Darlington Rugby Club Ladies grasp Cup title in final while Bishop run away with the Plate.
Four Women’s teams in Durham County went head to head in the County Cup to see Darlington Ladies crowned Champions on Sunday.
Pictured by Sally Evans: Darlington Celebrating winning County Cup
Ladies from Bishop Auckland, Darlington Ladies, Hartlepool Rovers and Sunderland Flames all gathered at Black Meadows to see who would take the County Cup and Plate.
Ahead of kick- off, all players and coaches gathered across the pitch to hold a minute silence for recently passed player of Darlington RFC Ladies, Lyndsey Burns more commonly known to friends as Percy.
Pictured by Sally Evans: Minute silence in memory of Percy
In the first round of games, group A; Darlington and Hartlepool Rovers played one another and in group B; Bishop Auckland played Sunderland Flames.
Pictured by Sally Evans: Rovers v Darlington
Pictured by Sally Evans: Bishop v Sunderland scrum
With the conclusion of two positive games of rugby the decision was made and Bishop Auckland were set to face Hartlepool Rovers with Darlington and Sunderland heading over to the main pitch to battle it out for number one spot.
As current title holders, Sunderland Flames were keen to obtain the trophy against fellow friends and league associates, but as Darlington stepped out for only the second time without dear friend Percy, they too had a reason to deliver.
Pictured by Sally Evans: Darlington v Sunderland in the final
After a gruelling and physical opening to the game, Darlington scooped up a loose ball in their 22 to see them over the line for a 7-0 lead. Despite strong efforts by Sunderland moving forward they just feel short of a score as the game ended with Ali Bell of Darlington kicking into touch inside the ten metre line of their own try line.
Across the fence, the contest for the Plate was a much higher score with Bishop winning 38-5. Rovers made their way on to the board with try scorer Natasha Kennedy while Bishop saw Hannah Mulholland score a hattrick and four conversions, Chloe Allison cross over twice and full back Amie Bell add one.
Pictured By Sally Evans: Bishop Auckland team with County Plate
Jan Duncan, Durham County Women and Girls Chair said: “It was a great day and all teams had new people in which is great.”
This Sunday, Darlington Ladies and Sunderland Flames head into league action in Women’s Championship North Two with Sunderland playing hosts to Sefton Ladies and Darlington welcoming newly promoted ‘Women’s Team of the Year’ Barnsley Ladies.
For Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool Rovers it is another week to prepare as their league action in Women’s NC North Two East starts on Sunday, September 17 where Bishop travel to Morpeth and Rovers tackle their first ever league match against Novocastrians II away.
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By Clarissa Murphy