The girls NLD season has come to a close, with plenty of highs, some lows and some new starts.
The U13’s have started afresh with a new coaching team, led by Nick Woodland, working within new RFU directives. The numbers have been steady but not as strong as in previous season so there is some work to do there. The U13 season continues with the Round Robin events.
The NLD U15 Playing Squad has maintained their 100% record for the 3rd year in a row. The U15 Development Squad won both their encounters with Staffordshire despite the opposition having far more players. The bridge between the Development and playing squad has worked much better this season with several players proving their worth and being moved up to represent NLD. This is something we will look to continue to develop next season.
The U18’s won an oustanding game against Staffordshire on home turf, the squad’s first win in 3 years. We always knew this season was going to be a challenge for the U18’s losing the more experienced players to Senior rugby. Despite the hard work and dedication of the squad, low numbers, inexperience and injuries inevitably took their toll and despite closely fought matches the tries didn’t quite come. Next season we will have a core of 3rd year players and some outstanding talent coming through from the U15’s so the U18’s will no doubt be building on this year’s experience.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the number of people who have coached, completed paperwork for, organised their club venues, hosted and generally volunteered their time, knowledge and skills to allow the girls to play rugby and to the clubs that have supported NLD Girls Programme. I want also to thank NLD for their continued support of the girls programme. The biggest thank goes to you the players and your parents who take you to training and taxi you around the Midlands to stand in a cold, wet muddy field for 3 hours at a time. Wonderful. Good luck to all those players who have been selected for Academy Trials. Don’t worry you will be contacted directly by the relevant Age Group Managers.
We are looking to build the NLD “Girls Only 10’s Festival” next season, 300 girls sound too much? We are also looking into an NLD Girls tour to Ireland that incorporates the Womens Rugby World Cup Finals in August 2017 so keep watching!
Neil Clack – NLD Women & Girls Chairman
Mark Dobb was awarded Coach of the Year for his efforts of recruiting, training and being committed to developing a strong girls section at Newark.
Great ambassadors for Girls rugby and Newark RFC!
On Sunday 30th October the NLD U15 & U18 Girls Squads went to Wellingborough RFC to line up in the first round of this year’s representative fixtures.
The first match for the U18’s was East Midlands. The NLD girls had a hesitant start and found themselves defending in their own 22 which inevitably resulted in East Midlands scoring the first of their tries. Despite putting together some good phases of play NLD found themselves conceding a further 2 quick tries into their corners because of E. Midlands’ determined running. NLD dominated East Midlands in the scrum as well as winning most of the line-outs however they were unable to exploit their advantage and with East Midlands quicker into the breakdown, found themselves defending several turnover balls.
Even though the score might suggest otherwise the game was quite evenly match around the field with NLD making several threatening breaks around the field but just not quite managing to translate all their effort into a score. The first half ended 24/0.
Five minutes into the second half and NLD were making some good running lines into East Midlands half and with NLD turning up the pressure the defence finally cracked allowing Jess Weaver to run 30 metres, only to be stopped 5 metres from their line. Megan Warsop, running a great support line, was able to carry the ball over the line to score NLD’s only points of the match. Despite a dominant NLD scrum, and a more evenly matched 2nd half, NLD were unable to get back inside the East Midlands 22 and finished the match 38/5.
With a virtually unchanged side NLD girls ran out against Leicestershire in what promised to be a more evenly match game. The NLD Girls were perhaps still reeling from the tough encounter with East Midlands and conceeded an early try having defended a spirited Leicestershire attack. NLD managed to score the first of their 2 tries, by Ella Turlukowsky, approximately 5 minutes before half time. Unfortunately, the match had to be stopped and moved to an adjacent pitch when one of the NLD forwards sustained a shoulder injury. The resultant 10 minute hiatus did little to improve the continuity of play from both sides and the first half finished 5/5.
Having had time to regroup both sides came out fighting and battle commenced in midfield for control of the game. Once again the NLD scrum dominated their opposition but the attacking platform was not utilised to best advantage from either side and both defence held firm until Leicestershire spotted a gap making a 20 metre break for the NLD line. NLD managed to counter later in the half to equal the scores with a determined run from Sohie Hill on the wing. Unfortunately, with time running out Leicestershire again managed to exploit a gap in the NLD defence and ran in the winning try. Full time score 15/10.
We are away at Lichfield on Sunday 20.11.16 where we look to on Staffordshire U18’s in a full 70 minute match. Girls are reminded to attend training at Southwell on the 18.11.16 and that all squad places are open to selection.
23 U15 girls made the trip to Wellingborough all having worked hard to obtain their place in the playing squad. First up came the prospect of a strong East Midlands side and the NLD girls were keen to get their campaign off to a good start. Straight from the kick off NLD put East Midlands under pressure with some direct running and effective contact work and it wasn’t long before Abigail Hammond crossed the line for the first try which was converted by Jessica Brown.
The girls recognised the space available on the wide pitch and the East Midlands try line was breached again before the half with a score from Georgina Tasker (conv. Brown).
The NLD squad had a blend of girls who’d experienced CB matches before, those who’d made the jump from the development squad and some who were new to representative rugby but you would not have known from the sidelines. Changes were made by the coaches at half time to ensure that all the players got some game time but NLD kept their shape and carried on playing at a high tempo.
After the half East Midlands regrouped and put some pressure on the NLD defence but they couldn’t break through, 3 further tries from Abigail Hammond, Jessica Brown and Kate Chittenden followed with 2 conversions from Brown and the game ended 33 – 0.
After a 40 minute break they NLD girls regrouped to face a Leicestershire side that dwarfed the NLD girls. The break had obviously taken its toll as a line break from Leicestershire and some good support play saw them cross the NLD try line in the corner after only 2 minutes of play. An immediate response was required and delivered by the NLD girls with Kate Chittenden crossing the line after some good build up play. The girls recognised that Leicestershire were playing a very narrow game and relying on the size of their forwards and the obvious solution of using the wide channels presented itself, tries from Rebecca Church and Georgina Tasker followed and confidence again grew.
Halftime came and again allowed the opposition to regroup and come back at the NLD girls with all guns blazing, however some structured forward play and pressure from a quick defensive line forced a number of turn overs and took the sting out of the fight back. Again NLD began to exert their dominance. A second try from Kate Chittenden and tries for Abigail Hammond and Molly Thornton with 3 conversions from Brown finished off the game with a final score of 36 – 5 .
The coaches and the girls were pleased with their performance on the day and they had a good test against two strong sides. All the girls in the squad stepped up and did NLD proud.
A single game against Staffordshire awaits on the next CB weekend and the girls will be challenged to maintain their intensity and focus over a full 70 minute game.
The NLD U15 & U18 Girls Squads now travel to Litchfield RFC on Sunday 20th November to play Staffordshire. All Girls in both squads should attend the next training session on Friday 18th November at Southwell RFC.
Match Reports: U18 – Neil Clack / U15 – Neil Whitehead
Ahead of the annual RFU Girls Festival the NLD U15 & U18 Girls Coaching teams have announced a squad of 25 players who will represent NLD on the day. NLD will be playing 2 matches on the day against East Midlands and Leicestershire. The starting line up for both matches will be decided on the day. All players selected for the 30th October will play in one or both matches.
Jessica Brown (Captain)
Wellingborough RFC address:- Cut Throat Lane, Wellingborough, NN29 7TZ telephone:- 01933 222260
NLD are playing the First and Last matches of the day. Meet time at Wellingborough RFC will be 12.15, changing rooms will be available from 12.30 and KO for the first match is 13.30. Match kit will be provided, (NLD playing shirt, shorts and socks), however if you have your own light blue and white NLD Socks and white O’Neills NLD shorts you might want to bring them to wear on the day.
Any U18 girls unable to play should contact Neil Clack by 26th October.
Any U15 girls unable to play should contact Neil Speechley by 26th October.
For those girls not picked to represent NLD on the 30th Oct we encourage you to attend the remaining NLD training sessions as there is no fixed squad this season and there will be opportunities to represent NLD in the remaining matches on the 20.11.16 and 4.12.16
These are open to ANY club within NLD and are hosted at the locations below. Every effort will be made to make sure everyone plays the same amount of games with the aim to offer the girls game time.
11/06/2016 – Ashfield/Chesterfield – Meet for 12:30/13:00 with an aim to start at 13:30
13/11/2016 – TBC – Meet for 12:30/13:00 with an aim to start at 13:30
18/12/2016 – Newark – Meet for 12:30/13:00 with an aim to start at 13:30
12/02/2017 – Ashfield/Chesterfield – Meet for 12:30/13:00 with an aim to start at 13:30
05/03/2017 – Long Eaton – Meet for 12:30/13:00 with an aim to start at 13:30
09/04/2017 – Finals Day
Any sides who would like to attend should confirm with Nick Woodland at least 1 week before the event. An estimate of the number of Girls attending is also required by the Wednesday as the host clubs provide food for the Girls so will need this information.
Following on from the Trials held earlier this month the following girls are invited to attend training at Southwell RFC on Friday 14th October, 7.30pm – 9pm.
The standard of the players trialling was exceptionally high and Girls who were not successful should not be disheartened, please feel free to ask for some feedback from the coaches by contacting Neil Speechley.
All of the below girls have been emailed to confirm their invitation to training. If you have not received an email please contact Neil Speechley with the Player’s Name and he will be able to check the database to ensure details are correctly recorded.
We wish all of the Girls the very best as they progress and the NLD Girls Programme continues.
Scarlet Thomas Thompson
NLD would like to thank Ashfield, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Newark and Melbourne for attending the first U13s pitch up and play of the season and Melbourne RFC for hosting the event last minute.
The next U13 pitch up and play will take place at Mansfield RFC on Sunday 6th November. Please note that these events are open to any club, within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire with girls in years 7 and 8. For more information please contact Nick Woodland:- [email protected]
The last NLD Women & Girls meeting was held on 23rd August, a copy of the Minutes from the meeting are available to view here.
Wow – what an afternoon. Sunshine, pristine pitches, a BIG warm welcome from Long Eaton RUFC and 230+ girls playing contact rugby.
Sunday afternoon (18.9.16), saw girls from across NLD, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire come together to take part in the 2nd Annual NLD “All Girls Rugby Festival”. In total just over 230 girls, at U13, U15 and U18 took part, competing for honours within each age group and playing some inspiring rugby. The format was little changed from last year for the U15 and U18 age groups and the U13 girls had to contend with a raft of new rules. The U13’s took to their matches with just the same gusto and enthusiasm as the older girls and proved that, given the chance, they are just as able as boys in their equivalent age groups.The girls had lots of support across the park from traveling parent’s, coaches and members of the public looking to see what all the noise, fun and commotion was about.
The format for the NLD Girls Festival is 10’s rugby in a points based league with the winners accruing more wins or points difference than their opponents. The festival was first run last season and is intended to give teams a fun run out at the start of the season, letting them judge their progress and development and also enable new players to be introduced to the game in a friendly yet competitive environment. This year saw Newark RUFC winning the U15’s age group, (for the second year running), and POW winning, (by the narrowest of margins), the U18 age group. Congratulations to both teams.
A big thank you must go to Long Eaton RUFC who volunteered to host the festival again this year; Angie and Allan, (LE RUFC), who organised the club facilities, the Long Eaton catering staff who coped admirably with the throngs of players, parents and officials who wanted food and refreshment throughout the afternoon and big thank you to whoever took the decision to allow the U13’s to play on the “billiard table top” 1st team pitch. As always a huge thank you to the volunteer referees who despite the heat refereed most of the games and to the physio’s who thankfully didn’t have too much to do. Thank you to John Payne for putting this together, to Pete who thought he was coming to watch his daughter and kindly volunteered to help on the day and to Tracy and Nicole from the NLD/RFU office who supported the day from behind the scenes and continue to support the girls throughout the year. The biggest thank you though goes to all the players, parents and coaches who made the day such a success. Without you none of this would be possible.
Don’t forget to make it a date in your diary, Sunday September 17th 2017, same time same place. Let’s make it bigger, better, more clubs, more rugby, more fun, more noise. See you there!!!
Article by Neil Clack – NLD Chair of Women & Girls Rugby
The NLD Girls Rugby Programme is about to get underway and players in the NLD U15 & U18 age groups are now invited to be nominated to trial. The full Girls programme, including the Trial on 2nd October are available via below.
|Sunday 2.10.16||U15/U18 Trials/ U13 Dev Club Training||Southwell RFC||13.30-16.00|
|Friday 14.10.16||U15/U18 Training||Southwell RFC||19.30-21.00|
|Friday 21.10.16||U15/U18 Training||Southwell RFC||19.30-21.00|
|Sunday 30.10.16||RFU U15/U18 Festival E.Mids v NLD v Staffs (away)||tbc||tbc|
|Sunday 30.10.16||U13/U15 Dev Club Training||Southwell RFC||14.00-15.30|
|Friday 18.11.16||U15/U18 Training||Southwell RFC||19.30-21.00|
|Sunday 20.11.16||RFU U15/U18 Match Staffs v NLD (away)||tbc||tbc|
|Sunday 20.11.16||U13/U15 Dev Club Training||Southwell RFC||14.00-15.30|
|Friday 25.11.16||U18 ONLY||Southwell RFC||19.30-21.00|
|Sunday 4.12.16||RFU U15/U18 Match N.Mids v NLD v Staffs (away)||tbc||tbc|
|Sunday 4.12.16||U13/U15 Dev Club Training||Southwell RFC||14.00-15.30|
|Sunday 9.4.17||NLD Cup Finals Day||Southwell RFC||14.00-16.30|