Archive | November, 2012

RATCLIFFE WINS TOP LOCAL SPORTS AWARD

27 Nov

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TOM RATCLIFFE CROSSES FOR ANOTHER TRY

Tom Ratcliffe won the Top Male Achiever award at the Scarborough and District Sports Council awards at the Spa on Monday evening. The big centre who was brought up on Rugby League and travelled abroad with British Colleges taking the game to Kazakhstan in 2010,  signed on at Silver Royd at the start of last season and was an immediate hit in the fifteen-man game becoming the club’s leading try scorer in his first season. During the summer he teamed up with Craig Farrell for the Pirates RL side that won the team award, and continued in prolific form at Eastway. Now back at Silver Royd for the winter Tom is the club’s leading points and try scorer having taken over kicking duties from Tom Harrison. I’m sure this publicity-shy, self effacing  twin code star will as usual be making little fuss about his award and will continue piling up the points for Scarborough.  

SCARBOROUGH’S YOUNGSTERS TOPPLE HIGH-FLYING WATH

26 Nov

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MATTY YOUNG SCORED SCARBOROUGH’S FIRST TRY

Report by Dave Campbell

WATH 18 SCARBOROUGH 22

 

Scarborough travelled to south Yorkshire with a side disrupted and re-shuffled due to injury and late unavailability and upset the formbooks fronting up to a big Wath pack which has steamrollered its way into promotion contention this season. However even in the heavy conditions, the home eight failed to subdue a determined visiting side whose cohesion and fitness was the cornerstone of a winning performance.

 

Early honours were even with the home eight looking to grind forward and the visitors holding their own but when play took the visitors up-field and Wath infringed, centre Tom Ratcliffe doled out his punishment with the resulting penalty for a 3-0 lead in the 10th minute. The lead was however short lived and Wath fullback Tom Quinn levelled with a penalty almost from the restart.

 

In the conditions and probably for preference, Wath played a ten man game with the ball rarely getting further than fly-half.  It was obvious why in the 19th minute when the home threes made a hash of a midfield break and the ball was pounced on by an eager visiting backline. A midfield scissors move released wing Matty Young who outstripped the cover to score between the uprights. Ratcliffe added the extras for a 10-3 lead.

 

The Seasiders had some defending to do in the second quarter as Wath exerted pressure through the forwards and Quinn added his second penalty of the afternoon in the 27th minute. The final ten minutes of the half saw the visiting pack hold firm as first they lost flanker Ben Wilson to a knee injury to be replaced by Sam Warren and then Prop Nino Cutino who was sin binned.

 

Turning round 6-10 adrift Wath continued their war of attrition up front; but with Cutino back on the field, the much vaunted home front row of James Dobson, Dale Harrison and Dean Hardcastle had a real game on their hands. However when the ball moved away from the forwards the south Yorkshiremen didn’t look so confident and when a loose clearance from defence was fielded by Graeme Jeffrey, the big fullback set off on a surging run before releasing wing Matt Lucas whose perfectly judged cross-field kick found debutante centre Alex Renwick who powered over in the 53rd minute. Racliffe converted for 17-6.

 

The game was by no means over and the home side redoubled their efforts through the forwards and it was no surprise when No8 and skipper Matt Burrows got the touch on a push-over try on the hour. Quinn reduced the arrears to four points with his kick. Warren was then yellow-carded and spent the next ten minutes in the sin-bin. And having trailed from the start Wath grabbed the lead with ten minutes to go when lock forward Simon Line was driven over from a rolling maul. Quinn missed the conversion but Wath were 18-17 up.

 

Quinn should have nudged his side further ahead with eight minutes to go when he missed a penalty chance inside the Scarborough 22 and with the less than five minutes to go Wath had the put-in at a five-metre scrum and went for the push-over; much to their consternation, Scarborough drove them back, they infringed and the chance was gone. With the thought of losing by a single point following a terrific strength-sapping performance, the visitors gathered their strength for a final effort; pressure in the Wath 22 won a Scarborough five metre scrum which the referee told them would be the last play of the game. The visiting eight edged toward the line knowing that a mistake spelled defeat and the end of the game. However, held-up short of the line, they moved the ball blind and Nino Cutino burrowed over to clinch the game at 22-18. Ratcliffe missed the touchline conversion but the game was over.

 

Coach Jason Lowde had to re-re-shuffle his side after wing Corey Dennis, who was picked at fullback replacing the injured Tom Harrison, was delayed disembarking from a ferry at Hull and Graeme Jeffrey moved to fullback with young Alex Renwick making his debut in the centre; so it wasn’t the best preparation for an important game. However youngsters Matt Lucas, Matty Young and Renwick did him proud. Scrum-half Zbynec Schutz on return from international duty had a solid game and fly-half Phil Stewart put in a hard and successful shift. A totally committed pack of forwards played with cohesion, grit and unwavering commitment with Cutino, Jamie Drayton, Chris Purdy and Sinako Dunywa taking the eye. Winning such a tight game in the circumstances can only boost confidence for the remainder of the season

 

Scarborough: Jeffrey Young Ratcliffe Renwick Lucas Stewart Schutz Cutino Raines Drayton Watson (c) Readman Purdy Wilson Dunywa Subs: Hopper Austen Warren (all used)

 

Scarborough News Star Man: Phil Stewart

    This clash was ideally suited to Phil Stewart’s game: he ran the show for the visitors

     keeping his forwards moving with the boot, releasing the back division  when it was on and  made his presence felt in the close exchanges with tackling more akin to a back row forward.      

ACTION FROM WATH-V-SCARBOROUGH

    

RATCLIFFE RUNS IN THREE TRIES AS SCARBOROUGH SWAMP PONTEFRACT 35-5

18 Nov

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Report by Dave Campbell

 

Scarborough: 35

Tries: Ratcliffe 2, 35 and 77min Cutino 30min Goals: Ratcliffe Conversions: 2, 35 and 30min Penalties: Ratcliffe 10, 43 and 56mins 

Pontefract: 5

Try: Williams 23min

 

 

Referee: Andy Hodgson 

                                                           

Scarborough bounced back from recent disappointments to run in four tries and earn a bonus point from an emphatic 35-5 victory over visitors Pontefract at Silver Royd. 

Kicking off, the Seasiders attacked down their left flank and from a ruck a couple of meters in from the touchline fly-half Phil Stewart moved the ball infield through hands and Graeme Jeffrey slickly released his fellow centre Tom Ratcliffe who left the visitor’s wide defence for dead galloping over and touching down between the uprights. He added the extras with less than two minutes on the clock for 7-0. 

Playing the dynamic rugby that characterized their earlier performances this season skipper Phil Watson’s men were aggressive in defence and quick to the break down. Under pressure, the visitors started to concede penalties and having shaved the upright with a penalty in the 9th minute, Ratcliffe got it exactly right at his next attempt a minute later when they were penalized for handling on the ground and he stroked over his kick from 27 meters for a 10-0 lead. 

Playing a very limited forwards game the visitors’ pedestrian back line never looked dangerous with ball in hand and for a time both sets of forwards cancelled each other out; however the home eight began to make their presence felt with hooker Luke Raines, prop Nino Cutino, flanker Ben Wilson and debutant Sinako Dunywa at No8 making an impression on the west Yorkshiremen. However, when Scarborough infringed on half way, fly-half Jamie Benn’s kick took Pontefract to within five metres of the home line. A series of drives tested the home defence which held firm for fully five minutes before an attacking scrum saw No8 Derek Eves drive for the line only to be held up; lock Matt Williams secured the ball and drove over in the 23rd minute. Benn pushed his conversion attempt wide but the deficit had been cut to five points. 

A poor kick from the re-start which failed to travel ten meters saw the visitors temporarily regain the initiative but when fullback Tom Harrison kicked a penalty into the corner when the west Yorkshiremen infringed in their own half, the ball was moved infield from the resulting lineout and Scarborough’s forwards turned the screw on the visitors line before Cutino drove over from a ruck on the half hour. Ratcliffe converted for a 17-5 lead. Coach Lowde’s charges continued to apply the pressure with their ‘in your face’ close quarter work and when Pontefract centre Chris Sant threw a loose pass in mid-field, ‘poacher’ Ratcliffe, king of the interception try, gratefully plucked it from the air and galloped over half the length of the field to dive in between the uprights in the 35th minute. He converted his own effort to see his side to a 24-5 half-time lead. 

The second half got off to a good start for Scarborough, Ratcliffe kicking a penalty in the 43rd minute when Pontefract were penalized for offside. However, leading 27-5 the third quarter was a bit of a yawn with Scarborough appearing to go off the boil and the sum of the visitor’s ideas was to kick for the corner and look for a catch and drive; however they never secured enough possession from a Scarborough side which had them sewn up in the middle. Ratcliffe nudged his side 30-5 ahead with a penalty in the 56th minute when the visitors handled at a ruck. 

Scarborough got their second wind in the fourth quarter and breaks from the admirable Corey Dennis and Matty Young on the wings and Jeffrey in the centre could have produced more. An elusive run by Dunywa down the left touchline from halfway took them almost to the line but scrambling defence saved the day for the visitors. There then followed a series of fracas caused by some high tackling from a frustrated Pontefract side; however when a very dodgy high tackle from a visiting player brought down a Scarborough man and halted an attack, referee Andy Hodgson dismissed Scarborough’s Ian Williams for retaliation in the 74th minute. Nevertheless the game ended on a high for Scarborough when a break down their left flank started by Dunywa and moved through four pairs of hands saw Ratcliff surge over to complete his hat-trick of tries and earn his side a bonus point. He brought his personal points tally for the afternoon to 30 with the conversion for a deserved 35-5 win. 

Coach Jason Lowde will be relieved to see his charges triumph and make it a five pointer scoring four tries. They looked like winners from the first minute playing a brand of rugby which prevented the visitors, who were already pretty limited in their ambitions, ever getting into the game. The forwards performed well in the tight and loose with Cutino, Raines and newcomer Sinako Dunywa taking the plaudits. Behind them the backs very much played their part with Corey Dennis, Phil Stewart and centres Ratcliffe and Jeffrey pick of the bunch. Next week will present a different challenge as they travel to newly-promoted Wath who narrowly defeated league-leaders Huddersfield YMCA 13-12. 

Scarborough: Harrison Young Jeffrey Ratcliffe Dennis Stewart Rollinson Cutino Raines Drayton Watson (capt) Hoggard Purdy Wilson Dunywa Substitutes: Williams Readman Austen 

Pontefract: Dean Tillett Rasher Sant Spears (capt) Benn Hargreaves Grifffin Smith Brownsword Williams Fenton C. Smith Townend Eves Substitutes: Maksymczuk Fradgley Fletcher

BACKS RESHUFFLED FOR PONTEFRACT CLASH

14 Nov

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SINAKO DUNYWA MAKES HIS FIRST XV DEBUT

Coach Jason Lowde has rung the changes for Saturday’s Yorkshire One game with Pontefract as Scarborough look for a win to end a recent run of poor results. The Seasiders’ supremo has reshuffled his back division which shows six positional and one personnel change from the side that lost 33-14 at Huddersfield YMCA two weeks ago; Jake Rollinson returns at scrum-half for Zbyněk Schütz who is on international duty with the Czech Republic. Two changes up front sees Charlie Hoggard start in the second row and newcomer Sinako Dunywa make his first team debut for the club at No8; Ian Williams, Phil Austin and Mikey Readman are on the bench. Pontefract come off the back of an unexpected 33-29 home defeat by Old Brodlieans two weeks ago and have a defence which has leaked tries this season conceding an average of 28 points per game so it could be a high scoring encounter. When the clubs met last season, Scarborough had the upper hand in both games winning 46-40 in a thriller at Pontefract and 36-22 at Silver Royd.

 

SCARBOROUGH:

 

15. TOM HARRISON

14. MATTY YOUNG

13. GRAEME JEFFREY

12. TOM RATCLIFF

11. CORY DENNIS

10. PHIL STEWART

9.   JAKE ROLLINSON

1.   NINO CUTINO

2.   LUKE RAINES

3.   JAMIE DRAYTON

4.   PHIL WATSON (CAPT)

5.   CHARLIE HOGGARD

6.   CHRIS PURDY

7.   BEN WILSON

8.   SINAKO DUNYWA

16. IAN WILLIAMS

17. PHIL AUSTIN

18. MIKEY READMAN

SPINNERS’ CZECH REPUBLIC LOSES TO SWEDEN IN PRAGUE

12 Nov

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Zybnec (spinners) Schutz will miss Saturday’s game with Pontefract as he is on international duty with the Czech Republic who travel to Dnepropetrovsk to take on the Ukraine in the Federation of European Rugby Association’s (FIRA) European cup. Let’s hope he has more success than last week when the Czech’s went down 22-18 to Sweden in Prague. 

A ‘DIFFERENT’ TRAINING NIGHT FOR SCARBOROUGH PLAYERS

9 Nov

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PHIL WATSON AND MARK HOPPER GET TUCKED INTO SOME HEALTHY GRUB!

With no Yorkshire One game on Saturday, Scarborough Head Coach Jason Lowde decided to ring the changes in last nights training. A Pilates session was planned but because of the late unavailability of the instructor the players did Gym and open training work between 7 and 8pm and this was followed by a meal and talk on nutrition for rugby players by Dr Rob Hazledine was plays for the club. Rob who had recently attended a Rugby Nutrition course at Newcastle Falcons delivered a very informative presentation which included basics of nutrition and metabolism (principles of good nutrition for sport), Supplements, Hydration  training, pre and post-match nutrition and recovery routines among other subjects. The players enjoyed a healthy post training meal as part of the session.  

PHIL WATSON ASSISTS MIKEY READMAN IN THE GYM   (TOP)       OUTDOOR SESSION IS OVER (BOTTOM)              

                                                                                                                                                                                    

LATEST STATS FOR SCARBOROUGH RUFC

7 Nov

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STATS FOR SCARBOROUGH FIRST TEAM SQUAD (CUP/LEAGUE) 2012-13

(WEF 3RD NOVEMBER  2012)

NAME TRIES CONS PENS DROP

-GOALS

TOTAL POINTS
HARRISON 6 5 1 1 46
RATCLIFFE 6 19 20 128
JEFFREY 4 20
YOUNG 1 5
AUSTEN 1 5
CUTINO 5 25
WILSON 2 10
WILLIAMS 1 5
DENNIS 3 15
WHITE 2 10
SCHUTZ 1 5
RAINES 3 15
PENALTY TRY 2 10
TOTAL 36 24 21 1 299
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