Archive | November, 2015

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – SHIELD MATCH DAY – VALKRYIES AT BARNSLEY

28 Nov
2015-09-03 CLUB PIC TWO

DAVE CAMPBELL

2015-11-15 WES V CROCS

WESLEY LANGKILDE  photograph ANDY STANDING

Bradford and Bingley make their first visit to Silver Royd for today’s Yorkshire Shield game; but it’s not their first visit to Scarborough this century. Back in March 2003 they travelled to Newby for a game in North Two East which they easily won 50-5 on their way to winning the league. Earlier that season I was ‘privileged’ to watch Scarborough slide to the club’s record defeat as they were blown away 116-3 at Wagon Lane.  In mitigation, most of the Tongan International Sevens side from the previous summer’s Commonwealth games in Manchester, who had trained at the club during the games, stayed on to play for the Bees that season and ran the Seasiders ragged. The ‘Bees’ lost only one game that season 8-6 at Redcar. The Clevelanders travelled to Scarborough full of confidence the following week only to lose 13-14 at Newby; one of only four Scarborough wins that season.

2015-11-07 tom versus YORK

TOM HARRISON RETURNS TODAY photograph ANDY  STANDING

Scarborough’s league fixture at Wagon Lane earlier this season saw Coach Lee Douglas’ charges race to a 19-0 lead in the opening twelve minutes of the game thanks to tries from Ant Coffey, Matty Young and Wesley Langkilde with Tom Harrison converting two. Bradford bounced back with a couple of tries before Harrison stretched the lead to 22-12 with a penalty. A further Bees’ try cut the visitors’ lead to 22-19 at the break. There was only one team in it in the second half as the home side scored 20 points without reply for a convincing 39-22 win. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men totally ran out of steam and Bradford thoroughly deserved their convincing win. The west Yorkshiremen haven’t looked back since then and apart from a surprise 27-23 defeat at Hullensians three weeks ago, lead Yorkshire One by five points from Malton and Norton.

2015-09-14 ANT COFFEY MOM HEATH

ANT COFFEY STILL MISSING WITH A RIB INJURY

Last Saturday the 100 mile round trip to Settle resulted in a 42-21 thumping at the hands of North Ribblesdale where the men from Silver Royd have been unsuccessful since a 9-5 win back in 2002. In sub-zero temperatures and without the services of Tom Harrison, Graeme Jeffrey, Ant Coffey, Ian Williams, Harry Domett and James Leach, ‘Ribb’ tore their makeshift midfield apart.  Of the ‘missing’ only Tom Harrison who was unavailable last week returns presumably at fly-half with Tomasz Chadwick bolstering the midfield as part of a ninth centre combination in eleven games this season. Martin Robinson and Alessandro Zavatti are in a seventeen man squad which will be expanded today.

2015-11-25 VALKRYIES LEAGUE TABLE 25NOV11

Scarborough RUFC women’s team are back in action tomorrw when they travel to south Yorkshire for a league game with Barnsley Ladies. It’ll be the first league meeting between the clubs; however Barnsley was the Valkryies opponents for their first ever fifteen-a-side game exactly a year ago on Sunday. The Scarborough Ladies turned in a creditable performance considering it was their first full game but went down 0-29 to an experienced team. The local ladies have progressed considerably in a year and will look to bounce back from their 0-11 home defeat by YORK RI early this month.

 

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – JONAH – NORTH RIBB – VALKRYIES – GIRLS RUGBY

20 Nov
2015-09-03 CLUB PIC TWO

DAVE CAMPBELL

2015-11-20 JONAH LOMU

Jonah Lomu 1975 – 2015

So much has been written about the untimely death of world rugby legend Jonah Lomu. My efforts to eulogise on the big man would be totally inadequate in this blog as there have been so many vastly more eloquent than I am who have done the job for me. Suffice to say, like every other rugby man I will never forget him. R.I.P Jonah.

2014-12-24 SNOWY PITCH

Weather permitting; Scarborough will travel northwest to Settle tomorrow to take on North Ribblesdale in Yorkshire One. As I write this at 1.30pm on Friday the forecast for Settle is overnight snow showers and a temperature of 1C at kick-off; with a stiff north-easterly , the wind-chill factor will make it feel more like -4C brrrrr!!!

The Seasiders haven’t had much success lately on their travels to Yorkshire’s most northerly rugby outpost; their last victory being 13 years ago in 2002 when a hat-trick of penalties from Kiwi legend Marcus Edwards was enough to earn a 9-5 victory.

2015-11-15 WES V CROCS

WESLEY LANGKILDE IN ACTION AGAINST OLD CROSSLEYANS photograph ANDY STANDING

The round trip between Scarborough and Settle is about 200 miles, so in general the spoils almost exclusively goes to the home side as it does in almost all of North Ribblesdale’s fixtures. Last season Scarborough lost 32-19 on the road but beat ‘Ribb’ 27-12 at Silver Royd. The Settle-based outfit have lost only one of their fixtures at their Grove Park ground this season, a single point 11-10 defeat by Bridlington: however away from home they provided struggling Selby with their only win of the season a 20-14 success at Sandhill Lane.

2015-11-20 TOMASZ AT TEN RIBB AWAY

TOMASZ CHADWICK PLAYS AT FLY-HALF AGAINST NORTH RIBB TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

With hooker Ian Williams injured and fly-half Tom Harrison unavailable, Mark Hopper comes into the front row at number two and Tomasz Chadwick moves to number ten with Tom Ratcliffe joining Paul White in the centre; Toby Welsby comes in for Ratcliffe on the wing. Drew Govier, Jordan Day and Billy Parker are on the bench. Fullback Graeme Jeffrey is nursing a sore back so there may be further reshuffling required before kick-off. The Scarborough second string, the Vikings will entertain Scunthorpe at Silver Royd on Saturday.

2015-11-20 VALKRYIES TEAM ACKLAM

THE VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

 The Valkryies were due to be in action on Humberside on Sunday when they should have faced Hull RUFC Ladies in the second round of the Woman’s National Knock-out Cup. Having suffered their first league defeat of the season against York RI a couple of weeks ago, skipper Cathy-Ann Myers’ side were looking to bounce back in this prestigious competition. However Cathy has just informed me that Hull have cried off as they are unable to raise a team; a very poor show considering they were at home. Disappointing for the Scarborough girls but the good news is that they have been given a walk-over and progress to the third round of the competition.

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SCARBOROUGH GIRLS AT BRIDLINGTON LAST SUNDAY

With the Valkyries having a well-earned week off last week, the future of women’s rugby at Scarborough RUFC was on show as the under-15 and under-13 girls teams travelled to Bridlington for their first fixtures of the season. Despite coming off second best to a well-drilled and experienced Malton side the under-15s produced a good team performance mixing strong defence with attractive attacking rugby. With many of the side having just moved up from last year’s under-13s there is rich potential, and with more experience their promise will surely bring future success.

2015-11-16 wee girl scoresRIBBET

TRY!!!

The under-13s played in a round-robin festival gaining wins against local rivals Bridlington and Goole, earning a last-gasp draw against Old Brodleians and being unlucky to lose by a single score to a good Malton outfit. Perhaps it was inevitable that they ran out of steam in their final game against an incredibly strong Castleford side, but despite a few knocks the girls put up a gritty display which will stand them in good stead as the season progresses.

With many of the girls tasting competitive rugby for the very first time the performances of both teams were excellent and with training numbers doubling since the start of the season the future looks very bright for girls’ rugby at Scarborough RUFC. Any new players would be very welcome. Training is 6-7pm Monday evenings (report courtesy of Rob Hazledine).

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – LACKLUSTRE SCARBOROUGH STILL TOO GOOD FOR OLD CROSSLEYANS

15 Nov
 DAVE CAMPBELL

DAVE CAMPBELL

FAST-IMPROVING WESLEY LANGKILDE IN ACTION YESTERDAY photograph ANDY STANDING

FAST-IMPROVING WESLEY LANGKILDE IN ACTION YESTERDAY photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough extended their unbeaten home record to seven games with the 32-15 defeat of Old Crossleyans at Silver Royd yesterday but made heavy weather against their struggling opponents.

A try in the first minute from back-row Drew Govier saw the Seasiders grab a 5-0 lead that should have settled them but Crossleyans stuck to their task and dominated territory and possession in the first quarter of the game.

Following last week’s impressive away win at York, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men appeared to have left their cohesion and skill at Clifton Park. However when the visitors lost possession near their own line, fast improving prop-forward Wesley Langkilde romped over and touched down behind the posts. Fly-half Tom Harrison added the extras for 12-0.

ISAAC FAAMAU IN ACTION AGAINST CROSSLEYANS YESTERDAY

ISAAC FAAMAU IN ACTION AGAINST CROSSLEYANS YESTERDAY

Winger Ryan Sweeney stroked over a couple of penalty goals for the visitors to reduce the Scarborough lead to 12-6 before Harrison replied with a kick of his own to nudge the home side 15-6 ahead on the half-hour.

And the Seasiders extended that lead to 20-6 on the stroke of half-time when ever-alert scrum-half Jordan Wakeham took advantage of some poor defending to nip over on the stroke of half-time.

Old Crossleyans chipped away at the Scarborough lead with a further couple of penalties from Sweeney to trail 15-20.

With No8 Isaac Faamau beginning to impress on his home début Tom Ratcliffe got the touch on a well-worked try following a break by the big Kiwi and a cross-field kick from Chadwick; Harrison converted for 27-15 on the hour.

Scarborough took control with Faamau, Langkilde, Phil Watson and Ben Martin putting the west Yorkshiremen under pressure and Chadwick got the touch on a Harrison cross-field kick late in the game to score the Seasiders fifth try for a 32-15 victory.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL ***** OLD CROSSLEYANS ***** SCARBOROUGH WINS AT YORK ***** VALKRYIES ***** JESS ON YOUTUBE

13 Nov
 DAVE CAMPBELL

DAVE CAMPBELL

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Next up for Scarborough RUFC at Silver Royd tomorrow is Halifax-based Old Crossleyans. ‘Crocs’ were relegated from North One East at the end of last season and have struggled somewhat this season in Yorkshire One. They have yet to win on the road and I don’t really know what happened when they were walloped 95-27 at Bridlington but they bounced back last Saturday at their Bloomfield Avenue HQ with the 19-16 defeat of fellow strugglers Yarnbury.

MAN OF THE MATCH TOM HARRISON IN ACTION AT YORK LAST WEEK photograph ANY STANDING

MAN OF THE MATCH TOM HARRISON IN ACTION AT YORK LAST WEEK photograph ANDY STANDING

Last Saturday Scarborough travelled to York looking for further progress in Yorkshire One and the big travelling contingent was not disappointed. Three classy tries wide tries following terrific work from the midfield and a further eight points from the boot of Tom Harrison saw the Seasiders lead 23-5 at the break. Unfortunately they lost the services of James Leach with a knee injury just before halftime but fortunately had Kiwi Isaac Faamau on hand to take his place on his debut. And although the home side had a bit of a revival midway through the second half, a beautifully executed flicked pass out the back of Faamau’s hand released Tom Ratcliffe for his second try and a fourth touchdown for a bonus point late in the game. Tomasz Chadwick made a really promising return from injury, Alex Renwick had a great game at centre and scored a spectacular try; I named Tom Harrison who is really on fire at the moment, man of the match.

 ISAAC FAAMAU AND SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE WHO SCORED TWO TRIES AT YORK

ISAAC FAAMAU AND SKIPPER TOM RATCLIFFE WHO SCORED TWO TRIES AT YORK

For the visit of Old Crossleyans Coach Lee Douglas makes only one enforced change from last week’s starting fifteen that is Isaac Faamau at No8 who came on for James Leach who suffered a knee injury last week. Ant Coffey has yet to return from a rib injury but hopes to be fit for the game at North Ribblesdale on the 21st.  Harry Domett is unlikely to play again until sometime next year. Mark Hopper, Ben Martin and Toby Welsby are on the bench. Also in action at Silver Royd are the Vikings and Danesmen who entertain Hullionians and Hull University respectively; all three games kick-off at 2.15pm.

BEN MARTIN RETURNS ON THE BENCH TOMORROW

BEN MARTIN RETURNS ON THE BENCH TOMORROW

Last week on social media and in the Scarborough News on-line I let it be known that in my thirty odd years covering Scarborough RUFC for the local paper that I had never seen the first team beat York at Clifton Park. A few of my followers took that to mean that Scarborough had never won at York in that period of time. I wasn’t sure if that was the case so I went back through the records and noted in the RFU results website that apparently the Seasiders beat York 15-13 at Clifton Park on the last day of season 2008-2009. I really don’t remember this game and I can assure you that my old grey cells are still working! However I did celebrate with a wee dram!

JESS GLANVILLE

JESS GLANVILLE

I went along to Silver Royd on Sunday to catch the Valkryies league game with York RI and although the local girls were beaten 0-12, a good turnout were rewarded with an exciting game deservedly won by the more experienced visiting team. Unfortunately Hayley Evans suffered a nasty collarbone injury which will probably keep her out of action for the rest of the season; Sam Knight was named Player of the Match. The Scarborough faithful won’t see skipper Cathy-Ann Myers’ side back in action at Silver Royd until the 13th of December as they have been drawn away at Hull in the cup a week on Sunday on the 22nd and travel to Barnsley for a league game on the 29th.  Club Photographer Andy Standing has launched the club on YouTube and the first feature on the channel is an interview with Valkryies star Jess Glanville. It makes great viewing and more interviews and reports will follow.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL ***** YORK AWAY ***** WESLEY LANGKILDE ***** THE VALKRYIES

6 Nov

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

Scarborough returns to action following the break for the Rugby World Cup final with a short trip down the A64 to take on York at Clifton Park tomorrow. The Minster-men have made an indifferent start to the season with a few good results on the road including an 11-10 win at Malton but have lost their last three games at home to Bradford Salem, Heath and Bridlington. Their last league outing on the road saw them go down 26-39 to struggling Yarnbury.

TOMASZ CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW

TOMASZ CHADWICK RETURNS TOMORROW

Scarborough are struggling with injuries and are still without Harry Domett (knee), Ant Coffey (ribs) and influential prop Paul Taylor who continues to be plagued by back problems. However, they have some good news as Tomasz Chadwick who has been suffering from a long-term hamstring problem returns tomorrow. He plays in the centre with Alex Renwick making up the Seasiders’ seventh different centre pairing in nine league games. Up front Andy Rossol returns to the back row and teams up with Drew Govier and James Leach whilst newcomer Issac Faamau starts on the bench with Alessandro Zavatti and Joe Lenton. Paul White is unavailable for this game.

ISSAC FAAMAU (LEFT) MAKES HIS DEBUT TOMORROW

ISSAC FAAMAU (LEFT) MAKES HIS DEBUT TOMORROW

It seems incredible but I’ve yet to see Scarborough beat York away from home in over 30 years covering the club; however the games have always been close. On their last couple of visits to Clifton Park, the Seasiders have surrendered early leads to lose 19-14 last year and 27-22 the season before. This season Scarborough have made a marginally better start than their opponents so could my patience be rewarded on Tomorrow? Elsewhere the Vikings and Danesmen are also in action against York 2nds and 3rds at Silver Royd and Clifton Park respectively; don’t forget all games kick-off at 2.15pm.

WESLEY LANGKILDE

WESLEY LANGKILDE

I’ve written quite a bit about the Silver Royd ‘Bratpack’ of teenage players and they have been exceptional this season. However they are not the only ones to have risen to the challenge of Yorkshire One rugby. Paul Taylor’s ongoing injury problems have catapulted Wesley Langkilde into the limelight where he no longer is a bit player in the Seasiders’ front row; having lost weight during the summer, the big Kiwi prop is getting fitter week on week and has become a favourite of the Silver Royd faithful. Keep it up Wes!!

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

JENNA REDMOND IN ACTION FOR THE VALKRYIES

The Valkryies made the long trip to Derby on October 25th and came away from the east Midlands with a stunning four try victory from their first ever National Knockout Cup game.The visitors had the majority of possession in the first half, controlling it well and going through the phases.  Their industry on the training ground was paying off and slick work, from organisation in defence and quick line speed to securing ball at the breakdown, saw them dominate. The Valkryies took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty try when Mel Halstead was high-tackled in the act of scoring in the 10th minute. She converted herself for a 7-0 lead.   Bex Carr grabbed the visitors’ second touchdown following good midfield work to stretch the lead to 12-0 before a Derby try cut the lead to 12-5 midway through the half. Clair Wilkinson rounded off a great first-half for the Vakryies with a surging run to cross for a 17-5 lead at the break.  The Vipers had much more possession in the second half but the Scarborough side stuck to their task with terrific defending from Carr, Halstead and Casey Jordan when Derby was camped on their line. As the Valkryies tired, the Vipers drove over for a converted try to put them within five points of the visitors at 12-17 and only a converted try from victory. Scarborough maintained their composure and went looking for the try that would secure the win. They re-doubled their efforts and got the win their efforts so richly deserved when skipper and scrum-half Cathy-Ann Myers jinked through a mesmerised Derby defence to power over for the clinching try. Mel Halstead added the extras for a memorable 24-12 win.

VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS IN ACTION

VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS 

This first cup win was all the more creditable as the Scarborough girls lost two players unavailable on the morning of the match and played the whole game with fourteen. As they have progressed, the skill levels within the group have improved exponentially and they play some good structured rugby with not a little flair. After their cup triumph in they are back in league action at Silver Royd on Sunday against joint-leaders YORK RI. Both sides are unbeaten so far this season so it should be a Cracker. Kick-off is at noon.

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