Archive for 29 July 2014

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!

CHESHIRE COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE – 04/07/14

ALTHOUGH WE ARE AT THE INITIAL STAGES OF THE VARIOUS COMPETITIONS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON, WITH DETAILS AS PUBLISHED ON THIS SITE, YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE DRAWS FOR THE SEMI FINALS WILL BE MADE AT THE CHESHIRE C.R.F.U. COMMITTEE MEETING AT CHESTER R.U.F.C. ON THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER.

THESE SEMI FINAL TIES TO BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2015.

CHESHIRE COMPETITIONS Draw – 2014/2015

The Draws were made last night for all Cheshire Senior Competitions, for this Season, to start with all Quarter Finals being played on 30th August.

The Draws resulted as follows:
CUP 
SALE F.C.                   v       STOCKPORT
CHESTER                    v       SANDBACH
BIRKENHEAD PARK      v       CALDY
LYMM                          v       MACCLESFIELD

VASE  
NORTHWICH               v      NEW BRIGHTON
CREWE & NANTWICH   v      ANSELMIANS
WILMSLOW                 v      ALTRINCHAM KERSAL
WINNINGTON PK         v      HOYLAKE

BOWL
ASHTON ON MERSEY     v      WALLASEY
DUKINFIELD                 v      BOWDON
PRENTON                     v      ELLESEMERE PORT
OSWESTRY                   v      SOUTHERN NOMADS

PLATE 
CONGLETON                v       CHRISTLETON
HOLMES CHAPEL          v       HELSBY
CAPENHURST               v       OXTON PARKONIANS
OLDERSHAW              BYE

Arrangements for the playing of the Vets Competition will be advised in due course.

The Draws for the Semi Finals in all these Competitions will be made at the September Meeting of the County Committee at Chester

Print version of the aboveCHESHIRE COMPETITIONS

Cheshire Cup Competitions 2014/15

CHESHIRE COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE

At a Meeting o the Cheshire Competitions Committee, the following matters were discussed which require thinking and reaction/responses from all Clubs.

HOSTING

All Clubs are invited to act as Hosts for the various Finals days at the end of the Season.

Dates to be confirmed in due course.

These to be held as separate events on each occasion and are as follows:

1. CUP FINAL

2. FINALS OF THE VASE, BOWL AND PLATE NORMALLY PLAYED AT ONE VENUE

3, VETS DAY – PLAYED AS A ONE OFF EVENT, AT ONE VENUE ON A SUNDAY AT THE END OF THE SEASON.

Full details of what is expected of each Hosting Club, will be provided to those Clubs offering to hold these events.

Responses please to myself: Alan Johnson – Chairman Cheshire C.R.F.U. Competitions Committee.