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Blaydon RFC – North Premier 2019/20 Champions

 

Blaydon Rugby Club are pleased to confirm receipt of the Rugby Football Union’s decision to promote the club to National Two North for the 2020-21 season.

Blaydon were 4 points clear at the top of North Premier competing with Sandal, Harrogate, Macclesfield and Billingham for promotion, when the RFU took the decision to cancel the remainder of the season due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The RFU committed to undertake a review to ensure fair and balanced outcomes for the game, and that review has concluded.

Proposals from the RFU governance committee to conclude the season for those leagues at both professional and community level were ratified by the RFU Council. It was agreed that final standings for the Greene King IPA Championship and men’s and women’s community game would be calculated on a best playing record formula, maintaining promotion and relegation for those leagues.

RFU President, Peter Wheeler, said: “We believe that the decisions made provide fair and balanced outcomes for the game and maintain the integrity of the competitions. We have listened to recommendations from the heart of the game and the approach has been ratified by the RFU Council.

“This has been a difficult decision to make in the most unprecedented of circumstances. There is no single solution that will suit every club, but the approach taken is one that we believe best reflects the nature of league rugby in England.

“With 80% of the season complete for the community game, we believe our approach is fair and the right one for our leagues. We have clubs that are clear league leaders and worthy of promotion, but also other clubs who have said they would benefit from relegation, to play more meaningful rugby.”

Blaydon Head Coach, Keith Laughlin said, “This is a huge achievement for the club and one which has taken a lot of hard work and buy in from players, coaching staff and club staff over the season.”

“It could not have been easy for the RFU to come up with a process for predicting the outcomes for all the leagues, there will obviously be disappointment amongst the leagues but we feel the outcome is a fair one.”

“I would like to make special mention to all the players at the club, there were a lot of changes and new ways of working at the start of the season and the buy in and commitment shown really paid off in the latter parts of the season. Our style of play achieved us 16 try bonus points this year. This was pivotal considering our predicted points total was less than a point greater than Harrogate, who will join us next season.”

“It has been a tough few seasons for this group of players where they have learnt a lot, built resilience and now have something positive to build on. This is a surreal ending to the season and we fully appreciate the bigger picture regarding COVID-19. I hope everyone is staying safe and staying healthy at this tough time. With that in mind, celebrations are overshadowed with thoughts for everyone who has been affected by the whole situation.”
#OTB

 

 

Carboot suspended until further notice

BRFC U16s Win the County Cup Final

Congratulations to our U16s team who won the County Cup Final at a blustery Billingham RFC on Sunday 15th March 2020, beating West Hartlepool RFC 43 – 12. Well done to all the players, coaches and parents, your boys are a credit to you all and BRFC! A  thoroughly professional performance was witnessed by a decent crowd. This squad along with the U14s and U15s at Blaydon have all made the County Cup Final, which shows there is strength coming through the Youth ranks at the club, onwards and upwards!!

Let’s hope this is not the last live rugby game for Blaydon RFC this season, although the way things are going, you never now!! #pumpthecrow #blaydonyouth #rugbyfamily

BRFC U14s CCSF

Blaydon RFC U14s make it to County Cup Final

BRFC U14s made it to the County Cup Final yesterday after beating Stockton RFC 27-17 at their ground on a very heavy pitch!!

The other semi final was due to be played at the same time between Darlington RFC and Bishop Auckland RFC, however BARFC cancelled all rugby due to Co-vid 19. The final is scheduled for 26th April and updates will follow in due course.

This success means the U14s, U15s and U16s have all made it to the County Cup Final!!Many congratulations to all the players and coaches involved across all three teams, this is a fantastic achievement!!

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Senior & Youth Weekend Fixtures – March 14/15th 2020

BRFC Youth 8.3.20

BRFC YOUTH HOME FIXTURES – MARCH 8th 2020

There is plenty of rugby taking place at Blaydon RFC this weekend, pop along and watch some potential stars!!

 

 

BRFC Youth 8.3.20

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 👍👊🏉💪

 

U15 County

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