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Cornishman sport extra: October 25

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

Cornish Pirates players Matt Evans and Tom Kessell pictured with some of the students from local primary schools who attended the Tryline sessions at the Pirates Learning Zone and Mennaye Field. Students from local primary schools St Maddern's, Gulval, St Buryan Academy and Alverton Primary School were given the opportunity to interview Pirates players Kyle Marriott, Tom Bedford, Matt Evans and Tom Kessell, who answered a variety of interesting questions as the youngsters looked to glean as much information as they could about the lives of the professional players. Learning Zone manager Kevin Jackson said: "The support of the club and coaches in arranging for the players to attend the sessions is greatly appreciated. Kyle, Matt and the two Toms were brilliant."

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A new dawn has broken at Truro City after a nightmare which almost saw the club go out of business, writes Miles Davis.

The 123-year-old club came within a hair's breadth of being thrown out of the league before three local businessmen stepped in as saviours.

News reports were already flying around the country of Truro's demise but just after 5pm on Friday it emerged that nightclub owners and a taxi-firm boss had stumped up £50,000 to keep Truro playing at least until the end of the season.

Pete and Jason Masters from the city's L2 nightclub and Philip Perryman, owner of A2B Taxis of Truro, only decided on Friday afternoon to come forward with a £50,000 bond demanded by the Football Conference as a condition of Truro staying in the league.

Mr Perryman said: "We didn't want to see Truro City go down. We have a long way to go to get it right and go forward.

"We heard the other party had pulled out and we jumped in and took over."

The businessmen held a meeting at Treyew Road on Monday evening to meet the fans.

Truro City went into administration after the former chairman, colourful businessman Kevin Heaney, was declared bankrupt.

Negotiations are now taking place to establish a full sale of the club to the new trio who promise a break with the past.

The administrators were previously confident of being on the verge of signing a deal with another businessman – thought to be Tony Murtagh of Truro's the Money Group – but this fell through at the last minute.

The West Briton discovered that a company called Truro City Football Club 2012 was registered at Companies House on October 17 with Mr Murtagh as a director. The businessman was not available to comment on the situation.

The administrators thanked everybody involved in saving the club but warned of tough times ahead.

Kate Breese from administrators Walsh Taylor said: "We were on the death bed and we have come round but there is a lot to do until the club is safe."

She asked for support at home games to provide gate receipts which will keep the club running until a sale is completed.

Table Tennis


In Division One potential favourites Mounts Bay A defeated newly promoted Penpol by a 9-1 margin, writes Malcolm Peters.

Andy Senior gained Penpol's only point getting the better of Mike Moore 11-7 in the final end.

Penpol, however, gained revenge with a convincing 8-2 win over Mounts Bay B, this time Andrew Nicholson and Adam Sparks, signed from the Mylor club, with three wins apiece.

Andy Senior lost out to Staniland brothers Tyrone and Jamie.

Mounts Bay B also lost out to St Ives A 7-3, Mike Fisher remaining undefeated for the visitors.

Bridge C have signed an unknown quantity in John Menzel, who, along with wife Julie many will remember from the Camborne club in the 1980's.

Division Two saw Docks H make the trip to Palace D, and come away 6-4 victors. Docks J lost out 7-3 to St Ives B, but new signing Josh Copeland will be pleased with two wins over Josh Francis and William Wynne. Tristan Wynne took three singles for St Ives.

Cape Cornwall's A and B sides clashed in St Just, with the B side failing to trouble the scorers. There were a couple of five end games, Marlene Carew losing to Scott Meagor and Elaine Fuller to Kaye Stenner.

Harris Mill, relegated from Division One last year, beat Docks J 8-2.

In Division Three, two teams of youngsters met when Palace H entertained Docks K. This match ended 9-1 to the slightly more experienced Docks players.

The league's youngest player, eight year-old Dylan Tynan of Docks M, took all three singles against Docks N.

Meanwhile, Palace F beat a new Saracens side by a 9-1 scoreline.



Cornwall's Melissa Reid was less than a minute from being crowned world champion after finishing second in Monday's World Para-Triathlon Championships in New Zealand, writes Lee Hall.

The 21-year-old British No.1, who warmed up in Auckland by winning the ITU Aquathlon World Championships (female Tri-6 category) last Wednesday, finished 39 seconds behind winner Susana Rodriguez of Spain.

Reid, from Mount Hawke, and her guide Alice Nicholas, from Penzance, were faster in the run and swim, but it was on the cycling leg in between that the Spaniards built their lead, finishing in a time of 01:02:41 to Reid's 01:03:20.

She said: "I was very happy with second place as this was my first World Championships and I came second to a very good set of athletes."

Reid and Nicholas enjoyed a dream start in the swim, which was reduced from 1,000m to 300m as the temperature had dropped below 16 degrees.

But Reid's hopes of becoming world champion were effectively dashed in the bike leg when she was overtaken by Rodriguez.

She said: "We came off the bike about two minutes behind the Spanish pair, who are the duathlon world champions 2011, 2012.

"We were pulling back on the run and finished around 30 seconds behind."

Reid's latest success reaffirms her reputation as one of the world's most talented para-triathletes, and providing she continues her rise in the sport, the Great Britain star remains well on track for Rio 2016.



Saturday October 20: In a warm a south-westerly Force 3, race officer Greg Harris set an Olympic course from a safety boat off Long Rock.

The conditions may have been deceptively brisk but, there was nothing deceptive in Mirror sailor Simon Chapman and Owen Bristow's speed.

They shot away from the rest of the fleet and were a huge distance ahead by the finish.

Showing exemplary form which has led to them being a mere point behind Simon in the Autumn Series were Amy and Chloe George. Establishing themselves in second place they sailed a superb race.

The real struggle came for third where Stan and Lisa Prichard were busy holding off Renny and Wendy Nancholas, and were only sure of their position on the final lap.

Sunday October 21: In a light north-easterly race officer Tony Oliver set an upwind/downwind course from another boat start.

The bendy breeze and Osprey competitive sailing had as much to do with the eventual destination of the places in the Mirrors as the skills of most involved.

With it being a Club Champion series race the Mirrors were in the unfortunate position of being up against faster and larger dinghies.

After gaining a couple of boat lengths lead on the first leg Rob Bode and Jess Jago suffered the first of several airflow destructions and instead of being first around the mark dropped to sixth.

It appeared that Amy and Chloe George would be the main beneficiaries but it was Tony Clee who over sailed the mark until the Osprey had swept clear before using the extra speed of a reach to squeeze inside and pinch the lead.

The next dramatic intervention came courtesy of a huge wind shift as the turn was reached; the leading pair were sufficiently engaged with each other not to spot it and this allowed Wendy Nancholas (having borrowed a club boat) to fire in a swift tack and scoot into a lead.

There was no catching her as she held off all pursuit and secured a victory. The other five Mirrors had a real dogfight for the remaining places with Tony securing second and Amy and Chloe a close third.

In the Lasers Greg Harris just came in ahead of Graham Cousins and Ducan Bruce in third followed by Lucy Campbell who came fourth overall in her 4.7.


Saturday: Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, Tony Greet/? Lasers: 1, Graham Cousins; 2, Paul Broomfield. Lasers 4.7: 3, Eden Backhouse. Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman/Own Bristow; 2, Amy George/Chloe George; 3, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard.

Sunday: Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig: 2, John Matthews/Nick Medlicott. Lasers: 1, Greg Harris; 2, Graham Cousins; 3, Duncan Bruce. Lasers 4.7: Lucy Campbell. Mirrors: 1, Wendy Nancholas (S/H); 2, Tony Clee (S/H); 3, Amy George/Chloe George.

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