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Gladiators

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26 Jun 2018

Rob Fenton

Gladiator's Captain

2018 and Preparation for 2018/19

It's only worth summarising a season's rugby, if, through the haze of knocks and the odd beer, you can remember what it was you aimed to achieve in the first place.

Well I am proud to say, not only do I remember after the Club Supper, but also The Gladiators achieved the team goals set at the start of the season. The outcome of which were the right performances, the style of rugby played and the founding of a camaraderie and respect for each other we'll take into future seasons and I hope successes.

I am especially proud of how a very young bunch of lads, combined with Colts and Returning Students have bonded together with senior gents like Maish, Kirky and myself to become a great team to watch, playing fast attacking rugby, but also a disciplined and resilient team of friends that will fight for each other to close out tight games.

Gladiators 2017/18 Season Goals
1. For the Gladiators team to be the first step into senior rugby for Colts players

2. for experienced rugby players to join and play a mentoring role

3. together play a competitive and high speed style of rugby

4. To build a courageous and winning Gladiators squad who enjoy the taste of victories and post-match beer together

Team achievements

• 8 Colts earned first Senior call-ups with the Gladiators
• 12 ex-Colts in current squad
• 24 yrs avg. age (includes Maish and I who total the same as 4 average players)
• 9 New senior players joined from other clubs
• 4 Senior players returned to OAs
• 7 Returning Students played
• Overall 74 players enjoyed playing for the Gladiators
• 364 beers drunk in the changing rooms together

Playing achievements

• 2nd in the League to earn bounce-back promotion to HMMT3

• Reaching League Cup Final
• P19, W13, L6 in all competitions
• 102 tries scored in season, +5 tries per game average
Club recognition
• OAs 2018 Team of the Year

I love the quality stats and delighted that the lads won Team of the Year, but it is the quality of the memories and anecdotes of a season that indicate how we're progressing as a team and club. My favourites - The Colts and Seniors singing 'The OAs are happy!' together in a circle at the end of a thrilling Colts v Seniors match. Beating the league winners away from home with only 15 players, four of which were Colts and finishing with 13 left on the pitch; one with a broken rib.

Halfway through the season Maish messaging me to tell me that his twenty year old body-armour had fallen to pieces, and that it was meant to signify the end of his rugby career, but he was 'having too much fun to stop now' so went straight to Amazon and bought a new one. Big Tex, Conor and Simon coming all the way to the finals to watch us, and The Gladiators and Grizzlies travelling back on the bus together, the songs 'n' shenanigans and Butters's pick-up of new honorary Saints squad members and dinner guests on the way home... many great memories and more to come in 2018/19.

As the season closes, we say good luck to Saope 'Suits' Soko, á bientôt to Illies Fortune who's off to play in the French Nat1 league, successful studies to our top try scorer Tanyaradzwa Fernando and his brother Tito - we'll see you both as Returning Students, and safe travels to Ben Pearce.

Finally, we as a team would especially like thank:

Colts Managers; Conor Ringland and Simon Atkinson for integrating the Colts and Senior club
Coaches; Ash Walsh, Trev Hickey and Eddie Panting for prepping us
Romans; James Steventon and Alex Austerbry, for squad sharing and development
Team Manager; Alan Kirk - never has our kit been so white, and balls so grippy
Tech team; Oz and John Cooper for the systems, website and match reports
Treasurer; Rick Powdrell for 'supporting' our new memberships, and forgiving our tardy accounting
Club Captain; Chris Butterworth, for backing my and the team's endeavours and providing excellent entertainment throughout
Vice Captain; Steve Maishman, for being the rock and inspiration for the team when we needed it most

On and off the pitch, well played every one.

Let's take it into 2018/19, and add more on top.

Rob

01 Jul 2017

Rob Fenton

Gladiators Captain

2017-18 Season

The Gladiators team is the first step into men’s rugby for most of our Colts players and an opportunity for experienced rugby players to play a mentoring role and together enjoy a competitive and high speed style of rugby.

The 2016/17 season was a tough one, we simply weren’t consistent or committed enough for the first half of the season deciding to drop to Herts & Middlesex Merit Table 4.

It’s the league we were promoted from in 2015/16 so I’m confident that with our new core of committed talent, leaders across the park and a positive attitude we’ll bounce back stronger and enjoy the taste of victories and post-match beer together too. Merit Table 4 will not be easy with local home and away derbies against Verulamiam and St Albans 2nd teams as well as renewing old rivalries with the likes of Barnet, Stevenage and Letchworth.

I am delighted to say that our squad train twice weekly with high attendance, team spirit and work rate and with Trevor and Ash leading our coaching, we build week-on-week. We’ve also welcomed many new and returning players to OAs in pre-season, so there is competition for starting places which get the best out of all players. A strong start on our mission to build a courageous and winning Gladiators squad.

  • Fixtures
  • Results
29/09/18
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

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Black Horse

06/10/18
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HMMT #3

Amersham & Chiltern

15:00

Gladiators

20/10/18
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Biggleswade

27/10/18
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HMMT #3

The Mount Prison

15:00

Gladiators

03/11/18
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HMMT #3

Hitchin

15:00

Gladiators

17/11/18
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Finchley

01/12/18
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HMMT #3

Fullerians

15:00

Gladiators

08/12/18
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Leighton Buzzard

12/01/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Black Horse

26/01/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Amersham & Chiltern

09/02/19
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HMMT #3

Biggleswade

15:00

Gladiators

16/02/19
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HMMT #3

The Mount Prison

15:00

Gladiators

02/03/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Hitchin

09/03/19
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HMMT #3

Finchley

15:00

Gladiators

23/03/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Fullerians

30/03/19
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HMMT #3

Leighton Buzzard

15:00

Gladiators

06/04/19
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HMMT #3

Gladiators

15:00

Old Grammarians

15/09/19
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Friendly

Gladiators

15:00

Stockwood Park

08/09/18
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Friendly

Gladiators

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Tring

15/09/18
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Friendly

Gladiators

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Stockwood Park

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