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Cornish Derbies Plus Bideford Battle For Ladies!

10 months ago By Ben Gilby

A busy weekend sees fourteen Penryn sides in action - all the games are previewed below.

The 1st XV face their second Cornish derby on the trot when they travel to Memorial Park to take on Hayle in the Cornwall/Devon League - the first time the clubs have met in league rugby for nine seasons.

Originally formed in 1877, Hayle are one of the oldest clubs in Cornwall, eventually moving to their current home at Marsh Lane in 1948. 'The Lions' are the reigning Cornwall One champions after gaining promotion back to Level Eight at the first time of asking last season. During that particular campaign, Hayle won all fourteen matches in the first stage of the season, which saw them average over twenty-eight points a match. The second stage of the campaign saw eleven wins and two draws (Newquay Hornets 10-10 and Liskeard-Looe 12-12) with just one defeat - an 8-3 reverse at Liskeard-Looe's Lux Park ground.

This season, 'The Lions' have won one (36-25 over Wessex) and drawn one (25-25 v WIthycombe) of their opening five matches, and they are still looking to break their duck on the road. This is the first meeting between Penryn and Hayle since the 2008/09 season when, as now both teams were in the Cornwall/Devon League. The Borough triumphed in both encounters; 29-8 at The Memorial Ground on 11th October 2008 and 12-5 on 14th February at Memorial Park.

Penryn Saracens are due to play their first home game of the Duchy League season with St. Austell IIs the visitors. The first Borough side in action over the weekend will actually be the Colts, with the joint PenFal side travelling to Hayle on Friday night for a game under the Memorial Park lights. This will be the second meeting between the two sides in a fortnight, with The Lions' Colts winning the previous encounter against a very young PenFal outfit.

Sunday sees Penryn Ladies return to action when they travel to Bideford attempting to continue their fine start to the season. Bideford have played one match so far, against fellow Devon outfit Newton Abbot, which saw them suffer a 29-19 reverse. The two teams played each other twice in successive weeks last season with Borough gaining a 10-0 victory in windy conditions at Bank End in Devon - a match described as "a very difficult game for Penryn". Bideford finished fourth in South-West Two South last season, one place behind The Borough, and so a good battle looks set to be in the offing.

The Sabbath actually offers an absolute plethora of Borough action, and for the first time this season, every one of the Mini/Junior boys sides are playing matches on the same day. The U7s-U11s are all away at St. Agnes, with the action in those five matches all scheduled to kick-off at 10:30 at Enys Parc. The U12s are at home to St. Agnes, with the match starting at 10:30am. The U13s hit the road to St. Austell where they will be out to continue their unbeaten start to the season which has seen them score eighty points in two matches. Kick off at Tregorrick Park is 10am. The U14s host St. Agnes in an 11am kick-off, and the U15s have a local derby against rivals Truro in a game which also gets underway at 11am. The U16s travel to St. Austell for a 10:30am kick-off.

Chons da to all Borough sides in action.
"Deun yn-rag an Vurjestra!" - Up The Borough!

Updated 08:57 - 8 Oct 2017 by Ben Gilby

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