Cheshire Bears 36 pts Yorkshire Blues 17 pts
Cheshire Bears started off attacking the Yorkshire line but over eagerness prevented tries being scored. After about 10 minutes Charlie Hyde pounced on a Yorkshire mistake to score the first of his three tries in the match. Yorkshire did come back in to the game with a try from their driving line out but Cheshire were always in control of the game with their strong scrum featuring outstanding performances from Patreece Bell and Michael Butler. Charlie Wardle gave a very mature performance in controlling the match for the Bears and he linked up really well with Rorio Zheng to set up a couple of tries. Overall this was an excellent performance showing off the outstanding handling skills of the Bears.
Cheshire Lions 35 pts Yorkshire Whites 21pts
This was another excellent performance by the Cheshire Lions who played at a very fast tempo throughout the match with Leo Zheng at the heart of everything that was good. Yorkshire Whites were physically stronger that the Yorkshire Blues and they had an outstanding full back who scored one try and set up another. Cheshire fought hard with James Harthill and Huw Davies leading the forward battle. During the game we lost two players through head injuries which left us very thin on the ground. In the second half we became quite dominant and Charlie Bancroft left me with a lasting memory of him making an exquisite pass to complete some exciting open play with a try. The last act of this match was a 60 yard individual try by Ben Verbickas to complete a fine performance by him and the rest of the team.
The two Cheshire squads had lost a total 9 players for this final fixture for various reasons though in all my years of involvement with 15s rugby I never before lost a player to sunburn. Despite this we did win every game this season. This Cheshire 15 squad has been outstanding and all the boys have been a credit to their parents, schools and clubs and the two lead coaches Simon Ford and Ryan Acton must be very proud of them all. It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside them and I wish them all success in the future.
Match report 15 group Cheshire v Staffordshire at Walsall RFC on Sunday 31st March
Cheshire 55 pts Staffordshire 0
The Cheshire side included very few of the Sale Academy boys as Staffordshire was not allowed by the Leicestershire Academy to play any of their boys which made Staffordshire, unfortunately very weak. The game was played on an excellent 3G pitch at Walsall RFC which suited our fast moving style of play. There were many outstanding performances by the Cheshire boys but Harry Reeder-Hirst with a hat trick of tries stole the show. Overall it was a very satisfactory performance with the boys not being too selfish and keeping high standards of gamesmanship despite the weak opposition.
Report 15 group 2018-19
The changes brought about by the RFU two years ago were the foundation of this season’s organisation. Again the structured season set our matches for March and April. The DPP programme had identified the boys at U14 level and clubs and schools were asked to nominate boys who were not in the DPP and a tournament was held in October at Carrington to adjust the squads. Three centres were organised for the district squads to train, the east at Cheadle Hulme, central and west were at Reaseheath. Whilst these sessions were very well organised Bob Davies and myself took it upon ourselves to watch over 50 club and school matches to ascertain how good the boys were in competitive games and how many there were outside the DPP squads.
In January a tournament was held at Cheadle Hulme School to enable Sale and us to pick our respective squads. Fifty boys were chosen from 22 schools and 14 clubs to represent Cheshire. This the year the RFU decided that counties would not play A and B games but mixed ability (blended) teams against Staffordshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire. These included 8 boys not involved in the DPP squads. Three practices were allowed by the structured season organisation and they were held at St Ambrose College. The emphasis in these practices was in developing individual skills. This year Simon Ford and Ryan Acton both stepped up from coaching to be the lead coaches and they were helped by Chris Edmonds and David Simpson.
Sunday March 17th at Burnage RFC Cheshire Bears 45 Lancashire Whites 5, Cheshire Lions 13 Lancashire Reds 7
Sunday March 31st at Walsall RFC Cheshire 55 Staffordshire 0
Sunday April 14th at Stockport RFC Cheshire Bears 36 Yorkshire Blues 17, Cheshire Lions 35 Yorkshire Whites 21.
The full match reports are on the website.
The boys who represented Cheshire 15s this year were very talented and enthusiastic and they were are credit to their parents, schools and clubs.
To win all five matches playing fast and open rugby was a great achievement and great credit goes to the boys and the coaches.