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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
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
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
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
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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.
The second stage of North Midlands league fixtures have been confirmed as
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: email@example.com ; 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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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