Season 1966-67

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1st XV 1966-67: M.Oliver, T.Hitchins, J.Stocker, F.Lavers, G.Bryan, B.Rees, C.Lavis, P.Bond, F.Craig, C.Sutton, C.Tucker, J.Curtis, F.Rogers, C.Pascoe, D.Martin; C.Charlesworth, J.Scantlebury, S.Morrow, W.Ryan (capt), G.Johnson, J.Ellis, P.Green, J.Sieley; A.Blonden, A.Kirby, P.Burgom, J.Perring.   1st XV 1966-67: M.Oliver, T.Hitchins, J.Stocker, F.Lavers, G.Bryan, B.Rees, C.Lavis, P.Bond, F.Craig, C.Sutton, C.Tucker, J.Curtis, F.Rogers, C.Pascoe, D.Martin; C.Charlesworth, J.Scantlebury, S.Morrow, W.Ryan (capt), G.Johnson, J.Ellis, P.Green, J.Sieley; A.Blonden, A.Kirby, P.Burgom, J.Perring.

Billy Ryan, associated with the Club from his school days, a fast breaking, incisive, quick thinking stand off half took over the captaincy, whilst Rip Kirby returned from his Plymouth Albion excursion to operate the base of the scrum.

The 1st XV made an encouraging start by going without defeat until 29th October but thereafter "stuttered" somewhat (despite a double over Salcombe) and recovered in the period January to March to score 6 wins 2 draws and a defeat. The results included creditable wins over Launceston and Exeter Saracens and away draws with Crediton and Newquay Hornets. There were narrow defeats at Tiverton 0-3, St Marys Old Boys 6-8 and "C" Division 3-6.

However, the crowning point of the season was the match against Camborne - at Camborne - when the Club against all expectations, defeated the home side’s 1st XV 8-3 and this despite losing one of the Club’s key players Dave martin at stand off with a broken ankle early in the second half. For some time the Club had been pressing for an opportunity to meet stronger opposition with, let it be said, no encouragement whatsoever from the Devon County Committee and a win such as this surely emphasised the Club’s potential. However, the Cornish press, whilst accepting Argaum’s superiority, suggested "Camborne are heading for junior status". The tries were scored by wing forwards Fred Rogers and John Price, Kirby kicking a conversion.

On the other side of the coin, a Cambridge touring side, Old Perseans, ironically under the management of a former Argaum member, gave the Club a lesson in the value of backing up and deservedly inflicted the heaviest defeat of the season 5-28 and this at Bickleigh Down. The final figures for the season, W22, L12, D5, 426-239.


 

The Wanderers had a very good year, W24, L5, D2, beating most other club 2nd XVs - with the exception of Truro II and returning 5-8 and 14-6 v St Austell 1st XV. The Drifters W16, L8, D2, 271-179, but the Floaters won but 1, losing 13 and drawing 3, 38-209. The A Colts, despite heavy defeats at the hands of St Austell Colts, St Boniface College and Tiverton, emerged W17, L12, 300-244. John Williams, a massive forward, played regularly - and equally as regularly kicked goals - for the Devon Colts side. The B Colts W2, L8, D1, 28-130 and the Barbarians W6, L8, D1, 139-131, but both these sides tapered off early in March. The continued overcrowding in the dressing rooms, the result of so many sides, resulted in DHSOB seeking pastures new.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Bill Ryan
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