Archive | April, 2017

Scarborough end their record-breaking season with a woeful display at Silver Royd.

23 Apr

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONESCARBOROUGH 19 SELBY 25

By DAVE CAMPBELL

JONTY HOLLOWAY PLAYED WITH CHARACTER AND RESOLVE IN DEFEAT


Scarborough let themselves and a huge Silver Royd turnout down,  turning in a spineless performance on the last day of the season against a side who had won only one game on the road and four games in all and who were staring relegation in the face.

The Seasiders took an early lead with a try from No8 Isaac Faamau who was playing his last game for the club; Tom Harrison added the extras for a 7-0 lead in the 2nd minute.

Although the game was evenly-fought, Scarborough struggled at the set pieces particularly the lineout where they lost 13 contests on their own throw. It was no surprise therefore when they conceded tries in the 13th and 35th minutes, one converted, for Selby to lead 12-7 as half-time approached. The visitors kicked a late-first half penalty to lead 15-7 at the break.

Selby stretched their lead in the second half with an unconverted try from close-range just after the break to lead 20-7 before touchdowns by Faamau and fullback Tom Ratcliffe for Scarborough reduced the arrears to a single point at 19-20 with 12 minutes to go.

A string of first-phase mistakes were the home side’s undoing and when a penalty conceded at a scrum in midfield resulted in panic stations on their own line from the resulting penalty, Scarborough conceded a forth bonus-point try from close range to trail 26-19 with only minutes left on the clock.

With the honourable exception of some of the younger more inexperienced players, a general lack of mental strength, apparent motivation and composure led to a shocking defeat at the hands of a Selby side which played their hearts out and more than deserved their win. This has been a record-breaking season for the Silver Royd club, however, this wasn’t the first time in recent memory that a Scarborough side has capitulated in a vital game and the rugby-side of a club, which is a model of professionalism and organisation in every other way, must take a long, hard look at themselves and their attitude to the game before they next step onto the paddock!

Selby fight for Yorkshire One survival at Silver Royd tomorrow – Isaac Faamau plays his last game for Scarborough

21 Apr

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ISAAC FAAMAU IN ACTION IN A RECENT GAME WITH HULLENSIANS photo ANDY STANDING

It must be my advancing years because time seems to fly by so much quicker than it used to and before we know it the final game of the season is upon us and Scarborough take on Selby at Silver Royd tomorrow.

The Seasiders played Selby on the opening game on a day of downpours back in September and lost 10-6 in the rain. Since then the two clubs’ fortunes could not have been more different, with Selby’s Yorkshire One survival coming down to the need for a win tomorrow and Scarborough having had their most successful season since promotion from Yorkshire Two in 2006.

YORKSHIRE ONE (THE BOTTOM FOUR)

POSITION   TEAM                                PLAYED  WON POINTS

11                 NORTH RIBBLESDALE  25            7         33

12                 SELBY                                25             6         32

13                 YARNBURY                      25             5         32

14                 ACKLAM                           25             4         25 relegated

 As you can see from the table above, it all comes down to tomorrow’s games with North Ribblesdale entertaining West Leeds and Yarnbury on the road at Keighley. Mind you, Selby have’ form’ in last ditch ‘shoot outs’ having recovered from a not-dissimilar league position to beat Scarborough 33-31 with an injury-time penalty on the final day of last season. That result ensured their survival in Yorkshire One for this season; so hold on to your hats!!

For tomorrow’s game, back row Drew Govier and Hooker Ethyne Terblanche return from injury but man of the match against Hullensians Aaron Wilson and prop Paul Taylor are missing. Joe Lenton moves up from the Vikings as does Tom Read; Isaac Faamau plays his final game for the club.  The Seasiders have already set a new record for consecutive Yorkshire One wins at five and could stretch it further if they were to win tomorrow. The best they could manage previously was in 2001/2002 when they won four consecutive games early in their promotion winning campaign to North Two.

DREW GOVIER (SECOND FROM RIGHT) RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW photograph ANDY STANDING

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Isaac’s boots will be huge ones to fill but with a plethora of home grown talent such as Tom Anderson, Jonty Holloway, Drew Govier, James Leach, Ben Martin, Joe Marshall, Mikey Readman Matty Young, Jordi Wakeham, Aaron Wilson, Alex Rowley, Joe Lenton, Rich Scales and Joe Holliday playing with skill, commitment, and growing maturity the future looks bright at Silver Royd.

It will be sad to say farewell to Isaac who has been a colossus in the ranks since his arrival in 2015. The big Kiwi No8 has been as popular off the field as he has been on it and he’ll be sorely missed by all at Silver Royd.

ISAAC  OPENS THE SCORING AGAINST HULLENSIANS

photograph HEATHER STANDING

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MO’S MEMORIAL SHIELD PLUS LAST WEEK’S FIRST TEAM & VALKRYIES REPORTS.

14 Apr

 

As you can see (from above) Easter Monday will be another great day celebrating the lives of Mo Stevenson and Keith Marshall; I hope to see you there!

ISAAC FAAMAU OPENS THE SCORING AGAINST HULLENSIANS photo HEATHER STANDING

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LAST WEEK’S ACTION

SCARBOROUGH 39 HULLENSIANS 32

Scarborough made it nine wins in the last ten with a close-fought but entertaining win against visitors Hullensians’ following a ten try thriller  at Silver Royd.

The Seasiders grabbed an early lead when, following pressure on the visitor’s line, No8 Isaac Faamau took a quick tap-penalty and powered over near the corner flag in the 3rd minute. Fly-half Tom Harrison failed to convert and Scarborough led 5-0.

End to end stuff ensued with both sides looking to run the ball although most of the attacking intent came from broken play and unforced errors.

 Both sides had scoring opportunities in a hectic first quarter but the Humbersiders’ only reward came in the form of a penalty from winger Josh Langford in the 18th minute to reduce the arrears at 5-3.

The seesaw nature of the game continued into the second quarter when winger Matty Young was up in support to finish of a powerful break by flanker Aaron Wilson in the 21st minute; Harrison added the extras for a 12-3 lead.

The Scarborough number ten was Yellow carded in the 26th minute for a high tackle. Hull eschewed a kick and choose the input at a scrum. They won possession and the speedy Langford zipped over in the corner and added the conversion off the upright to reduce the arrears at 12-10 in the 27th minute.

The half ended with the lead changing hands with a penalty from scrum-half Alex Rowley nudging Scarborough 15-10 ahead before Tom McCarthy took advantage of hesitancy in the home defence and crossed for Hullensians on the stroke of halftime. Langford edged the Humbersiders two points ahead with the conversion.

Trailing 15-17 Scarborough started in a hurry and snatched back the lead with less than a minute of the second half on the clock, young winger Tom Anderson winning the race to get the touch on a deft chip through from fullback Tom Ratcliffe.

Matty Young, one of the club’s most improved players, secured the bonus point in the 51st minute when he finished off a flowing threequarters’ move for a 25-17 lead.

Prop Paul Taylor came on for Scarborough in the 58th minute and immediately made an impact in the set-scrum repeatedly driving the visitors off their own ball.

The fourth quarter saw fortunes wax and wane as Hullensians’ hooker Ryan Baron cut the arrears to a single point with a try converted by Langford for 25-24 on the hour before a brilliant Harrison grubber kick split the Hull defence and he stepped on the gas to outpace two defenders and score himself. He added the conversion for 32-24 in the 62nd minute.

All done and dusted? Not a bit of it: A try from Isaac Nathan for the visitor’s gave them hope at 32-29 but following a string of scrum offenses on their own line, they conceded a penalty try which Harrison converted for a 39-29 Scarborough lead.

Centre David Baldwin kicked an injury-time penalty to earn the visitors a losing bonus point to add to their bonus for scoring four tries and the matter was settled at 39-32.

Although strewn with errors from both sides caused mostly by lack of concentration there was much to be admired about a game with so much attacking intent. Scarborough’s proclivity for long miss-passes missing out their centres was an open invitation to intercept, however it made for risky but exciting stuff to watch.

Pick of the forwards were Aaron Wilson, Ben Martin, Isaac Faamau and Paul Taylor whilst behind them young scrum-half Alex Rowley had a solid game. In the backs Tom Harrison was as inventive as ever and youngsters Jonty Holloway and try-scorer Tom Anderson did well. Matty Young excelled once more on the wing.

SCARBOROUGH: RATCLIFFE YOUNG WHITE HOLLOWAY ANDERSON HARRISON ROWLEY CUTINO WILLIAMS ZAVATTI WATSON READMAN MARTIN WILSON FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: TAYLOR FLAPAN PURDY

MY MAN OF THE MATCH: AARON WILSON

Aaron has not long recovered from injury but his commitment in defence and support work in attack was outstanding in a fast moving encounter.

PAUL TAYLOR MADE A BIG IMPACT WHEN HE CAME ON photo ANDY STANDING

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THE VALKRYIES

A VALKRYIES ATTACKING SCRUM (BELOW)

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VALKRYIES 90 ACKLAM LADIES 0

The Valkryies rounded of their season with the 90-0 defeat of Middlesbrough-based Acklam RUFC ladies at a sun-drenched Silver Royd on Sunday.

The Scarborough ladies took an early lead through Jenna Redmond who was returning from injury; playing for the first time at centre she powered from the Acklam ten metre line to touch down in the 2nd minute. Fullback Mel Halstead converted for a 7-0 lead.

The Valkryies were the more alert of the two outfits and tries followed from Sedgwick, Halstead(2), Redmond(2), Knight and Carr. Halstead added five conversions for a 50-0 half time lead.

In general it was pretty one-sided stuff with the more cohesive Scarborough forwards having the upper hand whilst their backs had too much pace for the plucky visitors.

Second half tries from Redmond who was named woman of the match, prop Laura Welburn, Jess Bray(2) and a further two from Mel Halstead who added another five conversions for a personal total of 40 poin, saw the Silver Royd girls to a massive 90-0 win.

Full credit must go to Acklam who played the game in a sporting and determined manner but the Teeside girls were outgunned by a Valkryies side which finished off a frustrating season with some real champagne rugby.

WOMAN OF THE MATCH JENNA REDMOND

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Scarborough edge ten try thriller at Silver Royd!

8 Apr


 

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

SCARBOROUGH 39 HULLENSIANS 32

By DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough made it nine wins in the last ten with an entertaining but unconvincing win against visitors Hullensians’ following a ten try thriller at a sun-drenched Silver Royd.

The Seasiders grabbed a 5-0 lead within three minutes of the start when No8 Isaac Faamau powered over from close range. They raced to a 12-3 lead but were pegged back at 12-10 on the half-hour before an exchange of tries saw the Humbersiders lead 17-15 with a try on the stroke of half-time.

A couple of tries early in the second half saw Scarborough lead 25-17 before Hull struck back with a converted effort of their own to narrow the margin to a single point at 25-24

A further exchange of tries saw Scarborough lead 32-29 going into the final five minutes before the men from Silver Royd were awarded a penalty try in the 80th minute. Tom Harrison converted for a 39-29 lead.

The visitors kicked an injury-time penalty to earn themselves a losing bonus point to add to the try bonus point for scoring four. Scarborough once again were rewarded with a try bonus point which their positive play and six touchdowns thoroughly deserved.

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.
 
 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Scarborough look to make it five in a row against Hullensians tomorrow

7 Apr

2017-04-07 BORO DEFEND SCRUM AT HEATH

SCARBOROUGH DEFEND AN ATTACKING SCRUM AT HEATH photo HEATH RUFC

Having completed the double over Heath RFC with a 24-16 win on the road last week, Scarborough take on Hullensians at Silver Royd tomorrow in the penultimate game of the season.  That success in west Yorkshire was the club’s eighth win in nine games going back to the start of the year and they’ll be looking to continue that run with victory over the Humbersiders.

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JAMES LEACH (SCORING) & DREW GOVIER (RIGHT) ARE STILL ON THE INJURY LIST photograph ANDY STANDING

However, it won’t be easy given their increasing injury list which includes skipper Matty Jones, Devin Ibanez, Drew Govier, James Leach and long term victim Harry Domett. Youth Development Officer and centre Graham Hogg played his last game for the club last week; the former Scotland 7s international and older brother of Scotland star Stuart Hogg is returning to Scotland to take on a role with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in the Glasgow area.

Recalled to the squad for this one is centre Paul White and prop Paul Taylor while Alex Rowley comes in for the unavailable Jordon Wakeham at scrum-half and newcomer Jacob Flapen is also included in the 18.

Hullensians have won only twice in their last nine games and only one on the road this season at Strugglers Yarnbury back in November. Last week they disposed of bottom club Acklam with a 35-25 win on Humberside having been involved in the biggest upset of the season when they went down 52-19 at Acklam back in November. Scarborough won 15-8 at Hullensians the week following that defeat.

img_4536THE VALKRYIES ARE BACK IN ACTION ON SUNDAY photo DAVE CAMPBELL

The Vikings and the Danesmen are on the road at Driffield and Malton respectively tomorrow. On Sunday the club’s women’s team, the Valkryies take on Acklam in their final game of the season; kick-off 2:45pm.

Twenty-six year old runner Leoni Bradnam a Scarborough RUFC member and runner with the Scarborough Athletic club will be at the rugby club tomorrow to continue her fund-raising efforts ahead of the London Marathon on the 23rd of April. She is running to raise money in aid of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Injured Players Foundation and you can expect to win raffle prizes such as genuine England kit and vouchers for meals at local restaurants.

She told me, “I’ve been training hard and the longest session has been 17 miles. I’m normally very competitive in races and have run dozens of 10k and 10 mile races but this is my first full marathon and I’ll be working just to get round the 26.2 miles!”

“I’ve enjoyed watching rugby for most of my life but have seen players’ lives and livelihoods being totally changed by injury and am happy to do what I can to help.”

Details of Leoni’s ‘Just Giving’ page can be found on the club’s website www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk click on. News

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LEONI BRADNAM

 

Scarborough grab a bonus point and record their fourth win in a row with a 24-16 win at Heath.

1 Apr

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MATTY YOUNG IS RUNNING IN TRIES FOR FUN; photo ANDY STANDING

Scarborough grabbed their fourth consecutive Yorkshire One win at Heath RUFC thanks to a  couple of tries from wingman Matty Young who has been scoring tries for fun this season.

The big winger ran in an early try converted by centre Graham Hogg to give the Seasider an early lead. The West Yorkshiremen struck back with a try under the posts to level the scores at 7-7 early in the second half.

The visitors struck back almost immediately with a try from Aaron Wilson to lead 12-7 but were pegged back  with a couple of  penalties from fullback Ezra Hinchliffe which saw Heath lead 13-12.

Always the more positive of the protagonists Scarborough regained the initiative  with a try from teenage wing Jonty Holloway to lead 17-13 with ten minutes to go.

Hinchliffe kicked another penalty for the west Yorkshiremen to reduce the arrears to three points at 19-16 with the clock running down in the 77th minute. However Young got on the end of a superb flowing move to power over in the 80th minute and Hogg kicked the conversion for a well-deserved 24-16 bonus-point win.

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