Hornsea Take The Spoils In Derby
Withernsea 28 Hornsea 31
The first competitive meeting in league rugby of Withernsea and Hornsea in many years saw a great close contest with the Hollismen coming out just on top.
It was Hornsea who started the stronger in the opening phases as they camped down inside Withernsea’s 22. Some strong defence by Withernsea kept Hornsea at bay, but the Hollismen kept their cool and after a surge towards the home sides line, the experienced Phil Walker used his strength to crash through two tacklers to score, Jamie Maltas converted.
Withernsea hit back almost immeadiately with a break away try by the dangerous Mike Penny who used his footballing skills to kick, chase and collect to score under the posts, Dan Wardman converted to level the scores at 7 all.
Withernsea then struck again , following some strong forward play they gained a scrum close to the Hornsea line. A powerful drive by the home side saw them score a try which Wardman again converted to give Withernsea a 14:7 lead.
Following the restart Hornsea showed some form and slick handling to drive into Withernsea’s half, full back Tom Saltmer got on the ball and a powerful break at pace saw him score a well taken try, Jamie Maltas converted to bring the scores level at 14 all.
Hornsea buoyed by the Saltmer try picked up the intensity after the restart and a ball steal by Maltas saw the scrum half race to the line which he then converted to put Hornsea 21 points to 14 up.
With the half time whistle approaching another strong restart by Hornsea saw them pressure the home side into making some errors. Hornsea right wing Andy Finch received the ball from Liam Tudor Bateman and after a nice fend from the wing, Finch touched down, which Maltas then converted well to give the Hollismen a 28:14 lead at the interval.
The second half had a cagey start with the first 10 minutes being fought out around the half way line. Withernsea then got their second wing and took control of the game and scored the next try which was converted to reduce the deficit to 7 points.
With fifteen minutes remaining Withernsea drew level as they continued to control the game they scored another well taken try which Wardman again converted to bring the scores level at 28 all.
Both sides upped their games in the last ten minutes, Hornsea powered into the Withernsea half and when the home side were penalised Jamie Maltas stepped up to kick a finely struck penalty to give them the lead at 31 points to 28, this was Maltas 16th point of the game.
Withernsea had five minutes to regain the lead and they gave their all and came very close to breaching the line but were held out by some resolute defence. A ball steal in the final minute by Hornsea saw them be able to close out the game and finish on top in what was an enthralling local coastal derby.
Another fantastic VP’s Day at HRUFC!
A few thank you’s to those that made the day go so well:
Nic Marshall for very generously sponsoring the day.
John Moulds for very kindly sponsoring a barrel of ale in the clubhouse.
Adele Richardson and Steph Kemp for the splendid pre match buffet.
Mark Elliott for supplying a barrel of Frothingham Best for the Grandstand.
Phillip Walker and Nic Butterill for setting up the grandstand refreshments.
Pete Woolsey and Jon Dibble for generously sponsoring the men of the match awards.
John Topham and Chris Mann for their groundsman work, the pitch looked like a fine carpet.
Tom Copeland for marking the pitch.
Chairman Nick O’Mahony for his continued support at the club.
The Hollis Trustees, Iain Bland, Nic Marshall, Graham Janes, Tom Copeland, Dave Topham, Richard Webster for providing the fantastic clubhouse facilities, especially the giant screen and projector, seeing the live rugby on the screen in such quality was fantastic.
Raymond Badcock for running the raffle.
And finally to all the Vice President’s who attended who helped make for a cracking atmosphere on the touchline and in the clubhouse. (I believe the bar took in the region of £3000!)
Hornsea Rugby Union Club is a fantastic institution, it’s the members, players and
Supporters who make it so.
Anyone I’ve forgot, I owe you a pint!
Hornsea RUFC Sign Physio Deal with Hull University
With the return of 2nd row, Jonty Ashton to the club this season, Hornsea have secured the help of a dedicated medical team, made up of Hull University Sport Rehabilitators to help reduce injury woes, and maintain the squad of talented players that we currently have in both the men’s’ and women’s’ teams.
Jonty has returned to the Hollismen after a spell away in Manchester and now works at Hull University as a Lecturer in Sport Rehabilitation. With this, the opportunity to recruit a dedicated medical team was too hard to pass up and over pre-season, the deal was struck with the university to supply the club with a crack team of experts in the field to help us maintain healthy bodies throughout the season. The team that we have managed to secure is a mix of 2nd and 3rd year Sport Rehab students; Kaytie Houldridge, Chris Hotham, Stephen Omane-Boateng and Ollie Speck, with the addition of Jimmy McDaniel and Ben Rayworth in the short-term.
Over the past few weeks the team have been working hard on both Hollismen and women on training nights up at “The Rec”, with a good mix of long-existing injuries and fresh ones from our recent games. The squad are loving the support and having someone on hand to help them recover during and after their hard-fought battles on the pitch.
With this support, the club are seeing much quicker recoveries from injuries, players are playing more regularly and staying on the pitch in situations where, in the past would have likely gone off. Our medical team have been doing an amazing job so far and have plenty of knowledge and enthusiasm left to share with Hollismen and women, new and old!
If you’re looking to make a comeback or if you’re a member of the club struggling with an injury get in touch with Jonty who can get you booked in with the team and speed up your recovery.
Hornsea player coach Steve Arnott is delighted with the news and said, “To have professional assistance on the side lines and during warm ups is fantastic for us. For a small club we now have a really professional set up”.
Hornsea President Steve Crook was also very pleased with the latest addition to the club set up and said, “This is great news for us, we’ve tried to get physios involved with us for some time and now thanks to Jonty we have a great offering for all players and members of the club. If you add this to the further improvements happening in the clubhouse such as the giant screen to show sporting events, the package of being a player / member is continuing to improve”.
There were some great performances over the weekend of 13th and 14th October with the results below:
The men put on a good show at Beverley but sadly just came up short in a 24 – 17 reversal in a very even game. Before the match a minute’s silence was observed in memory of two club members Richard Fenton and Tony Cook who both passed away recently.
The ladies had a good festival at Malton, getting more useful game time against more experienced opposition, scoring some trys along the way.
The Under 13s had a fantastic victory against Scarborough beating them 4 trys to 3.
The Under 11s had a decent day at Beverley winning 2 games and losing 1.
The Under 9s had a great day at Scarborough, playing Driffield, Scarborough, Pocklington and Beverley, they finished the day undefeated winning 2 and drawing 2.
The Under 8s also had a great day, beating Scarborough twice by 6 trys to 2, and defeating Malton 5 trys to 3 in their last game.
Well done to all who represented the club.
Some sad news to report I’m afraid…
Sadly, the last couple of weeks has seen the passing of four former players / members of the club.
Richard Fenton, who was a VP and former player and attended recent VP Days, sadly lost his battle very quickly with cancer.
Then, as I’m sure many of you are aware, there was the light plane crash claiming the lives of two more ex-players Tony Cook and Richard Lewis.
Former player and VP Barry Barnes passed away peacefully at home after a dignified battle with cancer. Barry had recently got back involved with the club, sponsoring a VP Day last year, and also making some very generous contributions to the club.
In Charlie Betts words ‘Sadly four great guys taken, great stalwarts of Hornsea Rugby Club, who will be sadly missed’.
Rest in Peace Hollismen. Steve Crook
Hollismen Impress With Opening Day Victory
Hornsea started the 2018-2019 East District Merit League 1 season in superb fashion as they defeated last season’s league winners, Hull Ionians Ramblers, by 27 points to 15.
Hornsea started the game with good intensity, and it took them only five minutes to take the lead with a try from scrum half Mark Thomas, who was given the man of the match award after the game. Thomas ran a good support line to take a clever off load from player coach Steve Arnott who had made a barnstorming 20 yard break towards Ionians try line.
Jonty Ashton, making his first start for the club since returning to the Hornsea area, scored Hornsea’s next try, capping a fine performance for him back in the black and green shirt. The Hornsea pack again we’re making good yards with every carry and drive, and when Ashton picked up close to the line there was no stopping him as he powerfully ran through two would be tacklers to score to give Hornsea a 10:0 lead.
Ionians slowly got themselves back into the game, showing glimpses of why they were last season’s league winners, and on the strike of half time, after a deft grubber kick through, their right wing touched down in the corner to give a half time score of Hornsea 10 Hull Ionians Ramblers 5.
After an upbeat half time team talk by Danny Chalcraft, captaining the side in Gareth Laycock’s absence, Hornsea were again straight into their stride following the restart. The half back pairing of Mark Thomas and Johnta Nkonjera were making Hornsea tick, and when Nkonjera made what’s becoming a powerful trade mark break, centre Liam Tudor Bateman ran a sublime line to take the pass to ghost his way to the line from twenty yards out.
Ionians were now tiring as their defensive duties were starting to take their toll, and it was no surprise when the Hollismen further increased their lead through hooker Phil Walker, Walker ably supported by his front row colleague, Leon Smith and 2nd row Andy Miller drove over to score a well earned try, Tom Copeland converted well to give Hornsea a 20 points to 5 lead.
The game looked out of reach for Ionians now, but in an impressive ten minutes spell, they showed why they were last season’s league winners, scoring two try’s, one of which was converted, to put the game back in the balance with ten minutes remaining.
The next score was going to be vital, a Hornsea try would no doubt win them the game, an Ionians try would potentially draw them level. Captain Danny Chalcraft rallied his side with a great ball steal, and further progress from the workmanlike Hornsea pack, saw them move close to the Ionians line. With just three minutes remaining, prop forward Tim Griffiths took an inside pass from Mark Thomas and crashed over the line to score the decisive match winning score.
Maltas and Tonks impress on debut but Hollismen suffer first defeat of the season
Saturday 22nd September Malton 2nd XV 24 Hornsea 5
Malton inflicted Hornsea’s first defeat of the league season despite a spirited effort by the Hollismen. Hornsea looked dangerous throughout the game with ball in hand but their well drilled opponents, who were able to include a handful of players with Yorkshire 1 experience, had the majority of possession.
Hornsea’s Sam Tonks and Jamie Maltas, both making their debut’s for the Hollismen both impressed playing on the wing and scrum half respectively. Maltas played a key part in Hornsea’s only try of the game when he made a quick tap at a penalty making a darting break before passing to the experienced Tom Copeland who crossed the whitewash for the try.
Next up for the Hollismen is a trip to Dukes Park Bridlington, where they play Bridlington 2nd XV on Saturday 29th September.
Olivia Allen (pictures) won the Woman of the Match award in her first ever game – Hornsea Ladies home defeat to Hull Ionians 36 – 52
Photo Carl Wiles