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Cornishman sports round-up (1): September 20

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

  • Pendeen Pilot Gig Club's new U14s crew, who competed in the Mounts Bay Regatta only weeks after the launch of the club's junior section. See report below.

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Pendeen Gig Club launched their new junior section in June and in only a short period of time the club have entered an U14 crew in their first competition at Mounts Bay Regatta earlier this month.

Pendeen now has 17 juniors signed up who attend training sessions held on Fridays from 4pm-6pm. Once the evenings draw in the club will continue to train throughout the winter with weekend sessions on Saturdays and Sundays (times to be arranged).

The junior section meets on the pontoon in front of the lifeboat offices in Newlyn car park and the club welcome juniors from the age of 10 to come and join them.

Parents can bring their children along and also have a go themselves, it is a very friendly club and welcomes members of any age.

Anyone aged between 14 and 35 who would like to learn to row are welcome to attend a taster day on Sunday October 7, from 11am at Newlyn Pontoon.

Pendeen are a small club looking for any local businesses who would be keen to sponsor the juniors' rowing kit, race shirts and tracksuits.

Your name will be advertised every weekend at regattas throughout the summer season and also at any junior only events throughout the year.

For details please contact junior organisers Shirley Pitts 01736 351777 and Liz Sullivan 07557 807 015 or club coach and ladies' captain Deb Sedgeman on 07739 753327 or 01736 796996.



Fifty six members of Hayle Runners by far the largest club entry competed in Sunday's Truro Half marathon over a challenging course, starting and finishing in Lemon Quay.

Hayle Runners celebrated winning first place in the Men's team competition and second place in the Women's competition, as well as winning a number of individual prizes.

Jordan Morant again led the men home, supported by Rich Savage, Scott Abraham, Keiran Murrant, Mike Dowrick and Matt Curtis, allowing them to inflict a rare defeat of Cornwall AC's usually dominant men's team.

Hayle's women were second to Cornwall AC women with Fiona Ruetsch leading the team, supported by Sarah Patterson, Helen Rule, Nikki Rudd, Helen Clare and Sarah Newing. It was Helen Clare's first time to qualify for the women's team with a significant improvement on her time at the recent Indian Queens half marathon.

Individual prizes were won by Scott Abraham and Mike Dowrick 2nd and 3rd in the Men's 40-44 age category, Martin Curtis 3rd in the 60-64 age group and first places for both Stewart Townend and Howard Haynes in the 70-74 and over 75 age groups. For the women, Fiona Ruetsch was 2nd in the 45-49 age group, Ann Senior was first in the 55-59 age group.

Club Captain Craig Tonkin said: "There was much for the club to celebrate. As well as the prize winners and great team results there were many impressive personal best throughout the field and a number of runners who completed a half marathon for the first time."

Hayle Runners results: 1:21:59 Morant, Jordan; 1:23:20 Savage, Rich; 1:24:47 Abraham, Scott; 1:25:13 Murrant, Kieran; 1:26:36 Dowrick, Mike; 1:28:28 Curtis, Matt; 1:29:51 Mayes, Richard; 1:36:12 Lowden, John; 1:36:59 Ruetsch, Fiona; 1:37:34 Costello, Daniel; 1:37:38 Goodreid, Ian; 1:40:54 Patterson, Sarah; 1:42:33 King, Kevin; 1:43:09 Attwood, James; 1:43:28 Timms, Simon; 1:43:57 Tonkin, Craig; 1:44:20 Rule, Helen; 1:44:52 Smith, Derek; 1:46:28 Rudd, Nikki; 1:47:20 Baldwin, Mike; 1:47:47 Townend, Stewart; 1:47:50 Clare, Helen; 1:48:55 Leo, Cas; 1:49:17 Humphrey, Irwin; 1:49:37 Curtis, Martin; 1:49:39 Wall, Alex; 1:50:37 Newing, Sarah; 1:50:44 Maskell, Lisa; 1:51:14 Moore, Andy; 1:51:59 Orchard, Mike; 1:56:37 Bowker, Rachel; 1:57:19 Foreman, Michelle; 1:59:15 Jones, Amanda; 2:00:42 Merrett, Graham; 2:01:15 Lee, Becky; 2:01:18 Senior, Ann; 2:02:23 Roskilly, Michelle; 2:03:14 McCallum, Stuart; 2:05:06 Smith, Brian; 2:05:44 Wright, David; 2:07:59 Haynes, Howard; 2:08:12 Billington, Melanie; 2:13:46 Bastian, Adrian; 2:14:13 Evans, Alun; 2:18:06 Rochford, Hayley; 2:24:37 Bidgood, Claire; 2:26:40 Stevens, Carol; 2:29:33 Cheel, Amanda; 2:29:33 Mills, Helen; 2:40:11 Brennan, Valerie; 2:42:21 Mackintosh, Susie; 2:42:30 Coldrick, Debra; 2:44:20 Wright, Mike; 2:45:58 Baldwin, Sarah; 2:47:22 Baldwin, Charlotte; 2:49:16 Atkinson, Anita.



Cornwall made the arduous journey to County Durham for the first match of their division one campaign but it was all made worthwhile when they returned with a stunning 23-13 victory.

Having just been pipped for promotion last term by neighbours Devon, a bid for the top division this time around is high on their agenda.

The Duchy side had a cracking start when the Ladies B side won 4-2 with Tyrian Jesse (14.16), Gina Jeffery (14.58), Tracey Hancock (15.19) and Pauline Mead (19.18) all winning 3-1.

Kevin Mitchell (20.88) continued the progress when he won the opener of the Men's B encounter which was followed by an impressive showing from Simon McClary (25.64), who took out a 15-dart leg with a kill of 151.

Neil Dudbridge (25.91) followed with a 3-0 win and Andy Dunstan (23.48) also won in straight legs, achieving a checkout of 108 in a 15-dart leg.

Adrian Lamerton (27.33) delivered a man of the match performance with a 3-0 victory before the scoreline became 6-0 in Cornwall's favour after Brain Jones (23.86) triumphed.

But the hosts bounced back by taking the next six sets to tie at 6-6 and Cornwall had to be content with an overnight 10-8 advantage.

Sue Shepherd extended the visitor's lead when she emerged a 3-2 winner at the start of the Ladies' A encounter and although County Durham took the next three, the spoils were shared when Sandra Allen (19.05) obliged and Teresa Brookshaw (18.01) ran out a 3-1 winner, aided by a checkout of 114.

Cornwall went into the Men's A fixture with a slender 13-11 lead but that scoreline just got bigger and bigger as the confidence grew throughout the team.

Terry Webber (21.64), Adrian Lamerton (25.10) and Neil Meneer (25.37) won the first three sets and although the hosts pulled one back Chris Gill (27.83) and John Mann (26.29) extended Cornwall's advantage further.

The next was won by County Durham before Cornwall finished in a blaze of glory by winning the next five.

David Copplestone (24.67) and Paul Cook (26.87) both won 4-2 while Simon May (28.63) hit an 11-dart leg when winning 4-0.

Simon Stevenson (22.77) came from 3-0 down to win 4-3, taking the seventh and decisive leg with a finish of 106 while Kevin Bray put in a checkout of 110, winning 4-1.

Cornwall could not have asked for a better result to start their campaign but must now keep the momentum going in order to gain that much wanted promotion.

Short Mat Bowling


Cornwall opened their defence of the ESMBA Inter County Championship Consolation titles on Sunday against Dorset at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club, new home of the Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association.

The Premier Team started with a couple of wins and a draw in the first session. In the Singles, Nigel Nicholls was an 18-9 winner whilst in the Pairs Richard Brown and David Studden were 12-9 winners and Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott snatched a 12-12 draw with the last wood of the game.

The second session, the morning Triples and Fours, saw Cornwall pickup seven of the eight points on offer. In the Triples, Graham Ford, Ken Horrell and Brian Wakeley won 12-5 and Patsy Wakeley, Neil Gribble and Chris Roberts drew 8-8.

The fours saw Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Linda Martin and Gerald Fisher were 13-8 winners and Kath Goodman, Melba Kitt, Gillian Cawrse and Percy Tripp won 11-3. At the halfway stage Cornwall led 12-4 (points) and 100-70 (shots).

The third session points were shared, with Peter Hore claiming a 12-12 draw in the Singles and Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott winning 19-10 in the Pairs.

The shots bonus points in the Singles were shared and Cornwall claimed the Pairs to leave the match score at 18-10 with a session to play.

The final session saw Cornwall score only three of the eight points on offer. Graham Ford, Ken Horrell and Brian Wakeley drew 9-9 in the Triples and Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Linda Martin and Gerald Fisher were 12-7 winners in the Fours.

Dorset took the Triples bonus points and Cornwall the Fours. The final match score Cornwall 23 points 180 shots, Dorset 17 points 161 shots.

Singles: Peter Hore (Holmans) 14-16 & 12-12; Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 18-9 & 9-16.

Pairs: Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) 12-9 & 9-15; Graham Reeves (Saltash) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) 12-12 & 19-10.

Triples: Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 12-5 & 9-9, Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) 8-8 & 3-12.

Fours: Elise Daniell (Holmans), Derek Elliott (Holmans), Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) 13-8 & 12-7; Kath Goodman (Treviscoe), Melba Kitt (Saltash), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Percy Tripp (Helston) 11-3 & 7-10.

The A Team started with a shared first session with Luke Jolly winning 17-10 in the Singles and Keith Williams and Mike Widger taking a 17-11 win in the Pairs.

A strong second session saw Cornwall take control of the outcome of the match claiming seven of the eight points on offer.

In the Triples Tony Jago, Henry Kendall and Keith Matthews drew 10-10 and Mark Albon, Gary Davey and Max Burden won 14-6.

Both Fours claimed victory, Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley 15-8 and Meg Horrell, Dennis Shorthouse, Brenda Sleep and Derek Newton 17-6. At the halfway stage Cornwall led the match by 11 points to 5 and 111 shots to 76.

The third session saw points shared with Cornwall winning both Singles, Luke Jolly 15-13 and Martin Boraston 17-12, and Dorset winning both Pairs.

Cornwall claimed the Singles bonus points and Dorset the Pairs to leave the match score at 17-11 going into the last session which Cornwall would dominate winning on all four mats.

In the Triples Tony Jago, Henry Kendall and Keith Matthews won 15-4 and Mark Albon, Gary Davey and Max Burden won 12-5.

In the Fours Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley won 9-8 and Meg Horrell, Dennis Shorthouse, Brenda Sleep and Derek Newton won 8-6.

Cornwall claimed both sets of bonus points to claim a comprehensive victory, Cornwall 29 points 207 shots Dorset 11 points 159 shots.

Singles: Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) 17-10 & 15-13; Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) 10-13 & 17-12.

Pairs: Keith Williams (Penlee) & Mike Widger (Porthleven) 17-11 & 11-22; Robert Flower (Tintagel) & Pam Williams (St Newlyn East) 11-12 & 9-13.

Triples: Tony Jago (Treviscoe), Henry Kendall (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) 10-10 & 15-4; Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Gary Davey (Liskeard) & Max Burden (Dobwalls) 14-6 & 12-5.

Fours: Pam Hamley (Lostwithiel), Jim Rule (Lostwithiel), Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) 15-8 & 9-8; Meg Horrell (Withiel), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) & Derek Newton (Dobwalls) 17-6 & 8-6.

Cornwall will be looking to continue the good start to the season when they travel to Taunton on Sunday to face Somerset, whose Premier Team suffered a heavy defeat and A Team drew with Devon in their opening fixtures.

Girls' football


Penzance Ladies went down 9-2 in their first away Cornwall League match of the season.

With several players missing from the opening match, Dawn Bateman and Tamsyn Platt both had to play, the latter making her senior debut.

Despite the heavy defeat, Penzance played the better football but were undone by long balls and pacey strikers. Beth Nicholson again bagged a brace for the Magpies, while Charlotte Hobbs did most of the damage for the hosts with a double hat-trick.

There is no match this Sunday but Penzance host Kilkhampton on September 30 at Penlee Park (2.30).

Youth football


Rosudgeon U9s 5, St Ives 1

Rosudgeon U9s first home game of the season got off to a great start with a great 5-1 win over St Ives.

The game was fought hard by both teams and showed excellent skill and great potential.

St Ives led 2-1 at half-time with goals from Archie and a superb free kick from James Swan.

Jacob Pengelly scored a brilliant goal before adding another, with Flynn Donnelly completing the scoring with a half volley from a corner.

Many thanks goes to all the spectators who came and supported both teams.

A big thank-you goes to Joe Wardell and Kerry Donnelly for sponsoring Rosudgeon's kit this season. The kits have their successful restaurant, 2 Fore Street, based in Mousehole, on the front.


Ludgvan Lions U13s won their second game of the season with a 3-0 home win over Wendron.

After a goalless first half, Ludgvan took the lead almost immediately after the restart when new signing Jacob Trudgeon, returning to his home town club, lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.

Within a couple of minutes, Ludgvan were two up when another returning player, Theo Simpson finished off a great move. As Ludgvan relaxed Wendron continued to work hard and were unlucky to hit the bar.

Ludgvan began to control the match and Theo Simpson scored his second following a great pass from Reece Evans to cap a good team performance.


An important first Penzance derby saw the Knights U13s beat the Pumas 2-0 in a hard fought match at the Magpies ground, where both teams are affiliated.

Goals from man of the match Finlay Wallis and Tom Quick sealed a win that would have been more emphatic, but for the woodwork and some spurned opportunities.

There is now a new Penzance AFC club website which will see match reports of every Penzance U13s game. For details call manager Malcolm Richards on 07932 095545.



To celebrate Britain's first major tennis tournament win in 76 years by Andy Murray at the US Open, Penzance Tennis Club is offering Cornishman readers a free tennis taster session.

Penzance Tennis Club is flourishing with over 150 children, aged four to 17 attending weekly for coaching. They offer coaching courses, squad sessions, practice nights and a comprehensive competition programme with more than half of the players competing on a weekly basis.

Over the last two years Penzance Tennis development programme has created a strong community focus working closely with six key primary schools and secondary schools reaching out to more than 1,000 children a year.

Penzance have started to build a more progressive structure to the club's coaching programme. In two years the club have achieved Beacon Status for great work in the community, won Club of the year in the South West and became the only club in Cornwall to get Performance Status.

Membership has grown significantly and the whole club has become more professional.

Contact Martin Coates to book your free tennis taster session on 07818 054 204 or email Martincoates1@aol.com

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