Rugby Club Issue 72 - Page 29

Old Yardleians It would be fair to say that the team did not perhaps enjoy the campaign that they would have liked last time around as they put together a record of six wins, a draw and fifteen defeats from their twenty two matches. This saw them finish in the bottom half of the table with thirty seven points on the board. Perhaps their performance of the season came in their final game when they defeated Shrewsbury by 72 points to 20 to finish on a high. This performance should give the club plenty of momentum heading into the off-season as they target a more successful campaign. As long as they are able to retain their current group of players and can perhaps make one or two quality additions they should be in a good position to do just that. One of the highlights of the team’s performances was the attacking brand of rugby that they were able to produce. This was reflected by the fact that they racked up 432 points, making them the top scorers in the bottom half of the league. This will certainly have meant that any supporters attending their matches will have been well entertained and should encourage more of the local community to get behind the side in the future. This in turn has the potential to provide them with a valuable source of additional revenue which is particularly important in the current financial climate. Old Yardleians is not a club to focus solely upon their senior section however and this is reflected by the fact that they also have a number of youth sides in place. These teams look to provide young players from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent and this is an area they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters are able to progress over the coming years. In order to help ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game they also run a number of additional sides. This allows them to gain experience of adult level rugby even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process. Courtson Engineering Ltd Sheet Metal Fabricator Tel: 0121 772 8202 Fax: 0121 772 4236 Mobile: 07852 327 355 Email: Address: 41 St Andrews Road, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4LW Another benefit of having extra sides is that it allows the first XV to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever left short on numbers through injury or work commitments they have the option of calling up replacements with a limited amount of disruption. Although Old Yardleians Rugby Club did not enjoy a good campaign this should not take away from the good work that is being carried out at the club. If they are able to continue in the same manner they should be able to look forward to a bright and successful future for many years to come. Rugby Club Magazine wishes them the best of luck. 29