On behalf of OLD ALBANIAN RFC I extend a very warm welcome to you all today in particular the Players, Management, Officials & Supporters of BARNES RFC BARNES come to us sitting 12th in the League with 6 wins so far this term. Their last outing, just before the Christmas break, saw them lose a very close game against high-flying Henley 17-24 & like us, when we visited Henley the week before, Barnes were leading at half time ! After a good run of 4 wins on the trot in October/November we have come up short losing three out of our last four outings. When we met at Barn Elms back in September we just got the better of Barnes in an extremely exciting game by 33 points to 24. So, with both Teams needing to pick up points, it’s going to be another “cracker” !
Let’s all hope today’s game is played in the best possible rugby spirit, free from any serious injury.
In addition to welcoming BARNES & their entourage this afternoon, I also warmly welcome our VICE PRESIDENTS along with many of our Sponsors, Benefactors, Supporters, Friends & Guests to our 2nd VICE PRESIDENTS’ Lunch of this Season. The third & final VICE PRESIDENTS’ Lunch of this Season is on 30 March prior to the game against Canterbury. Please mark your diaries now !
Huge thanks go to MAJESTIC WINES who are generously sponsoring today’s Match & Match Ball. Thank you Henry Wisson for your ongoing & most generous support.
There are no other games here at Woollams this afternoon so our ROMANS, generously sponsored by Peter Blake-Turner, along with our GLADIATORS, generously sponsored by R & R Enterprises, and our GRIZZLIES, generously sponsored by Peter Buttle of Buttle plc, are all having an extended rest !
Tomorrow our glorious SAINTS, generously sponsored by IHS Markit, currently top of their League, the Women’s Championship South East 2, by two clear points, are away playing with their Counterparts from HAMPSTEAD, who currently sit in fourth place just 4 points below us. Our SAINTS would love your support … so, if any of you are near Hampstead tomorrow, please go along … kick-off 2:00pm.
Tomorrow, here at Woollams, sees our 900+ Minis & Juniors take to the pitches from 10:00am on. Do come along and watch & support our Stars of future years. It’s always a great morning of rugby activity.
In addition to wishing you all a Very Happy, Healthy & Fulfilling 2019 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
Happy New Year to all our supporters and we are very much looking forward to kicking off 2019 with a home fixture at Woollams.
Our last outing away at BSE was a disappointing way to end 2018 with a last minute defeat and unfortunately the fixture also see us pick up substantial injuries to Ben Calder, Ned Warne and Jamie Townsend which will see us re-jig the squad for tomorrow's fixture.
Traditionally the fixture returning immediately after Xmas has always been a tough fixture which can be a little disjointed as players aim to get themselves back into match intensity so our focus will be very much on our performance, limiting mistakes and ensuring we build our performance on executing the basics of our game very well.
Barnes are always a tough side who play the game in an expansive manner and ran 2nd placed Henley very close in their last outing so will be in a confident mood to get the New Year off to a good start also.
We have a few changes in the squad with returns for several players from injury and unavailability and we are very much looking forward to seeing how the players gel quickly and implement some of the exciting attacking rugby we have displayed recently at home.
We look forward to seeing a good home support at Woollams to cheer the boys on.
Gavin Hogg, Head Coach
OAs through history
We introduced #ThrowbackThursday on Social Media this season and are now including it in our Match Day Programmes.
Old Albanian RFC
Founded in 1924, Old Albanian RFC is an English Rugby Union Club playing in National League Two South for the 2018/19 season. We are a fully open and inclusive community club based at Woollams, the club’s home ground in St Albans, Hertfordshire offering some of the best playing and social facilities in the UK.
The senior club runs four men’s teams and an Adult Ladies side all playing in competitive leagues, in 2018 the club also launched an Academy for 17 to 23 year olds.
The junior club is one of of the largest and most successful Mini’s & Junior’s sections in the country with nearly 1,000 members playing week in week out between Under 5 and Under 18s, including a growing Girls section operating at 3 age groups; Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18.