Cornwall Ladies had a fantastic start to the 2013 season with a 22-22 draw with South West Regional 2012 runners-up, Devon Ladies.
With new players for 2013, Bex Smyth, Amanda Fleming, Amy Morris and returning players Vanessa Scott and Amy Edwards making up a strong Cornish side.
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Cornwall had a nervous start going 6-0 behind, but managed to finish the first section 6-5 down. The second section was lost 7-4, as Cornwall trailed 13-9 at half way.
Cornwall kept the match tight through the last two sections to go ahead at 21 frames to 19, leaving only two more frames for the win.
A valiant last effort from Cornwall to secure the win couldn't be achieved but still a good result against a strong Devon side.
Winning 3/4 frames were Emma Rowett, Paula Pope, Vanessa Scott, Carol Stephens and Bex Smyth who was named player of the match on her Cornwall debut.
Team: Paula Pope, Becky Cocks, Michaela Edwards, Emma Rowett, Amanda Fleming, Sarah Gallant, Bex Smyth, Vanessa Scott, Kerry Wilton, Amy Morris, Amy Edwards, Stacey Hancock (vice capt) and Carol Stephens (capt).
Two Cornwall players, Stacey Hancock and Carol Stephens have both qualified to play in the England Trials on March 1.
CORNWALL MEN'S A
Cornwall A team travelled to the Plaza in Plymouth to play Devon in the season's opener.
Cornwall took a 6-5 first section lead before Devon took out some finishes in the second to tie the match at 11 apiece at halfway.
Cornwall won the last two frames before the break, and after the restart won four frames on the spin for a 19-13 lead. Frames were traded and at 20-16 Cornwall only needed one final push for the finish line.
However, Devon continued to hang on and with Cornwall failing to take a couple of good chances, the scores were level with two to play.
The penultimate frame saw Devon miss a dolly black to hand Cornwall a certain draw, with the final frame for the win.
However, Devon took a firm grip on the final frame which they never relinquished, giving both sides a share of the spoils.
Young Ryan Cleaves produced a solid performance earning his first cap in the senior side, and county rookie Carl Templeton won 3 out of 4 on debut. There were also 3 out of 4 performances from Nick Rowe, Gary Hodgson and Andy Hall.
Cornwall: Nick Rowe, Kalvin Ashwood, Ryan Cleaves, Jeremy Hooper, Gary Hodgson, Andy Hall, Lee Sturtridge, Carl Templeton, Graham Taylor, Henry McGall and Ryan Nicholls (capt).
CORNWALL MEN'S B:
Cornwall were away to Devon B in their first match of the season, without top points scorer from last season Ricky Hughes (work commitments) and new County B captain Jon Perrow (illness).
The squad was stretched and with a slight lack of experience but that did not stop the newcomers from applying themselves well, eventually succumbing to a narrow 23-21 defeat.
There were some top performance on the day with Jason Grigor making his County debut and winning all four matches, with another debutant Martin Hendy, Andy Barrett and James Bartlett all winning 3 out of 4.
Cornwall can be pleased with their efforts and will now aim for maximum points in their next game against Dorset at home.
Cornwall: Damien Rowe (0-4), Jason Grigor (4-4), Ben Jarram (2-4), James Bartlett (3-4), James Holmes (1-4), Marc Holmes (0-3), Andy Barrett (3-4), Malcolm Osbourne (0-2), Darren Griffiths (2-4), Martin Scammel (1-4), Martin Hendy (3-4), Paul Crook (2-2), Richard Holmes (0-1), Nathan Yeo (not used).
BRITISH INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall had to settle for a share of the spoils on their visit to Derbyshire but it was a fixture that the division one leaders should have won.
Claire Irons (21.47) began the revival in the fourth set of the Ladies B encounter and further wins from Carla Ruberry (17.99) and Tracey Hancock (17.68) enabled the teams to finish all square.
Despite losing the opener of the Men's B match, Danny May (26.37), Rob Ruberry (20.82) and Simon Stevenson (24.31) all put in solid performances.
The hosts took the next two only for Malcolm Johns (26.84) to emerge a 3-0 winner, aided by a 156 checkout and Tex Thomas (22.77) to win in straight legs to restore the visitor's two-point advantage.
The last four sets were shared and 3-1 victories for Andy Dunstan (24.88) and Matt Knowles (21.38) enabled the Men's B side to win 7-5 for a 10-8 overnight advantage.
That advantage was wiped out at the start of the Ladies' A fixture when Derbyshire won two on the bounce but Sandra Allen (15.44) put in a gutsy performance, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and Teresa Brookshaw (19.06) also snatched a point after going the full five legs.
Lady of the Match Nikki Furse (23.01) won 3-1 but with the sixth set going astray, another draw by the ladies materialised.
Holding a 13-11 lead, Cornwall only needed to win six of the sets from the Men's A fixture and could not have had a better start.
Simon McClary (28.25) produced an excellent 4-2 victory, taking the sixth and winning leg with an out shot of 127.
Paul Cook (25.84) also gave a good account of himself and after being pushed the full distance, secured the seventh and decisive leg in 15.
The points were clawed back by the hosts in sets three and four but Kevin Bray (25.13) and Brian Jones (25.51) both delivered either side of another home win to put Cornwall 17-14 up with five to play.
Derbyshire produced a better performance than their league position suggests and Cornwall were rocking after they lost no fewer than four straight sets.
Only Dave Copplestone stood in the way of what would have been a shock success for the hosts but he delivered a 4-2 victory with a very good 27.04 average to ensure Cornwall did not suffer their first defeat.
The draw still leaves Cornwall on top of the table with a healthy 13 point lead but a more solid performance from all four fractions must be delivered next time to ensure they stay on track for promotion.
BYRNE ACADEMY EXCEL AT WORLD QUALIFIER:
Members from the Byrne Black Belt Academy attended the ICO British Open and World Qualifier Championships at Birmingham. This resulted in another great tally of medals won for points fighting and traditional weapons.
Well done to everyone and special mention for Paul Levick, Sam McGuigan, Jordan Rees, Ethan and Kyle Nicholas who gave 100 per cent but just missed out.
Gold medal winners (15): Bradley Byrne, Dan Gregory, Ally Gregory, Claire Payne, Matthew Hosking, Rosie Donaghy, Liam Simons, Molly Burrough, Mandy Bullen, Kyle Silgram. Jake Rees and Georgie Clark both won two gold medals. Gold medal winners come away with British Open Championship titles in their respective classes.
Silver medal winners (13): Claire Payne, Barry Plechowicz, Faith Rowe, Mandy Bullen, Liam Simons, Zach Burrough, Renee Rubio- Richards, Georgina Clark and Jake Rees. Kyle Gregory and Eden Benney won two.
Bronze medal winners (10): Billy Byrne, Eden Benney, Dan Gregory, Matt Hosking, Rosie Donaghy, Jake Rees, Amy Collins and Molly Burrough. Ben Clark won two medals.
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP:
Cornwall's County Teams return to competitive action this weekend when they travel to Melksham on Saturday for the quarter finals of the ESMBA Inter County Championship. The Premier Team face Worcestershire in the Consolation competition and the A Team face Surrey in the Main Competition. Team selections were not known at the time of writing.
The county league programme is approaching the business end of the season with a lot still to play for.
Central Area leaders Treviscoe Whites saw their advantage reduced after dropping all six points at Withiel Elms last week. Ladock Chiefs trail by 2 points with Ladock Braves a further 6 points behind. With several games remaining between the top six teams no team can be discounted as still having a chance of securing the title.
In the East Area, with two weeks of fixtures remaining, this Thursdays match at Dobwalls between the home team who lie in second place with 49 points and leaders Callington Eagles on 50 points carries increased significance with the winners putting one hand on the title. A draw would leave Landrake and Saltash Blues who are 4 points behind with an outside chance of overhauling the two above them. Liskeard are assured of a swift return to the Premier Division with an 18 point lead at the top of Division One.
Lanteglos A are confirmed as North Area champions for a second successive season having dropped just 4 points all season. Blisland are confirmed as Division Two winners and promoted to the top flight next season.
The new Westcoast Motocross Club held their season's opener at Newlyn Downs, near Mitchell.
With poor weather in January putting a stop to all other club meetings in the south west area, Westcoast's opening round was the first run in the area for 2013.
Due to the lack of riding available within the winter off season, many eager riders attended throughout the classes.
Newlyn Downs is a flowing hillside track that's known for being rideable even after the worst of weather.
Westcoast Motocross Club thank all the riders who raced their best in the hard conditions, and to the series sponsor, Opie Oils.
Round two of the Southern Motocross Series will be held at Cuttings Hill, Camborne on March 3.
See www.westcoastmxc.co.uk for details
MX1 & MX2: 1, Mike Rowe; 2, Josh Gotts; 3, Ross Johns; 4, Stuart Smith; 5, Dean Symons; 6, Ian Smith.
Sportsman & Over 35's: 1, Kevin Woodley; 2, Mark Tillyer; 3, Adrian Toy; 4, Colin Eddy; 5, Paul Tyson; 6, Martin Dunstan.
Rookies: 1, Dean Symons; 2, Kane Colsell; 3, Jack Roberts; 4, Connor Libby; 5, Ben Way; 6, Leigh Colsell.
Big Wheel & Small Wheel: 1, Alfie Crocker; 2, Thomas Townrow; 3, Kian Mayho; 4, Jamie Wenman; 5, Sam Hunt; 6, Ollie Hewitt.
Junior 65cc: 1, Lewis Wiltshire; 2, Luke Woolgrove; 3, Jake Pascoe; 4, Thomas Higman; 5, Bradley Taylor; 6, Jake Ware.
Auto: 1, Bradley Way; 2, Seb Rundle; 3, William Talbot; 4, Leon Williams; 5, Jake Johns.
WIGGINS EASES TO VICTORY AT NEW HAY FARM CIRCUIT:
The new venue of Hay Farm, Wadebridge proved a good find for Camel Vale Motorcycle Club, allowing 60 plus riders to enjoy a pleasant day's riding.
Using the banks, natural streams and slippery muddy roots, the club laid out a competitive three laps of eight double sub sections.
Devon visitor Ricky Wiggins took a comfortable win on the Blue course, beating Ian Martin and Grant Laming in the process.
A three way tie on the Blue/Yellow course could only be broken down by the most cleans rule, giving Robin Martin the win from Mick Thompson and local chef John Young who arranged the use of Hay Farm.
On the now Yellow course David Richards proved more than capable, beating Nigel Andrew and Phil Atkins. Young Max Diment took the Youth A class, and Matthew Luscombe the Youth B. Alan Barnes rode well on the new Yellow/White, winning from Ian Yeates and Chris Anstee.
On the ever popular White course Martin Thompson and Andrew Gent also had to be separated by the most cleans tie break, with Martin taking the win. Adrian Bray took the Twinshock win with John Luckett taking the Pre65.
James Wilcox proved best Youth B on this course with Josh Wright taking the Youth C.
Results: Blue course: Prem, R Wiggins 4, Ian Martin 25, G Laming 32. Blue/ Yellow course: Prem, R Martin 17 (40 cleans), M Thompson 17 (39 cleans), J Young 17 (37 cleans). Yellow course: Prem, D Richards 2, N Andrew 8, P Atkins 11. Youth A, M Diment 67. Youth B, M Luscombe 55. Yellow/ White course: Prem, A Barnes 8, I Yeates 10, C Anstee 14. White course: Prem, M Thompson 9 (43 cleans), A Gent 9 (39 cleans). T/S, A Bray 20. Pre 65, J Luckett 11. Youth B, J Wilcox 74. Youth C, J Wright 67.
In last week's edition of the West Briton we stated that as well as Plymouth-based businessman Ashley Taylor, Seemond Stephens, Andy Pethick and Andrew Copp (Manordelta) were also involved in the Fraddon speedway project.
However, it has since been brought to our attention that Mr Taylor is the only person involved in the project.
We would like to apologise for any confusion this may have caused.
Taylor, Stephens, Pethick and Copp are all currently involved with the Plymouth Devils. Copp is a representative of Manordelta.
January's Storm Force road race, organised by Carn Runners, raised £483 in donations from the refreshments table and the money has been split between Prostate care and the Mermaid Centre.
An Res Hellys the fifth race of the Grant Prix Series, is again being jointly organised by Carrick Leisure and Carn Runners. The 10m mile race starts from the old cattle market beside the the boating lake in Helston on Sunday the March 24 at 10.30 am.
Online entry is available at www.carrickleisure.co.uk/events
West Cornwall U14s 1 East Cornwall 1
The county's most talented U14 players met to contest the Broad Shield under the Cornwall College floodlights and both teams produced a fantastic display of football in front of the large crowd.
The West tea dominated the early stages with the centre midfield pairing of Josh Richards and Tyler Tonkin were in superb form linking well with lone striker Jack Rapsey and the trio were involved in the opening goal in the 14th minute which ended with Richards lashing home off the post from the edge of the area.
Chances were at a premium although Billy Stone almost doubled the lead when his close range header was cleared off the line.
The East equalised with almost their first attack on the half hour with a quick break and great strike off the underside of the bar from James Haywood giving impressive keeper Ross Atkinson no chance.
After a lengthy half time pep talk from coaches Jim Hilton and John Peters the East came more into the game in the second half and Kieron Bishop struck the bar.
But the West captain Johnny Wood and the tall Matt Pierera soaked up the pressure at the heart of the defence and they got back on top in the closing stages.
Henry Rowe stabbed against the foot of the post before Tonkin smashed home a shot through a crowd of players three minutes from time to earn a memorable victory for the young players from West Cornwall.
West Cornwall squad: Ross Atkinson (Helston), Joshua Otto (St Ives), Jack Hannaford (Helston), Johnny Wood (Truro), Matt Pierera (Penryn), Josh Richards (Redruth), Aaron Hicks (Hayle), Tyler Tonkin (Mounts Bay), Louie Campbell (Truro), Jack Rapsey (Richard Lander), Billy Stone (Richard Lander). Subs: Henry Rowe (Bolitho), Thomas Philcox (Redruth), Danny Alford (Truro), Reece Carroll (Penryn).
PENZANCE AT THE DOUBLE:
The latest rounds of the Shoulder to Shoulder League have been shot with wins for Penzance & St Ives, beating Hayle and Helston and Truro beating Hayle and St Austell.
In the Club Team handicap final, shot on Helston's range, Truro B beat Penzance & St Ives C 400 to 399 ex 400.
Top scores: (for Truro) John Hancock 100 and Steve Lucas 99; (for Helston) Jane Briggs, Terry Curnow and Mark Rowe 96s; (for St Austell) Phil Hammond and Peter Parker 98s; (for Penzance & St Ives) Konrad Spalek 100, Richard Tanner, Doug Kernick and Charlie Griffiths 99s.
RIVALS MEET AT CAMBORNE:
Veterans' rugby takes centre stage at the Camborne Recreation Ground on Saturday as arguably the top two teams in the respective counties lock horns in friendly rivalry when Camborne entertain Torbay Sharks.
The Sharks are a well organised collection of veterans from Torbay clubs such as Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham and also include former Exeter Chiefs back rower Gary Willis.
The Devon side are unbeaten and supremo Russ Baker knows that his side will face what he described as 'a real test down in Cornwall'.
The Cherry & Whites are set to field a team including several former Cornwall players with Brian Andrew, Les Smitham, Phil Wells and Sean Oates among them.
While the home team remain extremely competitive on the field, sight is never lost of their twin aims of allowing players to continue enjoying their rugby well into middle age, while at the same time raising sizeable sums of cash for good causes.
Camborne veterans' secretary Neil Symons said: "We managed to beat them by a couple of scores in the Riviera tournament last season, but I've a feeling they will be travelling with the intent of reversing that result.
Supporters and spectators are most welcome for the match which has a 1.30pm kick off to allow all to retire to the Crane Park clubhouse for the post match festivities prior to the England v France game being shown on the Big Screen."