Archive ~ 2010

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 ~ 2010 / 2011

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Parkonians RUFC 2nd XV ~ 2010 / 2011

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Parkonians RUFC 3rd XV ~ 2010 / 2011

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1st XV Player Statistics ~ 2010 / 2011

The 1st XV Team statistics as at 19th March are as follows:

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
Terry Williams 17 11 29 8 0 137
Andy Smith 18 18 13 2 0 122
Peter Hillan 18 9 0 0 0 45
Rob Marnick 18 8 0 0 0 40
Mark Hillan 18 7 0 0 0 35
Gareth Pryce ( Capt ) 19 6 0 0 0 30
Matt Dooley 10 5 0 0 0 25
Paul Hillian 12 4 0 0 0 20
Craig Whelan 12 4 0 0 0 20
P Wigfield 9 4 0 0 0 20
Daniel Blyth 19 2 0 0 0 10
Mike Byrne 15 3 0 0 0 15
Alan Williams 14 3 0 0 0 15
Karl Whelan 3 2 0 0 0 10
Liam Sadler 19 1 0 0 0 5
Scott Lamb 6 1 0 0 0 5
John Dunning 1 1 0 0 0 5
Craig Fowler 1 1 0 0 0 5
Tom Sutton 2 1 0 0 0 5
Mark Barham 19 0 0 0 0 -
Liam Evans 16 0 0 0 0 -
Tony Burton 13 0 0 0 0 -
Martin Sharkey 10 0 0 0 0 -
Barry Owens 7 0 0 0 0 -
P Lennon 4   0 0 0 -
Richard Peters 4 0 0 0 0 -
Mike Bowe 3 0 0 0 0 -
Matt Dodd 3   0 0 0 -
G Waters 3 0 0 0 0 -
M Cardus 2 0 0 0 0 -
Paul Didsbury 1 0 0 0 0 -
Chris Hall 1 0 0 0 0 -
Lee Morris 1 0 0 0 0 -
Penalty Try - 1 - - - 5

 

2nd XV Player Statistics ~ 2010 / 2011

The player statistics at the end of the season are as follows:

Player Appearances T C PG DG Points
Dave Galloway 11 7 16 0 0   67
Mike Bowe 10 10 0 0 0   50
Geoff Waters 12 8 0 0 0   40
John Dunning 15 7 0 0 0   35
Paul Lennon 13 6 0 0 0   30
Karl Whelan 9 3 7 0 0   29
Jamie Bowen 10 4 0 0 0   20
Gregg Lindop 4 2 3 0 0   16
Mark Tucker 14 3 0 0 0   15
Chris Hall 10 3 0 0 0   15
Richard Halpin 7 3 0 0 0   15
Craig Fowler 4 2 2 0 0   14
Alan Williams 2 1 4 0 0   13
Paul Didsbury 5 1 3 0 0   11
Martin Varley 15 2 0 0 0   10
Matt Dodd 15 2 0 0 0   10
Matt Moore 14 2 0 0 0   10
Derick Prescott 10 2 0 0 0   10
Peter Shone 3 2 0 0 0   10
Leon Garret 1 2 0 0 0   10
Richard Peters 13 1 0 0 0   5
Les Donnerly 9 1 0 0 0   5
Justin Danaher 7 1 0 0 0   5
Tom Manger 5 1 0 0 0   5
Chris Stott 4 1 0 0 0   5
Sean Salsbury 3 1 0 0 0   5
Daniel Blyth 2 1 0 0 0   5
Chris Sharkey 2 1 0 0 0   5
Craig Whelan 1 1 0 0 0   5
Penalty Try 1 1 0 0 0   5
Mark Hillan 1 0 1 0 0   2
Simon Dunning 11 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Hayward 10 0 0 0 0   -
Dominic Verhagen 8 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Cardus 8 0 0 0 0   -
Jamie Lamb 5 0 0 0 0   -
Leigh Howard 3 0 0 0 0   -
Scott Lamb 3 0 0 0 0   -
Tony Blease 3 0 0 0 0   -
Lee Morris 2 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Hawker 2 0 0 0 0   -
Richie Taff Gibbon 2 0 0 0 0   -
Gareth Thomas 2 0 0 0 0   -
Phil Byrne 2 0 0 0 0   -
Ian Westwater 2 0 0 0 0   -
Mike Byrne 1 0 0 0 0   -
Martin Sharkey 1 0 0 0 0   -
Rob Marnick 1 0 0 0 0   -
Liam Sadler 1 0 0 0 0   -
Keith Heaviside 1 0 0 0 0   -
Matt Dooley 1 0 0 0 0   -
Steve Williams 1 0 0 0 0   -
Tom McKay 1 0 0 0 0   -
Ben Sadler 1 0 0 0 0   -

 

2010 / 2011 Fixtures and Results

 

First XV Fixtures 2010/2011

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Result

Score

Aug 28th

Plate

Helsby

Home

Won

32-21

Sep 4th

League

Port Sunlight

Away

Won

26-50

Sep 11th

League

Congleton

Away

Won

39-21

Sep 18th

League

Liverpool Rangers

Home

Lost

14-22

Sep 25th

League

Linley

Away

Won

12-15

Oct 2nd

League

Buxton

Home

Won

17-14

Oct 9th

League

Capenhurst

Away

Match Rearranged

Oct 16th

Plate

Prenton

Home

Lost

8-32

Oct 23rd

League

Crewe and Nantwich

Home

Won

26-22

Oct 30th

League

Ellesmere Port

Away

Lost

27-16

Nov 6th

Plate

Port Sunlight

Away

Drawn

29-29

Nov 13th

League

Helsby

Home

Won

37-7

Nov 20th

League

Knutsford

Away

Lost

32-29

Nov 27th

League

Capenhurst

Away

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Dec 4th

League

Prenton

Home

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Dec 11th

Plate

Helsby

Away

 

 

Dec 18th

League

Congleton

Home

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Dec 25th

 

 

 

No Game

2011

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 1st

 

 

 

No Game

Jan 8th

League

Liverpool Rangers

Away

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Jan 15th

League

Linley

Home

Won

64-3

Jan 22nd

League

Prenton

Home

Won

22-6

Jan 29th

League

Buxton

Away

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Feb 5th

League

Capenhurst

Home

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Feb 12th

Friendly

Congleton

Home

Won

45-0

Feb 19th

League

Crewe and Nantwich

Away

Lost

27-10

Feb 26th

League

Capenhurst

Home

Won

65-7

Mar 5th

League

Ellesmere Port

Home

Lost

17-18

Mar 12th

League

Helsby

Away

Won

20-35

Mar 19th

League

Buxton

Away

Lost 18-10

Mar 26th

League

Knutsford

Home

Won

36-21

Apr 2nd

League

Liverpool Rangers

Away

Lost

32-18

Apr 9th

League

Prenton

Away

Won

18-22

Apr 16th

League

Port Sunlight

Home

 

 

Apr 23rd

 

EASTER

 

 

 

Apr 30th

 

 

 

 

 

Second XV Fixtures 2010/2011

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Result

Score

Aug 28th

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 4th

League

Ormskirk 3

Home

Won

21-15

Sep 11th

League

Southport 3

Home

Won

44-12

Sep 18th

League

Waterloo 4

Away

Lost

36-5

Sep 25th

League

West Park SH 3

Home

(Won)

Match Awarded

Oct 2nd

League

Carrington 1

Away

Lost

24-0

Oct 9th

League

St Edwards OB 2

Home

Won

14-13

Oct 16th

League

Ormskirk 4

Away

Won

29-38

Oct 23rd

League

Eagle 2

Home

Lost

24-37

Oct 30th

League

Wallasey 2

Away

Lost

27-17

Nov 6th

League

Carrington 1

Home

Won

48-0

Nov 13th

League

Formby 1

Home

Won

27-24

Nov 20th

League

Sefton 4

Away

Won

22-27

Nov 27th

League

Hoylake 3

Home

Won

12-60

Dec 4th

League

St Mary's OB 2

Away

Cancelled - Pitch Frozen

Dec11th

League

Southport 3

Away

Lost

32-26

Dec 18th

League

Waterloo 4

Home

Rearranged - Pitch Frozen

Dec 25th

 

 

 

No Game

Jan 1st

     

No Game

Jan 8th

League

St Mary's 2

Away

Lost

27-22

Jan 15th

League

Ormskirks 4

Home

Won

40-10

Jan 22nd

League

St Edwards OB 2

Away

Won

Match Conceded

Jan 29th

League

Ormskirk 4

Home

No Game

Feb 5th

League

Eagle 2

Away

Lost

15-5

Feb 12th

     

No Game

Feb 19th

League

Wallasey 2

Home

Won

74-12

Feb26th

  Waterloo Home

Lost

5-15

Mar 5th

League

Formby 1

Away

Won 10-19

Mar 12th

 

 

 

No Game

Mar19th

     

 

 

Mar 26th

 

 

Away

No Game

Apr 2nd

     

 

 

Apr 9th

League

ST Mary's OB

Home

Drawn

17-17

Apr16th

League

Ormskirk 3

Home

 

 

Apr 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 30th

 

 

 

 

 

Third XV Fixtures 2010/2011

Date

Competition

Opponents

Venue

Result

Score

Aug 21st

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 4th

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 11th

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 18th

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 25th

 

Mold 2

Home

 

 

Oct 2nd

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 9th

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 16th

 

Ellesmere Port 3

Away

 

 

Oct 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 30th

 

Hoylake 3

Home

 

 

Nov 6th

 

Port Sunlight 2

Home

 

 

Nov 13th

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 20th

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 27th

 

Hoylake 3

Away

 

 

Dec 4th

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 11th

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 18th

 

Anselmians 3

Away

 

 

Dec 25th

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 1st

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 8th

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 15th

 

Ellesmere Port

Away

 

 

Jan 22nd

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 29th

 

Anselmians 3

Home

 

 

Feb 5th

 

   

 

 

Feb 12th

 

Mold 3

Home

 

 

Feb 19th

 

Hoylake 3

Home

 

 

Feb 26th

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 5th

 

Ellesmere Port

Away

 

 

Mar 12th

 

Hoylake 3

Away

 

 

Mar 19th

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 26th

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 2nd

 

Port Sunlight 2

Away

 

 

Apr 9th

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 16th

 

Mold 3

Away

 

 

Apr 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 30th

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cheshire Plate

The Cheshire Plate fixtures for 2010 / 2011 were as follows:

 

Pool A

Pool B

Week 1

To be played on Saturday 28th August 2010

 

Congleton

v

Ellesmere Port

Parkonians

v

Helsby

 

Capenhurst

v

Crewe & Nantwich

Prenton

v

Port Sunlight

Week 2

To be played on Saturday 16th October 2010

 

Congleton

v

Capenhurst

Port Sunlight

v

Helsby

 

Ellesmere Port

v

Crewe & Nantwich

Parkonians

v

Prenton

Week 3

To be played on Saturday 6th November 2010

 

Capenhurst

v

Ellesmere Port

Port Sunlight

v

Parkonians

 

Crewe & Nant

v

Congleton

Helsby

v

Prenton

Week 4

To be played on Saturday 27th November 10

 

Crewe & Nant

v

 Ellesmere Port             

Prenton

v

Parkonians

 

Capenhurst

v

Congleton

Helsby

v

Port Sunlight

Week 5

To be played on Saturday 11th December 10

 

Ellesmere Port

v

Congleton

Helsby

v

Parkonians

 

Crewe & Nant

v

Capenhurst

Port Sunlight

v

Prenton

Week 6

To be played on Saturday 22nd January 11

 

Ellesmere Port

v

Capenhurst

Parkonians

v

Port Sunlight

 

Congleton

v

Crewe & Nant

Prenton

v

Helsby

Dates for the remaining Round:-

  • Semi-final fixtures are to be played on Saturday 19th March 2011
  • The Cheshire Plate Final is to be played on 23rd/25th April 2011(Easter), together with the Final of the Cup Competition.

News

Richie's End of Season Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 16th April 2011

VICTORY OVER SUNLIGHT AND A GREAT RUGBY DINNER NIGHT!!

1st XV V Port Sunlight(H)

On another lovely spring afternoon what should have been a comfortable victory over Sunlight turned into a much closer affair in the last 15 minutes.

Before this we had held a 31-0 lead and indeed could have scored several more tries in a very entertaining encounter against a very plucky young Sunlight squad with the exception of that ageing veteran journeyman who is Steve Stockford!

The game was always entertaining with us scoring five tries in a good all round game with everyone playing well but special mentions to Liam Sadler and Barry Owens for their strong running games. Referee Dave Bundy did a good job too although perhaps at least one of their tries might have been disallowed. This win secures our 4th place finish with the renaining game at Capenhurst perhaps not taking place as it will not affect anything. Congratulations to all 1st and 2nd team squad players in what has bee a good season for the club.

Result:Parkonians 31 Port Sunlight 22
Team:Liam Evans,Geoff Waters,Barry Owens,Liam Sadler(Justin Danher 67),Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Mark Hillan,Mike Cardus(Martyn Sharkey 40),Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Rob Marnick,Scott Lamb(Paul Wigfield 60),Paul Hillan,Danny Blyth,Alan Williams.
Scorers:Tries-Barry Owens(2),Liam Sadler(2),Mark Hillan. Cons-Liam Sadler,Barry Owens(2) Ref:Dave Bundy(Liverpool).

The 2nd Team suffered a heavy defeat in their last league game away at Ormskirk but nevertheless skipper Richie Peters and his lads have enjoyed a good season.

The Annual Rugby Club Dinner followed and was an excellent evening. Many thanks to Chris and Lesley Hall and all their catering and bar staff for a wonderful meal and evening. Also many thanks to all committee members who gave of their time as always in organising this event; it is not an easy task!

Principal guests were John Taylor,Cheshire RFU President, and Wally Bennett, guest speaker and former Rugby Club Captain. All speakers Wally, Richie Beckett(Chairman Of Rugby) and Gareth Pryce(Rugby Club Captain) did a good job especially the latter who had to wait a mighty long time before it was his turn to speak!!

Special mention must be made of the Junior Rugby section who have had an outstanding season with over 100 youngsters turning up each Sunday morning. Many congratulations to all involved well done and keep up the good work. I am hoping that they will write a report of their season to appear on this website perhaps after their presentation afternoon in early May.

Parkonians RUFC Annual Awards ~ Season 2010 - 2011

The following awards were presented at the Annual Rugby Club Dinner, by past President Geoff Davies:

Players of The Month

Andy Smith

Rob Marnick

Liam Sadler

Peter Hillan

Mike Byrne

Matt Dooley

Young Player Of The Year Andy Smith
Most Improved Player Of The Year
( The Brian 'Gus' Cusick Award)
Mike Byrne
2nd Team Player Of The Year
( The Richie Peters Award)
Geoff Waters
Player Of The Year Rob Marnick
Captain's Prize Steve Lowndes
Clubman Of The Year Peter Evans

:Well done to all award winners you richly deserve your honours!

All that is left for me to say as this marathon of a season gradually winds towards its concusion is to wish all tourists a hugely enjoyable time in the Lloret De Mar over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend and to politely ask for your attendance at the Rugby Club AGM on Wednesday 11th May in the Function Room. Thanking you all.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 9th April 2011

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FANTASTIC DOUBLE ACHIEVED OVER LOCAL RIVALS PRENTON!!

1st XV v Prenton (A)

Saturday 9th April 2011 was a fantastically warm and sunny spring afternoon for both The Grand National and for the traditional long standing local derby between Prenton and Parkonians at 'the fortress' known as Prenton Dell.

Parkonians had claimed the first league encounter quite comfortably in the end in January at Holm Lane in January by a 22-6 margin. The end result this time round was again to go in the favour of Parkonians but it was a much closer and nerve wracking affair.

Right from the start Parkonians played ferociously with awesome tackling by so many but especially by young Danny Blyth and Paul Hillan. Despite plenty of attacking opportunities by the visiting side it was to be Prenton who struck first scoring an unconverted try. Parkonians continued to pressurise, however, and hit back through a Terry Williams penalty and an Alan Williams try leaving the half time score in our favour at 8-5.

The pace of the game continued at a frenetic rate in the second period with both sides having opportunities whilst at the same time commiting mistakes. Sloppy Prenton play in midfield by Prenton allowed Andy Smith the chance to pounce on the ball and using his pace run 30 metres to score in the top end right hand corner followed by an excellent conversion from Terry.

A great run, a great try but in the process of scoring Andy suffered a quite serious shoulder injury which requires operating on, hopefully, in the next few days.Good luck, Andy, the end to your season but what a season it has been. Good luck young man and see you at the dinner! Also best luck for a speedy recovery to Mike Byrne, another young player who has had a fabulous season, who was injured the previous week at Liverpool Rangers. Back to 'the double'; Prenton hit back with a converted try and two penalties to lead 18-15 but following continued Parkonian forward pressure veteran hooker,Peter Hillan, sneaked over at close quarters and Terry slotted over the simple conversion.

There was still more than 10 minutes left which turned to be more than 20 minutes with the 10 minutes time added on by ref, John Littleton. Heroic Parkonian defending enabled us to hang on in there and claim our first double over Prenton for many a year. The final whistle brought both relief and delight to the Parkonian players and supporters while for Prenton it brought despondency knowing now that the promotion race is out of their hands now and that the bragging rights were well and truly ours this year!!

However, they were most gracious in defeat and their hospitality was up to the normal standard! What a wonderful experience for some of our younger players; one of them asked when was the last time we had done the double my reply was when you were in nappies.

A long night of celebration followed especially for yours truly!! Congratulations to all players and to captain, Gareth Pryce, who was unwell on the day but got through the game and to coach, Steve Lowndes. Well played to Prenton too as well as to referee, John Littleton. Danny Blyth was our Man Of The Match again; absolutely outstanding but I emphasise this was a real team effort and surely if we had played as we have done against Crewe and Nantwich and Prenton then surely we would have been in the promotion race.

Result:Prenton 18 Parkonians 22.
Scorers:Tries-Alan Williams,Andy Smith,Peter Hillan.Pen-Terry Williams.Cons-Terry Williams(2).
Team:Terry Williams,Geoff Waters,Andy Smith(Scott Lamb 60),Liam Sadler,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey(Mike Cardus 53),Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Liam Evans,Rob Marnick,Paul Hillan,Danny Blyth,Alan Williams.
Ref:John Littleton.

The 2nd XV had an exciting league draw 17-17 at Holm Lane against St Marys OB and finish their league programme at Ormskirk this Saturday. Well done to Richie Peters and the lads on what has been another successful 2nd team season.

The 1sts have another league derby this week at home to the ever improving Port Sunlight. Both games have 2.30pm kick offs due to our Annual Dinner that evening 7.30pm.Here's looking to good food,good company, good speeches,plenty of awards, good behaviour and a thoroughly enjoyable night all round!! To end what a great day it was at Prenton on Saturday 9th April 2011.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 19th March 2011

ENTERTAINING FIRST TEAM VICTORY AT HOLM LANE.

1st XV v Knutsford (H)

On a perfect early spring day and a firm pitch Parkonians and their visitors Knutsford played out a most entertaining encounter with ourselves proving the victors by six tries to Knutsford's three. The scoreline might have been closer but for the fact we started so well being 12-0 up inside the first five minutes including a perfectly executed backs move with full back, Craig Whelan, coming into the line at pace to score the try wide out.

There was rarely a dull moment in the match which was played at some pace throughout with the game being very well controlled by veteran referee, Terry Clarke. Well done, Terry, and many thanks! Early replacement, Terry Williams, scored three powerful tries from the wing and there were also touchdowns for Andy Smith and captain, Gareth Pryce. Andy added three conversions two of them difficult attempts from wide out.

Obviously Terry had a strong game as did brother, Alan, from No8. Liam Sadler and Andy Smith were very impressive indeed but Man Of The Match must go to the ever present, everywhere man, Danny Blyth. Well played, Danny!! Special mention also to the ever developing Mike Cardus who had a very strong scrummaging game from loose head prop. Keep it going, Mike!! All in all a highly productive and satisfying afternoon's rugby.

Result:Parkonians 36 Knutsford 21
Scorers:Tries-Terry Williams(3),Craig Whelan,Andy Smith,Gareth Pryce. Cons-Andy Smith(3) Team:Craig Whelan,Karl Whelan(Terry Williams 12),Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Mike Cardus,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Liam Evans(Tony Burton 67),Mike Byrne,Scott Lamb(Paul Hillan 62),Danny Blyth,Alan Williams, Ref:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team had a home friendly against Mossley Hill but ran out losers with the ever bashful, Matt Dodd, scoring a brace of tries.

This week the 1sts travel over the water to play the youthful Liverpool Ranger team; will they field their international XV or will they cry off?! Odds available from Paddy Power, Bet Fred etc. The 2nds have a home friendly versus Prenton; both games kick off at 3pm.

Make sure you purchase your Dinner tickets for Saturday 16th April from Ken Owen or Dave Smith asap at the special £15 price. Many thanks to Chris Hall for being last week's match sponsor; much appreciated as always, Chris!

PS If you see someone at the club on Saturday with silly hair and/or an Aussie accent please buy him a lager as he has been 'Down Under' for six months and has returned penniless and his Dad can't keep him in beer for the next month until he gets paid!?!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 12th March 2011

COMFORTABLE FIRST TEAM WIN AT HELSBY

1st XV v Helsby (A)

The 1st XV made the short journey to Helsby and gained another victory against a largely young and plucky Helsby fifteen.

Although not a tense game like the previous week's encounter against Ellesmere Port it was an open and entertaining affair. We scored seven tries including hat tricks from Andy Smith and Matt Dooley. Matt was quite easily the Parkonian Man Of The Match not just for his three tries but for his absolutely awesome tackling as always: well played young man!!

Mike Cardus came in for his first team debut, at loose head prop, and proved what a valuable signing he has been from the cricket section, a creditable performance and I am sure you will be featuring again; wellplayed!!

This Saturday the team travel to Buxton for the rearranged league game meet at 11.45am, spectators very welcome as a 33 seater coach has been booked. We are now in the Semi Final of The Floodlit Cup playing Caldy's Development XV at New Brighton on Wednesday 23rd March with a 7.30pm. KO make sure you are there.

Result:Helsby 20 Parkonians 42
Scorers:Tries-Andy Smith(3),Matt Dooley(3),Gareth Pryce. Cons-Andy Smith(2) Pen-Andy Smith Team:Andy Smith,Craig Whelan(Chris Stott 60),Liam Evans,Mark Hillan(Alan Williams 40),Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Mike Cardus,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Paul Wigfield.
Ref:Peter Barnett(Liverpool)

 The 2nd XV did not have a league game and played at home in a pool game losing to an Anselmians XV. They again do not have a league game this coming Saturday and will be seeking a pool game at Holm Lane depending on player availability.

Many thanks to Ken Cooke and Ken Owen for their matchday sponsorship of the past two weeks and to Alan Morris(Snr.) for his continued organisation of the matchday raffle. It is much appreciated as always. You should all be seeing Ken Owen in the next couple of weeks to book and pay for your £15 ticket for the Annual Dinner on Saturday 16th April.

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

 

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 5th March 2011

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR!

1st XV v Ellesmere Port (H)

On a lovely day for rugby a tense and sometimes fierce affair was played out between 3rd and 4th placed in the league at Holm Lane in front of a large crowd.

The game was slow to start and Port were definitely the better side in the frist period. However, this was to change during the second half when sustained Parkonian pressure nearly led to a home victory; the last 20 minutes were pulsating to watch and the game could have gone either way.

We were never ahead in this game and perhaps later on in we should have attempted to kick our penalties.Indeed we could have won with the last penalty kick off the game when Andy Smith took on a difficult chance fairly wide out but it was not to be! In truth our decision making had been poor at times and I felt we should have played with more width.

There were some good individual performances notably from Peter Hillan, Liam Sadler and Paul Wigfield. A victory had been required to maintain our slim promotion hopes but that chance has now virtually disappeared. Next Saturday's league game is away to Helsby with a 3pm kick off.

Result: Parkonians 17 Ellesmere Port 18.
Scorers:Tries- Mark Hillan, Paul Wigfield and Peter Hillan. Con- Andy Smith.
Team:Craig Whelan,Geoff Waters,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce,Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick(Danny Blyth 20),Paul Hillan(Alan Williams 38),Paul Wigfield.
Ref:Jim Bennett(Liverpool)

The 2nd XV had an excellent league win away at Formby Vikings by a 19-10 points margin while the 3rds put up a spirited display in a 37-5 loss to Port Sunlight 2nds at home. Many thanks to Paul Disbury for working so hard to raise this side.

Rugby club dinner tickets will soon be available at the reduced price of £15 on Saturday 16th April. Names and money to Ken Owen, Alan Morris or Dave Smith.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 19th February

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NO JOY FOR 1ST XV ON THE ROAD AT CREWE

1st XV v Crewe & Nantwich (A)

The first team travelled by coach to second placed Crewe and Nantwich in anticipation of a hard fought contest and this was what definitely took place. The 17 players performed heroically on the day but lost to a better side on what was a very heavy and demanding pitch, to say the least!! Whilst not deserving to win I thought that several 50/50 refereeing decisions did not go our way which might have meant a slightly closer scoreline.

I could not pick a Man Of The Match this week as everyone gave 100% and defended magnificently. Thanks to all the travelling support and to Gary our driver from R & J Travel who allowed us a couple of refreshment stops on the way home; much appreciated, Gary!

On Wednesday the 1st team play Wallasey in The Floodlit Cup at Birkenhead Park 7.30pm. KO. On Saturday 26th we play Capenhurst AT HOME in our next league game.

Result: Crewe and Nantwich 27 Parkonians 10
Scorers: Tries- Peter Hillan and Andy Smith.
Team: Andy Smith,Geoff Waters,Barry Owens,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey(Danny Blyth(63),Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne(Liam Evans 58),Tony Burton,Paul Hillan,Rob Marnick,Paul Wigfield.

Supporters: Steve Lowndes, Richie Beckett, George O'Donnell, Keith Aldcroft, Dave Smith, Phil Cass., Mervyn Pryce, Terry Marnick, Mike Marnick, Steve Williams, Alan Morris(Jnr.), Robbie Atkinson, Graham Bennett, Jo O'Donnell and Jess Pryce.

It was wonderful to see a full 2nd and 3rd team both playing at Holm Lane and with replacements as well!! The 2nds beat Wallasey 2nds in a league game 71-10 and the 3rd team played Hoylake 3rds in a friendly and also won, by a 61-10 points margin.

Congratulations to both captains, Richie Peters and Paul Disbury. Hopefully reports of these games will be featured below!

Equally it was fantastic to see five junior sides playing local rivals, Wirral, at Holm Lane on Sunday morning on what warmed up a bitterly cold day.

Again congratulations to all players,coaches,parents and supporters!! Again hopefuly reports of these games will appear on this website shortly.

Long may it continue!

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

And Finally, from Dave Westwater...

Paul Disbury did a great job getting the 3rd team out yesterday and he had some replacements.

They had a 61-10 win over Hoylake 3rds, a great display.

 

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 12th February

'COMFORTABLE SECOND HALF CRUISE TO VICTORY'

1st XV v Congleton(H)

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After the frustrations of the two previous weeks, Buxton(frost) and Capenhurst(failure to raise a side), it was indeed good to return to 1st Team league action in near to perfect conditions at Holm Lane against basement club Congleton. Our visitors had gained their first league victory the previous week at Linley and it was obvious in the early exchanges that this win had rebuilt their confidence.

However, we did not start well and the game was 'over refereed' (in my opinion) especially in the first half. The constant stoppages and penalties suited Congleton and they played well for most of the first half keeping the ball tight and using the short side. In this first period we became far too anxious and made too many basic errors. All we nad to show for this first half was a penalty try(Liam Sadler) and a Terry Williams conversion and penalty.

Half Time:Parkonians 10 Congleton 0.

Now this certainly was a game of two halves seeing a vastly improved Parkonian performance both individually and team wise. There were to be five converted tries including great solo efforts through Danny Blyth and Mike Byrne.

Mike had a wonderful match full of strong running and good tackling indeed he nearly grabbed a second try for himself. Well played, Mike, your game is developing all the time. There was strong forward carrying from Mike, Paul Wigfield(still wearing the same boxers after the game) and Paul Hillan.

There was plenty of good back play and but for silly handling errors we would surely have scored at least another two tries. It will be a muchharder proposition away to second placed Crewe and Nantwich on Saturday; the home game saw us victorious by a 26-22 margin in what was arguably our best performance so far this season.

Result:Parkonians 45 Congleton 0
Scorers: Tries- Penalty Try(Liam Sadler),Andy Smith,Danny Blyth,Mike Byrne,Paul Hillan and Craig Whelan. Pen-Terry Williams.Cons-Terry Williams(3),Andy Smith(3).
Team:Terry Williams(Craig Whelan 51),Liam Evans,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Mark Barham,Peter Hillan,Paul Hillan(Alan Williams 66),Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth(Martyn Sharkey 47),Paul Wigfield.
Ref:John Littleton(Liverpool)

The 2nd XV had a free league weekend and played a friendly against a very plucky Mold 3rd team at Holm Lane and were victorious by a 31-10 margin. John Dunning was the Man Of The Match in this one. Well played, John! This week the 2nds resume league action when they entertain Wallasey 2nds.

The 1st team coach to Crewe and Nantwich is a 33 seater, spectators ver welcome, the meet is 11.45am. leaving very shortly after. The Club Dinner is on Saturday 16th April and the cost has been reduced by £5 per head to £15; tickets will go on sale around mid March. Please make every effort to attend this annual event celebrating our successes of the season and enjoying good food and good company.

Thanks very much to The Cusick family for their matchday sponsorship, it is hard to believe that it is now 3 years since Gus passed away. It is very much appreciated as always!!

LASTLY, AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, IS THE ISSUE OF CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS.

THANKS VERY MUCH TO THOSE MEMBERS WHO PAID OFF THEIR BALANCES OR PAID A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION WHEN ASKED LAST SATURDAY. HOWEVER, THERE ARE A FEW WHO HAVE PAID NOTHING AND SEVERAL WHO HAVE AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE TO BE PAID OFF ASAP. THIS APPLIES TO NON PLAYERS AS WELL AS PLAYERS. THANK YOU.

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

And Finally, from Dave Westwater...

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Daniel Blythe in his U-17 days, alongside his 'veteran' father Steve.

After another great display and try by Dan in the game against Congleton is it true to say that he has now surpassed the playing ability of the 'Veteran'?

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 22th January

TABLE TOPPERS TOPPLED! 'HOW SWEET IT IS'

1st XV v Prenton(H)

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Yes, indeed 'How Sweet It Is' to be sat here this morning with a sore head writing this report.

All winning Prenton arrived at Holm Lane to defend this status and they were to return to Prenton Dell empty handed!!

What an epic encounter was played out in front of a large and passionate crowd! This was to be the best Parkonian display of the season so far by some way with every single player giving his all ending in a convincing 22 - 6 victory!!

Parkonians started off with a real bang and soon went ahead through an excellent, but unconverted, try by Andy Smith. Andy had an excellent game full of strong running all afternoon showing that little turn of extra pace which marks out his game. After a slow start Prenton certainly got themselves back into this match with a strong performance in the second quarter and indeed led 6-5 at half time through two Daryl Parker penalties. Both sides had given away several penalties in this first half but were beginning to learn that the excellent referee, Phil Stokes, was standing no messing!

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Neither side took the upperhand in the early stages of the second half but the last quarter certainly belonged to Parkonians! We perhaps should have scored more points than we actually did. Firstly, Terry Williams struck a penalty followed by aother try from Andy Smith who made an elusive outside break after a good passing movement.This was converted by Terry. Soon after the ever present Rob Marnick added the third try wide out followed again by an excellent conversion from Terry. Prenton were losing heart and they faded as the final minutes ticked down.

It may not have been fair to name a Man Of The Match but I gave it to young Andy Smith; well done, Andy! There were strong carries from Barry Owens, Terry Williams and in the forwards from Mark Barham(a strong game, Mark), Mike Byrne, Paul Hillan, Paul 'Casso' Wigfield' and of course Rob Marnick. There was strong tackling from so many but there were a couple of stand out big hits from Terry Williams.

To be fair to the senior Prenton players and their supporters they were most gracious in defeat admitting that the better team on the day were victorious. They are of course, as well as us, already looking forward to the return league encounter at Prenton Dell on Saturday 9th. April. Somehow we have to play them, in this congested second half of the season, in a Cheshire Plate game or did this count as a 'double header'?!

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Congratulations to all players on both teams and referee, Phil, for providing us with such an entertaining spectacle! An additional thank you to the Parkonians passionate supporters; you certainly played your part too! Next up is Buxton away this coming Saturday 29th.January(11am. meet). There is a coach and there is room for 15 supporters as well as the 18 players. Most supporters seats have been 'booked' so if you would like to go and haven't spoken to me yet make sure you do BEFORE Saturday. Let's hope for a mild week and especially in Buxton. Their game was off again yesterday!

Result:Parkonians 22 Prenton 6
Scorers:Tries- Andy Smith(2),Rob Marnick. Pen- Terry Williams. Cons-Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Barry Owens,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Liam Evans(Geoff Waters 48).Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Paul Hillan,Rob Marnick(Danny Blyth 73),Paul Wigfield.
Ref:Phil Stokes(Liverpool)

Most disappointingly the seconds had their league game cancelled by St Edwards OB 2nds around 12 noon(SATURDAY). This really isn't good enough and left us with no time to fix up a game from the pool. The game was supposed to be at their ground and I can't believe that they didn't have 9/10 players which would have allowed the game to go ahead with us loaning them players. Anyway, they could surely have discussed this with us on Friday evening!! This week the 2nds have a 'tasty' home league game against promotion rivals Waterloo 4ths. Good luck to Richie and the lads.

Thanks to both Pete Evans and Stewie McEwen for being this week's matchday sponsors and well done to Bongo's mate, not Bongo, for winning the raffle.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 15th January

DOUBLE HEADER LEAGUE VICTORIES AT HOLM LANE!!

1st XV v Linley

It had been an amazing 8 week break since the 1st team's last league game away to Knutsford on Saturday 20th. November and what a return to league action it was!

A highly entertaining ten try fest was witnessed by an enthusiastic home crowd. The whole team played very well but in truth we were not outatanding and personally I feel that we should have scored at least another couple of tries. The highlight of the performance was the excellence of the support work in open play epitomised by Man Of The Match, Rob Marnick, who scored four fantastic tries closely followed by Paul Hillan who scored two.

Linley have lost several key players this season and while always playing with great spirit in all honesty it showed. Paul Wigfield once again had a very good game(pity about his boxers though) as indeed did all the forwards. There was much good handling and running by all of the backs but at times if simpler options had been chosen we would surely have scored even more points. Liam Sadler continues to develop with every game that he plays and the cheeky overhead box kick leading to yet another Rob Marnick try in the second half was my 'champagne moment' of the match. Thanks to referee, Colin Kershaw, for controlling the game in a firm but fair manner - well done, Colin!

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However, much sterner tests surely lie ahead starting with a rearranged home game next Saturday 22nd. against table topping local rivals, Prenton, and then the long coach trip to Buxton the week after. I would urge plenty of vociferous support from non playing members for both of these matches. It is all set up for a real humdinger of a local derby next week; bring it on!

Result:Parkonians 64 Linley 3
Scorers. Tries:Rob Marnick(4),Paul Hillan(2),Tony Burton,Andy Smith,Paul Wigfield and Craig Whelan. Cons:Terry Williams(7)- well done, Terry!
Team:Terry Williams,Liam Evans,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Craig Whelan,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey(Mark Barham 40),Peter Hillan(Martyn Sharkey 62),Paul Hillan,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Paul Wigfield.
MOM:Rob Marnick
Ref:Colin Kershaw(Liverpool)

The 2nd Team had an impressive home league win against a spirited Ormskirk XV who included Richie 'Our Taff/Funky' Gibbon in their line up! The scoreline was an impressive 40-10 with tries from Geoff Waters(2),Paul Disbury,Mike Bowe,Mark Tucker and Dave Gallwey the latter also adding five conversions.

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Thanks to our good friend, Dave Grundy, for refffing this match; you are always most welcome, Dave.

Next week the 2nds have a 'tough and tasty' away fixture against the abrasive St Edwards 2nd XV. Well done to captain, Richie, and all of his squad for yet another excellent victory- keep it up and perhaps Matt'The Toad' Dodd will forward a more detailed match report for you all to enjoy?!. Also many thanks to this week's match sponsor, Steve Williams, it is much appreciated as always!

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

The Return of the Taff ( An Ormskirk state of mind) ~ Saturday 15th January 2011

PARKONIANS 2NDS 40-10 ORMSKIRK 4THS

There are many days in ones life where a day of destiny dawns and man steps up to be counted and face situations of difficulty and strangeness. This is the tale of one such man.

On a fine windy day at Holm lane, Ormskirk 4ths with yours truly turned up to take on Parkonians 2nds on the back of two straight league wins with confidence brimming for an upset. And after a minutes silence for recently departed Ormskirk President, Harry Leary, the game got off to a good start for Kirk when Irish centre John,( I think that's his name….) shrugged off some weak tackling to score an unconverted try down the right flank to stun The Parks and further build the belief in the Ormskirk team, (especially one over enthusiastic taffy who should know better).

A clever restart from Paul Disbury for Parkonians soon put Kirk on the back foot and in my defence, rather than knock the ball on I elected to cleverly kick the ball back in field for our centre to secure it but miscued my effort and conceded a penalty from which Parks kicked to touch and scored an excellent try under the posts by Dave 'the mouth' Gallwey to put Parks back on track. 7-5 Parkonians then soon became 14-5 when once again slick handling and strong running saw Geoff Waters cross for another converted try. 21-5 Parkonians.

But the teeth of Ormskirk are sharp and keen and soon our forwards started to gain ascendancy and we battered the Parkonians line like men possessed, seeking the grail. However, a combination of Ormskirk white line fever and some strong Parks defence kept us out until Kirk outside half Russ Brennan dummied his way over for our 2nd try and his first for 25 years! Nice one Russ. 21 -10 and Ormskirk now back on the hunt. Shields rattled and grim set faces oozed fervour as blood was smelt. Alas Such wishes soon become mist in the ether however for the half time whistle blew a shrill chill down the Ormskirk spine where surely another 5 mins would have seen us score again to put pressure on the Parkonians.

Half time: Parkonians 2nds 21-10 Ormskirk 4ths

We started the second half brightly and with high confidence but soon the dark clouds of doom gathered as the Parkonians riposte was swift and rapier like with 3 tries and 2 conversions to doom the brave men of Ormskirk 4ths to a rather uphill battle. Paul 'Evergreen' Disbury's try being the pick. ( oh how I remember being on the other side in these moments). Ormskirk faces became grimmer as Parkonians threatened a massacre.

40-10 Parkonians.

But Ormskirk spirit surged to the fore and grimly we dug in and fought back. And after a couple of spurned opportunities by Parkonians, most notably Matt Dodds audacious knock on over the line, the Kirk once again went for death or glory throwing ourselves forward seeking consolation only to be repelled by some resolute Parks defence which they then turned into counter attacking dervishes, giving no quarter where none was asked. Parkonian John Dunning running strongly went close to scoring only to be tackled by none other than yours truly.( I have a cricked neck to prove it too). There was a nice cameo from brother Simon Dunning as well who popped up a few times to scupper some Ormskirk marauders.

But there was to be no more scoring, and that was that as they say. The return of the rugby playing Taff was over. 5/10 for me, 6/10 for Ormskirk and 9/10 for Parkonians. Not a successful return but most enjoyable if not a little strange to be honest. Parks deserved the win and played some scintillating running rugby which must be the best in the league to be fair. Just sort out the first 5 mins of the game and you will be sorted I reckon. As for us at Ormskirk, well it was always a tough ask hoping to win here but the team spirit is strong and we are playing better with every match.

Final score: Parkonians 2nds 40-10 Ormskirk 4ths

As for myself, Well I think I acquitted myself on and off the pitch where it was great to be back amongst so many friends and behold the Parkonians hospitality which I have now tasted from the other side. It was nearly 3 years ago when Tony Blease introduced me to the club and I realised that I wanted to try and play rugby despite not playing for nigh on 25 years.

After some painful experiences, notably at the hands of Alan Williams and Phil Byrne, ( those events still make me laugh!), and many games that I I was fortunate to be involved in, I left to play regular rugby with Ormskirk, which was hard for me to achieve at Parkonians for one reason or another. I am proud to say that I pulled on a Parkonian shirt and will always be indebted to the club and its personnel for the experience I gained and the friends that I made.

To be honest I did not know what to expect when I returned as an opposing player but to get such a warm welcome from my old club was both touching and heart warming. We all make decisions in life for what we think is the best and I made the right decision 3 years ago, and in that respect I now proudly pull on the Ormskirk colours. However, despite being on the losing side on the day, I left feeling like a winner and that's a credit to all of you Parkonians.

I look forward to whence we next meet on and off the pitch and good luck with the promotion push.

Yours on the field,

Taffy.

The Brothers vs Veterans Game ~ Boxing Day

BROTHERS AND VETERANS BEAT FROZEN WASTELAND OF HOLM LANE TO CONTEST THE ANNUAL BECKETT/HILLAN SHIELD CHALLENGE

Despite the frozen conditions, the lines were cleared, the teams were selected and the 31st consecutive Parkonians RUFC Annual Boxing Day Challenge Match between The Brothers and The Veterans for The Beckett/Hillan Shield went ahead as 'normal'!!

The match had to be reduced to 25 minutes each way due to the frozen conditions on a snow bound Holm Lane pitch. The game itself was highly entertaining, keenly contested and very skilful given the conditions.

The Brothers very narrowly retained The Shield with a final scoreline of 21-17.Scorers for The Brothers were Barry Owens(1 try, 2 conversions), Gareth Thomas(1 try, 1 conversion) and Robbie Marnick(1 try).In reply for the Veterans scorers were Andy Smith(2 tries, 1 conversion) and Tom Sutton(1 try). Award winners for The Donny Hawker Memorial Trophy 'Men Of The Match' were for The Veterans, Andy Smith, and for The Brothers, Gareth Thomas. The match was impartially refereed by Parkonians Chairman Of Rugby, Richie Beckett.

The game must surely have been the only one played in the locality on the day and maintains its proud record of never having been called off!!! The atmosphere both on and off the field was absolutely awesome and in the true spirit of Rugby Union. Long may it continue!!

Brothers Team:Matt Moore,Chris Stott,Craig Whelan,Barry Owens,John Dunning,Karl Whelan, Mark Hillan(captain),Gareth Thomas,Alan Williams,Paul Hillan,Liam Evans,Alan Morris,Robbie Marnick, Danny Blyth.

Veterans Team:Mike Hawker,Chris Hall(captain),Mark Pearson,Paul Lennon,Andy Smith,Liam Sadler,Mike Cardus,Mark Barham,Derek Prescott,Tony Burton,Roy Triggs,Tom Sutton,Steve Stockford,Peter Lewis.

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

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Richie's Top 12 Hardest Players over the last 50 Years

My nominations for the Old Parkonians / Parkonians RUFC Top 12 Hardest Players from 1960 to 2010 are listed below.

Any debate on this????

  1. Gerry Enright
  2. Ernie Bell
  3. Brian 'Gus' Cusick
  4. Eddie Flynn
  5. J.D.Smith
  6. Peter Browne
  7. Colin Straughan
  8. Jim Holsgrove
  9. Mal Evans
  10. Ken Cooke
  11. Robbie Knight
  12. John Maher
    Res.Paul Hillan

PS. Spot the back?!

PPS. Still looking for Referees / Reserve Referees for Boxing Day!! Let me know!!!

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

Sunday 26th December ~ The 31st Brothers v Veterans Match

On Sunday 26th December, the 31st Annual Brothers v Veterans match will take place at Holm Lane with a 1:30pm kick off, playing for the Beckett/Hillan Shield.

This is a great social event in our calendar and all players from Old Parkonians and other local clubs, as well as their friends and family are most welcome.

As in the 30 previous years, the match will be played whatever the weather conditions at the time!

Take a look at the report and pictures from last year's game.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 4th December 2010

FROZEN OUT ONCE MORE BUT PLAYERS REUNION GOES AHEAD

Last Saturday saw both 1st and 2nd team league games frozen off with the thaw coming too late and the weather not really warming up enough anyway. The 1st XV home league game against Prenton has now been rearranged for Saturday 22nd January at Holm Lane with the away league game against Capenhurst now on Saturday 26th February.

This coming Saturday 11th December, weather permitting, unfortunately once again both teams are away with the 1sts in a Cheshire Plate game away at Helsby and the 2nds in a league game away at Southport.

The reunion although getting off to a slow start last Saturday was a real success and just what was needed with no games being able to be played. There were no fewer than 13 rugby club captains in attendance; many thanks to Pete Evans for providing the buffet. What was hugely disappointing was the complete absence of younger current playing members!

I would like to stress that this annual reunion day is for current and former playing and non playing members of the Association, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Social and any other official or non-official sections of the club!! However, those in attendance had a great time.

Attendees(and in no particularorder as they say on X Factor): Eric Potter, Geoff Davies, Norman Morris, Dave Westwater, Chris Hall, Richie Beckett, Keith Aldcroft, Alan Morris(Snr.), Phil Casserley, Dave Smith(Jnr.), Ian Jones, Steve Lowndes, Robbie Knight, Pete Browne, John McGreevy, John Maher, Eddie Flynn, Nicky Pike, Ken Owen, Steve Williams, Bob Spencer, Robbie Atkinson, Steve Taylor, Mervyn Pryce, Kenny Oram, Graham Bennett, Steve Kierney, Mal Evans, Pete Evans, Peter Hillan, Mark Hillan, Paul Hillan, Mark Barham, Tony Burton, Gareth Pryce, Glyn Pryce, Alan Muir, Steve Rimmer, Jimmy Willoughby, Bob Bell, Robbie Jones, Kevin Rimmer, Ben Pearson, Martin Varley, Justin Danher, Steve Parnell, Terry Marnick, Stewie McEwen, Derek Prescott, Carl Handley.

Official Apologies: Ken Cooke, Alan Morris(Jnr.), Nigel Cliff (thanks for the brilliant and nostalgic e mail, Nige, pop up soon), Peter Johnson and Dave Evans. Very many apologies to those people who attended and I have omitted from the list.

Many thanks to Eric Potter for his organisation and sponsorship of the raffle on the day. I am sure everyone wishes our President, Geoff Davies, a speedy recovery after his fall at the club on the day. All the very best, Geoff, and good luck!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 27th November 2010

EARLIEST EVER POSTPONEMENT DUE TO FROST? DISCUSS!

Not surprisingly the rearranged 1st XV game at Capenhurst fell victim to the weather but pleasingly the 2nd/3rd team were able to travel to Hoylake for a friendly and were handsome victors by a 50 points plus margin. Many thanks to Mike Heyward for running the team. Good to see both Mike Cardus and Leigh Howard making their full debuts in the front row and making a good impression on the watchful eye of Chairman Of Selectors, Keith Aldcroft.Well done chaps!

Next Saturday 4th December is players reunion day commencing from 12 noon onwards, at the clubhouse, and goes ahead even if the games were to be called off!!! Everyone very welcome. Both teams have league games with the 1st team at home to table topping local rivals, Prenton, and the 2nds away to St Marys Old Boys. See everyone on Saturday.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 20th November 2010

NO JOY AFTER ELEVEN TRY THRILLER AT KNUTSFORD!!

What a real firecracker of a game this was; end to end stuff all afternoon with regular tries but very few conversions.

Knutsford had the better of the first half while we were superior in the second period. The half time score was 20-10 in Knutsford's favour. Everyone on the Parks side had a strong game but Man Of The Match had to be Paul Wigfield, at No. 8, who had a real barnstormer of a game on his return after a 9 month absence; don't leave it so long next time, Paul, but anyway very well done!!

Paul Hillan had a strong game at tight head prop with Mark Barham doing well out of position at loose head. Liam Sadler was once again very influential at scrum half but in all honesty all our backs looked dangerous at times with Terry Williams grabbing a hat trick of tries. All the forwards worked very hard with strong carries and tackling by all eight of them. We did have a penalty chance to draw level with the very last kick of the game but Terry's very accurate kick just fell short of the crossbar!

Congratulations to all players on both sides and to referee, Colin Gaunt, for serving up such a wonderful spectacle.

Result:Knutsford 32 Parkonians 29.
Scoreers:Tries-Terry Williams(3),Andy Smith,Liam Sadler.Cons-Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Liam Evans,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Paul Lennon,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Mark Barham,Peter Hillan,Paul Hillan(Matt Dodd 70),Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob.Marnick,Danny Blyth, Paul Wigfield.
Man Of The Match:Paul Wigfield.
Ref:Colin Gaunt(Manchester)

The 2nd Team won once more away at Sefton by a 27-22 scoreline to remain top of the North West Intermediate League Division 5 West; they have a free date this Saturday as a result of Warrington being withdrawn from the league. Well done to both Mike Cardus and Leigh Howard on making their 2nd XV debuts! The 3rds do have a friendly but at the moment it is away at Hoylake.

The 1sts play a rearranged league game away at Capenhurst in what normally turns out to be a tense and tight affair. Let's  have more bodies at training , thank you, and all remaining annual subscriptions should be paid asap. strictly speaking by the end of this month. Many thanks to last week's sponsors Justin,Jenny and Maisie Danher; much appreciated as always!

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 13th November 2010

ANOTHER TWO WINS IN THE BAG!!

On a great day for rugby the 1st XV entertained a young but strong looking Helsby side. The game started tamely with us just having a Terry Williams penalty to our credit in the first 15 minutes.

There followed a scintillating passage of play for 20 minutes or so from the Parkonians team with four tries, three conversions and a penalty goal being added in what really was entertaining and skilful stuff!! If we had been able to maintain this then surely the half time scoreline of 32-0 would have been at least doubled'

Sadly this was not to be and we allowed Helsby back into it to an extent but still it was 'a good day at the office' so to speak!! All the backs looked good especially Liam Sadler and Mark Hillan with skipper, Gareth Pryce, doing well despite being very much under the weather. The forwards too were much more lively as a unit than in the previous two weeks.

This form needs to be maintained on a more consistent basis if we are to make a push for promotion. Good to see Pete Hillan back from injury too!

Result:Parkonians 37 Helsby 7
Scorers:Tries-Mark Hillan(2),Andy Smith,Craig Whelan,Paul Hillan. Cons-Terry Williams(3). Pens-Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Liam Evans(Craig Whelan 18),Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley(Paul Lennon 68),Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Matt Dodd,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Paul Hillan(Peter Hillan 50),Danny Blyth,Alan Williams.
Ref:Dominic Adams(Liverpool)
MOM:Mark Hillan.

The 2nd Team maintained their winning streak with a keenly contested 27-24 victory over Formby Vikings which keeps us top of the table.

Well done to all concerned; especially Derek Prescott who I am led to believe was 'Man Of The Match' for several different reasons? Was one of them being that I saw you break into a jog, Derek! Anyway, Lorraine was very impressed.

Thanks to Ken Owen/FT club for the match day sponsorship and to Liam Sadler for selling the raffle tickets and to Graham Bennett(FT Member) for winning the raffle!! Unfortunately both league games are away this week with the 1sts at Knutsford and the 2nds at Sefton. All travelling support very welcome of course!KO'S 2.15pm.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 6th November 2010

PLENTY OF POINTS AT THE PORT IN A HIGH SCORING DRAW

The 1st XV travelled the short distance to local rivals Port Sunlight in the latest pool game of the Cheshire Plate Competition. The game ended in a 29-29 draw despite the fact that Parkonians were never behind in this match or indeed level until the ultimate conversion kick of the game.

We were often dominant but never able to go more than 12 points ahead against a very young, raw, but plucky Sunlight team. In all honesty we really should have seen them off early in the game but it was silly errors and sometimes poor decision making that prevented this from happening.

It was a better team performance than the previous week at Ellesmere Port but still nothing like the fantastic effort 2 weeks ago against Crewe and Nantwich. Man Of The Match this week was Tom Sutton who had an absolutely awesome game at No. 8 both in attack and defence.

Fellow back rowers Rob Marnick and Danny Blyth both once again played very well. Paul Lennon(left wing) on his full first team debut had a good game showing that he can step up to this level of rugby. I know how proud Paul was to be in the 1st team; well played, Paul, and keep it up.

Result:Port Sunlight 29 Parkonians 29

Team:Craig Whelan,Liam Evans,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Paul Lennon,Gareth Pryce(Captain),Liam Sadler,Nartyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Mark Barham,Mike Byrne,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton. Rep:Scott Lamb.
Scorers:Tries-Tom Sutton,Rob Marnick,Alan Williams,Gareth Pryce and Andy Smith. Cons- Andy Smith(2) MOM:Tom Sutton Ref:Brian Harris(Liverpool)

At Holm Lane the 2nd Team recorded an excellent 48-0 victory against Carrington 1sts with Man Of The Match being John Dunning who scored three tries. This win once again returns Richie's(Peters) 'renogades' to the top of the Division 5 West table; well done to Richie and all of his squad. Rob Marnick was named as rhe club's October Player Of The Month, well done once again, Rob, on your consistently high levels of performance.

It was great to welcome my old Caerleon College mates, Dave Adams(Old Yardleians RUFC) and Lyndon Pritchard on their first visit to our club and once again thanks to Phil Cass. for being the match day sponsor this week. I am pleased to note that last week's turn out at training was much improved, welcome to cricket club members Mike Cardus and Lee Howard who trained and now wish to play rugby.

This week sees the 1st XV at home to Helsby in a league fixture with the 2nds also at home in a league game to Formby Vikings 1sts. Kick Offs are at 2.15pm. Let's see everyone there for another good day of 'On And Off The Field' entertainment.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 30th October 2010

DISAPPOINTING DAY AT THE PORT AND AT WALLASEY TOO

It was the 1st XV's most disappointing performance of the season and as a result my report will be brief.

We were 19-0 down in as many minutes with the strong breeze at our backs!! You are always going to struggle for the remainder of the game having shipped so many points so early on. We did improve somewhat but we were always playing 'catch up'.

Yes, Ellesmere Port did deserve to win but they were nothing special but were well organised and had a strong pack specialising in the driving maul situations. It was a poor team performance by us so surprising really after last week's 'special effort'.

There were changes enforced upon us but it shouldn't have affected us to this extent. However, there were some strong individual performances most notably from Man Of The Match, Liam Sadler(very well played, Liam), closely followed by Danny Blyth. Rob Marnick and captain, Gareth Pryce, also played well. Many thanks to Matt Dodd and Paul Lennon who stepped up from the 2nds at short notice to make their 1st team debuts.

Result: Ellesmere Port 27 Parkonians 16
Scorers:Tries-Mike Byrne,Gareth Pryce, Pens-Terry Williams(2) Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Karl Whelan(Paul Lennon 64),Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Matt Dodd(Scott Lamb 50),Mark Barham,Liam Evans,Mike Byrne,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Alan Williams.Rep:Alan Morris(Snr.) Ref:Terry Clarke(Liverpool)

The 2nds also had a disappointing 27-17 league defeat away to Wallasey.

Congrats to Phil Cass on his 50th and for being the match day sponsor. The fixtures for next Saturday 6th. November are now 1sts away at Port Sunlight in a Cheshire Plate pool game and the 2nds at home to Carrington 1sts in a league game. The kick offs are either 2.15 or 2.30pm.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 23rd October 2010

Last Saturday 23rd. October saw the 1st XV's best performance of the season in attaining an excellent victory over second placed Crewe and Nantwich who had only lost to league leaders Prenton prior to this fixture. It was fast, fierce, fiesty and furious from the first minute to the final minute with both teams most certainly 'up for it'.

Crewe, worryingly, scored first with an unconverted try within the first ten minutes but Parks bounced back shortly after with a well worked backs move with strong running from Terry Williams who produced an excellent off load to Andy Smith who went over in the corner.Terry kicked the difficult conversion for us to take a 7-5 lead; there were always going to be tries in this game and the hosts produced two more through Barry Owens and Craig Whelan with Terry adding the conversions to both of them. Crewe added another unconverted try to leave Parkonians with a 21-10 lead at half time.

The pace of the game continued at the same rate in the second period of play with Terry soon forcing his way over in the clubhouse corner but he was unable to convert the kick from this difficult position. However, it took the Parkonian lead to what seemed an unassailable position of 26-10. As the game progressed into the final quarter of play Crewe grew stronger and stronger even though they had a player suspended to the sin bin for dangerous play; two further tries were scored by our visitors with one being converted to leave them trailing 22-26 with a couple of minutes left plus 'time added on'.

This additional time proved to be a very generous and nerve wracking 10 minutes but Parkonians held both their nerve and their discpline to become the deserved victors of this epic by the narrow 26-22 scoreline. Congratulations to all players on both teams and to referee Noel O'Neill for producing such a splendid and entertaining match. Both teams should prove to be strong promotion contenders throughout the season.

It was too good a team performance by Parkonians to single out individual players except that I feel that I should mention veteran, Tony Burton, who put in a great 90 minutes(yes, it was that long) on his return to 1st team action after being out for more than a season through serious injury; well done, Tony! Crewe finished on the offensive in no small part due to their fitness and this is someting that we need to work on in the players' own time and by attending training/coaching on a Wednesday evening; it will be worth it in the long run!!

Result:Parkonians 26 Crewe and Nantwich 22 Scorers:Tries.Andy Smith,Barry Owens,Craig Whelan and Terry Williams. Cons:Terry Williams(3).
Team:Terry Williams,Barry Owens,Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Craig Whelan,Gareth Pryce(captain)(Paul Hillan 68,Scott Lamb 84),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Alan Williams,Mark Barham,Liam Evans,Tony Burton,Rob Marnick,Danny Blyth,Tom Sutton.
Ref:Noel O'Neill(Liverpool)

The second team lost out at home to Eagle by a 37-24 scoreline but remain top of the table albeit jointly, match report to follow hopefully. Good to see old friend Martin Woods former 1st team Anselmian prop reffing this one now that he has hung up his boots and joined the Ref's Society; believe you did OK too?! Congratulations to both Lorraine Prescott and Jo Hillan on completing successfully their Level 1 coaching award, well done, ladies!

Thanks this week to Mark'Magic Touch' Tucker for selling the match day raffle tickets and to Richie 'Our Taff' Gibbon for being the sponsor of the day. Much appreciated as always. This Saturday 30th October, with kick offs being 3pm. for the last time for a few months, see the the 1sts away at high flying Ellesmere Port, the 2nds are also away at Wallasey; both of these are league encounters. The 3rds play host to Hoylake 3rds in a'friendly'. See you all there

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

Taffy's Tales ~ 2nd Team Report ~ Saturday 23rd October 2010

PARKONIANS 2nd XV 24-37 EAGLE 2

Where Eagles Dare……..

"In the Oxton Rugby system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the first team  who play in the South Lancs Cheshire league and the 2nds who play in the University of Salford Division 5. These are their stories."

On a bright but damp day the Parks 2nd team took on Eagle 2 from Manchester in an absorbing top of the league clash. There were a few changes to the team. Jamie ‘Super sub’ Bowen starting in place of Les ‘open window’ Donnelly  and Shaun Salisbury coming in on the flank for the unavailable Peter ‘sweets’ Shone. The pitch was now taking on its usual winter look, that of a farmers field, and this led me to believe it would negate the youthful Eagle team and possibly see the well proportioned referee disappear into the more boggy recesses………

However, both youth and well proportioned official conspired to give the first score to Eagle when an innocuous looking kick to the corner that was well marshalled over the dead ball line with nare a nip nor a touch from either side, was subsequently awarded as a try to Eagle due to an audacious appeal by one of their players! Conversion missed, 0-5 to Eagle and Wesy and yours truly bemused and angered by said play! Game on!

But as always happens in these events the Parks had not regained their composure when Eagle struck again, swooping on our mistakes and scoring a legitimate try in the opposite corner! Oh bugger! 0-10! Cue the comeback!

Lazarus finally looked down on the Parks and lent his weight in the our first score, which resulted from another suicide run from the excellent Matty ‘Toad’ Dodd allowing an almighty shunt over the line close to the posts, the try being awarded to Justin ‘twinkle toes’ Danher! Justice done! Conversion completed by Karl ‘not Craig’ Whelan. 7-10. I love the smell of napalm in the afternoon!

"Oh bugger" moment number two happened straight from the kick off when once again Eagle pecked away at some weak tackling to score another try, once again legitimate and once again unconverted! 7-15. Can I go home now please………

Parks however refused to buckle and after a period of sustained pressure once again found their way into the Eagle nest as Dave ‘the missile’ Galwey scored from a quick tap penalty! The crowd go wild! Karl kicks the conversion to leave the Eagles looking pensive! 14-15. I think I will stay awhile……

Eagles are predatory and uncompromising and this team were no different. Pouncing on Parks mistakes and turning defence into attack with strong running from both backs and forwards. And they were rewarded once again before half time with yet another try and yet another missed conversion.

Halftime: Parkonians 2nds 14-20 Eagle 2

Another sterling  interval talk  from Capt. Rich galvanised the boys into action with repeated attacks on the Eagle line but to no avail. But when an Eagle attack broke down in midfield, the Missile showed his great foot balling skills to dribble the ball over the line and pounce for a try! Great stuff! There is some guy called Hodgson on the phone for you Dave……..The conversion was missed leaving the score 19-20. Oh yes, smell that victory.

This was the crucial point of the game and both teams knew it. Parks attacked relentlessly and Eagle defended stoutly with the latter holding out. This seemed to affect the boys and against the run of play Eagle once again swooped and ran through a tiring Parks defence to score an unconverted try to leave the score 19-25. No problem, one converted try should do it………

Alas for the Parks who now were tiring even more and Eagle swept in for the kill scoring two more tries, one converted to now make it 19-37. A veritable mountain to climb and loosing influential hooker Matty ‘Toad’ Dodd who after valiantly giving his all had to leave the field being replaced by Simon ‘super, super sub’ Dunning. Parks stuck at it though and after a concerted attack down the left flank, a superb final pass fro Capt. Rich released man of the moment Mark “legend” Tucker to score in the corner. Conversion missed but pride restored.

Final score: Parkonians 2nds 24-37 Eagle 2

A disappointing result but ironically a better performance than lasts weeks win at Ormskirk. 4 tries scored and plenty of endeavour though points of worry are the tackle area and most importantly the first 10 mins where this match was basically lost.( refereeing decisions aside)…… Also the continuing injury list that sees many fringe players stepping up is both boon and bite as Rich can’t get a settled team and I can’t get a team but we are in this together and things will improve. Well!, 2nd in the table and I still think I can get a team out,( watch this space).

Individual performances of note were from returning Shaun Salisbury who looked a right handful at times. With a bit more fitness and availability we should see the best of Sean. Well done mate. Mark Tucker continues his rich vein of form which is always good to see. Nice one Tuck. And Karl Whelan is doing a sterling job at fly half. Keep it up Kraig, I mean Karl. The award of muddiest and floor cleaning specialist goes to Mike “the mop” Hayward who like a big cat on the Serengeti, pounced on any loose ball without fear or hesitation. A master class me old mate. And my man of the match, the fearless, passionate never say die, I am not coming off, what’s my name, Matty “Toad” Dodd. Excellent in every department and an inspiration to watch. The Somme and Dunkirk has  seen such bravery as this and the club should thank its lucky stars to have this calibre of player in its ranks Well done Matt.

Thanks to the Westwater double act on the sidelines, Liam for his excellent line running and Ian “Steve Austin” Westwater for his care and concern over the fallen and the injured. And also to substitutes not used Kieran Ward and Gareth Thomas. I know you did not get on lads but you turned up and supported the cause which is very important and your time will come, sooner rather than later.

And finally, this wks humorous moment comes from Alan Morris Junior who lined us up for a team photo. It seemed to me that as he spotted Martin “Parkonian through and through” Varley walking towards the throng to claim his rightful place in the photo, it was at this point he stated that he had no battery left to take said picture……. Cue derision and a palpable look of disappointment on Martins face. Surely Alan a man of your calibre should remember to charge the batteries, or maybe you were just after that perfect picture eh……….

Yours on and off the field,
Taffy.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 16th October 2010

DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT TO LOCAL RIVALS PRENTON IN CHESHIRE PLATE GAME AT HOLM LANE

On a lovely day for running rugby, and in front of a very large crowd, the Parkonians 1st XV were soundly beaten by local rivals, Prenton, at Holm Lane in a Cheshire Plate pool game. It was excellent to be able to welcome so many old faces and former players from Old Rocks, Insties and of course Prenton.

There is no argument that the better team on the day won and whilst there were sterling individual performances from several Parkonian players the team did not really gel especially in the first and last 15 minutes of the game. Did we desire it enough? Possibly not but Barry Owens, my Man of the Match, certainly did and he led by example; there were also strong performances from Tom Sutton and Ben Pearson who were both making their first appearances of the season and as ever, Rob Marnick! We rallied in the middle part of the match and the score remained in Prenton's favour at 13-3 for a long period of play. Veteran, Paul Topping, and our former coach at stand off had the Prenton backs well drilled and there lay one of the major differences between the two sides.

It has to be remembered though that 10 of the 17 players in the Parks 1st team squad of the day were aged 23 or under and this can only augur well for the future! We are to play Prenton four times this season and battle will recommence at Prenton Dell in another Cheshire Plate game on Saturday 27th. November followed by a league meeting the following Saturday 4th. December at Holm Lane.

Commiserations to last year's club captain, Peter Hillan, who suffered a rib injury causing him to leave the field shortly into the second half. Good luck, Peter, with your recovery and we hope to see you back in action in the not too distant future. Danny Blyth performed heroically when he came on for Peter playing out of position to a certain extent. We certainly also missed the influence of club captain, Gareth Pryce, and the strength and passion of Alan Williams.

Result:Parkonians 8 Prenton 32
Scorers:Terry Williams(pen.),Andy Smith(try) Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Andy Smith,Barry Owens(Mike Bowe 62),Matt Dooley,Mark Hillan,Liam Sadler(captain),Ben Pearson,Peter Hillan(Danny Blyth 45),Mark Barham,Liam Evans,Mike Byrne,Scott Lamb.Rob Marnick,Tom Sutton.
Ref:Dominic Adams(Liverpool) who had a good game and enjoyed himself afterwards! Thank you, Dominic.

The 2nd XV had a cracking win away to Ormskirk victors by a 38-29 margin. This takes us to the top of the Division 5 West table!!! Many congratulations to Richie Peters, Matt Dodd and all of the team and hopefully there will be a report below of this excellent victory. (Report below)

This Saturday the 1sts entertain second placed  Crewe and Nantwich in their latest league encounter and the 2nds are also at home to, always tricky opponents in Eagle. As Chairman I continue to be enthused by the spirit within the club but I do feel that I should mention my slight disappointment at the numbers training the last two Wednesdays and it is stating the obvious that by training you will become both fitter and more skilful. Many thanks to the majority who have paid their annual subscriptions and to remind the remainder that they are due in full or by standing order payments by 31st. October. Any problems please discuss it with Association Treasurer, Steve Williams or mysel. In addition thanks to Mal Evans for running the raffle in Alan Morris' absence and to sponsor of the day, Tom Pearson.

NOSTALGIA CORNER

It was great to see last Saturday former club captain, Robbie Knight(1971-73), accompanied by another true Parkonian playing legend Pete Browne!! These two along with several others who I shall mention were such an influence on myself, and indeed many others, when I joined the club aged 17 in the early months of 1972.Others were of course my late great friend Brian 'Gus' Cusick, the also sadly departed Donny Hawker and Teddy Chamberlain.

Along with Dave Westwater, Alan Muir(both of whom of course were at the club last Saturday),J.D. 'Dave' Smith, Graham Moffat, Stan Griffiths(thanks very much for the donation,Stan),George Parr, Dave 'Nobby' Armour(thanks for speaking at the last dinner,Dave),Ernie Bell and Wally Bennett( thanks in advance for offering to speak at the next end of season dinner,Wally) they inspired us, led by example and sometimes us younger players were in such awe of them that we were almost scared to talk to them in the bar after the game?!

I also have to mention the late Gilly Cannell who did so mucy in running the 5th and 6th teams almost 40 years ago and it was he who gave me my first game at full back in the 5ths against Port Sunlight in the spring of 1972. Who were my contemporaries of the time; in no order Merv Pryce, Al Taft, Noel Youds, Steve Cowan and very soon after Steve 'Matty' Lowndes; great days in the Colts teams of 1972-74! One last name and arguably the fiercest and most respected player I ever saw pull on an Old Parkonian jersey former club captain, Gerry Enright, and he packed down with Pete Browne and behind 'Gus'Cusick!! Pardon my indulgence!

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

Taffy's Tales ~ 2nd Team Report ~ Saturday 16th October 2010

PARKONIANS 2NDS 38-29 ORMSKIRK 4THS

The Legend of the Fall………

To begin at the beginning………

On a perfect autumn Saturday the Parks 2nd team travelled north to Ormskirk to play their league fixture with a fair few players out either injured or unavailable. However, as the 3rd team fixture was called off, a fair few of the mighty 3rds stepped up to the plate to help out,( myself included as off field liaison officer!).

The game started at a sprightly pace with a young looking Ormskirk team eagerly chasing the ball but with the Parks gaining early domination in the set pieces. And when the Parks visited the Ormskirk 22 for the first time a devastating trade mark run from Matty ‘Toad’ Dodds parted the Ormskirk defence like the red sea to score under the posts to make it a dream start. Duly converted by outside half Karl Whelan.

Were that the only highlight of the match then the pen would be put down now, however another blow was struck on a swift return to the Ormskirk half when Mark Tucker found his path to the line blocked some 15 metres out. In the most audacious move since Webb-Ellis picked up the football and invented rugby, Tucker’s chip over the top and catch left him a clear diagonal run under the posts which quite frankly stunned most of the watching crowd and most definitely the Ormskirk 15 who now visibly sagged after that hammer blow!( Degsy was by now looking moist eyed seeing his beloved boys doing good!). Once again converted by Karl.

More was to follow with the Parks backs interlinking beautifully in midfield allowing Richard ‘Barry’ Halpin to crash over in the corner! This guy is deliberately provoking me into superlatives but his part in this move along with Paul Lennon, Matty Moore et al was like the first sip of the first pint that you have been waiting for after a long hard shift, and possibly some of the best backs play I have seen since I have been with the club! Cracking stuff. The try was not converted leaving the score 19-0 to the Parks! Phew!

However, the foot then came off the gas allowing Ormskirk to get back into the match with an unconverted score of their own. Richard also had to leave the field to be replaced by Jamie Bowen, and Ormskirk dominated up to half time and visibly believed they had a chance to claw the match back! Worrying times indeed! 19-5 to the Parks.

But Rich Peters inspired interval talk galvanised the lads into a quick repost with Chris ‘Colgate’ Stott going over near the posts duly converted by Karl to take the wind out of the Ormskirk sails and giving the Parks breathing space at 26-5. Ormskirk continued to battle well but another Parks attack saw Jamie ‘Super Sub’ Bowen score near the posts, converted by Karl again to leave the Score 31-5!
But Ormskirk never gave up and worked their way up field to score two unconverted tries before another attack from their own half saw a knock on pounced on by the hard working Paul Lennon to run in from 30 metres for another Parks try, once again unconverted. 38-15, 5 minutes left game over, bring on the subs…….

I had barely managed to tuck my shirt in and take up the stance when the game restarted and Ormskirk ripped through some weak Parks defence to score under the posts duly converted to make the score 38-22! After some stern words we regrouped for the kick off only to take another sucker punch and with some more poor defence conceding another try under the posts, duly converted! 38-29! What’s happening lads?!.

It was now very much game on as we thought wrongly that the Kirk were within one score of winning! But like whirling dervishes we chased the ball from the restart as if our lives depended on it and when Ormskirk took the ball into a ruck the attack was snuffed out like Scrooge giving out a Christmas bonus, no chance!!!!! Final play, final score Parks 38-29 Ormskirk…… Phew!

Special mentions, well everyone really. A good team effort. Away wins are always a bonus and now top of the league! There are no easy games in this league! Thanks for the lads who stepped up especially Dom, Peter, and Richard. Great effort lads( not forgetting master prop Degs Prescott). And to Simon Dunning’s masterful prophecies, yes Richard did score, no, you did need a shower! Also thanks to referee Jolyon Dobbs for refereeing a great match and keeping good control on certain aspects of the Parks team. Nice one mate. Cheers for the beer and the chat after and I look forward to seeing you in our club in the future. Also thank you to ex Ormskirk prop Paul Blackwood for regaling me with tales of yore about Old Parkonians playing Ormskirk in the snow on Boxing day and coming up against legend Gus Cussick. Nice to hear his name being mentioned away from our club.

My Man of the match, well there were some great performances all round Karl’s 4 crucial conversions for one and Dave Gallwey’s half back play giving Parks some great midfield options. However, its got to be “Legend of the fall”  Mark Tucker for a truly audacious, outlandish and quite frankly stunning try. Well done Mark.

And finally, after some constructive criticisms of my writings, firstly if I made it any shorter it would be no fun for me to write and you to read so, deal with it and secondly on some inaccuracies in reporting, picture the irascibly faced Eric Morecambe gripping Andre Previn’s lapels after some critique of his musical ability, “ I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”……… Catch my drift?

Yours on the field,
Taffy.

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 9th October 2010

BRIEF ROUND UP TO RECORD TWO CRACKING 2ND AND 3RD TEAM WINS AND THE VERY ELOQUENT REPORTING OF THEM!!

I was delighted with the wins last Saturday as reported below for our 2nd and 3rd teams again demonstrating the excellent spirit which is currently being demonstrated both on and off the field! The referee for the 3rd team was Martin Roden an ex player and good supporter of the club. Martin took great pleasure in penalising fellow Birkenhead School colleague, Mike Heyward!

I was very impressed with the performance of the newcomers especially Richard in the centre, Kevin on the wing and Kieron at prop; well done and welcome to the club! Mentions also to my ex pupil, Gareth Thomas, who had a gutsy second half at prop and to the veterans Mike Hawker, Robbie Jones and Mike Heywars for rolling back the mists of time also to another ex pupil and good friend of my son, Chris, Pete 'Sweets' Shone who scored again for the second game running and then Faceboohed Chris, who is in Melbourne for the winter,supposedly playing cricket, to inform him of this fact. Well done to Simon Dunning who is learning his trade as a hooker; just needs to learn to throw in now!!

Finally Taff for his enthusiasm and organisation of the 3rds, keep it going! Apologies to those I haven't mentioned in the 3rds.

A big thank you to John Dunning for selling the weekly raffle tickets, it is much appreciated, and a good amount was raised on the day. Many thanks also to the match day sponsors, Derek Prescott and Ben Pearson. This Saturday sees the 1st team entertain our old friends and local rivals, Prenton, in a Cheshire Plate game. The 2nds have a league game at Ormskirk and the 3rds travel to Ellesmere Port. Let's have everyone's excellent support as normal. Now that was brief wasn't it?

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

2nd XV News from Matt Dodd ~ Saturday 9th October

Parkonians 2nd XV vs St Edwards Old Boys 2nd XV

Normally when Saturday comes around I look forward to getting stuck in on the field of play, but this Saturday was different, as injury meant that I took my place on the side lines to cheer the boys on.

St Edwards Old Boys would certainly provide tough opposition, but with a number of players returning to the 2nd team fold, the side looked more like the group that performed so well last season. It was great to see the return of Richie “the door” Peters, Lee Morris, Janice and Greg Lindop to the side.

Last weeks performance was much improved after couple of tough defeats, but the boys really needed a result on Saturday in order maintain our push for promotion from a league that looks tighter and tighter every week.

Parks started the game kicking towards the club house, and immediately exerted pressure on the St Edwards defence with some excellent play from the Parkonians pack, who drove their opposite numbers off the ball at every ruck, maul and scrum. Parkonians were camped inside the St Edwards 22, and it was only for some desperate defending that Old Parks failed to register the games first points. Geoff Waters became the fulcrum of most Old Parks attacks, but still the lads couldn’t get over. A disallowed try from Paul Lennon was the closest Parkonians came in the first half, the try was ruled out for a forward pass, which was a dubious call from the referee in my opinion.

The lads continued to play well Janice was excellent at Hooker with some reliable Line Out ball and hooking of the ball in the scrum in which he took at least 4 against the head, In fact Parkonians were so dominant at the scrum St Edwards suddenly ran out of frnt row players as it seemed 3 of them had been injured. The referee had no choice but to move to uncontested scrums.

It was then that Eddies took the lead against the run of play, with an excellent attacking move that resulted in the try being scored under the posts. As good as the try was, the Parkonians tackling left a lot to be desired!

An injury to Janice brought his game to an end in the first half. He was replaced by Alan Williams at Hooker.

St Eddies kicked a penalty soon after to increase the score to 0 - 8 - Lots on Endeavour in the first half with no end product!!

Half time: Parks 0 – 8 St Edwards Old Boys

Parks started the 2nd half as they began the first. A couple of changes were made which included Lee Morris coming off for Rob Marnick, Tucker moved in to hooker, Alan Williams dropped back to number 8, with “the Marnick” joining the back row. A great run and chip from Greg Lindop brought the Parkonians back into the game as Danny Blyth touched down under the Posts. The try was converted by Greg who registered his first points of the season to bring the scores to 7-8.
Parkonians pushed forward again straight after the score but narrowly missed scoring another try.

The St Edwards players did their best to upset the Parkonians boys with some pretty unsavory vocal performances, but Parks stood up well to this and remained disciplined.

St Edwards managed to score a break away try mid way through the 2nd half but sadly for them missed the conversion to leave the scores at 7-13 in favour of the visitors.

The 2nd teams biggest strength has always been our team spirit, and our ability to raise our game where required. At around 75 minutes this was evident once again as Greg not only scored a try but also converted the winning conversion to seal a great win for the lads 14-13. A great try from Gregg who took the ball at pace to finish off a great backs move.

This was a cracking result for Parkonians and a first defeat of the season for St Edwards. Even on the back of a couple of defeats, the commitment and will to win within the 2nd team is as strong as ever, and I predict some exciting weeks to come. This victory Puts the 2nd team 2nd in the league with a tough away game at Ormskirk 4th team at the weekend. Please can everyone make themselves available? we need to build on this victory

Final Score: Parkonians 2nd XV 14 St Edwards 2nd XV 13

So to the special mentions.

Well done to Mark Tucker. I thought Mark had a really good game on Saturday. Mark constantly disrupted the opposing line out and won his fair share of the opposing ball. The bald eagle used the ball well and battled for everything over the 80 minutes. Well done Gregg! we have missed you mate!! Great performance. Great to have such a great battle between you and Matty Moore for the full back position! Well done to Janice, who was having a cracking game before limping off.

My man of the match however would have to go to Geoff waters, who I thought had an excellent game. Geoff was an attacking threat all day with some strong running from the centre, and made some ferocious tackles. Well done Geoff.

Player of the month for September.

Player of the month for September goes to Mark Tucker -Tucker has been our most consistent performer over the first few weeks of the season and I think he fully deserves to be named player of the month. Well done Tucker.

I am off to sooth my sore back, before pulling on a Parkonians jersey again next weekend!!

Rugby.............Got to love it!

Yours from the bar, Matt Dodd

Taffy's Trials & Tribulations ~ 3rd XV ~ Saturday 9th October

Parkonians 3XV v Mossley Hill 3XV

HAWKER’S RUN………

In a week that saw the sad demise of Mr Grimsdale’s much loved employee, and one that saw yours truly work a 24hr shift on Wednesday, a win for the Mighty 3rds seemed as likely as a fish riding a bicycle! Fate however had decreed differently and here is the tale of how the match was won!

On a great day for rugby, Mossley Hill won the toss and chose to kick off and it was obvious from the onset that this was going to be a tough game. The two packs were evenly matched and the tackling was fierce from both sides. Ten minutes passed with no score and the game ebbed and flowed with no team getting in that first killer blow.

And then it happened. From a ruck in midfield Mark Hillan, on loan from the Parks first team, took off on a darting run down the right, beating his man and quickly releasing  to Robbie ‘fly half’ Jones who likewise made ground and off loaded to Richard ‘Barry’ Halpin who like honey on toast, glided forward giving a perfect pass to Mike ‘Sting’ Hawker who was roughly 30metres out from the try line, he was never going to make that was he? Well, wine gets better with age, sliced bread was a great invention  and Mike turned into Gerald Davies and ran around the opposition to score a try in the corner! Great try Mike!

There was more shock and awe to come as Robbie Jones bravely took up the challenge of taking the conversion. He was never going to get that was he?  To use Bill MClaren once again, ‘it’s a funny one, but its not funny for Mossley Hill’ Two more points to the Parks 7-0 up.

Mossley Hill attacked from the kick off and edged ever closer to the Parks line. Hill attacked like the children of the Hydra only to be met by wave upon wave of  Captain Mike Hayward’s Argonauts, and this resilient defence repulsed the ferocious Hill gaining a penalty to clear the lines. Great effort lads!

Gradually the game swung  towards the Parks when we found ourselves with the put in at the scrum, 20metres out from the Hill line level with the posts. As manager I reserve the right to select players where and when I see fit, and after pleading with Capt Mike before the game, moved Tony Burton from 2nd row to number 8 as I see it as his best position what with me being an expert like!

Kenny Rogers wrote a song called the gambler,  ‘you gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em’. Show me the money! Well, Mark Hillan puts the ball in and a quick heel by hooker Simon Dunning left the ball at Tony ‘Raging Bull’ Burton’s feet. Twenty metres later Tony lays down the royal flush and collects the winnings and 5 more points to the Parks! Great try Tony! The conversion was missed leaving the score 12-0 to the Parks and halftime approaching. The Oranges smelled sweet from where I was standing.

Halftime: Parkonians 12-0 Mossley Hill

Several changes form the abundant 3rds resources  saw Mike Mcormack replacing  evergreen Derek Prescott at prop, (great effort as usual Degsy, cheers mate), new boy Keith Heaviside came on for work bound Jamie Bowen on the left wing, ( great effort also Jamie cheers mate), and as Mark Hillan’s  loan spell came to an end at halftime,( Cheers Mark, always a pleasure to play along side yourself),  Paul ‘Dizza’ Disbury took over the mantle of scrum half. Game on.

The second half started much like the first but the winds of change once more blew in our favour. Parks again found themselves with a lineout 10 metres from the Hill line on the right flank. A great lineout take by Peter ‘Sweets’ Shone led to an almighty Parks catch and drive which ended with Shoney crashing the ball one handed over the line! Try Parkonians! (great try Shoney mate). His resultant expression of joy, ( I liken it to that of King Leonidas rallying the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae)!, is testament to the now growing confidence of the fledgling 3rd team. 17-0 to the Parks.

After and excellent debut, new boy Kieran ‘Jack’ Ward made way for Gareth ‘not Jones’ Thomas at prop, (cheers Kieran, great effort mate), and another new boy, Brian ‘Crombie’ Cackett came on for the always excellent Mike Hayward, ( cheers Mike, great effort and great to finally get you  into the team), with Peter Shone moving to blindside and Brian joining yours truly in the boiler room.

These changes did not alter the Parks attitude with more attacking play leading to a great attack in midfield led by ever vocal Dizza, aided by on loan Karl’ Not Craig’ Whelan  and finished by the ever improving Richard ‘Barry’ Halpin under the posts. Cue one ecstatic Taffy!( great try Richard mate long may it continue). With the relatively tricky conversion missed, the score was now a healthy 22-0 to the Parks, but the Hill continued to press.

With the nod of touch judge Richie Beckett another tactical master stroke was pulled when yours truly subbed himself for Alan ‘Ten minutes’ Morris thirteen minutes before the end. Where before the scrum was holding with the occasional shove, now it was like a runaway Juggernaut pushing back the Hill effort and repulsing them from the Parks half.

However,  the game then swung the way of the Hill. Their excellent stand off suffered a nasty eye injury and had to leave the field so back on came yours truly for the Hill, in the second row not at stand off you understand! Instantly the Hill started the better after the delay and pulverised the Parks defence with some slick handling and fierce rucking, and after a quick scrum 15metres from the Parks line they forced themselves over for a great unconverted score. Well deserved Mossley Hill.

That was the end of the scoring and the referee blew up not long after ending a well fought and keenly contested match which both sides enjoyed thoroughly. Well done Mossley Hill, we won today but there was not much difference between the two teams and I look forward to many more fixtures between our clubs.

Full Time: Parkonians 3rds 22 - Mossley Hill 3rds 5

It was a  great win lads and a really great effort by the whole team including some new faces. Keith Heaviside made a good debut on the wing with some great surging runs and some crunching tackling. Brian Cackett oozed exuberance and promise and Keiran Ward  looked like he had been playing prop for years, not played since school he said! Another special mention for Gareth Thomas, not Jones as previous named in my last report, who played aggressively and competently at loose head prop and for not panicking when he thought the changing room door was locked with us inside before the match! Where is a carpenter when you need one! A welcome humorous moment.

Also thanks to Matt Moore and Karl Whelan for giving us their playing services for the day, ( great effort lads thank you), and it was nice to have Chris Stott back in the side,. Well played mate and hopefully more appearances to come this season. Also thanks to effervescent Richie Beckett for running the line, and thanks to the referee for helping us out.( I have forgotten his name but he refereed a great game!)

Which leads me to the epilogue. This team is building nicely, the club is buzzing or seems to be from my point of view. There were smiling faces in the changing room Saturday. Not just because we won, but because we enjoyed ourselves. There is some reasonable new talent now coming into the club along with the old established heads. This new talent will I believe eventually go on and play in the 2nd and eventually  1st teams, but when they feel they are ready, and not before. Patience is required in regards to this matter but I firmly believe it will pay dividends to the club in the near future. I am resigned to loosing my once again man of the match Tony Burton as its obvious he is a much higher calibre of player but as a clubman he has stepped in and given us the benefit of his experience which has clearly lifted our game. And as a clubman he will step back up and help the other teams . I wish /hope I can keep him for one or two more games but will equally be pleased to see him get back up to where his talents deserve to be.

So, there it is, the first win. Two games played, my hair going greyer and Mrs Taff mopping my heated brow every time the phone goes on a Friday evening or Saturday morning! Loving it! As to the title of this piece, well its another play on a film title mentioned on Saturday by Ian Westwater and Mark Hillan, and given relevance to a third team squad members action on or off the field,  simples! Ellesmere Port away next wk. Come on lads lets make hay!

Yours on the field,
Taffy

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ Saturday 2nd October 2010

HUMDINGER OF A GAME ENDS IN ANOTHER NARROW VICTORY FOR THE PARKS!!

Parkonians 1st XV v Buxton (Home)

In the first ever meeting between the two clubs an epic encounter unfolded in front of a large and partisan crowd at Holm Lane. The game was always fierce and feisty but for the most part played in very good spirit and very well controlled by referee Noel O' Neill.

There were many stoppages due to the pace and competitiveness of the match and 7 minutes added time was played at the end of each half. It was 30 minutes before the opening score of the game and it went the way of Parkonans after much pressure led to Buxton making a handling error in goal with the ever improving blind side flanker, Scott Lamb, pouncing to touch down just before the ball crossed the dead ball line.

5-0 was to be the half time score; if anything the pace was upped even further in the second period. Buxton hit back soon after the restart to lead 7-5 for at least 20 minutes then two excellent tries from Terry (one a fine solo effort and the other a real team try) and a conversion by Andy Smith took us into the lead at 17-7 before we allowed them back into the game 5 minutes from time leaving the score at 17-14; it was tense but we defended heroically to claim a victory that might have gone either way!!

It is hard to believe that this Buxton side have yet to win a league game so far this season. They are indeed tough and formidable opponents and we look forward to the return fixture in late January(snow and frost permitting). They have a tough home encounter next week when they entertain the ever improving Liverpool Rangers team who have just claimed an amazing 110-0 home win over Linley!! A real wake up call for the rest of the teams in the league.

As I said last week there is a real team spirit developing in this side self discipline and team skills are improving and skipper Gareth'Shaggy' Pryce is leading the example in this. Yes, there is a long way to go yet and personal fitness and individual skills certainly are target areas but there are so many positives to be taken at this early stage of the season.

There were strong individual performances this week; Terry and Alan Williams,Liam Sadler,Gareth Pryce,Peter Hillan, Scott Lamb and as ever Rob Marnick spring to mind and there was a strong 30 minutes from rep. Lee Morris BUT I wish to stress again that this was a real team effort with everyone playing their part!!Great inaugaral after match speech by Gareth following yours truly!!

Result: Parkonians 17 Buxton 14
Scorers:Terry Williams(2 tries),Scott Lamb(1 try),Andy Smith(1 con.) Team:Terry Williams,Mike Bowe(Danny Blyth 38),Andy Smith,Mark Hillan,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Liam Sadler,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham,Liam Evans,Richie Peters,Scott Lamb,Rob. Marnick,Alan Williams(Lee Morris 53). Rep:Tony Burton.
Ref:Noel o'Neill(Liverpool)
Man Of The Match:Rob Marnick, outstanding as always, but it could have been so many others!!
September Player Of The Month:Andy Smith, well done,Andy, and keep it up!

The 2nd XV had a really tough encounter away in Manchester against Carrington 1sts. doing very well indeed in containing the score to 24-0. Skipper Matt Dodd reported to me that everyone enjoyed the game and that once more there was a really good team spirit amongst all the lads in the team. It was disappointing to hear of promising prop Jamie Lamb's recurring shoulder injury; we wish you well with your recovery, Jamie. I am hoping that Matt will record his own report of the game.

It was a great to see Alistair(don't call me that)'Tafty' Taft at the club on Saturday pairing up with old pal,Merv 'The Swerve'Pryce for a few pints and hoping that you are going to be a more regular visitor,Al! Great to see you. Thanks to all Match Day Sponsors so far for your generous support of the clb. As always it is much appreciated!

Next Saturday the 1sts have a free date due to the postponement of the league game at Capenhurst as one of their players is getting married and we agreed along with the RFU to replay the game on Saturday 2nd April 2011.The 2nds have a home league game against St Edwards Old Boys 2nds with the the 3rds(Taffy's Terriors) also at home to Mossley Hill 3rds/Vets.

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

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ 25th September 2010

1ST XV CLAIM A REAL CLIFFHANGER OF A VICTORY AT LINLEY

After the disappointment of the previous week's narrow home defeat to the youthful Liverpool Rangers team the squad and spectators travelled by coach, feeling reasonably confident, to play Linley who had lost their opening three league encounters.

The game was very tense throughout and we were indeed rather fortunate to come away with the victory; but we most certainly are delighted with the result at a ground where we have rarely met with success. There was never more than one score in it! 5-0(Parkonians),7-5(Linley),10-7(Parkonians),12-10(Linley),15-12(Parkonians.

Andy Smith, who had an excellent game, scored all three of our unconverted tries the last coming only 5 minutes from time. There were several strong performances with Rob Marnick everywher and tackling like a trojan; Gareth Pryce, Alan Williams and Mark Barham also shone with Mark Hillan being voted our man of the match by the Linley club. 22 year old referee, Adam Carpenter had a strong game and was not afraid to use his yellow card sin binning three players including Terry and Sharkey, perhaps a little harshly, but the warnings had been given. Adam is from the Staffordshire Society and is surely destined for a highly promising refereeing career.

We had an excellent time socially staying at Kidsgrove cricket club until 7pm. then moving onto The Militiary pub in Sandbach opposite which was a travelling fairgorund which was taken full advantage of by some of the younger players especially Matt Dooley! Thanks to coach driver, Gary, from R and J Travel who enabled all to have such a good time; there was such an excellent team spirit between everyone who travelled on the coach.

Result: Linley 12 Parkonians 15
Scorer: Andy Smith(3 tries)
Team:Terry Williams,Craig Whelan,Andy Smith,Barry Owens,Matt Dooley,Gareth Pryce(captain),Mark Hillan,Martyn Sharkey,Peter Hillan,Mark Barham, Liam Evans, Rich'Tiny' Peters,Scott Lamd,Rob Marnick(Liam Sadler 70),Alan Williams. Rep:Paul'The Fighter' Hillan.
Ref:Adam Carpenter(Staffs.)
Spectators:Keith Aldcroft, Chris'The Aussie' Beckett, Richie Beckett,Jo Hillan, Steve Kierney,Mike Marnick, Terry Marnick, George O'Donnell and Kieran O'Donnell. Thank you all very much for your continued support!!

Meanwhile the 2nds were being stitched up away to West Park(St Helens) 3rds. Our hosts 2nd XV had declined to travel to Carlisle, perhap not unsurprisingly, for their league game meaning that they 'loaded' their team against us. We lost heavily 54-5 but West Park have been docked the their league points for this action!

The 3rds played their opening fixture of the season(see Taffy's excellent report on this match below) at Holm Lane against a very strong Mold 2nd XV losing 43-5. Taff(Richie Gibbon) refereed the match himself and reports that the game was played in very good spirit. I would like to congratulate Taffy and all 3rd team players of the day on this performance and it is most encouraging that we are running an extra team. Taff informs me that the 3rds should be playing more often than not and his enthusiasm is beginning to rub off on others; well done 'Funky' and keep it up!!

This week the 1st XV have a home league game against newcomers, Buxton. The 2nds are away to Carrington for their latest league game and it is hoped that the 3rds can get a pool fixture. All games still kick off at 3pm.

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

Taffy's Trials & Tribulations ~ 3rd XV ~ 25th September

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD WELSHMEN………!

Parkonians 3rd XV vs Mold 2nd XV

Well, I’m glad that ones out of the way! This rugby management thingy is easy innit? as we say down south.

Well, actually, no! At several points during last week I was doing my best Corporal Jones don’t panic don’t panic impressions and  was on the point of giving up on the match but for sterling work from Pete Evans, who ensured it would go ahead. All we needed now was a referee, "simples" as a cuddly TV rodent form Russia would have us believe!

Obviously he had not heard about the great Wirral Referee Dearth of 2010 which I am told claimed a much higher profile match this past weekend! However, cometh the hour cometh the man, (anyone who would like to volunteer take one step forward and at this point everyone steps backwards bar yourself), and with a heavy heart I withdrew my irreplaceable talent from the team to turn my hand to the easy life of a referee. Simples……..!

Anyway, on to the match. It was obvious from the onset that this Mold team were slightly more adept than our boys, so with that in mind, plus the fact they only had 14 men, I forced them to play against the wind in the first half. (Jean Jacques Rousseau would have done the same, or was it Jean Jacques Brunel…..?!)

It was a pacey start from both teams with Parkonians looking a good match for the visitors and the referee struggling to discover where to put his whistle, where to stand and quite frankly why was I here! But the game turned with Mold’s first try with a suspicion of a forward pass and the second with a suspicion of a knock on! Both converted. (New glasses referee please!)

However,  Parkonians gamely carried on taking the game to Mold and tackled like demented moles( thank you Bill MClaren), notably the fit again Simon “silent assassin” Smithdale who seemed to fly out of nowhere to make last ditch tackles and new kid on the block Richard “Barry” Halpin who was not phased by playing for the mighty 3rds looking very accomplished at centre. But Mold’s superiority  in all departments took its toll on the resilient Parks defence which yielded 3 more tries before halftime none of which were converted.

HALFTIME SCORE: PARKONIANS 0-29 MOLD

The second half was to prove a completely different affair with the Parks in the ascendancy and the referee in control of his whistle and now actually enjoying himself. There was the same ferocity in the tackling and some great attacking play led by Tony ‘Raging Bull’ Burton which left the field of play looking more like a set from the film 300 than a rugby pitch! However, Mold are a very experienced young team and they kept Parks out and managed to score a breakaway try under the posts duly converted.

But this Parks team would not lie down, believing  victory could still be grasped!  Steely eyed and grim of visage they threw themselves forward with little care for their own safety. Great attacking play from both forwards and the backs brilliantly led by Dizza battered the Mold defence frequently with Pete “fleet foot” Bradshaw going close on several occasions but still there seemed no way through until utility winger Peter “sweets” Shone turned up on the right (what was he doing there? Thanks again to Bill, see above), and despite the attentions of several Mold defenders he forced his way over in the corner for an unconverted try. Great reward for the Parks effort. well played Peter!

Mold hit back with one of their own before Parks finished the stronger camped in the Mold half but unable to breech the defence. After 60 mins of play approx, ( I had forgotten to start my watch after halftime), the ref reluctantly blew for fulltime.( relief all round I think)!

It was an encouraging game from the lads who performed well from 1 to 15  and who seemed to benefit from the presence of Tony Burton who as my man of the match, and Simon Smithdale, put a much needed steel into the pack which has been lacking sometimes at this level. And a special mention must go to Chris Hall who helped us out by playing today only to injure his knee.

I can’t stress enough the influence this man has on the club and I hope the injury is not too serious and that he will be back playing soon. There were also great performances for youngsters Gareth Jones (prop) and Aaron Duncan (back row). With a bit more training and some more game time together this team will get better and against normal opposition today would have won in my opinion. Thank you also to Mold who played in a great spirit and were not too hard on my officiating! (maybe it was the Welsh jersey I was wearing) and to Steve ‘Juggy’ Barnet for his on and off the field efforts( great line running mate). Actually I was very proud of the effort today.

One slight thing I will moan about is the game being referred to as a nothing game although the remark was not made to offend I am sure. But I can assure everybody at the Club that these games are vital to our future success. By providing a friendly playing atmosphere where any young or new talent can develop at their own pace will eventually lead to a stronger club at all levels. There will be pain along the way but with a Chris Hall attitude this will be achieved. As they say in the film Galaxy Quest, “never give in, never surrender”.

As to the ref( press ganged) and manager (self appointed) , well I know it will be difficult to get my place back in the team and I certainly need to do my referee certificate but I do know one thing, this is no country for old Welshmen to be quitting just yet eh………!

FINAL SCORE: PARKONIANS 5-43 MOLD

Yours on the field, Taffy

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ 4th September 2010

DOUBLE HEADER VICTORIES ON THE OPENING SATURDAY OF THE LEAGUE SEASON.
 
There was a great start for both 1st and 2nd teams with each side claiming their first league victories on the opening Saturday of the new season. The 1sts away at Port Sunlight were victors by 50 points to 26; while the 2nds won at home against Ormskirk 3rds 21 points to 15 in a very close and exciting game.

I am hopeful that stand in , victorious skipper, Matt Dodd will provide a lengthy and eloquent separate report of this epic encounter! (See below)

Back to the 1sts who started the game very scatchily allowing a young, but plucky, Sunlight XV to take a 12-0 lead before the Parks settled down.Eight tries were scored two each by Andy Smith(not Andy Slight as reported by the Daily Post, who is in fact a player for Wirral Cricket Club) and Karl Whelan plus one each for Liam Sadler, Gareth Pryce and Alan and Terry Williams.

Andy converted four of these tries and Terry one. Looks like the South Lancs/Cheshire Division 3 league could be a very interesting one this season after the opening round of games which included comprehensive home victories for Crewe and Nantwich over Congleton 78-0; Knutsford over Linley 51-0 and Prenton over Liverpool Rangers 35-0.

Thanks to Ben Pearson for doing the touchjudging duties until I return to the fray in a couple of weeks time. This Saturday sees continuing league action with the 1sts away to Congleton and the 2nds at home to Southport 3rds; both games commencing at 3pm. which will be the case until the end of October.

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

Parkonians 2nd XV vs. Ormskirk 3rds ~ Saturday 4th September

The new season has arrived and the 2nd team was back in action against Ormskirk 3rds at Holm Lane. It seems like ages since the lads last kicked a ball or tackled an opponent in anger, and the new season could not have arrived soon enough for the boys.

There were a couple of enforced changes to the side for the first game of the season, with big Richie Peters and Scotty Lamb deservedly keeping their places in the 1st team after a great performances last week against Helsby. Despite this the 2nd team once again put in a great team performance against very tough opposition and won the game.

Parkonians started the game on the back foot with Ormskirk dominating the early exchanges with some powerful forward play from the pack who certainly outweighed the opposing Parkonians forwards. It was totally against the run of play when a handling error from the Ormskirk outside centre gave Parkonians the chance to register the first points of the afternoon. Mike Bowe capitalized on a dropped pass to kick the ball clear of any opposing players before using his pace to chase the ball to the line before picking up and scoring under the posts. It was a great break away try by Mike which was skillfully converted by Dizza to give the boys a 7-0 lead.

With Parkonians re organizing Ormskirk responded with a try of their own, once again using their heavy and experienced to good effect before going over for a try just before Half time. The conversion was missed and the teams went in at half time with Parkonians leading 7-5.

The 2nd half started as the first half did with Ormskirk very much on the offensive. Ormskirk scored their 2nd try after a couple of loose tackles from the Parkonians side, once again the conversion was missed meaning that he game was re started with Ormskirk 10-7 up.

It was obvious that the way old parks were going to win the match was to increase the supply to our backs, which looked dangerous whenever they carried the ball forward. The next try was a perfect example of this, and what a try it was. John Dunning received the ball quickly from a break down inside Parkonians own half, before beating three men and running in the try under the posts. Its was a great try, where John showed great pace and a great finish to put Parkonians back in front 14-10 after another expertly taken conversion by Dizza.

Parkonians conceded another sloppy try shortly afterwards. The try came from a Parkonians error out wide and was expertly punished by the Ormskirk scrum half. The conversion was missed again and with 12 minutes to go the score was 15-14.

With the game entering its final stages Parkonians scored what would be the decisive try, some great play from the Parkonians forwards at a ruck enabled the backs to carry the ball into the Ormskirk half. Jamie Bowen slipped a great pass outside to Paul Lennon who once again exploited the pace that was ultimately the difference between the two sides to score under the posts at the club house end. Dizza Converted 21-15. Parks had a couple more opportunities to extend the lead but didn’t take them before the referee blew up for full time!!!

Team - Chris Hall, Matt Dodd, Jamie Lamb, Justin Danher, Martin Varley, Mark Tucker, Mike Haywood, Lee Morris, Dave Gallway, Dizza, Geoff Waters, John Dunning, Mike Bowe, Jamie Bowen, Paul Lennon

Subs - Tom Manger, Simon Dunning, Adam Schoier, Les Donnelly, Alan Morris

This was a great team performance from the lads and one that every single player had to really work hard for. Special mentions to Mike Haywood for coming into the side and having a great game at flanker, Tom Manger, Simon Dunning and Les Donnelly for doing a great job when coming on as subs ( Simon and Les are both carrying injuries so thanks for the commitment lads!

Dizza was excellent at fly half and used the ball really well when we had the opportunities and Dave Gallway played well at Scrum Half. Man of the Match for me though (and it pains me to say it) was John Dunning, some excellent running and a real attacking threat from John, who on another day could have had a couple more tries. Well done John!!

Yours in the bar,
Matt (The Toad) Dodd

Richie's Rugby Roundup ~ 28th August 2010

WELCOME TO THE NEW RUGBY SEASON

The new rugby season commenced for the 1st XV of Parkonians RUFC last Saturday 28th August with a Cheshire Plate match against well known opposition in Helsby at Holm Lane.

The game ended with us gaining a fairly convincing 32-21 victory after being down 21-7 at half time.

There was a very strong wind blowing towards Holm Lane which Helsby took full advantage of after conceding an early Mark Hillan try converted by Terry Williams before scoring 21 points of their own. It was a different picture, however, in the second half with Parkonians taking command with the wind at their backs and scoring further tries through Alan Williams(2), Craig Fowler and Paul Hillan; Terry Williams added a further conversion and a penalty

The league campaign starts for both 1st and 2nd teams this coming Saturday 4th September.The 1st's under the leadership of new captain,Gareth Pryce, have a local derby away at Port Sunlight whilst the 2nd's under the continuing leadership of Richie Peters entertain Ormskirk 3rd's at Holm Lane both games kicking off at 3pm.

Well done to all playing and non playing members alike who have already paid their annual subs which are now due; we look forward other members paying in the near future.

If there any problems about this our excellent Association treasurer, Steve Williams, can discuss the alternative methods of payment with you.

Commiserations to Mike Marnick who sustained quite a serious injury in the 'warm up' game against Caer Borderers and we look forward to seeing you back in action in the not too distant future. A big welcome to Jo Hillan's brother, George O'Donnell, who is our new, and newly qualified too, first aider who will be in attendance at all our 1st team games; many thanks, George.

We will be running a 3rd XV for much of the season provided that we get sufficient numbers on a regular basis. The team will be run by Richie'Our Taff/Funky' Gibbon, Mike Heyward and Simon Dunning. The games will all be friendlies commencing with a home fixture on Saturday 25th September; new players are, of course, very, very welcome!

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