The start of the season proper saw Skolars welcome Crusaders to the New River Stadum, adverse weather and dodgy windscreen wipers saw the start delayed by 15 minutes as Crusaders arrived late. One name in particular stood out for me on the visitors team sheet, one Patrick Ah Van. a man who played 54 times fo the New Zealand Warriors […]
With the social media blackout over the weekend I didn’t have Twitter to distract me, and having learnt my lesson in the first warm up match I did my very best to get the try scorers right this week! A couple of the Skolars 4 pointers were no brainers, let’s see how I go with the rest. The game in […]
Is there any such thing as a ‘friendly’ rugby league match? By the very nature of the game, I’d judge not. This warm up game between two of the teams outside of the traditional corridor was fierce. Several players left the pitch in obvious agony, to a man they’ll be nursing bruised bodies until the next time. I was hoping […]
Having been a Saturday afternoon TV Rugby League fan I experienced my first live game at the Valley in 1996 when London Broncos played St Helens. The match was decided by a controversial try by Apollo Perelini – St Helens won by 4 points with the final score being Broncos 28 St Helens 32. An exciting game, I was hooked! […]
Wood Green isn’t the most likely place to find a rugby league player, but that’s where London Skolars man Dion Chapman hails from. He went to Broomfield School in Arnos Grove and like many he started out with football. A school tournament put on by the Skolars brought him to their attention, he was with his Uncle, a man who’s […]
A good day at the office for the Skolars
The sun was shining in North London for the visit of Coventry Bears, both teams were looking for their first league win having lost their first 2 games. This will be just a short match report, more of a Phlog. I’d seen their 2 promising warm up games against a Wigan team and London Broncos but the first half was […]
London Skolars had what has become an annual warm up match planned against London Broncos, with the date coinciding with the first round of the challenge cup and a playing surface that can take numerous games in an afternoon, The London Clash was planned. That consisted of 3 fixtures London Chargers v Bridgend Blue Bulls London Skolars v London Broncos […]
A game of rugby league in the heart of the City of London
Friday Night Lights at the New River Stadium
A Southern Rugby League Derby!
What a setting for a game of Rugby League!
I’ve been to a number of ‘sporting’ dinners this year, this was possible one of the lower key events, yet it was also a rather special one. This was to celebrate 20 years of London Skolars – in the scheme of things that may not seem too many years, in the scheme of the game of rugby league in the […]
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but this time I really do mean what I say; with the 5th Test due to start I need to get up to date before I find myself swamped with cricket ‘stuff’, I’m there every day. So, this really is going to be more Phlog than blog. Due to fixture clashes […]
Due to the less than clever fixture setting by the RFL I’ve missed a couple of London Skolars matches as they’ve clashed with London Broncos fixtures. I can’t that it would’ve taken too much to make sure the fans of both clubs could support both. I had a pretty grotty journey – I think may Satnav was having a bit […]
Having enjoyed T20 cricket at the Oval then Premiership rugby at the Kassam Stadium Sunday brought me rugby league in the shape of London Skolars v Barrow Raiders. Breakfast with my Saracens friends in Oxford came first – we went to Frankie & Benny’s who did make a bot of a mess of breakfast, but impressively recognised that fact and […]