Falmouth & Penryn Grassroots Sport October 24
OPMs 18 Falmouth 18
JUSTYN Irons again saved Falmouth from defeat in their Tribute Cornwall & Devon league game on Saturday with the last kick of the game, writes Hugh Morton.
With time running out in a game the Eagles dominated, OPMs were leading 18-15 and it looked like the visitors would go unrewarded.
But a late penalty gave Irons the chance to level the score, and he held his nerve to kick a superb match-saving effort to tie the game in the last minute.
Buy one get one free on main course and specials excludes fillet steaks and beef wellingtons
Must book to qualify and present voucher on arrival 01209860332
Contact: 01209 700617
Valid until: Wednesday, December 11 2013
Although last week's outcome was a surprise, this week the result was almost expected.
It was a sunny and breezy day in Plymouth with the wind angling across the pitch to the far corner, and the visitors kicking off into it.
Falmouth had the better of the first half using the advantage of the breeze, with their forwards shunting the opposition around in the scrums.
At times the visitors saw more of the ball, but couldn't exploit the possession they had, and although opportunities came and went the score remained 0-0.
The only time the home team threatened the Eagles was following a dropped pass in midfield which gave the lively Skelly a chance to break for the Falmouth line, only for a superb last gasp tackle by Rob McIntyre to stop him in his tracks.
After the break Falmouth faced into the wind, which had increased. The Eagles didn't start well, and soon found themselves under pressure to give away a penalty, which Finnie converted.
Falmouth's tactics became clear, and with their forwards pushing their opponents around, the visitors began the process of grinding OPMs down.
And following a line-out and many energy-sapping drives, prop Toby Mears went over and the reliable Irons converted from the touchline to make it 7-3 to Falmouth.
Some unsure tactical kicking from Falmouth gave Skelly a chance to run at them, and poor defending allowed him to put Jack Beresford-Ward in the corner, but the conversion failed.
Forward pressure from Falmouth, with their 'go to' player Simon Bailey in the van, created a penalty, which Irons converted to put Falmouth ahead by two points.
The plan worked, OPMs were now under siege with control of the game firmly in Falmouth's hands.
Forward pressure brought its reward with more drives forcing the home side back, and giving man-of-the-match Bailey the chance to go over; the conversion was missed.
The game looked over as the visitors poured forward with seemingly total possession, but ominously several overlaps were squandered until the almost inevitable happened again.
A breakdown by the visitors was seized upon by the lively Skelly to sprint 60 metres and pass inside for Finnie to score and convert.
It seemed impossible that after having so little of the play the home team were now level.
Another penalty by Finnie gave OPMS a three point lead, which left Falmouth and their supporters shaking their heads in disbelief.
But Irons' late penalty at least gave Falmouth some reward.
This Saturday Falmouth are at home to Pirates Amateurs.
Penryn U13 10 Falmouth U13 32
Falmouth U13s made the short trip to Penryn for a derby encounter on Sunday, writes Adam Laity.
With the conditions making handling very difficult, it seemed on some occasions that it was a disadvantage to have the ball. However, following a forward drive down the short side, Penryn opened the scoring with a well worked try out wide.
An excellent restart from Olly Evans forced Penryn deep into their 22. From an ensuing lineout and some excellent work by man of the match Isaac Hayes, the ball was quickly recycled in midfield for Max Mason to bulldoze his way over.
The Falmouth centre pairing of Theo and Jasper were pressuring the Penryn midfield very well and eventually Falmouth put together a number of phases to send Billy over in the corner.
The conditions began to deteriorate but Falmouth managed to put the balls through the hands enough times to send Joe Carmichael over the line between the flashes of lightning. Falmouth turned round at half time 15-5 to the good.
New recruit Lewis Pirrie played in numerous positions on the field, both in the backs and the forwards, and gave an excellent account of himself and for his hard work he was awarded the 'crunchie bar'.
Falmouth began to get more on top in the second half and Billy went on a couple of storming runs eventually to score a further try. The forwards were working well as unit, with Archie and Jago catching the eye in the loose.
A clearing kick from Olly, was followed up by Bryn Owen, who then managed to turn the ball over to allow for the Max to score.
This was quickly followed by another route one run from Max to complete his hat trick.
Penryn were to have the final say, however, with a score in the corner from a number eight pick-up.
Falmouth squad: Josh Stevens, Ned Laity, Isaac Hayes, Olly Evans, Jack Snowdon, Theo Fleming, Jago Hammersley, Jasper Hartley, Reuben Neale, Bryn Owen, Dylan Heidstrom, Max Mason, James Drage-Hubert, Archie Bunnell, Tommy Martin, Billy Bateson, Ben Read, Lewis Pirrie, Alex Gray, Tom Bick, Joe Carmichael, Aiden Wallace.
Falmouth U12 56 Penryn U12 7:
Torrential rain, thunder and lightning, and even hailstones almost the size of golf balls, couldn't dampen the spirits of these local rivals as they set about entertaining the partisan crown at Tregenver Field.
The home side soon got the scoreboard moving with a trademark elusive run from Finbar O'Conaill. A second try, and his hat-trick, soon followed.
With the set pieces evenly matched, Falmouth relied on stout defence and competing at the loose which won them several turnovers and following some good distribution between forwards and backs Elliot Carpenter went over for a try.
Not to be outdone, Elliot's brother Harris got into the act and scored Falmouth's fifth try of the half.
Five tries down at half time would have been enough for most sides but Penryn came out for the second half with renewed vitality that not even the persistent downpours could stifle.
They upped their work rate and started to put together several phases of play but just couldn't find a way through the home side's tackling.
Maintaining possession and driving Penryn back to defend on their own line eventually reaped its reward as Finbar popped up again, this time from five metres, to run in for the first try of the second half.
Keeping Penryn pinned back Falmouth ran a penalty from five metres that allowed Ollie Reed, who also converted all of the Falmouth tries, to take the direct route and add another.
Alex Wilson scored Falmouth's last try but Penryn would still not lie down and scored a well-deserved try of their own from great team interplay and quick recycling.
The final scoreline did not really reflect how well both sides played under the conditions.
Falmouth U11 42 Penryn 7
In extreme weather conditions, with five new players in the Falmouth side experiencing their first game of rugby, let alone a derby match, a great standard was played by both sides.
Falmouth and Penryn tried to play good open rugby but it wasn't until the 12th minute when with great passage of play from both forwards and backs linking well that Falmouth winger Matthew scored the opening try.
This was quickly followed by Will taking a quick tap penalty and diving over in the corner to score the second try.
Into the second half with the slope behind them Falmouth settled into their game and further tries were scored by Liam and Milo.
Falmouth were put under pressure in the 27th minute and after conceding several penalties Penryn scored a well worked try.
In the final quarter of the match Falmouth counter rucked over the ball, Jack picking up the ball to charge over the line for a storming try.
Just before the final whistle Falmouth turned over the ball at the scrum. Falmouth's scrum half Will, dummied a pass to Milo to enable him to score the final try.
Falmouth U10s v Penryn U10s
Penryn made the short journey to Falmouth for the first of their local derbies on what turned out to be a miserable day for the visitors.
Penryn not only had to contend with a much faster and bigger team, but everything that Cornish weather could throw at them, with torrential rain, coupled with thunder and lightening.
The first half was a fairly even affair with both sides running the slippery ball at every opportunity, with Ben Thorpe and Solomon Littlejohn making a series of breaks for Penryn, that had luck been on their side would have resulted in some tries.
As it was, Falmouth adapted to the conditions much better, and managed to run in three tries before the break with only Thomas Freeman crossing the line for Penryn.
With a match day squad of 12, Penryn made four changes at the break which undoubtedly broke the rhythm of the first half, which also saw the weather conditions deteriorate further.
Having already built up a lot of confidence in the first half, Falmouth continued in the same vein to run in a further five unanswered tries, that had it not been for the excellent covering of Littlejohn and Freeman, the score line would have worse for the visitors.
This week sees Penzance visit the Memorial Ground, with the Penryn coaches hoping for some better weather and building on the positives to come out of this match, with Ethan Weaver and Benji Roberts gaining confidence both in defence and attack.
Match day squad (try scorers): Matt Badger, Jack Bailey, Jori Bennett, Jack Casswell, Thomas Freeman (1), Piran Glasby, Alex Goff, Solomon Littlejohn, Jack Martin, Benji Roberts, Ben Thorpe, Ethan Weaver.
Falmouth u9s 45 Penryn u9s 30:
In dreadful conditions, Falmouth ended Penryn's brief early season unbeaten run.
The game was abandoned three-quarters of the way through due to torrential rain and overhead lightning, where player welfare was rightly prioritised.
Scoring was very much tit for tat but Falmouth put their noses in front thanks to a mini try blitz in the middle of the game scoring four without reply.
Although Penryn travelled home disappointed, at least it is not far to go, and there were some positives that can be taken in defeat, with Toby and Harley reaping the reward for their own hard work and progress this season by each bagging a score and prominent in defence.
If others follow this example then better things are on the way.
Penzance are the visitors to the Memorial Ground this weekend.
Penryn: Kian, Billy, Owen, Matthew, Charlie, Dalton, Daniel, George, Gabriel, Cadan, Joe, Jack, Luke, Harley, Harry, Toby.
Scorers: Kian (2), Toby, Harley, Billy, George.
VIPER SHINES IN THE SUN TO WIN PURSUIT SERIES RACE:
The sun shone for the third race of the Penrose Sails Pursuit Series at Flushing SC and on the quay there was little breeze, writes Harold Martin.
On board Hecate we raised the sails and a vigorous force four southerly set in promising lively sport.
After manoeuvring with the fleet we crossed the line and beat along the first leg but after 200 metres a radio message told us that we had crossed the line two minutes early.
So after a quick tack we ran back towards the line only to see Aurore crossing the line at the correct time. We turned to see our rivals beating a long way ahead and then we made our correct start.
The wind freshened but in the bright sunshine it was not cold, so that as we crossed the Roads going to the St Mawes D mark the lumpy swell threw us about and already Amneris was catching us up to leeward.
As we neared the Lugo she sheeted in and beat us to the mark where we both squared off for a broad reach to the mark.
After finding the D mark we beat out and we had to make our way through the large later starters who were accelerating past the Lugo in the opposite direction to us.
At the harbour mouth we tacked to the St Anthony shore but it was too threatening so we stood out towards Pendennis Point.
After rounding the buoy we squared off for the long run to Trefusis where we gybed for the fetch to South Narrows across the irregular rollers marching north.
We then beat towards the docks and we decided to follow Wilkie's line on starboard to the Governor. We passed it on starboard and bore away for the run to the Vilt.
Ahead and upwind Wilkie and Amneris hoisted their spinnakers, we were sorry that it took so little time forthemto sort their wine glassed foresail but to leeward Dancer of Dart poled their jib as we did.
We had clearly made the right decision because the spinnaker overpowered them and we overtook Wilkie and closed in on Amneris.
As we came close to the mark Amneris called for water at the very last moment on Dancer of Dart who in a very seamanlike manner passed the buoy to the wrong side to avoid a heavy collision.
So we innocently overtook Dancer of Dart who had to return to the correct side of the mark and then we started the long beat to West Narrows.
Wilkie was catching us up but downwind when suddenly they had major problem wih their jib which a crewman on his knees slowly sorted out.
As we neared the last mark there were some sharp calls for starboard as we all tried hard to keep our distance from each other.
Going towards the finish the wind was shyer and the reach became a beat but slowly we caught up with and overtook Meka a Trintella 29 which enjoyed the heavier breezes but we all had difficulty in overtaking a well reefed cruiser who happened to be in our way.
We looked back but we realised that the boats behind were not able to catch before the finish so we followed Amneris and we were followed by Deliverance, sweet revenge for last week.
Days like this make winter much shorter. In the clubhouse we enjoyed the teas and I needed two jam and cream scones to make up my energy levels and we are all looking forward to next Saturday.
Results: 1st. Viper; 2nd Mary Boon J Cruise; 3rd Sweet Friday, L Cheshire; 4th Aurore, D & M Owens; 5th General Chaos; 6th Amneris; 7th Hecate, M Swingler; 8th Deliverance, M Stratton; 9th Meka; 10th Scorpion, G Davies.