ENOCH EARNS ALPS TOUR CARD IN GREAT STYLE:
Truro's Rhys Enoch earned his full Alps Tour card with a stunning performance over three rounds at the Qualifying School in Spain last week, writes Peter Heyman.
The 24-year-old former Wales amateur international finished tied for second place at 12 under par on 204, just one shot behind Spanish amateur Carlos Pigem and tied with England's Alexander Christie.
After opening with a steady one under par round of 71, Enoch turned on the fireworks in the second round as he posted a brilliant eight under par 64, with an outward nine of just 30 shots that included five birdies in a row to the turn.
Altogether he carded 10 birdies and just two bogeys as he shared the lowest round of the tournament with Pigem, who also shot a 64 on day two.
Enoch fired five more birdies and an eagle on the final day on his way to a closing round of 69, which comfortably earned him his Alps Tour card for 2013.
In the new year he hopes to be fit enough, after a recent bout of glandular fever, to take this impressive form on to the Sunshine Tour in South Africa where he will be looking to make a similar impact at the Qualifying School to be played at Schoeman and Bloemfontein Golf Clubs from January 15-19.
WASH OUT AT PRAA SANDS:
The competitions for the Ladies on Saturday and the Men on Sunday were both cancelled and the course was closed following the prolonged torrential rain.
This week the Ladies play on Saturday and the Men play a Stableford on Sunday.
On New Year's Day there will be the traditional Putters off the Tee at noon, followed by the Triathlon, and these competitions are open to all playing members.
Next week the Ladies play on Wednesday morning, and the Ogres meet on Wednesday afternoon.
NO FAIRYTALE END FOR LADOCK GIANTKILLERS:
St Austell have retained the CCB Indoor Knockout Cup in a one-sided victory over outsiders Ladock in the final.
There was to be no fairytale ending for the village side, who had claimed the scalps of three more senior clubs (Truro, Wadebridge and Falmouth) on the way to the final.
The Saints' batting line up again scored at will, making 139 runs in their 12 overs.
The usual suspects of Mike and Gary Bone, Matt Ellison and Scott Barrott were again in the runs as they milked the Ladock attack, losing wickets only to run outs.
Their bowlers ensured that this total was never under threat and a disappointing final was won by the margin of 103 runs.
However, this merely reflects the current strength of the Saints and credit is due to Ladock for justifiably reaching the final.
St Austell will be entertaining the Devon champions at the Cornwall Cricket Centre in the first round of the ECB national competition on February17.
In a rearranged League fixture, Redruth picked up their first Group C points of the season in a 64-run win over St Stephen.
Scott James, after narrowly avoiding being run out at the start of his innings, went on to make 39 not out.
St Stephen's batsmen never made any headway against any of the Redruth bowlers, of whom Ben Stevens was the most successful, taking three wickets for seven runs in the low total of 34.
Unusually, as distinct from the outdoor game, all six wickets fell to bowlers, with no run outs.
The Combined Universities of Cornwall (CUC) played Mabe at Cunningham Park in an historic first encounter.
Following the inaugural annual meeting, neither side was up to full strength with some late comers giving the students a significant numerical advantage. Acres of space allowed for a surprisingly athletic encounter, building on recent fitness training and allowing for a fantastic game of Shinty.
Both teams played exceptionally well however, Mabe, with the more experienced players, came out on top with an amazing 10 goal lead – thanks largely to a superb performance by their skipper 16-year-old Chris Harry with seven goals to destroy the students.
Harry seems to have clinched the coveted Caman D'or in the last game of the season in an epic display. CUC managed to make some great runs to threaten Mabe but missed their chances.
Cornall Shinty Club chairman Matt Mossop said: "It has been almost a century since Cornwall were serious contenders in Shinty, though with a couple of new clubs (as well as the Duchy side) all set up this year, it seems likely that Cornish players will be picked to go on international tour next summer
"These are exciting times for Shinty in Cornwall. But as ever we're really keen to hear from anyone who wants to give it a go."
The sides adjourned to The Stannary to celebrate an exciting start to league shinty in Cornwall.
Result and scorers: Mabe 10 (Harry (2, 15, 21, 23, 38, 41, 76). Birkett, A. (3, 43). Mossop (83) CUC 0.
Player of the Match: Chris Harry.
If you would like to find out more about shinty in Cornwall, the organisers would be delighted to hear from you: se the website www.cornwallshintyclub.tk
RODNEY MARCH ON:
Form team, Rodney Inn A continued their great run again last week with a 9-0 whitewash against Helston RBL D in division 1 of the West Cornwall Winter Pool League. They have now dropped only one point in the last three games.
White Hart B put a dent in Lizard FC A's title challenge defeating them 7-2 thanks to singles wins from Dan Peters, Mike Southgate, Alan Pearce and Tim Pound, while Wendron CC showed they have no intention of giving up their title just yet with an 8-1 win against the Coach & Horses.
Godolphin Club F gained a 7-2 victory against St Keverne Band Club Helston RBL A are setting the pace though after a 7-2 victory against Atlantic Inn A put them in top spot over Christmas.
Helston FC C don't look like losing their unbeaten tag at the moment as they won 7-2 against the Black Swan A team andhave a comfortable lead at the top of Division 2.
Helston RBL B had an 8-1 victory over Godolphin Club A and have moved into second spot and Riley's A gained a 6-3 win over Godolphin Club D.
Wins from John Curtis, Richard Glasson, Shane Orchard and Nick Butterill helped Helston RFC A to a 6-3 win over their B team while wins from Kelvin Pengilly, Nick Kemp, Ian Richards and Tony Hicks helped Paris A to a 5-4 win over the Killigrew Inn.
In the Division 3 top of the table clash, leaders, Mullion FC defeated Lizard FC B 7-2 to make sure of them being leaders at the start of the new year and the Lion & Lamb edged out Helston FC B 5-4.
White Hart D had an 8-1 victory against Mounts Bay A and Helston RBL E had a fine 6-3 win against Queens Arms B with singles wins coming from Jake Phillimore, Barney Barnes and Daisy Adam.
Breage SC won the first five frames in their game with Lizard FC C and ended up with a 7-2 win.
In Division 4 the Rodney Inn B team defeated last week's leaders Queens Arms A 5-4 and the Five Pilchards had an impressive 7-2 victory over Potters Bar.
Red Lion A recovered from being 3-2 down to defeat Paris B 6-3 and wins from Timmy Pascoe, Alex Hale, Steve Worden and Craig Lawrence helped the Wheel Inn to a 5-4 win over Rileys B.
Red Lion B finished the year well with a 7-2 win over Constantine SC B.
All competitions will now start in the new year. Schedule will appear on the website next week and draws will come out in December.
TRURO FINISH SECOND:
Truro's Interleague side finished in the runners-up spot on Cornwall Interleague Finals day.
After a crushing defeat in the first match against Alan Davis (St Austell) by 10 frames to 2 Truro picked themselves up and beat Falmouth 10-7 and then beat Alan Davis, the same side that defeated Truro in the first round, to reach the final against Interpub (Bodmin).
Truro held their own until reaching a level score of 9-9 but then fell away to the eventual winners losing by 19 frames to 11.
Truro's finals' day team was: Rod Burrows, Ian Penfold, Mark Berry (all Cygnets), George Boyd, Paul Lord, Rik Hughes, Nick Julian (Plough A), Carl Templeton (P.B.C) and Martin Bawden (CC).
CLINTON IN COMMAND:
STR Clinton head into the Christmas break with a five point advantage over nearest challengers Illogan HI A after a 4-1 away win at Illogan HI B, writes Terry Kempe.
Richard May was Illogan's only winner in defeating STR'S Phil (fast) Lane. Illogan HI A won 3-2 away to St Rumons.
Chris Isaacs beat Rob Charman on the black. Nick Mutter made a 40 break early on his frame with youngster Brett Broad but only just managed to win the frame on the black! Brendan Isaacs was Illogan's other winner.
Jamie Read beat the little Welshman Alan Hurley, who has now lost his last three frames! Another youngster Carl Mitchell beat Chris Mcavoy.
Result of the week was Illogan C winning 3-2 away to high flying Redruth Rail A. Chris Mcavoy beat Rob Mason, John Moore beat Jason Kempthorne and Victor Wills beat John Winn. Ryan Curnow played extremely well for Rail and knocked in the highest break of the week with a very good 50 in his frame with Darren Jenkin. Mike Jenkin beat Kieran Lynch for Rail's other point of the night. Breage lost 3-2 at home to Godolphin Club.
Ant Connor, Chris Timmins and Jason Grigor were the winners for Godolphin.
Nathan Strick made a good 42 break in his frame and Kevin Gilbert who was making a rare appearance played well to win his frame against Simon Murrish. Lanner welcomed a rare win with a 3-2 home victory over Playing Place. Wayne Nicholls, Barry Mitchell and Graham Vercoe were the winners for Lanner with Graham winning his last three frames. Penponds went down 3-2 at home to Redruth Rail B. Darren Davey, Jeff Goldsworthy and Graham Beard (black ball win over Cornie Piredda) were the winners for Rail. Dave Martin and Dave Trembath replied for Penponds.
Illogan HI are top of the pile at Christmas after a 3-2 home win over Camborne Conservative B. Brendan Isaacs, Connor Arthur and Chris Isaacs were the winners for Illogan. John Buddle and Damien Trease replied for the Cons.
St Day A went down 3-2 at home to Radnor. P Falconar, Jon Barber and D Condy were the winners for Radnor. David Bolt and Keith Manley were the winners for St Day. Four Lanes exacted revenge on Park Bottom with a good 4-1 home win. There was some very good snooker in this match which also saw the highest break beaten by Four Lane's Richard Gingell with a good 44 break. Garth Dower also played very well and knocked in a good 38 break.
Andrew Phillips was their other winner. Jason Opie made a 33 break in winning Park Bottom's only frame of the night. Camborne Conservative A went down 3-2 at home to Perranporth GC. A Hocking, D Mugford and G Marson were the winners for Perranporth. Steve Lovelock and Alastair Gay replied for the Cons. Playing Place had a good 4-1 win at home to St Day B. Mike Johns was St Day's only winner. Penponds won 4-1 at home to Porthleven.
Dean Williams was Porthleven's only winner in defeating Penpond's Steve Fisher.
Redruth Rail A went down 3-2 at home to Playing Place. Ray Horton, Martin Searle and Jonathan Crowle were the winners for Place.
A Bennie and N Pengelly replied for Rail. Hideaway Bar welcomed a rare win with a 3-2 home victory over Stithians B.
Jordan O'Neill, Wayne Pellow and Mark Aleksy were the winners for Hideaway. B Buckingham and S Buckingham were the winners for Stithians.
There were two byes for Stithians A and Illogan HI. There were two matches to be re-arranged due to sickness and car accidents. I hope everyone is okay. Last week's missing result was a 3-2 away victory for Radnor over Hideaway Bar.
The Wendron Alligators U13s players have received an early Christmas present and are once again about to play football with a smile on their faces, as their coach of the last six years has accepted the club's request for him to return and take over the position of U13s manager.
Danny Everard, who has been unable to be with the team since almost the start of the season, will be retaining the help of Helston's first team central midfielder, Charlie Young, as his team's coach.
Danny said: "Charlie has done a great job while I have been unavailable. The boys all get on well with Charlie, so it's a great shout for us that he stays.
"The overwhelming support I have received from all the players and parents to return has been very humbling, and I would like to thank them all for their belief in me."
The Alligators can now look to restart their season in the Kernow Premier League, with an away fixture at Newquay, on Sunday.
Any players who feel they would like to be considered to join and play for the Alligators can give Danny a call on 0784 8040 764.
The Alligators train every Wednesday under flood lights at Wendron's all weather surface, at the main club ground, from 6-7pm.
The chimney stack at Fraddon proved a popular venue for Camborne and Redruth Motorcycle Club's Christmas Trial drawing a healthy 60 plus riders from as far away as Lynton in Devon.
Using the no-stop allowed rule, plus the new N/exp class sections were marked out well with ample room allowed ensuring hopping and skipping was not needed.
Only two people rode the Blue course with Keelan Hancock taking the win from Sam Woodridge, the C/man exp route went to Matt Tabb from Ty Hendra and Andy Coombes.
The C/man class win went to Phil Wicket who only just beat Ian Baker and Andy Muller, Young Matt Luscombe took the Youth B win and Max Diment the Youth A.
Using the new 50/50 route were the riders rode half White course and half Yellow course, the win went to Paul Warman from Chris Tabb and Keith Worden, with the later two being split by the tie break. Down on the now White course the Mono win went to Cameron Young from Andy Vercoe and Mark Hancock.
Another of the Diment family Alex took the Youth B, with Peter Higman taking the Youth C from Josh Wright. Lone trailbike man took his Pampera around for what would be a very credible ride even against the many mono's.
Tim Woodridge took the T/shock class from Kevin Hawke and Peter Bullen. Only one rider finished the beginners and that was Issac Jago riding an electric trials bike.
Results: Blue course: Prem K Hancock 36, S Woodridge 82. C /man Exp course: Prem, M Tabb 53, T Hendra 85, A Coombes 125. Yellow course: Prem, P Wicket 19, I Baker 20, A Muller 32. Youth A, M Diment 136. Youth B, M Luscombe 75. 50/50 course: Prem, P Warman 35, C Tabb 38, K Worden 38. White course: Prem, C Young 14, A Vercoe 17, M Hancock 25. T/bike, A Skelton 39. Youth B, A Diment 109. Youth C, P Higman 77, J Wright 120. T/shock T Woodridge 24, K Hawke 27, P Bullen 55. Green course: Prem, I Jago 98.
TEMPLE TROUT FISHERY:
Between the bouts of awful weather fishing has been very productive with some good bags of trout being caught, writes Julian Jones.
In favourable conditions floating lines with nymphs, buzzers and mini lures have taken some good trout. Some days have seen some good spells of surface activity.
Steve Cook, of Redruth, landed the best five-fish bag of the month at 11 lb 13 oz which was taken fishing nymphs.