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  1. Doncaster RLFC 22 Sheffield Eagles 18 Keepmoat Stadium Pre-season friendly. The Dons made a great start to pre-season and regained the South Yorkshire Cup in the process as they beat Sheffield Eagles 22-18. Head coach Gary Thornton handed eight new recruits their debuts, with two of those managing to get on the scoresheet. The Eagles should have taken the lead early on when Garry Lo crossed the try-line but failed to ground the ball, with the referee deeming the winger had knocked on.He made up for that a few moments later when a flowing move led to Ben Blackmore supplying the pass out to the left and Lo made no mistake with his second opportunity. Sheffield thought they were in for another try with a quarter of the game gone, the ball was thrown out to Ryan Millar in aches of space, he finished the move off but the final pass was ruled to be forward. The Dons got their first try of the afternoon just before the interval. Former Eagle Corey Hanson made a strong run before reaching out and scoring the four-pointer. Kieran Cross successfully kicked the conversion to put the home side in front. HALF-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 6-4 Sheffield Eagles. Thornton’s side started off the second period in fine style as quick hands in the build-up led to Liam Welham finding Sam Doherty and the centre powered over for the Dons second try. Jordan Howden took over the goal-kicking duty but could not add the two from out wide. The home side were in for another try soon after. Richie Barnett, making his first appearance since joining the club from Hunslet, did well to keep the ball alive and squeezed his way over close to a corner post. Howden’s conversion was inch perfect to increase the lead to 16-4. The Dons were piling the pressure on at this stage and Cross was the next to go over. The hooker made a weaving run before finding enough space to score the try, with Tom Carr adding another two points from the conversion. Sheffield managed to grab their second try when Menzie Yere raced down the left and timed his pass to perfection which meant that Lo had the simplest of tasks in securing a personal double. Mark Aston’s men made it an eight point ball game as the game approached the last few minutes. Yere had too much strength for the Dons defence and slid over for the try. Simon Brown kicked the Eagles’ first successful conversion of the game to make it 22-14. Will Hope was the next Sheffield player to cross the whitewash - the loose-forward spotted a gap in the defensive line and raced through to close the score to 22-18. That was the final action of a closely fought local derby, with the Dons picking up their first win of 2017 against a resolute Sheffield side. FULL-TIME | Doncaster RLFC 22-18 Sheffield Eagles. DONS TRIES | Hanson (39), Doherty (43), Barnett (49), Cross (62). GOALS | Cross x1, Howden x1, Carr x1.EAGLES TRIES | Lo (6, 67), Yere (74), Hope (79). GOALS | Brown x1. DONS | Sheriff, Jones-Bishop, Doherty, Heil, Barnett, Howden, Miller, Scott, Kesik, Spiers, Martin, Muranka, Thackray. INTERCHANGE | Cross, Paleaaesina, Tali, Wright, Braham, Carr, Hanson, Welham.EAGLES | Blackmore, Lo, Yere, Thompson, Millar, Brown, Minchella, Wheeldon, Fozzard, Mexico, James, Straugheir, Hope. INTERCHANGE | Burns, Scott, Kelly, Trout, Whiteley, Foster. View the full article
  2. Dons head coach Gary Thornton had some positive news on the injury front ahead of the friendly against Sheffield Eagles. Mark Aston brings his side to the Keepmoat Stadium for the first of three pre-season home games before the Kingstone Press League One season gets underway on March 5. Half back Jordan Howden is set to play some part after getting the all clear to return to competitive action following a hip problem which hampered him for much of last season. “As long as we manage the situation well, the specialist told us he will be able to contribute this season,” said Thornton. “He will probably need surgery in the next close season, but I think the lad is just happy to know what the problem is now and focus on playing.” Whilst there was another boost for Thornton with the news that full back Tom Carr is available once again, it was slightly soured by the fact that Howden’s half back partner Jordie Hedges will sit the game out. Hedges joins team-mates Mark Castle and Makali Aizue on the side-lines, but Thornton is confident those players won’t be far off once the season gets underway. “Jordie is suffering with tendonitis in his knee so we’re probably looking at another couple of weeks with that one,” he added. “Makali Aizue is still working his way back after knee surgery at the end of last season, as is the case with Mark Castle who took a knock to his knee in training. “The situation is the same with those two, I’m hoping within the next two weeks we will see them back in the frame.” View the full article
  3. Makali Aizue will remain the Dons for the 2017 season. The experienced prop moved to the Keepmoat Stadium for the 2016 campaign, and Dons coach Gary Thornton hailed his impact. He said: “Makali was a huge influence on our young squad both on and off the field last season. His experience was of huge benefit to our young front rowers the likes of Connor and Zac. “He had some injury problems last season which limited his game time somewhat, but that has now been resolved through surgery and he is busting a gut to get fit and back out there. “I'm delighted he has decided to return for another year with us, and will give us that much needed steel and toughness in the middle unit. He's added to an already formidable pack.” The RFL have awarded Aizue a 12-month testimonial in recognition of his impact on the game. He has also played for Hull Kingston Rovers, Halifax and Dewsbury Rams. Dons CEO Carl Hall added: “To have come over from Papau New Guinea would of been a big culture shock for Makali, but to go on and play more than 300 games in the position he plays and the way he plays is a credit to him. “I hope everyone supports his testimonial he's a great character who is loved by all the supporters of all the clubs he has played for, he deserves everything he gets." View the full article
  4. Dons chief executive Carl Hall answers questions from supporters in his regular update. In this week's edition he talks about our dual-registration partnership with Hull FC, as well as our up-coming friendly with Sheffield Eagles. View the full article
  5. Dons chief executive Carl Hall answers questions from supporters in his regular update. In this week's edition he talks about our dual-registration partnership with Hull FC, as well as our up-coming friendly with Sheffield Eagles. View the full article
  6. The Eagles will visit the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday January 22 – kick off 3pm. Dons chief executive Carl Hall said “I cannot wait for this clash, it will be great test for the boys following the tough pre-season regime. “The players are up for the challenge and will give it their all to try to bring the South Yorkshire Cup back to Doncaster. We are very hopeful for the new season and what a terrific game for new and existing fans to unite and back the Dons.” Tickets for this game are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office in person, by calling 01302 762 576 or going to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. Prices for this fixture are: Adults - £10 Over 60’s - £8 17-21 years - £8 5-16 years - £2 Under 5’s – Free To purchase your ticket for the Dons vs the Eagles now click Here. ** Season ticket holders can get all three of the Dons pre-season fixtures for the price of two. Click Here ** Season tickets are also available for more information click Here. View the full article
  7. Dons chief executive Carl Hall answers questions from supporters in his regular update. View the full article
  8. Season tickets from only £150 for adults and £120 for seniors. Have you bought your season ticket yet for what promises to be an exciting campaign? Dons season tickets are available for only: Adult - £150 Senior (60+) - £120 17 – 21 years - £120 5-16 years - £10 Under 5’s – Free This works out at only £12.50 per game (litterally two games free). So join the blue and yellow army and purchase your own Dons season ticket, visit the Club Doncaster Box Office or call 01302 762 576. To buy now click Here. View the full article
  9. Season tickets from only £150 for adults and £120 for seniors. Watch all eight of the Dons League 1 fixtures from only £18.75 per game. Prices for the Dons season tickets are: Adult - £150 Senior (60+) - £120 17 – 21 years - £120 5-16 years - £10 Under 5’s – Free To purchase your own Dons season ticket, visit the Club Doncaster Box Office or call 01302 762 576. To buy now click Here. View the full article
  10. The Dons’ Kingstone Press League 1 game against Oxford will be re-arranged. The game was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm on Sunday March 26, but will be moved due to a clash with the Doncaster Rovers v Plymouth Argyle Sky Bet League Two fixture. We will advise a new date for the game with Oxford as soon as possible. View the full article
  11. Don’t miss the Dons pre-season fixtures from January 22. On January 22 we welcome the Sheffield Eagles to the Keepmoat Stadium, before the much anticipated clash with Super League Giants Leeds Rhinos on January 29. The Dons final pre-season test will come from Hull FC on the 5th February. To purchase your tickets call the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762 576, or purchase in person from the Keepmoat Stadium. Standard ticket prices per pre-season fixture: Adults - £10, Over 60’s - £8, 17 -21 years - £8 5-16 - £2 Under 5’s - Free, Three for two offer! Dons season ticket holders can see all three of these games for the price of two (the offer only applies to Dons season ticket holders for the 2017 campaign). Executive boxes are available from £200 +VAT each for all three fixtures. Packages cater for 10 guests and include: • Exclusive access pass to Executive Boxes • Cash bar throughout the day with personal waitress service to your box • One programme and team sheet per guest • Half Time refreshments • Fantastic executive seats on your exclusive box holders balcony • Access into the Sponsors Lounge for the visit from the Dons Man of the Match • In Box TV’s showing Sky Sports throughout the day, including Live Sky Sports fixtures Food options are available to order at an additional cost. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, email commercial@clubdoncaster.co.uk or call 01302 764665 to speak to a member of the commercial team. View the full article
  12. Carl Hall provides his regular update on the Dons. View the full article
  13. Season Launch Dinner To promote the launch of the 2017 campaign, The Dons are inviting you to a season launch dinner to take place at 7.30pm on February 10, 2017 at the Keepmoat Stadium. Enjoy a two course meal in the Legends Club, with former Great Britain International Adrian Morley attending as guest speaker. Former New Zealand international Robbie Hunter-Paul will MC the whole event. The price for the event is £350 (plus VAT) for a table of ten. Individual places are also available, please call the number below for more information. Attire: Smart Dress. To book your place please call: 01302 765888 or email your booking to carl.hall@clubdoncaster.co.uk. Limited places available. Don't forget to reserve your seat for the 2017 campaign before the price increase on January 3. Seasons tickets are available now online CLICK HERE, by calling 01302 762 576 and are also available at the Club Doncaster Box Office. Season Ticket Prices before January 3 Adults - £130 Concessions - £105 Juniors - £10 Under 5’s - Free View the full article
  14. Don’t miss the Dons pre-season fixtures from January 22. On January 22 we welcome the Sheffield Eagles to the Keepmoat Stadium, before the much anticipated clash with Super League Giants Leeds Rhinos on January 29. The Dons final pre-season test will come from Hull FC on the 5th February. To purchase your tickets call the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762 576, or purchase in person from the Keepmoat Stadium. Standard ticket prices per pre-season fixture: Adults - £10, Over 60’s - £8, 17 -21 years - £8 5-16 - £2 Under 5’s - Free, Three for two offer! Dons season ticket holders can see all three of these games for the price of two (the offer only applies to Dons season ticket holders for the 2017 campaign). Executive boxes are available from £200 +VAT each for all three fixtures. Packages cater for 10 guests and include: • Exclusive access pass to Executive Boxes • Cash bar throughout the day with personal waitress service to your box • One programme and team sheet per guest • Half Time refreshments • Fantastic executive seats on your exclusive box holders balcony • Access into the Sponsors Lounge for the visit from the Dons Man of the Match • In Box TV’s showing Sky Sports throughout the day, including Live Sky Sports fixtures Food options are available to order at an additional cost. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, email commercial@clubdoncaster.co.uk or call 01302 764665 to speak to a member of the commercial team. View the full article
  15. Don’t miss the Dons pre-season fixtures from January 22. On January 22 we welcome the Sheffield Eagles to the Keepmoat Stadium, before the much anticipated clash with Super League Giants Leeds Rhinos on January 29. The Dons final pre-season test will come from Hull FC on the 5th February. To purchase your tickets call the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762 576, or purchase in person from the Keepmoat Stadium. Standard ticket prices per pre-season fixture: Adults - £10, Over 60’s - £8, 17 -21 years - £8 5-16 - £2 Under 5’s - Free, 3 for 2! Dons season ticket holders can see all three of these games for the price of two. Come show your support and back the Dons! Executive boxes are available from £200 +VAT each for all 3 fixtures. Packages cater for 10 guests and include: • Exclusive access pass to Executive Boxes • Cash bar throughout the day with personal waitress service to your box • One programme and team sheet per guest • Half Time refreshments • Fantastic executive seats on your exclusive box holders balcony • Access into the Sponsors Lounge for the visit from the Dons Man of the Match • In Box TV’s showing Sky Sports throughout the day, including Live Sky Sports fixtures Food options are available to order at an additional cost. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, email commercial@clubdoncaster.co.uk or call 01302 764665 to speak to a member of the commercial team. View the full article