Chairman's Message

Welcome to OPM Rugby season 2017/18 in which we look to gain promotion back into Devon One as our main aim for the year. After finishing third in the league last year and being pipped to the post in the last few games, the emphasis this year is on a good league and cup run for all competitions. We were also thrilled to win some silverware last season by winning the Pedrick Cup in a pulsating match to overcome Plym Vic. A wonderful achievement.

The 1st XV are in Devon Two and following a successful season in the Plymouth Combination for our 2nd XV, we continue to support this league with further clubs having joined this season. Howard Turner continues in his role of Club Coach with Hayley our Club Physio and Cookie & Atco, First Team Managers for the season. We are also welcoming Rick Orkney into the coaching set up and continue to add personnel before the season to ensure we have a great set up for the players. Emphasis will continue on player improvements as well and fun, teamwork and enjoyment on and off the field.

OPM Juniors continue to develop within their age groups and are building strength in numbers all of the time. O2 Touch rugby has also now moved to both Monday and Wednesday nights and continues to be a fantastic option for those less interested in contact and more interested in fun, fitness and a social atmosphere.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for this season, ongoing and newly confirmed, and we hope to see everyone at the numerous social events that will be provided throughout the season. I would request that if you would like to get involved, no matter how big or small a role, you speak to the Executive Committee or myself.

This year, we will also be making major developments at Elburton. The social area will be undergoing a full refurbishment and we will be improving the lighting and other playing facilities in order to ensure that it is a welcoming and professional environment. As always, we look ahead to this season with positivity and making sure that the OPM Family continues from strength to strength.

See you at the bar. Cheers, Matt Glastonbury

OPM Rugby 90th Anniversary Charity Dinner in Sponsorship of MNDA

To celebrate 90 seasons of OPM rugby we are hosting a black tie event and live band at the Holiday Inn Plymouth, with special guest speaker Thomas Waldrom of Exeter Chiefs  on Sat June 24th 2017 at 18:30 – 01:00 in Sponsorship of MNDA.

This event promises to be a great evening and another chance to raise awareness of MNDA in memory of our late Club Chairman Simon Adams.  Please see the link below for his inspirational story and fund raising page.

For the price of £40 a ticket you will receive:
– Arrival drink
– Three course meal (menu below)
– Tea/Coffee and mints
– Cheese board
– Table wine

You can pay for your place at this special event now via Go Cardless our secure payment system, click the link below to purchase your place.

https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000WXNQV62N

For those wishing to stay overnight at the Holiday Inn, phone the hotel direct and quote OPM 90th Anniversary Dinner to get 15% off your room rate.

Menu

Starters 

Warm Asparagus & Smoked Apple wood cheese tart
With dressed watercress & Balsamic glaze (v)

Crispy pan roasted fillet of Sea Bass
Set on a bed of baby leaf salad with a lemon butter sauce

Main Course

Seared beef fillet medallions
Served with a potato Rosti & balsamic roasted Chantenay Carrots 

Pan roasted breast of Chicken

Wrapped in smoked bacon with Djon mustard cream sauce

Mille-feuille of Celeriac & Potato Rosti
Layered with sautéed wild mushrooms, wilted spinach & served with a truffle scented mushroom cream foam (v)

All served with seasonal Vegetables

Desserts

Salted caramel & chocolate torte
With clotted cream

Lemon posset
With soft summer fruits steeped in orange liqueur

Please email Chirs Harmer with your menu choices or contact via facebook

For every ticket sold £1.50 will be donated to MNDA.

The band Dakota Blue will be providing the musical entertainment for the evening. Check them out on the link below

https://www.facebook.com/dakotablueband/ 

or listen to a few of their tracks here:

https://www.lemonrock.com/dakotablue?page=mp3s


We will be having a Compère for the evening to provide entertainment and to help raise money for MNDA through the auctioning off of prizes.

If you wish to donate any prizes to aid in the raising of money please send a message to the OPM Rugby Club.

 

OPM seconds edge out Plympton Victoria to claim Pedrick Cup

OPMs seconds narrowly overcame Plympton Victoria 29-25 to claim the Pedrick Cup at the Rectory on Wednesday evening.

Plym Vic had agonisingly lost 17-15 in the Ellis Trophy last year and they were once again left rueing missed opportunities to claim a title.

The Devon Two perennial strugglers came back from 10-0 and 24-11 down to close to within six points in the 57th minute.

They had chances to take the lead midway through the second half, but did not take them and a try by Mark Leighton three minutes from time sealed the win for OPM IIs.

Plym Vic did score late on, but there was no time left for another attack.

Howell Phillips, who until Christmas had been coach of Plym Vic before being diagnosed with cancer, was able to attend the match and presented the trophies to the two teams.

OPM IIs took the lead in the second minute when Sammie Matts kicked a penalty.

They then went 10-0 up after as many minutes when Paul Roberts crossed from close range following a tap penalty and Matts added the conversion.

But Sam Willmington reduced the gap to 10-6 with two penalties before Plym Vic took the lead with a great try by number eight Olley Ayres.

Ayres showed good pace and strength to score in the right corner following a scrum in the middle of the park.

However, OPM IIs hit back well with two crucial tries – one in the last minute of the half.

First, Mark Turner went over on the left after it had looked like OPMs had blown a golden opportunity following a tap penalty. They had numbers on the outside but dropped the ball. However, the referee played on and eventually Turner crossed.

And, just before the interval, James Davidson walked in under the posts for a converted try which put OPMs 24-11 up at the break.

Credit, though, to Plym Vic they came out for the second half fired up.

They looked certain to score in the 56 minutes but dropped the ball under the posts.

They did get a penalty and after some pressure Daniel Warne crossed for a second try and Willmington converted to put Plym Vic just 24-18 behind.

Plym Vic pressed hard after that and knocked on over the line again in the 64 minute.

After more pressure, OPMs were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes but Plym Vic could not take advantage.

And while they were a man down, Leighton scored his crucial try for OPMs from a catch-and-drive move to make it 29-18.

The win did mean OPMs ended a frustrating season with some silverware. Their first team had finished third in Devon Two and they also reached the semi-finals of the Lockie Cup and Devon Junior Cup.

Story courtesy of PlymouthSportsGazette

Simon Adams (The Ginger Prince) Latest Update from Just Giving

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Just thought I would share with you the latest from Simon Adams Just Giving Page.

So far the generosity of his friends, family,  colleagues and rugby fraternity have raised an amazing £536,875.95 + £18,226.88 Gift Aid

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Keep pushing on the fund raising we are over half way there.

Below is his story from the Just Giving website.

The Simon Adams Tribute Fund

We have made it over half a million!  BIG THANK YOU EVERYONE.  Donations including Gift Aid means it is currently at £548,189.98 as at 22/04/2016.

Matt Price recently ran the Plymouth Half Marathon and raised £553.10 in memory of Simon for research and said “First Plymouth Half Marathon done for you Simon.  It won’t be the last one!  Thanks to everyone who kindly donated”.

Simon was 46 when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and told he would die in two years.   He was a popular head teacher in Plymouth, an avid rugby player and extreme skier, and everybody’s friend.  Within a week of the shocking news he had made his bucket list and determined to enjoy every day he had left.  Top of his list was to raise awareness of MND and £1,000,000 to help find a cure – an ambitious goal for someone with so little time.

In the six months before getting around became too difficult Simon skied in France, swam with sharks in South Africa, trekked around Uluru (Ayres Rock) in Australia.  He and his friends organised fundraisers throughout the UK and abroad.  He reached a third of his target before he died in October 2011, just two weeks short of two years from diagnosis.  At his funeral his friends vowed to continue fundraising to reach his goal.

Five months after he died Justgiving.com honoured him with their top award as Fundraiser of the Year 2012.   His wife Maxine accepted it at a ceremony in London.

To raise money over the past 3 ½ years more than 1500 friends and 4,316 schoolchildren have run the Plymouth Half Marathon,  rugby teammates have cycled between Warwickshire and Devon,  friends have planted his banner on the top of Mt Kilimanjaro.   There have been pub quizzes, gala balls, Ascot Ladies Day parties, cricket matches, rugby tournaments, and auctions.

Research is progressing so quickly now that it is just possible that Simon’s million will lead to the cure that he so desired.

Simon was keen that all money will be used to research motor neurone disease in the hope that one day, in the not too distant future the words

“you have motor neurone disease”

will be followed by the phrase

“it is curable”

Simon lost his battle for life on 6 October 2011 just two years after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

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OPM's pair enjoyed their trip to Twickenham to see England beat Australia

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TWO volunteers from Devon Two club Old Plymothian & Mannamedian enjoyed a trip out at Twickenham on Saturday to watch England beat Australia.

Karen Gerson and Sean Cook were nominated by their club to Devon RFU for volunteer recognition awards.

Karen has been one of the main drivers in creating, maintaining and developing OPM’s junior section.

Sean was a player for the club for years and is now a committee member. Among the roles he undertakes at the Plymouth-based club is looking after their GMS, club website, social media and also providing some forwards coaching.

Their reward for winning a volunteer award was tickets to see England’s final autumn international against Australia, which they both enjoyed.

“It was a very good day,” said Sean. “I really enjoyed it – it was a good result and a good day.”

He admitted he was quite shocked to find out he had been nominated for an award.

“It was a surprise,” he said. “But there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes – every rugby club is the same. People don’t often realise the work that goes on – they just turn up and play on Saturday.”

Article from Devon RFU: https://www.devonrfu.com/news?nid=279