Rugby

Updated 16th May: A round up of the latest rugby action and information from around the borough:

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB: TRIPLE CUP WINNERS AFTER NLD VICTORY:  Long Eaton Rugby have finished the season as triple cup champions after beating Ashfield in the NLD (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire) Counties Cup Final which was held on Saturday 12th May.

The win means the club’s 1st XV have now won the Midlands 3 East (North) league, the Derbyshire Cup and the Counties Cup all within one season.

The final against Ashfield, away at Boston Rugby Club, began strongly for Long Eaton, who scored first from a well constructed attack ending in a pin-point cross-field kick from Kyran Powell to Aaron Walker. More tries followed from Oli Davidson and Gary Sumpter.

The team went through to half time up three tries to one, however Ashfield dominated territory and possession in the second half, scoring one try. Long Eaton’s defence managed to hold strong, led by a valiant effort from Adrian Else, which repelled the Ashfield attack and saw him named as Man of The Match.

The tense game ended much like it began, with another accurate cross-field kick from Kyran Powell, this time into the arms of Adam Castle who scored another Long Eaton try, bringing the final score to 13-22 to Long Eaton.

Director of Rugby at Long Eaton, Matt Everard, said: “We’re thrilled with the results this season - we’ve seen some of our strongest performances yet and the lads have worked incredibly hard. Promotion was a great achievement, but winning the Derbyshire and NLD cup has topped off a successful few months for us and we’re extremely proud of everyone involved. We’re looking forward to getting stuck in and competing at a higher level next season.”

Long Eaton’s 1st XV will be promoted to the Midlands 2 East (North) division for the 2018/19 season.

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB CROWNED DERBYSHIRE CHAMPIONS:  Long Eaton’s 1st XV have been named Derbyshire champions after beating Tupton in the Derbyshire Cup Final at West Park on Saturday 5th May.

The win follows a run of achievements by club, who’s first and second teams have both been promoted for the second year running this season.  The game was the grand finale of a brilliant day of Derbyshire rugby finals held at Long Eaton’s home ground.

Tupton scored within the first five minutes of the game, putting pressure on Long Eaton.  In response, the team made three changes to the forward pack in the first half, making an instant difference to the side’s attack and helping them take the lead shortly into the second half.

Number 8, Richie Burne, acted as a relief at the back of the scrum throughout the game, as Tupton continued to pile on the pressure, showing his vast experience which saw him named as Man of the Match.

Paul Wakefield was also a constant threat in the midfield, scoring two tries.  The final score was 38-22 to Long Eaton.

Other games throughout the day included the Derbyshire Shield Final, which saw Long Eaton’s 2nd XV narrowly miss out to Derby Rugby Club’s 3rd XV.

Long Eaton’s 1st XV are set to take part in the NLD Cup Final as their last game of the season, this coming Saturday 12th May.

DOUBLE PROMOTION FOR BOROUGH RUGBY CLUB: Long Eaton Rugby Club's 2nd XV have been promoted following their victory over Ashbourne on Saturday 28th April.

The win means the team will move from Security Plus Pennant Group 2 to Pennant Group 1 next season, following in the footsteps of Long Eaton’s 1st XV who have already been promoted to Midlands 2 East (North), following an incredibly strong season.

The game away at Ashbourne started slowly, with both sides failing to score within the first twenty minutes through wet conditions. Long Eaton then gained pace and confidence, with great defence from the back row of Adrian Else, Kieran Pearson and Bill Okeke helping to bring the score to 33-0 at half time.

James Jowett skilfully controlled the game at number 9, with some hard tackles and clean breaks away from the opposition. Tries were scored by Aaron Dughan, Shaun Darnell, James Jowett, Keiran Ward, Gary Sumpter, Bill Okeke, Kieran Powell and Keiran Pearson, bringing the final score to Long Eaton 61, Ashbourne 0.

Man of the Match was awarded to inside centre, Josh Brookes. 

Fly half, Gary Sumpter, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured promotion for next season for both our first and second teams. All the lads have shown grit, determination and put in a lot of hard work throughout the year at training and during all of our games and its now paying off. We’re ready for the next challenge and look forward to competing at a higher level next season.”

Long Eaton’s 1st XV sit 26 points clear of second place Ashby at the top of the Midlands 3 East (North) division table.

LONG EATON CONTINUE WINNING STREAK WITH VICTORY AT MANSFIELD: Long Eaton Rugby have stayed true to their league champion title with a victory away at Mansfield Rugby Club on Saturday 21st April.

The team were faced with tough competition, as Mansfield started out strongly, cheered on by their busy home crowd. Long Eaton finished the first half 30-14 down.

Feeling the pressure, Long Eaton increased the intensity with some fast play and slick handling throughout the second half, fighting back to bring the final score to 40-33.

Man of the Match was awarded to number 8 Ben Taylor.

Long Eaton’s 1st XV are set to face Tupton in the County Cup semi-final this Wednesday 25th April. The club will host the finals of the cup on Saturday 5th May from 12.30pm.

LONG EATON STORM THROUGH TO DERBYSHIRE CUP FINAL: Long Eaton Rugby Club’s 2nd team faced Derbyshire side, Tupton, at Derbyshire University on Saturday 14th April in the prestigious Derbyshire Cup semi-final. 

The strong side dominated Tupton from the first whistle, winning the game 55-0 and securing a spot in the Cup Final.

Tupton were unable to keep up with Long Eaton’s speed and slick style of play, with the team conceding 31 points in the first half. 

After a an all round great team performance the Man of the Match award was given to Loose Head Prop, Kieran Ward, who put in a strong shift throughout, full of energy and pace. 

Long Eaton’s 2nd team will now face Derby RFC in the Cup Final on Saturday 5th May at West Park.

LONG EATON CONTINUE THEIR WINNING STREAK: Long Eaton’s 1st XV continued their winning streak last weekend with a 61-21 victory over Grantham side, Kesteven.  The teams played at Derby Rugby Club’s new 3G pitch on Saturday 7th April.

Long Eaton’s Man of the Match, fly half Kyran Powell led the Long Eaton offence, constantly threatening Kesteven with decisive passes and attacking kicks.

Winger Malvin Mazordoze scored a breath-taking try, launched from a centre-field scrum which saw him beat several defenders before crossing the line.

The win comes after Long Eaton secured the league top spot, meaning the team will be promoted to Midlands 2 East (North) next season.

LERFC FUNDING AWARD:  Access to funding is vital for any club or group to be able to develop their offer and grow the group.  The community leadership scheme, administered by Derbyshire County Councillors, provides members with a way to support projects within their division.

Long Eaton County Councillor, Cllr Alan Griffiths, saw the fund as a good way to help local club – Long Eaton Rugby Club, to develop their teams including their youth and women’s teams.  Together with Petersham representative Councillor Gary Hickton and Sawley representative Councillor Kewal Athwal, they used some of the community fund jointly to donate £3000 to the club.

Long time footballer and former coach, Cllr Griffith said; “I’ve always been interested in and keen on sport, it promotes many positive characteristics such as a keen sense of purpose, it also helps to build relationships and gets the community active.  It’s can be one of the most enjoyable time that kids can spend.  I hope that we can continue to see more coaches trained and develop in the county.”

Long Eaton Rugby Club President, Des Chapman said; "We have always received superb support and assistance from EREWASH Borough Council over the past few years of Club projects to extend our Club’s facilities. The Club has needed to extend both the changing facilities and clubhouse social areas, due to the continual expansion of it’s playing membership."

Just over six seasons ago the Club was about to disband, fortunately this decision was not passed at an Extraordinary Club Meeting; and now the Club has moved forward to it’s present status, whereby we proudly have over 360 youth players (ages fro 4 – 17), 45 girls (ages 7 – 17) and three adult sides, and a Veterans XV. Training sessions take place throughout the week (Tues – Fri) with inter club matches each and every Saturday & Sunday on West Park.

The Club has over 40 volunteer coaches, providing excellent provision for the club players to both enjoy and improve their individual skills. We recruit playing members from Long Eaton, Sawley, Sandiacre, Stapleford, Breaston, Borrowash and other neighbouring areas of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.

The development and progression of the Club over these past few years has been made possible by the achievement and leadership of one man our Club Chairman – Chris Brookes.  His personal involvement, dedication and drive has seen the Club develop beyond all expectations.  LERFC is now he best administered club, with the best playing facilities in the East Midlands. Long Eaton RFC is a ‘Community Club’, offering superb facilities for all ages to enjoy their rugby.

LERFC has received recognition from the Rugby Football Union in being voted the ‘Best Managed Club of 2016-17 Season’ and Erewash BC ‘Best Sports Club’ award over the past two years. Chris Brookes and his hard working management team’s achievements have been exceptional. The renovation and restructuring of the Clubhouse continues at pace. This generous £3000 donation will greatly assist the ongoing projects.

The donation was presented prior to the 1st XV team’s league match on Saturday 4th November.

More details on the fund, along with how to find out who your local representative is, can be found here.

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB MINI SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to recruit more players for their Minis Section.

Currently the minis section sees boys and girls between 4 and 11 enjoying rugby on glorious West Park.  The family friendly, award winning club has great coaching and superb facilities with a key emphasis on FUN.  The club support and ensure the RFUs core values are upheld; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship - Long Eaton Rugby Club offers a real club family experience which is great value for money!

Just look at some of the comments from a few parents!
Kayla, Under 6s mum; “Since joining LERFC minis, Cameron’s confidence has grown no end. He loves training and its always made lots of fun. These guys do an amazing job”

Andrew, proud dad; “My son started at Long Eaton RFC last year, he had very little rugby experience but was keen to try it. The club made him very welcome, the coaches have been fantastic and he cant wait to go every week”

Steve, father of girls aged 5 and 8; “A club based on community spirit where the whole family takes part”

Training is every Sunday morning between 1030 and 1130, and for the Under 9s and upwards; training is also a Wednesday evening starting at 1830.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at)btinternet.com (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit longeatonrfc.co.uk

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB GIRLS SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to expand their girls Section. LERFC have under 13, 15 and 18s teams and want to strengthen these age groups.

The club is very proud of the girls section and want to show that anyone can play rugby.  It is a game of all abilities and everyone will be made to feel welcome at our family friendly club.  Full training is given by a dedicated team of coaches which ensures gradual progression into playing this great team sport.

If you have never given rugby a try and fancy it, come down and meet the players and coaches, or just come and watch. Please get in touch. Its all about fun.

All girls teams train on Tuesday evenings at 1830 and Sundays at 1030.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at)btinternet.com (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit longeatonrfc.co.uk

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL RUGBY WITH LONG EATON RFC:  The amateur club with the professional attitude, league and Midlands Champions 2017, Long Eaton Rugby Club are seeking members to be part of the journey to the next promotion.  Officials are looking to add to the senior squad for the big challenge for next season.

Pre-season started on June 6th at 7:00pm with sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.  Just turn up to take part or call Chris on 07999 494378 for top class facilities, top class coaching and top class rugby!

TOUCH RUGBY IN LONG EATON: Long Eaton Rugby Club are hosting Touch Rugby every Friday from 7:00pm at West Park in the town.  The activities are for all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome to help get fit for free and enjoy some fun and laughter.  To take part, just pop along or call Ian on 07977 581790 or Paul on 07986 870019.