Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:00

I shall explain the title headline shortly.

Last weekends news
Although I was also sent to Coventry, my man at the Old Yards,that successful business man, Second Row Rock, club treasurer and so on, John Lonie, reported back with the opinion that losing home games by  just one or two points was a bad habit to get into. He suggested that conditions did not help either Stafford or ourselves but that either team might have sneaked a win. As it was, we came second by 9-10. Enough said.
Down the road at Eds their seconds beat our Vandals (3rds) 25-8 but we won the prize for fielding the most props in one team. Five in total.

The Mini and Junior sides continue to flourish. Playing at home against Coventry based Earlsdon, our youngsters played some excellent rugby and I was very impressed by our under 13s who show skill and speed.

Fixtures this weekend.
As things stand at the moment, it looks like Saturday should feature,

First XV  v  Stourbridge   away  2.15  League.
Second XV  v  Malvern  home  2.15  Merit League
Vandals XV  v  Spartans   home 2.15

Fixture Changes
Second XV  v   Bournville  2.15  Home
Vandals XV     No game yet

On Sunday, at 11.00,

Under 7 and 8  home v Alcester 
Under 9, 10,11,12 training
Under 13  in a 3 way contest at Veseyans and also including Telford.

Under 12  v  Old Sils  Home

Sent to Coventry

Apparently, many years ago, Coventry were one of the best teams in the country, so Robin Sadler has mentioned once or twice. Due to financial and business happenings that is no longer the case,but in a fascinating move, Wasps, originally from London, purchased the Riccoh Arena but still make it  available for Coventry City Football Club. To shorten the story, thanks to a friend who got hold of complementary tickets, we went to watch the Wasps play Leinster in a European Cup game. Whatever the result the Irish visitors would not be able to qualify further but they still gave it a go.
Anyway, within seconds of arriving at the stadium I bumped into a group of former Old Yards players who were given free transfers and then ended up at the Edwardians. Tinker, Flembo,Baby Jacks, Mathematical Genius Ogan and a couple of familiar faces who until recently might have been seen somewhere else. 
Moving on at speed,we went into the Casino bar where more Old Yards stars from the Shelley Farm were spotted. Fergie, Bob, Wil Hart, Rick Thorne taking a steady pace with their refreshments.
As we moved across to the food zone, who did we bump into,but Shannon, Tom, Houghy, Pricey, and possibly the greatest centre of all time, Steve Sidwell. 
Closing in fast, the only Lady in sight, Loretta with her old man Tony Fagan, the Prop who scored two tries in a game at the Eds a few seasons back.
I would not be surprised if  the Old Yards was  empty.

Don Deneny,
One time Irish Centre and Fly Half, Don Deneny is now based in the West Midlands where he is on the look out for potential International class players.Good Luck in your search Don.


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