Back at long last after the trials and tribulations of getting my computer back and running after it crashed at the end of June whilst I was on my hols. I suppose I should be grateful that I didn’t have to comment on the Mount’s Bay saga! It’s always sad to see any club fold especially in the way that Bay did, what a ten years it was, Bay had more success than some clubs have had in 100 years. There was an inevitability about the whole affair, really as last season progressed the gut feeling was this will not end well, and so it proved. Hats off to Redruth and the other clubs who tried to salvage the club as well as those loyal Bay sevents who tried to re-launch the club. It is a sad fact that Penzance now has no league rugby to enjoy this season. I very much hope that next season the Pirates Amateurs will rightfully be admitted to the league setup to give the Mennaye and the town of Penzance league rugby once again. I am delighted to hear that Bay’s supporters club “The Boarding Party” are to continue and will carry on attending games not only in Cornwall but up country as well with London Cornish and Caldy already pencilled in, they will be most welcome guests as the season goes on.
So rugby is back and I saw my first game of the season on Saturday as Redruth entertained Plymouth Albion. A good win for the Reds 27-13 against a largely experimental Albion XV. Dawsey was keen to run the rule over new and potential signings. For Redruth under new skipper Darren Jacques it was good to see the new boys fitting in well such as Adryan Winnan, Fraiser Clivred, Gareth Evans and Evo, as well as some of the youngsters getting a taste Tom Duncan and Stuart Crew.
No doubt Albion will roll out the “Chiefs” on Sunday for the re-match at the Brickfields, but it was still nice to put one over Albion!!!
Next Saturday sees the new look Cornish Pirates play their first pre-season match against Welsh Premiership side Cardiff RFC at Camborne with a 5pm kick-off. The following day Camborne entertain London Cornish for the Arthur Hunt Memorial Shield, this should be an entertaining match kick-off is at 12-30pm.