Durham County U15 Girls
County U15 Girls 2016/2017 campaign
The U15s will play three fixtures to complete their 2016/2016 County campaign.
Coaches and Managers
Sarah Sowerby – Team manager & admin
Darren Smith – Coach. Darren plays rugby at Hartlepool Rovers where he is also currently head of minis & juniors, lead female rugby coach, first team player/coach. His coaching pathway started 6 years ago.
Robin Scott – Coach
Iain Rollingson – Assistant coach. Iain played rugby for Ryton RFC for over 12 years until forced to retire by injury. With driving force he helped set up the Girls section at Ryton RFC and is now assistant coach for the U15s.
Richard Graham – Assistant coach
The Girls will continue to train across the next few weeks in preparation for their next match on Sunday November 20 against Tynedale.
Team photo 2016/2017
See here for the team selection list
UPCOMING GAMES FOR THE COUNTY U18
Sunday October, 30: Durham County v Cumbria @ Doncaster : 46-0 victory
Sunday November, 20: Durham v Lancashire @ Tynedale : 51- 5 loss
Sunday December, 4: Durham v Cheshire @ Vale of Lune : 45-10 loss
Get down and support the girls in the 2016/2017 campaign.
Durham v Cumbria U15s : October, 30 2016
The U15s started their 2016/2017 campaign against Cumbria on Sunday, October 30 and will play a further two games to complete their season.
Despite efforts from Cumbria to challenge the side they maintained a clean sheet like the U18s.
The girls confidently crossed the try line to secure a 46-0 win to open their season.
See photos by Karen Capenhurst
Durham v Lancashire U15s: November, 20 2016
The Durham U15s suffered their first defeat at Tynedale RFC against Lancashire after a battle against weather conditions and a difficulty to finish their chances.
They look to recover from the loss in their next and final clash at Vale of Lune against Cheshire.
See photos by Karen Capenhurst
Durham V Cheshire U15s: December, 4 2016
Durham U15s rounded off their season with a smile despite a disappointing loss against Cheshire at Vale of Lune.
The U15s were out done by a fierce attacking team that played reactive rugby.
However, despite the loss the girls kept the fight up to the whistle and walked away smiling!
Durham County 2015/2016 season summary
Durham County U15 has had a fun packed season with the weather affecting almost every game! But in summary;
The season started with open trails 15th October at Darlington Mowden Park. The event was well attended with girls from across the county turning up. The girls were split into teams and the trail consisted of a game allowing coaches to view the players in a competitive environment.
20 players where then selected from the group to attend training before the scheduled county festival at Tynedale RFC on 15th November. The 20 players selected and club are below;
|Alice||Birket||Bishiop Auckland RFC|
|Rhiannon||Lowery||Bishiop Auckland RFC|
|Sophie||Brunskill||Bishiop Auckland RFC|
|Eden||Button||Bishiop Auckland RFC|
Unfortunately due to the severe weather the festival was cancelled.
This meant the next event would be the away game to Cheshire on the 29th November this again was hit by the weather! In the end we managed to get a game played away to Cheshire on 6th December.
The game was a hard physical contest with Durham defending from the kick off, the side did well to keep the opposition out for 10 minutes. After the initial try Cheshire then managed to get two more in quick concession. Then Durham straightened up their running lines and become a lot more direct, this lead to much more attacking rugby and narrowing the score board. In the end Cheshire only secured the win by one try. The game was a great test of Durham’s skills and showed the growth in recent years, in the end the lack of game time showed on the pitch.
The squad only had a week’s turn around before their home game to Cumbria, this again was hit by the weather, Snow this time! This led to no activity until we managed to gain a friendly against Northumberland on 10th January. The game was played at Druid Park on the 3G so no chance of the weather ruining the plans again!
Northumberland put out a strong side which had obviously been training hard. They lead the whole game playing some wide and expansive rugby. Durham where hit with Injury after Injury and in the end played a player down. The game was a good learning experience for the girls and again gave us a measure of where we were.
After this the Northern U15 girls trails where held, 3 girls from Durham have been selected to represent the North;
Maddie Craggs – Sunderland RFC
Erin High – Sunderland RFC
Ellie Pigford – Horden RFC
With the weather interrupting the planned activity we have extended the planned season and will have training and a game against Cumbria;
2nd March 18:00-19:30 Horden RFC
16th March 18:00-19:30 Horden RFC
20th March Game V Cumbria 13:00 K.O Venue TBC