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County sport spotlight, February 7

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

  • The Penzance Swimming Club team who won 96 medals at Carn Brea and Helston's 2nd Invitational Open Meet at Penzance Leisure Centre.

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College sport


Two students from Penwith College have been selected to represent the South West British Colleges' Sport squad.

Luke Hollis, previously of Mounts Bay Academy and currently studying Level 2 vehicle maintenance and repair course at Penwith College, has been chosen to represent the South West British Colleges Sport swimming team at the National Finals in Bath in March.

Tutor John Pearson said: "We are very pleased for Luke. We know all of the hard work that he has put in and now he is reaping the rewards. Good Luck Luke in March."

Chloe Carley, also previously from Mounts Bay Academy and currently studying a selection of A Levels at Penwith College, has also been chosen to represent South West British Colleges Sport at the National Cross Country Championship, also in March, in Bath.

Meanwhile, Gareth Kay, a level 1 carpentry and joinery student at Penwith Collevge, competed in the ITF Tae-kwon-do English championships at Paignton in Devon on Sunday.

The competition involved three sections: patterns, sparring and power. Gareth has been training with Newlyn Taekwondo Club for 10 years and was delighted to achieve a bronze medal for patterns and silver for sparring.

His college tutor Glenn Payne said: "We know how hard Gareth has trained for this event.

"He is very dedicated both with his sport and his college work. I am delighted to hear about his success."



The Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League annual meeting, held at Truro last week, saw relatively few changes to playing conditions for the forthcoming season, writes Michael Weeks.

Of 27 proposals on the agenda, all but three were passed, but the majority were administrative rule changes.

Premier League games remain at 1pm starts (12.30pm from mid August), while a proposal to bring all games forward to 12.30pm was split 5-5 but the status quo remains after the chairman's casting vote.

A change however, sees only games that are 'mutually agreed by clubs' will be brought forward when the county team have to travel on Saturday evening, rather than the entire Premier League programme on the day.

There is a change to the start times in the intermediate tier (Divisions 2-4) with a third alteration in as many years.

Having opted to revert to 2pm last year, clubs voted narrowly (34-32) to return to 1.30pm.

The standard tier (Divisions 5-7) remains at 2pm, but it was also narrowly agreed that all games in these divisions shall now be 40 overs per side instead of 48 overs. Division 7 have already been playing 40 over games.

The theory is that earlier finishes on Saturdays will encourage younger players to participate.

Another proposal that was narrowly overturned, after just one season in operation, was that only one new ball, instead of two, will be used in Division 2 games.

Other proposals that found favour on the night were an increase in the handicaps applied to the Rosevear Cup games for teams in Division 3 east and below.

It was also agreed that full scorecards must now be submitted online to the Play-Cricket website within 48 hours of the match throughout the entire league.

Previously it was only a statutory requirement in the Premier League, though the majority of league clubs have been uploading full cards.

In his financial report, league treasurer John Spry reported that the league accounts had 'broken even' over the year, and reflected on the sad loss of assistant treasurer Peter Moores during the year. He had served the league for 35 years.

The Lenny Lobb Fair Play Award for Premier clubs, as marked by match umpires, was presented to Callington CC.

The president, Clive Rosevear presented the Archie Smith Trophy for the outstanding young player to Alex May (Grampound Road), while Rhys Daniel (Gorran) received the Clive Osborne Trophy for the outstanding young eastern bowler.

St Just won the Bradley Trophy for the leading Premier League batting average and the Littlejohns Trophy for the best Premier bowling average went to the champions Werrington.

The Division 4 West and below Sporting Trophy for the highest batting average was received by Simon Tilley of Gerrans. Stephen Nicholson of Goldsithney won the 'Beecher Williams Trophy' for the lowest bowling average in Division 4 West and below.

Jonathan Nance, who recently stood down as a management committee member, was made a vice-president, while Richard Chynoweth (Mt Hawke & Porthtowan) was elected onto the management committee. Andrew Kent stood down as vice-chairman, leaving the post currently vacant. He remains on the management committee, however.

All other league officers and committee members were re-elected unopposed.

Officers elected 2013: President: C Rosevear, Chairman: V Hassell, Hon Secretary: M Evans, Asst Secretary: K Goldsmith, Hon Treasurer: J Spry.



The new year has started well for Penzance Tennis Club members Janet Beach and Rhys Curnow, who received top volunteer awards at the Tennis Cornwall County annual meeting at the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay.

Janet was nominated by her club for her outstanding work as membership secretary. She stepped into the role in the mid-1990s when the previous membership secretary left at short notice.

Although retired she only really wanted to play tennis and continue with her professional painting, Janet took on the role and stayed on until 2006. Every year she put in hours and hours of hard work, ensuring that membership records were accurate and dues received.

When in 2010 her successor left suddenly the club again appealed to Janet to pick up the reins. She did so willingly until she called it a day in November. The club formally thanked Janet by making her an annual honorary member in recognition of her work.

The Tennis Cornwall award came as a surprise to her as she was out of the county at the time of the annual meeting. However, she received the framed certificate on her return.

Rhys was nominated by the Penzance club as Junior Volunteer of the Year for his work with the club's up and coming juniors.

Come rain or shine, Rhys, 16, can always be found out on the courts helping tennis manager Martin Coates and his team coach Mini Tennis. He also assists as a 'hitter', working with many of the club's top young players.

His own playing standard has risen continuously over the year and he is now playing against adult team players in the singles league and taken part in big junior events in the county. Rhys, who received the Junior Player of the Year Award at his club's annual meeting, is widely respected among the adults and the juniors alike.

The club is now looking forward to better weather and a successful spring season. Plans to have the four artificial grass courts rejuvenated over the February half-term are well in place and the next big event will be a social evening at the club house this Saturday with Elvis tribute act Robert Wilkinson.

Tickets are limited, but a few are still available from Birte Hosken on 01736 362513, the club office or the First Service Cafe (01736 367627).



Penzance Swimming Club fielded a team of 48 swimmers at Carn Brea and Helston's second Invitational Open Meet, held at Penzance Leisure Centre.

Swimmers aged nine and over competed in events and the results for all of the Penzance representatives were outstanding.

The 48 swimmers took part in 175 swims and these swims resulted in 39 gold medals, 36 silver and 22 bronze, with 97 medals in total.

Head coach Sean Hickman was very proud of all of the Penzance swimmers and for some of the youngsters it was their first Open Meet and they came away with not only gold medals but county qualifying times and personal best performances.

There are some very talented young swimmers starting out on their swimming careers and are definitely ones to watch for the future. The fantastic results from the Penzance swimmers again proved this, with gold medals being won by some of Penzance's youngest swimmers who have only just reached their ninth birthday.

Swimmers do not compete officially until the age of nine, therefore this is the youngest age group. For full results visit the Carn Brea and Helston club website.

Short Mat


On Sunday the first of the season's County Finals was contested at Carnmoggas Short Mat Bowling Club when the eight qualifiers for the Mixed Fours played off for the title in a knockout competition.

In the quarter finals, Jenny Richards, Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Luke Jolly and Karen Watson (Treviscoe) dropped just two ends in defeating Rosemary Curnow, Patsy Wakeley, Chris Roberts and Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 13-5.

Pam Hamley, Terry Bray, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) came from behind with consecutive scores of three on the last two ends to defeat Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves & Darren Woolner (Saltash) 11-7. Bill Sharp, Lynette Golledge, Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) saw a 6-0 lead eroded by Marilyn Stewart, Arthur Hambley (Withiel), Jacky Tyler & Keith Matthews (Blisland) who led 7-6 going into the last end which the Dobwalls team claimed two shots to win 8-7.

The final game of the round saw a score of 4 on the fifth end for Lynne Davey (Liskeard), Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) and Gary Davey (Liskeard) decisive as they defeated Elise Daniell (Holmans), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) and Peter Hore (Holmans) 9-8.

The semi finals produced an epic between Max Burden and Gary Davey's teams. Davey opened up a 6-0 lead over the opening three ends before Burden hit back with scores of 3 and 4 over the subsequent ends to move into the lead. Further scores of one, one and two put Burden in front 11-6 going into the last end. Liskeard were not done though claiming five on the final ends to force an extra end having missed out on the win after a tight measure for sixth wood. Further drama was to come in the extra end with end being killed before Davey's team claimed six to take victory. In the second semi final Peter Hamley opened up a 7-0 lead in the opening ends against Karen Watson and moved the advantage onto 10 shots after five ends. Watson hit back in the second half of the game with scores of two, three and two but this was not enough as Hamley claimed victory 11-7.

The final saw Davey open up a lead over the opening two ends before Hambley hit back with three successive ends to take the lead with the score at 4-3 after five ends. Davey claimed scores of three on the sixth and eighth ends which Hamley was unable to match with scores of two and one on the seventh and ninth ends. Davey claimed the title by nine shots to 7.


Straight after the conclusion of the Fours, the Champion of Champions was contested with 14 club champions from across the county taking part in the competition organised on a knockout basis.

The Preliminary Round saw Joe Dixon (Withiel) defeat Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) 13-4. Straight from their win in the Fours Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan) and Gary Davey (Liskeard) came up against each other with Temple-Smith prevailing 9-8. Peter Hore (Holmans) was a 10-7 winner against Percy Tripp (Holmans). Peter Skinner (Saltash) came from behind to beat David Topliffe (St Minver) 11-8.

In the quarter-finals Dixon defeated Temple-Smith 7-5. Hore came from behind with three consecutive scores of three over the closing ends to defeat Skinner 15-9. Richard Brown (Illogan) was a comfortable 14-4 winner against Ann Perry (Porthleven). The final game saw Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) beat Alan Jones (Callington) 13-10.

The semi-finals saw Hore comfortably defeat Dixon 13-3 with two ends to spare and Brown took control of the closing ends against Jolly to win 11-5. The final proved to be one sided with Hore taking the title 12-3 against Brown with two ends to spare.


Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) received a late call up to take part in the St George's Cup competition in Tamworth over the weekend, representing the South team in the annual North v South match which raises funds for Great Ormond Street. Over the two days playing a mixture of Pairs, Fours and Singles Nigel was involved in two wins and two losses. The South claimed the title for a third year in a row 38-26.


Over the weekend the county finals will be played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club with the singles on Saturday morning and fours in the afternoon. On Sunday the pairs followed by triples.

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