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    REACTION | Martin praises character

    Charlie Martin believes the Dons have shown great character to win nine games in a row in Betfred League One. The back-rower scored in the 36-12 victory at North Wales Crusaders, and says they worked hard to get the two points. He said: “We made it tough for ourselves in the first-half, credit to North Wales as they gave us a really tough game. “We worked hard for the win and thankfully got the two points, third place is what we wanted and we’ve secured that now. “We need to keep the momentum we’ve built up, we’re pretty excited and the boys are all turning up for each other in every game.” With a place in the play-offs now confirmed, Martin says the Dons have what it takes to push for promotion. He added: “At this stage of the season every game is a must win, everyone thrives off the confidence in the camp and we have a consistent team on the pitch. “Confidence is one thing but we’ve shown a lot of character as well, we’ve done it tough at times this year which says a lot about the group. “To come back from eighth stage at one stage to finishing in third shows the corner we turned, we’ve added some leadership into the group which has been key.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, you can purchase them from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  2. Richard Horne felt his side did enough to get the job done after beating North Wales Crusaders 36-12 at Queensway Stadium. The victory secured a third-placed finish in Betfred League One, which also guarantees Horne’s side a home tie in the play-off semi-finals. He said: “It’s great that we’ve managed to secured third with one game to go, it takes the pressure of us ahead of the final league game. “Everyone can see how well we play down at the Keepmoat so it was a big target for us to secure the home tie as early as possible. “The pressure is off us now and we can enjoy the last league game, we will enjoy it and make sure we’re ready for the play-offs. Horne rested the likes of Brad England and Matty Beharrell for the game in Wrexham, and he was pleased with the performances of the players that came in to the side. He added: “We looked comfortable once we got our first couple of tries, the try from Rich Owen just before half-time game us some breathing space. “We wanted to rest a couple of boys, they were both a bit sore and I thought I could give them a break and a weekend off. “At times we could have done with them to give us that cutting edge, but they’ll be back in contention for the Workington game.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, you can purchase them from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  3. North Wales Crusaders 12–36 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 16th September 2018 Betfred League One Queensway Stadium ATTENDANCE | 296 The Dons extended their winning streak in Betfred League One to nine games with a 36–12 victory at North Wales Crusaders. Richard Horne made four changes to his starting XIII, as Aaron Jones-Bishop, Connor Bower, Jordie Hedges and Charlie Martin all came into the line-up. After a close opening to the game, the Dons took the lead after 16 minutes. A 40/20 from Richard Owen put them in a great position, before his pass found Russ Spiers close to the line who barged his way over. Hedges converted for 6-0. North Wales responded well and had their first try six minutes later, as the ball was worked out to the left where Aled Davies had enough space to cross in the corner. Tommy Johnson converted to level the scores. Richard Horne’s side regained the lead on the half-hour mark, as Jones-Bishop got a nice offload away for Tali to power his way over. They went over again three minutes before the break, as Kieran Cross raced clear and provided Owen with the pass to score. Hedges converted for 16-6. HALF-TIME | North Wales Crusaders 6–16 Doncaster RLFC The Dons extended their lead within five minutes of the restart, as Jones-Bishop collected the ball close to his own line and had the speed to go the length of the field to score. Hedges added the two. Points proved hard to come by in the second period, with both sides losing possession after getting into good areas. The Dons did manage to extend their lead though with 15 minutes remaining, as Sam Doherty collected the ball down the right and cruised over. Crusaders pulled a try back two minutes later, as back-rower Jack Houghton was afforded time and space to score under the posts. Johnson added the two for 26-12. The Dons got their sixth try as the game entered its final stages, and Tali was the man to profit as he once again touched down after having too much power for the Crusaders defence. They added more gloss to the score-line in the final minute, as Charlie Martin got on the end of a pass from Kyle Kesik to dive over. FULL-TIME | North Wales Crusaders 12–36 Doncaster RLFC DONS XIII | Owen, Jones-Bishop, Bower, Tali, Doherty, Howden, Hedges, Boyle, Kesik, Spiers, Mariano, Martin, Muranka. Interchange: Osborne, Scott, Cross, Sanderson. DONS TRIES | Spiers (16), Tali (30, 72), Owen (37), Jones-Bishop (45), Doherty (65), Martin (79) DONS GOALS | Hedges (16, 37, 45), Sanderson (79) NORTH WALES XIII | Johnson, Davies, Hurst, Trumper, Knox, Smith, Ashall, Walker, Hudson, Thompson, Houghton, Atherton, Wild. Interchange: Moore, Norman, Brennan, Bate. NORTH WALES TRIES | Davies (22), Houghton (67) NORTH WALES GOALS | Johnson (22, 67) View the full article
  4. Richard Horne says the Dons won’t be taking North Wales Crusaders lightly in Betfred League One this weekend. Horne’s side won the reverse fixture 28-20 at the Keepmoat Stadium, in a game closer than many predicted. He said: “They are a very big side, they have some good line speed and caught us out a little bit so we have to be wise to that. “We have the journey to overcome and the expectation of us winning the game, it’s going to be very physical but we’ll be ready for that. “Last week was about the two points but I want to really focus on the performance in the game against North Wales.” A win for the Dons would seal a club record ninth successive win, as well as all but securing a third place finish in the regular season. He added: “We’ve spoken about it all week and we want to make sure we keep our momentum going, everyone is preparing well and ready to play. “We’ve broken a few records this year which has been pleasing, to finish where we are from where we were a couple of months back means we have to be happy. “We had a little sticky patch midway through the season but to get ourselves back into the groove shows how hard the boys have worked.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  5. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the game against North Wales Crusaders in Betfred League One this weekend. Ross Osborne and Charlie Martin return in place of Karim Madani and Matty Beharrell. See the full squad below: Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Jack Logan (Loan), Frankie Mariano, Charlie Martin, Jason Muranka, Ross Osborne, Richard Owen, Jack Sanderson (Loan), Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
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    NEWS | 2019 structure change

    The Betfred Championship structure will expand to a 14-team competition in 2019 with all teams playing each other once home and away, plus the Summer Bash, ending with a play-off series for the top five teams with the winner promoted to Super League, and relegation for the bottom two clubs. To get to a 14 team Betfred Championship at the end of this current season two teams from Betfred League 1 will be promoted. As has always been planned this season, the team finishing top of League 1 will be automatically promoted. Teams 2 to 5 will then play semi-finals with the winners of the promotional final being promoted. The final place in the Betfred Championship for 2019 will be decided by a play-off final between the team that finishes bottom of the Championship Shield and the loser of the promotional final. Betfred League 1 will consist of 12 teams playing each other home and away with the top team automatically promoted. Teams 2-6 will play-off to decide the second team to be promoted. The revisions follow substantial discussions within all levels of the professional game, led by the Rugby Football League. Ralph Rimmer, chief executive of the Rugby Football League said: “As we have seen this season, the Betfred Championship and League 1 are strong, vibrant and highly entertaining competitions. "We want to see both competitions continue to appeal to Rugby League fans and attract new ones. We have secured guaranteed promotion and relegation to Super League. It is vital that aspiring clubs, players, owners and fans can see their path to the top. "We want to ramp up how we build value in Championship and League 1. This means more marketing and promotion including major focus games; streaming more games as part of a wider digital strategy – already underway with the streaming of Betfred League 1 games exclusively to Our League members; and working with broadcasters to bring these competitions to a wider audience. It also means focusing the investment where it delivers the greatest return for the sport. "We need to now draw a line under the last period and focus on this together as we head to a home World Cup in 2021 and all the opportunity this brings to our clubs and communities.” View the full article
  7. Kieran Cross says it has been good to get some game time under his belt after almost three months out through injury. The hooker featured in the win against Keighley Cougars last weekend, and was pleased to be back involved with his teammates. He said: “It was a long time out and i was itching to get back, so it was a great feeling to finally get back out there with the lads. “I don’t think we struggled at all, we looked comfortable all the way through even with 12 men so we’ve got to be happy with that. “We still scored points and continued to play our rugby, we didn’t just sit back and allow Keighley to come at us.” Cross recently signed a new one-year deal at the club, and is now targeting more game time as the Dons look to secure third place against North Wales Crusaders in Betfred League One this weekend. He added: “I want to stamp my authority and show Rich that I’m fit and ready to play every week, that’s my main aim now. “We take each game as it comes along, we’re still concentrating on securing third place and looking to get the job done. “We can’t control anything apart from what we do, whatever happens will happen and we’ve got to take care of ourselves.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  8. The Dons’ final two games of the Betfred League One season will be streamed live on the Our League app. The trip to North Wales Crusaders and clash with Workington Town will both be available for fans unable to attend each fixture. After eight wins in a row in Betfred League One, Richard Horne’s side will be looking to consolidate third place with back-to-back wins to finish the regular season. Fans can sign up at http://bit.ly/2OmABOU View the full article
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    NEWS | End of Season Awards

    The Dons End of Season Awards night will be held after the final game of the regular season against Workington Town on Sunday September 23. The event will take place in the legend’s club, please note the restaurant will only be accessible post-match to those who have purchased tickets for the awards night in advance. Tickets are priced at £10 for all fans, which includes pie and peas which will be served in-between awards. For more information or to book your ticket, please contact jane.keightley@clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  10. A rare opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join the team, and coordinate the media and communications elements of the work of the Club Doncaster Foundation. The successful applicant will play a key role in ensuring the excellent community based work carried out by the foundation is promoted via all sectors of the media. We are an organisation that thrives on new ways of working and engaging all audiences. The Media and Communications Coordinator will play a key role in the promotion of our ideas, and ensure that we are reaching all audiences with our work. The successful applicant will be required to provide support across all departments of the Club Doncaster Foundation, and help to ensure that our content is engaging, specific, and shown across all media channels. This position will allow us to continue to deliver high quality projects across Doncaster and support the continued growth of the foundation and all participants, by providing all persons the opportunity to become more aware of what we do here at the Foundation. The successful applicant ideally should have previous experience and knowledge of all media platforms, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, and be comfortable at expressing and putting into practice new ideas and suggestions to engage all audiences locally and nationally. Main duties will include: - Coordinate, capture and promote engaging content that either promotes the great work of the Foundation in the community or recruits participants to new opportunities. -Oversee all social media channels for the Foundation. - Create engaging content, across our platforms for our target audiences. - Hold lead responsibility for the Club Doncaster Foundation website, ensuring all areas of work are promoted accordingly. - Produce and distribute regular newsletters or partner updates across our networks. - Coordination and promotion of our DRFC Doncaster RLFC player visits. - Create and submit content to the club for our regular match day programmes. - Work towards the organisations aims and objectives, as outlined in the strategic plan. Please be aware that a criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out on the successful applicant prior to any offer of employment, in line with Club Doncaster’s Safeguarding culture and procedures. Club Doncaster is also committed to ensuring to the highest standards of Safeguarding, we are an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter to: Kirsty Cavanagh HR Manager kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk Kirsty Cavanagh Keepmoat Stadium Stadium Way Doncaster DN4 5JW Closing date Tuesday 2nd October 2018 View the full article
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    VACANCY |

    A rare opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join the team, and coordinate the media and communications elements of the work of the Club Doncaster Foundation. The successful applicant will play a key role in ensuring the excellent community based work carried out by the foundation is promoted via all sectors of the media. We are an organisation that thrives on new ways of working and engaging all audiences. The Media and Communications Coordinator will play a key role in the promotion of our ideas, and ensure that we are reaching all audiences with our work. The successful applicant will be required to provide support across all departments of the Club Doncaster Foundation, and help to ensure that our content is engaging, specific, and shown across all media channels. This position will allow us to continue to deliver high quality projects across Doncaster and support the continued growth of the foundation and all participants, by providing all persons the opportunity to become more aware of what we do here at the Foundation. The successful applicant ideally should have previous experience and knowledge of all media platforms, either in a paid or voluntary capacity, and be comfortable at expressing and putting into practice new ideas and suggestions to engage all audiences locally and nationally. Main duties will include: - Coordinate, capture and promote engaging content that either promotes the great work of the Foundation in the community or recruits participants to new opportunities. -Oversee all social media channels for the Foundation. - Create engaging content, across our platforms for our target audiences. - Hold lead responsibility for the Club Doncaster Foundation website, ensuring all areas of work are promoted accordingly. - Produce and distribute regular newsletters or partner updates across our networks. - Coordination and promotion of our DRFC Doncaster RLFC player visits. - Create and submit content to the club for our regular match day programmes. - Work towards the organisations aims and objectives, as outlined in the strategic plan. Please be aware that a criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out on the successful applicant prior to any offer of employment, in line with Club Doncaster’s Safeguarding culture and procedures. Club Doncaster is also committed to ensuring to the highest standards of Safeguarding, we are an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter to: Kirsty Cavanagh HR Manager kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk Kirsty Cavanagh Keepmoat Stadium Stadium Way Doncaster DN4 5JW Closing date Tuesday 2nd October 2018 View the full article
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    NEWS | Dons visit Flipout

    The Dons squad took time out of their training schedule on Tuesday to make a trip to Flipout Doncaster for a team bonding exercise. The players and head coach Richard Horne enjoyed a 90 minute session at the indoor circuit, involving a number of different activities. Horne said: “It was good for the boys to do something a little bit different, it got them working together which helps with communication. “It was a good laugh and very competitive, they’re a confident group at the minute and you could see how close they are as a unit. “I’d like to thank Flipout for allowing us to come down and see the facilities, it’s something we’d look to do again in the future.” View the full article
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    NEWS | Spiers agrees new Dons deal

    Prop forward Russ Spiers has signed a new one-year deal with the Dons for the 2019 season. Spiers has been in great form this season, scoring six tries in 23 appearances in all competitions so far. The deal will take the 27-year-old into his third season of his second spell with the Dons, after re-signing from York at the start of 2017. Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  14. The Dons’ final two games of the Betfred League One season will be streamed live on the Our League app. The trip to North Wales Crusaders and clash with Workington Town will both be available for fans unable to attend each fixture. After eight wins in a row in Betfred League One, Richard Horne’s side will be looking to consolidate third place with back-to-back wins to finish the regular season. Fans can sign up at https://membership.rugby-league.com/ View the full article
  15. Russ Spiers felt the Dons showed their class in the 50-6 win over Keighley Cougars in Betfred League One. Spiers scored two tries in the victory at Cougar Park, and was pleased with the team’s display. He said: “It was a good win for us, the game got a bit scrappy and we could have probably put more points on the board. “It’s a rare occasion that I manage to get over the line but it felt good, it was from good play which created space for me. “It makes it much harder being a man down and gives them an advantage, Keighley are a good team and can punish you.” The win helped put the Dons two points clear in the race for third place, and Spiers says that was spoken about before the game. He added: “Everyone knew before the game that Newcastle beat Workington so there was a big incentive for us to get the job done. “All we have to do is keep winning and putting the pressure on and we’ll guarantee ourselves that third spot. “The changing room is buzzing, the staff and everybody at the club are on a high and we have nothing to fear as we can beat anyone in this league.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article