BONANZA AT CARN BREA:
More than 80 players from all over Cornwall joined visitors from Devon and Gloucestershire at Carn Brea Leisure Centre to take part in Cornwall Badminton Association's Bonanza.
The idea of Badminton Bonanza tournaments is to give both social players and those who play league badminton a chance to try out and develop their skills against different players.
Many regulars were joined by some welcome new faces as the tournament goes from strength to strength, with any profits going towards developing new clubs in Cornwall.
This year's tournament at the Pool centre was another great success, and thanks go to the Carn Brea staff who came to the rescue when the original venue, the new Truro School sports hall cancelled at the 11th hour.
The visiting Gloucestershire players proved hard to beat in the league section, winning the men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, although the Cornish girls were too strong in the ladies' singles and doubles and they won through in these finals.
The social section again gave the chance for the local players to shine, and they triumphed in the men's singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles, with the ladies singles and doubles just going to the Gloucestershire girls, before their long trip home.
Singles: Social men's winner – Martin Penney, r-up Jake Turpie. League men's winner – Simon Gay, r-up James Newman. Social ladies' winner – Lizzy Seabridge, r-up Julie Norbury. League ladies' winner – Kassy Bull, r-up Kelly Freeman.
Doubles: Men's social winners –Bill Edgar and Chris McCarthy; r-up Mike Ezra and Martin Penney. Men's league winners: Simon Gay and James Newman; r-up Simon Forni and Adam Hauser. Ladies social winners – Lizzy Seabridge and Julie Norbury; r-up Zelda Bennett and Marnie Boston; Ladies' league winners – Debbie Blight and Kay Bossenger; r-up: Val Reed and Jessica Reed. Mixed social winners: Chris McCarthy and Tamsyn Cleave; r-up Adam Hauser and Lizzy Seabridge; Mixed league winners – Simon Gay and Kelly Freeman; r-up James Newman and Julie Norbury.
KERRIER JUNIOR OPEN:
Despite the trials and tribulations of facing ever increasing monetary charges, First Edition Junior Badminton Club staged its popular Kerrier Junior Open Tournament at Truro School, writes Alan Williams.
The upsurge in the number of tournaments available to Children of all age groups throughout the Country, has resulted in a small decline in the overall number of entries.
In the past, support came from 10-12 counties, whereas currently the figures show very few come from beyond the Devon and Cornwall borders.
Those from more distant realms now have tournaments of equal standing on their doorsteps which they are opting to enter, thus saving time and money in travelling.
The overall standard was excellent, with the U13s displaying their usual abundance of endeavour, enthusiasm and enjoyment, with the two outstanding performers being Amelia Burrell and Daniel Conway.
Amy Polglase (Cornwall) was the stand out player in the Girls' U15, Lewis Jeffery and Danny Alford (Cornwall), recorded a great win in the doubles over more fancied opponents and Lewis, in his first full season, came within a whisker of taking the singles title as well.
Two more Cornwall boys – Will Bick and Milo Semoninm – played out of their skins to beat the pre-tourney favourites from Devon in the doubles final.
Finally, special mention must be made of young Laura Galley (Cornwall) who arguably, was the most talented natural athlete in the competition. With the skill factor improving in leaps and bounds, she has a very bright future ahead.
Many thanks to referee Alison Williams who conducted her orchestra of helpers with her usual competence.
RESULTS: UNDER 13: Girls' Singles Amelia Burrell beat Amy Walker 21/8. Girls' Doubles: Amelia Burrell/Ellie Reed bt Cara Collins/Charlotte Freer four games to three (Round Robin). Boys' Singles Daniel Conway bt Toby Leung 21/12. Boys' Doubles: Daniel Conway/Owen Waters bt Toby Leung/Will Freer 21/12.
UNDER 15: Girls' Singles: Amy Polglase bt Lucy Cooper 21/10. Girls' Doubles: Leanne York/Lucy Cooper bt Anya Paton/Robyn Bowman four games to three (Round Robin); Boys' Singles: Alex Moir bt Lewis Jeffery 21/19; Boys' Doubles: Lewis Jeffery/Danny Alford bt Alex Moir/Carl Fordham five games to four (Round Robin).
UNDER 17: Girls' Singles Lauren Theedom bt Laura Galley 21/16; Girls' Doubles Lauren Theedom/Mae Sing Lim bt Kellen Moore/Amelia Burrell three games to two (Round Robin); Boys' Singles William Fryer bt Kieron Wong 21/15; Boys' Doubles: William Bick/Milo Semonin bt; William Fryer/Kieron Wong 21/18.
CORNWALL AT FAIR:
This year's award-winning Westcountry Equine Fair takes place at Westpoint in Exeter this weekend.
Cornwall is well-represented both in the arena and the Shopping Village.
Shea Cornish, from Penzance, will be one of 15 young riders to take part in a Junior Show Jumping Competition on Sunday. Shea, aged 13, will be riding Giddy Up Ginge, whom she has been riding for seven years.
The Pony Club Horse and Hound Challenge, a fast-paced competition will see the Four Burrow Hunt Pony Club compete against teams from Somerset and Devon. The Four Burrow Club is long-established and covers West of Cornwall from Hayle to Newquay.
The Stallion Parade is a popular part of the show and Angelo of Asgard (or Ghost, as he is better known), an eight-year-old Knabstrupper Stallion, together with Hallmark DS, a three-year-old Irish Sports Horse Stallion, will be showing their skills to music on Saturday, in the indoor arena.
Tredellans Black Prince, a five-year-old Fell Pony, will be appearing in the Stallion Parade on Sunday, and will also be shown in the Breed Society area.
The Equine Fair boasts an excellent equestrian Shopping Village in the main hall and annexe.
JLB Horsewear from Hayle, Kernow Equestrian from Bodmin and Treslothan Alpacas are among the many Cornish companies providing advice, style and new products for the dedicated rider.
Equestrian diary dates, see Page 88.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM & GET IN FOR A FIVER:
When the Cornish Pirates play Jersey at home in the British & Irish Cup game on Saturday (kick-off 7pm), the club are offering an opportunity for supporters from all clubs across Cornwall to gain admission for £5.
This ticket offer is open to all supporters who can either verify that they are members of a Cornish club by showing their club membership card, or by displaying a ticket stub or match programme from another game they will have watched that day in Cornwall.
Ground entry for supporters taking up this offer will be at Gate 4, sited in the corner between the clubhouse and the squash courts.
Besides the rugby, there will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments on offer.
A band will play pre-match, Kernow King will entertain both at half-time and after the game, plus local popular group Blue Horyzon will be performing in the upgraded marquee.
SIX FOR £66 TICKET OFFER:
With Christmas fast approaching the Pirates are offering a 'Six Pack' ticket offer for £66.
The Christmas Six Pack includes the British & Irish Cup pool 6 match against Ayr on Sunday January 12, plus all five remaining home Greene King IPA Championship Stage 1 matches, ending with Rotherham Titans on April 13.
For details or to purchase a 'Six Pack' call Sue in the ticket office on 01736 331961, open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon.
WEATHER THWARTS BODY:
Cornwall windsurfer Christian Body took part in the final BSA Slalom event for the 2013 Series held at Weymouth.
Although expectations were high, with winds of 40 knots forecast and everyone was planning what small kit they were going to take, the strong wind failed to arrive and in the end there was only enough wind to race on the Saturday.
With winds on the Saturday of 18-20 knots maximum, there was only time for one full round before the winds dropped below the minimum required for racing.
Body, 19, from Stithians, was hoping for a full weekend of racing to ensure that he retained his Pro-Fleet Youth Champion title, but unfortunately the single race was not enough and he was pipped to the post by one place, taking the second Pro-Fleet Youth position for the 2013 series and an overall ranking of 11th Pro-Fleet Slalom Windsurfer in the UK.
He is currently undergoing physiotherapy on a shoulder injury that has plagued him all season, but is hoping to continue his training, after a recovery period, with Ross Williams and the Winter Slalom training sessions in Weymouth.
His goals for next season are to secure a place in the top five UK Slalom Pro-Fleet BSA Series and to compete in the IFCA World Slalom Championships in May being held in the Azores, in preparation for his ultimate aim to eventually compete on the PWA circuit.
He would like to thank all of his sponsors who have supported him throughout the season and looks forward to working with them again next year.
They are: Gul, Severne, Starboard, Grasshopper Foods, Windsurfing Fins, Buffwear, Hero Energy & Tech Trial.
Full details about his windsurfing can be found on his website www.gbr709.com
ANOTHER BLOW FOR CORNWALL LEAGUE:
Cornwall Women's Football League are disappointed to have reluctantly accepted the withdrawal of Liskeard Ladies bringing to five the total of teams who have withdrawn this season.
At this year's annual meeting, the committee were delighted to have entries from 12 sides and voted to set up with two divisions of six teams, based east and west within the county to help ease travelling for those at the geographical extremities..
As Hayle, West Cornwall, St Dominick and Kilkhampton all withdrew from lack of players the league was restructured back to one division with this season's new team Liskeard struggling to keep 11 players as they moved to neighbouring higher league clubs.
The CWFL endeavoured to support Liskeard by delaying their start to the season and clubs voted to play them at a smaller-sided format to try to retain them, but having failed to raise a side for their last three fixtures, the club have withdrawn hoping to regroup for next season.
With Falmouth Ladies and now Torpoint Ladies withdrawing from the SWWFL this bring the total Cornish Ladies teams withdrawing to seven this season.
The CWFL has worked really hard to retain its teams, but the decline in numbers is now really concerning.
Each season, a team is promoted from the CWFL to the SWWFL but as that league is not full no teams are coming back down to the CWFL.
CWFL Chair Mandy Kimmins said: "As a committee we have tried really hard to support Liskeard and the other teams within our league.
"We are hopeful Liskeard will be able to re-group and be back playing next season.
"With a lack of new teams being formed and none coming back down as teams are promoted the committee is really concerned about the future for our league which was established in 1998 and, at its peak, had 27 teams.
"We have managed to retain some players from teams that have withdrawn by signposting them to other clubs and we are really hopeful that our remaining seven teams have strong squad numbers and will be able to complete this season but for the league to sustain into the future more teams are needed."
Any clubs interested in starting a new ladies side or any ladies aged 16 years or over of any level of experience who would like to join one of the existing teams please contact CWFL registrations secretary Denzil Lobb on 01872 552091 or email email@example.com
Surf Life Saving
A Cornwall lecturer has been involved in international talks to reinstate surf sports at European level.
Glenn Eldridge, a lecturer for the B.Sc Sports Performance and Coaching at Cornwall College, was part a four strong British delegate flown out to Germany.
Glenn attended the European region of the world life saving authority (ILSE) as a representative of British coaches in the sport.
The conference discussed the continued involvement of Ironman, ski and beach sprinting at European championships.
"As a previous European champion and medalist in both the ski and Ironman and national level coach, Glenn was felt best placed to present a valid argument for us" said Andrew Byatt.
Glenn said: "It was a pretty intense conference and the first time I have had to meet people who hold such high level positions.
"It was vital that we got our point across clearly and to encourage other European members states to vote along side us.
"Without these disciplines we (GB Surf Life Saving) would be severely disadvantaged on a European stage as we have produced numerous European champions in these events, most of whom are based in Cornwall."
After two days of travel and a full day of discussions the quartet returned home with a vital victory
Glenn said: "As a coach this means a great deal but more so to the athletes.
"We have a number of female and male Cornish athletes, some of whom I currently coach, who have the potential to win European titles in sprint, Ironman and ski."