2019 London Skolars season

The 2019 London Skolars season is the 25th in the club's history, and seventeenth as a professional rugby league outfit. Competing in Betfred League 1, the third tier of British Rugby League and playing at the New River Stadium, London N22, the team is coached by Jermaine Coleman for the fifth consecutive season.

2019 London Skolars season
2019 RFL League 1 Rank4th
Play-off resultN/A
Challenge Cup"Exempt until Round 3"
2019 recordWins: 1; draws: 0; losses: 0
Points scoredFor: 28; against: 18
Team information
ChairmanTerry Browne
Head CoachJermaine Coleman
Captain
  • Louis Robinson
StadiumNew River Stadium
Avg. attendance0
High attendance0
Top scorers
TriesSam Grant - 3
GoalsJames Barran -3
PointsSam Grant -12
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Year Review edit

January edit

Just prior to Christmas the London Skolars announce that Betfred Championship club, Toronto Wolfpack are to invest in the London club as part of a ground-breaking transatlantic deal.[1][2]

The 2019 Betfred League 1 fixtures, released in November 2018, schedule the London Skolars to travel to West Wales Raiders on the second weekend of the season on 23 February. The first home match will see Jermaine Coleman's team play host to Newcastle Thunder on 2 March in a Round 3 fixture.

On the field London Skolars preparations for the new season begin with a now traditional friendly contest against current Super League champions, Wigan Warriors at the Honourable Artillery Company Grounds on the third Friday of the month. A battling display from Jermaine Coleman's men ensures an absorbing contest and a respectable 6-34 reversal against a team containing a number of first teamers.[3]

The following Friday sees the London Skolars complete their pre-season preparations as they entertain London Broncos at the New River Stadium. A disappointing first half has the home side trailing by 26 points at the break, but a stirring second half performance yields four tries for the North Londoners, courtesy of Harrison Brough, Jordan Williams, Mike Greenhalgh and Neil Thorman, although these prove insufficient as the hosts lose 22-36.[4]

February edit

The London Skolars announce their Round 6 fixture against Leon Pryce's Workington Town on Saturday 6 April will be played as part of an exciting double-header, which will also see Betfred Championship club, Toronto Wolfpack entertain Sheffield Eagles at the New River Stadium.[5]

The north londoners begin their Betfred League 1 campaign with a hard-fought (28-18) away success against West Wales Raiders. A hat-trick of tries from Wigan Warriors dual-registration centre, Sam Grant inspires Jermaine Coleman’s team to return to the capital with the two competition points despite a plucky performance from the Welsh outfit.

March edit

Milestones edit

February edit

March edit

Tables edit

Betfred League 1 edit

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1   Whitehaven 20 15 2 3 582 283 +299 32 Champions
2   Oldham 20 15 0 5 655 341 +314 30 Play-off semi-final
3   Newcastle Thunder 20 14 1 5 741 364 +377 29 Play-off qualifying final
4   Doncaster 20 12 0 8 564 309 +255 24
5   Hunslet 20 12 0 8 596 379 +217 24 Play-off elimination final
6   Workington Town 20 10 1 9 592 478 +114 21
7   North Wales Crusaders 20 9 0 11 489 501 −12 18
8   London Skolars 20 7 1 12 440 542 −102 15
9   Coventry Bears 20 4 0 16 365 829 −464 8
10   Keighley Cougars 20 8 1 11 447 576 −129 5[a]
11   West Wales Raiders 20 1 0 19 222 1091 −869 2
Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. ^ Keighley deducted 12 points for transfer of RFL membership during the close season.[6]

Fixtures and Results (Skolars Score First) edit

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

Pre-season edit

Date Competition Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
18/01/2019 CAPITAL CHALLENGE - Friendly   Wigan Warriors Home Honourable Artillery Company Grounds L 6-34 Williams Barran 712 - Report
25/01/2019 Friendly   London Broncos Home New River Stadium L 22-36 Brough, Williams, Greenhalgh (M), Thorman Thorman 3/4 400 - Report

Betfred League 1 edit

Date Competition Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
23/02/2019 Round 2  West Wales Raiders Away Stebonheath Park W 28-18 Grant 3, Caro, Williams Thorman 1/1, Barran 3/4 250 - Report
02/03/2019 Round 3   Newcastle Thunder Home New River Stadium L 12-48 Meadows, Greenhalgh M Thorman 2/2 -
16/03/2019 Round 4   Keighley Cougars Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
24/03/2019 Round 5   Oldham R.L.F.C. Away - KO 3pm Vestacare Stadium -
06/04/2019 Round 6   Workington Town Home - KO 12.15pm New River Stadium -
19/04/2019 Round 7   Coventry Bears Away - KO 3pm Butts Park Arena -
28/04/2019 Round 8   Hunslet R.L.F.C. Away - KO 3pm South Leeds Stadium -
11/05/2019 Round 1   North Wales Crusaders Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
18/05/2019 Round 9   Doncaster R.L.F.C. Home - KO 4.30pm New River Stadium -
25/05/2019 Round 10   Whitehaven Away - KO 3pm Recreation Ground (Whitehaven) -
15/06/2019 Round 12   West Wales Raiders Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
22/06/2019 Round 13   Keighley Cougars Away - KO 3pm Cougar Park -
29/06/2019 Round 14   Whitehaven Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
06/07/2109 Round 15   Coventry Bears Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
14/07/2019 Round 16   Workington Town Away - KO 3pm Derwent Park -
20/07/2019 Round 17   Newcastle Thunder Away - KO 3pm Kingston Park Stadium -
03/08/2019 Round 18   Oldham R.L.F.C. Home - KO 3pm New River Stadium -
11/08/2019 Round 19   Doncaster R.L.F.C. Away - KO 3pm Keepmoat Stadium -
23/08/2019 Round 20   Hunslet R.L.F.C. Home - KO 7pm New River Stadium -
07/09/2019 Round 22   North Wales Crusaders Away - KO 3pm Queensway Stadium -

Coral Challenge Cup edit

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
10/03/2019 Challenge Cup Round 3   North Wales Crusaders Home - KO 2pm New River Stadium -
Challenge Cup -

Player Appearances edit

Betfred League 1 edit

FB=Fullback (1) W=Winger (2 & 5) C=Centre (3 & 4) SO=Stand Off (6) SH=Scrum half (7) P=Prop (8) H=Hooker (9) FR=Front Row (10) SR=Second Row (11 & 12) LF=Loose forward (13) I=Interchange (14-17)
Squad No Player R1 R2 R3 R4 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R5 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
1 Iliess Macani C C
2 Gideon Boafa -[a] W W
3 Sam Grant-[b] C C
4 TBC x x
5 Lameck Juma x W
6 James Barran -[c] SO SO
7 James Meadows x SH
8 Judd Greenhalgh FR P
9 Neil Thorman H H
10 Liam Scott I FR
11 Jordan Williams SR SR
12 Michael Greenhalgh SR SR
13 Daniel Hindmarsh -[d] LF LF
14 Richard Wilkinson FB FB
15 Isaac Ah-Kuoi-Atmore I I
16 Matt Ross I I
17 Lamont Bryan P I
18 Xavier Rice I x
19 Omari Caro W x
20 Mike Bishay SH I
Notes
  1. ^ London Broncos dual-registration
  2. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  3. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  4. ^ London Broncos dual-registration

Coral Challenge Cup edit

FB=Fullback (1) W=Winger (2 & 5) C=Centre (3 & 4) SO=Stand Off (6) SH=Scrum half (7) P=Prop (8) H=Hooker (9) FR=Front Row (10) SR=Second Row (11 & 12) LF=Loose forward (13) I=Interchange (14-17)
Squad No Player R3 R4
1 Iliess Macani
2 Gideon Boafa -[a]
3 Sam Grant -[b]
4 TBC
5 Lameck Juma
6 James Barran -[c]
7 James Meadows
8 Louis Robinson
9 Neil Thorman
10 Liam Scott
11 Jordan Williams
12 Michael Greenhalgh
13 Daniel Hindmarsh -[d]
14 Richard Wilkinson
15 Isaac Ah-Kuoi-Atmore
16 Matt Ross
17 Lamont Bryan
18 Xavier Rice
19 Omari Caro
20 Mike Bishay
Notes
  1. ^ London Broncos dual-registration
  2. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  3. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  4. ^ London Broncos dual-registration

Squad Statistics edit

  • Appearances and Points include (Betfred League 1 and Coral Challenge Cup) as of 26 February 2019.
Squad No Player Position Previous Club Apps Tries Goals DG Points
1 Iliess Macani Centre  Sheffield Eagles 1 0 0 0 0
2 Gideon Boafa-[a] Wing  London Broncos 1 0 0 0 0
3 Sam Grant -[b] Centre  Wigan Warriors 1 3 0 0 12
4 Jake Melling Centre Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
5 Omari Caro Wing  Bradford Bulls 1 1 0 0 4
6 James Barran -[c] Stand off  Wigan Warriors 1 0 3 0 6
7 Mike Bishay Scrum half  London Broncos 1 0 0 0 0
8 Louis Robinson Prop  London Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
9 Neil Thorman Hooker Coogee Dolphins 1 0 1 0 2
10 Judd Greenhalgh Front Row Unknown 1 0 0 0 0
11 Jordan Williams Second row  London Broncos Academy 1 1 0 0 4
12 Michael Greenhalgh Second row Unknown 1 0 0 0 0
13 Daniel Hindmarsh -[d] Loose forward  London Broncos 1 0 0 0 0
14 Richard Wilkinson Full back  Doncaster R.L.F.C. 1 0 0 0 0
15 Xavier Rice Hooker Northcote Tigers 1 0 0 0 0
16 Liam Scott Prop  Newcastle Thunder 1 0 0 0 0
17 Isaac Ah-Kuoi-Atmore Second row Unknown 1 0 0 0 0
19 Matt Ross Prop  Hemel Stags 1 0 0 0 0
20 Lamont Bryan Prop  Gloucestershire All Golds 1 0 0 0 0
Notes
  1. ^ London Broncos dual-registration
  2. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  3. ^ Wigan Warriors dual-registration
  4. ^ London Broncos dual-registration

Tale of the Tape edit

Most Points in a Game

Most tries in a Game

Highest score in a winning game

Lowest score in a winning game

Greatest winning margin

Greatest number of games won consecutively

Highest score in a losing game

Lowest score in a losing game

Greatest losing margin

Greatest number of games lost consecutively

  • 1, Round 3

Transfers edit

In edit

Name Position Signed from Date
Liam Scott[7] Prop  Newcastle Thunder November 2018
Clinton Hughes[8] Hooker Beerwah Bulldogs November 2018
Iliess Macani[9] Full back  Sheffield Eagles November 2018
Malikhi Lloyd-Jones[10] Centre   Coventry Bears November 2018
Joseph Burchill[11] Prop   Souths Logan Magpies November 2018
Richard Wilkinson[12] Full back  Doncaster R.L.F.C. December 2018
Xavier Rice[13] Hooker Northcote Tigers February 2019

Out edit

Name Position Club Signed Date
Jy-Mel Coleman Stand off  Newcastle Thunder December 2018
Ollie Purslow Second row  Coventry Bears December 2018

References edit

  1. ^ "Toronto Wolfpack invest in London Skolars as part of ground-breaking transatlantic deal/". London Skolars. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Toronto Wolfpack buying rugby league club London Skolars/". The Guardian. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Skolars enjoy run-out against Super League champions Wigan/". Ham & High. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Skolars push Broncos hard in pre-season friendly/". Ham & High. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ "London Skolars to host Toronto Wolfpack as part of Capital double-header/". London Skolars. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. ^ "RFL statement: Keighley Cougars". RFL. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Liam Scott joins London Skolars". London Skolars. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Clinton Hughes makes London Skolars switch". London Skolars. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  9. ^ "London Skolars secure Iliess Macani's signature for 2019 season". London Skolars. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Malikhi Lloyd-Jones joins London Skolars". London Skolars. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Joseph Burchell is a Skolar after signing for 2019 season". London Skolars. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Richard Wilkinson becomes a Skolar". London Skolars. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Xavier Rice is a Skolar after signing for 2019". London Skolars. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.

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