Grassroots sport, January 4
CORNWALL U21 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall County Badminton Association held their County U21 championships at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell, on Sunday.
There was a record entry of players and a fantastic display of very competitive and hard fought matches across all three disciplines – singles, level doubles and mixed doubles.
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The event was well supported by many players from the U15 & U17 squads of Cornwall Youth Badminton who showed both great talent and sportsmanship throughout the day.
There were some inspiring performances resulting in new champions emerging – these were from: Hester Luke ( Mounts Bay BC) who beat Bronwen Wotton(First Edition BC) in the Ladies singles final. Lee Chapple (Mounts Bay BC) & Jack Dyer (First Edition BC) who lifted the Mens Doubles title from former champions Ross Lashbrook ( Launceston BC) & Sam Spencer ( First Edition BC), Kellen Moore & Amy Polglaze (First Edition Badminton Club) who as U15 players had a fantastic win in The Ladies Doubles over sisters Bronwen & Bethany Wotton (First Edition Badminton Club).
Ross Lashbrook, in his final year as an U21, took an impressive brace of titles by retaining both the men's singles event by overcoming a very worthy runner-up in Jake Brazwell (Newquay BC & Cornwall U17's) and by holding for the 3rd consecutive year the Mixed Doubles title with his long term partner Bronwen Wotton.
A plate event was held for the first round losers. Results:
Men's Singles: Winner – Toby Bamforth (Liskeard BC); RU – Sam Laity (Mounts Bay BC & Cornwall U15's).
Ladies Singles: Winner – Amy Polglase (First Edition BC & Cornwall U15's); RU Imogen Powell (First Edition BC).
Men's Doubles: Winners - Chris Cooper (First Edition BC)& Jake Brazewell (Newquay BC & Cornwall U17's); RU – Tyler Sillifant & Milo Semolin( Cornwall U15's).
Ladies Doubles: Winners - Imogen Crarer (First Edition BC) &Beth Rich (Mounts Bay BC); RU – Alice Sporik & Georgia Higgs (First Edition BC & Cornwall U17's).
Mixed Doubles: Winners -Will Bick (Mounts Bay BC & Cornwall U17's) & Amy Polglase (First Edition BC & Cornwall U15's).
ST AUSTELL GOLF CLUB:
Results without the ladies and the men as both competitions were cancelled as the course was closed:
Tues Dec 18. Seniors 3 Man Scramble: 1 Mervin Dunstan, John Omlo & Ray Stevens 58.4; 2 Graham Bunt, Chris Maggs & Derek Preece 59.1; 3 Dave Alderson, John Crowle & Geoff Snell 59.7.
Sun Dec 23. Mixed Competition – Greensomes on Par 4's & 5's and Better Ball on the par 3s: 1 Sylvia & Ken Rawle 42pts; 2 Sandra & Rob Phillips 39.
PORTHPEAN GOLF CLUB:
Tues Dec 13. Seniors Winter League, s/f, full h/c: 1 Mike Tennant 40pts; 2 Dave Bray 38; 3 Keith Lintern 38.
Sun Dec 23. Stableford, full h/c: Overall winner, Paul Farquar 41pts. Div1: 1 Jeremy Hall 37; 2 Ray Nicholls 36; 3 Preston Ford 33. Div 2: 1 G Miller 39; 2 Adrian Farley 38; 3 Matt Turner 38.
Wed Dec 26. S/f, full h/c: 1 Adrian Farley 39pts; 2 Jon Pethick 36; 3 Gary Sullivan 35.
Thurs Dec 27. Seniors Santa Special – s/f – full h/c: 1 Dave Blackburn 35pts; 2 Btian Hussey 32; 3 Graham Lavers 31.
Sun Dec 30. S/f, full h/c: overall winner, Dave Gribble 41pts. Div 1: 1 Gary Sullivan 37; 2 Andrew Northey 37; 3 Steve Cheeseman 34. Div 2: 1 John Berryman 40; 2 Frank Phillips 38; 3 Matt Turner 38.
ST ENODOC'S TOM NOGGI:
St Enodoc's season of Christmas Golf was finally completed on December 29 with the playing of the Tom Noggi.
Back in 1985 then captain and former secretary Hugh Watts instigated this match between the locals and the Holiday House and Country members, since when it has been played between teams captained by the general manager and the professional.
The event's format these days is very similar to the annual Cornwall v The Rest of the World match but without the ethnic tensions.
With wet and windy weather, which abated somewhat in the latter part of the day, the 19 a side teams set out to play a 4 ball better ball match.
With the first five matches completed all by the closest of margins the Professional's team had what looked like an unassailable lead of 4½ to ½ but who could forget the Ryder Cup?
With the next match halved, things started to go the General Manager's way with an excellent 4 and 3 win for Anders Tensjo and Derek Rushton and once Julian Darnell and John Carhart had notched up a 3 & 2 win in match number 12 the score stood 6-6.
A 4 &2 win for Matt Smith and Dave B'astard in match number 14 saw the score reach 7 -7. So it would all be decided on the last matches.
Mark Justice and Mark Westlake claimed the scalp of Mark Arrowsmith and Richard Lawrence with an excellent 4 & 3 win to be countered in the next game by Malcolm Jones and Wayne Mitchell winning 3 & 2 to level the scores again at 8-8.
So it was down to the last three matches to decide the destination of Tom Noggi for the next 12 months. Nigel Buse and John Westlake had the only big win of the day, 9 & 8 out in the country
Greg Mather and Derrick Daniels squeezed in by one hole to make victory certain for Tuck's team and the final score was Tuck Clagett's team winning 11-8.
There were two 'nearly' holes in one for Mark Justice on the eighth and David Elliott on the 11th.
The large number of casual water puddles and even lakes was a sight rarely seen at St Enodoc, which contributed to some amusing incidents but unlike most other courses we were very lucky that play was still perfectly possible.
Malcolm Knight ensured the Penhaligon's Friends charity, which provides relief for bereaved Children at Christmas, profited greatly from the day.
The chimney stack at Fraddon proved a popular venue for CRMC's Christmas trial, drawing a healthy 60-plus riders from as far away as Lynton in Devon.
Using the no stop allowed rule, plus the new N/exp class sections were marked out well with ample room allowed ensuring hopping and skipping was not needed.
Only two people rode the Blue course with Keelan Hancock taking the win from Sam Woodridge, the C/man exp route went to Matt Tabb from Ty Hendra and Andy Coombes.
The C/man class win went to Phil Wicket who only just beat Ian Baker and Andy Muller, Young Matt Luscombe took the Youth B win and Max Diment the Youth A.
Using the new 50/50 route were the riders rode half White course and half Yellow course, the win went to Paul Warman from Chris Tabb and Keith Worden, with the later two being split by the tie break.
Down on the now White course the Mono win went to Cameron Young from Andy Vercoe and Mark Hancock.
Another of the Diment family Alex took the Youth B, with Peter Higman taking the Youth C from Josh Wright. Lone trailbike man took his Pampera around for what would be a very credible ride even against the many monos.
Tim Woodridge took the T/shock class from Kevin Hawke and Peter Bullen. Only one rider finished the beginners and that was Issac Jago riding an electric trials bike.
Blue course: Prem K Hancock 36, S Woodridge 82. C /man Exp course: Prem, M Tabb 53, T Hendra 85, A Coombes 125.
Yellow course: Prem, P Wicket 19, I Baker 20, A Muller 32. Youth A, M Diment 136. Youth B, M Luscombe 75. 50/50 course: Prem, P Warman 35, C Tabb 38, K Worden 38.
White course: Prem, C Young 14, A Vercoe 17, M Hancock 25. T/bike, A Skelton 39. Youth B, A Diment 109. Youth C, P Higman 77, J Wright 120. T/shock T Woodridge 24, K Hawke 27, P Bullen 55.
Green course: Prem, I Jago 98.
Point to Point
CORNWALL DATES FOR THE NEW YEAR:
Point to Point racing returns to the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge on Sunday for the North Cornwall meeting. First race starts at noon.
Other Cornwall meetings this year:
Sunday February 24: East Cornwall. 1st race noon, Great Trethew, Menheniot, Liskeard PL14 3PZ.
Saturday March 16: Western. 1st race noon, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. PL27 7JE.
Easter Saturday, March 30: East Cornwall, 1st race 1.30pm, Great Trethew, Liskeard.
Easter Monday, April 1: Four Burrow Foxhounds, 1st race 1pm, Trebudannon, St Columb Major, TR9 4LP.
Sunday May 12: Four Burrow Foxhounds, 1st race 2 pm, Trebudannon, St Columb Major, TR9 4LP.
EAST CORNWALL LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS:
Next week is quarter-finals in both eight-a-side cup competitions in the East Cornwall Skittles League.
ECSL KO Cup: Hilltops v Sandpipers; Terriers v Jacks; Vipers v Hits & Misses; Hot Shots v Bulldogs.
Supplementary Cup: Jammy Dodgers v Liberators; Nomads v Antony SC; Burley Booties v Hobos; Flat Caps v Ladybirds.
GRAMPOUND ROAD AGM:
Grampound Road CC's annual meeting takes place on Monday January 21 (7pm) at The Chapel Room. For further details contact Di Pearce on 07800 915 578.