Saturday 27 October. HARBURY 34 Redditch 21 Midlands 4 West (South)
Forced to concede a match the previous week because of an acute shortage of front row players due to injury and unavailability Harbury were particularly keen to get back on track, especially as it was a VP's, Sponsors and Guests Day with over 70 attending. The weather was foul and the guests along with a number of players recovering from injuries were more than keen to watch the match from the Clubhouse. Nonetheless, there were more than a few hardy souls who ventured out to watch the team playing in cold, wet and windy conditions.
Redditch's forwards looked to be an intimidating group but neither side initially coped particularly well with the conditions, with passes dropped and kicks affected by the wind. For Harbury a good committed performance but needless loss of possession and field position through a poor penalty count allowed Redditch to gain a foothold and create a potential foothold in the match. All in all, the VPs and supporters were treated to eight tries between the teams.
Saturday 3 November. BEDWORTH 101 HARBURY 3 Midlands 4 West (South)
Yes, that really was the score! Without offering any excuses and taking nothing away from the hosts, the scoreline needs to be read in light of the following. Fifteen players were due to meet at Bedworth’s new ground (Nicholas Chamberlain School) but unfortunately only twelve arrived. It was assumed that that the others had gone to Bedworth’s old ground and would eventually turn up. Keen to honour the fixture, twelve players took to the field despite the overwhelming odds they were up against. Whilst the final score was not pretty, those twelve lads came off the field having earned the respect from everyone on the touchline.
Saturday 17 November. HARBURY 13 Burbage 33 Midlands 4 West (South)
A number of changes to the side together with a few returning players resulted in a lack of cohesion amongst the home side during the first half of the match against a strong and well organised Bromyard team seeking a quick return to Midlands 3. The visitors dominated the first half and turned around leading 22-3. However, Harbury started to string together some positive phases of play and more importantly their tackle count improved dramatically demonstrating a determination and togetherness as they `drew' the second half 10-10.
Harbury RFC are still looking for young people to join our ranks, especially within our U13's & U14's squads. As a club we have over 160 players now playing on a regular basis on a Sunday.
Forthcoming fixtures –
8 December – 1stXV home to Claverdon. 2ndXV home to Manor Park 2ndXV.
9 December – All Mini age groups away to Shipston. U13s & U14s home to Rugby St. Andrews.
15 December – 1st XV and 2nd XV away to Coventrians.
16 December – Mini & Juniors Christmas party.
5 January – “A” side home to Newbold 2s.