Pirates Amateurs 21,Hayle 13
HAYLE went down to their first ever league defeat to the Pirates Amateurs who ended their seven-match losing streak with a hard-fought Tribute Cornwall & Devon Legaue victory at a blustery Mennaye Field on Saturday.
The Lions had won all four previous meetings between the two clubs but it was no more than the home side deserved for a gutsy performance in difficult conditions.
With a strong crossfield wind making it difficult for either side to play running rugby, Hayle were first to settle and took a seventh minute lead with a superb individual try from centre Doug Arnull, who burst though a gap in midfield to open the scoring.
With the conversion attempt missed, the visitors were kept at bay by some dogged defence before adding to their lead with a Scott Harvey penalty after 25 minutes.
The Amateurs then lost Andrew Snell with a groin injury but it was his replacement, Rhys Brownfield who finished off a good spell of pressure to score his side's opening try on 33 minutes, which he then converted himself to make the half-time score 8-7.
And the home side made a dream start to the second half, scoring within four minutes of the restart with a superb try from Josh Oliver following a neat exchange of passes between Danny Toolan and Nick Hitchens. Brownfield made no mistake slotting a splendid conversion in the difficult wind.
The Pirates went further ahead after 57 minutes with a try from Matt Nicholas which Brownfield again converted.
However, Hayle then threw everything at the home side, who lost another two players to injury when Kieran Brownfield (ankle) and Ian James (back) were forced out of action, which meant the game finished up being played with uncontested scrums.
Nevertheless, the Amateurs defended superbly until their back line was eventually breached by one of their former players, left wing Will Cutter who crossed for another excellent try to round off some slick handling.
With the conversion attempt going wide of the posts, there was no further scoring and the Amateurs were left to celebrate a much-needed first league win of the campaign.
Hayle player coach Danny Clackworthy was honest in his assessment of the game, admitting that his side had been distinctly second best.
"I thought the Amateurs deserved the win," he said. "They have run every team they have played close, so it was inevitable a win was coming for them as they are a good team.
"I've told the lads I take full responsibility for the result, as the build up to the game was poor and I couldn't hit a line-out during the game.
"We lost momentum in their half five or six times from poor line-outs which allowed them to clear their lines.
"We talked a lot about using our pace out wide but we only started to play in the last ten minutes. They were a lot smarter than us at the breakdown and that was also a real difference maker."
He added: "We have to look forward now and have a massive task against Exeter University this Saturday (2.30pm).
"The boys always work hard in training, but this week we are going to step it up a gear."
The Amateurs, meanwhile who moved up to third from bottom after last weekend's derby victory, have a great opportunity to build on Saturday's result when they travel to bottom of the table Veor this Saturday (2.30).
Pirates Amateurs: B Eddy, J Oliver, N Hitchens, D Toolan, J Nicholas, A Snell, R Forrester, B Noyce, C Stevens (c), L Edwards, M Osborne, B Brittain, M Nicholas, I James, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): D Lawrance, R Brownfield, A Hall.
Yellow cards: Oliver, James.
Scorers: Tries: R Brownfield, Oliver, Nicholas; Cons: R Brownfield 2.
Hayle: A Strick, D Clackworthy, B Pow, P Tonkin, R Spear, R Goodman, A Thornton, T Matthews, S Osborne, S Harvey, R Cutter, S Murray (c), D Arnull, T Daniels, J Rule. Reps: D Penrose, T Barber, L Laity.
Yellow cards: Osborne, Clackworthy.
Scorers: Tries: Arnull, Cutter; Pen: Harvey.
Man of the match: Craig Stevens (Pirates Amateurs).
GRANT FOR REBELS:
The Duchy Rebels, based in Redruth, Cornwall, are celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the MARS Milk Fund.
The team is an American Football academy for national club the Cornish Sharks.
The academy launched in April and already has 18 members. The club welcomes anyone who wants to enjoy American football regardless of ability or size and always aims to train all players to compete at a national level.
Gemma Keller, club spokeswoman said: "As a new club, we are desperately short of shirts and equipment. With this donation from the MARS Milk Fund we can now buy everyone a shirt for the next season.
"The money will make a big difference to the team. We are always fund raising and working hard to make our club the best it can be!"
A recent survey conducted by MARS Milk revealed that despite seven out of ten of us starting the week with intention of spending at least two hours on our favourite sport or hobby, cost and tiredness invariably put paid to these plans.
DEFEAT FOR RESERVES:
Launceston Res 29 Camborne Res 17
Camborne's second string put up stout resistance before conceding defeat to a strong home side in this Merit Table clash at Polson Bridge.
Recently returned to Cherry and White colours from Penryn, centre Alex Ducker was soon on the score sheet with a try and other touchdowns came from prop Adam Coombes and young lock Olly Reynolds. Fly half Matt Downing also landed a conversion for the visitors.
CAMBORNE YOUTH SECTION ON THE UP AGAIN:
Since the beginning of the season, Camborne's youth section has been growing from strength to strength, writes Cherry & Whites Mini-Junior Chairman, Dave MacDonald.
The commitment of the coaches and all members of the committee has seen numbers almost double in some age groups.
The Under 15s and U16s especially seem to be benefiting, as prior to this season there was doubt as to whether these age groups could continue. Camborne itself is a longstanding, successful club which holds the community at its heart.
Throughout history players have played for Camborne from their youth section and now some of these former players together with some very committed non-rugby playing parents are giving something back by coaching the youth of today.
The challenges of modern living have never been more evident as a real threat to the future of the game but the enthusiasm and commitment of these coaches and helpers has led to a developing team with a strong emphasis on fun, friendship, fitness and above all respect for the game and each other. If you wish to join our club and become part of this ever more successful squad we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact either Barrie Bawden (Coach) – 07792741712 or myelf Dave MacDonald (Mini-Junior Chairman) – 07971053009.
Liskeard-Looe U9s Camborne U9s
The Camborne Under 9s first fixture of the season was away to Liskeard-Looe.
This was the team's first experience of contact and I'm sure the parents, coaches and players where extremely anxious before kick off.
After a tentative start and going down to any early Liskeard try, Camborne, led by skipper of the day Logan Bawden, soon found their feet and with Jack Smith, Joseph Whalley and Ben Smith making big tackles driving their opponents backwards.
After some excellent attacking play from Daniel Wilson and Aiden Stone, Camborne were soon on the score sheet and went into half time "Even Stevens".
During the half time break Alfie Macdonald, who had played for Liskeard during the first half, swapped shirts with Ben Smith.
The second half saw Camborne producing more good defensive work through Daniel Wilson and Alex Sarosiek, who was making his Town debut.
It wasn't long before Camborne started to pull away from Liskeard with big breaks by Joseph Whalley, Jack Smith and Logan Bawden who supplied Alfie Macdonald and Aiden Stone with plenty of ball.
This was an excellent start to the U9's season and well done to all the boys.
St Austell U12s 14 Redruth 28
On a very wet and cold Sunday morning, Redruth U12s paid a visit to St Austell RFC.
On the back of a couple of wins Redruth knew that they had to maintain their concentration to keep their streak going.
From the whistle, Redruth showed St Austell that they meant business, with good sustained pressure Callum Grohmann took his chance and darted over the line to open his account for the day.
This was converted by Harry Drew and Redruth found themselves 7-0 up after only a few minutes.
What followed was nothing short of sublime rugby by Redruth, they dominated the scrums and breakdowns, St Austell to their credit didn't buckle but at the 15th minute mark James Curnow drove for the line to score and then casually took the conversion.
Not bad for a hooker taking his first competitive conversion.
Callum then scored his second try of the day, this time Joshua Hocking kicked the extra points with the conversion.
Minutes later Sam Hicks again scoring and converted his own try to leave Redruth 28-0 up at half time.and the Referee blows for half time.
But as they say, rugby is a game of two halves and St Austell scored tries in the first and 30th minute of the half , though the remainder of the time Redruth pressurised the St Austell line but to now avail.
With one try deemed held up and the other being scored with a foot in touch it wasn't to be Redruth's day to extend their lead.
A big thank you to St Austell for making it such an entertaining game and to Mac Ross, former Reds player, who now plays for the Saints.
Team and Scorers in Brackets: Devin Stephens, James Curnow (Capt)(1T,1C), Kieran Trevena, David Gardner, Tom Morrison, Samuel Churchill, Dominic Tresidder, Sam Hicks (1T,1C), Lewis Wills, Bailey Berriman, Jago Ford, Callum Grohmann (2T), Bailey Rogers, Harry Drew (1C), Joshua Hocking (1C), Adam Hall, Kieran Daughtery, Luke Mutton.
Man of the match as chosen by Dean Bonds : Sam Hicks.
Adam Hall was voted as player of the month by the coaches.
HAYLE RUNNERS ENJOY A CRACKING WEEKEND:
Hayle Runners competed in a series of events last weekend across Cornwall and Devon.
A group of club members travelled to Falmouth to take part in the Carrick Cracker, comprising two off road self navigation races of either eight or 19 miles.
Competitors were given a map and instructions by race organisers with the promise of coffee and cake upon successful completion of the event.
Hayle Runners took part in both races with Ian Bowden, Nikki Carter, Kevin King, Wendy Pascoe and David Wright doing the eight-mile route and Charlotte Bennett, Rachel Bowker, Graham and Trisha Merrett, Andy Moore, Narina Shorland, Sharon Sullivan and Maria Williams competing in the 19 mile events.
Both sets of competitors had to navigate some of the toughest terrain south Cornwall could offer them. Despite getting lost and having to retrace their steps on more than one occasion the team members arrived safely back to enjoy their rewards.
In a more conventional manner, a group of Hayle Runners travelled to North Devon to take part in the Bideford 10 mile road race, renowned for its flat and fast course which increases the likelihood of personal bests for the distance.
Jordan Morant took full advantage of the course to finish in fifthth place overall in a fantastic time of 59 minutes 54 seconds.
He was followed in seventh place by men's captain Scott Abraham, who won his 40-44 year old category in a time of 1 hour 41 seconds.
Mike Dowrick was 10th overall and second 40-44 year-old in 1:1:12. Daniel Costello was fourth Hayle Runner home in 13th overall, winning his U20 age category in 1:1:43. Nick Masters completed the Hayle contingent in 1:18:39.
The impressive times helped the club take second place in the team competition.