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Cornishman sports round-up 1: December 6

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • Rhys Curnow receives his Junior Player of the Year award from Penzance Tennis Club president John Laity.

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Chairman Trevor Newborn reported on yet another successful year for Penzance Tennis Club at their annual meeting, held at the Penlee Park clubhousewrites Birte Hosken.

After president John Laity welcomed members who had braved terrible weather conditions to attend, the chairman reviewed the many improvements made on and off the tennis courts.

In his chairman's speech Trevor Newborn proudly reported that the First Service Cafe had won another Gold Award and was growing in popularity with tennis players and members of the public alike.

He thanked the club's main sponsors Ocean BMW, Falmouth and the Longboat Hotel, Penzance for their generous contributions.

With honorary treasurer Tricia Smith confirming a healthy state of the club's financial affairs the chairman presented the latest plans to improve the facilities at the clubhouse with the proposal to create a new coaches' room and the imminent installation of floodlighting for courts 6 and 7.

Tennis manager Martin Coates reported on the on-court successes. With membership increasing steadily and playing standards rising, three popular and well attended larger tournaments had done much to put Penzance Tennis Club firmly on the sporting map.

Many club members had been most successful this year and with club coach Keith Songhurst being chosen as an Olympic torch bearer the club had much to celebrate.

Also, in early summer, Junior Performance Coach Robert Hepworth and a number of members travelled to Germany to establish a new tennis link with Penzance's twin town Cuxhaven.

During the evening two young players were presented with the annual player awards. They were Holly Drew (Most Improved) and Rhys Curnow (Junior of the Year). Holly (8) reached the top of the Cornwall Winter Flybe Mini Masters 8&U leaderboard (mixed) and won the Cornwall 9&U Summer County Tour leader board (girls).

She has represented Penzance Tennis Club in AEGON Team events at both 8&U (winning all her matches) and 9&U (mixed).

Having played for Cornwall in the AEGON 9&U County Cup she won the Kerrier Open and the Penzance Junior Open at her age group this year. So far she has attended many County talent ID sessions and is now looking to make the regional ID her next goal.

Rhys (16) received his award for making a big contribution to the club. With his playing standard improving he now competes against adults and takes part in larger junior events in the county.

Every week Rhys can be found on the courts, rain or shine, to assist the coaching team with the younger players and he is well respected among both adults and juniors.

Before the president formally closed the meeting two vacancies on the committee were filled. With Linda Randall and Janet Beach stepping down after many years' service Gavan Goulder and Chris Cox-Webber were elected.

Vice chair Joyce Taylor also confirmed her intention to retire as Senior Open Tournament organiser and the club is now looking for a member to take on this demanding but important role.



With only points to be added for two more club competitions this year, Ethan Gould is in the lead for the clubs Junior of the Year Award, writes David Cains.

The juniors are awarded points throughout the year for all events they take part in and all fish they weigh. They are also awarded points for any help they give and Ethan has a total of 1,600 points.

Jamie Rowe is currently runner-up with 1,350 and Perran Willey is third with 960. In fourth place is Ainsley Batten with 690 points.

Monthly Competition winners and runners-up: January – James Colenso 50 & Jamie Rowe 15; February – Ethan Gould 35 & Perran Willey 20; March – Ethan Gould 45 & Stephen Leonard 40; April – Ethan Gould 35 & Jamie Rowe / Perran Willey 30; May – Jamie Rowe 50 & Harry Rogers 30; June – Jamie Rowe / Jamel Robinson 15; July – Stephen Leonard 30 & Ethan Gould 20; August – Jamie Rowe 60 & Ethan Gould 50; September – Ethan Gould 110 & Jamie Rowe 85; October – Ethan Gould 155 & Perran Willey 65; November – Ethan Gould / Jamie Rowe 50.

Junior Monthly Competition – Best Fish: corkwing wrasse 0-10-12 (89.583%) Ethan Gould; flounder 1-11-8 (85.938%) James Colenso; flounder 1-8-8 (76.562%) Ethan Gould; flounder 1-7-8 (73.437%) Jamie Rowe; corkwing wrasse 0-8-4 (68.75%) Perran Willey; garfish 0-12-12 (53.125%) Ethan Gould; garfish 0-11-8 (47.916%) Jamie Rowe.

Stephen Leonard won the Knock-out competition with 30 points and Ethan Gould runner-up with 20.

Jamie Rowe won The Cornishman Cup with 60 points and Ethan Gould was runner-up with 50. Two trophies are awarded annually for the winners of the Newtown Angling Centre Competition and this year the Ash & Lacy Ltd Trophy is jointly awarded to Ethan Gould and Jamie Rowe who both received 50 points during the competition. Ethan had the best specimen on the day, a flounder 1-8-8 (76.562%) and will receive the J & F Pool Ltd Trophy.

The juniors will receive all of their Trophies and Certificates at the awards night in January.

The next Junior Competition will be held in January on a date to be advised shortly and their first monthly meeting of 2013 will be on Monday January 28 at the Water Sports Centre, Albert Pier, Penzance.

All members are reminded that the Christmas Competition is being held on Sunday December 30.

Sign-on at the Newtown and West Cornwall Angling Centres 9am to 9.30am and weigh-in at the Bath Inn 7pm-7.30pm. This is an open venue competition with an entry fee of £3 plus optional pool and shore league £1 each and there will be senior and junior prizes and the captor of the best specimen will be awarded the Tony Newson Memorial Trophy.



Penlee Judo Club members have produced some great results in recent weeks.

At the BJC Nationals Championships in Hereford, a gold medal was won by Dylan Halls, silver by Oscar Halls, and bronze by Codie Nancholas.

Then 18 members took part in the BJC Cornwall Area course and grading, held at Penzance Leisure Centre, 18 members took part. All were all delighted that one of the club's instructors, Justin Halls, was awarded his 1st Dan Black Belt.


Primaries – Ted Kullick and Kane Brighton-Boyns up two grades to white belt; Evan Read three orange tabs, up two grades to white belt; Kit Lefrey two green tabs, up two grades to white belt; Laura Nicholls 1 blue tab up two grades to white belt; Oscar Halls one blue, up two grades to white belt; Romano Bezzi-Coddetta three blue tabs, up two grades to white belt.

Juniors – Sam Curnow two Brown tabs up two grades to white belt; Imogin Gray-Williams three yellow tabs, up two grades to Yellow belt, Finley Gray-Williams up 3 grades to Yellow belt; Jamie Millar 1 orange tab, up two grades to Yellow belt; Louise Beamish & Asher Weaver 2 orange tabs, up 1 grade to Orange belt; Codie Nanchola 1 green tab, up two grades to Orange belt; Dylan Halls 2 green tabs, up two grades to Orange belt; Connor Driscoll 3 green tabs, up 1 grade to Green belt; TJ Nancholas 2 blue tabs, up one grade to Green belt.

Seniors – Shaun Murray 3 brown tabs; up 2 belts to Green Belt.

Last weekend junior club member Dylan Hall was part of the BJC Team competing in the Ippon Trophy for Kids in Antwerp Belgium and won a gold medal.

It has been a successful year for Penlee Judo Club, why not join them and try the sport for yourself? Call Kathy King for details on 01736 368437. In 2013 the 50th annual Easter Course will be held in St Ives – a special event that the club are really looking forward to.



Division One: Mousehole RBL A extended their lead at the top with a 9-3 win against Longboat Steelers.

D Gambrill hit a 180 while S Hicks threw a maximum and 21 leg, S Fletcher a 20 leg and a 19 leg pairs with L Tanner, D Rowe hit a 19 leg and F Wallis an 18 leg. For the Steelers, J Robinson threw a 17 leg with 12 tons, G Winterbottom an 18 leg while M Semmens hit 10 tons.

Trewellard's game at Ludgvan was cancelled, as was the RAOB A's match at Astro Nomads, so Croft B replaced the Buff A in third place, despite losing 7-5 to RAOB B, for whom G Whitehorn hit a 20 leg. For the Croft, both C Nicholls and R Perry recorded 10 tons apiece while G Goodman hit a 20 leg with 12 tons.

Cornish Arms moved up two places to fifth after beating Longboat A 8-4, with M Smith hitting 17, 18 and 21 legs with a 180 finish as well as a 101 out shot with 13 tons. Meanwhile, G Elliott hit a 180 and M Evans an 18 leg. Longboat's M Cripps hit a 19 leg.

Division Two: Leaders the Wellington beat Royal Standard B 9-3 with D Taskis hitting two 19 legs plus an 18 leg with 10 tons and K Parsons a 180.

For the Standard, P Nidds hit a 20 leg and N Sullivan eight tons. Royal Standard A closed the gap at the top to only one point after they whitewashed The Alex 12-0, helped by P Jewell hitting a 21 leg and K Stringer finishing on 100.

Longboat Vikings were 9-3 winners against Ludgvan SC C, with D Bowden hitting a 21 leg, 119 finish and seven tons. P Angove had a superb 146 finish with 10 tons, J Merrifield 10 tons and A Smitheram eight tons.

St Ives RBL remain sixth after beating the Radjel 7-5, despite M Whitaker hitting a 21 leg with 11 tons and S Williams 17 leg with nine tons.

The Crown moved up a place to seventh after they won 7-5 against Astro Kings, with G Robinson hitting a 180, R McKenny a 21 leg and G Pelling nine tons. K Knight continued his fine form with six tons in the final game of the night in a 3-0 win to clinch the Crown's third win of the season. For the Kings, M Holden hit a 180 and shared a 19 leg pairs with P Morse, while K Pengelly hit a 20 leg with nine tons and R Curry a 21 leg.

Division Three: The leaders, Bath Inn narrowly defeated Mexico Inn 7-5, helped by G Jenkin hitting a 180 with an 18 leg plus eight tons.

R Davidson threw seven tons for Trevelyan Arms, who stay in second place after being held to a 6-6 draw at Mousehole RBL B, for whom L Maiden hit six tons.

The Standard Gwinear A remain two points behind the Trevelyan after they also drew 6-6 with the Old Success, with A Reynolds hitting a 180 and 19 leg while J Wilby threw nine tons for Old Success.

Ludgvan A moved up to fourth place after beating the Standard Gwinear B 9-3, with R Green hitting a 17 leg with eight tons and T Thomas shooting out on 94. Gwinear's A Cook hit a 23 leg with eight tons.

Results and tables, page 87.

Blind Doubles Knockout: This event takes place tomorrow night at Ludgvan SC (8pm). All entries are drawn into pairs with all the winners going back into the hat and drawn with another player until the eventual winners are decided.

Team Knockout first round results: Divisions One and Two – Astro Kings 1, Longboat A 7; Ludgvan B 4, RAOB B 7; Croft B 7, Cornish Arms 3. Divisions Three and Four – Ludgvan SC A 3, Royal Standard Gwinear A 7. Hot shots: K Pengelly (Astro Kings) 7 tons; M Evans 117 out and 21 leg, D Cripps 10 tons (both Longboat A); A Marshall 180, I Sawkins 10 tons (both Ludgvan B); R Perry 180; C Nicholls 18 and 17 legs with 10 tons, R Hinchcliffe and G Webster 21 legs (all Croft B); D Griffiths (Cornish Arms) 110 out.



GEMS Bolitho School in Penzance has set up a School Golf Academy to give students the opportunity of getting active and into sport, writes Peter Heyman.

Twenty-six pupils have been attending weekly coaching at Hayle Golf with professional Wayne Graham throughout November.

Bolitho School has also linked up with West Cornwall Golf Club, so the juniors will be able to gain access to the golf course and junior competitions next summer.

The Golf Academy is open to everyone at the school, no matter what age or standard they are, and the school will be offering opportunities for both performance and recreational players.

Golf at Hayle Golf and West Cornwall GC will be on the school's curriculum throughout the year.

Former West Cornwall assistant professional Maria Tulley, who is now teaching pro at Wellshurst Golf and Country Club in Sussex, will this week be bidding for a place on the 2013 Ladies' European Tour.

She is in the line-up of 138 players, who are competing over four rounds in the pre-qualifying stage at Al Maaden and Amelkis Golf Clubs in Marrakech, Morrocco, starting today and ending on Sunday.

If she makes it through this stage, she will have to return to the same courses to play another five rounds of final qualifying from December 13-17.

By Monday of last week Cape Cornwall had acquired a new pond with dimensions similar to a municipal swimming pool, with many streams and rivulets and countless minor water features formerly known as bunkers.

It was considered very unlikely that anyone would play the course in the following week or so. Astonishingly, by Wednesday the men were out playing their Stableford competition as if the deluge had never visited the area. David James won the event with 33 points on countback from Malcolm Holland, with Mike Lawrence third on 32.

The ladies also played their competition on Thursday which Chris James won, beating Jenny Lawrence and Ros Thomas into second and third places.

On Saturday the ladies played their EWGA medal competition which Hilary Brown won with a gross 85, net 72. Ros Thomas showed her form was continuing as she took second place, with Sue Dicker third.

A good field turned out in miserable weather on Sunday to compete for the Jack Arnold Trophy. This was a mixed, four-person scramble and unfortunately it was won by the only team that was made up of four male players, Malcolm Holland, Norman Manley, Ryan Hosken and Brian Thomas.

The presentation will take place next week because the large contingent of damp golfers preferred to be entertained by St Just's schoolchildren, who were singing carols beautifully in the clubhouse at the Advent Fair.

Alun Dixon and Jess Willard won the men's Fourball Betterball at Praa Sands on Sunday with a net 55. Mike Hitchens and Steve Strick were second with 56 and Ray Crebo and Lenny Stevens third with 57 on the last nine holes from Victor Debarros and Nigel Waters.

The Ladies/Hackers/PLO annual Christmas Turkey Trot was played on Saturday afternoon and £115 was raised in the raffle for the Neo-Natal Unit at RCH Treliske.

Results: Ladies – 1, Judy Thomas 31 pts; 2, Carole Jones 30; 3, Gail Hatch 29; 4, Judy Harris 29. Hackers – 1, Ed Leah 45 pts; 2, Paul Murrish 43; 3, Victor Debarros 40. PLO – 1, Francis Vickerstaffe 43; 2, William Giddings 42; 3, Roy Hillyar 38.

Other results. Men's Winter League first round: 1, Steve Strick 43 pts; 2, Ray Crebo 42; 3, Reg Pettit 42; 4, Andy Holmes 40; 5, William Giddings 40. Ladies' Wednesday Stableford: 1, Judy Thomas 17 pts; 2, Judy Harris 17; 3, Anne Griffiths 16. Sue Harvey won the putting competition.

More golf, pages 77 and 81.

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