Archive for 19 November 2014

U20’s Cheshire 21 v Berkshire 26 Match Report

 

Berkshire (26) v Cheshire ( 21) 16th November 2014

This final training fixture was perhaps the best challenge presented to test the mettle of new faces to this year’s National U20 campaign. Cheshire arrived at Redingensians Rugby Club to a warm welcome from Berkshire RFU, on an otherwise grey chilly overcast afternoon. Both small counties have met in the past at RFU HQ, and after a long journey Cheshire were eager to get into action. Some last minute injuries from Saturday fixtures allowed newer players longer exposure to make their mark. Berkshire Kicked off with Cheshire unable to exercise their practiced control of the ball Defence and attack were tested. Berkshire drew first blood with a converted try, and under pressure the determination of the young Cestrians soon secured a reciprocal score immediately after the restart. Tenacity, Guile, Physicality and stamina continued to be tried to the full , both teams were settling into a meaningful fixture neither side giving an inch either way, played in the true spirit of the game we love, to develop individual and team performance. Cheshire forwards exerted massive pressure at the scrum, Berkshire buckled, leaving the referee blowing under the post to award the visitors a penalty try. Celebrations were short lived as Berkshire responded well with an immediate unconverted try from the kick off.

The second half was less tempestuous Cheshire mastered their drills, made few unforced errors and played with discipline, confidence and patience, knowing that scoring opportunities will come  with confidence and  controlled multi phase possession. Exchanges were tight, with fine performances from players on both sides in a very, physical encounter.

It was good to see the Cestrians demonstrating expansive rugby, but neither side scored until the 75th minute with the hosts going over the line with a converted try. Cheshire were determined not to go quietly and in the last minutes of the game had the final say with a well earned converted try of their own. The win is always sought, and although the visitors fell short, this was a demonstration of the intensity of County rugby at this higher level, fast, furious and unrelenting.

Rotation of players allowed all to experience where they ‘need to be’ to compete effectively in the opening fixtures of this year’s challenge on Sunday 30th November 2014.

Overall a positive performance from Cheshire who are building for the start of the competition. The score line did not fully reflected the balance of play, there was still a feeling that the young Cestrians made too many errors to take complete charge of the fixture leaving winning points on the pitch.

Thanks must be made to Berkshire and the hospitality at  Redingensians RUFC, hopefully a reciprocal test on the luscious green turf of Cheshire can be secured for next season. Also thanks to Duncan Wise for his photographic contribution to this article

 

Nick Jones

 

Cheshire 15 squad 2014/15

Click here for the Print version of the below information & REGISTRATION FORM

The following have been chosen to represent the county at A and B levels against: –

• Lancashire TBA

• Yorkshire Sunday April 5th at Bowden RFC

• Kent A only Tuesday April 7th at Lymm RFC

First training session will be held on Friday January 2nd from 10am to 1pm. Venue to be confirmed so please check the web site for up-dates. The attached registration form must be with me before the first training session – see end of list of names.

Cheshire kit should be ordered through the Cheshire web site. You need to order at least shorts, tracksuit and polo shirt.

Backs

Dominic Duggan, Chester CHS/Chester

Cameron Redpath Kings,Macclesfield/ Lymm

Will Buckley Knutsford/ Lymm

Will Tyrer Wirral G.S./ Wirral

Hal Collins Calday G.S./ Caldy

Tom Merrick Weaverham H.S./ Lymm

Jack Nelson Wirral G.S./ Wirral

Lucas Titherington Wirral G.S./ E.Port

Dan Walker Birkenhead School/ Caldy

George Whitham Wilmslow/ Wilmslow

Joe Maddocks Chester C.H.S. / Chester

Tom Walshe St Ambrose/ Man.

Connor Doherty St.Ambrose/ Alt.Kersal

Thomas Hughes St. Ambrose/ Bowden

Nathan Pope King Williams College/ Anselmians

Jack Pritchard Birkenhead/ Caldy

Tom Jones St Ambrose/ Man.

George Hughes A.G.S./ Lymm

Gus Warr E.College/ Bowden

Harry Craven Grange/ Chester

George Manger Wirral G.S./ Wirral

Spencer Cope King Williams/ Anselmians

Forwards

Ciaron Booth St.Ambrose/ Man.

Will Mills Heber H.S./ Wrexham

Robin Lowndes Calday/ Caldy

Josh Doyle Stockport G.S./ Man.

Christos Nickou A.G.S./ Alt.Kersal

Owen Roberts Heber/ Whitchurch

Liam Ramsden Queens Park/ Chester

Teddy Leatherbarrow Kings Macc./ Lymm

Ewan Nolan St.Anselms/ Anselmians

Harry Wilkinson Helsby/ Chester

Jack Hill A.G.S./ Alt.Kersal

Sam Dolling Cheadle Hulme/ Lymm

Jamie Munn St.Ambrose/ Alt.Kersal

Tom Whittiker Sandbach/ Sandbach

James Sherlock Lymm/Lymm

Laoigh Walsh C.H.S./ Chester

Tom Taylor Crossley Heath/ Lymm

Saad Khalil Bramhall/ Lymm

Max Wood S.G.S.

Alex Brooks S.G.S./ Stockport

Josh Dunne Heber/ Whitchurch

Niall Cooney Holy Family C.H.S./ Caldy

Nicholas Tunnelly St.Ambrose/ Alt Kersal

Ewan Ashman Sandbach/Sandbach

Dan Leonard Hillbre /Caldy

Injured Players Matt Ellaby and Rouban Birch are invited to our first training session.

Additional players may be added at a later date.

Any problems please contact me on 01606 835506 or briandavid@talktalk.net

Brian David

 

Cheshire Under 18s v Lancashire Under 18s

16/11/2014: Cheshire vs Lancashire 2.00pm

Blackburn RFC, Ramsgreave Drive, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8NB

We have the selected the following Cheshire Under 18s squad for this weekend’s game forthcoming games detailed below:-

Please note that there is no bus to Blackburn RFC. Players are expected to make their own way and to arrive at the ground no later than 12.30pm

Players are asked to bring a shirt and chinos/trousers for after the game as well as your Cheshire tie if you don’t have one please wear your school tie.

If you have are unable to attend please let Gareth Davies know by email on grd9@live.co.uk or 07920180533 as soon as possible.

Simon Metcalfe WILMSLOW STOCKPORT
John Whittaker SANDBACH GS SANDBACH
Tom Poole REASEHEATH CREWE AND NANTWICH
Ben Hadfield POYNTON MACCLESFIELD
Owen MacCuish SANDBACH GS SANDBACH
Matthew Ringer WIRRAL GS WIRRAL
Aidan Gray ALTRINCHAM KERSAL BOWDON
George Bordill SANDBACH GS SANDBACH
Ben Wass SIR JOHN DEANES LYMM
Harry Hawley WIRRAL GS WIRRAL
Alex Nolan LYMM HS LYMM
Matthew Peakman KINGS MACCLESFIELD MACCLESFIELD
Tyler Brace ST ANSELMS ANSELMIANS
Mark Ray STOCKPORT GS STOCKPORT
Tom O’Mahony STOCKPORT GS MANCHESTER
Will Hardy WIRRAL GS CALDY
Callum Harris LYMM HS LYMM
Mason Tyler-Holland SOUTH WIRRAL WIRRAL
Toby Gaskell XAVARIAN STOCKPORT
James Dear ST ANSELMS ANSELMIANS
Luke Cannings SIR JOHN DEANES WINNINGTON PARK
Alexander Hickman SIR JOHN DEANES LYMM
Max Lederwerg STOCKPORT GS BOWDON

Cheshire U16’s Match Report – Cheshire v Yorkshire

Cheshire 72, Yorkshire 22; an unbelievable score line and to quote that overused cliché a game of two halves. The try scorers were Broghan Wilson 6, Joe Dowdswell 1, Josh Davies 1, Jake Davies 2, Gabrial Johnson-Aley 1, Sorrell Cowen 1. From the 12 conversion attempt 6 were converted.

Cheshire kicked off and immediately pressed Yorkshire to disorientate their defense which led to Cheshire winning a ruck ball, the ensuing pass went to Solomon Neil who put a grubber through the defensive gap only to be deflected back to Joe Thomason who then passed to Josh Davies to put in a great kick to secure position on the Yorkshire 22m line. From here Yorkshire re-group and pushed Cheshire back to just outside their 22. Cheshire then won possession and moved play quickly forward only to be punished for some sloppy play which resulted in the Yorkshire winger Harry Boyd gathering the ball and sprinting 50 meters to score the first try of the day, the try was unconverted, 5 – nil to Yorkshire.

Cheshire took up the challenge and within minutes scored through Broghan Wilson in the corner, Josh Davies converted, a great kick, 7 – 5 to Cheshire.

Cheshire exerted their authority and it wasn’t long before Broghan Wilson intercepted a pass to score his second try, Davies converted; 14-5 in favour of Cheshire. At this stage Cheshire took their foot off the pedal and relaxed with some loose place which cost them dearly. Again, Yorkshire reacted quickly and took advantage of a lapsed Cheshire defense putting number 14 Harry Boyd in for his second try after an incredible sprint to the line. It was obvious at this stage that Boyd was the key to Yorkshires attacking strategy with his searing pace.

The first half of this game was exhilarating backwards and forwards into each others half. Yorkshire kicked up a gear to take the lead 17 – 14. Then, 25 minutes into the first half Cheshire re-took the lead 19-17. Once again Cheshire relaxed and were punished when the Yorkshires right wing Boyd score his third try 22-19 to Yorkshire. But the half wasn’t over yet Cheshire came back with more determination than previously displayed by pressurizing Yorkshire and gaining a 22 lineout. Cheshire proceeded to go forward which resulted in a ruck 5 meters out from the Yorkshire try line and 10 meters from to the uprights, a penalty was award to Cheshire which resulted in Josh Dowdswell going over for a converted try, 26-22. Yorkshire restarted with minutes to go before half-time Cheshire gathered and hastily made inroad into the now disheveled Yorkshire defense to allow Jake Davies score just before the end of the first half, 31-22.

The first half of this game was extremely exciting both team giving full commitment to create a rugby spectacle. The second half of this game took on a completely different form. Cheshire came out for the second half fired up with renewed determination and from the kick off stepped up their game by a couple of gears. Yorkshire on the other hand appeared to have run out of steam. Yorkshire lost their desire and with it their continuity of play. As you can seen from the resulting score line Cheshire ran away with the second half of the game playing fifteen man rugby keeping the ball away from the contact areas of play thereby running Yorkshire ragged. To be honest, to see a Yorkshire team collapse in this way is extremely surprising because it’s not in their psyche to, basically, capitulate the way they did. I must mention, that notable players for Yorkshire were, Ben Carlisle, Loosehead prop, Michael Plunkett, hooker, Sam Pocklington, scrum half, Harry Davey fly half, Harry Boyd, wing and Charlie Rae, full back.

For Cheshire and its supporter it was certainly a most memorable day with the sun shining down on the beautiful village of Giggleswick. I would like to take this moment to extend a sincere thank you to all parents for their undivided support that they have given to their sons in giving them the opportunity to experience this level of rugby in such an important academic year. I should like to extend my best wishes to all the Cheshire under 16’s squad on their success this short season and hope this success can be extended into your academic studies. Also a big thank you to the coaches Dave Connolly and Iain Taylor for all their hard work this season.

Cheshire Plate, Bowl & Vase Competition – Semi Final Results

Cheshire Plate Final
Following the results from the Semi-Final matches, which are as follows:-

Oxton Parkonians    41 v    27 Congleton
Holmes Chapel        –   v    w/o Oldershaw

The Final is therefore: Oxton Parkonians v Oldershaw
The match is to be played on 4th April’ 15 KO at 11.30am, venue TBC

Cheshire Bowl Final
Following the results from the Semi-Final matches, which are as follows:-

Southern Nomads (IOM) 12    v    5 Bowdon
Ellesmere Port               26    v    27 Ashton on Mersey

The Final is therefore: Ashton on Mersey v Southern Nomads (IOM)
The match is to be played on 4th April’ 15 KO at 1.30pm, venue TBC

Cheshire Vase Final
Following the results from the Semi-Final matches, which are as follows:-

Winnington Park    17   v 36    Wilmslow
Crewe & Nantwich 22   v 15    Northwich

The Final is therefore: Crewe & Nantwich v Wilmslow
The match is to be played on 4th April’ 15 KO at 3.30pm, venue TBC

Cheshire v Berkshire U 20’s -16.11.14

Redingensians RFC with a 2.30pm kick off.
Redingensians RFC
Old Bath Road
Sonning
Reading
RG4 6TQ

Muster points and squad details at Friday training

Nick Jones