Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

Was it the right option?

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:21

What a dilemma faced me last saturday afternoon.  The former players club under the guidance or influence of the much travelled Robin Sadler were meeting for a Babycham or two in town at lunchtime and beyond.  'Two tries' Fagan, would still be standing at midnight but would Jan Ullah get to 3 o clock?  The other choice for me would be to watch our first team in action at Kings Norton.  I decided to take the back lanes to Hopwood which was another wrong option.  Arriving 20 minutes after kick off I passed Mark Higgins leaving and I soon realised why.  Our boys with plenty of potential but very little experience of first team rugby were struggling against opponents who were far from title prospects but still too good for us on the day.  Furthermore, it was a very cold afternoon.  So the question again, is, 'Did I take the right option?'


First XV         v          Kings Norton           lost      
Dev XV          v          Kings Norton           lost
Vandals           v          Shipston                   lost

Under 7s         v           Bromsgrove            drew
Under 8s         v           Bromsgrove            won one and lost one
Under 9s         v           Bromsgrove            won one and lost one
Under 11s       v           Harbury                  won one  and lost one
Under 16s       v           Old Halesonians       lost

News from the Minis

Team: Ben; George; Alfie; Frankie; Adam; Harry

Our U7’s, 2 of whom has turned out for the U8’s the previous day, started well against a very well drilled Bromsgrove outfit.  Bromsgrove had brought 22 U7’s so lent us 2 to make 8 a side and our lads played continuously for 90 minutes (against rolling Bromsgrove teams with fresh legs) in near freezing temperatures  and were well ready for a hot dog at the end.

The boys did really well, the match ending 10-10 (we think).  Ben, Frankie, Alfie and Adam all had spells as captain and marshalled the team superbly, particularly in defence making sure we kept some shape and cutting down the space that Bromsgrove had to play in.  The most pleasing aspect was the support play, when the boys were tagged they nearly always had support in good positions and we scored a number of tries with the ball going through several pairs of hands.  All of the boys had some great runs and most were able to get over the line.

Overall it was a very good display from an improving team against excellent opposition.

The under 8s had a heavy schedule this weekend with two matches. One against Old Edwardians that included a half time display match in front of the crowd gathered for the Old Edwardians top of the table tie against Telford and the second match as part of the normal fixture list against Bromgrove.
The background to the match against Old Edwardians was a cold December day. Seven players turned out for the match: Alex, Ellis, Lewis, Presley, Dan E, Dan G and Harry. Harry was drafted into the team at the last minute making his first appearance in  the under 8s having just turned 5 during the week! The boys tackled with ferocity and repeatedly managed to run through the opposition's line. As a result they triumphed in both halves of the match and the display match. The team made sure that everyone scored a try during the match. They racked up a total of 17 tries during the two matches against the 8 from Old Edwardians. Presley and Alex bagged 5 while Dan G notched up 3. Dan E, Lewis, Ben and Harry all took one a piece. Dan G captained the side well. Well done to Lewis for scoring his first try and similar for Harry scoring his first try on his debut. Thanks to Old Edwardians for giving the boys a chance to play in front of a crowd.
The boys knew they were likely to be in for a challenging session against Bromsgrove when their opposition arrived over an hour early with two sides having sent half their squad to another fixture. We had slightly less manpower and had to borrow two players from our opponents to field a team of 8. The Old Yardleians players who turned out were Presley, Ellis, Lewis, Dan G, Dan E and Alex. Five of whom had tired legs from playing the previous day. Despite all of this and a slightly more physical match the boys played the best they had all season.  In the first match they looked like they were going to run away with it and ended up winning 5 tries to 2. Alex scored twice and Ellis and Dan G also scored. Alex captained the side. The second match was a little more challenging in the first half, but the boys regained their composure in the second half. The final score was 7 tries to 4 to Bromsgrove. Alex again scored twice and Presley and Dan G also added a try a piece to their tallies. Ellis led the side for the second match.
This was the last fixture before the Christmas break. The boys have gone from strength to strength this season and I look forward to more in the new year. The boys have scored over 80 tries in their matches so far this season and tackled like demons. They have managed to defeat all except one of the opponents they have faced. Most pleasing of all they play as a team and thoroughly enjoy each match. Roll on 2012!

Old Yardleians U9’s vs Bromsgrove U9’s - 11th December 2011

Match Report

In a week where Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League and Leicester were dealt a blow by defeat to Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup, could Old Yardleians U9’s make the trip to Finstall Road and cause Bromsgrove similar problems?

Arriving at Finstall Road with Bromsgrove in full swing is a daunting prospect for players and coaches alike, but we found ourselves changing under an oak tree and readying ourselves for the back to back matches that lay ahead.

Bromsgrove had sent 20 boys to an away game and kept 15 at home to play against our 10 boys from Old Y’s.  Game  1 got underway with debutant Ethan Hart joining us for the first time and getting straight into the action.  A really bright start saw Y’s take the lead through Oliver Lonie, followed by a second try in short succession, the boys heads were up and the confidence began to show.  What Ethan lacks in time on the training ground, he made up for with enthusiasm, tackling like a seasoned pro, only to be upstaged in that department by Aiden Gaffey, tackler of the match without any doubt, yet again proving technique and commitment over size will get the job done.

Everyone wanted to get stuck in at this point in a physical contest, Archie and Aiden both requesting first receiver positions, Shane employing the shirt grab technique with great effect, and keeping out two certain tries literally by the fingertips.

Ball distribution was again good, as Sam and Dan both looked to spread the wall wide with both Josh’s and Ollie’s looking to take the ball forward(ish) in support.  Bromsgrove did, as we expected wake up after the early Y’s onslaught but all too late and we finished up winners by 4 tries to 3, well done boys.

The victory had come at a cost though, we lost Ollie Lonie to a knee injury, Josh T was wrestling with a dodgy tummy, Archie took a knock to both head and toe, and the second game was fairly one sided with Bromsgrove running in too many to count!.

Sharon has persuaded her young son, Jack, to consider a career as a sport journalist and this is his first attempt.
On Sunday, the u11s old yards faced a tough task against a well set up Harbury side. On the day, old yards proved themselves a worthy winner against a good opposition. Two tries from Jack, with a try each for Hayden, Diego, Billy and Sebastian, yards ran out winners, 36-21. Well done to the team for the hard work you put in to earn the victory and to show that on our day we could give any team a run for their money.

The under 16s visited Old Halesonians and the truth is that you discover your strengths and weaknesses when you play teams with a successful playing record.  With four of our first-choice forwards missing due to injury we had to reorganise positions at short notice.A competitive first half saw us claim three tries and two cons which meant there were only a couple of points in it.  However, a big pitch meant tired legs and with us having a very sparse bench, the hosts were able to bring on over half a team of fresh players which took them clear of us on the scoreboard.  When we return to full strength and can also call on a bench of replacements , we will see some more high quality rugby.  Well done boys.

Fixtures for the coming weekend

Saturday 17th Dec

First XV          v     Old Coventrians       Home       (League)
Dev  XV          v     Evesham                  Away
Vandals XV     v    Tamworth               Home

Sunday   18th Dec

Under 16s       v      Alcester      (at the Portway 11.00)

Social Events for your diaries

Sunday 18 th Dec   at the club Children's Christmas Party, not to be missed.
Saturday  31st Dec  at the club  New Year's Eve Party, live music, eat, drink and be merry all for £7.50
Friday  6th Jan  at the club    General Knowledge Quiz at  7.30.

And Finally

She, who is far too busy doing everything, has no time for us this week (probably sulking because the Sky Blues are bottom of the Championship).

Robin Van Persie, Absolute Genius, and remember, Mr Wenger knows best!

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