Harbury travelled away to Kings Norton on Saturday 29 September for their second league fixture of the season, Buoyed by their first round win against Greyhound, hopes were high for a close game but that didn’t materialise as the hosts cruised home 43 points to 22.
Harbury looked to rebuild their confidence the following week playing at home against the form side of the league, Old Wheatleyans. The hosts were in no way overawed by the opposition. However, the strength of OW's lay in their forwards and whilst they won the early set scrums, Harbury's forwards gradually began to assert themselves. The visitors ran in a converted try on the stroke of half time to go in 21-13 ahead. However, 5 minutes into the second half the forwards scored a push over try from a scrum reducing the deficit to 3 points. Whilst the visitors never gave up the lead Harbury continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over but eventually losing out by 42 points to 30.
On 30 September, Harbury hosted its annual festival, now in its 28th year, welcoming teams from Balsall & Berkswell, Alcester and Leamington. Some superb rugby was played by all our squads, with our U11's and U12's being crowned overall winners in their respective age groups.
The following week saw most of the mini's head over to Barker's Butts festival to repeat their winning ways. At home, the U13's & U14's hosted Old Coventrians. Always a tough fixture especially with the abundance of players the visitors brought with them. It does make a difference when you are able to put fresh legs on at half-time. Whilst the home sides lost both their match’s, the teams were commended for their fighting spirit and not giving way right up to final whistle.
All the teams turned out on14th October for training, albeit in the pouring rain with the exception of the U13's who hosted Keresley. A great result from Harbury with 12 try's being run in against the 4 conceded.
Around 270 players arrived at Harbury on 21st Oct with a mixture of teams enjoying some cracking rugby in the sun. The U13's travelled to Leamington with the U14's heading up to Solihull for their fixture against Camphill.
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.
November is a quieter month with half-term and Remembrance Sunday reducing the fixture calendar.
Forthcoming fixtures –
3 November – 1stXV away to Bedworth. 2ndXV – Home against Newbold friendly.
17 November – 1stXV home to Bromyard. 2ndXV – Home against Stoke OB friendly
18 November – U13s home to Old Leamingtonians & U14s home to Barkers Butts
18 November – All Mini age groups away to Old Leamingtonians
25 November – U13s away to Banbury & U14s away to Shipston
25November – All Mini age groups Home to Claverdon
1 December – 1stXV away to Burbage