Senior Match Reports (131)
Chiefs & Wanderers
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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Play at Beacon Park favoured Argaum, but good work by the home backs prevented a score. Pearce once struck the crossbar in attempting to drop a goal, and soon after another attempt by Keen missed by inches only. The latter half was more evenly contested. Hutchings was the star performer the Albion ranks, while Keast and Rowe were always prominent. For the visitors none did better than Beer, and Pearce was always dangerous. The game ended in a point-less draw.
A spirited fightback from Argaum gave them a much needed win in a tough encounter at Bickleigh Down. Late withdrawals and unavailablity meant that the home side had 2 or 3 players playing outside their normal position but the spirit shown throughout enabled the victory.
With forwards and backs combining well in handling moves and loose rushes. Plymouth Argaum , romped home easy winners of an open game at Roborough by three goals and three tries to a try. The sailors lacked experience as a team, but were well represented at fly-half by Organ and by Lee. at wing-three-quarters, who made their only score. Argaum's tries came from Rhodes, Kirk, Wreford, Blackburn and Gilbey. Baker. Dalv and Bennett adding goal points, the last named from a very difficult angle.
Ellis Cup final - Plymouth Argaum 10 Plymstock Albion Oaks II 3
Ramsay Macdonald formed the first Labour Government and Eric Liddell broke the 400m record at the Paris Olympics the last time Plymouth Argaum got their hands on a Combination Cup!
The Annual End Of Season Charity Match took place at Argaum last weekend and was a great success. This, the 3rd in the series, took place between The Chairmans XV (led by Chris Sillitoe) and The Club Captains XV (led by Paul Symons).
OPMs 30 Argaum 35
Plymouth Argaum retained the Bob Harris Memorial Trophy with a victory in a highly entertaining match at Plymouth College today.
Spectators must have been wondering if a bikini wax, or possibly having their fingernails pulled out by the roots, wouldn't have been more pleasurable, than watching a match with more penalties than an England-Germany international and an icy wind billowing up their anoraks as a bonus.
The strong wind made meaningful rugby a rarity, kicking for field position a lottery and line-outs a journey into the twilight zone. Argaum won the match deep into the second half simply because they had a bit more staying power than their opponents. And the hosts had also clearly decided that keeping the ball to hand was a lot more profitable than kicking it and trusting to the elements.
A match which was 0-0 at half-time between two sides quite capable of scoring points speaks volumes about what wasn't happening on the field. Both sets of players made far too many errors, spoiling some reasonably promising moves, few though they were. Moving swiftly to the second half, Barbarians made the breakthrough early thanks to Dan Leeson's masterly drop-goal and it looked for a long time if it would be enough to win the visitors the match.
TRIES from centre Nicky Dunne, winger Nick Coles and back row player Kev White gave Civil a 19-nil half-time lead after coach Danny Avery potted the conversions from scrum half.
The Wizards romped to a 17-point half-time lead, but were hit by quick ball from their rivals after the break as Tigers fought back and claimed a deserved victory.
Saltash II 0 Plymouth Argaum 71
Plymouth Argaum warmed up for next week's crucial league encounter with Buckfastleigh with this comprehensive victory over the Saltash second string. This was probably the best scoreline acheived by a senior Argaum side since an 80-odd point win against a depleted YMCA side in the late 1990s.
DHSOB 18 Plymouth Argaum 34
Due to no league fixture game this weekend Plymouth Argaum took themselves to DHSOB Stonehouse Creek to play in a club match against the local side. With a few players re shuffled for this fixture it was sure to be a good game to watch.