HAYLE RUNNER PETE WINS RAF SPORTSMAN AWARD:
Hayle Runner Pete Ellis has been announced as winner of the RAF Sportsman of the Year award.
A long time member of the Hayle club, Ellis is based at RAF Cosford where he serves as a Corporal, and was presented with his award by chief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford at RAF Halton.
Having been involved in RAF Athletics and Duathlon for many years, in 2013 he focused on winning the World Sprint Duathlon championships, representing Great Britain in the 30-34 Age Group event.
Achieving his goal, he completed an exceptional performance and won by a big margin, and was the second fastest overall in all of the Age-Group racers in the competition.
However, it is as a duathlete that Ellis has excelled this year. He achieved first place at the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada, and fifth at the ETU European Championships in Horst, Holland.
He was also first in his age group at the Althorp Sprint Duathlon, first overall at the Oulton Park Sprint Duathlon (breaking the course record) and also an Age Group winner at the Clumber Park Sprint Duathlon.
He rounded off the year with a third overall in the RAF Sprint Triathlon Championships; impressive as swimming is currently his weakest event.
Pete's achievements go far beyond his race performances. As a qualified Athletics coach he trains and supports other athletes. On his station he is the RAF Cosford athletics team manager and he is the RAF and Combined Services trophies and medals secretary.
This year he assisted in the organisation of the Oxford World Marathon challenge; raising more than £1,000 for Save the Children. The event consisted of teams of children running a marathon in relay stages at Oxfords Horspath stadium.
His award as 2013 RAF Sportsman of the year was a recognition of his dedication to promoting sport both in the RAF and more widely.
Pete said: "It is an amazing honour to win the award. I have had a great year. This summer I went out to Canada for the world championships and managed to get on to the podium so to go there and be a winner was incredible."
Pete will be back in Cornwall to run in the Marazion 10k in February as part of the Hayle Runners team.
CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE:
Hayle 35, Honiton 8
Hayle returned to winning ways with a fine display against Honiton in a game that saw them play some enterprising and attractive rugby.
However, it was Honiton who opened the scoring with an Ollie Cave penalty on four minutes, this was quickly cancelled out when scrum half Dan Magee darted over for Hayle's first try. Magee converted his own try to give Hayle a 7-3 lead after seven minutes.
After an evenly contested first quarter, Honiton winger Phil Bennett was next to score when he crossed in the corner on 25 minutes after gathering a kick ahead, the conversion was missed. Hayle regained the lead with a Dan Magee penalty on 28 minutes and went further ahead with another penalty on 34 minutes. Hayle now looked the stronger, increasing the lead on 37 minutes when Scott Harvey ran in from 50 metres for Magee to convert for 20-8 at half-time.
Hayle's dominance continued in the second half and Magee kicked a long range penalty on 46 minutes, before Rob Goodman put the game out of sight by finishing off another long range Hayle attack. Magee converted again for 30-8.
The bonus point try came on 54 minutes when hooker Danny Clackworthy touched down from a driving maul. Magee for once missed the conversion.
Hayle's forwards that laid the foundation for this win with a dominant display in the scrum and control in the lineout, the forwards all carried the ball well in the loose with Tony Matthews and Danny Clackworthy storming through the Honiton defence on several occasions. Honiton wanted to play an open and quick game, but were reluctant to take on the Hayle pack, opting to run rather than scrummage on several occasions.
Half backs Dan Magee and Scott Harvey proved a good combination, both kicked well for field position and looked dangerous with ball in hand. In a game that Hayle managed well, it was Magee's goal kicking that kept the score board moving and enabled them to build a lead.
With a good supply of possession the Hayle backs showed what they can do with some creative running and precise handling, creating many clear scoring chances in the process. Full back Rob Cutter looked particularly dangerous when he joined the attack.
This Saturday Hayle will be looking to continue their good form away to Exeter Saracens ( 2.30pm).
Hayle: D Penrose, D Clackworthy, B Pow, P Tonkin, T Matthews, J Heath, R Goodman, A Thornton, D Magee, S Harvey, L Laity, S Murray, D Arnull, J Chadwick, R Cutter. Reps: T Barber, K Trevaskis, J Cameron.
On Sunday, Newquay hosted Redruth U12s and Hayle joined in for a round robin tournament.
Redruth took on Newquay in their first game and lost 19-7 and then went down 14-7 to Hayle.
Team for both games and scorers in brackets, Man of the Match James Curnow with David Gardner winning the best sheep of the day.
David Gardner, James Curnow, Stanley Jehu, Tom Morrison, Luke Mutton (1T), Sam Hicks, Harry Drew, Kieran Daughtery (1C), Lewis Wills, Bailey Rogers, Adam Hall (1T), Samuel Churchill (1C),Joshua Hocking, Dominic Tresidder, Ewan George, Jago Ford, Devin Stephens, Callum Grohmann.
CLINTON GO CLEAR AT TOP:
STR Clinton have moved three points ahead of nearest challengers Illogan HI and Penponds in Division One of the Mining League.
On Friday they defeated stablemates St Rumons 5-0 with breaks of 51 from Steve Downing, 39 from R Johns and 32 from Phil Lane. Illogan HI A moved into joint second place also taking maximum points at Playing Place.
Penponds beat Illogan HI B 4-1, whose Victor Wills was the only winner, to remain in the hunt. After an unbeaten start, Godolphin Club have now lost their last two matches, last week losing 3-2 to Redruth British Rail A, for whom Ryan Curnow played well with a break of 40. Simon Morrish needed two snookers for Godolphin before finally winning his frame against Julian Osborne.
Playing Place have taken a narrow lead over Lanner in Division 2 after beating Radnor 5-0, with Jamie Maccuish making a 36 break. Lanner could only win 3-2 at Penponds.
After a poor start for them, St Day have now won their last two matches, last week beating Illogan HI 3-2, with Shane Cox knocking in a 30 break for the visitors.
Porthleven had a 3-2 victory over Four Lanes, with the League's webmaster, Matt Waddell making a 30 break to win his frame and surprise even himself!
In Division 3 St Ives beat last week's nearest pursuers St Day 4-1 to set up a big eight point lead at this early stage of the season.
Brian Davey was St Day's only winner.
Second place is now shared by St Day and the two British Rail teams. Last week Redruth Rail A had a good 5-0 win at Four Lanes, while Ray Anderson compiled a great new highest break of 54 for Redruth Rail B in their 4-1 win against Stithians.
In the latest round of fixtures, Leedstown extended their advantage at the top of the table to 10 points with a hard fought 5-4 victory at 2nd place Penponds A.
Keith Hosking knocked in a 52 break defeating Steve Goldsworthy 2-1 and Adam Wade continued his unbeaten run, beating Dave Trembath 3-0. Park Bottom B lie in third place after another big victory against Rosudgeon 8-1 with Jeff Crouch and John Moore claiming three points each, Mike Jacka took Rosudgeon's only point. Godolphin beat in form Park Bottom A 6-3, Martin Jeffery and Richard Hall took three points with Paul Roberts replying for the visitors with three of his own against speedster Tim Johnson. Illogan gained their biggest win of the season winning at Stithians 9-0, Pete Chegwidden, Melvyn Hoon and Simon Gardner all had three points.
Porthleven Res 5, Redruth Utd Res 4
Scoring four goals and having three penalty appeals turned down, Redruth should have wrapped up the match but defensive slips and mistakes cost them the game.
In the first minute the visitors took the lead with a Brett Adams lob over the keeper into the net after a pass by Guy Johnson.
Minutes later Kyler Letcher skilfully turned and grabbed the second.
With the Reds centre back Dylan Burrows going off injured, Porthleven seemed to rally and four goals in 20 minutes before the break with silly mistakes by the Reds.
The home side got their fifth just after half-time and the match looked secure.
The introduction of Redruth manager Matt Mitchell and lively substitute Gambian Morow Sanneh revived Redruth and they got two more goals with Guy Johnson striking from the right after a Brett Adams pass. Then after a corner by Sanneh, the experienced Adams headed through to brother Nicky to head the fourth.
But with late penalties turned down the points stayed at home.
YOUNGSTERS FLY THE FLAG AT WEMBLEY:
Five children from Illogan JFC had the chance of a lifetime to be Flag Bearers for the England v Chile friendly match at Wembley.
They were: Brandon Congdon, Declan Kinsman, Molly Rowe, Kien Adams and Katie Brown who were all representing Cornwall FA.
Not only did they get the chance to watch England play, they also got to lead Roy Hodgson's team out onto the pitch in front of almost 70,000 fans.
All of the children received VIP treatment for the day; getting to sit in the dugout watching the England squad warming up, having great seats for the game, getting to keep the black Nike tracksuits worn for the Flag Bearing duty, and a match programme and goodie bag to top it all off!
One parent said: "I would like to say, on behalf of the children and parents, a big thank you to the FA at Wembley and our local Cornwall FA representatives Dawn Aberdeen and Phil Cardew for looking after and supporting the children with this fabulous opportunity.
"The whole day ran smoothly, with great organisation and communication, this made the once in lifetime experience for everyone even more memorable.
"Thank you from all that took part, and for the chance to put Illogan JFC on the map."
Charlestown HiQ U14s 1, Holmans Hornets 4
A 4-1 victory for the Hornets at Mewton Park saw them move above Truro City to take over at the top of the Kernow Premier league.
The victory was the Hornets' second win this season over a strong Charlestown team, having beaten them 2-1 at home to reach the semi-final of the Cornwall FA County Cup three weeks ago.
Both teams were delighted to have FA Premier League official, Simon Long, referee the game.
The following day he was one of the assistant referees for the televised Chelsea v Southampton game.
Danny Park gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead at half time.
Ten minutes into the second half, Danny Park again broke free and scored a second for the Hornets.
The Hornets aggressive determination was rewarded further with a fine football goal finished by Everard.
William Hart made it 4-0 when he followed up to score before the home side pulled back a consolation in a game in which referee Long said how impressed he had been by the commitment and quality of football from two very good teams.
RATTLERS SNAP UP TITLE:
The Redruth-based Rattlers have won Division 1 of the Cornwall County Inter League.
The Rattlers went into the finals day at the Q Bar Bodmin as the underdogs of the top four teams in division one.
Up first for the Rattlers, who play at St Rumons, were a strong Central Cornwall side and the match went to a three frame play off as the score was tied at 9-9 and The Rattlers player of the season Shaun Wills beat Mark Sullivan to guarantee them victory and at least third.
The Rattlers' second match was against a Launceston side who had beaten Alan Davis B in their first game 10-8, and the Rattlers were unable to recover from a slow start as they went down to defeat 10-5.
This meant they had to beat the winner of the Alan Davis B team, who Rattlers had never beaten.
The match again went to a three game decider after ending 9-9.
This time Sam Kevern won the crucial frame.as Rattlers won 11-10 again.
For the final, the format was changed back to best of 36 and with the Rattlers having lost three times to Launceston this year, the North Cornwall side were firm favourites.
In a ding-dong struggle the Rattlers went 14-13 up and the next six frames were shared, leaving the Rattlers just one frame from victory, with Mark Moyle the man to play it. He played the last four balls to perfection, finishing with the black into the middle for a great win as the Redruth Rattlers took the £600 prize money and with it promotion to the Premier Division.
Rattlers scores: Simon O'Mahony 8/10; Shaun Wills 10/12 mom; Marcus Tresidder 5/9; Dave Elliott 2/9; Richard Ash 5/9; Joe Tonkin 6/11; Sam Kevern 4/8; Adam Lockwood 4/10; Mark Moyle 3/7; Lewis Saundry 0/5.
WINTER LEAGUE ROUND-UP:
In Division One Of The Camborne-Redruth & District Winter Pool League The Redruth British Railway Virgins conjured up their second successive victory by beating their fellow clubmates the Redruth British Railway Steamers side by 6 frames to 3. Winners for the Virgins were Austen Chapman, Kevin Tregonning, Roy Stephens and Ronnie James.
REDRUTH WINTER LEAGUE
St Rumons SC Cowboys
St Rumons Gazelles
St Rumons Robbers
Red BR Steamers
Results: Trefusis Arms Nomads 3 St Rumons SC Robbers 6; Stithians CC 5 Trickies 4; Redruth British Railway Puffers 5 St Rumons SC Gazelles 2.
St Rumons Renegades
Red Jackets Jackals
Red Jackets Juniors
Results: Countryman Crusaders 4 Lounge Bar 5; St Rumons SC Renegades 9; Red Jacket Juniors 0; Tyacks 7 Countryman Oddballs 2; Red Jackets Jackals 6; Robartes Arms 3.