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Saturday 4th September 2010 Midlands 1 West

Old Laurentian RFC v Leamington RFC


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Welcome to Fenley Field Welcome to friends old and new to Fenley Field for the first game of what promises to be an intriguing and competitive season. We are delighted to welcome old rivals Leamington RUFC today. After a season’s lapse, it’s good to be meeting them once more as games between the clubs have invariably been open and entertaining affairs with recent history favouring the home side. Our grateful thanks go to Sean Kerrigan and AMG Resources for generously sponsoring today’s game; and we are also pleased to welcome today’s referee Ralph Mitchell, of the Warwickshire Society. It’s good to be back in Midlands One, the level in the league structure to which we feel we belong. Until last season’s brilliant run of thirteen consecutive league victories which earned us promotion, we had suffered three frustrating seasons in Midlands Two, twice missing out on the top two spots by the narrowest of margins. Carl Adams’ tenure as 1st XV skipper ended on a high note with that run, culminating in a fine play-off win at Old Saltleians. But in Glenn Todd we have a highly capable successor as captain, leading a predominantly young side, and we wish him well for the new league campaign. There has been a lot going on around the clubhouse and grounds during the close season. Despite standing down as Chairman, Reiner Ferguson has been as busy as ever in continuing to take responsibility for house and ground maintenance and my particular thanks are due to him and the numerous club members who have worked hard over the summer months to ensure that our facilities are in good order. Arwel Jones has once again been busy getting our pitches marked up but is now recovering from a knee operation so we wish him well and a speedy recovery. Nothing tangible has yet emerged in the way of concrete proposals for the development of the clubhouse, but the project continues to simmer away in the background, masterminded by the ever inscrutable Paul Simpson. Another of our unsung heroes, the evergreen Terry Wootton, is once more looking after the club’s playing kit, for the umpteenth season! Before my spell as Chairman is up I hope to be allowed at least one peek into the sanctum sanctorum that is Terry’s kit store. Enjoy the game and your day with us. Bill Wallis Chairman OLRFC


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Today’s Visitors

Leamington RUFC It is a pleasure to be able to welcome our old friends from Leamington to Fenley Field once more. The present Leamington RUFC was founded in 1926, although a previous town club, Leamington Rovers, was known to exist as early as the 1880s. Records from newspapers at that time indicate that Leamington Rovers was one of the leading clubs in the Midlands. Matches were played - and won – against such well known sides as Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton. Leamington RUFC is striving to return to that level. Since 1926, progressive development has meant the re-location of the club on a number of occasions before finally settling at its fine freehold complex at Moorefields on the Kenilworth Road in 1970. For a long time Leamington RUFC has been one of the highest placed South Warwickshire clubs in the league structure. However, following relegation in consecutive seasons, they found themselves in Midlands 2 (then Midlands 3). We joined them in that league after our relegation but during their spell in Midlands 2 they consolidated and developed an attractive, well balanced side and they were first to climb out, when they won promotion back to Midlands One as champions at the end of season 2008/09. They started well in their first season back in Midlands One, but faded as the season progressed, finishing in a comfortable 10th position. Along the way they achieved a home and away double over their nearest rivals Stratford, results which must have given much pleasure at Moorefields. In our recent meetings with the Spa men, the advantage has rested with the home team. In 2008/9 we took a heavy defeat away, losing our then unbeaten record and early table leading position. But we turned the tables in the return encounter with an excellent win at Fenley Field. We hope that pattern continues today, but win or lose you can be sure that you will see plenty of open, attacking rugby as that is our visitors’ normal style.


Who’s Who at OLs President

Duncan Snook

Chairman

Bill Wallis

Secretary

Alan Willis

Treasurer

Keith Baxter

Chairman, Playing Committee

Colin Wiles

Fixture Secretary

Mick Roberts

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1st XV Match Report Midlands 2 West Play Off Game – Sat. 1st May, 2010 Old Saltleians 12 – Old Laurentians 14 Old Laurentians capped a fine season by winning a tense and gripping play off at Old Saltleians to gain promotion to Midlands One, extending their unbeaten run in league rugby to thirteen games in doing so. This was always going to be a close affair between two sides who completed the regular league season with very similar records in finishing runners up in their respective divisions, Salts enjoying the decided advantage of playing at home. But OL’s travelling support went a long way towards negating that edge as a large contingent made the journey to Water Orton to shout their side home – and succeeded in drinking the home club dry of bitter! As has been a regular feature of their play this season, OLs came back from a half time deficit to overcome a very good Salts side, chipping away at their lead after the break until, almost inevitably, Simon Bayliss went over for the winning score, try number 36 in a record breaking season for the wing. OLs went into the match without fly half Denzil Evans, their influential playmaker and leading scorer being forced to sit this one out after picking up an injury the previous week. But they did enjoy the significant bonus of welcoming back their inspirational skipper Carl Adams after more than a month sidelined through injury, the number 8 coming off the bench at half time to play a major part in OLs second half performance. OLs made a bright start, Richard Parker going close after a few minutes play. But Salts broke out of defence for their scrum half to take a quick tap penalty in OL’s 22 and breach the first line of defence to set up the opportunity for his pack to muscle over for a try after seven minutes, the conversion going over for a 7-0 lead to the home side But OLs were enjoying a good share of territory and possession and Steve Pike reduced the deficit with a penalty after fifteen minutes. Bayliss, Danny Murch and Ben O’Riordan all went close for OLs as they mounted a series of attacks on Salts line, one assault being halted illegally to result in a yellow card for the home side’s scrum half at the half hour mark. But Salts were looking dangerous on the counter attack, their back three taking advantage of any wayward Laurentian kicks to run the ball back. Then their pacey left wing Turner set up an attack from deep and although he ran into his own man in the process the referee failed to spot it and the ball was moved right for the opposite wing Taylor to run in a try wide out. The conversion missed and half time arrived with Salts 12-3 up. Steve Pike was forced to retire from the action at half time with an injury, the change bringing Adams on with Andy Orbinson moving from the back row to fill the gap on the left wing. This left OLs without a regular goal kicker on the pitch, but how well Matt Miller stepped into the breach, the centre kicking a penalty four minutes into the second half to reduce the deficit to 12-6. The game ebbed and flowed as the half developed, both sides having opportunities, before once more Miller stepped up and coolly slotted his second penalty after twenty minutes, reducing Salts advantage to 12-9. Continued overleaf………


1st XV match report v Old Saltleians (Continued) OLs were now very much in the hunt with their tails up; the pack was winning a good share of possession and prop forward Chris le Poidevin was having a storming game, regularly troubling Salts defence with his charging runs. As the clock ticked down and with little more than ten minutes to go, OLs forwards mounted a great drive and from a scrum just inside the opposition half Parker and Adams combined well to send Bayliss away down the right. The wing shrugged off a couple of tackles and his pace did the rest as he scorched over for a try half way out. Miller’s conversion attempt drifted just wide, but OLs had the lead for the first time at 14-12. This signalled a finale of high drama as Salts went back on the offensive in a last attempt to salvage the game. They won a five metre scrum, but OLs forced them back with aggressive defence as they tried to attack the line, Paul Willis leading the charge like a man inspired! The home side’s efforts became increasingly frenetic as they tried to break down OL’s stubborn defence. As the minutes ebbed away they missed a kickable penalty that would have won the game; then, unaccountably, ran another close range penalty and were swallowed up by OL’s tacklers. Scrum half Parker and his back row of Gleghorn, Adams and Glenn Todd were harrying and hustling around the fringes, refusing to allow the home side any space or time to set up a drop goal attempt or build any attacks. And OL’s back line, as they had throughout, kept Salts dangerous backs in check, Iain Wallis at fly half, together with centres Murch and Miller, covering and tackling with unerring efficiency. After a Salts drop goal attempt sailed wide, the referee blew for time and OLs had won a famous victory that sees them promoted at last after three near misses in recent seasons. Midlands One will present a tough test, but this side is young and improving all the time and has the ability and confidence to trouble the best in the higher league

Report by Bill Wallis

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OLs come close at Barkers 7s OLs entered a team in the Barkers Butts 7s tournament in August and took a 12man squad with an average age of just 22 to Coventry. Drawn in Pool A they faced Newman All Blacks, Egg Chasing Eagles (both teams mainly from Barkers), Broadstreet and the “B” team from International Sevens Academy, Ronin Warriors. The first match was a bit of a learning experience as the side figured out how to play the game of sevens but the pure rugby skills of the side meant they ran out 2412 winners.. The second game was more coherent and resulted in an impressive 45-12 victory. With Mark Todd sustaining a knee injury, the squad was now effectively down to 11 men and Mark took up the duties of “team manager” for the rest of the afternoon. Broadstreet now took to the field to present a more serious challenge But OLs had found a new level of confidence and seriously impressed with a 31-7 drubbing of their opponents, playing some classic, sevens rugby. So the pool title came down to the two undefeated teams, and OLs had to face the sevens specialists. But Ols were more than ready and ran out 24-7 winners to top the pool with a 100% record! Throughout the tournament, Simon Bayliss showed his speed and finishing qualities with turnover specialists Glenn Todd and the ever-reliable Danny Murch starving the opposition of quick ball. Ben O’Riordan and the Orbinson brothers (James and Andy) showed their strength and experience and it was great to see Dean Graham and Richard Parker making serious holes in opposition defences, with Ben Wiles always available in support. Perhaps most impressive, were the performances of the two new recruits, Joe Shore and Luke Harris, who fitted in seamlessly and looked like they’d been part of the setup for years. OLs were pitted against Ronin Warriors “A” squad in the final but the expected trouncing didn’t happen, as OLs mounted a serious challenge to the stars on display. Despite falling behind, it was perhaps fitting that the final move of the game saw great handling and offloading from every member on the pitch, leaving two forwards to finish the move - Ben O’Riordan giving the final offload to skipper Glenn Todd to touch down for a final result of 12-24. There can be no doubt that the quality side of the tournament won it, but what a great performance by the young OLs squad and a great boost to the pre-season preparation. Congratulations to Mark Todd for his efforts in organising the entry and also arranging individual event shirts for each of the team, as well as handling the rotation of players to get the best results out of the squad. Thanks also go to Dr David Shore (Joe’s Dad) for stepping in and patching up a number of injuries. Report by Ray Todd


Calendar of Events, 2010/11 Tonite! 25th Sept. 5th Nov. 11th Dec. 24th Dec. 1st January 22nd January 19th Feb. 12th March 9th April May (tbc)

OL’s Festival - pig roast, disco and karaoke VP’s Luncheon, 1.00pm Bonfire Night Ladies Committee – Christmas themed party Kids’ Christmas party Inter Club game and party VPs Away Day to Stratford Captains Day Sponsors Day Ladies day Club Dinner


On the Playing Front New players on view Pre-season has seen an influx of new players to the club, some joining us for the first time, others returning to us. Here are some names to look out for: Spencer Brown joins us after a long and distinguished career in the game which includes 3 England caps and 12 games for England ‘A’ from the late nineties onward. His professional rugby career ran alongside military service in the Royal Marines and he played in the English Premiership for Richmond and Bristol. He now runs his own business, Peak Performance Centre of Excellence Ltd, based in Rugby. Joining with Spencer is his business colleague Gavin Daniels. Both will be seen in action in the backs. Re-joining OLs after a season’s absence is Danny Orr. After finishing as the club’s second highest scorer in 08/09 with 235 points, Danny went off to further his rugby education in New Zealand, before joining National 3 Midlands side Luton last season. We are delighted to have him back. Troy Owen has re-joined after a spell with Rugby Lions and has looked in fine fettle on the wing in pre-season. Luke Harris is a scrum half who looks a very useful asset; and at fly half another Old Laurentian Jon Bean has shown up well in training and pre-season action. At university in Gloucester, he turned out last season for National 3 South West outfit Oxford Harlequins. Ben Scott, a centre, has joined from Lions; and crossing town from St Andrews is lock forward Richard Ette. After action in the past in senior rugby, including Nuneaton, Ben Sheperd has followed his son in joining OLs - Sheperd Jnr. is a regular at OL’s Minis! Wayne Oliver, a regular on the

touchline last season, has been prevailed upon to get his boots out and cross the line to play. Wayne is a prop forward and we can never have enough of them! Arriving in the UK next week is Mike Prince, a Texan who played offensive lineman for Missouri State University before taking up rugby in his senior year. Weighing in at around 275lbs and standing 6’3”, he will add much needed bulk to our sides! This may not be the end of our recruitment – watch this space!

Young Toddy sidelined It will be strange indeed to see an OL team take to the field today without hooker Mark Todd, but young Toddy injured his knee in the Barkers 7s and probably won’t see competitive action for another three or more weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The coaching team Our efforts to recruit a Head Coach to fill the ample boots of Stu Birch have not yet been successful, although there have been a couple of near misses. We will continue the search, but meanwhile we are lucky to be able to call upon the services of a highly competent and experienced team to manage this vital function for us. Sharing the load are Mark Palmer, Denzil Evans, Chris Wade, Adam Mitchell and, making a welcome return to OLs, Neal Leeming.

New Touch Judge Our search for a new touch judge for the 1st XV has resulted in Gary Thompson volunteering his services and we expect him to be running the line today. Best wishes to Gary as he takes on the flag; and many thanks to Mick Warwick and Dave Eales for their sterling service over the years.


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Our Vice Presidents President Duncan Snook Life Vice-Presidents Grantley Jenkins, Mike Lewis, Geoff Morris, Mike Pawsey, Ray Roberts, Terry Wootton

Dave Smith Andy Spriggs Geoff Thomas Suzette Tonks

Vice Presidents Jason Barnett Keith Baxter Malcolm Blair Dave Boe George Boulden Simon Bracken Jerry Cahill Adrian CanaleParola Stuart Coburn Brian Cockerill Kevin Cossar Tom Costello Toby Davidson Paul Dempster Adam Dougherty Maurice Dougherty Pat Dunn Dave Eales Reiner Ferguson Ann Field Alan Foster Peter Fox Stuart Gleghorn David Hannah Stuart Harris Simon Heeley Chris Hine Richard Hirons Arwel Jones Ash Jones Peter Jones Roy Jones David Lane Simon Leech Richard Lightowler John Linnell Dominic Marsella David McAteer John Murphy Ian Myers Andre Nutter Wayne Oliver Mark Pawsey Phil Pawsey Spencer Pritchard Brian Rigg Bill Robinson Rod Ross Peter Shillingford Graham Shorthose Rob Smith Vic Smith Snr Pete Staines John Stimpson David Thomson Keith Tilley Peter Trewren John Tull

Martin Valentine Murray Walker Geoffrey Walton Alan Willis

Chris Wade Bill Wallis Dave Watson Mark Wilson

Nigel Appleby Stuart Birch Arnie Bottomley Anthony Burborough Dean Cobley Barry Colledge Jim Darcy Graham Devine Stu Dowsett Tim Fawcett Keith Finch Lionel Gardner Keith Harries Pete Higgs Peter Jenkins John Jones Sean Kerrigan Jim Lewis Kevin Mahon Jim Middleton William Nolan Clive Pawsey Darren Price Mick Roberts Will Seager

Mike Wade Geoffrey Walton Chris White

Simon Bayliss Anthony Borton Matt Brinklow Malcolm Cashmore Roger Cole RichardCurtiss Michael Denny Andy Dougherty Steve Faulkner Mick Field Mark Gallagher David Hicks Rich Hughes Gareth Jones Geoff Kendall David Lennard Mike Linnell Terry Merriman Graham New Ian Parker Nick Phipps Ian Roberts Pat Scannell Paul Simpson Vic Smith Jnr Bob Sunerton Ray Todd George Underwood Mike Walker Mick Warwick Colin Wiles


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Paul Willis

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Glenn Todd (capt)

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Carl Adams

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In charge of today’s game is Ralph Mitchell, to whom we extend a warm welcome, along with our thanks for taking charge of the game.

Patrick Northover

9

Danny Phillips

1

Nick Maxwell (Capt)

2

Terry Curran

3

Simon Harry

4

Ben Ashmore

5

Lewis Kelsey

6

Danny Birks

7

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James Neal

Simon Tyler 16 Barry Gordon 17 Adam Scholes 18

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Last Season’s Final League Tables Midlands 2 West (South) Pos Team 1 Worcester Wanderers

P 22

W 18

D 0

L 4

PF 591

PA 209

PD 382

Pts 36

2

Old Laurentians

22

17

0

5

645

257

388

34

3

Droitwich

22

16

2

4

576

260

316

34

4 5

Barkers Butts Kidderminster

22 22

11 11

2 0

9 11

371 446

380 497

-9 -51

24 22

6

Spartans

22

9

3

10

325

349

-24

21

7 8 9 10 11 12

Earlsdon Bedworth Silhillians Berkswell & Balsall Old Coventrians Newbold-on-Avon

22 22 22 22 22 22

9 8 8 7 7 2

3 2 2 1 1 2

10 12 12 14 14 18

395 393 346 305 332 222

476 501 456 478 561 523

-81 -108 -110 -173 -229 -301

21 18 18 15 15 4

Warwickshire League One Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

Pts

1

Broadstreet

18

14

2

2

595

156

439

62

2

Nuneaton Old Eds.

18

14

1

3

632

110

522

60

3

Old Laurentians

18

13

3

2

513

169

345

60

4

Stratford

18

10

1

7

472

376

96

49

5

Leamington

18

7

2

9

380

481 -101

41

6

Earlsdon

17

5

1

11

232

404 -172

33

7

Kenilworth

16

5

3

8

271

300

-29

30

8

Barkers Butts

17

3

3

11

169

595 -426

27

9

Newbold-on-Avon

17

3

3

11

161

409 -248

26

10

Old Coventrians

17

2

3

12

143

569 -426

23


Today’s League Fixtures With Burton now promoted, the top three sides remaining from last year’s league placings are Bournville, Dudley Kingswinford and Sutton Coldfield, who put clear water between themselves and the rest, led by Whitchurch. Of the promoted sides, Worcester Wanderers look to have the stiffest task today, entertaining the ambitious DK squad. Wanderers have enjoyed two successive promotions, coming up as champions of our league last season, and may be limiting their ambitions to consolidating their position this season. Lichfield, promoted as champions of Midlands 2 West North, start their campaign at Stratford. The Staffordshire side are ambitious to restore former glories and finished as Intermediate Cup Midlands Champions last season, falling only at the national semi-final stage. We can look forward to locking horns once more with Stratford, who may not relish coming up against OLs again as we certainly had the indian sign on them when we were meeting regularly in league and cup, emerging victorious more often than not.. OLs have beaten both Lichfield and Banbury in national cup competitions in the last two seasons, inflicting one of just three defeats suffered by the latter last term, the Oxfordshire outfit coming up as comfortable champions of Midlands 2 East (South). They start their campaign with a tough looking assignment at Walsall. Bournville visit Whitchurch in a game that could give the first clue as to who might be front runners this time round, the Birmingham side having added to an already strong squad in the close season with a number of players joining from Stourbridge and Moseley. Warwickshire is now strongly represented at this level, with five clubs. Our keen local rivals Nuneaton Old Eds had an indifferent season for them last time; but Sutton Coldfield have been strong contenders since arriving in this league and can be expected to be amongst the front runners again this time.

League fixtures – 4th September Old Halesonians

v

Nuneaton Old Eds

Old Laurentians

v

Leamington

Stratford Upon Avon

v

Lichfield

Sutton Coldfield

v

Camp Hill

Walsall

v

Banbury

Whitchurch

v

Bournville

Worcester Wanderers

v

Dudley Kingswinford


Top.Points Scorers, Season 2009/10 - 20 points or more Player

Tries

Convs

Pens

Drops

Tot Pts

Denzil Evans

3

52

25

2

200

Simon Bayliss

36

1

0

0

182

Ben Wiles

6

18

17

0

117

Iain Wallis

13

0

0

0

65

Ben Roberts

7

13

1

0

64

Jamie Brightwell

9

6

1

0

60

Kev White

4

18

1

0

59

Richard Parker

11

0

0

0

55

Andrew Orbinson

11

0

0

0

55

Ricky Reed

10

0

0

0

50

Danny Orr

5

12

0

0

49

Mike Coburn

7

2

1

0

42

Matt Miller

7

0

2

0

41

Dave Longrigg

8

0

0

0

40

Lawrence Webb

8

0

0

0

40

Dean Graham

8

0

0

0

40

Steve Pike

5

2

3

0

38

Dom Hammond

2

10

0

0

30

Harley Steele

6

0

0

0

30

Daz Price

2

5

2

0

26

Glenn Todd

5

0

0

0

25

Chris Le Poidevin

5

0

0

0

25

Lee Arbuthnott

5

0

0

0

25

Danny Murch

4

1

0

0

22

Troy Owen

4

0

0

0

20

Jon Deenik

4

0

0

0

20

Phil Walters

4

0

0

0

20

Dave Middleton

4

0

0

0

20


Photo Action (1) Club Dinner & Awards

Award presentations at the Club Dinner in May Top row – Simon Bayliss picks up one of his three awards ' and James Melvin is awarded the trophy for ‘Most Improved Player’ Middle Row – Ollie Cowley presented with ‘Newcomer of the Year’, Iain Wallis is ‘Player of the Year’ and Dan Volkman receives the ‘Clubman of the Year’ trophy. Bottom row – the two ends of the scale: Ben O’Riordan is ‘Young Player of the Year’ Gary Hammond picks up his cup as ‘Veteran of the Year’. Pictures by Ray Todd


Midlands One West – final league table, 2009/10 Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

Pts

1.

Burton

24 21

1

2

865 244

621

43

2.

Bournville

24 20

0

4

622 304

318

40

3.

Dudley Kingswinford

24 17

0

7

912 417

495

34

4.

Sutton Coldfield

24 16

1

7

648 430

218

33

5.

Whitchurch

24 14

0 10 566 443

123

28

6.

Stratford Upon Avon

23 12

0 11 498 479

19

24

7.

Walsall

24 12

0 12 512 631 -119

24

8.

Camp Hill

24

9

0 15 377 520 -143

18

9.

Old Halesonians

24

9

0 15 351 629 -278

18

10.

Leamington

24

9

0 15 481 533

-52

16

11.

Nuneaton Old Eds

23

7

0 16 424 627 -203

14

12.

Stoke on Trent

24

5

0 19 340 648 -308

10

13.

Cheltenham North

24

3

0 21 220 911 -691

6

14.

Solihull

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burton were the standout team in this league last season and duly reaped their reward with promotion to National 3 Midlands. Bournville might have gone up with them had they contested the West/East play-off game with Old Northamptonians but they pulled out of the fixture pleading that they were unable to field a competitive side because of other commitments for some of their players. Their appeal to the RFU fell on deaf ears and ONs duly took their place in National 3. This ended a run by Bournville that had seen them gain two successive promotions, accompanied each time by fellow North Midlands side Old Halesonians. The latter had the edge in the previous two campaigns, but found the going a lot tougher in this league and could manage no better than 9th place. Bournville, however, continued to invest in new players, which they have done again for 2010/11, and will be amongst the favourites to contest league honours this term Solihull’s demise was well documented last season and as a result of their closure, two other clubs suffered the drop. Cheltenham North have changed places with OLs; and Stoke on Trent are now in Midlands 3 West (North). The other ‘newbies’ to the league this season, as well as OLs, are Lichfield, Banbury and Worcester Wanderers.


Photo Action Old Saltleians, 1st May, 2010

Expectant OL’s supporters

No way past the Todds!

Steve Pike kicks OL’s first penalty

Danny Murch bursts through

Simon Bayliss leaves another defender floundering

Congratulations all round at the end

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Awards 2009/10 More than 100 members were at the Annual Dinner on May 14th when the club’s excellent season was celebrated and award winners announced. After Reiner Ferguson commended the efforts of all players in the successful season just finished he singled out the team captains for their major contributions. Carl Adams for the outstanding season enjoyed by the 1st XV, Ricky Reed for steering the 2nds to a close third place in Warwickshire 1 and John Linnell and Tim Chambers for keeping the 3rd XV going forward in sometimes difficult circumstances. Adams spoke of the great support from Head Coach Stuart Birch and the strong camaraderie throughout the club that created such a strong platform for success. He warned that the standard of rugby to be met in Midlands 1 will make the coming season a tough one, as OLs will be facing a number of sides who have forsaken the amateur ethos to embrace a degree of professionalism. When the awards for season 2009/10 were announced, it came as little surprise when Simon Bayliss scooped no less than three – for leading try scorer, with his amazing tally of 36 for the season; and as Player of the Year as voted for by both his fellow players and by the club’s supporters. James Melvin won the accolade for Most Improved Player, Ollie Cowley was named as Newcomer of the Year and Ben O’Riordan collected the award of Young Player of the Year. Scott Wiles was presented with his 1st XV tie for clocking up fifty appearances in the team. Gary Hammond was named as Veteran of the Year, marking another great season for this club stalwart which included a couple of 1st team appearances. For his enthusiasm and drive in getting OLs’ new mini rugby section off the ground, Dan Volkman was named Clubman of the Year. The club’s Player of the Year award went to Iain Wallis for yet another season of consistency and commitment. Carl Adams noted in his speech that he was probably the first skipper with the temerity to select him as a bench replacement for one game, following a short injury layoff during the season!

VP’s Luncheon Saturday 25th September, 1:00pm before the league match against Whitchurch See Alan Willis or Keith Baxter for tickets at £20 each


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2nd & 3rd XV – Fixtures & Results 2nd XV Sept 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 Apr Apr Apr Apr

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Rugby Welsh i Newbold II Earlsdon II Leicester Lions III Stratford II TBA Barkers Butts II Nuneaton Old Eds II Leamington II St Andrews II Broadstreet III Spartans II TBA Newbold II Earlsdon II Keresley II

Stratford II Barkers Butts II Leamington II Keresley II Broadstreet III Spartans II Nuneaton Old Eds II Rugby Welsh I TBA TBA F Leicester Lions III F St Andrews II TBA TBA TBA TBA

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

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Opponents Leamington

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

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