Welcome to Macc U10s
Mold Festival Winners 2013
Manchester Festival Plate winners 2013
Stockport Festival Runners Up 2013
Macc U10s play and train each Sunday at Derby Fields 10:15-12:00
Parking is available at Derby Fields, situated opposite the club on the B5087 Alderley Road.
March 9th: Training (Home)
March 16th: Chester (Home)
March 23rd: Manchester (Away tbc)
March 30th: Stoke and Alty Kersal (Home)
April 6th: Stoke Festival (Away)
April 13th: Wilmslow and Whitchurch Festivals (Away)
April 18th-20th: Kings Rochester Tour
April 27th: Cheshire Cup (Sandbach)
May 4th : Rochdale Festival
2nd March Bowden (Home)
A lot of rugby played on a thankfully dry morning against Bowden, another club like Macc able to produce more than 30 players each week. Each club split into squads playing matches across 3 pitches simultaneously. Some good play from Macc’s 3 squads against strong, testing opposition produced 4 wins with one draw and one loss.
Two tight matches, although Macc scored heavily when chances came. In the first Macc took the lead via Olly S but Bowden were bossing the breakdown, from many angles, and it wasn’t a shock when they equalised soon after. Macc upped the rucking and were able to pull away, a great run and offload from Will M set up Billy for the first of his 2 tries and further scores from Aaron and Ryan gave Macc a 5-1 win. In the second match Macc were knocked out of their rhythm with game-ending knocks to 3 players Olly S, Billy and Ben, victim of a tip tackle. Great defence, especially from Aaron, kept many Bowden scoring chances out but the visitors still took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Billy bravely came back despite some sore fingers and helped change the momentum, making runs and winning rucks, and two deserved tries from Aaron produced a final score of 2-2.
Macc 5 – Bowden 1 Scorers: Olly S, Billy (2), Aaron, Ryan
Macc 2 – Bowden 2 Scorers: Aaron (2)
Two more close matches on this pitch. Macc won both games due to their speed and superiority at the ruck along with good tackling, but Bowden used the ball better than Macc when they had it, too many Macc moves breaking down as the first receiver ran into tacklers rather than use a pass to space. Overall though, a very encouraging performance from this physically strong Macc team but one that can be even better with a bit more guile. Player of the week in this group was Tommy E for strong runs and a couple of try saving tackles.
Macc 2 – Bowden 0 Scorers : Tom, Sam H
Macc 3 – Bowden 2 Scorers: Tom, Ellis, Olly B
Close games again here. Macc were well in contention in the first match at just 4-5 and 5-6 down, but late tries from Bowden gave them a comfortable looking final advantage of 8-5 despite a hat trick from new player Olly B. The second match was equally close, tied at 3-3 at half time. In the second half though, two tries from Sam H and Charlie O were enough to close out a 5-4 win. Player of the week was Olly B.
Macc 5 – Bowden 8 Scorers : Chris C, Olly B (3), Charlie O
Macc 5 – Bowden 4 Scorers: Charlie S, Sam H (3), Charlie O
23rd Feb Wilmslow (Away)
Finally back on grass for a competitive fixture at Wilmslow where the pitches held up well. Matches were played across 2 pitches with both clubs able to field 2 teams each despite the half-term holidays. Carrying on recent good form, Macc took 4 from 4 games played, winning comfortably on one pitch with scores of 13-0 and 11-2 but perhaps more encouragingly, being pushed hard and taking the two much closer games on the other pitch 5-4 and 7-5.
On the first pitch Macc had too much of an all round game for the hosts, tackling and rucking well and running hard with some nice use of deft offloads and longer passes into space at times. They also had Charlie W on fearsome form, finding the slight downhill slope to his liking – running hard and fast to the line crossing 7 times on the day to take the player of the week award.
On the other pitch Macc again played a good team game, a feature of the U10′s post-Xmas performances. Some nice support work in attack at times and good defence with only a few missed tackles enabled them to edge out Wilmslow who improved from a rusty start as the games went on to fully stretch the Macc team.
Since returning from the Festive break, Macc’s U10s have now played 29 matches, winning 22 with 6 draws and just a single loss (by a single try). The full team effort producing these results is shown by the fact 25 different players have scored tries with many more playing their best rugby of the season.
Results and Scorers:
Wilmslow 0 Macc 13 Scorers: Tommy R, Will M, Billy (2), Charlie W (4), Olly S, Tom, Ben, Aaron, Christopher
Wilmslow 2 Macc 11 Scorers: Owen, Sam H (2), Tommy E (2), Olly S, Charlie W (3), Aaron, Will P
Wilmslow 4 Macc 5 Scorers: Owen, Sam H (2), Will P, Sam T
Wilmslow 5 Macc 7 Scorers: Charlie S (2), Ryan (2), Tommy R (3)
16th Feb Sale Scorpions/Sandbach (Away)
Indoors again this week back at Trafford’s Soccer Dome as the dismal, very wet weather continued. Macc split to 3 teams across 3 of the 5G pitches to play Sale Scorpions and Sandbach using Touch rugby rules. Although missing out on a chance to practice contact skills, the Touch games were a good opportunity to work on passing and support play in attack along with organising a defensive line, all at a rapid pace.
Across a total of 9 matches, Macc remained undefeated sneaking 3 wins alongside a large number of drawn games as defences ruled. Many games ended 0-0 (3 against Sale Scorpions, 2 against Sandbach) as tries were hard to come by given the Touch rules and good defensive lines all teams produced. Results and scorers from the other matches are below:
Macc 1 Sandbach 1 Scorer: Will M
Macc 2 Sandbach 0 Scorers: Will M, Olly S
Macc 3 Sandbach 0 Scorers: Charlie S 2, Charlie 0
Macc 4 Sale 0 Scorers: Matthew J 2, Charlie S 2
2nd Feb Training (Home), Lymm (Away)
The record wet weather meant pitches again were unavailable, but some flexible organisation at Macc, as well as some great help from opponents Lymm, meant a squad of Macc’s U10s could train at home on the Astroturf and 2 squads could play indoor 6-a-side matches at Trafford’s Soccer Dome.
Macc’s U10s have been in great form in 2014, and they took that to another level against probably the toughest opposition Lymm, winning all 4 of the matches played, but much more importantly, putting in full team performances in every game with almost every player hitting their best form of the season.
The coaches have been working on attacking and defensive alignment in recent sessions, and the players showed they’ve been taking the lessons on board. Lymm have good runners and some big players and offered a full on challenge. Macc were able to meet and match the physicality with solid defence and hard but accurate work at the breakdown but also kept their shape so they were able to make and use space with players passing and supporting brilliantly at times. Many of the tries scored were full team efforts, everyone of the 6 players on the smaller G5 pitches taking part – one player making a break and presenting the ball when tackled, another clearing out the ruck for the scrum half to give a fast pass away, the others passing the ball down an attacking line for the winger to touch down in the corner.
As in previous weeks is was great to see so many different Macc players cross the line – 13 this week – which is an indication of the strength in depth within the U10s but also that the age group are playing a full team game.
Within what was a strong team performance, some individual highlights: James M with some neat scrum-half play and determined runs, Harry O for an eye catching solo try, Will P for top scoring on the day with 4 tries, Will M and Olly S for some fearsome tackles, Tommy E for strong running and Jamie D for his first score of the season (making it a one try per 200 tackle ratio).
Thanks again to Lymm for huge help with the match venue.
Results and scorers:
Macc 6 Lymm 2 : Tommy R, Aaron, Will M (2), Harry, Ben
Macc 9 Lymm 0 : Tommy E (2), Joseph, Jamie D, Charlie S, Will P (4)
Macc 3 Lymm 2 : Owen, Will M, Olly S
Macc 2 Lymm 1: Billy, Charlie S
12th Jan Winnington Park (Home)
The early frost cleared leaving the Derby Fields in remarkably good condition for the Macc fixture against visitors Winnington Park returning after their visit just before Christmas. Both clubs have excellent numbers in their U10 age groups and three squads from each club played 2 matches each on a busy morning’s rugby.
Macc continued their excellent recent run of results, almost repeating their perfect 6/6 against Manchester last week, losing just one of 6 matches and that by a single score. Like last week, Macc’s tries came from across the group with 13 different players touching down.
Winnington Park gave Macc a proper test across all the matches and the scoreline against them was harsh given the effort their players put in right to the end. The difference to the last visit to Macc, when Winnington edged the matches 4-2, was mainly in the Macc defence and work at the ruck as they made Winnington work very hard to keep the ball and starved them of any dangerous forward momentum. The result of this defensive pressure was that the Sharks and Tigers allowed just a single try against them in their 4 matches. With the ball, Macc played with some good width at times, especially in the Sharks squad, getting somewhere near to where the coaches want them to be in terms of attacking organisation.
Results and scorers by squad:
Macc 8 Winnington 0 : Will M (3), Chris H, Billy (2), Olly, Aaron
Macc 4 Winnington 0 : Will P, Olly, Billy, Chris
Player of the week : Aaron for some great upfront tackling leading the defence and strong running in attack
Macc 2 Winnington 0 : Charlie W, Ryan
Macc 2 Winnington 1 : Ben (2)
Player of the week : Ben, helping turn round a try deficit in the last match with some good intent and two match winning scores.
Macc 3 Winnington 4 : Charlie O, Angus, Ian B
Macc 4 Winnington 3 : Charlie O, Alistair, Charlie S (2)
Player of the week : Charlie S for some good tackling, running in attack and try scoring in the Lion’s win.
January 5th : Manchester (Home)
To start the new year of rugby, the rain held off long enough to leave damp but very playable pitches at Derby Fields allowing six matches against visitors Manchester to go ahead on a cold, but thankfully dry, morning. Macc were lucky enough to take all six games, an overall score line that was harsh on Manchester as most of the games were settled by just one or two tries, and all games were fully competitive.
Encouragingly, Macc produced some nice bits of play after the Christmas break, the 2 squads on the day both using some width and looking to use a pass as much as a solo run to try and create and use space. Defence was mostly good too, important as Manchester were also getting width into their game and looking to get runners into space which would have caused a lot of problems if tackles weren’t made and pressure put on.
Macc produced some great team play at times, a highlight being Ted doing really well near his own line to set up a length of the pitch run for Aaron to score. Some good individual performances too, Charlie W was a constant threat running hard but also intelligently into gaps for his 3 tries ending just behind Olly on 4 as top scorer on the day. As with other matches this year it was good to see 12 different players getting onto the score sheet to produce Macc’s 19 tries, showing that the U10s have a large number of scoring options.
Macc 3 Manchester 2 Scorers : Billy, Olly (2)
Macc 3 Manchester 1 Scorers : Tommy R, Ted, Sam T
Macc 4 Manchester 1 Scorers : Aaron (2), Olly (2)
Macc 3 Manchester 1 Scorers : Will P, Sam H, Charlie W
Macc 4 Manchester 0 Scorers : Charlie W, Ben, Will M (2)
Macc 2 Manchester 1 Scorers : Charlie W, Harry
December 15th Winnington Park/Stockport (Home)
Some tough matches against visitors Winnington Park and Stockport to close out the first half of the season in terms of competitive matches.
Against Winnington, Macc were beaten by 4 matches to 2 despite outscoring the visitors by 13 tries to 9 overall. Macc were oddly off the pace and lacking their usual intensity in a few matches and Winnington, despite being comfortably beaten by 4 and 5 tries in the 2 games they lost, were deserved winners as they were composed enough to take the tight games, taking 3 of their 4 victories by a single try. Despite a dip in Macc’s normal team game there were some notable personal performances, both Ted and Ben scoring a hat trick each and Ian scoring 2.
Stockport gave Macc some payback for their heavy home defeat back in October, taking 2 matches against Macc’s development team with a pile of tries. Despite the scoreline, Macc’s players stuck at it well and played with great enthusiasm and will have probably learned more from the games than their opponents, as did the coaches.
Results and Scorers:
Macc 1 Winnington 2 (Charlie W)
Macc 4 Winnington 0 (Ben 3, Billy)
Macc 5 Winnington 0 (Ted 3, Harry, Chris)
Macc 1 Winnington 3 (Will M)
Macc 2 Winnington 3 (Ian 2)
Macc 0 Winnington 1
Macc 0 Stockport 10
Macc 1 Stockport 9 (Matthew J)
December 8th : Stoke (Away)/ Sandbach (Away) / Wilmslow (Away)
Three sets of away fixtures this week: Macc taking a clean sweep of matches at Stoke and Sandbach and a win and two loses at Wilmslow against the home team and Bowden. Encouraging signs of Macc’s player development that the age group can put out 3 squads on the same morning all capable of being competitive and winning matches.
Macc were challenged to start strongly against Stoke’s U10s who were unbeaten so far this season. Aaron delivered the ideal start and set the standard, driving the first Stoke ball carrier back 5 yards at the kick off, the ball recycled from the ruck for Will M to score the opening try. Macc kept the same intensity through the match giving the home team little time on the ball. Scorers in the opening 8-1 win were Will M (3), Ben, Billy (2), Ted and Tommy R.
The second match started brightly for Stoke with the first score but Macc gradually got their play together and tries from Will M (2), Tommy R, Joseph, James, Chris and Billy produced a 7-1 win. Some nice passages of play from Macc, in particular the final try for Billy which came at the end of a move with 3 or 4 nice off loads to keep the attack flowing. Credit to Stoke who played with great energy and heart right up to the last whistle.
In three matches at Sandbach, Macc came away with a perfect hat-trick winning 1-0, 6-1 and 7-1. Some impressive performances, notably Tommy E with 7 tries. More details to follow.
Wilmslow and Bowden at Wilmslow.
Some more good play at Wilmslow, the Macc side losing to the home team in one match before winning the rematch and a losing out in the final game against Bowden as players tired. Again, some good performances across the team with James B standing out with some great tackling.
December 1st : Caldy (Away)/ Sandbach (Away)
Two sets of away fixtures this week: a friendly set of games away against Caldy, Macc taking 3 with one draw before the morning ended with a game with Macc and Caldy players mixed together in true Barbarians style. The other matches were away at Sandbach where Macc took both of the mornings games.
Macc won two matches with 9-2 and 6-4 scorelines. There were strong performances across the team but leading the way with line breaks and try scoring was Tom with Ted also catching the eye. Other notable contributions and scores came from from Sam H, Charlie S, Owen and Ethan.
On one pitch a single match was played in 3 lots of 10 minute “halves” with Macc ending 9-2 ahead. Early individual runs came together into more rounded team play as the matches went on, scores were spread across the junior Blues side :Ben, Will M, Aaron (2), Charlie W, James, Ollie, Tommy R, Billy all touching down.
On the second pitch there were another 3 games, Macc taking the first with a single try by Will P who scored again in the second, a 2-0 win for Macc with Joseph getting the other for the visitors. A final game was drawn 2-2 with Joseph scoring again along with Chris for Macc. Caldy scores in this last match included one from Will P playing on loan, another Macc loanee making the break and giving the pass for the other.
November 17th : Congleton (Home)
Four matches against Congleton at home this morning, Macc taking three of the games, the other tied. In the drawn match Macc came back from 4-1 down to grab the tie. In the last game of the day, Billy and Charlie W performed the possibly unique feat of scoring for Macclesfield in the first half, then scoring against them in the second as they went on loan to Congleton !
Scores and scorers:
4-3 : Charlie W, Charlie S, Chris, Alistair
4-4 : Tom M (3), Olly
8-0 : Olly (2), Owen (2), Harry, Ian (2), James M.
5-3 : Ted, Billy, Charlie W (2), Ryan (also Charlie and Billy with 2 for Congleton).
Sunday 10th November
Two sets of away fixtures at Leigh RUFC where Macc produced great form, scoring 10 tries while keeping a perfect defensive record, and Alty Kersal where they came out on the wrong side of results in five otherwise highly competitive matches.
A really strong performance away at Leigh with 10 tries for Macc and, most impressively, no reply from the home team. This was one of Macc’s most complete performances of the season as they held a perfect defence over 40 minutes against a strong side who presented a full-on physical challenge. Notable contributions were Aaron’s tackling, Ted ripping the ball to score and putting in some great tackles of his own but mostly the commitment and cool heads shown across the entire team. Rarely did Leigh breach the defensive line get into Macc’s half, reminiscent of the team perfomance in the knock-out games that helped to win the Mold Festival – it just all seemed to click: mauling, ripping, speed at the breakdown.
Scorers were Aaron (3), Harry (2), Christopher (2), Tommy, Ted and Ollie S on his comeback from injury at the Manchester Festival.
Alty Kersal (Away)
Results and Scorers:
Alty K 3 – Macc 2 Charlie S, Joseph
Alty K 3 – Macc 2 Sam H (2)
Alty K 3 – Macc 2 Charlie W (2)
Alty K 8 – Macc 3 Joseph, Sam H, Ian
Alty K 5 – Macc 1 Charlie W
Sunday 3rd November
More round robin games at home against Caldy and Sandbach in some fairly “typical rugby weather”. Not all results in yet - and a very soggy notepad may mean some scores aren’t 100% accurate -but Macc’s games against Sandbach were 1-1 with one to play, Macc producing a clean seep of 4 matches against Caldy, although scores very close in most.
Results and Scorers vs Caldy
Macc 5 – Caldy 0 Tommy R, Chris H, Aaron, Billy, Will M
Macc 5 – Caldy 4 Joseph (2), Ryan (2), Charlie W
Macc 4- Caldy 1 Tommy E, Tom M (2), Harry
Macc 4 – Caldy 2 Joseph (3), Charlie W
Results and Scorers vs Sandbach
Macc 0- Sandbach 6
Macc 3 – Sandbach 0 Will M, Chris H, Tommy R
Sunday 27th October
A huge number of games on a Sunday morning keeping Macc’s U10′s 30+ players busy as three junior Blues squads played round robin games away at Stockport, against the hosts and Marple, and at home against Wilmslow and Heaton Moor. Some great performances on the day, highlight being the team work ethic from the Stockport squad who won 3 from 3 matches, scoring 19 tries while keeping their line intact with great defence and ability to win turnovers.
A 10 man Macc squad opened up round robin fixtures against Marple and home club Stockport with a run out against fellow visitors Marple. Pre-game training seemed to pay off and the team used width and strong defence to produce an emphatic 7-0 win with scores from all across the team from Joseph, Will M (2), Tommy R, Sam H, Ben and Aaron. They took the same form into what was expected to be a tougher match against the strong Stockport squad who drew 3-3 with Macc at their earlier Festival but immaculate defence and strong work at the breakdown meant the home team were starved of the ball and any break they made was snuffed out before support could arrive. First half scores from Tommy R, Sam H and Will M gave Macc a good lead and they moved further clear with second half tries from Sam H, Aaron, Joseph and Tommy. A final match against Stockport followed the same pattern, the 5-0 win coming after scores from Joseph, Will M, Aaron (2) and Tommy R.
Particular highlights in impressive team performance were the all round tackling and rucking to win back the ball which created huge pressure on the opposition and resulted in three clean sheets on the day. Also of note was the desire to get the ball wider and use space in attack. The move of the day didn’t actually result in a score but was still great to watch: a crisp pass from scrum-half at the set piece in the Macc half by James M put Aaron into the midfield, he ran hard and straight to fix his defender and a second pass to Sam H on the wing put him in more space, the Stockport defence just scrambling back to prevent the score. More of this attacking play and the strong defence shown will put Macc in good stead for the rest of the season.
Heaton Moor (Home)
Results and Scorers
Macc 4 Heaton M 0 Billy (2), Tom, Charlie W
Macc 6 Heaton M 1 Tommy E (2), Billy (2), Ellis, Owen
Saturday 19th October/Sunday 20th October
A double-header of weekend matches, two sets of close games against the touring Kings School from Rochester, Kent and Manchester festival co-winners Warrington. Macc edged ahead in all the games against Kings, but balance came as they fell on the wrong side of the results against Warrington.
Kings School Rochester (19th October)
Three matches were played on a Saturday morning against touring team Kings, Macc taking all three matches but only one of those was a clear win: 7-0 (scorers were Charlie W with 3, Joseph, Tom with 2 and Ryan). In the other games, Macc won one 5-3 : Tommy, Will M (2), Ben (2) crossing the line, while the other was closer still as Macc edged it 5-4 with tries from Will M (3), Ben, James M.
After the games, the Macc and Kings players met up for a McDonalds lunch kindly sponsored by Alton Motors – certainly the highlight of the morning for a number of the Macc squad.
Warrington (20th October)
Three narrow loses and one draw came from games against a strong Warrington side. Macc were winning many of the collisions and a lot of rucks to edge possession but Warrington were that crucial bit better at moving the ball into space with neat passes to finish their chances.
Results and scorers:
1-1 : Ryan
3-4 : Charlie W (2), Tommy R
1-3 : Will M
3-4 : Aaron, Chris, Will M
Sunday 13th October Mold Festival Winners
Macc came back from an opening round loss to Lymm to win their next six matches to triumph at the Mold Festival. Across all 7 games they scored 22 tries (8 different players touching down) to just 2 conceded in an impressive performance.
After a trip across the border to Mold, Macc started poorly against fellow travelling Cheshire club Lymm, allowing a simple try from a straight run with several missed tackles. After that, Macc gained plenty of possession but didn’t make use of the space created to really test the Lymm team who were solid in defence, holding out to keep the 1-0 win. The pool stage structure allowed Macc a second chance with two teams from the six strong group qualifying for the semi-finals and four more matches to show their worth, although it looked likely they’d have to play the winners of the other pool in a semi-final to add to the challenge.
The next game was against Ruthin and Macc were “Ruth-less” (sorry, had to be done). Tries from James, Will M (2), Chris (2) and Aaron came without reply due to solid defence and turnover work at the ruck, the 6-0 win showing Macc were fully awake and back on track. The next game against a game but smaller Cobra side was more of the same, Macc producing a 4-0 win with tries from Ben (2) and Tommy R (2). Against a more challenging Colwyn Bay side, Macc again ran out 4-0 winners but in this game they started to show a lot more shape in attack, the last of Tom’s hat-trick of tries coming at the end of a flowing passing move, Chris, James and other try scorer Will shipping the ball out wide.
The three wins got Macc back into a position to qualify for the knock out stages but not there yet, the last group match against Nant Conwy being a virtual quarter-final. Macc started strongly and tries from Will M and Aaron got them 2-0 ahead. Things were far from comfortable though as Conwy were stealing plenty of ball as Macc struggled to match their pace at ruck time. Nant Conwy then capitalised on a turnover to score, making things tense with time running down. A great jinking solo run and try from Billy sealed it though, a 3-1 win enough to put Macc into the semi-finals against winners of the other group, Caldy.
Caldy were the only side to beat Macc at Manchester the week before, but this time they met a team who were by now firing on all cylinders. In a tightly contested game, both teams flew into tackles and rucks and closed each other down, Macc spending the opening minutes struggling to get play way from their line, Caldy looking the most likely to score. When Macc did break down the middle, the momentum shifted and they recycled well and kept possession near the Caldy line allowing Billy to cross and break the deadlock. Caldy tried hard to come back but Macc got into an even stronger position with a try from Tom and more epic tackling, holding onto the 2-0 score at the final whistle.
Macc’s opponents in the final were hosts Mold who had just come out of a thrilling semi-final against Lymm after an extra-time “golden try”. Mold may have struggled to get back into gear after the understandable celebrations of getting through their semi-final, but Macc were on the ball from the off. Macc cut down the first Mold runners from restarts and were tackling the second receivers well behind the gain line so the home team couldn’t get any forward momentum and were playing all the game in their own half. Macc were also clearing out rucks with some intensity and getting over the opposition ball to win turnovers and it wasn’t a surprise when they used the possession and took the lead through Tom. The next to score was Chris who was having his best game of the season blasting holes through the middle, before Aaron added a final score to close out a 3-0 win.
Mold put on an excellent Festival and were very gracious hosts, the entire day was played in a highly competitive but friendly spirit. Even the weather joined in, as the worst of the rain held off all the day.
Sunday 6th October Stockport and Manchester Festivals
Two Festivals entered and two bits of Silverware, one Macc team co-winning the Plate at Manchester after a draw in the final and the other team crowned runners-up at Stockport.
At the always high quality Manchester Festival, Macc caught the hosts off guard in the first game of the day, running in tries via Tom and Olly to take a 2-0 lead into half-time. Macc had bossed the first half with good continuity and also good rucking to win the ball but Manchester emerged as a different team in the second half and looked dangerous every time they had the ball. The hosts scored with a couple of minutes to go, but Macc had enough possession to keep their narrow 2-1 lead at full time.
After a relatively comfortable match against Wilmslow in their second game, won 4-0 with tries from Sam H, Olly, Tommy R and Ben, Macc played a tense match with Alty Kersal. Alty went ahead midway through the first half, which prompted Tommy to score one of the most eye catching tries of the day as he ploughed through the middle of the pitch straight from the restart to score. In the second half Aaron squeezed into the corner at the end of a fluid passing move and Ben powered over carrying several tacklers with him to open up a 3-1 advantage to Macc. Alty weren’t done though and they scored again to put the match into the balance and Macc needed solid defence to hang on to the win.
The final group match was against Caldy who were more streetwise in the rucks and turned Macc over in contact to boss much of the possession, going into half time with a try advantage. Macc pressed hard in the second half to find an equalising score and looked to be going into the corner only to find a Caldy player lined up in their back line, the interception leading to the second Caldy score that finished their 2-0 win.
Despite the loss in the final group match, Macc still topped the group with 3 wins and went into a semi-final with Bowden. Bowden had carried all before them last season with an excellent, expansive passing game but Macc shut them out in the first half with solid midfield tackling from Olly, Aaron, Tommy and Ben and, when they did go wide, new player Joseph was consistently able to tackle the winger before he could get round the outside. In the second half, the momentum changed and Macc were on the attack for much of the half. Macc played some great rugby in terms of continuity and ran hard into the Bowden defence and also ran wide, keeping the ball all the time, but the Bowden tackling was amazing under pressure given that much of the half was played just a couple of yards away from their try line.
A 0-0 draw in the semi-final meant Bowden progressed to the Cup final based on a better set of results in their pool and Macc went into the plate final against Sefton. Midway through the first half, James at scrum half spotted a tiny gap and burst through, twisting past two more tacklers as he blazed over from half way to score the try of the day. Despite some good defence, Sefton equalised before half time. The second half was marred by an injury to Olly that happened as he was held up in a maul, just after he’d taken a head high “tackle” in the previous play. It was a sad end to Olly’s day as he’d been Macc’s outstanding player to that point and he deserved much better. There were no more scores, so Macc shared the Plate, collecting their shield and medals from Sale Sharks players James Gaskell, Nick Macleod and Sam James.
Thanks to the Manchester club and organisers for another excellent tournament and friendly welcome, we look forward to returning next year.
Macclesfield travelled to a very well organised tournament at Stockport and, having won the U9 version last season, saw this as an opportunity to “defend” their trophy.
The festival opened up against a Wilmslow team, who had also split their squad in two enabling them to enter the Manchester festival on the same day. An indication of Macc’s strength in depth was displayed in a convincing 5-1 victory. The score at half time was only 1-0 to Macc, but the second half enabled them to open up and start to use the width of the pitch a little more, producing 4 tries for only one against. A genuine team performance with scorers, Ellis, William (2), Tommy E and Christopher.
The joy of victory was fairly short lived though, as Macc came up against a very determined Wirral next, the eventual winners. The score remained 0-0 for a long time but, with an air of inevitability, Wirral’s superiority at the breakdown paid dividends and their huge share of possession turned into tries. Wirral scored 5 tries at the end of the game to win 5-0, with the floodgates opening in the final minutes. Wirral gave a good lesson in speed and commitment at the ruck. Too many times Macc went into the tackle, to find themselves unable to retain possession, whilst Wirral produced quick ball repeatedly.
A Lymm team came up against Macc next, but Macc simply had too much aggression and running ability for them to cope. A combination of exploiting gaps and half-hearted Lymm tackling enabled Macc to run in seven unanswered tries in this game. Scorers in the 7-0 victory were William (4), Christopher (2) and Harry. The Sandbach game followed the pattern established by the Lymm game played previously. The Sandbach team were simply no match for the Macc lads. Sandbach did manage to breach the Macc defence once, but Macc ran out very comfortable 8-1 winners. Scorers were Will M (5), Ryan, Ted and Ethan.
The final game against Stockport was by far the least one-sided and most entertaining of the day, both teams saving their best competitive rugby for the end of the day. Stockport took an early lead, before Macc levelled. Stockport promptly took the lead again, but two unanswered tries gave Macc a 3-2 lead. With the final whistle approaching, Stockport crossed the line to give a final (and fair) score of 3-3. Scorers were Billy, Christopher and Harry.
Whilst not managing to defend the previous year’s success, the draw with Stockport did mean that Macc could claim the runner up spot at the festival (they had scored more tries than Stockport on the day), which was a deserved achievement for the lads who had worked hard all day. The breakdown and ruck were the areas identified as needing most attention, and improvement will undoubtedly follow. The need to use the width of the pitch and employ the wider players more was also a very clear highlight, particularly when playing teams competent in defending down the middle.
The organisers of the festival should be thanked for the excellent arrangements and warm welcome. The round robin format worked well with all teams getting equal games, irrespective of the teams’ performances.
Sunday 22nd September: Lymm and Wilmslow (Away)
Macc travelled to Lymm and split into 2 well balanced teams, playing matches against home team Lymm as well as fellow visitors Wilmslow.
On the first pitch, a physical Lymm team had too much in the contact area for Macc who struggled to get the ball and keep enough possession to be fully competitive. There were some good individual moments though, Will M and Chris scoring despite the team going down 5 tries to 2. The same Macc side had a much more convincing second game, beating a Wilmslow side by 7 scores to 3. Tries came from Will M (2), Billy (2), Ryan (2) and Tommy E with a try on his Macc debut.
On the second pitch, the opening game was a mirror of the opener with Macc having far too much strength and speed at the contact area for their Lymm opponents. Scores from Olly (3), Ben, Tommy R (2) and Tom M (2) helped Macc to a clear 8 tries to 2 win. The second match for this team was a tight affair against Wilmslow. Wilmslow were quicker to the breakdown in the first half and deservedly went into the break 2 tries to nil ahead. In the second half Macc sorted out the rucks and tackled hard. Aaron scored to get the match close before, in the final move of the match, Olly touched down in the corner to tie things up at 2-2.
So overall Macc played 4 games, winning 2, drawing 1 with 1 loss and scoring 19 tries to 12 conceded. The teams learnt a lot about looking after the ball and winning the contacts, hopefully putting them in good form for the upcoming Festivals at Stockport and Manchester.
General Information Season 2013-2014
U10 rules 2013-2014
The new RFU rules for U10 rugby are here
Membership forms and mini/junior information for the 2013-2014 season are here
The Macc kit is available from Surridge Sport here
All players must have a responsible adult present for all training and matches. One adult may look after a number of players as long as the coaches know who will take responsibility for any given player if required.
All players must wear a fitted gum shield/mouth guard.
Scrum caps are not mandated.
Teamer: match fixtures etc will go out via Teamer again this year. Please check your details are correct and up to date on Teamer to make sure you get the information.