NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) – to be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019

Blaydon RFC AGM will be held on Thursday 2nd May starting at 7:30pm in the Derwent Suite at the club.

An active full club membership is required to attend

Agenda and nominations required for Executive Committee positions will be shared soon.

From the Director’s chair – Blaydon V Wilmslow


How a fortnight can change everything. We recently travelled to Ilkley on what looked to be a horrible wet and windy day, but in true Yorkshire style it turned out to be a lovely day to play rugby at an even better setting. Ilkleys new club house and pitch was one of the best I have visited and we were warmly welcomed.
The game was a hard fought affair. Blaydon got off to a tremendous start with Frazer Wilson finishing off a well executed 3v2. After such a positive start we stuttered struggling to keep possession for any threatening period of time.
Defending immensely well kept us in the lead and the one time we put phases together Jack Appleton scores a wonderful team try. We eventually came out winners, Ilkley denying us the bonus point win. A hard fought four points but they game had its casualties with Nathan Bailey breaking his hand and needing an operation on it which will keep him out for the season. All the best for your recovery.

We had a week off last week but others around us did not. Billingham travelling to Kirby on a horrible day saw them complain how the game was allowed to go ahead and saw them defeated 17-5. When we travelled there on an equally horrible Blaydon players rallied around and won 36-0. The first time they had been beaten at home for a very long time. That was Blaydon’s best performance of the season and our mindset was superb that day.

This weekend we welcome Wilmslow who are finding this season difficult in the lower half of the league. We must though come with a mindset that match Kirby Lonsdale away game to get the better of them today. They recently put 47 points on A very good Wirral team showing they are a dangerous outfit that can beat anyone on their day.
I hope to see lots of faces cheering us on today then hopefully in the bar to watch Falcons take on Sale at St James in a huge match. Let’s hope they can get one step closer to a great escape.

One game at a time for Blaydon though.

 

From the touchline – Blaydon V Wilmslow

Welcome back to Blaydon today after what seems a long late season break of a month since we last played at home. Following our fine win against Rossendale on 15th February we had a good win at Wirral and followed that up with a much tighter win at Ilkley where our defence was outstanding. Ilkley were excellent hosts and are well supported by sponsors even though many of them never actually watched the game but enjoyed their social occasion. I was delighted that Brian and Ozzy who tirelessly attend our gate were able to join us and enjoy their lunch and the Bus trip.
Today we welcome Wilmslow, who travel up from wealthy south Cheshire. We enjoyed their hospitality in November and whilst they have had a disappointing season lying bottom of the league, they surprised perhaps themselves and the league in general in their last game against Wirral achieving their 2nd victory of the season, winning 47-34. We must make sure their winning ways are not continued today if we are to achieve our aim of finishing second in this league and giving ourselves a chance of promotion against the eventual runners up in the Midlands Premier League at the end of the season.
Congratulations go to Hull Rugby Club who are now unable to be caught and are thus promoted as Champions to National 2 North. It will be interesting to see if Hull Ionians achieve promotion from that league at the end of the season, otherwise there will no doubt be a fiery derby there next season .
Last week’s other surprise result was Kirkby Lonsdale’s win against Billingham in the wet edge of the Lake District. If ever we needed inspiration that was it, and the result of todays Harrogate versus Hull game is equally important to us.
Today sees the Newcastle Falcons aim to continue their recent winning ways, this time at St James Park against Sale (Kick off 17.30). We wish them well and no doubt a number of our regular supporters will be going there, either missing this game or rushing off after our match finishes. The game will however be on TV in the Clubhouse for those not able or wishing to attend.
Our final League home game is in two weeks time against Kirkby Lonsdale and it would be nice to see a good gathering for lunch before this vital match. Please let Sharon know if you wish to attend and perhaps bring a friend or neighbour so they can enjoy the experience.
Lets hope for another entertaining game today and that results go our way

Bill Locke

We’re asking the Blaydon Rugby family to support Nicole & Jessica Rich

At Blaydon RFC we are asking for your support in sharing the story of one of our young player’s families. Louis has 2 sisters, Nicole & Jessica who both have a rare life limiting genetic condition.

The family travel to Great Ormond Street every 2 weeks for the girls, which is a 4 hour enzyme replacement brain infusion. Sadly, the family have just been told that the treatment they get will not be funded by NHS as it is deemed ‘not good value for money’. This treatment is saving the girls lives & could be Jessica’s cure.

The family is obviously devastated but will keep fighting.

 

Please see the recent Sunday Mirror article and also their facebook page, links below:

 

The family are arranging a fundraising ball on Saturday 6th July at The Grand Hotel Gosforth, details on poster below on what you need to do to attend.

Development & Bricks through to Durham County Cup Finals

Confirmation of dates for the two finals:

3rd Team Cup Final:
Saturday 6th April – Durham 3rd Team Cup
Winlaton Saxons v Blaydon Development at Gateshead, KO 3pm

4th Team Shield:
Saturday 13th April – Durham 4th Team Shield
Houghton Boars v Blaydon Bricks at Ryton, KO 3pm

European rugby trophies tour, calling at Blaydon RFC on Sunday 24th March


Rugby fans will be able to get up close to the prestigious Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies as they embark on a tour of the region before the Newcastle 2019 Finals in May.
Community groups, businesses, rugby clubs and schools will all be part of the Trophies Tour. The three-week programme will cover 59 separate events and will take place from Saturday 23 March until Sunday 14 April. As part of the tour, the trophies will be at Blaydon Rugby Club between 11am and 12.30pm on Sunday 24 March.
Taking place over the weekend of 10-11 May 2019, Newcastle is hosting the Greatest Weekend in Rugby. It kicks off at St James’ Park with the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10th May (kick off 19.45) followed by the Heineken Champions Cup Final on Saturday 11th May (kickoff 17.00)
During the Trophies Tour fans will have the chance to win tickets to the Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10 May by getting the best selfie with the trophies and sharing them on social media (Twitter and Facebook) with the hashtag #Newcastle2019TrophiesTour.
Mick Hogan, Newcastle 2019 event director, said: “In the build-up to, and during the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we are looking to engage with a wide range of communities in the region and the Trophies Tour is a crucial part of this. As well as the rugby community, we want to attract new people to the sport and build excitement for what promises to be the greatest weekend in rugby.
“Both the Heineken Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies are very prestigious and impressive. We’re sure they will generate tremendous interest and will draw in large crowds to see the two trophies. As well as drumming up excitement for the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we want to showcase our wonderful region to fans from all over the world.”
Newcastle 2019 is the fastest-selling Heineken Champions Cup final ever, with fans waiting for news of a further, limited release of tickets on general public sale as allocations for fans of finalist clubs are being re-assessed throughout the season. Tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final are also showing healthy sales and it is on course to be one of the most attended finals ever.
For more information about local activity around Newcastle 2019 and to buy tickets, please visit www.Newcastle2019.com

It is with sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of John Thompson

 

Sadly JT  passed away suddenly, funeral arrangements:

Whitley Bay Crematorium  at 12.45 Tues 5th March.

Gathering after is at St Marys Suite in Spanish City.

John played colts rugby for Blaydon in the late 70s and senior rugby following that, returning to play social rugby for the Bricks subsequent to that.

John will be missed by many.

Our sympathies go to his daughter Jenny  and her family.

 

Blaydon Car Boot Sale

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR FIVE PLOTS FOR 2019 CARBOOT SEASON

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE FOLLOWING FIVE PLOTS:

  • 2 Plots for hot food and beverages
  • Plot for ice cream
  • Plot for fruit
  • Plot for sweets

Tenders must be submitted on the form provided BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY 2019 and all parties will be notified BY FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2019 of the outcome.

Selection will be made purely on the written responses provided and the Selection Committee will include members of Blaydon Rugby Football Club’s Executive Committee and the Car Boot Management Team.

The main factor in the decision will be remuneration offered, but the club will take into account how the companies tendering are willing to support the wider entity that is Blaydon Rugby Football Club.

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT NO PLOT WILL BE ALLOWED TO SELL WHAT IS ALREADY FRANCHISED OUT.

Further details available: www.blaydonrfc.co.uk/club/car-boot/

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Blaydon Rugby Football Club have formalise the approach to allocating the above-listed plots for each year’s Car Boot Sales.   The Car Boot Sale is held 39 Sundays each year from the beginning of March until the end of November and in addition, to the maximum number of stalls – 400 – the attendance can be as high as 5,000 people, obviously depending upon the time of year and the weather.

 

It is the responsibility of the tenderer to ensure that the opportunity is fully understood and the club cannot guarantee any attendance or expected takings values for the plots.   It should be noted that the sale of chocolate is excluded from all vans, this being allotted to the ice cream van.

 

It must be accepted and understood that certain months will have different attendance to others, but the club request that the tenderer submit a fixed offer per month for the nine month operational period.

 

These payments will be settled on the first Sunday of each month and all tenders are for the full nine month period.

 

The process will be one of sealed tenders submitted to the Assistant Secretary of Blaydon RFC, with four pieces of information provided:

  • Monthly value offered.
  • Details of willingness to be /or current involvement with the rest of the club/sponsorship.
  • Other influencing factors, e.g.previous experience of working with Blaydon RFC

 

Please complete question on Mid-Week Car Boot Sale on tender doc.

 

Please download form or email the ‘Contact’ email and tender form will be emailed to you. All completed forms to be submitted to following email address: contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Falcons U18 to play on Blaydon RFC AGP this Saturday

Newcastle Falcons Under-18s are in action this Saturday 19th January when they take on Worcester Warriors Under-18s.

The game is at Blaydon RFC with a 2pm kick-off, entry is free of charge.

Hull RUFC 16, Blaydon 14 – Blaydon secure a losing bonus point at Hull RUFC

North Premier league 2nd place still a possibility for Blaydon.

  • Blaydon lose at Hull RUFC but secure a bonus point for points difference being less than 7
  • Billingham win at Sandal but don’t secure try bonus point., so their lead is 4 points.
  • Billingham still have to play Hull RUFC on 6th April
  • Blaydon go to Billingham on the 9th February.

It’s not just about these games, there are good sides in this league that will have a say in 2nd place, but It does look like the race for 2nd will go all the way to end of the season.

Get behind the team

#pumpthecrow

Match report: Hull  16   Blaydon  14

 
Blaydon travelled to league leaders Hull for their first game in 2019 and went mightily close to reversing the narrow defeat they had suffered in the earlier meeting at Crow Trees. The home side took the field on the back of a 13 match winning sequence but were rocked by conceding a first minute try and at the whistle were hanging onto a 2 point advantage with Blaydon hammering away at their try line.
Overall Hull just about deserved their win on the balance of play but this was an impressive performance by Blaydon who were on top for some long spells.
Hull kicked off and immediately found themselves 7 points adrift when Blaydon caught the ball and moved it quickly through the hands and up to the home 22 where Jack Davidson was given possession, the second row forward outstripping the cover defence to touch down and make it a sensational start. Fly half Jamie Guy landed the conversion and no Hull player had yet touched the ball.
When the home side did get going considerable pressure was applied in the Blaydon 22 and the scores were levelled when Hull winger Keane Naylor was bundled over the line and influential fly-half Simon Humberstone added the extras.
Blaydon were almost in again when Harry Borthwick went clear only to be recalled for a forward pass but then some tremendous defence was needed to keep out the Hull forwards who were encamped in the 22.
By the interval Humberstone had edged Hull in front by 10 points to 7 with his second penalty, and was on target again in the 58th minute. Despite all the Hull pressure however their line breaks had been few and far between and going into the final quarter Blaydon were becoming the dominant force.
With the visitors in charge at the line-outs and the more positive in the loose a second try was secured when Guy kicked a penalty to the corner. Good possession was driven on by the pack and skipper Keith Laughlin rumbled over to make it 13-12 with Guy then kicking Blaydon into the lead.
Inevitably it seemed yet another Humberstone penalty gave the advantage back to Hull but it was the visitors who were closest to scoring in the final minutes.
 
John Brennan