Congratulations to those teams who have progressed through to the NLD U14-U16 Semi Finals which are to be played on 15th March 2020
Below you will find the list of teams in the semi finals and the first team drawn is the home team.
Newark v Kesteven
Paviors v Stamford
Spalding v Melbourne
Southwell v Scunthorpe
Notts Corsairs v Scunthorpe
Spalding v Newark
Keyworth v Ashbourne
Mansfield v Ilkeston
Derby v West Bridgford
Newark v Mansfield
Chesterfield V Market Rasen
Kesteven v Sleaford
With the continuing uncertainty on the weather front and pitch conditions remaining questionable, we have decided to move the next U17s Training Session once more to the YMCA facility in Newark.
Unsurprisingly, the 3G pitches are experiencing high demand and we have limited availability.
Details are as follows for the session:
YMCA Sports Ground
Lord Hawke Way
off Bowbridge Road
Registration – from 19:30
Training – 20:00 – 21:30
As usual, any player who is injured or unable to attend is asked to notify the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible.
Sunday 23rd February, played at Leicester Forest RFC
Well due to the floods and incessant rain over February a small part of Leicestershire was claimed by NLD for our “Home” fixture. Our hosts for the day could not be faulted from organising changing rooms to the food and hospitality post match. And to quote the Club what a great game of rugby.
Watching the video of the match back I was amazed at how much time passed before the first score by Leics, the game ebbed and flowed from end to end and some amazing tackles were put in by both sides. Leics broke the deadlock with a their forwards pealing off a ruck only to be stopped first time, but quick ball saw their second effort take them over almost under the posts making the conversion easy for their kicker. Not to be outdone NLD tore into Leics from the restart and almost scored but knocked close to the line. From the resulting scrum Leics passed the ball down their backs instead of kicking clear and NLD pounced on a loose pass kicking through for our 12 to score an unconverted try. With nothing left of the half NLD gave a penalty away in midfield and quick thinking from Leics saw they run the ball and with some great handling and interplay between forwards and backs scored out wide on the right hand side. Conversion missed saw the half-time score at 5-12
The second half saw no change in the way the game was played with both sides playing good attacking rugby and defensively showing why they represent their Counties. NLD finally got back into the game with a penalty kicked to corner, and from a scrappy line out the NLD 8 somehow got through the resulting ruck and scored, but conversion missed from out wide. 10-12
The game seemed destined to end in a tight loss for NLD, but the NLD 4 pinched a Leics line out and this seemed to rejuvenate the NLD pack, retaining the ball NLD worked their way up field and our No 3 picked a tight line taking the ball off our 9 and breaking deep in the Leics half, a penalty at the breakdown saw NLD kick for the corner, but unable to gather clean ball for a catch and drive the ball was spun into midfield and Leics were caught off side in front of the posts. With great captaincy the decision was taken on the field to go for posts and our 21 stepped up with the clock ticking down and slotted over. The final whistle went and against all odds NLD came away with a hard fought victory.
This brings the NLD U16s program to a close not just for this season but for the future as Leicester Tigers take over the program from next year. On behalf of the coaches a big thank you to all the players involved and the parents for all those evenings driving to training at Scunthorpe who kindly let us use their training ground.
Its been a wonderful season with NLD winning all three of their fixtures, something not done for while.
As arranged the Challenge Shield Finals will take place at Chesterfield RUFC on Saturady 14th March
Juniors KO 1pm
Mellish RFC 2nds V East Retford RUFC 2nds
Seniors KO 3pm
Derby RFC 2nds V Lincoln RFC 2nds
The following has been received from the Rugby Football Union.
There have been a number of queries about whether we are putting out any information for clubs on the Coronavirus.
As a Union we will not be giving advice or guidance as the latest information is available via the Government website and is updated daily. It is important that clubs use the government’s guidance to inform their knowledge, available here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=CjwKCAiAvonyBRB7EiwAadauqeYJ2mMvVaQkTC9HPUsOyQlxnV0e-1avnXWHM41AduzME9tzdXCk3xoCDlwQAvD_BwE
As tour season is approaching we advise clubs to monitor via the Government website the situation at their overseas proposed tour destination . The link is as below
The following information may also be helpful for clubs.
It is up to individual clubs to decide internally if or how or what they communicate to their members.
We are really pleased to announce the Nld under 20 squad to play Leicestershire this Sunday 1st March at Leicester Forest, Hinkley Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE3 3PJ on the 4G. Kick off is 3pm with a meet time of 1pm.
Allen Jasper – West Bridgford
Bennett James – West Bridgford
Ellison Will – Newark
Gallagher Tom – Nottingham University
Holden Ben – Macclesfield
Lucas Max – Melbourne
Morley Jonny – Belper
Purcell Xander – West Bridgford
Rio Nelson Caleb – Nottingham Moderns
Risman Luke – West Bridgford
Sarsfield Josh – Scunthorpe
Suddaby Matt – Melbourne
Cole George – West Bridgford
Dickinson Ben – Melbourne
Hamilton Lewis – Melbourne
Harding Terry Will – Nottingham university
Helliwell Will – Leicester Lions
Key Curtis – Sleaford
Mahmid Reika – Dronfield
Murray Matt – West Bridgford
Stowe Will – Hull Ionians
Tweedie Fin – Leicester Lions
Harry Taylor – Nottingham Trent university
Kristian Powell – Moseley
Matt Derbyshire said “I’m really excited about this local county derby fixture and that we have 11 different clubs and 4 universities represented. Some of the players have been noticed in our previous game against East Midlands and I see it as one of our functions to get as many players in front of the selectors as possible. There are a number of players who will feature this weekend for the first time.”