Category: The League

Typhoons Vs Roundheads – A Players Perspective

Results

TeamPoints
Typhoons RUFC26
Hull Roundheads RUFC29

 

Saturday 26th, the Roundheads made an early start to the day knowing that they would be making the arduous trip to Preston Grasshoppers, Home of the Preston Typhoons, with the sun shining brightly and very few clouds in the sky the Roundheads departed from Hull ready for a two and a half hour journey which would result in their arrival at 11:00.

 Due to a communications error, the Roundheads arrived at 11:00 to find the Typhoons already warming up on the pitch ready for the 11:30 kick-off. After an incredibly swift delegation of the kit, the Roundheads entered the pitch with roughly 10 minutes to spare before kick-off – barely enough time to get a feel for the uncommon ground and its 3G pitch.

 The Roundheads lost the coin flip, so they were attacking first and heading into the glare of the sun. Preston Typhoons were clearly tactical in their decision as they lofted the ball high into the sky, making it difficult for the Roundheads to deal with. As the ball bounced and was collected, the Typhoons were already rushing up the field to make devastating contact in each tackle. The Roundheads were doing their best to make inroads into the Typhoons defence to no avail, particularly after a freak injury to forward Joshua “Jeff” Edwards (later revealed to be a double fracture and dislocated ankle). The powerhouse forward has been a force to contend with in the Roundheads during his debut season and will be a huge loss.

Forwards Adam McCloud, George Street and Sean Wright pushed on and looked threatening until the enthused Typhoons reclaimed possession at the ruck with some clever counter ruck play.  

After the turnover the Typhoons continued to lay on the pressure with aggressive runs from the pack which sucked in the Roundheads defence and created space for the speedy Typhoons fullback to round the defence on the left wing to touch down for the first time after just a few minutes allowing the team to collect their thoughts and prepare to go again. 

Typhoons 7 – 0 Roundheads

 Captain Ben Turnham lifted spirits and encouraged the Roundheads to fight on as we knew we could fight out way back into the game.

Unfortunately, this was not the case as Preston soon used fast hands to once again create space for the quickster fullback to cross the try line in an almost exact replica of the first try.

Typhoons 14 – 0 Roundheads

 Shellshocked, the Roundheads emerged back onto the field and still struggled to find a foothold in the physical contest. The Roundheads continued to struggle against the onslaught, but managed to force a lineout. Jose Tevar had his work cut out for him against a well drilled and fully warmed up Typhoons team, yet managed to hold his own against the opposition with both teams’ lineouts being contested fiercely and anybody’s to receive. On this occasion, the ball was patted backward from Tevar but went to ground. Quick and fearless reactions from vice-captain Chris Pollard meant he was first to dive onto the loose ball and control the game before the Typhoons could collect and exploit the advantage. Captain Turnham motivated the troops, marshalling the forwards around the pitch and his communication to the backs to set up the next plays, providing excellent passes to give them the best possible chance to win the collision.

Bruised bodies and bloodied egos from the opening exchanges did nothing to improve the Roundheads position in the game as the Typhoons once again created space on the wing for the fullback to complete his hattrick. Things were looking bleak; the saving grace was the missed conversion attempt. 

Typhoons 19 – 0 Roundheads 

 The Roundheads thought they had found a way to tip the scales back in their favour when Jack Finney placed a nice grubber kick through the Preston line for Nathan Dervey to chase, however, there was a little too much on the kick and the defence got their first and dealt with the danger. Further insult to injury was dealt when forward Joe Galloway was removed from play after a heavy hit from the Typhoons. The Roundheads had no more substitutes available. Against the odds, the Roundheads asked if the Typhoons were willing to drop to 14 vs 14 to even the competition once more, yet they were informed by the referee that they could continue to play legally with a +1 player advantage and elected to do so. The competition continued on 15 vs 14 for the final 10 minutes of the half.

Continued bravery from the Roundheads, particularly forwards Chris Pollard, Jamie Walmsley, George Street, Jose Tevar and Steven Dumont who continued to take the ball from Turnham and drive the fight to the Typhoons despite the odds being against us. 

 Once more, the Roundheads lined up to kick off into the offensive brightness of the morning sun. The Roundheads finally seemed to adapt to the threat of the fullback running around the back to create the overlap and managed to prevent any further damage, though this simply provoked the damage to travel down the centre of the pitch with the destructive runs from Typhoons forwards.

George Street, Sean Wright and Adam McCloud really stamped their mark on the game with strong defence and laying the platform for the Roundheads to work their way back into the game which looked promising with the constant threat of Ben Turnham and Jack Finney pulling the strings. Five minutes later, a further casualty came in the form of utility back Jack Finney who left the field with a dislocated finger. By this time, Dan Harraway had recovered from an earlier knock and returned to the game to keep the Typhoons advantage at only one extra player. 

Tackle after tackle the Roundheads committed several players into contact to halt the assault, eventually holding up an attacker close to our try line. Quick thinking from the Typhoons created a maul, something that the Roundheads had barely experienced and never worked during training due to the lack of a dedicated forwards coach. This set the stage for the Typhoons to once again cross the try line near to the posts as the whistle for half time followed not too long after.

Half time: Typhoons 26 – 0 Roundheads

The Roundheads gathered in the small slither of shade which the dugout and spectator stand provided, desperate to escape the heat and blinding sunlight. It was here that on captaincy debut Ben Turnham began dictating the changes to counteract the Typhoons game plan. With the new game plan laid out, substitutions were made, selflessly removing himself from the game to focus on making the necessary changes to compete. This allowed vice-captain Chris Pollard to take the reins on what would also be his captaincy debut.

Both captains said their respective piece, with the dominant theme being teamwork, fun and inclusivity. We play together, regardless of win/lose/draw, we do it together and we have fun doing it. 

At 26-0, a comeback would be one hell of a task and all-too-easy to lose our composure, but the Roundheads remained optimistic and supportive. 

A quick rallying cry before returning to the pitch, as “3…2…1… ROUNDHEADS” shook the stands, you felt something electrifying was coming…

With the sun now on our backs, the weather had shifted somewhat as some light cloud rolled in, granting the Typhoons some slight reprieve from the sun-based obstacles we faced in the first half. 

 A renewed sense of vigour seemed to carry the Roundheads into the collision. Smarter play, swifter hands and stronger hits seemed to get the Roundheads on the front foot. Sharp play from Lloyd Wilkinson-Cunningham exploited some tired Typhoon defence on the right-hand side as he darted over alongside the ruck as a statement of intent for the second half, proving we would not go down without a fight. A glimmer of hope for the Roundheads who would not succumb to nil. 

Regular kickers absent, Harraway missed the conversion.

Typhoons 26 – 5 Roundheads

 The Roundheads broke down the left edge, through Harraway, but the pass was poor to Nathan Dervey, allowing the Typhoons to reclaim the ball and alleviate some of the mounted pressure. However, the tireless ruck work and bone rattling tackles from George Street, David Pawson, Jose Tevar and Steven Dumont quickly allowed the Roundheads to regain possession and continue contesting the game. to 

Minutes later, exciting play from the Roundheads, right to left, the ball from Wilkinson-Cunningham to Steven Dumont and his forward pod drew in the defence which created space for a Harraway support line. The pass from Dumont to Harraway was on the money, sending him slicing through the Preston defence at 22m with just the fullback to beat, fending the fullback and diving in under the sticks. 

The referee unable to stop the clock due to a game immediately after the final whistle, the kick was lined up quickly and knocked over by Harraway. 

Typhoons 26 – 12 Roundheads

The floodgates now opened, the Typhoons were unable to stem the tide of Roundheads dominance, assisted by the return of Galloway, giving the Roundheads a full complement of 15 vs 15 once more with 20 minutes remaining. Galloway made his presence felt with an outrageous fend on the powerful Typhoons number ten, knocking the fly half onto the deck and ensuring he was not present to clear out at the upcoming ruck.  Lineouts from Jamie Walmsley were consistently impressive despite the Typhoons reading these well, but not only did he shine here, his determination and power in the forward pods continued to help drive the team up the pitch where we knew we could do damage. More exciting play from Wilkinson-Cunningham as he rushed the opposition scrum half to force a poor pass which sent the ball to ground. A kick through and recollected by Wilkinson-Cunningham allowed him to control the scrambling Typhoons defence by firing through forward pod after forward pod. The backs lined up right, drawing the attention of the Typhoons defence, but a call came from the left from forward Adam McCloud. The pass was picked by Wilkinson-Cunningham, sending the forward crashing through two defenders on the left-hand side of the pitch to score the Roundheads third try. 

With Harraway off the pitch, kicking duties fell to Wilkinson-Cunningham whose attempt faded left of the post.

Typhoons 26 – 17 Roundheads 

 Tensions had begun to run high within the Typhoons squad as they seemed to capitulate under further sustained pressure. The Roundheads could smell blood and were determined to fight until the end. Forward Sean Wright committed multiple defenders, ran his blood to water and made some incredible runs which busted the Typhoons defence into disarray, setting the stage for the Roundheads to capitalise with more powerful runs from captain Pollard, Walmsley, Pawson, Galloway and the nimble step and agility of Tevar to exploit this chaos. The game really seemed to pick up the intensity when Liam Spivey joined the field, after a successful stint as linesman (or we seemed to think so!) where he injected himself into the game and became a real nuisance to the Typhoons when he was working around the ruck.  Wreaking havoc with the Typhoons defence, Nathan Allen constantly attracting a stream of defenders with his strong hand off and pace provided space for debutant Michael Mann, Nathan Dervey and Toby Roper to make some strong carries, but also saw them doing some excellent work around the ruck when their teammates were tackled. Safe hands and fearless defence ensured that the ball was retained and the Typhoons would no longer be able to chance their arm out wide.

The Roundheads continued to hit the Typhoons with an intensity they could no longer contend with as fitness levels really began to show. Pod after pod of Roundhead forwards marched us up the pitch, interspersed with some incredibly strong carries from the backs, whose footwork and agility continued to be a thorn for the Typhoons. A crash ball from Wilkinson-Cunningham to David Pawson, who committed two defenders in the process, saw an offload to Harraway running from left to right. Hard work from Pawson created the space for Harraway to fend the isolated defender and reach for the line, scoring his second of the game. 

With the game able to swing either way at this point, Harraways third conversion attempt was messy, but a success nonetheless. 

Typhoons 26 – 24 Roundheads

Composure was paramount at this stage, but the Roundheads knew that. We needed to keep the ball to work to our plan, and that’s exactly what we did. With solid runs from Mann and Roper, but complementing each others work with good hands and being there to immediately ruck over to ensure we kept possession, the composure and bravery shown with this well-rounded display truly settled the team and allowed the forwards to have a well-deserved few seconds of rest before the penultimate plays. 

Talks amongst the Roundheads on the halfway line discussed a drop goal attempt, but with no dedicated drop goal kicker it was a last-ditch option. Due to our dominance in the second half, we had the Typhoons on the ropes, so elected to continue in the same vein which had pulled us back into the game – we trusted our abilities, but kept our drop goal attempt option open.

Roundheads pushed through the Typhoons defence and the option of the drop goal was there from 22m out, but deemed too risky amongst the playmakers, Harraway called for the ball to the backs on the right hand side, Wilkinson-Cunningham ran the ball from the ruck, with options lines from Nathan Allen, Michael Mann and Toby Roper respectively, each committing opposition defenders allowing Wilkinson-Cunningham to straighten up on the right wing with several options inside with a Typhoons defender in front and behind him. The call from Harraway on the inside allowed him to thread the needle, passing the ball between the two defenders and sending Harraway over the line unchallenged from 5m out. The referee blew the whistle to give the try on the stroke of full time.

The Roundheads stole the game in the dying seconds, yet Harraway missed the conversion from far out on the right edge. 

Full time: Typhoons 26 – 29 Roundheads.

Truly the very definition of a game of two halves.

 Cheers and congratulations rang around the Roundheads squad as we were rushed from the pitch to make way for the teams in the next game could warm up. 

 

Drinks were had in the club house along with conversations between players before the player of the match was presented, with a very generous gift from Nowt Poncy, who kindly donated a token of their business to the stand out players. 

It was with disappointment that not all of the Roundheads could stay at the club for longer to socialise with the opposition as they had elected to begin travelling back to Hull to attend a local hospital before traffic had worsened after an incident on the motorway could cause too much delay and disruption.

We would also like to thank the Preston Typhoons for our most physical and competitive game so far, our thanks to their medical team who were on hand to help with the Roundheads casualties and also for the Typhoons/Grasshoppers hospitality on what was an incredibly enjoyable day.

The Roundheads would also like to congratulate and thank our players for putting their bodies on the line in an incredibly intense and physical game, and wish our injured players a very speedy recovery. 

Roundheads Vs Ravens – A Players Perspective

Results

TeamPoints
Hull Roundheads RUFC59
Newcastle Ravens19

 

Looming over Hessle’s home ground, the Humber Bridge stood tall as the sun blazed and the wind blew. The temperature was cool beneath that iconic landmark, and perfect for rugby. 

Flying south for the game, the Newcastle Ravens arrived with a depleted flock but came with the intent of causing an upset at the top of the table. Everyone knows that when an animal is wounded and cornered, they are extremely dangerous, and the Ravens were no different. They arrived with a mere ten players, however, the determination to undo the indomitable home of the Roundheads was evident for all to see. In the true spirit of the IGR, several Roundheads offered to take up the plumage of the Ravens to ensure the contest went ahead as scheduled, an uplifting sight to behold.

Whipping across the water and wobbling the posts, the wind was a player of its own. Against this unpredictable foe, the ball was kicked, and the Roundheads began defending their nest like their lives depended on it. Usually a Roundhead, Ben Thrustle, sporting the Raven red, fell foul of a nasty injury in the opening exchanges and was removed from the pitch for hospital attention, however, in the spirit of the IGR, both teams applauded him for his contributions. Despite the blow, the Ravens were not playing like a team who had their wings clipped and continued to throw everything at the Roundheads except the kitchen sink. 

In fitting fashion, the man to open the scoring was none other than ex-Raven Ian Farrugia as he forced his way down the right wing and rounded his Roundhead colleague who volunteered to help fill shirts for the Ravens. There was no holding back from these two players, as a strong fend on his usual teammate led to Farrugia touching down between the sticks. 

It was not long before the Roundheads continued the scoring with some strong forward play from Steven Dumont, David Pawson, Jamie Walmsley, and Chris Pollard all making the hard meters causing the Ravens to flock together to hold the rampaging forwards at bay. Following on from a lineout set play, the formidable efforts of the aforementioned allowed lots of space for the Roundheads back line to do what they do and exploit the space as a well worked move from Mitchell Skelton drew in the defence before an offload to Harraway with a final pass allowing Ethan Anderson to round the Ravens right side winger untouched.

 

All one-way traffic so far at Hessle as the Roundheads dominated possession, winning restart after restart. Lineouts were expertly thrown by Joe Galloway and Jamie Walmsley, feeding the ball to Jose Tevar, with almost 100% success rate as usual. a quick tap once again allowed Farrugia to be the cat amongst the pigeons, using his feline dexterity to pass an impressive ball to Mark Bjornson-Sutherland who scored the try to further assert the Roundheads dominance. Bjornson-Sutherland then quickly created his own try by exploiting confusion around the Ruck on the Ravens line and diving over. 

Powerful runs from the likes of Adam McCloud, Daniel Whitt, Tevar and Galloway continued to lay the platform for Ben Turnham to distribute the ball consistently effortlessly, leading to a Dumont signature run, bursting through the middle of the pitch with defenders unable to compete with the pace and power, consistently able to create something from nothing and, as usual, completing such a display of talent with a try under the Ravens sticks.

The Ravens hit next through an intelligent run from the inside centre who isolated one Roundheads defender on our own line, allowing him to crash over the line before any other players could assist in the tackle. This did not deter the Roundheads who scored next. 

Following an impressive jackal from Toby Roper to regain possession for the red and yellow, solid hard work from Liam Spivey created space for Turnham to deliver the ball to a powerful run from Josh Edwards through the middle of the pitch saw him run 40 yards with not a finger laid on him to score to the left of the posts. 

The favour was quickly returned after Roundhead-cum-Ravens Nathan Dervey made some strong carries to get the Ravens on the front foot when Sean Wright (on Roundheads debut, but generously playing for the Ravens) began a sweeping run around the ruck which was fed by Bjornson-Sutherland and decimated the usually resolute Roundheads defence with some impressive footwork to bamboozle those in front of him as he scored his debut try for both the Ravens and the Roundheads. 

Wingers Toby Roper, Nathan Dervey, David Eldridge and Harry Bradford all putting their bodies on the line at various stages of the game to repel the Ravens repeated efforts to beat us on the edges. Consistently, our wingers stood up to the challenge with strong and critical tackles forcing the Ravens to try to break our forwards, which is a task not to be envied. 

Another Roundheads debutant, Corey Atkinson, was first to react to a Lloyd Wilkinson-Cunningham kick off as the ball bounced before the Ravens. Chasing down the kick with such pace and intensity, Atkinson kicked the ball further down the pitch as the Ravens scrambled to react, but it was too late as Atkinson collected his own kick and touched down on the right wing. 

One more try for Anderson born from the hands of Galloway and Edwards, drawing in the Ravens and conjuring space for Anderson for another 40 meter try, making it a brace for the rapid outside center. 

Josh Edwards once again caused chaos amongst the Ravens with another strong run down the left wing after being fed the ball by the flawless Ben Turnham continuing to pull the strings like a master puppeteer with just a few minutes remaining. However, it was to be the Ravens who had the last word with two consolation tries run in as benevolent Roundheads Captain Farrugia down the Roundheads left wing for his old team.

Despite the impressive score line, the game was a true battle of grit and determination, and end-to-end spectacle of rugby union. The Roundheads defended their home ground with such intensity that there were definitely some bruised bodies in the club house whilst both teams ate and drank together in true IGR spirit. A raft of Roundheads debutants gained their club ties and valuable experience on the pitch, creating a real showcase of the skills they have to offer: George Street resolute in defence and threatening in attack, a player to watch in the future. David Eldridge making his Roundheads RUFC debut, usually a key member of the Roundheads Touch Rugby team and club chairman, stood up to be counted with some important tackles and impressive runs to finely display the strength in depth that we are currently blessed with at the club. Harry Bradford made some key decisions on the wing during his debut, providing a tough defence on the wing for his first game, if he continues to improve at the rate he currently is then he will be destined to cross the line in no time. Tom Bacchus gave glimpses of his pace, but what he really showed was heart as he continued to play in the forwards line up time and time again, his strength and intent evident for all to see whilst running against the grain, into a big Ravens pack he did not look out of place. 

The club mentality of togetherness and inclusivity is something to behold and reminds players just how lucky we are to be part of such a welcoming club. Not only are we teammates, but we are also friends and partners, strengthening the club each and every day as we continue to grow in the right direction. 

Vulcan Vs Roundheads – A Players Perspective

Results

TeamPoints
Vulcans7
Hull Roundheads RUFC64

 

Clouds were rolling across the picturesque peaks that surrounded Sheffield’s home ground as the Roundheads arrived. Fresh was the word of the day and the wind was cool in the sun, chilly in the shade: perfect weather for rugby. 

After a two-minute silence for World AIDS Day, a significant day, and one it is important to honour, respect and remember. The match began. 

The Vulcans were kicking to the Roundheads. With the sun against them, the team from Hull prepared to receive the ball. In a perfect arc, the Roundheads watched the ball rise into the golden air, until it disappeared in blazing sunlight, only to fall into the waiting arms of the Roundheads forwards who were keen to prove a point early on. After just a few strong drives from the likes of Jamie Walmsley, Chris Pollard and Jose Tevar, the platform was set for an exciting piece of backs play which saw the ball travel from the far left of the pitch over to the far right into the eager hands of Connor Coates, allowing him to race down the right edge, scoring a try on his club debut.

With the early try, the Roundheads seemed to find their footing, their confidence seemed to soar and the threat of wind and sun, that seemed to support Sheffield that Saturday, was soon dismissed. The Roundheads were dominating the ball, the forwards charging into the Sheffield line with real intent which resulted in several half breaks and creating some scintillating offloads allowing Lloyd Cunningham-Wilkinson to fend off one or two defenders and place the ball down over the Vulcans line just to the right of the sticks.

A moment of concern arose when new forward Dan Whitt was left on the floor, after a strong run caused him to be tackled in an awkward position, requiring medical attention. Fortunately, he was able to walk from the pitch and in a beautiful display of gamesmanship and spirit of the IGR, he was clapped off by both teams. Much to the relief of the Roundheads, the new-found powerhouse was able to return to the pitch in the latter stages to stamp his mark on the game with more dominating runs and bruising tackles.

The game was now firmly in the hands of the Roundheads, who were clearly tasting blood in the water. Powerful drives from the forwards regularly convincing the Vulcans defence to condense, which created lots of room for the backs to flourish. Some truly barnstorming runs from Steven Dumont scattering Sheffield defenders in his wake, created opportunities to cross the line himself on two occasions, whilst also providing the final pass for Dan Harraway to score under the sticks. 

Lineouts being dominated by the skills of J.  Tevar in the air, do not go without recognition to the superb throws by J. Walmsley and Joe Galloway and the lifting power and stability of S. Dumont and C. Pollard allowing the Roundheads to retain possession and tighten the screw from every single lineout as the Vulcans simply had no retort to the sheer quality on display.

A further try materialised for former flanker Ben Thrustle, also on his debut, when a cleverly worked Roundheads scrum used the intimidating presence of S. Dumont to commit multiple defenders on the open side of play. A flash of genius from Ben Turnham made the call for Harraway to sweep from open side to blind side with B. Thrustle, leaving the Vulcans winger like a dear in the headlights as the 2 on 1 loomed over him. A delicate pass before the winger allowed B. Thrustle to touch down on the left wing as his first contribution of the game. 

Credit to the Sheffield Vulcans, they were struggling to stem the tide, but exhibited an inspiring “never give up” attitude which eventually paid off into the second half when, from a well worked scrum, they powered over the Roundheads line from close range, with defenders hanging on and putting their bodies on the line, the Vulcans found a way to ground the ball and open their tally for the day. 

Unfortunately for the Vulcans, it would be their last as more devastating forward pods barrelled through the line through Captain Ian Farrugia or finely supported by him, which ultimately resulted in the Captain gaining his hat-trick for the day. 

For some players, consistency and reliability were the telling tales of class, with the likes of fullback Jack Finney and number 8, Josh Edwards, always in the correct position to receive an offload, execute a kick, make a tackle or run an excellent supporting line with the fullback also marshalling the red and yellow defence across the pitch. A testament to their efforts and experience, that a strong Sheffield team were only able to breach the solid defence once. 

Throughout the day, the Roundheads tested out several goal kickers which proved a mixed result due to the blinding sun beating down on the pitch along with the swirling breeze and sticky mud clinging to boots. 

Finally, the referee blew her whistle to indicate full time at 64-7. Both teams applauded one another, and the referee too, for participating in a spectacle of the game before some wonderful hospitality (including some delicious and very generous portions of cake) from the home side in the club house. This was where player of the match, D. Whitt on only his second appearance in red and yellow, was recognised by the Roundheads but struggled to hold his own when it came to downing a pint! Though by this point, all minds were solely focused on the night out ahead.

Roundheads continue unbeaten run

The Roundheads win our 4th Union league match of the season with a 56-19 victory over Newcastle Ravens RFC.
It was a game played in the exact spirit of the IGR – a testament to the effort, enjoyment and sportsmanship that are hallmarks of this league, and the sport of rugby. We’d like to thank the Ravens for the game.
We return to training next Wednesday night (9th February) at Hull University Sports Centre, to prepare for our next away game in Manchester.
Thank you to Hessle RUFC for hosting us today. And also, as always, thank you to our sponsors Pride in Hull and That’s Amore Restaurant Pizzeria for your continued support and love.

Touch Team have a great Weekend in York

This past Saturday our Touch team travelled to york for their first Touch game of 2022.

Infact we played two games back to back against our amazing friends The York RI Templars. We had a few players making their debut for the team, and for one their first ever taste of competive Rugby.

Everyone played amazingly, taking what we have been working on over the cold winter, getting ready for wet and windy days like this. We came away with a 5-9 Victory in the first game and had a thrilling 5-5 draw in the second.

We would like to thank the Templars for their wonderful hospitality in your clubhouse afterwards, We look forward to playing you again in the future and hosting you next time.

We are looking to expand our Coaching team.

The Roundhead’s are Recruiting!

We are looking for a Rugby Union coach to join our existing coaching team to help us continue our growth, you would be joining a thriving, up and coming rugby team in the city of Hull.

We train on Wednesdays at the Hull University sports pitches at 8pm.

We play within the IGR UK Northern League 2 (Development Tier) which is an inclusive league designed to support new players from the LGBT+ community, and straight allies, get in to a sport they might not have considered before!

If you think this is a perfect fit for you, here is what we are looking for:

Essential

1. Has played or coached rugby Union before

2. Welcoming and engaging personality

3. Open minded and inclusive attitude

Desired (but not essential)

1. Rugby Coaching qualifications

2. Experience being apart of, or coaching, a forward pack.

3. Awareness/training in first aid/RFU concussion training

Please message us on social media or email using the addresses below if you want to find out more!

Training@roundheadsrufc.co.uk or chair@roundheadsrufc.co.uk

Roundheads Vs Templars – A Players Perspective

Results

TeamPoints
Hull Roundheads RUFC40
Templars5

 

The second game of the season, found the Roundheads at home in Hessle, under the watchful gaze of the Humber Bridge. The weather was cool, the ground was soft, and the players prepared. 

Sporting their new kit, the Roundheads stepped onto the pitch garbed in gold. The visiting Templars strode out in their striped strip. Named after their respective historical figures, the Hull Roundheads set up to receive from the York Templars. 

Before the watching crowd, the game began. 

The Templars kicked off before trampling down the field like knights on horseback. The Roundheads  seized the ball and turned to face the enemy. Yellow shirts broke through the York line, once, twice, three times, more, and every time the Templars would fend off each tackle, compete each ruck. The ball swapped sides once, twice, three times, more, but neither team would concede, neither team could conquer. The effort and stamina on display was intimidating. The tackles were fast and fierce, often resulting in multiple prostrate players in the aftermath. 

Eventually, through diligence and determination, ground was gained, Roundhead players penetrated their defence and the tide began to turn. Josh Edwards erupted through the line and scored the first try of the match, and his first for the club. This was swiftly followed by Dan Harraway, who danced around the defenders, gaining the Roundheads a second try, and his first for the club. 

Taking the kick for the Roundheads, Mitch placed the ball between the post with practised precision. 

There was chaos on the pitch, turnovers, missed passes and dropped balls meant possession was always in dispute. The amber army found themselves on the defence and losing ground. Quick as a flash, the boys emblazoned with bars of blue and white, whipped round the outside and scored a try. 

It was the second half and like an acrobat, José was flung up into the air to repeatedly catch the Roundheads’ throws. Successfully passing the ball to Ben at nine every time. José, the safest hands on the pitch, even managed to charge the ball home and gain the Roundheads a third try. No wonder the Templars voted him their Player of the Match. The Roundheads’ choice went to Nathan Dervey, who played across two positions, handling himself superbly, in a field of potential MVPs, Nathan was the cream of the crop. 

The York team were flagging. Both teams were losing stamina, but the Templars were losing players to injury. Both teams dropped numbers in the hope of allowing the game to continue. Capitalising on the Roundheads’ growing confidence, the captain caught the enemy unawares, pushing past players, he was pursued but unapprehended; Ian scored the fourth try for his athletes in amber. Followed by another sprint up the pitch from Josh after a sneaky interception, gaining his second try. 

After weeks of training, Dan Whitt took to the field for his first game. His confidence and skill were plain to see. His transformation from apprehensive and coy to assured and confident was a joy to behold, and his commitment to training obvious in his drives and tackles. It was due to the hard tackles of the whole team, that the brand new kit was christened. In a bitter butting of heads, Jamie’s eyebrow burst with a blast of blood, alongside the mud leaving him streaked with red and brown like soldier. 

It was also the first game representing the Roundheads for Mark Bjornson-Sutherland, who was an absolute warrior on the wing. Unafraid to tackle some of the towering Templars, or take the ball into contact, Mark’s experience will undoubtedly be called on again to face future foes. Following a beautiful offload from Martin Spokes, making his debut, Ian scored his second try, converted it himself, and ensured the win was more than secure for the Roundheads. 

Both teams played with tremendous heart. York, especially, for opting to play on, when the game could have been conceded due to injury. The skills gained by Templars and Roundheads alike, since before lockdown, were evident. The game was hard played, the tackles were solid, the tries were tough to get and the team tough to beat. They did themselves proud, and the Roundheads were pleased to host them. One thing that stands out from every game, is the level of respect and sportsmanship that each IGR team plays and conducts themselves with. The Templars upheld this sense of honour and spirit within the world of inclusive rugby, and more than earned the Roundheads’ respect. 

The Roundheads are the invaders in their next game, taking the fight to Sheffield, hoping to steal victory from the Vulcans.

Roundheads Vs Centurions – A Players Perspective

Results

TeamTriesConversionsBPPoints
Hull Roundheads RUFC42124
Centurions1117

 

In the shadow of the Humber Bridge, the two teams observed a minutes silence in memory of Metropolitan Police Officer Sgt Matt Ratana, who was tragically shot and killed one year ago.  A 60-second interval of nothing but the wind in the trees, the sounds of the birds, and the deep breaths of those about to do battle. The visiting team; The Chester Centurions, were clad in dark blue and in their first League game of the season; The Hull Roundheads were sporting their yellow kit. Prepared for a clash of primary colours the teams set up.

A blink, a whistle and the game had begun.
The Centurions gained the ball and held it tight. Wave after wave of blue beat the Roundheads back, driving them down the pitch into their own half. Yard by yard the visitors fought, pushing forward, pummelling their opposition. The ball bobbing forward on a sea of navy blue. The tackles seemed infinite, the rucks without end, but like a sea slamming and slapping at the beach, the Roundheads like golden sands, absorbed each attack. Dealt with each attempt to gain ground. Pushed back to their twenty-two, the Roundheads refused to retreat further. For thirty-five minutes, the offensive line sustained their attack, and for thirty-five minutes, the Roundheads endured.

Having experienced nothing as savage as this before, the blokes in yellow could only keep trying. Keep trying to gain the ball. Keep trying to gain ground. Keep trying to last. The brutal sea of blue was relentless, trying to pound the Roundheads into submission. The game reached breaking point. Broken after the battering: not the Roundheads’ spirit, not the Roundheads’ players, but the Centurions. Exhausted now, injuries could only follow, and their hard and fast tactics took their toll on their team. More than one man in blue limped or was carried off the pitch to the sound of sympathetic clapping.
Then the Roundheads made their move. A streak of gold, Nath broke through the thin blue line, and more yellow followed. Supporting each stagger and stop and start the ball finally crossed the try line, and the Roundheads breathed a momentary sigh of relief. Sweat and steam boiled from the players heads as they took on water and Ian attempted his first conversion of the league.

Halftime saw the Roundheads in front, but both teams were blowing. The weather was a second adversary on that pitch; the heat and the close atmosphere intensifying the hard work of play. The brief team talk, gulps of water, and orange segments was over before anyone was ready.
The bruised blue team continued to fight on valiantly, seeming to dominate the game with their time on the ball. Repeatedly, the ball was dragged into the Roundheads half, or kicked closer to their try line. Line out followed line out, Jose soaring and seizing the ball each time, delivering it to the Backs, to ship it out, to ship it away from the tide of Centurions that had hit so hard before. Sprinting down the pitch, a golden eagle pursued by cobalt crows, the Centurions couldn’t catch Steven as he flew to place the ball between the posts, a quick conversion kick from Ian, and play resumed.

The Roundheads managed to hold onto the ball more in the second half, even managing to keep the ball out of our half for a while. Still the tackles came hard and fast from the Centurions. Then, Lloyd, man of the match, a player who had played in many positions in this game alone, scored from a quick tap and go off the back of a penalty.
Though this try was unconverted, the Roundheads spirits began to climb. This brief moment of confidence and cocky bravado, where the team in yellow surrounded the ball like bees on honey, allowed the Centurions to make the most of a break in the line and storm past the lonely players on the wing. The Centurion barrelled down the pitch hugging the touchline to make the first Chester try.


Heads back in the game, the Roundheads exploited the exhausted and injured players on the Chester side and Nath slipped between a few players to get a fourth try in before the end. Ian stepped up to make the kick, to make his team proud, to make the conversion…
And then the whistle blew.

Both teams, were battered and bloodied as they cheered each other and the referee. An exhausting battle, a fierce fight, but the most gratifying game the Roundheads have ever played. Improvements can be made, and reflections acted upon, but the Hull team have transformed in their playing, the sense of camaraderie and team spirit was plain to see. On to the next one.

Corsairs Vs Roundheads – A Players Perspective

The first friendly of the season saw the Roundheads motoring down the M62 for a game with the Coventry Corsairs. Both teams held a minutes silence for 9/11, remembering those lost to terrorism.

The Corsairs, in black and blue, stood staring down the lads from Hull like the skulls on their kit. The Roundheads, in shining yellow, prepared themselves for the match: quiet and contemplative.

Ships getting into position, the Roundheads set up to receive the ball, their colours flying high and proud. Like cannon fire, the ball shot from the Corsairs kick into the Roundhead ranks. A flurry of movement, an explosion of legs and long strides as Lloyd swept the up the pitch, dodging the defenders to score. With slightly less pace, the kicking tee was delivered to Mitch for the conversion…and it looks like the Roundheads brought a cannon of their own.

Corsairs reload. Roundheads reset. The ball flies high once more, dropping again amidst the forwards. The summer training showed as like a fleet at sea, a formation of forwards flew down the pitch. Support and options were there for every ball carrier. The Corsairs confusion showed in their hesitation, where were they supposed to commit? Steven an Ian exploiting their uncertainty, breaking through and scoring. Both boys finally gaining what they had fought so hard for.

Fast as the tries seemed to be coming, the Corsairs were fighting ferociously for every ball. Size was on their side, and they made the most of their forward pack. Due to support, due to the dedication of each player, due to the determination to play proudly: the Roundheads could cope, assess and respond to such a strategy. The game turned and whilst the forwards were invaluable in their efforts, taking tackles, striving to support; it was time for the backs to shine. Nath ducked and dived the defending Corsairs in blue and black to score, quickly followed by Nathan, in his match debut, who led a charge to steal more points from the home team.

It was a close call for Man of the Match, between Polly and Adam. Both players with pace, (fast for forwards) and brawn to back it up. Neither scoring a try in the game, but upholding the rugby tradition of finding joy in contributing to the win as a team. Every Roundhead proved his worth that day in Coventry.

The Corsairs conceded the game at half time, before turning shirts inside out and mixing in with the Roundhead ranks. We would be hard pressed to name a more welcoming team. Looking at the smiles on players’ faces when the game was over, you would not know who lost and who won. The Corsairs courage to keep playing, their resilience, their struggle and opposition are admirable. Friendlies are about finding friends and the Roundheads feel they have. A beautiful game of rugby was played, and the players pride in themselves, in their teams and in their oppositions was extremely well earned.

The same day was also the day of our Touch Team’s first outing of the season, and though unsure and tentative to start, the players soon found their footing. Each team member making tackles, making passes, making perfect use of the space. Try after try was hard earned, but triumphantly achieved, with the game finishing 6-10. Every player using the skills practised at training and using them well.

Gemma was named MVP for her phenomenal performance on the pitch. Her confidence and skill shone through and the honour was merited. A brilliant first game for everyone involved.

Lockdown – A Players Perspective

Riding the wave of our success, our sense of achievement, our sense of brotherhood, the Roundheads felt confident in ourselves and the future. Training together was paying off, our bonds were solidifying, our friendships putting down roots, our skills starting to blossom. And then Coronavirus. Our training sessions were postponed, our games cancelled, our league was called off. Lockdown had arrived.

At first it was no big deal. No one knew what to expect, how long it would last, how it would affect us. Then the truth of the situation became clear. People were sick. Worse: people were dying. It became clear this wasn’t some passing experience, this was going to be a battle the entire country was facing.

The Roundheads is a team, a family of differences. Despite the trying times, and despite our differences, we knew that even divided by roles, separated by symptoms and space, support was there. It came in many forms: The Group chat: a place where every member of the team can talk. The checking in, are we ok? How are we doing? Is anyone struggling? The conversations about drag race, about Boris, about the weather, anything and everything helped. The reminiscences about past games and moments, looking back on fond memories we share, talking about our future and the plans to make more.

The Zoom calls: whether it’s a conversation over our Sunday roasts, some online training and coaching or the weekly quiz, these virtual get togethers keep us close and conscious of each other’s state of mind. As well as an excuse to show off how few brain cells we’ve lost to tackles and tries and teamwork.

The challenges: from the creating challenges (trash bag fashion show), the recreating challenges (album covers, film scenes and art works) as well as the lip sync challenges. All gave us something to work together to create. They cured the boredom for a while, they created a sense of camaraderie between us that we missed, they provided solidarity in the wider community and they provided an insight into the team for those outsiders considering a future with the Roundheads. The pictures and videos serve to entertain, to distract and remind us we are a team.

Ball, Kick, Kit, Studs (Music Video)

We are sorry that we have been a little silent on our challenges recentlty, we felt inspired by this quote and have been working on something big:“????’? ??? ?????? ?? ???????. ??? ??? ???? ???????? ??? ???? ??? ?????? ? ????? ???? ???? ???? ??? ??? ?? ??, ??? ???’?? ???? ??????? ?? ???? ???? ???????” – Todrick HallFrom our homes, for our friends. From the Roundheads with love. ?❤️

Posted by Hull Roundheads RUFC on Saturday, 16 May 2020

The birthday celebrations: birthdays in lockdown could easily be something overlooked, forgotten about or even resented. As a team we come together and celebrate each players birthday, maybe just a collective singing of happy birthday or a risky roast of each other but whatever form it takes the message is the same: each player is respected, appreciated and loved.

It wasn’t until the hard times began that I realised the meaning and the depth of feeling that was tied up with my team. I didn’t realise how much time I spent with them. I didn’t realise how much I depended on them all. I realise it now. Now I know how close we are. Now I know how important each player is to me, how important we are to each other. If anything, this time apart has done nothing but confirm how necessary the Roundheads is for me. I cannot wait to arrive at training and see their faces. I cannot wait to play a game, and win or lose, embrace my brothers afterwards. I cannot wait to see them in person and share their smiles.

To anyone thinking about joining a team, I’d say “do it as soon as you can” if that team is the Roundheads I know you’ll be welcome. We’re a team, a family, a home. A time to get together is still far off, and each of us has to get through this. I’m proud to play alongside key workers that are vital in the fight against Covid-19. I’m proud to play alongside those players that clap for the NHS, those that do what they can to help who they can. I’m proud to be a Roundhead.