No question as to the match of the day in Cornwall on Saturday, and for once Radio Cornwall got it right with Dick Straughan’s live commentary from the Recreation Ground. With over 2,000 people at the game and with even Pirate FM taking interest in the game for the first time in a long while the old ground was buzzing pre-match, just as in the “good old days!”.
Redruth’s 41-10 win over their west cornwall neighbours leaves them sitting pretty at the top of National League 2 going into 2009 with all to play for.
Whilst Redruth’s class eventually shone through, Mount’s Bay indiscipline from earlier on in the season came back to haunt them with avengence with scrum-half Mike Molloy yellow carded and then lock Jonny Griffiths red carded for throwing a punch, moments after Reds winger Nathan Pedley had been on the receiving end of a dangerous tackle, though it has to be said Griffiths was not the tackler. Reds’ fly-half Mark Scrivener had a good day with the boot kicking 21 points with 5 penalties and 3 conversions, whilst the Reds tries came from man-of-the-match prop Darren Jacques, winger Paul Thirlby with a brace and No.8 James Mann. Bay’s points came through a first half penalty from on-loan Pirate Doug Sanft who also converted Greg Goodfellow’s second half try.
The Cornish All Blacks set up an intriguing EDF-Energy National Trophy 4th Rd tie at Polson Bridge on the 17th January with Birmingham & Solihull following their 31-24 win at Wharfedale. Tries from Steve Perry, Hamish Smales and Jon Fabian plus the kicking of Adam Staniforth with 2 conversions and 4 penalties saw the Cornishmen home
On Sunday the Cornish Pirates gave their fans the best possible Christmas present with a 32-14 win in National League 1 over Coventry at Camborne. The Pirates were in rampant form running in 6 tries through Simon Whatling, Brian Tuohy, Mark Ireland, Marika Vakacegu (2) and Steve Winn, only one try was converted and that by Whatling. The Pirates will now turn their attention to their return fixture with Exeter Chiefs this Saturday up at Sandy Park. Revenge for their defeat at Camborne earlier in the season is on the cards.
In the Tribute regional leagues, in South West 2 West, St. Ives won their match against Paignton 17-7 with Karl Martin scoring a couple of tries and converting Hano Dirksen’s try.
In Western Counties West, the derby game between Newquay Hornets and Wadebridge Camels at the Sports Centre went the way of the visitors 41-13 with the Camels scoring five tries during the second half. Flanker Matt Angwyn scored 21 points with a try, 5 conversions and 2 penalties. Alisdair Maclennan, Shaun Hawkey, Dan Briskham and Ian Boyling scored the Camels’ other tries. For the Hornets Andy Dixon got a try with Simon Horton adding the conversion and 2 penalties.
Bude were nilled at Tiverton as the home side won 19-0.Camborne disappointed with poor home performance against Minehead Barbarians losing 35-7. Leigh Isaacs scored Town’s only try with Dave Mankee getting the conversion.
London Cornish finished the year with another good win as they defeated Wimbledon 9-7 in London 3 SW, Dickon Moon’s match report can be found in the link
In the Cornwall & Devon league, Penryn go into the New Year as league leaders following a 31-15 win at the Memorial Ground against Wellington. Charlie Ross, Robert Trevaskis, Josh Chambers (2), and Darren Pellow scored the Borough’s tries with Ben Parry kicking the other points.
Falmouth played their away game against OPM’s as a curtain-raiser at Plymouth Albion’s Brickfields ground before their match against Nottingham. Despite a promising start which saw Falmouth leading 14-3, they slipped to another defeat as the “home” side won 15-14. Steve Rowe scored a try for the Chiefs with Tom Spiller and James Instance (2) adding penalties.
Hayle match against Plymstock was postponed.
Truro won 13-3 at home against Bideford, Ollie Wickett kicked a penalty and Sean Roseveare a try, which Scott Martin converted, Truro’s final score came from Ross Martin’s drop-goal.
Saltash lost at home to Tavistock 43-18, No. 8 Dominic Hill scoring two tries for the Ashes.
With it being the festive season I wish One & All a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year or as we say in Cornwall;
NADELEK LOWEN, ha NOWETH BLEDHEN DA
BOXING DAY FIXTURES
REDRUTH 53 – 0 CAMBORNE
FALMOUTH 0 – 31 PENRYN
HAYLE 0 – 46 ST. IVES