I’d like to say December is finally here, but it’s actually just flown around, I haven’t had to wait.
People have mentioned to me in the past time seems to pass faster as you get older - I’m not so sure that’s the case.
But as I’ve had so much to do over these past few months I’m starting to want more hours in every day and more days in every week.
There really is never a slow day here and I love that that’s the case. After all it keeps me busy.
Last Sunday our entire mini section was away competing in fixtures against Bridlington and Malton.
I received a few messages that day from parents of opposition clubs offering their complements to our coaches for their work and how impressed they are with how good our youth set up is. It truly is the envy of a lot of clubs and the exciting thing is it’s only getting better.
Sunday also saw another victory for our under-14s over rivals Bridlington.
The best thing to come from this match was that the team didn’t play at their best and still managed to pick up the win, which suggests their development is well on track as a team.
Our under-15s took on Pocklington in the Yorkshire Bowl and came away victors in a tightly fought contest.
This was a significant result for our young team as they had suffered recently with a few injuries, and as the game itself was played without any sort of facilities it wasn’t the best preparation for them.
But our boys focussed well and got the job done, progressing through to the next round of the competition.
Our under-16s narrowly lost in a very competitive fixture against Pocklington.
Like with our under-14s, it’s great to see this side starting to progress and become more competitive in their fixtures.
The work from Mark Fowler (head coach) and first team regulars Eamon Chapman and Taylor Smith is to be admired.
As coaches, they’re starting to gel the team together.
I’m sure with a few more recruits this team will be a real force going forwards.
The junior colts (under-17s) travelled to Yarnbury to fulfil their league fixture there and picked up yet another win.
This side is certainly progressing well in the competition and with a bit of luck they may even be close to silverware at the end of the year.
Unfortunately during this game one of biggest characters in the team Curt Ireland, sustained a severe injury and one that may set him back for a little while.
Everyone at the club wishes Curt a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the pitch soon.
This weekend our minis will all be back training as normal from 10:30am-12pm.
Our under-15s will be at home for the first time in a while while our under-14s and under-16s will both be travelling to away fixtures.
This week sees the end of our secondary school fixtures and we’ve already determined winners for some years.
Graham School won the overall league for years eight and 10, while St Augustine’s came first in years seven and nine.
These teams will be playing for a chance to represent our district in regional tournaments in 2015.
Last Saturday our senior women side the Valkyries, played in their first ever competitive 15-a-side fixture attracting over 200 spectators.
The success of this showed me that women’s rugby is a developing sport and it will almost certainly be a significant part of Scarborough’s future.
This week I was in Malton discussing the development of the women’s game in East Yorkshire with the RFU and other partnering clubs.
I won’t reveal our plans just yet, but trust me we’re going to implement monumental positive change and I’m incredibly excited about this task post Christmas.
I’d like to finish by showing the community some of Scarborough’s most promising players.
Drew Govier and Ben Martin are regular players with our under-17s side and have already had some involvement in the East-Yorkshire set up, but provided both stay fit and get a little luck on the way, East Yorkshire will only be a stepping stone to much greater things.
They are two of the finest players I have ever coached for their age, but what’s great about the both of them is that they are incredibly humble on the training ground.
They’re willing to take on board any advice and work hard and as a result they’re an absolute pleasure to work with.
For any young players out there, use these two as an example; listen to your coaches and work tirelessly, you’ll soon find that your coaches will go that extra mile for you too.
Thanks for reading