WHITEWASH WIN KEEPS ILLOGAN IN TITLE FRAME:
Illogan HI A had a good 5-0 home win over Playing Place in Division 1 of the Mining League this week to keep up any chance of catching leaders STR Clinton, writes Terry Kempe.
Chris Isaacs made a 37 break, Alan Hurley made breaks of 34 and 42, Jason Simmons made a 30 break and Shaun Tripconey made a 34 break. Alan won his frame 106-17.
Penponds had a good 5-0 home win over Illogan HI C, with Keith Hosking making a 39 break in his frame. STR Clinton won 4-1 away at Lanner, with Graham Vercoe winning yet again in beating Rob Charman to earn his side their only point of the night.
Phil 'Fast' Lane was in very good form making breaks of 45 and 51 in his frame.
St Day won 4-1 at home to Illogan HI B after being 4-0 up.
Maurice Hicks beat Mark Bray for Illogan's only point of the night. The result of the week, however, has got to go to Breage who had an excellent 4-1 home win over Redruth Rail A after being 4-0 up.
Ryan Curnow made the highest break of the week knocking a break of 52 in defeating John Pawlyn for Rail's only point of the night.
St Rumons went down 3-2 at home to Godolphin Club. JP Williams beat Andrew Martin, Ant Connor defeated Jamie Edwards and Simon Murrish overcame Brett Broad. Promising youngster Carl Mitchell beat former county champion Chris Timmins 69-9 in his frame and showed he is one to watch for the future.
Gary Marshall defeated Dave Fox for Rumon's other point.
Redruth Rail B were the side with a bye this week.
In the re-arranged match between STR Clinton and Redruth Rail A from January 4, STR came out on top with a hard fought 3-2 win. Phil Lane, Graham Denning and Rob Charman were the winners for STR. Rob Mason had a very good win over Jamie Read which saw his previously unbeaten record disappear.
All matches were away wins.
Illogan HI won 4-1 at Radnor. Brendan, Chris and Shaun Isaacs along with Andrew Symons were the winners for Illogan. Jon Barber replied for Radnor.
St Day A went down 3-2 at home to Four Lanes. Richard Gingell increased his own highest break so far with a good 46 break against Keith Manley and was unlucky not to make a lot more.
Peter Dower and Andrew Philipps were the other winners for Four Lanes. David Bolt beat Graham Allen on the black for St Day and Clifford Williams was their other winner.
Porthleven lost 3-2 at home Camborne Conservative A. R Mitchell, Alastair Gay and Steve Lovelock were the winners for the Cons. J Uren and Dean Williams replied for Porthleven.
Perranporth GC lost 4-1 at home to Playing Place with G Marson being their only winner.
Park Bottom lost 3-2 to Penponds. EC Thomas, Richard Hall and Steve Fisher were the winners for Penponds. P Roberts and C Richards replied for Park Bottom. Camborne Conservative B went down 4-1 at home to St Day B with Dave Harrington being their only winner on the night.
Young Aiden Johns made an excellent 65 break to hold the highest break in the division so far. Mike Johns and Michael Lugg were the other winners for St Day.
Four Lanes won 3-2 at home to Redruth Rail A who only managed to field four players on the night. D Irwin and D Hares were the winners for Four Lanes. A Bennie and Paddy Farr replied for Rail.
Playing Place won 3-2 at home to Hideaway Bar. Jonathan Crowle, J Butler and Martin Searle were the winners for Place. Wayne Pellow and Mark Aleksy replied for Hideaway Bar.
Illogan HI won 3-2 at home to Radnor. S Gardner, Justin Banks and veteran Peter Chegwidden were the winners for Illogan. Treve Blake and John Scanlan replied for Radnor.
Redruth Rail B lost 3-2 at home to Stithians B. Neil Rowe made breaks of 27 and 30 for Rail and Mike Downing was their other winner. Shaun and Rob Buckingham along with J Millership were the winners for Stithians.
Godolphin Cross and Stithians A were the two sides with byes this week.
GALA NIGHT SUCCESS:
An impressive 62 members of Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club competed in the Invitational Gala, held at Penzance Leisure Centre at the weekend.
Between them the CBHSC swimmers gained a spectacular haul of 107 medals of which 55 were gold, 34 silver and 18 were bronze.
The gala provided an opportunity for newer swimmers to progress by getting valuable race experience. In addition it allowed swimmers to gain those all-important personal best times.
A total of 118 new personal best times were created by the club's swimmers, which reflects the effort the swimmers have put into their training leading up to this event.
For many swimmers, however, the goal was simply to gain County or Regional Competition qualifying times for 2013. For some of the more experienced swimmers this meant racing in events or distances where they had gaps in qualifying times – which are often not in their most favoured stroke.
Some 32 CBHSC swimmers at the gala now have secured County Championship qualification times, proving this to be a highly successful event where so many personal goals were met.
CREEDEN BROTHERS SECURE VICTORY FOR STITHIANS:
Stithians 10, St Agnes 3
In a Tribute Cornwall One game where both teams were evenly matched Stithians got off to a good start when after two minutes team captain Andrew Creeden crossed the line and converted his own try. This was followed 10 minutes later when his brother Michael dropped a goal giving Stithians a 10-0 interval lead.
In the second half again the play was even but 10 minutes from the end St Agnes were awarded a penalty which was kicked by Ciaran Barry. For the final few minutes St Agnes fought hard to score but the Stithians defence would not give in.
The two teams meet again this Saturday when at the Church Road ground, in a match postponed earlier in the season.
REDS HELD TO DRAW:
Redruth U11 14 Perranporth 14
Redruth U11s travelled to Perranporth at the weekend, when despite great pitch conditions, a breezy day kept kicking to a minimum.
Redruth kicked off and play went up and down the pitch with a mix of good rucking, driving and passing, but also bad fumbles, knock-ons and missed tackles from both sides, and it took more than 12 minutes before the first converted try came by Perranporth.
But two minutes later Redruth drew level when a try from Callum Grohmann was converted by Samuel Churchill. Almost upon half-time in the 20th minute a further try came for the Reds when David Gardner crossed the whitewash with Churchill converting the extras.
The second half was similar to the first, and with some wrong decisions five minutes left Perranporth scored a try in the corner which was also converted, before both sides ran in two converted tries before full-time.
Redruth: Tries & Cons: Jago Ford, Sam Hicks, David Gardner (1t), Jouan Rowe, Tom Morrison, Lewis Wills, Kieran Daughtery, Adam Hall, Callum Grohmann (1t), Harry Drew, Devin Stephens, Samuel Churchill (2c), Dominic Tresidder, James Curnow, Kian Hocking, Thomas Prisk, Kieran Trevena, Mac Ross.
BRACE FOR BRETT:
Carharrack 1 Redruth Utd 7
Redruth's Brett Adams returned to his first junior club of 15 seasons ago, only to be denied a hat-trick by the post.
A goal in the first 28 seconds and the first three coming in seven minutes certainly helped the Reds on their way.
Jonny Jones virtually scored struck from the kick off after a pass from Barry McCabe and then Adams got a perfect header after a cross by Dan McInerney. The third came minutes later from McInerney after a pass by Jones.
Carharrack stabilised midway through the first half but man of the match, keeper Jason Kitchen kept them at bay with a few saves.
After a sliced kick by the home keeper Jones received the ball and passed to Adams to blast his second. Just before half time Adams returned the favour and set up Jones for his second.
The home side upped their game in the second half with Liam Bray scoring, but for a few misses and Kitchen in form they could have had more.
After a cross by McCabe striker Adams hit the post to miss out on a hat trick, but near the end the Reds scored two more quick goals after a pass by McCabe helped mcInerney to score and then James Leeson crossed for Nicky Adams to fire into the net from 10 yards.
Redruth United Res 3 Mawnan Res 1
Redruth went through to the Arthur Pearce quarter finals with a good performance and victory against high scoring Mawnan.
After good pressure by Andy Osborn Redruth went ahead through an own goal.
Top scorer Kyler Letcher then grabbed the second after good play by Matt Osborn and brother Zack Letcher leaving Kyler to tap in.
The goal of the game came from Matt Osborne with a 25 yard curler into the net to go to half time 3 nil up.
The second half brought a consolation goal for Mawnan but the Reds progress into the next round.
Man of the Match – Rob Penfold.
MINERS DIG DEEP FOR WIN:
St Day Miners U12s 3 Falmouth Utd 2
St Day Miners U12s hosted Falmouth United last Saturday on a clear day in heavy conditions.
St Day started brightly and took an early advantage after only two minutes with Lewis Wills breaking down the left and firmly striking the ball through the Falmouth keeper's legs.
Falmouth responded almost immediately when they broke away and beat the St Day offside trap.
It was end to end stuff but again in the 21st minute the home team regained the lead when Cobh Cregan slotted a through ball to Sam Etherington who rode a rough tackle and cooly slotted the ball past the oncoming Falmouth keeper.
Falmouth equalised again after only 25 minutes with a superbly struck unstoppable free-kick and in the 28th minute just before half-time St Day defender Jouan Rowe scored a great individual goal. After taking the ball through two determined tackles, he split the Famouth defence to clinically put the ball into the net.
The second half was certainly not short of any entertainment and although there were no goals scored both teams created chances and played some fantastic football.
Squad: Jago Ford, Reegan Copp, Sam Churchill, Jouan Rowe (1), Thomas Richards, Lewis Wills (1), Sam Etherington (1), Cobh Cregan (capt), Aaron Sharkey, Kieran Daughtery, Brenna Rowe, David Taylor, Owen Wright.
Trevenson Harriers u10 1 St Agnes u10 1
Trevenson Harriers played away to St Agnes, with both teams unbeaten in league games, found conditions under foot very difficult to play flowing football.
Trevenson had their chances but with a long ball forward St Agnes found the net with a low hard drive. the Harriers were not without their chances in the first half but could not find the finish required.
In the second half Trevenson dug deep and a ball from skipper Aaron Ibbetson found Thomas Hoskin to hit a right foot drive to find the net, making it 1-1.
With time ticking away St Agnes came on very strong but with some world class saves from Lucas Norman and the superb defence of Piran Philips and man of the match Toby Doe both teams settled for a well deserved point.
RUNNERS COMPLETE MULTI TERRAIN SERIES:
Seven members of Hayle Runners received awards for completing the inaugural Cornwall multi terrain series at the presentation event at Trellisick.
Debbie Harrison was third female overall and won the women's 40-44 age group.Rich Savage won the men's 45-49 age group and Howard Haynes was third in the men's 70-74 age group. Mike and Sarah Baldwin,Trish Merrett and Mike Penberthy all won qualifiers awards made from Wood from the National Trusts Forests.
The presentation included a relay race in which Mike and Sarah Baldwin and Trish and Graham Merrett represented the club.
Hayle Junior Athletics Club presented two members with its top annual awards. The club, which caters for 8-14 year olds, meets at Hayle Community School at 5.30pm to 6.30pm each Tuesday during term time, awarded Lucy Nancarrow the club member of the year shield and Adam Mackintosh the award for best attendance.
Coach Scott Abraham said: "The club has an enthusiastic membership of young people who train on a weekly basis supported by trained coaches and leaders.
"Our activities encompass the whole range of athletic disciplines except for the pole vault. The emphasis is on enjoyment and fun and we like the children to try their hand at all the activities and take part in countywide competition including fun runs.
"Most sessions will have some form of running and we hope that this will encourage participants to consider joining the Hayle Runners senior club as they get older."
He added: "We are very grateful to Hayle Rotary Club for their continued support of our awards."