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Dan Maguire to travel with York City squad for the top of the table clash at King’s Lynn

York City striker Dan Maguire will travel with the squad for today’s top of the table meeting with King’s Lynn.

Maguire has been plagued by injuries since his summer move to York from Blyth Spartans, having been marked by manager Steve Watson as the man to lead City’s frontline for this campaign.

He has been restricted him to just seven appearances for the club, none of which have come since the turn of the new year.

However, the Newcastle-born forward has taken part in all of York’s training sessions this week, Watson stated, and will make the trip to Norfolk for Saturday’s pivotal game.

Back in September’s Vanarama National League North reverse fixture, York beat King’s Lynn 3-0 at Bootham Crescent, despite conceding much of the possession to the visitors, though never looking in any real danger of losing the game by its latter stages.

Promoted from the Southern League premier division central play-offs the last term, King’s Lynn’s rise to the summit of the division has taken most observers by surprise.

Steve Watson said that in spite of what got mentioned about the differences between the two clubs, ultimately they were both in the same league and they were both the top two teams as they stood that moment.

The match has been described by local media in King’s Lynn as the club’s biggest league game in a number of decades.

While there’s obvious pressure on York as the bookies’ pre-season promotion favorites, how the hosts cope with the magnitude of the occasion at The Walks also seems pertinent.

“Certainly by the way that the press has gone this week, the pressure has tried to be put on us,” said Watson.

 “Ultimately, I’ll accept that because we’re a big club.

“But, they’re the in-form team in the league at the moment, they’re top of the league and they’re the one that everybody needs to chase.

“So, there’s pressure on both sides.”

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York County high schools to compete in bowling as a club sport

On the 8th of Jan., four York County high schools will set to compete in bowling as a club sport. They are Dallastown, Red Lion, Spring Grove, and Central York. The season will take place until the end of February.

They had a strong response from the superintendents, students, and athletic directors as well. All of them are excited to start the season.

“This is one of the biggest things to happen to York County bowling in a long time,” said Mike Zelger, co-proprietor of Lion Bowl in Red Lion.

“Students are the future of bowling,” said Andy Brenneman of Bowlers Supply, who helped organize the effort.

The York-Adams Interscholastic Club Bowling League schedule calls for each school to bowl the other three schools three times. Lion Bowl is the home center for Red Lion and Dallastown, while Colony Park Lanes North is the home center for Central and Spring Grove.

The York County Bowling Proprietors Association is supporting the high school teams through a series of fundraisers. There is no cost to the students or the schools to participate in the league.

After several unsuccessful attempts to establish bowling as a club sport in the county, the future looks bright. Zelger expects three or four more high schools to field bowling teams next season.

The Kick Off Classic, a singles event open to all high-school bowlers, was held last week at Lion Bowl and Colony Park Lanes North. A Baker-style tournament is scheduled for midway through the season.

Brenneman said, “Many people don’t know that young bowlers can earn scholarship by competing in bowling tournaments.” “Some high-school pupils have earned partial or full bowling scholarships to colleges.”

York Tech and Kennard-Dale already have bowling teams, but they compete in the Lancaster/Lebanon League as a PIAA sport. Zelger said the eventual goal is to have bowling as a PIAA sport in York County.

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York Templars rugby team promoting LGBT equality in sport

An inclusive rugby union team in York are looking to support LGBT equality in sport.

The York Templars are a York RI RUFC associated and International Gay Rugby (IGR) affiliated club.

They formed in earlier this year and June, after the York pride committee were approached by England Rugby with a vision to create an inclusive team within the city.

Preceding these meetings, the local England Rugby team attended York Pride to help promote the new opportunities and increase awareness.

Following the Pride event, a series of six rugby training sessions, hosted by York RI RUFC and coached by England Rugby coaches, were organised.

Evan Woodworth, RFU Community Rugby Coach, said: “Succeeding the six-week training sessions and with 26 different people attending, the team decided to carry on training throughout the summer on a weekly basis to develop their rugby skills.”

The club have received support from York RI RUFC with two coaches from the club now carrying out the weekly roles and further developing the players.

The York RI Templars played their first development match on October 19 against neighbouring IGR Team, the Leeds Hunters, which they unfortunately lost.

Dave Carr, Chairman of the inclusive rugby club, spoke of the determination to end discrimination in sport. He said that sport has always been a grey area for LGBT people. Stonewall has recently published a study that shows four in 10 LGBT people do not think sport welcoming. He added that having a team in York where everyone is accepted is a big step for the city to combat these issues.

Joining York Templar has helped some of its current players to overcome previous issues, including Jon Bramhall. He said that when he joined, he was suffering from anxiety and hoped that the exercise and challenge of learning a new skill would help him in life.

The York Templars train every Monday from 7 – 8.30pm at York RI RUFC.