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From the Touchline – Sat 20th April

As the season reaches its final stages, we take the long trip to Rosslyn Park who are currently seven points behind us in the table in fourth place.

When the teams met earlier in the season, we won a closely contested game by 28-22 and no doubt this return match will be closely contested also. On our previous visits to Roehampton we have always done well but never won, coming away on each occasion with a double bonus point. Hopefully this time we may do a little better and maybe push Esher for second place in the table.

Esher, by collecting a losing bonus point at Coventry on Wednesday, are currently one point ahead of us with two games to play – away to Richmond and home to Fylde.

However, it is in the lower reaches of the table that there is extreme interest. Currently both Wharfedale and Macclesfield are bracketed together on 52 points but Wharfedale have a game in hand and also what would appear to be a game they would win at Cambridge.

This Saturday’s results at Tynedale and Macclesfield will be awaited with interest.

Next week we are at home to Macclesfield – kick-off 2.30.p.m. – in what promises to be an extremely hard game with Macclesfield obviously needing all the points they can muster as do Wharfedale.

Meanwhile, our Georgians are at home to Darlington Mowden Park 2nds – kick-off 3.00.p.m. – this coming Saturday in the 2nd teams’ Cup Final. Our three junior sides are current cup holders and the Development side and Bricks in the past two weeks, have already retained their trophies. Should the Georgians win on Saturday, it will be up to the 1st XV to complete a nap hand by beating Darlington Mowden Park here at Crow Trees on Tuesday 30th April – kick off 7.15.p.m.

Should we be successful in all four competitions, as far as we are aware, it will be the first time any club in the county has held all four cups in the same year.

Congratulations to all teams who have already won and the best of luck to the 1st XV and the Georgians!!

Just a note for members – the Annual General Meeting has been fixed for THURSDAY 16th MAY 2013 COMMENCING AT 7.30.p.m. IN THE DERWENT SUITE.


Durham Cup Finals – and now they’re 4…….

This Saturday, 20th April  sees Blaydon IIs defending the 2nd Team Cup, at home to Darlington MP, KO at 3pm

Then on Tuesday 30th April, Blaydon 1sts will play Darlington MP in the Durham Senior Cup Final, KO 7-15 at Blaydon Crowtrees ground.

This follows; Development winning the 3rd Team Cup on 13th  and the Bricks winning the 4th Team Shield on the 6th April

Further details of all competitions available on the Durham County Website:

Your continued support appreciated….


Ladies Day at Blaydon RFC – Saturday 4th May

Blaydon RFC invite you to a Ladies day on SATURDAY 4 MAY 2013


12.30pm for a 2 course Lunch at 1.00pm.

“Fizzy” reception. A fun afternoon out with the girls! (Women attendees only)

Comedienne Susan Morrison guest speaker – ‘Susan Morrison – the Glaswegian

for whom the word feisty was invented’

Scotland on Sunday, “Bolshy and brassy – she’s the queen of cool’ List ‘barely pauses to draw breath between gags ’Daily Record ‘feisty’ Evening Times‘ funny woman’ Sunday Mail

£30 per head (tables of 8, £240.00)




OR BILL LOCKE 07734295218

Third team cup final – Darlington Mowden Park 13 v 31 Blaydon Development

Darlington Mowden Park 13 v 31 Blaydon Development

Venue Darlington rfc

Date 13 April 2013

Time 1500 hrs.

Conditions Very dry and windy

After both teams agreed on the toss of coin for the venue the game was played at Darlingtonrfc on the third team pitch. Not very fitting for a cup final and then after the game having to travel to Mowden for a pie. The pitch sloped heavily to one side and Blaydon decided that we would play all our rugby on the lower side of the slope using our two excellent kickers to gain the advantage.

Joe Whyman kicked off and Mowden felt the full pressure of how much Blaydon wanted this cup to return to the full Blaydon trophy cabinet. After 2 minutes the first scrum Blaydon won against the head and totally dominated every scrum throughout the game. The front row of Joe Melia, Gareth Henderson, and Scott Finley tortured the Mowden pack and with the power houses of Ryan Convery and Steve Dryden at lock every scrum went back at a rate of knots. The first third of the game there was no score with Blaydon camped in the Mowden 22 just couldn’t get the breakthrough but were sapping the energy from Mowden.

On 27 minutes the first try came from a line out won against the head by Stu Treloar, the backs passed along the line with the forwards keeping up with the pace. Gareth Henderson arrived on the wing steaming forward to score his twentieth try of the season. The ball handling and pace Blaydon were playing at was very pleasing with backs and forwards linking up well.

27 minutes Blaydon 7 v 0 DMP Try Gareth Henderson Conv Joe Whyman

On 37 minutes DMP had their first attack forcing Blaydon to give away a penalty; this was duly converted by the DMP number 10.

37 Minutes Blaydon 7 v 3 DMP

The Blaydon forwards took the ball on in the thirty ninth minute, Ryan Denham breaking from his number 8 berth. He broke the gain line from forty metres out and was tackled with twenty five to go. Andrew Richardson (under 17s) playing at 9, was on hand at everybreakdown to produce good ball. On this occasion he passed out to Dryden and Convery, both boshed on when stopped; from nowhere Finley, Denham and Henderson collected anddrove on with only one outcome. A try for Gareth Henderson and converted by Joe Whyman Blaydon controlled the game at this point not given the DMP players any ball.

39 Minutes and half time Blaydon 14 v 3 DMP try Gareth Henderson Conv Joe Whyman.

After the re-start Blaydon shot themselves in the foot with one of the only mistakes of the game. Spilled the ball in the tackle then a number of indecisions let the DMP winger pick up the ball and score an unopposed try. This give DMP a glimmer of hope that they could hurt Blaydon and that followed an 18 minute evenly matched game.

42 Minutes Blaydon 14 v 8 DMP.

On sixty minutes our replacement scrum half Daniel Knox gave excellent ball to the backs, through the hands of Whyman, Holliday, and Jackson onto the running full back of Andrew Coyne an 18 year old youth prodigy. The pace they went forward was blistering a switch was made bringing the ball back from one side of the pitch to the other Stu Treloar caught the ball with 25 metres to go scoring with what he made look ease.

60 Minutes Blaydon 21 v 8 DMP

Joe Whyman scored a Penalty on 65 minutes to put some distance between the two teams. Blaydon were happy to have this as DMP against the run of play scored a try that was unconverted.

72 Minutes Blaydon 24 v 13 DMP

Then on 76 minutes Blaydon put the game beyond doubt with the try of the game with all players forwards and backs involved, switches and loops pace and aggression. Simon Carrrunning at pace passed off to Dean Holiday for a try just left of the posts. Converted by JoeWhyman he never missed a kick all game and that includes his kicking for touch.

Full time Blaydon development 31 v 13 DMP

This was a well-polished display by a very young development team; the players have really improved this season striking fear into all comers in the league and cup. They have one more game before the end of season on the 4th of May against Horden that could also see them wintheir Candy league. Not bad for a team that five years ago turned up at clubs with nine or ten players loaning players for a game.

A few thanks must be given at this stage, DMP players for the never say die attitude and to their forwards they won’t have gone back at that rate of knots for a lot of years if ever I expect. It takes two teams to produce such an entertaining game of rugby and DMP played their part.

Thanks to Robin Wannop as the county representative for giving up his time to present the trophy. The three officials for the way they refereed the game, without them we would not be able to play. Thanks to the committee at Blaydon for organising the coach to get us to the venue.

We will never know how Stuart Treloar catches the ball above his head when kicked from ten metres away from him with one hand.


Good luck to our seconds in the cup final next week; the Bricks and Development have shown you how it’s done.





Blaydon 39 – Coventry 25

With the Mayor of Gateshead, Malcolm Brain an interested spectator the game started with Blaydon being caught cold having missed a number of tackles and unexpectedly found themselves 15 points in arrears after just 18 minutes play – but then up stepped teenager Zach Kibirige.

In six minutes of sheer class the young winger ran in two tries himself and put one on a plate for Nathan Bailey to completely transform the game and put the visitors firmly in their place.

Jokingly referring to it as ‘Kevin Keegan style rugby, all attack and no defence’, Director of rugby Micky Ward said afterwards “You can have the best defensive system in the world but if you slide off tackles you are going to struggle.”

After conceding the early scores to Matt Tibbatts and Greg Evans and a conversion and penalty to Cliff Hodgson the game took a sudden turn when Kibirige left his wing to pop up in mid-field in support of an Andrew Baggett break. Collecting from Gavin Painter he simply side-stepped the first challenge to scythe through the rest of the defence with nonchalant ease.

Scarcely had the dust settled when back on the wing he shot clear from Charles Inceldon’s pass to draw the cover and send in full-back Bailey. Coventry were at 6’s and 7’s and could only watch bemused when he ended the virtuoso performance by nipping in to hack on and race through to collect and score.

By the interval Painter had also broken clear from half-way to wrap-up the bonus point try and 0-15 had ominously become 24-15, with more to follow.

It was all Blaydon at the start of the second period and following a spate of penalties and eventually a yellow card for Coventry lock Dan Wright two more scores were secured, both by leading try scorer Robert Bell. The flanker touched down from a majestic catch and drive and then seven minutes later broke off from another attacking maul to cross near the posts and give Baggett a third successful conversion to add to his earlier penalty.

At which point the foot came off the Blaydon pedal and the visitors were allowed the consolation of their own bonus point with tries from replacements Matt Paice and Andy Murray.

John Brennan

Saturday 13th April Blaydon Bricks 8, Ryton 25

The game after the week before ……….

Bricks seemed to be struggling with a Cup Final hangover, we knew Rytion would be bridging a strong side as they had canned their 2nd team game to make sure they had a full squd to play us.

The game was very close at 8 all and then the Bricks self distructed, we started back chatting the ref. we give penalty after penalty away, and Tonsey went to the sin bin for a stupid lash out, which was no more than a slap, but it was a contact on the face with his hand.

The ref was guesting in the area from Dubai and just blew his whistle permanently proving he knew the rules and stopping any momentum which played to the hands of the big forwards from Ryton, stopping our expansive game and allowing them to rest.

Rest of the match report is coming from Davy Hall, as long as he does not delete it this week….

Davy Hall report: After last weeks cup glory it was back down to earth with Ryton the visitors for a league double header.

The game started slowly with The Bricks pinned in their own half in the early stages and fortunate not to concede an early try after Strachs attempted clearance resulted in the Ryton centre crossing the line, only to be disallowed for a forward pass.
Soon after Ryton were awarded a penalty just outside the 22 which was easily converted to score the first points of the game 0-3.
The game began to even out and it was Blaydons turn to dominate. Good forward play almost resulted in a try with Strachs knocking on just short of the line when a try looked certain.
It looked like a matter of time before Blaydons first try as Ryton struggled to get out of their 22 and Nat was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after great play from Phil and Stu, only the final pass going astray.
Within minutes and against the run of play Ryton touched down in the corner for the first try of the game, missing the conversion from wide to make the score 0-8.
Before half time Blaydon were awarded a penalty just inside the Ryton 22 which was easily converted by Philly to make the score 3-8 at the break.
The second half started with 4 replacements as Goggle, Joe, Brett and FBL Jr (Chris Morton) came on.
It was not long till the scores were level as Joe scored a sublime try. After a strong run through the middle by Thacks the ball was quickly recycled and found Joe in a tight spot on the wing who jinked to give himself a yard and chipped the ball into the corner. He chased through and just touched down score the dead ball line to make the score 8-8.
The scores weren’t level for long with Ryton crossing once again to take the lead 8-13.
A poor refereeing decision to sin bin Graeme Tones after an accidental clash was met with a death or glory decision from management as Grumpy was sent on to bulk up the depleted pack. For the next scrum the Ryton number 8 picked up and passed on to the scrum half for a simple try, with the conversion extending the lead to 8-20.
With the bricks down to 14 men Ryton took control and extended the lead further with another unconverted try to make the final score 8-25.
A deserved win for Ryton in a close evenly matched game where they took their chances and Blaydon didn’t.
Other points of Note:
* Nat (2 stone) felling Oxo (45 stone) and defying the laws of physics
* Keith Winter didn’t knock on
* The referees explanation to Tonesy as to why he was sin binned “The only reason it’s a yellow and not a red is because I could see it was an accident”. Tonesy responding that he had been hit harder by his mother and I believe him, I’ve seen her…..
* My first opportunity to communicate with Liam Bradley, unforgettable, what type of life form is he?
Keith Winters Stag Do in Workington next weekend for anyone who hasn’t already done so let Bruce know if/when you’re going.


Try – Joe

Penalty – Philli Stewart


Only small amount as game was fairly dull and stop start

Good side of the day, as well as the ones wining, the  Development won the Durham 3rd Team cup, con-grates  lads and best wishes on 2s brining the 2nd Team Cup home next week as well.


1.  Charlie                   Chris Morton
2.  Keith Winter           Grumpy
3.  Steph                     Brett
4.  Tonsey
5.  Walshy                   Martin
6.  Nathan Carmichael
7.  Strachs
8.  Windy
9.   Stu Bailey
10.  Phili Stewart
11. Martin Lonsdale         Joe Snowdon
12.  Divers
13. Thacks
14  Paul Dingley               Craig Barlow
15  Alex

Blaydon Development retain the Durham 3rd Team Cup

Blaydon Development win Durham 3rd Team Cup for second year in a row, beating Darlington MP 31 – 13

This follows Bricks win in Durham 4th Team Shield last week.
Next Saturday 20th April sees Blaydon 2s defending the Durham 2nd Team Cup
Game is to be played at home at Crowtrees against Darlington MP IIs,  3pm KO

Durham 3rd Team Cup Final

Durham 3rd Team Cup Final

Saturday 13th April, KO 3pm
Blaydon Development (IIIs) Vs Darlington MP IIIs
Game is being played at Darlington RFC, Blackwell Meadows (Not DMP)
Then back to The Stadium, home of DMPRFC for refreshments.

End of Season Presentation Dinner

The end of season presentation evening will be on Saturday 4th May.

The whole club is welcome and it would be good if all teams could make an appearance to celebrate on what has been such a successful season for the club as a whole.

The night will consist of arrival drinks, buffet, comedian and team awards then followed by disco.

Tickets will be available from all team managers or from the bar.

Tickets: £15 (£10 Students)
Date: Saturday 4th May
Time:  19:30
Dress Code: Smart

Cambridge 23 – Blaydon 27

Playing a more expansive game than in recent weeks Blaydon were in control for most of the 80 minutes but had to pull out the stops in the closing stages and even then the home side had the last word.

It was nip and tuck at first but Blaydon gradually assumed control and opened the scoring when full-back Nathan Bailey put a penalty to the corner and No8 Jason Smithson was driven over from the maul.

Andrew Baggett added the conversion,as he did to the other two Blaydon tries, but Cambridge were soon on level terms when the visitors knocked on and scrum half Ross Kevan broke from 30 metres to leave the defence for dead, Elliot Vale converting.

By half-time Vale and Baggett had each added a penalty to make it 10-10 but a galvanised Blaydon made all the running after the break and following some effective forward play Bailey scooted in near the posts. Baggett again added the extras and then a penalty to make it a comfortable lead but back came the home side to pull it back with 6 points from Vale and Will Hooley.

Now realising that they would have to work hard to defeat the relegation doomed Cambridge the Crow Trees side reverted to Plan A and turned down a kickable penalty in favour of a line-out drive. The move was completed with consummate ease, the pack marching on from 20 metres for lock-forward Chris Wearmouth to touch down and Baggett to take his total to 12 points.

With just five minutes remaining the game looked in the bag but there was still time for a never say die Cambridge to grab a second try through Steven Hipwell, and Hooley slotted over the conversion with the final kick of the game.

John Brennan