Monday, July 30, 2012

OA Saints Looking Good!

There was great excitement at Old Albanians RFC recently due to the ladies team, best known as the OA Saints, attending the official launch of their new 7s touring kit.  The kit was won as a competition prize after Kate Barnes submitted the winning tiebreaker:

''Our team should be models for the TRU/London College of Fashions Women's Range:
because the OA saints are happy and the OA saints are free. The OA Saints are happy when the opposition flee. We smash and crash, our wingers dash until we score a try. We are a bunch athletes that would never eat a pie! We play at premiership level, against the best players in the world. Our battered bodies have seen better days, we still give those Saracens boys a sexy twirl ''

The OA Saints worked in partnership with TRU Sportswear and the London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course to develop the kit specially engineered to fit the female form. The shirts have been styled to include tailored necklines, longer length of shirts (to prevent riding up during play), bust fit, smaller arm hole sizing and new ladies fit ‘SXY’ shorts that include lycra undershorts as part of the design. Kate Barnes, submitter of the winning entry commented “It was an awesome experience for us to be involved in shaping the new TRU kit. As a ladies rugby team we know how our kit needs to perform and now we have played in it we absolutely love it! It’s great to see TRU getting behind ladies rugby and supporting the game with specific ladies fit kit. It means there is now more choice for female rugby players!”.

OA Saints have used their new kit already, at recent Bournemouth, Manchester and Solstice 7s competitions. If you are interested in playing for OA Saints they train on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.15 at the Old Albanian Rugby Club on Harpenden Road, or contact for more information. Or if you want to see the kit in action it will next be worn by the team at Southwold Beach 7s on 28th July.

Girls County Trials

Girls county trials for 2012/13 have been confirmed for 30th September at Welwyn. This is a couple of weeks later than usual in the hope that schools will send more girls along.

However, because the trials are later, an extra county-wide training session will take place on the 16th September, also at Welwyn, where everyone will get the chance to play in full-sized games. Even if you are the only player at your club in your age band this will be a great chance to play some rugby - and even find out more about plans for a cluster team for the season.

The county's home games this year will be against Kent on 18th November, probably at OAs.

County Coaches 2012/13:

U15: Gareth Bowser (Lead Coach) John Harrison and Kevin Green (Assistant Coaches)

U18: Jeff Stembridge (Lead Coach) Greg Maxwell, Alan Watson, Bob Dawson and Mick Clapp (Assistant Coaches)

County Managers 2012/13:

U15; To be appointed.Volunteers to contact Adrian Pomfret.

U18; Colin/Carol Summerfield