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MOSELEY U17 COLTS FIXTURES & RESULTS   (2007-2008)

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Opponents

Venue

Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Midlands League (Northern Division)
 
This is the first ‘stage’ for the 2007/08 season.

 

 

 

Sept

 

 

 

 

2nd Dudley K’ford Away 0 57
9th Camp Hill Home

16

14

23rd Bridgnorth Away 23 14
         
Oct        
7th Walsall Away 0 34
14th Shrewsbury Home

35

0

21st Oswestry Away 5 41
         
Nov        
11th Old Halesonians Home

33

5

         
Position

Team

Played Won Drawn Lost

Void

Points For Points Against League Points

1

Camp Hill

7

6

0

1


 

210

29

12

2

Moseley

7

6

0

1


 

232

54

12

3

Bridgnorth

7

6

0

1


 

174

54

12

4

Shrewsbury

7

4

0

2

1

144

79

8

5

Old Halesonians

7

3

0

4


 

90

139

6

6

Dudley K’ford

7

2

0

5


 

88

144

4

7

Walsall

7

1

0

6


 

32

196

2

8

Oswestry

7

0

0

7


 

25

300

0

 

 2nd Stage

North Midlands U 17 Northern League

Sunday 18th Nov: Leagues 1 and 2 begin. The top three teams above join the top three teams from the Southern League to form League 1. The top two teams in League 1 will then be nominated for the National Cup Competition, the 3rd and 4th will be nominated for the National Plate and the 5th and 6th for the National Bowl.

 

 

         

 

3rd Stage - National

The top two teams in League 1 will be nominated for the National Cup Competition , the 3rd and 4th will be nominated for the National Plate and the 5th and 6th for the National Bowl .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date

Opponents

Venue

Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2nd Stage

North Midlands U 17 Northern League

 

 

Nov

 

 

 

 

18th Worcester Home

5

15

25th Camp Hill Home

5

25

         
Dec        
2nd Droitwich Away 7 27
9th Bridgnorth Home

22

8

16th Luctonians Away W/o Win
         
Jan        
6th Worcester Away 39 0
13th Camp Hill Away

W/o Win

20th Droitwich Home

38

15

27th Bridgnorth Away

W/o Win

         
Feb        
3rd Luctonians Home

0

5

         
Mar        
2nd Old Coventrians - National Cup Mids Q/F Away 30 8
         
Apr        
13th Stratford Home

39

5

20th Dudley Kingswinford Away 14 33
         
 

 

U17 COLTS - NEWS & REPORTS



Moseley Under 17 39 - Stratford 5


After 4 weeks without a game our under 17s put up a convincing performance from a plucky Stratford side. The pack gained a lot of turnover ball and thus were able to let our fast running backs loose with 2 tries apiece from Dan Micklewright and Joe Fox. Dan West, a new recruit from Staffordshire made a convincing debut and Greg Smith had a very tidy game at scrum half. A good performance all round which should put them in good heart for next Sunday 20 April away to Dudley K .

This Saturday our Colts will be playing an Under 18 fixture vs Wolverhampton away, 1.00 Kick Off at Castlecroft.

 

 

Midlands Division of National 17s Cup Competition 2008

 

The Under 17 Colts play the quarter finals of the Midlands Division in the National Under 17 Cup this weekend kicking off at 12 noon on Sunday at Old Coventrians.

The winners go into the Semi-finals on Sunday 16th March with the Midlands Finals scheduled for Sunday 6th April at Broadstreet RFC.

National Cup Draw – Midlands Division ¼ final :-

Lutterworth v. Mansfield
Old Coventrians v. Moseley
Sleaford v. Ampthill
Lichfield v. Worcester

 

The North Mids RFU has upheld the decision to award Moseley the points for the match against Luctonians which means Moseley’s Under 17 Colts finished in second place in the league and therefore qualify for the National Cup competition. The Under 17s are awaiting confirmation of the next fixture.


Final Table – League 1
                P W D L F Ag Pts
Worcester 10 9 0 0 220 22 20
Moseley 10 6 0 4 97 114 12
Luctonians 10 5 0 4 89 105 10
Camp Hill 10 4 0 2 108 55 8
Bridgnorth 10 3 0 5 78 143 6
Droitwich 10 2 0 7 101 236 4

The top two teams in League One have been nominated for the National Cup Competition, the 3rd and 4th for the National Plate and the 5th and 6th for the National Bowl.

 

Moseley 38 Droitwich 15 - 20th January 2008

 

Once again the all weather pitch came to the rescue as other games in the league were being cancelled due to the wet conditions, Moseley were able to welcome Droitwich to Billesley for the 1st time. Also this was the first game of the season when we had a 100% squad turn out with Jack Pons making his season debut for the team due to school and county commitments and a number of other players returning from injury.

The game was played a great pace and again showed that with sufficient possession we are able to show the quality that we have in the backs of whom Jack made some surging runs from full back. This was not a one way game with Droitwich (without a regular front row) competing well in the forwards and strong defence in the backs. However the territory and possession favoured Moseley with Danny Micklewright scoring three tries, Liam Lloyd two and Curtis one.

This was a good game for Moseley but there a few areas of their where improvements are required such support play and not allowing individuals to become isolated and resulting turnover ball. Another hard encounter awaits the team next week with an away trip to Bridgnorth subject to weather conditions.

               P W D L F Ag Pts
Worcester 7 7 0 0 186 17 14
Moseley 8 5 0 3 97 109 10
Camp Hill 7 3 0 1 84 27 6
Bridgnorth 8 3 0 5 78 143 6
Luctonians 8 3 0 4 63 100 6
Droitwich 8 2 0 5 9 190 4

The top two teams in League One will be nominated for the National Cup Competition, the 3rd and 4th will be nominated for the National Plate and the 5th and 6th for the National Bowl.

 

 

Moseley 22 Bridgnorth 8 - 9th December 2007

 

Its official - Bridgnorth Under 17’s are the “dark horses” of League One. Whilst all the other teams in the league have regularly played each other since they were minis, I cannot recall playing a match against Bridgnorth until they beat in us in the Northern league earlier this season. In fact they had lost only one game in their last eight matches and we therefore knew we had to play well to get a result.

Due to the poor weather conditions the match took place on the club’s new All Weather Pitch which was to suit our game plan. Moseley dominated the first quarter with Ed Mott scoring a well worked try out wide for a 5-0 lead. Bridgnorth then took control using their line out to good effect along with driving mauls which resulted in an equalising try to make 5-5 at half time.

The second half saw Moseley regain control although Bridgnorth took the lead with a penalty to make 5-8. The lads pressed hard with Bridgnorth having to defend on their own line before conceding a penalty which Curtis Gilbert took advantage of by powering over for a converted try to make 12-8.

Moseley then started to move the ball wide and the backs were causing Bridgnorth to make last gasp tackles before Tom Swannick scored to make it 17-8. In the last minute Danny Micklewright was tackled just short of the line only to have Matt Wright at hand to pick and score to make the final score 22-5.

This was a very hard game and the last four games have shown that there are no easy matches in this league. The win takes Moseley to second in the table behind Worcester. - Richard Swannick

Team P W D L F Ag Points
1 Worcester 4 4 0 0 103 12 8
2 Moseley 4 2 0 2 59 55 4
3 Droitwich 4 2 0 2 57 92 4
4 Bridgnorth 4 2 0 2 53 59 4
5 Camp Hill 4 1 0 1 31 20 2
6 Luctonians 4 1 0 3 3 68 2

The top two teams in League One will be nominated for the National Cup Competition, the 3rd and 4th will be nominated for the National Plate and the 5th and 6th for the National Bowl.

 

Droitwich 7 Moseley 27 - 2nd December 2007

 

After two successive losses in league one a further loss would be extremely hard to take, so the away fixture against Droitwich who had won both of their league one matches meant the lads would need to be at their best to avoid further disappointment.

To make matters worse we were down to a bare bones of a team due to recent injuries particularly in the forwards where a number of the lads still had minor niggles from earlier games.

Fortunately the heavy rain stopped before kick off and although the pitch was heavy and the wind was quite strong Moseley played a superb game of running rugby which left our hosts living off scraps for much off the match. This was typified by our 3rd try which went from a scrum inside Droitwich’s 22 to a ruck close to their 5 metre line then the ball going through 6 pairs of hands for a try in the corner. Brilliant!

Every player in the squad performed at or close to his best with a number of players perhaps having their best ever performance and shows the mental strength that the lads have developed over the years. It also shows that when we play with pace and are prepared to move the ball wide we are a very good team capable of beating anyone.

Well done lads.
Richard Swannick

 

Moseley 33 Halesonians 5 - 11 November 2007

A good first half performance by Moseley saw them go into a 28-0 lead at half time with tries from Tom Swannick 2, Rob Long and Dan Micklewright. With a little more patience in attack it could have been a much bigger margin. Into the strong wind in the 2nd half despite having a lot of possession Moseley could only manage one more try from the hard running Curtis Gilbert. Then a plucky Halesonian team managed a good try towards the end of the game.

Leighton Peach played very well throughout the game before coming off with what looked to be a bad ankle injury (fortunately its only a sprain – Ed). This win ensured that Moseley won the Northern division league and now go through into North Mids U17 League Div 1 which starts at home next Sunday against Worcester. The top 2 teams in this league will go through to National Cup Regional Round.
Dave Ireland


Moseley 16-14 Camp Hill - 9th September 2007.


This was always going to be a tough match with our local rivals both of whom have 2 big sets on forwards. As can be seen from the score line it was a very close game although had Moseley’s discipline been better the victory should have been a lot more comfortable!

At one point Moseley were 9-5 down with 13 players but a strong defence meant that Camp Hill were unable to take advantage and when the 2nd Half began Moseley with improved discipline took control of the game to move 16-9 in front.

A well worked try from Camp Hill meant a nervous last couple of minutes but Moseley held out to win a tough and at times an ill tempered game.

A special mention to Liam who kicked 2 great penalties. At last we have a kicker!


Dudley Kingswinford 7-59 Moseley - 2nd September 2007.

The 1st match in the North Midlands League (North) in which the Top 3 teams progress in to the North Midlands League along with the top 3 of the NML (south).

After a summer of pre season training Moseley visited a DK team who had a number of their regular players missing due to summer holidays and school restrictions. Moseley started quickly and their superior strength and skill levels meant that they retained most of the procession and tries were soon being racked up from both backs and forwards.

Moseley showed good patterns of play and DK were being constantly stretched in defence and at times showed great resilience to the Moseley onslaught. The game was brought to a halt 5 minutes from the end.

This was a good start to the season for Moseley and a mention to DK for never giving in.
 

 

Under 17 Colts - Season Review 2006/07

The mantra of our club over the last few seasons has been “Start of a new era”. Well for some of our teams every season starts a new era. The introduction of contact, the intricacies of line out and start of 15–a–side through the mini and junior years are prime examples.

However, by far the biggest step changes come between U16 to U17 and U17 to U19 when our teams take the leap of faith into grown up rugby; selection on merit, a spell on the sidelines if you aren’t performing well and increasingly, a game almost every week. Some are even competitive. To contend with these changes was the challenge set to this squad at the end of the U16 year. And I have to say, they stood up to the plate.

The stats speak for themselves really.

Moseley U17 Colts Season 2006 – 2007

Played 24 Won 22 Drawn 1 Lost 1
Points for 588 (Average slightly less than 25 per game)
Points against 87 (Average slightly less than 4 per game)
North Midlands East League Champions
North Midlands Premier League Champions
North Midlands U17 Cup Winners
National Competition Quarter Finalists
(eliminated only on a penalty shoot-out. OUCH!)
Moseley Rugby Club Team of the Year.

A further important achievement was the ability to develop players from the U16 team into the U17 side – 5 in total: Leighton Peach, Ritchie Nelson, Lawrie Keys, Dan Mickelwright and Curtis Gilbert, all of whom enriched our squad. Similarly, from the U17s, Alex Warner and James Weaver received U19 Colts ties (for 15 appearances in the season) and Josh McPherson, Tom Bartlett, Calum Sheehan, Tom Maguire and Jon Betty were selected at various times to represent the older age group.

This movement of players is, of course, not without its problems as all age groups have their own requirements but if we ascribe to player development then parochial attitudes should not be allowed to prevent talented individuals from playing at their highest level. Each age group can, and should, look below them to assess the talent pool and promote where appropriate. That way, we not only keep our players, we progress them. In the world outside rugby, I think it is referred to as fast tracking…

Several of our players also achieved representative honours for Greater Birmingham U19 and North Midlands U18 Development squads.

Onward, upwards and into next season, further challenges await but everyone connected with the squad is convinced that this group of players has the wherewithal to face up to them.

My thanks to the two Dave’s (Ireland and Taylor) for their help and support during this season and we all look forward to doing it all over again come September.
Simon Bartlett

 


 

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