Friday Night Lights – Event Information

Friday Night Lights Match Day Information

Opening Times:

The Ground and Skolars Bar will be open from 12pm – THE GROUND IS CASH ONLY, PLEASE BE PREPARED.

Ticket Price:

If purchased on the gate – CASH ONLY, PLEASE BE PREPARED

Adults – £12, Concessions – £6

Curtain Raiser:

1pm KO – Invicta Panthers U15’s v’s Languedoc-Roussillon Select

2.30pm KO – London Skolars U17’s v’s Languedoc-Roussillon Select

4pm KO – Political Animals v’s LAD’s Masters

Facilities:

There will be a number of bars open on the day – CASH ONLY, PLEASE BE PREPARED

Skolars Bar – serving Bottles and Cans of Beer’s & Ale, Cans, Soft Drinks & Bar Snacks.

Car-Park Ale Bar – serving a selection of Real Ale’s from our supplier Molson Coors.

Grandstand Bar – serving Keg Beer & Cans of Lager, Soft Drinks, Bar Snacks & Tea & Coffee.

Skolars BBQ – Hot food will be available from the BBQ in the Car-Park.

Getting Here:

Limited Parking is available on a first come, first served basis, the Car Park is Pay & Display. We recommend using public transport to reach us, as we are served by a number of options.

London Underground -

From Kings Cross/Central London – Piccadilly (Blue Line) direct from Kings Cross to Wood Green. Where you can take the W3 (Northumberland Park) Bus, closest stop is New River Sports Centre.

From Euston – Take the Victoria (Light Blue Line) to Finsbury Park then change to the Piccadilly (Blue Line) to Wood Green. Where again you can take the W3 (Northumberland Park) Bus, closest stop is New River Sports Centre.

Overground –

From Liverpool Street Station – Take the northbound service to Cheshunt or Enfield Town. Alight the service at White Hart Lane Station, where you can take the W3 (Finsbury Park) Bus, closest stop is New River Sports Centre.

From Moorgate/Old Street Station – Take the northbound service to Hertford North or Welwyn Garden City. Alight at Alexandra Palace, where you can take the W3 (Northumberland Park) Bus, closest stop is New River Sports Centre.

We look forward to welcoming you to London Skolars.

This year’s Friday Night Lights has gone international with a host of French sides crossing the channel to take on the best London has to offer.

 

The first game that will take place at the New River Stadium (White Hart Lane, Wood Green) begins at 1pm, this see’s the Invicta Panthers under 15’s in action. The Invicta Panthers appearance at this great occasion is a reward for their fine form this year. The Panthers won the league leaders shield and remained unbeaten throughout, on average scoring around 40 points and conceding 8 per game. They then followed this success up by not only taking the Challenge Cup with a convincing 20-point win against the Bromley Bengals but also by winning the Grand finale, again by 20 points, this time against the Elmbridge Eagles at the London Bronco’s Ealing ground.

 

There is a similar theme in the next game at 2.30pm, this time it is the London Skolars under 17 side that take the field. They too have had a very successful season, with their records almost identical to that of the Invicta under 15’s. The first Skolars under 17 triumph came at the start of the year as they swept all before them to win the season opening nines tournament. They then continued this great form into the league season, winning all twelve fixtures, scoring 430 points and conceding 56. Unfortunately, they were defeated in their grand final but can hold their heads high, a number of players have since been selected to represent North London in origin, while several others have been offered scholarships at professional Rugby Union academies.

 

Both of these strong London sides will be taking on representative age groups from the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon. This area is a traditional French powerhouse of Rugby and particularly Rugby League, towns represented by this region are the likes of Limoux, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Perpignan. They will certainly prove a stern test.

 

Following these games at 4.30 we have the annual London Masters fixture against the Political Animals.

 

Finally, at 7pm we have the main event, the first team take on undefeated league leaders Toulouse Olympique. This year’s fixture also has the added spice of being a super 8’s game. Our first team have thus far struggled in the top eights losing all three games, but have proved throughout the season they have the capability to pull off a result against the traditionally bigger teams, especially at home with scalps against Keighley and Barrow.

 

To add to the party atmosphere that is Friday Night Lights and the Challenge cup weekend, the club will also have its brand new bar open as well as hosting a beer & ale festival.

 

Tickets for this great day out are available for £10 adults and £5 concession when bought online, or alternatively £12 and £6 when bought on the gate. http://www.skolarsrl.com/tickets/skolars-tickets/

As the regular London Junior League draws to a close. Coaches and players attentions turn towards the much anticipated London Origin Series which takes place over the 4 weekends in September. After another fantastic season for our junior teams, 14 young of our players have been recognised for their efforts throughout the season with selection across the 3 different age groups.

London Origin is the jewel in the crown of London Rugby League, it provides young players and coaches with a genuine elite competition that brings together the best of the best, there is a friendly rivalry between the North and the South and over the course of the the 2 game series, it’s fantastic to see the players and coaches all buy into it to create a quality spectacle for parents and supporters alike.

It is expected that these 14 Juniors will also be joined by Skolars Junior coaches, with the coaching teams yet to be announced.

Community Development Manager Matt Cuss spoke of the inclusion of the youngsters ‘it’s a testament to the hard-work of all our coaches and our young players that again we have such a high representation in the 2016 Hard Rock Café Origin Series, throughout the year our volunteer coaches and players work extremely hard to ensure that we have an environment that encourages the development of our players. It’s a real honour for these boys selected to represent the Skolars as they link up with the best players from other clubs based in North London and face off against their counterparts from the Southern teams. Cuss continued ‘each year the Origin series produces some fantastic encounters, and I’m sure 2016 will be no different, and I’m sure our Junior players selected will perform crucial roles across their different age groups during the series.

The players selected will link up for 2 training sessions in familiar territory, with New River chosen as the North training base thanks to Barnet & Southgate College’s sponsorship. Congratulations to the players selected:

U14’s North Squad;

Tommy Fraine, Jayden Wilson-Witman, Cameron Giwa-Mcneil, Joe Connolly, Kaylum Lewin

U15’s North Squad;

Oliver Browne, Fraser Piercy-Farley, Luca Bejanidze, Will Prior

U17’s North Squad;

Ben Woodward, Tom Hamer, Christian Gale, Mitchell Youngs, Nicky Grimes

 

 

 

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This year’s city touch continued the trend of the previous seven by being bigger and better than before. In 2016 we saw a record number of teams compete at eighteen, with nine of these being new entries who all certainly brought a lot to the competition both on and off the field.

Teams were drawn into three groups- A, B and C. Group A was widely regarded as the group of death with several new entrants to the competition (Thomas Miller, Pathway CTM, Norton Rose FullBright Ashurst, Bishopsgate Financial and Simmons & Simmons) who although brought the element of the unknown to proceedings, but had made insinuations that they would be of a high standard. This proved to be the case, as these five teams did battle in some great games of free flowing rugby, with never more than a couple of tries separating them. Two of Bishopsgate Financials fixtures exemplified this particularly, as they edged Norton Rose and Pathway CTM by just a try in each game to top the group. That loss would see Pathway CTM qualify via second place and the remaining teams dropped into the Bowl competition. A special mention must go out to the Wisdomtree side in this pool, one of the only teams ever to compete with a majority of women in the squad.

Group B saw another of the new entrants Thomas Miller take the competition by storm. They made a signal of intent arriving early to set up their own gazebo for the tournament, allowing their players maximal opportunity for shade in what proved to be a particularly hot day. This proved to be a master stroke, as they went the entire pool stage unbeaten, defeating many experienced campaigners along the way including the ever strong Credit Suisse lead by Charles Paxton, the brother of one of the London Skolars record appearance makers John. Credit Suisse would eventually qualify to the premier competition as one of the best placed third place finishers and the free scoring Henderson Global would take second.

The final group C featured the much fancied and two time champions Lend Lease, who again made their intentions clear sweeping aside everyone in the group by some decent scores, including the London Skolars representative side. United Trust bank won the award for the best dressed, sporting some classy singlets, giving the guns some much needed exposure in ample tanning weather. The team weren’t just there to look good either, competing hard in all of their fixtures. Lend Lease would end up winning their group, with Standard Chartered finishing second and London Skolars qualifying as the other best third place finishes. Ipreo were one of the most improved on the day and put on their best display in recent memory, it was obvious to see they had been in training.

The second tier competition entitled the Bowl started to expose certain team’s stamina- Hampshire Trust, Ashurst and Mayer Brown were comfortably disposed of in the quarter final stages. The semifinals pitted Ipreo against Norton Rose and United Trust vs Mako. The former of these two fixtures was a thriller with some great attacking play seeing each team score at will, in this shoot out of a contest Norton Rose eventually came out on top 4 tries to 3. The second semi was a far more defensive battle; United Trust’s uncompromising style saw them grind out a narrow victory by 2 tries to 1. This meant the final was played between two of our new entries, Norton Rose and United Trust. Again the story was similar to the semi finals as United Trust Bank’s defence came out on top which saw them collect the bowl.

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In the premier competition the City Touch Shield the quality was obvious for all to see, the quarter finals saw some great rugby played which resulted in some upsets, top seeded teams Thomas Miller, Henderson Global and defending champions Lend Lease were toppled by Skolars RLFC, Pathway CTM and Standard Chartered respectively. Standard Chartered continued this trend in the semifinals, where they comfortably defeated the number one ranked side from the group stages Bishopsgate Financial. The second semi final between London Skolars and Pathway CTM was a grueling battle, with neither team giving up an inch, the game saw the first sudden death match of the tournament- each team dropping a player every minute until a team scored. London Skolars held their nerve and scored the golden try to set up the final.

The final was a game of momentum, London Skolars looking to reclaim their tournament took a commanding two tries to one lead. However the under dogs Standard Chartered, completed the fairy tale story, finding great energy from deep within to score two unanswered tries and win the game in normal time.

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The teams were awarded with their medals at the official after party venue Amber Bar Moorgate, with the victorious two sides United Trust and Standard Chartered deservedly partying in to the early hours of the morning. We would like to thank all the teams who participated in the event and hope many will return for next years tournament (those who are interest should contact Louis Robinson at louisrobinson@skolarsrl.com). We must also give a special shout out to all the helpful staff at the HAC and of course A suit that fits and our title sponsors Mazda MyWay for making this day possible.

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