SCHEDULE REVISED AS LEAGUE SUFFERS WASHOUT:
The Jolly's Cornwall Combination League programme suffered its first total washout since November 2012, forcing some cup games to be re-arranged for this forthcoming weekend, writes Paul Smith.
All four League Cup quarter-final ties will be played this Saturday, with a resurgent Mullion are at home to a struggling Newquay side, whose only away win this season was at Goonhavern, in their first game of the year.
Mullion with seven wins in their last nine games should be favourites to progress.
Another side seemingly in free-fall, Falmouth Town, travel to RNAS Culdrose for a re-arranged tie. With no league wins and only a first round cup win since mid-October, Falmouth will have to produce something special to beat the Servicemen, who have only lost once at home this season.
Former league leaders St Day face a tricky trip to manager Matt Harris' former club St Just. The Vogue Park outfit have slipped to fifth, not because they have faltered but due to the lack of games played. Having reached the quarter-finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup, St Day will be hoping to march into the last four of the League Cup by defeating a St Just side whose last home defeat was to current league leaders, Illogan in mid-October.
Arguably the league's two top sides meet at Underlane where Wendron face Illogan. Wendron have already beaten Perranwell and Porthleven at home this season and with a record of W10, D1, L1 in the league face an Illogan side who have won all away games this year and are on a run of 18 successive victories in league and cup.
In the Supplementary Cup preliminary round, Falmouth Athletic face Goonhavern who have lost all their away games so far, and two struggling sides meet at Gala Parc, with Porthleven hosting Penryn. Between them the sides have only won three league games since September.
The remaining tie, between Perranwell and Redruth United, will be played next weekend.
Meanwhile in the League, top goal scorers Ludgvan entertain Perranwell where two of the league's top marksmen should be on show, Gerens James for the Hurlers and Liam Paddock for Perran.
St Ives travel to Clijah Croft to play Redruth United who also have a deadly marksman in Dan McInerney who has scored in six of his sides last seven games. Dan is third in the Golden Boot Award table with 23 to his name. Redruth will be hoping for an improvement in the weather having had their last four home games postponed.
Another side praying for good weather will be St Agnes, who having played the first half of the season away from home due to the rebuilding of their changing rooms, have only played one home game so far, with their last five games at Enys Parc all postponed.
This left them the task of fitting in 17 home games with a further three away. Saturday's opponents Troon with only a single league point to show from their 11 away games so far will be hoping the enforced weather break will see their fortunes change round soon.
LOCAL CLUBS' ROUND-UP:
On Wednesday, in spite of the continuing poor weather, Cape Cornwall's more determined golfers entered the Stableford competition and some actually completed all 18 holes. Michael Williams took first place with an unbelievable 38 points and Ray Blackburn came second with 34.
As expected the wind dropped and conditions significantly improved for the ladies on Thursday, allowing Janet Sproson to win their nine-hole competition with 20 points. Lindsay Sawdon took second place on countback from Sonia Cottle.
On Saturday, even though conditions were near perfect except for a little wind, the ladies didn't play their competition. But the men played a Stableford on Sunday in which Malcolm Holland took first place ahead of Terry Dodd and Chris Williams.
The first round of the Barry Mounter Trophy was played at Praa Sands on Sunday, and the following pairs went through to the quarter-finals on February 16: Mike Hatch and Scott Willett; Victor Debarros and Andy Hurrell; Phil Hales and Ed Leah; Ryan Semmens and Steve Strick; John Warden and Nick Watters; Joe Hill and Gary Peters; Tony Boyce and Barry Knowles and Andy Holmes and Lee McGarraghy. In the Stableford competition Lee McGarraghy was first with 42 points. Andy Holmes was second with 39 on countback from Andrew Hadwin, with Simon Moody fourth on 37.
Ann Seabrook won Saturday's ladies' Stableford with Jackie Quick second and Linda Gale third.
The winner of the Ogres Stableford on Wednesday was Rod Jones with 41 points. Gary Peters was second with 40 points and Charlie May third with 39 points on countback from John Clapson. Congratulations to Mel George who had a hole in one on the 7th.