24 Feb 2019 in Club News
Sunday, February 24, 2019
First game of the season, lads wanted to pick up where they left off. After receiving kick off, the ball was knocked on giving Bury early possession. From that set they scored putting Judes on the back foot. Unfortunately it took 3 more converted tries from Bury to wake Judes up. As Judes started looking after the ball, they pushed well up the hill and managed to get a well worked try from Liam and then a fantastic kick from Jake was fumbled in the in goal area for our longest serving player Owen Melling to pounce on and score!!! Half Time 24-10. The second half started at pace, Judes were travelling down the hill and made the most of it in warm conditions. First try came from great play to swing the ball right to left with Rio pulling the defence in and Cameron Ashcroft going over in acres of space. Bury started making mistakes and Judes were ready to capitalise. The next try came from Rio who managed to find space on the left to go over again. The lads were touching the lead. But a couple of missed tackles let Bury in. Judes still had another one in them and Liam made sure on the right edge with strong build up play from the full team. The task was set and clock was running down, one more score and Judes would take the lead into the final minutes. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Bury went over under the sticks to seal the win. Judes played brilliantly, but just made too many errors that cost. Onwards and upwards boys . Tries....Liam Ryding 2, Cameron Ashcroft, Rio Roberts, Owen Melling. Conversions....Leon Trafford 1 Man of the Match ... Rio Roberts Captain’s Choice....Owen Melling Coach’s Choice... Leon Trafford Most Improved...TJ Downing, Lewis Banks, Callum Moffitt, Dylan Foster
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wigan St Judes 16 v 36 Blackbrook Blues. The first game of the season at the meadow today, we hosted blackbrook. A bare judes 13 took on a full strength brook. Judes put up some good defence against a strong brook attack, which took brook a while before breaking through twice. Judes regrouped and shortly after were only 2 points behind after Rohan Green going through brooks lines. Brook hit back and at the break the score was 6 - 20. The second saw brook go over before judes hit back with Layton Cottom go over for the first of his brace today. Brook opened up the gap again, Scott Finney then took it up to hit them with everything and after a crunching tackle brook turned over the ball for Judes to have the last points. At the end it was 16-36 to brook. Today with only 13 players and debutout Ewan Osbaldestin showing promise this was a great result. No heads dropped and only 20 points difference. Well done boys! Next week away to hindley. Award winners this week - Man of the Match - Scott Finney Parents Man of the Match - Ewan Osbaldestin Coaches Award - Cody Newton
Under 13’s - Golds
Sunday, February 24, 2019
WIGAN ST JUDES GOLDS U13s 44 – HALTON HORNETS REDS 4
Our first run out in the Premier division and to say we were nervous is an understatement! Halton have been one of the most dominant teams at our age group for years so we knew to even get close to them would be a huge challenge. We were down Malaki ‘Paddy’ Cullen and Oliver Wadeson today so 18 lads took to the field for our very first game of the season.
A great first set saw us pin Halton in after a great kick from Oliver Wright won us good field position. Urgency and big, hard hits saw Halton having to put in a very long kick from the 5th just to gain back some yards. The next seven minutes were our worst of the game, we had three sets with three silly and avoidable handling errors causing us to turn over in our own half three times. Lucky for us the boys were on top form in defence and their line speed and teamwork kept the Hornets at bay, with Elton eventually sending the Halton winger into touch, we finally managed to get our heads together and complete a set. Basic hard drives getting us upfield with Oliver putting in a great kick high to the corner, Mason Fillingham flew at the winger under the ball causing him to fumble and winning us the ball back on the Hornets’ line. The lads wasted no time at all and sent the big man, Malachi Leo Price, over for first blood. Converted by Corey Roden 6-0.
The lads pushed on and Corey Roden and Oliver Wright linked up in the centre with Mal Price running the perfect dummy to give his fellow forward, Keegan Boyd, just enough space to break the line, Keeegan went all the way only to fumble the ball over the line! Following this, he was then like a man possessed, a tackling machine, making up for his error. Unfortunately, between Keegan, Mal and Luis Houghton, the hits were too hard for Halton to take and they kicked early as a result catching us off guard and managing to sneak a try over in the corner. Lesson learned, we didn’t look back after that 6-4.
The lads really kicked in following conceding this try, they worked extra hard in defence and when on the attack their pace and effort was second to none. Tom Hill’s quick thinking at hooker saw an inside ball to Malachi Leo Price who was running so hard that he just wasn’t going to be stopped. Going over for his second to make up for our lapse in concentration. Kick just sailing wide 10-4
Another great set followed, ending with Oliver once again putting a high kick into the corner, Halton just managed to take this one but in perfect position to try out a new defensive drill that we’d been working on for two weeks in training, it paid off and with their first drive they were bundled straight into touch. Again, we had the ball back on their line and one drive from the scrum was all it took for Keegan Boyd to get over on his debut. Corey Roden sinking the conversion with ease 16-4.
Next up was a bit of magic from Judes, hard drives from Jake Hare, Elton Paplekaj and Luis Houghton pushed Judes upfield finding us on their line once more after the third tackle, a precise and quick face ball from Corey Roden hitting an oncoming Luis Houghton was all it took to push over. Bagging Luis a well - deserved debut try. Corey adding the two and sending us in at half time 22-4 to the good.
At half time we asked the lads for more of what we’d seen, we were all in shock and were so pleased with their very first performance that we couldn’t criticise much.
Our second half was a phenomenal effort, keeping the Hornets out for the entire half and stringing together some wonderful tries. Jake Hare opening the scoring with a well timed crash play provided by Mason Fillingham on the Hornet’s line, sending Jake over carrying four defenders with him. The kick just sailing wide 26-4
The next two tries were scored by new boots, Keegan Boyd, one a hard drive from about twenty yards out and one following great support play and a wonder pass from our fabulous fullback, Austin Daniel, as he was going down in a tackle managing to pop the ball up for an awaiting and hungry Keegan. A debut hat-trick will do for us any day Keegan! Both converted by Oliver Wright and Corey Roden 38-4
Our final try was one we’ve seen many times before, a classic Malachi full lengther to seal his hat-trick on our opening day. Received from the air by an ever ready Mason Fillingham, the big man was ready and a tiring Halton pack could only watch as Mal blasted through them to score right under the sticks. Oliver Wright sinking home the last kick of the game. Final score 44 -4.
An outstanding TEAM performance. Our Centres and wingers did everything they needed to today to contain Halton today. Thomas Bridge, Ryan Sweatman, Freddie Winnard, Malick Niang, Aron Fleming and Aron Bolton held their positions well and didn’t get drawn in as many kids their age would have. Instead forcing all the play into the middle… and we all know who’s waiting in the middle! Possibly the biggest pack in the North West. The forwards put on a special display today linking up perfectly with our halves Oliver Wright, Keegan Mobey, Corey Roden and Mason Fillingham who provided well timed balls all day. Corey and Mason swapping and changing positions as it suited them without impacting negatively on the performance. They communicated so well for children of their age and made a very tough game look much easier than it was. Every player was sweating and shattered as they left the field, but they had the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.
Luis Houghton and Keegan Boyd had outstanding debuts with Luis having to leave the field 15 minutes early due to a head clash and broken nose but he made such an impact before this injury that his early bath could not take away the technique award at the end of the match. Keegan Boyd making the clean sweep of the remaining awards for a huge effort in both attack and defence.
Accompanying these two were the rest of the Golds pack, Elton Paplekaj, Malachi Price, Kyle Aslett and Jake Hare who really put in the big shots today and made the hard yards with every touch of the ball.
Tom Hill kept the flow at number 9, linking well with the backs and Austin Daniel controlling from the back as ever.
So proud, what a way to smash into this new group! #UTJ
Malachi Leo Price x 3
Keegan Boyd x 3
Luis Houghton x 1
Jake Hare x 1
Corey Roden x 3
Oliver Wright x 3
M.O.M: Keegan Boyd
Opponents M.O.M: Keegan Boyd
Top Tackler: Keegan Boyd
Player’s Player: Keegan Boyd
Parent’s Player: Keegan Boyd
Technique Award: Luis Highton
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wigan St.Judes v Crossfields Today Judes hosted Crossfields at the Meadow on a beautiful sunny morning. On the back of a great win last week Judes were ready to take this on and start the season with a win. Judes started very slow , looking tired, but just doing enough to keep Crossfields at bay. Over twice to give Judes a commanding lead but still playing slow, playing enough to keep them ahead and not having to do too much defensive work. This showed with some poor defence down the wing which saw Crossfields score their 1st and only try.Half time saw Judes leading and slowly waking up . After the break Judes came out and it was 1 way traffic all the way . Some great kicks from restarts saw Judes regaining possession time after time and some great runs saw Judes cross the line numerous times. In the end Judes took the win convincingly and showed they can play rugby in the 2nd half . Tries scored by Harley 3 Maison 1 Kian 3 Alfie L 1 Jaiden D 1 Conversions by Aaron 5 Alfie L 1 Jaiden D 1 .................... Kian .... M.O.M, Parents Award, Players Playler Nathan S .... Opposing M.O.M,Technique Award Harley, Nathan H, Alfie T, Ryleigh ...Top Tacklers
Sunday, February 24, 2019
On a foggy day judes 11s took the short trip over to West Bank to play their last warm up game. The game started slowly and with the first attack West Bank scored and converted. This seemed to wake the judes lads up and the went on to score 44 unanswered points. Top effort by all the lads today and with a trip to Saddleworth next week this was just the tonic we needed. Full team effort in defence and attack today as judes proved to got to handle