GORRAN'S HOUSE MAKES MARK IN NEW ZEALAND:
There was good news recently for former Cornwall Schools' and Gorran opening batsman Matthew House, the son of club chairman Andy, writes Michael Weeks.
After being an assistant coach to the current Cornwall Under 15s, managed by Tim Marrion, the 25-year-old remained in New Zealand to take up a coaching post after the winter of 2011-12.
It followed the links Gorran Cricket Club have formed with Christchurch's Heathcote CC.
They had all their facilities crushed by the earthquake in February 2011 and Gorran have raised funds since, with annual charity matches against Kiwi XIs. After playing for the club Matthew was offered a coaching contract with Canterbury.
After a successful season for Heathcote, where he is closing in on a 1,000 runs, he has been selected for the Christchurch Metro squad – the 11 best club cricketers from the Canterbury region and one step below First Class cricket.
Following his selection Matthew said: "Working with Craig McMillan and Peter Fulton (New Zealand Internationals) over the winter really helped my game and I've put in a lot of work."
The Metro's media release impressively stated: "Heathcote's Matt House has been in blistering recent form with the bat."
The representative side take on a touring XI from the Australian Air Force on Sunday at Beckenham Park, Christchurch.
Hatton Academy Cornwall, based at Combat Activ Gym in Newquay, are now offering boxing fitness classes for kids aged between 6-16 years old.
The sessions are formulated by ex world champion Ricky Hatton and are non contact.
They include footwork drills, padwork skills, boxing combinations and fitness drills.
It's a great way to meet new friends, learn self defence, lose weight, all in a fun relaxed atmosphere. The lessons are run by qualified Hatton Academy coaches and kids receive a free Team Hatton t-shirt when starting and gain certificates of skills passed.
For more details check out Hattonacademycornwall on Facebook or call 07779584177 to book your place or for more details, they are running free taster sessions on February 10 and 12 at 4-5pm for kids and parents to meet the coaches and enjoy a session before classes officially start on February 24 after half term.
ST AUSTELL ROUND-UP:
Results: Tuesday January 28 – Seniors Individual Stableford: 1 Dave Alderson – 44 pts, 2 Bob Wright – 42 pts, 3 Brian Hambly – 41 pts.
Thursday January 30 – Ladies' Dallas Scramble: 1 Sandra Chapman, Jackie Knight, Tracey Peers & Jane White – 68.3, 2 Anne Brook, Val Cross, Brenda Marsh & Sylvia Rawle – 68.8.
Sunday February 2 – Mixed Competition 1 – 9 Foursomes, 10 – 18 Individual Stableford, both scores to count: 1 Val Cross & Frank Giles – 67 pts, 2 Wendy & Dave Huxtable – 60 pts c/b, 3 Ann & John Sweet – 60 pts.
Only two competitions survived the inclement weather this week at Porthpean.
Sadly, Sunday's competition had to be cancelled due to the weather. However, the Captain's nine-hole competition on Wednesday saw the club captain take top honours.
Pete Bradbury carded a very respectable 20 points off a three-quarter handicap.
Ian Smith came second with 18 points beating Derek Williams on countback.
The Seniors played a 16 hole Stableford competition on Tuesday off a full handicap allowance.
Ray Arthur topped the 'oldies' with a commendable 39 points.
Dave Blackburn came second with 37 points and Brian Hussey was third with 35.
BODMIN OVERPOWER TRURO:
Bodmin Dragons Ladies 4 Truro 3
Bodmin played host to Truro on Saturday at the Dragon Leisure Centre in fine weather conditions.
Despite Truro being favourites for the win after having beaten Bodmin 8-0 in the first leg, constantly improving Bodmin dominated play from the start.
Keeping a surprised Truro on the back foot with classic textbook play between Bodmin winger Evie Colllings and midfield Kirsty Harvey.
Bodmin swiftly advanced into their scoring zone breaking down Truro's defence with several strong strikes each deflected by the active visiting keeper.
The effort was impressively converted by Bodmin top scorer Paulette Spry who opened the scoring for the home side in the fifth minute.
Truro replied after ten minutes of highly charged play with a fortunate break from defence to attack finished with a mediocre strike past Dragons' keeper Katie Bannalick, setting the precedence for a cat and mouse game.
Bodmin's second goal came in the 34th minute from striker Jess Whittock, assisted by Paulette Spry, making the half-time score 2-1 to Bodmin.
Truro, having the push back advantage, caught Bodmin off guard, swiftly levelling the scoring.
This did not stop the visitors from levelling once again. In the closing minutes of the game, player of the match Katie Dyson converted a goal line battle into a fourth goal for Bodmin to make it 4-3.
Bodmin Dragons' captain Sarah Hawkey said: "I am proud to captain such a strong team of players who really work together when they need to. Every player on the pitch put in their all."
Bodmin now sit in fifth place and are ready to face Bude 2 this week.
Bodmin Dragons men's and ladies train every Thursday, 7-8.30 at the Dragon Leisure Centre, Bodmin. All new members welcome.