Our opponents for Saturday - Old Albanian r.f.c.
December 14 2017
This week we entertain Old Albanian's one of the clubs that our old mate Shanners has coached. They won promotion to National One for the 2012 - 2013 season finishing in 5th. place, their best finish to date, the following season after an admin error when they were deducted five points they went down by one point being promoted again the following season after a play off.
Once again another club with a large playing membership, they field up to five senior teams, two colts teams and a strong Ladies section which has a team in the ladies premiership, plus one of the largest mini and junior sections in the country fielding over 900 youngsters each Sunday. Some playing membership perhaps about 50 odd teams of youngsters ?
I don't know where they all play but they claim to have had the largest sporting complex developement in Europe when built and say it's regarded as the finest amateur sporting venue in the land, a bit bigger than Brickfields it seems, and a training base to Saracens r.f.c. great for the kids in the St Albans area.
O.A's are currently in 15th. place in the league on 18 points with the second worst point difference of - 186 with work to do to climb out of the relegation zone.
They claim some 14 players who have who gone on to play internationaly of which one such player is Maro Itoje the current English intenational.
At least we will have an uninterupted game this week weather wise and a chance to maintain our home record and maybe get back to third spot with Blackheath playing away to Old Elthamians, good luck to all.pqs: qs:
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