Under 7s Vs Broughton Park – Home – 7th December 2014

On Sunday Eccles hosted Broughton Park in a fixture that had been swapped round from an away at the last minute. This was due to our official home fixture with BP at the end of April clashing with the Colts finals day, hosted at Gorton Street.

BP turned up in numbers including a sizable U6 contingent. Work to be done on Eccles recruitment!

At U7 we matched BP for numbers with 7 players each and decided to get 2 matches going so that all were constantly involved. After a quick warm up that started with impeccable straight lines quickly became a melee of “messing about” as the kick off came closer. The players were split into a 3 and a 4 and the matches began …

Game 1a
Team: Peggy, Tyler, Flynn, Max

BP won the toss and started the game and quickly, without a tag in site, Eccles found themselves 2 tries down. Stern words from the coach (who was refereeing) ignited the spark and a quick play the ball saw “The flying” Flynn scoot down the wing to get Eccles back in the game. Both sides traded try for try with Tyler and Peggy getting on the score sheet. Max was unfortunate not to score and was only stopped from crossing the whitewash by a last gasped tag from BP. For both sides tagging was secondary as defensive errors created a high scoring finely balanced game that ended honours even.

Game 1b
Team: Josh, Sandy, Finley
(Report to follow – however Max scored his first ever hattrick for Eccles)

Game 2a
Team: Peggy, Josh, Sandy, Finley

In contrast to Game 1a, the defensive performance was impeccable with the team taking tag after tag after tag forcing BP backwards time and time again. BP were struggling and Eccles took full advantage. Intelligent play from Sandy created a gap in the BP defensive line for Finley to score his first try of the match. This was then followed by yet another pass into space from Sandy to Josh to exploit a huge hole in the BP defence. From a restart Peggy took the ball and with not one flick or two flicks but three flicks of the hips ran through the whole BP team to touch down. With only one player on the team left to score, Sandy picked up the ball from a BP mistake and set off for the try line with the BP defence clutching at thin air! Eccles took the game but 2 tries.

Game 2b
Team: Tyler, Flynn, Max
(Report to follow – however Max scored his first ever hattrick for Eccles)

Note on tactics…

For the second round of games I changed tactics to challenge/reward (some may call it “bribery”)

Sandy was challenged to make sure all the team scored a try in the game with the promise that I would bring chocolates, for the whole squad, to next week’s training session if he succeeded. Most impressive was the way he went about this task by deliberately creating space for both Finley and Josh’s first tries and then making sure that Peggy saw plenty of the ball until she score in typical fashion. On the way back for the restart after Peggy’s try, Sandy said to me, with such confidence, “Only me left to score now!!!!!” and he promptly forced the error and ran in for the try. “Super Sensational” at his best.

STAR OF THE WEEK. Two stars to give out this week, one being obvious from the reports above. Sandy showed a new side to his rugby. We all know he can run, can dodge and swerve and has the steely determination to at times run through players. This week we saw his creativity, drawing defenders, creating space and then putting other players through the gaps. Well done!

The second STAR OF THE WEEK goes to Max for scoring not one try, not two but three tries in the final game. Brilliant stuff and well done. No hiding next week!!!!

In general all games were played in the very best spirit by both sets of players. A big thank-you also to Tony (BP U7s coach) for refereeing 2 of the games and I am looking forward to the reverse of the fixture, our last game of the season, in April.

Finally, thanks to Danny for helping out with the U7s this week in the absence of Jaye and Lee plus I would also like to wish Oliver a speedy recovery.

Next week is a training session at Gorton Street, usual time of 10:30 which will be followed by the Christmas party so may be an idea to bring a change of clothes.

See you next week