December 11, 2011

A Day (And Night) To Remember

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There would have been more than a few sore heads around this morning as Plymouth Argaum partied in style after the first event of their 125th Anniversary at Bickleigh Down yesterday. The matches themselves were hard and close fought with a Plymouth Combination side, comprising of players from OPMs, DHSOB, Old Techs and Tamar Saracens, overcoming the Chiefs by 12 point to 10.

The Chiefs try scorers were Dan Smith and Mike Wood whilst the Combination replied with tries from John MgcGarry and Alex Wells (both OPMS) and a Billy Evans (Old Techs) conversion.  Meanwhile, the Wanderers faced OPMs III and fought like tigers to hold on to a 12-7 victory. The Wanderers tries came from skipper Darren Wills and Fijian Bill Moceica with Wills also adding a conversion. There was a great turn out of players across the board, with a return to action for Kev Anderson and a guest appearance by Mike Hunt in the Chiefs side and a squad of almost 30 for the Wanderers. This included players from past seasons such as Whisky Walker, Mark Hunt, Jason Burdett and the Morgan brothers whilst two 17 year old colts, Kal Bloomfield and Owen Belli were also given their first taste of senior rugby towards the end of the game. In attendance were many friends and former Argaum players including Pete Duff, Mike Louise, Tommy Cooper and 1966-67 captain Bill Ryan, now of Saltash RFC. It was fitting that DHSOB and OPMs were so well represented in the opposition teams as both clubs have shared the facilities at Bickleigh Down at points in their history.

Celebrations continued in the clubhouse where match officials were presented with special Anniversary ties whilst Pete Rendle and Bob Anstis, President and Chairman of Plymouth Combination respectively, paid their own tributes and presented the club with an engraved plaque on behalf of the Combination. There followed a great sing song led by Duffy, which also saw a first outing for the Argaum Boys song, a storming set from the band Unfunkable which included prop Sam Russell on bass. The night concluded with some perhaps less-gifted offerings in the form of karaoke but nevertheless this was one of the great Argaum clubhouse nights after a great display of rugby. 

Afterwards Club Chairman Chris Sillitoe was full of praise for all the volunteers, especially the ladies who organised the after match buffet and pitch-side refreshments, who helped to make the day go smoothly.

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