Rugby

Updated 15th January: A round up of the latest rugby action and information from around the borough:

LONG EATON DO THE DOUBLE OVER SILEBY: (Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT):
Long Eaton 40-10 - Saturday 13 January
Midlands 3 East (North:
Long Eaton hosted Sileby Town at Fortress West Parl looking to do the double against the Leicestershire based team.

Sileby performed much better than their league position and a slow start from Long Eaton, meant the hosts were only leading 14-5 at half time.

Long Eaton began to dominate the second half and eventually won the match 40-10.

Man of the match was experienced Paul Wakefield said: “Sileby caused us problems all over the park and credit to them, they never gave up. We (Long Eaton) are seeing teams come to West Park and challenge us. We are improving with every game and learning how to break opposition down. It was good to score a brace today”

Long Eaton 2nd XV hosted Nottingham Paviours in a Pennant double header.  Long Eaton had a strong squad which included a number of players who were disappointed not to be involved in the 1s. Buoyant from last weeks win, Long Eaton wanted to show why they were challenging in the league and regain 2nd place.

A great start from Long Eaton saw them score 6 tries in the first half; a reflection on the standards being set at the club. The visitors couldn’t cope with the pace and phase shapes, and Long Eaton led 38-0.

The second half was a more even affair, with Paviours stepping up and Long Eaton losing concentration. Long Eaton eventually winning, 52-5.

Captain, Ryan Holden said: “Another week, another great win against an experienced Paviours team. From the off we set the standard and played our brand of rugby. The second half was a bit sloppy. Despite the loss of focus, it was a great win for the boys. Debuntant, Ben Taylor played exceptional but man of the match was Gary Sumpter who scored two tries, led the back line well and caused problems for the opposition all day”

TUCKER DISPATCHES THE ROLLS ROYCE DEFENCE: (Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT)
Rolls Royce 22-48 Long Eaton - Saturday 6th January
Midlands 3 East (North):

Long Eaton overpowered mid table Rolls Royce with Skill and Fitness. A late change of venue when the Clubs agreed to play at Derby University after the hosts pitch was declared unfit. Fast 3G was always going to suit the visitors.

A Paul Wakefield hat trick, a brace from Aaron Walker, and try a piece for Man of the Match Tom Tucker, Matt Freer, and a season opener from Ryan Beresford after his return from long term injury. 4 conversions from Kyran Powell left Long Eaton with the same amount of points as the home game, 48.

Rolls Royce replied with three driving maul lineouts and an interception try in the one sided affair.  Director of rugby, Matt Everard said “It was a below par performance in the first half but the second half showed the character of this group of men. They stepped up which allowed us to pull away from Rolls Royce”

Long Eaton remain top, 11 points clear of second placed Ashby with a game in hand and 25 points above third placed Belper. A good start to 2018.  This week its back to Fortress West Park for the visit of Sileby Town.

Meanwhile, a combined Long Eaton 2nd and 3rd XV travelled to Leicester Vipers to play their 3rd team.  Vipers had only lost 2 games all season but it was Long Eaton who showed their skill set and fitness to win 31-7.

A great start from Long Eaton saw them dominate the first 20 minutes and tries from Ben Milton and Jack Cambridge gave Long Eaton a 10-7 lead at half time.

The second half saw LERFC continue to dominate against a strong running opposition. Tries from Oli Quail and two from man of the match, Jack Weedon; all converted by Oli Quail gave Long Eaton their points.

Captain, Ryan Holden said “It was a great squad performance showing the strength in depth is growing at Long Eaton. It was a pleasure to lead such a committed and skilful group of men. Vipers made us defend hard but we had the confidence to know we would always score more”

LONG EATON EXTEND THEIR LEAD:  (Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT)
Long Eaton 27-8 Nottingham Moderns - Saturday 16th December
Midlands 3 East North:

Long Eaton Rugby Club hosted bottom club Nottingham Moderns, eventually winning 27-8 and extend their winning margin in the league. 2nd placed, Ashby were unable to beat Belper and LERFC have now opened up an 11 point lead with a game in hand.

Captain, Rob Cooke led by example in both attack and defence in what was a frustrating game for Long Eaton. LERFC were unable to build phases with solid defence from the visitors and a lack of patience which would have led to a greater margin of victory.

The second half saw an improved performance from Long Eaton and their skill set and fitness ensured victory was never in doubt. The Long Eaton substitutes, Tinashe Mwashayireni, Max Perryman and Kieran Pearson making a difference.

Tries from Ben Milton, Dre Forbes, Max Perryman, 2 from flying winger, Malvin Emm and 1 conversion from Kyran Powell gave LERFC their points. Man of the match was the phenomenal Rob Cooke.

Long Eaton 2nd team travelled to Nottingham Moderns in the league, winning comfortably 29-5.

Proud captain, Shaun Darnell said “This was a great team performance and we have now done the double in the league against Moderns. The standard is improving every week and competition for places within the second team is high. This win has put us right at the top of the league, behind only Melbourne. We just need to keep building and training hard”

Long Eaton Vets played a Long Eaton Social side as part of the 50th year celebrations at the club. Past Captains and previous players turned up to make it a great family club day.

Experience eventually overcame youth, the vets winning 43-24. A game played in the right spirit and showing things are good at all levels at Long Eaton Rugby Club.

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.