Annual Dinner & Awards Evening ~ Saturday 21st April
A most successful Annual Rugby Club Dinner was held in the Clubhouse on the evening of Saturday 21st April.
Many thanks go to Chris and Lesley Hall for a really lovely meal and to all waiting on and Bar staff too. Our guests included Colin Kershaw (President, Liverpool Referees Society), Bob Gurney (President, Port Sunlight RUFC), Gordon Knapman (President, Prenton RUFC), Mick Coffin (Prenton RUFC), Duncan Meehan and Danae Zamboulis (Club Coaches), Ken Cooke (OPAL Chairman) and Stew McEwen (OPCC Chairman).
Below is the list of this season's awards; all richly deserved.
- Young Player Of The Year Award: Jay Barham
- Most Improved Player Of The Year. 'Gus' Award: Jonathan Sheridan
- 1st Team Players' Player Of The Year: Andy Smith
- 2nd Team Players' Player Of The Year: Rob Rawson
- 2nd Team Player Of The Year: Chris Hall
- Player Of The Year: Andy Smith
- Captain's Prize: Duncan Meehan and Danae Zamboulis
- Clubman Of The Year: Steve Kearney
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 14th April
CALLUM CRUISES IN ! FABULOUS SECOND TEAM GAME.
At long last we were able to play a Saturday game on our main pitch; the last time this had happened was when the 1st team hosted Eagle on Saturday 24th February. The day was lovely - warm and sunny with the pitch playing remarkably well despite patches of standing water still being evident. Against all the odds the bottom two teams in the division put on a stunning spectacle in a feast of running rugby. Parkonians were perhaps the stronger side but Sunlight just kept bouncing back and in the end deserved the draw. Our visitors were never in the lead until the 70th minute when they went ahead 32-27. In the frantic dying seconds a jubilant, MOM, Callum Joinson crashed over in Clubhouse Corner to level the scores at 32-32 but unfortunately Terry Williams could not add the vital conversion points.The final whistle immediately followed.
What a fantastic match with all players on both sides thoroughly deserving of congratulations along with referee, Richie Noble, having a superb game. It was our teenagers who led the way with left wing Callum Joinson scoring a hat trick of tries; Jake Bennett (Junior Colts captain) had an impressive game also scoring a try. Both Luke Hillan and Fletcher Handley shone with the latter scoring his first ever try. In addition this season the following Junior Colts have also graduated to adult rugby; Jay Barham (who was in the 1sts on Saturday), Jack Harris, Tom Williams and Danny Guilfoyle with others to follow once they have attained their 17th birthdays. Truly a 'Teenage Rampage' (name the band?!).
Many congratulations to all these young men, make sure you stick with us, and to this season's Junior Colts coaching and management team.
I would like to mention 2nds skipper, Martyn Sharkey, who put together the side again in what has been a most difficult season in so many ways. A true Club Man who started all those years ago as a 17 year old in my 3rd team in the late 90's often having to endure the wrath of my tongue!!
Result: Oxton Parkonians 2nds 32 Port Sunlight 2nds 32
Scorers: Tries - Callum Joinson(3), Fletcher Handley, Rob Rawson, Jake Bennett. Con - Karl Whelan.
Team: Karl Whelan, Fletcher Handley, Phil Stevens, Chris Hall, Callum Joinson, Terry Williams, Kieran O'Donnell, Martyn Sharkey(Captain), Lee Dreher, John O'Shea, Dom Verheijen, Pete Templeton, Rob Rawson, Jake Bennett, Justin Danher, Luke Hillan, Gary Pitt, Chris Sullivan, Fai Choudory. PLUS thanks to the lads from Prenton and Birkenhead Park who came along and supplemented both sides; surely what the game is all about.
Sadly the 1sts went down at Ellesmere Port 54-7.
This week sees the Annual Dinner with the 1sts entertaining Old Bedians with an EARLIER 2.30pm KO. The 2nds make the short journey to Prenton Dell to play Prenton 3rds.
Sunday sees the U13/15 team at home to Wallasey KO 11am followed by the Junior Colts hosting Ormskirk KO 12.30pm. Do try and support the teams in what is the last full weekend of the season.
Finally many thanks to this week's match sponsors Kenny Owen, Carl and Anita Handley. Much appreciated as always.
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 17th March
BRAVE EFFORT AT A SNOWY GARSTANG
The Club suffered their heaviest 1st Team defeat for a very long time due to the unavailability of so many players. However, this was an exceptionally enjoyable first ever visit to our hosts, Garstang. They are a very welcoming club with a most interesting town centre full of lively and friendly pubs two of which we took advantage of; The Crown and The Wheatsheaf (their sponsor pub).
We battled bravely throughout the game which was often affected by heavy snow showers accompanied by a bitterly cold easterly wind. How we would wish for a pitch that drains as well as Garstang's ?! In reality they were a good, physical, well drilled side but we did make them look a little better than they really were. However, we did manage to score two tries. Although we were obviously disappointed by the scoreline we should feel very proud that four of our Junior Colts were playing; Jack Harris, Luke Hillan (the day after his 17th birthday), Tom Williams and Jay Barham.
Except for Jay they were all on 1st Team debut. In addition Ste Bordley from last year's Senior Colts. So five teenagers played and without them we might not have been able to fulfill the fixture. Many congratulations to the five of them, they all played heroically, their proud parents, coaches and to our Junior Section.
As well as the youngsters we had three players returning a little early from their injuries; so many thanks too to Yannis, Kiel Williams and Matt Dodd. The day was exceptionally enjoyable with a great group of Parkonian people ranging in years from 17 to almost 70. Great for the coaches to be on the bus as well as several loyal supporters. We may have lost but this is surely what Rugby Union is all about and despite our defeat I bet we had more fun than Eddie Jones and the woeful England team?! Finally many thanks to R&J Travel for our most enjoyable trip away and to our tolerant driver, John. Much appreciated as always.
Result: Garstang 74 Oxton Parkonians 10
Scorers: Tries - Joe Coupe, Paul Lennon
Team: Alejandro Londono, Jonathan Sheridan, Barry Owens, Andy Smith, Paul Lennon, Gareth Pryce, Mark Hillan, Ste Bordley, Mark Barham, Yannis, Mike Byrne, Joe Coupe, Kiel Williams, Jack Harris, Liam Evans(Captain), Martyn Sharkey, Luke Hillan, Tom Williams, Jay Barham, Matt Dodd.
Ref: Andy Irvine(Manchester)
Non-Playing Squad: Duncan Meehan, Danae Zamboulis (the coaches), Richie Beckett, Keith Aldcroft, Ken Owen, Steve Williams, Martin Varley, Nick Byrne, Dave Byrne and Mike Coupe.
There is no game for the 1sts next week but the 2nds entertain Tarleton 3rds at Holm Lane. See you all then with hopefully a change in the climate.
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 10th March
MUD, GLORIOUS MUD (AND VICTORY)!!
An amazing game and day! Ramsey (IOM) had landed at Manchester Airport at 8am on Saturday morning in readiness for the game. It was a very nervous Chairman of Rugby who had declared the 2nd pitch playable on Friday lunchtime only to be followed by yet more heavy rain overnight. Liam and Pete Evans along with a few players helped to clear the pitch of as much standing water as possible. Ref , Andy Day, was happy(ish) to give the go ahead for the game to start promptly at the agreed early KO time of 1pm.
Prior to the game commencing there was a minute's silence held in honour of Club member, Terry Grundy, who had passed away the previous Thursday evening after a long battle with his illness. Terry was a great guy who as well as being a member of our Club was the long standing President and Treasurer of Capenhurst RFC. He had literally held the club together when it was going through exceptionally difficult times at the turn of the century. Our sympathy goes to his family and we will post details of his funeral on this website in due course.
Despite the awful conditions the game was hard fought and hugely entertaining with the teams being very evenly matched until we 'turned the screw' in the last 10/15 minutes. Ramsey started the stronger forcing us to concede penalties one of which they converted to give them an early 3-0 lead. We worked our way back into the game and as has often been the case this season Andy Smith scored a great individual try which was not converted. Shortly before the interval Jack Fletcher kicked a penalty giving us an 8-3 half time lead.
The second half was great, good old fashioned rugby with no quarter given on either side. Ramsey again started the stronger and within 5 minutes were back in the lead, 10-8, with a converted try. This spurred Parkonians into action and on the hour mark Alan Hughes crashed over after a period of forward pressure with some great scrummaging; the try was not converted. 13-10 in favour of Parkonians. Ramsey were desperate to get back into the game but the home side gradually became more and more dominant finishing the final few minutes combining a series of driving mauls with 'pick and go' tactics. The last play of the match saw Captain, Liam Evans, drive over wide out for a well deserved try with Jack adding an excellent conversion.
This had been an engrossing game with huge congratulations to all players on both sides and referee, Andy Day, for delivering such a spectacle given the circumstances. For me, Liam Evans and Alan Hughes were joint Parkonian (MOM) with strong games also coming from Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Phil Stubbs, Adam Neale and Jack Fletcher. Special mention to veteran to Chris Hall who had a fantastic 25 minutes at prop. A very well deserved victory standing us in good stead, weather always permitting, for our first ever visit to Garstang this coming Saturday. There is a coach trip planned with a 12 noon meet; spectators are very welcome.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 20 Ramsey(IOM) 10
Scorers: Tries - Andy Smith, Alan Hughes, Liam Evans. Pen and Con - Jack Fletcher.
Team: Jack Fletcher, Jonathan Sheridan, Andy Smith, Harry Eastwood, Phil Stubbs, Alejandro Londono, Gareth Pryce, Mark Barham, Adam Neale, Paul Hillan, Mike Byrne, Gareth Taylor, Joe Coupe, Alan Hughes, Liam Evans(Captain), Chris Hall, Mark Harris, Karl Whelan, Craig Whelan.
Ref: Andy Day(Liverpool)
The 2nd Team travelled to Anselmians and despite going down 22-5 skipper, Martyn Sharkey, reports that this was a very much improved performance and that everyone enjoyed themselves.
This Saturday sees the 2nds hosting Ellesmere Port although even at this stage (Monday 4pm) there already may be some doubt about the game due to the awful weather and pitch conditions; we will keep you posted.
Many thanks to our match day sponsors, Barry Fogg and Dave Smith; much appreciated as always. Thanks also to young Harry for selling the raffle tickets and to everyone for their support.
See you all on Saturday
Richie Beckett. Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 13th January
HURRY UP HARRY !!!!
Yes it certainly was 'Hurry Up' Harry Eastwood as he raced in for four tries from the unfamiliar position of flanker in our most recent league game against Christleton. Please see me with the answer to which punk band had a hit with this song in the late '70's. Sorry no prizes ! This was a very entertaining game in much improved weather and ground conditions ending in a convincing victory against very plucky opponents.
We opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute through Alan Hughes followed by another touch down ten minutes later from the pacy Andy Smith who added two more in the second half. Almost immediately after this Gareth Pryce made a telling break putting Craig Whelan over in 'Clubhouse Corner'. There followed a typically quiet 15 minutes spell by Parkonians before Harry added two of his tries before the half time break. This left the interval scoreline at 31-0 in our favour.
We added five tries in the opening 20 minutes of the second period before easing off the gas and allowing Christleton to gain some points of their own. Our visitors never gave up and deserved their three tries which included two penalty tries ! Would the ref have bought a jug if he had awarded a third ? Well done to all players on both sides and to ref , John McDaid, who had a strong game too.
Thought that there were strong games, obviously, from Harry Eastwood and Andy Smith with Gareth Pryce and Mark Barham both making telling contributions. Good luck to Adam Neale and Yannis Vasileiadis in their recoveries from injury. This week sees the 1sts travel to Liverpool University in what should be a keenly contested affair. I am hoping for a good travelling support as is so often the case.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 60 Christleton 19
Scorers: Tries - Harry Eastwood(4), Andy Smith(3), Alan Hughes, Craig Whelan, Shaun Ingram. Cons - Jack Fletcher(4), Alan Hughes.
Team: Jack Fletcher, Craig Whelan, Alejandro Londono, Andy Smith, Danny Gilfoyle, Gareth Pryce, Shaun Ingram, Dan Sullivan, Mark Hillan, Yannis Vasileiadis, Mike Byrne, Liam Evans (Captain), Kiel Williams, Harry Eastwood, Alan Hughes, Mark Barham, Karl Whelan, Jay Barham, Jonathan Sheridan.
Ref: John McDaid(Liverpool)
The 2nd Team travelled to Helsby 2nds and came across a strong side going down 50-17. Nevertheless, Captain Martyn Sharkey said it was a very enjoyable game and the spirit within the side remained good.
This week sees the 2's entertaining local rivals ,Port Sunlight, at Holm Lane. Many thanks to our match day sponsors this week,Steve Rimmer and Nick Byrne; much appreciated as always. Also thanks go this week to young Noah who sold the raffle tickets. See you all on Saturday.
Chairman/President.Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 6th January
SMASHING WIN FOR THE 2NDS
Competitive rugby returned to Holm Lane on the first Saturday of the New Year as the 2nds claimed a convincing win over very plucky opponents in Tarleton.
This was our opponents' first visit as an adult rugby club and they held their own for much of the game. The weather was cold but pleasant with the game having to be played on a very heavy pitch which we just passed as playable. We started the stronger and had scored two tries in the first quarter one of them being converted. However,we then eased up which saw our opponents have a period of dominance during which they scored two penalties. This left the half time score 12-6 in our favour with all to play for in the second period.
For much of the second half we played some good and entertaining rugby and were able to score three more tries two of which were converted.Tarleton gained a thoroughly deserved consolation try shortly before the final whistle. Many congratulations to all players on both sides for playing so well on such a difficult surface and to referee Andy Day, too, who had a good game. I thought impressive for Parkonians were Rob Rawson,James Charters, Danny Gilfoyle and Steven Pearson. Next week the 2's travel to Helsby 2nds in what should be a most competitive game. The 1sts performed admirably in the Isle Of Man but eventually went down by a 29-10 margin. This Saturday the 1sts host Christleton. Many thanks to our match day sponsors Graham Eccleson and Mark Pearson. Much appreciated as always and to young Max for selling the raffle tickets. See you on Saturday.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 2nds 31 Tarleton 3rds 11
Scorers: Tries - Alan Hughes, Terry Williams, James Charters, Danny Gilfoyle, Josh Bowe. Cons - Danny Gilfoyle(2), Terry Williams.
Squad: Jay Barham, Karl Whelan, Danny Gilfoyle, Geoff Waters, Paul Lennon, Josh Bowe, Terry Williams, Phil Stubbs, John O'Shea, Martyn Sharkey(Captain), Lee Dreher, Steven Pearson, Chris Hall, Rob Rawson, Pete Templeton, Richie Peters, Justin Danher, Alan Hughes, James Charters.
Ref: Andy Day (Liverpool)
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC
BRILLIANT GAME, BRILLIANT DAY !!
In what was the closest game possible, the Brothers won with the very last kick of the game having never been in the lead in this most entertaining and feisty encounter!
I was delighted that 50 players made themselves available for what was a very difficult but enjoyable selection process for myself. The game kicked off promptly and it was immediately the Veterans who were on the offensive taking the lead through a Peter Bennett touchdown in the 11th minute; a further Veterans try came barely two minutes later through Alex Highton. Yet another Veterans score came in the 25th minute with Connor Moore touching down this time. None of these tries were converted, meaning that the Veterans led at this stage 15-0. Just before half time the Brothers bounced back with a try of their own coming from Allan Williams. A compelling first half with the Veterans definitely having the upper hand.
Half Time:Brothers 5 v 15 Veterans
The second period was a much more evenly contested affair, and indeed the Brothers ended the match very much the stronger of the two sides. Terry Williams touched down for the Brothers in the 50th minute which was not converted. This left the Veterans with a narrow 15-10 lead. There was to be no more scoring until the 'decider' in the dying seconds . After a prolonged spell of intense pressure Allan Williams crashed over for his second try very close to the posts, leaving Ben Sadler with the relatively easy conversion kick. This enabled the Brothers to snatch the game away from the devastated Veteran players who had given their all but were found wanting in the final minutes, despite some very heroic defending.
This had been an absolutely absorbing match and great credit goes to all 50 players who all played their part and seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Special mention to ref, Gary Williams, who kept firm control even when things became a little 'tasty' should we say ?!
A fantastic turnout from non playing members and Club friends on the day too. It is such a special day for everyone involved with our great Club and a wonderful tradition which we must endeavour to uphold for many years to come. Many thanks to Tony Owens our Matchday Sponsor who also received the much coveted Donny Hawker Memorial Man Of The Match award from Donny's daughter, Sarah. We are also indebted as always to our Boxing Day bottle sponsors; the Bowe, Clarke and Cusick families. It is so much appreciated!
Many thanks too to young Max for selling the raffle tickets so efficiently. Thanks to every one for your support and so pleased to see so many people having a great time.
There are no games this Saturday 30th December. League action returns on Saturday 6th January when the 1sts travel to play Ramsey(IOM) with the 2nds entertaining Tarleton at Holm Lane.
May I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year and I look forward to your continued support in 2018.
Result: Brothers 17 Veterans 15
Scorers: Brothers.Tries - Allan Williams(2), Terry Williams. Con - Ben Sadler. Veterans.Tries - Peter Bennett, Alex Highton, Connor Moore.
Brothers Squad: Craig Whelan(Joint Captain), Danny Gilfoyle, Harry Eastwood, Kieran O'Donnell, Josh Bowe, Terry Williams, Karl Whelan(Joint Captain), Martyn Sharkey, Peter Hillan, John O'Shea, Steve Bordley, Dan Sullivan, Paul Hillan, Allan Williams, Lee Morris, Ben Sadler, Chis Sullivan, Fletcher Handley, Jack Eastwood, Craig Forshaw, Sean Marnick, Liam Massey, Adam Winstanley, Lee Griffiths, Joe Kirkham, Steve Stockford
Veterans Squad: Tony Owens(MOM), Alex Highton, Andy Smith, Alecco Londono, Chris Hall, Jay Barham, Lawrence Stansfield, Yannis Vasileiadis, Adam Neale, Mark Barham(Captain), Joe Coupe, Barry Owens, Peter Bennett, Jack Fletcher, Jake Bennett, Connor Moore, Gareth Owens, Jonathan Sheridan, Mike Coupe, Gary Pitt, Ian Westwater, Liam Westwater, Adam Westwater, Greg Lindop.
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
FANTASTIC REUNION AND HANDSOME VICTORY !!
We held our Annual Players Reunion Event with a very good attendance and we were delighted to welcome the Wallasey RUFC committee who turned up in force in their 90th anniversary blazers; they are truly doing a wonderful job in holding their club together in what is a very difficult season for them.
Hopefully they can turn things around in the coming seasons. We wish them well. It was great to see so many of our own past players enjoying each other's company and talking about 'the good old days' !
Talking about the old days the Holm Lane pitch belonged to a previous era; very heavy but playable although not ideal for running rugby. Parkonians certainly put on a show in front of a healthy crowd.
We scored thirteen tries with Andy Smith amazingly crossing six times demonstrating once again his extreme pace. I was impressed by Kiel Williams at flanker and young Jay Barham at fly half. All eighteen players played their part with some excellent handling at times; we just had a little quiet period midway through the second half.
All credit to the Wallasey team who never threw in the towel and actually got better as the game progressed. Also well done to young referee, Philip Nam, who had a good game . Next week sees a tough away game, for the 1sts, at Birchfield who currently hold down second place.
Result: Oxton Parkonians 77 Wallasey 0
Scorers: Tries - Andy Smith(6), Alan Hughes(2), Gareth Pryce, Karl Whelan, Jack Fletcher, Mark Hillan, Joe Coupe. Cons - Jack Fletcher(6)
Team: Jack Fletcher, Mark Hillan, Harry Eastwood, Andy Smith, Karl Whelan, Jay Barham, Gareth Pryce, Mark Barham, Adam Neale, Yannis Vasileiadis, Mike Byrne, Gareth Taylor, Alan Hughes, Kiel Williams, Liam Evans(Captain), Ben Berkson, Joe Coupe, Dan Sullivan
Ref:Philip Nam (Liverpool)
The 2nds had a hard day at Birkenhead Park 3rds going down 82-12. However, Martyn Sharkey our 2nds captain says that the spirit within the team on day was excellent. Well done to all the lads who played. Next week sees the 2nds at home to Ellesmere Port 2nds.
Many thanks to Renault (Wirral) for their match day sponsorship and raffle sponsor, Eric Potter; much appreciated as always. Also a big thank you to Steve Murphy and his son, Max, for co-ordinating the raffles. A wonderful day all round once again displaying the true ethos and spirit of our amateur game at grassroots level.
See you all very soon .
Chairman/President. Oxton Parkonians RUFC.
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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