No game this week so a normal training session ensued.
The squad numbers again increased with two new players attending for the first time. A big Eccles welcome to Sooryah and Finley (where do I get some of those orange boots!!!!!!) plus we also had acrobatic Jack from the U8s joining us for the session.
This week we concentrated on team ball handling (left, right, over, under etc) plus balance and agility drills.
A new feature, as highlighted on the results page, is star of the week. This will be given for either Man of the Match performances during games or demonstration of effort, improvement, skills etc during training.
This week, the star goes to Lucas as the “Ultimate Super Villain” evading all the super heroes suffering a number of minor knocks in the process (two broken ankles, broken ribs, a split open head and cracked cheekbone. These modern day Super Villains are tough!!!). When added to the fine individual running in the tag game at the end of the session, he is well deserving of the award. Congratulations!!!
The tag game was the perfect opportunity to pick up on observations from last week’s match with Rochdale. “Offload in the tackle” and “Support the man” were the key phrases spouted time and time again by the coaches. Some of the team were evidently listening (must be a first!!!) with some excellent offloading from Archie and Lewis coupled with fantastic support play from Max, Ben, Mitchel and Peggy making themselves available after the tag. Without the ball, Harry maintained his tagging rate as did Reece and Owen. Defensive lines are now almost second nature but unfortunately we are not remaining in the line when the ball is played. Youthful exuberance of getting stuck in the likely cause!!!
Well done to all for effort and attendance. We are getting better week on week but plenty of room for improvement.
Next week in a slight change to the schedule is Heaton Moor at HOME. If possible, turning up 10 minutes early would be appreciated.