Pirates Log: January 31
LAURIE PRESENTS AWARDS TO NEWLYN STUDENTS:
Cornish 'Pirate' Laurie McGlone attended an assembly at Newlyn Primary School last week to present awards to 30 year six students who have completed an eight weeks media training programme at Humphry Davy School's Cornish Pirates Learning Zone.
The course at the Learning Zone is designed to increase knowledge of new technology and boost confidence in speaking and listening, and it has proved a real success as a way to support transition from primary to secondary school.
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All of the students from Newlyn Primary School were full of enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge of new media, and they impressively produced a variety video and audio broadcasts which included podcasts, radio programmes and a newsreel.
The assembly held at the school showcased some of the broadcasts and provided a platform that celebrated the students participation, and lock Laurie's presence helped reinforce the benefits of seizing opportunities. Besides providing awards, Laurie also presented the students with prizes kindly donated by the Cornish Pirates.
Speaking on behalf of the Humphry Davy School and the Learning Zone, Kevin Jackson said: "The assembly was a fantastic community event which showcased the achievements that can be gained from learning outside the classroom.
"Also, the children were in awe of Laurie and they greatly appreciated the prizes donated by the club."
STEVE'S FLYING THE FLAG:
During the past decade the exploits of Pirates match day steward Steve Pinfield have been well documented.
An expedition leader, polar and jungle expert, and one of the world's more renowned and experienced adventurers, Steve regularly visits all parts of the globe, has climbed some of the most inspiring peaks, and always takes the opportunity to fly the Cornish Pirates flag and wear the club's shirt.
During January, Steve has led a climb to the top of Volcan Nevado Ojos Del Salado, in Chile, where the Pirates flag was again raised.
Steve always follows the club's result, wherever he finds himself, and will be looking forward to returning to his match day steward role before the end of the season.
STADIUM FOR CORNWALL PLANS LODGED:
The S4C group advise that detailed plans for the Stadium have now been lodged with Cornwall Council for Reserved Matters approval.
The application reference is PA12/09036, and the plans together with other relevant details are now 'live' and can be viewed on the Cornwall Council website at http://tinyurl.com/bcyfedh.
On opening the page you will see a 'Comments' tab, on which they urge you to click, and to write a favourable comment supportive of the project.
MONIES RAISED FOR CORNISH CHILDREN:
The Bolingey Barbarians were again grateful to the Cornish Pirates for allowing them to make an annual match day collection, with the worthy sum of £543.56 being raised when the Cornish Pirates recently played Dundee High in the British & Irish Cup.
Over the years the Barbarians have raised well over £60,000 for the benefit of various children's charities in Cornwall.
Last season they gave money to Cornwall Downs Syndromes Support Group, who used part of the money to raise awareness of Downs Syndrome (through the Trisomy 21 Exhibition) and part to make it possible to fund a speech therapist.
They also supported the Get Out There Group, to help fund some special days out for those children who are blind and also have other disabilities.
The Bolingey Barbarians will celebrate their 20 years of Barbarian rugby in April, and as part of the celebrations there will be a reunion of all Bolingey Barbarians at a special match to be played at Perranporth RFC on Sunday May 5.
The game will feature a President's Barbarians side versus a Chairman's Barbarians side, and it promises to be a great rugby occasion.
Thanks have been expressed to all in the rugby family who have provided support over the years, which has provided quite considerable benefit to less fortunate children of Cornwall.
MATCH DAY HOSPITALITY:
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PIRATES COLTS AND MINI JUNIOR REPORTS:
St Austell 62, Pirates Colts 3
The Pirates Colts were missing several players due to injuries and only managed to raise 14 men.
The home side, which contained a number of Truro College players, were a strong outfit who dominated the game right from the start.
However, the Pirates never gave up and held their heads high right to the end, and deserved enormous credit for honouring this fixture.
A number of individuals had also played out of position, but this didn't dampen their spirits and the final score was an unfair reflection of the match.
Jack Lonsdale scored the three points for the Pirates with a successful drop goal, and thanks were expressed to St Austell for the loan of a player named Callum.
Pirates U13s 38, Falmouth 34
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Falmouth arrived a player short, so Tom Tieken stepped in to help them in the first half. 'Help' was indeed the word, as he scored one of their four tries during the period, one of which was converted, that gave them a healthy 17 points lead at half-time. Jamie Thomas had scored the solitary Pirates try.
Sebi Schmidt kindly stepped forward to play for Falmouth in the second half, and he did well to secure good ball. However, the Pirates gradually made their way back with man-of-the-match Tom Tieken, by then back in the home side, next to score a try. Daniel-Rhys Evans added the conversion to cut the deficit to ten points.
The Pirates took the lead, with converted tries scored by Shea Cornish and Thomas Prosser, but Falmouth hit back with two of their own, including a successful conversion, which put them eight points in front.
But the Pirates mounted a fightback again, as a try from No. 8 Jamie Thomas was followed by a super try scored by Rhys-Evans, which sealed a fine win.
Pirates U13s: K. Andrews, C. Boyns, C. Brownfield, S. Cornish (capt), D. Rhys-Evans, H. Eyriey, S. Friggens, C. George, A. Hall, J. Lambourn, J. Price, T. Prosser, S. Schmidt, L. Simms, T. Tieken, J. Thomas, R. Thomas, J. Tredinnick, H. Trow, M. Walden.
Scorers. Tries: J. Thomas (2),S. Cornish, D. Rhys-Evans, T. Prosser, T. Tieken; cons: D. Rhys-Evans (4).
Falmouth 35, Pirates U12s 33
Despite travelling to Falmouth with a scratch side, the Pirates under 12s did well to make a game of it.
Because of illness or unavailability the Pirates had only 12 of their squad available, so it was decided to have five players in the scrums instead of the usual six for this age group. As things worked out it suited well, and players who sometimes have limited game time were also able to play a full match. All stepped up to the mark.
The Pirates were soon 14-0 down, but once into the game they improved considerably as play swung from end to end. Both sides played some fine rugby and eventually the pressure created by a dominant Pirates scrum led to Jacob Harvey scoring a try after a trademark powerful run. Mawgan was on target with the conversion to make it 14-7 at half-time.
The Pirates scrum was again solid in the second half, but with too many tackles missed in defence there was a worry that Falmouth might run away with the game. But the Pirates found an extra gear, scoring further tries through Harvey, Jordan Church and Will Trenoweth.
The result was decided by one missed conversion, but there was rightly no blame in very difficult conditions.
All the players showed full commitment and especially Jacob Harvey who was ably backed up by a strong running Jordan Church and great scrummaging by a rampaging Will Simons.
Pirates U12s: Will T, Jamie, Will S, Jacob, Connor, Declan, Mawgan, Matthew, Jordan, Zelah, Andrew, Henry.
Scorers: Tries: Jacob (3), Will T, Jordan; cons: Mawgan (4).
Falmouth 5, Pirates U11s 74
The Pirates travelled to a windy and muddy Falmouth for the reverse fixture of the season, and because both teams had large squads it was agreed to play rolling replacements.
There were several handling errors early on because of the cold, but once warmed up the Pirates scored their first try through Ben Wragg. Ben Durrant stepped up to slot the conversion and soon darted over for the team's second try, as Falmouth suddenly looked a little shell-shocked. The Pirates looked to score at every opportunity and by half-time led 45-0.
Toby Osborne registered a first half hat-trick, and he was first to score again on the resumption of play, this time also adding the conversion. He ended up with three more tries to take his personally tally to seven, as the Pirates also dominated the second period.
To their credit Falmouth never gave up, and did manage a consolation score of their own before the end, but it was the visitors who ended the match as fully deserved winners.
Pirates U11s: Johnson, Harvey,Tustin, Osborne ,Penny, Durrant, Eddy, Wragg, Gray-Williams(capt), Adams, Morice, Pascoe, Tilley, Williams, Schmidt, Rogers, Kearey, Sutton, Rudge.
Scorers: Tries: Osborne (7), Eddy (2), Wragg, Durrant, Johnson; cons: Durrant, Eddy, Pascoe, Johnson, Osborne, Tustin, Adams.
Falmouth 5, Pirates U10s 25
The Pirates had to defend well against a physical Falmouth side in the early stages of the match, until J Prowse then suddenly managed to break clear and give them a lead.
The first half was closely contested, but after a spell of exerted pressure the Pirates added to their score with a try from F Nowell making it 10-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Falmouth had a good spell at the start of the second half, during which they scored their one try in the match, but the Pirates were rewarded with victory after scoring notching up more tries.
The first, again scored by Prowse, ended a length of the field move, and the other two scores went to A Barrett and E Bailey. C Buckland, who was outstanding throughout, was awarded man-of-the-match award.
Pirates U10s: C. Buckland, F. Nowell, E. Bailey, H. Beckerleg, J. Tonkin, A. Barrett, H. Rogers, J. Prowse, W. Roberts, C. Nicholls, F. Terry, T. Berryman.
Scorers: Tries: J. Prowse (2), F. Nowell, A. Barrett, E. Bailey.
Falmouth U9s 35, Pirates U9 110
Falmouth had plenty of players so it was decided to play four 10 minute quarters to give everyone plenty of game time.
Falmouth did put up a spirited defence but the Pirates were just too strong on this occasion with Charlie Upchurch and Wes Eddy making nearly 60 tackles between them.
Also a double hat-trick from Harvey Stone, 5 Danny Fyffe and hat trick for Dylan Kissling.
Pirates U9s: Dylan Eddy, Evan Reed, Jacob Hill, Tyree Heaver, Joe Pengelly, Charlie Upchurch, Danny Fyffe, Wes Eddy,Angus McLeod, Harvey Stone and Dylan Kissling.
Tries: Stone 6, Fyffe 5, Kissling 3, Heaver 2, Eddy 2, Reed, Hill, McLeod.
Falmouth 90, Pirates U8s 95
Playing this match in three thirds, the Pirates under 8s had a close and exciting high-scoring game against their Falmouth counterparts.
Despite playing on a wet and muddy pitch both teams did well to score some great tries, including a double hat-trick for Samuel Edwards, with the one extra decisive score for the Pirates recording a satisfying victory.
Pirates U8s: Harry Schmidt, Thomas Rogers, Oscar Beckerleg, Owen Sutton, Samuel Edwards, Jude Harvey, Matthew Randall, Archie Prout, Silas Van Emden, Mackenzie Keskeys.
Scorers. Tries: Edwards (6), Keskeys (4), Sutton (3), Beckerleg (2), Van Emden, Randall, Prout, Harvey.
Falmouth U7s 85, Pirates U7s 85
The first of two games was played with great spirit and endeavour by both sides with the lead changing constantly.
For the Pirates Kaea Griffiths and Jack Eddy derived benefit from some strong running by their team mates Ewan Simpson, Seb Dash, Cameron Philips and Max Thornton.
Mention also needs to be made of Liam Brunning, a tiger in defence whom the opposition soon realised they had to avoid – or be tagged.
Seb Dash was unlucky to be disallowed two tries but overall the result reflected the effort by both sides.
Pirates U7s: Ewan Simpson, Liam Brunning, Cameron Phillips, Seb Dash, Jack Eddy, Kaea Griffiths, Max Thornton.
Scorers: Tries: Kaea Griffiths (7), Jack Eddy (5), Ewan Simpson (2), Max Thornton (2), Seb Dash.
Falmouth U7s 45, Pirates U7s 50
The second game started in a downpour of hail but this did not dampen the spirits of either team.
Both sides showed they wanted to run with the ball and the Pirates just edged the win thanks to their defensive game.
Cameron Philips had a try disallowed after being adjudged to have put a foot into touch, but he made amends a short time later when scoring a great try in the corner.
Seb Dash, with the try-line begging, also passed to Kaea Griffiths – feeling he just had not scored enough on the day!
Pirates U7s: Ewan Simpson, Liam Brunning, Cameron Phillips, Seb Dash, Jack Eddy, Kaea Griffiths, Max Thornton.
Scorers: Tries: Kaea Griffiths (4), Max Thornton (3), Seb Dash, Cameron Phillips, Jack Eddy.