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Cornwall county sports round-up January 29

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

ENDURANCE TEST: Athletes from across Cornwall are put through their paces by national endurance coach, Bud Baldaro (far right) at the Duchy Athletic Network's successful Endurance Day, held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre last weekend.

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Cornwall Under-20s have named a 23-man squad for their opening County Championship match against Dorset and Wilts at North Dorset RFC on Sunday (2pm), writes Nigel Walrond.

The Duchy's plans have not been helped by the fact Truro College are playing a game in Wales the day before, while several clubs have got re-arranged matches taking place this weekend because of the recent bad weather.

Despite those problems, the Duchy have assembled a good squad, with Colin Hatch and Paul Hurrell providing head coach Tom Rawlings with a good mix of club and college players for the contest.

Rawlings has been assisted by his brother, Mike, their Cornish All Blacks team-mate Bryn Jenkins, and Cornwall senior team backs coach Ian Morgan in developing the squad ready for the campaign.

A strong and mobile pack has experience in the form of Todd Prisk, Tyler Gendall and Neil Stanleick, as well as last year's captain Neil Broadbank, while there is plenty of pace in the backs, with Rhys Brownfield and Sam Chapman returning for a second year.

Cornwall have only two pool matches this season, as opposed to the usual three, with their second and final group match against old rivals Devon at Penryn RFC on Sunday, February 23 (2.30pm).

Cornwall squad: Forwards – Tyler Gendall, Todd Prisk, Neil Stanleick (all St Ives), Tommy Phillips (Truro College), Liam McFadden (Pirates Amateurs), Luke Hatton (Redruth/Truro College), John Haines (Cornish All Blacks), Brad Howe (Redruth/Truro College), Harry Baker (Wadebridge Camels), Neil Broadbank (Exeter University), Jordan Duke (Cornish All Blacks), Joe Martin (Truro), Sam Rodda (Newquay Hornets). Backs – Stefan Osborne (Pirates Amateurs), Rhys Brownfield (Bath University), Sam Chapman (Cornish All Blacks), Tom Holdsworth (Truro College), Connor Swan (Truro College), Luke Tidball (Truro), James Bryant (Camborne), Ashley Taylor (St Austell), Jack Willey, Sam Fox (Wadebridge Camels), Jack Kessell (St Ives).



Cornwall increased their advantage over the chasing pack to 16 points after a formidable 23-13 victory against visitors Lincolnshire.

Not for the first time this season the Ladies B side gave the squad a tremendous fillip when emerging 5-1 winners from their encounter.

Becky Curnow (16.34), Nikki Biddick (18.56) and Sarah Gill (18.11) all won in straight legs as did lady of the match Carla Ruberry (24.24) while Tyrian Jesse (17.96) came out on the right side of a five-leg thriller which she won when checking out from 106 in the decisive leg.

Steve Pascoe (21.25) and Alex Gill (23.91) both won 3-2 as the first four sets of the Men's B match were shared before the Duchy increased their lead further when taking the next three on the bounce through Rob Jane (22.85), Kevin Dunstan (22.07) and Carl Ninnis (23.01), aided by a checkout of 101.

Despite the visitors taking the next two, there was a strong finish from the hosts with Jon Dower (22.36) winning 3-1 and Mike Pascoe (24.46) and Ronnie Cook (19.78) successfully coming through five-leg encounters.

Cornwall carried a 13-5 lead into the next day's play and the Ladies A side came out of their showing with honours shared.

Claire Irons (21.78) won in straight legs while Teresa Brookshaw (22.39) and Sue Shepherd (21.59) both won by the odd game in five.

The score line was again added too at the start of the Men's A contest when Simon Knowles (26.12) and Darryl Baker (26.19) both put in eye-catching performances and despite losing the next, Kevin Mitchell (26.35) was another solid winner followed by Neil Meneer (25.05) who won in four straight legs, aided by an outshot of 107.

Lincolnshire briefly halted the onslaught before Neil Dudbridge (29.20) put in a man of the match performance, emerging a 4-1 winner in 20, 18, 18 and 12.

Only Brian Jones (25.12) and John Mann (26.66) were home winners from the last five sets but it was enough to give the division one title favourites a morale-boosting 23-13 victory.

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On Sunday Cornwall's Premier Team travelled to Bristol to face Surrey in the Preliminary Round of the Inter County Championship Consolation competition.

The first session saw Cornwall take an advantage of six points to two with wins in the Singles for David Studden (21-6) and Nigel Nicholls (17-8), and Pairs for Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott (14-3). Surrey hit back with in the second session with three wins out of four, Cornwall's only points from the session scored by Dennis Shorthouse, Martin Boraston and Gillian Cawrse in the triples with a 12-10 win. At the halfway point the match score was level 8 points apiece.

Cornwall moved back into the lead of the match in the third session with three wins. David Studden (15-10) in the Singles, Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott (11-10) and Elise Daniell and Mark Eddy (13-7) in the Pairs. The bonus points were also secured in both disciplines to leave Cornwall 18 points to 10 in the lead going into the last session.

Cornwall needed three points from the final session to be certain of the overall match win. The first two games completed, both Triples, ended in defeats for Cornwall setting up a tense finale for both Fours with three points still needed. John Worton, Derek Elliott, Chris Roberts & Percy Tripp secured a win (11-7) in the first Fours game to finish to move Cornwall on to 20 points. The final game went into the last end with the score tied 7-7.

Surrey opted to try and ditch the jack but only managed to put the jack in the corner with the wood some distance away along the fender. It was Cornwall who got the best of the efforts to draw as close to the ditch winning a measure by half an inch to secure the win 8-7. Surrey however, claimed both disciplines bonus points to leave Cornwall winners by 22 points to 18 and 175 to 154 shots.

Match score sheet: bit.ly/L7gMdq

Cornwall will go on to face Herefordshire in the quarter finals later in the month.


On Sunday the County Mixed Fours finals and Champion of Champions will be played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.



The Duchy Athletic Network, in partnership with Cornwall Athletic Club, hosted a very successful Endurance Day, led by National Endurance Coach, Bud Baldaro last Saturday, at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre.

Bud is widely regarded as one of the UK's top Endurance Coaches and has coached over thirty athletes to international level on the track, cross country and road including World Championship silver medallist Hannah England.

Over 20 coaches and athletes from seven local running clubs took part in the day which began with Bud leading a track session, suitable for a runner's winter training programme, including those targeting a Spring Marathon. The clubs represented were: Cornwall AC, Hayle Runners, Mount's Bay Harriers, Newquay Road Runners, St Austell Running Club, Tri Logic and Truro Running Club.

The emphasis of the day was very much on interactive sessions, with those attending the course having every opportunity to ask questions and discuss a wide range of topics, including nutrition, the importance of strength training and flexibility, the structure of training programmes and the value of a range of different training sessions.

Cornwall Athletic Club coach Adrian Mutsaers summed up the day and certainly echoed the thoughts of everyone present.

He said: "A very inspiring day spent with one of the country's top endurance coaches, Bud Baldaro. We all took away so much, not just from him but also from two other inspirational people who do so much for Cornish running and Cornwall AC, Dave Buzza and Emma Stepto."



There were no shocks in Sunday's CCB Sixes Knockout Cup semi-finals, as the big guns strolled to their expected appointment in this Sunday's final.

Falmouth could only manage 78 all out in the first match, Guernsey international Ed Farley making 23 of them. Truro skipper Kyle van Rooyen scored 26 not out in the reply, with the match ending in the ninth over of 12.

St Gluvias, playing a man short, did well to take four of St Austell's wickets in the first half of their innings, three of these to Jake Preston.

However, Gary Bone (71no) and Steve Raven (63) steadied the ship and scored almost at will in the closing overs as the total passed 150. This was too much for St Gluvias who finished over a hundred short, but they at least had the satisfaction of avoiding being bowled out.

The day's only League fixture saw a big win for Ladock over Stithians. Carl Murphy held the Ladock innings together, with 44no, as they made the good total of 117 for five. This was too much for the western side, who capitulated to 36 all out, Patrick Morgan returning the excellent figures of 2 for 2 in two overs.



Looking to run or develop a sport and leisure related project? Discover how to unlock funding for sport and physical activity at the Cornwall Sports Funding Fair.

Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, in collaboration with the Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC), the Cornwall Sports Funding Fair will be taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2014 between 5pm and 8pm in the Fal Building at Truro College.

The event is free and will provide opportunities for discussions with a host of funders, within an informal 'drop-in' environment, plus formal presentations between 6.45pm – 8pm.

This is the third funding fair the Cornwall Sports Partnership has organised with the last event attracting over 100 people. Funders attending the 2014 event include: Sport England, Big Lottery Fund, Cornwall Community Foundation and Sported plus much more.

Event organiser, Natasha Howard from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "This event is designed to help community groups looking for funding to find out exactly what they could be eligible for and how to go about applying for it."

Funding really does make a difference – this year Saltash Sailing Club received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to extend their clubhouse, re-designing the layout, and carry out a complete refurbishment of their changing facilities allowing the creation of a combined family changing room and a disabled shower/toilet room.

Sailing Club Commodore, Bill Pym, said: "We are delighted to have secured this funding, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises, significantly improve the ashore training environment, reduce overcrowding, and provide modern, attractive changing facilities".

Tim Marrion, Partnership Services Manager from Cornwall Sports Partnership commented "Seeing this kind of investment into Cornwall can really make a difference and inspire a generation to become physically active and take up sport".

For further information and to book your place, please call 01872 323344, email Lisa Robins on lrobins@cornwall.gov.uk or visit




Newquay athlete Miranda Heathcote was on top form as she brought home her first regional cross country medal on Saturday after finishing runner-up in the South of England Championships at Parliament Hill Fields.

Competing in the burgundy and white vest of her first claim cross country club, Newquay & Par, she now joins a small elite group of athletes at the club that has won one of the top three coveted medals in the largest of the three England Regional Area Championships and the only Senior Women to achieve this award.

With more than 470 athletes in the Senior Women's race, Miranda soon made her intentions clear by spearheading the charge up the infamous climb from the starting pens before the narrow sharp bend at the top.

By the time she had dropped by the lakes and reached the top of the next climb, the leader had pulled marginally ahead with Miranda and Rachel Felton of Shaftsbury Barnet vying for the second and third places.

Each climb saw the Cornish runner looking the strongest and by the second lap, these two had been joined by the eventual bronze winner, Tish Jones of Belgrave.

Heathcote and Jones were neck and neck as they headed for the long sweeping downhill to the finish straight.

After the race, Miranda said that once the pair hit the 100m long straight she was determined that nobody was going to pass her and despite giving away several years to her top competitors in the race, her finishing speed paid off to take the silver medal.

The iconic course on London's Hampstead Heath, famous for its uphill start and stunning views over London from Kite Hill, has seen its fair share of mud over the many years that both Area and National Cross Country Championships have been held here but on Saturday, conditions were at the top of the mud scale, making the going extremely hard and slippery.

There were only a handful of N&P athletes making the trek to the capital and with spaces on the mini-bus, athletes from Tavistock and East Cornwall joined the Cornish contingent.

Two of these from Cornwall made a significant impact on their Under 15 races. Sian Temple from Wadebridge, competing for Tavistock, was always close to the leading athletes and maintained her 13th position right to the line.

Frankie Aldred was one of the unluckiest athletes of the day, charging to the line with a top ten placing on the cards, he slipped in the mud a did a full somersault onto his back before recovering for 14th.

Birthday girl Elowen Penfold went off to catch an early train home for celebrations in the happy knowledge of finishing 32nd in the Under 13 event.

With almost 300 finishers in the junior races, finishing anywhere in the top half is a tremendous achievement.

Lily England made up ten places on the run to the finish to cross the line at 72nd in the Under 15 Girls race, with Ami Brown 175th and Lieacha Cundy 246th. Quinta Carlyon was 159th in the Under 13 Girls.

The three lap, nine mile course for the Senior Men is the longest in the British cross country calendar with a spectacular mass start.

Mike Birchmore, on his Championship debut, had a superb run. Gradually pulling back athletes from a mid-100 position at half-way, his final lap saw him move up to 80th from 986 finishers who made the full distance.

Other local athletes competing for their Enfield and Haringey club were Anna Sharrock at 55th in the Senior Women and John Scott, 198th in the men's race.

Cornish Pirates


Former England captain Bill Beaumont, the current RFU chairman, will be the guest speaker at 'An Evening With Bill Beaumont' event, to be held in the new entertainment marquee at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, on Saturday March 1.

This 'book the date in your diary' event promises to be a most memorable evening, in the presence of a rugby legend, who is also a very amusing and highly entertaining speaker.

This 'book the date in your diary' event promises to be a most memorable evening, in the presence of a rugby legend, who is also a very amusing and highly entertaining speaker.

However, It doesn't stop there, for as a finale there will be an auction where those present could bid to secure one of many sought after lots.

The evening is priced at £45 per head or £40 per head for Cornish Pirates sponsors, committed shareholders and season ticket holders.

The dinner will be arranged in tables of ten and the dress code is black tie and posh frocks. Proceeds will go to the Cornish Pirates and the RNLI.

For details and booking, please visit www.cornish-pirates.com

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