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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.

Sheffield Vulcans 2019 Welcome Week!

Join the Sheffield Vulcans for our our first ‘Give Rugby a Try’ Welcome Week of 2019. Everyone is invited to 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.

Jan Welcome Week

Tuesday 22nd January – The Sheffield Vulcans will be at our regular home of Endcliffe Park at 7pm for our weekly training session. We provide all the equipment, we just ask you to wear something sporty (boots optional) and show enthusiasm as we go back to the basics of Rugby and welcome all the new members into the wonderful egg-shaped sport.

Thursday 24th January – We’ll be meeting at 7pm again at Endcliffe Park for another training session. Don’t worry, we’d never make you do something that we wouldn’t want to do, but we’ve got activities planned for everyone regardless of how much experience you have.

Friday 25th January – Join in as the Sheffield Vulcans take over the City Centre and visit our nightlife sponsors. We’ll have fun and get to know all our new friends joining the team with Karaoke, drinks and answering any questions you have.

Sunday 27th January – We’ll wrap up the week with a bright and early training session at Endcliffe Park on Sunday at 11am. We’ll be able to use more space, natural light, and show even more people how fun rugby can be, and how it can help with fitness, skill and confidence.

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

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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.

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. 

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 

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

Vulcans get full IGR membership!

Sheffield Vulcans are THRILLED to announce that we have been granted full membership to International Gay Rugby. 

Since launching in August 2017, the Vulcans have had a superb first season as a club and recruited nearly 20 regular players. Working with coach Andrea Dobson and taking advice from other IGR clubs across the UK, the team have enjoyed weekly training sessions, insane socials and nights out, and the chance to bare all in a naked photoshoot to raise money for Balls to Cancer.

The criteria met for full IGR membership are:

    • Be a primarily gay and / or lesbian identifying rugby club;
    • Support the aims and objectives of IGR;
    • Have a formalised governance structure with constitution and elected officers and have statements related to tolerance and inclusion in their club mission statement;
    • Be registered with their National and Local Rugby unions;
    • Have played at least 3 15s rugby matches in their current or most recent rugby season.

Sheffield Vulcans Gardens

We have met all these measures and we cannot wait to continue our experiences with the IGR.

Keep your eye out for more exciting news from the Sheffield Vulcans as we approach our 1st Birthday!

To find out more about the International Gay Rugby organisation, and to learn about the types of membership, visit their website here