Cornish Guardian sports round-up, June 26
TOPHAM TAKES OVER AS GRAMPOUND MANAGER:
Grampound FC have appointed Tim Topham as manager of their first team, who play in Duchy League division one.
Club chairman Allan Webb said: "Tim has managed our reserves in the past and is well known to many in local football.
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"We are looking forward to him bringing a fresh approach and he will be ably assisted by Ryan Maker, who managed the team for much of last season.
"Our players have reacted positively to these appointments and we expect to be in the chase for promotion to the Duchy Premier Division.
"Club stalwart Glyn Leaney will continue the sound job he has done in managing the reserve team."
A big event for the club in the next few months will be the opening of the new pitch and training area in October.
The Sport England funded pitch re-laying and drainage work is well under way and plans are in hand to host a match against Argyle Legends for the official opening.
The development will give the club one of the best pitches in the area as well as a new space for training and childen's football, with players throughout the club looking forward to playing and training on the new surface.
The club starts its pre-season training next Tuesday, July 2, on the grass field at Poltair School, St Austell and welcomes players old and new to come along and take part.
Training continues every Tuesday and an interesting set of friendly matches is being organised prior to the Duchy League division one and division four campaigns starting.
Children's coaching sessions begin on Saturday July 6 at Grampound Road School (9.30-11am) and all children aged 6 upwards are welcome to attend.
Grampound FC will again be entering teams in the East Cornwall Youth League next season.
MARILYN RICHARDS GIVEN CRUSADER AWARD:
Michael Williams, past president of the Cornish Crusaders and a life member of Cornwall County Cricket Club, recently made two presentations at Truro School.
He presented an inscribed goblet to Marilyn Richards of Hayle for her 'great support of Crusader cricket.'
Marilyn is the mother of two notable Crusader cricketers, Stephen and Nicole.
Mr Williams presented the Hugh Miners figurine to Andy Lawrence, cricket master at Truro School. In future this award will be given to an outstanding schoolboy cricketer each year.
Replacing the Crusader match this year was a visit by a Stephen Richards XI. His side made 221 for six declared with Scott Harvey, playing for Truro this season, hitting an attractive 87.
In reply, Truro School were dismissed for 128.Fifteen-year-old Kellie Williams, a Cornwall Girls' captain, held an important catch and took two wickets with seamers.
Kellie lives at St Buryan and plays for St Just.
Adjudicator John Walker, an MCC member from Wadebridge, made Scott Harvey player of the match, and presented a tankard donated by Enid Thomas of St Just.
And there were two inscribed cricket books for 18-year-old Caleb Rowe, acknowledging past services to the Crusaders. Caleb has made two centuries for Pencarrow this season.
WINDY BUT WORTH IT:
On Sunday, members of Cornwall Full bore target rifle club arrived at Millpool range on Bodmin Moor, to be greeted by some of the strongest winds in recent memory but more of that later, writes Tony Mitchell.
The course of fire for the trophy was two sighters (convertible) & 15 to count at 300yds and 500yds. The highest possible score at each range being 75 (5 points per bull).
Inside the bull ring is a smaller ring, the vee bull, which determines the order of merit in the event of ties. Therefore a 75.15 would be all 15 in the bull and all inside the vee.
The bull at 300yds is just under 6inches, the firing position is prone using ring apertures on front and rearsights. With a very strong wind from 9.oclock, difficulty in preventing the rifle being buffeted was a challenge.
Despite this, excellent scores were achieved, with Tony Mitchell coming out on top with 73.8, followed by John Garnett 73.6 and Robin Hallows 71.5.
Given that the wind was blowing at 4mins (ie moving the round 12ins) these were very creditable scores.
Shooting alongside were F class (scoped rifles) their bulls are very much smaller. The result was a win for Phil Cook 70.3, Ian Mowbray 67.5 just edging Dave Morrow 67.3.
Moving back to 500yds, the winner was again Tony Mitchell 71.7, Terry Kurn 71.5, and Dave Adams 70.6.
Special mention to Terry who has just returned to full bore after extensive elbow surgery which could have ended his shooting career. These scores again are impressive given a wind speed of up to 8½ minutes which is moving a bullet travelling at 2900 feet per sec over 500yds , some 40 inches.
With a bull of 10inches , it does mean one has to read the wind precisely, and to put that windage onto the backsight.
F class order remained the same, Phil Cook 70.3, Ian Mowbray 66.3 and Dave Morrow 62.2
Overall winner of the day for the John Perry memorial cup was Tony Mitchell, in second place Robin Hallows and Dave Adams 3rd place. F class was won by Phil Cook, Ian Mowbray second and Dave Morrow third.
A very tough and challenging day on the range, but extremely satisfying to get it right.
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BRITISH COLLEGES EVENT PROVES BIG SUCCESS:
Watersports enthusiasts from all over the country donned their wetsuits and took to the water on when Cornwall College hosted the fifth Annual British Colleges Sport (BCS) Watersports Championships.
The national event, which was held at Tolcarne Beach and Fistral Beach in Newquay, and Stithians Lake near Redruth, was a test of endurance, concentration and ability for all involved, as competitors battled their way through a series of gruelling heats to qualify for the finals in a range of activities: surfing, bodyboarding, surf lifesaving, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and new this year; stand paddle boarding (SUP).
Competitors came from Cornwall College, Exeter College, Richard Huish College, Truro & Penwith College and Gower College Swansea.
The day provided some fantastic competition and produced some very high levels of performance, which made the finals a really exciting climax to the event.
The overall winners were Truro College, followed by Richard Huish College in second place and Cornwall College Camborne in third.
Charlie Whealer, a Public Services student at Cornwall College Camborne, said: "I was really excited about competing, I have kayaked but not sailed so I'm really looking forward to trying something new."
Matt Ridout, a Falmouth Marine School watersports student who competed last year and this year was instructing as part of his work experience module, said: "The weather is perfect today, there is a constant breeze and the sun is out. Everyone arrived this morning positive and raring to go which drives morale and makes for an interesting competition."
Nicole Ames from Truro College competed in windsurfing. She said: "I've been sailing since I was 11 years old so have had lots of practice. Taking part in the National College's watersports championships is a fantastic experience and the event has been organised really well."
Russell Lawrance, Cornwall College Director of Sport, said: "This is the fifth year we've run this event and as ever we've had increased numbers, participation and events.
"Cornwall College staff have put in a great effort today adapting to ever changing conditions and lack of swell which meant some competitions at Tolcarne had to be moved to Fistral Beach at last minute.
"Staff and students enjoyed taking part in SUP at Stithians, our new event this year which was awesome to see! All of the colleges competing did their very best and it was an excellent day all round."
RALLYING SET TO RETURN TO BOCONNOC NEXT MONTH:
The spectacle and thrills of rallying return to the glorious Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel next month for what many competitors describe as the best rally in the West Country.
Forty-five rally teams from far and wide are expected to start the one day event on Sunday July 28. The rally is organised by five regional motor clubs – Camel Vale, Newquay, Truro, Plymouth and South Hams – and takes place entirely within the parkland setting at Boconnoc House.
The action takes place on the private roads, with some cars reaching 100mph, around the estate thus ensuring excellent viewing all day.
Sponsored for the second year by HGV specialists Bullwell Trailer Solutions, the event attracts families and rally enthusiasts alike.
Clerk of the Course Roger Gillard said: "Last year we had everything from £250,000 Subaru Imprezas and Ford Focus WRCs to an Austin Mini.
"This type of rally really is great for spectators as there is unlimited access to the cars and teams in the paddock."
A number of crews from Cornwall have entered. Saltash team Adrian Brown and Chris Jarman will be going for victory this year in a Ford Escort.
Details on the rally at www.BoconnocMotorsport.co.uk