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.

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