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U15 Girls Rugby

Junior Girls Rugby Update at Blaydon RFC

The U13s Squad were playing in a festival away at Bishop Auckland and they teamed up with Barnard Castle to make up a team of ten. This was their first game of rugby and judging by Jenna Dale’s summary they were fantastic!! The team played brilliantly. They passed the ball, tackled well and the rucks were spot on. All the girls played incredible and should be very proud of what they have achieved today, loads of positives to take into the season ahead.

THE U13s only have a squad of 8 players at present so if you know any girls in school years 7 and 8, who may be keen to give rugby a go please get in touch.

U13 Girls Rugby Team

On Sunday the club hosted an U15 Girls Rugby Festival with 126 players taking part, with teams from Ryton, Blaydon and combined teams made up of Billingham/DMP, Horden/Hartlepool Rovers, Stockton/Barnard Castle and Houghton/Gateshead. A summary from Damien Ameer Beg, who has been fundamental in bringing the girls team together is detailed below.

First thing I want to say is WOW WOW WOW. The girls were absolutely amazing, the jump from under 13s to under 15s is huge, but our girls showed how hard work and fitness paid off.

I’m not going to talk scores as I’m not concerned about them, yesterday was about the making of a team, a team that’s only been together roughly 6/7 months (actual playing time). The girls attitude, aggressive play and effort was fantastic, they all put in a 100%, which showed on the pitch. The runs were strong determined and direct, the handling to keep the ball alive was really pleasing to see, the scrums held strong and the jumping at the line out was some of the best on show, but it was the tackling that stood out. Time and time again both myself and Paul mentioned to the girls that we thought their defending with everything they had was outstanding. Yes there’s plenty to work on but their is also plenty to work with.

We tried to exploit teams weaknesses with ball in hand against the opponent by creating go forward ball, either through pick and go or good footwork. We just need to work on our rucking as it was susceptible to an attack through the middle in numbers.

I thought Georgia D did a great job as captain, her team talks and motivational input was first class. Plenty of the girls played on despite carrying injuries, which is again detriment to their attitude and desire.

Lastly I would like to thank Chris Millican, Paul Foster, Paul Vinnicombe, Tim Murphy and of course Sharon Reed for all their help on the day, a great team effort, thank you.

U15 Girls Rugby

Blaydon 64, Alnwick 24

Blaydon 64, Alnwick 24 – five point win takes us up into 3rd place

🔴⚫️TEAM NEWS 🔴⚫️ 🗓 Saturday 21st September

🔴⚫️TEAM NEWS 🔴⚫️

🗓 Saturday 21st September

🆚 Alnwick

⏰ 15:00pm

📍Crow Trees


From the Touchline – Bill Locke

This weeks fixtures:
Blaydon v Alnwick
Blaydon Georgians v Alnwick 2s
Winlaton 2s v Blaydon 3rds
Last weeks results
Blackburn 33 v Blaydon 31
Blaydon Georgians 50 v Consett 2s 15
Rockliff 33 v Blaydon Bricks 17
From the touchline
It is our pleasure to welcome all our friends from Alnwick today for the first of a number of North East derbies this year. They are always a difficult team to beat no matter when in the season we play them and last week beat Lymm at home albeit narrowly. They are always good company off the field and we look forward to another good game.
For our part, now that we have the unbeaten season aspiration out of the window we can concentrate on game by game progress. Last week at Blackburn we had a much changed team from the week before due to an accumulation of early season injuries and appeared to be bus weary in the 1st half turning round with a 28-0 deficit. Although we sprung to life in the 2nd half we fell just short. Nathan Horsfall was nominated as their man of the match by Blackburn so well done Nathan.
It was a long journey home, having to go via the A66 to accommodate Mr Baileys new courting habits, extended by several countryside watering holes as a result of the lack of a WC on the bus. The Bus Company have been advised accordingly !
It was a pleasure to have coaches Jim Houghton and Tom Penny on board on an away game and a big boost to the team.
We have had a number of complements from the RFU Board following their visit the week before and thus thanks to all involved
With the 1st team drawing from the extended squad, the Georgians put on a fine show at Consett with a made up team including several youngsters and a re emerging Paul  Vinnicombe who will be stiff for a week after not playing for several years
Finally on a personal note I will miss John Brennan’s presence at the back of the stand. Jim Huxley has already provided an excellent brief obituary which is on line, but he was a good supporter to us over many years and a fine gentleman. He went very quickly in the end and we wish his family our best wishes

Saturday 14th Setember – Rockcliffe Rangers 33, Blaydon Bricks 17

Bricks Rugby News

We delayed the start of the Bricks season as we always seem to struggle to get people off the couch for the first game, as the week started, this looked a sound decision and things were looking promising, then it all went pear shaped:
• We lost 4 players to the 2s; Damien Martinez, Guesty, Stracks & Vinnie
• Rockcliffe put us on the geeeeet, geeeeet big AGP
• Our thanks to  Andy Turland & Windy for turning out (from early retirement) to help us get a team out
• Rockcliffe 2 V Alnwick 3s got cancelled – meaning no draw on Rangers players to play up

So, 13 valiant men went off to Rockcliffe, Rockcliffe kindly loaned us 3 players, I know 13+3 makes 16, but one of theirs who started for us got injured, our thanks to Rockcliffe and more importantly Alex Scott, David Graham & Dave Hill who played for us.

Highs & Highers:
• Many of the Bricks took knocks, loads were using cold spray and playing on.
• Andy Turland, came out of retirement to help the team, broke his arm, tried to play on and had to be escorted from the field, in the vein of the Monty Python knights sketch…
• Keith Oliver offered us 20 mins and played all four 20mins, as he would, and will no doubt not be able to walk properly for at least a week.
• Cameron stepped up and volunteer for hooker, but WBR decided the great big looking prop on the side-line, wasn’t right to prop that day and we played uncontested. Cameron put ball into lineout straight, but I’m sure Keith can coach that out of him!
• James Miller made his debut at scrum half and put himself about, playing with his dad (Windy) for the first time

• Paul Winter was everywhere and without doubt, (it’s written in the match report so is unquestionable) legally, spent time educating/persuading Rockcliffe players their constant stopping the ball coming back to us was, at least inconsiderate, bordering on just, well naughty!
• Divers and Savs had them mesmerised with lines of running, very few straight….
• Peter Andrew Bath battered through the centres making good yards, while Damien A-B in the centres made good yards avoiding contact.
• We thought we were in for a quiet-ish day with Guesty going with the 2s, but Joel stepped up, constantly talking, asking irrelevant questions, it was like having a mini-me Guesty. Joel, well done in your first full game of rugby and only 2nd game of rugby.
• Nic looked at the team sheet, did well for a southerner and counted to 13, realised it was going to be a long afternoon. He never faltered, played the 80 and left nothing out there, welcome to Bricks rugby Nic.
• Justin was like a man possessed, he was everywhere, tackles, turnovers, wrestling for the ball, annoying WBR and was deservingly our MoM

Windy walking one of the Rangers players to one side, after he tried to pull Jame’s head off was not discrete at all.

The only negative on the day (outside of the injuries) was I kept forgetting to take on the kicking tee, but that pitch was so big I was tired just running (well trotting) the water on…

With ball in hand Rockcliffe couldn’t handle the Bricks and if it wasn’t the first game of the season, with the mistakes that come with it, spilling possession, etc, if we’d lost 2 instead of 4 players, this could have been a win, Rangers were please to kick the ball off in the end to end the game.

Couldn’t be prouder of the team who took the field, Rockcliffe will have known they’d been in a game and would have been hurting Sunday from a very physical game.


Trys: David Graham (WBR), Divers, Savs
Conv: Divers 1 – it surely would have been more with a kicking tee!

1. Paul Winter
2. Cameron Richardson
3. Keith Oliver
4. Nic Eatch
5. David Graham
6. Justin Clarke
7. Windy
8. Andy Turnalnd
9. James Miller
10. Savs
11. Joel Atkin
12. Damien Ameer-Beg
13. Peter Andrew Bath
14. Dave Hill / Alex Scott
15. Divers

It is with great sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of one of our rugby family: John Brennan

John Brennan 1941 – 2019

John sadly passed away in hospital last Wednesday 11th September 2019 after a short illness and will be missed by his many friends at Blaydon where he had reported rugby matches for local newspapers during the past 40 years.

No matter how badly Blaydon had played, John had always by skillful use of words, to make it sound possibly much better than it actually had been.

John will be much missed by all his friends in the back of the stand where every second Saturday the world was put to rights particularly in respect of Blaydon’s current form.

Our condolences are send to his wife Valerie and family at this very sad time.

Details of funeral arrangements will be announced later when available.

Jim Huxley

Team News 14/09/19

Team News

Saturday 14th September

Blackburn (away)

Kick off 15:00pm

1. Gareth Henderson
2. Sean Pyle
3. David Lyall
4. Jack Davidson (c)
5. Freddie Lockwood
6. Drew Davison
7. Sweed Harrison
8. Keith Laughlin
9. Nathan Horsfall
10. Daniel Taylor
11. Hugh Mongan
12. Daniel Marshall
13. James Cooney
14. Alex Charlton
15. Nathan Bailey
16. David Kilpatrick 17. Robert Lenderyou 19. Alex Dodds
RFU Visit

The RFU Board visit Blaydon RFC

Blaydon RFC was honoured to be chosen by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Board to visit our Club prior to the England Quilter International match against Italy, being held at St James Park on 6th September.
The Board visited Blaydon Club on Thursday 5th September to take in All Schools activity on the AGP, as well as taking the opportunity to engage with Blaydon’s girls team, our new Academy squad and the full club squad, before the RFU and Blaydon RFC jointly hosted a dinner with representatives from various rugby functions within Durham RFU.
We thank the RFU for what is a real honour for Blaydon RFC and we hope everyone enjoyed their visit to Blaydon RFC.

More images are available on the BRFC Facebook Page

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Blaydon 52, Macclesfield 32

Blaydon secured maximum points in a high scoring opening game of the season against Macclesfield, who were relegated from ND2 North last season.