RESTORMEL JUNIOR SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY:
Three of the previous double winners were on top form again for the third Restormel Junior Schools Cross Country League at Par on Wednesday and now only need one decent performance from the last two fixtures in the New Year to secure the individual titles, writes Dave Varney.
However, Samuel Knobloch (Charlestown) has opened up the prospect of an exciting second half to the season after his first win in the year 7 Boys event.
There will also be plenty to fight for in several of the top three team placings after another action packed series of races that saw 372 young runners complete the 1100m and 1600m distances around the playing fields at Par Recreation Ground.
Knobloch pushed the St Petroc's pairing of Harvey Orchard and Zac Hancock off the top two placings they had occupied in races 1 & 2 as he stormed to a fast finish over the last half of the younger age group race with time to celebrate as he approached the line.
A young Harrison Dorman (St Mewan) maintained his improvement as he moved up from 13th at the opening race for fourth. Also creeping up each time was Ashley Faulds (St Stephen) who made it into the top five.
Despite the lower positions of their top two athletes, St Petroc's, Bodmin, had all four of their scorers in the top eleven. Brodie Brydon Campbell was ninth and Rhys Glue 11th.
St Mewan took their third runners-up position whilst Ashley Faulds helped St Stephen Churchtown move into third place for the first time over a Charlestown team which had their first three in the top eight, needing a fourth higher placing, but are still in the medal hunt.
Jessica Spry (St Stephen) was the first of the trio to make it a hat trick of wins and never looked likely to drop her lead after a commanding run from the start.
Amy Richards (Lanlivery) having moved up to second last month showed that this was well deserved with a similar finish with Paris McDermott (Luxulyan) overcoming her blip in race two, which she can discard, to keep the pressure on for a top three overall.
Aaliyah Cleaves (Bishop Bronscombe) was within a couple of seconds with a similar lead over Jenny Hughes (St Stephen).
The importance of the fourth scorer was also evident in this Year 5 Girls team event.
Biscovey recorded their first victory of the winter through a consistent grouping from Amelia Budge (8th), Ebony Underwood (10th), Amelia Klups (11th) and Anna Kittow (30th).
St Stephen Churchtown picked up their second runners-up position but league leaders St Mewan will be looking to bounce back to the top in the last two races.
The longer distance of the Year 6 races enabled both Boys and Girls winners to stretch away from the rest of the field.
Si-am Juntakereket (St Petroc's) impressively pulling out a 26 second winning lead over team mate James Hurst. He had to fight hard to hold off Jak Tindal (St Mary's) who made it to the top three placings for the first time just two seconds behind.
Archie Bees (Pondhu) is still in with a shout if he can improve on his fourth place in the last two races with Harvey harper (Biscovey) back in the top five.
The St Petroc's Boys were rampant once again with the same low score as race 2 and third place once again filled by Jowan Rawson at sixth. Biscovey should take the second overall placing while Probus made the breakthrough into the top three for the first time.
Chloe Pettitt (St Stephen) almost seems like a veteran as she built up her third win in the older age group having three titles already to her name.
She had Tia Brown (St Petroc's) chasing after her as they crossed the bridge into the far fields but could not close the gap Chloe had built up in the first small lap.
Amara Thompson (Mount Charles) moved back into the third place and seems the most likely contender for the overall placing although Maddie Babb (Roselyon) could 'drop' her seventh place if she can repeat last month's third.
Elisha Murphy (Tywardreath) is also a contender but cannot afford to miss a further race with her second fourth of the winter and Mia King (Tregony) produced the run of her life for fifth having been 15th and 24th previously.
It is anyone's guess as to who will take the year 6 team title but Mount Charles put the ball firmly in their court as the trio of Amara Thompson (3rd), Evie Bishop (8th) and Letitia Tucker (9th) overcame St Petroc's, Bodmin for the second time and should be aiming to keep the momentum going when they return in four weeks.
St Stephen Churchtown should wrap up the third place but King's massive improvement put Tregony just three points behind them.
GRAMPOUND ROAD BOOSTED BY LOTTERY FUNDING:
Grampound Road Cricket Club is one of 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England's 'Protected Playing Fields' fund to improve and protect their playing fields.
Grampound Road CC will receive £47,000 of National Lottery funding to make improvements to their cricket pitch which is currently unplayable during adverse weather conditions.
Work will include drainage improvements and regrading the surface, thereby helping to reduce fixture cancellations.
Sport England Chair, Nick Bitel, said: "We know how valuable playing fields are to communities throughout the country, giving individuals and teams somewhere to get active and enjoy sport.
"This fund allows us to maintain and protect these spaces so that high quality sports pitches are available in the heart of communities."
David Dane from Grampound Road CC said: "We are delighted that Sport England has approved funding to allow us to improve the drainage on the outfield of our Premier League ground.
"These improvements, along with the guarantee of protection for at least 25 years, means that this sports facility can now be enjoyed by our community for many years to come."
PERKINS AND SLATER TRIUMPH IN PAIRS EVENT:
China Fleet amateur Jack Perkins partnered Trevose assistant pro Grant Slater to victory in the pairs event at the latest meeting of the Cornwall County Professional Golfers' Alliance at Perranporth.
They carded a fine 41 Stableford points, but still needed countback to pip the partnerships of Killiow pro Richard Sadler and Will Sumner (Carlyon Bay) and Bowood Park amateurs Nigel Connolly and Rob Cook.
Sadler had a good day, also winning the individual professionals' prize with a two under par round for 38 points, two ahead of China Fleet's Dominic Rehaag on 36.
The next Alliance meeting, which is already fully subscribed, is at St Enodoc on Wednesday, December 18.
Full results. Pairs – Grant Slater (Trevose) & Jack Perkins (China Fleet) 41 pts; 2, Richard Sadler (Killiow) & Will Sumner (Carlyon Bay) 41; 3, Nigel Connolly & Rob Cook (Bowood Park) 41; 4, Dominic Rehaag & John Sanders (China Fleet) 40; 5, Scott Richards & Gary Andrew (Truro) 40. Individual professionals – Richard Sadler 38 pts; 2, Dominic Rehaag 36; 3, Scott Richards 35; =4, Antony Nash (St Enodoc), Katie Rule (Tehidy Park) 34.
St Enodoc's Steve Chapman will be hoping to build on his clear lead at the top of the Cornwall Winter Golf Series Order of Merit when the third event of the 2013/14 season is played at West Cornwall this Sunday.
Chapman won the opening event at Perranporth and followed up with a second place finish at his home course earlier this month. These two results have put him nine and a half points clear of his nearest challenger.
The winner at St Enodoc was three times OoM winner Josh Greenaway, of Bowood Park, who is currently lying joint third in the rankings with Perranporth's Adam Taylor. They are both just two and a half points behind Carl Burley, of Merlin, in second place.
There was a good attendance for the Cornwall Ladies County Golf Association's (CLCGA) annual meeting at Killiow GC last week when Sonia Harvey relinquished her post as president to Margaret Oliver (Trevose). Pearl Carne (Carlyon Bay) also took over as competition secretary.
As usual the draw for next season's Gammon Trophy was made at the meeting. Seventeen clubs have entered this time, so there will be just one first round match, the winners of which will go through to the second round on Sunday, June 1.
Full draw. First round (to be played on Sunday, May 4): Launceston v Killiow. Second round (to be played on Sunday, June 1): Tehidy Park v West Cornwall: St Mellion v Looe; Perranporth v Bude & N Cornwall; Falmouth v St Enodoc; Carlyon Bay v Launceston or Killiow; Mullion v St Austell; Trevose v China Fleet; Newquay v Truro.
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