Saturday October 17th at Cergy Pontoise

Cergy 111 d. Paris 82

Paris: Huw RYAN, Pierre ERRA, Guillaume ‘Sista’ VdM, Baudoin ‘Bushy’ GERMOND, Paul ARNEPHY, Daniel ‘Blechy’ BLECHYNDEN, Pierre BOSCART, Cameron WOODS, Guillaume ADAM, Xavier ROLLAND, Amine RAMDANI, Arnaud BEZARD, Jacques ROSSARD, Maxence LAUNAIS, Mathieu DELMAS

The first game to the season and the first game for the Paris Cockerels as one of two male teams in the Paris club saw the Cocks head to their neighbours in Cergy Pontoise for what was sure to be a tough game. Semi-finalists last year, the Coyotes presented a big first-up challenge for the Cockerels and were sure to be at their best.
The game started as predicted, with fast, hard footy being played by both teams. The strong Cergy engine room was making the Paris midfielders work to their limit and putting the Paris backline under pressure. That backline stood up incredibly well, with reliable, seasoned and brilliant full back Huw Ryan winning his contests and using the ball with poise and precision. He was aided by debutant Pierre who made a cracking impression on his teammates with tough, gutsy, contested footy. A very impressive four quarter effort from the first game player whom we look forward to seeing develop throughout the season.
The Cocks were not as well drilled as we have seen in the past and it was up to some magnificent individual performances and goalkicking to keep Paris in the game. Stand-in Skipper Paul Arnephy nailed a couple of beauties in the first quarter as we went to the quarter time change with a close game.
The second quarter saw Cergy continue to play well out of the midfield and set up a lot of running goals straight out of the centre. The Paris midfield couldn’t keep up with the Coyotes as they had the wind at their backs and moved the ball forward and directly to the goals. Every time Paris would work hard to score a goal, the Coyotes had an immediate reply and maintained a close lead at the half.
Into the third quarter the battle continued, with Cergy on top in the middle but Paris’s backline standing strong and setting up play for the forwards. Whilst starved of supply and opportunity throughout the first half at full forward, B&F Pierre Boscart moved further up the ground and gave the Cocks a real spark as Paris stayed in the game at three quarter time.
Even though Paris were contesting with intensity and effort as well as some pretty hard running by the mids – Blechy, Amine, Delmas, Paulie, Bushy – many of the fundamentals of team footy were missing from the Cocks’ play.
With player/coach Scallop unavailable, the Cocks were not as well drilled as we are used to. Linking up by hands, protecting your team mate, hitting targets and especially talk were well down on expectations for Paris.
Equally disappointing was accountability, with the Cocks giving Cergy too much room to work in. Cergy to their credit did not let up and kept control of the game through the middle of the ground and out of stoppages, making Paris pay for the loose checking.
The last quarter saw Boscart in the ruck as he drove Paris forward for an early goal and contested admirably in the air and on the ground. However, Cergy had the answers and kicked away late in the quarter to seal the game with a commanding 5 goal margin and win.
There were plenty of positives to come from the game for Paris – two new players in Pierre & Guillaume put in very promising performances and the Paris boys generally contested quite well and ran hard all day. The extra opportunity for a lot of players will see them continue to develop and improve as footballers.
However, as shown against one of the competition’s better sides, you only win games of footy with team play and in this regard, there is a lot of room for improvement for Paris. The return of Coach Scallop will be of great help to the Cockerels as they look forward to hitting the track and getting better at working with and for their mates both with the ball and without the ball.
Best: Paulie, Boscart, Huw, Pierre, Amine
Mark A.


Date Temps Ligue Saison
octobre 17, 2015 15:00 Championnat de France 2015/2016


Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes111
Paris Cockerels121082


Stade Municipale Pontoise
24 Avenue de Verdun, 95300 Pontoise, France