London Skolars are delighted to announce that the Joseph Clarke Educational service will be the clubs official match day partner for this weekend’s crunch clash against Doncaster RLFC 3pm Kick off.
The Joseph Clarke Educational service are an outreach team of Whitefield Academy trust based in Walthamstow. Established for over thirty years the service has helped to support children with visual impairment, as well as their families and schools. From ICT and Mobility to Braille and general advice, the Service operates across Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Enfield. Their goal is to enable those with visual impairment to realise their potential and go on to achieve all they are capable of.
As part of this partnership, not only will our Commercial Sales Executive Louis Robinson be heading down to Oaks Park High School to witness first-hand the good work of the service in action. But we will be also welcoming some of the hard working staff down to New River Stadium this weekend to watch us take on fellow top eight hopefuls Doncaster RLFC in what bodes to be a great game.
This Saturday saw our U13’s back in action at New River, after a week or two on the road at away fixtures.
In what was the biggest turn-out seen this season, 27 players preceded to pull on the Skolars jersey and kit up for the fixture against the visitors Rutlish Raiders. Rutlish had beaten the Skolars earlier in the season, however the much improved Skolars were confident of a victory and were full of enthusiasm in their warm up as kick off approached.
The starting 13 from the Skolars received the first kick off and set about a fantastic opening passage of Rugby League. The solid running from the forwards, saw easy metres made, whilst the support play and accurate passing from the half-backs enabled any defensive errors to be exploited.
With such a large number of players to get game time, there were constant substitutions as the game went on and these changes unbalanced the Skolars a little bit, whilst the new players adjusted to the speed of the game. During this period Rutlish pushed on and got themselves back into the game with some resilient attack, which managed to finally break the Skolars defence.
The second half was very much of the same, with Skolars changes disrupting the flow of the game, however at this age it is all about giving as many players as possible the chance to play the game and Head Coach Paul Quill managed this superbly.
At the final whistle the Skolars had run out winners by 36-24.
There were no other Junior fixtures involving our Junior team’s this weekend. But our U15’s & U16’s came together for a joint session on the Main Stadium pitch. This session was run by U17’s coach Sean Scott, and acted as a stepping stone session to give the new combined team an introduction to each other, to ease their transition before the 2017 season.
Our Mini’s also got in on the act on Perth Road too where they were busy preparing for their next Festival at Harpenden Roosters on 25th June. A fun and innovative session was led by Dave Morgan and Manny Qadar.
This weekend’s sees a full programme of fixtures our:
Minis Festival at Harpenden Roosters
U13’s travel to Sussex Merlins
U15’s travel to North Herts Crusaders
U17’s host Richmond Warriors
London Skolars bounced back from last week’s defeat against Hunslet Hawks, to topple Barrow Raiders 42 – 34 at New River Stadium on Saturday.
It’s the first time in the club’s history that Skolars have beaten Barrow and star new half back signing Jymel Coleman starred in a Man of the Match performance, kicking 10 from 10 goals and having a hand in most of Skolars tries scored to guide his team to a win.
Faced with the challenge of a hard running and physical Barrow forward pack, Skolars’ coach Jermaine Coleman was pleased with his team’s response.
“Our middle has had some stick after the last game and we set them a challenge to match the big boys from Barrow. Credit to them they really stood up to the challenge,’’ he said.
“The team were very aware they let themselves down the previous week, so they owed it to themselves to put out that sort of performance,’’ he said.
“We showed great character to go 12-0 down and turn that around,” said Coleman.
The club now sits seventh on the table and all eyes are on the run home for a top 8 finish.
Quizzed on his side’s chances, Coleman believes his side should be placed better.
“Very much so, I really feel that with the squad we have and the preparation we’ve had, I feel we should be pushing higher up. I’m disappointed we are only lying in 7th,’’ he said.
London Skolars travel away to play South Wales Scorpions this weekend and a win against the Scorpions could cement the Londoners a place in the top 8.
“I feel South Wales have been a little banana skin for Skolars in the last few years, so we are taking nothing for granted and we’ll be turning up showing them the most respect. Phil is doing a great job down there and they are performing better and for longer each week. I feel that we still need a couple of wins from our next 4 games to really cement our place in the top 8, so we’ve set ourselves some real targets over the next four games,’’ said Coleman.
Buoyed by the win, Coleman knows there’s still work to do.
“The boys were very happy but also very realistic. We know we are capable of performing at that level and better. So there was no getting carried away. We feel that we’ve been in every game we’ve played in and should have won some we’ve lost,’’ said Coleman.
“That’s gone now and we are very much focused on South Wales this weekend,’’ he said.
London Skolars play South Wales Scorpions 3pm on Sunday 19th June at Viriginia Park, Caerphilly.
Next Skolars home game is Saturday 25th June 3pm Kick Off at New River Stadium. Tickets available on-line click here to buy.
London Skolars are delighted to announce they have acquired tickets for the 2016 Challenge cup final to be held Saturday 27th August.
Not only is it a great opportunity to visit one of the greatest sports stadiums in the world. These tickets are in a great location, roughly on the half way line which will give you the perfect view of the action as it unfolds.
The tickets London Skolars have receieved usually retail at £35 for Adults and £25 for concessions (Those under 16, Over 65 as well as students and military), however the club is selling them at the fantastic prices of £25 and £20 respectively. There will also be a 10% discount for those who order 5 or more tickets!
The amount of tickets the club has received however is limited, so please do buy quickly to avoid disappointment. For those of you who are looking to enjoy a rugby league weekend, why not purchase your ticket for our annual curtain raiser the Friday Night Lights which is always a great way to start the festivities. Those are also available from today! Click here to get yours