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Falmouth and Penryn Grassroots sport September 13

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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Falmouth won the Ladies' County Hockey Tournament held in Truro on Saturday.

Twelve teams competed at the two venues, Penair and Richard Lander Schools.

The top two in each group played in the semi-finals at Penair. Falmouth took top spot in the Penair group, winning all five of their group games, scoring 13 goals without conceding any.

Newquay provided Falmouth's opposition in the semi-final, coming second to Caradon in the Richard Lander group.

In a tight match Newquay started strongly but Falmouth gained more possession as the game progressed and scored the only goal of the game when Fay Kahane was well positioned to push the ball home from close range.

In the other semi-final Duchy progressed to the final, as they had been awarded a penalty corner during the game in which there was no score.

In the final both teams had chances and the goalkeepers needed to make some good saves but Falmouth put in a good performance although they missed the strong running of Hanna Royle who was injured in the semi-final. At full time the score remained at 0-0 and it was time for penalty flicks to decide the winner.

Duchy went into the lead but good goalkeeping by Sam Bunyan and well taken flicks by Clare Hudson, Philippa Eddy and Fay Kahane gave Falmouth a 3-2 win to retain the County Tournament Cup.


It's not too late! There is still one more session left in the 'Back to Hockey' informal sessions that have been taking place at Penryn College.

This is an invitation to all ladies who would like to try hockey again or even try it out for the first time.

They are aimed at women who are looking for a great way to stay in shape and have some fun without needing to commit to ongoing club membership, regular training and competition schedules.

There is a dedicated coach for the hour long session which is on Wednesdays at Penryn College from 6.30pm-7.30pm.

For more information phone 01326 315958 or for general information visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/backtohockey



Captain's Day is always a very well supported event and signifies the beginning of the run down period for another Falmouth Golf Club captain.

Last week saw the event played for this year's captain, Mike Hodges, and his success during the year was recognised by a full turn out of members, with all the tees fully booked during the day and more than 150 members taking part.

Weather conditions were good and the course was in very good nick. In third place, with the best of the 39pts, beating the rest on countback was Peter Lightfoot.

But two men stood out from the crowd on the day and four points clear of the field in second place, with a fantastic 43pts was Alan Miller.

He has been coming down steadily over the past couple of years and is now as low as he has ever been. His card showed a pair of back to back birdies in his round, and also recorded the fact that he was level par standing on the 18th tee, only to blob on the final hole.

As it turned out it wouldn't have made any difference, as a further 4pts in front of him, with a freakish score of 47pts, was the big hitting Jeff Lenihan.

Jeff recorded a fantastic net 60, which left all the other competitors trailing in his wake. He has had his wings cut by the handicap secretary, who even pressed his special red button, which he only uses in emergencies, to cut him a further shot for an exceptional score.

Winner of the ladies' prize was Sue Short with 37pts, she was closely followed by Jane Wooldridge on 33pts and Val Graham in third with the same score. The top three juniors all scored 33pts, but in this section it was Sam McWilliam who won on countback from Callum Davis in second and Ben Browning in third.

Mike's charity for the year has been the Little Harbour Children's Hospice at Porthpean and Mary Murfin, one of the Little Harbour's fantastic co-ordinators, took time out on the Saturday night to give an enlightening talk on their work and present the prizes. It was a great day's golf, which benefited the Hospice to the sum of £1,600, with the expected overall tally for the year being in the region of £3,000. The captain would like to give a huge thank you to all the Captain's Day hole sponsors.

Results: 1 Jeff Lenihan 47pts; 2 Alan Miller 43pts; 3 Peter Lightfoot 39pts; 4 Kearan McVey 39pts.


The Cornish versus The Rest of the World was, as usual, keenly contested at Budock Vean Golf Club on Sunday as they battled for the John Trelease (a past Captain) Wooden Pasty Trophy.

The Rest were defending the Trophy they won last year.

Their only previous win in living memory was in 2004 and they were confident of repeating their success.

The Cornish however were on their guard this time and David Gudzij played superbly to put the Celts one up by winning his singles match by 4 & 3. Richard Burton the Captain of The Rest certainly led by example as he and his trusty partner Keith Whitbread put their opponents away with an emphatic 6 & 4 win to level things up.

What you can do to us we can do to you, with interest, said Cornwall's David Penrose and David Stevens as they put their unlucky opponents to the sword by winning 7 & 5.

John Craig and Brian Hoskins saw to it that The Rest restored parity as they dominated their game from the start before winning by 3 & 2.

That turned out to be as good as it got for The Rest as Cornwall produced the sting in the tail by winning the last three matches.

First Mike O' Hara and Stephen Penrose dovetailed well to secure a vital 4 & 3 win before David Tangye and Charlie Averiss combined superbly to notch up the crucial winning point with a hard fought 2 & 1 win.

The final match was a classic nail biter with it being all square on the last hole before Richard Whatmore skilfully chipped in for a birdie two to achieve the win for him and his partner Chris Mason by 1 up.

Despite the Cornish deservedly winning by 5 matches to 2 it had been a close run thing with everything hinging on the last two matches which were very close as The Rest Captain Richard Burton emphasised in his speech before handing the Wooden Pasty to Cornish War Horse Brian Martin who was skippering his team for the first time.

All the players enjoyed a Pasty from Tickle Yer Tastebuds at the presentation before the St. iran flag was left to fly proudly from the club flagpole.

On Wednesday the Ladies played the EWGA Medal/ Breakthrough Brooch.

The LGU Breakthrough Brooch is available to affiliated clubs for presentation to the player with the best net score in a September stroke play competition with all entry fees going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The winner was Lesley Upperton with a fine net 71 which saw her win by four strokes from Mae Brown and third was Barbara Craig with a net 77.

This Sunday is the Daily Mail foursomes competition.

Sunday September 30th is the re-arranged Joe Nathan Greensomes Memorial Shield which was postponed in April because of bad weather. Names need to be up promptly for the draw to be made.



Penryn Saracens 29 Illogan Park 24

Penryn stuttered their way to victory in their first game of the season, with a nervy win against visiting Illogan Park.

The Borough, who two years ago were Merit Table champions without losing a game, endured a frustrating season last year, with a dozen games cancelled and a mixed bag of results with a weakened team. This was a perfect opportunity to lay down a marker in a bid to return to their previous lofty heights.

In truth, it didn't start all that well as the Illogan sides familiarity with each other seemed to pay dividends as they took a 3-0 lead from a penalty.

Penryn's opening try came in fortuitous circumstances too, as a loose offload was hacked on, only to bounce perfectly for Matt Biggins who accepted the gift and dotted down. But just before half time Illogan punished the stuttering Penryn outfit with a converted try to lead 10-5. In the second half Penryn's performance was far more encouraging.

Their driving maul was causing the visitors all sorts of problems and after a 20 metre surge an advantage for a collapsed maul, prop Kirk Oldfield pounced to bring the scores level.

Moments later Penryn took the lead and seemed to have turned the tide of the game. Centre Biggins crashed over again following a great strike play from first phase after a set piece.

Just as it looked Penryn would canter home, Illogan caught them napping and stormed back ahead with a try of their own from a quick tap to lead 17-15 in what was now becoming a real see-saw affair.

New boy Alex Ducker's elusive running proved too much for Park as he restored Penryn's advantage and converted his own score.

Penryn led 22-19, but sense even with little time remaining that it may not have been enough for the win.

Ducker was found in space following a miss pass and despite having plenty of work to do, jinked and stepped his way over the line once again to convert his own try and leave Penryn thoroughly in the driving seat.

Illogan did have the final say, which was fitting in a spirited display by themselves with a converted score on the stroke of full time to finish up the scoring at 29-24 in favour of the Saracens.

Penryn: J Symons, A Ducker, M Symons, M Biggins, J Smith, A Seviour, R Bray, K Oldfield, D Mcinnes, Martin, R Hancock, B Trevaskis, T Ashe, T Tullin, R Trevaskis. Replacements; K.Hughes, J.Heazelton.

Scorers: Tries; A Ducker (2) M.Biggins (2) K Oldfield; Cons: A.Ducker (2).

Sin Bin: J Smith.

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