WEST CORNWALL TRIO SIGN UP FOR FALCO TEAM:
Three promising young cyclists from West Cornwall have been snapped up to be part of a brand new South West racing team.
Stan Thompson, 17 and from Penzance; Sol Warwick, 18 and from St Buryan; and St Ives' Ash Gower will all be competing for the Falco Race Team, set up by a new and ambitious Chinese bike manufacturer which is looking to get a foothold in the UK market.
The team was launched at Penwith College last week when the seven-strong team – also including team leader Craig Maud, from Helston, Steve Whitehurst from Somerset, Jim Avens from Barnstaple and 18-year Kris Jasper from Launceston – was paraded in front of supporters and students.
Craig Maud, who used to run a professional bike racing team in Yorkshire, has recently moved down to Helston.
He was approached by Falco with the idea of setting up a team and, as he was moving south, has selected all his team from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
The opportunity to race for a semi-professional race team has come at the perfect time for 17-year-old Stan Thompson, a former Humphry Davy student who is now studying film, drama, business and English language at Penwith College, which also sponsors the Falco team.
"I've been riding for five years and am now at the age when you move up from the youth age group," he said.
"We were all brought together because we are strong and committed riders and there is a good mixture of youth and experience.
"I'd love to be a professional cyclist and although we are realistic about our hopes in our first season because we are such a new team, I hope we can prove to our sponsors that we are worth supporting and investing in."
Craig Maud says that the Cornish bike racing scene bears no comparison with the strength of cycling in Yorkshire but is hopeful that Falco Racing can make an impact.
"Cycling is really mega in Yorkshire – compared with up there, there is really nothing in the way of road racing here in Cornwall," he said.
"But we have a three-year plan with Falco and hopefully we can attract more sponsorship and move up a level.
"The guys we have here all have the potential to compete at a national level but they really need the experience of competing in road races – that is only way they will improve."
To address the lack of races in the county, the Falco team is even putting on two races of its own which will be based around Leedstown to kick off the season – they take place later this Sunday and next Sunday, March 16 at noon.
Meantime, the team is putting in around 14 hours training a week, mainly around West Cornwall and the loop round the Penwith peninsula.
"We're certainly getting used to the roads down here," Craig added. "But how can you get bored riding along the north coast road through Zennor – it's so beautiful."
CORNWALL BOYS CLINCH PLACE IN TROPHY FINAL:
Devon 0, Cornwall 1
Cornwall's Under 18s won through to the final of the Mick Parry Trophy with a thoroughly deserved victory over their near neighbours at Coach Road, Newton Abbot on Saturday, writes David Bray.
Cornwall took an early lead when Ryan Chinn (Penryn Athletic) fired a 25 yard drive which left the Devon keeper well beaten.
Cornwall grew in confidence as the game wore on and turned on the style with superb passing and movement with left their opponents back paddling and defending desperately as the haft time approached.
The second half saw chances confined to a minimum and Cornwall became more and more content to hold onto their slender lead and eventually strolled into the final of the competition they last won in its inaugural season 1999-2000.
They now await the winners of the Oxfordshire versus Dorset semi-final, which has yet to be played.
Cornwall: James Wignell, Nick Hurst, Danny Frolick, George Lumley, Scott Kellow, Ryan Chinn, Alex Coles, Aiden Killen, Kyle Flew, Jamie Payne, Callum McOnie, Ryan Trathen, Daniel Marks, Harry Ahearn, Martyn Duff.
The 15th Wendron/Sharon Wood Mini-Soccer Tournament takes place on Sunday July 20 at Wendron's Underlane ground.
Last year's tournament raised just over £4,000 for Cancer Research UK and the youth of Wendron FC.
In 14 years a remarkable £75,064 has been raised through your support and by giving youngsters the chance to participate in the largest one day soccer festival in the South West.
Entries are invited from age groups under seven to 13 and once again the organisers expect more than 100 teams and 1,000 youngsters to take part.
Dependant on age, teams will play in two groups on a round robin basis and may play knock-out games with trophy's for the winners and runners-up.
The under 7, 8 & 9 age groups will play in accordance with FA guidelines and play round robin games only.
There will be a full programme of events for the whole family including licensed bar in the clubhouse, barbecue, pasties, cakes, ice cream, bouncy castle, some trade stalls, bottle stall and many other attractions making for a fun filled family day outing.
Further details and entry forms can be obtained from Alan Watson on 01326 561430 or visit the clubs website – www.wendronfc.com
NEW CORNWALL COACHES MEET TRELAWNY'S ARMY:
Trelawny's Army Supporters' Club held their 21st annual dinner-dance at the Ponsmere Hotel, Perranporth, when guests of honour were new county coaches Graham Dawe and Ian Morgan, who joined members for a successful evening organised by committee member Carol Seymour.
Neil Plummer sang grace in Cornish, after which an excellent three course meal was served by the Ponsmere, and enjoyed by all. Following the meal the Loyal Toast to the Duke of Cornwall was given by vice-chairman Dave Broadhurst and Ian Morgan responded with a toast to Trelawny's Army.
In proposing the toast to the "Army", Ian Morgan gave the diners an insight into this season's Cornwall Under 20 squad – who the following day qualified for the national quarter-finals with an 18-15 win against Devon at Penryn.
Graham Dawe also spoke about the senior squad aspirations of this season and about his playing career for Cornwall.
Following the guest speakers a number of presentations were made, the Men's Bowling Trophy was awarded to Kevin Head and the Ladies' by proxy to Gemma Allen.
WEST CORNWALL LEAGUE:
The race for the Premier Division title is really hotting up in the West Cornwall League, sponsored by Cornwall TV Services LTD.
St Austell A have climbed to the top of the league with a two point lead over Falmouth Docks A with just two matches left to play.
Bridge beat two man Docks D 9-1 to leave them comfortably in third place in the table, while Docks C have slipped down to fifth in the table after a 6-4 defeat at St Ives A. Chris Peters won his three for two man Docks C. Karim Ali and Mike Moore won one each for St Ives.
Docks B beat two man St Ives 8-2 with Jeremy Williams and Martin Rule both unbeaten in the singles and doubles. Karim Ali and David Smith won a point each for St Ives.
The fight for the first division title is also incredibly close with only one point separating Mounts Bay A from Bridge B with both having three matches left to play.
The two teams played out a draw as Nigel Cock won all three, Mark Cock one and the doubles for Mounts Bay. Nigel Tregenza and Bernard Harvey both won two, Paul Thomas won one point for Bridge. Mounts Bay beat Penpol 7-3 as Nigel and Mark both ended the night unbeaten. Andrew Nicholson, Andy Senior and Adam Sparks all won one point for Penpol.
Bridge B have piled the pressure on Mounts Bay after they whitewashed Harris Mill 10-0.
Docks E are in third spot only seven points off the top after a 7-3 defeat to Mylor A was followed by a 9-1 win over People's Palace B.
Cape Cornwall A still have a good chance of winning the title as they are only eight points off the top but with a game in hand.
Cape shared the points with Docks F, Scott Meagor and Robert Fuller winning two singles and the doubles. Jeremy Hartley and Alan Brandwood won two points each, and Jack Cortis one for Docks F, with Jeremy edging past Robert 18-16 in the fifth end. Docks G and Palace A played out a 5-5 draw.
This division is also incredibly close with Marazion ahead of St Ives B by one point with three matches to go.
Marazion beat two man Cape Cornwall B 7-3. Mike Elford won both his games, Harry Stanbury one from two, the pair also winning the doubles.
Jeremy Oates won two from three for Cape B and Howard Charman one. Marazion then played third placed Docks J and managed to win 6-4. Harry finished unbeaten and Neil Pinkett won two from three. Mike Elford succumbed to the pressure and won one. David Greenough claimed two points for Docks J and Joshua Copeland one.
Docks J beat second placed St Ives B 6-4 with Joshua ending the match unbeaten. David won two and the doubles. Andrew Tyson provided the best performance for St Ives winning two, Will and Tristan Wynne both won one.
St Ives then beat two man Palace C 8-2. Tristan won both his games, Andrew and Josh Francis won one each, with Andy Parker claiming the two points for Palace C.
Docks M are running away at the top with a 14 point gap over Saracens B with four games to go.
They beat Docks N 9-1, Palace E 10-0 and Mounts Bay B 8-2.
Saracens A are second in the table after a 7-3 win at home to Palace E was followed by a 6-4 win at Cape C.
Mylor B are fourth place in the table after a 9-1 win at Palace E and a 6-4 win at home to Saracens B.
Docks N played with two players against Docks Q and won 7-3, while Docks P beat Docks Q 8-2.
MONA DAWE DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The Divisionals, sponsored by Truro firm of Accountants 'Kelsall Steel', took place at the table tennis centre in St Austell and was a big success last month. The winners were
Premier Division: Singles – Adrian Noott (Docks A) beat Dave Waddington (Docks A) 3-0; Doubles- Adrian Noott/Dave Waddington (Docks A) beat Steve Hunt (Palace A)/Jeremy Williams (Docks B) 3-0.
First Division: Singles- Mike Credland (Bridge B) beat Mark Cock (Mounts Bay A) 3-1.
Doubles: Nigel & Mark Cock (Mounts Bay A) beat Simon Jacobs/Paul Mallen (Palace B) 3-1.
Second Division: Singles- David Greenough (Docks J) bt Harry Stanbury (Marazion) 3-2; Doubles- David Greenough/Joshua Copeland (Docks J) beat Chris Buckingham (Palace C)/Mike Elford (Marazion) 3-0.
Third Division: Singles@ Daniel Preston (Docks M) beat Paige Baker (Saracens A) 3-1. Doubles: Daniel Tynan/Daniel Preston (Docks M) beat Freya Tuffrey (Saracens A)/Joe Tuffrey (Docks N) 3-1.
Handicap Singles: Chris Peters +5 points (Docks C) beat Locryn Vandelvelde +8 points (Docks B) by nine points.
On Saturday the finals of the County Two Wood Singles and Four Wood Pairs will be played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.
First up will be the Two Wood Singles with Henry Kendall (Withiel), David Balow (Marazion), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Gerald Fisher (Illogan), Peter Hore (Holmans), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls), Jim Stanley (Treviscoe) and John Worton (Ladock) will competing for the title.
Upon conclusion of the Singles the Four Wood Pairs will be contested by Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan), Jim Rule & Terry Bray (Lostwithiel), Elise Daniell & Peter Hore (Holmans), Dennis Shorthouse & Richard Kerr (Landrake), Derek Elliott & Mark Eddy (Holmans), Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Graham Luke & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) and Edward Wakeley & Tony Jago (Treviscoe).
CORNISH QUARTET GO NAP AT KARATE NATIONALS:
Four members of the Cornwall Karate group, based in Penzance, compete in the national Karate Championships organised by the Shusinkai Karate group.
Despite only entering four competitors in the event, held at Worcester, the group came back with five medals.
Oliver James, 11, was due to compete in both the Kumite (sparring) event and the Kata (forms) event, but unfortunately had to withdraw from the kumite event in advance, due to a hamstring injury sustained a few weeks before the competition. Oliver did not consider Kata to be his strong point, but practised hard in preparation and put in a sterling performance, winning through to achieve a silver medal.
James Hamilton, also 11, entered the Kumite (sparring) and Kata (forms) events. He did not achieve a medal placing in the kata (forms) event, but looked comfortable in the kumite event, easily putting in a personal best performance to achieve a bronze medal.
Six-year-old Alyssa Cooke managed to achieve a bronze medal in the Tag Sparring event. She missed-out on a medal in the individual kata, being beaten three votes to two in the first round, by the eventual silver medal winner.
James and Alyssa also entered the Pairs Kata (forms) event, and again narrowly missed out on a medal, coming fourth overall.
Cornwall Karate's Chief Instructor, 35 year old Kevin Cooke, entered the Master's Kata and the Masters Kumite events. In the Master's Kata, he won gold with relative ease, but in the Kumite, was forced to settle for a bronze after losing to the eventual gold medal winner.
The competition was attended by Karate groups from across the UK, and the standard of the competitors was strong. "I was really pleased with how we faired on the day", said instructor Kevin Cooke.
"For every competitor to achieve a medal position was very rewarding after the hard work that we put into training for the competition, and is a real achievement for a small provincial group such as ours".
Anyone interested in Cornwall Karate should contact chief instructor Kevin Cooke on 07706 797562, or visit the website www.cornwallkarate.co.uk.