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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)

 

Blaydon 46 Wirral 10


 

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Saturday 18th January 2020

BLAYDON 46 – 10 WIRRAL

An 8 try demolition of Wirral along with Alnwick defeating neighbours Morpeth, pushed our visitors down into the bottom three and saw ourselves maintain our position in the championship race with the four top teams now separated by 5 points or less.

We began as usual using our pack as a platform but several handling errors saw us unable to open our account until the 15th minute when well won ball in mid field saw Captain Jack Davidson run in from 50 metres brushing off some poor tackles. Scores then followed at regular intervals despite us losing influential full back and kicker Ryan Foreman in the 8th minute with a leg injury followed shortly after by second row Jack Inglis on his home debut, retiring with a hand injury necessitating a visit to hospital.

Wirral then equalised when fly half Chris Crowley cleverly shot through a defensive gap for an uncoverted try but Davidson soon after put the home side in front following a good run by Alex Clarke and he finished off from 25 metres. The visitors then had their best period of play but could not break down a resolute home defence and then Blaydon spurned three good opportunities by poor handling and it was kept to Captain Davidson to put Freddie Lockwood away and the second row, showing a remarkable turn of speed, and finished off from 35 metres and Jordan Carey added the extras.

After the break, the game became a little one sided and the opposition fell away and Rob Lenderyou cleverly put Sean Pyle in for Carey to convert and then Lenderyou again was prominent being involved in a superb three quarter movement which was winger Jack Appleton touch down in the corner. Surprisingly, the next score was from the visitors who on a rare visit to the Blaydon half, saw No. 8 Richard Pearl drive over. However, it was not long before Blaydon were back on the score sheet when another length of the field move allowed Alex Clarke to put in Nathan Bailey to increase the home lead.

With time running out, Blaydon ran in 2 final tries, firstly following an interception by the prominent Lenderyou, as the visitors tried to run out of defence and then leading try scorer Harry Borthwick picked up from a ruck, outracing the home defence, to touch down between between the posts for Carey to add his third conversion.

In all, a much improved performance notwithstanding the early injuries, and better handling in the first period could have seen us out of sight by half time.

Next week sees a break in fixtures allowing some of our ‘walking wounded’ to recuperate and we are then away to BILLINGHAM who, similar to last season, have fallen away following the Christmas break losing 3 on the bounce.

This week’s results sees the top four, which includes ourselves, separated by 5 points and we have them all to play in the coming weeks.

JIM HUXLEY

Bricks Rugby News

Saturday 11th January North Shields Crusaders 26, Blaydon Bricks 35

Bricks finally got back to league rugby and came up with a win. First of all, let’s start with an apology to North Shields, with injuries and unavailability we were unable to field a front row, which is a very strange position for Blaydon Bricks to be in, our strength is normally in its set piece. This had to be one of the youngest, most mobile Bricks team to ever take the field, so the uncontested scrums were certainly an advantage to the Bricks on the day, on the positive side, both sides got a game.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums

League: http://northumberlandrugbyunion.com/clubs/county-leagues-and-merit-table-2019-20/river-blyth-league     not updated from December yet!

Great to see:

• Debut from Liam Hills coming through from the youth set up
• Michael Sturla guested for Bricks in the backrow
• Hopey has returned from Oz, with a head of hair that needs to be seen, see photos
• Steve Sewell making a return, for his first game of the season

Highs & Lows:
• The wind was a major factor and hampered any attempts at backs flowing rugby
• Bricks took a while to capitalise on the wind advantage in the 1st half, Crusaders knew exactly how to play in the 2nd half, down the hill, with the wind, kick it into the corner and being only a score down at half time must have thought the games was there for the taking.
• Justin and Paul (from his injury position) brought great focus to the team and galvanised it into a force that would have beaten most teams on the day!
• Our backrow; Michael, Steve and Justin were all over the park and didn’t let Crusaders have time to think
• Adam secured good lineout and with Matthew got around the park like a 2nd backrow.
• Great to see Liam make such a contribution in his first senior game, a lot more to come from this young lad.
• James ran the game from flyhalf and with the lines and power of Peter and Divers gave Crusaders a hard time all game.
• It wasn’t much of a day for wingers attacking play, given the wind, but in partnership with Matt our back 3 defended very well in the 2nd half against the numerous long kicks and ran it back to link up with the rest of the team.
• Nic showing us his thumb after the game and asking someone to pull, it….. played for some time with it and thanks to North Shields Physio for straightening it. All after I gave him so much sh1t about crying off a load in lats few games…. Team player! Well done.

Overall a great team display, although this was not a team used to playing together, they jelled quickly and ran the legs off the Crusaders, who lost the 2nd half with advantages of going down the hill and with a strong wind.

Scorers:
• Trys: Matthew J, Matt R, Divers, James & Justin
• Conv: James 5

Team:
1. Nic Eatch
2. Cameron Richardson
3. Liam Hills
4. Matthew Johnson
5. Adam Turnbull
6. Steve Sewell
7. Michael Sturla
8. Justin Clarke
9. Mark Hopewell
10. James Murray
11. Craig Oliver
12. Peter Bath
13. Phil Divers
14. Joel Atkin
15. Matt Robertson

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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Alnwick 7, Blaydon 0

🔴⚫️ Match Report 🔴⚫️

Saturday 11th January 2020

ALNWICK 7 – 0 BLAYDON

Producing probably their worst display of the season, Blaydon failed to trouble the scoreboard and after facing a gale force wind in the first half and finishing level, they failed to capitalize on their advantage in the second period. It must be said that the wind died down considerably and added to the home side’s intensity particularly after their early second half try which saw Blaydon struggling to gain any territorial advantage.

The game began with Blaydon as usual moving the ball around but being used to the wide expansive spaces of Crow Trees, they found themselves constantly thwarted by the resolute home defence. It was Alnwick who had the first chance to open the scoring midway through the half when flyhalf Callum Burn optimistically trying with a 42 metre penalty and although with wind advantage, his effort failed. Towards the break, Blaydon began to put a number of attacks together and were well on top but despite being near the line on occasions nothing materialised and the scoreline remained blank in a game littered with errors and wrong options.

Immediately after the break it was the home side who looked the more enterprising winning ample possession at breakdowns and keeping the game tight. It came as no surprise when Alnwick scored following a 5 metre scrum, pushing Blaydon back for number 8 Ben Gothorp to be presented with an easy touchdown, Callum Burn making no mistake with the extras and all of a sudden Alnwick realised the game was within their grasp. Blaydon had possession within their own half but unfortunately failed to capitalise and it took 28 minutes to get over the halfway line and enter the home 22. At this stage Blaydon introduced Jack Inglis a product of their youth section in his 1st team debut – no doubt it will be a game he will remember but not for the right reasons.

However, Alnwick continued to defend resolutely and in the end ran out worthy winners on the day recording their first victory over Blaydon in 22 years although to be fair for most of that time we have both been in different leagues.

Next week we are at home to Wirral and with leaders Billingham again being defeated, all is not lost but an immediate improvement is required.

Jim Huxley

U16s CCQF v Sland

County Cup Semi Final Action at BRFC

Blaydon U16’s are in County Cup Semi Final action this Sunday (12th January) against Hartlepool Old Boys!

Kick off is 11am on the AGP, it would be fantastic to see a few new faces on the sidelines supporting the lads!!! #pumpthecrow

Blaydon RFC 43, Blackburn RUFC 29


Match Report:

On their first visit to Crow Trees in many years, the visitors found the home backs in good form being outscored by 7 tries to 4 their 2 tries in the final 4 minutes somewhat reducing the deficit.
Blaydon began in sparkling form and from the kick-off kept possession, handling in style thus keeping the visitors on the back foot.   After 3 minutes, without touching the ball, Blackburn found themselves 7 – 0 down when bustling centre Alex Clarke burst through for Ryan Foreman to add the first of his 4 match conversions.   After this score, Blackburn came more into the game before halfway through the first period Blaydon fly half Jonathan Carey cleverly put through winger Nathan Bailey who beat the final defender to touch down wide out.   However, following this score, Blaydon fell away and offside in front of the posts allowed full back Liam Fifield to kick a simple penalty and then winger Geoff Skotic went over for the former to add the extras and half time arrived with the scoreline 12 – 10 to the home side’s advantage..
Immediately after the break the home side were on the attack and scored 2 early tries when, following an opposition yellow card, made a series of forward drives and saw Fred Lockwood touch down and then fine handling saw Sean Pyle add another both of which were unconverted.   The home side, however, went off the boil and very soon after, visiting fly half Mick Maher reduced Blaydon’s lead with a fine try only for this to be cancelled out with a typical Keith Laughlin score and then second tries for both Clarke and Lockwood put the game out of sight.
Blaydon in the last few minutes suffered a couple of injuries and were in sixes and sevens giving the visitors the opportunity to add a further 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game.  The scorers were Maher and Fifield and gave the scoreline a strange perspective.
However, 5 points and a victory was what we set out to do and gave us encouragement for next week’s travel to Alnwick who currently lie 13th in the table.

Jim Huxley

Women’s Rugby returns to Blaydon RFC, Supported by RFU Inner Warrior Programme

Starting Saturday 11th January 2020, 10am to 11am at Blaydon RFC on the AGP

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Blaydon RFC are among the local venues targeting their latest initiative at women in the hope of encouraging more of them to become involved in sport – or, to be more exact, rugby. Blaydon RFCs are hosting camps early in January and inviting women to attend free rugby fitness sessions aimed at unleashing their “inner warrior”.

 

Come along and give it a go, whilst traditionally seen as a man’s game, the emergence of England Rugby’s Warrior Camps for females three years ago has since seen around 18,000 women and girls develop a love for the contact sport.

 

To see more details on the Inner Warrior programme and to book your slot, follow link below:

Details of the Programme – Inner Warrior

 

Festive games

This seasons festive rugby Encounters between a Blaydon XV and Ryton XV

Boxing Day KO 1-30 at Crowtrees

Sunday 29th KO 1-30 at Barmoor

All support greatly appreciated, all of the festivities without the snow….