I hope that these words find everyone well in a brand new year. I wanted to take some time to check-in and fill everyone in on what we have been up to in the ‘off-season’. It’s almost two years to the day that our club was born, so it is impossible to look ahead to 2015 without taking a moment to glance over our shoulders at a year to remember in 2014.
We walked from Lands End to Redruth alongside Rugby League royalty, the day after we brought the South West 9’s tournament to Cornish soil for the very first time. Illogan Park R.F.C became the first Cornish Rugby Union club to compete at Rugby League (that we know of! – what an achievement for them and for Cornwall!). The Rebels went on to beat Plymouth Titans in the final that day, but they would get the better of us at the first league game of the season, and we would meet them again, for many a memorable experience throughout the summer.
Following the 9’s we met Exeter Centurions in the South West Cup Final at Polson Bridge, Launceston. What a game that was; it surely could have gone either way, but after an epic battle we won and became the first club to retain the South West Cup. At times we were run close; North Devon Raiders gave us a great game away from home but thankfully we had enough within us to go on and right the wrongs of last season and win the League Leaders title, and the Grand Final, whilst enjoying the wonderful hospitality of St. Austell R.F.C
The season end was bitter-sweet. We were beaten comfortably by Medway Dragons in the Harry Jepson Trophy quarter-final, but in October our Chairman John Beach was named Community Volunteer of the Year 2014 for all of his hard work and commitment to building our club, and the sport, in Cornwall.
We look ahead now to another exciting year for South West Rugby League. The expanded County representative calendar should add great excitement to what will surely be a more competitive league than ever before.
We are working on some exciting things for you to enjoy in the run up to the season, but until then just rest easy in the knowledge that we are working very hard indeed to secure a bright future of the game of Rugby League in Cornwall.
This year we have met new friends, who have supported the team on and off the pitch. To the great guys who drove (and offered to drive) our minibus, to our immensely dedicated water and kicking technician, we are always welcoming new people into the fold. If you want to coach / assist / play / organise or simply help out if and when you can, then please get in touch with us. This club will thrive and now is the time to get involved and be a part of something amazing.
Remember to keep checking back here for news and events information. Keep liking and sharing on facebook and twitter and invite your friends to do so. Many of you are enjoying Rugby League for the first time, and we hope we can give Cornwall the club that it deserves; one which is greatly successful and flies the black and gold flag for the whole world to see.
To all of our players, volunteers, sponsors and friends, and to the 3500 of you that logged onto our website from all over the world in 2014, we thank you.
All the best, and heres to 2015