Archive | March, 2017

Dave Campbell previews tomorrow’s Heath-Scarborough game

31 Mar

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BILLY PARKER AND LONI-LONI IN ACTION AGAINST HEATH photo ANDY STANDING

Scarborough travel to Heath tomorrow for their final away game of the season having disposed of Old Brodleians by a massive 69-20 scoreline at Silver Royd last Saturday. However, they know that tomorrow’s clash at the Halifax-based outfit’s North Dean ground will be a completely different kettle of fish to last week’s eleven try romp in the sun; particularly as they will be without the services of influential skipper Matty Jones who sustained a broken toe in last week’s game.

Also missing from the Seasiders’ line-up is forward Ethynne Terblance who suffered a concussion against Brods. Scarborough came out on top when the teams met in the corresponding game at Silver Royd winning 24-3 following a hard-fought game, thanks to tries from Matty Jones, Nino Cutino and Aaron Wilson who returns to the squad from injury tomorrow.

Heath have had a good 2017 so far winning seven of their last nine games including the 23-13 defeat of Beverley; however they provided the first away win for struggling North Ribblesdale losing 15-13. North Dean has been a fairly happy hunting ground for the Seasiders over the last few seasons; they last lost to Heath on the road in 2013. Last year the game between the clubs at North Dean ended in a 20-20 draw

Heath has a well-drilled cohesive forward pack which has been the basis of their recent resurgence. How Scarborough cope with the loss of skipper and tight-head prop Matty Jones and the consequent reshuffle of their front row could determine the outcome of tomorrow’s game.

 

 

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LEONI TO RUN THE LONDON MARATHON IN SUPPORT OF THE RFU’s INJURED PLAYERS FOUNDATION

31 Mar

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26 year old runner @Leoni Bradnam a Scarborough RUFC member and runner with the Scarborough Athletic club is running the London Marathon on Sunday the 23rd of April in aid of the RFU’s Injured players foundation. She has been involved in fund-raising including raffles, just-giving page etc and when she talked to me she told me all about her efforts:

” I run for Scarborough AC and am normally very competitive in races – but this time it is just a case of getting round! Will not be aiming for a time for once!!”

“I’ve enjoyed watching rugby for most of my life but have regularly seen players’ livelihoods and family lives suffering due to gaining injuries while playing a game that they love. I’m inspired by the mental determination of rugby players, especially those who have been injured in such a way – they have an unbelievable amount of mental strength which – contrary to popular belief – is the majority of what any successful runner needs!”

” I want to raise £2000 to support players who often have had their lives changed by a catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, many who have lost speech and the ability to feed themselves, communicate or – in some cases – even move. Many need specialised wheelchairs so they can get out of the house or play with their children; some require audio and speech equipment; others need to re-train in a new career so that they can continue to earn money for their family.”

I will be holding my final raffle at Scarborough Rugby Club on the 8th April and people can expect to pick up prizes such as genuine England kit and vouchers for local restaurants.

You can find further information on my JustGiving page which is below in my signature (please could you also put a link to the page if anyone would like to donate?): https://www.justgiving.com/Leoni-Bradnam2

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Old Brods blown away by rampant Scarborough at Silver Royd

26 Mar

MATTY YOUNG (above) RAN IN FOUR TRIES

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

SCARBOROUGH 69 OLD BRODLIEANS 20

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough scored a point a minute for the first half-hour of a fast moving game; they went on to run in 11 tries in trouncing visitors Old Brodlieans 69-20 at a sun-drenched Silver Royd.

Prop Nino Cutino opened the scoring in the 5th minute and the rampant Seasiders ran in five tries to earn a bonus point with only half of the match played.

Leading 31-3 at half-time and with second row Mikey Readman in the sin-bin having been Yellow Carded just before the break, skipper Matty Jones’s men conceded a try only three minutes into the second half. However that was merely a glitch and they dominated the rest of the game running in a further six touchdowns.

The fact that they’d grabbed a couple of tries of their own was scant consolation for the West Yorkshiremen as Scarborough recorded their biggest win of the season running up a tally of 69 points which included four thrilling tries from winger Matty Young.

The Seasiders are in great form having won 7 out of their last 8 games in what has been their strongest finish in Yorkshire One for quite some time. Youngster Jonty Holloway had an outstanding first XV home derby.
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FULL REPORT FROM DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES FROM STEVE LILLY IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

 

 

OLD BRODS NEXT UP AT SILVER ROYD Dave Campbell looks forward to tomorrow’s league action.

24 Mar

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It seems a long time since the start of the season and as is normal in March the games are now somewhat fewer in their frequency. Two weeks ago Matty Jones’s men made the 200 plus miles round trip to Settle for the game with North Ribblesdale and for the first time in several seasons came away from Grove Park with a win. A slow Scarborough start saw North Ribb race to an early 14-0 lead.  However the visitors hit back with a try from first team debutante young Jonty Holloway followed by a touchdown from Matty Young. Conversions from Tom Harrison and Graham Hogg levelled the scores at 14-14. After the break a second try for Matty Young converted by Graham Hogg and a couple of North Ribb penalties saw the Seasiders to a narrow but deserved 21-20 win.

Old Brodleians tomorrow’s league opponents at Silver Royd have an almost identical record to Scarborough with the exception being that the west Yorkshiremen have won one less game having drawn 27-27 at York; both sides have earned 14 bonus points this season. On their last league outing on the 11th of March ‘Brods’ suffered a 22-29 home defeat by local rivals Heath. Earlier in the season Coach Lee Douglas’s charges won the corresponding fixture 32-13 at Hipperholme.

Devin Ibanez sustained a neck injury against North Ribblesdale and ended up in York Hospital with two fractures of the Cricoid cartilage in his throat. The young American back row will be out of action for three games but hopes to return if selected for the final game of the season against Selby at Silver Royd on the 25th of April.  Aaron Wilson, Drew Govier, James Leach and Harry Domett are all long-term injury victims and are unlikely to play again this season. Jonty Holloway who scored a try on his debut last week retains his place and makes his first team home debut. Tom Anderson who has made a big impression with the Vikings is likely to make his first XV debut tomorrow; Phil Watson and Chris Purdy are also in the squad. Last season Scarborough and Old Brods fought out a 31-31 draw at Silver Royd; a similarly exciting game with hopefully Scarborough going one better would delight Coach Lee Douglas tomorrow.

HULLENSIANS BREAK FROM DEFENCE photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

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VICTORIOUS VALKRYIES AT ACKLAM

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Although there was no first team action last weekend there was still plenty of senior action. At Silver Royd on Saturday the club’s third string, the Vikings beat Hullensian 15-5. The following day the Valkryies recorded a massive 96-5 win at Acklam Ladies. A full report on both games, including a report on tomorrow’s Old Brods clash and a look forward to April’s action can be found in my column in the Scarborough Review, out on the 31st of March.

 

DEVIN IBANEZ photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

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SCARBOROUGH LOOK FOR RARE WIN AT NORTH RIBBLESDALE TOMORROW by Dave Campbell

10 Mar

dsc_0159Scarborough defend a North Ribblesdale scrum at Silver Royd

Scarborough travel to North Ribblesdale tomorrow looking to win at the Settle-based club for the first time since Marcus Edwards kicked them to a 9-5 win back in 2002.

Both sides have been in and out of Yorkshire One since then but I’m almost certain the Yorkshire One games over the seasons have all gone with home advantage. And so far that’s how it’s been this campaign with Scarborough winning 52-10 at Silver Royd under the lights last month.

North Ribb have been dogged by injury and have hovered about the relegation zone for most of the season. However, they recorded their first away success with a last minute penalty to win 15-12 at Heath last week and move out of the relegation places.

There was much criticism for Scarborough after their 27-15 bonus point ‘ugly’ win against Keighley last week. However, a win is a win and Matty Jones and the team dug in when things weren’t going their way and Tom Ratcliffe ended the game with a flourish running in a cracking try at the death.

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The biggest disappointment of the afternoon last week was the injury to young Drew Govier who has been playing out of his skin this season and was my player of the month in my SCARBOROUGH REVIEW column for January and February. Good News is that nothing was broken; I’ll update you on his fitness next week.

With Govier sidelined Rich Scales returns to the back row and in the absence of Phil Watson Chris Purdy pairs up with Mikey Readman in the second row. In the backs, Joe Holliday and Billy Parker play as Joe Marshall and Graeme Jeffrey are unavailable. Jonty Holloway who has been outstanding for the Vikings makes his first team debut. The Vikings entertain BP Chemicals at Silver Royd tomorrow; kick-off 3pm.

I’ve just watched the Wales-Ireland game on TV and it was a superb advert for the Six Nations; intense, physical and quarter neither asked nor given with Wales deservedly winning 22-9. Tomorrow sees another big game for England as they look to keep their unbeaten run going and their hopes of a Grand Slam alive. Scotland have been playing some terrific rugby but I fancy Eddie Jones’s side to shade it at Twickenham with a grand finale to come in Dublin next weekend. England-Scotland kicks off at four with the Italy-France game at 1.30pm.

Scarborough grab 27-15 bonus point win at Silver Royd

4 Mar

Phil Watson takes clean lineout in this afternoon’s defeat of Keighley at Silver Royd.

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

SCARBOROUGH 27 KEIGHLEY 15

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough raced to a 14-0 lead in the early stages of a close-fought Yorkshire One clash at Silver Royd, skipper Matty Jones and fly-half Tom Harrison grabbing a try apiece in the opening fifteen minutes of the game. Harrison converted both.

Keighley got themselves back into the game in an evenly-contested second quarter and reduced the arrears to seven points with a close-range try by Hooker Shaun Minikin converted by off-half Alex Brown on the half-hour and trailed 14-7 at the break.

The visitors took control after the break but a combination of good home defence and an outbreak of white-line fever saw them fail to capitalize on their territorial and physical possession.

Scarborough stretched their lead to 19-7 on the hour on a rare incursion into Keighley territory when prop Nino Cutino powered over from a catch and drive.

In an exciting last ten minutes Harrison stretched the lead to 22-7 with a penalty before a try from No8 Lee Sugden gave Keighley hope. However a late flourish from Scarborough saw slick work down their left flank release centre Tom Ratcliffe to sell a cute dummy and glide over to seal a bonus point victory at 27-15.

 

 

‘RUCKGATE’ & Scarborough v Keighley tomorrow.

3 Mar

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England's Ben Te’o, Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje with Sergio Parisse of Italy
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ENGLAND V ITALY LAST SUNDAY

I watched last Sunday’s England-Italy game and was amazed at the furore caused by ‘RUCKGATE’ Italy’s ‘no ruck’ tactics in the game that allowed them to avoid the ruck and negate the offside line. It seemed to me that Italy coach Connor O’Shea merely looked for a legal way to stop his fragile side being flattened by the England Juggernaut. England failed to think on their feet during the first forty minutes of the game but having sorted things out in the dressing room went on to win the game scoring six tries in the process. A lot of hot air was generated after the game but personally I don’t think we’ll see any rule changes and I doubt if the tactic will be much repeated in the remainder of the tournament.  

Last Saturday was a free day as far as the league  was concerned for Scarborough RUFC but of course there was plenty of action at Silver Royd and in a wider context, the Six Nation Championship. The Vikings went down 25-10 to Pocklington Panthers after a cracker of a game in front of an enthusiastic turnout whilst there was plenty of international action on the big screens as Scotland beat Wales and Ireland got the better of France at the Aviva Stadium.

SCARBOROUGH CONTEST A LINEOUT IN THEIR LAST HOME GAME WITH BRADFORD SALEM photograph by ANDY STANDING

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However, it’s back to Yorkshire One action tomorrow with the visit of Keighley. The West Yorkshiremen are on a bit of a run at the moment and will be looking to make it four consecutive wins having beating North Ribblesdale, Old Brods and Heath on their last three outings.

LONI-LONI SUPPORTING BILLY PARKER (centre) PLAYED HIS LAST GAME FOR THE CLUB AND SCORED A TRY AGAINST BEVERLEY photograph by ANDY STANDING

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This mirrors Scarborough’s situation a couple of weeks ago when we travelled to Beverley looking for a fourth win on the trot having beaten Yarnbury,  Acklam and North Ribb in the preceding three games, running in 20 tries in the process. However it wasn’t to be and the men from Beaver Park were the best team on the day eventually running out 35-27 winners of a cracking game in which Scarborough only came alive after the break scoring three tries including one from Loni-Loni playing his last game for the club.

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ETHYNNE TERBLANCHE (on the ground) RETURNS AGAINST KEIGHLEY TOMORROW photograph DAVE CAMPBELL

Keighley had the upper hand in the corresponding game back in the autumn winning a close-fought affair 15-5; Coach Lee Douglas will look to his charges to gain revenge for that reverse tomorrow and has included centre Billy Parker, lock Phil Watson and returning South African Ethynne Terblache in his squad whilst retaining veteran utility back Graeme Jeffrey. Chris Purdy and Rich Scales are in the Vikings who travel to Malton.

Don’t forget all senior game from tomorrow until the end of the season kick off at 3pm.

 

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