TRELAWNY’S ARMY MEMBERS ELECT THEIR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE BILL OSBORNE MEMORIAL SHIELD
Cornwall’s triumph at Twickenham in retaining the Bill Beaumont Cup ensured huge interest from the membership in choosing this season’s player of the year. There were no shortage of candidates in the running for the Cornwall Senior Player of the Year award but in the end voting was pretty well unanimous for our winner, Camborne’s Fijian international flanker SAM MATAVESI.
Photo Simon Bryant: Sam on the charge at Twickenham against Cheshire
Sam the second of three rugby playing brothers, is a Camborne man through and through. His form last season helped Camborne on their promotion charge before he returned to Plymouth Albion. He is now back with Camborne as they embark on their first season of National League rugby for nineteen years.
He scored five tries in last season’s County campaign, but it was his all-round play that continually caught the eye in Cornwall’s four games
The TONY MEAD MEMORIAL SHIELD for the CORNWALL U.20 PLAYER goes to LOCRYN WILLIAMS another who played in the back row.
Locryn came up through the ranks at Redruth and Truro School. A member of the fine Cornwall 18 group side that went through the season undefeated 2013 and saw him win an England Schools & Counties cap.
Photo Simon Bryant: Locryn in action against Gloucestershire U.20
He was part of the Cornish Pirates Development program before heading to New Zealand to spend time there.
Sadly concussion injuries have blighted Locryn’s career, he returned from such an injury to play in Cornwall’s Under 20 campaign last season, sadly reoccurrence of concussion against Devon meant he had to take medical advice to quit the game.
It is understood he was at the time in the frame for England Counties Under 20 selection.
Locryn continues to pursue other sports notably climbing and judo at a very high level.
Sadly neither player could be present at the awards evening. Matavesi will be presented with his award at the conclusion of Camborne’s home game with Launceston on Saturday.
Locryn, who was attending the National Citizens Service Graduation Awards for 16/17 year olds – for which he has been one of the leaders – in the Hall for Cornwall on the same night had his Under 20 award presented to him on stage by Pirate FM’s Neil Caddy.