Category: Club News

The new OWRFC 500 Club Lottery Prize Draw

How does it work?

The Lottery will be limited to 500 members over the age of 16 years.

The subscription will be £5 per month, payable by standing order on the 14th of the month.On receipt of payment or a standing order form the applicant will be allocated a Draw Number.For each additional £5 paid per month an additional Draw Number will be allocated.

A draw will take place twice a year for cash prizes. Winners of prizes will be notified by the Committee and the results of the draws will be available for inspection on our website.

All profits made by the “500 Club” will be used to support the running of OWRFC. 50% of the total annual subscriptions will be paid out in the form of cash prizes; for this purpose, the Club “year” will run from 1st January to 31st December.For further details please click on the links below:

Full details of the Rules of the competition:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1glP78BJXx227IftHVYK016NFuML4CMB0/view

Prize payout details:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_A8ie24FGC7xVtNFgbPAXcOnDsxJQK0I/view

Standing order form £5 / month (1 entry)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mvaeC_pwkKDLS0TUW3TshJiAEb_iEMvE/view

Standing order form £10 / month (2 entries)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UdC0-gk4R8eM8GrlOzNT8RcuggTWm65m/view

November Newsletter

Welcome to this month’s Newsletter. The 2022/23 season is now in full swing and events are coming at us thick and fast. October came and went in a flash and already 2022 has only a few weeks left to run.

This month sees a major announcement with the launch of the new OWRFC 500 Club Lottery Prize Draw!! – a brilliant way of raising money to secure the long term financial health of the Club AND giving Members a chance to win significant cash prizes too. See more details below.

We also catch up with the 2nd XV in the Senior Section Round Up together with more updates from the Colts. There are news snippets from across the Junior and Mini Sections too and finally, with Christmas only a few weeks away, there is also a reminder of how each of us can help to raise much needed funds for the Club when we shop online.

Don’t miss the Diary Date section at the end of this newsletter, giving details of upcoming social events at your Club

Second XV still flying high!!

October started with a bang for the Wyggs 2nd XV, beating Anstey at Oval Park 42-22. We were able to put a strong side out, as it was Callum Corley’s 30th, the team was boosted by several Wyggs lads coming back to Leicester and putting themselves forward for a bit of a reunion of the Super 2s! Callum, Ewan and Patrick Corley all played their part in the game.

The following week we travelled away to Hinckley who were top of the league and again we had a strong side out. We held our own in the first half with us being a couple of points down at half time, then made a few changes after 50 minutes, bringing on some strong forwards from the bench. The scrum was then very dominant and the backs also started to put more pressure on the opposition, with the Wyggs coming away with a 22-25 victory, putting us top of the league.

The following week we travelled away to play Stoneygate, where our confidence may have got the better of us. This, coupled with the fact that Gate had several players returning due to the cricket season ending, resulted in us taking a beating and we lost 67-14.

In our last game of October we played Market Bosworth away, putting up a good fight for most of the game, but Market Bosworth took the spoils in the end with a 27-12 win.

Despite our mixed bag of results, we’re still doing well in the league, sitting in the top 3!

Colts Update – Coming a long way in a short time

October has seen Wyggs Colts continue their upwards trajectory in both performance and squad numbers. October saw 4 new players make their debut for the club, 2 of these playing their first ever game of rugby. The usual half term interruption allowed a well-earned rest week; the players never say die physicality and commitment had taken a toll with a lot of walking wounded able to recover, ready for a big run in up to Christmas. The most significant result from October was a 19-19 draw with Coalville, a team that had beaten us convincingly only 5 weeks earlier. A sign of how far this squad has come in such a short period.

Off the pitch, we continue to have the support of a wonderful parent group and sponsors. The players and coaches were kitted out with personalised training tops this month, courtesy of Simon Jackson and SDL Surveying. Thank-you Simon, a huge lift for everyone. We have also set up a Movember fundraising team with a target of £500. Looking forward to seeing some no doubt comical face furniture from the lads and grown-ups….. If you’d like to donate then please follow the link below:

https://movember.com/t/wyggs-colts?mc=1

Thursday training continues to attract 20 plus players. This is hugely beneficial for players and coaches, allowing for well planned, intensive sessions based around continuous improvement as a squad and as individuals. At the centre of this is Chris Anderson who will continue in his role as Forwards Development coach for the Leicestershire Under 20’s squad this season. A well deserved appointment and recognition of his coaching knowledge and excellent work with Wyggs colts.

If you know of anyone that wants to become part of a growing squad with County level coaching then we’d love to see you down at Oval Park on a Thursday evening (6:20pm – 8pm)

Finally….
Our next league fixture is a big local derby against Vipers Colts at Oval Park on Saturday 26th November (2pm kick off on Pitch 1) We would love to see a big crowd down on the day. Come along and see what Colts rugby is all about. Take the opportunity to meet and speak to parents, coaches and players and join us for a drink in the clubhouse after the game.

Ryan, Chris, David and Claire.

Under 15 Group

Our continued link up with Leicester Lions has allowed us to field healthy numbers at all fixtures so far this season, high quality performances have pushed healthy competition for positions and this shows at the weekends with lads coming from the bench to make a big impact in games.

Much promise and high anticipation on the back of good training sessions hasn’t always come through to performances on Sundays and the squad work hard to improve this. On Sunday 6th November this finally was achieved and the team took a hard earned win against a spirited Loughborough side. Afterwards the team joined the opposition to complete a set of push-ups to support the Loughborough Coach in his push up challenge for Cancer Research.

One of the features we have introduced this year is a Player of the Match trophy which we ask our parents to vote for each week. This has brought the team and supporters closer and is proving a good catalyst for everyone to stay behind a little longer and socialise whilst they await the presentation each week. So far the trophy has been picked up by Lorenzo Bertolli, Tristan Hardy, Johnny Sobek, Luca Santoro-White and most recently by Sonny Alba.

With a County Plate Quarter Final on the horizon the Under 15’s have a busy few weeks ahead.

Under 11s Group aim to keep up momentum

On Sunday 13 November the U11s had a great day out at the 2022 Premiership Defenders Cup, hosted by Leicester Tigers at Oakham School. The competition saw 24 Under 11s teams from as far afield as Norfolk, Lincs, Notts and Leics come together to earn the right to play at Twickenham before the Premiership Final in May. Wyggs started the tournament slowly, not helped by the unfavourable weather conditions but quickly found their stride, playing some great rugby against some really tough opposition. We finished the festival with a winning record, having beaten Bingham, Tamworth, West Norfolk and our old friends from Leicester Lions.

As with other RFU tournaments for mini age groups, matches were decided not only by the score on the pitch, but also scores across categories including ‘player respect’, ‘club rugby ethos’ and even ‘parent behaviour’! It was really pleasing to see that Wyggs scored particularly well in these categories, with several of the opposition teams commending our team on their attitude to the game, not least the willing volunteers to play for some other short-sided teams.

Unfortunately, Wyggs weren’t picked as the lucky winners to go through to Twickenham, but all the players thoroughly enjoyed the festival, and from a club perspective, it was great to see the parents pulling together to support the day, with several families donating drinks and refreshments to keep everyone fed and watered!

The focus for the U11s now is to keep the momentum gained from this festival into the remaining fixtures for 2022 before the Christmas break.

Under 10s Group progress to the Finals

Prima Tiger Cup at Welford Road here we come!

The Oadby Wyggestonians U10 team have smashed their way into the finals of the Prima Tiger Cup to be held at the Leicester Tigers home ground, Welford Road on Saturday 4th March 2023.

The tournament qualifiers were held at Syston RFC on Sunday 30th October. As the team arrived, spirits were high; nowhere near as high as the picnic buffet table contributed to by all the parents. Keeping player energy up ready for the four games that were to be played across 3 hours was a mammoth task.

Pre-game smiles and cleanliness

The team faced tough opposition from Leicester Forest, Melbourne, Rugby St Andrews and finally South Leicester but emerged as winners in every single game.

In game action!

These victories alone though may not have been enough to send them through to the finals. The most important aspects of club rugby, the core values, were given huge importance in the overall scoring:

Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship.

OWRFC Family Day out Flag Shaking!

The Oadby Wyggestonian U10 Team Manager, Georgina Coleman organised a fantastic day out at Leicester Tigers for a mix of families from the OWRFC Mini & Midi section in the spirit of #OneClub.

Parents, players, siblings, coaches and team managers came together from across the mini / midi section to enjoy the opportunity to flag shake on the pitch at Welford Road ahead of the Tigers vs Sale Sharks match in October.

A major highlight was Wiese’s superb try put down on the line right in front of us. That score even got a few of us on the TV!

It was a shame that the final result didn’t quite go Tigers way, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. Our mood stayed as sunny as the day’s superb weather, especially as the kids got the chance to chat to a few of their rugby heroes and collect a few autographs.

What a day we had and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to enjoy a roaring day out!

Easyfundraising

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already in the shops and it’s time to start buying your Christmas fayre and gifts for your loved ones! We also have Black Friday sales already in full swing, so this is an ideal time to remind you about the easyfundraising app, where at no extra cost to you, by shopping online via the app, you can also raise much needed funds for your Rugby Club.

If you have not already enrolled it’s easy to do by downloading the “easyfundraising” App in the App Store on your mobile, tablet or by searching “easyfundraising” on your laptop. Once you’ve registered you can choose your charity, Oadby Wyggestonian RFC, using the search function. Once complete, every time you shop online you just click on the easyfundraising app and find the retailer of your choice!

There’s everything including Amazon, U-Switch, ( for all your household services) Travel agents and literally thousands of High Street retailers. For every purchase you make, the retailer will make a contribution to Oadby Wyggs at no additional cost to you!!

Remember 100% of all monies raised are of course pumped straight back into your rugby club for the benefit of all our members across the whole club. There is also the option to switch on the “Reminder” feature on your phone or tablet so that you get a reminder flag every time you go to shop online!!!

OWRCF Newsletter

After the summer break, we are pleased to be back with a bumper edition of the OWRFC Newsletter. Please forgive us if this update is a little longer than normal but we have a bit of catching up to do and wanted to share all the great things that have been going on since we started the new 2022/23 season!

Senior Section Round Up

Whisper it lightly….the Wyggs senior section have been making moves in their respective leagues. The Second XV currently sit top of their league and the First XV are in second place. This is off the back of a transitional season that very nearly saw both teams relegated.

This recent success is down to the players and their buy-in to a new brand of rugby. One that plays into our undoubted strengths but also allows the more maverick players to ‘pull the trigger’ and play to what they see. The number of tries scored have increased, the range of people scoring has increased and thus so has the enjoyment levels of all involved. We have put together 6 wins on the bounce (3 for the 1s and 3 for the 2s) something that was unheard of 12 months ago.

Covid did a lot of things, good and bad. One thing that it forced us to do was to put trust in Ryan, Mick and Chris and the work they have done with the Colts group. The job of Biggsy and myself has been made so much easier due to the quality of the youngsters that have stepped into the senior section. These players have bolstered our numbers and brought a breath of fresh air into training. They are ruthless in attack and fearless in defence and have driven the standards amongst the whole playing group.

We have had a fantastic first block of fixtures and I am hopeful that this can continue through our second block in the run up to Christmas.

To anyone interested in supporting through sponsorship, I would urge you to join quickly. The Wyggs are going places and we would love to share our journey with you. To everyone already involved, I look forward to seeing you on the touchline soon.

Jon Lowden – OWRFC Head Coach

Oadby Wyggs Colts Group update

The new season has seen the welcome addition of a new Colts intake, joining this year’s Senior Colts. We have welcomed back some returning players as well as an encouraging number of players taking up the sport and commencing their rugby careers. All of this sees us with a healthy squad size. The benefits are already evident with 20 plus attending training weekly and strong matchday squads available.

We are now four games into the season and the weekly performances are improving at a rapid rate, culminating with a superb 70-24 win against Market Bosworth and Ashby.

A massive thank-you goes out to some new sponsors this season. Smurfit-Kappa provided a new playing kit and some winter training jackets in production courtesy of SDL Surveying.

The Colts train on Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 8pm and play on Saturday afternoon alongside the Senior section. If you want to come along and give it a try or fancy watching some great local rugby then we’d love to see you. Keep an eye on the clubs social media pages for weekly fixtures and squad announcements.

Ryan, Chris, David and Claire.

Oadby Wyggs Wooden Spoon Vets Fest heroes!!

Saturday October 8th saw the Wooden Spoon Vets Fest being held at Birmingham Moseley RFC in the presence of Wooden Spoon Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Around 800 players and officials (both men’s and women’s) took part in the day including 4 players from the Wyggs, Richard Brotherton, David Cronje, Paddy Patterson and Chris Wilkins representing Leicestershire and Staffordshire combined counties.

Following matches against Bath/Bristol/Somerset, Wales (International Caps awarded) and Surrey we met Essex in the Shield semi-final eventually progressing through to the final against Scotland with further international caps being awarded.

With bagpipes blaring and a feisty touchline crowd a tense game played out with Scotland touching down, but failing to convert. Sustained pressure kept Leics/Staffs in the hunt and deep into the second half took the lead, scoring a converted try with little over a minute to go. Pressure from the Bravehearts was relentless and several penalties pushed the clock deep into the red and towards Scotland’s advantage. However, in the spirit of rugby the Scots opted to run rather than take a winning kick at goal only to lose the ball which was thunderously booted into touch and leaving the Scots to think what could have been, Leics/Staffs engulfed in victory. Final score 7-5.

A fantastic day out, a tremendous after party and most importantly £85000 raised to support children’s projects across the 4 home unions.

For anyone interested in taking part next year or finding out about Wooden Spoon please go to www.woodenspoon.org.uk or speak to Paddy.’The Machine’ Patterson.

Family makes history at Oadby Wyggs

The Measures family make Oadby Wyggs history as they become the first Father, Son and Daughter to represent their respective Oadby Wyggs 1st XV.

What a fantastic achievement and what a way to write your name in to the Oadby Wyggs history books!!

Naomi Measures, following in the footsteps of her Dad, Mick and her brother Byron, in pulling on a Wyggs 1st XV shirt.

OWRFC Under 15 Group continue their combination with Leicester Lions

After several weeks of pre-season training, the first game day arrived with the combined Oadby Wyygs Lions Under 15s away at Leicester Forest. Initial exchanges demonstrated some real positivity and early scrums gave an early glimpse of the powerful OWLs technique which steamrollered Forest’s forwards and would continue to do so all morning.

After a series of penalties and some sloppy play handed easy territory to the opposition Forest made their advantage stick with their first try in the corner after some accurate kicking. Soon, more OWLs sloppiness was again punished with an interception and a touchdown under the posts bringing an abrupt end to a positive OWLs spell – 12-0.

After a Sam Hall penalty, it wasn’t long before OWLs scored their own first try of the game, a series of rucks on the Forest try line eventually breached their line of defence, a pop-pass allowed the forwards to barrel over and dot down a converted try to give a half time 12-10 scoreline.

Despite finishing the first half the stronger team, OWLs would not continue this momentum into the second and, in short order, were 2 further tries down at 24-10. A beautiful passage of play provided Alex Castledine with his first try for his club: from a lineout the ball passed accurately through sets of hands, made its way to Alex, and his energy throughout the half was rewarded with a trip over the whitewash. 24-15. Some industry across the OWLs team yielded no positive results and Forest again scored 2 more tries: the first an eye-catching kick-chase collection, the second capitalising on more OWLs mistakes 36-15.

With the result now secured, OWLs had the last word: first a Forest try was held up, then Tristan scored to provide some reward for his typically high performance. Final score 36-20.

There was little doubt that Forest looked the more cohesive of the sides even if the winning margin flattered them. Some early-season OWLs rustiness will need to be swiftly polished away if the team are to turn their potential into points and results.

Update from Oadby Wyygs Under 12’s Group

In our recent match against Market Harborough, it was bit of a slow start from the team, who were playing a well drilled opposition, conceding a number of tries, mostly from counter attacks. Unfortunately just as momentum was starting to swing our way, we suffered an injury to one of our key players. The team, however, showed some great resilience and it was back and forth with tries going both ways. We also had a special appearance from Ronnie the Robin!!

Plenty of lessons learned and things to work on but the team will keep on trucking!

Oadby Wyggs Under 11s tricky trip to Market Harborough

Harborough is always a tough place to visit, and this match was no exception, coming up against a well-drilled and physically committed Harborough side, keen to start their season off with a strong performance. Despite this challenge, our Wyggs put in a superb performance, dominating the opposition from the first whistle with a really mature display of physical rugby, competing hard on both sides of the ball. The team took the introduction of kicking into the U11 rulebook in their stride, with some clever attacking play leading to Wyggs running in a host of unanswered tries in the first half. As the match wore on and the stamina levels began to flag, Harborough were able to fight their way back onto the scoreboard, but at final whistle it was really pleasing to see how determined every player had been – and how much they’d enjoyed pulling the shirt back on after the long summer break! We’re now looking forward to our first run out at Oval Park and to playing together as a team for the remainder of the season – COYW!”

Oadby Wyggs Under 10s Update

The Oadby Wyggestonians U10 team are rucking, but not yet rolling (in a maul that is!) in their new team shirts kindly sponsored by DF Precision Machinery Ltd.

They’ve made a really promising start to the new season and are making great progress with the new elements of the game introduced to them in this age group. Rucks are developing and they are all relishing a turn at putting the ball into the uncontested scrums.

The first two matches of the season saw them put in solid performances away against Market Harborough and at home hosting Lutterworth. There’s still plenty of room for development and the kids are raring to go and literally chomping at the bit (well, on their gum shields) to learn more.

We can’t wait to see what they do next.

Great day out at Welford Road

Saturday saw some of the younger Wyggs family visit Welford road with a very important job… Official flag shakers for the Tigers v Sale match!

Players from U6 to U13 and many of their parents/families were on the pitch proudly shaking the enormous Tigers flag before the game, where the atmosphere was electric! After the very important flag shaking duties, everyone took their seats pitch side and cheered on the Tigers.

Sadly the result didn’t go our way but that didn’t spoil the amazing Wyggs family day out we all had and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Thank you to the Tigers for having us!