Durham County Senior Women
The Durham County Womens 2016/2017 season will begin with the first game at the end of April. To enable preparation for the games against, Northumbria, Cumbria and Lancashire players are welcomed to training and trials from end of March.
The regional plate competition will be expanded in 2016/17 to a national competition, this is following feedback and the number of counties who expressed a wish to take part in a national competition.
It is the committee’s intention to continue to look at the competition structures and how best to meet its objective in Season 2017/18.
Below are next season fixtures with some movement between the plate and cup. Where possible the men’s and women’s home fixtures have been mirrored so counties have the opportunity to hold double headers.
Coaches and Managers
David Addison – Head Coach
Chris Marsden – Assistant Coach
Chris Geehan – Assistant Coach
Paul Geehan – Manager
Training will commence from the end of March, where players from across the women’s section in Durham will be welcomed to come along to Hartlepool RFC to impress coaches to earn the honor of representing their County.
Wednesday March, 29 : Open training/trials @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)
Wednesday April, 5 : Open training/trials @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)
Wednesday April, 12: Training and trial game @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)
Wednesday April, 19: Squad training @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)
Wednesday April, 26: Squad training before the first game @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)
Training will continue in between games, all traiing sessions are open training sessions and players are encouraged to train and make themselves available for games.
The trial game after two weeks will be a chance for coaching staff to pick a squad but all players are still encouraged to train and if there is enough interest and players, the coaching staff will look to put out a development side.
Upcoming games for the 2016/2017 season:
Semi Final One:
Winner of pool one V Winner of pool two : May 21, 2017 to be hosted by Winner of pool one.
Winner of semi final one V winner of semi final two
Northumberland V Durham: 17- 10 loss
After a very evenly matched game throughout, the hosts picked up a converted try in the last few moments to deny Durham derby bragging rights and their first win.
Durham V Cumbria: 34-5 victory
Durham Women secured their first win of the County Championship and a bonus point as they took on a challenging Cumbria side. Although it was a confident score for the Durham Women, it was not without a fight as Cumbria challenged the side to the final whistle.
See match photographs (By Sally Evans of Bishop Auckland Rugby Club)
Durham V Lancashire (Firsts and Development): 40 – 5 loss & 69 – 0 loss
Durham women were denied the next stages of County Campaign after a strong Lancashire side stole the win.
However, aside from the first team game, Durham set two ‘first time ever’ records as seven players recieved their County Caps and they fielded a development team again Lancashire.
Sunday 15th May 2016 Lancashire Ladies vs Durham Ladies at Liverpool St Helens. Durham were unable to cope with the strong running Lancashire ladies as they suffered their first defeat in the 2016 County Championship. The final score which did not really reflect how competitive the game really was ended as Lancashire 54 – 24 Durham.
See match report see photos
Sunday 1st May 2016 Northumberland vs Durham at Percy Park RFC kick off 3pm – Durham have to settle for a thrilling draw as Northumberland get late score to make the scoreline 24 -24
See report See photo’s and more photos