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Bodmin and district grassroots sport, September 14

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

STAR STATUS: Liam Dart, of Launceston Ladies, with England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce at Burton.

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Local grassroots football coach Liam Dart was put through his paces during an assessment weekend to decide the winner of the FA Community Awards Coach of the Year, presented by McDonald's, held at the brand new National Football Centre, St George's Park, Burton-on-Trent.

In a bid to be named the FA Community Awards Coach of the Year for 2012, along with six other coaches, Liam had his coaching skills put to the ultimate test in front of an esteemed judging panel including England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce, former Chelsea manager Ray Wilkins, FA National Club Development Manager Les Howie, and ex-youth coach at Manchester United and McDonald's Head Coach, Eric Harrison.

As part of the assessment, each nominee was tasked with holding a coaching session with a group of youngsters in front of the judges, who were looking for the coaches to display all round knowledge of coaching techniques and teamwork attributes.

The winner will head to a prestigious ceremony at Wembley on October 12 where the awards will be presented by the likes of Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Representing the South West region, Liam was nominated due to his superb dedication to coaching local side Launceston Ladies over the past six years.

His desire to help promote and encourage women's football has seen him develop a competitive side that helped them reach the County Cup final this year.

Further to the great work he is doing with the more senior teams Liam has also made provisions for new, younger players to get experience in the game, helping players find their position and providing unlimited guidance and help.

It's not only the practical side of things that Liam gets stuck into, as part of his administrative role within the club he attends regular league meetings often involving up to four hours of travelling time.

In addition to his exemplary work for Launceston Ladies, Liam also works with a local mini-football centre during the weekends and school holidays, providing safe, fun and educational football sessions for children of all ages.

He's also been instrumental in a local football initiative, Friday Night Kick's which aims to provide free football coaching for children aged 11-18 to help keep them off the street whilst also encouraging participation in football.

Nottingham Forest legend and England Under-21 manager Pearce said: "All of these coaches have shown a great enthusiasm for the game and I've been really impressed with their knowledge of training techniques.

"Hopefully the weekend will be able to give them something that they can take away and transfer to their own local teams to further improve the impressive standard of grassroots football.

"Liam, and the rest of the coaches involved, have shown commendable dedication and commitment to their clubs and community – St George's Park is a fitting venue for their hard work to be recognised."


Grassroots sport in North Cornwall has received a significant boost following the news that Boscastle Football Club have received a grant of £29,017 from the Football Foundation.

The funding will provide Boscastle FC and the local community with a fantastic new changing facility for both young and old. The new building will also be used by the local school, pre-school and other local groups.

The new changing facility will comprise of a timber frame structure in keeping with the local area which received full backing from the landlord, the National Trust. The design will also be constructed to the latest building regulations and will be used for many generations to come.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country's largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Mark Collings, of Boscastle AFC, said: "We are very grateful for the local community, Parish Council, local Chamber of Commerce and the Football Foundation for helping and supporting us. It will be great to finally see the new building up and running."

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "I commend Boscastle AFC and the Cornwall FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.

"This year is an exciting time for sport in this country and a tremendous opportunity to create a grassroots legacy. The hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire generations of people up and down the country to reap the rewards that sport has to offer.

"The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, the FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport."



Lanhydrock Ladies' Invitation Day was well supported with guests from several Cornish clubs taking part in this popular event.

The ladies played a two ball better ball stableford competition in the mizzle but this didn't dampen the enjoyment of all those who took part. The day was completed with an evening meal in the Turret Suite which, once again, was enjoyed by all the competitors.

Results: 1 Maureen Paul (Lanhydrock) and Elizabeth Harding (Newquay) 45pts; 2 Penny Thomas (Lanhydrock) and Joyce Caine (Newquay) 42; 3 Brenda Williamson (Lanhydrock) and Tarrian Spiers (Trevose) 41. Nearest the Pin on the 15th: Lesley Pocklington (Lanhydrock).

August Medal (Sunday): 1 Teresa Shaw net 70; 2 Sara Taylor 71; 3 Heather Tilsley 77.

August Medal (Wednesday): 1st - Lesley Pocklington - net 73; 2nd - Kay Copleston - net 74; 3rd - Jan Golley - nett 75.

Violet Cup (Stableford): 1 Jackie Klag 37; 2 Sandra Lloyd 36; 3 Sandra Madigan 33.

Granny Cup (Stableford): 1 Mary Miller 37pts; 2 Sandra Madigan 35; 3 Elizabeth Kessell 33.


In a week of firsts at Trevose, David Plume had his first hole-in-one, Charles Bullock won the first round of the Harlyn Cup with 40 Stableford points, Joe Casterton won the first round of the Victoria Cup, also with 40 points and Robin Pierce-Williams won the Ingrey Bowl.

The Harlyn and Victoria Cup competitions will now continue through the winter period, each over 30 rounds.

David Plume's hole-in-one came on the third hole in the Victoria Cup. With the wind behind him and the hole cut back right on this tricky green, Plume hit a brave seven iron straight at the flag over the valley and bunkers.

His gamble paid off as he saw his ball pitch on the front, check, and continue into the hole.

Plume featured in the Harlyn Cup too, finishing second in a tie with Trevose Captain Mike Evans on 39 points. However, with David Cowan and Henke Ferreira hot on their heels, it was Bullock who triumphed with a strong finish over the last six holes.

Three days later, Casterton won the first round of the Victoria Cup on a count-back from Trevose Head Greenkeeper Jonathan Wood after both players had scored 40 points. Wood was two points ahead with two holes to go but fell foul of the seventeenth and did not score.

The following day, Robin Pierce-Williams was a first time winner of one of the Club's major competitions, the Ingrey Bowl, by four strokes from Jonathan Tremain with Mick Jones in third place. Tremain and Mark Pawley shared the prize for the best gross score of the day on 72.

Results. Harlyn Cup (round 1): 1. Charles Bullock 40pts; 2. David Plume 39; 3. Mike Evans 39; 4. David Cowan 37.

Victoria Cup (round 1): Joe Casterton 40pts; Jonathan Wood 40; K Patterson 38; John Kent 36.

Ingrey Bowl: 1. Robin Pierce-Williams 77-12 hcp=65 net; 2. Jonathan Tremain 72-3 hcp= 69 net; 3. Mick Jones 84-15 hcp = 69.


This unusual competition in which players compete against the par of the course provided one of the most exciting results of the year as five ladies finished on the same score and could only be separated on count back.

Playing conditions were difficult as a very wet mist enveloped the course slowing the run on both fairways and greens. Any ball which left the fairway was severely punished as the long wet grass made escape shots very challenging.

The 23 competitors showed great resilience as they coped with the heavy drizzle and many players finished within a couple of shots of each other.

The top five players battled hard to finish on 2 down. Christine Ball, Gill Vivian, Judy Huntley, Di Tregoning and Tarrian Spiers all played well but it was Christine who emerged triumphant scoring 2 up on the last nine holes.

This was a tremendous achievement as Christine was the defending champion but had been unable to play a lot of golf recently. Everyone was delighted to hear of her success.

Gill Vivian , a player new to this format of golf, took second place after finishing the last nine holes 1 up just ahead of Judy Huntley who had been level over the last nine.

Di Tregoning and Tarrian Spiers can count themselves unlucky to finish in fourth and fifth place respectively after finishing on the same score as the winner but they had contributed to a dramatic finish – it must have given the Secretary and the Handicap Secretary a headache having to separate so many good players.

Results (played in one division): 1, Christine Ball 2 down (on countback); 2, Gill Vivian 2 down (on countback); 3 Judy Huntley 2 down (on countback); 4 Di Tregoning 2 down (on countback); 5 Tarrian Spiers 2 down (on countback).


Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club have announced that their new PGA Professional, Jamie O'Hara, is now in residence and is available for tuition for both beginners and experienced golfers.

Jamie's foremost focus will be to improve existing players skills, introducing new players to the game of golf, developing the junior section at Lanhydrock and promoting the game of golf through local schools.

With this in mind, Bodmin Community College have already expressed an interest in getting their students interested in golf and Jamie will be available to provide tuition for them as well as the current Lanhydrock juniors who have lessons on Saturday mornings at 9am and 10am. Lanhydrock has an impressive driving range and putting green facilities enabling beginners, and experienced golfers alike, to learn and improve their game.

Jamie will also compete in the Cornwall Alliance.

Jamie was brought up in Falmouth, and joins Lanhydrock after commencing his career at Budock Vean as Assistant Golf Manager and subsequently moving to East Devon where he qualified as a PGA Professional. His career path took him to St Mellion as a teaching professional before joining proprietor Michael Davey at Boringdon Park in Plymouth in 2009.

This is Jamie's first position as Head Professional and Lanhydrock's proprietors are delighted to give this young Cornish born player the opportunity to develop his career in his home County. He is keen to get to know the current members of the club, as well as welcoming any new members who may wish to join Lanhydrock. Membership details are available either in the Golf Reception at the club, or by telephoning 01208 262571. Alternatively, please visit the website at www.lanhydrockhotel.com and click on 'golf'.


The teams of four competing in the Red/White/Blue competition were greeted with sunshine and light winds.

Two Stableford scores counted on the Blues, 3 on the Whites and all 4 on the Reds. With conditions being much more user friendly than the previous Saturday scoring was good and included the best efforts of the 2nd place team of John Radford, Malcolm Knight, Simon Pain and Terry Johns otherwise known as the 'Road Team'.

They were so called after scoring 11 points on the 15th with a display of precision iron play landing 3 of the 4 shots on the road with one very nearly going in.

The team of Shaun Beare, Kevin Parker, Tris Lang and Andy Golding came out on top with a very good score of 119 points, the 'Road Team' were on 117 points and the young team of David Phillips, Richard Phillips, Tom Meek and Harry Meek coming in third with 115 points.


St Enodoc hosted the annual Dallas Scramble and in contrast to last year's drizzly day, Saturday was glorious sunshine with no wind, absolutely perfect golfing weather.

There were 30 children representing ten clubs in Cornwall providing a good turnout.

Each team had a lady from St Enodoc GC as their team leader, a low handicap girl and two high handicap juniors (at least one of which was a St Enodoc Junior).

The low handicap girls team were made up of eight County girls team players and a huge thanks must go to them for their commitment which will have inspired many of the younger golfers and their Captain Abi Maude for presenting the prizes. Junior handicaps varied from 6 to 54. Ages ranged between 9 and 18.


Results for the recent competitions:

5, 9, 12 extra medal. Div 1: 1st Samantha Giles 71-1=70; 2nd Glennis Wootton 89-17=72; 3rd Sue stocker 87-14=73. Div 2: 1st Evelyn Postles 93-26=67; 2nd Irene Palmer 98-28=70; 3rd Sheila Marquand 95-21=74.

Jubilee Cup, 8, 9, 12: Winner, Geraldine Howley 91-20=71 (on countback); Runner-up, Anita Gruitt 83-12=71.



Three teams made an excellent start to the new Liskeard and District League campaign when all winning in double figures.

There were 10-1 victories for Caradon Inn when hosting Eliot Arms while White Hart B and Railway both achieved the same winning scoreline on their visits to Cornish Ivy B and Liberal Club B respectively.

Con Club returned from Butchers Arms with a 9-2 victory while Rally Club and Rivercroft both opened their account with 8-3 victories against Marquee Bar and Liberal Club A respectively.

Maximum scores of 180 were achieved by Ian Vine, John Chudleigh, Andy Grant and Bob Stark.



On Saturday a strong team of Callington men boarded a coach along with their supporters to go to Porthleven.

They had won a place to play in the NE division League 2 play-offs. They had fought hard to reach this place. It was an amazing day weather wise, sadly despite a hard match they lost both of their morning play offs. They also met their match in the afternoon and became the runners up.

They did win the Nankibell Plate for coming fourth. This was a great honour and Callington is proud of their men.


Bodmin C lost in the semi-final of the County finals of the championship for C teams.

Nevertheless it has been a good year for Bodmin C in very trying conditions. Bodmin A reached the final of the County plate competition with an excellent win over Chacewater A who started as favourites.

Brothers Paul and Martin Bennett both skipped successful rinks for Bodmin. In the final Stenalees A played well to defeat Bodmin A to win the Kenyon Cup.

Results. Semi-finals: Stenalees A 4 Porthmeor A 1; Bodmin A 4 Chacewater A 1. Final: Stenalees A 5 Bodmin A 0.

Bodmin's Alison Rowsell and Barbara Jones won the Group 2 (East Cornwall) ladies' pairs championship beating Kensey Vale's Dawn Addis and Meg Chapman in the final.

Bodmin Bowls Club entertained Bedford in a six rink mixed friendly. The teams were well matched with the tourists winning by just five shots after 126 ends of bowls.

Bodmin 111 Bedford 116 (D Gadd 26-15, R Jones 21-23, R Harris 18-15, L Quint 20-16, A Webber 10-23, G Spittey 16-24).

East Cornwall League: Bodmin 74 Liskeard 52 (R Jones 20 A Wall 8, G Bunt 21 B James 16, R Sowden 18 I Whale 10, R Thompson 15 R Pacey 18. Pts: Bodmin 6 Liskeard 1.

Kensey Vale 70 Bodmin 60 (B Dyer 14 G Bunt 20, N Trewin 17 K Paddock 19, P Gilbert 21 R Thompson 14, R Lane 18 R Sowden 7. Pts: Kensey Vale 5 Bodmin 2.


Last week was the final week of competitive action in the 2012 campaign and all three fixtures enjoyed brilliant summer weather.

When all results are in it is fairly sure that Camelford will take 'bronze' position in the league. On Tuesday 4th the Camels travelled to the municipal rink at Looe for an ECBL match. Traditionally they have not fared well on the much-to-be-desired quality of the seaside venue and it was so again on Tuesday.

The visitors only scraped one point in the four rink triples encounter but with only nine shots the difference.

Camelford 51, Looe 60 (G. Coe, F. Bennett, C. Jasper 18 - 11; V. Pitt, E. Cato, A. Simon 12 - 18; J. Tarrant, M. Tapley, R. Batt 12 - 13; D. Stephens, F. Hyett, R. Staple 9-18).

The day after and Callington came to Camelford for a four o'clock start. This time the hosts got two-and-a-half points: 65 shots for and 78 against.

Scores: V Pitt, F Bennett, A Simon, S Hambly 19-14; K Davey, D Johns, C Parsons, P Buck 19-19; J Tarrant, D Stephens, S Steadman, D Cook 11-30; C Jasper., R Batt, R Shillaber, N Wright 16-15

In the final fixture of the week it was Looe's turn to visit Camelford for a four rink triples (both home and away fixtures having to be re-scheduled twice because of inclement weather). This time the Camels dropped just one point out of the seven and it was 83 shots for and 58 against.

Scores: C Jasper, R Shillaber, N Wright 20-16; E Cato, A Simon, S Hambly 27-12; K Davey, C Parsons, P Buck 19-12; V Pitt, F Bennett, D Johns 17-18.

The final match of the season will be the Barbara Allen Cup (the annual members' fixture) which takes place on Sunday September 16, followed by the closing of the rink at dusk.

Junior Rugby


Liskeard Looe Junior Rugby have just started training for the new season and are still looking for players to join the Under 11s (year 6) and especially the Under 12s (year 7).

Sunday was the team's first training session. They meet to train at Liskeard School and Community College School Field, Lux Park on Sundays from 10.30 am to 11.30am.

Liskeard-Looe's first game will be in October against Wadebridge. If anyone would like to play please contact Nick Raggett (u12s coach) 01579 340334 (evenings) for more info or just turn up on a Sunday for training.



Bodmin Roadrunners had a strong team in last weekend's Probus 10k. On a warm day on a very hilly course, Neil Dain was Bodmin Roadrunners' highest place runner, coming home in a very respectable 11th place in 39 min 48sec.

He was followed by Lee Hoskin in 44 min 49sec and then Justin Chenoweth in 46 min 51 sec. The fourth member to finish was Ian Armstronge in 47 min 13 sec.

The first Bodmin lady runner was Jane Stephen in 88th place in 57 min 10 sec just beating fellow Bodmin Roadrunner, Jeanette Collinson, by one seconds.

Sherry Walker was third lady runner home in 58 min 48 sec and club chairman Dave Grant finished in 58 min 55 sec in 98th place.

Bodmin Roadrunners' next race is at the Truro half marathon on Sunday.

For more info please go to our website which is: www.bodminroadrunners.co.uk

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