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  1. Chief executive Carl Hall has been pleased with the Dons’ start to the Betfred League One season. The Dons have won two from four so far this campaign, and Hall says they have shown different sides to their game in the first few weeks of 2019. He said: “We’ve had a really tough start which is what we expected, we went to Newcastle and beat them after they brought in a lot of players. “It was a really satisfying win for everyone given the fact we were down at half-time and people were starting to write us off. “We know from the first few games that we’ve got to be better with our discipline, it gives teams an advantage on us and the boys know if they listen to the advice from Rich then they will be fine.” With some injured players set to return to the side in the coming weeks, Hall believes the Dons’ fans will see more consistency from the side going forward. He added: “We haven’t had our strongest 17 out on the field yet and have some real good quality to come back which will give us a big boost. “The boys who are out of the side are desperate to get back in, Brandan and Brad Foster aren’t far off coming back. “I’m sure Rich will be working the boys hard, because we know the Featherstone Lions game won’t be a walk in the park.” View the full article
  2. The Dons’ 1895 Cup game against West Wales Raiders will take place on Sunday May 5 at the Keepmoat Stadium, kick-off 3pm. The fixture will be the Dons’ first in the competition, which has been brought in to give the teams below Super League a better chance of reaching Wembley. The final of the competition will be played after the 2019 Challenge Cup final on August 24. Please note that fans will be located in the West Stand for this fixture, with the Belle Vue Bar open for supporters pre and post-match. View the full article
  3. The Dons’ 1895 Cup game against West Wales Raiders will take place on Sunday May 5 at the Keepmoat Stadium, kick-off 3pm. The fixture will be the Dons’ first in the competition, which has been brought in to give the teams below Super League a better chance of reaching Wembley. The final of the competition will be played as a curtain-raiser before the 2019 Challenge Cup final on August 24. Please note that fans will be located in the West Stand for this fixture, with the Belle Vue Bar open for supporters pre and post-match. View the full article
  4. Ryan Boyle says the Dons will show a response after the defeat at Whitehaven in Betfred League One. The Dons were beaten 26-8 at the Recreation Ground, and the captain says they will be working hard to fix up errors made. He said: “As a team we’re disappointed, we didn’t perform as well as we know we can and Whitehaven took full advantage of that. “When you’re giving penalties away late on in a set it makes it much harder to win the game, we couldn’t build any pressure. “We have plenty of time to fix things up with having a week without a game, that will help us to put things right.” With a two week break to follow before their next game, Boyle says the Dons need to look at reacting better when things go against them. He added: “We know they’re a good side but we can’t afford to be dropping points when the league table is so tight. “Both games we’ve lost this season we’ve shot ourselves in the foot, there are points in the game where things go against us. “Instead of reacting well we go into panic mode, and come up with errors rather than sticking to what we’re good at with the ball.” View the full article
  5. Ryan Boyle says the Dons will show a response after the defeat at Whitehaven in Betfred League One. The Dons were beaten 26-8 at the Recreation Ground, and the captain says they will be working hard to fix up errors made. He said: “As a team we’re disappointed, we didn’t perform as well as we know we can and Whitehaven took full advantage of that. “When you’re giving penalties away late on in a set it makes it much harder to win the game, we couldn’t build any pressure. “We have plenty of time to fix things up with having a week without a game, that will help us to put things right.” With a two week break to follow before their next game, Boyle says the Dons need to look at reacting better when things go against them. He added: “We know they’re a good side but we can’t afford to be dropping points when the league table is so tight. “Both games we’ve lost this season we’ve shot ourselves in the foot, there are points in the game where things go against us. “Instead of reacting well we go into panic mode, and come up with errors rather than sticking to what we’re good at with the ball.” View the full article
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    HIGHLIGHTS | Whitehaven 26 Dons 8

    The Dons were beaten 26-8 by Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground in Betfred League One. View the full article
  7. Club Doncaster Foundation chief executive Jim Lord is to leave his role in the summer of 2019. Jim was originally appointed as chief executive in August 2015, with the remit of developing and growing the organisation and enhancing the reach and reputation across key areas of work including health and wellbeing, education, physical activity and inclusion. During this time the Foundation has more than doubled in size, growing turnover from £880,000 to £2.15million and increasing the workforce from 20 to 55. During Jim’s tenure, the Foundation has established two subsidiary community interest companies: Club Doncaster Sports College and IMPACT Doncaster. Jim said: “I was appointed chief executive at the Foundation in August 2015 with a specific remit which I’m delighted to have been able to fulfil. During my time at the organisation we have developed an exceptional senior management team with a dedicated workforce that represents the group with immense pride. This has led to us now being the ‘go to’ delivery partner in Doncaster. “I leave Club Doncaster having fulfilled the original business development plan and having thoroughly enjoyed my last three years. During this time, we have rapidly expanded the charity, alleviated overall risk and enhanced funding opportunities by strategically separating the Foundation into separate community interest companies. I now look forward to helping to recruit my successor to take the Foundation to new levels.” Gavin Baldwin, chief executive of Club Doncaster, said: “On behalf of the entire group including the owners, I want to thank Jim for the immense job he has undertaken during his time at the club. The Foundation has become an integral part of the Club Doncaster Group, he has performed his role in spearheading the strategy of the organisation exceptionally well. Jim leaves us on excellent terms and will play a key role in the recruitment of his successor.” Jim is expected to step down from his role at the end of May 2019, with the recruitment for the next chief executive of Club Doncaster Foundation starting on Monday March 25. The incumbent will have significant targets to achieve for the Foundation including: * Create a Stadium of Education and further develop Club Doncaster Sports College into the largest Sports College within the region * Significantly increasing the reach and reputation of Impact Doncaster, with an ambition to be one of the largest NCS delivery partners in the country * Further expand the community provision delivered by the Foundation across schools and health and wellbeing programmes * Grow income generation for the charity with a specific focus on identifying opportunities through public sector and corporate social responsibility funds * Grow income through developing significant partnerships with the private sector Anyone with further interest in the role should email jim.lord@clubdoncasterfoundation.co.uk. Initial enquires can also be sent to kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  8. Richard Horne felt discipline let his side down in the defeat to Whitehaven in Betfred League One. The Dons lost 26-8 at the Recreation Ground, and the head coach says they need to stay focused on the task in hand. He said: “It was a frustrating afternoon for us, we didn’t complete our sets often enough but kept ourselves in the game until half-time. “A 15-7 penalty count against us tells it’s own story, we couldn’t generate any momentum once we got the ball. “I don’t think their tries were that creative, we missed tackles and allowed them to get into dangerous areas.” With conditions tough to play in up in Cumbria, Horne believes the home side adapted better on the day. He added: “They handled the conditions really well and knocked out sets, it wasn’t really a day for expansive rugby which is one of our strengths. “Our contact needs to be better so defensively we’ll work on that, the penalties given away for dissent are workable.” View the full article
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    REPORT | Whitehaven 26 Dons 8

    The Dons were beaten 26-8 by Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground in Betfred League One. Richard Horne welcomed back the likes of Hakim Miloudi, Sam Doherty and Jason Tali to the starting XIII. In a closely fought first-half, points were hard to come by as both teams traded sets as they looked to edge in front. It was the Dons who struck first with 24 minutes on the clock, Matty Beharrell broke through the line and supplied the pass to Matty Chrimes who finished well in the corner. The Dons were temporarily reduced to 12 men just before half-time, as Connor Bower was sent to the sin-bin for a late shot on Sam Forrester. Whitehaven took advantage of that with two tries in the space of seven minutes at the start of the second-half, with the first coming when Jason Mossop supported a break to cruise over. Jake Moore was the next to go over, as a kick through bounced favourably for the back-rower and he stepped his way over. Moore converted his own score for 12-4. Richard Horne’s side responded five minutes later, as Beharrell once again produced some magic and found Jason Tali who went over from close range. The home side extended their lead when powerful centre Jessie Joe Parker somehow found space down the right and danced his way over. Haven secured the win with five minutes remaining as Dion Aiye crossed, with Connor Holliday kicking a late penalty to add more gloss to the score-line. View the full article
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    REPORT | Whitehaven 26 Dons 8

    The Dons were beaten 26-8 by Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground in Betfred League One. Richard Horne welcomed back the likes of Hakim Miloudi, Sam Doherty and Jason Tali to the starting XIII. In a closely fought first-half, points were hard to come by as both teams traded sets as they looked to edge in front. It was the Dons who struck first with 24 minutes on the clock, Matty Beharrell broke through the line and supplied the pass to Matty Chrimes who finished well in the corner. The Dons were temporarily reduced to 12 men just before half-time, as Connor Bower was sent to the sin-bin for a late shot on Sam Forrester. Whitehaven took advantage of that with two tries in the space of seven minutes at the start of the second-half, with the first coming when Jason Mossop supported a break to cruise over. Jake Moore was the next to go over, as a kick through bounced favourably for the back-rower and he stepped his way over. Moore converted his own score for 12-4. Richard Horne’s side responded five minutes later, as Beharrell once again produced some magic and found Jason Tali who went over from close range. The home side extended their lead when powerful centre Jessie Joe Parker somehow found space down the right and danced his way over. Haven secured the win with five minutes remaining as Dion Aiye crossed, with Connor Holliday kicking a late penalty to add more gloss to the score-line. View the full article
  11. Matty Chrimes feels he has settled in well since joining the Dons at the start of the season. The winger has played in every game so far in 2019, and says the squad are improving on a regular basis. He said: “We’ve had a good few wins recently and found some form, so hopefully we can continue that this weekend. 'It takes most teams a few games to get into their stride, we didn’t see much of the ball in the friendlies which didn’t help. 'We’ve got some real belief in the group, we’ve shown different sides to our game to pick up results along the way.” The Dons face a trip to Whitehaven in Betfred League One this weekend, and Chrimes says an extended break between games has benefitted the side. He added: “Having a little bit longer to recover after a game means that we’ve been pushed a lot in the build-up to the game. “I’ve had a lot more game time than I thought I would get so it’s enjoyable for me, I just want to keep that going now.” View the full article
  12. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the trip to face Whitehaven in Betfred League One this weekend. Hull FC trio Hakim Miloudi, Danny Langtree and Levy Nzoungou all return, while Jason Tali is included after missing the Coral Challenge Cup victory over Coventry. See the full squad below: Stefanos Bastas, Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Matty Chrimes, Jordan Cox, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brandon Douglas, Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Kyle Kesik, Danny Langtree (D/R), Hakim Miloudi (D/R), Levy Nzoungou (D/R), Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Liam Welham. View the full article
  13. Richard Horne wants his side to start well in the game against Whitehaven this weekend. With a long trip to Cumbria to contend with, the head coach is looking for them to put points on the board in the opening stages. He said: “It’s a long trip for us to overcome this weekend, we want to make sure we start well and that will help us. “We’ve had an opportunity to get a few bumps and bruises sorted out going into the game and making sure everyone is ready to go. “The boys have looked fresh leading up to the game, they had a bit of a break which helps at any stage of the campaign.” A victory for the Dons would make it three from four in Betfred League One, and Horne believes they must handle the conditions with a smart kicking game. He added: “I’m hoping it stays dry so we can play some good rugby, but we’ll have to prepare for whatever conditions we face. “Conditions are hampering most teams at the minute, the rain and strong winds make it hard to move the ball how we want them to. “The kicking game will be very important, they have a strong middle unit so we’ll look to move them around.” View the full article
  14. The Dons' Coral Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Featherstone Lions will take place at the LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday March 31, kick-off 2pm. Richard Horne's side progressed through with a 38-16 victory over Coventry Bears in round three. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults - £10 Concessions - £5 Juniors (U16s) - Free View the full article
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