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Team: Callum, Evan, Ewan, Harry BB, Harry S, Jack, Laurie, Leo, Matthew and Seva.
Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting of Oadby Wyggestonian Rugby Football Club Limited (Registered Charity no 1175251).
Together with the Inaugural Annual General Meeting Oadby Wyggestonian Rugby Football Club (Trading) LTD
To be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020
At 1900 hours in OWRFC Clubhouse, Oval Park, Wigston Road, Oadby
The purpose of the first part of the meeting will be to approve the accounts following on from the AGM of the Charity Company held on the 5th June 2019 when a full explanation of the club accounts was delivered at the meeting. Followed on with an explanation of the changes in the accounting period, which means that completed accounts would not be available until
later in the year.
Following on from this the Inaugural Annual General meeting of the Trading Company.
- Welcome and signing in
- Explanation of the meeting and the structure and relationship between the Charity Company and the trading Company
- Presentation of Report of the activities of the trading Company since being established (Chair/Commercial Secretary) Adoption of Report
- Presentation of Accounts (Treasurer)
- Adoption of Accounts Appointment of Auditors/Independent Examiner
- Election of Officers /Directors
- Motions to be put to the AGM
- Any Other Business
By order of the Board of Directors for both companies
Christopher John Redfern Hon Secretary
42, Estoril Avenue, Wigston, Leicester. LE18 3RD
The U9s were at Nuneaton for the last match of 2019. Today’s team: Tom, Jonah, Jonny, Bowen, Manon and our last recruit Will. They met a strong team, a bit of mud and overall played 3 games. The players got a bit destabilised on their first match but they regain their composure for the last two games that they won. As usual they showed a really strong team spirit. Hard work during training starts to pay off and we have seen some amazing tackles, good support in attack and an impressive number of tries. Well done team! COYW!
Star player of the week award: Manon
Try award: Bowen
Tackle award: All team for their great effort
On Sunday 1 December, our U15s are taking part in the Great Lutterworth Santa Fun Run, to support the local air ambulance service, after one of our lads Joel Moeketsi was picked up by the air ambulance when he got injured at our recent match at Lutterworth RFC.
Please see the links below to the fun run website, and also the link to the U15s donate page.
Please show your support to this tremendously worthwhile cause, who were there when one of our players needed them.
Team: Eddie, Evan, Ewan, Harry BB, Harry S, Jack, Joe, Laurie, Matthew, Reuben, Seva, Thomas, and William.
Loughborough were a tough opponent last time we came up against them in the Prima Cup, beating us convincingly 5 – 0. They were quicker in their decision making, more aggressive at the ruck, and played some creative, passing rugby with fluency and flair.
Match cancellations in recent weeks due to the bad weather have given us the chance to focus on our rucking technique and overall line speed in our hastily arranged extra training sessions. Everyone certainly seems to have excelled at the drills we’ve been doing over the past few weeks!
Today was a chance for them to put that learning to the test and show the coaches that they could play the sort of creative, offloading and inclusive rugby that we want to be known for.
We were able to field two teams. It certainly was a good test of their physical stamina and strength, as much as their ability to show their learning from the previous few weeks.
This time round all the matches proved to be much closer than the previous encounter, with Loughborough seemingly setting out to play the same style of rugby as us. On occasion it was like looking in a mirror.
The standard of the games was really high, as both teams showed how good they were going forward, running with the ball in hand and passing at the right time to keep the game moving. Both teams also displayed good positional sense and a real grasp of what can be quite complicated rules.
Our attacking play and offloading in the tackle was good, as was our positional sense. Both clubs seemed to exchange try after try. It was great to see other players celebrating the less glamorous side of the game, especially when players took the initiative at the ruck, made try saving tackles and attacking gains, and set up try scoring opportunities for others.
Some learning points for next time – we need to get over the ball in the ruck a bit faster still, continue to support our forward runners as they move up the pitch, and generally deal with loose balls much quicker.
Overall, some positive steps in the right direction after some focussed, targeted drills in training over recent weeks. The coaches were very happy with what they saw. Well done everyone.
Colts in Holt 2019 – By Chris Anderson (Colts Coach)
Twenty Wyggs Colts aged 16 to 18 all setting out from Oadby last Friday night for Norfolk on rugby tour, what could possibly go wrong?
Some lads were straining at the leash to get on the tour bus with unnaturally heavy kit bags, others were visibly apprehensive of what lay ahead as they embarked as tour virgins.
After three hours driving and tapping along to the sweet melodic sound of drum & bass a McD’s pit stop, hedge relief and a refreshments restock the lads piled out into digs at Sheringham.
The mayhem carried straight into the digs and then into a previously sleepy Sheringham. Saturday morning, and the England vs Australia kick off and breakfast had clearly arrived too soon for a few.
We arrived at Holt RFC on Saturday in fine fettle. The many hours spent on Friday night rehydrating, playing pool and eating rather than sleeping was clearly excellent prep. The pre match psychological prep also left no stone unturned. Holt’s immaculately turned out blazered lads were visibly shaken to see 15 bleary eyed Wyggs players looking primed as they arrived in sock/slider combos and black gangster bandanas.
The two squads played out an entertaining game. Wyggs had just 15 of their 20 touring lads fit to play. Holt fielded a much larger squad and were excellent opposition. Wyggs started the game strongly and had Holt under pressure for long periods. Despite having good possession and territory Wyggs were unable to finish promising phases of play and conceded three try’s in the first half to be trailing 19-0 at half time. Holt had taken their first half chances from Wyggs mistakes to run the length of the field twice and their strong running by some key players was proving very hard to stop.
Wyggs again started the stronger of the two teams in the second half and continued to apply pressure across the field. A magnificent second half fightback was on when Wyggs skipper Eliot Morris left Holt defenders trailing in his wake to dot down and Ben Mason powered over twice to pull it back to 26-21 to the hosts. Henry Cooke had added the extras. Wyggs pressed and the comeback was nearly complete when a Wyygs pass on the now creaking Holt last ditch defensive line was intercepted and an 80m sprint by a rapid Holt player to score unopposed. The try was decisive and after further Holt squad rotation their extra energy overran the Wyggs in the last 10 minutes. Further long range scores were registered. The final score was 45-21 to our hosts.
The game was played in an great spirit and Holt RFC were again excellent hosts. We very much look forward to hosting their colts at Oval Park soon.
The Saturday night was all about group fish & chips and the obligatory tour court session. His Honour Judge Mason presided and justice was apparently duly served.
Early rise on Sunday again and we fruitlessly joined Nahuel cheering the French rugby team on.
The lads all enjoyed a big Sunday roast at a local golf club, before boarding the buses for the quieter journey home. Drum & bass was exchanged for more soothing music as some eyes closed and heads rocked onto teammates. The returning rugby tourists were home. Some had left Oadby on Friday as apprehensive young individuals, but to a man they returned shoulder to shoulder as a team.
Thanks to everyone who has supported this years tour but particularly Clare Morris for all her arrangements and Mick Corley, Steve Cooke and Les Berg for travelling.
The start of this Wyggs colts season has been tough as we’ve struggled for numbers. Injury and unavailability has hit our small squad hard. To see 20 lads on tour is a huge credit to the group and particularly the lads who’ve joined our group in recent weeks. Some lads are new or returning to rugby and it’s great to see how quickly they’ve become part of the Wyggs Colts group.
Better late than never, here is the U12s report from the LRU Preliminaries on 3rd November (sorry it’s late!!)
The Under 12’s took a reduced squad to the preliminary LRU county festival on Sunday 3rd November, the reduction being enforced by the LRUs rules and against our inclusive squad ethos. The matches saw the boys taking on hosts Ashby as well as strong teams from Syston, Lutterworth and local rivals South Leicester.
In an outstanding set of displays the boys were narrowly defeated by Lutterworth and finally Ashby, on both occasions by only a single score. The team also achieved a hard earned draw against Syston and a thrilling match ended all square with South.
On the day the team were led by Luca Santoro-White on his 101st appearance and he inspired outstanding performances from Addison Meredith, Owen Kent and Toby Cox. Fin and Louis Bent were immense in their tackling and were a constant nuisance to the opposition. Sonny Alba and Harry Hine teamed up with the skipper to be devastating in the contact turning over endless ball at the break down, before a big hit resulted in Harry having to leave the pitch against Syston.
Andrew Uhegwu made in instant impact to the team with a powerful display of tackling and strength in the breakdown on his debut and overall the boys gave a great account of themselves against 4 strong oppositions. Overall the team performed extremely well in difficult playing conditions, still managing to show great handling skills (despite the mud) and a new found steel at the breakdown, which won them lots of plaudits from both sets of supporters.
A tough physical morning but enjoyed by all and, as ever, supported by our travelling fans in exactly the right spirit, made for an enjoyable outing at this stage of the tournament. We look forward to the rest of the squad joining up with the team again this weekend and press on to Market Harborough.
Welcome back everyone, as we all look forward to the 2019-20 season.
The new season means new features of the game for players and parents to get our heads round, particularly the introduction of the uncontested scrum, the Maul and the Ruck. For those with no clue about these things, I thought a brief overview might be helpful.
- A “maul” is formed when the ball carrier and tackler are joined by one additional player from either the defending or attacking team. No more than two players from either side (including the ball carrier and tackler) can be involved in the maul.
- A “ruck” is formed when one player from each team, on their feet, are in physical contact and close around the ball on the ground. Players are rucking when they are in a ruck and using their feet to try to win or keep possession of the ball, without being guilty of foul play.
Still no fending off, and no kicking the ball at this stage either.
Anyone wanting to find out more about the point by point rules and regulations at this age can take a look here – https://www.englandrugby.com// dxdam/92/92f22928-9f48-4584- 9558-2cc343f19734/Regulation% 2015%20Appendix_4.pdf
The first game of the season saw us travel to Lutterworth, high in confidence and raring to go. Those involved this week were Eddie, Evan, Thomas, Matthew, Ewan, Reuben, Seva, Alfie, Jack and Harry S.
We want to be a team known for up tempo rugby, good handling and passing skills, offloading at the right times as we move forward together both in attack and defence. Though we have a number of pacey, dynamic runners in the team, the coaches have been working on creating a team of much greater depth and clearly want to avoid relying on one or two players running the whole length of the pitch to score our tries.
There was evidence of this in the early stages of the first match, with players running onto the ball on several occasions to really penetrate the Lutterworth defensive line, then passing at the right times to the supporting players. We just about shaded the first half but were caught out on occasion by their direct running and eagerness to win the ball in the ruck.
After a half time team talk that focused on being quicker to contest loose balls; not standing around waiting for someone else to do the work in the ruck; and passing the ball quickly down the line and in the tackle, we started off the second half well by scoring two quick tries. Seva deserves to be singled out for being particularly strong in the ruck, working hard to secure Wyggs possession. After that, things got a little less organised and a scrappy end to the second half saw Lutterworth score two unanswered tries.
The next couple of matches saw more of the same, with some great tries scored whenever we managed to move the ball down the line quickly and accurately. However, there were plenty of occasions where we looked a little less than certain about what to do in the ruck and the Lutterworth players seemed to get the bit between their teeth much quicker than us.
We were caught out on more than one occasion as it seemed that our players were often waiting for someone else to contest for the ball. Clearly some work to do on that area of the game, though again one moment stood out when Jack worked hard to clear out one of the Lutterworth players from the ruck and which resulted in an Oadby try.
More of the same needed from everyone else in the coming weeks please.
Whilst no match this week the Under 12’s still marked a significant achievement in the Wyggs career of one of our players. Luca Santoro-White achieved his 100th appearance for the club since records began at U9s. In 2 of the 3 seasons Luca achieved a 100% attendance record!
Luca said: “I enjoy coming to Wyggs as I have made some good mates and love playing the game. I look forward to Sunday’s each week and love being part of a good team with my friends”.
When asked if he would recommend OWRFC to new players he said “I would say come down if you like rugby and want to make friends. We re a good team and the sessions are good, but afterwards is always the best fun”.
Luca will Captain the side next week against Leicester Lions.
Well done Luca from all of the coaches.
The Under 12’s impressive start to the season continued with a strong display at the annual Syston Festival. The team came up against tough opponents in Ashby, Leicester Forest, Leicester Lions and of course the hosts Syston. All teams that had previously beaten us. In 4 hugely entertaining games though the squad continued to demonstrate their improvements and the ability to build on phases of play scoring some outstanding team try’s built on hard contact work, silky handling and devastating finishing.
Ashby proved to be the team to beat on the day, although the boys gave a great account of themselves in a spirited second half fight back, but a draw with the hosts and two well deserved victories made for a successful day and allowed the team to appreciate how far they have come.
The most pleasing element remains the emergence of leaders on the pitch, the whole squads togetherness and high standards in all matches. Of course the lads were cheered on once again by our exemplary support.
Jon Lowdon comes to the Wyggs with some big boots to fill after Billy Blair stepped down at the end of last season. The search for a new coach started in March and after meeting with a few candidates Jon seemed the right person for the job to take the club forward.
Jon said “When the opportunity came about to work with such an exciting group of players who are keen to develop, it was an easy decision to join the coaching team at Oadby. The club are very well respected in the Midlands and performed really well last year to finish third in a highly competitive league. Our challenge is to build upon this and make sure that we are performing to a high standard consistently. I have a strong desire to develop a brand of rugby that can be reproduced throughout the adult and junior sections, thus allowing a clear pathway from participation, progression to performance.
Dale Ager commented “We sat down with a few different options but Jon seemed to have the same desire and passion to succeed as myself and the club. Having known Jon for a number of years he’s got a good rugby pedigree, we played together at Coventry RFC and Leicester Lions, he’s an intelligent player and understands the game very well. I’m enjoying working alongside him and excited for the coming season trying to build on last seasons success.”
We hope you can join us in welcoming Jon into the club and wish him well for the upcoming 2019/20 season.
Ross comes from a good rugby background having played his school rugby at JCC and represented his local teams Hinckley, Market Bosworth and Burbage
Ross commented “After many years of playing rugby joining Oadby Wyggs was for me a no brainer, it’s great for my personal development and playing for such a great club is a privilege. I know I will take my game to the next level by being part of an excellent club that has great coaches, players and set up. Everyone at Oadby is fully focused on success which is what makes it such a great place to play rugby.”
Dale Ager (Forwards Coach) said ”It’s great to see the club getting on the rugby map by attracting players of Ross’s quality, at only 22 he’s a young hooker who is eager to learn his trade, I’ve been impressed by his work off the ball at training and he looks a tough player. I’m excited to see him in action.
I’ve done some homework on him speaking to his old teacher/coach ( Marc Howgate) who I used to play with and he was full of praise.”
Another signing still to come.