Welcome to the Under 11s web page
Macc U11s 2014-15 Season
2014-2015 Roll of Honours
Cheshire Festival Winners 2014 (2nd consecutive year) & Bowl Runners Up
Stockport Festival Winners 2014
Wilmslow Festival Plate Winners 2014
Stockport Plate Runners-up 2014
The tend of season trophies for the boys are now received, and we are awaiting delivery of gifts. Once these are in hand a day and time will be fixed. Look out for up-dates by email from Amber
New Rules of Play – Updated
New rules for 2015-16 season will be published this summer by the RFU. Look out for email up-dates from Paul on this.
Sunday training and fixtures for U11’s are at King’s School Derby Fields located opposite Macclesfield RUFC, on B5087 (Alderley Road). All start at 10:15 unless a specific update is listed for an individual fixture.
- March 15th : Newcastle / Northwich (H)
- March 22nd : Caldy (H)
- March 29th : Wilmslow (A)
- April 12th : Whitchurch Festival (A)
- April 18th : Wilmslow Festival (A) – Saturday Fixture
- April 19th : Manchester (H)
- April 26th : Cheshire Festival at Winnington Park (A)
- May 3rd : Hoylake Festival (A). 2 squads
Friday night training nights
All sessions at Macc RUFC every other week at 7:00-8:00pm. Next session:
1st March : Sale and Marple (H)
On a busy morning, Macc’s squad rotated across back to back games against 2 teams from Sale and a Marple side. Over the six fixtures Macc took 4 of the games, losing one apiece to each visiting club. In the tightest match of the day Macc dominated the middle 10 minutes of the match, but escaped only with a narrow victory because in turn Sale totally bossed the first and last 5 minute periods – all showing that at U11 level you have to play for the full 20 minutes rather than the full 80.
Results and scorers
Macc 5 – 4 Sale : Conal, Joseph, Aaron, Billy, Tommy E
Macc 5 – 0 Sale : Matthew J, Tommy R, Ryan, Charlie S, Harry
Macc 0 – 2 Marple
Macc 6 – 1 Sale : Ollie, Will M, Sam H, Billy (2), James
Macc 0 – 3 Sale
Macc 7 – 1 Marple : Charlie W (2), Conal (3), Joseph, Aaron,
22nd Feb: Rochdale (A)
A Macc squad travelled to Rochdale and played 2 back to back games on a cold morning, the last plays ending in sleet just before a blizzard hit ! Macc played some excellent stuff, using width to attack channels away from the breakdown area producing some great individual and team tries. Some of the passing moves and interplay were of the highest quality despite the cold hands, with very few errors given the increasingly testing conditions. Testament to the team performance was the fact that Macc’s 16 tries came from 8 different scorers, and everyone of the 10 man squad put in a big performance playing in a disciplined team structure.
Player of the week was Euan for a really energetic effort at scrum-half offering great support of the Macc ball carriers. Thanks too to Rochdale’s ref who did a great job with the matches and managing the conditions.
Rochdale 1 – 10 Macc : Aaron (2), Joe (2), Billy (2), Ben C, Charlie W, Conall, Will M
Rochdale 0- 6 Macc : Joe, Tommy R, Aaron, Ben C, Will M (2)
22nd Feb :Stoke (H)
Macc also played 2 matches against Stoke at home, ending with a win and a draw. In the first of the two games Stoke dominated possession but Macc were very strong in defence, able to hold the visitors away from the try line a couple of times with strong rucking. Macc continued to win the breakdown, forcing Stoke back, and eventually scored via Tommy E who managed to win the ball back in a tackle and drive over to register the only try of the game.
In the second game the weather took a turn for the worse and got even colder and wetter. Macc suffered a few injuries but fought relentlessly. After winning a ruck won just in front of Stoke’s line Will P picked out James who took the ball at full pace and dived over the line to score. For Macc’s second try the ball was passed with good handling across the pitch for Charlie S To run the ball home with pace. Stoke then managed to equalise with 2 scores of their own before Christopher notched the home side’s 3rd try with a powerful drive. Stoke replied with a try before the final whistle which ended the match 3 all.
Macc 1 – Stoke 0 : Tommy E
Macc 3 – Stoke 3 : James M, Christopher, Charlie O
Feb 8th: Lymm (A)
Macc came a cropper against a determined Lymm squad who flooded the breakdown area to dominate possession, Macc unable to escape the tight defence and get any width or go forward ball. Of the 6 matches, Macc had a single win and while the home side were dominant in most of the contests, a couple of the other matches were tight until the end when Lymm scored late to take them.
Lymm 3 – 2 Macc : Sam H, Jack V
Lymm 5 – 2 Macc : Conall, Charlie S
Lymm 4 – 5 Macc : Jack B, Sam T, Jack V, Chris, Ted
Lymm 8 – 0 Macc
Lymm 3 – 1 Macc : Charlie W
Lymm 4 – 0 Macc
25th Jan : Sale Scorpions (Away)
Four matches against Sale Scorpions at the Carrington training grounds gave Macc 2 wins, a draw and a loss. Macc won each of the opening games played on the 2 pitches used by scores of 6-1 and 4-0. Some excellent individual and team performances in those matches with Macc looking very sharp at times, their play including some strong running and neat offloads as well as strong work at the breakdown. Highlights included Billy’s runs and tries in the 4-0 win and the team performance with 6 different scorers in the 6-1 victory.
Sale came back well in the next games, holding Macc to a 3-3 draw in one match and winning the second 5-2. In this second match Sale produced a strong second half performance to record a comfortable win after Macc rang the changes at half-time but never looked like holding their 1-o lead at the break.
Sale 0 – Macc 4 : Ben C, Billy (2), Lewis
Sale 1 – Macc 6 : Chris, Charlie S, Conall, Jack V, Charlie O, Archie
Sale 3 – Macc 3 : Charlie W, Tommy E (2)
Sale 5- Macc 2 : Ben C, Conall
Players of the week : Tommy R, Lewis, Jack I. Well done all.
11th Jan : Chester (Away)
Macc and Chester split their big squads into 3 teams per club, playing 2 games each. Macc took the overall honours across some close games with 4 wins to the home team’s 2: The Macc Tigers, Sharks and Lions teams on the day all winning at least one game each.
There were good performances across the Macc sides in the first competitive outing since the holiday break against a very competitive Chester squad including some dazzling handling and running by Will M and Billy among others in the Tigers’ opening 6-0 win. Possible team highlight of the day was the Lions coming back from the disappointment of losing their first match to a last-gasp Chester try and producing some great team rugby to win the second return game by 3 tries to 1.
Chester 0 – Macc 6 : Will M (3), Ted (2), Billy
Chester 1 – Macc 2 : Charlie W, Aaron
Player of the week : Will M, taking some hits but coming back strongly to show amazing balance and pace with the ball in hand
Chester 0 – Macc 3 : Tommy E, Olly, Harry
Chester 2 – Macc 1 : Olly
Player of the week : Ben C, running good lines in attack and being solid under the high ball when returning kicks
Chester 2 – Macc 1: Jack
Chester 1 – Macc 3 : Ian B, Archie, Jack
Player of the week : Ian B, making some good ground with fast breaks when space opened up
14th December : Marple (A)
Macc U11s split to 2 squads, one at home for training while another travelled away and played 3 sets of “halves” against an improving Marple side.
At Marple Macc opened the scoring with a strong run from Sam H, scoring a solo try from his own half. Ben scored another with a powerful break to take Macc 2 scores clear before the home team started to get their game together. Although Marple scored twice, tries from Ben and Jamie kept the advantage to the visitors. In the closing stages, Marple completed a comeback and evened the game up at 4-4. With time running out, Ben scored the last try of his hat-trick to push Macc ahead once more but Marple crossed with the last play of the game after a huge pile-up on the Macc line to leave honours even.
Some good Macc performances on the day, Jamie and Jack B’s defence winning the weekly MOTM trophies, as well as some aspects to work on like keeping space in attack and not bunching behind the tackle area. In particular, Macc’s players did well to adapt to the rules being applied – penalties kicked to touch instead of the normal free-kicks, and defending scrum-halves tracking the ball round the scrum instead of staying behind the back foot – both things they’ll start to see as they move on from the U11 New Rules of Play.
Marple 5 – Macc 5 : Sam H, Ben C (3), Jamie
7th December : Alty Kersal (A) and Sale (A)
In between the heavy downpours, Macc played two games against Alty Kersal away at Stelfox Avenue. In the first match Macc were dominant, scoring 3 unopposed tries by halftime and another after the break to win 4-0 with Alty continually under pressure and unable to get into the Macc half. In the second match Alty picked up their game and were far more competitive, the game ending with Macc 4-2 ahead and grateful that some nice, threatening, passing moves by the home side didn’t get the final pass they deserved.
Alty K 0 – Macc 4 : Joe H, Charlie S (2), Billy
Alty K 2 – Macc 4 : Joe H, Billy, Olly S (2)
Two more matches were played at Sale. In the first, Sale started strongly but Macc stepped up and kept things close. In the end Sale did enough and deserved to take the game 2-1. In the second match as Sale rotated players, Macc were dominant and took their chances well to finish with a comfortable win.
Sale 2 – Macc 1 : Aaron
Sale 1 – Macc 6 : Connal (2), Archie, Sam H, Lewis, Harry, Will P
30th November : Chester & Sandbach (H)
Macc hosted teams from Chester and Sandbach and put in excellent performances to take a clean sweep of the 4 contests – but Macc had to work hard, the scorelines hiding how competitive the matches were.
In the games against Chester, Lewis put in a man of the match performance in a squad that all played great rugby at times – adding to good running, tackling and passing with some amazing turnovers. In the first game against Chester Macc secured the win by going 2 scores ahead only at the end, but the second game was more in favour of the home side as they had the luxury of rotating on lots of substitutes against the visitors who had put in a big whole-hearted effort and were understandably tiring.
The matches against Sandbach also produced some big performances from the Macc boys, Sam H leading the way with strong running and 5 scores while Charlie O was able to add 2 tries to the brace against Stockport last week, before leaving the field after taking a knock. Archie also continued his good start to his first season of rugby with 2 tries.
Macc 3 – Chester 1 : Olly, Lewis, Aaron
Macc 5 – Chester 0 : Connal (2), Lewis, Aaron (2)
Macc 6 – Sandbach 1 : Sam H (3), Archie, Charlie O (2)
Macc 3 – Sandbach 1 : Archie, Sam H (2)
Stockport 23rd November (away)
Macc took a team to Stockport and played against 2 Stockport sides in well contested back to back games. The first match was really close, Macc going in at half-time 2-1 down but then producing some good defence and better attacking threat in the second half, running in 2 unopposed tries to sneak the game 3-2.
In the second game, a fresh Stockport team had too much energy in the first half for Macc who had put a lot of effort into the first game and were off the pace, the home side threatening to run away with it, leading 3-0 at the break. Credit to the Macc lads who got back up to tempo on the restart and, although not doing enough to close the gap, won the second half 2-1 to give a deserved final score of 4-2 to Stockport. Despite the loss, Macc had the final word with possibly the try of the day: Ben took a restart kick on the run, beat a tackle and offloaded to Ted running a hard line on the right touchline. Ted was brought down by a despairing last tackle but Macc retained the ball, several players passed down an attacking line and Charlie O finished off, diving over on the opposite left touchline.
Stockport 2 – Macc 3 : Sam H, Ted, Ben C
Stockport 4- Macc 2 : Charlie O (2)
16th November : Alty Kersal (H)
Training and two games against Alty Kersal at home this week. In a tough first match, the teams pushed each other hard and the visitors took the game with the very last move of the match as Macc failed to clear from their own line. The effort of the first game caught up with Alty in the second against a fresh Macc side who took their chances well to pull away to a comfortable 6-2 win in the end.
Macc 1 – Alty K 2 : Billy
Macc 6 – Alty K 2 : Joe H (2), Harry, Charlie S, Ted, Olly
Bowden – November 9th (H)
Three squads from Macc and Bowden rotated around to play each other once each in a very well contested series of matches. Bowden always offer a good standard of rugby and a difficult test with teams that both defend well and make good use of the ball they win, using width at pace as a default. Macc’s three sides all played some good rugby at times to produce 6 wins, 2 draws and a single loss but the results were less important than the fact they were forced to play at their best due to the standard of the visitors on the day.
Macc 5 – Bowden 2 : Will M, Harry, Ted, Jamie,, Joseph
Macc 4 – Bowden 2 : Joseph, Will M, Ted, Will P.
Macc 3 – Bowden 0 : Joseph, Will P, Will M.
Macc 4 – Bowden 2 : Charlie W, Lewis, Matthew J, Chris H
Macc 2 – Bowden 0 : Olly, Charlie W
Macc 1 – Bowden 1 : Charlie W
Macc 4 – Bowden 1 : Ben C, Aaron, Matthew S-W, Ryan
Macc 2 – Bowden 2 : Billy, Ryan
Macc 3 – Bowden 4 : Tommy R, Ryan, Aaron
Rochdale/Stockport – November 2nd (H)
An unusually warm early November morning saw 3 sides drawn from Macc’s squad play a series of competitive and entertaining games against visitors Rochdale and two teams from Stockport at King’s Westminster road site.
Across the 6 games played, Macc took their scoring chances well and defended strongly to produce a creditable 5 wins and a draw, the possible highlight being the whole team performance that turned round a 3-1 half time deficit against Rochdale into a narrow 4-3 win in the most physical and testing match of the day. It was good to see that the Macc teams put together some nice passing moves, in additional to some strong direct breaks, as they looked to create and use space.
Macc 4 – Rochdale 0 : Billy, Joe (2), Conall
Macc 4 – Rochdale 3 : Ben C, Olly (2), Ted
Macc 4- Stockport 2 : Jack van V, Archie, Jack B, Ben I
Macc 2 – Stockport 2 : scorers to follow
Macc 6 – Stockport 0 : Ben C (2), Chris (2), Olly, Sam H
Macc 7- Stockport 0 : Will P, Lewis (2), Billy (2), Harry, Tommy E
Winnington Park – 26th October (A)
Four matches away this week reuniting Macc with last year’s Cheshire Cup semi-final opponents Winnington Park. Across 4 very competitive matches 2 Macc teams played well to come out of the fixture with 3 wins and a loss.
Results and scorers to follow.
A report from Winnington Park is here.
Manchester Festival – 19th October (A)
Macc played in a really tough group at the Manchester Festival against what could be some of the best quality teams they will play this season.
Despite the strength of the opposition, the boys did well to be unbeaten through the pool matches with a win and 3 really hard fought draws. They showed real spirit to come back from 2 tries down against Waterloo, scores from Charlie W and one in the very final play of the game from Aaron saving the day. The matches against Warrington and Sheffield Tigers were both tough defensive performances from all the teams involved, and really high quality games despite the lack of tries.
Macc finished second in their pool and went into the Plate knock out competition. Sadly, they were badly off the pace from the off after their pool game efforts and drenching in the heavy rain showers, and suffered the consequences against a classy Bowden side who took full advantage. Credit to the boys that although fairly beaten, they ended the match with more of the ball and starting to build pressure of their own.
Overall, despite the disappointing last game, Macc played some solid rugby in the pool stage against some excellent teams and will take a lot from the day where nearly all the game time was at the highest level they will meet this year.
Macc 6 – Rochdale 0 : Joe, Aaron (2), Billy (2), Ben C
Macc 2 – Waterloo 2 : Charlie W, Aaron
Macc 0 – Warrington 0
Macc 0 – Sheffield Tigers 0
Macc 0 – Bowden 5
Stockport Festival 5th October 2014 (A)
Macc entered two balanced teams to the Stockport Festival and came away as Cup winners after a tense final against Wilmslow and Plate runners-up in a hugely encouraging display for the start of the 2014-2015 season proper.
Both squads played well with some great individual performances and team moves at times along with the occasional bit of “early season rust” also visible to give everyone something to work on over the next few weeks. Jack, Conall and Archie all made Festival debuts for Macc and all deserved their silverware along with their team mates.
The Tigers were really unlucky on the day, losing 3 matches, including the plate final, by just a single score in each while overall they impressed with a positive 14 try to 6 score line across their 5 games. The Sharks had a similar overall tally, scoring 13 tries to just 3 against, winning three of their matches by a single score in a mirror image to the Tigers. The small difference in scores between the Sharks and Tigers shows that Macc are capable of putting out 2 very good standard teams capable of competing well against their local rivals and also how much difference a couple of tries can make across a tournament.
Macc Sharks : Cup Winners
Macc 4 – Manchester 1 – Joe H (2), Ben C, Charlie S
Macc 4 – Stockport 0 – Aaron, Olly (2), Tommy R
Macc 2 – Sandbach 1 – Ellis, Charlie S
Macc 1 – Vale of Lune 0 – Billy
Macc 2 – Wilmslow 1 – Joe H, Billy
Macc Tigers : Plate Runners Up
Macc 2 – Vale of Lune 3 – Tommy E, Will P
Macc 8 – Lymm 0 – Will P (2), Sam H, Tommy E, James M, Ryan (2), Conall
Macc 0 – Wilmslow 1
Macc 3 – Manchester 0 – Conall, Tommy E (2)
Macc 1 – Sandbach 2 – Sam H
28th September : Training games vs Lymm (H)
Macc U11’s began their 2014-2015 season with the traditional opening training fixture against Lymm on a bright warm morning at Derby Fields, possibly not the ideal preparation for the cold, rainy January days to come. Two sets of two matches were played at the same time across two pitches to keep the large Macc and Lymm squads busy and after the 4 matches were completed, honours were even, both sides with a win each and two draws. A promising start to the season for the Macc players, including several new starters, who most times kept a shape in attack and defence and did well to keep technical discipline at the rucks and mauls under the new U11 rules.
Macc 2 – 0 Lymm (Olly 2)
Macc 3 – 4 Lymm (Aaron, Charlie W, Olly)
Macc 2 – 2 Lymm (Sam T, Jack)
Macc 2 – 2 Lymm (Chris H, Sam H)
General Information and Links
U11 rules 2014-2015
Detailed rules and recently updated rules are here
Membership forms and mini/junior information for the 2014-2015 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.
All players must wear approved studs on boots (e.g. aluminium kite marked rugby studs).
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.