April 26, 2010

Seniors Tour Report - Bristol 2010

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The Argaum seniors met on Friday afternoon at the clubhouse for a few “warm ups” before departing for Bristol. Once the team eventually arrived after needing to stop for several “comfort and refreshment” breaks across most of Devon and Somerset the lads dressed up as English Knights to celebrate St George’s day and moved towards downtown Bristol to sample the local culture and taken on board some much needed fluids.

Saturday morning saw several “no shows” at breakfast but these offenders were dealt with appropriately the following day.  Argaum then entered into a round robin competition with Bristol Saracens which involved playing both their 1st and 2nd teams in 30 minute matches. The results were:
Bristol Saracens 2nd XV 15 – 7 Plymouth Argaum
Bristol Saracens 1st XV 5 – 14 Plymouth Argaum

So a big well done to all the lads on the team, especially Brett Williams who was mentioned by the opposition as being their man of the match. After the games the Argaum team had some formal matters to attend to, such as the “Cardinal Puff”. So congratulations to all those who completed this long standing tradition, even though several “teddies” were violently placed into several corners and much fluid was seen moving into and out of most of the participants. All who attempted passed and have proudly become tour veterans so well done to those who undertook this difficult but necessary exercise.

Sunday morning saw Argaum hold Kangaroo Court for all those offences which had taken place on tour thus far, which the Rt. Hon Judge Paul Venkort presided over. Due to legal reasons the details of this event are not allowed to go to press however all crimes, ranging from “poor effort on fancy dress” to “not having an acceptable hair colour” were dealt with in a firm but fair fashion. After the court the Argaum team moved to South Gloustershire to take on Wotton RFC. The result of which was:
Wotton RFC 41 – 36 Plymouth Argaum

This was a tough challenge with most of the Argaum team suffering from serve dehydration and fatigue from the previous 2 days. The game was played in good spirits and had some good play. The most noticeable moment of the game was 62 year old Chris Sillitoe driving over for a try and then adding the extras with a stylish drop goal.   Also congrats to Mark Handley for winning his first “Man of the Match” award with Plymouth Argaum.

The tour manager would also like to thank all those who attended for their efforts and at times their patience. Also a big thank you to Mr Brian Salabank of Bristol Saracens RFC and Mr Julian Roe of Wotton RFC for hosting what has been a very successful tour. Now who has nicked my folder? Stu Quarterman you're the prime suspect!!!!!

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