Friday Night Lights French Connection

This year’s Friday Night Lights is shaping up to be another great event at New River Stadium on Friday 26th August.  The annual event that takes place on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final, is always a great way for rugby league fans to kick off their Challenge Cup Final weekend celebrations in London.

The first team will play Toulouse Olympique XIII in a rematch, which is set to be a cracking game.  The last time the two teams met on July 9 at New River Stadium, Toulouse beat Skolars quite convincingly in the end despite Skolars matching it with Toulouse for most of the match.

There’s a great French Connection to this year’s event as two junior French representative teams will travel across to play London Skolars U17s and U15s in the lead up games.

The Political Animals XIII take on a London Masters team as the curtain raiser to the main game.  This game will be officially kicked off by Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green.

First game kicks off at 1.30pm, with the main game on at 7pm.

There’ll be a Real Ale Festival that will take place at the club all day on the Friday and BBQ Burgers and Sausage Sizzle.

London Skolars have recently opened their new bar, which will also be open for the event and worth checking out.

So why not come down the day before the Challenge Cup Final for a great afternoon of rugby league at New River Stadium on Friday Night before catching all the action at the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on the Saturday 27th August.

Don’t miss out!

Tickets available online at www.skolarsrl.com

£10 online or £12 at the gate.

If you’re going to the Challenge Cup Final, why not take up our Challenge Cup Weekend Deal – a Friday Night Lights and Challenge Cup Final ticket for just £30.

Check out website for more information or call 020 8888 8488.

Join us for a great weekend of rugby league in London.

London Skolars U17’s fell at the final hurdle this weekend as their perfect season came to an end with an agonising ‘golden point’ Grand Final defeat at the hands of Brixton Bulls.

Going into the game missing a number of key individuals, the Skolars knew they would be in for a tough task against a Bulls team who would be competing in their 5th Grand Final in a row. However having beaten Brixton during the regular season, and after a positive week of training the squad went into the game with a positive attitude and a winning mentality.

Brixton were very much the larger of the two sides, and had some fantastically powerful athletes in their line-up. However it was the Skolars who started the brighter of the two sides, with new-comer for 2016 Sam Hurding crossing the whitewash to give the Skolars an early lead, with his try converted by goal-kicking prop Nick Grimes.

The try galvanised Brixton however and with their superior pace and power across the board, saw them take a strangle hold on the game. The Skolars failed to win the collisions and stifle their quick play the balls, which meant Brixton’s strong running game from dummy half could expose the Skolars defensive retreat time and time again.

However this Skolars team are made of stern stuff, and their scrambling defensive efforts were outstanding, thwarting the Brixton attacking efforts. As half-time approached, Brixton kicked deep into Skolars territory, the ball was picked up by winger Tom Scott, who returned the ball with pace, busting through the Brixton kick chase and setting off on the way to the line. He out-paced the chasing defenders and dotted down under the posts for a vital try. With the final play of the half, Skolars were denied by the linesman, as a wonderful kick from half-back Tom Hamer, was tapped down to winger Scott, who crossed for his second try in as many minutes, however the play was called back by the officials who deemed the chase had been offside.

As the half-time whistle blew, Brixton breathed a sigh of relief as the boys from North London were firmly in the ascendency. The half-time team-talk from the Brixton coaches, as they reverted back to type with fast play the balls and one out rugby league creating holes in the Skolars defence. They crossed for 3 quick tries and raced into a 26-12 lead.

Many teams would have folded at this point, however the U17’s winning mentality that had resulted in their outstanding season, shone through and their goal-line defence was nothing short of incredible against a Brixton side that just kept coming directly at them. The Skolars found ways through with some smart play, and clawed back to within 6 points. As the game reached its climax, the Brixton team were tiring quickly and the Skolars sensed a chance of victory, marching their way up the field, with Daniel Hindmarsh, who had come up with some big plays all game, forcing his way across the line for a last-minute try. Nick Grimes, who had kicked well all game, slotted the kick through the posts and the Skolars had pulled off a remarkable come-back to put the game into ‘golden point’ extra time.

Again the break did Brixton all the favours, enabled them to re-group and start the game again, Skolars missed a chance at a drop-goal which would have won the game and that was their last say as Brixton used their attacking set to get deep into Skolars territory and finally break through the Skolars resilient defence for the game winning try.

The whole club would like to extend their congratulations to the U17’s however, and although they couldn’t add the Grand Final Trophy to their achievements this year, their successes over the season shouldn’t be forgotten. They will be celebrated at the club’s upcoming U15’s & U17’s awards night in September.

London Skolars U17’s continued their remarkable unbeaten season as they overcame a determined and classy Elmbridge Eagles side this weekend, to reach the Grand Final of the London U17’s League.

In searing temperatures at New River, the Skolars boys were prepared for an almighty tussle, having already had to overcome an impressive Elmbridge team earlier in the season. Fielding a near full-strength side, the Skolars were well aware that they would have to be at their best, against an Elmbridge team that possessed attacking threats all over the pitch.

With some well-built players on both sides, there were some big collisions in the middle of the park, with both sides making some positive metres in the middle. The Skolars looked far more dangerous out wide, with some slick handling resulting in over-laps and it was Sam Hurding who crossed first after a great break from winger Tom Scott.

The left edge combination of Nicky Freeman and Tom Scott was causing havoc in the Elmbridge defence, with flyer Tom Scott being the recipient of some fantastic line-breaks and off-loads from Nicky Freeman, back in the side after his school season with Clifton School in Bristol. However Elmbridge were dangerous in the middle, and their darts from dummy – half and their footwork in the middle caused the middle men some serious trouble.

At half-time there were some stern words in the Skolars camp, unforced errors and generally slack defensive play, meant they were down by 8 points. However in the second half, Elmbridge began to tire and the Skolars began to dominate with big forward Jonathon Kpoku to the fore, crossing for 2 tries from tap penalties. The Skolars moved into a more comfortable position with further tries from Jordan Rhoden, the outstanding Nicky Freeman, Tom Scott and Tom Hamer, however Elmbridge continued to show their danger, with some excellent individual moments of brilliance which resulted in some unorthodox tries. Credit must go to both sides for a fantastic game of Rugby League.

As the final few sets were played out, the Skolars side-line began to celebrate safe in the knowledge that they had won another difficult game and secured a Grand Final place, setting up a mouth-watering re-run of this year’s Cup Final against Brixton Bulls.

It’s a fantastic achievement for the young Skolars side, who currently boast an unbeaten record in all competitions. They have already won the Season Opening 9’s, the London Youth Challenge Cup, and ended their league season with 12 wins from 12, conceding only 56 points across all games.

The Grand Final will take place at Ealing Trailfinders, the home of London Broncos on Saturday 23rd July 2016, with kick off scheduled for 1.30pm. Any support would gratefully be received.

 

 

We are now taking bookings for our Pre-Season Summer Holiday Camps.

The London Skolars Community Team are bringing you three camps over the school summer holidays this August.

Practise your skills, play games, improve your fitness, stay sharp over summer and have a lot of fun with some of London Skolars 1st team players and staff.

London Skolars Community Development Manager Matt Cuss spoke of the initiative, ‘we have had some great success with our Summer Holiday Camps in the past few years with some fantastic days of activity. The main aim of the camps are for young people to get out and about in the summer holidays, to work on some skills and to keep themselves sharp over the summer months which can be a down time for many sports. We encourage rugby players from both codes to get involved. With many Rugby Union teams beginning to come back into pre-season now, it’s a great way to get those extra sessions in and keep on top of the pre-season workload.

Camps for boys and girls aged 9 to 15 will take place on

Wednesday 10th August,

Tuesday 23rd August

Thursday 1st September.

All our camps run from 10.00am and 3.00pm and will take place here at New River Sport & Fitness Centre, priced at £20 per day or £50 for all 3 days. 

Please make sure your child brings along a packed lunch, plenty of refreshments, and dresses appropriately for the weather.

To book a place on the Camps simply visit our website at:

http://www.skolarsrl.com/tickets/buy-tickets/ to pay online.

Alternatively you can send an email to Matt Cuss on matthewcuss@skolarsrl.com or the office telephone number is 020 8888 8488. Someone will be able to help you with your query.

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