North East Men’s League set for 2019 Community May 2, 2019 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. Wallsend Eagles 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 Jarrow Vikings 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. Edinburgh Eagles 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 Cramlington Rockets 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 [email protected] or by their website – http://www.cramlingtonrockets.co.uk/ – for more information. Twitter Handle: @CramlingtonRLFC Durham Demons 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 Catterick Crusaders 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 Durham Tigers 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. Peterlee Pumas 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.