HELSTON DIG DEEP TO REACH COUNTY U15 FINAL:
Helston U15s 10, Wadebridge Camels 7
Helston reached the final of the Cornwall Cup with a gritty semi-final win at the King George V Playing Field on Sunday.
It was always going to be a tough, physical encounter between two evenly matched sides and a few weeks previously, Helston were on the wrong side of a 13-5 scoreline when they travelled to Wadebridge for a friendly fixture.
Before the game Helston U15s were presented with their new playing shirts, kindly sponsored by Paul & Maundrell Chartered Accountants, Premier Cleaning Services, Richards Farm Shops of Hayle and the "Montreal Merlin Maple Men" of RNAS Culdrose.
Thanks must also go to Peter Fraser of Harbour Lights, Falmouth for his kind donation.
Having lost the toss, Helston were always going to spend most of the first half defending as the powerful Wadebridge pack provided their half backs with plenty of opportunity to utilise the windy conditions.
Helston rarely ventured into the visitors "22", but looked threatening when they did.
Excellent forward play allowed the Helston backs to penetrate, only for poor handling to cause the final pass to go astray.
Wadebridge seemed encamped in the Helston half for what seemed like an eternity and only heroic defending by the home pack kept them at bay.
Playing against the wind, it meant that Helston could not ease the pressure easily by kicking the ball away, so chose to run the ball instead.
Great pressure from the visiting midfield saw Helston throw a pass that was intercepted for a simple try for the visitors under the posts, which was converted to put the Camels 7-0 up.
The second half began where the first half finished, with pressure being applied by the visiting pack and Helston trying to attack using the pace of their backs.
Wadebridge were able to do what Helston couldn't in the first half and cleared their lines by kicking long, but this simply allowed the Helston back three to counter attack and they began to apply more and more pressure to the visitors.
This pressure eventually caused the visitors to give away a penalty in front of their posts some 30m out. Having selected to take the three point option Dan Duval calmly sent the ball through the centre of the posts to leave Helston 7-3 down.
Further pressure straight from the restart from the Helston forwards saw the home side camp in the Wadebridge half, phase after phase was played but with no end result.
Following one of these phases the ball was spilled out of a ruck and pounced on by Harry Dark, with quick recycling and slick handling, Helston scored in the corner by winger Finley Holden. With a tough conversion taken by Dan Duval dissecting the uprights Helston clung on to finish the game victorious.
Helston now meet Redruth in the CRFU county cup final on Sunday March 24 at a venue to be decided.
Helston 5 Stithians 77
Despite the scoreline, Helston never gave up the fight to be in this Tribute Cornwall League One game.
With several players not available and the drying ground condition suiting Stithians' running game this was always going to be a tall order for the home side.
But full back Calvin Warwick tackled himself into the ground and captain and centre Ross Williams also lead from the front and pushed his team to the limits. Yet almost every time Helston turned over possession Stithians were able to score.
The half time scoreline was 41-0 to the visitors and to rub more salt into the wounds Helston were forced to bring off their stalwart scrum half LJ Collick just after half-time.
However, Helston were buoyed be the arrival of Harry Bardsley following an 18-hour flight from the Falkland Islands and his perseverance lead to Helston's only try of the game.
With the visitors able to bring on more fire power from the bench, the score continued to run away from the home side. Helston are at St Just this Saturday.
The King George V outfit have received good news in that first team coach Guy Pallett looks certain to remain as a key figure in the coaching set up for next season, following his impending transfer from the RAF to the Royal Navy.
Head of senior coaching Dave "Daisy" Adams said: "Although today was a heavy defeat, all the players that we had available tried their best and the good news about Guy and his future means that we hope to have a stronger and more robust coaching team from now and through to start of next season."
PRAA SANDS NEWS:
Victor Debarros, Phil Hales, Joe Hill & Ray Pearce won the Men's Texas Scramble at Praa Sands on Sunday with 48.9 net.
Jim Duffield, Roy Hillyar, Ken McIlroy & Jess Willard were second with 51.6, Mike Jacka, Gary Thomas, Francis Vickerstaffe & John Worden third with 53.8 and John Murrish, Paul Murrish & Chris Parkinson fourth with 57 on the last nine holes from Alun Dixon, William Giddings, Mike Hichens & Simon Phillips.
In the latest round of the Men's Winter League Stableford Ray Crebo was first with 40 points. Andy Holmes was second with 37, Simon Phillips third with 34 and John Friggens fourth with 32.
In the final round of the Ladies' Winter League Stableford on Saturday Judy Thomas won with 33 points. Alison Jacka was second with 31, Gail Hatch third with 30 and Judy Harris fourth with 28.
Anne Griffiths won the Wednesday morning nine hole Stableford with 19 points. Phyllis Williams was second with 15 points on countback from Judy Harris and Jennifer Chambers respectively.
Mullion Golf Club Ladies' Cancer Care for Cornwall Cup was won by Helen Carson. The competition is one of the ladies' charity cups and as it is a local charity, attracts a large entry.
All entry money goes to the charity which benefited by £56. Helen finished top on 37 Stableford points, with Margaret Howells second on 35 and Rebecca Gush third on 31 points on countback from Margaret Richardson.
MULLION LOSE 2-0 LEAD:
Mullion Res 2 Frogpool-Cusgarne 3
After last week's excellent cup performance at Cury, this Trelawny League Division 2 game was definitely a 'game of two halves' for Mullion, writes JF Williams.
Frogpool came into the game on the back of six straight defeats. and it showed early on when a loose pass was picked up by Chris Collins.
The ball was played through to Alex Carey who shot early. The Frogpool keeper did well to parry it but again it dropped to Carey and his follow up was blocked by a defender, with the goalkeeper dropping on to the loose ball.
Mullion suffered a blow on 15 minutes, when Jago Rosevear went in for a challenge on the edge of the centre circle. He seemed to catch his studs in the ground and stayed down. After a few moments of treatment on the pitch, he limped off, unable to carry on.
Mullion finally settled back into game and on 25 minutes took the lead. From a Toby Farrell corner, Tony Hicks' header was well saved, but Kieran Richards followed up and headed the ball through the legs of the defender to score.
Mullion doubled their lead just two minutes later when Carl Tripconey broke up a Frogpool attack. His pass sent Farrell down the right and his shot cum cross took a slight deflection off a defender and flew past the keeper.
After the break Frogpool pulled a goal back when a cross was put into his own net by Chris Collins and the visitors then equalised when a free kick dropped to James Reburn on the edge of the area and he calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner.
With just nine minutes left Mullion conceded the winner when Bawden cut into the area, where his effort took a wicked deflection off Hicks and looped over a stranded Spurrier in the Mullion goal.
Mullion's next match is away to Storm in the league on Saturday. (2.30pm).
Mullion: C Spurrier, C Tripconey (M Huse), T Hicks, K Richards, L Dale, T Farrell, J Rosevear (J Green), C Collins, P Hobson, B Wilson (A Parsons) A Carey.
Mullion's Man of the Match: Carl Tripconey.
Culdrose Tigers U10 1 Hayle 1
The Tigers were unlucky not to come away with all three points after a hard fought one all draw with Hayle.
Hayle took the lead against the run of play in the first half but the Tigers came out determined to get something from the game and dominated for long periods of the second half.
The equalising goal came midway through the half and what a goal it was. Sean won the ball at the back and played it forward through midfield up to Taz who controlled it before laying off to Alfie.
He still had plenty to do as he ran through from the half way line before finishing in style. Culdrose would have won, but for a couple of great saves from the Hayle keeper, but the end result kept both sides' fine recent form going.
HELSTON CLOSE GAP:
Helston RBL A won 5-4 against White Hart B last week and with Wendron CC having a bye they are only a point behind the leaders in Division One of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League.
Lizard FC A won the first four frames in their 5-4 win over the Bell Inn and the Atlantic Inn A team continued their good streak in 2013 with a 7-2 win over Helston RBL D.
James Hing, Karl Hack, Nathan Parnell and Darren Griffiths all won for Constantine SC A in their 6-3 win over the Coach & Horses and Helston FC A edged out Godolphin Club F 5-4.
Helston FC C kept their title hopes on track with a 5-4 win against Rileys A in Division Two while the Killigrew Inn came from 3-2 down to defeat the Three Tuns 6-3. Wins from Chris Pryor, Kelvin Pengilly, Nick Kemp, Ian Richards and Tony Hicks helped Paris A to an 8-1 win over Helston RFC A and this was equalled by Godolphin Club B who defeated Black Swan A by the same score.
Helston RFC B had a fine 6-3 win against Godolphin Club D and Helston RBL B edged out Helston RFC C 5-4.
In Division Three Nigel Reeves, Shaun Wilson and Martin Fitzgerald all won for the Lion & Lamb as they defeated leaders Mullion FC 5-4.
Lizard FC B were 4-2 down against Helston RBL E but won all three doubles matches to gain a 5-4 victory and the Crown Inn had a 7-2 win against Breage SC.
Mounts Bay A had a good victory winning 5-4 against Helston FC B and Queens Arms B came from 3-2 down to win 5-4 against Mounts Bay B while elsewhere White Hart D won 6-3 against Lizard FC C.
In Division Four Rileys B got off to a good start against leaders, Five Pilchards winning the first two frames, thanks to Jack Bjork and Suzi Claus and the Five Pilchards won the next four frames to lead 4-2. However, the Riley's side weren't finished as they won all three doubles to win the match 5-4.
Red Lion A came from 3-0 down to defeat the Wheel Inn 5-4 and Constantine SC B defeated the Queens Arms by the same score.
In the team knockout, Wendron CC won against the Rodney Inn A team and Lizard won the first five frames in their win over the Rodney Inn B team. St Keverne Band Club had a good victory, edging out Helston FC A 5-4.
Please note the venues have now been drawn for the singles and doubles finals nights.
The singles knockout will be at Helston RFC on Sunday with a start of 7.30pm. The doubles knockout will be at the Godolphin Club on Sunday, April 7, start 7.30pm. Three Tuns in Division Two are now playing all their home games at the White Hart.
There are a number of outstanding games which need to be played as soon as possible. If you are having trouble arranging a game, contact the secretary.
P W L B Pts Wendron CC 17 14 3 17 123 Hel RBL A 17 15 2 17 122 Lizard FC A 18 14 4 18 117 White Hart B 18 7 11 18 102 Godolphin F 17 11 6 17 101 Atlantic Inn A 18 9 9 18 100 Helston FC A 18 9 9 18 100 Rodney Inn A 16 8 8 16 95 St Kev Band 17 7 10 17 87 C'stantine A 18 8 10 17 81 Bell Inn 18 6 12 18 79 Coach & Horses 17 4 13 17 75 Hel RBL D 17 1 16 17 60
Results: Lizard FC A 5 Bell Inn 4; White Hart B 4 Helston RBL A 5; Godolphin Club F 4 Helston FC A 5; Coach & Horses 3 Constantine SC A 6; Helston RBL D 2 Atlantic Inn A 7.
8 Ball: Gary Martin (Helston FC A).
Single Aggregate: 16 wins – Ian Williams (Wendron CC); 15 wins – Kevin Bosustow (Lizard FC A).
P W L B Pts Helston FC C 18 15 3 18 127 Godolphin D 18 12 6 18 106 Paris A 18 10 8 18 105 Helston RLB B 17 12 5 17 104 Three Tuns 18 8 10 18 104 Killigrew Inn 16 12 4 16 102 Black Swan 18 7 11 18 97 Godolphin B 18 9 9 17 93 Rileys A 16 7 9 16 92 Helston B 17 8 9 17 91 Helston A 17 8 9 17 90 Helston C 18 5 13 8 84 Godolphin A 17 0 17 15 45
Results: Black Swan A 1 Godolphin Club B 8; Helston FC C 5 Rileys A 4; Paris A 8 Helston RFC A 1; Killigrew Inn 6 Three Tuns 3; Helston RBL B 5 Helston RFC C 4; Helston RFC B 6 Godolphin Club D 3.
8 Ball: Matt Stephens (Helston RBL B).
Singles Aggregate: 18 wins – Gary Smith (Helston FC C); 15 wins – Dan Jenkin (Helston FC C).
P W L B Pts Mullion FC 19 16 3 19 135 Lizard FC B 19 15 4 19 116 Lion & Lamb 18 15 3 87 114 White Hart E 19 10 9 19 109 Queens B 18 11 7 18 104 Helston FC B 19 8 11 18 104 Hart D 19 9 10 19 103 Crown Inn 18 6 12 18 95 Breage SC 18 8 10 18 93 Hel RBL E 18 6 12 18 92 Lizard FC C 19 6 13 19 91 M'nts Bay A 17 8 9 17 89 M'nts Bay B 19 8 11 9 84 *Cowshed Bar 18 3 15 17 72
* Points adjusted.
Results: Crown Inn 7 Breage SC 2; Cowshed Bar 4 White Hart E 5; Lizard FC B 5 Helston RBL E 4; Mullion FC 4 Lion & Lamb 5; White Hart D 6 Lizard FC C 3; Queens Arms B 5 Mounts Bay B 4; Mounts Bay A 5 Helston FC B 4.
Single Aggregate: 17 wins – Chris Rosevear (Mullion FC); 15 wins – Scott Patterson (Mullion FC), Andrew Winn (Cowshed Bar).
P W L B Pts Five Pilchards 18 11 7 18 115 Queens A 19 11 8 19 112 Atlantic Inn B 18 12 6 18 111 Red Lion A 19 11 8 19 110 Red Lion B 19 9 10 19 104 Wheel Inn 19 8 11 19 103 *Rodney Inn B 16 12 4 16 101 Rileys C 19 10 9 19 99 Black Swan B 19 9 10 17 94 *C'stantine B 17 11 6 10 83 Potters Bar 16 5 11 15 80 Rileys B 17 4 13 14 77 *Seven Stars 17 7 10 13 73 *Paris B 17 5 12 12 67
* Points adjusted.
Results: Wheel Inn 4 Red Lion A 5; Rileys B 5 Five Pilchards 4; Constantine SC B 5 Queens Arms A 4; Red Lion B 7 Rileys C 2; Seven Stars 5 Paris B 4; Rodney Inn B 6 Potters Bar 3; Atlantic Inn B 6 Black Swan B 3.
Single Aggregate: 15 wins – Sarah Gallant (Red Lion A), Geoff Rogers (Five Pilchards), Darren Anstey (Five Pilchards); 14 wins – Dave Gater (Rileys C), Mickey Fuller (Rod).