Cheshire Vase final tonight – Chester RFC 7.45pm kick off…..21/02/24
Saturday 3rd February 2024
Winnington Park vs Bowdon RFC
Final Score: Winnington Park 33 : Bowdon RFC 28
This was definitely a game of two halves. Winnington Park blasted off from the kick-off. Solid possession from the first touch set centres Charlie Hyde and Luis Hickory streaming thru the defence for the first try. This was quickly followed by a forwards drive near the post and then Ben Elliot the Park #10 showed why he was man of the match with a clean break to send the winger in.
At this point Bowdon were hardly in the game when they put seven points on the board. The score at half time was 33: 7 in favour of Park. This was to change quite dramatically in the second half as Bowdon showed why they are in the top three of the league closely pressuring Park into giving three more tries to finish within a score but leaving the home side deserving winners. My thanks to both clubs officials particularly Brian Concannon; Parks President.
Birkenhead Park vs Crewe & Nantwich
Final Score: Birkenhead Park 24 : Crewe and Nantwich RFC 21
Again a very close call with Birkenhead Park taking the game at virtually the last play of the match.
It was good to meet Park President Mark McNally and also my team-mates from the Centenary team of 1971/72 season including ex-Cheshire players; Captain Dave Buttery, prop Hughie Crossley, Hooker Alan Davies, flanker Richard Hazlehurst & centre John Tappin.
Caldy RFC vs Coventry RFC
Final Score: Caldy 26 : Coventry 22
And finally I was determined to complete this fabulous day with a return home to Caldy.
How times have changed. Caldy is playing in the Championship for the third season and Saturdays fixture was against Coventry once the Premier English side in the days of David Duckham and fullback Peter Rossborough and a pack of forwards who all played for England. Today Caldy fought from behind to take the match with virtually the last move of the game. From Old Boys team to beating a team with an enormous history and contribution to rugby. Great credit must go to the on field leadership of Captain; JJ Dickinson and the extraordinary coaching of Matt Cairns. To touch so much history on one Saturday was incredibly rewarding.
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