Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00

First XV
Early sunshine brought the rugby fans out on saturday to watch a 'friendly' game against Old Halesonians second team, who had only lost once in their previous 29 games.  Their first team, who in my early days were usually on a par with us, are now flying high and good luck to them. Quite understandably their second team players are pushing for promotion to their first team and that was evident in their performance which showed determination and ambition.
The Ys meanwhile are a little disappointed with their start to the season but do reaalise that we are getting close to showing what we can really do.
It was ambitious running from the visitors that brought them tries but also cost them tries as pressure from Yards backs led to two interception tries.  As the game progressed the home side used their powerful pack to score tries from a lineout catch and drive and from a 5 meter scrum which shunted their lighter pack back over their own line.
Thanks to the referee, apparently only 19 years of age, who should be fast-tracked up the refereeing ladder and it was good to see Jim (even though he is a Shirley Parker), mentoring the young official.
You can invent the rest of the report because at that point the heavens opened  and it was time to go.  The final score was a win for the Yards by 38-24.  In my opinion we produced a very good performance and if we can do the same in our league games the confidence will soar and hopefully the results likewise.

Kings Norton seconds are not easy to predict. sometimes they are strong, sometimes they are less so.  Seeing their winger score wide out straight from the start caused a little concern.  However, the Vandals know their strengths and decided to play to them. Kings Norton, therefore, had to live off scraps of possession. The finely tuned athletes in our front row, Billy Burrows, Mark Baldwin and Pete the Fridge scrumaged well and the line out was dominated by Charlie Ebdon and Marcus Hope. Young Alex Miller looked very promising in the back row and with the return of Ian Neville at fly-half and with Lee Coates adding pace and effective hand offs  the final result of 31-5 to the Yards was maybe a bit flattering but the performance was clinical and the win deserved.

Social News
The Minis/Juniors had a very good bash on Friday with cola being consumed in vast quantities.  Thanks to Debs and her helpers for the organisation.
Comedy night at the club next Saturday.  Tickets from Jan Collins at £10 each.  The previous two such evenings have been worth every penny so come along and enjoy!
Bonfire party saturday 2nd November. Not to be missed.

Minis / Juniors
A good turn out at training last sunday.   Well done!
This coming sunday we are expecting Old Saltleians to be our guests.

Latest News for Minis/Juniors
Matches at home  this sunday 27th October for under 7,8,10,11
Training for under 9 and 12s

Saturday 26 October Fixtures
As things are at the moment games are as follows,

First XV     Home  v   Shipston-on-stour   League   kick off 3.00
Development XV   v   Bridgnorth 2nds      Merit League away  kick off 3.00 (WV15 5AA)
Vandals    Home  v  Bridgnorth  3rds  Merit League  kick off 3.00
Hornets    away  v  Aston Old Eds (B44 HP)  kick off 3.00 OFF.

Good to see
At the club last saturday,  Richard Dransfield and Cameron Powell who are both recovering from injury. Great to see you lads.
Also back from his travels, our very own around the world voyager, Dave Dixon. The question they are all asking is, will he be converted to Fosters or will he be back on Brew X1.  Answers on a beer mat to Mick Bloxham to qualify for the draw for a free pint of either


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