Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

There seems to be a spring in our steps

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 03:20

Have we become warm weather players?

It might be risky to be too excited but the weekend provided a much brighter picture than previous weeks

First XV        v       Old Sils 'A'         won       37-19
Dev  XV        v       Woodrush  'A'     lost        16-38

Under 7s        v       Sutton                 lost 10-11,  won 9-7,   lost 5-8
Under 8s        v        Sutton                lost 5-6,    won 8-5,   drew  8-8
Under 16s       v       Birmingham Exiles   won 34-7

First XV 

Having been on student collection duty I missed the rare experience of our boys actually winning.  However, I knew something good must have happened when Tommo sent me a match report that made Martyn Slow's Vandals masterpieces look brief.  With editing complete, let's have a read.

Old yardleians season of doom and gloom was brightened significantly on saturday with a performance which belied their current league position.
With the opposition turning up with enough subs for 2 teams, yards stepped forward to take on the challenge with the best rugby seen at tilehouse lane all season.
The rout was started by captain Tom Thompson linking up with the centres to crash over for the first try. This seemed to spur the team on to score from every opportunity. Our stand in scrum half was next to cross the line and whilst Old Sils repiled with 2 tries of their own this just made the home team perform to greater heights. The old yards scrummage took every chance to push the oppostion backwards and then wing Andy Pearce came to the party with a brace of tries of his own, one a stunning 60 yard run with the Sils defence barely laying a finger on him. Even though Sils replaced most of their team at half time the yards pressure continued and with additional tries from Adam Walker and Carl Bucknall sils were gifted their third try of the afternoon. With conversions and penalties the final score was 37-19.

The Minis

No, we have not converted to Tennis, when you look at the scorring system it indicates that instead of playing one match our young stars play 3 shorter games.  That clears that up.

Lets take a look at the under 7s

On a wet March morning the U7’s travelled to Sutton for an away match missing several regular players due to Mother’s Day commitments.  The U8’s had no such problems and Charlie Dickson manfully agreed to help out the younger lads in the U7’s alongside a couple of kids from Sutton.  The OY team consisted of Charlie D, Ben, George, Charlie Saunders and Harry, the latter 2 being only reception age but very keen to play in the matches. 
The captain was Charlie Saunders, playing in only his 3rd match and he did excellently, organising the older lads in defence.  The game ebbed and flowed and all of the boys did superbly, tagging well and always going forward in attack.  We just lost narrowly in the first game 11-10 which was a really good effort.  Try scorers were Charlie D (3), George (3), Ben (2) and Harry (2).
In the second game Harry captained the side and we really kicked on from the first game.  All of the boys were exceptional, in attacked they ran forward, no-one went into touch (which was an area we have been working hard on) and they all supported each other in attack.  We ran out winners by 2 try’s at 9-7 with George again scoring 3 and Ben, Harry and Charlie D crossing twice.
By the 3rd game our lads were exhausted, Sutton had fresh legs to bring on and it was a big ask for our U7’s.  Ben skippered the team and led from the front scoring 3 tries supported by George and Charlie D who scored one apiece.  A few of the boys picked up knocks, including young Charlie who showed great fortitude in getting back on the pitch.  Despite our efforts we were well beaten 8-5.
I have to say despite the loss in the last game the boys were fantastic and they should be very proud of themselves.  They tried their hearts out and managed to win one and only narrowly lose another game despite missing a number of key players and having some quite young boys in the team.  The boys are really improving and learning the game of rugby.  They know how to defend and tagged well, there were also very few handling errors, forward passes, or instances of players going into touch.  This is pleasing as we have worked hard on these areas.   Their attacking play is also really good, they have got the hang of making sure they always run forward and we scored a number of tries with the ball going through several pairs of hands.   
Well done U7’s.

Followed by the Under 8s

This week the under 8s travelled to Sutton Coldfield. Eight boys were give a pass out from Mother's Day duties to represent Old Yards. Charlie volunteered to make up the numbers in the under 7s which left Alex, Damon, Dan E, Dan G, Ellis, Lewis and Presley to form the side.

The boys played 3 matches and built on the skills they have been developing all year. In the past two weeks we have played 7 matches and for some quirk of fate we have failed to guess which hand the ref is holding the leaf in for any of them. So for all 3 matches we started off in defense.

Dan E captained the first match and taking well to the new role developed an ingenious system to ensure everyone in the side got a turn to receive the ball. The boys played well and ended up being narrowly beaten by 6 tries to 5. Damon managed to score two tries. Dan E, Lewis and Presley all turned in a try a piece. The lads also managed to put in some determined tagging to turnover the ball.

In the second match, Old Yards stepped up a gear. Damon stepped up to lead the side. The tagging was ferocious with the boys completing lots of tagging to turnover possession on a couple of occasions. The running with ball in hands was excellent. The match ended with victory by 8 tries to 5. Alex, Dan E and Damon all ran in a couple of tries each and Dan G and Presley both added a try.

The boys were tiring as they entered the third match, but their determination was amazing.  Sutton Coldfield had the advantage of enough players to call on to have a new side for each match whereas all of the Old Yards side played every match. Therefore, to turn in a score of 8 tries all in the final match was wonderful. Presley captained the match and scored two of the tries. Dan G also scored two. The remaining tries were spread across Alex, Damon, Dan E and Lewis.

Overall, this was the best I have seen the boys play all season. Having been at Twickenham the day before, I was more impressed by the performance of the boys although England were excellent. I was very proud to coach the boys and hope that both Stuart Lancaster and I am allowed to continue in our roles. I am honoured to be involved with such a wonderful team. Well done all. I look forward to next week against Kings Norton.

The Under16s  visited the Exiles located very close to the landing strip of Birmingham Airport.  It was a game of contrasting styles that Kevin said was fascinating to those with an insight into the game of rugby. Well, that rules out most of our lot! The Exiles had a very strong pack and based their game on scrum and driving mauls, which in fairness they were very good at.  As we woke up our boys worked it outt that moving the ball wide would be a good idea.  Now, there are moments which cause mild amusement and stick in the mind.  I was standing on the touchline when a home supporter reminded me about how they beat us last season. He then asked if we had a game plan and I replied that we try to play an expansive game.  He suggested that our backs would not be able to beat the home team's wingers who were lightening fast. As I watched Jordan and Tre'rail, our wingers, sprint in for two tries each, I smiled just a little bit and left it at that. A good team performance. 

Weekend fixtures

Saturday 24 March

First XV    t.b.a.
Dev  XV       v       Essington     home  3 p.m.
Vandals         v       Handsworth  home 3 p.m.

Sunday 25 March

U7        v      Kings Norton      away     10.30
U8         v     Kings Norton       away     10.330
U9         v     Kings Norton       away      10.30
U11         t.b.a.
U16       v     Aston Old Eds     away       11.00

Remember  clocks go forward by one hour so less sleep.

The wonderful social scene at The Ys

Saturday 31 st March  sees a night dedicated to the 'Help our Heroes' campaign.

From 8 pm,

Two live bands, a quality D.J.,  a charity auction,

A welcome home to Millie and celebration of her Kilmanjaro success
An evening not to be missed and only a fiver each.

More details from Lee Cupples (07794764470)

And Finally

Well done Wales, The quality was obvious for all to see.  Shame about Scotland.

A win at Everton in midweek came as no real surprise but I am worried about Saturday as the Villa often play above themselves when they visit.  But, we all know that Mr Wenger knows best.


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