Season 1983-84

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The season opened with a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Truro, 11-41, Wiggy Bennett and Brian Willcocks tries, Harry Nicholson penalty and on the same day, the Wanderers ran in 9 tries against Plympton without one single conversion.

Thereafter, the senior side settled down save for a somewhat hefty hiccup against Saltash, with wins over Services Pilgrims 17-14 (Fred Rogers still scoring, though confining himself to one try), Salcombe 23-7 (Hall 19), South Molton 27-12 and in the Devon Cup at Teignmouth, Argaum went down 15-16. The Argaum side Willcocks, Rapier, Marks, D Beer, Hall, Worth, Staniland, Tremin, Bennett, Cooper, Holloway, James, Davey, Rogers, Tinson, Nick Hall kicking three penalties for the Club, before going off injured. Tavistock, Kingsbridge, Plymouth Albion Extra 1st and Ballincollig became victims. Ballincollig, as might be deduced, an Irish side, were 17-0 at half time, but with the Irish contrariness, rallied to 17-17, to go under eventually 21-17.

The 1st XV continued their winning ways into the new year, including a 22-3 win home to Truro, Harry Nicholson at Scrum Half grabbing 3 tries, Geoff Baskerville and Ian Rose one a piece and Collier a conversion. Competition for first team places was such that the elected Skipper Roger Marks could not be sure of his place, whilst an addition to the back row was the Royal Navy player Roger Tinson, to team up with the old firm - Fred Rogers and Geoff Baskerville. Scrum Half Harry Nicholson, just short of 100 points for the Club, was unable to clinch his "Ton" for the Club (in his last game before going to sea) against Ilfracombe and although the Club won 20-6, Harry was stuck on 98.

Thereafter, one or two setbacks were experienced. Dartmouth 12-15, Salcombe 0-10 and Albion Extras 13-22. In the Havill Plate, OPMs were beaten 41-12, but Ilfracombe, who they had beaten earlier disposed of their pretentions at Bickleigh Down, won 3-11 (Harry, where art thou?) However, the heavy Saltash defeat 4-31 was avenged, just 19-18. Overall results W26, D1, L10, 715-396 and the Wanderers W21, 556-366.

The Drifters made a re-appearance, including a 9:45am kick off against the South West Gas Board, which resulted in a credit for both early rising sides, a draw 14-14. The Colts included two out of town visitors in their fixture list, Metropolitan Police Cadets and Bridgend Athletic Youth Club, the visiting sides being successful on both occasions. Dave Sharp, who had given many years of service to the Club in many capacities, emigrated to Australia, doubtless intent on impressing his goal kicking abilities to the Aborigines. Finally, Ceri Critten, plagued by injury, hung up his boots to take over as Chairman.

Additional Info

  • 1st XV Captain: R Marks
  • Captain's Trophy: T.Rapier
  • Effort Award: P.Duff
  • Clubman: J.Bawden
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