Firstly, thanks to all the parents as despite Autumn kicking in we had a full squad to choose from for the visit of Heaton Moor, who themselves arrived with in similar numbers allowing two simultaneous games to take place.
Martin took the whistle in one game where two Eccles players took centre stage. Lewis was outstanding in attack with his now trademark barnstorming runs (and full on tackling, although not sure if that’s allowed in tag but well done!!!!). The other was quoted as “awesome”, “strong running”, “great ball handling”, “loves getting stuck in” and “a natural flanker”… Well done Ben, one of this weeks star performers. On count back it Heaton Moor took the match by the odd try.
In the other match Heaton Moor were quickly out of the blocks running in five tries in quick succession putting Eccles very much on the back foot from the off. The game saw a debut for Sooryah in only his second visit to the club. The game needed to be taken back to the visitors and it was! In last weeks training session we had two noticeably “shy” or “reluctant” players, the stage was set and they both stepped up to the plate!!!!
Firstly Ella with extremely quick thinking, taking advantage of the disarray in the Heaton line to score the first of three exceptional tries. The second “Mouse to Lion”
transformation was Michael and what a transformation!!! Strong evasive running, an eye for a gap and excellent ball skills were the theme for his personal haul of seven tries. A superb performance that takes a star of the week. Well done.
In other match action Peggy opened her account for the season with a determined run barging her way through much bigger opposition. Zac and Owen also chipped in with a try apiece. Tag of the day had to go to Harry, flying through the air at full stretch to stop a certain try and getting a corking shiner to boot (Not good, so I was told, in school photo week)
The performance improved in the second which was very much an even affair but the early Heaton tries put paid to any chance of victory (even with the alleged blind referee and
linesmen missing a few blatant “in touch” decisions)
To finish I would like to repeat a comment made from one of the Heaton coaches. He stated “the game was played in a very fair and sporting manor. All the whole team wore a constant smile and were a credit to the club.”
Well done to all and especially to Ben and Michael.
Next week is a normal training session from 10:30.