Cornish lads give Navy a good run

CORNWALL U.20, 17 – 31 ROYAL NAVY U.23

By Bill Hooper at Memorial Park, Hayle

Cornwall Under 20s game the Royal Navy Under 23s a good run before eventually being out-gunned by a more physical Navy side in an entertaining game.

The match began in a downpour which made handling difficult. Cornwall suffered a blow with the early loss through injury of lock Toby Osborne.

Adam Hall (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s cuts through the Navy defence. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 23/10/22, Cornwall U20s, Royal Navy U23s, Friendly CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Hayle RFC, Memorial Ground, Cornwall, England

Cornwall dominated the opening exchanges pinning the Navy back in their twenty-two. They were rewarded with a try from hooker Matt Pritchard converted by full-back Adam Hall.

Much of the play during the first half was in mid-field with Cornwall scrum-half Joe Tanswell trying to create some space and fly-half Joss Pascoe kicking into space, however the Navy defence was very solid.

No.8 Archie Pilcher worked hard all game and was deservedly given the Cornwall-man-of-the-match award by Trelawny’s Army.

Hall increased Cornwall’s advantage with a penalty kick, as the rain began to clear the Navy began to put their game together and just before half-time their pressure was rewarded with a try from No.8 A.J. Hussell converted by fly-half Kieran Manson.

Both sides began to introduce the bench after half-time. The Navy side carried on where they had left off bossing the game. They took the lead with a try from close in from skipper Dom Cleverley.

Try number three again came from the powerful Cleverley out wide. with centre Scott adding the extras. Cornwall looked for a way back but too many errors saw promising chances missed.

Matt Boothby (St Austell) of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Angliss of Royal Navy U23s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 23/10/22, Cornwall U20s, Royal Navy U23s, Friendly CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Hayle RFC, Memorial Ground, Cornwall, England

The Navy got back downfield to score a fourth try through replacement Oli Raynor as the game moved into the final quarter.

Harry Andrewartha pulled a try back for Cornwall, bettered by replacement Archie Bees, however the Navy had the final say as Scott went over for the final try.

Cornwall U.20: Hall, Bostock, Andrewartha, Stanlake, Statton, Pascoe, Tanswell; Pearce-Cowley (Capt), Pritchard, Leigh, Williams, Osborne, Triggs, Trewin, Pilcher.

Replacements: Hambly, Boothby, Lawrence, Relton, Maunder, Chapple, Bees, Walsh-Newton, Marsden, King.

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Cornwall Under 20s name side to face Navy

PRESS RELEASE

CORNWALL U20 v ROYAL NAVY U23

Sunday 23 October @ Hayle RFC with a 1400 KO time Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) are delighted to confirm the teams for their match v the Royal Navy U23, on Sunday 23 October at Hayle RFC with a 1400 kick off time.
As the U20 County championship campaign will not commence until early in 2023, the Cornwall team will consist of several players who played in the final at Worcester Warriors back in May.
CRFU President John Sumnall said “It is great to get this year’s county rugby kicked off with this prestigious fixture against the Royal Navy U23. We thank everyone at Hayle RFC for hosting us
and allowing us to use their facilities. We also thank all our sponsors for their support and assistance with this group of players in this important game representing Cornwall. It is fantastic to see so many different clubs represented, and we thank them for their support to enable this fixture to be played”
Cornwall have named Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Plymouth Albion) as the captain for the game, alongside him is Pirates Ams Toby Osborne who is the vice-captain.


Cornwall coach Rich Kevern said – “This will be a massive test for this set of young players, some have experience from last season whilst others have come into the squad from scratch. With the change in dates for the Jason Leonard Cup, we will not start training for the new season until the New Year, so we need to blow away the cobweb’s early doors, against an older age group team, and one who have already been training together.”
Cornwall has maintained the same coaching set again with Tyler Gendall, Brad Howe coaching the forwards and Adam Kevern and Richie Kevern coaching the backs.

Owen Salmon Royal Navy U23 ADoR said, – The Royal Navy U23’s are excited to travel to Kernow to play Cornwall U20’s in what is expected to be a very competitive fixture in the build up to this season’s Inter-service Competition. There has been a long and proud history between the 2 clubs, this game presents a great opportunity to renew those links and look to the future. With RNAS Culdrose located in Helston, there have been many Navy players who have represented Cornwall, indeed current RN U23 coach Ben
Priddey pulled on the black and gold jersey for last season’s winning County Championship side. The Navy know they will face a tough young Cornish side but are looking forward to the challenge.”
Cornwall U20 preparations for the new season are well in hand, with training planned for Sunday mornings at Truro College between 1000 –1200 starting in the New Year. An extended squad list is being complied and if you are eligible and want to be considered then please contact the team manager in the first instance.

Criteria: – must be over 18 before training or playing, under 20 years of age on the 1 September 2022,
registered for a Cornwall Club, born, or are living in Cornwall, or represented Cornwall at a younger age group.
The CRFU Chair Dave Saunter said, -” This has the makings of a very exciting game between two young age group teams. It would be great if we can get good support for them on Sunday afternoon at
the memorial ground at Hayle RFC”
Entry fee on the day will be £2 on the gate, with Under 16’s entering free.
There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance.

Email – hatch0348@btinternet.com
Mob – 07967725368


Bill Hooper
Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec

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Cornwall U.20s to take on Navy U.23s

Cornwall U20 V Royal Navy U23

Hayle RFC Sunday 23 October 1400 kick off.

Cornwall U20 face their first game of the new season with a tough challenge versus the Royal Navy U23 team, at Hayle RFC on Sunday 23 October with a 1400 Kick off time.

The new seasons fixtures and opponents for the U20 have not been confirmed yet by the RFU but the opportunity to play this fixture was too good to turn down. The Cornwall squad will be most of the Championship winning team that won the Jason Leonard Cup back in May. However, some of the players will be unable to play due to other commitments and so potential players for the new season will be drafted in to introduce them to this level of rugby.

Entry will be charged at £2 per adult with children under the age of 16 gaining free admission.

This will be an opportunity for the championship winning team to play one last game together in Cornwall before the new season commences.

Further details to follow, but book the date in your diaries, and come along and support the young “Black and Golds”.

Colin Hatch

Cornwall U20 Team Manager

TASC will be providing the match ball and doing a Cornwall Man-of-the-Match Award in memory of Tom Prout.

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Cornwall Under 20s on look out for new players to join the squad

Cornwall U20 – 2022/2023 – Expressions of interest

Cornwall U20 build up to the new season has commenced. We are awaiting fixtures and dates from
the RFU but expect to commence training in early 2023.
In preparation the CRFU has written to all clubs asking for them to nominate potential players, in
addition we have players transitioning from the U18 group along with existing players from last
season.
Players must be over the age of 18 to train / play and must be under 20 years of age on the 1st of
September 2022. You must either live in Cornwall, be born in Cornwall, be registered with a Cornish
club, or have played for Cornwall in a previous age group.
We will train on Sunday mornings at Truro college on the Astro pitch between 10-12.
Any body interested in being considered for the squad or requires any further information should
initially contact the team Manager Colin Hatch on either 07967725368 or
hatch0348@btinternet.com.

Colin Hatch
Cornwall U20 Team Manager

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Award Winners Presentations made at A.G.M.

An unprecedented season of success for Cornish Representative sides, which saw them bring back across the Tamar 3 National Cups, gave rise to an interesting poll for the various player of the year awards amongst the members of Trelawny’s Army.

The Presentations took place at St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre at the conclusion of Trelawny’s Army A.G.M.

CRFU Hon.Sec Jane Bell presents the Bill Osborne Shield to Matt Shepherd

The Bill Osborne Memorial Shield, for the Cornwall Senior Player, went for the second time to St. Austell’s Matt Shepherd. Matt previously won the trophy in 2015 when playing for Launceston, the year Cornwall won their first Bill Beaumont Cup. He is only the second player to be awarded the trophy more than once, the other player being three-times winner Richard Carroll 2003,04 & 05.

Jess Humber presents her shield to Amy Bunt

The Jess Humber Shield, for the Cornwall Women’s Player went to full-back Amy Bunt of Ivybridge Ladies RFC. Amy scored in every game for Cornwall this season and proved a constant threat to the opposition with her strong runs from deep. Amy came through the ranks at Liskeard-Looe RFC and is destined for greater things in the Women’s game. 

Colin Hatch presents the Tony Mead Memorial Shield to Ethan Pearce-Cowley

The Tony Mead Memorial Shield for the Cornwall Under 20 player went to the skipper of the Jason Leonard Cup winning side, Ethan Pearce-Cowley, Ethan proved an inspirational leader of his side guiding them through a tough campaign that saw them defeat Kent at Worcester’s Sixways to become the first Cornish side to win at this level. Ethan came through the youth set-up at St. Austell RFC and is currently playing for National League1 side Plymouth Albion.    

In other presentations Colin Hatch received a case of Tribute from TASC President Sean Jarvis.

TASC Treasurer Viv Broadhurst presents Lee Maher with £500 cheque for Colts Rugby

Hon. Treasurer Viv Broadhurst presented Lee Maher with a £500 cheque to assist Colts rugby this season.

Finally retiring Press & Media Officer Bill Hooper was made a presentation for his services.

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TASC Players of the Year named

PRESS RELEASE

TRELAWNY’S ARMY SUPPORTERS CLUB NAME THEIR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

An unprecedented season of success for Cornish Representative sides, which saw them bring back across the Tamar 3 National Cups, gave rise to an interesting poll for the various player of the year awards amongst the members of Trelawny’s Army.

The Bill Osborne Memorial Shield, for the Cornwall Senior Player, goes for the second time to St. Austell’s Matt Shepherd. Matt previously won the trophy in 2015 when playing for Launceston, the year Cornwall won their first Bill Beaumont Cup. He is only the second player to be awarded the trophy more than once, the other player being three-times winner Richard Carroll 2003,04 & 05.

The Jess Humber Shield, for the Cornwall Women’s Player went to full-back Amy Bunt of Ivybridge Ladies RFC. Amy scored in every game for Cornwall this season and proved a constant threat to the opposition with her strong runs from deep. Amy came through the ranks at Liskeard-Looe RFC and is destined for greater things in the Women’s game. 

Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Cinderford) Captain of Cornwall U20s holds the Jason Leonard U20s County Championship trophy. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 01/05/22, Cornwall U20s, Kent U20s, Jason Leonard Cup Final, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Worcester, Sixways Stadium, Worcestershire, England

The Tony Mead Memorial Shield for the Cornwall Under 20 player goes to the skipper of the Jason Leonard Cup winning side, Ethan Pearce-Cowley, Ethan proved an inspirational leader of his side guiding them through a tough campaign that saw them defeat Kent at Worcester’s Sixways to become the first Cornish side to win at this level. Ethan came through the youth set-up at St. Austell RFC and is currently playing for National League1 side Plymouth Albion.    

Our award winners will be presented with their shields at the TASC A.G.M. which will be held at St Austell Brewery’s Visitor Centre on Wednesday 21st September at 7:45 pm.

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Adam Ellery R.I.P.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of former county player Adam Ellery.

Adam, who went on to become a Doctor, played for both Penzance & Newlyn and Redruth locally, also Richmond the Army and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Adam played 26 times for Cornwall between 1989-93 and was on the bench for the 1991 county final at Twickenham when Cornwall beat Yorkshire.

He was a Doctor at Godolphin Health (Praze & Connor Downs Surgeries).

Our condolences are expressed to his wife Joanne and to family and friends.

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Background video work for Cornwall U.20s

Cornwall U20 – Good luck messages for the semi-final and final of the

Jason Leonard Cup 2022

Back in April and May 2022 Cornwall U20 were involved in the semi-final and final of the
Jason Leonard Cup.
The semi-final: was an arduous 750 round trip to Lancashire to be played in front of a
partisan home crowd. The management team thought it would be a nice idea to compile a
video of messages wishing the player’s good luck. Cornwall are fortunate to have British &
Irish Lions, International, Premiership and Championship players who have played for
Cornwall, and a number are ex U20 players. We set about contacting them and asking for a
good luck message and we were overwhelmed with the results.
The following clip was played at the team hotel prior to our departure for the game.

Cornwall won the semi-final and then faced a strong Kent side in the final. The final was to
be played at Worcester Warriors home ground Sixways a few weeks after. So, a call went
out again to put together a good luck messages for the final. The following clip was played at
Clifton Rugby club before the final leg of our journey to Sixways.

Everybody involved with the Cornwall U20 would like to say a massive thank you to
everyone who contributed to the making of the video messages, it certainly played a big part
in our build up to those two massive games. The thanks must also go to Kevin Bishop
(kevinbishop media) who compiled and edited the presentations for the squad, and the
Oggymen who’s song “Cornwall My Home” was used to accompany the videos.

Colin Hatch

Cornwall U20 Team Manager

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TASC saddened to learn of passing of Thelma Sweet

It is with a heavy heart that we have learned today of the passing of Thelma Sweet, who for many years was our Membership Officer.

Thelma, with her famous hat, was a fixture in the crowd, home and away when the Black & Gold played.

She loved all the players, but ‘Deano’ Dean Shipton was her hero.

RIP Thelma, your beloved Kernow is a poorer place without you.

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Cornwall U20’s Captain Ethan Pearce Cowley attends Platinum Jubilee Event


To celebrate both Platinum Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles
becoming the Duke of Cornwall, various events are being held throughout the
country.

Ethan & Isobel at Boconnoc


One such event took place on the 18 July at Boconnoc House near Lostwithiel. The
invitees were current leaders, up-and-coming leaders, those who have made a
particular contribution to the vibrant life of Cornwall and those who have been put
forward by their communities.
Ethan was the captain of the successful Cornwall U20’s team that won the Jason
Leonard Cup for the first time in May 2022 and was nominated to attend the event
and was subsequently invited to attend.

Ethan said “It was an absolute honour to have been involved with the Cornwall
U20’s this season, and to lead the team to win the Jason Leonard Cup was an
amazing experience. To then receive this invitation to celebrate the Platinum
Jubilees of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Cornwall at Boconnoc, as a

young leader in Cornwall, was incredible. I want to thank the CRFU, all the
players, coaches, and back-room staff for their work over the season who all
contributed to make the season happen, and ultimately led to me receiving this
invitation to Boconnoc”

Colin Hatch
Cornwall U20 Team Manager

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