Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

A good day as all our teams win

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 01:13

A much better day for the club as our pitches are considered free enough of frost to be playable. The 1st team beat Telford with an extremely late try and con. to win 14-8 to get us 2 vital league points.  The Devs beat the Edwardians 25-17 with Big Dai Langley scoring two tries.  The Vandellas, with the usual style, beat Five Ways seconds by 41-5 mainly thanks to Nev (so he claims) and a big well done to Ivor the Engine for refereeing and I will try to bring you a stopwatch for the next occasion mate!

Even the newspapers study our club.  Have a look back a while and find Pete hitting the headlines again.

(Shan) See this link http://www.birminghampost.net/birmingham-business/business-social/john-bright-business-columnist/2009/10/20/cool-put-down-from-rugger-s-ice-dance-champ-65233-24967975/

Yards secure last minute victory

First Team Match Report

Opposition: Telford Hornets (Home)                                               Result:  OY's 14 - Telford Hornets 8

30 January 2010

Following the below par performance last week at Tamworth, the side selected to take on Telford Hornets suggested better balance and more attack potential. This became apparent in the first few minutes of the first half when forward dominance, two good breaks in the centre and some aggressive running by left wing Andy Pearce resulted in the home side being camped on the visitors line. Although this pressure was maintained for the first quarter of an hour, Telford were not about to concede easily, and dogged, disciplined defence denied the OY's scoring opportunities whether through tries or penalties.

The game became scrappy with the OY's conceding too many free kicks through minor offences, and the visitors began to regain territory and took a 3 – 0 lead on 22 min following an offside at a scrum. This was followed on 27 minutes by a try for Telford which resulted from a poorly defended cross kick which gifted possession, and good support enabled their forwards to drive over the line. The conversion, wide out was missed to bring the score to OY's 0 – Telford 8.

The home side began to exploit their forward superiority in the set pieces and the loose and good breaks were made by the back row of Ben Honey, Steve Grainger and Rob Willis who exposed the spoiling tactics of the visitor's defence to the extent that they had a player yellow carded on 39 minutes for persistent ball killing.

At the restart, Richard Withey came on at  prop for the industrious Aaron Foy, but the OY's were wasting good possession due to slack handling, kicking too much from hand, and generally poor support play. Frequent stoppages resulted, and the game became fractured. At 18 min into the half, Anthony Thompson joined the pack at second row in place of Steve Cunningham, and this additional power in the scrum paid off handsomely after 23 minutes when, following a scrum five yards out, Telford were driven back at a rate of knots and forced to collapse the scrum. Honey converted the resulting penalty try, to bring the score to 7 - 8 to the visitors.

Immediately after the kick off, a fine threequarter move took play again to the Telford line, only to see the attack fail due to a penalty award. Telford indiscipline caused this to be reversed by the referee, but instead of taking the scrum for a second pushover attempt, an opportunity was perceived and a quick penalty taken. This move came to nothing due to solid Telford defence, and the chance was wasted with no addition to the score.

The 40 minute mark passed, and three minutes into stoppage time, last gasp possession on the half way line enabled  Grainger to make the all important break in broken play, then to feed Honey to take the ball on and commit what was left of the Telford defence before putting the supporting Jamie Walton clear for the winning try. Honey made no mistake with the conversion, to pull the match out of the fire with a final result of OY's 14 – Telford Hornets 8
Old Yardleians Development XV 25 - 17 Edwardians 2nds
This became the Dave Langley show as the big Welshman showed his versatility by slotting in at prop (take note Bobo). In what was a close game, two tries by Langley was the difference between the two sides. A great win for Captain Egg Male and his team. Good to see Troy Batters back and like all New Zealanders peaking well before a World Cup Year.

Vandals do it again

With Old Ed's Thirds unable to raise a side (nothing to do with the pre Christmas mauling obviously) Saturday saw us on the top pitch at Fortress Tilehouse playing a Pool fixture against Five Ways Old Edwardians when a lot of other local clubs had had their games frozen off.
With a backdrop of Eighties classics (largely unappreciated I hasten to add, though I know we all danced to 'em once) we got changed in what best could be described as parky conditions, with Cedric giving it large throughout and beginning to sound very much like Victor Meldrew.
Unfortunately with FWOE turning up with only a football team, and with only one recognised front row at that it was only thanks to Vandal Steve Painter, Pickle & Jon Bodsworth of the Development side and a surplus player from Eds Seconds that a competitive game was possible albeit with uncontested scrums.
With someone re-setting Shannon's kitchen cooker clock (long story) and Mark "Merve the Swerve" Baldwin having to referee the game (many thanks, though think sometimes you get a little too much pleasure out of pinging us, with Rog being sent back ten for use of racist language in using the word Taff) and uncontested scrums we opted for a lightweight & mobile front row of Jacko, Rick & Rog...yerrright with Jacko continuing his "rehabilitation" at tighthead.
A welcome back too after a lengthy spell off with injury following his brace in the pre-Christmas Tamworth game to the 6'-5" behemoth that is Phil "Horse" Watson on the wing, and also to Andy Killarney rejoining the tribe after a lengthy spell in the Ones; and a debut appearance for an old mate of mine Rupert "the Major" Young at No.8 formally of HMP Dartmoor alongside another former team mate Nick Levey and the Colt Arkell on the flanks.
Also with the Villa away to Fulham saw the considerable presence that is Nick "the Barrel" Palmer returning to the midfield alongside Chairman Fitz with Ralphy resuming his more usual role as last man standing. This week's creativity was again provided by Ian "Bambi" Neville (more later) & General Evans.
With Slow unable to contest a wing position with Horse I dropped to the bench and the side was AGAIN ABLY SKIPPERED (can anybody else see this Da Vinci like pattern) by John Lonie.
Five Ways elected to kick off, with the Vandals playing into the sun, not the best of starts as we fumble and first "scrum" goes to Five Ways who apply lots of early pressure as given their circumstances have little to lose by taking it to us.
Gradually we begin to get on top with one great break seeing Rupert break from the base to feeding his young flanker Arks in support who in turn pops to Andy K gaining nearly thirty metres in the process and it isn't long before the ball is spun quickly through the hands of the attendants to Horse now moving at speed just outside the ten metre line and even from that distance still proves unstoppable to go over in the corner together with a couple of despairing tacklers 5-0 Ralph's conversion attempt goes just wide of the left hand post.
Our next try is a real gem following great work by our breakaway forwards and our our backs cut loose and a great flea-flicker inside pass by Ralph goes to Cedric who juggles for a second (seemed like an eternity to be honest) and he sprints in and under the posts to increase our lead to 10-0 Easy conversion for Ralph 12-0
Our third try of the day is an almost carbon copy of the first with Horse again going over 17-0 Ralph converts 19-0
It is at this point that I go in search of that rarest of things....a match ball! Preferably one without a hole in it!
Walking away I see in the distance the man in the middle has given Five Ways a couple of penalties leaving them about ten metres out and from there they score their only try of the day, but miss the conversion 19-5, and Ways beginning to have a small purple patch....though in fairness about the size of a bruise!
By the time Slow ambles back Fitz's calf has gone, shot by a sniper in the long grass, so on I go taking up he winger's role with Horse moving into centre to partner the Barrel, a sort of large & larger. Shortly after our backs sweep left and Phil gets his hat trick and about five of their players this time to boot and we're back in control.
Half Time 24-5
Second half starts with more & more pressure from our forwards as we develop a stranglehold on the game, with more & more breaks from the General and then Nev who sets off on one mazy run stepping off both feet bouncing all over the place like a new born fawn, getting stopped agonisingly close.
So we are camped about ten metres out & the General elects to have Slow come in on the diagonal, a bit messy but Captain Slow makes a few yards and the resulting scrum goes to the Vandals. General opts again to go with his fat winger, coming out laterally and giving a nice flat pass to Slow who goes over/through a disappointed Pickle for the Skippers first try since the opening game of the season!! Conversion missed. 29-5
More forward pressure sees a good driving maul set up nice steady pill ten metres out for the General who passes to Ralph in the pocket (he says he was still there from the last breakdown) who flips inside to Roger the Dodger who bludgeons his way over mid way out, which Ralph converts 36-5
John & Steve Painter exchange shirts for the last fifteen (thanks to both)
According to Mike Neary watching on the touchline with the try line begging rather than score a fourth try Horse opted to let Cedric drop it instead, Mike said "I've never seen Horse pass before!"
Our final score of the day and probably our best began with lineout inside our own half and a great two handed take by Steve Painter the ball being spun quickly out wide to Horse who popped an inside pass to Ralph who goes over in the corner with an almost theatrical slow motion long arm stretch to score our seventh try of the day, he is unable to convert his own effort. This was a move the "attendants" had been wanting to try all afternoon apparently, and when called the ever laid back Cedric was heard to say "fine I'll watch".
Final Score 41-5 Final Age 662 And a jug off Phil.

Nice to see Mr Bastock formerly of Lode Heath School and Solihull rfc on the touchline as an interested spectator.  Rob, go for it mate!  Training is on tuesdays and who knows, the world could be your oyster (or something like that).


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