CLUB IN DOMINANT FORM:
Truro City Swimming Club again showed their outstanding strength with a superb display across the age groups at the annual county championships.
Held over two busy consecutive weekends and after 414 races, the squad came away with 304 personal best times, 13 county championship best times, achieving 76 regional times, with some swimmers even knocking on the door for national qualification.
The club was particularly well represented in the older age group senior/junior finals with 39 out of the 56 including Truro swimmers.
In the seniors, club stalwarts Matt Trewhella, Charlie Haynes, Tom Bolt, Chris Harris and Susie Laws coming to the fore.
Regional Champion Charlie had an amazing championships coming away with eight male senior titles including a clean sweep across all events in both freestyle and fly.
Susie competitive in all her finals obtained double senior freestyle titles in the 50 and 100m along the way.
The quartet of James Carpenter, Nicholas Laws, Jack Rogers and Jodie Kotenko combined to be competitive and represent the club so well in the junior finals.
In the age groups the squad came away with 25 gold's, 26 silver and 36 bronze. Nicholas Laws dominated and retained his age group overall title for the fourth consecutive year.
In addition further 16 squad members gaining the deserved recognition for finishing in the top eight rankings.
Truro swimmers featured heavily in these awards.
For the nine-year-old boys, Alex Sim came 2nd, for the nine-year-olds girls Isabelle Leigh came 6th, Luke Barnsley came second for the 10 year olds boys, Mia Rule came fourth for the 10-year-old girls, a trio of 11-year-olds up next for Truro with Megan Vingoe in 6th, Freya Hocking in 7th and Tanni Smitham in 8th for the girls, Sam Norton 4th, Mikey Pond 5th, and Roddy Brookes 7th for the boys.
For the 12 year old boys Tom Leigh came 3rd, for the 13-year-old boys Nicholas Laws came 1st and Jack Rogers 4th, for the 13 year old girls Jodie Kotenko came 6th, for the 14-year-old boys another trio of superstars from Truro with Oscar Davies 5th, Euan Dungavel 6th and Quinn Clapton 8th.
Points accumulated over all the annual county events (relay, distance and main county block galas) are combined to determine the best overall performing club and subsequent county champions. Truro City came out on top with 951 points and is delighted to be award the Ellis trophy.
Head Coach Emily Dart and her team of coaches/management where extremely pleased with this performance, the motivation of the squad and how they delivered showed great club spirit and ethos; they continue to progress well under her team and swim programmes.
Preparations now turned to the ASA western regional championships in May and June, of which Truro City has 'currently' five age group and five senior swimmers qualified with many more very close to qualifying, they will be training hard to achieve qualification at forthcoming galas.
TRURO LOSE OUT IN FINAL:
St Austell completed a hat-trick of titles in the CCB Indoor Sixes Premier Division finals on Sunday with a four wicket victory over Truro.
This provided some revenge for their defeat by Truro in the Knockout Cup final.
In Sunday evening's final, Truro were rocked from the start by the accurate attack of Scott Barrott and Callum Wilson (2-13) and some sharp fielding, which saw three men run out.
Steve Raven and Oli Geeves continued the tight bowling, as Liam Lombard (16) and Rob Harrison (14) made the only reasonable scores and the innings slumped to 42 all out.
Wilson and Matt Ellison, however, were dismissed cheaply in the reply, as Harrison and van Rooyen made things as difficult as they could for St Austell.
Eventually, with the experience of Gary Bone, who made 23 not out and saw the innings through with Barrott, the required total of 43 was nowhere near enough and it was St Austell's title again.
Truro and St Austell saw off the challenge of Ladock and Newquay with ease in the semi-finals. Truro's 133 for no wicket was compiled by Kyle van Rooyen, Liam Lombard, Scott Harvey and Rob Harrison, who all shared the runs, then Ladock were restricted to just 62 for 5.
St Austell bowled out Newquay for even less, 59, as Gavin Oxley-Bryan made 28 to ensure some respectability to the total. Callum Wilson (2-6) and Steve Raven (2-9) did the damage with the ball for the Saints. Wilson and Matt Ellison the eased past the required total to set up the much awaited third clash of the big guns this spring.
Semi-finals: Truro 133-0, Ladock 62-5 (Truro won by 71 runs); Newquay 59, St Austell 61-0 (St Austell won by 6 wkts).
Final: Truro 42, St Austell 43-2 (St Austell won by 4 wkts).
LANE ENDS WITH A WIN:
In the western section of the Cornwall Invitational Premier Snooker League, Phil Lane (St Rumons), having already qualified for the final, inished off his campaign with a 6-0 win against Simon Hosking (Penponds) and in the process took the high break prize for the section with a 9-2 break. Phil also gained a 60 in the match.
Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club) moved into second spot after a 5-1 win against Rob Johns (St Rumons), Chris had breaks of 51 & 65.
Alan Hurley (St Rumons) and Carl Boundy (St Day) shared a 3-3 draw and also shared 42 breaks while Bobby Southworth (St Rumons) also shared a 3-3 draw with Simon Hosking.
SO CLOSE AT THE TOP:
The final round of this year's rifle shooting shoulder to shoulder league resulted in an extremely close finish.
City of Truro Rifle Club and Penzance & St Ives Rifle Club were drawn with six wins, one draw and one loss each giving them a points total of 13 each so the league was decided on gun score.
City of Truro had an aggregate gun score of 3893 while Penzance & St Ives scored 3916 giving them a win by just 23 points out of a total of 4000, a superb win by Penzance & St Ives in this year's closely fought league.
St Austell Rifle Club were third with a creditable four points.
Shoulder to shoulder V Horse shoe league is an annual shoot between the Horseshoe League (Looe, Liskeard, Bodmin and Polperro) and the Shoulder to Shoulder league (Helston, Truro, St Austell, and Penzance & St Ives).
Ten shooters from each team shoot with the six best results counting, scores are worked out on the Macrae system. Shoulder to Shoulder League won with 600.847points against Horseshoe League 600.553.
For further details of small bore target shooting in Cornwall including how to start small bore target shooting and how to join a club please see their website www.ctsa.org.uk
SPRING CUP TRIAL:
George Edyvean won the Pendennis motor club's Spring Cup trial at Blankidnick Farm, Perranarworthal, in fine Spring like weather.
Now getting used to his four stroke power he beat Simon James by a clear margin with Ian Martin shaking off a bout tonsillitis to take third. On the clubman Expert route local man Gareth Andrew had a close battle with Phil Atkins and David Richards for the honours, with Phil and David being separated by the most cleans tie break.
After a recent injury usual clubman/expert runner Robin Martin took the Clubman win from Matt Tabb also coming back from injury, with Matt's dad Steve third.
The 50/50 route win went to Michael Clarke from Richard Parkyn and Ross Fraser. Simon Ferris had a clear win on the novice course beating Adrian Bray and Reg Hicks. Two riders rode the green course but only Brian Hale made it to the end taking the win.
Results: Expert course: Prem, G Edyvean 29, S James 38. C/exp course: Prem, G Andrew 33, P Atkins 37 (31 cleans), D Richards 37 (29 cleans). C/man course: Prem, R Martin 30, M Tabb 44, S Tabb 56. Mono N/exp course: Prem, M Clarke 7, R Parkyn 19, R Fraser 22. Mono Novice course: Prem, S Ferris 18, A Bray 32. T/S Prem, P Bullen 48. Green course: Prem, B Hale 37.
TROUT SEASON STARTS:
The long awaited start to the trout fishing season is finally upon us and with it came the first CAST competition at Stithians reservoir.
The anticipation was a mild spring day with the sun gently warming your back as the insects start to hatch from the surrounding vegetation, the odd trout lazily rising to a well presented fly.
The reality was a cold, creeping mist that was occasionally lifted by a bitter North Westerly wind. Anglers had to intermittently leave their wading spots to get the blood circulating in their feet once again and as for the fish, well they must have still been in hibernation, all except the nine that came to the 17 anglers' nets.
John Henderson woke three of the fish out of their slumber to take first place, while John Dolley's two fish gave him second place over Roger Marks' brace.
So not the start we had all hoped for but there is no doubt that the fish are in there, some big ones to boot.
What's needed is a mild spring day, the sun gently warming your back as the insects start to hatch from the surrounding vegetation and this place could get pretty hectic. The next competition is at Siblyback reservoir on Sunday April 13. For more information on joining the club please contact Graeme at firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNWALL SUPER LEAGUE:
In Men's Premier West only one point separates the top five teams.
Queens Arms A (Constantine) top the table after inflicting on Albany RFC D (Redruth) an 11-0 drubbing, while White Hart Inn (Camborne) defeated Kernow Club (Truro) 9-2 and are one of four teams sharing second place.
Simon May (27.38) caught the eye in Holman Social Club's (St Austell) 8-3 win over Green Room A (Redruth), while Astro Club (Penzance) had Carl Ninnis (26.37) winning well in an 11-0 whitewash of St Rumons (Redruth).
Britannia Inn A (Truro) are up among the front runners following their 7-4 victory at The Tavern and they received good service from both Kevin Pascoe (26.45) and Mike Pascoe (27.33). Jez Campe was the form player for the Newquay side and returned a 27.36 average.