Archive | July, 2017

Three months break; now I’m back in harness!

20 Jul

ALL CHANGE BEHIND THE SCENES AS SCARBOROUGH PREPARE FOR THE NEW SEASON:

With accumulating health problems the end of last season was a difficult time for me and on the field, what had been a successful campaign ended very disappointingly with a dispiriting defeat and consequently, apart from my column in the Scarborough Review, I have taken a break from my journalist efforts. However I now feel refreshed and am looking forward to the new season. Since I’ve been away Lee Douglas has left and Simon Smith has been installed as new coach and Aussie James Perrett has assumed the YDO duties. So it’s all change in the coaching set-up. Although, as I write Simon is still in Chicago and Matty Jones is in ‘exile’ in Malta. Both are due back soon; the sooner the better I say!

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NEW YDO JAMES PERRETT

Although new coach Simon Smith is still busy coaching sevens in Chicago his coaching team at Silver Royd have been putting the squad through their paces in early pre-season training. Experienced fly-half Phil Stewart has now been installed as the assistant Director of Rugby whilst Andy Rossol will skipper the Vikings. The Valkryies, are also back in training on Mondays and Thursday’s and all prospective players are very welcome. New additions to their Woman’s National Championship North Two East league this season are Hullionians and Newcastle-based Novocastrians. Scarborough will play Driffield RFC and former skipper Jason Lowde’s Hemel Hemstead rugby club in pre-season friendly games at Silver Royd on the 12th and 19th of August respectively.

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NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RUGBY PHIL STEWART (KICKING OFF A GAME)

 

SCARBOROUGH RUFC AND THE COMMUNITY:

As ever, the club has continued to be involved in local sport and on the 14th of July hosted the Sheffield United under-23s who were Scarborough Athletic’s opponents in the first game at the Flamingo Land Stadium the following day.  Pickering Town played Durham-based side Spennymoor Town in a pre-season friendly at Silver Royd on the 15th. The club are once again holding their annual Active Youth Camps for boys and girls ages 5 to 12 from Monday 31st of July through to Friday August the 25th. The day’s activities run from 9.45am to 3.15pm. The charge is £15 per day. These are only a couple of community activities available at the club. For the full range of activities go to www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk

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SHEFFIELD UNITED’S UNDER-23S TRAIN AT SILVER ROYD

 

JIM AND DAVE FOLLOW THE LIONS TO NEW ZEALAND:

The biggest rugby union event of the summer was the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and Scarborough RUFC had a big interest in the land of the long white cloud. Dave Coates the club’s President-elect and Energy Performance Officer Jim Hughes travelled to the other side of the world to support the Lions and Jim kept rugby fans back in Scarborough abreast with their odyssey around New Zealand on twitter, culminating with the nail-biting final test. Like many others, Jim and David took advantage of the ‘Adopt a Lion Fan 2017’ scheme set up by Adam Gilshnan, a New Zealand rugby fan and Jim said that the hospitality was absolutely marvellous. The intrepid travellers have now returned to Scarborough with a host of memories from an unforgettable trip.

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DAVE AND JIM WITH A COUPLE OF THEIR HOSTS

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GETTING DROOKIT!

 

ZOE SELECTED FOR THE ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP DEFENCE NEXT MONTH:

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ZOE ALDCROFT

And there’s Scarborough RUFC involvement in the next big global rugby event; The Women’s Rugby World Cup hosted this time around in Ireland kicks off in Dublin on the 9th of August and our own Zoe Aldcroft has been picked for the England side which will defend their world title won in 2014. The former Scalby School pupil started mini-rugby at the club and has steadily moved through the ranks of Yorkshire, Northern Division and England age sides culminating in her selection for England last year. Although she is a very busy young woman Zoe is often to be seen at Silver Royd where she is a role model for many young players of both sexes. Until recently she played at Darlington/Mowden Park but has now joined premier league side Gloucester. All the action from the emerald isle will be shown live on ITV. Well done Zoe and proud family Dave, Roz and Jonny.

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ZOE IN ACTION AGAINST FRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

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