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Tuesday 11th July AGM 2005

The President, Adrian Normanton, opened the meeting with a short silence for Club Members and past players who had passed on during the last 12 months. The major aspect last season had been the efforts to raise funds for transport for Paul Deeley, the Otliensian player who was severely injured the previous season. The support from Club members and local people was outstanding as was the work of the Committee; Gordon Longfellow, Norman Coates, Kate Bush, Jenny English, James Bush. There were many well-attended and enjoyable events culminating in the Dinner & Charity Auction at the Headingley Experience, which Paul was able to attend.

Last season should have seen promotion for the 1st XV who finished 3rd in the League one point adrift of Doncaster Phoenix winning sixteen of their twenty-two league games. This was not to be and there were several games which the loyal spectators could place in the “ if only “ category. The 2nd XV put on some good displays without the consistency of the previous season but finished a creditable fifth in their Merit Table. The key development was the re-establishment of the 3rd XV who played a full season. Despite their lack of wins, their enthusiasm remained undiminished and they established really good relations with several sides in true rugby spirit.

At the end of the season the Club said a goodbye to Peter Latham who had been coach for three years. He was presented with an inscribed salver and the good wishes of the Club for his new position at Otley. Dr Normanton noted that the Club had been fortunate to find a new coach in Gary Walker who was actively involved in coaching the Zebras junior side at Otley. The players and members were asked to ensure they gave Gary their full support. It was good to report that training was going well with some excellent attendance on the hot summer evenings. It was good to again have some of the PHGS team and recent leavers play for the Ensians during the year and also to see them at the Club dinner. At the dinner, awards were given to Paul Dearden (Reg. Marshal Trophy), Richard Smith, 1st XV Captain (1st XV Player of the Year) , Phil Cook (Young Player of the Year), Peter Bonner (Most Improved Player), Lee & Tom O’Donnell (Newcomers of the Year), James Duggan (Student Player of the Year) and Richard Cuff and Andy Bower (Second XV Players of the Year). The Monday Gang worked wonders last season on the Club facilities and members should all be grateful for their efforts. Members were asked to note the website (www.oorufc.co.uk) and thanks were expressed to Roy Appleyard, the Webmaster.

Dr Normanton concluded by thanking the Club Officers, the Committee sub Committees and all those who had helped the Club in the past season and emphasised that Old Otliensians would strive to provide an appropriate standard of rugby for as many players as possible in the coming season.

The meeting continued with a report from Secretary, Andrew Rayner who emphasised many of the points raised above. He also noted that a steady stream of income was needed to ensure the development of the Club and that more volunteers for the many aspects of running Otliensians would be most welcome.

The Treasurer, Gordon Longfellow picked up on the theme initiated by the Secretary pointing out that the 3rd team had had a very positive influence on the balance sheet and also that support for the general Club events had been good. In his Fixture Secretary/Match Secretary’s report Adrian Normanton gave a comprehensive review of the season past, noting the total of twenty-three tries from wing Richard Cuff in a season curtailed by injury. In the coming season ‘Ensians play Halifax Vandals away in the YRFU Silver Trophy in October. The Secretary expressed his thanks to all the referees who had been to Otliensians during the past season and to the North Yorks. & Cleveland
organisers, Mike Ramsden & John Fisher. He also expressed his thanks to local referee Derek Smith who had officiated in many games for the junior sides and also for the help from Graham Dyson of the Otley Club and a Club member Rob Wilkes.

The following were elected.
President; Dr A S Normanton
General Secretary: A Rayner
Assistant Secretary: Dave Beardsley
Fixture/Match Secretary: A.S.Normanton
Team Secretary: Norman Coates
Treasurer: G.S.Longfellow
Assistant Treasurer: B.Webster
Membership Secretary: J A Harrison

J. Bush
S Child
P. Dearden
J. McDougall
P Tempest

Mr Geoff Storr, seconded by Mr George C Leach, proposed a vote of thanks to all those involved in running Old Otliensians RUFC.

After the AGM, the Committee held a first meeting and elected Norman F Coates as Chairman. The appointment of the team Captains will be announced shortly.