Taken from www.thunderrugby.co.uk.
As the popularity of rugby league increases within the North East, Newcastle Thunder announce their weekly round up on the Men’s North East League for the new and exciting 2019 season.
This week we take an overview of each club as they make their final preparations before heading into the first round this Saturday. Read below to see how your local team shapes up for the new and exciting 2019 season and find out how you can get involved in.
2019 Prediction: 1st
After an impressive 2018 season where Wallsend Eagles came out on top in both the North East Men’s Cup and League it will take a lot from any team to top Wallsend Eagles this year.
Head Coach: Kai Downey
One to watch: Adam Hay
Home Ground: North Shields RFC
How to get involved: Head over to their website – https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/wallsendeaglesrlfc/ – or Facebook page to find out more information.
Twitter Handle: @EaglesRL
2019 Prediction: 2nd
After finishing runners up in the 2018 grand final, the Vikings have recruited well in the off season and will be looking to go one step further in 2019.
Head Coach: Adam Houston
One to watch: Aaron Willcocks
Home Ground: Monkton Stadium
How to get involved: Head to their website at https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/jarrowvikingsrlfc or their Facebook page for more information.
2019 Prediction: 3rd
With the retention of Lewis Clark and Lucas Reid the Eagles look to be set up for a big season, after reaching the North East Cup final in 2018 can the Eagles do better in 2019?
Head Coach: Craig Robertson
Ones to watch: Lewis Clarke
Home Ground: Royal High Athletics Club/School
How to get involved: Head to their social media pages or their website – https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/edinburgheagles – for more information.
Twitter Handle: @Edineagles
2019 Prediction: 4th
A youthful Cramlington Rockets side will be looking to continue improving from last year, but will a push for the Grand Final be a bridge to far?
Head Coach: Daniel Gilroy
One to watch: Dan Glover
Home Ground: Cramlington Sporting Club
How to get involved: Head to social media pages, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by their website – http://www.cramlingtonrockets.co.uk/ – for more information.
Twitter Handle: @CramlingtonRLFC
2019 Prediction: 5th
After the success of last seasons shield win the demons will be targeting a push into the top 5 play offs for 2019.
Head Coach: Karl Stephenson & Ben Hoggart
One to watch: James Cook
Home Ground: Houghton RFC
How to get involved: Head to their social media pages for more information.
Twitter Handle: @DurhamDemonsRL
2019 Prediction: 6th
The Crusaders boast a good blend of experience and youth but will they have what it takes to make the playoffs ?
Head Coach: Jason Grant and Simon Priestley
One to watch: Olly Bale
Home Ground: Robertson Road
How to get involved: Head to their Facebook page or website – https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/catterickcrusadersrlfc/ – for more information.
Twitter Handle: @CatterickRL
2019 Prediction: 7th
2018 seen the Tigers best finish, can they go one step further in 2019 and push to make the play offs?
Head Coach: Jake Egglestone
One to watch: Jordan Palliser
Home Ground: Sunnydale Leisure Centre
How to get involved: Head over to their Facebook page – We are Durham Tigers – for more information.
Twitter Handle: DurhamTigersRFL
West View Warriors
2019 Prediction: 8th
New boys West End Warriors will have the element of surprise when they embark of their first season in the North East, will they be able to cause some upsets?
Head Coach: Antony Lawrence
One to watch: Tom stead
Home Ground: Mayfield park
How to get involved: Head over to their Facebook page for more information.
2019 Prediction: 9th
The Pumas will be looking for a season of stability after forming a new squad for the 2019 season
Head Coach: Kieran Taylor
One to watch: Connor Drinkwater
Home Ground: The Pavilion
How to get involved: Head over to their Facebook page or their website – http://www.peterleepumas-rlfc.com/ – for more information.
Twitter Handle: @PeterleePumasrl
Newcastle Thunder also feature this Saturday (2:30pm kick off) as they face Keighley Cougars in round one of the newly formed 1895 cup. Newcastle Thunder’s U19’s will play as a curtain raiser as they face St Helens U19’s, (12:30 kick off).
Tickets are available online, calling 0871 2266060 or by heading into the Kingston Park Ticket Office.