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After a week’s rest, the 1st team return to action and will be looking to extend their exciting and winning run in the league. It is tempting to say a visit to Seaham should not present too much of a challenge, but knowing rugby, that would be dangerous. One of the things that has been instilled into this team is the need to focus and concentrate on performance and not on the opposition. The team largely picks itself but with Nareki “missing” Michael Beach comes into the back row. Keeping the form and style from the last few months would hopefully see a good win.

The 3’s Zurbarans, have a cup match this weekend at home to Seaton Carew. The team have high hopes of this competition and a strong team will take the field. Your support would be very welcome.

The 2’s travel to Middlesbrough for a tough match. The 2’s have had a terrific season and Uncle Peter and Archie will be looking to keep this going and driving this strong team onwards and upwards.

The junior section had some mixed results at the weekend but these were lifted by some fantastic feedback from the Yarm under 13’s coach. I really hope everyone at the club can enjoy these words, but also make sure we continue to live up to the compliment.

“Got this From yarm coach I think its nice......Thanks for the game yesterday Gary. A great game played in good spirit. You're lads are a credit to themselves, their club and their parents. Thank the chef for me the lads gave his curry the thumbs up!!!”

This is what we want for all the young people coming through our club. Well done to Gary Hamilton, Graham McCalvey, the parents and not least the team themselves. Oh and I suppose we should thank our chef as well. Andrew Farlow does make some great bacon sandwiches!

Let’s ensure that this mindset is maintained and can grow stronger throughout the whole of the club.

Sundays are very special for this and we can all help. Again, let’s not forget the need for help with the extension. Please “Buy a Brick” buy a couple of pints, enjoy the atmosphere and keep this momentum going.

John Halladay
Press Officer

Strong Win for BA 2s

Sat 9 Feb Bishop 2nds 37-14 Billingham III (W)

Under cold, very cold grey skies, Bishop Auckland 2's took on Billingham 3's in what looked a well matched game.

Billingham looked a strong team with a big physical presence in both backs and forwards. This led to a very entertaining game which warmed up the decent crowd who braved the cold and who left the Scotland v Italy game to support the club side.

The game started with neither side able to keep hold of possession. Line-outs were stolen by both teams and the game was mostly played in the middle of the park until Bishop played some good off loading, breaking into the Billingham 22 and forced a high tackle which allowed Bedford to open the scoring with a comfortable penalty.

Billingham came back strongly, pressing hard on the Bishop line and the scrum saw a big gap at the back of a ruck to go over for a try which was converted. Billingham leading 3-7.

In this see-saw first half, Bishop recovered and from a break at the base of scrum, Callan's powerful run was rewarded with a try converted by Bedford for Bishop to regain the lead, 10-7. The half finished with a really fine score from Andy Gaynor. The backs were able to put Gaynor into space on the half way line and he outpaced the defence over 50 yards to score under the posts. Bedford converted again, 17-7 half time.

After the break, the game continued to ebb and flow. Both sides had periods of good possession but were unable to score, until Billingham stole a line-out and after some good passing and missed tackles they scored another converted try to narrow the gap. This was followed by a try from Connor Smith for Bishop which came from an amusing mix up in the Billingham defence. Under pressure the ball was kicked against a team mate, rebounding gently over their own try line and Smith pounced for a simple score. 25-14.

Andy Gaynor underlined his abilities with another fine try from some quick passing along the line and Bedford again converted to take Bishop away to a 32-14 lead which was never challenged.

Both sides were guilty of indiscipline, too much talking to both the referee and opponents and this was punished appropriately. The ref had a very good game, with clear instructions and consistency in decision making, which is what all players want in a game.

Some good performances from a number of players. Stuart Beach is having a fine season, strong and powerful at close quarters and running well with ball in hand. David Bartle continues to show his quality and is still very capable of marshalling a game. Connor Smith was strong and powerful in attack and defence and Andy Gaynor has pace to burn.

All of this is very good for the quality of rugby and quality of player the club is producing and made the cold and damp easier to deal with for the hardy souls watching!

John Halladay
Bishop Auckland U13s V Yarm

Sun 10 Feb Bishop U13s 5-29 Yarm (L)

A cold and wintry day greeted the teams for this rearranged Quarter Final Plate fixture. Bishop were adorned in an unfamiliar Red strip to avoid a colour clash, but they looked charged up and ready to play for this big game versus a strong Yarm outfit.

The Bishop kick off failed to go 10 yards and from their scrum on the half way line Yarm took the game straight to Bishop. A lovely switch move coordinated by the Yarm half backs led to inside centre Morgan charging down the wing before being stopped 10 yards out by a great tackle by Adam Summerbell (it was to be the first of many !)

Bishop chose to run the ball out of defence, from the scrum and spun it along the line making good ground until Toby Dart was taken into touch on halfway. Bishop continued to try and run the ball with their next possession but good Yarm tackling meant they were sent laterally across the field making very little ground.
Yarm went ahead after 7 minutes when, following a neat midfield move, inside centre Morgan was sent through the middle and was able to swat off some despairing tackles before charging 40 metres to score under the posts. The try was converted (Bishop 0 Yarm 7)

Yarm continued to have the better of the game and a great attacking move was again brought to an end by another Summerbell tackle, which enabled Dart to clear the Bishop lines with a strong thump to touch. Yarm won their line-out and 2nd row Adam went on a charge to the line making 40 yards before being tackled by Toby deep in the Bishop 22.Bishop defended well for the next few drives and held the Yarm forwards out, eventually succeeding in winning possession and giving themselves a bit of breathing space.

Bishop won the next scrum and despite being deep in their 22 chose to run the ball. Gallone fed outside half McCalvey, who chose to spin it and then Summerbell flicked a pass through to fellow centre Jamie Redfearn ,who dashed out of his 22. He made some good ground and drew his man, enabling full back Toby Dart to join the line and make further ground down the wing. It looked like Dart was running out of space, but on half way he cleverly chipped over the advancing Yarm defence and followed up. The bounce of the ball evaded the Yarm back 3 and he dived on the ball for a great try that had started inside the Bishop 22.(Bishop 5 Yarm 7)
15 Minutes had gone and Bishop were back in the game despite spending most of the game in their own half. Yarm were not knocked out of their stride however, and continued with their approach of moving the point of attack as quickly as possible, piling up the pressure on the Bishop defence. An overlap was created on 19 minutes and once again it was centre Morgan who sprinted in for the 2nd Yarm score which was again converted. (Bishop 5 Yarm 14)

The dying moments of the 1st Half saw some positive moments from the Bishop forwards with James Argument making one of his trademark charges through the centre of the Yarm forward pack - but Bishop were enable to make anything of it and the ref blew for half time


This had been a tough first Half for Bishop against a talented Yarm Team, but on the whole the tackling had been good and despite being largely on the defensive they had made ground, scored a good try and had some moments

Bishop made several replacements at Half time with Thompson, Sowerby and Symons all making an entrance. They started well and camped on the Yarm line for a few minutes. Aither, Hamilton and Hallett were all prominent, as Bishop tried to force their way over the line, but unfortunately the ball was lost and Yarm ran it quickly out of defence. Centre Morgan was able to run nearly 70 yards to score his hat-trick and put a real dent in Bishops chances (Bishop 5 Yarm 19)

This third Yarm try seemed to seal the fate of the Bishop team, and you could see heads drop a little. They kicked off and again went on the attack, but when the ball was lost, tackles that were being made early on were now being missed. On 40 minutes, centre Eddie ran out of the Yarm 22, and the lack of tackling was in direct contrast to the first half. Although the reliable Summerbell eventually foiled the try scoring opportunity, shortly afterwards the Yarm forwards dived over to add to the score.(Bishop 5 Yarm 24)

Kailum Grimley and Ryan Gallimore were thrown into the fray to re-energise Bishop for the final quarter. It didn't seem to work as Yarm attacked once more with 2nd Row Adam again central to the move. There were good tackles from Brunskill, Gallimore and Thompson and Bishop managed to rescue themselves and win a 22 drop out. The relief didn't last long though as Hamilton's kick was charged down and eventually enabled centre Eddie to score another Yarm try (Bishop 5 Yarm 29)
In the last 10 minutes of the game Bishop came back into the game –maybe Yarm were relaxed as they were home and dry ,or maybe Bishop got a 2nd wind.

Toby made a break out over the 10 metre line and kicked downfield. Yarm covered well but the ball fell for Robert Aither who bulldozed his way to the line, just being stopped short. James Argument was prominent in the next attack before Toby was tackled out of play in the corner.

The rain began falling quite heavily as the game reached its conclusion and Bishop were eliminated from the Plate.

Well Done to Yarm who continue to be a very good team, they surely have a very good chance of walking off with the Plate this season.

Bishop played well in the first half and for the last 10 minutes of the game, but were off the pace for the first 20 minutes of the 2nd period. The tackling ,a regular issue for Bishop was better apart from a small period when the team looked tired –but the key difference once again was the way in which the Yarm team won the rucks,time and again they won the ball back through quick, energetic work ,whilst Bishop were always 2nd best and a little off the pace.

Another tough game next week v Sunderland who have made the, COUNTY CUP SEMI FINALS so lots to work on.
Bishop 5 Yarm 29

TEAM: 1st Half
Toby Dart, Isaac Armstrong ,Adam Summerbell, Jamie Redfearn , Byron Eales, Harry McCalvey, Jordan Gallone, Matthew Brunskill, Lewis Foulger, Daniel Shield, Robert Aither, Dean Belshaw, Owen Hallett, Sam Hamilton, James Argument
Subs : Oliver Thompson ,Stuart Sowerby, Josh Symons, Kailum Grimley, Ryan Gallimore

Pictures by Leigh Foulger
Mike Dark
Under 11s travel to Houghton for a surprising three way fixture.

This cold Sunday morning saw Bishop Auckland RFU under 11s travel to Houghton and on arrival were told they were to be joined by Westoe for a three way fixture.

The first game Houghton v Bishop started with a long overhead kick from James Gallone with the rest of the team charging after the ball, all eager to get their hands on it. Houghton scrambled on their line to defend and were soon putting in some hard tackles. Both teams struggled to make any ground and for the first 8 minutes the game looked rooted to the centre of the pitch. Then a little Houghton flying machine got his hands on the ball and ran straight through Bishops defence to score and the conversion followed. Bishop soon re aligned and waited for the restart. Sophie Brunskill took the ball well but was trampled down but she popped the ball to Will Bushy who clung on to it for dear life. He passed it to Luke Redfearn who stormed up the line and unselfishly passed it to Gallone who was hot on his heels in support. A try back and a the conversion to level the score.

From the restart Houghton showed they were not going to be a walk over. They dug deep and with an exact copy of their first try, their flying machine scored and the conversion was made. Even though Bishop knew they had made another mistake and conceded the second try in exactly the same way, their heads did not go down. Beachy who was on the sideline tried to lift the team and boost their confidence. Play seemed to revert back to the centre of the pitch again, then a break by Aidan Kempin had Bishop in the home team's half but the ball was ripped from him. Fortunately Blaine was on hand to put the Houghton player into touch. A scrum down to Bishop and while Houghton were organising their defence,. Redfearn had put the ball in, Liam Watson had hooked it out and Gallone had another try and conversion to his name. The home side were stunned and it was14 v 14 on the half time whistle.
The second half seemed to be a long half with not much action at either end. Both teams looked sharp but seemed to put all their efforts into defence and not attack.

Then Bishops' Gallone took a nasty injury which meant the end for him. With substitute Daniel coming on, the team restructured, Redfearn tried to organise them but it was anybody's game as both sides were evenly matched. Daniel who was small in stature, had only been on the field 5 minutes but certainly showed what he was capable of. Jack Wiffen who had been solid in the second half was pushed back by a big ball carrier then a quick thinking Daniel put his body on the line with the tackle, took an almighty hit on the try line which knocked him clean off his feet as he tried to stop Houghton gaining the lead. Many a player would not have played rugby again let alone get up shake it off and play on!! The conversion was missed but still Houghton were the victors 19 v 14.

Westoe v Bishop Auckland RFU Under 11's
Following some confusion over the referee for the next game it seemed like an eternity to wait on such a cold morning but after their first narrow defeat Bishop were ready for this match.They faced their opponents with confidence, especially as Westoe had well and truly slaughtered Houghton in their match.
As Westoe seemed to change formation slightly and put fresh legs on, Bishop started cautiously with their attack. They passed the ball along the line trying to get it out wide to Daniel and Brunskill, but were stopped by their opposition. Bushby, Kempin and Wiffen stood their ground each time Westoe tried to break free but then a mistake gave Bishop the penalty advantage which was taken quickly by Redfearn to Watson who had moved to a more central role. He quickly covered some ground but narrowly missed the try by inches as he was brought to the ground. The ball was quickly picked up by Redfearn who made it count, going over for the try. It was Hurdley who easily converted.

From the restart it was a whole team effort. Bishop played like never before, confidence oozing, each time Westoe had possession they were wiped out by Bishop. The team looked good more aware of what their job on the pitch was. Sophie who had taken a knock in the first few minutes was like a demolition giant on a mission. Tackle after tackle with Blaine by her side to stop the counter attack. Wiffen and Bushby seemed to fall dormant for a few seconds but Westoe did not miss this chance,took advantage and equalised.

Each player on both teams looked hungry for the ball as they all wanted to be involved but neither let each other dominate the game. Sometimes this meant players forming a huddle, and costly mistakes followed and tries were conceded. The game was now end to end, and try for try with a further score for Bishop by Redfearn converted by Hurdley. As soon as the ball was kicked by Redfearn, Westoe fumbled and then Hurdley soon showed his tremendous form of late. The look on his face said it all as he grappled the ball from the ruck and bulldozed his way to the try line followed up with the conversion on the half time whistle 21 v 21.

With the team talk by Beachy there was nothing much to say apart from keep playing as a team and involve everyone. This they did as Westoe came at the defence, Bishop stood their ground and seemed to have the slight upper hand and then, as if by magic, Aidan picked out the ball from a ruck, passed it out to Jack who for the second week running smashed the back line and dived over the try line.Needless to say, it was converted by Hurdley. The work load by all was tremendous and nobody seemed to tire. Further tries for Bishop came from a speedy Daniel, then Hurdley who again stormed his way through the defence line, to well and truly secure the win. This game was open and could have gone either way.

It was hard to comprehend that these players were only 11 years old as they played like professionals, much to the delight of the very cold cheering crowds. 26 v 42 in Bishops favour what an end to the morning. A huge thank you to Beachy and all that travelled.


Vicky Redfearn

Sunday 10th February 2013
Bishop Auckland U9s Away to Houghton & Westoe

The Bishop Auckland Team consisted of the following player:
Hughes (J), Ben, Watson, Dowson (J), Dowson (E), Stokoe, , Hughes(A), Dawson and Sharp.
The team warmed up and Kevin ran them through a ball handling exercise in preparation for the game in the artic wind conditions.
A welcome to Sharp (A) for his first game at the club.
The pitch was wide and long and idea for the fast players. The team attacked and supported each other passing the ball well between themselves to score.
The team need to communicate more in defence and concentrate on their lines both in defence and attack not leaving gaps but move up together in a line.
On pass off the lads need to close the opposition down before they can build up a head of steam.
The lads tackled Houghton hard and showed their worth when tackled high or suffered other attempts to unsettle them. There were some great individual runs where Hughes (J) used his height and size to crash through the opposition.
There was great team support throughout.
This was a good performance all round with Tries from the following lads.
Hughes (J), Stokoe, Ben (2), Watson (2) and Dawson (2).
The lads won with 8 tries to Houghton’s 5 and a score of 40 points to 25.
The second game against Westoe was a much closer run thing.
After Kevin had taken the lads through a few defensive and attacking line practices hopes were high.
The lads quickly fell back to their old habits and allowed Westoe to run at them and attack.
Great tackling from all the players involved with outstanding ones from Hughes (A) Hughes (J) and Dawson.
The lads demonstrated they are now beginning to read the game and kept the pressure up on the opposition. With a few dubious line calls the team continued to attack. Tries came from Hughes (J) (2) Ben, Watson and Dowson (E).
The lads worked much better as a team, there is always room to improve, but despite all their efforts they lost 6 tries to 5 or 30 points to 25.
A great effort in the cold conditions, were the lads showed another improving performance. Well done.

M. Dawson.

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