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RFU suspends all Rugby

Following Government advice, the RFU has taken the decision to suspend all Rugby with immediate affect. This is the message from the RFU: “Following government advice, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level. Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review. The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community. Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.” We are having a meeting of our […]

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Notes from behind the posts

Well what a couple of weeks of rugby we have had. We always knew these last few games were going to be the telling point of the season and so it seems to be the case. Two titanic battles against Caldy, followed by a tough away trip to Luctonians (which ended in a defeat), the visit of Hull last Saturday looked a real banana skin. Hull are a big team full of quality and with injuries and players missing, this game looked a bridge too far. Not one bit of it. We all remember, the champagne rugby wins, the big try score lines but for me the best performances, and the ones you most enjoy, are the ones when you are up right against it, against a big handy side in not so good conditions. It’s in these games where you find if as a collective you have what it […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

What a great response from the Tigers after the disappointment of the three previous results. A close 13-10 win against a very strong Hull team. We had taken the points at their ground back in November with a close 24-27 win but since then they had won 10 of their last 13 games and had recorded a great away win against second placed Fylde and pushed leaders Caldy very close. We had trained well in the week and spirits were high despite the fact that we had a number of key players missing due to injury and unavailability. Early exchanges were hard and physical with both teams testing each other’s defences but neither side was able to put any points on the board. The Tigers set piece was good with a solid scrum and accurate lineout enabling us to make a number of line breaks to get behind the Hull […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

It has been a disappointing two weeks for the players, coaches and management team. A home loss against league leaders Caldy followed by an away loss to Luctonians in atrocious weather conditions. Our last home game two weeks ago was against league leaders Caldy in a rearranged fixture. We had played them at their ground two weeks earlier and went down 11-32 in a hard fought battle. We started the game with a well taken try out wide for winger Adam Cheshire after a patient build up by the forwards in their 22. However Caldy hit back with a try after 18 minutes after a strong drive from their big forwards. They then extended their lead six minutes later with a try for their fly half after a well executed catch and drive from the line out. They further extended their lead before the interval with another line out catch […]

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Welcome – Caldy Game

It is indeed a great pleasure to have with us today our friends from the Wirral as we greet the players, committee members and travelling supporters of Caldy, as we welcome one and all to Park Lane Whitefield. Today is also our annual fund-raising day in aid of Bury Hospice, so we will be playing in a light blue and white strip. At present the dreaded weather men are predicting rain, rain, rain, but let’s hope things change! As you are aware these guys were promoted back in Season 16/17 into National League One after finishing Champions. That season they only suffered two losses, and on both occasions, it was to Sedge. The opener was at Park Lane with a close home victory 16-13. We also pulled it off in the last game of the season coming home with a 34-35 score line following what was a great game of […]

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Notes from behind the posts

THE RETURN OF THE RAVERS Today we welcome back old friends and foes as the Caldy Ravers return to Park Lane.  Caldy have been a regular feature for Sedge in league rugby, so it’s good to have them back in town to resume league rivalry following their heroic journey in National One over the last two seasons. They represented the Northwest with pride, and it’s with great sincerity that we welcome them back to Park Lane as old friends today. As a club they love to play the ‘little old Caldy’ card, a club with a wooden shack on top of a hill, full of scouser’s. Their words not mine.  I am certainly sure you would not find a hub cap or shell suit in the heart of Wirral living, unless it’s a classic roller or Armani designed.  So, if they want us to believe they are a downtrodden minnow […]

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“Notes from behind the Posts”

Well what a couple of weeks of rugby we have had. We always knew these last and next few games were always going to be the telling point of the season and so it seems to be the case. Our visitors today are Loughborough Students and I’m sure somewhere else in the programme notes you will find the usual in-depth analysis of games past, but will they dare to mention that certain record Students have on us. More of this later. CHESHIRE CATS (Part 1) If you were not at the last home game against Chester, you missed a very good game indeed which ebbed and flowed in most cases to whoever best played the hill at Park Lane. Alas that would be us. It would be a bit daft if we didn’t! It may not seem all that much but believe me it is one hell of an incline […]

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Dave’s Diary

I blame it all on Calon Lân. Two weeks ago, 2 pm Saturday, I was all ready to go I just needed my outside shoes on, and I would be here, Sedgley Park v Chester. I still had the TV on and, at that very moment, the band in Cardiff struck up Calon Lân, and I had a startling vision from the past. I saw Barry John, in grainy black and white. The ball had gone loose behind the Wales backline, but he scooped it up before floating and ghosting past white-shirted defenders, one, two, three, four, to score a try of unbelievable brilliance. You would have to be of a certain age to know just how bad England were in those days. The Welsh game was always the Five Nations opener, and it was the kiss of death to be selected, because ten of the team would inevitably be […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday we were on the road to unbeaten league leaders Caldy. The last time the teams played each other was the season before last when they won the league and gained promotion into National One. We were the only to team to beat them in that campaign both home and away and this was always going to be a huge challenge for both teams. Conditions on the day were difficult with a driving wind going down the pitch. They started well with a penalty in the first 15 minutes playing into the elements. We responded with a Steve Collins penalty 5 minutes later to equal the scores. Then from a good lineout and drive from the forwards Caldy took the lead with a lovely line break try from their right winger. 8-3 after 23 minutes. We continued to test the Caldy defences and hit back with a great try […]

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Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

What a great reaction from the players after the disappointment of losing at Hinckley. On Saturday we played Cheshire rivals Chester at home. We had narrowly beaten them at their ground before Christmas and we knew that this would be a big challenge from a good well organised team. We started the game strongly with pace, width and high tempo and this was rewarded with a lovely try for new boy Gene Ormseby wide out on the right wing. The build up to the score was excellent with great driving play from the forwards and pace from the backs finished off with a lovely chip over from fly half Steve Collins gathered by Gene. The second try came six minutes later after a great drive from No 8 Tom Ailes, a line break from centre Oli Glasse finished off again by Gene, (his second), putting us 10-0 in the lead […]