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The Sheffield Vulcans were honoured to be involved in the first ever ‘Sheffield Hallam University 7’s tournament’ in aid of the Danny Porter Foundation on Saturday the 4th of May at Sheffield Hallam Sports Park. Dan Jenkinson shares his thoughts and experiences of the tournament.

12 Vulcans showed for our first rugby sevens tournament, bright eyed and early in the morning. We were set to play in the second fixture, so took the opportunity to watch the first match to pick up some pointers. It was clear that sevens was a whole different ball game (so to speak), but nevertheless, we played optimistically.

In our first match we were overwhelmed at first by the pace and strategy of the game, but after settling in and pushing hard towards the opposition’s try-line, Chris was awarded a penalty try after a succession of high tackles against him and Dan J.

With a long break between our first and second matches, we struggled to get our heads back in the game for our second outing onto the pitch, but opposition was very strong and unfortunately we walked away with no points.

Despite this, we managed to get into the 5th/6th place playoff and in the first half we played aggressively to push forward and give Tom his first try for the team, and the first of the match, with a conversion to boot. We kept our lead for a short time but our opponents had the skill and experience to take the lead back and win the match.

Despite not having won any of our matches, the Vulcans walked away with our heads held high, having come 6th of seven teams and learning a lot about the game of rugby sevens. We look forward to competing in more sevens tournaments in the future!

 

For more information about the Danny Porter Foundation, click here 

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Hadrian’s Cup 2019

Sheffield Vulcans took part in our first ever Hadrian’s Cup, a 10s tournament organised by our IGR brothers the Newcastle Ravens.

The Vulcans travelled to the North East and enjoyed several games which included a win against Bristol Bisons before being knocked out of the running for the Hadrian’s Plate by the Birmingham Bulls.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Swansea Vikings

Date: 19th January 2019
Location: Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park, Sheffield

The Sheffield Vulcans eagerly awaited the arrival of our IGR brothers from Wales and were looking forward to taking on the Swansea Vikings for the first time since April 2018. Nine months on, both teams have had new members and the chance to develop their skills as a squad. 

The Swansea Vikings started strong with a try in the first few minutes of the game. However, the Vulcans hit back and put up a good fight with a forceful attack. Working with new tactics, the Sheffield Vulcans saw a much improved tackle technique and a great increase in the support given to each other when moving forward with the ball.

Just like their name sake, the Vikings continued in waves against Sheffield’s defence and racked up several more tries before the half time whistle. In particular Chris Rayer, who’s battle-axe attitude meant he could storm down the pitch several times, earning him the Vulcans choice of Viking of the Match.

The Sheffield Vulcans came back in the second half determined not to give Swansea a clean sheet. With superb contact from Glenn Allen, Joel Walker and Dan Giles to name a few, the Vulcans began their attack and pushed towards the Swansea try line. A try from Khalid Qasem and conversion from Michael Hudson gave the Vulcans their first 7 points on the board.

The energy refused to dip throughout the second half and saw impressive play from players on both sides of the pitch. Last minute tackles from Mike Surtees and Andres Gl kept the Vikings from taking their score higher and in the final minutes of the game, Swansea almost held off a 12 phase attempt at goal all within metres of their try line.

The final score gave a well deserved win to the Swansea Vikings of 79-14. But the Vulcans came away with a real high, knowing that all aspects of the game have improved since playing the Welsh team last year, and highlighting keys points to work on throughout the rest of the season.

Both Vulcans and Vikings showcased newer players to the game, and saw successes from all 35 players that took to the pitch. Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Joel Walker for his stellar role as hooker, and the Vikings gave their Vulcan of the Match to Michael Hudson for his leadership as Scrum-Half and Captain.

What followed the game was a laughter-filled night out of dancing, karaoke, and bonding between two IGR brotherhoods that will continue to develop every time the two teams come together. Many thanks to the Swansea Vikings for making the journey, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Photography: Swansea Vikings.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Hull Roundheads

Only 8 days after facing our Yorkshire brothers the Leeds Hunters, the Sheffield Vulcans set off across God’s county to play the Hull Roundheads. Formed in August, the Hull Roudnheads are Yorkshire’s latest addition to the IGR community, and facing the Sheffield Vulcans was only their second game.

Unusually bright and sunny for a Sunday morning, both teams warmed up together and looked forward to a day of friendly rugby, and to encourage both teams to develop and grow further.

The Vulcans started strong with some superb defence, and showed off the hard work from training. Protecting rucks, supporting the ball carrier, and some fantastic tackles showed Hull that the Vulcans would not take it easy on them just because they were new.

The Vulcans worked as a true team and kept strong lines, putting up a real fight to Hull. The score stayed tight and entering the last 20 minutes, the Vulcans led by just one point. Sheffield tries were scored by Julio Jimenez, Nefyn Edwards and Andres Gl.

This game was the first or second appearance for several Vulcans, but these players showed their dedication and enthusiasm for rugby as they dove in head first. Dan Giles made some admirable tackles, and excellent effort in trying to score again when he was held up only inches from the try line. Having only joined the Vulcans in late October, this valiant effort and his efforts in the front row, earned Dan Man of the Match.

Dan and Innes

Innes MacLeod was awarded D*ck of the Day for his overly dramatic diving try…that was unfortunately over the 5 metre instead. Innes was a power house throughout the match and made dozens of tackles that stopped many Roundheads in their tracks.

In the final minutes, the Hull Roundheads made some impressive runs and put them in place for a win of 29-20. The Vulcans offer a huge congratulations to the Hull Roundheads on a really challenging, tiring, but entertaining and fun game of Rugby. We look forward to our rematch later this season, and getting to know you all as we bond as a Yorkshire IGR team.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Leeds Hunters

Saturday 1st December was World AIDS day and as the Sheffield Vulcans joined the rest of the LGBT community in celebrating our history, the Vulcans also made some history ourselves with our first ever match against our Yorkshire brothers the Leeds Hunters.
Both Yorkshire based LGBT rugby clubs braved the mud and rain for a friendly game and fundraiser to raise money and awareness for local sexual health charity Yorkshire Mesmac and the National AIDS Trust.

Leeds took an early lead and showed real talent in protecting their rucks and allowing little turnovers to the Vulcans.  Both teams were introducing new members to the pitch for the first time, some of whom had only been playing rugby for a couple of weeks.

The Vulcans worked hard as a defensive team and fought off some close tries mere feet before the line. At the end of the first half, the Hunters were ahead 25-0.

Sheffield Vulcans coach, Andrea Dobson, said “The entire team are getting some great first contact and have all shown huge growth even since the start of the season.”
The second half of the match saw the Sheffield Vulcans shine in an extra burst of defensive energy as they held off the Hunters until the last 5 minutes. A try from Simon Green put 5 points on the board for the Vulcans.
As the final whistle blew, with a score of 30-5 to the Leeds Hunters, both teams shook very muddy hands and revelled in the rush of a tough, fun and active game of Rugby.

Following a shower and some hot food, the Hunters and Vulcans joined together to celebrate the work of the two growing Inclusive rugby squads and to honour the history of strength and pride LGBT have shown in the battle against HIV and AIDS.

Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Glenn Allen for stepping up to Hooker in his first game of rugby in several years. In his first appearance for the Vulcans, Glenn made some superb tackles and gave advice to many Vulcans before and during the game. Vulcans D*ck of the Day was awarded to Gawain Maroroa Jones for his determination to challenge rucks no matter the call.

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By selling World AIDS Day ribbons, raffle tickets, and discussing the important work to provide sexual health services, the Sheffield Vulcans and Leeds Hunters were able to raise over £100 for Yorkshire Mesmac and National AIDS Trust.
You can still donate by visiting our JustGiving page here, and learn more about the organisations and their work by visiting their websites.
www.mesmac.co.uk  |  www.nat.org.uk
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Sheffield Vulcans VS Liverpool Tritons

The Sheffield Vulcans hosted their first ever home game this weekend and were thrilled to welcome the Liverpool Tritons to Hallam University Sports Park.

The weather looked a bit grey but both teams took to the field and remained dry for a superb 80 minutes of rugby. Both teams welcomed new players to the pitch for the first time, led by more experienced players from both squads.

It wasn’t long before Liverpool took the lead with a try and conversion. The Vulcans fought back and within a few minutes had 7 points to their name too. Throughout the first half, both teams saw some superb tackles and phases that kept the ball swapping ends frequently. With stronger handling skills on their side, Liverpool took the lead again with several more tries.

After a debrief from both coaches and captains, the teams swapped sides and the second half was just as eventful as the first. With some Tritons scoring in their debut game, and the Vulcans building experience in several players in new positions, everyone one the pitch had fun, worked hard, and took something positive away from the game.

The Vulcans managed another try and conversion, but ultimately the final score gave the Liverpool Tritons a win of 60 – 14.

Going forward into the rest of the season, which has several home games in the fixtures calendar, the Vulcans will be focusing on stamina, handling, and stopping players in their tracks with leg tackles, no matter their size or speed.

The Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was awarded to Joel Walker for his consistent tackles and effort as hooker. The Liverpool tritons chose Felix Barr as their Vulcan of the Match for his energy, experience and taking out their Director of Rugby in a brilliant tackle.

Joel Walker (left) and Felix Barr (right centre)

D*ck of the Day went to Sam “Farmer” Felvus (who trained with the Sheffield Vulcans last Summer). Both captains just felt it appropriate, but especially seeing as he passed to referee not once, but twice during the game.

Many Thanks to Hallam University Sports Park for hosting our first home game of the season, and also to Mulberry Tavern and Queer Junction, two of our sponsors, for showing some of the Tritons what a Sheffield night out has to offer.

Take a look at photos and this short video with some of our favourite moments of the game…

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Newcastle Ravens

On a surprisingly hot and sunny day in the North East of England, the Sheffield Vulcans and the Newcastle Ravens took to the pitch for the first game of 2018/2019 season. 

Both teams were armed with more experienced players and a group of new players to their squads and the sport of Rugby. The game saw 6 Sheffield Vulcans make their debut for the club with some only been playing rugby for a matter of weeks. 

The game started with high energy and a real commitment to the game from all 30 people on the pitch. With possession fairly equal and the ball spending much of the first 20 minutes in the middle of the field. The Ravens took the lead with a try but it wasn’t long until the Vulcans came back with a try by Nefyn Edwards. Captain, Michael Hudson made the conversion taking the Vulcans into the lead just before the end of the first of four 20 minute periods.

Throughout the rest of the game, both teams showed their skill in tackling, strong defensive tactics, and enthusiasm to have fun whilst playing Rugby. The Ravens scored several times more to take the game in their favour but were forced to work hard to get through a barricade of Vulcans at several opportunities. From Props to Full Back, all members of the Vulcans had a fantastic game and all left the field with a feeling of pride in the fight they put up against the Newcastle Ravens. 

With a final score of 40-7, the Ravens take the win, but will have to work even harder to win again when they visit Sheffield in February 2019. 

In a game that introduced many Vulcans to lifting line outs and contested scrums, the team are incredibly proud of the strong start to the season and are looking forward to playing other teams throughout the year, and developing their attack and defence even more as the season continues. 

Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by two new additions to the squad. Daniel Winfield, who only started playing Rugby at the end of July, took in his role as Rightwing well and got stuck in with several tackles, rucks and runs with the ball through the game. Nefyn Edwards used his knowledge of the game, and high energy to run to all corners of the pitch and score his first try for the Sheffield Vulcans. ‘D*ck of the Day’ went to Simon Green for an overly enthusiastic tackle that unfortunately left a Raven with a bloody nose. 

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Nefyn Edwards, Simon Green and Daniel Winfield

Many Thanks to the Newcastle Ravens for organising a superb match to kick off the season and for setting up a fantastic night out sampling the Newcastle LGBT+ scene. 

Watch a short video of the match below or take a look at some photos.


Keep an eye on our social media and the news section of the website for news of further fixtures throughout the season. If you are interested in joining the Sheffield Vulcans and giving Rugby a ‘try’ then get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or email committee@sheffieldvuclans.com 

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Touch My Brum 2018

Words by Ash Martin – Sheffield Vulcans Chairman

So the Vulcans headed to Birmingham this Saturday to play in their first ever Touch Rugby tournament. To say we were nervous was an understatement. This was our first foray into the wider IGR family!
We had only practised the rules and techniques so were unsure how we would fare. Our first match was at 10:30 so we could watch a few matches and check out the flow of the matches, which tend to be fast and furious!

The morning was split into four matches and depending on your score would depend on what tier you were placed in. We played against the “Trunters” a combination of Liverpool Tritons and Leeds Hunters first. It was a good game! We had the rules down and even managed to score a try! (thanks patrick), however ultimately lost the match. We did have small issues such as not moving back far enough when a touch was placed on the opposing team but we took it on board. Everyone has to start somewhere right?
Our next three games were against the

Manchester Shooters
Reading Renegades and
Birmingham Bulls (the gracious hosts)
We lost all four but we did manage to score a few tries with the match against the Renegades, the closest we came to a victory.
Lunch break!

After lunch we were placed into the Eden Tankard group. This was the knock out stages!
We played the Shuttlerush Jaguars. These guys played very well and it was close but we finally managed to win our first match with a debut try from Liam!

We were through to the next round! Our next match was against our neighbours the Leeds Hunters. they were on a totally different level, it was amazing to play against. They could move and turn so fast and evaded most of our touches. We did however managed to break through their defence and score a try with a rather slick (probably a fluke) over the shoulder pass from Andreas, thankfully caught by Patrick.

We did lose the match and were knocked out but played in the playoffs against the Shuttlerush Panthers to see who came third. At this point we were shattered but we played on utilising all our subs. it was 2-1 to them until we scored a try right near the end. The match was declared a draw. Coming joint third was (we feel) a great accomplishment.

The day was amazing! friendly atmosphere and was great to meet some of our fellow IGR teams. We are totally geared up for the upcoming season and for Touch my Brum next year!
Thanks again to the Birmingham Bulls for being truly amazing hosts.

Tries scored: 10
Scorers: Patrick, Andreas, Julio, Liam

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SHEFFIELD VULCANS VS SWANSEA VIKINGS

Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Location: Swansea Uplands RUFC

Some of the Sheffield Vulcans had an early start to make the journey down to Swansea on Saturday. The team were excited to journey to Wales to play against the Swansea Vikings in what is only the Vulcans third game since forming in August 2017.

In surprisingly bright weather, the game kicked off with 2 teams of 15 including a few Vikings donning a red Vulcan shirt. The Vikings took an early lead but the Vulcans scored a try of their own shortly afterwards and starting applying the pressure.

Praised by Vikings for the quality of tackles, the Vulcans made some superb contact and were able to stop several phases in their tracks with strong wrap ups and made a valiant effort to maul several times, something which the new team have yet to full put into practise in training.

With Vikings on both sides of the pitch, the game was full of friendliness, banter and sportsmanship as players mixed across teams and moved into different positions. The Vulcans kept the Vikings on their toes with speed from Julio and Simon, and powerhouse tackles from Scott, Patrick and Front Row- Sam Hague-Nickels on his first appearance for the Vulcans.

The final score gave the Swansea Vikings a win of 47-17 but the Sheffield Vulcans came away with more game experience, confidence in ability, and a promise of a rematch next season up in Sheffield. Scott achieved the impossible and managed to have a sunburnt face from a high of 12oc.

Man of the Match was awarded to Patrick Hignell, for his presence all over the pitch, as if teleporting from one tackle to another, and Michael Hudson for his multi-tasking as 8, 9, 10, kicker and throwing in for line outs throughout the game.

Michael and PatrickAfter a refreshing shower and the strapping up of a broken finger or two, both teams gathered in the clubhouse for some food and well deserved drinks. Both teams spoke about the IGR and the Vikings gave some great advice gleamed from their early days and set up in 2015.

Many thanks to Swansea Vikings for being spectacular hosts and creating a stellar atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

Photography by Ian Glover.

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Sheffield Vulcans VS Chester Centurions

Date: Saturday 27th January 2018
Location: Manchester Enterprise Academy

The Sheffield Vulcans took to the pitch against the Chester Centurions on Saturday a for superb 80 minutes between the two new clubs. Since launching in August 2017, this was the second Inclusive Gay Rugby match for the team and several Vulcans took to the pitch for the first time.

The game wall full of energy from start to finish and right from the off saw some amazing contact and communication from players on both sides. Sheffield Vulcans took an early lead with a try from Patrick Hignell who continued to shine with his tackling throughout the game.

Other Vulcan tries were scored by Scott Mackay, Michael Hudson, Julio Jimenez , Rex Li, and Jack Semmence. Centurions kept the Vulcans on their toes by scoring 3 tries themselves. Speed was the Vulcans’ weapon of choice and the game showcased the hard work of both teams on passing, scrums, tackles and more.

After a few failed conversions, Michael Hudson hit his stride as a first time kicker and converted 4 tries, taking the final score to 68-15 to the Sheffield Vulcans.

Both teams freshened up and retired to the Sale Rugby Club where they relaxed with some food and a well earned pint and got to know each other better. Joined by some of the Manchester Spartans and some of the Northampton Outlaws, the IGR family grew even stronger.

Sheffield Vulcans Man of the Match was shared by Jack Semmence for his full length pitch runs and Scott Mackay for his battering ram like tackles.

Huge thank you to all those who came to support both teams and a big pat on the back for all the players. A fantastic game for two fledgling teams!

 

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