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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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Sheffield Vulcans First Game

Sheffield Vulcan players travelled across the Pennines and played their first ever match – a competitive development game against Manchester Village Spartans 3rd.

With energy and enthusiasm and a lot of wind and rain, the Vulcans got their first official game under their belt.

Striking up friendships with other members of the IGR, the Vulcans enjoyed the hospitality of the Spartans and enjoyed sharing stories and experiences once everyone had cleaned up and had some food.

Final Score: 29-5 to the Spartans (but we were pretty happy for our first match)
Vulcans Man of the Match: Tom Leighton