Archive | March, 2016

From the touchline with DAVE CAMPBELL – Crocs – Valkryies – Dave – Zoe – Mo

25 Mar

 

2016-03-24 WESLEY SCORES AT CROCS

WESLEY LANGKILDE SCORES AT OLD CROSSLEYANS LAST WEEK photo Andy Standing

I was unable to produce a blog previewing last weekend’s game at Old Crossleyans for personal reasons but the team did in the end come away from west Yorkshire with a bonus point win. There is no game tomorrow but here is  my report from Old Crossleyans:

‘Scarborough got off to a flying start running in three tries in the opening 13 minutes at Old Crossleyans. But having fallen behind at the break, they bounced back to grab a bonus-point win.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men took control from the start playing a fast and furious brand of rugby and took a 5-0 lead in the 7th minute with try from prop Wesley Langkilde.

The Seasiders were irresistible in the early exchanges and when wing Graeme Jeffrey broke a couple of tackles and galloped out of his own half his pass found Isaac Faamau. The marauding No8 released fly-half Tomasz Chadwick who switched play right to left with a cross-field kick and centre Ant Coffey plucked the ball from the air and powered over in the 11th minute.

Coffey had barely time to convert for 12-0 when he was back in action two minutes later involved in a sweeping move from deep finished off by Langkilde for 17-0.

Apparently exhausted by their early efforts the Seasiders took their foot of the gas and the Halifax-based side took control of the second quarter.

A try from flanker Billy Hammond gave ‘Crocs’ a foothold in the game in the 21st minute and fullback and skipper Chris Vine reduced the arrears to ten points with the conversion.

Centre Luke Saltonstall intercepted a loose Scarborough pass in midfield to race away and score in the 25th minute. Vine converted to cut the Scarborough advantage to three points.

Leading 17-14 Scarborough couldn’t buy some possession at that stage and when left wing Gareth Sweeney got on the end of a slick move following forward pressure on the Scarborough line, the first half transformation was complete and Crossleyans led 19-17 in the 37th minute.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe had a chance to snatch the lead back with a difficult penalty on the stroke of half-time but his effort just missed the upright.

The second half was a far less frenetic affair than the first and Scarborough took control through the forwards who reasserted the dominance they had shown early in the game with lock James Leach, Faamau and flanker Ben Martin in punishing form.

A series of attacking five metre scrums saw the visiting eight turn the screw and Crossleyans’ replacement Rory Davis was sin binned in the 53rd minute.

The Seasiders continued to pile on the pressure and regained the lead in the 55th minute when the impressive Isaac Faamau drove over and Ratcliffe converted from the touchline for 24-19.

A Tom Ratcliffe penalty in the 68th minute increased the gap between the sides to eight points before scrum half Jordan Wakeman put the outcome beyond doubt side-stepping through a pedestrian ‘Crocs’ defence for a signature opportunist try late in the game.

Two of the youngest players in the team James Leach and Ben Martin were named men-of-the-match; both players grow in confidence and stature with every game and worked tirelessly in an improved pack performance.’

THE VALKRYIES

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AISLING ROBINSON SCORES AGAINST ACKLAM   photograph Andy Standing

Last Sunday the Valkryies blew away the challenge of a spirited but limited Acklam side running in twelve unanswered tries in a one-sided affair at Silver Royd.

Playing with a northerly breeze behind them the Valkryies made a brisk start and were on the scoreboard within three minutes when skipper and scrum-half Cathy-Ann Myers powered over for the opening score and a 5-0 Scarborough lead.

Fullback Mel Halstead failed to convert but made amends in the 7th minute when she scampered away to cross and double the Valkryies’ advantage.

The Silver Royd ladies took control with some powerful forward drives and it was no surprise when fly-half Danni Rowley increased the lead to 15-0 with a superb solo effort in the 14th minute.

And the one-way traffic continued with tries from the Mel Halstead in the 17th 19th and 24th minutes with No 8 Clair Robinson fitting one in in the 18th minute. Halstead converted three for a 41-0 lead in the 24th minute.

The Teeside girls struggled for possession as they failed to chase their re-starts, handing possession back more often than not to Cathy-Ann Myers. On a couple of occasions she chipped over the visitors’ defensive line for a teammate (Mel Halstead) to chase-down and score without an Acklam hand touching the ball from the re-start kick.

The Scarborough girls finished off the half with tries from Jess Glanville and a fifth from Halstead who converted both for a 55-0 half-time lead.

With the wind behind them after the break Acklam showed much more resolve and the Valkryies found handling difficult with the breeze in their faces.

However a lack of possession hampered the visitors’ offensive ambitions and the Valkryies got the scoreboard ticking over with again with spectacular tries from Aisling Robinson, a hard running blond-bombshell in the centre who crossed in the 49th and 51st minutes for 65-0. And the final try came in the 75th minute from Myers who had set the ball rolling in the 3rd minute.

This game was a walk in the park for the Valkryies; not that their opponents were so terribly poor but that they never at any time in the game won enough possession to really compete.

ZOE ALDCROFT

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ZOE ALDCROFT

It’s been a busy week for local rugby star Zoe Aldcroft; she travelled to France with the England under-20s last Saturday then turned out for Northumberland University in the final of the Universities Women’s rugby competition at Twickenham on Wednesday. Unfortunately both games ended in narrow defeat for the rangy back row forward a mere glitch I think in an otherwise steady progress to full International Honours.

DAVE PRINCE

As you will know from this blog and local media my friend and fellow rugby reporter Dave Prince passed away suddenly on the 12th of March. I attended his funeral yesterday at Scarborough Crematorium and it was packed out with standing room only in the ante room. A ‘wake’ was held at Scarborough Rugby Club and many stories were told by family and friends. The big fella’ had a good ‘send off’ and will be sorely missed.  R.I.P DAVE

MO STEPHENSON

Easter Monday is Mo’s Memorial Day and everyone is invited to Scarborough Rugby Club to remember Mo and Keith Marshall who sadly died last year. The day’s events will be as follows:

NOON: A TAG RUGBY TOURNAMENT FEATURING SCARBOROUGH COLTS, THE VALKRYIES AND STAXTON CRICKET CLUB

1.15PM: LUNCH (£15pp) TO BOOK CONTACT JOHN ON 0740 067347

2.45PM: THE BIG MATCH – KLOSTERS XV versus KEITH MARSHALL XV

4.15PM: PRESENTATIONS & AUCTION

4.30PM: LIVE MUSIC with JACK ANDERSON & LAURA WELBURN

SHOULD BE A GREAT DAY!!

 

 

 

 

SAD NEWS: SUDDEN DEATH OF DAVE PRINCE

13 Mar
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DAVE PRINCE R.I.P.

It’s with heavy heart I report that my friend, club mate and fellow reporter Dave Prince died suddenly yesterday evening.

I’ve known Dave for well over twenty years and over the years I suppose we have visited most of the grounds in Yorkshire. In recent times he had done his share of note taking and reporting in all weathers around the Yorkshire league grounds. 

Going back to 1996 he completely took over my press duties when I was out of action for over a year with cancer and had many amusing tales to tell of his time as a live reporter for Yorkshire Coast Radio. I will always be grateful to him for that. He was also for a while the Scarborough RUFC fixture secretary.

The last time I talked to him was yesterday afternoon at Scarborough Rugby Club whilst we were watching the England-Wales game. And it’s good to know that the last game he watched saw his beloved England put one over on the old enemy.

R.I.P Dave.

VIKINGS AND VALKRYIES IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND PLUS ZOE ON PREMIERSHIP SHORTLIST

12 Mar
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DAVE CAMPBELL

For Scarborough RUFC’s first team it’s a free Saturday today and although there is no live rugby at Silver Royd, the Vikings are in action at BP Chemicals at Hull.

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JAMES LEACH(with ball) IN ACTION

The Silver Royd second string are having a good season although a side weakened by first team call-ups was beaten 0-44 by a strong Driffield Centurions (2nd XV) at home a couple of weeks ago. Skipper Simon Dixon’s side is strengthened by the inclusion of first-teamers James Leach, Wesley Langkilde and Ian Williams in the pack.

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VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

The Valkryies were mighty disappointed when their home fixture with Barnsley fell foul of the weather last weekend. Tomorrow they travel north to take on Bishop Auckland Ladies who were beaten 25-12 at Silver Royd on the 31st of September.

Andy Standing my photographer friend is ever the innovator and has come up with some ideas for merchandising at Scarborough RUFC. One kite he has flown recently was for club key rings with pictures of your favourite players. I was given a few to choose from and picked the item below!! More to follow soon.

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The match programme at Silver Royd these days is a very professional, glossy product packed with articles and information and as someone who covers the team home and away is easily the best programme to be had in the Yorkshire and Northeast leagues. A far cry from the item I produced with my old typewriter and Gestetner Cyclograph device back in 1984 when I returned to Scarborough after three years working abroad. I had a friend sketch me a drawing of a lineout and produced the programme on either side of an A4 sheet of paper with the teams and FROM THE TOUCHLINE.  I produced a programme for EVERY home game so it was quite labour intensive and it was sometimes a problem getting the likes of Old Rodillians third team but it was a fun time; I think I prefer the present programme though.

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A PROGRAMME FROM 1994 AND A GESTETNER MACHINE 

Huge congratulations are due to local woman’s international rugby star Zoe Aldcroft who has been shortlisted for Premiership Player of the year award in her first season with Mowden Park Sharks. Zoe played in England under-20’s 24-24 draw with France last week and will travel to Chantilly RFC on Saturday 19 March for the return game.

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ZOE IN ACTION AGAINST FRANCE

Finally, don’t forget all of this weekend’s SIX NATIONS action can be seen on the big screens in the J.M. GUTHRIE clubhouse.

YORK WIN LOCAL DERBY AT SILVER ROYD

7 Mar

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BEN MARTIN CONTESTS A LINEOUT AGAINST YORK  photograph ANDY STANDING

SCARBOROUGH 5 YORK 13

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough slid to their third consecutive home defeat of the year beaten by a well-organized York side in bitterly cold conditions at Silver Royd.

Playing with the elements the Seasiders grabbed an early lead when stand-in scrum-half Toby Welby made a searing break from the base of a Scarborough scrum in the York half and released James Leach who powered over. 

Referee Andy Hogson was unsighted and the big Scarborough lock’s effort was disallowed. However from the resulting scrum the ball was moved left and fullback Ant Coffey powered over for a 5-0 lead.

York brushed this early reverse aside and came back strongly to score a couple of well-worked tries from forward drives to lead 10-5 at the break.

A much improved Scarborough second half performance should have produced more but a late penalty saw York to a 13-5 win.

 

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

 

Local derby day at Silver Royd as Scarborough take on York

4 Mar

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TOM RATCLIFFE SCORES IN A SCARBOROUGH-YORK GAME AT SILVER ROYD

Well it’s the first week of March and tomorrow is only our third home fixture of 2016. Unfortunately I missed the other two due to a family commitment and my stair-diving antics whilst visiting relatives in Scotland; I promise to take more water with it in future!

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Victorious visitors Scarborough at Old Brods PICTURE ANDY STANDING

Although Scarborough lost to high-flyers Bradford & Bingley and Bridlington in those home games, they have made steady progress in their five games on the road. A 21-20 win on the artificial pitch at West Park Leeds, a 29-29 draw at Yarnbury, a terrific win in a Blizzard at Old Brods, defeat at Hullensians and last week a 13-10 win at Bradford Salem thanks to an injury-time drop-goal by skipper Tom Ratcliffe; three wins, a draw and one defeat; not a bad haul.

The Seasiders recorded a well-deserved 31-12 victory at York in early November, however the men from Clifton Park have been on a good run this Year losing only one game in seven (at Bridlington) including last Saturday’s 25-18 win at strugglers Old Crossleyans.

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JOE LENTON PLAYS TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

Scrum-half Jordan Wakeham sustained an ankle injury near the end of the game at Bradford last week and will be replaced by feisty utility back Toby Welsby. In the forwards Hayden Ogilvie starts in the front row with Mark Hopper dropping down to the bench; the back five are unchanged from last week. Behind them with the exception of Wakeham, the backs are unchanged from last week. Andy Rossol and Phil Stewart join Hopper on the bench. The Vikings who were trounced 44-0 by Driffield 2nds last week travel to York. All games kick off at 3pm.

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VICTORIOUS VALKYRIES AT DARLINGTON

 

The Valkryies are back in action at Silver Royd on Sunday when they take on Barnsley Ladies at 2pm. The Scarborough senior women’s XV will look to avenge a 22-7 reverse in south Yorkshire back in November and will look to bounce back from their defeat at league leaders YORK RI two weeks ago.

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BEN MARTIN

 

Congratulations to Ben Martin and Joe Marshall who were both honoured in this week’s Scarborough Sports Council awards. Ben won the leading young sportsman award with Joe being runner-up in the same category. Both of these admirable young men are a credit to their families and their club and thoroughly deserve their success.

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JOE MARSHALL

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