Moseley U11’s arrived at
Droitwich Festival with a squad of 17 and as ever a commitment
to ensure that al of the lads got plenty of rugby. The
organisers did us no favours putting us in a pool with Sil’s,
Longlevens, and Worc, to be played in that order.
We started slowly against
Sils and due to some weak tackling were soon a couple of scores
down. The second half was a much better performance, where we
held them for long periods and showed real strength of
This time we got off to a
great start with Paddy gathering Joe’s kick off and powering
over to give us an immediate advantage. The game then settled
and we looked in control, cancelling Levens dangerous runners
and strong forwards. We gained the advantage in the scrum and
loose forward exchanges were the whole pack and Tim in
particular were excellent, a theme that continued all day.
We led 5 – 0 at half
time and knew it was our game to win. Unfortunately the ref
didn’t agree and late on gave a try to Levens that our lads and
spectators felt wasn’t actually grounded. The match was drawn
and it was probably a fair reflection of the game.
Worcester had lost their first two games and we went into the
game with confidence. Worc upped their performance from their
earlier games and we lacked a little spark. We did late on begin
to get our backs moving which promised much for later. We
managed the win, leaving us with the same record as Levens.
However as they had a better try record they went into the cup
and us the plate.
As Monmouth had cried
off late, the organisers asked if we were willing to contribute
players to a Barbarians side (not Bulgarians as Kieran
thought!). We, in the spirit of rugby obviously agreed, unlike
some other clubs who felt their clubs and players were above
such a thing. This meant the lads got some extra game time and a
big thank you goes to Keiran, Paddy, Sam, Robbie, Max Stanley
and Callum for playing in their first internationals, even if it
was only for Bulgaria’s U11’s.
This also meant that we
had a bye to the plate final where we again faced Worc.
The lads were really up
for this and produced their best performance of the day, running
out comfortable winners. Our forwards completely dominated in
tight and loose and our backs were beginning to show the form
they did at the end of last year. This culminated in a great try
where the forwards first took it on, provided quick ball for the
backs who combined put Paddy in with some excellently timed
he final score was
……20-0…... and nothing more than the performance deserved.
Overall it was a good
day and the squad as a whole developed well. Every lad
contributed and gave their all. This was evidenced in the final
where we used all our players. This squad development is key as
the numbers per side increase and while some clubs split their
squads we don’t have enough players to do this and as coaches
see the development of the whole squad as key to the ongoing
success of the age group.
Squad - Archie Yoxall,
Dylan Baggaley,Tim van Mourik Street, Max Baggaley, Callum
Winfield, Max Stanley, Kieran Thorn, Joseph Humphries, Ryan
Cadman, Joe Carter, Ben Hales, Sam Seston, Robbie Shelton, Hugo
Meering, Paddy Mcgrath, Thomas Holmes, George Davies