No where else to start this week than Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club AGM held at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre last Wednesday evening. It was a good evening, the highlight as ever the awarding our our Cornwall Player and Cornwall U.20 awards. We were delighted to have the Sunday Independent columnist Nigel Walrond as our guest also to present the “Bill Osborne Memorial Shield” to Cornwall Player of the Year SAM HOCKING from the Cornish All Blacks. A richly deserved accolade to Sam for his fantastic performances for Cornwall in last season’s County Shield campaign. Club President John Treglown of St. Austell Brewery, a former Redruth and County prop forward as well as a champion Cornish Wrestler in his youth, presented the “Tony Mead Memorial Shield” for the Cornwall U.20 player of the year to a fine young front row prospect PAUL ANDREW of the Cornish Pirates currently on loan to Mount’s Bay, not only did Paul play for the U.20’s but also for the senior side culminating in that County Shield final at Twickenham. WELL DONE TO BOTH OUR AWARD WINNERS.
One other piece of news from our AGM, the election as a life member of TASC, the man whose brainwave it was to form the county team’s supporters club, Dave Saunby of Falmouth. If it wasn’t for Dave then all of what we do in the Army would not be possible today.
No question about the BIG MATCH of the day in the Duchy, the National 2 top of the table clash at Redruth against the Cornish All Blacks. Despite the weather it was a cracking match played in a good atmosphere infront of a large crowd of over 2,000. You can read my report on the Reds win by 19-13 in the link. . Mark Stevens in his report in this morning’s Western Morning News makes an interesting observation about whether derby day traditions will stand the test of time in the modern rugby era. You can read Mark’s usual excellent report in the link.
In the other game involving a Cornish side in National 2, poor old Mount’s Bay had another tough assignment at Cambridge coming away with a 76-3 defeat from Grantchester Road. The league table will make depressing reading for Bay followers as they see their side propping up the table with Waterloo on 1pt. Bay once more fell foul of the referee as they had three players yellow-carded during the match, one being player coach Adrian Bick only on the field for 30 seconds and coping a yellow for his side’s repeated infringements!!!
Radio Cornwall’s live match commentary on Saturday came from Manchester’s Grove Park where the Cornish Pirates were the visitors, whether Radio Cornwall got the call right to go with this game as their live game as opposed to the Cornish derby at Redruth is open to debate. In another fitful performance the Cornish Pirates squeezed home 12-6 against the bottom side in the league thanks to tries from Nicky Griffiths and Marika Vakacegu, Rhys Jones kicking a conversion. Let’s hope next Sunday against Rotherham the Pirates can finally give the home support a performance to rekindle the fans faith in the squad.
In the regional Tribute league, St. Ives in South West 2 West, will have to play it again as their match at Brixham was abandoned after 55 minutes after referee Paul Roberts twisted an ankle and was forced to retire, Brixham led 12-6 at that point.
In Western Counties West, Newquay Hornets lie third after a fine win by 36-16 at Withycombe. Romey Vassell (2), Simon Horton, Jason Caruana and Luke Mansfield scored the Hornets’ tries with Horton kicking the other points. Wadebridge Camels won at Tiverton 9-3 with all their points coming from the boot of Leigh Charles. Camborne will be disappointed to have lost at home to Cullompton 8-6, with just a couple of Dave Mankee penalties for their efforts. Bude remain pointless after another defeat at Kingsbridge 30-5, Paul Williams saving their blushes with a last minute try.
Up in London 3 SW, London Cornish defeated previously un-beaten Chichester 10-8 at the Richardson-Evans Memorial Ground to go second in the league, Dickon Moon’s match report can be found here.
In the Cornwall & Devon League, Penryn won the other Cornish derby with a 24-9 win up at Moorlands Lane Saltash. Tries for the Borough were scored by Richard Tresidder, Robert Trevaskis, Josh Chambers and Justin Doney with Darren Peacock adding a couple of conversions. For Saltash Will Virgo kicked three penalties. Truro won at home against Wellington 28-3 with tries from Chris Gilbert, Scott Martin and Joe Williamson, Martin kicked all the other points. Hayloe lost at home 11-3 to Okehampton with Mike Crump kicking their points. Poor old Falmouth didn’t score again losing this time 35-0 at Plymstock, it’s already looking likely that Cornwall 1 awaits Falmouth at the end of the season.