Lankelly Fowey 24-29 Roseland

Roseland kicked off their 2019/20 campaign with a hard fought win. The game was only a friendly but it meant a lot to both teams. This season Lankelly are the league above us so both teams wanted to put down a strong marker for the season ahead. Despite beating Lankelly twice in the league last year we lost our last friendly to them. Captain Ant Thomas was determined not to be the only Roseland captain to lose to them twice. His passionate half time talk certainly helped inspire us!

Roseland started the game in their usual sluggish way and looked like we hadn’t played a game for months. Lankelly capitalised on our slow start and scored quickly. They continued to use the wind to their advantage and kicked superbly, pinning us back and piling on the pressure. Within 20 minutes they were 24-0 up and things were looking bleak for the boys in red and blue.

Eventually we woke up and tightened things up. Our line speed improved and some big hits from Bevan, Jelly, Kurt and (believe it or not) Christian seemed to spur us on. Bevan was a constant thorn in the Lankelly side winning turnovers left, right and centre. When we did have the ball we looked dangerous. The Lankelly defence didn’t know how to cope with Little’s awkward running and monsterous hand offs but too many times the last pass failed us and with the wind and Lankelly’s fantastic kicking they seemed to escape their own 22 unscathed too many times.

The breakthrough finally came at the end of the second half. After more sustained pressure from Roseland it took a moment of magic from local genius Jellybean and it was his champagne rugby that put the Welsh weapon Toby through to sidestep his way to the tryline. Eamers missed the conversion and promptly blamed his boots. Luckily stand in coach for the day Andy Harris offered to swap boots to keep the grumpy old man happy. Half time Lankelly 24-5 Roseland

The second half started as the first half had ended with Roseland looking dangerous. The Lankelly defence looked petrified every time Cal got the ball and after a lovely backs move he scored his first Try of the afternoon. His coach load of supporters including his rather lovely Mum, Dad, sister, dog, neighbour, great nan and grandad went crazy. Eamers stepped up to convert with his nice new boots.

Our third try came after some great forward play gave the backs room to run a flowing set move. Cal ran completely the wrong line which fooled the opposition, his own team, the supporters and himself which gave room for Jale to come through the centre and the flying Fijian leapt over the line with two Lankelly players hanging off his legs. Eamers missed the conversion under the posts and this time blamed the tee and wind.

Roseland then went close to scoring in the corner but lost the ball. We then turned it back over and Eamers threw a gorgeous dummy before giving an inside ball for Christian to score. In his post match interview Christian stated that at aged 57 Shaun Eamer was the only player he could keep up with. Eamers then attempted to convert and asked Andy to hold the ball steady on the tee. Unfortunately Andy wasn’t ready as Shaun kicked and he kicked more of his hand than the ball.

By this point Lankelly had realised they were in for a tough afternoon and they stepped their game up again. They twice went close to scoring but after another brilliant turnover deep inside our own 22, Roseland span the ball wide to Cal and the Navy man ran the entire length of the pitch sidestepping defenders for fun. Christian tried to support but couldn’t keep up, the rest of us stood and watched whilst fullback Glanville could be heard shouting “run forrest run”. Shaun then confidently converted having ran out of excuses for missing.

Lankelly then pushed for an equaliser, but some dogged defending inside our own 22 prevented them from crossing the line. When time was up Dan Wilkins (on a weeks loan from HBH Woolacotts) attempted to get the ball out but was held and ended up dummying about 5 of their players before Jellybean sliced the ball out of play. Final score Lankelly Fowey 24-29 Roseland

Awards Evening 2019

Saturday May 18th we have our Roseland Awards evening at Roseland Inn Philleigh. Please book now as spaces are limited. This will be the last event held by Philip Heslip for us so will be good to see you there. These tickets are only on sale until the end of the week so act fast. The evening starts at 7:00pm and please wear your Roseland Shirts and Ties.£20 per head plus a further £10 per head if you would like the bus into Truro after.
Please see the link below;

Roseland RFC Dinner and Dance 2019

Its coming round to that time of year again for our Annual Dinner and Dance.

This year it is being held at the Alverton Manor Truro on Friday 22nd February at 7:00 pm [Read more…]

Roseland Rugby Tour 2019

Its coming round to that time of year when we are starting to think about next years tour

Roseland Rugby Tour 2019 will take place on the 15th-17th March 2019 in Cardiff

We are needing a £100 deposit by the 28th November

If you require any more information then please contact Andrew Stark on:07919 331001

If anyone would like to pay via online bank transfer then please contact Andrew Stark as he also has these details.

AGM and Your Chance to Join the Committee

This year AGM is on Tuesday 3rd July at 9pm in the Community Centre. (after training)

After last year’s AGM not everyone really understood what was going on – so this year we’re aiming to make sure that isn’t the case!

Why do we have an AGM?

The Annual General Meeting is the chance for the whole club to get together, wrap up the year that’s been, and decide how it wants to operate in the year to come.

Looking back we have reports from the Chairman, Treasurer, and the Club Captain.

Looking forward includes choosing the officers and committee who will run the club for the next 12 months, and then the open discussion section.

This is your chance to have a say in how the club is run, so please do come along.

New Rules

During the past 12 months we’ve been working on putting together a set of rules for the club (the current set are outdated, and don’t reflect current practice).

At the AGM, as a Club, we’ll be voting in these new rules.

You can have a read ahead of the AGM here. If you have any thoughts or questions Chris Thomas is your man (or fill in the contact us form and I’ll pass it onto him)

The aim of the new rules is to make it really clear how and why the club runs.


How to put yourself forward for the committee

We’re going to be running the nominations and election process as per the new rules.

What is the “committee”?

The committee is actually formed of 2 groups:

  • The Executive Committee:
    • President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer & Secretary (all of whom are elected at the AGM)
    • and the Club Captain (who is appointed by the General Committee)
  • The General Committee:
    • The Executive Committee
    • Club Coach, Fixture & League Secretary, CRFU Club Representative, Social Secretary, and up to 4 more members (preferably currently playing members) (the majority of whom are elected at the AGM)
    • Up to 5 co-opted individuals as selected by the General Committee – for example if we were building the changing rooms we’d co-opt the architect on, or a tour sub committee.

So…that all means that there are 12 elected committee members:

  • President – currently David Thomas
  • Chairman – currently Rich Cotterill
  • Vice-Chairman – currently Chris Thomas
  • Treasurer – currently Catherine Thomas
  • Secretary – currently Chloe Thomas
  • Fixture & League Secretary – currently Owen Rawlings
  • CRFU Club Representative – currently David Williams
  • Social Secretary – currently vacant
  • 4 members (ideally playing members)

That is several fewer committee members than we currently have.

How do the elections work?

Getting nominated – before the AGM – Deadline Thursday 28th June

Before the AGM all nominations for committee members must be made in writing by letter or email to the Secretary at least 5 days ahead of the AGM – so by Thursday 28th June.

A nomination must be ‘signed’ by the proposer and seconder after permission has been given by the nominee.

If you want to stand for a position on the committee then you need to:

  • Find 2 paid-up members of the club (players or VPs) who are happy to Propose and Second you for your chosen position.
  • Send a letter with all 3 of your signatures, or an email with all 3 of you cc’d to
  • The letter/email should read something like this:
    • “Nominating Jonny Wilkinson for the position of General Committee Member, proposed by Sam Betty, seconded by Martin Johnson”
  • Get it to me by Thursday 28th June

If you think someone would be a good fit for the committee, then do nominate them, BUT make sure they want to do it first!

We will be checking that everyone who has been nominated wants to do it, that everyone who is proposing and seconding wanted to as well, and that all of them are paid up members of the club.

The election – at the AGM

When we get to relevant part of the meeting the nominations will be confirmed.

If there is only one nomination for a position that person will be elected.

If there are multiple nominations for a position (or more than 4 nominations for general committee members) then a ballot will be held.

If there are no nominations for a position, the Chairman can ask the those at the meeting if anyone wishes to stand.

The Ballot Process – at the AGM

Each nominee will have a chance to speak to the meeting.

Following which the nominees will be asked to leave the room, and a vote will happen.

Each paid up member of the club who is at the AGM will have one vote.




End of Season Awards Night

On Saturday night Roseland RFC held their end of season awards night. Previously this is held at The Alverton in Truro however this year we done things differently.

It was held at The Roseland Inn at Philleigh (our usual clubhouse) and we took over the pub and had a sit down hog roast. The evening was very informal although everyone still dressed up. Everyone had a thoroughly good time, even the lads that had spent the day at Royal Cornwall Show sampling the beer tents.

Roseland celebrated what had been on the whole a successful season with a mid table finish. The club has retained ans recruited well over the season and coach Andy Day committed for at least another 5 years (according to Chairman Richard Cotterill).

There wasn’t an official speaker but Chairman Richard Cotterill, Coach Andy Day and Captains Andrew Stark and Anthony Thomas all said a few words thanking players, supporters and everyone connected to the club for there continued support and commitment.

The winners of the awards for the night were:

Tourist of the Year – Dan Wilkins

Top Try Scorer – Christian Bembow

Most Imoroved Played -Nick Johns

Supporters Player of the Year – Ed Llewellyn

Clubman of the Year – Andy Day

Players Player – Joe Davidson

For all current players and anybody interested in joining Roseland RFC preseason training starts at 7pm Tuesday 3rd July at Philleigh followed by the Clubs A.G.M.

Dinner Dance News

Unfortunately we’re having to cancel this year’s dinner dance (was due to be 11th May) as the Alverton have double booked us.

The good news is… instead we’re going to have an Awards Presentation Night at the Roseland Inn!

Full details haven’t yet been sorted out, so watch out for updates here by the end of the month.

In the meantime here’s the key info & get the date in your diary!

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Alternative post-match venue for Saturday’s home game

This Saturday (7th April) we will NOT be heading to the Roseland Inn after our home game.

The pub has been booked for a wake, so we’ve agreed to head elsewhere.

The lucky venue who will be hosting us on Saturday after match is The Punchbowl and Ladle in Penelewey  (so yes, you will need to cross on the King Harry Ferry!).

An obvious choice to visit one of our past players, landlord Graham Hill.

Hope to see you all there after the game.

The 100 Club – are you in? have you collected your badge?

In February we presented the first of the 100+ games pin badges.

But there are still many yet to be presented…

so if your name is below then please come along to a home game to collect your award.**

if your name isn’t below, and you think it should – let us know via the contact us page

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Roger meets Eddie

This year we nominated long-time club supporter, and past President Roger Grove for one of the RFU volunteer awards days.

Roger was lucky enough to get picked, and took Nathan Chapman (past captain, and current No. 8) along for the event.

From the stories they were sharing on Saturday, and the pictures below it’s safe to say they had an amazing day at Twickenham for the England v Ireland game earlier this month.

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