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Durham County Women overcome Cheshire to register their first victory.
Durham put in a very good performance to register their first victory in the County Championship. Following last week's draw against Lancashire the Durham Women's confidence was high. In a very entertaining game which was full of uncompromising commitment from both sides Durham took the lead but went into the break all square 7-7. In an excellent period of play in the 2nd half Durham regained the lead which they managed to maintain despite the determined efforts of a very competitive Cheshire side
Final Score: Durham County RFU Women 31 - 17 Cheshire Women
See match report
See Photo's provided by Sally Evans and Bishop Auckland RFC

Durham County Men suffer their third defeat
Durham may have lost the game but they contributed to a very entertaining game. It seemed like it was just not going to be Durham's day as they let a number of early opportunities slip with unforced errors. It then seemed as if Cheshire were going to run away with the game but real determination ensured that Cheshire could not relax in this 92 point thriller
Final Score: Durham 40-52 Cheshire
see match report
See Photo's provided by Sally Evans and Bishop Auckland RFC

Durham vs Lancashire at Blaydon RFC on Saturday 16th May
Durham Women kicked off at 12:30 and showed great spirit when they held Lancashire to end the game level on points at 31-31
See match report
See photo's of the game kindly provided by Sally Evans & Bishop Auckland RFC

The Senior County XV looked like they might also be successful as they led Lancashire for much of the game but 2 scores suddenly made their task just a little to great and they eventually came out on the wrong side of a 6-17 scoreline
See match report
See photo's of the game kindly provided by Sally Evans & Bishop Auckland RFC

Yorkshire vs Durham
In a frenetic first half Yorkshire full back Lewis Minikin open the scoring to give the home side a 7-0 lead. Despite having their fair share of possession Durham seemed unable to penetrate the Yorkshire defence. However just on half time it was Durham's 2nd row and captain Chris Wearmouth who scored and Joe Evans slotted the conversion to make it all square at the break.

Unfortunately Yorkshire's power and strength were to just too much for Durham as they crossed the Durham line 4 times to take a 33-7 lead before Durham gained a consulation score when Martin Hopley went over in the corner near the end of the game. Final Score Yorkshire 33 Durham 12 See match Report

Yorkshire Women vs Durham Women
In a very compeditive game Yorkshire took an early lead, but Kirsty Paterson level the score so it remaied all square at 5-5 at half time. Yorkshire cross the line twice more before Durham could respond through a try by Jess Cheeseman. With the score at 15 - 10 Yorkshire score with the last play of the game to take the final score to Yorkshire Women 20 Durham Women 10 See match report

Senior Men and Women's County Championship Fixtures: The Durham County Women will play before the Senior County Men's side play their fixtures in the County Championship

Durham County Women
Saturday 16th May 2015 – Durham v Lancashire – Blaydon RFC – KO – 12.30
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – Durham v Cheshire – Darlington Mowden Park RFC – KO – 12.30

Durham County Senior XV
Saturday 16th May 2015 – Durham v Lancashire – Blaydon RFC – KO - 15.00
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – Durham v Cheshire – Darlington Mowden Park – KO – 15.00
Saturday 31st May 2015 – Final - Pool 1N Winner v Pool 1S Winner - Twickenham

County AGM will be held on Tuesday 7th July 2015 at 7pm at Barnard Castle RFC


Senior Cup Finals
Senior Cup: In the Senior Cup West Hartlepool defeated Westoe by 20 pts to 3.in the Final on Wednesday 29th April at Durham City RFC

Intermediate Cup: Having rejected the choice of a neutral venue Hartlepool Rovers won the toss for venue so Hartlepool Rovers will play Durham City on Wednesday 6th May at Hartlepool Rovers RFC  - The Friarage Kick off time is to be confirmed

Junior Cup: Barnard Castle retained the Junior Cup with a 35-13 victory over Houghton in the cup final on Thursday 30th April at Durham City RFC.

Junior Vase (County Plate): This was played on Wednesday 22nd April at Durham City and was a real thriller which gave the spectators extra value. With the score tied at 15-15 at full time the game went into extra time and it was during the third period (good job Durham City have floodlights!) that Yarm eventually scored the golden try to take the honours against a determines Chester le Street side. Final score Yarm 20 - 15 Chester le Street

4th Team Shield: Blaydon Bricks (4th Team) retained the 4th Team County Shield against Houghton 2nd team by 32pts to 12pts. Congratulations to Blaydon.

Pyman Cup
A depleted competition draws to a close
On Tuesday, 28th Hartlepool Rovers came out as clear winners against Horden in the Pyman Shield Final. Final score Hartlepool Rovers 50 v Horden 0 at New Friarage,
Wednesday 29th Pyman Cup Final, Horden defeated HartlepoolRovers in the Pyman Cup final by 23pts to 15 at Welfare Park

Dates for the Diary
Darlington Festival: Darlington hold their annual Junior Tournament on Saturday 2nd May
Henry Valks Tournament: This is an adult rugby tournament to be held on Saturday May 9th. The event is in memory of Henry Valks whose premature passing due to Leukaemia, was a devastating blow, from which the family want to create a positive celebration that will also raise funds for the Children with Cancer UK. see more.....


Durham County vs Northumberland on Sunday 19th April
On Sunday 19th April Durham County played 2 u15 team games against Northumberland at Morpeth RFC
Despite Northumberland haveing lost to Cumbria who Durham defeated, the outcome was disappointing with both teams being defeated 40-7 and 40-0          see Durham County u15s.

County u17s vs Northumberland
In the 2nd development game for the Durham County u17 against Northumberland the honours ended even with the score ending 12-12.                                       see Durham County u17s......

Age grade Cup Finals

u18 Cup Final
Cup Final: Darlington Mowden Park were leading Westoe by 31 points to 0 when an injury brought the game to a premature end. Darlington Mowden Park were confirmed as winners of the cup with the result of 31-0 standing as the final score

The plate final will no longer be played, this is due to the fact that so many teams have pulled out of the competition, so West Hartlepool will automatically be awarded the plate.

To see information about the other Age Grade County Finals see Age Grade

Blaydon RFC 2nd Team County Cup winners County 2nd Team Cup Final
As many people might have expected Blaydon 2nds were too strong for Ryton who are 4 divisons below them in the league structure.

A strong across field wind made it a difficult afternoon with both sides making a number of unforced errors. However the game was much more competetive than the scoreline of 99-12 suggests and Ryton are to be congratulated for never giving up the fight.

Have you seen this sign
This sign has been up for some time but how many people have seen it or even know where it is

To see where the sign is follow the this link

Player Safety
Player safety is paramount and there is currently a major initiative by the RFU to raise awareness of injuries and potential dangers .  The RFU have a course "RFU Immediate Care in Sport - Level 2 Course" running in several locations around the Country in December and the early part of next year.  It is not cheap but if it helps one person it will be worth every penny Click here for details.

Don't be a Head Case campaign
In another player safety initiative is aimed specifically at raising awareness of the dangers of blows to the head and concussion.   Will Halford, Area Training Officer of the RFU gave a presentation at the October Durham County Referee Society meeting - see information

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County Meetings timetable for 2014-2015
A provisional meetings timetable has been drawn up for the coming season Meetings timetable
Discipline concerns
Following several incidents involving people coming onto the playing area and getting "involved", the discipline committee have issued a letter to all clubs together with a reminder of the regulations. Behaviour of this kind is not acceptable and could have very serious implications for the person and the club
Letter to Clubs reminding them who may be in the playing enclosure

Regulations regarding barriers and the field of play

RFU Courses
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Get up to the minute information on all coaching courses or details for booking go to http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/olcb/coursesearch
RFU Courses
Interested in taking a coaching, refereeing or any other RFU Course. The RFU Training Dept are moving to a new online booking and search system, and the scheme is 100% up and running in Area 6 (Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham and Yorkshire). It will allow Club members and others to search for RFU courses as easily as possible? It will be constantly updated so the information will allow coaches to search for a course any time of day with minimal fuss.

Courses can also book and pay for from the same link. http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/olcb/coursesearch

Get up to the minute information on all coaching courses, and soon referee and medical. It does away with the old paper lists too.