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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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December Training Dates

Even in the “Deep Mid-Winter” the Sheffield Vulcans will still be training. There likely won’t be a “Silent Night’ at Endcliffe Park as the squad work on tackles, rucks, and touch skills to become better and better each week.

Come along to training on any of the dates below to get involved. Training starts at 7pm and lasts for around an hour.

Tuesday 4th December
Thursday 6th December
Thursday 13th December
Tuesday 18th December
Thursday 20th December

If you have any questions, feel free to message committee@sheffieldvulcans.com or get in touch on social media.

The Naked Rugby Players Calendar ft. The Sheffield Vulcans!

Sheffield Vulcans are one of six rugby teams across the UK that are proud to be part of The Naked Rugby Players Calendar 2019.

The calendar is available to purchase NOW and the money goes to supporting the inclusive rugby clubs involved and ‘Balls to Cancer’, a charity aiming to increase awareness and provide information for men to check themselves for symptoms of testicluar cancer.

You can purchase a calendar for only £10 and get 24 photos featuring 71 naked rugby players! 

The perfect gift for any Rugby fan, or those who appreciate the male form, or even a treat for yourself in an attempt to be more organised in 2019 (including prompts to perform a self-check for testicular cancer).

You can collect from a Vulcans training session, match or social, or for a small delivery fee have it mailed straight to your door!

Click here to email the Sheffield Vulcans and place your order today!

 

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Sheffield Vulcans – Give Rugby a ‘Try’ – Autumn Welcome Week

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our second ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week of 2018! Come and get involved with Sheffield’s only Inclusive Rugby team for 3 taster sessions and a social.

Inclusive Rugby means that whether you are gay/straight, big/small, young/old, an experienced rugby player or never picked up a ball, we want to see you get involved and join the Sheffield Vulcans.

Tuesday 30th October – The Vulcans will be at Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our usual weekly training session. Wear something sporty (boots optional) and join in as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome our new members. It’s the day before Halloween but don’t be scared, Rugby is fun!

Thursday 1st November – Meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park, join the Vulcans as we lead another taster session. Don’t worry we won’t make you do what we wouldn’t want to! First of the month is a perfect time for your first Vulcans session.

Saturday 3rd November – We’ll be making use of some natural light with a training session at 11am at our usual home of Endcliffe Park then heading to a local pub to watch the England VS South Africa match at 3pm before a night out in Sheffield City Centre at some of our wonderful nightlife sponsors.

You don’t have to be available for ALL the activities, but if you’re free we’d love to see you at at least one!

For more information, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@sheffvulcans), ask us on Facebook, or email committee@sheffieldvulcans.com

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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 

Sheffield Vulcans on Sheffield Live!

The Sheffield Vulcans took to the studio today to talk to Jamie Veitch at Sheffield Live Radio Station.

Felix Barr, Ash Martin, Jamie Veitch, Michael Hudson

Pictured: Felix Barr, Ash Martin, Jamie Veitch, Michael Hudson

Chair – Ash Martin, Fundraising Officer – Felix Barr, and PR & Communications Officer – Michael Hudson appeared on the Friday 27th July edition of Business Live, a weekly radio show and podcast aimed at Businesses and Social Enterprises.

Braving the heat of the studio, the three Vulcans spoke about the formation of the club last August, the success of the first season, plans for the upcoming ‘Welcome Week’ and new season, and the success in securing sponsorship from a range of local businesses.

Click below to listen to the podcast. (Vulcans start at 00:07:30)

For more information about Sheffield Live, or Business Live, visit their website here

Sheffield Vulcans – Welcome Week!

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week. Come and get involved with Sheffield’s only Inclusive Rugby team for 2 taster sessions and a social.

Inclusive rugby means that whether you are gay/straight, big/small, young/old, an experienced rugby player or never picked up a ball, we want to see you get involved and join the Sheffield Vulcans.

Give Rugby at TrySaturday 28th July – Sheffield Vulcans will be at Pride all day and we would love to tell you more about Inclusive Gay Rugby, our training sessions, socials and matches across the UK. Find our stall or look out for the Vulcans in their Kit

Tuesday 31st July – In the same place as Pride, Vulcans will be at Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our usual weekly training session. Wear something sporty (boots optional) and join in as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome our new members.

Thursday 2nd August – Meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park, join the Vulcans as we lead a fitness session. Don’t worry we won’t make you do what we wouldn’t want to!

Saturday 4th August – Get all dolled up for a night on the town with the team as we visit our sponsors and get to know our new friends on the team 🙂

For more information, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@sheffvulcans), ask us here, or email committee@sheffieldvulcans.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