We're pleased to announce that April's Team of the Month Award goes to Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC 1st XV. Please have a read of their nomination below and why they were chosen by the judging panel.
Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC concluded the 2018/19 season on 13 April as Champions of Durham/Northumberland 2 with a 43-12 victory against Ashington that saw the team achieve 26 wins out of 26 league fixtures.
Achievements throughout the season that contributed to the nomination as
team of the month:
- Only Northumberland senior side to remain unbeaten throughout the season and one of only three teams – Aspull (20 wins) and Silloth (18 wins) – across the whole Northern Division to achieve the feat.
- Highest league points total (126) since league went to 14 teams in 2014/15.
- Highest points difference (+1086) and points scored (1340) in league ever.
- Conceded just 254 points all season with just one team (Redcar) securing a try bonus point against.
Rockcliff were promoted to DN2 in 2004/05, securing third place four times including the last two seasons but never quite gaining promotion to DN1. In a season with closest rivals North Shields persistently threatening Rockcliff’s position, the cardinal golds held the league’s top spot from the first week of the season and throughout.