Cornwall county sports scene, October 2
PIRATES CLAIM THE TREASURE AT POLKERRIS:
The Polkerris Pirates youth windsurfing team made a clean sweep of the 2013 Team15 regional series at Polkerris Beach, when they proved they could beat their Cornish competitors even with almost no wind at all.
The Pirates, along with the Siblyback Water Warriors, the Stithians Allstars and the Roseland Wave Riders, found that the southerly breeze of between zero and four mph was only just enough to get them moving. Four races were attempted, but only two could be completed.
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Undeterred, the youngsters took part in a lively freestyle competition in their fleets, with the winner and runner-up going through to a final heat.
Lots of spinning skill was demonstrated by the Pirates in particular during this competition; Jowan Sleep (15) took the sail off and spun it on his head like an umbrella.
George Sioufi (12) got a merit award for non-stop spinning for the entire five minute heat. Their team-mate Jake Penprase (15) was the eventual winner of this event and was awarded an Oshera cap.
After the two main windsurfing races, the Pirates had won a resounding victory, beating the Roseland Wave Riders by a massive 22 points.
They are now looking forward to racing in the national final, the Team15 Champions Cup held at Northampton Sailing Club on October 12-13.
To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.
GLOBAL CAT FIGHT COMES TO CORNWALL:
ThunderCat Racing UK are heading to Cornwall from October 5 to 12, to host the ThunderCat World Championship.
The week-long event will see two man teams from ten countries across the globe battling through three disciplines in potentially treacherous conditions to be crowned King or Queen of this prestigious event.
Not to be confused with any other sport, ThunderCat Racing is the ultimate in global inflatable boat racing.
Cornwall has been selected over all the other counties due to its beautiful character, coast line and people.
Two locations will be used throughout the seven day championship. The first is the official host venue for the duration; Pentewan Sands near Mevagissey supplying first class facilities and a perfect beach, all within walking distance of each other.
The second is Watergate Bay at ewquay where each day teams shall take a day trip over to the north coast for a taste of Cornwall's superb surf conditions.
October 5: Pentewan Sands, Longhaul, starting at 11 am. This is the most testing event racing 60 miles along the rugged Cornish coast racing to Looe and back twice.
October 8-9: Surf Racing, starting each day at noon. Surf racing is often described as the nearest thing on water to moto cross with boats racing through the surf often seen jumping 20ft into the air on a 300 x 200 meter course.
October 11-12: Circuit Racing, starting each day at noon. This is the fastest circuit out of the three disciplines and often noted by racers as one of the most treacherous, as you have no time to correct any mistakes. Modified boats will be reaching speeds of over 70mph.
Entry is free. More information on racing dates and timings can be found on the official information page www.thundercatracing.com
HARRIS HEROICS IN VAIN:
Cornish star Chris Harris top scored for an Exeter Select side in the Colin Hill Memorial challenge match at the St Boniface Arena on Friday evening, but could not prevent Plymouth from gaining a 48-42 victory.
It proved to be a highly entertaining meeting with some top quality racing between two well-matched sides.
Harris had three wins in his 11 points after being pegged back to third place behind fellow Cornishman Ben Barker, and Steve Boxall in his opening race.
Boxall went on to win the man of the match award from meeting sponsors Simply Clean by top scoring for Plymouth with 11 (paid 13 points).
Plymouth co-promoter David Short said: "We were very pleased with the quality of the racing. Riders from both sides put everything into the evening, especially bearing it mind that it was a challenge match."
Plymouth: Ben Barker 6+2 (4 rides), Steve Boxall 11+2 (5), Ricky Wells 9 (4), Michael Palm Toft 5+1 (4), Mark Lemon 11 (5). Reserves: Jake Anderson 5+1 (4), David Abraham 1+1 (4).
Exeter Select: Chris Harris 11+1 (5), Danny Maassen 3 (4), Ryan Fisher 8 (5), Sam Chapman 1 (3), Kevin Doolan 7 (4). Reserves: Simon Nielsen 9 (5), Connor Coles 3+2 (4).
A home game this month for Cornwall Ladies saw them playing the Isle Of Wight, not one of the strongest sides in the South West region but certainly a team not to be underestimated.
A day full of great performances from each and everyone of the Cornwall ladies saw all four sections won convincingly 8-3, 8-3, 11-0 and 9-2 respectively.
A fantastic team effort with some impressive individual results including 4/4 for Michaela Edwards, Paula Pope, Kerry Wilton, Stacey Hancock, Carol Stephens and player of the match Sarah Gallant.
Team: Paula Pope, Becky Cocks, Michaela Edwards, Emma Rowett, Amanda Fleming, Sarah Gallant, Bex Smyth, Vanessa Scott, Kerry Wilton, Amy Morris, Stacey Hancock (Vice Capt) and Carol Stephens (capt).
CORNWALL MEN'S A:
Cornwall A entertained the Isle of Wight in the latest round of County matches.
Cornwall were keen to exact revenge for their defeat in the away fixture earlier in the season and started by opening a 4-0 lead with wins from Gary Hodgson, Henry McGall, Jason Grigor and Graham Taylor, before familiar mistakes cost them the next three.
Cornwall's tailend rallied to take a 7-4 lead after the first session.
Undeterred the IoW composed themselves and won the first six frames of the second session, before Cornwall stemmed the flow winning three of the next five leaving the IoW with a 12-10 lead at the halfway stage.
The third session began with Cornwall's opening four players all delivering wins for the second time in the match, before Cornwall lost the next three, mirroring the first session.
With the match evenly poised Cornwall raised the stakes with wins from Andy Hall, Nick Rowe and Ryan Nicholls to take the third session 7-4 and a 17-16 overall lead.
The final session began with blows being traded equally in the opening four frames before Lee Sturtridge and Carl Templeton, both of whom had lost their opening three frames dug deep within to deliver vital frames when needed.
With the score poised at 21-18, the IOW nicked the next before Cornwall's back four stood firm winning the final four frames and securing a 25-19 victory.
Cornwall were well supported from Andy Hall 4/4. Henry McGall, Jason Grigor, Nick Rowe and Ryan Nicholls 3/4.
Team: Gary Hodgson, Henry McGall, Jason Grigor, Graham Taylor, Lee Sturtridge, Carl Templeton, Ryan Cleaves, Andy Hall, Mike Hancock, Nick Rowe and Ryan Nicholls (capt).
CORNWALL MEN'S B:
Cornwall entertained Isle of Wight on what turned out to be a very one-sided event winning the match by the great score of 34-10.
It was 'fill you boots time' for the Cornwall lads with the first and last quarter being won 9-2 and the two middle quarters being won 8-3 respectively.
Darren Griffiths, Martin Hendy, Malcolm Osbourne and Nathan Yeo all won 4 out 4. Ricky Hughes, Richard Holmes, Paul Crook and captain Jon Perrow winning 3 out of 4.
Andy Barrett and Marc Holmes won 2 out of 4. Kalvin Ashwood 1 out of 3 and James Holmes coming in and winning 1 out of 1.
The man of the match award went to Darren Griffiths for the first time amid scenes of joy.
With regards to qualifying for the national finals in Great Yarmouth and with Somerset already qualified, it has come down to a three horse race for the last spot between Cornwall, Devon and lastly Dorset who pulled off a shock win over Somerset, leaving the league and qualification wide open.
Cornwall travel to table topping Somerset in their next match needing at least a draw to keep qualification in their own hands.
A win against Somerset and Cornwall could even go on to win the whole Region and go to Great Yarmouth as champions.
CHARITY OPEN FLY FISHING COMPETITION THIS SUNDAY:
Cast Fishing Club is hosting the sixth annual Charity Open competition this Sunday, October 6, at Stithians reservoir.
First prize is a season ticket for the reservoir worth over £250 kindly donated by SWLT.
Fishing is from 9.30am-4.30pm with registration from 8.45am at the water sports centre. Entry is £5 plus day ticket and there will be a raffle and barbecue at the weigh in.
This competition is open to non-club members so come along and have a go. All proceeds will be donated to the Little Harbour Hospice, St Austell.
TEMPLE TROUT FISHERY:
Cooler weather conditions produced more activity at the Temple Trout Fishery near Bodmin in September. Some days have seen some good hatches of fly life with plenty of trout surface feeding, writes Julian Jones.
The largest trout of the month was caught by Richard Colsell, of Newquay, who landed a super 6lb 1oz Brown Trout.
Fortunately for Richard the trout was tagged which netted Richard a cash prize. Richard caught his fish on a Black Hopper.
Bruce McCune, of Wadebridge, landed a good six fish bag weighing 14lb fishing a Black Hopper and a Damsel Nymph. Dave Richardson, of Launceston, landed a four fish bag for 9lb 8oz fishing a Cat's Whisker.
INTER AREA LEAGUE:
On Sunday the first round of Inter Area League matches were played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club. West were 24 -16 winners against the East and Central defeated North 29-11.
The next round of fixtures will be played at Carnmoggas on the 17 November when North will take on West and Central face East.
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP:
This Sunday Cornwall face Somerset at Carnmoggas in the second Inter County match of the season. Team Manager Nigel Nicholls will be keen to see both the Premier and A team build on the positives from an otherwise disappointing opening fixture against Devon a fortnight ago. Due to player availability some enforced changes will be made to the teams.
SUCCESS FOR CORNWALL PLAYERS AT HURLINGHAM:
Five players from Cornwall Croquet Club competed in the midweek veterans tournament, held over three days at the Hurlingham Club in west London.
The tournament is divided into two competitions, with eight players in the under-70 section, who play seven games, all play all. The 16 over-70s played in the Swiss format, where players are drawn against competitors with similar results.
The Hurlingham lawns, used for tournaments at the highest level, brought out the best in the Cornwall players. The weather was kind, with only a little light rain on one evening, and no wind.
In the under-70 section, Des Honey (handicap 11) had a hard start, having arrived direct from Heathrow where he had just landed from the USA.
Not surprisingly, his first day's results were not the best, but he soon made up for this with good wins sufficient to leave him as runner-up. His wins included two at 26-0. He received a cut glass whisky tumbler for his efforts. However, he was eclipsed by Cornwall's Peter Cutting (9) who won all seven games to become the clear outright winner, and take home a pair of engraved wine glasses.
In the Swiss, the competition was close, the winner having five wins out of six, with four players including Cornwall's David Edwards (9 initially) joint runners-up with four wins. Stephen Read and Paul Schofield obtained good wins in the Swiss section, Paul's play improving greatly as the tournament progressed.
However, David Edwards had his handicap cut by three steps during the tournament, and Des Honey by three at the end. Peter Cutting will also have his handicap reduced.
ST AUSTELL HOSTS SUCCESSFUL OPEN DAY:
Cornwall RFU Women and Girls staged a successful Open Development and County Trials Day at St Austell on Sunday with participants from all over Cornwall.
The afternoon started with skills sessions and game development, attended by new prospects and previous county players in fast and fun groups and then went into the Under 15's county trials match, where the girls could display their game awareness and skill sets to the county and RFU coaches, hopeful of selection.
This was then followed by the Under 18's attendees who again went through skills tests using touch rugby rules before finally being invited to go into a full contact trial match for assessment by the gathered officials.
The participants displayed great energy, guts and some fine rugby skills, making an enjoyable afternoon for the spectators. They now have to face unenviable wait for the telephone call from the relevant team managers, with the selectors having to make tough decisions to see who makes it through.
The new teams then have a short training window before facing their next test on Sunday, when they will be attending the RFU South West Divisional Festival of Rugby in Frome, Somerset. They will be up against teams from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
For more information about women and girls rugby in Cornwall go to the website: crfu-wags.co.uk, or contact the WAGS teams in Camborne, Helston, Liskeard, Newquay or Penryn.
LOSTWITHIEL TRIO SHINE ON CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUT:
Three members of Lostwithiel Kettlebell Club enjoyed a successful debut in their first competitive event after taking part in the GSU British Open Kettlebell Championships in London.
The event was held at the Reebok Sports Club in Canada Square, Canary Wharf, where eight countries were represented and more than 85 athletes registered.
Lostwithiel Kettlebell Club founder Luke Jones was unable to compete due to injury, but he was pleased to take three members of Lostwithiel to the capital for their first ever competitive event.
And Jones, as their coach, was delighted to return to Cornwall with three medals.
Suzi Bayliss won gold in women's 12g Biathlon (68kg + weight category), James Hammond won gold in Men's 24kg Biathlon (78kg weight category) and Duncan Middleton won silver in men's 20kg Biathlon (85kg weight category).
Not only were there representatives from the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands lifting but also three champions from Russia – Anton Anasenko (Honoured Master of Sport), Aleksander Khvostov (World Class Master of Sport) and Natalia Gorbynova (Master of Sport).
Anasenko even managed to demonstrate a world record in 32kg Snatch, 207 reps (+1 on his previous best).
For more information on Lostwithiel Kettlebell Club contact Luke Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org