Firstly, on behalf of Whitley Bay Barbarians, I (Lee Carbutt) would like to thank NERL for allowing us to host the Grand Finals Day, one of the biggest days in the NERL calendar. This year we are using our Women and Girls section to host the event, with the aim to raise funds for their Australia tour in 2020 and the support of the NERL community will help us go a long way to achieving this. Bring plenty of cash, we have lots going on.
Huge thanks to Mactech Engineering and Inspection, sponsors of our WAGS section for sponsoring Grand Finals Day.
Everything you need to know about the day will hopefully be covered in this article.
Admission - Via Main Door to North Shields Rugby Club
Admission will be £3 for adults and FREE for U16 and ALL Players.
However, if players would like to make a donation of £3 this would be appreciated or £5 for a car wash. Please see section further down for info on car wash.
Itinerary for the Day
8.30am - 9.30am - Staff Arrive to Set up
10am- 12pm- Junior Festival
11.30- 2.30pm - Women Game and Men's Exhibition Game
1pm-5pm - Men's Grand Final - Jarrow Vikings v Edinburgh Eagles
Car Wash and Other Events on the day
In addition to the quality rugby on show, the following will also be going ahead on the day. We are encouraging all NERL supports to be around for the day.
• Car Wash - £5 per car, book at the admissions desk. Leave your registration at the desk and your car will be washed before you leave.
• BBQ from 9.30am until 5pm- Selling Hot Dogs and Burgers
• Sweet/Cake Stall
• Rugby Skills Zone
Junior Festival and U12 Boys Game
Please confirm your age group team and how many players as soon as possible via the email that will have been sent to your club.
Players and Parents are to arrive between 9.30am-10.30am
Registration for teams will take place at 10am with the festival starting at 10.30am.
No Changing rooms will be available on the day. Please arrive changed.
The festival will finish at 12pm.
No after match food will be provided. However food is available from the BBQ.
U12 Boys Game will KO at 10.30am or 11am. No access to changing rooms. Please arrive changed.
Women's Game and Exhibition Game both 12.30pm Kick Off
Main Pitch - Whitley Bay Women v Halifax Women
2nd Team Pitch - NE Select v Bolton Mets
Access to changing rooms will be at 11.30am. Signs will be on the door to designate your changing room. After the game, players will need to collect a food voucher from the Team Manager to get a Free burger after the game.
We are encouraging all players to stay, have a drink, enjoy the BBQ and watch the men's grand final. It is sure to be a thrilling game and great advert for NERL.
# Please note that the players from the exhibition game will need to bag up before kick off and bring bags to pitch side, or a separate location if we can allocate one on the day.
# Please note, that the Women teams after the game will need to tidy and be out of the changing rooms asap, to allow the Exhibition men's team to enter the changing rooms. The ones they will have been using will have been used for the men's grand final teams.
Men's Grand Final - Kick off 3pm
Jarrow Vikings v Edinburgh Eagles
Access to the Changing Rooms from 1pm
Warm Up on the Main pitch will begin at 2.30pm.
After the game, players will need to collect a food voucher from the Team Manager to get a free burger after the game.
The bar will be open after the game for drinks and presentations.
On behalf of the club, the Chairman (Chris Coates) and myself Lee Carbutt we would hope you all have a fantastic day and we are looking forward to putting on a fantastic event.
Updated 18:22 - 10 Aug 2019 by Anthony Thompson