By iangrassby1, 02-Mar-2014 15:08:00
Northwich continued on towards a possible play-off place with a pleasing victory over neighbors Winnington Park, and in doing so claimed the bragging rights with this decider. The build up at Moss Farm began early, due in the main to the fact that the revised KO time of 3pm caught so many out. With Northwich hosting their annual Chairman’s Day, so many supporters and great weather (for a change) all was set for a great afternoon’s rugby.
By iangrassby1, 01-Mar-2014 17:33:00
On a lovely cold morning with a bit more than a breeze in the air, the team got to play on the same pitch that the professional players of Sale Sharks train on during the week, not that any of the seemed to care.
With the teams split into 2 to face the masses of Sale, this weeks match report might be missing some key facts as I have only 1 set of eyes.
By iangrassby1, 23-Feb-2014 19:01:00
It’s fair to say that both sides would have preferred to play this match the previous week, but the weather put paid to that. Both sides had a number of players absent but it was clear from the off it had affected the home side more than Northwich. Northwich were delighted to see the return of player coach Sam Naylor back in action following shoulder surgery. From his first touch it was evident he was going to be in top form, and so it proved. In a period of 26 minutes the Blacks turned in a superb performance, scoring six converted tries and effectively putting an end to the contest
By iangrassby1, 15-Feb-2014 14:41:00
The 2014 Spring Ball will be held on Saturday 22nd March (7pm drinks reception) at the Great Hall of Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club’s 16th Century manor, providing a breath-taking setting for our dinner.
The event will be a huge extravaganza for the club; It is a black-tie event and includes a three course dinner, an auction conducted by our Master of Ceremonies, a singer (David Ball) and disco.
The auction items are amazing and include: a Porsche Driving Day, a Landrover Off-Road Driving, a family holiday, Signed sports collectables and many, many more.
Tickets are £37.50 but if you take a table of 10 you will get one free and pay £337.50.
The Hall seats up to 170 guests so a convivial night is guaranteed; ideal for networking and catching up with old friends.
We are well on target to sell out the event so please…get you skates on and reserve your tickets NOW! BY return if possible as I don’t want you to miss out.
To reserve your tickets please contact Martin Warding - email: email@example.com Mobile: 07880714047
By iangrassby1, 12-Feb-2014 17:05:00
Game 1: Northwich pressed hard at the start of the first half and a period of territory play for the forwards ensued with each team stealing possession and advancing to the next breakdown. It proved to be a physical encounter and it was Crewe & Nantwich who pressed home the first advantage with a well supported maul over the try line. The next period of play saw C&N again try to break through the middle and but for some heroic tackling by Ben and Connor would have surely scored again. Northwich though struggled to get fluency going and seemed to be chasing the game for much of the first half, during which C&N managed to convert another two scores.
By iangrassby1, 10-Feb-2014 19:28:00
As you know, to keep costs for the tour as low as possible, we need to do as much fund raising as possible across the whole mini & junior section.
In addition to the bag pack, we are also doing a sponsored run on Saturday March 8th (9am start so it doesn’t interrupt the day too much). This is a RUN/JOG, not a race (unless you want to) and is open to adults, children (and dogs). (U11’s should be accompanied and dogs on leads – not the other way round).
The plan is to connect with the Delemere parkrun who have a course round Delemere lake (approx. 5km) starting at 9am. Parkrun is free to register and gives the chance to get a time if you want to. Parkrun details are at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/delamere/
Please click the link at the side of the page for a sponsor form.
Please try to get as many sponsors as possible.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Even my Finley (7) has done this, so I am sure each and every player can. The challenge is for as many parents to do it as well. !!!
By iangrassby1, 09-Feb-2014 19:56:00
Cheshire Plate Quarter Final
Northwich U.15s - 38 – 0 - Knutsford U.15s
Northwich sumptuously simmered their way into the Cheshire Plate semi final for the first time ever with a breathtaking display of teamwork and “knock em down” Rugby. Again bedecked in pink and again having to reverse the home fixture to the away venue the young Northwich lads were simply pretty in pink! Things weren’t rosy upon arrival as the Knutsford 1st XV pitch looked ok from the car park but upon further inspection was found to be holding so much water that even King Canute told us to
"@~?£ @?@, there was no way he was crossing that much water."
So we tried the adjacent pitch which was wet, muddy and narrow. Coach Cole was retrieved from the warmth of the dressing room to inspect the new turf. The problem with 14 and 15 year old lads is that they are deceptively big, they are essentially the size of adults and fill small spaces very quickly. Dave queried if we could actually fit 30 of them on the pitch, so he set about pacing the width, 1,2, miss a few….40 yards. Now anyone that knows Dave will realise that in real strides it probably measured about 32.
On with the Rugby, the initial concerns of Knutsfords big pack soon unravelled as Billy Cole stole nearly every ball in the scrum, whilst the remaining forwards kept us moving forward and secured the ball, not just any ball though, clean ball and ball that Jack Linsley despatched to his backs, who despite the Murray Field pitch conditions moved the ball with comfort and great skill. Dan the 10 Tyrrell opened the scoring after a couple of minutes which was closely followed by a Cameron Gooch blunder bust 13 smash. His Grandads words of “He used his size there!” hitting the nail on the head. (Nice one Dad!)
Elis (is he Welsh today or English…6 nations joke) Vickery thundered over George North style, or was it a Luther Burrell try, any way didn’t matter. Northwich played the sporting role and allowed Knutsford into their 22 but then played party poopers by refusing to let them score, at the time though it did look like we would gift some points, didn’t happen, moving on.
Second half and only a couple of changes and it was Vickery again sliding over the whitewash, so we could now split the Welsh/English try scoring types apart and have one each. Matt Watson who only turns in to Matt the Meteor when he puts on his magic scrum cap added another with a fine line of running. Leah finished proceedings off at the death with a score in the corner. Knutsford had tested the Northwich line on many occasions in the second half but it was one of those days when “None shall pass!” and they didn’t. Sam Preece was unlucky to be adjudged held up after a barrelling run under the sticks, but spent the day in full command of the front row.
Great performance by all the squad, apologies to those players who didn’t get the usual half a game that we usually give, but the Cheshire Cup is a journey and one that we are all on together as a squad. Regrettably we should have made the lads play in their own shirts so I didn’t have to wash the pink strip, the washing machine repair man is due at 10.00 tomorrow and Dino Rod are due at 12.00 to remove the silt from the drains, worth it, great set of lads very proud of them all!
By iangrassby1, 09-Feb-2014 19:53:00
It was touch and go as the whether this match would take place. However the decision to switch pitches proved to be a good call. In extremely difficult conditions the Blacks put in a great performance and secured their 6th bonus point win in a row. Despite the dreadful conditions the hardy home supporters were treated to a dynamic and ambitious display from the ever improving Northwich.
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