IMPATIENT ILLOGAN PARK WRAP UP LEAGUE ALREADY:
Illogan Park have already remarkably won the Tribute Cornwall 2 rugby league title by first week of December when they beat local rivals St Day 81-0.
It has been seven years since the club played at this level and team manager Andy Hawkeysaid: "To my knowledge we are the first club to have won a league title this year in England.
"It has also capped a fantastic team performance this year also knowing that.
"Illogan have the greatest point difference +540 in any league in the country.
"It will almost definitely mean the club's try record will be beaten this year by Martyn Lawrance 32 tries so far, Sam Bristow 19 tries and Dan Thomas 15 tries.
"Only eight years ago the club had to pull out of any league due to 13 players leaving in one season through retirement and career progression.
"This caused the club to almost disband but a new young committee took over the realm, with the exception of the president Graham Baker (45 years), Peter Manley Treasurer (40 years), Andy Baker groundsman( 45 years) and Tony Nicholls assistant secretary +30years ) and the club has not looked back since.
"With new younger backroom staff in Shaun Maddern (chairman), Dave Allan (vice-chairman), Paul Simons (secretary), Kelly Martin (fixture secretary) and Andy Hawkey (team manager.
"The club will now be promoted to Cornwall 1 next season in which we hope to establish ourselves and become eventual league contenders.
The club has a cup competition to look forward to in February this year in which they hope to meet some Cornwall 1 opposition and again intend competing and try to win some cup honours.
TRURO SCHOOL SUCCESS:
Within the last week, three rugby teams from Truro School ended 2013 on a high, winning their respective county cup finals for their school.
Truro School U13s played Redruth School in the final of the County Cup at Redruth RFC.
It took Truro a while to impose themselves on the opposition, but relentless pressure paid off as the side ultimately achieved a 52-7 victory and their second successive county title.
The U15 side made it two County Cup final victories for the school on the same day as they defeated a spirited Penair team 21-0 at Truro RFC. After a close NatWest Cup encounter with the same opponents a few weeks ago, the side played superbly in both attack and defence to win the title of county champions for their fourth successive year.
Truro School were represented in their third County Cup final as the U14s played Reduth School at Redruth RFC.
Taking a narrow 7-0 lead into the second half, the side played well after the interval to win 31-0.
The side have performed strongly throughout the term and concluded with their third county cup title in as many years.
Graham Whitmore, Director of Sport and Head of Rugby at Truro School, said: "This has been another outstanding rugby season for the school. Over two hundred boys are playing regularly for the school each week and the success of our junior teams in these county finals reflects the commitment and skill of the players and the expertise of the coaching staff."
CHRISTMAS NEWS FROM THE MENNAYE FIELD:
Bumper Boxing Day crowd expected:
When the Cornish Pirates play Plymouth Albion at the Mennaye Field on Boxing Day (3pm), they are expecting their biggest crowd of the season.
Boxing Day is the perfect date for a home match in the rugby calendar, and with the Pirates developing a talented team that can truly entertain it is envisaged that regular supporters will be accompanied for this fixture by many relatives and friends who are home for Christmas.
This 'derby' fixture against cross-Tamar rivals always demands extra attention, but besides the main event there will also be much to enjoy in the build up to the game and post match.
Carol singing will be a must alongside the Cadgwith Singers, plus talented local group 'Blue Horyzon' are performing.
The popular Kernow King will also be in attendance, to entertain all present.
Ticket information: In the build up to Christmas the club's ticket office will be open from 9am – to noon today and Tuesday (Christmas Eve).
Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.cornish-pirates.com, plus terrace tickets will be available at the gates on the day, which will open at 1pm ahead of the 3pm kick-off.
CHRISTMAS PACK OFFER:
At only £66 the Christmas Six Pack offers great value and will give entry to the British & Irish Cup pool 6 match against Ayr on Sunday January 12, plus all five remaining home Greene King IPA Championship Stage 1 matches – ending against Rotherham Titans on April 13.
Please call Sue in the ticket office on 01736-331961, open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon.
PIRATES 2014 CALENDAR:
The unique Cornish Pirates 2014 calendar is now on sale. Priced at £9.99 it displays images of the Cornish Pirates players demonstrating their skills beside dramatic post-industrial backdrops at various locations that form the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
From Kit Hill and the Tamar Valley to underground workings at Poldark mine and cliff-top engine houses at St Agnes.
Only 1,000 copies of the 2014 calendar have been printed, with proceeds going towards the Cornish Pirates and Cornish Mining WHS.
The calendars are on sale from the Cornish Pirates ticket office 01736 331961, open Monday to Friday from 9am to noon, and can also be purchased on-line for collection from the ticket office.
The Cornish Pirates 'Coach Education Programme' of events have proved very beneficial, and the next session, focusing on 'Match Day Analysis', will take place on Sunday January 12.
The Pirates play Ayr in the British & Irish Cup that day (3pm) and the session will last from 1pm-5.30pm.
Ever wondered what a professional team does in the build up to a match?
Ever wondered if there is a plan amongst the chaos of a game, and have you ever wondered what goes on away from the post match interviews you hear in the press?
This match day analysis will provide a fascinating insight into what goes on in the build up to a game including aims/objectives for the match as well as what threats the opposition holds.
Alongside this, coaches will also see what analysis takes place as well as be given ideas of how they can bring differing levels into match analysis.
The Coach Education session both pre and post match is completely free, however, those wishing to attend will still need to purchase a match day ticket, either on the gate (£15) or in advance (£13).
For more information or to register your interest for this particular session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
HELSTON PIP HAYLE:
The last round of the Western Shoulder to Shoulder League, before the Christmas break, saw Penzance and St Ives take on St Austell.
The Penzance and St Ives team made an impressive 491 (ex 500) with Charlie Griffiths 99 and four of the team scoring 98s to count in the match.
The other match of the week, saw Hayle take on Helston, with Helston winning by 474 to Hayle's 471. The top scorer in this match was Jackie Hibbitt with a 99 for Helston.
This leaves Penzance and St Ives at the top of the league table, but only on gun score from Truro.
The league resumes after Christmas on January 13.
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