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NLD U17’s Narrowly Beat Leicestershire

March 12th, 2015 by

Wednesday night saw the second trial game for the NLD U17’s against a Leicestershire side with a number of experienced players.

The weather early on was ideal for playing fast, running rugby and Head Coach, Nathan Smith, made the players aware of what was expected of them after an impressive win by the other half of the squad against East Midlands last week.

The fixture was played over three ‘halves’ of 25, 25 and 20 minutes and the NLD players showed good decision making in pushing the Leicestershire side back into their own half after some accurate territorial kicking from hand.

After scoring an early try, the first set of NLD players continued to dominate winning of plenty of line out ball and they should have been further ahead but for some handling errors at crucial moments. A lack of precision with the final pass meant the score remained 7-0 to the NLD for a prolonged period.

Eventually, the concerted pressure exerted on the Leicestershire side by the back row in particular produced some reward and, after running in two more tries, NLD looked comfortable sitting on a 19-0 lead after the first 25 minutes.

Numerous changes were made by the NLD Coaches for the second period and the side seemed to lack cohesion in crucial areas allowing Leicestershire to enjoy more possession and more territory. Inevitably, this showed on the scoreboard as the NLD side failed to put points on the board and the opposition score edged closer to the NLD total.

Basic handling and defensive errors were not helped by the steady drizzle that had begun to fall and Leicestershire, playing very much on the front foot by now, continued to dominate in possession, territory and points.

Further changes were made for the final 20 minute session; however, the pattern of play remained the same with Leicestershire growing in confidence. The visitors’ score crept inexorably upwards and, with 10 minutes remaining, the NLD players found themselves 21-19 down.

Some poor decision making at the lineout demonstrated there is still much work to be done, despite the amount of possession secured by the NLD forwards in that area. Similarly, some indifferent defending and a lack of communication between the backs would not have impressed the watching Coaches.

Rather against the run of play, NLD finally managed to exert some pressure in their opponents’ 22, although another opportunity from a lineout near the try line was squandered.

With the final play of the game, NLD were awarded a penalty 20 metres out in front of the posts and the successful kick, understandably under a degree of pressure, brought the fixture to an end with NLD scraping home by 22-21.

The Coaches expressed concern that the squad had established a 19 point lead only to fail to score further points until the last kick of the game. Nathan was keen to communicate to the players that, when wearing an NLD shirt, better was expected of them in terms of accuracy, precision and decision making.

While there had been some good individual performances, it was noted that not enough players had stepped up at this level and improvement in the coming weeks will need to be rapid and comprehensive if players are to challenge for a place in the NLD U18’s

The next two sessions and the final game against Cheshire will determine the final squad for next season and the players were left under no illusion of the hard work needed if they were to form part of that set up.

On a positive note, the squad has maintained its unbeaten record and can look forward to the significant challenge that Cheshire will undoubtedly present on 29 March at Chesterfield.

Another victory, but plenty of work still to be done!

Lee Slack
NLD U17/18 Manager

8 x NLD U20’s Into Midlands Squad!

March 12th, 2015 by

Congratulations to the 8 NLD U20 Players that have been selected into the Midlands Squad for the forthcoming divisional festival that will be held at Welbeck College over Easter.  22 players will be selected for the weekend with 6 being named in reserve.

Jed Chapple
Dan Hyams
George Felgate
Jack Partridge
Callum Hall
Jay Heath
Chris Barlow
Chester Scott

The Midlands U20’s squad will face Nottingham Academy at Trent College on Sunday 22nd March, kick off 2.30pm.

U16 Semi Final Draw

March 11th, 2015 by

Please see attached confirmation of the U16 Semi Final Draws.

The U16 Cup is 1st v 2nd from each of the opposing pools and the Shield was very kindly drawn this morning by Andy Highton (Nottinghamshire RDO).

The Semi Finals will be held at Sleaford RFC on Sunday 22nd March, the timetable will be circulated as soon as possible for you all.

Congratulations on making it to this stage of the competition and best of luck on the 22nd.

Girls Player Development Camp – Thursday 9th April 2015

March 10th, 2015 by

Following on from the success of previous camps, on Thursday 9th April NLD will once again be running a FREE Girls Player Development Camp for all players in the U13, 15 & 18 age groups.  The session will take place at Mellish RFC, 10am – 3pm and will include lunch.

Applications will close on Friday 3rd April 2015.

For more information and a copy of the application form please see attached.

Girls Player Development Camp 09-04-2015

Girls Camp Application Easter 15

NLD U13 Girls Session – Cancelled

March 10th, 2015 by

The U13 Girls session due to take place on Sunday has been cancelled.

Lincolnshire County Cup Update

March 10th, 2015 by

An update on the Lincolnshire County Cup Competitions is available below.

LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY CUP 2014 08-03-15

U17 Lincs Cup 2015 08-03-15

Saturday 14th March

Senior Cup
Quarter Final Scunthorpe V Spalding
Semi Final (T B C) Stamford V Grimsby

Intermediate Cup
Quarter Final Cleethorpes V Horncastle

The U 17 County Cup
Semi Final Draw is  (To be Played on or Before 05-04-15)

Cleethorpes v Lincoln
Scunthorpe V Kesteven

Lincolnshire 2014-15 Match Card (PDF)

Lincolnshire 2014-15 Match Card (Excel)

NLD U13 & U15 Semi Final Results      

March 10th, 2015 by

Sunday saw the first big Semi Final Festival of the Season at Chesterfield RFC who kindly offered their excellent facilities for the day.

With 8 matches in total being played it was always going to be a day full of action packed rugby and it didn’t disappoint with teams putting in their all to book a place at the Finals Day at Southwell on 26th April.

The full results can be found here.

Congratulations to all of the teams on making it to this stage of the competition and to those who have made it into the final we wish you the very best of luck.

Finals – Southwell RFC on 26th April 2015

U13 Cup        Notts Corsairs  v  Spalding
U13 Shield    Mansfield  v  West Bridgford

U15  Cup       Notts Corsairs  v  Market Rasen
U15 Shield    Dronfield  v  Sleaford

NLD U17 Squad v Leicestershire

March 10th, 2015 by

NLD U17’S SQUAD
NLD v LEICESTERSHIRE
WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2015
PAVIORS RFC
KICK-OFF 19:30

After last night’s session at Newark, the following players have been named in the squad to face Leicestershire tomorrow evening at Paviors RFC.

This is the second of three games during the trial stages and, following this match, the Coaching team will have had an opportunity to watch and appraise all the players.

PLAYERS ARE ASKED TO BE AT PAVIORS FOR 18:00 ON WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH FOR THE PRE-MATCH PREPARATIONS & ANY PLAYER WHO IS NOT ABLE TO PARTICIPATE SHOULD CONTACT THE SQUAD MANAGER, LEE SLACK, IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER THAT A REPLACEMENT MAY BE DRAFTED IN.

Players should bring a white shirt and club/school/representative tie for the meal following the game. This post-match social interaction is seen very much as part of the team building process within the squad.

Paviors Rugby Club
The Ron Rossin Ground
Burntstump Hill
Arnold
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Notts
NG5 8PQ

Tel: 0115 9638527

SQUAD

Ollie BROWN
Jack BURROWS
Adam CASTLE
Will COUSINS
Ollie DAVIDSON
Joe GREEN
Mark HENDY
Jake HICKLIN
Josh HUBBARD
Edward JAMES
Rhys JAMES
Corey LEWIS
Charlie LIVESEY
Henry MAWHOOD
Joe McDONNELL
Kedem MORGAN
Alex MORRIS
Musa MOYO
Alex O’DELL
Ed POULSON
Alex SCOTT
Jordan SLACK
Ben TAYLOR
James THOMAS
Josh WATTS
Miloe WILLIAMSON
George WOODMAN

Boston Mini Festival Cancelled

March 10th, 2015 by

It is with deep regret that due to circumstances outside of their control that Boston Rugby Club is unable to host their Minis Festival scheduled on Sunday 22nd March 2015

Any queries and/or further information please email: [email protected]

NLD U15 Sevens Draw

March 6th, 2015 by

Please find attached a copy of the NLD U15 Sevens draw for the festival at Chesterfield on 15th March.

U15 Sevens Draw v4

Sevens Rules 2015

Timings:

Registration:  10.30am
Coaches Briefing: 10.45am
Kick off:  11.15am
Semis & Finals:  2.45pm
Trophy Presentations:  4.30pm

Timings for the day are extremely tight so please make sure you are ready to play and touch judge at the given times.   If you aren’t ready on time your team will forfeit their game!! 

There will be a £3 entry charge per adult – please make sure everyone travelling with the teams are aware of this.   This revenue goes towards running the U13-19 competitions and absolutely no abuse of officials will be tolerated!

Don’t forget to have a close look at the competition rules prior to the event – make sure you read them carefully.

It is the responsibility of the teams to ensure that all of their players have permission to have their photographs taken. If for any reason players are not be photographed it is the team managers responsibility to inform NLD RFU prior to the event.

Don’t forget that Sevens is all about having fun – there is plenty of silverware on offer, make the most of Chesterfield’s kind hospitality and most of all enjoy the day (don’t forget to be extra nice to all those lovely Mum’s giving up their Mother’s Day as well!!).