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Despite losing the Stan Calvert Cup, Northumbria triumphed in the show-piece event in arctic conditions at King-ston Park last Sunday. Northumbria as-serted themselves early on in each half, and despite a spirited comeback lead-ing to two Newcastle tries at the end of each half, the Poly’s points total was too much to overcome, and they ran out de-served winners.

� e game started scrappily, with Northumbria consistently o� ending at the breakdown, however Newcas-tle were unable to capitalise as most of the o� enses were out of kickable range. Newcastle’s line out was uncharacter-istically dysfunctional; they won only two of their six � rst half line outs, con-siderably blunting the amount of terri-tory they accumulated. Northumbria’s mammoth pack began to force Newcas-tle back down the pitch, however they continued to infringe at the breakdown meaning breaks by scrum half Sam Ash and 120 kilogram number eight Finlay Coxon Smith came to little.

Newcastle’s leaky line out in part lead to the opening try of the match. A� er a pressure throw on the Royals’ � ve me-tre line failed to go to hand, Northum-bria steadily built pressure and � y half Toby East, who missed the whole of last season injured, stepped back inside his man and slid over under the posts. East, under a cacophony of boos from the volatile Posh crowd, succumbed to the pressure and smashed his kick straight against the upright.

Northumbria upped the pressure and Alex Hind, who had been out for a while with a hand injury, dropped a catch. A� er a poor clearance was sliced into touch on the full, East made an-other break and Newcastle gave away the penalty. East had a chance to atone for his earlier error, however profuse booing, obscenities, and a strong gust of wind meant he pulled his kick to the le� .

Newcastle’s line out woes continued and a� er Northumbria once again con-ceded a penalty, yet despite Cook’s mas-sive touch � nder the line out was once again lost and Northumbria were able to clear. At this point, halfway through the � rst half, hail began to rain down on the pitch in a post apocalyptic manner, which made � owing rugby fairly tricky.

Northumbria again built phases on the Newcastle line, regularly timing passes to perfection bringing momentum to their attacks. Poly full back Adam King, who was playing in his � rst start since November, nearly snuck in in the corner but just got forced into touch. Newcastle

once again lost the line out, and a� er the keeping the ball in the forwards, North-umbria centre Kevin McLean barged his way over the line. East’s nerves had calmed and he slotted the ball over the posts to take Northumbria to a 12-0 lead.

� e Royals’ � nally began to build some concerted pressure as the half came to a close, with Johnny Burn’s grubber kick nearly putting Jack Cook through. A� er this break, Tom Banks’ o� oad sparked an Ali Banton charge. Newcastle con-tinually broke the gain line, before Matt Proctor charged under the posts, and Cook made no mistake with the conver-sion sparking scenes of jubilation and violence amongst the Posh supporters.

As both teams ran out for the second half, the snow was so heavy that it was almost impossible for supporters to see the far side of the pitch. � e � rst score of the half was key, and the Royals gave themselves a mountain to climb, as a� er East slotted a penalty, Newcastle centre Ioan Davies was sent to the bin. New-castle’s lack of numbers caught them out several minutes later, when a� er North-umbria e� ected a quick turnover, a kick into the Newcastle half led to a North-umbria score, with scrum half Ash be-ing the � rst to touch down the ball over the line.

Northumbria continued to press the Newcastle line, and as with the � rst half, Newcastle le� it too late before start-

ing to play. A� er almost ten minutes of 5-metre scrums, and an intense physi-cal battle, Newcastle desperately � icked the ball out of the maul, and the referee awarded a penalty try.

Once again the Royals only started playing once the game was almost out of their reach, and a� er a kick was charged down, the impressive fresher Tom Banks, who has moved from 3rds to 1sts in the space of six months, kept up quick ball and fed replacement hooker Ibi Fashawe who charged over. Cook added the extras to leave it at 30-14 to Northumbria with ten minutes to play.

Within a minute of the try Harry Bate, Newcastle’s blindside, made a blister-ing 60 metre break down the middle of the pitch, bringing the members of the crowd not about to break out into a � ght to their feet. Northumbria were caught o� side, and a� er an excellent kick to the Northumbria 5 metre line, Newcastle’s line out worked perfectly, and Bate who started the move charged to the line only to undeservedly get held up just short.

Sadly Newcastle ran out of time to put themselves back in contention, and just before the full time whistle the custom-ary � ght broke out. Whilst the scuf-� e had nothing on the Men’s Rugby League’s 1sts thirty man brawl, it still saw Jo Beckett and Northumbria tight head Oli Longmore headed for the bin with seconds le� on the clock.

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Powerful Poly show passion Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Ralph Blackburn Sports Editor

Stan Calvert Cup 2013






Coxon SmithSchofi eld (c)Scott-Paul

Pette Dannatt

Longmore Entressengle Troke

Banton Proctor Kitching

Wrem Camara



T Banks


Beckett (c)




611 Newcastle


WHAT THE STATS SAYDespite repeated infringements around the ruck area by North-umbria, as shown by conced-ing almost double the number of penalties as Newcastle, the Royals were unable to capitalise as seen by only having a 50% success rate in their line out. This was key to the outcome of the match, as in the second half when the Newcastle line out began functioning, Northumbria were already out of sight.

Newcastle and Northumbria rise for a line out Photogra-phy: Jack Gelsthorpe


Newcastle get the competi-tion off to a great start with a comprehensive win in the American FootballPhotography (L-R): Michael Oakes, Best Photo9raphy, NUBC

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Powerful Poly show passion

Lineouts Scrums


6 5Lost





Newcastle Northumbria

6 5Lost






In wintery conditions on the 4G pitch at Druid Park, Northumbria women’s rugby union team beat Newcastle 17-5 in what was billed as ‘the game of the season’. A� er a great season for NWR � nishing mid-table in their � rst season in the Premiership, and with Northum-bria winning promotion to the Premier-ship this season, both teams’ expecta-tions were high.

Northumbria were the � rst to score

with a somewhat underwhelming for-wards try inside the � rst four minutes and the conversion quickly followed. Northumbria dominated territory with Newcastle only advancing signi� cantly into their 22 a� er 27 minutes of play. With the referee penalising Newcastle multiple times for holding on to the ball, the pace was slow.

� irty minutes saw another try from Northumbria, but this time they failed

to kick the conversion. With the pos-sibility of a victory quickly slipping away from Newcastle, captain number 8 Holly Malins was sin binned just before half time for holding on, an unpopular decision with the NWR crowd.

In the second half, Northumbria failed to take advantage of their extra player and with Malins back on things were

looking up for the Royals, with Ma-lins and � anker Katie ‘Magic’ McEvoy making some huge hits against North-umbria’s forwards . However, it was not Newcastle’s day, and Northumbria’s for-wards hammered Newcastle’s defence, scoring another try seven minutes into the second half.

With ten minutes to go the Royals began to pick up the pace with some superb runs from � y-half Rosie Neal,

inside-centre Lucy Henson and McEvoy eventually resulting in Newcastle’s one and only try from prop Charlotte Flint.

Into the dying minutes, Northumbria were content to wind down the clock and the whistle sealed an historic vic-tory for Northumbria, let’s hope in the rematches next season Newcastle are on better form!

Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Jennifer Evans at Druid Park

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


“With Malins back on things were looking up for the Royals, with Malins and � anker ‘Magic’ McEvoy making some huge hits”

Poly shade NWR

Newcastle 2nds

Northumbria 2nds



By Chris Gri� ths at Bullocksteads

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


NURL 1sts and 2nds su� ered a rare double defeat at the hands of two spir-ited Northumbria sides. � e unbeaten � rst team went into their varsity � xture brimming with con� dence to play a Poly team who they knew would be ex-tremely well drilled.

In a pulsating and hard hitting en-counter, with players being continually smashed backwards, the Poly scored a shock upset under the faltering � ood-lights on a chilly Druid Park 4G surface.

An early try, surprisingly from top try scorer George Matthew saw the Owls take an early lead.

However, from the following kick o� Northumbria began to take a hold on the game.

Uncharacteristic penalties given by the peanut headed referee led to North-

umbria crashing over for a converted try and from there they kicked on to victory.

Greek god Andreas Methenitis worked tirelessly in mid� eld alongside partner in crime Harry Rigby, but this wasn’t enough for NURL to gain control in the game.

Dan Capaross ran his hardest even-tually knocking himself out joining hooker Matt Woods in seeing stars and forgetting everything about the game.

� is report will now break both their hearts in seeing we got beat and neither of them scored hat tricks.

With numerous players bowing out in their � nal Stan Calvert, the game could not be � nished with a straight forward narrow defeat: the Owls’ big mouthed prop Conor Ellison took it upon himself to initiate a 26 man brawl.

In an attempt to make a ‘bad day at the o� ce’ somewhat enjoyable, all partici-pated in a good old fashioned bi� .

Cards of all colours were dished out in the a� ermath by the referee mean-ing the AU’s most beloved � nished with just eleven men, with captain Gri� ths seeing red.

Once again league champions and once again established as one of the top four teams in the country soon takes the edge o� a day to forget. A semi-� nal against Leeds Met on Wednesday will see the boys in blue attempt to further enhance what has already been a fantas-tic season.

Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Chris Gri� ths at Druid Park

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


� e 2nds put in a valiant e� ort against a very strong Poly out� t with NURL bad boy Frank Bagley leading from the front with a bruising display earning him man of the match. Edgy fresher Matt Fry also performed well, clinically � nishing everything that came his way, apart from dropping it over the line, a moment to forget. An impressive dis-play from Matty O’Neil defensively with centres Dan Shortman and John Ports-mouth taking no backwards steps in at-tack led to NURL having some prom-ising phases, but Northumbria proved too much for the death machine to han-dle. A third place � nish in the league, a good cup run and Tommy Schoe� eld putting a big shot on in their � nal game, the 2s can look back at their season with a smile as wide as Conor Ellison’s waist.

Invincible Owls undone

Newcastle and Northumbria contest a scrum under the lights at Druid Park Photography: Ralph Blackburn

3rd MarNewcastle continue to dominate by winning both the Waterpolo fi xtures

4th MarNorthumbria get a foothold in the competition with a 5-1 victory in women’s football.

6th MarHonours are shared in the men’s cricket, however Newcastle clean sweeps the Rowing

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Newcastle’s men’s 1sts football team achieved one of the � nest victories of the Stan Calvert cup against their heav-ily favoured local rivals Northumbria, at Longbenton last � ursday evening. Substitute Adam Ball scored a last min-ute winner sparking scenes of jubilation on the Royals bench.

Newcastle, entering the game a di-vision below the Northumbria 1sts, anchored in the relegation zone with only one win in ten games, were seen as considerable underdogs. Newcastle however traditionally punch above their weight in this � xture, and on a packed 3G it was to be no di� erent.

� e game started as one would ex-pect a derby to start, with high pressure

on the ball, and few clear-cut chances. Newcastle the were the more o� en-sive side, however Northumbria’s well drilled defense stood strong with the only chance for the Royals coming from a corner.

As the second half started the tempo increased. Newcastle su� ered a major-setback when captain Alex Auld spent � ve minutes on the ground nursing a head injury, before � nally being re-placed by Danny Knowles. Despite a bloodied nose, Auld shouted his team on from the sidelines and was instru-

mental in spurring them on to victory. Shortly a� er this Northumbria took the lead, from a tight decision by the lines-man.

� e Royals however did not get fazed, and stayed calm to draw level minutes later. A� er Jake Salisbury had a peach of a goal bizarrely ruled out for a previ-ous free kick, James Swainston did not let this deter him, and a� er his original e� ort hit the wall smashed the rebound into the net.

As the minutes ticked over the ten-

sion became palpable, however New-castle still had the majority of the play. A� er several missed chances, substitute Adam Ball, who had replaced Tom Sta-pleton up top, � nished calmly to see the Newcastle bench erupt in joy. A� er extensive celebrations and a few cagey minutes at the end, the referee sounded the � nal whistle to the relief of the home support. Newcastle secured a valuable two points towards their Stan Calvert total, which in a year when the swing was a mere � ve events, ensured the tro-phy stayed in the blue half on Newcastle.

Particular credit must go to both goal-keepers, who performed minor mira-cles to keep the goal count at only three. When brawls and stand o� s were seen across the city, the game was played in the good spirit that football is all about.

Newcastle starting team: Irvine; Dhug-ga, Okokwo, Auld (c), Pilkington; Goodi-er, Sexton, Salisbury, Walkin, Swainston; Stapleton. Subs: Knowles; Wheeler; Ball

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Firsts secure famous victory over rivals

A stoppage time penalty from North-umbria ultimately decided an enthral-ling encounter on the Longbenton 3G, as Newcastle’s 2nd XI slipped to a cruel 5-4 defeat in what was undoubtedly one of the sporting highlights of the Stan Calvert weekend.

In a captivating a� air that had a real old-fashioned cup tie feel to it, it was Northumbria’s Jamie Quinn who stepped up to slot home the injury time spot-kick, a� er forward Ben Clark had been brought down when trying to round Uni. goalkeeper Scott Rawson.

In the wake of Newcastle 1st’s win over Northumbria on the � ursday night, the Royals undoubtedly would have been hopeful of following in the wake

of their seniors’ success in springing a surprise result on their local rival.

Newcastle were slow out of the traps however, and were punished for their lack of attentiveness when they fell be-hind with less than 10 minutes played. It was undoubtedly an extremely so� goal to concede, as Northumbria’s le� -wing-er Johnny Wright was le� completely unmarked at the back post to a nod a � oated cross home from 5 yards out.

� e Royals did o� er a response soon a� er, as powerful le� -footed e� ort from Henry Scutt stung the palms of Poly goalkeeper Mike Hughes.

Northumbria however continued to threaten. Only a trademark last-ditch block from centre-half Eddy Holden prevented Clark from doubling his side’s advantage, a� er the striker had been played through on goal.

A� er a string of narrow escapes for the Royals, with Poly centre-half George Foster and Clarke once more both guilty of missing decent chances for the away side, against the run of play New-castle levelled proceedings. On this oc-casion, a clipped ball into the box from Joe Watson was well controlled by Alex Ames, who then proceeded to swivel and smash the ball past the motionless Hughes to level the contest.

Visibly buoyed by the equaliser, New-castle took the lead with � ve minutes of the half remaining. Ames was once

more at the heart of the move, pick-ing the ball up wide on the le� -hand side and beginning his descent on the away goal. � e tricky winger skipped past the full-back before playing a neat one-two with the lively Robbie Sweet before opening up his body and steer-ing the ball home in o� the far post with minimal backli� – a true � ierry Henry trademark � nish.

However with the interval looming, the Royals were unable to show the composure and ability to control the game that would enable them to see out the narrow advantage until the half-time break.

Northumbria’s le� -hand side proved to be the proverbial thorn in Newcastle’s side once again, as a neat move down that side made space for swashbuckling full-back Dec Doherty to be played in and slide the ball home past the onrush-ing Rawson.

� e second half began with the Roy-als once again starting slowly, as they found themselves 4-2 down within 10 minutes of the restart. First, the Poly re-gained the lead following an impressive piece of hold up play by Clark. Using his strength to wait for the runners, a neat through ball down Newcastle’s le� -sided channel rolled beautifully into the path of Rich Lally.

� e Northumbria skipper then showed great composure to hold o� the

challenge of the retreating defender, be-fore tucking the ball into the corner of the net.

� ings got worse for the Royals soon a� er, as Northumbria’s le� -side of Do-herty and Wright combined well yet again to create a pocket of space for a low cross across the 6-yard box. Sub-stitute Tito Davison was rewarded for being the only attacking player to gam-ble at making a move towards the back stick, and was consequently able to guide the ball home.

A string of heavy challenges from both sides followed, eventually culminating in a bout of handbags between New-castle’s Holden and Northumbria’s Mike Byram. With the referee clearly eager to stamp his authority on the game and prevent things from boiling over, both players were subsequently given their marching orders.

� e red card for Newcastle triggered some activity in the Newcastle dugout, as the Royals went to three at the back whilst, at the other end of the pitch, Chris Fraser came on to replace the tireless David Colpitts. � e forward was beginning to look a bit leggy having ploughed a lone furrow for much of the second period.

� e change paid immediate dividends, as Fraser got himself on the scoresheet mere minutes a� er entering the fray. � ere was undoubtedly a huge amount

of fortune about the goal, as a deep cross from Scutt seemed to be safely � oating into the hands of Hughes. However, inexplicably the keeper managed to spill the ball into the path of the lurk-ing Fraser, who then had the simplest of tasks of rolling the ball into the un-guarded net.

� e unexpected goal appeared to re-vitalize the previously � agging Royals as they began to lay siege to the North-umbria goal. It came as little surprise therefore when the equaliser arrived soon a� er.

On this occasion, a set piece from the right-hand side was wonderfully whipped in from Sweet, bouncing once inside the six-yard box, before nestling in the far corner of the goal. Despite any number of Newcastle players claiming it was they who got the decisive touch, slow motion replays showed it to have gone straight in direct from the free-kick, its path undisturbed.

� e equaliser set the game up for a grandstand � nish, with both sides des-perate to grab the crucial Stan Calvert points.

First, Scutt saw his cross-come-shot fumbled nervously around the post by Hughes, before a Lampard-esque late run into the box from Sweet was picked out with a neat cutback, but the play-maker guided his e� ort too close to Hughes who was able to parry the ball

Seconds cruelly beaten in Stan Calvert classic

Newcastle 2nds

Northumbria 2nds



By Nick Gabriel at Longbenton

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Carlos Manrique at Longbenton

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


“Despite su� ering a head injury, Auld shouted his team on from the sidelines and was

instrumental in spurring his team to victory”

The football 1st XI pose for a team photo after their monumental resultPhotography: Fraser Kennedy

8th MarNorthumbria take the men’s 1sts basketball, how-ever Newcastle clean sweep the hockey.

7th MarDespite Northumbria win-ning both the volleyball fi x-tures, Newcastle strike back in the men’s football 1sts

9th MarThe points are shared in the cross country.

10th MarAs Sunday begins Newcas-tle are 27-19 to the good.

Photography (L-R): Lucy Williams, Jack Mackenzie

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Seconds cruelly beaten in Stan Calvert classic

In arctic conditions at Longbenton, Northumbria brushed aside the chal-lenge of a rather inept Newcastle team who froze both metaphorically and lit-erally under the intense pressure which only a Stan Calvert cup tie can bring.

For long periods the game was strong-ly reminiscent of the scene in � e Simpsons in which Homer beats seven shades out of an actor playing the Ham-burglar while a small boy in the crowd cries, “stop... stop, he’s already dead.”

� e contest – and I use the word ‘con-test’ in the loosest possible sense – began cagily for Newcastle, with Northumbria monopolising possession and the Roy-als looking to play on the break through Dhan Hussain on the right wing. How-ever, poor passing in all areas of the pitch and vigorous pressing on the part of the Northumbria forwards and mid-� elders kept Newcastle on the back foot, and it was the former problem which put Newcastle behind a� er 22 minutes. An attempted clearance from the right-

back position dropped straight at the feet of a Northumbria mid� elder who slipped it through to Ben Je� erson, who in turn � nished calmly from ten yards out. Barely three minutes later North-umbria had the ball in the net again, but the goal was ruled out for o� side. Newcastle failed to make the most of this reprieve, however, and Northum-bria scored two goals in as many min-utes just a� er the half hour mark: the � rst was a beautifully arced shot into the top-right corner from the le� -hand corner of the box by Liam Robson, the second a tapped-in rebound a� er New-castle goalkeeper Zhulian Genev had acrobatically tipped a long-range shot onto the bar.

At half-time there were rumblings from the Newcastle bench that there were “too many Quavers” making up the team, the snack-based comparison re-ferring to the fact that the Northumbria team breezed through ine� ectual chal-lenges far too easily all game long rather than Newcastle’s high calorie content or delicious cheesy � avour. A� er a team-talk which was equal parts hairdryer treatment and Al Pacino in Any Given

Sunday, Newcastle, and substitute Max O’Collins in particular, started the sec-ond half with more purpose. However, outstanding work in the centre of the Northumbria defence le� the Newcas-tle strikers little to feed on, particularly with little support from mid� eld to help them. Northumbria’s fourth goal, blast-ed in over Genev’s head from 15 yards, was therefore something of an inevita-bility.

Hopes of a Newcastle comeback were brie� y stoked in the 75th minute when James Arden-Bowden nodded in from at close range from a corner, but before the Newcastle fans had time to complete a celebratory Mexican wave Northum-bria forward Luke Wilson had broken

away and cracked a 20-yard drive into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later, Je� erson strode onto a through ball and stroked the ball into the bottom le� -hand corner, caus-ing his manager to dissolve into peals of maniacal laughter. Je� erson completed his hat-trick with a 20-yard free-kick, immediately a� er which the referee took pity on Newcastle and drew pro-ceedings to a close.

A� er last year’s shock Stan Calvert win for the 1sts, the pressure was on for a re-peat performance. Tensions were run-ning high, with the Poly playing on their home turf. � is was made apparent by the abundance of chanting Poly sup-porters. However the Royals were not perturbed with their loyal fan base also getting rowdy, eager for the start of the game. A testament to both sets of fans, an electric atmosphere hung in the air in anticipation of kick o� .

With everything to prove and nothing to lose the Royals made a fantastic start to the game dominating the middle of the park, with Victoria Scott particu-larly strong. � e Poly, stunned by the con� dence and audacity of the Roy-

als, struggled to string together three passes.

Newcastle looked promising as they continued to settle nicely into the game, and were able to move forward � nding the feet of outstanding attacking duo Esme Richards and Lizzy Campbell, both of whom linked up well through-out.

� e � rst real chance of the game came from some beautiful link up play be-tween Campbell and Richards who was then unlucky not to put the ball away. Instead a weak clearance from the Poly back four meant that Lucy Crann was able to strike the ball sweetly, � rst time, sending it soaring into the top corner

from 35 yards out. � e goal was met by a chorus of joyous cheers from the Royal’s fans spurring them on.

However, stunned by the early goal, the Poly soon upped their game. With long 50 yard balls over the top from the Poly centre back, the Royals began to look a little shaky, although unanimous-ly voted player of the match goal keeper

Lauren Millar easily scooped any up of the Poly’s chances. Unfortunately the long balls kept coming and the Royals were cruci� ed by a 40 yard strike into the top corner to bring the Poly level.

Northumbria then continued to pep-per the box with long range shorts which were easily dealt with by Millar. � e Royals struggled to regain control of the game with the Poly attacking from the back all the way through the � eld. Coming up to the half time break the Royals frustrations began to show and aggression levels began to rise. However this was not matched by Northumbria who seemed determined to win every free kick possible with some very dubi-

ous decision making from the referee and embarrassing diving. Northum-bria’s second goal came from a free kick, again questionably awarded, on the edge of the 18 yard box which was im-pressively curled into the top corner by the Poly centre back.

Disheartened by a disappointing end to the � rst half, to Royals upped their

game and started the second with the same determination they’d started the � rst. Exhausted from a backlog of BUCS and Sunday league � xtures, the Royals’ tiredness began to show as the Poly were unrelenting in the middle. Scott still managed to hold her own in the middle, occasionally � nding the feet of Richards or Campbell, but Newcas-tle’s chances were few and far between. � e same can’t be said for Northumbria whose chances in the second half were close to reaching double � gures. Luck-ily for the Royals, Millar was on top of her game, charging o� her line to throw herself at the feet of the Poly attackers, making numerous fantastic saves to keep the Royals in the game.

Due to the unrelenting Northumbria attack, Newcastle started conceding corners and occasionally failed to clear their lines � rst time. � e 3rd goal came from a corner, lo� ed over the penalty box and poorly dealt with by the now exhausted Royals. Frustration and tiredness began to show and the next two goals came in quick succession, from another long range shot and a du-biously awarded free kick.

As the game drew to a close, the disap-pointed Royals held their own, refusing to give anything other than 110% e� ort all the way to the � nal whistle.

Player of the Match: Lauren Millar

to safety. However with the spoils seemingly

set to be shared, the Poly cruelly nicked the win deep into injury time through Gunn’s imperturbable spot-kick.

Man of the Match: Robbie Sweet

Newcastle 3rds

Northumbria 3rds



By Tom Nicholson at Longbenton

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


Thirds outclassed by Poly

“� e game was reminiscent of the scene in the Simpsons when Homer beats seven shades out of an actor playing the ‘Ham-burglar’, while a small boy in the crowd

cried “stop... stop, he’s already dead”

Royals slip to crushing defeat

Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Helen Palfrey at Coach Lane

Stan Calvert Cup 2013






Wright Lally

Foster Arms











“A testament to both sets of fans, an electric atmosphere hung in the air in

anticipation of kick-o� ”

12.36 PMThe netball 4ths start the day in fi ne style for Uni, win-ning 49-21.

13.43 PMMen’s hockey edge out Northumbria 1-0.

14.01 PMMore good news from the men’s squash as they de-feat Northumbria 3-0.

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Netballers denied clean sweep

With the Northumbria men’s volley-ball team currently sitting � rst in their BUCS division and the women’s team sitting pretty in second place, the Stan Calvert Volleyball � xture was always going to be considered a certainty for a Northumbria victory. Last � ursday evening at Sport Central, the Northum-bria volleyball teams did not disappoint and showed why they were considered one of the best in the country, however Team Newcastle put up a good � ght and did not allow for a complete walk-over from their varsity rivals.

It was the turn of the women’s team

� rst, and from the outset they looked like they meant business. A volleyball match is the best out of � ve sets with the � rst four being played up to 25 points as long as there is a 2 point margin, and in the event of going to a � � h set it is played to 15 points. However, with Northum-bria’s impressive form in the � rst set, it was clear this match was not going to require more than three sets. Northum-bria’s service was just too powerful for Newcastle with many points being con-ceded from aces where either the ball hit the � oor untouched or the returning digs caused the ball to go out of play. Newcastle’s Kjorsvik and Hardenberg managed to match up to Northumbria’s � erce attackers on a few occasions help-ing to earn their side some points. Yet, the � rst set was over in only 10 minutes with the score of 25-6 to Northumbria. � e second set was a di� erent story and the crowd witnessed a more con� dent Newcastle; Northumbria conceded the opening two points, and for the ma-jority of the set the points margin was never more than four points. Newcastle did not resemble a team that was ten places below their Northumbria rivals in the Northern Women’s Volleyball BUCS league.

With longer rallies and much more self- belief than the � rst set, Newcastle made Northumbria work harder for the

set, which they eventually won with a narrower margin of 25-16. � is was to be Newcastle’s only glory of the match though with the third set more akin to the � rst; Newcastle’s only points were to be from Northumbria errors of serving or spiking the ball too long. Newcastle’s Adamova earned her side a rare point with an aggressive spike, but the set � n-ished 25-8 to give Northumbria a well-earned victory of 3 sets to nil.

Following on from the Newcastle Women’s resilience against a much su-perior Poly, it was the turn of the men to try and match up against a strong Northumbria side who are well above

the rest of the � eld in their division. It was a close opening to the � rst set with Northumbria conceding points � rst, but this promising start was not to be con-sistent, and the � rst set was over quickly with a score of 25-8 to Northumbria.

� e second set was a closer a� air with the score at one point being just 16-10 to Northumbria; formidable serves from Newcastle’s Solidus and Filipe earned Newcastle points but North-umbria were just too strong and the eventual result of the set was 25-11. � e

third set started o� very much like the second with Newcastle going 2 points up, however they failed to keep momen-tum going their way and the much taller team of Northumbria outclassed them on blocks at the net and spikes over the net. � e � nal result was 25-9 to North-umbria and so that completed the Poly clean sweep of the volleyball. Newcastle did not embarrass themselves though and never gave up against a side that, on paper, should have eased to victory far quicker than they did.





By Lucy Williams at UNN Sport Central

Stan Calvert Cup 2013






By Lucy Williams at UNN Sport Central

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


Newcastle spiked by Poly volley

Last Sunday a� ernoon, scenes of jubila-tion erupted onto the court as the New-castle 2nds emulated the 3rd and 4th teams by clinging onto the lead in their match and won narrowly with a score of 49-48. � e 1sts followed for the show-piece event of the day at Newcastle Uni-versity Sports Centre, and as the teams warmed up, a real sense of tension was building. � ere was no clear favourite for the match, as although Northern Premier side Newcastle won this Stan Calvert � xture last year and were deter-mined to repeat this feat again, North-umbria 1sts have improved drastically and are currently sitting second in the BUCS Northern 1A division with a game in hand having impressively only lost one match out of nine this season.

As the match got under way, both contingents of support were boisterous and vocal in cheering on their teams. Newcastle opened the scoring straight away much to the appreciation of the blue half of the crowd. Newcastle scored 5 nets before the Poly managed to even

get on the score sheet, and with the scoring partner duo of Emily Whiteside and Hannah Swainson looking in � ne form, all signs were pointing towards a Uni win. � ere was some slick link-up play between WA Katie Rimmer and shooter Whiteside, which culminated in a point for Newcastle and the score stood at 9-3, a comfortable margin for Newcastle to be leading by. However, Northumbria got back into contention despite the best e� orts of the Blues’ GK Helen Jones, and the � rst quarter � n-ished 13-10 to Newcastle.

Fresh from a team huddle, the second quarter witnessed a more aggressive Northumbria side with their GK push-ing into Whiteside, which resulted in a chorus of jeering from the Newcastle support. Una� ected by the attempts at intimidation, GS Whiteside continued to score every shot she went for but the Northumbria attack were accurate too resulting in the second quarter � nish-ing 24-24. Chants of ‘let’s go Poly let’s go’ � lled the sports centre as the Poly comeback spurred on their support.

� e third quarter was the lowest scor-ing one of the match with defences of both sides playing superbly. Halfway through the quarter, the towering pres-ence of Newcastle GD Mia Archer pre-vented Northumbria from taking the lead for the � rst time and led to a quick paced counter-attack resulting in a net for the blues and so the score stood at a close 29-28. � roughout the whole quarter, the points margin never went over three and on-point shooting at both ends saw it � nish 36-35 to New-castle.

Having never been on the losing end for the � rst three quarters of the match, the game was Newcastle’s to be won,

yet Northumbria had other plans and the start of the fourth quarter saw the Poly go in front for the � rst time with the score at 37-36. � ere was great de-fensive play from Archer and Jones, and good pace from Newcastle WD Rachel Saville, but Newcastle failed to capi-talise upon this play in the � nal third; Swainson and Whiteside were unusu-ally failing to shoot on target, whereas Northumbria were taking their chances where they mattered, and soon the score was 48-44 to the Poly. With both benches on their feet, the noise in the hall was deafening. Centre passes were converted by both teams, but the mo-mentum was with Northumbria and with a minute to go of the match, they were leading 49-47. � e atmosphere could be cut with a knife as Swainson scored for Newcastle to bring it to with-in a point. It was Northumbria’s centre and with 30 seconds remaining it was to be the last one of the match. With the Poly’s excellent form in this � nal quarter, everyone was expecting them to convert it, however, with help from a � erce interception by Archer, Newcastle found themselves with the ball and the opportunity to complete a comeback with an equaliser. In the dying seconds of the match, Whiteside found herself with the ball and aiming for the net. In unbelievable scenes, the shooter made a rare miss under the intense pressure and the whistle blew for the end of the game. � e Poly gathering stormed onto the court and the Newcastle players looked on in shock. Newcastle Centre, Alice Hagyard, who had worked tire-lessly round the court, looked incon-solable; Northumbria had been chas-ing them the whole game, yet they had somehow managed to steal victory from

their hands. A sing-o� between the two rival

camps ensued with chants of ‘3-1,3-1!’ from the Newcastle players since overall it had been a successful a� ernoon for the NUNC, nevertheless it was bitter-sweet to not attain the clean sweep and allow the Poly bragging rights.

Arguably the highlight of the a� ernoon, the 2nd teams put on a high octane dis-play of netball. � e � nal quarter le� the support with their nerves shattered as Newcastle, possibly intimidated by the screams from the Poly bench, threw away a decent lead to bring it to within a point, but they managed to hold onto the win and undo the disappointment of a loss in last year’s Stan Calvert.

A tense match with the shooting on both sides shining throughout. Howev-er, it was to be the Newcastle 3rds who were able to hold o� a Poly comeback in the � nal quarter and beat them for the second year running.

� e � rst match of the day was to be the only match where the winner was never in doubt. With nearly as much as a thri-ty point margin, it was a comprehensive win for the Newcastle 4ths who domi-nated from the outset.

Newcastle Women’s No. 8 setting the ball up for the spiker Photography: Lucy Williams

Newcastle 1sts

Northumbria 1sts



By Lucy Williams at Sports Centre

Stan Calvert Cup 2013

NETBALLNewcastle 2ndsNorthumbria 2nds

49 48

Newcastle 3rdsNorthumbria 3rds

49 46

Newcastle 4thsNorthumbria 4ths

49 21

1sts’ Mia Archer leaping to defend Photography: Freya Cromarty

Lucy Tyson in action for the 2ndsPhotography: Freya Cromarty

14.05 PMNorthumbria are well on top in the table tennis leading 6-1, 5-0 in the men’s table tennis

14.47 PMNorthumbria edge what is arguably the tie of the cup in a 5-4 thriller in the men’s 2nds football at Longbenton

18.20 PMThe Poly mount a fi ghtback, taking a surprise victory in the men’s rugby league 1sts which ends in a brawlPhotography: Ralph Blackburn

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stancalvert.7Tuesday 12 March 2013� e Courier

Rowers milk their victory

With a stash of medals from the recent BUCS Head weighing down the rowers of Newcastle University, they graced the banks of Newburn last Wednesday for the much anticipated Stan Calvert races. Oars were wielded on the Tyne at 2.00pm for Newcastle and Northumbria to battle it out over a grueling one kilo-meter stretch of the Newburn straight.

Last year Newcastle won every single race. � is year the crews were stronger, � tter and more experienced and with a clean sweep of golds across the board, they certainly didn’t disappoint.

� e categories chosen by Northum-bria to race included a men’s single and quad, and women’s lightweight single and lightweight quad.

Gemma Hall boated � rst, to race in the women’s lightweight single. Gemma recently posted the fastest U23 women’s lightweight time at the Spring GB Tri-als, coming 4th overall out of all the lightweight women in the country.

She wasted no time putting North-umbria in their place with an inevitable and well-deserved victory.

She told � e Courier that “it was re-ally fun to race head to head” adding that “the support from the crowds was great”.

James Rudkin followed in the Men’s single, easily piping Northumbria to the line. James began at Newcastle in Sep-tember fresh from representing Great Britain at international level.

In the recent GB trials, James came 24th overall and 9th in U23, no mean feat.

Northumbria’s lightweight women’s quad pulled a gold medal at the BUCS Head last weekend, so looked to be the competition of the day. Newcastle’s elite crew, however, proved to be too much for the one hit wonder medalists.

� e crew consisted of Rosie Rust and Natalie Hardy fresh from their silver medal in the lightweight IV at BUCS Head, joining them were Henley win-ners Harriet Broad and Lexi Dobson.

� ey cruised past the � nish line with Northumbria in their wake attempting to keep up.

� e closest race was the � nal one of the day; the Men’s Intermediate LW 4 x winning their race by half a length.

It looked to be a close run race but Newcastle pulled away for the win.

Northumbria’s crew stood up for the crowd at the end of the race with 4 pints of milk and preceded to “milk it”.

A phenomenon that has recently swept Newcastle involving the entire cartoon being emptied over the “milk-er’s” head in random locations around Newcastle.

� e Tyne at Newburn certainly pro-

vided a unique setting, although, as one spectator observed, “perhaps they might have actually had a victory to milk, had they not had 4 pints of Tesco’s � nest weighing them down!” Yet anoth-er successful day for Newcastle Rowers.

Fresh from their Poly bashing warm

up, NUBC will be � exing their muscles at the women race at Women’s Eights Head of the River race in London this weekend, to be followed by the men on the 23rd March.

Head of the River is one of the biggest races of the year. Last year the women’s

� rst eight came an impressive 12th overall and the Men’s � rst eight pulled a remarkable 7th place. � e bar has been set high, best of luck to all those competing and take heed from North-umbria’s unfortunate gamble: leave the milking till a� er the race!

Rory the lion celebrates as Newcastle’s rowers notch up further success-es Photography: NUBC

Newcastle and Northumbria men’s cricket teams shared the spoils in the Stan Calvert indoor cricket matches on Wednesday. For anyone who doubts that cricket can be a thrilling fast paced game they should have headed down to South Northumberland CC to witness the rough and tumble nature of two hard fought Stan Calvert encounters.

� e format was 6 a side with 10 overs per side and the 2nd VI game kicked o� proceedings with Poly batting � rst. In a match where it is perhaps tricky to identify a par score Race anchored the innings for Northumbria hitting 34 not out having opened the batting.

Some tidy bowling from the Royals re-sulted in wickets for Tom Clarke, Matt Douse and Sunter as Newcastle will have been happy at the halfway stage to have restricted Northumbria to a man-ageable 85/4 from their 10 overs.

In reply Sunter took his lead from Race and having opened the batting, he saw his team home with 2 balls to spare and by 2 wickets to give Newcastle the � rst points of the 2013 Stan Calvert cricket competition. Supported by a cameo from Clarke, Sunter was accom-panied at the end by Caleb Jones to see the Royals over the line despite 2 wick-

ets apiece for Marchant and Wright.Immediately following this tense clash

the two � rst choice 6 a side teams faced o� with Newcastle this time batting � rst. Wicketkeeper Gareth Pursehouse and Scho� eld opened the batting but Purse-

house struggled to give the innings the impetus he wanted to and having pre-viously swung and missed at a pair of Scott Campbell deliveries, Pursehouse perished looking for the big shot again, as he was stumped o� Campbell for 4.

Le� -armer Campbell continued his ultimately match winning spell, by as-tonishingly bowling a wicket maiden in the 10 over format, as he had Scho� eld caught at mid o� looking for a maxi-mum to reduce the Royals to a below par 37-2 a� er 6 overs.

� ings got worse for Newcastle in the next over when captain Tom Ullyot was

run out for 6 a� er an incredibly athletic piece of � elding from cover by George Clarke sparking scenes of jubilation from the Northumbrians. � e arrival of Hugo Snape at the crease sparked a slight shi� in the momentum as he

launched a huge 6 on his way to a quick-� re 20, before going for one huge hit too many as he was well held on the bound-ary in the penultimate over bowled by Adam Berry.

� e 10th and � nal over of the innings proved to be a fruitful one for Newcas-tle despite an amusing mix up between James Essex and Will Street which le� both batsmen looking hopeless at the non striker’s end. Despite attempts from the Northumbria � elders to make a mess of the situation Essex was run out for 14 leaving Street as the last man to play well throughout the � nal over to � nish as the Royals’ top scorer on 22 not out. Newcastle’s total of 92-5 seemed to be about par in the sports hall consid-ering the scores seen in the earlier in-nings’.

Having earlier impressed with the bat Snape got the second innings o� to a perfect start for the Royals bowling a miserly over in which he conceded just two runs.

Unfortunately for Newcastle this early pressure quickly evaporated with George Clarke, sporting a West Indian coloured helmet, leading a counter at-tack as Northumbria reached 41-0 a� er 4 overs.

As the Poly moved easily above the required run rate frustration began to

grow into Newcastle’s game, highlight-ed by an over of short pitched bowling from Essex which included 3 no balls and leaked 19 runs. A piece of inspired captaincy brought the Royals back into the game as skipper Ullyot introduced himself into the attack and almost im-mediately accounted for the wicket of Berry, who was cleverly stumped by Pursehouse. Street then reacted rapidly at point to hold on to a sharp chance to remove Clarke o� the bowling of Essex, but the game looked dead and buried with Northumbria needing just 18 o� the last 3 overs at 75-2.

However Newcastle kept � ghting hard and their alertness in the � eld handed them a lifeline in the 8th over when Essex was able to capitalise on mix up between new Northumbria batsmen Brown and � ompson to run out the latter at the wicketkeeper’s end.

Nevertheless Northumbria appeared to be cruising to victory until Essex, now seemingly on a one man mission, returned to the bowling attack in the � -nal over with Poly needing just 2 to win. Admittedly Northumbria snuck home with 2 balls to spare thanks largely to Brown’s 17 not out, yet Essex’s accurate last over bowling had made them sweat much more than they thought they would have had to.





By Emily Keen at Newburn

Stan Calvert Cup 2013






By Joey Barton at South Gosforth

Stan Calvert Cup 2013


“Northumbria appeared to be cruis-ing to victory until Essex, now seem-ingly on a one man mission, returned to the bowling attack in the � nal over”

Spoils shared at South North

18.30 PMNewcastle see off the men’s squash 1sts in what appears to guarentee New-castle victory

19.18 PMThe athletics eventually fi nishes, and Northumbria take it with a rather messy scoreline of 6.75-3.75

21.30 PMDespite losing the show-piece event 30-14, Laura Mason lifts the cup with a scoreline of 78.75-64.25Photography: Joey Barton

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RESULTSSport DateVenue Winner


Waterpolo M Sport Central 3/3/13 NewcastleWaterpolo W Sport Central 3/3/13 Newcastle

Football W 1 Coach Lane 28/2/13 Northumbria

Skiing 1 Silksworth Ski Slope 5/3/13 Northumbria

Cricket W 1 South North CC 7/3/13 Northumbria

Volleyball M Sport Central 7/3/13 NorthumbriaVolleyball W Sport Central 7/3/13 Northumbria

Basketball M 1 Sport Central 8/03/13 Northumbria

Hockey M 1 Longbenton 10/3/13 NewcastleHockey M 2 Longbenton 8/3/13 NewcastleHockey M 3 Longbenton 8/3/13 Newcastle

Cross Country M Town Moor 9/3/13 NorthumbriaCross Country W Town Moor 9/3/13 Newcastle


Waterpolo M Sport Central 3/3/13 NewcastleWaterpolo W Sport Central 3/3/13 Newcastle

Football W 1 Coach Lane 28/2/13 Northumbria

Skiing 1 Silksworth Ski Slope 5/3/13 Northumbria

Cricket W 1 South North CC 7/3/13 Northumbria

Volleyball M Sport Central 7/3/13 NorthumbriaVolleyball W Sport Central 7/3/13 Northumbria

Basketball M 1 Sport Central 8/03/13 Northumbria

Hockey M 1 Longbenton 10/3/13 NewcastleHockey M 2 Longbenton 8/3/13 NewcastleHockey M 3 Longbenton 8/3/13 Newcastle

Cross Country M Town Moor 9/3/13 NorthumbriaCross Country W Town Moor 9/3/13 Newcastle

Cricket M 1 South North CC 6/3/13 NorthumbriaCricket M 2 South North CC 6/3/13 Newcastle

Rowing IM W (Single) Newburn 6/3/13 NewcastleRowing IM M (Single) Newburn 6/3/13 NewcastleRowing W (Quad) Newburn 6/3/13 NewcastleRowing W (Quad) Newburn 6/3/13 Newcastle

Hockey W 1 Coach Lane 8/3/13 NorthumbriaHockey W 2 Coach Lane 8/3/13 NewcastleHockey W 3 Coach Lane 8/3/13 NewcastleLacrosse W Cochrane Park 10/3/13 NewcastleLacrosse M Redhall 10/3/13 NewcastleNetball 1 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NorthumbriaNetball 2 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleNetball 3 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleNetball 4 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleRugby League 1 Kingston Park 10/3/13 NorthumbriaRugby League 2 Bullocksteads 10/3/13 NorthumbriaRugby Union M 1 Kingston Park 10/3/13 NorthumbriaRugby Union M 2 Heaton 10/3/13 NewcastleRugby Union M 3 Heaton 10/3/13 NewcastleRugby Union W Cochrane Park 10/3/13 Northumbria

Squash M 1 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleSquash M 2 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleSquash M 3 Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleSquash W 1 Sport Central 10/3/13 NorthumbriaSquash W 2 Sport Central 10/3/13 NewcastleSwimming M Sport Central 10/3/13 DrawSwimming W Sport Central 10/3/13 DrawTable Tennis M 1 Sport Central 10/3/13 NorthumbriaTable Tennis M 2 Sport Central 10/3/13 Northumbria

Football M 2 Longbenton 3G 10/3/13 NewcastleFootball M 3 Longbenton 3G 10/3/13 Northumbria

Football W 2 Coach Lane 10/3/13 Northumbria

Gaelic Football Killlingworth 10/3/13 NewcastleGolf 1 Matfen Hall 10/3/13 NorthumbriaGolf 2 Close House 10/3/13 Northumbria

Basketball W 1 Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 NorthumbriaBasketball W 2 Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 Newcastle

American Football Gateshead Stadium 17/2/13 Newcastle

Fencing M Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleFencing W Sports Centre 10/3/13 NewcastleFootball M 1 Longbenton 7/3/13 Newcastle

Athletics (Track and Field) Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 NorthumbriaBadminton M 1 Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 NewcastleBadminton M 2 Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 NewcastleBadminton W Gateshead Stadium 10/3/13 Northumbria

Basketball M 2 Sport Central 10/3/13 NorthumbriaBasketball M 3 Sport Central 10/3/13 Northumbria

Table Tennis W 1 Sport Central 10/3/13 NorthumbriaTennis M 1 Churchill 10/3/13 DrawTennis M 2 Churchill 10/3/13 NewcastleTennis W 1 Virgin Active 10/3/13 Newcastle


1. Decimal point scoring is rather unsatisfactory.

� anks to the complicated way in which athletics is scored (Northumbria 6.25 Newcastle 3.75), the competition ended with a slightly strange looking scoreline of 78.75-64.25. � is sounds more like the name of a room in the Business School than a sport-ing result.

2. Netball games are ludicrously close.

A� er every netball game was won with a points total of 49, and two of the games were only won by one score, there can be little doubt which sport induced the most nail-biting results of the competition. A true rollercoaster ride at the Sports Centre.

3. Never tackle an opposing mascot until you know their gender.

� ere were many cheers from the Newcastle fans when Roary the lion lined-up, charged, and rugby tackled Polly the parrot during the cheerleading performance. It was a hit that Brian Lima himself would have been proud of, but everyone was le� feeling slightly uncomfortable when it was revealed that mascot was in fact a woman in parrot’s clothing.

4. March is actually the coldest month of the year.

� is year is the 20th anniversary of the Stan Calvert competition, and it has surely never been contested in a blizzard before. At least the snow shielded the views of the Newcastle fans as their team was de-molished in the frozen wasteland that was Kingston Park.

5. Rugby league has the biggest � ghts.

Fights threatened to break out in several sports; we saw two red cards for violent conduct in the men’s 2nds football, two sin-binnings a� er a punch-up in the rugby union men’s 1sts, and there were even players squaring up on the � rst tee at the golf. How-ever, these incidents pale into insigni� cance when compared to the 26-man brawl that took place in the rugby league 1sts. It was a fracas that put Gerard Butler and co.’s attempts in 300 to shame.

Freddie Caldwell

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