Many thanks to Mark Phillips for providing the latest news from Hoylake Rugby Football Club.
Hoylake 19 – 25 Sale
Warrington 9 – 29 Hoylake
Oswestry 21 – 16 Hoylake
Bowdon 19 – 35 Hoylake
Dukinfield 17 – 31 Hoylake
Hoylake 34 – 25 Ormskirk
Hoylake 41 – 0 Prenton
Oldershaw 25 – 12 Hoylake
Hoylake 55 – 5 Mold
Prenton 54 – 33 Hoylake
Sefton 10 – 91 Hoylake
Caldy 7 – 72 Hoylake
Hoylake 74 – 24 Port Sunlight
Hoylake 30 – 7 Broughton Park
Formby Vikings 5 – 85 Hoylake
Oswestry 15 – 30 Hoylake
Hoylake 20 – 25 Ellesmere Port
Hoylake 50 – 25 Birkenhead Park
Formby 12 – 20 Hoylake
Hoylake 17 – 14 Helsby
Oswestry 1 – 4 Hoylake
Hoylake 17 – 8 Ellesmere Port
Hoylake 10 – 13 Caldy
Formby 5 – 15 Hoylake
Hoylake 17 – 20 Helsby
Apologies to all the avid Hoylake Junction readers for the lack of rugby news these past few months. I’ve been busy changing nappies and enduring countless sleepless nights due to a new arrival in the family in early January and I’m only just finding time to play catch up. So here goes….
Hoylake’s 1st team have managed to climb away from the relegation battle that they were being dragged into prior to the Christmas break. A number of away wins, most notably against high flying Bowden, has eased the team toward mid table and seems to have banished any prospect of the team dropping out of the division. They have managed to win four out the last five games in an impressive run of form and look to continue when they travel to local rivals Anselmians on 20 March.
The 2nd team have continued their impressive high scoring form and have notched up 70 plus points in the last three outings. Two defeats against other local teams, Oldershaw and Prenton, seem to have spurred the team on of late. We now have a good blend of youth and experience within this team as some of our Colts make the progression to senior rugby.
The Junior Colts season has come to a close with Hoylake firmly placed in mid table within their league. A commendable effort from players and coaches alike as for a large part of last summer it looked highly unlikely that we would be able to field a team. But come together they did and over the second half of the season have performed admirably. I seem to recall that the first two or three games were lost by quite a distance but the team put the hard graft in and reaped rewards over the second half of the season.
Hoylake under 10s just seem to grow in confidence and belief week after week. Stunning performances against the likes of Formby Vikings and Birkenhead Park have made everyone sit up and take note. The boys have also put in huge efforts against the likes of Ellesmere Port and Oswestry, teams who in the not so recent past have perhaps been a little too good for us. But not now. The boys have run these teams very close and the hard work of Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings is really starting to pay off. Next up for these boys is a trip over the water to visit Sefton RUFC on 21 March.
The Under 8s have won 5 out of 6 played recently. They have dominated games from start to finish including getting revenge on the Oswestry team who had previously beaten them at Melrose Avenue earlier in the season. The only blip on the score sheet was against the old foe from up the road Caldy, who are the current Cheshire Champions for this age group. I say blip but in three games played, one won and two lost, there was only two scores different in the try count. I know I am biased but some of this team look like they could go a very long way in the sport should they choose to. Excellent stuff.
The Under 7 squad continue to shine. They outclassed Formby Vikings and lost a closely fought contest with Helsby. The boys continue to grow and develop into the game as do the number of players in the squad. These little starlets are a credit to themselves and their coaches.
Three items of note in the forthcoming weeks are;
1) Hoylake XV vs. Invitational XV Charity Game in aid of Alder Hey Eye Unit on 24 April 2010 at Hoylake. All are welcome to attend.
2) Under 7s Cheshire Cup at Bowdon and Under 8s Cheshire Cup at Macclesfield on 18 April 2010.
3) Hoylake Mini Sevens Festival on 25 April 2010. This is one of the biggest Mini Rugby Festivals in the North West. An absolute feast of rugby, hopefully in decent weather.