Sports Review of the Year: Doncaster's winners and losers in 2015

Belles skipper Leandra Little and teammates celebrate promotion back to FAWSL1.
Belles skipper Leandra Little and teammates celebrate promotion back to FAWSL1.

How did your team fare in 2015? Here's a reminder of the main winners and losers across professional and amateur team sports in Doncaster.


Doncaster Rovers Belles secured promotion from FAWSL2 at the second attempt to regain their place at the top table of the English game.

Glen Harris's side missed out on the title to Reading but it was a case of mission accomplished as the Belles finished second in the table - enough to return to FAWSL1 following their controversial relegation in 2013.

Doncaster Phoenix continued their rise up the divisions by winning the Yorkshire One title with a perfect record of 26 wins out of 26.

They are currently three points clear at the top of North One East, having lost just once.

Doncaster Toll Bar won the Pennine Amateur Rugby League Championship One title in impressive fashion.

And the Prospect Road club have adapted well to life in the top flight. They currently lead the way in the Premier Division with four wins from five.

In their first ever season in the National League, Danum Eagles won the men's Division Four title.

The club have ambitions of playing in the BBL within five years. Chasing back-to-back promotions, they go into 2016 sitting joint top of Division Three.

Doncaster Athletic Club accepted an invitation to join the British Athletics League in 2016.

Sprotbrough Cricket Club won promotion from South Yorkshire League Division Two - their second successive promotion in the space of two years.

Rossington Main Cricket Club won promotion from Pontefract League Division Three.


It was a season to forget for Doncaster RLFC. Despite finishing fourth in the Championship the previous year, the Dons endured a torrid 2015 campaign.

Head coach Paul Cooke was replaced by Gary Thornton but he could not turn around Doncaster's ailing fortunes as they were relegated to League One having won just one game all season.

Wath Upon Dearne RUFC were relegated from Yorkshire One.


Doncaster Knights have ended 2015 in style, with a ten-match unbeaten run.

Sitting second in the Championship, the Castle Park are on course to finish in the top four and qualify for the end-of-season promotion play-offs.

Clive Griffiths' men are also top of their British & Irish Cup pool. Last season saw them reach the final for the first time before losing to Worcester Warriors.


Tickhill Cricket Club finish fifth in the South Yorkshire League Championship - just missing out on a place in the new Yorkshire League South division.

Doncaster Hockey Club narrowly missed out on promotion back to the women's National League. Looking to go one better this season, they currently have a seven-point lead at the top of the North Premier Division.

Thornensians RUFC finished third in Yorkshire Three.