NEWS FROM MOUNTS BAY ANGLING SOCIETY:
The club's annual presentation evening was held at the Bath Inn on Saturday, writes David Cains.
The presentation was very well attended by almost all of the award winners with only a few unable to attend. The president welcomed all and confirmed that 2012 had been a very successful for both the seniors and juniors with many good fish, including eight new club records. The president welcomed vice president and life member Phil Harvey and thanked him for attending to present the awards and also Ralph Elcocks, secretary of Camborne Angling Association, who presented the Tre-Pol-Pen Shield that was won in 2012.
The competition has been fished between the two clubs for many years and has been shared fairly evenly over that time. Thanks were given to retiring fish recorder Andy "Tetley" Richards and new fish recorder William Harvey.
The president thanked Andy for doing such an excellent job over the years in one of the most important offices of the club. The amount of work involved both on a monthly basis and at the end of the year is quite considerable and the president asked for a show of hands for both Andy and Will.
Following the presentation a buffet, raffle and auction of a donated bottle of brandy was held and £108 was raised for club funds. Thanks went to all of the members that donated raffle prizes and bought tickets and also to Phil Harvey for donating the brandy.
Junior and Senior award winners, Digest page 74. Best Fish, Specimen and Record Medal Awards will follow shortly.
BAY BOYS STAR IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENER:
The first round of the Badminton England National Schools Championships took place at Penwith College Sports Hall over two Tuesdays in January.
School teams from Mounts Bay Academy, Humphry Davy, Cape Cornwall, GEMS Bolitho and St Ives competed in the year 7, 8 and 9 ages groups on the first Tuesday.
Teams of four girls and four boys battled through the afternoon and the girls' championship was won by Humphry Davy who were too strong for their opponents throughout the tournament.
The boys tournament resulted in a fantastic final between Mounts Bay and Bolitho A. It was a fascinating contest with the points tally fluctuating as the games unfolded. Final score was Mounts Bay 56 Bolitho 54 with Mounts Bay just piping their rivals with a 3-2 game scoreline.
The same schools competed on the following Tuesday, with the exception of St Ives.
Again some fantastic play by all players, but the boys in particular from Mounts Bay were simply too strong with a quartet from whom three represent Cornwall at their respective age groups.
In the girls there were some close matches, Cape Cornwall being the surprise package resulting in a brilliant second place. Mounts Bay again worked their opponents hard in each match and took top position.
All the winners now go through to the County final which takes place at Carn Brea on Wednesday February 27. Winners from these finals will then represent Cornwall in the regional round at Exeter University in March.
Mounts Bay's year 10 and 11 boys will hope to replicate last season's success at county level and take a further step at the regionals.
Thanks to all the leaders from Penwith College who ensured the competition ran smoothly.
Any players wishing to try out extra sessions at Mounts Bay Junior Badminton Club, a Badminton England Premier Club, are welcome to attend sessions at the club, held every Thursday in term time at Penwith College Sports Hall. Times: u13s 4.30pm-5.45pm, u17s 5.45-7pm. Details at mountsbaybadmintonclub.co.uk
WEST PENWITH WINTER LEAGUE ROUND-UP:
With leaders Trewellard on a bye, Mousehole A closed the gap to 22 points after coming from 4-2 down to draw 6-6 with Longboat A.
D Rowe shot out on 120, D Gambrill hit a 17 leg and 100 finish, L Tanner finished on 100 with a 180, while for the Longboat, A James threw 18 and 19 legs with 12 tons, while A Payne also hit 12 tons.
Third placed Croft B were 8-4 winners at RAOB A with R Astle hitting an 18 leg, C Nicholls throwing an 18 leg along with a 102 finish and 10 tons, G Goodman a 20 leg and R Twelvetree a 180.
For the Buffs, S Minister hit a 20 leg, P Ruffell 15 leg, D Bosworth an 18 leg while B Jones led the way with legs of 14 and 19 darts with a 128 finish and 11 tons.
Cornish Arms ran out 9-3 winners over Ludgvan SC B to stay in fourth place. C Hampton hit a 100 finish, D Griffiths an 18 leg, D Mitchell 12 tons and M Smith a 20 leg. Ludgvan's D Edwards and A Marshall both threw 19 legs and I Sawkins hit 11 tons.
Astro Nomads defeated Longboat Steelers 8-4 with L Jones hitting a 19 leg. D Stephens had a 121 finish and J Millard a 180 with 20 leg and 11 tons. R Larter and M Just each hit 180s for the Steelers, while J Nudd also hit a maximum along with a 16 leg. Sadly though, they failed to attend the league meeting and have been deducted five points.
The Croft A picked up their first win of the season with a 9-3 victory over RAOB B helped by G Annis and V Gill throwing 20 legs and R Chilton in brilliant form, hitting a 180 along with 17 and 18 legs, 100 finish and 11 tons.
Longboat Vikings extended their lead at the top to 22 points after beating Astro Kings 10-2, with J Merrifield shooting out on 133 and hitting 11 tons. D Bowden also threw 11 tons.
Royal Standard A replaced the Wellington in second place after beating them 7-5 with E Franklin finishing on 106 with 10 tons, while the Wellington's D Taskis was again in fine form with 15 and 20 legs and 12 tons. Sadly the Standard have also had five points deducted for missing the league meeting and subsequently also been overtaken in the table by the Wellington.
The Radjel were held to a 6-6 draw with the Royal Standard B, with S Williams hitting a 180 with seven tons, while A Robinson threw nine tons for the Standard.
Finally, St Ives RBL's D Moore hit a 20 leg and T Clymo was in brilliant form after losing his first game last week he bounced back in style with a 180 plus 16, 18 and 20 legs in his side's 12-0 whitewash of the Crown, which saw the Legion replace the Standard B in fifth place.
Leaders Bath Inn suffered a thrid successive defeat as they went down 7-5 to Ludgvan SC A.
Ludgvan's R Green finished on 140, the divisions's best to date, after beating the previous highest finisher J Berriman, who shot out on 120 in their game with the London back in November.
G Jenkin and R Baker threw a 21 leg pairs for the Bath, who remain six points clear at the top after second placed Trevelyan also lost 7-5 to third placed Standard Gwinear A. This was despite K Rushton hitting a 180 with 19 leg and R Davidson hitting six tons. N Pryor also threw six tons for Gwinear.
Elsewhere, Standard Gwinear B moved up a place to fifth after drawing 6-6 at the Old Success, whose J Wilby hit a 19 leg with eight tons. Mousehole RBL B defeated Astro Legionnaires 7-5, despite losing the last three singles games. However, the Legion have had the five points deducted for failing to attend the league meeting.
Gulval CC's match with RAOB D was postponed and will be played at a later date. This allowed The Fisherman's to take over at the top following a 10-2 win over Astro Arrows, helped by D Bown hitting a 180.
Third placed RAOB C narrowly defeated the Globe 7-5, whose D James threw five tons. Despite the defeat the Globe moved off the bottom with RAOB D now occupying that position.
Astro C moved up to fourth after beating the Red Lion 7-5 with M Westren winning the last game to earn them a fourth win of the season. However, they dropped below the Lion in the table having also failed to attend the meeting.
This Sunday BDO World Championship runner-up Tony 'Silverback' O'Shea will be performing an exhibition at Penzance Astro Park, playing against 16 players from all divisions of the West Penwith League (8pm).
LOCAL CLUBS' ROUND-UP:
The highly-rated partnership of Hayle Golf professional Wayne Graham and West Cornwall scratch handicapper Matt Richards found the task of giving seven shots to Newquay pair David Pryor and Andy Hancock just too much for them in the semi-finals of the Perranporth Open Winter Foursomes, sponsored by West Country Properties, on Sunday, writes Peter Heyman.
Graham and Richards started well enough and held a narrow one hole lead at the turn. But their opponents then struck a rich vein of form to win the next four holes.
It proved to be a match-winning lead as they halved the next two holes before closing out the match on the 16th green for a hard-fought 3&2 victory.
"To be honest, it wasn't the best golf, but that was mainly because of the weather, which was mizzly and breezy," said Pryor. "But we're delighted to be in the final in only our second year in the competition."
They will face the host club's Alastair Chivers and his 18-year-old son Sam, who defeated another Perranporth father and son duo, Norman and Sandy Kirton.
The Chivers, who had gone out at the quarter-final stage in both of the last two years, were three up at the turn and increased their lead to five up at the 11th. Despite losing the 13th, they duly booked their place in the final with a net birdie at the next for a 5&4 win.
"The match was played in a good spirit and the final is going to be interesting as we have exactly the same handicaps as our Newquay opponents, so effectively it will be played off scratch," said Chivers Snr.
The final will be played in a fortnight's time on Sunday, February 17, over 36 holes.
This season's Cornwall Winter Golf Series draws to its conclusion on Sunday when the final event in the five-round series will be played at St Enodoc.
At stake will be a place in the Cornwall Amateurs team that will take on the County Professionals at Trevose on Sunday, March 17. The amateur team will comprise the top eight in the Order of Merit plus two wild cards.
Matt Richards (West Cornwall) currently leads the OoM with 48.83 points from last year's winner, Bowood Park's Josh Greenaway, on 47.5 points, with Ben Westgate (Trevose) third on 38.5.
Cornwall's juniors defeated a County Ladies team on a cold day of intermittent heavy showers at Carlyon Bay on Saturday.
There were five fourball betterball matches played off handicap and the girls came out on top with a 4-1 winning margin.
Results (girls' names first): Emily Toy & Amy Wellington bt Judith Ryder & Lauren Hulsten 1 up; Megan Giles & Lucy Lund bt Nikki Hodge & Suzanne Courteney 3&2; Eugenie Knight & Charlotte Brook bt Wendy Briggs & Abi Maude 1 up; Laura Andrew & Gemma Marsland halved with Louisa McCartney & Victoria Pawley; Annie McKelvey & Shannon Ashcroft halved with Jan Harrison & Sara Taylor.
Forty-five members took part in the Seniors Rosebowl Bonus Ball team event at West Cornwall. Winners with 125 points were Phil Thomas, Terry Nankervis and JB Stevens from Terry Curnow, John Weaver and David Thomas on 118, with Gerald Jenkin, Clyde Kevern and Terry Hackett third on 112. Nearest the pin at the 15th was Doug Green.
The following week the seniors played their Three Men and a Dog competition, allowing each player a choice of three clubs and a putter. The event was won by new member Terry England (25 handicap). He carded 36 Stableford points to win on countback from Ted Chance. Third was Ralph Neydorff with 35 on countback from Randal Friggens, with Doug Blackmore fifth, also on 35.
Nearest the pin at the 15th was Dave Perry and nearest the pin in two at the 13th was Bryan Hollow.
The longest winter since the ice caps receded some 10,000 years ago is sapping the will of Cape Cornwall's golfers to take on the elements and fight their way around the 5,500 yards of wet and windy West Penwith.
The seniors did make their way to the clubhouse on Tuesday, not to play in those awful conditions, but to say farewell to their captain Colin Kelynack, who has been a very popular member of Cape since it was founded 23 years ago.
Colin has now decided to hang up his clubs before the shafts rust away. Everyone at the club wishes him well and hopes he will still come and visit.
The lack of rain on Wednesday encouraged the men to play their Stableford competition but the wind was determined to keep the scores at a low level and only four players scored more than 30 points. The first three places went to Mike Lawrence, Brett Farmer and Neil Jilbert.
Thursday's ladies' and Friday's seniors' competitions were cancelled, but as the sun came out on Saturday. Christine James battled against the wind and won the February medal with a net 78. Sue Dicker and Sonia Cottle came second and third.
Fog delayed the start of Sunday's four-man team event, but eventually it was won by Cyril Leiworthy, Robin Smith, Brian Polglase and Chris Lewis.
Once again the wet weather forced closure of the course at Praa Sands and the scheduled competitions for the ladies on Saturday and the men on Sunday were cancelled.
Jackie Quick won the ladies' 9-hole Stableford on Wednesday with 16 points. Phyllis Williams was second with 15, Ann Seabrook third with 14 and Jennifer Chambers fourth with 13. Rhonda Gannon won the putting competition.
TOUCHGLOVES YOUNG GEMS START YEAR IN STYLE:
The junior dream team from Touchgloves once again showed their class by gaining unpredicted wins against experienced fighters in their first away trip of the year to Chatham, Kent recently.
The team and their parents self funded the trip after once again missing out on some essential sports funding.
The bouts were sanctioned under the ISKA and despite having some much needed rest over the holiday period the fighters, all aged between eight and 13, have trained day and night at Touchgloves' new gym, based at GEMS Bolitho School in order to represent the county at this high level.
Bethany Bodilly, who lost her first bout last May, has improved her techniques over the past eight months and has remained undefeated since. At just eight years old and 26kg in weight her skill set was noted as a future star by many other gyms at the show.
Rosie Davies took her opponent and just about everybody else in the venue by surprise by a blistering performance against last year's Super League winner who came with more than double Rosie's experience to become the gym's 33rd champion in 10 years.
Rosie did not drop a round out of five on her way to a clear win, becoming the new Southern champion under the junior muaythai rules set.
Tommy "Zoom" Green also gave away experience to his opponent in one of the evening's most entertaining bouts. Tommy didn't give in to the constant pressure of his opponent and won a unanimous victory, using outstanding Muaythai skills and becoming British champion for the fourth time.
Brandon Willoughby suffered the team's only defeat of the day through a clash of knees causing injury to his left leg, despite having some success at the end of the first round with excellent clinch work.
The team were trained by other champions at the gym including 17 year old former European and 4 x British champion "Magic" Isaac Ashley, who has trained since the age of five years old at the gym and British No1s, twins Amber and Allaya Kitchen, who both attend Bolitho School and the Muaythai Gems project, run by Nathan and Julie Kitchen.
Anyone wishing to join Touchgloves for competition or self defence are welcome to call 07976 245 880 or 079 743 33489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org