HELSTON YOUNGSTERS CELEBRATE FIRST VICTORY:
Calls have been made for the Bells of St Keverne to be rung, and the St Keverne Band to play for the returning Helston U12s following their first victory of the 2013-14 season, writes Stephen Brooks.
Whilst brimming with individual talent and with the potential to dominate all comers in the set piece, it has taken the U12's the season to put their collective act together.
Finally playing as a team should, players delighted, coaches, and spectators alike at the prestigious former Camborne School of Mines Memorial Ground pitch on Sunday.
The Blues put huge pressure on a tenacious and well co-ordinated Camborne from the start.
It was scrum half Joe with blistering pace who found the first gap in a masterful defence converting his own try.
Helston's scrum was well up to the task – delivering Joe the ball from whom Finn took every advantage as he whirled through to the try line.
Camborne showed their gritty character by clawing back two tries to make it even. Capitalising on a masterful run from Bailey, Guy took the pass for the first of his hat-trick to give Helston the edge by half-time.
Camborne's largest player – Gareth – was the once given free reign by the Blues but they did not make the same mistake again tackling like demons anything that looked like getting beyond a canter to contain Camborne to two converted tries in the second half.
The Cherry& Whites relentlessly hurled themselves onto Helston's barricades – and if it were for shear effort – they would have won the day.
There were several occasions when Helston's tardiness to get to the ruck or maul could have cost them the match.
Fortune however was on their side as Guy burst out from a successful maul using every bit of muscle to drive himself over and the team to a well earned win.
WOODS STARS FOR DEVON:
Helston's Bob Woods played a starring role for Devon Over-60s as they won promotion to Division One of the County Championships.
It was a long day for Woods who left The Lizard at 4.15am to meet his team-mates at Exeter, 116 miles away, at 6am.
He then travelled a further 300 miles to North Manchester to play two 3-2 games of exhausting squash and then win another game 3-2 the following morning.
It was a truly stoic performance by Woods, who travelled more than 800 miles to represent his county of birth. to make the long journey to North Manchester to play in the promotion group of Division Two against Lancashire, Oxfordshire and Durham/Cleveland.
In the first match against Oxfordshire, all games went to 3-2, with Woods in a crucial second string game losing, 9-5 in the fifth set.
Earlier Guy Davies at Number 1 had won 9-7 in the fifth, after being 2-0 down and Sam Balsdon lost 3-2.
In the second match of the day against Lancashire, Davies lost 3-1 but Balsdon trounced his opponent 3-0 and Woods beat his opponent 3-1 to ensure the bonus points went to Devon.
The Sunday morning game against Durham and Cleveland went to the wire.
A fatigued Balsdon lost 3-0, but Davies won by the same score which meant that promotion for Devon rested on a victory by Bob Woods. In a titanic struggle, Woods won a pulsating five setter 9-4 in the fifth, leaving the court drenched in sweat, after a win which ensured that Devon were second and therefore promoted to division one.
Final results: 1 Oxfordshire 31 points, 2 Devon 30 points; 3 Durham and Cleveland 25 points ; 4Lancashire 19 points.
CUP OPENER AR MULLION:
There was a big turn out for the first cup match of the season at Mullion – the George Thomas Cup.
Despite recent weather and the huge amount of rain in recent weeks, the club has remained open for play.
The winners of the twoball betterball Stableford competition, which was played over 14 holes on a wet and windy day, were Ben Crowe and Martin Higgs with 37 points and they received the trophy from club captain Dave Howe (see picture page 85).
Other placings: 2 Andrew London and Beau Meagor 36; 3 Ian Stanley and Simon Thomas (on countback) 35 pts; 4 Tom Suddes and Tony Good 34.
Mullion continues to welcome new members to one of the few courses open for play during the present awful conditions
LADIES' WINTER LEAGUE:
Mullion's ladies played in the Winter League played last week on a cool but dry winter's morning and everyone enjoyed the weather.
The winners, with 42 points, were Helen Carson and Margaret Thomas .
The last competition of 2013 was a friendly played on New Year's Eve in teams of three.
Results: 1 Gill Bayliss, Janet Penleric and Sue Johns 49pts; 2 Sharon Moyle Roseta Simmons and Dorothy Midgley 46pts.
PRAA SANDS NEWS:
A good field of 24 pairs played on Sunday in the Barry Mounter Qualifier at Praa Sands and the following 16 pairs go through to the next round:
Ryan Semmens & Steve Strick; Dave Miners & Nigel Waters; Mike Hatch & Scott Willett; Nick Watters & John Warden; Joe Hill & Gary Peters; Ray Crebo & Michael Jacka; Stuart Andrews & Ian Prowse; Ken McIlroy & Mike Hawk-Treneer; Andy Holmes & Lee McGarraghy; John Murrish & Paul Murrish; Andy Hurrell & Victor Debarros; Simon Phillips & Dave Rollason; Andrew Hadwin & Jess Willard; Jim Duffield & Fred Hayne; Tony Boyce & Barry Knowles and Phil Hales & Ed Leah.
The Seniors Monthly Medal Results: 1/Rod Jones 80 -23 =57; 2/Fred Hayne 85 -21 =64 (L9); 3/Alan Lawrence 82 -18 =64; 4/Jim Blain 92 -17 =65.
The Ladies' Team Matchplay 'Cornwall v The Rest' played on Saturday was won by the Cornwall Team.
In the first round of the Ogres' Bennett Cup the winner was Rod Jones, with Mel Smith second, Fred Hayne third and Alan Lawrence fourth.
On Saturday the Ladies play a Dallas Scramble and on Sunday the men play Round One of The Barry Mounter Trophy. Next week the ladies play on Wednesday morning and the Ogres play in the afternoon.
FINE WEEK FOR HELSTON FC:
Helston FC A enjoyed a good week last week in Division One of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League as they gained an 8-1 win against the Rodney B team, while defending champions, Wendron CC A lost 5-4 against Godolphin Club F, writes Anthony Williams.
Godolphin Club F trailed 3-1 despite Andy Bright winning the first frame of the night, but wins from Malcolm Fox and Mark Buchanan made it 3-3 and then two doubles wins ended Wendron's unbeaten record.
Lizard FC A had a 6-3 win over St Keverne Band Club and Rodney Inn A drew level in the table with their B team after an 8-1 win over the Coach & Horses.
The Atlantic Inn A team had a fine 6-3 win over Helston RBL A to move off the bottom.
Mullion FC A had to fight hard for a 5-4 victory in Division Two against Paris A but remain top and Helston RFC A gained a couple of points on them with a 7-2 win over Helston RFC C, singles wins coming from Nick Butterill, Alan Brown, Richard Glasson, James Trounson and Shane Orchard.
Helston RBL B had a big win defeating Godolphin Club A 8-1 but it wasn't the biggest of the week as the Lion & Lamb A team won 9-0 against Helston RFC B.
White Hart C were 2-1 down against Bell Inn A but fought back well to earn themselves a 6-3 victory.
Helston CC A remain top of division 3 but have not started 2014 very well, last week they won 5-4 against Lion & Lamb B after trailing twice during the match.
Wendron CC B won all six singles in a 7-2 win over the Mounts Bay but are just in third spot behind the Angel Hotel A team who moved into second spot with an 8-1 win over Breage SC. Sarah Gallant, Ged Strachan, Simon Makin, Dave Gater and Mike Webb all won their singles.
The Harbour got back to form and are still very much in contention after a 6-3 win over Helston RFC D and Mullion FC B had a 6-3 win over Lizard FC C.
Helston FC B hold onto to top spot in Division Four after a 6-3 win against Potters Bar A.
Red Lion A battled back from being 3-2 down to win 6-3 against Atlantic Inn B and Out of the Blue won all 6 singles in their 8-1 win against Red Lion C. Ron Matthews, Paul Martin, Nathan Rogers John Jobling, Liam Mconville and Lee Edmunds all won their singles.
Red Lion B trailed the Seven Stars 4-2 but won all three doubles to win 5-4. Wendron defeated Helston RFC C 5-3 in a preliminary round of the team knockout.
Many thanks for all the cards, texts and best wishes concerning the passing away of my dad. It is very much appreciated.
CLINTON CONTINUE ON TITLE TRAIL:
Reigning champions STR Clinton hold a six point lead over nearest pursuers Illogan HI A in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, and with a ten point lead over third-placed Penponds are odds-on to gain honours again this season.
On Friday, Clinton beat struggling Illogan HI C 4-1, a result which was equalled by second-placed Illogan HI A at St Day.
Carl Boundy was the only winner for St Day with a 44 clearance, while Nick Mutter (40 break) and Chris Isaacs (35 break) played well for Illogan A.
Penponds had a good match with Redruth British Rail A, winning 3-2, with John Winn knocking in a 41 break for the Railmen. Godolphin Club are just behind Penponds in fourth place after beating the Rail B team 3-2, with Chris Timmins again on the mark with a 35 break for Godolphin. There was an interesting frame in the Illogan HI B v Playing Place match, where Victor Wills made a 32 break, only to lose to Place's Phil Davey (30 break). Playing Place came out 3-2 winners. Elsewhere Breage won 3-2 at St Rumons.
Lanner have lost only one match (their first) in Division 2 and are in a strong position to bounce straight back to Division 1 after one season, with a seven point lead over nearest rivals Park Bottom. Lanner beat Illogan HI 5-0 last week to strengthen their position at the top. Park Bottom won 3-2 at Four Lanes to complete the double, with Clarence Richards coming back from a big deficit against Peter Dower with the aid of a 22 break followed by a 32 clearance.
Penponds, 4-1 winners at Porthleven and Playing Place, who lost 3-2 to Camborne Conservative, are in joint third place, one point behind Park Bottom. St Day, struggling so far this season, had a welcome 3-2 victory at Radnor to stay above them and Illogan HI at the bottom.
St Ives, despite dropping two frames at Camborne Conservative, continue to dominate Division 3, and have lost only nine frames in eleven matches, and, with an eleven point lead, look almost home and hosed.
Redruth British Rail A moved above St Day into second place by beating them 4-1 last week.
The British Rail B team are in fourth place after winning 3-2 at Four Lanes, with the aid of a 35 break from Ray Anderson, the latter already holding the highest break with a good 54.
Team captains are asked to check that any results cards sent in are addressed correctly, as one or two have been going astray recently. Full results, including players' names and scores must be included, whether by email or card.
LEAGUE MOURN DEATH OF STALWART DAVID SMITH:
The West Cornwall snooker world is in mourning this week with the sad news of the sudden death of former West Penwith League results and fixtures secretary David Smith, writes Nathan Strick.
David, who hailed from St Ives, devoted many years to Penwith snooker and everyone who was blessed to know him would agree that the West Penwith Snooker League would not be in the position it is today without this man.
The funeral service will be held at 1pm today at Treswithian Crematorium, Camborne. The league wishes to send its thoughts to David's loved ones at this sad time. David Smith – gone but never forgotten.