Two NLD clubs were in action in the National Semi Final matches at the weekend.
After winning the Area 4 Midlands title a couple of weeks ago, Newark U18 Girls were through to the National Semi Final (North) which was against Castleford and Worcester.
The girls faced a 3 way game and Newark drew the first and third game, which was an advantage.
First game was v Castlesford. A highly contested first 5 minutes saw Castleford break out of defence to score. Determined to fight back, Newark girls scored twice shortly after. Second half was tense as both teams worked overtime to stop any attack. Eventually Newark scored again. 19-5 to Newark.
After a short break, the girls faced Worcester in a “winner takes all” game.
Newark girls, scored and converted twice in the first half. Worcester sustaining strong attack and defence came back to score twice in the second half but missing the second conversion. The final ten minutes were very tense with sustained Worcester pressure but the Newark girls held out and won 14-12.
A huge achievement for Newark u18s to go through to the National Final, in only the second season of fielding an u18s team.
The girls now face Pulborough on 29th April, 12:45 ko at Ealing in the National Final as a curtain raiser to the Women’s Tyrell’s 15s Final – Saracens v Harlequins.
Mansfield U15’s played 2 keenly contested games against Old Crossleyans & Leek, whilst they weren’t successful in progressing into the final they take away the experience of playing in these games which will stand them in good stead in the coming seasons. Well done to all of the players, coaches & club.
Top: Newark U18 Girls Below: Mansfield U15 Girls
The next NLD Women & Girls meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th April at Newark RFC and the Agenda is available to download here.
A copy of the minutes from the previous meeting on 3rd January are also available to view here..
Mansfield RUFC are looking for an experienced coach to join a motivated and forward thinking U15 Girls team.
Ideally they would be qualified to a Level 2 standard or working towards Level 2.
The U15 Girls squad boasts numerus coaching assistants, NLD players and are currently the Area 4 Cup Winners and are in this seasons current U15 National semi-finals.
The coaching team require an individual who is focused on continuing this squads rapid development and continue working with a group of players who are committed and want to play Rugby at a higher level.
Please contact Nick Hughes on 07794 991485 for further information or see the attached job application form for further details.
The girls section at Scunthorpe Rugby Club held a Girls Rugby festival this weekend at Heslam Park, which saw teams from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire attending at U13 and U15 age groups last weekend.
The day was packed with great skills and great rugby on show. The games were refereed by Sam Yates, Andy Taylor, Andy Grey, and the clubs very own president, Mal Yates.
Girls Team Manager Jo Drapier stated, “We’ve been building the girls section at the club for a couple of years now, and we were so proud to see the development of the girls. With all the girls pulling together and representing the club, it was a very proud moment for myself and the coaches, Trisa Mahoney, Becky Clarke & Arline Danby. A big thank you must also go out to all the volunteers who have helped in the organising and running of the day”
Girls section sponsor, Pete Roberts from Xpedite, stated, “We are extremely happy to have been able to sponsor the girls section this year, and we really see the hard work that the volunteers have undertaken, and would like to give them all a huge pat on the back. The way in which the girls across all the teams represented themselves and their clubs, it was a huge honour to be involved”
The Scunthorpe girls section trains twice a week, on Thursdays 6-7:15pm and Sundays 11-12:30pm at Heslam Park. If you are interested please contact the Team Manager Jo Drapier on 07818050378 or like our Facebook Page for more details: SRUFC Girls
Mansfield U15 Girls & Newark U18 Girls have both secured excellent Area 4 titles in the last week.
Mansfield took on Old Northamptonians and came away with an excellent 22-17 win to secure the Area 4 U15 Girls Cup Competition. The squad had stepped up a level having been crowned Area 4 Plate Winners in 2016-17 and were worthy winners of the title.
In the U18 contest Newark Girls also took on Old Northamptionians to secure a National Semi Final place in the coming weeks. The match was finely balanced at half time as the teams were neck and neck but Newark drew away in the second half and recorded an impressive 25-10 victory.
The matches enjoyed the excellent facilities of the new RFU AGP pitch at Leicester Forest RFC and we wish both teams the best of success for the rest of the season.
Pictured: Above Mansfield U15 Girls Squad. Below Newark U18 Girls Squad.
NLD RFU are delighted to announce the launch of the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 season and beyond! Mirroring the RFU National Youth Council this is a fantastic opportunity for young people, who are passionate about rugby, to get involved in shaping the way NLD RFU supports the 16-24 age group.
We are looking to appoint a group of young people to form the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons (two year term of office). The successful applicants will be between 16-24 years of age and be passionate about developing the game within NLD while learning lots of new skills to develop both personally and professionally.
You can read the job description in full by clicking here.
What will you get out of becoming a member of the NLD Youth Council?
- Acting as a consultative body for NLD RFU and development of the game
- Access to events and conferences
- Opportunity for learning and development
- Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
- Being a part of NLD RFU and working with NLD RFU colleagues
- Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
- Help the NLD RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
- CV building
Who are we looking for:
- Actively involved in rugby in any way, whether it be as a Player, Coach, Referee or Volunteer
- An inspiring ambassador for NLD RFU
- Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Willingness to learn and develop yourself
- Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organisational skills
- Ability to work as part of a team and independently
- Ability to travel independently (or have transport to meetings & events within the NLD RFU area)
How do you apply?
Applications are now open to all young people from within aged 16-24 years of age! You can apply by completing the application form, click here.
If you have a particular interest in certain roles on the Youth Council then you are able to indicate this on your application form as well.
Please note that in order to be considered you must be available to attend the Recruitment Day on Saturday 30th June 2018.
The closing date for applications is 30th April 2018.
If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.
NLD are pleased to release the 2018-19 Age Grade Rugby Calendar which includes key dates for the Age Grade game next season. The calendar has been produced in discussion with a number of key stakeholders throughout NLD including the Heads of Competitive Rugby, Education, Representative Rugby, Women & Girls as well as Tigers Academy.
The calendar sits fully within the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby framework and has been approved by the RFU for the coming season.
Please share this information within your clubs and institutions and encourage dialogue with each other in the next couple of months to get well ahead of any potential conflicts for next season. The Calendar particularly aids planning for players who play in more than one environment.
Block or friendly fixtures can be played throughout any part of the season and the Calendar signals how player availability for these will be affected by other activities.
Please also remember to share and promote the Age Grade Codes of Practice which support coaches and teachers with the application of regulation and delivering Age Grade Rugby – www.englandrugby.com/codesofpractice
If you have any queries regarding the calendar then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you.
61 girls from 9 clubs took part in the NLD U13 programme and what a day it was. It was great to see the skill level increasing, the friendships being built between girls of different clubs and the coaches all networking and planning matches and joint training sessions.
Thanks goes to Chesterfield for hosting and the following clubs for attending.
If your club would like to get involved then please contact Nick, programme lead via [email protected]
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.
The next stage of the NLD U13s programme saw Lincoln hosting 5 travelling sides from across NLD on Sunday. The event was full of laughs and smiles as the programme saw a variety of abilities and experiences getting game time. The matches were played with the sole aim of providing matches for all of the clubs, no matter their squad sizes and the girls were amazing at mixing together and creating teams. Even with some sides only able to bring 3 girls along this ended with a full regulation sized match giving the girls a taste of what could be at their club with a little bit of recruitment.
NLD would like to thank the clubs who have supported the programme and invite any other clubs who have or are setting up U13s to contact Programme Leader Nick Woodland for information on how your players and club can benefit from the programme.