Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

News roundup as of March 28th 2008

Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:00

In Spain the Old Yardleians Tour XV defeated their Spanish hosts with a brace of tries by Adam "Same Difference" Walker. The game was played on sand rather than grass with the changing rooms an old container. It might make everyone appreciate the facilities we have at our club

On Saturday a club B team lost at home to Tamworth 19-8. Details are sketchy but we scored a try and then a penalty from Andy "Baby Beaker" Rhodes against a Tamworth team with many 1st and 2nd team players. Highlight of the game was Guy Smith's ball winning skills at the front of the lineout.

On Sunday we put a team out against a touring Old Parkonians 1st XV from the Wirral. In a hard fought game all of the points were scored in the first half with the teams drawing 12-12. Ian Walker scored a try and poor old Tom "Pickle" Mead broke a collar bone in a tackle.

League table:

Midlands 4 West (North)             P     W     D     L    PF   PA    Pts
    Old Halesonians                        19    19     0     0   712    96    38
    Bournville                                  19    17     0     2   762   177    34
    Willenhall                                  19    14     0     5   562   258    28
    Tamworth                                 19    12     0     7   399   308    24
    Burntwood                                19     9     1     9   249   365    19
    Old Yardleians                          19     9     0    10   345   373    18
    Veseyans                                  19     9     0    10   286   356    18
    Selly Oak                                 19     8     0    11   279   537   14*
    Newcastle (Staffs)                    19     6     1    12   310   366    13
    Bishops Castle & O.V.             19     5     0    14   159   492    10
    Harborne                                  19     4     0    15   290   606     8
    Telford                                     19     1     0    18   112   531     2


Saturday 29th March

  • 1st XV are home to Selly Oak in the league
  • 2nds play Kings Norton away
  • 3rds play Birmingham Exiles away

Saturday 5th April

  • 1st XV are away to Kings Norton in a friendly
  • 2nds are home to Kings Norton
  • 3rds are away to Kings Norton

Other Events

  • Friday 4th April - Mini and Juniors Curry & Quiz night.
  • Saturday 26th April - Old Yards Vets play in the Edwardians Vets Tournament - Last year we reached the final, can we go one step further?
  • Friday 2nd May - Club Annual General Meeting - attend and have your say. We are looking for more Committee members and a 3rd XV Captain.
  • Saturday 3rd May - Presidents Day.
  • Friday 9th May - Annual Dinner at the club - tickets £30 so please pay Gail even if you just give £5 a week.
  • Friday 4th July - Summer Ball at St John's Hotel, Solihull to celebrate 80 years of Old Yardleians. More details to follow.

Clubhouse Update

Tony Fitz continues to come up trumps. The free carpet tiles he got for the bar have now been fitted and coconut matting in the porch. Thank you yet again Tony.

After Presidents Day we want to get to work on completing the bar improvements and the new changing rooms. Both most be finished ahead of next season. Club members help is required so please be ready to do your bit when asked.

100 Club Draw

Steve Painter is about to do another 100 club draw. The winners will be announced shortly. If you would like to join the 100 club please see Steve Painter.

Sunday Mornings

What do you do on a Sunday Morning? Shannon is looking for help with the Mini and Juniors. Coaches and administrative help is required. Please see Shannon and give him your support. The Minis and Juniors are the future of our club!

Always complaining about the Ref?

We are looking to run a referees course at the club. We often need refs for the 3rd team game and the Minis and Juniors. If you are interested please let Mark Baldwin know.

Want to hire the club?

Members can have free hire of the club for their own parties. If you know anyone else who might want to book the club it costs £100. Please contact Mark Baldwin for availability.

Finally, if you have any Old Yards news you want to put in our update please send it to me. This update is emailed out to club members most weeks. If you do not receive it please give me your email address.



Hon. Secretary, mark.xc@blueyonder.co.uk


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