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County Scene, September 21

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 21, 2012

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The Nike Night Surf returns to the UK's world-class break of Fistral Beach, Newquay tonight and tomorrow.

The event is set to deliver two days of fierce competition under the bright lights as well as a chance for the public to experience floodlit surfing.

Surfers in six categories – Men's Open, Women's Open, Pro Junior, U-16 Boys, U-16 Girls and U-12 – will compete in a bid to win a share of the largest prize purse on the UK Pro Tour, with all divisions holding qualifying points for the GB Squad.

New in 2012 is the addition of a night Expression Session on Friday evening, where the country's best aerial surfers push the progression of the sport in a display of aerial domination.

Today also sees the opportunity for 24 local surfers to paddle out and experience surfing under the floodlights in the Carve Magazine Public Session.

Out of the water, spectators will be able to watch a showcase from the UK's finest surfers with dj's supplying the soundtrack and a premiere of Kai Neville's Surfing film 'Dear Suburbia', featuring Nike Surfing's Kolohe Andino & Julian Wilson.


With two weeks to go before the sixth Jesus Longboard Classic in Polzeath, expectations are high after the success of previous years. The event will be held at its traditional venue over the weekend of October 6-7, using the 'Tubestation' as its contest base.

It's a great contest for both those who have not entered a competition before and those seasoned contest surfers. The Jesus Longboard Classic has a well deserved reputation for its friendly atmosphere and relaxed vibe, as well as the later rounds being highly competitive.

This year the event will precede the revised date for the Jesus surf classic to be held at Croyde on October 13-14.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.christiansurfers.co.uk – and watch out for posters in surf shops near you. It will be available to book online, keep an eye on the website to see when that is available.

For further details contact on the contest contact davidjrenyard@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07870830182, and for more information on Christian Surfers UK, including all the latest news on the events log onto www.christiansurfers.co.uk , and for more information on the Tubestation log onto www.tubestation.org



The postponed BLU #3 of the 2012 series was held last weekend under blue skies and a solid head high to overhead wave at the Watering Hole, Perranporth.

Nervousness among the organisers regarding the juniors entering such conditions meant the contest director took the brave decision to send the ladies in. This so they could avoid the notorious shore break at Perranporth.

So a shaky start in the first heat with only Grace Davies managing to get out back set the scene for the early part of the day with ten minute paddle out time allocated for heat changeovers rather than the usual five minutes.

Conditions moderated during the day to end in the afternoon on a manageable 3-4 ft by the time the junior divisions finals came round.

Some great surfing was had during the day but some shock results as a result of the difficult conditions where sets came at irregular intervals.

With a lot of the juniors attending the European Junior surf championships in Lacanau, France. The contest was run off in one day due to only a total of 52 surfers attending, but for the first time, the number of Ladies entering matching the numbers of men in the Open division.

For the final event next weekend at Gwithian, there are a possible three divisions where draws are likely – especially an interesting one between Adam Griffiths and Ben Skinner as Adam Griffiths took first place in the final with Ben Skinner second.

Angus Murray got to his first final to finish third followed up by up and coming Jersey boy, Josh Le Marquand. Last year's Open champion, Ben Haworth, suffering from a first round exit in his heat due to a weaver fish sting so opening up the field for the last event.



Another bumper entry of 115, drawn from 17 counties, is competing in the Duchy of Cornwall 30th Open Badminton Championships this weekend, with two of last year's champions defending in two disciplines.

The event, a tournament in the Badminton England Senior Silver Circuit, takes place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre nearRedruth, tomorrow and Sunday. There are more than 30 entries from Cornwall.

Prize fund is £1,340, including £320 for the 16 losing semi-finalists in all five main events for the tournament.

Main sponsors are www.graphicsols.com, the computer company, from Farnborough, Hampshire, together with Tag Sports, Newton Abbot - www.tagsports.co.uk, in conjunction with Yonex Utd Ltd.

In addition, the Countryman Inns free houses group, from Piece, Carnkie, near Redruth, together with Dales Renault, based at Scorrier and Summercourt, and Linden Homes South West Ltd (Newton Abbot), are among the other backers.

Mid-Glamorgan's Vicki Jones, ranked Welsh number three, along with Chris Hotchen, from Gloucestershire, the defending champions, have been installed as the favourites to retain the men's and ladies' singles titles.

In the other three disciplines, the Will Hilton-Jackson/Mark Burtenshaw (both Sussex) and Sarah Gray/Alice King (Sussex/Essex) partnerships, head the seedings in the men's and ladies' level doubles, with Hilton-Jackson striving for a remarkable third successive outright win, with different partners.

The mixed doubles, which comprises six pairings in the group round robin phase, before reverting to the knockout format in the quarter-finals, has the Devon duo, Mark Trebble and Heather Crump, seeded to come through as the winners, with Cornwall's number one players, James Whetter and Johanna Philp, being one of the four 2/5 seeds.

The Cornwall Youth Badminton Under 17 Squad have entered as a complete unit.

Three members are making senior tournament debuts - Liam Sillifant, 15, from Launceston College, Kellen Moore and Amy Polglase, both aged 13, students at Camborne Science and International Academy.

For more details on this weekend's event, plus a review and results afterwards, see Cornwall County Badminton Association website: www.cornwallbadminton.co.uk

Short Mat Bowling


Cornwall opened their defence of the ESMBA Inter County Championship Consolation titles on Sunday against Dorset at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club, the new home the Cornwall County Short Mat Bowling Association.

The Premier Team started with a couple of wins and a draw in the first session. In the Singles, Nigel Nicholls was an 18-9 winner whilst in the Pairs Richard Brown and David Studden were 12-9 winners and Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott snatched a 12-12 draw with the last wood of the game.

The second session, the morning Triples and Fours, saw Cornwall pickup seven of the eight points on offer. In the Triples, Graham Ford, Ken Horrell and Brian Wakeley won 12-5 and Patsy Wakeley, Neil Gribble and Chris Roberts drew 8-8.

The fours saw Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Linda Martin and Gerald Fisher were 13-8 winners and Kath Goodman, Melba Kitt, Gillian Cawrse and Percy Tripp won 11-3. At the halfway stage Cornwall led 12-4 (points) and 100-70 (shots).

The third session points were shared, with Peter Hore claiming a 12-12 draw in the Singles and Graham Reeves and Nicholas Truscott winning 19-10 in the Pairs.

The shots bonus points in the Singles were shared and Cornwall claimed the Pairs to leave the match score at 18-10 with a session to play.

The final session saw Cornwall score only three of the eight points on offer. Graham Ford, Ken Horrell and Brian Wakeley drew 9-9 in the Triples and Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Linda Martin and Gerald Fisher were 12-7 winners in the Fours.

Dorset took the Triples bonus points and Cornwall the Fours. The final match score Cornwall 23 points 180 shots, Dorset 17 points 161 shots.

Singles: Peter Hore (Holmans) 14-16 & 12-12; Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 18-9 & 9-16.

Pairs: Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) 12-9 & 9-15; Graham Reeves (Saltash) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) 12-12 & 19-10.

Triples: Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Ken Horrell (Withiel) & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 12-5 & 9-9, Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) 8-8 & 3-12.

Fours: Elise Daniell (Holmans), Derek Elliott (Holmans), Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) 13-8 & 12-7; Kath Goodman (Treviscoe), Melba Kitt (Saltash), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Percy Tripp (Helston) 11-3 & 7-10.

The A Team started with a shared first session with Luke Jolly winning 17-10 in the Singles and Keith Williams and Mike Widger taking a 17-11 win in the Pairs.

A strong second session saw Cornwall take control of the outcome of the match claiming seven of the eight points on offer.

In the Triples Tony Jago, Henry Kendall and Keith Matthews drew 10-10 and Mark Albon, Gary Davey and Max Burden won 14-6.

Both Fours claimed victory, Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley 15-8 and Meg Horrell, Dennis Shorthouse, Brenda Sleep and Derek Newton 17-6. At the halfway stage Cornwall led the match by 11 points to 5 and 111 shots to 76.

The third session saw points shared with Cornwall winning both Singles, Luke Jolly 15-13 and Martin Boraston 17-12, and Dorset winning both Pairs.

Cornwall claimed the Singles bonus points and Dorset the Pairs to leave the match score at 17-11 going into the last session which Cornwall would dominate winning on all four mats.

In the Triples Tony Jago, Henry Kendall and Keith Matthews won 15-4 and Mark Albon, Gary Davey and Max Burden won 12-5.

In the Fours Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley won 9-8 and Meg Horrell, Dennis Shorthouse, Brenda Sleep and Derek Newton won 8-6.

Cornwall claimed both sets of bonus points to claim a comprehensive victory, Cornwall 29 points 207 shots Dorset 11 points 159 shots.

Singles: Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) 17-10 & 15-13; Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) 10-13 & 17-12.

Pairs: Keith Williams (Penlee) & Mike Widger (Porthleven) 17-11 & 11-22; Robert Flower (Tintagel) & Pam Williams (St Newlyn East) 11-12 & 9-13.

Triples: Tony Jago (Treviscoe), Henry Kendall (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) 10-10 & 15-4; Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Gary Davey (Liskeard) & Max Burden (Dobwalls) 14-6 & 12-5.

Fours: Pam Hamley (Lostwithiel), Jim Rule (Lostwithiel), Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) 15-8 & 9-8; Meg Horrell (Withiel), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) & Derek Newton (Dobwalls) 17-6 & 8-6.

Cornwall will be looking to continue the good start to the season when they travel to Taunton on Sunday to face Somerset, whose Premier Team suffered a heavy defeat and A Team drew with Devon in their opening fixtures.



Twenty-eight young sailors aged between nine and 15, from four Cornish sailing clubs, took part in two exciting days of racing in RS Fevas at Rock Sailing and Windsurfing Club (RSWC).

The regatta was the fourth and final event of the OnBoard Cornwall RS Feva Travellers' Series, which involved a total of 80 children, all of whom learned to sail through the OnBoard scheme at their local clubs – RSWC, St Mawes Sailing Club, Penzance Sailing Club and Helford River Sailing Club.

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

After a training and familiarisation session on Saturday morning, there were three races in the afternoon. The conditions were sunny, but the F2/3 breeze dropped as the day progressed, making tide a big consideration in race strategy.

Sunday was a fresher day, with a F3/4 wind and some lively gusts, which allowed competitors some exciting planing spinnaker reaches and, in some cases, a bit of swimming practice.

The final race of the regatta was a real nail biter, with less than two boat lengths separating Ellie Nuttall and Esme Hovil from their local rivals Matt Chaplin and Laura Vinton (all from RSWC) for most of the race, and places changed several times.

Ellie was leading into the final mark, but Matt just squeezed through as they rounded the buoy, to sneak a narrow win.

However, Ellie and Esme, who learnt to sail through Camel Estuary Youth Sailing, a charity raising money to allow local schoolchildren to learn to sail, were delighted overall winners of the event, in spite of having been beaten by Matt and Laura into second place over the whole series by just two points.

At the prize giving, organiser and OnBoard Development Officer Mark Belshaw presented a special prize to his choice of OB Travellers' Series Sailor of the Year.

The criteria for his choice were not just sailing skills and success, but also determination and commitment over the season, good sportsmanship, and passion for the sport.

The award was won by Ellie Nuttall, who received an OnBoard buoyancy aid signed by Ben Ainslie and other British Olympic Finn Squad sailors Giles Scott & Andrew Mills.

Mark said: "This was a fantastic final event of the 2012 Traveller's Series, the first to be held at Rock, and the first event of this kind to be organised by the newly formed junior/youth section of RSWC.

"A great team effort, from volunteer admin support, race officials and safety boat staff, and a great selection of home made cakes!

"We saw some really close and exciting racing, with many of the sailors showing some really good sailing skills – a real credit to them, and to all who have helped them come so far in such a short space of time."

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it's nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA's website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk



Fourteen players set off in the mist on Saturday at the start of the Cornwall Croquet Club's Golf Croquet Handicap Singles Tournament.

As the mist lifted and the sun came out, the lawns got much faster and tested the accuracy of both short and long strokes played.

The tournament was organised in two blocks, seeded to improve the quality of games for everybody, and by the end of Saturday none of the players had established a commanding lead in either block; promising an interesting competition for the next day.

Sunday was cloudy but the lawns were in fast condition from the start, giving everyone an equal chance of progressing to the final. When the last game in each block was started, scores were so close that the results in each game would determine which of three players would contest the final.

Eventually John Perry and Des Honey emerged as block winners. In spite of having to concede seven extra turns, Des got an early lead of three, but John pulled back to within one hoop by the seventh. However, when time was called, Des had increased his lead to six hoops to four to win the event.

Before presenting the trophy to Des, the club President, Howard Rosevear, congratulated all on the standard of play and the spirit in which the tournament had been played. He thanked Ron George for again organising, managing and refereeing proceedings.


Cornwall, champions of the southwest area met East Dorset the champions of the southeast area in the semi-final match played at Poole, the home ground of the Dorset team.

A lovely venue - with Tennis and Croquet facilities, a well appointed pavillion with professional catering. We would not argue their claim to have lawns among the best in the country.

The Cornwall team was Jenny Burrows (20), Ron George (20) Dorianne Forsdick (24) and Tony Dyson (16). The morning games went well for Cornwall. Jenny and Ron won the doubles game, Dorianne and Tony won their singles games.

A happy lunchhour for Cornwall, especially for Dorianne having her first outing for the Club in Association Croquet.

Only one win out of the four singles games in the afternoon would be required for Cornwall to win the match.

Matters did not go well for Cornwall. Tony was thrashed 3-14, Dorianne put up a good fight but lost 10-14 and Jenny narrowly trailed 11-13 at the bell. At the bell Ron and his opponent were 9 hoops each. All eyes were now focussed on this one game as the players sought that golden hoop. It fell to Ron to take the honours and secure for Cornwall that one game needed to win the match.

Cornwall 4, East Dorset 3.

Cornwall will now meet the winners of the Northwest area, Bristol, and the Northeast,Swindon. The final scheduled to take place at Taunton on Sunday.

Women's Football


With the St Teath v Mullion game postponed due to bereavement, the only game at the weekend was St Breward hosting newcomers Penzance in division two.

Charlotte Hobbs scored six as they beat league newcomers Penzance 9-2. Beth Nicholson showed continuity as she bagged another brace for Penzance in her second league appearance.

S Rowe, L Pethick and C Harris also got onto the scoresheet for St Breward, helping lift them above Mullion into top spot with a superior goal difference.

Sunday's games see a potential for some changes in division one as in-form Bodmin take on last season's runners-up Hayle.

Motor Cycling


Fifty-one solos and three sidecars enjoyed unusually dry and grippy conditions for this year's CRMC Challenge Cup Trial at St Allen.

It was run over three laps with eight double sub sections, using old spoil heaps, littered with tree roots and some granite outcrops.

On the Blue course Ian Martin rode well to take a clear win from Tom Vercoe; youth Toby Martin also had a good ride to equal Toms score. On the C/exp route Matt Tabb came out winner from Andy Coombes but both were upstaged by youths Alex and Oliver Lawer.

The White course win went to Robin Martin from Dave Richards and Dave Kemp, with the youth A going to Will Kemp from Ty Hendra and the youth B going to Matt Luscombe from Max Diment.

On the more popular Yellow course the N/exp win went to Graham Airey and Chris Anstee and both of whom rode round for a single dab and had to be split by the furthest clean rule.

The Novice win went to Andrew Hawken from Andy Vercoe and Mark Hancock. Richard Trott took the Pre65 win from Keith Vercoe, with Andy Skelton taking the Trailbike win.

Peter Bullen had a close win over Kevin Hawke and Adrian Bray in the Twinshock class. New comer Chris Hooper was the winner on the Red course route.

Of the three Sidecars Darren James and Peter Tulley came out as the winners over Shaun and Kelly Jewel and Colin Lawer and Karen Roberts.

Blue course: Prem, I Martin 25, T Vercoe 61. Youth C, T Martin 61. C/exp course: Prem, M Tabb 72, A Coombes 76. Youth, A Lawer 30, O Lawer 62.

White course: Prem, R Martin 10, D Richards 17, D Kemp 36. Youth A, W Kemp 44, T Hendra 56. Youth B, M Luscombe 116, M Diment 120.

Yellow course: N/exp, G Airey 1, C Anstee 1, P Warman 3. Novice, A Hawken 9, A Vercoe 11, M Hancock 12. Trailbike, A Skelton 15. T/S, P Bullen 23, K Hawke 27, A Bray 35. Pre 65, R Trott 13, K Vercoe 20.

Red course: Prem, C Hooper 130.

S/car Prem, D James/ P Tulley 13, S/K Jewel 17, C Lawer/ K Roberts 33.

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