CORNWALL YOUNGSTERS IN FORM AT SW CHAMPS:
Following on from last week's county record Maria Brett (Corn Coll-St.Aust) won the senior girls' hammer not only extending her County record to 46m29c, but also establishing a new Championship Best and National Standard performance at the SW Schools' Athletic Championships, writes Mo Pearson.
The event held at Exeter on Saturday suffered from strong winds and occasional showers which helped some events but also hindered many.
Patrick Swan (Redruth) was the only double winner in winning the Inter boys hammer and setting a new County record and National standard throw of 48m20cm to win the discus.
The wind aided the horizontal jumps with Olly Clark (Richard Lander) winning the Inter boys' long jump with a new County record of 6.47m and fellow training partner Jordan Walklett (Pool) who won the triple jump with 13.51m. Georgia Doyle-Lay (Richard Lander) won the Junior girls' long jump with an impressive leap of 5.19m.
Georgia was also third in the 200m and anchored the junior girls relay of Rebecca Gray (Camb), Shannon-Mae Watkins (Fowey) & Karenza Hurr (Hayle) to a new county record of 51.69.
Charlotte Cayton-Smith (Tretherras) ran a well timed race to win the Inter girls 800m as did Sam Lane de Courtin (Call) in the Inter boys 1500m S/Chase. Corey Cross (Penrice) won the Inter boys 400m Hurdles with a powerful run in the home strait.
In the windy conditions it was good to see Fynley Caudery (Redruth) cope with the conditions to win the Junior boys pole vault. New to the County athletic team Amy Bennallick (Callington) was second in the Intermediate girls' triple jump with a National entry standard. Jack Nancarrow (Penryn) was second in the Junior boys 300m setting yet another County record of 37.83.
Four senior athletes were placed second Callum Jones (Helston) in the 1500m, Connor Swan (Truro College) in the javelin, Katie Yeomans ( Truro College) in the long jump with a new County record and Lottie Jose (Truro College) in the discus. Two further senior athletes were third Alice Vage (Truro Coll) in the javelin and Jack Wightman (Corn Coll-St Aust) in the 200m. Jack's time was a National entry standard.
Three junior athletes were third: Kieron Madden (Bodmin) in the hammer and fellow school colleague Lily England in the 800m. Another of the members of the junior girls' relay team Rebecca Gray ran a new PB in the 75m hurdles.
Cornwall's top three finishers:
Junior Girls. 75m Hurdles 3.R.Gray 11.83. 200m 3. G.Doyle-Lay 26.79. 800m 3. L.England 2.25.04. Relay 2. 51.69 CR. Ljump 1. G.Doyle-Lay 5.19. NE.
Intermediate Girls: 800m 1.C.Cayton-Smith 2.19.88. Tjump 2. A.Bennallick 10.83 NE.
Senior Girls: Hammer 1. M.Brett 46.29 CBP/CR/NS. Ljump 2. K.Yeomans 5.32CR. Discus 2. L.Jose 29.94. Javelin 3.A.Vage 31.88.
Junior Boys: 300m 2. J.Nancarrow 37.83 CR/NE. Hammer 3.K.Madden 27.84. P.Vault 1.F.Caudery 2.70.
Intermediate Boys: 400m Hurdles 1. C.Cross 60.82. 1500m S/Chase 1. S.Lane de Courtin 4.31.01. Ljump 1.O.Clark 6.47 NE/CR. Tjump 1. J.Walklett 13.51 NE. Hammer 1. P.Swan 47.06. Discus 1.P.Swan 48.20 NS/CR.
Senior Boys: 200m 3.J.Wightman 22.26 NE. 1500m 2.C. Jones 4.03.08. Javelin 2. C.Swan 49.79.
MOLLY STILL HOPES:
Coach John Knowles believes that Truro School's Molly Long still has a fighting chance of making her international debut for Great Britain this summer.
Long's hopes appeared to have been cruelly dashed at the weekend when a sudden attack of asthma forced her to drop out of the final of the under 20 women's 800m at the England Championships in Bedford.
The 16-year-old student was given oxygen at trackside and medical treatment and while she quickly recovered the fall-out from failing to finish may not be what the doctor ordered to put a smile back on Long's face.
The championships incorporated the official trials for the European Junior Championships and the unofficial ones for the World Youth Games for which Long had a great chance of selection having recently run well inside the qualifying standard of 2:08 with a magnificent personal best of 2mins 06.30secs.
"Molly is feeling pretty down but I think there is still a good chance that she will be selected," said coach John Knowles.
"She is well inside the qualifying time and she is a developing athlete who is improving all the time. The World Youth Championships are intended for athletes like that and hopefully the selectors will look at what Molly has done this season and look at the reasons why she had to drop out in Sunday's race.
"She was running okay and was well place when she had the asthma attack. We'll have to wait and see what the selectors decide next week but it is not over yet."
CATS READY TO ROAR:
Surf powerboat racers from all over the country will descend on Watergate Bay for the Thundercat 2013 National Championships later this month.
The Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay, newquay. is set to host the seventh and eighth rounds of the competition over the weekend of Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30.
Powered by 50hp outboard engines, Thundercats are four-metre-long inflatable catamarans, which are capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph.
Each boat is crewed by two people: a driver to steer and a co-pilot to stabilise the boat and achieve the greatest speed possible around the M-shaped course.
With the course just ten miles from the shoreline, spectators are able to get close up to the action.
Will Ashworth of Watergate Bay Hotel said: "This is the second time we've hosted the Thundercat National Championships and we're delighted to be involved in such a unique event again.
"The sport is really different from anything else we host at Watergate Bay. The races are adrenaline-filled and it's a lot of fun to watch, so it'll make a great warm up for the World Championships later this year."
The June event will see teams earn points across heats throughout the weekend with the chance to earn double points in the final round on Sunday.
Competitors are able to enter one of two categories. The 'Pro Stock' category is for the advanced racers, who are allowed to enhance and modify their engines to increase their maximum speed. Beginners are encouraged to enter the 'Stock' category where only minor modifications may be made.
As well as earning vital points in the National Championships, many crews will be using the two-day event as preparation for the World Championships which are to be held at Watergate Bay and Pentewan Sands over the weekend of October 11-13.
Fiona Pascoe, Head of ThunderCat Racing UK said: "The reception we have received in Cornwall has been absolutely fantastic.
"It's about getting bigger and better, hence my decision to host the prestigious World Championship in Cornwall."
For more information or to see other events taking place at Watergate Bay visit www.watergatebay.co.uk/events/calendar.
CORNWALL CONTINUE ON WINNING TRAIL:
Cornwall's men achieved another comprehensive Middleton Cup victory in gusty conditions at North Petherton on Saturday when they beat Somerset by 53 shots, taking 20 of the 22 points available, writes Grenville Phillips.
Team manager Mike Tout made changes in the team which beat Hereford the previous week, bringing in Ben Cotton to replace Andrew Barron in Ian Drew's rink, with Mark Eddy and Peter Brooks replacing Charlie Gay and Nigel Laity in Steve Lawer's rink.
The Duchy were never behind in the match and, after 10 ends had doubled Somerset's score. John Stafford and his men overwhelmed the opposition, who did not score a shot until the 12th end.
Apart from Steve Lawer's four the others made steady progress, with England international Mark Read pulling off some good shots to keep his rink in contention.
Lawer's four, playing on the rink most affected by the wind, struggled against England international Ridout, finally losing by eight. Cornwall play the final game of the Group stage against Dorset at St Austell on Saturday.
Scores (Cornwall skips first): S Lawer 15 L Ridout 23; T Phillips 25 J Amery 11; J Stafford 30 J Branfield 3; D.Roe 21 J Hick 15; M Read 22 A Rendell 13; I Drew 17 C Doughty 12.
Cornwall 130, Somerset 77.
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
There were high standards attained in Men's Premier West with three players achieving a three-dart average of more than 90.00.
Paul Cook (30.67) inspired White Hart (Camborne) to a 10-2 victory away at Britannia Inn C (Truro) while Brian Jones achieved an identical average when steering Astro Club (Penzance) to an 8-4 success at St Rumons (Redruth).
Mark Simmons (30.06) produced his best performance of the campaign but finished up on the wrong end of a 9-3 scoreline when Heathcoat Social Club (Redruth) were defeated 9-3 on their visit to Kernow Club (Truro).
Second placed Queens Arms A (Constantine) were held to a draw at The Tavern (Newquay) while Holmans Social Club (Camborne) and Newquay Rowing Club A were both 7-5 winners against Clipper Way Inn (Falmouth) and Western Inn (St Austell) respectively.
Holmans Social Club (Camborne) remain the leaders in Ladies' Premier West after winning 5-2 at Queens Arms (Constantine) but Four Winds Inn, who have a match in hand on the leaders, moved to within five points when beating Albany RFC A (Redruth) 6-1.
Beacon Inn (Camborne) won by the narrowest of margins at Heathcoat Social Club B (Redruth) while Britannia Inn (Truro) and Constantine Social Club both emerged 6-1 winners against Pheasant Inn (St Newlyn East) and Helston RBL respectively.
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DUCHY TRIO RETAIN ENGLAND SQUAD BERTHS:
Cornwall's three England Squad members, Peter Hore (Holmans), Elise Daniell (Holmans) and Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) have retained their places in the squad for the 2013/14 season, a World Championship year.
Eight local bowlers have entered the 'Short Mat Players Tour' UK Open Singles to be played over the weekend of August 31 and September 1 at Bromsgrove Indoor Bowling Club. They are: Peter Hore, Elise Daniell, Nigel Nicholls, Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan), Luke Jolly (Treviscoe), Tom Westlake (Lanjeth), Neil Gribble (Landrake) and Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake).
Nigel competed in last year's competition reaching the last 16 of the knockout stages, in turn scoring one point to place on the Order of Merit, one of 107 bowlers who who scored points during the season.
The Short Mat Players' Tour was founded in 2011 with the aim to promote the sport of Short Mat Bowls and organise world class competitions that are suitable for all players to enter, from beginners to World Champions. Players of any ability, age, disability, nationality and gender are welcome. Competitions are held in England, Ireland, Belgium and Sweden through the season.
The final unbeaten record in this year's Summer League competition fell on Thursday when Nomads were defeated at Withiel by 21 shots to 14. No clear front runner is emerging so far and it its beginning to look like the bonus points that are scored for aggregate scores in the second half of the season will be crucial.
FATHER'S DAY TRIAL:
Burthy Row, near Fraddon, proved as challenging as ever for this year's Camborne and Redruth Father's Day trial.
Using nine double sub sections ridden three times, the 34 solos were lead home by Simon James riding on the expert course.
As ever Robin Martin was the best Cl/exp followed home by Matt Tabb and Andy Coombes, while in the Clubman class Dave Kemp and Steve Tabb had a close fight having to be split by the most cleans.
Young Ty Hendra only dropped one more point than his adult peers to take best Youth A, and James Wilcox the best Youth B.
Ian Yeates took the N/exp route win followed by Graham Airey and Jason Davies,down on the white route the Trailbike win went to Andy Skelton with Kevin Hawke taking the Twinshock class, in the Mono class the best ride went to Chris Tabb from Andy Vercoe and Tim Jasper.
Four riders rode in the beginners' class with Jason Pengelly taking the adult win from Chris Hooper while Finlay Rule took the Youth award from Josh Pengelly. Four outfits rode a seperate course with Tristan and Carl Jenkins beating Darren James and passenger for the Expert class win, the N/exp class win went to Mike Jewel and Graham Clark from Sean Jenkin and Phil Highland.
Expert course: Prem, S James 35. C/exp course: Prem, R Martin 46, M Tabb 54, A Coombes 70. C/man course: Prem, D Kemp 23, S Tabb 23. Youth A, T Hendra 24. Youth B, J Wilcox 57.
N/exp course: Prem, I Yeates 24, G Airey 26, J Davis 34. Mono course: Prem, C Tabb 3, A Vercoe 17, T Jasper 18. Trailbike, A Skelton 9. T/shock, K Hawke 21. Beginners course: Adult, J Pengelly 21, C Hooper 34.
Youth: F Rule 3, J Pengelly 77. S/cars course: Exp Prem, T/C Jenkin 17, D James / D Tulley 23. N/exp Prem, M Jewel / G Clark 44, S Jenkin / P Highland 54.