West Briton County Sport round up
REBELS MUST IMPROVE FOR GRAND FINAL:
Cornish Rebels 60, Plymouth Titans 10
Cornish Rebels chairman John Beach warned his squad that they will have to improve or risk disappointment in their quest for South West League silverware at the first attempt, writes Dick Straughan.
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In their first season the Cornish Rebels eased into Sunday's Grand Final against Devon Sharks at Polson Bridge (2.30pm) as they swept aside the challenge of Plymouth Titans in this largely one-sided South West League Play-Off semi-final, running in 11 tries to two.
But Beach was not impressed at the final whistle and said: "We had to grind it out in the first half and should have scored more points in the second. We let ourselves down with our discipline, gave away too many penalties and let in a couple of soft tries."
"The top and bottom of it is that we should have scored more points and will have to address that for this week."
He continued: "We went to sleep in the second half and spent twenty minutes defending in our own 20. You can't do that and on any other day we could have come unstuck if we hadn't built up a big enough lead beforehand."
The Rebels seemed to be coasting to a big victory leading 48-0 after 56 minutes at Redruth with nine tries already on the board. Plymouth were on the back foot and had offered little in attack until the Rebels suddenly relented and were punished conceding 10 points in three minutes.
They recovered to kill the tie with late scores from Alex Ducker and Matt Shepherd but it wasn't enough for an angry Beach.
"Against a stronger side like Devon Sharks we would have really struggled and a team like that would have capitalised on our mistakes," he said.
"We go into next week now just eighty minutes away from our second piece of silverware and a Grand Slam season but we will need to be much, much better."
Cornish Rebels: Shepherd, Ducker, Hunt, Bristow, Pallett, Pellow, Thirlby, Pattison, Jones, Williams, Middlewood, Beasley, Lawrence. Replacements – Cook, Butcher, Belt, Winston, Marshall, Webster.
Scorers: Tries – Pattison, Middlewood, Ducker (3), Thirlby, Pallett (2), Shepherd (2), Beasley
Cons – Thirlby (7), Shepherd.
Plymouth Titans: Wilson, Hart, Kyle, Tharme, Pengelley, Flowers, Sexton, Stockwell, Langton, Ansell, Paul, Galloway. Replacements – Ola, Caladine.
Scorers: Tries – Ansell, Wilson; Cons – Flowers.
Referee: A Bickle.
WEATHER RELENTS AT LAST:
It was third time lucky for Trelawney Rowing Club who held their annual regatta at Stithians on Sunday after postponing twice due to bad weather.
They were joined by clubs from Calstock, Polperro, Saltash, St Germans, Penryn and Flushing Mylor. Rowers aged from 10 up to and including adults enjoyed a fantastic day of rowing, sunshine and plenty of tea and cakes, followed by prize giving and a raffle.
Trelawney Rowing Club have benefited from a £10,000 grant from Sport England which has enabled them to buy a new 18' flash boat and a 15' skiff. The club train each Tuesday and Friday from April to October at Stithians Lake. Please call Sally Bray on 01209 861155 if you would like to know more or are interested in joining the club.
JAM AT MOUNT HAWKE:
Cornish skate park Mount Hawke in Truro is hosting BMX Jam for amateur and pro riders this weekend.
In cooperation with BMX magazine, The Albion, the Battle of Bunhill will feature pro riders on Saturday with the opportunity for anyone to come along and ride with the pros.
Sunday will feature a Jam Festival, with riders of all abilities able to take part and test their skills. The festival is open to anyone to enter and there will be freebie give-aways as well as prize money for the best trick.
For anyone looking to make a weekend of the action, neighbouring Penhallow Camping also has availability over the weekend with electric hook-up pitches available to book.
The Saturday ride with the pro's event is £5 to join in with the Sunday event £10 for riders to enter. Both events are open to over 11's only and helmets are compulsory.
The BMX Amateur Jam kick starts a series of events from the Cornish skate park, and has attracted sponsorship from Dead Sailor and BMX, with more sponsors and supporters still to confirm.
Contact Mount Hawke on 01209 890705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on parking and park capacity, for further event details visit www.thealbion.cc.
Camping at Penhallow Camping costs £5 per night for a single pitch. Electricity hook up is +£2.50 p/n, Additional persons +£2.00 p/n. Call 07794582579 to book quoting MOUNT HAWKE.
CORNWALL TAKE ON DEVON:
A party of bowlers comprising Past Presidents of the Cornwall County Bowling Association and associate members travelled to Paignton to play a six rink match against the Mid Devon League.
The match was played at the Paignton Bowling Club in lovely weather and a very warm welcome was extended to the Cornish players from the Mid Devon League President.
The match itself developed in the early stages of the game seeing Mid Devon take a substantial lead with just one Cornish rink leading against Mid Devon .
However, the second half of the match saw the Cornish team reduce the shot difference by a significant margin, and eventually losing by 13 shots, with the Cornwall Past Presidents & Mid Devon League having three winning rinks each.
Rink scores: R Priestley 23-20, C Gardiner 15-32, L Phillips 17-25, T Reid 28-17, M Richards 25-13, M Tout 10-24. Overall score Cornwall Past Presidents 1128 shots, Mid Devon League 131 shots.
FISTRAL SERVES UP FEAST OF BEACH ACTION:
The 2013 Bubbles Linen Service NSA beach tennis tournament was played at Fistral Beach with 25 teams competing in the Men's and Mixed doubles for the £1,000 prize.
Having moved to Fistral beach this year, the first thing that needed to be done was to flatten out an area large enough to set up four tournament courts.
With the tournament under way the 'Have a go' courts were set up for anyone to try out beach tennis. More than 300 people tried out this fast growing sport.
Sunday saw the start of the main tournament with knockout rounds. Defending champions Finn Leverton and Dan Stook got off to a great start but were then take out by Nick and Chris Peters, brothers from Redruth with their very attacking style at the net.
On the other side of the draw Liam Manning and Scott Sutherland comfortably won their first round game, to meet Dan Elston and Anton Roberts, and with only a couple of points the difference lost 7-6.Tim Webster and Ryan Fern were going to be a very strong team and with Ryan's experience in squash and tennis, and Tim's quick reactions and great ball placement they were on their way to the final.
The first final was the Mixed doubles consolation with Anton Roberts and Annabelle Wilkins defeating Dave Blanchard and Carmel Blanchard.
In the Men's doubles consolation final Nick Jones and Steve Graves losing to Double Dave team.
Main mixed doubles final was between Oshi Leverton and India Rojano, who had to play last year's runners-up Scott Sutherland and Louise Watson.
There was nothing to separate the teams and with several 20 shoot rallies the crowd were loving the action. Time ran out, and with the score at 6-6 it came down to the final game. Oshi and India proving that the trick of letting them make the mistakes was the winning formula.
Men's final saw Ryan Fern and Tim Webster take on brothers Nick and Chris Peters. The brothers were on the right track going up 2-0 but then a clash of paddles between brothers shifted momentum and left Nick clutching at his arm.
Tim and Ryan took the next three games before Chris and Nick were back to playing at full strength. With Ryan's defensive low well placed shots, the brothers were unable to play their effective offensive attacking game, and with a few errors the game started to slip away and even with a very strong finish it was too much to pull it back
The organisers would like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters of this year's event, Bubbles Linen Service, Fistral Beach Bar, Start and Co and Tribute ale Tony Pryce Sports Fistral beach for hosting and Anne, Hillary and Sue from LTA Cornwall.
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
White Hart A (Camborne) won 9-3 at Holmans Social Club (Camborne), buoyed by good individual wins from Paul Cook (26.05), Ian Packenas (26.36) and Kevin Bray (26.36) and currently top the table in Men's Premier West.
They have played two more matches though than Queens Arms A (Constantine), who trail by just 10 points in third place and remain favourites to lift the title.
Ian Keast (28.80) recorded the highest average in the division but finished up on the wrong end of an 8-4 scoreline when Western Inn (St Austell) were defeated by Kernow Club (Truro).
Astro Club (Penzance) returned from Britannia Inn C (Truro) with a 7-5 victory and had Brian Jones as their leading marksman when top scoring with 17 ton plus throws which included a brace of 180s.
The Tavern (Newquay) defeated Heathcoat Social Club (Redruth) 9-3 while Britannia Inn A (Truro) had to settle for a share of the spoils away at Newquay Rowing Club A.
Four Winds Inn (Falmouth) are on the cusp of emerging as champions of Ladies' Premier West.
They won their penultimate fixture 6-1against Beacon Inn (Camborne) with Sarah Van Evelingen (19.03) as their form player.
They go into their final match with a five-point advantage over Holmans Social Club (Camborne) who had Angie Bird (19.03) inspiring them to a 6-1 victory away at Pheasant Inn (St Newlyn East).
Queens Arms (Constantine) had Carla Ruberry (100x9) as their top scorer when edging out Helston RBL 4-3 while Albany RFC A (Redruth) also won by the narrowest of margins at Constantine Social Club.
PIRATES' GUERNSEY LINK:
The Cornish Pirates have linked-up with Guernsey RFC and the Guernsey Sports Commission in a bid to explore the potential of sporting talent in the Channel Islands.
Following the signing last week of teenage England Under-18 wing Luke Jones, Pirates head coach Ian Davies explained he may not be the last signing the club makes from across the English Channel.
"We have spoken to Jeremy Frisk at the Guernsey Sports Commission and the idea is to see if we can be a professional partner for rugby providing help on and off the field," he said.
"It is possibly an un-tapped seam of talent but we aim to explore every avenue and leave no stone unturned. If they have suitably talented players let us see if we can help them."
Davies admitted that there had been a few eyebrows raised at Championship rivals Jersey following the news but stated that there was no intention to cause friction.
"A few of the ex-Pirates (now at Jersey) have expressed surprise but we haven't done this to ruffle feathers in Jersey," he said.
"We have fantastic links with Truro College and Guernsey were very keen on this because it is also a potential chance for their best sporting youngsters to be educated in mainland UK".
Davies, CEO Josh Lewsey and Head of Sales, Marketing & Communications Steve Davies are due to visit Guernsey next month.
CHOUGHS APPOINT JOBY:
London Cornish RFC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Scillonian Joby Newton as captain of the Choughs, the club's 3rd team for the coming season.
Newton, 25, from Tresco, who has played for the club for two seasons following spells with Falmouth and the Isle of Scilly club, will form a management team for The Choughs with Alex Fairweather, who will coach the side in their inaugural Middlesex Merit Table Division
1 campaign this season as he gradually returns from injury.
London Cornish have always taken pride in the being the first port of call for all Cornish exiles in the capital, and with a club short adorning the ceiling of the New Inn on Tresco, the links with the archipelago are now further cemented.
Director of Rugby Dickon Moon said: "It's great to be able to promote from within and both these players are well known across the club.
"The Choughs have continued their meteoric rise up the leagues in the last two seasons under Ali Lindsay's stewardship, and we can be confident that this success will continue under this pair."
DECISION PROVES RIGHT:
Following a change of format for the South West Championships and Inter Counties, county team manager, Dave Varney, made the decision to take a small group of top County athletes to the Allianz Stadium at Barnet to take part in the South of England U15 and U20 Inter Counties Championships.
They were up against 14 other Southern Regional Counties ranging from Norfolk in the East to the South and Western areas.
With an unprecedented seven wins, which included two county Records and a Championship Best Performance, the controversial decision not to attend the South West meeting seemed fully justified and most of those athletes that did make the long journey were in agreement that the right choice was made.
The day could not have got off to a better start with two wins and a county record in the opening field events. Rebecca Gray had been within touching distance of Jasmin Hicks U15 Pole Vault Record.
She had to overcome some aggressive officialdom and having to re-set her run-up marks but secured the win after clearing 3.10m.
She then went on to raise the bar 1cm above the county record, breaking this with a 3.20m vault.
Alongside the Pole Vault, the U20 Long Jump competition saw Lamorna Newman leap to a new lifetime best distance of 5.44m and in a grand finale for the county, reminiscent of Golden Saturday at the Olympics. She followed an impressive win in the heats of the 200m to hold off the English Schools Bronze winner in a tight finish of the finals to wipe off a 33 year old County Record in a winning time of 25.09s, just inside the legal wind speed at + 1.9s.
The 25.1s hand timed record of Debbie Peach in 1980 is likely to still feature on the county records list as a significant performance.
At the end of a long stifling day, which at times saw winds gusting around the stadium, two other significant wins came in a flurry, along with Lamorna's 200m victory. Andy Worden and Jack Wightman had both looked comfortable to get through the heats of the 800m and 400m respectively.
The finals both saw close finishes. Andy controlled the two lap race from the gun always keeping ahead of any attack to take the lead. His surging bursts to hold off the opposition worked right up to the chase for the line, which he crossed in a winning time of 1m:54.51s.
Wightman's one lap event, run in lanes for the full 400m distance, saw him chasing a back straight lead of the Surrey athlete, which he equalled as they rounded the bend into the final straight.
The powerful looking Surrey athlete appeared to have the edge as they approached the finish but slightly built Jack found the extra speed in the last 20m for the victory in 48.88s
In between these events, U17 Charlotte Cayton-Smith competing in an age group above her own, produced one of the clearest wins of the day and in doing so broke a 20 year old Championship Record. With 10 of the 13 declared county athletes reporting to the start, this race was run as a straight final with no heats.
Charlotte made her intentions clear from the gun and soon built up a lead which was unstoppable. Her joy was complete as she heard the announcement that her winning time of 2m:10.08s had surpassed the 2:10.3 CBP set in 1993.
Having won a silver medal in Senior British Championships at Birmingham last month, hopes had been high for a win from Jordanna Morrish.
This looked well on the cards as she cleared every height at her first attempt, including her winning height of 1.73m.
Unluckily for Jordanna, her attempts at 1.76m, just one centimetre lower than her County Record of 1.77m, were foiled be a strong wind into her face but was happy with her first time clearances to this point.
The U20 team with six of the wins plus a top three performance from Lawrence Mitchell for third in the Long Jump and a new personal best of 6.65m finished eighth overall, probably the best by any Cornish team since competing in the Championships and a remarkable achievement against the larger counties of Essex, Surrey, Middlesex, especially as only the top eight or finalists score points.
Others from Cornwall to put points on the board were: Under 20 Men – Sam Lane De Courtin 4th Steeplechase; Lawrence Mitchell 4th Triple Jump. Under 20 Women – Yvonne Chart 8th 1500m; Lamorna Newman 5th Triple Jump. Under 15 Boys – Jordan Smart 7th 200m; Frankie Aldred 7th 1500m; Jake Penprase 7th Shot Putt.Under 15 Girls – Lily England 7th 800m; Yoyo Barnsley 5th 1500m; Shannon-Mae Watkins 7th Long Jump.