Sunday 25/10/ – St Cuthbert’s (Home)
It was the last game of the season today, sad but I am ready for a break and snuggles on a Sunday with the family.
The clocks went back last night and the coaches were kind enough to give us all a gentle reminder to make sure we didn’t arrive and hour early, but you guessed it there is always one who just can’t resist being there and hour earlier than everyone else, dedication that Cassy true dedication from you and Harry or was it cause you were all drunk after partying the night before and forgot to change the clocks? (I say let’s stick with dedication shall we lol)
It was a cold one day today and we had to wrap up warm. Some of the mums really do make me laugh though the states they sometimes turn up in, but they are an awesome bunch of ladies oh and fellas the dads are great too. It’s good playing at home though because you know the café is open and that you can have a nice warm brew and breakfast and the chicken curry and chips well what can I say other than YUUUUUMMMMMYYYYYY.
So today was an important game as we wanted to go out on high and wanted the win. Personally a win didn’t matter today for me as Jack has had a great season he has really enjoyed himself and found his passion for rugby league so I wanted him to just go out there and do his best and enjoy the last game of the season. Well he certainly tried five but five minutes into the game he did his first run and took a very heavy tackle on his right leg and he was down. No amount of magic water from the coach was working this time he was carried off in tears. I made my way to the other side to check he was ok and we got him stood up and weight bearing and true St Anne’s style he said I am ready to go back on now mum. That’s my boy tuff as old boots nothing will keep him down for long. He struggled though and was unable to run properly and it ruined it for him, he tried though and did his best and as a mum that’s all you can ever ask from you kids.
The game was a good one today, the other side were very strong and extremely good at tackling and it really knocked the stuffing out of our boys, we had a few tears and they were clearly struggling a bit. We do however play some of the young lads to allow to them game time to experience the game and learn more and this sometime hinders us and they do struggle up against these big hard hitting teams, they are strong lads though and they may have tears and war wounds but they get back up and fight for their team – literally in some cases as well. David showing us a great example today of how not to let them beat you he took a bad tackle and the mums had to get him up and he came back straight away and smashed them of the side of the pitch the determination in his face was awesome and I wish I had a camera right at that moment because the determination in his eyes was just awesome, that player was his and he was not going to let him run anywhere.
It was an awesome game even though we lost the final score being 2 – 12 the lads showed they can work as a team (most of the time) and that they are team. After the game they all huddled for the team talk and a good old rendition of ‘Oh when the Saints’ our signature tune and they all joined in and were really proud to be wearing the green and gold kit.
It’s been a funny old season and we had a slow start, we have had our ups and downs but I think for all we have thrown the season away by playing the younger ones I think it was the right thing to do as Jack never got that chance at age 6 to play a game it wasn’t till the start of this season that after 2 years of training he played his first match and I think had he had those chances last season he might be a better player today, but spot on effort from the coaches and I think they have done the right thing by our boys all season and we now have a strong U8’s and U7’s team going into the 2016 season ready to take on anyone. They are team mates for life as are the mums, dads and coaches and I hope we go onto win lots of games next year and really make a name for our team and be the team that everyone fears.
We have a few more training session left and the all-important presentation night, who will be our superstar winners this season, I really hope Jack might win something but all the boys have been super and really really tried every match they have played so it’s too hard to call and I bet the coaches had a very hard time picking the winners this year.
We also say good bye to Johnny and some of the team as we go up to the U8’s next year Johnny and Zak will stay behind and along with Barry and Dec and some of the lads and pave the way for the U7’s and the teams to come in the next few years, good luck lads, you will do fantastic as long as Barry remembers the boot tape ha ha ha but seriously Green and Gold all the way and GOOD LUCK from us all.
Role on 2016 season #COYS
Awards this week
Man of the Match – Will Austin
Top Tackler – Jacob Leyland
Most Improved – Oscar Deakin
(hope I got that right)
Words from the coaches for the end of the season:
Johnny – Last game all done and more than happy with our season. Me Steven Leyland Paul Halliwell have put lot of time in trying to bring all the kids together and make them good rugby players . I will be the first to put my hands up and say it’s not all gone to plan . It’s our first year with lots of ups and downs but loved it . I have pissed people off and they have me but after a chat we are back on track . We all want the best for our kids but it’s hard to keep everybody happy . The one thing we have done is give everyone good game time no mater how good or bad they are . They all need game time to improve and develop. Some parents are mad lol but they are just as big part as the rest of us and thank you for getting behind us and bringing them every week #coys
Homer (Steven) – I would just like to say what an honour and privilege it is to coach these lads there a great bunch of kids and always keep going til end they have their tantrums and fall out now and then but when u play rugby there’s some things u don’t find in many other sports and that ur mates for life at this great sport on the field and off it I as a coach have loved coaching these kids I might raise my voice a little at them but I’m a passionate person who wants these kids to succeed and also Johnny Johnson and Paul Halliwell what great lads we just got chucked together didn’t no much about coaching but just got on with it and did are best I no I’m soft arse but I will miss Johnny next year I’ve learnt a lot of him not just rugby but when times are tough hes taught me u can always turn to jim beam!!!lol lol..on to today’s game then we gave a really good account ourselves today it was tough at times coz there boys couldn’t half tackle and that knocked the stuffing out of us but what I like about these kids they never give up and kept going til the end what makes us coaches proud…urs truly homer can’t wait for next year. COYS green&goldarmy, the greatest game on the planet.🏈 🏈 🏈😊
Paul – Last game of the season, and what a season it has been. We have had our ups and downs and a lot of sideways. But through it all what has stood out for me is that we have still pretty much got the same people we started off with and they have all developed as rugby players and individuals. I have seen them all grow in confidence and stature and I for one am glad to be involved as a coach and it makes me proud to say I have been a part of it. Also a massive thankyou to all the parents that have brought their kids week in week out because without you there would be no team to coach. I would also like to say a big thank you to the other 2 coaches who have made my life as a coach very easy, I may have to step it up a gear now that we are losing Johnny Johnson. Both guys have been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to the future with Steven Leyland and wish Johnny all the best with the new under 7s. Thanks everyone COYS