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County Scene, June 29

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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American Football


The Team Cornwall American Football youth squad, who are all aged between 14 and 17, have enjoyed a fine start to their first year competing in the national league.

After their victory against the Sussex Thunder back in May, they travelled to Surrey for their first away tournament to play against the Farnham Knights and two of the nation's strongest youth teams, the London Warriors and the London Olympians and managed to bring home the trophy.

Setting off from Mount Wise, Newquay at 6.30am for the journey to Farnham, with more than five hours travelling on the minibus, the team arrived in time to stretch and warm up for the first of three games.

Coach Sharon Smallworth said: "It never ceases to amaze me how little understanding other teams have of the journey involved and we are often greeted with impatience, thankfully not so by the referees who extended us the courtesy of a few more minutes to acclimatise.

"Thereafter, the team were thrown in the deep end against the London Olympians.

"In the first game nerves played a huge part as the boys came up against their first real opposition.

"It was a good physical game and it took some time for them to settle and although we lost 25-18, it was not really a fair representation of the game itself, as our nervous boys dropped four balls in the end zone.

"To say the boys were gutted at the loss would be an understatement."

Their next game was against the London Warriors who struggled against Team Cornwall's play action and some great running by Lewis Wells, who ended up offensive MVP as Team Cornwall won 18-12.

Going into the final round against the Farnham Knights there was still everything to play for.

Team Cornwall's defence proved to be really tough snubbing out the majority of Farnham's plays. Once the ball was back with Team Cornwall's offence they marched the ball down the field and scored three times. Another outstanding player in both the Warriors game and against the Knights was the defensive MVP, Jacob Wheal, whose open field tackling was textbook and he stopped the running backs in their tracks.

This meant that each team had only dropped one game. So the decider for the tournament was the best defence and Team Cornwall were named tournament winners, bringing the trophy and individual medals home to Cornwall.

This has now placed the juniors at the top of their division.

Cornish Sharks 44, Gloucester Centurions 0

It was the Cornish Sharks' seventh game of the season, the third against the Gloucester Centurions and with everything to play for to make the play-offs, the Sharks had to make it count.

The final scoreline gave the Sharks a much needed win and their defence, their first season 'shut out'.

But the Oxford Saints game, due to be rescheduled after the Sharks sustained a number of injuries to its offensive line players, proved impossible and disappointingly the league awarded a 1-0 win to the Saints, having overturned an earlier decision to award a 0-0 tie.

Unfortunately, that means that the Sharks have now got to win every game to finish seven and three in order for them to have any chance of making the play-offs, so every game is crucial.

The Centurions had recently bolstered their squad with four recent signings from the Bristol Aztecs, a premiership team, that made the Centurions even stronger.

But disappointingly the Gloucester Centurions travelled with a reduced squad and the Sharks, although not fully manned either, were determined to make a point after the league's disappointing decision.

Offensively the Sharks kept the game plan simple due to the weather conditions – namely, a 70% running game.

They used a number of basic running plays with minor adjustments that awarded the team just under 400 yards rushing. The Shark's running backs performed really well, with great running from Matt Cann, Adam Kevern, Lee Ambridge, Ronan O'Neil and Robbie MacIntyre, who ran three touchdowns off some great runs.

Richard Atkinson led the offence like a well-oiled machine and the team moved the ball up and down the field all day long.

Despite the weather, the passing game when used looked good with Dave Kriehn making a stunning catch in the end zone to score a touch-down and rookie Matt South showing the makings of a top receiver.

Meanwhile, the defence, led by Matt Henderson played with fire in their bellies – the hits were hard and the team tackles were plenty. Top tacklers were Matt, Craig Asling, Matt Cross, Phil Holby, Darryn Brookes and Alex Bonner.

Up front there were some great plays by Nick Trent, Samu Taukei and Lewis Bowns.

This was a great Sharks defensive effort and showed what the Sharks should have been doing all season.

With interceptions and a blocked punt for a touchdown it really was a complete performance.



The Burnham BMX Club hosted round 4 of the South West Summer Series with 39 entries representing Cornwall BMX Racing Club among the 255 entrants.

A tough track to ride this has been the training ground for Olympian Liam Phillips in the past and was to see some top class action throughout the afternoon.

Youngest of the club's entries was Micah Pritchard in the Novice 6 & Unders who scored a creditable 2nd in one of her motos but had to settle for 7th in the A Final of the day. Callum Coleman also netted a moto 2nd and carried on his success to 2nd in the Novice 7-9s.

The Expert Male 7s saw Dennis Stewart in great form in the A Final to win with Joseph Bryant in 4th, both of them having won earlier motos, and with Ned Pritchard in 7th.

Ashley England took victory in an earlier moto in the Male 9s and 3rd in the A Final with Henry Stewart in 6th, while in the 10s Ewan George crashed out in his third moto and was credited 8th overall, with Harvey Bardoe 9th.

After a couple of second places in his motos Iwan Ellis-Davies pulled out all the stops to take victory in the 11s and in the 12s Finlay Keogh took 5th overall.

Daniel Commons-Lomax, riding up an age group, didn't have a good first moto, placing 5th, but redeemed the situation by winning the next two motos and storming through to victory in the 13s A Final with Matthew O'Brien 8th and Matthew Berry 4th in the B Final.

The Male 14s races had as many girls in them as boys with Joanna Kistle in the mix to finish 6th overall despite a fall in her third moto and Katie Kemp was racing the boys too to finish 2nd in the B Final for Male 16s.

Dan Davies found himself in one of the largest groups of the day, combining all the male riders from 17 to 29 years of age and acquitted himself well with a B Final win. Alex MacMillan and Rhys Ellis-Davies finished 5th & 6th respectively in the Masters/Veterans group.

On track with the Female 9-10s saw Laura Berry place 5th overall then in the 11-12s Yasmin England took 3rd overall from Lauren Morgan, Louise Penfold and Ava Keeling.

In the 13-14s Alisha Phillips took two seconds in her motos and was 5th in the A Final with Beth Rickett in 7th.

The 15-16s were short on riders so were mixed in with similar aged boys with Becky Davis, Hazel Stewart and Abi Roberts taking B Final places in 3rd, 5th and 6th but 1st to 3rd in their class.

The Cruiser classes have been bolstered recently by riders racing two classes and thus Ashley England and his sister Yasmin were out in the 9-12s for 3rd and 4th placings and Joanna Kistle and Alisha Phillips in 5th and 7th in the 13-14s.

A line-up of 18 riders in the combined 17-39 group saw Jack Lanyon in 5th in the A Final, Tim Berry 4th in the B Final and Stuart Breeze 8th. Darren Lanyon placed 8th in the 40-44/45+ group A Final with Kelly Davis winning the B Final and Rhys Ellis-Davies 3rd.

The next Regional round is at Decoy on Sunday, but in the meantime Round 4 of the Cornish Championships will have taken place yesterday with the next at Blackwater on July 6.

Arrangements are being made for the Cornwall BMX Racing Club to celebrate their 30th birthday with special events planned for August 4, the day prior to their Regional event on the Sunday. Details of Club activities can be found at www.cornwallbmx.co.uk

Grass track


Cornwall Solo Grass Track Club members have been continuing preparations over the past week ahead of one of the club's biggest race meetings in recent years when they host the ACU British Championships at a new venue near Mitchell on Sunday.

The event features two classes of Solo racing, the up to 250cc and 251-350cc, and both left hand sidecar classes, the 500cc and 1000cc. 24 riders will line up in each solo class and 12 pairings in both sidecar classes.

A total of 42 races will make up the full programme of action to determine the four British Champions for 2012.

In the 250cc class Adam Shipp, who finished second last year is the only rider present from last year's top three.

Two times' winner Harland Cook doubles up in both solo classes and does Georgie Wood. James Shanes, a star of youth racing over a number of years in Southern England, will be one of the youngest ever competitors at the championships after taking the step up to adult racing this year and could well spring a surprise after a number of strong performances already this season.

The 350cc class looks like being a very competitive day with although last year's champion Jason Handley misses out on the chance for a tenth title. Matt Etherington and Tom Perry who completed the top three last year are sure to feature again this year.

Local interest is provided by Josh Dingle and Jake Quintrell.

Twice winner Richard Smith and former St Austell Gull Martin Williams are also expected to feature strongly.

The sidecar classes are both rarely seen in Cornwall but always provide plenty of exciting action. The 500cc class, the format used on the continent, features machines powered by conventional speedway engines.

Shaun Harvey and Danny Hogg, who have won six of the last eight championships and been on the podium at the other two will start as one of the favourites.

Some local interest is provided by 1000cc Right Hand regular Andrew Gribble with passenger Ben Schofield taking a place in the line up.

The 1000cc sidecars, predominantly run in the south east, have always proved a welcome addition the line up in any meeting they have appeared in.

Last year's winners Dave Penfold and Richard Webb whilst the pairings of Billy Penfold & Garry Potter and Paul Marley & Nick Barber will be looking to improve on last year's podium finishes.

Practice gets under way at 10.45am with the parade of riders at 12.15pm and racing from 12.30pm. Admission Adults £12, Concessions & Children 12 – 16 £8, Children Under 12 free, Family Ticket 2 Adults and 2 Children 12 – 16 £25. Full catering facilities, including beer tent, will be on site.

On Saturday, the club host an afternoon of youth racing where the stars of tomorrow, including newly crowned FIM Youth Grass Track Champion Zach Wajtknecht, will take part in the second round of the club championship at the same venue.



Cornwall's men played the second match of this year's Middleton Cup group stage, against Worcestershire, at the Culm Vale club on Saturday, knowing that they needed a good win to stay in the hunt.

Due to the absence of two first choice skips, Mark Read and Mark Foster, there had to be some positional changes from the team which beat Warks. with David Roe and Ian Ball moving to skip; Chris Stephenson was also unavailable.

Olllie Bennett, Darren Mudge and Steve Jones filled the vacant spots.

In a match where the Duchy were never behind they managed to win on fve rinks, dropping two of the 22 points available.

The top rink was, once again, that skipped by Ian Drew, with Ian Ball and his team mates close behind.

Drew struggled in the early stages, being marginally behind at 10 ends, but gradually picked up to win by 12. Ian Ball never looked as if he was going to loose making steady progress to his 10 shot win.

David Roe and his rink stormed away to a 10 nil lead after five ends but went into the 19th end drawing. They managed, however, to move ahead again, to win by four.

In the early stages Alan Hawke's rink looked vulnerable (six down at 10 ends) but regained the initiative to win by two.

Norman Coad and his team mates had a similarly slow start but made steady progress to win by one After a good start Tim Phillips' rink faded, eventually losing by 3.

In the final Group game, to be played in two weeks' time, Cornwall meet Devon, who probably have the strongest squad in the country, at the Exonia club, knowing that nothing less than a win will get them through.

Scores (Cornwall first): K Butler, R Teague, O Bennett, D Roe 19; G.Burgess 15. S Jones, K Corris, D Drew, A Hawke 24; A McWhinnie 22. J Drew, D Parr, A Barron, I Drew 25; R.McCaughtrie 13. G Frost, D Mudge, C Binney, T Phillips 16; R Stanley 19. D Iddles, M Eddy, M Tippett, I Ball 24; I Jenkins 14. P White, A Laity, C Allen, N Coad 20; D Henning 19. Match score: Cornwall 128 Worcestershire 102.



Watersports enthusiasts from all over the country donned their wet suits and took to the water last Wednesday when Cornwall College hosted the 2012 British Colleges Sport (BCS) Watersports Championships.

The national event, which was held at Tolcarne Beach in Newquay and Stithians Lake, near Redruth, was a test of endurance, concentration and ability for all involved, as competitors battled their way through a series of gruelling heats to qualify for the finals in a range of activities: paddle boarding, surf lifesaving, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and gig-rowing.

Competitors came from Cornwall College, Exeter College, Bournemouth & Poole College, Richard Huish College, Truro & Penwith College, Gower College Swansea, Somerset College of Art and Technology, and Riverside College Widnes.

The day provided some fantastic competition and produced some very high levels of performance, which made the finals a really exciting climax to the event.

The overall winners were Gower College Swansea, followed by Bournemouth and Poole College in second place and Cornwall College in third.

At the end of the day all winners were presented with trophies and prizes to take home with them.

The event was organised in conjunction with BCS by staff and students from Cornwall College and Falmouth Marine School.



Two of the county school records set last Saturday in the County Schools' Athletic Championships lasted only one week, as they were extended at the SW Schools Athletic Championships at Exeter on Saturday.

Sam Robins (Penrice) won the junior boys' high jump with 1.80m, an amazing height considering he was the smallest of the competitors. Kiani Pay (Truro) had a good win in the senior girls' shot with a 11.30m putt.

There was one new record in the intermediate girls 800m Molly Long (Truro) where she was placed second. She doubled this up with another second place in the 300m.

There were another five winners from Cornwall. In the intermediate girls triple jumper Katie Yeomans (Tretherras) won with a fine series of jumps.

She also backed this up with a third place in the long jump. Fellow school student Charlotte-Cayton Smith front ran to win the 1500m.

In the senior boys 1500m Hobie Martin (Tretherras) lead the race until he was out-kicked by fellow Cornishman Callum Jones (Helston) for a great one, two. Andrew Worden (Helston) won the senior boys 800m with another commanding performance of front running.

There was another Cornish top two placings in the junior boys discus. Patrick Swan (Redruth) won as expected but his fellow student Dan Nash had a superb series of personal best performances.

At present Patrick & Dan are number one and four in the UK.

Sadly, the team was affected by at least one injury following the timing of the Cornwall School Games the day before.

Although a small team competing it was good to see so many Cornish athletes on the top three podium and many of these with national standard performances.

A team of 20 athletes have been selected to represent Cornwall at the All England Athletic Championships at Gateshead in early July.

Top three placings: Senior Boys: 800m 1, A Worden 1.56.42. 1500m 1, C Jones 3.58.71. 2, H Martin 3.59.70. 3000m 3, D Nash (Liskeard) 8.57.29.

Inter Boys: 400M 3, J Wightman (Penrice) 51.17. Javelin. 2, C Swan (Camborne) 53.24 pb Shot 3, J Banevicius (Penryn) 12.54. Discus 2, J Banevicius 39.04.

Junior Boys: 400m 2, P Channings (Callington) 52.75. Discus 1, P Swan 45.88. 2. D Head 42.75 pb. Shot 3, P Swan 12.98 pb. Pole Vault. 2, F Caudery (Redruth) 2.80 pb. T.Jump 2, H Searle (R.Lander) 11.95 pb. H.Jump 1, S Robins 1.80. CR.

Senior Girls: Shot 1, K Pay 11.30 CR Relay 2. 55.03. (A Sweet Cam Coll, A Vage & J Baker Truro Coll & K Pay).

Inter Girls: 300m 2, M Long 41.01. 800m 2, M Long 2.11.73 CR 1500M 1, C Cayton-Smith 4.37.80. 3000m 3, I Steele 10.35.97. T.Jump.1, K Yeomans 10.89 L.Jump 3, K Yeomans 5.06. Hammer 2, M Brett (Poltair) 38.51.

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