This week we hosted Broughton Park and still managed to field 2 sides, despite the absence of 5 regulars – Lucas, Mitchell, Reece, Max and Harry.
One team consisted of Archie, Ben, Zac and debutant Tyler and Martin took the whistle!
First game was a close affair with good defensive lines from Eccles and some excellent tagging from Tyler in particular. All four players played well and some hard running as usual from Ben caused all sorts of problems in the Park defence – only tagged him a couple of times due to his powerful runs which resulted in 4 tries. The “referee” diplomatically scored this game as a draw…!!!
The second game against Parks other team saw a much better attacking performance with some great support running plus continued improvements and communication in defence. Again fantastic line breaks from Ben were well supported but not required, as Park continued to fail in their efforts to tag him. Good handling from Archie and some touchline dashes from Archie and Zac saw two last gasp long range tries which just sealed this close victory against Park in a great match.
Fantastic effort from all boys in being out on the pitch for full duration of both games without the luxury of substitutes….. Well done boys….!! Special praise goes to Archie for his overall performance and attitude and gains the star of the week.
The other team was made up of Peggy, Michael, Lewis, Joel and another debutant Louie.
The opening to the first match was a little messy with ball handling skills left in the locker room (mmm when did we use changing rooms and when did I become American!). In true Eccles U7s form the first try went to the opposition but the response was rapid. Eccles started to improve on ball handling, attack and defensive moves started to flow and they hit back with a number of unanswered tries.
Peggy was her usual awesome self making some lovely runs down the left hand side and off loading nicely to the others.
For Lewis the pressure was on this week and he was keen to impress from the off! Two talent scouts from that great rugby country, no not New Zealand, USA we in attendance to critique his all round game (ok they were his Grandparents but they had flown in from the states). He quickly got into his stride with his now customary ‘freight train’ style and started making the most of his size, quickly scoring a number of tries (approximately 77 according to his mum) and putting Eccles into an unassailable lead.
With Grandma as head cheerleader, pompoms aloft, Lewis rose above to take the star of the week for the second time in three weeks. Well done!
A huge thanks to Martin and Gavin for their respective match reports, much appreciated.
Back to training next Sunday where I will be accosting you with club raffle tickets!