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Preview: Durham Ladies announce squad to take on East Midlands RFU at Peterborough RUFC

Preview: Durham Ladies announce squad to take on East Midlands RFU at Peterborough RUFC

 

Durham County Ladies set for the road as they prepare to take on East Midlands RFU in the Gill Burns Campaign.

Last week saw the Durham Ladies step out in front of a warming home crowd, against current champions, Lancashire.

The visitors showed their dominance in areas of the game that Durham were unable to match, running in 27-5 winners at Hartlepool RFC.

Durham return to the field on Saturday as they take on East Midlands at Peterborough RUFC.

Dave Addison, Durham Ladies Coach, said: “We are really pleased with our squad of players, we showed on Sunday that we can match anyone in the competition last week against, Lancashire.

“Last week we competed admirably, we lost out captain and both scrum halves to injury and it affected our shape.

“We struggled to turn our possession and chances into points.”

Durham are yet to face opponents, East Midlands in the County Championships. Last week this weekend’s hosts, lost out 17-3 to hosts North Midlands RFU.

Speaking about the game ahead, Addison added; “We are looking to get a win away, this weekend.

“The hosts lost out last weekend, so we know they will be looking for the same.

“Our aim for the season, was to finish higher than in previous season and hopefully North Midlands can do us a favour and beat Lancashire.

“All of our focus is on a tough away game and to play positive and entertaining rugby.”

Training has continued this week at Hartlepool RFC as Durham have looked to continue to turn their shapes and moves into an effective game plan as a team.

In the opening fixture, the Durham Ladies were victims to their own mistakes as they missed out on scoring opportunities in the 22.

Addison commented: “At this level, we need to take our chances and be clinical in attack and defence.

“If we get good field position and do not execute it, good teams will capitalise on this, as did Lancashire.

“We have had to learn this the painful way, but heading into Saturday’s game, we need to leave it as a lesson learnt.

“The squad are more than capable to play the rugby that will win games, we just need to believe.”

The ladies to make the trip are as follows; Emily Hunter (Darlington Mowden Park), Alex Webster (Darlington Mowden Park), Lauren Rigby (Darlington Mowden Park), Jess Cheesman (Darlington), Sarah Hall (Darlington), Ellie Pigford (Hartlepool Rovers), Olivia Davison (Sunderland Flames), Amber Stonehouse (Sunderland Flames), Claudia McDonald (Darlington Mowden Park), Clarissa Murphy (Sunderland Flames), Kirsty Paterson (Sunderland Flames), Tara Breslin (Sunderland Flames), McKenzie Thomas (Darlington Mowden Park), Ursula Hardy (Darlington), Treen Hardy (Sunderland Flames), Julie Noble (Sunderland Flames), Dannielle Coulton (Hartlepool Rovers), Michaela Theaker (Darlington), Rachael Knight (Sunderland Flames), Vicky Murphy (Sunderland Uni), Tammy Theaker (Darlington), Olivia Rowe (Darlington Mowden Park), and travelling reserves Becca Walker (Sunderland Flames) and Chelsea Burger (Hartlepool Rovers).

The game will kick off at Peterborough RUFC on Saturday May, 5 from 2pm.

 

Durham County Women lose out to Lancashire Champions in the opening fixture

Durham County Women lose out to Lancashire Champions in the opening fixture


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County Women lose out to current Champions, Lancashire 27-5 in the first round of the Gill Burns Championship fixtures.

Durham Ladies welcomed 2016/2017 Champions, Lancashire to Hartlepool RFC on Sunday for their first clash of the campaign.

2017/2018: Team photo at Hartlepool RFC

Lancashire made the first mark on board with an early unconverted try after pod work saw them go round the corner for a forwards try.

The hosts demonstrated their desire to compete for the win as the forwards played quick ball before seeing Emily Hunter cross over the line to draw 5-5.

Despite strong and clinical attack from Lancashire, Durham persisted to shut down the Lancashire side with strong tackles from Rachelle Cooley, Tammy Theaker and Tara Breslin as the ball moved wide.

Pictured: Rachelle Colley and Tammay Theaker

Lancashire were well equipped in their experienced side, and used their speed to move into the Durham’s 22. Despite a structured Durham defence, the visitors power in the forwards proved the more dominant after several phases saw them under the posts to lead 12-5.

Before the half time break, the two sides battled it out in the middle of the field as possession frequently changed hands. Durham’s prop Lauren Rigby continued to turn over the Lancashire possession and secure the break downs to allow for pod work. But, it was once again the champions capitalising on their chances scoring two unconverted tries before the break while Durham winger, Ursula Hardy remained in the sin bin.

Line break: Lauren Rigby of DMP gains ground for Durham

Heading into the second half, Durham exerted pressure from the kick off to force the rested side into mistakes, setting the hosts up for a scrum in their half.

Durham set up camp in the visitors half and remained their for the first quarter of the second half. Despite losing the second scrum half of the match, Lucy Hewitt, Durham remained focussed as Olivia Rowe stepped up to the position exerting pressure off set piece.

Second replacement Scrum half; Olivia Rowe

The hosts attack caused some trouble to the visitors with powerful line breaks from Ellie Pigford, Hunter and Breslin, but the lack of support play at the break down allowed the clinical champions to quickly turn the ball over.

Despite losing two players to the sin bin in the second half, Lancashire held their shape and covered their missing player, slimming the opportunities in Durham’s attack.

The second half remained a battle of the best as both teams proved their resilience, throughout.

In the last play of the game, it was the visitors on the scoring end as they fought their way around the corner with phase play to end the game 27-5.

Christopher Jones, Durham County Women’s Coach said: “Durham provided the current county champions with a game of rugby that had everything.

“We showed physicality up front and pace out wide and strong in defence, which forced them to work hard for the points they scored.

“The ladies should be proud of their efforts, training has clearly been paying off and it is exciting for the rest of the competition to see how they progress.

“We were not clinical enough in the final third and our decision making when close to the try line cost us, that and some impressive, well drilled defence from Lancashire.

“If we can improve on this aspect of our game in training this week I am confident the next game we will be even more competitive.”

Off the field, the day was another historical one for Women’s Rugby in the County as a further nine players collected their County pin badges for their first Women’s XV appearance including players; Tammy Theaker, Lauren Rigby, Olivia Rowe, Julie Noble, Ellie Pigford, Treen Hardy, Michaela Theaker, Olivia Davison and Lucy Hewitt.

As well as County pin badges, there was also a County Cap handed out to Emily Hunter for representing Durham County in five Championship fixtures.

County Cap: Player coach, Emily Hunter receive County cap from President John Denham

 

Durham’s next fixture sees them travel away to Peterborough RFC to take on East Midlands RFU on Sunday May, 6.

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County Sevens set to return to Billingham RUFC this June

Durham County Sevens set to return to Billingham RUFC this June

 

The RFU 24/7s competition is set to return for its second year at Billingham RUFC in June.

The event is open to male and female teams and will be the first round qualifier into the Northern Finals for the England Rugby 24/7 events.

Last year saw Billingham Men reign champions and qualify alongside the Bishop Auckland Ladies who topped the Women’s pool, and were accompanied by Durham County Women Baa Baas to the Northern Finals day at West Park Leeds RFC.

Check out the poster below for more details;

Preview: Durham County Women prepare for opening game of Gill Burns Championship

Durham County Women prepare for opening game of Gill Burns Championship

 

Durham County Women welcome current Gill Burns Champions, Lancashire Ladies for their first 2017/2018 campaign fixture.

After five weeks of training and trials and a development fixture against Eastern Counties, Durham prepare to host Lancashire at Hartlepool Rugby Club on Sunday.

Last week, the coaches slimmed down a competitive training squad to a 33 – woman squad to pick from for the remainder of the championships.

Training has seen players attend in mass from across the County including Acklam, Bishop Auckland, Darlington Mowden Park, Darlington, Hartlepool Rovers and Sunderland Flames.

David Addison, Lead Coach commented on training saying: “It has been well attended and the attitude of the ladies has been good.

“We have given them a lot to take on board in a short amount of time and they have been working really hard.”

In last year’s campaign the Durham Ladies hosted Lancashire at Darlington RFC where the visitors dominated the first half, despite a strong come back in the second half, Lancashire reigned winners 40-5.

2016/17 Team Photo: Durham County Women following Lancashire game at Darlington RFC 

 

Christopher Geehan, Durham Ladies Backs Coach said: “As my second year with the backs, I am really impressed with how everyone has improved over the last year as individuals.

“Our game plan and the skills we are asking of players, comes with ease which compliments our ability as a team.

“As a coach, I am optimistic for this year and I think we are a side not to be written off.”

Addison added: “Lancashire are not champions for no good reason.

“Last year showed us that they can score from our mistakes, they are quick and they allow the ball to do the work.”

The ladies set to take on the champions are:

PLAYER CLUB
1 Lauren Rigby Darlington Mowden Park
2 Alex Webster Darlington Mowden Park
3 Emily Hunter Darlington Mowden Park
4 Nicole Irving Sunderland Flames
5 Jess Cheesman (VC) Darlington
6 Ellie Pigford Hartlepool Rovers
7 Olivia Davison Sunderland Flames
8 Amber Stonehouse Sunderland Flames
9 Steph Maddison (C) Sunderland Flames
10 Lucy Hewitt Darlington
11 Tammy Theaker Darlington
12 Tara Breslin Sunderland Flames
13 Kirsty Paterson Sunderland Flames
14 Ursula Hardy Darlington
15 Rachelle Cooley (VC) Bishop Auckland
16 Julie Noble Sunderland Flames
17 Michaela Theaker Darlington
18 Becca Walker Sunderland Flames
19 Sarah Hall Darlington
20 Olivia Rowe Darlington Mowden Park
21 Clarissa Murphy Sunderland Flames
22 Treen Hardy Sunderland Flames
TRAVELLING RESERVES
23 Rachael Knight Sunderland Flames
24 Chelsea Burger Hartlepool Rovers
25 Dannielle Coulton Hartlepool Rovers

 

Geehan added: “The game will come down to who wants it more and who has the extra fight to give, upfront.

“We believe we have that.”

The game will take place at Hartlepool Rugby Club, TS24 9BA from 3pm.

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County Schools Union hail success of the return of County Cup and Plate competitions

Durham County Schools Union hail success of the return of County Cup and Plate competitions

In 2017/2018 the Durham Schools Union partnered with RFU professional staff to bring back the County Schools Cup and Plate competitions.

The first round of the competition saw schools play one another based on geographical location. Based on the table result standings from each event, teams were sent to either the Cup or Plate finals.

This year saw over 33 schools enter across the seven age groups and almost 1,000 students taking part in the game.

Check out the infograph below, to learn more.

The Cup and Plate competition will take place again in the 2018/2019 season with some additions to the format to accommodate the large uptake, experienced this year.

Keep and eye out for more details to follow, soon!

Durham County Women Coaches announce initial 33 Woman squad ahead of Gill Burns Campaign

Durham County Women Coaches announce initial 33 Woman squad ahead of Gill Burns Campaign

 

Durham County Women Coaches have picked their initial 33- Woman squad for their Championship Campaign.

Following three weeks of trials of training and a development fixture, on Saturday, the Durham Coaches has slimmed the squad down to select from, for each fixture.

The Durham Coaches will use the 33 players to pick each, 22 Woman squad for the Gill Burns Championship fixtures.

The 33 players selected are;

POSITION NAME CLUB
PROP Chelsea Burger Hartlepool Rovers
PROP Jess Cheesman Darlington
PROP Julie Noble Sunderland Flames
PROP Lauren Rigby Darlington Mowden Park
PROP Beth Geehan Sunderland Flames
HOOKER Emily Hunter Darlington Mowden Park
HOOKER Alex Webster Darlington Mowden Park
HOOKER Danielle Coulton Hartlepool Rovers
HOOKER Molly Stonebank Bishop Auckland
SECOND ROW Nicole Irving Sunderland Flames
SECOND ROW Sarah Hall Darlington
SECOND ROW Charmaine Jeffreys Hartlepool Rovers
SECOND ROW Natasha Kennedy Hartlepool Rovers
FLANKER Rachael Knight Sunderland Flames
FLANKER Ellie Pigford Hartlepool Rovers
FLANKER Olivia Davison Sunderland Flames
NUMBER 8 Amber Stonehouse Sunderland Flames
NUMBER 8 Becca Walker Sunderland Flames
SCRUM HALF Steph Maddison Sunderland Flames
SCRUM HALF Chloe Allison Bishop Auckland
FLY HALF Clarissa Murphy Sunderland Flames
FLY HALF Lucy Hewitt Darlington
THREE QUARTERS Ursula Hardy Darlington
THREE QUARTERS Rachelle Cooley Bishop Auckland
THREE QUARTERS Tara Breslin Sunderland Flames
THREE QUARTERS Kirsty Paterson Sunderland Flames
THREE QUARTERS Treen Hardy Sunderland Flames
THREE QUARTERS Mackenzie Thomas Darlington Mowden Park
THREE QUARTERS Olivia Rowe Darlington Mowden Park
THREE QUARTERS Tara Slater Sunderland Flames
THREE QUARTERS Tammy Theaker Darlington
  Kirsty Mann Acklam
  Michaela Theaker Darlington

Durham County will welcome Lancashire RFU in their first championship fixture at Hartlepool RFC on Sunday April, 29, 2.30pm KO.

To see more about the squad, check out the page here 

Durham County announce Women’s ‘A’ squad to welcome Eastern Counties to Billingham RUFC

Durham County announce Women’s ‘A’ squad to welcome Eastern Counties to Billingham RUFC


Durham County Women ‘A’ will welcome Eastern Counties Development in an exhibition game at Billingham RUFC, this Saturday.

After just three weeks of trials and training, Durham will take the field for the first time as an ‘A’ team in a friendly opening to the season.

2016/17: Durham County Women after Cumbria win at Blaydon RFC

 

This will be a chance for players that usually play at different rugby clubs across the county, to experience playing on the same team.

Putting out a development squad, builds on the back of last year’s campaign that also saw Durham produce a second team. It demonstrates the growth of the game and the wealth of players wanting to represent their County.

Unfortunately, a number of clubs are still involved in club league fixtures and are therefore unable to put players in for the game.

The team taking to the field on Saturday is as follows:

  Player Club
1 Chelsea Burger Hartlepool Rovers
2 Danielle Coulton Hartlepool Rovers
3 Beth Geehan Sunderland Flames
4 Charmaine Jeffreys Hartlepool Rovers
5 Natasha Kennedy Hartlepool Rovers
6 Rachael Knight Sunderland Flames
7 Olivia Davison Sunderland Flames
8 Amber Stonehouse Sunderland Flames
9 Steph Maddison (C) Sunderland Flames
10 Clarissa Murphy Sunderland Flames
11 Emma Kier Hartlepool Rovers
12 Tara Breslin Sunderland Flames
13 Kirsty Paterson Sunderland Flames
14 Jain Guillaume Acklam Ladies
15 Treen Hardy Sunderland Flames
     
16 Kirsty Mann Acklam Ladies
17 Dorcus Lunn
18 Kimmii Colvin Hartlepool Rovers
19 Kiera Yorston Sunderland Flames
20 Amy Norton

 

The game will kick off at 12pm, prior to Billingham V Preston Grasshoppers on the Rugby 365 AGP pitch.

Three Durham Schools prepare for North East and Cumbria U15 Girls Finals

Three Durham Schools prepare for North East and Cumbria U15 Girls Finals

 

Three Durham County RFU Schools will head to Tynedale RUFC on Thursday to compete in the North East and Cumbria U15 Girls School finals.

St Thomas Moore, Harton Academy and High Tunstall College of Science were invited to the Schools Final following their success in the Durham County Schools Union Cup competition at the end of last year.

St Thomas Moore reigned Schools Cup Winners, with Harton finishing a close second.

The Durham Schools will face one another, as well as teams travelling from Cumbria and Northumberland, including; Queen Elizabeth, Workington Academy and Netherhall Academy.

The competition will be played in a round robin format with each team playing each other in a bid to be the best on the day, and win the North East and Cumbria U15 Girls Final Trophy.

Games will kick off from 1pm at Tynedale RUFC, NE45 5AY.

Best of luck to all the players and schools making the trip.

 

Durham County RFU offer clubs fully funded bookings for England Rugby 365 AGP pitch usage

Durham County RFU offer clubs fully funded bookings for England Rugby 365 AGP pitch usage

Durham County RFU have incentivised the use of the England Rugby 365 AGP pitch situated at Billingham RUFC.

For four weeks only, Durham Clubs can book the AGP surface free of charge to fulfil outstanding 15 a side fixtures or to hold club training.

The offer comes in response to the ‘Beast from the East’ and a bad winter, that has seen clubs fixtures and trainings suffer.

Subject to availability and funding, Durham Clubs can book the pitch anytime between now and Sunday April, 8. The bookings must be made centrally through the Durham County RFU Administrator as personal bookings will not be reimbursed.

Maybe you want a Friday night lights fixture for your social team, a Saturday morning kick off for your first team or even a Sunday afternoon game for your women or girls!

To make your booking free of charge, get in touch NOW!

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England Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County to grow the female game

England Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County to grow the female game

 

England Rugby launch the return of the ‘Inner Warrior’ camps and, Durham County look to grow their number of Women and Girls players with eight Clubs hosting an event.

The Inner Warrior camps first launched last year, as a campaign by England Rugby to get Women and Girls in to rugby union.

It is the chance to try rugby for the first time or even pick up a ball again after a break.

Warrior camps are the perfect way to get your 2018 goals off to a flying start; say yes to more, improve your fitness, meet new people and more.

Throughout Durham County, there are ten camps taking place across the eight clubs.

First to kick start the camps were, Ryton RFC on Saturday as they welcomed over 20 girls for their taster session with, four new faces.

Pictured; Ryton RFC Inner warrior, 2017/18

 

Check out the camps up next;

BISHOP AUCKLAND RFC

Girls – ages 11 – 17 join the club for a Friday evening of fun, games and non-contact rugby.

Friday, Jan, 19 @ 6pm

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HARTLEPOOL ROVERS RFC

Women and Girls – two camps, one evening and all for free.

Friday, Jan, 19 @ 7pm

Event 

SUNDERLAND RUFC

Women – between ages 17 and 100 come along for a fun morning of rugby! A chance to try something new at the same time as others, and you might even like it.

Sunday, Jan, 21 @ 11am

Event

CONSETT RFC

Girls – ages 11 – 17 welcome to come along to join the team!

Sunday, Jan, 21 @ 1pm

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HOUGHTON RFC

Girls – ages 11 – 17 come along for a night of fun, games and a little bit of rugby!

Wednesday, Jan, 24 @ 7pm

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DARLINGTON MOWDEN PARK

Women and Girls – That means an evening for mums, daughters, sisters, friends, aunties, grandmas and more!

Thursday, Jan, 25 – Girls @ 6pm and Women @ 7.30pm

Event

HORDEN AND PETERLEE RUFC

Girls – Ages 11 – 17 welcome to come along and join a growing girls section at the club!

Friday, Jan, 26 @ 6pm

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What are the camps for?

They were designed to introduce you to the sport with ease and lots of fun. Inner Warrior camps are a platform to encourage all ages, abilities and experienced females to get involved.

It is a chance to learn the basics, get an introduction to the contact side of the game but mostly, to have fun!.

Rugby is all about, enjoyment, sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and respect and this will be shadowed in all of the camps around Durham County and the Country.

After a huge boost of women and girls playing rugby in 2017, England Rugby hope this years, 185 planned Inner Warrior camps across the county will have the same affect.

Since its initial launch, over 10,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide; and of those women, 3,500 had never picked up a rugby ball before.

As a result of the camps, a high interest from women and girls rugby echoed, resulting in an influx of players joining 41 new contact rugby club teams in 2017.

As well, women’s rugby continues to show its worth as it breaks records – female participation in rugby has increased 215% since 2013, making it one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England.

Still got more questions? Check out the poster below for all you need to know…

 

Be a apart of the continued growth in Durham County and sign up to your #InnerWarrior camp now!

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    • CRSC meeting7:00 pmThe Community Rugby Standing Committee will meet at Gateshead RFC to discuss the season ahead.
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