Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

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Wed, 11 Nov 2009 03:33

Old Yards 7  v  Veseyans 11


Veseyans brought along a strong side which reflected their current position as joint league leaders, having only lost once this season, and the match was to be a stern test for the OY’s determined to continue their recent improvement in form. The match proved to be tight and defensive with few real scoring opportunities, with the OY’ powerful pack dominating up front, but having to cope when possession was lost with the very well organised and mobile Veseyans backs.

Veseyans took the lead after ten minutes with a penalty, but it was not until four minutes from half time that the OY’s resistance was finally broken by a fine Veseyans threequarter move originating from an unforced error during an attack by the OY’s, and culminating with the left winger going over in the corner for an unconverted try.

The second half started well for the OY’s, but an early long range penalty attempt by Walker was narrowly wide.  OY’s upped the pace through the forwards, with Grainger, Painter and Lazenby putting in strong performances. The resulting pressure increased on the visitors, with the result that twelve minutes into the half a hurried clearance kick was charged down by OY’s left wing Pearce, who collected the ball for a fine converted try under the posts, bringing the score to 7-8 to the visitors

The game continued with pace and intensity, both sides being evenly matched, with OY’s getting on top after twenty two minutes, to camp on the Veseyans line. At this point both sides were indulging in a little off the ball activity and the referee took steps to defuse the situation. OY’s reapplied the pressure, but unfortunately the OY’s scrum half, about a minute after the general warning took the law into his own hands and was sin binned for ten minutes. The OY’s, with the pressure reversed were forced for the next ten minutes, to defend deep in their own territory, and it is a credit to all on the field that they did so, only conceding one penalty, for offside in midfield, converted by the visitors to bring the score to 7-11

Back to full strength, with about five minutes to go, OY’s attacked to gain a scrum on the visitors 22. A powerful drive sent Veseyans back to within five metres of their line, and they conceded a penalty. The scrum was reformed with the OY’s to put in, and a pushover try was anticipated. In the event, and despite having good control of the ball at the base of the scrum all match, the ball shot out of the side of the scrum, was hacked upfield by the Veseyans scrum half, and the chance, and the match was lost.

OY’s can take much from a good performance against a strong side in a match that could have gone either way right to the end, the final score being 11-7 in favour of the Veseyans.  This coming Saturday sees the Yards visit Bishops Castle for a league match.

Old Yards Development xv 39  v  Alcester 2nds   0

Another excellent victory for Ellwyn's boys as they travelled deep into Warwickshire to play Alcester 2nds.  Tries came freely regardless of the shortage of first phase ball and our scorers were  Adams x3,  Mead x2, Evans(the barn dancer) and young Tom Growcott. 2 conversions from a forward, Andy Rhodes, completed the scoring.  For a home team view of the game refer to the Alcester rfc website.

A special mention to one of our very valuable players who only joined as a mid-life crisis approached.  This bloke has played full-back, wing, centre, scrum-half, back-row, 2nd row and hooker.  There are those who suggest he needs to keep looking for a position where he can play a decent game but I, personally, don't go along with that view.  You play where you want mate!  He also fell into the trap of turning up for an AGM and had to do a little dose of captaincy.  The man in question, Big Greg Allen.  There you are Greg I promised you a mention and it really is blokes like you that keep clubs going.  Cheers mate and that will cost you one pint!

The Sunday matches

Both our youth teams had home games and both had very difficult challenges.  The under16s played Lichfield and the under 14s played Burntwood.  School dinners must be pretty spectacular in Staffordshire as some of their boys were big fellas indeed.  Both teams lost and the difference seemed to be that when our opponents get into our 22 they score but when we get into their 22 we don't score.  Anyway Shannon will look for slightly easier games whenever possible.  I must mention the promising debut for the under 14s of Callum Foulsham who played 2nd row but is usually a number 8.  Well played and don't be put off by the final result as it will not always be like that, so Pricey says!

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