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COLTS PHOTOS & REPORTS

 

Photos and reports from Colts games will be carried here - Contributions from parents/supporters always welcomed.

 

photo : The Colts in action in the 2005 National Cup Final against Harlequins

The Colts in action in the 2005 National Cup Final against Harlequins

 

2OO7/08 REPORTS


Presentation Dinner 2008 - Closing Day for booking Friday 30th May


The Annual Colts Dinner will take place at the Clubhouse on Saturday 7th June 2008. 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Moseley Clubhouse, Billesley Common
£22 per head, Dress Black Tie, Suit or Club Blazer

Make sure you are there for a great night out! Girlfriends (Boyfriends?), Mums, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, enemies etc all welcome. It is for both Under 17s and Under 19 squads. book your places by email irelands@blueyonder.co.uk

Under 17 and 19 Player Presentations,
Late Bar & Disco
Send cheques payable to Moseley Junior Development to Dave at 52 Bibury Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 0HQ. Closing Day for booking Friday 30th May

First Come First Served, Book Early to avoid disappointment!


Market Bosworth 0 Moseley 29 - April 12th  2008


For the second time this season Moseley Colts travelled the short journey to the lovely town of Market Bosworth where they took on the Leicestershire County Cup runners-up.

Having beaten Market Bosworth earlier this season in a dour encounter and looking to bury the spectre of last week’s defeat by Dudley Kingswinford, Moseley Colts approached the game in determined mood. With the county contingent away preparing for Sunday’s N Mids vs. Staffs match, a much-changed Moseley team took the field, under the captaincy of Jack Richards and we welcomed back to Moseley colours Dan McCue and Louis Stelling after long absences through school commitments.

In a combative first half performance, littered by unforced errors and played in atrocious conditions, Moseley was forced to defend stoically against some heavy pressure from Market Bosworth. Our first real piece of quality possession, however, saw us take a 5 – 0 lead after an incisive breakaway by Jon Betty was finished off by Dan Micklewright.

Following a quick turnaround at half time, fresh legs were introduced and with a slight tweak to the game plan Moseley Colts soon began to take control.

Stuart Doust revelled in the space he was given out on the wing to score 2 excellent tries; Dan Lavander powered over from short range after some really good keep-ball by the forwards – where Jamie Harrop was giving a man-of-the-match performance and Calum Sheehan benefited from some hesitancy in the Market Bosworth defence to drive home the Moseley advantage as the opponents began to tire.

On a very breezy day, only 2 conversions were successful – 1 each for Alex and Louis and the final score of 29 – 0, I think, was a fair reflection of the Moseley effort. There may have been another try as the ref made the score 36 – 0 but no-one has owned up and in the words of one seasoned watcher, “…the ref didn’t get much right so we can discount it..!”

Many thanks to the team and coaches at Market Bosworth for their excellent hospitality (this includes the loan of balls for our warm-up, when ours were lost somewhere in transit from Staffordshire!) and for arranging the game at short notice. We look forward to welcoming them to Billesley next season.

This week (Saturday 12th April) Moseley Colts entertain Worcester Wanderers Colts at Billesley. Kick off time will be 5.00 to follow the first XV game.

 

Moseley 5 Dudley Kingswinford 10- March 29th  2008

The Moseley Colts are specialising in saving their worst playing performances for cup games this season and have tossed away progressing in both the National and North Midlands cup by ignoring the normal game plan and using highly dubious decision making to bow out of both competitions.

This, in no way takes anything away from Nuneaton and Dudley , as both were far the better team on the day. Our best wishes goes to both of them in the National Cup, as the Moseley Colts should learn an invaluable lesson in how to play to your team’s strengths.

The North Midlands semi-final kicked off in extreme weather conditions that made the Billesley breeze seem like a summer’s day, it was more like Billesley blizzard! The weather played a part in the game, Dudley mastered the conditions and got their tactics spot on and Moseley did not! Dudley’s kicking game helped them stay in Moseley’s half for most of the first half and in the second half Moseley kicked once!

As the Dudley tactics and weather conditions put Moseley under a considerable amount of pressure, this should not have made the Moseley forwards stand and watch a text book catch and drive from a five metre lineout which resulted in a try for the Dudley hooker. This was followed by an awesome conversion in the blizzard conditions, which put Dudley up 7 nil after not many minutes.

There was glimpse of what Moseley have been doing in many games this season when Clark Hands scored a try following an excellent passage of play from a wayward Dudley kick. This passage of play started when Yarwood ran the ball back and linked up with McPherson, Harrap and Brent; many others can’t remember. This was the only time Moseley were able to put any pace or width on the game and must surely have convinced the Moseley players what to do next! Instead of getting the ball wide Moseley played route-one play and got repeatedly smashed by the Dudley forwards.

The first half finished 10-5 to Dudley and this was not a fair reflection on the play. Dudley should have been more points in front, and would have been, at least one try went begging right under the Moseley posts. Everyone thought Dudley would be put under the same pressure Moseley were in the first half but sadly this was not the case.

I have not witnessed too many second halves which have been scoreless, but full marks to Dudley who showed great commitment and deserved to go through to the North Midlands final. How they celebrated at the final whistle showed how much it meant to them.

The Moseley Colts now need to show what they are made of and put in quality performances in the remaining coaching sessions. A bitterly disappointing result and a worse performance but there are still many games left in the season.
 

Moseley 21 Nottingham 8 - March 8th  2008

Moseley Colts took on and beat Nottingham Academy for the second time this season on Saturday in very pleasant spring-like conditions at Billesley Common. Oops my mistake, the game kicked off as the Billesley breeze picked a pace that the players could not match and resulted in a game, which ended with neither team being quite satisfied with.

The Colts had not played together for a couple of weeks, due to not progressing in the National Cup and the County u20s games being played, and the rustiness was quite evident from the start. If the players had chosen better decision-making they would have blown Nottingham away quicker than the Billesley breeze!

A pleasing aspect of the game was the continuing development of James Weaver playing in the front row. His scrummaging is improving rapidly and his ball carrying was a feature of the first half with a fantastic taken try when he bounced a defender off quite a distance. Must be due to his body fat score from the other week! When James learns to carry the ball in both hands he will be even more effective!

The was also the welcome sight of Kasser Sadiq making his first appearance for the colts this season due to school commitments and injuries. In addition, the looks to be an interesting battle beginning for the starting number nine shirt. Peter Shaw has arrived from New Zealand and when he gains more confidence and gets in the faces of the opposition better (he is very laid back, not!) he will put pressure on Stuart Doust and Ian Lyons to boss the forwards.

The first half showed that the Colts intended to ignore the pre-match game plan and go wide at every opportunity and not go forward. This resulted in some dubious decision-making, which the forwards contributed to by not bothering to clear out rucks. If the colts wish to make amends in the remaining cup competition they will have to learn and take responsibility for their actions as competition for places is hotting up again. Rob Beddard made his first home start for the Colts and joins Will Caesar, Mike Willets and Sam Lewis in the battle for the hooker’s shirt. What a choice! Half time came with the score at 8-3 to Moseley.

The second half kicked off with the Billesley breeze in the colts favour and would make Nottingham task of attacking up the hill very difficult. The colts extended their lead when a great ‘tactical’ kick by JR resulted in Crazy Legs, using his unique running style, to gracefully (flop) put downward pressure on the ball for his customary try. Another try only Sam could score. The last try came from Betts, who enjoyed his best game for the Colts, and forced his way over from a driving lineout.

Overall the Colts failed to put enough precision on their play and failed to impose their power and size on Nottingham. The colts looked fit and strong, which the work of Dave Cripps is benefiting the players, but the Colts need to put a more cohesive structure in place to gain proper reward. With the players within the Colt’s squad the performances should be higher. The coaching sessions will be addressing this area and a full turn out is expected in the coming weeks.

This weekend there has been a change of fixture with the visit of Birmingham & Solihull to Billesley on Saturday while on Sunday the Colts have fourteen players involved in the North Midlands vs. East Midlands and Staffordshire vs. Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire u20s Midlands’s semi final games.

Roll on Birmingham & Solihull!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

North Mids Colts Cup Semi – 29th March

Following Moseley’s 55-5 win against Camp Hill, the Under 19 Colts have a home draw against Dudley Kingswinford in the semi finals – date now confirmed as Saturday 29th March at Billesley (3.00pm kick off).

The Semi Final Draw is:

Moseley v Dudley Kingswinford,
Stourbridge v Worcester Wanderers

 

Leicester Tigers 33 Moseley 7 - January 12th  2008

What a difference a week makes! Moseley colts put on an excellent performance against the Leicester Tigers Academy and put last week’s performance against Dudley down as a turkey burner to rid the Christmas excess.

Following last weeks game it was a real test of the Moseley player’s character and full credit goes to the lads who fronted up fantastically well in the coaching sessions during the week. The issue with these players is never talent; they have it in shed loads; but in reading the game and selecting the right options according to the situation. The game against Tigers proved, although they are not perfect, they are back on track and can play to the standard they have been set. This game should be the springboard for the players to constantly raise the bar in their individual and team performances.

Although a similar score line to the first game against the Tigers, the performance was chalk and cheese. The Tigers team list showed that seven players were involved in their A team game against Sale Sharks on Monday night. They certainly knew they had been in a game! This game showed that individually and collectively the players have improved during the course of the season and the players are responding well to the coaching. Also, the players are benefiting from the impact the Colts' strength and conditioning coach (Dave Cripps) is putting in.

The first half had many incidents that the colts can be proud of. However the colts will need to work hard to eradicate the small errors from their game, which impacts massively on the outcome their build up play. A major plus was the scrummaging and forwards driving play. Special mention goes to Sam Lewis and Paul Ensor (I’m not his Dad!! He’s not good looking enough!) on their first appearance of the season for the colts. Not a bad game to make your debut in.

The colts can take a lot of satisfaction from scoring the game’s best try; by leading try scorer Crazy Legs. The forwards set the platform with a great piece of line out play followed by a couple of phases where the forwards and backs combined to put Yarwood in at the corner. Crazy legs picked up quite a few other nicknames during the course of the game but most of them unprintable here!

Half time came with the score at 26-7 but Moseley were still in Christmas mood where they gifted wrapped Tigers two tries and allowed a catch and drive score from five meter line out. The second half ended up 7-0 to the Tigers with excellent defensive work from Moseley a major plus point from the game.

The Moseley colts were a great credit to the club and the players showed they deserve to be the only non-academy team to play the Tigers. The challenge for the players for the coming weeks is to build on this performance and simplified their game plan and raises the intensity levels during coaching sessions. The players have definitely improved but we will see if they can improve on this performance when they take on Nuneaton, at Birmingham University, in the National Cup next Saturday.

Moseley 24 Dudley Kingswinford 20 - January 5th  2008

I supposed you take a win when you get one but that was the only bright spot in a very poor performance from the Moseley colts. If the Moseley forwards followed the example of their no.8 then things would have been very different. All the praise went to the Dudley forwards who out powered their opposite numbers quite easily in the contact areas. If Moseley do not improve their attitude and technique then next weeks visit to Leicester Tigers could be quite embarrassing. It will be quite an interesting week at training!!

You could tell what kind of day it was going to be when Alex Warner damaged his ankle in the warm up and could not take part in the game. Moseley kicked off and straight away Dudley showed their intentions by playing a well-organised forward dominated game plan. Unfortunately Moseley were in no mood to do anything about it and allowed Dudley to do what they wanted. The Moseley forwards will have to take a very hard look at themselves to see what kind of standard they want to achieve as they failed to do the basics well and came a very poor second to Dudley in every facet of forward play. A great shame as the backs looked quite threatening when given an opportunity.

The challenge for the players this week is to recognize and focus on what they need to do individually to make the team play well and improve their decision making. They will do this by identifying what goes on in games and to act accordingly. A very disappointing performance and we will see what everyone is made off in the next two weeks with a game against the Tigers, followed by a National Cup game against Nuneaton.

Special mention goes to Jack Pons and Tom Maguire on their first appearance of the season for the colts, after their school commitments have finished, and brings the number of Midland u18s players to three following Dan Micklewright’s trial. Also, Moseley offers the best of luck to Lee Nixon as he has decided to move to Woodrush rugby club.

Tries: Micklewright, Yarwood, Tibbatts, Brent .
Conversions: Walmesley 2

 

Moseley 52 Sutton Coldfield 24 - 26th December 2007

Moseley Colts Past and present played a Sutton Coldfield Development team on Boxing day at Billesley. Moseley, captained by former Moseley 1st XV player Steve Halbert featured Colts from the past 5 seasons including players who were in the National Colts Final of 3 years ago including Aaron Higgins, Paul Norris and Jon Duckers. Current Moseley scrum half and former colt Jimmy Ireland coached the side. Several Current Moseley colts were also playing.

A good festive crowd turned out to watch an entertaining game of rugby. Moseley opened the scoring in a very tight encounter early on with a strong try scoring run from winger Antonio Solomons. Sutton then produced a well driven forwards try from a line out to take the lead after 30 mins 5- 7, before Sam "Crazy Legs" Yarwood scored a spectacular try under the posts after a run from his own 22. Aaron Higgins converted to make it 12 - 7 at the break. The second half started with three tries in quick succession from Moseley with Ben Pons, Matt Tibbatts and Luke Ward going over following excellent driving play by the Red and Black Pack. Sutton looked like getting over-whelmed but fought back well and showed a lot of pride and exchanged tries Tit for tat to make it 38 -24. Adrian Courtney, Sam Yarwood and Paul Norris scored the other Moseley tries to make the final score 52-24.
2 Conversions by Aaron Higgins and 4 from Dan Pons added to the 8 tries scored by Moseley.
An entertaining match played in good festive sprit by two teams who wanted to play competitive and open rugby.

Moseley 12 Leeds Academy 40 - 8th December 2007

What a difference a week makes! The Moseley Colts were looking forward to taking on the Leeds Academy in the return fixture at Billesley after a promising performance in Leeds and on the back off good performances against Nottingham and Hartpury College.

However, it wasn’t just the weather that put a dampener on the day. The Leeds Academy put on a fantastic team performance and showed what a class team they are and ran out worthy forty points to twelve winners. Leeds showed plenty of pace and power and are definitely the best team the Colts have faced this season and the way they played is something the Colts should aspire to play to that standard.

Due to the torrential rain the game was moved from the first team pitch onto the All Weather Pitch and after the game how the Colts wished we had played on the Common! The game was a mixture of Moseley mistakes and fast attacking running rugby from Leeds, whose continuity skills proved a major problem which Moseley never found a solution to throughout the game.

Moseley defensive organisation was reasonable throughout the game but constantly allowed Leeds to gain momentum by slack tackling technique. The lineouts were a plus for the Colts where Deaville, Hands and Hughes battled well and as a unit defended their lineout very effectively. When the Colts had the ball they looked like they could cause problems but came unstuck in the battle at the breakdown area.

The Colts did score two tries. The first one a well-taken try by Dan Micklewright after an excellent passage of play by the Moseley backs. Micklewright was rewarded with a starting position in the Colts line up from a string off impressive performances in the U17s, which led to him receiving a Midlands call up.

Other U17s will receive a promotion to the Colts if they put in hard work on and off the field! The second try was rather a fortuitous interception one scored by Crazy Legs (Yarwood) from ninety meters out and took him to six tries in the last three games.

A very enjoyable game of rugby (although very disappointing from a Moseley perspective) and the Colts will have to use this as a learning curve for future games and learn how to play against a very strong team.

The Colts, hopefully, will take away the biggest difference between the teams and that of a ‘hunger’ to play and of doing their own individual positional role well. The players will be focusing on individual aspects of on and off the field preparation over the coming weeks in readiness for some major games in January. Roll on Birmingham and Solihull! - Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

Tries: Micklewright, Yarwood.
Conversion: Warner

Moseley: Dan Toth; Will Caesar, Ciaron Murphy, Patrick Hughes, Mark Deaville, James Weaver, Ben Pons, Clarke Hands, Stuart Doust, Alexander Warner, Dan Micklewright, Ed Gardiner, Adrian Courtney, Sam Yarwood, James Oliver.

Replacements: Jim McGorrigan, Andy Murphy, Will Betts, Seamus McKim, Nathan Warmley, Jack Richards

Nottingham Academy 3 Moseley Colts 19 - 24th November 2007

Moseley Colts made the journey north to Nottingham to take on their Academy side and came away with a well deserved win and will take lots of positives from a crackling game of rugby in their best performance of the season so far. The team’s attitude before kick off and during the warm up showed they meant business. The game was a story of two Sam’s. One impressive, the other unlucky. Sam Brent failed to make the kick off with a pulled text finger; sorry hamstring. While Sam ‘crazy legs’ Yarwood marked his return to the colts with an impressive hat-trick of tries. It was by no means a one ‘boy’ show, as every player contributed to overcome the elements and a quality side.

Moseley kicked off and put Nottingham under pressure straight away by running the ball at them and looking very impressive and organised. Moseley continued to attack and many promising moves broke down due to small errors resulting in scrums and losing momentum. In this period Moseley bombed three quality try scoring opportunities and will need to relax in order to execute their skills better. The colts attacking play and vision demanded a better return. Yarwood scored his first try with a quality run beating a couple of defenders with ease. I won’t bore you with how he scored the other two. I’m sure he has told everyone by now any way.

Moseley were more than a match for Nottingham and the forwards battled well to overcome any problems in the scrums, as they certainly got stronger as the game progressed. The lineouts were a major plus for the colts where Deaville, Hawkins, Hands and Hughes (does that sound like a firm of accountants?) benefited from Caesar’s accurate throwing. The half time team talk reinforced that Moseley were playing some outstanding rugby and not to hurry phases of play. The second half was a similar story but with the colts not scoring the point their play demanded. A major plus was how the colts defended for the last ten minutes by staying calm and working out what to do and when to do it.

All the Moseley players showed many good qualities and will take many positives from this game to put into good use for another mouth-watering game against Hartpury College at home next week. A very enjoyable game of rugby and the Moseley colts did themselves proud against a very strong team. This game showed that the colts play an exciting type of rugby and the challenge is now to back this performance up and improve on it.
Roll on Hartpury College!

Tries:Yarwood 3
Conversions: Warner 2

1.Dan Toth; 2.Will Caesar; 3.Ciaron Murphy; 4.Andy Hawkins; 5. Mark Deaville; 6.Patrick Hughes; 7.Ben Pons; 8.Clarke Hands; 9.Stuart Doust; 10.Alexander Warner; 11.James Scanlon; 12.Ed Gardiner; 13.Adrian Courtney; 14.Sam Yarwood; 15.James Oliver; Replacements Jim McGorrigan, Andy Murphy, Tom Bartlett

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach
 

English Colts National Cup - 17th November 2007

Disappointingly last Saturday the Round 3 match was conceded by Willenhall giving Moseley a ‘free passage’ as one of the four qualifiers from the Midlands West Section along with Dudley Kingswinford, Worcester and Nuneaton. They join Bedford, Bedford Athletic, Market Bosworth and Market Harborough from Midlands East in the next round due to be played on the weekend of 19th/20th January.

Dudley Kingswinford 51 Stourbridge 5
Earlsdon 0 Nuneaton 51
Worcester Wanderers 12 Bromsgrove 7

Draw for Round 4 of the English clubs Colts knock-out cup 2007-2008

London & SE:
Colchester v Welwyn
Gosport & Fareham v London Welsh
Shelford v Gravesend
Saracens v Rosslyn Park

Midlands:
Bedford Blues v Bedford Athletic
Dudley Kingswinfordv Market Bosworth
Moseley v Nuneaton
Worcester v Market Harborough

South & South West:
Oldfield Old Boys v Redruth
Thornbury v Longlevens
Torquay v Truro
Widden Old Boys v Cirencester or Bristol

North
Doncaster v Stockport
Huddersfield v Horden
Middlesbrough v Darlington
Yarnbury v Caldy

 

Walsall Colts 5 Moseley Colts 12 - Tues 13th November 2007


A young Moseley Colts side (including 8 Under 17s) took on a Walsall colts team on Tuesday evening under the lights at Delves Road. We started well with 2 tries in the first half from Jim McCorrigan and U17 wing Dan Micklewright. With the score 12-0 at half time Walsall then brought on some older colts and the youngsters defended well and kept the opposition out till the last 5 mins. Moseley still came out 12-5 winners.

Moseley 12 Birmingham University 19 - 10th November 2007

Against a useful Birmingham University XV our colts defended poorly in the first half into a strong wind were 0-19 down at half time despite having a lot of possession and territory. In the second half they fared a little better cutting the deficit to 7 points and with 15 minutes to play following a good try by Marcus Chandler, looked as if they would get a result.

But then showed poor discipline combined with equally bad decision making and could make no further inroads into the students who were certainly up for it. (photos:Louise Bailey)
 


 

Chinnor 5 Moseley 27 3rd November 2007

It was a perfect day for free flowing rugby. The Moseley pack, however, decided a more pragmatic approach was called for and strangled Chinnor out of contention, with a performance that was deemed ‘boring’ by certain of the opposition spectators. People have been saying the same about Leicester for years…we won’t let it worry us!

Capitalising on a succession of mistakes by the Moseley team though, the home side took the lead not long after the kick off and whilst always looking like they could be dangerous if they broke out, they were never really given the opportunity once the Moseley pack got into gear.

Moseley scored five tries in all – three of which were close range efforts from driving mauls (Ben Pons scored two and Curtis Gilbert the other.) There were at least another two occasions where the Moseley’s forwards thought that they had succeeded with similar tactics but the referee (who had a really good game, we thought) ruled that the ball had not been grounded.

Our other two tries came when, to show what might be possible if other tactics were used, the ball was released from the back of mauls and spun wide. The first of these was finished by Josh McPherson who powered over carrying two would-be tacklers with him. The second was scored by Curtis who somehow found himself in the outside centre position just as the ball arrived to stroll over the line and touch down beneath the posts. This score was converted by fly half Nathan Warmley, in a really promising debut.

All in all a pretty good performance from the Moseley team. We gave pitch time to no less than twenty-six players; changed the captain four times; welcomed Ed Gardiner back from injury; gave seasonal debuts to Zak McParland, Kesser Sadiq and James Scanlon and, as our usual fly-halves were either injured or unavailable, Nathan stepped in at no.10 to cover, giving a pretty good all around performance in unfamiliar surroundings.

Next week, Moseley Colts play the University of Birmingham freshers at Billesley Common. 3pm kick off. Your support would be most welcome. - Simon Bartlett

Team v Chinnor:
Tom Garrity. Will Caesar, Dan Toth, Patrick Hughes, Clark Hands, James Weaver, Ben Pons, Dan Lavander (Pack Leader), Zak McParland, Nathan Warmley, Joe Withers, Ed Gardner, Adrian Courtney, Josh MacPherson, Jack Richards.

Replacements: Ciaron Murphy, Lee Nixon, Jim Scanlon, Kesser Sadiq, Ian Lyons
Tom Bartlett, Curtis Gilbert, Jim McCorrigan, Callum Sheehan,
Marcus Chandler

English Colts National Cup
Round three matches in Midlands West to determine who plays in the National stages of the competition see the following fixtures (all to be played by Sunday 18th November)

Moseley v Willenhall
Dudley Kingswinford v Stourbridge
Earlsdon v Nuneaton
Worcester Wanderers v Bromsgrove

The winners of the above Round 3 matches will then join the four winners from Round 3 in the Midlands East to take part in Round 4. They will be joined by the eight qualifiers from the North for Round 4 (Midlands & North) to be played on the weekend of 19th/20th January

 

Moseley Colts v Leicester Tigers

Report follows - Thanks to Louise Bailey for the following pics (Click on the image to see more)

Moseley Colts 44 Old Coventrians/ Coventry Colts 0 - 20th October 2007

Injuries, illness and unavailability meant a much-changed team took the field from the one which won at Market Bosworth two weeks ago but Moseley Colts comfortably won through to the third round of the National Cup where they will meet either Willenhall or Walsall .

Moseley took some time to get into their stride but after overcoming some early defensive resistance they cut loose, scoring 8 tries of which 2 were converted. In some respects, the Old Coventrian/Coventry coalition got off somewhat lightly as better handling and decision making by the home side could have seen a much wider margin in the score line.

Amongst the many positives though were try-scoring debuts for two of our under 17 colts – Dan Micklewright and Curtis Gilbert - the continuing improvement and extra dimension offered by Clark Hands at inside centre, a first start of the season for Jon Betty, who ran some great angles and a creative performance at fly half by Jim Oliver, who all revelled in the service provided by scrum half Stuart Doust; which combined with some abrasive performances in the front eight, notably from Ben Pons, Patrick Hughes and James Weaver led to a fairly satisfactory afternoon’s work out on the Common.

Next weekend brings a sterner challenge as we take on the might of the Leicester Tigers Academy (3pm Billesley main pitch) in one of our biggest games of the season – all support welcome.

Team
Tom Garrity; Will Caesar; Dan Toth;

Mark Deaville; Pat Hughes;

James Weaver; Curtis Gilbert; Ben Pons;

Stuart Doust; James Oliver;

Adrian Courtney (capt.); Clark Hands; Jon Betty; Dan Micklewright;

Calum Sheehan.

Reps. Jack Richards (Sheehan); Ciaran Murphy (Garrity); Will Betts (Gilbert); Tom Bartlett (Caesar); Lee Nixon (Micklewright); Andy Hawkins (Hughes); Jim McCorrigan (Courtney)

Tries: Betty (2); Pons; Nixon; Richards; Courtney; Micklewright; Gilbert

Cons: Oliver (2)

Market Bosworth 8 Moseley Colts 10 - 6th October 2007

Moseley colts travelled over to Market Bosworth with a vastly different team to the previous week. The team showed only two players started in the same position and eight positional changes. The intention was to help the player’s development by playing in other positions to make them aware of different requirements to play.

Moseley colts made hard work of beating Market Bosworth by 12-8 and the better team, on the day, did not win. Full credit to Bosworth for being totally committed in defence. If they took their penalty kicks it would have been a different result.

A pleasing aspect from the game was James Weaver playing his first game at hooker and excelling with his ball carrying. Dan Lavander contributed here massively and played his best game of the season.

Clark Hands, playing centre for the first time, was responsible for both Moseley tries. Clark made the break to put Lee Nixon over for a try in the corner before half time and then scored himself from another outside break. Clark just needs to know what to do when the try line appears!!!

Also, every member of the colts has now started a game and a special mention to Marcus Chandler for his first start in a Moseley shirt. The challenge for the players now is to recognize what the problems are they face during a game or practice and come up with solutions to them. The players, to develop their game, need to play to the pattern of play and work on their decision-making, working out what the best option to take.

Scorers:
Tries: Lee Nixon, Clark Hands
Conversion: James Oliver

Moseley Colts: Dan Toth. Captain, James Weaver. Ciaron Murphy. Andy Hawkins. Patrick Hughes. Mark Deaville. Will Caesar. Dan Lavander. David Adderley, Marcus Chandler, Jim McGorrigan, Clark Hands, Ian Lyons, James Oliver, Lee Nixon,

Replacements
Ben Thirby, Peter Hitter, Will Betts, Tom Garrity, Callum Sheehan, Zac McFarland, Alexander Warner, Adrian Courtney, Stuart Doust

Unavailable
Paul Ensor, Sam Yarwood, Sam Brent, Liam Lloyd, John Betty, Matthew Tibbatts, Joe Culligan-Adams, Dan Micklwright

Injured
Ed Gardiner, Joshua McPherson, Joseph Cairney-Withers, Ben Pons, Tom Bartlett, Jack Richards
 

Moseley Colts 0 Bedford 26 - 29th September 2007

1.Tom Garrity
2.Will Caesar
3.Dan Toth
4.Mark Deaville
5.Clark Hands
6.Dan Lavander. Captain
7.James Weaver
8.Matthew Tibbatts
9.Stuart Doust
10.Alexander Warner
11.Lee Nixon
12.Sam Brent
13.Jim McGorrigan
14.Sam Yarwood
15.James Oliver

Replacements
Ben Thirby, Jon Betty, Ciaron Murphy, Peter Hitter, David Adderley, Andy Hawkins, Marcus Chandler

Bad day at the office? Put it down to experience? An off day? Too many players injured? Any kind of cliché won’t take away that it was a very flat and poor display from the Moseley colts against Bedford. Following some easy wins and a cracking performance against Leeds, Moseley had confidence and everything was set up perfectly for a belting game in glorious conditions at Billesley Common.

However, only one team turned up. Moseley received the kick off and seemed to look good as they attacked Bedford but from the first minute you could tell this was not going to be a good day. Moseley quickly fell into a pattern of poor decision making and making the easy things look difficult. With the perfect conditions helping the colts play their running game, a number of players choose to aimlessly kick away possession and allow Bedford to counter attack with a weak chasing game. This was compounded by a lack lustre approach at lineout time when the colts failed to vary the options and enabled Bedford to steal ball.

The colts first up tackling will have to be addressed as we go into an important month with games against Market Bosworth, National cup game, Worcester and finish October with the Leicester Tigers. Only desperate scrambling defence; and Bedford’s decision making; kept Bedford to 14 nil at half time. The second half followed a similar pattern of play and ended 26 nil to Bedford. It could and should have been much more to Bedford.

On the positive side, the general feeling versus Bedford was that we never got going, credit to Bedford for not allowing us to. We will rectify things and give them a much better game in the return fixture. The season will be a long journey and we need to realise that we have to concentrate on doing the basics well. However, we have to go into every game willing to make things happen and don’t expect things to happen. There is a difference. We have to be switched on. I’m expecting a big improvement in attitude and performance at training and games during October!

Roll on Market Bosworth!

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

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Leeds Carnegie Academy 27 Moseley Colts 7

Moseley Colts made the long journey north to Leeds to take on their Academy side and came away with lots of positives from a cracking but frustrating game of rugby. The only difference was in converting chances into scores and mistakes being punished.

Leeds kicked off and Moseley continued where they left off last week by running the ball back at Leeds and looking very impressive and organised. A major problem for Moseley was losing their captain, Nelson, to a nasty facial cut after five minutes. Following several passages of play inside Leeds 22 a Moseley handling error led to a Leeds try after a hack down field and the most fortunate bounce of ball. Shortly after this Leeds capitalized on this as Moseley forgot to challenge a lineout drive and were ten nil down after two Moseley mistakes. Leeds were in front but did not have to work too hard for their points.

Moseley continued to attack and many promising moves broke down due to small errors resulting in scrums and losing momentum. In this period Moseley bombed three quality try scoring opportunities and will need to relax in order to execute their skills better. The colts attacking play and vision demanded a better return.

Moseley were more than a match for Leeds and the forwards certainly caused problems in the set piece. The lineouts were a major plus for the colts where Deaville, Betts and Tibbatts benefited from Caesar’s accurate throwing. All the colts’ props gave powerful performances in the scrums, the back row worked very hard and there was a promising debut from Ben Thirby. Half time closed 15 nil to Leeds after a try from their impressive centre.

The half time team talk reinforced that Moseley were playing some outstanding rugby and not to hurry phases of play. Following the recent colts games, Moseley found it awkward in dealing with the pressure Leeds were putting them under.
The first twenty minutes after half time was a real battle, Moseley kept attacking through good play from halfbacks Doust and Warner. Moseley suffered another serious injury to the sharp looking Cairney-Withers and this period of play the colts will have to reflect on how to use the amount of ball and field position to build pressure into points. The Moseley forwards, and Tibbatts in particular, suffered through the ref not awarding tries, as he was unsighted. The game finished with Leeds scoring two tries and Moseley replying with great character to score a well deserved and long overdue try from Warner after a scrum against the head.

All the Moseley players showed many good qualities and will take the positives from this game to put into good use for another mouth-watering game against Bedford at home next week. The colts will benefit massively from playing this game and will deal with playing under pressure from an organised defence. A very enjoyable game of rugby and the Moseley colts did themselves proud against a very strong team. This game showed that the colts play an exciting type of rugby and on another day could have had a very different result.

Roll on Bedford!

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

1. Tom Garrity
2. Will Caesar
3. Ciaran Murphy
4. Will Betts
5. Mark Deaville
6. James Weaver
7. Ben Pons
8. Matthew Tibbatts
9. Stuart Doust
10. Alexander Warner
11. Joseph Cairney-Withers
12. Adrian Courtney
13. Jim McGorrigan
14. Sam Yarwood
15. James Oliver

Replacements:
Dan Toth, Peter Hitter, Patrick Hughes, Andy Hawkins, Ben Thirby, Dan Lavander, David Adderley, Lee Nixon

Tries scored:
Warner 1
Conversion;
Warner 1

Moseley Colts 84 Sutton Coldfield 0 - 15th September 2007
National Cup Game

Moseley Colts made their intentions clear from the first whistle by putting eighty four unanswered points on local rivals Sutton Coldfield in the first round of the National Colts Cup at Billesley Common. Moseley kicked off and as Sutton stood and watched, Pons leaped high to claim the kick off and set Moseley off on their way to a dominate display of rugby.

The focus in training had been on getting the ball wide and not taking the ball into contact. This was reflected by winger Yarwood, using his unique running style, to run in a hat-trick of tries in the first fifteen minutes. Not wanting to be outdone in the leading try scorer table, Pons scored a double to match Yarwood with seven tries each in four games. The race is on!

The team maintained a good tempo throughout and the replacements made an impact when they came on the state their case for starting places. Fourteen tries were scored and a pleasing aspect to the game is that the colt’s performance never dipped when the replacements came on. There were eight changes to the team from the Dudley game and this suggests that every player is contributing fully to the style of play and every player warrant’s a starting place. Selection will be difficult but the intention is to do well in every competition we enter and the players will be rotated so every player will have game time.

Special mention goes to Patrick Hughes, Jim McGorrigan, James Hughes and Liam Lloyd for their first home appearance for the Moseley Colts. All had fine games and Patrick dominated the restarts and topped a fine debut with a long distanced try and McGorrigan scored a cracker aswell.

The Colt’s ability to score is not in doubt as 35 tries in four games and four conceded suggest. However, we will find out over the next two weeks if we are any good or not as we enter an important period of the season with games against the Academies of Leeds and Bedford. Therefore, we need to continue with the hard work on the training ground. To help this, the Colts are having conditioned training sessions against Selly Oak in readiness for the tougher games coming up.

Roll on Leeds!

Team
1.Tom Garrity
2.Will Caesar
3.Ciaron Murphy
4.Will Betts
5.Patrick Hughes
6.James Weaver
7.Ben Pons
8.Matthew Tibbatts
9.Stuart Doust
10.Alexander Warner
11.Callum Sheehan
12.Sam Brent
13.Adrian Courtney. Captain
14.Sam Yarwood
15.James Oliver
Replacements
Dan Toth, Peter Hitter, Lee Nixon, Jack Richards, Jim McGorrigan, James Hughes, Liam Lloyd

Tries scored
Pons 2, Yarwood 3, Doust 1, Warner 2, Betts 1, Hughes 1, Nixon 1, Courtney 2, McGorrigan 1.

Conversions
Warner 5, Oliver 2

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

Dudley Kingswinford 0 Moseley 60- 8th September 2007

Moseley Colts warmed up for their National Cup game next week by continuing with their impressive start to the season style on Saturday by putting sixty unanswered points on local rivals Dudley K.

Ten tries were scored and a pleasing aspect to the game is that the Colts are looking to avoid contact and look to move the ball wide with good passing skills. This was highlighted in the ‘team try’ Jack Richards scored in the first half and a number of tries followed in this manner, especially the try scored by Twinkle-Toes Tibbatts; has anyone seen him move so far in one go before?

The colt’s physicality told all over the field and especially in the tackle area, where the back row of Lavander, Pons and Twinkle-Toes excelled. The team maintained a good tempo throughout and the replacements made an impact when they came on the state their case for starting places.

This performance underlies the fact that competition for places is getting tough and selection will be interesting in the next few weeks, especially in the tackle this was area better - and that was important.

A very pleasing game by the Moseley Colts, they looked a very fit and organised side. Every player made a big contribution to the performance and we go into next week looking to improve intensity levels, scrums, kick offs.

For the next few weeks the Colts will be having conditioned training sessions against Selly Oak in readiness for the tougher games coming up. These sessions will benefit both teams and will be very worthwhile preparation.

The players need to continue with their hard work on the training ground. We enter an important period of the season with a National cup game followed by games against Leeds and Bedford. Roll on Sutton Coldfield!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach

Tries: Pons (2); Yarwood; Oliver; Cairney-Withers; Richards; Warner (2); Lyons; Tibbatts.
Conversions: Warner (5)

Team: Joshua McPherson; Sam Yarwood; Adrian Courtney. Captain; Jack Richards; Lee Nixon; Alexander Warner; Stuart Doust; Dan Toth; Peter Hitter; Ciaron Murphy; Mark Deaville; Clark Hands; Dan Lavander; Ben Pons; Matthew Tibbatts
Replacements: Will Betts, James Oliver, Joseph Cairney-Withers, Sam Brent, Patrick, David Adderley, Ian Lyons, James Weaver, Callum Sheehan;
 

Moseley 52 Stourbridge 0 - 1st September 2007

Moseley Colts kicked off their season in impressive style (but not as sharp as the Lee Nixon hair cut) on Saturday by putting fifty-two unanswered points on local rivals Stourbridge.

The home team were very composed in front of a large crowd on the first team pitch at Billesley Common. Moseley looked very good in the opening period and in a repeat of last week, last season’s leading try scorer Sam ‘crazy legs’ Yarwood scored first. Did anyone ask Sam how to call for a ‘mark’?

All the Colts played well but Ben ‘I’m hard’ Pons did his best Lewis Moody impression and was rewarded with a hat trick of tries as man of the match. The second half was a slightly better performance as the forwards and backs continued to attack freely but gave the impression they were stuck in third gear.

Tries came from Pons, Crazy Legs, Jamie Oliver and full back Jack Richards in this half and Cairney-Withers wrapped the game up as the ref blew up early with the Colts passing fifty points.

On the whole a very promising start to the season for the Moseley Colts, as they looked a very fit and organised side. Every player made a big contribution to the performance and we go into next week looking to improve intensity levels and communication. The players need to continue with their hard work on the training ground and make sure they are clinical in everything they do. Roll on Dudley K!

Special mention goes to Ciaran Murphy, Stuart Doust, Mark Deaville and Peter Hytter for their first home games in a Moseley shirt.

1.Tom Garrity; 2.Will Caesar; 3.Ciaron Murphy; 4.Andy Hawkins; 5.Clark Hands; 6.Dan Lavander; 7.Ben Pons; 8.Matthew Tibbatts; 9.Stuart Doust; 10. Alexander Warner; 11.Lee Nixon; 12.Ed Gardiner; 13.Adrian Courtney; 14.Sam Yarwood; 15.Joshua McPherson;

Replacements: Peter Hytter, Dan Toth, Mark Deaville, Will Betts, James Oliver, Joseph Cairney-Withers, Sam Brent, Jack Richards

Tries: Pons (3), Yarwood 2; Oliver, Cairney-Withers, Richards

Conversions: Warner (4), Oliver (2)

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach



Moseley Colts Pre-Season Tour
Ogmore by Sea, Bridgend, August Bank Holiday

Friday

A nice and early meet time at the club and straight away we knew we were in for a great tour as the sun shone very brightly for the first time in living memory at Billesley Common.

The tour party, 28 players and 3 coaching staff, were in great sprits and the coach journey whisked by as we got to our digs for lunch. Unfortunately, lunch was an eye opener for the coaching staff as the players seemed to totally forget their dietary advice and tucked into everything going, including our fullback filling up on ketchup sandwiches! Work in progress on the nutrition front?

The afternoon coaching session took place in glorious sunshine where the Colts put in a lot of quality work. The tour captains, Ed Gardiner and Dan Lavender, ran the evening session and gave a very good presentation on strike moves to the players. Nelson led the evening entertainment, as there are not many options available in Ogmore for people to do, and that’s why the players were in bed by 10.30. Surely some kind of record for rugby tourists. Well done Nelson!

Saturday

Saturday got off to a cracking start but took lots of players by surprise when they realised that there were two 7 o’clocks in the same day, as they were swimming in the sea by 7.30 following a fast paced 2 mile run.

Following breakfast the players put in another quality coaching session and are looking in good form for the main event tomorrow. The dietary advice really needs looking at now following several lads lunch of rice, chicken curry, baked beans and fish fingers all on the same plate! This was when I realised I was very lucky having a separate room and not sharing with five gut busters!

We got into Cardiff in plenty of time to watch the Cardiff vs. Gloucester game. Unfortunately, Gloucester arrived three hours after the stated kick off time and we had to leave at half time to get back to Ogmore to see if there was any food left over from lunch. The evening was taken with taking in the bright lights of the local fun fair; for some; and everyone’s ready for the big game.

Sunday- Bridgend Youth 28 Moseley 17

We departed the Kingswood Centre to travel down the Bridgend Recreation centre to take on, last season’s Welsh Colts cup winners, Bridgend Athletic Youth. In a game of three periods we won the first two and gave them the last one as, hopefully, fatigue of the weekend dug in.

Moseley looked very good in the first period as last season leading try scorer, old crazy legs Sam Yarwood, scored in the corner after a cracking hand off. However, when you see Sam ask him how to call for a ‘mark’?

The Colts impressed with their forward play producing good ball for the backs to look very good every time they received the ball. Dan Micklewright continued his impressive form of pre season with the Colt’s second try as Moseley continued to be on top but never put away the chances they created.

The second period showed Matt Tibbatts doing his leaping like a tin of salmon impression as every member of the touring squad played. During this time the tour captain scored a cracking try after good build play by the team.

The final period showed that you have to take your chances when Bridgend Athletic played their best rugby and the final score was 17-28. On the whole a very promising start to the season for the Moseley Colts. If the players continue with their hard work, success will come. Roll on Stourbridge!

Special mention goes to Ciaran Murphy and Stuart Doust for their first starts in a Moseley shirt. Great start more to come from both and everyone of them. Every member of the squad was a pleasure to be away with and did Moseley proud!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach


For those interested in improving their level of rugby at this age group and wish to join Moseley Colts should contact Dave Ireland, Moseley Chairman of Youth Development, on 07813 666729 or email at irelands@blueyonder.co.uk or Simon Bartlett, Moseley Colts Team Manager, on 07917 608324



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