3rd February 2017
FATHER AND SONS
Always a big warm-hearted affair, this year's fathers & sons dinner was no different.
We were especially delighted to welcome back around the table, after an absence of a few years, Ken & Keith Davies, and to see both on top form. What a relief, too, to see the full complement of the Alexander-Trussell team, after a nasty smashed elbow the year before turned their quartet into a trio.
Pauline, Natalie and Emma did the evening proud with an excellent four-course meal with wine and port, the latter allowing Andrew Tarpey to propose the toast form sons to fathers, including his usual tranche of execrable jokes (and with sincere thanks to expert consultant opthalmologist Alan Mushin for being the straight man to the gag "www.conjunctivitis.com - now there's a site for sore eyes"). With effortless aplomb, and with far better anecdotes, Ken Davies then graciously replied with the toast from fathers to sons.
Another hugely enjoyable affair and all left looking forward to next year's gathering!
31st March 2017
If horses are equine, and bears are ursine, what are colubrine? Who was the only British Prime Minister born outside the UK? From which play is the line “If you prick us, do we not bleed”?
These and many more teasers were testing the grey cells of those who came to March's Quiz Night, with Jim Tarpey again acting as Quizmaster General, ably abetted by Lynda and Andrew to make it a family affair. Brain fuel was splendidly provided by Pauline & Natalie and whilst the final figures were totted up, a raffle spread joy and success to every team! In a nail-biting final-round twist, regular victors "Wysiwyg" crashed out and their crown was lifted by "The Jolly Rogers" (Pidgeon and Llewellyn providing the inspiration for the team name).
Sincere thanks to Roger & Jean Pidgeon and Jim Tarpey and family; look out for another quiz night in the autumn.
Those answers: Snakes; Andrew Bonar Law [in Canada]; The Merchant of Venice.
25th April 2017
RUGBY SEASON ENDS IN SUCCESS
After a thrilling climax to an incredible season its time to reflect and congratulate everyone involved in this journey.
Last year we talked about Martin’s legacy and writing our next chapter; it would have taken an amazing author to pen anything remotely worthy of this year! We received many messages of congratulations from other clubs which is a testimony to the respect we have earned and we should all now take a collective bow for all the hard work and commitment that everyone has put in to make our ambitions a reality.
We don’t have a coach or a formal committee structure so we rely heavily on our leaders. We should all recognise the huge contribution our Captains make in creating the platform for this unique environment and sustained success which is the envy of our peers. At the helm for 3 years now, Simon Miller has win/loss record as captain second to none. I ran his stats through Google; Ferguson, Wenger not even close and right up there with Martin Johnson’s test record .. not bad company to be in! Simon also clocked up 100 1st XV games which we celebrated a little belatedly. Keep an eye out for more key milestones to be reached next season.
An astonishing 74 players took the field for the 2nd team this year and Graham steered his trusted crew to the runners-up spot in the Middlesex Merit Table at the first time of asking in this competition. We know the engine of sustained success for any club depends on this team. Their achievements surpassed all expectations and will provide the foundation for more success next year. Captain of the 2s is one the toughest roles in any club and Coley is truly outstanding and utterly selfless in his leadership.
Where would be without Twitch “I’ll sort it” Wallis? He was schooled in the art of 'get stuff done’ and do not under estimate just how much needs to be done week by week to keep the wheels turning Another great contributor in the unsung hero category is Petal, and at the players dinner Simon made particular mention of his work managing weekly team tasks. A big hand also for Al Baxter in his role as social sec and his organisation of some cracking events off the field. We are currently looking at the roles for next season so if you are keen to contribute, now is the time to put your hand up – hotspots include Recruitment and Match day managers. Please hit reply now.
We are heavily reliant on our Sponsors to propel the ship and I would like to extend a huge thank you to Clive Hyman for his unstinting and generous support that he continues to give the club, plus the contributions we receive from Sean Curry at the London Orthopaedic Clinic, Lardy at JLT and Fullers. Strong support for the team has also built this year with regular attendance of past players at our legendary lunches, brilliantly organised by our VP of lunch, Paddy.
So we return to London 1 and eagerly anticipate renewing old acquaintances and rivalries. We deserve to be there and pose a serious threat to everyone in this league, we have nothing to fear. We now need to get our off-season and pre-season plans in place so we we hit the ground running in September …. more to follow.
In the mean time, Charlie will be taking the field with a decent bunch of lads in the Middlesex Sevens this Sunday and a week later over fifty Habs will embark on our inaugural trip to Budapest
January 1, 2023
SHAUN FENTON (OHA 1988) TO CHAIR HEADMASTER'S CONFERENCE
Shaun Fenton, the Head of Reigate Grammar School, has been chosen to Chair the HMS for 2018/19 and to serve as Chair Elect from September 2017.
This will be the first time that the Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School has ever been Chair of HMC in the 148-year history of the HMC, and it is believed that this may be the first time that any school in Surrey has held the Chair of HMC.
Mr Fenton has already been engaged in HMC for some years already, he has been privileged to serve on the Universities Committee, the Education Committee and more recently the Inspection Committee. He has also been fortunate to serve as Chair of the South East Division twice. He does not foresee a significant increase in time commitment with the appointment of Chair, and this will certainly not serve as a distraction from Mr Fenton’s primary and most important role, Headmaster of RGS, now and for years to come.
OHACC Wins The Nobbly Tanner Trophy
OHACC V SCHOOL CRICKET
On the hottest day of the year so far the Old Boys were too strong for the school's depleted and somewhat young looking sides, winning both games comfortable in the end to regain the Nobbly Tanner Trophy for the first time in a decade.
In the top match, Habs 1st XI lost wickets at regular intervals, many to rash shots, and were dismissed for a disappointing 165. In reply, OHCC were reduced to 42 for 3 before an unbroken partnership of 124 for the 4th wicket between Rhys Jenkins and Athman Sivakukar, both of whom completed fine half centuries, proved decisive.
In the 2nd XI game, a typically belligerent innings from Alex Watts carried his side to victory with more than 10 overs to spare.