Archive | April, 2014

ENJOYING A WEEKEND OFF

18 Apr

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GRAEME JEFFREY SCORING A GREAT TRY AGAINST KEIGHLEY

 

I’m enjoying a lovely weekend off; see you all in a couple of weeks before the Shield final>

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Keighley relegated following 45-12 thumping at Silver Royd

12 Apr

HARRY DOMETT RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST KEIGHLEY

(PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING)

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Scarborough blew away the challenge of strugglers Keighley with four scintillating tries in the opening 20 minutes of their league clash at Silver Royd today. Tries from prop Nino Cutino, wing Harry Domett (2), and hooker Ian Williams plus six points from the boot of Tom Harrison saw the Seasiders lead 26-0 at the break. The visitors had a revival in the third quarter led by their forwards and managed to reduce the arrears with a converted and an unconverted try. But tries from wing Graeme Jeffrey, centre Jan Tieber and flanker Blake Nightingale, two converted by Harrison, saw Scarborough run out 45-12 winners. Keighley were relegated to Yorkshire Two.

 

From the touchline – Dave Campbell’s on-line column – Keighley home

11 Apr

From the touchline – Dave Campbell's on-line column – Keighley home.

From the touchline – Dave Campbell’s on-line column – Keighley home

11 Apr

CRAIG FARRELL (SCORING AT SILVER ROYD) RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

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PICTURE DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s opponents Keighley travel to Silver Royd tomorrow in the second relegation spot in Yorkshire One although they have been in good form lately having won five of their last eight league games. And the west Yorkshiremen still have plenty to play for; if Pontefract loose at Bridlington tomorrow, then a bonus point win at Silver Royd and from their game with York at Clifton Park in a couple of week’s time would save them from the drop. Having won only two of their first 16 games, Keighley have had a much improved second half of the season and last week beat Wath 17-12 at their Skipton Road ground thanks to tries from back row Dave Pullen, Danny McGee and winger Sam Walker. Skipper Phil Watson’s men beat Keighley 17-10 in the opening fixture of the season with tries from Benji Cottle and Nino Cutino in an entertaining game played in a great spirit. For Scarborough there are several changes from the side that beat York 36-14 last week. Craig Farrell and Chris Purdy who sustained injuries in the 36-33 semi-final win at Selby return at inside centre and blindside respectively, Harry Domett starts on the wing and Tom Fish, Mikey Readman and Jan Tieber are on the bench. Joe Marshall and Matty Oxtoby are unavailable. Other Good news on the injury front is that Tom Ratcliffe who was injured at Selby returns in the Vikings who also entertain Keighley tomorrow; the Danesmen travel to Pocklington.

ZYBNEC SCHUTZ IN ACTION AGAINST YORK

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PICTURE ANDY STANDING

With the game at Silver Royd possibly resolving the relegation issue in Yorkshire One, who finishes the season as champions could also be decided tomorrow. Dinnington who lead the league by one point from Ilkley, entertain fourth placed Old Brods who beat them 21-17 on the road on the first day of the season. Ilkley who are on a 22 game unbeaten run which started back in October last year travel south to Doncaster Phoenix; the west Yorkshiremen have been in tremendous form and I can’t see them slipping up at this late stage. Interestingly the last time Ilkley lost a game was at Old Brods, so one way or another, the men from Hipperholm could have a big say in which club wins this year’s Yorkshire One campaign as champions.

GRAEME JEFFREY IN ACTION AGAINST YORK

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PICTURE ANDY STANDING

A meeting at Twickenham today will look for approval for a radical overhaul of the lower levels of the game below the Premiership and Championship. Scarborough plays at level 7 which will be greatly affected if the proposals are adopted. Leagues including Yorkshire One which presently have 14 clubs will be reduced to 12 which will seriously affect the income of clubs. Promotion and relegation will be retained??? (Thank you very much) but clubs are to be allowed to request exemption from promotion if they have good reason to believe it would be detrimental to finances and infrastructure. It is also proposed that national knockout cup competitions be reintroduced which to me would be a good thing. However for clubs knocked out in the first round of such competitions there are going to be a lot of spare Saturdays. There was supposed to have been consultations with clubs at every level but on enquiring amongst clubs in Yorkshire there is little evidence of it. Finally, we are told that the proposals follow an extensive two-year review of adult competitions by a steering group chaired by John Douglas, and RFU council member from Surrey and including Sally Munday, chief executive of England Hockey; well that’s alright then!  I’ll keep you posted on the latest news on this issue.

MINI FESTIVAL ACTION FROM SILVER ROYD

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PICTURE DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough blow York away with a 36-14 win at Silver Royd.

5 Apr

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

ZBYNEC SCHUTZ POWERS OVER TO SCORE AGAINST YORK

 

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Scarborough continued their preparation for next month’s Yorkshire Shield Final against Ilkley with a five try 36-14 victory over visitors York at Silver Royd yesterday. Playing with a southerly wind behind them, the Seasiders raced to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter with tries from open side Blake Nightingale and scrum half Zynec Schutz. Tom Harrison converted Schutz’s effort and added a penalty. Scarborough dominated possession in the second quarter and made a hatful of try scoring opportunities; however they failed to capitalise on their dominance and only led 15-0 at half-time. A try for York No8 Willem Enslin early in the second half gave the visitors hope but skipper Phil Watson’s men responded with three touchdowns’ of their own through Nino Cutino, Benji Cottle and Tom Harrison who converted all three. Enslin scored a further try for the visitors. Read my full report in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS on-line tomorrow and in the print edition next Thursday, 10th April.

GRAEME JEFFREY ON THE CHARGE

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Dave Campbell’s on-line blog FROM THE TOUCHLINE – YORK HOME

3 Apr

ACTION FROM WATH

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Two weeks ago the Scarborough faithful gathered to see Phil Watson’s men take on Pontefract still celebrating their progress to the final of the Yorkshire Shield. However, they were quickly brought back down to earth as the west Yorkshiremen comfortably won the game 14-3 on an afternoon of wintery showers and bitter cold. What a difference a week makes; last Saturday the Seasiders with only a couple of changes turned up at Wath on a balmy afternoon with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees. They went off like a train and never really looked back. Joe Marshall made his presence felt in the opening minutes with two crunching tackles then played a big part in Tommy Harrison’s try of the season which started off behind his own line, went through Joe and Benji Cottle’s hands before Tom dotted it down at the other end. A try from Graeme Jeffrey and a further ten points from Tom saw them to a 20-5 half-time lead. But as we know a 20-5 half-time lead is nothing this season and was there a nail-biting second 40 minutes to come? Not this time; the big Wath forwards appeared to run out of steam and although Scarborough had a fair bit of defending to do, a try from Jan Teiber put the issue beyond doubt late in the game.  Wath did get an injury-time try to make the scoreline more respectable at 27-10. A pity Scarborough had only one travelling supporter who was Colin Adamson; in addition I was there to write the report for the Scarborough News, Andy Standing supplied the photos, Dave Coates ran touch and injured ‘points magnet’ Tom Ratcliffe was doing his Cecil B De Mille on the video camera; It was the team’s third consecutive away win. Unusually, they are the only club in Yorkshire One to have won more league games on the road (6) than at home (5).  Let’s hope Coach Lee Douglas’ charges can turn on the style shown on their travels on their own patch at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Apart from Scarborough’s memorable win at Wath, the real ‘match of the day’ last week was in south Yorkshire where league leaders Dinnington took on second placed Ilkley who are the Seasiders opponents in the Shield final next month. Coming off a tremendous eleven game unbeaten run, Dinnington went down 19-8 at home, their first defeat since they lost 27-29 to the same team at Stacks Field on the 30th of November last year. This sets up an intriguing conclusion to the season in Yorkshire One with Ilkley playing North Ribblesdale at home (on Saturday) then travelling to Doncaster Phoenix on the 12th of the month. Dinnington are on the road at Selby on Saturday then entertain Old Brods on the 12th. Ilkley play their outstanding league fixture with York at Stacks Field on the 19th of April; a game which almost certainly will determine who is Yorkshire One champions. If Ilkley are champions, Scarborough will be Yorkshire’s representative in next season’s RFU Intermediate knockout competition; something to look forward to.

Two weeks ago the Scarborough faithful gathered to see Phil Watson’s men take on Pontefract still celebrating their progress to the final of the Yorkshire Shield. However, they were quickly brought back down to earth as the west Yorkshiremen comfortably won the game 14-3 on an afternoon of wintery showers and bitter cold. What a difference a week makes; last Saturday the Seasiders with only a couple of changes turned up at Wath on a balmy afternoon with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees. They went off like a train and never really looked back. Joe Marshall made his presence felt in the opening minutes with two crunching tackles then played a big part in Tommy Harrison’s try of the season which started off behind his own line, went through Joe and Benji Cottle’s hands before Tom dotted it down at the other end. A try from Graeme Jeffrey and a further ten points from Tom saw them to a 20-5 half-time lead. But as we know a 20-5 half-time lead is nothing this season and was there a nail-biting second 40 minutes to come? Not this time; the big Wath forwards appeared to run out of steam and although Scarborough had a fair bit of defending to do, a try from Jan Teiber put the issue beyond doubt late in the game.  Wath did get an injury-time try to make the scoreline more respectable at 27-10. A pity Scarborough had only one travelling supporter who was Colin Adamson; in addition I was there to write the report for the Scarborough News, Andy Standing supplied the photos, Dave Coates ran touch and injured ‘points magnet’ Tom Ratcliffe was doing his Cecil B De Mille on the video camera; It was the team’s third consecutive away win. Unusually, they are the only club in Yorkshire One to have won more league games on the road (6) than at home (5).  Let’s hope Coach Lee Douglas’ charges can turn on the style shown on their travels on their own patch at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Apart from Scarborough’s memorable win at Wath, the real ‘match of the day’ last week was in south Yorkshire where league leaders Dinnington took on second placed Ilkley who are the Seasiders opponents in the Shield final next month. Coming off a tremendous eleven game unbeaten run, Dinnington went down 19-8 at home, their first defeat since they lost 27-29 to the same team at Stacks Field on the 30th of November last year. This sets up an intriguing conclusion to the season in Yorkshire One with Ilkley playing North Ribblesdale at home (on Saturday) then travelling to Doncaster Phoenix on the 12th of the month. Dinnington are on the road at Selby on Saturday then entertain Old Brods on the 12th. Ilkley play their outstanding league fixture with York at Stacks Field on the 19th of April; a game which almost certainly will determine who is Yorkshire One champions. If Ilkley are champions, Scarborough will be Yorkshire’s representative in next season’s RFU Intermediate knockout competition; something to look forward to.

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TOM HARRISON AND JAN TEIBER IN ACTION AT WATH

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

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