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!
Sheffield has recently created its first gay and inclusive rugby union club, the Sheffield Vulcans.
Established late this summer, the club exists to enable players, regardless of gender, sexuality or rugby ability to learn and enjoy playing rugby in a welcoming environment with zero tolerance to homophobia and bigotry.
The brand-new club will become the 13th active, inclusive rugby club in England and part of the LGBT sporting body known as International Gay Rugby (IGR) which has over 90 member rugby clubs worldwide.
Dean Bee, founder of the new club and England Representative for IGR has recently been working hard with England Rugby (The RFU) to stimulate the creation of new gay and inclusive rugby teams across the country as part of a “Spirit of 2012” initiative with the ambition of increasing the participation of 16 – 24 year olds in sports. Dean was also part of an IGR promotional team who attended Sheffield Pride to raise awareness of rugby and encourage the LGBT community to “Fear Less. Give Rugby A Try.”
Just five weeks on since the first training session, the Vulcans already have 15 regular members of all abilities – many of whom never picked up a rugby ball before.
With so much enthusiasm and energy within the newly formed team, the ambition is to enable these pioneering Sheffield Vulcan players to play their first ever match against another newly created Rugby Union club before Christmas.
The team is also looking for sponsors to help fund a kit and help cover the costs of coaching and hiring training facilities so that they can continue to train over the winter under floodlights – rather than in Endcliffe Park in the dark.
Sheffield Vulcans RUFC has been established directly as a result of the IGR (England) Summer Pride Tour, made possible through the kind support of The RFU and Spirit Of Rugby.