On Friday 25th of October, the Sheffield Vulcans gathered together at the train station to travel to Edinburgh for the annual Rugby clinic hosted by the Caledonian Thebans RUFC. Players from 19 IGR teams across Europe participated in this year’s clinic making it the biggest yet!
Following some feedback from the predictions of resident Welsh man Dan Giles, some other Vulcans wanted to weigh in on what is going to happen over the next few weeks in the Rugby World Cup 2019. Mark Morgan tells us his opinions and a less celtic opinion piece.
The 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup certainly has all the key ingredients to make this instalment not only one of the most unpredictable but also one of the best tournaments in the sports history. From being hosted by an emerging nation on the sports world stage, not to mention one of the most welcoming and enthusiastic around, to the fact that form and slight falls from grace have teased us that maybe, just maybe, we can look past the mighty All Blacks! Here are a few things I think may happen during the coming weeks.
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
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.
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
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: