Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 03:22

Latest Fixture News
 Saturday17 March
seniors   Firsts, Dev and Vandals all  at home  v  Birmingham Medics

Sunday 18th March


U7 and U8  v  Sutton   Away
U9       training
U11     awaiting news
U 16   v  Birmingham Exiles  away

If we search hard enough I am confident that some positive news will appear, not just The Gunners giving teams a start and then cruising to victory.

Senior Rugby

A win at home to fellow strugglers, Evesham might have helped us avoid the drop but it wasn't to be.  A defeat by 15-25 was not good enough on the day.  If you want a balanced report of the match, go to the site of the Evesham Observer.

A 'social' XV took the Hagley Road to Old Halesonians and judging by the long faces that returned I suspect that only the silver medal place was achieved.

Minis and Juniors

The under 7 and under 8 squads took the M42 North to Tamworth and I have received a match report from the management team.

On a lovely spring day the U7's played a 3 way tie at Tamworth against sides from Tamworth and Walsall. 
In the first game against Tamworth we were excellent, Ben stood forward to captain the side and did a great job organizing our defence and making sure all were involved in play.  We talked before the game about the importance of not going into touch and the boys all took this on board.  We tagged really well and following on from previous games the support play in attack was excellent, particularly Frankie who was always on hand to take the pass.  The boys are all improving and this was shown in the scoreline, with the Old Yards winning 12-5 with tries from Frankie (8), Ben (3) and Harry (1).  
After a big effort to beat Tamworth the boys then played a strong looking Walsall team.  Our boys began to tire as the match progressed, and at times we were caught out with Walsall taking a quick re-start before we were quite ready and they ran in some tries. Despite this the boys realized this was happening and then acquitted themselves well.  Frankie captained the side and led from the front, scoring 3 tries.  Also Harley scored 2 and Ben and Lewis also got over the line.  It ended up being pretty close but Walsall just sneaked the win at 9-7.  The boys tried exceptionally hard and both Harley and Alfie deserve special credit. Harley fell awkwardly in the tackle and despite being in pain (and on the back of a lost tooth last week) quickly got back on the pitch and Alfie put in a massive effort, playing through a nasty flare up of asthma.  Also, Charlie and Harry, both reception age boys, played through both matches and competed well against boys who were 2 years older.
Well done to all the boys and thanks also to Gavin for stepping in and refereeing both matches.

The under 9 team meanwhile travelled west to take on a bleend of Old Halesonians under 9 and under 10 squads.  Yet again I have receeived a report from the management.

Match Report Old Yardleians U9’s vs Old Halesonians U9’s / U10’s

After a hastily arranged match we arrived at Old Halesonians to find that we would be playing a mixed team made up of U10’s and U9’s, which would prove to be a tough test for our boys on the back of their seasons best 11-0 win over Old Eds.

The first half was extremely well contested, a tight & physical match with Dan and Ollie D particularly showing their defensive skills from the off putting in some excellent low tackles to help stop Halesonians breaking through our defences. The pressure had to give somewhere though and Halesonians ran in three first half tries. At half time we pointed out to the boys the hill they had been playing up, and what an advantage that would give them in the second half, which put the spring back in their step.

Sure enough Ollie L, Ollie D, Josh H and Aiden (who had now warmed up from the big freeze of a week before) showed the way and used the hill and some great lines of running to set up the first response try set up by Ollie L, scored by Oliver D. Ollie L was getting into the grove and again took route A up the middle of the park and set up Josh T to add a second. Ollie D worked tirelessly both in attack and defence, along with Dan they both put in some crunching and try saving tackles. Chased down hard by Sam and Dan a late breakaway try from Hales sealed the win (4-2) for them, but considering we were up against a much more experienced side, another stellar performance from the Y’s U9’s.

Ollie Lonie lead by example, receiving the ball from the start of the second game, and surprised himself when he was finally brought down just 5 yards short, but that didn’t stop him from recycling the ball, setting up Ollie D for his second in the corner, and an early and deserved lead for Old Y’s. Sam went very close for a second but was just kept out, and Josh H kept the pressure on being held up just short of the line, in a 5 minute sequence of attacking phases that Stuart Lancaster might have liked on his CV. Against the run of play, Halesonians broke for a trio of tries using two of their older players down the wing which sealed the second game for them, we did touch down for a consolation, but a tight and well fought contest (3-1) was reward for the coaches who have seen huge steps forward in this strong unit. Worthy of note was the penalty count, 4-1 against Halesonians, proving Y’s take home the fair play award, particularly singling out Ollie L who in a heated exchange resisted retaliating, but stood his ground and let his rugby do the talking.

The under 11 squad played Droitwich in a keenly contested game that was entertaining but which we narrowly lost. This team of ours play some very good rugby but need some more players as illness and injuries often leave us short on the day.

The Under 16 boys took on the very successful Old Sils, widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, in the region, and we gave them plenty to think about.  The game was eventually lost by 3 converted tries to 1   (7-21) but in terms of possession and territory there was nothing between the teams. Our scrummage was solid, line out reasonable, ruck and maul productive and in my opinion the end result was down to making the most of any opportunities that came along.  Our thanks to the Sils for providing us with strong opposition and to referee Mr Les Smith who had a very good game indeed.

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