Top of the bill this week must be our Cornwall 18 group who in defeating Buckinghamshire 19-8 in Bristol on Sunday have clinched the south west group title.
The win against Bucks made it a clean sweep for our boys following their wins against Somerset 34-0, Devon at Okehampton 26-18 and Dorset & Wilts again in Bristol last weekend 10-3.
Dan Rutter, Tommy Phillips and Locryn Williams are just three of the youngsters who have featured in the side this season.
Congratulations and Proper Job to the whole squad who are coached by Andy Hawken, Stewart Whitworth and Mark Pullen.
Hopefully a good number of our boys will be in the frame when the South west divisional squad is picked.
Friday night saw the final evening floodlight game at the Mennaye before home games for the Cornish Pirates revert back to Sunday afternoons, subject of course to any demands from SKY TV as head coach Ian Davies dryly remarked in the match day program!
London Scottish were the visitors on Friday night and 1,449 people turned out to witness a close game which the Cornish Pirates won 16-8.
Two tries for scrum half Tom Kessell helped the Pirates to their win along with a brace of penalties from fly-half Kieran Hallett. Kieran Goss almost got a third try only to be hauled down just short.
There was a good number of Redruth supporters at the game keen to catch up with two of their former stars at the Reds; PJ Gidlow and Mark Bright.
Bedford Blues will be at the Mennaye next Sunday, Remembrance Sunday, when hopefully the crowd will be higher than the gates experienced on a Friday night. If it is not, then the head scratching will intensify!
A disappointing weekend for our two National League 2 South sides. Redruth were held to a 12 all draw at the Recreation Ground by visitors Shelford.
Trailing 7-0 at the break the Reds clawed their way into a 12-7 lead thanks to a converted penalty-try from Brett Rule and a poacher’s try from Rhodri McAtee.
However, the Reds looked off colour all afternoon and they were forced to concede the draw as Shelford scored an un-converted try in time added on.
Of equal concern for the Reds with all the speculation going on about off the field affairs, was the official figure for the gate, just 461!
The Cornish All Blacks suffered another big defeat on the road, this time at bottom of the table London Irish Wild Geese 45-22!
At half-time the All Blacks had just a Kieron Lewitt penalty to show as they trailed 40-3.
There was a reaction after the break but the game was already long gone. Tries were scored by Kyle Moyle, Lewis Webb and Mike Rawlings with Lewitt and Moyle each adding a conversion.
Tribute South West 1 West saw a fantastic Cornish Derby between St. Austell and Camborne played in front of a crowd nearing 800 at Tregorrick Park. Saints edged the game 34-27 with centre Darren Pellow scoring a hat-trick of tries, Ian Venner bagging a brace and Paul Winterbottom also crossing. Matt Shepherd chipped in with a couple of conversions.
Camborne came away with a couple of points with tries from Sam Bartle James Goldsworthy (2) and Joe Parma ensuring a try-scoring point to go along with a losing one. Dave Mankee kicked a couple of conversions and a penalty.
Wadebridge Camels picked up a good win at Sidmouth 23-16. Dom Hawkey (2) and Matt Ballard scored the Camels’ tries whilst Josh Taylor kicked a conversion and two penalties.
In Tribute Western Counties West, there was three wins from the four games involving Cornish sides.
Truro travelled to Torquay Athletic and travelled back to Cornwall with a 36-19 win.
Tries for Truro were scored by Carl Ranscombe (2), Ben Teasdale (2), Brett Johnson and Luke Tidball. Daryl Riches and Jake Champion (2) added conversions.
Bude did their chances of avoiding relegation a power of good winning 15-12 at Tavistock. Adam Black (2) and James Comber scored un-converted tries.
St. Ives also helped their cause at the wrong end of the table defeating Devonport Services 17-14 at Alexandra Road. Neil Stanlieck and Graham Corin scored the Hakes’ tries which were both converted by Jacob Ninnis who also kicked a penalty.
Ivybridge won at Penryn 29 – 10 to go to the top of the table. Taron Peacock and Dave Pascoe scored tries for the Borough.
In London 2 SW, London Cornish trailed 14-10 at Weybridge Vandals at half-time before scoring 25 unanswered second half points to win 35-14.
Sam Rae (2), Matthew Hakes, Richard Skinnard and Sam Williams all scored tries, whilst Tom Carter kicked a further ten points. The win lifts the exiles up to fourth.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth will feel a touch unlucky losing at Exeter University 24-23 having led 23-12!
Ashley Searle (2) and Sam Burke scored tries whilst Justin Irons kicked the other points.
Pirates Amateurs got their first league win of the season at the Mennaye against Hayle 21-13.
Rhys Brownfield, Josh Oliver and Matt Nicholas scored tries for the Ams with Brownfield adding all three conversions.
For Hayle, Doug Arnell and Rob Cutter scored tries with Scott Harvey kicking a penalty.
Saltash played out an exciting draw with Crediton 38 all. Max Veneables late penalty earned the Ashes a draw. Venables, Morton, Cruikshanks, Hillman and Moriarty all scored tries with Venables kicking the remainder of his side’s points.
Newquay Hornets were well beaten at the Sportscentre by Withycombe 48-8. Brad Rossborough scored the Hornets only try with Sam Cullen kicking a penalty.
Old Plymothian & Mannamedian defeated Veor at Elburton 42-12. Ed Maddern got one of Veor’s two tries.
In Tribute Cornwall 1, Liskeard Looe took the honours in the top of the table clash at Bodmin’s Clifden Park winning 37-13.
St. Agnes won at Phileigh defeating Roseland 18-5, whilst Perranporth beat School of Mines 17-5 at Ponsmere. Stithians won a tight affair at Helston 8-0.
In Tribute Cornwall 2, Illogan Park won at Redruth Albany 75-0, Camelford beat Lankelly-Fowey 17-0 and St. Just won the battle of the Saints at St. Day 20-13.