Willer's Wanderings - Busy Week

By Tony Wilson - May 2 2017
Willer's Wanderings - Busy Week It's the enmd of season and so my busiest week to date.  Wednesday evening my wife and I were at Ramside Hotel as guests if Durham University RFC for their end of season dinner and presentation evening. Our host for the evening was the Durham University RFC president Fergus King MBE and his wife Dianne ...

The university run five teams and a representative from each team gave a summary of the season and announced the player’s player of the year and coaches player of the year. The various coaches and team manager work throughout the season was also recognised, all the awards being presented to the recipient by Fergus.

There are five players from the university in the county U20 squad that have reached the final at Twickenham on Saturday. Throughout the evening in both the speeches and personally I was give messages of good luck from the university for the U20 final.

Thursday I was at Hollow Drift for the County Plate cup final between WHTDSOB and Chester le Street to present the trophy to the winners. This was TDSOB first season back in league rugby and to reach the final showed the progress that they have made. Chester le Street had the edge for most of the match and ran out winners 24 point to 12.

Due to their pitch being water logged on the scheduled date Chester le Street was one of the two clubs in the county that I had not been able to visit. Chatting to the Chester committee men after the match they told me of their hopes to move to a new ground. They are in advanced talks with Northumberland Water for a long lease on a plot of land. If the new ground is obtained there are plans to build a club house.

Friday’s trip was to Novos for Durham Ladies v Northumberland Ladies. We were greeted and hosted by Northumberland immediate past President Ken Frazer and his committee.

The match was a very close affair with the scores being level at ten points each with three minutes left to play when a kick through and chase lead to a try for Northumberland which was converted. Though disappointed by the narrow defeat the performance must give the Durham Ladies confidence for the remaining two fixtures.

Saturday was my last club visit of the season and Darlington Mowden Park were the hosts for their match against Hull Ionnians.After a very good lunch we were able to watch the match from the comfort of one of the sponsors boxes.

Hull were the in form side having won their last five matches and victory today would guarantee that they avoided relegation at the expense of local side Blaydon. Mowden started the stronger and took an early ten point lead. Hull fought their way back into the match and gradually gained the upper hand. In the second half Hull dominated play and ran out comfortable winners

DMP 26 – Hull Ionnians 41

As we left the DMP players and committee were getting ready for their end of season dinner and awards that was to be held that evening.

On Sunday morning I attended girls U13 and U15 tournament that was held at West Hartlepool. On a fine morning the ground was a hive of activity with fifteen minutes matches being played on three pitches. The U15 group was won by Hartlepool Rovers after a decider match against Horden.

Next week while I travel to Twickenham with the County U20 team the County senior team start their championship program with a match against Cumbria to be played at Hartlepool Rovers ground on Saturday. Durham ladies take on Cumbria on Sunday at Blaydon.

Best of Luck to all County sides for next weekend.

Willer's Wanderings - Busy Week
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02/05/2017 09:35
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