Season 1928-29

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1st XV 1928-29 1st XV 1928-29

The team photograph shows that uncompromising character Vic Brooks as captain, H Ward his vice and includes such characters as Freddy Blight, Harold Sloggett, Alf Beer the Mills brothers (W and A) George Perry, Leslie Paul and Bill Westlake.

The opening fixture, Falmouth (away of course) Argaum’s side - apart from its captain Vic Brooks - almost identical with that of the previous season; in heavy rain Argaum gained a meritorious - if surprising win by 5 points to 3 the visitors defence being given a trying time Beer defending well. A second half try by Mills converted by Beer to a penalty goal comprising the winning margin, on the same day the second XV beat Albion Juniors at Beacon Park. The following week a much changed first XV including three reserves travelled to Weston Super Mare who were at full strength including "such a polished wing three-quarter as Albert Davies of Abertillery and Newport but now engaged in the scholastic profession at Thornbury, Glos.". In front of a fair crowd and in intense heat Argaum created a surprise with a try by Keen early on and crossed over with a score line of 3-6. Of the second half "the heat was intense and Argaum fell to pieces Weston adding a further four goals and two tries to their half time lead without further reply. Argaum never ceased trying although badly beaten forward". The following weeks 9-0 v OPMs at Chelson Meadow - tries Mansden and Daly Beer P.G. - Plympton 11-0 in heavy rain tries Perry, Mills and Sloggett, Beer a conversion. The Duke of Wellington Regiment 8-3 (Mills A, Mills W plus Osborne's conversion).

In the meantime fixtures and teams for the 2nd XV were appearing with some regularity in the local press with, alas, a lack of reports and results. However on 14th October against the Old Suttonians the seconds "started as if they would swamp the old Boys but were forced back by sheer determination. In the second half they found themselves 0-8 down but fought back with two tries and a conversion to square matters, a fine game ending in a draw". A second XV usually including Roy Clevereley at full back, Lock and Osborne in the outsides and Len Giddy, Birchall and Beacon in the pack.

In the meantime the Firsts travelled to Tavistock "a rugby stronghold on the fringe of Dartmoor" and appeared to have enjoyed their moorland excursion being altogether too strong for the locals to the tune of 36-0. Tries, Daly, Ward, Sloggett and A Mills 2 apiece O’Carroll and Osborne one each plus 3 conversions and on the same day the Seconds gained a creditable 20-10 win over HMS Impregnable. 27th October ended 0-0 v Devonport Services A (Ward and Beer outstanding), the following week should have been a trip to Penryn but the game was cancelled by the home side who offered another match before the end of the season if they can accommodate it. Then 16-0 v Wiltshire Regiment the same day the Seconds drawing at Salcombe 3-3. Then, the Firsts at Salcombe and - 0-9 (Beer was outstanding) and RNEC II 0-17 put a blight on a hitherto successful First XV record. 0-0 v YMCA and likewise v Plymouth Albion Reserves then on Boxing Day "Argaum produced one of their best performances when they shared 24 points with Penzance in Cornwall and were unlucky not to win for midway through the second half they lost Elliott and Westlake injured neither of whom was able to resume Penzance drawing in the last minutes of the game". The New Year and return to reality OPMs 3-3 (Marsden try) and the Seconds 3-3 (Cleverley penalty) v Tech College in a capital game 3-0 v Plympton followed but this time the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment carried too many guns to give a 0-11 result, the Seconds scrambling a 3-3 draw v Civil Service II. A three weeks lapse due to the weather did the Club no favours as on resuming the Firsts lost 0-11 v St Lukes and the Seconds 0-26 v Salcombe II. Cleverley defended well - (he needed to). The following week substituting at short notice for Teignmouth, Argaum proved no match for Redruth and had to thank Beer at full back for keeping the score down - 0-34. The team that day A Beer, Ward, Mills W, Mills A, Morrell, Paul, Osborne, Percy, Sloggett, Keen, J Beer, Elliott, Martin, Evans E and Rowden. An 8-0 win over Okehampton (Kimber and Mills Beer conversion) was followed by defeats Crediton 3-9, Bideford 3-26 and RNE College II 0-3, once again, Beer, Argaums custodian was outstanding, then - almost triumph. Salcombe 3 Argaum 3 Mills crossing for the Club for whom Beer was in fine form. On the second team front there were wins 6-3 over Tavistock Osborne 2 tries and St Columba 3-0 (Lock try) and defeat 3-6 by Albion Juniors - Price try.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Vic Brooks
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