Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

A slightly better week

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:12

Fixtures for 3rd /  4th Dec

Saturday 3rd Dec      First XV   v     Keresley   at Home (League)
                                 Dev XV    v     Stourport   away
                                 Vandals     v     Stourport   away

Sunday  4th Dec       Under 7, 8 ,9    training
                                 Under 11   v  Worcester  away  (WR3 82E)
                                 Under 16    v  Camp Hill   away  (B90 2EF)

Last weekend's senior results

First XV   v    Claverdon     won  24-5
Dev  XV   v    Old Salts IIs  drew 24-24
Vandals     v    Old Salts IIIs won  34-22

Match reports will hopefully follow when the captains get over the shock.

I made the regular journey to the club to watch, this week, the young stars of the Development team take on a Salts 2nd team which is never an easy challenge.  In a pulsating match both teams were prepared to play an attacking style of rugby and the lead changed hands regularly.  Both teams wasted easy chances by over-elaborating (in other words being too clever when basic rugby would have resulted in scores). A draw was about right on reflection and I would like to thank the referee but the saying about a good ref hardly being noticed didn't seem to apply at times.
It was good to see an old pupil of mine from the hotbed of rugby that was once known as The Arcchbishop Grimshaw School still playing for the Salts.  Full back, winger, whatever, well done Adrian Butler.  Also at the game was Mike Barnes, former youth development officer at the Salts, and the present day success of the club suggests a god job was done.

Minis and Juniors

The Under 16s played hosts to a very useful Spartans team and although we played some very good attacking rugby with tries coming from Cameron as well as Tre'rail with a length of the pitch run. The team that made the fewest errors claimed the win and that was not us. Next excuse was that our pack of forwards was full of backs as a result of 5 of our regulars being unavailable but well done to those of you who changed position at short notice.
It was good to see Jordan making a comeback and hope that he soon regains his match fitness.
A big thank you to 'Poacher turned gamekeeper' Kevin Grant for refereeing.
Thanks also to Paul from Spartans for enquiring about the welfare of Simon from our Vandals XV who suffered a serious injury in a game against Spartans a few weeks ago.

Thanks also to Adrian and Seb's mother and sister for their culinary skills in the kitchen.  Any help from parents in the burger production process would be appreciated, just make yourself known to Sharon in the clubhouse.


The Old Yards Childrens Christmas party is scheduled for Sunday 18th December. More details to follow.

Mark's Plea

'Guess who Mark bumped into outside the opticians?'   answer, 'Everybody'
Mark Baldwin would like some glasses.
Apparently, it is a plea for any half-pint or small glasses that you may have at home but never use.  The club would be grateful for any donations.

And Finally

She who thinks that she is full of good ideas was reading an article about 'Mid-season breaks' when, for example, the weather becomes difficult. She thinks that rugby could do from such a break and her idea would be for it to last around 52 weeks.  Darling, stick to suduko!

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