Archive | December, 2015

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL

31 Dec
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DAVE CAMPBELL

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS

2015 in review

31 Dec

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FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL HEATH AT SILVER ROYD – Newcastle v Yorkshire Carnegie under-18s

18 Dec
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CARNEGIE-SCOTTISH AT SILVER ROYD photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough’s senior games (away from home) were washed away last weekend and in the case of the first team perhaps it was a relief as there were so many injured for the trip to Bradford Salem. The Silver Royd club are still suffering from an ever-lengthening injury list and it looks as if only one of their ‘walking wounded’ Mark Hopper has recovered and will play at hooker against visitors Heath RUFC tomorrow+-; veteran Nick Ingham comes in for Phil Watson in the second row and Jack Ireland makes his debut for Ben Martin at blind-side. Martin Robinson is preferred at scrum-half to Jordan Wakeham who scored two tries in the corresponding game at Heath. Jordan joins Billy Parker and Jacob Young on the bench.

Heath have had a mixed season with only six league wins and are two places and three points adrift of the Seasiders. On their last outing a couple of weeks ago the Halifax-based side were narrowly beaten 10-3 at home by Malton in the Yorkshire Shield. Their home fixture with Bridlington last Saturday fell foul of the weather.

Earlier in the season Scarborough travelled to Heath and came away with a 20-20 draw.  A clinical performance early on saw them lead 15-0 at half-time but the home side came back strongly after the break and a draw was a fair result although Scarborough was under the cosh in the latter stages of the game. Jordan Wakeham (2) and Ant Coffey were the Seasiders’ try scorers that day. The game with Heath which kicks off at 3pm is preceded by a game between Yorkshire Carnegie under-18s and Newcastle Falcons under-18s which will get underway at 12.30pm.

Last Sunday’s cracker of a British and Irish Cup match between Yorkshire Carnegie and London Scottish made up for the disappointment of having no club rugby on Saturday because of the weather.  And having personalities such as Kevin Sinfield OBE, Sir Ian McGeechan and former Scotland skipper and Carnegie coach Ian Redpath at Silver Royd gave the day a special feel. However, as much as I enjoy and look forward to these games wouldn’t it be great if all the hype and excitement was about our own club for a change?

Good news for Scarborough came at half-time in the British & Irish Cup game on Sunday with the announcement that Silver Royd would once again host the county championship ‘war of the roses’ game between Yorkshire and Lancashire; a testament to the club’s probity and organisation of these big events. The fixture is scheduled for May 2016.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – BRADFORD SALEM AWAY – YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE AT SILVER ROYD

11 Dec

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A debilitating injury list with almost half of the Scarborough first team sidelined sees the Seasiders travel to Bradford Salem tomorrow with no option to but to pick the same three inexperienced props who played last week when the game had to go to uncontested scrums.  Apparently Wesley Langkilde has recovered from an injury sustained last week and joins Alessandro Zavatti and young Hayden Ogilvie who is also struggling for fitness. All three players tried their best but were out-classed by a hardened and experienced Malton front row.  Behind them former skipper Phil Watson who injured his knee last week is also missing and is replaced by Jack Ireland who makes his debut.

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MATTY YOUNG in action against MALTON photograph by ANDY STANDING

Behind the scrum, Graeme Jeffrey joins long-term injury victims Harry Domett and Anthony Coffey so skipper Tom Ratcliffe moves to fullback for Jeffrey and Toby Welsby plays on the wing. Martin Robinson returns at scrum-half and Jordan Wakeham joins Ogilvie and debutante Jacob Young on the bench.

Promoted from Yorkshire Two last season Bradford Salem are just behind Scarborough in Yorkshire One; surprisingly they have won more often on the road than at home where they have lost to Heath, Malton and Hullensians.  However last week at home they had the upper hand in their game with Bridlington beating the men from Dukes Park 30-22.

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Last week’s try scorer Tomasz Chadwick

Following a good start to the season which saw them grab seven wins and a draw from their first  ten outings, Scarborough have lost their last three games; a 42-21 defeat at North Ribblesdale and consecutive home defeats by Bradford & Bingley and Malton.  Due to their long injury list they have struggled in the forwards including last week’s reversion to uncontested scrums. Without set-piece it is just impossible to win rugby union matches and until they can resolve their problems up front the short-term future looks bleak.

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British & Irish Cup POOL 3 table

On a brighter note Scarborough host Yorkshire Carnegie’s home fixture with London Scottish in Pool 3 of the British and Irish Cup at Silver Royd on Sunday. The ‘exiles’ lead the pool but Carnegie will hope a big Silver Royd crowd will give them the edge. Contender for this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Kevin Sinfield will play for the Leeds-based and it will be interesting to see how this rugby league superstar has adjusted to union.

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KEVIN SINFIELD

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – MALTON – VALKRYIES – LONDON SCOTTISH

4 Dec

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DAVE CAMPBELL

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SCARBOROUGH V BRADFORD & BINGLEY photograph ANDY STANDING

Hopefully the weather will have improved from last week for Scarborough’s Yorkshire One derby fixture with neighbours Malton and Norton at Silver Royd tomorrow. For Last week’s Yorkshire Shield second round ties the weather was atrocious wherever you were and particularly so here on the Yorkshire coast. Driving rain and gale force wind made it a very difficult day for rugby; Bradford & Bingley coped more successfully with the elements than the Seasiders and deserved their 22-8 win. They have been drawn against Malton at the Gannock in the quarter final.

Malton were also in Shield action last week at Heath where they had earlier lost 25-23 in the league but like the Bees they put in a superb performance and won 10-3, their fourth consecutive win. Having had a great league season in 2014-15 Malton ended runners-up but failed at the final hurdle losing in the play-offs. Undaunted they have come straight back in this campaign and sit in second place having lost only twice in twelve league games. Their last league outing saw them beat struggling Yarnbury 20-15 at the Gannock.

2014-12-17 TOM RATCLIFFE SCORES 2 AT BRID

TOM RATCLIFFE MOVES BACK TO THE WING TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

Malton welcome back several first team players tomorrow who have recovered from injury whilst Scarborough’s lengthening injury-list with established first-teamers Paul Taylor, Ian Williams, James Leach, Anthony Coffey, Harry Domett and Graeme Jeffrey all missing last week has improved slightly with Jeffrey and Williams returning to action on Saturday.  Skipper Tom Ratcliffe vacates the fullback position for Jeffrey and last week’s try-scorer Toby Welsby drops down to the bench. Ian Williams returns as hooker but front-rowers Mark Hooper, Taylor and Hayden Ogilve are injured so Alessandro Zavatti starts at loose-head prop. At the time of going to press a front-row replacement had yet to be named and if Coach Lee Douglas is struggling in that department, it could be a long afternoon for the Silver Royd front-row.Elsewhere, the Vikings are at the Gannock to play Malton 2nds and The Danesmen take on Malton 3rds at Silver Royd, All games kick-off at 2.15pm.

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ALESSANDRO ZAVATTI starts at loose-head

The Valkryies travelled to Barnsley last Sunday looking to get back on track following their defeat by leaders York RI on their last league outing.  However they found the south Yorkshire ladies in punishing form running in four second half tries following a scoreless first half.   Despite Strong winds and driving rain both sides produced a well-structured game although the elements made things difficult for the protagonists.    The Valkryies played with the wind in the first half but the slippery ball and capricious wind resulted in a glut of turnovers. However the Scarborough girls harnessed the wind well and put Barnsley under pressure with some well-judged kicking out of hand but the home defence held firm.   Barnsley lost the services of flanker Chanel Rushforth who was taken to hospital with concussion in the second quarter but rallied to have a pot at goal just before half-time. However Katie England’s kick sailed wide and the half ended scoreless.  With the wind behind them in the second half Barnsley pressed Scarborough from the start and it was no surprise when England went over to open the scoring and converted for a 7-0 lead. Mid-way through the half further tries by Leonora Salvucci and Becky Patrick stretched the Barnsley lead to 17-0 as the visitors tired in the stamina-sapping conditions.   Barnsley was slow to a breakdown in the 72nd minute and Scarborough prop Samantha Knight picked up and powered through a gap to touchdown. Mel Halstead added the extras to reduce the arrears to ten points at 17-7.  From the restart the south Yorkshire girls came straight back and following good work by Sally Wenham and Sarah Hill; Dawn Woodcock went over for her side’s fourth try. England converted for 24-7 to clinch the points.  Both sides did particularly well to produce an exciting game in appalling conditions with Barnsley deserved winners. Leah Gillon(forwards) and Rachel Thomson(backs) were named players of the match.

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THE VALKRYIES AFTER THEIR GAME AT BARNSLEY

The Valkryies next scheduled home match against Bishop Auckland Ladies on the 13th of December will now be played on the 31st of January 1916 due to a clash with the British and Irish Cup game between Yorkshire Carnegie and London Irish. The Silver Royd ladies are next in action at Morpeth on the 17th of January. Their next home outing will be on Sunday 24th of January when the take on Harrogate Ladies.

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LONDON SCOTTISH V ROTHERHAM

The visit of London Scottish next weekend reminds me of my first visit to ‘Scottish’ at Richmond almost fifty years ago. I was serving in the RAF at the Air Ministry building in Whitehall and a colleague played for the ‘Exiles.’ I’ve got to say that even as a smart young airman I was treated like something the cat had dragged in once they found out that I came from the west of Scotland and went to a school where they didn’t play rugby; which was a surprise as at that time their star man was Scottish International second row Alastair McHarg who came from Irvin in Ayrshire.  It was quite the ‘knobbiest’ rugby club I’d ever visited.  I hope we can provide a much warmer welcome at Silver Royd than I received from the posh retread Jocks at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

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