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By West Briton  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

  • GOLDEN GIRLS: Cornwall's Olympic gold medalist Helen Glover with the Greenbank Rowing Club ladies' crew of from left: Bethan Owens, Mary Coote, Rosie Owens and Sarah Lewis who win the senior fours at the South Coast Championship. See story left.

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The Greenbank Rowing Club came away with the prestigious Senior Ladies' Fours title for the second year running at the South Coast Championships held on the river Torridge in Bideford in 'Olympic-class' fine boats.

The annual championships see the best crews from the coast, Hampshire and Dorset and the West of England Rowing Associations compete for the Championship title.

Greenbank's crew of Mary Coote, Rosie Owens, Bethan Owens and Sarah Lewis represented the West of England in the top ladies' event of the day and in perfect conditions the Greenbank crew achieved a convincing win over the 2000m course.

The other associations' crews went out hard from the start, with Bexhill taking an early lead.

With confidence in their boat speed, the Greenbank crew remained calm and continued with tactical control and precision, gradually getting back on terms before the half way mark and pulling confidently clear by the 1,500m mark.

They went on to win by two lengths, retaining the title that Rosie, Bethan, Sarah and Kate Conway won at the 2011 Championships held at the Olympic venue, Eton Dorney.

The crew were proud to receive their medals and trophy from Olympic rowing gold medallist Penzance's Helen Glover.

Greenbank Chairman, James Kerr, said: "We are very proud of our crew. It was a joy to watch them execute the race exactly as planned with superior rowing and confidence.

"Greenbank have now won eight South Coast Championship titles making it one of the most successful clubs in the West of England. We were also pleased to see our men do very well in the Open Novice Fours race."

The Championships also host supporting 'Open' events and the Greenbank crew of Andy Westcott, Tim Wilkinson, Tom Worden and Rich Braunton secured their place in the final after a strong performance in the heats which saw 17 crews competing for six places. The crew finished a commendable third overall.

Helen Glover, who along with her partner Heather Stanning, won women's rowing's first gold medal and indeed, the first British gold of the 2012 Games, was warmly welcomed to the event.

Helen recently visited Greenbank, which is based at Stithians Lake, near Redruth, having relocated from Falmouth Harbour where the club was established in 1949.

Helen was shown the club's impressive fleet of fine boats including singles, doubles, fours and eights as well as two 'coastal' fours which are useful for beginners and a newly acquired 'recreational' four which is getting a significant amount of use by the influx of new members inspired by Olympic successes in rowing such as Helen's.

Anyone interested in trying 'Olympic-class' rowing with Greenbank should visit the website www.greenbankfalmouth.org.uk for more information or email info@greenbankfalmouth.org.uk.



A fortnight of frenzied activity has seen the riders of Cornwall BMX Racing Club compete in two Regional, one National and three local Cornish Champs events in the run-up to the biggest event of the year which takes place at Broadway House, Cheddar this weekend, where the British Championships are being held.

The National, Regional and Cornish Champs Series are all now completed which will determine the race numbers riders will display next year and that riders will show at the Brits.

The National Series has this year been run over11 meetings with riders needing to attend seven for Series ranking. Presentations will take place during the Brits weekend with Dennis Stewart collecting 5th place in the Male 7s, Joanna Kistle 8th in Female 13-14 on 20" and 3rd in Cruiser 13-14 and Katie Kemp and Hazel Stewart picking up 7th & 8th respectively in Female 15-16s.

Regionally the last two events at Bideford and Bath have seen mixed fortunes for the club's riders but their spirits aren't dampened even if the weather did its best to dampen them anyway.

Hazel Stewart crashed out heavily at Bath, but thankfully was released from A&E with little more than a sore head. Joanna Kistle meanwhile rode the last round with a suspected fractured forearm, the result of an incident a few weeks back, but still managed to secure her place as winner of the Male 14s group in which she has been battling against the boys all season.

In recent weeks, following the Olympic BMX coverage, the Club has seen an unprecedented level of interest in the sport with Tuesday nights in particular being very well attended with enthusiastic riders both young and not so young proving the popularity that the sport can command.

The track at Blackwater is not open this Friday because of the British Championships, but will reopen on Saturday September 22 at 12.30 until 3.30 and will be open every Saturday, weather permitting, throughout the winter.

There may be Sunday open days too but details have yet to be finalised and will appear on the club's website at www.cornwallbmx.co.uk and their Facebook group.

Rugby League


Devon 24, Cornwall 32

Rugby League celebrated its 117th birthday by recording another first for the sport as Cornwall defeated Devon in the third annual South West County Challenge at Teignmouth.

It's the first time any Cornish RL team has recorded a victory.

With five club sides to draw upon, the experienced Devon team was expected to complete a hat-trick of victories against a Cornwall squad largely brought together around this fixture.

Indeed, the early omens were good for the home side, as England Lionhearts' prop Rusty Morris crashed in after just two minutes, and then halfback Billy Stockwell cut though to score on the end of the following set.

With Featherstone Rovers player Alex Stevens kicking both conversions, Devon were 12-0 up before Cornwall had touched the ball.

Loose forward Fotu Latitu, a Tongan-origin player from Saltash, pulled a score back for Cornwall, although Devon Sharks prop Jon Woodhead scored from close range to push the home team out to 16-4.

A bright August day gave way to a clouded and windy night, and on the quarter mark, the heavens opened. In scenes reminiscent of Wembley the previous weekend, it seemed that the average monthly rainfall for the South West fell in a five minute spell.

Devon's expansive game plan fell apart with a series of handling errors, and Cornwall capitalised to the full. Second row Bryan Webb was rewarded for his well-timed, angled running with two tries and Dan Hinton's conversions pulled Cornwall back to withing two points.

Hinton himself crossed in the corner and Cornwall were ahead for the first time in three years.

Just before the interval, Devon replacement Anthony Pinkerton nipped over for an unconverted score, to give Devon a slender 20-18 advantage at the break.

Cornwall, however, restored their lead directly from the restart, with Latitu breaking through after an early spell of pressure from Andy Webster's defence-splitting pass, and Hinton converting.

For 20 minutes, the game settled into an attritional battle, but the momentum was with the visitors, and it was Chris Richards who finally capitalised on the build-up of pressure by darting through the Devon defence to score, Hinton's goal saw Cornwall 30-20 up. Hooker Matt Cuss dragged Devon back into contention ten minutes from time, with an unconverted try but the home side then conceded a penalty from the restart, and Webster's boot pushed the margin back out to two scores and despite strong Devon pressure Cornwall held firm for a famous win.

Cornwall: Adam McRowan, Ben Tharme, Dan Hinton, Alec Plunkett (Plymouth Titans), Sam Pengelly (Plymouth Titans); Andy Webster, Chris Richards (Somerset Vikings); Albert Hall, Johnny Platt (Plymouth Titans), Aaron Tharme, Bryan Webb, Laurence Belt, Fotu Latitu (Somerset Vikings); Bench: Alex Dean, Guy Pallett, Rob Macintyre, Darren Horne (Somerset Vikings).



Four Winds Inn (Falmouth) took the Ladies' overall title when they defeated Red Lion (St Kew) 10-4 over the two legs.

A 7-0 whitewash in the first leg by Four Winds was only avoided in the very last discipline of the match when Mandy Prout came from 2-0 down to edge out Gina Jeffery 3-2.

It was always going to be a tall order for Red Lion in the return and although they produced a better performance, the Western champions won 4-3.

Claire Irons (19.78) impressed for the winners while Mandy Prout (19.26) was again prominent for Red Lion.

Lee Bryant inspired Men's Premier East winners Lucky Kiss B to a two-leg win over their counterparts Astro Park for the title of supreme champions.

Bryant (27.78) recorded the top average in an 8-4 first leg win at Penzance and was again prominent in the return.

Bryant (27.83) was a 3-0 winner at home and was well supported by Ian De Rosa (27.09).

Also earning the plaudits in the return leg, which was won 10-2, were Mike Gregory (27.56), whose best leg was taken in 14 darts and Sean Johns who emerged a 3-2 winner with a 29.61 average.

Short mat


Following two days of trials and practice over the weekend, the squad to face Dorset on Sunday at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club in the Inter County Championship has been released by team manager Chris Cawrse.

The squad, drawing from clubs across the county is:

Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls), Terry Bray (Lostwithiel), Richard Brown (Illogan), Max Burden (Dobwalls), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Elise Daniell (Holmans), Gary Davey (Liskeard), Derek Elliot (Holmans), Gerald Fisher (Illogan), Robert Flower (Tintagel), Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Kath Goodman (Treviscoe), Pam Hamley (Lostwithiel), Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel), Peter Hore (Holmans), Neil Gribble (Landrake), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Ken Horrell (Withiel), Meg Horrell (Withiel), Tony Jago (Treviscoe), Luke Jolly (Treviscoe), John Keers (St Newlyn East), Henry Kendall (Withiel), Melba Kitt (Saltash), Linda Martin (Illogan), Keith Matthews (Blisland), Derek Newton (Dobwalls), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Graham Reeves (Saltash), Chris Roberts (Ladock), Jim Rule (Lostwithiel), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls), David Studden (Illogan), Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Percy Tripp (Helston), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan), Brian Wakeley (Ladock), Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Mike Widger (Porthleven), Keith Williams (Penlee), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East).

From the 43 players named, 40 will line up for Cornwall on Sunday in what will be the first match of the Counties defence of the ESMBA Inter County Championship Consolation Competition titles won last season.

During Sunday's practice the Premier team recorded 33 points and 279 shots to the A team's 15 points and 185 shots.

All A team combinations recorded at least one win against their senior opposition during the four rounds of games played.

Bob Flower, Dennis Shorthouse and Max Burden recorded two wins to be the top contributors to the A Team score with Pam Hamley, Betty Temple Smith, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley recording a win and a draw in their contribution to the score line.

Cornwall's England representatives were in action over the weekend during the latest England squad weekend.

Peter Hore (Holmans), playing as skip in either a Triple or Four, recorded eight wins from eight games played. Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) played in a variety of positions and was involved in six wins from eight games played. The match scores over the weekend were Saturday, England 57 v 7 Presidents Select. Sunday, England 24 v 8 Cheshire Premier & England 26 v 6 Devon A.

Clay pigeon shooting


The Cornwall Skeet Team achieved some fantastic results at the South West Inter County shoot at Southern Counties Shooting Grounds, Dorchester.

Cornwall dominated the 100 target event for the ninth year running and won all of the senior, ladies, junior and veteran team events.

Cornwall shooters also won all of the individual South West Champion titles after a strong performance by the Cornwall shooters.

The junior team of Martin Kemp and James Rounsevell won by a huge margin of 30 targets over Hampshire with James also winning the individual South West Junior Champion title. The ladies' team of Fiona Barrett, Jill Bromley-Fox and Jackie Eley won by six targets, ahead of Somerset Ladies with Eley also taking the Southwest Ladies Champion title after a close and exciting shoot off with Christine Parr from Devon. Eley maintained her nerve after missing early but finished strongly to take the win and title by three targets.

The Veterans' Team also completed a convincing win after finishing 16 targets clear of their closest rivals from Devon.

Colin Jago and Bill Moussalli gave a solid performance over the course. Colin Jago also took the individual South West Veteran champion title after a good performance on the tricky targets. Colin, who won this title several times in previous years, showed great skill and consistency.

The senior team proved unstoppable with excellent results.

As the afternoon wore on the targets got more difficult as the wind increased but the team remained unfazed and put in an excellent finish to end with a margin of 13 targets clear of second place Hampshire. Truro's Peter Mylam took the individual South West Senior Champion title with the top score of the day.

Results: South West Junior Champion – James Rounsevell 96 (Callington). South West Ladies' Champion – Jackie Eley 86 (Callington). South West Veterans' Champion – Colin Jago 94 (St Austell). South West Senior Champion – Peter Mylam 99 (Truro). Cornwall Junior Team - Martin Kemp 94 (Liskeard), James Rounsevell 96 (Callington). Cornwall Ladies' Team - Fiona Barrett 78 (St Austell), Jill Bromley-Fox 80 and Jackie Eley 86 (Callington). Cornwall Veterans Team - Colin Jago 96 (St Austell), Bill Moussalli 95 (Liskeard) and Alex Stephens 78. Cornwall Seniors Team: Kelvin Walsh 95 (Truro), Roger Eley 96 (Callington), Colin Jago 96 (St Austell), Steve Marshall 93, Dave Mitchell 97 (Looe), Nick Parkyn 97 (Indian Queens), Peter Mylam 99 (Truro) John Dunne 93 (Mevagissey), Bill Moussalli 95 (Liskeard) and Steve Tomlinson 91 (St Austell)



The Kernow Petanque Summer League came to an end last weekend. Eleven teams of triples had taken part through the summer and last Sunday saw the final between the teams who had topped the two leagues.

The teams were Simon Penna, Roy Pemberton and Rob Sullivan from the Treleigh Arms Petanque Club, Treleigh, who had won the League in the previous two years, and the combined team of Graeme Kirkham, Mike Hill/Ian Johnson from the Tregony Sports Club and Robert Herrick from the Rising Sun Petanque Club in Altarnun. The defending champions from Treleigh again proved too good on the day and won the trophy for the third year in succession.

This coming weekend sees four Cornwall teams heading for Hayling Island in Hampshire for the National Inter-Regional Championships.

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