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Cornish Guardian sports round-up January 1

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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Reigning champion Justin Thomas said the loss of the prestigious Duchy Marathon will be a big loss to athletics in Cornwall, writes Kevin Fahey.

It appears that the event, which was first held in 1977, will not be held in 2014 due to long-standing organisers Alan Rowling and Angela Burrows reluctantly stepping down due to pressure of time and health reasons.

Nobody has yet has yet stepped forward to help Cornwall AC put on the event and with just two months remaining for the 38th event in early March the chance of it taking place seem to be very slim.

Thomas said: "The Duchy Marathon has a long history and is one of the oldest around so it would be a big shame if it didn't happen again.

"It certainly seems too late to hold it in 2014 but hopefully someone may step forward to organise it in 2015."

Thomas has developed a real love affair with the race having won it for the past three years and in 2012 ran the third fastest time of his career with 2:35.23.

Among those previous winners were 1982 London Marathon champion Hugh Jones and Ian Thompson, the 1974 European and Commonwealth champion.

Thompson earned the Duchy national headlines when he opted to race there rather than the inaugural London Marathon in 1981.

Thomas' name on that list is understandably a source of great pride to him and unless someone steps forward he may yet become known as the last ever winner of the Duchy Marathon.


Bodmin Road Runners held their Christmas Party and 2013 awards presentation.

The club's Run/Walk group has been very popular and supported many new walk/joggers to progress in leaps and bounds with many of them completing 10K and half marathons.

A BRR team raised thousands of pounds for charities FLEET and Cornwall Air Ambulance by completing the Virgin London Marathon with many taking on the challenge again next year.

They have also redesigned their club kit, ready for feature in the new year. Thanks also goes to sports physiotherapist Tim Saunders of Fitfile in Liskeard who has supported them in training up some more coaches.

Club sponsors Laura and John Galvin from The Sports Shop, Bodmin, presented the award for 'Road Runner of the Year' to John Sole who has had an amazing year and stood out in the poll voted by the members.

Alice Barker won Most improved Female who started as a walk/runner and is now running 12 miles at a impressive pace including attacking the Tuesday Hill sessions.

John Sole also took home Most improved Male award, both of which were voted by the committee members.



After choosing to follow in her older brother's footsteps and take up rugby, Beth Burt is already making great strides in the sport after being called up to represent her county.

At the age of five, Jacob Burt told his dad, Ash, that he wanted to play rugby, and after much persuasion he eventually signed up to play for Penryn.

He played through the age groups until U12s, and after a break, he joined Falmouth's Colts.

Jacob, who is now 19 years old, and lives with his family in Truro, remains passionate about rugby and plays full back/wing for Falmouth 'One & All'.

Little sister Beth is just as mad about the sport, and it was at the age of eight that she too twisted dad's arm when he agreed that she could start playing.

Beth is a member of Cornwall U15s after catching the eye of coaches at a county development selection day in St Austell at the end of September.

After registering with the Queen Bees in Newquay, Beth has already taken part in a number of games for Cornwall.

The talented teenager made her county debut in a county festival in Frome at the beginning of October, and earlier this month she represented Cornwall against old rivals Devon.

This year Beth, who turns 15 this month, will make the step up in county level as she hopes to make an even bigger impact in the sport she loves so much.

Martial Arts


For the second year running, Chujutsu Ryu Aikido Club were recently visited by Gadi Shorr, 7th Dan Yoshinkan Shihan.

Sensei Shorr instructed at three sessions at the club's dojo at Hustyns near Wadebridge. The club teaches traditional Aikido so it was an opportunity to experience a very different style.

Sensei Shorr learned directly under Gozo Shioda, the Founder of Yoshinkan and for many years he was Foreign Instructor of the Senshuesi (Japanese Riot Police) Course.

He established his own Dojo in Israel and then went on to also study Gracie Brazilian JuJitsu which he now incorporates into his teachings, alongside his Aikido.

During the three two-hour sessions, they covered a wide range of techniques. They worked on traditional Yoshinkan "kamae" (basic stances), then moving from traditional Aikido attacks and taking to ground, with trips and leg sweeps.

Some basic BJJ groundwork was taught and also some weapons training, with the jo.

If you are interested in learning Aikido, Chujutsu Ryu Aikido Club always welcome new members, beginners or experienced.

Classes are at Hustyns, St Breock Downs, Wadebridge on Tuesdays 7-9pm and Wednesdays (weapons class) 7:30-9:30pm.

And there is a new class beginning this month at Wadebridge Leisure Centre on Fridays 6-8pm. Each lesson lasts two hours and costs £5 and the first lesson is free.

Contact Mark Gillmon on 01208 813445 or 07516 696046 or email markgillmon@gmail.com


Dynamite D&C 22 Liskeard Tigers 23

Liskeard Tigers played their final fixture of 2013 against Dynamites D&C.

Great defensive and mid court play from Barker, Lemon and Halliday caused numerous turnovers and Tigers found themselves 7-2 up early in the first quarter. Dynamite soon settled into the game though and with their GA on great form, the quarter ended 9-5 to Tigers.

Again Tigers opened the scoring and with the goals staying with the centre pass, the Tigers weren't able to extend their lead.

The teams drew the quarter 6-6, continuing Liskeard's lead of four goals.

Good forward movement by Walsh into Smale created the space in the circle and more chances at goal. The drive along the base line by Duffey was excellent and she netted all of her attempts for the quarter.

Liskeard extended their lead to six towards the end of the period but Dynamite kept coming back and despite increased pressure in the circle from Barker and Lemon, their GS netted the last couple to end the quarter six goals a piece

Dynamite upped their game for the final period and fought hard to bring the scores back. .

Fewer attempts at goal didn't help the Tigers but Nickle and Walsh kept their strong circle feeds where they could and Smale rewarded them.

The final few minutes were fraught and with Dynamites scoring the last three goals of the match, bringing them to within a single goal, it was tense until the final whistle blew.

Team: Kay Barker (GK), Holly Lemon (GD), Louise Halliday (WD), Molly Walsh (C), Jo Nickle (WA), Lucy Smale (GA) Kirstie Parr (GS). Res: Gabi Duffey.

Short Mat Bowls


Cornwall now know their opponents in the first stages of the Consolation Knockout Competitions of the ESMBA Inter County Championship.

The Premier Team face a preliminary round match on scheduled for the weekend of 25th/26th January with Surrey providing the opposition at an as yet unconfirmed location.

The A Team, by virtue of a third place in the group, will go straight into the quarter-finals on February 15-16 with Suffolk providing the opposition again at an as yet to be confirmed location.


All local leagues have now concluded for the first half of the season and updated league tables can be viewed by clicking http://




There were 64 entries for Lostwithiel Golf Club men's Christmas competition.

Result: 1 Stuart Fox & Lee Collings 45pts; 2 Colin Crittenden & Stuart Oxenham 44; 3 Brian Sweet & Mark Jones 43 (cb); 4 Mark Rowe & Kevin Morrissey 43 (cb); 5 Mark Gilbert & Tony Coe 43; 6 Ken Hallam & Ian Kitt 42; 7 James Tze & Steve Spear 41 (cb); 8 Geoff Saunders & Chris Pearce 41; 9 Sid Pascoe & Andy Baigent 40 (cb); 10 Dave Churchill & Dick Hobbin 40.


Recent results from St Austell Golf Club:

Tues Dec 17 – Seniors Team of 4 – Best two medal scores to count: 1. Mark Coomber, Malcolm Cleave, Graham Stark & Ian Fielding 125; 2. Terry Jackson, Lloyd Richards, Steve Toy & Derek Loader 127 c/b; 3. Bernard Hocking, Terry Coplin, Chris Maggs & Brian Hambly 127.

Thurs Dec 19 – Ladies Team of Three – Two scores to count. Bad weather meant we only played 9 holes: 1. Val Cross, Sylvia Rawle & Rosemary Mitchell 36pts c/b; 2. Alison Davy, Chris Byron & Pat Rose 36 c/b.

Sat Dec 21 – Men's Pairs Competition - Holes 1 – 9 Greensomes, Holes 10 – 18 Better Ball: 1. Chris & Kerry Bartlett 42 pts; 2. Will Houseman & Mike Latkowski 41; 3. Alex Symes & Richard Baker 40 c/b.

Sun Dec 22 – Mixed Greensomes/Foursomes: 1. Mary & Stan Carter 41pts; 2. Sylvia & Ken Rawle 38.


Tradition has it that there is a 12 hole Foursomes competition on Boxing Day where each player 'enters' by bringing a wrapped present as a prize.

The event has increased in popularity in recent years and a bumper 19 teams entered in what were really very passable weather conditions.

It was all a very close run thing with first and second only being decided on a last three holes countback.

Result: 1 Martin & David Biddle 24pts; 2 John Pease & Jayne Brenton 24 pts.


St Austell Golf Club's juniors held their annual Turkey Trot and Junior Captains Drive-In. Everyone turned up with eagerness only to be greeted with atrocious weather.

There was a half hour delay with a reduced number of holes for each category. The 18 hole competition was reduced to 11, 9 hole to 6 and 6 hole to 4.

38 juniors took part along with a very brave 38 adults to partner them. Some very wet scorecards but highly credible scores came in.

Results: 4 Hole Competition: 1 Kesia Stone playing with Elaine Harper, 2 Jude Badger playing with Brew Barry.

6 Hole Competition: 1 Harry Richards playing with Matt Richards, 2 Charlie Baker playing with Richard Baker.

11 Hole Competition: 1 Ben Pill playing with Andy Mellor, 2 Zac Omlo playing with Steve Omlo, 3 Rhys Johns playing with Simon Ferguson Smith, 4 Zac Rogers playing with Richard Rogers.

Once the Juniors had dried out and before it got dark it was up to Lucy Lund the retiring junior captain to putt out on the 18th green and then give the ball to new junior captain Ben Pill to drive off the first tee with all the juniors chasing after the golf ball kindly donated ball by Tony Pitts.

To finish off a fantastic day for St Austell Golf Club, the Chairman of the Cornwall Golf Partnership and ex County President Gerry Fitter presented Gary Warren with the Cornwall Golf Mark Club of the Year award.

Other results: Men's Better Ball Stableford: 1 Shaun Harvey & Jay Isbell – 44 pts c/b, 2 Glyn Rowett & Roger Lang – 44 pts, 3 Andy Rogers & Graham Kingdon – 43 pts.

Sunday December 29 – Mixed Better Ball Stableford: 1 Sue Pascoe & Chris Maggs – 44 pts, 2 Sylvia & Ken Rawle – 42 pts, 3 Val Cross & Steve Toy – 39 pts.


Ladies Holywell Winter Foursomes

The final of the Ladies Winter Foursomes Competition was played on the Holywell Course on Sunday December 29 in bright sunshine and calm conditions.

It was the pairings of Jo Carthew & Ellen Collop and Freda Wherry & Sue Floyd Jones who qualified for the final after successful performances in the earlier rounds.

This final was an evenly contested match played in a friendly spirit and Jo and Ellen were two up after the front nine.

Despite the best efforts from their opponents, Jo and Ellen maintained their good standard of play over the closing holes to secure the win.



The annual Camel Judo Club Competition at Camelford Sports Centre was held. It was a great night full of spectacular throws, grappling and hold downs in the Children and Junior section; and included arm locks, strangles and chokes in the Youth category.

The night had to go to the Braunton brothers who both came first in the Children and Junior events.

Anyone wishing to have a go or include Judo as a New Years Resolution should come along to a beginners course at Camelford Sports Centre on 15th January at 6:45pm for children and 7:30pm for adults.

Results: PeeWee Category: 1 Olive Hamilton, 2 Max Gould.

Children Category: 1 Matthew Braunton, 2 Noah Booth, 3 Sam Stevenson. Medal: Dylan Crowder.

Junior Category: 1 William Braunton, 2 Harry Goodearl, 3 Beau Hamilton. Medals: Elan Cholerton, Xavier Booth, Louis Noon.

Youth Category: 1 Maximus Cordwell, 2 Louis Cress, 3 Max Tarrant. Medals: Max Eddy, Jason O'Donnell.

U8s Rugby

Newquay Hornets 65 Penzance 50

With the triangular match between Liskeard, Penzance and Newquay being slightly hampered by the fact that Liskeard had only one U8s' player, it was decided that Newquay would field two squads against a healthy Penzance side.

Despite Penzance scoring from the whistle, it was Newquay who dominated the run of play with Sam Bond being the first Hornets' player to touch down.

Jago Ross weaved his way down the pitch strongly, passing to the ever supportive Holland who never looked in any doubt of scoring.

This move was replicated immediately afterwards with a Holland pass leading to Ross scoring his first try of the half.

Buoyed by this lead, Tucker ran from the halfway line to secure another try for the home side.

Despite brilliant tagging from Slade, Holland and Retallack, Penzance's star player Ted, stormed his way down the pitch to bring the score line slightly closer.

However, a sloppy pass by Penzance was immediately intercepted by Louis Pease who passed accurately to Xan Retallack. Charging his way through the Penzance defence, Retallack dodged the taggers and chalked up his first try of the day.

The next spell of play saw Penzance digging in to score two tries in succession.

Fantastic offloading by Louis Pease enabled two solo tries and impressive sprinting by Beau Baird down the side of the pitch widened the lead for the Hornets.

A confident Tucker then streamed down the pitch to score again.

Penzance, after a rousing team talk by their coaches, began the second half with more focus and took advantage of a gap in the Newquay defence to open up the scoring.

In reaction, the Hornets, spearheaded by Pease, started a set play in textbook style with Retallack being on the end of a long pass to power his way to the try line.

Jago Ross saw his opportunity in the next run of play and his solo try was both strong and impressive.

Xan Retallack once again provided safe hands for a Newquay pass and stampeded his way to the try line.

Tucker positioned himself beautifully to make two wonderful attempts on the try line – one being given.

Alfie Tucker again powered his way to the try line and secured victory for this young team

Newquay Hornets 30 Penzance 40

Thrilled by their first win, the Hornets mixed up their squad for the second game against their Penwith adversaries.

Penzance and Newquay scrambled for the slippery ball which found its way eventually into the hands of a Penzance player who scored.

Spurred on by this turn of fate, William Shepstone lost no time in levelling out the score by confidently running the entire length of the pitch to touch down.

Ted then sprinted down the left flank to score for the visitors.

Immediately however, Kiera Holland caught a high pass from Siena Morison and dodged and weaved her way through to the try line for the Hornets.

Baird took advantage of an uncharacteristic sleepy Penzance defence to demonstrate his speed down the line and score twice in succession to take Newquay into the lead for the first time. As the whistle blew for half time though, Penzance refused to surrender and evened up the score with a well taken try.

Xan Retallack, for the Hornets, was once again well positioned to be on the receiving end of a Pease pass and went on to score for the home team.

However, the next four tries went to Penzance despite the Hornets defending well.

In the dying moments, Alfie Tucker took one back for Newquay but it was too late and Penzance sealed their well-deserved win with a two try lead.

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