17th August 2018, 15:55 | north_east

North East Men's League Finals Day preview

North East Men's League Finals Day preview

16 teams, 8 finals, 4 venues - Super Saturday is back!

North East Grand Final – Wallsend Eagles vs Jarrow Vikings - 3pm

3pm marks kick off time for the North East Cup Final, which sees Wallsend Eagles take on Jarrow Vikings.

The Wallsend Eagles, formerly Newcastle Eagles, was formed in 1989. Since reforming its Open Age side in 2010, the team has won the North East Cup twice (2015 and 2018) as well as being crowned North East Champions twice (2015 and 2017).

This year, the Eagles competed in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup for the first time in their history.

Speaking on the Cup Final, Club Chairman, Alan Stevenson said: "We are delighted again to be in the Grand Final. We've had a great season so far, winning the Cup Final against Edinburgh, and we’ll be looking to defend our Championship.

"It has also been great to see the u16s from a couple of years ago really blossom, establish themselves in the squad and make a name for themselves.

"The game on Saturday is the type of game the lads look forward to.

"Jarrow Vikings are always tough games to play and this one will be no different. However, we know what we need to do on Saturday and hopefully we will come away with the win."

Opposition, Jarrow Vikings, formed in 2004 and have won the North East Grand Final three times, and are three-time North East Cup winners.

The side has strong military connections, with players coming from all three services – Royal Navy, Air Force and Army.

Currently serving in the Royal Navy, Jonah Lovet-McItrye, features on the bench on Saturday.

Head Coach, George Taylor, commented: "The Grand Final has been the target since the first day of pre-season way back in January after the disappointment of missing out last year.

"The focus has been building on performances week after week, rotating the squad to ensure we could work out the best combination of players and give every player the opportunity to appear in the final.

"I hope the 80 minutes are a good an advert for the game and we are able to hold our nerve and take the spoils"

 

North East Shield Final – Durham Tigers vs Durham Demons - 12.30pm

Kicking off Super Saturday is the 12:30pm North East Shield Final between Durham Tigers and Durham Demons.

Durham Tigers are one of the oldest clubs in the North East, dating back to the 1980s.

Their Open Age team was reformed in 2012, and interestingly the team also has a father and son playing together regularly, in Baz and Jake Egglestone.

Speaking on making the final, Team Manager, Jen Egglestone said: "For the Tigers to make it to a final is an absolute boost to all involved with the Club, our aim this year was just to play every game but to be in a final is amazing.

"The lads have worked so hard from pre-season in January and until now - it's a privilege to be involved with these guys, although it's been a tough six years we already feel like winners.

Huge shout out to all the volunteers and supporters that are as committed as the players."

For their opposition, Durham Demons, it is their first opportunity to collect some silverware.

Based out of Houghton Rugby Club, the team have been partnered with the Union side for many years, with most players playing across both codes.

Club Official, Marc Wiley, stated: "There is an immense excitement for Saturday's game. The side is still young, with most players being in their 20s, but they are a strong side and here's hoping we can do what needs to be done on the day."