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West Bridgford RFC Triumph At Rushcliffe Sports Awards

December 9th, 2014 by

Rushcliffe Sports Awards celebrated its 10th year last week at The Becket School. The evening started with Councillor John Cottee, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, welcoming guests to recognise the dedication and commitment of the borough’s athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Special guests included players from professional clubs – Nottingham Rugby Club’s Dan Montagu and Billy Robinson, Luke Wood and Andy Carter from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and Nottingham Forest player Ben Osborn.

Awards were also presented by Simon Starr, Director of Sport Nottinghamshire, Dan Philpotts, Head of Academy at South Nottinghamshire Academy, Allen Graham, Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor John Cottee and the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Councillor Ron Hetherington.

During the evening the audience watched a demonstration from the world of Table Tennis from England player Emma Vickers and Evie Collier, who is ranked in the top 20 in England.

Founding members Dan Philpotts and Brian Knowles took to the stage to talk through the inspiration behind hosting the first awards evening 10 years ago, what challenges they faced and how the awards have evolved over the years.

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Rugby had an extremely successful evening with West Bridgford RFC taking home two awards and Nottingham Touch picking up the runners up prize for Club of the Year.

Amateur Team of the Year – West Bridgford Rugby Club’s Women’s Team – Winners

Club of the Year – West Bridgford Rugby Club – Winner

Nottingham Touch Rugby Club – Runner up

Robert Linthwaite Honorary Secretary & Director of West Bridgford Rugby Club said ‘It is a honour to be presented with this award.  Over the past 12 months we have worked tirelessly raising over a quarter of a million pounds to improve the club house and the facilities we have at the club.  This has helped all 3 of our senior means teams gain promotion and set up a regular 4th team. The success spread through the club with our Ladies team winning the RFU National Plate to become national champions’.

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NLD U15/18 Girls Conclude Autumn Campaign

December 8th, 2014 by

The NLD U15 & U18 squads visited Peterborough on Sunday 30th November for the last of their matches this season. Both age groups faced strong opposition from East Midlands, who, at U15’s, ran NLD close at the festival earlier on in October and Leicestershire who are always excellent opposition.

The NLD U18’s played 2 very competitive matches back to back scoring in both and, even though they were the youngest of the 3 U18’s squads there, put up a very spirited defence all afternoon. Despite losing both matches to more experienced, older squads there were a lot of positives to be taken from the day with positive team work and some strong individual play. With a friendly match and development days planned after Christmas the only way is up for this young squad.

A special mention and thank you should be made to the two East Midlands Physios who attended one of our players, keeping her safe until the ambulance arrived; to Steph our physio, who was kept busy throughout the afternoon, and to Neil Speechley, (U18’s Manager),who accompanied our injured player to hospital.

The U15’s also played back to back games facing East Midlands first. It was apparent from the start that the NLD girls had their game heads on and came out with a strong determination to win. Their physical superiority in the scrum and breakdown and speed in the backs saw the score line climb to 20 v 0 at the final whistle.

Buoyed by their earlier success, and with that perfect score almost in their grasp, the NLD girls then walked out to face a fresh Leicestershire side. The first half saw a fierce contest in the breakdown and some impressive scrummaging from both sides however with the clock ticking NLD turned up the heat and scored a flurry of tries just before half time. With the expectation of greatness and the lure of certain immortality looming our girls stepped onto the pitch and played as though their very lives depended on winning. Though visibly tiring they battled to the end and with the final whistle blown NLD  were the victors 30 v 5.

This season NLD U15’s have played in the CB festival, a friendly against Staffordshire and 3 CB matches and won them all taking their Match Win total for this season to 8 from 8. Is this what they mean by “a Perfect Storm”?

NLD U15 Girls Squad 2014

Well done to ALL the girls who have trained and played this season; you have proved to, even the most ardent of skeptics, that girls can play rugby. Thank you to the NLD support staff you know who you are; to ALL the coaches who have worked their magic and given their time and efforts to make this season happen and to the parents who taxi our players from match to match and spend their Sunday afternoons standing in a field somewhere in middle England cheering us on.

Neither should we forget the 50+ girls and their coaches who have done sterling work to create this season’s success story that is the NLD U13’s girls. Let’s keep it rolling on.

Watch this space……………………………………….there is more to come!

Neil Clack
NLD W&G’s Chair

Derbyshire U20’s v Staffordshire U20’s

December 3rd, 2014 by

Derbyshire U20’s will take on Staffordshire U20’s this evening in a friendly fixture.  The game will be played at Derby RFC, kick off at 7.45pm.  This is the first season in which Derbyshire have fielded an U20’s side and we wish them well with this new venture.

1. James Edger – U.O.D  
2. Blake Downing’s – Buxton
3. Ben Somerton – Hope Valley  
4. Dan Hay – U.O.D ( Captain)  
5. Mike Allen – Ashbourne  
6. Ben Curley – Chesterfield  
7. Adam Pearce – Bakewell
8. Jake Brass – Glossop  
9. Josh Reece – U.O.D  
10. Adam Holland – U.O.D  
11. George Wood – Glossop  
12. Matt Keeley – Hope Valley  
13. Alex Edwards – U.O.D  
14. Ryan Sircar – Buxton
15. Dan Ryde – Ashbourne  
16. James Arthur – U.O.D  
17. James Blakely – Tupton  
18. Sam Holmes – Tupton
19. Tom Anderson – U.O.D  
20. James Marshall – Chesterfield
21. Mike Tickle – Glossop  
22. Jake Boake – Hope Valley

Possible USA Tour – U17/18/19 Players

December 2nd, 2014 by

Following our unsuccessful attempt to arrange a tour to Georgia, USA last year, I’ve been able to have a further meeting last month with the guy from USA and as they now have a more stable management team out there I believe a tour in 2015 is feasible.

The basics of the proposed tour are as follows and I am seeking details of all players who are interested. There is no commitment at this stage but I will be looking to firm up a tour and itinerary by the end of February at the latest so would ask that all expressions of interest are back with me by Friday 9 January.

Player Detail Form

The basics are a 10/12 days tour to Georgia and Florida to play 3 games against representative u19 sides from the likes of Georgia High Schools and South Florida. We would need to look to go around 25/28 July 2015 as the schools go back there on 10 August and we need to get the games completed before then. Proposed accommodation will be a mix of shared hotel rooms and possibly some university rooms and we will have a coach to transport us wherever we need to go. Flights would be arranged from Heathrow to Atlanta. There will be some rest and relaxation time too at the beach and possibly a baseball game if fixtures / locations permit.

I would anticipate a cost IRO £1250 per person depending on whether we can get a good flight deal or not.

If you are interested please complete the attached player profile and email it back to me at [email protected] by 9 January. If you have any questions at all please email or call me (07917 182201) and I’ll get back to you. Please bear in mind though that I am away from 4 – 16 December.

Many thanks and best regards

Mike Waplington

RFU Council Member

County Vets between Notts & Lincs Postponed

December 1st, 2014 by

The County Vets game scheduled to take place this Wednesday evening (3rd December) between Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire has been postponed until the New Year.

More information will be posted in due course.

NLD U20’s Lose Out in Tough Eastern Counties Encounter

December 1st, 2014 by



Jay Heath – Vice Captain Ilkeston RFC
Brad Watson Grimsby RFC
Will Johnston Paviors RFC
Chris Barlow Myerscough College
Alex Ingram Kesteven RFC
Jordan Ingledew Nottingham Trent University
Jack Crabtree Nottingham Trent University
Dan Hyams Ilkeston RFC
Chester Scott – Captain Leeds Beckett University
Jed Chapple Newark RFC
Harry Adams Nottingham Trent University
Lewis Rothenburg Grimsby RFC
Henry Cotton Nottingham University
George Felgate Nottingham University
Piers Lamb Scunthorpe RFC
Jack Partridge Myerscough College
James Harries West Bridgford RFC
Greg Mungall Nottingham University
Dan Bell Ilkeston RFC
Kartar Soar Ilkeston RFC

Match report (By Graeme Gunn)

Score – 32-11 to Eastern Counties

The match was played at Chesterfield Panthers RFC on Sunday the 30th November 2014. The conditions were sunny and the pitch was in good condition.  The floodlights were used from the start as it was due to cloud over later in the match.

The squad 

11 different rugby clubs/universities/colleges were represented which is testament to the buy in by the clubs in the NLD CB for the Championship. Over 45 players were in the initial trials and this was then reduced to a squad of 28. On match day we had a squad of 20 due to last minute injuries and call offs.  The final squad featured players from  one level  5 club,  four level  6, one level  7, one level 8 and four different universities or colleges.

In the first half NLD were playing down hill with the sun at their backs. The game started at a fast pace with a number of mistakes and penalties being given away by  both sides ending up with it being 3-3 after 20 minutes.  Mid way through the first half Eastern Counties scored a well executed try out wide which they converted. NLD then followed this with a penalty converted by Jordan Ingledew of Nottingham Trent University. NLD  kept the pressure on before half time and Alex Ingram was very unlucky not to score two tries on the right wing before half time. Half time score 10-6 to Eastern Counties.

After the break NLD came out with a great deal of passion and confidence (even although playing uphill) which ended up in a try being scored – well taken by Jay Heath of Ilkeston RFC after  considerable amount of pressure by NLD through a number of well executed phases.  This pressure by NLD was maintained for period of over 15 minutes  with some excellent ball carrying by both forwards and backs. A yellow card was then given against NLD for a dangerous tackle. During this spell of 10 minutes NLD players upped their work rate and did not concede any points. However this effort had taken a lot out of the NLD players  and Eastern Counties started to keep the ball well and scored a converted try after being camped on the NLD try line for a considerable time.  This took the wind out of the NLD players sails and was then followed by two tries for Eastern Counties  – one for their number 11 and number 5. This took the final score to 32-11.

The NLD squad should be and are proud of their performance against an Eastern Counties squad with all their players from level 6 clubs and higher. e.g. Cambridge – (level 4) – 10 players.

Phil Milton – head coach said – “I am very proud of the squad and the score did not reflect the competitiveness of the game as Graeme’s report states. The players were given very positive feedback by both NLD officials and Midlands selectors who were present at the game. We now look forward to the next fixture against North Midlands at Dudley Kingswinford on the 4th January”

NLD u20 v eastern counties

Mansfield Vets Overcome NLD Vets

December 1st, 2014 by

NLD vets played Mansfield vets at Mansfield on Sunday 30th November and were beaten 35-20. Mansfield benefited from a much larger squad on the day but it was a match that had plenty of tries from both teams with some excellent Vets rugby. Try scorers for NLD were Simon Morgan, Eric Cranmer and Brent Leivers.

It was a great turn out from both sides to celebrate John Taskers 50th birthday.


Lincolnshire Senior XV 21 v 5 Derbyshire Senior XV

November 28th, 2014 by

In a hard fought game at Mansfield RFC, Lincolnshire ran out 21-5 winners in the annual Domestic Union Trophy encounter between Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

Tries in the first half from Will Harrison and Jake Goodison, both converted by Jake Goodison, with a single reply from Derbyshire saw the sides turn round at half time 14 – 5 in favour of Lincolnshire.

A battling second half by both sides was eventually decided with a try by the Lincolnshire Captain, Ollie Cole, converted again by Goodison.

Congratulations to both sides for an entertaining game of rugby.

Lincolnshire Team

Walker Grimsby
Dowse Boston
Cole Market Rasen & Louth
Pickaver Spalding
Downing Newark
Dearden Market Rasen & Louth
Chamberlin Market Rasen & Louth
Dyson Scunthorpe
Harrison Scunthorpe
Mackie Spalding
Munton N Hykeham
Goodison Scunthorpe
Starling Market Rasen & Louth
Sutton Market Rasen & Louth
Rush N Hykeham
Stokes Boston
Rendell-Tyrell Grimsby
Lawton Market Rasen & Louth

Report:  Rhuari Pike

Drinks at Twickenham on Saturday

November 27th, 2014 by

NLD Council Members Mike Waplington and Tracy Edmundson will be serving drinks in the West Car Park at Twickenham on Saturday after the Australia game and it would be great for them to see anyone associated with rugby in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire.

They will be situated on the grassed area in the West Car Park near to the Guinness Surge bar and will serve drinks from the end of the match until around 6.15pm.  Contact numbers in case you can’t find them are 07917 182201 (Mike) and 07970 727683 (Tracy).

NLD U20 Squad Announced to Face Eastern Counties

November 27th, 2014 by

The NLD U20 Coaching & Management Team is pleased to announce the squad for the first County Championship Fixture against Eastern Counties this Sunday 30th November at Chesterfield RFC, kick off is at 2.15pm.

NumberNameClub / University
1Dan Hyams Ilkeston
2Chester Scott CaptLeeds Beckett
3Jed Chapple Newark
4Harry Adams Nottingham Trent Uni
5Lewis Rothenburg Grimsby
6Henry Cotton Nottingham Uni
7George Felgate Nottingham Uni
8Piers Lamb Scunthorpe
9Jack Crabtree Nottingham Trent Uni
10Jordan Ingledew Nottingham Trent Uni
11Will Johnstone Paviors
12Chris Barlow Bakewell
13Callum Hall Nottingham Trent Uni
14Brad Watson Grimsby
15Jay Heath Vice CaptIlkeston
16Richard FletcherPaviors
17Greg Mungall Nottingham Uni
18Dan Bell Ilkeston
19Kartar Soar Ilkeston
20Jack Partridge Bakewell
21Tom Hutchinson Bakewell
22Jack Kinsey Lincoln

NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn said ‘Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, there were some tough decisions to be made but it is a real honour for you to be representing NLD at this level in the RFU County Championships and you are a real credit to your clubs.

The squad has been selected from the excellent turn out to training sessions which have been held on Sunday afternoons so they have not interrupted player’s club commitments.  Chesterfield have been excellent hosts and we thank them once again for the support of NLD.’

Those who missed out on selection for the first game will be looking to catch the coaches’ eye with a view to selection in the next match against North Midlands on Sunday 4th January at Dudley Kinswinford RFC.

All are welcome to attend Sunday’s match to support the NLD squad – the players are looking to kick off their RFU County Championship campaign with a win and we all know how support from the touchline helps!