2015 WRL European Championships; Less than a month to go!

Exactly one month from now it will all be over, and one squad will be leaving their hotel having been crowned European Champions!

The format for the 2015 WRL European Championships is as follows:

Wednesday, 23 September
England Vs France Kielty / Fassolette Trophy
All tickets £7.50

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Thursday, 24 September
11am – Scotland v Ireland
1pm – France v England
5pm – Wales v Scotland
7pm – Ireland v France
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Friday, 25 September
11am – England v Wales
1pm – Scotland v France
5pm – Ireland v England
7pm – France v Wales
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Saturday, 26 September
11am – Ireland v Wales
1pm – Scotland v England
5pm – 3 v 4 play-off
7pm – European Championships Final
£5 per match or £7.50 day ticket (U16s free)

Buy your tickets at www.medway.gov.uk/euros2015

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Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Scottish Challenge Cup 2015 2nd Leg.

Statement on behalf of The Board of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League.

It is with considerable disappointment that we confirm the decision of Glasgow Panthers Wheelchair Sports Club to forfeit the 2nd leg of the SWRL Scottish Challenge Cup 2015.

Upon reviewing the 1st Leg of the competition, The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board felt it necessary to address the issue of having very young children on court at the same time as fully-grown adults.

It was apparent to The Board that there was significant risk of foreseeable harm occurring as a result of this very obvious physical mismatch between opposing players.

Whilst Wheelchair Rugby League is a “mixed ability” sport by its very nature, The Board unanimously felt it would be in breach of the RFL’s Safeguarding Policy in relation to the welfare of children, which SWRL adopts.

The policy states clearly:

3.1 DUTY OF CARE

Every person, club, league or other organisation in Rugby League has a duty of care to ensure the safety and welfare of any child involved in Rugby League or related activities, to safeguard them and protect them from foreseeable forms of harm. Safeguarding involves all involved in Rugby League acknowledging that this duty of care exists and putting practical measures in place throughout the game to minimise the likelihood of foreseeable harm arising.

This decision meant Glasgow Panthers would be unable to field two of it’s young members in the Challenge Cup 2nd Leg. In view of this, Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League immediately sought suitable dates to hold a children’s event in Glasgow, providing game time in a safe environment for those players.

Indeed, Dundee Dragons offered to host a “minis” half time event during the 2nd Leg, coined “The Wee Cup” to facilitate game-time for the younger members of both clubs.

The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board informed Glasgow Panthers of this decision and of Dundee’s proposal, via the local SWRL Representative in addition to direct communication from the Chairperson of SWRL.

Glasgow Panthers then held a committee meeting, the outcome of which is herein paraphrased:

“The decision has been made that if all panthers don’t play same as 1st leg, panthers don’t play 2nd leg and its not forfeiting the match, The whole event rules have been changed”.

All members of The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board are disappointed at this response. The Board feels it provided a suitable alternative in order to accommodate Glasgow’s younger members, including them in the excitement of the 2nd Leg, all the while keeping them safe.

 Due to the high-profile nature of the event, and in the pursuit of transparency, the Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board felt moved to issue a public statement on the matter.

This was necessary to clearly outline our decision in respect of the Safeguarding Policy within Rugby League, and indeed to publicly record that the Competition’s rules remained unaltered.

We close this matter by confirming the following:

Due to Glasgow Panthers having willfully forfeited the competition’s 2nd Leg; Dundee Dragons are therefore rightfully crowned the SWRL Scottish Challenge Cup 2015 winners based on the result in Glasgow.

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League will continue to work with our partners in Glasgow and the West to develop a sustainable future for the sport in the area.

All enquiries on this matter should be emailed to Jamie.seery@scotlandwrl.org.

Scotland Trials Confirmed

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League are pleased to announced our upcoming trial for squad selection ahead of the European Championships in September.

The trial will be on Sunday 19th July 1-4pm at Lomond School Sports Hall. The trial will involve a training session followed by a series of games.

The trial is open to anyone who is eligible to play for Scotland, we are looking for both players who are ready to compete at the highest level and players who have the potential to reach that level ahead of the European Championships.

To register for the trial players should email the details below to admin@scotlandwrl.org

Name, club, DOB, contact number, disability (state if AB), eligibility, previous rep experience.

Players will be required to bring their own sports wheelchair, however should anyone need one we may be able to help if you let us know in advance.

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR WRLBRAVEHEARTS

On Saturday, May 23rd a strong Scotland side ventured south of Hadrian’s Wall for the first time since the 4 Nations Tournament in September 2014. Seery’s Scots would face off against Ireland in the 2nd leg of the inaugural Celtic Nations tournament, needing to claw back 24 points to level the tie.

Truth be told, it was always going to be an uphill struggle.

Ireland roared out of the traps with George Hill grounding the ball almost immediately from kick off. This set the theme for the 1st half with the sorry Scots unable to offer any real answers to the questions asked of them. Strong performances from Hill and Vicky Irwin saw Ireland take control of the game. The Scotland players and coaches, like the proverbial rabbit in headlight could only watch on in bewilderment as the Irish side continued to run riot.

Half time saw the Scots deep in conversation presumably Seery was rallying his troops. The rejuvenated Scots in a scene resembling the Battle of Culloden in 1746 charged down field to claim some much needed points. This shock and awe tactic saw tide turn – the Scots in an act of sheer defiance took control of the game and their confidence grew. The Irish team felt the pressure – leading to the influential Irwin spending ten minutes in the sin bin for unsporting conduct. The Scots smelling blood continued to batter at the Irish defence scoring several tries which went unanswered.

With the return of Irwin it really was game on. The Scots continued to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Irish who were fighting out from the ropes. The Scots continued to grow in confidence spreading play to the left and right flanks much to the delight of the assembled crowd.

The Bravehearts had fought the good fight in the second half but had left it too late to form any real comeback. Ireland ran out deserved winners on the day and over the tie.

Following arguably the best game of rugby league to grace Blackpool that weekend Scotland Coach Jamie Seery said “What we aimed not to do, happened. We let Ireland take control of the game from the off as we did in Dundee. Sometimes you just accept that there is not much we can do to match what the other team is doing – in some cases that’s credit to the way Ireland played. We had a chat with the players at half time and we all agreed as we had all underperformed and that it was unacceptable with the players and the set-up we have”.

Seery also offered his congratulations to the Irish “We would like to congratulate Ireland on lifting the cup, for us it’s time to focus on building and developing our squad for the European Championships. We have developed a programme that will focus not only on the Technical and Tactical side of the game but will hopefully develop the physical and mental attributes of our players”.

Fulltime score Ireland 78 – 48 Scotland

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Ireland – George Hill

Scotland – Michael Mellon

Congratulations Ireland on being crowned Celtic Cup Champions 2015.

WHEELCHAIR SQUAD READY FOR CHALLENGE IN BLACKPOOL

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League has announced their squad to take on Ireland this Saturday in Blackpool. There has been some changes due to a number of players unavailable for selection.

Scotland squad to face Ireland

Graeme Stewart (c) (Glasgow Panthers)
Ian McKeen (Dundee Dragons)
Michael Mellon (Dundee Dragons)
Stephen Carling (Dundee Dragons)
John Cairns (The Wheelchair Clan)
Gavin Dobson (Halifax)

Management Team 2015

Head Coach – Jamie Seery
Assistant Coach – John Cairns
Performance Analyst – Peter Lowis
Assistant Analyst – Iain Allen
Sports Therapist – George Stewart
Support Staff – Nick Thorburn
Manager -Charlotte Wilson

The match has a significant historical aspect as it marks the final leg of the first Celtic Cup with Scotland having all the work to do following Ireland’s 52-28 win in Dundee last month.
The national coach Jamie Seery is looking forward to the challenge ahead.”We were happy with how we played in parts during the first leg but due to the poor start which seen us 28 points down within 20 minutes it was always going to be hard to come back,” he said.

“We got the game back to within 12 points with 10 minutes to go which showed the players will to performance and improve, we need to take the 40 minutes we did well and make sure we do that the full game”

Scotland take on Ireland on Saturday 23rd May at Blackpool Sports Centre with kick off at 4:15pm.

Tickets can be purchased on the day with adults £2, concessions and Under 16’s go free.

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