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MOSELEY U17 COLTS (2009-2010)


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Dudley Kingswinford 26 Moseley 27  (Friendly Match 25/4/2010)


This was definitely a game of two halves! The game started well for Moseley as we attacked Dudley K directly from the kick off. This was a very physical game with the forwards trying to create a platform for our backs, which they did quite successfully as the score continued to tick over to have a half time score of 0-27.


The second half was very different as we were put on the defence from the kick off and we played most of the time in our own half where we defended well. We eventually succumbed to the persistent pressure and they scored their first try.


They persisted with applying pressure to our defence and the last ten minutes were very tense as they lined up a drop goal to take the lead but fortunately for us the kicker was off target - John Bellenger


Moseley 51  Stourbridge 5 (League Match 27/3/2010)

Jordan scores

Josh about to score

Richie's pass!

The outcome of this match was to decide who would win the Division title.  Even though Moseley had not lost a game, Stourbridge could still win the Division on points scored difference, if they won the game.  Things were therefore quite tense in the changing room with the anticipation of so much resting on one game.


Following last week’s encouraging win against Ledbury we started well as we scored two minutes after the kick off. We then proceeded to attack Stourbridge every way we could with every visit into their 22 resulting in points scored. 


Although against less physical opposition than we have met on some occasions this season, this was a strong performance, with forwards and backs playing together as a real team partnership, demonstrating unselfish and supportive play.


The forwards showed a much greater strength in rucks and mauls, while the backs were passing the ball quickly into space and creating scoring opportunities.  Another plus point was that the penalty count was far less.


One of the unforgettable moments of the Second half was the delay caused by an elderly lady taking a short cut across the pitch!  


It is hard to pick out one particular player as outstanding as we played as a team.  Everyone contributed to the victory in their own way from the forwards to the backs each played their part in this success.  The team is at last coming together mainly due to the coaching of Tom Garritty with Dan Oselton, who have persevered throughout this season. - John Bellenger


Moseley 31  Ledbury 13 (League Match 20/3/2010)

The Victorious Team

Charlie on the way

Charlie scores!

Rolling maul - Dobby scores!

Harry in possession

Jamie Scores

Jon in possession

Jon's Try

Open play



Tom the coach had a cunning plan but the players had other ideas.  Being teenagers why would they listen to someone with more experience?  We did not play at our best by any means. In both halves we were undisciplined and gave away too many silly penalties.


After a talk by Tom at half time, the overall effort and discipline still did not improve even though the shape of our play did.  We defended well as Ledbury got back into the game bringing the scores as close as 19-13. This woke our players up to finally finish 31-13


With Stourbridge loosing to Woodrush we are now league leaders but still need to win our last match other wise Stourbridge could win the league on points difference


Next week we are home to Stourbridge KO 11 am for the league leaders deciding match. - John Bellenger


Kidderminster 7 Moseley 47 (League Match 24/1/2010)


This was the first time Moseley had played Kidderminster Carolians at this age group for some time so we weren’t quite sure what to expect from the game. Especially after such an enforced prolonged holiday. 


Despite missing quite a few players we just had a squad of fifteen. With players fitting in as best they could even if they were playing out of position.


On this unusually sunny morning Moseley started very brightly taking an early lead from the kick off.  The match was played very openly in parts despite the penalty count being very high against Moseley.


Kidderminster was awarded 3 penalties which fortunately for us they missed, otherwise the game would have taken on a very different complexion. Moseley continued to have penalties awarded against them resulting in a yellow card just before half time. Half time the score was 0 - 22.


Moseley continued to attack the Kidderminster defence in much the same way as they did in the first half and the score board continued to tick over. Charlie unfortunately had a try disallowed after a solo run from half way.


Towards the end of the half Kidderminster attacked with renewed enthusiasm that resulted in them scoring their try and converted this to take the final score to 7-47.

John Bellenger


Moseley 22 Sutton Coldfield 22 (League Match 25/10/2009)


By the cheers that went up at the final whistle you would have thought that Sutton had won but in our terms perhaps they had. We did not play at our best by any means. In the first half we were undisciplined and gave away too many silly penalties. Ht score Moseley 5 Sutton 17.


After a talk by Tom at half time the overall effort and discipline improved and so did the shape of our play. This resulted in us eventually taking the lead, only for Sutton to equalise.  The last 15 minutes were very tense as neither side wanted to make any mistakes that would loose them match.


Tries by Tom, Aquib, Charlie and Jack were brilliant individual efforts with a conversion by Harry.


Woodrush 13 Moseley 29 (League Match 11/10/2009)

20 in the squad and increasing!


Our game plan was to play all our rugby in the opposition half and create a strangle hold that would force Woodrush into mistakes and make them play rugby deep in their own half. The conservative plan was simply to try keep the pressure off us and on them. We wanted to be in and out as quickly as possible with a victory under our belts.  


Everyone in the pack more than played their part. The aggression levels were good as some of the technical elements. Woodrush’s defence, to their credit their tackling was very good, had they been even a little off the mark it could have been all over, very early.


The first half went through a couple of phases, we looked a little tense in the first 5 minutes, then calmed, scored a try, went off the boil and let Woodrush back into the game, we should have closed them out.  We scored some well worked tries that wouldn’t have been out of place at a professional level.


The result never looked cut and dried as Woodrush came back strongly in the second half as they changed their tactics as they saw holes in our defence.


Looking at the plus points, the forwards were outstanding, the tries were taken well, people didn’t panic, the game plan was used but people were happy to change things and take people on. We never looked in trouble, disciple was good and our error count was low.


Down-side? We didn’t turn the screw. We could have finished the game early had we taken the chances in the first half, some of the decision making in the second half was a little questionable but at one stage it was almost as though there were too many options, the forwards lost a couple of key line outs 5 metres from the line.


New U17 Coaching Team - more help wanted


There is a lot of hard work going on with the u17 group at the moment and the efforts of our fantastic coaching team, Tom Garritty, Dan Oselton and Nathan Williams, are beginning to show through in matches. We still need new players to build up the squad we already have, however.

Boys born between 1st September 1992 and 31st August 1993 (so in their first year out of secondary school) qualify as u17s and we would like to issue a blanket invitation to all aspiring rugby players to come and join us at Moseley. We would also urge any existing players who are registered with us but whom we have not seen for a while to come back & join in the fun!!

Training is on Thursday evenings 6.45pm at Billesley Common and there is either training, or a match, on Sunday mornings.

For further details please contact Simon Bartlett, Colts’ Manager or John Bellenger U17s team manager.”




Moseley Under 17 Colts are recruiting now for players of all abilities to join our successful squad, at our south Birmingham base. Training is at 6:30 on Thursday nights for weekend matches (usually Sundays).


We are currently planning our summer tour for 2010 and ideas or offers of help with organising and (especially!) fundraising would be very welcome. Please contact Simon Bartlett (see main colts page for details) with all offers or ideas, however small!


All under 17 teams in the North Midlands are in one of 3 leagues – North, Central and South. The competition eventually leads to National Finals in Cup, Plate and Bowl

1st Stage - North Midlands U 17 Central League

Moseley are in the central league with Birmingham & Solihull, Bromsgrove, Five Ways, Redditch and Silhillians. Moseley will play each of the sides once - home or away (ie 5 matches in total). The top 2 will go through to North Midlands League 1, 3rd and 4th to League 2, 5th & 6th to League 3.


 Colts Scores and/or reports – an appeal!

Do you watch the Colts matches? Can you write a brief report for the games, or at least report the scores.

This would really help out the team who have their hands full with coaching and organising - and help us all keep up to date. Please contact Dave Bettis on or speak to the team coaches

Moseley Under 17 Colts End of Season Report 2008-9

Our Under 17 Colts had a very successful season winning the RFU Under 17 Midlands Shield versus Burton and Runners Up in the National Under 17 Shield Final losing 22 10 to Wimborne. Stuart Healey, Miles Goodwin and Adrian Maynard also played for the Under 19 Colts. Congratulations to Louis Padian on his England Under 18 Cap

Our Thanks go to Coaches, Cillian Ryan and Geraint Lewis and Team Manger John Bellenger

Under 17 Colts Played 15 Won 10 Drawn 1 Lost 4


for 2008/09 details click here











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