On a cold morning with wisps of snow in the air, 12 Sale U11’s faced a squad of 22 Sedgley Park under 11s in North Manchester.
After a slow start Sedgley had a 4-1 lead after 10 minutes, but Sale came back with new vigour, scoring 3 quick tries to level the score, Sedgley managed a try just before half-time.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first half with a couple of quick tries for Sedgley, but some good straight running from Tom O’Callaghan and Dan Welford brought us back into the game.
The final quarter saw further tries for Sedgley, but the spirit that the boys showed was exceptional. Will Hitchen was a man possessed as he tried to tackle every Sedgley player in the last 10 minutes and the pressure exerted by every single player showed the spirit we have in this team.
Ted Birchall snatched the MOM award with one immense tackle in the last couple of minutes, but the whole team should be incredibly proud with the effort they put in and the commitment to their mates.
Everyone in attendance agreed this was the best games they had witnessed this season. The game ebbed and flowed with lots of skill on display. Sales FC marauding future 2nd row player Arthur, dominated the middle of the park with three outstanding try’s. Rory, Keiran and both Tom’s providing the extra muscle and support play. A brace from Edgar and another try for Jack was a great return from some exciting attacking plays. Brave work from Seamus, Alex and Findley on the wing, foiled Sedgley attacks as they looked to get back on level terms. Solid tackling from James gained him joint man of the match along with Edgar. This was definitely a game were every one of the under 10 pups contributed to the result. Although leading in the last minute 6-5, Sedgley managed to score with the last play of the game. In fairness, neither team deserved to lose such a hard fought match.
This Sunday the under sevens played away at Sedgley Park.
On a particularly cold Sunday morning in North Manchester with a constant threat of snow in the air the under sevens performed particularly well and definitely held there own against a well organized Sedgley Park side that it seems train twice a week.
As we play 4 a side games keeping score is not an issue but there were some impressive tries from both sides, it was particularly impressive how our players are improving as a group and as individuals. The basics laws are now fully embraced and our core skills especially passing have improved immensely in recent weeks.
We are looking forward to training at Carrington week this coming Sunday to work on our defense and to continue the improvements in our passing .
On a cold and sometimes snowy morning at Sedgley Park 8 committed Sale U9s players took on a larger Sedgley squad with twice their number.
Sale played 2 games against the Sedgley squad and after a frantic opening 5 minutes of the first game where Sedgley scored 2 tries Sale settled down to play some very attractive attacking rugby. Sale showed great handling skills and recycled the ball well to score several good team tries. In the last couple of games the Sale defence is really starting to click, this week turning over the ball at least 3 times.
The whole team of Olivia, Hattie, Ché, Callum, Oscar R, Joe, Sam and Jacob should be incredibly proud after this great team performance.