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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