Double joy for Ray in rugby play-off finals

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IT was a case of Green for go for a Doncaster Rugby League Club stalwart at Warrington on Sunday.

After cheering on the Dons to a 16-13 win over Barrow in the Championship One Grand Final, Ray Green saw oldest son Peter help steer Sheffield Eagles to a narrow win over Featherstone Rovers in the Championship final.

“It was a great day for South Yorkshire rugby because both teams were under-dogs in their respective finals,” said Ray.

It is the second time that Pete, whose Eagles side was routed by Rovers in last year’s final, had finished on the winning Grand Final side.

He lifted the Championship One trophy when captaining the Dons to victory over Oldham in 2008.

Earlier in the day, Doncaster-based One Direction heart-throb, Louis Tomlinson. turned out for Three Horseshoes United in their Doncaster Sunday Alliance League Division One clash against Leger Lions.

Full-back Louis played for around 80 minutes in United’s 4-1 defeat. Despite his appearance, in the team that he took over in the summer, being kept quiet, I’m told that quite a few young girls got wind of it.

It is not known whether Louis will turn out for the team this weekend.

But it wouldn’t be a surprise if he did, given the fact that he intends to play for the team in a big charity game at the Keepmoat Stadium against a Rovers X1 on Monday, October 22. as he’ll not want to let the side down.

Doncaster Rovers Belles’ boss John Buckley probably feared the worse when his second-bottom team took on leaders Arsenal in their penultimate FA Women’s Super League (WSL) in front of the ESPN cameras at Boreham Wood. Especially after the Gunners had scored four without reply at the Keepmoat Stadium recently - and also taking into account Belles’ poor performance at home to Birmingham City Ladies last weekend.

But it didn’t prove to be a case of lambs to the slaughter and Belles emerged with a lot of credit from a 3-2 defeat.

“It was certainly a lot better than the performance against Birmingham the week before,” said Buckley. “It was also a lot better performance than when they beat us at the Keepmoat recently.

“If you let teams like Arsenal play they’ll rip you apart so we tried to close them down and stop them playing, and it worked. But at the end of day it’s still another defeat.”

Dons’ players celebrated the end of the season on ‘Mad Monday’ which saw players visit a number of pubs in the town dressed in various saucy outfits.

Doncaster Phoenix Rugby Union Club players recently swapped brawn for brains when they tested out the “eggsperts’’ on the BBC’s popular Eggheads programme.

The Yorkshire Three club’s team consisting of former captain Drew Noble, Dan Morris, Dan Greenslade, Andrew Thompson, Joe Watts and Nick Byrne- travelled to Glasgow to film the show. which will be screened tonight at 6pm, in the summer.

“It was a great experience for all of us and everyone involved was terrific,‘’ said Drew.

“We answered questions on a range of topics, from sport and music to art, literature and history.’’

How did they do?

“We’re not allowed to say how we got on, but suffice to say, we gave it our best crack,” said Drew.