Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

I think they call it cautious optimism rather than excitement.

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:00

A much better start to the season

Having tried all the wrong things, we are hopefully going to revert back to basic fundamentals. On the pitch that means win possession, attack with pace and support and keep the passing simple rather than panic
After many years of teasing our front row stars, I was very impressed to see the effort that these guys put into the pre-season fitness sessions and to be honest it has made a big difference as their mobility around the park has been good to see.

Pre season matches

Trips to Willenhall and Handsworth, for friendly or trial games were worthwhile and although both opponents were in a league, a level above us, we managed to beat them both.

Next up was a cup or vase or shield or some other kitchen item. A lovely summer afternoon at the end of the airport runway brought a good number of spectators to watch the Yards take on the Exiles, recently promoted and keen to impress. The early exchanges were more or less equal with Yards messing up 3 or 4 straightforward try opportunities.  As the game progressed, the Yards gradually took control in all phases and a final result of 10 - 29 in favour of  the visitors was probably a true reflection of the game. Credit must be given to the Exiles who battled to the very end.  The Yards, seen by many as promotion candidates must learn to be clinical in taking scoring opportunities

First league game of the season.

The rumour is that some of our supporters are still driving around Coventry looking for the home of Coventrians, but for those who made it, a good battle was produced by both teams. The Yards took an early lead and there were many good aspects of our performance to build on. The home side had a heavy pack of forwards but their fitness was not as good as that of the Ys. The return of our line out specialist meant that we won all of our ball and most of theirs. The scrums saw the Yards on top, our backs tackled well and the final score of 13-21 against useful opponents should be the start of the season that we needed,

Do you remember some of these from days long gone. Bill Tucker, Will Hart, Robin Sadler to name just a few. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and now you know where we are, get your hairy arses to the club more often. 

For the clever people out there, you are invited to a Quiz Evening on Friday 27 th September at the club. Doors open at 7.00 for a 7.30 start. The bar will be open throughout and a fish and chip supper will be provided. Your team should consist of between 2 and 6 players but if you need to then just turn up and we will find you a team to join. For more information contact me, Dave Adams. 

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