After the outstanding performances in the last games at Trafford, could this level be maintained going in to the home game against Bury. The reverse of this fixture, early in the season, was a very even affair. The stage was set and the gladiators took to the arena (well Astroturf).
The warm up was more a quick game of tag rugby with some excellent passing and support play.
Bury turned up with 10 players, so two teams of 5 were organised. Eccles had 2 teams of 7 and used rolling subs.
Team 1 consisted of Josh M, Josh R, Lewis, Lucas, Michael, Omar and Reece managed by myself.
The first of the two games was very even. Eccles had the greater numbers so all took turns on the sideline.
Bury had two strong runners in Kyle and Jamie who both scored multiple tries egged on by the away support. Eccles had a much more balanced team with tries available, at will, from all areas of the park with everyone constantly wanting the ball. The game was very much “one man rugby” throughout with try for try being scored. On reflection I can only remember one turnover and that was to Eccles making them the winner of the first game. Whilst the performances of everyone maintained the level of the previous game, very little of the beautiful passing and support from the warm up was evident. Josh R and Lucas were typically in support of any break and this was good to see.
The second game followed the same format of the first, one man rugby. Bury captain, Olivia showed good form scoring most of the visitors tries but it was difficult for her and her team to stem the flow of tries and Eccles again ran out winners by the odd try.
Whilst the individual determination and drive was there from all of the Eccles team the passing was none existent as all found it easy to simply run, jink, swerve, cut back and circle individually for the try line with every single player scoring multiple tries.
We may have to ban funny round shaped objects, footballs I think they are called, from the pitches as towards the end some of the team were more interested in taking penalties against each other than the game against Bury.
STAR OF THE WEEK goes to the excellent support play of Lucas who picked up a number of tries by being on the shoulder of another player when they made the break (and for once did not manage to score themselves). Well done!
Team A consisted of Archie, Charlie, Harry, Max, Peggy, Sandy and Zac managed by Martin
Match report stolen by aliens!
Places are still available for the Gala dinner and I have a table reserved for U7s parents. Full payment is required by 4th May latest. At the game on 27th I will try and sort
The end of season presentation is Sunday 11th May with a start time of 10:30 for 11:00. All U7 players will receive a medal and we have three awards/trophies to present including the top award of Player’s Player. Please note there will be a charge of £1 on the door. A BYO buffet will be organised where all parents will be asked to bring an item of food. This will be coordinated and more information as to “what” will be available closer to the date. In addition a raffle will be held throughout the presentation and donations of prizes would be much appreciated eg bottle of wine etc.
Next week is Easter Sunday and there is no training or game.
The following week, Sunday 27th April is an away game against:
2 Houghend Crescent
I hope everybody has a great time over the long Easter Weekend.
See you at Broughton Park
The offending aliens have now been captured and I can report that Eccles “Team A” won both of their games against Bury. The first by 13-8 and the second by 8-5 with some fantastic rugby all round.
STAR OF THE WEEK goes to Archie for breathtaking performances over the two games including fine direct runs, good off-loads under pressure and 6 tries over the 2 games. Well done!