Old Yardleians RFC: Club News


Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:00

Where do we begin ?
This is a good question.  I guess that the obvious answer is to look at our First team performances and, so far, that is not a pretty picture. Just before Christmas I decided to show my support for the club by watching the first team take on Berkswell and Balsall in a league match. It was not a great day weather wise but what the heck there wasn't much on television so to the Tilehouse Arena I went. Contrary to the reports that had been circulating, we played well and might have sneaked a win with a little more nous having been ahead with only a few minutes remaining but it was not to be.

On those days when the 'Older' or 'more experienced' players are available, the team performances seem to be better so keep it going.  Your 40th birthday is not a cut off date and ask any of our old timers and they will tell you that if you stop playing, even for a short while, it's hard to start again.

I was very impressed by Adam Madeleys rallying call on our Facebook and if you could all equal that level of encouragement, I believe it would help to boost the team. Of similar thinking, another helpful idea would be to see our supporters shift themselves from the bar to the touchline so that they could give positive verbal encouragement to our players.
Having popped into the Sharmans for a quiet drink, I was lucky enough to bump into 'Pickle' or Tom Meade as he was once known as. He expressed his delight at playing in our first team and considered it to be a real honour. He still hasn't learnt how to buy a beer yet but give it time.

Our very own Donald Trump, club president Steve Painter.

A year after having a hip replacement, Steve had the other one replaced recently. Take it easy Steve and don't think too much about what is left to replace next year.

It was good to see

all the way from Weymouth or maybe Portland, that one time front row, Ian Wallace, calling into the club. Good to see you Ian.

Charity Quiz

Friday 19th January is the date, 7.00  onwards is the time, fish and chips are provided and are included in the entry cost of £8 and contrary to rumours you don't have to be a  genious to take part. Teams can contain up to six players or just turn up and latch on to any others in a similar situation. Proceeds go to two charities, Parkinson's U.K. and Cancer Research

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