Season 1933-34

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1st XV 1933-34 1st XV 1933-34

Tommy Lane continued as captain Harold Sloggett his deputy. The team for the opening game at Sidmouth included Lane, Westlake, Matthews, Sloggett, Rowden, Ross, Hitchins, Rendle and Len Giddy.

Giddy had had some success with the 2nd side and fully deserved his promotion whilst the arrival of Tom Hitchins - little as it was realised at the time - was to have a dramatic effect on the club's future. Tom having then recently left West Buckland School was looking for a rugby club who could use his services and presumably consulted his uncles W.W. and T.J. Hitchins who hopefully had no hesitation in recommending to him the Club they had represented 30 years earlier.

1933-4 is sparse in reports. There are records of defeats by the OPMs twice 3-5 in October and 3-6 in December - Hitchins touching down - 0-6 v Old Suttonians and 3-16 v Albion Reserves. Bere Alston were beaten 33-0 by a team which included Mervyn Hodge centre or full back with a very safe tackle and possessing a good (Welsh) rugby brain and Malcolm Robinson a powerfully built young forward, both becoming regular first team choices. On 3rd February 1934 "Albion get a fright at Beacon Park - Argaum gave Albion a rare going over in the first half leading by a Rowden try converted by Robinson to a try. They hung on grimly for the first 20 minutes of the second half until finally capitulating 5-9". There followed a 13-9 win over the Prince of Wales Volunteers a club side including John Molland the curate at St Marys Church Plympton. At this stage the club was increasingly having almost exclusive use of the Geasons ground at Plympton.

 

One game in February 1934 appears to have met with press approval, this against RNE College II, a team of Cleverley, Rowden, Hodge, Lane, Wilton, Westlake, Matthews, Ross, Perry, Molland, Sloggett, Robinson, Beatie, Giddy and Rendle were involved in "a delightful exhibition of fast entertaining rugby play going from one end to the other through sparkling running and passing movements". Half time 8-8 a Rowden try Robinson conversion and penalty. A drop goal by Bill Westlake in the second half edged the club to victory 12-11 the College scoring a goal, a try and a penalty. Of Bill Westlake - and his long career with the club - one of his scrum half’s writes (and he should know) "Bill had a very safe pair of hands taking a pass from any angle and his long touch finding kicks were an untold boon to weary forwards".

Other results 0-12 v Salcombe (Hitchins. and Sloggett were prominent) 6-25 v Civil Service at Plympton. North Tawton in successive weeks 13-6 (Sloggett Wilton, Lane tries, Westlake drop goal) and 6-3 (Molland try Robinson penalty goal) and finally 13-3 against Prince of Wales Volunteers. The press has a photograph of Plymouth Argaum RFC and their guests at the annual dance held at Stonehouse Town Hall - of one such occasion it is alleged that beer was seen running down the steps of the Town Hall.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Tommy Lane
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