A word from our President
On behalf of OLD ALBANIAN RFC I extend a very warm welcome to you all today in particular the Players, Management, Officials & Supporters of BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL RC on their first visit to Woollams.
Having read the Rugby Paper report on the BEES’ game last week against high flyers HENLEY HAWKS, the BEES were unlucky to ship a try in the last few minutes to lose by 24-15 & so come to us sitting one off the bottom of our League. As we all know, in this most competitive of Leagues, any Team on their day can beat any other. We, on the other hand, had an excellent away win against CLIFTON, making it three wins in a row, first time we’ve achieved that this season ! So, with both Teams needing points, we can expect another exciting encounter this afternoon. Let’s all hope that today’s game is played in the best possible rugby spirit, free from any serious injury & … a fourth win on the trot for OAs !
In addition to welcoming BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL & their entourage this afternoon, I also warmly welcome many of our Ladies, Sponsors, Benefactors, Vice Presidents, Supporters, Friends & Guests to our themed Ladies’ Lunch, organised by our very own Kate (Barnesy) Barnes, who has also organised our own Ladies’ Lunch Bake Off, whatever that may mean ! … but, no doubt will be explained to us later by Barnesy ?!
Huge thanks go to PETER LINDSAY of SILCOCK DAWSON who is generously sponsoring today’s Match & Match Ball. Thank you Peter for your ongoing & most generous support.
For the first time this season, there are no other games here this afternoon at Woollams & there are no League games today for any of our other Senior Male Teams, ROMANS, generously sponsored by Peter Blake-Turner, GLADIATORS, generously sponsored by R & R Enterprises nor GRIZZLIES, generously sponsored by Peter Buttle of Buttle plc. However there is a “friendly” game taking place over at WELWYN RFC, kick off 1:00pm, between their 2nds & 3rds & our OA BA BAAS comprising certain Players from all three, ROMANS, GLADIATORS & GRIZZLIES … should be fun ?!
Tomorrow our glorious SAINTS, generously sponsored by IHS Markit, currently top of their League, the Championship South East 2, are away playing with their Counterparts from MEDWAY LADIES, who currently prop up the League. Last week our SAINTS trounced BECKENHAM LADIES 65-5 !
Here at Woollams tomorrow, sees a large number of our Junior Teams locking horns with their counterparts from TRING, SEVENOAKS, AYLESFORD BULLS, LEWES, KETTERING & CAMELOT from 10:00am on. Do come along & watch & support, you won’t be disappointed. They are our STARS of tomorrow !
I wish you all a most enjoyable experience here at Woollams, the home of OA Rugby.
Richard Milnes, OA RFC President
Head Coach's Preview
We return to Woolams this week hoping to continue our good run of positive results and keep the winning momentum going in our run in to Christmas.
Last week was pleasing to get 5 points on the road which is always difficult in this league. The performance was a little dis-jointed and it was evident that perhaps the week off had resulted in us being a little inaccurate in certain areas but as the game progressed we started to become more fluid in aspects of our play. It was pleasing to see us have a good platform up front and our scrum has really started to become a strength over the past three games and will be important again this weekend.
Birmingham & Solihull come off the back of a good performance against Henley and I am sure will have taken much confidence from how competitive they were against one of the top sides in the league. We will once again need to be on top of our game to get the desired result.
We welcome Tom Bednall back into the starting XV this week and have the added experience of Nick Stevens on the bench with Ewan Starling coming into the match day squad after his recent loan spell at Peterborough Lions.
We would greatly appreciate your support on Saturday and look forward to seeing you at Woolams.
Gavin Hogg, Head Coach
- Year Joined - 2016/17
- Position - Head Therapist
- Nickname - Jords
"This will be my third season with OA's.
I'm very excited for the challenge of becoming Lead Therapist and tackling National 2.
Pre-season has started and the boys are looking very sharp, its going to be a GREAT year to be at Old Albanians."