The final countdown was on to the first away game of the season at Blackburn where a round robin was organised with Vale of Lune as the third team. After the torrential rain on Saturday, it was perfect conditions on the Sunday for rugby.
Normally I don’t like Mondays but this week I am brimming with pride due to the awesomeness of the two Eccles Under 7s teams performances over the weekend. Even in the warm up you could tell that all of them were up for the games and had the eye of the tiger.
Team A’s first game was against Blackburn 1 and conceded the first try almost immediately, “Here I go again” was my obvious thought based on recent games but not so. Eccles A roared back with three unanswered tries to jump into a 3-1 lead, a lead that was not surrendered. Try of the game saw Ben charge straight through the whole Blackburn defence, ball in two hands I might add, to touch down. I did feel sorry for the last valiant defender who put his body on the line and felt the full force of the tackle. Another one bites the dust!
The game against Vale 1 was also a victory. Vale were struggling with the impressive Eccles defence, with Vale constantly breaking the law being offside and being forced back by left, right, centre and flying tags. Moment of the match was Lewis flying through the air taking a last gasp tag from the Vale winger when a certain try was beckoning. All was going well but every rose has its thorn, so a special mention to Reece for his bravery, being almost carried off after an accidental trip, suffering from a broken leg that subsequently was downgraded to a “stood on toe” by medical staff, and then wanting to return for the final minutes of the match
The two other Team A games saw Mitchell, Lucas, Reece and Max get on the score sheet numerous times and a massive improvement in defence from the whole team. One of the Blackburn coaches commented, at the end of game 4, on the improvement of the whole team during the days games as the team ended up with 4-0 winning ratio.
For me the pick of the team this week is Lewis. Outstanding in defence, magnificent in attack and a total rugby animal. Well done!
Team 1 also put in some outstanding performances in their matches against the same Blackburn and Vale teams.
The opening encounter against Vale 2 saw an extremely even match. First on the score sheet was Harry, evading the first defender before crashing through two others to touch down for what turned out to be the try of the game. Work done in training was paying off as the defence looked much more organised than in recent weeks. With the offloading also starting to pay dividends, the whole team were conscious of staying behind the ball, anticipating the pass and with Vale’s defence becoming disjointed both Joel and Archie came up with runaway tries, both of them obviously born to run.
The second game against Blackburn 1 saw more of the same, the defensive line holding well, Michael was everywhere, in defence, in attack, in the bar (errr just me then!) Peggy was also playing well and produced some fine offloads. Unfortunately the team just came out second best.
In the final game against Blackburn 2, the team just needed to keep the faith. Defensive lines again came to the fore. In offence there was more excellent running and tries for Zac, Harry and Archie to take the game.
Star of the week for his all round game and impressive tries is Harry. Well done!
A big thanks to Blackburn and Vale for a thoroughly enjoyable morning, up in the Ribble Valley. Now that’s entertainment!
Finally we have a normal training session next Sunday, this will be a shot in the dark but “heads on from the start” please!
For those reading this match report and think it is borderline, that would be wrong as its a Madonna song and not rock! How many can you find!