Archive ~ 2008

Based in Oxton in Birkenhead, Parkonians RUFC currently field 2, and occasionally 3 rugby teams, playing matches alternate weeks at Holm Lane.

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 4. Additionally they participate in the Powergen Cup, Cheshire Shield and Wirral Floodlight cup competitions.

Parkonians RUFC 1st XV ~ 2008 / 2009

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Back row; A Burton, R Marnick, M Barham, T Williams, M Byrne, B Pearson, M Marnick, L Morris, C Fowler.
Front Row: C Stott, G Pryce, M Hillan, L Sadler, Peter Hillan(capt), B Owens, A Williams, L Evans, M Dooley.

The second team is a member of the Merseyside Second Team League playing against a number of local clubs.

Parkonians RUFC 2nd XV ~ 2008 / 2009

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Back Row: T Manger, M Heywood, L Morris, G Pritchard, T Blease, D Blyth, J Bowen, G Waters, R Peters, M Bowe, M Varley, J Dunning
Front Row: J Danher, K Whelan, C Fowler, I Westwater, C Hall (Capt) C Sharkey, M Tucker, D Kelly.

This year Parkonians are running a Senior Colts (under 19) team. Training is on a Wednesday night at 6.15pm, with games taking place Sundays.

1st XV Player Statistics ~ 2008 / 2009

The following player statistics are as at the end of the 2008 / 2009 season.

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
T. Williams 20 18 42 15     219
M. Hillan 24 10 11 2     78
M. Dooley 24 12         60
A. Williams 23 10         50
R. Marnick 25 7         35
G. Pryce 23 7         35
L. Sadler 25 6   1     33
C. Whelan 23 5         25
B. Owens 11 3 4       23
G. Waters 16 4         20
L.Evans 16 4         20
P. A. Hillan 15 4         20
P. Hillan 26 3         15
T. Burton 24 3         15
B. Pearson 23 2         10
A. Smith 11 2         10
M. Byrne 18 1         5
P. Wigfield 11 1         5
B. Larsson 6 1         5
P. Disbury 4 1         5
Penalty Try 1 1         5
M. Barham 21           -
M. Marnick 13           -
M. Sharkey 7           -
L. Morris 4           -
L. Garrett 3           -
B. Rees 2           -
C, Fowler 2           -
D. Blyth 2           -
M. Bowe 2           -
M. Varley 2           -
T. Manger 2           -
A. Morris 1           -
G. Lindop 1           -
K. Whelan 1           -
R. Peters 1           -
D. Kelly 6 -1       -  5

 

2nd XV Player Statistics ~ 2008 / 2009

The following player statistics are as at the end of the 2008 / 2009 season.

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
T. Manger 25 8 12 4     76
D. Blyth 24 9         45
C. Hall 28 8 1       42
K. Whelan 23 8         40
M. Bowe 20 8         40
G. Waters 6 8         40
A. Williams 5 8         40
C. Fowler 20 4 6       32
B. Owens 4 4 5       30
T. Williams 3 2 9       28
D. Gallwey 14 3 2       19
M. Hillan 2   6       12
R. Peters 27 2         10
J. Dunning 20 2         10
G. Pritchard 11 2         10
P. Byrne 9 2         10
L. Evans 4 2         10
L. Sadler 3 2         10
S. Hunter 2 2         10
A. Smith 1 2         10
J. Bowen 21 1         5
C. Sharkey 17 1         5
T. Blease 13 1         5
L. Morris 11 1         5
C. Stott 7 1         5
M. Dooley 4 1         5
M. Dodd 3 1         5
P. Hillan 2 1         5
R. Marnick 2 1         5
L. Garrett 1 1         5
M. Heywood 24           -
M. Varley 21           -
J. Danher 20           -
I. Westwater 17           -
L. Donnelly 10           -
M. Sharkey 8           -
M. Moore 8           -
B. Larsson 7           -
M. Byrne 7           -
M. Tucker 6           -
M. Barham 5           -
D. Carroll 4           -
D. Chocci 4           -
P. O'Mally 4           -
A. Duncan 2           -
B. Pearson 2           -
D. Kelly 2           -
D. Prescott 2           -
M. Jordan 2           -
R. Taff 2           -
S. Dunning 2           -
S. Lamb 2           -
A. Burton 1           -
C. Ryan 1           -
C. Whelan 1           -
G. Lindop 1           -
A. Morris 1           -
J. Jenkins 1           -
M. Marnick 1           -
N. Stott 1           -
P. Disbury 1           -
P. Smith 1           -
P. Wigfield 1           -
S. Stockford 1           -

 

2008 / 2009 Fixtures
 

XV Fixtures 2008/2009

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Sept 6th

 

 

 

Sept 13th

League

Port Sunlight

A

Sept 20th

League

Congleton

H

Sept 27th

 

 

 

Oct 4th

League

St Mary’s

A

Oct 11th

League

Ramsey

H

Oct 18th

 

 

 

Oct 25th

League

West Park Warriors

A

Nov 1st

 

 

 

Nov 8th

League

Capenhurst

H

Nov 15th

League

Linley

A

Nov 22nd

 

Sefton 2nd

A

Nov 29th

League

Merseyside Police

H

Dec 6th

League

Helsby

A

Dec 13th

 

Sefton 2nd

H

Dec 20th

League

Congleton

A

Dec 27th

 

 

 

Jan 3rd

 

Prenton

A

Jan 10th

League

St Mary’s

H

Jan 17th

 

 

 

Jan  24th

League

Ramsey

A

Jan 31st

League

West Park Warriors

H

Feb 7th

 

 

 

Feb 14th

 

 

 

Feb 21st

League

Capenhurst

A

Feb 28th

 

 

 

Mar 7th

League

Linley

H

Mar 14th

 

 

 

Mar 21st

 

 

 

Mar  28th

League

Merseyside Police

A

Apr 4th

League

Helsby

H

Apr 11th

 

EASTER

 

Apr 18th

League

Port Sunlight

H

April 25th

 

 

 

 

Second XV Fixtures 2008/2009

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Sept 6th

 

 

 

Sept 13th

 

 

 

Sept 20th

League

Ellesmere Port

A

Sept 27th

 

Rhos

H

Oct 4th

League

Port Sunlight

H

Oct 11th

League

Wallasey

H

Oct 18th

 

 

 

Oct 25th

 

 

 

Nov 1st

League

Oldershaw 3rd

H

Nov 8th

League

Old Anselmians

A

Nov 15th

League

Mossley Hill

H

Nov 22nd

League

Hoylake

H

Nov 29th

 

Prenton

A

Dec 6th

League

Wirral 4th

H

Dec 13th

League

Port Sunlight

A

Dec 20th

League

Birkenhead Park 4

H

Dec 27th

 

 

 

Jan 3rd

 

Ellesmere Port

H

Jan 10th

League

Hoylake

A

Jan 17th

 

 

 

Jan  24th

League

Old Anselmians

H

Jan 31st

 

 

 

Feb 7th

 

St Mary’s OB

H

Feb 14th

League

Wirral 4

A

Feb 21st

League

Ellesmere Port

H

Feb 28th

 

 

 

Mar 7th

League

Birkenhead Park

A

Mar 14th

League

Mossley Hill

A

Mar 21st

League

Wallasey

A

Mar  28th

 

Prenton

H

Apr 4th

 

Ellesmere Port

A

Apr 11th

 

EASTER

 

Apr 18th

League

Oldershaw 3

A

April 25th

 

Sefton 3

H

 

Third XV Fixtures 2008/2009

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Sept 6th

 

 

 

Sept 13th

 

 

 

Sept 20th

 

 

 

Sept 27th

 

 

 

Oct 4th

 

 

 

Oct 11th

 

Old Anselmians 3

H

Oct 18th

 

 

 

Oct 25th

 

Prenton

H

Nov 1st

 

 

 

Nov 8th

 

Ellesmere Port

H

Nov 15th

 

 

 

Nov 22nd

 

 

 

Nov 29th

 

 

 

Dec 6th

 

Prenton

A

Dec 13th

 

 

 

Dec 20th

 

 

 

Dec 27th

 

 

 

Jan 3rd

 

Mold 3

H

Jan 10th

 

 

 

Jan 17th

 

Prenton

H

Jan  24th

 

 

 

Jan 31st

 

Old Anselmians 3

A

Feb 7th

 

 

 

Feb 14th

 

 

 

Feb 21st

 

 

 

Feb 28th

 

Mold  3

A

Mar 7th

 

Prenton

A

Mar 14th

 

 

 

Mar 21st

 

 

 

Mar  28th

 

Ellesmere Port

A

Apr 4th

 

 

 

Apr 11th

 

EASTER

 

Apr 18th

 

 

 

April 25th

 

 

 

 

2008 / 2009 Results
 

April 2009

Friday 24th Wirral Clubs' Floodlit Trophy Final at New Brighton RUFC
Oldershaw 1st XV  -v- Parkonians 1st XV
Won 17 - 35
Saturday 18th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Port Sunlight 1st XV Won 45 - 19
Saturday 4th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Helsby 1st XV Won 66 - 5

March 2009

Saturday 28th Merseyside Police 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 19 - 64
Wednesday 25th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Port Sunlight 1st XV (Floodlit Cup) Won 25 - 8
Saturday 21st Parkonians 1st XV -v- New Brighton 2nd XV Won 39 - 0
Wednesday 11th Helsby 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV (Floodlit Cup) Won 5 - 27
Saturday 7th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Linley 1st XV Won 21 - 20

February 2009

Saturday 21st Capenhurst 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Lost 31 - 22
Saturday 7th Parkonians "A" XV -v- Congleton 1st XV Won 19 - 7

January 2009

Saturday 31st Parkonians 1st XV -v- West Park Warriors 1st XV Lost 3 - 18
Saturday 24th Ramsey 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Drawn   3 - 3
Saturday 17th Parkonians 1st XV -v- St. Mary's 1st XV
 
Won 19 - 0
Saturday 10th No Game  
Saturday 3rd No Game  
December 2008
Saturday 20th Congleton 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 5 - 36
Saturday 13th Parkonians 1st XV "No Game"  
Saturday 6th Helsby 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 8 - 10
November 2008
Saturday 29th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Merseyside Police 1st XV Won 30 - 5
Saturday 22nd Parkonians 1st XV  -v- Port Sunlight 1st XV Lost 19 - 21
Saturday 15th Linley 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Lost 22 - 0
Saturday 8th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Capenhurst 1st XV Won 50 - 0
Saturday 1st No Match  
October 2008
Saturday 25th West Park Warriors 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV    Lost 27 - 25
Saturday 18th Port Sunlight 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 15 - 19
Saturday 11th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Ramsey 1st XV Won 14 - 13
Saturday 4th St. Mary's 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 21 - 29
September 2008
Saturday 27th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Helsby (EDF Cup) Lost 21 - 22
Saturday 20th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Congleton 1st XV Won 54 - 12
Saturday 13th Port Sunlight 1st XV -v- Parkonians 1st XV Won 0 - 15
Saturday 6th Parkonians 1st XV -v- Helsby 1st XV (Friendly)   Lost: 7 - 17

 

News

Richie's End of Season Rugby Roundup ~ Friday 24 April 2009

This was to be the day that Parkonians RUFC took the Wirral Floodlit Trophy for the first time since 2003 in a match of truly epic proportions!!

It was against the mighty Oldershaw, the newly crowned champions of the league above; indeed they had only lost two league games by the very narrow margins of two points and four points. This was soon to change!

The game was played under floodlights at New Brighton RUFC. Competition rules stipulated that Parkonians started with a 10 point advantage due to playing in a league lower than their opponents of the night, Oldershaw. This lead was soon extended after a steal against the head by veteran hooker and captain, Peter Hillan; from the ensuing second phase play, powerful prop Ben Pearson (who was to have a humdinger of a game) crashed over for an unconverted try. 15-0 to Parkonains.

However, the tide was gradually about to turn as the skilful pace of the young Oldershaw side gradually increased in pace; and in a purple 20 minute patch they scored three tries converting one of them taking them into a 17-15 lead with 5 minutes of the first half remaining.

Now came a truly astonishing turnaround which was to affect the remainder of the game. Parkonians were awarded a penalty 40 metres from goal with Terry Williams electing to kick at goal; it certainly wasn't an easy kick but Terry landed a monster of a kick, 18-17!

Deep into time added on skilful attacking running ended in an excellent try by Andy Smith far out on the left with Terry once again making the difficult conversion. Soon after the referee's whistle went ending a truly pulsating first half with both sides playing very well.

Half Time: Oldershaw 17 Parkonians 25

These late first half scores had clearly dented the confidence of the young Oldershaw side and their very vocal support. They went quiet both on and off the field and their cockiness was disappearing. If truth be told 'Shaw never really got into their game in the second period although they did have their moments.

Parkonians dominated both territory and possesion camping for long spells in 'squash court corner'. The tactics were dead right and dead simple as coach, Steve Lowndes, carefully went through at half time. Kick out of defence, then in attack play the narrow side, stick it your jumper and play pick and go from the rucks. Play the game at your own pace and the opposition will become frustrated as Oldershaw and their fans gradually became.

'Captain Fantastic', Peter Hillan had been struggling for some time with a blood injury to the head and ten minutes into the second half had to leave the action to be replaced with the imposing figure of Leon Garrett who went to No.8 with Alan Williams moving up to hooker.

Leon had an influential game holding up the ball with great strength at the back of the scrummage enabling driving mauls and rucks to take place. Have to sort it, Leon, for next season so as you are more regularly available! Skilful and accurate kicking by especially, but not solely, Terry Williams and Liam Sadler out of our own half enabled this style of forward driving to take place. Eventually Terry crashed over in the corner on the far left but was unable to convert his own try.

The game and the Trophy were drifting away from Oldershaw and their fate was finally sealed with 10 minutes remaining when Ben crashed over with great determination to score his second try of the game. Our opponents desperately tried to get back into the game but it was not to be their night and when referee, James Brown (who had had a very good game), finally blew his whistle Parkonians truly deserved this epic victory!!!

I have not been able to pay tribute here to each of the players but they were all truly immense both individually and as a team. Congratulations to captain and coach Peter Hillan and Steve Lowndes for their massive contributions both throughout the season and especially on this fantastic night for the club. Celebrations took place at The Perch Rock Hotel later that night and of course continued at the Annual Dinner on Saturday!!!!

Full Time: Oldershaw 17 Parkonians 35

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Andy Smith, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(Leon Garrett 48), Mark Barham, Ben Larsson, Tony Burton, Rob Marnick, Paul Hillan, Alan Williams. Reps: Mike Bowe, Karl Whelan, Martyn Sharkey, Mike Byrne, Dave Kelly.
Ref:James Brown(Liverpool)

WELL DONE TO EVERYONE BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD AND I AM SURE THE PLAYERS WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THEIR FANTASTIC FANS AND FRIENDS AND THE BACKROOM BOYS WHO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING RUNS SMOOTHLY!!!

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Annual Dinner 2009, The Clubhouse, Saturday 25 April

Firstly a massive thank you to the rugby committee, and especially to Dave Smith and Kenny Cooke, for the very smooth organisation of this event once again. It truly was an excellent evening and night. Thanks also to Pete and Sharon Evans and staff for a very good meal with a most efficient waiting on service, well done! Les Wheatley, a former Old Parkonian player himself, was guest speaker and he regaled us with his tales of long ago as a player at the club, thanks Les it was great to see you and don't leave it so long next time!

Major Awards ~ Season 2008-09

  • Most Improved Player. Brian 'Gus' Cusick Award: Rob Marnick
  • Young Player Of The Year: Liam Sadler
  • Player Of The Year: Mark Hillan
  • Captain's Prize: Alan Morris(Snr.)
  • Clubman Of The Year: Tony Burton

Well done to you all; you thoroughly deserve your respective honours!!

Well that's it for season 2008-09 and what a great one it's been and especially the night of Friday 24 April when we regained the Wirral Floodlit Trophy!!

Tourists, have a great time in Albufeira it's a fantastic place.

Don't forget Rugby Section AGM in the clubhouse Wednesday 13 May 8pm. Let's see you there - remember it is your club.

The club remains open every Wednesday(training) and Saturday(always a cricket game on and bar open) throughout the summer. More specific details re. pre season training will be posted on the website shortly.

That's it for now. Yours In Sport:
Richie Beckett,Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 18th April 2009

On a lovely, warm, sunny spring afternoon Parkonians concluded their 2008-09 league programme with a comprehensive league victory against a plucky young Port Sunlight side at Holm Lane.

Victory was never in doubt and the hosts soon marked their intent with an early unconverted try by full back Terry Williams. Lovely running rugby saw Matt Dooley cross over in the left hand corner this try again remained unconverted. Wonderful support work from Rob Marnick saw him score close to the posts leaving Terry with an easy conversion. However, just when it looked as if Sunlight might collapse they hit back with a well worked converted try following good close driving work by their forwards.

Half Time: Parkonians 17 Port Sunlight 7

Parkonians played well again in the second half scoring four converted tries. However, in truth once again if the passing and handling had been a little better then plenty more points would have been scored.

Credit should also be given to Port Sunlight who kept at it until the final whistle scoring two further tries themselves.

The second half Parkonian try scorers were Liam Sadler, Gareth Pryce, Rob Marnick(another) and Craig Whelan with all four conversions being successfully goaled by Terry Williams. Referee, Simon Kirk, also had a good game in the warmth keeping up with the fast flowing action very well!

We finished the season in third place in the league with the same league points gained as Ramsey in fourth and Linley in second. In actual points scored on the field of play in all games no other team scored as many as Parkonians. So a very good league season ends with 13 wins and 1 draw out of 18 and we now eagerly await the restructuring of the leagues for next season by the Northern Division of the RFU.

The season is not quite over as we play Oldershaw at New Brighton(7.30pm) this Friday 24th April in what we hope will be a keenly contested Wirral Floodlit Final. Everyone's support for the team is required on this night.

Full Time: Parkonians 45 Port Sunlight 19

Team:Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Andy Smith, Alan Williams, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan(captain), Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Ben Larsson, Rob Marnick, Paul Hillan, Tony Burton.
Referee:Simon Kirk(Liverpool)

MOM:Rob Marnick narrowly from Craig Whelan but in truth the whole team once again played very well!!

We again fielded three teams but the 2nds and 3rds lost to Oldershaw and Mold respectively. Don't forget the club dinner this Saturday 25th April; tickets still available from Dave Smith.

Match Sponsor:Steve Lowndes(Club Coach); thanks for everything this season, Steve, and let's go marching on from here!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 4th April 2009

A cold, windy but dry day on a perfect Holm Lane pitch brought the fifth and final meeting between the 1st XVs of Parkonians and Helsby with the results standing at 2-2 all before the commencement of this league match.

Parkonians lost Mark Hillan to an injury in the pre match warm up even before Helsby had arrived. Helsby turned up with a much changed and weakened team with just 15 players and no replacements.

Parkonians played against the wind, towards the clubhouse end, in the first half and almost immediately scored through Alan Williams going over following a strong break on the narrow side; brother Terry could not convert against the gusting wind.

Many Parkonian supporters, including myself, would have thought that the 'floodgates' would now open but Helsby bounced straight back with a skilful period of attacking rugby culminating in an unconverted try; 5-5. The hosts scored two further tries before the interval through Peter Hillan and Alan Williams, again, with Terry converting the latter. It had been a good half of entertaining rugby by both sides.

Half Time: Parkonians 17 Helsby 5

The first 15 minutes of the second half saw a relatively quiet passage of play but it was becoming increasingly evident that the visitors veteran pack were steadily tiring and there were no fresh legs to bring on!!

The last quarter of the match saw Parkonians 'go to town' scoring seven converted tries - 49 points!!! Some truly excerllent rugby was played and the second half tries were credited to Peter Hillan(yet again), Terry Williams, Andy Smith, Liam Sadler, Gareth Pryce, Geoff Waters and Craig Whelan with Terry adding the seven conversions; an excellent team performance with several telling individual performances.

Credit to the referee, Alan Hewer, for handling the game very well and also to the Helsby fifteen who nver moaned and never gave in. Thanks also go to Dave Carroll who played the last 15 minutes at prop for Helsby saving the embarrassment of the game going to uncontested scrums.

Full Time: Parkonians 66 Helsby 5

Team: Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Andy Smith,Matt Dooley(Chris Stott 60),Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan(capt.),Mark Barham,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Mike Marnick,Dave Kelly,Alan Williams. Reps:Dave Carroll(last 15 mins. for Helsby),Alan Morris.
Ref:Alan Hewer(Liverpool)

The 2nd XV had a disappointing loss down at Ellesmere Port in a friendly.

Hopefully there will be a pool game(s) at the club this coming Easter Saturday and don't forget the cricket club Easter Social on Easter Sunday at the club 1pm. onwards everyone most welcome - adult tickets £5, children £2 with a full buffet provided by Lesley Lindop.

The 1st team finish their season with the final league game on Saturday 18th April at Holm Lane(3pm) followed by the Floodlit Final against Oldershaw at New Brighton RFC on Friday 24th(7.30pm) - plenty of support required for this one as per the norm on special occasions such as this!!!

The 2nds conclude their league season with a league game, coincidentally, against Oldershaw on Sat 18th at their place. The juniors finish their season on Sun 19th with games at Helsby(them again) at 11am followed by a get together/'party' at Holm Lane in the afternoon.

The Annual Rugby Dinner takes place at the clubhouse on Saturday 25th(7.30pm) preceded by a home friendly game. Tickets from Dave Smith, £15, asap.

The weekly raffle continues to go from strengh to strengh due to the continued hard work of Alan Morris and Ben Pearson - thanks again, chaps!

Match Sponsors: Alan Williams and Chris 'Janice' Sharkey. Thanks lad and ladette!!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett.Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th March 2009

A strong Parkonian 1st Team and a good contingent of travelling supporters were to meet with disappointment at Merseyside Police's Riversdale rugby headquarters last Saturday. The 'bobbies' had had several cry offs and were reduced to 12 men at kick off time and obviously were not that keen to start.

We had travelled with only one replacement, Dave Kelly, who kindly agreed to play for them. To their credit the Police never 'threw in the towel' and had several very useful players which showed in them scoring three second half tries when playing with the slope and the wind including one from our own, Dave Kelly.

However, in the modern game this was not really a meaningful game of rugby, really! Parkonians played some good rugby at times and so they should have but there were several handling errors in good try scoring positions and we could have scored at least 20 points more; but it is difficult to play in circumstances such as these,. The referee, Brendan McGaffney, was as disappointed as us but he controlled the game very well was exceptionally fit and in my opinion is destined for higher things.

Scorers: Tries. Pete Hillan(2), Alan Williams, Ben Larsson, Terry Williams, Mark Hillan, Tony Burton, Gareth Pryce, Craig Whelan, Matt Dooley. Conversions. Mark Hillan(5), Terry Williams(2).

Full Time: Merseyside Police 19 Parkonians 64

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Geoff Waters, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(capt.), Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Ben Larsson, Mike Marnick, Rob Marnick, Alan Williams. Rep: Dave Kelly( a full game for the Police and a try too; thanks, Dave, and well done!!)
Ref: Brendan McGaffney (Liverpool)

Other news:

The 2nds had a disappointing loss to Roy Triggs' Prenton 2nds at home but Dizza's 3rds had a good win, also at home, against Ellesmere Port. Good to see rugby refereeing friends, Dave Sixsmith and Andrew Ventin strutting their stuff. The 1sts play Helsby for the fifth and final time this season this coming Saturday at Holm Lane in a league fixture.

The 2nds are due at Ellesmere Port in a friendly. Well done to the 1st team for the reaching the Floodlit Final by beating Port Sunlight 25-8 in an excellent game last Wednesday. The Annual Dinner is on Saturday 25th April tickets are available at £15 from Dave Smith get them asap!!

Recent Match Sponsors: Dave Smith, Jane Burton and the FT club. Thanks everyone!

Yours in sport,
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th March 2009

On a good pitch for flowing rugby, excellently prepared by Association Chairman, Dave Westwater, a very exciting encounter took place at Holm Lane between two of the better teams in South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 4. The game was often end to end and fast and furious with very little in it but Parkonians finally edged yet another epic encounter by the narrowest of margins ending as victors with a scoreline of 21-20.

Parkonians kicked against the wind in the first half and were soon 3-0 in the lead thanks to a Terry Williams penalty. Soon after Linley scored a penalty of their own levelling the scores at 3-3. They followed this up with a well worked try which was converted; 10-3 to Linley.

Parkonians fought back and due to their pressure Linley conceded a penalty which again Terry Williams converted; 10-6 to Linley. Linley further increased their lead to 13-6 with another penalty and just before half time Terry missed a further difficult penalty opportunity.

Half Time: Parkonians 6 Linley 13

If the crowd had thought that the first half had been exciting then the second half provided even greater nail biting bruising and high paced action. Parkonians soon took the game back to Linley and scored an excellent try through that 'old warhorse' Mark Hillan, once again.

Terry Williams converted with the ball hitting the upright and in and over the crossbar;13-13. A few minutes later Terry added a further penalty in almost the same fashion as the previous conversion hitting the same post and in and over the crossbar once more;16-13 to Parkonians.

This, however, was not to be the end of matters. Lapses in the Parkonian defence allowed Linley back into the game with a converted try; 20-16 to Linley. With around 5 minutes remaining the Parkonian backline worked the ball quickly and cleverly to left wing Matt Dooley who finshed the move off brilliantly touching down in the far left hand corner; 21-20 to Parkonians.

The host club were able to keeep out their visitors for the remaining minutes and the game finally ended with a one point victory to Parkonians who had worked so hard for this victory against very worthy opponents, Linley. Well played to all players on both sides and to a very fit referee, Dave Bundy; goodness he needed to be!!

Full Time: Parkonians 21 Linley 20

There is to be no individual man of the match as everyone played their part but mentions to Liam Sadler who made several telling breaks and to all three members of the front row union who also carried the ball forward strongly! There was also some truly awesome tackling none better than one memorable effort by birthday boy,Alan Williams.

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Andy Smith, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(captain), Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Ben Larsson, Paul Hillan, Rob Marnick, Alan Williams. Reps: Mike Marnick, Barry Owens, Alan Morris.
Ref: Dave Bundy(Liverpool)
Match Sponsor: Peter Hillan.Thanks very much, Pete.

An excellent evening was enjoyed in the clubhouse by those who stayed later celebrating Alan Williams' birthday. Inddeed yours truly was carried out of the clubhouse at one stage, probably for being too repetitive, but I very quickly returned!!

Yours in sport,
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th February 2009

After a month's break the round up returns to report upon an intrepid visit to North Wales by Dizza's 3rd team to play Mold 3rds.

Despite most cars having 'Sat Nav' several people got lost, temporarily at least, en route. On arriving at Mold we were informed that not only did they have 13 players but that the match would be played a short distance away at the local school. This involved getting lost again by some of the same people!!

However, we kicked off pretty much on time, lent them two and agreed 30 minutes each way. Parkonians were always in control of the game and had a comfortable lead of 24-0 at the interval. Our younger brigade all were pretty impressive especially the Marnicks, Matt Dooley, Ryan Evans and Matt Moore. the final score was 50-7 with the scorers being Ryan Evans(3) but no jug, Matt Dooley(3) including a jug, Matt Moore and Rob/Mike Marnick (take your pick); three conversions by Ryan Evans and two by Matt Dooley all via drop kicks.

This was a pleasant and skilful game in which Mold played their part too and the game was well officiated by the WRU referee. ' Our Taff/Funky' had an outstanding game for Mold even by his own admission as did Aaron Duncan by my admission! Thanks go to both players for so readily playing for the opposition and thanka go to Mold too for their hospitality after the game. Hopefully a regular home and away fixture for the 3rds in future seasons.

Team: Matt Moore, Mike Hawker, Ryan Evans, Matt Dooley, Dom Verheijen, Paul Disbury(capt.), Dave Gallwey, Dave Carroll, Matt Dodd, Kevin Gray, Alan Morris, Tony Blease, Simon Dunning, Mike Marnick, Rob Marnick.

Parkonians playing for Mold: Richie 'Our Taff/Funky' Gibbon and Aaron Duncan.
Mouth on the side, hip flask drinker and touchjudge: Richie Beckett.
Mouth on the side, hip flask drinker and technical water area technician: Phil Cass (put your boots on)!

Meanwhile the 2nds were beating another Welsh side, Rhos, at Holm Lane by the convincing margin of 48-19, well done to all players. The firsts return to league action against high flying Linley this Saturday at Holm Lane,let's have everyone's support please.

Player Of The Month (January): Alan Williams. Well done, Alan, a very good season so far.
Thanks to all our match sponsors during the month of February; it is much appreciated.

Yours in sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 31st January 2009

On a cold, grey and breezy afternoon at Holm Lane Parkonians entertained their fellow promotion rivals from St Helens, West Park Warriors. However, the expected exciting encounter never materialised.

Parkonians chose to play with the wind at their backs in the first half and exerted pressure throughout the first twenty minutes but the only score was a Mark Hillan penalty. For the majority of the remaining 60 minutes it was to be the Warriors who were to dominate; they scored two tries one being converted before the interval.

Half Time: Parkonians 3 West Park Warriors 12

Except for the last five minutes the second half belonged to the visitors although they only managed two further scores via penalty kicks. This was a below par Parkonian performance it being obvious that last week's pulsating draw at Ramsey had taken much out of the team. Indeed Ramsey themselves lost this week's league game at Capenhurst 7-5; the latter being a much improved team recently.

Half Time: Parkonians 3 West Park Warriors 18

Team: Craig Whelan, Geoff Waters, Barry Owens(Liam Evans55), Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(capt.), Paul Hillan, Tony Burton(Lee Morris70), Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick(Mark Barham60), Mike Marnick, Alan Williams.
MOM: Paul Hillan
Ref: Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

Chris Hall's 2nd XV secured another victory away to Port Sunlight. Against the hill and the wind Parkonians had a great first 20 minutes gaining three unconverted tries through John Dunning(2) and Danny Blyth; Sunlight replied with two well worked unconverted tries or their own through their forwards.

Half Time: Port Sunlight 10 Parkonians 15

Sunlight brought own some good young Colts players and were soon in the lead through a converted try from their scrum half. Parkonians regained the lead 10 minutes later through a pushover try touched down by Mike Heyward.

The final score of the game was started with a powerful drive forward  by Martin Varley allowing the ball to be released to the backs with Karl Whelan finishing off the move to add to his three tries from the previous week - catching your brother up now, Karl! Also good to see Mike Bowe back from his serious injury and back on good form too!!Skipper Chris Hall was very pleased with this victory and said that all the team had played very well but that Ben Larsson had been outstanding.

Full Time: Port Sunlight 17 Parkonians 25
MOM: Karl Whelan(last week), Ben Larsson(this week)

he 3rd XV with a depleted side bravely went down to Anselmians 54-0 at home. Thanks go to Brian Gee from Birkenhead Park for reffing this one.

Weather permitting the 1st XV play Helsby in the Wirral Floodlit Trophy this Wednesday at New Brighton KO 7.30pm. They now do not have a league game until 21st February (away to Capenhurst) but the 2nd's do have a home friendly this coming Saturday versus St Marys OB.

Match Sponsors: Martin Varley(last week), Peter Evans(this week). Thanks, Martin; thanks, Peter!

Yours in sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 24th January 2009

On a beautiful afternoon for a rugby match, at The Mooragh, a tense, tantalising and indeed titanic encounter took place between hosts Ramsey and their visitors, promotion rivals, from the mainland Parkonians RUFC, Birkenhead.

Do not let the score mislead you this was truly an epic of a game!

In the first half with the sun and the breeze at their backs Parkonians had territorial advantage for much of the time but this does not mean that they necessarily always dominated possession. An early skirmish between many of the players was very firmly and successfully dealt with by referee, Joe Phelan.

This meant that for the remaining 70 minutes or so the contest although occasionally fierce was played out in a hard but fair manner.

For all their territorial advantage the only score that Parkonians could muster was a 35th minute penalty converted by full back Terry Williams. The defensive tackling of both sides had been immense!!

Half Time: Ramsey 0 Parkonians 3

Five minutes later 'the battle' recommenced the only change being that this time Ramsey tended to dominate territorial advantage but they too could not breach the opposition try line. As in the first half there were several stoppages as players of both sides required treatment due to ferocious tackles either made or received. Indeed eight minutes of stoppage time was required in each half!!

It looked as if Parkonians would hold on but in the 78th minute Ramsey were awarded a kickable penalty and this time young stand off, Fintan Cummins, converted it; 3-3. Ten minutes later after much pressure from Ramsey and stout defensive work from Parkonians the final whistle eventually went!!

A draw then; a fair result? Probably - Parkonians might well have had the better chances but they had failed to capitalise on them.

Congratulations must go to all the players from both sides for providing a crowd in excess of 150 with such a thrilling spectacle. Indeed the game was covered live by Manx radio and hopefully the presenter was able to provide his listeners with a thrilling commentary. Finally special mention should go to Isle Of Man based Liverpool Society referee, Joe Phelan, who had an excellent game throughout commanding the respect of all the players and indeed most of the spectators too. Well done again, Joe!!

Where does one start with the performance of our team, Parkonians? Well they were all immense and heroic throughout!! Gareth 'Shaggy' Pryce was voted our MOM by the Ramsey club but what about the Marnicks (especially Mike who overcame a midweek injury to play), the whole front row and Alan Williams too; but this would not be fair because in essence everyone was a 'Man of the Match'!!!

Remember the touring veteran spectators despite 'Heavy Friday' played their part too! Everyone player or otherwise should be proud of themselves and indeed their club also. Thanks Ramsey for your hospitality after the match it was much appreciated. All of us had an excellent weekend off the field as well as on it!!!!

Full Time: Ramsey 3 Parkonians 3

Team: Terry Williams(Geoff Waters 80), Craig Whelan, Andy Smith, Barry Owens, Matt Dooley(Liam Evans 70), Gareth Pryce, Mark Hillan, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(capt.), Paul Hillan, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick(Lee Morris 60), Mike Marnick, Alan Williams.
Sub not used: Chris Sharkey
Ref: Joe Phelan (Liverpool)

Veteran Tourists: Keith Aldcroft, Richie Beckett, Carl Brannon, Kenny Cooke, Mal Evans, Barry Fogg, Billy Lloyd, Steve Lowndes, Terry Marnick, Stewie McEwen, Alan Morris, Paul Morris, Mark Pearson(Colin Charvis head), Dave Smith.
MOM: Everyone!!!
Match Sponsor: Stewie McEwen. Thanks Stewie!

All of us in the IOM were delighted to hear of the 2nd XV win at Holm Lane against local Wirral and Merseyside League rivals Anselmians by a 22-17 margin. Well done lads for getting back on the winning track again.

Next Saturday, 31st January the 1st XV have another exciting league encounter lined up at Holm Lane against promotion rivals West Park Warriors; we lost out there 27-25 in a thrilling game. Let's have everyone's support once more. A fabulous and long to be remembered weekend!!

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 17th January 2009

After a week's enforced lay off due to frozen pitches, Parkonians were able to reschedule their home league game against St Mary's Old Boys.

It was to prove to be a somewhat frustrating game at times in increasingly difficult conditions due to an ever strengthening wind and the early onset of dusk. Parkonians started very rustily indeed and all the early pressure came from the visitors from Crosby.

However, as has often been the case this season, Parkonians enjoyed a purple patch midway through the first half. Strong running saw tries scored by Mark Hillan and Matt Dooley with both being converted by Terry Williams. A further try followed shortly after from a tap penalty 5 metres out when the ball was fed on the blindside to an unmarked Tony Burton enabling him to go over in the corner. This score was unconverted.

Half Time: Parkonians 19 St Mary's OB 0

There was to be no further scoring in an elongated second half due to several stoppages.

Both sides did their best to play positive rugby but to be honest neither side ever had a period of prolonged pressure. This was a very solid Parkonian performance after a somewhat scratchy start without ever scaling the heights of some previous performances.

A much sterner test, I feel, awaits this Saturday in the Isle Of Man against fellow promotion rivals Ramsey. The first encounter went the way of Parkonians (14-13) at Holm Lane in one of the most exciting games of the season so far. All of the players and the travelling band of veteran supporters will most definitely be up for this one!!

Full Time: Parkonians 19 St Mary's OB 0

Team: Terry Williams(Andy Smith 60), Craig Whelan, Liam Evans, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler(Paul Disbury 65), Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan(capt.), Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Mike Marnick, Rob Marnick, Alan Williams(Paul Hillan 60).
Ref: Gary Hogben (Liverpool)
Player Of The Month (December): Craig Whelan. Well done, Craig, an excellent season so far and a regular at training. It shows!!

The 2nd XV came unstuck in their league game away to Hoylake losing by a 28-7 margin Craig Fowler scoring a try, against his former club, converted by Barry Owens. Better luck this weekend lads in your home league game to Anselmians.

Veterans tour meet to the Isle Of Man is Friday at The Swan car park 9am. prompt and players meet is also at The Swan car park Saturday to leave at 6am. so be there 5/10 minutes before that

REMINDER TO ALL TRAVELLING TO THE ISLE OF MAN YOU MUST HAVE PHOTO ID WITH YOU PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENCE- YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD!!!

Could everyone who has RFU Grand Draw tickets, please, continue to make every effort to sell them asap as the club makes 90p. profit on each ticket sold.

Match Sponsors: Stan Griffiths and Mark Pearson. Happy 50th. for the other week Peo all of us will be having a drink with you in the Isle Of Man, or three !!! Thanks Stan and Mark.

Yours in sport.
Richie Beckett, Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 3rd January 2009

Firstly a Happy New Year to everyone and let's hope it is a successful one for the Parkonians club.

The 29th consecutive Brothers v Veterans game took place as usual on Boxing Day and was a very entertaining, if rather one sided , affair resulting in, the referee thinks, a 65-22 scoreline in favour of the Brothers once again.

It was good to see new Brothers players Liam and Ryan Evans amongst the try scorers as well as a slightly older Brothers' player Alan Morris providing a try scoring pass to his brother, Paul. Other Brothers try scorers included Hillans and Marnicks.

Tries for the veterans came via Dave Gallwey(2), Chris Hall and Simon Smithdale. There was an excellent turnout on the day from both players and spectators - well done everyone; a very successful and profitable day for the club.

An excellent New Year's Eve Dinner and Disco took place in the clubhouse with a capacity attendance and with everyone enjoying themselves. Many thanks once again to Chris and Lesley Hall for their catering and organisation it was of a very high standard and I feel sure will be repeated next year!!

The first Saturday of 2009 saw us raising three teams in 'friendly' fixtures. Unfortunately the 1st team was called off by Prenton a couple of hours before kick off due to a frozen pitch.

The 2nd Team were at home to a very strong Ellesmere Port 2nd team and were only narrowly beaten 19-15; well tried lads.

The 3rd Team were also at home to Mold 3rds. and won 43-33 in a highly entertaining affair.

Dizza's team contained a good mix of young and old and everyone on both teams as well as the ref and the spectators enjoyed themselves. We are hoping to return the fixture at Mold at the end of February.

It is a return to league action for both teams this coming Saturday with the 1st Team at home to St Marys OB and the 2nd Team at Hoylake.

Good luck to Head Coach, Steve Lowndes, who is in hospital this week having a shoulder operation- hope it goes well and looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Two highly successful match day raffles were held over the holiday period; thanks as usual go to Alan and Ben and to the match sponsors in question, Keith Graham and Steve Williams.

Yours in sport!
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 20th December 2008

On yet another dark, damp and drizzly afternoon Parkonians travelled as a 25 man squad by coach to lowly rivals, Congleton.

However, first a major detour was made to Tilstock Crescent, Prenton, to personally collect supporter Lord Paul Hillan, allowing him time to 'finish his breakfast'!!

Referee John Jeskins demanded a 2.15 KO because of fading light - a very good decision. It has to be said that John refereed the game very well indeed in a cool and totally unfussy manner - well done! Parkonians were always in control of this game.

First try came through fly half Gareth Pryce, who had an excellent game throughout, converted by Terry Williams. Second try was scored by Liam Evans, following good flowing rugby, again converted by Terry. A lax couple of minutes by the visitors allowed Congleton to score an unconverted try just before half time. This was probably the home team's last attacking move of the game!

Half Time: Congleton 5 Parkonians 14

Parkonians delighted their travelling band of supporters, including Lord Paul of Prenton, with some scintillating second half rugby. Next try up was an interception effort by Mark 'Evergreen' Hillan, followed by another from a charging run by Tony Burton ( another good game, Tony) from a tap penalty.

Matt Dooley added a further try soon after following a solo run. All these three scores were unconverted. Late in the game, following good handling, especially by the backs, full back Terry Williams crossed over in the corner and Terry converted his own try with an excellent kick.

In difficult conditions and poor light Parkonians had put on a dazzling display of 15 man rugby; every one of the 16 players had played their part. Special mentions, though, must go especially to Martin Varley, Andy Smith and Richie Peters who came into the team all playing very well indeed.

Tommy Manger had a solid first 40 minutes before being replaced by Paul Wigfield at half time. 'Wiggy' had a good second half driving the team forward in the loose. However, in conclusion it has to be said again that this was a real team effort taking us into the New Year in second place.

Full Time: Congleton 5 Parkonians 36

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Liam Evans, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Tommy Manger(Paul Wigfield 40), Peter Hillan, Richie Peters, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Martin Varley, Andy Smith, Alan Williams. Rep: Alan Morris.
MOM: Gareth Pryce
Supporters: Keith Aldcroft, Chris Beckett, Richie Beckett, Eddie Flynn, Lord Paul, Steve Lowndes, Dave Smith, Chris Williams, Steve Williams. Thank you!!
Ref: John Jeskins (Manchester)

The 2nd XV had a disappointing 13-7 defeat at home to Birkenhead Park; Chris Hall scoring and Craig Fowler converting.

'Dizza's' 3rd Team bravely went down to another heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool Collegiate but it is great this season that we are getting out three teams more and more regularly.

Congratulations to all U7 and U8 players, parents, coaches and helpers following their first games last week at Helsby- well done to everyone!!!

Merry Christmas to all Parkonians and all other readers as well enjoy yourselves BUT don't forget Boxing Day, BROTHERS v. VETERANS game 1.30pm.- everyone very welcome!

PS. Congratulations to Alan Morris for successfully downing the (1)4% bottle of beer on the return journey from Congleton and to Tommy for his 'litter collection' on the coach!!

Match Sponsors: Tony Berkson (last week) and Paul Morris(this week). Thanks Tony, thanks Paul.

Yours in sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC.

Junior Section Report ~ December 2008

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A new era started for the Parkonians Rugby Club on Sunday 14th December with the first game of the Junior section against Helsby. Both the under sevens and under eights including some of the girls played against their respective teams and made an excellent start to their Parkonian careers and long may that continue.

The under sevens had 10 players in the squad and were ably captained by one of the Veterans sons Matthew Burton who organized his defensive and attacking lines with great vigour (Tony take note). There were fine performances from all of the boys including a hat-trick from Nathan Bradshaw son of one of our own flying wingers and cricketer Peter Bradshaw.

Darting and mesmerising runs through a crowded defence by Kyron France, ably assisted by little Ellis Handley, the youngest member in the team ducking under opposition legs helped the under 7’s to an excellent victory in a closely fought contest.

The team comprised Matthew Burton, Nathan Bradshaw, Kyron France, Ellis Handley, Kieran and Sam Walsh, William Shaw, Matthew Hassall, Harry Watton and Max Savidge,

Another boy with great links to the club followed the Hillan tradition and captained the under 8’s team. Luke led his team to victory in the first game 6 – 3. Stricter refereeing and coaching ensured the team still learnt important rugby lessons during the game. The second game saw a turn in fortunes with Helsby coming back and winning 5 – 2.

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The under 8’s comprised of Luke Hillan, Lewis Roper, Josh Cairns, Callum France, Anna Durden, Lea Smith, Phoebe Clark, Ross Hegarty, Ryan and Elisha Jones, Joseph Roberts and Ethan Kirby.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day with all the kids performing well with bright smiles on their faces especially when the hot dogs and soft drinks were given out. We hope to return the fixture and have Helsby back for a return game plus any other teams that wish to play our juniors.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone an enjoyable Christmas and to thank all those individuals helping with the running of the Junior Section.

Tony Burton

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 6th December 2008

On a cold, sunny afternoon at Helsby and in near perfect conditions Parkonians edged a narrow victory in a nervy but very exciting encounter.

As has often been the case, so far this season, Parkonians took a very early lead through a try by young stand in full back Liam Evans. Liam joined the line and made an excellent incisive break and was able to score under the posts allowing 'the evergreen', Mark Hillan to convert.

Helsby replied with a penalty shortly after and Mark converted a Parkonian penalty a few minutes before half time. Flanker, Dave Kelly, who was having an excellent game had to retire on 35 minutes with a shoulder injury being replaced by Mike Marnick who was returning after a broken nose injury.

Half Time: Helsby 3 Parkonians 10

Parkonians had held the upper hand through much of the first period and this continued into the third quarter of play having several opportunities to score with many players making telling breaks especially Barry Owens and Liam Sadler.

However, not for the first time this season Parkonians failed to kill the game off and gradually Helsby got themselves back into the game with their scrum half, who enjoyed a good game, taking the opportunity to pick up, break and score when Parkonians failed to control their scrum in their own 22. The try was unconverted; Parkonians leading 10-8!

The visitors were awarded a penalty which they opted not to kick at goal- naely a costly mistake? then amazingly the hosts twice opted not to kick at goal from penalties awarded close to the posts- costly mistakes most definitely!! In between all of this Liam Sadler created an excellent opportunity and narrowly missed touching down in the corner.

Finally in near darkness the referee's whistle went and a relieved Parkonians squad and their small but loyal band of followers were able to celebrate victory. They had deserved to win but equally could not really have complained if they had failed to do so! Some excellent running rugby had been played but some good scoring opportunities had been missed as well!

Very well played all Parkonian players, taking us into third place, and well played Helsby too who are a much better team than their league position suggests.

Full Time: Helsby 8 Parkonians 10

Team: Liam Evans, Matt Dooley, Barry Owens(Martyn Sharkey 66!!), Mark Hillan, Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick, Dave Kelly(Mike Marnick 35), Paul Wigfield. Rep. not used, again, Alan Morris.
Ref: Colin Kershaw(Liverpool).
MOM: The team!!!

The 2nd. XV suffered a surprising defeat 9-7 to Wirral 4ths in what according to the majority was a rare poor quality game. Danny Blyth scored a try converted by Tommy Manger.

Training this Wednesday will be at the club and the following week at the school. Let's have good turnouts before the Christmas break and support Steve Lowndes and his fellow coaches.

Brothers/Veterans Annual Boxing Day game at the club 1.30pm.KO; let's have the normal turnout and festive spirit! If you wish to play please contact Richie Beckett, Mark Hillan, Chris Hall or Paul Disbury. Players and friends from other clubs very welcome.

A very successful children's Christmas party was held last Sunday afternoon. Well done to all the organisers!!
Match Day Sponsor: Eddie Flynn. Thanks, Eddie!

Yours in sport.
Richie Beckett. Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 29th November 2008

After last week's disappointment of losing 21-19 to Port Sunlight in the first round of the Cheshire Plate, Parkonians got their season back on track with a convincing league victory over a spirited Merseyside Police team on a cold and foggy afternoon at Holm Lane.

The game was slightly late in starting due to the Police having two players very late in arriving. Parkonians were very quickly ahead with a well worked backs try ending in left wing Geoff Waters scoring. A further try scored by right wing Matt Dooley soon followed; both were unconverted but Liam Sadler added a penalty very soon after.

Further pressure from Parkonians followed ending in a try for Paul Disbury being driven over the line by his forwards. As last week there was a slightly concerning passage of play where the home side let the opposition back into the game resulting in an unconverted try for them just before the interval.

Half Time: Parkonians 18 Merseyside Police 5

The Police remained the dominant force for the early part of the second half before Parkonian pressure began to once more tell. The referee bravely but correctly awarded Parkonians a penalty try for a Police player being deliberately offside in his own in goal area and this try was converted by Mark Hillan.

In the gathering doom and gloom of the last few minutes of the match another well worked home team move by both forwards and backs resulted in an unconverted try for replacement, Liam Evans.

There were again some good individual performances and I feel that special mentions this week should go to Craig Whelan, Rob Marnick and Mark Barham. Skipper Pete Hillan once again showed that he is such a good scrummaging hooker at this level of the game giving his immediate opponent, their scrum half and the referee a torrid afternoon.

Mention should go to the referee, Gary Hogben, who did a good job on a difficult afternoon weatherwise. I'm sure that some of the spectators on the bank might not agree with this statement!!? The victory should give the squad confidence before net week's potentially tricky away league fixture at Helsby next Saturday.

Full Time: Parkonians 30 Merseyside Police 5

Team: Craig Whelan, Matt Dooley(Barry Owens 40), Gareth Pryce, Mark Hillan, Geoff Waters, Paul Disbury(Liam Evans 66), Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Rob Marnick, Mike Byrne, Ben Larsson, Danny Blyth, Alan Williams. Rep. not used Alan Morris(unsung hero- another 4 minutes surely due again soon, Al!)

MOM: Rob Marnick.

Chris Hall's 2nd. XV after last week's disappointment at losing their league unbeaten run at home to Hoylake 22-28 were soon back on track again. They won a humdinger of a game, I believe, at Prenton Dell beating Prenton 18-17!! The lads were positively buzzing when they returned to the clubhouse. Tommy Manger scored 13 points( a try, two penalties and a conversion). A further try was scored by Craig Fowler. Well done Chris, Tommy and the rest of the lads. Thanks to Russell Dodd for making a cameo guest appearance for us in the second half. Thought you were a ref nowadays Russell!

The 3rd. XV played very well but lost 38-5 to a very good Liverpool Collegiate 2nd. XV. It was good to see younger veterans such as Simon Smithdale, Robbie Jones and Tony and Benjie Dever turning out. Thanks to Paul Disbury to organising the team even if he did end up playing in the first team. Also special thanks to our friend from Birkenhead Park, Joe McGowan for refereeing.
 
An excellent players reunion day was held with a buffet lunch provided, thanks Peter. Mention should go especially to Eric Potter for his organisation and lunchtime speech it was good to see so many people clearly enjoying themselves. There was a cracking atmosphere in the clubhouse both before and after the game; long may it continue. Thanks once again to Ben Pearson and Alan Morris for running another highly profitable raffle. Sorry if I offended anyone in my after game 'speech'!! Well done to Keith Aldcroft and Steve Williams for their staying/swaying power!

November Player Of The Month: Mike Bowe. Very well deserved, Mikey, everyone wishes you well and hoping for a successful and speedy recovery from your injury.

Match Sponsors: Mark Hillan(last week), Eric Potter and Chris Stott(this Week)
 
Yours in sport,
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC

2nd Team Report from Ian Westwater ~ Saturday 29th November 2008

Parkonians 2nd v Prenton 2nd at Prenton

A trip down to our local rivals for another important league game. This season’s reinvigorated and confident 2nd XV had a couple of key players missing from the team but this takes nothing away from the players that stepped into their places - Mark Tucker, Phil Smith, Stuart Hunter and Matt Moore.

With the expected strong start from the Prenton side (the strongest fielded this season), we took an early but deserved lead with Craig Fowler crossing for an early try. Tom missed the conversion – 0-5.

With an opportunist steal from the back of the Prenton scrum by Yours Truly, resulted in a penalty and yellow card for the Prenton scrum half for dissent. The easy 3 points were taken by Tom – 0-8.

With seconds left to play in the first half, a switch off by us resulted in a Prenton try and conversion – half time 7-8.

Early in the second half we lost Tony Blease to an injury from a first half collapsed scrum. With no subs we were down to 14 but many thanks to Russell Dodd who offered and came on to play Loose Head with Tom moving to back row. With dubious decisions starting to go against us, Prenton scored a converted try and 1 penalty 17-8.

Where in seasons past confidence would have been lost and heads dropped, this season’s seconds dug deep and showed great team spirit to work hard, take the decisions that came, fight back and pressure Prenton which resulted in a penalty in front of the posts – three points were easily taken by Tom.

From the kick off Prenton tried to kick deep and pin us down. With minutes to go and plenty of determination we fought our way up the pitch and found ourselves metres from the Prenton try line. From the ruck we were able to get fast ball out amongst our backs, with fast hands the ball came out to Tom Manger who ran over for an easy score.

With the scores now at 17-16 for Prenton and the referee saying the conversion will be the last kick of the game, the pressure was on Tom to kick a difficult conversion to win the game. Thankfully Tom’s nerve held and we won the game 18-17.

It was good to see and shows the team spirit that Mike Bowe out with a serious injury came to watch his team mates. Many congratulations to Mike from all the 2’s on a very deserved Player of the Month award.

Brought to you by your on-pitch reporter and very proud member of the “Happy 2’s” – Ian Westwater

Craig Fowler – 1 Try
Tom Manger – 1 Try, 2 Penalties, 1 Conversion

Tom Manger, Mark Tucker, Ritchie Peters, Tony Blease, Martin Varley, Gareth Pritchard, Phil Smith, Mike Heywood, Ian Westwater, Craig Fowler, Chris Hall (cap),
Stuart Hunter, Jamie Bowen, Matt Moore, Karl Whelan.

Mike Bowe

Mike Bowe played for the 2nd XV last Saturday against Hoylake and broke his right arm.

He saw a specialist on Tuesday ( 25/11/08) who told him that he has broken his arm in 3 places and there could be another break. His arm will be in plaster for a month.

The specialist will then assess if any further treatment is required.

Hard luck Mike and Best Wishes for a speedy recovery from the Club.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 15th November 2008

Parkonians travelled to Linley on Saturday for a top of the table clash on a bleak, dark and drizzly afternoon. The pitch was exceptionally heavy and muddy and this was to suit the home team's huge pack.

We were 7-0 down in as many minutes due to the referee awarding a contentious penalty try. Linley went further ahead soon after scoring an unconverted try leaving Parkonians to undertake some very stout defensive work for the remainder of the half.

Half Time: Linley 12 Parkonians 0

In the second period the visitors desperately tried to get back into the game but struggled for both territory and possession. It was not to be Parkonians' day and the host team scored two further tries.

Despite the disappointment the whole team played with plenty of spirit and never threw in the towel. There was a promising debut for Karl Whelan and excellent displays especially from Craig Whelan, Ben Larsson, Rob Marnick and Liam Sadler.

Full Time: Linley 22 Parkonians 0

MOM: Craig Whelan for excellent catching, under pressure, at full back and for trying many times to launch counter attacks despite the heavy going.

Rob Marnick was voted the visiting side MOM by the Linley club who were very generous in their hospitality towards us. Thanks also to the small dedicated band of supporters who travelled on the coach.

Team: Craig Whelan, Karl Whelan, Mark Hillan, Liam Evans, Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson(Martyn Sharkey 60), Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick, Ben Larsson, Alan Williams. Rep. not used: Alan Morris.

Supporters: Keith Aldcroft, Chris Beckett, Richie Beckett, Mike Marnick, Terry Marnick, Derek Prescott and Chris Williams.

The 2nd XV extended their amazing winning run to six consecutive victories in the Merseyside League overcoming Mossley Hill in their latest success at Holm Lane 17-10. Well done again lads!!

Dates for your diary:

1.) The under 7's and under 8's play their first tag rugby games at Wirral RUFC (11a.m.) this coming Sunday 23rd. November. Please travel and lend your support if you can.

2.)Players reunion day is the following Saturday 29th.November. All former players whether regular members or not most welcome. Meet at the clubhouse from 12 noon onwards. Home league game v. Merseyside Police follows at 2.30p.m.

This Saturday 22nd. November the first XV entertain local rivals Port Sunlight in the 1st. round of the Cheshire Plate and the 2nd.XV are also at home in the Merseyside League to Hoylake.

Match Sponsor: Terry Marnick. Thanks, Terry.

Yours in sport!
Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 8th November 2008

Parkonians put on a stunning display of running rugby, at Holm Lane, inflicting a 50 point victory over a depleted but plucky young Capenhust side. The result was never in doubt with the home side scoring the opening try through Craig Whelan inside the first 2 minutes.

Further tries came in the first half through Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce and another from Craig Whelan two of which were converted by Terry Williams.    

Half Time: Parkonians 24 Capenhurst 0

The second period of play began with a quiet phase of Parkonian play and a spirited rally by the youthful Capenhurst side. However, the floodgates really opened in the final quarter with the home side running in four further tries with some scintillating running rugby by the backs.

The evergreen Mark Hillan ran in a hat trick of tries and treated his team mates to a jug of ale after the game.

Replacement Matt Dooley also scored an excellent try with Terry Williams adding a further three conversions. Although this was a day for the backs it has to be remembered that it is the forwards who provide them with the ball.

The Marnicks were prominent as always and special mention to another veteran, Tony Burton, who linked up wonderfully well with the backs to help them score one of the excellent second half tries. Mention also to ex skipper, Ben Pearson, for a tremendous run and clearing kick from his own 22.

Amazing what Ben can do now he has lost his cough, well done!  

Full Time Parkonians 50 Capenhurst 0

This returned the club to the leading position, again in South Lancs./Cheshire 4, on points difference over Linley who we visit next Saturday. There will be a coach for this game spectators welcome 11.45a.m. prompt meet at the club.

MOM: There were many telling performances but yours truly gives it to young scrum half Liam Sadler. Well played again, Liam.

Team: Terry Williams Craig Whelan, Liam Evans(Matt Dooley 63), Mark Hillan, Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson(Martyn Sharkey 60), Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick, Mike Marnick(Andy Smith 58), Alan Williams. Ref: Gary Spengler (Liverpool)

The 2nd XV extended their unbeaten Merseyside League run to five wins with a truly excellent 31-10 victory at close local rivals Anselmians. Five tries were scored through Karl Whelan(2); they are identical twins after all; Barry Owens(2)and skipper Chris Hall. Barry Owens added three conversions.

Team: Karl Whelan, Mike Bowe, Barry Owens, Chris Hall, Chris Stott, Craig Fowler, Ian Westwater, Tommy Manger, Danny Blyth, Richie Peters, Justin Danher, Martin Varley, Lee Morris, John Dunning, Phil Byrne.

Paul Disbury bravely took his 3rd XV to Prenton with only 13 players to find out we were up against a mixture of their 2nd. and 3rd teams. They did lend us two men but we suffered a heavy defeat. Well done, Paul, for raising the team again and better luck next time.

Match Sponsor: Richie Beckett. Thanks Richie and to Ben Pearson for doing the raffle and presenting to raffle organiser, Alan Morris, such a substantial sum.

Player of the Month (October): Mark Hillan and that was even before yesterday's stunning performance!!

Another wonderful afternoon and evening at the club again and good to see our old friend, Terry Grundy, Capenhurst president staying for a few pints in 'veteran's corner'.

Yours in sport! Richie Beckett, Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 1st November 2008

On a lovely sunny autumn afternoon at Holm Lane yours truly watched the 2nd XV for the first time this season and was very impressed.

Skipper, Chris Hall, led his side to a very comfortable 41-11 victory over Oldershaw maintaining their 100% record in the Merseyside League with 4 wins out of 4!The team had scored 29 points to no reply within the first 30 minutes with some fluent rugby and the wider we moved the ball the more dangerous we looked.

Half Time 29-3

The second half was a strange affair with both Parkonians and the referee 'under performing', the latter especially so!! However, credit should also go to Oldershaw for a plucky attempt to get themselves back into the game and for never 'throwing in the towel'. Nonetheless, Parkonians were well worth their victory and should have a good chance of competing for the title of this league.

There were some strong individual performances with strong running from backs Geoff Waters and, new recruit, Stuart Hunter; in the forwards both Chris Sharkey and Tommy Manger carried the ball forward well showing potential for further improvement if they dedicate themselves.Danny Blyth hungry for the ball as ever grabbed himself a try and set up another.

Other highlights was the second half mesmeric break by Martyn Sharkey including accidental/deliberate sidestep and dummy! Then there was 'Big Richie's Run' where he 'discarded' opponents like they were left over dinner plates!!

Scorers: Tries,Geoff Waters(2), Stuart Hunter(2),Danny Blyth, Craig Fowler and Lee Morris. Conversions, Tommy Manger(2) and Craig Fowler.

Full Time: Parkonians 41 Oldershaw 11

MOM: The whole squad for so obviously enjoying their game of rugby which is after all what it is all about!! Special mention to Paul O'Malley for offering his services to Oldershaw and playing prop for them in the second half. Well done, Paul.

Team: Karl Whelan, Mike Bowe(Les Donnelly 70), Geoff Waters, Chris Hall, John Dunning, (Stuart Hunter 40), Craig Fowler, Ian Westwater, Tommy Manger, (Martyn Sharkey 40), Chris Sharkey, (Tommy Manger 60), Richie Peters, Martin Varley, Mike Heyward, (Gareth Pritchard 62), Lee Morris, Danny Blyth, Phil Byrne. Ref: Phil Jones (Liverpool) An excellent afternoon everyone. Well Done!

Match Sponsor: Chris Hall. Thanks, Chris, and keep up the good work as second team captain.

Next Week: 1st League v. Capenhurst(H); 2nd V. Anselmians (A). Let's have all players training and all supporters getting behind the teams as usual.

Richie Beckett, Press Officer Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 25th October 2008

On a wet and windy afternoon at West Park (St.Helens) Parkonians unbeaten league run came to a halt - albeit by a narrow two point margin.

This truly was a humdinger of a game played in an excellent spirit by two adventurous sides, playing an expansive, game refereed by Dave Matthews, ex international panel, and now a Guinness Premiership video ref.

Parkonians took first advantage of a keen end to end wind and were 10-0 to the good within the first 15 minutes through tries by brothers Terry and Alan Williams. Parkonians had started the stronger side but West Park countered and scored two unconverted tries themselves to level the scores. Shortly before half time Terry Williams converted a penalty ensuring that Parkonians met the half time whistle with a narrow leading 13-10 margin.

Shortly into the second period West Park regained the lead with an unconverted try, 13-15. Fortunately, that well known fortune teller, Luke Hillan, announced to yours truly that the score would soon be 20-15 to Parkonians and indeed it soon was through a further try by Terry Williams converted by Luke's dad, Mark!!

This game was far from over, however, with a further 20 minutes to play! Soon the Warriors from West Park once more regained the lead with a converted try, 20-22. Parkonians almost immediately bounced back with a wonderfully worked move ending in Liam Evans crossing for a superb unconverted try, 25-22.

There were to be 8 minutes of added time and in the four minute of this further passage of play West Park were to score an unconverted try after some wonderful Parkonian defending, 25-27. In the last 4 remaining tense minutes Parkonians just weren't able to secure quality ball in an attacking situation so the host side narrowly edged a fantastic game of rugby between probably the best two teams in the division?!

Full Time: West Park Warriors 27 Parkonians 25.

Team: Terry Williams (rep. Tommy Manger 68), Craig Whelan (rep. Geoff Waters 56), Liam Evans, Mark Hillan, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Martin Sharkey, Peter Hillan, Paul Wigfield, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Mike Marnick, Rob Marnick, Alan Williams (rep Alan Morris 84). Ref: Dave Matthews (Liverpool)

Unfortunately this very close defeat has knocked Parkonians off the top of the table with the now only unbeaten team West Park commanding pole position. Ramsey, Linley and Parkonians are the following sides in that order but with the same number of league points! Next league game up is against Capenhurst at Holm Lane on Saturday 8th. November (KO 2.15pm.); let's see everyone there getting behind the team.

Match Sponsor: Phil Byrne; thanks Phil!

The Second Team

The second team continued their winning ways with Chris Hall's team securing a 20-15 friendly victory against Liverpool Collegiate at Holm Lane once the referee had correctly totaled up the scores!! Paul Disbury's third team got their season up and running with a home game against a strong Prenton third team losing 32-17 in a most enjoyable game refereed by that congenial veteran Liverpool Society referee, Brian Ball!!

Michael Bowe, Gus's 17 year old grandson, scored two magnificent tries from the wing position, Gus would have been very proud of him!!

Man Of the Match (First Team) Terry Williams- Excellent game, Terry, full of strong running. Special mention, Liam Evans a very promising display and scoring a great try rounding off a lovely move!

Other highlights: Alan Morris a wonderful 4 minutes ;one scrum, one punch and one collapsed maul - 10p. match fee. Phil Casserley's magnificent return to the club two days before his birthday - good drinking Cass and to Peo for staying out very late while his wife and daughter were away on holiday in Majorca; cheers everyone it was another cracking Saturday at the club once again!!!

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 11th October 2008

On a dank drizzly afternoon at Holm Lane, Parkonians reaffirmed their status as league leaders of South Lancs/Cheshire Division 4 with a hard fought narrow victory over the previously undefeated visitors, Ramsey, from the Isle Of Man.

It was indeed as close a game as the score suggests. Parkonians took an early lead with an unconverted try from No.8, Alan Williams; a solo pick up and drive effort. Brother, Terry, converted a penalty not long after making it 8-0 before Ramsey bounced back with an unconverted try of their own.

A few minutes before half time Terry secured a further penalty further establishing the Parkonian lead. Indeed the lead might have been more when with the last play of the half right wing, Craig Whelan came so very close to scoring.

Half Time: Parkonians 11 Ramsey 5

What a nailbiter the second half was!! The third quarter of the game saw Ramsey secure both possession and territory but the home side defence withstood everything thrown at them. Midway through the half Terry converted another penalty to Parkonians (14-5). Ramsey responded immediately with a penalty of their own (14-8).

Both sides had further opportunities to score until in the last minute of normal time Ramsey scored another try (14-13)!!

The following conversion attempt was definitely kickable. However, much to the relief and delight of Every Parkonian player and supporter their No. 10, a young and gifted player, sent the kick well wide of the posts.

A generous 7 minute period of time added on then followed with Ramsey still pressing hard.

Finally the last blast of the whistle went and soon after exhausted skipper, Peter Hillan, just about managed to thank every one of his players.

Final Score: Parkonians 14 Ramsey 13

MOM: Everyone!! However, special mention to Alan Williams; an early try, good pick ups at the base of the scrum and some vital carries and turnovers late in the game.

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan(rep. Matt Dooley 70), Barry Owens, Mark Hillan, Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Ben Pearson, Peter Hillan, Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Mike Byrne, Paul Hillan(rep. Paul Wigfield 52), Rob Marnick, Alan Williams. Rep not used Paul Disbury. Ref: Alan Hewer (Liverpool)

Chris Hall's 2nd. XV remain unbeaten in their Merseyside League following a comprehensive 25-0 victory over Wallasey at Holm Lane. Five tries were scored including two from the ever improving Tommy Manger. There was a real atmosphere in the clubhouse after the game with the Ramsey lads enjoying the banter too!!

Match Sponsor: Lee Morris; Thanks, Lee!
Player Of The Month (September): Liam Sadler, only 17! Well done young man!

Richie Beckett,
Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Season Review ~ October 2008 by Richie Beckett

After last season's poor performances which resulted in relegation to South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 4 things are on the up again this Autumn at Holm Lane.

The Club is celebrating its 80th Season and will commemorate this special occasion with a dinner dance at the Kingsland Cabaret Restaurant, Birkenhead on the evening of Saturday 18th October.

Ben Pearson - 1st Team Captain
Peter Hillan ~ ClubCaptain

The first team, under the experienced leadership of veteran hooker, Peter Hillan, have made an excellent start to the new season having won their first three league games. These have been against Port Sunlight 15-0, Congleton 54-12 and last Saturday at St.Mary's Old Boys 29-21.

Scores in this most recent game came with tries from Geoff Waters, skipper Peter Hillan, Barry Owens, Matt Dooley and teenage scrum half , Liam Sadler. Two of these tries were converted by Mark Hillan. This sets up a top of the table clash with second placed, Ramsey (IOM), this coming Saturday at Holm Lane.

How many first team squads contain four sets of brothers including two sets of identical twins? Well, Parkonians does!

The identical twins are flankers Rob and Mike Marnick and backs Craig and Karl Whelan. In addition there are the powerful Williams' brothers top try and points scorer, Terry, and his older brother, Alan. Finally Skipper Peter Hillan is joined in the team by his younger brothers, centre, Mark, and flanker, Paul; both former captains of the club themselves.

The second team under the leadership of another former Club Captain Chris Hall have also made a very good start in the Merseyside League winning their first two games against Ellesmere Port 7-5 and last Saturday against Port Sunlight 41-5.

Along with a veterans/ third team due to start this coming Saturday under the guidance of Paul Disbury everyone at Holm Lane is hoping that the good times will continue to roll along!

Richie Beckett
Press Officer, Parkonians RUFC.

Wednesday 23rd July - The New Scrum Machine Arrives

On Wednesday 23rd July the Rugby Club took delivery of a new scrum machine.

Nigel Horton (ex England & Lions 2nd Row) was along to give a scrumming masterclass to those in attendance.

We hope to add some further information on what happened shortly, so check back for more information in the next few days.

The Year 7 Rugby "Super 10s" Finals

Community RugbyThe Year 7 Rugby "Super 10s" Finals were held on Thursday 10th April at Holm Lane.

The event was very well attended with everyone enjoying the competition and the hospitality after the finals.

We would like to thank Wirral Sports for their sponsorship of the event.

Wirral Sports are based in Birkenhead and have a wide range of sporting equipment for sale - visit their web site on http://www.wirralsports.net for full details.

January 2008 ~ Paul Disbury's "All-Stars"

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Lee Morris
Alan Morris - Steve Mason
Steve Lowndes - Peter Hillan - Chris Beckett

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Steve Lowndes, Steve Mason, Steve Blyth, Martin Varley lifted by Mark Barham putting pressure on the Crewe & Nantwich lineout.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in January at Holm Lane, Paul Disbury`s mixture of experience and youth took on the farm-hands from Crewe and Nantwich.

A very confused Chris Beckett who was picked to play in the backs was soon called in to prop for the first few scrums due to the late arrival of Mark Barham.

Play was even until half way into the first half when Steve Mason cleared out a ruck to give Parkonians a quick ball which came out to Mark Hillan who went over in the corner for a good try in front Of the home supporters.

The game flowed up and down the very muddy pitch and C & N scored an unconverted try to equal the scores after Parkonians had scored another try which was disallowed by the referee for an earlier offence.

The second half continued as in the same vein, C & N had the upper hand in set scrums but Parkonians marauding forwards always kept the pressure on the opposition.

After an aimless kick through by the C & N fullback which was caught by the very dependable Greg Lindop who then ran through all of the opposition defence to score a superb try under the posts and which he duly converted.

This gave Parkonians more confidence and another well worked move put Karl Whelan in the far corner to make the score 17 - 5.

As the game petered out the referee finally lost patience with Mark Barham and his opposite number after another bout of mud wrestling and gave each 10 minutes to cool down.

A very enjoyable game of rugby with Paul Disbury showing lots of skill at stand off but a collision between Peter Hillan and Steve Blyth led to the former having to get 8 stitches in his forehead but he soon returned to the club for plenty of alcoholic anaesthesia.