As we get closer and closer to the Rugby World Cup, the Sheffield Vulcans turned to one of our own to share their views on what could happen in the upcoming tournament. Winner of Vulcan of the Year 2018/2019, Daniel Giles, give us his predictions on each team and how they’ll perform in Japan. DISCLAIMER – He is Welsh 😉
Saturday 31st August saw the Vulcans made the trip across Yorkshire to compete in the first ever Humber 10s Tournament, hosted by Hull Roundheads at the impressive Hull Ionians RUFC ground. Celebrating the Roundhead’s 1st Birthday, a team of Vulcans were happy to get involved. Alastair Geddes writes about the event and what the Sheffield Vulcans took from the day. Continue reading
Captain, Innes MacLeod gives an insight into what he wants the club to achieve in our upcoming season.
As the Vulcans second birthday approaches so does the anniversary of my first trip to Endcliffe Park for a training session with the club. If you went back in time and told me that in a year I would be heading into the next season as captain I would have been, to say the least, surprised. It’s been an amazing year with training sessions that built confidence, socials that brought new friends and games that reminded everyone involved why we love this game. So the feeling I have looking forward is not surprise but excitement for what promises to be this young clubs best season yet.
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.
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:
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share the stories of 5 Sheffield Vulcans and why they LOVE being part of our club; How they came to join Sheffield’s inclusive Rugby team and why they enjoy coming to training, playing in matches and joining in on socials.
What do you love about Rugby or your team? Let us know in the comments, or on instagram or twitter using #VulcanValentines
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.