Saturday 24 March. BURBAGE 35 HARBURY 25 Midlands 4 West (South)
Despite the score line, Harbury produced a highly committed and thoughtful performance in a match where they were unlucky not to gain two bonus points and possibly even victory.
Saturday 7 April. HARBURY 19 CLAVERDON 17 Midlands 4 West (South)
These two Clubs have been playing one another at one level or another for over 50 years and it was only fitting that Claverdon’s officials were invited to the Vice Presidents pre-match lunch.
Most matches have been close with little more than one or two scores between the teams, in fact earlier in December the game at Claverdon ended as a 24-24 draw. Claverdon, with their position for next season in the league secure, were keen to gain local bragging rights. Harbury meanwhile needed the win to help ensure their safety, the result being crucial. The return saw a mere two points separate the sides and the match was as tight as the final result indicated.
Arrangements had been made for a 2nd XV game to be played at the same time. Unfortunately, Claverdon were unable to raise a side and Harbury were unable to find an alternative fixture in the short time available.
Saturday 14 April.
The availability of players throughout the season has been one that has frustrated the club throughout the season. None more so when the previous week some 35 players put their name forwards for selection only for the next week to have only 12 players available to travel over to Coventrians. Needless to say that being unable to field a competitive side, Harbury had to concede the match.
Saturday 21 April. HARBURY 26 COVENTRY WELSH 25 Midlands 4 West (South)
Harbury opened their 2017/18 campaign winning their pre-season friendlies and remaining unbeaten until the end of October with a style of play encouraged by coach Ben Baseley that was fast, open and exciting to watch. However, a number of players were side-lined with long term injuries and despite reaching the Semi Finals of the Junior Vase, League wins have been very hard to come by since.
Coventry Welsh arrived at Harbury having already secured promotion and it would not be unreasonable for Welsh to arrive with an expectation of victory against a team in the lower reaches of the league. No doubt the mind-set might also have been to erase the loss at home (Welsh 13 – Harbury 22) and finish the season on a high. However, Harbury produced an excellent performance and eventually took a well-deserved win from a hard and demanding game of rugby.
Updated 18:07 - 26 Apr 2018 by Tom Kittendorf
Whilst the U9s embarked on their tour back in January, the remaining Mini and Junior sides will have been on their end of season tours by the time you read this.
Friday 11 May. Mini and Juniors Awards night at the Club.
Saturday 19 May. 200 guests will attend a black tie, End of Season Ball at the Dunchurch Park Hotel.