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Cornishman sport round-up - September 20

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

  • The team from Penzance Swimming Club who enjoyed huge success in this year's Yacht Inn Swim, featuring in the top three in the majority of the age group categories. See report left.

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Penzance Swimming Club members had huge success in this year's Yacht Inn Swim.

The swimmers featured in the top three in the majority of the age group categories. Penzance's Neil Eddy was the first local home, taking second place in 15.23mins. Five seconds behind him in third was 17-year-old Thomas Shorey, while Alice Nicholas found herself in the silver medal position in the female race.

Sasha Osborne was the third female and also the first over 40 female. Anthony Stevenson again won the 40 years plus category.

Event organiser and masters swimmer Nick Brooks' time of 19.27mins again won him the 50 years plus category.

Mike Thomas, 70, the eldest club member to take part, clocked a time of just over 22 minutes, winning his age group, Mike's eight-year-old grandson Wesley was the club's youngest competitor.

Jacob Wood, 15, won the boys' 13 to 16-year-old age group in an incredible 16.14 mins, fifth fastest male overall. George Hollis picked up the silver in this age group and 30 seconds later Ellis Tonkin crossed the line in third. The girls' category was also won by a Penzance swimmer, 15-year-old Imogen Terry, in just over 18 minutes, the fourth female overall.

The boys' junior race (12 years and under) was won by Mawgan Osborne, 11, who swam the whole race with 10-year-old cousin Harris Eddy, with Mawgan crossing the line a couple of seconds ahead. Mawgan's brother Toby was hot on the heels of the first two boys and secured a family 1, 2 and 3! Ellie Ringwood won the silver in the girls race and Katie Walker won the bronze, both girls will move up to the bigger race next year.

The event once again was one of Penzance's summer highlights and all proceeds/sponsorship go to Macmillan Cancer Care.

Six women from Penzance Swimming Club travelled to Plymouth for the Eco Blue Mile.

All experienced sea swimmers with children who compete for Penzance, the mums decided that for a change they would take part in the open water swim.

The Blue Mile was swum in three waves, all six were able to qualify for the fastest wave.

The swim started at the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth harbour and followed a course along the Hoe towards the Tinside lido, the swimmers then turned and follow the route back to the steps. Sasha Osborne was first to finish the mile. Tamsin Eddy and Natalie Walker were fourth and fifth. Jess Kearey, Dorinda Outram and Steph Dymond swam as a threesome and finished in 7th, 8th and 9th.

The team were lucky enough to rub shoulders with Team GB gold medallist Slalom Canoe duo Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, who brought along their gold medals. Each person taking part received a t-shirt and goodie bag.



Premier Division: There were only two matches in this division as RAOB B had arranged to play their match with the Radjel later in the week, while the Croft cancelled their match with Longboat B, awarding them average points which will be added to their total once the match between the Buffs and Radjel has been played.

With Ludgvan already having played their game last week and Newlyn on a bye, Newlyn will go into the last match six points clear of Ludgvan.

Both teams have difficult games as Ludgvan travel to The Croft and Newlyn host Mousehole RBL.

In the games that did go ahead as scheduled, Mousehole were 8-4 winners over St Just FC, with Dave Gambrill hitting two 180s with 14 tons, Liam Tanner a 180, Frank Wallis 19, 20 and 21 legs plus 112 finish, Dave Rowe 19 leg with 13 tons and Justin Millard ten tons.

For St Just, Dave Edwards hit a 180 with 21 leg and Andy Marshall a 21 leg, as did Colin Williams who also threw ten tons while Steven Hughes hit an 18 leg with 11 tons.

In the other match St Ives RBL beat Howards Hotel 7-5 with Chris Nicholls hitting a 110 out shot with 20 leg plus 12 tons, Graham Webster 11 tons and Richie Astle a 180.

For Howards, Dave Black hit an 18 leg, two 21 legs and 110 finish and Rob Hinchliffe a 180, 120 finish and 15 dart leg.

Division One: The Globe A won 9-3 against Royal Standard B to win the title by five points from the Turnpike, who could only manage a 6-6 draw against Wellington A.

Shaun Burden was again in fine form for the Globe, with a 180, two 18 legs, 126 finish and 16 tons, while team-mates Andy Rowe hit a 180, Gary Jenkin 20 leg with seven tons and Liam Jones legs of 18 and 21.

The Standard's Kevin Stringer hit a 180 with nine tons.

The Turnpike would have had a play-off with the Globe had they not missed the last league meeting, resulting in a five point deduction.

However, they still managed to play some outstanding darts in their 6-6 draw with the Wellington A. Neil Symons hit a 21 leg with 16 tons, Tony Morgan a 180 with a brilliant 13 leg and 15 tons, while Chris Hampton recorded a 180, 16 leg and 13 tons.

In reply for the Wellington, Dean Taskis also hit 13 tons and a 20 leg, while Adam Harry hit an 18 leg with 12 tons.

Fifth place Cornish Arms won 8-4 at the Standard Gwinear with Mark Evans hitting a 20 leg with nine tons, Ashley Dunn nine tons and Nathan Hurrell eight tons.

Gwinear's Anthony Reynolds also hit eight tons, with nine tons from Steve Bowkett.

Trevelyan A drew 6-6 at Wellington B to remain ten points clear of them in seventh place, with Paul Celentano hitting a 180 with seven tons, while Ben Santi also threw seven tons.

Division Two: Champions Astro Kings ended their campaign with a 9-3 victory over the Cable Station with Kevin Pengelly hitting two 180s and 20 leg while Matt Holden hit six tons. For the Station, Jeb Wilby recorded two 180s with nine tons, while Kevin Griffiths also hit nine tons.

Third place Alex Inn's Sharon Minister and Dwain Sweet recorded six tons apiece in a 7-5 win over White Lion A as they moved to within two points of Ludgvan SC A in second place. The two teams are set to face each other in the last match to decide who will finish as runners-up.

Finally, Peter Stevens recorded eight tons for the Mexico Inn who lost 9-3 to the Trevelyan B.

Division Three: Again only two games this week with the bottom four teams playing each other.

Sixth place Globe B defeated fifth place Astro Arrows with Justin Phillips hitting five tons, while seventh place Penzane RBL won 9-3 against bottom team the Fountain.



West Cornwall's Harry Hall will be representing Cornwall in the Junior County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

The tournament will be played over 36 holes of strokeplay on the one day.

The same 36-hole format will be used for the Senior Champion of Champions event at the same venue in which recently crowned county champion Martin Biddle (St Enodoc) will be representing Cornwall, though the seniors' event will be played on both days of the weekend.

The Winter Golf Series gets under way at West Cornwall on Sunday when single figure handicappers from Cornish clubs will compete in the first of six events throughout the winter.

The top eight in the Order of Merit plus two wild cards will take on a team of Cornwall Professionals in the annual fixture at Trevose next March.

Dates and venues for the other five WGS events are: Saturday, October 20, Bowood Park; Sunday, November 11, Perranporth; Sunday, December 16, Newquay; Sunday, January 13, Trevose; Sunday, February 10, St Enodoc.

Cornwall pulled off an impressive Channel League win away to Gloucestershire at Henbury, Bristol earlier this month.

The morning foursomes saw Cornwall take a 3-2 lunchtime lead with convincing wins for Joe Cruse and Tom Fox and also for Richard Ackland partnering Richard Simmons. Matt Richards and Richard Jasper managed a halved match, as did Josh Greenaway and Anthony Nash.

In the afternoon singles matches the first two games went the way of Gloucestershire, but the next six members of the Cornish team all secured wins to ensure victory for Cornwall by a score of 9-6.

Cornwall play their final match of the 2012 Channel League season at home to Glamorgan at St Enodoc on Sunday, October 7, but only an unlikely 15-0 whitewash would enable them to overtake Devon and win the title. But victory would at least ensure they take the runners-up spot for the second consecutive year.

Cornwall scores v Gloucestershire: Foursomes – Matt Richards & Richard Jasper halved; Matt Lock & Jon Hancock lost 3&2; Joe Cruse & Tom Fox won 4&2; Antony Nash & Josh Greenaway halved; Richard Simmons & Richard Ackland won 4&2. Singles – Richards lost 7&6; Jasper lost 2&1; Hancock won 2&1; Fox won 2 up; Cruse won 4&3; Greenaway won 1 up; Nash won 5&3; Lock won 1 up; Ackland lost 3&2; Simmons lost 2&1. Match result: Gloucestershire 6, Cornwall 9.

West Cornwall ladies' Autumn meeting competition was played last week. The format was a 27-hole competition comprising an 18-hole Fourball Betterball in the morning and 9-hole foursomes in the afternoon.

Results: 1, Judy Ryder & Lynne Bishop 60 pts (45+15); 2, Gill Cattran & Shana Edmunds 58 (41+17); 3, Felicity Chiddicks & Margaret Eddy 56 (41+15). Best 18-hole morning round: Jackie Pontefract & Edwina Thomas 39 pts. Best 9-hole afternoon score: Rachel Perkin & Jo Body 16 pts.

With weeks of uncertainty about Cape Cornwall Golf Club's future now firmly in the past, it was wonderful to host a friendly match against Carlyon Bay.

Cape's greenkeepers have been battling the rough during this period of very fast growth and they pulled out all the stops to present the course in such excellent condition that it truly surprised the visitors and drew many complementary remarks, especially about the speed of the recently transformed greens. The match was halved 3-3.

The men's Wednesday Stableford was won by Christopher Perks with 37 points and Neil Jilbert came second with 35 points.

The ladies played a nine-hole Stableford on Thursday, which Rosemary Tregear won with Sonia Cottle second, and then on Saturday the ladies were a little more energetic and played all 18 holes. On this occasion Sonia Cottle came second, again, behind Clair Hosking's winning score of 39 points.

On Sunday the men played a three-man team competition which was won on countback by the trio of Richard Bunch, Brian Polglase and Chris Lewis from Terry Dodd, Roy McDiarmid and Steve Taylor.

At this week's Seniors Open, Roger Nicholas and Steve Taylor received the first prize, but only after the unlucky Bill Arnold made the mistake of playing off the wrong tee, putting him and his Merlin playing partner into second place.

Other winners, over the past two weeks, have been Chris Lewis, who took the monthly medal, Mike Burroughs, who won the last Stableford competition in August and Christopher Perks, who won the first one in September.

In the ladies' section, Doris Simm and Lyndsay Sawdon won the 'Bob and Lynn' Trophy.

But by far the best news is the fact that club champion Richard Bunch has finally left his job in London and is now the club's new general manager.

All Cape golfers wish him every success in his new role and hope he will still have time to play a few rounds.

Other ladies' results: Thursday, September 6 – 9-hole Stableford: A Group – 1, Val Graham 17 pts; 2, Lindsay Sawdon 15; 3, Antoinette Richards 15. B Group – 1, Lynne Doe 14; 2, Jean Clow 11. Saturday, September 8 - Medal competition: 1, Sonia Cottle net 69; 2, Antoinette Richards 77; 3, Val Graham 77; 4, Judy Richards 79.

Ray Pearce won the Captain's Cup on Captain's Day at Praa Sands on Sunday with 69-11=58. Joe Hill was second with 78-18=60 on the last nine holes from Rob Gall (88-28=60) and Tony Boyce fourth with 83-22=61 on the last six holes from Paul Murrish 77-16=61.

Jennifer Chambers held her Captain's Day on Saturday. Judy Thomas won with a fine 41 points from Anna Harry on 39, with Di Lyons third on 37 and Alison Jacka fourth on 36 on the last nine holes from Sue Harvey. Alison Jacka won the longest drive and Di Lyons was nearest the pin.

Other result. Ladies' 9-hole Wednesday Stableford: 1, Judy Harris; 2, Caroline Hardman; 3, Lily Hiscott. Lily also won the putting competition.



Following an extraordinary general meeting the Cornwall Billiards and Snooker Association is continuing its attempts to attract new blood onto the committee, writes Derek Brooks.

As the season is set to commence in October, the new 2012/2013 season county competitions entry form has been sent out to all existing contacts.

If anyone wishes to receive a copy, please ring Derek on 01872 573417 or send an email with your request to cornwall-association@tiscali.co.uk and one can be dispatched immediately.

Please note the entry form has to be with the secretary Derek Brooks by no later than Monday September 24 so the draw can be made on Thursday 27th. These can be sent to Derek at 1 Rose Meadows, Goonhavern, TR4 9LB.

Please encourage as much support as you can from your club players, and of any suggestions they may have to enhance the running of these competitions.

Finally, during the season details of all county competitions, results, county one-day tournaments, county matches, and national events (inter-county) are published in a newsletter, sent to all participating clubs, institutes and leagues.

All information can also be found on the new website at cornwallbilliardssnookerassociation.co.uk

Finally, the new county committee has representatives from East and West Cornwall this season, and hopefully this will give better information on who is doing what in your area and receive positive feedback.

If you wish to discuss anything locally, then do contact any of the existing officers (details on the website) or if you prefer, the new representatives in your area.

These are: West Cornwall: Dan Duffey (St Ives), Kevin Jackson (Heamoor) & Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club). East Cornwall: Chris Perring (Lanreath) & Bob Stephens (St Blazey).

From this season county meetings will now be held on the last Thursday of each month at The New Inn, Goonhavern.



Perfect playing conditions greeted St Ives Tennis Club at the finals of their annual closed to club adult and junior tournaments.

The tournament was followed by a barbecue. St Ives is a very friendly club and a warm welcome is given to all new members. American fun tournaments are held on a monthly basis, followed by a barbecue, so anyone looking for exercise combined with a friendly atmosphere should check out the website on facebook.

Results: Ladies singles – Carolyn Brown bt Rachel Harding 6-2, 6-1; Men's singles – Colin Stringer bt Jordan Astrinsky 6-4, 6-2; Men's singles Vets – Ron Wigham bt Paul Clarke 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Ladies doubles – Fiona Jackson & Robin Clough bt Jane Dews & Norma Churchward 7-6, 5-7, (10-4); Men's doubles – Nick Williams & Tristan Wynne bt David Burgess & Luke Bone 6-2, 6-4; Mixed doubles – Jane Dews & David Burgess bt Fiona Jackson & James Full 6-3, 7-5; Junior singles (u16) James Full bt Tristan Wynne 6-1; Junior singles (u12) Alex Keast bt Zahra Bhola 6-1.

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