Season 1967-68

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1st XV 1967-68 1st XV 1967-68

Tony Blonden a hard running centre with an eye for an opening took over as captain, Geoff Bryan being in charge of the Wanderers. After 15 years as Hon. Secretary, David Dobell was replaced by Frank Kingwell.

Losing the opening game at Kingsbridge, the Club suffered but one further defeat in the next 11 games, v Devonport Service A 3-5, but both Launceston and Newquay Hornets put a crimp in the proceedings by each gaining the double at the Club’s expense whilst Hayle completed a Cornish trilogy winning the one fixture 11-3. The double was gained at Salcombe’s expense and there were drawn games with Crediton and Tiverton.

In a season in which the opposition was generally stronger than hitherto, a record of 19W, 12L and 5D, 398-247, was more than respectable. John Ellis and Billy Ryan were amongst the points with Rip Kirby responsible for the goal kicking; former Colts Frank Lavis , Clive Pascoe, Fred Rogers, Dave Martin, Dave King and John Clarke made valuable contributions to the club's playing record.

The Wanderers had yet another very successful season, W24, L6, D1, 426-100, which included the double over St Austell, Newquay Hornets II, Liskeard/Looe and Brixham II. The Drifters W14, L11, D3, 275-155 and the Floaters W6, L11, 115-263. The A Colts W16, L8, D2, 372-252. In addition to John Williams continuing his success with the Devon Colts, Paul Beed, an intelligent stand off, appeared for that side.

 

At a time when DHSOB had vacated to give extra changing space at the Club. The B Colts ceased to operate, as did the Wednesday Barbarians XV. The demise of the Argaum Barbarians was due to the introduction of all day opening on Wednesday for all the department stores.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Tony Blonden
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