Saturday saw the Under 12s take on Dearne Valley Bulldogs in a hastily rearranged home fixture.
After their first full proper training session using coaching skills reinforced by the RFL’s Embed The Pathway programme and small sided games theory, the players were successful in transferring skills learned on the training pitch into a game and put on a very pleasing display.
Dearne Valley Bulldogs capitalised on an early mistake from the Chargers to take an early lead after which the Chargers didn’t look back. Some very constructive play saw the Chargers race to 18-4 in front.
The new focus on ball respect allowed the Chargers to continually build pressure on the opposition and take advantage. Credit to Dearne Valley who kept in the game with three other tries in between North Derbyshire scores ensured Dearne Valley took a lot of positives from the game. A moment of brilliance from a 5th and last kick with a great chase allowed pressure to be put on and a knock on resulting in a try ensured the reward was there.
Dearne Valley Bulldogs were to score again twice, with Reliable Riley making sure that Chargers got the ball back from the resulting kick off with the ball bouncing before going dead. This relieved the pressure of conceding a try and gave the team something to kick on with.
The game finished 30-16 to the North Derbyshire Chargers. Tries from Enthusiastic Ethan, Magnificent Max and three from Dazzling Deivid with all the added conversions coming from an ever improving goal kicker in Ethan.
Man of the match went to Cool-Headed Kiaran after a much improved game which nearly produced a try if not for a great last ditch tackle forcing a knock on. Keep the faith, keep the momentum and keep the team CHARGING forward.
We are keen to begin developing the technique of using small sided games within training sessions with a view to adopting them this season after a demonstration of the technique at a recent Coaching CPD presentation at Castleford Tigers.
Led by Shaun Jewitt this session will look to trial some techniques of encouraging the development of players and coaches by utilising realistic scenarios within training. This has already been successfully trialled by the Under 12s and I’m now interested in seeing how this can be adapted and integrated into coaching practice for the Youth squads.
Ideally want no fewer than 16 people to take part, ideally U16-18 but happy for parents to join in sessions and observe and give feedback. Please contact us at email@example.com me if interested so we can keep track of numbers or let us know via our various Facebook groups and pages.
A slow start and costly giving away of possession allowed the Chapeltown Cougars to completely dominate the first half and score a number of tries. This, coupled with some excellent goal kicking brought them in at half time with a lead of 22-0.
After the break the first set was more of the same from the chargers and led to the score extending to 26-0.
With 20 minutes left to play the game looked all but over until a drastic change in effort and ball retention from the North Derbyshire Chargers kick started the comeback.
Unanswered tries from Riley, Max, Ethan (2) and a hat trick from Deivid – all but one which were converted – led to the Chargers running out winners in a thrilling game 40-26.
Riley Chapman picked up the Man of the Match award.
Next up for the Under 12s are a home fixture against the Dearne Valley Bulldogs on the 25th followed by visits to the Bradford Bulls and flag bearers at the Magic Weekend.
With up to 25 registrations allowed at this age group and up to 30 at Under 16s age group, there are still opportunities to join the club.