It is with great regret that we’ve learned of the death yesterday of John Kirk following a long and brave battle with cancer. Many people throughout NLD will have got to know John over the years as a highly qualified and respected referee and also as part of the NLD Management Committee before his work commitments took up more of his time.
Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to John’s wife Lesley and sons Oliver and James along with his other family and friends. Details of John’s funeral arrangements will be distributed once known.
NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U13-16 Finals Days and Sevens Events during the 2017-18 season. All of the details to host the events are attached and the tender document should be completed and returned to Nicole Brown by Friday 5th January 2018.
We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support. Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee.
NLD Junior Finals
U14 Finals Sunday 11th February 2017 (8 Matches)
U15/16 Finals Sunday 29th April 2017 (4 Matches)
NLD Junior Sevens
We are also looking for clubs to host NLD Sevens Events on the following dates:
U15 Sunday 6th May 2017
U16 Sunday 6th May 2017
NLD U13 Festival
We are looking for two clubs to host U13 Festivals on Sunday 22nd April in different parts of NLD. Clubs involved in taking part will therefore have less distance to travel and we will be able to accept more entries.
Leicester Tigers are now inviting nominations for U13’s in the Developing Player Programme. Please see all details of the nomination process below, if you have not received the nomination forms then please email [email protected].
The closing date for nominations is 29th January 2018.
The NLD U18 training session scheduled to take place this evening (Monday 11th) has also been cancelled due to the weather. The coaches will be in touch with all players directly regarding Sunday’s match information.
Due to the poor weather conditions and the very cold forecast, this evening’s NLD U16 Training at Newark RFC has been cancelled.
The next session will take place on Monday 18th December at 6.30pm.
Following on from the NLD U16 Trials the Coaching Team have selected the following players to be included in the playing squad for the 2017-18 season. All are invited to attend the first training session at Newark RFC on Monday 11th December at 6.30pm.
Over 130 players in total trialed over the two sessions and there were some tough decisions that had to be made, huge congratulations to all of the players listed below who have been selected for the squad.
The Coaching Team may make changes to this squad over the course of the programme.
|Surname||Name||Club / School|
|Adams||Archie||Stamford Endowed Schools|
|Dixon||Oliver||St Georges Academy|
|Ilione||Emeka||Nottingham High School|
|Johnson||Adam||Stamford Boys School|
|Loveridge||Max||Nottingham High School|
|Mason||Oliver||Toot Hill School|
|Stout||Robbie||Toot Hill School|
The NLD U16 Programme is as follows:
Monday 11th December Training
Monday 18th December Training
Saturday 30th December Training
Sunday 7th January Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January Training
Sunday 21st January Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January Training
Sunday 4th February Match (Eastern Counties – Away Holt RFC)
Monday 12th February Training
Sunday 18th February Match (Leics Home)
All training sessions will be at Newark RFC for a 6.30pm start, with the exception of the Saturday session which will start at 2pm. Matches will kick off at 2pm (Super Sunday kick off is TBC).
NLD U16 Head Coach – Darren Hall [email protected]
NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor [email protected]
Following on from the NLD U16 trials the squad will be announced on the website on Friday pm.
- Competition to find the country’s Real Rugby Heroes is officially now open
- Nominate someone who you believe deserves recognition for making a significant difference to schools rugby
The Real Rugby Heroes competition has opened for nomination with entries welcome for those who have played a crucial role in helping young people to enjoy rugby within school.
Whether it is someone who has invested time in establishing new rugby teams, drives players across the country every weekend or gives up their spare time to coach a team, a Real Rugby Hero is someone who has made a real difference to rugby in schools and links to their local clubs.
Winners from the 2016/17 competition included teachers who have introduced Tag Rugby to pupils for the first time, organised local festivals and a local coach who helped young people from school to move to a local community club to continue on their rugby playing journey.
The 2017/18 winners will each receive two match tickets to an England International fixture in the summer of 2018, as well as VIP invitations to the national Schools Cup Finals Day at Twickenham Stadium in March 2018 – the biggest schools rugby competition in the country.
“The Real Rugby Heroes initiative is a great way to recognise those that work hard to deliver and enable the game in schools,” said Andrew Wilesmith, chairman of ERFU rugby development.
“So many members of staff across our thousands of schools go above and beyond to deliver the sport, and for many young people this is where they first experience the sport. This gives us a chance to say thank you”.
If you know someone who has made a difference at your school, fill in the form below describing how and why you believe they should be a Real Rugby Hero.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 5th January 2018.
NLD U18 Girls V North Midlands
NLD U18 Girls were at home at Southwell Rugby Club to meet a strong North Midlands side. The teams started with a 1 minute clap tribute to Newark and NLD U18 player Max Hubbard who tragically lost his life last week and this was respected by both players and parents.
The game was the final game in the CB programme and both sides started hard with good attacking rugby and strong defence. NLD managed to break through the North Midlands defence in the first half with a great team try from a ball secured in the breakdown. The back line shipped the ball through the hands and Alex Clack broke the line and ran in under the posts and Georgia Tasker converted.
The standard of rugby played throughout the game was exceptional with both sides repeatedly attacking but being held by the opposition several times on their own goal line. North Midlands managed to score from repeated pressure on NLD’s goal line and after several repelled attacks they finally crossed the try line in the corner making the conversion difficult and they missed it.
The pace of the game never dropped throughout and both sides remained evenly matched with several try saving tackles from players on both side, however NLD’s Georgia Tasker managed to find a hole in the North Midlands defence and ran in a second try and also converted giving NLD a 14 – 5 lead.
The packs hit hard, cleared each other out and generally presented plenty of ball for a strong backline running hard and play flowing rugby and plenty of pace. A great show of Girls rugby from two strong committed side who played their hearts out and entertained the parents and coaches watching.
On behalf of the coaching team and all the support staff I am sure we all say well done and that we are proud to have been involved with all the girls in the programme and their commitment showed through with this season’s NLD U18 girls finishing undefeated.
NLD U15 Girls
NLD 10 – North Mids 5
NLD 12 – Staffs 5
The NLD u15 Girls also headed to Southwell for their final fixtures of this seasons CB programme hoping to move on from the unfortunate defeat to Staffordshire a fortnight before. In a slight amendment to the published schedule rather than a developing Warwickshire team the girls would face North Midlands and Stafforshire in a triangular set of games.
First up were North Midlands and unfortunately it took a while for NLD to get into their rhythm and a series of forced passes and attempted offloads kept the ball going back and forward between the two teams. The breakthrough came via a brilliant cross field kick from Laina Corah that Kendal Waudby collected and crossed the North Midlands try line, the conversion was missed. North Midlands came back out firing and a missed tackle in the midfield allowed them to break through the NLD line and touch down under the posts, the conversion was good and North Mids took a two point lead. The game could only be described as scrappy with too many unforced errors from both teams, stout defending from the NLD kept them in it when North Midlands buoyed by their lead kept them pressurising the NLD defense. Gradually some of the structure and directness returned to the NLD play and momentum swung their way, a tense couple of minutes ensued and with the final play of the match Hannah Blake crossed the try line to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Final score was 10-7 to the NLD with many sighs of relief all round.
After a break for the North Midlands vs Stafforshire game NLD took the field for their second game of the day.
Both teams took off at a fair rate of knots with Stafforshire using their significant size advantage to pressurize the NLD defensive line. NLD’s tackling was immense however and they didn’t take a backwards step. With ball in hand NLD were threatening and they seemed to have learnt from the first game and were much more secure at the breakdown, setting up phases and not forcing the offload. Both teams were stepping up in defense and the game was back and forth as each side sought for the upper hand. After 15 minutes a line break put Stafforshire into NLD territory and a bit of disorganization in the NLD defense left the Staffordshire winger in acres of space which she exploited and drew first blood for visitors. The conversion was missed so NLD were looking at a 5 point deficit. Another titanic midfield tussle ensued but Staffordshire started giving up penalties and their error count began to rise. NLD were giving up some size in the scrum but its was Stafforshirs who were constantly on the back foot during these set pieces. The pressure told and NLD started to move into Staffordshire territory through a series of quick penalties. A few phases of pressure and the NLD Scrum Half Sophie Lorenz picked from the base of the ruck and with the help of a couple of forwards was driven over the line Lucy Weaver slotted the conversion and NLD were finally in front 7-5. A second try from Kendal Waudby took the score to 12-5 and NLD played out the rest of the game in the ascendancy.
Two victories on the day and two good games of that left the spectators, players and coaches with big smiles on their faces.
3 wins out of 4 for the whole of the CB programme and a close defeat shows that U15 girls rugby in NLD is in robust health and the development shown by the girls has been pleasing for the coaches. The girls should be suitably proud of their achievements in representing the NLD and serve as role models for those players aspiring to pull on the NLD shirt.
Six schools contested the NLD U14 twelve a side tournament at Newark on November 29th. Aimed specifically at established rugby playing state schools it enabled teams who do not normally play against each other to compete in a hard fought afternoon of rugby played in bitingly cold conditions.
Brunt’s School Mansfield proved to be stern opposition for all the other schools and ran King’s closest of all the teams. Having conceded an early try they then pressurised the King’s line only to concede a second try at the very end. Their clash with local rivals Ashfield was the last game of the day which Ashfield won with a very strong display.
Carre’s Grammar School who came second in the tournament losing only to King’s played some very good rugby but did not always convert pressure into points. There was also a strong showing by Spalding Grammar School and QEGS Ashbourne who both competed strongly with Spalding enjoying wins at the expense of QEGS and Ashfield.
In the end however King’s came out on top winning all of their games. Their defence was especially dominant with three of their opponents failing to register a score against them.
The tournament also provide an opportunity for three young referees to go through their paces and they kept going well for 15 matches with the added complication of needing to observe law variations occasioned by the 12 a side format.
Newark were excellent hosts. The boys were able to use the new changing rooms and were well fed after the tournament ended.
In the end King’s were worthy winners and it was they who took home the trophy.
Roger Wilkes November 2017