Archive | April, 2015

FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell – Scarborough travel to Pontefract for final game

24 Apr

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDY STANDING

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT LAST MONTH

With nothing riding on the game, I was more than surprised that Scarborough’s abandoned fixture at Pontefract is going ahead. The west Yorkshiremen were, as far as I could see already relegated from Yorkshire One in second-bottom place nine points adrift of Heath RFC in third bottom. However, rumour now has it that a team further up Yorkshire One  may be deducted points for some infringement of Northern Rugby Football Union rules and there is a possible escape route for Pontefract; so the only outstanding league fixture must be played.

BILLY PARKER RETURNS TOMORROW

BILLY PARKER RETURNS TOMORROW

Although many of the Scarborough players could have had made long term holiday arrangements this weekend, in fact only one player, Graeme Jeffrey is unavailable; however Eamon Chapman, Mark Hopper and Harry Domett miss the game through injury. The Seasiders retain the same back division as last week, except that Billy Parker replaces Jeffrey and Joe Marshall moves back to the wing. Up front Paul Taylor, Ian Williams and Wesley Langkilde make up the front row with James Leach in the engine room.  Nick Ingham plays No8 with Taylor Smith and Hayden Ogilvie making up the breakaway unit. Jesse MacDonald, Phil Stewart and Martin Robinson are on the bench.

JORDAN WAKEHAM CONTINUES AT SCRUM-HALF

JORDAN WAKEHAM CONTINUES AT SCRUM-HALF

The abandoned game a few weeks ago was stopped after 30 minutes with Scarborough 10-7 ahead. However, back in the November Coach Lee Douglas’ men  had too much fire-power when Pontefract visited Silver Royd, running in five tries in a 34-5 win. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe (2), Eamon Chapman, Graeme Jeffrey and Mikey Readman bagged the touchdowns with Tom Harrison kicking nine points. With key players missing it will be a tricky afternoon for skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men but he’ll be buoyed by the return of the experienced Billy Parker at centre and a start for talismanic prop Paul Taylor in what will definitely by the last game of the season.

INSPIRATIONAL PAUL TAYLOR

INSPIRATIONAL PAUL TAYLOR

If they fail to beat the drop, Pontefract will be relegated to Yorkshire Two for the first time in their 125 year history.  Strictly speaking of course, the league system for Rugby union goes back only 28 years to its inaugural season in 1987. Pontefract started in North East Two, gained promotion to North East One, were relegated back to North East Two in 1988/89 and were further relegated to Yorkshire One in 2000/01 after eleven years.  They have struggled over the last few seasons and so far this campaign have won only five games; three early season victories against Yarnbury in September, Hullensians in October and Old Brodleians in mid November were followed by the single point 27-26 defeat of York on the 3rd of January following a four month drought. Last week they relegated fellow strugglers Wath-upon-Dearn beating them 44-17 at their Moor Lane HQ.

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY LAST WEEK

Although tomorrow’s game is the last of the regular season, next weekend sees three days of sporting action with Rugby (Women, girls and youth), Football and Cricket all being played at Silver Royd. More details in local and social media in the coming week. 

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Remarkable fight-back sees Scarborough score 7 tries in the 45-24 defeat of Selby

18 Apr

PHOTOS BY ANDY STANDING

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY

TOM HARRISON RACES AWAY TO SCORE AGAINST SELBY

Scarborough overturned an early fourteen point deficit to fight-back for a remarkable win against Selby at Silver Royd this afternoon. They trailed 12-17 at the break but rallied in the second half running in five tries for a 45-24 win. 

JORDAN WAKEHAM IN ACTION AGAINST SELBY

JORDAN WAKEHAM IN ACTION AGAINST SELBY

FULL REPORT AND VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE IN TOMORROW’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell SELBY / COREY-HARRY / VALKRYIES

17 Apr
HARRY DOMETT AND COREY DENNIS IN ACTION AGAINST HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT AND COREY DENNIS IN ACTION AGAINST HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough entertains Selby tomorrow in the final home league game of the season. The men from Sandhill Lane have had a season of mixed fortunes very much like the Seasiders and until last week’s 31-29 defeat of bottom club Pontefract, had won only twice in their previous  eight games. However both wins were noteworthy, namely an 18-8 success at Bridlington on the last day of January and the 22-14 home defeat of Malton & Norton on the 28th of February ending a run of eighteen unbeaten games by the visitors.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men started Scarborough’s league campaign at Selby back in September and came away from Sandhill Lane with a narrow but well deserved 32-30 win thanks to tries from Joe Marshall, Billy Parker and Tomasz Chadwick who added eighteen points with the boot. Centre Pete Turner (2) and fullback Josh Cruise were the Selby try scorers with Cruise kicking another fifteen points. Last season Selby won home and away in this fixture but in the semi-final of the Yorkshire Shield in March last year Scarborough came away from Sandhill Lane with a 36-33 win thanks to tries from Harry Domett, Benji Cottle (2) and Phil Watson; they were also awarded a Penalty try: Tom Ratcliffe converted four and added a penalty.

Last Saturday’s game against Heath was somewhat spoiled by a horribly gusty wind that changed direction several times; however a couple of Harry Domett tries and one apiece for Martin Robinson and Eamon Chapman saw Coach Lee Douglas’ charges to a 20-12 bonus points win.  In the absence of Billy Parker today, Joe Marshall plays at centre whilst up-front hooker Ian Williams who has recovered from Tonsillitis joins Paul Taylor and Mark Hopper in the front row. Jordi Wakeham, Taylor Smith and Wesley Langkilde are on the bench. Games between Scarborough and Selby are often high-scoring affairs so I’m looking forward to a cracker tomorrow. The Vikings are also in action as they travel to Selby.

Silver Royd will be a busy place this weekend with the 7th Annual Scarborough RUFC/Breakaway travel mini-rugby festival. Up to 50 teams from all over the country will congregate at Scarborough RUFC over two days for one of the biggest mini fests in the UK. It’s always a fantastic event and if you want to come along and watch, entrance is free and there are numerous food outlets, rides and all the fun of the fair; plus some terrific rugby from the kids! Let’s hope the weather is kind!

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES picture ANDY STANDING

I haven’t had confirmation yet but it looks as if the all-conquering Valkryies will end their first season with a home game against Hull Ladies on the 2nd of May. The day will start with an East Yorkshire woman’s and girl’s festival. Tournaments at under 13s and under 15s will precede the game. For the first time the club will enter an under 13s team for the competition.  Looks like it’ll be a cracking day to end what has been in many ways a successful day for the club.

Scarborough bounce back with the 20-12 defeat of Heath – full report in tomorrow’s SCARBOROUGH NEWS on-line

11 Apr
HARRY DOMETT SCORED TWO TRIES AGAINST HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT SCORED TWO TRIES AGAINST HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough bounced back from last week’s Intermediate Cup semi-final defeat by Bridgnorth to record a bonus point win, running in four tries against Heath RUFC for the second time this season. A hard-fought game played in a strong blustery wind saw the Seasiders insure victory with a Martin Robinson try deep in injury time. Other touchdowns came from Harry Dommet (2) and Eamon Chapman.

COREY DENNIS WAS IN SPARKLING FORM AGAINST HEATH photograph ANDY STANDING

COREY DENNIS WAS IN SPARKLING FORM AGAINST HEATH
photograph ANDY STANDING

 

FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell | Heath | Mo | A busy ref

10 Apr

PICTURES BY Andy Standing

Paul Taylor in action against Bridgnorth

Paul Taylor in action against Bridgnorth

The dust has settled after last week’s big cup semi-final and although the disappointment still lingers at Scarborough Rugby club, it’s back to league action as they welcome Heath RUFC to Silver Royd tomorrow. Like Scarborough, Heath’s problem this season has been inconsistency; the men from North Dean won their opening game of the season with the 18-11 home defeat of Hullensians, then lost the next five on the trot. Four wins out of five followed that lean spell before they lapsed into inconsistency winning only three of their next eleven games. They have won only twice on the road; at Bridlington (14-0) early this year and at bottom club Pontefract in their last away game 25-21. A storming performance in their league outing two weeks ago saw them earn a losing bonus point when they went down 15-20 to league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix. Back in November Lee Douglas’ charges won 28-10 at Heath and picked up a winning bonus point thanks to tries from Matty Else, Mikey Readman, Taylor Smith and Nick Ingham. Tom Harrison converted all four.

TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND LAST WEEK

TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND LAST WEEK

At the time of going to press Lee Douglas’ selection included eighteen players who were all involved in last week’s cup game with the exception of Jordy Wakeham who didn’t  get off the bench last week and Taylor Smith; they play for the Vikings tomorrow. Corey Dennis and Phil Watson came through unscathed on return from injury last week and are in the squad. The only real long term injury worry now is Tomasz Chadwick.

MEN V VALKRYIES TAG-RUGBY LAST MONDAY

MEN V VALKRYIES TAG-RUGBY LAST MONDAY

Once again there was a good turnout for Mo Stevenson’s Memorial Day last Monday. Due to family commitments, I couldn’t make the 15 a side game but I did enjoy the tag-rugby between the men and the Valkryies and a sizeable sum was raised for St Catherine’s Hospice on the day.

MORE TAG ACTION

MORE TAG ACTION

There is plenty of rugby at Silver Royd tomorrow with the Vikings kicking off at 12.30pm against Leicestershire club Shepshed followed at three by Scarborough’s league game and the Danesmen’s  game with Driffield. The fun on the paddock continues in the evening when the Club Dinner and Presentation Night is held; all players, supporters, coaches and their partners are cordially invited; Dinner 7pm for 7.30pm with tickets at £10 per person.

Pete in action refereeing Mo's Memorial game.

Pete in action refereeing Mo’s Memorial game.

A big thanks is due to RFU referee Pete Stentiford who refereed Scarborough’s cup-semi last Saturday and acquitted himself well in a fevered atmosphere at Silver Royd in front of nearly 1,800 spectators. The Whitby-based whistler showed his undoubted commitment to grassroots rugby as he was back at the same venue for the late Mo Stevenson’s memorial match on Monday which raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice thanks again Pete!

It was nice to see former Scarborough back row Chris Lee on Monday. Chris lives in the Leeds area now and plays for West Park Leeds. They look odds on favourites for the runners-up spot in Yorkshire Two so we could well see him in action at Silver Royd next season.

SCARBOROUGH BEATEN IN INTERMEDIATE CUP SEMI-FINAL AT SILVER ROYD by Dave Campbell

4 Apr
TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND THIS AFTERNOON picture ANDY STANDING

TOM RATCLIFFE ON THE CHARGE IN FRONT OF A PACKED STAND THIS AFTERNOON picture ANDY STANDING

Scarborough fought back from a ten point deficit early in their Intermediate Cup semi-final with Bridgnorth RFC at Silver Royd this afternoon. They dominated the forward exchanges for much of a pulsating game but only had a couple of second half Tom Harrison penalties to show for their efforts and went down 10-6 to the Shropshire side who progress to the final at Twickenham next month.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES IN TOMORROW’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON-LINE

FRIDAY’S FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell Big Cup Semi-Final bumper edition!

3 Apr

PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING

NICK INGHAM ON THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

NICK INGHAM ON THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW’S SEMI-FINAL

The hyperbole will have to stop at 3pm tomorrow when Scarborough’s long awaited National knockout semi-final with Shropshire side Bridgnorth RFC kicks off at Silver Royd. Leading Midlands 2 North (west) with an unbeaten record, Bridgnorth will travel North in confident mood for this game. Scoring an average of over forty points per game they have taken their league by storm and will expect a straightforward win tomorrow.

However over the years the national cups has been in existence it has been proved beyond doubt that the Yorkshire leagues are some of the strongest in the country at levels 7 and 8. Testament to this is the disproportionate number of Yorkshire sides which have either won or made the finals of the junior and senior Vases and the Intermediate Cup.

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

TAYLOR SMITH LEADS THE CHARGE AT PONTEFRACT

Scarborough once again have had a maddeningly inconsistent season in the league but have done well in the cup and apart from a long-term injury to fly-half Tomasz Chadwick should be at full-strength tomorrow. Paul Taylor, Harry Domett, Tom Harrison and Eamon Chapman all return to action having missed last week’s abandoned game at Pontefract. Other good news for the Scarborough faithful are the return of long-term injury victim Phil Watson and the dynamic Corey Dennis who has been struggling with a hamstring injury. Youngster James Leach who has really impressed since moving up to senior rugby, is also in the squad and joins outstanding ex-junior colts Jordi Wakeham and Hayden Ogilvie who have been regular first teamers this season.

MATTY ELSE

MATTY ELSE

Tomorrow is also a special day for Matty Else who is the only survivor of the side which were beaten at Billericay in the semi-final of the Tetley Bitter Vase in 1999 to play in this year’s semi. The big dairy farmer has been an ever-present in the Scarborough line-up for many years and nothing would please me more than to see him run out at Twickenham in May. Of course Scarborough CEO Graham Young also played in that game and his work off the pitch has seen the club progress to where they are today. Oh yes; and the joker in the pack Martin Robinson played at Twickenham for Bridlington two years ago in the same competition, so he can impart his recollections of playing at ‘HQ’ to his team-mates

A BIG CROWD IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

A BIG CROWD IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

MY CUP REMINISCENCES

Sitting down to write this blog notes my mind drifted back to some terrific times in pursuit of glory at Twickenham over the years. Now I’m not quite sure of when the RFU in their wisdom decided to limit entry into the national knockout competitions but it was a sad day when universal entry ceased and qualification for the cups was through success in the county knockout competitions. Scarborough was losing finalists in last season’s Yorkshire Shield and with winners Ilkley promoted to a level 6 league we gained entry to the Intermediate Cup. Three games later and we find ourselves in the semi-final today. In 1999 when we reached the semi of the Tetley Bitter Vase we played seven games to get there.

TWICKENHAM

TWICKENHAM

The point I’m making is that many more clubs (500+) had a chance to play in this marvellous competition and with a wee bit of success, get to places where they would otherwise never had the chance to play. For the away games have always been the fun times in the cups. I have so many memories of those games on the road; visiting one of my old haunts in the midlands we were confronted at Trentham RFC in Stoke by a metal front door peppered by shotgun pellets; the local Alikadoos informed us there had been an ‘incident’ at a ‘social’ the week before!

NEWBY: SCENE OF MANY CUP BATTLES!

NEWBY: SCENE OF MANY CUP BATTLES!

In another year at a west Yorkshire club which will be nameless, the home side was returning to the dressing room following their pre-match warm-up when a fight broke out between two players. The fracas was caused by rivalry for the affections of a young lady! Needless to say with such discord in the camp, Scarborough won easily! Amongst other highlights of our travels was gales in Whitehaven, me breaking a Scarborough player’s wrist whilst report on our game at Derby University and scoffing a feast fit for a king prior to a game at Daventry.

At Newby we hosted such diverse opponents as York Railway Institute, Knottingly (I still remember the streaker!) and London club Old Hamptonians; the posh chaps from the capital were a great bunch and I enjoyed a late ‘refreshment’ with them in town the night before the game which Scarborough won 21-6 with Graeme Young getting a couple of spectacular tries. Sadly Old Hamptonians who play in the shadow of Hampton Court Palace have dropped out of the leagues and now play in group 6 of the Middlesex Merit Tables.

WAYNE ADAMS, KEVIN TATE AND MATTY ELSE ALL PLAYED AT BILLERICAY

WAYNE ADAMS, KEVIN TATE AND MATTY ELSE ALL PLAYED AT BILLERICAY

Ah! And that semi-final at Billericay; we travelled the day before and had a great night out in Basildon; unfortunately we lost 18-6 the following day. Billericay went on to win the Vase at Twickenham.  That’s all in the past now and Bridgnorth’s superb playing record makes them firm favourites to progress; however when it gets to this stage in the competition, the protagonists don’t know what to expect of each other which makes the National semis so intriguing. It’s going to be a great afternoon watched by hopefully a four figure crowd and I sincerely hope our visitors from the Black Country, where I spent some of my teenage years, come away from Scarborough (town and club) suitably impressed by their experience.

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