End Of Year Replica Shirt Sale

With Skolars 2012 home and away shirts due to arrive in January we have of the popular 2011 shirts on special offer until the 31st December.

Stocks are limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis. The price for this period only is only £25 + P&P, which represents a saving of £13 on the usual price of £38 + P&P.

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In the third of our series Skolars player and community Coach Neil Thorman a look at what’s been happening in Skolars pre-season training sessions and tells us a bout some unexpected visitors to training.

The final training sessions of 2011 are upon us and then the boys will get a well deserved rest. A lot has been squeezed into the last two weeks, with last Monday night starting as normal, splitting into two groups, half in the gym and half in the combat room. Then we switched and the last hour consisted of ball work and fitness on the floodlit 3G pitch.

My group was in the gym, just finishing with weighted planks and V-sits, when five guys walked in asking for the coaching staff. Thinking nothing of it I pointed them towards the combat room for Head Coach Joe Mbu. Then I spotted their ID and of course it was the nice gentlemen from the UKAD aka the drugs testers. Of course I was to be picked at ‘random’ along with Ollie Purslow, and junior players Dion Chapman & Louie Sutherland. Being seasoned pro’s at peeing into jars myself and Gaps (Ollie) did it in record time of 15mins, including all paper work and separating samples and pouring into two sealable jars. This was done over the head coaches desk, I might add, and to both ours and more so Joe’s amazement, thankfully we didn’t spill a drop! The great speed of our drugs test wasn’t really that pleasing as we were hoping that we’d missed a little bit, if not all of the outdoor session. That wasn’t the case and we were just in time for the warm-up going into fitness. For Dion and Louie on the other hand it was a different story. They took pretty much most of the session to get the sample out. I think the both got a little bit of stage fright at the thought of a middle aged guy watching them pee in a glass! Finally, once they were bursting at the seams full of water they got ‘relief’ in handing the sample over and were able to join the team for the back end of the session.


As Joe said, we would be getting more intense as the weeks went on, with us now concentrating on tackle technique. We were doing this with some wrestling warm up leading into 1 on 1 then 2 on 1 tackles. We had some good battles in the wrestling ring between Ollie Purslow and Martyn ‘weeman’ Smith. I’m personally hoping they make a tag team together, or just offer their services out to stag do’s! We’re starting to getsome big hitters in the club. In our last session we had to make 6 tackles. James Anthony was hitting above his weight, recently selected South England Students player Louie Robinson  put a good shot on, even against the immovable object Lameck Juma.

In the gym we’ve moved on to more power lowering and reps and increasing our weight, with some big scores going on the board for deadlift and front squat. We now have a leader board each session on who lifts the most on each exercise, so when the group switches from whatever session they were doing to the gym, they now know what their target is. I personally take any extra sessions, be it on gym related stuff, boxing, tackle tech etc. Usually it’ll be for our younger players to come to. At the moment I’m very impressed with our newest junior recruit, Jack Clover. He hasn’t missed a session and, being very new to Olympic lifts, he has had to learn the basics but now he is up to speed and has most techniques down.

Pre season thought.

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”


With the fast-approaching deadline for responses to the BBC’s consultations on cuts to local radio services – which have devastating impact on sports coverage – the Parliamentary Rugby League Group have arranged an historic meeting of all sports Groups in Parliament to come together to challenge both the BBC’s approach and the proposals they suggest.

Calling for the meeting, Rugby League Group Chairman, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland wrote to all the Sports Groups last week and a meeting is scheduled for 13th December in the Palace of Westminster.  On announcing the meeting, he said “if these cuts go ahead, they will have a devastating impact on sports output and for a sport like rugby league, which is regarded as one of the most community-focussed in the UK, it would have even great significance.  It is for that reason that the Group has asked all the other Sports Groups to come together to challenge the proposals.”

The BBC’s proposals include:

• The loss of local programmes on weekday afternoons, with programmes being shared with neighbouring stations;

• The loss of all local programming between 7pm and 10pm. This means the end of any sports magazine shows, in-depth discussion about sport and the opportunity to have opinions heard, engage with clubs, officials and others involved in the game;

• Significant loss of live commentary as there will be a massive reduction in the number of games covered and with the reduction in the number of commentators at games that are broadcast any local flavour disappears;

• The loss of all local programming between 1am until the start of the breakfast show. All stations would broadcast Radio 5 Live;

• The loss of a wide number of locally-split breakfast programmes; and

• Huge costs to any local station that wants to offer live coverage of more than one game matches of any sport as stations will be charged to use the medium wave.

The Parliamentary Group will be providing its own response to the consultations and anyone interested in sports coverage can do the same.  Fans of the sport should visit www.therfl.co.uk/localradioreview to download draft answers to the online consultations.  Details of both consultations can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/consult/local_radio.shtml.

The RFL has today announced details of a series of new and amended rules which will apply across all domestic competitions including Super League, Super League Academy, Co-operative Championships and community Rugby League matches in the 2012 season.

The rule changes come into force on Boxing Day and have been approved by the RFL Council following proposals from the RFL’s Laws Committee, a body comprising past and present players, coaches and administrators that was formed earlier this year.

The most noticeable changes will see the number of interchanges permitted during a game drop from 12 to 10, with the number of interchanges allowed in Super League Academy games dropping even further to eight.

From 2012 onwards, a player who comes into contact with a corner flag during general play, whilst in possession of the ball, will no longer be deemed to be ‘in-touch’.

“The objectives of the changes are to ensure that Rugby League retains its place as the most exciting team sport in the country,” said RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, who chairs the Laws Committee. “Rugby League prides itself on being a fast paced, entertaining sport and these amendments will ensure that remains the case.

“The Laws Committee was set up with precisely this idea in mind and will continue to analyse the rules and discuss ways in which we can improve the current system to make the game the most entertaining spectacle it can be. I am confident that the 2012 season will be one of the most exciting seasons to date.”

Further changes will see match officials instructed to adopt a more lenient approach to players who carry on playing after the referee has called “held” in a tackle. Instead of awarding a penalty, referees will now instruct players to return to the position on the pitch where the call was initially made and play the ball.

The remaining changes will allow players to use a drop-kick method when attempting to score a goal following a try and new interpretations of touch-in-goal and dead-in-goal scenarios implemented.

The community game at Tier 3 and Tier 4 will adopt the changes listed with the exception of the interchange amendment, which will be subject to local competition rules.

The law changes and amendments in full are as follows:

Players carry on running or pass the ball after the referee has called ‘held.’

Players often struggle to hear the referee call held in an upright tackle. The award of a penalty is often seen as harsh. To allow the team to retain possession and continue with a play the ball the following Law should be amended.

Amendment – Section 11 – Law 6: Verbal instructions to resolve doubt.

If any doubt arises as to a tackle, the Referee should give a verbal instruction to ‘play on’ or shout ‘held’ as the case may be. If the referee is of the opinion that the player in possession could not hear the ‘held’ call before passing or running off with the ball he should instruct the player to play the ball at the point where the player was when ‘held’ was called unless it occurs after the fifth play the ball in which case a handover will apply.

Touching the corner post when in possession is not touch in goal.

Because the corner flags do not always stay upright it is felt that they could have an adverse effect on the game if they are not erected correctly. Some of them lay at an angle which could both help and hinder a team in defence. Currently if they are touched at any time while in possession then they are considered touch in goal.

Amendment – Section 9 – Notes 2 – Corner Post

A corner post placed at the intersection of a touch-line and a goal line is in touch in goal if the ball touches it when no one is in possession. If a player carrying the ball comes into contact with the corner post during general play then they are not touch in goal. It is a duty of the touch-judge to replace a corner post which is displaced during the game.

Interchange to be reduced from 12 from four named players to 10 from four named players.

Amendment – Section 4 Law 2 (a) – Substitutes

Each team may nominate a maximum of four replacements before the start of the game. Their names along with those of the players must be given to the referee before the start of the game. A maximum of 10 interchanges will be allowed from the 17 named players.

Standardise method of conversion and penalty goals

Amendment – Section 6 Law 6 – Goal how scored

A goal is scored if the whole of the ball at any time how scored during its flight passes on the full over the opponents’ cross bar towards the dead ball line after being kicked by a player (and not touching or being touched in flight by any other player) in any of these circumstances:–

(a)        by a place kick or a drop kick after a try has been scored and counts two points

(b)        by a place kick or a drop kick when a penalty kick has been awarded and counts two points.

Standardise when players are in touch and gone touch in goal or dead in goal

The times when players are classified as in touch or not is quite confusing in different areas of the field. The new law will standardise when a player is in touch or has taken the ball dead. Where the ball has bounced in the field of play any player who plays it will need to be in the field of play otherwise they will be deemed as having taken the ball into touch, touch in goal or dead. Players must let the ball touch the ground (which includes the touch line, touch in goal line and dead ball line) or an object in touch for it to be classed as in touch if the ball has first bounced in the field of play. If the ball is caught on the full from a kick by a player who is in touch then the kicking team will be deemed as having taken the ball into touch, touch in goal or dead.

Amendment – Section 9 Law 1 Ball in touch

The ball is in touch when it or a player in contact with it touches the touch-line or the ground beyond the touch line or any object on or outside the touch line except when a player, tackled in the field of play, steps into touch as he regains his feet in which case he shall play the ball in the field of play.

The ball is in touch if a player jumps from touch and while off the ground touches the ball providing the ball has not bounced in the field of play. The ball is not in touch if during flight it crosses the touch line but is knocked back by a player who is off the ground after jumping from the field of play.

Amendment – Section 9 Law 2 (a) Touch in Goal

The ball is in touch in goal when it or a player in contact with it touches the touch in goal-line, or any object on or outside the touch in goal line.

Addition – Section 9 Law 2 (b) Dead in Goal

The ball is dead in goal when it or a player in contact with it touches the dead ball line or any object on or outside the dead ball line.

Addition – Notes to Section 9 4. Ball dead and in touch

Where the ball which has bounced or has been passed in the field of play or the in goal area comes into contact with a player in touch, touch in goal or over the dead ball line, the ball is deemed to have been made dead or taken into touch by that player.  Where the ball is played at from a kick that has not bounced in the field of play by a player who has at least one foot on the touch-line or in touch then the ball is deemed to have been made dead or taken into touch by the kicking team.

Remove Note – Dead Ball Line Restarts

Should a kick be made dead by a defending player straddling the dead ball line or touch in goal line, play will restart with a goal line drop-out.

The following law changes apply to Super League Academy (Under-20) and Super League Cup (Under-18) competitions:

Interchange to be reduced from 12 from 4 named players to 8 from 4 named players.

Section 4 Law 2 (a) – Substitutes

Each team may nominate a maximum of four replacements before the start of the game. Their names along with those of the players must be given to the referee before the start of the game. A maximum of 8 interchanges will be allowed from the 17 named players.

Introduction to 2012 refereeing protocol:

“To ensure the game of Rugby League remains an attractive spectacle and to enable the match officials to best manage the conduct and flow of matches, referees will be encouraged to exercise their judgment where players infringe the rules.  Intentional or reckless foul play; and persistent or deliberate technical infringements in order to gain an advantage will not be tolerated, however referees will be asked to assess the impact of these infringements on the conduct and flow of the match and act accordingly.  Where possible, and where no direct advantage has been gained, play should be allowed to continue to ensure that the flow and conduct of the match is uninterrupted and stoppages are minimised.”


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