Exmouth RFC latest - Old Timers bag Boxing Day win over Young Uns

PUBLISHED: 12:59 29 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:59 29 December 2014

Exmouth RFC players line up for a general 'all in' photo after the annual Boxing Day game at the Imperial Ground.

Exmouth RFC players line up for a general 'all in' photo after the annual Boxing Day game at the Imperial Ground.


With the pouring rain failing to dampen the Christmas cheer a healthy showing of over 40 players presented themselves at the Imperial Ground for the annual Exmouth RFC Boxing Day match between the Young Uns and the Old Timers.

Lots were drawn and this led to a family affair with regard to the tea captains with Ian Harris skippering the Old Timers and son Matt leading the opposition.

The match referee was Dan Gorfin who made sure the contest was lively, and contested in the best possible taste!

Stu Lowe and Mark Rowsell took on the onerous task of managing the ageing squad, whilst the youngsters were left to their own devices!

The opening score was a sneaky try from youngster Ash Reid. However, from the restart there was a superb try from the Old Timers with Garry Hooper doing the leg work prior to Al Griffin crashing over and a successful conversion saw the older side into an early lead; one that they would not relinquish all the way through to the final whistle.

The old timers dominated proceedings taking phase after phase , staying on their feet and handing out a real lesson in controlled rugby.

Paul Morgan and Rich Crellin both added tries before the arrival of the much needed half-time break!

The youngsters fell foul of the match official on two occasions resulting in two players heading off to the sin bin, (though on this occasion the sin bin seemed to be in the club house bar!)

Wayne Rowsell (more commonly associated with the round ball game), showed up well in the first half along with Jack Westlake at centre for the Old Timers whilst, for the youngsters, Harry Timber-Turner and Grant Vaughan Atkins caught the eye.

With a commanding half-time lead Cockles’ director of rugby Chris Wright joined the action aware that four other Wrights’, all on in then opposition XV, would be gunning for his

ageing bones. Playing at number-nine, Wright formed an unusual alliance with Bob Armstrong at ten; Armstrong’s probing kicks and high turnover rate put the old timers deep in the youngsters 22 where an over-head box kick from Wright seeing the old timers score once more.

George Mears responded for the youngsters as they valiantly fought back before good work from Neil Hooper and Ian Harris saw Rich Cadywould touch down, playing in the unfamiliar back row position Cadywould proved a thorn in the side of not

only the opposition, but also his own team as he mesmerised all 30 players with his running.

The biggest cheer of the day went for the next score, a cross field kick was fielded out wide by the youngsters, a massive hit from Jack Westlake saw the ball spill forward, as quick as a flash footballer Wayne Rowsell seized on the ball and burst through the defence to touchdown under the posts.

With end-to-end stuff as near Arctic conditions prevailed, the youngsters, fittingly, had the last word. Running from deep ‘I’m a week late Jake Proffit’, touched down to complete the scoring and a superb game ended soon after with the elder statesmen bagging a 34-17 victory.

In a packed clubhouse after the game, the Man of the Match award went to Jim Palister. As for what the award was dished out for – no one was quite sure!

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