Past Players’, Supporters’ and Sponsors’ Day

(Contributed by Nick Sylvester, Honorary Secretary)

A few weeks into the 2021/22 rugby season saw Roseland RFC stage the first of several 50th Anniversary special events on Saturday 30th October….and what a great day it was!  Entitled “Past Players’, Supporters’ & Sponsors’ Day”, the aim was simply to get as many people as possible to join us for our Cornwall League One home fixture against Lankelly Fowey, our friends and longstanding local rivals. From a playing perspective it meant that the stage was set.

To complement the event, we hired a marquee with a 60 foot frontage, set up a bar selling cask beer, lager, wine, soft drinks plus tea/coffee so as to ensure that all remained refreshed and protected in the event of inclement weather. As it was the weather was bright and breezy, which was ideal, and we even has a bouncy castle to keep the families entertained.

As kick-off approached the numbers steadily swelled as many reunited with old friends – the advent of COVID early last year meant that many had not seen each other for a couple years at least which added to the occasion. The buzz in the marquee (or should I say beer tent) was one of fun, laughter and an overall joyous feeling of genuine reunion. There was also Cornwall RFU representation and Trelawney’s Army Supporters Club who generously presented two special match balls before kick-off.  There must have been 250 in attendance which was fantastic.

It was no accident that we chose the Lankelly fixture – for many years both Roseland and Lankelly were the whipping boys of Cornish village rugby, whereby on occasions the ability to field 15 bodies was a challenge in itself, hence such close association.  The performance of both sides underlined great progress made by both clubs in a pulsating contest and despite being behind at half-time, Roseland responded magnificently to register a 25-14 win…..perhaps it was written in the stars? 

Of course the day didn’t end there – many stayed on in and around the marquee until the beer ran out which it inevitably did!  Then followed a constant flow back to The Roseland Inn for more fun and banter and so it went on……

As a club we were keen to generate money for charity as opposed to benefitting the club and had selected Parkinson’s UK to be both deserving and appropriate. We have now donated £1,600 to the charity from the bar profits, ground collection, auction, raffle and collecting tins.

Finally, although far too many to individually mention, we thank our sponsors as always for their continued support. Special thanks must go to the Pascoe family for the use of our ground and our fabulous hosts Phil & Kasia at The Roseland Inn.   

England Internationals ticket update ……

We have now received our limited Club Allocation of tickets for the 2022 Six Nations fixtures at Twickenham.  The fixtures are :

England v Wales on Saturday 26th February (Kick-off 16.45) and England v Ireland on Saturday 12th March (Kick-off 16.45).

Interested members should contact Nick Sylvester by email to N.Sylvester@hotmail.co.uk to register their interest by Monday 15th November at the latest. Tickets will not be allocated to members before that date but thereafter tickets will only be available if our supply exceeds the initial demand.

We also still have a few tickets remaining for England v South Africa on Saturday 20th November 2021 which are available to members on a first come/first served basis.

International tickets

The Club receives a small allocation of tickets from the RFU to make available to fully paid Club members. We currently have a few tickets available for England v Australia on 13th November and England v South Africa on 20th November on a first come, first served basis. Please email Nick Sylvester at n.sylvester@hotmail.co.uk if you’re interested.

We will know our allocation for Six Nations tickets in mid-October so please let Nick know your ‘hoped-for’ requirements asap.

  • England v Wales – Saturday 26 February 2022 – KO 16:45
  • England v Ireland – Saturday 12 March 2022 – KO 16:45
  • Scotland v England – Saturday 5 February 2022 – KO 16:45
  • Italy v England – Sunday 13 February 2022 – KO 15:00 (GMT)
  • France v England – Saturday 19 March 2022 – KO 20:00 (GMT)

50th Anniversary Celebrations

This season Roseland Rugby Club will be celebrating 50 years of playing rugby on the Roseland and of representing our area in the world of rugby. The Club has travelled to all parts of Cornwall and has toured widely in the UK and Europe. It all started with a chat in the King’s Head in Ruan Lanihorne way back in 1971. We are planning a year of activities to mark this auspicious milestone. A milestone that was inconceivable to those imaginative, inspired and ambitious guys who met that day. Much has happened since then with many peaks and troughs and a few very perilous moments. However, the Club has survived and literally hundreds of players have enjoyed the pleasures and pains of playing rugby for  Roseland RFC. Once you have pulled on the navy and scarlet shirt you become a member of a family that provides life-long relationships and friendships.

The first of our celebratory events is a PAST-PLAYERS’ AND SPONSORS’ DAY on 30th October. We are hosting our long-standing rivals Lankelly Fowey at Philleigh, kick-off 3.00pm, in a Cornwall League One game. There will be a beer tent and a bouncy castle. Wives, girlfriends and children will be very welcome. There will also be food at the excellent Roseland Inn afterwards. We hope to have really great day of rugby, good memories and the renewal of friendships stretching back half a century. Please make a diary note and come along. It will be a long time before we repeat it!

Other dates  to note are:

March 18th-20th 2022:  Tour to Weston-Super-Mare (our first ever tour venue)

April 9th 2022:     Celebratory Dinner at the Alverton Hotel in Truro

April 24th 2022:   Charity game versus Bolingey Barbarians at Philleigh.

50th Anniversary Book

There are numerous stories told of the Club and its members so as a valuable record of the last 50 years Roger Grove is going to compile a written and photographic account, in book form.

Roger is asking for “everyone who would like to, to contribute something in writing, either a couple of sentences or even a page or two, on happenings to yourself or others in the rugby context, amusing stories, proud moments or simply what Roseland RFC means to you. We are all aware of what a privilege it is to be a member of this ‘band of brothers’ … and sisters! Please would you commit your thoughts to paper to become part of our rugby story. Every contribution, no matter how small, will be included and will be there for folk to enjoy in the future.”

The target is to produce the book to be distributed at the Celebration Dinner on 9th April 2022 and be available thereafter. Please send your contribution to Roger Grove at Fieldways, Veryan, Truro, TR2 5QA or email rgrove123@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01872 501479, as soon as possible, to give Roger sufficient time for compilation. Please remember “what goes on tour, stays on tour!”.

Game versus Lankelly

The game this Saturday (21st August) against Lankelly has been cancelled because of a positive Covid test. We hope that we will eventually start the season with the game against Helston on Saturday 4th September at Helston.

The AGM due to be held on Tuesday 24th August is postponed until further notice.

Roseland versus Veor ….

Unfortunately the game scheduled for Saturday 14th at Philleigh has been cancelled due to a positive Covid test among the Veor squad. We now look forward to the game against Lankelly at Fowey on Saturday 21st.

Welcome Back!

Here’s hoping you have survived these strange and difficult times with your sanity and spirit intact.

Rugby at the community level is back after a long absence. The boys are training for the start of the League season on September 4th. The game is against Helston away. Before that we have two warm-up games against Veor Reserves on Saturday 14th August at Philleigh (K.O. 3pm) and against Lankelly on Saturday 21st August away (K.O. 3pm).

This season we are playing in Cornwall League One on a home and away basis against Bodmin, St. Agnes, Lankelly-Fowey, Camborne School of Mines, Helston and Illogan Park. After Christmas there will be a Cup competition played in pools based upon the League positions at the year end. Club Captain for the season is Ed (Jellybean) Llewellyn. Congratulations Ed!

You will find the full fixture list and other up-dated information as it becomes available elsewhere on the site.

The coming season will also see the Club celebrating our 50th year. We are planning a year of activities to mark this auspicious milestone. A milestone that was inconceivable to those imaginative, inspired and ambitious guys who met at the King’s Head, Ruan Lanihorne way back in 1971. Much has happened since then with many peaks and troughs and a few very perilous moments. However the Club has survived and literally hundreds of players have enjoyed the joys and pains of playing rugby in the Roseland and across Cornwall (and occasionally Devon). More information about our plans to celebrate will be posted soon.