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County Scene - October 10

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 10, 2013

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Stock Car Racing


The national Stock Car racing season in Cornwall will reach its climax at the United Downs Raceway, St Day this Sunday afternoon.

The meeting boasts more than £1,000 in prize money, making it the richest Stock Car event in Cornwall for this year.

The main prize of the day is the Old Motor Cycle Club Trophy. This glorious silver cup dates back to the 1950s, and it was valued at £100 when purchased – some sixty years or more ago.

Neil Hooper of Exmouth is the current holder of the trophy. The former English and European Champion has won the Old Motor Cycle Club Trophy in each of the past three seasons, but knows he faces a lot of strong competition on Sunday.

In particular, Hooper will be keeping a watchful eye on local racer Liam Rowe of Radnor, and newly crowned World Champion James Rygor of Westbury. Rowe and Rygor are locked in a fascinating scrap for the St Day Track Championship. Heading into the seventh and final meeting for Formula Two Stock Cars at the United Downs this season, Rowe and Rygor are level on 139 points each.

The day's opening race for the Formula Two Stock Cars will be the grand final of the White & Yellow grade series, which is aimed at boosting the lower ranked drivers.

Not only does the race carry enhanced prize money, it also has bonus prizes by way of new Yokohama tyres for the first three finishers. These represent £500 worth of added awards.

Amongst those drivers looking to lay claim to the precious bounty will be a trio of youngsters – Dale Moon from Penwithick, Ryan Hoskin of Braddock and Fowey teenager Paul Moss.

Moon was in good form at the last St Day meeting, where he won the end-of-day Grand National race.

Hoskin, who began the season with a brand new car built by former double World Champion Colin Higman of Menheniot, will be aiming to end the year on a high. Moss, who is in his debut year in the senior class, is due to lead off the race from pole position.

There are many other Cornish drivers due on the grid, including teenager Gary Sillifant from Davidstow; and Tom Clark from Luxulyan and Andrew Bennett from Hewaswater, who each scored high profile feature final race wins during the World Championship speed weekend at Smeatharpe near Honiton, last month.

Somewhere in the region of 50 drivers are expected to compete in the Bangers, in what will be their last outing at St Day, before the circuit hosts the coveted Supreme Championship in November.

Much of the season at St Day for the Bangers has been defined by the strong performances from Paul Lawer of Camborne and former Cornish Champion Mark Pope of Illogan. They took the unprecedented step at the start of the season to use Ford Pumas, and have been rewarded with a string of fine results.

The youngsters in the Ministox will complete the line-up for Sunday's race meeting. The Ministox class is the training ground for the young racers.

Sophie Fasey from Tiverton scooped the Cornish Championship when the Ministox last raced at St Day in late July. The Cornish challenge will be led by twelve year old Ethan Pope of Illogan, fourteen year old Joe Marquand of Notter Bridge and 15-year-old Tom Cadby of Grampound.



The cream of Cornwall's badminton players converged on Polkyth Leisure Centre for the two day annual Championships, entertaining the many spectators with exciting play and high standards.

Once again, there was a large entry from Cornwall Youth Badminton's fast improving young players, showing the excellent foundations that Cornish Badminton is built upon.

Two new singles champions emerged victorious on the first day, Shane Maton and Rose Willis, both coming from under the shadows of the number one seeds and holding champions, James Whetter and Jo Philp.

Rose had narrowly lost to Jo last year, but finally triumphed for the first time and took a deserved victory over Hester Luke in the final with her consistent and steady play.

Jo had been beaten in a tight game in the quarter-finals by 15-year-old Kellen Moore in the first shock of the day, after Kellen had narrowly beaten Emily James in the first round.

Kellen then came up against Hester in the semis, and this turned out to be a three ender too far, with Hester's power and precision proving too much for the younger player.

Then the second surprise of the weekend came in the mens singles, when defending champion, the experienced James Whetter was knocked out by the speedy, skilful Kris Jasper in the semi-finals.

The top four seeds had made it comfortably through to the semis, with Ross Lashbrook losing to Shane Maton in the other half of the draw.

The battle of the left handers in the final saw Shane defeat Kris in two ends, and he regained the title he had won two years ago.

The ladies' doubles was played on the first day following the singles, and this was another exhibition of cool, mature play from the promising young pair of Kellen Moore and Amy Polglaze, who reached the final by knocking out the number two seeds, Emily James and Vicki Thomas.

But they were no match for the strength and determination of Jo Philp and Rose Willis who retained their title with style in the final.

The second day saw more great badminton, this time with the men's doubles and the mixed.

First and second seeds James Whetter/Jo Philp and Shane Maton/Vicki Thomas clashed in three close fought ends.

Some stunning net play by Jo and unplayable service returning from Shane had the crowd gasping and enthralled, before James and Jo finally retained their crown.

Before this, both semi-finals had been tight affairs over three ends which could have gone either way, as new pairings of Guy Michell/Emily James and Tom Lyle/Rose Willis pushed the top seeds all the way before just losing out.

With the final event the men's doubles competition, the spectators were once again treated to some fast, attacking badminton.

Once more, the top two seeds were largely untroubled on their route through to the final, which saw James and Guy take on Tom and Ross in a repeat of the previous year's final.

This year James and Guy proved too strong for the younger pair, and they won in two ends.


Men's singles: Shane Maton bt Kris Jasper 21/14 22/20.

Ladies' singles: Rose Willis bt Hester Luke 21/17 21/12.

Men's doubles: James Whetter/Guy Michell bt Tom Lyle/Ross Lashbrook 21/19 21/14.

Ladies' doubles: Jo Philp/Rose Willis bt Kellen Moore/Amy Polglaze 21/13 21/15.

Mixed doubles: James Whetter/Jo Philp bt Shane Maton/Vicki Thomas 11/21 22/20 21/16.

Plate result - winners: Mens singles: Chris Glasson Ladies singles – Daphne Luke.

Mens doubles: Bob Bell/Nick Phelps.

Ladies' doubles: Beth Wotton/Beth Rich.

Mixed doubles: Lee Chapple/Hester Luke.

Youth Football


Plymouth Argyle's Community coaches will be travelling throughout Devon and Cornwall with their popular Soccer Roadshows in the School holidays.

Details and venues: October 28: St Joseph's School,Launceston ,Callington Community College (Cost £12). October 28/29: Plymouth Argyle FC & Richard Lander School, Truro (Cost £22). October 29: Bodmin Dragon Leisure Centre (Cost £12). October 29/30: Carn Brea Leisure Centre (Cost£22). October 30: Bude Youth FC, Brannel School, St. Stephen, St Austell (Cost £12) & Plymouth Argyle FC. (activities day) (cost £5).

October 31: Helston FC, Lux Park Leisure Centre, Liskeard, Treviglas Community College, Newquay (Cost £12). November 1: St Day FC, Redruth (Cost £12), Brickfields, Plymouth (Halloween special) (Cost £5).

Courses are held in a fun environment and for children of all abilities aged 5 to14 years.

To book a place please contact Home Park on 01752-562561(ext.162) or book on line @www.argylecommunitytrust.co.uk



The Cornwall County Football Association is seeking to appoint an Independent Non Executive Board Member to join its current Board of Directors.

The Board which currently meets six times per year is responsible for directing the business affairs of the Association and currently consists of eight members elected from the Council of the Cornwall Football Association, plus the Chief Executive.

Travelling expenses of the person appointed will be reimbursed in line with current mileage rates for members of the County FA Council.

It is hoped that the person appointed will have a significant interest in local football within Cornwall and that the skills they have will compliment those of current Board members leading to a well balanced Board that can take the Association forward with confidence.

The appointment, as with elected Board Members, will be for a three-year period but this may be extended with the approval of Council.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity to be involved in ensuring that our business provides for the needs of the game in Cornwall please forward a CV outlining your current skills and your interest/experience of the game.

Some experience in the legal aspects of Human Resources and or Marketing will be welcomed but not a requirement for an application.

For a copy of the role profile of Independent Director at the Cornwall Football Association, please visit http://www.cornwallfa.com/news/2013/sep/independent-board-member-vacancy

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Mrs Dawn Aberdeen, Chief Executive/Company Secretary, Cornwall Football Association Ltd, Kernow House, 15, Callywith Gate, Launceston Road, Bodmin, Cornwall. PL31 2RQ. Tel 01208 269010 or email dawn.aberdeen@cornwallfa.com

Closing date for application: October 31.

Short Mat


On Sunday Cornwall faced Somerset in the second round of matches in the ESMBA Inter County Championship group stages at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.

In the Premier Team match the first session was drawn with both teams taking two wins apiece, for Cornwall Nigel Nicholls won 14-12 in the Singles and Elise Daniell and Mark Eddy took at 14-10 win in the Pairs.

The second session was also drawn with Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley winning in the Triples and Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore taking an 8-7 win in the Fours. At the halfway point Cornwall the match was tied, Cornwall 8 points 78 shots, Somerset 8 points 88 shots.

The third session saw Somerset ensure that they could not lose the match claiming all four games together with the shots bonus points for the Singles and Pairs.

Facing a second successive heavy match defeat Cornwall dug deep in the final session to claim 10 of the 12 points on offer.

In the Triples Richard Brown, Martin Boraston & Brian Wakeley claimed a second win on the day winning 13-6.

In the Fours Derek Elliott, Neil Gribble, Luke Jolly & Peter Hore were 13-3 winners and John Worton, Brenda Sleep, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts won 11-4. The final match score Cornwall 18 points 160 shots Somerset 22 points 170 shots.

In the days other match Dorset defeated Devon 32 points to 8 taking Dorset to the top of the table and leaving Cornwall somewhat adrift at the bottom.

Cornwall's A Team took a solitary win in the first session thanks to Keith Williams in the Singles winning 12-11. The second session points were shared with Cornwall winning both Triples and Somerset both Fours. For Cornwall Melba Kitt, Sandra Worton & Henry Kendall won 9-7 and Tony Jago, Alan Holden & Gary Davey won 14-5. At the lunch break Somerset led 10 points to 6 and 114 shots to 60.

The afternoon Triples saw points shared with Joe Dixon taking a 12-9 win in the Singles and Betty Temple-Smith & Max Burden winning 16-9.

Somerset claimed both bonus the Singles and Pairs bonus points to lead 18 points to 10 going into the last session.

The final session saw Cornwall claim a solitary win, Sheila Hodge, Jim Rule, Carol Ford & Terry Bray winning 12-9 in the Fours.

The bonus points were shared from the session with Somerset taking the Triples and Cornwall the Fours to leave the final score Cornwall 14 points 137 shots Somerset 26 points 202 shots.

Cornwall's next match is away to Dorset at Bere Regis on Sunday October 20.


The County Championships get under way on Sunday with 108 bowlers in 27 teams taking part in the County Fours at Carnmoggas vying for the eight places available in the end of season county finals.


On Saturday Cornwall's England squad members take part in the penultimate squad day ahead of November's much anticipated British Isles Championships in Ireland.

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