Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

News roundup as of April 9th 2008

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 12:00

Games on Saturday 5th April

1st XV won 14-7 away at Old Salts with tries by Ian Walker and Captain Steve Cunningham. Conversions added by Ian Walker and Ben Honey. We were always in control of the game with the Old Salts scoring a break away try,  

2nds lost 21-22 at Kings Norton. 22-0 down with twenty minutes to go the heavy boys decided to do a bit of work. Two tries by Bobo and a third by Tony Fitz were all converted by Elliot "The Hair" Honey.

3rds won 26-18 against Kings Norton 3rds at home. Try scorers included David "Ralph" Rollins, Greg "Somebody Love Me" Allen and Simon "20 Stone" Davies. Simon's try was the highlight of the game. from 10 yards out he tried to dummy the Kings Norton defence. Instead of tackling him the visitors fell about laughing while Simon rolled over the line.    

Games on Saturday 29th March

1st XV won 70-0 (yes seventy) against Selly Oak in the league. The twelve try demolition was started by Steve Grainger grabbing the first of his four tries after good work by the Yards pack. The forwards dominated in every area of the game with Tight Head Prop Jack Horton producing a man of the match performance. Despite poor weather conditions, Yards produced some great running rugby in the second half. One move went from end to end with Yards only denied by the linesman's flag in the corner, in a Mark Cueto style foot in touch. Shame we didn't have Shane Williams as he would have scored. The rout had many scorers that included Guy "Get a Haircut" Smith (2), Mike "Jumping like a Salmon" Brennan, Adam "Same Difference" Walker, Ian "The Plane" Walker and Lee "Don't touch my Hair" Purdy. A great win so let's see if we can go unbeaten for the remainder of the season.

2nds won a hard fought game 21-12 away at Kings Norton. Tries by Steve "Too Quiet" Turvey, Gary "Smoking" Williams and Gary "Bobo" Robinson capped a fine display. Nice to see Alistair Goldbourne play his first game of the year

3rds lost 22-7 away at Birmingham Exiles. Captain Fantastic Greg Allen scored our only try of the game. For the rest of the game Greg tried to tackle Exile's Bok Outside Half but never laid a finger on him. 

Latest League table:

Midlands 4 West (North)             P     W     D     L    PF   PA    Pts

    Old Halesonians                20    20     0     0   765    96    40

    Bournville                     20    18     0     2   812   182    36

    Willenhall                     20    14     0     6   570   267    28

    Tamworth                       20    13     0     7   418   321    26

    Burntwood                      20    10     1     9   258   373    21

    Old Yardleians                 20    10     0    10   415   373    20

    Veseyans                       20    10     0    10   306   373    20

    Selly Oak                      20     8     0    12   279   607   14*

    Newcastle (Staffs)             20     6     1    13   323   385    13

    Bishops Castle & O.V.          20     5     0    15   164   542    10

    Harborne                       20     4     0    16   307   626     8

    Telford                        20     1     0    19   112   584     2


Saturday 12th April

  • 1st XV are away to Newcastle in the league
  • 2nds are home to Bloxwich 2nds
  • 3rds are in the pool as Harborne 3rds just cried off
  • Under 17s are off to Twickenham. The club applied and got 15 free tickets for the EDF Cup Final - Leicester vs. Ospreys. Shannon has kindly volunteered to get a mini bus and take the Under 17s to the game.

 Saturday 19th April

  • 1st XV are home to Harborne in the league
  • 2nds are away to Harborne
  • 3rds are away to Cleobury Mortimer

Other Events

Saturday 26th April

  • Old Yards Vets play in the Edwardians Vets Tournament - Return of Dave Howlett?  All oldies please give your name to Chicken 

Saturday Night 26th April

  • Club night out to Moseley - The dresses will be out!

Sunday 27th April

  • Old Yardleians have entered a team in the Alcester 7's from 12 noon

Friday 2nd May 8pm at the club

  • Club Annual General Meeting - attend and have your say. We are looking for more Committee members and a 3rd XV Captain.

Saturday 3rd May

  • Presidents Day - The Vets game will be Knocker's last before he retires

Friday 9th May

  • Annual Dinner at the club - tickets £30 so please pay Gail even if you just give £5 a week. Tickets selling well so reserve yours NOW!

Friday 4th July

  • Summer Ball at St John's Hotel, Solihull to celebrate 80 years of Old Yardleians. Snake & Bethan will be there! More details to follow, watch out for your letter from Steve Painter.

Saturday 17th May

  • Old Yardleians have entered a team in the Aaron Boyce Memorial Greater Birmingham 7's - an all day event

You only improve by training

  • Thank you to the following players who have made the most appearances at training this season: Steve Cunningham - 33 sessions, Dave Hanson - 21, Andy Pearce - 20, Phil Painter 19, Billy Bucknall - 19, Egg Male - 19, Ben Honey -19 and Mike Brennan -19. Where have the rest of you been? 

Raffle Tickets

Many members are selling RFU raffle tickets for me. THANK YOU. The club makes 90p from every £1 ticket sold. Can those with tickets please finish selling them this week and bring the stubs/cash to me at the club on Saturday. If you have not got any tickets to sell please find someone who has and buy some off them.

Address Details

We are updating the club records with everyone's address and contact number. If you have not given your details to either Rich or Mark can you email them to me NOW. Thanks.



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