Archive | September, 2014

Aussie back row Eamon Chapman joins Scarborough

30 Sep
EAMON CHAPMAN AT SILVER ROYD TODAY

EAMON CHAPMAN AT SILVER ROYD TODAY

Scarborough Rugby Club welcomed the latest addition to their playing staff at the weekend when Eamon Chapman made an impressive debut against York at Silver Royd. Unlike Jesse Macdonald the Kiwi who arrived in Scarborough from Australia two weeks ago, Eamon is an Aussie who arrived from New Zealand. Hailing from Queensland, the big back-rower arrived from Wellington where he played his rugby for the Wellington Axemen and although he played at No8 on Saturday in the absence of Matty Else who was at his brother’s wedding, he will hope to play in his favourite open side-flanker position this season. He will hope his second outing will prove more successful than last Saturday’s injury-time defeat as he travels for his first game on the road at an unforgiving Dukes Park, Bridlington.

Can Scarborough bring down the curtain on their late-late horror shows?

30 Sep
Coach Lee Douglas talks to his players after defeat by York 24-17

Coach Lee Douglas talks to his players after defeat by York 24-17

Following somewhat hairy finishes at Selby twice this year and defeats in consecutive games deep in injury time with the final play of both matches, what can skipper Tom Ratcliffe do to steady the ship late in games. It’s a very difficult question to answer as apart from any other factor tiredness plays a big part. However concentration and tactical awareness is important and particularly last week when having battled 40 minutes to get back into the game, tired thinking saw the Seasiders hoist an up-and-under in their own half from the restart rather than clear their lines as far down field as possible; an easy decision from the stands but not out on the paddock when your exhausted. Ultimately for players, getting to training and improving their fitness levels mentally and physically is the only way to stay focused when you’re running on empty at the death of a game. So it looks like plenty of personal fitness work to be done plus Tuesdays and Thursdays to sort the tactical stuff out.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE: REVIEW OF YORK AT HOME

26 Sep
PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

Following a promising start to the season with a Shield win at Barnsley and league wins at Selby and at Silver Royd against a disappointing Wath side, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men came unstuck last week at Horsforth where Yarnbury were full value for their 25-24 victory; a score-line that flattered the visitors. Although the points were clinched with a penalty goal nine minutes into injury time, few would take issue with the result of a game the home side had dominated.

NICK INGHAM ALSO RETURNS TO ACTION

NICK INGHAM ALSO RETURNS TO ACTION

Tomorrow the Seasiders take on York at Silver Royd and will look for a repeat of the result when the men from Clifton Park made the journey east last April and were put to the sword in a resounding 36-14 Scarborough victory. That win avenged a 27-22 York victory on home soil before Christmas last year. It’s early days yet and York, like Scarborough have two wins and a defeat from their opening games. They had too much for North Ribblesdale, winning 32-13 at Clifton Park on the opening day of the season then went down 22-8 at Old Brods.  They recorded a narrow 20-15 home win over Pontefract last week thanks to tries from debutant prop Dan Coe and veteran winger Billy Cakaunitabua. 

If proof were needed, and it isn’t, that the game here at Scarborough is an amateur affair, the unavailability tomorrow of four first teamers from last week; Matty Else, Joe Marshall, Matty Oxtoby and Ryan Pickering shows the difficulty of getting a settled side at this level. Also missing is first XV stalwart Graeme Jeffrey who broke his hand in training on Tuesday. On the plus side recently returned Tom Harrison, ex-Bridlington man Martin Robinson, youngster Hayden Ogilvie and newcomer Eamon Chapman are in the squad. In fact only TWO players, Ian Williams and Paul Taylor remain from the starting line-up in that 36-14 victory at Silver Royd at the end of last season!

SCARBOROUGH FLY-HALF TOM CHADWICK IN ACTION

SCARBOROUGH FLY-HALF TOM CHADWICK IN ACTION                                            PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

Finally, I had a great evening yesterday at the Scarborough RUFC Annual Sportsman’s Dinner. A superb meal was followed by the hilarious musings of Master of Ceremonies Malcolm Lord and an after dinner speech by Lions and Wales legend Phil Bennett. The diminutive Welshman had the packed Qdos Suite in the palms of his hands with amongst other things, his pithy reminiscences of his early international days, the Lions’ famous series win in South Africa and tales of rough diamond Bobby Windsor. A memorable evening; I’m looking forward to next year’s event already.

RUGBY LEGEND PHIL BENNETT

                        RUGBY LEGEND PHIL BENNETT

FROM THE TOUCHLINE Yarnbury away / The Vikings / Zoe and England

18 Sep
LAST WEEK'S MAN OF THE MATCH HARRY DOMETT

LAST WEEK’S MAN OF THE MATCH HARRY DOMETT

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

Following last week’s convincing 35-5 defeat of Wath at Silver Royd, Coach Lee Douglas’ charges travel to Leeds on Saturday to take on Horseforth-based Yarnbury RUFC. The Seasiders ran in five tries against the south Yorkshiremen and unsurprisingly show no changes in the backs for the trip. There is a couple of changes in the forwards; Mark Hopper comes in at prop looking to reprise his man of the match performance at Selby in the absence of Paul Taylor who is injured and Paul White returns at open side in the back row having recovered from a head injury which kept him out of action against Wath. Consequently Rob Sutton, who scored a spectacular try last week, moves to the bench joining Billy Parker and new Kiwi signing Jesse Macdonald who’ll be front row substitute.

ROB SUTTON SPRINTING AWAY TO SCORE LAST WEEK

ROB SUTTON SPRINTING AWAY TO SCORE LAST WEEK

Although they have three good wins under their belts skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men are not getting carried away and know what a tough league Yorkshire One is, however it has to be said that most of Scarborough’s early wins last season were pretty scrappy whilst so far this campaign the side has produced some entertaining and winning rugby. It’s a long season but it’s been a good start. Their opponents on Saturday, Yarbury have won one and lost one so far having been promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season. They opened with a 23-11 win over fancied Old Brods but went down 25-12 at Pontefract last Saturday. So it’s anyone’s guess for Saturday’s clash but the Scarborough lads will fancy themselves for this one.

MATTY YOUNG RETURN IN THE VIKINGS

MATTY YOUNG RETURN IN THE VIKINGS

The Vikings entertain Yarnbury 2nds at SilverRoyd on Saturday and name a 22 man squad for the game. Having returned from Australia and played in the Scarborough second string’s 20-17 defeat of Wath 2nds last week, the former club YDO plays with many of the club’s up and coming youngsters and is joined by the experienced Tom Fish, Brett Canham, Matt Lucas, Simons Smith and Dixon, Matty Young and Joe Lenton. The Vikings versus Yarnbury 2nds kicks off at 3pm.

ENGLAND WOMEN'S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

ENGLAND WOMEN’S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

Congratulations to Zoe Aldcroft and her England teammates in winning the European under-18 woman’s rugby sevens championship in Sweden last weekend. England scored 45 unanswered tries in their six games, scoring 269 points and conceding none. Their closest game was their 36-0 win over Russia in the semi-final, with all other games being won by a margin of 43 points or more, culminating in a 54-0 win over Wales in the final. I think there is much, much more to come from Zoe.

ZOE STARS IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

15 Sep
ENGLAND WOMEN'S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

ENGLAND WOMEN’S UNDER-18 SEVENS SQUAD

The rest of Europe were no match for England in a tournament hailed as a showcase for the continent’s “stars of tomorrow”. 

With most of the players new to international rugby and most of the nations competing never having played women’s international rugby at this age group before, what little experience some teams made a huge difference to the final result.

Runners-up Wales and third-placed Netherlands both demonstrated the value of a strong junior programme, with the Welsh players undoubtedly benefiting from coming straight into the event from an inter-regional sevens tournament at the UK’s Sainsbury’s Schools Games.

It was England who stood out from the start. Not only had their squad also benefited from participation in Schools Games, but their squad included Sydney Gregson and Abbie Brown, who already have full international experience, and were led by Amy Cokayne, who played NPC rugby as a schoolgirl in New Zealand and trained with the Black Ferns before returning to England last year. Amongst the side were seven players from Hartpury College including Scarborough’s ZOE ALDCROFT.

England scored 45 unanswered tries in their six games, scoring 269 points and conceding none. Their closest game was their 36-0 win over Russia in the semi-final, with all other games being won by a margin of 43 points or more, culminating in a 54-0 win over Wales in the final.

information thanks to scrumqueens.com

Could Zoe be Rio Bound?

12 Sep
ZOE (CENTRE IN RED) ON THE CHARGE FOR THE NORTH VERSUS MIDLANDS

ZOE (CENTRE IN RED) ON THE CHARGE FOR THE NORTH VERSUS MIDLANDS

Everyone at Scarborough Rugby Club has been delighted by the news that Zoe Aldcroft has been selected in the England under-18 sevens squad for the inaugural under-18 European Championship in Sweden this weekend. The six foot tall 17 year old who now attends the prestigious Hartpury College in Gloucestershire is thrilled at the prospect of taking on Sweden, Wales, Portugal and Ireland in the group stage starting tomorrow and if successful the knockout stage of the competition on Sunday. Mum and Dad, Ros and Dave are thrilled as is Brother Johnny who plays for the Vikings tomorrow! With Rugby Sevens now an Olympic sport Zoe’s international journey which starts in Scandinavia tomorrow could end up in Rio in 2016.

ZOE (LEFT) IN ACTION FOR THE NORTH

ZOE (LEFT) IN ACTION FOR THE NORTH

Scarborough take on Wath at Silver Royd tomorrow – REVIEW

12 Sep
A SELBY 'POSSE' FAIL TO HUNT DOWN HARRY DOMETT

A SELBY ‘POSSE’ FAIL TO HUNT DOWN HARRY DOMETT

Yorkshire One rugby returns to Silver Royd tomorrow as Scarborough play Wath in their first home league fixture of season 2014-15. For the players the season started a couple of weeks ago and considering problems with injury and unavailability, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men have made a really good fist of their first two games. A 22-13 win at Barnsley in the Yorkshire Shield second round in which they came from behind at half time and last week’s 32-30 thriller at Selby delighted the small band of club members who travelled. These performances were particularly creditable due to the fact that so many players left the club in the summer and in the case of Zbynec Schutz and Blake Nightingale only days before the first game. With the departure of Schutz to Ireland, Phil Stewart stepped in at Nine for the game at Barnsley but was unfortunately injured; however youngster Jordi Wakeham stepped into the scrum-half slot and has forged a cracking half-back partnership with Tom Chadwick the club’s new YDO. At Selby Ryan Pickering was unavailable due to work commitments and hooker Mark Hopper took his place at prop to play his first game in the position. The front row of Hopper, Ian Williams and Paul Taylor had a tremendous game and Mark was nominated Man of the Match. Unfortunately Mark is unavailable for the game tomorrow and Ryan returns; however the versatility of the club’s emerging players is great to see. I have been informed that the first of the antipodean reinforcements, a prop forward, arrives at Manchester airport tomorrow morning improving our strength in-depth in the forward pack.

Wath upon Dearne RUFC won their opening league game of the season last week narrowly defeating visitors Pontefract 29-25 in south Yorkshire. Last Season, having lost 8-16 at home, Scarborough had the upper hand in the return fixture at Wath running out 27-10 winners of a game they dominated. You will see from below that tomorrow’s line-up is very different from the final home game at the end of last season against York; with the departure of so many players only four remain from the fifteen which started that day. The Scarborough line-up at Silver Royd tomorrow is: DENNIS DOMETT RATCLIFFE(C) JEFFREY MARSHALL CHADWICK WAKEHAM PICKERING WILLIAMS TAYLOR INGHAM READMAN OXTOBY STEWART ELSE.

JOE MARSHALL WHO SCORED HIS FIRST LEAGUE TRY LAST WEEK IN ACTION AT WATH LAST SEASON

JOE MARSHALL WHO SCORED HIS FIRST LEAGUE TRY LAST WEEK IN ACTION AT WATH LAST SEASON

PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING

Review of league opener at Selby tomorrow

5 Sep
JORDI WAKEHAM (2ND LEFT) IN ACTION AT SELBY

JORDI WAKEHAM (2ND LEFT) IN ACTION AT SELBY

Scarborough kick off their Yorkshire One campaign tomorrow against Selby looking to improve on last year’s league result at Sandhill Lane where they let a 20-6 half-time lead slip and conceded a late penalty to slide to their first league defeat of the season. And although they triumphed 36-33 at Selby in last season’s Shield semi-final, once again the home side battled back having been 24-7 adrift at half-time; so concentration will be the watchword tomorrow afternoon. It’s a measure of how personnel have changed at the club that only five of the starting line-up from the Shield game plays tomorrow. For the Seasiders’ last week’s man of the match young Jordi Wakeham continues at scrum-half, Ian Williams replaces Mark Hopper, whilst the experienced Matty Else plays his first game of the season at No8 with Matty Oxtoby moving to blind-side. Tom Fish, Billy Parker and youngster Hayden Ogilvy are on the bench. I have been reliably informed that at least two experienced forwards will shortly join the club; however it’s heartening to see that two-thirds of tomorrow’s side is made up of home-grown talent. If you can’t travel to Selby tomorrow you can follow the game with me on twitter at @SN_Sport

The season kicks off at Silver Royd tomorrow as the Vikings entertain Selby 2nds; again plenty of home-grown talent on show with the Day brothers, Rory and Jordan, the Sharps: Paul and Alex and Joe Lenton and Mark Hopper who drop down from the first XV squad all in the Vikings side. Both 1st XV and Vikings squads for tomorrow are on the club website at www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk

A PREVIOUS RE-UNION

2010 REUNION

The annual players and members re-union takes place at Silver Royd this evening; as ever it will be a chance to catch up with old friends and teammates;  for the younger ones a game of tag rugby then a chance for everyone to put the world to rights. Should be a great evening; see you there.

Below is a brief summary of what’s happening:

5.30pm Meet
6.30pm Memorial service with Clive Burnard
6.45pm to 8.30pm Tag Rugby
8.45pm Post Match Food in the Qdos Suite
9.15pm Presentation of Vets’ ties & 1st XV Shirts

 

REUNION 2011

REUNION 2011

Matty Else returns for first league game at Selby on Saturday

3 Sep
MATTY ELSE

MATTY ELSE

 

Scarborough’s line-up for Saturday’s visit to Selby shows two changes from the side which beat Barnsley 22-13 at Shaw Lane last week. Matthew Else returns in the back row for Rob Sutton and Ian Williams replaces Mark Hopper at hooker. Hopper plays for the Vikings against Selby 2nds at Silver Royd as does Joe Lenton who came on as a substitute at Selby. Brothers Jordan and Rory Day also turn out for the Silver Royd second string.

 

SCARBOROUGH

 

15 COREY DENNIS

14 HARRY DOMETT

13 TOM RATCLIFFE (C)

12 GRAEME JEFFREY

11 JOE MARSHALL

10 TOM CHADWICK

9  JORDI WAKEHAM

1  RYAN PICKERING

2  IAN WILLIAMS

3  PAUL TAYLOR

4  NICK INGHAM

5  MIKEY READMAN

6  MATTY OXTOBY

7  PAUL WHITE

8  MATTHEW ELSE

 

SUBSTITUTES

 

16 TOM FISH

17 BILLY PARKER

18 A.N. OTHER

 

A full preview of the game follows on Friday.

 

Scarborough kick-off season with Shield win at Barnsley

1 Sep

 

ROB SUTTON SCORES THE CLINCHING TRY AT BARNSLEY

ROB SUTTON SCORES THE CLINCHING TRY AT BARNSLEY

Barnsley 13 Scarborough 22 

By Dave Campbell 

Having struggled to make an impression in the first half of this Yorkshire Shield 2nd round tie at Barnsley, last season’s beaten finalists Scarborough bounced back with a much improved performance after the break running in three tries without reply to progress to the third round of the competition. 

Playing with the breeze the Seasiders made early inroads; camping in the home 22;  a couple of powerful scrums marched the south Yorkshiremen back but a combination of good Barnsley defence and poor control at the base of the scrum saw Scarborough spurn several try-scoring opportunities in the opening five minutes. However when the Barnsley defensive line crept offside, centre Tom Ratcliffe kicked the visitors 3-0 ahead in the 7th minute. 

The lead was however short lived and following a try-saving tackle by Harry Domett  on Barnsley winger Will Smith, the resulting lineout was lost and flanker Joe South was driven over in the corner. Fly-half Andy Appleyard’s conversion attempt fell short and the Yorkshire Two outfit led 5-3 in the 10th minute. 

The rugby that followed was scrappy and lacked structure, perhaps in Scarborough’s case because so many players were in unfamiliar roles due to the exodus of experienced players during the summer. Appleby and Ratcliffe missed penalties in the 20th and 23rd minutes respectively before the Barnsley ten kicked his side 8-3 ahead when the visitors were penalized for not releasing in the 28th minute. 

Although they appeared to be struggling up front, the Seasiders had several try-scoring opportunities in the second quarter but wayward passes and some poor handling in the three-quarters saw them go begging. Scrum-half Phil Stewart came off with a shoulder injury and youngster Jordan Wakeham came on for his senior debut for the club. 

Barnsley ended the half with a flourish when they took advantage of some poor Scarborough back-row work to steal possession and move the ball wide for Will Smith to squeeze in at the corner in the 40th minute. Appleyard was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt and Barnsley led 13-3 at the break. 

Scarborough looked lively after the break and good running by Dommett, Ratcliffe, winger Joe Marshall, Graeme Jeffrey in the centre and fullback Corey Dennis tested the south Yorkshire side’s resolve. The new halfback pairing of Tom Chadwick and Jordy Wakeham began to click and following pressure in their own 22 in the opening minutes of the half, the men from Silver Royd began to look dangerous as they got on the front foot. 

And the revival started in the 46th minute when a Barnsley dropped ball was scooped up by Paul White: the newly-converted flanker surged out of defence leaving would-be tacklers in his wake before releasing Domett who sprinted away to score. Ratcliffe was just wide with his conversion attempt but the arrears were reduced to five points at 13-8. 

Barnsley’s resolve appeared to fade in the 21 degree heat and their supply of ball dried up as young prop Ryan Pickering destructively turned the screw in the front row. Behind the scrum young Wakeham was a revelation and his work with Tom Chadwick opened the game up for Scarborough. A scampering run out of defence by Corey Dennis was taken on down the left flanker and a precise chip-through by Chadwick saw him outstrip the defence and get the touch for his first try for the club. He added the touchline conversion for  15-13 in the 55th minute. 

Scarborough kept the ball in hand and Domett, Wakeham, Chadwick and Joe Lenton on as a substitute and looking confident at fullback, looked increasing dangerous. To their credit the south Yorkshire men put their bodies on the line and defended well.  Domett was just bundled into touch short of the line in the 68th minute but following good work by Chadwick and Wakeham, flanker Rob Sutton dived over for the clinching try in the 74th minute. Chadwick converted for 22-13. 

Although a bullocking charge by prop Paul Taylor almost brought a further score in the 77th minute, the south Yorkshiremen gave the visitors a fright in the closing minutes of the game when a loose ball was hacked-on over the try-line by substitute Mark Fisher; however he fluffed his touchdown attempt and the chance was gone. 

The week started off badly for the Silver Royd club when two key players left suddenly and without warning. It ended well with this win illuminated by the performances of youngsters Jordy Wakeham, Ryan Pickering, Joe Lenton and Joe Marshall. 

SCARBOROUGH: Dennis Domett Ratcliffe (capt) Jeffrey Marshall Chadwick Stewart Taylor Hopper Pickering Ingham Readman Sutton White Oxtoby SUBSTITUTES: Fish Wakeham Williams Lenton 

BARNSLEY: Gaunt J.Smith Swann French W.Smith Appleyard Beck Tedoradze T.Smith Hobson Watt Iles South Edge Wragg SUBSTITUTES:  Hinchcliffe Fisher Hatfield Naisby

MATTY OXTOBY CHALLENGES  AT A BARNSLEY LINEOUT

MATTY OXTOBY CHALLENGES AT A BARNSLEY LINEOUT

 

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