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By West Briton  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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RNAS Culdrose hosted the inaugural Cornish Open Invitation Basketball Tournament.

Attracting teams from Camborne, Truro, Penryn (2), Culdrose and Wadebridge a hard fought competition was played out in a series of pool matches followed by play-offs to determine first to sixth place.

The stand out fixture from the pool stages saw Wadebridge narrowly defeat Camborne, which also sealed their place in another feisty match in the play-off final against Penryn.

Wadebridge eventually ran out two point winners, but the real positive from the day came from the interest levels, clear enthusiasm and skill of all concerned, which bodes well for the eagerly anticipated re-establishment of the western area league early in the new year said tournament director Rob Knill.

He added that while many outstanding young players were on show, perhaps the most significant contribution came from Camborne's Thomas Janka, who provided the bulk of points for a very committed and generally inexperienced Camborne side that played well above the levels expected of such a young team.

Short mat


On Sunday 23 teams competed in the County Mixed Fours at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club. Teams were split into five groups, one of six, one of five and three of four giving five group winners and three runners up to go forward to the finals in February.

Group One, the group of six, saw Lynette Golledge, Bill Sharp, Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) unbeaten to win the group with 6 points +34 shots. Pam Hamley, Terry Bray, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) also progress as one of the three runners up with 4 +13.

Group Two, the group of five, was won by Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Lynne Davey (Liskeard), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) & Gary Davey (Liskeard) with 6 +25. Rosemary Curnow, Patsy Wakeley, Chris Roberts & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) claimed a runners up spot with 4 +9.

Group Three was won by Jacky Tyler (Blisland), Marilyn Stewart, Arthur Hambley (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) with 6 +12 after defeating June Trestrail, Terry Trevorrow, Linda Billington & Chris Harris (Hayle) in the final game, leaving them on 4 points and 0 shots missing out on a runners up spot.

Group Four winners were Elise Daniell (Holmans), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) & Peter Hore (Holmans) with 5 +17 after defeating previously unbeaten Marion Keers, John Keers, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) 15-1 in the final game in turn costing the St Newlyn East team a place in the finals after finishing on 4 +5.

The final group was won by Jenny Richards, Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Luke Jolly & Karen Watson (Treviscoe) with 6 +9, also qualifying from the group were Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves and Darren Woolner (Saltash) with 4 +15.

The eight qualifying teams return to Carnmoggas on Sunday February 3 for the finals.



Boys in the county have been given the opportunity to develop their football skills through a new partnership between Cornwall FA and Plymouth Argyle's Supporters Trust.

The player pathway programme incorporates all affiliated football in the Duchy and the unique partnership includes clubs, leagues, schools, facility providers.

The support from Plymouth Argyle FC will provide a clear, progressive development route for all young players in Cornwall.

Players who excel at their local club or school will be invited into one of a network of local long term player development centres which will augment the coaching they receive in their club.

Existing centres at Mounts Bay School, Penryn College, Cornwall College (Camborne), Callington College will work in partnership with the centres established by Plymouth Argyle FC Football in the community at Liskeard and Truro and planned centres at Brannel School and Camelford. The local centres will integrate with the Cornwall Schools FA representative squads and coaches.

Clubs will benefit from support from FA, Cornwall FA and Plymouth Arygle FC's coaches which will support the 'long term player development' approach.

Club coaches will be supported with advice and information on the planning and delivery of appropriate practice with specific age groups.

Both Charter Standard Youth Leagues in Cornwall – the Kernow Youth League and East Cornwall Youth League are supporting the initiative through their League development plans having this season endorsed the FA youth review proposals.

The centre will be based at Brannel School, which also hosts the Girls player development centre, is the one which will be supported by PAFC academy coaches and provide the pinnacle of the player pathway in Cornwall.

Andy Mitchell, Cornwall FA Development Manager said: ''We have been working to create a player pathway for some years and had some of the building blocks in place with the good work that coaches such as Jake Ash, Dan Inch, Kev Lawrence and Lee Beer have been delivering with their centres.

"The support of The FA and Plymouth Argyle Supporters Training and Development Trust has provided us with a huge boost and will help us to achieve our aim of providing a clear pathway which players, parents, teachers and coaches can clearly understand. and which, most importantly, provides the very highest standards.

"We have worked very closely with Plymouth Argyle FC staff who have all been very supportive in shaping the programme and who will continue to play a key role going forward.

"We have the best coaches and the best facilities in Cornwall, so we have a terrific opportunity to raise standards."



Cornwall's top badminton players picked up a well-deserved point on Sunday and were unlucky to lose 8-7 at Polkyth Leisure Centre against Somerset in a closely fought match which entertained the spectators with some excellent badminton.

This narrow defeat showed the progress that the young team are making in their tough new division against some of the best sides in the country, and bodes well for the future.

The Cornwall men were on top throughout the afternoon, winning both singles and all the men's doubles and Somerset had no answer to the power and touch shots on display.

Kris Jasper (17) had a stunning debut match for the first team, dominating his singles opponent who didn't get a look in, and then teaming up with Shane Maton to win their doubles in style.

Ross Lashbrook and Tom Lyle were once again very impressive, as they showed just how to play men's doubles with their consistent attack and fine defence.

Cornwall's women, struggling with injury and illness, had a hard time against Somerset who had the edge with their power and precision in all the singles and doubles, which made the score 6-6 going into the mixed.

First up were Ross and Bronwen Wotton, against an experienced and skilful pair who took the game relatively easily, despite Cornwall rallying in the second end.

Next came Shane and Vicki Thomas, unbeaten going into this match, but unlucky this time in losing two close ends, which gave the match to Somerset to the groans of the crowd.

Cornish pride was restored, as Tom and Rose Willis won the third and most exciting mixed which went to the wire, but they always looked like they were capable of winning, with Tom's steady attack and Rose's consistency.

Cornwall now look forward to the next match, a long trip to West Glamorgan in the new year.

Cornwall team: Shane Maton, Ross Lashbrook, Tom Lyle, Kris Jasper, Jo Philp. Rose Willis, Bronwen Wotton, Vicki Thomas.

Table tennis


St Austell have taken over at the top of the Premier Division of the West Cornwall League, thanks to two good 9-1 wins over Palace B and Mylor A, writes Malcolm Peters.

Palace made the trip north and were staring a 10-0 defeat in the face being 9-0 down after the singles, but Roger Jacobs and Steve Hunt took the doubles beating Carl Baldry and James Wright to avoid the whitewash.

Katie Rule took the point for Mylor defeating James Wright in 3 ends. Docks B lost out to Bridge B 7-3, Malcolm Peters losing to Graham Lobb 11-9 in the final end despite being 9-7 up.

For Docks Dave Plumb just got the better of Kelly Reed 13-11 in the decider. Docks A took a maximum 10 against Bridge A, although Bridge were unlucky not to take a couple.

Will Abouelhana and Paul Jenkin both lost out to Rytis Visockis 11-8 in the fifth game.

In Division One Nick Peters kept up the good run of form when Docks F visited Mylor B, beating Bob Bridges, Ian Bell and Chris Bassett. However Bell and Bassett both defeated Dennis Williams and granddaughter Dominique to ensure four points for Mylor.

Division Two saw leaders Cape Cornwall A defeat Palace E 9-1, John Allam saving the day for Palace with a win over Kaye Stenner.

At the other end of the table fellow strugglers Docks J defeat a depleted Cape Cornwall B 7-3 leaving the Cape stuck at the bottom with 5 points. Josh Copeland and Roger Scorse remained undefeated.

Mid-table, St Ives B came away 6-4 winners against Palace D, thanks to two wins each from Josh Francis, William Wynne and Tristan Wynne. In Division Three leaders Docks P stretched the gap with a 9-1 win over Palace G who could only field 2 players.

Danny Beechey was the only home player to get a point on the scoreboard with a five end win over James Freeman. Mylor C and Docks L fought out a 5-5 draw at Mylor, the Docks points coming from three from Morgan Cardell and two from Finley Thomson. Matt Bassett took two for the home side.

Corporate sport


The 2012 Corporate Get Active Challengers were awarded their prizes as the Cornwall Sports Partnership's contest drew to a close.

The Challenge ran for six weeks from Monday October 8 to Sunday November 18 through the www.getactivecornwall.co.uk website, which encouraged Cornish companies and organisations to get active and plot their progress while circumnavigating the Cornish coastline.

Fifty-six teams of three took up the baton and attempted the course by undertaking various sports and activities to improve and maintain their fitness.

By the end of the Challenge, 31,409 miles and 13,137,000 steps had been recorded collectively by participating teams with 77 per cent of contenders finishing the course, ten teams travelling the distance twice, three teams looping the course three times, and one team spectacularly trouncing the Challenge four times over.

A selection of challengers was awarded for their achievements. The Furthest Distance Travelled was accomplished by Putting the Health into Environmental Health, completing an 1,419 miles.

The Barnstormers won an Outstanding Sports Contribution for 1,006,000 steps accrued, and The A Team was recognised for completing the Most Varied Activities, which included more than 20 different varieties of sessions included gymnastics, cycling, boxing and dancing, amongst others.

Alongside changing individuals and team attitudes towards being active, the Challenge also had an affect on friends and family members.

The A Team's leader, Kelly Martin said: "The Challenge has changed my life. I no longer sit in front of the TV because I've enrolled in so many new ventures including boxercise, the gym, badminton, walking coastal paths, and I've entered into a 10k race.

"The Challenge has impacted on my family too, my partner has also joined a running club and his son now attends the school rugby club which for two years he wasn't brave enough to try.

"I lost 20lbs while completing the Challenge and don't intend to stop this lifestyle change."

Challengers favoured walking as their most popular activity with gardening, running, cycling and visiting the gymnasium their top five pursuits. Those somewhat braver took to sky diving, aerial rope courses, and snow boarding while others hit ice skate rinks, yoga mats and dance floors.

The Corporate Get Active Challenge will next be going live spring 2013 but anyone can sign up to take part in a personal or private team Challenge now at: www.getactivecornwall.co.uk

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