Saturday 8th October 2011 Midlands 2 West (South)
Old Laurentian RFC v Cheltenham North RFC
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Welcome to Fenley Field Welcome to Fenley Field to what is our second home game in Midlands 2 West (South) in season 2011/12. Today we are delighted to welcome our visitors from Cheltenham North RFC for what is their first visit to Fenley Field. We hope that their players, officials and supporters enjoy the day with us. We are also pleased to welcome match referee Marcus Greenway of the Warwickshire Society. Today is the occasion of our annual VPs Luncheon and, at time of writing, we expect around 70 VPs to be enjoying today’s fare. The Rugby World Cup has robbed us of a few regulars but we trust they are enjoying the experience in New Zealand. By the time we meet today it’s to be hoped that we are celebrating England’s success in their quarter‐final, together with one from Ireland and Wales – and as (largely) neutrals, we don’t really mind which one! We have had a satisfactory start to the new season, although we could do with a more polished performance from the team today than the one we witnessed in the first home game of the season against Leamington. But to have chalked up two impressive away wins is gratifying, not something that we regularly do this early in the season. Tomorrow, Sunday 9th October, sees a unique match taking place on the hallowed turf of The Close at Rugby School, when a Rugby Select Veterans XV will take on a team from the Lords and Commons, organised by Mark Pawsey, MP. The match is being staged as part of Rugby Borough Council’s celebrations to mark the Rugby World Cup 2011 and will feature a number of our more seasoned members. Fortunately the laws of the game, as modified for Parliamentary games, will ensure that our ‘players’ should still be in good condition for the celebratory dinner that follows Kick‐off is at 2.30pm and it will be well worth going along to enjoy the action.
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Cheltenham North RFC It’s unusual to see a club from Gloucestershire, a county in the South West Division, playing in the Midlands Division, but we are very happy to treat them as Midlanders for the day! In fact the club is based to the north of Cheltenham and their ground is at Bishops Cleeve, which means that they are not too far away from that other centre of sporting excellence, Cheltenham racecourse. The writer has not been able to establish when and why they moved over, so it will be interesting to get the background from their members here today. It does mean a lot of travelling for them and no real ‘derby’ fixtures, although newly promoted Upton on Severn and Pershore are relatively close. But in nearby Gloucester and down towards Bristol there are a number of clubs at the same level in the league structure in the SW Division, so it must be a bit tiresome having to travel regularly up to Warwickshire in this league! This is the second week running that North have met a club from Rugby, as last week they entertained Newbold and went down by 8‐36. In fact they haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the season although they fought out what was obviously a close match with Pershore before going down by just one point at the Worcestershire club’s ground Two seasons ago we were promoted to Midlands 1 at the same time as North were relegated from that league, and it didn’t look as if our paths would be crossing for a while. But it has come about and we are delighted to welcome players, officials and supporters from the club to Fenley Field today. Upcoming matches October 15th 1st XV – fixture to be arranged – see website for details 2nd XV v Nuneaton Old Eds 2nds ‐ Home 3rd XV v Lutterworth 3rds ‐ Home October 22nd 1st , 2nds and 3rds v Newbold on Avon ‐ Away
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We are pleased and delighted to acknowledge the continued and generous support of Webb Ellis, who have again sponsored our 1st XV jerseys this season. Lawrence Webb will be with us this afternoon to present a new set of jerseys, which will be in use for the first time in today’s match.
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1st XV Match Report Midlands 2 West South – Saturday 1st October Kidderminster 13 ‐ Old Laurentians 37 OLs travelled to Kidderminster and returned with a comfortable victory and a bonus point secured by four top quality tries in the first half. OLs registered their first points after five minutes, following the first of many lineout wins, this one deep in their own half, Danny Murch’s slashing break was supported by Iain Wallis who outstripped the defence to run in from 30 metres, his pace belying his recently acquired veteran status! Danny Orr added the goal points to set up a match sequence of seven successful kicks from seven attempts. Just three minutes later, Murch was again the creator after following up an astute kick by Orr to send Simon Bayliss in for a try, converted by Orr for a 14‐0 lead. Kidderminster’s tactics relied heavily on the boot of their fly half McLellan and he put over a penalty after ten minutes for 14‐3. But on the half hour, another teasing kick by Orr was gathered expertly by full back Troy Owen, who sent Bayliss in for his second try, Orr adding the goal points for a 21‐3 lead. Bayliss enjoys matches against these opponents, having never failed to come away with less than two tries in the last five games with them. Murch again splintered the Kidder defence with another strong run covering forty metres before he was held, followed by another sustained Laurentian attack involving Wallis, Adams, Miller and Owen that took play up to the home line and a five metre scrum. Carl Adams broke from the base and combined cleverly with scrum half Ricky Reed before sending Matt Miller in, Orr’s conversion lifting the lead to 28‐3 at the break. In conditions that made their supporters urgently seek what little shade there was, both sides wilted visibly in the second half. After watching their backs make no headway against OL’s defence, Kidder’s forwards lifted their game after the break and created a try for their prop Turner, answered immediately by a penalty from Orr as OLs continued to press. The home side’s pack again came back strongly and muscled over for a try from an attacking lineout, touched down by Wilkinson. But OLs continued to press at every opportunity and Orr’s boot kept the scoreboard ticking over and OLs lead intact, two more successful penalties lifting his personal tally to 17 points. There was time for one more sweeping attack spearheaded by Miller, but his unselfish pass, seemingly intended to give Bayliss his hat trick, didn’t go to hand when he probably could have made the line himself – or was it jug avoidance on Simon’s part? Team: Troy Owen; Matt Miller, Danny Murch, Iain Wallis, Simon Bayliss; Danny Orr, Ricky Reed; Garrie Reeve, Dom Hammond, Chris le Poidevin; Ben Anderson, Paul Willis (capt).; Ted Spiby, Pete Nealon, Carl Adams Replacements (all used): Luke Harris, Andy Coleman, Wayne Oliver Scorers: Tries: Simon Bayliss (2), Iain Wallis, Matt Miller Conversions: Danny Orr (4) Penalties: Danny Orr (3)
Results for 2nd and 3rd XVs ‐ Saturday 01 October Warwickshire League 1 and Friendly Kenilworth 2nd XV 0 – 20 Old Laurentian 2nd XV and
Silhillians 2nd XV 19 – 26 Old Laurentian 2nd XV In a bizarre weekend, Kenilworth 2nds pulled out of their fixture on Friday to gift a 20‐ 0 walkover to OLs in Warwickshire 1. OLs hastily re‐arranged a league fixture at Silhillians who also had their league match postponed but, upon arrival in Solihull, were told Sills couldn’t field a full front row and could the match be played as a friendly? OLs went on to win 26‐19 with tries from Grant Inch (2), Greg Loydall and Rudi Reid with Jon Bean adding 3 conversions.
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Old Laurentian 3rd XV 5 – 32 Shipston 2nd XV The 3rd XV welcomed Shipston 2nds and dominated possession and territory in the first half without being able to capitalise in points. The second half began with a 5‐6 deficit but, unfortunately, saw youth prevail over experience in the hot conditions with the visitors eventually running out 5‐32. OLs try coming from young scrum half Ben Roach.
This week’s fixtures: 2nds v Leicester Medics (friendly) – away 3rds v Bedworth 3rd XV (friendly) – home
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A group of OL’s finest had booked a day’s golf at the Tadmarton Heath club one day last week and when the party, consisting of Alan Willis, Lionel Gardner, Grantley Jenkins and Pete Staines arrived, the last named was suddenly seen to be in a state of agitation. As told to your correspondent, he had forgotten his battery. Now for what do you need a battery when playing golf, thought I. It turned out to be the battery for his golf trolley (I thought you just pulled them around!) but he managed to rent one from the club. Then, just as they prepared to tee off, the scream of tyres and clouds of dust from the car park signalled the arrival of Mrs Staines, in a hurry and complete with Pete’s battery. Now when one hears of golf widows, you assume they don’t enjoy (even suffer from) their husbands’ passion for the game. So to drive over 30 miles with your husband’s battery is a display of true devotion; and has to be an action way above the call of duty, demanding a mention in these columns.
You may be aware that we enjoyed a bye through the first round of the Intermediate Cup, those games being played 2 weeks ago, on th 24 September. When the draw for the second round was made we came out of the hat with the winners of the st 1 round tie between Huntingdon & District and Belgrave, a game won by Huntingdon with a 22‐11 score line. However, they were disqualified when found to have played an unregistered player, so the match passed to Belgrave. But, lo and behold, they were then disqualified for exactly the same reason, hence our bye! How long can we keep this going! nd The 2 round is scheduled for next Saturday, th 15 October, so now we have another blank Saturday. If an opponent can be found for us, we should be playing our 3rd round tie on November 5th! Next Saturday, local interest will centre on Newbold, who play Dunstablians; and Lutterworth, who travel to Burntwood.
Saturday 8th October, 2011
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League Table Midlands 2 West (South) Team
Barkers Butts Newbold on Avon Old Laurentians Leamington Banbury Droitwich Pershore Silhillians Kidderminster Cheltenham North Upton on Severn Berkswell & Balsall*
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 2
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 1
119 31 98 31 80 49 60 48 76 69 67 61 48 100 44 57 52 94 27 70 26 99 44 32
88 67 31 12 7 6 ‐52 ‐13 ‐42 ‐43 ‐73 12
2 2 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
14 14 11 10 10 5 5 4 4 1 0 ‐6
*Berkswell & Balsall carried over a 15 point penalty from last season.
Today’s League Fixtures Saturday 8th October 2011
Berkswell & Balsall
Newbold on Avon
Upton on Severn
Midlands 2 West (South) Results for 1st October Banbury
Berkswell & Balsall
Newbold on Avon
Upton on Severn
The Midlands Two Scene After just 3 games played, Barkers Butts and Newbold are now the only sides with 100% records, Barkers maintaining that status by depriving Berkswell & Balsall of theirs last Saturday. In case anyone is wondering why Berkswell are labouring under the load of a 15 point deduction from the beginning of the season, this relates to a mass brawl (not just players, apparently, but officials and spectators as well!) in their match with Old Coventrians at the end of last season. So, as well as being relegated, OCs also started this season, in Midlands 3, with a 15 point penalty. B & B have started this season well enough and, on present form, should climb away from the bottom despite their penalty. Newly promoted Upton on Severn are finding the going tough, having conceded 99 points in losing 3 games; also languishing near the bottom are our visitors today, Cheltenham North, and Pershore. The league table appears to be splitting into two halves already, with a 5 point gap opened up between Banbury, in th 5 , and the clubs below them. Our next league match after today, at Newbold on 22 October, has even more significance than usual as the league takes shape.
Local Club News Rugby Lions continue to dominate National 3 Midlands, but after chalking up massive wins in their first three games have met sterner resistance in their last two. First Mansfield held them to 34‐11. Then last Saturday, 3rd bottom Old Northamptonians scored 3 tries against them, were just 10‐14 adrift at half time and pushed them all the way until Lions scored 2 converted tries in the last five minutes to draw away to 56‐22. It’s worthy of note that Lions’ games so far have been against five of the bottom six in the league table as it now stands. Of that trailing pack, only Broadstreet have yet to meet Lions, and they are winless after five games. In Midlands One West, Kenilworth have only managed one win from five so far with only (surprisingly!) Camp Hill beneath them in the table. Ks lost at home by 13‐52 to 100% leaders Sutton Coldfield last Saturday. Bedworth and Dunlop have also managed just one win apiece so far and are already in a dogfight at the bottom. It’s galling to note that we were 6th in that league on this Saturday last year, with three wins from five and making it four from six on that day. Across in Midlands One East, Nuneaton Old Edwardians are in real trouble, winless after five, conceding 278 points along the way and rock bottom in the table. Rugby St Andrews are one of four clubs at the bottom of Midlands 3 East (South) without a win but they have gathered 3 bonus points to stay ahead of the other three in the basement. It’s interesting to note that Northampton BBOB, who grabbed a last minute win against us in a pre‐season friendly, lead that table with three wins from three and 111 points against 18. In Midlands 2 East (South), Long Buckby are in the bottom half with just one win so far; but Lutterworth are going well, unbeaten and third in the table. In Midlands 4 West (South), Rugby Welsh have yet to win, nor have they gathered any bonus points, and last Saturday they went down by 45‐5 at Claverdon to stay third bottom.
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2nd & 3rd XV – Fixtures & Results
Sept Sept Sept Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr May
10 17 24 1 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26 3 10 17 26 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 3 10 17 24 31 7 14 21 28 5
2nd XV Broadstreet III Lutterworth II Rugby Welsh Kenilworth II Leicester Medics Nuneaton OE II Newbold II St Andrews II Sutton Coldfield II Earlsdon II Dunlop II Long Buckby II Stratford II tba Silhillians II
A A H A A H H H H A H H H H
Stratford II Earlsdon II St Andrews II Rugby Lions II Newbold II Nuneaton OE II Kenilworth II Sutton Coldfield II Leicester Medics Broadstreet III Rugby Welsh Silhillians II Rugby Lions II tba tba Dunlop II Daventry II tba
A H A A A A H A H H A A H A A
+ ‐ 3rd XV 18 33 Kenilworth III 12 19 Moreton Marauders 39 15 Nuneaton OE III 20 0 Shipston II Bedworth III Lutterworth III Newbold III Southam II Sutton Coldfield III Leamington III Bedworth III Long Buckby III Old Coventrians III Earlsdon III Harbury II INTER CLUB GAME Old Coventrians III Leamington III Southam II St Andrews III Newbold III Nuneaton OE III Shipston II Sutton Coldfield III Moreton Marauders Kenilworth III Barkers Butts Vets Harbury II Earlsdon III tba Long Buckby III tba Daventry III tba
Friendly fixtures in italics
H 3 A P A 12 H 5 H H A H H H A A A H A H A A H H H A A H A A H A H H
21 P 51 32
1st XV – Fixtures & Results Date Month September September September October October October October October Sun November
November November November December December December December January 2012 January January January February February February February March March March March March April April April April May
Day 10 17 24 1 8 15 22 29 6 12 19 26 3 10 17 26 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 3 10 17 24 31 07 14 21 28 5
Opponents Venue Type Droitwich A L Leamington H L Int Cup – Round 1 Bye Cup Kidderminster A L Cheltenham North H L Int Cup ‐ Round 2 Bye Cup Newbold A L Pershore A L Warks Cup – Broadstreet A Cup Silhillians H L Upton on Severn A L Int Cup Round 3 tba Cup Barkers Butts H L Banbury A L Berkswell & Balsall H L INTER CLUB GAME Leamington A L Kidderminster H L Int Cup Round 4 Cup Cheltenham North A L Newbold H L Int Cup Round 5 Cup Pershore H L Int Cup Round 6 Cup Silhillians A L Upton on Severn H L Int Cup Round 7 Cup Barkers Butts A L Banbury H L Int Cup Cup Berkswell & Balsall A L Droitwich A L League play‐offs L tba
Result + ‐ 31 17 12 19 ‐ ‐ 37 13