Family Breakfast, Hospitality and Executive Box for Red Roses fixture.

England Women will be in action once again in Doncaster this year for a Six Nations clash with Ireland on Sunday 23rd February 12.45pm kick off.

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports on the Red Roses return to Castle Park as they face the 2013 & 2015 Six Nations Champions.

Tickets for the game will be £20 for Adults & £15 for Concessions and can be purchased via the RFU website only.

You can now enjoy the game even more by booking on our family breakfast or join us in our Woodside or Clubhouse suite for an exclusive breakfast served overlooking the pitch.

                                                                   

Arms Park Suite Family Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious pre-match breakfast buffet in our Arms Park Suite from 11.15am to 12.15pm.

Scrambled Egg with Chives, Irish Sausages, Golden Hash Browns, Crisp Back Bacon, Sautéed Mushrooms and Baked Beans

Soda Bread, Fresh Chilled Orange Juice, Tea & Coffee

£14.50 per person*

*Tickets not included

Corporate Hospitality Packages

Join us for an Exclusive Breakfast Served in our Woodside or Clubhouse Suites overlooking the pitch.

Menu

Bucks Fizz on Arrival, Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg with Chives, Griddled Irish Sausage, Crisp Back Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes and Sautéed Mushrooms

Soda Bread, English Breakfast Tea, Herbal Teas or Fresh Ground Coffee

Half Time Treats –Tea, Coffee and Home Baked Cookies

Fish, Chips and a Pint Post Match (Guinness or Hop House)

Served during the England vs Ireland Men’s Guinness Six Nations Match Streamed Live from Twickenham into our Woodside and Clubhouse Suite Screens at 15.00pm.

£47.50 per person includes a match ticket (Seated in tables of 10 and 12)

Catered Executive Box for 12 Guests

Includes everything from our Corporate Hospitality Package served in the comfort of your own Executive Box with TV for a private screening of the Men’s match live from Twickenham at 15.00pm.

£700 incl VAT for 12 guests

Drinks Packages Available for All Pre-Booked Dining on Request

To book call 01302 831388 or email mcasey@castle-park.co.uk

Position Vacant: Scoreboard Operator

The Knights are in need of a match day Scoreboard Operator for the rest of this season.

Requirements are:

  • Knowledge of the Rugby Union points scoring system
  • Reasonably Computer Literate
  • Can attend all home games.
  • Your own phone/tablet to use for the game

The position is unpaid, however you would receive a free home season ticket, free parking and a free meal ticket at each Doncaster game.

If interested please email mcasey@castle-park.co.uk. 

Six Nations 2020 Tickets

The deadline is this Friday!

Current DRFC members who wish to apply for tickets to any of England’s home 2020 Six Nations please complete the form contained on the below link and return it by Friday 29th November together with your cheque for the appropriate value to the new point of contact Michael Casey on mcasey@castle-park.co.uk.

As always, the Club receives a relatively small ticket entitlement for games and should demand outstrip supply tickets will be allocated via a ballot.

The Club can also apply for an extremely finite number of away tickets, should you be interested contact Michael Casey by 5pm Monday 7th October.

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SwipeStation will be at Castle Park again this Saturday

INTRODUCING SWIPESTATION AT CASTLE PARK

Doncaster Knights are pleased to announce the launch of SwipeStation’s ‘Click & Collect’ mobile payment service, which will allow fans to order drinks from anywhere in the stadium. The service will help increase efficiency and reduce queue times on match days at Castle Park.

SwipeStation machines were in use for the first time on Saturday 31st August for the Knights fixture vs. Rams RFC and will remain for the last RFU Championship Cup game against Jersey Reds, before the league gets underway.

The machines and Fast Lane are located in the De Mulder Lloyd Stand.

The aim of the SwipeStation service is to completely remove the ordering, deliberation and payment process from the point of sale, allowing a faster and easier serve from Fast Lane staff.

Here’s the 5 easy steps to help you beat the busy bar queues:

  1. Download the SwipeStation app on Apple App Store or Google Play Store

  2. Browse the app and add your selected refreshments to basket

  3. Enter your card details to complete your order and take your phone to the nearest SwipeStation machine to scan your QR code (this is when the payment is taken, which is why you only need an internet connection to initially download the app)

  4. Wait for your printed ticket, take it to the Fast Lane nearby and hand the ticket to our friendly staff member (it is very important you don’t lose your ticket, the ticket is your proof of order!)

  5. Receive your refreshments without the hassle of the queues!

You can order refreshments and also print off your order at the SwipeStation machines at any time on match day. For example, you could order a pre-match drink on your journey to Castle Park, print it once you arrive and then redeem whenever you like! Clever SwipeStation users often print more than 1 ticket so they can head straight to the Fast Lanes at halftime and make it even speedier! It’s guaranteed smiles all round.

If you have any further questions, please see the FAQ section on the app or below, or alternatively email hello@swipestation.co.uk

SwipeStation FAQs

Will it work with my loyalty card?

Yes. There is a separate menu with loyalty card prices, to redeem simply present your loyalty card when collecting your order from the bar. After printing your ticket head to the Fast Lane to collect your refreshments – tou MUST present your loyalty card with the ticket to the Fast Lane staff member.

Failure to produce a valid loyalty will result in refused service. A SwipeStation staff member can refund the order but it will take up to 5 working days to process. So, in short, don’t attempt to order without a loyalty card!

What is SwipeStation?
– SwipeStation is a ‘Click & Collect’ service designed specifically for stadiums. It enables fans to order food and drink on their phones which they collect from a Fast Lane at the bar.

How is SwipeStation going to speed up the queues?
– It removes deliberation, ordering and payment from the service area, reducing service time.

How does it work?
– You enter your order on the SwipeStation app, which will create a unique QR code  containing your ID (encrypted) and the contents of your order.
– You scan this QR code at a SwipeStation, situated near the bar. The SwipeStation is the only public device in the stadium hardwired to the internet. It is therefore able to process your transaction swiftly and securely.
– The SwipeStation will print off a piece of paper showing your order to take to a dedicated Fast Lane and exchange for your food and drink.

Does the app require a 3G, 4G or Wifi connection?
– No. The app would work with your phone in airplane mode or 1,000 metres underground. You’ll need a connection to download the app in the first instance, but after that you do not need the internet to use it.

What do I search for in the App/Play store?
– Enter the word SwipeStation into your search bar.

I have a Windows phone. Can I download the app?
– Unfortunately you will not be able to download the app on a Windows phone.

Do I have to keep topping up my money?
– No. You add your card details once and you’re done forever. If you’ve ever used the Uber app it’s the same simple, secure process.

How secure are my financial details? Are you PCI compliant?
– Extremely secure. And Yes. Your details are not held by Swipe Station but are held by Stripe – a payment provider generally considered as “Paypal for businesses”. They have hundreds of thousands of customers including Deliveroo, Kickstarter and the British Government. For extra information about their security click here.

I have no intention of using your app as I don’t have a smartphone. Do I benefit?
Yes. As more people use the SwipeStation Fast Lane the normal queues should get shorter too. Everyone wins!

Do I have to be at the stadium to place an order?
No. You can be anywhere in the world. You just won’t process or pay for your order until you get to the stadium and swipe your phone at a SwipeStation.

Can I place multiple orders?
Absolutely. The smooth people place a few orders in advance to keep their lives even smoother.

What if I want to change my order?
You can muck about with your order as much as you like. Edit it. Delete it. It doesn’t matter. You don’t pay for it until you scan.

I’m under 18. Can I use the service to buy alcohol?
Nice try. No. The bar staff will still ID you – just like before. If you look under 21 have your ID ready. You do not want to be the person who holds up the Fast Lane.

What if I lose my voucher?
Don’t lose your voucher! It’s basically a beer voucher / money. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

When does my order get placed?
When you scan your phone at the SwipeStation.

What if there’s a queue at the SwipeStation?
The process is almost instant and if it is popular enough to create queues we will simply install more SwipeStations.

I want to be in the top 5% smartest people in the stadium. How do I achieve that?
The smart people print off their half-time drinks vouchers before half-time and put the voucher in their pocket. That way they can go straight to the bar at half time.

Can I get a receipt?
A digital receipt is stored forever on the app. These are easy to print by taking a screengrab.

What if I want a refund?
Visit the FAQs on the app. They will guide you through the process.

 

Knights secure Packman until the end of the season

The club are delighted to announce that Howard Packman has joined until the end of the season.

The winger arrives from New Zealand side North Otago, where he scored four tries in his opening five games to help the outfit to the Mitre 10 Heartland Rugby Championship final, which the side won with Howard scoring in the final.

Howard also had stints at fellow Championship sides, Ealing Trailfinders, Bedford Blues and London Scottish, scoring six tries during his one season spell at Goldington Road.

The 24-year-old started his career at Northampton Saints, where he made his debut aged 18 in the LV cup back in 2013, before leaving for Birmingham Moseley.

Gifted with a quick-feet and good turn of pace, he can play at either wing, full-back or centre and won the World Cup with England U20s in 2014.

Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths was delighted to sign the utility back for the 2019/20 campaign.

“Howard is well known to supporters of the Championship, fans will be able to remember him with gritted teeth playing for Ealing at Castle Park last season as he found some spaces in our defence on that day.

He brings a wealth of experience in the Championship and has a versatility that we need and can play at wing, full-back or centre with equal affect. Howard will add to an already talented back line.”

Howard was pleased to sign for the Knights as he aims to add further competition to the squad.

“I’m happy to have signed for Donny. I’ve had a couple of stop start years & I’ve managed to put that behind me with North Otago.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to come back to England & get stuck in. Clive has recruited well and the team is looking very strong and I’m sure we will be challenging towards the end of the season. Hopefully I can add to that now and bring my experiences from NZ these past 6 months.”

First KORT lunch on the 2nd November

The Knights of The Roundy Tables were not idle during the summer break from Castle Park and now have three pre-match meals coming this season.

They have crusaded to countries far and wide to spread the word of Doncaster Knights. Some travelled to the Maltese islands to learn more about the Knights of St John and their influence on the Mediterranean.

They have met on pastures green challenging each other to hit a small spherical object into a very small hole, and whist doing so have discussed a programme suitable for any Doncaster supporter to attend.

This programme is as follows, and will be a pre-match lunch in the Woodside suite:-

2nd November 2019                        Knights  v  Bedford

18th January 2020                            Knights  v  Nottingham

14th March 2020                              Knights  v  Coventry

 

The KORT pledges to entertain the guests that attend these lunches with poetry, song and humour, whilst at the same time raising money for sponsorship and charity.

Last season the KORT sponsored Richard List and gave £300 to the charity Firefly.

Put these dates in your diary now such that you will have no regrets when the day has passed and you missed it.

To book on the pre-match meal simply call 01302 831388!

Clinical Pirates Conquer Castle Park

Match sponsored by Blacksmiths at Clayworth 

The Knights were left to rue their mistakes after being defeated 25-44 by a clinical Cornish Pirates side at Castle Park this afternoon.

Doncaster had the lead after just five minutes, but never really looked like claiming the victory from a strong Pirates’ performance, with the visitors scoring five tries to Doncaster’s three.

It was the away side that put the first points on the board with a penalty within the first minute from Javier Rojas Alvarez. That early lead for the visitors was soon squashed when Kyle Evans made a superb break away into the opposition 22 and offloaded to Johnny McPhillips to dot down from close range. Olver missed the conversion, but the Knights had earned a 5-3 lead after four minutes.

It took just another five minutes though for the visitors to take that advantage back as Argentinean International Alvarez dotted down, before adding the extras as well.

The game became an end to end affair as both sides looked like they could score in each attack. However, it was the side from Penzance that extended their lead through Nicolas De Battista, after a good break from the lively Callum Patterson. Alvarez converting again for a 5-17 lead to the visitors.

Doncaster were straight back on the attack though and hit back with an instant reply. A good break from Tom James allowed Pete Lucock space to find Tyson Lewis on the left wing, who burst away to dot down for his second try of the season. Olver slotting home the conversion to make the score line 12-17 to the Pirates.

That respite was short lived though when O’Meara broke clear, not for the first time this afternoon, and after a couple of phases in the Donny 22, it was captain Brett Beukeboom that drove over from close range.

Cornish Pirates started after the interval just as they did in the first half with an increased intent and tempo to their play. Although Marlen Walker and Ben Hunter were shown a yellow card within the space of three minutes, it was Alex O’Meara that extended the lead for the visitors as the winger reacted the fastest to a grubber kick from Alvarez, with the fly-half converting as well.

Another yellow card was shown, this time for Maliq Holden, which allowed Olver to hit back with a penalty, before Doncaster made their man advantage count as replacement George Edgson barged over from a driving maul. Olver adding the extras to make the score line 25-31 to the visitors.

Yet another two penalties went the away side’s way with Alvarez easily slotted both away.

Doncaster had a chance to secure at least a bonus point with a fourth try when replacement Cameron Cowell broke away into the 22, he offloaded to Lewis, but the winger was dragged into touch by Holden in the 76th minute.

The Pirates sealed the victory in the dying embers when Patterson found a gap inside the 22 to dot down under the posts. Alvarez converting for the fifth time to end the game 25-44 to the visitors.

Knights XV: 15. Johnny McPhillips(62’Cowell) 14. Kyle Evans 13. Pete Lucock 12. Charlie Foley(69’Hayes) 11. Tyson Lewis 10. Sam Olver 9. Tom James(73’Cullen) 1. Robin Hislop(64’Thomas) 2. Ben Hunter(52’Edgson) 3. Colin Quigley(62’Foster) 4. Tom Hicks 5. Matt Smith(44’Calladine) 6. Morgan Eames 7. Michael Hills © 8. Ollie Stedman(60’Sproston)

Replacements: 16. George Edgson 17. Marc Thomas 18. Andrew Foster 19. Tom Calladine 20. Joe Sproston 21. Reiss Cullen 22. Cameron Cowell 23. Lloyd Hayes

Tries: McPhillips, Lewis, Edgson

Conversions: Olver 2

Penalties: Olver 2

Yellow card: Hunter

Cornish Pirates XV: 15. AJ Cant 14. Alex O’Meara 13. Callum Patterson 12. Nicolas De Battista 11. Maliq Holden 10. Javier Rojas Alvarez 9. Alex Schwarz 1. Marlen Walker 2. Tom Cowan-Dickie 3. Jay Tyack 4. Danny Cutmore 5. Brett Beukeboom © 6. Fa’atiga Lemalu 7. John Stevens 8. Will Wilson

Replacements: 16. Tom Channon 17. Jack Andrew 18. Craig Mitchell 19. Matt Bolwell 20. James McRae 21. Rhodri Davies 22. Will Cargill 23. Robin Wedlake

Tries: Alvarez, De Battista, Beukeboom, O’Meara, Patterson

Conversions: Alvarez 5

Penalties: Alvarez 3

Yellow card: Walker, Holden

Knights Make Five Changes for Pirates Clash

The Knights have made five changes for the Championship clash with Cornish Pirates tomorrow afternoon at Castle Park.

Both sides enter the game on the back of winning their opening Championship fixture. Doncaster battled to an 8-20 victory over Hartpury, while the Pirates produced a sensational result against Ealing, as they won 30-10.

It is not pretty reading when looking at the previous meetings between to the sides in recent years, with the Pirates having won the previous seven meetings; three of which have come at Castle Park.

The last time the Knights secured a victory over the Penzance based side was in 2016, however Donny did win five out of six games between the teams from 2014 to February 2016.

Overall, the visitors lead the way with eight wins to Doncaster’s five.

On the injury front, Rory Pitman is the latest Knight to take a place on the sidelines, with the forward injuring his ribs in the win over Hartpury.

Returning to the fold are Tom Calladine, Cameron Cowell and Tom Hicks, who are all declared fit and make their way into the squad, while Ollie Stedman returns from his ban. Unfortunately, Matt Challinor misses out after receiving a five-week citing ban.

Tyson Lewis swaps for Curtis Wilson in the starting side with Morgan Eames taking the number six jersey from George Edgson for the Pirates clash. The other change to the side that started the game against Hartpury is Charlie Foley replaces Lloyd Hayes at inside centre.

Knights XV: 15. Johnny McPhillips  14. Kyle Evans 13. Pete Lucock 12. Charlie Foley 11. Tyson Lewis 10. Sam Olver 9. Tom James 1. Robin Hislop 2. Ben Hunter 3. Colin Quigley 4. Tom Hicks 5. Matt Smith 6. Morgan Eames 7. Michael Hills 8. Ollie Stedman

Replacements: 16. George Edgson 17. Marc Thomas 18. Andrew Foster 19. Tom Calladine 20. Joe Sproston 21. Reiss Cullen 22. Cameron Cowell 23. Lloyd Hayes

DKTV | Steve Boden ready for Cornish challenge

Steve Boden is looking forward to the challenge the Knights will face on Saturday against Cornish Pirates.

“We have got to be confident that we can perform and if we perform well, hopefully the results will come off the back of that.

We know it is going to be a challenge, they are a good side with good players and recruited well over the summer and have good coaches as well. We know it is going to be a tough ask to get a result against them, we just have to concentrate on ourselves and what we can do better and hopefully that’ll be enough for us.”

The Assistant Coach was pleased with the defensive display against Hartpury, but saw room for improvements ahead of the second league game of the season.

“It is something we work hard on, our defensive shape was ok, but we are just doing far too much of it at the moment because we couldn’t keep the ball.

As a test for our defensive at the weekend, we stood up to it well.”

Academy Focus | Seth Adams aiming for BUCS League title this season

The Academy side were defeated in their opening game of the season after being promoted after an independent assessment at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Academy fly-half Seth saw the game as a marker of the level the side need to play at to earn a win, but saw plenty of positives in the 31-19 loss.

“There were parts where we were very good and played well, but there was other times that were frustrating and we could’ve executed better and made more of opportunities, we know we have the ability to play better, which was the most frustrating thing about the defeat.

It was definitely an eye-opener, sometimes you learn more from a defeat and we certainly did from the game against Liverpool, there are plenty of improvements to work on.”

The Doncaster College student is still keen to try win the league with the result not waving his ambitions for the BUCS Northern 1A title.

“We want to win the league of course, we aim to play good rugby and achieve what we practice in training and put the structures in place into the games.”

Seth made two appearances for the Doncaster first team during the 2018/19 pre-season as well as coming on as a replacement in the RFU Championship cup against Yorkshire Carnegie, an achievement he wants to experience again.

“I want to try and get more game time with the Knights, if I keep playing well then hopefully things will take care of themselves.”

The Academy are next in action on Wednesday 23rd October at Castle Park against Birmingham (6.30 KO) in a cup fixture, while there game with Keele University was postponed yesterday.