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Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 30th September


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

Click for more picturesTeam: 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!

Chris Beckett

Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 30th September


Click for more picturesThere was a much changed squad from last weekend, regulars Jack Fletcher and Harry Eastwood the notable absentees in addition to captain Liam Evans who is still nursing a knee injury.

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.

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Many thanks to our sponsors this week - the Match Sponsor was Keith Aldcroft and the Raffle Sponsor was Mike Byrne.

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.

Chris Beckett

Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 23rd September

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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.

Chris Beckett

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 16th September


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.

Richie Beckett
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC

Home Internationals

Members wishing to apply for tickets for England Homes Games in the 6 Nations 2018 Internationals please email Paul Mullen at by Monday 25th September advising the game(s) you're interested in and the number and price of the tickets you'd like to apply for.

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