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MATCH REPORT – Blaydon Red Kites 74 – York RI 5

Well I will tell you, this game was ONE TO WATCH. Your Red Kites took on York for their final game of the league and it was spectacular from start to finish. The weather was geet lush, the girls looked amazing and the rugby was on fire.

I missed the first two tries, both by Emily Bowman and one converted by Rachel Best (Besty) as I was getting a gin from the bar (in the words of Kirsty Patterson (KP) “it’s Spring Break”). They were tries from Emily, we all know they would’ve been spectacular. Luckily, we all quickly saw some try scoring action as KP ran through York players like an excited child down the Easter aisle, offloaded to Emily who then scored whilst Besty converted it. The action was all too much for Hayley Hope as she split her pint when Lauren Hendry was lifted like angel in the line outs. The crowd easily had over 250 people supporting their local female rugby team (we absolutely ADORE you all) who were screaming BIG SCRUM BLAYDON. Absolute scenes. You then had Kate Miller wiping players out, Jo Gartland running lush lines up the wing, Victoria Barrow (VB) tearing though the defensive line. There was just carnage from all viewpoints. Toni Robinson (T) immensely scored two tries followed by two scrumptious tries from KP, two converted by Besty. In the words of Salt N Pepa and Adam Houston, the Red Kites ‘pushed it real good’ in those fierce, strong scrums. Jolene Ellwood and Lauren Hendry tackled and turned the ball over allowing KP to pass to T who scored. Try converted by Besty.

Half time – 50-0

The second half started with Emily tackling low and a big scrum on Blaydon’s try line. You stop to chat for one minute and the next thing you know, Besty appears from nowhere, pegging it down the pitch who passes the ball to T! T then catches the ball in the air and darts it over to score. The try was not converted but some blokey on the sideline described the game as a ‘massacre’. The bomb squad were then released to add some extra flair to the game. Lauren, Nicole Irving (Coley) and Jo tackled many players to defend however a little sneaker sneakerson snuck through and York scored. Try not converted. KP responded by picking the ball up from the back of a scrum and booping it over the line. Try not converted. The next try was an actual masterpiece as Besty handed the ball to T, who passed to KP who then passed it back to T to score. Try converted by Besty. For the final try of the day, Sonni Stuart pushed through players then KP took the ball from York’s scrum and scored. Try converted by Besty.

Full time – 74-5

Absolutely no thanks for this match report goes to Texas or Paul Strachan, who found it absolutely hilarious to say that I’d missed tries (howay, there were loads) when my finely crafted tally chart was actually accurate.

A massive thank you to York for coming up to play against us, those girls are some of the lushest people you will ever meet. Many of us bonded with them whilst waiting for chips after the game. Well done on your season, you’re all legends.

Well done to every Kite that put a shirt on for this game and every game of this league. You have all played absolutely amazingly, put so much time and effort into your sport and should be so so so proud of everything you have achieved this season. For many players, believe it or not, it is their first season! We are still waiting to find out if we are top of the league but we will keep everyone informed☺️ Thank you to the gorgeous coaches for all their time, hard work and patience too. Thank you to everyone that came down to support us. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves and we are so so thankful. Up the Kites.

Happy New Year – RUGBY IS BACK!!

Good Morning All,
We have almost made it through the first week back at work/school and thankfully we have loads of rugby involving our BRFC sides this weekend!!
Unfortunately we don’t have any senior teams at home tomorrow, our First XV are looking for back to back wins following their fantastic derby win against Tynedale before Xmas, with an away fixture against Huddersfield RFC (Kick Off 3pm).
Slightly closer to home, our Second XV are in Candy League action away at Billingham RFC (Kick Off 2.15pm).
On Sunday, our Youth Sections are in action throughout the North East, the Academy face a tough trip over to Penrith and at the other end of the scale our fabulous Mini’s are playing at Houghton RFC. The Under 13’s have a home match against Gateshead and our Under 16’s are training in preparation for their County Cup Final next week, details to follow – support required!
Finally, we have two Redkite teams in action on Sunday afternoon. The First XV are in NC2 League action away at Scunthorpe, looking to start 2022 with a bang and hopefully retaining their top position.
The Second XV are at home in Inner Warrior League action against Hartlepool (Kick Off 2pm on AGP).
Both Redkites teams are playing some great rugby and they really appreciate all the supporters who come along to their games. As ever the bar will be open (hot drinks on sale also!) and it would be fantastic if a few more faces were seen at Crowtrees on a Sunday afternoon.
As is always the case, where ever you are playing/training/watching your rugby this weekend, enjoy it and I will see you at some point (Billingham Away for me and then Penrith Away on the Sunday!).
Cheers
BRFC
Redkites v Ryton

BRFC Red Kites First XV Winning Streak Continues

In the words of VB ‘What a day to be alive!’ Sunday 17th October the Red Kites made the short trip up the road to local rivals Ryton in an eagerly anticipated league clash. Previous games between the two have always been an exciting watch and this was no exception.
Red Kites kicked off starting on a slight uphill in the first half. A hanging kick from starting 10 Jo Gartland found the space KP needed to chase and retrieve the ball, after a strong run up the pitch she set the standard for the rest of the game.
The Red kites went through the phases and an unlucky knock on resulted in the first scrum of the game. Both packs were well matched and Ryton was in possession. They worked their way inside the Red kites 22 with some strong carries and there was a period of sustained pressure.
The Red kites outstanding defence won them a turnover and the ball found itself in the hands of full back Toni Robinson who made a break up the left wing, a beautiful inside pass to captain Leah Greenwell who utilised the space working across the pitch offloading to Emily Bowman scoring the first try of the game under the sticks. Converted by Jo Gartland. 0-7
An injury after the restart welcomed Vice Captain Rachel best onto the pitch (you would never have guessed she completed a 10K that morning in record time!) Strong running from Blaydon’s forwards punched holes in Ryton’s defence allowing Besty to ghost over the try line under the posts. Converted by Besty.
A few missed opportunities towards the end of the half lightened the mood as we saw Molly Harrison making a break for it up the touchline… despite putting a foot in touch and the referee red faced from blasting on his whistle multiple times she went for gold and scored the try anyways….. it wasn’t counted but the look on her face as she realised we were all watching was a delight!
However the dick of the day award went to Emily Bowman for a kick that would have been fantastic had it managed to reach her boot! Coach Paul Foster couldn’t contain his laugh on the side line.
HALF TIME 0 – 14
Game play resumed with the Red kites now on the slight slope determined to keep their momentum built in the first half. They remained focused and with a few strong carries Molly found her second chance receiving the ball on the wing as she powered up the pitch to score her well deserved first try of the season much to everyone’s delight.
It wasn’t long before Molly was once again pelting down the wing taking an offload from Toni that Sonny Bill Williams would be proud of! Molly powered over the line taking 3 defenders with her and grounding the ball to score her second try. 0 – 24
With each try spurring the Red kites on they didn’t relax for a second… the next try came from Toni Robinson after some good link up play between the forward and backs. A strong run from Jolene Ellwood drew in defenders and Toni received the offload to the increase the score. Converted by Besty 0 – 31.
The game got underway again with a strong carry from Rosie Quinn taking out defenders and offloading to Leah Greenwell to slide in under the posts. Converted by Besty. 0 – 38.
The 7th and final try of the game was a result of a tasty pick and go from number 8 Kate Miller to offload to Emily who glided through under the posts. Converted by Besty.
FULL TIME 0 – 45
The score line didn’t quite reflect how difficult a game this was for the Red Kites and the fight Ryton put up right down to the final minute. We look forward to welcoming you down to Crow trees in the new year for the return fixture.
Ryton’s pick for Player of the Match went to KP
Blaydon’s Forward of the Match went to Jolene Ellwood and Back of the Match to Kayley Callan.
A fantastic effort for all of the Blaydon ladies for what is shaping up to be a very exciting season for them. Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to come and support us on the side lines.
The Red Kites next home fixture is against Hull Ionians on Saturday 6th November, kick off at 2.30pm. It would be superb for the Red Kites to see how much BRFC are behind them this season, so get yourself along, you will not be disappointed. I have been to several Red Kites matches this season and they are just getting better and better.

MATCH REPORT – Blaydon Red Kites 45 V Ryton 0

In the words of VB ‘What a day to be alive!’ Sunday 17th October the Red Kites made the short trip up the road to local rivals Ryton in an eagerly anticipated league clash. Previous games between the two have always been an exciting watch and this was no exception.
Red Kites kicked off starting on a slight uphill in the first half. A hanging kick from starting 10 Jo Gartland found the space KP needed to chase and retrieve the ball, after a strong run up the pitch she set the standard for the rest of the game.
The Red kites went through the phases and an unlucky knock on resulted in the first scrum of the game. Both packs were well matched and Ryton was in possession. They worked their way inside the Red kites 22 with some strong carries and there was a period of sustained pressure. The Red kites outstanding defence won them a turnover and the ball found itself in the hands of full back Toni Robinson who made a break up the left wing, a beautiful inside pass to captain Leah Greenwell who utilised the space working across the pitch offloading to Emily Bowman scoring the first try of the game under the sticks. Converted by Jo Gartland. 0-7
An injury after the restart welcomed Vice Captain Rachel best onto the pitch (you would never have guessed she completed a 10K that morning in record time!)
Strong running from Blaydon’s forwards punched holes in Ryton’s defence allowing Besty to ghost over the try line under the posts. Converted by Besty.
A few missed opportunities towards the end of the half lightened the mood as we saw Molly Harrison making a break for it up the touchline… despite putting a foot in touch and the referee red faced from blasting on his whistle multiple times she went for gold and scored the try anyways….. it wasn’t counted but the look on her face as she realised we were all watching was a delight!
However the award of the day award went to Emily Bowman for a kick that would have been fantastic had it managed to reach her boot! Coach Paul Foster couldn’t contain his laugh on the side line.
HALF TIME 0 – 14
Game play resumed with the Red kites now on the slight slope determined to keep their momentum built in the first half. They remained focused and with a few strong carries Molly found her second chance receiving the ball on the wing as she powered up the pitch to score her well deserved first try of the season much to everyone’s delight.
It wasn’t long before Molly was once again pelting down the wing taking an offload from Toni that Sonny Bill Williams would be proud of! Molly powered over the line taking 3 defenders with her and grounding the ball to score her second try. 0 – 24
With each try spurring the Red kites on they didn’t relax for a second… the next try came from Toni Robinson after some good link up play between the forward and backs. A strong run from Jolene Ellwood drew in defenders and Toni received the offload to the increase the score. Converted by Besty 0 – 31.
The game got underway again with a strong carry from Rosie Quinn taking out defenders and offloading to Leah Greenwell to slide in under the posts. Converted by Besty. 0 – 38.
The 7th and final try of the game was a result of a tasty pick and go from number 8 Kate Miller to offload to Emily who glided through under the posts. Converted by Besty.
FULL TIME 0 – 45
The score line didn’t quite reflect how difficult a game this was for the Red Kites and the fight Ryton put up right down to the final minute. We look forward to welcoming you down to Crow trees in the new year for the return fixture.
Ryton’s pick for player of the match went to KP
Blaydon’s forward of the match went to Jolene Ellwood and Back of the Match to Kayley Callan.
A fantastic effort for all of the Blaydon ladies for what is shaping up to be a very exciting season for them.
Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to come and support us on the side lines. We really appreciate it. ❤

BRFC – Return to Training Update – June 2020

Blaydon RFC – Return to Training Guidance – 8th June 2020

The RFU has issued guidance on what we can and can’t do as we start to return to being able to train in a restricted form. There will be a slow progression back to normality dependent on government guidance. As a club we want to encourage our members to stay fit and maintain interaction with the club and their fellow players.

In order to do this we have undertaken a Risk Assessment (RA) and developed mitigating actions to look to ensure the safety for both players and coaches.

Club Responsibilities & Actions:

In line with RFU Guidance the club will:
• Brief all coaches on the RA and ask them to sign to say they will manage the session in line with the RA
• Social Distancing (Currently 2 metres) should be maintained at all times
• Training is allowed in groups of no more than 6, and if under 18 one of those 6 has to be a coach.
• Up to 4 groups of 6 are allowed on the pitch at any one time, maintaining separation from the other groups present, with the field clearly separated into sections.
• Washing of hands and/or use of hand sanitiser before, after and at regular intervals is essential. All coaches will have hand sanitiser to allow the session to take place.
• Sharing equipment or balls should be kept to a minimum and the equipment should be cleaned before / after each session, including cones.
• A first aider should be present at all sessions but the first aider should stay 2m away unless absolutely necessary. First aider should have PPE including gloves and face mask
• There should be a 15 minute gap between each session finishing and the next session starting to allow for safe access and the cleaning / removal of equipment.
• The use of toilets should be kept to a minimum but if necessary use of hand sanitiser should be used when entering and leaving the toilets / clubhouse.
• Entry and separate exits for the AGP will be clearly identified by signage.
• The club should be notified of all sessions, with a list of who attended

Player Responsibilities:

• Anyone who is looking to train should perform one of the following:
o complete a consent form and hand/submit to coaches
o send an email to Contact@blaydonrfc.co.uk Subject: Blaydon RFC – return to training guidance – 8th June 2020
o Click following link and ‘approve’ within (Online link currently not available yet)
Above advises you have read this club guidance and will comply. Under 18s need their parent/parents to sign the consent form.
• You will be issued a group to train in along with 5 other people – this will be decided by your coach and will relate to fitness/position played. Once you have been allocated a group you can not change it
• You should only train in this group scenario once every 24 hours
• Each player should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 secs. or use hand sanitiser before, after and at least once more during the session.
• You should arrive ready to train as there are no changing facilities
• All players and coaches should bring their own water bottle and should not share that bottle with anyone else.
• Unless asked, you should bring nothing else onto the pitch

Any breach of any of the above will result in a player or players being asked to leave the session and abstain from subsequent sessions until coaches and safeguarding officer are comfortable that there won’t be any re-occurrence.

An update on the Youth Section’s return to training will be posted soon. You can either email the club or print and sign a copy of the document, the online option is expected to be available after the weekend. If you need a copy of this form then please do not hesitate to contact the club. Regards BRFC

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

BRFC U15 Girls

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

 

BRFC U15 Girls

Blaydon U15 Girls Secure Historic Win at Kingston Park

Blaydon U15 Girls 47 – 10 Gateshead U15 Girls

The U15 Girls team recorded their first ever win over a strong Gateshead side at Kingston Park.

We had 20 players turned up for the match and every single one of them contributed to a fantastic win. Its difficult to pick out the good points as there was so many today, our breakdown work was first class, our scrummaging was powerful, our running lines and more importantly our support play was amazing. We’ve kicked on so much in the last few weeks and today was a just reward for all the effort they have put into training (Summary from Chris Millican).

Girls rugby at BRFC is going from strength to strength, with more players turning up each week, Damien, Chris, Paul Foster and Paul V started the team about 18 months’ ago with a handful of players. The coaching team has now expanded with Jenna Dale looking after the U13s. If you know of any young girls who would like to give rugby a go please get in touch and join this incredible squad.
#rugbyfamily #brfc #englandredroses

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