Adebisi Selected For 2011 All Star Team

Whilst Ade Adebisi may have missed out in Skolars’ end of season awards night, he was rewarded for his 17 try haul in the 2011 campaign when he was selected in the Championship 1 All Stars Team, which is selected by the coaches from the clubs in the Division. It’s the second time that a Skolars’ player has been awarded this accolade, Austen Aggrey having been selected in 2007.

But for an injury which saw Adebisi’s season cut short at the start of August, the 25 year old winger would almost certainly have passed Mark Cantoni’s club record of 20 tries in the season. He will receive his award at the Championship’s end of season dinner in Manchester on Tuesday night.

Also featuring in the team was former Skolar Dave Ellison, now with Oldham. This week also saw one more team confirmed in Co-operative Championship 1 next season, with Crusaders joining the division. This will mean that there are two Welsh clubs in the league, with Wrexham based competing alongside South Wales Scorpions.

Next Sunday see Workington Town and Keighley Cougars fight it out for promotion to the Championship, with former Skolar Jy-Mel Coleman likely to feature for the Cougars.

The full all-star side is:

1 Ian Mort (Swinton)

2 Ade Adebisi (Skolars)

3 Scott McAvoy (Whitehaven)

4 Chris Spurr (Doncaster)

5 Gavin Duffy (Keighley)

6 Darren Holt (Workington)

7 Ian Watson (Swinton)

8 Warren Thompson (Swinton)

9 Steve Parry (SW Scorpions)

10 Dave Ellison (Oldham)

11 Lee Doran (Whitehaven)

12 Craig Ashall (Hornets)

13 Phil Joseph (Swinton)

Last night at the plush setting of Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium, the London Skolars Junior Section picked up the biggest award at the WCAM London Youth, Junior and Mini Awards by winning 2011 Club of the Year. On hand to pick up the awards were key volunteers and coaches Ian Ackley and Bobby Brown, star under 18s player Dion Chapman and coaches Neil Thorman and Graeme Spencer as well as Community Manager Paul Thorman.

It culminates a hugely successful season for the club which has seen record numbers of players and volunteers enjoy witnessing all teams at the club make the playoffs for the first time.

Community Manager and Club Welfare Officer Paul Thorman was ecstatic with the award saying, “This is recognition for every single individual who has impacted on the Skolars’ London Junior League season in 2011. The length of the season meant that there had to be a real team effort from all players, parents, coaches and volunteers. No matter how big or small anybody’s role has been this year, it wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Under 18s player Dion Chapman also picked up an award in recognition of his nomination for under 18s player of the year.

Earlier this month, young Harlequins Rugby League academy player Jack Brennan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Having suffered with numbness in his neck and shoulders for months, which he put down to an injury, 18 year old Jack and his family now have to face up to a fight against a cancer which has spread throughout his body and is inoperable in its present form.

Jack started a course of chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital on Thursday the 15th September and the doctors are hoping Chemotherapy will reduce the tumours enough to operate at a later date.

The rugby league community is coming together to try to raise some money for Jack and his family. There will be a sponsored walk on the 1st of October 2011, starting at 9am from the Twickenham Stoop to his amateur club Greenwich Admirals on the other side of London. The aim is to raise as much as possible to make life for him and his family as good as possible.

The route is 19.5 miles, 31.3km or roughly 44950 steps. The average person would do that in 6 hours and 35mins. Starting at 9am at the Twickenham Stoop the aim is to pass through the capital via Richmond, Putney, Chelsea, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, Elephant & Castle and then on to New Cross and Kidbrook, finally finishing at Greenwich Admirals home at Well Hall.

The Rugby League public are free to donate and/or to come down and join in the walk. You are requested to wear your Rugby League Jerseys or Chelsea FC shirts to show your support for Jack. For more info on the walk please contact James Massara at

Try Assist -The Rugby League Benevolent Fund have kindly offered their help and donations can be made to Jack and his family through them. For more information on Try Assist please follow this link

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Following the Skolars under 18s bowing out of the playoffs at the semi-final stage last Saturday, the Skolars Juniors will now hold their season review meeting on Tuesday 27th September 2011 at 6pm in the New Pavillion, White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre.

All parents and volunteers are welcome to come along and have input on a successful season within the Juniors. For more information on the meeting or anything else related to the Junior Section contact Graeme Spencer on 020 8888 8488 or email

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