9th April 2014
On Sunday we welcome Rotherham to the Mennaye for our last home game of the season.
We know this will be a tough fixture as Rotherham are looking for the win to secure a place in the end of season play-offs and we have had to dust off the disappointment of losing last weekend’s B&I Cup quarter-final to Pontypridd.
My post match radio comments got the forum contributors buzzing last weekend but let me clarify what I was implying. I was in no way criticising those who made the effort (and had the expense) of attending the match but I was disappointed that for the biggest fixture in Cornwall we did not have more people through the gate.
I do not use the word supporters as I reserve the term supporter for the men and women who no matter the weather or the playing form of the lads they are there in full voice, full of banter, full of energy for the team.
How the members of the “Naughty Boys Corner” can speak after a match is a mystery because they certainly shout themselves hoarse, though maybe they keep their throats well lubricated during the matches!
It is well documented that we all need to come together if we are to remain in the top 20 teams in the country. We need to be playing better (more consistent) rugby, we need more people coming through the turnstiles, more sponsors, more positivity and of course the end of the rainbow the Stadium for Cornwall.
I suppose it is a chicken and egg scenario to a certain extent but if we are to succeed it is definitely going to be a collective effort.
On the playing side of things we have retained a large number of this year’s squad and we will be building on the good foundations we have laid this season. Of course we cannot keep everyone and Sunday will see the last home game for a few of the Pirates players.
A few of the players who have confirmed they are moving on are Ben Prescott, Gary Johnson, Kyle Marriott and Angus Sinclair. Junior Fatialofa has decided to hang up his boots too and I’m sure there are a number of players in the Greene King Championship breathing a sigh of relief that their ribs will not be “tickled” next season!
Talking of retirements and one of the unsung members of the management is also retiring at the end of this season.
Chris ‘Jan’ Rendall has decided, correctly in my mind, that the role of grandpa is more important than sorting out the players for 40 weeks of the year. Jan has been a key member of our team and will be sorely missed next season.
I am sure you will show your appreciation and wish them all the best of luck in the future…..unless they are playing against us of course!
Back to Sunday, the last home game of the season.
We will be endeavoring to finish on a high note and to try and give you the supporters something to smile about……that is something I missed from the list above, we need more smiles around here at the Cornish Pirates.
“Give me a P…….!”
Sunday 13th April
Mennaye Field Penzance.
Gates Open 13:00pm
Kick Off 15:00pm
Kernow King - Blue Horyzon - Cadgwith Singers -
Great Cornish Farm Food - Trevithick's Pasties - Cornish Ales & Cider
Cornish Pirates, Westholme, Alexandra Road, Penzance
Tel: 01736 331961
Closed Match Day