Season 1980-81

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1st XV 1980-81: Back Row: C.Critten, S.Body, G.Baskerville, M.Collins, N.Hall, J.Crowther, T.Rapier, D.Hurrell, A.Davey, N.Slater, J.Clark.  Front Row: P.Gamblen, J.Hunt, M.Worth (capt), I.Ramsay, J.Studds, B.Willcocks. 1st XV 1980-81: Back Row: C.Critten, S.Body, G.Baskerville, M.Collins, N.Hall, J.Crowther, T.Rapier, D.Hurrell, A.Davey, N.Slater, J.Clark. Front Row: P.Gamblen, J.Hunt, M.Worth (capt), I.Ramsay, J.Studds, B.Willcocks.

Tom Hitchins, properly and deservedly, succeeded George Cross as President. Stand-off Mike Worth, another in the line of schoolmaster in that position was Captain, Dave Osborne leading the Wanderers.

Dave Sharpe took over as Secretary, whilst the notice of the meeting created a new office of "Vice Secretary" to be filled by Mrs Sharpe - happily amended in the fixture card to Assistant Hon. Sec.

There was an indifferent start - three successive defeats, but a first round Devon Cup win over Dartmouth 29-22, the Club having 25-6! It was Okehampton who barred further progress, 0-20, although the Club obtained a measure of revenge later in the year, 11-6. Launceston were contained 6-8 at Bickleigh Down but Newquay Hornets and Bideford inflicted heavy defeats. In the Havill Plate, Argaum lost to Plymouth Civil Service by a Roger Harris try, to 2 Bowden dropped goals. In the mean time, the Wanderers and the Colts struggled on with mixed fortunes. Notably, Frank Lavis made a (gradual) disappearance from the back row trio.

Additional Info

  • 1st XV Captain: Mike Worth
  • Captain's Trophy: G.Baskerville
  • Effort Award: T.Rapier
  • Clubman: P.Gamblen & P.Green
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