Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

Mini and Junior teams, should we know the score?

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 11:20

Let's start at the begining or begin at the start

I always assumed that in a game such as rugby that the score meant everything and that grown men would go to almost any extreme (artificial blood capsules, taking a dive, etc) in order to accumulate more points than the opposition by the end of the match.  Recently, my philosophy on this issue has been challenged and, I think that there has been food for thought.

I shall try to keep it simple.  Whenever I ask the mini/junior team managers/coaches, parents etc for their match results, scores, and reports I tend to hear responses such as, 'We won but I lost count',  'We lost but played really well',  'I'm not sure who won but the boys really improved since the last game'. And so on.  The question I ask is, 'for the youngsters just starting in the exciting world of rugby, what is the most crucial aspect of the sport, is it enjoyment from playing and improving, is it the social element, such as running around the club with orange squash and hot dogs flying everywhere or is winning the only thing that counts. The thinking behind my deep introduction coincides with the arrival of match reports from our younger teams with particular thanks to Tim for his observations.

Mini and Junior

On sunday our under 7, 8,9,and 11 teams travelled all the way to Kings Norton for a triangular fixture which also included Claverdon. Over to Tim.

Sunday saw the under 7s and under 8s sides take on Claverdon and Kings Norton in a round robin match at Kings Norton. The chilly morning and foggy day didn't put either side off their stride and both continued their successful starts to the season.
The under 7s beat Claverdon 7-5 and drew with Kings Norton 4-4. Ben captained the match against Claverdon and Alfie led the side against Kings Norton. The tries were spread around team as follows: Louis 2, Harley 2, Ben 3, Frankie 3 and George 2. Alex and Matthew played in their debut.
The under 8s lost to Claverdon 7-1 despite some of the best tackling I've seen them do all season. The first minute of the match saw them get a rapid turnover from Claverdon as a result of their inspired tackling, but it proved difficult to convert the turnovers into tries. Dan G scored the consolation try in the second half and Dan E captained the side. The team raised their offensive game in the second match and beat Kings Norton comfortably 4-2. Presley was passed the captaincy as he promised to run straight. He proved good to his word and as a result scored all 4 tries. An excellent performance from a player new to the side this season.

The under 9s are one step ahead as their report covers more than just last weekend's news so well done Richard.  Here goes.
Old Yardleians U9's
The Squad this year includes: Shane Desnos, Oliver Dickson, Aiden Gaffey, Samuel Gilmour, Toby Good, Archie Harrodine, Daniel Hayes, Joshua Hull, Oliver Lonie, Joshua Tallis and Louis.
Moving up from tag to contact is a big step in a young players career, there is a lot to learn and the Old Yards under 9's are making giant leaps forward each week.
After less than a month of contact rugby we welcomed Old Edwardians for the opening game the season.  Old Y's put up a fine first performance but were still a few steps behind Ed's who ended the game as comfortable winners.  Some good tackling from Old Y's and some phases of play with the ball being recycled showed signs of good things to come.
After a lot of hard work in training we made the familiar trip over to Woodrush for 2 back to back games.  What a difference a few more weeks of training can make, all the same faces but Y's looked like a different team.  In the first game, Oliver Lonie, Oliver Dickson, Joshua Tallis, Joshua Hull & Toby Good all scored as Y's scored 9 tries with just 3 in response from Woodrush, our tackling making all the difference in keeping Woodrush from crossing the line, with Aiden Gaffey tackling well above his weight in a fine performance.  The second game was much tighter with great rugby being played by both teams, and after a string of lineouts Woodrush pushed over the line to score the decisive try.  Woodrush narrowly won 2 tries to 1.  Our boys walked away with their heads held high after two great performances as well as a confidence boosting win.
Old Y's were then invited to join a mini tournament at Kings Norton in a triangular series with Claverdon.  The home side started with a convincing win over Claverdon and followed that with an equally convicing win over Old Y's, but there were positive signs, Archie Harrodine linking up with Josh Tallis making good ground and Oliver Lonie scoring a fine break away try to register Y's on the scoreboard.  Claverdon vs Old Yardleians was a much tighter encounter with Oliver Lonie again adding to his try count and Oliver Dickson sneaking in too.  In possibly our most physical contest yet, we rucked well to win the put in to the scrum on several occassions and even started to move the ball down the line with Josh Hull and Samuel Gilmour distributing well from the line out.

We think that the under 11s played Kings Norton and came away with a win by 19-12 but hopefully more news will follow, and here it is straight from the pen of the Shark, Marcus the manager,

Brief summary!

After slight mix up with teams present, game eventually got underway Yards opened very strong played first 15min in K.N half pressure finalising in Sam scoring from a driving maul.  Try converted.Yards had most possession but strong defence kept out attack.Scrum in second half saw Hayden (scrum half) pick up & side step 2 K.N defenders to score.  Try converted.K.N came back & made a good break & long run to score.  Try converted.Final play saw good hands & between forwards & backs with Seb scoring in corner.  Try unconverted.Good hard tackling game

The Under16s had a training week and 20 boys took part, first teamers think about that!  Spartans should prove to be a real test in this sunday's game.

Senior Rugby

The firstXV were well beaten in a league match at Evesham.
The Development XV with a number of late changes lost at Old Sils.
The Vandals XV beat an enthusiastic but somewhat inexperienced Harborne by 34-0


As things stand at present,  Saturday 26th November

First XV    v    Claverdon      away/friendly
Dev  XV    v    Claverdon      home
Vandals XV  v  Old Salts        away

Sunday  27th November

Under 16s   v   Spartans     (Portway  11.00)
U 7,8,9,11     training at Old Yards


A very important diary date, Dave's Quiz  at the club  on Friday 6 th of January, the usual format.

Return of the brothers Allen.  With sentences completed we look forward to the return of Nick to action.  Not sure what Greg is planning but he was seen flirting with the Edwardians, something to do with nice blazers we have been told.  My advice mate is to use your common sense.

And finally

She who was brought up in Keresley when asked about her thoughts on next saturdays league clash informed me that her memory of my days playing for them was the day I dislocated my elbow when playing at Broad Street and I was driven at top speed to the Cov & Warwick in the back of a builder's van.  Who needed ambulances or helicopters.

Looking at the European Champions group tables, it would appear that Arsenal are in a fairly good position unlike certain other home teams who have spent rather a lot of dosh on their squads.  Also, I just wonder what the market value of RVP is at the moment.  Oh well,  Mr Wenger knows best.

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