Defeat for Rugby First XI
OLNEY v READING away 11/12/10 lost 66-12
After the recent weather had prevented the previous two fixtures and hampered training efforts, Olney travelled away to Reading with a changed side from their last fixture. As Reading had their Presidents lunch and their two New Zealander players making their final appearance for the Club their was tremendous support for the home side, and very little for the Olney players.
The first half saw the home side get into form and put thirty odd points to nothing on Olney before the half time whistle, simply from playing some hard attacking rugby.
Olney did however manage to comeback in the second half and play some good rugby themselves scoring two tries from back rows, John Robinson and Cameron Byrne, with one conversion by Mark Marwood. Though the Reading side continued to punish Olney by putting another thirty points on them, particularly taking advantage of the weakness shown by the Olney side around the fringes of rucks and mauls.
Olney have a lot to work on this week before playing the final fixture of 2010 at home on Saturday against Reading Abbey, though still sit in a a respectable fourth position of the league.
Tries; John RObinson, Cameron Byrne
Cons; Mark Marwood
OLNEY v WALLINGFORD away win 36-14 20/11/10
Olney travelled away to Wallingford on the back of another successful performance the previous week, though expecting a hard game as the home side are usually particularly strong on home turf.
It was Olney who started the game with the higher tempo and after Cameron Mclean scored two tries early on out on the wing, it looked like Olney would have a good afternoon of rugby. Although the visitor’s seemed to have a lapse after the early surge, and the home side made some good runs testing the Olney defence.
Fortunately Olney regrouped and further tries came from the backs making some good breaks which saw Fly Half, Mark Marwood finishing off one move scoring the try under the posts and Outside Centre, James Hawken scoring a try, adding to his tally of points from another afternoon of successful kicking, four conversions and one penalty. With one further try being scored by Olney’s man of the match, Flanker, John Robinson.
Overall a satisfactory result for Olney, though they can’t afford to become complacent as they travel away once again this Saturday to Marlow, before a ‘top of the table’ home game on Saturday 4th December against Witney.
Tries; C Mclean x2, M Marwood x1, J Hawken x1, J Robinson x1
Con; J Hawken x4
Pens; J Hawken x1
OLNEY v HIGH WYCOMBE home win 31-18 13/11/10
Match report by Karen Smith
Olney welcomed High Wycombe for what would hopefully be a more positive outcome for the home side after the previous two defeats in their league fixtures.
The first half saw Olney looking comfortable in attack and finding gaps in the High Wycombe defence, with Full Back, Jordan Letts on his first XV debut making a clean break down the right wing with Winger, James Hannah in support to go over for the first try of the afternoon, which was not converted but gave the home side the early lead 5-0. There was then a long phase of play which saw both teams penalised for off side at rucks and not releasing the ball, where High Wycombe had their first penalty attempt rebound off the post, but were successful on the second, and Olney increased their lead thanks to the boot of Inside Centre, James Hawken converting two penalties 11-3.
Olney continued to push the High Wycombe defence and with the forwards having a strong drive, Second Row, Steve Harrison made a good break and with Jack Sutton in support he drove the opposition back and over the line for a great try, which was converted by James Hawken extending Olney’s lead to 18-3. High Wycombe were awarded yet another penalty for an Olney player being off side, and after opting for the lineout, that is where the game seemed to remain for the next ten minutes. With Olney contesting hard in defence and giving penalties away dangerously, only five metres out from the try line, High Wycombe repeatedly opted for the lineout and finally to the relief of the supporters, Olney’s hard work paid off when the penalty was awarded to them after the ball not being released by a High Wycombe player.
With not long before half time, Olney once more pushed the visitors defence and unfortunately I missed the build up to the next try due to a ball from the second team pitch hitting David Atkins cleanly in the face whilst in mid conversation, luckily no harm done! Though I did see it was finished with a dive by James Hawken who then converted taking the score to 25-3 to Olney at the break.
The second half saw the visitors try to become more involved, and their forwards were most definitely more vocal. Though it was Olney who were first to take more points from another successful penalty from the boot of James Hawken from just inside the halfway line 28-3. But credit where it’s due, High Wycombe finally got the points they were after from a five metre lineout and some determined forwards driving to get their back row over for a try, though not converted 28-8.
The game continued to go from end to end with some good breaks being made by both sets of backs, and High Wycombe were rewarded for their efforts once again from a set piece, where the forwards drove over once again to score a try, which was converted bringing the score closer 28-15 and only minutes later converted a penalty for an Olney player being off side 28-18. Though it was the boot of James Hawken who had the final say in converting another penalty taking the final score to 31-18 and deservedly so was awarded man of the match. Olney are now back to the top as joint leaders of the league table, and this Saturday they travel to Wallingford where supporters are most welcome!
Tries; James Hannah, Jack Sutton, James Hawken
Con; James Hawken x2
Pens; James Hawken x4
OLNEY v AMERSHAM & CHILTERN 09/10/10 home win 26-13
Match report by Karen Smith
Olney were welcomed onto the field by the largest home crowd of the season, with over a hundred former players attending a luncheon in the Clubhouse prior to the game expecting a good afternoon of rugby with the home side undefeated to date.
The game commenced with both teams making some long kicks for territory testing each others defence, and Olney’s Winger Kev Smith took a high ball which he fed to opposite Winger, Will Edwards who ran up field only to be stopped by Amersham’s defence preventing the home side from scoring an early try. Amersham then gained territory from a long driving maul by the forwards before giving Olney an early penalty for not releasing the ball once gone to ground. The ball was kicked up field for an Olney line out, from which Olney recycled the ball through the hands of the back line and then the support of the forwards made it to the line and saw Second Row, Steve Harrison score a try in the corner. The conversion was not made but gave the home side the early lead to the delight of the crowd 5-0. The visitors were straight back at Olney and only moments later looked to be in for a try by some strong running from their backs only to be penalised for a forward pass.
With the game looking in balance and a tough afternoon expected, it was pleasing for the home crowd to see Olney extend their lead from some great team work after Amersham sent up a high ball which was taken by Back Row, Jack Sutton who passed to Mike Ormesher who had the forwards ruck over and the ball was then passed to Full Back, James Hannah who in turn passed to Fly Half, Mark Marwood who scored a try, which James Hawken converted taking Olney to a 12-0 lead. Shortly after, Amersham were awarded a penalty for an Olney player not rolling away from a tackle and their Full Back converted getting them a score on the board 12-3. Olney were quick to get back in control with James Hawken making a break mid field and after making ground used the forwards in support, with Flanker, John Robinson finishing off with the try, which James Hawken converted taking the score to 19-3 where it remained at the half time break.
Amersham seemed determined to get more involved in the game from the start of the second half and began to test Olney’s defence, and it wasn’t long before their Fly half went over for a try after a couple of weak/missed tackles in Olney’s back line. This was converted by their Full back bringing the score closer 19-10. The game became more balanced once again and saw both sides makes some clean breaks, with the forwards doing a great deal of donkey work giving the backs a platform to play off. The next score came after another penalty was converted by the Amersham Full Back after Olney were penalised once again and this brought the score to 19-13, a little close for comfort for the home side when they had the edge on possession, despite some good work being made by Number eight, Scott Walker and Hooker, Matthew Boddy dropping on every loose ball in range and seen interlinking well when out in the back line. With both teams pulling out the stops in the last quarter of play it was no surprise to the home crowd when Will Edwards cut through the Amersham defence on a great line and used James Hawken in support to maintain the tempo who in turn passed to Full Back, James Hannah who had been having a great individual game who made the try count with a dive over the line, which James Hawken converted and finished the game on 26-13 to Olney.
Olney remain at the top of the South West 1 East league with six wins from six games and Saturday 16th October will see them make the short trip to local rivals Bletchley were all supporters are encouraged to attend as its always a close contest at Manor Fields.
Tries; S Harrison, M Marwood, J Robinson, J Hannah
Con; J Hawken x3
OLNEY v OAKMEDIANS away win 30-32 02/10/10
Match report by Karen Smith
Olney had a bus trip for their furthest trip of the season so far to Bournemouth on Saturday to play Oakmedians RFC, and on the back of their recent form they were hopeful for another promising result.
Though after a long drive south Olney didn’t have the best start with the home side taking a strong lead 18-0. However, Olney managed to regroup and pull the score back to 18-18 just before the half time break after some strong work by the forwards, especially man of the match, Prop, Mike Ormesher proving to the home side they were not there to enjoy the Bournemouth weather, but up for the challenge of some hard playing rugby.
The second half reflected the first with both teams playing some good phases in both the backs and forwards, although it was Olney that stretched their lead to 18-32, before allowing the home side back into the game with a further two tries. Though fortunately for Olney in the closing minutes of play, the Oakmedian’s conversion was missed from in front of the posts leaving the final score 30-32, a good away win for Olney which could of so easily been a draw and with four tries being scored giving the additional bonus point leaving Olney three points clear at the top of the league with five wins from five games.
Tries; Kev Smith, James Hannah, Chris Parnham, Scott Walker
Cons; Mark Marwood x3
Pens; Mark Marwood x2
Saturday 25th September 2010 Charity Match
Olney Rugby Football's first XV won the first four games this season, putting them top of the league table.
The game also raised funds for the club and the charity MK Snap.
The Rugby Club players bought 'one off design shirts' raising £590, which was split so the Club and the Charity.
A further three of these shirts, plus a signed Northampton Saints Shirt were auctioned by Will Greenwood after the game raising a further £990 for MK Snap taking the total raised for MK Snap to £1285. Olney's Captain, Chris Parnham organised this Charity Game.
Match Report by Karen Smith.
OLNEY v SWANAGE & WAREHAM home win 35-19 25/09/10
"Saturday proved to be a busy afternoon at Olney Rugby Club with the First XV welcoming Swanage & Wareham for their league fixture which was also a Charity Game raising funds for the Rugby Club and MK Snap, where Olney played in a one off shirt design, white shorts and socks. Plus the ‘Olney Occassional’s’ had a memorial game against Huntingdon with ex-England/Lions/Harlequins Centre, Will Greenwood putting on his boots to play for Olney, so the crowds were drawn in even more so.
The first XV fixture didn’t provide the most inspiring first half performance from a spectators point of view, apart from the impressive kicking of Centre, James Hawken converting six penalties awarded by Swanage’s lack of discipline and desperation to make their mark on the game.
The Olney side had their work cut out in the defence with some big tackles being made by forwards, Jack Sutton and Scott Walker prevented the ball reaching the visitors back line. Then from an Olney backs attacking phase of play the cross field kick was carried out by the Swanage Full Back, so taking advantage of the Olney lineout the forwards managed to drive the visitors over the line with Number Eight, Scott Walker scoring the try which was converted by James Hawken.
With the score looking strong for Olney at 25-0 it was disappointing for the home crowd to see the visitors break through the Olney defence to score a try just minutes before the half time whistle, with this converted it still left the home side 25-7 ahead at the break.
With both coaches certainly having words at the break both teams appeared to of sharpened up their game plan in the second half, playing some more enjoyable rugby to watch with both sets of backs getting more involved in the game and making some strong runs. James Hawken continued his accurate kicking with another penalty extending Olney’s lead to 28-7 shortly before Olney lost second row, Steve Harrison to injury and having a good replacement on the bench in Gareth Cahill who immediately became involved in the game in attacking support play making yards up field. James Hawken spotted a gap in the Swanage back line and cut through with James Padfield in support making ground before recycling the ball out to Cameron on the Wing who was tackled just short of the line. A bit more of the running rugby you expect to see at Olney.
Though from this the visitors increased their tempo and a quick turnaround saw them play some strong phases of attack themselves and score a try at the opposite end which was converted taking the score to 28-14.
The final quarter saw tempers raised slightly and Olney lost their Captain, Chris Parnham to the sin bin, though even with one man down the home side continued well and saw Back Row, John Robinson go over for a try, which was again converted by james Hawken stretching the lead to 35-14. Swanage still not settling down, and definitely the more vocal of the two sides managed to continue pressing at Olney until finally they found a gap and were awarded one further try which was not converted before the final whistle taking the final score to 35-19. Another win for Olney, and taking them top of the South West 1 East league table. As they say a wins a win, but both sides will be able to reflect on this game and take plenty to the training pitch before next week’s games, where Olney travel to Bournemouth to play Oakmedians.
Tries; Scott Walker, John Robinson
Con; James Hawken x2
Pens; James Hawken x7"