Durham Women head to Northern 7s Finals
Durham County Women are through to the Northern 7s finals after securing runners up position at the RFU 24/7s Qualifiers.
On the last weekend in June, Billingham RFC welcomed a host of different clubs to compete in the RFU 24/7s qualifiers on their new artificial grass pitch.
In the men’s’ elite league, teams came from Consett, Billingham, Darlington Mowden Park and more with social men’s’ team also entering.
For the Ladies competition, Bishop Auckland reigned champions on the day beating Durham Ladies Baa Baas in the final and will also head to West Park Leeds RFC for the Northern finals.
The Durham Baa Baas side was made up of three players from Billingham RFC, one from Darlington Mowden Park and five from Sunderland Flames.
Heading to the finals in the burgundy jersey are: Clarissa Murphy (Sunderland Flames) Karen Donkin (Sunderland Flames), Rachel Frost (Sunderland Flames), Steph Maddison (Sunderland Flames), Emma Langton (Sunderland Flames), Kate Byrnes (Billingham Ladies) Courtney Hussain (Billingham Ladies) and Caitie Smith (Darlington Mowden Park).
During the qualifiers, Durham Baa Baas came up against Acklam Ladies, newly formed Hartlepool Rovers and winners Bishop Auckland.
In the men’s’ elite qualifier, Billingham’s finest will make the journey south after beating Darlington Mowden Park in the final.
The competition at West Park Leeds RFC is the second stage and offers teams a chance to compete against the other best seven’s sides in the North.
On the day, the winners and runners up in both the men’s’ and women’s’ competitions will progress to the National 24/7s final at The Rec in Bath on Saturday, July 24.
Registration starts at 10am with games follwoing at 11am on Saturday, July 15 at West Park Leeds RFC.
Durham County RFU wishes the best of luck to all Durham Clubs making the journey.
By Clarissa Murphy