New Rules of Play – Updated
New rules for 2015-16 season are now out and visible on :- New U12 Rules
The key elements of the Under 12s Rules of Play are:
• Team numbers: 11 or 12 a-side
• Maximum pitch size: 60 metres x 43 metres
• Ball Size: 4
• Up to 40 minutes playing time
• Continuation of the contested strike
• Nearest 5 players in scrum (all players trained, late specialisation)
• No limit on numbers contesting for the ball including in the maul and ruck
• Introduction of the hand off – below the armpits
|FIXTURES||Club||(H) or (A)|
|10th Jan||CREWE & NANTWICH CHESHIRE PLATE||A|
|17th Jan||LYMM U12,10,8||H|
|24th Jan||BOWDON U7,8,9||A|
|7th Feb||TRAINING / GAME WITH MANCHESTER||H|
|14th Feb||ROCHDALE & LITTLEBOROUGH||H|
|21st Feb||ALTY KERSAL||H|
|6th Mar||ALTRINCHAM KERSAL||A|
|13th Mar||STOCKPORT U7-9||A|
|WINNINGTON PARK – CHESHIRE PLATE||A|
|STOKE FESTIVAL (applied for)||A|
|17th Apr||CHESHIRE FESTIVAL FOR MINIS STOCKPORT U12||H|
|Sat 23rd Apr||WILMSLOW FESTIVAL||A|
|1st May||ROCHDALE FESTIVAL (Val Blackburn – 01706 375489). CAMPING SAT NIGHT||A|
Wednesday training nights
Astro schedule every Weds either 6-7pm or 7-8pm (check teamer)
Membership forms and mini/junior information for the 2015-16 season are here
Please contact the club office
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.
Match / Tour Reports
Cheshire Cup Plate Quarter Final vs Ellesmere Port
On a mild but soggy Sunday morning the Macc squad assembled early and quickly got into a sharp warm up session admirably led by Seargeant Major Elden Burke and the rest of the coaches, in the hope of avoiding the previous few weeks sleepy starts. Macc had a big squad and Ellesmere Port had a flat 12, with one player just showing up in the nick of time before kick-off.
Refereeing duties were handed to Club Stalwart and ex-1st team scrum half Andy Rice. Jason Duffy the England U16 coach was also present to cheer along the Macc boys and look to see where his hard work during training might pay off.
He was quickly rewarded with a number of fast tries within the first few minutes. Macc were 4-0 up with the first 5 mins. Macc were turning over ball, holding up mauls, and doing fast rucking which supplied the backs with quick ball which was exploited by the fast lads out wide.
The squad was rotated with a number of debut performances from some of the new players thrust into the action in their first games for Macc. All 7 permissible subs were used and the lads handled themselves admirably. The waiting subs were put through their paces, and kept warm by some excellent technical coaching by Mr. Burke, involving the breakdown and tackling practice.
The final score was 11-2 to Macc, and now proceed to the final. The draw will be made in a few weeks after the other results have been collated around the county.
A number of awards went to the following lads for their valuable contributions during the game and in training :- Jack Bray, Ethan Burke, Ethan Hadfield, Ian Barton, Mathew Spraks-Welch and T-J Garret…well done lads! The independent coaches also mentioned Harry Owens, Jack Bray and Jamie Downes for their excellent work at the breakdown, and as usual James “Windy “ Miller for his usual master-class and stewardship at fly half.
Ellesmere Port were a great bunch of lads, and had one very tall rangey runner who was very hard to bring down. They showed excellent fighting spirit, never gave up, and displayed perfect sportsmanship.
Bring on the semi-final!
Cheshire Cup Plate Round 1
As most of Cheshire lounged in bed once again, due to water logged pitches, Macc U12’s made the trip to play Crewe & Nantwich. The main Vagrants ground was un-playable, but fortunately the local U12 management team had managed to secure the option of playing at a local school in Nantwich. This proved to be the best playing surface I have seen in 2 months!
We split the squad into the main Cheshire Plate Quarter Final fixture, and a team of mixed home and away players playing a Barbarians style fixture to keep all the squad warm and enjoying their rugby, focussing on skills development and tackling. This proved to be great fun, and even included two girls from Crewe & Nantwich, who taught the boys a thing or two! This was great to see the boys faces.
The main fixture saw the Macc lads being 3-1 down at half time, who were not tackling and getting to the breakdown quick enough. The Crewe lads had their tails up and were getting the ball wide and scoring good tries.
Firm words at half time from Coach Underpants, coupled with a few tactical changes seemed to “turn the tide” and the Macc lads then managed to gain the upper hand and started to gain control. Tries then followed more freely with some inter-play before forwards and backs.
The final score was 7-3 to Macc, and most importantly the coaching team was pleased with the change in attitude in the second half, which made all the difference.
Man of the Match went to Ryan Newbigging who had a stormer, and a most improved trophy went to Jack Van Vliet, who came into the team as a sub and did himself and the team proud. He has improved immensely over the last few weeks.
For the Barbarians game, awards went to Karl Rackham, who was in his fist competitive game for a number of months and came on as sub in the cup game and did very well in the front row and around the park. Archie Chesworth also picked up an award for excellent attitude, and general all round good play.
Also, worthy of mention were Harry Owens & Jamie Downes, who were all over the park winning ball and tackling as ususal, and the return of Charlie Warr who has been injured for a few weeks, and added his impact immediately.
The semi-final needs be played at Macc before 14th Feb vs Ellesmere Port. Here’s hoping for an improvement in the pitch quality.
U12’s Stockport Festival 4th October 2015
On a gloriously sunny Sunday morning at Stockport Rugby Club, the Macc U12’s arrived half asleep for their first day of competitive rugby for the 2015-16 season.
We were drawn in a group with Sandbach, Waterloo and Didsbury Toc H.
The lads initially lost to a much improved Sandbach and then Waterloo, but after a mid tournament “pep talk” from the coaches secured a win over Didsbury Toc H.
This strangely qualified us into the semi final of the 2nd tier competition of the Plate, where we met old rivals Wilmslow. The boys were definitely up for this encounter and controlled the game in every department, taking a half time lead of 1-0 with a fantastic side to side flowing move with the ball going through all hands to score in the corner. Wilmslow snatched a dying seconds draw with a charge down, but Macc progressed to the final on the “scoring first” rule.
The final was vs Waterloo, who eventually ran out winners against a tiring Macc side.
Macc collected their medals, and even met up with “Sharky” in the afternoon sun.
I was really proud of the boys, who eventually showed great spirit and teamwork, in their first outing to the newly released U12 rules!
Thanks go to the festival organisers, who pulled off a great day played in a lovely friendly atmosphere.
U12’s Mini Tour of East Midlands Weekend 19-20th Sept 2015
On a bright, but nippy, sunny Saturday morning, the Macc U12’s assembled. Some with weary heads (and that’s just the adults!) to embark on the brief journey to Leicester Tigers training morning at Queen Anne’s college, Leicester University. Community coaches put the boys through their paces, whilst the parents enjoyed a coffee and cake. The boys had a great session, learning lots of new skill
After a quick shower (or not in some cases), the boys did a very interesting Q&A session with injured Tigers player Miles Benjamin. He gave an interesting insight into the life of a pro rugby player. A great role model for the boys to look up to.
A short 10 min walk ensued to Welford Road for a burger and a quick go on the laser timer for throwing the fastest spin pass. This was won by Chris “Windy” Miller with a close second place to disgruntled Elden Burke by 0.1 of a second.
We then mingled with the pre-game crowds as anticipation built, and even met some rugby royalty Rory Underwood and posed for photos. Some of the parents seemed to be start struck, and also met the enormous Logovi’i Mulipola.
The Macc possy then took their seats for the game vs Newcastle Falcons, with some good end-to-end rugby on offer as lots of players keen to impress whilst some were away at the World Cup.
At half time, the parents re-stocked their drinks vessels, whilst the boys did a lap of honour around the pitch and had their photo taken on the half way line.
After the final whistle the boys gathered under the main stand and posed for selfies as various players made the trek from the changing rooms to the hospitality area. Tom Croft below with a few “Macc Lads.”
The touring party then boarded the coach to a nearby hotel for an evening meal, whilst watching the RWC, and the parents relaxed with a few drinks.
Following an “early night,” and a hearty breakfast the party moved onto Nuneaton RUFC for a training session with our hosts, followed by a meal in the clubhouse afterwards. The club was very friendly, and all the boys mingled in, with the true spirit of the sport.
On the coach on the way home, I asked some of the boys their favourite thing from the weekend, and the consensus was “Playing Hide and Seek” in the hotel children’s play area. :-/
Nothing to do with the rugby, and more about forging friendships and camaraderie, which is great!
A good weekend was had by all, and everyone is looking forward to the next one!
Thanks go to the organisers “Sports & Corporate Tours,” and the parents for giving the boys the opportunity to experience this kind of event.