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Versa: Issue One

Versa is a biannual publication and will be published every autumn and spring term. Versa will replace the former magazine, OA Bulletin and will offer a comprehensive insight into the many facets of alumni life.

18 Sports News A DOUBLE

18 Sports News A DOUBLE for Cox by Peter Dredge (OA 1960) Golfers are avid followers of the weather forecast, especially in the locations where matches and events have been arranged. Experience this season has shown that long range (over a week) forecasts have been wildly inaccurate and even an indication for a following day is generally unreliable. Nevertheless, the fixtures this season have been played in mostly dry conditions due to good fortune, although the Secretary must be afforded some credit! The matches, as always, were great fun with our opposition and over the years we have established great camaraderie and friendships on and off the course. Results were mixed with a good victory over Mid-Herts GC, draws against Berkhamsted and Haberdashers, and a single defeat against Old Cholmeleians, the first loss to them for several years and, in a way, it was good to see them return happily back to Highgate. The OA Cup venue this year was Berkhamsted GC and John Cox succeeded in retaining the trophy he won last year at Sandy Lodge. A significant achievement by our lowest handicap golfer, 4. Graham Tate was runner-up with three players tied for third place, Mike Lamprell, John Cash and Brian Hayden-Smith. John Saunders secured the Dockree Tankard being the competition for the Antelopes. CAPTAIN GRAHAM TATE (OA 1960) (RIGHT) PRESENTING THE CUP TO WINNER JOHN COX (OA 1974) (LEFT) Our Captain, Graham Tate, kindly organised an open day at his home course, Dunstable Downs GC, and then proceeded to win the Pop Rush trophy from runners-up John Saunders and Peter Dredge. At the time of writing this report, the annual away trip this year will be to Lakeside Lodge, Huntingdon and full details will follow in the next report. All OAs are most welcome to attend any of our events. I would be pleased to provide details and to include any interested OAs on the mailing list. My email address is OA Tennis by Maureen Harcourt We have had a very successful season in the Watford and District Tennis League. Our Men (Division 2) have come second, our Ladies (Division 3) have come first and our Mixed Team (Division 4) have come second. This means all three teams have gained promotion. Family sessions on Sunday mornings have gone well throughout the season and have enjoyed good attendance. We have instigated a new club session on Tuesday evenings for Ladies Team practice, ably lead by our Club Coach Margie Edge. Margie is building up her coaching sessions and is busy every day of the week delivering group and individual lessons. If anyone is interested in booking some coaching sessions she can be contacted at The Sue Barnes Memorial Tournament on Sunday 11th June was a delightful event which was well attended and played in great spirit. Family and friends of Sue joined in, in some cases having to dust cobwebs off rackets and digging deep for suitable outfits! Nick Barnes officially “opened” the bench by cutting the ribbons – in OA colours of course! As it was such a success we have decided that it should become an annual event. For the first time this year we are entering a Mixed Team into the East Herts Autumn League and a Ladies Team into the Hertfordshire Senior Winter League. We shall also continue to put a mixed side into the Datchworth Autumn League. BENCH OPENING CEREMONY WITH NICK BARNES (OA 1966) We continue to welcome new players to the Club so do contact either myself ( or Margie if you are interested in finding out more.

19 THE OA FOOTBALL CLUB returns by Nick Jackson (OA 2005) After several years of dormancy, OA Football has returned and in a big way. After dipping their toes in a few competitive Old Boys games earlier this year in a cup run that saw them reach the quarter finals of The David Willcott Trophy. The Old Albanian Football Club have now begun their crusade for league silverware as they embark on their 2017/18 campaign in Division Five of the Arthurian League. The Arthurian League, an English association football league for teams of independent school alumni, has existed since 1961 and currently consists of 57 teams representing 36 separate clubs. Driven by former students Alex Addison (OA 2005) and Nick Jackson (OA 2005), St Albans School is now being represented by its alumni with a vision to field both Second and Third XIs in future years. The Club, featuring exclusively Old Albanians from the School, has been proactive with their recruitment drive, leading to talent being represented across decades of Old Boys. ‘’I felt a warm welcome joining and despite age differences, the St Albans School unity that has been bred into all of us still holds strong no matter of current careers or stages of life’’ – Bryn Edwards, OAFC member. With an ever growing talent pool available, it is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old friends and establish new ones through competitive sport. For all those interested in finding out more or to receive the latest Club match reports and latest updates please email The Old Albanian Football Club are currently first in Division Five of the Arthurian League. Latest Results: POS P W D L F A GD PTS 1 Old Albanians 8 4 2 2 18 18 0 14 2 Old Columbans 5 4 1 0 21 5 16 13 3 Old Brentwoods III 5 3 1 1 18 10 8 10 4 Old Brentwoods II 6 2 4 0 17 9 8 10 5 Old Cholmeleians II 5 1 1 3 11 14 -3 4 6 Old Foresters III 6 1 1 4 9 17 -8 4 7 Old Chigwellians III 7 0 2 5 8 29 -21 2 SAINTS FAIL to fire by Kate Barnes Hampstead has always been a tough away fixture and the match on 8th October was no different. We are slightly feared in this League due to our strong reputation. Hampstead had no reservations that beating us was the only option by any means necessary! Saints spent the first 20 minutes pinning Hampstead in their own 22. The question was; who would score first? To the Saints’ dismay, the home side prevailed. 5–0 Hampstead. Saints upped a gear, creating some good link play between forwards and backs. Robertson crossed the line and converted her own efforts, 7-5 Saints half-time. The second half began at a fierce pace, until Saints lost front-rower Cook to a broken fibula, causing a reshuffle, leading to a loss in focus. Suddenly Saints started to chase the game, making some uncharacteristic errors. The home side capitalised on this scoring further tries to finish the game 22-7 victors. Two weeks later, Saints are taking on Lewes. An unknown entity to the League and the team had no intention of underestimating the newly promoted side. Saints score the first try through rapid winger McKenna, extras by Robertson, 7-0 Saints. It didn’t take long for Lewes to respond, firing back after some slick hands, producing a score 7-5 Saints. Both sides were producing attacking rugby and strong defence, Saints had a player in the bin but put on another score as King raced over converted by Robertson, followed by another to make it 19-5 Saints. Just on half-time Lewes snatched a converted score, 19-12 Saints. Concentration after the break lapsed and Lewes scored within five minutes to level. Players started to feel the weight of extra work and Lewes scored another try and conversion to lead 26-19. Knowing the end of the match was approaching, Saints found some energy to score again through McKenna, 26-24 Lewes. Despite several attempts, Saints found no way through and were held up twice over the line. The home side eventually cleared their line, finding themselves in the Saints’ 22. Fast hands and using the overlap, they scored in the corner. Final score 31-24. Head Coach Brown said; “To come away with a bonus point was a credit to the players. Given the personnel changes, injuries being carried and positional switches, I could not ask for more from each player. A couple of better decisions could have swung the result, but that’s history now”.