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NLD U15s and U16s Sevens Tournaments

March 11th, 2019 by

Entries for the 2019 NLD Sevens Festivals are now invited.   Please make sure you take the time to read the NLD Sevens rules carefully before submitting your application!

U15                 Sunday 28th April                              Boston RFC
U16                 Sunday 5th May                                 Southwell RFC

Please find the entry form here, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00 (per team entered), made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

Katherine Wells
NLD RFU
Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
Newark
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Monday 15th April.

Please note that entries will not be accepted after these dates and in the case of withdrawals clubs will not be reimbursed if the closing date has passed.   If you are entering multiple teams then the second team will be placed on a waitlist until the closing date.  On this date we will then accept as many second team entries as possible on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if, in the meantime, we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the NLD Office on 01636 640800 or [email protected]

Midlands and England representation by NLD U18s

March 7th, 2019 by

Following the inter-county games in three Super Sunday events, 5 NLD were players were selected to represent the Midlands Squad in the England Trials.

The players selected were:

James Brogden – Newark RFC

Elliott Caunt – Brooksby College/Nott’m Academy

Oliver Chessum – Kesteven RFC

Will Harding-Terry – NewarkRFC

Will Seage – Newark RFC

The Midlands, Captained by Will Harding-Terry, beat the South West in the first game and were narrowly beaten by London & the South East in the second match.

Following those games, the England U18 Squad to play Ireland in Dublin in April was announced and both Oliver Chessum and Will Harding-Terry were included in the selection.

Having worked through from the initial trials, these players represented NLD with distinction and their selection for the Midlands and England Squads demonstrates that they have been recognised as being amongst the very best representative players across the Midlands region, and in Oliver and Will’s case, across England.

Congratulations to all five players and also to their fellow NLD squad members who supported them through the Midlands campaign.

Once again, NLD is proud to have nurtured the players from CB level right through the ranks and on to Midlands and England recognition.

We wish Oliver and Will every success on the Ireland tour in the knowledge that they will enjoy every moment of their International experience.

Lee Slack

Excellent result for NLD U20s

February 28th, 2019 by

North Midlands U20s 25 – 48 NLD U20s

NLD took to the road for their second competitive game in what was expected to be a stern test against a well regarded North Midlands side.

The NLD coaches rotated the squad to ensure players were given the opportunity to represent the county and a chance to impress the onlooking midland selectors.

The squad comprised:

Taylor, William (Paviors RFC)

Tweedie, Finla  (Newark RFC)

Bloomfield, Josh (NTU)

Peachy, James   (NTU)

Aikman, Rob  (Notts Uni)

Barnes, Joe  (Worksop College)

Kellaway, Hugo (Notts Uni)

Spendlove, Will (Notts Uni)

Collingwood, Tommy (NTU)

Lamb, Dan (NTU)

Harris, George   (West Bridgford RFC)

Morley, Jonny  (Belper RFC)

Purcell, Xander (West Bridgford RFC)

Perkins, Olly  (Notts Uni)

Ellison, Will  (Newark RFC)

Butcher, Jordan (Spalding RFC)

Hicklin, Jake (West Bridgford RFC)

Pomfret, George (Lincoln RFC)

Watt, Logan  (Newark RFC)

Beech, Josh (Melbourne RFC)

Helliwell, Will (Melton Mowbray RFC)

Heale, James  (Sutton Bonnington Uni)

Dowdy, Tom (Lincoln RFC)

 

It was a strong start from NLD, as the visitors dominated the early exchanges interspersed with a couple of penalties for both sides that were duly converted for a score of 3 – 3.

The first try of the match was scored following excellent vision from stand-off Barnes who executed a cross field kick that was chased, caught and offloaded by Taylor to Aikman. From the restart NLD maintained possession and pressure, and it wasn’t long before a second try was scored as NLD moved the ball through several phases before sweeping it back across the the face of the pitch where the scoring roles were reversed – this time seeing Taylor finish the movement. 3 – 15 (converted by Kellaway).

As NLD began to grow in confidence so did their play. Xander Purcell was the next on the scoresheet as the lively backrow held his space wide and collected a miss pass to dot down in the corner.

10 minutes later is was Barnes who spotted space in behind the opposition line, a chip kick and collect saw him burst through the line for a fine individual effort, converted by Kellaway. 3 – 27

With the last play of the first half NLD again executed well as they kept up pressure in the North Midlands 22. This time it was the turn of the magnificent Bloomfield who collected a midfield pass and provided the spectators with a real treat as he showed the ball out wide before dummying back inside and under the posts.

Half Time: 3 – 34

NLD were expecting a backlash post half time, following a dominant display. Sure enough the second half belonged to North Midlands as they applied their own pressure and scored an early try taking the score to 10 – 34.

NLD utilised their bench and a response was soon observed as a Penalty Try was awarded following excellent work by the forwards. As opposed to kicking on NLD sat back and allowed the North Midland stock dominate the middle part of the second half and had no response to three quick tries scored through some powerful play and narrowing the scoreline to 25 – 41.

With the final ten minutes to play further changes were made and NLD upped the tempo of the game. This time the final score belonged to them as an excellent set piece saw the ball brought through a defensive gap for Barnes to cut back and score wide right – converting his own try and leaving the final score at 25 – 48.

This was a proud day for NLD. Having been promoted from Division B into the A league and facing renowned tough opponents, they played with real confidence and freedom and secured top spot in their group. They were true to themselves and their commitment, hunger and desire to do well was obvious for all to see.

Well done to all those involved.

Final NLD U16s Match of the season

February 28th, 2019 by

Sunday 24th Feb played at Leicester Forest RFC – Match report by Adrian Taylor

What a great day for our final match of the season, down the M1 in fog, which cleared to give clear blue skies.

Playing on Leicester Forest’s all-weather pitch, the two teams produced probably the match of the season. At no point in the game were they separated by more than one score, in a game that ebbed and flowed each way.

Leics scored first from a well taken line out 5m out driving over the line. 7-0

Ethan Heath-Drury soon equalised gathering a ball chipped through in attack. 7-7

A good line out platform again proved key for Leics who launched their backs from it, with their winger scoring in the corner. 12-7

NLD then broke in open play with backs and forwards combining to set up a ruck near the Leics try line and the NLD 9, Harry Clough sniped off the ruck to score 12-14

NLD were unlucky not score when the pack drove towards the Leics line and touch down but the Assistant referee spotted a forward pass in the build up.

Leics again used their line out to good effect and, peeling off the back of a well set up maul, they scored once more. 17-14

Just before half-time Leics gave away a penalty almost in front of their posts and Tom Wigglesworth dually slotted in over to equalise. 17-17 at the Half.

The second half saw the NLD pack begin to dominate in the scrum and the Leics 9 going backwards managed to dig the ball out to again launch their backs who scored 24-17

Finally NLD got their line out drive fully working and from a 5m lineout following a high tackle that saw Tom Davies halted just short of scoring himself, Liam Cooling peeled over to score 24-24

With less than 10 mins to go, Leics kicked ahead into space, but Jack Taylor at full-back ran round to gather the ball, rather than finding the safety of touch he set off beating the Leics winger, before grubber kicking ahead, Harry Clough just got a toe on the ball before Leics could gather it and with Jack tackled off the ball it was left to Tom Davies to score a well deserved try next to the posts. 24-31.

With the clock running down Leics attacked off another line out and tried to gruuber kick through the NLD back line, but the ball richocheted off an NLD leg and just as they thought another chase was on to score, the Ref blew for a knock on in midfield by NLD.

Leics kept up the pressure and from their first scrappy lineout of the game managed to scrabble the ball first up the blind side before going open, and an excellent pass out of back of a hand saw the Leics winger in space. With only one man to beat he scored under the posts and Leics converted the try 31-31.

Bringing a great season to a close we wish the players all the best in the future and thank you to the parents for getting them to training and matches.

U17 Squad Announcements

February 28th, 2019 by

The second trial/training evening for this year’s U16s & U17s took place last night at Newark and, following the session, the Coaching & Management Team met to discuss the first reduction in numbers prior to the next get together.

As Squad Manager Lee Slack explained to the players and parents present, the programme is designed to operate with a squad of around 35 players in order to ensure those players with the right potential are offered sufficient game time to achieve a grading in the Midlands games next season.

It is always an agonising discussion following these sessions, however, it is not possible to take everyone forward.

Everyone who has participated in the programme so far should feel rightly proud of their achievement.

The programme will now move ahead with a further two training/trials sessions together with two warm up games. The dates for these events will be:

Monday 18 March – Preparation training/trials session for Eastern Counties game

Venue: Newark RFC

Time: 18:00 registration for 18:30 start

 

Sunday 24 March – NLD U17s v Eastern Counties U17s

Venue: Newark RFC

Kick-off: 14:30

 

Monday 15 April – Preparation training/trials session for Leicestershire game

Venue: Newark RFC

Time: 18:00 registration for 18:30 start

 

Wednesday 24 April – NLD U17s v Leicestershire U17s

Venue: Newark RFC

Kick-off: 19:30

 

Following each session, there will be an announcement on this web site as the squad is further reduced towards the final number.

From this point, the programme intensifies and the competition within the squad is increased. Players will be expected to demonstrate enhanced levels of skills and decision making as the Coaches look to identify those players who will represent NLD in the Midlands campaign next season.

The following players are invited to the forthcoming session on Monday 18 March 2019:

 

JOSH ALTON-SMITH

MAX BAGGALEY

EUAN BAGSHAW

CHARLIE BEECHAM

TOM BRIDDON

ISAAC BURLEY

NOAH CADBY

CHRIS CHESLAM

OSCAR CLINK

HARRY CLOUGH

BEN CROWE

SAM DAY

TOM DUNCOMB

JAKE DUNN

TARAN ELMS

REECE FLOWERS-LANE

LIAM GAVIN

BEN HART

SAM HAWKINS

LIAM HIND

JACK HINKS

FINN HOPE

JACK HOUSTON

JOSH LIEPER

ANEIRIN LEWIS

OLIVER LOWE

MAX LOVERIDGE

BEN MANDERFIELD

JOSEPH MOORE

JOEL NAYLOR

WILLIAM  NORTON-LANE

JACK PATRICK

EDDIE PIZZEY

LIAM SHEERAN

WILL SHENNAN

HARRISON SHEPARD

WILL SPENCER

DANIEL STOKES

KAIE TURNER

CAIUS TWEED

JAMES TWEEDIE

CALLUM TWEEDIE

OLLIE WELSH

CIARAN WOLVERSON

BRAEDON YOUNGS

 

As usual, if any player is unable to make a session, please advise Lee Slack as soon as possible ([email protected])

 

Lee Slack

Important News to ALL Level 9 & Level 10 Clubs

February 27th, 2019 by

All Level 9 & Level 10 clubs are asked to read and action this letter from the Midlands Division Organising Committee.

Responses need to be emailed to [email protected] by 31st March 2019. Please copy in Dave Miller on [email protected] when responding.

NLD U20s to travel to Bournville on Sunday 24th February

February 22nd, 2019 by

NLD u20s hit the road this Sunday travelling to Bournville RFC for their match against what will be a tough North Midlands side.

Having beaten East Midlands in Round 1 NLD have taken great confidence in their performance following their promotion last season.

Over ten clubs within NLD have been represented thus far as well as the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Univeristy of Derby. All players have been a credit to themselves and their clubs / institutes.

The squad for this upcoming fixture is:

Robert Aikman – Nottingham University

Joe Barnes – Long Eaton RFC/Nottingham Academy

Josh Beech – Melbourne RFC

Josh Bloomfield – Nottingham Trent University

Jordan Butcher – Spalding RFC

Tommie Collingwood – Nottingham Trent University

Jonah Dickie – Sutton Bonnington RFC

Will Ellison – Newark RFC

George Harris – West Bridgford RFC

James Heale – Sutton Bonnington RFC

Will Helliwell – Melton Mowbray RFC

Jake Hicklin – West Bridgford RFC

Hugo Kellaway – Nottingham University

Dan Lamb – Nottingham Trent University

Jonny Morley – Belper RFC

Ollie Perkins – Nottingham University

James Peachey – Nottingham Trent University

Xander Purcell – West Bridgford RFC

Will Spendlove – Nottingham University

Will Taylor – Paviors RFC

Finlay Tweedie – Newark RFC

Logan Watt – Newark RFC

Travelling Reserves are:

Thomas Dowdie – Lincoln RFC

Kristian Powell – Derby RFC

 

Head Coach, Matt Derbyshire said “ We have a very competitive squad with all players pushing hard for inclusion in the matchday 24. Players want to represent their county and are doing so with fantastic commitment and efforts. We have provided opportunities to over 35 players in the match day squads so far and more will follow. A number of players have put their hands up for Midlands consideration and selection. It’s a squad effort and what has pleased me the most is the attitude of all players supporting one another and driving their standards higher each week.”

All support will be warmly welcomed for the game with a 2:30pm KO.

NLD U20s v East Midlands U20s

February 15th, 2019 by

NLD U20s started the 2019 campaign with a dazzling performance against a strong East Midlands U20s. The blues secured an impressive 39-12 victory scoring a total of seven tries.

Derby RFC hosted the match and conditions were good with clear bright skies and a rather placid wing.

The squad comprised of:

Dan Lamb – Nottingham Trent University

Jordan Butcher – Spalding RFC

Jake Hicklin – West Bridgford RFC

James Bennett – Nottingham Corsairs RFC

John Cooke-Rogers – Melbourne RFC

George Harris – West Bridgford RFC

Jonny Morley – Belper RFC

George Pomfret – Lincoln RFC

Natty Brisco – West Bridgford RFC

Olly Overman – Derby RFC

Xander Purcell – West Bridgford RFC

Josh Sarsfield – Scunthorpe RFC

Jamie Murray – Nottingham Trent University

Finlay Tweedie – Newark RFC

Hugo Kellaway – Nottingham University

Iago Davies – West Bridgford RFC

Joe Barnes – Long Eaton RFC / Nottingham Academy

Harry Clempson – Nottingham Trent University

Josh Bloomfield – Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Brown – West Bridgford RFC

Robert Aikman – Nottingham University

Will Taylor – Paviors RFC

Logan Watt – Newark RFC

Joshua Beech – Melbourne RFC

 

The first twenty minutes were played with real ferocity and tempo with an early score for Iago Davis and two for Will Taylor. NLD’s ball retention was impressive as they recycled the ball with purpose and probed the opposition’s defence time and again. NLD dominated the game in the early stages as they controlled the key facets including scrum, lineout and backplay.

The second twenty saw a shift in momentum as East Midlands used their burly backrow runners to good effect. NLD coped well with these threats until a class line was run by their backrow who had power and pace to break through the home side’s defensive line to score. They soon had a second score with a quick pick and go from a couple of metres out. Before the first half was up NLD had scored a fourth try as the pace of the backline saw the ball spread wide left for a beautiful offload out of the tackle which Bloomfield raced onto to score.

Despite dominating the first period, NLD were challenged with playing with more composure and structure in the second half, as identified by the players leadership group. Ensuring the full squad was used, several interchanges had already been made in the first period, and more were to follow.

The second half started as the first had ended, with great energy and tempo from the home side. East Midlands were tiring and NLD continued to press hard with the ball in hand. Three more tries followed as Aikman, Brisco and Brown breached East Midlands’ defence to round off a fabulous performance with a fantastic result.

Each player represented the three counties with real pride and passion. A true testament to the great nature of the sport. Well done to all involved.

Disciplinary Committee update – Important notice for all clubs

February 13th, 2019 by

The new NLD Disciplinary Committee is now operational and we request that you familiarise yourselves with the updated processes involved, particularly the requirements for prompt reporting of red card and match official abuse incidents and the timely completion of club disciplinary hearings.

Please also take note of the new email addresses to be used for communication concerning disciplinary matters.

Matthew O’Grady Chair of Discipline [email protected]
Andrew Statham CB Discipline Secretary [email protected]
Chris Johnson CB Youth Discipline Secretary [email protected]

Full details can be found on the NLD website at https://nldrfu.co.uk/discipline

NLD Women’s Trials Postponed

February 12th, 2019 by

Unfortunately, due to poor pitch conditions, the NLD Women’s Trials, which were due to take place at Newark RFC tonight, have been postponed.

Date and venue of the rescheduled trials are to be confirmed.

If you have any questions regarding this, please get in touch with the NLD Women & Girls’ Chairman, Neil Clack or the NLD Women’s Manager, Sarah Driver.