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Truro & District Grassroots Sport July 18

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

  • YOUTH FOOTBALL: Goonhavern AFC youth players show off their new kits with members of the adult teams and committee. See story left.

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Youth football


After a successful season in the Jolly's Combination League and the Trelawny League, Goonhavern AFC are now looking to the future and expanding their club to accommodate four new youth teams.

The teams began as Perranporth YFC, a community set-up relying on the generosity of local schools to allow them to use their facilities for matches.

As their numbers grew they struggled to find playing facilities that could accommodate them, particularly with the recent introduction of nine-a-side football, and this is where Goonhavern stepped in.

First team manager Craig Brown, who will also manage the U9 age group, explained: "When my son wanted to start playing football I took him to the local club and was impressed with their commitment to making football available to as many children as possible.

"Perranporth YFC had achieved the FA Charter Standard, had qualified coaches and lots of enthusiasm, but lacked somewhere to call home.

"Goonhavern AFC can offer the children unrestricted use of their pitch as well as changing facilities and a clubhouse to provide refreshments for spectators during matches as well as food for players afterwards.

"As first team manager I appreciate the advantages of bringing new players up 'from within' and hope that these new, young members of our club will continue to develop as they grow so that they can be our stars of the future."

Goonhavern Youth are registered with the Kernow Youth League and now begin working towards the new season with teams at U8, U9, U11 and U13. They are looking for boys and girls to add to their squads and encourage players of all abilities.

Youth Secretary Samantha Boston said: "We are not a club that holds ability-based trials for its youth teams as we feel this may often separate players from friends with whom they may have played for many years, and that is the last thing we would want to achieve.

"As Perranporth YFC we tried to encourage a real camaraderie and cohesion within our teams and we aim to continue to do so as Goonhavern Youth.

"It will also be great for our players to form a relationship with the men's teams within the club so that they see progression there for their future."

Youth training is on Wednesday evenings from 6pm and further details can be obtained from Samantha Boston on 01872 571635 or 07897 505543.



Penryn A 4 Truro City A 1

Truro continue to look for points that will get them off the bottom of the Group 4 Division 1 table and maintain their top fight status.

With only four matches left they have to dig deep, though this point at Penryn might prove valuable for them.

This was gained by Brian Davey's four, who kept in contention throughout and came home by eight shots. Brian had Warren Richardson at lead, with Ray Duke at No2 and Archie Wallace at No 3.

Chris Loader's four took a few ends to get going but got back into the game to trail by just two shots, only for their opponents to go away again to lose by 10 shots.

Chris had John McBride at lead, John McCoughlan No2 and Mike Kinley at No 3. David Edgcombe's four kept in touch up to the 10th end then fell behind by 11 shots but then came storming back to go down by just four shots. David had Jim Stevens at No1, Barry Dawes at No2 and Andy Parker at No3.

Scores (Truro skips first): Brian Davey 22 K Phillips 14; Chris Loader 12 D Williams 22; David Edgcombe 18 M Pheby 22.



Some 27 Ladies of Perranporth played in Jo Brolly's Captain's Day team competition, with two scores to count, with double points on two of the holes if the harder hole was played for, so the scores were higher than normal.

In the Ladies' Section the winners with 90 points were Niki Wraight, Jacquie Lang and Karen Furness one clear of Karen Greenwood, Jo Rysdale and Vera Eade with Jane Wragg, Jill Hoskin and Sarah Shobrook third on 88.

There was an additional prize of nearest the pin on 12 which was won by Jenny Potter (11ft 7.5 ins) and the only two by Sue Roworth who received 27 balls.

Members from the Perranporth Parachute Centre landed on the first tee in a charity jump and in the evening there was a choir and entertainment followed by the presentation.

A total of 26 ladies played the EWGA Medal, which incorporated the Carnival Cup. In 1st place in Silver Division (net 67), cutting her handicap from 12 to 11 and winning the Carnival Cup was Jackie Mallett. Second Silver (net 72) was Sue Carveth, and in third place Silver (net 73 on countback) was Niki Wraight, The Best back nine in Silver was won by Vera Eade. In 1st place in Bronze Division (net 72) was Dawn Emmerson who, with two Stableford point reductions, will have cut her handicap from 21 to 20. In second place (net 73) was Debbie Douglas, and in third place (net 77) was Liz Gillman. The Best back nine in Bronze was won by Birgitta Varcoe.


Some 44 ladies, including juniors, academy and new members, took part in Sheila Caruana Ladies' Captain's Day at Truro on Saturday which was played in glorious sunshine, with Jan Keast the winner (see picture, page 110).

The colour theme for the day was green and pink to support Sheila's main charity – Cornwall Hospice Care – and everyone enjoyed the relaxed dress code for the day and made good use of dressing up to support the occasion. A great day was had by all and £372 was raised towards her charity.

Results: 1 Jan Keast 41pts; 2 Michelle McLaughlin 40; 3 Pat Pearce 39; 4 Angela Buckley 38; 5 Michele Cowls 38; 6 Ruth Crossley 38. Best Junior: Laura Andrew 35pts.

Gyl Grundy won a new Odyssey Putter in the putting competition, which sponsored by JC Property Services & Daisy Fay's Nursery. The runner-up was Jake Finn.

July men's medal results: Division 1: 1, Andrew Maycock 69-5=64; 2, Darren Murrish 74-10=64; 3, Jared Mortimore 71-6=65.

Division 2: 1, Bill Evison 84-18=66; 2, Martyn Bennett 87-21=66; 3, Mark Whitford 85-19=66.


Played over two days in the hottest weather of the year so far, Killiow's Club Championships produced some excellent results.

In particular, on the second day of the Ladies' competition, Kim Mundy set a new course record of 77, beating the previous record held by Chantelle Lopez by four shots.

Kim's 12 under par nett score of 61 added to her first round score of 77 earned her the Club Championship for 2013 and a four point reduction in handicap to 13. Cara Rowe (74+73) was second.

In the scratch competition, Sue Dickinson (92+88) took first prize and Mel Byrne (91+92) second.

In the men's competition the new Club Champion is Mark Parsons (73+69) with Alec Cass (74+70) runner-up.

Winner of the Scratch Trophy was Stephen Whitford (84+79) with Rob Pople (82+81) second.

For those players who didn't make the cut at the end of the first day, there was a Plate competition on the Sunday.

This was won by Men's Captain, Mike Noble, who scored 38 points, just one point ahead of second placed Andy Burton. Ser picture page 110. Martin Roberts (78-12-66) won Division 1 of the Men's July Medal on countback from second placed Nick Rowarth (77-11-66). Jack Main (81-13-68) was third. In Division 2, the winner was Chris Hamilton (84-15-69) who was two strokes ahead of Bob Cottell (96-25-71) in second place and Dave Ealing (89-18-71) in third.

Gig rowing


Finally the Cornish summer arrived and Devoran's gig rowers made the most of it by racing on one of the hottest days of the year.

As temperatures soared to around 30C, 17 gigs from around Cornwall gathered on the beautiful beach at Gorran Haven, situated at the most eastern point of the Roseland peninsula.

This was the first meeting hosted by St Goran Rowing Club since 2009 and the first experience of rowing at Gorran Haven for many Devoran gig rowers. The first race of the day saw the Devoran Ladies' B crew cross the finish line in fifth place in a close fought race which had less than a boats length between a number of gigs at the finish.

The men's B crew had an equally impressive result finishing in seventh place in their heat despite clashing with other crews around the first mark.

The short first leg also meant plenty of action around the mark for the Ladies and Men's A crews who both finished in the top half of their respective heats. Special mention this week goes to Katie Meldrum who rowed twice in the baking temperatures. A well deserved swim in the crystal clear water was her reward between the races.

A number of Devoran Rowers stayed for the evening celebrations, which included bale-tossing at the Barley Sheaf pub.

Devoran Gig Club press officer Gail Henderson said: "It is great that St Goran Rowing Club held their event again after a gap of a few years. We had a great day of racing in fantastic weather in a beautiful location.

"The evening event was also appreciated by those who stayed behind and as far as we are aware the ladies' bale-tossing record was still held by Anne Williams of Devoran Gig Club, so Gorran has always been a successful event for us."



St Erme 183. St Austell II 184-6.

On a very hot day at Wheal Eliza St Austell seconds won a very evenly contested game against St Erme off the penultimate ball.

St Erme won the toss and decided to bat, but were soon in trouble against the pace of Chris Kendall. By the 11th over they were 49-4 with only Tom Bunt making double figures (20).

Richard Budge joined the skipper, Simon Cole, at the crease and put together a 46 run partnership with some hard hitting. However, both fell with the score on 93 with Cole scoring 35 and Budge 21. The remainder of the innings was dominated by Kevin Wilcock who showed all his experience with a fine display of stroke play with 15 fours and one six in an unbeaten 75. Unfortunately, the lower order could not stay with him and the innings finished on 182 with nine overs still to go.

St Austell's innings started brightly with James Carter scoring regular fours. However, Elliott Dodd had saved his best performance of the season, bowling with accuracy and pace to complete an unbroken spell of 12 overs for 24 runs and picking up four wickets, one of which was from a very sharp catch at slip by Ben Turner. At 24 overs the home side were 69 for four and below the asking rate.

Matt Pearson and Cole picked up a wicket each to leave St Austell in trouble at 108 for six, but Steve Bone and Seb Burchill played sensibly in an unbroken partnership of 76 to seem the hosts home with one ball to spare.

St Erme 182 (K Wilcock 75 not out, S Cole 35, E Budge 21, T Bunt 20, C Kendall 4-44, J Carter 3-2).

St Austell II 184-6 (S Bone 38 not out, S Burchill 35 not out, A George 30, J Carter 20, E Dodd 4-24) by 4 wickets.

St Austell 20 points beat St Erme 7 points by four.

Grampound Road III 298-1. St Erme II 201-8

In a high scoring Division 5 East game at Castle Field the local derby between Grampound Road thirds and St Erme seconds was won by Grampound.

The St Erme attack had no answer to the Grampound batsman with only one wicket falling during the 40 overs. David Tucker made 52 before being bowled by the pick of the St Erme bowlers, Lisa Reeks. Martin Roberts retired injured on 38, before Chris Davey smashed his way to an unbeaten 118 which contained seven fours and eight sixes. He was ably supported by Anthony Harrison who made an unbeaten 54 in Grampound's total of 298.

St Erme's reply was centred around skipper, Martin Townsend, who fell three short of a century. Dave Dodd and Nick Edgcombe made useful contributions of 21 and 19 respectively but the team feel well short as the innings closed on 201 for eight.

Grampound Road 3rds 298-1 (C Davey 118 not out, A Harrison 54 not out, D Tucker 52, M Roberts 38 ret hurt).

St Erme II 201-8 (M Townsend 97, D Dodd 21, M Eastwood 3-32).

Grampound Road III (19 points) beat St Erme (5 points) by 97 runs.


The Truro office of award-winning chartered accountants Francis Clark has announced it is the new sponsor of Ladock Cricket Club.

Ladock was originally founded in 1895 and has been an active member of the Cornwall Cricket League since 1963. The club fields four teams – two adult sides, a youth team, and a midweek 20/20 side.

Ladock Cricket Club welfare officer Michael Ellery said: "We are delighted to have Francis Clark as sponsors for the 2013 season. It is great to have such a respected firm backing us and getting involved with grassroots sport in Cornwall.

"Through our Youth Section we are developing some excellent cricketing talent for the future and it is the support of sponsors such as Francis Clark that will help us achieve our ambitions."

Ian Hughes, a manager at Francis Clark's Truro office added: "What Ladock are doing with their Youth Section is excellent and having met some of the children and seen their enthusiasm, I am even more pleased that Francis Clark is able to help them in their efforts."



It has been a busy week at Perran Tennis. The first three day girls' camp saw eight girls all ten years of age hone their tennis skills with club coach – Steve Luck.

Apart from learning the strokes of the game, the girls played orange ball singles and doubles – a slightly reduced court size played with a slower ball. This is a new initiative at Perran Tennis and will occur every Monday morning of the holidays for boys and Thursday mornings for girls.

The small group size of eight to ten ensures quality tuition. Sunday saw Perran Tennis's second "All Play" competition.

An inclusive doubles match play event encouraging adults of all standards and children who can cope with the full court game. The youngest competitor was Ben Bradley.

This formula allows younger players to experiences playing with adults, whilst the adults also were able to play some matches together and compete to a high standard.

The points sores at the end of the days play were so close that only five points separated all players. Some fun prizes were awarded.

Chris Dennis won the men's competition closely followed by Ray McKenna. Aisling Durkin proved to be the top lady with Caroline Finlayson finishing runner-up.

The next "All Play" will be held on Sunday August 11. Prior to that, Perran Tennis will hold its annual Open Day on Sunday July 28.

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