Photo: Player’s player of the Year at Redruth Tom Cowan-Dickie
On the final Saturday of the league season a good crowd of over 1,000 enjoyed the sunshine, rugby and beers as both the Reds and Redingensians served up an end of season thriller in National League 2 South, that ended in a 33-all draw.
It was a real ding-dong affair that see-sawed all afternoon. The Reds found themselves on the wrong side of the referee, especially in the first half as the penalty count mounted.
Still they managed to get a share of the spoils with Brad Howe’s late try and Dave Mankee’s fourth conversion.
Other tries were scored by Lewis Vinnicombe (2), Tom Cowan-Dickie and a penalty-try award.
Before the game, Kyle Marriott was named the Redruth Supporters Player of the Year.
Other awards made the following evening included:
Hellfire Shield (Best Team Player) – Luke Hattam
Attendance & Fitness Trophy – Brett Rule
Roy Jennings Cup (most improved player) – Brad Howe
Mr & Mrs JT Penberthy Shield (Development XV Player of the Year) – Jack Williams
Nathan Thomas Shield (Most Improved Young Player) – Luke Hattam
AJ Paul Cup (Club Person of The Year) – Chris Fuca
Players Player of The Year – Tom Cowan-Dickie.
Congratulations to all award winners!
The Cornish All Blacks completed their programme with another big loss at play-off hopefuls Old Albanian 90-3. The CABs will look to re-group next season in National League 3 SW.
Congratulations to Barnstaple who won their play-off and join Exmouth in National League 2 South next season.
In Tribute Western Counties West, both our relegated sides completed their programme. Penryn with a depleted side and one eye on the Bank Holiday Monday Cup Final (lost 62-8 to Camborne) were beaten 47-12 at Crediton. Rob Banks kicked four penalties for the Borough.
Saltash lost at home 68 – 0 to champions Okehampton, who will go into South West 1 West next season.
Up in London, there was more play-off disappointment for London Cornish as they lost 37-31 to Sevenoaks. The Exiles looked down and out at 29-9 down at half-time. They rallied superbly in the second half to 29-23 but the Kent side held on to secure a spot in London 1 South next season.
In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Tavistock’s 15-15 draw at Newquay Hornets was enough to save them and condemn Hayle to Cornwall 1 next season. Matt Burbridge and Dan Johns scored tries for the relegated Hornets with Ryan Johns adding the other points with the boot.
Falmouth lost at Withycombe 27-24, the Devon side with one eye on a Twickenham visit next weekend did enough to win the game against the Eagles.
Pirates Amateurs lost at home to Honiton 24-17. Mike Roach, Rhodri McAtee and Ashley Weston scored tries with McAtee adding a conversion.
Congratulations to Camborne Reserves who 20-0 at St. Austell to clinch the inaugural Tribute Duchy League.
Photo: Steve Larkins on duty in Japan with Truro College at the Sanix Tournament
Truro College have won their opening three games in the Sanix Tournament in Japan. A 47-3 win over Saga Technical High School was followed up by a much tighter affair a last minute 20-15 win over Tokyo University Gyosei HS, thanks to a length of the field try and conversion to win the game. Their final pool game saw them defeat Koreans Soeul University HS 43-3.
Truro College then faced Iwami Chisuikan High School in the last eight and won another tight game 24-21.
They will now face Higashi Fukuoka High School in Wednesday’s semi-final.
On Saturday, all roads lead to Redruth as Cornwall begin their defence of the Bill Beaumont Cup against Gloucestershire. A big crowd is expected, and hoped for, to cheer the boys on!
Tickets are £10 on the gate with under 16s free. £5 for stand transfer.