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.

2015-11-16 MINI GRLS AT BRDLINGTN RIBBET

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).

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