Archive | September, 2012

ENGLAND LEGEND RORY VISITS SILVER ROYD

27 Sep

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Over 200 people gathered in the Qdos Suite at Silver Royd this evening for the Scarborough’s annual Sportsmen’s Dinner. Photos show Immediate past-President Colin Rennard (above) welcome guest of honour Rory Underwood MBE to the club and Operations Manager Graeme Jeffrey (below) showing the former England and Lions legend round the Silver Royd facilities.

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SCARBOROUGH MAKE TWO CHANGES FOR VISIT OF ILKLEY

26 Sep

JAKE ROLLINSON IN ACTION AT BARNSLEY

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Scarborough make only two changes for Saturday’s visit of Ilkley to Silver Royd, Jake Rollinson is preferred to  Zbynek Schtuz at scrum-half and Jaxon Tite is on the bench for Sam Warren who is unavailable.

THE SCARBOROUGH SYNCHRONISED HOKEY COKEY TEAM?

23 Sep

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SAM WARREN AND CHRIS PURDY ATTEMPT TO CHARGE DOWN SIMON MELLONBY’S KICK

SCARBOROUGH GO DOWN 23-18 AT BRIDLINGTON

23 Sep

GRAEME JEFFREY DRIVES FOR THE LINE TO SCORE SCARBOROUGH’S FIRST TRY

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Bridlington: 23

Tries: Stirk 5min Penalty try 25min Goals: Conversions: Mellonby 5, 25min Penalties Mellonby 29, 57, 68min

 

Scarborough: 18

Tries: Jeffery 40min Ratcliffe 52min Goals: Conversion: Ratcliffe: 52min Drop-goal: Harrison 61min Penalty: Ratcliffe 70min

Report and Pictures by Dave Campbell

Scarborough went down to their first defeat of the season in perfect conditions at a sun drenched Dukes Park but took great credit for a stirring fight-back from an early seventeen point deficit to almost snatch victory at the death.

A thunderous start with both sides colliding in midfield provided a real derby atmosphere and there were several heated exchanges in the opening encounters with no quarter asked or given. However a lack of concentration as Scarborough moved the ball right to left in the Bridlington half saw visiting No8 Phil Austen’s pass intercepted by winger Billy Stirk who sprinted over half the length of the field to score between the uprights in the 5th minute. Scrum-half Simon Mellonby added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Bridlington dominated the first quarter and affected several turnovers giving them a chance to take the game to the visitors; however some excellent first-up Scarborough tackles restricted the home side to producing much of their best stuff behind the gain line. Luke Raines was sin-binned for the visitors in the 12th minute for swinging a retaliatory haymaker which completely missed; however the men from Dukes Park couldn’t press home their numerical advantage. Brid second row Waines joined the Scarborough man in the bin for a couple of minutes in the 20th minute when he pulled Chris Purdy down in mid air at a lineout. Within minutes of the prop’s return, Bridlington were awarded a penalty try when Scarborough fullback Tom Harrison tackled a man off the ball with a try about to be scored and Mellonby converted for 14-0 in the 25th minute. And the young scrum-half added to his tally with the boot four minutes later when Scarborough infringed and he kick the resulting long-distance penalty for a 17-0 Brid lead in the 29th minute.

Although they endeavoured to play a swift handling game, things went from bad to worse for the visitors when ‘Mr Reliable’ Tom Ratcliffe  missed a penalty which would normally be meat and drink to the big Scarborough centre then put a penalty kick touch-in-goal when going for the corner to set up a possible catch and drive. The half did end on a high note for skipper Phil Watson’s men when following some good work up the right flank, Graeme Jefferey took on four men and had the strength to stretch out and score in the corner on the stroke of half-time. Ratcliffe missed the touchline conversion but Jeffrey’s effort had thrown his teammates a lifeline and they turned round twelve points adrift.

The Seasiders held on to that lifeline after the break and began to get the upper hand at the breakdown where their fitness saw them starting to win the physical battle. They were at time pedestrian in possession but through great work by the forwards the game was being played deep in home territory.  And when Bridlington did break the shackles they found their way barred by some crunching tackles one memorable one saw winger Corey Dennis flatten his opposite number Stirk in the 50th minute. The visitors reduced the arrears in unlikely fashion in the 52nd minute when from what appeared to be a couple of Scarborough knock-ons, Ratcliffe pounced as the home defence hesitated and strolled in to touchdown between the uprights and added the conversion to reduce the arrears to five points at 17-12.

Bridlington stretched their lead to 20-12 in the 57th minute when Scarborough strayed offside just inside their own half and the unerring boot of Mellonby meted out the punishment. Scarborough dominated the final quarter with their forwards looking stronger and fitter than the home eight but when they looked to move the ball wide some wrong options in the back line under pressure saw a series of great chances go begging. Tom Harrison’s drop-goal in the 61st minute reduced the arrears to five points in the 61st minute before an exchange of penalties between Mellonby and Ratcliffe in the 62nd and 65th minutes respectively saw Bridlington lead 23-18 going into the last ten minutes of the game. The visitor’s laid siege to the home line in that last ten minutes looking for a last gasp winning try but a combination of vigorous defence and a lack of composure contrived to see Bridlington hold on for the win.

This was by no means a poor Scarborough performance but a bit more concentration in the early stages and a more composed ending to the game could have produced a different result. They looked to play attractive and effective rugby with backs and forwards combining and had the strength of character to bounce back from a disappointing first half where they were 17-0 down at one stage to turn in a stirring second half show which almost earned them the points. Standout performances in a great pack effort in the second half came from Phil Watson, Nino Cutino and flanker Chris Purdy whilst Jeffrey, Harrison, Dennis and scrum-half Zbyněk Schütz were pick of the backs. One thing is for sure; every single Scarborough player walked off the paddock knowing he gave everything he could on the day.

Scarborough: Harrison Jeffrey Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Stewart Schutz Cutino Williams Raines Watson(capt) Hoggard Purdy Wilson Austen. Substitutes: Taylor, Warren and White (all used)

Bridlington: Zondo Stirk Roberts Girking Burrows Kemp Mellonby Luxton Kinnaird Dixon Cappleman Waines Warley Sutton Thompson Substitutes: Palmer Stevens Edmond

Scarborough News man-of-the-match: Chris Purdy

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CHRIS PURDY WRAPS UP TWO BRIDLINGTON PLAYERS

BRIDLINGTON TOMORROW!

21 Sep

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I’m off to Dukes Park tomorrow to see the lads take on Bridlington. If you can make the journey please do; I know the team really appreciate your support especially when they are away from home. If you can make it I’ll see you there; if not you can follow the game on the Scarborough RUFC twitter feed.

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PICTURES: Zbynek Schtuz (TOP)  Ben Wilson (ABOVE)

VIth FORM WIN AT SILVER ROYD AND A PERSONAL LOOK FORWARD TO SATURDAY’S GAME AT BRID

19 Sep

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Scarborough Sixth Form College

Scarborough Sixth Form College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SCARBOROUGH VI COLLEGE’S THIRD TRY SCORED BY JOSH GRETTON

Just had a very pleasant afternoon at Silver Royd where Scarborough RUFC played host to the Scarborough Sixth Form College’s game with Wolferton Six Form College. In a spirited game the visitors from Humberside led 21-17 at the break but the Scarborough lads who are coached by Scarborough RUFC  Youth Development Officer Tom Harrison, came back strongly to score three second half tries without reply to run out deserved 34-21 winners. Got me into the mood for Saturday’s trip to Bridlington to take on the men from Dukes Park. The Scarborough squad is unchanged from the side that overwhelmed visitors Heath 79-12 except that Luke Raines starts at prop with Paul Taylor on the bench and Phil Watson returns in the second row. In the game at Brid last year the home side had too much for the Seasiders and ran out 45-12 winners of an entertaining game. Skipper Phil Watson and his men will look to avenge that reverse with his side’s first win at Dukes Park since their 9-3 Yorkshire One victory in September 2009.

JOHNNY ALDCROFT SCORES FOR SCARBOROUGH SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

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PHIL WATSON IS HUNTED DOWN DURING LAST SEASON’S GAME AT BRIDLINGTON

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SCARBOROUGH RUN UP RECORD SILVER ROYD SCORE AGAINST HEATH

16 Sep

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TOM RATCLIFFE SCORES THE FIRST OF HIS TWO TRIES

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

 

Report and Pictures by Dave Campbell

 

Scarborough: 79

Tries: Williams 2min, Jeffrey 5, 41 51min, Ratcliffe 20, 79, Dennis 30min, Wilson 45min, Cutino 50min, White 52min, Raines 54min, Harrison 78min Goals: Conversions: Harrison 79min, Ratcliffe: 2, 5, 45, 50, 52, 54, 57min Penalty: Ratcliffe  25min

 

Heath: 10

Try: Hetherington 17min Goals: Penalty: Lomas 9min, Conversion: Lomas:17min

 

Referee: Mr David Downham                                              Attendance: 545

 

Scarborough blew away the challenge of Halifax-based Heath RFC running in twelve tries; eight without reply in the second half, with a superb display of handling rugby at a sun drenched Silver Royd.

 

With skipper Phil Watson sidelined with a facial injury sustained in training during the week, Chris Purdy captained the team from blind-side with Phil Austen moving up to join Charlie Hoggard in the engine room and Sam Warren in the back row. Ian Williams started his first game back in the side and got on the score sheet with just over a minute of the game played when a dynamic break by prop Nino Cutino cut a swath through the Heath defence and the Seasider’s hooker was on hand to power over in the corner. Centre Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

 

Heath came straight back from that reverse and Scarborough strayed offside in front of their own posts; visiting fullback Charlie Lomas kicked the penalty to reduce the arrears in the 4th minute. The home side replied immediately when wing Graeme Jeffery pounced at a breakdown to sprint down the Scarborough right flank, cut in and score near the posts. Ratcliffe made it 14-3 with the conversion. Chris Purdy’s men looked to move the ball at every opportunity and the inter-passing between backs and forwards delighted a good Silver Royd turnout. However when Heath won good ruck ball just outside the home 22, fly-half Giles Hetherington brushed aside a couple of poor tackles to score near the posts. Lomas converted to reduce the arrears to four points in the 14th minute.

 

Scarborough then had some defending to do but with open-side Ben Wilson, Cutino, prop Paul Taylor, Purdy and Austen grafting hard and half-backs Zbynek Schtuz and Phil Stewart tidying up; fullback Tom Harrison cleared his lines with a massive touch kick deep into Heath territory. The west Yorkshiremen were finding it difficult to cope with the dynamic offence and aggressive defence of the home side and tries in the 20th and 30th minutes from Ratcliffe and wing Corey Dennis respectively came from turnovers in midfield. Ratcliffe missed both conversions but slotted a penalty between the tries in the 25th minute for a 27-10 lead at the break.

 

Scarborough started the second half where they had left off in the first with a try in the 41st minute when another break by Cutino saw the South African break the gain line before the ball was moved through hands for Jeffery to score in the corner. Ratcliffe just pulled his touchline conversion attempt.  The men from Silver Royd continued to press and good work by Dennis and Jeffrey took them deep into Heath territory where a catch and drive from a lineout following a penalty was moved diagonally from a ruck for livewire Ben Wilson to scamper over on the angle.  Ratcliffe converted for 39-10 in the 45th minute.

 

A procession followed and tries from Cutino, Paul White, Luke Raines and a third for Jeffery followed in the 50th, 52nd, 54th and 57th minutes respectively; all converted by Ratcliffe, for a 67-10 lead. The visitors almost managed a second try five minutes from the end when a Scarborough kick was charged down in their own 22 but scrambling defence saved the day and Harrison once more cleared his lines with a massive relieving touch-kick. And the Seasiders ended the game in style when a searing break from a lineout on the visitor’s 10 meter line saw Harrison cut through what appeared to be half of the Heath side to score in the 78th minute. Ratcliffe missed the difficult wide conversion but made amends a minute later when he broke a couple of tackles near halfway to outstrip the Heath cover on the Scarborough right and score in the corner.  Harrison converted from the touchline with the last kick of the match.

 

This was a truly committed team performance from a Scarborough squad without a weak link on the day. They were superior to their opponents in every facet of the game and continued with their commitment to Coach Jason Lowde’s all-action handling philosophy; forwards handled like backs and backs applied muscle where necessary, particularly at the break down, where go-forward ball was in plentiful supply thanks to some tremendous line-breaking runs from Cutino, Purdy and Wilson. Behind the scrum the backs showed a killer instinct pressing home their superiority with panache but without showboating. Tom Harrison had another great afternoon with ball in hand and with his boot; particularly when moved closer to the action. Next week’s visit to Dukes Park looks like being a very interesting day out indeed.

 

Scarborough: Harrison Jeffrey Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Stewart Schutz Cutino Williams Taylor Austen Hoggard Purdy(captain) Wilson Warren subs: Raines White Readman (all used)

 

Heath: Lomas Clougher Morris Brown Lister Hetherington Walsh MacReady Potick Moore Hunter Cooke Collins Morane Jones

 

Evening News Man of the Match: Nino Cutino

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There were many contenders for the Man-of-the-Match award in a great team performance. However, for the second game in a row the young South African prop was outstanding for his line breaks which punched holes in a shell-shocked visiting defensive line and his work in the lead up to many of the Scarborough tries. 

HAT-TRICK HERO GRAEME JEFFREY RUNS IN HIS THIRD TRY

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HEATH NEXT UP AT SILVER ROYD

12 Sep

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CHRIS PURDY ON THE CHARGE

After last week’s win in baking conditions at Barnsley, Halifax-based outfit Heath RUFC are next up at Silver Royd on Saturday. It was a big surprise when the west Yorkshiremen went down 6-50 to Yorkshire One new boys Wath on the opening day of the season especially as they have re-signed long-time Heath favourite Giles Hetherington following his short sojourn at Bradford and Bingley where he was the club’s leading points scorer last season. They have also signed former North of England back row Liam Sharp also from Waggon Lane. Last week they went down 24-17 to Driffield with Hetherington scoring one of their two tries in the game.  For Scarborough, Jason Lowde has selected Graeme Jeffrey on the right wing, Zybnek Schutz at scrum-half with Ian Williams and Paul Taylor in the front row. I’m a bit surprised that the second row is unchanged; we have really struggled in that department in the opening three games of the season. Sam Warren, Luke Raines and Paul White are on the bench. We won the corresponding game 41-0 at Silver Royd at the end of last season; however I’ve a feeling Saturday’s game will be a much closer affair. 

GARY HETHERINGTON SCORES FOR HEATH AGAINST DRIFFIELD

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JIM HUGHES; A MAN OF INFLUENCE!

11 Sep

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JIM HUGHES AND WARREN GATLAND

Big news in the last week or so has been the appointment of Wales’ Kiwi coach Warren Gatland as the coach of the 2013 tour to Australia by the British and Irish Lions. I was discussing the former All Blacks hooker as the Lion’s coach with a friend; local businessman Jim Hughes earlier today. Jim is a huge Wales and Scarborough rugby fan who hails from the principality. He travelled to New Zealand last year for the world cup with his wife and his blog for the trip was featured in (what was at the time) The Scarborough Evening News. Jim told me today that Gatland attended his 60th birthday party in Hamilton and emailed me a snap of the future Lions coach at his Party. He is obviously a man of influence!!

SCARBOROUGH TOO HOT TO HANDLE AT BLISTERING BARNSLEY

9 Sep

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FLANKER BEN WILSON DIVES IN FOR THE CLINCHING TRY

Report and Pictures by Dave Campbell

 

Barnsley: 10

Tries: Gaunt 40min Appleyard 49min

 

Scarborough: 33

Tries: Austen 25min Cutino 60min Wilson 80 min Goals: Conversions: Ratcliffe: 25, 60, 80min Penalties: Ratcliffe 10, 29, 52, 66min

 

Visitors Scarborough continued their unbeaten start to the season with a winning combination of pace, power and aggression against newly-promoted Barnsley in blistering temperatures at Shaw Lane.

 

Kicking off, Scarborough had the best of the earlier exchanges, getting first to the breakdown and generally playing in the faces of a somewhat pedestrian Barnsley side. With Prop Luke Raines unavailable Paul Taylor was moved up from the bench to the front row which in concert with a dynamic back row of Chris Purdy, Phil Austen and Ben Wilson rocked the south Yorkshiremen onto the back foot.  Attacking down their right flank, the Seasiders’ went close through Nino Cutino twice in the opening ten minutes when the final pass just failed to go to hand and from a turnover on halfway fullback Tom Harrison almost made it to the Barnsley line only to be held up by some good scrambling defence.

 

In a rare incursion into Scarborough territory centre Andy Smith spilled the ball and Harrison gathered and hoofed the ‘gift’ 40 metres downfield for a lineout just outside the home 22. The Barnsley backs drifted offside when the visitors moved the ball infield and centre Tom Ratcliffe kicked the resulting penalty for a 3-0 lead in the 10th minute. The south Yorkshiremen came back strongly and only a crunching tackle by Cutino saved what could have been an interception try from a loose Scarborough mid-field pass. Although Barnsley were achieving parity in possession, their lack of pace was exposed by the swift and aggressive visiting back row with open-side Ben Wilson everywhere.

 

The home side’s most potent weapon was the catch-and-drive from the lineout which was Scarborough’s only weakness in an otherwise solid first half performance; however when they moved the ball infield they were inevitably driven back by the visiting mid-field with half-backs Phil Stewart and scrum-half Jake Rollinson, who had a stormer, outstanding. Skipper Phil Watson’s men continued to vary their attack with Ratcliffe, Stewart, Harrison and winger Corey Dennis going close wide on the left. However when the home side were penalized at a scrum, a quick tap penalty released No8 Austen who powered over for the opening try of the match in the 25th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras for 10-0 and stretched the lead to 13-0 four minutes later with his second penalty of the afternoon.   Barnsley came back strongly at the end of the half and Scarborough seemed to have weathered the storm when they earned the put-in at a defensive scrum in the 40th minute; however a mix up at the back of the scrum saw the home side regain possession, move the ball wide and centre Aaron Gaunt crashed over from short range.  Fullback Josh Smith missed the conversion and Scarborough led 13-5 at the interval.

 

Barnsley continued where they had left off before the break with a good spell at the start of the second half and spent some time in Scarborough territory. The visitors seemed to have cleared the danger but turned over possession and fly-half Andrew Appleyard brushed past some surprisingly poor tackles to score near the posts in the 49th minute. Fullback Smith fluffed what should have been a simple conversion from in front of the posts.

 

With the lead reduced to three points at 13-10 Coach Jason Lowde moved Harrison to fly-half and Graeme Jeffrey came on for his first competitive game of the season at fullback. As a result the visitor’s played with increased pace and in their next attack Barnsley’s towering lock forward Jordan Wood was penalized for not releasing and goal-magnet Ratcliffe made it 16-10 with the kick in the 52nd minute. And pressure on the home defensive line saw Nino Cutino get involved in a threequarters move before bursting through the centre to power over on the hour, Ratcliffe converting for 23-10. Barnsley looked close the gap immediately and camped in the visitors’ 22 for the next five minutes but failed to crack a solid Scarborough defence before great work by Paul Taylor, Purdy and Austen gave Harrison the opportunity for a massive 40 metre clearance deep into the Barnsley half.  The home side infringed and Ratcliffe once again punished them with his unerring boot from 35 metres to stretch the lead to 26-10 in the 66th minute.

 

Barnsley threw everything at the Seasiders in the last ten minutes of the game but the visiting defence was more than up to the task and a great Billy Parker tackle snuffed out the home side’s last chance of a consolation try. And when Gaunt spilled the ball on halfway in the 79th minute, Wilson was onto it in a flash and outstripped the entire home back line to score from 40 metres out.  Tom Ratcliffe completed his 100% effort with the conversion to bag 18 points and see his side to a 33-10 win.

 

Another convincing display, this time on the road, saw Scarborough pick up another four league points with a great team performance. Coach Jason Lowde’s charges just had too much for a determined but one dimensional Barnsley outfit and apart from a wobble either side of the break, had the upper hand for most of a game played in soaring temperatures. Up front the pack was more than a handful for the home eight although some set scrums and a lot of lineouts in particular were poor. Pick of the eight was Nino Cutino, Ben Wilson and Phil Austen. Behind them there wasn’t a weak link; however Harrison was outstanding with ball in hand and with his boot as was Tom Ratcliffe whose metronomic kicking kept the scoreboard ticking over all afternoon. Scrum-half Jake Rollinson also had an influential game. In the end both sides did extremely well to provide such an entertaining game in the conditions.

 

 

 

 

Referee: Mr Brian Mulligan – Yorkshire Central Society

 

Scarborough: Harrison Young Ratcliffe Parker Dennis Stewart Rollinson Cutino Tite Taylor Watson(capt) Hoggard Purdy Wilson Austen. Substitutes: Fish, Warren and Jeffrey (all used)

 

Barnsley: J.Smith A.Smith Gaunt Jeffery Simpson Appleyard Francis A.Smith Cheetam Hobson Wood Norris South Wragg Reed (capt) Substitutes: Robinson Naisby Fisher (all used)

 

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MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Nino Cutino

Nino Cutino continued his glorious start to the season with a superb eighty minutes at Shaw Lane. His go-forward performance in aggressive defence and dynamic attack was crowned with a stunning second half try.

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