Rebels win SW 9s

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6th May 2014

Redruth RFC was alive this Bank Holiday weekend with the Steve Prescott Foundation South West 9's tournament taking place for the first time on Cornish soil.

Rugby League royalty was in attendance as Keltek Cornish Brewery-sponsored Cornish Rebels RLFC ran out clear winners over Plymouth Titans in the final, after a gruelling day of fast-paced Rugby League under a clear and sunny sky.

Playing for the first time in their brand new playing kit, the Rebels showed class throughout the group stage, and ultimately proving the best team on the day and winning the Steve Prescott Cup.

Other teams competing on the day were South West 9's regulars Exeter University, Exeter Engineers, South West Premier Leagues oldest club Plymouth Titans and Illogan Park RFC who played Rugby League for the very first time.

Although Illogan failed to win a game, they built in confidence throughout the day and by the tournament close began to play some great Rugby League and scored some thoroughly entertaining tries in front of their 100 strong army of supporters in Hellfire Corner.

Rebels Secretary Rob Butland was full of praise for the debutantes.

“For these guys to come along today and enter a team really shows that Rugby League is growing in Cornwall and also what a great bunch of lads they are.”

“They should be really proud of themselves as they began to look really good towards the end of the day.

“We hope we can all do it again sometime, and I would like to thank both the players and supporters who turned out on the day to show their support for the tournament and the sport.”

The event was preceded by the core of Cornish Rugby supporters Trelawnys Army presenting the Rebels with two match-balls as a token of their support for the development of the game in Cornwall.

“It means a great deal that Trelawnys Army have been so supportive and friendly towards us from the start.”

“We have made Cornwall a dual-code County and they have embraced us as part of the Cornish Rugby family.

“It fills us with pride and a sense of achievement. We hope to do the county proud this season and beyond.” continued Butland.

The tournament was followed by a Q&A in the bar at Redruth RFC, the home of Cornish Rugby, and an auction of rare Rugby League memorabilia.

Ex-Great Britain Captain Paul Sculthorpe, former Warrington Wolves scrum-half Lee Briers and ex-St Helens half back Tommy Martyn took questions on their glittering careers, providing plenty of banter with a packed-full Redruth clubhouse.

It is thought that the event and evening raised in excess of £500 for the foundation and the final figure will be confirmed soon via social media and the club website.

Former Premier League referee, and cancer survivor Mark Halsey also took part, and spoke candidly about his experience of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Halsey, who was told he would never referee again after his diagnosis in 2009, returned to the game in 2010 after his treatment was successful. Through fundraising for cancer charities on the back of his own experience Mark became great friends with Rugby League legend Steve Prescott and continues to take part in events as an ambassador for his foundation.

The members of the Steve Prescott Foundation were in Cornwall to start a walk from Land's End to John O'Groats in a bid to raise £50,000 for cancer charities and two members of the Rebels family joined them on the first leg from Land's End to Redruth.

Forward Alec Plunkett and Director of Development Laurence Belt walked the 28 miles side by side with the members of the foundation to show the support of the Rebels and to add to the clubs fundraising efforts.

The eight strong team of walkers from the foundation splits into two groups, each walking eight hours on and eight hours off to reach John O' Groats in just under two weeks.

You can follow their progress at www.StevePrescottFoundation.co.uk



Photo courtesy of John Beach Photography

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