Archive | September, 2015

SCARBOROUGH FALL SHORT IN LOCAL DERBY LOSING 22-18 AT BRIDLINGTON

27 Sep
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

HARRY DOMETT GOES FOR THE LINE AT BRIDLINGTON photograph ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT GOES FOR THE LINE AT BRIDLINGTON photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough squandered a 15-9 half-time lead to suffer their first defeat of the season following a close-fought thriller at Dukes Park.

An early exchange of penalties between fly-half Tom Harrison for the visitors and wing Jack Arthur for Bridlington saw early honours shared at 3-3 before a further Arthur kick nudged the home side 6-3 ahead.

The lead was short-lived and a try from centre Craig Farrell in the 20th minute grabbed the lead for the visitors at 8-6. Fullback Oliver Stephenson kicked Bridlington ahead with a penalty but Harrison opened a gap between the sides with a try and conversion for a 15-9 half-time lead.

Tries early in the second half by right wing Stephens and centre Martin saw Bridlington lead 19-15. Harrison cut the lead to a single point with a penalty on the hour after which both sides had opportunities to win the match.

Following a full-blooded final quarter, the game was settled by an injury time penalty from Jack Arthur and Bridlington survived a few scares to hold on for a 22-18 win.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men appeared to lose momentum when they lost the services of centre Craig Farrell on the half hour.  The absence of young scrum-half Jordi Wakeham; dropped from the squad to the Vikings to accommodate Phil Stewart who was back-up for Harrison who was carrying in injury, deprived the side of options and that extra zip when legs were tiring at the end of the game. He was sorely missed.

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

From the Touchline with Dave Campbell BRIDLINGTON / VALKRYIES / RWC

25 Sep
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS AT BRIDLINGTON

PAUL TAYLOR RETURNS AT BRIDLINGTON

Scarborough is on the road tomorrow to take on Bridlington in the first local Derby of the season. The men from Dukes Park have made a flying start to their Yorkshire One campaign winning all three of their opening games and amassing over 100 points in the process. Consecutive home wins over West Park Leeds 36-10 and Old Brodleians 26-8 was followed last week by a superb road show in which they disposed of Horsforth-based outfit Yarnbury 47-5. Bridlington coach Paul Cook has got his charges firing on all cylinders and although it’s still early days they now sit second in the league behind leaders Bradford & Bingley.

GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

GRAEME JEFFREY SCORES AGAINST BRIDLINGTON

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men have also made an unbeaten start to the season but perhaps in a less emphatic way than our neighbours down the coast; an opening day 21-0 win over Selby at Silver Royd was followed by a disappointing 21-21 draw with Heath on the road.  Last week a scrappy game with West Park Leeds saw the Seasiders race to an early 15-0 lead as they had done at Heath the previous week; however it took a late Tom Harrison penalty to ensure an unconvincing 31-23 win.

ANT COFFEY STILL CARRYING A CALF INJURY

ANT COFFEY STILL CARRYING A CALF INJURY

The loss of in-form fullback Ant Coffey in the pre-match warm-up with a calf injury was a blow as were injuries to Tomasz Chadwick and Eamon Chapman who started on the bench and never looked really fit. Harry Domett was moved to fullback and Jordan Wakeham and Matty Young started on the wings with Craig Farrell starting his first game for a couple of years. It was a bit of mishmash and the resulting game was unsurprisingly scrappy.

TEENAGER HAYDEN OGILVIE STARTS IN THE FRONT ROW

TEENAGER HAYDEN OGILVIE STARTS IN THE FRONT ROW

For tomorrow’s game influential tight-head prop Paul Taylor and young Hayden Ogilvie start in the front row; Phil Watson is unavailable and James Leach joins Mikey Readman in the engine room with Chapman starting at No8 for Leach. In the backs Graeme Jeffrey returns from injury on the wing whilst Jordan Wakeham, Wesley Langkilde and Nick Ingham are on the bench.  Before a previous game with Bridlington their then coach criticised the makeup of the Scarborough side as being full of imports; for the record, nine of tomorrow’s team come from the club youth set up, five of them are 18 or under with three 17-year-olds in the pack! The game kicks-off at 3pm. Also in action against Bridlington are the Vikings at Silver Royd and the Danesmen at Bridlington.

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

The Valkryies continued their good start to the season with a convincing 44-22 win over visitors Morpeth at Silver Royd last Sunday. It was technically their best performance to date, their handling and ball retention was a vast improvement on their win at Acklam the previous week and a big home support was impressed and appreciative. Everyone played their part with Jess Glanvill, Mel Halstead, Jess Bray and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers having a big influence on the game. A great defensive display, two tries and a couple of conversions saw Halstead named Player of the Match. The Silver Royd ladies will be back in action on the 11th of October when they are in league action at Harrogate.

JAPAN CELEBRATE BEATING SOUTH AFRICA

JAPAN CELEBRATE BEATING SOUTH AFRICA

The Rugby World Cup is now in full swing and is breaking records for attendances, financial success and television audiences. There is absolutely no doubt that the game of the tournament so far was last weekend’s defeat of South Africa by Japan. I think it’s probably the most thrilling rugby match I’ve ever watched and had me on the edge of my seat for the full 86 minutes of its duration. It’ll take some topping; however maybe tomorrow night’s big game with Wales will be a classic. I certainly hope so.

VALKRYIES CHALK UP THEIR SECOND LEAGUE WIN AT SILVER ROYD

21 Sep
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

VALKRYIES IN ACTION AGAINST MORPETH picture by JAKE STANDING

VALKRYIES IN ACTION AGAINST MORPETH picture by JAKE STANDING

SCARBOROUGH VALKRYIES 44   MORPETH 22 

Scarborough Valkryies turned in a thrilling eight try performance full of running rugby to beat visitors Morpeth 44-22 at Silver Royd yesterday.

The Silver Royd side got off to a flying start running-in three tries through Claire Wilkinson, Casey Jordan and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers in a blistering opening quarter.

The Northumberland girls were no slouches themselves and only solid defence by the Valkyries kept them at bay. In particular a crunching try-saving tackle by fullback Mel Halstead prevented a certain try for the visitors on the half-hour.

Morpeth got their reward when they scored wide on the right just before half-time to reduce the arrears at 15-5.

The Valkryies extended their lead with less than a minute of the second half played with a terrific solo effort from Halstead which she converted herself for 22-12. The seesaw nature of the game continued with a converted Morpeth try to make it 22-12 before another Halstead touchdown stretched the lead to 27-12.

The game finished with a rush of tries; a Morpeth touchdown made it 27-17 before tries from Jess Glanvill (2) one converted by Halstead and Jess Bray saw the Valkryies to a well-deserved 44-22 victory.

This was technically the Valkryies best performance to date, their handling and ball retention was a vast improvement on last week’s outing at Acklam. Everyone played their part with Glanvill, Halstead, Bray and skipper Cathy-Ann Myers having a big influence on the game.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

SCARBOROUGH BEAT WEST PARK LEEDS AT SILVER ROYD

19 Sep
DAVE CAMPBELL

DAVE CAMPBELL

HARRY DOMETT OFFLOADS TO TOM HARRISN FOR HIS TRY Photograph ANDY STANDING

HARRY DOMETT OFFLOADS TO TOM HARRISN FOR HIS TRY Photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough 31 West Park Leeds 23 

Scarborough extended their unbeaten start to the season beating West Park Leeds 31-23 at Silver Royd this afternoon.The Seasiders raced to an early 10-0 lead thanks to a penalty, try and conversion from fly-half Tom Harrison before winger  Matty Young touched down to stretch the lead to 15-0.

Scarborough went off the boil in the second quarter and West Park reduced the arrears to a couple of points at 15-13. However a brilliant individual effort by young back row Drew Govier converted by Harrison saw the Seasiders grab a 22-13 half-time lead.

A howler by Harrison immediately after the break when he completely missed a cross field kick saw Leeds run in a converted try to close the gap at 22-20. An exchange of penalties saw Scarborough lead 25-23 before two late kicks by Harrison clinched an unconvincing 31-23 win.

The Silver Royd men will have to improve considerably if they are to get anything from their game with high-flying Bridlington at Dukes Park next week.

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

From the Touchline by DAVE CAMPBELL – WP LEEDS / TEAMS / VALKYRIES / NEW WEBSITE

17 Sep

Source: From the Touchline by DAVE CAMPBELL – WP LEEDS / TEAMS / VALKYRIES / NEW WEBSITE

From the Touchline WP LEEDS / TEAMS / VALKYRIES / NEW WEBSITE

17 Sep
By DAVE CAMPBELL

By DAVE CAMPBELL

2015-09-12 TWO TRY JORDI AT HEATH

Next up at Silver Royd on Saturday are newly promoted West Park Leeds.  Formally known as West Park Bramhope, the club now hosts the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy at The Sycamores, their ground at Bramhope not far from Leeds-Bradford Airport. They have made a disappointing start to their first season back in Yorkshire One losing 36-10 at Bridlington on the opening day and 11-18 at home to Yarbury last week.  They were on the wrong end of a 46-14 score-line in a friendly with Pocklington last month.

BEN MARTIN

BEN MARTIN

The first team squad for Saturday’s game sees the return of Eamon Chapman and Harry Domett and the inclusion of former Super League star Craig Farrell. Due to family commitments, the experienced rugby league man won’t be available every week; however with Tomasz Chadwick struggling for fitness with a hamstring injury, his availability this week will be a bonus for Lee Douglas. Prop Mark Hopper, who was unavailable last week is also in the squad. The Vikings, who defeated BP Chemicals 42-19 last week have yet to arrange a game but have announced a strong squad of 21 including veteran prop Tom Fish, Alessandro Zavatti, Hayden Ogilvie and Matty Young.

THE VALKRYIES SCRUM DOWN AT ACKLAM

THE VALKRYIES SCRUM DOWN AT ACKLAM

Following success in their first ever league game at Acklam last Sunday, the Valkryies take on Morpeth Ladies at Silver Royd on Sunday. For the visit of the Northumbrians a twenty woman Scarborough squad has been named and includes Jenna Redmond and Dani Rowley who scored a couple of tries each last week;  Haley Evans and Jess Bray who ran-in a touchdown apiece on Teeside are also in the squad. Kick-off is at 2pm.

VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES 

I’m lucky that due to my career before I retired that even as a septuagenarian I have some idea on how to find my away around information technology (IT). Not all of us have had my luck and struggle a wee bit. I have been asked by several fellow ‘fogies’ how to navigate round the new club website to obtain the latest match reports and team selections, so here goes:  

  1. On the internet go to: scarboroughrugby.co.uk which will display the homepage.
  2. Click on:RUGBY
  3. Chose: FIXTURES & RESULTS from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on: required link (e.g. FIXTURES 1ST XV) for required result and report
  5. Click on: REPORT for desired game and the report will be displayed.

For team selection, perform 1. and 2. then choose TEAM SELECTIONS from the drop-down menu and the latest team selections will be displayed.

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From the Touchline by DAVE CAMPBELL – ACKLAM 26 SCARBOROUGH VALKRYIES 32

13 Sep
VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

Scarborough’s women’s team the Vakryies ran out winners of their historic first League game on Teeside coming back from 19-10 to grab the points with a 32-26 win.

The Silver Royd woman surged to a 10-0 lead with only a quarter of an hour on the clock thanks to a couple of tries from No8 Jenna Redmond and looked lively in the first quarter.

A couple of tries by Yorkshire fly-half Tara Breslin plus a conversion saw  Acklam lead 12-10 at the break. A further try and conversion just after half-time saw the home side to a 19-10 lead.

A Hayley Evans try reduced the arrears to four points for the visitors at 19-15 before tries from Dani Rowley and Jess Glanvill stretched the lead to 25-19 in the closing stages of the game.

Skipper Cathy-Ann Myers clinched the win with a superb solo effort she converted herself for a 32-19 lead. However another elusive Tara Breslin run for a try she converted herself reduced the arrears to 26-32 with the last move of the match.

The Valkryies entertain Morpeth in the league next Sunday at Silver Royd.

From the Touchline by Dave Campbell HEATH 20 SCARBOROUGH 20

12 Sep
JORDAN WAKEHAM SCORED TWO FIRST HALF TRIES AT HEATH TODAY picture: ANDY STANDING

JORDAN WAKEHAM SCORED TWO FIRST HALF TRIES AT HEATH TODAY picture: ANDY STANDING

Scarborough lost the services of experienced first teamers Eamon Chapman, Harry Domett and Graeme Jeffrey to injury on Friday but bossed the first half at Heath this afternoon to lead 15-0 at the break. An improved performance from the home side saw a thrilling second half with the spoils eventually shared at 20-20.

The Seasiders looked by far the sharper side in the early exchanges dominating the forward battle and running a harassed Heath back division ragged. Fly-half Tom Harrison kicked his side 3-0 ahead with an early penalty before winger Jordan Wakeham took advantage of hesitation in the home defence to nip in for an opportunist try following a bullocking run down the left flank by prop Wesley Langkilde. Harrison converted for 10-0.

The visitors played some delightful running rugby with fullback Anthony Coffey in sparkling form.  Harrison, centre Tomasz Chadwick and Coffey combined on the half-hour to release Joe Marshall but the young winger lost his footing on the slippery surface and the chance had gone; however following further good work by Harrison minutes later, Wakeham crossed for his second try for 15-0.

Scarborough started the second half without the services of second row Mikey Readman yellow carded on the stroke of half time and were immediately under pressure. With their tails up Heath looked odds on to score minutes into the half for a try-saving tackle by Coffey to save the day for the visitors.

Following the sin-binning of Scarborough No8 James Leech, the west-Yorkshiremen got their just desserts with converted tries either side of the hour mark and took the lead for the first time in the game with a penalty with nine minutes to go at 17-15. Coffey then scored an amazing try starting from inside his own half and ending near the right cornerflag at the other end to restore the vistors’ lead at 20-17.

When it looked as if they may hold on for a narrow win, Scarborough infringed at a ruck on their own 22 and Heath fullback Jack Crabstree slotted the penalty to draw the game at 20 apiece.

From the Touchline – HEATH AWAY – THE VALKYRIES – THE VIKINGS

11 Sep
NEW CLUBHOUSE AT HEATH RUFC

NEW CLUBHOUSE AT HEATH RUFC

Scarborough kicked off their league campaign last week with the 21-0 defeat of Selby at Silver Royd and are on the road tomorrow as they travel to Halifax-based side Heath looking to continue their promising start to the season.

PAUL TAYLOR STARTS AT HEATH

PAUL TAYLOR STARTS AT HEATH

They make only one change to last week’s starting fifteen where Paul Taylor starts in the front row for Mark Hopper who is unavailable; however skipper Tom Ratcliffe who left the field with an eye injury last week returns in the centre. Drew Govier who was man-of-the-match on his debut against Selby plays open-side in the back row with James Leach at No8 and Aussie powerhouse Eamon Chapman at blindside.

ALESSANDRO ZAVATTI LANKED BY TOMASZ CHADWICK AND GRAEME JEFFREY

ALESSANDRO ZAVATTI FLANKED BY TOMASZ CHADWICK AND GRAEME JEFFREY

The sub’s bench provides plenty of interest this week with two debutantes in youngster Ben Martin and Canadian prop Alessandro Zavatti named alongside Jordan Wakeham who was unavailable last week. Martin is highly regarded by his coaches and is a Yorkshire under-18 player whilst prop-forward Zavatti arrived from Canada early this week; Jordan who has recovered from an ankle injury was in London for England-Ireland last week.

SCARBOROUGH LAY SIEGE TO HEATH LINE AT NORTH DEAN

SCARBOROUGH LAY SIEGE TO HEATH LINE AT NORTH DEAN

Coach Lee Douglas’ charges came away from Heath’s North Dean HQ last season with a bonus point 28-10 win thanks to tries from Matty Else, Taylor Smith, Nick Ingham and Mikey Readman; of those only Readman plays tomorrow. The Seasiders completed the double over Heath with a 20-12 win at Silver Royd back in April. The west Yorkshiremen now have three new coaches; Dave Harrison, Mark Sales and Chris Brown and made a great start to the season running in six tries in a 36-21 win at Yarnbury last week. Yarnbury faded badly at the end of last season, so I can’t comment on their playing strength; however everything points to a close-fought game at North Dean tomorrow. A coach leaves Silver Royd at 10.30am.

SKIPPER CATHY-ANNE MYERS SCORES FOR THE VALKRYIES LAST SEASON

SKIPPER CATHY-ANNE MYERS SCORES FOR THE VALKRYIES LAST SEASON

Sunday sees the start of the Valkyries first league season; the Silver Royd woman’s team travel to Middlesbrough-based club Acklam for the historic game which kicks off at 2pm. Acklam were their opponents when they played their first ever 15-a-side game back in March when they overwhelmed the inexperienced Teesiders 92-0; however I expect a much closer game this time.

JOE MARSHALL PLAYS FOR THE VIKINGS AT SILVER ROYD TOMORROW

JOE MARSHALL PLAYS FOR THE VIKINGS AT SILVER ROYD TOMORROW

Tomorrow’s game at Silver Royd sees the Vikings take on Hull-based outfit BP Chemicals. The club second string has a very strong line-up with Joe Lenton, Joe Marshall, Paul White, Phil Stewart, Andy Rossol and Hayden Ogilvie amongst eleven of the 21 man squad having had first team experience.

FULL REPORTS & PICTURES FROM HEATH AND ACKLAM IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS NEXT THURSDAY.

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From The Touchline by Dave Campbell – SCARBOROUGH 21 SELBY 0

6 Sep

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DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough struggled for most of the first half of their opening league game of the season against a lively Selby side at Silver Royd this afternoon. However the visitors failed to capitalise on their early dominance and the Seasiders took control after the break to win comfortably in the end.

Playing with the advantage of a northerly wind Scarborough struggled to cope with the swift rucking visitors who bossed the breakdown; however their defence was rock solid and some bone crunching tackles kept them in the game. They lost the services of skipper Tom Ratcliffe with an eye injury early in the game.

Scarborough’s forwards were winning the forward battle and following sustained pressure on the Selby line prop Wesley Langkilde powered over for the opening try of the game in the 38th minute.  Flyhalf Tom Harrison converted and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time for a 10-0 lead.

A further penalty just after the break stretched the lead to 13-0 which led to a period of domination by the home side particularly at the scrum. And when they won a lineout on halfway, the ball was moved infield for a surging run by fullback Ant Coffey to break the line and send winger Harry Domett in for a spectacular try. Harrison converted for 18-0.

Scarborough had a stranglehold on the game in the closing stages and clinched the points with a Harrison penalty which hit both upright and crossbar before dropping over for what was, in the end, a well deserved 21-0 win. Youngster Drew Govier who had an outstanding game was named man-of-the-match on his first team debut.

DREW GOVIER MAN OF THE MATCH AGAINST SELBY

DREW GOVIER MAN OF THE MATCH AGAINST SELBY

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

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