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.

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