ALL L’s LET LOOSE, BUT MINIs & JUNIOR’s KEEP THE FLY FLYING
It was three straight losses on Saturday for the Senior teams but the Minis and Juniors acquitted themselves well over the weekend.
The Firsts and Seconds were both emphatically beaten by Ormskirk, the West Lancastrians recording double victories for the second time this season. Well done to the Green Lane club, especially for taking the initiative and successfully attracting a large crowd to celebrate their ‘Green and Blue’ Day bolstered by a significant number of supporters from Southport too. Sadly for them and for the team it was more of a ‘Black and Blue’ Day as the Gingerbread men deservedly took the biscuit.
At times it seemed it was men against boys, literally as Southport fielded six players aged nineteen or under and in the end the away side did well to limit the final score to 8-30 against a physically bigger and well-motivated team. Without doubt Ormskirk twice this season has proved the best team that Southport has faced in the league, and it is a mystery that they are not up there with runaway leaders Sefton whom the Waterloo Road side has taken to the wire on the both the occasions they met.
Southport will rue some poor kicking from hand as compared to the home side but despite the reverse will take heart that the performance of the home grown youngsters augers well for the future, and also that their under7s and 8s more than matched their Ormskirk counterparts in a pre-match tournament. The players from both clubs received medals from the Ormskirk Junior Chairperson Julie Lang, and then formed a guard of honour for their First team heroes before escorting them on to the pitch as mascots. This reciprocated what Southport hosted in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season and was another wonderful experience for the players and spectators alike.
Thanks are due to Julie and her colleagues for their superb hospitality and organisation and notwithstanding the longstanding rivalry between the neighbouring clubs it is a sure sign that the future of rugby in this part of the North West is well served by two equally ambitious and thriving clubs.
At senior level Ormskirk currently have the Indian sign though as back home at Waterloo Road a weakened Southport Second team fell to a well organised Ormskirk 2s dishing a 16-31 defeat repeating the experience from earlier in the season. Yet somehow Southport are above them in the table?
The Thirds thankfully did not have to face an Ormskirk XV instead putting in a very creditable effort at Birkenhead Park 3s eventually losing out in a 33-38 thriller to the second placed side.
But as with the under 7s and under 8s the under 15s ensured Southport’s honour remained intact chalking up a dramatic 18-15 victory at Ormskirk on Sunday in the quarter-final of the Lancashire at Ormskirk on Sunday Vase.