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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to the team
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,
email@example.com Mobile: 07590 424785.
Colts Win North Mids
Cup - Moseley Colts 33 Worcester Colts 17
Moseley Under 19 Colts laid their hands on the North midlands Colts Cup for the
first time since 2005. In closely fought first half Moseley scored their first
try in the 18th minute with a try from Flanker Tom MacGuire, following some
clever play by full back Nathan Walmsley, who converted from in front of post.
Moseley then started to impose themselves and just before half time another
Flanker Tom Wagg got on the score sheet after some good combined all round team
play involving backs and forwards, Walmsley converted. 14 – 0 at the break
At the start of the second half our Colts soon established their superiority
over a spirited Worcester side and quickly scored 2 excellently taken tries, the
first by Louis Stelling and then Josh Macpherson who had replaced Louis
following an injury. Nathan Walmsley converted the latter to make it 26 -0.
Worcester started to throw the ball around and were rewarded with good try under
the post following a long period of pressure. Worcester continued to press but
any hopes they had of getting back in the match were thwarted by a slick
interception by our speedy wing Josh Macpherson who scored under the post,
Nathan converted to make it 33 -7. With the game all but won our Colts went off
the boil to let in two late tries – It was great to see a big crowd at the Kings
Norton ground many in Red and Black, Thanks for the support
Captain Callum MacBurnie who had an excellent game collected the Trophy .
This concludes a fairly successful season with a squad who had the potential to
get the National Colts Final but fell at the quarter final stage. Our thanks go
to coaches, Tim Hardwick, Alex Powell, Team Manager, Simon Bartlett and physio,
Andy Middlebrook for their sterling effort throughout the season.
I would also like to thank Leah Warner for her excellent work for the Colts over
past 3 years in her fund raising capacity, her contribution has been immense.
Many Thanks to James Morris Adam for being the Colts major benefactor,we are
grateful for his generous donation.. We are also indebted to Sid Sadique, Farook
and all at the Kababish Restaurants in Moseley for their generous support and
We now want every body to support the Under 17 Colts this Sunday 3rd May in
their National Shield Final at Worcester Sixways Stadium 11.0 KO. Good Luck to
Cillian Geraint and the squad.
Parma Select XV 5 - Moseley Colts 31 - Easter Mini tour
The Colts ended up playing a combined Parma
select XV made up of six clubs from the local area, believed to be a selection
game for the region (equivalent to our North Midlands). It was a tough well
contested game with Moseley running in five trys to one and a final score of
Market Harborough 8 Moseley 8 - Investabroad National Colts Cup
Moseley Colts win on away ‘draw’ rule.
It was a tough encounter with a depleted Moseley Colts XV having to overcome a
treacherous pitch which had been cleared of snow the previous day.
The Colts stood up well against the odds with a hostile home crowd and a penalty
count against of 26-7 from the Leicestershire Society Referee.
Moseley took an early lead with a well worked try with winger Dan Micklewright
going over in the corner. Market Harborough replied with a penalty just before
half time to go into the break at 3-5.
Harborough then scored a try against the run of play to make it 8-5.
However, Moseley dug deep and after a lot of possession they gained a penalty
close to the posts which Nathan Walmsley slotted.
The Colts then had to defend the final five Minutes with Harborough having a
penalty kick from a difficult position to win the game in the last play of the
game that failed.
A great effort from the boys in ‘Red and Black’
who now progress to the National Quarter Finals.
National Colts Cup - Sponsored by Investabroad Properties
This weekend the Colts enter the National Colts Cup competition with a visit to
Worcester Students in Round 2. Moseley received a bye through round one, whilst
Worcester Students’ opponents (Lichfield) withdrew.
The competition is run by the East Midlands Rugby Union and was established in
their Centenary Year (1997/1998) when the inaugural competition involved 111
teams and was won by Moseley who beat Leeds 8-3 in the final at Franklin Gardens
(Northampton Saints RFC). This season’s entries exceeded 200.
The 1999/2000 season saw the introduction of the Plate competition for all those
clubs who play and lose in the rounds 1-3.
Moseley have a proud record in the competition including being runners up in
2004/05 (against Harlequins) and more recently losing at the semi final stage
against Bury St Edmunds in 2006/07. The full draw and results can be found at
The competition is this year sponsored by Investabroad, a property investment
company run by former Moseley chairman Peter Veitch.
Investabroad Properties offer “a comprehensive and carefully selected portfolio
covering every kind of property in some 30 countries. With prices from as little
as £25,000 to several million, we really do have something for everyone, from
serious professional investors to first time buyers desperate to get on to the
property ladder, but unable to do so in the UK. We also provide a full range of
legal and financial services".
Further enquiries can be made by phone on 0121 248 4911 or email:
Rugby Lions 7-34 Moseley - “Colts Through to 4th Round
of National Cup”
Following their emphatic 34-7 win at Rugby Lions the Colts progress to the 4th
Round of National Cup - draw to be known on Wed 19th November. In an excellent
performance by the Colts following a series of poor results, saw them outpace
and out-skill their Rugby counterparts with five tries - three of which followed
some spectacular inter passing and running.
Tom Macguire opened the scoring with a try under the posts converted by Alex
Warner. Rugby then came back into it following Moseley’s Tom Austin being yellow
carded and brought the scores level following a converted try form a driving
Alex Warner kicked a penalty to make it 10-7 before Callum McBurnie went over in
the corner following some good Team play. Alex made a great extra two points
from the touchline to make it 17-7 at half-time.
The second half saw the Moseley backs rip apart the Rugby defence numerous times
and it was surprising that only 3 tries were scored - although there were two
All three tries came from spectacular team play and electric running from a
really pacy three-quarter line. Josh Macpherson scored two tries and Dan
Rowlands the other to make it 34- 7 at the final whistle.
Apart from the mention of great back play, the pack played a major part with
some excellent driving play and they absolutely out scrummaged the Rugby eight.
A good team performance all round - well done guys! - Dave Ireland
Worcester 11 Moseley 33
“Worcester Colts, much depleted by injuries, played a strong Moseley Colts side
in almost perfect conditions on Saturday.
Within a minute Moseley's pacey backs had moved the ball to the wing who scored
in the corner with only a minute on the clock. The conversion was successful.
Five minutes later Moseley scored again, only for the try to be disallowed by
the referee for an inappropriate personal comment by a Moseley player.
Worcester replied with a pushover try on 15 minutes, Kyle Garner emerging with
the ball. The conversion was secured by Andy Wilks, but it was not long before
Moseley scored again following good backs play, the conversion being made on 24
The Worcester forwards were more than a match for their Moseley counterparts,
and on 33 minutes they supplied good quick ball for Kieran Morris to latch onto
and score on the left. The conversion was missed. The half time score was
Worcester 12 - 14 Moseley.
Moseley used their strong backs in the second half to move the ball away from
the breakdown. They scored tries on 40, 50 and 60 minutes, only one conversion
Worcester, to their credit, did not stop playing rugby and despite losing Josh
Roberts (thumb) and Kyle Garner (calf) came back for Richard Smith to go over in
the corner for an unconverted try just before the final whistle.
Can you help with match reports for the
Please contact Simon Bartlett or Dave Ireland. In the meantime, you’ll have to
‘make do’ with the report from the Worcester website! http://www.worcesterrugbyclub.co.uk