Tom Harrison’s Junior Report: Coaches’ learning curve

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On Monday night more than a dozen coaches from Scarborough Rugby Club took part in an IRB Rugby Ready course.

The course is the first step on the ladder for those interested in coaching and among the participants was the club’s new assistant Director of Rugby Nick Ingham.

Nick’s son Tiernan is a member of the under-sevens and Nick has already expressed a desire to help coach his son as he rises through the Scarborough ranks.

We also had a few of our first regulars including Nino Cutino, Tom Ratcliffe and Zbynek Schutz, who are all going to or are currently helping out with the coaching.

A big emphasis will be placed on getting first XV players and coaches to help junior teams and coaches in the coming months.

Hopefully this will help improve players’ skill levels and also give the current coaches a much deserved rest.

This Sunday Scarborough will be hosting representative rugby yet again with East Yorkshire v Northumberland under-15s set to do battle.

Weather permitting the game will be played on the first XV pitch and with Scarborough having four players in the East Yorkshire team a bumper crowd is expected.

Scarborough Under-14s played host to Thirsk at the weekend and the end scoreline of 64-24 does not reflect how tough a game it actually was.

Thirsk made the trip over to Scarborough short of players but still played with determination throughout.

The game was a chance for Scarborough to put right the wrongs from their Yorkshire Plate semi-final exit and from the off that is what they did with three tries in quick succession before Thirsk finally got into gear and on to the scoresheet.

Scarborough then went on the attack again just before half time with some good pack and back work to pull out a comfortable lead going into the break.

The second half followed a similar pattern as the first with both sides trying to gain an advantage.

The Scarborough team having subs and fresh pairs of legs to bring on helped give them the edge and as the game progressed the Thirsk team started to tire.

Scarborough had a number of players that could easily have taken the man of the match award with Ryan Fowler running well with ball in hand, Josh Pickering using power and strength to gain good ground all over the park, Sam Collins making some great runs to create space and off load for the try-scorers, Harry Renwick was brilliant at scrum half keeping the game moving and giving good, quick ball to the backs but our man of the match went to Alex Ingham who led from the front showing his leadership skills as captain and an impressive work rate and all round game play.

Thanks to everyone who attended the game on a very cold day and thanks to Thirsk for coming a long way to play and we look forward to a return game next season.

The Minis were all in action last Sunday with games at Bridlington RUFC with some of the match reports below.

Even though the majority of our players were in Bridlington it was great to see 20 under-sevens and eights still here at the club for training.

Scarborough under-sevens played against Hornsea and Pocklington, winning two of their three games.

A total of 19 tries were scored on the day with Samuel Jenkinson being top try scorer.

Also touching down was Tiernan Ingham, Harry Burgess, Jed Wood, Lucas Brown and Josh Moir. Key to the victories was the Scarborough defence which was led by Mikey Hope and George Richards

The under-eights had close games against Bridlington and Pocklington B but were well beaten by Pocklington A.

Richard Sharpe, Alben Smith, Louie France, Jamie Dennis and Harvey Richardson were the Scarborough try-scorers.

In defence, Max Bryon, Ed Johnson and Oliver Edwards completed many timely tackles, while debutant Reeve Law had an impressive game.

Next Thursday the schools’ finals will be held at Silver Royd and Graham/Raincliffe, Filey & Scalby will all be looking to book their place in the East Yorkshire finals.

The rugby will start around 4pm and all information will be in next week’s paper.