Half term coaching camps | May 29th & 30th.

Knights Simon Humberstone & Dec Cusack will be hosting half term Coaching Camps at Castle Park on May 29th & 30th. 

The duo who have battled for the Knights number 10 jersey for the past three seasons will be sharing their expertise as part of the Rugby School of Excellence, set up by former Knights Skills & Backs Coach Francis Cummins.

The camp is open to anyone between 7-14 years old, with a focus on rugby’s core skills.

The camps, run from 09:00-15:00 on both days and you book your child’s place by emailing Simon on Humber64@hotmail.com or calling 07809764924.

The cost of the camps is £30 for one day or £50 for both

To find out more about the The Rugby School of Excellence head to @TheRSOE on Twitter.

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Stratstone BMW Season ticket offer.

Buy a new BMW from Stratstone BMW and receive a pair of 2018/19 Season Tickets absolutely free!

To celebrate our continued partnership with Stratstone BMW Doncaster we are offering new car customers a fantastic purchasing incentive.

Buy a new BMW from the Wheatley Hall Road dealership and receive two 2018/19 Knights Season Tickets with a value of up to £600!

The Knights and Stratstone BMW have enjoyed a successful partnership since 2015, with the luxury car retailer’s branding prominent around Castle Park and on drfc.co.uk.

Speaking on the continuation of the partnership, Stratstone BMW Doncaster Head of Business, Marcus Hallam said. “We are pleased to renew our sponsorship with Doncaster Knights and support sport in the local community.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer season tickets to customers who purchase a new BMW from us and we look forward to seeing what the team can achieve in 2018/19 and beyond.”

Stratstone BMW Doncaster offers the full range of BMW vehicles, as well as a wide variety of approved used cars. Find out more by visiting http://www.stratstonedoncasterbmw.co.uk or calling 01302 380500.

2018/19 Season Tickets are still on sale with the Early Bird Saving offer coming to an end on June 1st. 

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Academy celebrate End of Season Success.

The Knights Academy of Sport, in association with University College Doncaster, celebrated the end of term on Monday evening at the College’s Waterfron Restaurant & Conference Centre. 

The class of 2017/18 came together to celebrate an unbeaten season as the Academy claimed a first ever promotion in the British University & College Sport [BUCS] pyramid as well as retaining the BUCS Northern Conference Plate. 

There was also individual recognition for stand out performers with scrum half Sam Pocklington scooping the Player’s Player of the Year award, hooker Will Holling winning Coaches Player of the Year, prop Will Booth claimed the Development side Player of the Year, Seva Bulumakau continued a family trait at Castle Park by winning the Try of the Season Awards and Flanker Ed Miles was named as Clubman of the year. 

The close of term also signifies the end of Academy life for six of the squad with Ed Miles, Brad Maltby, Rowan Mason, Jake Hartle, Liam Doyle and Ryan Pearson all graduating after three years in the Academy. 

The graduates were all presented with caps as ‘original’ members of the squad and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours. 

 

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The Castle Park Season Ticket | On Sale now.

Upgrade your Knights season ticket to a Castle Park alternative and enjoy not only every home Knights fixture in 2018/19 but Doncaster Phoenix’ also.

Following the successful series of double-header fixtures at Castle Park in 2017/18 we will be fine tuning the 2018/19 fixture list to give every Doncaster rugby fan the chance to watch every minute of action for both our men’s senior sides. 

Doncaster Phoenix go into 2018/19 on the back of their most successful campaign to date, which included an appearance in the Yorkshire Cup final and look set for another big year.

Purchasing a Castle Park season ticket gives you entry to all thirteen Midlands Premier home games plus any of Phoenix’ Yorkshire Cup fixtures at Castle Park and you can get yours for just £40 extra when purchased with a Knights season ticket before the early bird offer deadline date of June 1st

The Castle Park season ticket permits holders entry to watch Phoenix games from any Stand in the stadium and is at least £25 cheaper than buying on the gate.

Doncaster Phoenix season tickets are also available for the new season for £55 and you can get yours from Castle Park reception, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

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Chapman Physiotherapy extends partnership with Doncaster Knights.

We are delighted to announce that Chapman Physiotherapy will continue their longstanding support of the Doncaster Knights in 2018/19.

Victoria Chapman first began working with the Knights in 2004 and the relationship has developed unto this day.

Now in her 14th year with the Club, Vicky explains how the partnership has flourished, what specific aspects of working with professional sportsmen she enjoys and the range of services available at Chapman Physiotherapy. 

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Awards Knight Success.

Doncaster Knights fans and players enjoyed a successful event at the End of Season Awards Presentation at Castle Park on Saturday night.

The highlight occasion saw almost 200 toast the 2017/18 season, celebrating some fantastic wins and remembering those that left us this year.

An address from Steve Lloyd was followed by an entertaining and poignant reflection from Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths with Chief Executive David Ryall and Kit Coordinator Ian Swindell also making speeches as they step down from their Castle Park roles.

Full list of award winners:

Try of the Season: Paul Jarvis vs Leinster A (Sponsored by AGM Safety)

Top Gun: Alex Shaw

Clubman: Jason Hill

Fans Player of the Season: Ben Hunter (Sponsored by Farmstar LTD)

Coaches Player of the Season: Tom James

Players Player of the Season: Matt Challinor (Sponsored by Chapman Physiotherapy)

We thank all who attended to help make the evening another glowing success and look forward to seeing you all back at Castle Park next season.

 

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Late surge not quite enough for Knights.

Doncaster Knights 26-30 Jersey Reds.

Three unanswered tries in the game’s final quarter set up a grandstand finish to the 2018/19 season but the Knights left themselves just too much to do and had to settle for two losing bonus points.

Jersey took an early lead when wing Auguy Slowik scored the first of his three tries, which fly-half Brendan Cope converted from touch, after getting on the end of a grubber kick by full-back Scott Van Breda.

The Knights first half showing was rather inconsistent but they didn’t get much luck either. One of several controversial decisions to go against them came on ten minutes when fly-half Simon Humberstone sent wing Curtis Wilson over after catching a looming kick just outside the 22 only for the try to be disallowed for crossing much to the bemusement of the home fans. 

Jersey’s bright start was met by rigid Doncaster defence and the resolve paid dividends on twenty minutes as the Knights got on the scoresheet through Matt Challinor. A smart line out move was followed by some determined carrying before the pack set up a close range maul with the lock fighting his way over. Simon Humberstone added the extras.

Unfortunately, the rest of the half belonged to the visitors as the Reds hit back to lead 15-7 with a Cope penalty and an unconverted try by Kieran Hardy.

The scrum-half raced through a huge gap in midfield after latching on to a dropped pass and then steered past full-back Cowell to score a well-taken try. Donny, fell further behind when Slowik bagged his second of the game, kicking ahead down the left flank before winning the race to the ball to touch down. Cope again added the extras to open up a 15-point lead and half time.

A bright start to the second period was needed for the Knights but it was Jersey who came out of the blocks better and on 52-minutes Slowick gathered a lovely offload before producing an impressive finish, tip-toeing the touchline before dotting down in the corner.

At this point the signs were ominous and it seemed as if it might become a damage-limitation exercise for the Knights but instead they rallied and very nearly pulled off the most remarkable of comebacks.

A flurry of yellow cards opened up the game, at one-point Jersey had three players in the sin bin with Matt Challinor also given a ten-minute spell on the sidelines.

It was Cam Cowell who began the fight back, showing some electric pace to race around the coverage and score having been put in motion by Curtis Wilson.

Lesley Klim made a surging break moments later, the move was continued by Wilson who was tackled high within touching distance of the try line. Play went on for another phase before referee Hamish Smales awarded a penalty try and deficit was down to eight points. 

Hopes of a victory became very real almost immediately after when Lloyd Hayes collected a huge, wide pass before breaking out of the twenty-two. Drawing in defenders, the centre managed to get an offload away to Tom James and the scrum half raced home.

It looked as if the Knights has nicked it right at the death and Cowell & Klim attacked from a deep scrum but play was brought back on the intervention of a touch judge who had spotted an infringement in the ruck which resulted in a penalty which Cope converted.

Doncaster Knights Cameron Cowell; Andy Bulumakau (Charlie Foley 56), Lesley Klim, Lloyd Hayes, Curtis Wilson; Simon Humberstone, Michael Heaney (Tom James 51); Richard List (Jack Bergmanas 51), Ben Hunter (Curtis Langdon 61), Joe Sproston (Colin Quigley 51), Matt Challinor (capt) (YC 60), Tom Hicks (Nick Civetta h-t), Jason Hill (Adam Batt h-t), Alex Shaw, Josh Tyrell.  

Tries: Challinor 20, Cowell 69, Penalty Try 72, James 73 Conversions: Humberstone 20, 73

Jersey Reds; Scott Van Breda (co-capt); Tom Pincus (Jack Macfarlane 66), James Newey (Mark Best 67), George Eastwell (YC 72), Auguy Slowik (YC 57); Brendan Cope, Kieran Hardy; Jake Woolmore (co-capt) (Roy Godfrey 66), Jared Saunders (YC 65, Josh Hodson 75), Jake Armstrong (Leeroy Atalifo 66), Jerry Sexton, Uili Kolo’ofa’i (Tom Quarrie 51), Rory Bartle (YC 60), Jake Upfield, Matt Rogerson.

Tries: Slowik 9, 29, 50, Hardy 26 Conversions: Cope 9, 29 Penalties: Cope 23, 80

Attendance: 1,675

Referee: Hamish Smales

Winning half time draw number – 56037

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