CHACEWATER REACH FIRST WEST FINAL FOR 19 YEARS:
Chacewater 4 Perranporth Res 1:
A combination of flooded pitches and high winds had resulted in this Cornwall Junior Cup Area semi-final being postponed for the past two weekends and both teams were indebted to Perranporth for agreeing to host the match on Saturday.
And a bright sunny day was enjoyed by a decent sized crowd at Ponsmere Valley.
Brendan Hitchens struck the Perranporth crossbar early on with a header before Manager Luke Kelland's free-kick was headed on by Brendan Hitchens for Matt McIlroy to volley past John Preece after five minutes.
Keegan Lloyd missed a good chance to increase the lead when he completely missed his kick in front of goal. Chacewater had a territorial advantage in the first half but Perranporth hit back to equalise just before the break when a through ball was fired across Russell Grice by Ben Reddock.
Chacewater again took the lead on the hour with skipper Daine Peacock's free-kick being flicked on by Brendan Hitchens for Matt McIlroy to react quickly and fire in.Brendan Hitchens did well down the right before crossing to Luke Kelland to head on to Martin Lloyd to bundle the ball in at the far post, leaving Chacewater in control of the game.
Perranporth's cause was not helped when Steven Hawke received a second yellow card and Matt McIlroy sealed a very good team performance with a searing volley from 30 yards.
Chacewater, who have not reached this far in the competition since 1995, now face Trelawny League Premier Division team Helston Reserves in the Area Final at Porthleven FC on Wednesday with a 7.30pm kick-off.
PLAYERS GET THEIR ROUND IN AT PERRANPORTH:
There was a welcome return to the full 18 holes at Perranporth saw the resumption of the Winter League on Saturday.
With a great score of 45 points, Chris Durkin and Phil Pendarves beat the field by a margin.
The only pair to get close to them were David Thomas and Tony Collett on 43 points.
There were then four pairings on 39 points whose places were determined on count-back.
In descending order they were Norman Kirton and Andrew Taylor (22 pts back nine), Simon Wordley and Nick Winfield (21 points ), Keith Lockett and Steve Raynes (20 points), and Simon Pearce and Adam Bareham (20 pts – 12pts back six).
Only five players managed a two on the day, each receiving 11 balls. They were: David Thomas, Chris Durkin, Phil Wilkes, Norman Kirton and Simon Wordley.
The February monthly medal was played in glorious conditions on Sunday.
Clive Martin won it with a 77 net 68 , in 2nd place was Martin Cleverly 76, net 70, followed by Simon Pearce with 77 net 71, Scott Powell came 4th on 79 net 73.
The lowest gross of the day was 74 shot by Sandy Kirton.
CALIFORNIA IN FEBRUARY:
A total of 21 Perranporth ladies ventured out to play a California Scramble on Saturday.
The winners, with a net 75.5, were Jan Sargeant, Jo Rysdale and Nikki Hodge. The runners-up, with a net 76, were Jane Barrington, Margaret Morris and Dawn Emmerson
In the Mail on Sunday competition Perranporth beat Newquay 3-2.
WIN FOR LADIES' CAPTAIN:
In improving weather, Truro Ladies played a 15-hole Stableford with the Ladies' Captain Pauline Deal coming out on top of the Silver Division.
Results: Silver Division: 1 Pauline Deal 29 pts; 2 Mary Robson 26 pts. Bronze A: 1 Val Pitman 31 pts; 2 Simone Kennett 31 pts. Bronze B: 1 Catherine Andrews 29 pts; 2 Judy Bourner 25 pts.
TRURO'S LEAD CUT:
Truro 2 Westbury 2:
Truro saw their lead at top of The Championship in the Davis Wood League trimmed to three points as they were held to a draw by the Bristol-based visitors at Truro School on Saturday.
The home side were soon placed on the back foot, having to defend a series of Westurby short corners and eventually the defence of goal keeper Harry Waters and defenders Marc Lewis, Dan Round, James Dunstan and Alex Money finally cracked and conceded through a well worked routine.
Looking to take the initiative and fight to Westbury, captain Calum Westaway led his midfield and forward line to press the opposition and regain possession higher up the pitch. Eventually this paid dividends when Sam Dunstan intercepted a pass and worked to combine with other forwards James Westaway and Ed Varco to gain an attacking corner for the home side.
From this, James Dunstan was able to finish his initially repelled attempt to draw the home side level.
With the sides deadlocked at 1-1 and momentum back with Truro, the greater fitness levels of the home side were being maximised as clever rotation of the midfield of Ben Eddy, Adam Tatlow, David Chanter, Tom Haigh and Westaway kept the pressure on the Westbury team. Playing with the sun behind them in the second half and what wind there was, Truro piled on the pressure.
Some moments of intelligent movement and passing saw Truro bombard to opposition D, and eventually, midway through the second half, winning a short corner.
The initial effort was saved but fortunately following the scramble, Haigh was able to collect the ball and produce an attempt on goal, that James Westaway was able to tap in via deflection.
For all Truro's dominance and pressure, Westbury were then able to break away and win a short corner and with only a few minutes remaining, a well worked routine with a shot across goal was duly tapped in at the unguarded, back post.
Although not the result Truro were looking for, a draw maintained their position on top of the table.
Truro next travel to an in-form Swansea side on Saturday looking to cement their league position.
Truro Ladies II 3 Launceston II 1
A good team performance gave Truro victory in this friendly on Saturday.
The home side began well and took the lead through Tamar Hosking, but Launceston fought back to equalise.
Truro came out for the second half in determined fashion and good work by Chezzie Waters, and Emily Osborne set Hosking for her second goal to make it 2-1.
And they sealed victory when Rosie Taylor-Jones, scored her first first goal for Truro, pushing it into the bottom right hand corner after dribbling it into the D.
Truro will be playing Launceston again in the league on Saturday March 1 at Lux Park.
Maid of match: Blythe Stedman.
Truro: Emily Osborne (captain), Lauren Woolcock, Blythe Stedman, Emily White, Chezzie Waters, Emily Coston, Katy Parkinson, Rosie Taylor-Jones, Abi Miller, Phoebe Goold, Tamar Hosking, Shannon Hope, Joanna Lille.
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 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.
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."
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 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."