Junior Skolars Achieve Origin Selection


Junior Skolars achieve Origin seleOrigin 2014 (2)ction

Following the end of the London Junior League season, all eyes now turn to the London Origin Series, sponsored by Hard Rock Café. Throughout the whole of the regular season, some of London Rugby League’s most experienced operators have been out and about performing talent id at all venues across London, looking out for standout performers at each age group.

After what has been another successful year for all our Junior Teams, we are delighted to announce that we have no fewer than 24 youngsters have been selected for the 3 game Hard Rock Café London Origin series which will determine the winner for 2014. Given our base in Wood Green, our youngsters will be joining forces with the rest of the teams north of the Thames to take on their notoriously strong Southern Counterparts.

The Hard Rock Café London Origin Series is a representative programme designed to recognise and reward the best talent playing in the London Junior and Youth League. With over 1,100 registered players it is a real honour for our lads selected to be chosen. Based loosely on the Australian ‘State of Origin’ Series, the 20 highest performing players representing the clubs based North of the Thames compete in a 3 match series against the 20 highest performing players at clubs South of the Thames at all age groups from U12 up to U17.

The series gives players an opportunity to experience a high quality training and playing environment, and also offers the chance for local coaches to develop on the coaching pathway with mentoring from London Broncos Head of Youth Darren Higgins who will be looking after the North and former Harlequins RL Head Coach Rob Powell who will be performing the same role for the South.

The series will commence on Saturday August 30th where coaches will get to see their squads for the first of two training sessions. The 3 game series begins at Elmbridge Eagles on Saturday September 6th, followed by Origin Two on Saturday September 20th at Hemel Stags and culminating with Origin Three on Saturday September 27th at Medway Dragons.

Origin Twins - (2)

The London Skolars players selected to represent the North are :


Owen Millard

Tommy Fraine

Dylan Jimini

Cameron Giwa Mcneil

Josh Mctavish


Oliver Browne

Will Prior

Gabe Ackley

Luka Benjanidze


Joshua Clarke

Joel Bateson

Clement Harrison

Javahn Charles


Daniel Hindmarsh

Jordan Rhoden

Tom Hamer

Alex Pentecost

Joel Kpoku

U16’sJerome Yates

Dillon Adabie

Rodell Reid

Ethan Edwards–Hayde


Luca Vettori

Amir Neziraj

Kingstone Press Championship 1
South Wales Scorpions 19
London Skolars 18

A drop goal with four minutes remaining meant that Skolars fell to the narrowest defeat in Cardiff.

South Wales moved the game from their Maesteg home for what was a triple bill of matches at the historic Cardiff Arms Park. They didn’t get off to the best of starts with Ashley Bateman being sin-binned for dissent after 10 minutes. Skolars missed a couple of good chances, Martyn Smith losing the ball as he was tackled on the tryline and then Mufaro Mvududu’s pass to John Paxton was forward.

The Scorpions took advantage of that mistake with Phil Carleton opening the scoring. Skolars went into the lead when Courtney Davies sliced through the defence to score against his former side before adding a conversion.

Despite Skolars enjoying possession thanks in part to the home side conceding eight penalties in the first half, Scorpions regained the lead when Jordan Sheridan came into the attacking line from full-back to ease through the defence on the right. Skolars then found themselves down to 12 men temporarily when debutant Josh Sunley was sin-binned for an illegal tackle. Paul Emanuelli kicked a penalty at the end of the half to put Scorpions 12-6 up at half-time.

With New River currently being developed the pitch at the Arms Park gave Skolars an early chance to play on an artificial pitch. They came back strongly in the second half. After Skolars forced a goal-line drop out Ryan Mcdonald banged his way over the line, Davies’ conversion levelling the scores. Seven minutes later David Williams crashed through to the line after a kick and regather by Mike Bishay had given Skolars a chance to attack close to the line.

Skolars then had to withstand several determined attacks, Daniel Parry was held up over the line, but when Jack Pring cut inside to score on the left, Emanuelli’s conversion levelled the scores again. Dave Williams was held up over the line at the other end, but with neither side controlling possession, it was Scorpions who took an opportunity for a drop-goal. When Paul Emanuelli slotted the ball between the sticks, there was still time for a Skolars’ attack, but a poor kick off safely found Welsh hands and the home side held out for just their second win of the season, both coming against Skolars, and their first in Wales for over a year.

Earlier the Under 19s lost 54-10 to their Welsh counterparts. Luke Stack and Rhys Whitby scored tries with Scott Whitby converting one, but there was no disgrace in losing to what was almost the Welsh national under 19 side, with 14 of the Scorpions having represented their country in the Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s, which took place as a exhibition event at the start of the month.

1 Jordan Sheridan
2 Ian Newbury
3 Jack Pring
12 Phil Carleton
5 Chris Leyshon
6 Paul Emanuelli
7 Shaun Owens
25 Neil Dallimore
13 Ashley Bateman
18 Harrison Elliott
11 Barrie Phillipa
14 Mike Connor
10 Chris Vitalini

Subs (all used)
21 Daniel Parry
23 Richard East
16 Osian Philips
22 Morgan Evans

Tries: Carleton (15), Sheridan (28), Pring (62)
Goals: Emanuelli 3/4
Drop-goal: Emanuelli
Sin-bin: Bateman (10) – dissent

1 Josh Sunley
14 James Duckworth
3 John Paxton
4 Mufaro Mvududu
5 Iliess Macani
6 Courtney Davies
7 Danny Yates
22 Erjon Dollapi
9 Martyn Smith
21 Michael Sykes
11 Anthony Cox
31 Lamont Bryan
10 Dave Williams

Subs (all used)
13 Louis Robinson
8 Ryan McDonald
16 Mike Bishay
20 Tely Pelo

Tries: Davies (21), McDonald (51), Williams (58)
Goals: Davies 3/3
Sin-bin: Sunley (36) – punching

Penalty count: 7-11
Half-time: 12-6
Referee: Adam Gill

Attendance: 486

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 4-6, 10-6, 12-6, 12-12, 12-18, 18-18, 19-18

The Skolars’ penultimate home Kingstone Press Championship 1 fixture against Oxford will now take place on Saturday 9th August at Hemel Stags’ Pennine Way ground with a 2pm kick off.

Initially this was set to be the first fixture on the new 4g pitch at the White Hart Lane Community Stadium but delays in the construction process have meant that this game and the Friday Night Lights clash with Hunslet Hawks have had to be rearranged.

Enfield Town had offered to help by staging the game against Oxford despite having their opening Ryman League fixture 24 hours earlier but for a number of logistical reasons this proved to be impractical and Hemel’s Bob Brown offered his Club’s venue. Unfortunately with the Stags having a home fixture of their own on Sunday 10th August it was necessary to bring the game against Oxford forward by a day.

Skolars’ Commercial Manager Pat Cluskey said, “Unfortunately the change in venue from White Hart Lane is something beyond our control and I’d like to apologise to our fans who will be faced with having to travel to a third ‘home’ ground this season.

“I’d also like to thank Oxford, Hemel and Enfield Town and their respective officials for their help in finalising the venue for this game and hope that all fans have an enjoyable afternoon on August 9th”

Whilst the league action has finished for our younger teams our A team will be at home on Saturday afternoon when they entertain league leaders South West Chargers at Perth Road with a 2.30pm kick off

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