Tom Harrison’s Junior Report: Big freeze takes its toll at Silver Royd

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Last Sunday all action at Silver Royd, just like most of the country, was postponed due to the weather.

With many Scarborough junior sides due to play matches against teams like Beverley, Whitby and Hull Ionians and the minis due to travel to Beverley to take on Hull, Pocklington and Beverley the decisions was made on Saturday afternoon to cancel all games.

As I have said before in this column, we have been very lucky with the weather this year (this being only the second weekend where fixtures were unplayable) at the same point last year more than six weekends had been affected by the weather and over 25 games had to be re-arranged.

Looking forward to this Sunday, weather permitting, the junior teams will be taking on Malton & Norton with the under-13s and 14s away at Malton and the under-15s and 16s at home.

Last Wednesday the Scarborough Sixth Form College competed in an East Yorkshire 10s Competition.

Other colleges included were East Riding College, Thomas Rotherham College, Franklin College, Wyke College and Bishop Burton College.

With the 10-a-side version of the game a lot quicker paced than the 15-a-side rungs, pace was critical.

In the first game against Franklin College the Sixth Form College had the beating of their opponents out wide and, but for a few handling errors, would have been a few scores up at half time.

Those missed opportunities cost heavily in the second half after already losing full back Marcus Palmer due to injury, the Sixth Form College slipped off a few too many tackles and found themselves 15-0 down with a few minutes to go. Although they finished the stronger the Sixth Form College could not convert the pressure into points and the score line finished 15-0 to Franklin College.

The second game against Thomas Rotherham College was a more one-sided affair, with the Sixth Form College only having 10 players due to injuries. The physicality of Thomas Rotherham took its toll and a side which the Sixth Form College had beaten at the 15-a-side version of the game ran out 37-12 winners.

The third and final game for the 6th form college was against East Riding with both sides looking for their first win it was a close game, the Scarborough side stuck to their structure and it paid off when, Alex Collins, Elliot Graham, and Dan Eves all crossed for try’s to give a comfortable 17-0 lead at half time.

The game was thrown wide open again after East Riding scored a well-worked try then secondly influential captain Sam Warren pulled up with a quad strain.

Down to nine men the Sixth Form side stuck at it and pulled away with three scores in quick succession to effectively win the game and in the final minute two scores from Joe Edmond and Greg Dixon sealed a 44-5 win.

It was a good learning experience for the boys and the spirit shown throughout the day helped with the final result.

Unfortunately this week’s snow has claimed the last two evenings of the Skipton Building Society Schools League, meaning that the top two teams in each year will go through.

These teams are Year Seven Filey & Graham, Year Eight Graham & Scarborough College, Year Nine Filey & Scarborough College, Year 10 Graham & Scarborough College, Year 11 Filey & Graham.

The two teams in each year group will play off against two schools from the Ryedale area on either March 5, 6 or 7, for the right to represent East Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Schools finals.

These finals will be held on the March 15 (Years Seven, Eight and Nine) and March 22 (Years 10 and 11).

Thanks for reading

Tom Harrison

YDO, Scarborough RUFC