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Malones set for Club Day match
16 September 2016

The Malones will be back in action on Club Day, Sunday 9th October.

A match has been confirmed against the Old Cliftonians and the game will take place on Hamersley, formerly known as the XV, with kick-off 1.45pm.

Click here to read more about this year's Club Day.

Australia & Malaysia Rugby Tour 2013 Blog
07 August 2013

Click on the link to the updated Blog for the current Australia & Malaysia Tour 2013 Blog

The Team Spirit That Lasts
30 July 2013

1963 Rugby XV NowChris McKane (CO 1959-64) captained the 1963 undefeated Rugby XV. A professional journalist, Chris wrote an article for The Times about the team's spirit after the 40th anniversary reunion, which perfectly captures the exhilaration of victory as well as the lasting impact of being part of a successful team. We hope it inspires our current XV touring in Australia this Summer.

 1963 Rugby XV ThenThe Team Spirit that Lasts PDF icon

Chris also contributed to Then & Now, on the back page of the Summer Edition of College publication Marlborough Together, in celebration of the team's 50th anniversary.

Click on the images to view full-sized photos.

XV on Tour Blog
04 July 2013

Follow the current touring XV as they make their way around Australia. Your encouragement will be much appreciated ...more

Return of the First Touring XV
28 June 2013

Rugby ReunionEighteen of the original twenty-tour rugby XV from 1987, the first team to go on tour, joined parents and pupils at a sumptuous fundraising Dinner held in the Norwood Hall on Saturday 8th June 2013.  

The Dinner aimed to raise funds to take 40 pupils on a rugby tour of Singapore and the Eastern part of Australia, to play against some of the best rugby schools in Queensland and New South Wales. The OMs, sympathetic to the cause, were particularly generous in their bids at the fundraising auction and the target figure was reached.

The Rev Daf Meirion-Jones (PR 1983-88) spoke movingly and eloquently about team member Rupert Spurling (B3 1982-87), who had died prematurely 3 years ago and was very much missed.
Reunion Slideshow

Read the warm and witty report by reunion organiser, Mark Foulds (B3 1983-88). PDF icon

In Memory
21 June 2013

In memory of Hugo McDermott and Tom Waley-Cohen, the Malones are proud to support these charities, chosen by Tom and Hugo's families: 

Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to brain tumour research and information and support.  They campaign for earlier diagnosis and better outcomes for everyone with a brain tumour. 

Tom’s Ward is a charity supporting Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds. Tom’s Ward is a general ward at John Radcliffe children’s hospital, where it provides top quality care to sick children in memory of Tom.

Malones pledge to fight back!
21 October 2012

Following the success of the annual OM v Staff rugby match at Marlborough, the Malones made their way to Clifton on the 29th September for a highly anticipated match, organised to celebrate Clifton’s 150th Birthday. After winning the warm-up game at Marlborough, against a team consisting of some member of the Common Room and some of the ‘older boys’, the Malones arrived in high spirits hoping to steal the limelight on Clifton’s special day, but it was not to be

Full Report

OM Malones v Staff
21 September 2012

Top row left to right: Fraser Clarke (TU 2004-09), Ollie Konsta (C1 2007-12), James Gerrard (C3 2004-09), Will Eversfield (C3 2007-12), Dom Brown (C1 2007-12), Jeremy Fisher (BH 2007-12), Louis Garell-Jones (SU 2007-12), Alex Middleton (C1 2004-09), Will Palfreyman (TU 2004-09) Bottom row left to right: Elliott Brown (C2 2004-09), Will Scott (C3 2004-09), Jonathan Patterson (TU 2004-09), Tom Geddes (TU 2004-09), Greg Heath (2007-12), Roly Stride (B1 2004-09), Tom Morton (TU 2001-06)In stark contrast to the previous year's inaugural fixture, the Malones arrived back at their alma mater on Sunday 9th September in blazing sunshine on the Rugby XV. Their opposition for a second year, the 'older' Old Boys, plus some staff relics, provided a decent opportunity for the Malones to run out before the well publicised Clifton sesquicentenary fixture.

Read the report by Charlie Harrison, Head of Rugby…more

Memorial Match - 18 September 2011
21 September 2011

Rugby - Mike, Tom and AlexThe Malones held their biannual Memorial Match this year on Sunday 18 September at the College. Parents, pupils and beaks came out in the pouring rain to show their support.

The OM Rugby match was started in 2005 in memory of two OMs who tragically died of cancer at a young age, Hugo Mcdermott (B1 1998-2001) and Tom Waley-Cohen (C3 1998-2003). The match, played bi-annually, raises funds for two very worthwhile charities; Tom's Ward, a cancer ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, and the Samantha Dixon trust. Last year the Malones raised nearly £1500, and this year they want to make it past the £2000 figure. All OMs, All 300 T-shirts printed to raise funds have been sold, and tea and cakes sold on the day raised a further £160.

Tom Geddes, Captain of the Malones team, reports:

Malones 2The much-anticipated bi-annual Malones Memorial game took place this year on the 18th of September. The match was to be between the 'Old Boys', a Malones U21 team, and the 'Older Boys', a combination of the older members of the club and members of staff. Large crowds of students from the college turned out to support both sides expecting a great exhibition of skill, or to be more accurate, of brute force, from their coaches and old boys. After words with the day's official, the new second master Mr Stevens, it was decided that due to the somewhat surprising lacking fitness of players on both sides, the game would be played in three periods.

The Malones kicked off the match, deep into the Staff’s half, where the majority of the period was to be played. As soon as the ball was kicked off the heavens opened with an incredible monsoon downpour. As the first period drew on, the younger players built mounting pressure but with an inability to convert into points, leaving the first period to end in a stalemate of 0-0.

After some much needed rest and a lot of water taken on, the second half began with some continued pressure by the young players which was finally converted into a try after an interception by Alex Middleton, setting up an easy run in for the winger Tom Geddes. However despite the seemingly easy set up for the conversion, the wind dragged Fraser Clarke’s kick away past the upright, leaving the score at a fragile 5-0.

The third and final period started with a vicious onslaught of pressure from the staff team, as they realised that the unthinkable prospect of being beaten by former pupils could actually become a reality. The Malones midfield came under constant battering by the formidable staff backline of Harrison, Nicholas and Marvin, a combination to make even the biggest of men shy away and with more years of experience between the three than the young team had between their fifteen. But the backline of Clarke, James Gerrard, Otto Boyer and Harry Scott held firm. Leaving the staff to try attacking in the tight, but due to heroic defence from the Malones forwards such as man of the match, Will Scott, the staff found no way through.

While all this rugby went on, it was a mere sideshow compared to the true heroes of the day; the ladies selling cakes and T-shirts through rain and shine, although very much predominantly rain… to raise an amazing amount of money for the charities. Alongside the heroic ladies, the Master was to be seen with a worried expression on his face, clearly concerned about the state of his Common Room the next day.

As the whistle blew to call an end to the game, there were plenty of friendly words between staff and OMs as they headed down to the Common Room Bar for some drinks and a chance to catch up. I think we are all very much looking forward to the next memorial game, although perhaps with a bit better weather.

Copyright 2011



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