DKTV | Mat Clark injury update

Mat Clark’s road to recovery has been a long and testing one but the centre finally seems to have got to the end of it.
 
Having barely featured since February this year Clark has now played twice on loan, bagging a hat-trick for Hull Ionians at the weekend, and is now nearing a full return in a Donny shirt.
 
Mat discusses his progress as well showing some kicking finesse for DKTV.
 

DKTV | Ealing tries & Kendo review

Glen Kenworthy gives a review of Saturday’s disappointing loss to Ealing, stating the team will not dwell on the defeat but instead focus all efforts on Bristol this weekend.

Kendo admits that the performance was not of the level that the team expect, even with an unfortunate injury list, but now they’re looking ahead to giving the league leaders a real test on Saturday at Castle Park. 

Also check out the Knights tries from the weekend clipped into the interview. 

Hills top the mountain!

As many of you will have read in the match day programme versus Bedford,  Michael Hills’ dad, brother and friend reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro sporting the Blue, Red and White of the Knights to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Michael’s father, and Knights Season Ticket holder Jeff, brother Jamie and Jeff’s friend Clive Alton made it to the top of Africa’s highest peak last month and have raised over £2,000 for the UK’s largest dedicated brain tumour charity in the process.

Keen walkers Jeff and Clive decided to take on the challenge following the passing of Clive’s sister-in-law Mandy last January following a short battle with the disease having developed a particularly aggressive brain tumour.

Usual walking routes for the pair include the Peak District, North Yorkshire and Snowdonia – a far cry from the 5,895m ascent of Tanzania’s famous dormant volcano.

Given the altitude and extended climb reaching the summit provided a serious challenge for the trio and making the summit was certainly not guaranteed – but they did!

In addition to the various donations made online and by friends Jeff would like to thank those Knights supporters who have contributed, especially those who gave to the collection organised by Chris Gryzelka on the trip to Hartpury last month. 

Upon completing the climb all three men admitted it was the most physically challenging task they had ever undertaken but worth every step to raise money for such a worthy cause.

Donations can still be made via the Just Giving page which also gives a record of the challenge along with photos of the journey.

 

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Trailfinders quality too much for Donny.

Ealing 57-14 Doncaster Knights

The Knights wait for a first victory at Vallis Way continues as an injury affected Knights side were well beaten by Ealing Trailfinders who demonstrated why most people consider them Bristol’s closest rivals in the race for promotion.

The Trailinders struck the first blow with the game just three minutes old as an early ruck infringement was penalized and full back Luke Daniels opened the scoring with an on target kick. Penalties and indiscipline proved the undoing of the Knights in the opening forty as repeated penalties hamstrung any positive play they created

Despite the final scoreline it was the Knights who crossed the whitewash first and a fine try it was.

A big hit from Curtis Wilson in defence created a bit of confusion in the Ealing line and a loose ball was seized by Declan Cusack. A couple of quick phases created space before Tom James switched the direction of play and with numbers down the right hand side Cameron Cowell produced a perfectly weighted kick into the goal area where Charlie Foley won the footrace to score. Dougie Flockhart added the extras from outwide; 3-7.

This was as good as it got for the Knights as the remainder of the tie belonged firmly to the hosts who ran in a total of eight tries, seven of which were goaled by the impressive Luke Daniels.  

Hooker Alun Walker opened the Trailfinders account as he bundled over at the back of a driving lineout then, five minutes later, back row Keiran Murphy extended the home lead as he took advantage of defensive confusion post lineout to hit a nice line and score.

Trailing 24-7 the next score was going to be crucial even at such an early stage and whilst the Knights can have few complaints about the full time result there was an element of misfortune in the hosts fourth score. 

With Donny deep in the home 22m and probing the Ealing line, James spun a pass wide towards Lloyd Hayes which, if had gone to hand, would surely have resulted in a score. However, James Cordy Redden was alert to the danger and intercepted to set off down the other end of the field. Cameron Cowell raced back to chase him down but a couple phases later the hosts went over again through Lee Jones.

The score meant the Knights had a 24-point deficit going into the break and things didn’t get much better following the resumption. A failure to look after the ball in contact meant a promising Knights attack turned into another Ealing score on 49 minutes as Jones crossed again following a midfield turnover.

Rayn Smid got his first of a second half brace on 56 minutes, again the Knights paying the price for poor ball protection and quick hands gave the flanker an easy run in out wide. 

Some credit must be given to the Knights who showed resilience in the final quarter and began to ask questions of the home defence aided by good impact from the bench.

A penalty deep in the Trailfinders 22m was taken quickly and the forwards set up a driving maul. The pack made decent ground before Michael Heaney fed Cowell who showed good footwork to finish and Simon Humberstone converted.

In the dying moments the Knights threw anything they had left into their attacking endeavours, unfortunately though it left them a little exposed and Ealing were able to cross twice more through Smid and Daniels.

A tough day at the office for the Knights who must write this result off and move forward into the challenges of the coming weeks. Starting with Bristol at Castle Park this Saturday.

Ealing Trailfinders; 15 Luke Daniels 14 Will Harries 13 Lewis Jones (Piers O’Conor 75’) 12 Joe Munro 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Rory Clegg (Lewis Robling) 9 Luke Carter (Grayson Hart) 1 Will Davis (James Gibbons) 2 Alun Walker 3 Mark Tampin (Lewis Thiede) 4 Barney Maddison 5 Harry Casson (Llewelyn Jones) 6 Kieran Murphy (Matt Cornish) 7 Rayn Smid 8 Mark Bright 

Replacements; 16 Matt Cornish 17 James Gibbons 18 Lewis Thiede 19 Llewelyn Jones 20 Grayson Hart 21 Lewis Robling 22 Piers O’Conor 

Tries; Walker 14’, Murphy 19’, Harries 26’, Jones 37’, 49’, Smid 56’, 77’, Daniels 75’.

Conv; Daniels 14’, 19’, 26’, 37’, 49’, 56’, 75’

Pens; Daniels 3’

Knights XV; 15) Cameron Cowell, 14) Dougie Flockhart (Simon Humberstone 50’), 13) Charlie Foley (Junior Bulumakau 20’), 12) Lloyd Hayes, 11) Curtis Wilson, 10) Declan Cusack, 9) Tom James (Michael Heaney 59’), 1) Owen Evans (Jack Bergmanas 60’), 2) Curtis Langdon (Ben Hunter 58’), 3) Joe Sproston, 4) Matt Challinor (Stone Priestley-Nangle 70’), 5) Morgan Eames, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Jason Hill.

Replacements; 16) Ben Hunter, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Stone Priestley-Nangle, 20) Junior Bulumakau, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Simon Humberstone.

Tries; Foley 8’, Cowell 71’

Conv; Flockhart 8’, Humberstone 71’

Pens;

Attendance; 574

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Knights named for Trailfinders test.

The Knights have rung the changes ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Ealing Trailfinders.

In the backs former England U20s international Cameron Cowell makes his Knights debut on dual-registration from Newcastle Falcons having been training with the squad for the past few weeks. Curtis Wilson makes his return from suspension to face off against his former club on the left wing.

Charlie Foley continues to prove his value in a range of positions, this week lining up outside Lloyd Hayes in midfield. The half backs are unchanged from last weekend with Tom James and Declan Cusack continuing at nine and ten.

Upfront Owen Evans gets the nod at loose head in a rotated front row that sees Joe Sproston at tight head and Sale youngster Curtis Langdon at hooker.

Matt Challinor makes his 201st appearance in the second row alongside Morgan Eames. Captain Michael Hills lines up in his usual position of openside flanker with Jason Hill starting at no. 8 and Alex Shaw on the blindside.

Ben Hunter, Colin Quigley and Jack Bergmanas provide a wealth of front row experience on the bench with new boy back row Stone Priestley-Nangle set for his Knights debut on loan from Hull Ionians.

Michael Heaney and Simon Humberstone provide cover to the half backs and complete the match day twenty-two.

Kick off tomorrow is at 15:00 and live text comms will be available on Twitter.

Knights XV; 15) Cameron Cowell, 14) Dougie Flockhart, 13) Charlie Foley, 12) Lloyd Hayes, 11) Curtis Wilson, 10) Declan Cusack, 9) Tom James, 1) Owen Evans, 2) Curtis Langdon, 3) Joe Sproston, 4) Matt Challinor, 5) Morgan Eames, 6) Alex Shaw, 7) Michael Hills ©, 8) Jason Hill.

Replacements; 16) Ben Hunter, 17) Jack Bergmanas, 18) Colin Quigley, 19) Stone Priestley-Nangle, 20) Junior Bulumakau, 21) Michael Heaney, 22) Simon Humberstone.

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Castle Park Christmas Dinner | Last chance to book!

Last chance to book for the annual Castle Park Christmas Lunch prior to Saturday’s game versus Cardiff Blues Premiership Select XV  [December 9th].

The recently returned Janet Hayes and her catering team are preparing a sumptuous, traditional two-course Christmas Lunch served at 12:30 before kick off at 14:30 and we will be joined by the Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band who will provide Christmas carols to help get you into the spirit.

The Christmas Lunch has become one of the highlights in the Castle Park social calendar and once again is proving very popular with 100s already booked on and spaces now very limited. 

The cost of this festive feast is just £16 per-head*. To book your place please call 01302 831388, option 5 or email reception@castle-park.co.uk today! 

*Does not include match day ticket.

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Black Friday sale | 30% off.

Huge Black Friday savings in store and online tomorrow – November 24th!

Knights fans can enjoy 30% off retail and leisurewear this Friday online and in shop*.

With just one month until Christmas dont miss the chance to grab a bargain present for the Knights fans in your life

Use the code BlackFriday on the Knights online shop or visit the Castle Park store [open till 8pm for tomorrow only] to take advantage of these one day only savings.

The offer begins online at midnight tonight and runs for 24 hours! 

Terms & Conditions; Subject to availability. Applies to Doncaster Knights leisure and retail wear only. We are unable to refund previously purchased products to be re-purchased with 30% discount. Black friday discount cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or discounts. 

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DKTV | Clive Griffiths Bedford reflection.

The Knights boss reflects on the weekend’s draw and looks ahead to this Saturday’s clash with Ealing Trailfinders.

Clive assesses his sides’ performance versus the Blues and discusses the challenges the Trailfinders will pose at their Vallis Way home.

Griff was enthused with the Knights performance at the weekend and knows that his side are not far off a complete performance which will hoepfully come to fruition in West London on Saturday. 

Academy Opening Evening | November 22nd.

The Academy of Sport in association with Doncaster College and University Centre are holding an opening evening on Wednesday [November 22nd] at Castle Park.

The Academy initiative has been developed through a partnership between Doncaster College & University Centre and the Knights aimed at developing elite young sportsmen alongside studying for a real-world academic qualification.

The ambition of the Academy of Sport is to allow students to fully prepare for a career in sport whilst to learning and playing in a professional sporting environment, which will ultimately lead to improved progression routes in their chosen field.

The full time Rugby Development Centre is based out of Castle Park Stadium and comprises two age groups 16-18 (FE) studying NQF programs from levels 1-3 and post 18 (HE) studying on one of the 50+ undergraduate courses run by the University Centre.

Players accepted to the Academy of Sport will complete all their Rugby activity at Castle Park with access to our wide range professional facilities and coaches. Players that excel in the Academy set up will get the opportunity to train with the Knights first team and be in consideration for selection should their performance dictate.  

If you or someone you know are interested in applying to the DC Academy of Sport the join the lecturers and Academy coaches tomorrow evening from 6:30pm and find out if the Academy could hold the keys to your future.

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Castle Park double header – December 2nd.

Castle Park rings in December with a double dose of Donny rugby as both the Knights and Phoenix 1st XV do battle at the Castle.

The Knights kick off the day against league leaders Bristol at the usual time of 14:30 before Doncaster Phoenix take on Newbold Upon Avon at 17:00.

Entry to the Phoenix feature is included in the price of a Knights ticket and to celebrate the feast of rugby, and encourage fans to stay for the later kick off, all draft beer will be reduced to just £2.50 a pint following full time in the Knights game.

Tickets are on sale now and you can also book into our pre-match supporters meal….Cow Pie cooked by the returning Janet Hayes! £16 per head, call 01302 831388 or email events@castle-park.co.uk to book your place.

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Supporters’ Coach | Ealing Trailfinders.

This Saturday [November 25th] the Knights head to the Capital to take on Ealing Trailinfinders in Round ten of the Greene King IPA Championship.

The supporters’ coach will be making the trip and places are filling fast so if you wish to join the travelling party do not hesitate in confirming you seat. 

The bus will depart Castle Park at 9am and the cost is just £20 for adults and £10 for juniors.

To reserve your seat please text John Lowe on 07977 112706 or email johnlowe0002@gmail.com.

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