Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:00

Earlier in the season we produced an embarrassing performance at Kidderminster, losing by 5-50. No excuses, we were poor. As I see things, when we are at full strength we play some very good rugby. However, the commitment to making regular availability seems to be lacking. This week we welcomed a Kidderminster team who have been in very good form recently and I think that they expected to win in style. Even with the news that half of their team were injured, shopping or whatever, they came in confident mood but got a real shock from a side much lower down the league table. I enjoyed reading the Kiddy match report so I won't duplicate it. Briefly, we scored a team try from a driving maul and an early penalty which gave us a basis to perform on and with Jake back to his best in terms of tactical and line kicking, we were making good ground whenever our opponents made mistakes. Our Line out was dominant,we were strong in open play and showed good speed in the backs. All in all we played some of our best rugby of the season and with the sun shining it made for a very pleasant afternoon. Our referee, who came all the way from Watford, was better than most that we have seen and I would like to thank him and Colin Major, his adviser, and all our guests from Kidderminster. To make the day, The Gunners also won. I think I have forgotten something, Old Yards 30 points, Kidderminster 10 points.


Unusually, the sun was shining on sunday morning as our young stars entertained Bournville. It appears that the game's  ruling body do not want to see too much publicity for winners or losers so the culture and traditions of our great game are about to vanish. Perhaps I have got it wrong. anyway there were a lot of games with all shapes and sizes giving it their best, as were excited parents.It really is good to see the game thriving at this level. Well done all of you, coaches, chefs etc etc. 

If the sun shines (highly unlikely), why not take a short drive to Studley on the A435 to support our youngsters where they take on Alcester. Kick off 11.00. You might even enjoy it.

Quiz Evening
Thanks to all of you that took part and in particular, Rick and Sue Thorne for their marking skills, Bill, Geena and Kevin for their bar skills. Congratulations to Andy Clifford and his team for winning and a special thanks to the Station Fish Bar for their punctual service and for their very nice fish and chips.

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