Shepherd & Phillips named Players of the Year

Trelawny’s Army members elect their Players of the Year

Report by Bill Hooper TASC Press Officer, Photos Simon Bryant Iktis photo

Winner of the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield

Cornwall’s triumph at Twickenham in winning the Bill Beaumont Cup ensured huge interest from the membership in choosing this season’s Player of the Year. There were no shortage of candidates in the running for the Cornwall Senior Player of the Year award, but in the end voting was pretty well unanimous for our winner, former Cornish All Black scrum-half Matt Shepherd, now with Graham Dawe’s Plymouth Albion.

Photo – Matt Shepherd after scoring his first try at Twickenham

Shepherd, a product of the St. Austell club, previously had a spell with Redruth at National League level before re-joining St. Austell, guiding them to promotion to South West 1 West, plus a second Cornwall Knock Out Cup final in 2014, where they lost to Camborne. He joined Launceston last season to improve his game and that led to his having a campaign to remember.

He picked up the Paul Bawden trophy as man-of-the-match in Cornwall’s Tamar Cup win against Devon, the first player to win that particular accolade twice.

He then help mastermind Cornwall’s assault on Twickenham, scoring four tries during the Championship, including two in the final and kicked a total of forty-two points.

Shepherd’s exploits last May saw him fully deserve his selection by England Counties for the tour to Romania.

The Tony Mead Memorial Shield for Cornwall U20 Player goes to loose-head prop forward Tommy Phillips, who spent last season at Redruth having joined the club from Truro College.

Photo – Tommy Phillips Cornwall Under 20 Player of the Year

Tommy is product of Helston RFC mini and juniors, and has previously been awarded the Mischler Cup as Cornwall U18 group player of the year.

Tommy’s progress with the Reds was truly outstanding last season and he was called up to the full county squad making his debut in the Tamar Cup and going on to be part of the County Championship squad.

One of the stars of the Cornwall Under 20 side that reached the National semi-final, that lost to eventual champions Yorkshire at Camborne, Tommy attended the Welbeck festival were he won selection for the England Counties Under 20 tour to Hungary last June.

The young prospect’s performances have seen him earn a Player Development Fund contract with the Cornish Pirates this season. He made his debut for the Pirates in the pre-season game against Camborne and also featured in the big win against Bath University at Torquay. He has been sent back on loan to Redruth to further his development.

Sadly, due to prior commitments, neither player will be available to receive their awards on the night.

Matt Shepherd’s father, Bernie, will receive the award on Matt’s behalf on Wednesday evening 30 September, at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, at the conclusion of the TASC A.G.M.

It is hoped to re-present the award to Matt at Plymouth Albion’s next home match, against Esher on Saturday 10 October.

Similarly, Tommy Phillips will be presented with his award following Redruth’s home game against Chinnor on the same Saturday.

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John Grindle R.I.P.

Photo – John Grindle

Trelawny’s Army was saddened to learn of the passing yesterday, of Cornwall RFU’s President John Grindle.

TASC wishes to express it’s condolences to all John’s family and close friends.

The following statement was released yesterday by the CRFU:

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the Cornwall rugby family that our President, John Grindle, passed away this afternoon. John will be sadly missed by all involved in rugby in Cornwall.

John was very proud to be the President of the CRFU; no more so then when the Cornwall team lifted the County Championship Trophy last May.

The CRFU sends its sincere condolences to Joyce and the family.

Rest in Peace John.

Denis Preece, Chairman CRFU


Further Update 3 September – President John Grindle funeral arrangements

The funeral of John Grindle President of the Cornwall Rugby Union will be held on:

Tuesday 8 September 2015, St Columb Major Church, at 12 noon.

Joyce and the family would be please see all attending the funeral at Bristol Hotel Newquay after the internment.

Denis Preece, Chairman CRFU

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A.G.M. 2015 information

Photo- The Bill Osborne Memorial Shield for the Cornwall Player of the Year

The club’s Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) will be held on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, 7:30 pm.

All paid up members and life members are cordially invited.

Members should have received their voting slips for the Cornwall Senior & Cornwall Under 20 players of the year.

Please return your nominations to Hon. Sec. Ian Gordon by Monday 7th September. No votes received after this cut off will be included!

It is hoped to have members of the CRFU present as well as the players who have won the awards.

Photo – The Tony Mead Memorial Shield presented to the Cornwall Under 20 Player of the Year

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Cornwall plays host to Webb Ellis Trophy Tour

RFU President Jason Leonard on the Isles of Scilly with Webb Ellis Trophy

7 July 2015

Rugby’s most prestigious prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, has arrived in England (Cornwall) with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, counting down 75 days until the start of the Tournament. This morning, RFU President and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Jason Leonard OBE will take the Trophy to Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly where he will join the Cornish Pirates for a Rugby training session. He will then take the Trophy on a short helicopter ride to the Eden Project, near St. Austell, where local school children will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with it inside one of the Biomes. This afternoon, continuing the summer holiday theme, Jason Leonard will take the Webb Ellis Cup to a school’s beach Rugby event at Perranporth Beach.

Jason Leonard OBE, RFU President, said: “This year will be the most significant in the history of the game in England and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to raise the profile of Rugby through the Trophy Tour, in particular amongst grass roots clubs, across the country. Rugby really is a sport for everyone, for all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds – men, women, boys and girls – and it’s great to see so many people already feeling the excitement of Rugby World Cup 2015.

“I’m looking forward to the schools’ beach Rugby later today, to see children taking part and having fun. Three of the schools there are part of the RFU’s All Schools Programme, which takes Rugby into non-rugby playing secondary schools. These three schools didn’t play Rugby until two years ago and are great examples of the work we’re doing to create a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

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Cornwall Champions car sticker – now available

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New car sticker unique to TASC,

£2.00 + 0.60 p&p

External sticker and internal glass sticker available

Contact Marina if you are interested.

Contact details via the link here.

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TASC merchandising stall summer show events 2015

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If you want to catch up with TASC this summer you will find us at four summer agricultural shows. All are great shows and the trade stand will be there for you to see our stock.

Liskeard Saturday 11 July
Camborne Saturday 18 July
Launceston Thursday 30 July
Camelford Wednesday 12 August
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Player of the year voting slips

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Photos – The Players’ Shields: the Bill Osborne Shield (left), and the Tony Mead Shield (right) for Under 20 player

Paid up members will shortly be receiving their voting slips for the Player of the Year, awards to be made at our A.G.M. in October.

There are two awards to vote for:

The Cornwall player of the year who will receive the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield; and

The Cornwall Under 20 player of the year who will receive the Tony Mead Memorial Shield.

Your votes are important.

New members will eligible to vote, so sign up now!

Click here or see membership secretary contact details under ABOUT on the menu bar and JOIN US.

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Twickenham 2015 Bill Beaumont Cup Final – TASC coaches

Cornwall XV 2014


CORNWALL’S Bill Beaumont Cup final against Lancashire will kick-off at 12:00 noon Sunday 31st May.

The game is the second of four on the day which includes England vs. Barbarians, kick-off 3 pm.

Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club is running three coaches to the final.

Two of these will leave on Saturday morning with an overnight stay at the IBIS Hotel Reading.

The third coach is an up and back on the Sunday departing Penzance at 03:00 hours.

Please contact TASC Transport Officer Bryan Llewellyn on 07895 089890 for further information.

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Ticket information: Cornwall v Hertfordshire


Tickets will be available on the gate. Ground entry £10, U16s free. Transfer to stand £5.

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TASC commits to supporting Penryn Tag festival in 2016

From Chairman Phil Trevarton

Trelawny’s Army was once again at Penryn RFC to provide two match balls for each Club entered at the Under 7 & 8’s County Festival on the 26th April.

Our sponsorship of this event has now been running for three years, and we will sponsor the tournament again next year. It is truly a marvel to behold so many young rugby players enjoying their sport and a worthy event for us to be involved in.

I was also pleased to see some ex-County Players involved in passing their skills onto their charges, well done to you, the future of Cornish Rugby is in your hands.

A big thank-you to all at Penryn RFC for allowing us to attend with our Trade stand and we’ll see you next year.

Photos from the Day

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Photo presentation to Penryn RFC

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Photo Pirates’ coaches Jon Griffiths & Matt Mann with some of the squad

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Photo – Penryn squad & coaches

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Photo – David & Viv Broadhurst enjoying the day

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