Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

News roundup as of 19th November 2008

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:00

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Bishops Castle 10 - 12 Old Yardleians
Tries by Jamie Walton and Dave Rimmer plus a conversion saw Old Yards edge home in this league match. Another win on Saturday in the rearranged game with Cleobury will see us move into the top half of the league.
Glad the first team enjoyed a bus trip for the above away game. Thank you very much for the four foot diameter brass table top you brought back. Unfortunately the Landlord from the pub in Bishops Castle wanted it back so Steve Sidwell had to drive over there this week to return it.  Jamie - you owe Sid £40 for petrol.
Games played in our league:
Midlands 4 West (North) : Bishops Castle & Onny Valley 10, Old Yardleians 12; Cleobury Mortimer 0, Shrewsbury 20; Handsworth 21, Leek 29; Moseley Oak 0, Willenhall 43; Newcastle (Staffs) 5, Burntwood 3; Veseyans 23, Tamworth 28.
The league table:
Midlands 4 West (North)             P     W     D     L    PF   PA    Pts

    Willenhall                      9     9     0     0   300    53    18

    Shrewsbury                      8     8     0     0   212    62    16

    Burntwood                       9     7     0     2   179    62    14

    Newcastle (Staffs)              9     5     1     3   131   133    11

    Tamworth                        9     5     0     4   181   101    10

    Veseyans                        9     4     0     5   193   127     8

    Old Yardleians                  8     4     0     4   158    95     8

    Leek                            8     3     0     5   171   214     6

    Bishops Castle & Onny Valley    9     2     1     6    76   201     5

    Handsworth                      9     2     0     7    95   240     4

    Moseley Oak                     9     2     0     7    88   308     4

    Cleobury Mortimer               8     0     0     8    86   274   -2*

Old Yardleians 3rds 13 - Birmingham Exiles 0
An epic battle between two big packs where Exiles edged the scrums and Old Yards had the better of the lineouts. Eventually the game came down to speed where the pacey Old Yards backs aided by the athletic back row of Marcus Higgins, John Lonie and young Crouch won the day. A close first half saw both defences on top until from a lineout near half way Yards secured good ball. It was spun out quickly through many hands. When team motivator David Hansen joined the line from fullback he drew in two defenders then gave the ball out to speedy winger Jaymes Walsh who sprinted into the corner to score.  Shortly after Ali Goldbourn took the ball from a scrum and powered forward. Supported by Tim Russell and Phil Goldbourn the ball was recycled quickly and passed to fly half Lewis Williams. The young Williams majestically drop kicked the ball between the posts to give Old Yards an 8-0 lead at half time. Despite many substitutes in the second half Exiles were unable to get close to the Old Yards line and it was the home side backs that created the only score of the second half. Ali Goldbourn again took the ball forward supported by the Yards front row. Quick ball was then passed out to the backs from where Jaymes Walsh sprinted in for his second try of the game. Final score 13 - 0 to Old Yardleians.


Saturday 22nd November

  • 1st XV vs. Cleobury Mortimer at home in the league
  • 2nd XV vs. Dixonians at home in the 2nd XV league
  • 3rd XV vs. tba

Plus on the newly installed SKY at the club watch England vs. South Africa followed by Wales vs. New Zealand

Friday 28th November - Buy your Christmas presents early!

Hosted by Jack Horton the club has been booked for a Christmas shopping evening. There will be various stalls such as with French ladies and kid's clothes, make up, jewellery, crafts and much more. It is on from 7pm to 11pm. Why not bring the other half up to shop while you have a few beers at the bar?

Saturday 29th November

  • 1st XV vs. Handsworth at home in the league
  • 2nd XV vs. Bournville away in the 2nd XV league
  • 3rd XV vs. Bournville at home

SKY: Wolves v Birmingham at 12.30

SKY: England vs. New Zealand from 2.30

Saturday 6th December

  • 1st XV vs. Newcastle away in the league
  • 2nd XV vs. Newcastle at home - if they travel
  • 3rd XV vs. Old Halesonians away

SKY: Heineken Cup rugby all day and into the evening

SKY on Sunday: Everton v Aston Villa

Sunday 14th December

Sponsored by Major Brian Hope there is the Kids Christmas Party. Starting at 3pm there will be fun and games for all the kids including magic, puppets, balloon modelling and games. This will be followed by an appearance from Father Christmas.  Can Mums and Dads bring a present for Santa to give out to their child/children to avoid any disappointment?

Club Stuff:

Players Subscriptions
Thank you to the 57 players who have already paid their 2008/2009 Players Annual Subs in full. Please can the rest of you pay Tim Russell at the club this Saturday as payment is now overdue.

Anything to say?

Please email me details of any Old Yards information, trivia or jokes so I can add them to the next update.

Mark, Hon. Secretary, 19th November 2008



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