Falcons Camp: Residental junior camp returns for tenth year

Falcons Camp: Residental junior camp returns for tenth year

 

The Newcastle Falcons Barnard Castle residential camp returns for its tenth year at the prestigious Barnard Castle School.

It will be held from August, 21- 25. The five day/ four nights residential camp is a fantastic opportunity for experienced rugby players to gain high quality coaching from Newcastle Falcons community coaches, Falcons players and Academy coaches.

As well as invaluable time spent with coaches and players there are a variety of areas the camp will focus on including: fitness, game management, position specific skill sessions and tactical decision making.

This gives the participants an insight into professional rugby with visits from both Newcastle Falcons players as well as hosting Acadmey Coachings. Both visits will give the playes insight into how to improve their game and work towards their rugby goals. 

To conclude the week, the Friday will be games day – participants are put into teams and play games displaying all they have learnt throughout the week, and of course parents are invited to come and watch.

Off the field, each evening there will be a host of activities to take part in such as touch rugby, football, dodgeball, swimming* and leisure time.
The price includes three meals a day plus supper, and all overnight accommodation.

For just £295 participants will have a week never to forget experiencing first class coaching in spectacular surroundings.  

Camp begins Monday @ 1pm and finishes Friday lunch time. Participants must be at least age group U13 and maximum U17 (going into season 17/180).

For more information and to book, please visit www.rugbycamps.co.uk/newcastle-falcons

Age grade: County Cup and Plate updates

The Durham County Age Grade Cup and Plate Finals

 

With the season drawing to a close the final three age grade cup and plate finals are set to be played in the coming weeks.

In the U15s, Durham City challenge Billingham in the Cup final while in the Plate, South Shields Westoe face Bishop Auckland.

Both games will take place on Sunday April, 30 at Consett RFC for a 1.30pm KO

Moving on to the U16, in the Cup, Durham City take on Darlington Mowden Park and fighting for the Plate, Gateshead play Sunderland.

The U16s Cup and the Plate will also be played at Consett RFC on Sunday, April 23 for a 1.30pm KO.

And lastly, in the U18s Cup Darlignton face Durham City and in the Plate, Consett take on DMP.

Both games will take place at Durham City RFC, with the Cup on the main pitch and the Plate just a short walk away at the Race Course pitch, both will KO at 2pm.

A Successfully weekend as Hartlepool BBOB are World Champions and Durham U20s secure final at Twickenham

A Successfully weekend as Hartlepool BBOB are World Champions and Durham U20s secure final at Twickenham 

 

This weekend was another busy weekend starting at Hartlepool BBOB for the World Cup Championship rugby match and then a well worth lengthy journey to Kent to watch the National Counties U20s Championship Semi- Final.

Starting close to home, Saturday was kick started at the Old Friarage ground for the Boys Brigade Old Boys annual World Cup match.

As far as it has been able to confirm, there are only two BBOB sides in the world; one is in Hartlepool and the other in Northampton.
In light of this, they play one other annually on Easter Saturday for the World Champion title.

Hartlepool played host this year for the twenty first playing of the match.

It is a focal point of both sides playing and social calendar each year with the off field activities being as large a part of the weekend as the actual match.

I was able to join in the pre match reception and watch the early stages of the match before having to leave for the journey to Kent for the U20 match.

This year’s champions were Hartlepool with a 57 – 22 victory and I am told that the post-match activities were as lively and enjoyable as ever.

Pictured: Hartlepool BBOB World Champions match players

 

Saturday evening I travelled to Kent with the County U20 side for the Nation Semi-Final match to be played at Cranbrook RFC on the Sunday.

After an overnight stay at Dartford, we travelled the last leg of the journey to Cranbrook RFC on Sunday morning.

It was a fine dry day and a very good pitch; all was set for a good match.
There was a large crowd which included former England back row, Mickey Skinner who had come to watch his son play in the Kent side.

The Durham lads produced a superb performance eventually coming out victors 26 -18.

Pictured: Durham County U20s team with coaches and guest President Tony Wilson

 

We can now proudly say that the lads have earned their way to the Final against Yorkshire at the home of Rugby, Twickenham on Saturday May, 6 – 5pm KO.

It has to be said that it was overwhelming to see the number of families and friends of players that made the long journey to support the Durham team.

They could certainly be heard on the day and the lads said that it helped in raising their game.

 

To see more of President Wilson’s Willer’s Wanderings, check them out here

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

County U20s book Twickenham Final

A great away win to defeat Kent by 18-26 ensured a place in the final of the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship for the Durham County U20s.

The final will be held on 6th May 2017 at Twickenham where Durham will face Pool 1 rivals Yorkshire.

Willer’s Wanderings: A big name but a short walk

Willer’s Wanderings: A big name but a short walk 

 

Saturday saw me visit the club with what is thought to be the longest club name in English rugby.

West Hartlepool Technical Day School Old Boys Rugby Football Club or as they are more famously known throughout the county – Tech.

This was my shortest club visit of the season with the Tech Club and ground less than half a mile away from home.

Tech have had mixed fortunes in recent years. At their peak they were competing at level six playing in National League North One East. However, they succumb to damage as with no junior section to supply fresh playing talent they slipped down the leagues. As a result, they eventually they dropped out of league rugby and for a couple of seasons played no rugby at all.

Three years ago with a combination of senior former players and youngsters recruited form the local area, a team was put together to enter the Tees Valley League. After two years’ experience of playing in the Tees Valley League, this season they re-joined league rugby entering Durham Northumberland Division Three.

Tech have a squad of around thirty players and have fulfilled their full league programme and reached the final of the Durham County Junior cup which is due to be played later this month.

Coached by former players, Mick Ingham and Kevin Cooke they feel that this season has been one of progress and with the prospect of a number of new young players for the start of next season they are optimistic about the near future.

In the evening there was a birthday party for former Tech and Rovers back row, Billy Devonport. This brought lots of old rugby friends into the club and kept me there later than I had intended talking about past playing days.

LIVE: We are here to connect your Schools and Clubs through the new MAP!

LIVE: The Durham County Schools Union Map for Schools and Clubs 

We have launched the Schools Union map to help clubs and schools interlink and provide as much information as possible for YOU to take advantage of. The aim is to help parents, players and teachers connect with their nearest club teams at age grade level to get children making an easy and fun transition into the game. We will look to develop this map further with as we add more schools, more details and get more of you using it! We hope it is a helpful tool!

Durham County Schools Union Schools and Clubs

This map is to help navigate Durham County Schools Union affiliated schools as well as other rugby playing schools with their local clubs in Durham. If you would like to add your school to the map please get in touch with us at: dcrfu@therfu.com We hope you find this very helpful and it leads clubs to schools and schools to clubs to expand the link between the two and get more children enjoying playing rugby!

 

Durham County Schools Union: Update three

Durham County Schools Union: Update three 

This terms Durham County Schools Union Update includes; success stories, sevens competitions, a chance to have your say and of course, most important the launch of our Schools Union MAP!

The Map is a great tool to use to connect schools and clubs with one another, providing contact details and information about the club, we look to build on this platform as we add more schools and more contact details for schools.

Please share the map and encourage people to use it to find out more!

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Upcoming Events

  • April 26, 2017
    • Senior County Cup Final

      The finalists are yet to be known but the match will take place on April 26 , 2017.

  • April 27, 2017
    • Discipline Committee
      7:00 pm

      Discipline Committee will meet at Sunderland RFC

  • April 29, 2017
    • Darlo mini and junior festival
      10:30 am

      Festival of rugby for age groups, Under 16, Under 15, Under 14 & Under 13.
      Entering a team costs £25 each but if you enter four, the fifth goes free. To book contact: kendra@dualbound.co.uk

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