Season 1962-63

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1st XV 1962-63: Rear; P.Green, ?, R.Wright, R.Marshall, B.Rees, A.Kirby, N.Haddon, K.Beake, J.Lyons, W.Ryan; Front; J.Clarke, J.Johnson, R.Friend, C.Sutton, G.Bryan. 1st XV 1962-63: Rear; P.Green, ?, R.Wright, R.Marshall, B.Rees, A.Kirby, N.Haddon, K.Beake, J.Lyons, W.Ryan; Front; J.Clarke, J.Johnson, R.Friend, C.Sutton, G.Bryan.

The midweek XV - Plymouth Argaum Barbarians - duly came to fruition, owing their title undoubtedly to the Devon Barbarians, who operated in midweek before the war.

Like all newly formed sides it found the opposition of well established midweek sides, mainly service, somewhat heavy going. The opening game against HMS Lion was a discouraging 0-35, nevertheless with Ken Pooley giving them every encouragement they completed 22 fixtures in their inaugural season, wining but 3, losing 18 and drawing one, 99-347.



On the Saturday front, experienced prop Roy Friend - who had some seasons earlier saved the day for Salcombe with his try against Argaum - became captain, stand off Tony "Rip" Kirby his deputy. Opening with a win over Plymouth Police, they travelled to Hayle, losing 12-28. Argaum’s 4 tries all being scored by Ricky Marshall, a fast moving elusive wing three quarter whose previous experience had been with the A Colts.

Thereafter followed a series of disasters, 6-30 v Exeter Saracens, Plymouth Albion United 0-36, Kingsbridge 0-18 and St Lukes Exiles 10-11. October 6th v Devonport HSOB, 10-9 brought temporary relief and the remainder of the year showed some improvement but no real consistency. Just before Christmas a big freeze set in resulting in 8 consecutive cancellations. Whether the 1st team were in need of the rest or not must be a matter of speculation, but it is a fact that of the remaining 13 fixtures, 10 were won and 1 drawn. The two defeats, Exeter Saracens 0-8 and C Division 3-9, one double over RNE College II and wins over Salcombe and Services A.

John Richards, stand off and captain of the "A" side, kept them on a pretty even keel, with 12 wins, 13 losses and 2 draws, 260-259. The Extra A had a credit balance in the points column at long last, W11, L10, D1, 197-178, whilst the A Colts had precisely the same figures save points, 182-163. Finally, the "B" Colts progressed to 7 wins and 11 defeats, 177-259.

One result of the big freeze was extensive damage to the boiler that heated the bath water, but fortunately Tom Hitchins rose to the occasion with a series of pipes and string that would have been a credit to cartoonist Heath Robinson - but it worked. Repairs were eventually effected courtesy of the insurers.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Roy Friend
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