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Saturday 15th February – Justin’s 2nd retirement – Blaydon Spartans 38 v Westend 12

What a fitting way to bring to a close this 2nd session of Justin’s rugby Career as his shoulder goes under the knife on Monday 17th February, 25 years playing for Blaydon, we wait to see what next, good things usually come in 3s, so he should be back… certainly as a minimum coaching to share all that experience and knowledge, watch this space….  Update surgery went well and he’s recovering with biscuits and stacks of well wishes to a great gent in the game!

 

The squad, although a Spartans (3s) game was a mix of players who just wanted to play in Justin’s last game:

  • 13 Bricks players, naturally as he’s played for us for a number of season and captained the side, without loss, whilst Paul has been injured.
  •  8 guys who move between 2s & 3s depending on selection
  • Paul Crampton making his 2nd appearance for Blaydon, getting his 1st try, he’s a big lad, good player and a handfull for the opposition
  • Vinnie made his first appearance of the season outside of Vets, started at Prop and ran around the back row in the 2nd half, showing he would not be out of place for our 2s, till he was taken out and had to leave the field after an unintentional kick to the knee, I’ll put it out there, soft or what!  – would say he needs more contact and game time!
  • Horse (James Houghton) club coach making a return to playing, injured in warm up but soldiered on, but also forgetting at times he has no match day say on the side line when ‘allowed’ to play for Spartans…
  •  Matt Tucker (full back 2nd half) and Ewan Lowry turned up on the day as 2s game was off and they wanted game time;
    • Matt was playing his 2nd consecutive game for Bricks/Spartans as he comes back from injury and ran some tremendous lines from full back
    • Ewan (Backrow) at 19 just loves playing rugby and has played many times for Spartans & Bricks

Our thanks to Westend for making the game so well contested, good team and only beaten due to the number and quality of players in the squad, as well as the amount of fresh legs   

The game ended with Justin kicking a conversion as the last act of his retirement game, one he will never forget.

 

 

Game highs & Lows:

  •  Keith Winter making his 3rd appearance in a row, following his return from his 1st retirement put a superb kick in that I would have been proud of, it may have been to save him from having to run too far!
  •  Good to see Ewan Pritchard playing back at Blaydon, although he had the wrong colour shirt ion and was playing backrow, where he had a good game as he always does.
  •  Good to have Savs back from injury, playing well at both 10 and 13, he may even of got on the score sheet, if Guesty had pasted to him as he was idling outside of him,  waiting for a pass that never came
  •  Good forward domination and power resulted in a good controlled driving maul and a score for Paul Crampton
  •  Stu Bailey made a good return on his 2nd appearance form suffering an injury to his sternum, after a first half in at centre he made a comment about wanting to get more into the forwards, his face was a picture when I named him as hooker, it had gone uncontested by then.
  •  2nd half following the introduction of Horse, he had a number of issues, problems passing with the fetlocks, lost a ball in contact and then showed what he’s still capable of doing on the hoof!
  •  Ewan’s first activity after coming on at the interval was to send the Westend 8 backwards at a rate of knots
  • Guesty took his opportunity well to score from short range in a what could be seen as a typical scrum half snipe, but it was more of a flop over the line, which he’s still talking about and the distance of a metre keeps multiplying
  •  Keith continued to enjoy his return, scoring a short range try, throwing an outrages dummy that was taken, a good break and an offload to Ewan that deserved a try when he subsequently put Adam in and over, but it was cancelled out for, if I remember correctly a forward pass.
  •  By now fresh legs for the Spartans was making a difference and what had been very closely contested game saw Blaydon making breaks and starting to pull away with a good long range try finished by Ewan

Last words on Justin, he showed what a good player we will be missing, he was everywhere, so competitive, aggressive legally and playing with a big smile on his face which stayed there well into the night in the bar, just enjoying the whole event – thank you for your 25 years of great service throughout the teams and look forward to seeing you back, in some remit soon.  Speedy recovery sir!

Scorers:
Trys Paul C, Keith, Matt, Adam, Guesty, Ewan,
Conversions; Hopey 3,

FINAL CONVERSION: JUSTIN 

1. Vinnie                                        Steve Palmer                 Paul Crampton
2. Cameron                                   Stu Bailey
3. Keith Winter
4. Paul Crampton                       Adam Turnbull
5. Matt Johnson                         James Houghton
6. Arran Poad                             Paul Vinnicombe
7. Justin Clarke                          Ewan Lowry
8. Paul Strachan                        Justin Clarke
9. Hopey
10. Savs                                       James Murray
11. Damien Shaw                      Matt Robertson
12. Peter Andrew                      Savs                                   Peter Andrew
13. Stu Bailey                            Lee Guest
14. Callum Gascoigne             David Reay
15. Lee Guest                            Matt Tucker

This Weekends Fixtures Subject to Storm Dennis!!

We have three senior teams in action this weekend and a full Youth programme at BRFC on Sunday.

Blaydon 1st XV are away at Lymm RFC in the North Premier League, kick off at 2.15pm

Blaydon Georgians are in Candy League action against Tynedale Raiders at BRFC on Saturday kick off 2.15pm

Blaydon Spartans are playing Westend RFC at BRFC on Saturday kick off 2.15pm

Please keep an eye out for updates on postponements on the Blaydon RFC and Players Facebook pages

The Club wishes all teams the best of luck in their matches this weekend.

U15 County

BRFC U15s provide 10 Players for County Squads

More fantastic news from the Youth Section, 10 of Blaydon’s County Cup U15s Finalist Squad have been picked for Durham (Nate Forrest, Ewan Brown, Josh Chapman, Charlie Gray, Matthew Stewart, Lloyd Hall, Sam Green, Dylan Kidd and Aiden Ferguson) and Northumberland (Taylor Hannant) County Squads.

They are playing in a Festival this Sunday at Kingston Park then a squad of 22 will be selected for matches against Cumbria and Northumberland. This clearly shows again what strength in depth the youth section are producing at present and congratulations must also be given to their coaching team of Paul Vinnicombe, Charlie Brown and Matthew Purdy. Good luck to all the lads from BRFC 👍👊🏉💪

 

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Blaydon Car Boot Sale

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR FIVE PLOTS FOR 2020 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

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT NO OTHER PLOTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SELL WHAT IS FRANCHISED OUT TO THE ABOVE PLOTS.

 

Tenders must be submitted on the form provided BEFORE 12 NOON ON FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2020 and all parties will be notified BY FRIDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2020 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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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BRFC U15’s Reach County Cup Final

County Cup Semi Final Result – Bishop Auckland 8 – Blaydon 64

Try Scorers: Ewan Brown 3, Matthew Stewart 2, Dylan Kidd 2, Lloyd Hall 1, James Hill 1, Sam Green 1.
Conversions: Dan Tedstill 4 from 5, Dylan Kidd 3 from 4, Harry Campbell 0 from 1

Summary from Paul Vinnicombe

The first thing we talked about when we went into the changing room was our mental approach, and from the moment we left the changing room it was clear to see with all of the lads they were really up for this match and as the KO approached and they got in their huddle you could feel the intensity that was about to be unleashed by the mighty Roar of the squad!!I think we may have been a bit too worked up for this as we seemed very panicked for the 1st 5-10 minutes which saw Bishop Auckland benefit from a string of little mistakes and silly penalties which led to us going down by 3 points.

We restarted and with a tremendous back line racing up underneath the kick we forced an error and got the ball in our hand and from that moment all we done is show our physical dominance with every scrum, tackle & ball carry, everything we done we went forward.
Today’s game had it all, our set piece was solid- our forwards carried very well and defended fantastically. Our backs ran some great lines cutting through their defence like a hot knife through butter and when Bishop did manage to scramble back to make the tackle we had a support runner to take the offload.

EBI’s…..
– driving past the ball in the rucks so we can get quicker ball
– Scan and communicate, there was a few times after 3/4/5 phases Bishops front row found themselves out on the wing….. we need to recognise this and get the ball out to these areas for our backs to exploit the situation.

My Best Bits:
– Matty bounding 40 yards up the wing with his short line out, great strong run 💪🏃‍♂️
– Dan T’s great chip over into the corner for Dylan to finish off, good game sense Dan 👍
– Sam & James’s try, both fantastic running lines and finished off with great support play.

I’m very proud of the effort from the lads today I always say the only thing anyone can ask is for 100% effort and that’s what we got and the amazing rugby we seen was a definite bonus. The final is to be played on May 3rd against Westoe RFC who beat Darlington MP 12-7 in a tight affair! Venue/kick off times to be posted in due course.
#pumpthecrow #blaydonno1 #myrugbyfamily
#veryproudcoach

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U15 Girls Team Jan 20

Historic First for Blaydon Youth Section

Another historic first for Blaydon Youth takes place this Sunday at Billingham RFC, where 8 or our fantastic U15 Girls squad are taking part in the County Durham U15s Girls Rugby Trials.

Most of the squad have only been playing for 12-18 months’ and this recognition shows how much effort, enthusiasm and immense determination the girls have put in. A special thanks should also be given to the coaching team, Damien, Paul Foster, Paul Vinnicombe, Chris Millican and Tim Murphy for their passion to get a girls team up and running at the club.

The club wishes Georgia Grey, Georgia Donnelly, Millie Sampson, Grace Johnson, Emily Bambrough, Zara Lawrence, Erin Beyer and Rebecca Howell all the best for Sunday. #pumpthecrow

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BRFC Scrummaging on Three Fronts this Weekend

BRFC have three senior sides playing this weekend, all away from home:

BRFC 1st Team v Billingham (A) Kick Off 2.15pm

BRFC Georgians v Billingham Lions (A) Kick Off 2.30pm

BRFC Bricks v Sunderland 2’s (A) Kick Off 1.00pm

The Georgians and Bricks play in the Candy and Blyth Leagues respectively and we wish all three teams well #pumpthecrow

Finally a special mention to BRFC U15’s who are playing Bishop Auckland RFC away in the semi final of the County Cup on Sunday Kick off at 11.00am, please pop along and support the youth. Good Luck men, further updates on this exceptional squad to follow next week.

Northern Panthers 31, Blaydon Spartans 31

31 all draw, no one could have seen that coming….   What a game, it had everything; good crowd, nearly as many officials as subs, a large Northern squad, a Spartans squad with strength in depth, having 6 subs, with a great mix of youth, (5 academy players picture below) experience players to close game out when it needed to be and speed to score from anywhere. Oh to be an independent spectator watching this game!

Thanks go to:
• academy guys, with Ethan and Karem making debuts,
• Ash, Liam and Mick from Winlaton,
• George now at Tynedale
• Michael Sturla making his Spartans Debut.

Photos, thanks to Derek Turnbull: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/collections

Full squad and Academy players:

 

 

These guys from Winlaton, even the cheeky looking one, looks better in red…..   thanks for playing, always welcome!

 

Scorers:

Trys: Scott 3, James M,  Michael Sturla

Conv: James M 3

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High & Lows

• The buzz around the squad was very good, everyone jelled into a squad quickly and Paul Winter brought focus, James M captained and Ewan led the pack, both led by example.
• Great double try saving tackles on the line from Davy and Thomas
• Ash, Cameron & Liam Beck bossed the scrums, well supported by 2 sets of 2nd rows
• Ewan, Liam and Sturla were all over making hits in defence and good yards going forward
• At half time we put every sub on so everyone got a half, people were disappointed to come off, but the attitude was great, everyone just accepted it was time for other to have their turn!
• Winlaton Saxons had only just lost out to the Panthers the previous week, Panthers were please we showed up with a full squad but; weren’t so happy to see Ash, Liam and especially Mick, who had completely wound up Panthers scrum half the previous week and put him off his game, who would have thought, eh!
• Northern announced they had a couple of new guys trying out, like a South African backrow who was looking to join their 1s, but as there was no 2s game……, (which was fine as we had some 2s players) they were having a run out. I bet the SA backrow wished he’d waited a week as our back 5 forwards, both halves, just battered the Panthers, forcing mistakes.
• The sideline/dugout was just good fun, the guys on the pitch were doing their stuff and the bench were supporting them.
• Scott’s hat trick of Trys, including a good interception and foot race.
• Just as Liam had done the week before, Ethan and Karem did the academy proud on their debuts, both did way more than held their own and showed what a bright future Blaydon have coming through the youth system.
• Our trys were predominantly from distance and Crusaders were so concern about our ability to score from distance, when given opportunity to continue with the game, they kicked it off and took the draw.
• James M running a foot race in from just outside of our 22
• Lee Guest’s face, when he asked if he could wear his own testicles and go on to play rugby          :-)                      Mrs Guest said NO! and gave me a ‘look’, I wasn’t going there!

• El Capitan had a kick from about 30m out, that could have won this, but he decide to kick to the corner, that could have been something to do with his chosen kicking tee ‘implement’ which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a torture chamber or novelty garden ……

A draw was a very fair result for this game, 2 well matched sides, played at 100mph a times, with a lot of good young players on display, suppotred by a few older heads, from both sides.

Forwards:
1. Ashley Merritt
2. Cameron Richardson.
3. Liam Beck.
4. Adam Turnbull (George)
5. Matthew Johnson (Ethan King)
6. Ewan Lowry
7. Liam Hills. (Nic Eatch)
8. Michael Sturla

9. Thomas Reay. (Michael Wharton)
10. James Murray
11. James Miller (Karem Toprak)
12. Peter Andrew
13. Scott Whitfield.
14. David Reay (Paul Dingley)
15. Matt Robertson (Thomas Reay)

 

Brick Appeal for Buchanan Room Refurbishment is gaining momentum

Blaydon RFC brick appeal in aid to raise money to refurbish the Buchanan Room (downstairs bar to left of staircase) si proving very successful, with a number of Bricks already on the wall at the club for future generations of rugby players to see.

 

The price of the wooden brick with your name on is £50 and the bricks will be placed on the wall as you walk into the clubhouse.

 

If you are interested please contact Paul Strachan (paulstrachan1968@hotmail.com, 07881 803147 or via Messenger on Facebook) providing payment and details of the name to be engraved.

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

 

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BRFC U16 CCSF

BRFC U16s Power into County Cup Final

 Blaydon 43-21 Hartlepool Old Boys

This was always going to be a nervous affair between two of the strongest sides in the county.

After 15 mins, the game was still 0-0, with both sides knocking on and giving away needless penalties. That was until after a good break from Nathan in the middle of the park saw him tackled around 5m out from the try line. Blaydon did well to keep the ball alive with some ‘unconventional’ passing out wide, ending in Louis going over in the left corner; 5-0.

Just when it looked Blaydon were settling down; the next 5mins put nerves on edge again with Hartlepool scoring 2 tries in quick succession. The first coming from an interception and the other straight from the kick off from the first try. Blaydon were trialling 5-14 with Hartlepool looking the stronger side.

With the next score being crucial just before the break, credit to Blaydon, they started to look settled and started to put some good, safe phases of rugby together. This was rewarded just before half-time with 2 quick tries from Blaydon one from a fine mazing run from Chris and another ‘pick and go’ from Nathan saw us leading 19-14 going into the break.

The second half saw a much more improved display from Blaydon, with the reduction of fouls and knock ons and they used their cross field kicking to good effect, with the ‘kick and chase’ keeping the ball deep into Hartlepool’s half.

Blaydon used this to their advantage with the first try coming from good forward play with a turn over from the Hartlepool fullback and with quick forward support play seeing Michael Rew going over the line. The second try was similar; with a cross field kick chased down by the Blaydon backs forcing a 5m scrum in the centre of the posts.

A quick move from the backs, saw Louis crossing the line a 2nd time. 33-14 to Blaydon. Credit to Hartlepool; they weren’t finished as they piled the pressure on the Blaydon defence. This rattled Blaydon a bit with a game of ‘hot potato’ on the Blaydon try line saw Hartlepool score; 33-21.

Blaydon again, picked themselves up and again, used a kick to good effect, which saw a try from Mark Kelly in the far left corner. With 5mins to go we saw probably Blaydon’s best try.

With Hartlepool giving away a penalty for a high tackle; Will H kicked into touch into the far left hand corner. A line out, 5 metres out saw Blaydon retain the ball well and then kept the ball alive by using a rolling maul. There was little the Hartlepool defence could do as they saw Matty break from the maul and score into the far left corner, ending the game 43-21.

This was a hard fought win which went ‘to and fro’ in large parts of the game. Well done boys and it is fantastic to see so much promising talent coming through the Youth Section, well done to all involved.

A date for your diary the U16s County Cup Final between BRFC and West Hartlepool is scheduled for February 9th (Venue and Kick Off Time TBC).
Thanks to Gary Barnes for the excellent summary once again.

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