CLINTON CLOSE IN ON MINING LEAGUE TITLE:
With four matches left in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker league, reigning champions STR Clinton now look home and hosed with a massive ten point lead.
However, Illogan HI A, who also looked assured of the runners-up spot last week, suffered a shock 5-0 defeat at the hands of third placed Godolphin Club, who thus gave themselves a chance to overtake them, now lying just four points behind.
Nigel Veal made a 49 break and Chris Timmins a 33 for Godolphin. STR Clinton beat Redruth British Rail B 4-1 on Friday, with only Jeff Goldsworthy winning a frame for the Railmen.
Phil Lane has been a prolific break maker and shone once again with breaks of 36 and 75 in his frame. After a 3-2 defeat at St Day, Penponds now look too far back in fourth place to make any impact.
Bottom team Illogan HI C already look doomed after losing 4-1 to their own B team last week.
Lanner are also looking certainties for the Division 2 title with a ten point lead over nearest rivals Park Bottom. Last week Lanner (Wayne Nicholls 38 break) beat third placed Penponds 4-1, while Park Bottom lost 3-2 against Camborne Conservative for their second defeat in a row.
Any one of four teams could still take second place in the Division with only four points covering Park Bottom.
TRURO SCHOOL SUCCESS:
Following on from a highly successful season, six Truro School pupils have qualified for the GB U17 or U20 European Championship teams.
The qualifiers were: For men's U17 sabre, Will Deary and Josh Maxwell; for women's sabre, Maria Chart and Caitlin Maxwell; for men's epee, Charles Dean and for women's U20 foil, Yvonne Chart.
Lucy Jupp, Fencing Coach at Truro School, said: "To have such a large number of pupils making up the GB team and coming from one club is extremely prestigious and cements Truro School's reputation as one of the best places to study and train for fencing."
"Our fencers have travelled much of Europe and clocked up around 35 hours per week of training since September, so to have qualified for the major Championships at the end of the season is testament to their hard work, commitment and dedication
"They will now compete in Jerusalem in February. The World Championship teams will be announced by the governing body in the coming days but our pupils are in a strong position to secure places for these Championships too."
CASH BOOST FOR COUGARS:
Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club has secured £12,000 worth of funding from two leading sport organisations to fund and develop outreach basketball clubs for young people, with and without disabilities, in the Truro and Camborne areas.
Sported, the UK's largest Sport for Development charity, has awarded Cornwall Cougars a grant of £2,000 towards the purchase of specialist wheelchairs for those young people that do not own their own.
Sported is a free membership organisation which provides funding and business support to grassroots sports groups which reduce barriers to participation for marginalised groups.
As a Sported member, Cornwall Cougars has not only been able to benefit from a grant, but following support from the charity, the group has successfully bid for an additional £10,000 grant from Sport England's 'Get Equipped' programme to fund equipment and training for the outreach clubs.
Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club has only been in operation for little more than a year, but already has a competitive team travelling the country to play in a wheelchair basketball league and operates several outreach clubs.
The aim of the outreach clubs is to give young people with and without disabilities an opportunity to play a new sport together, break down barriers and bring young people together that would not normally be able to participate.
All equipment, including the sports specific wheelchairs, is provided and the long-term vision is to train young people and volunteers as coaches, enabling the outreach clubs to expand across the whole of Cornwall.
The first of Cornwall Cougars' outreach clubs is planned to open at Camborne Science International Academy shortly.
Andy Care, Cornwall Cougars Secretary, said: "We are utterly delighted to have been successful with these funding applications. The sports wheelchairs are expensive and we only have a limited number, now we'll be able to get more chairs and equipment to use for our new outreach clubs.
"A big thank you to Sported for their help and support."
Hannah Colston, South West Regional Manager at Sported, said: "Andy Care and his team of volunteers at Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club are incredibly driven and passionate about their sport.
"A lack of the right equipment will no longer be a barrier for young people to get involved with the sport.
"The aim is to keep expanding the outreach clubs across Cornwall so more and more young people have the opportunity to play basketball, make friends and enjoy the sport together."
To find out more about getting involved with Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Club in Truro, please contact Andy Care, club chairman, on 07851 462 491 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Cornwall Cougars' Facebook page.
SCHOOL RECRUIT LAMIROY:
Truro School are investing in professional surfing coach Sam Lamiroy to help create an elite surf squad and spearhead the future of surfing in Cornwall.
Lamiroy said: "The aim of this on-going project is to help the pupils improve their surfing, at the fastest possible pace, while having as much fun as we can.
"This project will help to put Truro School firmly on the map as the school to go to for anyone wanting to engage in an array of water sports at the highest level – while also receiving a top class education
"Pupils often take to Perranporth and Crantock, making full use of the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club along the way.
"Our surfers know the importance of training outside the sea too, and are well disciplined in swimming and body strength.
Lamiroy believes coaching surfers of all abilities was the way ahead, while also teaching more theoretical aspects of surfing through pool work, fitness sessions and video analysis.
He added: "We try to give regular, structured advice for those who are new to the sport, as well as giving really complex technical, competitive and elevated level coaching to the more advanced athletes."
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown said: "We have bought in Sam Lamiroy because we want the talented surfers at Truro School to have the best professional coach in this sport and the opportunity to take part regionally and nationally in surfing competitions."
The Academy has only just started but Lamiroy has already spoken of the remarkable improvements in performance.
He said: "I'm really excited to see what happens as the days get longer, the water gets warmer and the conditions get better.
"The surfing these kids are doing is going to go through the roof. I can't wait."
WORLD CHAMPION TO ATTEND PENZANCE SHOW:
Penzance Amateur Boxing Club is holding its annual boxing show at Penzance Leisure Centre this Saturday, February 22 from 7.30pm with former World super-middleweight champion Glenn Catley as guest of honour.
This year Sound nightclub has donated a bike to auction at the show with proceeds going toward the running of the club.
Sherry Lagden, from the club, said: "The show is a fantastic family night out with boxers coming from all over the country and there is also a licensed bar.
"We have been running for four years and, like any non-profit affiliated club are always looking to raise funds so we'd like to say a massive thanks to Sound.
"Our aim at the club is to keep children off the streets and to give them confidence and focus in their lives."
For tickets to the show, call Sherry on 07977 928576 or Facebook Penzance Amateur Boxing Club; tickets will also be available on the door.
RACE IS ON IN PENZANCE:
It's time to dig out that running kit, the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile will set off from Penlee Park in Penzance on Sunday March 23 with hundreds of locals getting on their marks for Sport Relief.
Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles.
Enter now at sportrelief.com, get sponsored and help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world's poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event.
Organiser Sue Mathews, from Mounts Bay Harriers said: "In 2012 the Penzance Mile had more than 300 participants, and this year we want even more of you to get involved to get that total even higher. There will be something for everyone on what looks set to be a great day."
Registration for the Penzance event will begin at 8.30am and on the day entries will be accepted.
An aerobic warm up session will be held at 9.50am and the town mayor will start the race at 10am, with a special prize for the best female and male fancy dress.
To enter the Penzance Sport Relief Mile, visit www.sportrelief.com or call race organiser Sue Matthews on 07770 352 471.
NOMADS SHOCK LEADERS:
In Division One of the Camborne-Redruth & District Winter Pool League, defending champions and current leaders Tricky Dickies were defeated 5-4 away to Trefusis Arms Nomads.
It looked business as usual for the leaders as they raced into a 4-0 lead, with singles wins from Roger Phillips, Chris Symons, Sam Keverne, Rob Hosking.
But Trefusis played brilliantly to win the remaining two singles from Darren Gray and Gareth Fletcher and then win all three doubles for a fabulous victory.
CAMBORNE-REDRUTH WINTER LEAGUE
Pts Trickies 63 BR Puffers 62 St Rumons SC Cowboys 55 BR Virgins 48 Stithians CC 46 St Rumons Gazelles 46 Trefusis Titans 41 Trefusis Nomads 41 St Rumons Robbers 37 Red BR Steamers 36
Pts St Rumons Renegades 83 Red Jackets Jackals 47 Tyacks HTL 44 Lounge Bar 44 Red Jackets Juniors 42 Countryman Oddballs 41 Countryman Crusaders 37 Robartes Arms 31
Note: On Wednesday, March 12, all Division Two playing players will be entered into a singles competition. The league secretary will notify all teams the competition draw.
CAMBORNE REDRUTH LEAGUE
Pts Con Club D 99 CASG 97 Railway Club 92 Grenville A 91 St Day B 87 Railway Tavern 83 St Rumons 79 Pendarves Brea 76 Beacon 74 St Day A 73 White Hart 73 Con Club B 72 St Day C 70 Vyvyan A 68
Pts White Hart Miners 96 Vyvyan C 88 Railway Sleepers 86 Bassett Arms 86 St Michael's 85 Con Club A 84 Albany A 84 New Inn A 84 Albany B 83 Con Club Five 83 Star Inn 83 Waterfront 70
Pts Alb Club Misfits 97 Grenville B 92 Cam RFC 89 Royal Standard 882 Vyvyan Arms B 87 Plume of Feathers 84 New Inn B 84 Pendarves Arms 80 Cam CC C 77 Grenville C 76 Sportsmans A 75 Sportsmans B 70 Heathcotes 69