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Durham & Northumberland One / Results 11/04/18
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:03:16 PM »
Any scores from tonightís games?

I know Consett beat Horden and apparently Westoe beat Gateshead.

Any news on the big one? City v Barny?

Durham & Northumberland Two / Up and Downs this Season
« on: March 01, 2018, 01:39:38 PM »
Not a normal topic to gauge who we think will be going either way. There are a couple of spanners in the works this season, Boro who are 5th in Y1 are likely to ask to return to DN1 (which is only fair) after being forced to level transfer over for this season.

In NE1 there are 3 being relegated to accommodate the changes to league structure at levels 6 up, there is a big possibility that the 3 down could be Northern, Percy Park and West Hartlepool, the other at risk is Dinnington from Yorkshire. All being said it could feasibly mean 4 being relegated from DN1 into this division and 2 up. Meaning 4 going down to DN3, similar to Blyth being relegated at 3rd bottom recently.

On current standings it's going to be Acklam and WB Rocklciff up and Winlaton, Aycliffe, Richmondshire and Darlington going down. DN2 would look like this next season if this is what happens.

1   Medials
2   Gosforth
3   Ponteland
4   Redcar
5   Hartlepool
6   Ryton
7   Whitby
8   N Shields
9   Sunderland
10  Ashington
11  Sedgefield
12  Bishop Auckland
13  S Shields
14  Houghton

Thats a really good DN2 for next season.

Other Senior Rugby / Sri Lanka Rugby SF reffed by me
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:23:34 PM »
For those who thought rugby wasnít played in Sri Lanka here is the link to my game highlights from yesterday. Standard is very good (maybe level 5 in UK) and I got to referee on the TV. Final is this Sunday and I fly home Monday.


Think Iíll be reffing Rovers the Saturday Iím back so 35í in Colombo then 5 or 6 on the headland if Iím lucky haha

Merit Leagues / BBOB looking up?
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:14:30 PM »
Just had a runout at BBOB today when they played Sedgefield 2ís.

They look Like they are on the up with a good mixed squad lending the opposition some players, great game and the usual top notch hospitality from our hosts.

Nice to see some good news in local rugby for a change

Other Senior Rugby / Durham County Cups
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
Looks like most of the games scheduled for the bank holiday weekend have been cancelled, a few are going ahead but most are being played as double headers when the leagues start I'm lead to believe.

I'm afraid to say the cups seem to mean very little these days and wouldn't be missed if they were scrapped. The games going ahead (at the moment) are;

Gateshead v Consett - Intermediate Cup
Aycliffe v Sunderland - Junior cup
Ryton v Vulcans - Junior Cup
Jarra v Yarm - County Plate

From a referee's point of view these games were welcome to get us some practice before the season starts in earnest a week later. With all the law amendments we have to introduce into our thinking it'll be nice to see if the referee baiting begins straight away if we aren't all up to full match speed when the season starts?

Other Senior Rugby / 6 Law Amendments from 1st August
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:49:53 PM »
Here are the 6 law amendments from World Rugby for the new season.


Durham & Northumberland One / Any news?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:23:30 AM »
Anything to discuss?

Players signed, new coaches, big fallouts........we need something to discuss as the season is only 6 weeks away!

Durham & Northumberland Three / A Change to the Leagues?
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:03:21 AM »
With Washington and now BBOB dropping out of the league system in the last season or so and several clubs who's first teams not planning to join the league system could the league competitions committees within the regions not come up with an alternative?

I know Yorkshire are having similar problems as well and my suggestion would be this;

For Durham and Northumberland (down to level 9) the leagues at 7 and 8 stay the same at 14 teams. Level 9 becomes a 10 team division providing 18 league games a season. Below that there are currently 2 informal leagues running which are regional, the Northumberland one (Aln, Blyth & Coquet) and the Tees Valley Social League.

Clubs outside the official league system who's 1st teams play can play off against each other the winner gets the opportunity to replace the bottom side in DN3, maybe also as a play off?

If they don't want to go up then the incumbent DN3 side remains there.

My thinking is simple, less rules, no player registration and in DN3 there would be less league games to try and get players to commit too so hopefully producing a more even standard of rugby.

Durham & Northumberland One / DN1 next season
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:12:26 PM »
Although we still have to find out who will be level transferred I think next season could be the best yet for DN1. I normally don't predict the scores as the season goes on but fancied starting a debate on what we think may happen next year.

Quite a few contenders here but I think Westoe will probably go up, took a year to adjust after several consecutive relegations but grew stronger as the season went on and nearly pulled it off in the play off. Guisborough will do well if they are in this league and they retain a strong squad this season and then you have Barney who will be stronger, wiser and better equipped, Durham City who will be strong as they only just slipped to relegation. If Consett have the same young squad they can also be in the mix along with Boro.

Both promoted clubs might struggle, Redcar are a seriously pacy team but its been a while since they were at this level and Ponteland seem to lack that little bit of extra needed, Gosforth are really erratic formwise and can't see that ending. Both Rovers and Novo's were drawn in last season and I suppose it depends on whether they can recruit or develop some talent in the key areas.

The rest who will cause all sides some major problems who I don't expect to be under pressure or challenging are made up of Horden, Heed, Meds and Stockton. On their day all these teams can turnover any opposition and I don't expect that to change.

Durham & Northumberland Two / DN2 next season?
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:53:59 PM »
What is everyone's thoughts on the prospects for the league next season? A few new teams have come into the league this year and I can see it being quite interesting. Also we don't know if it's 14 or 15 teams.


Acklam will probably be very close the top, Y1 is a tough league and they faired better than their last venture there. Hartlepool will do well if they don't lose their best players in the close season, very organised and tough to break down. Rock will be there or thereabouts but always seem to lose games they shouldn't and I fancy Whitby if they keep the same squad as they're a year more experienced. Can't see past those four to go up!

Relegation ;

A lot depends on how the promoted sides can adjust, last couple of years Aycliffe have dominated in DN3 but this league is a lot tougher and they won't have their own way, can they adjust to having less ball? Richmondshire came out of knowhere really and don't really know why, will the step up suit them? Sedgefield might find it tougher just because of strength in depth and they have a few teams around them who may pinch a few players or can they attract them to there? Ashington might get drawn in along with Blyth who should be stronger and Winlaton have lost their coaches so may be stronger or weaker? It's never dull at my club.

The middle of the league is going to be a dogfight, the rest are made up of some seriously good sides like Bish, Sunderland, Shields and Darlo and to be honest Acklam aside I think the weakest sides could still do a job on those at the top.

I think this league will be seriously good and competitive in 2017-18, looking forward to it.

Durham & Northumberland One / Durham Team vs Staffs
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:31:23 PM »
Nice to see 3 lads from last seasons DN1 teams in the squad.

Tom Johnson (Hartlepool) & Andrew Kieron (Westoe) start and Kieran Clark from Middlesbrough is amongst the replacements.

Well done fellas!

Durham & Northumberland Two / 15 Teams in DN2 next season?
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:22:48 AM »
The ups and downs are now finished so any news on whether there will be 15 in the division next season?

Currently it's;

Acklam, Ashington, Bishop, Blyth, Darlo, Hartlepool, Newton Aycliffe, North Shields, Richmond, Rock, Ryton,  Sedgefield, Sunderland, Whitby, Winlaton

Game is now being held at Amethyst Park at Consett RFC. Date and time the same.

Game is now being held at Durham City RFC KO 7.30pm

North One / Is it 2 or 3 going down this season?
« on: April 05, 2017, 02:17:23 PM »
Asked a few people and nobody seems to know but are Durham City safe?

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