A rare sight witnessed at town's rugby club

Phil Dollman, Chiefs favourite and Sidmouth Rugby Club player coach

Columnist Phil Dollman played his league debut match at Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Last Saturday I witnessed something that I have never witnessed before in my life. Sidmouth Rugby Club 1st XV drew 0-0 with Lydney in the Tribute South West One West merit table game.

I’ve never seen a 0-0 draw before and as the match announcer it almost left me unemployed! Speaking to a number of rugby luminaries after the game I was not the only one who had never seen a 0-0 draw. Those who had witnessed one said it was on a muddy pitch in the middle of winter. This was the first home game of the season on a perfect pitch and the standard of rugby was excellent with many opportunities being created. Mauls were held up over the line, a foot went into touch and a penalty struck the post. It wasn’t through a lack of attacking that a score didn’t result. The game marked the league debut of former Exeter Chiefs player and Sidmouth Herald columnist Phill Dollman. Also in attendance was former All Black legend Zinzan Brooke.

On the cricketing front, last Saturday morning I helped, with other members, to take down the nets at Sidmouth Cricket Club. These are now stored away for the winter. If ever there was a sign that summer is drawing to a conclusion this is it. Planning now starts for the 2022 season with the club AGM planned for 11.30am on October 2nd.

Last week I made my debut for the Sidmouth seniors golf team in an away match at Wrangaton. This is an unusual course on the edge of Dartmoor with nine moorland holes and nine parkland holes. The moorland holes are not just populated by golfers. Cattle and sheep wander freely around although the greens are fenced. I find the game hard enough without livestock dotted around the place! Fortunately most of the beasts were on the fairway so they weren’t in any danger from me!

Next week, from September 24th, the Ryder Cup takes place in the USA. In my column next week I will tell you the story of a Sidmouth man who helped the Great Britain and Ireland team to victory in 1933.

And whilst talking about sport I have to mention the incredible efforts of Emma Raducanu who won the US tennis open last Saturday without losing a set. She will no doubt inspire lots of youngsters to take up the game both locally and nationally. I cannot think of a sportsperson who has arrived on the world stage in quite such an emphatic way. And who is going to beat her in the Sports Personality of the Year vote in December?
Tomorrow (Saturday 18) Sidmouth cricket ground hosts the annual classic car show. Let us hope the weather behaves itself. This popular event always draws a good crowd and even with less cars this year due to Covid it is always worth a visit.

On the property front a number of recent completions have been added on the Land Registry website. A sure sign of hot interest in a property is when you see an unusual sale price. An example of this is a detached bungalow in Harcombe Lane which sold for £635,075. I would be very surprised if it didn’t go to best and final offers. The upward trend in prices continues and it appears that stock levels with estate agents remain low. The end to the stamp duty holiday on September 30th will hopefully see a more balanced market with more properties becoming available.

Finally, my comments last week about all the signs on the pavements have received many positive comments from people I have spoken to. If you are a local business owner and you currently have signs on the pavement please ask yourself do I really need to put this sign out? And if you put stock on the pavement please ask yourself the same question.

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