BEACH EVENT TO RETURN FOR WEEKEND SPECTACLE:
Organisers of Cornwall's iconic Polo on the Beach have announced the event will return to Watergate Bay in spring 2013 with an expanded weekend-long format.
Traditionally held on one weekday evening in September, the event will be extended into a two-day spectacle on May 18 and 19.
A firm favourite on the Cornish events calendar, Polo on the Beach has attracted top international polo players since its debut in 2007. Every year, thousands of spectators descend on the famous surfing beach to witness a thrilling display of beach polo.
Watergate Bay Hotel's Will Ashworth said: "With record numbers attending Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach in 2012, we want to keep growing the event and the next step is to move to a weekend.
"Holding the event in May gives us the benefit of more daylight hours than September, so we can pack even more polo and entertainment into the two day format, and put on more entertainment later into the evening."
More than 4,000 people turned out to watch the sixth edition of Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach in 2012. Spectators were treated to an action-packed exhibition of beach polo from high goal players including current England squad members Jamie Le Hardy and James Harper, as well as a demonstration chukka from Olympic Eventing star Mary King.
The event opens on Saturday May 18 with a horse race with a difference, incorporating the Extreme Academy and kites.
A beach barbecue and champagne bar will be open throughout the afternoon, with live entertainment as the sun sets on the bay.
The main attraction will be held on Sunday May 19 where the event will conclude with two polo matches, in which some of England's top polo players will compete for the coveted Watergate Bay Trophy.
More information on Polo on the Beach 2013 can be found at www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo/ and on facebook.com/poloonthebeach and Twitter @PoloOnTheBeach.
GET ACTIVE PRIZES:
The 2012 Corporate Get Active Challengers were awarded their prizes as the Cornwall Sports Partnership's contest drew to a close.
The Challenge ran for six weeks from Monday October 8 to Sunday November 18 through the www.getactivecornwall.co.uk website, which encouraged Cornish companies and organisations to get active and plot their progress while circumnavigating the Cornish coastline.
Fifty-six teams of three took up the baton and attempted the course by undertaking various sports and activities to improve and maintain their fitness.
By the end of the Challenge, 31,409 miles and 13,137,000 steps had been recorded collectively by participating teams with 77 per cent of contenders finishing the course, ten teams travelling the distance twice, three teams looping the course three times, and one team spectacularly trouncing the Challenge four times over.
A selection of challengers were awarded for their achievements. The Furthest Distance Travelled was accomplished by Putting the Health into Environmental Health, completing an 1,419 miles.
The Barnstormers won an Outstanding Sports Contribution for 1,006,000 steps accrued, and The A Team was recognised for completing the Most Varied Activities, which included more than 20 different varieties of sessions included gymnastics, cycling, boxing and dancing, amongst others.
Alongside changing individuals and team attitudes towards being active, the Challenge also had an affect on friends and family members.
The Corporate Get Active Challenge will next be going live spring 2013 but anyone can sign up to take part in a personal or private team Challenge now at: www.getactivecornwall.co.uk
More than 400 Army Cadets from all areas of Cornwall attended a training weekend which included an Inter-Company Sports Competition at RAF St Mawgan covering football, cross-country running and rugby.
This was an opportunity for the Army Cadets to participate in team events and to identify those who would later in the year to represent Cornwall Army Cadets at regional and perhaps national level.
Many of the cadets attending will use these sports events towards their physical recreation section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
In the evening all cadets were treated to a sumptuous Christmas meal, served by all the officers and adult instructors of the county.
This was followed by the traditional disco, at which the sum of £309 was raised for The Little Bridge House Charity.
The Champion Company was Lucknow Company, which contains the platoons of Bodmin, St Austell, Truro, St Blazey, Newquay and Wadebridge.
The Lucknow Company also won Soccer Cup; Rugby Cup and the Tug of War Cup.
The Champion Company Trophy was presented to the Cadet Corporal Ajna Butterfield from St Blazey Platoon by The Commandant of Cornwall Army Cadets Colonel Les Donnithorne.
For more information of the Army Cadets please contact Cadet HQ at Bodmin on 01208 73183 or visit the website at www.cornwallacf.co.uk
DUCHY EARN POINT:
Cornwall's top badminton players picked up a well-deserved point on Sunday and were unlucky to lose 8-7 at Polkyth Leisure Centre against Somerset in a closely fought match which entertained the spectators with some excellent badminton.
The Cornwall men were on top throughout the afternoon, winning both singles and all the men's doubles and Somerset had no answer to the power and touch shots on display.
Kris Jasper (17) had a stunning debut match for the first team, dominating his singles opponent who didn't get a look in, and then teaming up with Shane Maton to win their doubles in style.
Ross Lashbrook and Tom Lyle were once again very impressive, as they showed just how to play men's doubles with their consistent attack and fine defence.
Cornwall's women, struggling with injury and illness, had a hard time against Somerset who had the edge with their power and precision in all the singles and doubles, which made the score 6-6 going into the mixed.
First up were Ross and Bronwen Wotton, against an experienced and skilful pair who took the game relatively easily, despite Cornwall rallying in the second end.
Next came Shane and Vicki Thomas, unbeaten going into this match, but unlucky this time in losing two close ends, which gave the match to Somerset to the groans of the crowd.
Cornish pride was restored, as Tom and Rose Willis won the third and most exciting mixed which went to the wire, but they always looked like they were capable of winning, with Tom's steady attack and Rose's consistency.
Cornwall now look forward to the next match, a long trip to West Glamorgan in the new year.
Cornwall team: Shane Maton, Ross Lashbrook, Tom Lyle, Kris Jasper, Jo Philp. Rose Willis, Bronwen Wotton, Vicki Thomas.
Short Mat Bowls
COUNTY MIXED FOURS:
On Sunday, 23 teams competed in the County Mixed Fours at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club near St Austell.
Teams were split into five groups, one of six, one of five and three of four giving five group winners and three runners-up to go forward to the finals in February.
Group One, the group of six, saw Lynette Golledge, Bill Sharp, Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) unbeaten to win the group with 6 points +34 shots.
Pam Hamley, Terry Bray, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) also progress as one of the three runners up with 4 +13. Group Two, the group of five, was won by Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Lynne Davey (Liskeard), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) & Gary Davey (Liskeard) with 6 +25.
Rosemary Curnow, Patsy Wakeley, Chris Roberts & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) claimed a runners up spot with 4 +9.
Group Three was won by Jacky Tyler (Blisland), Marilyn Stewart, Arthur Hambley (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) with 6 +12 after defeating June Trestrail, Terry Trevorrow, Linda Billington & Chris Harris (Hayle) in the final game, leaving them on four points and 0 shots missing out on a runners-up spot.
Group Four winners were Elise Daniell (Holmans), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) & Peter Hore (Holmans) with 5 +17 after defeating previously unbeaten Marion Keers, John Keers, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) 15-1 in the final game in turn costing the St Newlyn East team a place in the finals after finishing on 4 +5.
The final group was won by Jenny Richards, Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Luke Jolly & Karen Watson (Treviscoe) with 6 +9, also qualifying from the group were Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves and Darren Woolner (Saltash) with 4 +15.
The eight qualifying teams return to Carnmoggas on Sunday February 3 for the finals.
League tables and 2013 diary dates, see Page 85.
TOURNAMENT AT CULDROSE:
RNAS Culdrose hosted the inaugural Cornish Open Invitation Basketball Tournament.
Attracting teams from Camborne, Truro, Penryn (2), Culdrose and Wadebridge a hard fought competition was played out in a series of pool matches followed by play-offs to determine first to sixth place.
The stand out fixture from the pool stages saw Wadebridge narrowly defeat Camborne, which also sealed their place in another feisty match in the play-off final against Penryn.
Wadebridge eventually ran out two point winners, but the real positive from the day came from the interest levels, clear enthusiasm and skill of all concerned, which bodes well for the eagerly anticipated re-establishment of the western area league early in the new year said tournament director Rob Knill.
FA AND TRUST JOIN FORCES:
Boys in the county have been given the opportunity to develop their football skills through a new partnership between Cornwall FA and Plymouth Argyle's Supporters Trust.
The player pathway programme incorporates all affiliated football in the Duchy and the unique partnership includes clubs, leagues, schools, facility providers.
The support from Plymouth Argyle FC will provide a clear, progressive development route for all young players in Cornwall.
Players who excel at their local club or school will be invited into one of a network of local long term player development centres which will augment the coaching they receive in their club.
Existing centres at Mounts Bay School, Penryn College, Cornwall College (Camborne), Callington College will work in partnership with the centres established by Plymouth Argyle FC Football in the community at Liskeard and Truro and planned centres at Brannel School and Camelford. The local centres will integrate with the Cornwall Schools FA representative squads and coaches.
Clubs will benefit from support from FA, Cornwall FA and Plymouth Arygle FC's coaches which will support the 'long term player development' approach.
Club coaches will be supported with advice and information on the planning and delivery of appropriate practice with specific age groups.
Both Charter Standard Youth Leagues in Cornwall – the Kernow Youth League and East Cornwall Youth League are supporting the initiative through their League development plans having this season endorsed the FA youth review proposals.
The centre will be based at Brannel School, which also hosts the Girls player development centre, is the one which will be supported by PAFC academy coaches and provide the pinnacle of the player pathway in Cornwall.
ST AUSTELL TAKE LEAD:
St Austell have taken over at the top of the Premier Division of the West Cornwall League, thanks to two good 9-1 wins over Palace B and Mylor A, writes Malcolm Peters.
Palace made the trip north and were staring a 10-0 defeat in the face being 9-0 down after the singles, but Roger Jacobs and Steve Hunt took the doubles beating Carl Baldry and James Wright to avoid the whitewash.
Katie Rule took the point for Mylor defeating James Wright in 3 ends. Docks B lost out to Bridge B 7-3, Malcolm Peters losing to Graham Lobb 11-9 in the final end despite being 9-7 up.
For Docks Dave Plumb just got the better of Kelly Reed 13-11 in the decider. Docks A took a maximum 10 against Bridge A, although Bridge were unlucky not to take a couple.
Will Abouelhana and Paul Jenkin both lost out to Rytis Visockis 11-8 in the fifth game.
In Division One Nick Peters kept up the good run of form when Docks F visited Mylor B, beating Bob Bridges, Ian Bell and Chris Bassett. However Bell and Bassett both defeated Dennis Williams and granddaughter Dominique to ensure four points for Mylor.
Division Two saw leaders Cape Cornwall A defeat Palace E 9-1, John Allam saving the day for Palace with a win over Kaye Stenner.
At the other end of the table fellow strugglers Docks J defeat a depleted Cape Cornwall B 7-3 leaving the Cape stuck at the bottom with 5 points. Josh Copeland and Roger Scorse remained undefeated.
Mid-table, St Ives B came away 6-4 winners against Palace D, thanks to two wins each from Josh Francis, William Wynne and Tristan Wynne. In Division Three leaders Docks P stretched the gap with a 9-1 win over Palace G who could only field 2 players.
Danny Beechey was the only home player to get a point on the scoreboard with a five end win over James Freeman. Mylor C and Docks L fought out a 5-5 draw at Mylor, the Docks points coming from three from Morgan Cardell and two from Finley Thomson. Matt Bassett took two for the home side.