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.
December 15th : Stockport & Winnington Park (Home)
Please arrive at Derby Fields at 10:15 latest as we need to organise the boys into squads to play a set of round robin matches against squads from Stockport and Winnington Park.
December 22nd : Lads n Dads
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.
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.
Report to follow
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.
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.