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3XV - Match centre

Sefton 3
Widnes 3
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Halbro North West Leagues - Division 4 West Full time

Third Team sign off the season with a flourish

Everyone wants to be in the Third Team (photo).

Pre-Match
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“Panoramic” setting required for Team Photo!
Amazing! You get McTeary saying he wants to do a team photo, and every man and his dog turns up!
4 deep and 13th from the right: you might remember Alan ‘Handbags’ Harper. There’s Mikey Morgan, obviously with a sniff of some easy tries today, and there’s someone who looks like a fully kitted John Terry in there too!
Someone said they spotted Johnny Greaves as well (but you can’t make him out because it’s in colour).
Brummy Mike even had hair gel on (although I think he’s been allowed to watch “There’s Something About Mary” on his own this morning).


The Match
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The Sefton Student Initiative seems to be gathering momentum and we had 3 or 4 young fit guys today. They do make a difference at this level.
A big thank you to Rod, who stepped into the vacant prop position (even though our very own vacant prop, Brummy Mike, was playing). Poor Rod clearly didn’t jump back quick enough when I asked for a volunteer prop to stand forward!

The early Sefton tries were like 80 metre runaways, by the students, who were the difference today.
Widnes’ cause wasn’t aided with the injury to stand in Sefton prop, Rod. Their heavy forward investment was nullified when the scrums finally went uncontested.

Sefton 3 v Widnes 3
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As I said, Mikey Morgan was back. Back after taking most of the season off with a hurty knee. It didn’t take Mikey long though, to work out where the try line was. It was just a shame he didn’t score his usual 3 for a jug.

I did get a further insight into the motivation and commitment of Matty Williams...
Matty Williams’ girlfriend told me, “I can’t bear to watch when he’s got the ball, I’m scared he’ll get hurt”.
This goes a long way to explain Matty’s action aversion.


The McTeary Contract
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What is it that everyone wants to take out Chris McTeary? He seems to be always coming off, tearful, with a bloody nose.
It’s not like he’s a threat or something.
Mind you, no one has actually seen Chris get hit?
Some of the lads are saying he’s probably hit himself, to get off the pitch quicker.


The “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” Moment
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Yes, everyone has been waiting for this all season for this...
Everyone who has proudly pulled on a Sefton 3s jumper, have all spent time on the sidelines, humbly allowing all other players to have a run.
Everyone that is, except one Matty Bland, who has always spoken loudest, and has always deemed himself irreplaceable.

Well, on Saturday, towards the end of the game, he got his call from the touch line...
“Me?, he asked.
“I’m the (on field) Captain you know!”
“We will probably lose if I go off, as there will be no shouting. No one to hold the ball when there’s an injury. No one to take 2 steps before passing....”.
But the Replacement Coordinater stood firm. He bravely outstared the indignant deposed leader, watched Blandy angrily stomp off, pointed to his 4 year old son, Rueben, and said, “don’t you think you should finally be responsible for that?”.


Conclusion
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Top marks to Widnes today, coming with an honest side that boasted probably the oldest, tallest and heaviest 3 guys in the league!
The game was played in a fantastic spirit, and we are looking forward to meeting them again next year.

Not sure if it was a great idea of McTeary advertising his proposed photo shoot today.
I guess it did bring the players back out of the woodwork, but then again we had a picture of a Yacob with his top off (surely there should be some type of filter on that fandangled thing Chris?). It seems the explosives are not taped to the OUTside of his stomach....

This finishes another good year for the 3s, in that we held on to avoid getting kicked out of the league, and we didn’t get relegated.
We came 6th officially (4 wins from 18 games), with Waterloo 3s, Oldershaw 2s, Orrell St James 1s and Wirral 4s getting kicked out.
We ended up actually winning 6 home games and 1 away (at Wirral).
The newly reformed Ruskin Park 1s (“we chose to play in this league because we didn’t want to travel too far”) get promoted on the back of their average 56-16 win (from 16 recorded games). Let’s hope they don’t fold again against higher opposition next season.
As well, Chester Uni Engineers, sorry, Prenton ‘Academicals’, get promotion. And they wonder why they only 5 teams (from 13) came to play them this season.

Hopefully, we can build again, keeping hold of promising newcomers, Owain (who finished his limited season in fine form), a couple of James’, and a Student or 2. Maybe Kurdish Dave will stick around to look after his generously purchased new 3s kit.
The really good news is that Alan Harper told me he has just brought some new boots…

Other good news is the relegation of our poorly led 2nds Team. Hopefully this will lead to the 2s possibly getting a win next year, and, even more hopefully, won’t lose any more 2s players. Perhaps in these circumstance, Captain shambling could shine…


Player Recognition
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This Saturday is our Sefton Presentation Night.
We are not bothering with a Guest Speaker this year, after the tragedies that we’ve had to endure in the last few years.

There was generally a pretty poor response to your “Player’s Player” and “Most Improved” votes.
Admittedly, I tend to disregard them, and the coveted awards are normally presented to those who contribute the most, those that are Sefton Members, those that will be at the Presentation, and those that are playing next year.
Sadly, the knock out “Player’s Player” criteria: “Will you be 3rd Captain next season?” has not been answered, so there will be nothing for Blandie again this year.

In a team that has shown very little improvement, it has been hard to identify anyone for that award. Short consideration was given to Jacob, who played a lot of games, but even he’ll admit that he has actually gotten slower this season. Disappointing really, for one so young…. (they blow up too quickly nowadays *).

* Sorry Yacob, that was a reference to your ballooning girth **, not your underlying religious objectives.
** and that ballooning does appear to be due to the excesses of our Western lifestyle, rather than any taped on explosives.


Look after yourselves in the the off season, I'll let you know when the pre-season stuff begins.
Campo x

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Sefton 3 v Widnes 3
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Sefton 3 v Widnes 3

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2. Ruskin Park 1 18 67
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4. Liverpool St Helens 3 18 51
5. Southport 3 18 38
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