Paris Cockerels vs Montpellier Firesharks

Cocks: M. Launais (c), P. Boscart, J. Calvert, J. Dagois, H. Ryan, C. Bouchet, M. Arnephy, A. Unsworth, C. Dony, N. Roberts, G. Paron, T. Stanley, T. Hedley, S. Ryan, B. Germond

Best: Calvert, Dagois, Boscart, Arnephy, H. Ryan

It’s been called by some as the most devastating display of football ever seen in the national competition.  Whatever your opinion, those players can be proud of the brand of football they delivered that day.  It can only be good news for French football.  Everyone to play in the future will now play catch up to the challenge that this team has laid down.

The first minutes of the game passed as an equal affair before the dam gates opened up for the Cockerels.  The centre « defensive pressure cooker » in Dagois, Bouchet, Arnephy and Calvert meant that the Montpellier players could do little that was effective with the ball.  Tackling came from the forward line too with the relentless captain Max intent on making his birthday a memorable one.  Montpellier were held goalless in the first quarter Cock blitz.

Montpellier proved why they were in the grand final and kicked back early in the second with consecutive goals.    Paris had answers though, so the opposition were unable to peg back any of the lead.

Huw « FedEx » Ryan was getting into the game out of defense with his clearance kicking showing why he has the best delivery in this competition.

Bushy decided that he wasn’t going to lay low either with two thumping left foot kicks scoring majors and lifting team spirit to higher ground.

If Boscart wasn’t causing enough problems for the opposition then Swadda thought he would enter the fray, quietly racking up a menacing 6 goals for the game.

Jakey’s « almost » hanger of the year was a teasing finish to this young mans day at the office in the 4th quarter, earning him best on ground.

A 27 goals 16 point scoreboard at the end of the game is the most accurate scoring effort for the year at this club and further illustrates the determination of the group.

The composure with the ball and delivery of the ball into the forward line meant that our leading targets could inflict maximum damage.  Boscart had a total of 10 set shots on goal.  7 of those shots yielded goals in a 9 goal haul for the day.

I asked for defensive pressure at the start of the game and got it in abundance. If Paris players didn’t have the ball then they sure weren’t making it easy for the opposition. This selfless style of play has characterized the club and is something we can all aspire to.

A big thanks to the volunteers who made this grand final event happen.  Without you we have no club.

Congratulations to the Cockerelles who fought fearlessly against a bigger and more skilled London Demons side.  May it inspire you guys to continue to improve.

Well done to Montpellier on a very successful season. Without a doubt you guys are the toughest side we’ve played this season and deserving finalists.  We sure hope to see you guys moving from strength to strength in the near future.

I’d like to thank the CNFA for putting in all the work to ensure a really successful footy season.  I hope that all clubs can come back next season, hungry to be better, faster and stronger.

Merci à tous.

Coach Scallop


Paris Cockerelles – Wandsworth Demons


Paris Cockerels vs Toulouse Hawks

Players: Launais (C), Boscart, Headley, Dagois, Saare, Frossard, Stanley, Ryan, Barbaria, Senkans, Unsworth, Calvert, Germond, Roberts, Aussoleil

Best: Calvert, Saare, Dagois, Headley, Roberts

Score: Paris Cockerels 163 Toulouse Hawks 34

5.7        37        3.2 20
11.13   79        3.3 21
17.18 120        4.4 28
23.25 163        5.4 34

Firstly a big thankyou to all the volunteers who put such a huge effort into making everything happen on the weekend.  From the players who boundary umpired to the ones who made sandwiches.  A big thanks to you all.  It’s you guys that make this club a true pleasure!

The cocks got off to a decent start in the first quarter but were unlucky missing the first 3 shots on goal. It was the Hawks who drew first blood. The Cocks reply was immediate though with Stueys rucking efforts in the middle, evident from the opening whistle.  Midfielders Dagois and Jules combined well with a high work rate to keep the on ball pressure up against the hawks. Quick rotations in the centre and some great handballing and sheaparding meant that the Cocks could keep a decent advantage at quarter time.

The scoreboard pressure built in the second quarter as Boscart and Headley combined beautifully down forward.  We proved just how important it is to keep the field open in front of the mark when A textbook kick from The captain Launais on the right wing found Senko on a blistering lead out of the forward line.  Swadda came into the centre and was in brilliant form whilst Calvert continued to rack up the touches, helping to put the game out of reach for the tired hawks at half time.

The coaches message at half time was fairly simple keep up the hard, accountable football for 4 quarters. The Cocks responded with the tired hawks suffering in the centre against a more cohesive and fit unit in the Cocks.  A classic example of how not talking (coach himself) can lead to disastrous circumstances when he ended up practically taking out his own player and allowing Toulouse to register their first goal since the first quarter.

Stanley decided that he’d put a mark on the game in the 4th quarter and if he couldn’t do it with the left foot then he surely could with the right.  Calvert continued to provide run, linking with Dagois, Roberts and Jules as the goals rained down.  In the end a very convincing win for the Cockerels against a clearly undermanned Toulouse Hawks side.

Coach Steven Ryan


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