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  1. Rugby league fans can get up close and personal with the Challenge Cup trophy itself ahead of Saturday’s semi-final at the Keepmoat Stadium. The famous piece of silverware will be on show at the fan park being held outside the East Stand from 11.30am on Saturday July 29 as part of the build-up to the big match. Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC fans are welcome to join local rugby league fans to soak up the amazing big match atmosphere and really make the most of the big day. There will be food and drink available, as well as entertainment, as you get ready for the match. View the full article
  2. Dons fans wishing to travel to watch the team in Toronto can now book different packages online. The Dons face the league leaders in Canada on Saturday, September 16 and by clicking on the link below, supporters can explore the different options available to them. http://bit.ly/2vKvoXy View the full article
  3. Fans Panel Meeting Wednesday 19th July 2017 Attendees: Stewart Thompson, Phil Buxton, Barry Brown, Carl Hall, Gavin Baldwin, Mark Hughesman, Jackie Green Updates from last meeting: Re Offers for remaining games? CH/MH: The Club will be offering the three Home Super 8 games for £35 for non Season Ticket Holders and a voucher in the Season Ticket Book for Holders to bring a friend for £5. This was all agreed by members. What is happening with the Dons4Life? CH: A review of this is being made on 11th August. It will still be used to strengthen the Team but also to look at funding for a 2nd Team. This will be decided within the Forum. What is the current situation with the coaching team? CH: Sean Leaf has now joined the team but for Match Day only as Pete Green is playing. Pete will still be assisting Richard during the week. Re Mascot? CH: CH stated that at the last meeting it was a genuine question and not a statement re the Club Mascot but it seems to have been blown out of proportion. After a lengthy discussion is was suggested by GB that for next season it would be good to put the focus on developing a Junior Membership Scheme/Package, which will attract younger fans, who in turn could be asked to decide the future of our mascot. The Membership Scheme could also include help with shirt design, also hold Easter/ Christmas parties and bring greater interaction with Players Questions: BB: Could the players, at the end of the game, all come across to the fans to show their appreciation of their support and build a better relationship between supporters and players. CH: CH stated that this did happen now but they do have to be in dressing rooms for post match. BB: Which players will be retained next year? CH: Feka Paleaaesina, Sam Doherty, Kyle Kesik, Jason Tali, Tom Carr and Jordie Hedges have signed 2 year contracts so will remain here next year. BB: What is happening with Michael Worrincy? CH: An announcement will be made shortly ST: Are we making any signings for the Super 8’s CH: These will be announced by Richard Horne on ‘In the Dug Out’ this week Fans need to appreciate and understand that news like this cannot be put out before deals are made as it could lead to players being lost. Also we now have Robbie Andrews working full time for Dons as Media Assistant. BB: Asked again about news posted on the Total RFL site and not on our forum? Also there are mistakes in the stats on the Website. MH: As explained previously this is out of our control but after discussion it was agreed that Barry Brown would be notified when any news article is being posted by Robbie Andrews and Barry will transfer onto the Forum/Dons Supporters website. Certain parts of the Website is run by the RFL – any mistakes MH will contact the RFL to correct. ST: The semi finals are taking place the week after we play away at Toronto, won’t the Players be fatigued? CH: The Coach will have a plan in place. BB: Should we be targeting Schools in the area to get younger fans interested? CH: The Club Doncaster Foundation has plans in place for this. We have 150 juniors coming to one of the Play Off games. A member of the CD Foundation will be invited the next meeting to explain what is being planned. CH: The game v Whitehaven on 13th August, will be held in memory of Liam Maughan, when a collection will take place to help towards replacing his memorial. Carl Hall thanked all for their attendance and it was agreed that the night of the Meeting will be changed to Monday to make it more convenient for Fans to attend. The next meeting will be arranged and advised shortly View the full article
  4. Following the confirmation of the Dons’ Super 8s fixtures, fans can now purchase mini season tickets to ensure they get to watch all three home games for the remainder of the Kingstone Press League One campaign. The ticket is priced at £35, a saving of £10 on match day prices, for the games against Keighley Cougars, Whitehaven and Newcastle Thunder as Richard Horne’s side look to finish the season strongly going into the play-offs. Season ticket holders can also bring a friend to any of the three home games for just £5, by using voucher A in exchange for the ticket. Match day ticket prices will remain the same throughout the Super 8s. View the full article
  5. Dons chief executive Carl Hall has become the latest senior member of staff at Club Doncaster to purchase a DNA card. The card, which is now live, offers discounts at hundreds of local and national firms. These benefits include 25 per cent off travel on the East Coast with Virgin Trains, more than 50 per cent off venues such as Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures, £35 off One Call Insurance, 10 per cent discounts in the Club Doncaster Shop and regular offers on match-day hospitality. More benefits are being added all the time. Carl Hall said: “This is a great set up brought in by Club Doncaster, I would only get a £20 note out for something that can bring good benefits to me. “There are a number of great offers including reduced travel prices, discount in the club shop as well as money off at Alton Towers. “I would encourage all fans to purchase one, there are different benefits for people to take advantage of.” DNA cards are available as a standalone product for £20. Buy yours now from the Club Doncaster Box Office at the Keepmoat Stadium, by calling 01302 762576 or by going to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  6. Head coach Richard Horne appeared on this week's edition, he gave updates on the process of bringing players in to the club as well as looking ahead to the Dons Super 8s campaign in Kingstone Press League One. <p> View the full article
  7. The Dons have made a quartet of signings before the Kingstone Press League One transfer deadline to further bolster their squad ahead of the Super 8s campaign. Hull FC outside-back Nick Rawsthorne and back-rower Brandon Westerman join on loan deals until the end of the season while winger Ryan Jones has signed a on a permanent deal from Warrington Wolves. French full-back Hakim Miloudi has signed for the remainder of 2017 and will arrive at the club at the end of July after taking part in France’s World Cup training camp. Head coach Richard Horne said: “We’re pleased to get the deals done, I felt we needed strengthening and having some fresh bodies within the group will improve us massively. “Nick and Ryan coming in adds to our power and pace on the edges, it also adds another dimension to our attack as we will have more options. “Carl Hall has done a great job of getting the deals done in a professional manner, as well as ensuring we got the players we wanted for the rest of the season.” Chief executive Carl Hall said: “We’re pleased to get these boys in, they can really add to the talented squad that we already have here at the club. “Hopefully now we have a squad capable of winning as many games as possible between now and the end of the season to give us the best possible chance of getting into the play-off places. “I had to be very smart on last week’s In the Dugout, but that was because we didn’t want to alert other clubs to these players as we knew Championship sides were interested so it was important that we went under the radar, while always being confident of getting the deals done.” View the full article
  8. The Dons will face Keighley Cougars at the Keepmoat Stadium in their opening game of the Kingstone Press League One super 8s on Sunday July 30. Richard Horne’s side will then face all three Cumbrian sides throughout August, with trips to Barrow and Workington either side of a home game against Whitehaven. September starts with an away game against York City Knights, who finished level on points with the Dons in the regular season, and the 8s are rounded off by a home game against Newcastle followed by a trip to Canada to play against Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday September 16. View the full article
  9. Reece Dean was pleased with the Dons defensive performance as they limited Gloucestershire All Golds to just one try in a 42-4 victory. Dean scored two tries of his own in the second half at the Prince of Wales Stadium but was focusing more on the team’s overall display. “The first half was a bit frustrating with the weather conditions making the ball wet so we had to stick to our game plan and we proved our worth after half time,” he said. “I’m happy with the two tries but it was much more of a team effort, we were backing up well and the lads pressed home our advantage. “The main thing in the game was our defence, they couldn’t out of their own halves which shows how good a job our middles did for us.” The former Hull FC man has switched to full-back for the past few games and believes he has slotted in well at the back. “I’ve played at full-back a lot under Richard in the academy at Hull FC, so it’s a position I know well but I’m happy to play anywhere as long as I’m contributing to the team,” he added. “I have a bit more freedom to move around the field in that position, I can support play a bit more so it’s good to have that speaking role at the back. “Coming in late in the season meant that I had to work quickly on building combinations up with the other lads but I think we’ve done well.” View the full article
  10. Richard Horne was delighted that the Dons were able to keep their winning run going after a 42-4 victory against Gloucestershire All Golds at the Prince of Wales Stadium. 38 second half points sealed the victory and Horne says his side showed good character to turn their first half pressure into scores after the break. “I thought we did enough in the first half, but our skill-set probably let us down a little bit so the game could have been put to bed,” he said. “The big focus at half time was getting our communication right and I think we did that in the second half and had a strong performance. “We played on the front foot, they did a good job on us initially so we had to be patient and wait for the opportunities to come, which they did.” After the Dons finished the regular Kingstone Press League One season in fifth position, Horne believes the good run of form they have been on in recent weeks will help them going in to the 8s. “We want to take some momentum into the 8s, gaining a bit of confidence was important and we’ve got to raise the bar again now when we face the teams above us in the league,” he added. “I came in and didn’t know a couple of the lads, so it was about seeing what they bring to the table and how we can use it between now until the end of the season. “We’ve got a week off now which has probably come at a good time for us, we’ve got players who need a rest so we can charge them up and have a look at the videos and see where we can improve.” View the full article
  11. Gloucestershire All Golds 4–42 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 16th July 2017 Kingstone Press League One The Prince of Wales Stadium The Dons gave head coach Richard Horne the perfect birthday present as they comfortably beat Gloucestershire All Golds – in the final game of the regular Kingstone Press League One campaign. The visitors started off looking to press home their early pressure with both Charlie Martin and Sam Doherty going close before being denied by strong All Golds’ defence. Ryan Wright then looked to be in after a quarter of an hour after a swift passage of play involving Jamie Thackray, however the play was brought back by the referee after a forward pass in the build-up. As the rain started to fall both sides had to adapt to the conditions and it was the Dons who struck first after 26 minutes when Mark Castle collected a pass from Ryan Wright close to the line and crashed over. Jack Miller added the two for 0-6. The Dons attacked again before half time in search of extending their lead, but couldn’t take advantage with Liam Welham coming close before losing the ball just short of the line. HALF TIME | Gloucestershire All Golds 0–6 Doncaster RLFC The Dons started the second half in fine style with a try two minutes after the restart, a repeat set on the All Golds line led to Feka Paleaaesina barging his way over the line to extend the lead. Miller added the two. 0-12. A 40/20 from Miller then created good field position for the visitors, before the ball was moved out to the right where Sam Doherty was on hand to slide over. Miller made the score 0-18 with the successful touch-line conversion. Doherty was soon in for his second in a similar move, the Dons had possession close to the line before the ball was worked out the back for the winger to touch down for his seventh try in his past three games. Miller once again added the two to put the Dons in control at 0-24. The second half was completely one sided and the Dons were in again with 13 minutes left on the clock, an interception break from Hedges eventually resulted in full-back Reece Dean scoring the try close to the sticks. The Dons’ right side was proving to be a huge asset and Brad England was the next man to profit, another flowing move found the back-rower in plenty of space and he went over in style. Miller added the two to put the Dons 0-36 in front. Richard Horne’s side were keen to add more points to their tally and when Wright broke through the line he had Dean alongside him to take the score above 40 points for the second week in a row. Miller converted for 0-42. The All Golds managed to pull a try back with just five minutes left on the clock. Mo Agoro touched down in the corner in what was the home side’s only attacking play of the second half. FULL TIME | Gloucestershire All Golds 4–42 Doncaster RLFC DONS | Dean, Doherty, Welham, Jones-Bishop, Sheriff, Hedges, Miller, Aizue, Wright, Thackray, Martin, England, Green. Interchange: Paleaaesina, Kelly, Castle, Cross. DONS TRIES | Castle (26), Paleaaesina (42), Doherty (50, 53), Dean (67, 72), England (70) DONS GOALS | Miller (26, 42, 50, 53, 67, 70, 72) ALL GOLDS | Mitchell, Agoro, Kadeem, Reece, Barlow, Owens, Fallon, Walter, Parry, Elliott, Worrall, McLean, Brickhill. Interchange: Carter, Lloyd-Jones, Purslow, Jones. ALL GOLDS TRIES | Agoro (75) ALL GOLDS GOALS | None. View the full article
  12. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting XIII as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go their way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article
  13. During this week's edition, Carl Hall talks about last weekend's win over South Wales Ironmen as well as previewing this weekend's game against Gloucestershire All Golds in Kingstone Press League One. View the full article
  14. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting XIII as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go there way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article
  15. Half-back Jack Miller is enjoying being a consistent part of the Dons starting 13 as they look for a third win on the bounce when they take on Gloucestershire All Golds this weekend. Miller is in fine form himself having scored three tries in his past two games and believes a regular run of games under head coach Richard Horne has benefitted him. “I’ve been enjoying my rugby in the past few weeks, the new head coach has come in and built some confidence while creating a bit of a buzz around the place,” he said. “At the start of the year I was struggling for a regular run in the side, but now with a run of games under my belt I’m feeling good on the field. “Both for me personally and for the team, I feel as though we’re becoming more consistent every week as partnerships start to blossom.” The Dons must win against the All Golds and hope for results elsewhere to go there way if they are to finish the regular campaign in fourth spot but Miller says they are only focused on one thing. “Everyone wanted to finish in that top four and we had a chance to do it but fell short in the regular season, we need a bit of luck this weekend with other results,” he added. “We need to do our job against the All Golds and take care of ourselves, we’ll look where we’re at after the game and see where we finish. “We can’t be slipping up, if we stick to our game plan and play to our potential then we know we’ll pick up the two points.” View the full article