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Cornishman sports round-up (1): September 6

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

  • Imogen Harry (Penzance) and Ben Ward (Devon), winners of the 18 and under mixed doubles at the Penzance Junior Open.

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There was a real buzz at Penzance Tennis Club in Penlee Park for the club's annual Junior Open Tennis Tournament, writes Birte Hosken.

With a large number of entries from clubs around the region as well as further afield referee Sue Eames from Liskeard was kept extremely busy.

Although the weather was not perfect and may have put a few spectators off, the standard of play was well worth watching.

Some very competitive matches were completed in all age groups. From the youngest players who play on smaller, marked out courts using softer coloured tennis balls to the oldest players at 18 and under, some great talent could be seen in action.

A 30-strong group of players and their coaches came yet again from the MAD Tennis Academy in Ivybridge, South Devon. For a few years now the Devonshire club has combined the summer school holidays with a trip to Cornwall to take part in junior tennis tournaments.

The Junior Open in Penzance has become a must for the visitors, many of whom have made firm friends with members of the hosting club.

The high quality of tennis did not deter the local competitors. Penzance's young star Amy Johns won three events, both the U16s and U18s girls singles, and partnering India Rojano from Wadebridge, the 18 & under girls' doubles.

Penzance's Arielle Fitken, a member at Penzance Tennis Club but who now trains and plays for the Virgin Active Devonshire Health and Racquets Club, won the 12 & under girls' singles and the 14 & under girls' doubles, partnering Rebekah Oloughlin from the Devonshire club.

Other winners from Penzance were Aimee Polyblank, who beat club mate Ellyn Calveley in the 10 & under girls' singles, Holly Drew winning the 8 & under girls' Singles and Imogen Harry, winning the 18 & under mixed doubles, partnering Ben Ward from the Virgin Active Devonshire club.

Archie Graham, from Falmouth, who now trains at Penzance Tennis Club won the nine & under boys' singles.

Runners-up from Penzance included Ellyn Calveley (10 & under girls' singles), Conor Polyblank in the 18 & under boys' doubles and Joe Williams in the 8 & under boys' singles competitions.

Two special awards were made to Penzance players Arielle Fitkin (Lyda Sympson Plate) and Hamish Jeffrey (Most Improved Penzance Player).

Full results:

18 & Under: Mixed Doubles: B Ward & I Harry (Devon/Pz) bt B Fenton & M Loye (South Devon). Girls Doubles: A Johns & I Rojano (Pz/Wadebridge) bt M Dartnell & M Loye (South Devon). Boys Doubles: B Avis & P Avis (Torquay) bt C Polyblank & B Eyre Robbins (Pz & South Devon). Girls Singles: A Johns (Pz) bt M Loye (South Devon). Girls Consolation Winner: C Godber (Lady Bay). Boys Singles: E Styles (Exeter) bt B Ward (Devon). Boys Consolation Winner: B Eyre Robbins (South Devon).

16 & Under: Girls Singles: A Johns (Pz) bt F Benson (Magdala LTC). Girls Consolation Winner: M Dartnell (South Devon). Boys Singles: E Styles (Exeter) bt L Parker (Westward Ho!). Boys Consolation Winner: L Smith.

14 & Under: Mixed Doubles: N Peters & E White (Redruth) bt K Roskell-Thomas & N Rawson (Truro & Leverton Williams). Girls Doubles: A Fitkin & R Oloughlin (Pz/Devon) bt K Absalom & C Sluce (South Devon). Boys Doubles: N Peters & K Roskell-Thomas (Redruth &Truro) bt T Fenton & H Lakeman (South Devon). Girls Singles: A-L Brooks (Bisham Abbey) bt R Oloughlin (Devon). Girls Consolation Winner: C Sluce. Boys Singles: G Foster (Reedswood) bt J Robinson (Reedswood). Boys Consolation Winner: S Heath (White Horse).

12 & Under: Girls Singles: A Fitkin (Pz/Devon) bt A Evans (Launceston). Girls Consolation Winner: T Sheppard (Torquay). Boys Singles: M Cameron-Webb (Leverton Williams) bt D Dean (Halton). Boys Consolation Winner: T Bradley (Truro). Girls Singles: A Polyblank (Pz) bt E Calveley (Pz).

10 & Under: Boys Singles: P Alam (Robin Park) bt O Dinapala (Portsmouth).

9 & Under: Girls Singles: H Smith (Basingstoke) bt O Rook (Oxstalls). Boys Singles: A Graham (unattached) bt A Evans (Launceston).

8 & Under: Girls Singles: H Drew (Pz) bt D Chapman (Heron Newquay). Boys Singles: S Poulter (Gerrards Cross) bt J Williams (Pz).



Premier Division: Ludgvan SC B beat leaders Newlyn RBL A 8-4 to close the gap at the top to 16 points, with a game in hand.

L May threw 19 and 20 legs with 12 tons, P Ellis a 20 leg with 10 tons, D May 180 with 11 tons, B Allen 11 tons, while I Sawkins shot out on 105 with 17 and 19 legs.

Newlyn's B Winterbottom threw a 20 leg, S Hicks an 18 leg with 12 tons and reserve S George a 19 leg. S Fletcher recorded 10 tons while B Jones maintained his unbeaten record with a 180 in a superb 11 dart leg, ending the last leg in 20 darts.

Third place Mousehole RBL were 8-4 winners against the Howards Hotel, with J Gambrill hitting a 180 and F Wallis an 18 leg with 11 tons.

Fourth place Longboat B lost 7-5 to the Radjel, with B Simms finishing on 158 and S Williams hitting 13 tons. Longboat's S Rodda hit a 20 leg and A James 10 tons.

The Longboat Vikings now trail the Radjel by only a point after beating St Ives RBL 8-4, with J Robinson throwing 11 tons. D Bowden hit a 20 leg with 13 tons in a 3-1 win over C Nicholls, who threw two 180s, a 15 leg and 15 tons.

Legion team-mates G Webster finished on 119 with a 19 leg, while R Astle was in fine finishing form, despite losing 3-2 to N Strick with finishes of 124 and 142 and also threw a maximum.

The Croft failed to raise a side for their game with St Just FC, which will now be re-arranged.

Division One: The Turnpike were held to a 6-6 draw by Royal Standard Gwinear. This despite two 180s and a 14 darter from C Hampton, D Mitchell's 15 and 20 legs with nine tons and 18 finish, while D Griffiths hit a 20 leg with 10 tons.

Gwinear won the last two games to earn the draw, with G Thomas hitting an 18 leg with nine tons and A Reynolds throwing seven tons.

Sadly though, the Turnpike failed to turn up for the league meeting and have been deducted five points.

Globe A are the new leaders after a 10-2 win at the Dolphin, with S Burden hitting a 180 with 18 leg an 108 finish. L Jones threw 11 tons and A Rowe eight tons.

The Dolphin's B Farrington threw 12 tons as he recorded his side's solitary singles win. However, they have also been deducted five points for not attending the league meeting.

Third place Standard A won 9-3 at the Wellington B with A Martin hitting a 19 leg with 106 out and nine tons. J Willey hit two 20 legs with 10 tons and J Hocking 20 leg with 11 tons. N Curnow threw 10 tons for the Wellington.

The Standard B moved to within three points of Cornish Arms after beating them 7-5, with K Stringer hitting a 180, N Sullivan 120 out shot and 10 tons from reserve I Elliott.

For the Cornish, M Evans hit a 180 and A Dunn hit a 19 leg with 11 tons.

Division Two: Leaders Astro Kings beat third place Alex Inn 7-5 with L Thomas coming from a leg down to finish on 100 in his 2-1 singles win.

Second place Ludgvan A beat their C team 8-4, with nine tons from R Green. K Woodbury-Davy finished on 108 and was the only singles winner for the C team, playing their final game of the campaign.

Cable Station moved to within two points of Ludgvan C after beating Trevelyan 7-5, with J Wilby hitting a 180 ad 20 leg. Trevelyan's J Rushton hit seven tons.

Division Three: Newlyn RBL B were finally crowned champions after White Lion B, the only team who could catch them, could only manage an 8-4 victory against bottom team the Fountain.

P Williams hit seven tons for the Lion, while Fountain's L Falliaze shot out on 114, the highest in this division to date, while P Jenkin threw six tons. However, they failed to attend the meeting and have been deducted five points.

G Strick threw six tons for the Globe B who lost 9-3 to third placed Astro C, who are now only six points behind the Lion, with both teams having one game to play.



Brian Joy and John Holmes won the Seniors Hayle Cup at West Cornwall with 42 points.

A record 24 pairs took part in this prestigious competition for a fine trophy presented to the section by former member and captain Owen Gregor.

There were five twos, John Coad (7th), Bob Blakesley (17th), John Osbourne, Ivan Barnes and Charlie Glidden (all 1st). Each won a dozen quality golf balls.

The day concluded with the presentation of prizes in the clubhouse by seniors captain Richard Zolkiewicz.

Full result: 1, Brian Joy & John Holmes 42pts; 2, Terry Curnow and new member Bob Blakesley 40pts (23 on B9); 3, David Phillips & Nigel Archer 40pts, (22 B9); 4, Henry Kagan & Ralph Neydorff 40pts (21 B9). Nearest the 15th pin prize: Tony Green (21' 5"). Longest drive on 14th fairway: David Phillips.

The Hugh Harvey Memorial Trophy was held at West Cornwall on Sunday, August 26.

The event, in which three-person teams made up of a man, lady and junior golfer played an 18-hole betterball competition, had 16 teams taking part.

For a while it looked as though junior organiser Antony Richards was going to win with his partners Anneli Sweet and Emily Jenkin, scoring 49 points. They were pushed close by Ian Tucker, Jo Body and Haydn Blewett, who had 48.

But it was another high scoring weekend with Nigel Jane, Edwina Thomas and Madison Thomas winning with a superb 50 points.

Full Result: 1, N Jane, E Thomas & M Thomas; 2, A Richards, A Sweet & E Jenkin; 3, I Tucker, J Body & H Blewett; 4, A Rule, F Chiddicks & F Rule.

Steve Strick won the Men's Giddings Cup at Praa Sands on Sunday with a fine 67-9=58. Tony Semmens was second with 77-17=60 on the last nine holes from Tony Boyce (81-21 =60). Dave Ladner was fourth (80-19 =61). William Giddings generously donated the prizes.

Phyllis Williams won the Ladies' Stableford on Saturday with 28 points. Linda Dunford was second with 27 on the last six holes from Diana Lyons who took third on the last nine holes from Carole Jones.

Robyn Lugg won the Bank Holiday Stableford with 42 points. Steve Lugg was second on the last nine holes from Toby Prior.



Six more specimen fish and two new junior boat records were caught during the third week of the annual festival, fished until August 31, writes David Cains.

With only two days to go Sam Narbett was in the lead for the best specimen with his boat brill 5-14-4 (147.266%) with Liam Faisey in the lead for the best boat fish, a 4-13-12 (138.839%) couch's bream.

Sam also had a megrim 1-6-13 (114.063%).

Other boat fish: dab 1-0-3 (101.172%), lesser spotted dogfish 2-15-5 (98.568%), cuckoo wrasse 1-2-12 (93.75%), red gurnard 1-10-15 (84.180%), garfish 1-9-4 (66.447%) and 1-4-10 (54.276%), pollack 3-12-2 (26.842%) Andy Richards; garfish 2-3-14 (94.408%) Mel Brewer; red gurnard 1-9-12 (80.469%).

With no further ladies' boat fish and Jackie Morse remained in the lead for the best boat fish by a lady, but Will Richards dominated the junior boat section with four fine fish. His best was a new junior boat record cuckoo wrasse 1-9-8 (127.50%) and also set the first junior boat record with a blonde ray of 14-7-0 (96.25%).

Will also had a red gurnard 1-2-9 (58.008%), a mackerel 0-12-5 (43.973%) and ended the week with the best junior boat fish.

In the senior shore section, Paul Robinson ended the week in the lead for the best senior shore fish with a lesser spotted dogfish 3-2-14 (115.625%) and Liam Faisey caught the next best specimen, a ballan wrasse 5-8-12 (110.938%). Tim Gerrard had a pollack 4-7-8 (89.375%).

Other senior shore fish: pollack 3-7-4 (69.063%) Anthony Corkell; mackerel 1-1-11 (68.029%), garfish 0-12-4 (51.042%), Peter Maddern; golden grey mullet 1-4-5 (63.477%) Colin Hedger; garfish 0-13-2 (54.688%) Peter Kessell; mackerel 0-13-11 (52.644%) Mervyn Brown.

Finally, Holly Vintner ended the week in the lead for the best shore fish by a lady with a garfish 0-10-4 (42.708%). One further junior boat fish was a Garfish 0-11-8 (47.917%) for Devon Thomas, but Megan Edwards remained in the lead for the best shore fish by a junior with a mackerel 0-15-8 (59.615%).

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