Mounts Bay RFC

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Mounts Bay
Full nameMounts Bay RFU
UnionRugby Football Union
Founded1999; 19 years ago (1999)
Disbanded2009; 9 years ago (2009)
LocationPenzance, Cornwall, England
Ground(s)Mennaye Field (Capacity: 4,000)
League(s)National Division 2
2008/0913th
Official website
www.mountsbay-rfc.co.uk

Mounts Bay RFC were a Cornish rugby club formed in December 1999 based in Penzance, England, and who folded in July 2009.[1] Initially formed as an offshoot from Penzance and Newlyn RFC the club operated as an independent club. Mounts Bay were promoted at the end of the 2007-08 season and competed in National Division Two in the 2008-09 season.[2] However, in the Summer of 2009 the club folded citing financial problems and withdrew from the league structure altogether.

2006/07 season[edit]

Mounts Bay had a successful year. They were promoted to the National Leagues, finishing as champions of Southwest 1 with three games to play. The team reached two finals; the Cornwall County Cup where they lost to Redruth. On Sunday 15 April, Bay made their only visit to Twickenham for the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup Final against former winners Dunstablians. Mounts Bay won the match.

2007/08 season[edit]

In their first time in the National Leagues, Mounts Bay Rugby Football Club finished first in National Division Three South and were again promoted, their eighth promotion in nine seasons, to play in National Division Two during the 2008/09 season. In addition to the league championship Mounts Bay also won the Cornwall Super Cup.

2008/09 season[edit]

Mounts Bay quick rise ended with their only relegation. It was soon followed by an AGM in July 2009 that confirmed they were to fold after the possibility of sharing with Redruth RFC broke down and they were left with large debts and little assets.[3]

Season summary[edit]

Season League National Cup(s) County Cup(s)
Competition/Level Position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
2000–01 Cornwall 2 (10) 1st (promoted) 26 Cornwall Clubs Cup Runners up
2001–02 Cornwall 1 (9) 2nd (lost playoff) 26
2002–03 Cornwall 1 (9) Runners up (promoted via playoff) 26 Cornwall Clubs Cup Runners up
2003–04 Cornwall/Devon (8) 1st (promoted) 40 Powergen Junior Vase Semi-finals[4]
2004–05 Western Counties West (7) 1st (promoted) 40 Cornwall Cup Quarter-finals[5]
2005–06 South West 2 West (6) 1st (promoted) 42
2006–07 South West 1 (5) 1st (promoted) 35 RFU Intermediate Cup Winners Cornwall Cup Runners up
2007–08 National 3 South (4) 1st (promoted) 107[a 1] EDF Energy Trophy 4th Round[6] Cornwall Super Cup Winners
2008–09 National 2 (3) 13th (relegated) 29 EDF Energy Trophy Quarter-finals[7]
Green background stands for either league champions (with promotion) or cup winners. Blue background stands for promotion without winning league or losing cup finalists. Pink background stands for relegation.

Club honours[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bonus points had been used at level 4 since the 2004–05 season but would not be introduced to the lower leagues until much later. As this was the highest level that Mounts Bay had reached in their history, 2007–08 was the first season the club would encounter bonus points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Mounts Bay fall off the rugby map". BBC News. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  2. ^ "Mounts Bay RFC". Mounts Bay RFC. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Mounts Bay fall off the rugby map". BBC News. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  4. ^ "Yesterday's rugby results". The Sunday Times. 28 March 2004.
  5. ^ "Cup walkover for Borough". South West Farmers. 6 January 2005.
  6. ^ "EDF National Trophy 07/08". Statbunker. 12 January 2008.
  7. ^ "EDF National Trophy 07/08". Statbunker. 27 February 2009.
  8. ^ "Vacancies". Hampshirerugby.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
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