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Thisiscornwall.co.uk© Leon Prynn

THE Whirlwind Sports Falmouth-Helston League annual meeting at Helston AFC began with a passionate report by league secretary Gerald Sobey and culminated in an equally passionate tub-thumping appeal to end the league's 50th, and final season before it merges with the Mining League season with a bang by the president, Bruce Taylor.

In his report, Mr Sobey said that the poor winter weather wreaked havoc with fixtures, especially the cup ties which, even in April, were being postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

He added that the new FA headquarters in Bodmin was much more suited to modern-day football and congratulated Dawn Aberdeen on the way she had conducted the county's day-to-day business in the absence of county secretary Barry Cudmore.

Mr Sobey said: "With the final season shortly upon us, let us all work together to ensure the 50th season is a season to remember and one where we can also all look back over those 50 years and see what we have achieved."

Treasurer Ruth Roberts said that because of the change in the way referees' appointments were made (including £705 for the previous season and £1,233 for 2009-10), the league absorbed the cost rather than clubs and that resulted in a deficit of £1,664 compared to the previous season.


Presenting his first report as registration secretary, Steve Carpenter said that 1,771 players were registered, but 378 never kicked a ball. Wendron United had the biggest squad of players with 125 registrations and St Keverne the smallest with 23.

Portreath will be joining division One after their relegation from the Jolly's Combination League and with Camborne Park Res not seeking re-election, Lizard Argyle Res and Ruan Minor were re-elected with West Cornwall, Mullion III and Troon III joining a 15-team division three.

All the league's officers and committee were re-elected along with the Falmouth-Helston Referees' Society representative Steve Annis. The season opens on Saturday, August 21 and ends on May 31.

The league's life member, Mr Brian Ridgeon, presented the awards to clubs which included:

Div I sporting shield: 1, Camborne Park (4.83); 2, Perranwell (4.81); 3, Falmouth Albion (4.37).

Div. II: 1, Perranporth (4.60); 2, Carharrack (4.50); 3, Frogpool/Cusgarne (4.26).

Div. III: 1, Lizard Argyle (4.66); 2, Wendron Res (4.20); 3, Carharrack Res (4.16).

Highest-marked Falmouth-Helston Society referee in Falmouth-Helston League: 1, Ian Pattison; 2, Kevin Knowles; 3, Mark Philpott.

Linesperson award: 1, Gary Howells (Perranwell), 9.03; 2, Adrian Walters (St Day), 9.14.

Leading scorers: Div I: Brett Southeard (Falmouth Town), 31; Mark Kent (Constantine), 25; Wade Brown (Pendeen), 23.

II: Barry Leete (Perranporth), 37; Joff Mallabar (St Day), 32; Terry Bryant (Rosudgeon), 25, Chris Reid (RNAS Culdrose), 25.

Div. II: Joe Bray (Cury), 29; Richard Whitlock (St Day), 28; Stuart Lugg (Lanner), 25.

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