Weekend rugby round-up
Douglas move up table
Douglas climbed up to third place in the North One West standings when they beat Warrington 41-26 at a sunny Port-e-Chee. A try from Nathan Beesley, converted by Darren Norman, gave the visitors an early lead, but tries from Harry Raven and Sam Mete restored the order at Port-e-Chee and with a penalty and conversion from Bryn Snellgrove, Douglas led 15-7 at the break. In the second half, Beesley bagged his second for Warrington and Steve Pilkington grabbed their third with Norman converting both and hitting two penalties. It wasn’t enough though, as Sam Mete grabbed his second, Connor Stephens crossed for one, and late tries from Bryn Snellgrove and Craig McGee Douglas closed the game out.
Ramsey beat Newton-le-Willows on the road to confirm they will finish in the promotion places in Lancs/Cheshire Three. Another hat-trick from Dan Bonwick was the icing on the Ramsey cake with other scores coming from Scott Kneale (2), Henry Swithinbank, John F Watling, Mark Oldfield and Harry Parsons. Bonwick also kicked six conversions and Dan Richmond one. Ramsey now need just one point from their remaining two games to clinch the league title.
Vagabonds beaten by Liverpool University
A second-half fightback and a Ross McCulloch hat-trick wasn’t quite enough for Vagas as they lost 41-31 to Liverpool University at Ballafletcher. The main damage was done in the first half with Joey Selinn and Johnny Jerms both crossing twice for the University. Mike Jackson got their fifth and a Mickey Withers conversion gave them a 27-point lead. Ross McCulloch crashed over for Vagas and Johnny Beckley’s conversion saw them trail 27-7 at half time. McCulloch completed his hat-trick in the second half, and a try from replacement Matt Rockwell plus three Ryan de la Harpe conversions brought Vagas right back into it before tries from Mickey Withers and Will Thompson sealed it. A majestic late try from Rob Martin gave Vagas a sniff of a losing bonus point but de la Harpe’s conversion just drifted wide and they were beaten by the clock.
Vagas Ladies finish with a flourish
Vagas Ladies brought the curtain down on their season with a 36-15 win away at Chester Devas in Womens NC North West 1. The result gives Vagas a fifth-place finish and with four losing bonus points over the season, suggests they’re not far away from promotion. Vagas’ finds of the season Kathryn Craine and Isla Curphey crossed for two tries each, with Jules Harrison also picking up a brace and skipper Lauren Ellison adding three conversions.
Southern Nomads out of Shimmin Wilson Manx Cup
Douglas Celts beat Southern Nomads 27-12 at Port-e-Chee to confirm Nomads’ exit from the cup. Charlie Henthorn, Elliott Burnett, Mike Osborne and Dave Hinks all went in for Douglas tries, with Alex Long adding two conversions and a penalty. Danny Kniveton converted his own try for Nomads, with Ross Mann getting their second. Douglas now face Ramsey in the final, which will be played at Ballafletcher on 27 April.
Castletown claim win in Shimmin Wilson Manx Plate
Castletown try machine Tom Bielich ran in four as Castletown romped to a 51-13 win against Vagabonds B at Ballafletcher. There were supporting tries from Mike Condra, Kunal Patel, Conall McCartney, Ben Clarkson and Jack Goodwin. Nico Gantous added three conversions.
Results 23 March 2019
North One West
Douglas 41-26 Warrington
Newton-le-Willows 12-59 Ramsey
Vagabonds 31-41 Liverpool University
Womens NC North West 1
Chester Devas 15-36 Vagabonds
Shimmin Wilson Manx Cup
Douglas Celts 27-12 PDMS Southern Nomads
Shimmin Wilson Manx Plate
Western Vikings HWO Emerging Nomads
Vagabonds B 13-51 Castletown