Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

Yards too strong for league leaders

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:35


With visiting Woodrush sitting on top of the league (Midlands div 3 west/south) a tough challenge faced the Old Ys in this local derby match at Tilehouse Lane on Saturday.  A large crowd watched the game settle into an early pattern with Ys dominating possession through their very strong forwards while the visitors, living off scraps, looked dangerous when the ball was moved wide to their speedy backs orchestrated by fly half Steve Smart.

Early scores were limited to a penalty for Ys kicked by outside half Max Grimson and a converted try for Woodrush from a slick backs move.  With half time looming the Ys pack applied relentless pressure and the referee had no option but to award a penalty try to the home team as a result of the visitors persistent infringing.

With a 10-7 interval lead it came as no surprise when strong running home winger Andy Pearce smashed through a number of tackles to score a try under the posts, converted by Grimson for a 17-7 lead.

Woodrush to their credit did not give up but their dangerous attacks were met with solid defence.  The remainder of the game saw Ys on top and Grimson sealed victory with a drop goal and penalty to give a final score of 23-7 in favour of the home team.  Man of the match goes to Ys prop, Anthony Thompson who worked tirelessly in open play and gave his opposite number a torrid time in the scrums.

Development xv

The young lads continue to improve and they gained a deserved victory against  Woodrush 2nds, never easy opponents, by 14-12.  Carl, son of Billy, Bucknall scored a try and 2 conversions and superstar, play any posittion Greg Allen scored the other try.  Well done lads!

Junior teams

This sunday sees the start of the season for our under 14 and under 15 teams with 'training' games at Moseley and Kings Norton.  New players are always warmly invited to join our club and we were very impressed last week by under 15 second row Adrian who chicken is convinced will make the grade, just like himself?

The Vandals

know out there you think I enjoy writing these, but how I yearn for the odd 6-3 thriller once in a while.
On Saturday 18th September we welcomed Birmingham Barbarians 1sts to Fortress Tilehouse, a club formed with the merger of two Works sides, the Gouldbourn's beloved Kynoch RFC & Birchfield Rugby Club in 2003. The former club being three years older than ours having been established in 1924!
For those under thirty this was back in the days when we had factories that actually made things mainly from metal & Bakelite (or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride...true I don't make this stuff up). Ask Sid all his toys were made of the stuff. Anyway over the years Baa Baas have grown from just the one side to regularly running two and their Ones play in the Staffordshire Merit League.
Our Head Groundsman Brian Collingwood had given the pampas on Pitch Two a trim this week, so we were able to track the whereabouts of the General throughout the entire game. With usual stunt skipper John Lonie still suffering from the snuffles Marcus "the Shark" Hope retained the captaincy, and cleverly lost the toss ensuring that we would be playing towards the beer in the second half for a second week in succession.
A welcome return for Richard "Jacko" Jacks in his first game of the season job sharing with Rick "Swing" Lowe at hooker, ably supported by those two Pillars of Hercules Mark "Dai" Baldwin and our twinkle toed loosehead Shannon "Sidestep" Killarney. In the engine room the Goldbricks Phil & Alistair, with Rob "Barstool" Bastock at No.8 and Marcus & Nick "the Assassin" Levy on the flanks. Out in the Attendants this week, Phil "the General" Evans and a first start to Ian "Nev" Neville at fly half, with Smoking moving out to fill the planet sized vacuum left by Barrel (off watching that polyester clad rabble in Aston). A debut to another former Solihull regular Jason "Jace the Ace" Goodwin (bet he made that one up) at outside centre, and out on the wings young Kevin "the Bolt" Coles and a man called Horse though Phil looks nothing like Richard Harris (although he did play rugby apparently before moving to Hogwarts). Sweeping up at the back following the late abduction of the Dubai Express by the Development Side a real Yards leg end in Dave "Chicken " Hanson, someone who makes Jason Statham look overweight.
On the bench this week Bill "Gilbert" Burrows who also provided our nice new Guiness match ball, in fact provided all of our balls...borderline Kleptomania! Alongside John Lonie, Rick Lowe, Captain Slow and another Vandals debutant Simon "Valerie" Singleton (bit obvious that, thought Shep might be too oblique).
Having opted for a real warm this week led by Shannon we got to work straight away. Barbarians kicked off the ball being fielded by Barstool who immediately went route one before being halted, we recycled short a couple of times before Barbarians infringed, caught by eagle eyed referee Mr Darren Collingwood Esq. The General took the quick penalty bringing in Chicken straight into the action, who in turn fed Horse making twenty metres before the ball went out for a lineout, from which Barbarians cleared their lines. But the tone of play was set and from the ensuing lineout the General brought Bolt in off his wing who made good ground before being tackled, our forwards recycled crisply and the ball found its way to Chicken who in turn found Shannon in support who set Horse on his way for our first score 5-0. Conversion missed (mental note buy kicking tee for Nev)
From the restart a good catch and set by Shannon saw the General feed Nev who puts in a fine kick to pin Barbarians back in their twenty two. We win the lineout and Smoking makes a great scything break cutting right which ultimately sees the ball reach Horse in full stride and shows immense strength to go over in the corner with at least four Barbarians hanging onto him. 10-0 Nev pops over a fine conversion to give us a 12-0 lead.
From the restart the ball finds its way to Barstool who sets off on a thirty metre trundle up the pitch finally being brought down by sheer weight of numbers.
On the quarter hour Barbarians finally manage to break out of their half only to drop the pass with the line at their mercy, and the General clears to touch.
Shortly afterwards Barbarians are awarded a scrum which Jacko takes his first of four against the head in the first half, from which we spin the ball wide through the hands of Nev, Smoking & Jace to Horse who is hauled into touch right in the corner by three defenders. Barbarians win their own lineout despite Marcus's & big Phil's best efforts and kick to clear, the ball disappearing through the hole in Horse's breadbasket, scrum to Barbarians. They go right and find space only to drop the final pass for a second time. From the scrum Barstool & the General set off blind and make twenty metres, the ever present Nick's up in support and we set, spin and Nev breaks the line and feeds Smoking who chips into the corner for a lineout ten metres from the Barbarians line. Big Phil pinches one and we go but unfortunately the final pass to Chicken is adjudged forward.
Our front row is up to the task and we snaffle another against the head, despite being up against probably the heaviest front row we have faced this season.
Penalty, Alistair takes the quick one off the General and makes twenty metres, the ball is reset and Bolt comes in on the diagonal, passes to Chicken, who spins to Jace who tells Horse to stay out, selling the verbal dummy, the Barbarians all looking to gang tackle Horse and Jace goes over for a fine try 17-0 Conversion missed (I have now ordered tee off eBay)
Again the restart picks out Shannon who spins it out right to Horse with Jacko in support and we are finally driven into touch around their twenty two. The Shark pinches this one, and we set so Shannon can unleash sidestep off a short ball. Penalty for offside, we take it quick and Rob bludgeons his way to within ten metres of the line, but Barbarians manage to turn it over and kick to touch.
There follows a short spell of scrappy play by both sides before we are awarded a scrum on the left on our ten metre line, ball is secured and spun, Nev breaks the line, Smoking in support, Chicken enters the line, to Jace who does pass this time to Horse and over he goes for his hat-trick 22-0 Conversion missed (tee should arrive by Saturday)
Restart doesn't go ten, we scrum win possession and go right, Horse takes, dummies, and passes inside to Jace back inside to Barstool (anybody'd think these three have played together before) Barstool pops to the General who has Marcus in support and who goes over near the posts. 27-0 Nev gets this one 29-0
Again the restart fails to make the distance and we are awarded a scrum from which Chicken shows the defence a clean pair of heels to score 34-0, rather than wait he converts his own work 36-0
Halftime 36-0 Rick on for Jacko, Bill on for Dai (though unplanned), Nev takes a breather so Smokes moves to ten, Jace to twelve and Simon comes on at outside centre. Nick comes off Alistair moves out onto the flank and John comes into the second row.
We're offside from the kick off, when was the last time that bl**dy happened? Scrum to Barbarians who have come out all guns blazing. The pressure is all Barbarians and the first five minutes is subsequently spent in our twenty two, and then on our line. Eventually the pressure tells and we concede a penalty which is taken quickly and their big prop proves unstoppable at that range as he crashes over close to the posts for their first score 36-5. Conversion surprisingly missed.
We get our sh*t sorted and get back on the front foot within minutes of the restart and Barbarians concede a penalty, the General ever alert takes it quickly and new boy Simon makes a good break, he's stopped but we recycle take it on a yard and go right, Smoking to Jason to Simon who sprints in for a debut try under the posts. 41-5 Chicken converts 43-5
Barbarians up the tempo again and Smokes is unlucky when an attempted interception just fails to stick. Undaunted Barbarians continue to attack and we defend our line again with balls to the wall belligerance. Their attacks are only finally halted by a neck injury to their hooker, and not having a replacement Jacko volunteers to go back on for the Baa Baas. Pressure back on we finally infringe and the Barbarians scrum half takes it quickly, sells a good dummy to go over 43-10 Conversion missed.
We respond in the best possible way with Smoking's restart evading the opposition and bouncing just inside touch, to give us good field position. Barbarians despite Marcus's & Phil's best attempts secure their own ball and spin it out to their big unit into the centre who shrugs off first Gary and then Simon but is finally stopped in his tracks when Horse mugs him with ten metres to go.
We're deep inside our twenty two and the General sees that the Barbarians are at the gate so he puts a neat chip over their heads and Bolt sets off in pursuit tearing up the touchline, the ball comes to rest around the halfway line so we expect a fly hack up the park; but what does Bolt do... he grinds to a virtual halt, looks around, gets out his SatNav, checks the directions to the line, picks up the ball and sprints the remaining forty metres to the line to score 48-10 Conversion missed.
There now apparently followed some small amount of discussion between our front row and Mr Collingwood expressing some minor safety concerns, now I thought it went "crouch, touch, pause, & engage" however, with the referee ultimately loosing his patience and opting for his own unique version of " just flipping crouch".
Soon after, this weeks real comic moment arrived courtesy of the General who takes a quick tap penalty and promptly falls over with no one near him.
He soon gets another chance ten metres out from the Barbarians line his quick pass finds Shannon who pops to hard working Bill in support, we set and recycle for John Lonie to go over for a well earned try near the posts 53-10 Chicken converts 55-10
Still Barbarians wont lie down and score another consolation try, conversion missed (perhaps they could borrow our new tee) 55-15
All change Slow on for Marcus, Dai back on, Gilbert switches to No.8, Ali G takes a breather, and Rob goes to openside, and we're down to 14 as Horse goes off too in a brief moment of confusion with Captain Slow.
Our final try another fine individual effort by debutant Simon leaving the defence for dead running in his second try from 60 metres 60-15. Coversion sails wide and that's your lot.
Final score 60-15 Final age 649.
Next up a short road trip to Bounville, though at which particular ground is to be advised.

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