PENWITH CELEBRATE LEAGUE AND CUP DOUBLE:
Penwith College completed a league and cup double with a hard fought 3-2 win over Budehaven School in the Cornwall Schools FA U18 Cup final at Truro City's Treyew Road.
In a repeat of last year's final, both teams started in combative style with tackles flying in preventing either side getting a grip on the game or any real fluency.
Following a midfield skirmish a break on the left led to a cross from Will Southcott being met by Ashley Ellis at the far post who slammed the ball into the roof of the net to give Penwith an 8th minute lead.
However, on 22 minutes Budehaven equalised following a run by their right midfielder who shot across the keeper into the corner of the net. The goal sparked Penwith into life as they started to take control of the midfield, creating several opportunities.
After 33 minutes, following good combination play between Callum George and Jack Ramsey, Ramsey collected the ball 20 yards from goal and smashed the ball across the keeper into the far left corner. Penwith piled on the pressure going close to scoring a third with good efforts from Tom Putterill and Jordan Anderson.
Budehaven replied four minutes into the second half when a corner from the right led to a goal mouth scramble and despite calls for a foul on the keeper, a goal was given. Both teams now went looking for the third crucial goal with Penwith keeper Dan Coleman making several key one-on-one saves.
As the game went on and players tired, gaps appeared and both teams created good chances.
But it was Penwith who scored the decisive goal 15 minutes from time when a cross from Ashley Ellis was chested down at the far post by Silas Sullivan for Putterill to head in to make it 3-2.
With a fine defensive display led by Adam George, Penwith held on to win the game and completed a league and cup double, having previously won the British Colleges Sport Division 2 League Championship following an unbeaten campaign.
Together with securing the Cornwall Schools' FA U18 Cup resulted in a record of 15 games played, 14 wins and one defeat, to Exeter College in the National Cup.
The football development programme has been successful in its first year with 28 players regularly training and competing in two college teams working under the guidance of licensed Football Association coaches Matt George, Thad Cox and Steve Issaka.
Matt George said: "Throughout the season the players have worked hard in training and given full commitment to the programme both in terms of skill development and learning about the wider aspects of football including sports nutrition and sport psychology.
"This was a terrific battling performance, with the lads getting the result they fully deserved, I am tremendously proud of each and every one of the players and would to thank them and my coaching staff for their effort this season."
MIXED TEAM REACH FINAL:
Penzance's Mixed team beat Duchy 5-1 on Saturday to go through to the Cornwall Mixed Cup Final.
Penzance were slow out of the blocks and were soon a goal behind to a fast breaking Duchy side.
The Pool-based team took advantage of the home side's tardy start to overload the Penzance defence and scramble home for an early lead despite the excellence of Penzance keeper Russell Hales.
Penzance hit back almost immediately with a goal taken on the volley and on the rebound thanks to the quick reflexes of players' player Dicky Uren.
Once back on level terms it was only a matter of minutes before Penzance started to turn up the pressure.
Former England U18 keeper Hales – this season playing much of his hockey outfield – scored Penzance's second thanks to his composure, reach and technique.
But is wasn't until two minutes before the break that Penzance really started to dominate.
The introduction of Martin Prodger gave Penzance the added vision and incision they needed and his intuitive cross-shot found Naomi Pascoe at the far post for a well deflected goal putting the home side 3-1 up at the break.
The second half was more of the same with Penzance peppering the Duchy goal, with Morwenna Harris coming close on three occasions, hitting the post twice and putting one just over before she finally got the goal her hard work deserved.
The icing on the cake came from Emma Thomas, who scored the fifth to round off a fine win and put Penzance into the County Cup final on May 20, coincidentally at Duchy's home ground at Pool School.
Man of the Match was Peter Leaper for his endless running and commitment to the cause.
PENZANCE OFFERING COACHES CHANCE TO SHINE:
Penzance Cricket Club's Junior summer net sessions continue with fully qualified ECB coaches.
Penzance CC is Clubmark accredited and is also a Focus Club for the Penwith area. Junior section coaching takes place on Monday evenings from 6.15pm to 8pm.
Boys and girls are most welcome to attend, with every opportunity to develop and enhance new and existing skills.
The club offers an equal opportunity for all boys and girls ensuring fairness in team selection at U11, U13 and U15 levels.
Under the club's Chance to Shine programme, Penzance CC recently hosted the girls' Penwith Kwik Cricket Festival between the local primary schools in the area.
The club currently has a vacancy for a girls' and women's cricket coach to assist the existing coaches with the development of its girls section. Appropriate training can be provided if necessary through the Cornwall Cricket Board development programme.
The club's senior net sessions also continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm. All old and new players are welcome to attend.
For further information on all the above, contact club secretary Brian Richards on 01736 362751 evenings after 6pm, or the club on 01736 362960.
HAYLE AWARDS NIGHT:
Hayle RFC held their annual dinner and awards evening at the club last Friday.
The evening was brilliantly organised by club secretary, Kathy Hobson and the awards were presented by club stalwart Frankie Johns.
Award winners: Clubman (person) of the year: David Penrose; Reserve Clubman of the year: Kathy Hendra; Committee person of the year: Paul Hurrell/Patrick Rescorla; Duncan Sleeman Cup: Mike Friday; The Pascoe Family cup (player of the year): Tony Matthews/Neal Turner; Players' player of the year: Neal Turner; 2nd team player of the year: Alex Thornton; Forward of the year: Tony Matthews; Outside of the year: Rob Goodman; Most promising young player: Jamie Edwards; Most improved player: Phil Tonkin; Most appearances: Richard Humphries/Tom Outram; Most training: David Penrose.
MONDAY SUMMER LEAGUE:
Premier Division: Newlyn RBL and Ludgvan B are level at the top after Newlyn beat Longboat Vikings 10-2, while Ludgvan beat St Just FC 9-3.
The Legion's B Jones hit two 18 legs and 118 finish, S Hicks 18 and 20 legs with 113 out shot, R Wakefield 20 leg and two 16 darters. S Fletcher threw two 20 legs with 10 tons, with B Winterbottom also hitting 10 tons. Vikings' J Robinson hit a 180.
Ludgvan hit six 180s in their win: P Wllis threw two with 12 tons, L May hit two with 19 and 20 legs plus 10 tons, with others from I Sawkins (one) and Adam Payne, who also hit a 19 leg, while D May had a 16 darter.
For St Just, A Marshall also hit a maximum, D Edwards a 19 leg with 12 tons and S Hughes 10 tons.
Mousehole won 10-2 against the Radjel with J Millard hitting a 19 leg and D Rowe a 180. RAOB B drew 6-6 with the Howards with K Brockman hitting a 20 leg with 11 tons. For Howards, D Black hit a 20 leg with 10 tons and R Hinchcliffe 11 tons. The match between Longboat B and St Ives RBL was postponed until a later date.
Division One: Early leaders Royal Standard B beat the Wellington B 10-2 with J Rawles throwing nine tons, R Rothero eight tons and E Franklin a 21 leg. N Arthur hit eight tons for the Wellington.
Globe A are only a point behind the leaders after a 7-2 win at the Turnpike, with S Burden hitting a 180, 16 leg and 13 tons. Turnpike's D Mitchell was in fine form, hitting 17 tons and T Morgan 12 tons.
Royal Standard A are in third place after beating Wellington A 8-4, C Hocking hitting a 180 with 21 leg plus nine tons, M Julian also threw a 180 while J Willey hit two 20 legs. Wellington's D Taskis hit a 180 with 20, 16 and 18 legs with 12 tons.
Standard Gwinear beat Trevelyan A 7-5, helped by G Thomas shooting out on 104, A Reynolds hitting an 18 leg with a 137 finish and D Hollow's nine tons.
For Trevelyan, A Santi hit a 180 with 20 leg and 12 tons and R Davidson nine tons.
Division Two: With byes and teams withdrawing there were only three games this week. Astro Kings are top after beating White Lion 9-3 with L Thomas hitting a 180. A Pass threw a 20 leg with nine tons for the Alex who beat Ludgvan SC 7-5, while Cable Station beat Ludgvan SC A by the same score with J Wilby hitting 11 tons. Ludgvan's S Rowe hit a 20 leg and J Berriman a 21 leg.
Division Three: Astro C beat second placed Astro Arrows 9-3 to stay top, helped by reserve N Murton's eight tons. Red Lion are third after a 6-6 draw with Penzance RBL, whose R Davies hit six tons, while White Lion B started their campaign with a 7-5 win over newcomers Newlyn RBL B, also playing their first match.
Winter League report, page 72.
MOUNTS BAY SC:
Friday May 4:
The first evening race of the season saw a gentle north-easterly Force 2 flicking around the bay, writes Wendy Kennan-Nancholas.
In the Laser fleet Paul Broomfield, Greg Harris and Nick Stoten headed off side by side all the way up the first leg.
The inside gave Nick the chance to tack off at the leeward mark and hit the right hand side of the course while Greg and Paul banged the left. The right paid and Nick had a comfortable lead for the first three laps. On the penultimate reach a gust lifted Paul and Greg to within striking distance of Nick who began to twitch.
For the final beat Paul and Greg tacked off left and Greg went right leaving Nick flummoxed over who to cover and heading up the middle. Playing the shifts well, Paul crossed just ahead of Nick two thirds up the beat, but it was Greg who had the force with him on this Star Wars Day as he came in from the right, called starboard call on Paul at the windward mark and went on to take the honours closely followed by Paul and Nick.
In the Mirror fleet, Tony Clee shot clear of the first mark well ahead of the bunch. However, after recovering from being pushed down to fifth, Simon Chapman produced one of his master classes in sailing close to the wind and was pushing for second by the end of the lap.
Going at about the same rate as Simon, Becca and Lauren Stephens got themselves into a clear lead at the turn and seemed destined for success until events took an unexpected turn; Becca and Lauren were having such fun that they relaxed – while Simon, indomitable as ever, kept chasing. By the time the girls realised, it was too late.
Further back, sailing his first race without an adult, Stan Prichard aided by super sister Lisa got better all the way through and, after a terrific effort on the last leg was unlucky not to nab fifth finishing less that a jib depth behind.
Sunday May 6:
RO Pippa Baker treated the fleets to a boat start as Six lasers lined up.
Of the six lasers on the water it was Nick Stoten and David Johnson who muscled for the heavily bias Committee Boat end.
As the gun popped Nick found himself OCS and had to go back while Greg Harris wisely avoided the melee to get himself a into clear air.
Greg lead the fleet out to the windward mark with Ben Wilkinson sailing fast behind followed by Dave, Bruce Adams, Nick and then Henrietta Wilkinson sailing well in her smaller 4.7 rig.
On the first downwind leg, Dave somehow managed to tie himself up in knots and let Nick through into third place.
As the gentle south-easterly wind shifted round the beat turned into a fetch and the race more a procession of boats.
Greg held onto a comfortable lead to take the honours with Ben coming second holding an equally comfortable lead over Nick in third.
In the Mirror fleet, Tony and Simon battled in front followed closely by Renny Nancholas. Close to the end Tony, having gotten into a position to block Simon and Evie's wind and jump past them, was about to pounce for a last gasp victory when a Laser did exactly the same thing to him and gifted Simon the victory.
Friday: Lasers: 1, Greg Harris; 2, Paul Bloomfield; 3, Nick Stoten. Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman; 2, Becca Stephens/Lauren Stephens; 3, Tony Clee.
Sunday: Lasers: 1, Greg Harris; 2, Ben Wilkinson; 3, Nick Stoten. Mirrors: Simon Chapman/Evie Luckhurst; 2, Tony Clee; 3, Renny Nancholas.