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.”
NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U14-16 Finals Days during the 2019-20 season. All of the details regarding hosting the events and the application to do so are available to view click here.
Applications documents should be completed and returned to Sarah Poucher by Friday 6th March.
We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support. Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee.
NLD Junior Finals
U14 Finals Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)
U15/16 Finals Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)
The continuing bad weather has caused many issues across the region and has impacted significantly on available playing space for Clubs and Schools alike.
On the basis that it seems unlikely that the existing flooded pitches will have recovered in the coming days, we have decided to hold the next U17s Training Session at:
YMCA Sports Village
Lord Hawke Way
off Bowbridge Road
As you enter the facility, the main Sports Centre will be on your right hand side.
THIS IS NOT WHERE WE ARE TRAINING.
Head towards the top left hand corner of the Car Park and pass under the barrier. The Changing Rooms and Pitches are located by exiting the top right hand corner of the Car Park. Follow the path until you see the Portacabin accommodation.
THE SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN: 20:00-21:30.
PLAYERS SHOULD ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME TO REGISTER THEIR ATTENDANCE AND BE READY TO TRAIN BY 20:00.
We appreciate that the session runs a little later than normal and accept this may impact on those travelling further distances. Unfortunately, the lack of grass facility around the area has placed added pressure on the 3G facility, and their is limited availability as the facility has numerous regular bookings.
AS MENTIONED, THIS IS A 3G PITCH AND APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR NEEDS TO BE WORN.
Any player unable to make the session is requested to contact the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible at:
The instructions were short and clear in the huddle before kick off, “don’t start slowly”.
NLD playing up quite a slope took this on board and attacked from the whistle.
The first try came from moving the ball quickly out wide to the right and if not for a great tackle by EC the try would of been scored, but quick ball from the ruck went back the other way through the backs and our 13 scored close to the posts which was duly converted. 0-7
The match ebbed and flowed and EC tested the NLD defence several times before from a scrum on our 10m line the No8 picked up going right and again quick recycling saw the ball going left down the backline for our 14 to score in the corner 0-12
Second half saw NLD with the slope but a challenging wind behind them meant kicking saw the ball disappear dead in goal if over hit.
NLD again picked and drove from the base of the scrum with three quick pick & drives up the middle before sending the ball right for our 22 to score, this time with the help of the wind the try was converted 0-19
Not to be over run EC then attacked from the kick off and soon won a scrum in the NLD half, working the ball right from the scrum they scored out wide 5-19
Keeping the pressure on NLD, EC continued to attack but were intercepted by our 11 who passed back inside for our 9 to score 5-24
Not to be overrun EC then scored probably the try of the match from a scrum in their own half they attacked right and scored in the corner. 10-24
With time running out yet another good pick up form 8 saw NLD drive forward, our 6 ripped the ball from the resulting maul and quick ball out to the backs saw our 13 score his second of the game which was converted.
Final score 10-31.
Our last fixture sees us hosting Leicestershire on Sunday 23rd Feb