Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00

First Team

With the Vice-Presidents, Volunteers and Sponsors adding to the size of the crowd, a treat of Midlands division 2 standard rugby was expected as Old Salts were the visitors for this end of season match. The Salts have been near the top of the league table for most of the season and, to be honest, they deserved their win by 31-11. In simple language, when Yards got into try scoring positions, the feeling was that we would not trouble the scoreboard, but when The Salts worked their way into similar situations they were more likely to score.
Having said that, there have been many areas of the game in which we have shown much improvement on an individual and team basis, which gives us something to build on for next season.
A final league position of just below half-way might not sound all that wonderful but we seem to be at a level that matches our performances. If we do not manage to better that at the end of next season then it really would be disappointing.

The Vandals
We welcomed Tamworth to play our Vandals and even loaned them some of our players. A high scoring match ended with a considerable winning margin in our favour. I felt that I needed an appointment at Specsavers when I thought I saw Andy Killarney powering over for a try but apparently it did happen. Well done Andy, we knew there was potential and now it has been fulfilled.

 Our Future Stars perform at Camp Hill Festival.

On Sunday we made the short trip to local friends and rivals Camp Hill. Apparently the correct (politically?) way of doing things is to keep quiet about victories in order not to upset the losers.
So I shall whisper it, We were highly successful, but go into our club Facebook for more details.


In years gone by, at the end of the last home match of the season, somebody would lock the door which would not be opened again until the start of the next season. However, it is now recognised that the Clubhouse itself is a real asset which can bring in much needed revenue to support the all year round financial demands.

As far as I can remember, The Old Yards has been the venue for Archery, Model Plane Flying, Aussie Rules Football and many other fascinating events. Furthermore, the Clubhouse itself has beeen hired out for Wedding Receptions,Christening Parties, Funeral Receptions, Retirement parties,Birthdays, Local Schools Proms (or Leaving Parties), Engagement Parties and Company Functions.

So what am I getting to ?  
Very recently, She who likes to party reached a 'Big Birthday'and also decided to retire from her position of running the NHS almost single handed. Off She trotted to the shops to strip the rails of all their dresses, shoes and other items which I will leave to your imagination. 
We booked the club (at a slight discount for club members) , arranged a Hog Roast, which was located in Pricey's Burger Kitchen, found a Band of talented musicians (Ellie found them), by the name of 'Hit the Floor' and the bar was staffed brilliantly. If you would like to get in touch with the Band or the Hog Roast supplier, contact me for details as I strongly recommend them.
The club has a good sized car park, taxis are happy to operate in the area and if the weather is suitable it can be very pleasant to sit out on the patio and have a quiet chat.

Do you know anyone who might wish to hire the club for an event?  If you do, get in touch with Pat McDaid or anyone on the committee, or even me (Dave Adams)

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