Season 1971-72

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Clive Cooper in action in The Devon Sevens Clive Cooper in action in The Devon Sevens

Frank Lavis returned to the helm as captain, Barry Rees retired from the playing arena, to take over as coach. Terry Williams led the Wanderers and John Ellis and Tony Weller in charge of the Drifters and Floaters respectfully.

The Devon Cup did not interest the Club for long this season, Kingsbridge being its downfall, at Kingsbridge, by a margin of 7-10; trailing 0-10 at half time. This defeat, however, gave the Club automatic entry to the Havill Plate which was for clubs knocked out in the first round of the Devon Cup. In this competition Salcombe were convincingly disposed of at Salcombe 38-15 Peter Marshall at full back contributing 14 points; in the next round at Cullompton further success 17-3; on to the semi final against Paignton at Paignton success again 16-9 bringing the club to the final against Ilfracombe where they failed by a margin of 6-12 Guy Pessell kicking two penalties to a goal, a drop goal and a penalty. It is perhaps worthy of note that in all their Plate games, the Club was drawn away and received no monetary reward whatsoever for their travels. The season’s results were, once again, a matter for satisfaction W29, L8, 739-319, including the double over Okehampton, South Molton, Services A and Old Heleans, a very tight 7-6 victory over Exeter A and 2 wins and a defeat against Brixham 1st XV and a touch and go 19-21 v Truro 1st XV.

The Wanderers, restored to the bosom of the Plymouth and District Rugby Combination, reached the final of the Lockie Cup 16-6 v OPOs and 16-10 v Launceston A, to crash in the final against Plymouth Albion United in late April 0-27. In most of their matches, they indulged in some heavy scoring on their own account, as witness their final figures W26, L6, D2, 791-252. The Drifters, with John Ellis still enjoying his Indian summer, ran in 538-265 winning 19, losing 10, whilst the Floaters enjoyed an upsurge W17, L10, 521-305. The Colts, a shade disappointing, but still achieving a points surplus W12, L14, D3, 374-291.

In the meantime, Tom Hitchins had proclaimed there should be an extension to the changing accommodation and under his inspiration and drive, work proceeded steadily.

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  • 1st XV Captain: F.Lavis
  • 2nd XV Captain: Terry Williams
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