Archive ~ 2011

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 ~ 2011 / 2012

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Parkonians RUFC 2nd XV ~ 2011 / 2012

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Parkonians RUFC 3rd XV ~ 2011 / 2012

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1st XV Player Statistics ~ 2011 / 2012

The 1st XV Team statistics as at 14th January are as below:

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
Liam Sadler 17 15 9 8 0 117
Terry Williams 12 6 19 8 0 92
Paul Wigfield 11 8 0 0 0 40
Scott Lamb 17 5 0 0 0 25
John Turaga 11 5 0 0 0 25
Gareth Pryce 17 4 1 0 0 22
Craig Whelan 16 4 0 0 0 20
Matthew Dooley 14 4 0 0 0 20
Barry Owens 12 2 5 0 0 20
Robert Marnick 16 2 0 0 0 10
Paul Hillan 15 2 0 0 0 10
Allan Williams 13 2 0 0 0 10
Liam Evans 8 2 0 0 0 10
Ben Rees 7 2 0 0 0 10
Mike Byrne 17 1 0 0 0 5
Peter Hillan 13 1 0 0 0 5
Ben Pearson 13 1 0 0 0 5
Josh Bowe 5 1 0 0 0 5
Geoff Waters 3 1 0 0 0 5
Mark Barham 17 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Hillan 17 0 0 0 0 0
Martin Sharkey 16 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Blyth 15 0 0 0 0 0
Karl Whelan 5 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Burton 4 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Evans 3 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Hall 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Cardus 1 0 0 0 0 0
Simon Smithdale 1 0 0 0 0 0
Les Donnely 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Sutton 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Disbury 1 0 0 0 0 0
Junior Turaga 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Stott 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

Training

 

Training is undertaken every Wednesday evening at the club throughout the year.

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

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

New members of all age, size & ability are always welcome, for further details contact Gareth Pryce, the Club Captain.

2011 / 2012 Fixtures and Results

 

First XV Fixtures 2011/2012

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

KO

Result

Score

3rd Sep

League

Congleton

Home

3:00pm Won 50-5

10th Sep

League

Wallasey

Away

3:00pm Lost 24-12

17th Sep

League

Capenhurst

Home

3:00pm Won 27-5

24th Sep

League

Helsby

Away

3:00pm Won 6-63

1st Oct

League

Buxton

Home

3:00pm Won 12-8

8th Oct

League

Knutsford

Away

3:00pm Won 37-14

15th Oct

Plate

Holmes Chapel

Home

3:00pm Won 19-14

22nd Oct

League

Linley

Home

3:00pm Won 19-14

29th Oct

League

Prenton

Away

3:00pm Won 8-10

5th Nov

Plate

 

 

2:15pm    

12th Nov

League

University of Liverpool

Home

2:15pm Won 44-5

19th Nov

League

Port Sunlight

Away

2:15pm Won 0-13

26th Nov

 

MossleyHill

Away

2:15pm Won 5-19

3rd Dec

League

Holmes Chapel

Home

2:15pm Lost 3-7

10th Dec

League

Wallasey

Home

2:15pm Lost 12-20

17th Dec

 

 

 

2:15pm    

24th Dec

 

 

 

2:15pm    

31st Dec

 

 

 

2:15pm    

2012

7th Jan

League

Capenhurst

Away

2:15pm Won 19-34

14th Jan

League

Helsby

Home

2:15pm Won 77-0

21st Jan

Plate

 

 

2:15pm    

28th Jan

League

Buxton

Away

2:15pm Lost 10-3

4th Feb

League

Knutsford

Home

2:15pm Postponed

11th Feb

Nat Junior Vase

Mossley Hill

Home

2:15pm Lost 8-28

18th Feb

League

Linley

Away

2:15pm Won 0-31

25th Feb

League

Knutsford

Home

2:15pm Won 27-10

3rd Mar

League

Prenton

Home

3:00pm Lost 5-18

10th Mar

League

University of Liverpool

Away

3:00pm Won 14-17

17th Mar

 

 

 

3:00pm    

24th Mar

League

Port Sunlight

Home

3:00pm Won 25-5

 31st Mar

League

Holmes Chapel

Away

3:00pm Won 12-16

7th Apr

 

Easter

 

3:00pm    

14th Apr

League

Congleton

Away

3:00pm Won 3-10

21st Apr

 

 

 

3:00pm    

28th Apr

 

 

 

3:00pm    

Second XV Fixtures 2011/2012

3rd Sep

League

Sefton 4

Away

3:00pm Won 0-27

10th Sep

League

Formby V     1

Home

3:00pm Lost 15-24

17th Sep

League

New Brighton 3

Away

3:00pm Lost 37-17

24th Sep

League

Ormskirk 4

Home

3:00pm Won 50-7

1st Oct

League

Wirral  4

Away

3:00pm Lost 33-10

8th Oct

League

Prenton 2

Away

3:00pm Lost 44-0

15th Oct

League

Birchfield 2

Home

3:00pm Won 30-29

22nd Oct

League

Hoylake 2

Away

3:00pm Lost 72-0

29th Oct

League

St Edwards OD  2

Home

3:00pm Lost 0-64

5th Nov

League

Ormskirk 3

Away

2:15pm Lost 34-10

12th Nov

League

Mossley Hill 2

Away

2:15pm Lost 41-0

19th Nov

 

Ellesmere Port 2/3

Home

2:15pm Won 35-0

26th Nov

League

Eagle 2

Away

2:15pm Drew 17-17

3rd Dec

League

Liverpool Coll 3

Home

2:15pm Lost 8-20

10th Dec

League

Formby Vikings  1

Away

2:15pm Can N/A

17th Dec

League

New Brighton 3

Home

2:15pm Drawn 5-5

24th Dec

 

 

 

2:15pm    

31st Dec

 

 

 

2:15pm    

2012

7th Jan

League

Ormskirk 4

Away

2:15pm Lost 20-17

14th Jan

League

Wirral 4

Home

2:15pm Lost 5-10

21st Jan

Plate

Mossley Hill

Away

2:15pm Won 12-24

28th Jan

League

Prenton 2

Home

2:15pm    

4th Feb

League

Birchfield  2

Away

2:15pm    

11th Feb

Plate

Tyldesley

Home

2:15pm Lost 3-36

18th Feb

League

Hoylake 2

Home

2:15pm Lost 0-43

25th Feb

 

Formby Vikings

Away

2:15pm Lost 17-5

3rd Mar

League

St Edwards OB

Away

3:00pm Lost 55-3

10th Mar

League

Ormskirk 3

Home

3:00pm Won 17-24

17th Mar

 

 

 

3:00pm    

24th Mar

League

Mossley Hill 2

Home

3:00pm Lost 43-8

 31st Mar

League

Eagle 2

Home

3:00pm Won 41-17

7th Apr

 

Birkenhead Park

Home

3:00pm    

14th Apr

League

Liverpool Coll  3

Away

3:00pm Won 15-41

21st Apr

League

Sefton 4

Home

3:00pm    

28th Apr

 

 

 

3:00pm    

 

Rugby Club Summer Update

The Rugby Section of the Old Parkonians Association held an EGM on Wednesday 13th June at which a vote was carried to change the name from Parkonians RUFC to Oxton Parkonians RUFC. However, although the Rugby Section has now agreed to this name change, upon notifying the RFU of our name change we have been told that this cannot be made official until the 1st June 2013 as we had passed their deadline of 31st May 2012 for a club to change its title for the 2012/13 season. Rugby Club Secretary, Paul Mullen, is making further investigations to confirm or otherwise that this is indeed the case.

Steve Lowndes has stood down as Rugby Club Coach although he now becomes 1st Team Match Day Manager. Many thanks for all your hard work over the years, Steve, the players have really appreciated it! As a result the Club is actively seeking a suitably qualified person to become the adult rugby section Head Coach. This will entail taking training/coaching each Monday and Wednesday evening (7-9pm.) and ideally, but not absolutely essential, to be available on 1st Team matchdays.

Enquiries in the first instance should be made via this website to Richie Beckett (Rugby Club Chairman) and/or Gareth Pryce (Club and 1st Team Captain).

Pre season training will commence on Monday 2nd July at the Club in Holm Lane, Oxton at 7pm and be held at that time each Monday and Wednesday thereafter.

As always the Club is looking out for new adult players of 17 years and upwards. Whatever your experience, just turn up at any training session and ask for 1st Team Captain, Gareth Pryce, or 2nd Team Captain, Matt Dodd. You will be made most welcome.

Congratulations to the players who represented the Club at the recent New Brighton RUFC Peninsular Sevens Tournament winning the Plate competition. Well done to all!!

The league fixtures are now out and will be available on this website in the near future; in the meantime the 1st Team fixtures may be accessed via the RFU North site and the 2nd team fixtures via the NWIL site. League games commence on Saturday 1st September with the 1st round of the Cheshire Plate scheduled to take place the previous Saturday 25th August with a home tie against local rivals, Capenhurst.

In addition it is hoped to play a warm up game against local opponents either home or away on Saturday 18th August.

The club is looking forward to another successful season with the Ist team looking to be serious promotion candidates and the 2nd Team looking to build on last season's development. Dave Carroll will again be running a 3rd Team playing friendly fixtures and he aims to have the team in operation for at least 50% of the season.

Yours In Sport,
Richie Beckett. Chairman Of Rugby/Press Officer. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 14th April 2012

PIPPED AT THE FINAL FENCE BY BUXTON!!

We travelled to Congleton in hope of obtaining a bonus point victory and of Prenton travelling to Buxton to prevent their hosts obtaining their bonus point victory! If both scenarios had occured Parkonians would have been promoted along with champions Wallasey.

Neither scenario occured so we were pipped at the post by Buxton who will play in South Lancs./Cheshire 2 next season not us! We fell away somewhat in recent weeks failing to pick up the bonus points whilst Buxton obtained their's on a regular basis; so we can have no gripes. I received a lovely e mail from the Buxton chairman, Simon Smedley, and this along with my reply to him are shown below.

At Congleton we were the better side and started strongly with Ben Rees scoring an unconverted try inside the first five minutes auguring well for a high scoring display from Parkonians; it was not to be with us only adding a second unconverted try from Rob Marnick deep into the second half. Peter Bennett was given his full debut and once again performed admirably.

Congleton are much improved recently and that together with the fact that we didn't appear to get our fair share of decisions from the referee certainly didn't help our cause; a frustrating afternoon but it mattered not one jot as Prenton were capitulating in grand style at Buxton!! It has been a very good first team season but we must push on next season with a little greater ambition and aim once again for promotion.

Result:Congleton 3 Parkonians 10
Scorers:Tries-Ben Rees,Rob Marnick.
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mike Tobin,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Peter Bennett,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees(captain). Reps::Paul Disbury,Martyn Sharkey,Ryan Evans,Liam Evans,Rob Marnick.
Ref:Rod Lowe(Manchester)

The 2nd Team ended their league season at the club with a fabulous victory over Liverpool Collegiate by a handsome 41-15 margin; well done to all players!

Following the games we held our Annual Dinner in the Clubhouse at a special discounted rate of £5 per ticket. Many thanks to Ken Owen for arranging the sale of the tickets ; there was an attendance in excess of 80 members and guests. We tried out a new arrangement, which seemed to be a success, whereby we had the speeches and the awards before the food was served!!

Yours truly, as Chairman of Rugby, spoke first and I was delighted to welcome the following guests.

Ralph Savill (Liverpool Refs Society), Mick Cavanagh (Prenton), Terry Grundy(Capenhurst), Bob Lloyd (Birkenhead Park), Bob Gurney (Port Sunlight), Bobby Banks (Oldershaw), John McDaid (Wallasey) and our own Dave Westwater (Chairman,Old Parkonians Association). I am pretty certain that they all enjoyed a very good evening!! There were formal apologies from Anselmians and New Brighton.

Within my speech I was able to thank and congratulate all club volunteers especially five very long serving active members of the rugby committee; Ken Cooke, Paul Mullen, Eddie Flynn, Pete Evans and Ken Owen.

Club captain, Gareth Pryce, spoke after me and very eloquent he was too. I am delighted to report that Gareth will be standing for a third season. Well done, Gareth, you are a fine ambassador for our club!

The presentation of the awards(detailed below) followed presented by Club President, Ken Cooke. The fare laid on by Chris and Lesley Hall afterwards was of the normal high standard as always. Many thanks to both of you and to Lesley, Lauren and Liz for manning the bar for so many hours!!

Parkonians RUFC Annual Awards 2011/12

Players of the Month

  • Liam Sadler (September)
  • Scott Lamb (October)
  • Matt Dooley (November)
  • Ben Rees (December)
  • Danny Blyth (January)
  • Mike Byrne (February)
  • Mike Tobin (March)
Young Player Of The Year Matt Dooley
Most Improved Player Of The Year
( The Brian 'Gus' Cusick Award)
Peter Bennett
2nd Team Player Of The Year
( The Richie Peters Award)
Matt Moore
Player Of The Year Liam Sadler
Captain's Prize Ben Rees
Clubman Of The Year Eric Potter

Click for more picturesAs a club we are abolutely delighted to present Eric as our Clubman Of The Year; along with his recognition from the RFU Valuing The Volunteer Programme it is richly deserved for someone who has given such long and loyal service to the club, well done indeed, Eric!

I also know how deeply humbled Peter Bennett was to receive the 'Gus'award even though he had never met the legendary giant that was Gus. So all in all a very enjoyable and successful evening.

Although the league programme is over for the season for both 1st and 2nd teams, we do have two friendlies arranged for this coming Saturday 21st April; at home to Anselmians 3rds and a return encounter away to Birkenhead Park 3rds both having a 3pm KO.

My first reminder of The Rugby Club AGM. It is to be held in the Clubhouse at 8pm on Wednesday 16th May at 8pm and we will be looking for a good attendance.

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

From Simon Smedley ~ Buxton RUFC ~ Monday 16th April

Hello Richie,

In the spirit of the game, we at Buxton would like to thank you for a cracking contest this season, you are a good bunch of lads and enjoyed both fierce contests during the season. I believe it only came down to a few swings in results to the end of the season and there was hardly anything between us.

On behalf of the club I would like to wish you all the best, and hope to see you again when you get promoted next season.

Please pass our wishes onto the lads….

All the best,

Simon Smedley
Chairman
On behalf of Buxton RUFC.

A Response from Richie Beckett...

Hi Simon,

I am extremely touched by your most generous email and congratulate you on your success!

In the end you were a better side than us through the season and thoroughly deserve your promotion. As you say hopefully we will be playing you the season after next?!

Thanks again, Simon!

Cheers, Richie.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th April 2012

BRUISING BATTLE IN 'FRIENDLY' WITH OLD FRIENDS BIRKENHEAD PARK!!

With very little rugby around on Easter Saturday it was a pleasure to welcome Birkenhead Park 3rds to Holm Lane for a keenly contested game against our 2nd XV.

Click for more picturesIt was an enthralling encounter which Park narrowly deserving to win; their team containing a real mixture of youth and experience, indeed, with their skilful scrum half still looking like he was in primary school!! No offence meant he was in fact 17 and a very promising player.

Our good wishes go to Paul Hillan who received 20 stitches in his head following an accidental clash of heads. Paul, on arriving at APH, thought that his treatment would be speeded up if he mentioned he was suffering from concussion. Indeed, it did speed it up and then slowed it down when the medics declared that he would be detained overnight; nice one, Paul!!

It was great to welcome amongst others from Park Bob Lloyd,Keith Jones,Phil Reynolds, 'Tiny' Cairns and Eric 'Mr Nasty' Thomas! Don't really mean it, Eric, but glad that you didn't win the raffle.

Thanks to referee, Malcolm Irving, who I thought had a good game as did my dear old friend, John Turner, who was assessing him. Well done also to young touch judges, Matthew Burton and Luke Hillan, giving yours truly a well deserved rest!!

All in all a very good day and a real hark back to the old times when players and spectators mixed together off the field and shared a pint or two and distant memories.

Result:Parkonians 7 Birkenhead Park 19
Scorers: Try- Paul Hillan(before injury). Con-Ben Sadler.
Team:Paul Lennon,Darren Bramelow,Geoff Waters,Chris Hall,Kiel Williams,Mark Hillan,Ben Sadler,Mike Gibbs,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Martin Varley,Richie Peters,Mark Tucker,Danny Blyth,Paul Hillan. Reps:Jamie Lamb,Josh Bowe,Eric Nixon(Jnr.),Liam Evans.
Ref:Malcolm Irving(Liverpool)

So to this Saturday and the last league games of the season for our 1st and 2nd teams. The 1sts have the vital promotion decider at Congleton and nothing less than a bonus point victory will suffice(dictionary for some of you) and hope that Prenton travel to Buxton and prevent their hosts from gaining their required bonus point victory!! The 2nds play Liverpool Collegiate at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Looking forward to the dinner on Saturday, now, whatever the 'promotion' outcome and I shall endeavour to not speak for so long this year and steal all of Gareth's lines?!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 31th March 2012

ANOTHER HARD FOUGHT VICTORY OVER VERY RESILIENT OPPONENTS!

Saturday 31st March saw us travel to Holmes Chapel, on the R&J Travel coach, for a keenly contested game as always which we just managed to edge by a 16-12 scoreline.

Their 'oldies' told our oldies how weak they were going to be but this certainly was not the case. The result could have gone either way right up to the final whistle.We only scored two tries (but what good ones they were)thus failing once more to gain the all elusive bonus point meaning that we now drop back into 3rd place behind Buxton.

What all this means on the final league Saturday 14th April is that we need to secure a four try victory at Congleton with Buxton hopefully not gaining a four try bonus point win at home to Prenton if we are to secure the second promotion spot from our division.

At Chapel Paul Hillan had a very strong match closely followed by the combustious, Danny BlythI Dictionary, Danny! Anyway well played to both of you; I thought veteran, Paul Disbury played well too along with the up and coming youthful, Pete Bennett!

We had magnificent travelling support although it was very frustrating at times with even yours truly overstepping the mark and having a little shout at the referee!! Many thanks as well to our patient and most tolerant, R&J driver, Paul!!

Result:Holmes Chapel 12 Parkonians 16.
Scorers:Tries-Andy Smith, Alan Williams.Pens-Terry Williams(2).
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mike Tobin,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Paul Disbury,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Ben Pearson,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Paul Hillan,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees(captain). Reps:Mark Hillan,Alan Williams,Pete Bennett,Liam Evans,Geoff Waters.
Ref:Andrew Lewin(Manchester).

The 2nd Team had a magnificent 41-17 league victory over the always awkward opponents in Eagle. Matt Dodd and his squad were rightly 'over the moon' with this result; well done to all.

Thanks to Ian Westwater for his match day sponsorship this week and to Chris Beckett and Matthew Burton for their assistance to Alan Morris in running the raffle over the last two Saturdays.

Apologies to anyone I may have upset recently and two words of warning 'mind the step' on the way to the temporary toilets and don't talk whilst you are in there because the opposite sex toilets can hear everything you say as I found out last Saturday!

This Easter Saturday 7th April we are due to have our 2nds/3rds at home to Birkenhead Park 3rds/4ths with a 3pm. KO.

Also everyone is welcome to attend the Cricket Social at the Club on Easter Sunday 1pm. onwards details on the home page of this website; in addition a reminder regarding the Annual Dinner on Saturday 14th April tickets are nearly sold out; again all details are on the website home page.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/Press Secretary. Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 24th March 2012

A HARD FOUGHT VICTORY OVER VERY RESILIENT OPPONENTS!

Click for more pictures It was a lovely day at Holm Lane for rugby on Saturday 24th March against much improved local rivals, Port Sunlight.

The grounds looked a picture and were in excellent condition. Many thanks as always to Dave Westwater and his 'groundstaff' for all their hard work; it is much appreciated even if we don't always say so!

The game was a hard fought one which we deserved to win although the 25-5 winning margin might have flattered us a little with Sunlight competing throughout with their scrum half playing well as is normally the case along with old lags, Stocky and John Scarrats.

We scored three tries meaning we failed to gain the all important bonus point. It was good to see Martyn Sharkey, who had a strong game, getting on the scoresheet.

Click for more picturesWell played, Sharkey; with Scott Lamb having his normal powerful game as well! Another good game and a try too for our latest recruit, Mike Tobin. Well done to referee, Peter Barnett, who had a good game in my opinion!

Result: Parkonians 25 Port Sunlight 5.
Scorers:Tries-Martyn Sharkey,Barry Owens,Mike Tobin. Pens-Terry Williams(2). Cons-Terry Williams,Barry Owens.
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Mike Tobin,Barry Owens,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Paul Disbury,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees(captain). Reps:Paul Hillan,Ben Pearson,Ryan Evans,Liam Evans,Geoff Waters.
Ref:Peter Barnett(Liverpool).

The 2nd Team faced a strong Mossley Hill 2nds and despite another spirited performance went down at home by a 43-8 margin with veteran, Chris Hall, scoring a consolation try.

Click for more picturesThanks to our old friend, the ever eccentric, Dave Sixsmith, for reffing this one.

The 3rds had an enjoyable local derby at Anselmians going down 31-0. Thanks to Ken Owen for his match day sponsorhip; much appreciated as always.

Later that evening I attended the annual Prenton RUFC black tie dinner and a fantastic night it was with the hospitality being wonderful as normal. Thanks to Bongo and all at Prenton for making me so welcome as always.

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/Press Secretary. Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 10th March 2012

IMPROVED DISPLAY SEES OFF THE STUDENTS - JUST!!

Yes, it was a much better Parkonian performance this week away to Liverpool University on a glorious afternoon and on a lovely pitch too! However, the game was soured somewhat 20 minutes before kick off when the students' skipper informed us that they did not have a competitive front row and were seeking non contested scrums.

There was no alternative but to agree to this scenario meaning that Parkonians had a 4 point win before the game even commenced. We were now just playing for the extra bonus point if we could score four tries.Therefore, it would have been most embarassing if we had actually lost but still taken the 4 points.

On the day Parkonians eventually turned out to be the better side but it was always close and we were not able to gain the extra bonus point only scoring three tries.

We played against the strong and gusting wind in the first period and were soon, worryingly, a converted try down with their pacy winger scoring an excellent touchdown. Rob Marnick pounced on a loose ball in their in goal area to narrow the score shortly before half time but unfortunately Terry was unable to convert leaving the interval score 5-7 down.

Parkonians now with the wind at their backs dominated both territory and possesion but certainly did not have it all their own way in 'the second 40' Mike Byrne scored two excellent tries wide out following strong series of driving mauls. Terry kicked a very good conversion following one of these touch downs narrowly missing the other.

This was a much better team effort with several players having strong games; in the forwards Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick, Ben Rees,Danny Blyth, Pete Bennett and Scott Lamb. The backs tackled strongly especially Matt Dooley(as ever), Barry Owens and Terry Williams.

On a matter of law, in a game with non contested scrums, surely it should not be allowed to pick up from No 8 or take a scrum option from a penalty especially by the side who has conceded contesting scrums!! If these are the current laws then surely they need reviewing!!

Parkonans remain in 3rd place in the league table one point behind Holmes Chapel and one point ahead of Buxton who lost at league leaders, Wallasey. We have a free date this Saturday and then have Port Sunlight as visitors on Saturday 24th March in what is sure to be a hotly contested local derby;as most would agree that Sunlight are the most improved team in our league this season. Win all our three remaining games with bonus points and we can still go up - a big ask but within the realms of possibility!?

Result Liverpool University 14 Parkonians 17.
Scorers: Tries- Mike Byrne(2),Rob Marnick. Con-Terry Williams.
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,Mike Tobin,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Paul Hillan,Mark Barham,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Ryan Evans,Rob Marnick,Ben Rees(captain). Reps: Ben Pearson,Danny Blyth,Pete Bennett.
Ref:Roy Gladden(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team played Ormskirk 3rds at home and put in a much improved showing going down narrowly by 24-17 having given 'Kirk a 17-0 lead. Captain Matt Dodd was most enthusiastic in the clubhouse afterwards and even threatens a match report later in the week!! Good to see Jamie Lamb back playing and enjoying his birthday too!

The 2nds also have no league action this coming Saturday 17th March but it is hoped to pick up a 2nd/3rd team pool game away locally. There can be no games at the club this Saturday as preparations are being made for the commencement of the changing room, showers and toilets refurbishment programme. Temporary facilities should be on site for the following Saturday.

Finally, on behalf of the Old Parkonians Cricket Club they are on the lookout for returning and new playing members (from within the club or outside of the club) for the new season which commences on Saturday 21st April. Adult indoor nets start this Sunday 18th March at Birkenhead Park Cricket Club at 6pm; why not give it a try!!

Finally, finally why not come to the club anyway this Saturday to watch the climax of The RBS Six Nations Championship on the big screen. Wales v France (2.45pm.) then England v Ireland(5pm.) Wasn't that a great English performance and win against France?

Yours In Sport.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/Press Secretary. Parkonians RUFC.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 3rd March 2012

POOR PERFORMANCE LETS PRENTON PREVAIL!

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This will be a brief report but in no way is it meant to be sour grapes as Prenton thoroughly deserved their win in this latest local derby game and full credit should be given to skipper Jamie Reeve and his largely youthful squad.

It was a poor Parkonian performance and hopefully just a case of 'a bad day at the office' We had plenty of possesion scrummed very well worked hard at the lineout but could do little with the amount of good ball that we had with just too many handling and passing errors being made.

As always it was a fiercely contested game well refereed by Phil Stokes watched by a large crowd of supporters from both clubs who indulged in their normal friendly banter.

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Prenton's teamwork was impressive and their scores came through tries from prop forward Craig Badley and winger Steve Evans with Darryl Parker converting the second try; Darryl also added two second half penalties with Parkonians gaining a consolation try through Barry Owens in the last minute of the game.

On the credit side for Parkonians was a promising back row debut from the bench for Pete Bennett. Well played, Pete! We must get back on track, work hard on Wednesdays on the training field and if we can win our remaining four games we still have a good chance of being promoted. This must start with a good performance away to Liverpool University next Saturday.

Everyone at the club wishes John Turaga all the best for a speedy recovery following him being knocked out just before the half time whistle.

Result:Parkonians 5 Prenton 18.
Scorer:Try-Barry Owens.
Team:Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Barry Owens,John Turaga,Matt Dooley,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan(captain),Martyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Mark Barham,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Ryan Evans. Reps:Terry Williams,Paul Hillan,Peter Hillan,Liam Evans,Pete Bennett.

The 2nd Team went down 55-3 at high ranking St Edwards OB but the game was not as one sided as the scoreline suggests.

All credit once again to Dave Carroll for putting out the 3rd Team away to Prenton 3rds where they lost 40-14 in a hugely enjoyable contest. Dave is doing a splendid job in introducing so many new players both to the game and to the club; well done, Dave

Next week the 2nds entertain Ormskirk 3rds at Holm Lane whilst the 3rds hope for a game from the fixture pool. Many thanks to Liam Sadler for his match day sponsorship much apppreciated as always.

Finally, well done to all supporters on Saturday from both clubs for helping to make the Parkonians v Prenton game the wonderful traditional event that it is and will continue to be!!

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

Third Team Report from Dave Carroll ~ Saturday 18th February 2012

Gritty First Victory for Parkonians 3rds

An excellent performance against a well organised Ellesmere Port team took place at the Whitby Club on a breezy Saturday afternoon.

A team of depleting numbers on Saturday morning was rescued by Annie’s thirds unfortunate late fixture cancellation. Thanks to Nev, Tim, Ginge and Neil for helping out at late notice.

Parks started well with some excellent forward play. Multiple phases giving the team a dominant edge in the first 20 minutes. The backs where impressive with debuts for Connor Dever, Graham Corser, and John Bateman. Welcome to the club. The tackling in defence was impressive in a back line that apart from the evergreen Mike Hawker, had not played for the Club prior to this season.

Tries Came from Nev Annies and Kyle Williams. Conversion by Connor Dever.

As the game progressed, the forwards found it increasingly more difficult to interpret the laws at the breakdown resulting in multiple penalties against the parks and restricting our ability to get any rhythm in the game. Excellent discipline meant that we held on to the lead in the last ten minutes despite of a spirited assault on our line by an Ellesmere Port team with their tails up.

A big thanks to Ellesmere Port for their excellent hospitality as usual and well done to everyone who played.

Ellesmere Port 7 Parkonians 3rds 12

Team: Mike Hawker, Kyle Williams, Mark Taylor, Jon Banks, Jon Bateman, Graham Corser, Connor Dever, Neil Annies, Benjii and Tony Dever, Nev ,Tim, Ginge Annies, Dom Verj, Dave Carroll, Gareth Thomas.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 25th February 2012

FIVE TRY WIN AGAINST A PLUCKY KNUTSFORD FIFTEEN

Parkonians recorded their 13th league victory of the season to remain in 3rd place one point behind Holmes Chapel and two ahead of 4th placed Buxton and it is surely these three clubs who are now pressing for the remaining promotion spot along with league leaders Wallasey who lost their first game of the season at Port Sunlight 12-10 on Saturday!

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It was a rather low key performance by Parkonians in the early kick off at Holm Lane against a youthful visiting Knutsford side. In reality if it hadn't been for a series of passing and handling errors we should have been home and dry in the first quarter of this game.

Instead with the wind behind us we were ony 12-3 up at half time with tries through Alan Williams and John Turaga with Barry Owens converting John's try. Knutsford whilst not enjoying our advantage of territory and possesiion were always quick on the counter! We scored three further tries in the second period through Alan Williams(again), Andy Smith and Matt Dooley with none of them being converted. There were strong performances from the back row of Ryan Evans, Rob Marnick, Ben Rees along with Alan Williams and Scott Lamb.

Next Saturday sees the eagerly awaited return derby match at Holm Lane against local rivals, from the other side of Woodchurch Road, Prenton with a scheduled kick off time of 3pm. As always this is sure to be a keenly contested affair.

Result:Parkonians 27 Knutsford 10.
Scorers:Tries-Alan Williams(2),John Turaga,Andy Smith,Matt Dooley. Con-Barry Owens.
Team:Craig Whelan,Mike Bowe,Barry Owens,John Turaga,Geoff Waters,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Mark Barham,Scott Lamb,Mike Byrne,Ryan Evans,Rob Marnick,Ben Rees(captain) Reps;Danny Blyth,Peter Hillan,Mike Tobin,Liam Evans,Matt Dooley.
Ref:John McDaid(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team had a much improved performance at Formby Vikings going down 17-5 with Simon Dunning being voted Man Of The Match slightly ahead of Matt Moore who beat Simon in the after game beer race, with Matt also claiming to be a quarter of an inch taller than Simon?!

Next week the 2nds travel to St Edwards OB for their next league game.

There was a really good atmosphere in the clubhouse on Saturday afternoon for the Engalnd v Wales game with us losing so narrowly in the last five minutes when a draw surely  would have been a fairer result!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 18th February 2012

BACK INTO THE GROOVE AT LINLEY!

The 1st team squad and their supporters travelled down by coach, courtesy of R&J Travel, to Linley and happily a much improved display took place. John Turaga returned at fly half after a lengthy break through injury and there was a second half debut for centre, Mike Tobin, who made a good impression, with other players also returning to the fray; welcome to the Club, Mike!

We arrived in plenty of time and had a good warm up, won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half. We were rewarded with a try almost immediately through Mark Barham with a large overlap being created on the right hand side of a ruck; this was not converted. The pitch was heavey and sticky making it difficult for running and handling. With no disrespect intended to Linley we really should have scored at least two or more tries in the first period but our handling skills, partly due to the aforementioned playing conditions, let us down. Shortly before half time we did score another try through Barry Owens who converted it himself to leave us leading 12-0 at the interval.

The second half saw us again dominating both territory and possesion and whilst Linley had their moments there was never any doubt that Parkonians were going to win this one. We continued to improve our standard of play throughout the half resulting in three further tries from Mike Bowe, debutant, Mike Tobin, and finally Matt Dooley, two of which were excellently converted again by Barry Owens.

Acting captain, Ben Rees, had a fine game leading from the front and indeed he was given our Man Of The Match from the Linley club with Geoff Waters who also played well being their second choice. There were good games too from Rob Marnick, Scott Lamb, Matt Dooley, Barry Owens and as already mentioned from Mike Tobin; but in truth, the second half especially, it was a real team performance!

This result means we stay in 3rd place two points behind Holmes Chapel with six league games remaining; we must push on from here now and aim for a good finish to the season in our quest for promotion.

This Saturday sees the 1st team playing a rearranged league game at home to Knutsford and it is hoped for a slightly earlier kick off time of 1.45/2pm. in order that the players can see the start of the England v. Wales international which has a 4pm. kick off; PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS MAY BE THE CASE!!

I would also like to give the travelling supporters to Linley a mention; it was much appreciated as always!! They were injured captain and vice captain, Gareth Pryce and Liam Sadler, medic, George O'Donnell, touch judge, Richie Beckett, Alan Morris, Keith Aldcroft, Ken Owen, Terry Marnick, Mike Marnick and Chris Williams. Thanks also to Linley, as ever, for their hospitality at Kidsgrove Cricket Club and to our ever patient driver, Paul, from R&J; we enjoyed the stop off in Sandbach.

Result:Linley 0 Parkonians 31.
Scorers:Tries-Mark Barham,Barry Owens,Mike Bowe,Mike Tobin,Matt Dooley. Cons-Barry Owens(3).
Team:Craig Whelan,Mike Bowe,Geoff Waters,Barry Owens,Matt Dooley,John Turaga,Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Mark Barham,Ben Pearson,Mike Byrne,Scott Lamb,Rob Marnick,Ben Rees(captain). Reps:Peter Hillan,Mike Tobin.

The 2nd Team 'came a cropper' against high ranking Hoylake 2nds losing 43-0 at Holm Lane. This week they too have a rearranged league game away at Formby Vikings.

Let's be seeing you all at Holm Lane this Saturday to watch both your Club and your Country!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 11th February 2012

With playing resources decimated by injury and unavailability it was no surprise really to see both teams go out of their respective cup competitions last Saturday. The games, both at Holm Lane, were able to go ahead with the lifting of the frost on Friday evening leaving both pitches in a very playable condition.

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The first team had ten of their squad missing for this important game against Mossley Hill in the second leg of the National Junior Vase. We had, of course, suffered the very serious injuries at Buxton a fortnight ago to vice captain, Liam Sadler, and to our Captain, Gareth Pryce.

Both are remarkably cheerful considering that both are out for the season and in Liam's case probably longer. All here at Parkonians wish them every success on their long road to recovery and I would like to thank members of other Clubs who have  passed on their messages of support and sympathy to both young men.

Despite all the changes we should not have started the game so poorly, allowing Mossley Hill to be 21-0 up inside the first quarter of an hour wiping out our 14 point advantage from the first leg. In essence this was a poor match with Parkonians gradually improving as the match progressed while at the same time Mossley Hill's performance deteriorated; thankfully!

We had opportunities to progress to the next round but didn't really deserve to at the end of the day because depite plenty of possession, territory and spirirt we lacked the killer instinct! It was good to see Andy Smith back completing the whole game and getting onto the scoresheet too. The players who came in certainly did not let us down and no one really had a poor game but neither was anyone outstanding too.

Many thanks to referee, Phil Stokes, who had a good game.

Result: Parkonians 8 Mossley Hill 28.
Scorer: Try- Andy Smith. Pen-Andy Smith
Team:Craig Whelan,Paul Lennon,LiamEvans,Geoff Waters,Mike Bowe,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Ben Pearson,Mike Byrne,Ryan Evans,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees(captain).Reps:Mark Barham,Chris Sharkey.
Ref:Phil Stokes(Liverpool)

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The knock on effect for the 2nd Team was that they were, unfortunately, very much weakened for their Raging Bull Plate cup game and went down 36-3.

In the course of the match, Captain Tony Burton, suffered an injury which may well keep him out for the remainder of the season; wishing you a speedy recovery, Tony!

This coming Saturday the 1st Team are away in the league at Linley with a coach booked so supporters as always are most welcome; the meet at the club is 11.30am prompt. The 2nds have a league game versus Hoylake 2nds at Holm Lane. Both games kick off at 2.15pm.

Last Saturday saw the Cusick family's annual match day sponsorship in memory of the late great Brian 'Gus' Cusick who so sadly passed away four years ago on 7th February 2008.

Click for more picturesIt was good to see Sandra and other family members at the game on Saturday; we really appreciate this generous sponsorship and thank you for it! The Aussie White toast was to Gus!!

It was my absolute pleasure to make a formal presentation, after last Saturday's game, to long serving Life Member, volunteer and Club Vice President, Eric Potter.

Eric has been recognised by the RFU Volunteer Programme for his long service and loyalty to the club and I was able to present him with his RFU VIP tie and RFU VIP cuff links; very well done.

Eric, you are very deserving of this prestigious award!

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

2nd Team Report from Tony Burton ~ Saturday 21st January 2012

A welcome victory was had on Saturday by the 2nd XV against a big Mossley Hill side. Before the game, individuals seemed to be contemplating our last outing against Mossley Hill in the league, when they beat us by 40 plus points and were very subdued in the Clubhouse. This was to change at the start of the game.

In a swirling wind, Parkonians came out firing on all cylinders and enjoyed the majority of the possession with good interaction between the forwards and backs driving forward putting constant pressure on the MH defensive line. MH made a number of tackles in their own 22 resulting in a Park forward driving onwards only to lose the ball, MH picking up and then running through our line to score and duly convert against the run of play.

Our equaliser came after further pressure by the forwards allowed the ball to be passed to the left and Geoff Waters crashing over for his first try. MH then scored from another mistake by us where a wild pass went awry, which was picked up by a MH player and after a couple of passes scored in the corner.

We replied straight from our kick off with Liam Evans catching the ball, passing it through a number of hands which included forwards and backs until it went to Geoff who went over for try number 2.

In the second half, the game played out much as the first, we dominated up front in all areas of the field in line- outs, rucks, mauls and scrummaging even though the ball was dropped onto their 2nd rows feet, we continued to drive them off the ball. Eventually a try did come from Popeye who after a fantastic drive from the forwards that went from our 10 yard line was on the end (or stole) the ball and went over. Our final try came after excellent counter defence work on the ½ way line by our backs which enabled the ball to be passed out to Geoff who went in for his hat-trick.

Apart from winning, one of the hi-lights of the game was when we won a line out on our 22, the ball going to Tucker who dummied their flanker and scrum half at the back of the line and then proceeded to run up field before he was hauled down on their 10 yard line. He then came off injured, but the sideline think it was just to tell us about it.
We played well and thoroughly deserved this victory but just a few comments to add in the way we played, which I hope we learn from rather than taking them as negative.

  • We worked well in our pods up to a point when one man went by himself and either lost the ball or gave away a penalty for holding on – look for support before going.
  • White line fever hit a number of people – we went as individuals when support play or overlaps were available.
  • Individuals standing around at the back of rucks or mauls – need to either get involved and drive or look to get out of the channels.
  • Kicking the ball high against the wind – enough said!

The final score of 12 – 24 doesn’t give a true reflection of the ball or territory that we had but it was a win in the cup and as a reward we have a home tie against Tydesley in the next round on February 11. 

We have got Prenton at home this weekend and obviously, we have a big squad, especially when the 3rd XV don’t have a game, but we are trying to use the rolling subs properly and will attempt to give as much game time to everyone as we can. Don’t get upset if not selected but keep trying to make your individual positions your own.

Man of the match – Geoff Waters (jug still owing) 

Tony Burton

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 21st January 2012

FANTASTIC CUP VICTORY FOR THE 2NDS AWAY AT MOSSLEY HILL!!

The 2nds travelled across the water tp play high flying Mossley Hill 2nds in the 2nd Round of the Raging Bull Plate and came away with a fantastic 24-12 triumph. Congratulations to captain Tony Burton and all of his squad. Geoff 'Dizzy' Waters scored a hat trick of tries with Pete Bennett adding another; Alan Williams converting two of them. The next round of the Plate is scheduled for Saturday 11th February with opponents and venue as yet unknown.

The 3rds played familiar opponents in Ellesmere Port 3rds at a windswept Holm Lane. An entertaining game ensued with an end result a 12-12 draw which was eminently fair. Many thanks to Martin Roden for refereeing this game so well and at such short notice too (about 20 minutes in fact)!!

Well done to Dave Carroll for once again captaining and organising the side and for setting such a fine example to the younger players on show. Good to see youngsters such as Kiel Williams, Ben Sadler, Kieran O'Donnell and John Banks enjoying their rugby and continuing to improve as well.

The 1sts did not have a game but have dropped back to 3rd place following Holmes Chapel's 19-10 home victory over Liverpool University. This makes this coming Saturday 28th January fixture at 4th placed Buxton even more vital.

The meet is 11am at the club; a coach is booked and spectators are very welcome, space for about 10 excuding playing squad etc. Please be prompt. The 2nds have a local league derby against Prenton 2nds captained by former Parkonian in Mark 'Giggsy' Peers now playing hooker! This match is at Holm Lane with a 2.15pm KO.

Many thanks to this week's match day sponsor, Pete Evans. Much appreciated as always, Pete!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 14th January 2012

THIRTEEN TRY SCORING SPREE AT HOLM LANE AGAINST A BRAVE BUT WEAKENED HELSBY.

On a lovely day for running rugby and on a pitch in very good condition Parkonians delivered a thirteen try feast of entertainment for their normal large following.

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The first try came within the first two minutes with Parkonians kicking off seeing the ever lively Ben Pearson chase and catch this kick off and drive his way up the field before setting up a ruck for quick ball which was passed along the backs giving the impressive Liam Sadler his first try of the match.

Two further tries were scored in the next five minutes giving a score of 17-0 after only eight minutes of play. However, this scoring rate was not maintained due to the brave and determined play of a much weakened Helsby side and an easing off the gas by ourselves. Late on in the first half, after a 'tryless' 25 minute period, two further tries were scored one of which was converted leaving the interval score at 29-0.

The second half was most entertaining and saw plenty of skilful rugby by Parkonians running in eight tries four of which were converted. This was a really good team performance albeit that it wasn't the sternest of tests! Particularly impressive were joint Men Of The Match Danny Blyth and Scott Lamb and of course hat trick hero, Liam Sadler. I thought that captain, Gareth Pryce, also had a fine game too including a brace of tries.

Having said that everyone in the squad really is worth a mention! Some need it others don't so well played also to Ben Pearson, Barry Owens(my favourite 'critic') and of course Uncle Paul 'Mr Greedy' Wigfield who had for the first time his two nephews, Liam and Ryan Evans alongside him in the team. Finally well worth a mention is Stotty who given that he can not practise his sprinting on an oil rig scored a fine try even if he missed one or two others!

Again I have to compliment the Helsby lads for their 'never say die' attitude, fighting spirirt and not an ounce of complaint either; they have done well to keep going and much of this is down to two veteran stalwarts in Tony Ryder and Terry O'Neill for their loyalty and organisation; well done gents and good luck for the rest of the season and beyond.

Referee, Paul Harrison, had a strong game and seemed to enjoy himself which is surely what it is all about. This victory keeps us in second place behind runaway leaders Wallasey who notched up their fourteenth consecutive victory coming away 67-3 victors at Knutsford.

Third placed Holmes Chapel had a narrow 10-5 victory against Prenton at The Dell. Holmes Chapel are due to play their game in hand next Saturday at home to Liverpool University which if victorious would see them move ahead of us into second place. Our next opponets Buxton remain in fourth place after a 27-10 win at Capenhust.

Result:Parkonians 77 Helsby 0.
Scorers:Tries-Liam Sadler(3),Gareth Pryce(2),Scott Lamb(2),Geoff Waters,Liam Evans,Peter Hillan,Paul Wigfield,Chris Stott,Rob Marnick. Cons-Barry Owens(5),Liam Sadler.
Team:Craig Whelan,Liam Evans,Barry Owens,Liam Sadler,Geoff Waters,Gareth Pryce(captain),Mark Hillan,Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Scott Lamb,Ryan Evans,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees. Reps:Martyn Sharkey,Paul Wigfield,Rob Marnick,Matt Dooley,Chris Stott.
Ref:Paul Harrison(Liverpool)
Joint Men Of The Match:Danny Blyth and Scott Lamb

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The 2nds also played at home to local rivals Wirral 4ths losing narrowly 10-5 in what appeared a good and keenly contested game well refereed by Liverpool Society referee Andy Townsend who always enjoys his visits to Holm Lane.

Next week the 2nds travel across the water to play Mossley Hill 2nds in the Second Round of The Raging Bull Plate in what is sure to be a tough encounter.

With the 1sts having a free date perhaps some of our loyal followers might travel to support Tony's team.

We hope to run a 3rd team next Saturday at home with opponents from the fixture pool. Advance notice of the 1st team game at Buxton on Saturday 28th January; a 33 seater coach has been booked so there are around 10 spaces available for supporters so to be sure of 'booking' your place let Gareth Pryce or Alan Morris Senior know.

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Finally, many thanks to match day sponsor, Martin 'Mr Placid' Varley; no fighting this week, thank goodness! As always your sponsorship is much appreciated.

Many thanks too to Dave Taylor and 7 Waves local community radio(92.1 FM) for our mentions on air at half time and full time on his programme (2-6pm Saturday afternoons); pity we didn't make the chat show at half 5 when Gareth was prepared to give a live interview!!

Your In Sport. Richie Beckett.
Chairman/Press Officer. Parkonians RUFC

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th January 2012

HARD FOUGHT WIN AS ALWAYS AT CAPE AGAINST A USEFUL AND DETERMINED TEAM.

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Yes, as always it was a hard earned win away against a dogged Capenhurst side as always.Although Parkonians won by a 15 point margin it was a game where nothing could be taken for granted! We had injuries, unavailabilities and cry offs (not excuses) and ended up travelling with only two replacements both of whom were backs.

This also meant both Ben Pearson and Scott Lamb having to play out of their normal starting positions; well done to both of you! The pitch was heavy and the wind very strong indeed not helping playing conditions at all.

However, although it wasn't really a great team performance we did score five tries gaining the maximum five points.

There were several very good individual performances on the day with Mike Byrne given the Man Of The Match just ahead of several other players who had very good games such as Liam Sadler,Ben Rees,Danny Blyth and Matt Dooley, some awesome tackling, Matt, as ever!! Also good to see Junior Turaga coming off the replacement bench for his 1st team debut. Well played, Junior!

It was just the kind of game we needed to get the New Year up and running before some tough challenges ahead. Compliments to Capenhurst for their performance on the field of play and for their generous hospitality off it and also thanks to referee, Phil Stokes.It was also another very good turn out from our travelling supporters as so often is the case; the players do really appreciate it even if they don't always say so! Could I just ask that you remember to concentrate your efforts on supporting the lads and perhaps be a little less critical of the referee even if you think he isn't perhaps having a very good game; thank you!

Result:Capenhurst 19 Parkonians 34
Scorers:Tries-Liam Sadler(2),Ben Rees,Matt Dooley,Craig Whelan.Cons-Liam Sadler(3).Pen-Liam Sadler
Team:Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Barry Owens,Liam Sadler,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Ben Pearson,Mike Byrne,Scott Lamb,Danny Blyth,Ben Rees. Reps-Karl Whelan,Junior Turaga.
Ref:Phil Stokes(Liverpool)
Match Day Sponsor:Mark Pearson. Many thanks, Mark, and happy birthday as well!

The 2nd Team travelled to play Taffy's Ormskirk Lions and his report is on their website as usual (and below) and as he says, in much more eloquent language than this, it was a very keenly contested game indeed with 'Kirk finishing up as narrow 20-17 victors. What Taffy fails to mention, other than in passing, was the highlight of the day a 'punch up/ fight/ handbags at dawn' between himself and our own' Mr Placid', Martin Varley! Shame on you both!! Anyway, it kept the troops entertained.

This week sees a home double header with both teams having league games; the 1sts versus Helsby and the 2nds against Wirral 4ths. Both games kick off at 2.15pm which is the case until the end of February.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year whether you are a Parkonian or not!

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

Take the Power Back ~ Saturday 7th January 2012

2nd Team Report from Richie "Taff" Gibbon

Ormskirk Lions 20 Parkonians 2nds 17

In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and write

Rage Against The Machine, Take The Power Back, 1992.

Guile and bravery are required in any sport, in rugby they are essential. No amount of skill or technique can withstand the onslaught of sheer determination and self belief. Throw in youthful exuberance and a few grizzled veterans and what do you get? Ormskirk Lions is the answer. 

If the Formby win was the GCSE, then this game was the A level, passed with all the above attributes in a match not for the faint hearted. Yes Ormskirk, the Lions roared today. Read on......

After a rousing team talk from Taff and Richmond, and another sprightly Alan Rees warm up, the Lions raced out of the starting blocks to take the game to Old Parks and soon found themselves 5-0 up thanks to some great forward play finished off by returnee centre, Ean Quirk, and dominated both territory and possession for the first quarter but amazingly no more scores were forthcoming, mainly due to some excellent Old Parks defence.

Parks soon turned this defence into attack, and now it was their turn to dominate and the Lions to defend. Wave after wave of Parks attackers, namely Prescott, Burton, Brownlow and Dunning were repelled by some grim Lions defending, exemplified by Parks danger man Dodd getting over the line only for some sharp Lions thinking seeing the ball disappear from his hands before grounding!, (I even witnessed a perfect dump tackle performed by the one and only, Russ Brennan). But Parks weren’t to be denied, and took advantage of a quick tap penalty to send captain Tony Burton over in the corner right on the stroke of half-time!

5-5 at the interval, game on!

And from the off, Parks stormed towards the Lions’ line after Peter Bennett caught the kick off and rumbled into Kirk territory, leaving the Lions flat-footed, and from the resultant rolling maul, basically Taff v Old Parks, they scored a converted try, who scored? Didn’t notice as I was too busy bollocking the lads so, many apologies, but I’m sure someone will put me straight on that point! 5-12, bugger! Been here before, Kirk crumble, Parks get big win, we rue missed chance!

So last season that thinking! A Lions team enraged is an unstoppable force these days, and surging runs by Baillie, (several of the mesmerizing varieties), Robertson, and the smash and boom of the forwards, eventually saw 17year old, Josh ‘The Tank’ Williams stomp through the Parks defence, via ref, Brian Ball, to score a great try to bring the Lions Back to 10-12. The dander is up, the belief is there, Baillie is everywhere! Two storming efforts from young Dan, (I could use many words to describe them, but just accept that they were excellent), put the Lions back into the lead at 20-12 and well in control.

But Parks were not done, and once more came hunting for glory, scoring a well worked try in the corner; I saw the hand but not the face, so a