The 6th Plymouth Argaum Past Players Association Reunion and inaugural Argaum Day was an eventful affair with both the Chiefs and Wanderers hosting opposition from Liskeard-Looe. Prior to the match players from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s as well as club stalwarts from Liskeard gathered for a pre-match bite to eat and pint whilst reminiscing and perusing the archives. Bill Ryan, president of Saltash RFC, was in attendance to present the club with his captain's account of the 1966-67 season, one of some success. This is a very valuable addition to the archives and we will be publishing it online in due course.
On to the matches and The Wanderers kicked off early on the top pitch but came up against a Liskeard seconds who have been playing on a regular basis this season. Some notable PAPPAs made appearances including club President Steve Barnes and Referee/Full Back Darren Wills; evergreen Toby Liberson was a given. Whilst Wanderers came back into the game in the second period they struggled to overcome a large first half deficit and lost by 45 points to 7, see Liskeard report
On the first team pitch a real close battle was expected but Chiefs were slow out of the blocks and the visitors were soon two tries up. Argaum regrouped and put Tom Bradshaw in under the posts and at 7-12 looked better set at the interval. A disputed Liskeard try at the start of the second half was the worst possible start for Argaum but they showed great character to finish strongly. Dan Smith went over for a try which Cheyenne Edwards converted and then with a now-dominant scrum the Chiefs turned down kickable penalties to opt for pushover. Had the scrum not been going forward so fast a try would have surely been awarded but eventually Liskeard cleared their lines and slotted a penalty themselves. The Chiefs kept plugging away and went through many phases in a grandstand finish where a winning home score looked a distinct possibility. Eventually the ball went astray and the Tigers had succumbed to the Lions by 20 points to 14. Referee Rob Guy declared it a very enjoyable match and even some Liskeard supporters admitted a draw would have been a fair result. Once again the Liskeard view can be found here.
More PAPPAs had arrived and the beer continued to flow in the clubhouse as the reminiscing continued. I would like to tell you a bit more about the Players Supper that followed later in the evening but unfortunately your correspondent was an early casualty and didn't survive the boat race(s). It does appear that it was an evening with all the finest traditions of the Argaum Players Supper and capped a great Argaum Day at the clubhouse. A massive thankyou to all the volunteers who helped to make the day a great success.
PAPPAs in attendance included:
Bill Ryan, Mike Charlick, Frank Lavis, Roger Bowden, Ceri Critten, Chris Joynes, Bob Holder, Andy Thomas, Jim Crowther, Chris Sillitoe, Pete Duff, Mike Louise, Andy Critchley, Steve Barnes, Paul Venkort, Andy Webb, Phil Morgan, Darren Wills, Nick Hancock, Wayne Liddle, Stuart Quarterman, Mike Wood, Toby Liberson, Richard Belli.
Forgive any I have missed as I mislaid my attendance list!