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Fancy Touch

Whilst many of our IGR brothers were in Dublin taking part in the Union Cup, the Sheffield Vulcans had a jam-packed weekend in Sheffield including our first touch tournament of the summer. We were gutted to miss out on the fun and frolics of the the European IGR get together but we shall make up for it at Bingham 2020 and beyond.

Saturday started bright and early at the Abbeydale Sports Club to register our 3 teams for the Fancy Touch tournament. Despite the weather taking a quick decline, the Vulcans were ready to take on the 2 pools of the touch rugby tournament in our best Star Wars and Star Trek fancy dress.

Taking advantage of our ‘Vulcan’ name, we feel that our sci-fi theme bested the other teams, some of which opted for themes such as “red t-shirts” or aprons. Many of the Vulcans however appreciated the team dressed as sleeveless cops…and we have no idea why.

The Vulcans split into 3 teams and competed throughout the day, including our final match which saw the Vulcans take on the Vulcans, which ironically was the most competitive of the day.

Congratulations go to Joel for his first try in a competitive game with the Vulcans, Jude for their try on their first official appearance with the team, and Phil for his effort and enthusiasm after only a few weeks of being part of the team. 

Enjoying a few beers and burgers throughout the day, the Vulcans were happy to take part in the tournament that raises money to support young people between 14-35 to be checked for potential heart defects, followed by necessary treatment and recovery. This year Fancy Touch raised over £3700 and we’re already looking forward to next year, and costume ideas are already being discussed.

To read more about the tournament and the charity it supports, and to see more photos of the Vulcans and other teams, click here.

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Danny Porter Foundation – 7’s Tournament

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.

Take a look at some of the thoughts and feedback from our players:

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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 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. 

MOTM Vulcans v Ravens

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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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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