FIRWOOD Waterloo Rugby Club has always prided itself on having a successful mini and junior section.
Before the coronavirus crises, on Sundays they could have up to 300 young folk down at the Memorial Ground from the age five upwards. They are exercising, learning the rudiments of the game but most importantly having fun.
The hard work of these young players, supported by their coaches and parents, has led to success on the pitch.
On Sunday, March 15 both the under 14s and under 16s won their Lancashire cup quarter final matches at fortress Hall Road.
The U16s continued their cup run with a convincing 52 – 7 victory over LSH. The U14s won a hard fought close encounter with Warrington 19 - 17. Tries by Tom Davies and 2 by Rhys Hulse.
A spokesman for Firwood Waterloo Rugby Club said: “We do not know when the semi-finals will be played but rest assured that we will let you know through the local press, our website and social media.”
Maintaining the winning feeling, on the same day the Senior colts set an unprecedented record in winning through to their 8th successive Lancashire Cup Final.
By any stretch of the imagination this is simply an outstanding achievement by a squad of players. The squad members have changed dramatically over the years but retained a core of players who have at all times represented the Club both with success on the field, but with even greater credit off the pitch.
In beating MAKOS (MAKOS Academy is a combined team of Manchester And Stockport players both U17 and U18) away in their Semi -Final by 22 points to 14 this remarkable Cup Final run has continued.
From competing from u11 and playing in their first Lancashire Cup Final at Leigh in April 2013, further Cup finals have been played at Southport (twice), Fylde (three times), Aldwinians, Widnes and now to be Heaton Moor.
The spokesman for the club added: “All the parents and coaches are incredibly proud of every player who has played over the years and those donning the shirt now. We hope to see as many of them as possible continuing to represent the club at Senior Levels in the future.
“If any readers want their young children to get good exercise when the current emergency is over and learn about rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, you can find details on our website https://firwoodwaterloorfc.rfu.club/.
“Under ‘Teams’ on the menu bar you will see pages for the different age ranges. They contain contact details for the coaches.”