Archive | April, 2019

Dave Campbell previews SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN and looks back at season 2018-2019

25 Apr

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ACTION FROM SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN AT SILVER ROYD IN 2015

PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

When season 2018/2019 started most of the Scarborough faithful looked forward to the coming eight months with trepidation. Although Simon, Matty and the lads had done a magnificent job in gaining promotion from Yorkshire One and won the Yorkshire Shield for the first time most supporters hoped for, at the very least, survival in North One East.

Looking at the teams they would face; Morley, Bradford & Bingley and Percy Park to name but a few who had played in more exulted company including the national leagues it seemed a mighty step-up. The Coach and players had a completely different view and kicked off the season with a 53-33 win at high-flying Bradford & Bingley.

The Seasiders turned-out to have a record-breaking season playing a scintillating brand of high-scoring running rugby at home and away and ended the season in second place behind Morpeth although they were the highest scoring team in the league scoring over 100 tries and garnering no less than 827 points and twenty try-scoring bonus points (4 or more tries in a game).

Coach Simon Smith had to cope with the loss of Tom Harrison injured in the opening game at Bradford and the retirement of Harry Domett; however he moved club stalwart Tom Ratcliffe from outside-centre to fly-half and his partnership with the fast-improving Jordi Wakeham has been a revelation. The forward pack was beefed-up by the arrival of Alexis Core from France who joined the inspirational Sam Dawson, Nino Cutino and Matty Jones in the front row. Behind them Luke Brown from Whitby, Cade Robinson from New Zealand and Tom Hicks who came into the side having been sidelined since joining the club last season all made a major contributions to this season’s success.

Unfortunately they lost Alexis at Christmas when he returned to France but Aaron Wilson continued to take the plaudits whether playing at centre or anywhere in the back five when required. In the youthful back-row Drew and Euan (the brothers Govier) and Ben Martin were outstanding. In the backs Jimmy Perrett continued to score tries for fun ably assisted by Joe Marshall, Billy Parker, Jonty Holloway, Matty Young and Manning Smith.

Ian Williams, Ryan Fowler, Jack Anderson, Phil Stewart, Jordan Holloway, Tom Fish, Will Leah, Will Rennard and Sam Peate were also in the thick of the action; for the most part from the bench.

 And so to tomorrow’s play-off game against Blackburn RUFC who finished second in North One West; I know little of the Lancastrian outfit other than they finished with an identical playing record as Scarborough but had a bigger points scored-points/conceded record no doubt helped by the 85-0 defeat of Douglas (Isle of Man) RUFC on the last day of the season.

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MATCH PROGRAMME FOR SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN CUP GAME IN 2015

Scarborough have played Blackburn once before winning 26-0 in the quarter-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd on the 14th of March 2015. The Seasiders won comfortably thanks to a couple of tries from back row Eamon Chapman and once apiece from props Paul Taylor and Mark Hopper, Tom Harrison converting three. Of the team that started that game only Tom Ratcliffe and Billy Parker start tomorrow although Jordi Wakeham and Phil Stewart started on the bench that day. Blackburn has only two players still playing from the side at Silver Royd Prop B. Corless and second row N. Sewell.

TOM RATCLIFFE (TOP) & BILLY PARKER SURVIVORS FROM 2015

The team will travel to Blackburn today and stay there overnight and although they have little idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents, I’m sure they’ll show the resolve and commitment and team spirit that has served them so well during this memorable season; which has been my most enjoyable since I started chronicling the team’s efforts 40 years ago. Win or lose they will have had a season that the whole club will be very proud of!  

Vikings travel to Goole for Merit semi-final on Saturday.

18 Apr

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VIKINGS ON THE CHARGE!

 PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

With the first fifteen having a week’s break before next Saturday’s game at Blackburn, the Vikings are the only senior team in action on Saturday.

The Silver Royd second string travel to Goole to take on Goole seconds in the semi-final of the Yorkshire Rugby Football Union’s East Division Merit table. It will be a tough game against a side that came out top in both meetings between the sides this season. However the game at Silver Royd on the 5th of January saw the Vikings come from 22 points down to lose by a single point 33-34.

For Saturday’s clash Coach Craig Bone names veteran Graeme Jeffrey at fullback with an Anderson on both wings; Jack on the right and Tom on the left! Man of the match in the 33-34 defeat scrum-half Alex Rowley teams up with Phil Stewart as the half-back pairing. Will Rennard who was drafted into the first team at the last minute last week when Tom Hicks was ruled out with an ankle injury also plays; kick-off is at 3pm.

 

 

 

Scarborough earn bonus-Point with 39-26 victory over Bradford & Bingley but still have to travel for play-off.

13 Apr

SCARBOROUGH 39 BRADFORD & BINGLEY 26

By Dave Campbell

In another uneven performance Scarborough raced to an early 19-0 lead over Bradford & Bingley thanks to tries from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham, fullback Jimmy Perrett and winger Jonty Holloway, one converted by flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe. Centre Aaron Wilson crossed for a fourth try just before the break for a 22-0 lead and a bonus point.

A second try shortly after the break for Perrett converted by Ratcliffe stretched the lead to 29-0 and a superb cross-field kick by the big number ten saw wing Matty Young leap to collect and dive in for 34-0 before the hour.

It could have been a mauling for the visitors, instead they staged a spirited fight-back scoring four tries without reply to trail by only eight points at 34-26 with five minutes to go.

However, with the scoreboard clock showing 79 minutes played, hooker Sam Dawson powered over from a scrum on the visitors 22 for a 39-26 Scarborough win.

It was a real eleven-try thriller in front of over a thousand punters; however Blackburn ‘miraculously’ hammered the Isle of Man side who had beaten them at home on the opening game of the season!! Consequently the Seasiders will have to travel to Blackburn for the play-off game on April 27th.

I CALL IT A DAY FOLLOWING 40 YEARS REPORTING ON SCARBOROUGH RUFC

12 Apr

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THE SHOWGROUND NEWBY – SCARBOROUGH’S HOME UNTIL 2009

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SCARBOROUGH IN ACTION AT SILVER ROYD – THEIR HOME SINCE 2009

Having chronicled the fortunes of Scarborough Rugby Club for just over forty years I’ve decided that tomorrow’s game with Bradford & Bingley will be my penultimate report for the SCARBOROUGH NEWS due partly to health issues.

Starting with a report for the SCARBOROUGH EVENING NEWS on the Scarborough-Thornensians game in February 1979 through to the 34-32 defeat of Percy Park on the 30th of March this year I have had a wonderful time following the ups and downs of the club. That has included three Yorkshire Shield Cup finals one of which we won, two National Intermediate cup semi-finals, both of which we lost and six promotions.

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CAN YOU RECOGNISE ANY OF THE PLAYERS FROM THIS GAME AT NEWBY?

With the inception of league rugby and the COURAGE CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP in season 1987/1988 Scarborough were placed in Yorkshire Division One. They won their opening league game against Driffield with scrum half Charlie Hopper touching down the winning try for a 10-6 final score. Fortunately for Scarborough the referee was unsighted as Charlie’s attempt to touch down a chip and chase was bounced off the ground. Justice was eventually done and they were relegated at the end of the season.

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SEASON 2008-2009 SKIPTON  VS SCARBOROUGH AT SKIPTON

And it was many years before they regained their Yorkshire One status but Yorkshire Two was won in 1998-1999 and they moved back to Yorkshire One staying there until season 2001/2002 when they were promoted with Hull to North Two East thanks to some superb rugby from the redoubtable Marcus Edwards and his teammates. Many of that side retired and the Seasiders were relegated to Yorkshire One then Two before returning to Yorkshire One from where they were promoted to NORTH ONE EAST last season. There were plenty highs and lows including a record-breaking 3-116 defeat at the hands of tomorrow’s opponents Bradford & Bingley and the club’s record victory; a 125-0 defeat of Wibsey which saw the Bradford-based club drop out of league rugby for a couple of seasons.

 The Scarborough team celebrates victory in last season’s Yorkshire Shield Final

The National knockout cups were great fun over the years and took me to places as far apart as Billericay in Essex to Whitehaven in Cumbria not to mention our game against Derby University when I managed to injure one of our players when he crashed off the pitch and ran into me taking pictures on the running track surrounding it!

During the nineties and early two thousands I also covered Scarborough’s games on radio on YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO and BBC RADIO YORK.

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YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO’S WIRELESS WAGON PLUS MY GRANDCHILDREN

Moving to Silver Royd in 2009 the Scarborough Evening News/ Scarborough News stopped sending a photographer to our games and for five years I was Photographer/reporter and twitter broadcaster for the paper. If they’d given me a broom I could have…………etc etc!

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MARCUS EDWARDS STRETCHES TO SCORE AT NEWBY IN 2001

This is by no means a history of the last forty years at the club and I think that to pick anyone out would be unfair as the demands of rugby today are so much higher than forty years ago as are the skill levels. However I have to say that Marcus Edwards will always stand out in my memory as probably the most complete, skilled and innovative player I’ve reported on in my four decades following the club. Oh yes and don’t forget my all time favourite the redoubtable TOM FISH who is still playing now!

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TOM FISH MUDDIED BUT NOT BLOODIED FOLLOWING THE FINAL GAME AT NEWBY

If required I’ll continue my monthly column for the Scarborough Review and look forward to reporting on the play-off game with Blackburn in the Scarborough News. I will of course continue with this blog and my twitter feed whilst enjoying my rugby with a pint in my hand and among my mates at Silver Royd.

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SCARBOROUGH KNOCKED BLACKBURN OUT OF THE INTERMEDIATE CUP 2015

PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

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COACH SIMON SMITH PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

I’ve had a terrific forty years and I’ve enjoyed every moment, especially the last two seasons under the one and only Simon Smith; nirvana!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarborough need a big home win on Saturday to earn a home tie in their promotion play-off with Blackburn.

9 Apr

Above: Blackburn (in blue) in action at Penrith last week

Scarborough’s Jordi Wakeham in action in Scarborough’s 43-17 win at Malton last Saturday. Photograph: Andy Standing

Saturday sees the last day of the season when Bradford & Bingley are the visitors to Silver Royd; the Seasiders won the opening game of the season against Bradford running out 53-33 winners of a real cracker at their Wagon Lane HQ and following a second record-breaking season with Simon Smith in charge, qualified for a play-off to The NORTH PREMIER league with a 43-17 win at neighbours Malton & Norton at the Gannock last week.

Following that opening day loss to Scarborough the Bees lost their next three games in September but their results picked up and they lost only two between the start of October and the New Year. However they have won only three games so far in 2019 and now sit mid-table in the league. Having thumped Malton 78-29 at Wagon Lane two weeks ago, they were on the wrong end of a 28-17 score-line at relegation-threatened Bridlington at Dukes Park last week.

For your information, as far as the play-offs are concerned the situations is as follows: with the champions of NORTH ONE EAST and NORTH ONE WEST automatically promoted to the NORTHERN PREMIER division, the runners-up in both divisions play-off for the third promotion place. This season Blackburn and Scarborough are runners up of North One West and North One East respectively.

The play-off is a one-off game with home advantage going to the side with the superior playing record and in this case both clubs have identical records except that in the points- scored/points-against column Scarborough have a three point advantage thus:

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Blackburn entertains Douglas (Isle of Man) in a repeat of their opening game of the season when the islanders won 10-7 on home soil.

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So it’s essential that both Blackburn and Scarborough win their games with as many points as possible. Now I’m absolutely convinced that Bradford & Bingley won’t be doing Scarborough any favours and the same will go for Blackburn’s opponents Douglas Isle-of-man RUFC so there should be plenty of exciting rugby played on both sides of the country. It looks like being a great day at Silver Royd on Saturday and the Scarborough club are hoping for a record-breaking crowd for the game which kicks off at 3pm.

SCARBOROUGH EXPECT TOUGH GAME IN VITAL PROMOTION CLASH Dave Campbell previews Malton vs Scarborough

5 Apr

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TOM HICKS (IN POSSESSION) RETURNS AT MALTON TOMORROW

PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

   Last Saturday’s 34-32 defeat of Percy Park at Silver Royd sets up a thrilling end to what has been a tremendous first season in North One East for Scarborough. The Seasiders have two games remaining to earn the points that would guarantee a second-place and a play-off with the second team in North One West for promotion to the North Premier Division; the first against neighbours Malton & Norton at the Gannock later today and the final game against Bradford & Bingley at home next week.

Malton have had mixed fortunes this season both at home and away but last week’s 78-29 defeat at Bradford & Bingley came completely out of the blue. They had beaten Bridlington 16-14 at Dukes Park the previous week but although they scored the opening try at Bradford they went on to concede 12 and considering the Bees had conceded 140 points in their previous three games, the result was met with incredulity elsewhere in North One East.

Last week Scarborough raced to a 29-3 lead in the first half of the game with Percy Park; game over? Not a bit of it; the men from North Shields turned in a superb second half display to lead 32-29 late in the game before an injury-time Scarborough try clinched a 34-32 bonus-point win.

So an absolute cracker is in prospect; I believe that Malton’s big defeat at Wagon Lane was a one-off and they will be the incredibly tough prospect that they always are. For Scarborough, the influential Tom Hicks who was unavailable last week returns at the Gannock to partner in-form Luke Brown in the second row; Will Leah joins Ian Williams and Alex Rowley on the bench.

Scarborough won the corresponding fixture 41-26 at Silver Royd earlier in the season following a hard-fought derby; I expect another tough, possibly high-scoring game tomorrow.

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