HELFORD RIVER GIG CLUB HOST MINI SCILLIES EVENT:
If you were down at Helford Passage on Saturday you would have seen a fantastic sight as 22 Cornish Pilot Gigs lined the beach in preparation for a full day's racing hosted by the Helford River Gig Club, writes Lulu Badger.
Helford were joined by the following clubs: Flushing and Mylor, Nankersey, Devoran, Truro, Porthleven, Rock, Newquay, Penryn, Tamar Tavy, Salcombe, Coverack, Cadgwith, St Agnes, Lyme Regis and Cotehele Quay.
This event, named by Helford Gig Club "The Mini Scillies" is one of the first events of the new season.
As crews prepare for the gig rowing championships on Scilly at the beginning of May, this event offers them the opportunity to check out the competition and gauge how their own training is going. It is called "The Mini Scillies" due to the fact that there are four races, Ladies Veterans, Men's Veterans, Ladies' Race, Men's Race, which, like on Scilly are not categorised into 'A' races or 'B' races. The course is a straight line course, from August Rock to Helford Passage and is the same length as the first race in the Scilly Championships, which runs from St Agnes to St Mary's.
The weather couldn't have been more British. During the racing it veered from snow to hail interspersed with, gale force winds, glorious sunshine and pouring rain.
During the Men's Vets race, the heavens deposited an enormous hailstorm, then, as quickly as it began, the onslaught was over and blue skies, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze took its place.
Racing began at 11.30 sharp, with boats leaving the beach half an hour beforehand in order to make it out to the mouth of the river in time. Between dark grey skies and steel waters, flashes of colour battled the elements, their crews having to work hard just to keep the boat moving forwards into the wind and against the tide.
People stood up in the fields between Helford Passage and Trebah, watching the spectacle and calling for their chosen crew to win.
A well earned pint in the pub was enjoyed by many at the end of the day as competitors, visitors and members alike watched the rugby, happy, at least, to have had their own successes on the water.
Ladies Veterans: 1st Helford (Pedn Billy); 2nd Rock (Swift); 3rd Newquay (Spy).
Men's Veterans: 1st Flushing and Mylor (Vilt); 2nd Helford (Pedn Billy);
3rd Rock (Swift).
Ladies Race: 1st Helford (Pedn Billy); 2nd Flushing and Mylor (Vilt); 3rd Falmouth (Black Rock).
Men's Race: 1st Falmouth (SeaHawk); 2nd Flushing and Mylor (Vilt); 3rd Falmouth (Black Rock).
Overall Results: 1st Helford; 2nd Flushing and Mylor; 3rd Helford.
SAINTS SET FOR SECOND:
The West Cornwall League, sponsored by Ignition Credit plc, nears the conclusion of the 2012/13 season, writes Malcolm Peters.
Docks A cannot be caught at the top of the Premier Division and will retain the title won last year. Second place looks to be going the way of St Austell but is still undecided at this stage. St Austell defeated Palace B 9-1 to help their cause, the only victor for Palace being Roger Jacobs, who got the better of Carl Baldry.
Elsewhere, Palace A won 7-3 at Docks B thanks to three from Adam Tatlow. Chris Peters, deputising for Steve Lobb, took two for the hosts, beating Martin Burley and Dave Waddington.
ST AUSTELL END PENZANCE'S LONG UNBEATEN RUN:
In the last round of shoulder to shoulder league matches Helston beat Hayle 478 ex 500 to 476 to finish in 4th position leaving Hayle at the bottom of the league.
The top scorers in this match were Mrs Jackie Hibbitt for Helston with a 97 and Miss Maria Bennetts for Hayle also with a 97.
In the other match in this round St Austell broke a three year unbeaten run for Penzance & St Ives winning a very close competition 491 to 490.
This leaves Penzance & St Ives top of the league, only beating St Austell by one point. The top scorers for St Austell were P Parker P Hammond M Hammond and G Matta al with 99's and for Penzance D Kernick and R Tanner also with 99's.
LLOYD SINKS CHAMPION TO SECURE SEMI FINAL BERTH:
The latest games have been played in the Cornwall Billiards & Snooker Competitions.
The mouth watering snooker individual quarter final between current holder and seven times county champion Kevin Steed (St Cleer Liberal Club) and three time champion, Richard Lloyd (Bude SC) produced a blistering display, resulting in a 4-2 win for Richard.
Richard won the first frame with a 30+ break and then in the second he made a fantastic 129 break. In frame three he had breaks of 30+ & 50+ and finished off the match with a 67.
Richard now plays Phil Lane (St Rumons) in the semi final at Lostwithiel SC with the date to be advised shortly.
The evergreen Charlie Gay (St Day), 13 times County billiards champion made another final with a 650 points to 443 points win over Derek White (Menheniot SC). Charlie had breaks of 40, 46, 58 and 104 and also helped his team, St Day to winning the Peter Bottono three man team billiards league after a 2-1 win over Dobwalls assured them of the win.
Charlie had breaks of 57 and 60 in winning his game against Roger Northcott and Dave Trembath had an 80 break in his win over Chris Mitchell, who himself had a 76 break.
County player Barrie McIntosh (-14) (Tregonissey) will play fellow county player Darran Lock (-10) (Lostwithiel SC) in the Individual Handicap Snooker Final.
Barrie had a 3-1 win over under 21 county player Carl Mitchell (+21) St Rumons in his semi final while Darran won 3-1 against Anthony Williams (SCR) Godolphin Club after recovering from 30 & 40 point deficits in the last two frames.
Games being played this week are: Alan Hurley v Chris Timmins in the Individual County Snooker semi final tomorrow, Thursday at Redruth British Rail.
Steve Downing v Chris Mitchell in the Billiards Individual semi final at Sweb SC, Bodmin on Wednesday March 20, with the final on Wednesday March 27 at the same venue.
Full list of draws and results, Digest page 76.
STUDENTS MAKE GRADE:
Twenty-seven students from the Cornwall Taekwondo schools in Camborne, Newquay and Truro were tested in Truro for their next taekwondo belt.
The martial artists performed taekwondo routines known as patterns, kick, punch and strike linework, free sparring and set sparring, streetwise self defence and power tests including board breaking to achieve their next taewondo belt.
Grading examiner Liam Broderick was delighted with the standard of their physical grading but also in their theory, as students answered questions about taekwondo and its roots in Korea.
He said: "The Cornwall taekwondo instructors teach both traditional and modern aspects of the martial art, which is reflected in the belt testing, as the students perform traditional taekwondo alongside modern self-defence methodologies.
"There are nine belt tests of increasing complexity as students work towards black belt, averaging about three and a half years to get to the black belt grade.
"The standard of this grading was very high, reflecting the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.
"All the students tested passed their grading and have been awarded their next belt, a superb result."
More information about the Cornwall taekwondo schools and how to get free lessons is available via the website at www.cornwall-taekwondo.com, or call Liam Broderick on 07855 734984.
KNUCKEY SUFFERS SEMI FINAL DEBUT TO FORGET:
Cornishman Martin Knuckey suffered a tough first ever appearance in the British Under-21 Championship semi-final at the St Boniface Arena in Plymouth on Saturday night.
The 20-year-old was initially named as a reserve for the meeting, but was promoted to the starting 16 when a rider dropped out.
Knuckey, from St Austell, who studied at Penrice Community College, struggled to come to terms with the wet and slippery track conditions after a series of heavy rain showers, and he failed to complete any of his four rides.
In his first outing, his bike packed up on the second bend of lap one, and he was excluded because he was not under power when the red lights came on after Nathan Greaves fell.
A crash on bend two saw him suffer another premature end to his second race and another exclusion, and that was also his fate in heat 10, when he was one of three riders to hit the deck, but he was harshly disqualified, in the opinion of some, as being the primary cause of the stoppage.
His fourth outing ended in a retirement, and his fifth ride never took place as the meeting referee called a halt to proceedings four heats early, when every rider had completed four rides, for fear of exceeding the 9.30pm curfew in place at the track.
Despite failing to score, it was all good experience for Knuckey, who has signed for National League side Coventry Storm for the 2013 season.
Danny Stoneman led the list of seven qualifiers for the British Under-21 final at Wolverhampton on April 23.
Meanwhile, Cornish duo Ben Barker and Chris Harris will be part of a British Lions team taking on Swindon Robins at Blunsdon on Thursday evening in a challenge match.
Qualifiers: Danny Stoneman (Isle of Wight) 10, Oliver Greenwood (Coventry Storm) 10, Darryl Ritchings (Isle of Wight) 10, Dan Greenwood (Dudley) 8, Josh Bates (Scunthorpe/Mildenhall) 8, Max Clegg (Dudley) 8, Matt Williamson (Buxton) 7. Other scorers: Shane Hazelden (King's Lynn Young Stars) 7, Liam Carr (unattached) 4, Richard Andrews (unattached) 3, Adam Ellis (Ipswich/Isle of Wight) 3, Brendan Johnson (Coventry Storm) 2, Tyler Govier (Buxton) 2, Brandon Freemantle 2 (Isle of Wight), Michael Neale (reserve) 2, David Abraham (reserve) 2, Martin Knuckey (Coventry Storm) 0, Nathan Greaves (Dudley) 0.
FOWEY YACHTING CLUBS TO WELCOME FRENCH RACERS:
There is to be a visit to Fowey in early May of up to 30 large French yachts in the 500-mile Sailtica Yacht Race from Pornichet (Southern Brittany) to Fowey then back again to Pornichet.
There will be about 120 visiting Frenchmen and women on the boats, plus a large contingent of French dignatories who will be coming on a cultural exchange with the people of Fowey.
The Mayor, John Berryman, will be formally welcoming visitors from Pornichet in the Town Hall on Tuesday May 7 at 6pm. Members of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and The Gallants will also be involved.
There are many activities being organised by the town for the French visitors. They will be arriving from Sunday night, May 5 and Monday May 6, and leaving again on Thursday May 9.
There is going to be a harbour start for the yachts from the Royal Fowey Yacht Club line on Thursday May 9 (noon). The Harbour Master will be closing the harbour to all commercial traffic while this is going on.
If you would like to know more about the Sailtica Race, go to www.sailtica.fr
WADEBRIDGE AND REDRUTH TO CONTEST FINAL:
Wadebridge and Redruth will meet in the CCB Indoor Six-a-Sides County (Level 2) League Final next Sunday, having defeated Falmouth 2 and Roche in this week's semi-finals.
Both matches went down to the last few deliveries and Wadebridge needed a final ball single from Jonny Centini to thwart Roche, who had posted 83 for 3 in their ten overs.
Centini's 30 not out rescued the side as they lost wickets regularly in the chase and need 15 from the last over.
In the other semi-final, Harry Roberts made 26* for Falmouth 2, but their low score of 59-4 should never have been enough.
However, Redruth also lost regular wickets and were four down before half the target was achieved. Ben Stevens was left on his own as last 'live' batsman and, in spite of a couple of scares, had the time to make the winning runs with an over in hand.
Sunday's finals begin at 3.15pm at the Cornwall Cricket Centre and the main event, St Austell v Falmouth 1 for the Premier League crown, gets under way at 4.30.
The Cornwall County Indoor bowls final results are as follows:
Singles: champion, David Drew Carnmoggas; runner-up David Roe Newquay.
Pairs: champions, Frank Stott & David Roe Newquay; runners-up, David Drew & Ian Drew Carnmoggas.
Triples: champions, A Broad, K Blake & P King (Carnmoggas); runners-up, Charles Roe, Frank Stott & David Roe.
Fours: champions, Mike Austin, Alan Hawke, David Drew & Ian Drew (Carnmoggas); runners-up, Charles Roe, Frank Stott, Duncan Hayne & David Roe (Newquay).
Presidents Cup: (four matches between the Men's association and the Ladies Association) – The full results of the four matches was 330 shots to 279 shots and the points score was 25½ to 10½ meaning that the Men retain the cup.
SANDY WIN DERBY:
Carlyon Arms warmed up for their K.O. Cup semi with Luxulyan with a comprehensive 6-2 "away" win against Packhorse.
With both clubs resident at Par Running Track this keenly contested derby was a somewhat subdued affair due to both teams being out of contention for the title.
An injury to Packhorse keeper Liam Turner didn't help the home teams cause and Sandy made the most of this with their all time top goal scorer Chris Dingle helping himself to four.
Blue Anchor fought back from 2-0 at the break to record a 4-2 victory over Rock Inn, Mike Bale grabbing a hat-trick.
The home side face Packhorse in next week's other semi final. Lostwithiel found St Breward a tougher nut to crack than expected but will be pleased with the 2-1 away win that pushes them up to fourth.
AKUMA RUGBY ARE TITLE SPONSORS FOR SURF 7s:
Akuma Rugby have come on board as the title sponsor for this year's Surf 7s. Akuma are the leading rugby 7s kit provider in the UK, they combine quality British made kits with top quality customer service and innovative, eye catching design.
As part of the deal Akuma will be selling a new range of Surf 7s merchandise as well as offering an exclusive 20 per cent off kit deal to any team entered in this year's event.
Tournament director Andy Hawken said: "We are so happy to be working with Akuma again this year, they bring a fresh approach to kit design with high quality service and product at the heart of what they do.
"Having leading companies such as Akuma involved can only enhance the weekend for competitors and spectators."