After the excitement of last weekend we now reach a weekend where we can look forward to two cup finals. How exciting is that?
To start with the Men's First Team game at Manchester at 3.00pm is like a play off, to me a cup final, and then on Sunday the Colts are at Widnes to play in the first of two Cup Finals against Warrington at Widnes at 12.30pm. Two cracking games, well worth watching. What can I say but see you there?
The First team are still battling despite a great effort against Carlisle, who were worthy winners on Saturday and are likely to prove worthy league winners. We gave them a scare in what was a close contest for 60 minutes decided by the Cumbrian's steely defence. Effort was massive and the players were disappointed, but the character shown in the last two months I am sure will rise again on Saturday and have a really good go and it would be nice to see our usual good numbers supporting the team.
Ironically I had arranged with a friend of mine from Manchester to meet up after the first game of the season. He laughed that he hoped there would be nothing on it - not sure he is laughing now!
Also on Saturday, the Men's seconds play their penultimate home at home to Lymm with a 3.00pm kick off. No pressure on this one but it would be nice to wind up the season with a flourish.
Last weekend also saw the last game of the Women's season with the Development Team travelling to Worcester. Although they did not come away with the spoils the effort that has been shown all season was reported back to me. Not for the first time I would take the opportunity to thank players, coaches and supporting staff for their efforts this season. It is a tough learning curve and there is still some work to do, but there is some spirit there and the back up to help development and hopefully the will in the group to get stronger this summer. Enjoy.
Also congratulations in defeat to the Men's Thirds to top of the table West Park. In the autumn it really looked that bad that I might have had to play, but thankfully for the team that threat was averted! New players joined and some impressive results were achieved and the deed recorded for posterity on podcast. Well done particularly to Dave Bentham, Andy Swain, Phil Cooper and Dom McKenzie for being the focus and to the players for turning out and playing so well.
On the Sunday I watched the Under 16s get the better of Wigan. It was a bit of a throwback seeing Des Seabrook barking orders from the side line to his grandson, but the lads overcame this and now find themselves in the County Finals on 28th April at Leigh along with the Under 15s who won well up at Fylde, another date for your diary.
Thoughts turn to Saturday. There will be a chance to catch up with the senior players back at the Club on Saturday and I hope that some of you can make it to thank them for their efforts during the season. There is more to come at the Club, although the end of the First Team Seasons are always a strange time. The routine is disrupted but will start again soon enough and summer events will hopefully tide us over.
In the meantime the very best of luck to everyone playing this weekend and thank you all for your support.