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Cup, Vase, Bowl and Plate competitions -2017-2018 Season

Invitation to compete in the Cup, Vase, Bowl and Plate competitions for 2017-2018 Season

Cheshire Comps Invitation to compete 2017 18

The first round of next season’s competitions will be played on Saturday 26th August 2017; clubs will by agreement with each other and acknowledgment of the committee be permitted to play their matches at any time over that week-end of Friday 25th August – Monday 28th August 2017.

The second round of the competitions must be played on the first ‘league free’ Saturday of the season the date of which will be confirmed when the draw is announced.

Details of the draws and dates for later rounds will be advised as soon as possible but at the moment we are inviting clubs to enter via email by sending the name of club, along with contact details including email address and telephone number to me at the email address below.

Entry fees in the form of a cheque for the entry fee of £50 made payable to the Cheshire RFU should be sent to the Hon Treasurer at the address in your handbooks, please mark the reverse ‘Comps entry fee’ together with the name of your club, or pass them to a member of the Competitions Committee at the County Annual General Meeting on 08-06-2017 at Chester.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 30th June 2017 at noon.

Please note that by entering the competitions clubs will be expected to comply with the competition regulations, including the requirement to complete the tie by dates specified

Paul Lewis


Congratulations to Cheshire U20’s

A big ‘Congratulations’ to Cheshire U20’s who became the Winners of the Jason Leonard 2017 National U20 competition. Cheshire Played against Dorset & Wiltshire on Sunday 7th May at Moseley RUFC.


 Jason Leonard 2017 National U 20’s Final

Cheshire  (29)    v   Dorset + Wilts  (20) @ Moseley  RUFC  7/5/17

Glorious sunshine, a quick dry playing surface, accompanied by fabulous vocal travelling Cestrian support ringing out from the Moseley Terraces and a capable challenging opposition, set the scene for what was to be an enthralling final battle in this National competition final hosted by The RFU at Moseley.

This year’s Cheshire Under 20’s team, have gelled in a unique manner to encourage, challenge and improve each other’s performance both on and off the pitch. The ‘otherwise rivals’ from our county teams coming together to represent our fine county’s rugby heritage in the true spirit of our noble game. The players making the commitment to train, and compete at this higher level.

The travelling combined ‘Durnovarians and Moonrakers’ team, refreshed from their overnight stay in Coventry were undoubtedly the most organised team the young Cestrian’s had faced this year, Dorset may have been keen to excite but were prevented from doing so by a solid Cheshire defence, continuing forward superiority at the set piece allowing controlled release of the backs. Not to take anything away from the quality of the opposition today, a very active Dorset back line, throwing the ball wide and cutting play back to runners seeking to break the gain line, but they were equally matched at Moseley today to halt their intent in this contest.

Dorset were shocked when within a minute of kick-off, The Cheshire scrum half collected their ‘spill’, and with a skilled cheeky chip and a raging cheer from the terrace he dotted down to set the mark of what was to be an enthralling 80 minute encounter. Cheshire demonstrated their own skill and kept the ball alive & following 15 phases in play successfully put the right winger into space where he sprinted over the white wash, for another converted try in this charged competition for one prize. Both teams with a ‘brace of tries a piece’ left the field at the break at Cheshire 17 Dorset 13 .

Immediately after the re-start the Cheshire forward dominance again continued and in a rolling maul close to the Dorset line, the continuing multiple infringements to impede the charge were just too much for the man in the middle Mr Thomas, who ‘blew’ for the penalty try in the young Cestrians favour. This was followed 10 minutes later by a ‘battering -ram‘ mismatch where the Dorset backs sought to impede the charging Cheshire No 8, who with a 40 metre sprint dispatched the ‘last guard’ full back to hit the try line at full pelt.

Four Cheshire Tries to three from the opposition, in a thrilling encounter,tallied alongside conversions and penalty points saw the final whistle blow at 29 to 20. The true competitive spirit in which this final 80 minutes was played was a credit to both camps.

After the game Manager Ian Stanton said “ We came here today to do nothing other than play our own game, and we did that. This year’s objective was promotion and we did that as well. We knew Dorset had a capable back line, but so do we as you have just witnessed, Were only a small county, but we punch above our weight ! and it was interesting to see the two sets of backs perform under pressure. Our guys played some great rugby today, the forwards set the control and it became clear that any mistakes would be punished if we didn’t keep a grip on this game. As I’ve said before, I’m very proud of all the lads all of who have ‘bought in’ to the commitment to get to this stage. I know that the Cheshire management team and the two coaches, who played a valuable part in this, Mike and Tom have similar high regard for the guy’s efforts, and again I would like to thank them on behalf of the Team and Cheshire RFU for their personal commitment this year. Now we can all relax and then at the end of summer we can start to prepare for the fresh challenges 2018 season brings and build on what we have achieved together”

The run of games that led to this final are as follows;
Staffs (5) v Cheshire (31) 26/2/17
@ Longton
Cheshire (41) v Lancs (7) 16/4/17
@ Lymm
Cheshire (35) v NLD (5) 2/4/17
@ Wilmslow
Cheshire (22) v Lancs (17) 16/4/17 @ Birkenhead

A number of thanks must be made, firstly to the Cheshire Clubs who released their players to compete. To the squad players who trained and didn’t make selection, The players (and coaching staff !) recovering from injury, The RFU and Moseley RUFC for hosting this fixture, and importantly thanks to The Dorset team who turned up seeking the same prize and although they only left the field with runners up medals, they certainly won the respect of their Cheshire counterparts.

Thanks must be to the travelling Cheshire parents / supporters who’s vocal encouragement and words of advice from the touch line was very much appreciated by all.

And the final thanks; Is to the players themselves, who as a group took no backwards steps, spent their time to rise to fresh challenges and displayed loyalty camaraderie and commitment at the highest level to this years cause.

As the older players now leave, they are particularly thanked for their commitment and tenacity over their previous 2 years and are wished the very best for their future studies / roles. The junior members of this year’s squad now progress to senior roles having been set a fine example to ensure continuity is maintained and built upon… The best is yet to come !

North and England Counties
Five of The Cheshire team from this years competition were selected for North of England duty;
Chris Taylor (Capt), Matt Palphreyman, Johnny Whittaker,Tom Poole and
Charlie Venables.
And from this three were further selected for England duty; Chris Taylor,
Johnny Whittaker, Charlie Venables.

Every success is wished to them for their forthcoming fixtures !

Nick Jones

The Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship’

‘The Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship’ starts this weekend!

May 6th
Yorkshire v Cheshire

at Huddersfield RFC
KO 3pm

The Cheshire team to Play Yorkshire:

  1. Thomas Mantell – Macclesield
  2. Edward Stagg – Caldy
  3. Elliott Millar-Mills – Macclesfield
  4. David Marwick (c) – Macclesfield
  5. Thomas Sanders – Caldy
  6. Jack Collister – Caldy
  7. Mike Craven – Chester
  8. Ryan Parkinson – Macclesfield
  9. Nick Allsop – Macclesfield
  10. Rhys Hayes – Caldy
  11. Alistair Baker – Wirral
  12. Jack Lavin – Caldy
  13. Lewis Barker – Macclesfield
  14. Sean Green – Chester
  15. James Annetts – Wirral
  16. Thomas Concu – Caldy
  17. Paul Millea – Macclesfield
  18. Derek Salisbury – Caldy
  19. Harrison Crowe – Caldy
  20. Ross White – Chester
  21. Joseph Murray – Wirral
  22. Charlie Venables –  Leeds Beckett University

Travelling Reserves
Martin Gerrard – Caldy
Huw Alexander – Caldy

U20’s in the Final v Dorset & Wiltshire 7th May, 2pm KO

After the recent 2nd success against Lancashire, Cheshire  are now both promoted, and in the final of the Jason Leonard  U20 competition, to be now  held at:

Birmingham Moseley Rugby club , Billesley Common, Yardley Wood Rd, Birmingham B13 0PT  

playing against Dorset + Wiltshire
this Sunday 7th May
Kick Off @ 2pm.

From this year’s games, the demonstrated commitment, shown both on and off the field has led to success… The Cheshire team is focussed  on the next 80 minutes,  to play with the same intensity and  focus and look to finish their campaign on a high!

Come and watch our young Cestrians compete in what promises to be a great final  !



To be held on Sunday 30TH April 2017 at:

Crewe and Nantwich RUFC
Crewe Vagrants Sports Club
Newcastle Road
TEL: 01270 560506

We are delighted to host the Under 16’s Finals Day again and we hope all the players, coaches and supporters have a wonderful day.

Below are just a few points that, if we all work together on, will ensure everyone involved has the best experience possible.


There is ample parking on site and there will be marshals to guide you so please respect them as it’s a difficult job.
Parking is free of charge on the day but there is an entry fee at the gate pitch side which will include a programme this is £3 per person over 18.

Please note that there is a car boot taking place on the morning of the finals which may mean the car park is busy prior to the Shield Final.

If your team will be arriving by coach then please inform us in advance so we can reserve parking otherwise you may be turned away 

Please ensure dogs are kept on a lead at all times and are not allowed in the club house or anywhere near the playing areas – this includes the Cricket field.

Charges are:
Adult – £3
U18 – Free
Payment will be made on foot at the entry gate pitch side.

On the day there will be 4 finals taking place – Shield, Plate, Bowl and Cup, in that order.

Changing rooms and warm up areas will be allocated on arrival but please try not to arrive more than 75 minutes before your scheduled kick off time as facilities may still be in use from the previous match and you may not have a changing room available.

Match Timings


Games are 35 minutes each way.

There is only a short turnaround between matches so please clear the playing area and changing rooms as soon after the final whistle as possible.

Medal and trophy presentations – runners up first – will take place off the pitch area.

Please take team and individual photographs away from the playing area to allow the next match to start on time.

The maximum number of players that can take part in any final is 22 – 15 on the pitch with 7 replacements.

Pitch side
All spectators please keep off the playing area. The pitch is surrounded on both sides by fencing.
Coaches, physios and replacements please stay in your allocated shelter and within the clearly marked technical area.

There will be food and drink available to purchase throughout the event.
All 22 players in each squad will be given a meal ticket which can be exchanged for food in the clubhouse.

Please feel free to take photographs and/or video recordings during the event but please keep off the playing surface and behind the pitch barriers.
There is an official photographer attending on the day and his pictures will be available to view after the event free of charge – a link will be emailed to each club.

First aid
We are hoping to have a physio available on the day. However, we would expect each team to have a qualified first aider in attendance.

Code of conduct

  • Please respect the RFU code of conduct
  • Treat others how you would expect them to treat you
  • Encourage players rather than criticise
  • Respect the officials decisions at all times
  • Refrain from any type of abuse – it won’t be tolerated
  • Keep the ground and clubhouse area litter free
  • Ensure you have locked your vehicle and valuables are out of sight as the club cannot be held responsible for theft or damage.

Helpers and marshals are all in Hi-VIZ jackets and are here to help. Please respect their instructions.

Crewe and Nantwich RUFC reserve the right to ask anyone, indicating actions that are judged to conflict with the club or RFU code of conduct, to move away from the pitch area.

Your co-operation is very much appreciated.

Finally – to prevent any confusion……….

There will be no extra time in any match




 Any yellow card will be 7 minutes duration.
If there is anything that you are unsure of then please contact:

James Ahearne –

Easter Weekend – Cheshire Competitions results

‘Congratulation’s to the winners of the Cheshire Competitions

Cup Final:- Caldy  35  v  19  Sandbach

Vase Final:- Birkenhead Pk.  10  v  36  Northwich

Bowl Final: Hoylake  25  v  20  Winnington Pk.

Plate Final: Oldershaw  8  v  26  Port Sunlight