Skolars Launch New Website

London Skolars are delighted to announce the launch of their new website, which is packed with many new features.

The site, developed by Code13, will provide visitors with up to date news on:

  • Skolars 1st Team matches – including match reports linked to fixtures and scores
  • Skolars Juniors matches – fixtures, scores, league table and player stats
  • Skolars Events – details on forthcoming events such as City Touch and Friday Night Lights
  • Commercial – details of sponsorship and marketing opportunities with Skolars brand new Corporate Brochure available to download

On the home page our new image gallery is packed with action shots from Skolars 2011 home fixtures and our LondonSkolarsTV channel will be regularly updated with some exclusive footage – check out the Under 18’s Crossbar Challenge!

The scrolling fixture/results bar on the home page links match results directly to match reports.

Our new Fanzone will link you to Skolars facebook and Twitter pages and also features a noticeboard on which we publish recruitment opportunities.

Commenting on the new site Skolars General Manager Howard Kramer (pictured above with Steve Devonshire from Code13) said “I am delighted to launch Skolars new website, which has a much more up to date feel and will keep Rugby League fans informed about all aspects of the club, not just the 1st Team. I would like to thank Steve and everyone at Code13 for their hard work in developing the site”.

Code13’s owner Steve Devonshire commented “Code13 have worked with London Skolars for a number of years now so we are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop this exciting new Rugby League website and continue our partnership with Skolars to help showcase what is happening in London Rugby League”.

All three Skolars Junior teams were in action on Saturday, with the 14’s and 16’s playing their fixtures at home and the 18’s playing away at Greenwich.

London Skolars 18’s are half-way through their season now, and met their toughest opponents yet in Greenwich Admirals 18’s. In warm, dry weather at Greenwich, conditions were perfect for Rugby League, with the match being played on a 4G pitch.

The game started with a high completion rate  from London Skolars, who were getting to a lot of their kicks and Greenwich Admirals making errors out wide, turning the ball over early in the tackle count. London Skolars got a repeat set, with Greenwich Admirals making a mistake in their own half. With good hands Dion Chapman found Michael Linskey to dummy and go over to score, converted by Michael Cawthorn.  Skolars held Greenwich out for 20 minutes, then unfortunately stopped completing their sets and had back to back tries scored against them. Skolars were struck another blow with David Ogufere getting sin binned for 10 minutes, leaving Skolars to defend a strong confident Greenwich team for 10 minutes. The back to back defensive sets and heat started taking its toll on Skolars, going in at half time 20-6 down.

The second half was unfortunately overshadowed by an incident, which resulted in a red card for the Greenwich Admirals player involved. London Skolars finished the stronger of the teams, with a well deserved team try coming from Louie Sutherland, again converted by Michael Cawthorn. The man of the match performance was a close call, with Dion Chapman being very creative with his go forward and work rate, but it has to go to Illiess Macani, making himself available for runs, and making back to back tackles. End score 34-12 to Greenwich Admirals.

 

Skolars under 16’s displayed 30 minutes of outstanding Rugby League in this weekend’s encounter with The Hurricanes of Croydon.  However it  came too late, after letting in six unanswered tries in the first half.  The warm weather and hard ground suited the quick and agile Skolars, but it wasn’t enough as the momentum of the much larger South London team was too great.

Again there were stand out performances from Essex duo Jack Avery and Jack Clover.  Theo Dankos’s work rate was outstanding and impressed the onlooking Origin coaches.  Ben Carey was solid at hooker, with his service from dummy half improving game after game.  Sahid Kapaka injected some pace and determination on the right wing, scoring Skolars only try off a break from half back Guy Reed.  Reed was outstanding throughout and was the well deserved man of the match, with some great in-play kicking, and tactical offloading throughout the game.  The final score was 44-6 but, with the second half scoring two tries to one in favour of Croydon, Skolars will be looking to carry on this performance next weekend, with a tough away trip to the Staines Titans in prospect.

Skolars under 14’s were also in action, playing hosts to Croydon Hurricanes 14’s, and went down to a 4-56 defeat.

London Skolars Rugby League are to host a new Summer Touch Rugby competition at the home of Championship Rugby League in North London, White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre.

The 8 week competition will begin on Thursday 9th June and run every Thursday until the culmination at the finals day at the London Skolars v Swinton Lions Co-operative Championship 1 game on Saturday 30th July.

The league is open to players and teams of all ages, abilities and fitness levels and is the competition is played in a friendly, fun, social atmosphere with mixed teams being encouraged.

Each team entry will be allowed to enter 12 players per week. When entering the competition, you can expect to be provided:
• Balls and equipment
• Basic insurance (once registered)
• A well run, administrated league including match officials and event staff to coordinate competition.

Games will run from 7pm through to 9pm, each game lasts 40 minutes, played in two 20 minute halves. With each team getting one game per week.

When entering the London Skolars Touch League, all registered players will be entitled to ticket offers and merchandise discounts from the club.

Venue: White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London, N22 5QW
Time: 7pm-9pm
Cost: £250 per squad with team kit provided (playing vest), £150 per squad (playing only)

For further information, please contact Paul Thorman on 020 8888 8488 or e-mail paulthorman@skolarsrl.com

All three Skolars teams were in action at the weekend, with the under 14’s and 16’s at home and the 18’s away, which is where we begin our round-up.

Skolars U18’s played a double header of Round 6 in the London Junior League and Preliminary 1st Round for the London RL Challenge Cup away to St. Albans Centurions U18’s.

Skolars started slowly, falling behind to two converted tries in the first ten minutes.  Skolars finally broke their deadlock with tries coming from Iliess Macani, David Ogufere and a great close range effort from Michael Linskey, dummying and side-stepping the full back to score under the posts. This meant Skolars went in at half time leading by 16-12.

Skolars came out of the blocks strongly in the second half with a thoroughly professional performance rewarded with unanswered tries from, Ani Mustafa with two tries, and a hatrick and Man of the Match performance from Iliess Macani. Manacni’s second try was a great solo effort, picking the ball up on his own in-goal line and going full length, fending the winger off and then going around the full back.

Final score: 36-12 to Skolars

 

London Skolars Under 16’s

After last weekend’s under par performance by the under 16s the Skolars were looking to put in a good 60 mins against the Medway Dragons.  With home advantage and the return of influential half back Guy Reed Skolars were keen to put in a good account of themselves.  The opening exchanges were close with both teams completing sets early and defending well.  Shimir Thomas did his usual role at full back and bossed the team in defence very well.  Reed and big name Essex recruit Jack Clover looked strong in the half back positions and are strengthening their playing relationship.  Skolars took too long to get into any decent field position and were left licking their wounds at half time. after Medway scored five tries in the opening 30 mins to Skolars one, which was scored by man of the match Theo Danko and converted by Guy Reed.

The second half was a much closer affair with Medway’s larger and more physically dominant pack tiring and the smaller, more agile Skolars taking full advantage.  After achieving a repeat set, Essex boy Jack Avery crashed over and converted his own try.  The final score was 44-12 in favour of the Medway Dragons, but with good performances in the pack from Uzair Abbas, Shaun Palmer and D’Shaun Elliotte the Skolars are looking for a victory this coming Saturday against the Croydon Hurricanes at home.

Skolars Under 14’s suffered a 0-64  defeat to a physically stronger Brixton team on Saturday.

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