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Bodmin and district grassroots sport, August 31

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

  • JUNIOR RUGBY: Launceston RFC's two-day Summer Rugby Camp was a big success and pictured in the group, in no particular order, is: Treeve Miller, George Mill, Kian Hicks, George Hillson, Freddie Ward, Joni Ward, Toby Ward, Jake Glover, Finn Stiles, Alex Roberts, Ben Webb, Adam Howgill, Daniel Howgill, Oliver Keat, Keith Maynard, Ben Bryant, Riley Lehnhoff, Joe Harwood, Keiron Sargent, Owen Barnes, Harrison Scott and Cliff 'Spike' Rainford.

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Alex Quinn, 11-year-old from Otterham, has become the South West champion at the annual event held by Dunkeswell Kart Club in conjunction with Mansell Raceway.

The event was held at the track owned by Nigel Mansell near Honiton, Devon.

The format for this special event was different to a usual club meeting and comprised of free practice on the Saturday morning followed by two timed practice sessions in the afternoon to determine the starting position of each of the two heats on the Sunday morning.

Torrential rain and thunderstorms were trying conditions for all the drivers on the Saturday but this did not dampen spirits on the atmosphere for this fun weekend in the club's calendar.

Evening entertainment was provided and a hog roast allowed all competitors and families to relax on the Saturday evening.

Race day on Sunday promised dry conditions and after a sunny start, the drivers prepared for the business side of the day with a drivers briefing.

In both of the heats, Alex took an early lead and maintained this lead until the flag setting the fastest lap times in both of the heats.

A pre final followed the heats and once again, all drivers got off to a clean start and raced to the flag with Alex crossing the line in first place.

Having had a hassle free day so far, Alex prepared for the final with his heart set on winning the coveted SW number plate and the top spot on the podium.

Alex maintained the lead from his pole position and took the chequered flag setting the fastest time of the day at 54.65 seconds and was the only cadet driver to achieve a time of under 55 seconds.

Finishing second in the race was Tommy Foster, another up and coming 10 year old driver from St Columb in Cornwall.

Tommy was on the pace all weekend and is showing great promise in the club championship.

Both Tommy and Alex were treated to a fantastic surprise telephone call from Jensen Button, world famous Formula One driver after the final race.



If you have been inspired watching the Olympics and are interested in taking up hockey, no matter what age you are or whatever level you are, Bodmin Hockey Club are looking for new players.

The club have four teams – two men's teams, one ladies and one junior. If you are a junior, the season starts properly in September. The sessions are aimed at nine to 13 year olds and are run by qualified and CRB checked coaches.

The sessions are £2 and all the club ask is that you wear shin-pads and take a drink; everything else is provided.

Regular training starts on September 13 from 5pm to 6pm (£2).

Bodmin run two men's teams, and second team captain Bob Lees-Barton would like anybody looking to take up hockey to go along and train.

"At Bodmin, we look to encourage anybody who wants to come along and play – no matter what standard; you will be more than welcome."

If you are 14 upwards you can train with the men, who split training between the first and second team.

The ladies team train separately from the men, with a focus on fitness and skills – usually with a match at the end.

Ladies captain Michele Poynter said: "Anybody is welcome to come and join in. We have ladies who come and train with us for fitness but who do not wish to play competitively at the weekend and that is fine with us. You can take it at any level you wish."

You can keep up to date with club news or get in touch at the club's new website: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/bodmin

Junior Rugby


Launceston Rugby Club held their two day Summer Rugby Camp for children of ages six to 14.

The rugby camps were organised and run by Cliff Rainford, the head coach of the Cornish all Blacks and included team building and fitness awareness with a strong emphasis toward Rugby training techniques.

The next rugby camp is scheduled to take place during the autumn half term. Further information about the rugby camps and other events being held at Polson Bridge can be found on the website www.cornishallblacks.co.uk



Charlie Randall, Katie Randall, Esther Doleman, Daniel Watkins and George Spencer of Bodmin Dragons had a very successful end of season gala at the Fast 5 in Penzance; a new format in which each competitor swam the four individual strokes and an Individual Medley.

George was first in the 50 Butterfly, first in the 50 Breaststroke, first in the 50 Freestyle, first in the 50 Backstroke and first in the 100 Individual Medley, securing a well deserved trophy for first place overall in the Boys 13.

Katie was third in the 50 Freestyle, first in the 50 Breaststroke, first in the 100 Individual Medley, first in the 50 Butterfly and first in the 50 Breaststroke, securing a trophy for first place overall in the Girls 14.

Esther was third in the 50 Freestyle, third in the 50 Backstroke, first in the 100 Individual Medley, second in the 50 Butterfly and first in the 50 Breaststroke.

Whilst out of the medals, Charlie secured competition PB's in the 50 Backstroke, 100 Individual Medley and 50 Butterfly, whilst Daniel Watkins secured a competition PB in the 50 Breaststroke.



St Enodoc's Junior Academy team eased their way into the semi-final stage of the Bolitho Shield to be held at Newquay on Sunday.

Playing at Carlyon Bay against China Fleet it was always going to be a close and tense contest.

The format changes slightly at this quarter final stage. The competition is a matchplay competition played off handicap and usually teams of six tee off in handicap order.

At the quarter final stage seven players tee off in reverse order with the seventh man counting for a three quarter point in the event of a tied match.

Nick Hirst teed off as seventh man playing against Joe Yeoman. Rhiannon Rich teed off in the second match playing against Brendan O'Gorman. Unfortunately for Brendon, Rhiannon closed her match out winning 9and 8.

Shannon Ashcroft, making her team debut, won her match against Aimie Wellington 3 and 2. Dan Pooley, playing against Ross Wellington, won his match comfortably 7 and 6.

Joe Combellack, bristling with confidence after his recent exploits in the Mail on Sunday team, won his game against Louis Wellington 6 and 4.

Jake Sanders gave a good account of himself but lost his match against County player Jack Screech 3 and 2. Unfortunately Sam Jarvis, also fresh from his exploits as part of the Mail on Sunday team, played against the very talented Sam Church, again a County player and lost 5 and 4.

Nick's match moved onto the 18th all square. Both players missed the green with their tee shots but chipped reasonably well leaving a long putt for Joe and a longer chip for Nick.

It was Nick to play first and he duly holed. Joe's attempt unfortunately lipped out leaving Nick victorious. Final result: St Enodoc 4 China Fleet 2.

Viscountess Clifden Mixed Foursomes at St Enodoc:

Sandwiched between two evil days of rain Sunday was a sunny, breezy day, ideally suited to the playing of the Viscountess Clifden Mixed Foursomes – which also suited the sailors on the Camel estuary who provided a brilliant backdrop to the course.

Twenty-six teams played and the scores were all very close in this hardest of formats to score well in, except that is for the runaway winners.

It was a real pleasure to see two of the St Enodoc Juniors, Jake Sanders and Shannon Ashcroft, win the antique scent bottle and cigarette box, two of of the club's oldest trophies, which were lost for so many years. For those taking part it had been a wonderful way to spend the August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Those in the prizes were: 1st Jake Sanders & Shannon Ashcroft 39 pts; 2nd Ian Sutcliffe & Celia Jarvis 34 pts; 3rd Andy Bunt & Terri Gliddon 32 pts on countback; 4th Anders & Trudie Tensjo 32 pts on countback.


St Enodoc Ladies had to deal with extremely wet conditions for their latest League Match against Truro. However, despite the weather they managed to win 7-0.

On Tuesday the Sir Cecil Carr 4 Club Competition was played on the Church Course and two ladies scored an impressive 36 points to take first and second places. Elinor Elliott took the Trophy on countback from Julia Bailey and in third place was Pauline Meredith with 33 points.

A four-club competition was also played on the Holywell Course, won by Edna Alford with 38 points. Revel Webb came second with 37 points on countback from Carol Carter in third.

On the Church Course another round of the Roworth Salver was played and the winner, Annie Cruse, scored 36 points to cut her handicap to 19. In second place was Sue Willmott with 30 points.


After gale force winds forced the abandonment of last week's competition 22 ladies were delighted to find a mere stiff breeze to contend with.

Although there was a brief,passing shower the weather conditions remained largely dry and sunny. This suited Chloe Nicholls perfectly as she put together one of the best rounds of her life to win Silver Division.

Chloe struck the ball impressively throughout her round and had three birdies and seven pars on the way to a magnificent 40 point total. She had a birdie two on the 3rd hole and birdie fours on the par five 4th and 10th holes, a wonderful achievement.

Lady Captain, Jane Watts, also played very well to take second place with 37 points. Jane is enjoying a run of good form and is showing every sign that she could reduce her handicap further over the coming weeks.

Sheila Hodson showed great determination and strength of character to take first place in Bronze Division. She began her round striking the ball beautifully but encountered a difficult patch from the 9th to the 11th holes where a combination of bunkers and bad luck prevented her scoring.

Sheila recovered her tempo and concentration brilliantly over the last seven holes and finished with 32 points despite the problems in the middle of her round.

Result: 1st Silver, Chloe Nicholls 40pts; 2nd Silver, Jane Watts 37. 1st Bronze, Sheila Hodson 32pts; 2nd Bronze, Jane Symons 27.


Lostwithiel seniors travelled to Bowood for their second fixture. The weather was dry and overcast, the game got off to a good start, but Bowood edged ahead on the back nine and beat Lostwithiel seven and one. Nearest the pin in two on par four, 16th was Rod Best.

Lostwithiel's RNLI day on Saturday had to be abandoned due to heavy rain and flooded greens. This fixture has been rearranged for Saturday September 22.



Wadebridge Boat Club held their second fishing competition of 2012. Club members along with friends and family competed along the Camel Estuary in their boats to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes.

The weather was kind as the skies were clear and the temperatures hot. For those who ventured out into deeper waters the effort paid off. Paul Moore had the best day scooping 1st and 3rd prizes for the two heaviest fish and the biggest bass.

Second prize was won by Gary Marshall for the second two heaviest fish. The 4th prize for heaviest cod or Pollock was won by Richard Couch. There was also 5th prize for biggest mackerel won by Ivan May and a junior prize won by Yowan Reese.

The weigh-in and prize giving was followed by a barbecue and a raffle. The event was organised by boat club members John Roach and Tony Kromholc. They would like to thank everyone who participated.

They would also like to say a special thank you to Mid Cornwall Pet & Aquatics, Bodmin Tackle, Truro City Angling, Padstow Tackle for donating the prizes.

Wadebridge Boat Club have so far raised more than £640 this year for the Stepper Point Lookout, an organisation which relies solely on donations and volunteers to help run it. The boat club are hoping to have another competition in September.



Camelford made the trip to Lostwithiel for another ECBL fixture, this time for a four rink triples and came home with six out of the seven points but shot-wise it was a very close contest, 70 to the Camels and 65 to the hosts.

Scores: V Pitt, E Cato, S Hambly 9-20; K Davey, C Parsons, P Buck 27-17; R Batt, R Shillaber, N Wright 18-13; B Gardner, C Jasper, E Lowe 16-15.

A friendly took place at Camelford when six rinks were in play against a Cornwall Vice-Presidents selection, teams made up of members from clubs from various parts of the county.

Camelford member Dave Stephens ended up closest to the jack and won the silver spoon. Proceeds from the afternoon are deposited with the Cornwall Benevolent Fund, money attributed to any player in the county who becomes in need of help.


Bodmin B retained the Jimmy Hopper trophy for the best B team in group 2 (East Cornwall) of the County Bowling League.

In an exciting final at Camelford they beat Kensey Vale B by 16 shots. Rod Thompson's rink got off to a flying start and led 11-0 after six ends giving Bodmin a cushion but Kensey fought back reducing their overall deficit to two shots at one stage.

Bodmin responded and finished strongly on all three rinks.

Scores: Bodmin B 61 Kensey Vale B 45; P Brown, L Trendall, L Quint, R Thompson 21 S Locke 12; K Paddock, R Morley, J Masters, R Sowden 22 T Coward 20; J Beamish, M Nightingale, R Harris, D Rowe 18 D Trewin 13.

East Cornwall League: Lostwithiel 73 Bodmin 78; R Reareth 19 P Brown 21; S Aldridge 32 R Jones 3; J Rule 14 G Bunt 23; I Burnard 8 N Roche 31. Points: Lostwithiel 1 Bodmin 6.

Bodmin enjoyed a seven rink mixed friendly against Tiverton who are on tour in Cornwall.

Scores: Bodmin 149 Tiverton 115 (L Quint 13 D Butt 19; R Thompson 25 C Butt 15; R Jones 34 G Davies 11; J Masters 16 R Naylor 17; A Webber 21 C Wonacott 20; G Bunt 15 C Gardner 23; D Rowe 25 E Edworthy 10.

Alison Rowsell, Sheila Gadd and Barbara Jones of the Bodmin club qualified for the County Finals of the Benevolent Triples competition by beating a Bude triple in the group final.

Result: Bodmin (B Jones) 18 Bude (A Butler) 9.

Bad weather continues to hamper the bowling season with the club's mixed triples postponed before a bowl was bowled. The men's and ladies' triples managed to dodge the showers and have reached their respective finals.

Men's Final: B Daniels, C Hicks, R Harris v D Burrell, N Roche, R Jones.

Ladies' Final: B Harding, H Robins, E Rowe v S Roche, V Smith, B Jones.


A team of Callington Ladies are due to be playing today at Mylor Bridge. This is the semi finals followed by the finals fighting for the Whyte Rickard trophy.

This follows two days of heat matches at Torpoint where Group 2 well and truly beat Group 3 in the county matches.

The return friendly match due to be played on Saturday against Yelverton had to be cancelled due to heavy rain, hopefully it can be rearranged. In the ECBL League, Callington lost 87-72 at Liskeard.

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