Archive | July, 2012

HOWARD ACKLAM MADE HONORARY LIFE MEMBER

30 Jul

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                              HOWARD ACKLAM

Past president Howard Acklam was awarded honorary life membership of Scarborough Rugby club at their annual general meeting at Silver Royd last week. Born in Wakefield in 1946 Howard was introduced to the club by his father Eric when he was eight years old and has been involved ever since. Educated at Scarborough Boys High School he went on to represent the club at all levels and on retiring from playing took up refereeing. He then followed in his father’s footsteps when he was elected club president for season 1990-91; father Eric had been president for season 1981-82. Howard has always been a doer and from helping with the self-build of new dressing rooms in the early sixties to his recent work on the club’s memorial garden he was always one of the first to roll up his sleeves. His framed citation ended with the following paragraph; ‘Members of the club will be forever thankful for the exceptional work undertaken by Howard in the role of Architect of the new rugby club headquarters at the Silver Royd development. Under his guidance the membership has been able to create a stadium and associated playing areas that are now widely recognised as being amongst the very best in the country!’

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OPEN SIDE BEN WILSON JOINS SCARBOROUGH

30 Jul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEN WILSON

Just got back from a short break away and have had a word with Scarborough’s Recruitment and Retention officer Nick Ingham. Nick reckons that he has several irons in the fire but so as not to jeopardize possible signings he will keep his cards close to his chest for the time being. However he did announce the signing of 29 year old Yorkshireman Ben Wilson.   Ben moved to Adelaide, South Australia in 2003 and played club rugby there for eight years during which he made several appearances for the South Australia State representative side. The experienced open-side flanker moved back to the UK last year and played for Kettering Blues in Midlands East One.  He was selected for the East Midlands’ representative side but missed his opportunity due to injury.  Ben moves to Scarborough on the 30th of the month so I’ll have the chance for an interview and picture then. Let’s hope he is the first of many.

FOUR MORE YEARS!

29 Jul

London 2012 Olympics: honour of lighting Olympic flame handed to Britain's 'next generation'

LONDON 2012  – SPECTACULAR OPENING CEREMONY

I can assure you that you won’t see another post on my blog like this but I had to get my thoughts down.  Friday evening’s spectacular opening ceremony of London 2012 resonated with me so much as I celebrated the start of the games of the 30thOlympiad and another cancer-free four years. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the 1996 games in Atlanta and was given the all clear at the end of March 1997 so the quadrennial Olympic sporting celebration always reminds me of how lucky I’ve been and I celebrate my good fortune and remember the people whose skill and dedication enabled me to have been in long term remission for sixteen years. Although several health professionals were involved, it was mainly the ministrations of my chemotherapy nurses Sisters Adele Wood (now Jordan) and Carol Popplestone which I remember most. It was in the days before the MacMillan Unit and I was treated in a room equipped with two battered old armchairs on the top floor of the north wing of Scarborough hospital with those two resourceful ladies managing to beg, steal or borrow the wherewithal to run their oncology operation. I was a lucky man and returned to work in May 1997 and never looked back except with admiration for the people who got me through what was one of the worst periods of my life. Strangely even that period turned out to be life affirming and since then thanks to television, I’ve managed to catch four great Olympic Games; Sydney, Athens, Beijing and now London and look forward with hope to Rio 2016; fingers and everything else crossed!

 

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IMPLEMENTATION OF LAW CHANGES FOR NEXT SEASON

22 Jul

I contacted Mike Holder Scarborough’s director of Rugby a week or so ago and enquired on how the law changes being introduced this season regarding rolling substitutes would affect clubs at Scarborough’s level (level 7). Mike replied that he was receiving some conflicting reports on the new regulations and so couldn’t give me a definitive answer. He informed me that rolling subs are in place for level 5 and below but that he was not sure whether each league has to agree on their use. Scarborough RUFC did complete a questionnaire on the subject last season and he believed most Yorkshire One clubs were against their use. Furthermore the latest information from referees to clubs did not include the new scrum engage commands and there was no clear information on how they will interpret the 5 second rule at rucks. It is difficult enough for coaching staff when law changes are introduced; even more difficult when it is not made clear how they will be implemented. Let’s hope they sort it out soon; Scarborough’s Yorkshire Challenge Shield first round tie with Selby at Silver Royd is only a month away.

A BUSY WEEKEND

14 Jul

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Following a fallow week which was quiet on the rugby front, this weekend has seen me rushing around to cover my favourite sport. Friday evening saw the visit to Silver Royd of a group of Italian youngsters from Verona rugby club followed by the Yorkshire Sevens today and a trip to catch the Scarborough Pirates in action before a quick drive back to Silver Royd for the presentation to the winners and runners up of the sevens. On Friday 14-16 year old’s from Scarborough had a joint training session with their visitors  watched by an open-topped bus-load of foreign students from the language schools in Scarborough. The evening was a great success with the youngsters mingling freely after a really good workout. The Yorkshire sevens final held at Silver Royd on Saturday 14th July was a bit of a disappointment in that several clubs who had won their region’s competition, dropped out of the final. Thankfully Catterick, Whitby, Scarborough and Guisborough stepped in at the last minute. Predictably, Grasscutters (Beverley) and The Mighty Peth (Morpeth) ruled the roost with Peth winning the round-robin competition. Scarborough acquitted themselves well running Beverley very close before going down 15-17 and a great game saw them just beaten by a Fijian dominated Catterick side 21-17. The Seasiders had the upper hand in their local derby with Whitby, winning 24-5 but disappointingly went down 24-14 to Bridlington. The event was once again staged efficiently by Scarborough RUFC but with Sevens becoming an Olympic sport in 2016 the Yorkshire Rugby Union are going to have to take the short game seriously and organize and advertise their competition more professionally in the future.  As for Scarborough Pirates they keep marching on and a 44-34 win over Holderness Vikings which included a hat-trick of tries from Tom Ratcliffe was a great result. I’ll put my feet up for a few days this week, then I’ll put my writing cap back on for the upcoming Olympics. It’s a hard life being semi-retired!!

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Pirates’ Craig Farrell

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 Tom Ratcliffe touches down for third try of his hat-trick
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Sevens winners Morpeth
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Sevens runners-up Beverley
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Plate winners Catterick
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Scarborough-v-Beverley
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Bridlington attack
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TMO for Whitby
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Verona 14-16 group players
Verona and Scarborough mix it!
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Two visitors at Silver Royd on Friday all the way from Barcelona
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Students visit Silver Royd

RUGBY CLUB MEMBERS RELAX IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

7 Jul

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RELAXING IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

Although in the main the weather was misty and foggy for the sevens at Silver Royd today,. several club members relaxed in the memorial garden when the sun made an appearance this afternoon! Ye cannae beat it!!!!

SEVEN’S FINAL DAY SEES BEVERLEY AND MORPETH OUTFITS REACH YORKSHIRE FINAL NEXT SATURDAY

7 Jul

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SCARBOROUGH’S PHIL STEWART DEFENDS IN 7’S AT SILVER ROYD

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JAKE ROLLINSON PRESSES AT A SCRUM

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JAKE ROLLINSON IN ACTION

Scarborough hosted the final round of games in this summer’s East Yorkshire Sevens Competition on Saturday (7th July). Winners of the overall competition was Beverley outfit Grasscutters  with Mighty Peth (Morpeth) runners up. Both clubs will represent East Yorkshire in next Saturday’s Yorkshire Sevens Final at Silver Royd. Keep visiting this website for further information.

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