Cornwall county scene sport October 9
JACQUES VOTED PLAYER OF YEAR BY TRELAWNY'S ARMY:
Following the fantastic run by the Cornwall team in this season's Bill Beaumont Cup in reaching the Twickenham final, it was always going to be a very difficult decision as to whom to vote for as our Cornwall Player of the Year.
In the end a close poll saw Redruth prop forward Darren Jacques emerge as the player with the most votes, narrowly defeating two former winners of the award, skipper Ben Hilton in second place and Sam Hocking, third.
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Jacques excels not only in the tight but also in the loose as a fine all round player. He has been a stalwart of the Redruth pack for many seasons and captained the Reds from 2009-11.
He has also represented the Barbarians and played for England Counties. This season saw him notch his 25th county appearance.
The winner of the Tony Mead Memorial Shield Cornwall U20 player goes to last season's U20 skipper Neil Broadbank, who also plays for Redruth.
Broadbank, a flanker, made a few appearances for the Reds during their National League 2 South campaign last season.
He also made the final trials for England Counties U20 squad, narrowly missing out on selection for the tour to Georgia.
Broadbank is currently at university in Exeter.
HELEN HEADS HOME TO RUN THE EDEN MARATHON:
The Eden Project Marathon is attracting runners from all over the world, including a Cornish ex-pat who will be travelling from her home in Switzerland for the race.
Helen Rees, who grew up in St Austell and Fowey and now lives near Lausanne, will be returning to Cornwall to run the Eden Marathon on Sunday October 20.
Helen attended Fowey Primary School, before going to Penrice Community College and on to do her A-levels at St Austell College.
A keen runner, she only started running three years ago, after participating in a 10 kilometre walk.
She completed the challenging 60-mile Ultra Trail South West this summer, running the south west coast path from Boscastle to Watergate Bay, by far the longest race she has ever tackled.
Helen said: "The reason I want to do this marathon is because it is different to your usual tarmac run. A marathon through Cornish lanes, past old china clay pits and through Luxulyan Valley woods."
Not only is it a chance to take in the view of the Cornish countryside, for Helen it's also a chance to meet up with old school friends who will be joining her on the run.
The Eden Project's marathon and half marathon started in 2009 but have been on hiatus since their third running in 2011.
During the race, the Eden Project will have bands, choirs and activities available for waiting family and friends, who will be given free admission.
For marathon and half-marathon runners, the Saturday will see Eden host a pre-race pasta party and have the opportunity to socialise with their fellow athletes.
As in previous years, Eden is working in partnership with St Austell Running Club.
In the half marathon, entry costs £21 for runners affiliated with a club and £23 for unaffiliated runners. Entry to the marathon costs £28 for affiliated runners and £30 for unaffiliated runners.
The winning man and woman in the marathon will receive £250 in prize money each while their equivalents in the half marathon will be awarded £200 each. All runners will receive a medal, t-shirt, pasty and pint.
Runners can sign up now or view the full route at www.edenproject.com/marathon.
With two weeks to go before the seventh Jesus Longboard Classic in Polzeath, expectations are high after the success of previous years.
The event will be held at its traditional venue over the weekend of October 19-20, using the 'Tubestation' as its contest base.
It's a great contest for both those who have not entered a competition before and those seasoned contest surfers. The Jesus Longboard Classic has a well deserved reputation for its friendly atmosphere and relaxed vibe, as well as the later rounds being highly competitive.
As in previous years there are four categories – Open, Women's, Junior (U18) and Masters (over 35). The event has always attracted some of the top longboard surfers in the UK, with previous winners including Ben Skinner, Ben Howarth and Candice O'Donnell.
Polzeath Beach is ideal for longboarding, and no matter what the weather conditions the surfers will be well looked after at the event HQ 'Tubestation', Polzeath's unique surf lounge.
Christian Surfers UK are grateful to the key sponsors and also to Cornwall Council and RNLI life guards for their assistance.
Enter online at www.christiansurfers.co.uk or on the website contest page.
INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER SEARCH BY CCFA:
Cornwall County Football Association is looking to appoint an independent non executive board member to join its board of directors.
The board, which currently meets six times per year, is responsible for directing the business affairs of the Association and currently consists of eight members elected from the Council of the Cornwall FA, plus the chief executive.
Travelling expenses of the person appointed will be reimbursed in line with current mileage rates for members of the County FA Council.
It is hoped that the person appointed will have a significant interest in local football and that the skills they have will compliment those of current board members leading to a well balanced board that can take the Association forward with confidence.
The appointment, as with elected board members, will be for a three year period but this may be extended with the Council's approval.
If you are interested, please forward a CV outlining your current skills and your interest/experience of the game.
Some experience in the legal aspects of human resources and or marketing will be welcomed but not a requirement for an application.
For a copy of the role profile of independent director at the Cornwall FA, visit their website www.cornwallfa.com/news/2013/sep/independent-board-member-vacancy
For further information or an informal discussion contact Dawn Aberdeen, chief executive/company secretary, Cornwall Football Association Ltd, Kernow House, 15, Callywith Gate, Launceston Road, Bodmin, Cornwall. PL31 2RQ. Tel 01208 269010 or email email@example.com
Closing date for application: October 31.
ST AUSTELL SET NEW GOALS:
Cornwall College has teamed up with Polkyth Leisure Centre and St Austell's water polo team to provide new goals and sponsorship for the booming junior and senior teams.
For a few years now the water polo goals at Polkyth have been in need of repair and with the facilities and know how at the College's St Austell campus it made sense to join forces.
Leanne Randall, who helps coach the junior team at St Austell said: "With the support from the college we have been able to provide two new water polo goals this year.
"The guys at Polkyth paid for the materials and the construction staff took on the task, everyone has been very supportive."
Men's water polo was one of the first team sports to be introduced at the Olympics in 1900. But it took 100 years for women to be able to take part in the sport at the games.
Leanne said: "We now have 26 juniors in the team and eight new members; this may be down to the Olympics last year, tied in with the local support we have received.
"With new goal posts we can now raise the profile of our team as we can compete more regularly at our home ground."
Leanne has been an active participant for many years and has helped coach the junior team for seven years, while still training with the adult team.
The increased interest is exactly what the local team needs.
She said: "Our new t-shirts and hoodies, sponsored by local companies including the college, have given the team a sense of pride and helps them feel more like a team."
Harry Eade, 17, who is studying his A-levels at the College said: "I have played water polo since I was seven years old and I really enjoy my time in the pool, playing as part of a team.
"Recently one of our old goals rusted and gave way so we found it very difficult to train.
"Now that we have new, sturdier goals we can practice by playing games, where before we had to guess where the goal would be!"
Andy Philips, Curriculum Area Manager for Technology at Cornwall College St Austell, said: "On this occasion, due to the safety aspect, the staff at the college constructed the goals.
"The project was new to us and we had never made goals for water polo before so it's great to be able to pass the experience and knowledge on to our students."
Construction students and staff at the College have been involved in several community projects recently including helping to construct dug outs for Charlestown Youth Football Club.
If there are any local community projects or sport clubs who require help with building or any construction projects, contact Lindsay Adams on 01726 226423.
For more information about the water polo team search St Austell water polo on Facebook.
TRY IT OUT AT NEWQUAY WITH RUGBY WHEELS:
GBWR are offering free taster sessions of wheelchair rugby for maximum fun in a chair.
GBWR are offering the chance to try out one of the 2012 Paralympic Games' most popular sports, Wheelchair Rugby, in Newquay.
Two taster sessions are on offer to anyone who wants to have a go for free: Sat, Oct 19 and Sat, Nov 2, 2 x sessions on each day, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm at The Sports Hub at Treviglas, Bradley Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3JA.
Rugby Wheels is GBWR's 'mass participation' programme, designed to get as many people as possible, so they can taste the excitement of the sport.
All are welcome from players, to supporters, to coaches, to volunteers. All would-be players need to bring is some comfortable clothes and a water bottle.
Mandip Sehmi, of the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby elite squad, said: "Rugby Wheels is a brilliant way of having a go, having a laugh – and getting a bit fitter at the same time.
"I'd really encourage would-be participants to come along and get involved – you won't regret it."
For more details, go to the website: www.gbwr.org.uk
YOUTH TOURNAMENT AT ST AUSTELL THIS SUNDAY:
Cornwall Youth darts are holding a Youth Knockout Tournament at Mount Charles Social Club, St Austell this Sunday, October 13, with a 11am start.
There will be sections for Boys Under 18, Boys Under 21 and Girls 21 years and under.
There will be a £2 entry fee with trophies for the winners. Open to all players in the relevant age groups, Cornwall youth team members or not.
DEVILS BOW OUT WITH NARROW HOME DEFEAT:
Plymouth ended the season with a closely contested home defeat when they lost 47-43 to Newcastle in Friday's Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena.
The Devils eased into a six-point lead after eight heats, but were pegged back by the visitors and the scores were all square going into the final heat in which Richie Worrall and the in-form Ludvig Lindgren had the better of the home pair Rasmus Jensen and Mikkel Bech.
Plymouth: Mikkel Bech 9 (5 rides), Todd Kurtz 6+2 (4), Rasmus Jensen 10+1 (5), Michael Palm Toft 4 (4), Mark Lemon 6 (4). Reserves: Simon Nielsen 2 (3), Jake Anderson 6+2 (5).
Newcastle: Richie Worrall 10+1 (5), rider replacement for Stuart Robson, Andrew Tully 5 (4), Ludvig Lindgren 15+1 (6), Anton Rosen 9+2 (5). Reserves: Chris Schramm 5+2 (6), Lewis Kerr 3 (4).
Short Mat Bowls
INTER COUNTY v SOMERSET:
Cornwall faced Somerset in the second round of matches in the ESMBA Inter County Championship group stages at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club on Sunday.
In the Premier Team match the first session was drawn with two wins apiece, for Cornwall Nigel Nicholls won 14-12 in the Singles and Elise Daniell and Mark Eddy took at 14-10 win in the Pairs.
The second session was also drawn with Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley winning in the Triples and Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore taking an 8-7 win in the Fours. At the halfway point Cornwall the match was tied Cornwall 8 points 78 shots, Somerset 8 points 88 shots.
The third session saw Somerset ensure that they could not lose the match claiming all four games together with the shots bonus points for the Singles and Pairs.
Facing a second successive heavy match defeat Cornwall dug deep in the final session to claim 10 of the 12 points on offer.
In the Triples Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley claimed a second win on the day winning 13-6. In the Fours Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore were 13-3 winners and John Worton, Brenda Sleep, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts won 11-4.
The final match score Cornwall 18 points 160 shots Somerset 22 points 170 shots.
In the day's other match Dorset defeated Devon 32 points to 8 taking Dorset to the top of the table with Cornwall adrift at the bottom.
Cornwall's A Team took a solitary win in the first session thanks to Keith Williams in the Singles winning 12-11.
The second session points were shared with Cornwall winning both Triples and Somerset both Fours. For Cornwall Melba Kitt, Sandra Worton & Henry Kendall won 9-7 and Tony Jago, Alan Holden & Gary Davey won 14-5.
At the lunch break Somerset led 10 points to 6 and 114 shots to 60.
The afternoon Triples saw points shared with Joe Dixon taking a 12-9 win in the Singles and Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden winning 16-9.
Somerset claimed both bonus the Singles and Pairs bonus points to lead 18 points to 10 going into the last session.
The final session saw Cornwall claim a solitary win, Sheila Hodge, Jim Rule, Carol Ford & Terry Bray winning 12-9 in the Fours.
The bonus points were shared from the session with Somerset taking the Triples and Cornwall the Fours to leave the final score Cornwall 14 points 137 shots Somerset 26 points 202 shots.
Cornwall's next match is away to Dorset at Bere Regis on Sunday October 20.
The County Championships get under way on Sunday with 108 bowlers in 27 teams taking part in the County Fours at Carnmoggas vying for the 8 places available in the end of season county finals.
Cornwall's England squad members take part in the penultimate squad day on Saturday ahead of November's British Isles Championships in Ireland.
LOSTWITHIEL WIN THRILLER:
It all went down to the last touch of the game as Lostwithiel snatched a dramatic winner in their 4-3 defeat of champions Luxulyan in the Cornwall Sunday League.
The hosts had their keeper to thank with a string of fine saves to keep them in the game as they trailed 3-2. The result helps them leap frog Luxulyan into third.
After two weeks without a match Blue Anchor got back on track with a 4-1 defeat of improving St Kew Highway. Despite an indifferent performance the Fraddon based club will be delighted with the 3 points and their first win of the season.
A game of two halves in Bodmin as the hosts dominated Carlyon Arms for the first 45 minutes but only had a 1-0 lead to show for their efforts.
The second half saw the Sandy dominate their hosts scoring four times without reply.
St Breward moved up to second with a 4-0 win over Packhorse. The result will give them enormous confidence going into next week's top of the table clash with Carlyon Arms while the away side look to bounce back against Bodmin after two heavy defeats.