Maroons gearing up for new league challenge

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Whitby Maroons’ rugby team are gearing up for life in Durham and Northumberland League division two, having won promotion last year.

Steve Allen continues as 1st XV captain with Matt Russell vice captain and pack leader.

With the forwards losing Jack Grady to the Navy and outstanding backs Dave Straker and Christian Pollock leaving the area, the club will be looking to unearth new young stars this year who can follow the example of Bruce Reid and Dan Marsay, who both became key members of the Maroons’ squad last season.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm with Maroons coach Darryl Grason and forwards mentor Rich Harrison.

“With the first game a week tomorrow at Knaresborough in the first round of the Yorkshire Shield, now is the time for the players to put the hard yards in at training.”

The Maroons’ league campaign then kicks off the following Saturday when they host the team who pipped them to the third division title last season, Hartlepool BBOB.

Fixtures

August

Sat 31 Knaresborough (a), Yorkshire Shield round one

September

Sat 7 Hartlepool BBOB (h)

Sat 14 North Shields (a)

Sat21 Prudhoe & Stocksfield (h)

Sat Redcar (a)

October

Sat 5 Barnard Castle (h)

Sat 12 Seaton Carew (a)

Sat 19 Sunderland (h)

Sat 26 Wallsend (a)

November

Sat 9 Whitley Bay Rockcliff (h)

Sat 16 Ashington (a)

Sat 23 Ryton (h)

Sat 30 Hartlepool (a)

December

Sat 7 North Shields (h)

Sat 14 Prudhoe & Stocksfield (a)

January

Sat 4 Redcar (h)

Sat 11 Barnard Castle (a)

Sat 25 Seaton Carew (h)

February

Sat 8 Sunderland (a)

Sat 15 Wallsend (h)

March

Sat 8 Whitley Bay Rockcliff (a)

Sat 22 Ashington (h)

Sat 29 Ryton(a)

April

Sat 5 Hartlepool (h)

Sat 12 Hartlepool BBOB (a)