Following the last training session of the year on Monday evening, the following players have been selected in the match day squad for NLD U18s to play Warwicks. on Sunday:
Dan DI MEO
A number of players produced strong performances against Staffs. two weeks ago and Sunday represents another opportunity to impress the Selectors prior to decisions being made regarding the make up of the Midlands Squad following the final Super Sunday on 13 January 2019.
Venue: Welbeck Defence College, Forest Road, Woodhouse, Loughborough, LE12 8WD
NLD kit will be provided but warm clothing is advisable for when players are not on the pitch.
PLAYERS, PARENTS AND SPECTATORS ARE RESPECTFULLY REMINDED THAT PHOTO ID MAY BE REQUIRED AT THE SECURITY ENTRANCE TO THE SITE. DESIGNATED AREAS FOR SPECTATORS WILL BE SIGNPOSTED AND YOU ARE REQUESTED NOT TO STRAY FROM THESE LOCATIONS.
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ALSO, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE CAMPUS.
The match day programme has now been released for the second Super Sunday U18 games on 16th December 2018 at Welbeck College.
NLD U18s will be playing Warwicks. U18s in the last game of the day with a kick-off at 14:00.
Players will be required to meet at the venue for 12:30 and further details of the match day Squad will be announced in due course.
The venue is:
Welbeck Defence College
Players, parents and supporters are requested to allow at least 5 minutes to get through the initial Security. To speed the process up as much as possible, it would be helpful to have photo ID such as a Driving Licence ready for inspection at the gate. The Squad names will be e-mailed through prior to the event which we hope will speed up the entry process.
There will be signposted areas where parents and supporters can gather before and after the match and everyone needs to be aware that they should remain in the designated areas at all times.
Sunday 03 December saw the first competitive run out for the NLD U18s Squad against a strong and physical Staffs. side at Coalville RFC in the first Super Sunday game of the Midlands campaign.
The Squad have trained hard and worked together to establish themselves as a close knit unit, and this was evident throughout the game.
Having conceded an early try following numerous penalties, the starting 15 showed resilience against a strong Staffs. pack and were rewarded with two tries in quick succession. The first, following relentless pressure on the Staffs. try line and the second following quick ball to the centre field.
The game ebbed and flowed with neither side establishing any real ascendency which was reflected in the score line at half-time at 19-19.
Mandatory changes were made during the interval and, in the opening minutes of the second half, it was clear that the number of changes made had created some initial disruption within the NLD side and Staffs. took advantage of a loss in defensive patterns to take the lead at 26-19.
That was to prove the final score for the Staffs. side as NLD started to re-establish their patterns and introduce some much needed organisation into the defensive line. From that point, NLD began to dominate a tiring Staffs. team and there were a number of tries scored out wide which demonstrated to the watching selectors a wide range of skills across the team.
Relentless work in the breakdown by the Forwards provided the Backs with quick, accurate ball and they were able to continually stretch the Staffs. defence through a combination of quality decision making, accurate distribution and clinical finishing. The final score of 46-26 was a fair reflection of the second half dominance of the NLD players against a hard working and physical Staffs. team.
Head Coach, Stuart Morley, reflected on the day’s performance, with the players contributing to the discussion, and the Coaching and Management Team were impressed with the analysis from within the squad. Everyone involved, while excited by a fine performance and pleasing result, acknowledged that there remained lots to look at in terms of improvement.
The Squad will look to work on those areas requiring better execution at the training session on 10 December, prior to the second Super Sunday event at Welbeck College on December 16.
All in all, a good day’s work from a hard working squad that created an environment for some strong individual performances. As Coach John Jefferson commented; “A number of players really stepped up today and made a strong case for selection and provided the Coaching Team with a number of very difficult decisions for the next Super Sunday. With the return of a number of players from injury, selecting a starting 15 has become extremely challenging in such a competitive squad.”
Match Report by Lee Slack
The below message has been published on behalf of Lee Slack, NLD RFU Head of Representative Rugby.
Following last night’s training session, the following players have been selected to represent NLD U18s in the first game of the Midlands campaign against Staffordshire.
DATE: Sunday 02 December 2018
VENUE: Coalville RFC, Hall Lane, Coalville, Leics., LE67 5PF
MEET AT: 09:00
Players will be provided with NLD kit and everyone named in the Squad will be required to wear a WHITE SHIRT & CLUB/SCHOOL/NLD TIE for the after-match meal. NLD Ties will be presented after the game to those players representing the U18 Age Group for the first time.
As a CB, we are required to restrict the playing squad to 23 which inevitably means that a number of players miss out this time around. The Coaching Team is very keen to emphasise that there are two more Super Sundays offering further opportunities for the players. This means there will be additional chances for those players not included this time to impress the Coaches over the coming sessions and keep pushing for inclusion in the next match day Squad for the game on Sunday 16 December.
The Coaching & Management Team have been very impressed by the level of commitment and the willingness of the players to learn and the close knit nature within the Squad can only lead to better things.
Best of luck to all involved on the day and all other players and families are encouraged to attend the game and support the squad in the first run out in this year’s Midlands campaign.
Dates for the Midlands campaign have now been confirmed and the details for the Super Sunday events are as follows:
Sunday 02 December 2018
Venue: Coalville RFC – 350 Hall Lane, Whitwick, Coalville, Leics., LE67 5PF
Opposition: Staffordshire U18s
Meet time: 09:00
Sunday 16 December 2018
Venue: Welbeck College – Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics., LE12 8WD
Sunday 13 January 2019
Venue: Loughborough University – Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3TU
NLD kit will be provided and players are reminded that shirt and tie will be required for the after match meals.
Representative ties will be presented to all those players who make the match day squad and who play in the game on the day. As further details emerge for the second and third events, they will be posted on this web site and if any players or parents have any queries regarding the games etc., please contact the Squad Manager, Lee Slack.
Please Note The NLD U18’s training due to be held at Newark RFC on Monday 5th November has been cancelled.
If you have any questions regarding the matter please make contact with Lee Slack, NLD U18’s Manager, on 07739 295182.
As the NLD U18s Squad continues to take shape, there will be a warm-up game against Leicestershire U18s on Sunday 28 October 2018 at Belgrave RFC, Thurcaston Road, Leicester, LE4 2QG
Players are asked to meet at the ground for 12:30.
Following this game, a reduction in numbers will produce the final squad who will contest in the Midlands campaign, starting on the 2nd December 2018 .
Notes To Players:
NLD kit will be provided. However, players are reminded to bring appropriate kit to stay warm as we will rotate players throughout the session.
If anyone is unavailable or injured, please advise the Squad Manager, Lee Slack ([email protected]) as soon as possible.
The Coaching & Management team have decided to CANCEL the NLD U17’s training session tonight (Monday 16 April).
With the high number of withdrawals through injury and with important games at the end of the season for many of the players, the decision was made to take ALL existing players within the Squad through to the start of next season.
The Squad will reconvene in September and, after a pre-season warm-up against Eastern Counties, the Squad will be cut to its final number and those players will go forward to compete as the NLD U18’s in the Midlands campaign.
The Coaching & Management Team would like to thank all the players who have participated in the programme so far, and look forward to starting the U18’s programme in September.
Following the deterioration in the weather once again, the decision has been taken to CHANGE THE VENUE for tomorrow’s night inter-squad game (Wed. 11 April).
This will now be held at:
David Ross Sports Centre
University of Nottingham
This is the same venue we used for the inter-squad games last week and we will use the same AGP Pitch to provide the players with a proper surface to demonstrate their potential.
Kick-off will be at 20:00
Players should be at the Centre for 19:00 and ready to play promptly at 20:00 as we only have the pitch for 1 hour.
Following feedback from the Midlands group, who trained extensively on AGP, it seems the use of Baby Oil on knees may help to alleviate some of the potential for friction burns sometimes experienced on this type of pitch.