ST AUSTELL SHARKS SWIMMING CLUB:
St Austell Sharks Swimming Club have another national competitor, Finn Branney. The Sharks sent four competitors to the Cornwall County Amateur Swimming Association distance swim, held at the Plymouth Life Centre's new 50 metre swimming pool.
The 1,500 metres is swum by the men with the women swimming the 800 metres. Finn, holder of the 2012 county junior championships, won his event quite comfortably over the other county swimmers in a time of 16.57.02.
This not only meant Finn took the senior County Championship title, he swam it within the national qualifying time. This means Finn will be able to attend the ASA National Swimming Championships at the end of July.
National times are set very high for swimmers, restricting the numbers in the national competition to approximately the top 25 swimmers from Great Britain in each age group, with a scattering of swimmers from around the world who also attend this competition.
This achievement is never easy for any swimmer. Along with his coach Peter Long, Finn has been on a two-year planned program bringing to fruition this brilliant result.
Peter Long has undoubtedly shown himself to be the county's top coach, who is now taking two swimmers to the nationals with five swims between them.
National swimmer Kay de Courcy, even though off her best time, swam the 800 metre freestyle county event winning the senior county champion cup.
Phoebe Gould and Maisie Moule swam the 800 metres freestyle. This was the first time Maisie has swum this distance in a 50m pool. She finished in a time of 11.43.02 which gave her a fifth place, in her age group, in the Cornwall Champs.
Phoebe finished in a time of 10.47.68, finishing fifth in her age group, but only missing out on third place by .51secs.
CORNISH GUARDIAN ST AUSTELL LEAGUE:
Carpeteers 4 Keith FC 1
Keith shocked Carpeteers by taking the lead, when Leon Trudgeon's shot was deflected past Craig Phillips in the Carpeteers goal.
Ricko Barker was inspirational and his two goals turned the tide for Carpeteers whose other scorer was Scott Laughton who also grabbed a brace to keep Carpeteers clear at the top of the Premiership.
Chenpump 0 Gherkins 1
Gherkins have surprised many this season, and the watching crowd wondered how they would cope without their senior players this week, as they had a hard test against the experienced Chenpump team boosted by new signing Shane Kibell.
He looked lively, but he wasn't able to offer much support for the tightly marked Allah Siam and as a consequence all Chenpump's shots were from long range.
Gherkins frustrated Chenpump with their counter attacking strategy, and it paid off when the lively Ben Thomas burst through Chenpump's defence to grab the winner.
Sabma Boys 1 A Team 7
A Team were back to their best against a weakened Sabma Team, who did manage a late consolation goal from Ashley Cannon.
Chris Dingle was in unstoppable form scoring four goals with Martin Sleaman scoring twice on his return from injury, and Paul Reed A Team's other scorer.
Young Gunz 2 Real Sosobad 2
Real were looking to consolidate top spot, but they were soon two goals down, when Anton Blake and Sam Blount scored for Young Gunz in the opening five minutes.
Real, in season's past would have crumbled, but there is a new resolve about them this season, and when Shaun Hicks reduced the arrears in the first half, you could sense that Real weren't going to give up without a fight.
The second half saw the inspirational Hicks score his second of the match, to grab a share of the points.
One Direction 3 Bogtrotters 2
Bogtrotters lost their first game last week so a positive response was essential to keep their title challenge on track, but they weren't up to the task as a One Direction team inspired by the Scott brothers were too good for them on the night.
One Direction started well and were two goals ahead with a brace from Adam Scott, but Bogtrotters fought back and James Bragg reduced the arrears with a goal before half-time.
Bruce Cocking equalised for Bogtrotters early in the second half, and they were definitely in the ascendancy, but One Direction shocked them when Liam Scott stormed through from defence to score the winning goal.
Cobras 2 Pioneers 8
Cobras had a disastrous evening losing by six goals to a brilliant Pioneers team bolstered by the inclusion of Shane Kibell.
Sons of Pitches 2 Team Bring It 5
Sons of Pitches' poor run of results continued in the rain at Poltair, as Team Bring It were in awesome form scoring five goals for the first time this season.
Aaron Yates' goal was the pick of their goals, a stunning bicycle kick, but the others weren't bad either.
Shane Kibell scored twice with Joe Prophet and John Hannaford the other scorers. Sons of Pitches' goals were scored by Aaron Yeo and Scott Best.
Gallahad Utd 1 Deportivo Dragons 2
Deportivo Dragons gained their second win of the season courtesy of two goals from the talented Shane Kibell.
This loss puts a big dent into Gallahad's promotion hopes, although on balance of play they were a little unlucky as they hit the post four times.
Ashley Cannon scored Gallahad's goal, but it was no consolation for a disappointed Gallahad United.
Monster Inkz 2 The Originals 0
Monster Inkz needed all three points to take over as league leaders from Bin Dippers who had to forfeit their match because of illness
But they were made to fight for their win by a determined Originals team, but Monster Inkz class won out and they got the points they needed.
Dench Juniors 5 Big Heads 2
Dench Juniors could put the pressure on the league leaders with a win here and they weren't about to do local rivals Big Heads any favours.
Dan Peters opened the scoring for Dench, with Ben Willetts doubling the lead before half-time.
Leon Trudgeon pulled a goal back for Big Heads, but Willetts scored his second of the match to regain Dench's two-goal cushion, then Dan Peters scored his second to increase Dench's advantage before Paulo scored for Big Heads to keep them in contention, but Callum Michael put the game beyond their reach with a fifth goal for Dench.
Niles Bakery 0 Whichway 4
Whichway have improved since they signed Derek Lucas and his two goals in this game was the turning point.
Niles played some neat football but they lacked a cutting edge and were made to pay.
Derek Lucas scored twice with Steve Mitchell and Tommy Allen Whichway's other scorers.
SMG 1 The Smiths 5
SMG's season is falling apart after such a brilliant start, and The Smiths are finally finding the form we all thought them capable of.
Ryan Craze scored SMG's goal in the second half, but the game was already lost by then, Cameron Villa and Matt Earl both scoring twice for the Smith's with Luke Perks scoring the final goal.
Drop The Soap 1 Cool Runnings 1
Both sides will feel satisfaction with this result as defeat for either would have been unthinkable.
Drop the soap looked the better team in the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead with a goal from Rhys Walkham.
Cool Runnings weathered the early Drop the Soap pressure and began to take control and it was no surprise when Pete Denis scored the equaliser and a share of the points with Drop the Soap.
LOSTWITHIEL GOLF CLUB:
Lostwithiel hosted their annual captains drive-in with 60 entries participating.
New club captain Vic Tearle and ladies captain Rene Sweet presented prizes to the following teams:
1st place: Mike Dowling, Randolph Jenkin, Mark Glynn 75pts.
2nd place: Judith Sweet, Keith Newitt, Andy Baigent 71pts.
3rd place: Kath Allen, Richard Dart, Dave Vine 70pts.
4th place: Keith Pluckrose, Jeremy Cooper, Paul Williams 67pts.
ST AUSTELL GOLF CLUB:
The results for the past week are as follows:
January 22 – Seniors Individual Stableford: 1 Geoff Cox – 42 pts, 2 Rob Phillips – 39 pts c/b, 3 Keith Morris – 39 pts.
January 24 – Ladies Dallas Scramble: 1 Chris Brown, Liz Murphy, Tracey Peers & Jane White – 65.3, 2 Sue Batchelor, Shirley Best, Wendy Huxtable & Trudy Medlin – 70.9.
January 27 – Mixed Wrye Greensomes: 1 Wendy & Jim Kingdon – 40 pts, 2 Mary & Stan Carter – 39 pts, 3 Sandra & Rob Phillips – 38 pts.
PORTHPEAN GOLF CLUB:
Results: Jan 21: Ladies Stableford (10 holes): 1 Toni Nash 18 pts. 2 Julie Bradbury 15. 3 Ann Bailey 12.
Jan 22: Seniors Winter League – s/f - full h/c (10 holes): 1 Gwyn Lewis 23 pts. 2 Roy Mills 21. 3 Geoff Brooks 21.
Jan 23: Captain's Day s/f – 7/8 h/c ( 9 holes): 1 Steve Arthur 21 pts.. 2 Tom. Endean 19. 3 Lee Fox 19.
Jan 26: Winter Mixed Greensomes: Five pairs all returned scores of 33 pts. Winners on c/b were Gill. Smith & Dave Patrick with Jackie & Jim Oliver in second place, followed by Samantha & Ian Harris 3rd. Pat. & Sid Balch 4th and Julie & Peter Bradbury in 5th place.
Jan 27: Stableford – full h/c – Overall winner Marias Slevas 43 pts. Div 1: 1 Jeremy Hore 39. 2 Tony Kellow 37. 3 Paul Couch 36.
Div 2: 1 Len. Barrett 40. 2 Roy Mills 40. 3 Lee Bradley 39.