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Saturday 25th September 2010 Midlands 1 West

Old Laurentian RFC v Whitchurch RFC

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Welcome to Fenley Field Welcome to friends old and new to Fenley Field for the third home game of what is going to be an intriguing and competitive season. We are delighted to welcome Whitchurch here today. We last met Whitchurch when we had our one season in the old Midlands One (now National 3 Midlands) back in 2003/04 and we travelled to Shropshire for our very first game in that league. Today we stage our VPs Luncheon for the 2010/11 season and offer a warm welcome to all those attending, particularly to those who aren’t able to make it week in week out but who make the effort to be here for this occasion We are also pleased to welcome today’s match referee, Nick Edwards of the Warwickshire Society. Making a welcome return to our match programme today is that very popular feature, Rugby Bytes, by Mike Lewis – turn to page 12 for the first in a new series. It’s good to be back in Midlands One, the level in the league structure to which we feel we belong - and that certainly looked to be the case last Saturday! It was a privilege to see the magnificent fight back produced by our men after seeming to be dead and buried with just fifteen minutes gone! They certainly lifted our expectations for the season ahead but it is not realistic to expect that the team can produce that level of intensity every week. But we can face the season with confidence knowing that we are capable of holding our own with most of the teams in the league and, no doubt, will upset a few along the way! We are not going to repeat last season’s winning run of thirteen matches in present league company – in fact, it’s difficult to see any club doing it in this division. For certain, though, you will see some attractive and compelling rugby played at Fenley Field and all the grounds we visit over the course of this season. 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. Enjoy the game and your day with us.

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Whitchurch RFC Whitchurch Rugby Club was formed in 1936 and until the early 1970's relied mainly on the facilities at the local Grammar School. In 1959 a pre-fabricated club house was opened in the town and then in 1970 a pitch was acquired on Edgeley Park followed in 1974 by a new clubhouse and changing rooms on the same site. Mini, junior, colts, ladies and more senior teams followed. A major fire in 1986 did not prevent the club celebrating its golden jubilee that year and its diamond ten years later. By the 1980's Whitchurch had established itself as the leading Shropshire rugby club, winning 9 from 11 county cups and being the first Shropshire club to secure the North Midlands Cup in 1997, again in 1999, and finalists in May 2005. Placed in North Midlands 1 of the Courage League in 1987, they progressed to Midlands 1 status in 1994, and then by winning all 16 of their games in 1997/98 season achieved National 2 North status for 1998/99. This was maintained until 2002/3 when they dropped to Midlands 1; and then in 2005/06 were moved to North 1. Now back in the Midlands Division, they have a lot of travelling to do either way. They probably weren’t best pleased to see OLs promoted this season as it will be a long haul for them today – but even further to Banbury, one of the other clubs promoted along with OLs. Massive investment in clubhouse facilities in 1975 and again in 2004 with the opening of a new stand ensure that the club maintain their proud position as one of the leading sporting clubs in the area. Whitchurch finished 5th in Midlands One West last season, just outside the leading group; and they arrive today with two wins from three so far this season. They disposed of the much fancied Bournville side in their first game before losing to Halesonians away in their second. They returned to winning ways with a 32-5 success over Banbury, at home, last week. The currently lie third in the table, having garnered two try bonus points along the way. When OLs were promoted to the old Midlands One league (now National 3 Midlands) for season 2003/04, Whitchurch introduced us to the rigours of that league with a real thumping at Edgeley Road in our very first outing at that level! We do believe that we come better prepared for this league so look forward to a much more competitive game this afternoon..

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Who’s Who at OLs President

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Chairman

Bill Wallis

Secretary

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Treasurer

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Chairman, Playing Committee

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Fixture Secretary

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1st XV Match Report Midlands 1 West – Saturday 18th September Old Laurentians 33 – Old Halesonians 22 When Halesonians’ backs scythed through the home defence to run in three tries inside the first fifteen minutes of this game and built a 17-0 lead, it looked as though OLs were in for a torrid afternoon with damage limitation the only available strategy. But quite the opposite occurred. The whole Laurentian XV gritted their teeth, buckled down to the task and took the game to their much fancied opponents, with the result that this deficit had been turned into a 21-17 lead by half time. Even then there was a certain nervousness amongst the watching OLs supporters who would have been quite happy for the game to have finished at the break. But that view wasn’t shared by OLs players as they kept up the remorseless pressure applied on their increasingly demoralised opponents in the latter part of the first half right through to the final whistle, to pull off an outstanding win. In that opening spell, the fleet footed Halesonian backs appeared to be scoring tries for fun when wings Rose and Smith and scrum half Wagstaff went over, full back Hooper converting one. But, superbly rallied and led by skipper Glenn Todd, OLs had other ideas. Their task was made that much tougher by the loss of their outstanding young lock forward, Ben O’Riordan, with a serious knee injury after just 15 minutes play. But, undaunted, OLs pack took control of the game with a sustained exhibition of controlled driving play, to which Hales appeared to have no answer. The game was now being played on OLs terms and the dangerous Halesonian back line was denied any opportunity to repeat their opening blitz and when they did threaten they were cut down by OLs tacklers. It took some desperate defence on several occasions to deny OLs forwards but the ever increasing pressure told after 25 minutes when hooker Ollie Cowley broke away from a maul on the visitors’ 22 to put in a delightful little grubber kick through the defence. Flanker James Orbinson was quickest to the ball as it bounced over the try line and touched down for OLs first score, Denzil Evans converting – 7-17. The home pack mounted a further series of driving raids on the Hales line and at the thirty five minute mark they had sucked in so many defenders that when the ball was released Iain Wallis was able to cut through at will and score under the posts with a spare man outside him – 14-17 after Evans conversion. Try though they may, Hales could not escape the stranglehold. An attempted clearance after a lineout on their 22 was charged down by Evans and Danny Murch was up to score, Evans converting – 21-17 at half time. The pattern continued into the second half. After five minutes, Richard Parker broke through with Orbinson in support, Hales offended as they scrambled back in defence and Evans put over a penalty for 24-17. The visitors did try and hit back with a series of scrums near OLs line, but gritty home defence kept them out, Parker and Todd combining to turn the ball over and clear their lines. Hales did get a try back – their first score for 50 minutes – after a poor pass went to ground as OLs were countering and centre Carl Robinson capitalised to go over in the corner to reduce the margin to 24-22. But OLs responded straight from the re-start, Evans kicking a penalty for 27-22 when he had been tackled very late after lifting a chip kick over the visitors’ defence. The pressure continued from OLs, resulting in two more penalty awards that Evans put over with aplomb to finally sink Halesonians. The fly half finished with 18 points, finding the target /continued overleaf


1st XV match report v Old Halesonians (continued) seven times from eight attempts. This outstanding win, gained over one of the better sides in Midlands One, will give OLs great encouragement for the rest of the campaign, Every one of the eighteen players who featured against Halesonians played a part in one of the best games seen at Fenley Field for some time. The loss of Ben O’Riordan will be a blow, coming so soon after the injury to leading try scorer Simon Bayliss, Simon suffering a hairline fracture of the fibula after just thirty five minutes action in the first league game of the season. But Dan Volkman put in a terrific stint after coming on for Ben, Chris le Poidevin added mightily to the forward effort in his first outing of the season and Paul Willis and Garrie Reeve were always in the action. If you had to nominate two players to lead you over the top when the chips were down, it would be Glenn Todd and Carl Adams. Both were immense in this encounter, with fellow back rower James Orbinson having probably his best game in OLs colours. It would be asking a lot of the team to repeat this level of intensity week in, week out and for sure there will be defeats and disappointments to come as the season unfolds. But the spirit in the team is fantastic and if that alone wins games, we can look forward with great anticipation to what follows.

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RUGBY BYTES by Mike Lewis Rugby Bytes makes its return by popular request – at least that’s what I’ve been told. Negotiations are on-going about the size of the salary but signs are not promising. As usual all stories of interest and with a comic or salacious element are welcome – just give me the words and/or pictures. I was asked not to pick on the usual suspects, but I can’t make any promises as they tend to make it difficult for me to ignore them! OLD MEMBERS DOING THEIR THING I don’t think most members of the club appreciate what sacrifices senior club members make on their behalf. Two weeks ago Nuneaton Old Edwardians invited a few Old Laurentians to join them in their VP’s Lunch. We tried to make an inconspicuous entrance but it is very difficult when you’re dressed like an aged Barber Shop quartet! Old Eds members were full of woe before the game predicting a big loss for the home side but little did they know about our changes. Afterwards they sang a different song, pointing out that they always knew they were going to win. Throughout the day they were fine hosts with little of the usual barbed banter, including it is sad to say, none of the usual fireworks between Dave Eales and John Burdett, both touch judges who are reported to have been put out to pasture. WHO WON IN THE TRANSFER STAKES One of Nuneaton Old Eds senior members is John Jones, an ex OL who moved to Nuneaton and joined the Old Eds. Moving the other way at about the same time was one of our senior members Alan Willis. The argument still rages about who got the best, or worst, of the deal. At the time of going to press neither committee would return my call. QUIETNESS FALLS OVER THE OLS Not sure how many heard the hush at the club last weekend with the absence of Tom Costello and wondered where he could be. I have it on good authority that he was honing his golfing skills with friends from Watford. I know as I bumped into him at the Irish bar in Lagos, the town in Portugal not Nigeria, where they don’t play golf to my knowledge. INTERNATIONALS ARE NOT WHAT THEY WERE This year’s Wales v England game is to be played on Friday night to the delight(!) of most supporters. Not sure how this is going to work because the last time Wales played at 5 oclock the local railways said that they would not run any trains after 7. To be fair they stuck to their word and total chaos ensued. This time the game starts around 8pm so I guess it can be presumed that chaos will start before the game! Asked to comment the IRB said that the day and time was selected for the ‘good of spectators’ and not for TV revenue. Mind you the local clubs are doing their best to keep spectators away. My old club will make available two tickets to anyone that sponsors the club for a year – costs £600, price of tickets not included! STATS, STATS & STATS For some time now we have compiled statistics on scorers but not on appearances. From this season we will keep accurate records of appearances as well as scorers. If any excaptain, no matter which side he (or she) captained, has kept any stats. please let Ray Todd, Bill Wallis or myself have a copy. VPS LUNCHEON th Today we celebrate the 35 holding of the VPs Luncheon, the first being held on October th 4 , 1975 when the visitors were Kibworth. Our thanks go to those who have organised today’s event but we should also give our thanks to Dave Eales and the late Jo Keenan who started the whole thing off.


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

VP’s Luncheon, 1.00pm Bonfire Night Ladies Committee – ‘Christmas Indulgence’ Kids’ Christmas party Inter Club game and party VPs Away Day to Stratford Captains Day Sponsors Day Ladies day Club Dinner


Earlier Match Action Midlands 1 West – Saturday 11th September Nuneaton Old Edwardians 31 - Old Laurentians 10 With a number of key players missing through injury or non-availability, OLs travelled with an unfamiliar looking line-up to Old Eds Weddington Road ground, a venue at which they have rarely been successful in recent seasons. But for forty minutes it looked as if they would reverse that trend as they dominated territory and possession to put their opponents on the back foot and build a 10-0 lead. But it was a different picture in the second forty when OLs were largely the architects of their own downfall, poor judgement and basic errors contributing directly to three of the home side’s four tries after the break. In an impressive first half display, with fly half Denzil Evans dictating where and how the game was played and their pack operating well as a unit, OLs turned their pressure into points after 28 minutes when lock Dan Volkman was driven over for a try that Evans converted for a 7-0 lead. After a near miss minutes earlier, Evans slotted a fine penalty on 33 minutes to increase the lead, then saw his next attempt bounce back off the crossbar. Playing in the unfamiliar position of full back, Richard Parker pulled off a fine tackle to thwart a rare Old Eds attack and save a try. But deep into first half injury time, Old Eds wing Brown exploited some indifferent OLs defence on the blind side to run in for a try in the corner and reduce the deficit at the break. The home side lifted their game in the second period to take the game to OLs and Old Eds’ Hyslop was quickest to react when OLs failed to control possession near their own line, the ball squirting out for the centre to pounce for a try. Converted by Peacock, this gave the home side the lead for the first time at 12-10 with 13 minutes of the half gone. OLs defence held firm under increasing pressure from the home side until the thirty minute mark, when wing Ben Roberts was harshly judged to have deliberately knocked on as he went for a tempting interception opportunity. From the quickly taken penalty, Old Eds centre Peacock took advantage of defensive disarray to power over from 30 metres out for a try that lifted his side’s lead to 17-10. In the final minutes of the game, OLs generously presented their hosts with two further tries when coughing up possession through poorly executed plays deep in their own half, Peacock again and Scott going over for Old Eds. Peacock converted both to give the final score a decidedly lop-sided look, but one the visitors could hardly complain about given their second half frailties.


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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 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 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 Scott Whyment

Vice Presidents Jason Barnett Keith Baxter Malcolm Blair Dave Boe George Boulden Simon Bracken Jerry Cahill Adrian Canale-Parola 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 Lawler Jim Lewis Richard Lightowler Kevin Mahon Dominic Marsella Jim Middleton John Murphy William Nolan Andre Nutter Clive Pawsey Mark Pawsey Darren Price Spencer Pritchard Mick Roberts Bill Robinson Will Seager Peter Shillingford Dave Smith Rob Smith Andy Spriggs Pete Staines Geoff Thomas David Thomson Suzette Tonks Peter Trewren Martin Valentine Chris Wade Murray Walker Bill Wallis Geoffrey Walton Dave Watson Colin Wiles Alan Willis

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 Simon Leech John Linnell David McAteer Ian Myers Wayne Oliver Phil Pawsey Brian Rigg Rod Ross Graham Shorthose Vic Smith Snr John Stimpson Keith Tilley John Tull Mike Wade Geoffrey Walton Chris White Mark Wilson


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14 Grant Inch

Jim Darcy

13 Matt Miller

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12 Danny Murch 11 Iain Wallis 10 Denzil Evans 9

Richard Parker

The Merchant’s Inn

1

Garrie Reeve

Martin Valentine

2

Ollie Cowley

Dave Eales

3

Chris Le Poidevin

Tom Costello

4

Dan Volkman

Arwel Jones

5

Paul Willis

Stuart Gleghorn

6

Glenn Todd (capt)

Electrical Testers

7

James Orbinson

Ray Roberts

8

Carl Adams

Roger Cole

16 Wayne Oliver 17 Steve Pike 18 Troy Owen

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Henry Hockenhull 15 Rob Kellett 14 Mike Gardiner (Capt.) 13 Jimmy Mullock 12 Lee Blackhurst 11 Dan Nicholas 10 Chris Hares

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Ben Winson

1

Jack Giddings

2

Steve Bloor

3

Matt Evans

4

James Smart

5

Tom Hollins

6

John Bucknall

7

Jimmy Lloyd

8

Henry Gong 16 Graham Fowles 17 Noel Speed 18

In charge of today’s game is Nick Edwards, of the Warwickshire Society.. We extend a warm welcome to him, 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 Physio: James Neal Touch Judge: Gary Thompson


League Tables Midlands 1 West Team

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

BP

Pts

Dudley Kingswinford

3

3

0

0

95

50

45

1

13

Sutton Coldfield

3

2

0

1

97

59

38

2

10

Whitchurch

3

2

0

1

76

50

26

2

10

Old Halesonians

3

2

0

1

86

68

18

2

10

Worcester Wanderers

3

2

0

1

72

39

33

1

9

Lichfield

3

2

0

1

89

97

-8

1

9

Old Laurentians

3

2

0

1

69

58

11

0

8

Bournville

3

2

0

1

55

56

-1

0

8

Walsall

3

1

0

2

90

78

12

4

8

Stratford Upon Avon

3

1

0

2

88

102

-14

3

7

Camp Hill

3

1

0

2

70

101

-31

2

6

Nuneaton Old Eds

3

1

0

2

45

62

-17

1

5

Banbury

3

0

0

3

40

87

-47

1

1

Leamington

3

0

0

3

27

92

-65

0

0

Today’s League Fixtures Camp Hill

v

Banbury

Dudley Kingswinford

v

Walsall

Leamington

v

Sutton Coldfield

Lichfield

v

Bournville

Nuneaton Old Eds

v

Stratford Upon Avon

Old Halesonians

v

Worcester Wanderers

Old Laurentians

v

Whitchurch


The Midlands One Scene The leading two clashed last Saturday and Dudley Kingswinford emerged victorious at Sutton Coldfield, so they change places at the top of the league, DK now being the only side with a 100% record – slightly surprising after just three games but it does demonstrate the competitive nature of the league. Lichfield would have relished beating Walsall. The two Staffordshire clubs have been deadly rivals for a long time, but this would have been their first league meeting for a few years. Bournville don’t yet seem to be playing up to their potential, after a very impressive season last time; but it is also becoming clear that Camp Hill are feisty opponents, taking a losing bonus point from Saturday’s clash with them. Whitchurch displaced Old Halesonians in third place after a comprehensive looking victory over Banbury, who have yet to register win points this season. In the South Warwickshire derby, Stratford gained a measure of revenge over Leamington, who did the double over them last season, leaving the Spa team with nil points so far. Our next opponents, Worcester Wanderers, seem to be finding their feet in this company with their second successive win after succumbing to Dudley K in their first outing. League Results – 18th September

Bournville

27

v

22 Camp Hill

Old Laurentians

33

v

22 Old Halesonians

Stratford Upon Avon

32

v

15 Leamington

Sutton Coldfield

17

v

26 Dudley Kingswinford

Walsall

27

v

28 Lichfield

Whitchurch

32

v

5

Banbury

Worcester Wanderers

27

v

9

Nuneaton Old Edwardians

League results – 11th September

Banbury 20

v

22 Bournville

Camp Hill 35

v

30 Walsall

Dudley Kingswinford 46

v

22 Stratford Upon Avon

v

34 Worcester Wanderers

Lichfield 20

v

36 Sutton Coldfield

Nuneaton Old Edwardians 31

v

10 Old Laurentians

Old Halesonians 39

v

30 Whitchurch

Leamington 7


Top.Points Scorers, Season 20010/11 All teams Player

Tries

Convs

Pens

Drops

Tot Pts

Denzil Evans

0

6

9

0

39

John Bean

1

0

5

0

20

Steve Pike

0

6

0

0

12

Danny Murch

2

0

0

0

10

Ben Roberts

2

0

0

0

10

Danny Orr

2

0

0

0

10

Grant Inch

2

0

0

0

10

Troy Owen

2

0

0

0

10

Simon Bayliss

1

0

0

0

5

Dan Volkman

1

0

0

0

5

Iain Wallis

1

0

0

0

5

James Orbinson

1

0

0

0

5

Raj Patel

1

0

0

0

5

Ben Shepherd

1

0

0

0

5

Dean Graham

1

0

0

0

5

Howard Harris

1

0

0

0

5

Gary Hammond

1

0

0

0

5

Dom Hammond

1

0

0

0

5

Alex Smith

1

0

0

0

5


Recent Photo Action v Old Halesonians & 2nds v Earlsdon

Carlos leads another charge

Danny Murch burrows his way in

Big Wal strolls under the posts

Orbi has plenty of support

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Disco leads the 2 ’s maul or is he dancing again!!

nd

Troy gets his 2 of the day.

Photos by Ray Todd You can see all of the OLs photos by visiting www.raytodd.jalbum.net


The Local Scene Rugby Lions broke their duck and won last Saturday by 33-21 but it was against Manchester! The losers look as if they will once more be the chopping block as they continue to plummet downwards through the league structure; and it’s quite possible that it may turn out to be one of very few successes for Lions this season. Nuneaton, newly relegated to National 2 North, are still winless – but they haven’t played Manchester yet! And the local derbies with Lions will be particularly interesting this season! Kenilworth are having a hard time of it in National 3 Midlands – all three lost so far and propping up the table. Broadstreet are now second in that league, on points difference behind Longton. Bromsgrove slipped up badly against Sheffield Tigers, the South Yorkshire side winning their first game when triumphing by 31-24. Newbold were held to a 21-21 draw by Shipston on Stour at Parkfield Road; and in the same league Southam went down by 32-10 at Kings Norton. Upton on Severn are setting the early pace in that league. In the eastern division of Midlands 3, Rugby St Andrews won 263 at Daventry; and Long Buckby continued the revival started last season with a 44-10 win over Northampton Mens Own to lead the Midlands 3 East (South) table with maximum points. Also in the east, Lutterworth (Midlands 2) are continuing in the same vein that they finished last season – struggling, with both games lost so far. Rugby Welsh are finding the going tough in Midlands 4, following up their opening day 32-0 home defeat by going down 51-15 at Ledbury last Saturday. In our old league the early pacesetters are Dunlop (promoted from Midlands 3) and Cheltenham North (relegated from Midlands 1). Dunlop travelled the short distance to Earlsdon last Saturday and inflicted a 41-17 beating on their hosts. Beyond them it looks very unpredictable, witness Spartans early form. Having thumped Bedworth by a large score on the opening day, they went down at Berkswell & Balsall last Saturday, losing 15-13.


Sundry Stuff On the playing front It was a real blow to lose Simon Bayliss after just thirty five minutes of the first league game of the season. And the news got worse when we learnt that he had a hairline fracture of the fibula that will keep him out of action for another six weeks or so. Equally disappointing was the knee injury suffered by Ben O’Riordan last Saturday which will probably see him sidelined for a similar period. But on the positive side, Mark Todd was hoping to start training this last Thursday with a view to being available for selection to play on October 9th. We can also expect to see Tom and Joel Gleghorn back in action soon, now that the cricket season has finished. Good news in the light of Ben O’Riordan’s injury! After a delay to his initial plans, Mike Prince is scheduled to arrive from the USA next Wednesday. Standing 6’3” and weighing in at 19 stone, the American footballer turned rugby player will add considerable bulk to our efforts! Appropriately enough he is being put up whilst in the UK by our own giant, Paul Amor. New prop forward Arron Metcalfe made his debut for the second team against Newbold recently and attracted some very favourable comment from those at the match. Another very useful prop, Ben Nuttall, came on as a replacement

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in the same game and we still hope to persuade him that his future lies with OLs, where he is guaranteed regular games, rather than with Rugby Lions where he is still a fringe player. The Ladies Committee Our very active Ladies Committee are now planning their next event, scheduled for Sunday 12th December, the Christmas Indulgence Fair. They plan a selection of stalls with a variety of ‘indulgences’ and are looking for the support and help of all interested ladies. Leah Hope, chair of the Committee, is organising a planning meeting at the club on Wednesday October 20th at 6.30. Would any ladies interested in attending please let Leah know by calling her on 07810 341667 or emailing leah_k_hope@hotmail.com. USA Success for Vets At the time of writing, news is as yet rather sparse of the Vets party recently returned from a trip to Aspen, Colorado, where they just happened across a rugby tournament that was being played while they were there! But it seems that they won the Over 45 competition, beating Denver 8-3 in the final. The rather low score suggests that by the time the final was reached, the old guys couldn’t manage more than five minutes each way! But no doubt we will be fully appraised today by Birchy and Co of their outstanding achievement!

A reminder of the new league points system Points awarded for a win: 4 Points awarded for a draw: 2 For scoring 4 tries or more in a match: 1 bonus point For losing by a margin of 7 points or less: 1 bonus point


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2nd XV Match Report Warwickshire League 1 – Saturday 18th September Old Laurentians 2nd XV 47 - Earlsdon Devpt. XV 17 The second team kept up their good start to the season with an ultimately comfortable victory over Earlsdon’s Development XV. Earlsdon started brightly, scoring a converted try within the first 5 minutes. A wheeled scrum took the OL’s back row out of the game and Earlsdon took full advantage of the overlap to score under the posts. This woke the home side up who responded by camping in the Earlsdon half and full back Inch hit an excellent line to score under the posts. Good pressure in the scrum from Hayes caused his opposing prop to lose his cool, leading to a deserved 10 minute sin bin. The resulting penalty was missed before Gary Hammond crashed over for a further try. Earsldon were competing well at the breakdown, slowing OL’s down and their reward was a well taken penalty to see the half time score read OLs 12 Earlsdon 10. In the second half the home team upped their game, allowing their exciting back-line to show what they are capable of. Owen showed his pace for a converted try before skipper Melvin took himself off. This seemed to be the turning point as OLs scored 2 tries in 2 minutes with Inch and Owen each grabbing their second. Further quick ball saw Dom Hammond touch down, with the impressive Alex Smith also scoring a deserved try. After this Earlsdon grabbed a consolation try, running in from a fortunate looking turnover on the halfway line. This was another good performance from OL’s seconds. The versatile Pike kicked excellently for 6 from 8 attempts and marshalled the back-line well from fly-half. Once again the backs showed great speed and strength, demonstrating how dangerous they are when receiving quick ball. Laurentians entertain Leicester Lions today in a friendly at Fenley Field and will look to continue the winning run. Report by James Melvin


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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

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

F L L F L

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Wellesbourne 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

A A H H A

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

H A A A H A H H

L F L F L L L L F L L L F L L F F

H A H A A H H A H

A H

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3rd XV

35 10 TBA 25 10 TBA 47 17 TBA TBA Shipston III Leamington iii Harbury II Spartans III Kenilworth III Newbold III Nuneaton Old Eds III Sutton Coldfield III St Andrews III Earlsdon III Nuneaton Old Eds III TBA INTER CLUB GAME Kenilworth III Spartans III Harbury II St Andrews III Shipston III Leamington III Newbold III Southam III Dunlop II Earlsdon III Sutton Coldfield III TBA Southam II

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H A A H H H H A A H A

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

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

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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 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 5 12 19 26 5 12 19 26 02 9 16 23 30 7

Opponents

Venue

Leamington 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

Type L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L

Result + 26 10 33

5 31 22


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