Only one place to start this week and that’s in Camborne, where it has been an eventful 48 hours for all the wrong reasons.
I could sense all was not well when arriving at the ground on Saturday and this was soon confirmed when told Ian Morgan was not at the game.
You could also tell from the player’s body language that all was not as it should be and that was soon re-enforced when the game kicked off.
Camborne lost the game 6-12 and with it top spot in the National 3 SW table slipping to third but level on points with victors Dings Crusaders and Old Redcliffians all on 54 points. Camborne are third as they have lost more games.
Credit to Dave Mankee and Richie Kevern for fronting up to talk with the media after the game, in their positions it was not easy and they must be commended.
Later on we learned that Ian Morgan had been dismissed by the club and that club Chairman Alan Truscott, having earlier stated he would relinquish his role at the end of the season, decided to step down with immediate effect. Hon Sec Terry Williams has also decided step down.
Both Alan and Terry have given Camborne excellent service over a great many years and I am sorry to see them relinquish their roles.
I suspect there may be further news in the coming days but I do hope the ship can be steadied sooner rather than later at Camborne.
Whilst on the subject of Nat 3 SW, Launceston’s woes deepened as they lost at home to Hornets 16-36. Fraser Honey kicked three penalties and a conversion with Harry Dawe scoring their sole try.
In National 2 South, Redruth completed a league double with a 46-15 win at Barnstaple. The Reds notched seven tries with Alex Ducker bagging four. Tommy Phillips, Ben Fox and Luke Hattam crossed for the other scores with Brett Rule (2) and Angus Taylor kicking the conversions.
On Sunday in the B&I Cup, Cornish Pirates lost narrowly to visiting London Irish 16-17. Matt Evans and Tom Channon scored their tries with Will Cargill converting three penalties. Evans went off with a nasty looking leg injury in the second half.
It was frustrating for the Pirates as Irish have a firm grip on the pool leaving the Cornish side hoping for a best runners-up spot.
It was a better day for most of our Cornish sides in Tribute Western Counties West, Truro defeated Sidmouth 38-20 to put an end to three successive defeats. Tries came through Josh Symons (2), Luke Tidball, Ross Denning, Jack Hazelton and a penalty-try award when Tidball was illegally held back with the line at his mercy. Ashley Hosking chipped in with four conversions.
Wadebridge Camels defeated Torquay Athletic 28-3. Dom Hawkey, Matt Ballard and Will Pengelly (2) got the tries with James Grubb kicking the other points.
St Ives slipped to defeat against top dogs Devonport Services at Alexandra Road 19-14. Sam Carter scored the Hakes’ try with Jordan Gott kicking three penalties.
St Austell got a good win on the road at Burnham 17-12. Tries came from Andy Inch and Liam Freeman who added both conversions and a penalty.
Despite tries from Ollie Mounce, Charlie Watton and Ollie Denford plus a Dan Pearce conversion Bude slipped to defeat at home to Exeter Uni 41-17.
Up in London 2 SW, London Cornish made it a dozen league wins following a 31-0 win at home to Warlingham.
In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League continue to lead the way after their 44-17 win against relegation haunted Honiton. The Eagles scored seven tries through Tom Edmonds (2), Tom Job, Justyn Irons, Dan Hubble, Tom Spiller and Nick Caine with Irons kicking three conversions and a penalty.
Saltash defeated Penryn 28-12 at Moorlands. Will Morton scored three of the Ashes’ five tries with James Moriarty and Ryan Cruickshanks also crossing with Harrison Reburn adding a penalty. Borough’s injury woes continue as try scoring hero from last week Ben Trevaskis suffered concussion and is ruled out for the season whilst prop Ryan Burley suffered a fractured tibia. Skipper George Jones and Andrew Seviour scored the Borough’s tries with Mitch Vague adding a conversion.
Bodmin picked up a couple of league points despite losing at home to Topsham 36-32. Lee Taylor scored a hat-trick of tries with Armstrong and Josh Taylor also scoring. Taylor also added two conversions and a penalty.
Pirates Amateurs slipped to a 24-22 defeat at Plymstock. Steve Evans Jimmy Tresize and Tony Matthews all crossed whilst Dan McGee kicked their points.
Lanner picked up a losing point at Tavistock as they went down 25-24. Stone, Will Webster and Hewitt scored their tries all converted by Nick Prout who also landed a penalty.
It just leaves me to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas, or as we say in Cornish Nadelik Lowen.