Season 1963-64

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1st XV 1963-64: T.Hitchins, I.Mason, A.Mortimore, Perry, King, N.Haddon, P.Marchant, J.Cooper, G.Bryan, W.Pain; R.Friend, R.Wright, C.Sutton, A.Kirby, P.Green, J.Clarke, J.Ellis. 1st XV 1963-64: T.Hitchins, I.Mason, A.Mortimore, Perry, King, N.Haddon, P.Marchant, J.Cooper, G.Bryan, W.Pain; R.Friend, R.Wright, C.Sutton, A.Kirby, P.Green, J.Clarke, J.Ellis.

Rip Kirby was captain, Ken Beake his vice. Ted Delve the President resigned and George Cross a player of the 1930s taking over. John Richards continued in charge of the A side.

There was a promising opening, with 4 consecutive wins, until at Hayle, after levelling the scores early in the second half, the Cornishmen swept out of sight, 9-30. Form continued in and out for the rest of the year, and after losing the two opening games in 1964, the team, like its immediate predecessor, took a grip of things winning 12 and drawing 3 of the remaining 18 games. Included in this period, the double over Launceston - 8-0 on each occasion - and wins over Cullompton and Services A, with very respectable final figures of 23 wins 13 losses 3 draws, 373-229. In addition to the captain and vice captain, regulars included Harold Brickwood, John Ellis, Roy Friend, Barry Rees and Bob Wright, whilst the Colts side earned its keep by supplying some 4 or 5 of its previous under 18s. John Ellis, a very speedy wing, claimed 30 tries.

The A XV figures, W14, L11, D3, 253-174. The Extra A W8, L16, D1, 239-273, and the A Colts W13, L15, D1, 296-225. Of their match at St Ives against the local Colts side, the report reads "Fleming, a home centre, palpably knocked on and after kicking across the visitors goal line, he leapt on top of the full back, who had safely grounded the ball - a try was awarded" a piece of unbiased reporting by the seaside press. Eventually, virtue was rewarded. St Ives Colts 5 Argaum Colts 14. The B Colts encouragingly went into a plus - just - W9, L8, D2, 183-167, and the Barbarians W5, L13, D12, 147-285. The teams using the Clubhouse caused problems with very crowded changing accommodation, and attempts to stagger kick off times met with very little co-operation.

During the closed season, Brian Mortimer, who made a number of 1st team appearances in the centre signed for the rugby league side Hull Kingston Rovers, who never apparently given to scouting in the South West, Brian’s progress or otherwise in his new sphere, remains a closed book.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Rip Kirby
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