Archive ~ 2014

Based in Oxton in Birkenhead, Oxton Parkonians RUFC currently field 2, and occasionally 3 rugby teams, playing matches at Holm Lane, with at least one team at home most weekends.

The First Team's season is made up of a combination of league matches and friendly fixtures. They are affiliated to the Cheshire RUFC and compete in South Lancs/Cheshire Division 3. Additionally they participate in the National Junior Vase, Cheshire Plate and Wirral Floodlight cup competitions.

The Second Team compete in the North West Intermediate League Division 5 West.

The Junior Rugby Section cover ages from 7 to 15, train and play matches on Sunday mornings, a very popular family event. 

Parkonians RUFC 1st XV ~ 2014 / 2015

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Back: Paul Hillan, Craig Forshaw, Tom Manger, Josh Bowe, Ben Sadler, Liam Evans, Martyn Sharkey, Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Barry Owens, Terry Williams, Jamie Forshaw, Gareth Pryce(Coach).
Front: Mark Tucker, Eric Nixon, Karl Whelan, Matt Dodd, Andy Smith(Captain), Mark Hillan, Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, John Turaga.

Parkonians RUFC 2nd XV ~ 2013 / 2014

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Training

 

Training is undertaken on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00pm at the Club throughout the year under Head Coach Danny Hughes.

During the season training includes games of touch rugby, ball-handling skills, tackling and general fitness training. The Club has excellent training facilities including floodlights for winter training, a scrumage machine and assorted training aids such as tackle bags etc.

Throughout the close season fitness is maintained through a combination of gym work, general fitness coaching and 'friendly' soccer matches.

New members of all age, size & ability are always welcome, for further details contact Andy Smith, the Club Captain on andy.smith@oldparkonians.org.uk

The fixtures for the 2014 / 2015 Season are as shown below.

Fixtures & Results

First XV Fixtures 2014 / 2015

Date Competition Opponents Venue KO Result Score

30th Aug  

Plate

Capenhurst

Away

3:00pm

W/O  

6th Sep

League

Congleton

Home

3:00pm

Lost 5-36

13th Sep

League

Ellesmere Port

Away

3:00pm

Lost 83-18

20th Sep

League

Helsby

Home

3:00pm

Won 31-7

27th Sep

League

Knutsford

Away

3:00pm

   

4th Oct

 

 

 

 

   

11th Oct

League

Linley

Home

3:00pm

Won 39-19

18th Oct

League

Liverpool Uni

Away

3:00pm

Lost 20-17

25th Oct

League

Oldershaw

Home

3:00pm

Won 32-21

1st Nov

League

Wallasey

Home

2:15pm

Lost 13-27

8th Nov

Plate

Congleton

Home

2:15pm

Won 41-27

15th Nov

League

Ramsey IoM

Away

2:15pm

Lost 57-20

22nd Nov

 

 

 

 

   

29th Nov

 

 

 

 

   

6th Dec

League

Capenhurst

Away

2:15pm

Lost 26-12

13th Dec

League

Ellesmere Port

Home

2:15pm

Lost 22-39

20th Dec

 

Prenton

Home

2:15pm

   

27th  Dec

 

 

 

 

   

2015

 

 

 

 

   

3rd Jan

 

 

 

 

   

10th Jan

League

Helsby

Away

2:15pm

   

17th Jan

League

Knutsford

Home

2:15pm

   

24th Jan

 

 

 

 

   

31st Jan

League

Linley

Away

2:15pm

   

7th Feb

League

Liverpool Uni

Home

2:15pm

   

14th Feb

Friendly

Anselmians 2

Home

2:15pm

   

21st Feb

League

Oldershaw

Away

2:15pm

   

28th Feb

League

Wallasey

Away

2:15pm

   

7th Mar

League

Ramsey IoM

Home

3:00pm

   

14th Mar

 

 

 

 

   

21st Mar

 

 

 

 

   

28th Mar

 

 

 

 

   

4th Apr

EASTER

 

 

 

   

11th Apr

League

Capenhurst

Home

3:00pm

   

18th Apr

League

Congleton

Away

3:00pm

   

25th Apr

 

 

 

 

   

 

Second XV Fixtures 2014/2015

Date Competition Opponents Venue KO Result Score

30 Aug

 

 

 

 

   

6th Sep

League

Hoylake 3

Away

3:00pm

Won 12-32

13th Sep

League

Liverpool Collegiate 4

Home

3:00pm

Lost 19-48

20th  Sep

League

Ormskirk 4

Away

3:00pm

Lost 45-19

27th Sep

League

New Brighton 3

Home

3:00pm

Lost 10-14

4th Oct

Friendly

Anselmians 3

Home

3:00pm

   

11th Oct

League

Port Sunlight 2

Away

3:00pm

Lost 33-20

18th Oct

League

Prenton 2

Home

3:00pm

Lost 5-61

25th Oct

League

Crosby St Marys 2

Away

3:00pm

Walkover

1st Nov

League

Wallasey 2

Away

2:15pm

   

8th Nov

Cup

Ruskin Park 2

Away

2:15pm

   

15th Nov

League

Ruskin Park 2

Home

2:15pm

Won 20-17

22nd Nov

 

 

 

 

   

29th Nov

Cup 2

Sefton 3

 

2:15pm

   

6th Dec

League

Prenton 3

Home

2:15pm

   

13th Dec

League

 

Away

2:15pm

   

20th Dec

League

Liverpool Collegiate 4

Away

2:15pm

   

27th Dec

 

  

 

 

   

2015

 

 

 

 

   

3rd Jan

Friendly

Liverpool Collegiate 4

Home

2:15pm

   

10th Jan

League

Ormskirk 4

Home

2:15pm

   

17th Jan

League

Newbrighton 3

Away

2:15pm

   

24th Jan

Cup 3

Sefton 3

 

2:15pm

   

31st Jan

League

Port Sunlight 2

Home

2:15pm

   

7th Feb

League

Prenton 2

Away

2:15pm

   

14th Feb

Cup 4

Anselmians 3

Away

2:15pm

   

21st Feb

League

Crosby St Marys 2

Home

2:15pm

   

28th Feb

League

Wallasey 2

Home

2:15pm

   

7th Mar

League

Ruskin Park 2

Away

3:00pm

   

14th Mar

Cup Semi

Liverpool  Collegiate 4

Away

3:00pm

   

21st Mar

 

 

 

 

   

28th Mar

League

Mossley Hill 2

Home

3:00pm

   

4th Apr

EASTER

 

 

 

   

11th Apr

League

Prenton 3

Away

3:00pm

   

18th Apr

League

Hoylake 3

Home

3:00pm

   

26th Apr

 

 

 

 

   

Rugby News

Annual Dinner & Awards ~ Saturday 11th April

We enjoyed an excellent evening for our Annual Dinner at the Clubhouse on Saturday 11th April. 

The meal was fantastic thanks to Chris and Lesley Hall and all waiting on and bar staff; it is very much appreciated.

We were very pleased, once more, to welcome Cheshire President, Martin Wroe who was also our guest speaker. Below are listed all of our guests along with all the details of our award winners.

Our Guests

  • Cheshire President(Guest Speaker): Martin Wroe
  • Liverpool Refs Society: John Tomkins
  • Port Sunlight: Bob Gurney
  • Wallasey: Tony Render
  • Anselmians: Ged Mahoney
  • Cricket Club Chairman: Stewie McEwen
  • Club Coach: Danny Hughes

There were apologies from our Association Chairman, Dave Westwater, who we wish a speedy recovery after a nasty accident whilst working at the Club a few weeks ago. Our good friend Terry Grundy (Capenhurst President) was not able to attend due to his son getting married and there was an on the day apology from Steve Fogg (Oldershaw Chairman). Sadly there were no shows from Wirral, Birkenhead Park and, surprisingly, Prenton.

Annual Awards

  • Most Improved Player. Brian 'Gus' Cusick Memorial Award: Jamie Forshaw
  • Young Player Of The Year: Harry Eastwood
  • The Richie Peters Award. 2nd Team Player of The Year: Max Prescott
  • Captain's Prize: Liam Evans
  • Player Of The Year: Terry Williams
  • Clubman Of The Year: Kenny Owen

Congratulations to all award winners you richly deserve the honours. We were also pleased to give dinner tickets to Harry Eastwood, Danny Blyth, Max Prescott, Mark Barham, Craig Whelan and Craig Forshaw either as players of the month or trainers of the month. 

Well done to all.

Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

 

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 11th April

SOLID VICTORY AGAINST A USEFUL CAPENHURST SIDE

After the opening 10 minutes I wondered whether we would win this game at all?! However, in the end we deserved our comfortable win but should have won by a much greater margin if we could have improved our handling skills. There was some entertaining rugby from ourselves once we had come to terms with their bulky pack with good games from all the front row plus Liam Evans, Ben Sadler, Gareth Taylor and Jamie Forshaw. Ben Sadler kicked excellently for goal converting five of his six attempts. Many thanks to referee, John McDaid who 'soldiered' bravely on despite pulling a calf muscle early on in proceedings.

Result:Oxton Parkonians 40 Capenhurst 5

Scorers: Tries - Harry Eastwood(2), Terry Williams(2), Paul Hillan, Ben Sadler. Cons - Ben Sadler(5)

Team:Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, John Turaga, Gareth Taylor, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Liam Evans, Mike Byrne, Paul Hillan, Danny Blyth,Terry Williams, Andy Smith (Captain), Ryan Evans, Barry Owens, Jamie Forshaw.

Ref:John McDaid(Liverpool)

The 2nds finished their league programme at Prenton going down convincingly whilst battling bravely against a vastly experienced side. They do not have a game this coming Saturday.However, Matt Dodd concludes his 3 year tenure as 2nd team captain with a friendly against touring side Gnosall RUFC(Staffordshire) at Holm Lane on Saturday 25th April with a 2pm KO.

The 1sts end their season this Saturday18th April with their final league game at Congleton 3pm KO. This sees the end of Andy Smith's 2 year spell as Club / 1st Team captain.

Well done to both skippers for all their hard work and dedication over the years; it really is so much appreciated.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 4th April

CHESHIRE PLATE FINAL. AT WINNINGTON PARK RUFC V OLDERSHAW RUFC.

GREAT CLUB DAY OUT! DISAPPOINTING RESULT.

This was yet again another great Club day out with unfortunately one vital ingredient missing - the winning of the trophy.

Expectations were high when all players and spectators met at the Club at the early hour of 9.15am. Fifteen minutes later we were on our way on two coaches courtesy of R&J Travel. We arrived at the excellent facility that is Winnington Park RUFC an hour before the 11.30am KO with the playing squad changing and warming up whilst the adult supporters commenced on the beer/wine/buffet etc.

The game kicked off on time and we were in the lead in the second minute through an excellent try from Harry Eastwood wide out on the right with Ben Sadler not able to make the conversion.Oldershaw hit back in the tenth minute with a converted try to take a 7-5 lead and for much of the first period were in the ascendency although we did hit back with a Terry Williams try following a drive from the lineout, in the 35 minute to reduce the deficit to 10-17 but on the stroke of half time 'Shaw scored another touchdown to leave them in the lead at 22-10 at the interval.

Although we competed much more strongly in the second period it was never going to be enough. Oldershaw added two further tries, one of which was converted, and a penalty too before we gained a consolation try through Ryan Evans. Although we played with spirit we were never really at our best and Oldershaw were thoroughly deserving winners on the day so well done to them and their supporters.

I thought Danny Blyth, Liam Evans and Pete Hillan played well for us. Many thanks to ref Phil Stokes who maintained excellent control of the match. A massive thank you to all our supporters whether travelling on the coaches or coming under their own steam; it was much appreciated once more. As always the atmosphere from ourselves was fantastic in the bar too. Finally a big thank you to our ever patient drivers Mike and John from R&J!!

Result:Oldershaw 32 Oxton Parkonians 15

Scorers: Tries - Harry Eastwood, Terry Williams, Ryan Evans.

Team: Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith (Captain), Geoff Waters, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Liam Evans, Terry Williams, Danny Blyth, Paul Hillan, John Turaga, Tommy Manger, Jamie Forshaw, Ryan Evans, Gareth Taylor, Karl Whelan, Mike Bowe.

Ref:Phil Stokes(Liverpool)
TJ1: Ben Moore(Liverpool)
TJ2: Simon Waite(Liverpool)
4th Official:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

Obviously this Saturday 11th April sees The Annual Dinner (6.45pm meet) with Cheshire President, Martin Wroe, as special guest.

The 1sts have a home league game against Capenhurst which may have a slightly earlier kick off of 2.30pm whilst the 2nds have their final league game away at Prenton 3rds. Finally thanks once more to everyone for their wonderful support this past weekend at the final, back at the Club, and also at the Cricket Social on Easter Sunday.

Yours In Sport, 
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th March

FABULOUS WIN FOR THE SUPER SECONDS!!

Yes, this was a marvellous win for Matt Dodd's last home league game as skipper. It was a most entertaining affair throughout with Mossley Hill playing their part too and many thanks also to ref Damian McDonald who had a good game as well. We scored six tries to Mossley Hill's two. Gareth Taylor was given MOM by captain Doddy but others will have run him close with Terry Georgeson, Karl Whelan, Rob Rawson and Tommy Manger playing well along with the captain of jug avoidance, 'Two Try Teddy'.

New recruit Jonathan Sheridan kept us amused too?! This was real entertainment for a healthy crowd as always. Well done to all players; you obviously enjoyed it immensely and a special mention to Doddy who has enjoyed a great three year spell as captain. A final league game to come for the 2nds at Prenton 3rds beckons on Annual Dinner Day, Saturday 11th April with a final friendly match at Holm Lane on Saturday 25th April against a touring team from Staffordshire; Gnosall RUFC.

Result:Oxton Parkonians 2nds 36 Mossley Hill 2nds 10

Team: Paul Lennon, Terry Georgeson, Geoff Waters, Gareth Taylor, Kiel Williams, Karl Whelan, Mark Hillan, Tommy Manger, Matt Dodd(captain), Mark Barham, Richie Peters, Rob Rawson, Terry Williams, Max Prescott, Ryan Evans, Tim Hassall, Jonathan Sheridan, Simon Dunning, Kieran O'Donnell, Craig Forshaw, Eric Nixon.

Scorers: Tries - Matt Dodd(2), Terry Georgeson, Gareth Taylor, Tommy Manger, Terry Williams. Cons - Tommy Manger(2), Jonathan Sheridan

Ref:Damian McDonald(Liverpool)

Match Day Sponsor was Ian Westwater even though in his absence he may have forgotten about it?! Much appreciated as always Wez and many thanks also to Jess Pryce for selling the raffle tickets.

WE NOW LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHESHIRE PLATE FINAL V OLDERSHAW THIS COMING SATURDAY 4TH APRIL AT WINNINGTON PARK RUFC, NORTHWICH WITH OUR GAME CARRYING AN 11.30AM KO BEING THE FIRST OF THREE FINALS. THE MEET FOR EVERYONE AT THE CLUB IS 9.15AM PROMPT WITH TRAVEL BY COACH PROVIDED BY R&J TRAVEL. EXPECTED RETURN TO THE CLUB@7/7.30PM.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BOOKED A SUPPORTER'S PLACE ON THE BUS YOU NEED TO CONTACT ME AS THE BUSES ARE FULL AND THERE IS NOW A RESERVE LIST!!

Reminder that the Annual Dinner is Saturday 11th April and tickets need to be booked with Kenny Owen as there are not many left!! Really looking forward to next Saturday and a great club day out!! Finally a great turn out on Friday to celebrate the life of a real club legend, Frank Pryce. Rest In Peace.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th March

'SCINTILLATING STUFF'!!

Click for more picturesTo say this was a really fantastic game is an understatement!! Either side could have won and indeed neither side deserved to lose in an enthralling contest. Parks started the better and scored an excellent try within two minutes through the ever improving young winger Harry Eastwood.

We maintained the momentum for quarter of an hour before Ramsey dramatically upped their game demonstrating why they are league leaders! They enjoyed a purple patch and went into a 15-5 lead before we hit back once more gaining a powerful try through No 8, Terry Williams, which was converted by Ben Sadler with Ben adding a penalty goal not long after to level the scores at 15-15.

Before the interval Ramsey hit back once more to score a converted try giving them the half time lead of a 22-15 scoreline. The game had been exciting and was evenly posed but no one could have guessed what the second period was to bring with both the game and scoreline ebbing and flowing throughout!!

It wasn't long before Ramsey increased their lead by 3 points after Parkonian indiscipline; this heralded a stunning comeback of our own resulting in some fantastic play by ourselves which resulted in 19 points in as many minutes for the home side. The titanic Terry Williams scored two mighty tries, one of which was converted by Ben to give us a lead of 27-25 with Ramsey beginning to panic just a little. This led to our final try of the game through an Andy Smith interception following a flawed quick lineout taken by our visitors with Ben adding the conversion points to surely give us an impregnable lead of 9 points at 34-25.

Still Ramsey came back scoring a converted try to narrow the margin at 34-32. The pressure was beginning to tell and we conceded a penalty which was successfully converted giving the lead back to our opponents once more at 35-34. Surely our chance had gone?

But there was to be further drama deep in time added on. We drove hard for a final score causing Ramsey to carelessly give away the penalty. Young Ben Sadler coolly stepped up to the mark and with great precision slotted the winning points through the posts. This was a far from straightforward kick but Ben's goal kicking was very good on the day.

In all honesty the game could have gone either way and perhaps the draw would have been the fairest result?! However, thankfully it was to be our day!! Congratulations to all players on both sides for putting in such a mighty effort. Referee Dave Hickey had an excellent game throughout and was strong enough to deal with any difficult decisions. Well done, Dave, some referees might have found this game to 'hot to handle'.

Although once more this had been a real team effort I have to give Terry Williams the MOM for an amazing display of power and passion including a hat trick of tries. Really well played once more, Terry. Our last ditch defence was superb with the ever reliable, Geoff Waters, making some splendid tackles! Ben Sadler beside his goal kicking had a good game as did Harry Eastwood and it was pleasing to see Paul Hillan coming off the bench for his first action of the season after serious injury; some strong carries, Paul!!

Elder brothers Mark and Peter also played well. The plus points are the improvement made to our rucking game and improving attendances at weekly training and I must congratulate Danny Hughes and Gareth Pryce as coaches for their patience and enthusiasm! However, we need to improve on self discipline and cut out unnecessary penalties and yellow cards. Also, we should learn not to kick so much in open play giving our opponents the chance to counter attack.

Our thoughts are with replacement prop, Mike Gibbs, who suffered a serious injury towards the end of the game; everyone wishes you a successful and as speedy recovery as is possible, Mike. In conclusion a superb day at the club in real spring like weather with a good attendance!! Glad that Ramsey enjoyed themselves with us off the field in their limited time available. Thanks to Kenny Owen and The FT Club for their match day sponsorship; much appreciated as always chaps. Also thanks to Ella Pearson for selling the raffle tickets.

Result : Oxton Parkonians 37 Ramsey 35

Scorers:Tries-Terry Williams(3),Harry Eastwood,Andy Smith.Cons-Ben Sadler(3).Pens-Ben Sadler(2).

Team : Craig Whelan, Paul Lennon, Andy Smith(Captain), Geoff Waters, Harry Eastwood, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Mark Barham, Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Jamie Forshaw, Liam Evans, Danny Blyth, Terry Williams, Peter Hillan, Paul Hillan, Mike Gibbs, Peter Bennett, Kiel Williams.

Ref:Dave Hickey(Liverpool).

The 2nd Team did not have a game due to Ruskin Park dropping out of the league and at the moment there are no scheduled games for next Saturday 14th March; any games from now on will be at 3pm until the end of the season. Remember to book your dinner tickets for Saturday 11th April with Kenny Owen asap.

Finally, we wish our Association Chairman, Dave Westwater, a speedy recovery after his nasty accident on Friday 27th February whilst working at the Club. Everyone hopes to see you back in action at the club in the near future, Dave.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th February

GREAT GAME VERSUS WALLASEY AT CROSS LANE!!

In my opinion this was the most exciting and skilful game that our First Team have been involved in all season, even though we lost by a 25 point margin!! It was high octane stuff well officiated by ref, Dave Jones, who was always up with play and kept a firm control on proceedings throughout. Well done, Dave!!

Wallasey started much the stronger and dominated both territory and possession in the opening 15 minutes or so. The score remained at 0-0 for a fair period partly due to our resolute defence and partly due to the fact that our opponents could not convert their penalty attempts at goal. Something had to give,however, and Wallasey took an 8-0 lead through an unconverted try and a penalty.

Then we hit back in some style and with much power too we score a try through Terry Williams following a powerful scrummage and shortly after Ben Sadler added a penalty goal to level the scores at 8-8. Wallasey followed up with a further unconverted try to take a 13-8 lead. Back we came again powering forward for Eric Nixon to surge over strongly for a fabulous touchdown fairly wide out which was excellently converted by young Ben Sadler giving us the lead at 15-13. Wallasey were rattled but we eased 'off the gas' allowing Wallasey to sneak into a narrow lead of 18-15 at the interval following another unconverted try by our hosts.

The second period did belong to Wallasey and they were the better side and thoroughly deserved their win but the scoreline of 40-15 did not do justice to the seventeen strong Parkonians' squad performance. Craig Whelan was my MOM who had a fine game and is surely one of our most consistent performers. Terry Williams excelled once more exuding much passion and power in his play. Excellent games from Eric Nixon, Danny Blyth and Liam Evans too with Mike Bowe doing well when he came on.

A special mention to Jamie Forshaw who improves with every game considering that we have 'thrown him in at the deep end' really. Well done to all players on both sides for providing the healthily sized crowd with such an entertaining spectacle. This Saturday sees the 1st team entertain league leaders, Ramsey(IOM) at Holm Lane in what should be a really good game. There is a 1.30pm KO to accommodate our visitors travel arrangements to and from Manchester Airport.

Result:Wallasey 40 Oxton Parkonians 15

Scorers: Tries - Terry Williams, Eric Nixon. Con - Ben Sadler. Pen - Ben Sadler

Team: Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith(Captain), Geoff Waters, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Mark Barham, Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Jamie Forshaw, Liam Evans, Danny Blyth, Terry Williams, Mike Bowe, Josh Bowe.

The 2nd Team also played Wallasey at home in a most entertaining spectacle with the scores finishing level at 15-15. Good to see veterans Tony Burton and Alan Morris(Snr) playing a part in the action. Our opponents seemed to enjoy themselves as they stayed awhile and also won the weekly raffle too!

This Saturday there is no league action for the 2nds due to scheduled opponents, Ruskin Park, withdrawing from the league; we will probably try for a pool game.

On Sunday I went to watch our Under 16's play at New Brighton they went down 29-14 conceding two very late converted tries. This was a very even game and the lads were a credit to themselves, their coaches and the club itself. We hope that many of this squad will integrate into adult rugby in the next year as each one of them attains their 17th birthday. Well done again lads.

Also a great result on Sunday for our Under 14 squad who defeated arch rivals, Caldy,which gives us all great pleasure, of course!! Well done to everyone concerned. Many thanks to last week's Match Day sponsor, Eddie Flynn; much appreciated as always, Eddie!

Advance notice of THE CONFIRMED DATE FOR THE 1ST TEAMS'S CHESHIRE PLATE FINAL VERSUS OLDERSHAW AT WINNINGTON PARK RUFC ON EASTER SATURDAY 4TH APRIL WITH AN 11.30AM KO. AS LAST YEAR TWO COACHES WILL BE BOOKED! SO BOOK YOUR PLACES WITH ME ASAP.

The Annual Dinner is the Saturday after 11th April book your tickets with Kenny Owen.

Do remember this Saturday's game v Ramsey is a 1.30pm KO; you have been warned!!

 

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 21st February

EXCELLENT CONTEST AND WIN AT OLDERSHAW!!!

Click for more picturesGareth Pryce aked me "How are you going to describe this one?"; well here goes!!

I think everyone at both clubs were expecting a close game but perhaps not in the way it 'panned out'. To find ourselves 17-0 up after only 12 minutes was purely incredible yet it was thoroughly deserved. We scored two wonderful tries through Andy Smith and Mike Byrne the latter being a real team effort. Obviously we could not continue to score at this rate but we surely thought that we might score again in this first period with the chill north westerly wind at our backs.

Gradually, Oldershaw got themselves back into the game or rather we let them! They went on to score two tries one of which they converted adding a penalty goal as well to leave the interval score narrowly in our favour at 17-15. The home team now had the wind at their backs and they dominated proceedings in the third quarter scoring a further unconverted try to give them a 20-17 lead. We then came back strongly with a real team effort to take control of the game with captain Andy Smith scoring two scintillating tries demonstrating his real raw pace. Oldershaw's, and their supporters, heads went down and there was no way back for them although they had played their part in a most amazing display; not always top quality skills but one never knew what was going to happen next with all players on both sides giving 100% effort. 

Obviously captain, Andy Smith, was outstanding bagging himself a hat trick of tries and was my MOM but was very closely followed by Terry Williams, Danny Blyth, Liam Evans, Eric Nixon and Harry Eastwood. Peter Hillan returned to the fray after a couple months out through injury and played very well including a great ankle tap preventing a certain Oldershaw touchdown. Good also to see Mark Barham returning too, coming on as a second half replacement, after his successful operation. Again I must stress that this was once more a real team effort by all 19 players involved. Well played Oldershaw too and thanks for your hopitality as always! The two clubs 'lock horns' once more in a matter of weeks when we meet in the Cheshire Plate Final on Easter Saturday 4th April at a still as yet to be decided venue!!

Result:Oldershaw 20 Oxton Parkonians 29

Scorers: Tries - Andy Smith(3), Mike Byrne. Cons - Ben Sadler(3). Pen - Ben Sadler.

Team:Harry Eastwood, Karl Whelan, Andy Smith(Captain), Geoff Waters, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan, Mike Gibbs, Jamie Forshaw, Mike Byrne, Liam Evans, Danny Blyth, Terry Williams,Craig Whelan, Barry Owens, Mark Barham, Craig Forshaw.

Ref:Brian Harris(Liverpool).

The 2nd Team were faced with a stiff task when they entertained Crosby St Marys 1sts at Holm Lane but as usual played with great spirit, even though they went down by a 50-12 margin. Our tries came from Jordan Langton and Chris Hall with Richie Peters being given the MOM. Fabulous to see Junior Section coaching member, Jonathan Sheridan, making his adult debut and also welcome back to Les Donnelly who signed up after the game. Also a full game for Tim Hassall too!!

Many thanks to our match day sponsors Association Chairman, Dave Westwater and Alan Muir. Much appreciated as always. Many thanks too to Ella Pearson and Cara Hillan for selling the raffle tickets.It was good to see Tony Dever back at the club if only in a social capacity; nice hair, Tony.

This coming Saturday sees both teams in league action against local rivals, Wallasey. The 1sts make the short journey to Cross Lane with the 2nds being at Holm Lane.

This is the last week of 2.15pm KO's although an advance word of warning that when the 1sts entertain Ramsey(IOM) on Saturday 7th March this match has a 1.30pm KO due to our opponents travel arrangements.

A really good atmosphere in the club last Saturday enjoying our wonderful facilities; great to see, keep it everyone!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC. 

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 14th February

BRAVE EFFORT AT LINLEY!!

We traveled down to North Staffs for our rearranged league match with a much changed squad once again but no one can fault the effort put in by our twenty man squad; we just ran out of steam in the second half against a much bigger and more experienced set of forwards.

The game started slowly on a very heavy pitch as is the norm at this time of year at Linley and we fell behind by an 8-0 scoreline without much of a challenge by ourselves. This then seemed to spur us into action and we had a very good second quarter of the game giving us a 15-13 lead at the interval. Terry Williams was outstanding and scored our two tries.

However, we were never really in the game in the second period enjoying neither possession or territory with Linley scoring three/four of their tries from driving mauls following line outs. We did our best but on the day it was never going to be enough. Terry was our MOM with Craig Whelan having a good game and Mike Gibbs was very solid too. I thank all players and I was glad that all replacements were able to come on for at least a little action.

Thanks to travelling supporters Gareth Pryce,Richie Beckett,Mike Marnick,Keith Aldcroft,Ken Owen and Dave Smith. Also thanks to Mike our R&J coach driver and to Linley as always for their hospitality. This coming Saturday sees league action for both of our teams with the 1sts making the short journey to Oldershaw and the 2nds entertaining Crosby St Marys at Holm Lane. Just a reminder that we have 2.15pm KO's until the end of February.

Result: Linley 35 Oxton Parkonians 15

Scorers:Tries-Terry Williams(2). Con and Pen-Ben Sadler

Team: Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Geoff Waters, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Ian Westwater, Martyn Sharkey, Matt Dodd, Mike Gibbs, Jamie Forshaw, Richie Peters, Liam Evans, Josh Bowe, Terry Williams, Karl Whelan, Kiel Williams, Mark Tucker, Tom Manger, Craig Forshaw.

Ref: Neil Pow(North Staffs)

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett.Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC. 

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th February

DESERVED WIN OVER SPRIGHTLY STUDENTS

Click for more picturesA lovely lunch had taken place prior to the 1st Team game. It is reported on here and was held as a big thank you to all Development Members, sponsors and volunteer workers for their contributions both financial and otherwise over the years. In addition it was to celebrate the official opening of our recently completed fully refurbished members lounge. It looks wonderful; well done to all concerned. The attendees were near sixty in number and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to Chris Hall and staff for the wonderful meal and service.

We were then able to step outside on what was a cold but pleasant day to watch a most keenly contested game of rugby on a great surface following much hard work in the week by Dave Westwater and his groundwork team. Many thanks, it is much appreciated.

The game was a very close one indeed with the first score not coming until the 34 minute when skipper Andy Smith went over for a fine try converted by Ben Sadler. On the stroke of half time University levelled the scores with a converted try of their own leaving the scores level at the interval of 7-7.

The second period continued in much the same vein as the first with neither side dominating. In the 52nd minute following a driving maul from a lineout Terry Williams powered over with Ben Sadler adding the conversion points. Ben added a penalty five minutes later giving us a 17-7 lead. With ten minutes remaining our plucky opponents hit back scoring an unconverted try to put them in striking distance being only 5 points adrift.

However, Andy Smith crowned a very good personal performance gaining a fabulous touch down in the last minute of playing time. This had been a very enjoyable spectacle and credit should go to all players on both teams and to referee, Terry Clarke, who had a good game displaying his usual empathy with the players. Well done Terry you have passed this season's MOT!! I thought all Parkonian players performed well but special mentions this week to Terry Williams, Andy Smith, Craig Whelan and Liam Evans. Second team captain Matt Dodd coming in at hooker had a good game too; well done Doddy!

Unfortunately, at the moment for various reasons we are struggling for playing numbers which resulted in us having to concede our 2nd team league game at Prenton.

Next week the 1sts travel to Linley for our rearranged league game. Travel is with a coach from R&J Travel, the meet being 11.45am at the Club with a return to the Club @8.30pm. There are only a couple of spaces left on the bus so let me know if you wish to travel as a supporter asap. There will be no game at the club as the 2nds have a free league date and the scheduled friendly has been cancelled by our would be opponents.

Saturday saw the 7th anniversary of our great friend Brian 'Gus' Cusick; seeing the Cusick/Bowe/Clarke family as match day sponsors and we were able to toast the great man after the game with the traditional Aussie whites. It was good to have Mel and Paul Bowe at the club. Many thanks as always for your sponsorship; much appreciated.

Many thanks to young Luke Hillan who had a fine game as touch judge and also to Matthew Burton for selling the raffle tickets. In addition I would like to thank the players who acted as a replacements and did not get on to the park; it is always important to have a full squad and disappointing for whatever reason when people do not get a piece of the action in closely contested games such as this when the Captain / Coach have difficult decisions to make. 

Result:Oxton Parkonians 22 Liverpool University 12

Scorers: Tries - Andy Smith(2), Terry Williams. Cons - Ben Sadler(2) Pen - Ben Sadler.

Team: Craig Whelan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith(Captain), John Turaga, Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Matt Dodd, Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Jamie Forshaw, Liam Evans, Barry Owens, Terry Williams, Karl Whelan, Mark Tucker, Craig Forshaw, Josh Bowe, Tom Manger.

Ref:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 17th January

FABULOUS COMPLETION OF THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE MEMBERS LOUNGE

Click for more picturesIt was fantastic indeed to have the newly refurbished members lounge in use for the first time on Saturday. It is very impressive and members took full advantage enjoying the luxury and comfort of our new facility!! Many thanks must go to the RFU and in particular Tom Bartram RFU North Facilities Manager, The Peter Johnson Foundation Trust and the generosity of club members ensuring the financing of this exciting project; it is so very much appreciated.

We very much have a Club with ever increasing modern facilities, clubhouse and grounds that all members should feel very proud of.

On the playing front the 1st Team entertained a very spirited and sporting Knutsford side. The game was most entertaining, played in a very self disciplined manner, and the result could have gone either way. It was a testament to all players on both teams for putting on such a flowing spectacle in somewhat difficult underfoot conditions.

Mention should be made of referee, Mike Callan, who had a very good game throughout. There were some wonderfully skilful tries from both sides including three from our skipper, Andy Smith, who had a fine game along with the ever present Danny Blyth. They are my joint Men Of The Match. Chris Sharkey did a splendid job coming in at hooker and there were good games from Mark Hillan, Barry Owens and Eric Nixon. Gareth Taylor looked strong when he came off the bench. Ben Sadler kicked a couple of excellent goals as well as scoring a try himself.

Score:Oxton Parkonians 32 Knutsford 20

Scorers:Tries-Andy Smith(3),Terry Williams,Ben Sadler. Cons-Ben Sadler(2). Drop Goal-Ben Sadler.

Team: Craig Whelan, Karl Whelan, Geoff Waters, Andy Smith(Captain), Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Chris Sharkey, Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Jamie Forshaw, Liam Evans, Danny Blyth, Terry Williams, Barry Owens, Gareth Taylor.

Ref:Mike Callan(Liverpool).

The 2nd Team had a difficult afternoon travelling bravely to New Brighton 3rds with only 14 men, although they did lend us players. Sadly we went down 69-0.

Next week the 2's have a rearranged away game at Liverpool Collegiate 4ths whilst we hope that the 1sts will travel for a local derby 'friendly' at Prenton

Many thanks to Matchday Sponsor, Pete Evans, much appreciated as always. Great to see Carl Jones on such good form and continued good luck with your recovery!! Also your old photos were very interesting indeed. Thanks to young Luke Hillan for selling the raffle tickets.

REMEMBER THE 1STS AWAY COACH TRIP FOR THE LEAGUE GAME TO LINLEY ON SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY. THE MEET IS 11.45AM WITH A RETURN TIME OF @8.30PM AT THE CLUB. WE HAVE SPACE FOR AROUND 10/12 SPECTATORS.

Just have to say what a brilliant atmosphere there was at the Club both on and off the field. Long may it continue. Many thanks to everyone.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkponians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 10th January

HAPPY NEW YEAR! TWO WELCOME WINS!!

Happy New Year to everyone!!

Click for more picturesThe first league Saturday saw two good wins by both of our teams on what was an exceptionally windy Saturday afternoon. I declined the offer of a lift to Helsby and decided to watch the 'Mighty 2's' at home against a feisty Ormskirk 4th Team which included both Ohllsen brothers, Peter and Tony.

We played towards Holm Lane in the first period with the gale behind our backs and were the dominant force in the first quarter securing unconverted touchdowns through Ben Pearson and Gareth Taylor. As the half developed so did 'Kirk's attacking qualities begin to challenge us and indeed they scored a very skilful converted try to leave the half time score narrowly in our favour at 10-7.

For much of the second period our opponents continued to exert pressure on us but our strong defence held up. Gradually Ormskirk tired and the last 10 minutes belonged to the Parks finally resulting in a well worked try for Kiel Williams who I thought had a fine game. We were worthy winners against very creditable opponents who were always in the game.

Well done to all players on both sides who thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon!! Captain Doddy playing on through injury having a very good game whilst marshaling his troops as well. However, it was a real team effort with special mention to our three intrepid veteran replacements who braved the cold before they came on; so well done to Tim Hassall,Martin Varley and Chris Hall. Great to see Tim in 2nds action being the first of my suggested players from Boxing Day to take up the offer of playing on a more regular basis.

Perhaps Tim can persuade Jimmy Mackie to come out of retirement!

Congratulations to December Player Of The Month, Max Prescott who is rapidly improving with every game and is surely due a 1st team outing in the near future. A word for referee, Dominic Kirkbride, who did his best to keep the game flowing. Thanks also to Doddy who was matchday sponsor; much appreciated as always!! Also thanks to Alan Morris(Snr) and young Matthew Burton for running the raffle and also to Liam Westwater for running the touch. Next week sees the 2nds away to New Brighton 3rds in a local derby.

Result:Oxton Parkonians 2nds 15 Ormskirk 4ths 7

Scorers:Tries-Ben Pearson,Gareth Taylor,Kiel Williams..

Team:Paul Lennon,Dom Verheijen,John Dunning,Gareth Taylor,Kiel Williams,Phil Barron,Ian Westwater,Mike Gibbs,Mark Tucker,Tom Manger,Ben Pearson,Justin Danher,Simon Dunning,Max Prescott,Matt Dodd(captain),Tim Hassall,Martin Varley,Chris Hall.

Ref:Dominic Kirkbride(Liverpool)

The 1st Team had a comfortable bonus point five try victory away at Helsby without really extending themselves. Next week the 1sts are at Holm Lane in league action against Knutsford. A reminder that all games carry a 2:15pm KO until the end of February.

Advance notice for 1st Team players and all supporters that there is a 33 seater R&J Travel bus booked for the game away at Linley on Saturday 31st January. The meet will be 11.45am and the return to the club @8.30pm.

Result:Helsby 10 Oxton Parkonians 31

Scorers:Tries-Terry Williams(2), Andy Smith, Eric Nixon, Karl Whelan. Cons-Ben Sadler(3)

Team: Harry Eastwood, Karl Whelan,Geoff Waters, Andy Smith(Captain), Eric Nixon, Ben Sadler, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey, Danny Blyth, Mark Barham, Jamie Forshaw, Mike Byrne, Liam Evans, Craig Forshaw, Terry Williams, Tom Georgeson.

Ref:Andrew Townsend(Liverpool)

 

Yours In Sport. Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

 

Richie's Christmas Rugby Roundup ~ Friday 26th December

THE SPIRIT OF RUGBY IS ALIVE AND WELL THIS FESTIVE SEASON AT HOLM LANE!!

35TH ANNUAL CONSECUTIVE BROTHERS V VETERANS MATCH FOR THE BECKETT/HILLAN SHIELD.

Click for more picturesOn a bitterly cold afternoon at Holm Lane this annual contest was played out in what was a very keenly contested affair with the result in doubt until the very last minute. It was great to see such a good turnout of players including guests and people coming out of 'retirement' to play. We hope that perhaps some of you might consider playing on a more regular basis to inspire our youngsters from the Under16/17 team who will start to make the transition from age group to adult rugby next season.

Oldest players of the day turning back the tides of time were Tony Owens (60 years 7 months) and Alan Morris Snr (60years 3months); well played gentlemen and don't give up yet as Donny Hawker was the oldest player to turn out in this fixture at the age of 69 years 5 months!! Well done to our guest players Gary Pitt, Tim Hassall, Howie Leighton, Steve Stockford, Steve Copple, Barry Miller and Steve O'Hara; well done to Steve who played 10 minutes at the end to raise money for charity - a brilliant feat to play what I suspect was your first game of rugby on such a cold afternoon!! Some of the others, I know, are unattached to rugby clubs and hopefully will consider what I said to them about playing on a regular basis?!

Good to see Tony Burton, Tony Blease, Mark McCormack, Adam Westwater and Derek Prescott come out of 'retirement' to play; also hoping you will all consider playing from time to time!! Stewie McEwen, I don't consider you a retired player yet?! Many of the regular 1st Team players had outstanding games which is what I expect really, so no personal mentions this time around! There was a lack of 2nd team players for some unknown reason?

However, one of the 2nd teamers, 18 years old, Max Prescott, was the recipient of The Donny Hawker Memorial Award for Man Of The Match. Very well played, Max, must be knocking on the 1st Team door very shortly!! A close contender for the award was Richie Peters who had a fine game too! As I mentioned earlier the result was in doubt until the very last minute when Liam Evans touched down for The Brothers.

An excellent game brilliantly controlled by local Liverpool Society referee, Dave Hickey, who thoroughly enjoyed his afternoon including 'Christmas Carding' several players; their penalty was having to buy Dave a pint after the game!1 Well done, Dave, and many thanks to you and all the players for putting on such an enthralling match.

It is always an emotional time of year and the same applies at Parkonians too as we think of those who have passed on and their families! I feel I should mention our founder H. Martin Curphey and Ronnie Caton who dedicated their lives to our great Club. Donny Hawker and Brian 'Gus' Cusick were legends of this great fixture so it was an honour as always to welcome their families. Sara Hawker and her son, Connor, had travelled from Northwich in honour of her father to present The Donny Hawker Memorial Award for Man Of The Match to Max. Hope you got back home before the s