Archive | September, 2016

Skipper Matty Jones takes charge at Yarnbury.

30 Sep

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Following the huge disappointment of just failing with the difficult kick which would have salvaged a draw following a spirited fight-back against high-flying West Leeds at Silver Royd last Saturday, Scarborough will take the positives from their performance on the road tomorrow as they travel to Leeds to take on Yarnbury RFC.

 

Skipper Matty Jones has arrived from New Zealand and is drafted straight into the squad as is American Devin Ibanez; Jones only arrived in the UK yesterday and Ibanez reported for duty on Tuesday. Graham Hogg misses the game injured but centre Billy Parker takes his place. Youngster Tom Burton makes his first team debut following an outstanding game at Scunthorpe for the Vikings in which he scored a couple of spectacular tries and Tom Ratcliffe has recovered from a back injury which saw him miss the second half of the game with West Leeds.

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GRAHAM HOGG MISSES TOMORROW’S GAME THROUGH INJURY

Yarnbury lost their opening three games conceding almost 100 points but bounced back with a 27-25 win at bottom club Heath last Saturday which was a surprise as Heath were highly fancied before the season kicked off. In the corresponding game last season the Seasiders snatched an injury-time 29-29 draw in January with a touchline conversion by Tom Ratcliffe; they earned a bonus-point with a 28-12 home win at Silver Royd in October. There will be a coach to this fixture meeting at 1130am.

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TOM RATCLIFFE HAS RECOVERED FROM HIS BACK INJURY AND RETURNS TOMORROW

The Vikings and Danesmen are also in action tomorrow against Hull & York Medics and Goole respectively. All senior games kick-off at 3pm. Following their terrific opening win on the road at Bishop Auckland two weeks ago, Scarborough’s ladies team the Valkryies are in action on Sunday in their first home game of the season as they take on Bradford Salem Ladies. Plenty of action is guaranteed and the game kicks off at 2pm.

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A couple of weeks ago Assistant Leisure Manager at BARONS, Dave Mort had a ‘go’ at rugby for the first time with a mixed sex and ability group and rounded off an enjoyable evening scoring a try; He was suitably ‘chuffed’ with his effort. I did report at the time that it wouldn’t be too long until we see the big guy on the rugby field. Well it has come even sooner than I forecast and he turns out in his first ever game of rugby for the Norsemen against Goole on Saturday. The very best of luck Dave!

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Sean Fitzpatrick signs a rugby ball at last night’s Sportsmen’s Dinner at Silver Royd

Last night a big Silver Royd turnout was delighted with a superb talk by All Black legendry captain Sean Fitzpatrick in the Qudos Suite at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse. A Stirring speech by the popular Kiwi had the crowd on their feet ending a wonderful evening on a  high note.

 

Kiwi couple arrive at Silver Royd

29 Sep

Two Kiwis at Silver Royd today; Sean Fitzpatrick All Black legend (top) speaks at the club’s annual Sportsman’s Dinner this evening. Club skipper Matty Jones calls in on his arrival from New Zealand this morning.

Vikings make it two in a row at Scunthorpe.

26 Sep
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THE VIKINGS IN A ACTION AGAINST BRIDLINGTON LAST WEEK

Scunthorpe Stallions 22 Scarborough Vikings 35

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Following last week’s 27-3 defeat of visitors Bridlington at Silver Royd, Scarborough’s second-string, the Vikings made it two in a row with a convincing win in Lincolnshire.

With a combination of experience and youth the Vikings ran in five tries, all converted by Alex Rowley. No8 Aaron Wilson was in devastating form and bagged a couple of tries for his efforts.

Following a well taken touchdown against Bridlington last week Tom Burton was a real handful for the Scunthorpe defence who struggled against the 17-year-old’s pace. The youngster ran in a couple of tries and looks a real prospect for first team rugby this season.

The Vikings will look to continue their 100% start to the season as they entertain Hull & York Medicals at Silver Royd on Saturday.

 

Scarborough just pipped by high-flying West Leeds

25 Sep

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An attacking Scarborough scrum just outside the West Leeds five metre line.

Northern Division – Yorkshire One

Scarborough 27 West Leeds 29

BY DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s poor early season form continued with a 27-29 defeat at the hands of high-flying West Leeds at Silver Royd Yesterday.

The Visitors looked well organized from the start and took an early lead with a converted try for 7-0. The game was keenly contested and Scarborough’s Tom Harrison and James Leach found themselves cooling their heels in the sin bin early in the first half.

However, The Seasiders stuck to their task and a try from winger Jack Anderson reduced the arrears at 5-7 before fullback Tom Ratcliffe nudged his side 10-7 ahead with a spectacular individual effort in first half injury time.

A free-scoring second half saw visitors 29-17 ahead and on course for a comfortable win. However Scarborough showed real determination and a try from prop Alessandro Zavatti reduced the arrears to 29-22.

The excitement wasn’t over yet and a late touchdown by centre Maloni Moata’ana reduced the arrears to a couple of points at 29-27. A touchline conversion was required from centre Graham Hogg for a draw but it alas it wasn’t to be and the Seasiders had to be content with two bonus points.

This performance against a good West Leeds side augers well for the months ahead and with skipper Matty Jones arriving from New Zealand on Thursday there is every cause for optimism; however consistency, composure near the opposition line and particularly fitness is required before this side reaches its potential.

Scarborough face high-flying West Leeds on club’s Ladies Day

23 Sep

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MATTY YOUNG IN ACTION IN LAST WEEK’S 11-33 DEFEAT AT BRIDLINGTON 

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Things have not been easy for Scarborough’s rejigged side in the opening games of the season as they bed in new players and await the arrival of new skipper Matty Jones. A narrow defeat at Selby, a hard-fought home win over York and a 33-11 thumping at league-leaders Bridlington last week can best be described as a ‘mixed’ start.

And things won’t get easier as the Seasiders entertain West Leeds at Silver Royd tomorrow. ‘West’ come off the back of a magnificent promotion winning season as champions of Yorkshire Two, winners of the Yorkshire Shield and winners of the RFU National Senior Vase at Twickenham.

They have won two out of their three Yorkshire One fixtures so far, scoring 113 points in the defeat of Heath and North Ribblesdale and losing 17-11 at Old Brods. I’m old enough to have reported on many close games between the clubs at Bluehill lane and Newby in Yorkshire Two at the turn of the century when the legendary Dave Breakwell led West Leeds. In fact I remember when reporting at one game at Bluehill lane I chatted to a Scarborough players’ wife who, although heavily pregnant was watching her husband in action; her offspring has seen action with the first team this season. Can you guess who it is?

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TOM RATCLIFFE SCORED SCARBOROUGH’S ONLY TRY AT BRID LAST WEEK

For tomorrow’s game Coach Lee Douglas includes wingman Jack Anderson in his squad and welcomes back second row Mikey Readman who has served a two match ban for his sending off at Selby. There was much talk about the performance of the young referee at Bridlington last week but 33-11 is a thumping in anyone’s book and the men from Silver Royd will have to put in a big shift against a rampant Leeds outfit that are scoring tries for fun at the moment.

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PAUL TAYLOR (RIGHT) MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN HE CAME ON AGAINST BRID 2nds

Last Saturday I had a chance to catch up with the Vikings as they beat visitors Bridlington 2nds 27-3 at Silver Royd. Drawing 3-3 at half time they ran away with things scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half to win 27-3. Prop Paul Taylor made a huge difference when he came on at half-time; Joe Lenton was my man-of-the-match.

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SCARBOROUGH COLTS IN ACTION LAST SUNDAY

 

A glorious Sunday morning gave me a chance to pop up and see some junior and mini-rugby and what a treat it was; so many enthusiastic kids, parents, young men and women enjoying their rugby. I particularly enjoyed the colts’ game between Scarborough and Selby. The visitors won a terrific game 25-17 with both sides playing some enterprising rugby.

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THE VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT BISHOP AUKLAND LAST SUNDAY

Finally, congratulations to the Valkryies who won their opening league game 13-12 at Bishop Aukland. With almost half of their team playing their first ever game of a rugby it really was quite an achievement; Congratulations ladies. Their first home game is against Bradford Salem on the 4th of October.

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LUNCH ON LADIES DAY LAST SEASON

Scarborough blown away by late tries in Dukes Park derby – Vikings win 27-3 at Silver Royd

17 Sep

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TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION     PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Tom Ratcliffe scored Scarborough’s only try in this afternoon’s 33-11  defeat by Bridlington at Dukes Park. The game was for the most part close-fought but the visitors predilection for battering through the middle was easily handled by the home side.  Trailing 8-11   the Seasiders were in the game well into the second half but indiscipline saw two players sin-binned late in the game.  Bridlington took advantage of their numerical superiority to run in three late tries for a bonus-point win.

At Silver Royd the Vikings were too strong for a game Bridlington 2nds and won 27-3 with ease having been held to 3-3 at half-time.

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VETERAN PROP TOM FISH ON THE CHARGE FOR THE VIKINGS     PHOTO: DAVE CAMPBELL

 

 

A ‘cracker’ in store tomorrow at Dukes Park as Brid take on Scarborough

16 Sep

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ISSAC FAAMAU MAKES A BREAK LAST WEEK AGAINST YORK 

   PHOTO DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough makes the short journey south tomorrow to take on Bridlington in what should as usual be a keenly-fought local derby at Dukes Park.

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BRID DEFEND A RUCK ON THEIR LINE IN A PREVIOUS DERBY AT DUKES PARK

PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

‘Brid’ have made a positive start to their Yorkshire One campaign beating visitors Old Brodlieans 24-11 on the opening game of the season. However they didn’t have everything their own way last  week, managing to snatch a narrow 12-9 win with an injury-time  try at Halifax-based outfit Heath RFC.

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GRAEME JEFFREY MISSES TOMORROW’S ACTION  PHOTO DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough bounced back from a narrow 10-6 defeat at Selby on the opening day of the season to beat high-flying Yorks 20-17 in a close-fought affair at Silver Royd last Saturday. The Minstermen outscored Scarborough 3 to 2 on tries but the boot of Graham Hogg proved to be decisive.

For tomorrow’s game Coach Lee Douglas will be without the services of fullback Graeme Jeffrey who is unavailable due to family commitments; his replacement at fifteen had not been announced at the time of going to press or the identity of the squads eighteenth player.

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HOW MANY SCARBOROUGH PLAYERS CAN YOU IDENTIFY FROM THIS GAME AT BRID A COUPLE OF SEASONS AGO?                     PICTURE: DAVE CAMPBELL

Dukes Park hasn’t exactly been a happy hunting ground for the Seasiders but games there have almost always been close. Last season the home side just edged it 22-18 whilst Scarborough won the fixture 24-17 in season 2014-15. No matter the outcome this is always a derby played with ‘edge’; tomorrow, I’m sure will be no different. Unfortunately, the good lady wife, Mrs C is still incapacitated with here broken leg etc and I’ll miss the Dukes Park derby for the first time in many years. However I may get leave it pop in for the Vikings’ game tomorrow.

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DAVE BECK

It was great to see former Coach Dave Beck back in harness at Silver Royd in his new role; Dave had to stand down due to family commitments a few seasons ago.

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A BUSY SILVER ROYD LAST SUNDAY

I spent an enjoyable morning at Silver Royd last Sunday watching the minis and juniors going through their paces. As usual it was a delight to see the many voluntary coaches in action with their charges.

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NEW YDO GRAHAM HOGG DISCUSSES THE MORNING’S SESSION WITH HIS COACHES

The Vikings, the Scarborough club’s second string are also in action against Bridlington tomorrow at Silver Royd; kick-off 3pm.

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GRAHAM HOGG’S BOOT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BEETWEN THE TEAMS AGAINST YORK

 

 

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