LAUNCESTON against Okehampton always captures the imagination of local rugby union fans and Saturday’s encounter at Polson Bridge provided plenty of talking points.

In this week’s Post there is David Sillifant’s report from Oke’s surprise 20-15 victory in Regional One South West as well as the thoughts of Launceston joint head coach Ian Goldsmith who offered no excuses for his side’s display, which was their first defeat of the season following four straight wins.

There is also a report on a superb day for Bude’s men’s teams.

The first team won via Harry Dymond’s last-gasp penalty at Falmouth in Counties One Western West, while the seconds beat struggling Redruth Albany 69-0 at Bencoolen Meadow.

Launceston Seconds – better known as Launceston Castles – were defeated 14-5 in Counties Cornwall Three.

Football wise there is plenty of reports from the South West Peninsula League Premier West.

Amongst them are Camelford’s double-header which saw them pick up four points from home clashes with Bodmin Town and Holsworthy, David Harrison’s views on Launceston’s crucial 5-0 victory at St Dennis, Mark Harfield’s summary of Bude against Newquay, plus more.

We also hear about a new chairman at Callington Town in the shape of former Cally and Gunnislake boss Ian Southcott.

There is also the usual St Piran League round-up right from the Premier Division East down to Division Four East, plus news from the new Percy Stephens Cup for sides in the bottom two divisions of the Piran League structure.

In the women’s football there was disappointment for Bude Town as they were beaten at Teignmouth in the FA Cup, while there were contrasting fortunes for Callington Town and Halwill.

The 2023/24 West Hockey League season got underway on Saturday with Bude and Launceston both in action.

Read reports on both Bude men’s victory at Bodmin and a defeat for the ladies at Plymouth Marjon, while Launceston’s ladies also enjoyed success.

Upper Tamar Lake Sailing Club returned to the water after a two-week break. But despite finishing, conditions were far from perfect as we find out.

We also have the latest from Bude Golf Club’s Seniors and Launceston Road Runners, while there’s an update following the first three weeks of the Launceston and District Darts League, plus more.