ST GLUVIAS RING THE CHANGES AT AGM:
It was all change at the annual meeting of St Gluvias Cricket Club, as only one of the executive officers or captains stood for re-election.
Bill Williams has relinquished the chairmanship, a position he had held for 20 consecutive seasons, and will be replaced by Jonathan Nesbitt, a home-grown cricketer who returned to the club three years ago.
Mr Williams was presented with a special award, in recognition of his 22 years in all as chairman of St Gluvias, including two seasons in the 'eighties'.
He has worked thousands of hours on the ground and has always been generous with his own finances in support of the club, but it was generally accepted that the time was right for a change at the helm.
However, Bill now slips seamlessly into the role of President, so he will maintain a place as one of the Executive Committee.
He thanked his fellow officers for their hard work in recent years and announced at the meeting that he would be donating a cup, to be awarded to the young person who contributes most to the club off the field each season.
Peter Hesketh has moved from vice-chairman to Treasurer, where he takes over from Mark Snowdon who, with his wife Diane, has transformed the club's financial situation over the past four years. The new vice-vhairman is Colin Kruse.
Mark Mitchell, heavily involved with countywide cricket administration, has also stepped down from the post of secretary.
Though no-one had been found to replace him by the annual meeting, the club is hopeful of announcing a successor at the next management committee meeting.
The newly-elected 1st XI Captain is Symon Winnan, who replaces Matthew Julian after his six seasons in charge. Barry Raiker takes on the 3rd XI next season, assisted by Phil Julian.
The only man to continue in last season's role will be Richard Bannister, who is to have a second season as skipper of the 2nd XI, this time aided by Rob Timmins.
A team is also to be entered in the Evening League, where Sam Duckham will be the Captain.
In his Secretary's Report, Mr Mitchell wrote: "In a season seemingly devoid of any real summer weather, our three Saturday teams 'only' failed to complete 17 of their 66 league matches (ie about six each) due to the conditions: 12 being cancelled and five others abandoned.
"We did fare quite well by comparison with some teams, though, as a few had as many as ten fixtures called off. As far as performances are concerned, we held our own very comfortably in all of the divisions, with only the 1st XI being disappointed with their final placing, a close 4th in Division Two.
"However, a win/loss ratio of 13 to three indicates another very decent season overall and Matt Julian deserves our congratulations for his work as Captain for the past six seasons.
"Colin Kruse led young and old with distinction in the Thirds (fifth in Division 6), holding the batting together himself on several occasions.
"Our 2nd XI which, I feel, still needs a stronger sense of purpose, may rue this lack of intensity, as it possibly cost them an adventure into Division 3 next season.
"On the positive side, the lads certainly showed what ability they have and easily claimed a top four finish.
"The 1st XI trophies were won by Jon Nesbitt, batting, and Jake Preston, who took 41 wickets this season. Jon was also voted 'Players' Player of the Season'. Mat Ambrose, with 581 runs in a horribly wet year, was the best batsman in the second team and 'skipper' Richard Bannister took the Bowling Cup. "The 3rd XI awards were won by Colin Kruse (466 runs) and veteran Brian Bawden (45 wickets @ 7.18). In the youth teams, Player of the Year awards were won by Bradley Cardell (U15) and Joseph Nesbitt (U13), the latter a most promising young player who has now featured in the CSCA teams for two seasons and will be touring South Africa with the U 13 team in February. The Cole Cup for 'Most Promising Young Player' was awarded to Jack Hesketh."
Mr Mitchell also thanked members of the Club for their tremendous help with the Cornwall Youth Cricket Festival. Members elected for no change in the Membership Fees for 2013.
The next events at the Clubroom will be the Christmas Draw and Euchre ('Turkey Trot') Evening on Saturday with a seasonal quiz the following week, Saturday the 29th. There is also a party being held on New Year's Eve.
NEW CAPTAIN ELECTED:
Budock Vean's annual meeting was well attended with club captain Richard Burton handing over to Richard Whatmore, following an inspired year as captain in which thousands of pounds had been raised for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Macmillan cancer research.
The meeting was chaired by previous president Julian Joffe in the absence of John Loughnan ,who was unfortunately unable to attend.
Club Secretary Keith Rashleigh thanked Richard Burton and The Ladies' Captain Glenys Bateson and the Seniors' Captain Des Sadler for doing such an excellent job and ensuring the club enjoyed a good year.
He wished new Club Captain Richard Whatmore and the new Ladies' Captain Lesley Upperton every success also Tony Grace the incoming Seniors ("Beavers") Captain.
All the main officers were re-elected for another year with Dennis McQuillan: treasurer; Ian Scorse: Competition Secretary. Richard Whatmore also continues as Handicap Secretary.
The following were presented with their prizes for the year:
Whiteside Rose Bowl: David Houldsworth; Admiral Harrison Scratch Cup: John Rule; Winter League: Stephen Penrose; George Benney Memorial Cup: Christian Sheer; Thomas Cup: Geoff Mills; Meneer Cup: Charlie Scorse; ETS Cups: Tony Ramsden, David Gudzij and David Houldsworth; Joe Nathan Memorial Shield: David Stevens and Stephen Crouch; Gardner Salvers: Rob Gibson and Des Sadler; Bill Rowe Memorial Cup: Geoff Mills; Worral Cup: David Houldsworth; Bill Warner Trophy: David Gibbons; Porritt Cups: Bob Hartnell and Keith Whitbread: Married Couples: John & Sue Rule; Champion of Champions: David Houldsworth; EGU Gold Medal: Barry Williams: Richard Burton Pairs Championship: David Penrose & Kevin Bate.
JUNIORS: Keith Rashleigh Shield: Charlie Scorse; Williams Shield: Emily Toy; Townsend Cup: Charlie Scorse.
Unfortunately, the Christmas Cheer event had to be abandoned on Sunday after a cloudburst at midday made the course unplayable. The event will now be replayed this Sunday.
The Ladies enjoyed their Christmas Cheer event on Wednesday with a 12-hole Stableford won by Sue Parsons with a superb haul of 26 Stableford points. Runner-up was
Nina Hann with 21 points, just pipping Gill Sulley into third on countback. The competition was followed by mulled wine and mince pies and cream.
FALMOUTH WINTER LEAGUE:
Falmouth Golf Club's Winter League at the weekend started off with 72 players competing in a two ball better ball format.
Simon Hirst and Brian Shovlin recorded a score of 42pts, the same as playing partners vice-captain Lucien Trathen and the impressive Paul Martin.
But with only five shots each Richie Perrin and Paul Huckle posted 43pts for third place, beaten on countback by Andy Acosta and L Lynch in second place. The winners though were Chris Beer and Andy J Anderson with 44pts an excellent score on a very tough day.
Special thanks to Simon Johnston and his green staff for getting the course open and up to scratch after the recent horrendous weather.
The only thing missing at Falmouth on a "Super Sunday" was snow, as to their credit 83 members braved it out with two clubs and a putter.
In third place was Malcolm Coulls with 37, three behind new member Rob James in second, but the winner with an almost unbelievable 43 points was past captain Des Britton.
LADIES' FESTIVE FUN:
The last two weeks have been full of Christmas joy and spirit at Falmouth Golf Club in the Ladies' Section.
This time of year brings fun competitions and lots of Christmas festivities for the ladies, writes Carmel Connors.
The festive Chicken Competition played over 13 holes was won by Carmel Connors with 26 points, second was Debi Hunt with 25 points and third Kath Wells with 24 points.
This was followed by the Bring and Win Competition where, in the full meaning of Christmas, everyone won a prize.
However, there is always still a winner and this was Brenda Arch with 20 points and the runner up was Kath Kelly After the competition there was melodic hand bell ringing, beautiful carol singing and a demolition of mince pies.
PENRYN BOYS TRIUMPH:
Penryn College Year 7 boys enjoyed a great afternoon at Truro College in the West Cornwall Schools' FA Indoor 5-a-side competition which was held at Truro College last week with a strong field of 12 schools.The team of Dan Steadman; Lucas Potts; Toby Webb; Kai Cornish; Finn Robinson; Harrison Maguire & Callum Thompson played some great football to reach the semi-finals where they met Hayle who they beat 5-0.
This meant a place in the final against an unbeaten Mounts Bay side.
Despite this, the Penryn outfit turned out one final performance with all seven players playing their part in a 3-2 triumph to take the title. This means the team will represent Cornwall in the South West Finals in February.
Football Development Officer Jake Ash said: "It was a fantastic day with all the sides having a fantastic experience of a different style and means of playing football. Mr Davis (the team's coach) did a great job with the Penryn boys and it was obvious they played in a style which was suited to the format.
"Four of the boys have been part of the Long Term Player Development Centre here at Penryn at some point so they have been working with the coaches for several years now – the benefit of which was evident throughout the day."
CHRISTMAS PUDDING RACE ENDS RESTRONGUET YEAR:
The final race of the year for Restronguet Sailing Club – the Christmas Pudding – took place on Sunday followed by the annual prize ceremony and Christmas lunch. An excellent entry of 42 boats took to the water, with a mass start and results based on handicap.
Conditions varied enormously throughout the race as a couple of rain fronts raced through, driving the breeze above 20 knots at times.
The race was won by current Dart World Champion Tom Phipps, with an excellent 2nd place by Josh Redgrave sailing a Laser 4.7.
Ian Thompson in a full rigged Laser grabbed 3rd, Brian Phipps sailing a Dart 4th, and Dave Sincock in 5th ensuring the Firefly fleet a top 5 place.
FROSTBITE SERIES FINALE:
The previous week some 23 boats launched for the final round of the Frostbite series at Restronguet Sailing Club when a starboard hand course was set in a shifting N/NW breeze.
During race 1 a rain front passed through kicking up the breeze, making conditions exciting, whilst testing for some resulting in a number of retirements.
By race the start of race 2 conditions had settled with everyone enjoying great sailing and racing for the final event.
The winner of the Firefly class was not settled to the final race, demonstrating the healthy competitiveness in the class.
Eight fireflies entered the final two races of the Frostbite series, with all eyes on the two clear front runners Waterspider (Sincock/Wheeler) and Kong (Lumby/Evans). First blood went to Waterspider right off the start line in Race 1, picking the right end in the difficult very shifty W/NW conditions, while Kong chose the pin-end and crossed behind the fleet. Up the first beat the fleet battled close, with Twofortea (Clarke/Bettinson) and Wikiwiki (Hall/Goacher) rounding tight behind Waterspider revelling in the increasing winds.
With the strength getting quite lively at this point the experienced duo of Peter & Dawn Langdon opted for an early retirement.
Meanwhile, Kong had made some ground back up to fourth with Metoo (Watt/Carter), Seaglass (Langshaw/Sloper) and Guys & Dolls (English & Crew) behind. Kong passed Wikiwiki on the reach and Twofortea defended second well, but Waterspider took the win, setting up an equal points showdown with Kong in the last race of the series.
The wind swung left for race two, making the pin end the favoured place to start.
Twofortea executed a precision inch-perfect port hand flier right in front of a startled Kong who themselves had made a good start on starboard with Waterspider just behind.
Within a minute the starboard tackers began to tack off, realising the layline was looming in a steadily backing wind.
Kong remained in control of Waterspider and just pipped Twofortea to the windward mark. With barely a beat, the course had become a soldiers one, with very little opportunity for boats behind to attack.
Waterspider did all she could, gambling on a return shift once or twice but to no avail. Waterspider finished third behind Twofortea with Kong out front for the win and the series.
In the Laser class 5 boats were at the start for race 1 with a mix of all three rigs sailed.
Josh Redgrave in the radial rig had a good start and lead the way up the first beat closely followed by Robin Layney in the full rig, with the two 4.7s having a close race further back.
In the second race three boats competed with Josh Redgrave leading the other radial sailed by Sydney Turner off the start.
Emily Broad on board the 4.7 rigged Laser sailed a consistent race to take 2nd on handicap.
The Asymmetric fleet of 6 boats enjoyed the changing conditions. Peter Knights B14 came out on top over the two races despite being caught out by a gust under spinnaker and narrowly avoiding the committee boat whilst finishing race 1.
Wayne Barnicote consolidated his overall position to win the Frostbite series sailing the extremely tricky and exciting Musto Skiff with skill and determination.
Results: Race 1 1st RS800 Bob Warren, 2nd B14 Peter Knight, 3rd Liam Stackpoole, Race 2 1st B14 Peter Knight 2nd Musto Skiff Wayne Barnicote, 3rd RS800 Bob Warren.
Three boats raced in the Mirror class with Niamh O'Neill & Rebecca Stephens winning both races followed by Esther & Lauren Bowdler (Looe SC) and Tony & Rufus Martin.