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West Briton County Scene Sport round-up June 13

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

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Rugby League


Following on from the fantastic away win over Somerset Vikings last weekend, the Cornish Rebels look to maintain their 100 per-cent record in the South West Mens League against Plymouth Titans on Saturday at The Recreation Ground, Redruth (2.30).

Admission is free, match day programmes are £3 and there will be a raffle with lots of great prizes in store.

This is the game in hand for both teams and is the re-arranged opening league fixture which was cancelled on May 12.

Victory for Cornwall's only Rugby League team will see them open up a two point gap at the top of the table.

Cornish Rebels have announced that they have finalised their design for the new Rebels 2014 playing kit and any company wishing to sponsor Cornwall's only Rugby League team next year are urged to get in touch.

The club has nearly 400 likes on Facebook and more than 1,200 unique visitors to their website (www.cornishrebels.co.uk) so this would provide a very good opportunity for business' looking to gain more exposure.



Darts star Gary 'Big Robbo' Robson is coming to Cornwall in September to showcase his skills with three exhibitions.

The 45-year-old, from Cramlington, Northumberland, is currently ranked eighth in the BDO rankings and 21st in the world (WDF rankings). And Cornish darts fans will get the chance to play against 'Big Robbo' when he takes part in three exhibition events on September 27-29.

Robson will play against 48 locals over the three days, starting with his first exhibition at The Commercial Hotel in St Just on September 27.

The following night he will be appearing at the Green Room in Redruth, and on his final night he will bring his exhibition to a close at the Poldark Inn in Delabole.

Robson has reached the quarter-finals of the World championships three times (in 2007, 2009 and 2011), and in 2005 he won the World Darts Trophy in the Netherlands with a 6-4 victory over Mervyn King.

Meanwhile PDC darts professional Kevin 'The Artist' Painter will be holding an exhibition at the St Rumons Club Redruth this Saturday (7.30pm).

Tickets only £6 available from Simon 07979752971 or Ian 07828172868. Many Prizes include signed boards , photos and T-shirts by top PDC players. All welcome.


A good performance from Terry Webber (28.90) helped Queens Arms A (Constantine) remain top of Men's Premier West with an 8-4 defeat of St Rumons (Redruth), but their advantage is now down to a single point.

Second-placed Astro Club (Penzance) had Danny May (100x20) top scoring in a 9-3 win over Holmans Social Club (Camborne) while Britannia Inn A (Truro) overcame Heathcoat Social Club (Redruth) 10-2. Kernow Club (Truro) held fourth placed The Tavern to a draw but there were some eye-catching performances on both sides.

Jez Campe (26.84) and Baz Allen (26.39) both performed well for the Newquay side while Dave Mills (26.20) replied for the hosts.

Western Inn (St Austell) defeated Britannia Inn C (Truro) 9-3 while Newquay Rowing Club A returned from Clipper Way Inn (Falmouth) with an 8-4 triumph.

Holmans Social Club (Camborne) were the week's biggest winners in Ladies' Premier West and had Angie Bird (19.52) leading by example in a 6-1 success against Pheasant Inn (St Newlyn East).

Claire Irons (19.99) once again inspired Four Winds (Falmouth) to a 5-2 victory away at Beacon Inn (Camborne) while winning by the narrowest of margins were Queens Arms (Constantine) and Britannia Inn (Truro) against Helston RBL and Heathcoat Social Club B (Redruth) respectively.



An endurance race dubbed as the "toughest in Britain" is set to return for its second year with a brand new route.

Taking place over the weekend of June 21-23, the 100-mile Ultra Trail South West has been designed to push even the most experienced runners to the limit with over 5,000m of vertical ascent.

The Extreme Academy at North Cornwall's Watergate Bay has been chosen as the finish line for the non-stop endurance race, which is the equivalent of running four marathons back-to-back.

The event, run by Endurancelife, starts on Friday June 21 and participants hope to complete the route within 18 to 26 hours. Around 65 per cent of runners completed the debut race in 2012.

James Barker of Endurancelife said: "The Ultra Trail South West is designed to showcase the best of the British coast. We have the most rugged and spectacular coastline in the world so it makes sense to base the event around it.

Competitors will begin their journey in Polruan and follow the South Cornish coast east for around 20 miles. The route heads inland at Looe, crossing the county over Bodmin Moor overnight, and then along the north Cornish coast from Boscastle to Watergate Bay.

The Ultra Trail South West offers a 60-mile version of the race, which begins on Saturday June 22 at 8am and follows the South West Coast Path from Boscastle to Watergate Bay. There is also the option to run the 100-mile course as a relay team.

To find out more about the race or to enter visit www.endurancelife.com.

To see other events taking place at Watergate Bay visit: www.watergatebay.co.uk/events



Falmouth's Issy Steele competed at the National Sprint Triathlon Championships in Nottingham.

She had a great swim and with the fastest bike leg of the U20 juniors, she finished second in her age group qualifying for the U20 Team GB team at the World Championships taking place in Hyde Park in September.

This was a great start to her triathlon season as she is due to compete for team GB at the European Championships in Turkey on Saturday, so had been hoping for a good race.

Issy runs with Cornwall Athletics Club and Falmouth Road Runners, cycles with Bike Chain Academy and swims at Truro Swimming Club.

She has been very lucky to have had coaching and training costs partially funded by Falmouth Road Runners and the Lord Lieutenants Fund.

Her bike was sponsored by Percuil Boatyard, with maintenance from Bike Works and Bike Chain and a bike box from Specsavers Falmouth.

Without the support from these local businesses Issy would have struggled to compete at National level. Many thanks to of all her sponsors.



The Cornwall Middleton Cup team managed to overcome the previous week's heavy defeat by Devon by recording a substantial win against Hereford at Taunton, taking 20 of the 22 points available.

With only one change in the side, Kevin Williams replacing Paul Bennett, who was unavailable, the Duchy men made steady progress throughout the match with their overall score always moving up. The rinks skipped by John Stafford and David Roe looked always set for a win while close encounters on the other rinks meant Cornwall had to battle hard for the points. In the event, Ian Drew's rink just failed to win, going into the last end in the lead but losing by one shot.

Scores (Cornwall skips first): M Read 25 L Harwood 17; T Phillips 23 A Edwards 17; J.Stafford 30, R.Gwilliam 17; S.Lawer 23 M Ricketts 20; I Drew 23 R Bithell 24, D Roe 34 S Jones 16.

Cornwall 158 Hereford 111.



Truro Squash & Racketball Club held its annual squash doubles competition playing for the Andrew Murgatroyd Doubles cup, writes Dave Smith.

Some eight doubles teams entered playing a league format. A great afternoon of doubles squash was had. Doubles squash gives a more social side to the game, with the matches being mostly fun.

Andrew Murgatroyd was a former long time member of the club and acted as treasurer for three years and is missed by many at the club. He is remembered for his love of doubles squash and generally his love of the game and the fun that came with it.

League 1 comprised four teams made up of: Simon Tai/Barnaby Smith, Liz Cowley/Keith Abbot, Dale Diment/Mark Rees and Dave Matthew/Will Tyas.

League 2 was Rosie and Dave Smith, Hannah and Will Murgatroyd, Hughie Harazi and Steve Gough and Bob and Deon Chorley.

The plate final was played between Liz and Keith versus Hannah and Will, with Liz & Keith coming out 2-0 winners of the plate.

The final for the Andrew Murgatroyd cup was played between Dale and Mark versus Bob and Deon, with Dale Diment and

Mark Rees coming out 2-0 winners.

Fly fishing


CAST Fly fishing club held their summer competition at Stithians reservoir on Sunday.

In stark contrast to previous competitions this year, the ten anglers were treated to perfect conditions to tackle a fishery that has shown a huge improvement in form recently.

The last few weeks have thrown up some excellent catches for regulars on the water, not least Steve Glanville, who experienced a hectic catch and release session, taking 25 fish on dry flies in two and a half hours. John Henderson, of Falmouth, has also had some excellent action, taking a number of fish to 4lbs using various methods but mainly on floating line and nymphs. All these fish were returned.

The competition did not produce any of the bigger specimens, although there were a couple of 2lb plus fish taken by Derek Eddy and John Henderson.

In third place with a five fish bag for 7lb 2oz was 17-year-old Oliver Hedaux of Falmouth who had four fish by lunchtime.

Second place went to John Henderson with 5 for 7lb 2oz and the winner was the irrepressible John Dolley from Redruth who bagged up for 7lb 7oz.

In all 31 fish were taken in total giving a respectable rod average of 3.

There is a series of evening competitions at Stithians starting on Saturday June 22 at 6pm. If you are interested in joining the club please contact Graeme Clement at gewc@farnedesigns.co.uk .

There will be an open competition in October with a first prize of a season ticket. Details to follow.

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