THE U16s team of Okehampton Rugby Club lifted a cup which is played annually in memory of former club player Stuart Stocking.

His sister Bryony (pictured) was pleased to present the Stuart Stocking Memorial Cup to the captain of Okehampton U16s following their 62-0 win over Crediton U16s.

The cup is presented annually to the overall winner of the two fixtures between Okehampton and Crediton U16s. This year following the earlier home fixture which Okehampton won 20-5, Okehampton retained the cup for the second consecutive season with an aggregate win of 82-5.

Stuart Stocking played for Oke from the age of 11 until 18 years when he left to attend Essex University. Stuart died tragically three years ago, aged 30.

His parents Lorraine and Bill Stocking donated the cup to the club on our behalf in Stuart's memory, and in recognition of the club's continuing support and encouragement of junior rugby in the town.


Okehampton U16s 55

Saltash U16 10

OKEHAMPTON opened the scoring in this friendly with Toms receiving the ball down the line to score in the corner.

Saltash came straight back and with Oke having to defend for long periods they levelled the score when a lineout in the corner was spun through their backs for the centre to brush through two attempted tackles to score. Oke worked hard to breach the visitors defence, which was eventually achieved with a series of pick and drives by the forwards for Pillivant to score in the corner. Bickley then extended the lead with a solo try before Saltash reduced the points difference with a well worked try. Heard for Oke intercepted a loose pass to run through and score; with a conversion by Simmons Oke led 24-10 at the interval.

With Oke playing down the slope the game opened up when Nasher crashed through the defence feeding the ball to Pillivant to score.

Okehampton struggled to contain the Saltash scrum but their fitness started to show as the game unfolded with some strong runs and tackles coming from Baker, the Lee brothers and Middleton - enabling Bickley to score another three tries. Nasher crashed through to score and also popped the ball up for Squires to score on the final whistle. Tries were scored by Bickley (4) Toms, Pillivant, Nash and Squires. Conversions Simmons (4) and Pearce.