The second St Columb Major Hurling, which saw Town and Country compete on Saturday 23 February 2013
Hurling was held in St Columb Major.
HUGE crowds were drawn to St Columb Major last week as the first hurling event of the year was staged. As the clock struck 4.30pm the silver ball was thrown up by veteran Townsman Gary Hawken after he had recited the traditional couplet ‘Town and Country do your best, for in this parish I must rest’. After an unusually long initial scrummage the game flowed up and down the town’s streets for some 45 minutes before a group of hurlers set off for the Town goal at Cross Putty with David Culley in possession. His progress was arrested by Countryman Phil Ellery, and it then fell to Townsman Marco Ciarlegio to carry the ball on towards the goal. When he in turn was stood (tackled) by Countryman Josh Ellery, he dealt the ball to Sean Johns who successfully made the final sprint to goal with the ball and secured his ninth win for the Townsmen. At 8pm Sean formally declared ‘Town Ball’ in Market Square before silver cocoa was provided for the children and the hurlers toured the town’s pubs to reward their efforts with silver beer – jugs of beer into which the ball had been dipped.
The second St Columb Major Silver Ball Hurling of 2012, which took place on Saturday 3 March 2012
The Shrove Tuesday Hurling was held in St Columb Major with Sean Johns claiming a 'town ball'.
St Columb Major's second Hurl of 2011 was held on Saturday. It was started by Paul Wills who threw the ball up to the waiting crowd in Market Square. Finally Sean Johns declared the 'Town Ball' after carrying the ball out of the parish, making it his fourth successive victory and seventh overall win.
THE Townsmen recorded another win in the hurling at St Columb Major on Shrove Tuesday, and 19 year old Sean Johns recorded his hat trick and sixth victory overall. However, they did not have it all their own way and the Countrymen provided stern opposition. As winner of the last hurl of 2010, Sean chose his great aunt, Margaret Johns, to throw up the ball and start the first hurl of 2011.
Bodmin Beating of the Town Bounds and Hurling the Silver Ball into the Salting Pool, Wednesday 7th April 2010.
With more than 100 people taking part, a 13 mile walk following the parish boundary stones of Bodmin, ending with the traditional hurling of the silver ball by the town mayor into the Salting Pool and a race to the town centre with the retrieved ball. Organised by Bodmin Rotary Club with sponsorship towards ShelterBox and response to the disaster in Haiti.
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The first of the two annual Silver Ball Hurling events of 2010 at St Columb Major Nr Newquay, Cornwall
The annual Shrove Tuesday Hurling of the historic Silver Ball at St Columb Major almost came to an abrupt halt as one enthusiastic hurler threw the half kilogram (20 oz) sterling silver and applewood ball slywards and, with a sickening crack of slate, it appeared to land somewhere on one of the close-knit roofs of the ancient Cornish town.
But the men of St Columb weren't to let such a temporary diversion halt their quest for glory and within minutes one of the locals could clearly be seen 40 feet up on the roof of the Red Lion pub seeking the wayward object.
It wasn't long before he located it in a roof gully of the adjoining post office and the ball was soon back on the streets of St Columb being fought for amongst the townsfolk in the traditional way before being raced to the boundary of the parish.
St Columb enjoyed its annual Hurling.
St Columb Major's Colin Rescorla was filmed by the BBC for a programme about hurling. Mayor Billy Calton also showed off some memorabilia.
St. Columb Major has introduced the BBC to the wonders of hurling and Cornish wrestling
Following the sending off of former club captain Lee Whetter, the St Austell defender stormed the stand to confront fans that according to him had been hurling verbal abuse. The confrontation soon turned into a melee with players,fans and officials all joining in.
Following the sending off of former club captain Lee Whetter, the St Austell defender stormed the stand to confront Newquay fans that according to him had been hurling verbal abuse. The confrontation soon turned into a melee with players, fans and officials all joining in. Click here to see the photos.
The second hurling of the Silver Ball during 2009 at St Columb Major, Nr Newquay
The first of the two annual Silver Ball Hurling events of 2009 at St Columb Major Nr Newquay, Cornwall
The second of the two 2008 Silver Ball Hurling events at St Columb, near Newquay, Cornwall held on Saturday 16 February 2008
Hurling at St Columb Major on Shrove Tuesday 2008
St Columb Silver Ball Hurling which took place on Saturday 3 March 2007
Shrove Tuesday (20/2/07) Silver Ball Hurling at St Columb, Cornwall.
Photos from the St Columb Silver Ball Hurling, 28th Feb 2006