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County scene - October 26

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

BADMINTON:  Some of the competitors at Cornwall Badminton Association's Badminton Bonanza. See report and results below.

BADMINTON: Some of the competitors at Cornwall Badminton Association's Badminton Bonanza. See report and results below.

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Short Mat Bowls

INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP:

Cornwall's short mat bowls teams travelled to Exeter on Sunday to face Devon in the latest round of Inter County Championship fixtures.

The Premier Team were always expected to face an uphill task against a Devon team that had scored 70 out of a possible 80 points in their opening two fixtures.

The opening session, the morning Singles and Pairs proved pointless for Cornwall as Devon claimed all four mats.

Cornwall earned a share of the points in the second session with Graham Ford, Brenda Sleep & Brian Wakeley winning 13-8 in the Triples and Elise Daniell, Derek Elliott, Linda Martin and Gerald Fisher taking a 13-4 win in the Fours.

At the half way point in the match Cornwall trailed by 4 points to 12 and 73 shots to 100.

The third session, the afternoon Singles and Pairs were again dominated by Devon winning three out of four games, Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott earning a hard fought 14-12 win in the Pairs to add two points to Cornwall's score.

Cornwall claimed a further two points in the final session, the afternoon Triples and Fours, with Gerald Fisher's Four completing a double on the day with a 9-6 win.

The final match score being Devon 32 points 22 shots 8 points 129 shots. Dorset's 32-8 home win over Somerset sees them overtake Cornwall in second place in the table.

Scores & table, see Page 101.

The A Team match started with a shared session with both counties winning a game apiece in the Singles and Pairs.

For Cornwall Luke Jolly won 15-6 in the Singles and Keith Williams and Mike Widger were 11-5 winners in the Pairs.

The second session proved profitable for Cornwall with three wins to move into the lead of the match at the halfway point.

Tony Jago, John Keers & Keith Matthews winning 11-7 and Bill Sharp, Gary Davey & Henry Kendall winning 14-3 in the Triples.

Meg Horrell, Betty Temple-Smith, Dennis Shorthouse and Derek Newton completed the scoring with a 16-7 win in the Fours. At the halfway point in the game Cornwall led 10 points to 6 and 87 shots to 66.

Devon enjoyed a session advantage in the afternoon Singles and Pairs by 5 points to 3. Luke Jolly, cementing his place at the top of the team averages, with a win in the Singles 14-10 and in the Pairs Keith Williams and Mike Widger drawing 13-13.

Cornwall claimed the Singles bonus points with Devon taking the Pairs.

The final session saw Cornwall take three of the four games together with both the Triples and Fours bonus points.

In the Triples Keith Matthews won 14-9 and Henry Kendall by 17-10. In the Fours it was the turn of Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley to record a win with a score of 9-4.

The final match score being Devon 15 points 155 shots Cornwall 25 points 179 shots.

Scores and table, see Page 101.

Cornwall are next in action at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club on Sunday November 11 when they will face Devon in the return fixture.

COUNTY FOURS:

On Saturday the qualification competition for the County Fours was played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.

Twenty-eight teams competed, split into seven groups played for the 8 places on offer at the county finals at the end of the season.

Group One saw Edward Wakeley, Sandra Worton, John Worton & Arthur Tubb (Ladock) defeat Pam Hamley, Gillian Cawrse, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) in the deciding game to win the group with 6 points +19 shots.

Group Two winners were Eric Boddy, Joan Boddy, Meg Horrell and Ken Horrell with 6 +17. Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans) came through a tough opening game in Group Three to finish with 6 +21.

Group Four saw Graham Luke, Patsy Wakeley, Brian Wakeley & Chris Roberts (Ladock) top the table with 6 +30. Margaret Jenkin, Raymond Jeffery, Percy Tripp & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) recovered from defeat in their first game to take Group Five with 4 +20. Group Six saw the highest qualifying score of the day with Lynne Davey, Sheila Hodge, Martin Boraston & Gary Davey (Liskeard) scoring 6 +37.

The final group saw Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth, Martin Williams and Keith Williams (Penlee) through with 6 +6 and also provided the eighth qualifiers Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves and Darren Woolner (Saltash) taking the one place for runners-up with 4 +15.

This Sunday, 46 bowlers split into two sessions of play will compete for eight places in the County Finals. Play at Carnmoggas will get under way at 9am.

Martial Arts

DOS SANTOS DEBUT:

Rafael Dos Santos recently made his professional mixed martial arts debut headlining the Kore 2 MMA event at Polkyth Leisure Centre on October 13.

On his debut, Dos Santos, who holds a second degree in BJJ and third Dan in Judo is the current world silver and European gold BJJ medallist defeated the previously unbeaten Ricardo Cummino of Italy. The Italian Thai Boxer was on a six-fight win streak before meeting Dos Santos in a truly international main event.

Dos Santos teaches BJJ in a number of locations throughout Cornwall and it's suitable for adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about this effective martial art can contact Dos Santos on 01637 498465 or 07511937378 or visit website www.cornwallbjj.com.

Dos Santos is offering two weeks free training to all new students, so why not come along and give it a go.

Rugby

NEW COACH GETS STUCK IN:

Duchy College has welcomed new rugby coach Ashley Morcom to the team at the Stoke Climsland campus, where he is getting stuck into training the new rugby team at the college.

Morcom played professional rugby for the Cornish Pirates for five years as a prop and in 2003 won the Pirates most improved player award.

Morcom said: "I started my playing career at Newquay Hornets where I played in the junior section and one year in senior rugby. I then moved into a higher league for St Austell, where I played for a year. I then moved onto the Cornish Pirates where I played for five seasons before moving to Redruth for a year. I finished playing due to an injury after seven years."

Morcom, from Threemilestone, started at Duchy College Stoke Climsland at the start of the academic term and is now in full flow with the rugby coaching; training the new team at the college and sharing his experiences of playing professional rugby.

He said: "When I found out that I got the job at Duchy I was very pleased.

"I really enjoy coaching and hope that this will be a good career step for me. I am hoping that over the next two years we will be able to progress to the higher leagues and put Duchy College back on the rugby playing map within British colleges."

He continued: "I am currently doing my level three coaching qualification, which will enhance my coaching knowledge and experience, giving me the opportunity to pass this onto the players at Duchy."

All students at Duchy College have the opportunity to be part of the college sports teams. With an ever improving sports department, facilities, staff and expertise feature heavily at the College.

The newly formed netball team have started their season with a positive first match, and the football team are enjoying their start to the season with some great games under their belt.

The college golfers have recently competed in the British Colleges Regional Final at Trethorne Golf Club in Launceston with sport student Eugenie Knight qualifying for the British Colleges Final.

Curriculum Area Manager, Britta Sorensen said: "We are really pleased to welcome Ashley to the team. He brings a wealth of experience with him and is proving a great coach to the sports teams here at the College. We have recently brought the Duchy College sports teams back to the College and all the squads have had a fantastic start to the season."

Head of Duchy College, Andrew Counsell said: "I would like to wish Ashley a warm welcome to Duchy College. I am looking forward to another successful year at the college, and am positive that the rugby team will thrive with Ash's guidance this season."

For more information on courses available at Duchy College Stoke Climsland please contact us on 01579 372233 or visit www.duchy.ac.uk

Badminton

BONANZA AT TRURO:

More than 70 badminton players from all over Cornwall and Plymouth were at Truro Leisure Centre at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association's Bonanza.

The idea of Badminton Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players.

The many regulars were joined this time by some very welcome new faces, as the tournament goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing new clubs in Cornwall.

This year's tournament at the new venue was a great success, with the Griffiths family from Camborne sweeping the board in the social sections.

Husband and wife, Mark and Della, won the mixed doubles, then father and son, Mathew joined forces to win the men's, and the final event of the day, saw Mark finally wear down Mathew despite a touch of cramp, to triumph in the singles.

It was a similar scene in the league section, with St Ives' Tony Wong winning the singles and the men's doubles with partner Trevelyan Searle, but just losing out in the mixed with Catherine Harrison to the Plymouth pair of Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker. Results:

Singles Social men's: 1 Mark Griffiths; 2 Mathew Griffiths.

Singles League men's: 1 Tony Wong; 2 Paul Lydon.

Singles Social ladies: 1 Emma Brindley.

Singles League ladies: 1 Catherine Harrison; 2 Judit Matyas.

Men's doubles social: 1 Mark and Mathew Griffiths; 2 Seng Fang and Che Tse.

Men's doubles league: 1Tony Wong and Trevelyan Searle; 2 Gary Braunton and Alex Smith.

Ladies doubles social: 1 Marnie Boston and Zelda Bennett; 2 Lynn Jones and Sarah Catterall.

Ladies doubles league: 1 Debbie Blight and Kay Bossenger; 2 Judit Matyas and Talwyn Craddock.

Mixed doubles social: 1 Mark and Della Griffiths; 2 Martin Penney and Dee Frost.

Mixed doubles league: 1 Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker; 2 Tony Wong and Catherine Harrison.

Fishing

CHARITY COMPETITION:

Cast Fly Fishing Club held their annual charity competition, the John Battensby Memorial Trophy in aid of the Little Harbour Children's Hospice, St Austell at the request of Jane King, the wife of club member Nobby King who sadly passed away in March.

The fishing proved difficult as 18 anglers caught four fish. The overall victor who claims a season ticket for 2013 was Steve Trinder with two fish for 2lb 14oz whilst Derek Eddy came in second with two for 2lb 12oz.

The main event, though, was the dedication of the Nobby King Memorial Bench that was kindly donated by his family and made by club member Richard Buckingham.

Positioned at Goonlaze point, a popular fishing spot for Nobby, it will provide a welcome resting area for anglers and walkers alike.

Thanks to all who provided prizes for the competition and raffle, especially Costa from SWLT and to Chaffins Food Service. Also to Tony Chipman of Cornwall Trophies for the trophies and engraving. Some £167 was raised.

Motor sport

ANNING CUP TRIAL:

Finally with better weather, Pendennis Motorcycle Club managed to run their Anning Cup trial as round seven of the Cornish trials championship.

Using the old Penventon Quarry venue at Lanner, near Redruth, the entry were faced with four laps of seven double subs.

As in the previous round at Garker, Jason Lawer ran out the winner from George Edyvean and Ian Martin, while on the c/exp route, best man was Matt Tabb from Robin Martin and Andy Combes.

But having the best ride on this course was youth Alex Lawer.

On the White course it was a clear win for Dave Richards beating Dave Kemp and Dean Abrahams, also on this course youths Will Kemp and Ty Hendra had a good tussle with Ty taking the win on this occasion.

The yellow course saw a three-way tie for second place behind Chris Anstee, with the nod going to Jason Davis from Buzz Bray by virtue of the furthest clean rule.

The red course saw three riders competing for the honours, with the win going to T Bell from Chris Hooper and W Luscombe.

Results: Blue course: Exp Prem, J Lawer 11, G Edyvean 18. N/exp, R Williams 71. Youth B, O Lawer 82. Blue/ White course: Prem, M Tabb 42, R Martin 56. Youth A, A Lawer 41. White course: Prem, D Richards 12, D Kemp 34, D Abrahams 49. Youth A, T Hendra 50, W Kemp 66. Yellow course: N/exp, C Anstee 1, J Davis 2, B Bray 2. Novice, A Vercoe 11, G Kemp 14. Youth B, J Wright 55, A Diment 100. T/shock, P Bullen 12, K Hawke 14. Red course: prem, T Bell 46, C Hooper 55, W Luscombe 67.

Speedway

I'LL BE BACK IN 2014 VOWS HARRIS AFTER OMISSION:

Chris Harris has vowed to fight to regain his place in the World Championship Grand Prix series for 2014 after being omitted from next year's event, writes Nigel Walrond.

As expected, the Cornishman failed to gain a wild card from the Grand Prix organisers, after finishing only 12th in the overall standings in 2012.

The four wild cards went instead to his Great Britain team-mate Tai Woffinden, Australian ace Darcy Ward, Slovakia's Martin Vaculik and Poland's Jarek Hampel.

It brings to an end a six-year run in the World Championship for Harris, from Probus.

Harris still has a strong desire to return to the World Championship, and plans a big winter effort to get himself ready for next year's Grand Prix qualifying rounds, but he knows he must find more speed in his bikes if he is to be successful.

"I still want to be in the Grand Prix," said Harris. "It has been a tough year from start to finish, with family problems, my health and finding an engine that suits me.

"All I can do is go back to basics, start again, find something I'm happy with and work with it.

"It's not going to happen overnight; it's going to take time. But I still feel I can give something in this series and we'll keep fighting.

"The equipment has been a big part of it. I've showed that when I've got the right equipment underneath me, I can go out and win races," added Harris, who celebrates his 30th birthday next month.

"When everything is working right, I'm feeling good in myself and everything around me is good, I can do well."

Harris is targeting a spot in the 2013 Grand Prix Challenge, where the top three riders will earn Grand Prix spots for 2014.

"I'll go down that route," he explained. "It's going to be a tough winter getting everything ready again.

"But wherever that Challenge is, we'll just get on with it, try and qualify and we'll see what happens."

Harris has ended the domestic season strongly, finishing third in last Saturday's Elite League Riders' Championship at Swindon behind world champion Chris Holder and Niels-Kristian Iversen, after amassing 11 points in the qualifying heats, with defending champion Rory Schlein crashing out in the final.

He has also helped Coventry Bees into the final of the Elite League Knockout Cup, where they will face either Poole Pirates or Peterborough Panthers, with the first leg of the final scheduled for tonight.

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