AGM - 23 JUNE 2023

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Rugby Management Report

Andy Northey, Head Coach, remarked on the “fantastic job” done by Chris Hall in coaching the Ladies’ and Girls’ teams.  The Ladies’ team won twenty-two matches and lost one.  They won the league and the Lancashire Cup.  Next season we will run two Senior Ladies’ teams.

The U18 Girls won the National Cup and next season we will field girls teams in a range of age groups.

The Senior Men’s first team won the league and gained promotion, having played twenty-two games, winning seventeen and drawing one.  Fewer players were used than in previous seasons and the squad comprised a mix of youth and experience.  Next season will be a challenge against opposition superior to what we have encountered so far.  We will not be entering cup competitions.

The second team won eleven and drew one of the sixteen matches they played.  The playing pool at present will not sustain running three teams.

Report from the Mini Junior Section

Prior to the meeting, Mr. C Hayes, MJS chairman, submitted the following report to Mrs. Poulton, who read it into the proceedings.

This report covers the mini and junior rugby activities for the past season 2022-2023 over the course of which we fielded teams in the age range U7 to U16.  For the first time since COVID, we have experienced something approaching a normal season.

We managed to field teams in the U&8, U9, U13, U14 and U15 age groups with healthy numbers through the season.  Unfortunately, the U16 having started the season light on numbers reduced numbers further after Christmas including members of the coaching team which meant they were no longer in a position to continue playing competitively.  We continue to have team gaps in the U10, U11 and U12 age groups which were the main ones affected by the COVID period.  Overall playing numbers approached 120 within the minis and juniors section.

In terms of increased participation, the U9 section was the stand-out success, going from a small group to one of some 25 players and being able to field several teams on game days.  As ever the precursor to this was an enthusiastic  and sufficiently numbered coaching group.

On the MJS management team front, we welcomed Claire Swainston to the committee as Fixture Secretary.  Having been let down by the previous Fixture Secretary right at the beginning of the season and starting at an empty fixture list, Claire managed to work minor miracles to get all teams up and running with fixtures for the season and deserves our particular thanks.

Success on the field included Lancashire Cup wins in the U14 age group and a Lancashire Vase win for the U15’s.  In addition, no fewer than 8 of the U14’s were selected for the Sale DPP.  Further numbers of ex MJS players made it through to the senior ranks and also representative rugby which was pleasing to see.

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