Dave Campbell looks back at 2017 and forward to 2018 at campbellrugby.com

1 Jan

2016-11-27 MEL IN ACTION2017-12-17 ben against WH TWO SHARPBen Martin in action in the 91-7 thrashing of Wheatly Hills in the last game of 2017

PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Under new Coach Simon Smith Scarborough have played fifteen and lost only three games in the first half of the season, winning ten bonus points to sit second in Yorkshire One behind leaders York at New Year and having progressed to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield.

2017-12-08 jim perrett playing scrum half at Selby sharp

Jim Perret in action as stand-in scrum-half in the Shield win at Selby

PHOTOGRAPH DAVE CAMPBELL

Newcomer Jim Perrett has made a great start to his tenure at Silver Royd and has been ably assisted by an in-form set of backs which have been scoring tries for fun. Although the pack struggled at the set pieces earlier in the season they seem to be getting things right in the tight five now and in the loose 32 of the team’s 77 tries have come from the forwards.

However the jewel in the crown has been Scarborough’s youthful back row which has seen combinations of Ben Martin, Drew Govier, Euan Govier and Aaron Wilson playing as the break-away loose forwards. The heart-warming aspect to this is that all four young men have come through the ranks at Silver Royd. There is little between these admirable youngsters but if I had to choose it would be Ben Martin; just! The former St Augustine’s school and Scarborough Sixth form pupil has matured perhaps a wee bit more quickly than his team mates and his tactical awareness, defensive game and his eye for the try-line has seen him develop into a real class act.

At the end of last season I was worried about who would fill the boots of Kiwi Isaac Faamau the previous incumbent in the Scarborough No8 berth; I’m certainly not now! And the Govier brothers and Aaron are fast on Ben’s heels. I’m really looking to see all four develop in the second half of the season and let’s not forget the other young players in the Silver Royd line-up, Jonty Holloway, Jordi Wakeham, Mikey Whitton, Joe Marshall and Jack Anderson have all taken the eye.

2017-09-07 touch jonti

JONTY HOLLOWAY

 A core of more experienced players including Paul Taylor, Nino Cutino, Matty Jones, Paul White and Toms Ratcliffe and Harrison have added stability  with Mikey Readman and Phil Watson adding grunt from the engine room . Billy Parker is having his best season at the club and it’s terrific to see the experienced Harry Domett bounce back from serious injury. The Kiwi flyer bagged a hat-trick against Wheatley Hills on his last outing, showing all the qualities which made him a favourite of the Silver Royd faithful when he arrived seven years ago.

2018

Skipper Matty Jones’s men will look to avenge their three defeats in the New Year and first up at Silver Royd is York on the 13th of January. The Seasiders were blown away 56-7 at Clifton Park in the third game of the season against York and to their credit bounced back from what was a real thrashing by the Minstermen to win their next six league and cup games. Although York are leading the league comfortably they don’t seem as imperious as they were at the start of the season and it should be a cracker at Silver Royd on the 13th.

First up in the New Year is Selby who have been beaten at home in the league and away in the Yorkshire Shield. They are currently bottom of Yorkshire One and at times have been a bogy side for the Seasiders, however I expect a winning start to 2018 down there and after all points from Selby are just as valuable as points from a win over York when they tally up at the end of the season. And if everyone remains healthy I expect a successful second half of the season with fit-again Matty Young and Joe Marshall involved.

2017-11-10 WEANS SHARP

YOUTH AND MINI-MICRO RUGBY

As a septuagenarian OAP I am not able to follow all of the fortunes of the youngsters and girls in the club but I will continue to get up to Silver Royd when I can to take photographs of the kids in action and pass them on to YDO Jimmy Perrett who is now doing a youth column in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

 

THE VALKRYIES

I have been involved pretty much from the start reporting on the Valkryies and with my friend and ‘snapper supreme’ Andy Standing have even managed to get to a few away games. The girls have been at times decimated by injury this season and have struggled to get a team out but in general have done well to do so. With several games called off,  things have been perhaps a bit disjointed but I look forward to getting behind the ladies in the months ahead.

 

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