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!”
●● Chairman Peter Harper enjoys the post match celebrations