West Briton county sport round-up October 24
CORNWALL SUFFER HEAVY PREMIER DEFEAT:
On Sunday, Cornwall travelled to Bere Regis to meet Dorset in the latest round of ESMBA Inter County Championship fixtures.
The Premier Team suffered a heavy defeat, picking up points in only five of the 16 games played.
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In the first session, David Studden picked up a 13-12 win in the Singles. The Four of John Worton, Graham Reeves, Ken Horrell and Chris Roberts took a hard fought 6-6 draw in the second session leaving Cornwall trailing 13-3 at the halfway point in the match.
In the third session again only saw points scored on only one mat with Elise Daniell and Mark Eddy scoring a 15-9 win in the Pairs. With the match result beyond doubt Cornwall scored three points in the final session with a 11-8 win for Graham Ford, Gillian Cawrse and Percy Tripp in the Triples and a 7-7 draw for Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly and Peter Hore in the Fours.
The final match score Dorset 32 points 196 shots Cornwall 8 points 154 shots leaving Cornwall well adrift at the bottom of the South West group table.
Team manager Nigel Nicholls said after the match: "It was a disappointing result although individual performances were better than the result suggests. I cannot fault the effort but we need to be more consistent throughout the whole day."
The A Team enjoyed their best match of the season so far with a convincing victory.
The first session saw Cornwall off to the best possible start winning all four games.
In the Singles Keith Matthews won 15-10 and Keith Williams 11-10. In the Pairs Bill Sharp and Brenda Sleep won 14-11 and Betty Temple Smith and Max Burden won 24-7. Dorset hit back in the second session taking three of the four games with Meg Horrell, Jim Stanley, Joe Dixon and Carolyn Stanley winning 9-4 in the Fours to ensure Cornwall maintained a lead going into the afternoon session.
The third session again saw a strong Cornwall performance with three wins out of Four. Keith Matthews 17-12 and Keith Williams 17-10 ensuring a clean sweep of points for Cornwall in the Singles. Bill Sharp and Brenda Sleep completed a double in the Pairs with a 15-8 win.
Cornwall took both discipline bonus points to ensure they could not lose the match with a session to spare.
A shared final session with Tony Jago, Alan Holden and Gary Davey winning 18-3 in the Triples and Kath Goodman, Sheila Hodge, Jim Rule and Terry Bray taking a 10-6 win in the Fours. Cornwall claimed the bonus points in the Fours but missed out on the Triples points by three.
The final match score Dorset 14 points 147 shots Cornwall 26 points 189 shots moving Cornwall above Dorset in the South West group table (see page ???_.
Cornwall are next in action on the November 10 when Dorset will be the visitors to Carnmoggas for the return fixture.
TWO WOOD SINGLES:
On Saturday, 43 bowlers competed in the qualification competition for the County Two Wood Singles at Carnmoggas, split into two sessions, with five group winners and three runners-up progressing for each session to a knockout round.
In the morning, Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) claimed Group One with 6 +23 and second placed Gerald Fisher (Illogan) claimed a runners-up spot with 4 +8. David Balow (Marazion) won a three way tie in Group Two with 4 +8 and Henry Kendall (Withiel) claimed a runners-up spot with 4 +2. Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake) took the best score of the session with 6 +28 in Group Three ahead of Neil Gribble (Landrake) on 4 +5. David Foulds (Marazion) took a tight Group Four with 4 -1 and rounding off the qualifiers was Keith Matthews (Blisland) with 5 +17 in Group Five.
In the play-offs, Henry Kendall defeated Neil Gribble 11-10. David Balow defeated club mate David Foulds 14-7 to score his first County ranking points.
Nigel Nicholls defeated Dennis Shorthouse 13-7 and Gerald Fisher was a 11-6 winner against Keith Matthews.
The afternoon session saw Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) win Group One with 6 +8 after defeating Peter Hore (Holmans) 14-11 in the final group game.
Peter progressed as one of the runners up with 4 +10. Robin Burden (Wadebridge) took Group Two with 6 +13. John Worton (Ladock) claimed Group Three with the same score.
In Group Four a draw in the final group game between Tom Lapworth (Penlee) and Jim Stanley (Treviscoe) saw both go through with 5 +14 and 5 +7 respectively.
Group Five saw Keith Williams equal the day's best score of 6 +28 to top the group with Michael Webster (Blisland) claiming the final runners up spot with 4 +9.
The play offs saw Peter Hore defeat Michael Webster 16-4. Martin Boraston won 16-8 against Keith Williams. Jim Stanley defeated Robin Burden 14-7 and John Worton was a 19-2 winner against Tom Lapworth.
This weekend the County Two Wood Pairs qualification competition will be played with 54 pairs entered, 27 on each day with eight, four for each day, to progress to the County Finals at the end of the season.
CORNWALL PAIR IN FINAL:
Two racketball players from Cornwall travelled to Sheffield for the National Racketball Doubles Tournament.
Siobhan Garland (Falmouth) and Liz Cowley (Truro) made it through early rounds and a very demanding Semi to make the final where the Cornish pair were level at two games all, and six all in the fifth game, when the couple from Derbyshire pulled away with some exceptional length balls, and took the match 11-6.
Both Siobhan and Liz were delighted to have made it so far in the tournament, with such a high standard of players involved from all over the country.
Siobhan also got through to the final of the Mixed Doubles with her partner Matt Baker (Exeter).
Again the South West pair were tied at two games all, nine-all in the fifth, but saw the opposition from the North sneak the final game 11-9.
Anyone interested in taking up racketball can contact either Falmouth Sports Club, where Siobhan is the squash and racketball coach, or Truro Squash and Racketball Club.
SUCCESS FOR TEAM BYRNE:
The Byrne Black Belt Academy competition squad "Team Byrne" were in action in Bristol at the international Sport Martial Arts event "The Bristol Open" sanctioned by WAKO (World All Styles Kickboxing Organisation).
The event attracted teams from Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Greece as well as the leading teams in the UK such as the Bristol "Death Squad", Mad Dogs and the famous TKA. They were coached by Chief Instructor Ed Byrne and Instructor and five times World Champion Bradley Byrne
Team Byrne were congratulated by many of the UK top coaches on their fine performances.
Lee Matthews owner of Top Ten UK and coach for the famous Top Ten Team and Andy Cleeves organiser of "The Bristol Open" said: "Ed Byrne is one of the leading coaches in the UK and 'Team Byrne' were a force to reckoned with."
Sam Mcguigan (9), who won the World Championships in Dublin this year, was in great form and won the 125cm division. There were more than 100 boys in the division and took more than three hours to run.
Georgina Clark (12), who won the World Championships in Paris last year, won the 145cm girls in an epic battle against the top girls in Europe. Georgina also won silver the day before in the Continuous Kickboxing division.
Jordan Rees, World Champion, Ben Clark, Kwon Champion and World Champion Sam Mcguigan were all in the semi-finals of the -135cm division, which was the busiest one of the day.
The division started at noon and finished at 3.45pm with more than 150 boys competing for one prize.
Jordan fought his way to the final and was beaten by one point, and had to settle for silver. Ben Clark took bronze after an excellent performance.
World Champions, Jake Rees and Georgina Clark, took bronze in the – 155cm Tag Teams, in a fantastic showdown against the top teams in Europe.
Dan Gregory, Rosie Donaghy, Kyle Nicholas, Jacca Goulding, Connor Hocking and Kyle Silgram also did extremely well in what was a top class competition.
TRURO MARCH ON:
Truro 3 University of Exeter C
Truro maintained their good start to the season in the Davis Wood Championship with this comfortable win.
Tireless work from Adam Tatlow, Dave Chanter and Cal Westaway nullified any Exeter attack, while in possession Tom Haigh provided an excellent forward option from midfield.
Persistent pressure almost paid off from patient passing from James Dunstan and Dan Round eventually found Cuthbert Shepherd in space who in turn fed Sam Dunstan who saw a well struck effort saved well by the Exeter keeper. The introduction of James Westaway and Nick Stanlake proved to be well timed as both forwards won short corners in quick succession. James Dunstan then saw two excellent efforts saved by a very good keeper.
Truro continued to knock on the door with Nick Stanlake coming close just before half time with a reverse stick strike that look destined for the net but was again well saved. 0-0 half time.
The second half started much like the first with Truro dictating most the play and full backs Martin Rowe and Ricky Searle were pressing higher and creating opportunities.
The breakthrough came when Dan round advanced with the ball and played a searching ball into the box that was finished well by Sam Dunstan with a diving effort from a near impossible angle.
One quickly became two, when following good link up play between Ed Varro and Cal Westaway the ball found Sam Dunstan in the area who grounded the keeper and fired a shot across goal that was expertly deflected into the net by Adam Tatlow.
Truro's man of the match, 16-year-old Cuthbert Shepherd once again found space superbly. He took two defenders out the game then fed Dave Chanter a ball in the box which he took in his stride and fired home a third.
In the closing moments keeper Harry Waters was called into action to esnure he kept a deserved clean sheet with a fine stop from an Exeter counter attack.
Truro, who are sponsored by Edgware Associates. will look continue their fine start to the season at Westbury on Saturday.