A steady stream of Christmas knitwear clad Bolingey Barbarians strode purposefully into Perranporth RFC on Sunday 16th December. Their mission, to remain holders of the coveted Bolingey Bowl trophy. Senior combatants still talk of the mesmerising beauty of this piece of elusive glassware, perhaps one day it will join the missing brass bugles that rang out in the December sunshine.
A combined team from Perranporth, Newquay and St Agnes saw the Barbarians up against formidable opponents. It was (Pengy) that opened the scoring on 15 minutes with their pack driving over the inland goal line. Then their strong running backs started linking up which found both wings touching down and scoring three further tries between them without reply before the break.
So the Barbarians began the second half with steely determination and after a sustained multi phase attack it was county stalwart Tony Cook emerging from a driving maul to open the Barbarian account.
Some fine play from both teams was cheered on by the festive mood of the spectators. They were rewarded with a try from Bolingey’s Justin Irons after breaking through a tackle in midfield. A brace of tries from Ross Williams the second after a cross kick gathered by wing Mark Murray and fed back inside for Williams to race over and level the scores at four tries each.
It was Barbarian forward Phil Rodgers winning try on the final whistle that capped another wonderful display of veteran rugby. Played with great sportsmanship and humour by all involved in the unique atmosphere that all rugby fans should experience.
A fitting end to this prestigious fixture, allowing the Bolingey Bowl to gather dust somewhere in the recess of Barbarian folklore!