WEST CORNWALL EYEING NATIONAL FINAL:
The dream of playing at one of the country's top football grounds is quite often a distant fantasy for aspiring Cornish footballers.
But a talented group of schoolboys are just two wins away from being able to live that dream, as they take part in a National Cup quarter-final fixture at Truro City tomorrow (11am).
West Cornwall Schools FA is formed from selected players in the west of the county, extending and including all 15 secondary schools west of Truro.
The West Cornwall District runs sides at three age groups at U13, U14 and U15, who take part in regional competitions as well as the English Schools FA National Cup which boasts entries from over 100 district sides from around the country.
These district sides often contain the best players from across Premiership and Football League Academy sides, and have been the breeding ground for a host of past and present international players.
This year, West Cornwall's U13 side have reached the quarter finals, where they will meet the London based district Waltham Forest. The side are now among the giants of district football – Liverpool, Bishop Auckland and Luton, who all still remain in the competition.
The winners of tomorrow's tie will host another famous name in district football, Aston, Erdington & Saltley (Birmingham) in the semi-finals.
West Cornwall have already triumphed over East Cornwall, North Somerset (8-4), Poole & East Dorset (4-2) and Portsmouth (7-1) to reach the quarter-final. Waltham Forest have beaten Thurrock, Thanet, Harrow and Ealing High to set up tomorrow's tie.
Jake Ash, Football Development Officer at Penryn College and secretary of the West Cornwall, is extremely proud of the team's achievements. He said: "The side have done incredibly to reach this stage of the competition amongst what are the best players in this age group in the whole country.
"Kevin Lawrence (manager and Football Development Officer at Mounts Bay Academy) has done a brilliant job, alongside his assistant Frazer Cadman, and the team haven't just been lucky to get this far. They are a really talented bunch, who are an absolute pleasure to watch."
Last year's final was between South London and Liverpool and was hosted at Selhurst Park, home of Championship side Crystal Palace. If West Cornwall are successful tomorrow, they are just one win away from a national final and surely a game and experience they are unlikely to ever forget.
West Cornwall U13 squad: Louis Graham (St Ives); Joshua Otto (St Ives); Tobi Horsell (St Ives); Jack Webber (Hayle); Ryan Barnes (Camborne); Oliver Pritchard (Richard Lander); Oliver Walker (Richard Lander); Adam Dower (Richard Lander); Jacob Trudgeon (Mounts Bay); Max Armstrong (Mounts Bay); Theo Simpson (Mounts Bay); Joel Allen (Penryn); Luke Jephcott (Penryn); Finn Robinson (Penryn); Finn Cross (Penryn); William Trew (Truro School).
RUNNERS COMPLETE MULTI TERRAIN SERIES:
Seven members of Hayle Runners received awards for completing the inaugural Cornwall multi terrain series at the presentation event at Trellisick.
Debbie Harrison was third female overall and won the women's 40-44 age group.Rich Savage won the men's 45-49 age group and Howard Haynes was third in the men's 70-74 age group. Mike and Sarah Baldwin,Trish Merrett and Mike Penberthy all won qualifiers awards made from Wood from the National Trusts Forests.
The presentation included a relay race in which Mike and Sarah Baldwin and Trish and Graham Merrett represented the club.
Hayle Junior Athletics Club presented two members with its top awards for the year. The club, which caters for 8-14 year olds, meets at Hayle Community School at 5.30pm to 6.30pm each Tuesday during term time, awarded Lucy Nancarrow the club member of the year shield and Adam Mackintosh the award for Best Attendance in 2012.
Coach Scott Abraham said: "The club has an enthusiastic membership of young people who train on a weekly basis supported by trained coaches and leaders.
"Our activities encompass the whole range of athletic disciplines except for the pole vault. The emphasis is on enjoyment and fun and we like the children to try their hand at all the activities and take part in countywide competition including fun runs.
"Most sessions will have some form of running and we hope that this will encourage the participants to consider joining the Hayle Runners senior club as they get older."
He added: "Our annual awards allows us to celebrate the achievement of our members and we are very grateful to Hayle Rotary Club for their continued support of our annual awards."
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FOUR WOOD PAIRS:
Over the weekend, 60 pairs competed in the qualification competition for the County Four Wood Pairs at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club, with 30 on each day split into a group stage with one group of six and six groups of four giving seven group winners and one runner-up to go forward to play a single knockout round.
Saturday's play saw Withiel's Henry Kendall & Tony Liddicoat unbeaten to win Group One with 6 points +31 shots. Illogan's Richard Brown & David Studden were the weekend's top performers scoring 6 +47 to win Group Two.
Group Three produced two qualifiers, Wadebridge's Margaret & John Menhenick as group winners with 6 +14 and Helston's Fran Phillips & David Hickey as the best runners up with 4 +11.
Saltash's Margaret Goodwin & Graham Reeves claimed Group Four win 6 +18. Newlyn Trinity's Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls qualified from Group Five on 4 +8 despite winning only one game and drawing two.
Holmans Derek Elliott & Mark Eddy claimed Group Six with 5 +36. Group Seven finished with three teams on four points with Penlee's Tom Lapworth & Howard McCormack progressing on +11 shots. In the knock out round Margaret & John Menhenick defeated Richard Brown & David Studden 11-10. Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls were 14-4 winners against Tom Lapworth & Howard McCormack.
Derek Elliott & Mark Eddy defeated Tony Liddicoat & Henry Kendall 9-4 and the final game was won by Margaret Goodwin & Graham Reeves defeating Fran Phillips & David Hickey 12-5.
On Sunday Group One was won by Penlee's Diane & Martin Williams on 6 +19. Illogan's Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher claimed Group Two with 6 +12.
Group Three produced two qualifiers, Group Winners Camelford's Stewart Hambly & Wadebridge's Derek Swaby on 5 +21 and best runners up David Topliffe & Alan Rathbone (St Minver). Group Four went the way of Dobwall's Brenda Sleep & Max Burden with 5 +6.
From Group Five Withiel's Joe Dixon & Blisland's Keith Matthews were easily the days top scorers with 6 +35.
Group Six which contained both of last years finalists was won by Ladock's Patsy Wakeley & Chris Roberts with 5 +28. Landrake's Des Pengelly & Alan Holden were unbeaten with 6 +24 to take Group Seven.
The knockout round saw Joe Dixon & Keith Matthews need an extra end to defeat Brenda Sleep & Max Burden 9-8.
Diane & Martin Williams were 14-3 winners against Stewart Hambly & Derek Swaby. Des Pengelly & Alan Holden defeated Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher 8-6 and Patsy Wakeley & Chris Roberts defeated David Topliffe & Alan Rathbone by the same scoreline.
PENZANCE SWIMMERS EARN COUNTY CALL-UPS:
Thirteen youngsters from Penzance Swimming Club have been selected for the Cornwall County squads.
There is a junior and senior squad and the swimmers have been selected from swimming clubs all over Cornwall.
The swimmers selected have proved to be amongst the best ranked in their age group throughout Cornwall. The squads will train at Penzance, Bodmin and Truro. A team will be selected from those swimmers aged 12 and over at the end of the training sessions to represent Cornwall at the National Inter County Teams in Sheffield. County Coach Sean Hickman, who is also Penzance's Head Coach hopes other competitions will become available for all of the squad members to compete in.
Penzance swimmers selected for Cornwall County Swim squads: Melody Roberts, Hollie Prodger, Thomas Morice, Fletcher Stevenson, Harris Eddy, Renae Caddy, Ellie Ringwood, Shannon O'Connell, Max Caddy, Ellis Tonkin, Jacob Wood, George Hollis and Danni Dymond.
NEW SENIORS LEAGUE:
Cornwall Cricket Board has announced details of a Seniors Indoor Six-a-Side League for 2013, open to any club, organisation or group of individuals in Cornwall.
This will be an Over-45s competition, run on a similar basis to the main CCB Indoor League.
Initially, teams will be divided into groups, followed by a knockout second stage. Matches will be of 10 overs per side, maximum three overs per bowler, with a yellow leather ball.
There will be a much-reduced match fee for this tournament, as we have received some facilities funding from the ECB. Closing date for entries is Sunday February 17.
The first matches will be scheduled for Sunday March 10 and fixtures will be played in March and April, mainly on Sunday evenings, with some on Sunday afternoons or a midweek evening (probably Wednesday), depending upon the number of entries.
For further details contact organiser Mark Mitchell via email at email@example.com
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
Division Two saw a top of the table clash between leaders Cape Cornwall A and second placed Mounts Bay C, the Cape coming out on top 6-4 despite three wins from Mark Cock. Two each from Scott Meagor and Rob Fuller plus one from David May ensured the win for the Cape.
Palace E lifted themselves out of the relegation zone thanks to a 7-3 win over St Ives B.
In Division Three, Mylor C wasted the chance to go second when they lost at home 8-2 to Mounts Bay D, with three each from Nigel Cock and Neil Pinkett, including an 11-8 final end win over Matthew Bassett.
Cape Cornwall C showed they are not out of the running yet with an 8-2 win over Docks M, with three from Howard Charman and two from Sam Penrose and Peter Jackson doing the damage.
ST IVES MINI JUNIORS:
Helston Under 7s came to St Ives on Sunday and there were enough players on both sides for four games to be played.
St Ives U7s 95, Helston 85
Team: Jude Hardy man of the match and 6 tries; Leo Beck, Will Cross 6 tries, Ellis Marsden, Ruby perkin; Ethan Redondo-Barter 4 tries, Thomas Redondo-Barter 3 tries.
St Ives U7s 70, Helston 75
Team: Oscar Evans man of the match and 2 tries, Jake Cartwright 2 tries, Jude Cartwright, Blaize Georghiades 1 try, Tyler Goodman, Flo Makhlouf 2 tries, Parka Roderick 2 tries, Will Stirling 5 tries.
St Ives U7s 70, Helston 40
Team: Ethan Redondo-Barter man of the match and 4 tries, Leo Beck 3 tries, Will Cross 3 tries, Jude Hardy 1 try, Ellis Marsden 2 tries, Thomas Redondo-Barter 1 try.
St Ives U7s 75, Helston 60
Team: Blaize Georghiades man of the match and 3 tries, Oscar Evans 1 try, Jake Cartwright 2 tries, Parka Roderick 1 try, Will Stirling 5 tries, Flo Makhlouf 1 try, Jude Cartwright 1 try, Tyler Goodman 1 try.
Pirates youth reports, page 76.
COUNTY NEWS ROUND-UP:
Last week's scheduled Tulip Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance meeting at St Enodoc was called off due to heavy frost on the course. It has been re-arranged for Wednesday, February 27.
The next Alliance meeting is due to be held at Trevose next Thursday, February 7.
Twelve of the county's top lady players limbered up for the coming season in a practice session under the watchful eyes of county coach Richard Sadler at St Enodoc last week.
Those taking part were: Jan Harrison (county captain), Suzanne Courtenay, Lyn Saget, Nikki Hodge, Emily Toy, Abi Maude, Eugenie Knight, Wendy Briggs, Judith Ryder (West Cornwall), Jan Sargeant, Sara Taylor and Natalie John.
More golf, see page 77.
TRY OUT QUADRILLE DAY:
Following the tremendous success of the Cornwall Trec Quadrille team who won through to the finals at Olympia an open invitation has been extended to any riders interested in being part of the 2013 challenge.
"We're holding 'try out' day on March 3," said team trainer, Verity Perry, who can be contacted for further information on 0782 5719 566 or 01736 740224.