Greenmount Sponsored Cornish Rebels started 2017 with a trip to the world famous St Helens RLFC for a training game vs a combined reserves and academy team. The offer from The Saints to play in such a game came as part of the thriving community and development partnership that has been ongoing between the two clubs for three years now.
The game was, as expected, one-sided and was a comfortable win for the young Saints, however the experience given to our squad was one that will last a lifetime. First team captain Jack Scott was named joint man of the match with stand-off Liam Freeman, and both got the chance to check out the elite training facilities at the Saints’ Cowley Training complex.
As the regular season got underway in May we took the opportunity to show support for our new club by taking part in the Jacob Maloy Union 7’s day. The boys enjoyed a day in the sunshine blowing the cobwebs away, and it was a promising start to the 2017 campaign. We then took teams to two 9’s festivals in Exeter and Newton Abbott. The Rebels came out on top at Exeter but narrowly lost out to old foes Devon Sharks in the final at Newton Abbott. Head coach Mike Abbott was delighted with both performances though as we were building towards some big games to come later in the summer.
In June, on Armed Forces Day, we welcomed The Royal Navy Rugby League team to Camborne RFC for the first time as part of their inter-services preparations. A well-drilled and highly organised Navy outfit provided a stern test for the Rebels at the Rec. The Cornish showed, as they have done so many times before, that they can go up against some of the best and won the spectacular contest 32-22. If you missed the matchday programme, check it out here.
Next up was the Royal Air Force who were a very determined side wanting to send a message out to the Rebels who they were meeting for the first time, but also to their rival armed forces teams. As the rain came down on the Rec, the Rebels defended valiantly and as the game unfolded and momentum shifted, the home team capitalised and took another surprise victory against high-end opposition. Final score Rebels 20 – 12 Royal Air Force Rugby League.
The Final games of the season came in the form of a mouth-watering double header with South West rivals Devon Sharks.
The newly commissioned Tamar Shield competition consisted of two legs, one home and one away. The first played at Camborne RFC was a runaway win for the Rebels with a final score of 82-22. Just seven days later the Rebels travelled to the reverse fixture and battled against a much changed Devon Sharks team but remarkably lost out 40-34. The Rebels took the Shield home as aggregate winners across the two games.
As we move on through the off-season, as always our focus turns to the valuable work being done in Schools across the County. Our development manager Rob has been delivering teacher training to various regions and supporting teachers with Primary Rugby League Resources ahead of the Rugby League competition on the School Games in the Spring & Summer terms.
2018 marks a huge milestone for the club, as we turn five years old.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the players, fans and sponsors who have supported us since we formed in 2013 and we are looking forward to making 2018 another year to remember! We hope you will join us.