Newquay Hornets 15, Chairman's XV 5:
Once more the Hornets celebrated the festive season, at Newquay Sports Centre, with the traditional match against the Chairman's XV, writes Richard Trewella.
This time it was special, because the chairman, Andy Burbidge, turned out for his 15; and to mark the occasion, his scrum half son, Jack, played alongside him.
While other sporting events fell victim to the weather, the match went ahead, but it was only for brave. Spectators needed stout footwear and had to brace themselves against the fierce and gusty south westerly gale, but were spared a soaking; luckily the wind blew the rain away for the duration of the match.
The players weren't so lucky, as the standing water quickly turned parts of the pitch into a quagmire.
After the drawn match last year, the club shaded it this time by three tries to one. There was no lack of effort from both sides, but it was the wind that dictated territorial advantage as the club side strove to break down the stubborn Chairman's defence.
Several times the referee Ian Pengelly, who soon became the most recognisable man on the pitch in his fetching blue and peach shirt, was forced to play advantage as the ball, more like a bar of soap, was passed between the sides.
It was on 12 minutes that the first crisp passing movement brought the opening try. Sam Cullen, at fly half for the Club put Conner Riley in space and he gave the scoring pass to winger Matt Burt, who slid in from the 22.
The Club was unlucky not to go farther ahead before the break, when skipper, Ryan Johns was held up short of the line after good work by Burt.
After the break, with the gale behind them, it was the turn of the Chairman's side to have the advantage, but by this time it was mud wrestling and from the touch line it was impossible to tell most of the 30 players on the field apart.
The Club didn't make it into the Chairman's half too often, but two forays brought tries for their backs. On 48 minutes, after the pack had driven down the right, Matt Smith, on for Ashley Taylor forced his way over to add another festive try to that which he scored in the Christmas fixture last year.
Then on 55 minutes a determined run down the left by Scott Trayner gave his backs the opportunity to run and Jake Kelly broke the Chairman's defence for a try on the right. Jake scored a try for the Chairman's XV in 2011.
The ball got soapier and the wrestling got muddier as the Chairman's side sought a consolation score, which came at the last, when Chesney King jinked and ghosted his way over from five metres.
The players and officials withdrew to the showers to leave the allotment that they had created to Mother Nature's restorative powers and to send their shirts to the laundry with New Year's greetings.
Afterwards Ryan Johns accepted the Steve Taylor Trophy on behalf of the Club and man of the match John Paris received the Dominic Swanson Trophy from Ruth Swanson.
The Hornets restart their league campaign with a home fixture against Tiverton tomorrow at 2.30pm.
Scorers. Newquay Hornets: Tries – Burt, Smith, Kelly. Chairman's XV:
Try – King.
Chairman's Team: Alex Bazeley, Luke Bazeley, James Bayley, Harry Swetman (Aaron McPherson), Andy Burbidge, James Alexander (Chesney King), Dan Johns, Stuart Williams (Jake Cass), Jack Burbidge (Max Rundle), Will Eustice, Alex Whitchurch, George Knight, Tom Heayel, Grant Cleary, Ashley Mann
Hornets Team: Mark Headland (Taylor Stephens), Taylor Stephens (Jack Daniels), John Paris, Scott Trayner, Richard Martin, Sam Johnson, Jack Daniels (Phil Cornes), Tim Eustice, Ryan Johns, Sam Cullen, Matt Burt, Perry Hughes, Ashley Taylor (Matt Smith), Jake Kelly, Connor Riley.
STUDENTS BRAVE BEACH FOR 27TH ANNUAL EVENT:
Students from the Cornwall Taekwondo schools in Camborne, Newquay and Truro took part in the annual Turkey Buster Beach Training on December 27.
This outdoor event was held on Towan Beach, Newquay for the 27th year as the martial artists braved the winter weather to perform their taekwondo kicks, blocks, punches and strikes. And as per tradition, the training session ended in the sea.
Instructor Liam Broderick, who organised the event, would like to thank and congratulate all the students that took part
He would also like to offer a full month's free taekwondo training during January for anyone aged five upwards who wants to get fitter, more flexible and more confident in 2013 through taekwondo training.
Please contact Liam on 07855 734984 or visit www.cornwall-taekwondo.com or Cornwall Taekwondo on Facebook.
LISKEARD LOOE'S OFFER TO YEAR 6 PUPILS:
Liskeard Looe Rugby Club under 11's team have a special offer for all current year six pupils in South East Cornwall, and further afield if parents are willing to travel.
As the new year begins all year six pupils are entering their last few months at junior school, in September they will all start in year seven at their next school.
It is a fact that most, possibly all, secondary schools introduce rugby as part of the sports programme, for children that have not experienced a particular sport the thought of engaging in any new sport can be a bit scary, especially a sport that requires skills they may not have even had to think about before.
Liskeard Looe under 11's are offering all years sixes the opportunity learn the basic skills of rugby so that when required to play this fantastic sport at school they will be ahead of the game.
All coaching is undertaken by an RFU trained coach and his assistants. They will be joining a team that during this season has grown from three players to 17. They will also be joining a team where fun and enjoyment are the priority, while learning the skills and tactics of course.
Training takes place on a Thursday from 6.30pm till 7.30pm, at the Trevecca Training Ground adjacent to Trevecca Cemetery in Culverland Road.
On each Sunday there is either training or a match, on match days training takes place as a warm up for the match.
New players can either just turn up or call the coach Gareth on 07429 707961 for further information.
This offer will remain open for the remainder of this season but the earlier new players join the better for them.
Point to Point
SUNDAY RACING ACTION RETURNS TO WADEBRIDGE:
Point-to-point action returns to the Devon and Cornwall area on Sunday with the North Cornwall Foxhounds hosting its meeting at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge where fortunes can change up the stamina sapping climb to the winning post.
The Moores St.Wenn Ltd-sponsored hunt members' race kicks off the card at 11.30am and of the entries, Buzz Me In has been in the frame four out of his five runs in Points and could come home in front.
Kivells sponsor the men's open with a quality field of 15 entered, the Tracey Bailey-trained Offshore Account could take his winning tally into double figures.
Also entered is Sue Trump's Kirkleigh who relishes testing ground and has five wins to his credit including a hunter chase at Exeter in May on good to soft.
The ladies' open could see Byerly Bear follow up on his comfortable win here at the last meeting. Trained by Nigel Edmonds, he was well fancied that day and made all for Jo Buck beating favorite Sericina by eight lengths.
Next race is the restricted and entries include The Wealerdealer, who justified favourtism at Black Forest Lodge where he won a maiden by15 lengths, and Jacqui Elliot's Ned White who will be looking to reverse the placings with Batu Ferringhi who pipped him on the line for third here in a race won by Alright John.
Hops Oils sponsor the PPORA club members (novice riders) race in which Bryony Frost is likely to get the leg up again on Wee Flee. The pair teamed up to win in December, beating Clew Bay Cove in the final 150 yards.
The open maiden has attracted 33 entries and this race may well be divided. The confined wraps up the days racing in which Jopero, a previous course winner here, could score for the inform yard of Kayley Jones.
The course has excellent viewing, the car parking is on hard standing and with a covered barn containing all on course facilities including bar, bookies, hot food, refreshments and trade stands wellies are rarely needed.
Entrance is £10 car and driver and £5 each additional passenger with under 16s racing free. The course is located off the A39, west of Wadebridge postc ode PL27 7JE.
CARTER HITS HAT-TRICK:
Adam Carter helped himself to a Boxing Day hat-trick as Bodmin stretched their lead at the top of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League to four points with a hard-earned 4-2 victory over Newquay at Priory Park.
Carter struck in the 28th, 62nd and 85th minutes and also set up Chris Luxton's 57th minute strike against a Newquay side which never gave up and pulled back second half goals from Lewis Hilton and Danny Brook (penalty).
Bodmin broke the deadlock after 28 minutes when a Steve Colwell corner was only half cleared and Luke Rundle provided a left wing cross for Carter to head home.
Newquay should have equalised in the 35th minute when Mark Vercesi found himself unmarked inside the six yard box but crashed his header against a post.
Newquay had another great chance a minute before half-time when Vercesi's shot looked destined for the net but Kevin Miller dived at full stretch to fingertip the ball around the post.
Newquay were level in the 54th minute with a brilliant goal from Lewis Hilton, who had come on at the start of the half in place of Ollie Deadman. Hilton cut in from the right and produced a left foot shot from 20 yards which left Miller rooted to the spot.
But Newquay found themselves behind again three minutes later when Carter found space on the right and fed the ball through for Luxton to make it 2-1. Five minutes later it was 3-1 and it came from a Newquay corner. The ball was cleared to just outside the Bodmin box and Olly Brokenshire produced a sublime pass towards Carter and he raced clear to score.
Brokenshire turned from hero to villain in the 67th minute when he tripped Brook just inside the penalty area and Brook picked himself up to send the spot kick in and make it game on again at 3-2.
Again Bodmin found another gear and only a good save by Sam Trudgian and the woodwork prevented Carter from completing his hat-trick as the game moved towards its last ten minutes.
Luxton's deft chip from the right byline in the 82nd minute floated over keeper Trudgian and hit the bar, with Josh Harris taking up a great position to head off the line.
But Bodmin scored the clinching fourth goal with five minutes to go as man of the match Steve Colwell played a superb through ball for Luxton to run on to and his cross found Carter, who made no mistake from 15 yards.
Bodmin: Miller, Matthews, Rundle, Morgan, Simmonds, Brokenshire (Krac 79), Colwell, Swiggs, Carter, Luxton, Slateford. Subs not used: Doddridge, Reed, Hodge, Hobbs.
Goals: Carter (28, 62, 85), Luxton (57).
Newquay: Trudgian, Bray-Evans, Devine, Kemp, Brook, Sabo, Vercesi, Middleton, Weldhen (Harris 74), Deadman (Hilton 46), David. Subs not used: Farrant, Bidgood, Piggott.
Yellow card: Middleton (70).
Goals: Hilton (54), Brook (67 pen).
Godolphin Atlantic 5, Wadebridge Town 3:
Godolphin Atlantic fought back from 3-1 down with 25 minutes to go to beat promotion rivals Wadebridge in a Boxing Day thriller at Godolphin Way.
Derek Martin's side, who had won their previous seven home league games this season, had to show all of their spirit to overturn a two-goal deficit.
Shane Looker gave Wadebridge a 28th minute lead with a shot from 15 yards and although Phil Lowry equalised soon after, the Bridgers restored their lead in the 35th minutes with a disputed penalty scored by Dan Jennings.
Things got worse for the leaders ten minutes into the second half when the prolific Jennings got ahead of his marker from a corner to head Wadebridge into a 3-1 lead.
Substitute Aaron Dilley gave Godolphin a spark of hope in the 65th minute with a superb right foot finish after cutting in from the left, and suddenly the G Men looked a different side.
And it was 3-3 in the 70th minute when a Griffin pass sent Lowry racing clear from the halfway line and he drew the keeper before firing low int the net for his second and Godolphin's third goal.
Godolphin went ahead for the first time in the match in the 75th minute with a penalty from Dilley after he had been brought down by the keeper.
Godolphin sealed a spectacular comeback in the 83rd minute as Griffin sent Jamie Wigg clear along the left and he cut inside before curling a superb shot into the net.