The last NLD Women & Girls meeting was held on 1st June 2016, a copy of the minutes are available to download here.
The next meeting will take place on 1st August, details TBC.
Three NLD U15 Girls have been selected into the England U15’s Talent Development Squad and will now go forward to a programme of monthly training sessions and National Training camps.
Huge congratulations to Jess Weaver (Newark RFC), Maddie Crofts (Newark RFC) and Heidi Seaton (Mansfield RFC) who have all worked exceptionally hard to get to this stage.
NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘This is a fantastic achievement and NLD are very proud of all three girls. We wish them the very best of luck as they progress to the next level and will look forward to watching them progress’.
Warwickshire Ladies 17 vs NLD Ladies 77
With the sun beaming down on Broadstreet RFC, NLD Ladies took to the pitch to take on strong Warwickshire Ladies in their first fixture of the series. Led by Inside Centre Jordan Bixley, NLD looked to take the initiative early and play the game on their terms.
NLD received the ball from the kick-off and their back row did well to secure decent ball for Scrum Half Anna Botting to utilise. The NLD number 9 quickly released the ball to her backline who, with some great evasive running notched up their first score. Fly-Half Ellen McGuiness finishing off a master class in support play. Try was unconverted by Georgie Watkins.
This was the start skipper Bixley wanted from her team, they continued to retain possession and play positive attacking rugby. As a result of some strong ball carriers from NLD’s Tight Head Nikki Hudson, NLD found themselves camped in their oppositions 22. Warwickshire did well to defend their 22 but the NLD Backline did not waste this territory and through some slick offloads set up Outside Centre Georgie Watkins in for her first score of the match, she went on to convert her score.
Immediately off the restart NLD were back in the faces of Warwickshire and again through some brilliant creativity from Fly Half Ellen McGuiness, Number 8 Kay Searcy found herself in acres of space to finish off NLD’s 3rd try of the half. Try was not converted.
Warwickshire started to make things difficult for NLD at the breakdown, with their back-row applying pressure and hurrying the NLD Scrum-Half. However despite Warwickshire’s efforts NLD secured ball and continued to make yards. It was now time for Skipper Jordan Bixley to work her magic, evading several defenders through great foot work. She not only made good yards but she went on to score under the posts for try number 4. Try was converted by Watkins.
Warwickshire responded positively to NLD’s brutal attacking start. They did well to secure ball and began to make territorial gains. After some hard work around the breakdown Warwickshire found themselves in NLD’s 22 and on the front foot. NLD tried to keep them at bay but Warwickshire made the most of the lack of line speed from the defence and went on to score their first try of the match.
NLD quickly retained possession through some great rucking from their Number 7 Aoife Fehilly. Once they had the ball they were not giving it up, through some great carries from Lock Jade Dennet and hooker Hannah Newsome they were soon back in Warwickshire’s half. NLD then went on to see the half out in Warwickshire’s half, creating three more try’s, two finished off by Blindside Flanker Tanya Bird and Watkins grabbing her second .
NLD started the second half just like the first, on the front foot. Number 10, McGuiness took the initiative early on and orchestrated her backline effortlessly, creating a try scoring opportunity for Number 7 Fehilly to finish off. NLD’s backline continued to put Warwickshire’s under immense pressure and went on to score two more tries through Bek Daft and Fehilly, epitomising continuity in attack.
Warwickshire managed to retain possession for a decent period, where they made their way up the field and into NLD territory. Warwickshire played the ball up through their forwards, asking questions of the NLD defence. These questions were not answered and Warwickshire went on to notch up their second try of the match.
NLD’s ability to be ruthless despite the score line being heavily in their favour was inspiring. McGuiness and Bixley linked up well and set up a 2 on 1 for Idiil Abid and Searcy to finish off, with the number 8 clocking up her second try of the match. The ladies from Region 4 finished off the match just how they started it , playing expansive rugby and scoring try number 12 though Alex Clinkard from Amber Valley RFC .
NLD took charge from the off, with their Skipper leading by example and their Number 10, McGuiness running the offensive show. The NLD pack dominated in the set pieces, made yards for fun and their back row turned over countless balls. Both the weather and NLD’s offensive game was hot and Warwickshire struggle to defend in these conditions. This was just the start the NLD coaching team wanted and players deserved.
There is a W&G’s meeting on 1.6.16 @ Southwell RUFC. 19.00 for 19.30 start. A copy of the Agenda is available to view here. If you want anything added to the agenda please contact Neil Clack by Sunday 29th May at latest.
The plan is to discuss the Senior Ladies programme first then move onto the girls so this is a mixed meeting. There is no expectation for those representing senior sides only to stay after the first part of the meeting. There will be a Senior Ladies meeting only later in the year, possibly September.
The meting will then need to get the Girls cup dates fixed into the calendar and how we plan to complete the Regional rounds this season before covering trial and training dates for the Girls Representative sides.
All are welcome to attend this meeting, we hope to see representation from all clubs within NLD who have Womens & Girls players.
NLD Ladies played their 3rd and final game of the season at Southwell RUFC against Cheshire Ladies on Sunday. In front of an expectant crowd the ladies demonstrate everything that is good about rugby; competition, fair play, respect, supportive endeavour, teamwork and retained their unbeaten record for this season with 3 wins from 3.
This year has been a task of rebuilding the ladies section within NLD and whilst we are not 100% there as yet we have certainly taken giant steps forward. The ladies have shown what effort and teamwork can achieve in such a short period of time.
NLD Women & Girls Chairman Neil Clack commented, ‘Congratulations to the ladies on their success this season and in particular I would like to give a big thank you to the coaches Gareth, Sam, Carl & Jake who were all led by Dan Edson and to Bethan and Laura who have dedicated their time to managing the squad.
There are numerous people within NLD who have supported us over the past few years, (too many to mention here but you know who you are). I would to thank in particular Nicole and Tracy who have allowed us to make the changes we felt were needed and to Southwell RUFC , and in particular Alex and his staff who have been such willing and welcoming hosts.
Let’s hope NLD Ladies can look forward to competing in the cup competition next season and continue building success.’
On a sunny, windy afternoon at Mellish RFC NLD Ladies kicked off their 2015-2016 season with a friendly against local rivals East Midlands.
The first 10 minutes saw both teams exchanging possession in the middle of the pitch with handling errors from both teams showing they were excited to play but still getting used to playing together. The game however was suddenly opened up with Bethan Arthur breaking through their defensive line and hand offs allowing her to reach their 22 metre line.
Possession still jumped between sides but East Midlands began to put in some linked phases towards the NLD try line and eventually scoring at the 15 minute mark.
NLD started to settle into their passing patterns and with some good work at a defensive breakdown so the ladies come away with the ball and move the ball sideways across the pitch to score in the opposite corner by Alex Clinkard from Amber Valley.
With East Midlands still showing they were a threat with the ball the ladies switched between attack and defensive showing desire to run with the ball, Ellen McGuiness managed to cut through their defensive line on the NLD 22 metre line and weave around their backs to pass to Jordan Bixley from West Bridgford to score.
As the game went on the forwards showed their strength at scrum time and in line outs, managing to then steal a ball from an East Midlands line out to link in with backs and scored in the opposite corner by Alex Clinkard from Amber Valley. A true team try.
With confidence building NLD began to dominate possession across the pitch, with backs and forwards interlinking and showing a desire to keep the ball alive with offloads in tackles and determined runs around the breakdown, showing the team was beginning to gell. After being settled in their half for a while supported by secure breakdowns and movement across the pitch, the halftime whistle blew.
The second half started well for NLD with a striking run down the edge of the field ending in what was thought to be a try, but was disallowed. This started a period of possession near the East Midlands try line ending with Tanya Bird from West Bridgford coming onto the field and scoring with her first touch of the ball.
NLD’s defensive was still being tested as East Midlands’ backs showing strength in running lines, but courageous tackling near the line managed to keep them out. Bethan Arthur showing another strong run, one of many during the game to get the girls on the front foot and lead to a few passes and another score in the corner by Alex Clankard from Amber Valley. The game finished 25-19 to NLD, a fantastic start to the ladies squad coming together and showing true sportsmanship.
The NLD Ladies Squad to face Warwickshire in their first RFU County Championship on Sunday has been announced. The squad will travel to Broadstreet RFC for a 2pm kick off.
The team are fresh from a win in a friendly warm up game against East Midlands a couple of weeks ago and will be looking to build on that performance. They then go on to face Cheshire at home (Southwell RFC) on Sunday 15th May.
All support for the Ladies in both games is more than welcome.
1 – Nat Gladstone (West Bridgford)
2 – Hannah Newsome (West Bridgford)
3 – Nicola Hudson (West Bridgford)
4 – Jade Dennett (Uni of Nottingham)
5 – Cath Wynn (Chesterfield)
6 – Tanya Bird (West Bridgford)
7 – Aoife Fehilly (West Bridgford)
8 – Bethan Arthur (West Bridgford)
9 – Anna Botting (Uni of Nottingham)
10 – Ellen McGuinness (West Bridgford)
11 – Idil Abdi (West Bridgford)
12 – Jordan Bixley (West Bridgford)
13 – Georgie Watkins (Uni of Derby)
14 – Alex Clinkard (Amber Valley)
15 – Elise Crosbie (Uni of Nottingham)
16 – Leanne Reaves (Ashfield)
17 – Ellen Howl (Amber Valley)
18 – Kay Searcy (West Bridgford)
19 – Vicki Fagen (Ashfield)
20 – Bek Daft (Ashfield)
21 – Nicole Cotgrave (Derby)
22 – Jess Wade (Mellish)
This year’s NLD Senior Knockout Finals took place at Mellish RFC on Saturday 23rd April. With a full schedule of matches, it was an action packed day with some fantastic rugby being played.
Cheered on by a large number of supporters who had travelled to the game Meden Vale overcame Lincolnshire rivals Skegness 34-12 in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
Grimsby took on East Retford in the second game on the day and prevailed as 12-3 winners.
NLD Ladies v East Midlands Ladies
The exhibition match between NLD Ladies and East Midlands Ladies went down brilliantly. A lively encounter as both teams geared up for their first RFU County Championship matches in the coming weeks. It was an NLD victory with a late score taking the final score to 31-19.
With Scunthorpe fresh from securing the National Midlands 3 title last week and Ilkeston always dangerous as the under dogs this was a mouth-watering encounter.
Ilkeston started as they meant to go on and a converted try within the first 10 minutes saw them take a lead, which despite Scunthorpe’s best efforts, they never headed.
As the clock ticked down Ilkeston secured a historic victory and took the Cup home to Derbyshire with the final scoreline reading Scunthorpe 5 Ilkeston 22.
NLD President Sam Heath commented; ‘What a fantastic day of rugby! As always our thanks go to Mellish for their hospitality and to Dave Miller, Steve Allford and the NLD Senior Competitions Committee who have worked tirelessly on the competitions this season.
We look forward to the NLD Shield Final which will take place at Southwell RFC on Saturday 7th May between Nottingham Casuals and Glossop to conclude a fantastic season for the NLD Knockout Competitions.’
The NLD Senior Knockout Finals day is due to take place at Mellish RFC on Saturday 23rd April 2016. The timetable for the day has recently been confirmed.
- Vase (11:30): Meden Vale v Skegness
- Plate (12:30): Grimsby v East Retford
- NLD Women’s Exhibition Match (13:30) NLD v East Midlands Ladies
- Cup (15:30): Scunthorpe v Ilkeston
In the NLD Shield Final Glossop will face Nottingham Casuals but due to a clash of league commitments on the original date this will take place at Southwell RFC on Saturday 7th May 2016, kick off 2.30pm.
All are welcome to attend both Finals Days to support all of the squads who have made it to this stage of the competitions. Please note that no dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed on either site. Entry is free for U16’s and £4 per adult.
Following on from the Women’s trials held at Southwell RFC over the last couple of weeks the NLD Women’s Coaching & Management Team are delighted to announce the squad.
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected for the 2016 programme.
The following players, who were unable to attend the original trials, are invited to attend the first training session on Thursday 31st March at Southwell RFC as agreed with the Coaching Team.
Danni Booth (Ashfield)
Vicki Fagen (Ashfield)
Meg Bathelor (University of Nottingham)
Ellen McGuinness (West Bridgford)
Harriet Gibbs (Ashfield)
Lauren Clayton (Nottingham Trent University)
Maizie Morgan (Nottingham Trent University)
Jordan Bixley (West Bridgford)
Any players who were unsuccessful are able to ask for feedback, they should email Team Manager Bethan Arthur by Friday 25th March.
NLD Women’s Head Coach Dan Edson commented; ‘We were delighted with the number of Ladies who turned up to trial and would like to thank everyone for putting themselves forwards. There were plenty of tough decisions to make and this was down to the high standard of both of the trials.’
A full copy of the Women’s programme can be found by clicking here.