DISAPPOINTMENT FOR HARRIS AT CARDIFF:
Chris Harris's hopes of securing an automatic berth in the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix series are all but over after a disappointing night in Cardiff last Saturday, writes Nigel Walrond.
The 29-year-old Cornishman could manage only six points in the British Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium in front of thousands of his adoring fans.
It leaves him still 24 points adrift of a place in the top eight in the overall standings – which would guarantee him his position in the World Championship next year - with only three rounds remaining.
Harris, from Probus, will need something of a miracle to turn that situation around, and will surely have to rely once more on a wild card from the Grand Prix organisers if he is to feature on the world stage again in 2013.
Harris was simply not quick enough at Cardiff in front of a 38,000-strong crowd, and his dreams of reaching the semi-finals were virtually at an end after his first three rides.
A third position and a last place in his opening two outings, when he failed to take advantage of having the inside gates that proved very beneficial in the early stages of the meeting, were followed by another third spot in heat 10.
It meant he had to win his remaining two rides to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals, but despite showing signs of an improvement, two second-places left him one point short of the seven-point tally he needed to figure in the closing races of another fantastic event in the Welsh capital.
The meeting was won by Australian Chris Holder, with his Poole team-mate Krzysztof Kasprzak second, and Swedish duo Antonio Lindback and Freddie Lindgren third and fourth respectively.
Another Cornishman, Ben Barker, was one of the two reserves for the meeting for the third year running, but as in 2010 and 2011, his services were not needed, with none of the 16 riders pulling out of their scheduled rides.
The date for the 2013 British Grand Prix in Cardiff has been announced as Saturday, June 1.
British GP: 1 Holder 23 points, 2 Kasprzak 13, 3 Lindback 12, 4 Lindgren 12. Other points scorers: Sayfutdinov 12, N Pedersen 11, Gollob 10, Andersen 10, Vaculik 7, Hancock 7, Nicholls 7, Jonsson 6, Harris 6, Crump 6, B Pedersen 2, Ljung 0.
Overall standings: Hancock 118, Holder 117, N Pedersen 112, Crump 103, Sayfutdinov 96, Gollob 93, Lindgren 89, Jonsson 76, Lindback 74, Andersen 53, Harris 52, Vaculik 49, Hampel 46, Ljung 44, B Pedersen 43.
CORNWALL THROUGH TO INTERMEDIATE FINAL:
Cornwall, winners of the South West Federation of Croquet Clubs' South West Division Intermediate League, beat Lym Valley, winners of the South East division, 7-0 in the Intermediate League semi-final at Porthpean.
The final will be between Cornwall and the winners of The North v Central Divisions, probably on September 16, at Nailsea.
Play commenced with one double and two singles. Honey v Cousins, hoops came slowly in a close fought game, Honey prevailing in the end 20-15 on time. The other single Dexter v Rees again progressed slowly, Dexter winning 19-8 on time.
The double Cutting & Jennings v Hoare & Wilcox was hard fought, Cutting & Jennings winning 15-12 on time. By lunch time Cornwall were 3-0 up.
The afternoon play was four singles. Cutting v Rees game started slowly, but Cutting got his eye in & romped away to win 26-3 with plenty of time to spare.
Jennings v Cousins started in a similar way but Jennings form turned good & won 26-6 again with time to spare.
The other two singles were not going quite so well. Honey v Wilcox was very close run, Honey eventually coming out the winner 17-16 on time.
The last single was Dexter v Hoare again hoops did not come easily in the end Dexter managed to get away to win 12-7 when time ran out.
Cornwall: Tony Jennings (handicap 16), Peter Cutting (12), Des Honey (11), Peter Dexter (16).
Lym Valley: Richard Cousins (14), Jack Hoare (16), Huw Rees (12), Ken Wilcox (18).
CORNWALL OPEN MEETING AT MILLPOOL, BODMIN:
A good entry of 40 shooters entered for this year's Cornwall Open. So bringing it forward three weeks from the Bank Holiday seems to be working.
The first shoot of the weekend was a 2 x 10 at 300yds. This is a warm up match and not part of the overall Grand Agg. Right on message 1 (start time) the rain duly arrived. A little irritating, but passed quickly.
However, as the second detail started, it was déjà vu for those unlucky enough to be caught on the 11am detail of this year's Donegall, at the Bisley imperial meeting in July. So Eagle Eyes out and carry on. Stuart Larter–Whicher ran out the winner with a 50.6, followed by George Gilpin 50.4 and Andrew Wilde 49.9.
Match 2 was fired on the 300yd metric target This smaller bull certainly seems to concentrate the mind as evidenced by the scores made by Robin Hallows 100.5, and Steve Maris counting out Andrew Wilde on 100.3.
After lunch, we moved back to 500yds for a 2 x 15, which was won by Andy Gent 75.11, with Mike Frost 75.6, and another 3rd place for Andrew Wilde on 74.9. The wind bracket about 1 ½ mins from the east.
Saturday concluded with a 2 x 10 at 600yds. Jonathan Haward came out on top with a 50.8 with Tony Jones counting out Mike Frost, both on 50.7. The wind remained from the east, down to a minute bracket, but after the downpour at the start of the day, it remained dry for the shoots.
Sunday morning had on its black face, however once we got down on the point, the rain kept off, and did so for the rest of the day, even enjoying some sunshine.A rare commodity this summer.
Match 8 Sunday morning consisted of 2 x 15 at 500 and 600yds. This was won by Dave Crispin with a splendid 150.23, Jon Cload 149.22 just edging Andrew Wilde 149.18 into yet another third place.
This match is a concurrent match for the Inter Counties team match, which was won by Surrey with a score of 391.77 ex. 400, with Devon in 2nd place. Again, light winds from the east kept the bracket to about 1 -1 1/2 mins.
The meeting concluded with the top 20 in the Agg plus the top 3 F class shooting a 1 x 15 @ 600yds for The Duke of Cornwall Trophy. This was won by Jonathan Haward 75.10, Jon Cload 74.14 (not his last I hasten to add) and Dave Crispin 74.10.
Dave Pickering emerged victorious in the F Class battle, winning both the Saturday Agg and Grand, with Ian Mowbray second and Paul Calvert in third.
LEAGUE CHAIRMAN JUMPS TO IT AND RAISES £4,500:
Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League chairman Mark Hayman completed his sponsored 15,000 foot parachute jump at Dunkerswell Airfield in East Devon in aid of the league's Benevolent Fund during the summer close season.
After rounding up the pre jump pledges a delighted Hayman revealed to the league's board at their bi-monthly meeting last Thursday that the total sum raised from his efforts is £4,500, meaning that the league's fund – used to help relieve financial hardship by any person connected to the South West Peninsula Football League – has had a significant shot in the arm.
Donations from member clubs, including many from Cornwall, was exceptional with one club raising £400 and six others giving three figured sums to the cause with the total amount from the 51 clubs in these harsh economic climate was approaching £2,500.
Support from league sponsors, local business' and Hayman's business connections and friends ensured that the sum raised well exceeded expectations.
Hayman said: "I would have been content with raising a thousand pounds but once the enthusiasm of those I contacted took over I knew we were going to reach a sizeable figure for a cause very close to my heart.
"I want to sincerely thank everyone who kindly made donations from Penzance all the way up to Dumfries in Scotland, the vast majority of the clubs were brilliant and I can't thank individuals enough in those clubs that went out of their way to raise this money on our behalf – they are a credit to their clubs"
The league is now in its sixth year and in that time nearly £10,000 has been paid out to those in times of need in the league with more than 50 claimants receiving a financial boost while being unable to play or officiate.
Hayman added: "When the fund pays out to a self employed player with young children it is very rewarding and this extra money raised means we can give a little bit more where required in these hard times.
"I have been pleasantly surprised how much some individuals paid in at clubs as there are tough times out there for them and money for their own means is hard enough to come by.
"The officers and board oversee a league that is enjoyable to be part of and that comes from good people, running good clubs and this important fund raiser has strengthened that point."
Although the jump took place over two months ago the league's fund is open to donations at any point in time and asked if he would go through with it again Hayman said: "Only if I could raise that same amount again as the experience was great but it would take a similar amount for the same worthy cause to do so."
MULTI-TERRAIN SERIES RACE AT TRELISSICK:
The day's heavy rain relented and a warm calm evening greeted the huge field of more than 200 runners, who assembled in the grounds of the National Trust at Trelissick for the Trelissick 10K off road trail run – round eight of the Cornwall Multi Terrain Race Series, sponsored by Personal Best Running Store at Carlyon Bay, St Austell, writes Alan Rowling. The steep uphill and downhill sections of the first mile soon stretched the field, with five runners detaching themselves early on in the Men's race, led by James Waldie (Cornwall AC) and Tony Brewer (Mile High), with Ben Price (Cheltenham), Andrew Martin (Mile High) and Stuart Ansell (Oxford) in hot pursuit.
Waldie, a fell running specialist who recently won the season's fifth race of the Scottish Hill Running Championships beating a few Scottish internationals in the process, was content to run alongside Brewer until the two mile point, before finding himself moving clear of the Mile High man on one of the many uphill sections, as he relentlessly moved further and further ahead, eventually crossing the line almost three minutes ahead of Brewer, who had settled for second before the half way point.
The winner, who is currently studying at Edinburgh University, did admit afterwards: "The key to success on this course, which is a serious challenge for all runners, is not to start too fast. This was my plan and it worked out well, as I felt I was still running strongly at the end."
Price, who knows the area well having organised the first few 10K off road races at Trelissick a few years ago, finished third, ahead of Martin, with Stuart Nicholas (St Austell Running Club) moving through, after a more sensible start than most, crossing the line in sixth position.
The Ladies' race was won by Jasmine Finney (Bude Rats), who led from the start and was delighted to win her second Multi Terrain Series race of the summer, having triumphed in her club's own race, the Bude Lifeboat Run in June.
Jasmine finished 40 seconds ahead of 18-year-old Zoe Barber (Westbury Harriers, Bristol), who was racing over 10K for the first time and coped extremely well with this very demanding course.
Youth certainly prevailed at Trelissick, with the top two youngsters leading a procession of no less than 16 lady Veteran runners, with Revis Crowle (East Cornwall Harriers) leading the more Senior runners home in third place.
In the team competition, St Austell Running Club were clear winners in the Men's race, comfortably ahead of Falmouth Road Runners (2nd) and Cornwall AC (3rd).
The Ladies' team competition was a much closer affair, with East Cornwall Harriers beating another club from the east of the county, Bude Rats, by just four points, with Falmouth Road Runners a distant third and just one point in front of St Austell Running Club.
Key for clubs: BR Bude Rats, CAC Cornwall AC, CHE Cheltenham, CR Carn Runners, ECH East Cornwall Harriers, FRR Falmouth Road Runners, G&G Grit & Grin, HR Hayle Runners, LRR Launceston Road Runners, MH Mile High, NRR Newquay Road Runners, OX Oxford, STA St Austell Running Club, TAV Tavistock AC, TRC Truro Running Club, U Unattached, WH Westbury Harriers Bristol.
Results: Men: 1 James Waldie CAC 39.36, 2 Tony Brewer MH 42.14, 3 Ben Price CHE 42.55, 4 Andrew Martin MH 43.16, 5 Stuart Nicholas STA 43.28, 6 Stuart Ansell OX 44.00.
Age Categories: Under 40: 1 James Waldie, 2 Tony Brewer, 3 Ben Price. 40-44: 1 Stuart Ansell, 2 Justin Day CAC 44.58, 3 Stephen Hands STA 45.55. 45-49: 1 Rich Savage HR 44.08, 2 Duncan Oakes STA 45.13, 3 Glynn Davis CR 45.38.
50-54: 1 Ian Crowle ECH, 46.36, 2 Martin Davis NRR 46.52, 3 Gary Pascoe TRC 47.56. 55-59: 1 Malcolm Roberts STA 48.22, 2 Chris Moncaster NRR 50.37, 3 Peter Allen NRR 52.29.
60-64: 1 Doug Alsop STA 54.30, 2 Kevin Burnett NRR 56.44, 3 Richard Pearson U 58.30. 65-69: 1 Ian Ringer ECH 57.06, 2 Roger Nosworthy BR 69.12, 3 Barry Drew CR 70.36.
70+: 1 Tony Berry TRC 61.57, 2 Nick Jeans TRC 64.34, 3 Howard Haynes HR 68.23. Teams: 1 St Austell Running Club 132 points, 2 Falmouth Road Runners 179 points, 3 Cornwall AC 190 points.
Ladies: 1 Jasmine Finney BR 47.31, 2 Zoe Barber WH 48.11, 3 Revis Crowle ECH 51.29, 4 Debbie Harrison HR 52.05, 5 Emma Murray STA 52.31, 6 Sharon Daw ECH 52.48.
Age Categories: Under 35: 1 Jasmine Finney, 2 Zoe Barber, 3 Louise Hawkins ECH 58.29. 35-39: 1 Helen Heard BR 53.57, 2 Ann Quarmby U 58.07, 3 Olivia Pellowe CR 61.45. 40-44: 1 Debbie Harrison, 2 Emily Young ECH 55.08, 3 Angela Martin BR 55.33. 45-49: 1 Emma Murray, 2 Sharon Daw, 3 Emer Scanlon TAV 54.55. 50-54: 1 Revis Crowle, 2 Julie Towers LRR 59.35, 3 Jeanette Duncan G&G 61.02. 55-59: 1 Sue Ogilvie NRR 55.56, 2 Janet Watson FRR 58.19, 3 Alison Joslin TRC 65.59. 60-64: 1 Bridget Funnell BR 59.35, 2 Mary Mullarkey ECH 70.35. Teams: 1 East Cornwall Harriers 34 points, 2 Bude Rats 38 points, 3 Falmouth Road Runners 100 points.
LTA CHIEF EXECUTIVE TAKES IN TRURO TOURNAMENT:
Despite very unseasonable weather, Truro Tennis Club's annual open LTA Grade 3 tournament went ahead on schedule.
With more than 170 entries and more than 200 matches played during the week spectators saw some exceptional talent across the age groups from U8 to senior level.
The club played host to LTA chief executive Roger Draper and his family, who were holidaying in Cornwall while taking part in the tournament.
Play started on the Sunday with the U9 Orange ball event and the standard of play was high and there was a good representation from Cornwall, with players taking place from all over the county and nationwide.
The Boys' event went with the seedings with No.1 Taylor Ingham-Hill eventually beating No.2 seed Ben Rowe.
The girls U9 event was won by Emily Syms. In the Red ball U8 event the winner in the girls draw was Daisy Chapman, runner-up Lolita Winter-Smith.
The boys' event was won by Zac Brown, and runner-up Sonny Poulter. The under 10 green ball was won by No.1 seed Fergus Jacobs.
In the Under 12s Tony Pryce events, Cornwall showed their strength with a great performance by Arielle Fitkin who went on to win the girls event.
The boys' draw of 23 was fought hard with the eventual winner being top seed Jack Draper, who beat Sebastian Harris in the final.
The U14 event was won by Louis Newman, runner-up was Julian Robinson. The girls was won by A Brooks with runner-up Rebekah Oloughlin.
There was more success in the doubles for the Draper boys as they went on to win the U14 doubles event and the girls pairing of Arielle Fitkin and Rebekah Oloughlin won the Girls' U14 doubles. The U16 John Hampshire Perpetual Cup was won by Cem Ortel, runner-up Emerson Styles.
The U18 boys winner was Ben Tyrrell, who beat Jake Horton in a close fought match 6-3, 6-3 and the girls winner again Alisa Cole with Amy Johns the runner-up.
In the senior women's singles, No.2 seed Isabella Brown played well to overcome top seed India Rojano in a thrilling tie break.
The men's singles was won by Ben Tyrell, who beat Conor Polyblank in the final.
The mixed doubles saw Conor Polyblank and India Rojano overcoming No1 seeds Finn Leverton and Amy Johns 6-3,7-5 .
The men's doubles saw No2 seeds Roger Draper and his son Ben playing No1 seeds, Truro's Kieron Butter, and Oscar Newman from Middlesex.
The top seeds took a two-game lead breaking early but it did not take long for Roger Draper, an accomplished doubles player, to find his rhythm and bring the set to 3-3. The boys were not able to overcome Roger's consistency at the net and Ben's defensive play and after a well-played and hard fought match the final score was 6-3,6-2.
All the senior doubles were sponsored by The Heron Inn at Malpas. Truro Lawn Tennis Club would like to thank all their sponsors for supporting the event. If you wish to find out more about the club and coaching available and upcoming tournaments please see the website www.truroltc.com