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Latest Result OPM 25 Tamar Saracens 24

Article and Photos by Sara Raine Plymouth Sports Gazette

A LATE Henry Matthews penalty secured OPMs a narrow 25-24 victory over city rivals Tamar Saracens at King George V Playing Fields on Saturday.

OPMs, having been 22-12 up mid-way through the second half, found themselves trailing 24-22 going into the dying minutes, but Matthews put them back in front. However, Saracens still had a late chance to win the game, but the hosts desperately managed to keep them out right at the death.

“It was a hard-fought win,” said OPMs captain Billy Garratt. “We really made hard work of it. Our discipline in the first half was good, but we fell off second half. A yellow card got them back into the game.

“There was a scary point at the end when we’d just gone down to 14 again and they put a nice kick in, but we managed to come through and get the win. That’s two out of two now in Devon One.

“But we do have to focus on tackling as I think there was about 23 missed tackles out there.”

Tamar Saracens were unhappy with some decisions which went against them.

“We’re gutted,” said spokesman Marc Cioffi. “It was a tough pill to swallow, especially considering I felt we played the better rugby.

“A few silly decisions cost us the game.

“There was that controversial penalty near the end, but we still came back fighting.”

Sarries took the lead in the first minute. OPMs failed to gather the kick-off and gave away a penalty. The visitors went for the line-out and from it prop Adam Coutts scored and Lewis Swatton converted.

Both teams were making silly mistakes but as the half wore on OPMs began to settle and they pulled level on 25 minutes. After some good play to get into Sarries 22 they were awarded a penalty. They went for the corner and from it Garratt was driven over. Pete Regan converted to equalise.

And almost straight away, OPMs added a second try when fly-half Regan scored on the left after some good play. He also converted to make it 14-7.

Regan increased their lead with a penalty on 37 minutes before Dan Best scored in the right corner to reduce the gap to 17-12 on the stroke of half-time.

OPMs went 22-12 up in the 57th minute when Matthews broke down the blindside to score in the corner.

But the match changed when OPMs had Ben Hooper yellow card on 64 minutes. Straight away, Sarries made the extra man tell with Fraser Tatchell crossing on the left.

And four minutes later, Sarries went ahead when flanker Josh Heath scored a great try which saw him outrageously dummy two OPMs players. Swatton added the conversion to put his side 24-22 ahead.

With time running out, OPMs got a penalty, which was moved forward 10 metres for back-chat. That extra 10 metres made it a far easier kick for Matthews to edge his side back ahead in injury-time.

However, there was plenty of injury-time to add on and OPMs again made a mess of taking the kick-off and gave away a penalty. Sarries opted not to go for goal and instead went for the line-out. Although they lost that, they kept the pressure on and right at the death Swatton nearly scored when he kick over the defence and the ball bounce away from two OPMs players but they somehow managed to stop Sarries from scoring.

OPM Junior Rugby Newsletter Sep 2018

Welcome! A New Season and New Newsletter format.

Karen Gerson has handed the duties over to Helen Foale for the publication  of the newsletter.  A Big thank you from the OPM Family and committee to Karen for all her work and effort she has put into all the previous very informative newsletters.

To download the full article please CLICK HERE

OPM RFC thanks Councillor Vivien Pengelly for her support

OPM RFC Junior and Senior sections had the pleasure of welcoming our local Councillor Vivien Pengelly to view the new OPM developments and facilities at Elburton. Vivien visited on Sunday to see a huge number of Juniors training on Sunday and walk through the new changing facilities and social area. She met many of our Junior Committee & coaches, new catering manager Val Noden and discussed our future plans and projects for the Elburton facility.

Vivien has been an active member of the OPM Family and supported us with many decisions undertaken by Plymouth City Council, with our Community engagement and with her recognition of our ongoing work by supporting us with Community grants when available including this season.

Vivien was very impressed with the recent developments undertaken and especially noted about the huge impact and benefits that this would have for the local community by providing an excellent facility for children of all ages to play rugby and exercise, have fun, learn the RFU values and enjoy the pitches and social area which are now available. She is looking forward to assisting us again this season and we would like to thank her for all of her efforts in supporting the OPM Family.

Matt Glastonbury

OPM RFC Chairman

Darren Wills of Kier Living presents OPM Rugby committee member Martin Finlay a cheque

Darren Wills of Kier Living presents OPM Rugby committee member Martin Finlay a cheque to help towards the refurbishment works at the Pavilion at King George V Playing Fields at Elburton.

The refurbishment works provide a social space for the Clubs flourishing junior section to relax and socialise after their games at Elburton whilst enjoying their after match food prepared in the extended kitchen. The area also provides a comfortable seating area where the parents can appreciate a cup of tea or coffee in more pleasant surroundings

KGV Social Area Grand Opening

OLD Plymothian & Mannamedian Rugby Club have created a new ‘clubhouse’ at their King George V Playing Fields, which they opened at the weekend.

Sara Raine of Devon RFU was in attendance and wrote… (pictures by Sara Raine)

The Devon One have totally renovated the changing pavilion at their Elburton home.

Among the changes were turning two old dressing rooms into a large, bright social area with club photographs around and male and female toilets, plus a modern kitchen. They have also improved the other changing rooms and made a new referees’ dressing room.

The redevelopment has been done primarily for use for their juniors, although the senior team did use it on Saturday for the visit of North Tawton.

It does mean junior teams will be able to enjoy after-match food at the venue, while parents will be able to enjoy a drink or breakfast while their children train or play on a Sunday morning.

“We have primarily done it for the juniors,” said club chairman Matt Glastonbury.

“We want to have more of a club feel. Teams were travelling down but they had nowhere to congregate.

“We are hoping that it will really help promote the juniors and give a real rugby club atmosphere for teams coming down.

“We have got a new catering manager and it is a venue that we’ll be able to use for lots of other things.

“This weekend went very successfully. All the parents were very pleased with it. It means they don’t have to stand in the rain now. Their feedback was that they wanted somewhere to go – and that’s what we have provided.

“There’s a small area at the front where we are going to be putting table and chairs out so that if it is nice weather the parents have an nice vantage point, but also when it is horrible they can go in where it is warm and have tea or coffee and a bacon bap.

“This shows that we are moving on. It is pretty much the start of our grand plan.

“We have got under-14s now and in a couple of years’ time we’ll have under-16s in the Fisherman’s Cup and then it will be colts so we need to be ready.

“Our focus for the last couple of years has been on the juniors and this proves that we are really serious about them. Hopefully, it will help us attract even more young people.”

He added: “But it is not only the changing rooms and social area that have been redeveloped, we’ve done a new referees’ room as well. The whole place has been redeveloped to a point now where we feel it is sustainable. Like I said, we do have some other plans for the future, but we’ll start with this.”

The club’s two senior teams normally go back to the OPM Club at Plymouth College after games, but some sides from outside the area do not always want to make the trip there afterwards. Now the club can offer an alternative. They did get a temporary licence to serve drinks for last Saturday’s game against North Tawton.

“We still go back to the OPM Club and we will continue to do that this season,” said Glastonbury. “The college really support us.

“But teams like North Tawton, Buckfastleigh, South Molton don’t always necessarily want to travel back into Plymouth.

In the long-term we would like something there every Saturday and Sunday. At the moment we’ll do something there on occasional Saturdays, but it is mainly about the Sundays and making sure the juniors have a nice experience.

“If say Tavistock or another club bring all their teams down they can all have a dressing room and can go somewhere and have food afterwards.”

The revamped pavilion has six changing rooms, plus two breakout rooms, a new large social area with kitchen and toilets, a snug room, a referees’ room and an outdoor area at the front of the building.

KGV New Social Area Grand Opening - Sat 08/09/2018 @ 1pm

If you are free on Saturday 8th September  at 1pm please come along and join us in the opening of the new OPM KGV Social Area.

OPM 1st XV are home to North Tawton and the Jesters are at home to Plymstock Albion Oaks 2nds.

We have a temporary bar licence hosted by Ash Brown Williams our Bar Manager and the bar will be open at 1pm.  There will be food available to all.

It promises to be a good start to the season both on and off the pitch.

See you there.


Pre-Season Friendly OPM's v Tamar Saracens

TAMAR Saracens and OPMs were both happy with a pre-season run-out at Parkway on Saturday.

Saracens won the battle of the Devon One rivals 22-10 thanks to a late converted try, but OPMs’ pack impressed on the day.

Both teams were without a number of players, but it was an even – and at times feisty – contest that could have gone either way.

In the end two early Saracens tries scored from clever cross-field kicks proved decisive, but OPMs certainly showed they are likely to be competitive in Devon One this coming season.

“We are really pleased with that,” said OPMs head coach Howard Turner afterwards. “We had 10-12 what we would class as first team players who weren’t around, but all the guys who played showed they are absolutely capable of playing Devon One rugby.

“I think our forwards are a huge plus at the moment. I think we were the better pack of forwards, but we just struggled a little bit behind with a few playing out of position and that was where their two tries with kicks over the top came from, but we ironed that out.

“We have always had big thing about defence and I think that shone through. We are pleased with that start.

“We are just really looking forward to getting into the season now. I think it is going to be very interesting.”

Tamar Saracens head coach Pete Lethridge said: “It was a good workout – better than I expected.

“They (OPMs) had a big, physical pack and we had a lot of inexperience in our pack, but the boys did well – I was impressed by some.

“We do have a lot of players to come back, but I think it was a good test for both teams.

“We have learnt quite a bit – we know how they (OPMs) want to play this season.

“But I was impressed with a lot of the younger lads and I am looking forward to the next game now.”

Saracens went 7-0 up after just seven minutes when winger Dan Best scored after a great cross-field kick by Lewis Swatton, who added the conversion.

Two minutes later tempers flared and OPMs were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes. However, while a man down they cut the gap with a Sammie Matts penalty.

On 20 minutes, Sarries extended their lead with another cross-field kick to the right corner. It looked like OPMs would gather the ball but it took a bounce awkwardly and fell perfectly for Ricky Lennon to gather and score.

After that though, OPMs took control for the rest of the half. They dominated the forward exchanges and on 26 minutes they pushed Sarries off a scrum and forward Ben Hooper scored with a pick-and-go move. Matts added the conversion to cut the gap to two points.

Devon under-20 player Swatton, back from a short spell at Devonport Services, kicked a penalty to put Saracens 15-10 up, but OPMs still had most of the possession.

The pre-season match was a bit of a stalemate after the break, but five minutes from time, Saracens sealed the win when centre Karl Andrews scored under the post and youngster Swatton converted.

Article and pictures by Sara Raine Plymouth Sports Gazette

Kier Proud to be one of OPM's Sponsors

Our sponsorship team are very proud to announce we have added another great sponsorships deal with Kier and look forward to their support this season.

Chis Pascoe OPM’s Marketing and Communications chairman committed “We are very proud to have Kier onboard with our other sponsors and look forward to their continuing support”