Trelawny's Army out in force to honour Cornwall rugby team
WHAT a great evening was had by "One & All" at the Lostwithiel Golf & Country Club on Saturday, writes Bill Hooper Trelawny Army Supporters' Club Press Officer
The function room was packed with players, coaches, officials and supporters as they all came together to celebrate 20 years of the "Army" and Cornwall getting to Twickenham.
Highlights of the evening were the presentation of a framed certificate of thanks and appreciation, by club chairman Phil Trevarton to outgoing Cornwall head coach, Dave "Benji" Thomas for his outstanding contribution to rugby football in the county over the years.
A visibly moved "Benji" paid a warm tribute to the supporters of Cornwall whom he described as "the best in the land, the envy of every county in England, and Cornwall's 16th man".
Cornwall's team secretary Ewart White was given a very special mention for all the hard work he does behind the scenes.
He is not one for the spotlight quietly going about his business but his job is vital to the success of the Cornwall team.
Ewart, along with the Cornwall players present, were each presented with a special medal to commemorate getting to Twickenham.
An excellent buffet was washed down with a barrel of St. Austell Brewery's "Tribute" Ale generously provided by the brewery for the evening.
The raffle saw CRFU Chairman Denis Preece become the proud owner of one of Trelawny's Army bears, dressed appropriately in black and gold.
The evening also saw the settling of a wager between Army Hon. Sec Ian Gordon and CRFU Hon Treasurer Richard Simeons.
Ian had wagered with Richard after Cornwall's win against Kent that the crowd at Camborne when Cornwall played Hertfordshire would exceed 2,000 – with Ian savouring his double single malt paid for by Richard!
The evening concluded with a good old sing song enjoyed by "One and All".