Pirates Amateurs 25 – 6 Hayle

THE Amateurs maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a third successive league win as they deservedly earned bragging rights with a convincing home victory over local rivals Hayle at the Mennaye Field on Saturday.

The match certainly lived up to expectations and attracted a bumper crowd, swelled by good contingent of travelling supporters were treated to an excellent derby clash which perhaps inevitably, given the history between the two sets of players, developed into quite a feisty affair.

The visitors were first to put points on the scoreboard with full back Dan Magee putting over an eighth minute penalty.

But six minutes later the Amateurs scored the opening try when Nick Hichens gathered a pass from Rhys Brownfield to canter over the line and touch down under the posts, with Brownfield adding the extra two points.

The teams traded a further penalty apiece through Magee (19) and Brownfield (28), and within a minute the Amateurs scored again when following good forward pressure, player-coach Steve Evans provided the pass for Danny Toolan to burst through the smallest of gaps to crash over the line.

With the conversion attempt missed, Brownfield made amends with a successful penalty attempt six minutes before the interval to make the half-time score 18-6 in the home side’s favour.

Although the home side continued to enjoy the majority of possession in the second half they were often guilty of choosing the wrong option or spilling the ball in good attacking positions.

However they did manage another try when Ashley Weston made a superb run down the left wing and when tackled just short of the line, off-loaded the ball to Brownfield who triumphantly dived over for a try he converted himself to complete the scoring.

Among the stand-out performers in the home line-up was Tom Somers, making his first appearance in nearly three years at No8, while Craig Stevens was outstanding in the No7 jersey and all the backs were razor sharp when running with the ball.

Amateurs chairman Paul Greaves felt the home side ran out worthy winners and was delighted with a rare home win over the Lions, who had proven something of a bogey side for his charges in recent seasons.

“It was a good occasion and an enjoyable, hard-fought match,” He said.

“Hayle as you would expect had the advantage in the scrum, they’re a strong scrummaging unit, but we were excellent in the lineout and in the loose and it was good to see us prepared to throw the ball around and score some excellent tries.”

Hayle player-coach Danny Clackworthy said: “It was great to see a lot of support for both teams which made it an even better match to play in, but we were disappointed with the result.

“We are a better team than what we showed on the day and we have to move on and focus on our next game rather than dwelling on our mistakes.

“Fair play to the Amateurs though, they played some nice rugby and kept their tempo in the second half when we dropped off. But we can’t wait for the return fixture after Christmas.”

Hayle will be keen to return to winning ways at home to Saltash on Saturday (3pm), while the Amateurs will face arguably their toughest test to date when they travel to fellow unbeaten side Honiton, who have also won all of their opening three games.

Meanwhile, the Amateurs 2nd XV make the short trip to St Just for a friendly (3pm).

Pirates Amateurs: N Hichens, S Kent, R Brownfield, J Semmens, A Weston, S Evans, T Dugdale, T Somers, C Stevens (c), B Brittain, R Humphries, D Law, R Stanley, D Toolan, K Brownfield. Reps (all used): C Goldsworthy, L Stevens, R Farley.

Hayle: D Clackworthy, J Nicholls, D Wood, T Barber, J Griffiths, M Lea, J Chadwick, T Matthews, R Rowe, S Harvey, R Cutter, J Rule, D Lyons, T Daniels, D Magee. Reps: D Penrose, F Carter, S Richards.

Past Player’s Reunion, This Saturday 20th September

There will be a Past Player’s Reunion held in the Westholme clubhouse before and after this Saturday’s game against Hayle. Any past Penzance and Newlyn, Cornish Pirates or Pirates Amateurs RFC player’s are most welcome to attend. The invite is also extended to any former Hayle player’s who can attend and join us in sharing some pre/post match banter and a pint and pasty. Reunion starts at 1pm in the clubhouse and will hopefully continue after the match.

Falmouth 18 – 21 Pirates Amateurs

Pirates Amateurs made it 2 wins out of 2, albeit with a hard fought win away at Falmouth on Saturday. Falmouth led for much of this match and the Amateurs had to rely on a late Danny Toolan try to snatch the spoils. The player’s will be worked hard in training this week in an attempt to correct any failings and to ensure the team is ready and able to meet the challenge of facing near neighbours Hayle in this weekend’s much anticipated derby match.

Pirates Amateurs 50 – 0 Exeter Saracens

The Amateurs got their campaign off to a flyer with a bonus point win at home against Exeter Saracens. Report to follow

Results from the Cornwall/Devon league

Liskeard-Looe 8 – 37 Honiton

Paignton 34 – 5 Falmouth

Pirates Amateurs 50 – 0 Exeter Saracens

Saltash 24 – 27 Crediton

South Molton 36 – 49 Bude

Withycombe 26 – 15 Bodmin

Penzance and Newlyn RFC Youth Section Registration Day

Details of this season’s Mini-Junior Registration day as below.


Hi All,


I am writing to let you know  about the Mini Youth Registration morning which will take place at the Clubhouse on Sunday 7th September from 10am – 1pm. This will be a fun training session held on either the Mennaye or the Nursery pitch.

Timings will run as follows

U7, U8 and U9: 10am -11 am

U10, U11 and U12: 11 am – 12noon (U12 please contact your coaches for confirmation)

U13-U16 from 12 noon – 1pm (please contact your coaches for confirmation)

COLTS – please make sure you come down and register with myself or Maddy!

There is an opportunity to look at pictures our new match kit, please make sure that you bring socks and shorts if you havent already.

Parents will be able to go into a Pirates match at a reduce rate but only on the production of a Mini Juniors parents ID card. If you would like to take opportunity of this please bring a passport size photo so we can issue you with one at this time!


Many thanks


Kylie Combellack

Membership Secretary

Pirates Amateurs vs St Ives Preview

The Amateurs welcome St Ives to the Mennaye Field on Friday night for a Cornwall KO cup fixture. The Amateurs side will be

1 Kieran Brownfield
2 Danny Toolan
3 Ryan Stanley
4 Luke Hollis
5 Richard Humphries
6 Ben Brittain
7 Craig Stevens
8 Leigh Edwards
9 Trev Dugdale
10 Rhys Brownfield
11 Stephen Kent
12 Steve Evans
13 Josh Semmens
14 Nick Hichens
15 Jack Lonsdale

16 David Law
17 Ben Noyce
18 Charlie Goldsworthy
19 Jack Nicholas
20 Stefan Osborne
21 Jamie Barrett

Amateurs 36 – 12 Rnli/Fire Brigade XV

PIRATES Amateurs continued their preparations for the new season with a 36-12 victory over a combined Fire Brigade and RNLI XV in Saturday’s friendly at the Mennaye Field.

Amateurs chairman Paul Greaves hailed the match a big success. He said: “It was a really good game, both teams contributed with some exciting rugby and all played in a competitive spirit, which made it an excellent run out for us.”

The Fire Brigade and RNLI included some quality performers, including ex-Pirates Tom Nicholas, Wayne Davey, Peter Cook and Patch Harvey.

The Amateurs though went in at half-time leading 24-0, with two tries from Nick Hichens, one apiece from Steffan Osborne and Ben Brittain, while Jack Lonsdale kicked two conversions.

The second half was evenly contested with both teams scoring 12 points apiece.

Another former Pirates favourite Steve Evans rumbled over for a try for the Amateurs, before Trevelyan Dugdale marked his return after 18 months travelling in Australia and New Zealand with a fine individual try and conversion.

The Amateurs are next in action at home to St Ives in a Cornwall Cup first round tie at the Mennaye tomorrow night (7pm)

Amateurs making progress

The Amateurs played higher league opposition in a 60 minute game when they visited Camborne on Thursday night. Ryan Stanley gave the amateurs the lead through a well worked lineout move to burrow over from close range. The experience of the Camborne side showed as they notched 3 tries after this but it took them to the end of the first half to break the defence of the amateurs.

Pre Season too progress

camborneNext Thursday the Amateurs will have their first look at how the team is developing with a conditioned training session and a 40 minute game against Camborne who a few leagues higher.  The training will commence from 7pm at Camborne.  Players to meet at the Mennaye at 6pm, the travelling squad will be announced sooner to the date.