Archive ~ 2009

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 ~ 2009 / 2010

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Parkonians RUFC 2nd XV ~ 2009 / 2010

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1st XV Player Statistics ~ 2009 / 2010

 

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
T. Williams 18 18 36 10     192
B. Owens 13 9 11 2     73
M. Hillan 23 8 4       48
M. Dooley 22 7         35
L. Sadler 22 6         30
G. Pryce 23 5 1       27
B. Pearson 21 5         25
M. Marnick 22 5         25
D. Blyth 25 5         25
G. Waters 17 4         20
T. Sutton 15 4         20
C. Whelan 20 3         15
K. Whelan 10 3         15
A. Williams 5 3         15
G. Lindop 2 1 5       15
M. Byrne 20 2         10
P. Hillan 25 1         5
L. Evans 14 1         5
M. Bowe 8 1         5
P. Disbury 4 1         5
S. Lamb 2 1         5
Penalty Try   1         5
M. Sharkey 21           -
B. Larsson 20           -
M. Barham 19           -
R. Marnick 13           -
P. A. Hillan 8           -
M. McCormack 6           -
C. Hall 5           -
A. Smith 4           -
J. Lamb 4           -
M. Moore 3           -
A. Porter 2           -
M. Varley 2           -
P. Byrne 2           -
J. Danher 2           -
A. Blease 1           -
A. Morris 1           -
D. Carroll 1           -
I. Westwater 1           -
J. Bowen 1           -
J. Dunning 1           -
P. Lennon 1           -
P. Smith 1           -

 

2nd XV Player Statistics ~ 2009 / 2010

 

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
Gregg Lindop 5 5 17 2 0   65
Alan Williams 12 4 6 1 0   35
Chris Hall 20 6 0 0 0   30
John Dunning 19 6 0 0 0   30
Mike Bowe 9 5 0 0 0   25
Adam Peters 5 3 5 0 0   25
Lee Morris 13 4 0 0 0   20
Dave Gallway 16 3 2 0 0   19
Paul Lennon 22 3 0 0 0   15
Matt Dodd 21 3 0 0 0   15
Scott Lamb 20 3 0 0 0   15
Les Donnerly 12 3 0 0 0   15
Terry Williams 4 1 1 2 0   13
Barry Owens 1 1 3 0 0   11
Tony Blease 18 2 0 0 0   10
Ian Westwater 8 2 0 0 0   10
Craig Fowler 3 1 2 0 0   9
R Peters ( Capt ) 24 1 0 0 0   5
Mark Tucker 16 1 0 0 0   5
Matt Moore 15 1 0 0 0   5
Justin Danaher 15 1 0 0 0   5
Chris Sharkey 14 1 0 0 0   5
Liam Evans 8 1 0 0 0   5
Chris Stott 7 1 0 0 0   5
Karl Whelan 6 1 0 0 0   5
Mark Barham 6 1 0 0 0   5
Jeff Waters 4 1 0 0 0   5
Phil Byrne 4 1 0 0 0   5
Rob Marnick 3 1 0 0 0   5
James Jenkins 2 1 0 0 0   5
Tom Sutton 2 1 0 0 0   5
Tom Manger 9 0 2 0 0   4
Martin Varley 22 0 0 0 0   -
Jamie Lamb 11 0 0 0 0   -
Simon Dunning 10 0 0 0 0   -
Carl Ryan 8 0 0 0 0   -
Paul Didsbury 7 0 0 0 0   -
Derick Prescott 6 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Hayward 4 0 0 0 0   -
Mark McCormack 3 0 0 0 0   -
Alan Morris 3 0 0 0 0   -
Charlie Allan 3 0 0 0 0   -
Martin Sharkey 3 0 0 0 0   -
Richie Gibbon 2 0 0 0 0   -
Matt Dooley 2 0 0 0 0   -
Jamie Bowen 2 0 0 0 0   -
Liam Sadler 2 0 0 0 0   -
Gareth Pryce 2 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Hawker 2 0 0 0 0   -
Simon Smith 1 0 0 0 0   -
Ben Pearson 1 0 0 0 0   -
Mark Stone 1 0 0 0 0   -
Tony Dever 1 0 0 0 0   -

 

2009 / 2010 Fixtures and Results

 

First XV Fixtures & Results 2009/2010

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Result Score

Aug 29th

Cheshire Plate

Helsby

A

Lost 29 - 10

Sept 5th

League

Knutsford

A

Lost 23 - 8

Sept 12th

League

Capenhurst

H

Lost 32 - 35

Sept 19th

Cheshire Plate

Holmes Chapel

H

Lost 8 - 28

Sept 26th

League

Congleton

A

Won 3 - 12

Oct 3rd

League

Helsby

H

Won 61 - 10

Oct 10th

Cheshire Plate

Knutsford

H

Won 29 - 19

Oct 17th

League

Linley

A

Lost 26 - 12

Oct 24th

 

 

 

   

Oct 31st

 

 

 

   

Nov 7th

League

Port Sunlight

H

Won 96 - 5

Nov 14th

League

Ramsey

A

Lost 29 - 0

Nov 21st

Cheshire Plate

Helsby

H

Won 33 - 8

Nov 28th

League

Prenton

H

Lost 3 - 13

Dec 5th

Cheshire Plate

Knutsford

A

Lost 20 - 0

Dec 12th

League

Ellesmere Port

A

Won 10 - 23

Dec 19th

League

Holmes Chapel

H

Pitch Frozen

Dec 26th

 

 

 

   

Jan 2nd

 

 

 

   

Jan 9th

League

Capenhurst

A

Pitch Frozen

Jan 16th

League

Congleton

H

Won 39 - 17

Jan  23rd

League

Helsby

A

Won 24 - 8

Jan 30th

League

Linley

H

Won 20 - 17

Feb 6th

Cheshire Plate

Holmes Chapel

A

   

Feb 13th

 

 

 

   

Feb 20th

League

Port Sunlight

A

Won 22 - 28

Feb 27th

 

Holmes Chapel

H

Lost 5 - 8

Mar 6th

League

Ramsey

H

Lost 7 - 38

Mar 13th

League

Prenton

A

Lost 36 - 10

Mar 20th

League

Ellesmere Port

H

Won 62 -10

Mar  27th

 

Capenhurst

A

Lost 41 - 35

Apr 3rd

 

EASTER

 

   

Apr 10th

League

Holmes Chapel

A

Lost 54 - 10

Apr 17th

League

Knutsford

H

Won 49 - 10

Apr 24th

 

Old Anselmians

A

   
 

Second XV Fixtures 2009/2010

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Result Score

Aug 29th

 

 

 

   

Sept 5th

League

Liverpool Medics

H

Lost 7 - 70

Sept 12th

League

Waterloo 4

A

Lost 35 - 10

Sept 19th

League

Northwich 3

A

Lost 12 - 10

Sept 26th

League

Carrington 1

A

Lost 30 - 12

Oct 3rd

League

Wigan 4

H

Won 24 - 5

Oct 10th

League

Newton le Willows 2

A

Lost 51 - 7

Oct 17th

League

Liverpool St Helens 4 (Cried Off)

H

(Won)  

Oct 17th

 

Mossley Hill

A

Lost 28 - 19

Oct 24th

League

St Mary’s OB 2

H

Won 36 - 10

Oct 31st

League

Formby 1

A

Won 7 - 34

Nov 7th

League

West Park St Helens 4 (Cried Off)

H

(Won)  

Nov 14th

League

Birkenhead Park 4

A

Lost 15 - 7

Nov 21st

Plate

Bowden

H

Won 22 - 7

Nov 28th

 

Anselmians 3

A

Lost 13 - 12

Dec 5th

League

Wallasey 2

A

Lost 38 - 0

Dec 12th

League

Waterloo 4

H

Lost 12 - 32

Dec 19th

League

Northwich 3

H

Pitch Frozen

Dec 26th

 

 

 

   

Jan 2nd

 

 

 

   

Jan 9th

League

Carrington

H

Pitch Frozen

Jan 16th

League

Wigan 4

A

Pitch Frozen

Jan  23rd

League

Newton le Willows

H

Won 27 - 24

Jan 30th

League

Wallasey 2

H

Lost 10-14

Feb 6th

Raging Bull Plate

Hope Valley 1

A

Won 8 - 14

Feb 13th

League

St Mary’s OB

A

Won 10 - 65

Feb 20th

League

Formby

H

Won 22 - 12

Feb 27th

 

 

 

   

Mar 6th

League

West Park St Helens 4

A

Won 40 - 7

Mar 13th

League

Birkenhead Park 4

H

Lost 17 - 28

Mar 20th

League

Northwich 3

H

Won 73 - 5

Mar  27th

 

 

 

   

Apr 3rd

1/4 Final Cup Game

Orrel 2

H

Lost 18 - 20

Apr 10th

Cup Game

Carrington 1

A

Won 44 - 17

Apr 17th

 

 

 

   

Apr 24th

 

Old Anselmians

H

   
 

Third XV Fixtures 2009/2010

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

   

Aug 29th

 

 

 

   

Sept 5th

 

 

 

   

Sept 12th

 

 

 

   

Sept 19th

 

 

 

   

Sept 26th

 

 

 

   

Oct 3rd

 

 

 

   

Oct 10th

 

 

 

   

Oct 17th

 

 

 

   

Oct 24th

 

 

 

   

Oct 31st

 

 

 

   

Nov 7th

 

 

 

   

Nov 14th

 

 

 

   

Nov 21st

 

 

 

   

Nov 28th

 

 

 

   

Dec 5th

 

Old Anselmians

H

   

Dec 12th

 

 

 

   

Dec 19th

 

 

 

   

Dec 26th

 

 

 

   

Jan 2nd

 

 

 

   

Jan 9th

 

 

 

   

Jan 16th

 

 

 

   

Jan  23rd

 

 

 

   

Jan 30th

 

 

 

   

Feb 6th

 

 

 

   

Feb 13th

 

 

 

   

Feb 20th

 

 

 

   

Feb 27th

 

 

 

   

Mar 6th

 

 

 

   

Mar 13th

 

 

 

   

Mar 20th

 

 

 

   

Mar  27th

 

 

 

   

Apr 3rd

 

 

 

   

Apr 10th

 

 

 

   

Apr 17th

 

Old Anselmians

A

   

Apr 24th

 

 

 

   

Richie's End of 2010 Season Rugby Roundup

Parkonians 1st XV ended their league season on Saturday 17th April at Holm Lane with an emphatic 49-10 victory over Knutsford in a most entertaining game in perfect conditions for running rugby.

Nine tries were scored through Terry Williams(3), Mark Hillan(2), Liam Sadler(2), Geoff Waters and Mike Marnick; two conversions were added through Mark Hillan. We finished exactly midtable in sixth position out of eleven in South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 3 with 10 victories and 10 defeats.

The 2nd XV had closed their league season the previous Saturday finishing in a highly creditable 4th position in Miller Homes League Division 5 West; skipper Richie Peters really has done an excellent job in leading and inspiring the side, very well done, Richie!!

Saturday 24th April saw a very enjoyable internal 7s competition under the stewardship of club coaches Steve Lowndes and Alan Morris. This was followed by The Annual Rugby Club Dinner and what a fantastic evening it really was! Firstly a big thank you to all members of the rugby committee who were involved in the smooth running organisation and preparation of the evening.

Many thanks also to Pete and Sharon Evans, family and helpers for the excellent meal and service, as always it is much appreciated!

Steve Lowndes was MC on the night and Ken Cooke proposed the toasts to our guests. The main speaker was Dave 'Nobby' Armour, a former 1st team full back and winger at our club in the 60's and early 70's. Dave spoke passionately about the good times he had had in the game both on and off the field at Holm Lane; one could easily see how much Dave cared about the club both then and now, thank you very much indeed.

Richie Peters then spoke with obvious enthusiasm about the successful 2nd team season and presented special awards to Richie 'Our Taff' Gibbon for his committment 'to the cause' and to Paul Lennon, 2nd team player of the year.

Club captain, Peter Hillan, had waited a mighty long time to 'have his say' and was clearly emotional as he stood up to address the membership. Rete recalled the good times of the recent seasons and his hopes for the club's future and emphasised the massive influence that the late Brian 'Gus' Cusick had had upon him and so many other club members present at the dinner. 'Gus' would have been 70 on Tuesday 26th April.

I recall Peter starting at the club 30 seasons ago working his way through the teams to become a 1st team regular for at least 20 seasons; Peter was inspired by others and now has been an inspiration to the current younger playing membership. Well done,Peter, and although he is standing down from the captaincy he most certainly isn't standing down from playing and it will be some player who eventually rests the 1st team No.2 shirt from him. The following annual rugby committee awards were announced and presented by the Club President, Mr Geoff Davies.

  • Players Of The Month:
    Mike Marnick, Danny Blyth, Matt Dooley, Ben Larsson, Scott Lamb, Tom Sutton and Liam Sadler.
  • Most Improved Player(Brian 'Gus' Cusick Award):Scott Lamb.
  • Young Player Of The Year: Danny Blyth.
  • Club Player Of The Year: Gareth Pryce.
  • Captain's Prize: Richie Beckett.
  • Clubman Of The Year: Alan Morris(Senior)

Congratulations to all award winners you thoroughly deserve your recognitions!

In addition the players also presented Ben Larsson with a specially signed hat by themselves to mark the end of his time at the club before he returns to his Australian homeland later this summer; it has been a great pleasure, Ben!!

I am sure all our guests and club members as always had a wonderful evening.

Wishing all Parkonian RUFC tourists a highly enjoyable time in Albufeira this coming weekend.

Don't forget the Rugby Club AGM in the clubhouse on Wednesday 12th. May at 8pm. prompt.

The Club remains open throughout the summer for training on Wednesday evenings from 7pm prompt and there is always a league cricket game on every Saturday throughout the summer starting at 1.30pm with the bar opening at 3.30pm. It's been a great season let's make the next one even better!!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 27th March

1st XV v Capenhurst (Away)

FIRSTS LOSE OUT IN A TENSE THRILLER AT THE CAPE

Parkonians travelled to the very much inform Capenhurst for their latest South Lancs/Cheshire Division 3 league match. Indeed our hosts were unbeaten in all league games since Christmas. It very much looked this was about to change in the first half of what was a most entertaining encounter.

Parkonians were 7-0 up within the first five minutes and continued to play enterprising rugby throughout the first period scoring four converted tries in all but Capenhust stayed in it, just, scoring two tries of their own leaving the score at the interval 28-12 in Parkonians favour.

The second half started very well for Parks when they scored a further converted try almost immediately increasing the lead to 35-12. Surely only Parkonians could win this game now?! However, Cape were not about to throw in the towel and in an inspired 35 minutes were to score 29 points and concede none to claim the game in the last 5 minutes of this humdinger of a game!

The Man Of The Match was their No 8 who not only scored two tries himself but made sure all of his team mates were fully committed to the cause. With less than 10 minutes remaining the score was still 35-31 in our favour but continuous forward pressure by Cape finally resulted in them scoring a converted try to take the lead at 38-35. Parks were not finished though and really should have regained the lead after enterprising play nearly brought what might have been the winning try if it wasn't for a careless error. Late in stoppage time Cape further increased their lead with a penalty goal with what turned out to be the last action of this enthralling match.

In truth no side deserved to lose this game but we really can have no complaints this year as the refereeing was much firmer and fairer than in the corresponding fixture last season. Gareth Pryce was excellent and was our Man Of The Match and scored two great tries. Greg Lindop had a very good game, especially in the first half, and continues to develop; Greg scored a try himself and kicked all five conversions, well done! As expected Jamie Lamb held his place after a very good debut performance the previous week.It was harder for him this week against a very solid veteran campaigner and a sturdy opposing eight.

You stuck in there, Jamie, well done and keep at it. There were also excellent tries from Mike Marnick and Mark Hillan. Although it was very, very disappointing to lose, so much better to play like this than compared to some of the dour struggles of recent seasons. I repeat that we are a comparitively young side with plenty of promising players in the 19-23 age group who if they continue to work at it can surely only get better! Well done to all players on both sides and to referee, Terry Clarke, you were all a credit to the game of rugby union.

Result:Capenhurst 41 Parkonians 35
Scorers:Tries-Gareth Pryce(2),Mike Marnick,Greg Lindop and Mark Hillan.Cons-Greg Lindop(5).
Team:Greg Lindop,Craig(or was it Karl!) Whelan,Geoff Waters,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Ben'Titanic' Pearson,Peter Hillan(captain),Jamie Lamb,Liam Evans(Leon Garrett 50),Ben Larsson,Paul Hillan(Martyn Sharkey 60),Mike Marnick(Danny Blyth 55), Tom'Awesome'Sutton.
Ref:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

The 2nd XV had a free league Saturday but played a home 'friendly' against Ellesmere Port 2nds and won comfortably 30-0. First in the 'queue' this week was Matt 'The Toad' Dodd to tell me he has scored a try in each of the last three games and that he is now a much more rounded player than his skipper!! This week, Saturday 3rd April, the 2nds are at home to Orrell(Anvils)2nds in their eagerly awaited Raging Bull Plate Quarter Final tie. There is no 1st team game this week so get along to Holm Lane to support 'Richie's Rousers'. Also on Sunday 4th is the cricket club's pre season Easter social, all welcome, £5 a ticket(adult), £2 under 16's including full buffet from 1.30pm onwards. The annual rugby dinner is at the club on Saturday 24th April(last day of the season) tickets are £20 available from Kenny Owen. Have a good Easter break and let's be seeing you all over the weekend!!

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

2nd Team Report ~ Saturday 20th March

2nd XV v Northwich 3rds (Home)

Parkonians 2nds bounced back from last weeks narrow defeat to Birkenhead Park with an emphatic victory over a side that had beaten Parkonians in a close game earlier in the season. The lads still feel hard done by following that 12-10 loss back in September, and I think it would be fair to say that the lads laid that ghost to rest once and for all with some superb running rugby.

Parkonians preparation for the fixture was good, the boys were out and warming up nearly an hour before the kick off so that they were ready to start the game quickly, and put Northwich onto the back foot from the first minute. The preparation paid off and Parkonians immediately asserted themselves upon the game with some fantastic rucking and mauling from the forwards, and some great running with the ball from the backs.

There have been so many positives over the season for the 2nd team but rarely has the team clicked like it did on Saturday. From 1 to 15 the lads performed superbly. Northwich just could not live with the Parkonians performance. The lads were committed in defence, strong in the tackle and simply awesome in attack. Greg Lindop was fantastic once again with the boot whilst the experience of Wezzy, Dizza, Dave Gallway and Chris Hall helped keep the boys focused and disciplined for the whole 80 minutes.

To describe each try would mean that this article would become a novel, so I shall list the try scorers in an effort to keep this brief.

  • Greg Lindop - 3 tries & 9 conversions,
  • Dave Galway – 1 try,
  • Karl Whelan – 1 try
  • Chris Hall – 2 tries, including one fantastic interception
  • Matt Dodd – 1 Try
  • Bleasey – 1 Try
  • Alan Williams – 1 Try
  • Les Donnelly – 1 Try

Every player performed really well on Saturday. Some of the forward play was excellent, and in fact probably the best of the season. Dizza at fly half directed traffic and provided an excellent link to our backs who were too much for Northwich. Wezzy once again played well with some excellent breaks from the back of the scrum. Richie Peters had a great game in the front row gaining yards at every opportunity. Greg as mentioned earlier was fantastic with the boot and also scored 3 tries. Well done Greg, awesome.

The team – Chris Hall, Matt Dodd, Richie Peters, Martin Varley, Tony Blease, Scotty Lamb, Stotty, Allan Williams, Wezzy, Dizza, John Dunning, Dave Gallway, Paul Lennon, Greg Lindop, Karl Whelan – subs – Janice, Les Donnelly, Charlie Allan and Chris Halls twin brother Degsy.

So the second team marches on towards a cup quarter final clash on the 3rd of April vs. Orrell. This is a home fixture. Please come and support the boys. This is a massive game for the 2nd team and as much support as possible would be greatly appreciated. After Saturday’s performance the lads are full of confidence going into the fixture and firmly believe that we can win, and make it to the Semi Final.

Until next time

Matt Dodd and Rich Peters

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 20th March

TWO THUMPINGLY GOOD VICTORIES AT HOLM LANE

1st XV v Ellesmere Port (Home)

Where does one start?! This was a seriously excellent day for the Club!

The grounds were looking immaculate due to the hard work especially from Dave Westwater and Ted Keaney, there was the annual visit from The President of Cheshire RFU, Peter Rhodes, and an excellent, up and coming young referee, in Ian Tempest(normally refereeing at National Division 1 Level), taking charge of the 1st XV game.

Everyone who was in a watching capacity was to witness two breathtaking running rugby performances by the Parkonians teams. As has already been mentioned the pitches were in the just the right sort of condition for an expansive game and on the first XV this was what we saw from minute 1!

However, the 2nds had kicked off a few minutes earlier and were already leading 21-0 before the 1st team game commenced.It only took 4 minutes for Parks 1st team to score their first try through the once again excellent, Barry Owens, converted by Terry Williams. The frenetic pace was to continue throughout the game with poor Ellesmere Port never standing a chance although they did gain two late unconverted consolation tries. Were the Port that bad or were we excellent? I put forward that it was the latter!

The running, handling and support play was superb; from 1 to 15 everyone played their part.Who were the stars? Everyone! However, there does need to be some special mentions; from the veteran part of the team Barry Owens and Ben Pearson were absolutely on fire; Jamie Lamb had a great debut game at prop, well done, Jamie, you will feature again and soon! Liam Evans played in the second row and might have found his right position there, a very promising effort, well done, Liam too.

Gareth Pryce created many breaks and is playing with renewed confidence.Tom Sutton again demonstrated why he is 'the find of the season' Wingers Matt Dooley and Craig Whelan had fine games; however attackingly they can only play their part if they are given the ball more regularly. My observation is that if the ball was released to them earlier and more often then we would probably have scored even more tries. As expected referee, Ian Tempest, had an excellent game and Ellesmere Port certainly stuck at it. Apologies to all players I haven't mentioned - you all played very well.

Result: Parkonians 62 Ellesmere Port 10
Scorers:Tries-Terry Williams(2),Barry Owens(2),Matt Dooley,Mark Hillan,Craig Whelan,Tom Sutton,Ben Pearson,Danny Blyth. Cons-Terry Williams(4),Barry Owens(2).
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Ben Pearson(Paul Hillan 65),Peter Hillan(captain),Jamie Lamb,Liam Evans(Justin Danher 70),Ben Larsson,Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
Referee:Ian Tempest(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team awesomely defeated second placed Northwich 3rds 73-5, once again demonstrating the excellent spirit that there is within the team; well done to Richie Peters and his merry men. We are all looking forward to their Quarter Final game of The Raging Bull Plate at home to Orrell(Anvils) 2nds on Easter Saturday 3rd April. Just to mention that Greg Lindop scored an amaxing 33 points in the 2nds game; three tries and nine conversions.Very well done, Greg.

Congratulations to Scott Lamb for being the February player of the month, well done, Scott! Many thanks to Kenny Owen and the FT club for the match sponsorship. An amazing and really enjoyable day for the whole of the club. Really looking forward now to a great climax to the rugby season and a successful cricket season after that! PS. Hopefully 'The Toad' or 'Dan Dare' will pen a detailed 2nd XV report.

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

2nd Team Report ~ Saturday 13th March

2nd Team vs Birkenhead Park 4th Team

The second team were in action once again at Holm Lane on Saturday as they entertained top of the table Birkenhead Park in what would was sure to be a difficult game.

Birkenhead Park came into the game in a rich vein of form, and will surely be promoted on the back of some impressive results. As ever the side was packed with a great mix of experience and youth, and started the game as clear favorites. Parkonians 2nds however are slowly becoming a very good side under Richie Peter’s stewardship and are becoming very difficult to beat. It was all set up to be a great game of rugby.

Birkenhead Park started the match very quickly, pinning Parkonians back in their own 22. Parkonians once again were able to offer some exceptional defence to keep the score at 0-0. Greg Lindop demonstrated why he is rated so highly rated with some superb defensive kicking to relieve pressure on several occasions with Parkonians defence proving tough to break down. Birkenhead Park decided to register the games first points with an outstanding long range drop goal to make the score 3-0. From the kick off Parkonians were once again under pressure as Birkenhead Park used all of their experience to try and finish the game early. Following more stiff resistance from the Parkonians defence, the games first try arrived in the corner, after Parkonians failed to clear their lines. The try was converted and Birkenhead Park were 0-10 up mid way through the half.

Instead of buckling under the pressure, the try seemed to spark Parkonians into life. The front 8 began to play Birkenhead at their own game and keep the ball tight in the pack, forcing the league leaders onto the back foot. A couple of opportunities passed for Parkonians before they scored a well worked try from a penalty inside the 22. Instead of kicking for goal, wezzy opted to tap and pass to Matt Dodd who had run from deep, to crash over the line for a great try. Full marks to Matt who bounced off a couple of defenders to score.
Greg Lindop skillfully converted against the wind to bring the scores to 7-10.

As the game came towards half time Parkonians were playing well, putting pressure on the Birkenhead defence. On a rare Birkenhead attack came the next try, Parkonians should really have cleared easily but a handling error lead to Birkenhead going over to score. The try was converted leaving the scores at 7-17. There was just enough time for a penalty for Birkenhead, which was converted leaving the score at half time 7-20.

Parkonians started the 2nd half quickly now the wind was in their favour. Greg once again utilized his boot to great effect, with some great territorial kicking Parkonians threatened from the resulting lineout’s as the pressure built on the Birkenhead defence. A Penalty was converted by Gregg to bring the scores to 10-20. Parkonians were playing well now and if it wasn’t for some errors in our decision making, Parkonians could have made more of a couple more opportunities to reduce Birkenhead’s lead.

Birkenhead was able to relieve some of the pressure with some good rugby of their own as the game flowed from one end to the other. Parkonians game away another poor penalty which was expertly dispatched by Birkenhead’s kicker to bring the scores to 10-23.

Parkonians then replied instantly. The try of the game arrived courtesy of a rampaging run from the centres by Stotty, who broke several challenges before going over under the posts. A great try!!, well done stotty! Greg once again converted to bring the scores to 17-23!. As the game entered the last 15 mins Parkonians attacked, but could not get through the Birkenhead defense. If Birkenhead had been over confident before the match, they certainly new that they were in a game now. Both sides took injuries in the last 10 minutes. Wezzy took a wallop to the head and had to leave the field. For those worried about Wezzy, I have been informed that his brain cell is still intact, and he will be available to play next week.

The winning try arrived with 5 minutes to go and killed off any hope Parkonians had of winning the game, and if we look at the league table, probably killed off any outside chance of promotion. A good running move and some poor tackling by Parkonians saw Birkenhead go over to make the score 17-28. With the try un converted this would be the last action of the game bar a couple more Parkonians set pieces inside the Birkenhead 22.

So the 2nds winning run comes to an end. Birkenhead Park left the field knowing that they had been in a hell of a match. Parkonians were disappointed at the end not to have won the game, which shows just how much this side is coming on. If the individual mistakes had not happened during the game we believe that we could have dispatched the league leaders,

Team - Chris Hall, Matt Dodd, Jamie Lamb, Martin Varley, Ritchie Peters, Mark Tucker, Scotty Lamb, Justin Danher, Wezzy, Dave Gallway, Stotty, Allan Williams, John Dunning, Paul Lennon, Greg Lindop. Subs - Bleasey, Manger, and Les Donnelly

A great performance from Greg Lindop, who’s kicking was faultless. Jamie Lamb also had an excellent game as prop. Scotty Lamb played well as always with some great tackling.

Although there was disappointment at the end of the game, Parkonians should take a lot from this performance. Although not consistent for the whole 80 mins, I thought we played some of our best rugby in the league this season, against a very experienced, well drilled side. Well done boys. On to next week we are hosting Northwich at home. Come and have a watch of the 2nd team. I am sure everyone will agree that we really have something going on, with great team spirit and improving durability on the pitch.

See you there

Yours from the front row Mattie ( Mr Toad ) Dodd

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 13th March

1st XV v Prenton (A)

PARKONIANS BEATEN IN ENTERTAINING LOCAL DERBY AT PRENTON DELL

On a cold and windswept afternoon at 'Planet Prenton' Parkonians were beaten in an entertaining game which our local rivals thoroughly deserved to win. This was not a dour affair at all like the earlier meeting this season between the sides.

Although Parkonians took an early 3-0 lead through a Barry Owens penalty, Prenton threatened to run riot in the first period scoring four tries two of which were converted to leave the half time score 24-3 to our hosts. Things indeed looked bleak for us at the interval.

However, a massively improved effort throughout the second half allowed Parkonians to end the game with credit for their performance. A try and conversion by the impressive Barry Owens quickly brought the score to 24-10 with hope that we might still have an outside chance of snatching the game and although we played well enough we were unable to add any further points with Prenton scoring two late tries as we tired. Their last try was scored by their current chairman, Peter 'Bespoke' Collins, who had come on as a replacement.

Prenton quite rightly were delighted with their win which keeps them in second place with a fair chance of promotion, always allowing that the leagues confirm two promotion places this season! However, they do still have to play table toppers, Ramsey, home and away.

I was most impressed by the whole Parkonian second half performance although this week I wish to commend the performances especially of Barry Owens, Gareth Pryce and once again, Tom Sutton, who really is having a fabulous first season with us!! The major difference between the two teams was essentially their effective veteran front five. This week sees the first team with a home league game against Ellesmere Port when hopefully we will return to winning ways.

Result:Prenton 36 Parkonians 10.
Scorers: Try-Barry Owens.Con-Barry Owens.Pen-Barry Owens.
Team:Andy Smith,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey(Geoff Waters 65),Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham,Mike Marnick(Liam Evans 35),Ben Larsson,Paul Hillan,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
Ref:Colin Kershaw(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team were disappointed to lose 28-17 to top of the table Birkenhead Park 4ths but once again played with plenty of spirit. This Saturday they too have a home league game with Northwich 3rds providing the opposition.

On behalf of Keith Aldcroft, Alan Morris(Junior) and myself I would like to thank Prenton for their post match hospitality especially Rob Harrison, Keith 'Kiwi' Jones and Mick Coffin. Special mention too to big Pete Lewis who amazed himself by not knocking on once in the game!!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 6th March

1st XV v Ramsey(IOM) Home

Ramsey confirmed their status at the top of the table with a very impressive victory at Holm Lane last Saturday. In dull and dreary conditions they showed their fitness and running rugby skills in creating many opportunities ending in their scoring of five converted tries. Parkonians defended heroically and did create a limited number of opportunities of their own culminating in a late consolation try scored by Ben Pearson.

For Parkonians I was especially impressed by young No 8, Tom Sutton, once again. Scott Lamb called up late for his league debut certainly gave it his all and will definitely have benefitted from the experience and should be a regular member of the 1st team squad next season; so keep training and learning, Scott, well done! Veterans Pete Hillan, Ben Pearson and Paul Disbury all had good committed games.

Good to see Andy Smith home from uni., well played, Andy. Young Ramsey fly half , Fintan Cummings, was once again most impressive and Yorkshire Society exchange referee proved himself both very fit and competent, goodness he needed to be considering the pace the game was played at; well done, John, and good luck for the future.

Result:Parkonians 7 Ramsey 38
Scorers:Try-Ben Pearson.Conversion-Barry Owens.
Team:Terry Williams(Paul Disbury 10-20,30-80),Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Geoff Waters,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Liam Sadler(Mark Hillan 73),Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham(Martyn Sharkey 40),Mike Byrne,Ben Larsson,Scott Lamb,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
Ref:John Tomlinson(Yorkshire)

The 2nd XV, under the inspiring and enthusiastic leadership of skipper Richie'Dan Dare' Peters, continued their winning run with another impressive 40-7 victory at home to West Park(St Helens)3rds. There is an excellent spirit within Richie's squad which both impresses me now and for the future. Just shows that the extra training and team bonding sessions from last summer are paying off now!! What about some more journalistic efforts from The Mighty Pens, Batman(Richie) and Robin(Matt).

This week the 2nds entertain table topping Birkenhead Park 4ths in a Miller Homes League encounter; Richie, it would be lovely to put one over on Keith Jones' Lions XV!! The 1sts travel to Prenton for the local league derby seeking revenge for the home defeat. I shall be counting the number of times Pete Lewis knocks on as normal and yours truly meets up with Keith 'Kiwi' Jones for our annual drinking bout which I am sure to lose as always!! Watch out also for Brian 'Bongo' Elkerton winning their raffle and how he does it!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 27th February

1st XV v Holmes Chapel (H)

FIRSTS JUST LOSE OUT IN GRIPPING GAME AT HOLM LANE

It is becomingly increasingly frustrating to write some of these reports when the games are so very, very close.

This was a game which we could have won, should have won but ultimately did not deserve to win! The game was tense and very close throughout with Parkonians enjoying a great slice of both possesion and territory. In brief we were 5-0 down to an unconverted Holmes Chapel try at half time then evened things up 15 minutes into the second period through a Tom Sutton try before a killer of a drop goal saw us off 10 minutes from time.

Even then we had at least two chances after that to snatch the game; on one occasion I feel it should have been easier to score than not to with their line at our mercy!!

Anyway, there are still several positives to take from this game. We are a relatively young side who can only surely get better; we dominated for long spells of the match played some good running rugby and tackled very well in the main. There were very good games by the younger players. Greg Lindop had an excellent league debut at full back stepping into the breach only 15 minutes before the start, well done Greg, you seemed to enjoy it!! Karl Whelan made a welcome return to 1st team action on the left wing after suffering a very nasty injury in the Autumn.

I thought some of your tackling was truly awesome!! Tom Sutton and Liam Sadler looked impressive at the base of the scrum taking the ball forward well and constantly causing the opposition problems. The whole team played with the right desire and discipline to win it was just that on the day we lacked the finishing touches. Thanks also to replacements who did not come on, Chris Hall and Dave Gallwey, both of whom were originally due to play in the 2nd team cup game.

I also thought that Bob Ashworth refereed the game well in spite of receiving a potentially, accidental, nasty knock to the face just before half time. Well done, Bob, keep soldiering on!!

Result:Parkonians 5 Holmes Chapel 8
Scorer:Try-Tom Sutton.
Team:Greg Lindop.Matt Dooley,Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Karl Whelan,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Ben Pearson(Martyn Sharkey),Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham,Ben Larsson,Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton. Reps:Chris Hall,Dave Gallwey,Liam Evans Ref:Bob Ashworth(Liverpool)

The 2nds had been due to play at home in the next round of the Miller Homes Raging Bull Plate. However, their opponents of the day Ashton on Mersey 3rds phoned at 11.30am to say that they couldn't raise a team to travel to us and were conceding the game.

This was most disappointing as it was too late to arrange a pool fixture but we are obviously now delighted to be through to the Quarter Finals where we have a home tie against Orrell Anvils 2nds at home on Easter Saturday 3rd April. This coming Saturday 6th March should see both teams at home again. The 1sts have a humdinger against top of the table Ramsey; a game that we always rise to- hopefully some of our injured players may be available for selection again. The 2nds have a home league game against West Park(St Helens) 3rds.

Let's have your support for both teams especially watching up and coming young bucks such as Jamie Lamb, Scott Lamb, Charlie Allen and never forgetting Simon Dunning and Richie'Our Taff' Gibbon; where have you been recently, Taffy Boy, surely not hiding away in Risca/Cross Keys again?! Thanks very much to last week's sponsors, Lee 'Ballroom' Morris and Scott 'Scooter' Lamb! Ben Pearson continues on a weekly basis to raise excellent amounts of cash on his sales of the raffle tickets; well done, Ben, and thanks again.

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

Rich's Second Team Report ~ Saturday 20th February

2nd XV vs Formby Vikings 1st XV

The second Team returned to action at Holm Lane on Saturday attempting to make it three wins in a row. Their opponents were Formby Vikings who Parks dispatched comfortably in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season. To Formby's credit, new players have been added to the squad as the fledgeling club look to climb the leagues, and recent results suggested that this wasnt going to be a walk in the park for the second team.

Old Parkonians started the game brightly on a sticky pitch, and put pressure on the Vikings defence early on. The Parkonians pack seemed to have the better of the vikings in the early exchanges but could not convert this into points. It was from a break from Formby inside their own 22 against the run of play that lead to the opening try of the game - credit to the vikings number 10 who broke two Parkonians tackles before running in from inside his own half. It really was an excellent try.

Having fallen behind Parkonians performance became disjointed and rather scrappy as the boys tried to asert themselves. Eventually the try did come with Scotty Lamb touching down following a loose pass in defense by the vikings unfortunately the conversion was missed and parkonians trailed as the game headed towards half time. The vikings countered the rucks very effectivley, and the Parks Line out was not working as well as usual. As half time approached changes in personel and a change in tactics were at the top of skipper Richie Peters mind,half time saw Matt Dodd withdrawn after a below par first half in relation to the lineout and Chris sharkey was brought on to firm up the faltering Parkonians line out. Richie also demanded a more physical approach in order to counter the threat from the Vikings disruptive back row.

The second half started as the first ended, with Parkonians struggling to put together any decent passages of play, worse was to follow as Vikings scored another long range try in the corner to extend their lead to 5 - 12. It seemed that this was the kick in the teeth that Parks needed. Allan Williams then sprang to life with some shuddering tackles that seemed that destoyed the vikings number 8 who had been a pain in the Parkonians side thus far. Chris Sharkey put some great ball into the line out, and the backs started stringing together some great running moves. John Dunning Got the next Parkonians try finishing superbly to Bring Parks back into the game. Parks were now 10 - 12 down with 20 minutes of the game to go. John Dunning put Parks ahead after an excellent passage of play following quick ball from the ruck which lead to good skills from Chris Sharkey, Rich Peters, John Dunning, Paul Lennon culminating in Mark Tuckers excellent pass back inside to John Dunning who showed great composure to finish under the posts. Please note that John Dunning will not let us here the last of this. Parkonians were now 15-10 up and with the clock ticking down, the boys were playing as we all know they can, strong in the tackle and great with the ball in their hands. Alan Williams went over underneath the posts in the last minute and the try was converted to seal the victory for the team.

FINAL SCORE - Old Parkonians 22 - Formby Vikings 12

Excellent performances from Charlie at scrum half making his debut, Jamie Lamb for his powerful scrumaging, John Dunning who scored two great tries and Alan Williams who lead from the front in the 2nd half with his tackling.

This was a game in which Parks had to grind out the result, and we were certainly not at our best. However with still alot to play for in both league and cup its going to be an exciting end to the season.
The Team on the day Chris Hall, Matt Dodd, Jamie Lamb, Rich Peters ( Capt ), Martin Varley, Allan Williams, Scott Lamb, Mark Tucker, Charlie Allan, Dave Gallway, John Dunning, Liam Evans, Paul Lennon, Les Donnerlly, Karl Whelan. Replacements - Chris Stott, Chris Sharkey

Well done boys on another victory!

On a side note I would like to ask for as many peoples support next week when we take on Ashton on Mersey 3rd team in the cup. A victory will put us in the quarter finals, which would be a massive achievement for the lads. We would be greatful for a big crowd to cheer us on. The 1st team are at home aswell so I am sure with a couple of victories to celebrate, it will be great afternoon at the club.

Yours in the bar - Matt Dodd and Rich Peters

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 20th February

1st XV v Port Sunlight

VERY,VERY CLOSE VICTORY AT MUCH IMPROVED SUNLIGHT!!

On a perfect day for running rugby Parkonians very nearly came a cropper at Port Sunlight. The home clash between the two sides ended in a very comprehensive 96-5 victory to the Parks and the first 15 minutes of this game indicated that a large victory was attainable again as it was all Parkonian pressure resulting in three unconverted tries through Ben Pearson, Terry Williams and Craig Whelan.

However, the game evened out in the second quarter and we were only able to add a Terry Williams penalty before he left the pitch through injury on the half hour mark to be replaced by Barry Owens. Sunlight kicked a penalty just before half time but there was still nothing really to indicate the tense affair that was the second period of play.

Half Time: Port Sunlight 3 Parkonians 18.

t was also concerning that at half time we lost another player to injury in Paul Hillan replaced by Mike Bowe. This resulted in some reshuffling of the team with Barry Owens joining the forwards. Sunlight really came at us in the second half and put a lot of pressure on but it should also be added that in your press officer's opinion that there was some rather leniant refereeing to the benefit of Sunlight and that their captain, Peter McArdle, was rarely out of the referee's ear whilst constantly infringing himself.

These were nervous times with Sunlight added an excellently worked converted try,18-10. Parks hit back with a good try of their own hy Mark Hillan, 23-10. Another converted try to Sunlight, 23-17!! We were under the cosh now and the hosts added a further try with the ensuing conversion narrowly missing, incredibly 23-22 with just over 10 minutes remaining!!! It was at this late stage that Parks got themselves back in the game with some attacking moves of their own resulting in a try for veteran skipper, Peter Hillan; 28-22 to the visitors with around 5 minutes remaining. Parkonians managed to hang on to secure a victory with great relief at the final whistle.

There seemed to be a great imbalance in the penalty count in favour of the home team but having said that great credit and congratulations should be given to the whole Sunlight team for an inspiring display after their problems of the first half of the season. Parkonians too had played some exciting running rugby but seemed to relax when they thought that the game was probably won. A good game for a neutral but certainly not so for a partisan supporter!!!

Result: Port Sunlight 22 Parkonians 28.
Scorers: Tries- Ben Pearson, Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Mark Hillan, Peter Hillan. Penalty- Terry Williams.
Team:Terry Williams(Barry Owens 30),Craig Whelan,Mark Hillan,Geoff Waters,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan(skipper),Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Ben Larsson,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Paul Hillan(Mike Bowe 40) Ref:Colin Kershaw(Liverpool)

The 2nds continued their excellent recent form with a 22-12 home league victory over Formby Vikings addiing to the previous week's league victory 65-10 at St Marys Old Boys. Prior to this had been the truly excellent 14-8 win at previously undefeated Hope Valley in The Raging Bull Plate; what an excellent report on this site in the absence of yours truly by 'truly made up skipper' Richie Peters and his partner in crime, Matt Dodd- well done to all second team players, keep it going!!

The 2nds are at home again this week against Ashton on Mersey 3rds in the 3rd Round of the aforementioned Plate competition. The 1sts play at home too in a rearranged league encounter against Holmes Chapel in what should be a keenly contested match. Let's have your support for both teams. A reminder to anyone, players and non players, alike that if you haven't paid your annual subscription will you please pay them to either Steve Williams or Ken Cooke; they are well overdue and it won't be many months before next year's are due.

Thanks to recent match day sponsors, Ken Cooke and Mal Evans, it is much appreciated.

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

Rich's Second Team Report ~ Saturday 6th February

2nd XV v Hope Valley (Away)

The Tale of the Hope Valley Invincibles

Parkonians 2nds travelled up to the peak district to face Hope Valley in the second round of the raging bull plate. It would be fair to say that not many gave parkonians much of a chance when looking at Hope Valley's outstanding league record this year. Valley sit top of their league, undefeated and have notched up over 750 points and conceded just 47. Richie Beckett summed it perfectly in his last report when he described them as "seemingly invincible"

After a long coach journey; we made our way into the changing rooms and got changed. The intensity inside that changing room really set the scene for what would become a great day for the 2nds and what will surely be one of this seasons highlights.

From the very first play Hope Valley were clearly rocked. This was a team that was obviously very used to having things all their own way. Parks took no prisoners taking the ball into every contact with such determination. In the tackle Parkonians were simply immense, from 1 to 15 the lads flung themselves into tackles, not giving Valley the chance to play. The first try came mid way through the first half, as the impressive Rob Marnick ran in from the halfway line after some excellent rucking from the Parkonians pack. Allan Williams converted from the touch line to give Parkonians a 7 - 0 lead. At this point the Hope Valley crowd began to go quiet, and all they could really get excited about was some last ditch tackling to stop Parkonians extending the lead. Valley did convert a penalty to bring the score to 7-3 before parkonians scored their second try.

The try started from another impressive Parkonians line out with a lovely inside pass from Chris Hall to Geoff Waters who then cut Hope Valley apart, the move was finished superbly by Geoff Waters who had the time to do a somersault before touching down. Great running from Geoff and a great finish. Allan converted again and Parkonians went into half time 14 - 3 up.

Parkonians started the second half having to defend and play uphill. Hope Valley upped the tempo as they desperately tried to rescue their undefeated record. Parks spent almost the entire second half inside their own half as the pressure increased. Valley scored a try to give their supporters real hope that they could nick the game at the end. with the conversion missed the score was 14 - 8 going into the final few minutes.

It was now that Parks needed to hold their nerve and really focus. Once again the tackling was immense, the defence held firm as wave after wave of Valley attacks hit a Parkonian brick wall. A few changes were made in the 2nd half by Parkonians due to injury’s to Matt Dodd, Rob Marnick and Matt Moore – Les Donnerlly, Karl Whelan and Alan Disco Morris took the field and immediately made an impact understanding the importance of the situation.

There were a couple of close shaves but the referee blew is whistle 5 minutes into injury time to secure a memorable victory for the boys.

It would be wrong to single out any one individual, as this was a fantastic team effort. However Chris Hall at 10 had an inspired day with the boot. Scotty Lamb as always smashed into his tackles, Matty Moore was assured at full back and Robbie Marnick was inspirational. Parks dominated the line outs, and Valley could not live with our backs, every single player gave nothing less than 100% and it is a day that will live long in the memory.

The coach trip on the way back was also very interesting as it was Les Donnerllys 21st Birthday and Martin Sharkeys this coming Tuesday. A few memories to remember Les gave us a rendition of his favourite song Barbie Girl which was closely supervised by Sharkie. Paul Lennon with Hey Jude, Matt Dodd’s speech which had so many big words in it that poor old Sharkie would never understand it and for some reason Geoff Waters kept trying to fight Mark Barham on the back seat and was left wanting on each occasion – never mind Geoff!

I would also like to thank the traveling supporters – Mike Marnick, Chris Williams who really seemed to enjoy the day. The club itself for laying on the 2nd coach of the season for the Second Team which apparently was previously unheard of for the 2’s and the remaining club members in the bar for giving us a great winners welcome.

Parkonians move into round 3 of the competition and will play Ashton on Mersey 3’s at home on the 27th Feb and I’m sure will take huge confidence from this performance. It just goes to show what can be achieved with teamwork.

Well done lads - Simply fantastic!

This report was brought to you by a very happy Matt Dodd and 2nd Team Captain Rich Peters.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 30th January

1st XV v Linley (Home)

In a fixture which always proves to be a feisty affair Parkonians again edged the home encounter versus Linley; indeed last season we won by an even narrower margin of 22-21 with the referee temporarily losing count of the score and threatening to award the game 21-20 to Linley until yours truly stepped in and duly corrected him and the Linley captain!

No such problems this time around with referee Bob Cooke proving to be able to keep the score very accurately.

There had been a rather surprising frost overnight and although the pitch was eminently playable it was a little crisp to begin with underfoot.It was a very cold but bright afternoon with a stiff northerly breexe blowing down the ground towards Holm Lane and it was against this breeze in the first half that the home side had to play.Parkonians started the brighter and might well have scored in the first 15 minutes but did not turn pressure into points. As the half wore on Linley steadily gained the upperhand but with the wind behind them only had a 7-0 lead to their advantage at the interval.

The second period of play was a real humdinger after a strangely quiet first 5 minutes. Parkonians drew level through a good drive forward by Ben Pearson at short quarters, close to the posts, duly converted by Barry Owens. The hosts then took the lead through an excellently executed penalty kick taken around 40 metres out by the club's leading points scorer, Terry Williams.

We further increased the lead with a strong run by Terry Williams ending in him scoring wide out with Barry adding the difficult conversion which was absolutely vital. 17-7 to Parkonians with just under 20 minutes left on the clock. It was then that we let Linley into the game by 'easing off the gas'. First they gained a penalty kick and then a converted try taking the scores level at 17-17 with just over 5 minutes remaining.

With 2 minutes left Parkonians were awarded a penalty which although kickable was far from straightforward, especially given the circumstances, but Barry was 'cool as a cucumber' slotting it right through the middle of the posts; 20-17 to Parkonians which was to remain the score at full time!

This had been a highly entertaining drama with the match ebbing and flowing throughout. I thought the whole team played very well with no obvious weaknesses apart from relaxing for a few minutes here and there. Hard to highlight individuals but I will highlight some. This had been the best scrummaging performance of the season against a very heavy opposing set of forwards.

All three of our front row were immense, well done!! Ben Larsson had a heroic game at the scrum, line and in his tackling. Barry Owens had a very good kicking game both at goal and out of the hand and also ran powerfully with the ball.Craig Whelan continues to field the high ball excellently and to then run forward with real authority. However, I will reiterrate that this was a real team affair. Congratulations to all 18 players, your loyal supporters certainly enjoyed it too!! Mention also to Bob Cooke who once more had a very good game as referee. Thanks, Bob!
 
 Result: Parkonians 20 Linley 17
 Scorers: Tries-Ben Pearson,Terry Williams. Cons:Barry Owens(2). Pens: Terry Williams, Barry Owens.
 Team:Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Mark Hillan,Barry Owens,Matt Dooley(Terry Williams 40),Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan(captain),Ben Pearson(Paul Hillan 70),Ben Larsson,Rob Marnick(Mike Byrne 67),Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
 Ref:Bob Cooke(Liverpool)

2nd XV Report

The 2nds after their close and highly entertaining 27-24 home victory versus a strong Newton le Willows team the previous week narrowly lost at home 14-10 to Wallasey. Next week they play their rearranged 2nd Round Miller Homes Raging Bull Plate game at the third time of asking far, far away to the seemingly invincible Hope Valley 1st XV whilst Dizza's 3rds make a welcome re appearance at home probably against Anselmians 3rds. The 1sts have a free date.

It was great to see Peter Gould making a rare but welcome appearance at the club after an absence of several years. Peter now lives in Amsterdam, Holland(I think he knows where it is)!! He even bought me a pint which means he now only owes me 4,998 more. Thanks also to Peter for sponsoring the game with Terry'Ting Ting' Blease being the winner of the Gouldy Raffle Prize'- a lovely bottle of Dutch Schnapps, pity 'Terry' had to share it out.

RICHIE'S RUGBY RANT(PART 1)

Firstly I have to mention that what follows is my own personal opinion and not that of the Parkonians club as a whole.

You may recall that several weeks ago I mentioned the Anselmians RUFC website and commented upon the entertaining regular features written by The Saint aka Jim MacKenzie. However, I do have to comment upon one particular issue that Jim writes on. He states in one of his columns that it is highly unlikely that Anselmians will ever again play the likes of Parkonians, Port Sunlight or Prenton on an equal footing i.e. 1sts to 1sts and that Anselmians aspire to the status of such clubs as Wilmslow or Liverpool St Helens.

Whilst I might agree that these three clubs (which obviously includes ourselves) might struggle to play at more than one league higher than their current status I would like to put forward the following theory.

I would contend that in the Northern Divisions at South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 1 and upwards that there are an ever decreasing number of clubs being run on a truly amateur status. Nowadays, this is perfectly 'legal' but what if the benefactor(s) disappear and/or the money runs out. One only has to look at what happened to Orrell in the past and what is currently happening at Manchester and Waterloo.

Were not Orrell a Premiership club(as indeed were Liverpool St Helens and Waterloo) only a decade or more ago?; now the only Orrell(Anvils) side plays, sadly at a school ground and, at only one league above ourselves here at Parkonians RUFC. Waterloo lost 104-14 last week in their home league game to Macclesfield, a club that was a regular on the Parkonians fixture list 25 years ago and, yes, we did win that game sometimes just as we were capable of beating Caldy as well!!

I would just like to remind Jim that it can take years to climb the ladder but that it doesn't take very long to fall from that very same ladder and return to a league close to the basement as it were! That being said a lot of what Jim says is very honest and entertaining but I just needed to 'get that one off my chest'.

Next rant will be about the teams that compose the lower leagues of the Northern Division!!!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 9th January

1ST XV v Congleton (Home)

RAPID THAW MEANS GAME ON AND A CONVINCING LEAGUE DOUBLE OVER CONGLETON.

A rapid overnight thaw meant that a 10.30am pitch inspection deemed the Holm Lane ground most playable for the afternoon's South Lancashire/Cheshire Division 3 match.

Both teams unsurprisingly made a rusty start after a month or more's absence from competitive action but provided a reasonably entertaining encounter. However, Parkonians were soon in the ascendancy and remained so for much of the match with Congleton making a couple of minor comebacks during the game.

We might have scored a couple of more tries if the final passes had been better. Man of the match for me was young Danny Blyth, at flanker, who scored a brace of tries and was everywhere in both attack and defence. Well done, Danny, but you still have to learn about offside and when to keep your mouth shut! Gareth Pryce also had a very good match scoring a try and kicking his very first conversion for the 1st team in a league game; sure your Dad has done that as well?!!

Result:Parkonians 39 Congleton 17.
Scorers: Tries- Danny Blyth(2), Geoff Waters, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Alan Williams, Penalty Try. Cons- Mark Hillan and Gareth Pryce.
Team:Craig Whelan,Mike Bowe,Geoff Waters,Alan Williams(Liam Evans 70),Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey(Chris Hall 76),Peter Hillan(captain),Ben Pearson(Mark Barham 40),Ben Larsson,Mike Byrne,Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Rob Marnick.
MOM:Danny Blyth
Referee:Terry Clark(Liverpool)
Match Sponsor:Terry Marnick. Thanks, Terry.

2nd XV Report

The 2nd's away game at Wigan 4th's was again a victim of the weather and they will hope for better luck this coming Saturday when they entertain Newton le Willows 2nd's in a Miller Homes league game. The 1st's are again in league action this time away to one of our favourite opponents in Helsby. Let's have your support for both of the teams.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 9th January

NO RUGBY AGAIN DUE TO SNOW AND ICE!!

Firstly a very Happy New Year to you all and special thanks to Chris and Lesley Hall for arranging a very successful, enjoyable and well attended New Year's Evening; the food, band and music were all excellent!!

Not surprisingly this weekend's games, 1st's away in the league to Capenhurst and 2nd's away to Hope Valley in The Raging Bull, Miller Homes Plate (rearranged from last week), once again fell victim to the weather.

This has been the worst weather since the 1981-82 season as your local archivist's records show! So what was going on just 28 seasons ago.

Well, between Saturday 5th December 1981 and Saturday 23rd January 1982 inter club rugby was only played on one date - Saturday 2nd January - when surprisingly the fixtures were against Widnes RUFC. However, as mentioned in my previous round ups The Brothers/Veterans fixture on Boxing Day went ahead on a real ice rink of a pitch; no such health and safety concerns back then!!

The club then ran five regular sides, with in 1981/82 the club captain being, that long serving player (1969-1996), John Maher. This was the first of three years that John was in charge. Pete Evans was in his second season of three as 2nd team captain and a few months earlier had just started courting Sharon!

As I recall 3rds captain was Paul Byrne, 4ths Keith Aldcroft and 5ths the infamous Jimmy Sewell(ably assisted by Paul 'Sticko' Highton); a try was still worth 4 points, there was no lifting at the lineout and none of that couch(or is it crouch), touch, pause, engage nonsense at the scrum; you just came together, wriggled for position and then tried to batter the opposing front row with very little interest in the rest of the game!! Club referees took charge of 3rd, 4th and 5th team games and these included Fred Cook, Norman Morris, Geoff Davies and Alan Muir.

Socially what was the situation back then? Well, club founder H. Martin Curphey was still alive and was the Club President and was in attendance each Saturday drinking his halves of bitter, putting us all in our place and making sure that all good old rugby traditions were upheld after the game such as singing, buying your opponent a pint and getting both the referee and his watcher inebriated!!!

This was only possible if you could get served by dear old Ronnie Caton, who was still in charge of the bar at that stage, with Mal Evans still his long serving apprentice, beer prices were around 45p. On a Saturday evening after the club it was downtown Birkenhead to Rupert's (with Pete Price/Terry Lennaine), The Hamilton or The Cabin!! Maybe a curry at The Himalaya or The Asha/Manzil; if we were feeling adventurous it was to Leighton Court in Neston where ex player Graeme Lawson was to be found on the door either allowing or denying you access to the club depending on his mood of the day!

Jane Clements(Burton) was in charge of The Camp Followers' who included amongst others Bob Bell's daughter, Jackie( not to be argued with as I learned) and Sue Harvey.

Anyway those were the days, we thought they'd never end etc, etc, etc.

Hopefully the weather will improve for next Saturday when the 1sts are at home in a league game to Congleton and the 2nds will either be playing their plate game at Hope Valley or their scheduled league game at Wigan 4ths depending on the decisions to be made by the Miller Homes League committee.

By the way for those interested go on the Anselmians website and read the musings of The Saint aka Jim MacKenzie, they are very reflective and entertaining or at least I think so.

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

 

Brothers v Veterans Annual Boxing Day Match for The Beckett Hillan Shield

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The Brothers Team

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The Veterans Team

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A Keenly Fought Game

Parkonians RUFC held their 30th consecutive Boxing Day Brothers XV v Veterans XV at their base in Holm Lane, Oxton with The Beckett/Hillan Shield at stake.

The game had to be moved from the main pitch to the adjoining 3rd team pitch due to the icy conditions.

However, a most competitive game of rugby union took place with almost 45 players from the past and the present taking at least some part in the match. Close on 100 spectators were also in attendance!

After a loyal toast to absent friends a much closer contest than in recent years took place with only one score coming in the first half to The Brothers through a converted try giving them a 7-0 half time lead.

The yonger team were in the ascendancy in the third quarter and appeared to be running away with things when the score stood at 29-0 with 15 minutes play left.

The Veterans fought back, though, with two converted tries of their own leaving the final score at 29-14 to The Brothers with The Beckett Hillan Shield being presented to their captain, Mark Hillan, who also had current club captain, Peter, in the team alongside him as well as another brother, Paul, also playing.

The game was excellently controlled by local Liverpool Society referee, Dave Grundy.

The scorers for The Brothers were Lee Morris(2 tries), John Dunning(2 tries), Rob Marnick(1 try) with a conversion apiece from Terry Williams and Chris Sharkey. Scorers for The Veterans came from tries by Paul Disbury and Tom Sutton with Barry Owens adding the two conversions.

After the match Paul Disbury, captain of The Veterans, was the first recipient of The Donny Hawker Man Of The Match Award. This was most thoroughly deserved by Paul who not only had an outstanding match but had done so much beforehand to ensure that this year The Veterans had a competitive side.

The trophy was presented to Paul by Donny's family in his memory.

Donny had passed away earlier in the year and had incredibly played for The Veterans in all the previous 29 games; son Michael continues the family tradition by playing for The Veterans side.

This was once more a fabulous occasion demonstrating what the sport of rugby union is surely all about!!

Long may this traditional annual occasion continue.

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

Brothers v Veterans Annual Boxing Day Match ~ The History

In the autumn of 1980 four players of the then Old Parkonians RUFC, Pete Evans and Richie Beckett (for the Brothers) and Donny Hawker and Robbie Knight (for the Veterans) decided to formulate an annual game to be played each year on Boxing Day between The Brothers XV and The Veterans XV.

This has been played each year since then, whatever the weather, and this coming Saturday (Boxing Day) 26th December at the club's ground, Holm Lane, Oxton, it will be held for the 30th consecutive year. All players and spectators, whatever their club, are most welcome. The game will be refereed by locally based Liverpool Society referee, Dave Grundy.

The game is played for the Beckett/Hillan Shield presented to the winning captain on the day. The shield was originally donated by the late Harold Beckett, Richie's father. However, this original shield was presumed lost in the mid 1990's by The Brothers captain, Mark Hillan, still captain of their side to this day. On hearing of this dilemma Mark,Pete and Paul's father, Andrew, agreed to sponsor a new shield.However, when it came to the next game the original shield was found in the bar cellar; hence the fact that there are now two shields to be played for!!

The game is always on whatever anwith the worst weather happening the 2nd annual game played on Boxing Day 1981 and below is the report penned for the Daily Post edition on Tuesday 29th December 1981 by the then Post rugby union correspondent, the late George Withy.

'The Old Parkonians beat the Arctic conditions at Holm Lane, Oxton, yesterday, to stage their annual match between the Old Parkonians Brothers' XV and the Old Parkonians Veterans XV.

They brushed the snow off the lines, hacked away the ice and played for 30 minutes each way on a pitch that, hard at first, became more playable as the game went on.

John Turner, a Liverpool Society referee took the first half, Dai Adams, a senior referee controlled the third quarter, and Harold Beckett, a real veteran, completed the task.

The Brothers' XV, composed entirely of brothers who play for the club won 37-4.

''The score was not important,'' said Harold Beckett afterwards.''What was important was that 30 players, the referees, the touchjudges and a handful of spectators enjoyed themselves enormously.Leagues, cups, merit tables may have their place in Rugby Union, but what took place today at Holm Lane was what Rugby Union is all about. Let's look forward to the same fixture next year and every year!''

This year's game will be especially poignant as this will be the first year that veteran Donny Hawker will not be playing as sadly at the age of 69 Donny passed away in July of this year; he had made a playing appearance in all 29 previous games!! His widow, Helen, and son, Mike will be sponsoring the malts for the pre match loyal toasts and the Donny Hawker Man Of The Match Trophy which will be awarded for the first time.

Also to be toasted will be former Parkonian legends Brian 'Gus' Cusick, CK 'Ken' Wilson and Teddy Chamberlain who also all passed away in 2008 and 2009.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 12th December

1st XV v Ellesmere Port (Away)

PARKONIANS RETURN TO LEAGUE FORM WITH COMFORTABLE VICTORY AT THE PORT

On a perfect winter's day and on a better than normal Ellesmere Port pitch Parkonians dominated much of the game and played well for the most part but should really have scored more points. Port were ill discplined in the first half and all Parkonians points in this period were a direct result of this; two Terry Williams penalties, a try by brother Alan converted by Terry.

In the third quarter of the game things continued in the same vein and from a free kick in the opposition 22 recalled veteran, scrum half, Paul Disbury, scored an excellent solo try under the posts again converted by Terry. 20-0 up and we should then have hammered home our advantage but we eased off the gas and allowed our hosts to score two unconverted tries before Terry slotted home another penalty goal.

The team played well as a unit and as individuals but special mention goes to the veteran half back pairing of Paul Disbury and Mark Hillan with Dizza just edging my Man Of The Match Award. Also deserving of mention is referee Bobby Cooke who adminstered the game in a firm but fair way and ensured that a decent game of rugby took place. Well done, Bob! Young Mike Bowe got another first team chance and improves with each appearance; I was also impressed by the 'carry forwards' by Tom Sutton (pity about the off the field headwear, though!!)

Result: Ellesmere Port 10 Parkonians 23
Scorers: Tries- Alan Williams and Paul Disbury. Pens- Terry Williams(3). Cons- Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Mike Bowe,Geoff Waters,Alan Williams,Matt Dooley,Mark Hillan,Paul Disbury,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan(captain),Ben Pearson(Mark Barham 60),Mike Byrne,Ben Larsson,Danny Blyth,Rob Marnick,Tom Sutton.Rep:Alan Morris.
Man Of The Match:Paul Disbury
Referee: Bob Cooke(Liverpool)

The 2nd team came unstuck at home in a niggly Miller Homes league affair against Waterloo 4ths; the losing margin was 32-12. Good social performances off the field were put in by the Dunnings, Matt Dodd, Chris Sharkey, Dizza, Chris Hall, Keith Aldcroft and yours truly, don't know where the rest of you were? Talking of absenteesism where was 'Our Taff' this week could he have been called into emergency Santa duty?!

This Saturday brings two home league games both kicking off at 2.15pm. 1st team v Holmes Chapel, 2nds v Northwich; both should be close tasty affairs and admission is free!! The evening should see the Annual Christmas Oxton walkabout; that is if we manage to leave the clubhouse before we have had too many!! Remember Saturday 26th., Boxing Day, Brothers v Veterans. KO 1.30pm everyone very welcome playing or not. Let's have a good turnout this last Saturday before Christmas and has anyone seen Fatmaster or Keith Graham or are they not allowed out to play any more!!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th November

1st XV v Prenton (Home)   

PARKONIANS LOSE OUT IN DOUR LEAGUE STRUGGLE AT HOME TO PRENTON

Parkonians lost out at Holm Lane in a rather unexciting and dour match against arch local rivals, Prenton. There can be, however, no complaints about the result or the actual scoreline. Conditions were dreadful for running rugby and I suggest that if it had been raining at kick off time the game may well have been postponed.

All the points came in the first half with our visitors scoring two tries and a penalty to our Terry Williams penalty.During the second half neither side looked like scoring and neither did!! We were in attacking positions at times but did not really exert any sustained pressure.

There were no real highlights apart from one sin binning to each side and a glorious knock on by big Pete Lewie right in front of yours truly much to Pete's disgust! Our young back row of the Marnicks and Danny Blyth chased and tackled everything as normal but all to no avail. Let us hope for a better spectacle in the return at Prenton Dell in a couple of months time.

Result: Parkonians 3 Prenton 13
Scorer: Terry Williams(penalty)
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Liam Evans,Mark Hillan,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan(captain),Ben Pearson(Mark Barham 50-60),Mike Byrne,Ben Larsson,Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Rob Marnick. Reps:Paul Disbury,Chris Hall.
Ref:Brendan McGaffney(Liverpool)
Match Sponsor:Norman Morris(ex-president).Many thanks, Norman for your continued support!

2nd XV Report

The 2nds had been due to play Leigh 5ths at home but they withdrew from the league a few weeks ago and it is also disappointing to note that this week Liverpool Medics have also withdrawn from the league becoming the third team to do so; Liverpool St Helens 4ths being the other side, let's hope that is now it for the season!!

So the 2nds had a pool game away at Anselmians 3rds and just lost out in what I was told was a very close encounter, obviously, with a scoreline of 13-12.

This week's complaints from 2nd teamers. Chris Hall and Justin Danher report that they themselves scored tries in the previous week's Plate victory over Bowden! Next come the well known whinging duo of Simon 'Shaw/Romeo' Dunning and Richie 'Our Taff/Funky' Gibbon; their complaint is that they were actually dropped from the 2nd team at Anselmians during the warm up itself when famous 'internationals' Scott and Jamie Lamb belatedly arrived!!

This Saturday the 1st XV are away to Knutsford in a Cheshire Plate pool group game and the 2nds are sceduled to play Wallasey 2nds also away in a Miller Homes league encounter. It is hoped that the 3rds will be able to play Anselmians 3rds at home in a friendly, numbers permitting.

Early reminder that the 30th Annual Brothers/Veterans game will take place at Holm Lane(Kick Off 1.30pm) on Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December. The game goes ahead whatever the weather, (well it's never been called off so far). This year's referee is Dave Grundy and all players and spectators form our club and others are very welcome.

This Sunday at 11am. the Under 8's entertain Waterloo and the Under9/10's welcome Birkenhead Park; let's have your support for the boys and girls, thank you!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 21st November

1st Team v Helsby (Home) ~ Cheshire Plate

CONVINCING WIN AGAINST A MUCH IMPROVED HELSBY SIDE

Parkonians comfortably won their latest pool stage Cheshire Plate game against a very much improved and well drilled Helsby fifteen. It was a very dark, damp and dank Holm Lane not only for the game but for the good gathering of past players who arrived at lunch time for the annual reunion. Many thanks to Eric Potter for his organisation of this most enjoyable occasion and also for being the day's match sponsor; also, in the absence of Pete Evans, we are very grateful to both Chris Hall and Lesley Lindop for their excellent catering of the several events held this last weekend!!

The game, itself, was a keenly fought affair but the weather was really against running rugby although we did our best to play that type of game; too much so some might say. The two packs were pretty well matched with Helsby's driving maul being particularly effective. However, when the ball was spun out there was only one team in it and that was Parkonians.

Several good tries were scored but the pick for me was Terry Williams', chasing successfully an excellent chip kick by fly half, Gareth Pryce. Gareth as well as fellow half back, Liam Sadler, both had very good games and I was also impressed with Tom Sutton, at No 8, who carried the ball forward both forcefully and directly. The result was never in doubt and should set us up nicely for this week's league encounter, at Holm Lane, against local rivals, Prenton, in what should be a keenly contested affair.

Result: Parkonians 33 Helsby 8
Scorers: Tries- Matt Dooley(2),Barry Owens,Liam Sadler,Terry Williams. Cons-Terry Williams(3),Mark Hillan Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens(Paul Disbury 63),Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey(Mark McCormack 50),Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham,Ben Larsson,Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth(Mike Marnick 63),Tom Sutton.
Ref:Tony Heggs(Liverpool, Isle Of Man based)

2nd XV Report

Taffy has to be mentioned for pinching the 1st team post protectors for the second team game!! He protested his innocence but knew full well that he was in the wrong because Richie Peters told him to take our protectors as we slow in putting them out; anything for a mention Taffy lad!! I have had a complaint from Matt Dodd that I do not incude in the round up enough coverage of thr 2nds; this is because I don't often get given full enough details.

Anyway, the 2nds beat Bowdon 4ths in the 1st Round of the Miller Homes Raging Bull Plate Competition.The winning margin was 22-7 and I am informed by Matt in his very brief report that he scored the four tries and conversion himself thus becoming Man Of The Match slightly ahead of non playing sub, Taffy(of course)! Congratulations to all the 2nds players and they have been drawn away to Hope Valley 1sts, in a none too local game, on January 2nd in the next round.

Junior Rugby

On last Sunday morning the Under 7,8,9 and 11 teams played away at local rivals Anselmians and all games were keenly contested. Myself and her indoors took a little drive up there and both of us were most impressed with what we saw. Well done to all players, coaches, parents and supporters; keep it going!! I am sure detailed reports of these games will shortly feature on the Junior Rugby section of this website.

Remember then that the 1st XV are at home to Prenton in the league this Saturday and all your support is required. Probable kick off time is 2.15pm; so don't be late!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 14th November

1st XV v Ramsey (Away)

DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT AFTER AN HEROIC STRUGGLE ON THE FIELD, WONDERFUL TIME SOCIALLY OFF IT!!

In a fast, fierce and furious encounter Parkonians eventually succumbed to an aggressive, skilful Ramsey side. There was nothing in it during the first half hour then Ramsey scored a solitary unconverted try leaving the half time score at 5-0 to our hosts.

Hopes were still high at the team talk during the interval with us having a slight wind and slope advantage during the second period to come. Certainly during the next fifteen minutes we had our chances but small mistakes and stout home team defending saw to it that we remained scoreless throughout the game. We certainly tired during the last quarter conceding four tries. However, nothing should be taken away from the team who defended heroically and gave it their all; we did not let Ramsey settle in the first 20 minutes and have things their own way but they are a talented side who will surely press hard for promotion this time round. After a stormy morning and a slightly difficult journey it was amazing that the weather cleared in the hour before kick off and that the pitch dried out so well!!

I must mention certain younger players for their immense contribution; the back row of the Marnick twins and Danny Blyth, they were everywhere and as usual the hard tackling of Matt Dooley. Well done all four of you and indeed the whole squad and the veteran spectators. However, my man of the match has to go to Rob Marnick who as well as his normal high octane contribution picked up so bravely and so often at the base of an often retreating scrummage. Once again Isle Of Man based referee Joe Phelan had an outstanding game; both teams should be very grateful for this! Well done, again, Joe.

Result: Ramsey 29 Parkonians 0
Team:Terry Williams, Craig Whelan(Mike Bowe 65),Barry Owens(Geoff Waters 60),Liam Evans, Matt Dooley, Gareth Pryce, Mark Hillan, Martyn Sharkey(Chris Hall 65), Peter Hillan(captain), Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Ben Larsson, Mike Marnick, Danny Blyth, Rob Marnick.
Mr Motivator:Paul Hillan
Ref:Joe Phelan(Liverpool)
13 Veteran Touring Supporters Travelling on Friday 13th.:Keith Aldcroft, Richie Beckett, Steve Lowndes, Mark Pearson, Alan Morris, Paul Morris, Ken Cooke, Mal Evans, Dave Smith, Barry Fogg, Stewie McEwen, Carl Brannon, Terry Marnick.

The 2nds lost at Birkenhead Park 4ths 15-7. This coming Saturday 21st. November the 1sts entertain Helsby in a Cheshire Plate fixture with, hopefully, the 2nds hosting Bowdon 4ths in a Miller Homes Plate Competition game. As wel it is old players reunion day from 12 noon onwards- hope to see plenty of regulars and not so regulars there for what should be another excellent occasion.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th November

1ST XV V PORT SUNLIGHT(H) - IS THIS A RECORD VICTORY?!

On a cold and damp afternoon at Holm Lane the 1st team crushed a much weakened Port Sunlight team. 14 tries were scored in all with all but one being converted by the ever reliable, Terry Williams.

It was one way traffic for much of the game, except for a 15 minute period midway through the first half. The score was 40-5 at half time and a further eight converted tries were added in the second half. Credit should be given though to Sunlight for turning up and honouring the game! Not a lot was learnt from this match except that we handled and supported very well. Mention should also go to the non-try scoring front row of Martyn Sharkey, captain Peter Hillan and Mark Barham who eadh carried the ball forward aggressively on several occasions.

Congratulations also to Tom Sutton for scoring a brace of tries on his full first team debut; well done, Tom, hope you enjoyed it. We shall surely face a sterner test in the Isle Of Man against second placed, Ramsey. The corresponding fixture last year resulted in a very tense and exciting 3-3 draw. A party of veterans will be travelling over on Friday morning 24 hours prior to the departure of the playing squad to check everything out for them!!

The scheduled 2nd team league game at Holm Lane against West Park(St Helens) 3rd team was called off by our oppponents barely an hour before kick off handing us the victory and conceding the venue for the return fixture later in the season according to Miller Homes league rules. The referee for this game, Andrew Ventin, was already 'en route' and thanks to Andrew for then running touch in the 1st team game. This week the 2nds have an away league fixture at Birkenhead Park 4ths and it is hoped that there will be a home 3rd team game from the fixture pool.

Result: Parkonians 96 Port Sunlight 5
Scorers: Tries-Barry Owens(3),Danny Blyth(2),Tom Sutton(2),Craig Whelan(2),Terry Williams(2),Liam Evans,Mark Hillan,Mike Marnick. Conversions-Terry Williams(13) Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(Liam Evans 55),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham(Chris Hall 60),Mike Byrne,Martin Varley(Alan Williams 45),Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
Referee:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)
Touchjudges:Andrew Ventin(Liverpool),Richie Beckett(Parkonians)

Nice to see Phil Cass after the game but where is Keith Graham, has he gone AWOL, and what about 'Fatmaster' too?! Perhaps they will show their faces at the Past Players reunion day/lunch at the club a week on Saturday the 21st November commencing at 12 noon. No mention of 'Funky/Our Taff' this week but there I have just mentioned him!!

Apologies to Tony Burton for not mentioning last week that he has been one of this season's sponsors so far; sorry, Tony, and many thanks! Thanks also to last week's sponsor, Leon Garrett.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 31st October

3RDS TASTE VICTORY FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON!

On a perfect day for running rugby at Holm Lane, Paul Disbury's 3rd team gained their first victory of the season against a very plucky Ellesmere Port 3rd team. Dizza was injured and could not name himself in the starting line up with the captaincy passing to Dave Carroll.

Port arrived with only 13 men and no front row so it was uncontested scrums from the start. Many thanks to Aaron Duncan and Jamie Lamb who played full games for our opponents and also to Ben Larsson who came on for them at half time after one of their players suffered an injury. There were no society referees available so yours truly was called into action and hopefully I did a reasonable job.

Parkonians were in command from the start and threatened to run riot with Ben Pearson, Tom Sutton, Rob Marnick and Les Donnelly running particularly strongly. After 30 minutes we were 22-0 in front with our visitors scoring a try, by our own Jamie Lamb after a strong run from a penalty, shortly before half time leaving the score as 22-5. Port began the second period very strongly scoring two converted tries to take the score to 22-19 in our favour but things were looking a little worrying before we had another golden patch scoring three more tries none of which were converted.

Port were not to be outdone, however, scoring a late consolation try just before the final whistle. A Parkonian rule, on the day, had been for our try scorers to attempt the ensuing conversion so congratulations are due to Dom Verheijen who was the only player successful on this count; well done, Dom! Tom Sutton at No 8 looks a strong recruit who will surely feature in the higher teams, Les Donnelly had a good game and is making promising progress.

Jamie Lamb played well guesting for the Port and Chris Beckett played well in his half game perhaps encouraging him to play on a more regular basis. It appeared that everyone on both sides enjoyed their game as I did. Special mention to 'Funky' for not knowing the offside law at the ruck being persistently offside to no effect and making pathetic attempts to cheek the ref unsuccessfully as were Simon 'Mouth' Dunning and Mr Phil Smith!! Anyway it was all good banter and added to the spirit of the day!

Result: Parkonians 3rds 37 Ellesmere Port 3rds 24
Scorers: Tries- Tom Sutton(2), Rob Marnick(2), Les Donnelly, Pete Hillan and Dom. Verheijen. Con- Dom Verheijen.
Team:Mike Hawker,Chris Beckett(Simon Brooks 40), Les Donnelly, Rob Marnick, Dom. Verheijen, Mark Hillan, Peter Hillan, Dave Carroll(captain), Phil Thomas, Derek 'Mr Fitness' Prescott, Richie 'Funky' Gibbon, Phil Smith, Simon Dunning, Ben Pearson(Mark Barham 40), Tom Sutton.
Referee:Richie Beckett(Parkonians). Also thanks go to Alan Muir and Alan Morris for running touch.

2NDS GAIN THIRD LEAGUE VICTORY AT FORMBY

This game had been in some doubt on the Saturday morning due to the society referee crying off and there being no replacement. Thankfully our own Mike Heyward offered his services and the game was able to go ahead; many thanks, Mike! We were convincing victors and won comfortably scoring six tries to their one. Congratulations go to Mike Bowe on his hat trick and it was also good to see Alan Williams returning to action after his nasty injury sustained at Knutsford on the first Saturday in September; welcome back, Al!

Result: Formby Vikings 7 Parkonians 34
Scorers: Tries- Mike Bowe(3), Mark Tucker, Lee Morris and Alan Williams. Cons- Adam Peters(2).
Team:Adam Peters, Matt Moore,(Paul Lennon 40), Matt Dooley, Chris Hall, Mike Bowe, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Mark McCormack, Mark Tucker, Richie Peters(captain), Justin Danher, Tony Blease(Alan Williams 40), Scott Lamb, Martin Varley, Lee Morris.
Referee:Mike Heyward(Parkonians)

Next week the 1sts return to South Lancs/Cheshire Division 3 league action with a 'tasty' encounter against local rivals Port Sunlight at Holm Lane. The 2nds are also at home in a Miller Homes League Division 5 West fixture against West Park(St Helens) 3rds. All games now commence at either 2.15 or 2.30pm so make sure you aren't late!! Many thanks to Alan Morris(Snr.) and Ben Pearson for their continued organisation of the weekly raffle. Also many, many thanks to our match day sponsors so far; Steve Williams, Alan Morris(Snr.), Derek Prescott, Ray Prescott,Mark Barham, Richie Beckett and Chris Hall.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 24th October

3RD'S LOSE AT RHOS IN A THRILLER WITH THE LAST KICK OFF THE GAME!!

Paul Disbury's 3rd team travelled to Rhos to play their newly formed 2nd team in a return fixture having lost 38-26 two weeks previously at Holm Lane.

This was a thrilling encounter with a final outcome that no one could have predicted. Parkonians played with a strong wind advantage at their backs and seemingly had the game 'stitched up' at half time, leading their hosts by a scoreline of 26-0. Four tries had been scored all of which had been well worked.

Scorers of these tries were Matt Dooley, Rob Marnick, skipper Paul Disbury and the best of the lot by impressive full back, Paul Lennon. I was going to say that Paul's try was a solo effort but I was reminded by our veteran Welshman, 'Our Taff/Funky' Gibbon that it was indeed he who started the move deep in his own half with a quick throw in at the lineout; I was on the other side of the pitch so obviously missed this important piece of the action.

Three of these tries were converted by talented young scrum half, Charlie Allen. 26-0 up at half time and now facing a near gale force wind we went further ahead with an excellent unconverted try by Will Walker. 31-0 surely an unassailable lead ?!?! However, Rhos had never thrown in the towel and gradually worked their way back into the game and with only one minute left on the clock were only trailing 26-31. With probably the last play of the game they scored a try wide out leaving a fairly difficult conversion which if successful would win them the game and this duly happened!! Parkonians were behind for the first time in the game as the final whistle blew; a cruel fate in what had been a brilliant game of social rugby!

However, although as many commented after that a draw would have been a fair and fitting result there are many plusses that can be taken from the game. Firstly, everyone on both sides thoroughly enjoyed the fixture and all players were involved in the action. Seven of our players were over 40 years old and five were under 21; a real mix!! I was very impressed by my first sighting of my man of the match, Paul Lennon, and there were again impressive performances by 'the cricketers' Charlie Allen and Will Walker. I should try and mention more players of course but not everyone comes up to me like, 'Our Taff', 'Janice' and Scott Lamb asking me to include how well they played etc.

Well done to Dizza for organising the side again and surely there will be several more 3rd team games this season including , hopefully, another double header against Rhos after Christmas. Commiserations and good luck to Karl Whelan who sustained a nasty injury after only 5 minutes at the most. Well done to everyone who played in the match it was a pleasure to watch you all represent the club with such credit both on and off the field. Special mentions to Phil Thomas for losing one against the head in an uncontested scrum and to Jess and Tommy for getting lost so many times, even with sat nav, on the way to the game.

Result: Rhos 2nds 33 Parkonians 3rds 31
Scorers: Tries. Matt Dooley, Rob Marnick, Paul Lennon, Paul Disbury, Will Walker. Cons: Charlie Allen(3).
Team:Paul Lennon, Will Walker, Karl Whelan(Paul Disbury 5), Rob Marnick, Mike Hawker, Matt Dooley, Charlie Allen, Phil Thomas, Chris Sharkey(Tommy Manger 30), Derek Prescott(another full game, Derek!), Richie Gibbon, Phil Smith, Jamis Lamb, Simon Dunning, Mike Heyward.

2NDS RECORD THEIR SECOND MILLER HOMES LEAGUE VICTORY AGAINST ST MARYS.

The 2nds, at Holm Lane, recorded their second league victory of the campaign against a spirited St Marys Old Boys 2nd team The final score was a healthy 36-10 with six tries being scored by: Barry Owens, Adam Peters, Chris Hall, Liam Evans, Mike Bowe and Scott Lamb, who had also scored a try on his first team debut the previous week at Linley; well done, Scott, you are making excellent progress especially now that you have moved into the forwards. Barry Owens converted three of the tries. Next week the 2nds break new ground when they travel to Formby Vikings for their next league encounter. Good luck to the team!

Team:Adam Peters, Mike Bowe, Barry Owens, Chris Hall, Matt Moore, Liam Evans, Dave Gallwey, Mark McCormack, Matt Dodd, Richie Peters, Martin Varley, Justin Danher, Danny Blyth, Scott Lamb, Lee Morris.

 Congratulations to all junior section rugby players and their coaches and parentes after recent and successful matches against local rivals Caldy and Wirral, keep up the good work!; please read, if you haven't already done so, the reports of these matches on the Junior Section link of the website. Thanks also to my friend, Dave Adams, for mentioning me on the Old Yardleians RUFC website after my recent visit down there to Shirley, Birmingham; you made me very welcome indeed!!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 10th October

THREE TEAMS FIELDED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON!!

1st XV V Knutsford (H) - Cheshire Plate

The first team played Knutsford in the latest Cheshire Plate game on the visitors debut outing at Holm Lane. Strangely, for the second week in succession the visiting first team turned up with only 14 players. At first the one player advantage was a telling factor in that Old Parks very quickly scored two early tries and continued to dominate for much of  the first period going into the half time break leading 24-0.

Late in the first half the game was reduced to uncontested scrums with one of the Knutsford props becoming injured although he did play on for much of the remaining part of the match. The home team had played good running rugby at times but really should have scored more points.Unfortunately both Mark Hillan and Ben Pearson had to leave the action due to recurrences of injuries sustained the previous week.

In the second half Parkonians were hugely disappointing and actually lost the half 19-5 and for the last 15 minutes Knutsford only had 13 men! However, on the plus side many of the younger players had really good games. Danny Blyth and Mike Marnick were everywhere! Liam Sadler continues to impress and young second rower Mike Byrne continues to develop. There were two tries for the ever improving Karl Whelan and a lovely deft chip kick from fly half Gareth Pryce led to a Terry Williams touchdown. Next Saturday we travel to Linley for a league game which will surely provide us with the normally stern test.

Result: Parkonians 29 Knutsford 19
Scorers; Tries.Karl Whelan(2),Terry Williams,Gareth Pryce,Mike Byrne. Cons. Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Karl Whelan,Craig Whelan, Mark Hillan(Liam Evans 10),Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey(Ian Westwater65/Dave Carroll75),Peter Hillan(captain),Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Ben Pearson(Mark McCormack 22),Mike Marnick,Danny Blyth,Phil Byrne.
Ref:Colin Kershaw(Liverpool)
Richie's MOM:Danny Blyth.Another very good display. Well done,Danny!

2nd XV V Newton Le Willows (A) League Game

On arriving at Newton it soon became clear to skipper Richie Peters that our hosts were without a game and that we were going to be facing a very stiff challenge indeed. On checking I found that their 1st team league North Lancs 2 had open dates last Saturday. Whereas Newton may not have broken any rules I feel that they did not play the match in the true spirit of rugby union. Anyway the lads battled bravely but unsurprisingly they went down to a heavy 51-7 defeat with Mike Bowe scoring a consolation try and Dave Gallwey converting it.

Team:Matt Moore,Carl Ryan,Mike Bowe,John Dunning,Paul Lennon,Paul Disbury,Dave Gallwey,Chris Hall,Mark Tucker,Richie Peters(captain,Martin Varley,Tony Blease,Phil Smith,Scott Lamb,Lee Morris(Matt Dodd 40).

3rd XV V Rhos 2nd XV (H) Friendly

In a most entertaining game our 3rd team in their first outing of the season lost a close encounter 38-26 against a strong powerful Rhos XV. The game was fast flowing and certainly 'end to end stuff'. The cricket contingent played very well indeed and scored all of our points!! Will Walker(2 tries), Charlie Allen(1 try) and Greg Lindop(1 try and 3 conversions).

Stand in captain Dave Carroll was absolutely delighted with his side's performance and said that all the team are looking forward to the next 3rd team game. Well done to all players and a special mention to young debutant scrum half Charlie Allen who was our Man Of The Match as voted for by captain Dave Carroll. Many thanks to Dave Grundy for refereeing so well and to Dom Verheijen and Jamie Lamb for turning out for Rhos who only arrived with 13 players.Mustn't forget to mention also father and son combination in the front row Phil and Gareth Thomas.

Team:Greg Lindop,Will Walker,Mike Hawker,Robbie Jones,Les Donnelly,Pete Bradshaw, Charlie Allen,Dave Carroll (Captain), Phil Thomas, Gareth Thomas(Tommy Manger 40), Derek Prescott, Richie 'Our Taff' Gibbon, Liam Evans(Kevin Gray 30), Simon Dunning, Benji Dever(where's Tony, Ben?)

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 3rd October

1st XV CRUISE TO A COMFORTABLE VICTORY OVER A WEAKENED HELSBY SIDE

At a windswept Holm Lane last Saturday the Parkonians first team cruised to a very comfortable 61-10 South Lancs/Cheshire Division 3 league victory over a much weakened Helsby team which only contained 14 players throughout the match.

They bore no resemblance to the side which had beaten us at their place on the opening Saturday of the season in a Cheshire Plate match.

Parkonians played the first 40 minutes towards the Holm Lane end with the galeforce wind behind them and were convincingly in the lead at half time by a 47-0 margin. Things did change in the second half when it was our turn to play against the wind and were down to 14 men ourselves due to injuries to four of our players and all the replacements having been used. We only actually won the second half 14-10 and Helsby battled bravely right to the end and showed plenty of team spirit.

We scored nine tries only one not being converted; scorers listed below. There were very promising performances from young srum half Liam Sadler and back row players Danny Blyth and Mike Marnick with some very powerful running being shown by both Terry Williams and Barry Owens. However, although we were delighted to record a 2nd consecutive league victory this was not really a challenge and much sterner tests will await us. Let's hope this is a starting point in mounting a serious challenge for promotion.

Full Time: Parkonians 61 Helsby 10

Team: Terry Williams, Karl Whelan, Mark Hillan(Liam Evans 30), Barry Owens, Geoff Waters(Matt Dooley 15), Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan(captain), Ben Pearson, Mike Byrne, Mark McCormack, Danny Blyth, Mike Marnick, Rob Marnick(Mark Barham 22)
Scorers: Tries. Terry Williams(3), Barry Owens(2), Liam Sadler(2), Matt Dooley, Ben Pearson. Conversions: Terry Williams(8).
Referee: Simon Kirk(Liverpool). Simon had a very good game as he did when he came here last year. He was only disappointed that the game did not present more of a challenge to him!

TWO'S RECORD OPENING MILLER HOMES DIVISION 5 (WEST) LEAGUE VICTORY

The 2nd XV also played at Holm Lane and recorded, deservedly, their first victory of the season against plucky opponents in Wigan 4ths. who gamely turned up with only 13 men. Thanks very much to Derek Prescott and Chris Stott for playing for Wigan. It will certainly have done Derek a power of good to play a full game after all these years, sorry, Derek, only joking -  I think!!

Well done also to 50th birthday boy Steve Barnett for his powerful 4 minutes on the pitch before sustaining an injury - a little light training, Steve, before your next outing, please; see Chris Hall for advice on this matter!  We won by a 24-5 points margin. Well done also to Liverpool Society referee, Phil Jones, who was enjoying himself so much that he added on a 'couple of days' added time!!

Apologies to Steve Williams, Mark Pearson and Carl Handley for not mentioning last week that they are indeed Saturday afternoon regulars.This week the 1sts have Knutsford as our visitors, their first time at Holm Lane I think, in a Cheshire Plate round robin match whilst the 2nds travel to Newton-le-Willows in a Miller Homes league encounter.

Match Sponsor: Tony Burton. Thanks very much, Tony. Let's see you all up at the club again this Saturday!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 26th September 2009

ROUND UP RETURNS TO RECORD A MUCH WELCOMED FIRST VICTORY OF THE NEW SEASON

The Rugby Roundup returns to record the club's much needed first victory of the season when the 1st.XV travelled to Congleton for their latest league encounter achieving a hard fought, tense encounter by a 12-3 margin.

On a very pleasant afternoon for running rugby and in ideal conditions the visiting Parkonian team started brightly putting much pressure on their hosts in the opening 10 minutes and should really have scored a try or two. However, for much of the game it was stalemate with the score being 0-0 at half time. Due to some strange refereeing where indeed at times it was difficult to see what decision was being given, to whom and for what!

Due to this, and some indiscipline as well, we did incur two sin binnings, Parkonians had an indifferent middle period and conceded many penalties some fairly so and some not. However, the Congleton goalkicker, fortunately, only managed to convert one of these penalties. I am glad to report that our Parkonians team finished strongly and deserved this victory and scored well taken tries through Geoff Waters and Mike Marnick the latter being converted by Terry Williams.

There were plenty of promising performances without possibly any outstanding ones which augurs well for this coming Saturday's home league game against one of our favourite opponents, Helsby. I would like to give a mention to Karl Whelan who has stepped up from the 2nd team this season and has shown how much progress he has made recently and certainly had a good game at Congleton! Well done, Karl, and keep it up! If you can't play yourself then why not get up to support the team or the 2nd's who are also at home.

Full Time: Congleton 3 Parkonians 12.

Team: Terry Williams, Craig Whelan, Geoff Waters, Mark Hillan, Karl Whelan, Gareth Pryce, Liam Sadler, Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan(captain), Mark Barham, Ben Pearson, Ben Larsson, Mike Marnick, Danny Blyth, Mark McCormack(Rob Marnick40) Replacement:Jamie Bowen.
Scorers: Tries- Geoff Waters, Mike Marnick. Conversion- Terry Williams.
Ref: Graham Butler(Manchester)

The 2nd Team travelled by bus to Carrington(Manchester) and after a tough battle went down bravely by a score of 30-12. This season we have entered the excellently organised Miller Homes League set up being placed in Division 5 West. We are so far without a victory but have played a superb Liverpool Medics team who already look red hot favourites to win the division and a strong Waterloo side.

The week before last the team travelled to Northwich and were unlucky to come out on the wrong side of a 12-10 scoreline. This week they host new opponents in Wigan 4th's and will be hoping for their first victory. I must applaud new captain Richie Peters for his enthusiam and devoping a real team spirit within his side. Interesting to see former skipper, Chris Hall, alternating between stand off and loose head prop! Chris has been in real training gaining the required extra bulk for his new propping role. Well done, Chris, keep on eating and drinking!!

It is very pleasing to report that junior rugby has started up again on Sunday mornings from 11am. for boys and girls between the the ages of 6 and 13. All are very welcome and the turnouts so far have been excellent; see the junior rugby section link on this website for further details and for news of up and coming fixtures.

I feel once again that I must mention the need for as many players as possible to attend training at the club on Wednesdays(7pm prompt) taken by club coach Steve Lowndes, ably assisted by Alan Morris(Senior) and Gareth Pryce; this is the only way we will improve as a rugby playing club.

We also need to try and recruit more adult players, try and encourage a friend or two or 'niggle' a current member who is not playing at the moment provided of course that they are not seriously injured! Last Saturday we only had two replacements for the firsts and one for the seconds. If we want to run a third team, even if only occasionally, we are going to need to do better than this!

Lastly but most certainly not least Richie's Rugby Roundup is aiming to encourage former players who have got out of the habit of coming to the club on Saturdays to return, if not regularly at least occasionally. You will be made most welcome and you will see a selection of these now none playing veterans who regularly are at the club on a Saturday afternoon/evening.

In no particular order- Dave Smith, Alan Morris(Senior and Junior), Richie Beckett, Steve Lowndes, Keith Aldcroft, Mal and Pete Evans, Ken Cooke, Ken Owen, Carl Brannon, Stewie McEwen, Dave Westwater, Alan Muir, Steve Barnett, Phil Cass., Ken Oram, Billy Lloyd, Keith Graham.

Many,apologies to anyone who considers that I have missed them out, it could of course be that I don't yet consider you an ex player! Keep on coming up fellas and let's see some more 'new old faces' starting this Saturday when the weather is going to be good and both teams are at home.

Feel free to contact me about this issue or any other at randpbeckett@fsmail.net as I would really like some feedback and anything else you feel should be mentioned in the round up. Looking forward to seeing everone this Saturday, player or not.

PS. We are eagerly awaiting a visit from down south in the near future by former players Owen Butler and Ged Dollard, see you both soon!!

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