Valkyries’ home debut kicks off Super Saturday at Silver Royd

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It’s going to be a big day of entertainment at Silver Royd on Saturday with women’s, men’s and international (on the big screens) rugby on the menu.

Getting proceedings underway will be a woman’s rugby match at noon between the Scarborough Valkyries and Barnsley Ladies.

This will be the Valkyries’ first full 15-a-side game on home soil and I urge you to get along to Silver Royd for this one; they made a great start winning their first ever tournament at Darlington early last month without conceding a try and will look to push on now.

In association with Macmillan and breast cancer charities, the teams will take part in the ‘BIN YOUR BRA’ campaign which encourages women to get rid of badly fitting bras; the charities have teamed up with BCR Global Textiles who help small businesses in Africa.

Through their textile project, the company prevents valuable textiles going to landfill, giving them a new lease of life in developing countries across Africa where bras remain too expensive to produce.

BCR Global Textiles then donate a percentage of money back into Against Breast Cancer’s research centre in London. The centre focuses on many areas of the disease including further research into early detection and diagnosis.

The women’s game will be followed by the main event of the afternoon, the visit of Pontefract for the Yorkshire One fixture.

The west Yorkshiremen have had a poor start to the season winning only three of their 11 fixtures so far, all at home.

They have yet to win an away game but have garnered six losing bonus points and two for scoring four or more tries.

Only Malton have equalled their total of eight. So like Scarborough who have five losing bonus points, Pontefract have been involved in quite a few close games that could have gone either way.

Last week they travelled to in-form Heath RFC and at one stage led 10-8 in the second half of a close fought game; however they conceded a late penalty and went down 11-10.

Last Saturday skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men travelled to Old Brodleians and led 17-3 at the break playing down the famous Hipperholme slope thanks to tries from Corey Dennis and Jesse Macdonald and seven points from the boot of Tom Harrison.

Brods quickly reduced the arrears to four points at 17-13 shortly after the break with a converted try and a penalty; however solid defence, a further penalty from Tom Harrison and a late try from man-of-the-match Eamon Chapman ensured a 25-13 Scarborough win.

For Saturday’s game Graeme Jeffrey plays in the centre for Paul White with Matthew Lucas coming in on the wing while Macdonald starts at prop for the unavailable Mark Hopper.

Redoubtable veteran prop Tom Fish is front row replacement and is joined by Mikey Readman and Phil Stewart on the bench.

Injured fly-half Tomasz Chadwick who injured ankle ligaments at Middlesbrough and back-row Hayden Ogilvie who was concussed recently are still unfit for selection whist flying Kiwi wingman Harry Domett is still serving a seven-week suspension resulting from his sending-off four weeks ago.

The Vikings travel to Goole on Saturday while the veterans’ XV, The Gulls, take on Roundhegians Veterans at Silver Royd on Friday evening; kick-off 8pm.

Last season Pontefract did the double over coach Lee Douglas’ charges winning at home at the back end of last year then took advantage of a woeful home display and the snowy conditions to record a well deserved 14-3 win at Silver Royd in March.

Following consecutive wins, a sizeable Silver Royd turnout will be expecting revenge for that double reverse on Saturday.