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NLD U15 Girls Remain Unbeaten!

October 27th, 2014 by

Sunday 26th October saw the NLD Girls squads head to Lichfield RFC to take on Staffordshire.

The U15’s were fresh from being crowned Midlands Champions at Lutterworth a couple of weeks ago, having played Staffordshire en route to the title they were looking forward to an exciting contest.

NLD started strongly despite losing the toss and contesting up the hill into a swirling wind.  In the first of the three 20 minute periods Hannah Sharp (Newark RFC) put the first points on the board for NLD with Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) adding the conversion.

Hannah Sharp made another excellent run down the wing to score a near identical try under the posts, which was once again duly converted by Jess Weaver.

NLD’s dominance paid off with two further tries from Megan Warsop (Ashfield RFC), Jess Weaver converting one of them.  A strong scoreline for the visitors showed 0-26 at the end of the first period.

In the second period the NLD Coaching Team made 5 changes to the field, Staffordshire benefited from the break and came out very strongly to counter attack.  With the home side running in some excellent tries NLD went into the final period having conceded 3 unconverted tries.

The third period promised to be an exciting conclusion which didn’t disappoint; Staffordshire got the first points on the board narrowing the margin to 20-26.  The NLD girls soon responded and tries from Victoria Lyon (Newark RFC), Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) and Lucy Payne (Ashfield RFC) took the match out of the Staffordshire’s reach despite a late score.  The final scoreline was 27-41 to NLD.

The NLD squad will have learnt lots from a tough encounter but they remain unbeaten as they turn attentions now to what promises to be an extremely tough match against North Midlands on 9th November.

Below – The NLD U15 squad pictured with the Women’s Rugby World Cup.


Women’s Rugby World Cup visits Sleaford RFC

October 22nd, 2014 by

Over 100 girls from 8 schools across Lincolnshire have competed in the Girls U13 and U15’s Schools event hosted at Sleaford RFC. There was also a special guest as the Women’s World Cup visited the county on its tour of the country.

The schools that attended were; Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, Birkbeck College, King Edward VI Spilsby, John Whitgift Academy, Priory Ruskin Academy, Thomas Cowley, King Edward VI Grammar School Louth and Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

Some fantastic rugby was displayed throughout the day and at the end of the day Kesteven and Grantham Girls School were crowned winners of the U15 competition and Sleaford High School claimed the U13’s title.


NLD U18 Squad to Face East Midlands

October 21st, 2014 by

The NLD U18 Coaching Team have announced the squad to play East Midlands tomorrow evening at Peterborough RFC, KO 7.30pm.

Ed Bloodworth
Jake Bowden
Pierre Byworth
Ed Cole
Sam Cranswick (Capt.)
Tom Crosby
Oliver Davidson
Phil Fletcher
Harry Graham
Elliot Henry
Max Hodson
Josh Hubbard
Joe McMenamin
Henry Mawhood
Tom Mycroft
James Newman
Dan Salt
Alex Scott
Callum Slack
Connor Slack
Jordan Slack
Anthony Symcox
Tom Winning
Ben Usher

From a hard fought win against Leicestershire in September the squad have been working really hard to build on this as the RFU County Championship reaches a conclusion.

NLD U18 Manager Lee Slack said ‘We are lucky enough to have real depth of talent within the NLD squad and now hopefully some of the players can push to impress the watching Midlands Assessors and go onto the next level of their playing careers’.

U13 Girls Festival Success

October 21st, 2014 by

Sunday 19th October saw Round 1 of the RFU Midlands East U13 Girls league held at Ashfield RUFC.

u13girlsfestivalThe strong wind made the conditions a little tricky but never the less all the players persisted with their excellent passing game in a series of matches against good Mansfield RFC (3 teams) Newark RFC, Melbourne RFC, Long Eaton RFC and Ashfield RFC sides.

With excellent travelling support from parents of all the teams the players demonstrated their continuing rate of development in U13 rugby with some great spells of attacking and defensive rugby.

All players left Ashfield with the heads held high following numerous matches against the opposition.  Players from all teams represented themselves extremely well and were a credit to Girls rugby.

Mansfield RFC & NLD U13 Head coach Peter Haskell said he was ‘delighted with the skills and commitment shown in the matches by all the players’.  Now all the U13 Girls look forward to the next RFU round on the 2nd November which will take place at Melbourne RFC in order to continue their rate of development and progress.

NLD U15’s & U18’s Girls Kick Off 2014-15 Campaigns

October 20th, 2014 by

Sunday 12th October saw the NLD U15 & U18 Girls squads head to Lutterworth RFC for the Midlands Festival.

NLD U15’s – Midlands Champions!!

NLD took the whole squad of 25 U15 girls, selected from an initial 45 girls who went to trials and training in September.

nldu15girls2014lutterworth2The girls warmed up in anticipation and started their campaign with an opening match against Leicestershire. Aggressive, attacking play from the start saw NLD dominating Leicester in the middle of the field and putting their wings to good use with strong runs resulting in a try from Kate Davis-Bavin, (Newark). Leicestershire countered with a try to even the score just before halftime. The second half saw NLD on the attack and a looping run from Alexandra Clack, (Newark), converted by Jessica Weaver, (Newark) saw NLD regain the lead. Strong defence saw NLD finish the game victors 12-5.

East Midlands provided NLD with strong opposition throughout the game taking the first points. Megan Warsop, (Ashfield), scored 2 tries with Kate Davis-Bavin, (Newark), converting. With a tenuous lead NLD had to dig deep to defend a strong attack resulting in a late second half try for East Midlands. The NLD girls lined up nervously to charge down the conversion, which turned out to be the last play of the game, watching as the ball failed to lift over the bar.  NLD came away with a well-deserved but very close victory 12-10.

Staffordshire again provided NLD with a well contested game.  Committed forwards play saw Madeline Crofts, (Newark), crash over the line to open NLD’s account. Strong runners were probing NLD lines and being repelled by committed defence from every NLD player; however a good line break saw Staffordshire even the score. A wonder display of linking centres saw Beth Leivers, (Ashfield), power over the line to take NLD to their 3rd victory of the day. 10-5

nldu15girls2014lutterworthNorth Midlands contested well throughout but buoyed with their previous victories it was NLD’s game all the way. North Mids defended valiantly but with NLD playing varied, confident rugby, tries came from Megan Warsop, (Ashfield), Lucy Payne, (Ashfield), Alexandra Clack, (Newark), Hannah Sharp, (Newark), and a conversion from Jessica Weaver, (Newark) there was only one result; victory to NLD 22-0

With 4 wins from 4 the day ended with the U15’s being awarded winners medals and the Midlands U15’s Trophy. Although only the try scorers and kickers are named above it is down to each and every player giving their all, and every girl playing together as a team, that NLD came away winners. Do we have to give it back next year? Not without a battle!!

Thanks and recognition must go to the U15’s coaching staff Martin Kerrigan, (Head Coach), John Payne and Mark Dobbs. Not sure what it is you are doing guys but keep doing more of the same; you are doing a sterling job. Onwards and upwards!!!! Thanks’ also to our 2 physio’s who did a great job looking after not only NLD’s U15’s and U18’s but assisting where needed throughout the day.

A final thank you must go to RFU Simon Boyd and Lutterworth RFC for hosting the festival and the smooth running of the day and the excellent facilities. The bacon rolls were a must!!!

Report by Neil Clack
NLD U15 Girls Manager

NLD U18’s

The NLD U18 Girls squad for the 2014-15 season consists of 7 players who played last year at U18, 7 players moving up from U15 and 5 girls in their first year in the program.

The opening game saw NLD v Leicestershire in a hard fought and close encounter with Leicestershire winning with a single score in the last minute of the game.

East Midlands were the second team that the girls faced and they dominated the NLD girls who kept their heads up and fought all the way to the final whistle. Unfortunately during the game 3 players received injuries which ruled them out of the rest of the Festival.


Our third game saw the girls face Staffordshire, another hard fought match with NLD putting lots of pressure on the Staffs line but strong defence and a few errors from NLD meant a score was not forthcoming. Staffs’ outside pace was the undoing of NLD and gave them an excellent couple of breakaway tries.

Finally North Mids (tournament winners) met NLD and in yet another hard fought game we were unable to hold the opposition from scoring but continued fighting to the end unfortunately picking up another two injuries.

The opening of the U18’s season saw four defeats but also saw several players make very impressive starts to their NLD careers and players stepping up from U15 meeting the challenges head on.

Report by Neil Speechley
NLD U18 Girls Managr

The NLD U15 & U18 squads now prepare to play Staffordshire at Lichfield on Sunday 26th October, kick off is at 2pm.

Level 1 Coaching Course @ Kirk Hallam

October 17th, 2014 by

There are still places available on the RFU Level 1 Coaching Course to be held at Kirk Hallam School in Ilkeston throughout November.

Level 1 Course Kirk Hallam School (2)

NLD’s Katie Trevarthan into England U20’s

October 17th, 2014 by

NLD are delighted to congratulate Katie Trevarthan on her inclusion in the England U20 Ladies squad which was announced yesterday.

Katie started her rugby career at Stamford RFC, progressing through the mini age groups, she then pursued her Girls Rugby career at both Spalding & Paviors RFC.

Quickly gaining the respect of her coaches and fellow players Katie was successful on her first attempt at trialling for the NLD U15 squad.  She was a regular for the CB at U15 & U18 and made it through to the divisional squads each year until turning 18 when she went on to progress to the Ladies Divisional set up.

We wish Katie the very best of luck with her England career, the squad are set to play France home and away in early 2015 before preparing for a summer tour.

England Women U20s Squad (Name, Club, CB, Division, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence College)

*Zoe Aldcroft (West Park Leeds, Yorkshire, North Hartpury College)
*Sarah Bern (Esher, Surrey, London & South East, Hartpury College)
*Courtney Bishop (Bristol, Somerset, South West)
Henri Burkinshaw ( Lichfield, Yorkshire, North)
*May Campbell (Bristol, South West)
*Lotte Clapp (Saracens, London & South East)
*Vicci Cogger (Lichfield, Hertfordshire, London & South East)
Lark Davies (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands)
*Ruth Dow (Wasps, Berkshire, South West)
*Lottie Holland (Plymouth Albion, Devon, South West)
Devon Holt (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
*Olivia Jones (Bristol, Oxfordshire, South West)
*Rachel Lund (Worcester, Yorkshire, Midlands)
Caity Mattinson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Gloucestershire, North)
Sarah Nicholas (Lichfield, Midlands)
Becky Noon (Lichfield, Staffordshire, Midlands)
*Lucy Nye (Lichfield, Devon, South West)
*Cath O’Donnell (Waterloo, Cumbria, North)
Abi Parsons (Bristol, Berkshire, South West)
*Jade Shekells (Worcester, North Midlands, Midlands, Hartpury College)
*Laura Tolley (Aylesford Bulls, Kent, London & South East)
*Katie Trevarthan (Camp Hill, Midlands, NLD)
*Tilly Vaughan-Fowler (Bristol, South West)
*Abi Walker (Worcester, South West)
*Amy Wigley (Lichfield, North Midlands, Midlands)
*Millie Wood (Worcester, Gloucestershire, South West)

*Denotes new squad member

NLD Features in October Touchline

October 20th, 2014 by

NLD once again features in the October issue of the RFU’s Touchline magazine.

Southwell RFC’s brand new clubhouse was opened officially by the RFU President Jonathan Dance on the 4th October.  Chosen by the RFU to be ‘Fit for 2015’ the club has from benefitted support of the RFU’s Lead Up & Legacy Fund along with contributions from the Rugby Football Foundation charitable trust, Sport England, Southwell Town Council, Southwell Rotary Club, Nottinghamshire County Council and Greene King Brewery.

Southwell chairman Tom Craig, said: “We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire RFU. The executive committee are very proud of the new clubhouse.”

The new Lincoln Ladies team was also celebrated in the October issue.  Lincoln RFC has joined forces with the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.  The deal between the club and the local Universities will see the Ladies from the Club and the Universities share Monday evening training sessions based at Lincoln RFC.  All students within the city of Lincoln will get free membership to Lincoln RFC and the club will assist the University sides with Management & Coach support.

For more information see the full edition of Touchline here.

NLD U16’s Squad v Warwickshire

October 16th, 2014 by

NLD U16’s kick off their 2014-15 season against Warwickshire next Wednesday 22nd October at Broadstreet RFC.

The players listed below have been selected for the match.  They should confirm their availability with NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles as soon as possible.   Kick off is at 7.30pm so all players are asked to arrive at Broadstreet for 6.15pm, if you will be late please let Ian know.

Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, those who have not made the match day squad on this occasion don’t be disheartened, keep working hard and there will be plenty more opportunities throughout the forthcoming fixtures!

First Name Last Name Club School
Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
Wiiliam Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Tom Walton Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
James Thomas Spalding n/a
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Emmet Mcdonnell Nottingham Trent College
James Peachey n/a Stamford School
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Joe Heyes n/a n/a
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Nathaneal Brisco West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Alex Hanham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Matthew Law Newark King’s School Grantham
Christopher Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham

Please also note that there is to be a squad session for ALL players Monday 20th at Newark.

Anti Bullying Workshop

October 16th, 2014 by

As part of National Anti Bullying week there will be an Anti Bullying Workshop held on Thursday 20th November 2014 from 6 pm to 8.30 pm


Gresham Sports Pavilion
Gresham Park Road (off Wilford Lane),
West Bridgford,

Places can be booked online here.

NB Please follow the signs to Emmanuel School off Wilford Lane otherwise you may go to the Forest academy site by mistake.

The course will cover:

  • What is bullying /how it differs from banter
  • How to support young people who are targets, bullies, bystander
  • Types of bullying
  • How to create a positive club ethos which challenges bullying and sets agreed standards of behaviour
  • Policy and strategies
  • E-safety – how this may impact on clubs and sports settings.
  • E-safety strategies for sports clubs including safeguarding staff and the use of social networks