See Yorkshire’s strongest at Castle Park.

On Sunday the 11th October 2015 at 11am the Yorkshire Highland games will take place at Castle Park.

The events will include, two different vehicle pulls, Caber toss, Tug of war, stone throw, log press and World famous atlas stones to the shoulder.

As part of the event fans will get the chance to meet and greet the competitors on the day as well as to take in the phenomenal shows of strength tickets for the event cost just £10 but Knights Season Ticket holders receive a 50% reduction on this!

The new spectator competition has attracted 11 regional strongman athletes, including Yorkshire’s strongest man 2015 Ryan Oldfield – fresh after his victory in Rotherham earlier this month Ryan stated. ‘I wanted to compete in the Yorkshire Highland games to test myself at the new events with the ultimate goal of winning the competition whilst putting a great show on for fans’

Mark Anglesea, two times Guinness World Record strength holder and part of the FunMeFit Productions team, believes the competition will offer a challenge for competitors whilst providing an excellent family entertainment event.

Andrew Picken, from FunMeFit Productions said, ‘It is great to have Doncaster Knights backing this show and been able to run Yorkshire’s Highland Games at Castle Park.

‘It will also mean fans can take advantage of the excellent facilities including bars and food outlets whilst enjoying the show. We also have Yorkshire’s tallest man Mark Hellard standing at 7 foot and 4 inches opening the show’.

To get more information go to http://funmefitproductions.webs.com/ or ring 01302 831388 option 6 for tickets – reception@castle-park.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireHighlandGames2015

Twitter: @FunMeFitPromo

For any sponsors or advertisement enquiries contact Andy Picken 07887400202 / andy@handywriter.co.uk

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Titans take early bragging rights.

Titans 30 v Knights 23

A stoppage time try from winger Curtis Wilson ended the Knights hope of a first South Yorkshire derby win in five years in what was a typically tense and hard fought Donny versus Roth fixture.

Both the teams entered the fixture in impressive form having won two of their opening three Championship fixtures respectively.

With Simon Humberstone and Declan Cusack still on the injured list the Knights began the game with three scrum halves across the back line. Brad Field in the nine jersey with Michael Heaney outside him at stand off and Sam Edgerley starting at full back.

The hosts started the brighter of the two sides having applied early pressure on the Knights following an exit kick that missed touch. Rotherham moved the ball well to link together phases before drawing a penalty for in at the side at the breakdown. Former Knights Tom Barrett put the ball to touch and whilst the Knights repelled the initial driving line out they did so illegally. Barrett put his side back in the corner and having forced another penalty the Titans moved the ball infield where centre Will Owen cut a nice line to break through and dot down. Barrett slotted the extras to give Roth an early seven point lead.

The score sparked the Knights into life and good work at the breakdown by Ollie Stedman forced a penalty which was struck deep to touch by Heaney. The Knights driving line out won back to back penalties and at the third time of asking crashed over, to no one’s surprise, Latu Makaafi was the man to get the score. Dougie added the extras to tie the game.

Both sides were hindered significantly by the penalty count against them and looked to utilize the driving line out. Barrett added a penalty just after the quarter hour mark but it was the Knights who got the next try. Good running from Will Hurrell and then Sam Edgerley drove the team up field and then some cynical play by Tom Calladine saw the flanker yellow carded. Donny went to the corner with the subsequent penalty and after a nice throw to the back crashed over through Matt Challinor with Flockhart adding the extras, 10-14.

Rotherham’s lead was almost immediately reestablished when, scorer of the opening try, Will Owen turned provider for Curtis Wilson. The inside centre broke through into open space with a powerful carry before flinging the ball wide to the oncoming Wilson. From the touchline Barrett managed to find the inside of the post and the ball ricocheted over. The score seemed to improve the hosts, who had been second best for much of the first half, and following some nice carries from Jordan Davies and Sean Scanlon found themselves in range for Barrett to add a drop goal.

The Knights did however finish the half in the ascendancy. After winning a scrum penalty in midfield Heaney kicked to corner and once again Rotherham illegally dropped the maul, Charlie Maddison went to the bin for the infringement. Donny elected to scrum the pen and following two scrum penalties it seemed as if a penalty try was coming. Rotherham made a front row switch and managed to win a penalty against the head much to the bemusement of the travelling Donny fans. Half time Rotherham 20 Knights 14.

Donny looked the better side in the first half but Rotherham had made the Knights pay almost every time they got into good field position.

A bright start was needed from Griff’s troops especially with a man advantage and it came. From nice line out ball Brad Field looked up and chipped a well-struck drop goal through the posts to reduce the deficit to three with only a minute of second half action played. Dougie had a chance to level the scores moments when Scanlon was pinged for crossing however the wingers attempt struck the post.

The Titans soon reawakened and began playing some nice rugby, testing the Knights defence with their expansive game plan. Both sides continued to fall foul of the referees whistle and just before the hour mark Barrett added to his personal tally with another penalty only for Flockhart to hit one over for the Knights five minutes later, 23-20.

Both coaches made a string of changes as the game headed into the final ten minutes and in what was the twenty-eighth penalty of the game Flockhart levelled the scores. With three minutes on the clock Dougie had a chance to put the Knights back in front, again from a penalty, however his attempt agonizingly dropped on the wrong side of the posts.

On balance a draw would probably have been a fair result but the Titans had other ideas. A well weighted kick down field had Alex Shaw scrambling backwards before a good kick chase forced a clearance out of Ollie Stedman. From the half way line Roth missed their line out target but on their next possession drew another penalty as Stedman was sin binned for a high tackle.

Referee Jackson deemed there was enough time to put the penalty to touch and Rotherham secured good line out ball before moving possession in field. Replacement scrum half Andy Davies played a smart inside pass to the oncoming Curtis Wilson and the speedster broke the Knights line before racing home in impressive fashion. Barrett added the extras with the final kick of the game.

A bitter pill to swallow for the Knights who must now dust themselves off ahead of next weekend’s Caste Park clash versus Ealing Trailinders

 

Titans: 15 Sean Scanlon, 14 Jack Hayes, 13 Jordan Davies, 12 Will Owen, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 Tom Barrett, 9 Dan White (Andy Davies 69’), 1 Robin Hislop (Toby Williams 64’), 2 Charlie Maddison (Darran Harris 49’), 3 Mark Tampin (Lewis Thiede 39’), 4 Tom Holmes (Capt.) (George Oram 73’), 5 Barney Maddison, 6 Max Argyle, 7 Tom Calladine (Ali Birch 59’), 8 Tim Cree.

 

Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Toby Williams, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 George Oram, 20 Ali Birch, 21 Andy Davies, 22 Lloyd Hayes.

Tries; Owen 4’, Wilson 28’ 80’

Conv; Barrett 4’ 28’ 80’

Pens; Barrett 16’ 57’

Drop Goal; Barrett 32’

Sin bin; Calladine 22’ Maddison, C. 38’

 

Knights XV; 15) Sam Edgerley, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Michael Heaney, 9) Brad Field, 1) Jack Bergmanas (Joe Sproston 57’), 2) Ben Hunter (Ted Stagg 70’), 3) Colin Quigley (WillGriff John 70’) , 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tyler Hotson (Glen Young 70’), 6) Latu Makaafi (Alex Shaw 52’), 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Ollie Stedman.

 

Replacements; 16) Ted Stagg, 17) Joe Sproston, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Glen Young, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Josh Sharp, 22) Jim Wigglesworth

Tries; Makaafi 11’, Challinor 23’

Conv; Flockhart 11’, 23’,

Pens; Flockhart 44’ 63’

Drop Goal; Field 42’

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Attendance; 1,721

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Knights of the Roundy Tables Lunch.

Knights of the Roundy Tables First Crusade Lunch – Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders 3rd October 12.00 for 12.30.
Ladies, Sires, Knights and Peasants – the First Crusade lunch of the season will take place as above. Choice of main course + cheese board all for £12. Places available NOW by ringing the Lady Rachel at Castle Park on 01302 831388 option 2.

 

All are welcome to join us – genuine DRFC supporters, new supporters, visiting supporters and even TOSSERS. If you haven’t joined a crusade lunch before do it this time.

Come and see those Knights supporters who are dressed for the occasion OR even better come dressed and swell the ranks of Knights. It is sure to be a fun occasion with the Black Marigold challenge, and being able to distinguish between your L Hand and R Hand for the purpose of quaffing your ale/wine.

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Knights derby day side announced.

The Knights side charged with claiming local bragging rights has been named as the squad travels to Clifton Lane to face Rotherham tomorrow.

Griff has named a readjusted back line for the clash which sees Will Hurrell run at inside centre alongside Mat Clark. Tyson Lewis is recalled to the starting XV having featured from the bench in last Saturday’s win over Jersey. Elsewhere Michael Heaney continues at standoff with Brad Field at scrum half. Sam Edgerley will start his first South Yorkshire derby at full back and Dougie Flockhart cuts a familiar figure on the right wing.

There is no change to the starting pack that includes a trio of a former Titans in Colin Quigley, Matt Challlinor and Latu Makaafi.

On the bench there are a number of players hoping to make their Knights Championship debuts. Second row Glen Young is included among the replacements having performed impressively in a Donny jersey during pre-season on loan from Newcastle Falcons. Jim Wigglesworth gets his first inclusion in a competitive Knights squad having recovered from an ankle injury that hampered his start to the new campaign and Josh Sharp will hope to enter the field of play having been an unused sub during last weekend’s win.

 

Knights XV; 15) Sam Edgerley, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Mat Clark, 12) Will Hurrell, 11) Tyson Lewis, 10) Michael Heaney, 9) Brad Field, 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tyler Hotson, 6) Latu Makaafi, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Ollie Stedman.

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Joe Sproston, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Glen Young, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Josh Sharp, 22) Jim Wigglesworth

Titans: 15 Sean Scanlon, 14 Jack Hayes, 13 Jordan Davies, 12 Will Owen, 11 Curtis Wilson, 10 Tom Barrett, 9 Dan White, 1 Robin Hislop, 2 Charlie Maddison, 3 Mark Tampin, 4 Tom Holmes (Capt.), 5 Barney Maddison, 6 Max Argyle, 7 Tom Calladine, 8 Tim Cree.

Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Toby Williams, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 George Oram, 20 Ali Birch, 21 Andy Davies, 22 Lloyd Hayes.

 

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DKTV: Joe Sproston post Jersey interview

For Joe Sproston 2015/16 is a brand new experience as the prop forward is playing his first season in a full time professional rugby environment.

The tight head has come through an unforgiving pre-season schedule to feature in two of the Knights three Championship fixtures so far. On Saturday Joe replaced Colin Quigley in the second half as the Knights produced an impressive fight back to beat Jersey 31-27 at Castle Park and the tight head says it was a fantastic experience.

 

Knights second half rally too much for Jersey.

Knights 31 Jersey 27

The Knights recorded their first home win of the 2015/16 campaign with a determined display versus Jersey at Castle Park. The wins sees the Knights, perhaps temporarily, top the division at this early stage but they did not have things their own way for much of the afternoon.

 

In bright conditions the Knights began the game in the same vein, as they have played much of the season so far – positively and looking to run the ball. They managed early breaks through Latu Makaafi and Brad Field however left themselves exposed which was nearly punished very early on as Fautua Otto almost dotted down after a nice grubber kick forward in the early exchanges.

 

Both sides had prospered through the strength of their driving lineouts early this season and looked to utilize the set piece where possible. Jersey turned down early penalties at goal in favour of punts to the corner however the Knights defence held firm and Dougie Flockhart opened the scoring with a penalty following good scrum pressure from the Donny pack.

 

The lead was short lived however as Sam Edgerley looked to return the restart from deep in his own half and was caught without support. Just outside the 22m and in front of the posts Jersey fly half Brendan Cope decided he would go at goal and converted.

Having held out against the driving line out impressively in the early stages it was the Knights own lineout that got them into trouble next. Having won possession, miscommunication saw the home pack pinged for crossing and Cope punted the penalty deep downfield. The Knights prevented a couple of further ominous looking drives but continually fell foul of the referees whistle and eventually Jersey drove through, Nick Haining touching down and Cope converting.

 

Flockhart and Cope exchanged penalties as the game grew into the first half with neither side really dominating proceedings. The Knights first try came just after the half hour mark and it was courtesy of their set piece. Michael Heaney, who demonstrated his versatility with aplomb playing out of position at fly half sent a penalty deep downfield to touch and the pack did the rest. A clean catch, well-formed maul and good drive saw flanker Latu Makaafi score against his former club and put the Knights back in the lead. Flockhart’s conversion made the score 16-13.

 

Once again Jersey reacted promptly to conceding. Indiscipline from the Knights saw the visitors move down field all to easily and soon were in driving line out range. Referee Tom Foley grew tired of the Knights criminal systems for prevent the Jersey maul and Ben Hunter was sent to the sin bin. With a man advantage Jersey crashed over again through Ignacio Lancuba and Cope’s successful conversion saw the sides go in for the break with the visitors ahead 16-20.

With barely a minute played in the second half the Knights had conceded again. A fine break from Richard Lane into a broken field saw the full back pick up plenty of yards before finding Tom Howe outside him. The winger graciously collected a wide pass and put his foot down to accelerate under the posts leaving a simple conversion for Cope.

 

Donny had fought back from losing positions several times previous to today’s clash but many of the home crowd could be forgiven for thinking Jersey looked good for the win leading by 27 to 16. However the Knights retort was swift and within ten minutes had cut the deficit from eleven points to just one.

 

Flockhart added his fourth successful penalty of the afternoon on 46 minutes then good scrummaging won a penalty that Heaney slotted deep in to the Jersey 22m. Following a booming initial hit from the Jersey pack the Knights forwards patiently drove towards the visitors line before Latu flopped over for his second of the afternoon….and fifth of the season!! Dougie coolly converted.

 

Both sides made substitutions around the hour mark and, not unlike the first half, jostled for the upper hand. The Knights continued to look solid at the scrum and as the game wore on created more and more half chances.

 

With ten minutes left to play the Knights brought the ball infield, following a well-taken line out and after some slick handling full back Sam Edgerley sprinted over in the corner. Flockhart’s attempt to convert from the touchline fell wide but the Knights were back in front regardless.

 

Jersey tried to rally in the final knockings of the clash but the Knights controlled possession cleverly and ran out the clock to secure the win.

 

The performance, at times, may have not been quite as impressive as some of what we have seen so far this season but against a well-drilled, miserly outfit the Knights triumphed. Last season this team cam very close and narrowly lost out in fixtures with a similar feel. Let’s hope this result is a sign of things to come!

 

 

Knights XV: 15) Sam Edgerley, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau (Tyson Lewis 61’), 12) Bevon Armitage, 11) Will Hurrel, 10) Michael Heaney, 9) Brad Field, 1) Richard List (Joe Sproston 60’), 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley (WillGriff John 66’), 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tyler Hotson (Jon Phelan 60’), 6) Latu Makaafi (Alex Shaw 60’, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Ollie Stedman.

 

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Joe Sproston, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Jon Phelan, 20) Alex Shaw, 21) Tyson Lewis, 22) Josh Sharp.

 

Tries: Makaafi 31’, 51’, Edgerley 70’

Conv; Flockhart 32’, 51

Pens; Flockhart 12’, 22’, 26’, 46’

Sin bin; Hunter 36’

 

Jersey XV: 15) Rich Lane?14) Tom Howe?13) Fautua Otto?12) Lewis Robling?11) Ross Adair?10) Brendan Cope?9) Joel Dudley (Jack Moates? 47’) 1)?Ignacio Lancuba (Sean McCarthy 47’)?2) Martin Garcia-Veiga (Nick Selway 64’) 3)?Danny Herriott (Cosma Garfagnoli?67’), 4) Nick Campbell?5) Pierce Phillips?6) Alex Rae (c)?7) James Freeman (Charlie Butterworth 70’)?8) Nick Haining

 

Replacements;?16) Sean McCarthy, 17) Nick Selway 18)?Cosma Garfagnoli?19) Dave Markham?20) Charlie Butterworth?21) Jack Moates?22) Mark McCrea

 

Tries; Haining 19’, Lancuba 37’, Howe 41’

Conv; Cope 20’, 38’, 41’

Pens; Cope 15’, 28’

 

Referee: Tom Foley

Attendance: 1,052.

 

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Rugby World Cup at Castle Park.

Tonight is the night! RWC 2015 begins as England kick off the tournament versus Fiji; one of many games from the tournament shown live at Castle Park.

 

Castle Park will show every single England game of the Rugby World Cup as well as the entire knock out stages and a number of home nations group stage clashes. Friday marks the start of the tournament as England take on Fiji, possibly including the Knights own Vili Veikoso, with the game shown live in the Landsdowne suit of the Clubhouse. The bar will be open and refreshments will be available.

 

All of our World Cup screenings are shown in association with Knights sponsors Stratstone Land Rover Doncaster who are kindly offering the chance to win a Range Rover Evoque for a week. *

 

We hope to see as many Knights fans as possible cheering on the Red Rose at Castle Park, please see full list of screenings below.

 

RWC 2015 screenings (rooms subject to change).

 

18th Sept – Lansdowne England v Fiji (KO 20:00)

26th Sept – Arms Park SA v Samoa (KO 16:45) & England v Wales (KO 20:00)

3rd Oct – Clubhouse: SA v Scotland (KO 16:45) & England v Australia (KO 20:00)

10th Oct – Clubhouse: Australia v Wales (KO 16:45) & Eng v Uruguay (KO 20:00)

17th Oct – Concourse & Woodside: Quarter finals (KO: 16:00 & 20:00)

18th Oct – Arms Park: Quarter finals (KO 13:00 & 16:00)

24th Oct – Concourse & Woodside: (Semi Final KO 16:00)

25th Oct – Arms Park: (Semi Final KO 16:00)

30th Oct – Arms Park: (3rd Place play off: KO 20:00)

31st Oct – Arms park: (Final: KO 16:00)

 

*Full details of the competition will be given on Friday evening.

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Team News: Side announced to face Jersey.

There are just two changes to the Knights XV that started in last weekend’s victory over Nottingham for tomorrow’s clash with Jersey.

 

Declan Cusack’s cheekbone injury sustained at Lady Bay means Michael Heaney will shift to stand off from scrum half with Sam Edgerley starting at nine. Simon Humberstone continues to recover from a shoulder injury sustained against Hull in pre-season so Loughborough Students fly half Josh Sharp has been called up on loan and takes his place among the replacements.

 

Upfront Alex Shaw is set for his first competitive start of the new season with Latu Makaafi hoping to make an impact against his old club from the bench. Joe Sproston is recalled to the match day twenty-two to provide front row cover alongside Jack Bergmanas and WillGriff John with Jon Phelan and Tyson Lewis completing the squad.

Kick off tomorrow is at 14:30. #COYK

 

Knights Starting XV: 15) Paul Jarvis, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Andy Bulumakau, 12) Bevon Armitage, 11) Will Hurrel, 10) Michael Heaney, 9) Sam Edgerley, 1) Richard List, 2) Ben Hunter, 3) Colin Quigley, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Tyler Hotson, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Ollie Stedman.

Replacements; 16) Jack Bergmanas, 17) Joe Sproston, 18) WillGriff John, 19) Jon Phelan, 20) Latu Makaafi, 21) Tyson Lewis, 22) Josh Sharp.

 

Jersey Starting XV: 15) Rich Lane? 14) Tom Howe ?13) Fautua Otto? 12) Lewis Roblin g?11) Ross Adair? 10) Brendan Cope ?9) Joel Dudley 1)? Ignacio Lancuba ?2) Martin Garcia-Veiga 3) ?Danny Herriott ?4) Nick Campbell? 5) Pierce Phillips ?6) Alex Rae (c) ?7) James Freeman ?8)Nick Haining.

Replacements;? 16) Nick Selway, 17)? Sean McCarthy, 18) ?Cosma Garfagnoli ?19) Dave Markham ?20) Charlie Butterworth ?21) Jack Moates? 22) Mark McCrea

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