Category: Women & Girls

Sunderland RFC Ladies team up with Nando’s Sunderland to tackle cost of defibrillator


 Sunderland Ladies spark a flame with new sponsors Nando’s Sunderland to tackle the cost of a club defibrillator.

This Fathers Day, Sunderland Flames will be setting up in Sunderland Nando’s for a coffee morning fundraising event to fund a club defibrillator.


Pictured: Sunderland RFC Ladies team 2017


Sunderland Flames announced their new partnership with Nando’s Sunderland earlier this year, confirming they would be sponsored by them in the 2017/18 season.

The competition to win a year’s sponsorship was launched to sports team in the area in February 2017.

Beth Geehan, Sunderland Flames Social Secretary applied for the Sponsorship and was over the moon to tell the team they had been picked for top prize.

Geehan said: “It is fabulous to get such a well known and recognised sponsor, not only for our profile as a team but also the support they can offer us.

“We are looking forward to Sunday being the first of many projects we will work on together!”

By hosting a coffee morning at the Sunderland store, Nando’s and Sunderland Flames are hoping to raise a percentage of the £900 and upwards amount needed for a club defibrillator.

Although, of course, it is always hoped that the defibrillator will not be needed – it is still the case of saving a person’s life if there is one to hand.

Geehan, added: “Raising money for a defibrillator will not only ensure we are fully equipped to help save the lives of the others but potentially save the lives of people close to our heart.

“On a personal level having someone in my family with a heart condition is a constant worry and knowing that this piece of equipment is around – makes us feel safer.

“Over the last few years we have lost playing members of our rugby family, we hope we never have to use it but having it means we can provide a quick response and the care needed.”

To help raise the funds, it will be a fun filled morning with tombola, cake sale, children’s face painting and a special appearance from the Nando’s feathered mascot, Barci the Cockerel!


Get down to Nando’s Sunderland to enjoy the fun, 118 High Street West, SR1 1TX from 9am – 11am on Sunday June, 18!


By Clarissa Murphy


Durham County are looking for their first representative Girls rugby sponsor

Durham County are looking for their first representative Girls rugby sponsor


As we prepare for the upcoming season, Durham County would like to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the U15/ U18 representative Girls Rugby teams.

This sponsor will see you feature on trianing kits, have your business name sponsored across Durham, Lancashire and Cheshire!

Our County squad features players that were selected to join the North of England U18s squad this year and will still be with us for another season.

There are several benefits for teaming up with us, with opportunities and coverage offered in various ways for your company!

Pictured: Girls Sponsor advert


For more information contact Francesca Harding at:

Womens Summer Touch kick started by Acklam Rugby Club

Womens Summer Touch kick started by Acklam Rugby Club


Acklam Rugby Club opened their doors for the first Durham County Women’s Touch Festival of the Summer.

Pictured: Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Sunderland Flames


Now the season is over, the multiple layers and waterproofs are away – well for now, it can only mean one thing…. Touch Rugby time.

Across the next few months,  Durham County Women and Girls committee have organised a series of Touch events for Women and Girls across the County to attend.

On Thursday, Acklam Rugby club kick started the Women’s events welcoming; Billingham Ladies, Bishop Auckland Ladies, Darlington Ladies, newly formed Hartlepool Rovers, Sunderland Flames and Whitby Ladies!

Touch seemingly brings out the Inner Warrior in many of the Women with each team committing their all to trying to score points and challenge one another.

Due to the popular interest in the event, the event was cut short before all teams had played one another due to time but there is still time to score points again one another in coming weeks.

Pictured: Acklam Rugby Club


The next Girls Touch festival is on Saturday, June 17 at West Hartlepool RFC while the Women next visit Whitby RFC on Thursday, June 22!

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By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Women end County Campaign with record numbers wearing the shirt

Durham Women end County Campaign with record numbers wearing the shirt


Durham County Women denied next stage of County Campaign after 40 – 5 loss to Lancashire at Darlington Rugby Club.

Clarissa Murphy Writes;

Aside from the first team score, Durham set two ‘first time ever records’ as they fielded a second team and awarded seven players their County Caps.

Pictured: Tara Breslin, Jess Cheesman, Katie Dodgson, Lydnsy Burns, Ali Bell, Steph Maddison and Ursula Hardy with caps


The hosts knew heading into the clash it was going to be the toughest fight yet with Lancashire a confident side with two strong wins on the leader board.

Kicking off the game, Lancashire went straight into their game plan shipping the ball wide at speed trailing the Durham defence across the pitch.

It was only moments into kick off that the Lancashire back line found their opening an used their speed out wide to travel from the half way line under the posts.

Lancashire continued to put same style tries on the board as the hosts defence struggled to match their numbers out wide.

After putting 15 points on the board  to nil, Durham began to apply the pressure needed to slow the Lancashire Ladies back line.

In the pack it was evident the hosts were dominant as they forced scrums back, turned ball over and  drove forward several yards in mauls.

Despite challenging the visitors as the clock ticked, the well drilled side continued to find their way past the Durham Women and over the line.

Seeing in a further four unconverted tries, the visitors had made a good 35-0 head start by half time whistle was blown.

Receiving the first kick of the game, Durham were in clear position for a run at the Lancashire side, taking it wide they crashed the ball in with a quick response to defend the ball.

Durham began working their set piece play dragging in the visitors defence.

Throughout the second half the hosting women demonstrated their fight and passion as they began to fiercely respond to the half time score.

At the break downs both sides had their fair share of quick snaps as for a period of time the ball began to change hands in a yo yo process.

Only having conceded one try throughout the second half it was clear the hosts were used to the Lancashire play and resilient to a repeat performance from the first half.

Continuing to play a forward dominated game, the pack forced the visitors onto the back foot as they crashed the line.

Following a line out in the Lancashire 22, Durham set up a maul and finally rewarded themselves a deserved five points on the board as they drove over the line together.

Despite an opposing favoured score line the atmosphere among the home team demonstrated they were proud and happy to have turned things around in the second half.

After the hosts first try they continued to put their bodies on the line to defend their 5 – 5 second half performance closing the game 40-5.

Pictured: first team after Lancashire game


Before the first team game, Durham County Women saw a second team step out and play a development game for the first time ever.

The game was an opportunity to give the numerous dedicated players a chance to display their talent and wear the County shirt.

Within the team were players from clubs such as Hartlepool Rovers of which the Women have only been playing a matter of months.

Matty Lidster, Durham County Development team Head Coach said: “It is great to see so many women getting involved in playing at representative level.

“It is a real exciting time for Women’s Rugby and Women’s Rugby in the North East.”

Pictured: Durham Development team


Durham Women closed their campaign with seven of the players being awarded their Durham County Cap for the first time ever by Secretary and Vice President John Denham.

Players were from: Jess Cheesman (Darlington RFC), Ali Bell (Darlington RFC), Lydnsy Burns (Darlington RFC), Ursula Hardy (Darlington RFC), Katie Dodgson (Darlington RFC), Steph Maddison (Sunderland Flames) Tara Breslin (Sunderland Flames)

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Durham Women prepare for tougest test yet as they welcome Lancashire on Sunday

Durham Women prepare for tougest test yet as they welcome Lancashire


Durham County Women welcome Lancashire this Sunday at Darlington Rugby Club for the final round of the pool games in the County Championship. 


Pictured: Durham Women after 34-5 victory over Cumbria

Clarissa Murphy writes; 

This Sunday will see a record number of women step out in the Durham County jersey as the side are set to field a development squad before the main squad game.

At the beginning of trials and training for Durham County a record number of over 50 women showed interest in playing for the side.

Due to the numbers persisting week in and week out and selection continuing to be a nail biting experience, it comes as a great reward that each dedicated player will get their chance at playing in the jersey this Sunday.

Dave Addison, Durham County Women’s Head Coach, said: “The competition for places has been really fierce and that’s very much down to the developing players really stepping up and putting pressure on the main squad.”

The development squad is made up of players from Hartlepool Rovers, a very new women’s rugby team on the scene, Sunderland University, Sunderland Flames, Acklam, Bishop Auckland and Darlington Mowden Park Sharks.

Matty Lidster, Head Coach for the County Women Development squad, said: “Personally to me, it does not matter what the score is as long as we get a team out and play to the best of our ability.

“Every game is experience and that is what the development side is all about, gaining that game experience and enjoying playing.”

First team Head Coach, Addison added that he is very excited to see the development squad get out and have a game after all their hard work.

Last week, Durham played hosts to Cumbria in a victorious 34-5 match at Blaydon RFC.

Following a slow start for the hosts they came out with six tries and a team performance to be proud of.

Addison added: “I think last week we started poorly by our standards and in the first half we left a lot of points on the field, in the second half we were much better and back to ourselves.

“This week we need to step out with belief that we can produce a positive result and back ourselves 110%.”

In the last year’s meeting with Lancashire, Durham were the half time leaders and in the final ten minutes Lancashire managed to grasp a hold of the score board and steal the win from under their nose.

Training this week has given the Durham Women a chance to assess areas they need to work on and focus on how they can steer the game in their favour Sunday.

“We have worked on lots of new things in our defensive work and also our game management strategy and the players have adapted really well.” Addison said.

Lancashire are currently unbeaten having beaten Cumbria 112 – 0 in their first fixture and Northumberland 51-10 last Saturday.

Although, having secured a losing bonus point and a winning bonus point in the two Durham games, the hosts are sitting second in the Gill Burns Division One, pool one group.

This means that Sunday’s game will determine the winner of the pool as Lancashire sit a catchable four points ahead at the top of the current leader board.

Commenting on Lancashire, Addison of Sunderland Flames said: “This is the toughest test yet,- Lancashire have been on fire, easily beating Cumbria and Northumberland and will be hungry to win the competition after narrowly missing out last year.

“However, because we have picked up the bonus points we now have something to play for and we would never doubt our girls.

“It will take a momentous effort but at least we have the opportunity to go through which others do not have.

“It is a huge incentive for us and it would send out a message to the women’s rugby community about Durham’s intentions.”

The development squad game will kick start the day as they take on Lancashire development for a 1pm kick off, the first team will step out for a 2.30pm KO.

Lidster of Hartlepool Rovers added: “Being able to put out a development squad as well as a first team is a massive step forward in women’s rugby.

“It shows how much women’s rugby has grown in the past few years and it is very exciting!”

The team set to face Lancashire are: 

First team:

1.Katie Dodgson (Darlington RFC), 2. Emily Hunter (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 3. Jess Cheesman (Darlington RFC), 4. Sarah Hall (Darlington RFC), 5. Amanda Hilton (Sunderland Flames), 6. Nicole Irving (Sunderland Flames), 7. Sally Downie (Bishop Auckland), 8. Ali Bell (Darlington RFC), 9. Steph Maddison (C- Sunderland Flames), 10. Lyndsey Burns (Darlington RFC), 11. Chloe Allison (Bishop Auckland), 12. Tara Breslin (Sunderland Flames), 13. Clarissa Murphy (Sunderland Flames), 14. Tara Slater (Sunderland Flames), 15. Ursula Hardy (Darlington RFC).

Replacements: Leah Davies (Sunderland Flames), Suzanne Falconer (Sunderland Flames) Alex Webster (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Amber Stonehouse (Sunderland Flames), Beth Blacklock (Durham University), Kate Byrnes (Billingham RFC) Kirsty Paterson (Sunderland Flames)

Travelling reserves: Rachael Turnbull, Caitie Smith, Emma Quinn, Catherine McCabe, Charmaine Lamb.

Development team:

1.Charmaine Lamb (Hartlepool Rovers), 2. Danni Coulton (C – Hartlepool Rovers), 3. Emma Quinn (Bishop Auckland), 4. Rachael Turnbull (Darlington RFC), 5. Natasha Kennedy (Hartlepool Rovers), 6. Abby Richardson (Hartlepool Rovers), 7. Molly Stonebank (Bishop Auckland), 8. Caitie Smith (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 9. Rachel Frost (VC- Sunderland Flames), 10. Sam Lill (Acklam), 11. Sophie Nash (Sunderland Flames), 12. Zoe Short (Acklam), 13. Jayne Guillaume (Acklam), 14. Catherine Mccabe (Sunderland Flames) Kate McDermot (Sunderland Flames)

Replacements: Kiera Yorston (Sunderland Univeristy), Bethany Randerson, Kelly Thomas (Bishop Auckland), Natalie Wintersgill (Hartlepool Rovers), Claire Napier (Sunderland Flames) Becca Willett (Bishop Auckland), Kirsty Mann (Acklam), Lauren Somerville (Acklam), Lynsey Lormier (Acklam) and Claire Braham (Hartleepol Rovers).

Durham County Women secure a comfortable bonus point win over Cumbria Women

Durham County Women secure a comfortable bonus point win over Cumbria Women


Durham County Women welcomed Cumbria to play the last ever match at Blaydon RFC running home six tries to win 34-5.

Pictured: Team photo against Cumbria


Despite a favourable score for the hosts Durham, it was not without pressure, determination and fight as Cumbria played to the final whistle.

The first ten minutes were very surprising for the hosts and spectators as Cumbria stepped out switched on from the off demonstrating their hunger for the game.

Durham were repeatedly put on the back foot as the visitors travelled wide exerting pressure on wingers Amie Bell and Chloe Allison.

Although Durham were not displaying their usual tempo, it seemed they were not going to let them past anyhow.

Utilising the dominant forwards, Durham began to put themselves in the game as they gradually moved play further into the Cumbria half.

A final ship off from centre Tara Breslin left Kirsty Patterson with a two on one that she confidently handed off to slide under the posts for the first converted try.

Pictured: Kirsty Patterson running in a try


Realising the space was being created out wide, great support play from Bell and Allison created opportunities for the hosts, one seeing Bell over the line only to be denied as Cumbria held it up.

Moments later Durham suffered again as Becca Walker stormed over the try line and play was taken back to an earlier foul.

Holding an experienced and strong pack, the Wearside women were in the Cumbria 22 in an unstoppable maul towards the try line. Number eight, Ali Bell finished the chance as she picked up off the back of the break down and darted under the posts.

Extending the lead to 14-0 in the 25th minute, Breslin slotted the ball between the posts for the conversion.

Just five minutes before the half time break, Cumbria gathered the break they had been fighting for as full back, Amy Orrow darted through the defence and over the try line.

After a water refill and a vital kick up the bum, the hosts returned knowing they needed to work harder in defence and utilise their speed and depth in attack.

In the second half, both sides saw some changes as fresh legs made their way onto the pitch to resource the two sides.

Captain, Steph Maddison started to get fed clean ball from the hosts as Sally Downie, Leah Davies and Sarah Hall cleared out the Cumbrian threat at the break downs.

In the backs, Ursula Harding, Breslin and Patterson opened up space hitting hard lines as they crashed the visitors defence securing another four unconverted tries for the side.

Even though Durham Women were happily tailing up the score board, Cumbria remained in the game and continued to make the side work for the win.

Great tackles from Walker, Allison and Kate Byrnes halted the Cumbria Women repeatedly.

The final ten minutes saw the visitors persistence remain as they parked themselves in the 22 edging for a second try.

It seemed as though a little space created out wide was going to give that very opportunity for the Cumbria full back however replacement winger, Clarissa Murphy manged to spin herself under the play to hold the try up.

With the ball back in the hosts possession they moved it to safety and kicked it out moments later to the joy of the final whistle securing them the 34-5 victory.

Dave Addison, Durham County Women Head Coach said: “We asked you to go out and give us something to play for next week against Lancashire and you did exactly that.

“Our second half was a much better performance as we began to play our game.

“I am very proud of the team!”


By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County Women denied derby match in closing minutes

Durham County Women denied derby match in closing minutes


Durham County Senior Women narrowly miss out on derby match as Northumberland secure a converted try in the last minutes to win 17-10.

This year’s Durham Senior Women’s squad made up from players from Darlington RFC, Sunderland Flames, Bishop Auckland, DMP Sharks and Billingham travelled to Novocastrians on Friday night to play derby rivals, Northumberland.

Pictured: Durham County Women against Northumberland


The game was intense and evenly matched most of the way through with scoring proving difficult as both teams defended their try line relentlessly. 

Scoring first just before the half time break was Durham’s inside centre, Tara Breslin as she crashed through the open defence to score an unconverted try.

Despite a half time lead it was not at all in the comfort zone for the visiting side as Northumberland came back with more steam, more aggression and eagerness.

Northumberland showed quick responses to what was in front of them proving to put them one step ahead both in defence and attack.

Although, Durham served well to push the hosts defence back on numerous occasions, persistence paid off as North’s Natasha Robinson opened up the space and darted through to score under the posts. Lauren Wallace pushed the score in the hosts favour as she slotted the ball between the posts. 

The tension evident in the first half still very much remained as the two sides were in each others pockets throughout.

As Durham dragged their way back up the field it was a ball off the line out fed into the centres that gave Kirsty Patterson an overlap in the corner to award the visitors a 10-7 lead.

In the second half both sides were guilty of conceding a number of penalties but Northumberland took advantage and set for the post to even the score 10-10. 

Presenting themselves as the fitter side, Northumberland began to speed up play as they played the offload game in the visitors half making them work twice as hard to recover in defence.

Durham defended the try line from just a few metres out once more and play was back in the middle of park but it seemed Northumberland did not need to be within touching distance as full back, Emily Oliver scooped the ball and ran wide beating the defence under the posts.

With a secondary conversion on the board, Northumberland lead 17-10 with just five minutes on the clock.

Continuing with passion, the game was entertaining to the final whistle with Durham just missing out on their first Gill Burns Championship match.

The side will re-group at training on Wednesday at Hartlepool Rugby Club and go again on Sunday as they welcome Cumbria to Blaydon RFC for a 2pm KO.


By Clarissa Murphy

Preview: Durham County Women name their 23 to face Northumberland

Preview: Durham County Women name their 23 to face Northumberland


Durham County Senior Women have named their final 23 to face rivals Northumberland Women in their first game of the Gill Burns County Championship.

With over 50 females showing an interest in being part of the Durham County side, it has been a tough selection process for the coaching team.

Dave Addison, Head Coach of Durham County Senior Women said: “It is a really exciting time for Women’s Rugby in Durham.

“Having so many women try out has meant that everyone has had to be on their toes, bring their best to each session and perform to win the shirt.

“County rugby should be about developing and growing the game so it is really great seeing so many women showing an interest, in particular having last year’s U18s challenging for full honors alongside experienced players.

In order to produce structure, the experienced coaching team created a main squad of 35 and a development squad.

From the main squad of 35, the final 23 to face Northumberland are: Jess Cheesman – Darlington RFC, Katie Dodgson – Darlington RFC, Alex Webster – DMP Sharks, Sarah Hall – Darlington RFC, Amanda Hilton – Sunderland Flames, Nicole Irving – Sunderland Flames, Sask Munden – Sunderland Fames, Ali Bell – Darlington RFC, Steph Maddison – Sunderland Flames, Lyndsay Burns – Darlington RFC, Tara Breslin – Sunderland Flames, Kirsty Paterson – Sunderland Flames, Ursula Hardy – Darlington RFC, Chloe Allison – Bishop Auckland, Claudia Macdonald- Durham University, Suzanne Falconer – Sunderland Flames, Leah Davies – Sunderland Flames/ Sunderland University, Clarissa Murphy – Sunderland Flames, Katherine Insall – Durham University, Sally Downie – Bishop Auckland, Becca Walker- Sunderland Flames, Tara Slater – Sunderland Flames/ Sunderland University, Kate Byrnes – Billingham RFC

Addison, Sunderland Flames coach commented on the team saying: “Our Squad is made up of a really talented and hard working group of players.

“We have asked the team to take on board a lot of information in a short space of time and they have responded brilliantly.”

Each Wednesday the coaching team have pushed each player to prove themselves in different aspects of the game such as tackling, fitness, game awareness and more.

Addison added: “It has been a great environment for learning and with additional coaching support from Chris Geehan (Sunderland XV), Chris Marsden (Bishop Auckland), Emily Hunter (DMP Sharks and Hartlepool Rovers) and exceptional management from Paul Geehan (Sunderland RFC) it has been really easy to cope with the additional numbers.”

In preparation for Friday, the team had their last run through together on Wednesday night at Hartlepool Rugby Club enabling them to put together the last five weeks of hard work.

For the last meeting with Northumberland in the 2015/2016 campaign the two sides met their match as the game ended in a 24-24 tie.

As this is considered a derby match, both sides will be searching for bragging rights and a head start in the Gill Burns County Championship campaign.

Being a former player and coach of hosts, Northumberland – Dave Addison said: “I know a lot of their players and they will be very strong with most of their squad playing at Championship level.

“But, for this game I am confident that the ladies selected can step up and make a good account of themselves.

“It is great ground for an entertaining game of rugby to come and watch!”

The game will kick off at 7pm at Novocastrians RFC, Sutherland Park, Benton, Newcastle, NE7 7SZ.

Following Friday’s game, Durham will take on Cumbria at Blaydon RFC on Sunday, May 7 and Lancashire on Sunday, May 14 at Darlington RFC, both kicking off at 2pm.

By Clarissa Murphy

Tamara Taylor and Heather Kerr share International experience with a growing Durham County Women’s side

Tamara Taylor and Heather Kerr share International experience with a growing Durham County Women’s side


Durham County Senior Women welcomed Tamara Taylor and Heather Kerr to share their international knowledge ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

The County Senior Women had the pleasure of experiencing how the England players train their body to International standard at one of their training sessions at Hartlepool Rugby Club.

Taylor and Kerr worked alongside the forwards teaching them new techniques and skills for scrummaging and lineouts.

Paul Geehan, Durham County Senior Women Team Manager said: “Having the pleasure of the two players helping out and chatting with our women will certainly put us on the front foot against our opposition.

“They are both great ambassadors for the game and the players had a great night learning new techniques.”

Earlier this year, Taylor was awarded her 100th International Cap for England playing Lock in the RBS Six Nations match against Wales.

Prop, Kerr has not been short of success, at her young age of 25 she has seven international caps and was this year named RFU Young Player of the Year.

Both girls play alongside one another at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks who were recently announced as part of the new Women’s Premiership Super League programme.

In other training sessions and trials, there have been a record number of women trying out for the County squad.

Over fifty players showed interest in the County team from teams: Sunderland RFC, Darlington RFC, Darlington Mowden Park, Billingham RFC, Hartlepool Rovers, Durham University and Bishop Auckland.

The players have been pushed in various aspects of the game throughout trials working on tackling, line outs, scrums, game plans and more.

Durham County Senior Women coaching team is made up of a variety of experience including, Emily Hunter- DMP Sharks player, Chris Marsden of Bishop Auckland, Chris Geehan of Sunderland XV, David Addison of Sunderland Ladies and newest member Matty Lidster and a fully qualified physiotherapist, JoJo Maddison for match days.


Pictured: 2015/2016 team photo against Cumbria 


Geehan commented on the high numbers at trials saying: “It is unbelievable and by having an influx of players will allow us to develop as well as maintain stability with the experienced players too.

“Having such phenomenal numbers will only make us stronger as a County in the women’s game!”

To utilise the high numbers, the coaching staff are hoping to run a development game against Lancashire.

Following three weeks of trials, the coaching staff have named a development squad and an initial quad which will be cut for games:

Main Squad of 35

Katie Dodgson – Darlington
Alex Webster – DMP
Emily Hunter – DMP
Sarah Hall – Darlington
Nicole Irving -Sunderland Flames
Katherine Insall- Durham University
Saskia Ryan Munden – Sunderland Flames
Ali Bell – Darlington
Lydia Harris – Durham University
Steph Maddison – Sunderland Flames
Kirsty Paterson – Sunderland Flames
Tara Breslin – Sunderland Flames
Claudia Macdonald – DMP/ Durham University
Ursula Hardy – Darlington
Clarissa Murphy – Sunderland Flames
Jess Cheesman – Darlington
Leah davies – Sunderland Flames/ Sunderland University
Suzanne Falconer – Sunderland Flames
Amanda Hilton – Sunderland Flames
Rachel Turnbull – Darlington
Sally Downie – Bishop Auckland
Caitie Smith – DMP
Amber Stonehouse – Sunderland Flames
Jenny Cox – Sunderland Flames
Lyndsay Burn – Darlington
Tara Slater – Sunderland University / Sunderland Flames
Kate Byrnes – Billingham
Beth Blacklock – Durham Univeristy
Catherine McCabe – Sunderland Flames
Amie Bell – Bishop Auckland
Molly Stonebank – Bishop Auckland
Charmaine lamb – Hartlepool Rovers
Abby Richardson – Hartlepool Rovers
Chloe Allison – Bishop Auckland

Development Squad:

Kelly Thomas – Bishop Auckland
Carol Hockworth – Bishop Auckland
Emma Quinn – Bishop Auckland
Natalie Wintersgill – Hartlepool Rovers
Natasha Kennedy – Hartlepool Rovers
Clare Braham – Hartlepool Rovers
Anna Braham – Hartlepool Rovers
Bethany shears – Hartlepool Rovers
Louise Randall – Hartlepool Rovers
Jaz Bradley – Billingham
Kellie palmer – Hartlepool Rovers
Hester Ormerod – Durham Uni
Kate Mcdermott – Sunderland University/ Sunderland Flames


Durham County Senior Women take on Northumberland in their first game for the Gill Burns County Championships on Friday, April 28 at Novocastrians – 7pm KO.

The next two games have been fortunate to fall locally, taking on Cumbria at Blaydon on Sunday, May 7 – 2pm KO and Lancashire on Sunday, May 14 at Darlington Rugby Club- 2pm KO.

Show your support and show up to watch your County Women in some exciting and entertaining games!


By Clarissa Murphy

Upcoming Events

  • June 27, 2017
    • Girls Schools beach festival
      12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      In the second of the schools beach festivals, the girls throughout the county will gather at Seaburn beach to play touch rugby.

  • July 2, 2017
    • Women and Girls Summer Touch
      1:00 pm

      Darlington Mowden Park play host to the Women and Girls Summer Touch Festival on July, 2.

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