Fri 09 Mar 2018 15:11

Caldy face Hull in ‘massive’ northern showdown

Caldy are recharged and ready for a stern battle away to northern rivals Hull Ionians as they edge
closer to safety.

Off the back of an important well-managed win against Cambridge, and a subsequent week off,
Caldy are potentially facing a second season in national one – the highest level of rugby in its history
– but backrow Jack Collister is taking each game as it comes, even with the finish line in sight.
“This game is massive for us because I don’t think we are safe yet,” he said. “I think 65 points is
needed to guarantee that. Four out of the seven teams still to play are below us – they’ve all got
something to play for.”

Caldy last visited Brantingham Park back in 2014 losing 45-17 in a campaign that saw Hull promoted
as champions of National 2 North. Since then, both find themselves in the third tier of English rugby
with Hull’s future hanging in the balance.

A recent win at home to fifth place Blackheath adds renewed hope for Hull and proves the difficulty
of the challenge ahead according to Collister.
“They will be fighting to stay in this league and they’ve shown their character recently, especially
when they came here.”

Hull’s visit to Paton Field was a tight affair. The visitors clawed back a 17 point deficit and came close
to a second half fightback only for leading points scorer, Gavin Roberts, to score a late try giving
Caldy a 27-26 win and sparking a run of games in which Caldy began their climb up the table.
“End of the day, we want to beat them because we want to be the best side in the north at this level.
“The team that wants it most usually wins as they’re willing to go that extra mile. If we go there with
this mentality then hopefully we can come back with the win.”

Caldy will be travelling east by the busload with many eager to see their team go the extra mile.
Simon Verbickas has selected the following squad:-
WHITTAKER, HEARN, SALISBURY, COLLISTER, SANDERS, CROWE, WEIR, DICKINSON, JONES, HAYES,
HIBBERD, BANKS, HAYES, ROYLE, ROBERTS SUBS: PARKER, STAGG, GERRARD, OTUTAHA, JONES

The 2 nd XV like almost every side in the country did not manage to play rugby last weekend but this
weekend are back in action with another tough fixture against Macclesfield at Paton Field in the
league. Caldy missed the opportunity to claw back some ground on Chester last time out as both
sides were beaten and Macclesfield are always hard to beat home or away. Kick off is 3pm and if you
are not going to Hull please try and come down and watch our lads who have played some fantastic
rugby all season.

The Junior Colts are away this weekend at Stoke in the Halbro Junior Colts A League. The two sides
played in early November with Caldy coming out on top but most sides are tough at home and Stoke
will be no exception (Kick Off 12.30.)
The Under 15s are playing Knutsford at home and the rest of the juniors are training at home in
readiness for the junior festival that starts next week.

A huge congratulations to the Caldy Cougars Womens Touch Team who played their first ever
fixtures on Wednesday night and were a great success. The team was started this season and they
have worked every Tuesday with Mark Dean and Mark Rainer the coaches and will be joining the
local touch league in April. The girls are always looking for newcomers so if your keen please come
on down to training on a Tuesday between 7.30 and 8.30 at and give it a go in a fun environment.

The Minis are on tour this weekend as they follow the 1 st XV over to Hull Ionians where they will be
two games over two days and it is always a fantastic weekend for both parents and children. Look
forward to seeing you in Hull.

Wherever you are this weekend, please enjoy your rugby!!!

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