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

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