County Women

Durham County Senior Women 


The Durham Women’s 2017/2018 campaign in the Gill Burns Women’s County Pool One will begin with the first game at the end of April. To enable preparation for the games against, Lancashire, East Midlands and North Midlands, players will be welcomed to training and trials.

This year, the regional plate competition continues as a national competition, following adjustment last season. This change was made because feedback showed that a number of counties wished to take part in a national competition.

Below are the season fixtures and details about the team.

Durham County Women 2016/2017: Pictured after the Cumbria Game at Blaydon RFC. 

Coaches and Managers

David Addison – Head Coach

Emily Hunter – Assistant Coach/ Skills Coach

Chris Geehan – Assistant Coach/ Backs Coach

Chris Jones – Assistant Coach/ Defensive Coach

Paul Geehan – Team Manager


Training will be a chance for players from across the women’s section in Durham to come along and impress coaches to earn the honor of representing their County.

Training dates:

Forwards training session: Monday February, 19 – Sunderland RFC at 7pm : This session will be aimed at inviting forwards along to a session that will look at a combination of areas within the game with all coaches.

Backs training session: Monday March, 19 – Sunderland RFC at 7pm: This session will be aimed at inviting backs along to a session that will look at patterns of play.

Training and trials:

Wednesday March, 21 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Training and trials

Wednesday March, 28 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Training and trials

Wednesday April, 4 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Training and trials (CANCELLED)

Wednesday April, 11 – 7.30pm @ Billingham RUFC (TS23 4BA) – Blackboard session and training and trials

Wednesday April, 18 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Training and trials

Wednesday April, 25 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Squad training

Wednesday May, 2 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Squad training

Wednesday May, 9 – 7pm @ Hartlepool RFC (TS24 9BA) – Squad training

Upcoming games for the 2017/2018 season:

The Squad will be announced on a Tuesday night of the week of games ready for Wednesday training sessions.

Players will be selected to represent from within the 33- woman squad chosen by Coaches.

Initial 33 Woman squad 

Development Team 

Eastern Counties will travel to Durham for a pre-season development fixture, this will take place on the RFU AGP.

Durham Women’s Development V Eastern Counties Development: Saturday April, 14 – @ Billingham RUFC – 12PM KO

Pool one:

Durham V Lancashire: Sunday April, 29 – @ Hartlepool Rugby Club – 3pm KO :27-5 Loss
East Midlands V Durham: Saturday May, 5 – @ Peterborough Rugby Club – 2pm KO: 29-7 Win
North Midlands V Durham: Sunday May, 13 – @ University of Birmingham – 2pm KO : 21-15 Win

Semi Final One:

Winner of pool one  V  Winner of pool two


Winner of semi final one  V winner of semi final two

Saturday April, 14: Durham County A Team V Eastern Counties: @ Billingham RUFC : 49-5 Loss 

Durham County Development Ladies welcomed Eastern Counties for a exhibition game at Billingham RUFC ahead of their Gill Burns Championship campaign.

The visitors made a comfortable and early lead that proved too difficult to return from for the hosts. Durham return to training this Wednesday at Hartlepool RFC to continue to work as a unit to improve on the weekend flaws.

Team Sheet 

Photos by Sally Evans 

Sunday April, 29; Durham County V Lancashire Ladies @ Hartlepool RFC: 27-5 Loss 

Team Photo 2017/18: Durham Ladies pictured after the Lancashire clash at Hartlepool RFC


Durham County Ladies welcomed 2016/17 Champions, Lancashire to Hartlepool RFC for their first fixture of the Gill Burns County Championship.

The game was a very physical affair with both teams demonstrating their strengths. The visitors were not shy of possession as the game frequently flipped from attack to defence, throughout.

But, it was the current champions clinically capitalising on their chances to reign winners once more.

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.

Pictured: Emily Hunter being presented her County Cap by President, John Denham.


Check out the full report here.

Team sheet 

Photos by Sally Evans 

East Midlands V Durham: Saturday May, 5  @ Peterborough RUFC – 2pm KO: 29-7 victory 

Durham Ladies made the long trip down to Peterborough RFC to take on East Midlands in what happened to be a one sided affair, reigning 29-7 winners.

2017/18: Team Photo V East Midlands


The game was a positive attack from the visitors, scoring two tries early on through debutant Claudia Macdonald.

Although, Durham showed their dominance and areas of talent, the hosts remained persistent and scored in the corner in the second half.

Heading into the final game of the group stages, Durham have some fine tooth combing to do in finishing all their chances in attack and tidying up their defensive structure to make them a more clinical side.

The game saw a further four players awarded their County pin badge for debut performances, of which were;McKenzie Thomas, Danielle Coulton, Rachael Knight and Chelsea Burger.

As well, it saw players Clarissa Murphy and Alex Webster awarded their County Caps for five Championship appearances.

Pictured: Durham Women’s Manager, Paul Geehan handing County Caps to Alex Wesbter (DMP) and Clarissa Murphy (Sunderland) 

Read report summary in full here 

Team Sheet

Sunday May, 13; North Midlands V Durham County Ladies @ University of Birmingham: 21-15 Win 

Team Photo: Durham Women pick up last win away to North Midlands

Durham County Ladies secure highest ever placing in Gill Burns Championships after a 21-15 victory away to North Midlands Ladies.

In a hard fought game, Durham reigned champions after a resilient defence line made it hard for North Midlands to capitalise.

The game saw tries from Claudia Macdonald and Clarissa Murphy with conversions from Tara Breslin and Kirsty Paterson.

Off the field, a further six players collected their County Caps for appearing in five championship fixtures for Durham, including; Amber Stonehouse, Claudia Macdonald,Kirsty Paterson, Nicole Irving, Rachelle Cooley and Sarah Hall with Tammy Theaker being awarded the ‘Percy Award’ by coaches for her commitment, teamwork and attitude to the team in memory of Lydnsey Burns.

Check out the full match report here

Team Sheet 

Photos by Jan Duncan 

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