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

SUNDERLAND RFC LADIES TEAM UP WITH NANDOS TO TACKLE COST OF DEFIBILATOR

 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: durhamcorugbywomenandgirls@gmail.com

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 County Cups: Dates and teams announced here

Durham County Cups: Dates and teams announced here

 

Now that the rugby season is over, it is all units ‘go’ to prepare for 2017/18 season including the County Cup dates and teams entered!

See information below, the Cup draws will take place after the County Committee AGM & Committee meeting on July, 11.

DCRFU CUP COMPETITIONS 2017/2018 
SENIOR INTERMEDIATE JUNIOR PLATE
BLAYDON HARTLEPOOL ROVERS SEATON CAREW SEAHAM
DMP STOCKTON BISHOP AUCKLAND CLS
BILLINGHAM GATESHEAD WINLATON VULCANS WASHINGTON
WEST HARTLEPOOL BARNARD CASTLE NEWTON AYCLIFFE HARTLEPOOL BBOB
SOUTH SHIELDS WESTOE RYTON JARROVIANS
HORDEN DARLINGTON WEST TDSOB
DURHAM CITY SUNDERLAND YARM
CONSETT HARTLEPOOL SOUTH SHIELDS
SEDGEFIELD
HOUGHTON

First round: On or before Saturday August, 26 2017

Semi Finals: On or before Saturday March, 24 2018

Finals: TBC

 

2ND TEAMS CUP 3RD TEAMS CUP 4TH TEAMS CUP
PRELIMINARY ROUND (IF NEEDED)
FIRST ROUND NOVEMBER 4, 2017 NOVEMBER 4, 2017 NOVEMBER 4TH, 2017
QUARTER FINALS FEBRUARY 17, 2018 FEBRUARY 17, 2018 FEBRUARY 17, 2018
SEMI FINALS MARCH 24, 2018 MARCH 24, 2018 MARCH 24, 2018
FINAL APRIL 8th 2018 APRIL 15H 2018 APRIL 22ND 2018

What do you want: Durham County RFU Player Participation Report

What do you want: Durham County RFU Player Participation Report

 

Since January, Durham County RFU has been completiting various steps in order to establish what it is players want from the experience within Durham County.

In order to find this out, with the help of Sunderland University Graduate, Jamie Watson several club visits were completed, meetings and reviews to gather feedback.

We are now happy to publish the final report and hope it will go on to help clubs moving forward.

This is a report based on you, by you and for you!

Report Rugby Union final (3)

 

 

Durham County Senior Men’s Championship ended by a strong Leicestershire side

Durham County Senior Men’s Championship ended by a strong Leicestershire side

 

Durham Senior Men County Campaign hopes holted by a strong Leicestershire side in a 55-14 loss.

Pictured: Team after Cumbria victory

 

After two convincing victories, Durham were in a fight for Twickenham glory as they travelled down to Oldham RFC on Saturday.

Durham opened their campaign welcoming Cumbria to Hartlepool Rovers and running in a 62-5 victory for local spectators to enjoy.

The first away trip to play Staffordshire saw a similar turn of events as once again they did not struggle to get a score on the board, leaving Lichfield RFC with a 44- 14 victory.

Although, Leicester had also had a similar favourable start to the campaign and asserted dominance in play that Durham had not yet been faced with.

The hosts were an experienced side selected in the main from South Leicester, Leicester Lions and Hinckley.

John Dove, Chairman of Selectors for Durham County Seniors said: “They demonstrated they were a strong side on the pitch as well as on paper.

So much so, their victory sees them play in the fianl at Twickenham on Saturday for the fifth tim in seven years of playing in the compeition.

“We are a very young squad and will have beneffited from this years competition and will add to our strength coming back next year.”

On the day, try scorers Liam Checksfield (of West Hartlepool) and Max Connon (of Blaydon RFC) lined up Josh Bragman (of DMP) for the conversions to cut the deficit to 55-14.

Throughout the Championship, Durham have welcomed new players to the team sheet and to the pitch to contribute to the sides success. In paticular, Tom Johnson is the first player in 17 years to play for the representative side from Hartlepool RFC and was also awarded his County Cap on Saturday for making five appearances.

Picture: Tom Johnson of Hartlepool RFC receiving County Cap

 

Players throughout the campaign also came from: West Hartlepool, Blaydon, Billingham, Harrogate, Middlesbrough, Darlington Mowden Park, South Shields Westoe and Durham City.

Alot of hard work takes place on the lead up to the County Championship that makes it possible, Durham County RFU would like to thank all the back up staff, the Chairman of Selectors and the excellent work of the Coaches, Chris Wearmouth and Andrew Baggett.

Team that faced Leicestershire:

1. Charlie Purkiss-McEndoo       Harrogate
2. Tom Larder                               Harrogate
3. Ben Parkinson                          Durham City
4. Chris Wearmouth                    Blaydon
5. Andrew Kirton                       
   Sth. Shields Westoe
6. Talite Vaioleti                           DMP
7. Anthony Jackson                      Billingham
8. Danny Dixon                             Billingham
9. Max Connon                             Blaydon
10. Andrew Baggett                    Blaydon
11. Frazer Wilson                         Blaydon
12. Peter Youll                              West Hartlepool
13. Liam Checksfield                    West Hartlepool
14. Martin Hopley                        Billingham
15. Josh Bragman                         DMP

16. Kieran Clark                            Middlesbrough
17. Chris Wood                            DMP
18. Tom Johnson                         Hartlepool
19. Martin Lonsdale                    Blaydon
20. Lewis Roxby                           Billingham
21. Conner Foley                         Middlesbrough

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By Clarissa Murphy

Willer’s Wanderings ended alongside Durham County’s Championship Campaign

Willer’s Wanderings ended alongside Durham County’s Championship Campaign

 

The Durham County Willer’s Wanderings were drawn to end with an away trip with the County Senior Men to Oakham RFC for the County Championship match against Leicestershire.

The game made an interesting start as all spectators except the referee spotted a problem when both side came on to the pitch wearing maroon shirts and socks, meaning that the only way of telling the teams apart was by the different coloured shorts.

Leicestershire were the far larger side and quickly took control of the match scoring a penalty try and a push over from a scrum in the first fifteen minutes.

When a Leicestershire player tackled one of his teammates the referee realised he had a problem and there was a delay while the Leicestershire players turned their shirts inside out.

Durham began battling their way back into the match and midway through the first half scored a converted try. Leicestershire added a further try to lead 22 – 7 at the half time break.

Durham scored early in the second half to cut the deficit but as the match went on the effort of playing against a more powerful side took its toll and Leicestershire scored at regular intervals to run out 55 -14 winners.

Durham had been hit by a number of their regular players not being available. However, this allowed three debutants to step out and make an appearance.

The players would have learnt a lot from this match and I am sure will make a real contribution to the county team in the future.

At the after match meal, I presented ties to the three debutants. One of the recipient being Lewis Roxby who had been part of this seasons successful Under 20s side. In all the excitement of being selected for the full county team  Lewis had forgotten to pack his trousers and had to collect his tie wearing number ones and shorts, much to the amusement of his team mates.

Pictured: Tom Johnson receiving County Cap

 

The final presentation of the day went to Tom Johnson, Tom is the first player from Hartlepool RFC in seventeen years to play for the county team.

He was extremely proud to have played in five matches and earnt a County Cap.

Durham Senior Men face Leicestershire in the race for Twickenham

Durham Senior Men face Leicestershire in the race for Twickenham

 

Durham County Senior Men travel down to Oakham RFC on Saturday to face Leicestershire in the contest for a final spot.

After Durhams two victories over Cumbria and Staffordshire and a strong start for Leicestershire it will be a winner takes all game at Oakham.

The game will see the winner head to Twickenham for the final next week.

Durham Senior Men look to mirror the success of the U20s as they made their way to Twickenham earlier this month to face Yorkshire.

In preparation for the last round, Durham have selected their travelling team to face Leicestershire.

Team as follows:


1. Charlie Purkiss-McEndoo       Harrogate
2. Tom Larder                               Harrogate
3. Ben Parkinson                          Durham City
4. Chris Wearmouth                    Blaydon
5. Andrew Kirton                       
   Sth. Shields Westoe
6. Talite Vaioleti                           DMP
7. Anthony Jackson                      Billingham
8. Danny Dixon                             Billingham
9. Max Connon                             Blaydon
10. Andrew Baggett                    Blaydon
11. Frazer Wilson                         Blaydon
12. Peter Youll                              West Hartlepool
13. Liam Checksfield                    West Hartlepool
14. Martin Hopley                        Billingham
15. Josh Bragman                         DMP

16. Kieran Clark                            Middlesbrough
17. Chris Wood                            DMP
18. Tom Johnson                         Hartlepool
19. Martin Lonsdale                    Blaydon
20. Lewis Roxby                           Billingham
21. Conner Foley                         Middlesbrough 

Willers Wanderings: One game to go

Willers Wanderings: One game to go

 

Senior County Cup Final

Darlington Mowden Park and West Hartlepool wrapped up the Durham County rugby season with an entertaining Senior Cup final at the North Echo arena.

On Thursday night,  the three league difference between the two teams proved too much for the visitors to overcome as they lost 64- 5.

West Hartlepool battled to the final whistle even though Mowden were consistently the stronger side.

It was my pleasure to present the trophy to the Mowden Park captain.

The match was played in front of a large crowd, as have the other County Cup finals this year.

My thanks go to the Cups Competition Committee who have done a great job in ensuring the timely completion of all competitions this season and my congratulation go to all of the winning clubs.

Darlington Mowden Park receiving Senior County Cup

 

Durham County Senior Men

Having missed the County Senior sides opening match victory last week, I  joined the squad for the match against Staffordshire.  This meant an early morning start for the trip to Lichfield RFC for the match.

The Durham boys started with a bang receiving the kick off and going through several phases to  score without Staffordshire having a touch of the ball.

The Durham backs gave the visitors an comforting start scoring each time they had the ball to build up a 17 point lead. On one of their rare attacks Staffordshire managed to score a converted try to reduce the Durham lead to ten points.

Durham scored at regular intervals to build a 41 – 7 lead. Staffordshire battled to end and were rewarded with a late try to make the final score a 41-14 victory for the visitors.

Pre match I presented playing shirts to two players who had graduated from the successful U20 team to  make their Senior County debut.  At the post match meal they also received their county tie from myself.

Kieron Clark receiving his county tie to mark his full county debut

 

This result sets up a crunch match away to Leicestershire next Saturday with the prize for the winner being a final at Twickenham the following week.

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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