Tetley’s Challenge Cup Draw – Skolars get bye into 4th round

The draw for the third round of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup took place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham this evening when the 23 Kingstone Press Championships clubs entered the competition for the first time. Earlier in the evening London Skolars learned that they, and Featherstone Rovers, had been given a bye into the fourth round

The Championships clubs joined the 11 winners from the second round ties in draw conducted by Maxine Melling, the Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, and Kevan Blackadder, the Editor of the Gloucestershire Echo.
The draw in full was as follows:

Milford Marlins v Barrow Raiders
Rochdale Hornets v University of Gloucestershire All Golds
Keighley Cougars v Wath Brow Hornets
Dewsbury Rams v West Hull
Sheffield Eagles v East Leeds
British Army v Doncaster
Hull Dockers v Halifax
Batley Bulldogs v Kells
South Wales Scorpions v Hemel Stags
Normanton Knights v Workington Town
York City Knights v Whitehaven
Swinton Lions v Gateshead Thunder
Egremont Rangers v Oldham
Hunslet Hawks v Oxford
North Wales Crusaders v Pilkington Recs
Wigan St Patrick’s v Leigh Centurions

The third round ties will be played over the weekend of March 15 and 16.

London Skolars are delighted to announce the signing of former Toulouse Olympique XIII and Avignon player Patelisio Pelo.

Pelo, known to Rugby League fans as Tely Pelo, arrives in the UK to bolster Joe Mbu’s squad ahead of the 2014 Kingstone Prsss Championship 1 campaihn, which begins on the 2nd March.

Pelo, aged 29, was born in New Caledonia and moved to France in 2004 to take up a degree in Physical Chemistry and to pursue sporting activities. He played with the University of Tolouse rugby union team in his first year and got asked to play for the league side the following year such was his impressive form. Tely started out on the wing and quickly moved inside to the centre.

In 2006 Tely joined up with a local amateur side, Ramonville XIII for whom he was an ever present on the wing.

After just 3 years playing rugby league Tolouse Olympique XIII recognised his undoubted talent and potential and beat of stiff opposition from many elite 1 clubs for Telys signature for his first professional contract in 2008. He spent his first season playing for the reserve team, St Gaudens XIII on the wing. He was an ever present for the first team playing in the Championship in the uk for the following two seasons, after moving successfully in to the pack switching between prop and second row.

Tely moved on to Avignon in 2011 playing over 80% of games at either prop or second row. In the 2012/2013 season Tely was a key member of the Avignon side and helped them to victory in the prestigious Lord Derby Cup.

In 2011 and 2013 Tely was selected to play for Wallis and Futuna in rugby sevens at the Pacific games, the games involve all the major Pacific nations such as Fiji, Western Samoa, New Zealand and PNG and he fully expects a call up to the games in 2015.

Known to have a good turn of pace for a big man Skolars head coach Joe Mbu is sure Pelo has all the ingredients to make him a firm fans favourite at New River: “Whilst a lot of the focus has been on some of the players who departed the club in the close season, such as Dylan Skee and James Anthony, I have been working hard to make sure we have quality players coming into the club who can make a real impact this coming season. There was considerable interest from a number of clubs in acquiring Tely’s services so I am delighted he has decided that the next phase of his career will be spent with Skolars. I am looking forward to working with Tely and believe that he has all the attributes to be a huge success over here”.

Due to the continuing bad weather conditions we have had to reluctantly cancel all minis and juniors training at New River tomorrow, Saturday 15th.

The training and playing surfaces have suffered as a result of the recent heavy rainfall and have been deemed unuseable.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to get training going again shortly. Please check this website and the Skolars Juniors Facebook page for updates and if in any doubt please contact your age group coach.

The new season kicked off in style last weekend when more than 40 youngsters signed up for north London’s only professional rugby league club.

They met in Wood Green on Saturday to join London Skolars’ mini and junior squads for the start of the 2014 campaign.
Training for the minis teams – for Under-seven to Under-11s – starts at 10am on Saturday morning at the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre in N22, and the junior team (Under-12s to Under-19s) will start subject to confirmation by the coaches.

London Skolars are one of two professional rugby league teams in London, with the first team playing in The Kingstone Press Championship One – the third tier of the national pyramid while the award-winning junior teams play in the London Junior League and have been very successful during the past two seasons.

In 2011, Skolars were named the London Junior League Club of the Year and the Haringey Celebrating Sport Club of the Year. In 2012 the 18’s won the London Youth League Grand Final, and last year the mini team was formed, while the Under-19s scooped the Haringey Celebrating Sport Youth Team of the Year award.

The club makes a commitment to develop every player, whether they are following the development pathway from Under-sevens through to the first team or simply looking to have fun and keep active within a safe and friendly learning environment.

The coaches are all UKCC-qualified, including nine parents who qualified as level one coaches two weeks ago – and all of them have CRB-enhanced disclosure.

Welcoming the youngsters and their families on Saturday, Skolars’ senior community officer Matt Cuss said: “At London Skolars we aim to provide every member of the community with an opportunity to participate in the greatest game of all – rugby league. “The last two seasons in particular have been very exciting for the club, and the credit for that success is down to the commitment of the club’s coaches, enthusiastic volunteers and our players, including their hugely supportive families.
“We’ve got a really wide range of age groups that youngsters can join, from six years old to 19, and a really good pathway that consistently produces first-team players. “That’s our ultimate goal – to establish a talent pipeline that brings players through to the first team – but we are a community club with an inclusive environment, so if kids want to come along, run around, be active and try a new sport, we’d like to include them as well.

Cuss added: “Everyone is welcome – boys and girls – as long as they are enthusiastic, willing to learn and become a valuable member of the club, take part in activities and abide by the Respect code.
“We are widely regarded within the community as a great organisation for people to come to. We can offer an alternative to football. “Rugby league is a fantastic sport – the pace and excitement of it means that people can watch it once or twice and become fans for life.
“Skolars are a small club that’s run mainly by volunteers and parents. Everyone chips in and helps out.”

Skolars’ director Hector McNeil said: “It’s great to see so many old faces and new faces here, and for people to come out and hear first-hand about what we’re doing. “We’ve had over 40 kids sign up and I expect that, as the season starts, that number will increase.”

The club has a number of plans for its mini and junior teams this season, including the possibility of a tour and hosting a primary school festival.

A new pitch is being installed in the playing fields across the road from the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, where the minis and juniors train, which Cuss described as a “massive opportunity” for the club.
Skolars also intend to strengthen the ties between the minis and juniors and the first team by getting senior players to run coaching sessions and by holding junior matches before each first-team fixture.
“We want the juniors and minis to be a very visible part of the club this year – more so than in previous years,” said Cuss.
Anyone who wants to join London Skolars’ mini and junior teams should contact Matt Cuss on 020 8888 8488 or at matthewcuss@skolarsrl.com, or visit the website at www.skolarsrl.com

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