UNITED SLIP TO TRELAWNY LEAGUE DERBY DEFEAT:
Frogpool-Cusgarne 3, Redruth Utd Res 2
For the second week running, Redruth failed at the last hurdle, leaving them in a false position in Trelawny Division Two.
On three minutes, Callum Salmon passed to Guy Johnson whose shot rebounded for Morow Sanneh to head the Reds ahead.
On the quarter hour Tony Barber crossed for Johnson to chip the keeper for the second, but Frogpool then came back with a scrappy goal involving a lot of rebounds, Redruth's vulnerability at corners was highlighted when the home side headed home from a corner to equalise.
Redruth were strangely denied late winner when from a Kyler Letcher corner, a Martin Adams bullet header clearly crossed a foot over the line only to be disallowed. Keeper Chris Bolitho then produced a great save with the striker having all the goal to shoot at but in the 97th minute Frogpool once again headed in from a corner for the winner.
Man of the Match: Dale Adams.
REDS LIFT RODDA'S CUP:
After 130 years of friendly rivalry the Redruth U12s challenged their counterparts in Camborne to their own version of the Rodda Cup.
Boxing Day saw Redruth and Camborne U12s travel to Camborne's Rec to play in their inaugural Rodda Cup, Redruth U12 Head coach Martyn Daughtery organised the game and spoke to Roddas to see if they could play for their very own milk churn. Rodda's didn't just provide one, they provided both teams and their coaches with an individual urn of their own, full of fudge.
The game started brightly with both teams giving neither side an inch, good possession and play saw the ball taken to either end without score. It wasn't until the 15th minute that Redruth managed to turn the ball over and it found its way to Jouan Rowe who powered through to score and make the half-time score 5-0.
The second half saw Redruth play towards the main stand and they played with renewed vigour. Camborne, however, were working to a different script and despite many attempts to score Camborne dug deeper and deeper to stop them. Three times Redruth went over the line but were held up each time, deep into the half Jouan again found himself in the right place to take the ball over the whitewash for his second of the day.
With moments left Redruth were again putting pressure on Camborne but the ball was kicked to touch and the ref's whistle sounded to end a fantastic game. Both teams were presented with certificates and an individual milk urn kindly provided by Rodda's for the boys to remember the day.
Team and scorers: James Curnow, Ewan George, David Gardner, Sam Hicks, Tom Morrison, Joshua Hocking, Jouan Rowe (2T) , Lewis Wills, Kieran Daughtery, Callum Grohmann, Jago Ford, Samuel Churchill, Dominic Tressider, Harry Drew, Bailey Rogers, Devin Stephens.
REDS MAKE CUP PROGRESS:
Wadebridge Camels 7, Redruth 12
The young Reds have been County Cup champions for the last four years, but they could not have come closer to losing than they did in this match.
Trailing 7-5 in injury time, the Reds launched one final attack and No8 Dan Head burst through on half way to run 50 metres to score under the posts with the last play of the game, to bring to and end a game where both teams showed tremendous commitment and skill, and were a credit to their clubs.
The Reds had the better of the first half and deservedly went in 5-0 ahead, following an excellent break and chip ahead by centre Rhys Gilbert, but the second half was a different story.
The large home pack, with the rain and wind behind them got on top, with their half backs kicking downhill into the corners. Dan Reed, son of British Lion, Andy Reed, at No8 was almost over on two occasions, and eventually the home pack rumbled over, with a touchline conversion giving them the lead with 15 minutes to go.
The Reds refused to lie down, and showing great spirit, ran the ball from all over the pitch in the driving rain, with Rhys Gilbert bursting clear with five minutes legt, only to be called back for a forward pass, before Dan Head's tremendous run settled the game.
Reds squad: Adam Britland, Mikey Govan, Sean Ellis, Tom Woodbridge, Josh Andrewartha, Alex Knuckey, Dylan Fuller-Jones, Adam Pascoe, Adam Wright, Jack Moorhouse-Hoyle, Dean Symons, Dan Head, Sam Carroll, Harry Nurhonen (capt), Harry Searle, Rhys Gilbert, Liam Jolly, Joel Griffet, Dan Kelland, Jack Griffiths, Jamie Dodds.
Scorers: Tries: Rhys Gilbert, Dan Head; Conversion: Harry Searle.
HAYLE RFC MINI JUNIOR MATCH REPORTS:
Hayle U11s 69, Helston 0
Hayle welcomed Helston to the Memorial Park for the first contest of 2014.
The young lions come off the back a couple of impressive wins from last year and fielded a strong team that was full of confidence. It did not take long for Hayle to unlock the Helston defence and within minutes Curtis Salter opened the scoring for Hayle with a great 20 metre ball carry.
However, Helston dug deep and were able to use their forwards to good effect and disrupt momentum. Hayle's Curtis Watson received a great pass putting him in space and breached the Helston try line for a second time for a 10-0 lead.
Hayle were in the ascendancy and dominated the first half with further tries by Ben Rosevear (2) and Kyle Treloar.
Hayle went in at half time with a 37-0 lead with 12 points by fly half Ross Keeler.
Helston showed real belief and character in the second half but it was the sustained barrage of pressure that took its toll as Hayle scored two tries in quick succession by Curtis Watson and Curtis Salter, putting the game well out of reach.
In the final phases Max Pickin made his mark when receiving the ball on the wing and did well to stay inside the touch line and ground the ball cleanly.
Hayle were in full control, and playing some fluent rugby made space for Kyle Treloar to finish the game. Fly half Ross ended the contest with his eight successful conversion to round off an emphatic victory for the hosts.
LEWARNE TARGETS RETURN TO THE EMIRATES:
Redruth Triathlete Mark Lewarne is still hopeful of a return to Dubai in early 2014 to defend his title at the Abu Dhabi Yas Tri, around the Formula One circuit in the United Arab Emirates.
Lewarne, who had a highly successful start to the year in Dubai, won the prestigious race around the iconic F1 venue where German ace Sebastian Vettel was recently crowned world champion, and was also placed second in the Dubai 2XU championship race during his time in the Emirates and is hopeful of a return next year.
He said: If I look back and reflect on what I have achieved over in Dubai this year it's been massive.
"I've had a great experience over there, some fantastic results, and am one of only a few people to have won a race around the F1 circuit in Abu Dhabi, so standing on the podium there was really special and watching the recent Formula One race from the same venue a few weeks ago gave me a shiver."
He added: "It is still in the balance whether I return or not. Obviously I'm keen to go back and defend my title and all depends like many sports these days on the financial implications and people are not so quick at giving money away these days.
"I have had a break from training since the summer and missed this year's World Championships in London because of injury and only now starting to gain back some fitness, so in terms of getting back what I have lost over the past few months I feel that shouldn't be a problem.
"Sometimes a break can freshen you up as an athlete and can be a positive thing and I actually feel better for having a rest."
Jenson Button, also a keen triathlete, spends a fair amount of time between races training in Dubai and is keen to give Lewarne a race around the circuit for a triathlon.
Lewarne said: "It was great to spend time training and working with him, not only is he a F1 legend but a great bloke and top athlete so would love to buzz around that circuit with him.
"Jenson would love to beat me as well, and it would be ironic if he did, as he has never won a Formula One race around Abu Dhabi and finished way down in 12th a few weeks ago.
I would get him by a few minutes on the swim and lose out to him on the bike as he is particularly strong in that discipline. When it comes to the run, we are both pretty strong so anything could happen.
"We had a good battle during a minor race out there back in April and I just got ahead of Jenson on a sprint finish, so there is definitely some revenge on his mind for sure. It would be a great battle."
WEST CORNWALL WINTER LEAGUE:
There is no change at the top of Division One as both Wendron CC and Helston FC A won 7-2 last week, writes Anthony Williams.
Wendron gained seven against Rodney Inn B and Helston FC A had their seven against St Keverne Band Club. Lizard FC A also had seven against the Coach & Horses while Helston RBL A had a 6-3 win against the Rodney Inn A team.
White Hart B were another team who won 7-2 against Godolphin Club F and the Atlantic Inn A team showed better form winning 6-3 against Constantine SC A, singles wins coming from John Collins, JP Collins, Justin Uren, J Perry and Ben Santi.
Mullion FC A started 2014 they way they left 2013 winning 6-3 against Helston RFC C to remain top of division 2. Their nearest challengers Helston RFC A didn't start the year so well, losing 5-4 to Helston RBL B and Godolphin Club B had a fine 7-2 win against White Hart C.
Paris A had a 5-4 win over the Lion & Lamb A team and wins from Chris Stringer, Simon Strong, Dan O'Shaughnessy and Dave Hunt helped Helston RBL D to a 6-3 win over Helston RFC B.
White Hart A started 2014 with a 7-2 win over Godolphin Club A.
Result of the week came from the Crown Inn as they defeated previously unbeaten Division Three leaders, Helston Cricket Club 6-3.
They lost the first two singles games and then wins from Tara Rogers, Dave Tallboys, Brendan Duckworth and Wayne Rogers put them into a 4-2 lead and they then took two of the doubles frames to gain victory.
Black Swan also won 6-3 against the Five Pilchards and Wendron CC B defeated the Harbour Inn by the same score while Angel Hotel A had yet another 6-3 win defeating the Mounts Bay.
In the only game that wasn't 6-3 in Division Three, Lizard FC C won 5-4 against Lion & Lamb B.
Helston FC B lead Division Four and had a 6-3 victory over the Wheel Inn while Potters Bar B defeated Red Lion A 5-4 with singles wins coming from David Cheetham, Charlie Cheetham, Chris Ensink and Luc Evans.
Seven Stars recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win 6-3 against out of the blue and the Bell Inn B team won 7-2 against Red Lion C.
All the knockout draws have been distributed to each club, if you have still not received a copy please speak to Rob Williams or myself.
Lastly, it is with deep sadness to announce that the oldest player to have played in the league, Bill Williams (my dad), passed away last weekend at the age of 88. He played in the league right up to the age of 87 and was a great character.
He will be sorely missed by the league and especially by me.
Dad's funeral is Friday, January 17, 1pm at Troon Methodist Chapel for anyone wishing to attend.
No flowers, instead donations will be spit between Troon Cricket Club, Praze Cricket Club and Helston Cricket Club.
COMMERCIAL DUO SCOOP SCOTCH DOUBLES PRIZE:
Commercial Hotel's Robin Cripps and Dominic Clemens won the Christmas pool scotch doubles at the St Rumon's Club in Redruth.
With 27 pairs entering on the day the event started with the group stages with the pair overcoming Phil Lane and Gareth Ball 2-1, followed up by another 2-1 win over Brett Broad and his partner.
The last group game set up a match against Shaun Vosper and Mark Harvey and just got over the line with a 2-1 win.
The pair then raised their games with comfortable 3-0 wins in the quarters and semi finals, which set up a final against Kalvin Ashwood and Andy Jory.
The Commercial pair raced into a 3-0 lead, only to be clawed back to 3-2 before Robin pulled off a good final black to secure the £200 prize fund on their doubles debut.
REDRUTH ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEW MEMBERS:
Redruth Pigeon Club which has been in existence for more than 50 years and in its hey day had 40 flying members. Today it is down to 12 members, who fly with the Cornish Combine and bird race anywhere up to 300 miles a week in the summer months.
President Frankie Hole has got the club to open its boundaries, so they can take flyers from other areas, which seems to be working well and has seen new members entering for this year.
To help keep the club running each year, open shows on Sunday afternoons are held where members can meet and have a great raffle – where else but Cornwall would you get a pair of wood pigeons, a rabbit and a brace of pheasants in the draw?
With plenty of tea and coffee, a great afternoon is had by everyone. As for the show ring it is the best in Cornwall and is well known. You have not won till you have won at Redruth, with more than 300 birds in a class and 400 shown over the five weeks to win, it is something to be proud of.
This year's winners were: Levern Young; JF Jones and Sons; Mr and Mrs K Nix; Frankie Hole; Mr and Mrs Watson from Truro and the Elliot Bros of Hayle.
The standard was good throughout and the club thank the outside members for their support this year.
Top young bird – Elliot Bros of Hayle; best hen – Mr and Mrs Ken Nix; best cock – Mr and Mrs Frankie Hole and daughter.
ANGELA WINS HAYLE RUNNERS CAPTAIN'S CUP:
Angela La Brash, from Halsetown, near St Ives, was awarded the Captain's Cup at a Hayle Runners presentation evening.
Hayle Runners captain Craig Tonkin said he felt that Angela was a very promising newcomer to the club who had run her first marathon in club colours during the year.
She followed it with two more before the year had ended and has already signed up to run both the London and the Edinburgh Marathon this year.