The South West Rugby League season got underway on Saturday with the annual South West 9’s at Duckes Meadow, Exeter. Devon Sharks, Plymouth Titans, Bristol Sonics, Somerset Vikings and Exeter University all entered teams to join us and despite poor weather, they day saw some great Rugby League from players of all ages and experience.
It was us who ran out eventual winners after being drawn in group A with Centurions, Sharks and Vikings. Despite losing against the Centurions in the first game we brushed aside Devon Sharks 24-0 in the second and defeated the West of England League’s Somerset Vikings by a convincing 26-8.
We then met Bristol Sonics for the first time ever in the Semi-Final. The Sonics, who also compete in the West of England League had beaten Exeter University and Plymouth Titans 14-0 and 24-8 respectively in Group B. We edged that final-four clash 24-16, whilst the other Semi-Final, a South West Rugby League derby between Exeter Centurions and Devon Sharks would decide our opponents. Despite a great performance from the Sharks of Torbay, it was the Centurions who marched into the final with a clinical 14-8 victory.
Having already beaten the us by a nose in the opening clash of the day by 18-16, the Centurions were quietly confident that they could upset our Cornish party. But as the fixture had been repeated, so too was the scoreline. This time however, in our favour. We were crowned the South West 9’s Champions 2015.
Sam Scates-Veale was the surprise of the afternoon nabbing two tries in the third group game with the Vikings. There were five touchdowns each for James Martin and Martyn Lawrance. Darren Pellow grabbed three and former Cornish Pirate Peter Joyce enjoyed a brace, which were his first scores since taking up the League code last year. Aaron Hunt, Dan Thomas and Ethan Pattison also picked up a try each. Pellow took the spoils of the goals as well, slotting 8 times & There was four too, for Jamie Prisk . Scates-Veale, Thomas, Hunt and Martin also added conversions.
We are next in action in two weeks time, when we travel to Torbay to meet the 2013 Champions Devon Sharks.