Archive for 29 April 2014

Sale F.C win the Cheshire Cup 2014

Picture with kind permission from Andrew Thallon 

‘Congratulations’ to Sale FC on winning the
Cheshire Cup 2014

Sale FC 26 – 21 Caldy RFC (HT 23 – 7)

Match Report:On a fine evening – to start with – a very good crowd of supporters from these two Clubs and throughout the County, turned out to watch what promised to be, on paper, a very competitive battle between two Club from opposite sides of the County, each hoping to achieve a good end to the Season, after playing nearly 30 League games to end the Season last Saturday.And credit to the County who managed, despite the hard task they faced, to organise no less than 5 Competitions involving Clubs at all levels throughout the County and ending next Monday at Bowdon with the Vets Finals.

Prior the game, all were delighted that the Lymm Club who had stepped in at late notice to Host this occasion, were able to attract the Chairman of the R.F.U. and Northern idol, in the for and blazer of Bill Beaumont, who came along to officially switch on the new floodlighting installed by Lymm and partially funded by RFU support.

Both Clubs were battling for pride of place to be Cheshire Champions, after failing to gain their individual League Promotion, which all Clubs aspire to, throughout a long and demanding Season culminating in their efforts this evening.

Sale, starting off this Match a League Level below that of their opponents, deserved boith the praise and the sympathy of all, in only just having failed to join their neighbouring Cheshire Clubs, Stockport and Macclesfield in taking another step up the R.F.U. League ladder by gaining Promotion through their efforts the previous week end.

Caldy had gained good respectability, in ending up in the Middle of a very strong and competitive National League 2 Table, whilst Sale only narrowly failed to gain the Promotion they were seeking towards the top of National League 3 North.

The game started with Sale in the ascendency throughout the first half, achieved through the boot of their No. 10 Liam McGovern, with a Drop Goal and a couple of penalties to lead 9 – 7 after a quarter of an hour, a before Caldy got on the scoreboard with a try through their pack by Derek Salisbury. Sale quickly replied with a try by Jack Moorhouse converted again by Liam McGovern, making the score Nick Flynn converted by Richard Vasey to make the score then 7 – 23 at Half Time.

Sale managed to increase their lead just before half time with Tries by Ian Moriarty and Jack Moorhouse, both converted by Liam McGovern.

So we had reached a situation at half time, where the supposedly more senior team, Calkdy, were struggling to keep pace on the scoreboard with Sale having scored only 7 points to their opponents 23.

Then followed a period of fiercely contested play with no one side on top till Caldy reduced the deficit to 14 – 23 through a further converted try by Chris Kohler.

The final nail in the coffin for Sale came when McGovern, the Caldy tormentor in chief, kicked another Penalty to make things stand at 14 – 26. From here on in, it was only deserved pride to be gained by Caldy when through their Flanker Stuart Cross they got a last converted Try.

This was a most competitive game with never a period where any one Club was able to impose itself over their opposition enough to feel comfortable through the rest of the Game.

A credit to both sides and the game of Rugby in Cheshire.


Whilst are approaching the end of yet another Season, and another series of Finals, we do have to turn our minds to the Future.

The Competitions Committee has been operating for a few years with decreasing membership, through retirement, illness etc. That, course, plus the ever increasing demands on Members and Officers in their work within their own Clubs.

As a result, far too much work is falling on the shoulders of too few people and we need to remedy that.

With the County AGM approaching, could I ask that all Clubs and County Members, apply themselves to this problem and come forward with proposals of individuals who

can be relied upon to input their experience into the efforts of this Committee, to ensure that we have a continuation of high quality Finals such as we have had so far this year.

The work of this Committee has been made increasingly difficult, due to the need to balance the playing of Ties with the responsibility of Clubs to honour their RFU League Commitments, and the shortage of weekends when Ties can be fitted in.

In fact our neighbours in Lancashire have not found it possible to organise their Competitions at all this Season.

We are determined that that will not happen in Cheshire, and therefore ask for nomination of new Members be made, via myself or the County Secretary, so that we can carry on the good work of the past.

Alan Johnson
Chairman Competitions Committee

Cheshire Competitions Finals Results

Many thanks to John Pickering for the photos

‘Congratulations’ to the winners:

Plate – Southern Nomads (IOM)
(Oxton Parkonians 17; Southern Nomads 24)
Bowl – Bowdon
(Oswestry 27; Bowdon 32)
Vase Final – Altrincham Kersal
(Altrincham Kersal 17; New Brighton 13)

Alan Johnson, Chairman of the Competitions Committee commented

‘I have to pay credit to Winnington park for the heard work put in and the efficiency of their organisation on the day.

Everything went like clockwork in fine – but cool weather with very close games resulting in all 3 Competitions.

The attendance was very good and the whole day was very well supported by a large crowd right through to the end.

Congratulations to the winners on the day, who went home with their Trophies – but the real winners were the game of Rugby allied to the County and Winnington Park.

The thanks of the County have to be expressed to the workers of Winnington Park, the ball boys, and especially the teams of Referees who worked hard through the day.

It has to be said, that as usual, our visitors from over the water, Southern Nomads, really enjoyed themselves in great numbers – goodness knows when, and in what condition they get back home having left IOM at about 5.30 a.m., to arrive in good time at Burrows Hill.