Archive | October, 2014

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL Middlesbrough away, Valkryies in action, Brid in Shield action at Silver Royd and Multi-Skill camps

31 Oct
MAN OF THE MATCH EAMON CHAPMAN IN ACTION AGAINST MALTON

MAN OF THE MATCH EAMON CHAPMAN IN ACTION AGAINST MALTON (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

Scarborough are on a horrendous run at the moment having won only one game since the second week of the season. To be fair almost all of the games that were lost were nip and tuck affairs and only last week were they truly beaten by a better side; Malton were the best side I’ve seen in Yorkshire One this season and I look to see great things from them in the coming months.

As for the men from Silver Royd, they have in general played some good rugby this season and their small but cohesive forward pack has done well in the set pieces especially the scrums. However as a team they have been ‘bullied’ in certain games by aggressive teams and it’s something they need to work on. I certainly don’t forget that at this level it’s an amateur game played for enjoyment by the players but physicality is a part of the game and has to be embraced. Coach Lee Douglas has talked to me every week about players’ commitment to training; this is something else that has got to be embraced or he’s really wasting his time. I think it’s time for Scarborough’s squad to stand up and be counted and get their season back on track.

This Saturday they travel to Teeside to take on Middlesbrough at Acklam Park. Middlesbrough were relegated from North One East at the end of last season and this is their first ever season in Yorkshire One since the inception of leagues in 1987. They opened their campaign with a 25-21 win at Bridlington then lost at home to Doncaster Phoenix and Hullensions. In all they have won five of their eight league games and sit fourth in the table. Last week they came away from Pontefract with a creditable 33-30 win in which they scored five tries, so the visit of Struggling Scarborough should hold no fears for them on their own patch.

JOE MARSHALL RETURNS FROM YORKSHIRE DUTY

JOE MARSHALL RETURNS FROM YORKSHIRE DUTY (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

For tomorrow’s game Scarborough recall Jesse Macdonald to the front row and Matthew Else starts at No8 with Taylor Smith and Eamon Chapman at 6 and 7 respectively. In the backs, Joe Marshall returns from Yorkshire Duty to replace Graeme Jeffrey who tore a bicep last week. Paul Taylor, Hayden Ogilvie and Phil Stewart are on the bench.  There are no other senior games scheduled for tomorrow. Scarborough’s game at Middlesbrough kicks off at 2.15pm.

If proof were needed, the value of having local derbies was shown last week when over 500 people turned up at Silver Royd for the visit of Malton in Yorkshire One. With plenty of supporters travelling from Malton there was a great atmosphere at the match and the Silver Royd coffers were boosted accordingly. Roll on Brid!!

VICTORIOUS VALKYRIES AT DARLINGTON

VICTORIOUS VALKYRIES AT DARLINGTON

Finally, Niki Duncan has informed me that the Scarborough ladies XV THE VALKRIES will play a curtain raiser before the next Scarborough 1st XV home game against North Ribblesdale. Following their success in their first tournament at Darlington, I’m really looking forward to seeing the girls in action. Further details when I have them.

KIDS AT MULTI-SKILLS CAMP THIS WEEK

KIDS AT MULTI-SKILLS CAMP THIS WEEK

Scarborough RUFC’s Multi-Skills camps for Children at Silver Royd this week have been a great success with every day well supported. Great Work from YDO Tomasz Chadwick, Alex Conlin, Tom Ratcliffe and Jordan Wakeham made it great fun for the kids. Well done gentlemen.

Scarborough blown away by high-flying Malton at Silver Royd

25 Oct
A SCARBOROUGH SCRUM AGAINST MALTON

A SCARBOROUGH SCRUM AGAINST MALTON

High-flying Malton had too much power and pace for a struggling Scarborough outfit who conceded four tries in a 30-18 defeat at Silver Royd today. FULL REPORT IN THE ON-LINE SCARBOROUGH NEWS TOMORROW

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Review of SCARBOROUGH-MALTON TOMORROW

24 Oct
GRAEME JEFFREY RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

GRAEME JEFFREY RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

Malton are tomorrow’s visitors at Silver Royd for Scarborough’s third local derby of the year. Having been relegated from North One east at the end of last season the men from the Gannock have made a good start to this campaign. Although they went down narrowly to Doncaster Phoenix 15-11 in the opening game of the season, they have risen to second in the table with wins over Hullensians, Heath, North Ribblesdale, Old Brods and last week Pontefract (32-26). The only blip being a 43-13 defeat at Middlesborough on the 27th of September.

RATCLIFFE RETURNS (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

RATCLIFFE RETURNS (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

Starting the season with wins over Selby and Wath, Scarborough’s form has waned and their only other success was the 24-17 win at Dukes Park three weeks ago. Last week an exciting if somewhat unstructured game at Hullensians saw the home side hold on for a 28-24 win. Tries from man of the match Harry Domett and Joe Marshall plus a superb kicking display from Tomasz Chadwick kept the men from Silver Royd in the game but the Humbersiders held on for what in the end was a deserved win. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe missed the game with flu and Hayden Ogilvie started on the bench following a Friday evening college game.

For tomorrow’s game Coach Lee Douglas has made several changes to the side due to players returning from injury and one on county duty. In the tight five  Matty Else starts at lock whilst Mikey Readman is in the Vikings; in the threes Tom Ratcliffe and Graeme Jeffrey return from injury at centre and wing respectively. Matty Young doesn’t play this week and Joe Marshall is on Yorkshire duty at Darlington against Cheshire on Sunday. Elsewhere Phil Stewart plays for the Vikings and Matty Oxtoby is on the bench. So just about the strongest side possible for this game; however, what has happened to Cory Dennis? A class player, the student who plays fullback or wing was in glorious form at the start of the season having returned from Singapore. Following a couple of weeks on the bench, he was missing altogether at Hullensians. A club spokesman informed me that ‘he was taking a break from rugby. If there is a problem keeping such a talented player off the paddock I hope it’s soon resolved; his club needs him!

COREY DENNIS IN ACTION AGAINST YORK

COREY DENNIS IN ACTION AGAINST YORK (PICTURE ANDY STANDING)

Scarborough lose on Humberside FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S EVENING NEWS ONLINE

18 Oct
BILL PARKER ON THE CHARGE

                        BILL PARKER ON THE CHARGE

Scarborough slid to their third defeat in four games this afternoon going down 28-24 to Hullensians RUFC on the road. Tries from Joe Marshall and Harry Domett were not enough to prevent a gritty Hull side grabbing the league points. Full report tomorrow in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS online and in Thursday’s print edition.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell: Hullensians / Mike Catt / Zoe Aldcroft

17 Oct
JORDI WAKEHAM CELEBRATES HIS FIRST SENIOR TRY

JORDI WAKEHAM CELEBRATES HIS FIRST SENIOR TRY                            PICTURE ANDY STANDING

Rugby World Cup-winning England and Lions legend Mike Catt, a Yorkshire Bank Ambassador was in Scarborough on Wednesday to help raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice. Whilst in the town, the current England International backs Coach was a guest at Scarborough Rugby Club where he held a training session for Graham School pupils, made an extended visit to the hospice and was guest at a Dinner and Q&A session with Yorkshire Bank guests in the club’s Qdos Suite. 

MIKE CATT WORKING WITH THE GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS

MIKE CATT WORKING WITH THE GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS

Catt arrived early in the afternoon and headed straight to Silver Royd with the Yorkshire Bank’s Jonathan Lucas and took a coaching session with pupils from Graham School with their teacher Craig Farrell and Scarborough Youth Development Officer Tom Chadwick. Coaches and players had a great time before he was whisked off for a visit to the hospice. He then returned to Silver Royd for dinner and what turned out to be a very informative and enlightening Q&A session given that he is a vital member of England Coach Stuart Lancaster’s coaching team as the Rugby World Cup approaches next year. For my money he was the best speaker I have seen at the club with the possible exception of Lion’s legend Willy John McBride. Catt does not do speeches and prefers the Question and Answer format which he was very good at. Fund raising at the dinner realised a four figure sum which was matched by the Yorkshire Bank ending a successful day for St Catherine’s Hospice and its patients, Graham School’s young rugby players, Scarborough RUFC and the Yorkshire Bank and its Ambassador.

YDO TOM CHADWICK AND MIKE CATT WITH THE YOUNG PLAYERS

YDO TOM CHADWICK AND MIKE CATT WITH THE YOUNG PLAYERS

After all the razzmatazz of last weekend’s Anglo-Irish Cup and an absolute belter of a game between Scarborough and league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix, both played in front of big crowds, its back to the bread and butter league stuff as the Seasiders travel down the coast to take on fellow mid-table outfit Hullensians. The newly-promoted Humbersiders had a tough start to their Yorkshire One campaign with consecutive away games at Heath and Malton both of which they lost. However convincing home wins over Middlesbrough (28-10) and Old Brods (42-15) got them back on track. Last Saturday they lost  9-8 at Pontefract and are looking to bounce back with a win tomorrow to extend their unbeaten home record.

Saturday’s last gasp 16-14 defeat by Doncaster was a real blow to skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men who had played well and overturned an 11-0 deficit to grab a 14-11 lead with a late try. However, they were sucker-punched for the third time this season in injury time when they failed to defend an attacking line-out and conceded a try from a catch-and-drive for the second time in the game; so plenty of fighting spirit on offer but concentration and execution are still a problem.

Following last week’s performance, Coach Lee Douglas has picked the same squad as was on duty last week. Kiwi Taylor Smith who came on in the back row against Doncaster for most of the second half may start the game tomorrow, however Tom Ratcliffe who has been suffering from a flu-like illness has not trained this week and is doubtful. So apart from Graeme Jeffrey who hopes to start training next week, Douglas has an almost full strength squad for the game.

SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE IS DOUBTFUL FOR TOMORROW'S GAME

SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE IS DOUBTFUL FOR TOMORROW’S GAME PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

Elsewhere, the unbeaten Vikings side which includes seven players with first team experience this season, travel to Scunthorpe. The Seasider’s third string the Danesmen, entertain Hullensians at Silver Royd. All three games kick off at 3pm.

ZOE ALDCROFT NOW A ENGLAND UNDER 20'S PLAYER FOR THE SIX NATIONS

ZOE ALDCROFT NOW AN ENGLAND UNDER 20’S PLAYER FOR THE SIX NATIONS

Scarborough rugby club member Zoe Aldcroft having starred in the England under-20s European Championship win last month has been selected for the 15-a-side under 20s women’s team for the forthcoming Six Nation Championship. More on this story to follow.

Observant visitors to the Scarborough Rugby Club website at scarboroughrugby.co.uk will have noticed it carried my video interview with Silver Royd newcomer Taylor Smith. Thanks to hard work carried out by Terry King and Mick McGuin it’s now possible bring you these interviews and as the season progresses they hope to bring you video interviews with players, Coaches and any story that affects the club.

World Cup winner Mike Catt visits Scarborough Rugby Club

16 Oct
GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS WITH MIKE CATT OBE AND TOM CHADWICK

GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS WITH MIKE CATT OBE AND TOM CHADWICK

Rugby World Cup-winning England and Lions legend Mike Catt, a Yorkshire Bank Ambassador was in Scarborough yesterday to help raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice. Whilst in the town, the current England International backs Coach was a guest at Scarborough Rugby Club where he held a training session for Graham School pupils, made an extended visit to the hospice and was guest at a Dinner and Q&A session with Yorkshire Bank guests in the club’s Qdos Suite. 

TEACHER MR CRAIG FARRELL (LEFT) WITH GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS

TEACHER MR CRAIG FARRELL (LEFT) WITH GRAHAM SCHOOL PUPILS

Catt arrived early in the afternoon and headed straight to Silver Royd with the Yorkshire Bank’s Jonathan Lucas and took a coaching session with pupils from Graham School with their teacher Craig Farrell and Scarborough Youth Development Officer Tom Chadwick. Coaches and players had a great time before he was whisked off for a visit to the hospice. He then returned to Silver Royd for dinner and what turned out to be a very informative and enlightening Q&A session given that he is a vital member of England Coach Stuart Lancaster’s coaching team as the Rugby World Cup approaches next year.

MIKE CATT'S IMPARTS WORDS OF WISDOM!

MIKE CATT IMPARTS HIS WORDS OF WISDOM!

Funding raising at the dinner realised a four figure sum which was matched by the Yorkshire Bank ending a successful day for St Catherine’s Hospice and its patients, Graham School’s young rugby players, Scarborough RUFC and the Yorkshire Bank and its Ambassador.

YDO TOM CHADWICK WITH THE YOUNG PLAYERS

YDO TOM CHADWICK WITH THE YOUNG PLAYERS

Anglo-Irish Cup action at Scarborough RUFC

13 Oct
A BUSY SILVER ROYD ON FRIDAY NIGHT 10 OCTOBER 2014

A BUSY SILVER ROYD ON FRIDAY NIGHT 10 OCTOBER 2014

(PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING)

Silver Royd rocked on Friday night as a big turnout enjoyed the festival atmosphere as RFU Championship sides Leeds Carnegie and Rotherham Titans clashed in the Anglo Irish Cup. A pre-match dinner was entertained by Sir Ian McGeechan and John Bently, rugby legends both whilst below on the main concourse in front of the J.M Guthrie clubhouse the Carnegie shop and Scarborough Snack Shack did a roaring trade.

To add to the atmosphere smoke from a busy barbeque stall rolled across the paddock. Clear skies, a moonrise shortly before kick-off and the lights of Scarborough in the distance added to the sense of occasion. Unfortunately the rugby on offer failed to live up to the occasion as pace and muscle appeared to be the preferred offensive ploy of both sides with guile in short supply. However following chances at both ends, Rotherham flanker Alex Reider woke up the scoreboard operator, crossing near the posts on the half hour. Flyhalf James McKinney added the extras for a 7-0 lead. Encouraged by that success, the Titans laid siege to the Carnegie line and sub Jack Preese went over from a rolling maul in the 36th minute; McInney converted for 14-0. The half ended with Carnegie fly-half Chris Georgiou slotting a penalty from the Rotherham ten metre line to reduce the halftime arrears to eleven points at 14-3.

ROTHERHAM PROP MARSHALL GADD

ROTHERHAM PROP MARSHALL GADD

Halftime entertainment was provided by members of the Scarborough youth set-up playing touch rugby which was enthusiastically received by the crowd; then it was on with the second half of the game which was if anything, less entertaining than the first with only two McKinney penalties for Rotherham. A 20-3 win for the south Yorkshiremen was a fair reflection of the match but it was stodgy fare particularly from a well-beaten Yorkshire Carnegie side. It was a terrific occasion well organized by the Scarborough club but the rugby on show won’t linger long in the memory.

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