SIMPLE  words, but on Thursday 17th November 2011 it is to be hoped that Cornwall Council do just that and clear the way for the Stadium for Cornwall to be built. Without it then the dreams and hopes of many will wither and die and I doubt very much, certainly in my lifetime, that we will see the oppourtunity again and Cornwall will be just another back water of sport with just memories of a long gone era and the young will be left with bitter regrets that they too will have to pack up and go if they want to persue their dreams on the sporting field.

I hope that our elected represenatives will see the opportunities and make the bold choice for the good of youth of today and future generations.

I am afraid that “dreckly” this time just won’t do!

What a gutsy performance on Friday night in the teeth of an Irish gale by the Cornish Pirates to dig deep and earn a great win 10 – 6 against Munster in the rural settings of Clonmel in the British & Irish Cup, which may well be in it’s final year. I am fed up with the RFU’s total mis-management of this competition, which on the face of it should be a great one but has been reduced to an utter farce, through tinkering and the failure to find a sponsor. Read Phil Westren’s account from the official Pirates’ site here.

Nights like the one in Clonmel should be forging the competition, which for all Cornish Pirates supporters has a special place. I for one relish cross-border competition, it is refreshing and breaks the run-of-the-mill fare of the current Championship, which is also still in need of a sponsor! Is there no hope!!

In National League 2 South, I think it’s safe to say that neither the Cornish All Blacks nor Redruth are going to be in the mix for promotion this season. Both sides suffered defeats on the road, Launceston at leaders Richmond 38-15, you can read Dick Benson Gyles match report here, whilst the Reds were humbled at Old Albanians 50-7, you can read Ed Bawden’s match report here.  Not a good omen if you are a Cornwall supporter as Cornwall must travel to Hertfordshire next May in the Bill Beaumont Cup. It will take a very good well-prepared team to get a result at last season’s county finalists.

In Tribute South West 1 West, a good day for both Camborne and Penryn, but another defeat for Wadebridge Camels. The Cherry & Whites won at Cleve 14-13, whilst the Borough won at Thornbury 20-13 with James Mann crossing twice for Penryn. Camels endured another tough day as visitors Clevedon ranout  winners 49-3 at the Molesworth Field. You can read the Western Morning News roundup for Tribute South West 1 West here.

In the Tribute Western Counties West St. Austell are second following another fine win this time at Bude 43-6. Scrum-half Matt Shepherd dotted down a couple of tries and kicked four conversions.

Hayle remain top of the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league after a 12-0 win over Plymouth Barbarians.

In Cornwall 1 Saltash lead the way after winning at St. Just 33-15 in the top-of-the-table encounter, whilst St. Agnes head Cornwall 2 after defeating Camelford 69-7.

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