Macclesfield Blues may have had a stuttering start to this season’s National One campaign, but the same can’t be said of its young guns. In what has proved to be a great few weeks for the Club’s Junior and Colts sections, Macclesfield Rugby Club has fielded no less than six young stars in one of the season’s toughest youth competitions. Over the last three weeks Ben Hadfield, Christian Taylor, Dan Greer, Archie Thorneycroft, Joe Hale and Sam Brunt (left to right) have all represented Cheshire in the Under 16’s County Championship.
On the 28 October Cheshire played the combined county team of Cumbria, Northumbria and Durham in what resembled monsoon conditions, and narrowly lost what turned out to be a full-bloodied game 29 -24. On 4 November Cheshire Under 16s played Lancashire at Woodhouse Grove in Leeds and proved to be too hard to handle, comfortably beating their Red Rose opponents 38-22 in fantastic conditions.
The final match against Yorkshire was played on 11 November at Durham School. The game proved to be a very close contest, but a try in the last few minutes of this competitive game saw Cheshire clinch a deserved win 29 points to 26. Cheshire were subsequently crowned Northern Champions. Such was the magnitude of the accomplishment that elder statesmen at Macclesfield RUFC struggled to remember the last time an Under 16s Cheshire team had managed to beat both Lancashire and Yorkshire away in the same season.
All six of Macclesfield Rugby Club’s Under 16 players have been closely monitored throughout the series of games by both North of England and England selectors. All received praise not just for their style of play and maturity, but also and the levels of skill and commitment they had demonstrated throughout the series and the contribution they had made to a squad that was full of talent.
Archie Thorneycroft and Christian Taylor have been at the Club for a number of years, and have played for all of Macclesfield’s junior and mini teams. Dan Greer has played at the club for the last 4 years, whilst Ben Hadfield and Sam Brunt have played for the Club for 3 years and two years respectively. The Club would like to take the opportunity to congratulate each of the boys on their success, and celebrate this wonderful advertisement for the Club’s junior rugby section.
The players will now have to wait until later this week to find out if they have been selected for the North of England squad.