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Cheshire RFU: Cheshire 18 Group: Development Day; August 20th 2014

Each year, at the beginning of the County season, we invite a number of players who have previously played for the county at either U16 or U18 age groups to meet for a  pre-season Development session.  This year players are invited to join Simon Verbickas (Lead Coach), Gareth Davies, Mark Dean, Lee Pickles, Jack Leach & Laura, Physio. Please go now to the Schools (Under 18′s) webpage for listed players.

Venue:  Moore Rugby Football Club Moss Lane, Moore, Warrington WA4 6UU

Date:     Wednesday 20th August.  Meet Time: 1.30pm Finish Time: 5.00pm

Gawsworth Primary School – Tag 2 Twickenham Finals day.

Alarm ringing at 6.00am: up and out, ready for a day all the players, family members and teachers would never forget!

As the coach pulled up outside the gates of Rugby School, where in 1823 a “town boy whilst playing Bigside at football in that half-year [1823], caught the ball in his arms” and turned a kicking game into a handling game, now known to us a Rugby;
the occasion and achievement to date began to register.

With the back drop of Rugby School shielded by large leafy canopies, the clock tower timelessly gazing upon the heated rugby pitches, gazebo’s, huge inflatables, rugby paraphernalia all around, the scene was set for history to be made once again.

Immediately the exceptional standard of all the other regional champions was visible, more athletic and quicker players were on show, zipping around and warming up. There was almost calm before the storm with player’s confidence in their own abilities masking their true excitement and desire for success.

The first of the 5 pool games was a real nail-biter, end to end scoring with some remarkable talent, speed and skill producing a 5 all draw. The first game now out of the system allowed our free running flyers and truly gifted ball handlers to score at will, resulting in a 6-3 comfortable win, easing the nerves and building their confidence.

Our toughest pool game against unbeknown last year’s champions began very one sided culminating in them 3 tries up within the first few minutes. Testament to our players the fight back was on, the grit, self belief and determination shown by all the players ended up in a 7-5 loss, however, on a different day the result could have gone either way.

Final pool results; won 2 drawn 2 and lost one, a fantastic achievement leaving them second in the group. Results in some cases were clinched by a single handling error or a single technical infringement during a 10 minutes game due to the level of opponent. All the players understanding of the game, artistry, competence and finesse is well beyond their years producing some sublime play at times.

The festival structure had changed from the previous formats meaning pool winners played each other, second place played each other and so on so that each team played 8 games during the day. Gawsworth as second in the group played the other pool runners up. After a fantastic win and another toughly fought draw we were straight back on against a team coming off a break, with slightly fresher legs, resulting in a 6-5 loss.

Due to the new format Gawsworth Primary School finished 6th place across the 16,500 other primary schools in England, an unbelievable result from a single year intake village primary school!

A truly memorable day of rugby one the players, supporters and staff will never forget. The achievement of playing at the highest level possible with the most elite teams in the country, producing some fantastic rugby will be reflected upon in years to come.

The way all the players embraced and played the game in the spirit it deserves is something William Webb Ellis would have been immensely proud of!

Forthcoming Fixtures & Events

Date/Time Event
05/08/2014
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Executive Sub Commitee Meeting
Chester RUFC, Chester, Cheshire
20/08/2014
6:30 pm
CBRDP Meetings
Chester RUFC, Chester, Cheshire
02/09/2014
4:30 pm
Cheshire U16 - 1st Trial
Wilmslow High School, Wilmslow, Cheshire
04/09/2014
5:00 pm
Cheshire U15 District Trial - East
Stockport Grammar School, Stockport, Cheshire
07/09/2014
1:00 pm
Cheshire U15 District Trial - West
Wirral RFC, Bebington, Cheshire
09/09/2014
12:00 am
Executive Sub Commitee Meeting
Chester RUFC, Chester, Cheshire
09/09/2014
4:30 pm
Cheshire U15 District Trial - Central
Weaverham High School, Weaverham,
09/09/2014
6:30 pm
Executive Meeting
Chester RUFC, Chester, Cheshire
16/09/2014
4:30 pm
Cheshire U16 - 2nd Trial
Wirral RFC, Bebington, Cheshire
18/09/2014
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Finance AGM 2014
Chester RUFC, Chester, Cheshire

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