Watch England vs Belgium at Castle Park

ITS COMING HOME!

The Armspark suite at Castle Park will be open tonight to watch the England vs Belgium World Cup match.

There is food available and the bar is open.

Not only that, there is a chance to win a CARLSBERG TOWER! THAT HOLDS 8 PINTS! 

To win, simply buy a pint of San Miguel, Tetleys or Carlsberg before kick off and correctly guess the minute of the first goal!

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DKTV | New Signing Robin ‘Bomber’ Hislop

DKTV | New Signing Robin ‘Bomber Hislop spoke to DKTV about his decision to return to Castle Park.

The Prop was the second new arrival of the summer, after returning from Ayr RFC. 

The 25 year-old’s first spell at the club saw ‘Bomber’ feature in the first fifteen matches in the 2016/17 season, but was then hit with injury limiting his game time for the rest of the campaign. 

Charity C-R-Y come to Castle Park to heart screen the Knights

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) heart screened the Knights yesterday to check on the player’s health ahead of the 2018/19 Championship season.

The charity promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research as well as publishing and distributing medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals. 

The Knights players took part in an ECG, with every persons results completed health questionnaire and consent form to be forwarded to CRY’s expert doctors for research purposes – increasing their understanding of the conditions and ultimately helping to reduce the number of young sudden cardiac deaths.

The charity also has a mobile screening team of medically qualified personnel, who visit sports clubs, schools and other community venues on request, to screen people between the ages of 14 and 35.

For more information CRY go to https://www.c-r-y.org.uk/

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DKTV | New Signing Elliott Creed

New Signing Elliott Creed gave DKTV his thoughts ahead of the 2018/19 Championship season. 

The former U18 England International discussed his brief time at Castle Park so far and the reasons behind his move from Premiership side Gloucester.

Elliott states pre-season has been tough and is looking forward to getting out in a Knights shirt.

Date confirmed for opening day Championship Clash

The Knights will kick off their 2018/19 Championship season at Cornish Pirates on Sunday 2nd September.

Kick off is 2.30pm in Penzanne. 

The Knights’ last visit to the Pirates ended in a narrow 22-19 defeat with a try being scored by the home side in the dying embers of the match.

The last away victory there for Clive Griffiths’ side came in 2015/16 with a 19-26 win in February of that season.

That season also brought a home triumph, but defeat in the cup that campaign at Mennaye Field. 

Cornish Pirates have strengthened over the summer with the addition of Georgian international lock Nodar Cheishvili. Arriving from French club Chambery, the 27 year-old has played 11 times for Georgia since first being capped in 2015.
Former Munster youth player Rory Parata also signed for the Pirates from Italian Pro14 side Zebre.

Other news at our opening day opposition is the Pirates club captain for the last four seasons, Chris Morgan, has taken on a player/coach role at the club.

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Knights’ new signing sponsored by Twenty Four IT

Elliott Creed has been sponsored by Twenty Four IT for his first season at Castle Park.

The company will also have their logo on the shoulder of the new 2018/19 shirt as the Knights do battle in the Championship.

New signing Elliott joined in the summer from Premiership side Gloucester, where he made a number of first team appearances.

Twenty Four IT director Mike Smith was delighted to continue his sponsoring of the Knights. “We like supporting the club and the local community, sponsoring a promising young talent like Elliott seemed logical, we see ourselves as a promising young talent in that the company has only been around a year and a half so we thought to support somebody similar to us.”

Knights Commerical manager Michael Casey was thankful for the company’s continued support. “Twenty Four IT have been a partner at Castle Park since 2014 and are a business with a sincere passion for both sport and the local community.”

 “We look forward to continue to work closely with Twenty Four IT in the new season which will hopefully bring plenty of success to both parties.”

The Doncaster based company offer value driven solutions for different industries, helping to improve service levels, reduce risk and ultimately provide a seamless user experience for you and your team. They also have the ability to develop an IT systems which in turn will benefit each organisation.  

The 21 year-old centre was also pleased with the support. “I am grateful to Twenty Four IT for sponsoring me this season, strangely enough my dad is an IT director back in Gloucester so it fits well.”

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Doncaster Knights Fit2Play summer camps this month

Doncaster Knights Fit2Play summer camps at Castle Park are underway, so book your place now!

Taking place over four weeks from 23rd July to the 17th August the summer camps are booking up fast.

Daily activities offer a variety of fun sporting games, from Rugby speed, agility and quickness practice to tough mini mudder and total water wipeout.

Daily activities:

Monday: Multi sports and water wars/slip and slide

*Tuesday: Rugby SAQ

Speed, agility and quickness, three qualities that every player needs in the modern game to give them the edge.

*Wednesday: Rugby Safe hands

You can never practise enough!

*Thursday: Rugby ‘Know your game’

Laws, safety, techniques and drills -How to play your game

Friday: Multi sports, Tough Mini Mudder and Total Water Wipeout assault course.

*On these days children will be split into the following age groups:

 Group one aged 8 and under.

 Group two aged 9 plus.

The Summer camp days run from 9am-3:30pm and cost £15 per day or £60 for the full week’s fun.

To book your place contact Stewart Cullen on 07403 189280

 

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New Signing Calladine ready to tackle another Championship season

Fishing enthusiast Tom Calladine is prepared to tackle his first Championship season with the Knights and reel in a starting position.

Over the off-season the new signing spent time relaxing on the water’s edge, fishing. “I had a good time off, did as much fishing as possible, got a few good match weights, won couple of matches and also went away to Cape Verde with the Mrs.”

Pre-season began two weeks ago for the back-row and he has already settled in to his new surroundings of Castle Park.

“I knew a few lads here before I signed as I have been playing in the Championship long enough, then with Toby (Williams) coming in and few lads coming in last year it makes it easier to settle in, everyone’s been welcoming, I’ve enjoyed it so far.”

The flanker was persuaded to join the Knights by the ambitions of the club. “Since coming up from National One they’ve been a stalwart team really and the club always looks to push to be a top four or five side and with those aspirations I thought this is something I want to be part of.”

Tom spent three seasons at Rotherham Titans, where he made 55 appearances becoming a standout performer and is hoping to bring that form into the upcoming 2018/19 GK IPA Championship campaign.

“I want to earn my name on the shirt, getting game time under my belt and starting as many games as possible and then making sure to put everything in to push us up the table.”

“Winning all our home games is crucial and then sneaking away wins at the likes of Pirates and when you travel down to the London teams, also not losing bonus points as it’s difficult to win every game.”

The Knights’ first match of pre-season is six weeks away, but the former Nottingham player is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“The pre-season matches will all be tough, you can’t look at them as games solely to win though we need to put in the aspects we been doing in training, put together 9 or 10 options for the front row.”

Eager to impress, Tom is prepared to put in the hard yards during pre-season.

“It’s a time to show your ability to Griff, Kendo and the rest of the coaches to see what you’re about. The results don’t always matter in those type of matches, it’s more making sure to put the performance in and putting the last 12 weeks of pre-season into a match situation because you can’t really train like that in those 12 weeks leading up to it.”

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Listy looking for a top four finish

Knights’ Stalwart Richard List is entering his 10th season at the club and is targeting a top four Championship finish ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

The prop is well underway in pre-season training, however enjoyed his time off the rugby field. “I went to america for 10 days to see my wife’s family and had a good time out there and generally just relaxed, but kept training in order to arrive and hit the ground running.”

Ahead of the new RFU Championship season, the 37 year-old is looking to put last season’s performances and table position behind him and target a higher placed finish in the 2018/19 campaign.

“A top four place is a minimum this season, last year there were a number of factors that probably affected us and now it’s a new start and we’ve got to be aiming for the higher end of the table.”

The Knights have seen seven new arrivals come through the doors of Castle Park and Listy is impressed with how they have settled within the tough early stages of pre-season.

“The new additions have brought a lot of competition for places, so everyone keeps pushing themselves each week and the new signings all bring something different to the squad.”

“Pre-season has been tough so far and it’s been a bit of a shock to the body and the workload has now been ramped up, but generally the lads look fitter than this point last year and the new lads are all a good standard.”

With over 200 appearances to his name so far, the 37 year-old is still enjoying his time with the Knights.

“I just love the club, there is a great family atmosphere and the benefactors are very family orientated, the club have great supporters and I have always been well looked after and having Griff at the helm means you know everything is going to be ultra-professional and can look forward to a good season.”

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2018/19 Season fixtures released

The Knights will kick off the 2018/19 GK IPA Championship season with a trip to Cornish Pirates. 

The last time the Knights visited Cornwall it ended in a narrow 22-19 defeat back in early March. A try and conversation from the Pirates in the dying embers of the game snatched victory from the Knights that day.

The Southern side finished fourth last season and will visit Doncaster on the last match of the season.

DoR Clive Griffiths gave his thoughts on the near six hours trip for the opening day GK IPA Championship visit to Cornwall to face Cornish Pirates.

“It’s never easy going down there, we’ve had some tough battles in the past it’s a long bus journey down, we’ve been away the long two seasons so I am disappointed at the outcome, the positive is we are likely to play on a dryer pitch rather than visiting in winter, we’ll go there and give it our best shot.”

The Knights will welcome Hartpury College to Castle Park for the first home match of the season on the weekend of the 8th September. A fascinating fixture that resulted in victory last season.

Griff is looking forward to the opening home fixture. “Hartpury like to play rugby just like us and if it is anything like last season, it’ll be an entertaining game.”

Clive Griffiths’ side will then travel down south once again on the weekend of the 15th September to face Richmond, before facing tough opposition in the form of Ealing Trailfinders at Castle Park. The following weekend, the Knights travel to Nottingham, a side they defeated home and away last season.

“Richmond are flying, they did the double over us and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen next season.

“Ealing have spent massive during the summer, but we’ll look to give the same effort and performance that brought the victory at Castle Park last time.”

Looking at the first five fixtures of the season, Griff is optimistic about the Knights chances of picking up a number of victories.

“It could have been worse for sure, we can’t under estimate teams like Richmond as we lost some of the games last season against those sides, we know why that happened and I’m generally happy with the first five games it just a damper to travel all the way down to Cornwall for the first match.”

“We will turn up and we will be firing no doubts about that, we are aiming to be up there against the best and we enter the Championship with full force from Cornish Pirates to the end of April and it’s an exciting challenge to face.”

Another announcement is the new Championship Cup for the next two seasons, which follows a league cup format and encourages local derbies.

Taking place over six consecutive weeks, the Knights will face Yorkshire Carnegie, Nottingham and Coventry home and away.

For its inaugural season, teams are split into three pools based on clubs’ geographic locations and will play across six rounds.

The pool stage fixtures are scheduled in one block and will be played before Christmas allowing clubs to focus on the Championship Cup consistently over a six week period.

The top two teams from each pool together with the two best runners up across the three pools will all proceed to the quarter-finals which will be followed by the semi-finals and a final which will take place in May next year.

Whilst there is still two weeks for exact fixture dates to be confirmed, the majority of the Knights home matches will kick off on Saturdays at 2.30pm.

The 2018/19 RFU Championship Fixture List:

Round 1    31 August-2 September 2018   Cornish Pirates (A)

Round 2   7-9 September 2018   Hartpury College (H)

Round 3   14-16 September 2018   Richmond (A)

Round 4   21-23 September   Ealing Trailfinders (H)

Round 5   28-30 September   Nottingham (A)

Round 6   5-7 October   Jersey Reds (H)

Round 7   12-14 October   Bedford Blues (A)

Round 8   19-21 October   London Irish (H)

Round 9   26-28 October   London Scottish (A) 

Round 10  21-30 December Yorkshire Carnegie (H)

Round 11   11-13 January   Coventry (A)

Round 12   18-20 January   Hartpury College (A)

Round 13   25-27 January   Richmond (H)

Round 14   8-10 February   Ealing Trailfinders (A)

Round 15   15-17 February   Nottingham (H)

Round 16   1-3 March   Jersey Reds (A)

Round 17   8-10 March   Bedford Blues (H)

Round 18   22-24 March   London Irish (A)

Round 19   29-31 March   London Scottish (H)

Round 20   12-14 April   Yorkshire Carnegie (A)

Round 21   19-21 April   Coventry (H)

Round 22   26-28 April   Cornish Pirates (H)

Championship Cup Fixtures:

Round 1   9-11 November   Coventry (H)

Round 2  16-18 November   Nottingham (A)

Round 3   23-25 November   Yorkshire Carnegie (A)

Round 4   30-2 December    Yorkshire Carnegie (H)

Round 5   7-9 December   Coventry (A)

Round 6   14-16 December   Nottingham (H)

Fixture List in Full: http://www.englandrugby.com/mm/Document/General/General/01/33/02/94/GreeneKingIPAChampionshipandChampionshipCupfixtures_Neutral.pdf

 Season Tickets can be renewed or purchased by calling 01302 831388 during office hours or email reception@castle-park.co.uk.  

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Knights End of Season Sale

Bag an end of season bargain with reduced prices in the Knights club shop until this Thursday 28th June.

There is mini junior kit as well as adult sizes available, with some junior items as low as £3!

The 2017/18 Home and Away replica shirts are reduced to just £10, Samurai Doncaster tops as low as £3 and waterproof jackets for £5.

Also available is last season’s kit with singlets, shorts, polos and chamber jackets.

The offers are only available in the Knights club shop, with limited stock, so come down and find a bargain! 

The club shop is open Mon-Fri 9am-4:45pm. 

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