Dave Christian gives rugby round-up (Jan 11)
Douglas beaten at Waterloo
Firwood Waterloo moved into third place in North 1 West when they beat Douglas 49-20. Defeats for their closest rivals mean Douglas retain their ninth place in the standings however the gap to the promotion places has now extended to eighteen points.
Ramsey beaten by league leaders
Ramsey’s poor results continued when they lost 45-10 to unbeaten Orrell at the Mooragh Park. Ramsey did however show that they can mix it with the best of them by shutting Orrell out in a scoreless second half. John F Watling celebrated his return from injury with a try which was converted by Dan Richmond who also kicked a penalty.
Vagabonds draw with Newton le Willows
The spoils were shared at Ballafletcher when Vagabonds drew 10-10 with Newton le Willows. The visitors led 3-0 at half time with a solitary penalty the only result for both teams’ efforts. In the second half Jon Reilly crossed for Vagas and when Ryan De La Harpe converted they were 7-3 in front. Newton however struck back and a converted try saw them take the lead. A late De La Harpe penalty saw Vagas take a share of the points.
Hornets sting Vikings
Vagabonds Hornets beat Western Vikings 15-8 at a wet and windy QE2 in the Manx Shield. Andrew Colley scored early doors to give Vagas the lead. Harry Dawson kicked a penalty to keep Vikings in touch but Vagas extended their league with a James Skillicorn try. Just before half time Vikings pulled one back courtesy of Danny Howard and the teams turned around with Vagas 10-8 in front. Ant Pearson bagged Vagas third try early in the second half and despite having chances, Vikings were unable to break the Vagas defence.
Douglas Celts kept themselves clear at the top of the Manx Shield standings with a 48-0 win against Castletown at Port-e-Chee. Charlie Henthorn was the star for Douglas with a hat trick of tries and there were also scores from Craig Martin, Bryn Snellgrove, Dave Sherwin, Jack Rowlands and Danny Creer. Craig Martin added three conversions and Jack Rowlands one.
In the final Shield tie, Emerging Nomads conceded to Southern Nomads. The teams shuffled together and played an intra club friendly.
Results 11 January 2020
North 1 West
Firwood Waterloo 49-20 Douglas
Ramsey 10-45 Orrell
Vagabonds 10-10 Newton le Willows
PDMS Southern Nomads HWO Emerging Nomads
Douglas Celts 48-0 Castletown
Western Vikings 8-15 Vagabonds Hornets