Skolars ‘A’ Win at Elmbridge

On Saturday, a severely depleted Skolars ‘A’ team took on Elmbridge Eagles. In a test of the players mettle, they came out on top, winning 30-14.

Scot Whitby scored the try of the day from inside his own half, running 55m after breaking two tackles. Other try scorers were Liam Duffy, Raphael Sikwabi and Mark Ivers all scoring on debut. Angelo Thomas darted over for a try and Jack Avery was faultless with the boot kicking 5 from 5, as the Skolars secured the win after leading 18-8 at half time.

Head coach Dave Roberts was immensely satisfied with the victory in a difficult lead up to the game, “We executed the game plan almost perfectly. Every player that played should be proud of what they achieved. The effort and heart out there was top shelf.”

The Skolars ‘A’ play their next Southern Premier game against Eastern Rhinos, at home, this weekend.

Skolars next home game, a Kingstone Press Championship 1 fixture, on the 5th May has been chosen as one of Skolars ‘Super Sunday’ games this season.

Those attending will be treated to some great entertainment, on and off the pitch, including:

  • Guest real ales in the Olympic Suite
  • Kingstone Press bottled Cider – making its Skolars debut!
  • Our new “Guess the Score” Competition
  • Half-time goal kicking competition
  • Post match live entertainment in the Olympic Suite featuring singer Shoshana Burns

So, all in all, it promises to be a great afternoon of Rugby League and entertainment – something for everyone.

KO is at 3pm and we are offering spectators the chance to to take advantage of our hugely popular 1/2 price ticket offer, which will run until the 30th April.

We’re offering Adut tickets for only £6 and concession tickets for £3 if purchased before the deadline date. To buy your 1/2 price tickets visit our online ticket office by clicking here.

 

Rugby League World Cup 2013 announced today that the semi-final double header will be a specially branded and unique event and will be known as ‘The Big Hit’.

The Big Hit was launched today in London and Mayor Boris Johnson was on hand to celebrate with Rugby League legend Martin Offiah.

The Big Hit concept was devised in consultation with Mark Evans, the person behind the hugely successful ‘Big Game’ concept which introduced radical new pricing and marketing strategies into Rugby Union and helped break the world record attendance for a club game. Agencies McCann and Fast Track who were part of the team that made 2012 such a success have also had input on marketing and PR for the concept.

Dreams will be made and shattered at Wembley Stadium on Saturday November 23 as the world’s top four Rugby League nations battle it out for a place in the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford.

Wembley Stadium has played host to some of international sport’s greatest moments, and Rugby League has a proud history at the venue, having taken the Challenge Cup Final there for the first time in 1929.

RLWC2013 is the next major sporting event after the London 2012 Olympic Games and The Big Hit in particular will provide the perfect opportunity for sports fans in London to witness of the world’s greatest spectator sports.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has given his full backing to The Big Hit and is anticipating an exciting and action-packed RLWC2013.

He said: ‘Rugby League World Cup 2013 will offer Londoners and visitors to the capital the chance to see some of the world’s best players battle it out in one of our finest sporting venues. As we build a lasting sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games this fantastic event will offer a great family day out for rugby fans young and old.”

Former Wigan and Great Britain star and RLWC2013 Ambassador Martin Offiah said: “I’m always going to be linked with Wembley and the stadium will have a special place in my heart. I played in a Rugby League World Cup Final there in 1995, that was only one game and it was an incredible feeling.

“It’s an iconic stadium and the chance to see both semi-finals there on one day is amazing.

I’ve no doubt it will be filled to the rafters for The Big Hit.”

RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said “Tickets for the marquee games at the tournament are selling really well and we know that the appetite for great sport and unique events especially in London is huge.

So we have created ‘The Big Hit’ to underline what a fantastic, value for money event the semi-final double header is for the London sports fan.”

Tickets for The Big Hit are on sale now, with adult admission starting from just £20 (£10 concessions).

London Skolars U19s took a break from their league campaign this weekend as attentions turned towards the London Youth and Junior League Cup first round. Skolars welcomed back Gav Dilworth from injury but were missing regular front-rowers Franklin Bruno and David Ogufere. However given the Skolars strength in depth this season, coach Matt Cuss was able to name a powerful pack that included dual reg Broncos U19s Scott Whitby and Iliess Macani, and twins Micheal and Judd Greenhalgh who both have experienced first team action in the Northern Rail Cup this year already.

In glorious conditions at New River it was the Skolars who struck first early on with an outstanding individual effort from loose forward Iliess Macani. This was closely followed by another try out wide by winger Sayed Kapaka who was grateful to receive a wonderful ball from the base of the scrum, and finished well in the corner under pressure. These 2 tries put the Skolars in a commanding position and they did not relinquish this lead for the duration of the game. Some powerful surges up the middle from Conrad Edgar and Scott Whitby, gave half-backs Ben Cary, Jack Avery and Jack Clover a great platform on which to play, and they showed some exciting skills with the ball in hand to release wingers Sayed Kapaka and Deeshawn Eliot time and time again, both crossing for a brace each.

Even with the sin-binning of second row Micheal Greenhalgh for a high tackle the Skolars defence kept firm, which would have undoubtedly pleased Cuss given previous weeks defensive showings, even when Judd Greenhalgh followed his twin brother in the bin for an offence at the play the ball still the Skolars defence remained water-tight, with some great organisation and control by centres Seb Kolasa, Gav Dilworth and Shaun Palmer. The effort and commitment to keep Staines out was typified by the hit of the season so far by Skolars smallest player Max Catmur Hill who flung himself at the opposing winger and bundled him into touch to prevent Staines crossing before half-time.

As the game wore on, Skolars power in the forwards began to tell with Staines struggling to cope with the hard running lines of replacements Jake Harman, Robbie Jarvis and Luke Stack. More tries followed and the Skolars eased into the next round of the cup with a 48-4 win.

Cuss was pleased with the win commenting on Skolars superb defensive effort, “Staines aren’t a poor side and even though we have beaten them twice in the league, they have scored on average 30 points past us in both games, we have been working hard on our defense these past few weeks and it seemed that today we finally clicked as a unit, to limit a side like Staines to only 4 points was outstanding.”

The U19’s are next in action in the Semi-Finals of the Cup competition on May 4th with the draw still to be made.

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