Girls’ rugby teams fight for place in cup final
Updated: Jan 29
Tynedale Rugby Club’s girls’ teams will be fighting for a place in the finals of Northern League cup next month.
The club’s Under 18 and Under 15 teams have both made it to the semi-finals of the cup and will be playing their games on February 9th.
The club, who are keen supporters of the Discover our Land campaign, are hoping for a win to take them to the finals and if they win that they will then go on to compete at a national level.
The Under 18s semi final match is against Old Crossleyans, of Halifax at home whilst the Under 15s team will be away to Pontefract.
Tynedale Rugby Club’s girls teams are going from strength to strength with a huge surge in membership. Many of the team’s current and past members have now also gone on to play for their country with several players earning their cap for Under 18s England and Scotland teams.
Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism said: “Here in Northumberland we have some fantastic sporting clubs and facilities. Tynedale Rugby Club’s girls’ teams are a shining example of the importance of inspiring youngsters at an early age to get out and be active.
“To have their support for Discover our Land will help us to inspire others and also to showcase the commitment the county has for sport and promoting talent. The fact that many of the team have gone on to play for the country, whilst continuing to support their home teams, demonstrates the passion youngsters have for the area. We wish them all the best for their upcoming cup games.”
Lead coach for the club Nick Oliver, said: “Women’s and girls’ rugby in general is really seeing a rise in interest with the Rugby Football Union putting their support behind the game with more resources and information in schools.
“We have seen our own numbers increase dramatically over the last few years with more than 450 members across all of our Under 18 teams.
“As a county Northumberland has some fantastic facilities and we are delighted to be helping fly the flag for the county by supporting the Discover our Land campaign. We hope to be able to play our part in showing the strength of talent being nurtured here.”