Dons show promise

Friendly action: No way through for Dons' Jamie Bovill against Hull at The Keepmoat.
Friendly action: No way through for Dons' Jamie Bovill against Hull at The Keepmoat.
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THE Dons played a very strong Hull FC team, which included 15 full-time players, in the first of two pre-season games at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.

Despite the score I felt our boys gave a good account of themselves and looked very fit, going right to the final whistle.

There were a few that really stood out and that gives us great hope for the new season, so credit must go to the coaching and conditioning team.

We are very grateful to Hull FC for the game because they brought a load of supporters over which helps us out financially.

I feel we will need all the money we can generate in 2011 because I can see us winning a few games this year so having to pay out winning money.

This Sunday we play Doncaster Select, which is a team made up of all the best players from our community clubs Bentley Good Companions, Toll Bar and Moorends.

I am hoping this fixture will become an annual one as it gives us a chance to have a look at the local talent and also gives the community players a chance to test themselves against the town’s semi-professional club.

They also get the chance to play at the Keepmoat which I know they are really looking forward too.

Let me explain the reasons behind this fixture as well as it being a warm-up game.

It is part of my strategic plan to build closer links with the local clubs so that when we are in a position to field a reserve side the idea is that the majority of the players will be Doncaster-based giving them a pathway to eventually playing for the Dons if they are good enough.

Hopefully in time we will have a good number of Doncaster players playing in the Doncaster first team.

It is not going to happen overnight, but I hope this game will act as a building block for the future.

Finally, I would like to congratulate my pal Jamie McDonnell for the successful defence of his European bantamweight title at the Dome on Saturday, which myself and head coach Tony Miller attended.

Let me tell you, this was a very tough fight and Jamie had to dig real deep and show real Yorkshire grit, so well done champ.

Jamie, incidentally, will be at the game on Sunday with his belt.

Carl Hall is the Dons chief executive and joint owner.