CRUCIAL WIN FOR HELSTON IN SAFETY FIGHT:
St Just 15 Helston 17
Helston just overcame a resurgent St Just to gain a priceless away victory that starts to put breathing space between themselves and the bottom of the Tribute Cornwall One League.
Director of coaching Dave "Daisy" Adams summed it up the performance afterwards.
He said: "It didn't have to look good – it just had to work."
With a scattering of showers and several players unavailable, Helston were forced to select prop Will Curtis in the engine room of the second row, alongside youngster Matt Nicholl.
Meanwhile out wide Kaba Iferemi and Tubu Masana the Fijian pair returned from service with the Royal Navy to bolster what was already a strong back line led by club stalwart and scrum half LJ Collick.
The captain for the day was the experienced campaigner Steve Vincent.
Playing against the slope and the wind in the first half Helston looked dangerous from the outset and with the back line looking sharp it was not long into the half when centre Lee Gaskell drove through the heart of the St Just defence and with support from the forwards crashed over near the post to give the visitors a well deserved try which fullback Calvin Warwick duly converted.
At times the Helston backs almost seemed to have the line st their mercy but the final pass just did not go to hand.
Eventually Warwick added a penalty and then Gaskell made a break before off loading to Tubu non the wing.
With power of purpose and a deft couple of side steps he cruised under the posts to score a magnificent try to give Helston a lead of 17-0.
Just before half time St Just replied with a try from a driving lineout to make the half time score 17-5 to Helston.
St Just rallied themselves in the second half and narrowed the scores with a penalty.
Eventually after a series of repeat offences replacement flanker Ben Osborne was sin-binned.
Despite this the Helston defence hung on and they were eventually were restored to full strength.
St Just were unable to break through until the final whistle when an unconverted try from a driving line out made the final score 17-13 to the visitors.
Helston entertain Perranporth in a rearranged league fixture this Saturday – kick off 2.30pm.
The annual Boxing Day fixture follows and in addition the new club steward Gary Smith is expecting a full house with all the usual Boxing Day festivities as the Past XV take on the Present XV in the traditional encounter. All are welcome and this Boxing Bay game kicks off at 11am.
CLUB SHOCKED BY DEATH OF FOUNDER MEMBER:
The ladies' competition at Praa Sands on Saturday was abandoned when Chris Tonkin, a founder member of the club, collapsed and died on the course.
She will be sadly missed and our heartfelt sympathy is with Frank, Hilary, Andrew and family.
Ann Seabrook won the Ladies' Wednesday Stableford with 21 points.
Judy Thomas was second with 18, Judy Harris third with 17 and Jennifer Chambers fourth with 16.
Dave Miners won Division One and the Men's Monthly Medal at Praa Sands on Sunday with 56 net.
Full Monthly Medal results: Div One: 1/Dave Miners 70 -14 =56, 2/Steve Strick 67 -08 =59 (L9), 3/Nick Watters 73 -14 =59 (L3), 4/Mike Hatch 70 -11 =59. Div.Two~ 1/Rod Jones 80 -23 =57, 2/David Prowse 77 -18 =59 (L9), 3/Alun Dixon 76 -17 =59 (L6), 4/John Clapson 87 -28 =59.
Next weekend the Ladies play a Stableford (Chicken Chuckle) on Saturday and the men play a Stableford (for Christmas Fare) on Sunday.
The following week is Christmas Week and there is the Boxing Day Bank Holiday Stableford (for all playing members) on Wednesday, the ladies play on Saturday and the men play a Stableford on Sunday.
CARN BREA CELEBRATE PROMOTION TO TOP FLIGHT:
Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club have had much to celebrate this week after gaining promotion into the First Division of the Arena national swimming league.
This follows a gruelling series of inter club swim meets in 2012 where the CBHSC team pitched themselves against 18 other clubs from the western area – an area which covers Wales and Gloucester right down to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
Strong finishes in earlier rounds in Bath and Bristol saw CBHSC qualify for the league final in Weston-super-Mare last weekend where they finally emerged a very close second overall, and earning themselves a place in the first division.
One of the strengths of Carn Brea and Helston as a swimming club lies in the talent the club holds across all of the age ranges.
The league team comprised swimmers aged from nine years up to 24-years-old, all succeeding within their respective age groups and gaining valuable points for the club.
Over the 2012 series members of the CBHSC team clocked up a staggering 70 personal best individual times and created 20 new club relay records.
Propulsion into the first division is a fitting tribute for a club which has grown so much in stature over the past couple of years.
The appointment of Michael Kent as Head Coach in 2010 saw CBHSC 14th in the league – a figure which steadily rose to 11th in 2011 up to 2012's triumphant second place.
Kent was very proud of the swimmers' achievements.
He said: "It was an amazing performance by all of the team.
"Everyone cheered and supported each other. The result was a tremendous testament to how far the club have come over the last two years. We are now looking forward to the higher quality of competition we will face in Division One."
HELSTON GO TOP:
Helston RBL A are the new leaders of Division One of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League after an 8-1 win over Helston RBL D last week. Chris Williams lost his unbeaten singles record for the D team.
Lizard FC A edged out St Keverne Band Club 5-4 and are level on points with the leaders but have played an extra game while Wendron CC also won 5-4 against Godolphin Club F.
Constantine SC A came back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat Helston FC A 5-4 and the Bell Inn won 5-4 after being 3-0 up and 4-3 down against the Atlantic Inn A team.
Form team of the division are definitely the Rodney Inn A team at the moment, they whitewashed the Coach & Horses 9-0 with singles wins coming from Fabian Johns, Connor Hastings, Stu Thomas, Paul Bassett, Tony Bungay and Paul Tresidder.
Division Two leaders, Helston FC C had a bye last week but still lead Division Two by 10 points.
The Black Swan A team had a 5-4 narrow win over Paris A as did Helston RBL B against Helston RFC A and wins from Jamie Borrett, Bill Williams, Martyn Jeffery, Charlie Farley and George Patterson helped Godolphin Club D to a 7-2 win over their B team.
Killigrew Inn look like being the biggest challengers to the title after an 8-1 win last week against Godolphin Club A moved them into third spot with games in hand.
Wins from Dylan Vamplew, Tom Hunter, Mick Povey and Tony Jones helped Mounts Bay A to a 4-0 lead of Division Three leaders, Mullion FC but the division leaders fought back well winning the next three frames however they couldn't stop the Mounts Bay A team getting a 5-4 win.
The Lion & Lamb had a 6-3 win over Lizard FC C while Lizard FC B had a 5-4 win over the Crown Inn and both teams are close behind the leaders.
Queens Arms B came from 3-1 and 4-3 down to win 5-4 against White Hart E and White Hart D had better fortunes winning 7-2 against Helston RBL E.
Queens Arms A lead Division Four after a 6-3 win against the Seven Stars and wins from Ray Boyt, Jake Lane, Mark Murphy and Adam Cash helped the Black Swan B team to a 7-2 victory over Rileys B.
Red Lion A won 6-3 against the Potters Bar as did Atlantic Inn B against Red Lion B and elsewhere the Wheel Inn won a close match against Constantine SC B 5-4.
All competitions will now start in the new year. Schedule will appear on the website next week and draws will be announced soon.
CHAMPIONS EDGE TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH:
This week saw reigning Mining League Division 1 champions STR Clinton take on last year's runners-up Illogan HI A and STR came out on top with a hard fought 3-2 home win, writes Terry Kempe.
Jamie Read, undefeated so far this season, knocked in the highest break of the week with a 44 in his frame against Brendan Isaacs. Graham Denning beat Chris Mcavoy and Bobby Southworth beat Alan Hurley, who has now lost his last two frames after being undefeated before them.
Chris Isaacs and Nick Mutter were the winners for Illogan.
Illogan HI C won the derby with their own B side 3-2 which was only their second win of the season.
Kieran Lynch, Victor Wills and Dan Duffey were the winners for the C side. Jason Simmons and Maurice Hicks replied for the B side. Playing Place had a good 3-2 away win at St Day. Thornton Crawford beat Dave Annear after Dave had made a 35 break early on in the frame.
Dave needed one snooker on the colours then potted all the colours and finished perfect on the black but missed it off the spot to win the frame.
Martin Bawden beat Aiden Johns on the black and Phil Davey was their other winner against Ant Williams. Carl Boundy and John Dunn were the winners for St Day. Lanner went down 3-2 at home to Redruth Rail B.
Darren Davey, Darren Murrish and Dan Spry were the winners for Rail.
Graham Vercoe continued his good form with a 40 break this week to follow his 37 from last week and Dave Thomas was Lanner's other winner.
St Rumons had a good 3-2 away win against Penponds. Andrew Martin beat Dave Martin and Rob Charman beat Cornie Piredda on the pink.
In division two, Illogan HI went down 3-2 at home to St Day B. Connor Arthur and Chris Isaacs won for Illogan. Aiden and Mike Johns and Micheal Lugg were the winners for St Day.
St Day A won 3-2 at home to Perranpoth GC. David Bolt made a 32 break in his frame. Peter Simmons and Percy Hosking were the other winners for St Day. J Stanforth and A Taylor replied for Perranporth.
Radnor went down 3-2 at home to Porthleven. Nigel Cowls, Dean Williams and D Johns were the winners for Porthleven. Jon Barber and Phil Condy were the winners for Radnor.
Camborne Conservative A won 3-2 at home to Park Bottom with wins from Alex Lane, Alastair Gay and Mike Loncar. Jason Opie (28) and P Roberts replied for Park Bottom. Four Lanes won 4-1 at home to Camborne Conservative B with Damien Trease making a 30 break to win his frame for the Cons.
Playing Place beat high flying Penponds 3-2 at home with wins from C Lawry, Jamie Macquish and M Lawry. C Thomas and M Rowe won for Penponds.
Godolphin Cross won 4-1 at home to Stithians B. Stithians A won 3-2 at home to Playing Place. Jonathan Crowle and J Butler were the winners for Place. R
Redruth Rail A went down 3-2 at home to Illogan HI after being 2-0 up. There were two byes this week which were Four Lanes and Redruth Rail B. There was also a no result in the match between Hideaway Bar and Radnor.
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PHANTOMS END ON A HIGH:
Illogan U12s 1 Culdrose Phantoms 5
Culdrose Phantoms U12s travelled to Illogan for their final fixture of 2012.
With three players missing some had to play out of their normal positions. The first half was fairly even, finishing 1-1, but Culdrose were unlucky after a penalty from James hit both posts and came out.
Culdrose continued to improve in the second half and began to dominate the game eventually coming away 5-1 winners with two well worked goals from Nathan and a third hat-trick of the season for James. Bailey was voted Man of the Match on his debut for the team.
Manager John Dark was delighted with his team's performance. He said: "A great performance lads."