The inaugural Steve Burns Shield and the second ever Tom Barton Shield took place at the weekend in a very successful day for Lincoln Rugby Club.
The title-winning Lincoln Ladies hosted a Barbarians side on Saturday in the first ever Steve Burns Shield, which was played in memory of their former coach who sadly died in 2020 and is still missed by everyone at the club.
Casey Thompson stood in as captain for Lincoln in place of the unavailable Shannon Snell and she did a superb job leading the team, who wore their special commemorative tartan shirts in honour of their former Scottish coach.
Emily Nelson, Clare Brooker-Brown, Harriet Fluck, and Jade Morgan were among the try scorers for Lincoln in a 51-0 victory.
The Barbarians side was mainly made up of players from Boston, Mansfield, Gainsborough, Burton, Sleaford and the University of Lincoln.
Lincoln’s men beat a Combined Services Barbarians side 59-19 in the Tom Barton Shield, which is named after the former chairman and player who remains a very popular member of the club.
Jake Keeton, Eren Hamilton, Jack Randell, Tom Law, and Ben Sykes were among the try scorers in a match which raised money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, with the exact total still being verified.
In between the two matches, Lincoln Touch showcased their sport with good game play and high tempo attacks on show, and well-worked tries scored in front of those watching from the sidelines.
Ten players in total were involved in a 45 minute session of touch rugby who showed their love of all forms of the sport.
On Sunday, NLD Women progressed through to the final of the RFU Gill Burns County Cup after a 41-0 victory against Staffordshire.
Seven players from Lincolnshire clubs represented NLD – Jenna Bierton, Abigail Lee, and Georgina Tomlinson (all Lincoln), Hannah Dennis and Jess Pearce (both Stamford), Cassie Milestone (Scunthorpe), and Natasha Champion (Boston).
Bierton crossed for two tries and Lee, Pearce, Milestone, and Ashfield’s Holly Felton each scored one. Hannah Vandersluis, who plays her club rugby for West Bridgford, kicked four conversions and one penalty.
NLD Women will now face Cornwall in the cup final at Richmond Athletic Ground on June 4.
Meanwhile, Stamford’s Under-16 duo of Will Delaney and Jack Haynes, who have both played for the club since Under-6 level, have successfully made it into the Leicester Tigers academy.
The Stamford Rugby Club said: “Under-16s coaches, management and teammates are all rooting for you and your future successes.”