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2OO9/10 REPORTS


Colts reports – an appeal!

Do you watch the Colts matches? Can you write a brief report for the games?
No previous experience needed and you’ll get the assistance of the coaches/manager.

This would really help out the team who have their hands full with coaching and organising - and help us all keep up to date. If you prefer – just make a note of try scorers, and add in a few lines of ‘commentary’ only when you feel ready! Please contact Dave Bettis on info@moseleyrugby.co.uk or speak to the team coach

 

Kenilworth Colts 0 Moseley Colts 59

At one point it was uncertain if the match would go ahead as the referee failed to turn up, so a massive thank you to the Kenilworth coach (Russell, I think) who stepped into the breach and did a sterling job but which resulted in a comprehensive win against a resilient Kenilworth team that we struggled to beat 23 – 18 only a few weeks ago. Kenilworth were no push over however, had some strong forwards and tried to play rugby through the backs but ultimately had no real answers to the power and pace of the Moseley side.

Our 9 tries were shared out between 6 players; 3 from ‘try machine’ Ryan O’Neill and 2 from stand-out player and captain for the day, Mick Stephens – 2 guys worth keeping particular tabs on for the future. Other scorers were Adrian, Aleem, Umar and Motty (1 each). None of the tries was particularly easy to score. All involved some decent approach play and a growing awareness of moving the ball away from the collision area, as well as some fine individual finishing prowess.

Motty’s try takes him further ahead of brother Ed who’s tally for the season remains 0 and who chose to play waiter to Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford this week.

Pete Gizauskas converted 7 of the tries. He was 6/6 when inexplicably handing over kicking duties to Motty. We all wished he hadn’t as the ball bobbled along the ground closer to the corner post than the goal post.

Pete quickly resumed duties shortly afterwards!

Thanks to the u17 lads who stepped in to help us, Sanks, Baillie and JJ, as a result of our lengthy injury list; to Mick, who’s acceptance of the captaincy did not diminish his fine personal performances of late; to Kenilworth for being excellent hosts – I was particularly taken by the blazing log fire in their club house!



Next match Saturday 12th December vs. Birmingham & Solihull  Billesley.

Scheduled for a 1pm kick off – on the AWP. Any changes will be notified via the website/ web notice board.

Moseley Colts 0-16 Loughborough Students
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This was a pleasing performance in many ways against a very strong students’ side but the lack of a real cutting edge meant we couldn't convert our chances.

The Colts were very committed defensively and displayed a good work rate against a Loughborough team which trains together several times a week. However a lack of discipline at the breakdown cost us dearly. Three successful penalties gave opponents a 9 nil lead early in the second half before a sleepy defence allowed Moseley colt Cam Fraser (now a Loughborough student) to race in from halfway for a converted try.

Moseley Colts are showing signs of real improvement but still this is work in progress. - Simon Bartlett, Colts Manager.


National Colts Cup and Plate draws made
Investabroad Properties National Colts Cup

Third round results (Midlands): Burton 20 Stourbridge 12, Old Coventrians 13 Worcester Wanderers 5, Moseley 13 Nuneaton 6, Kenilworth 12 Lichfield 13, Peterborough 7 Leighton Buzzard 50, Old Northamptonians 8 Bedford Blues 10, Bedford Athletic 23 Hinckley 16, Melton Mowbray 24 Market Bosworth 5.

Fourth round draw (Midlands and North):Moseley v Old Coventrians, Bedford Blues v Melton Mowbray, Bradford & Bingley v Dinnington, Burton v Bedford Athletic. Ties to be played on or before January 24.

Fifth round draw (Midlands and North): Lichfield v Bedford Blues or Melton Mowbray, Moseley or Old Coventrians v Westoe, Leighton Buzzard v Doncaster, Burton or Bedford Athletic v Bradford & Bingley or Dinnington. Ties to be played on or before February 14.


Under 17s
Fixtures 2009/10

The second stage of North Midlands league fixtures have been confirmed as follows:
6th Dec Moseley v Stourbridge
10th Jan Edwardians v Moseley
24th Jan Malvern v Moseley
7th Feb Moseley v Telford
28thFeb Kidderminster v Moseley
14th Mar Moseley v Woodrush
21st Mar B’ham Solihull v Moseley
28thMar Moseley v Ledbury


New Players – Under 19s and Under 17s

Any promising young players aged between 16 and 18 years who have aspirations of playing a good level of rugby are invited to attend training which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday (both 6.30pm starts). Please contact Simon Bartlett (for contact information go to www.moseleyrugby.co.uk click on ‘Colts’)

For further information on any Colts activities please contact Simon Bartlett, colts’ manager, Email: simonbartlett@blueyonder.co.uk ; Mobile: 07590 424785
 

Burton 5  Moseley 53 - 17th Oct 09

A strong mobile Moseley Colts team travelled to play Burton Colts on Peel Croft.

They found a stern opposition from the Crofters who came close to scoring inside the first ten minutes. But all Burton’s early efforts were in vain as they failed to get the score board ticking over.

Poor defensive work by Burton saw Moseley break through in midfield to score three first half tries. But when Moseley upped their work rate in the second half Burton were just not able to stem the flow of tries as the visitors piled on the pressure and points with six more tries.

However, just as full time beckoned Burton initiated a fine move with Jim Litchfield seizing the ball to set up a ruck and good quick ball saw Henry Titley, deputising at scrum-half after injury, launch his back-line from near the halfway mark. Ben Marshall, Nathan Wrathall, Sam Heptonstall and Tom Sharratt all showed some fine touches and great hands to send Matt Boden racing in for a fine, albeit consolation, try in the corner. This final score was just desserts for the manner in which Burton kept on going until the final whistle and never allowed themselves to drop their heads despite the onerous task they faced.

 Mose tries were scored by Dan Barrett (2), Lewis Woodfield (2), Greg Smith (2), Dan West, Will Rae and Umar Javed. 4 were converted by Scott Harman. 1st tries for colts for Lewis, Will and Umar.


As the score might suggest, this was a much improved performance by Moseley Colts who, at last, started to play like we suspect they can. Not a fault-free performance but certainly very encouraging for the rest of the season if this level is maintained and built upon.

MOSELEY COLTS AT OXFORD 10s

Moseley topped their qualifying group by beating Oxford Harlequins 12 – 10; Rugby Lions 33 – 12; and drawing with Henley 19 – 19, despite never really performing to full potential. Always dangerous going forward where Scott Harman and Mike Whettell showed great promise as an attacking midfield combination, all too often Moseley Colts suffered from defensive naivety and a lack of cohesion in the outside backs. Our forwards, with Lewis Woodfield and Adrian Maynard prominent, tried hard but looked a yard off the pace required to properly compete at this level.

A disappointing day overall was ended when Moseley Colts were defeated 22-29, at the semi final stage, by Worcester Wanderers Colts in a game which could, and should, have been won.

The competition was won by a very strong Bedford Colts, who defeated a gallant Worcester team (who had only bought 12 players with them) in the final by a cricket score. Having earlier dispatched Bicester and Worcester in the group stages by equally comfortable margins, Bedford have set the benchmark for the rest of us to work towards if we are to compete effectively in this year’s National Colts Cup.

Next games;

vs. Leeds Academy – Billesley: Wednesday 9th September 7.30pm kick off.
vs. Kenilworth Colts – Billesley: Saturday 12th September 3.00pm kick off

All support welcome.

Moseley  Colts End of Season Report 2008-9

Dave Ireland is stepping down after eight years as Chairman of Y&D, but will continue to have involvement in various rugby roles. At the AGM he was thanked for his great contribution over many years and particularly in the early 2000s when the club’s own Colts kept the club going.

The U-19 Colts had a good season, improving throughout and losing only once after Christmas. Unfortunately this had been to Hinckley in the quarter-finals of the National Colts Cup when the team underperformed. Hinckley had gone on to win the cup

There had been some outstanding results – beating Loughborough Students away, and three times beating their Worcester counterparts and scoring more than 100 points in the process.

The U-17 Colts also won the final of the National Junior Colts Cup.

Under 19 Colts

After a fairly indifferent start to the season our Under 19 Colts made a great improvement in the second half, only losing once - which unfortunately was our National Colts Cup Quarter Final at Hinckley. Hinckley went on to win the National Colts Final.

Probably our best result was in the week prior to the Hinckley match when the Colts beat Loughborough Freshers (a RFU Academy Team) away 29-24. Another pleasing statistic of this season was the three resounding victories over Worcester Colts amassing 118 points, and finishing with a 33-17 win in the North Midlands Colts Cup Final.

The Easter tour to Parma, Italy was a thoroughly enjoyable success all the more so due to a 31 – 5 victory versus an Emiliani Reggio Regional Select XV.

Colts captain Callum MacBurnie was a consistent performer throughout the season, and also captained North Midlands Under 20s. Representative honours with North Midlands Under 20s and Under 19s were won by Aaron Smith, Dan West, Jamie Bates, John Ball, Tim Hardwick, Dan Rowlands, Alex Warner, Nathan Walmsley, Dan Micklewright, Tom Austin, Tom MacGuire, Kieran MacMahon and James Weaver.

Our thanks go to Coaches Tim Hardwick and Alex Powell, Team Manager Simon Bartlett, Physios Andy Middlebrook and Nicola Booth. Much gratitude goes to Leah Warner for her fund raising efforts which enabled our players undertake the Easter Tour at a greatly reduced price as well as subsidising the transport cost of the section.

In addition to Leah’s efforts the Colts section is supported financially by the Moseley Players Association & the Moseley 300 Club. This past season we were also given generous donations by James Morris Adams and the Kabbabish Restaurant.

Under 19 Colts Playing record for 2008/09: Played 22; Won 14; Drawn 1; Lost 7.

Under 17 Colts

Our Under 17 Colts had a very successful season winning the RFU Under 17 Midlands Shield beating Burton in the final. They followed this by reaching the National Under 17 Shield Final eventually losing 22-10 to Wimborne (Dorset).

Congratulations to Louis Padian on winning his England Under 18 Cap.
Stuart Healey, Miles Goodwin and Adrian Maynard played for the Under 19 Colts. Many of this squad will move forward to play in 2009-10 Under 19 Colts XV.

Our thanks and congratulations go to Coaches, Cillian Ryan and Geraint Lewis and Team Manger John Bellenger.

Under 17 Colts Playing record for 2008/09: Played 15; Won 10; Drawn 1; Lost 4.

Sponsorship Opportunities - We welcome further sponsorship and donations to enable the Colts to remain the focal point for quality under 19 rugby in the Midlands. For further details please contact Simon Bartlett, Colts manager, simonbartlett@blueyonder.co.uk Mobile: 07590 424785.Can you help with match reports for the Colts?
 



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