Archive | January, 2016

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Old Brods – Valkryies

29 Jan
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DREW GOVIER SCORES THE EQUALISING TRY AT YARNBURY photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough snatched a late 29-29 draw at strugglers Yarnbury last week.  They thought they had begun to turn the corner as far as injuries are concerned, only to have returnee Anthony Coffey injure a collarbone in his first game for months. So he will be missing from Tomorrow’s line-up at Old Brodleians after that brief appearance. 

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PHIL STEWART PLAYS AT FLY-HALF TOMORROW

Also missing from the squad is second row Mikey Readman who suffered an eye injury at Yarnbury and Toby Welsby who is unavailable.  With Tom Harrison still injured and Tomasz Chadwick playing at centre, Phil Stewart makes a rare first team appearance at fly-half. He’ll feel like a veteran in the company of Drew Govier, Ben Martin, Jack Ireland, Liam Murray, Matty Young, Joe Lenton and Hayden Ogilvie et al.  Coach Lee Douglas has also added Jack Anderson to the squad.

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JOE LENTON PLAYS TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

Old Brodleians are having a mixed season and sit mid-table in Yorkshire One; the Halifax-based outfit have yet to win this year having lost at North Ribblesdale and Malton on the road. However, their last home outing saw them inflict a rare defeat (17-8) on third-placed Bridlington on the Saturday before Christmas.

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RATCLIFFE SCORED THREE TRIES IN HIS LAST GAME AGAINST OLD BRODS picture ANDY STANDING

When Scarborough and ‘Brods’ met earlier in the season they fought out an entertaining 31-31 draw at Silver Royd.  They came from behind to snatch the draw but highlights of the afternoon were try hat-tricks from Tom Ratcliffe for the home side and Samoan No8 Simanu Tusinga for Brods. Both play on Saturday so it could be another high-scoring bonanza.

Also tomorrow the Vikings entertain Beverley at Silver Royd on Saturday with a possible 3rd XV game in the offing against Pocklington.

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VALKRYIES SKIPPER CATHY-ANN MYERS IN ACTION

Sunday sees The Valkryies also in action at home with Bishop Auckland Ladies their opponents. The Silver Royd ladies will look for a repeat or even improve on their impressive performance in beating visitors Harrogate Ladies 27-0 last week. Kick-off is at 2pm and another big home crowd is expected.

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Yarnbury – PT plays for Vikings – Ant returns – Valkryies in action

22 Jan
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DAVE CAMPBELL

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TOMASZ CHADWICK SCORES AGAINST BRID LAST WEEK photograph ANDY STANDING

Scarborough will look to put last weeks derby defeat by Bridlington behind them when the travel to Yarnbury tomorrow for the first of three consecutive away games.

 

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Wesley Langkilde in action against Yarnbury earlier in the season. ANDY STANDING

The Horsforth-based outfit have struggled this season winning only four of their fifteen games so far. They sit fourth from bottom of the league and having registered a couple of creditable home wins over North Ribblesdale and Bradford Salem at the start of last month, lost at home 19-22 to bottom club West Park Leeds before Christmas before being on the end of a 67-0 thumping away to Bridlington in their first game after New Year.

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ISAAC FAAMAU last week’s man-of-the-match. photograph by ANDY STANDING

Scarborough went down 18-30 to Bridlington last Saturday and not for the first time this season, were out-muscled in the forward battle. Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s side were in contention until deep in the second half but the men from Dukes Park bossed most of the game and deserved their win. Isaac Maanau was named man of the match; however I’m convinced that with a solid tight-five in front of him, the big No8 would be devastating if he had a platform to attack from close-range inside the opposition 22 instead of having to run from deep with possession from broken play.

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ANT TAYLOR RETURNS AT YARNBURY TOMORROW

Better news on the injury front sees Aussie Ant Coffey return to action at outside-centre in his first game since injuring his ribs in the autumn, surprisingly tight-head prop Paul Taylor plays his first game for three months, turning out for the Vikings against Goole at Silver Royd and lock Phil Watson will reportedly make his comeback next week.

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PAUL TAYLOR (LEFT) RETURNS FOR THE VIKINGS AGAINST GOOLE TOMORROW photo ANDY STANDING

Canadian prop Liam Murray had a very promising start coming off the bench against Bridlington last week and will start at tight-head against Yarnbury replacing Wesley Langkilde who drops to the bench and is joined by Toby Welsby and Richard Scales. Jordan Wakeham who has had a couple of starts from the bench, drops to the Vikings to hopefully play a full game against Goole at Silver Royd. Scarborough beat Yarnbury 28-12 at home earlier in the season with Taylor the club’s specialist tight-head prop having a massive influence on the game and Wakeham named man-of-the-match; pity they’ll be on Vikings’ duty on Saturday.

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LIAM MURRAY IN ACTION AGAINST BRID ON HIS SCARBOROUGH DÉBUT photograph ANDY STANDING

Sunday sees the Valkryies back in action at Silver Royd for the first time since early November. The Scarborough women’s XV take on Harrogate ladies whom they beat 29-5 on the road back in October. They’ll be keen to get their league season back on track after a couple of difficult fixtures in both league and cup competitions either side of Christmas. It’s going to be great day for the club’s under-13 and under-15 girls’ teams who will play an in-house game prior to the main fixture at 2pm. The girls kick-off at 1pm. After the Valkryies match they’re running a ‘Day at the Races’ to raise funds for their upcoming tour.

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FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Local derby day at Silver Royd

14 Jan

Source: FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Local derby day at Silver Royd

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with DAVE CAMPBELL – Local derby day at Silver Royd

14 Jan
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DAVE CAMPBELL

Saturday’s local derby at Silver Royd will undoubtedly attract Scarborough’s biggest crowd of the Season.  The east coast bragging rights will be contested for by Bridlington in third and Scarborough fifth place in a very competitive Yorkshire One league.

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A BIG CROWD IS EXPECTED ON SATURDAY

The men from Duke’s Park have been delighting their always vociferous home crowd with several free-scoring displays this season; namely last week’s 67-0 destruction of visitors Yarnbury and the 95-27 walloping of Old Crossleyans back in October. Include the 41-0 defeat of struggling Selby and the 52-8 thrashing of Yarnbury on the road and it’s not difficult to see why they are favourites for Saturday’s clash.

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SCARBOROUGH V BRIDLINGTON

On the other hand Scarborough have been anything but free-scoring, yet only Hullensians separate them from Bridlington in the league.  A horrendous run of injuries has had a big influence on their season; however they have been no one’s fall guys and like Brid have lost only four games during this campaign.  The loss of players like Harry Domett, Ant Coffey, Alex Renwick, Tom Harrison, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson and James Leach leaves a huge hole but the efforts  of the teenagers who have come into the squad has been immense. And that was exemplified by a committed second half performance on the artificial pitch at West Park Leeds last week where Tom Ratcliffe’s men came from behind to snatch a 21-20 win.

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ISAAC FAAMAU last week’s man-of-the-match. photograph by ANDY STANDING

At the time of going to press the Scarborough squad is unchanged from last week’s 21-20 win at West Park Leeds with the exception hooker Jacob Young who drops down to the Vikings: Mark Hopper hooks and Hayden Ogilvie starts at prop.  A forward substitute has yet to be named but will probably be new recruit Liam Murray who can play prop and hooker. He’ll join Jordan Wakeham and Ben Martin on the bench.

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LIAM MURRAY 

Scarborough’s woman’s side, the Valkryies travelled to Nottinghamshire on a wet and windy Sunday last week in the National Cup and were hugely disappointed to lose to Ashfield Ladies conceding a try late in the game. However a terrific all-round performance bodes well for the rest of the season with the ladies’ next game on the 24th is against Harrogate Ladies on Sunday the 24th.

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THE VALKRYIES IN ACTION  picture by JAKE STANDING

Last week’s game at West Park Leeds was played on an artificial 3G pitch due to the wet weather. The pitch was tightly fenced in with tiny in-goal areas and about 2 metres space behind the touchlines. After a dodgy first half the Scarborough lads coped well, but for the travelling support who had to watch the game through a green mesh fence and your correspondent who struggled to get his photographs in-focus, it wasn’t so much fun. Oh yes and I had another numerically challenged afternoon on TWITTER when I lost count of the score and thought the game had ended 21-21!  All was well and many TWITTER followers on @SN_Sport quickly informed me of my miscalculation!

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FENCED-IN 3G PITCH AT WEST PARK LEEDS

A ‘game of two halves’ at West Park Leeds!

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FENCED-IN 3G PITCH AT WEST PARK LEEDS

I was as usual reporting on Scarborough for the SCARBOROUGH NEWS yesterday at West Park Leeds. The Silver Royd ‘Bratpack’ had a nightmare error strewn first half and a really lively WPL side took full advantage scoring a couple of well worked tries. At 10-0 to ‘Park’ the game could have been over had they scored when camped on the Scarborough line for five minutes but ‘white line fever’ prevailed. After a half-time rollocking Scarbs looked a different side and just about deserved their narrow win. There appeared to be a few new faces in the WPL side but it was nice to see former Scarborough back row Chris Lee who had a good game. Great idea to use the 3G pitch but the game didn’t start until 2.45pm and the lights were totally inadequate. My apologies for my numerically challenged tweets @SN_Sport but I am a septuagenarian and was trying to write a report, tweet and take photographs! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

Canadian prop Liam joins Scarborough’s ‘Bratpack’

10 Jan
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LIAM MURRAY AT WEST PARK LEEDS YESTERDAY

The latest addition to Scarborough’s playing staff Canadian teenager Liam Murray flew into Manchester earlier this week and has been training at Silver Royd. The young prop has who is in the CANADA RUGBY under-18 training squad hails from Vancouver and played for Langley RUFC on Canada’s west coast. I caught up with him as he watched his new teammates take on West Park Leeds yesterday. He can’t wait to get into action and if selected is keenly anticipating next Saturday’s local derby with Bridlington.   Murray attended a Rugby Canada U18 evaluation camp at Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia back in October and celebrated his 18th birthday whilst at the camp with young players from all over Canada.  Going up against the best in his age group may have been intimidating for some: however Murray did not have that problem as he is accustomed to playing against men, some of whom are twice his age for Langley’s First Division side. Great stuff;  but I’m sure this likeable young man will find life in a Yorkshire One front row as big a challenge as he has faced in his rugby life so far!

FROM THE TOUCHLINE with Dave Campbell A tough start to 2016

8 Jan
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DAVE CAMPBELL

Happy New Year, and I hope you’ve all had a terrific festive season. The club has a horrific injury list and the early part of 2016 looks daunting.

Scarborough’s youngest senior players will once more be stepping into the breach for tomorrow’s first game of 2016 at West Park Leeds. Seven teenagers will be in the squad to face Yorkshire One’s bottom club as the club’s injury list rules out seven regular first team players, at least a couple of them until next season.

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TOM HARRISON IN ACTION picture by Andy Standing

With James Leach, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson, Tom Harrison, Harry Domett, Alex Renwick and Anthony Coffey all crocked, Jacob Young, Jack Ireland, Ben Martin, Drew Govier, Hayden Ogilvie, Toby Welsby and Jordan Wakeham who are all under nineteen, turn out for the Seasiders.

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ANT COFFEY HAS BEEN CONSPICUOUS BY HIS ABSENCE SINCE BEING SIDELINED WITH INJURY SINCE THE AUTUMN AND IS SORELY MISSED IN THE SCARBOROUGH LINE-UP

‘Park’ were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season but have struggled on their return to the Yorkshire top flight. The west Yorkshiremen went into their last game of 2015 without a Yorkshire One win but surprisingly beat fellow strugglers Yarnbury 22-11 away from home to end a run of eleven straight defeats. Former Silver Royd favourite back-row Chris Lee now at West Park played a big part in the game. Christian Dente another former Scarborough player turned out for Park in the game at Silver Royd.

Scarborough won the corresponding fixture 31-23 at Silver Royd back in September thanks to tries from Tom Harrison, Matty Young and Drew Govier. Harrison, who was injured in the penultimate game before Christmas and misses Saturday’s game also added sixteen points with his prolific boot.

With such a long injury list, the gods of the infirm haven’t looked kindly on the Seasiders this campaign; however Coach Lee Douglas’ faith in his young charges bodes well for the second half of the season.

Elsewhere this weekend, Scarborough’s women’s team travel to Ashfield in Nottinghamshire for their game in the 3rd round of the national knock-out cup. At the time of going to press the club’s second string, the Vikings had yet to arrange a game at Silver Royd tomorrow.

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THE VALKRYIES 

 

 

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