Camborne’s long wait is finally over

Photo Liam Chapple has guided Camborne back to the National Leagues

Camborne clinched the Tribute South West 1 West title on Saturday along with promotion to National 3 SW next season with a fine 25-0 win at Wells.

The Cherry and Whites set their stall out in the first minute with an Alex Ducker try converted by Rhys Brownfield.

Brownfield add the extras to centre Jack Simmons’ try for a useful 14-0 half-time advantage.

A couple of second half penalties and a conversion of Ducker’s second try by Brownfield ensured that the champagne corks were popping in the Cherry and Whites’ changing room at the final whistle.

Town will be looking to celebrate with their supporters on Saturday following their final home game of the season against Thornbury.

Photo Simon Bryant: Ian Davies will take charge for the final time at the Mennaye on Sunday.

No game for the Cornish Pirates last weekend. Sunday will see them play their final home game of the Championship season against London Welsh, who won the British & Irish Cup on Sunday. It will be sad to say farewell to many including Director of Rugby Ian Davies, who has done so much for rugby not only at the Cornish Pirates, but in general throughout Cornwall. Ian we shall miss you and we wish the very best for the future.

Redruth enjoyed another away win 44-25 at Old Elthamians in National League 2 South. Skipper Sam Parsons (2), Tom Cowan-Dickie (2), Lewis Vinnicombe and John Stevens all crossed for tries, with Dave Mankee kicking four conversions and a penalty with Brett Rule adding a further penalty.

The win consolidates Redruth’s fourth place in the league. Cambridge are assured of at least a play-off spot following Saturday’s results.

The Cornish All Blacks went down to another defeat at Polson against Bishop’s Stortford 56-7. Tom Sandercock scored their only try with Fraser Honey adding the conversion.

I took in the Western Counties West game at Penryn between the Borough and St. Austell. An exciting game ended in a narrow 23-22 win for Penryn, which keeps their hopes of avoiding the drop alive for another week.

Martin Strick scored eighteen of his side’s points with a try, three penalties and two conversions. Will Paine scored the other try.

For St Austell, Sam Kendall, Andy Inch, Cavan Boyer and Ben Chenoweth all scored tries, with Boyer adding just the one conversion.

St Austell were left frustrated having scored four tries and losing the game!

The other games in this league involving Cornish clubs saw them all lose!

Truro lost 56-26 at Tiverton. Andy Riches (2), Luke Tidball and Matt Symons scored tries for Truro to get a least a bonus point with Ashley Hosking kicking three conversions.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Cullompton, going down 18-14. Mark Grubb and Matt Ballard scored tries with Danny Thomas adding both conversions.

Saltash lost at Exeter University 55-24 to remain bottom. Ben Hocking, Sean Crawford and Simon Nance scored tries with Todd Crofts kicking the other points.

In London 2 SW London Cornish lost their top of the table clash with Cobham 12-5. Cobham are confirmed Champions, with Cornish looking to secure a play-off place at Weybridge this Saturday. Mark Osei-Tutu scored the exiles’ only try.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, congratulations to Bude, who secured promotion despite not playing as Exeter Saracens forfeited the game. Bude need one more point to secure the title.

St Ives won their promotion tussle with Withycombe 37-14. Martyn Lawrence (2), Ben Taylor (2) and Tom Nicholas scored tries with Grant Thirlby kicking the other points. St Ives should wrap up promotion next weekend at Exeter Saracens.

Falmouth beat Hayle 28-15 thanks to tries from Tom Symons (2), David Jones and Paul Saberton, all converted by Justyn Irons.

For Hayle, Damien Lynes and Danny Clackworthy scored tries, with Lynes kicking a conversion and penalty.

Bodmin had one of their best wins of the season, defeating Pirates Amateurs 35-24. Paul Carter, Ashley Carter, Lee Taylor and Cody Armstrong all scored tries to get the bonus point, with Jamie Taylor kicking fifteen points.

For the Amateurs, Steve Evans, Ryan Cornish, Ryan Stanley and Treve Dugdale all scored tries for a bonus point, with James Tresize kicking a couple of conversions.

Newquay Hornets almost pulled off a third win, only losing to visitors Paignton by a point 19-20. Aaron McPherson, Tom Eustice and George Fox all scored tries, with Ryan Johns adding a couple of conversions.

On Friday evening at Wadebridge Camels, the finals of the Cornwall Colts Cup and Shield took place.

In appalling weather the Colts Cup was won by Helston 8-7 in a tight game against St Austell.


Photo – Paul Duval: Helston Colts 2016 Winners of League & Cup

Helston were almost made to pay the price for not taking the points on offer in the conditions. After a scoreless first half, Helston took the lead with a penalty kicked by skipper Dan Duval, before adding an unconverted try dotted down by winger Ben Richards out wide. St Austell struck back immediately with a converted try to set up a tense finale.

Helston add the Cup to the League they won before Christmas, to complete a fine season.

Some cheer for Launceston, as their colts won the Shield with a 20-14 win over Camborne, scoring four unconverted tries through centre Tom Osborne with a first half brace and then during the second half from hooker Harry Lightfoot and replacement lock Hugh Green.

It was a great evening and TASC was delighted to be able to sponsor the finals.

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