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Duchy sponsor boost

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 22, 2012

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ST AUSTELL Brewery have extended their sponsorship of the Cornwall cup competitions by a further three years.

It is news that has thrilled Cornwall Rugby Football Union officials in these very hard economic times.

Cornwall chairman Denis Preece said: "I am delighted that St Austell Brewery, under the banner of their Tribute Ale, have agreed to sponsor the cups for the next three seasons.

"In this time of financial restraint, it is great news for the Cornwall RFU.

"It goes without saying, the CRFU are very grateful for the support St Austell Brewery provide to the clubs in Cornwall."

The Tribute Cornwall Senior Cup draw has thrown up some interesting first-round ties, with Hayle facing near neighbours St Ives.

Those two clubs were due to clash in the first round last season as well, but St Ives had to cry off the fixture as they were unable to raise a team over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Last season's beaten finalists, St Austell, face a trip to Falmouth, while 2012 Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup winners Saltash have been handed a difficult tie at Truro.

Tribute Cornwall Cup holders Wadebridge Camels, 2011 winners Camborne and Newquay Hornets have all been handed first round byes.

In the Clubs Cup, Perranporth and Camborne School of Mines are given a path straight through to the quarter-finals.

Tribute Cornwall Cup, first round draw: Truro v Saltash, Pirates Amateurs v Bude, Hayle v St Ives, Penryn v Liskeard-Looe, Falmouth v St Austell. Byes: Camborne, Wadebridge Camels, Newquay Hornets.

The first round is to be played on or before Friday, August 31. If clubs cannot agree on a date, the match must be played on Saturday, August 25.

The quarter-finals are to be played on Saturday, November 10, the semi-finals on Saturday, February 23 and the final on Saturday, March 30, with the venue and kick-off time to be confirmed.

Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup, first-round draw: St Agnes v Roseland, Camelford v Redruth Albany, Illogan Park v Veor, Stithians v Bodmin, Lankelly-Fowey v St Day, Helston v St Just. Byes: Perranporth, Camborne School of Mines.

The first round is to be played on or before Friday, August 31. If clubs cannot agree on a date, the match must be played on Saturday, August 25.

The quarter-finals are to be played on Saturday, November 10, the semi-finals on Saturday, February 23 and the final on Saturday, March 30, with the venue and kick-off time to be confirmed.

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