Skolars Youngsters Excel in Origin Series

Skolars Youngsters Excel in Origin Series.

Over the last few weeks the London Junior Origin series has taken place across various venues of the Capital. After a superb season for all our Junior sides we had 24 players selected for the 3 game series and all our youngsters played their part in a superb series win for the North.

As Origin reached its climax this weekend, it was nicely poised with the South leading by 7 games to 6 and with one draw, there was everything to play for.

Medway Dragons provided the venue for the final game and the U12’s kicked off the winning streak for the North as they brought the series level in the first game of the day. There were some key plays in that fixture with Skolars youngsters Dylan Jimini, Cameron Mcneil, Josh Mctavish and Owen Millard having superb games.

The continuing games saw the series swap hands a number of times, and it came down to the two final games of the day between the U15’s and U16’s to decide which of the regions would be victorious in the series.

The U15’s ably coached by Newham Dockers John Issacs and assisted by Skolars U13’s coach Ian Ackley and Skolars U15’s Assistant Peter Hamer snatched the win by the narrowest of margins in what was the game of the day. Again many of our Junior Skolars played their part in this game with the U15’s Daniel Hindmarsh scoring the crucial try to make the score 24-20, winning not only the game but also sealing the series for the North.

Once again congratulations to all our young Skolars and well done to all our coaches who also played their part in a great series win. We will be sending out our registration packs for the upcoming 2015 season with an Early Bird Offer, so keep your eye out and sign up now to get your registration at last year’s prices.

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Annual CTI Network Evening with London Skolars

Thursday September 18th 2014

 

We are proud to announce that CTI Network in conjunction with London Skolars will be hosting this year’s networking evening at St. Barts Brewery in Smithfield London. Food and drink will be offered and guests will also have a chance to enter our business card raffle.

 

The evening will include guests from a diverse range of corporate backgrounds and aims to promote business links and increase awareness of rugby league’s involvement in city events.

 

St Barts Brewery is located next to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital; close to both Farringdon and Barbican stations and only a 5 minute walk from St. Pauls.

 

The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 with food being served at 6:30; for those who wish to stay longer there will be live music starting at 9:30.

 

For further information or to RSVP please contact: Carolyn Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laulu-Togagae and Duffy named Kingstone Press Players of the Week

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Sheffield Eagles centre Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Hunslet Hawks winger Gavin Duffy are the Kingstone Press Championship Players of the Week.

Both players had key roles in their side’s important wins over Rochdale Hornets and South Wales Scorpions respectively.

Every week each coach in both the Kingstone Press Championship and Championship One is contacted to help decide the awards.

Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week – Quentin Laulu-Togagae (Sheffield Eagles)

Quentin Laulu-Togagae equalled Sheffield Eagles’ club record of five tries in a match in their 58-16 win at Rochdale Hornets.

The prolific full-back scored a first-half hat-trick, and added two more after the break, as the Eagles continued their recent run of good form.

Sheffield coach Mark Aston said: “‘Q’ was outstanding – he’s now scored 120 tries in 120 appearances for the club.

“He’s back to his fighting best, and has written his name alongside Daryl Powell and Menzie Yere for the tries-in-a-game record.

“His anticipation, support play and timing are absolutely superb, and he will always thrive playing on a wide pitch.”

Kingstone Press Championship One Player of the Week – Gavin Duffy (Hunslet Hawks)

Hunslet Hawks winger Gavin Duffy collected five tries in his side’s 50-6 victory over South Wales Scorpions, including three in the last four minutes.

Hawks coach Barry Eaton said: “Gavin’s been great since he came to the club, and he’s probably now scoring at a rate of more than a try a game.

“But he’s not just contributing in attack. He’s been really good in back-field, solid defensively, and his kick-returns have been great. He’s added another dimension to our game.”

He added: “The whole team played well against South Wales. Gavin finished his tries well, but some of them came from some lovely attacking play.”

Kingstone Press Performance of the Week – Batley Bulldogs

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear hailed his side’s performance after they avoided relegation by securing a 34-10 win at Doncaster.

Kear said: “We saved the best until last. We played really well the week before against Swinton, but this week we played a team vying for second place, on their own ground, and did very, very well indeed.

“The external pressures were immense, but the players coped with it brilliantly. The pressure inspired them, and that’s credit to the individuals and the group.

“We said straight after the Doncaster game that we’ve now effectively played two play-off

games, and we haven’t done too bad. If we maintain that form, we’ll give ourselves a little bit of a chance of a run – but we know Sheffield will be very difficult opponents this week.”

Kingstone Press Try of the Week – Alex Brown (Batley Bulldogs)

Alex Brown finished a sweeping 85-metre move to give Batley Bulldogs a crucial two-score advantage midway through the first half of Sunday’s match at Doncaster.

Bulldogs coach John Kear said: “Miles Greenwood fielded a long Doncaster kick about 15 metres from his own line.

“He looked up, picked a hole, and showed tremendous vision, footwork and pace to put himself clear.

“But that was only half of the job. Miles had Alex Bretherton on his outside, and Alex Brown – I don’t know where he came from – on his inside.

“Miles selected the correct pass, took out two scrambling defenders, and put Alex Brown in under the posts for a wonderful try that was worthy of giving us a 12-point lead at a crucial stage in the game.”

Kingstone Press Championship Team of the Week

1 Quentin Laulu-Togagae (Sheffield Eagles)
2 Wayne Reittie (Batley Bulldogs)
3 Menzie Yere (Sheffield Eagles)
4 Ayden Faal (Batley Bulldogs)
5 Steve Maden (Leigh Centurions)
6 Ben Black (Batley Bulldogs)
7 Carl Forber (Workington Town)
8 Greg Burke (Workington Town)
9 James Davey (Sheffield Eagles)
10 Carl Forster (Whitehaven)
11 Lee Mitchell (Whitehaven)
12 Carl Briscoe (Barrow Raiders)
13 Scott Murrell (Halifax)

Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the Week

1 Ben Reynolds (York City Knights)
2 Jarrod Ward (Gloucestershire All Golds)
3 Jon Ford (Oldham)
4 Matthew Cook (Hemel Stags)
5 Gavin Duffy (Hunslet Hawks)
6 Steven Roper (Oldham)
7 Jimmy Rowland (Oxford)
8 Miles Fairbank (Gloucestershire All Golds)
9 Martyn Smith (London Skolars)
10 Austin Bell (York City Knights)
11 Luke Briscoe (Hunslet Hawks)
12 Josh Tonks (York City Knights)
13 Liam Mackay (Hunslet Hawks)

Kingstone Press Championship 1

York City Knights 38

London Skolars 28

 

Skolars put in a strong performance in their final game of the season but were outplayed by a York City Knights side that finished top of the league.

 

Whilst the Knights were due to receive the league leaders plate at the end of the game, it was clear that they were looking to go into the play-offs with a win with Benn Hardcastle pouncing on a Lamont Bryan error to open the scoring in the second minute.

 

Though more regularly a forward, Bryan was named at scrum-half but the early mistake aside appeared to relish the freedom that the role presented. He set up Skolars’ first try, side-stepping the defence on half-way before offloading to Martyn Smith. York regained the lead after Lee Paterson’s pass found Ben Reynolds in space.

 

Skolars closed the gap when Kazeem Fatouri-Edwards found a gap in the defence after a long pass from Danny Yates. But the Knights hit back with three tries before half-time. Greg Minikin skipped around the defence, before tries from Ed Smith and Reynolds, who scored his second try of the game, also ending up with five conversions.

 

It was the Knights’ last league game before the Huntingdon Stadium is demolished to make way for a new ground which will be shared with the city’s football club. Skolars’ looked determined to spoil the day as they fought back in the second half.

 

Martyn Smith darted over the tryline after Sam Wellings had gone close. After Kriss Brining had scored for York, Mufaro Mvududu picked up a loose York pass on the half-way line, racing to the tryline for his 12th try of the season, edging ahead of Smith to finish as Skolars’ top try scorer in 2014.

 

When Fatouri-Edwards scored his second, this time taking a kick from Yates, who also kicked his fourth conversion of the afternoon, Skolars were just four points behind and with strong running from Louis Robinson and Bryan, Skolars were showing some of their best form of the season. They got in a good position to score again, but John Paxton’s effort from close range saw him bundled into touch.

 

Ultimately the league leaders’ celebrations weren’t going to be spoilt as James Saltonstall weaved past the defence to score for York, through the 10 point margin meant that Skolars edged back ahead of Oxford to finish seventh in the league.

 

KNIGHTS

26 Ben Reynolds

25 James Saltonstall

27 Tyler Craig

4 Greg Minikin

5 Ben Dent

6 Pat Smith

23 Benn Hardcastle

34 Brad Brennan

9 Jack Lee

28 Colton Roche

29 Ryan Backhouse

12 Ed Smith

13 Lee Paterson

 

Subs (all used)

14 Kriss Brining

10 Jack Aldous

18 Austen Bell

35 Josh Tonks

 

Tries: Hardcastle (2), Reynolds (16,37), Minikin (26), Smith (33), Brining (52), Saltonstall (76)

Goals: Reynolds 5/7

 

LONDON SKOLARS

1 John Paxton

31 Judd Greenhalgh

19 Kazeem Fatouri-Edwards

4 Mufaro Mvududu

5 Dennis Tuffour

7 Danny Yates

22 Lamont Bryan

20 Tely Pelo

9 Martyn Smith

8 Michael Sykes

11 Anthony Cox

12 Will Lovell

10 Dave Williams

 

Subs (all used)

14 Louis Robinson

13 Olly Purslow

6 Sam Druce

21 Sam Wellings

 

Tries: Smith (7,48), Fatouri-Edwards (23,62), Mvududu (58)

Goals: Yates 4/5

 

Penalty count: 5-4

Half-time: 26-10

 

Referee: Dave Sharpe

Attendance: 643

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 12-6, 12-10, 18-10, 22-10, 26-10, 26-16, 32-16, 32-22, 32-28, 38-28

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