Trafford MV u13's v Wythenshawe & Broughton Parku13's
Well. We finished last week against Glossop with no fixture for this Sunday. With 2 tough league games coming up we knew we needed a run out.
Onto the NW junior rugby Facebook group we went. The first reply was from Wythenshawe RUFC. A development team from a club only formed 3 years ago. I spoke to coaches of a couple of well regarded local teams as we had never played them. “Waste of your time”; “you won’t get any benefit - will be too easy”; “nice lads but lots never played before”; “pointless - they won’t have a full team.”
Stu and I took all this on board. Then ignored it. TMV are a community club. Proud of our inclusive approach, proud of our commitment to kids and grass roots rugby and with the recent Trafford Sports Coach of the year - Stu, not me.
So at 10.30 up we rolled to Wythenshawe’s home ground - a brand new 4G facility at a local school. And we were joined by our old friends from Broughton Park for 3 games.
TMV played Wythenshawe first. They did only have 10, so 3 of the Park boys made the numbers and off we went.
The score wasn’t important. TMV ran out winners with scores from Brady, Buckley, Highley and Spark.
The Wythenshawe boys were inexperienced. But they were tough, fair tackled like lions and never gave up. With some regular games they will undoubtedly develop quickly. TM played well. Our accuracy was off but the intentions to move the ball wide and run better lines was definitely there.
Next Wythenshawe played Broughton Park. The number of TMV players to shoot their hands up to play for Wythenshawe was a fine example of the attitude of this special group of young men. And the help and experience that rubbed off onto the Wythenshawe boys was heartening.
Then we finished off with a game against Broughton Park. In a 10-10 draw, Park had the man or the match - a natural sprinter who was electric.
Despite a couple of injuries, TMV should have won. But we didn’t deserve to. We were poor and our worst performance of the season by a mile.
The boys know it and we will be much better next week for it. And, as the years have shown, if these boys play near their potential they are scintillating. And they want to improve and will.
Finally, a big thanks to the players, coaches, helpers and supporters of Wythenshawe. They were really welcoming and passionate.
And if your u13’s have a week with no game. Give a club trying hard to establish and develop a shot. That’s what rugby is about.