If you happen to be free on Sunday 10th February next, then jump in the car and venture to Ivybridge RFC to cheer Cornwall U.20’s against their counterparts from Devon. At stake will be qualification for the next phase of the U.20’s County Championship. Quite simply a win for Cornwall will see them through and it will be a fitting reward for skipper Neil Broadbank and the rest of the Cornwall squad ably coached by the Rawlings brothers and Steve Kenward.
Sunday’s 69-0 win over Somerset in the Redruth mud allied with Devon’s inability to get a bonus-point win over Dorset & Wilts gives the black and golds all the incentive they need. Many will remember Cornwall’s fine win over Devon at Hayle last season, none more so than Broadbank who made his debut that day and scored a fine try.
You can read my match report on the main Trelawny’s Army site along with some great photos taken by John Beech in the link here.
Also on Sunday the Cornish Pirates beat Nottingham in a tight game 11-10 in the RFU Championship a much needed boost to the Pirates’ league campaign before their back-to-back British and Irish Cup games against Swansea. Read Bill Sobey’s match report in the link
The other news involving the Cornish Pirates was the news that Redruth duo Owen Hambly and Tom Duncan had signed for the Championship club on Sunday. With Redruth’s on-going financial difficulties it has come as no surprise that the Pirates have moved quickly to secure the services of two of Redruth’s star players. For Hambly it is a second spell with the Cornish Pirates. I am sure everone will want to join me in wishing both players well. It is understood that both players will still be available to Redruth during the current season.
Last weekend was due to be a free Saturday for many clubs but with many games postponed the previous Saturday many games were rearranged.
No games for either Redruth or the Cornish All Blacks, they resume next weekend.
In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne travelled to South Devon and came away with a fine 23-22 win. Six penalties from Dave Mankee and a try from Joe Parma saw the Cherry & Whites home.
A much depleted Wadebridge Camels found Thornbury in good form as the hosts ran out winners 34-10. Ben Scott and Lee Betts got the Camel’s tries.
In Tribute Western Counties West, Penryn had a much needed win over Exeter Saracens 56-17 , whilst Truro lost at home 16-0 to Torquay Athletic.
Leaders St. Austell had a tussle with visitors Devonport Services 26-20. Alex Welland (2), Matt Shepherd and Ben Chenoweth got the Saint’s tries with Shepherd adding a couple of penalties.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, leaders Teignmouth defeated Falmouth 39-3. Newquay Hornets enjoyed a good win across the Tamar at Plymouth Barbarians 56-0 with Ashley Taylor grabbing three of Hornets eight tries. Liam Freeman not only scored two tries but bagged all eight conversions.
Hayle won the battle of the Lions as they won at Lux Park 20-18 against Liskeard-Looe. Pirates Amateurs won at the Mennaye 27-16 against OPM’s.
In Tribute Cornwall 1 Veor overcame a 24-0 deficit to win at St. Agnes 27-24, Stithians won at St. Just 29-0 and Roseland won at home 26-0 against Helston.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, School of Mines won at Illogan Park 68-38, Bodmin at Lankelly-Fowey 48-17, whilst St.Day won at Trewergie against Albany 37-7.