Old Halesonians Back on Track

Bournville 3 v Old Halesonians 20

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2013 07:26pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Simon Hussey & Bob Boyd
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1st Team Report By Simon Hussey

Well what a difference a week makes after an unconvincing win against Bedford last week. The team and enthusiastic supporters travelled to Bournville in positive mood.

In front if the usual vociferous home crowd the plan was to work more phases which was exactly what happened from the kick off. Constant driving pressure from both forwards and backs saw the home side defending for most of the 40 minutes.  Pressure told with a penalty to Chris Hooper 0 - 3.

Hales deserved more with continual dominance but Bournville managed to claw back a penalty to draw level 3 - 3 at half time. 

The second half was much the same with the change of outlook obvious from the visitors. Some great drives from Dempsey, Taylor, Evans and Fitzgerald continually breached the home defence.

Scrum half Nathan Jones was instrumental and provided constant ball to the Hales backs. One feed to wing Luke Smith saw him kick  and chase to score in the corner, converted by Hooper 3-10.

Bournville were punch drunk and were penalised again under pressure, Hooper converted 3 - 13. On 70 minutes the home side resorted to usual tactics when prop Coles punched Mark Evans several times in the face whilst he was pinned down in a ruck. He rightly received a red card.

The Hales defence was excellent with centres, the Robinson brothers, marshalling their opposite numbers  well and wing Joe Oxford regularly breaching the home defence with some aggressive runs.

Against 14 or 15 men it made no difference, Hales again on the gallop with forwards and backs combining well. Pete Fitzgerald again at the fore drive to the line for a brilliant try converted by Hooper 3 - 20 which was the final score. 

Still top of National Midlands 3 league, no bonus point this week, but the whole team can take great confidence from this performance going into a cup game against Newport next Saturday kick off 2pm.

Photo: File pic


2nds Report By Bob Boyd             

Old Hales 2nds 53pts v Worcester Warriors  12pts:

Old Hales returned to winning ways with a strong performance by the forwards and superior back play orchestrated by Chris Harris.

Mike Topping opened the scoring after Hales pack drove Worcester over their own line, with Tom Harris converting to make it 7-0. Hales forwards continued to dominate and following a forward drive Sam Jones touched down to score a fine try. Unfortunately we lost our inspirational leader Neil Western in this move, John Harris taking over as skipper. 12-0 to Hales.

Ben Perks made a strong run through the centre and Hales were awarded a penalty, Tom Harris making it 15-0. Before half time Worcester were able to score following a series of penalties on the Hales line 15-7 half time.

2nd half started at a fantastic pace with Jake Harley Yeadon catching the kick off and driving through the Worcester players before sending the ball down the hales back line for Simon Sable to score. Sam Jones took a ball against the head in the next scrum and the ball was taken upfield by Hales backs before Harley Yeadon crashed over to score, converted by Tom Harris.

Hales were able to change both props and still dominate the scrums with strong play from Rob Butler and debutant Mike Whiting- who was next to score, Tom Harris converting again.

Worcester got a late try when Hales went to sleep at the end of the game, but were re-awakened by further tries from Simon Sable on the wing and substitute centre Jack Lineham . Hales finishing worthy winners 53-12.


OHRFC  Under 17's travelled to Coventry for a match with Coventrians excellent try's scored by up and coming colts Bill Harris and Ewan Lawless, Lawless named as man of the match - final score 15 15.