2022/23 Fixtures Announced!
The 2022/23 Arthurian League fixtures have just been announced and all three Saturday OHAFC sides now know who they will face in the first couple of months of the new season.
The 1st XI, under the new captaincy of Dan Firoozan, find themselves back in Division One for the first time since the 2018/19 season and there will be a fresh feel to the fixture list with no less than six of the OHAFC's nine opponents yet to be faced at this level of League competition.
One of them, the Old Rugbeians, provide the 1s first opponents on September 17th when they visit the Hill. The Rugbeians finished sixth in Division One last season and that first fixture will be the first ever meeting between the clubs at 1st XI level, the Rugbeians having previously faced the OHAFC 2s and 3s in Divisions Two and Five respectively.
The 1s then travel to the Old Berkhamstedians on the Kings House astroturf in Chiswick the following week before a familiar foe visit the Hill on October 1st: the Old Foresters. Remarkably, despite having played each other 19 times in League and Cup since the 2009/10 season, this will be the first meeting of the two teams at Division One level - testament to the consistency of both sides over the past decade.
The 1s fixture list continues with a trip to northeast London to face the Old Chigwellians, another familiar opponent, before home games against Westminsters and the return fixture against the Old Berkhamstedians.
If it's all change for the OHAFC 1st XI, it's very much a case of business as usual for the 2nd XI, who will once again be led in Division Two by skipper Geoff Taunton-Collins - his eighth season in charge of the 2s, ably assisted by Max Curry and Tom Ward.
The 2s have established themselves in recent seasons as one of the top 2nd XI sides in the League in a notoriously tough division that sees the best 2s sides compete against aspiring up-and-coming 1s teams. This season should prove no different, with seven of the ten teams in the division returning from last time round, the three newcomers being the Old Malvernians, relegated from Division One, and the top two from Division Three, won by the Old Kimboltonians, with Old Cholmeleians 2s runners-up.
The OHAFC start their campaign with a trip to Elstree to face the Old Aldenhamians on September 17th in what is always a hotly contested fixture, before a home game against the newly-promoted Kimboltonians a week later, followed by the only home fixture between the OHAFC and the Old Etonians this season, Eton 2s visiting the Hill on October 1st. The 2s then complete the hat-trick of fresh Division Two opponents with a trip to face the Malvernians on the 8th before hosting Cholms 2s on the 15th.
The OHAFC 3rd XI, now under the captaincy of Olly Roberts and vice-captain Tom Mitchell, survived in Division Four last season so should be familiar with the level required, although there are a number of new opponents to be faced this season.
The 3s begin their campaign on the very first weekend of the fledgling season, hosting the Old Kings Scholars on September 3rd. The Blues did the League double over their opponents last season, so will be expecting to get things off to a good start on the Phil.
Following the annual Festiphil tournament on the 10th, the 3s host the Old Stoics on the 17th, another side they are eminently familiar with, the Stoics having plateaued in Division Four recently. The 24th of September sees the 3s travel to the Docklands to face one of four newly promoted teams, the Old Amplefordians, who will host the Blues on the astro at Bacon Community College in Rotherhithe.
That Ampleforth fixture starts a run of four consecutive away games for the 3s, with the arduous trip to Brentwoods to face their 3rd XI on October 1st, followed by more local fixtures against the Berkhamstedians 2s and Old Wellingtonians. Of these four away games, only the Brentwoods fixture will be played on natural grass.
All three OHAFC teams' fixture lists will be updated on the website - stay tuned for any changes to the scheduled programme.