Junior Report: School fixtures in full swing

Junior Report with Scarborough RUFC YDO Tomasz Chadwick
Junior Report with Scarborough RUFC YDO Tomasz Chadwick

The secondary school fixtures are in full swing, with teams vying for their right to play in the regional tournaments in the future.

For anyone wanting to watch we’ve had some brilliant matches so far and they all take place on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings 4pm-5.30pm until December 4.

Last Friday, Scalby School held their annual immersion day at Scarborough Rugby Club.

There were over 200 students in attendance and were tasked with taking part in multiple events on the day.

Including karaoke, Sumo wrestling, nail painting, baking and of course some rugby as well.

It was nice to see a number of the girls that came, playing rugby for the first time and really enjoying it.

We are really trying hard to bring more female players into the game at the moment - at all ages.

And there will be no better time to showcase how far we’ve come in six months then to see our senior ladies the Valykries, take on Barnsley Ladies in a curtain-raiser fixture before the men’s first team take on Pontefract at home.

All this will be on the November 29 and will not be a day to miss.

The atmosphere at the club will be electric with two exciting fixtures to watch that day.

On Sunday our minis were able to don their new match kit for the first time when they played against minis sides from Bridlington, with key contributors to the Active Youth Scheme (McCain) as the main kit sponsor.

It was very moving to see so many young happy faces at training and during the matches, all of whom were rather excited to be wearing a brand new kit.

Our teams all did really well against some good teams from Bridlington. Special thanks go to all our minis coaches for doing such a professional job during these busy days, they really do make it look easy.

Last Sunday our under-14s took part in a three-way fixture against teams from Pocklington and Driffield, I’m delighted to say it was by far the largest turnout for this age group that I have seen all year and that’s a credit to the coaching staff Mathew Else and Nick Jackson.

With additional players and squad depth this team now is now starting to develop the numbers needed to play competitively, which should offer more enjoyment to them.

I was only able to watch part of this fixture but Joe Fishburn stood out as a fantastic talent, so he gets my man of the match award for this week.

On the same day, Scarborough junior colts (under-17s) travelled the relatively short distance to Driffield to fulfil their latest league fixture.

Even though several key players were missing, through injury, holidays or other sporting trials, the squad was in a buoyant mood.

For the majority of the game Scarborough had to defend well and tough conditions including a hostile atmosphere made it difficult to play with.

Driffield ran several phases, working well through the forwards and backs.

Scarborough offered some courageous tackling, but it was starting to tell on the visitors and gaps started to appear.

No matter how valiantly they players tried in attack, nothing seemed to work. Driffield continued to apply their own pressure and in the dying minute managed to break through a tired, Scarborough defence and score an unconverted try, leaving the final score at 17-7.

Man of the match was McKenzie.

Scarborough will have learned several valuable lessons from the day, but one thing they can take from the game was proof of their team spirit, which was excellent.

They still need to raise their game and play as we all know they can.

If they do, they will be unbeatable in the league.

This Sunday coming see’s our under-14s playing Malton at home, while our under-15s and under-16s will be travelling to Moortown to fulfil fixtures there.

As well as these, our minis will be playing against Malton in their latest set of fixtures, so it should be a relatively busy day at the club.

As a reminder, any new players at all age groups are always more than welcome.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Cameron Johnson, Jordan Wakeham, Harry Silk and Josh Hoggarth who are all current students at Scarborough Sixth Form.

They have continuously helped out with volunteer work at the club here, offering refereeing and coaching services, as well as being keen players themselves. People like them are truly a pleasure to work with and I’m tipping them all to go quite far in life.

If there are is anyone that would like to referee at the club, in minis fixtures, junior fixtures or in the secondary school games please get in touch with myself, as I’ll be able to offer you that opportunity and/or training if you require it.

Please send me an email on tom.chadwick@scarboroughrugby.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Tomasz Chadwick