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  1. Club Doncaster Foundation have launched a new website this week devoted to delivering fresh content and activity timetables to the Doncaster community. The Foundation has grown rapidly over the past 18 months, so a new website offers the perfect opportunity to cater for participants, parents and partners in a more dynamic way. The website, designed and developed by Keane Creative offers a responsive and flexible platform for the public to easily navigate through the different activities available and the inspiring case studies that are changing the lives of the people of Doncaster. Head of Club Doncaster Foundation John Davis said: “We were delighted to secure the support from the PLCF and the EFLT to deliver this project. We’re proud of the growth we’ve seen in our organisation and this website enables us to promote our key areas of work, along with engaging with our participants. “I must also thank the team at Keane Creative, who have provided us with fantastic support in realising the vision we had for our new website. Managing director Fiona Keane added: “It is great to be able to work with Club Doncaster Foundation. Whilst it has been a reasonably straightforward brief, the desired result needs to be so much more dynamic to better reflect the true nature of the team’s personalities and vibrancy of their offer. “The team are great to work with and open to all ideas, so we are really looking forward to this site coming to life.” The build of the new website wouldn’t be possible without Club Doncaster Foundation’s key partners, especially PLCF, who have funded the project and the EFL Trust along with all other on going partners. The new website link will be announced on social media along with the official launch and testimonials over the last few months. View the full article
  2. Liam Harris says it was a proud moment to break a point-scoring record for the Dons in the 102-6 win over West Wales Raiders. Harris scored two tries and kicked 15 goals to take his overall tally to 38 points, six more than the previous record held by his Hull FC teammate Hakim Miloudi. He said: “It wasn’t something I was aware of during the game and didn’t really keep count of how many points I had but it’s nice to be in the history books. “I missed out on playing last week so it was good to be back playing with the boys, I’ve said before if I’m not playing at Hull I want to be here helping the Dons push for promotion. “You never go out thinking about records before a game, it just happened and I’m happy but the performance was the main thing for me.” Harris was involved with the Dons for the first time in over a month, and he enjoyed being back out on the field with some familiar faces. He added: “It’s different but it could be worse and I could be coming in having not played for the Dons before, I feel at home here and I know all the boys. “The dual-reg system gets a lot of stick and I’m not too sure why, it helps a lot of players and clubs get to benefit from it as well. “I’m still young but playing against teams with people older than me is what I need as the under-19s is not the same level as this.” View the full article
  3. Richard Horne praised his side’s patience after they hammered West Wales Raiders 102-6 in Betfred League One. The Dons had to wait eight minutes for their first try of the game, but then went in a further 17 times to score over 100 points for the first time in the club’s history. He said: “We spoke before the game about improving our points-difference and we’ve managed to do that significantly. “Towards the end of the season it is always going to be important so the message at half-time was to keep creating chances and make sure we were clinical with them. “We didn’t want to force things and could hit the deck and go again on the next play, we were very patient even when we were on the front foot.” With games coming up against Hunslet and Oldham, Horne was pleased to get players out on the field who needed game-time. He added: “More than anything it was making sure people spent plenty of time out there, Frankie Mariano has just come back from injury and managed a full 80 which will help him. “Selection is tough going into any game, we haven’t got a big squad but I believe there is plenty of quality and belief in there. “If we play at a quick pace then we’re hard to deal with, when you have big middles and the likes of Jez Litten coming off the bench we can cause teams problems.” View the full article
  4. Doncaster RLFC 102–6 West Wales Raiders Sunday 15th July 2018 Betfred League One LD Nutrition Stadium ATTENDANCE | 306 The Dons broke the 100-point barrier for the first time in their history as they demolished West Wales Raiders 102-6 at the LD Nutrition Stadium. It was a record breaking afternoon as Liam Harris scored 38 points which is the most by a Dons player in one game. He also converted 15 tries – also the most in the club’s history. Richard Horne made five changes to his starting line-up, as Liam Harris, Cameron Scott, Connor Scott, Frankie Mariano and Jordie Hedges all came into the XIII. Richard Owen broke the deadlock for the Dons after eight minutes, as he got on the end of a sweeping move to go over in the corner. Three tries in six first-half minutes put the Dons in complete control, as Liam Harris, Jordan Howden and Frankie Mariano all crossed to put the home side 20-0 up with 17 minutes played. Hooker Kyle Kesik went over to extend the lead before West Wales pulled a try back through stand-off Steven Parry, who exploited a gap in the defensive line to score. Normal service was resumed soon after as the Dons scored three tries in 10 minutes before half-time. Sam Doherty was the first to take advantage as he collected the ball from a scrum inside his own half and raced through to score, before Mariano had options on his outside but decided to go alone for his second. Jez Litten scored the Dons’ eighth try of an entertaining opening 40 minutes, as he supported a break from Jason Tali down the left to collect and go over under the sticks. HALF-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 42–6 West Wales Raiders The second-half started as the first finished and Litten was again the man to profit, this time getting on the end of an offload from Jordie Hedges down the middle to score. Harris went over for his second before a break from Jason Muranka found Brad England in support, and the back-rower had enough time to finish the move off without a Raiders defender in sight. Muranka made another break two minutes later, and eventually found Litten via a pass from Owen for the Hull FC man to complete his hat-trick. Litten then turned provider as his break through the line allowed Hedges to collect and go over, before centre Cameron Scott raced free down the right to breeze away from the Raiders defence and open his account for the afternoon. With just over 10 minutes left on the clock, the Dons added more gloss to the score-line as prop-forward Russ Spiers barged his way over from close range. Kesik added his second before Muranka got a try of his own as quick hands from the Dons saw the ball moved to the Serbian international, and he reached over the line to further add to the lead. Aaron Jones-Bishop raced from his own half in the final few minutes and kept his nerve under pressure from the Raiders defence to cap off an outstanding afternoon for the Dons. FULL-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 102–6 West Wales Raiders DONS XIII | Harris, Doherty, Cameron Scott, Tali, Owen, Howden, Beharrell, Spiers, Kesik, Connor Scott, England, Mariano, Hedges. Interchange: Boyle, Muranka, Jones-Bishop, Litten. DONS TRIES | Owen (8), Harris (11, 48), Howden (14), Mariano (17, 36), Kesik (25, 73), Doherty (33), Litten (38, 41, 53), England (50), Hedges (55), Cameron Scott (58), Spiers (68), Muranka (74), Jones-Bishop (78) DONS GOALS | Harris (12, 15, 26, 34, 38, 41, 48, 51, 53, 56, 59, 68, 73, 74, 78) WEST WALES XIII | Cowburn, Davies, Kislingbury, Williams, Kaye, Parry, Stroud, Elliott, Harris, Walker, Snook, McLean, Billingham. Interchange: Kelly, Higgs, Parker, Boots. WEST WALES TRIES | Parry (30) WEST WALES GOALS | Stroud (31) View the full article
  5. Richard Horne wants his players to try and make a statement in the game against West Wales Raiders this weekend. The Dons are looking to get back to winning ways after defeat at York last time out, and the head coach feels the game is a great opportunity to do just that. He said: “We’re using this as a chance to build some confidence ahead of the Hunslet game, we need to tidy up a few areas with the ball in hand. “The York game was a hard one to review as we did a lot of scrambling, we worked hard so there are just minor things to improve. “If the boys play with that sort of desire and attitude then we’ll be where we want to be at the end of the year, it’s just about finding consistency.” With games coming up against play-off contenders Hunslet and Oldham at the end of July, Horne wants his players to put themselves in the frame for those encounters. He added: “It’s hard to prepare for these games because you probably start with how you want to play and then once the gaps appear, it’s easy to be tempted to throw the ball about. “Hopefully we can control that and make sure we put in a solid performance for the full 80 minutes and get the job done. “It’s always good for players to score and we’ll be using the game to have a look at the squad and for different players to play their way into form.” Tickets for the game against West Wales Raiders are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  6. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the clash with West Wales Raiders in Betfred League One this weekend. Jordie Hedges and Charlie Martin return, while there are also places in the squad for Hull FC trio Liam Harris, Jez Litten and Cameron Scott. See the squad below: Matty Beharrell, Ryan Boyle, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Liam Harris (D/R), Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Jez Litten (D/R), Frankie Mariano, Charlie Martin, Jason Muranka, Richard Owen, Cameron Scott (D/R), Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Liam Welham. Tickets for the game against West Wales Raiders are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
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    PREVIEW | Hedges back in contention

    Jordie Hedges says the Dons players are looking forward to getting back out on the field this weekend. Hedges missed the defeat at York with a knee injury, but is back in contention for a place in the side against West Wales Raiders. He said: “We’re looking forward to getting back on the field and improving from the defeat at York last weekend. “The swelling has gone down on my knee and I’ve had a couple of training sessions now so I’m feeling good and ready to go. “The boys are positive and we know what we’re capable of as a team, we just need to put a run of wins together and push for the play-offs.” Hedges believes the Dons need to put in a complete performance, with points-difference becoming a factor in the Betfred League One play-off chase. He added: “Points-difference could play a big role in who makes the top five come the end of the season so we need to attack and defend as a team for the full 80 minutes. “We’ve got to get this game out of the way first and gain some confidence from that, and then we can look ahead to the Hunslet game. “Every time you pull on the shirt it’s about putting yourself in the manager’s thoughts for the next game so that’s something every player will be looking to do.” Tickets for the game against West Wales Raiders are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
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    PREVIEW | Sanderson keen to push on

    Jack Sanderson is learning a lot from his first season of senior rugby league as he looks to make a name for himself with the Dons. The 20-year-old has been a regular in the starting XIII this season, after joining on a season-long-loan from Super League side Hull FC. He said: “I think at the start it was a big change for me in terms of the physicality, I’ve worked on certain things to adapt the way I play. “I’d only ever played against people my age or slightly younger than me so it was a big step up, but something that I’ve really enjoyed. “With players being a lot bigger and stronger, I’ve got to find a way to handle that and I think I’ve started to do that now.” Sanderson has scored nine tries so far this season, including a four-try haul from the full-back position against Hemel Stags earlier this month. He added: “Growing up I’ve always been able to play anywhere along the back-line, I’m comfortable wherever I’m picked and it’s good to have that versatility. “Rich knows I can fill in anywhere and has the confidence that he can move me about if he needs to throughout a game. “I’ve enjoyed being at full-back in the past few games, it’s meant doing a bit more running than I do on the wing but it’s been good for me.” View the full article
  9. The Dons are planning to run a supporters coach to the home fixture against West Wales Raiders on July 15, which will be played at the LD Nutrition Stadium. The club are urging fans to contact the club as soon as possible to express their interest in travelling to Featherstone, for the fixture against West Wales Raiders. Supporters who wish to join the club on July 15 must email jane.keightley@clubdoncaster.co.uk prior to July 11 to secure their seat. View the full article
  10. The Dons are planning to run a supporters coach to the home fixture against West Wales Raiders on July 15, which will be played at the LD Nutrition Stadium. The club are urging fans to contact the club as soon as possible to express their interest in travelling to Featherstone, for the fixture against West Wales Raiders. Supporters who wish to join the club on July 15 must email jane.keightley@clubdoncaster.co.uk prior to July 11 to secure their seat. View the full article
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    NEWS | Kesik awarded testimonial

    Dons hooker Kyle Kesik has been granted a 12-month testimonial by the RFL. Kesik has been with the club since 2009, making over 200 appearances during that time, and has now been recognised for his hard work both on the pitch and throughout the community. Kesik said: “I’m delighted to be have been awarded a testimonial, it means a lot to me to have spent so many good years at this club. “It’s nice to have been recognised for the time I have spent here and I’m looking forward to playing many more games here.” Chief executive Carl Hall said: “It gives me great pleasure to see Kyle being awarded a testimonial year, I put the application together and submitted to the RFL who have approved it for him. “Kyle has been very loyal to the club since 2009 and over the years has become a real fans favourite, so I am sure everyone will all be made up for him and support all the events he has lined up. “I would like to thank him for the service he has already given and will continue to give, he wears his heart on his sleeve and gives his all for our club. I wish him all the best with his testimonial and will give him all the support he needs, well done Kyle.” View the full article
  12. The kick-off time for the Dons’ game against West Wales Raiders has been brought forward to 1pm on Sunday. The change ensures supporters can watch the FIFA World Cup final after the Dons’ Betfred League One fixture against the Raiders. The Dons are planning to run a supporters coach to the LD Nutrition Stadium, supporters who wish to join the club on July 15 must email jane.keightley@clubdoncaster.co.uk before 2pm on Wednesday July 11 to secure their seat with limited availablility. View the full article
  13. Jordan Howden believes the Dons need to be smarter in games after being beaten by York City Knights. The stand-off scored the Dons’ third try of the game, but couldn’t prevent a 31-16 defeat at Bootham Crescent. He said: “We worked hard for each other, but a few errors early on in the game cost us towards the end but I think we can be pleased with certain things. “We were up against it with 12 men but you just have to deal with those things, we lost a middle and it took a lot out of us. “Their back three are really good and I thought Ash Robson had a really good game, they’ve managed to have a consistent team out all season.” Howden played alongside new signing Matty Beharrell for the first time in the halves, and says there were early signs of a good combination forming. He added: “He’s a good player and it makes my job much easier when he’s controlling things on the other side of the field. “I thought to say we’ve only had a couple of training sessions together since he signed, we looked quite controlled during the game. “We have to be able to read each other on the field and know what’s going to happen, something so simple could turn a game on its head.” View the full article
  14. Richard Horne felt there were plenty of positives to take from the defeat against York in Betfred League One. The Dons went down 31-16 at Bootham Crescent, but the head coach was pleased with the commitment on show from his side. He said: “It was a great effort from both teams after going down to 12 men in the first five minutes, we managed to put on a good show. “It was close and at 19-16 could have gone either way, but Matty Marsh came up with a special play for them to take it away from us. “We gained a bit of momentum but an error let them back into it, they went from one end of the field to another and that hurt us.” Scrum-half Matty Beharrell created two tries on his debut for the club, and Horne was pleased with how the new recruit settled in. He added: “It was tough for him as we were a man down, but we made it simple to allow him to adjust to how we play. “Matty will get better with the way that we do things, the shapes we want from him will suit him and we went a little bit away from that. “There were a lot of positives to take from the game, we were in it for large parts and things went against us at key times.” The Dons face West Wales Raiders at LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday July 15, you can purchase tickets now from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576, or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
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    REPORT | York 31-16 Dons

    York City Knights 31-16 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 8th July 2018 Betfred League One Bootham Crescent The Dons put up a battling display but were ultimately beaten 31-16 by York at Bootham Crescent. Richard Horne made three changes to his XIII, as Sam Doherty, Matty Beharrell and Jordan Lane came into the starting line-up. Both sides were reduced to 12 men within the opening five minutes, as Russ Spiers and York’s Josh Johnson were given their marching orders after a coming together. The Dons responded emphatically and had the opening try of the game when a brilliant cut-out pass from Beharrell set Richard Owen free to score in the corner. The home side hit back four minutes later, as winger Judah Mazive collected a ball on the left and just about squeezed over in the corner. Connor Robinson converted to put York in front at 6-4. Richard Horne’s side pulled level when they chose to go for goal from a penalty just 10 metres out, and Jack Sanderson converted to make it 6-6. York were to go in at the break with a slender lead, as a converted Robinson penalty was added to when Ben Cockayne skipped across the line and fired a pass to Ash Robson who made no mistake with his finish in the corner. HALF-TIME | York City Knights 12-6 Doncaster RLFC With points hard to come by in the early stages of the second half, Robinson added a drop-goal to extend York’s lead to two scores. The Dons scored their second try as the game approached the hour-mark, when Jason Tali was able to get a clever offload away to Owen who went over to complete a double. York continued to keep the Dons at arms-length though and scored another try just three minutes later, as Hull KR man Matty Marsh twisted through a gap to score. Robinson converted to make the score 19-10 with 17 minutes left. A busy few minutes saw the Dons score another try and it was a piece of brilliance from Beharrell on debut, as he saw his reversed kick through pounced upon by Jordan Howden who raced through to score. Sanderson converted for 19-16. The home side sealed the win with two tries in the final few minutes, as Graeme Horne spotted a gap to crash over, before Cockayne scored an individual effort to add more gloss to the score-line. FULL-TIME | York City Knights 31-16 Doncaster RLFC DONS XIII | Sanderson, Doherty, Jones-Bishop, Tali, Owen, Howden, Beharrell, Boyle, Kesik, Spiers, England, Lane, Turgut. Interchange: Scott, Osborne, Mariano, Litten. DONS TRIES | Owen (5, 58), Howden (65) DONS GOALS | Sanderson (17, 65) YORK XIII | Robson, Cockayne, Batchelor, Hey, Mazive, Robinson, Marsh, Johnson, Ellis, Walne, Kelly, Scott, Spears. Interchange: Carter, Horne, Roche, Porter. YORK TRIES | Mazive (9), Robson (26), Marsh (62), Horne (77), Cockayne (79) YORK GOALS | Robinson (9, 23, 62, 77, 79) YORK DROP-GOAL | Robinson (48) View the full article