Skolars Saqib Murtza Talks About The Demands Of Playing Rugby League During Ramadan

In this month’s RFL “In League Together” Newsletter Skolars Saqib Murtza talks about the challenge of training and playing Rugby League during Ramadan, a month where Muslims fast for 30 days not eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset.

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Although Skolars 2011 league season has just come to a close the club are already busy preparing for the 2012 season. With this in mind supporters will be delighted to learn that season tickets for next season are already on sale and selling well!

Adult season tickets are priced at £85 and include all home Northern Rail Cup games, all Co-operative Championship 1 games and the 3rd round of the Challenge Cup, if played at home. Purchasing before the 30th November entitles you to a 10% discount, bringing the price down to only £76.50.

Concession season tickets are avaiable at £50 and, again, there is an early bird 10% discount to bring the price down to £45.

Our popular family season ticket, for two adults and two children (under 16) costs £125, but if purchased before the early bird deadline will only set you back £112.50!

To visit our online ticket office just click here

After a nail biting victory earlier in the season Skolars couldn’t complete the double over promotion hopefuls Keighley in the final game of the season.

The visitors were delayed in Friday evening traffic leading to a late kick-off and torrential rain from earlier in the day led to errors on both sides.

Cougars started well with Demetriou opening the scoring with a diagonal run from left field towards the posts, cutting through the defence. Both sides then had tries disallowed before John Paxton raced onto a Dylan Skee kick for Skolars’ first try, Skee adding the extras to take them into the lead.

They extended their lead four minutes later when Austen Aggrey stole the ball from Demetriou and raced 50 metres to the line, showing that he has lost little of his pace with his transfer over the last two years from wing to pack.

Demetriou soon made amends with a short pass that put Ryan Benjafield through to the tryline. Jermaine Wray, so often a thorn in Skolars’ side over the last 9 years, put in an excellent performance coming on at hooker from the bench and soon set up Brendon Rawlins, who powered over the line from 10 metres out to give Keighley the lead, Lawton converting to put them four points ahead at the break.

The second half saw Skolars regularly penalised with a 2-11 penalty count against them. Those were mainly for technical offences, but frustration led to a melee that saw Olly Purslow and Dave Halley sin-binned.

Soon afterwards, Cougars kicked deep to the right wing, Skolars could get to the ball in time and Gavin Duffy just got there first. That seemed to raise their game, Scott Law making a strong run which led to a try for Jake Normington on the left wing.

A penalty five minutes later saw Cougars go for goal whilst 12 points ahead. There were few chances on either side as the error rate grew. Aaron Small did well to defuse a Keighley bomb, but Cougars scored again with Demetriou again showing his experience in pulling apart the defence with his passing, finding Normington, who crossed for his second try.

The restart saw Skolar’s best chance of the half. Lamont Bryan, who had a good second half after being swiched to centres following an injury to Paxton, regathered the ball from the kick-off and it took a determined effort by the visitors to stop his rampage just short of the line.

Austen Aggrey won The Mall Wood Green Man of the Match.



3 James Anthony

18 Aaron Small

11 Matt Thomas

36 John Paxton

2 Smokie Junor

7 Dylan Skee

30 Mourad Kriouache

8 Tony Williams

9 Gareth Honor

34 David Williams

21 Lamont Bryan

15 Olly Purslow

25 Austen Aggrey


Subs (all used)

32 Sam Gee

21 Danny Burke

22 Saqib Murtza

29 Michael Sykes


Tries: Paxton (18), Aggrey (22)

Goals: Skee 2/2

Sin-binning: Purslow (52) – fighting



2 Craig Moss

31 Dave Halley

4 Danny Lawton

33 Jake Normington

5 Gavin Duffy

29 Jason Demetriou

7 Ryan Smith

8 Andy Shickell

9 James Feather

10 Scott Law

11 Will Cartledge

12 Olly Pursglove

22 Ben Sagar


Subs (all used)

14 Jermaine Wray

16 Brendon Rawlins

17 Ryan Benjafield

21 Richard Jomes


Tries: Demetriou (4), Benjafield (21), Rawlins (31), Duffy (52), Normingtom (61,75)

Goals: Lawton 3/7

Sin-binning: Halley (52) – fighting

Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match


Penalty count: 7-18


Half-time: 12-16

Referee: Tim Roby

Attendance: 1,083


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 6-4, 12-4, 12-10, 12-16, 12-20, 12-24, 12-26, 12-30

London Skolars are excited to announce a partnership with Hurricanes Rugby League Jamaica .

Skolars see the Hurricanes as an ideal partner, considering the large Jamaican and broader Afro Caribbean population in London. In fact, there are two current Skolars players in Smokie Junor and Jermaine C oleman who are of Jamaican heritage plus Quins RL’s dual registered Lamont Bryan (pictured above in Hurricane’s shirt), along with numerous others that are in the junior or affiliate ranks.

The partnership between the Hurricanes and Skolars will see both organisations heavily promoting each others activities, information sharing and in time may see a player-loan/share system. The idea is for elite performing Hurricanes players to travel to England to train and trial with the Skolars and the Skolars may also look to send some of their younger players to Jamaica to play with the Hurricanes when they enter the USA competition in 2013.

The link between the Hurricanes and Skolars came about after owners Dane Campbell (Hurricanes) and Hector McNeil (Skolars) met recently to discuss all the possibilities of such an arrangement. Both Campbell and McNeil have a deep passion for the international aspect of the game and agree that the benefits that can be generated by such a partnership will advance the game in the Jamaica, the broader Caribbean and also in London. The Hurricanes will look to use their developing profile to further the ambitions of the Skolars in attracting more Afro Caribbean youth to rugby league. Additionally, the Hurricanes see immense benefit in being able to promote their ambitions and grow their global appeal in such a cosmopolitan city such as London.

Commenting on the partnership Campbell said:

“I have personally known Hector for several years and have kept a close eye on the developments of the Skolars and the opportunity now to be able to link the Hurricanes brand in with them is one that I am extremely excited about. After speaking at length about the opportunities that can be created to both organizations from such a partnership, I am confident that we will see significant interest in the Hurricanes from people in London and across the England.  Additionally, we will see opportunities created for our players to further their experience in rugby league, which will ultimately enhance our ability as a team when we enter into the USA competition by 2013.

Skolars owner Hector McNeil commented:

“Skolars are excited by what is happening in Jamaica and in particular what is being achieved through the Hurricanes Rugby League. Given that our club is based in a large Afro Caribbean area we feel it is a great opportunity to partner with the Hurricanes.

There is also the long term aim of giving Hurricanes players a chance to step up to UK professional rugby league and provide a home away from home by involving local community people around the Haringey area.

We always support the development and establishment of RL in new areas. Its great to see seeds sown and the game grow in Jamaica as it has here in London”.

For more information on the Hurricanes, visit

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