Hea­gerty’s Blues cap­ture league crown

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“I’m so pleased for ev­ery­one. We’ve worked so hard af­ter such a tough cam­paign last sea­son. To come out and do it the way we have is a credit to the boys. I’m so pleased for them, they’ve done so well.”

A shaky start to the game saw The Blues go in at half time just 14-7 up, but Hea­gerty had faith that his side would set­tle down and fin­ish the job.

“I said to the boys at half time they just needed to re­lax, we didn’t have too much pos­ses­sion in the first half, but we knew it would come right, and it sure enough did. Th­ese play­ers de­serve all the plau­dits they get.”

“We go to Sale af­ter the Cheshire cup fi­nal on Tues­day for yet an­other Derby, hope­fully we can give them a tough day at the of­fice. We then move onto Stour­bridge on the last day here at Pri­ory Park so it’d be great to fin­ish on a high.”

When asked about his plans for next sea­son, Hea­gerty was con­fi­dent his staff have the right ideas in place.

“We’ve been think­ing about next sea­son since De­cem­ber, we’ve got a few things up our sleeve, and we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ll be just fine.”

Skip­per Mike Fin­nemore, missed out against Ch­ester af­ter he picked up an in­jury against Sed­g­ley Park last week­end, he was gut­ted to not be in­volved on the day, but full of pride for what his team had achieved this sea­son.

“I’m so pleased for the boys, gut­ted on a per­sonal level I wasn’t in­volved this week­end through in­jury but they did the job.

“It’s been a great sea­son. It’s great to win the way we did. We re­ally did play some good rugby, we spoke all week about want­ing to win it well. Our sec­ond score in par­tic­u­lar was class, we did the ba­sics well as usual and the rest came.”

Lock Dave Mar­wick, an front row­ers, Billy Robin­son and Sam Moss were amongst some mem­bers of the squad to be browned cham­pi­ons of this divi­sion for the third time. Mar­wick in­sisted that de­spite the gap at the top, this was the tough­est cam­paign to date.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. Prob­a­bly the hard­est sea­son I’ve ever played in, but we got there. On pa­per this will look the eas­i­est cham­pi­onship we’ve won, but I prom­ise you we’ve all worked the hard­est for it. To­day was tough too, Ch­ester are a great set of boys, they don’t lie down eas­ily, we had to work ex­tremely hard and play some good rugby to break them down to­day.”

Moss and Robin­son added:

“We’re re­lieved, it’s an hon­our to get our third ti­tle with the club. Not as nerve rack­ing this time ei­ther, it was much bet­ter to get it done with games to play rather than on the last day!”

Rob Hock­ney

●● Chair­man Peter Harper en­joys the post match cel­e­bra­tions

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