159. Nearest the pin at 4th: Donald Dunn (Perranporth); at 16th: Des Britton (Falmouth). Longest drive at 10th: Steve Brooking (Piranos). Best pair: David Bee & Alan Price (Falmouth) 42 pts.



The Duchy of Cornwall 30th Open Badminton Championships, a tournament in the Badminton England Senior Silver Circuit, is scheduled for Carn Brea Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday, September 22/23.

Entry forms have been forwarded to around 130 competitors and one can also be downloaded, from the Cornwall County Badminton Association and Badminton England websites www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk or www.badmintonengland.co.uk. Closing date for completed entries is this Saturday September 1.

The prize-fund has been duly increased to £1,340, including £320 for the 16 losing semi-finalists in all five main events.

Graphic Solutions (www.graphicsols.com) together with TAG Sports (www.tagsports.co.uk) are once again the tournament's joint main sponsors.



In the build-up to a new season, the Cornwall Hockey Association (CHA) want like to encourage all those children and students to continue the momentum shown by Team GB in the Olympics by "taking up their sticks" and signing up to hockey clubs across the county.

Under the slogan "GB Hockey Give it a Go" programme, several of the clubs in Cornwall have already signed up to this.

The CHA Youth & Schools committee run the Development Centres and Academies for 13 to 17 year olds, following England Hockey's Single System.

However, the CHA has observed over the past few years that many children who enjoy hockey are not actually members of hockey clubs.

The CHA is expecting a boom in interest in hockey following the exposure seen at the Olympics and advises those children and parents interested in participating to undertake the following:

Identify and join a junior club nearest to where they live. Cornwall is blessed with nine junior clubs throughout the county, these are located in the following towns: Bodmin, Bude, Caradon (Liskeard), Duchy (Camborne), Falmouth, Launceston, Penzance, St. Austell and Truro.

Contact details for all these clubs can be found on the CHA website www.cornwallhockey.org

For those in year groups 1995-2000, either through their school or club, need to encourage their sports coaches to sign them up to one of the three Junior Development Centres that are held at Bodmin, Truro and Pool (again more details can be seen on the CHA website) – the registration/assessment trial will be held at each location this year on Friday September 28.

Any parents who play hockey or have a level 1 or Level 2 coaching certificate to contact us as soon as possible as the CHA (and students) need coaches to continue the progress the county has made in recent years.

John Raquet, Chairman of the CHA Y&S committee said: "We have had a surprisingly healthy level of senior hockey in this county, with some clubs having reached premier or national leagues in recent years.

"Below the adult success we were one of the first counties to sign up to England Hockey's Single System for children and some of our students have gone on to reach national training camps or even been selected to play at country level.

"Just this month we have had 31 students participating at the West of England performance centres which is really encouraging but we want to progress further, we cannot stand still or other counties will leapfrog over us.

"It is essential that children find a friendly junior club to gain experience and be able to practice what we coach at county level in order to progress and develop the game across the county."

Rifle Shooting


A good entry of 40 shooters entered this year's Cornwall Open and bringing it forward three weeks from the Bank Holiday seemed to work.

The first shoot of the weekend was a 2 x 10 at 300yds. This is a warm up match and not part of the overall Grand Agg. Right on message 1 (start time) the rain duly arrived.

However, as the second detail started, it was déjà vu for those unlucky enough to be caught on the 11am detail of this year's Donegall, at the Bisley imperial meeting in July. Stuart Larter–Whicher ran out the winner with a 50.6, followed by George Gilpin 50.4 and Andrew Wilde 49.9.

Match 2 was fired on the 300yd metric target This smaller bull certainly seems to concentrate the mind as evidenced by the scores made by Robin Hallows 100.5, and Steve Maris, counting out Andrew Wilde on 100.3.

After lunch, shooters moved back to 500yds for a 2 x 15, won by Andy Gent 75.11, with Mike Frost 75.6, and another third place for Andrew Wilde on 74.9. The wind bracket about 1½ mins from the east.

Saturday concluded with a 2 x 10 at 600yds. Jonathan Haward came out on top with a 50.8 with Tony Jones counting out Mike Frost, both on 50.7. The wind remained from the east, down to a minute bracket, but after the downpour at the start of the day, it remained dry.

The rain kept off on Sunday morning and did so for the rest of the day, with some sunshine.

Match 8 Sunday morning consisted of 2 x 15 at 500 and 600yds. This was won by Dave Crispin with a splendid 150.23, Jon Cload 149.22 just edging Andrew Wilde 149.18 into yet another third place.

This match is concurrent for the Inter Counties team match, won by Surrey with a score of 391.77 ex. 400, with Devon in second place.

The meeting concluded with the top 20 in the Agg plus the top three F class shooting a 1 x 15 @ 600yds for the Duke of Cornwall Trophy. This was won by Jonathan Haward 75.10, Jon Cload 74.14 and Dave Crispin 74.10. Dave Pickering emerged victorious in the F Class battle, winning both the Saturday Agg and Grand, with Ian Mowbray second and Paul Calvert in third.



Some 46 boats took to the water for Sunday's annual regatta, the best turnout for quite a while, in the words of the Club Commodore.

A fantastic effort by all classes from seven Ospreys down to 12 Mirrors, writes Wendy Nancholas.

A generous spread of lunch donated by club members fed the competitors before they headed out for the second and third races.

The Osprey fleet welcomed Kevin Francis and Phil Male who travelled down from Weymouth. They were quick to get among the local boats and put a bullet in on the first race with Steve George second and Barrie third.

Steve took control of the second race and held on to his lead from start to finish with Barrie second and Kevin third.

Race 3 was all to play for, with the win overall going any direction. An unfortunate slow start left all the boats struggling, but not for long. Steve led the first lap with Kevin second and Barrie third.

At the top of the beat a close port and starboard call let Barrie and Kevin slip past. This is how it stayed until Steve went right up a beat instead of going in under the Mount.

This managed to get them up to second and put the pressure on Barrie, who pipped it at the line.

Overall this gave Steve George and Mike Greig first, Barrie Reynolds and Matthew Skewes second and Kevin Francis and Phil Male third.

Eight Lasers headed out with odds on favourite John Woolcock who took the honours in the first race with a comfortable lead, and the feeling in the clubhouse at lunch was that John pretty much had his hands on the cup barring any unforeseen circumstance.

Race 2 saw John leading all the way to the finish line, until he realised, along with Greg Harris, he had failed to round the final turning mark.

Seizing on this opportunity Paul Broomfield hyper spaced into first place and took the honours. With all three races to count, John limping home in fourth and Paul with a second place under his belt from the first race, the battle for the Regatta Cup was definitely on.

For the third and final race the maths worked out like this: Paul would win overall with second place or better and John needed to win and prevent Paul from coming second. In what now likened to a mini version of an Olympic gold medal race, John appeared to cause legal mayhem by luffing up the fleet at the start.

Paul was caught in the middle of the chaos, got off to a poor start and finished fourth. Meanwhile, John sailed away to take the honours and win the cup. Paul finished second overall and Greg Harris sailed well in all three races to finish third.

With only one 4.7 on the water Eden Backhouse took the honours.

In the 12 boat Mirror fleet, it was Simon Chapman and crew Evie who won all three races. Tony Clee and crew Matthew came in second and Bruce Adams and Maia third.

It was good to see so many of the newly trained junior team as well as visitors out on the water.

A fantastic effort by RO Clive Goodhead, the race team and rescue boats was appreciated by all the competitors.

Friday August 24: Race officer Paula Morcumb laid a starboard hand course with a generous number of rounds.

First off the start line were the Ospreys and with Steve at the pier head and Anya Finch and Paul Carter at the pin end the mount soon split the two boats apart.

A broad but fun reach towards Long Rock was a leg of preparation ready for the tighter reach back towards the mount.

An awkward sea on the beat ended Anya and Paul's race as they capsized, by which time Steve had sailed past twice to win.

In the Mirror fleet it was a battle of juniors as Stan and Lisa Prichard pitted themselves against Amy and Chloe George, who were first over the finish line.

John Woolcock took the honours in the Laser fleet.

On the second lap, Greg handed back second place to Nick after taking a 360 penalty turn and went on to finish in that order.

With only one 4.7 on the water Eden Backhouse sailed well and took the honours.

Overall Annual Regatta results:

Sunday August 26:

Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, Barrie Reynolds/Matt Skewes; 3, Kevin Francis/Phil Male (Weymouth).

Lasers: 1, John Woolcock; 2, Paul Broomfield; 3, Greg Harris.

Handicap: 1, Jeremy Stephens/? (Enterprise); 2, Jeremy Williams/? (Enterprise), 3, Stuart Backhouse (Contender).

Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman/Evie Luckhurst; 2, Tony Clee/Matthew Tyler; 3, Bruce Adams/Maia Adams.

Other results:

Tuesday August 21:

Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, Phil O'Neil/Roger Bingham.

Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman (S/H); 2, Josh Prichard/Lisa Prichard.

Friday August 24:

Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, Anya Finch/Paul Carter.

Lasers: 1, John Woolcock; 2, Nick Stoten; 3, Greg Harris. Lasers 4.7: Eden Backhouse.

Mirrors: 1, Amy George/Chloe George; 2, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard.



After another successful campaign, Penzance Netball Club commence training for the 2012/2013 season on Wednesday September 5.

The whole club is now training in the Porthcurno building at Penwith College.

Juniors train at 6pm-7.15pm and Seniors 7.15-8.30pm. All welcome.

For more details visit penzance-netball@webeden.co.uk or find the club on facebook.

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