Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th November 2017

The Pirates make it two league wins in a row and climb to seventh. Redruth fight back valiantly but find a 21 – 0 deficit after forty-five minutes too much to overcome at Redingensians. Camborne miss out at home to mid-table rivals Exmouth. Launceston win at bottom placed Clevedon in South West One whilst London Cornish make it three in a row and consolidate fifth place in London One South.

In Western Counties West Devonport Services prove too strong for St Austell who slip to third as St Ives win at bottom placed Burnham-on-Sea to go second. In the Cornwall & Devon League Penryn stay top with Saltash hot on their heels. Liskeard-Looe still have a five point lead over Bodmin despite falling victim to the weather in the Cornwall League as the mid-table battle for eighth place when the cut is made in December is developing between Roseland and Stithians.


Greene King IPA Championship

Cornish Pirates                       25 - 13                   Hartpury College


National League Two South

Redingensians                           21 - 12                   Redruth


South West Premier

Camborne                               20 - 22                   Exmouth


Tribute South West One West

Clevedon                                   19 - 21                   Launceston         


London & South-East Division - Division One South

London Cornish                        30 - 15                   Maidstone


Tribute Western Counties West

Burnham-on-Sea                         20 - 22                   St Ives

Devonport Services                      27 - 12                   St Austell

Falmouth                                    16 - 33                   Wadebridge Camels

Truro                                        29 - 25                   Tiverton


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Bude                                        24 -   0                  Tavistock

Hayle                                       10 - 26                   Saltash

Lanner                                     31 - 10                   Plymouth Argaum                      

Penryn                                     6 -   0                  Pirates Amateurs


Tribute Cornwall League

Liskeard-Looe             P (Waterlogged Pitch) P        Illogan Park

Newquay Hornets                   54 -   3                  Helston

Perranporth                            54 -   0                  Camelford

Redruth Albany                         3 - 72                  Camborne School of Mines

Roseland                                 14 - 44                   Bodmin

St Agnes                                  34 - 29                   Veor

St Just                                       5 - 25                  Stithians

(Lankelly-Fowey – no fixture)


Camborne School of Mines and Bottle Match to Disappear?

The name of one of the most famous mining institutions in the world, “Camborne School of Mines” may soon be a thing of the past. CSM was founded almost 130 years ago in 1888 and in 1902 the famous Bottle Match was born.

The annual gathering of two packs of miners, Camborne School of Mines and The Royal School of Mines, to play rugby is now the second oldest varsity match but could be at risk if the powers that be have their way.

When the university campus at Falmouth was created, there were no university sports teams and those looking to take part in competitive events were told to contact local teams in the area. Camborne School of Mines was and is an established rugby team in Cornwall, and it gratefully accepted the many students who wished to play. Since then, many other sports have taken on the CSM name including hockey, netball and football.

This year would bring about the 115th annual Bottle match between CSM and RSM. Bottle Match is the second oldest varsity match in the world. Since 1902 the only thing that prevented the game from being played was the Great War and since 2004 all CSM teams have been welcome to partake in this historic event. 

This year, motions are being put in place to cancel Bottle Match and remove the CSM brand from the University teams. Bottle match is more than simply a sporting event, more than a day, it is a culmination of over 100 years of a legacy which unifies both players and supporters alike.

Bottle Match is much more than just a University sports competition it unites students and locals alike. It has become a huge part of Cornish history over the years holding great significance to all of Cornwall. The rugby match has been held in Cornwall 54 times being played by 3450 students all remembering the one match that truly mattered, not just to them, but for many Cornish rugby supporters.

For those who wish Max Stirling has set up a petition against the removal of CSM sport and Bottle Match through which may be found here:


Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 4th November 2017

The Reds take the spoils in ten try fest at The Rec whilst Camborne pull of a sensational win at League Leaders Dings Crusaders. Launceston bounce back to winning ways in South West One West but are still ten points from a play-off slot with a third of the season gone. London Cornish march on in London One South with a convincing win at Chichester.

In Tribute Western Counties West St Austell keep up their impressive winning run and go top as Wadebridge Camels hold Devonport Services to a draw with St Ives maintaining the pressure on the leaders.

Penryn continue to impress in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league as they cruise to victory over Withycombe. In the Tribute Cornwall League Liskeard-Looe continue to show their quality as they maintain a ten point lead over Bodmin who have a game in hand.


Greene King IPA Championship

Cornish Pirates                                                    Reserve Weekend – No Fixture


National League Two South

Redruth                                    46 - 38                   London Irish Wild Geese             


South West Premier

Dings Crusaders                          20 - 22                   Camborne  


Tribute South West One West

Launceston                              19 - 13                   Bridgwater & Albion         


London & South-East Division - Division One South

Chichester                                  23 - 43                   London Cornish            


Tribute Western Counties West

Falmouth                                  25 - 43                   Kingsbridge

St Austell                                19 -   5                   Crediton

St Ives                                      41 - 19                   Truro

Wadebridge Camels                20 - 20                   Devonport Services


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Penryn                                      66 -   5                  Withycombe

Pirates Amateurs                    31 - 33                   Lanner

Plymouth Albion Oaks                30 - 17                   Hayle

Saltash                                     35 - 20                   Bude


Tribute Cornwall League

Bodmin                                      HWO                    Redruth Albany

Camborne School of Mines     52 - 19                  Perranporth                  

Camelford                                 0 - 75                   Newquay Hornets

Helston                                    15 - 72                   Liskeard-Looe

Illogan Park                            54 - 24                   Lankelly-Fowey

Stithians                                  10 - 47                   St Agnes

Veor                                         26 - 19                    Roseland

(No fixture - St Just)       


Cornwall U15 Girls Grab a Win But U18s Go Down in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Girls U.18 53 pts - Cornwall Girls U.18 5 pts


Report by NIALL Devenish.


Cornwall U18 Girls made the very long trip up to Banbury RFC in Oxfordshire for their first game of the season against the home team.


A very well organised Oxfordshire side put Cornwall under pressure from the outset and despite some spirited defence started to work a healthy lead.


In attack Cornwall could not seem to find the fluency required and even after long periods of attack were unable to make much of a mark on the score-board.


Cornwall started the second half brightly and began to get into their stride in attack managing a sustained period of in the opposition 22. Following a great line break by Cornwall, Oxfordshire were penalised for deliberately killing the ball on their five-metre line resulting in one of their players being sin binned.


Cornwall used the extra player well to break down a stubborn defence and score their only try of the game. 


The final score of 53- 5 did not reflect the effort and spirit the Cornish Girls showed, they were beaten by a good and well organised side, but never gave up. 


Head coach Niall Devenish


Assistant coach Karl Thomas


Team manager Teri Hughes


Cornwall Girls U.18 Team sheet.


1.Chelsea Mitchell
2.Mia Abbott-Smith
3.Joanne Hocking
4.Megan Shroff
5. Beth Hampton
6.Nadine Vincent 
7.Zelah Yuill
8. Leona Hughes (vice captain)
9.Roberta Scotland
10.Amy Bunt (Captain)
11.Megan Trevorrow
12.Sasha Friggens
13. Ellie Benyon
14.Lizzie Langton
15.Lizzie PeverleyReplacements


16.Chloe Tyrell
17.Keira Goddard
18.Sophie Hall
19.Zoe Pixton
20.Lucy Rendle
21.Adriana Barker
22.Chloe Graham




By Kevin Williams

Cornwall girls under 15s set off bright and early for the first of their three games against Oxfordshire at Banbury RFC.

Due to an accident en route and the changing rooms not being ready the girls only had a short period of time to warm up and to shake the journey out of their systems, not ideal preparation. .

Playing the first half down the slightest of slopes on a firm pitch with a bit of sunshine Cornwall failed to claim the ball from kick off  knocking on. Undeterred Cornwall’s pack took the first scrum against the head, the ball spun wide to the blindside winger Abby Smith who from 30 meters beat her opposite number and full back to open the scoring for the visitors, that try lifted the girls.

A short while later Oxfordshire put together a good few phases to drive over the line for a converted try and a 7-5 lead.

After gaining a scrum in a good field position in the Oxfordshire half the Cornwall pack showed their strength and dominance winning the ball before putting together a number of phases allowing lock Evie Asman to crash over for a try converted by centre Chloe Vickery.

Oxfordshire bounced back with an unconverted try to level the game at 12-all.

With a minute or so left on the clock in the first half Cornwall had another scrum this time in their own 22, winning the ball Cornwall moved the ball to full back Laura Griggs who showed great pace beating the cover from distance to dot down under the post for Vickery to convert leaving Cornwall 19-12 up at half-time.

Cornwall started the second half the way they finished the first half dominating field position and possession, however play was halted for a period following a neck injury to Cornwall’s No.8 Kacey Rexworthy requiring the game to be completed on an adjoining pitch.

Oxfordshire put Cornwall under pressure from the re-start but Cornwall defended well turning the ball over on their 5 metre line with Griggs relieving the siege with a powerful run out of defence up to halfway.   

Cornwall settled starting to put the phases together as the forwards and backs combined inside the Oxfordshire 22 resulting in replacement Charlotte Newstead crossing the whitewash for the only score of the half.

Speaking after the game coach Kevin Williams said. “With minimal preparation time and the long distance to travel we all thought we were in for a difficult day at the office but these young ladies showed brilliant commitment and team spirit from start to finish.
Cornwall’s pack was fantastic at the break down with lots of turnovers coming from lock Megan Moriarty whilst the Cornish scrum was dominant throughout.

“A special mention needs to go to centre Chloe Vickery for stepping up to take the  conversions, having never taken one before, she converted two out of four.”
Cornwall U.15: Laura Giggs, Abby Smith, Flo Bawden, Chloe Vickery, Jenna Dymond, Anna German, Chloe Shrosbree (Capt); Megan Clifford, Pyper Karkeek, Chelsea Cortis, Megan Moriarty, Kacey Rowe, Evie Asman, Sophie Daniel, Kacey Rexworthy.

 Replacements: Mollie Maycock, Paige Clarke, Emily Hosking, Evie Curnow, Charlotte Newstead, Kizzy Dymond, Olivia Rowland



Congratulations to Matt and Robin

Well done to Matt Shepherd (pictured courtesy of Simon Bryant, Iktisphoto) and Robin Wedlake who have been selected for the England Counties tour which departs the day after the Bill Beaumont County Championship Final (Lancashire v Cornwall) on Sunday 28th May.

England Counties will complete a two-match tour of Spain from 29 May to 4 June, and team manager Matt Long is expecting a tough test.

Counties are set to face a Basque Country team in San Sebastian on Wednesday, 31 May before travelling to Guadalajara three days later to take on Spain, and Long is wary of the challenge ahead.

“I’m expecting a very physical game,” he said of the international clash. “Given we wanted a full Test against the international side, I think we’ll get one.

“We’ve done a bit of research, and we know Spain are improving, their world ranking is proof of that. We’re going to have a hard test.”

Counties will fly to Spain the day after the county championship final at Twickenham Stadium, and Long explains there will be no meet and greet beforehand, rather his side will have to gel and search for consistency from the outset.

He added: “We expect that both the Basque Country team and Spain will want to play a quick game, and we must adapt to that accordingly.”