The Cornish Pirates ended 2014 with a vital win against Plymouth Albion winning 27-19 at the Brickfields in the yuletide derby.
It was a vital win as the Pirates look to put some distance between themselves and struggling Albion who are yet to win this season in the league and sadly look set for the drop come the season’s end.
Pirates’ head-coach Ian Davies is loathed to single out any game as more important than any other, but in the context of this season he will no doubt be privately pleased to have gained the maximum five points on offer.
Next up for the Pirates is a home fixture against Jersey at the Mennaye on Saturday, with a host of familiar faces set to make a return to West Cornwall for the day in the Channel Islander’s ranks.
Boxing Day saw the usual local derbies take place.
At Redruth the Rodda’s Milk Cup stays with the Reds until Easter at least as they held on to the “old churn” 6-0 against Camborne.
It was a game played in difficult conditions following a morning of heavy rain which saw the colts game between both clubs postponed.
Two Ashley Hosking penalties were enough for Redruth against a very competitive Camborne side.
I was pleased to award the TASC Tony Pill Memorial Cup to Greg Goodfellow as our man-of-the-match.
Ben Priddey picked up the sponsors man-of-the-match accolade.
In the morning at Camborne Redruth Reserves won 12-3 against Camborne Reserves.
At Falmouth, a large crowd saw Penryn defeat their neighbours 26-0, with Penryn Saracens defeating Falmouth One & All 39-17 at the Memorial Ground.
At Hayle the Lions got the better of St. Ives 9-8 to re-claim the Bay Shield off the Hakes.
Amongst those who left us for the great clubhouse in the sky; Harold Stevens, “Bonzo” Johns and Steve Paice.
It leaves me just to wish everyone a Happy New Year, Blydhen Nowydh Da!
My three wishes for the New Year are The Stadium to finally become a reality, Cornwall to win a fourth County Title, and France to win the World Cup!!!