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Falmouth & Penryn Grassroots Sport Feb 20

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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Youth rugby


With the horrendous weather that Cornwall has been experiencing, getting out on to the pitch has been something of a luxury, and so it was last weekend for Penryn U10s.

With no chance of playing on Sunday, Friday night saw the U10s hold a social night at the clubhouse to celebrate the arrival of their new, and smart after match polo shirts that have been generously sponsored by Beneath the Waves Gallery in Falmouth.

As a wholly amateur club relying on volunteers to run it and a mixture of subscriptions and contributions from local businesses to help finance its activities, being a community club Penryn are acutely aware of the financial pressure parents find themselves under, particularly given the rate at which younger children especially grow out of clothing.

With this sponsorship, the Under 10s can now look forward to representing their club and their community, by wearing these shirts in clubhouses across the county on match days and out and about during the week.



At last, on a dry sunny day, the long awaited drive-in for Budock Vean ladies' captain Jenny Wake has taken place.

The Ladies had a very enjoyable day, starting with refreshments provided by a past captain, Pat Kirkham, and then playing a Texas Scramble which was well won by the team of Shirley Mildren, Samantha Tolchard, Philippa Oliver and Angela Lawrence.

The Seniors' (Beavers) morning started with an overcast sky and light rain, and a forecast that the rain would become heavy at about 11am.

The concern was that when the heavy rain arrived the wet course would soon become saturated. This would have meant that the course would have to close before the Winter League competition had been completed.

In the event, the rain remained light until after 1pm – in a blustery wind it was still quite wet and cold for the old boys.

The greens played quite well throughout but the fairways were becoming quite slippery as the last pairs finished their rounds.

The scores were still very acceptable with most pairs scoring over 38 points.

The winners were Charlie Averiss and Malcolm Hooper with 41points; Roger Mildren and Tony Grimmer were second with 40.

The heavy rain Sunday morning closed the course for the day so the men's competition had to be postponed once again. Not a good month for golf in Cornwall.



The two immediate post Christmas Cornwall Basketball Association (CBA) fixtures saw RNAS Culdrose 'Flyers' attempt to build on some encouraging displays with successive matches against respective Plymouth and District League sides, St Mawgan 'Storm' and Penryn 'Saracens'.

With all of their registered players available for the first time this season, the 'Flyers' home game against 'Storm' on January 23 saw the confident ball handling skills of Sean Jehu (MVP and 10pts), physicality of Shane Sanderson and mere presence of 6'8" Zac Porter clearly in evidence and complement the subtle skills and improved shooting skills of the likes of Scott Eastwood and Quammie Mechum. The problem on this occasion, was that they came up against possibly the strongest 'Storm' side fielded in the CBA League to date.

A competitive and enjoyable match throughout, although Culdrose started well and held onto 'Storm' for the first quarter, by half time Jamie Hudgell's 3-point shot (MVP and an overall haul of 24 pts) and assured control of the backboards at both ends from Nathan Glendale, Chris Jarrett and Jason Bosley had already given a clear indicator of the firepower on which 'Storm' could call. Prompted by the ever effective combination of Guards Rich Gilling and of Connor Taylor, ultimately 'Storm' ran out winners by 42 to 74, however, the 'Flyers' managed to post a clear indicator of what they can achieve provided all players are available, which was noted by CBA Chairman and 'Storm' Coach Adam Gator.

Sadly, a week later (January 28) Culdrose returned to fielding a somewhat depleted side once again and so struggled to achieve that first elusive win, which was certainly on the cards against a slightly weakened Saracens side.

After a slow start in the first quarter, coach Rob Knill was forced into an early 'Flyers' time out, which enabled them claw back some lost ground. However, Dom Lilley ('Saracens' MVP with 25pts) and Tom White (11pts) soon started to take charge of the Saracens inside and outside shooting game, particularly when Culdrose started to run their bench.

By half time Saracens led 32-17 but the THIrd quarter saw Culdrose benefit from a bit more on court experience and bring the score back to a competitive 36-29. However, the bench was run again and they lost ground once more as a general lack of team togetherness and match practice set in.

Sean Jehu (22 pts) again brought out the best in the Flyers around him, but with Dom Lilley pulling the strings of a fit and enthusiastic Saracens side – very much like the conductor of an orchestra in fact – the end result of 58 to 39 was almost inevitable and exposed the difference between the sides.



With four matches left in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker league, reigning champions STR Clinton now look home and hosed with a massive ten point lead.

However, Illogan HI A, who also looked assured of the runners-up spot last week, suffered a shock 5-0 defeat at the hands of third placed Godolphin Club, who thus gave themselves a chance to overtake them, now just four points behind.

Nigel Veal made a 49 break and Chris Timmins a 33 for Godolphin. STR Clinton beat Redruth British Rail B 4-1 on Friday, with only Jeff Goldsworthy winning a frame for the Railmen.

Phil Lane has been a prolific break maker and shone once again with breaks of 36 and 75 in his frame. After a 3-2 defeat at St Day, Penponds now look too far back in fourth place to make any impact.

Bottom team Illogan HI C already look doomed after losing 4-1 to their own B team last week.

Lanner are also looking certainties for the Division 2 title with a ten point lead over nearest rivals Park Bottom.

Last week Lanner (Wayne Nicholls 38 break) beat third placed Penponds 4-1, while Park Bottom lost 3-2 to Camborne Conservative for their second defeat in a row.

Any one of four teams could still take runners-up spot, with only four points covering Park Bottom.



Following a highly successful season, six Truro School pupils have qualified for the GB U17 or U20 European Championship teams.

The qualifiers were: men's U17 sabre, Will Deary and Josh Maxwell; women's sabre, Maria Chart and Caitlin Maxwell; men's epee, Charles Dean and women's U20 foil, Yvonne Chart.

Lucy Jupp, Fencing Coach at Truro School, said: "To have such a large number of pupils making up the GB team and coming from one club is extremely prestigious and cements Truro School's reputation as one of the best places to study and train for fencing."

"Our fencers have travelled much of Europe and clocked up around 35 hours per week of training since September, so to have qualified for the major Championships at the end of the season is testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication

"They will now compete in Jerusalem in February. The World Championship teams will be announced by the governing body in the coming days but our pupils are in a strong position to secure places for these too."

Wheelchair basketball


Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club has secured £12,000 worth of funding from two leading sport organisations to fund and develop outreach basketball clubs for young people, with and without disabilities, in the Truro and Camborne areas.

Sported, the UK's largest Sport for Development charity, has awarded Cornwall Cougars a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of specialist wheelchairs for those young people that do not own their own.

Sported is a free membership organisation which provides funding and business support to grassroots sports groups which reduce barriers to participation for marginalised groups.

As a Sported member, Cornwall Cougars has not only been able to benefit from a grant, but following support from the charity, the group has successfully bid for an additional £10,000 grant from Sport England's 'Get Equipped' programme to fund equipment and training for the outreach clubs.

Cornwall Cougars has only been in operation for little more than a year, but already has a competitive team travelling the country to play in a wheelchair basketball league and operates several outreach clubs.

The aim of the outreach clubs is to give young people with and without disabilities an opportunity to play a new sport together, break down barriers and bring young people together that would not normally be able to participate.

All equipment, including the sports specific wheelchairs, is provided and the long-term vision is to train young people and volunteers as coaches, enabling the outreach clubs to expand across the whole of Cornwall.

The first of Cornwall Cougars' outreach clubs is planned to open at Camborne Science International Academy shortly.

Andy Care, Cornwall Cougars Secretary, said: "We are utterly delighted to have been successful with these funding applications. The sports wheelchairs are expensive and we only have a limited number, now we'll be able to get more chairs and equipment to use for our new outreach clubs.

"A big thank you to Sported for their help and support."

Hannah Colston, South West Regional Manager at Sported, said: "Andy Care and his team of volunteers at Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club are incredibly driven and passionate about their sport.

"A lack of the right equipment will no longer be a barrier for young people to get involved with the sport.

"The aim is to keep expanding the outreach clubs across Cornwall so more and more young people have the opportunity to play basketball, make friends and enjoy the sport together."

To find out more about getting involved with Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club in Truro, contact Andy Care, club chairman, on 07851 462 491 or email: andy1970c@live.co.uk or check out Cornwall Cougars' Facebook page.



Truro School are investing in professional surfing coach Sam Lamiroy to help create an elite surf squad and spearhead the future of surfing in Cornwall.

Lamiroy said: "The aim of this on-going project is to help the pupils improve their surfing, at the fastest possible pace, while having as much fun as we can.

"This project will help to put Truro School firmly on the map as the school to go to for anyone wanting to engage in an array of water sports at the highest level – while also receiving a top class education

"Pupils often take to Perranporth and Crantock, making full use of the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club along the way.

"Our surfers know the importance of training outside the sea too, and are well disciplined in swimming and body strength.

Lamiroy believes coaching surfers of all abilities was the way ahead, while also teaching more theoretical aspects of surfing through pool work, fitness sessions and video analysis.

He added: "We try to give regular, structured advice for those who are new to the sport, as well as giving really complex technical, competitive and elevated level coaching to the more advanced athletes."

Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown said: "We have bought in Sam Lamiroy because we want the talented surfers at Truro School to have the best professional coach in this sport and the opportunity to take part regionally and nationally in surfing competitions."

The Academy has only just started but Lamiroy has already spoke of the remarkable improvements in performance: "I'm really excited to see what happens as the days get longer, the water gets warmer and the conditions get better.

"The surfing these kids are doing is going to go through the roof. I can't wait."

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