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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
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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
  6. 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
  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
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    REPORT | Keighley 6-50 Dons

    Keighley Cougars 6-50 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 9th September 2018 Betfred League One Cougar Park ATTENDANCE | 596 The Dons made it eight wins in a row in Betfred League One with a convincing 50-6 victory over Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park. Richard Horne made just two changes to his starting XIII, as Richard Owen and Ryan Boyle came into the line-up. The Dons got off to the perfect start and had their first try inside the opening three minutes, as Frankie Mariano stepped inside and cruised over. Matty Beharrell added the two for 6-0. They scored again with almost a quarter of the game gone, as Russ Spiers proved to be too strong for the Cougars defence and powered his way over. Richard Owen scored the Dons’ third try of the half when he got on the end of a smart pass from Jason Tali to go over in the corner. Richard Horne’s side were dealt a blow with 10 minutes of the half remaining, as Jordie Hedges was shown a red card after a high shot on Cameron Leeming. HALF-TIME | Keighley Cougars 0–16 Doncaster RLFC The Dons got off to a flying start in the second half, as Spiers raced through a gap within a minute of the restart to extend the lead. Beharrell added the two for 22-0. They scored again seven minutes later, as Jordan Howden’s kick bounced into the arms of Jack Logan who had enough about him to stretch over. The Dons were in complete control and added another try when Owen found Tali with a pass inside for the centre to score. Keighley got their first try of the game with 16 minutes remaining, as Andy Gabriel got on the end of a kick from Benn Hardcastle to touch down. Hardcastle added the extras. Normal service was resumed soon after as the ball was worked out to the right where Sam Doherty managed to squeeze his way over. The Dons scored again with eight minutes remaining, as Howden put the ball on a plate for Jason Muranka to touch down. Beharrell added the two for 44-6. Muranka then added more gloss to the score-line inside the final minute, as he latched onto a brilliant run and pass from Ryan Boyle to cross for his second. Beharrell converted. FULL-TIME | Keighley Cougars 6–50 Doncaster RLFC DONS XIII | Sanderson, Owen, Logan, Tali, Doherty, Howden, Beharrell, Spiers, Kesik, Boyle, England, Mariano, Muranka. Interchange: Madani, Scott, Hedges, Cross. DONS TRIES | Mariano (3), Spiers (18, 41), Owen (27), Logan (48), Tali (53), Doherty (69), Muranka (72, 79) DONS GOALS | Beharrell (3, 18, 41, 48, 69, 72, 79) KEIGHLEY XIII | Hawkyard, Seeley, Parker, Leeming, Gabriel, Hardcastle, Gaylor, Griffin, Feather, Bailey, Lynam, Whittel, Emmett. Interchange: Law, Nicholson, Moran, Conroy. KEIGHLEY TRIES | Gabriel (64) KEIGHLEY GOALS | Hardcastle (64) View the full article
  17. Richard Horne believes the Dons' preparation was key after the win against Keighley Cougars in Betfred League One. The victory was the Dons’ eighth in a row, and the head coach was pleased with the nature of the performance. He said: “We knew that Workington had lost which gave us an opportunity to consolidate third place, and that was the talk in the dressing room before-hand. “We prepare well each week and don’t take any team for granted, we do our homework on them and find areas where we can hurt them. “We’ve got a lot of players in good form at the moment. Our two back-rowers are leading that and performing really well.” The Dons played for 50 minutes with 12 men after Jordie Hedges was sent off, but Horne felt they dealt with the dismissal well. He added: “I’m very pleased with the way we played, despite going down to 12 men we still put in a very good performance. “We tidied our execution up in the second-half and racked up a few points, there is still more to come from us though. “We did enough early doors on our edge to put ourselves in front, the red card didn’t alter the game too much.” 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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    REPORT | Keighley 6-50 Dons

    Keighley Cougars 6-50 Doncaster RLFC Sunday 9th September 2018 Betfred League One Cougar Park ATTENDANCE | 596 The Dons made it eight wins in a row in Betfred League One with a convincing 50-6 victory over Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park. Richard Horne made just two changes to his starting XIII, as Richard Owen and Ryan Boyle came into the line-up. The Dons got off to the perfect start and had their first try inside the opening three minutes, as Frankie Mariano stepped inside and cruised over. Matty Beharrell added the two for 6-0. They scored again with almost a quarter of the game gone, as Russ Spiers proved to be too strong for the Cougars defence and powered his way over. Richard Owen scored the Dons’ third try of the half when he got on the end of a smart pass from Jason Tali to go over in the corner. Richard Horne’s side were dealt a blow with 10 minutes of the half remaining, as Jordie Hedges was shown a red card after a high shot on Cameron Leeming. HALF-TIME | Keighley Cougars 0–16 Doncaster RLFC The Dons got off to a flying start in the second half, as Spiers raced through a gap within a minute of the restart to extend the lead. Beharrell added the two for 22-0. They scored again seven minutes later, as Jordan Howden’s kick bounced into the arms of Jack Logan who had enough about him to stretch over. The Dons were in complete control and added another try when Owen found Jason Tali with a pass inside for the centre to score. Keighley got their first try of the game with 16 minutes remaining, as Andy Gabriel got on the end of a kick from Benn Hardcastle to touch down. Hardcastle added the extras. Normal service was resumed soon after as the ball was worked out to the right where Sam Doherty managed to squeeze his way over. The Dons scored again with eight minutes remaining, as Howden put the ball on a plate for Jason Muranka to touch down. Beharrell added the two for 44-6. Muranka then added more gloss to the score-line inside the final minute, as he latched onto a brilliant run and pass from Ryan Boyle to cross for his second. Beharrell converted. FULL-TIME | Keighley Cougars 6–50 Doncaster RLFC DONS XIII | Sanderson, Owen, Logan, Tali, Doherty, Howden, Beharrell, Spiers, Kesik, Boyle, England, Mariano, Muranka. Interchange: Madani, Scott, Hedges, Cross. DONS TRIES | Mariano (3), Spiers (18, 41), Owen (27), Logan (48), Tali (53), Doherty (69), Muranka (72, 79) DONS GOALS | Beharrell (3, 18, 41, 48, 69, 72, 79) KEIGHLEY XIII | Hawkyard, Seeley, Parker, Leeming, Gabriel, Hardcastle, Gaylor, Griffin, Feather, Bailey, Lynam, Whittel, Emmett. Interchange: Law, Nicholson, Moran, Conroy. KEIGHLEY TRIES | Gabriel (64) KEIGHLEY GOALS | Hardcastle (64) View the full article
  19. Richard Horne is expecting a battle down the middle against Keighley Cougars this weekend. The Dons travel to Cougar Park in fine form, but the head coach knows they will be tested by their Yorkshire rivals. He said: “It’s going to be tough, they’re very good at their place and got a good result against Newcastle there as well. “They’ve lost a few players and I’m sure they’re hurting from the last time we played them, they had their foot in the door but we came back to get the win. “They will come at us down the middle and they’re very physical, we have to make sure we’re up to dealing with that.” After the contract renewals of Connor Bower and Kyle Kesik ahead of the game, Horne was pleased to secure those deals for 2019. He added: “It’s a boost for us that we’ve managed to get a couple more renewals done, Kesik has earnt another year with his performances so far. “He plays with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, he loves the club and he didn’t want to go anywhere else so he’s earnt the right for a new deal. “Connor Bower started off really well and got into some good form, he can play in a couple of different positions as well which is important for us.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  20. Richard Horne has named his 19 man squad for the trip to face Keighley Cougars in Betfred League One this weekend. Richard Owen and Kieran Cross return from injury in place of Ross Osborne and Hakim Miloudi, who both drop out of the 19. Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Jack Logan (Loan), Karim Madani (Trialist), Frankie Mariano, Jason Muranka, 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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    SQUAD | 19 named for Newcastle test

    Richard Horne has named is 19 man squad for the game against Newcastle Thunder in Betfred League One this weekend. Karim Madani and Aaron Jones-Bishop return in place of Jez Litten and Richard Owen. See the full squad below: Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Ryan Boyle, Sam Doherty, Brad England, Jordie Hedges, Jordan Howden, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Jack Logan (Loan), Karim Madani (Trialist), Frankie Mariano, Hakim Miloudi (D/R), Jason Muranka, Ross Osborne, Jack Sanderson (Loan), Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali. Tickets for the game against Newcastle Thunder are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  22. Kyle Kesik says the two points will be the most important thing against Keighley Cougars in Betfred League One this weekend. The Dons go into the game on the back of seven straight wins in Betfred League One, and Kesik wants them to continue that form. He said: “Keighley is a really tough place to go and we know what it’s like there, no matter where they are in the table it’s never easy. “The main thing at this stage of the season is picking up the two points, we have to keep building that momentum and get a home tie in the play-offs. “You’re always going to get a hard game away from home in this league, we have to approach it with the right mentality and play like we can.” The game against Keighley will be the 29-year-old’s first since signing a new deal with the club, something he was delighted to get done.” He added: “Everyone knows how much I love the club, Doncaster has become like a second home to me so it was a no brainer to sign. “We’ve got most of the boys signed up now and I’m sure there will be more to come, so it’s exciting times. “We’ve really kicked on after a tough middle period of the season, we’ve all bought into what Rich has asked for and we want to keep going.” 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 | Kesik pens new Dons deal

    Hooker Kyle Kesik has signed a new one-year deal with the Dons for the 2019 campaign. The deal will see the vice-captain enter his 10th season with the club, after also being granted a testimonial year by the RFL. Kesik said: “It’s really good to have signed for another year, I love it here and Doncaster is a second home to me now. “We’ve kept a lot of the lads that have contributed towards a good season for us, so hopefully now we can finish this year strongly.” 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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    VACANCY | Groundsperson

    Club Doncaster is the brand that connects Doncaster’s elite sports teams and manages the delivery of events at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, and associated Elite Performance Centre and Sports Village. We look to recruit people with the desire to work within all areas of Club Doncaster who demonstrate integrity, compassion, pride and honesty and a desire to continuously improve themselves and those around them. We are looking for an experienced Grounds person, to come and join the Club’s Grounds department who are responsible for the management and maintenance of stadium and training ground pitches. Our new employee will be an essential part of the small team who ensure we achieve the highest possible standards on and off the pitch. Applicants should be hard working, committed and have a keen interest in growing the Club Doncaster reputation and brand. The Role Reporting directly to the Head Groundsman, the person will lead on maintaining the stadium playing surface, and ensuring that all Club Doncaster related pitches are safe and of the best possible quality. You will be able to guide and work within a small team of operatives, planning and organising workloads, and ensuring that the maintenance of the pitch is at the forefront of your work load during the day, in addition to all related health and safety circumstances. Successful applicants, should have demonstrable experience in a previous role within an elite sport premises. Experience with current surfaces including Desso and artificial surfaces would be an advantage. It would be desirable to have undertaken formal based qualifications within landscape and pitch maintenance. Skills required * Previous experience within a similar role * Awareness of the elite sports culture * Experience and PA1 / 2 / 6 qualifications * Ability to manage conflicting and changing priorities * Excellent communication skills * Be able to work in a professional and responsible manner. * Have excellent attention to detail. * National Vocational Qualification in Sports Turf Management is preferred. Personal qualities * Punctual and have an excellent record of attendance. * Willing to learn and committed to achieving high standards within their work. * Good leadership skills Successful applicants may be required to undertake further checks in relation to their identity and criminal disclosures. Club Doncaster is an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them regardless of age or gender. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter to HR manager Kirsty Cavanagh at kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk Or write to: Kirsty Cavanagh Keepmoat Stadium Stadium Way Doncaster DN4 5JW The closing date for applications is Friday September 21 2018, however Club Doncaster reserve the right to cease applications for this post at an earlier time. View the full article
  25. Dons News

    NEWS | Family barbecue success

    The Dons’ family barbecue at the game against Newcastle Thunder went down a treat with fans of both sides. Hot food and drinks were available before the game and then after the final whistle, where the Dons squad then chatted to fans following the 38-21 victory. Marketing manager Mark Hughesman said: “It was great to see the fans enjoying themselves in the warm weather, the barbecue proved to be popular with supporters of both teams. “We value the matchday experience of our fans and want to ensure they are getting the most from coming down to the Keepmoat Stadium.” Chief executive Carl Hall said: “The whole day was a success for us, the fans were enjoying themselves and then the players went out and did the business on the pitch. “There is a really good feeling about the place at present, so hopefully that continues and we can get results both on and off the pitch.” Dons 2019 season tickets are now on sale, and can be bought from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article