WORLD CUP STAR LINES UP AGAINST HELSTON:
St Agnes 36 Helston 12
Helston found themselves going down to an away Tribute Cornwall One defeat to a St Agnes side that included former England and Wasps star Josh Lewsey in their starting XV.
Craig Saunders stepped up to the plate at No.2 and Matt Nichol who normally plies his trade in the midfield fronted up as No.5.
Despite this Helston took the early lead with a well taken forward drive that saw Saunders bury his way over the line for an unconverted try. Helston then leaked a charge down try which was converted by St Agnes to make the score 7-5 after 17 minutes.
Then Saunders who had been much to the fore sustained a serious and deep gash to the outside of his right knee that would later require 19 stitches and a spell at A & E at Treliske Hospital.
This injury will keep him out of the game for many weeks as he recovers.
Replacement Harry Bowden slotted into the flank while swapping in the front row saw Ed Maddern move to hooker while club chairman Brian Hosken moved into prop. Despite all the upheaval the score remained 7-5 at the interval.
Early in the second half St Agnes scored two converted tries and a penalty to push the score out to 22-5 before a positive passage of play from Helston allowed fly half Dan Roberts to score half way in from touch to allow full back Calvin Warwick to add the extras to make the score 22-12 with 20 minute to go.
Then Helston were forced to replace their inspirational scrum half LJ Collick who had been suffering from a winding injury sustained in the first half with centre replacement Decarlo Trerise which then forced Robert into the No.9 slot.
It was only in the final 20 minutes with Lewsey calling the shots for St Agnes that saw the home side stretch away from the plucky Helston outfit.
Helston are at home this week against St Just, where they will be presented with their new first-team shirts by the owners of Wheal Dream who are sponsoring the kit this season.
TIGHT AT THE TOP:
It's all square in Division One on the Mining League after the first five weeks. STR Clinton had a good 5-0 win over new boys Lanner, writes Terry Kempe.
Steve Downing must have given himself a talking to after last week, knocking in breaks of 72 and 60 in the same frame this week. Jamie Read filled in for Bobby Southworth and made a 40 break in his frame.
Illogan HI A won a close match away to Playing Place 3-2. Chris Isaacs made a 36 break. Rob Bennetts lost to Phil Davey who played very well making a good 40 break to win. Dave Hewitt beat Brendan Isaacs.
Redruth Rail A who are going well went down 3-2 at home to Breage in a surprise result. Jason Kempthorne and Neil Rowe were the winners for Rail. Roy Good beat Rob Mason on a re-spotted black. Nathan Strick and Justin Nurse were the other two winners for Breage.
Result of the week was Illogan HI C winning 4-1 at home to Penponds, although Simon Hosking has moved to Australia to pursue a cricket career. Keith was also missing on the night. Darren Jenkin had a good win over Cornie Piredda.
St Day welcomed their first win of the season win a narrow 3-2 away win over Illogan HI B. Aiden Johns, Carl Boundy and John Dunn were the winners for St Day. John clearing the last four colours to beat veteran Peter Chegwidden on the black.
Godolphin Club won 4-1 at home to St Rumons. Chris Timmins beat Rob Charman with a good 61 break after Rob started with a 31 break. Gary Marshall was St Rumons' only winner. Young Brett Broad was unlucky in losing his frame to Ant Connor on the black. Godolphin's captain JP Williams made a fantastic 28 break.
Redruth Rail B were the side with a bye this week.
In division two, Four Lanes won 3-2 away at Radnor but would have felt it could have been more after being 3-0 up. Phil and Darren Condy were the winners for Radnor.
St Day went down 3-2 at home to Cam Cons A in what was their first win of the season. Alastair Gay played well to beat current highest break holder Peter Simmons. Steve Lovelock and Richard Mitchell were the other winners for the Cons.
Perranporth GC won 3-2 against new boys Illogan HI. D Mugford beat Sean Isaacs to earn his side the win. Connor Arthur (Illogan) made a 31 break in his frame.
Park Bottom beat Playing Place 3-2.
Cam Cons B lost 3-2 at home to Penponds which could have been worse after being 3-0 down. John Buddle and Dave Harrington were the winners for the Cons.
Porthleven won 3-2 at home to St Day B. Dean Williams played well and made a good 36 break for Porthleven.
Penponds won 4-1 at home to St Day B in the re-arranged fixture from last week. Aiden Johns was the only winner for St Day.
In division three, Stithians A had a good 5-0 win at home to Redruth Rail A.
Godolphin Cross won 3-2 away to Playing Place but only managed to field four players on the night. Ray Anderson (Cross) made a good 33 break in his frame. Jonathan Crowle (Place) beat R Gilbert 73-2 and played very well.
Illogan HI won 4-1 at home to last season's bottom side, The Hideaway Bar. There were a few close frames in the match. Mark Aleksy was the Bar's only winner.
Redruth Rail B went down 4-1 at home to Radnor. R Jenkin won the last frame against L Austen to avoid the dreaded whitewash.
Four Lanes lost 3-2 at home to Stithians B after being 2-0 up. M Mcmahon made a 22 break in his frame for Four Lanes. B Tann beat J Irwin 60-1 for Stithians. Shaun Buckingham beat Paul Westmoreland in the final frame to earn his side the win.
Kempeee's Christmas Classic (Mining League) playing for the Graham Allen Trophy sponsored by The Inn For All Seasons and The Old Shire Inn will be held on Sunday December 23 at Rack 'em Up Falmouth.
There will be a first prize of £150 based on 32 entries.
This is a handicapped one day tournament only open to players registered to play in the Mining League. Entry fee is £10.
All matches will be best of five including the final. There are 15 entries so far, so book now to avoid disappointment. For more information please contact Terry Kempe on 07772914980 or 01209 613107.
MEDAL WINNER JACKA:
Mike Jacka won Division One and the Monthly Medal on Sunday at Praa Sands with 59 net.
Full Monthly Medal results: Div One: 1/Mike Jacka 66 -7=59, 2/Nigel Waters 71 -11 =60 (L9), 3/Andy Holmes 72 -12 =60, 4/Steve Strick 69 -8 =61(L9), 5/Ray Pearce 71 -10 =61.
Div Two: 1/Tony Boyce 84 -22 =62(L9), 2/David Phillips 83 -21 =62, 3/Simon Phillips 81 -18 =63, 4/Rob Gall 92 -28 =64 on the last nine holes from 5/Fred Haynes (85 -21 =64) and 6/Matt Tregenza (81 =17 =64) respectively.
Judy Thomas won the Ladies' Monthly Medal on Saturday with 98 – 29 =69. Carole Jones was second with 90 -20 =70, Judy Harris third with 95 -23 =72 and Ann Seabrook fourth with 99 -25 =74.
Linda Gale won the Ladies' nine-hole Stableford on Wednesday with Lily Hiscott second, Diana Kelynack third and Wendy Keys fourth.
There is the Cross Country on Friday from 4pm, the Ladies play for the Stableford Cup on Saturday, and the men play a Texas Scramble on Sunday.
Next week there is a weekly Stableford (for all playing members); the Ladies play a nine-hole Stableford on Wednesday morning; the Ogres meet on Wednesday afternoon and the Hackers meet on Thursday afternoon.
RIFLE CLUB SUCCESS:
Helston's indoor Rifle Club continues to thrive and has members of all ages and abilities, competing at distances up to 25 metres with 22 small-bore rifles and 10 metres with air weapons against paper targets.
The .22 small-bore section has just commenced the busy winter season of postal and shoulder to shoulder league matches.
Postal matches are in competition with clubs and individuals nationwide, while the shoulder to shoulder matches are shot at home and away against other West Cornwall clubs.
Last Friday the small-bore team successfully beat Truro Rifle Club in an exciting finish by just one point, 488 to 487.
Scores (out of a possible 100): R Murphy 97, J Hibbitt 96, R Brown 100, T Martin 96, J Briggs 99.
The next match is against Penzance & St Ives.
WEST CORNWALL WINTER LEAGUE:
Lizard FC A gained a 6-3 win for the second successive week in Division One of the West Cornwall Pool League defeating Helston RBL D last week but trail defending champions, Wendron CC after they had a fine 7-2 win over Helston FC A.
Godolphin Club F started the season well with a 6-3 win over the Coach & Horses and the Atlantic Inn A team won again with a 5-4 win over the White Hart B team.
Comeback of the division came from the Bell Inn who trailed neighbours, Rodney Inn A 3-0 but came back well to win 5-4, singles wins coming from Al Stevens, Neal Hicks and Lee Broadbent.
Helston FC C lead Division Two after defeating Godolphin Club D 7-2 last week and Helston RBL B also won again winning the first five singles in their 6-3 win over the Killigrew Inn.
Comeback of the week came from Paris A who trailed 4-1 against Helston RFC C but they won the last singles and all three doubles to win 5-4. The Three Tuns had a big 8-1 win over Godolphin Club A thanks to singles wins from Chunk Walker, Graham Mills, Steve Hoskin, Jake Knight and Nick Knight.
Helston RFC A also came back well from a 3-1 deficit against Godolphin Club A to win 5-4. Lizard FC B defeated their C team 6-3 last week and lead Division Three but the Lion & Lamb are close behind after a 6-3 win over Mounts Bay A.
Mullion FC had to fight hard for a 5-4 win over White Hart D and wins from Ben Edwards, Jonny Gordon, Christian Gordon, Peran Treloar and Chris Brazier helped the Queens Arms to a 7-2 win over the Crown Inn.
The Five Pilchards are flying in Division Four with another big win, last week they defeated the Black Swan B team 8-1 and wins from Paul Richards, Ben Bowden, Rob Bowden, Simon Dixon, Aaron Stocks and Eric Clarke helped Constantine SC B to a 7-2 win over Paris B.
The Rodney Inn B team had a 6-3 win over the Wheel Inn and the Seven Stars defeated Red Lion B by the same score.
Restronguet SC sailors enjoyed two great races in the Frostbite series on Sunday.
The first was windy, with spectacular scenes in the Asymetric class, with the RS 800 skiffs twin trapeezing with spinnakers at high speeds. The hero of the day was Wayne Barnicoat on the rescue boat, helping out capsized juniors in their very first race.
The wind dropped and the sun came out for the second race, making it a more tactical affair with wind shifts to cope with. 11 Lasers enjoyed the close racing.
Seven Mirrors started race one, the Shepherds leading from the start to win with Rebecca/Harvey second and close result between Small Fry and Floyd. Jack & Sam (first time in a mirror) then Martin/Lewis. Jazz Laity & Chloe capsized (their very first race) and went ashore to recover with a hot chocolate.
Race two had a lower turn out with the fresh breeze taking its toll on the newer/younger sailors. Rebecca/Harvey made the best start with Martin/Lewis close behind. The Shepherds were caught out on the start, but came through into second, Rebecca/Harvey second, then the Bowdler sisters from Looe and Martin/Lewis. Lewis for helmed his first two races.
A low turnout, but high quality, with James/Europe giving his dad three attempts (capsizes) to pass, but none taken. The order in both races was Europe then GP14, which we understand is still undergoing sea trials, but clearly those guys will be fast.
Seven Fireflies took to the water for Sunday racing in varied conditions, breezy and exciting in race one and variable and nail-biting in race two. The battle for top spot in race one went to the wire, Phil & Jilly Slater (2747, Vindaloo) clinching a narrow win over Dave Sincock & Betty Wheeler (3550, Water Spider) with Geoff Hall and Hayley Goacher in a deserving third place.
In race two, the fleet remained in close order around the first lap with Vindaloo leading the pack again ahead of Water Spider. The Slaters broke clear as the wind faded, shifted and filled again with some changing of places in the chasing pack. Eventually, the fleet was led home by the same boats filling the first three places
NEWS FROM HELFORD RIVER:
Phil Philpott and Carrie Hoskins' favourite easterly wind and north easterly course favoured their last race on the Helford this season.
A busy adult and junior boat clearance day and powerboat training slightly and gratefully delayed the start during soft warm rain on Sunday. Strong winds earlier in the week had left a harvest of seaweed and broken boughs about which racers picked their way through the narrows and on to the course proper.
Keen to christen a crisp new mainsail on the penultimate race of the season Brooks was thrilled to find himself in the lead at the first of two laps on the Bosahan Toll Trebah triangle.
Risking a calmer passage by the shore from Bosahan to Ponsence cove seemed to pay off as Phil blasted past Brooks on a reach at Toll where Church and Flunder in safety stood by the remaining 6" of mussel encrusted buoy. That left Phil a couple of celebratory laps to Brooks' one on the Voose Central Trebah finishing triangle.
Results: 1st in Class: Phil Philpott RS400 Stephen Brooks Laser.
Thinking of dinghy racing next season, take a look at helfordriversc.co.uk or call 01326 231006.
TONY READY FOR BANGKOK CHALLENGE:
Tony Brittain-Jones from Porthleven will be running the Bangkok Half Marathon for charity on November 18, writes Tom Clarke.
Brittain-Jones, 27, who went to Helston Secondary School and Truro College, moved to Bangkok a year ago on an educational visa as an English Language Consultant after spending five-months travelling South East Asia.
One of Brittain-Jones' students put him in touch with the local street dog rescue charity, for whom he is hoping to raise some money .
This will be Brittain-Jones' first attempt at the half marathon, and he hopes it will encourage his students to lead more healthy lives. He also hopes that this race will precede a full marathon in due course, with next year's Hong Kong marathon a possibility.
He said: "I started running when I was 18 and since then have ran at Helston Sports Centre as well as running circuits of Cheltenham whilst studying at the University of Gloucestershire."