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By West Briton  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

  • FAMILY AFFAIR: From left Camborne's Mathew Griffiths and his parents Della and Mark who were in fine form at Saturday's Cornwall Badminton Bonanza event at Truro Leisure Centre. See story left.

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More than 70 badminton players from all over Cornwall and Plymouth, came to Truro Leisure Centre at the weekend to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association's "Bonanza."

The idea of "Badminton Bonanza" tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players.

The many regulars were joined this time by some very welcome new faces, as the tournament goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing new clubs in Cornwall.

This year's tournament at the new venue was a great success, with the Griffiths family from Camborne sweeping the board in the social sections.

Husband and wife, Mark and Della, won the mixed doubles, then father and son, Mathew joined forces to win the men's, and the final event of the day, saw Mark finally wear down Mathew despite a touch of cramp, to triumph in the singles.

It was a similar scene in the league section, with St Ives' Tony Wong winning the singles and the men's doubles with partner Trevelyan Searle, but just losing out in the mixed with Catherine Harrison to the Plymouth pair of Ryan Lambourne and Waine Parker.

Results page 102.


Cornwall Youth Badminton's U13 squad have started the season strongly.

The squad of 24 players train together regularly with sessions being led by their coach Jeremy Roberts.

They played their first county match of the season against Wiltshire at home winning 26-10.

Team: Ollie Cavill, Elliot Dyer, Charlie Standen, Mark Pearson, Luke Sillifant, Nathan Holmes, Xavier Swallow, Sarah Frost, Amy Walker, Amelia Burrell, Ellie Reed, Ellie Watkinson, Maddie Ilsey, Savannah Snow and Charlotte Grigg .

Player of the match: Nathan Holmes.

A number of the squad also took part in the U13 Open Kerrier Tournament held at Truro School.

There was success for Mark Pearson and Ollie Cavil who won the boys' doubles and Sarah Frost for reaching the semi-finals.


A large contingent of Cornwall's U17 squad competed in the Badminton England Bronze tournament in Worcester.

All 13 players fought hard in their respective groups with Ben Johnson (Liskeard) and Jake Brazewell (Truro College) progressing to the quarter- finals of the singles before being knocked out.

Georgia Higgs (Helston), Amy Polglase (Camborne) and Kellen Moore (Camborne) all progressed to the knockout stage with Kellen coming away with a bronze medal and Amy the eventual runner-up losing 21-15 in the final to Anisha De Silva (Bucks).

In the doubles it was clean sweep for Cornwall winning gold medals in both girls and boys doubles. Kellen and Amy winning comfortably against their Staffordshire opponents 21-12.

The boys final was a much tenser affair with Ben Johnson and Sam Payne (Callington) having to come from behind to win it on their 6th match point 25-23 against Alex Horner and Chris Dix (both Hampshire).

Cornwall: Vinodh Arumugam (Truro), Ruth Barnicoat (Penryn), Matt Bick (Mounts Bay), Will Bick (Mounts Bay), Jake Brazewell, Georgia Higgs, Ben Johnson, Kellen Moore, Sam Payne, Amy Polglase, Jack Osborne (Callington), Noah Semonin (Roseland), Nick Spencer (Truro College).

Motor Sport


Camborne and Redruth Motor Club is holding an OSET Trials riding open day on Saturday between 12-3pm at Gilbert's Coombe, Redruth TR16 4HJ.

Local youngsters aged between five and eight are invited to come and join them and have a go on an OSET electric trials bike.

OSET bikes are speed monitored from walking pace up to around 14 mph and because they're electric it means no hot exhaust. OSET Bikes are designed to be used as trials bikes.

The aim of trials riding is to manoeuvre a motorbike over and around obstacles, such as logs and rocks without putting your foot down. The art of trials riding is understanding balance and throttle control.

All tryouts will be supervised and the club's local riders will also be on hand to give demonstrations.

Around 30 Cornwall Scout cCubs are due to attend, together with children of various clubs.

If you're involved with any clubs you think this might appeal to, please let Howard Stevens know on 07855-429102. His e-mail address is h.stevens55@tiscali.co.uk

Howard said: "It would be great to see some new faces at the event on Saturday and would welcome anyone interested in coming and having a go. Trials riding is great fun and OSET Bikes are the ideal introduction to the sport.

"Not only that, because they're silent, children can ride them in the back garden without annoying the neighbours."


Finally with better weather, Pendennis Motorcycle club managed to run their Anning Cup trial as round seven of the Cornish trials championship.

Using the old Penventon Quarry venue at Lanner, the entry were faced with four laps of seven double subs.

As in the previous round at Garker, Jason Lawer ran out the winner from George Edyvean and Ian Martin, while on the c/exp route, best man was Matt Tabb from Robin Martin and Andy Combes.

But having the best ride on this course was youth Alex Lawer.On the White course it was a clear win for Dave Richards beating Dave Kemp and Dean Abrahams, also on this course youths Will Kemp and Ty Hendra had a good tussle with Ty taking the win on this occassion.

The yellow course saw a three-way tie for second place behind Chris Anstee, with the nod going to Jason Davis from Buzz Bray by virtue of the furthest clean rule.

The red course saw three riders competing for the honours, with the win going to T Bell from Chris Hooper and W Luscombe.

Results: Blue course: Exp Prem, J Lawer 11, G Edyvean 18. N/exp, R Williams 71. Youth B, O Lawer 82. Blue/ White course: Prem, M Tabb 42, R Martin 56. Youth A, A Lawer 41. White course: Prem, D Richards 12, D Kemp 34, D Abrahams 49. Youth A, T Hendra 50, W Kemp 66. Yellow course: N/exp, C Anstee 1, J Davis 2, B Bray 2. Novice, A Vercoe 11, G Kemp 14. Youth B, J Wright 55, A Diment 100. T/shock, P Bullen 12, K Hawke 14. Red course: prem, T Bell 46, C Hooper 55, W Luscombe 67.



The CAC multi-eventers and pole vaulters brought the curtain down on a successful track and field season at the club with a series of outstanding performances in September, writes Alan Rowling.

In the English Schools' Combined Events Championships at Bedford, Jordanna Morrish led the way finishing fourth in the Intermediate Girls' Heptathlon, setting a county record with the excellent score of 4,288 points.

The Junior Girls' team, which included three up and coming CAC youngsters, Chessie Waters, Georgia Doyle-Lay and Rebecca Gray, had already won the South West Combined Events team title at the end of June, improved their team score at National level by over three hundred points, finishing fourth behind the powerful county teams from Hampshire (1st). Warwickshire (2nd) and Greater Manchester (3rd).

In a multi-event competition just one below par performance can affect an athlete's final result, which was exactly the fete of the Senior Girls South West champion, Alice Vage, who had a disastrous run in the first of her seven events, the 100m hurdles. Despite trying to make up ground in the other events, Alice finished in a disappointing 19th place.

In the Under-15 age group at the English National Combined Events Championships there was further success for Chessie and Georgia, who finished 6th and 8th respectively in a six event competition.

The pole vault squad, under the guidance of Ben Penberthy and Stuart Caudery, continue to reach new heights, led in September by the Under 13 youngster Molly Caudery. Competing in the indoor Pole Vault Festival in Sutton, London, Molly cleared 2 metres 92, which is not only a County Record but leads the UK rankings for her age group and ranks second on the UK All Time List for this event in this age group. Quite a month for this young lady.

Cornwall AC pole vaulters continue to appear regularly in the UK Rankings, with Rebecca Gray reaching 3 metres 12 in her first year in the Under 15 category, which ranks her in fifth place, just ahead of Chessie Waters in eighth with a best height of 3m05s and Kerenza Hurr, also a first year Under 15, placing seventeenth and extending her personal best this year to 2 metres 75.

Not to be outdone Fyn Caudery and Ciaran Trevena flew the flag for the boys. Ciaran, in his first year of pole vaulting, cleared 2 metres 25, which ranked him fourth in the UK in the Under 13 age group and Fyn, who finished second in the South West Schools pole vault earlier in the summer, improved his personal best to 2 metres 95, which ranks him 28th in his first year in the UK Under 15 age group.

Fly fishing


CAST Fly fishing Club have held their annual Charity Competition – the John Battensby Memorial Trophy, writes Richard Buckingham.

This year it was in aid of the Little Harbour Children's Hospice, St Austell at the request of Jane King, the wife of club member Nobby King, who passed away in March, and £167 was raised.

The fishing proved difficult as 18 anglers caught four fish. The overall victor who claims a season ticket for 2013 was Steve Trinder with two fish for 2lb 14oz while, Derek Eddy came in second with two for 2lb 12oz.

The main event though was the dedication of the Nobby King Memorial Bench that was kindly donated by his family and made by club member Richard Buckingham. Positioned at Goonlaze point, a popular fishing spot for Nobby, it will provide a welcome resting area for anglers and walkers alike. Pasties were provided as Nobby's family and friends turned up in the rain to pay their respects to a popular man. Thanks to all who provided prizes for the competition and raffle, especially Costa from SWLT and to Chaffins Food Service. Also to Tony Chipman of Cornwall Trophies for the trophies and engraving.

Short Mat Bowls


Cornwall's short mat bowls teams travelled to Exeter on Sunday to face Devon in the latest round of Inter County Championship fixtures.

The Premier Team were always expected to face an uphill task against a Devon team that had scored 70 out of a possible 80 points in their opening two fixtures.

At the half way point in the match Cornwall trailed by 12-4 and 100 shots to 73.

The final match score being Devon 32 points 22 shots 8 points 129 shots. Dorset's 32-8 home win over Somerset sees them overtake Cornwall in second place in the table.

Scores & table, see Page 102/103.

The A Team match started with a shared session with both counties winning a game apiece in the Singles and Pairs.

At the halfway point in the game Cornwall led 10 points to 6 and 87 shots to 66.

The final session saw Cornwall take three of the four games together with both the Triples and Fours bonus points.

The final match score being Devon 15 points 155 shots Cornwall 25 points 179 shots.

Scores and table, see Page 102/103.

Cornwall are next in action at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club on Sunday November 11 when they will face Devon in the return fixture.


On Saturday the qualification competition for the County Fours was played at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club.

Twenty-eight teams competed, split into seven groups played for the 8 places on offer at the county finals at the end of the season.

Group One saw Edward Wakeley, Sandra Worton, John Worton & Arthur Tubb (Ladock) defeat Pam Hamley, Gillian Cawrse, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) in the deciding game to win the group with 6 points +19 shots.

Group Two winners were Eric Boddy, Joan Boddy, Meg Horrell and Ken Horrell with 6 +17. Elise Daniell, Derek Elliot, Nicholas Truscott & Peter Hore (Holmans) came through a tough opening game in Group Three to finish with 6 +21.

Group Four saw Graham Luke, Patsy Wakeley, Brian Wakeley & Chris Roberts (Ladock) top the table with 6 +30. Margaret Jenkin, Raymond Jeffery, Percy Tripp & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) recovered from defeat in their first game to take Group Five with 4 +20.

Group Six saw the highest qualifying score of the day with Lynne Davey, Sheila Hodge, Martin Boraston & Gary Davey (Liskeard) scoring 6 +37.

The final group saw Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth, Martin Williams and Keith Williams (Penlee) through with 6 +6 and also provided the eighth qualifiers Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves and Darren Woolner (Saltash) taking the one place for runners-up with 4 +15.

This Sunday, 46 bowlers split into two sessions of play will compete for eight places in the County Finals. Play at Carnmoggas will get under way at 9am.



The Cornish Crusaders Cricket Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, is to fold following the decision of founder Michael Williams to stand down as president.

Following the decision of the club's executive committee, Mr Williams said: "The officers and life member Peter Thomas of St Just, plus a large number of Crusader worthies, are all aware of the problems in getting players in an era preoccupied with league and cup matches and the growing number of representative fixtures.

"The landscape of cricket has changed drastically in our 50 years. So much so, quality, friendly cricket is virtually squeezed out and we have no desire to go downhill.

"As it is, the Crusaders end on a on a high note in 2012. We played some excellent cricket, including a third successive victory over the MCC – Rob Harrison captaining us in all three of those annual names.

"In 2012 rain restricted us to five matches, winning four, drawing one. And, most important of all, we have sustained our long tradition of playing young cricketers."

Mr Williams said the club also took pride in the continued encouragement of girls' and women's cricket.

He said: "Rebecca Daniel of Gorran (her grandfather Roger played for us) and Katie Pearce of St Austell, both bowlers, made impressive debuts.

"I shall continue supporting young cricketers and hope to organise some more coaching sessions for bowlers in the spring under the professorship of Peter Lever, the former England opening bowler and coach.

"Peter is a real inspiration and my own zest for the game remains strong.

"It's been a glorious half century and we thank one and all who have supported the Crusader cause."


Group C of the CCB Indoor Sixes saw some action on Sunday at the Cornwall Cricket Centre, with wins for St Blazey, Truro 1 and Roche.

Paul Carne and Tom Trethewey both attained retirement scores of 27 for St Blazey against 'Team 21', for whom Richard Chynoweth made 27 in their reply.

The second match of the day was a curious, low-scoring affair in which Falmouth's second team managed to get bowled out for just 61 with three overs unused. Truro 1 eased to victory in the end, but lost four wickets in the process, three of them to Alex Stuthridge (3-11). Julian Osborne made 28 for the losing team and Adam Pascoe, who had earlier claimed three wickets for 15 runs in his three overs, scored 22* to help Truro home.

Redruth scored a reasonable total of 85 all out against Roche, Harry Bolland making 42, including three sixes, and Nigel Hambly 23. However, Roche made 86 for 3 (Lawrence Burr 25*) and a relatively comfortable 3-wicket win.

In the Women's League, newcomers St Just have made an impressive start, beating both Grampound Road and Newquay.

A weakened Truro side has lost both of their opening games, well beaten by St Austell and losing to Falmouth in a very close match by just two runs.

Falmouth easily accounted for Grampound Road, as did the strong St Austell outfit, who have also won both of their opening games.

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