Archive | February, 2013


12 Feb

Unlike last week I only got one result correct in the Six Nations this week and that was England’s hard-fought 12-6 win in Dublin. Elsewhere, Scotland had plenty to do against the Italians at Murrayfield but for once snapped up their chances and scored four tries to record their biggest victory in the competition at 34-10. Wales went to Paris on the back of eight straight defeats and a gritty display saw them come away with a well-deserved 16-6 victory thanks to a George North try. Oh yes his Dad is a Scarborough man who played for 6th form College and the club!


8 Feb

ImageBeing confined to a hospital bed last weekend gave me a chance to enjoy some uninterrupted coverage of the RBS Six NationS Championship. If you were kind enough to have perused this blog last week, I predicted wins for Ireland and England which they duly completed and said that following the Azure’s 22-21 victory in Rome two years ago that the Italy-France game would be no forgone conclusion for the visitors and so it turned out to be. The lead changed hands several times in the game, but when the Italians got their noses in front in the fourth quarter, they hung on doggedly and fully deserved their 23-18 victory. I was particularly pleased as my surgeon who is of Italian extraction looked particularly relaxed when I saw him on Monday! Tomorrow sees the second round of matches, with Italy travelling to Murrayfield to take on Scotland who are still smarting following their comprehensive 38-18 defeat at the hands of England last weekend. There were a few outstanding personal performances from the Scots but as a team they were outplayed by an altogether more organized, talented and abrasive England and will do well to match the aggressive Italians. Wales travel to Paris off the back of nine consecutive defeats and will come up against a France side which were out-muscled, outfought and out-thought in Rome last week but I expect the French to bounce back and edge this one. On Sunday England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland; the Irish spoiled England’s Grand Slam party with a win in the Aviva Stadium two years ago but my money is on Stuart Lancaster’s side which is bang in form and full of confidence. All of this weekend’s Six Nations games are live on TV at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse.


5 Feb



Unfortunately I was hospitalized following an operation in York last weekend and missed the Ilkley game but I’ve obtained a report on the match at Stacks Field where not for the first time this season Scarborough let the game get away from them in the first half when Ilkley ran in tries through ex-Malton man Tom Collard, Iain MacKenzie and winger Paul Petchey to lead 17-3 at half-time. Tom Ratcliffe kicked a penalty for the visitors. An early second half revival saw centre Ratcliffe run in his 13th try of the season which he converted himself to reduce the arrears to ten points. Skipper Stuart Vincent stretched the Ilkley lead mid-way through the half before Corey Dennis scored what was arguably the best try of match; gaining possession in his own half, the Scarborough fullback danced round four home players before sprinting almost the length of the field, chipping over the cover defence, before releasing fly-half Phil Stewart, up in support to drive over. Ratcliffe added the extras and it was a seven point game at 24-17. Although an in-form Dennis had the Ilkley faithful biting their nails at times with his incisive play, they regained control and clinched a bonus-point 31-17 victory with a late second try from Paul Petchey.



2 Feb

Scarborough returned to action this afternoon following two games wiped out by the weather. A poor first half saw them trail 17-3 at the break. A better second half saw them close the gap to seven points at 24-17 before a late try saw the home side to 31-17 win.


1 Feb

image2012-10-17 daveUnfortunately I was rushed into York Hospital on Wednesday with a bone infection in my foot and had another toe and part of my right foot amputated yesterday; I’m rapidly running out of toes on that foot thanks to the dreaded Diabetes. So no rugby for me this weekend. Tomorrow’s game at Ilkley sees Faz partner Tom R in the centre and Jake Rollinson (pictured above right) stepping in for ‘Spinners’ who is sunning himself in the Dominican Republic on a holiday. Tom Harrison starts at ten with Phil Stewart on the bench. Coach Jason Lowde will be looking for his charges to avenge an early season 20-18 defeat at Silver Royd with a win in West Yorkshire.  I’ll be following the lads on TWITTER from my hospital bed. They just could help the week end on a higher note than it started for me; then again Scotland are at Twickenham……………Hmm

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