FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell HULLENSIANS HOME / VALKRYIES / SIX NATIONS

6 Feb
EAMON CHAPMAN, MATTY ELSE AND MIKEY READMAN IN ACTION AT DONCASTER

EAMON CHAPMAN, MATTY ELSE AND MIKEY READMAN IN ACTION AT DONCASTER

ALL PICTURES: ANDY STANDING

I missed last week’s game at Doncaster Phoenix as I was away enjoying a weekend in London. However I was kept up to speed on what was going on in south Yorkshire thanks to the sterling efforts of Andy Standing who was tweeting the game for the SCARBOROUGH NEWS. He was also taking photographs; making notes for a report and concluded with a hilarious video interview with Tom Harrison and Martin Robinson. A fantastic effort; who says men can’t multitask!

EAMON CHAPMAN

EAMON CHAPMAN

Scarborough are in league action at Silver Royd tomorrow where their opponents are Hullensians RUFC. The Humbersiders were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season and haven’t found the going easy in Yorkshire One. They made a great start winning their first three home games against Middlesbrough (28-10), Old Brods (42-15) and Scarborough 28-24 on the 18th of October; however they have won only one league game since then, the 44-3 demolition of strugglers North Ribblesdale at the start of this year. Tellingly they have yet to win on the road; however they have drawn their last two away games 20-20 and 17-17 at Old Brods and Middlesbrough respectively.

For skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men the New Year started with a thrilling 35-29 victory over third placed Yarnbury; however this was followed by consecutive league defeats away to York 14-17, at home to Bridlington 11-12 and last week’s 8-10 defeat at Doncaster Phoenix. In the middle of all that Consett RFC was dispatched 55-0 in the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd. For tomorrow’s game Harry Domett who was ill last week returns to the squad which includes Matty Oxtoby, Jordi Wakeham and Wesley Langkilde. Tomasz Chadwick and Tom Harrison are likely to swap positions with Chadwick at ten and Harrison at fifteen. Coach Lee Douglas has rested Corey Dennis as a precaution ahead of next week’s Intermediate Cup game against Newcastle Medicals.

COREY DENNIS (RIGHT)

COREY DENNIS (RIGHT)

Also in action tomorrow is a strong Vikings side including Tom Fish, Joe Lenton, Hayden Ogilvie, Billy Parker, Phil Stewart and Paul White who entertain Hullensians 2nds also at Silver Royd whilst the Danesmen travel to Humberside to take on Hullensians 3rds. Tomorrow there are intriguing fixtures at either end of Yorkshire One with top two Doncaster Phoenix and Malton on the road at Selby and resurgent Pontefract respectively; bottom club North Ribblesdale who surprisingly won at Middlesbrough last week entertain Heath RFC whilst second bottom outfit Old Brodleians host Middlesbrough. I really fancy home wins for both strugglers.

SKIPPER CATHY-ANNE MAYERS

SKIPPER CATHY-ANNE MAYERS

Scarborough Ladies Rugby team the Valkyries completed a mini Rugby tour last weekend with a game on Saturday and a training session with Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday. This was followed by a tour of the ground and watching Yorkshire Carnegie beat Moseley afterwards. The weather had affected the venue in Harrogate so Scarborough faced Harrogate Barbarians at Wetherby RUFC who had kindly stepped in at the last minute to offer their facilities for the game. The Harrogate side were supplemented by several of the county players who had been in the Barnsley side which defeated the Valkryies in their first 15-a-side match. Harrogate led 5-0 at the break but tries from full-back Mel Hearsted, skipper Cathy-Anne Myers (which she also converted) and Jess Glanville saw our girls lead 17-5 late in the game. A consolation try at the death for their opponents saw the Vakryies close the game out at 17-10. A great win as Scarborough ladies go from strength to strength; WELL DONE CATHY AND TEAM!

THE SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS TONIGHT

THE SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS TONIGHT

The RBS Six Nations Championship 2015 begins this evening when Wales take on England in Cardiff at five past eight. Tomorrow Ireland are in Rome for a 2.30pm kick off in their game with Italy with France entertaining Scotland in Paris at 5pm. With England decimated by injuries it looks like a settled Wales side backed by a partisan home crowd are favourites for this one. Champions Ireland should be too strong for Italy even in Rome and although there has been an improvement in the Scotland performance under new coach Vern Cotter, I can’t see anything other than a home win in Paris. All games will be shown on the big screens in the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse at Silver Royd.

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