Newsletter – 06 09 2013

Greetings to all once again,

1. Games this weekend
2. Autumn Internationals – LAST CALL!
3. Southern Nomads Mhelliah 2013
4. The Foreign Tour…
5. Return of the Website
6. End 2 End -THIS SUNDAY!

1. Games this weekend:

As a quick reminder to all, playing subs are due for the new season. Subs are 120 pounds (or 110 if paid by standing order). Student subs are set at 5 pounds per game (up to 25 pounds (for those at University) or 50 pounds (for those at school)).

Anyone who has not paid their subs up front should pay 5 pounds per game until the full payment of the total amount (with the match fee deducted). This is payable to the captain of the respective team. No pay, no play (although I’m sure someone will sub you a fiver on the day if need be!)

Emerging Nomads vs Douglas B

Kick off: 1.30pm (meet earlier)
Venue: Castle Rushen High School

So, with Joe Callaghan, the ‘littlest Cagzie’ away polishing rocks on a geology field trip, deputy Brendan Coleman will be taking the reigns this weekend.

He needs your support. The game is one involving rolling subs (as they all are now), and we already have a few old and new faces confirmed (but not enough to make use of any rolling subs yet!)

So come down in your drogues to help defeat the dastardly Douglas

As our new treasurer-come-2nd team centre, Vaughan Paddock, would put it: ‘Yaaaaaarrrrghhh!!’

Vagabonds B vs Southern Nomads

Kick off: 2.15pm (meet much earlier – probably Friday night!)
Venue: Ballafletcher (Vagabonds Rugby Club)

The team has been selected on the special secret Facebook group… and it has loads of really good players in it. But if you, like Drunken Sensible Al don’t subscribe to Facebook, you’re probably not in it, so should go and play 20 minutes for the 2s at Castle Rushen instead!

2. Autumn Internationals – LAST CALL!

We still have some tickets to the England vs Australia  match (Sat 2nd Nov) available. Ticket prices are 83, 70 or 60 pounds. Anyone who wants one should please get in touch with Damian at as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

4. The Foreign Tour…

Tour this year will be abroad!

Dates have not been confirmed as of yet but will be updated asap (it will most likely be around normal tour dates – the May Bank Holiday weekends).

If you would like to go on tour, you need to pay a 100 POUND NON-REFUNDABLE deposit by 31st October 2013. Please hand payment to a club official (VAUGHAN, ideally!!!)

Alternatively, email to express an interest

There will be a payment schedule for tour to ensure full balance is paid before departure.

5. Return of the Website

A long time ago in a galaxy far away…

Members of the Southern Nomads RUFC used to check the website for important updates. These included fixtures, team selections, photographs, match reports, and the times & dates of upcoming important events…

Then the evil empire of Facebook crept its way into the galaxy, corrupting the youth and alienating the club elders. A few of the more adaptable ageing Nomads managed to remain abreast of what was happening, but now a few scattered pockets of resistance was all that remain of the once mighty Nomadic republic.

Finally, when all hope looked lost, a brave new Social Secretary / Public Relations In the Community officer dared to update the website with more up to date information. And so Sarah Lund and her bumbling assistant Simon ‘Sci Fi’ Phythian (-who still hasn’t managed to upload this season’s fixtures yet!) set about restoring the Nomads website ( to its former glory.

It’s not perfect yet… Most of our registered first-aiders have ether left the Island, retired, got married and changed their name, or (in the case of Damo Brand), recently caught by their wife getting out-of-breath in the act of peeling some potatoes (- which hardly makes the most capable of first-responders!)

Nevertheless, information regarding tour & the mhelliah has already started to appear – so there may be ‘a new hope’ for Nomads after all!

6. End 2 End – THIS SUNDAY!

Everyone meet at Rushen Parish Church at 11 where Vaughan and Tom Davies will have the organisational details & hi-vis jackets.

If you have committed to come down, please make sure you do so – especially if you have played or plan to play in Cheshire this season!

The club seems to be haemorrhaging money at the moment, and this has been one of the best methods in recent seasons of injecting money back into the club – so please come along if you can!

Right, apologies for the lateness of the missive!

Best regards,
The Hon. Secretary


Though the pitch was sodden underfoot, the sky was clear as PDMS Southern Nomads continued their Cheshire Plate defence with a powerful and efficient semi-final performance against a physical Oxton Parkonians side who were still smarting from their defeat at the same stage last season. With a number of first teamers missing, Nomads faced a gargantuan task from the outset, especially given that flanker-come-centre Jimmy Cubbon looked more like a homeless person than an athlete during the warm-up as he battled on through illness.

The home side tried to use their size and aggression to gain the upper hand at the breakdown and set-piece, but Nomads matched and then bettered their attempts throughout. When Parkonians won an early penalty which cannoned back off the post, the diminutive Danny Bridle was on hand to expertly snatch it up and launch an immediate counter attack. Such was the courage of Nomads’ all day long as Bridle, Ean Mousley and Rob Keelan stole or slowed down Parkonians ball all afternoon, which meant they were never allowed to gather enough momentum to trouble an excellent Nomads defence.

After a solid Parkonians scrum, makeshift centre Cubbon, who looked to still be ailing from his illness was caught out of position as his opposite number, Liam Sadler skirted round his outside, but when Sadler was clattered by fellow centre Gerard Landels, Cubbon was on hand to do what he does best and snaffled Nomads a penalty which Mark Young coolly slotted from 35 yards out. Another successful Young penalty from wide on the left doubled Nomads’ lead after some great work from Dave Horan and the pack at the restart.

Cubbon looked like Lazarus reborn as Nomads pulled ahead. Unfortunately there is a reason that he has been a great Manx ‘flanker’ over the years, rather than a centre; with a dummy scissors pop called by the excellent Young, Cubbon set off miles too early (disappearing before Younger had even caught the ball). Fortunately some quick thinking from the fly-half including a pinpoint pass and some nice line-running put Landels through in spite of the two-on-three scenario, as Quasimodo casually split the centres and then bypassed the fullback to score a converted try, the first half thus ending 0-13 to the Manx side.

Despite a strong headwind in the second half and some clever Parkonians kicking, Southern Nomads were able to keep their advantage thanks largely to some heroic tackling from Dave Horan and Conor Stevens. On one such occasion, Parkonians’ 18 stone number eight charged round the side of the scrum at a tremendous pace. Suddenly he was disappearing back some fifteen yards beyond the scrum being carried by the 8 stone (when wet) Stevens who was audibly chuckling as he bossed the behemoth straight through his opposite winger! A try was leaked in the second half to a pick-and-drive from flanker Danny Blyth after a series of penalties and unforced errors, but when Colin Kelly made a clean break for the second time in the game (but didn’t try to bosh the fullback this time) and shipped it to Landels, another converted try re-established Nomads’ commanding lead.

Another unconverted Nomads score came after Ste McHugh flopped over from a yard following more good link-up play between 10 and 13.The front five were now getting the better of their opposite numbers all round the pitch and the front row of Ally Kelly, Jack Sleight and Colin Kelly were making telling contributions. Eventually, the referee grew tired of the high penalty count on both sides, so when he spotted a Parkonian connecting with two punches, before responding to Mousley’s invitation to ‘have another go,’ with a head butt, he acted decisively… and asked the home team if they would like to substitute the player. He was subsequently switched into the front row.

With less than eight minutes to go, the referee decided that there was no advantage coming from Mousley’s side-entry to a ruck, and sauntered thirty yards across the pitch to where Landels was stood with his hands on his head, watching the forwards beat each other up from a slightly offside position. This heinous and blatant disregard for the rules from a habitual troublemaker (who was already sporting the bruises from a number of (no doubt justified) off-the-ball hits) could not be tolerated, and whilst the penalty was taken from the site of the side-entry infringement, the insidiously evil centre was finally given his marching orders!

With their man advantage, Sadler the centre managed to score an unconverted try, but the true character of the Nomads shone through as they held out. When Mark Young collected a double-miss bounce-pass from Cubbon to finish the game majestically in the corner with a try he was unable to convert, the game was over.

1 to 22 played their hearts out for the Nomads, and a win was the result of a huge amount of effort and hard work and the only result they really deserved. Dave Horan and Conor Stephens were awarded ’men of the Match’ for their work in attack and defence. They were both the target of Parkonians big ball carriers, but they tackled heroically and consistently drove the opposition backwards.

PDMS Nomads – Holmes Chapel. VICTORY!

PDMS Southern Nomads 48 – 26 Holmes Chapel


A humid Holmes Chapel was the destination for the first match of  PDMS Southern Nomads Cheshire Plate defence. PDMS Nomads started with great intensity and secured good field position through some hard running from the forwards and sniping from Dave Horan. A strong response from the Chapel backs required some steely Nomads defence throughout the half, Glenn Buckley in particular. A momentary lapse in concentration allowed a good Chapel score but this was quickly cancelled out by a Gerard Landels try under the sticks. Jack Callaghan converted to square things up at half time in a match the IOM side should’ve been leading. Nomads started the 2nd half with a more measured approach and quickly scored through Ste McHugh. The conversion was unsuccessful. Nomads attacking play was now strong and direct but mistakes were still occurring and one such mistake led to an attacking scrum which the home team scored from. With an unsuccessful kick, scores were square. A quick reply was needed and was given with a try from Ian Hargreaves after a succession of penalties and quick taps from Conor Stephens. Jack Callaghan successfully converted. This was quickly followed by a daft yellow card given to Dan Bridle which put Nomads under sustained pressure. A breakaway try from Gerard Landels with another Callaghan conversion alleviated some of this but it was taking a huge effort to keep Chapel out. A try from the home sides winger followed which included a conversion but it was no less than they deserved. They followed this with another score after some lenient refereeing around the breakdown. The conversion was successful to take us to extra time. Conor Stephens scored in the 1st minute of extra time, quickly followed by a 3rd from Landels after great work from Harry Brereton and Ally Kelly. 1 successful conversion put Nomads up by 12 and looking good. Last play of the 1st half of extra time contained a 4th Landels try and another Callaghan conversion. Nomads were looking superb and more pressure resulted in a straightforward 3 from Callaghan to end the tie. A superb team effort from everyone involved ended in a great win for the Plate holders.