LANDER BOYS CRUISE TO COUNTY CUP FINAL WIN:
Newquay Tretherras U12s 7 Richard Lander U12s 33
Following on from winning the West Cornwall U12 Rugby Festival last month, Richard Lander's Year 7 team went head to head with the winners of the East Cornwall festival, Newquay Tretherras, in the Cornwall Play Off ginal at Redruth School.
After a tense opening few minutes, where Newquay dominated the territory and possession, a loose pass was pounced on by Owen Watts who sped the length of the pitch to score, with Sam Gapp adding the conversion.
A further fantastic finish by Owen and conversion by Sam stretched the Lander lead, before Newquay came back in the closing minutes of the half. The Lander defence was superb but eventually Newquay squeezed over in the corner to make the score 14-7 at half time.
After half time, Lander settled their nerves and began playing some excellent flowing rugby with Sam Gapp particularly catching the eye with some great running from full back.
Frank Holmes broke the deadlock after the break, showing excellent pace and footwork to score a fine try. Lander dominated large parts of the second half and were superb in defence and at the ruck to turn over possession when Newquay had the ball.
Two further tries by Harry Lampier and Cameron Richards, and both converted by Sam, meant the score finished 33-7 and Lander were crowned worthy winners of a pulsating final.
SUCCESSFUL SPORTING TERM FOR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS:
It's been a busy and highly successful term for Truro High School's numerous sporting stars – adding more titles to the already impressive list of triumphs.
The school has always been a formidable force in netball competitions. The performance of the Under 16 team at the recent county tournament won a place in the regional finals due to take place in Bournemouth in January. The year 7 netball team, unbeaten this season, is top of the Peninsula League and won the county festival as did the year 8 B team.
Hockey is another sport played at an impressive level by the High School girls. The under 18 team has just been crowned county indoor champions, the under 16 team recently won the county hockey tournament, qualifying for the regional finals and hard work and commitment from the under 14s has seen the team rise to third position in the county.
The prep school hockey and netball teams are unbeaten in all competitions this year and won the St Joseph's invitational netball tournament, beating the infamous Kelly College on the way to the title. Two particularly talented prep school hockey stars, Milly Frankis and Evie Roberts, were both selected for the county's under 14s team, despite being a year younger than the minimum selection age of 11.
Other prep school successes include top swimmer, Sophie, in prep 5, who is now ranked number 4 in the UK for freestyle and, within days of being selected for the Cornish team, broke two county records. Another prep 5 pupil, Daisy Chapman, has earned the UK number 1 ranking for under 9s tennis after an exceptional season.
There have also been some outstanding performances in cross country competition. Yoyo Barnsley won the Cornwall County Championships, under 15s level with Emily Williams taking the under13s title. The senior cross country team – Yoyo Barnsley, Tegan Elliot, Maddy Knowles and Georgia Wildgoose – recently won an under 16s title finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The team also qualified for the regional final of the English Schools' Athletic Association and finished 2nd.
Not to be outdone, the school's show jumping team has made its mark in equestrian events. In the Cornish Schools Show Jumping Team Competition: Molly Nolan, riding Maddison; Tara-Nell Nolan, riding Ebony; Lucy Turriff, riding Merlin and Emily Williams, riding Bambi, came 2nd after finishing on a final combined score of just 4 faults after two rounds of gruelling competition.
High School Head of Sport, Kathryn Barbery-Redd, said: "I am very proud of all of our sports stars. As a department we work very closely with our teams to personalise their training and get the best out of them – as we can see from the results this year it is working well and our sports clubs are jam packed every single day."
DAVIS WOOD LEAGUE:
Truro C 4, OPM's 4
Truro C got a vital home point with a hard fought match against an in-form and top of table OPM's team in this men's South West Division 1 clash.
Truro started the game much brighter and had OPM's on the back foot for the first quarter with some good play from both Nick Spencer and John Slater in midfield.
Truro got their noses in front soon after with some slick play from Mark Stadden down the wing found Simon Rodgers in the area to flick home the first goal of this compelling match.
This seemed to kick start OPM's who then gradually took control and were soon level when their winger ghosted in at the far post.
Five minutes later OPM's were ahead with a well worked goal that seem to go through a host of players and find the bottom corner of the net.
However not to be outdone Truro equalised soon after when Ged Millward screamed home a short corner into the bottom of the net.
It was end to end stuff but OPM's edged in front again five minutes later when a clever move down the left saw the ball edge in off the post.
Sebastian Parker then received a bad head injury and had to leave the field and with a man down Truro conceded a fourth just on the stroke of half-time.
Captain Tim Manhire decided to boldly change the team and brought on centre forward Paul Oxford, Matt Relton and James Spencer for the second half and this proved to be inspired.
Oxford cleverly won a short corner and from this Millward fired home his second and Truro's third.
Truro's back four were magnificent with Simon Reed, Ian Cuthell, Patrick Martin and Manhire pulling out all the stops and some fine keeping from Jack Grant-McIntyre kept OPM's at bay.
Then with ten minutes remaining another fine move saw Relton find Millward who fired in a great pass into the area for Oxford to cleverly backed flicked the ball over the keeper and into the corner of the net with Rodgers making sure with a final touch to grab a fantastic second half recovery.
With OPM's dropping those vital points it meant Truro B are now top of the table as the season takes its Christmas break.
Man of the match was Simon Reed.
NEW TRURO CAPTAIN PRESENTS PRIZES:
There was a big entry of 78 for Truro Golf Club's Men's Turkey Trot on Saturday, which meant the competition had to be restricted to 16 holes to get everyone around before darkness fell.
The prizes were presented by new club captain Spike Drew, who was elected for a second spell in office at the club's annual meeting last Thursday. His vice-captain will be Darragh Dunleavy.
Results: Division 1: 1 Chris Pashley 35pts; 2 Steve Caruana 34pts; 3 Simon Bray 34pts.
Division 2: 1 Nigel Maker 37pts; 2 Trevor Thomas 36pts; 3 Michael Nightingale 35pts.
PERRAN LADIES' NEWS:
A total of 25 Ladies played the December EWGA Medal at Perranporth. The CSS was 74.
Sue Carveth won the Silver Division with a net 75 and in second was Vera Eade on countback with a net 76, with Angie Chapman third, also with a net 76
The Best Back nine came from Dawn Emmerson with a net 34.5
The Bronze Division winner was Liz Gillman with a net 72 and in second place with a net 75 was Jacquie Lang. In third with a net 80 was Birgitta Varcoe.
The Best Back nine was Joan Hurst with a net 44.
Mel Heard, Al Hinton and Matthew Berks won this year's Turkey Trot, despite being a man down in this four person mixed Texas Scramble.
Hilary Pryor, Dave Harrison, Pete Cowls and Bob Myners were second and in third place were Jean-Anne Evers, Mark Parsons, Sean Keane and Ross Thomas. Everyone was a winner, however, as each player got a prize in this festive event which featured a shotgun start, mulled wine and mince pies.
Ladies December Medal
Pat Crowson (97-27-70) won the Ladies' December Weekday Medal, beating Jean-Anne Evers (93-19-74) in second place by four shots.
Dawn Emmerson (96-19-77) was third.
In the Weekend Medal, Cara Rowe (100-25-75) was first on countback from Mel Byrne (87-12-75). Pat Crowson (104-27-77) was third. Pat won the Aggregate Medal for the month, with Jean-Anne second and Mel third.
There has been some excellent scoring in the Seniors' Winter Series with John Crowson winning the fourth round with 42 points and Mike Cornelius winning the fifth round with 40.
In round four, John Game was second with 40 and Joseph Scott third with 39.
In Round five, Howard Martin was second with 35 points on countback from Peter Paleschi.
The Tuesday Roll Up was won by Steve Finch with 38 points. Joseph Scott was second again with 36 and Alyn Heath third with 35.
TRURO CLUB NEWS:
Six shooters from City of Truro Rifle Club shot at the Helston 25 yd/25 M competition, writes Rod Sutton. We would like to thank Helston for their hospitality and a very good shoot.
Our shooters did well with the following results: Class A: 2 Fred Teagle; Class D: 1 Christine Toon; Veterans: 1 Fred Teagle; 2 Roy Owen. Juniors: 1 Kiran Rule; Pairs : 2 Fred Teagle/Roy Owen; Team 2 Truro A.
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