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This week’s training information
Monday 25th 6.30 – 7.45 7’s training on Grass
Wednesday 27th 7 – 8 15’s training on Astro
Friday 29th 6.30 – 7.30 training (final run through with Cup Final team) on Grass
Please make every effort to attend these sessions as we have the Cup Final on Sunday, we have a few players with injuries so the final squad will not be announced until Friday 29th so we can assess the players
Match Report – Sunday, 24th April – Winington Park U15’s 3pts – Macclesfield U15’s 29 pts
Macclesfield travelled to local rivals Winington Park with a mixed squad to play against this year’s Cheshire Cup semi-finalists. WP started the brighter team and with some excellent rucking, passing and strong running had Macc back peddling. Once the tight five of Macc – Tom Hurst, James Walton, Connor, James M and Jack F started to win some ball the Macc backs were able to start to run their patterns. The new half back partnership of Zak and Harry King were starting to distribute the ball very well and this allowed the centres of Ross and Harry Oliver to make some breaks. Zak was kicking exceptionally well and often cleared any danger from within our own half.
The first try was scored by Harry Oliver after some great recycling from the back row of Sean, Eden and Harry H. Winnington fought back and nearly scored themselves if it hadn’t been some great defensive work from Tomasz and Danny Briggs. Toby was playing exceptionally well at full back making several clean breaks.
On 15 minutes Macclesfield made eight substitutions, whilst we re-built the team this didn’t disrupt play.
The next try was scored by Sam Panton after 12 phases of play, patience was the key to this game, Harry Oliver converted. Winington Park scored the last points of the half with a well struck penalty from their impressive full back.
Macc ringed the changes again, WP kicked long and Joe P expertly dealt with the kick only to be stripped of the ball five meters from his own line, WP battered the goal line and some superb tackles by Jack F, Eden and Connor they knocked on. From the resulting scrum James Oliver picked the ball up five meters from his own line, he burst through the WP back row, handed off 3 defenders and then outpaced the whole back line to score at the other end of the pitch, a 95 meter try. This is one of the best tries we have seen all season!
The forwards were getting on top with the tight five pushing WP off their own ball, further scores were inevitable with tries for Toby Moule & Harry Harding with one conversion kicked
The game was played in superb spirits with both sides giving 100%, the ref allowed the game to flow and did a great job. Macc were winners on the day and this was down to the whole squad performing considering Macc made 32 subs during the game, had players playing out of position and still stopped WP from scoring a try was a great achievement.
Special mention to Tom Hurst and Connor who played the whole game in the front row, well done lads!
Next week see’s us take on Wilmslow in the Plate final at Northwich
Macclesfield U15’s Tour – April 2016
Despite a slightly late departure time (Tony was having a lie-in), everyone was present and accounted for as we set off and by the time we reached the paintball site everybody was happily into the tour spirit. While the boys ran about in the woods and shot paint pellets at each other, Pete was kind enough to “pull back” a few of songs from his repertoire and teach the parents a few jolly numbers and give us an insight into his thoughts on various aspects of human anatomy. From there we made our way to Market Harborough for the first game of the tour:
Macclesfield U15s 27 Market Harborough 10
Macc played some great rugby in this game on a very hard pitch which was memorable for several things: one superb tackle by Sam L; some fantastic support running for a couple of the tries; some great advice from Matt B for Danny who asked how to deal with Market Harborough’s speedy centre (Danny arrived very early for the following tackle) and the successful implementation of the ‘J.O.’ call which involved the Oliver boys combining with a long lineout throw over the top (James to Harry) to score an outrageous try of which the Barbarians would have been proud. Rob has retired the call with its 100% success rate.
The game was followed by a wonderful lasagne and the first court session from which three facts were gleaned : Rob should be working as a stand-up, Pete will never make a defence lawyer and Kate can tie shoe-laces very quickly.
The next morning, everyone woke feeling refreshed, energised and ready for a trip to Leicester Tigers. The morning training session which focused on supporting the runner (which the players had done so admirably the evening before) was enjoyed by all. We waved a cheery farewell to Rob and Matt as they headed off to the posh seats the rest of us and made our way to the Tigers game which was also very enjoyable – not least because of the 2-pinters. Again, everyone waved merrily to Rob as he waved from his executive box to us in the stalls. We got to go on the pitch at half-time for pictures with official tour photographer Fiona and Niall was only too happy to provide some juicy on-pitch sound-bites for the Tigers’ official. After the game we wandered back to the hotel for the second court session during which both Rob and Oliver got toothpaste up their noses (don’t ask!) The evening was our own and many of us sampled the local culture and took in the history and diversity of this fascinating city. Relations between Macclesfield and Leicester, I would imagine, have never been better.
Sunday morning saw everyone bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, especially Josh and Dan, who demonstrated their eagerness for the morning’s game by respectively and excitedly volunteering to play tight-head prop (Josh) and act as linesman (Dan). The game was against a Coventry team called Broadstreet.
Macclesfield U15s 37 Broadstreet 7
In a bruising encounter which saw more Macc players leave the pitch injured than in any other game this season, Macc showed once again why they are such a fearsome unit. Players came and went with no let-up in intensity, precision or accuracy – a telling tribute to the players’ commitment and the standard of coaching. Some huge hits and fearsome rucking were in evidence from the forwards and there was some great running and handling from the backs. Stand-out moments include a fabulous try from a cross-field kick by Will to Harry who fed arch-poacher Ben S, some mighty scrummaging from the Macc pack, captain Ross (who scored a powerful try of his own) going into beast mode after some questionable decisions (or non-decisions) from the match officials and the only time we’ve ever seen a scrum-half at this level pinged for feeding at the scrum (highly dubious).
The final court session saw a couple of super-hero impressions (Broadstreet’s women’s team must have wondered what the hell was going on), a sprint race (Wheelton vs Wheelton – first one to sit on the digger) the likes of which we’ve not seen since Usain Bolt broke 9.6 seconds and Connor realising that it’s not a good idea to not follow the judge’s instructions.
Then it was done. Weary but happy, we rolled into the car park at Priory Park. “Great tour, great tourists” was a quote that summed it up neatly – big thanks to Rob for organising. The boys’ behaviour was nigh-on impeccable, and certainly better than one or two of the accompanying ‘responsible’ adults. Here’s to 2017…
A FEW ACTION SHOTS FROM THIS SEASON…
FIXTURES TO END OF SEASON