Archive | June, 2012


29 Jun


                                               Al and H Wheldon

As is my wont, I’ll be off shortly to Silver Royd for my regular Friday repast at the Rugby Club. Every Friday Bars Manager Big Al Wheldon and his staff provide superb fare for an increasing number of diners. It’s plain and plentiful pub grub at very competitive prices. I often attend with a family party of six and two courses (including steak) with drinks come in at about £9 a head. A variety of ‘specials’ and staples cost around £5 so you won’t go hungry. So why not get along and support your club. Orders are taken from six and it’s a great atmosphere. Mine Hosts tonight: Al and partner and volunteer ‘H’ . I can’t wait.



24 Jun

Samoa 16 Scotland 17: match report


Well it was a long day yesterday following the fortunes of the home nations in their southern hemisphere games. I woke at 6am to the good news that Scotland had completed their clean sweep down under with the 16-15 last-gasp defeat of Samoa having beaten Australia and Fiji in their previous two games. A quick slice of porridge and it was eyes down for  Ireland versus the All Blacks;  the whole thing was a nightmare for skipper Brian O’Driscoll and his men who were blown away by a New Zealand side smarting from the criticism they received following last week’s last gasp 22-19 win in Christchurch. O’Driscoll said that he was embarrassed by the score as the men in green went down 0-60 and when you think of it, no matter how good the All Blacks are, a major test-playing nation should not go down by such a margin, ever.  Time for a quick cup of tea and it was Grand Slam winners Wales turn to save face having narrowly been defeated by the Aussies twice in the preceding weeks. Once more indiscipline was the visitors’ undoing and as last week they were sunk by a last minute penalty this time for a 20-19 Australian win. Finally it was up to Silver Royd for the final game of the day between South Africa and England; a dead rubber. Although they lost fly-half Toby Flood early in the game, England stuck to their task against a slightly off-colour ‘Boks’ outfit and fully deserved their 14-14 draw which prevented the home side recording a 3-0 series victory. Coach Stuart Lancaster was reportedly disappointed not to have got the win but the team’s progress under the plain speaking Yorkshireman is there for all to see and I’m looking forward to the autumn internationals already. But finally, even if it was Australia, Fiji and Samoa the only team to win a game was Six Nations Wooden Spooners Scotland and as one of the tiny band of Scotland rugby fans at Silver Royd, yesterday’s kind words from club-mates made a change from some of the admittedly good natured ribbing at the club following the previous seven defeats! And to prove there are no hard feelings; as usual I’ll be rooting for England tonight!!


22 Jun

Minis in action in a tournament at Silver Royd














It’s been a good week for Scarborough Rugby Club with permission now granted for the use of a loudspeaker system at Silver Royd and the withdrawal of the Borough Council’s prosecution under the terms of the Licensing Act 2003. The Club had pleaded not guilty and was preparing a vigorous and comprehensive defence of all charges but is now looking to move forward with open dialogue to improve relationships with close residents and the Licensing Authority. Sounds very sensible to me; maybe now Scarborough RUFC  can get on with its legitimate mission without some of the outrageous and implausible Nimbyist complaints from its near and not so near neighbours. Following the first two rounds of the East Yorkshire sevens circuit held at Bridlington and Malton respectively no information has come my way, reportedly because Scarborough put out such weakened teams that they didn’t really want to publish the results. Come on guys this thing works both ways; plenty of publicity when you do well and take the hit when the news is not so great. The next round of the competition is at Hullensians tomorrow; YDO Tom Harrison has promised me the results from that one. The final round  is at Silver Royd at the 7th of July.

Avid Harrogate Minis fans at Silver Roys!


17 Jun

Matt Garvey

                      MATT GARVEY

Logo of the England Saxons rugby union team.



England Saxons and London Irish  forward Matt Garvey visited Silver Royd this afternoon to take in the South Africa versus England game in the J.M. Guthrie. The big lock forward was very impressed with the Silver Royd set-up and was very surprised to learn that Scarborough only played at level 7. “The facilities are those of a very ambitious club and I’m surprised you’re not at least a National League club” commented Garvey.


                    GARVEY AT SILVER ROYD

London Irish


16 Jun

Max Evans

                                                  TIM VISSER

Wing Tim Visser scored a couple of tries in Scotland’s 37-25 defeat of Fiji in a punishing game played in 32 degree heat this morning. This was the Scots second win on the tour which started with the defeat of Australia last week. Elsewhere both Ireland and Wales were sunk in the final minute of their games against the All Blacks and Australia respectively; a Dan Carter  drop-goal snatching a 22-19 win for  New Zealand following a totally committed performance from Brian O’Driscoll and his men and a late penalty clinching a hardly-deserved victory for the Aussies following a good performance from the Grand Slam winners.  England were blown away in the early stages of their game at Joburg trailing 3-22 in the opening quarter. A creditable second half fightback saw Stuart Lancaster’s men close the deficit to four points but the Boks clinched the series with a late JP Peitersen try for a 36-24 win. A good turnout at the J.M. Guthrie were well fed and watered but ultimately very disappointed once more. 

England players disconsolate

                                        DISCONSOLATE ENGLAND



16 Jun


                                                JASON LOWDE


                                  PHIL WATSON                                                                

Following a board meeting on Wednesday evening Scarborough announced the new rugby structure for the coming season. With the resignation of Dave Beck due to a family illness, club stalwart Jason Lowde has taken over his responsibilities as Head Coach. Jason joined the club ten years ago and has been a permanent fixture in the front row ever since. A prop with superb hands the big man from Hemel Hempstead had spells with clubs in the southern hemisphere, at Saracens and has been a Hertfordshire county player for many years. A family man who is very passionate about his rugby, he is a popular figure at Silver Royd. Former first team fullback Phil Barker who played in the Newby ‘dream team’ with Marcus Edwards, PB Woolley, Rob Bell, Carl Holdsworth, Ian Warwick and others early in the ‘noughties’ has been named as assistant coach. Craig Farrell is prevented from continuing with his coaching role at the club due to work commitments but hopes to contribute on an ad hoc basis.  Big Phil Watson, who arrived at the club from Castleford last summer and made a big impact, succeeds Nick Ingham as club captain. Nick has taken up a new role as Recruitment and Retention Officer. Dave Smith who has returned this summer from his two year sojurn in New Zealand becomes first team manager with the redoubtable Andy Downes taking charge of the Vikings. A Danesmen coach has yet to be named but Richard Dean will continue in charge of the Norsemen. A very positive players meeting with the new coaching/management team was held last night at the club ahead of training starting next month. 


12 Jun



Scarborough Rugby Club held another of their highly successful Rugby Camps last week on the 6th, 7th and 8th of June with over thirty children aged between 8 and 15 years old attending. The kids took part in various rugby activities including Rugby Golf, Rugby Tennis and touch and contact rugby work. The camps were split into two age ranges 8 to 11 and 12 to 15 years. They had a great time and gained valuable exposure to one-on-one coaching. I spoke to eight-year-old Hugo Clough, a pupil at Gladstone Road School who attended on all three days. Rugby took a bit of getting used to but he had great fun; his favourite activity was the Rugby Volleyball where his side reached the final! There will be further camps between the 23-26th of July and August 21-23rd. Further details from the club Youth Development Officer Tom Harrison on 01723 357740 or e-mail


                                              HUGO CLOUGH


10 Jun


Scarborough kick-off season 2012-13 with a home fixture on the 1st of September against Driffield who just missed out on promotion to North One east at the end of last season. The Woldsmen did the double over Scarborough last season and the new office holders in the rugby management structure to be announced after the club’s board meeting on Wednesday (13th) will look to gain revenge for that.  The seasiders will travel to newly promoted Barnsley on the 8th and to Dukes Park for a local derby with Bridlington on the 22nd of the month. Heath and Ilkley will be the opposition on the 15th and 29th of September respectively. Yorkshire One fixtures for the season are on 


10 Jun


This weekend’s tests predictably ended up with Ireland, England and Wales being muscled out of it by their southern hemisphere opponents. Ireland as I mentioned in my previous blog were blown away by the All Blacks at Eden Park, Wales came nearest with a second half fight back before going down 27-19 to the Aussies and after a mostly forgettable first half in Durban, the Springboks upped the ante to turn in a brutal, one-dimensional go forward display that had England on the back foot for almost all of the second half to grind out a 22-17 win. Young Owen Farrell at fly-half looked exposed by the pressure and had his worse game in an England shirt. However on the positive side Mike Brown had a good game in defence at fullback. In the back row Exeter’s Tom Johnson and skipper Chris Robshaw had effective first halves but faded after the break particularly Johnson. It looks as if it’s going to be a tough few weeks for the tourists in all three countries and I fear for Ireland in particular if they don’t pick their game up against a hungry looking transitional All Black side. England’s next two tests are at altitude and after their tour blooding on the east coast they will have no doubts about the physical challenge ahead. I watched the England game at a packed members bar at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse and the atmosphere was great. Lots of players up for the game not including Craig Farrell, Tom Ratcliffe and Nick Burgess who were doing their stuff for the Scarborough Pirates RL at Rotherham. Just one complaint; I thought it was going to be a Safie Braai or something like it. Turned out disappointingly to be Hamburgers only.



9 Jun

All Blacks winger Julian Savea

Struggled up this morning after a good evening at the rugby club eating the excellent food on the club’s Steak Nite and having a couple of glasses of big Al’s vino. The Irish went off like a train but once the New Zealanders got into their stride the just had too much power and pace for the tourists. Ulster’s Rory Best had a great game for Ireland but it was All Blacks débutante winger Julian Savea who took the honours with a hat-trick of tries in a full deserved  42-10 win.

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