Thunder Schools Cup first round draw.

Newcastle Thunder launched their brand new competition for Yr 7 players last weekend, as the draw for round one of the Thunder Schools Cup took place at half time of the club’s 1895 Cup clash with Keighley Cougars.

Created in response to requests from schools participating in the Sky Try programme for further playing opportunities, this year’s inaugural edition welcomes teams from 16 schools in tournaments for both boys and girls.

With 10 teams entered into the girls’ competition and 14 into the boys, it is promising to be a highly impressive first run and is also introducing Hexham Middle School, Oxclose Community Academy and Whickham School to rugby league for the first time.

In Round one of the cup, the first steps towards finals day at Kingston Park Stadium will see six fixtures in the boys’ competition and two in the girls, with a number of teams going into round two automatically with byes.

Matches will be played by Friday, May 17.

Thunder Schools Cup 2019

Boys Competition – Round 1 fixtures.

Seaton Sluice v Whitburn C of E Academy

Whytrig v Whickham

Ashington v John Spence

Churchill v Hexham Middle School

Belmont v Egglescliffe

Boldon v St Leonards


Byes – Studio West, Oxclose Community Academy


Thunder Schools Cup 2019

Girls Competition – Round 1 fixtures.

John Spence v Richard Coates

Churchill v Studio West


Byes -Belmont, Hexham Middle, Joseph Swan, Oxclose, Whitburn, Whytrig