By Wilf Dooley
Trafford MV Rugby opened their pre-season with a trip to North Wales to face LLandudno RFC. With several regular players missing a tough task was always ahead and this was not helped when a traffic incident caused delays leading to a delayed kick off and no time to prepare for the game.
This was evident in the early stages as the home side ploughed into MV using their big runners to breach the MV defence to ease into an early 3 try lead,Trafford stuck to their task and gradually pulled their defence together and when the ball was moved wide it was clear that MV had threats of their own. James Matthie opened MV’s account as he outpaced his opposite number and covering defence to touch down behind the sticks.
Inexperience at 1st XV level was evident in the MV side and it was essential that the experience of captain Andy Quigley and player coachs Mike Boyle and Stuart Crampton was used to it’s full.
With a strong diagonal wind much of the play was located down one end of the park and when the teams changed ends at half time it gave MV some added momentum to get into positive positions on the park. Tries came for Kingdon, Lord and Boyle as MV clawed their ay back into the game.
The home side always looked to have the win sown up but MV’s well known dogged style of play was always a worry for LLandudno. Trafford managed to get the final score from Jon Lord which gave MV a respectable 32-28 away defeat which was just reward for the scratch MV XV away from home.
This Saturday (19th) MV play their second pre-season warm up fixture against a Lymm XV at MacPherson Park (M33 6LR) and a good home crowd is expected for this opening home game of the season – spectators are welcome and admission is free.
MV expect to have a number of players returning to the team and will be looking to focus on their first team selection against the first fully competitive game in the Lancashire trophy the following week away at Heaton Moor.
Trafford MV have had a busy time this week on the coaching front with 65 school teachers attending an England RFU All Schools Coaching Class which was educating school teachers in the skills required to introduce Rugby Union into non-playing schools in the region on Wednesday followed by a Lancashire RFU hosted ”Attacking Skills” coaching session which was aimed at improving the skills of volunteer coaches at local rugby clubs.
MV’s excellent facilities have created the opportunity for the Club to host these important coaching sessions locally.
Trafford MV’S mini/Junior Rugby returns to MacPherson Park on Sunday Sept 3rd at 10.30am and is open to boys and girls from 4 years of age. If your girls are enjoying the Womens Rugby World Cup on ITV 4 then please bring them along for their first steps into Rugby Union.
Walking Rugby for the over 50’s has also taken to the fields of Trafford MV on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm – a regular group of male and female players enjoy their Rugby at a reduced pace and on a smaller pitch in the touch rugby format.
This is an ideal way to keep involved in the sport in your later years or even to get into it for the first time and get a taster. For info on this or any other activity at Trafford MV please contact Wilf – email@example.com