Saltash RFC: 50th Anniversary
Sunday 19th January 2020
Saltash Vets XV 10pts Bolingey Barbarians 5pts
The Bolingey Barbarians were formed in March 1993 following a match between the Bolingey Inn and Perranporth RFC to raise money for Cornish children’s charities and since that date many thousands of pounds have been raised. Players can only be invited to represent the Barbarians, are selected from Cornish clubs and are of a veterans status due to the advent of the league system and player availability. Most games are played in Cornwall but on occasions they do venture east of the Tamar! This game was arranged to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Saltash RFC, raise some charity money and play the game in the true spirit of rugby football both on the field and in the bar afterwards. Almost £600 was raised during the game for the Bolingey Barbarians!
The match itself was played in sunny conditions but on a heavy pitch and with a large crowd a festival atmosphere prevailed. The Barbarians had much ability and experience in their side while Saltash called upon several more mature current players and those with a longer history to take to the pitch. After an even first 20 minutes and plenty of enthusiasm a skirmish broke out which brought the game to life and G.Hill touched down for the visitors 5 minutes later. Saltash came back strongly with the forwards being driven on by Rob Eatwell and the backs by Steve Down which resulted in a try to level the score by Mark Gibbons just at the interval.
The second period continued in the same even manner and replacements came on, but as legs tired a cross kick led to a Saltash winning try in the corner by Steve Kelly. This was an entertaining game that had something for everyone.