Last Camp of the Summer a Hit!

The last of our summer camp series took place this Thursday the 28th with players of all different ages taking part and having a blast!

The camp, which ran from 10am-3pm at Skolars’ grounds, focused on fundamental skills and increasing enjoyment of the game.

It was really great to see everyone out and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again at our October Half Term camps, dates are as follows:

October 29th & 30th  ~ £20 for 1 day, £35 for 2 days!

See the Skolars’ Online Shop to register!

 

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2014 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ONE OF THE BEST EVER!

 

The 2014 Friday Night Light’s (FNL) fixture has been classed as ‘one of the best ever’ by London Skolars’ CEO Hector McNeil. A fantastic crowd of 1,325 packed into the Queen Elizabeth ii Stadium, the home of Enfield Town FC, to see Hunslet Hawks defeat the Skolars 36-10 in the Kingstone Press Championship 1 fixture. This was one of the largest attendances for the ground for any sport. It was a great game to watch; but the event was about much more than that game which was the culmination of a six hour rugby league festival on the eve of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final. FNL has really become the kick off event for the Challenge Cup Wembley weekend.

 

The day got underway on the adjacent Enfield Ignations RFC pitches with two masters games, a London Select taking on the Political Animals followed by a clash between Medway Dragons and a South Coast Select. Over 60 players took part in these fixtures and such was the feedback that talks are already underway to expand this into a fully blown Masters Festival for 2015 with teams from across the UK and abroad being invited.

 

At the other end of the age spectrum London Skolars U15s, who were unbeaten in the league in 2014, took on their counterparts from East Leeds and put up a great display before going down 26-22. A testament to the development work at the Club and the potential of the sport in London. Again it is intended to invite East Leeds to come back next year and maybe bring more age groups.

 

As these fixtures were taking place the traditional FNL’s Beer Festival was underway at Enfield Town FC. Supported by Club sponsor Caveman Brewery, a selection of eight beers was on offer and it was no surprise that by the end of the evening the ‘sold out’ signs were up as fans sampled the different products as well as the Skolars’ BBQ, a new venture for 2014.

 

McNeil said, “On behalf of everybody at the Skolars I’d like to thank all those who supported Friday Night Lights 2014. Having to move the fixture to Enfield Town FC was always going to be a challenge but thanks to the hard work of staff, volunteers and sponsors, plus the fans from a whole host of clubs who had a more difficult journey to the venue than usual, we put on a great evening and we’re already planning for the 2015 event on our return to the New River Stadium”.

 

I would also like to thank Enfield Town FC and its fans for taking us in this season whilst New River under goes a £4m redevelopment. We were really treated well by the club and its fans and we would hope to take at least one game there a year from now on if we can make it work for both clubs. Thanks should also go to Ignations, Enfield Council, East Leeds and Hunslet who all had a significant part to play in the event’s success.

 

Fans should watch this space for 2015 as FNL will be bigger and better and be a centre piece event for the 20th birthday of the Skolars!

London Skolars 10 Hunslet Hawks 36

 

Skolars lost their last home game of the season against a strong Hunslet Hawks side who moved to second in the table after the win

 

Richard Moore signed for the Hawks just ahead of the transfer deadline and played a full 80 minutes often causing problems for the Skolars’ defence. Another of Hunslet’s late signings James Duckworth almost scored early on against the side he’d played for a fortnight ago. But we was bundled into touch and Skolars’ then counterattacked with Martyn Smith being held up over the line. It was one way traffic for the rest of the half.

 

After Tely Pelo had been penalised for a high tackle, Danny Maun found a gap in the defence on the left to race fifty metres to the tryline. An error by John Paxton taking a high ball saw the Hawks start a set close to the tryline and Luke Stenchion pushed past the defence with ease. They scored again from the next set with Anton Wilson setting up Thomas Coyle’s run for the line.

 

The fifth try of the half came as Moore exposed the Skolars’ right hand defence before offloading to Jimmy Watson. The visitors kept the pressure up after the restart, Duckworth being held over the line and then they showed strong chasing to push Mike Bishay back over his tryline for a goal-line drop-out.

 

When Gavin Duffy went in at the left corner, with David March kicking his sixth conversion, things looked grim for the homeside in their last game at Enfield Town FC’s ground before their return to New River next season. But they worked hard to exert some pressure and, although a Mike Bishay kick for Will Lovell was slightly too strong it, the resulting drop-out finally gave them a good position to attack from. Mufaro Mvududu battled his way over the line for his tenth try of the season. Iliess Macani made an impressive weaving sprint from deep in his own half, before Mvududu added a second try late on in the game.

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 John Paxton

16 Iliess Macani

3 Anthony Cox

33 Mufaro Mvududu

34 Dennis Tuffour

6 Mike Biahay

7 Danny Yates

20 Tely Pelo

9 Martyn Smith

20 Erjon Dollapi

31 Lamont Bryan

12 Will Lovell

13 Olly Purslow

 

Subs (all used)

21 Michael Sykes

13 Louis Robinson

10 Sam Wellings

16 Sam Druce

 

Tries: Mvududu (57,76)

Goals: Bishay 1/2

 

HAWKS

2 Jimmy Watson

37 James Duckworth

3 Lee Brickwood

4 Danny Maun

36 Gavin Duffy

6 Thomas Coyle

7 James Coyle

38 Richard Moore

9 David March

8 Michael Haley

31 Luke Briscoe

11 John Oakes

26 Liam Mackay

 

Subs (all used)

20 Danny Ansell

15 Luke Stenchion

39 Ross Peltier

26 Aston Wilson

London Youth to take centre stage at Tetley’s Challenge Cup final

#TetleysChalCup

London and the South East will be represented at Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium by some of the best and brightest young Rugby League talent in the region.

Under-15s from the 13 clubs in the London Junior League will be on duty as ball crew covering the Year 7 Champion Schools curtain-raiser, Brooksbank High School v Castleford Academy (1.05pm) and the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos (3.00pm).

RFL Education Officer (South) Stephen Guan explained the process by which the ball crew are selected: “We asked all 13 clubs to put forward a couple of players from their Under-15 squads. They are usually the ones who work hard, train hard and have a good sense of sportsmanship,” he said.

Thirteen players are drawn out of a hat – one from each club. The unsuccessful ones are then put back in and a 14th is drawn out to make up the crew.

“It’s a tremendous honour for the boys and their clubs to take part in one of highlights of the Rugby League calendar at this iconic stadium,” he said.

It is a tremendous honour for the region according to Martin Coyd, Chair of London RL Youth Junior and Primary RL.

“This is the stuff of dreams,” he said. “To be an integral part of one of the greatest sporting events on the planet is just huge.  Our youngsters from London, are being given a once in a lifetime opportunity to get very close to sporting superstars and history being made.”

“The Wembley showcase events are a growing part of our culture in London Rugby League and I am grateful that we are given the opportunity to contribute and be a part of something in the heart of our community.  Wembley is Our Day, the day when the whole of the Rugby League world comes to our city, and plays out a magnificent occasion.  We are very proud of that.”

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “It is with very special pleasure that I welcome the Ball Crew today, who are drawn from 13 different community clubs and are great example of the way that the game continues to flourish in the capital.

“It would be great to think that their imagination and ambition is fuelled by their involvement in this fantastic occasion, to such an extent that maybe one or two may even tread the hallowed turf in future years. Most importantly, is that the event gives them a life-long love of the game.”

The full list of players and their clubs is: Ja’vahn Charles (London Skolars), Adam Cann (Hayes and Ealing Vikings), Taran Garewal (Hayes and Ealing Vikings), Dan Duke (North Herts Crusaders), Ryan Couch (Staines Titans), Ted Jones (Croydon Hurricanes), Harry Luckman (Eastern Rhinos), George Sanderson (Elmbridge Eagles), Joseph Green (Southend Spartans), Lewis Hollidge (Medway Dragons), Gvidas Jankauskas (Newham Dockers), Sam Walker (Southampton Spitfires), David Baker (Brentwood Eels), Henry Simpson (Brixton Bulls).

Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 cost from as little as £22 and can be purchased by calling the 24-hour Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk

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