The last game of the season (with the exception of playing the “big kids” next week) the Under 7s journeyed in to Manchester to face Broughton Park. The sun was out, the pitches were measured exactly to the millimetre (and yes I do mean with a tape measure and protractor set) to be in regulation and the whole squad was still buzzing from previous weeks performances.
After the formalities of a team photo (thanks Billy) were out of the way it was down to “rugby business”. The squad was split into three creating an Under 6 plus two Under 7 teams.
Team U7s A consisting of Lucas, Mitchel, Omar, Reece and Zac taken by “long john” Sean.
Our roving reporter Lee, (obviously not Sean as I am still awaiting his match reports from the Trafford and Burry games) states “Fantastic!!!! Good support and great defensive effort. A Superb all-round performance with Omar taking STAR OF THE WEEK” Well done.”
Team U7s 1 consisting of Archie, Ben, Harry, Josh R, Lewis and Max managed by Martin and Gavin
Our second roving reporter, Gavin (almost a full news room now), reports “Max, Ben and Archie, in particular, had great games terrorising the Broughton defence and scoring a stack between them. Eccles took a while to find their ‘defensive feet’ and kept getting drawn in towards the ball, leaving the corners wide open and consequently conceded a few in those areas. To be fair though, when they did get themselves steadied defensively, they were excellent. They all held their line and shape well taking some really good tags including Lewis who wasn’t his usual freight train self (too many Easter eggs!).
The EPIC TAG OF THE DAY has to go to Charlie who, as the last man, took a tag to stop a certain try from a Broughton player who had skilfully greased his way through the entire Eccles team. Also, a mention to Harry who scored an excellent try followed by an equally excellent (rather pleased with himself) beaming smile on his face.
A great effort all round!!!!
With all playing exceptionally well the STAR OF THE WEEK could go to a number of players. For the duration of the whole match Ben was dancing through the opposition like a gazelle and Max was on a mission but the STAR OF THE WEEK goes to the EPIC TAG and Charlie. Well done!
U6s consisting of Josh A, Josh R, Michael, Peggy, Sandy and Tyler managed by myself
The exceptional form continues, first the euphoric highs of Trafford MV, followed by the fantastic performances against Bury and to round off the season, yet another amazing performance against Broughton Park. Each to a man played their part to ensure that they complete the season with a victory.
Matched against the Park U6s with their mighty mouse talisman, Justin, the Eccles team got stuck in from the off. The defensive line was quickly formed and held fast with excellent tagging from Josh A and Sandy forcing the home team onto the back foot time and time again. In attack Josh R was orchestrating proceedings from the middle, both Tyler and Peggy being fleet of foot dancing past the Park defence to touch down numerous times. Michael, for once, took the game seriously and without the messing about he defended like a lion and attacked like a ninja.
All the team played extremely well both in attack and defence and it was very pleasing to see the whole team observe the touchline staying on the field and every break supported. A number of simple tries were scored when the first receiver was tagged short of the line and with numbers in support an instinctive offload resulted in a try. With only one exception every Eccles restart ended up in a try.
STAR OF THE WEEK is really difficult and for this week the comments from the Park coach and match referee, Tony, seal the deal. Not once but twice did this player literally run rings around all of the park defence and for exceptional defensive work, I give the STAR OF THE WEEK to Sandy, the newly christened “Twinkle Toes” of Eccles, well done!
Many thanks to the news room team of Lee and Gavin for their reports. This week, the same themes are apparent for all three teams, improved defence and great support play. The work done in the training sessions on defensive lines and quick pop of the ball out of the tackle are starting to pay dividends and the confidence of each and every player must be on an all time high.
The future is looking good at both U7s and U8s for next year.
In matters off the field…
There are a limited number of places still remaining at the Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday 10th May which includes Champagne reception, four course meal and entertainment provided by Green Hot Clover (an Irish band I would guess!). Tickets are £40 per person which must be paid in full by Sunday 4th May. Please contact me direct via email or mobile 07944 691806 and I will check availability/arrange your tickets.
I have been advised (or is that threatened) that the U12s team is leading the way in donations of prizes for the presentation raffle however the all-inclusive 14 night break to the Caribbean and family hatchback car are still to be donated. So far I have one prize donation (many thanks) but could do with more.
Next week is the last session of the season and the Under 7s will be playing a match against THE PARENTS. Usual time of 10:30 at Gorton Street. Please bring your kit and prepare for a thrashing.
See you Sunday