Rugby Roundup ~ Sunday 19th November
FABULOUS VICTORY FOR JUNIOR COLTS - GREAT ENTERTAINMENT TOO !!
The Junior Colts hosted Colne and Nelson, once again, in what turned out to be a cracking contest.
Earlier in the season we had gone down 38-32 at Holm Lane to our visitors. It was so close during the first period with the scores level at 22-22 when the half time whistle went. Gradually Parkonians gained the upper hand and began to pile on the pressure scoring three second half tries without conceding. Both sides had given everything and it was truly a wonderful early Sunday afternoon spectacle. Congratulations to all players on both sides and also to referee, Hans Brockman, who had a fine game letting the game flow whilst at the same time keeping a 'firm grip on things' !! Mustn't forget a big mention to all the coaches, parents and supporters from both clubs too !
This had been a real team effort with all players prominent including the scorers listed below !! Special mentions to left wing Callum Joinson who had a fine game and was most unlucky to not have his name on the scoresheet and to Luke Hillan who showed great skill and presence of mind whilst scoring his second try. Well done lads and I am sure you will all be looking forward to next Sunday's league game away at Eccles .
Result: Oxton Parkonians Junior Colts 41 Colne and Nelson Junior Colts 22
Scorers: Tries - Danny Gilfoyle(2), Luke Hillan(2), Jake Bennett, Tom Williams, Penalty Try. Cons - Jay Barham(2)
The younger age groups were involved with fixtures against Hoylake.The highlights were an excellent 65-0 victory for the U13/14 team and the U12's also had a very good 35-15 win . All the U7 to U11 teams also played Hoylake and had very enjoyable games too. It is so good for our club to have such a thriving junior section . Well done to all and long let it continue !!
NATIONAL JUNIOR VASE GAME AT HOLM LANE. SATURDAY 18TH NOVEMBER.
It was fantastic to act as hosts for our good friends Ramsey (IOM) in their National Junior Vase game against Liverpool University. The Manx men were 17-5 victors in an extremely close and enjoyable contest . Well done to all players on both sides and to referee, Paul Ravenscroft, as well. Both sides were able to stay for the duration of England's televised victory over the Aussies. There was a great Clubhouse atmosphere once more ! Enjoyed the company of Ramsey's Captain, Michael Flynn, and their organiser, Dave Christian. Hope you enjoyed yourselves and got back safely ?!
This Saturday sees both of the Club's teams return to league action. The 1sts are at Holm Lane with Mossley Hill being the visitors whilst the 2nds cross the water to play St Edwards Old Boys.
See you Saturday!
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 11th November
TOUGH DAY AT NEWTON
It was a disappointing away day last Saturday at Newton le Willows as the 1st XV went down by just 7 points.
The league table shouldn’t be used as an indicator as to the talents of our opposition this season as Newton proved last Saturday why they should be perhaps higher up in the table. They wasted no time in getting on the board through a powering run straight through the middle in just the fourth minute. We were able to hit back within five minutes however, the in-form Andy Smith crossing after yet another lengthy run. Nearing the twenty minute mark, Newton were able to again score through another route one scamble through the middle, this time the conversion going over. There was to be another response though as the forwards piled into the corner with Paul Hillan at the back of the maul and Alan Hughes was able to add the extras from touch. On the stroke of the half, Newton took a quick tap penalty and with all the defenders offside, it was a walk in under the posts. 19-12 to Newton at the half.
It was another quick start to the second period, this time it was us who were able to break early with Andy Smith scoring again after a rapid burst through the centre of the pitch. The kick from under the sticks went over and the scores we level again. There then followed nearly half an hour of tough and at times talented rugby with both sides showing plenty of willingness to attack, but only to be matched by the courageous defence of each other. Tempers started to flare up as both teams clearly weren’t satisfied with a repeat of last season’s draw as finally the pressure gave and Newton were able to cross over under the posts just ten minutes from time. We tried out best to get back at them, but even a last minute run from our own 22 by Andy Smith wasn’t enough as the final pass was agonisingly adjudged forward.
It was a disappointing crash back down to earth after the form of the several previous weeks didn’t quite show this time out. MOM was Danny Gilfoyle who had yet another superb game and appears to grow in confidence every week! Next week is a free week for the 1st XI however we host Ramsey as they face Liverpool University for the 1.30pm kick off!
Result: Newton le Willows 26 Oxton Parkonians 19
Scorers: Tries- Andy Smith (2), Paul Hillan. Cons - Alan Hughes (2)
Team: Danny Gilfoyle, Geoff Waters, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Joe Coupe, Gareth Pryce, Karl Whelan, Stephen Bordley, Paul Hillan, Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Rob Marnick, Craig Whelan, Alan Hughes, Liam Evans (c). Replacements: Kiel Williams, Jay Barham, Mark Hillan, Jack Fletcher, Ben Berkson
The 2nd XV went down by 34 points to 10 at home to Mossley Hill. Home captain Martyn Sharkey reports positively from the game and we welcome any form of match report should someone wish to put some words together.
Thanks very much to our Match Sponsor Ben Pearson and also to our Raffle Sponsor Tim Hassall this week.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 4th November
SECOND HALF BLAST BLOWS AWAY PRENTON
This was yet another feisty and entertaining encounter between Oxton Parkonians and Prenton at a windswept Holm Lane. It ended in a thoroughly deserved victory for Parkonians with an emphatic 41-12 scoreline ! The home side were on the scoreboard in the just the second minute with a charge down try from Andy Smith. Alan Hughes added a penalty goal in the 10th minute. Prenton hadn't been in the game so far but they bounced back absolutely immediately, following some lax Parkonian tackling, scoring a converted try pulling the score back to 8-7.
There followed a fairly even spell of play before the pacy Andy Smith crossed again for an unconverted try in the 31st minute. Again Prenton struck scoring a try of their own just 4 minutes later. The half time scoreline was 13-12 in Parkonians favour in what had been a pretty even first period. The home side had played with the elements behind them and the general feeling was that Prenton would edge the game in the second half !
This was not to be the case however!!
After a quiet 10 minutes Parkonians really sprang into action and enjoyed a 20 minute golden passage of play in which they scored four converted tries!! Harry Eastwood struck in the 50 minute, Andy Smith crossed over, following, a fabulous Gareth Pryce break, in the 59 minute; then it was Andy again following a deft kick through by Harry Eastwood. Then it was Harry himself just 2 minutes later. All these four tries were converted by the ever reliable Alan Hughes.
To Prenton's credit they never gave up and were indeed the stronger side in the last 10 minutes. However, they were kept out by some very determined Parkonian tackling. This had been a real team effort but outstanding for the host club were obviously the classy Andy Smith with his four tries and Harry Eastwood with his two touchdowns. There were strong games too from Alan Hughes, Captain Liam Evans and semi-veteran Gareth Pryce. In addition it was most encouraging to see again promising play from teenagers Steve Bordley (at prop) and Danny Gilfoyle (on the wing). Yet another promising teenager, Jay Barham, at full back had to leave the action early on due to injury. It appears to have been just a black eye and swelling so I am sure Jay will be back on the pitch very soon.
Congratulations to both sides on providing such entertainment, in front of a large crowd , and to young referee Mike Goodwin who had an excellent game keeping the players in good order and using the advantage law very well.
After this fabulous local derby victory seeing Parkonians up to third place in the league table they travel this coming Saturday to Newton le Willows whom they narrowly beat at Holm Lane back in September.Many thanks to our Match Day Sponsors- Wirral Vision(Mark Barham) and Mal Evans.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 41 Prenton 12
Scorers: Tries - Andy Smith(4), Harry Eastwood(2). Cons - Alan Hughes (4). Pen - Alan Hughes
Team: Jay Barham, Danny Gilfoyle, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Geoff Waters, Gareth Pryce, Karl Whelan, Steve Bordley, Adam Neale, Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Gareth Taylor, Alan Hughes, Craig Whelan, Liam Evans, Jonathan Sheridan, Mark Hillan, Kiel Williams, Paul Hillan.
Ref: Mike Goodwin(Liverpool)
The 2nd Team had a storming game away at Port Sunlight going down by the exceptionally narrow margin of 40-36. Lee Morris includes a match report below.
Next week sees the 2nds entertain Mossley Hill at Holm Lane. Do please remember that all games now commence at 2.15pm until the end of February.
It was great to welcome ex players Pete Critchley and Tim Gaffney up to the club after a 30 year absence. Great to see you both especially as neither live locally ! Thanks to young Max for once again selling the raffle tickets with such enthusiasm and to everyone for creating such a wonderful clubhouse atmosphere. See you all next week.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
2nd Team Report from Lee Morris
After a great win against a strong Mold side last week we went into today's game full of confidence.
We chose to play up the hill in the 1st half and work our way out of the Sunlight dip.
We got of to a great start with 2 tries from our Welsh wonder Stubbsy. A very dodgy offside decision, a missed knock on and a defensive lapse let Sunlight back in.
2nd half saw the lead going to either side with the last few minutes being a real nail biter.
Final score 40 - 36 to Sunlight.
Another great performance by the 2nds. The result didn't go right but plenty of positives and a side that's growing week in week out.
Tries: Phil Stubbs 2, Ben Pearson 2, Chris Hall 1, Justin Danher 1
Cons: Liam Westwater 3
A Westwater First!
Today marked another father & son combination coming through the ranks at Old Parks.
Long serving player and Junior Section coach Ian 'Wezzy' Westwater was today joined on the pitch at Port Sunlight by his son Liam in their first senior rugby appearance together.
Congratulations on this proud moment for you both!
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 28th October
PARKONIANS SINK THE SWANS
The 1st XV gained momentum on Saturday as they brushed past Christleton. Fortunately, it was a much drier affair this week as a much changed Parkonians squad travelled down the M53 towards Chester. We were thankfully able to welcome the return of skipper Liam Evans as well as Alan Hughes and Alejandro Londono from the injury list.
The opening phases of the game started fairly evenly, both sides sharing possession equally with the ball being kept mainly amongst the forwards. The deadlock broke through the backs though as in the eleventh minute, full back Jack Fletcher was able to squeeze through and score his first of the afternoon. Not ten minutes later, Jack was over the whitewash again, this time assisted by a brilliant break from the midfield by Liam Evans. The hosts barely had time to recuperate as just four minutes later, Andy Smith sidestepped a couple of tackles out wide to notch his first try of the afternoon. Moments after the restart, Andy was in again for a brace as we impressively went 24-0 up in as many minutes. Christleton finally responded and for the rest of the first period kept the ball in our half. After some clumsy defending and lack of discipline at the break down, the hosts were able to score a deserved try, albeit not convincing, in the corner to end the first half 5-24.
Christleton began the second period the same as they ended the first, forcing us into mistakes. A penalty inside our 22 cost us seven points as the hosts scored their second try of the afternoon. The following fifteen minutes saw Christleton push hard and they set up camp in our half, winning countless numbers of penalties in the process. Not long after the hour mark, Christleton looked to cross over for another try, but Gareth Taylor was able to come away with the ball, carrying for over twenty metres before offloading to the grateful Andy Smith who ran the length of the pitch to complete a fine hat-trick. Into the closing stages and with Christleton still trying to get something out of the game, we were again able to break with winger Danny Gilfoyle able to touch down in the corner after a beautiful long pass from Jay Barham. We weren't quite done yet as on the last play, Alan Hughes, whilst going for the line was able to superbly shovel the ball to Joe Coupe who crashed over, sealing a fantastic victory for the team.
It was another superb win for the side with the defensive efforts in the second half preventing our opposition from getting back in the game. There were strong games from the usual suspects as well as Adam Neale, Alan Hughes and Gareth Taylor. Liam Evans proved how essential he is to the squad too as well as Smithy notching up another club hat-trick. This week though, I feel MOM should go to youngsters Danny Gilfoyle and Joe Coupe who enjoyed their debut tries for the first team.
Next week is the return visit of Prenton after our opening fixture loss back in the first week of September. This game is always a cracker so make sure you are all at the Club to support the lads. Kick offs are now 2.15pm for the foreseeable so don't be late!
Result: Christleton 14 Oxton Parkonians 45
Scorers: Tries- Andy Smith (3), Jack Fletcher (2), Danny Gilfoyle, Joe Coupe . Cons - Jack Fletcher (3) Alan Hughes (2)
Team: Jack Fletcher, Kiel Williams, Andy Smith (c), Alejandro Londono, Danny Gilfoyle, Gareth Pryce, Karl Whelan, Martyn Sharkey, Adam Neale, Mark Barham, Joe Coupe, Gareth Taylor, Rob Marnick, Craig Whelan, Liam Evans. Replacements: Alan Hughes, Jay Barham, Geoff Waters, Dom Verheijen.
Ref: Martin Calcutt
The 2nd XV played a friendly game against Mold 3rd XV and came out the winners 15-5. Well done to both teams for wanting to play and especially well done to try scorers Ben Person (2) and Tony (old man) Burton.
Thanks very much to our Match Sponsor Glenn Pearson and also to our raffle Sponsor this week Wirral Parties.
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 21st October
PARKONIANS FIGHT THROUGH THE STORM
On Saturday the 1st XV battled through the wrath of Storm Brian whilst defeating Ramsey at Holm lane!
We got back to winning ways with a superbly deserved win, battling against the elements on a truly horrific afternoon. The first half was a very even and low scoring affair with us looking to utilise the stiff breeze at our backs. It was, however, first blood to the visitors as a penalty awarded under the posts was graciously accepted. At the quarter, Andy Smith skipped around the defence of Ramsey to score his first of the afternoon which went unconverted. As the half began to close out, both sides were able to add a further penalty goal each leaving the score at 8-6 to the home side.
With the wind at the backs of Ramsey and Storm Brian now taking full effect, the driving rain into our players would make the second period a tough battle. Ramsey again scored first, another penalty under the posts just three minutes after the restart. That was to be their only score of the half though as ten minutes later Karl Whelan crossed over in the corner and Andy Smith scored his second try of the afternoon on the hour mark to give the home side an 18-9 lead. Ramsey, to their credit had the lion’s share of possession after that and did their best to score in the final quarter but the home defence was dogged and determined as the clock eventually ran out for them.
It was a fantastic win that will hopefully now guide us on a decent run of results in Lancs/Cheshire Division Three South. The opposition decided their MOM was Sean Ingram, who indeed was impressive however I felt the whole squad deserve praise, especially for their defensive efforts in the second half and that is how we were able to come away with victory. Next week we travel to Christleton for the 3pm kick-off.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 18 Ramsey 9
Scorers: Tries- Andy Smith (2), Karl Whelan. Pens- Jack Fletcher
Team: Jack Fletcher, Karl Whelan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith (c), Jonathon Sheridan, Gareth Pryce, Sean Ingram, Yannis Vasileiadis, Adam Neale, Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Gareth Taylor, Rob Marnick, Craig Whelan, Paul Hillan. Replacements: Kiel Williams, Barry Owens, Danny Gilfoyle.
Ref: Billy Coulter (Liverpool)
The 2nd XV went down 45-5 away at Tarleton and next week there is currently no game, though we are hoping to get a fixture!
Thanks very much to our Match Sponsor (and President) Richie Beckett and also to our raffle Sponsor this week, Graeme Bennett.
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 7th October
ANOTHER LOSS FOR PARKS
The 1st XV ended up on the losing side again, this time at the hands of Ellesmere Port.
Port began the day as unbeaten league leaders and carried on their early season form, beating us on an afternoon where conditions were more comparable with mid-winter than the first week of October. There were more forced changes to the side with Alan Hughes and Alejandro Londono casualties from the game last weekend.
Through the wind and driving rain, Ellesmere Port were quick out the blocks and made early inroads with a trio of quick tries inside the first quarter as they returned nineteen points in as many minutes. We eventually got our act together, managing to get some possession and did push the hosts on several occasions however the home defensive line stood firm as the score remained 19-0 at the half.
The second period began with us immediately on the front foot and after a series of penalties on the Port five metre line, Rob Marnick was able to crash over from close range. There should’ve been another try soon after too but Andy Smith, after managing to speed past the Port defence put a little too much on a kick which ended just beyond the dead ball line. Port went on to add another try to their total on the hour mark which turned into the last scoring play of the game. The final quarter saw both teams scrapping for more points, however the defensive effort of both sides cancelled each other out.
It was another disappointing defeat, however the team should be commended on getting together defensively after the early concession of points. Many other teams will have conceded 50+ points in that situation. The back row shone, Mat Dooley and Craig Whelan tackling fantastically as always but it was ‘Mr Everywhere’ Rob Marnick who earned the man of the match award despite not always being ‘onside’ with the referee for the large part of the game.
There is no game next weekend, however the week after sees the visit of Ramsey from The Isle of Man. Kick off TBC.
Result: Ellesmere Port 24 Oxton Parkonians 7
Scorers: Tries - Rob Marnick. Cons - Jack Fletcher
Team: Jack Fletcher, Karl Whelan, Geoff Waters, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Gareth Pryce, Mark Hillan, Mark Barham, Adam Neale, Yannis Vasileiadis, Mike Byrne, Gareth Taylor, Mat Dooley, Craig Whelan, Rob Marnick. Replacements: Jay Barham, Paul Hillan, Ste Bordley, Jonathon Sheridan.
The 2nd XV beat Anselmians 3rd XV 25-23 in a game played with much reduced numbers. Both sides are commended for making sure the game went ahead!
Many thanks to our match sponsor and birthday boy this week, Tony Burton. Happy 50th Tony!
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 30th September
REALITY CHECK FOR PARKS
On a murky day at Holm Lane, Birchfield wasted no time at all in gaining the lead. Inside ten minutes a bizarre hack at a grounded ball found a Birchfield attacker isolated on the far touchline for their first converted touchdown of the afternoon. This was soon followed five minutes later by another converted try leaving us rather side shell shocked. We rallied immediately however, with Columbian international Alejandro Londono able to cross over under the posts followed by an Alan Hughes penalty goal a few moments later. Birchfield managed another try before the half ended, with another home penalty by Alan leaving the score 19-13 in favour of the visitors.
The second period was started much stronger by Birchfield and they deservedly added two more tries to their lead before we hit back with sustained pressure inside the Birchfield 22. A series of successive scrums looked positive with number 8 Alan Hughes being held up several times before Birchfield were eventually able clear without conceding. Birchfield added a further pair of tries, both superbly converted before on the last play of the game, Greek international Yannis Vasileiadis crashed over from a few metres out giving us a deserved consolation try. Final score 20-43. Alan Hughes was MOM after another very strong game with ball in hand, as well as showing his worth from the kicking tee too. Thanks and well done to referee Ray Galloway who had a good game.
The club wishes to thank Halewood International, the home of Liverpool Organic Gin for their generous sponsorship for this season as the loss pushes us down to fourth in the table. Next week we visit another local side, Ellesmere Port for the 3pm kick off.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 20 Birchfield 43
Scorers: Tries- Alejandro Londono, Yannis Vasileiadis. Cons - Alan Hughes (2). Pens - Alan Hughes, Jay Barham
Team: Craig Whelan, Karl Whelan, Andy Smith (C), Alan Hughes, Joe Coupe, Alejandro Londono, Gareth Pryce, Yannis Vasileiadis, Mark Hillan, Mark Barham, Mike Byrne, Barry Owens, Rob Marnick, Matt Dooley, Adam Neale, Paul Hillan, Geoff Waters, Dan Smith, Jay Barham
Ref: Ray Galloway(Liverpool)
The 2nd Team went down pluckily 46-15 at Ellesmere Port and this Saturday they entertain Anselmians 3rds.
We would also like to thank Mary Westwater for providing the new pitch marker flags that will be used this season. After obtaining the high-viz material, Mary made all the flags herself. Thanks Mary, your support is much appreciated!
Richie Becket is seen here with the new flags.
Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 23rd September
©Mark & Jay Barham
We made the short trip to Wallasey last weekend where we ended up running out comfortable winners. It took only nine minutes for the deadlock to be broken, stand-in skipper Andy Smith crossing over for his first try of the afternoon with Jack Fletcher adding the extras.
After a period of sustained pressure, we were rewarded with two further tries from Gareth Pryce and Andy Smith again, with one being converted. Mat Dooley crossed the whitewash on 25 minutes for the bonus point try, again converted by Jack and at 0-26 heading towards half time, we were well on top.
For the second period, 17 year-old Jay Barham came on at fly-half for his 1st XV debut, joining his father Mark on the field of play - see Mark & Jay pictured right. After a scoreless quarter, where both sides had plenty of opportunities to score, a period of possession for Wallasey finally paid off as they scored out wide for an unconverted try. On 70 minutes, Jay Barham made his impact on the game, bravely chipping from inside the Wallasey 22 where Harry Eastwood was able to touch down.
After Jack added the conversion the result was all but sealed at 5-33. There was still time for a final try though, as Andy Smith ran from his own 22 on the last play to score under the posts and complete a richly deserved hattrick. There were typically fine performances from Rob Marnick and Mat Dooley as Alan Hughes again impressed along with débutante Jay Barham, obviously the MOM goes to Smithy though.
Result: Wallasey 5 - 40 Oxton Parkonians.
The win takes us up to second in the table and next week we’ll welcome Birchfield to Holm Lane for the 3pm kick off.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 16th September
OH WHAT A GAME! MID SEPTEMBER 2017.
Indeed what a game it was with the result in doubt right up to the last kick of the game; yes, Jack Fletcher kicked the winning penalty goal with the very last piece of the action. This was a real humdinger of a contest with the lead changing hands several times and the margin between the two teams never being greater than four points. It was a real team effort so there will be no MOM but great credit to all 18 Parkonian players listed below and a special mention to the Mossley Hill fly half, Detrix Tomlinson, who had a fine game scoring all of our hosts points. Ref, Conal Scholes kept a firm grip of affairs. This was a very important win and maybe in a few months time, who knows, may even be seen to be season defining ?!
This coming Saturday sees a local derby of a league game with the 1sts making the short journey to Wallasey who have endured a difficult start to the season. Hopefully there will be good travelling support.
Result: Mossley Hill 19 Oxton Parkonians 21
Scorers: Tries-Andy Smith, Matt Dooley(penalty try). Pens-Jack Fletcher(3)
Team: Jack Fletcher,Craig Whelan,Harry Eastwood,Andy Smith(captain),Karl Whelan,Gareth Pryce,Sean Ingram,Paul Hillan,Mark Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Dan Sullivan,Rob Marnick,Matt Dooley,Alan Hughes,Joe Coupe,Ben Berkson,Kiel Williams.
Ref: Conal Scholes(Liverpool)
The 2nd Team entertained the reemerging St Edwards Old Boys 1st team and had a hard game going down 54-10. However, well done to all players and to the MOM young Jay Barham who had a fine game. Well done, Jay, who is part of our exciting U17 Junior Colts side.
This week the 2nds entertain Birkenhead Park 3rds in what is a double header; a league game and a Plate 1st Round game. Good luck to both teams.
Many thanks to Max for selling the raffle tickets and to the match day sponsor, Eddie Flynn. Much appreciated as always.
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC
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