Club stalwarts remembered in festive rugby fixtures

ballrugDEVONPORT Services and Tavistock both used the festive period to remember club stalwarts.

Services dedicated their annual Exiles’ fixture, which was held at the Rectory on Tuesday, to life member and club official Graham Emond, who died earlier this month.

Services Exiles beat a club XV 55-26, with number eight Danny Heard scoring a hat-trick.

The club XV did fight back and veteran Dave Perriam was among their scorers, while Doug Andrews played alongside his son, Brandon, for the first time.

Emond’s family attended the match and two of his nephews were mascots in front of a large crowd at the Rectory.

On Boxing Day, Tavistock remembered former club secretary Peter Garland, who died in October.

They played a locals v legends game at Sandy Park in front of around 150 people to raise money for Garland’s charity, Devon Air Ambulance. The locals won the game 17-12.

Also on Boxing Day, Cornwall/Devon League side Plymouth Argaum played Devon Two outfit OPMs in a social match at Bickleigh Down.

Argaum won the friendly 52-22. The match included youngsters and veterans.

St Boniface Old Boys won the 40th anniversary match with Saltash 17-13 at Moorlands Lane.

Ivybridge also played a social over-25 v under-25s game on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, the next crop of rugby talent will be on show at Keyham on Wednesday when Devon Under-15s play their Cornwall counterparts in two matches.

The first game will kick-off at 1pm, with the county’s A teams clashing at 2.30pm.

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