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Programme ÂŁ2 Saturday 12th March 2011 Midlands 1 West

Old Laurentian RFC v Camp Hill RFC


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Welcome to Fenley Field Welcome to friends old and new to Fenley Field for today’s Midlands One (West) game, and we are delighted to welcome Camp Hill RFC here today. We are also pleased to welcome today’s match referee, Richard Hackett, who is on an exchange visit from the North Midlands Society. We hope he enjoys his visit to Rugby. Today is also Sponsors Day when it is our pleasure to welcome individuals and organisations who so generously support the club, either through direct sponsorship or as advertisers. It was disappointing to see the 2nds exit the Warwickshire 2nd XV Cup when they lost their semi-final by just 21-26 to Broadstreet, a very close result against one of the county’s strongest clubs. The final resulted in a 26-16 win for Sutton Coldfield over Broadstreet The 2nds also had to concede the championship of Warwickshire League One to Broadstreet, losing out by just three points. As James Melvin points out in his match report, had his team not gone down, surprisingly, by just two points to Earlsdon before Christmas they would now be champions. Congratulations to James and his team on another fine league season. They do still have an excellent chance of bringing some silverware to the club, however, as today they are at Lutterworth contesting the semi-final of the Rugby & District Clonmell Cup. They will be up for this one having lost to Lutterworth in two of the last three finals of this competition. The 1st XV are still involved in the Warwickshire Cup, and face very tough opposition in the semi-final in the shape of Sutton Coldfield, who are the current holders of the cup and comfortably disposed of Broadstreet in their quarter-final match. It has now been agreed that the semi-final will be played on Wednesday 30th March, at a neutral venue. A venue under consideration id Old Coventrians RFC, although we await final confirmation of this. Watch the website for details. Later in this programme you will see a feature about the clamp down by referees on dissent and ‘back chat’. Please read it, as it concerns not just players but spectators as well – and extends to the language and comments expressed in match reports and on club websites.

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Camp Hill RFC Camp Hill RFC has a long and proud history, tracing its roots back to 1893 when it was founded as Camp Hill Old Edwardians RFC. The school from which it grew, King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School, had itself been established just ten years earlier, in 1883. The new club’s first game was played on 14th October, 1893, against Aston Old Edwardians, the old boys of King Edward VI School, Aston, at Showell Green Lane, Sparkhill. They won the game by 13-0 with the first try being scored by 17 year old E H ‘Teddy’ Parker, who was to play a major role in the club for many years thereafter. Having moved from Sparkhill, Teddy Parker was elected captain of the club for its first season at a ground in Wake Green and went on to record a remarkable seventeen seasons in that role, his last being in 1919/20. In the 1920s the search started for a new ground in order to give the club long term security and it was Teddy Parker who viewed dozens of fields before settling on a site in Haslucks Green Road, Shirley, which was purchased for £1,138 freehold and has been the club’s home ever since, the first game being played there in October 1928. Teddy Parker, who died in 1948, is seen as the single most important figure in the club’s history and an annual game is played for the Teddy Parker Cup against Aston Old Edwardians, the club’s opponents in their first ever game. The club went ‘open’ in 1971 and soon afterwards it formally changed its name, dropping the ‘Old Edwardians’ tag to become simply Camp Hill RFC. In the seasons following the introduction of leagues in 1987, the club made rapid progress to Midlands Division One (now National 3 Midlands) and stayed there for ten seasons until the advent of semi-professionalism made it virtually impossible for a truly amateur club to maintain that status – a situation that OLs can sympathise with! In 2003 we beat Camp Hill to win promotion to the old Midlands One, lasting just one season at that level. Before this season, that game in Shirley was the last time that the two clubs met. Camp Hill are enjoying an excellent season, currently lying in 6th spot in the league, just 4 points behind 3rd placed Bournville and with a game in hand over them and the other clubs above them. So we can expect a tough test this afternoon! Next 1st XV Matches Saturday 19th March v Old Halesonians (away) League, ko 3.00pm Saturday 26th March v Lichfield (away) League ko 3.00pm Weds. 30th March v Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire Cup Semi-Final, (venue tbc)


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Chairman

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Secretary

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Chairman, Playing Committee

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1st XV Match Report Midlands One West – Saturday 12th March Banbury 20 - Old Laurentians 14 In setting out to reverse their recent run of poor results, OLs made the worst possible start to this game by conceding a try inside two minutes to a Banbury side looking for just their third league win of the season and seemingly heading for relegation. On this form OLs could well be joining them in the drop unless they can begin to find some of the drive that characterised their early season performances as this was a listless showing that hardly deserved the losing bonus point that resulted. Banbury were altogether more determined and seemed to want the win far more than their opponents. Injuries to key OL’s players at regular intervals through the season have taken their toll and their fortunes didn’t improve on this occasion as fly half Jon Bean suffered a broken bone in his foot that will rule him out for the rest of the campaign; and Saturday’s team was further affected by the non-availability of three of the most experienced players in OL’s squad. The early try for the home side had the look of a training exercise in which OLs had been told to offer only shadow opposition as the ball was routinely moved right then switched left for wing Andrew Mawle to claim the touchdown, fly half Mike Smith adding the goal points. For the remainder of the first quarter, OLs barely made it into the opposition half while Banbury had two tries disallowed after forward passes. Then on twenty five minutes OLs suddenly sparked into life and Simon Bayliss made good ground down the right before being held. The subsequent period of pressure was rewarded when scrum half Ricky Reed sniped over after OLs had won a lineout close to the Banbury line, Bean adding the conversion to level the score at 7-7. As half time approached OL’s defence again went missing after a poor clearance kick found Banbury’s left wing in space. The ball was moved cross field for right wing Chris Davies to run in at the corner without a tackle being made. The conversion was missed and the half time whistle sounded with Banbury 12-7 to the good. Early in the second half Banbury scored their third try directly from a scrum on their own ten metre line. The ball was moved quickly through the back line to Mawle on the left and the wing shrugged off an attempted tackle to coast over for his second try, the sort of score that has coaches tearing their hair out! With a lead of 17-7, Banbury were looking secure, more so after Smith kicked a penalty to increase the margin to 20-7 and the unfortunate Jon Bean was yellow carded. But this triggered a fight back from OL’s 14 men and at three successive lineouts in Banbury’s 22, OL’s forwards drove for the line but were held by stubborn defence and lost the ball each time. After yet another lineout the ball was released and John Carruthers, now at fly half, put in a well measured chip over the defence, the bouncing ball eluded the Banbury full back behind the line and Carruthers pounced for the try, converting it himself for 20-14. Needing a converted try to win, OLs failed to lift their game at a critical time and were lucky not to slip further behind after indiscipline gave Banbury’s Smith two penalty attempts at goal, the second bouncing back off a post. After a delay of more than twenty minutes for the injury to Jon Bean, not surprisingly the game lost its shape, OLs again reduced to fourteen men. The last twelve minutes yielded a succession of errors by both sides as the clock ticked down towards a well-deserved win for the home team.


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Sundry Stuff News on the injury front Injuries continue to bedevil our season, the latest involving Jon Bean in only his second start for the 1st XV. Jon broke a bone in his foot in the game at Banbury last week and we send him best wishes for a speedy recovery. With the recent loss of Scott Wiles with a broken collar bone and Paul Willis with knee and hamstring injuries, our quest for vital league points during a tough run-in to the end of the season has been hampered further. Scott and Jon are obviously out of action for the rest of the season and it is difficult to be optimistic that we will see Paul on the pitch again this season. Carl Adams made a tentative attempt to start a comeback by going to his first training session last week but very soon realised that his injured ear was not going to stand up to action – and he needs to look his handsome best for his recently announced July wedding! (Personally, I thought his ears were beyond salvation anyway!) Some guidelines from Onley An item was spotted on the news page of the Warwickshire RFU website recently that had been submitted by Onley RFC (yes, that’s the jail!) for the guidance of visiting clubs (they don’t play away games!). After setting out requirements for early notification of visiting player names etc. etc., they went on to add the following useful advice…..You are not allowed to bring mobile phones, knives, guns, drugs and aerosols into the jail. Hope this clears a few things up. Makes sense, I suppose! Hospitality with a sting in the tail Banbury’s hospitality before last

…continued Saturday’s match was superb and four OL’s committee men were invited to join their members for an excellent lunch where the wine flowed freely. Banbury’s Chairman filled his opposite number’s glass at least four times – then after the next fill up politely informed him that he would be asked to stand up and say a few words after the Banbury President had said his piece! Timing is everything! So that’s why they built it! The introduction of Tim Chambers’ report on the 3rds game against Newbold recently:…. Although funded and constructed under the working title and misnomer ‘Western Relief Road’ the Laurentian/Newbold Highway saw its official opening on Saturday February 19th 2011 as it was used in earnest for the first time to serve its proper purpose as a tarmac conduit between Fenley Field and Parkfield Road as the Threes made the short journey to the Field by the Avon and perennial rivals Newbold. A funding opportunity! The identity of the mystery businessman planning to buy Rugby Lions was revealed for the first time last week, a former Lions player who has been resident in Canada for the last 25 years, Mike Aland. But it was also reported that the deal to buy the club was dependent on a large real estate deal in London coming to fruition. A bit like Sir Mark Palmer putting a monkey on a 15-1 shot at Cheltenham next week and offering to build us a new clubhouse if it comes home!


Warwickshire Rugby Football Union ZERO TOLERANCE ON BACK CHAT TO MATCH OFFICIALS The Warwickshire RFU Discipline Committee are concerned by a worrying trend over recent months of an increase in “Back Chat” to the Referees from Players, Coaches and Spectators. Closer scrutiny of sending off reports has revealed a trend where failure to deal promptly with instances of “Back Chat” to the Match Officials during the game has eventually resulted in severe problems later in the game which then escalate out of control leading to Referees having to dismiss players or in severe cases even abandoning the game. The Discipline Committee have discussed this trend with the Warwickshire Referees Society Executive who agree that action needs to be take now to curb this problem. Law 10.4 (s) states, “All players must respect the authority of the referee. They must not dispute the referee’s decisions. They must stop playing at once when the referee blows the whistle except at a kick-off or at a penalty kick following admonishment, temporary suspension, or sending off. Referees will therefore be asked to adopt a “Zero Tolerance” policy with effect from the weekend of 12th March 2011.


2nd XV Match Action Friendly Daventry 2nd XV 12 - Old Laurentian 2nd XV 22 After a late cancellation by Kenilworth, who were only able to raise 6 players, OL's were able to get an away fixture at Daventry. Having won 41-0 in the Clonmell Cup last month, OL's should have been confident, but injuries and unavailabilities meant that they travelled with a somewhat makeshift bare fifteen. The fifteen lasted all of three minutes as McCulloch suffered a recurrence of a knee injury leaving OL's to play with fourteen. They started slowly and Daventry looked up for revenge as they threw themselves into the rucks and it was they who struck first blood. An average kick was followed by weak tackling as the big number 8 ran the ball back 40 metres before passing to his centre who crashed over for an unconverted try. This sparked OLs into life. Although they lacked fluency, with players out of position, they started to graft hard. A period in Daventry's 22 saw good hands as Orr and Roderick interchanged before Loydall dived over for a well taken score. The conversion was missed. After all the hard work, OLs let themselves down. After conceding a soft free kick for foot up in the scrum, they failed to react to the kick over the top, allowing Daventry to score a converted try and go into half-time 12-5 up. The team showed more resolve in the second half, playing a controlled game. Orr kicked sensibly for territory and the pack went for a classic mauling game, shunting the Daventry forwards back from every attacking line out. It was from this situation that Rich Foxon was to crash over for 2 tries, steering the maul over the line. Both scores were well converted by Orr, to put OL's into a 19-12 lead. As OL’s fitness started to tell, further pressure led to three penalty attempts, one of which Orr converted. OL's were happy to hear the final whistle and come away with a 22-12 win having played 77 minutes with only 14 men. Following Barkers Butts cancellation of the last league fixture and the consequent award of a 20-0 victory to Broadstreet, the 2nd team have finished their Warwickshire 1 league campaign in second place, three points behind Broadstreet. Despite having the most points for and fewest against, a poor result before Christmas at Earlsdon cost them the title. Our congratulations are offered to Broadstreet. This Saturday sees a tougher fixture at Lutterworth in the semi-final of the Clonmell Cup. OL's will seek to extract some revenge, having lost in two finals to Lutterworth in the last three years, with a number of players available again. Report by James Melvin


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Duncan Snook

Life Vice Presidents

Grantley Jenkins, Pete Higgs, Mike Lewis, Geoff Morris, Mike Pawsey, Ray Roberts, Terry Wooton, Vice Presidents

Nigel Appleby

Pat Dunn

Dave Lennard

Rob Smith

Jason Barnett Simon Bayliss

Dave Eales Tim Fawcett

Jim Lewis Richard Lightowler

Stuart Smith Vic Smith Jnr

Keith Baxter Malcolm Blair Dave Boe Antony Borton

Steve Faulkner Reiner Ferguson Mick Field Keith Finch

Mike Linnell Kevin Mahon Dom Marsella Dave Mcateer

Vic Smith Snr Pete Staines John Stimpson Phil Stimpson

Arnie Bottomley George Boulton Simon Bracken

Alan Foster Peter Fox Mark Gallagher

Terry Merriman Jim Middleton Ian Myers

Bob Sunerton Geoff Thomas David Thomson

Matt Brinklow

Lionel Gardner

John Murphy

Keith Tilley

Anthony Burborough Adrian Canale-Parola

Stuart Gleghorn David Hannah

Graham New William Nolan

Ray Todd Suzette Tonks

Jerry Cahill Malcolm Cashmore Dean Cobley Stuart Coburn Barry College Brian Cockerill Roger Cole Kevin Cossar

Keith Harris Stuart Harris Simon Heeley David Hicks Chris Hine Richard Hirons Richard Hughes Peter Jenkins

Andre Nutter Wayne Oliver Ian Parker Clive Pawsey Mark Pawsey Phil Pawsey Nick Phipps Darren Price

Peter Trewren John Tull George Underwood Martin Valentine Chris Wade Mike Wade Mike Walker Murray Walker

Tom Costello Jim Darcy Richard Curtiss

Arwell Jones Ash Jones Gareth Jones

Spencer Pritchard Brian Rigg Mick Roberts

Bill Wallis Geoffrey Walton Dave Watson

Toby Davidson Paul Dempster Michael Denny Graham Devine Adam Dougherty Andy Dougherty Maurice Dougherty

Jonathon Jones Peter Jones Roy Jones Geoff Kendall Sean Kerrigan Dave Lane Simon Lawler

Bill Robinson Rod Ross Pat Scannell Peter Shillingford Will Seager Graham Shorthose Paul Simpson

Mick Warwick Chris White Scott Whyment Colin Wiles Alan Willis Mark Wilson

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Dan Volkman

Arwel Jones

5

Mike Prince

Stuart Gleghorn

6

Dom Hammond

Electrical Testers

7

Andy Coleman

Ray Roberts

8

Ben O’Riordan

Roger Cole

16 Garrie Reeve 17 Alex Smith 18 Ricky Reed

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Simon Edwards 15 George Wilkinson 14 Ian Briggs 13 Jon Ford 12 Rob Obeng-Manu 11 Liam Morrissy 10 Alex Richmond

9

Simon Baxter

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Adam Willis (capt.)

2

Dan Toth

3

Colin Toohey

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Mark Newton

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Mick Stephens

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Chris Goddard

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Rob Hill

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Pete Koziot 16 Jan Van der Walt 17 Luke Creaney 18

We extend a warm welcome to today’s referee Richard Hackett, of the North Midlands Society, along with our thanks for taking charge of the game. As always we expect you to treat him, and his decisions, as you would expect to be treated yourself. For OLs Coaches Chris Wade: Neale Leeming Physio: Suzi Cox


League Table Midlands 1 West Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

BP

Pts

Dudley Kingswinford

21

21

0

0

946 258

688

17

101

Sutton Coldfield

20

19

0

1

826 278

548

15

91

Bournville

20

14

0

6

550 348

202

8

64

Old Halesonians

20

12

0

8

500 409

91

15

63

Lichfield

20

13

0

7

581 521

60

10

62

Camp Hill

19

12

0

7

484 328

156

12

60

Whitchurch

21

10

0

11

393 412

-19

9

49

Walsall

18

7

2

9

515 484

31

13

45

Stratford Upon Avon

20

6

2

12

451 532

-81

11

39

Old Laurentians

19

7

1

11

388 501 -113

7

37

Worcester Wanderers

21

6

1

14

361 500 -139

9

35

Nuneaton Old Eds

19

6

0

13

323 569 -246

8

32

Banbury

21

3

0

18

310 776 -466

5

17

Leamington

21

1

0

20

235 947 -712

2

6

Today’s League Fixtures Leamington

v

Whitchurch

Nuneaton Old Eds

v

Dudley Kingswinford

Old Halesonians

v

Lichfield

Old Laurentians

v

Camp Hill

Stratford Upon Avon

v

Bournville

Sutton Coldfield

v

Walsall

Worcester Wanderers

v

Banbury


The Midlands One Scene Dudley Kingswinford are now assured of at least 2nd place this season as only Sutton Coldfield can now overhaul them and with DK in their current form, that seems unlikely; and the leaders have a massively superior points difference over Sutton. The latter would have come off the pitch after piling up 107 points against Banbury feeling they had seriously dented DK’s points advantage, only to be somewhat deflated when heard of DK’s points haul the same day against OLs! The pair of them meet in a title decider next week, DK having home advantage. The top two appear to be the only win bankers, week in, week out, as form fluctuates quite widely in the chasing pack. No-one expected Worcester Wanderers to come away from Bournville with a win last week, but they did! And our visitors today, Camp Hill, went down at home to Old Halesonians, who, with Lichfield, are putting together some consistently good results. Both leapfrogged Camp Hill in the table, Lichfield now showing up as one of the form teams in the league as their home record begins to match their excellent results away from base. Old Hales and Lichfield meet today and it’s a bold man who attempts to predict the result. We continue to look anxiously over our shoulders at Worcester and Nuneaton Old Eds. The Wanderers have a chance to widen the gap over Old Eds today when they entertain Banbury; whilst Old Eds have a formidable task against DK. The pair of them meet next week in a crucial game for both. League Results – 5th March

Banbury

20

v

14 Old Laurentians

Bournville

5

v

16 Worcester Wanderers

Camp Hill

8

v

25 Old Halesonians

Dudley Kingswinford

85

v

0

Lichfield

27

v

12 Nuneaton Old Edwardians

Walsall

28

v

28 Stratford Upon Avon

Whitchurch

15

v

Leamington

21 Sutton Coldfield th

League results – 26 February

Banbury

0

v

107 Sutton Coldfield

Bournville

22

v

19

Walsall

Camp Hill

34

v

10

Stratford Upon Avon

Dudley Kingswinford

91

v

7

Old Laurentians

Leamington

12

v

50

Old Halesonians

Lichfield

45

v

17 Worcester Wanderers

Whitchurch

13

v

16

Nuneaton Old Edwardians


Top.Points Scorers, Season 20010/11 All teams (17 pts and above) Player

Tries

Convs

Pens

Drops

Tot Pts

Ben Roberts

14

26

10

0

152

Denzil Evans

0

33

24

2

144

Danny Orr

3

34

10

2

119

Jon Bean

6

21

11

1

108

Jamie Brightwell

20

0

0

0

100

Gary Hammond

13

0

0

0

65

Greg Lloydall

6

4

6

0

56

Kev White

3

13

5

0

56

Grant Inch

11

0

0

0

55

Jeff Fowler

10

0

0

0

50

Simon Bayliss

9

0

0

0

45

Troy Owen

8

0

0

0

40

John Carruthers

7

1

0

0

37

Paul Amor

7

0

0

0

35

Rich Foxon

6

0

0

0

30

Steve Pike

3

7

0

0

29

Alex Smith

5

0

0

0

25

Ricky Reed

5

0

0

0

25

Howard Harris

5

0

0

0

25

Luke Harris

5

0

0

0

25

Dave Longrigg

5

0

0

0

25

Ben Shepherd

5

0

0

0

25

Marc Owen

4

0

0

0

20

Daz Price

1

6

1

0

20

Ben Brand

2

1

2

0

18

Dom Hammond

3

1

0

0

17

Ben Wiles

2

2

1

0

17


Recent Photo Action

Ricky Reed scores against Banbury

Going in for the ball at Banbury

Wise words from Toddy

Ted Wallis opens the scoring against Newbold 2s

Raj Patel drives on against Newbold

Please have the ball Middy

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The Local Scene Rugby Lions have now announced the identity of their potential buyer, but it looks increasingly as if he is acquiring a club who will be back down in the regional league structure next season. After losing at home against Harrogate last week they stay second bottom of National 2 North, now 12 points adrift of Morley above them having played two games more. There is little consolation looming for them as today and next Saturday they play two of the league’s top four, Leicester Lions and Loughborough Students. The following week, Lions host Nuneaton at Webb Ellis Road and if Nuns secure the win points that could well settle Lions fate for the season. In National 3 Midlands, Kenilworth are now in serious trouble, losing to fellow strugglers Burton last week. Meanwhile bottom placed Hereford pulled off a shock by disposing of Old Northamptonians and are now just a point behind Kenilworth having played three games less. So Kenilworth are now more likely to be meeting OLs than Rugby Lions next season! In the same league Broadstreet are now comfortable in mid table after posting two successive wins, but it’s very tight at the top where Bromsgrove are holding on to a narrow lead over South Leicester and Longton. Congratulations to Newbold who ground out a narrow victory over Long Buckby two weeks ago to reach the Midlands final of the Senior Vase. They must have been expecting to meet Upton on Severn, the leaders of their league, Midlands 3 West (South), in the final, but Upton suffered a surprise home defeat in their semi against Ashbourne.

Bold will play Ashbourne in the final at Parkfield Road on April 2nd. In the Junior Vase final our old adversaries (and one time source of many points) Edwardians will play Harborne. And to complete the picture, Stoke on Trent will face Market Rasen & Louth in the final of the Midlands Intermediate Cup. Newbold now look increasingly secure in 2nd place in Midlands 3 West (South) after beating Kings Norton last week and now have an eight point advantage over Shipston on Stour having played one game less. Bold have put together a good young side and are enjoying a fine season that could see them bounce straight back to Midlands 2. In that league, Dunlop look increasingly like achieving a second successive promotion. With four games to go they have an eight point advantage over Barkers Butts, who are fighting for the play off place with Bedworth and Spartans, the rest being well adrift. In Midlands 3 East (South) it has come down to a three way fight for honours between Rugby St Andrews, Long Buckby and Oadby Wyggestonians as no other club can now catch any of them. Currently Oadby Wyggs have top spot, two points ahead of Saints with Buckby a further five points behind in third but having played two games less than their rivals. Saints meet Oadby Wyggs in the final game of th the season for both on April 16 , whilst Buckby finish their season a week later against Old Newtonians, who are currently bottom of the league. This one’s going right down to the wire!


The Club’s overall playing record (to 05/03/11) (Includes league, cup and friendly matches)

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points for

Points against

Points diff.

1st XV

21

9

1

11

433

530

-97

2nd XV

24

20

0

4

909

264

+645

3rd XV

17

7

0

10

351

370

-19

Total

62

36

1

25

1693

1164

+529

Warwickshire League 1 – Final Table Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

Pts

1

Broadstreet III

14

13

0

1

509

159

350

53

2

Old Laurentians II

14

12

0

2

526

151

375

50

3

Earlsdon II

14

6

1

7

265

313

-48

33

4

Newbold-on-Avon II

13

6

0

7

205

282

-77

31

5

Stratford II

11

6

0

5

278

263

15

29

6

Leamington II

14

3

0

11

198

447

-249

23

7

Spartans II

13

3

0

10

169

334

-165

22

8

Barkers Butts II

13

3

1

9

152

353

-201

22

Warwickshire League 3 (as at 05/3/11) Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

Pts

1

Newbold-on-Avon III

14

12

0

2

371

195

176

50

2

Sutton Coldfield III

14

11

0

3

391

204

187

47

3

Earlsdon III

14

11

0

3

356

184

172

47

4

Old Laurentians III

15

6

0

9

321

334

-13

33

5

Shipston III

11

7

0

4

195

171

24

32

6

Harbury II

13

5

1

7

282

279

3

29

7

Nuneaton Old Eds III

11

5

0

6

330

253

77

26

8

Kenilworth III

13

3

0

10

258

434

-176

22

9

Leamington III

12

3

1

8

164

295

-131

21

10

Spartans III

13

1

0

12

151

470

-319

1


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Thirds Match Report War & Peace Volume II Old Laurentian III 3 Newbold III 13 If vengeance is a meal best served cold, this match was a King Prawn Vindaloo straight from the hob, served on a hot plate with a side order of chilli. From the off with Sir Mark Palmer MBE pulling the strings at 10, the OLs started at a ferocious pace and were threatening the Newbold line within seconds of the kick off. Bold managed to clear their lines but it wasn’t long before OLs were threatening again. A Newbold infringement saw the referee signal penalty advantage to the home side but Sir Mark, perhaps unwilling to go through the rigmarole of a place kick or perhaps impatient to get on the score sheet, dropped a goal to open the account. As with the previous week, the set piece was at parity and, as with last week, the game was tight. Newbold reverted to type and kept it tight in the forwards whilst OLs tried to get the ball wide – both sides enjoyed a modicum of success with their respective methods and OLs were guilty of squandering a possible try scoring opportunity when Chambers spilled the ball in the tackle close to the Newbold try line. Two Newbold penalties saw them in front at half time. The second half started with two players making their OLs debut. Chris Mills at 6 and Sam Howells at loose head prop were both impressive from the off with some bone shuddering tackling from the former and some powerful scrummaging from the latter. Both added some dynamism in the loose and around the fringes. The game ebbed and flowed with both sides going at it hammer and tongs. One OLs incursion into Newbold territory saw a ball dropped and scooped up by Gasman, the Newbold Flyer. Overdrive was engaged and a 65 yard dash ended with a try between the posts converted to 7 points. The game ended a well contested double header in which our near neighbours came out on top in both games. The margin in both was small enough to leave the thirds salivating at the prospect of the next one . . . Drop goal: Mark Palmer Report by Poet Laurentian (Designate) Tim Chambers


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2nd & 3rd XV – Fixtures & Results 2nd XV Sept Sept Sept Sept Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr

4 11 18 25 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 4 11 18 26 8 15 19 22 29 5 12 16 19 20 26 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23

+

F L L F L W L F F F L L L L F

Wellesbourne Newbold II Earlsdon II Leicester Lions III Stratford II Coventry Welsh Barkers Butts II Nuneaton Old Eds II Long Buckby St Andrews II Broadstreet III Spartans II Newbold II Earlsdon II Keresley II

A A H H A H H A H A A H H A H

L L W L F L L C L W L F C F F

Stratford II Barkers Butts II Old Leamingtonians Leamington II Leicester Vipers II Broadstreet III Spartans II Daventry II

H A H A A H A H

Broadstreet II Newbold II Daventry Lutterworth Leicester Lions III St Andrews II TBA TBA TBA TBA

H H A A A H

3rd XV

-

35 10 TBA 25 10 TBA 47 17 TBA 37 15 TBA 22 17 Shipston III 96 0 Leamington III 42 0 Harbury II 44 8 Spartans III 24 25 Kenilworth III 16 7 Leicester Medics 18 20 Nuneaton Old Eds III 39 10 Sutton Coldfield III P P Earlsdon III 22 24 Nuneaton Old Eds III P P Newbold III INTER CLUB GAME 71 5 Kenilworth III 37 21 Spartans III 22 5 65 5 Harbury II 43 5 St Andrews III 26 19 Shipston III 51 3 Leamington III 41 0 Newbold III 21 26 43 0 Newbold III 22 12 Earlsdon III Earlsdon III Sutton Coldfield III TBA Southam II

nd

+

-

H A A H H H H A H A H

15 52 10 31 33 14 31 0 P 7 P

20 0 21 7 7 33 43 41 P 71 P

A A

32 26

15 7

H H A H

33 P 11 23

17 P 21 24

A

20

23

H H A H

3 10

13 7

H

Key: League (Warwicks 1 or 3) = L; Friendly = F; Warwickshire 2 XV Cup = W, Clonmell Cup = C


1st XV – Fixtures & Results Date Month September September September September October October October October October November November November November December December December December January 2011 January January January February February February February February March March March March April April April April April May

Day 4 11 18 25 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27 4 11 18 26 8 15 22 29 2 5 12 19 26 5 12 19 26 02 9 16 23 30 7

Opponents

Venue

Type

Leamington H L Nuneaton Old Eds A L Old Halesonians H L Whitchurch H L Worcester Wanderers A L Stratford H L Sutton Coldfield A L Walsall H L Bournville A L Southam A Cup Banbury H L Camp Hill A L Lichfield H L Dudley Kingswinford A L Nuneaton Old Eds H L Old Halesonians A L INTER CLUB GAME Whitchurch A L Worcester Wanderers H L Stratford A L Sutton Coldfield H L Stratford H Cup Walsall A L Lichfield H L Bournville H L Dudley Kingswinford A L Banbury A L Camp Hill H L Old Halesonians A L Lichfield A L Stratford A L Dudley Kingswinford H L Leamington A L League Play-offs L League Play-offs L League Play-offs L

Result + 26 10 33 6 41 34 13 44 15 18 22 3 P P 34 P

5 31 22 8 13 17 31 19 45 6 19 21 P P 0 P

17 25 P P 27 14 17 13 7 14

27 25 P P 23 37 46 24 91 20


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