Archive | December, 2019

Injury-hit Scarborough look for Christmas cheer with victory over Bradford & Bingley at Silver Royd DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

14 Dec

2019-12-08 aaron scores against malton away

AARON WILSON SCORES AT MALTON LAST WEEK  Photograph JENNY BROWN WOOD

Over two seasons of practically unbridled success has seen Coach Simon Smith and his charges looked upon relatively kindly by the gods of match fitness. Apart from a long serious injury to Tom Harrison incurred on the opening game of last season at Bradford & Bingley, the Seasiders have had a fairly settled side whilst being promoted from Yorkshire One, winning the Yorkshire Shield and reaching the play-off in their first season in North One East.

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BENNY BLACKALL (LEFT) and VIA TUILAGI

This season has been a completely different kettle of fish with a mounting serious injury-list which has seen players vital to the club’s success at level six injured for extended periods of time. Starting the season missing outstanding players who had moved on, new skipper Drew Govier’s men including new YDO Stuart Smyth, Aussie Angus Frend and Kiwi Henry Hocking climbed to top the table a month ago. Since then new recruits Benny Blackall and Via Tuilagi were seriously injured in their debut games whilst outstanding young players Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson have been missing from action due to concussion protocols; experienced forwards Nino Cutino and Phil Watson have also been sidelined and were joined by both Govier brothers Drew and Euan last week.

Scarborough now sits fourth in North One East despite their injury woes and although they are on a losing streak of three games for the first time since Smith took over, they gained three bonus points from them.

This afternoon’s visitors to Silver Royd are Bradford and Bingley who sit in mid-table with thirty points having lost three of their last four games; last week they were on the wrong end of an 18-12 score line at home to fifth placed Cleckheaton.

Having trailed 12-24 to Malton at half-time at the Gannock last week, Scarborough fought-back to level the scores at 24-24 late in the game only to be floored by a late try which gave the home side a 31-24 win. For tomorrow’s game Angus Frend comes in for Tuilagi who dislocated his shoulder last week with Billy Parker joining him in the centre and Jack Anderson on the wing. Up front  Tom Read starts in the second row with Will Leah at blind-side flanker, Drew Govier returns from injury at open-side and Aaron Wilson at No8. Nino Cutino, Sam Pollock and Lewis Cowlishaw will undergo fitness tests before the game and may join Jordan Holloway and Henry Hocking on the bench.

In Thursday’s SCARBOROUGH NEWS , Simon Smith finished off his column looking for a performance full of grit and determination to pick up a win which would represent an excellent first half of the season and a great 2019 on the whole. Have no fears Simon; it HAS been an excellent first half of the season AND UNDOUBTEDLY a great 2019!

Scarborough RUFC stage stirring fight-back at Malton but pipped at the post in 24-31 defeat at the Gannock.

8 Dec

2019-12-08 aaron scores against malton away

AARON WILSON SCORES SCARBOROUGH’S FIRST TRY AT MALTON YESTERDAY

PHOTGRAPH BY JENNY BROWN WOOD

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH ONE EAST

MALTON & NORTON 31 SCARBOROUGH 24

By Dave Campbell

Trailing 12-24 following a first half they will want to forget, Scarborough RUFC fought back in the second forty minutes to level the scores late in the game; however a lapse of concentration by the visitors saw Malton grab a late try and a bonus-point win at The Gannock yesterday.

Malton were quickly out of the blocks and took an early lead when flanker Matt Bowman crossed for their first try; scrum half Paul Angus converted for a 7-0 lead. The Seasiders struck back quickly when flanker Aaron Wilson crashed over to reduce the arrears to 7-5 before Angus slotted a penalty to stretch the Malton lead to 10-5 in the 20th minute.

Flyhalf James Bowman and prop Rob Featherstone crossed late in the half both converted by Angus for 24-5 before fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted his own touchdown in first half injury time to cut the home lead to 24-12.

I think Coach Simon Smith had some animated advice and words of encouragement at the break as a sharper, focused Scarborough took the game to Malton. Fourth quarter tries from Ratcliffe and wingman Jonty Holloway, both converted by Ratcliffe tied the scores at 24-24 going into the last ten minutes and it was game on!

The initiative should have been with the Seasiders following their stirring fight-back; however they let their concentration lapse and Malton centre Jacob Stephenson danced round some despairing tackles to score the winning try late in the game.

BENNY BLACKALL (LEFT) AND VIA TUILAGI

Via Tuilagi making his first start for the club suffered a dislocated shoulder adding to the club’s injury woes with skipper Drew Govier, his brother Euan, Ben Martin, Benny Blackall, Nino Cutino and Billy Parker all sidelined with injury.

 

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY CHARLIE HOPPER IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Scarborough RUFC mourns the death of Manning Smith and celebrates the return to action of club stalwart Tom Harrison at Malton on Saturday.

4 Dec

2017-12-09 TOM HARRISON RETURNS AGAINST NORTH RIBB

TOM HARRISON RETURNS AT MALTON Photograph ANDY STANDING

It’s been a sad week around Scarborough Rugby Club with the news last weekend that 22 year old New Zealander Manning Smith had passed away. Manning arrived at Scarborough last autumn and made his debut in the 36-29 win at Pocklington on October 27th (I was on the touchline behind the Scarborough technical area and remember him being nervous in his brightly coloured pink boots).  Playing on the wing he made a big impression on his teammates and the club’s supporters.  He scored several vital tries for the club, the most memorable being an amazing touchdown from the kickoff in the 31-3 victory over Bridlington just before Christmas last year. His most influential try come in an injury-time 27-21 win at Driffield in early March this year. Manning will be laid to rest in Auckland NZ at 10am New Zealand time on Friday.  RIP Manning taken far, far too early.

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THE LATE MANNING SMITH  Photograph ANDY STANDING

Saturday sees Scarborough on the road at the Gannock where they take on Malton & Norton. The big news on this game is that Tom Harrison plays his first game for Scarborough following injury on the first day of last season at Bradford and Bingley and several operations and rehabilitation this year. A long-term Scarborough favourite Tom has been itching to get back to action and plays at fullback. Coach Simon Smith has selected a new centre pairing of newcomer Via Tuilagi and Henry Hocking in the centre with Angus Frend and Jonty Holloway on the wings. Up front: Will Leah joins Luke Brown in the second row with Aaron Wilson returning to back row duties for the injured Euan Govier where he joins Jordan Holloway and club skipper Drew Govier in the breakaway unit. Sam Pollock, Chris Purdy and Tom Reed are on the bench. Influential No8 Ben Martin is still unavailable due to concussion.

Having exited the Yorkshire Shield a few weeks ago 10-32 at the hands of Malton at Silver Royd with a side decimated by injury, the Seasiders will look to bounce back from consecutive league defeats against Morley and Pocklington with a victory at the Gannock on Saturday. Last season they won 43-17 at the same venue in early April in their push to the North One East play-offs. On their last league outing Malton were on the wrong end of a 27-22 score-line at Cleckheaton.

Benny Blackall on Oliver’s Mount earlier this week.

Finally, prop Benny Blackall, seriously injured in the game against Driffield is working hard on his physiotherapy and rehabilitation in admirably determined fashion; I’ll keep you updated on the young Aussie’s progress.

Read the latest from Scarborough RUFC in December’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW in a supermarket near you.

2 Dec

Details from FROM THE TOUCHLINE by DAVE CAMPBELL in December’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW

2 Dec

Scarborough-Pocklington lineout 

PHOTGRAPH: JENNY BROWN WOOD

THE SENIORS

Having beaten Durham City 14-13 on the road on the last game of last month, Scarborough took on Malton and Norton at Silver Royd in the first round of the Yorkshire shield on the 2nd of November. Coach Simon Smith was forced to field a side decimated by injury and unavailability and consequently the-men-from-the Gannock won a one-sided affair 30-10 and progressed to the next round of the competition.

 

Next up was another local derby this time against highflying Driffield also at Silver Royd. The visitors got off to a flying start and lead 13-7 at half-time; however the second half was a different kettle of fish altogether. Early in the half young Aussie prop forward Bernie Blackall sustained a horrifying leg injury breaking his lower leg in five places and dislocating his ankle. It took about 45 minutes before he could be taken by ambulance to Scarborough Hospital after which the play on the paddock was a bit tentative; however Scarborough took the bit between their teeth and blew the visitors away playing positive rugby to run out 36-13 winners to once again top North One East.

JORDI WAKEHAM celebrates opening the scoring against Pocklington Photograph: JENNY BROWN WOOD

With Blackall in a wheelchair and prop Nino Cutino sidelined by injury SCARBOROUGH were much depleted in the front row department and struggled in their following two games, losing 14-9 on the road at Morley and 21-12 against Pocklington at home; the first time the Seasiders had lost consecutive games since Simon Smith had taken charge in 2017. The latter defeat saw them drop from first to third place in North One East.

 

THE VALKRYIES

Scarborough’s ladies team the Valkryies have made a great start to their season and carried on in November with the 74-22 defeat of Northallerton at Silver Royd on the 17th running in twelve tries, including a hat-trick from Jess Bray.

 

HAT TRICK HERO JESS BRAY – PHOTOGRAPH DAVE CAMPBELL

 

THE YOUNG UNS

The club’s mini/micro/shrimps and junior sections are in full swing and last weekend saw the club’s under-14 boys (Skarthi’s Men) travel to take on Thirsk. The Scarborough lads trailed 5-10 at the break but came storming back in the second half to win 36-26.

 

SKARTHI’S MEN IN ACTION AT THIRSK – PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED

 

THE NEW ‘UNS

After introducing new Aussie prop Benny Blackall last month, as mentioned in my report on the visit of Driffield (above), he was badly injured but is making progress but it’s very early days yet to discuss his prognosis.

VIA TUILAGI  PHOTOGRAPH’ DAVE CAMPBELL

 

Also new at Silver Royd is Kiwi centre Komiti ‘Via’ Tuilagi; Via has been playing his rugby in Canberra Australia but had always wanted to visit the UK. Scarborough official Nick Ingham has been working abroad and met an acquaintance of Via and the guys were put in touch and the big guy made his debut from the bench for the last twenty minutes of the game with Pocklington. Playing at centre he had little time to make his mark but managed to score a late try in the 12-21 defeat.

 

THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS

November 2019 has been the least successful of Coach Simo Smith’s reign with only one win in four; however injury has played a massive part in that. I don’t know when prop Nino Cutino will be fit again or even if Paul Taylor may be called upon to play in the present injury emergency but I’m sure the side will be looking to bounce back on the 7th December when they play Malton at the Gannock and Bradford & Bingley at Silver Royd on the 14ththe last game before Christmas and the New Year.

 

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