Newquay & Par are crowned champions
WITH only 13 athletes available for this crucial championship fixture, Newquay & Par were hoping for a top three place but were doubtful whether their young inexperienced team could match up to the might of the top men's athletics teams in the South of England, writes Dave Varney.
Herne Hill Harriers with their massive membership, Kent AC with their middle distance domination, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow one of the strongest all round athletic clubs in the country and Hercules Wimbledon who boasted some of the best sprinters around.
Luckily Medway & Maidstone's weak team assured Newquay & Par that they would not finish with the wooden spoon.
Newquay showed their intent with maximum points in the first event of the day, the hammer with Jay Hill's and Brett Marsh's dominance in the event giving a massive boost to the team.
Lawrence Mitchell and Chris Harris took the opposition apart in the long jump and after the first track event, the 400 hurdles where Lee Hamilton smashed the club record with 53.8 for another sensational win and Corey Cross finished strongly to win the 'B' string, the writing was on the wall.
Newquay's team were never headed and even with illness and some injuries on the day, the young guns were firing on target.
The 110 hurdles was yet another event in which the boys gained maximum points with Lee Hamilton again dominant and Dan Pearce winning the 'B' string in a time good enough to be on the Cornish all time list.
Dan Pearce also won the javelin comfortably before assisting in the successful relays at the end of the day.
Man of the match however went to Chris Harris who not only won the triple jump with a new club record but stepped in at the last minute in the 4 X 400m to help the team to a new club record of 3min27.8secs.
Despite sprint relay practice during the week the club only managed to equal their own County record in the 4 x 100m for the third time this season.
With such excellent performances across the whole range of events against such sterling opposition, the future is bright and the club has applied to the British League for the right to be invited to the play off finals in September in which no other Cornish athletic club has even got close. And if the team does get invited they hope to be at full strength.
Final result: Newquay & Par 204pts (champions), Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow 187pts (runners up), Hercules Wimbledon 184pts (3rd), Kent AC 172pts (4th), Herne Hill Harriers 137pts (5th), Medway & Maidstone 74pts (6th).
PORTHPEAN SAILING CLUB:
A light breeze, flat sea and sunny conditions encouraged 14 boats to contest the day's races.
The safety boat crew set a triangular course for race one, but during the start sequence, disaster struck for Chris Hazell and Tony Dunn in their Tasar when a masthead fitting failed and they lost their mainsail.
After losing at least five minutes whilst they made a temporary repair, they set off after the disappearing fleets.
In the Handicap Fleet it was Janet and Pete Barnes who stormed away, taking their Kestrel into first place and keeping it there for the whole race. They not only finished first on the water, but also finished first on corrected time.
The big surprise was Sarah Desjonquieres, sailing with her young son Oliver as crew. Despite her very rare appearances at the sailing club (she lives in
Luxembourg) she managed to finish in second place, three minutes behind Pete and Janet.
Third place was going to be taken by one of the two Scorpions out racing, and it was Andrew and Jenny Kendall who brought their boat home one minute ahead of Paul Beacon and Kelvin Kirkham.
The Fast Handicap Fleet was dominated by Richard Armstrong's Dart catamaran.
This is an unusual boat to be seen at Porthpean, and Richard flew round the course, finishing easily first on the water.
However, to do well in a very fast boat like the Dart, it has to be sailed to its handicap. Richard did not manage it on this occasion, finishing out of the top three after times had been adjusted.
New members Simon and Sophia Bennett proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, beating both RS400s on adjusted time to claim first spot.
The two Rs400s took second and third place, Nigel and James Dowrick beating Paddy Seyler and Steve Coello.
Chris Hazell and Tony Dunn, after their disastrous start, had been clawing their way through the fleet, and managed to claim fourth place.
For race two, a 'P' course was set. The winds had freshened, and provided some exciting planing reaches.
In the Handicap Fleet it was once again Janet and Pete Barnes who proved to be unbeatable, winning on handicap, but not, on this occasion, finishing first on the water.
That honour went to Sara and Oliver Desjonqueres, proving that their performance in race one was no fluke. Unfortunately for them they were pushed back into second place on handicap.
Once again the battle for third spot was between the two Scorpions, but this time Paul Beacon and Kelvin Kirkham had got their act together and beat Andrew and Jenny Kendall.
In the Fast Handicap Fleet Richard Armstrong sailed with a crew (Nigel Dowrick), and this time made no mistake, finishing the course in 58 minutes, some 13 minutes ahead of Paddy Seyler and Steve Coello's RS400. This gap was enough to give the Dart first place on handicap.
Chris Hazell and Tony Dunn, having delicately repaired their masthead fitting using a large rock, sailed their Tasar into third place.
Results: Race 1: Handicap Fleet: 1 Janet and Pete Barnes Kestrel, 2 Sarah and Oliver Desjonquers RS Feva, 3 Andrew and Jenny Kendall Scorpion.
Fast handicap Fleet: 1 Simon and Sophia Bennett Tasar, 2 Nigel and James Dowrick RS400, 3 Paddy Seyler and Steve Coello RS400.
Race 2: Handicap Fleet: 1 Janet and Pete Barnes Kestrel, 2 Sarah and Oliver Desjonquers RS Feva, 3 Paul Beacon and Kelvin Kirkham Scorpion.
Fast Handicap Fleet: 1 Richard Armstrong and Nigel Dowrick Dart, 2 Paddy Seyler and Steve Coello RS400, 3 Chris Hazell and Tony Dunn Tasar.
DEMONSTRATION DATE SET FOR NEWQUAY TREVIGLAS:
Football is a game with many faces. Finally, one of the most exciting and demanding of its small-side variants, Futsal, is set to arrive in Cornwall with its coming launch in Newquay.
Former pro-football player Mark Turner launches a demonstration of this fast five-a-side football game, originating from Brazil, at the Treviglas Dome in Newquay on Tuesday September 10 from 7pm to 9pm.
It is planned that its development into a local competitive league, given active local participation, should follow immediately.
Cornwall-based former Wolves player Mark, whose father is the football manager Graham Turner, is devoted to spreading the social, health, fun and technical advantages of this south American version of soccer, played by 30 million worldwide and the fastest growing indoor sport to Cornish sports people, men, women and children of all ages.
All leagues and tournaments will be FA affiliated and officiated by FA referees.
Anyone interested in trying Futsal or entering one of the upcoming leagues or tournaments should contact Mark on 07765 487158 or email Mid Cornwall@futsaluk.net