Cornishman county sports round-up, February 28
HAYLE QUARTET IMPRESS AT PLYMOUTH HOE 10 MILE:
Four members of Hayle Runners travelled to compete in the Plymouth Hoe 10 mile road race.
Father and son Irwin and Tom Humphrey were joined by Hayle Runners men's team captain Scott Abraham and Kieran Murrant.
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Scott led the team home in a impressive one hour, three minutes and 32 seconds, but Tom (1:04:30) and Kieran (1:04:46) were hot on his heels. Irwin who has eased of his training recently due to injury was pleased to finish in a creditable 1:19:03.
Scott felt the race was well worth the travelling. He said: "It was great to run in a really competitive field and it is really good for the club to have Tom back running for us.
"Both he and Kieran had a great run and look promising for the coming season."
Emma Stepto was the star of the Plymouth Hoe 10 mile road race, retaining her individual title for the fourth successive year and setting her fourth successive course record.
In windy conditions, Emma clocked 57.21 minutes, eclipsing her 2012 record by 30 seconds and finished 15th overall out of a field of more than 550 runners.
Despite Emma's clear cut victory by over three minutes, the late withdrawal, due to injury, of club and county team-mate Naomi Tier, meant the Cornwall Ladies could not quite match their Devon rivals, narrowly losing the Peninsular Challenge trophy.
Cornwall's second scoring runner in fifth place was Heidi Cottam, who sliced two minutes off her best ten mile time, crossing the line in 64.21 minutes as Cornwall AC retaining the ladies' team title comfortably.
In the Men's race, the Cornwall team knew they would have their work cut out against a strong Devon squad, which proved to be the case. There was a certain uniformity in the inter county results with Devon filling the first four places and Cornwall the next four. Tom Merson (Bristol & West AC) was an emphatic winner of the Men's race, crossing the line in a personal best time of 52.03 minutes.
The Cornish team were far from disgraced and were led home by the Marazion 10K winner, Peter Le Grice (Mount's Bay Harriers) in 54.10, closely followed only 19 seconds later by the Storm Force 10 miles winner, Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC), in a new personal best of 54.29, with former Mounts Bay Harrier Mike Robinson (Tamar Trotters) finishing in 54.55.
The Cornwall team was completed by St Austell's Dan Alsop (55.09), Launceston Road Runner Dan Rodgers. (56.17) and another athlete on the comeback trail after injury, Tony Brewer (Mile High), who clocked 57 minute 17 seconds.
This Sunday a combined field of more than 400 runners will line up for the 37th Duchy Marathon and 10th Duchy 20 at Redruth.
The marathon, round three of the Cornwall Grand Prix Road Race series sponsored by Cornwall Glass and Glazing, begins at 10.30am from the Penventon Park Hotel.
Runners will follow a gently undulating two lap course, which heads out towards the North Cliffs, before turning inland through Tehidy and Pool and then rejoining the main road, following the same route on lap two.
The Marathon weekend begins at the Penventon Park Hotel on Saturday evening with the popular Penventon Pasta Party (7.30pm).
Runners can again collect their race numbers on Saturday evening or enter the Marathon or the '20'.
For the Marathon the late entry fee is £15 for club runners and £17 for unattached runners. In the Duchy 20 all late entries pay £10. Registration will be open on the Saturday evening from 7.30pm and from 8.30am on Sunday.
Details from the race secretary 01736 366319 or the Duchy Marathon link at www.cornwallac.org.uk which includes a brief history of the race, previous winners, male and female all time lists and the amended course maps.
TRURO HOSTS TOURNEY:
The nationally-ranked Cornwall Bronze Junior Tournament was held at its home base of Truro School earlier this month.
More than 70 youngsters participated, including representatives from eight counties and the standard was excellent.
The Girls' U15 Singles was keenly contested, with Emily Hutchings (Devon) beating Lucy Cooper.
The Doubles was played on a round robin basis with Cornwall's scratch pairing of Laura Galley and Rebecca Mayo, pipped by Devon's Emily Hutchings and Anya Paton by a single point.
In the U15 Boys' Singles the gold was won by Charlie Richards of Devon with Cornwall's Milo Semonin picking up the silver, while in the Doubles, Sam Laity and Isaac Barrow of Cornwall deservedly won the county's first gold.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the Under 17s, who as expected, provided a sharp rise in standard.
In the boys' singles the Cornish lads stamped their mark on proceedings, Liam Sillifant winning gold, Sam Payne silver and Jack Osborne bronze.
The Duchy lads took their fine form into the Doubles, Jake Brazewell, with scratch partner Mac Powell winning gold, with silver for Sam Payne and Ben Johnson. Two bronze medals were awarded to Liam Sillifant and Will Bick and Jack Osborne and Matt Bick.
In a hard fought girls' singles final, Mae Sing (Devon) overcame her younger opponent Kellen Moore (Cornwall) 21-19.
Bronze medals were won by Amy Polglase (Cornwall) and Lauren Theedom (Devon).
The Doubles (round robin) saw Lauren Theedom and Hannah Down take the gold medal. The silver went to Cornwall's Amy Polglase and Kellen Moore and a well earned bronze to Cornwall's Alice Sporik and Georgia Higgs.
Full results, page 73.
Short mat bowls
LITTLE CONSOLATION IN DEFEAT FOR CORNWALL:
The Premier Team, defending the Consolation Championship, were tipped for an easy win against Worcestershire.
It was Worcestershire, though, who took an early advantage with two wins and a draw in the first session to lead 5 points to 3.
At the halfway point in the match Cornwall led 9 points to 7 and 97 shots to 86.
The final session saw Worcestershire seemingly show the greater desire to win the match with both Worcester Triples avenging their morning session defeats by large margins to take the bonus points.
Peter Hore's four scoring Cornwall's only points of the session with a win (10-2) but Worcester took the bonus points and the match overall.
Final score: Cornwall 17pts 168 shots Worcestershire 23 pts 180 shots. Game scores, page 73.
The A Team, playing in the Main Championship, were up against Surrey and started slowly, scoring just 2 points in the opening session, Betty Temple Smith and Brenda Sleep winning in the Pairs (17-8).
Cornwall didn't fair much better in the second session, again scoring just two points from Shiela Hodge, Barbara James, Jim Rule and Terry Bray with a 15-3 win in the Fours.
The third session saw a share of the game points with wins for Cornwall from Luke Jolly in the Singles (19-8) and Keith Williams & Mike Widger (14-10) in the Pairs.
Cornwall recorded a share of the bonus points in the Pairs and finally took a session advantage in the last session of the match.
Cornwall claimed the Fours bonus points and Surrey the Triples. The final match score being Cornwall 16 points 180 shots Surrey 24 points 190 shots. Game scores, page 73.
With Cornwall's elimination from the knockout stages of the Inter County Championship this weekend will see a gap in competitive action in the county.
No change at the top of the West Area Premier division with the top four all claiming maximum points.
Illogan continue to top the table now on 61 points ahead of Newlyn Trinity on 59, Helston Grylls on 57 and Holmans on 49. Helston and Holmans both having a game in hand on the teams above.
BAY CLOSE IN ON TITLE:
The Ignition Credit plc sponsored West Cornwall League is drawing to a close with most teams having only a handful of matches left, writes Malcolm Peters.
Docks A are looking hot favourites for the Premier Division title, a 10-0 whitewash of Palace A not doing their hopes any harm.
In Division One St Ives A came out on top 7-3 when visiting Docks F, with three from David Smith helping their cause.
Nick Peters showed continued improvement by defeating Mike Fisher for the first time. Mounts Bay A took nine points against their B side to maintain their position at the top. Jamie Staniland ruining the maximum by getting the better of James Martin in four ends.
Docks E beat bottom club Mylor B 7-3.
The Division Two title looks to be going the way of Cape Cornwall A, an 8-2 win over Palace D leaving them 21 points ahead of challengers Mounts Bay C.
Scott Meagor and Robert Fuller took three apiece for the Cape, but young Sam Skinner had a close five end win over Kaye Stenner.
Docks H took three valuable points from Palace E to keep them out of the relegation zone.
The youngsters of St Ives B gained a 10-0 win over Cape Cornwall B to maintain their slim chance of runners-up spot.
Division Three leaders Docks P strengthened their grip at the top thanks to a 9-1 win over Cape C, Rafa Kmiec and James Freeman remaining unbeaten. Howard Charman gained the only point for Cape, beating Aaron Robertson.
Docks K remain in second place after 9-1 and 10-0 wins over Palace F and Docks N respectively.
Mylor C kept up their challenge thanks to taking four points from leaders Docks P, while Saracens beat a depleted Docks M 9-1 which keeps them out of the bottom two.
DUCHY'S SWEET REVENGE IN ANNUAL PLYMOUTH MATCH:
Cornwall took on the Plymouth & District Snooker League in their annual friendly at the Belgrave Club in Plymouth.
After a heavy defeat last year, Cornwall gained revenge with a 26 frames to 13 win. All the teams performed well, including the Veterans team of Over 55's.
The U18s lost 6-4 but the result was a success as it was a new team of youngsters. The team, of which the youngest is 14, were a credit to Cornwall.
Highest break was made by veteran Dave Trembath of Penponds, with a 63 in his 2-0 win. This contributed to the overall 8-2 win by the Veterans team.
The Senior snooker saw Cornwall dominate with a 10-4 win and the Billiards team, always strong, won 4-1 with Steve Brookshaw, Plymouth's strongest player, defeating Tony Wallace (Menheniot) 238-188.
Cornwall now play neighbours Devon this Sunday, March 3, at the Belgrave Club in Plymouth (1pm).
Results page 73.
TEAMS INVITED TO ENTER INDOOR TOURNAMENT:
Tennis Cornwall is running the first ever County over 30's and over 45's Senior Indoor County Closed Tournament at the Dragon Leisure Centre, Bodmin, starting on the evening of Friday March 15 and continuing over the weekend of March 16 and 17.
Events include Men's and Ladies Singles and Doubles and Mixed Doubles for both age groups. All entrants will be guaranteed at least two games in every event they enter.
There is prize money for all Singles and Doubles events. It is sure to be a great fun event. To enter just visit the Tennis Cornwall website and enter online.
MAGPIES' RUN OVER:
Penzance Ladies' winning run came to an abrupt end on Sunday with a disappointing and error-strewn 5-1 defeat at Mullion.
The first half hour was even with Penzance having slightly the better of the game but they were undone by a defensive mix up after Tania Pope made the initial save. Worse was to come five minutes later with a similar mix-up taking the home team into the break 2-0 up.
The team improved in the second half with Lucy Brown finding the net after a strong and fluent move.
Sadly, with Penzance pressing forward to try to find an equaliser, they were always going to be exposed at the back, and Mullion struck their third from the edge of the box into the top corner.
With the Magpies feeling the effects of not having played for five weeks, two late goals were conceded, one a 20-yard screamer which gave the keeper no chance.
Next up is St Teath at home this Sunday in the Industrial Training Divisional 2 Cup (2.30pm).
Penzance: T Pope, J Dietz-Kebron, Z Parker, M Charman, E Whiteman, K Whittaker, N Broome, L Brown, D Barnes (c), C Seddon, B Nicholson. Subs: S Waters, D Bateman.
WESTERN HUNT TEAM IN WINTER WONDERLAND:
Western Hunt Pony Club members are coming to the end of a successful Winter League of triathlons held throughout the South West.
Last weekend 19 members competed at a triathlon hosted by the Cury Pony Club. This competition was also a qualifier for the National Triathlon Championships in Milton Keynes on March 17.
Matthew Vincent continued his fine form, winning the Minimus Boys (11 and under) class with 2926 points and claiming prizes for Best Run, Swim and Shoot. Matthew has won every triathlon he has entered this season and had already picked up his qualifying ticket at Wellington in January. Coming second in this class and also qualifying for the nationals was Christopher Watson who had a great run on the Helston school pitch and a final score of 2600.
Poppy Burford is the only Western Girl with a ticket to the Nationals and she qualified with strong scores in all three disciplines and third place (2942 points). Tilly Tieken and Rosie Tuckett were also in the Minimus Girls' class and both performed well with good scores in all three phases.
In the Senior Boys' James Stocker came third and qualified for the nationals with second place at The Cotley tri in Wellington.
Tom Tieken is the fifth Western member who will fly the flag for the far west in Milton Keynes, qualifying with third place in the Junior Boys' with 2534 points. Shea Cornish also competed in this class, finishing on a score of 2206.
Freya Haase, Olivia Haase, Tean Manser, Stephanie Sampson and Amy Pritchard all competed in the Junior Girls' Class with Freya placed fifth on a score of 2619 and Olivia winning Best Swim.
Rowan Burgess, Hannah Carson and Jessica Bode competed in the Open Girls' Class in which Hannah came sixth with 2400 points.
William Tuckett, Thea Pritchard and Ismay Cornish-Murphy were the youngest competitors in the 9 & Under class, with Thea fourth.
Thea has attended three triathlons this year and at her first at Dartmoor, in January, she finished on a total of 1354 points, and this time her total was 2084.