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Durham U17s secure second victory of 2018 campaign against visitors Cumbria

Durham U17s secure second victory of 2018 campaign against visitors Cumbria

 

Durham County U17s dominated their way to a complimentary 69 – 17 victory over visitors, Cumbria at Ryton Rugby Club.

The age grade side demonstrated an impressive display against Cumbria under bitterly cold, yet sunny conditions at Ryton.

Led by skippers Shane Ivey from Hartlepool RFC, the Durham lads dominated the field with countless tries.

The tone was set early as Nathan Smith put the first points of many on the board.

Throughout the day, the tries flowed with scores coming from; Samuel Shanks, Callum Piert, Leon Turnbull, Harry Thompson, Joe Ross, Cameron Mather and two from Luke Cooper and Dean Edmondson. In a eleven try scoring fest, six points came from the boot of Callum Robinson, with a further eight from Piert.

Team that welcomed Cumbria 

Durham U17s: Ahead of victorious clash with Cumbria

 

Phil Lax, Durham County Team Manager commented on the game; The lads did fantastic, they kept their feet on the ground throughout and have set the tone building towards a tough but achievable victory in the last game of the season at Yorkshire.”

To find out more about the side, check out there page here 

Durham County U16s name two squads to travel to Cumbria this Sunday

Durham County U16s name two squads to travel to Cumbria this Sunday

 

Durham County U16s travel to Penrith RFC this Sunday for their re-arranged fixture against Cumbria.

This fixture will conclude the 2017/18 season for the U16, with one victory and one loss so far.

There will be two teams making the journey, the Bishops and the Princes.

 

 Durham County Bishops 

1. Joe Berry (Capt)                                   Darlington Mowden Park

2. Owen Chaplin                                       Durham City

3. Adam Hutchison                                   West Hartlepool 

4. Lewis Simon                                          Billingham

5. Michael Heatley                                   Ryton 

6. Will Shipley                                           Ryton

7. Ethan Forester                                     Houghton 

8. Harry Wilson                                         DMP

9. Ben Turnbull                                          DMP

10. Harry Leyland                                      Gateshead 

11. Matthew Ward                                    Durham City

12. James Pearson                                     West Hartlepool 

13. Tom Nelson                                           DMP                                              Yarm School 

14. Jacob Edwards                                      Barnard Castle

15. Sam Berry                                               DMP

16. Michael Carr                                           Durham City 

17. Matt Mercer                                           Durham City 

18. Dylan Penny                                            Billingham

19. Matthew Carruthers                              Houghton 

20. Kieran Roddam                                       Ryton 

21. Hassan Berba                                          West Hartlepool 

22. Rob Carney                                               DMP

23. Ezra Laundy Blair                                     DMP

24. Jack Archer                                               Durham City 

 

Durham County Princes 

 

1. Matthew White                                          DMP

2. Reece Kundu                                               Billingham

3. Jaime Minto                                                 Ryton

4. Matthew Etherington                                Gateshead 

5. Louis Peacock                                              Barnard Castle

6. Joe Houston                                                 Durham City

7. Will Barker                                                    Bishop Auckland

8. Innes Hill (Capt)                                           DMP

9. Luke Redfern                                                 Bishop Auckland 

10. Niall Butler                                                   Durham City

11. Aaron Fernandes                                         DMP

12. Oli Rouse                                                       Barnard Castle

13. Max Rafferty                                                 Billingham

14. Jake Boyle                                                      Ryton 

15. Sol Kench                                                        DMP                                                    Yarm school 

16. John McKenna                                                DMP

17. Owen Nugent                                                  West Hartlepool 

18. Phil Greenbank                                                Billingham

19. Jordan Hurdley                                                 Bishop Auckland 

20. Will Todd                                                            DMP

21. Oli Bales                                                              Barnard Castle 

22. Owen Westhrop                                                West Hartlepool 

23. Leon Kelly 

24. Harry Malcolm                                                    Houghton 

 

To see more about the team, check their page out here 

Durham County name U17 side to welcome Cumbria this Sunday at Ryton RFC

 Durham County name U17 side to welcome Cumbria this Sunday at Ryton RFC

Durham County U17s prepare to host Cumbria as they name players to pull on the jersey on Sunday.

This game will be the second, in their 2017/18 campaign having made a successful start against Northumberland at the end of January.

The game will take place at Ryton Rugby Club, kicking off at 3pm…

    Club School
1 Nathan Smith South Shields Westoe
2 Joe Sawdon Middlesbrough
3 Charlie Caswell West Hartlepool
4 Sam Shanks Darlington Mowden Park
5 Nick Blowey Durham City Durham School
6 Stephen Carrick Darlington
7 Will Dexter Billingham
8 Shane Ivey (C) Hartlepool East Durham College
9 Luke Pearson Billingham Durham School
10 Callum Robinson Barnard Castle School
11 Alex Ofiso Stockton Hartlepool Sixth Form
12 Callum Piert Darlington Mowden Park
13 Leon Turnbull Billingham
14 Luke Cooper Billingham Hartlepool Sixth Form
15 Joe Ross Billingham Hartlepool Sixth Form
16 Luke Hawkins Gateshead
17 Harry Thompson Billingham
18 Ethan Leddington West Hartlepool
19 Zak Swan South Shields Westoe
20 Oliver Connolly West Hartlepool
21 Alex Smith Durham City Emanuel College
22 Cameron Mather Gateshead Emanuel College
23 Harry Burnard Billingham
24 Dean Edmundson Sunderland
25 Sam Douglass Yarm School
26 Chris West Houghton

 

For more information on the U17s page check out their page here 

Durham U16M victorious away to Yorkshire

Durham U16M victorious away to Yorkshire

 

Durham U16M took on Yorkshire away at Keighley RFC where they reigned victorious with a score line of 22-18.

Pictured: 2017/18 Durham team v Yorkshire U16s

 

At the impressive facility, the Yorkshire hosts settled quickly and pounced upon Durham mistakes to take a lead by two unconverted tries.

But, with the costly wake up call, Durham started to exert pressure and the forward domination in the scrums and lineouts started to create chances, one of which was finished superbly by Matthew Ward.

Trailing by one, this changed the dynamic and momentum as Durham piled on the pressure. But, to Yorkshires credit, their defence stood firm and from a quick break away, the Yorkshire winger chipped the ball over the defence to score an excellent try to lead 15-5 at the half time break.

Back from the break, the visitors came out with a calm yet determined attitude. Marking his name on the board for a second time was Ward following great hands seeing him over the hosts try line.

Making a short return, Yorkshire extended the lead with a penalty sailing through the posts to lead before a penalty at the scrum lead to a try from Sam Berry to trail 18-15.

Durham sealed the win with five minutes on the clock as a break through the centre from Charlie Bourne set up Max Rafferty to score a try, converted by Harry Leyland to make the final whistle go with a score of 22-18 to the Durham visitors.

Nigel Aucott, Lead U16s forward Coach, commented on the game saying; “Today was an absolutely cracking win for the lads.

“For me, what we take away from today is resilience – even when we went two tries down, the lads did not let it affect their performance and looked like the stronger team finishing the game.”

While programme leader, David Hill said, “Pride does not cover it today, it was an awesome performance from everyone, on and off the field!”

The final and re-arranged fixture against Cumbria will take place on Sunday, Feb 25 at Penrith RFC.

See team sheet for Yorkshire 

Durham County U16s name side to travel to Yorkshire on Sunday

Durham County U16s name side to travel to Yorkshire on Sunday

 

Durham County U16s travel away to Yorkshire this Sunday in the second of their three fixtures in their 2017/18 campaign.

The coaching staff have slimmed the large pool of players down to a travelling 24 to make the trip to Keithley RFC.

Best of luck to all players named;  

 

1. Joe Berry-(Capt)                                          Darlington Mowden Park

2. Owen Chaplin                                              Durham City

3. Owen Nugent                                              West Hartlepool

4. Matthew Etherington                                Gateshead

5. Sam Shanks                                                  Darlington Mowden Park

6. Ezra Laundy Blair                                         Darlington Mowden Park

7. Ethan Forester                                             Houghton

8. Innes Hill                                                       Darlington Mowden Park

9. Luke Redfern                                                Bishop Auckland

10. Niall Butler (V-Capt )                                 Durham City

11. Matthew Ward                                          Durham City

12. James Pearson                                           West Hartlepool

13. Charlie Bourne                                           Darlington Mowden Park

14. Sol Kench                                                    Darlington Mowden Park

15. Sam Berry                                                   Darlington Mowden Park

 

16. Matthew White                                         Darlington Mowden Park

17. John McKenna                                           Darlington Mowden Park

18. Louis Peacock                                            Barnard Castle School

19. Lewis Simon                                               Billingham

20. Max Rafferty                                              Billingham

21. Jake Boyle                                                   Ryton

22. Ben Turnbull                                              Darlington Mowden Park
23. Harry Leyland                                            Gateshead 

 

Travelling reserves 

Harry Wilson                                                   Darlington Mowden Park

Adam Hutchison                                             West Hartlepool

To see more about the U16s side, check out their page here 

Durham County U16s announce Princes and Bishops squads to face Northumberland Rugby

Durham County U16s announce Princes and Bishops squads to face Northumberland Rugby

 

Durham County U16 play their first fixture of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday as they welcome Northumberland to West Hartlepool RFC.

After weather conditions postponed their first game with Cumbria earlier in the month, this will be the first test for the side.

A number of players named in this years squad have transitioned into the U16s from last years U15s squad.

The Durham Princes will play Northumberland Reivers and the Durham Bishops will play Northumberland Jacobites.

Team huddle: Last years U15s at Kingston Park

 

Durham Princes team sheet – 1pm KO

Club School
Matthew White Darlington Mowden Park
Reece Kundu Billingham
Jack Archer Durham City
Harry Malcolm Houghton RFC
Phil Greenbank Billingham
Hassan Berba West Hartlepool
Ethan Forester Houghton
Matthew Etherington Gateshead
Luke Redfearn Bishop Auckland
Niall Butler Durham City
Owen Westhrop West Hartlepool
Charlie Bourne Darlington Mowden Park
Max Rafferty Billingham
Jake Boyle Ryton
Sol Kench Darlington Mowden Park Yarm
Replacements
Jaime Minto Ryton
Joe Houston Durham City
Will Barker Bishop Auckland
Louis Peacock Barnard Castle
Michael Carr Durham City
Olly Bale Barnard Castle
Leon Kelly Durham City
Aaron Fernandes Darlington Mowden Park

 

Durham Bishop team sheet – 2.30pm KO 

Club School
Owen Nugent West Hartlepool
John McKenna Darlington Mowden Park
Dylan Penny Billingham
Samuel Shanks Darlington Mowden Park
Michael Heatley Ryton
William Shipley Ryton
Ezra Laundy Blair Darlington Mowden Park
Owen Chaplin Durham City
Ben Turnbull Darlington Mowden Park
Harry Leyland Gateshead
Matthew Ward Durham City
James Pearson West Hartlepool
John Grey Durham City
Tom Nelson Darlington Mowden Park
Sam Berry Darlington Mowden Park
Replacements
Adam Hutchinson West Hartlepool
Lewis Simon Billingham
Matthew Mercer Durham City
Jordan Hurdley Bishop Auckland
Louis Groark Sunderland
Rob Carney
Jacob Edwards
Matthew Carruthers Houghton

 

Best of luck to all those representing Durham County this weekend!

To see more about the U16s, check out their page here 

Durham County U17M secure first victory of season over rivals Northumberland

Durham County U17M secure first victory of season over rivals Northumberland

Durham County U17M secure a 24-12 victory over Northumberland in their opening game of the 2018 campaign at Percy Park RFC.

Team huddle; Durham U17M ahead of their clash with Northumberland

 

After a sluggish start, that saw the visitors fall behind to an early converted try, Durham took control in very difficult conditions to score twice before half time through Joe Berry and Luke Pearson with Callum Piert slotting a conversation to lead 12- 7 at the break.

In the second half, tries came from Matthew Ward and Luke Cooper with two points from the boot of, Callum Robinson.

Despite a confident retaliation by the visitors, the hosts did not go without score in the second half with a solo try resulting in a comprehensive win for Durham County U17s.

The next game for the U17M will be Sunday, Feb 25 at Ryton RFC as they host Cumbria.

See more about the U17s here

Durham Durham County coaches pick their travelling squad for U17M fixture against Northumberland

Durham County coaches pick their travelling squad for U17M fixture against Northumberland

Durham County U17M tackle their first fixture of the season against local rivals, Northumberland on Sunday.

The selected 23 man squad will travel to Percy Park RFC in hopes to kick start their season in winning spirits.

Those making the journey are:

     Player                          Club                                         School

1. Nathan Smith             South Sheids Westoe

2. Joseph Sawdon

3. Charlie Caswell          West Hartlepool

4. Shane Ivey                  Hartlepool                              East Durham College

5. Sam Shanks                 Darlington MP

6. Chris West                   Houghton

7. Will Dexter                  Billingham                               Durham school

8. Joe Berry                      Darlington MP

9. Luke Pearson               Billingham                              Durham school

10. Alex Smith                  Durham City                           Emanuel college

11. Matthew Ward           Durham City

12. Callum Piert                 Darlington MP

13. Max Thompson            Stockton

14. Alex Osifo                       Stockton

15. Joe Ross                          Billingham                           Hartlepool  Sixth form

 

16.Harry Thompson               Billingham

17. Owen Chaplin                    Durham City

18. Zak Swan                             South Shields Westoe

19. Stephen Carrick                  Darlington

20. Conor Martin                       Darlington MP

21. Oliver Connolly                   West Hartlepool

22. Callum Robinson                 Barnard castle School

23. Luke Cooper                        Billingham

To find out more about the U17s season, check out their page here

Best of luck to all those making the journey!

Team announcement: Durham U16s name Princes and Bishops sides to travel to Cumbria

Team announcement: Durham U16s name Princes and Bishops sides to travel to Cumbria

 

Durham County U16s put their training into action for the first time this weekend as they travel to Penrith RFC to play Cumbria.

The age grade side will travel with two equal teams on Sunday to play against the Cumbria sides.

Those that will make the journey are as follows:

Durham County Princes

1.Matthew White              Darlington Mowden Park

2.Reece Kundu                Billingham

3.Jack Archer                  Houghton

4.Phil Greenbank            Billingham

5.Harry Malcolm              Houghton

6.Matthew Etherington    Gateshead

7.Hassan Berba              West Hartlepool

8. Innes Hill – (Capt)        Darlington MP

9. Luke Redfern              Bishop Auckland

10. Niall Butler                Durham City

11. Owen Westhrop        West Hartlepool

12. Charlie Bourne          Darlington MP

13. Max Rafferty              Billingham

14. Jake Boyle                 Ryton

15. Sol Kench                  Darlington MP                                  Yarm School

 

16. Jamie Minto              Ryton

17. John McKenna          Darlington MP

18. Joe Houston              Durham City

19. Will Barker                Bishop Auckland

20. Louis Peacock                                                         Barnard Castle School

21. Oliver Bale                                                               Barnard Castle School

22. Leon Kelly                 Durham City

23. Aaron Fernandes      Darlington MP

 

Durham County Bishops

  1. Owen Nugent            West Hartlepool
  2. Owen Chaplin            Durham City
  3. Dylan Penny               Billingham
  4. Sam Shanks               Darlington MP
  5. Michael Heatley          Ryton
  6. Ezra Laundy Blair       Darlington MP
  7. Harry Wilson               Darlington MP
  8. Sam Berry – (Capt)      Darlington MP
  9. Ben Turnbull                Darlington MP
  10. Harry Leyland             Gateshead
  11. Matthew Ward             Durham City
  12. James Pearson           West Hartlepool
  13. John Grey                   Durham City
  14. Tom Nelson                 Darlington MP
  15. Sam Berry                   Darlington MP

16. Ethan Forester               Houghton
17. Michael Carr                  Durham City
18. Lewis Simon                  Billingham
19. Matt Mercer                   Durham City
20. Will Shipley                    Ryton
21. Rob Carney                   Darlington MP
22. Jacob Edwards                                                            Barnard Castle School
23. Matthew Carruthers      Houghton  

 

Best of luck!

From Eagle to Falcon for Yarm Rugby Clubs first homegrown player Morgan Passman

From Eagle to Falcon for Yarm Rugby Clubs first homegrown player Morgan Passman

 

Newcastle Falcons have signed former Durham County player, Morgan Passman on professional terms for the Senior Academy.

Morgan Passman, 18 signed his first professional contract with the Premiership side last week to secure himself a spot on the right wing in the Junior Academy squad.

Pictured: Morgan in Durham County kit, representing U15s

 

After playing across the backline for the Academy, scoring the most tries for the side and making his A League debut for the Falcons’ in September during their 67-21 victory over Wasps, he can say that his hard work has certainly paid off.

Passman has not been short of success throughout his rugby career, since starting out as a Yarm Eagle at the young age of four he was; the first age group to enter the Durham Developing Player Pathway programme (DPP) with the help of the Falcons and the County, he has helped the Falcons’ AASE scheme at Gosforth Academy to two successive national finals, represented Durham County at U15s and England at U16s.

Pictured: Morgan Passman as Falcons Academy player

 

Mark Laycock, Falcons Academy Manager and fellow Teessider said “Morgan came through the DPP and made his A-League debut for the Falcons in this season’s heavy victory over Wasps.”

“The former Yarm RFC and school player is very physical and powerful, with an eye for the try-line, and it is exciting to see him stepping up to the senior academy.”

Since first starting out in Passmans’ youth, the DPP programme has gone from strength to strength, over the years, developing some strong talent throughout the three areas covering Durham.

Upon completing his exams at Gosforth Academy in May, Passman will move up to Newcastle permanently and take up the game full time.

Although, father Steve Passman and Yarm RFC club coaching co-ordinator, has said he will still pop into the Club when he can.

After all, that is where his journey and dream began!

By Clarissa Murphy

 

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