It’s a big day at Douglas Rugby Club’s Port-e-Chee ground this Saturday, with several games taking place.
As well as Douglas’ home debut against Carlisle in North One West, the two unbeaten sides in the Ravenscroft Manx Trophy go head-to-head when Douglas Celts host Ramsey.
Matthew Meechan’s Ramsey side are two from two and top the table, albeit at an early stage in the competition.
Dan Richmond and Brandon Atchison have 90 points between them after only two games and Ramsey are clearly playing well.
Douglas brushed aside Vagabonds 31-5 in their only outing, but have experienced a manpower shortage which led to the postponement of their other scheduled match.
At full-strength the Celts will be a match for the northerners but if there’s a sniff of weakness this Ramsey side will find it and punish it.
At the Ballakilley Field of Dreams, Southern Nomads host Vagabonds in the other Manx Trophy game. An understrength Nomads were beaten comprehensively at Ramsey two weeks ago and Nomads will be hoping to be closer to full strength this week.
Vagas too were beaten by Ramsey but they do have some promise. Nathan Gibson looked very sharp in the Ramsey game and had a busy afternoon against Douglas too which makes him the man to watch on Saturday.
Both games in the Ravenscroft Manx Bowl have been called off this weekend.
The Vagabonds Hornets v Castletown clash is postponed until November 6, while the scheduled game between Western Vikings and Emerging Nomads has also been called off by agreement between the two clubs.
Saturday, October 23:
North One West
Douglas v Carlisle @ Port-e-Chee ko 3pm
Ravenscroft Manx Trophy
Douglas Celts v Ramsey @ Port-e-Chee ko 2.15pm
PDMS Southern Nomads v Vagabonds @ Ballakilley ko 2.15pm
Ravenscroft Manx Bowl
Western Vikings P-P Emerging Nomads
Vagabonds Hornets P-P Castletown