NATIONAL RIFLE SHOOTING MEETING:
The 2013 NSRA National target rifle shooting meeting was held at the National Rifle Range, Bisley, Surrey.
It is the premier NSRA competition attended by small-bore shooters from all over the world and combines several shooting competitions including a weekend aggregate and a week aggregate. Shooters from all over Cornwall made the journey to Surrey to compete.
Congratulations go to the Cornish Champion of Champions competitor, John Emmerson (Penzance and St Ives Rifle Club), who came ninth out of all the county champions despite the fact that John is a B Class shooter and he was competing against X and A class shooters. A fantastic result. John had a great meeting all round winning many competitions including coming first in ALL his weekend competitions which meant he came first in the B class weekend aggregate, he also came first in the week's grand aggregate.
Matthew Hammond (St Austel Rifle Club) won the C class week's grand aggregate. In D class Sue Alford (Liskeard Rifle Club) managed a great result finishing eighth in the grand aggregate.
Our team results were reasonable with Cornwall finishing 12th in the County Sextette, 20th in the County 50 metres, and 8th in the Queen Alexander Cup.
The Eley competition consists of two indoor rounds shot at competitors home ranges with the finalists shooting the final round outdoors at Bisley for a glass plaque, a certificate and boxes of Eley ammunition this is the first time that several Cornish competitors left Surrey with more ammunition than they went with.
BRITISH INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall could not have wished for a better start to their division one campaign when they made good use of home advantage to defeat County Durham 24-12, writes Steve Chapman.
The squad received a great platform to build on from the ladies B team who began proceedings with a 6-0 whitewash.
Sarah Gill (18.01), Tyrian Jesse (17.15), Nikki Biddick (19.63) and Sandra Allen (16.51) all won by a 3-1 margin and a clean sweep was made when Carla Ruberry (22.43) and Teresa Brookshaw (22.43) both won in straight legs.
Ronnie Cook (23.48) and Simon Knowles (22.43) both won without dropping a leg either side of the visitor's first point at the start of the Men's B encounter, before Rob Jane (31.31) put in an awesome performance to win 3-0, taking the winning leg in just 12 darts with throws of 140, 140, 100, followed by a checkout of 121.
County Durham then found some form to take three on the bounce only for Neil Dudbridge (21.17) to halt their progress with a 3-0 success.
Twice in the last four sets the visitors edged in front but a 3-0 win from Darryl Baker (23.86), aided by a checkout of 114 and the final point from Dave Harris (29.47) who hit a finish of 115, ensured the Men's B match finished all square, but Cornwall had a 12-6 overnight lead.
That lead became 13-6 at the start of the Ladies A match, when Kath Gill (23.19) won 3-1, aided by an outshot of 110, but the visitors fought back to take the next two.
Sue Shepherd (17.83) brought the teams level once again and although Claire Irons (20.28) won the next 3-2, after trailing 2-1, County Durham won the sixth set to force a 3-3 draw.
The Men's A squad suffered mixed fortunes last term, but got it together in this fixture to produce an outstanding performance.
The match was won as early as the fourth set when Cornwall won the first four exchanges by a 4-2 margin thanks to good wins from Jerry Campe (22.87), Mike Jones (26.04), Dave Copplestone (25.93) and Neil Meneer (27.72).
The visitors pulled one back only for Simon McClary (26.72) to win with a confident 4-0 scoreline before Brian Jones showed the Cornish spirit and won his encounter, coming from a 3-0 deficit to level and then take the seventh and decisive leg with a kill of 116.
Promoted from B side, following his excellent showing the previous day, Rob Jane's inclusion was justified when he won 4-1, after hitting a checkout of 110.
Sean Johns (24.61) waded in with another point, coming from 3-1 adrift to win 4-3 which was followed by a 4-0 success from Rob Ruberry (24.44) before County Durham had the last say.
This 24-12 victory was an excellent start to their 2013-14 campaign and if the Duchy can maintain this level of commitment throughout, then promotion to the top tier looks highly possible.
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
Champions Queens Arms A (Constantine) were held to a draw by The Tavern (Newquay) in the final week of the campaign, but still won the Men's Premier West title by a clear 11 points, completing their programme without a single defeat.
Not for the first time this season the Constantine club received good service from both Stuart Averris (27.45) and Adam Averris (26.37).
White Hart (Camborne), with Paul Cook (26.88) and Kevin Bray (25.24) both prominent, defeated Britannia Inn C (Truro) 8-4, a result which gave them the runners-up spot by just two points from Astro Club (Penzance) who overcame St Rumons (Redruth) 9-3, but had to settle for third.
NEWQUAY DUO SELECTED FOR GB LONGBOARD TEAM:
Indo Board have pledged a £250 package for just a £150 pledge to help fund the first Surfing GB longboard team.
Newquay's Ben Skinner and Adam Griffiths along with Ben Bates (17), Raife Gaskell (17) and Britain's number one female Claire Smail have been selected to surf for SurfingGB in the first ever ISA World Longboarding Games in Peru this month.
They will head out to Wanchaco beach in Peru next week to compete against the best longboarders from around the world in the surfing equivalent of the Olympic games on the hunt for Britain's first ever world Gold medalist in the ISA but have no funding.
The team are aiming to raise £10,000 to cover the trip and to also have some money left towards training the next generation of teamgb as there is no current funding for surfing.
In 12 days they have raised more than £5,100 on their www.crowdfunder.co.uk/teamgb page where you can make a pledge for goods and services from the team. Another £1,000 was raised by the Joe Way Appeals fundraiser which was held at the Fistral Beach bar in Newquay.
If a business or individuals would like to support or sponsor the surfing GB longboard team call Robert Green on 07970 955 658 or visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/teamgb
CORNISH EVENT LAUNCHED:
Under gathering autumn skies in the spacious shelter of the Treviglas Dome, the launch of Futsal in Cornwall took place.
The challenge to the emergency services culminated in a 40 minute final play-off between the Newquay Coastguards and the slightly younger RNLI Lifeguards.
The Newquay Coastguards, with some knowledge of small-sided football, kicked off against the more youthful RNLI Lifeguards, with only a mainstream football background.
The tactical awareness of the Coastguards helped them to race into a 4-0 lead over the Lifeguards within the first ten minutes of a frantic opening period.
Action swung from one end to the other, but the attacking desire of the Lifeguards frequently left them open in their defence which was ruthlessly punished by the Coastguards.
When the Lifeguards did break through, they faced a Coastguard keeper, Tom Kirwin, in top form and capable of using a range of body parts to stop the ball.
With two minutes to go in this 20 minute first half the score was 5-1 and the Coastguards called a brief time-out to catch their breath.
The action became increasingly tactical, with untimed stoppage every time the ball crossed the yellow court lines to go out. The team with advantage had to kick the ball back into play within four seconds. It is this combination of clearly defined rules and tight strategic play that led FIFA and the FA to adopt Futsal as the way ahead for youth development in the UK.
After the five minutes half-time it was game on for the next 20 minutes. Interesting aspects of the game were the ability of both teams to produce low level heading and tactical high kicking using the smaller and heavier Futsal ball which is more controllable for the smaller indoor pitch.
The score moved to 5-2 as the Lifeguards came out playing with determination and confidence.
The Coastguards, with the experienced skill of Dan Hatfield to hold up the ball and bring attacking midfielders into play resulted in their lead being extended.
They still had the look of a team that was more familiar with the game and had more experience with the pitch size.
The Lifeguards used their rotation of substitutes, while the Coastguards used none. And as the game continued at a physically demanding pace, the fitter Lifeguards fired shots hard and fast past the Coastguards keeper as the game finished Lifeguards 6, Coastguards 8.
Newquay Coastguards were the ultimate winners of the Battle of Heroes 2013 trophy, from the launch tournament of Mid Cornwall Futsal, sponsored by Vita Coca, Bounce and The Nutritionists.co.uk
Mark Turner, Futsal promoter and Steve Tootle were the two referees for this game.
For more information on Futsal contact Mark Turner on 07765 487 158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check on Facebook and Twitter.
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On Sunday 50 bowlers took part in the County squad trials at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club with Team Manager Nigel Nicholls and Premier Team Captain Peter Hore keeping a close watch on players as they formulate what they hope will be two winning teams for this years championship which starts with a visit to Exeter on Sunday to take on Devon.
The initial 50 has been whittled down to 40 bowlers who are confirmed for the Devon match although a further day of practice on Saturday will confirm the final composition of the team and playing positions.
Bowlers selected: Blisland - Keith Matthews, Max Burden; Dobwalls - Brenda Sleep, Derek Newton, Bill Sharp, Martin Boraston; Holmans - Peter Hore, Elise Daniell, Mark Eddy; Illogan - David Studden; Ladock - Richard Brown, Chris Roberts, Brian Wakeley, Sandra Worton, John Worton; Landrake - Dennis Shorthouse, Neil Gribble, Alan Holden, Gary Davey; Liskeard - Sheila Hodge; Lostwithiel - Terry Bray, Jim Rule, Gillian Cawrse; Luxulyan - Betty Temple-Smith, Nicholas Truscott; Newlyn Trinity - Nigel Nicholls; Penlee - Keith Williams; Porthleven - Mike Widger; Saltash - Graham Reeves, Melba Kitt; St Newlyn East - Carol Ford, Graham Ford, Pam Williams; Treviscoe - Luke Jolly, Kath Goodman, Carolyn Stanley, Jim Stanley, Tony Jago; Withiel - Henry Kendall, Joe Dixon.
CHALLENGE CUP TRIAL:
Last Sunday saw 28 riders riding the Camborne and Redruth Motor Clubs Challenge Cup Trial.
Using the tried and tested ground at St Allen, the riders were faced with three laps of seven double sub sections with sections 1 and 2 appearing to take the majority of the marks.
Premier winner on the day taking the Challenge Cup was Simon James, who beat Matt Tabb and Dean Abraham, with Ty Hendra taking the Youth A award. A clear win on the clubman route went to David Richards from Chris Tabb and Steve Tabb, with Max Diment taking the Youth A .
On the 50/50 route riding his twinshock Fantic, Devonian Martin Gilbert took the premier win from Richard Parkyn and Ian Yeates. The youth on this route young James Wilcox had a good ride to take the win. The popular White route was also won by a Twinshock in the capable hands of Chris Anstee, beating John Husk and Jon White. Young Peter Higman was best Youth B rider on this course, with Josh Wright taking the Youth C, and Ben James runner-up.
C/man Exp course: Prem, S James 26, M Tabb 44, D Abraham 50. Youth A, Prem, T Hendra 38. C/man course: Prem, D Richards 4, C Tabb 45, S Tabb 73. Youth A, Prem, A Diment 30. N/exp course: Prem, M Gilbert 10, R Parkyn 25, I Yeates 27. Youth B, Prem, J Wilcoxs 79. Novice course: Prem, C Anstee 3, J Husk 15, J White 21. Youth B, Prem, P Higman 38. Youth C, Prem, J Wright 55, B James 92.
COUNTY NEWS ROUND-UP:
A new programme to get more students into golf in Cornwall is getting under way at Cornwall College and Duchy College.
The 'Tee it up' programme will be piloted during Freshers' Week at seven different campuses across Cornwall when PGA professionals offer taster events to attract newcomers to the game.
Students will be able to have a go at golf in an inflatable net and will be offered a six-week coaching course at a local club with a PGA professional.
The coaching programme will include playing on the golf course, starting 150 yards from the green on each hole. As the 'Tee it up' name suggests, players will be able to use a tee on every shot, apart from when they are in a hazard or on the green.
The project is run by the Cornwall Golf Partnership – which works to grow the game in the county – and it's designed to make it easier to get started at golf. It's part of the national Get into golf campaign which inspires people to take up the game.
County Development Officer Simon Wood said: "We're hoping that this will get new players off to a quick start and that they'll soon be playing and enjoying golf. If it's successful we'll roll it out across the county in 2014."
The golf professionals and clubs involved in this project are: Russell Binney of St Austell, Jonathan Lamb of Tehidy Park, Dominic Rehaag of China Fleet, Jason Avery of St Mellion, Nick Rogers of Falmouth and Wayne Graham of Hayle Golf.
For more information about the Cornwall Golf Partnership visit www.cornwallgolfpartnership.co.uk Visit www.getintogolf to find taster and low-cost coaching opportunities across the country.
EDDY'S LATE STUNNER EARNS CITY AWAY TIE:
Truro City 1, Street 0
A sensational 89th minute goal by City substitute Liam Eddy settled a drab FA Cup first qualifying round tie at Treyew Road, writes Rhod Mitchell.
A poor game looked to be heading for a replay in Somerset on Tuesday evening, when former Helston striker Eddy let from 30-yards, giving Street keeper Nathan Whatley no chance as it flew into the top corner.
It was Eddy's first goal for the club and was worthy of winning any match and City will now travel to another Western League premier division side in Brislington in the next round on Saturday week.
The goal was out of keeping with what had gone before on a windy afternoon , as the visitors frustrated City for long periods.
In the first half, the best chance had fallen to the Somerset side just before half time, when City lost possession in their own half but Ollie Chenoweth saved well at his near post from Jack Malone.
City had huffed and puffed but were too often let down by their final ball.
At the start of the second half Seb Bromfield forced Whatley into an instinctive point blank save following a free-kick but it was rare goal threat from the home side.
The introduction of Eddy did give City a left and he had a couple of half chances before finally breaking the deadlock in style.
It was the only really memorable moment of the game but City will just be pleased to get through to the next round in two weeks' time.
City gave a debut to new signing Jamie Lowry who made an impressive start to his City career.
Truro are not now next in action until Saturday, when they travel to play St Neots Town in the Calor League premier division, after last night's scheduled home game with Frome Town was postponed as the Somerset side drew their FA Cup tie 1-1 against Bognor Regis, with the replay taking place tonight.
Truro City: Chenoweth; Lowry, Kendall, White, Swain; Cooke, Andrew (Brokenshire 87), Broad, Slateford (Eddy 67); Broomfield (Afful 87), Sims. Sub (unused): Copp.
Referee: Andrew Quinn (Plymouth).
City MoM: Jamie Lowry.
REVISED DATES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Organisers have announced a revised timetable for the Thundercat Racing World Championships at Watergate Bay.
The Extreme Academy will now be hosting the championships from Monday to Wednesday October 7-9. Monday will be a familiarisation day for competitors and heats will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday October 9.
Some 30 teams from 12 countries including the UK, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Germany, Sweden and Norway will be competing in challenging conditions which could see 10ft surf at the two-day event.
With a 50 horse power engine and lightweight inflatable hull, Thundercats can reach speeds of up to 65mph and boats can sometimes jump up to 15ft into the air. With all the races taking place just metres from the shore, spectators can easily watch all of the action.
Further details on Thundercat racing and the Thundercat Racing World Championships can be found at: www.thundercatracing.co.uk.
For more on the events taking place at Watergate Bay visit: www.watergatebay.co.uk/events/calendar.