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Triple boost to Moseley’s back division”

 

Moseley has pleasure in announcing the signing of three new players to bolster its back division.  

David Bishop (Centre from Edinburgh), Christopher Bishay, (Wing from Harlequins) and Joe Munro (Centre from Loughborough Students) all join the Billesley Common side in for the last three crucial months of the season.

Joe made his Moseley debut against Swansea last Saturday in the B&I Cup and the club expects Chris to be given a run in the B&I Cup game against Neath this Saturday. David trained last night and will be available (subject to medicals) for the RFU Championship game against Birmingham & Solihull on Jan 29th.

Head Coach Ian Smith said “The acquisition of these players brings a mixture of experience, proven quality and potential to our squad and should create some healthy competition for places in our back division to bring out its true potential”.

 David Bishop (Centre)

David, former Wales Under-21 centre, joins Moseley from Edinburgh having gained top level experience in the Guinness Premiership (Sale) and the Magners league (Ospreys).

Bishop, the elder brother of Ospreys and Wales centre Andrew, was a regular in his first season at the Liberty Stadium region in 2004/5. He suffered a fractured kneecap in a Magners League game at Munster early the following season, an injury that required two operations and ultimately kept him out of Ospreys reckoning for three whole years.

He returned to the Ospreys side in September 2008 against Glasgow, one of six appearances that season before moving to Sale Sharks where he made ten appearances last season. David has made a total of 30 appearances in the Magners League before becoming a victim of budget cuts at Edinburgh recently.

Date of birth: 22/10/1983, Treorchy

Position: Centre

Honours/Former clubs: Wales U21, Edinburgh, Ospreys, Sale Sharks

Height 6 ft 3 in / 1.9m

Weight 15st 10 lbs/ 100kg

Chris Bishay (Wing)

Chris learnt his rugby with Staines and joined Wasps Academy when he was 18. On debut in the Guinness A league he became the first Wasps player to score four tries in a match (a 68-24 win against Gloucester in February 2006).

His senior debut for Wasps was similarly spectacular scoring a try in each of his first two 1st XV matches (2007 v Harlequins and London Irish respectively) and helped Wasps to win the Middlesex 7s the same season. He made a total of 11 appearances for Wasps in the Guinness Premiership before a shoulder injury required an extended break from the game. He returned to full time rugby earlier this season with Harlequins before signing for Moseley in January 2011

 

Date of birth: 24/2/1987

Position:  Wing

Honours/Former clubs: Wasps, Harlequins

Height:  5 ft 11 in / 1m 81

Weight:  13st 12lbs/ 88kg/

Joe Munro (Centre)

Joe Munro, signed from Loughborough Students where he has been a regular in their BUSA success and more recently picked up valuable league experience with the National 2 North league leaders.

Joe has gained experience playing for a number of clubs in the Guinness/Aviva ‘A’ league whilst at Loughborough including London Irish. He learnt his trade at Wellington College and went on to represent the South West at age group level before attending Loughborough University. Munro is comfortable at both 12 and 13.

Date of birth: 30/01/1991

Position: Centre

Honours/Former clubs: 

Height: 6ft 5in /1.95m

Weight: 14st 11lbs/ 94kg

 

 

David Bishop and Chris Bishay join Joe Munro at Moseley

by Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail - Jan 21 2011

 

Moseley have moved to complement the bosh of their forwards with a bit of Bish in the backs by signing two three-quarters with Premiership experience.

 

Having brought Joe Munro on loan from Loughborough Students last week, Ian Smith yesterday added experienced centre David Bishop to his three-quarter line.

 

Primarily an inside-centre, the 27-year-old has spent the first half of this season on loan at Edinburgh after a year at Sale and four seasons with the Ospreys.

 

And the brother of Wales midfielder Andrew is joined at Billesley Common by Chris Bishay – a winger who came through the Wasps academy and who has played 11 times for the London outfit between 2006-2009.

 

After eight months out of the game the 23-year-old appeared for Harlequins A against London Irish a fortnight ago and trained with Mose this week after being put in touch with Kevin Maggs by Quins’ director of rugby Conor O’Shea.

 

Bishay and Munro are both in line to start this weekend’s British & Irish Cup clash with Neath knowing victory would all but secure their qualification for the quarter-final stage.

 

Munro made a promising debut in the victory over Swansea last weekend, while, having signed on Tuesday, Smith has seen enough of Bishay to throw him straight in tomorrow.

 

But it is the signing of Bishop that will excite the club’s supporters most.

 

Having struggled with a knee injury for all but one of his seasons at Ospreys, Bishop made nine starts at Sale last season, including six in the Premiership and three substitute appearances in the Heineken Cup.

 

He left Edgeley Park when Mike Brewer arrived and spent pre-season with Dragons only to be signed on a short-term contract by Edinburgh where he played in two Magners League fixtures.

“They really liked him at Edinburgh,” said head coach Smith.

 

“It was only a financial thing that meant they didn’t keep him there.

 

“He’s a good player and a good bloke he’s a great signing as he’ll give us a lot of experience in midfield.

 

“Chris Bishay gives us an edge in speed.

 

“There is no substitute for out and out pace and while we have got some really good wingers Chris may be able to finish a few things off.

 

“These players bring a mixture of experience, proven quality and potential to our squad and should create some healthy competition for places in our back division.”

 

 

 

What a fantastic set of results last weekend!

 

The 1st team gained its third win in the British & Irish Cup and proudly sits at the top of the pool table. Moseley’s Amateurs gained a bonus point win at Telford in Midlands 3 and also proudly sits on top of the table.

 

Out Senior U19 Colts beat Hereford to progress through to the last 16 of the National Colts Cup and our women’s team racked up an impressive return to form beating Shelford.

 

And that’s just the club’s senior teams!

 

The focus for the 1st team obviously remains in the RFU Championship league and this coming weekend is the focus of the club. A home derby against Birmingham & Solihull is a ‘must see’ for all our supporters and we’d particularly urge those who don’t often come to games to make this one a priority. Our Mini & Junior players gain free entry to the 1st team matches and every last voice is asked to make the effort this Saturday!

 

If you arrive at the ground early why not make the short walk across the Common and watch the Amateurs match against Veseyans from Sutton Coldfield. This is a tough fixture and with a 2.15pm kick off you can take in the first half and witness the progress this important part of our club had made this season. The beer wagon is even being positioned in the top corner of the ground to make it easier to do everything at once!

 

We’re now in the part of the season where representative rugby comes to the fore for all those outside the 1st XV squad. Places are up for grabs right across the remainder of the club including Greater Birmingham, North Midlands and beyond.

 

Our aspiring young players could do well to come up to Billesley on Sunday afternoon (or stay up after training/matches in the morning) as the Under 20 County Championship kicks off for North Midlands at Billesley. This is the primary competition for this age group and is not only a route to a final at Twickenham but also a shop window for further representative honours including Midlands, England Counties and England Under 20s.

 

The best players outside premiership academies ply their trade and there will be many directors of rugby keen to keep an eye on the talent coming through this route. The match kicks off on Sunday at Billesley (2.00pm) and the bar and catering in the clubhouse will be in full swing.

 

We’re also on the verge on the Six Nations once again. ALL the matches will be shown live in the clubhouse and along with the Quiz Nights and Tribute evenings, it’s the ideal place to spend your hard earned leisure time (and hopefully put some money in the club coffers)!

 

See you at Billesley this weekend!

 

 

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

If you have a memory, a comment, a suggestion……..or a gripe….let us know!

 

If you have some comments you would like to share about the club, matches or articles in this newsletter e-mail us at info@moseleymatters.co.uk and we will try to include in the next issue.

 

 

 

 

1st XV NEWS

 

All Black legend scheduled to play at Moseley on Saturday

 MOSELEY v NOTTINGHAM  – Saturday 1st January KO 3.00pm

 

Super January – Welcome to Moseley & four home fixtures!

 

The end of the icy conditions means that Moseley’s first game of the New Year will go ahead as planned with the visit of Nottingham to Billesley Common on New Year’s Day and the added attraction of an All Black legend, Ali Williams scheduled to be in the visitors’ team.

 

After just two home fixtures during all of November and December, Moseley will start the New Year with four home games in the space of a month! All matches are Saturdays with 3pm kick offs.

The Nottingham fixture is followed by a second visit to London Welsh on Saturday 8th January. It’s then three in a row at Billesley Common with the visits of traditional rivals from South Wales for B&I Cup ties.

·         Moseley v Swansea (Sat 15th)

·         Moseley v Neath (Sat 22nd)

January is rounded off with a local derby against near neighbours in the RFU Championship

·         Moseley v Birmingham & Solihull (Sat 29th).

Hospitality Box Offers

There is limited availability for hospitality boxes at both the Nottingham and Birmingham & Solihull fixtures – please enquire for these two games as soon as possible. However special offers are available for the two British & Irish Cup games where companies or individuals can entertain 12 people with high quality catering and a superb view for less than £40 per head including match entry, parking etc. Great value!

 

All Black Star expected this Saturday!

Spectators in South Birmingham this Saturday are likely to see the highest profile player for a number of years entertaining what is expected to be a bumper festive crowd.

Ali Williams, 29 year old New Zealand lock, joined Nottingham on a month’s loan prior to Christmas.  He is using this spell to prepare for the Super 15 season and a bid to extend his 61 caps for the All Blacks in the run up to the World Cup being held later in 2011 in his home country.

 

Moseley & Nottingham - Shared heritage

Moseley and Nottingham have played each other since the late 19th century and the Midlands rivals invariably serve up exciting fixtures.

Moseley and Nottingham have fielded high profile internationals in the not too distant past, and both sets of supporters may recall Simon Hodgkinson, who between1981-98 made 318 appearances and scored 2,778 points for the Nottingham side before joining Moseley.

Hodgkinson then went on to set Moseley’s record for individual points in a game when he bagged 27 against London Irish in 1995. This was only recently beaten by current Moseley player Ollie Thomas when he scored 28 in 2007 against – Nottingham.

 

Contact information:

Corporate Opportunities:                             Alan Potter                         (m) 0796-171214

Head Coach:                                             Ian Smith:                          (m) 07796-171214

Media enquiries:                                        Tony Caesar                        (m) 07974 937 539

 

Ticketing & General enquiries: 

www.moseleyrugby.co.uk ; Tel 0121 443 3631; info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

Moseley Rugby Club, Billesley Common, Yardley Wood Road, Birmingham B13 0PT

 

 Moseley sign Armitagehttp://www.rnca.fr/showpic.asp?ID=88&t=0

Moseley Rugby Club has pleasure in announcing the signing of centre Bevon Armitage.

 

Bevon has extensive experience of championship rugby with over 50 appearances in a two year stay at Doncaster Knights (2008 to 2010), where he was a team mate of current Moseley full back Anthony Carter. Last season he made 26 starts scoring 5 tries.

 

Prior  to playing for the South Yorkshire club, Armitage made almost 50 appearances for Esher (where he was selected for England Counties against Ireland) and in total has played against Moseley 4 times – scoring a try on one occasion.

 

In August 2010 he joined French side Nice Rugby (following in his brother’s footsteps) but has opted to return to English rugby with Moseley.

 

Bevon’s style of play has been described as a mix of his brothers (current England internationals Delon and Steffon) - good in close contact whilst also being fast and direct.

 

The Armitage brothers moved to Britain from Trinidad 18 years ago and were first introduced to rugby at Hatfield in Hertfordshire. All three have all moved successfully into senior rugby.

 

There are three other children in the family with Guy, 18, a Daily Mail Schools Cup winner at Wellington College, Joel, 14, as well as Juanita, nine, who also plays rugby.

 

Statistics:

Height: 1.86m (6’ 1”)

Weight 90kg (14st 2lbs)

Date of birth  5/8/1982 (Age 28)

Position: Centre

This Weekend.............
 

Worcester Warriors come to Billesley for the very first time in a League match on Saturday. It promises to be a great occasion with a bumper crowd of both home and away support.

Some will remember another momentous occasion ten years ago when Worcester played in the last game at The Reddings, Moseley’s spiritual home for a hundred years. Against all odds, Moseley won that match, which caused momentary elation. But, most people associated with the club knew tough times lay ahead on and off pitch.

Through sheer grit, the club held together during five years as tenants at Birmingham University’s Bournbrook ground. A team made up largely of Colts kept the flag flying, though couldn’t prevent the team sinking to the third League tier for three years.


A number of them – like Adam Caves, Mark Evans and Ollie Thomas – are still with the club and are likely to be playing this weekend at Billesley, the club’s permanent home of five years.

For its part, Worcester Rugby Club, backed by businessman Cecil Duckworth, made it from the lower Leagues through to the heady heights of the Premiership, but sank back to the Championship at the end of last season.

Two very different trajectories over the past ten years, but it will all start equal when the teams run out at 3pm on Saturday.

The Moseley players have a knack of raising their game for the big ones – who gave us a chance against Leeds in that never-to-be-forgotten Twickenham final a year last April, or against Exeter in the semis?

They don’t come much bigger than Worcester for a local derby. Expect great passion from both sides and fans alike...

WORCESTER MATCH - TRAVEL AND PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

Please help with the following

This match has aroused special interest especially among Worcester supporters and a huge crowd is expected. Special travel and parking arrangements have therefore been instituted. Please help to get everyone into and out of the ground quickly and safely as possible by doing the following:

Get there early - A number or extra bars and refreshment facilities have been made available including a special Real Ale Tent.

Please use public transport wherever possible. - Billesley Common is very well served by a number of bus routes and by a train station at Yardley Wood which goes straight to Worcester. Details on busses and link to planner in ‘Real Ale Tent’ below....

If you have to travel by car:

1. Please avoid the Yardley Wood Road entrance. – Spaces have been allocated and it will be full.

2. Moseley supporters and those coming from the North and West. - Please use the Swanshurst School parking facility which is accessed off Swanshurst Island. It will be double the size of normal and is very close to the clubhouse.

3. Worcester supporters and those coming from the South and East – Please use Kings Heath Boys School and Dame Ellen Pinsent School as directed by the marshalls. They are secure, free and very close by. They are used for all major matches and our highly popular Mini & Junior Tournament. Follow the directions in a short pleasant walk to the ground. Details are on the website www.moseleyrugby.co.uk.

Note: Disabled parking is inside the main ground off the Yardley Wood Road. A valid disabled sticker is required for all cars to be admitted there.

Please remember:

GET TO THE GROUND EARLY

USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IF POSSIBLE

DO NOT TRY TO USE THE YARDLEY WOOD ENTRANCE.

 



REAL ALE TENT - RETURNS FOR WORCESTER MATCH

Partake in a pint this Saturday

Following the success of the Real Ale Tent at recent major games, the real ale bar will be back at Billesley. Beers on for the Worcester match: Ales include:

Hob Goblin 3.8%
EPA 3.4%
Purity Mad Goose 4.2%
Brakspear 3.4%
Royal Rider 3.8%

 

Buses Buses everywhere – and quite a drop to drink!

The Real Ale Tent is another good reason for taking the bus – available from all parts of the city. If you’re not sure which one, just type your postcode and the club postcode (B13 0PT) in to the search engine at the following site: http://www.travelinemidlands.co.uk/JourneyPlanner.jsp?vm_Reset_str=true

Buses 2 and 12 from the city centre both stop right outside the Yardley Wood Road entrance.

Route 2 - Every 12 Minutes:
City Centre - Sparkbrook - Billesley - Warstock / Maypole VIA Birmingham Markets, Camp Hill, Showell Green Lane and Yardley Wood Road

Route 12 - Every 10-12 minutes:
City Centre - Stoney Lane - Billesley - Yardley Wood / Shirley Station VIA Birmingham Markets, Camp Hill, Yardley Wood Road and Swanshurst Park

The outer circle route (No 11) passes about 100 yards North of the ground, along Brook Lane, stopping at the Billesley fire station or Swanshurst School.

Route 11A [Outer Circle, Anticlockwise] Every 10 minutes:
Perry Barr - Bearwood - Cotteridge - Kings Heath - Acocks Green - Erdington - Perry Barr VIA Handsworth, Winson Green, Harborne, Selly Oak, Hall Green, Yardley, Stechford, Fox & Goose and Witton

Route 11C [Outer Circle, Clockwise] Every 10 Minutes:
Perry Barr - Erdington - Acocks Green - Kings Heath - Cotteridge - Bearwood - Perry Barr
VIA Witton, Fox & Goose, Stechford, Yardley, Hall Green, Selly Oak, Harborne, Winson Green and Handsworth

The 69 and 76 also come close, stopping on Hollybank Lane, on the West side of the ground.

Route 69 - Every 20 Minutes:
Solihull - Selly Oak - Weoley Castle
VIA Shirley, Maypole, Yardley Wood and Kings Heath

Route 76 - Every 20 Minutes:
Kings Heath - Shirley - Solihull - Damsonwood
VIA Yardley Wood, Hall Green and Blossomfield

The very frequent No. 50 service along Alcester Road, through Moseley and Kings Heath, is also within a few minutes walk.

Route 50 - Every 4 minutes:
City Centre - Moseley - Kings Heath - Maypole - Druids Heath VIA Bradford Street, Highgate, Moseley Road and Alcester Lanes End
 

THE GREAT MOSELEY BALLOON RACE

This Saturday at the Worcester Game

The MSA is running the Great Moseley Balloon Race this Saturday at the Worcester match.

£1 per ticket with the chance to win £100 cash prize (handy for a trip to the club shop after the game)

Balloons will be released at half time

MSA volunteers will be walking around the ground selling tickets, buy as many as you can to help raise funds.

COACH TO NOTTINGHAM

Sunday 10th October

The Moseley Supporters Association is currently arranging a coach for the trip to Nottingham on Sunday 10th October.

If you are interested please contact Neil on 07739039876 or via e-mail moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com.

KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY - By Ewart Patrick

John Finlan

John Finlan, a fly half, joined Moseley from Old Satleians and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club. The Moseley Centenary Brochure described him as ‘the greatest Old Saltleian of them all.’

Following England’s defeat to Australia in January 1967 the selectors made wholesale changes for the game with Ireland, in Dublin, a month later. These changes included new half backs-John Finlan and at scrum half R.D.A. Pickering of Bradford. Also in the side were Moseley’s Colin McFadyean (left wing) and Mike Coulman (tight head prop).

The new international fly half was said to have had ‘a sound, if unspectacular, debut.’ England won the game 8-3 and McFadyean scored the winning try. Finlan played throughout that season’s Five Nations Championship, as did McFadyean and Coulman.

In the next game, a thrilling contest against France, at Twickenham, Finlan dropped a goal after 15 minutes but turned villain in the second half when the French scored a penalty after he had been penalised for offside. Nonetheless England triumphed 16-12 and the Playfair Rugby Annual commented that ‘Rugby…gained enormously in prestige by the standard of the entertainment provided by both sides.’

England’s next game was at home to Scotland and they triumphed 27-14. Both Finlan and McFadyean were involved in the best move of the match, which occurred during the second half. Finlan intercepted the ball near the halfway line and made 35 yards before passing to R.D. Hearn, the Bedford centre, who as he was tackled returned the ball to Finlan.

Realising that McFadyean was only half covered Finlan whipped out a quick pass to his club colleague who scored virtually unchallenged under the Scottish posts. Towards the end of the game Finlan also dropped a goal to finish an excellent game for him personally.

The final game of the season was the famous trip to Cardiff Arms Park when England scored 21 points and still lost! The final score being 34-21 to the hosts. Finlan had a quiet match and did not get onto the score sheet.

In the following autumn England played host to New Zealand and both Finlan and McFadyean appeared in the 23-11 defeat. That season’s first Five Nations encounter was at home to Wales and Finlan, McFadyean and Coulman all featured in the England side.

The result was an 11-all draw and McFadyean, the England captain, scored one of the England tries. It was not, however, a successful match for Finlan who ‘was England’s villain, for his kicking not only deprived the backs of attacking opportunities but lacked the probing accuracy required to place the Welsh defence under any pressure.’

Despite his poor performance Finlan along with McFadyean (again chosen as captain) and Coulman was retained for the visit of Ireland. The result was unusually another draw (9-9), three of England’s points coming from a Finlan dropped goal.

Finlan’s next England cap was in the following season against Ireland in Dublin. Also in the side was Moseley colleague lock Nigel Horton, making his debut and on the wing also making his debut was future Moseley player Keith Fielding. In a close match the home side won 17-15. During the second half Finlan made an adventurous break from his own 25 and the ball was passed to Coventry wing R.E. Webb who passed to his club colleague David Duckham who scored in the corner.

All three Moseley men were kept in the side for the visit of France who were defeated 22-8, one of England’s three tries being scored by Fielding. The trio also appeared in the next game against Scotland at Twickenham. England won again (8-3) and their first try, by Duckham, followed a high Finlan kick that Scotland were unable to field.

That season’s final international was another visit to Cardiff Arms Park in which England were defeated 30-9. Finlan and Horton both played for the visitors but due to an ankle injury sustained in the Scotland game Fielding was absent.

Following a defeat by Scotland in 1970, the selectors made six changes, one of which was the reintroduction of Finlan at fly half. He did not retain his place however and his next and final appearance for England was three years later against the visiting All Black when he partnered Jan Webster at halfback.

Also in the England side that day was Sam Doble. Finlan again played the part of villain as with the score at 6-0 to New Zealand he failed to find touch and B.G. Williams collected the ball and dropped a goal to make the game safe for the tourists.

In all Finlan made 13 England appearances scoring three dropped goals (nine points).

England team v New Zealand on 4th November 1967


Standing (L-R): D.C.J.McMahon (Referee), D.Rutherford (Gloucester), R.H.Lloyd (Harlequins), G.A.Sherriff (Saracens), J.E.Owen (Coventry), P.J.Larter (Northampton), R.E.Webb (Coventry), R.B.Taylor (Northampton), K.F.Savage (Northampton), A.D.Martin (Touch Judge). Seated: W.J.Gittings (Coventry), J.F.Finlan (Moseley), D.P.Rogers (Bedford). P.E.Judd (Coventry) (Captain), H.Godwin (Coventry), C.W.McFadyean (Moseley), A.L.Horton (Blackheath).

Ewart Patrick, Club historian (and chief deputy Car Parker in the club’s elite match day parking team!) We’re always looking for volunteers for this ‘highly trained’, ‘ultra fit’ ‘crack unit’– Ed)
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Got a question for Ewart? Email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk



THE MOSELEY DIASPORA CHECKS IN!

The Payne family –letter from Switzerland

I was delighted to see my grandfather’s name in the Moseley Matters that arrived at the end of last week. I must admit to not having the time to systematically read Moseley Matters from cover to cover each week, so he may well have been mentioned in the past!

My grandfather was a lifelong supporter of Moseley, even after he left the UK in 1971 to enjoy his retirement in Switzerland. I still have memories of him listening in to the BBC World Service in order to catch the rugby results every Saturday afternoon.

There was no Internet in those days and the Sunday papers took another 24 hours to arrive. Of course, the Payne connection was started well before my Grandfather’s days and several Paynes were in evidence on the walls of the clubhouse at The Reddings.

Unless I am mistaken, the close connection is no more. I had a distant nephew, Jeremy Payne, who played for the first team back in the 70s/80s (?) but I’m not aware of any more recent connections.

My father was not a great fan of team sports and although my brother actually played in the Swiss rugby league in the 70s, I myself was always a hopeless player and embarrassed myself rather less off the field than on it!

We were all “life members” of the old Moseley RFC, but of course this remaining link was lost in the debacle of professionalism and the resulting financial difficulties – a move that I understand my grandfather was always against, even if he understood that the writing was already on the wall when he left the UK.

Nigel Horton later left the club to play for Toulouse, and it probably wasn’t only the cassoulet that attracted him!

It is wonderful to see the club in “safe” hands again. Although The Reddings has been lost, the new home at Billesley Common sounds very convivial and I would dearly love to visit some day. In the meantime, I am delighted to be able to follow the club and its various teams through the weekly Moseley Matters.

My best regards to everyone involved with the club and rest assured that I shall continue to follow events from afar! - Peter Payne, En Molard-Rochau, 1272 Genolier, Switzerland


Editors Note; Jeremy Payne was seen entering a well known business man’s watering hole in Birmingham recently. He is threatening to bring his offspring with him when he visits the club soon. We will be in the Real Ale Tent waiting!


BRING OUT THE DAREDEVIL IN YOU

Anthony Nolan Challenge - 750 ft Zip Slide

The Anthony Nolan Trust is running a charity Zip Slide at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday 3rd October.

If you like your fundraising served with a shot of pure adrenaline, the zip slide is for you. Experience the heady feeling as you’re harnessed to the steel wire, feel the rush as you swoop down the slide, gathering speed as you hurtle towards the ground. The thrilling flight is over in 30 seconds – but you’ll get a lasting buzz knowing you’ve helped save someone’s life.

To join in telephone 0303 303 3000 or go the www.anthonynolan.org

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Birmingham University 28-10 Moseley Development

The first Development XV match of the season was on Monday at Bournbrook against Birmingham University.

The team involved (in order of priority) 1st XV squad players needing match practice; Moseley Oak players capable of playing at this level; Moseley Colts players capable of playing at this level; other promising local players.

Birmingham University put out a strong side and this was a good test for both sides. A further programme of development games will be announced shortly. In the meantime you can see highlights from Monday's match courtesy of ‘Camera Shake’ at:

http://www.mygreatvideos.co.uk/27092010_buni_mosedev.php

1st XV watchers will spot some familiar faces including a welcome to the field for George Warner who joined the club this season from Leeds.

MOSELEY OAK – Another Moseley product gets 1st XV chance

One pleasing aspect of the Moseley Squad for the Aberavon game was the inclusion of Tom Maquire.

The Moseley Oak back row forward has come all the way up through the club’s designated route from Mini’s and Juniors to Moseley Oak - where he is currently learning his senior trade in our own amateur arm. Oak are now coached by the highly experienced Moseley coach - John White.

Tom might have only few opportunities at the highest level this season as the injury front clears up. However his fifteen minutes on the pitch for the 1st XV will hopefully give him the incentive to reach his full potential.

It will also confirm to all Moseley players that no one needs to leave the club to get to the higher levels!

Supporters Coaches

Following the success of the coach to Cambridge the Moseley Supporters Association (MSA) is currently planning the next excursions. It’s a great day out in good and friendly company – first timers particularly welcome!

Doncaster v Moseley – Saturday 4th September
Bedford v Moseley – Saturday 25th September

Anyone interested in travelling on the supporters coach please contact moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com or ring Neil on 07739039876.

Fancy a trip to Ulster on December 18th?

Not content with travelling the length and breadth of England the MSA are now casting their eyes oversees (….well Northern Ireland actually) and are researching the possibility of a trip to the B&I cup game against Ulster on the 18th December.

As you can imagine such a trip will take considerable organisation so the MSA need to get an early indication of the numbers interested.

So if you fancy combining a Christmas shopping trip in Belfast with seeing a great rugby match (and you may be interested in the odd drop of Guinness) please contact Neil (details above).

At present we’re just looking for ‘expressions of interest’ in order to get a price for travel and accommodation.


1ST XV NEWS

Additional players to squad lists

In addition to the players previously listed in the 1st XV squad the following are currently available to / trialling with Moseley:

Sam Lewis - Technically proficient hooker who had seven games for Worcester's A side last season. He played in the Midlands U20's team a couple of seasons ago and is going to Hartpury College in September. He has played in various N Mids sides and therefore is well known to coaches in the club.

Harry Casson - tall 2nd Row from Hartpury who is dual registered with Moseley and Gloucester. He has already been training both with our 1st XV squad and Gloucester in pre season work.

Tom Maquire – Moseley backrow forward currently learning his trade though Moseley Oak, the club’s amateur arm

We will keep you updated with their progress


NEW INCOME STREAM FOR THE CLUB

Property Marketing Partnership
- which everyone can support, directly or indirectly

After “trailing” the new partnership between Moseley Rugby Club and Investabroad Properties in the last two issues of ‘Moseley Matters’, we are delighted to announce the official launch of this innovative commercial venture, which we believe will prove to be a valuable and welcome addition to the Club’s sources of income.

International property specialists Investabroad Properties, the Official Sponsor of the National Colts Cup, was founded 10 years ago. The company offers what may be the most varied and comprehensive portfolio of new developments, resale properties, property funds and ‘alternative investments’ available from any UK based company.

These extend to over 30 countries, including the UK, and are complemented by a range of professional services such as independent legal advice, foreign currency mortgages, currency exchange and transfer, buildings and contents insurance, international tax advice and letting services.

The Club is hoping that its supporters, sponsors and other contacts will do what they can to publicise the new project, even if they don’t make purchases themselves. The Club has an absolute guarantee from Investabroad that, as long as an enquiry leading to a sale can be traced back to Moseley, however remote it may be, commission will be paid to the Club.

So we urge all our supporters to bring this new partnership to the attention of their friends, relations, business contacts, in fact, anyone who may be interested and to urge them to pass the message on as well.

Investabroad Properties is run by Moseley Players Association Chairman Peter Veitch, who will be providing more detailed information about the best available investment opportunities and lifestyle properties during the next few weeks. Meanwhile, a summary of the services available appears later in this issue.

For a flavour of what’s on offer from Investabroad Properties, go to www.investabroadproperties.com, although there is a great deal more also available!

KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY

The Deakin Family

When the Havelock Football Club, Moseley Football Club from 1874, was founded in October 1873 the majority of these early footballers, including Stephen Henry Deakin who they elected as their captain, were aged around nineteen.

Deakin had been born in 1854, in Hobart, Tasmania, where his Birmingham-born father was working as a land surveyor. The family moved to England when Stephen was five-years old and settled in Herefordshire. Deakin moved to Birmingham in the early 1870s to work in the family jewellery firm, which became known as Deakin and Nephew.

It was presumably at the same time that he became associated with Havelock Cricket Club and later the football club. He captained the football club for four seasons but little else is known about his rugby career other than that he was a goal-kicking forward.

He seems to have stopped playing around 1877 when he was 23-years old probably to concentrate on his business career. In 1881 Deakin went into partnership with his brother in law, J.H. Francis, to form the firm of Deakin and Francis. Francis made at least one appearance for the club’s second team. Deakin and Francis is still in existence in the Jewellery Quarter and specialises in cufflinks.

S.H. Deakin did not turn his back on the club completely as he served as president from 1894/95 to 1896/97. The first season of his presidency was also the first year of the great J.F. Byrne’s captaincy of the club.

S.H. Deakin’s eldest son, Francis Henry was born in 1886 and like his grandfather went into the property business. Francis played for Moseley in the period immediately prior to the Great War and like his father was a forward. He was also selected to play for the Midland Counties.

F.H. Deakin served as club captain from 1912/13 to 1913/14 during which time Moseley were involved in a controversial Midland Counties Challenge Cup final. The game was against old rivals Coventry in 1914 and Coventry ‘won’ the match 13-0. The final was, however, declared null and void because Coventry had played two men not on the list of players that they had submitted and because Moseley had been late submitting their list.

During the First World War F.H. Deakin served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and while serving on the Western Front, in 1915, he played in a match between the 4th Division and the 48th Division. Deakin played for the latter side which also included the famous England international Ronnie Poulton-Palmer in what proved to be his last game before he was killed. The Irish international Basil Maclear who was also killed a few weeks later refereed the match. Deakin was himself wounded later in the war.

Following the war F.H. Deakin was instrumental in helping club captain Howard Hill re-establish Moseley following the inactivity of the war years and one of the club’s worst periods of results immediately after hostilities ceased.

F.H. Deakin was honoured with the presidency of the club from 1947/48 to 1950/51 and when Moseley Football Club celebrated its centenary in 1973/74 he was still associated with the club. The Deakin family could therefore claim to have been associated with the club throughout its history.

Prospects for the Season

Regular Match previewer Joe Heaton looks forward to what the 2010/11 season has to offer

Where has the summer gone? Already the new rugby season is on the horizon, practice matches have been played and the first match of the new 2010-11 season, Moseley v Esher, will follow at Billesley Common on Saturday, 28th August.

What lies before us? One of the objectives of the club is to improve each season and all the initial signs are encouraging. Moseley joined the Championship at the start of last season from 8th place in the old National Division One. We finished 9th in the new twelve team league, which was distorted by points being deducted from three clubs (B’ham Solihull, Coventry and London Welsh) following financial, or player registration, irregularities.

At the end of the season the Championship lost Exeter on promotion and Coventry on relegation but gained Worcester on relegation from the Premiership and Esher on promotion from National Division One. The loss of the longstanding local derby matches against Coventry is a disappointment.

In considering Moseley’s prospects for the season ahead, it is useful to look at the Championship as being made up of different groups; potential winners Worcester benefiting from far superior funding; fully professional teams like Bristol, London Welsh, Cornish Pirates and possibly Bedford); and the remainder.

The remainder includes Doncaster, Moseley, Nottingham, Plymouth and Rotherham and Bees all familiar teams with the returning Esher making up the group. If Moseley could top this group, which is not beyond the bounds of possibility although improbable at this stage, we would be fourth overall (five places higher than last season) although avoiding the relegation group is a reasonable initial objective.

As the Championship is now a fully professional league, much depends on money. Moseley currently operates a balanced budget without the assistance of a substantial benefactor and with Directors, who are rightly unwilling to risk insolvency, so it is essential that the available funds are spent well. Those close to Ian Smith, feel that he has achieved this difficult objective and created a balanced squad that will address some issues in the backs particularly and result in some exciting rugby.

A number of experienced new players together with five who are dual registered, have been recruited, particularly to address problems which emerged last season. Harry Rowland, Ryan Wilson, Dan Oselton, Andy Hall, Ally Muldowney, James Rodwell, Waylon Gasson, Eliot Read, Bryn Keys, Justin Mensah-Coker and Rob Thirlby are no longer with the club for various reasons and we thank them all for their efforts.

The new players form part of an exciting group:
Craig Voisey Prop                                      Rotherham
George Warner                  Hooker                                  Leeds
Koree Britton                      Hooker                                  Gloucester  DR
Paul Spivey                        Lock                                      Old Belverdere
David Lyons                       Lock                                      Worcester
Ryan Mills                          Centre/Fly Half                      Gloucester DR
Michael Maltman               Flanker                                   Herriots   
Ben Pons                           Flanker                                  Coventry
Michael Ellery                    Back Row                              Newcastle
Ryan de la Harpe              Scrum Half                             Sale
Bradley Davies                  Fly Half                                   Bedford
Jack Pons                          Centre / Wing                        Gloucester
Oliver Thomas                   Centre /fly half/ fullback         Racing Club Chalonnais
Edward Styles                   Wing / Full Back                     Sale
Anthony Carter                  Full Back / Wing                     Doncaster

The practice matches against Cambridge (24-29 a ) and Aberavon (28-10) have confirmed the earlier impressions that the club has recruited well and reinforced the view that Moseley can look forward to a exciting season.

The team will particularly be addressing how to achieve consistency and a tactical approach that avoids the ‘hole in the centre’ that all too frequently occurred last season, often with disastrous consequences.

The members and supporters can play their part too in the development of player confidence. To enable members to get to know the new players a profile of each one will appear in each successive match programme.

All games in this division will be tough although the first match at home against recently promoted Esher could provide one of the better opportunities for a good start as the remainder of the matches in the autumn against Doncaster (a), Cornish Pirates, Bristol, Bedford (a), Worcester, Nottingham (a) and London Welsh reflect a particularly demanding sequence, that could leave Moseley in the bottom half of the table.

Whilst naturally concentrating on the Championship we must not forget the British & Irish Cup. In 2009 Moseley won in perpetuity the EDF Trophy in its last year of competition, by beating Leeds Carnegie. This Trophy, however, was discontinued and replaced last season by the British & Irish Cup.

The twenty four competing teams are made up of twelve teams from the Championship, six top clubs from the Principality Premiership, three Irish Provinces represented by ‘A’ teams and the three top clubs from the Scottish Premiership. The teams are divided into four pools of six playing over five weekends during the autumn, with semi-finals in April & May in 2011.

Last season, Moseley's early season injury problems and indifferent start meant that the focus had to be on the Championship rather than the new competition and the club was eliminated at the pool stage with the Cup being won by Cornish Pirates who beat Munster 23-14. This season we have been placed in Pool C with Bedford Blues, London Welsh, Neath, Swansea & Ulster). The new competition, however, got off to a low key start and was heavily criticised by the media, but it interest is bound to grow. Watch this space!

Overall there is a great deal for Members & Supporters to look forward to throughout the new season. The club deserves your support.

Moseley Colts 51 – Strathcona Druids 0

This was a useful workout for Moseley Colts who fielded a mixture of U17s and U19s, using 27 players in the process. This was an entertaining game in often difficult conditions, against physical and committed opposition who are in the UK on a four match, 16 day tour. (They have now travelled north to play in York, Sheffield and Hull).

The score in games like this is not particularly relevant and, in this case, did not reflect the amount of effort invested by our opponents.

Moseley put together some decent passages of play at times but early season rustiness was very evident; much of what we have been doing in practice failed to find its way into our match play. Nonetheless, this was an informative exercise and gives us a real insight into what needs to be addressed in order that we can move forward from here.

This match was arranged not only to give our players a run-out on the field but as a bit of a bonding session. As if we needed reminding, the atmosphere in the bar after the game was a clear indication that ours is the best of sports; one which engenders a very strong sense of camaraderie.

Team members and officials from both sides freely ate, drank, chatted and celebrated the occasion in a way that is rare in other sports. Strathcona enjoyed themselves so much that they came back the following day to watch the first XV beat Aberavon!

They would be welcomed back any time, I feel. Great visitors and a terrific start to our season.

New Season Preparations

In terms of pre-season, everything is going well and we are getting decent numbers at training.

This weekend we are going on pre-season camp in the Mendips and will be playing training games against Yatton Colts on Saturday and Weston-Super-Mare Colts on Sunday.

Saturday 4th September, we have two fixtures. This is possible because of the strong numbers that have been showing up at training and as a result is something that we have decided to experiment with on a few occasions this season, to give our players some meaningful rugby.

We are entertaining Nottingham Academy in a friendly with a 3pm kick off and Whitchurch in the new N Midlands colts’ league with a 2.15pm kick off.

Championship Launch - Twickenham

George Warner represents Moseley at the Twickenham Launch of the new RFU Championship season. Click photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

IRISH INTERNATIONAL JOINS MOSELEY AS BACKS COACH

Moseley Rugby Club is delighted to announce the appointment of former Irish International Kevin Maggs as backs coach for the 2010-11 RFU Championship season. Kevin will assist Head Coach Ian Smith and combine the assistant coaching role with playing responsibilities. Kevin’s appointment follows the departure at the end of August of Don Caskie who is taking up a full time role as backs coach of the Georgian National Team up to the World Cup in October 2012. Click here for more

 

 

The Birmingham Rugby Development Rugby Camp ages  12-16. -  August 17, 18, 19.
The Birmingham Rugby Development Rugby Camp is aimed at rugby players between the ages of 12-16. The focus of the camp is on developing the
players core skills of running, passing, catching, tackling and decision making. There will also be specific sessions on units skills throughout the
3 days as well as lots of fun games to make sure everyone has a great time.
The coaches are all professional players and coaches from Moseley Rugby Club many with international experience. Included in the cost of the camp is a
free water bottle, and a T-shirts. Players need to bring a pack lunch, and clothing for all weather including boots and trainers. For any more information please ring 0121 443 3631 or email community@moseleyrugby.co.uk
Click here for details, last few spaces!

MOSELEY SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION

Introduction - to this revived and updated club institution

Now that we are nicely settled at Billesley Common, with a fantastic new stand on its way, we thought that it was about time that the Moseley Supporters Association (MSA) was revived. And just like Moseley Rugby Club itself we would like to bring a new fresh look to the Moseley Supporters Association for you, the fans. That is of course without losing the heart and soul of the original supporters association.

The Moseley Supporters Association has a fantastic history behind it, with many
memorable events and away coach trips to boast about. Unfortunately, just like the club, it suffered after leaving the Reddings. So now that Moseley RFC has established a new home and maintained Championship status, not forgetting the EDF Final win, the Moseley Supporters Association is returning.

The Moseley Supporters Association will hopefully provide you, the fans, with lots of benefits and another way to help support this great club. Some services we aim to provide are discounted away coach travel for members, social events, chances to win cash and other great prizes and much more. Not forgetting a lovely Moseley Supporters Association pin badge.

Away travel doesn’t always get the best response but we hope to change that with a brand new type of travel system. Introducing discounted travel for members is a great start but also providing cheap food and drink and entertainment aboard the coach will help make sure that you have a fantastic day out with the Moseley Supporters Association. More importantly you can come along and help us cheer Moseley RFC to victory.

A social events calendar is being drawn up with many exciting events for you and
your families. Events such as a firework and BBQ night, the Great Moseley Balloon Race, Separate Ladies and Gentlemen’s nights and many more. As well as social events we would also like to arrange a couple of events to help the club itself. Help us “Spruce Up Moseley RFC” to make sure that travelling fans can leave us feeling that they’ve just visited the best and friendliest rugby club in the country.

All money raised from membership fees, event tickets, etc will go towards providing more events for you, the fans. But we are also aiming to raise money for the club for items such as a new scoreboard, equipment for all levels of rugby at Moseley and many more much needed items.

We are always on the lookout for feedback so please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the committee members for questions, ideas/suggestions and any other general feedback/queries you may have. Volunteers are always welcome as well, to help in any way possible.

Membership Fees

Like all good supporters clubs, the Moseley Supporters Association does require an annual membership fee. Membership is open to all persons with no minimum or maximum age limit, although there is a junior membership which is open to anyone under 16 years of age. There is also a life member option which is open to anyone and is charged at a fantastic rate. We have spent quite a while researching membership fees to make sure that they are fair for you. Price details are listed below.

Adult - £10 (Per Annum)
Under 16 - £5 (Per Annum)
Life Membership - £100

A membership form for the Moseley Supporters Association appears at the bottom of this issue of Moseley Matters.

The Moseley Supporters Association Committee

Hon. President - John Beale
Chairman - Martyn Cowley
Treasurer - Mike Reed
Secretary - Louise Bailey
Coach Organiser - Neil Marklew

If you would like to get in touch with any of the above committee members then
please use the contact information provided below.

Chairman - Martyn Cowley - martynmrfc@hotmail.com
Treasurer - Mike Reed - reedmikefrancis@yahoo.co.uk
Secretary - Louise Bailey - louisebailey82@googlemail.com
Coach Organiser - Neil Marklew - neilmarklew2010@googlemail.com

For any general enquiries/information please contact moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com

Racing comes to Billesley

High rollers are invited to join us on Friday 17th September for the Billesley Gold Cup which is a race night with a difference.

The evening includes a fish'n'chip supper, a comedian, a raffle with top prizes and the highlight of the evening is Billesley’s own version of ‘The Gold Cup meets Monte Carlo’ complete with Jockettes and a 4 lane race track.
 
Our 4 riders will be competing to make it to the winners enclosure first based on the roll of a dice. Betting stations provide the excitement and a maximum 6 on the dice produces some added bonuses.
 
Starting at 8pm prompt (traps open at 7.30) the evening will cost just £20 a head or a table of 10 for £185. Carriages are at midnight. Over 18s please!

Contact Martin Cowley (martynmrfc@hotmail.co.uk or 07810 - 850459) to book your place.

Cambridge Friendly

The Moseley Supporters Association will be providing travel for this preseason fixture and we would love to be able to fill the coach.

Lets get behind our lads right from the off this season and help raise spirits ready for the start of the 2010/2011 Championship.

We are starting prices for this coach at £15, there will be a raffle aboard the coach and we will be providing drinks at very cheap prices.

Anybody interested in coming along and supporting the lads, or would just like more info, then please contact Neil on 07739039876 or email moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com.

A Facebook page for the supporters association has now been created. To access just search Moseley Supporters Association once logged into Facebook.

The MSA are also looking for volunteers to participate in a pre season club tidy up and leaflet drop. To do your bit for Moseley get in touch with the MSA at moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com and offer your time.


RUGBY MASTER CLASSES

Master Class – top coaches; top players!

The club’s community department is running a rugby ‘Master Class’ at King Edwards School (Edgbaston Park Road) on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September. This is aimed at existing players aged from 8 to 15 who wish to improve their game.

The sessions will be led by Moseley’s Head Coach Ian Smith (37 capped Scotland flanker) and Don Caskie and feature a number of Moseley’s 1st XV players to both demonstrate and assist.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm both days and the cost will be £40.

For further information or to register please contact Dan Protherough on 0121 443 3631 or email community@moseleyrugby.co.uk

Season Tickets & Twickenham International Tickets

Thank you to all our members who have already renewed their season tickets – this helps immensely with cash flow over the summer. We would appeal to those still to renew to do so as quickly as possible.

One of the privileges on membership (by way of purchasing a season ticket) is that you can apply for England international tickets at Twickenham. Application forms for the Autumn internationals need to be returned by the 31st July – so get your skates on!

Anyone returning their cheque and membership form before this date will be guaranteed the right to apply for Autumn International tickets.

Clubhouse for rent!

Clubhouse bookings remain good, but we would urge anyone with an event over the next few months to consider using the clubhouse. The rates are very reasonable and of course the bar income is a vital source of earnings for the club. All types of events are welcome from all age groups from childrens' birthday parties, to wedding receptions and retirement events.


Community Support

Significant new opportunities are now available for those wishing to specifically support our community activities. We are looking for a whole range of sponsors that can both support and benefit from our activities in schools and with children from a whole range of backgrounds.

Those with businesses or interests in the welfare of Birmingham’s children may wish to consider sponsoring equipment, apparel and programmes. The club provides a unique service throughout Birmingham and organisations associated with these outstanding activities will undoubtedly benefit.


1st Annual Charity Ball – Saturday 20th November
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The first Annual Charity Ball has been set for Saturday 20th November at St John’s Hotel in Solihull. This is expected to be a significant fund raiser for the Moseley Rugby Community Foundation.

This will be ‘the event’ of the late autumn being a black tie ball and major charity event featuring top class band, silent auctions, raffles and tremendous prizes on offer.

Further information to follow – corporate tables of 10 are invited. Ticket pricing to be agreed – likely to be £700 per table of 10.

For further information please contact info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

Details including confirmation of pricing, dates and timings will be in the next Moseley Matters and on the club website shortly.

Late Late Press: In the 24 hours since the date has been agreed, 10 corporate tables of 10 have been confirmed!

2010/11 HERE WE COME

Prospects for Next Season

Regular Match previewer Joe Heaton looks forward to what the 2010/11 season has to offer

Where has the summer gone?
Already the new rugby season is on the horizon, practice matches are being played and the first match of the new 2010-11 season, Moseley v Esher, will follow at Billesley Common on Saturday, 28th August.

What lies before us?
One of the objectives of the club is to improve each season and all the initial signs are encouraging. Moseley joined the Championship at the start of last season from 8th place in the old National Division One. We finished 9th in the new twelve team league, which was distorted by points being deducted from three clubs (B’ham Solihull, Coventry and London Welsh) following financial, or player registration, irregularities.

At the end of the season the Championship lost Exeter on promotion and Coventry on relegation but gained Worcester on relegation from the Premiership and Esher on promotion from National Division One. The loss of the longstanding local derby matches against Coventry is a disappointment.

In considering Moseley’s prospects for the season ahead, it is useful to look at the Championship as being made up of different groups; potential winners Worcester benefiting from far superior funding; fully professional teams like Bristol, London Welsh, Cornish Pirates and possibly Bedford); and the remainder.

The remainder includes Doncaster, Moseley, Nottingham, Plymouth and Rotherham and Bees all familiar teams with the returning Esher making up the group. If Moseley could top this group, which is not beyond the bounds of possibility although improbable at this stage, we would be fourth overall (five places higher than last season) although avoiding the relegation group is a reasonable initial objective.

As the Championship is now a fully professional league, much depends on money. Moseley currently operates a balanced budget without the assistance of a substantial benefactor and with Directors, who are rightly unwilling to risk insolvency, so it is essential that the available funds are spent well. Those close to Ian Smith and Don Caskie, the Coaches, feel that he has achieved this difficult objective and created a balanced squad that will address some issues in the backs particularly and result in some exciting rugby.

A number of experienced new players together with five who are dual registered, have been recruited, particularly to address problems which emerged last season. Harry Rowland, Ryan Wilson, Dan Oselton, Andy Hall, Ally Muldowny, James Rodwell, Waylon Gasson, Eliot Read, Bryn Keys, Justin Mensah-Coker and Rob Thirlby) are no longer with the club for various reasons and we thank them all for their efforts.

The team will particularly be addressing how to achieve consistency and a tactical approach that avoids the ‘hole in the centre’ that all too frequently occurred last season, often with disastrous consequences.

The members and supporters can play their part too in the development of player confidence. To enable members to get to know the new players a profile of each one will appear in each successive match programme.

All games in this division will be tough although the first match at home against recently promoted Esher could provide one of the better opportunities for a good start as the remainder of the matches in the autumn against Doncaster (a), Cornish Pirates, Bristol, Bedford (a), Worcester, Nottingham (a) and London Welsh reflect a particularly demanding sequence, that could leave Moseley in the bottom half of the table.

Whilst naturally concentrating on the Championship we must not forget the British & Irish Cup. In 2009 Moseley won in perpetuity the EDF Trophy in its last year of competition, by beating Leeds Carnegie. This Trophy, however, was discontinued and replaced last season by the British & Irish Cup.

The twenty four competing teams are made up of twelve teams from the Championship, six top clubs from the Principality Premiership, three Irish Provinces represented by ‘A’ teams and the three top clubs from the Scottish Premiership. The teams are divided into four pools of six playing over five weekends during the autumn, with semi-finals in April & May in 2011.

Last season, Moseley early season injury problems and indifferent start meant that the focus had to be on the Championship rather than the new competition and the club was eliminated at the pool stage with the Cup being won by Cornish Pirates who beat Munster 23-14.

This season we have been placed in Pool C with Bedford Blues, London Welsh, Neath, Swansea & Ulster). The new competition, however, got off to a low key start and was heavily criticised by the media, but it interest is bound to grow. Watch this space!

Overall there is a great deal for Members & Supporters to look forward to throughout the new season. The club deserves your support.



CLUB AGM AND MEMBERS’ FORUM

Monday 5th July, 2010

The clubs AGM and annual members’ forum was held in the clubhouse at the beginning of July chaired by Club President John Beale. The well attended meeting heard a comprehensive review of all the club’s activities from a number of representatives of the various sections about performances last season and expectations for the coming one.

Moseley Rugby Ltd statutory business - Alan Adam

The forum opened addressing the statutory business of the company and in particular approval of the accounts for the latest available year to June 30th 2009.

He mentioned that despite the relatively small loss of £29,000 recorded for the 2008/9 year a £150,000 refinancing of the club had taken place after that date in order to mitigate the foreseeable reductions in income during the economic downturn and the predicted loss for 2010 due to this.

He stressed that it was essential that the club balanced its books and certain economies had been and would continue to be made to keep the club solvent. This included pruning the playing budget and funding some other overheads such as the community work by a different method i.e. through a new Community Trust which had charitable status. Despite these economies there was quiet optimism about the new playing squad and for the season ahead.  
 
He stressed that the Directors own and other sources of financing were not infinite and no further funds from that source could be relied upon or would be forthcoming. He therefore encouraged everyone to introduce more commercial business or even capital to the club wherever possible as this was essential to ride the challenging economic times ahead.
 
The accounts were passed unanimously.

Chief Executives Report – Dave Warren

1.Impact of recession on revenues hit cashflow during 2008/9 especially commercial. (Some of “coaching” is part of Sportsmatch from previous year). Also other sundry income.
2.Gates down slightly from 2008 due to absence of Northampton fixture in earlier year.
3.Costs better contained and will be even more so in forthcoming season. Some bonuses increased playing costs due to winning EDF Trophy.
4.2009/10 was even tougher as greater impact from declining revenues. We have had to make economies to meet anticipated drops due to recession for next season 2010/11. By doing so now we will be better placed to meet the challenges ahead. People have to understand that it costs money to run the club and that we are a private organisation without the benefit of public money.

The Directors only have a finite amount of resources and if we do not make prudent provision now and then have a slip then without additional support there may be no coverage.

Everyone was therefore encouraged to assist the club financially wherever possible by the injection of capital, sponsorship or introducing potential commercial opportunities. Without this and with the current economic situation affecting the whole country. the club would not be able to compete at its current level.

1st XV report – Ian Smith and Don Caskie

The coaches gave a very frank and open assessment of the previous season which was much appreciated by those present. The opportunity to question them at the end was eagerly taken up and answered such long standing queries such as why they stand behind the goals and not on the half way line!

They also openly addressed the shortcomings in the team last season and what had been done over the close season to correct them. In particular, the absence of more consistent game management and accurate kicking had been addressed by the recruitment of Brad Davies at flyhalf and the lack of organisation and flair at the back dealt with by the acquisition of Carter, former Doncaster captain as full back.

Some fine young talent had been recruited and there was therefore a healthy mix between good experienced players and those with great potential. The backs in particular now potentially had a far greater cutting edge than last season and the retention of six out of the eight first choice starters in the pack should mean that they should see plenty of ball to demonstrate their skills.

Another pleasing development was that about six of last seasons Colts would be training with the 1st XV squad in the close season thereby defined the route right through the club’s sides to the highest levels. All in all there was quiet optimism for the season ahead.

Moseley Oak – John Richards

John reported on an improved season with more matches won, better attended training sessions, many more points scored, the starting of the 2nd XV who played 6 fixtures and higher player numbers.

He was delighted to confirm the appointment of John White as head coach and the continued involvement of Terry Malins and Derek Nutt

There remains much to do and Moseley are hoping that a number of last years successful Under 19 Colts join as players for the exciting coaching, developmental and playing environment that will be a key feature of Moseley Oak in the season ahead.

Colts Update – Simon Bartlett

For the U17s it was a major achievement to get a team out as we had only inherited around nine players. Consequently, we began an intensive recruitment campaign, a massive part of which was to find a coaching team. Fortunately two first team players, Nathan Williams and Dan Oselton offered their help when available & I managed to persuade one of my former players, Tom Garrity, to take on the role as lead coach.

Through a variety of methods, player numbers increased (to over 20 by the end of the season) and Tom, ably assisted by team manager John Bellenger, managed to get a competitive team of at least 15 + subs out on most weeks.

The early season problems had, however, affected where we ended up in the local U17 rankings and in the post – Christmas period instead of competing in the National Rounds of the U17 competition, we found ourselves in N Mids League 3.

We were unstoppable at that level, unbeaten and won the league by a country mile. Some consolation, at least, for those players who had stayed loyal to the team and those who had taken up the challenge of joining a pretty shaky outfit.

Through all this we still managed to ‘blood’ several of the team into the U19 ranks – an important part of their development and an indication of how important this group is to the wider Colts set-up.

U19s: started the season as N Midlands Colts Cup holders and a team which had reached the quarter final of the National Colts Cup, with an extremely talented set of players, in 2008-2009. It would be difficult, we thought, for the group to equal or better that level of performance. As it transpired we did.

Although we didn’t retain the N Mids Cup, losing disappointingly in the semi-final at Whitchurch, we exceeded our performance in the National Cup by reaching the semi-final stage where we were beaten by eventual winners Bedford Blues. Bedford are, to all intents and purposes, an academy side who pursue an active recruitment process of players on an annual basis (something we do not do and rightly so in my view).

On results, then, a pleasing season and one which we will be looking to build on for the coming campaign. In the pre-season period we have several of last year’s team training with John Caves on Wednesday mornings to see if they can make the step up to first team squad levels. No news on these players yet but we are hopeful that one, or more, can follow the lead set by Callum MacBurnie last year.

For those that can’t and for those from last year who were not involved with John, we have advised that they make the move to Moseley Oak, where they will stay in the Moseley ‘family’ get very competitive rugby and time to improve.  We again took an Easter tour to Parma, Italy, which received considerable support from Frank Haslam Milan.

For assistance with financing the Colts activities grateful thanks must go to James Morris-Adams, Peter Hill, George Walters (Moseley Players’ Association) and Fraser Mercer (Frank Haslam Milan) for their generous support.

It is also appropriate also to thank Malcolm Goodwin and Duncan Campbell for operating the raffle at first team games, a vital source of income. I would encourage membership of the ‘300 club’, administered by the MPA, which provides valuable financial support for both our teams – Simon Bartlett


Moseley Womens’ section (“MWRFC”) – Steph Warner

MWRFC plays in Midland Championship 2 (4th tier – 2 divisions below the female premiership). Last season we played 12, Won 6 (inc. 2 walkovers) Drew 1, Lost 5 . We finished placed fourth out of eight teams – which was commendable concidering we were a newly promoted team and we have had a substantial injury count to some of our key players, which shows credit to the rest of the team.

We have had a little inconsistancy with regards to coaching which has put a bit of a strain on the team but the coaching we have received has been excellent and pulled us through the season successfully. We would like to thank all those who have taken time to help out – Jo Kilby (player coach) and Dan Pons and Mike Twining from Moseley Oak.

Unfortunately we are losing a few squad members for the 2010/11 season due to injury, family committments and relocating due to work commitments. This includes our captain Becky O’Sullivan, who is ‘retiring’ to start a family. We would like to thank Becky for all of her hard work over the past 2 seasons as captain, as organising 22 women can be a tedious task.

Congratulations go out to Michelle Gwynne who made the North Midlands squad this season.

At the MWRFC section AGM two weeks earlier a new committee was elected. Moira Boot remains as Chairman, Steph Warner remain as Secretary and our newly elected Captain is Michelle Gwynne. If anybody would like to contact the womens team it is best to contact one of these three.

Last seasons awards were also announced at the AGM. They include:

Coaches Player – Letty Turner- Rowly (Centre)
Player of the Season – Steph Warner (Flanker)
Most Improved – Cath Venning (Flanker)
Best New Comer – Sasha Drozd (Scrum Half)
Club Woman – Moira Boot (Non-player)
Try Scorer – Jo Kilby (Full Back) 12 trys in 14 games

Our hopes for next season are to hold our position in Midlands 2 and hopefully push for promotion again next season when we have a more solid and consistant squad. As we have several squad members leaving we are aiming to recruit several new players over the summer to increase squad depth. We have handed out flyers at some local tag and touch competitions and invited players to join us in pre season fitness training. Training is open to players of all abilities!

We are also looking to recruit a coach over the summer and would ask anyone who knows of anybody who would be interested in coaching Moseley Women, 2 nights a week (most likely Tuesday and Thursday) and match days (Sundays), to please contact myself, Moira or Michelle as soon as possible.

Just a final reminder that we play our home games at around 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon’s – our fixtures are always listed on the website and in Moseley Matters, and any support we get is greatly appreciated.

Commercial Update – Alan Potter

1. Advertising and Sponsorship – We anticipate another tough year due to the current economic situation; the club is grateful to all of our existing advertisers and sponsors for their continued support of Moseley. We are hopeful of gaining interest from a number of new parties not previously associated with the club. Club members are encouraged to advise Alan Potter if they have contacts who may wish to advertise with us for the coming season.

2 The Club Shop - Most of the new stock should be available from our new supplier Gameface by the end of July.

3 Clubhouse hire - All members are advised that the use of our facilities is encouraged either for private parties of corporate events competitive rates are applicable

Community Report – Dan Protherough

2009-10 has been a challenging year for Moseley’s Community Department as an unusually high turnover of staff has led to an increased need for staff training. However it has also been very successful in terms of number of people coached.

Throughout the year we have delivered in more schools than ever before working very successfully with 3 school sports partnerships in Birmingham. We have strengthened our links with numerous Universities throughout Birmingham working closely with Birmingham City University.

Developed rugby with Birmingham City University

Coached the GB rugby development sides at U13, U14, U15, U16

Coached 24 Schools tag rugby in Baverstock School Sports Partnership culminating in successful festival at Moseley Rugby Club.

Coached 15 new schools in Calthorpe School Sports Partnership.

Deliver fundamental movement skills in 3 special schools.

We have also worked successfully with the Rugby Football Union joint funding 4 positions to develop rugby focusing on 16-24 year olds.

Delivered Secondary school rugby into the Lode Heath Solihull Schools partnership

Moseley Supporters Association – Louise Bailey

In the absence of the Martyn Cowley, MSA’s new Chairman, Louise gave an entertaining summary about the MSA’s recent revival and the various activities planned for the enjoyment and involvement of all Moseley supporters. She encouraged everyone to take advantage of all the different ways in which supporters would be enabled to do this. Her more detailed comments are reflected upon in the MSA section below.

Facilities – James Jowett

The long and arduous process of obtaining planning consent for the new facilities came to an end in January when BCC granted full detailed planning consent.
Apart from securing planning approval for the new stand and associated facilities this consent also secured the long term future of MRC at Billesley by converting the original temporary five year consent to a permanent approval.

Currently the detailed design of the stand and associated facilities is being undertaken and it is envisaged that this process will be completed in Sept/Oct this year. When the design process has been completed this will enable the build contract to be tendered.

In turn implementation of the build contract will depend upon the timing and availability of funding which will be a combination of S106 monies, RFU/Football Foundation funding, community funding, match funding and the like. Clearly raising the level of funding required will be a significant challenge in the current economic climate.

Short term there are also certain works that need to be carried out at the ground to comply with the Championship MGS (minimum ground standards). The intent is to have these completed by the start of the 2010/11 season.

There is also a long term aim to improve the standard of the pitches on the common particularly in relation to the M&J requirements. However this is entirely dependant upon obtaining "buy in" from BCC parks and Leisure which is another challenge to be confronted.


….. and The President concluded – John Beale

The President drew the evening to a close by thanking all those who had made such invaluable contributions to our great and revived club over the previous year and especially to those who had delivered reports on the evening.

On behalf of everyone present, the President was then thanked by Peter Veitch, the new Chairman of the Moseley (Old) Players Association for the excellent way in which he had conducted the meeting and for his success in his first year in office. Derek Nutt had been a hard act to follow and John had managed that very well.



WOMBLE FOR THE DAY? COMMON TIDY UP

Pre-Season Ground Tidy & BBQ

The Moseley Supporters Association is running a ‘tidy up’ day at the ground on Sunday 15th August starting at 11am. All supports, players, officials etc etc are very welcome to help get the ground looking pristine for the new season.

There will be jobs for all that suit ages and abilities – and everyone gets to join in the BBQ ‘thank you’ afterwards!

Either register with MSA (see MSA section in the newsletter for contact details) for updates or keep an eye on the message board for any change in arrangements.



INVESTORS ABROAD www.investabroadproperties.com

What the arrangement with Moseley is all about

Investors Abroad and the Moseley Rugby Club have entered into a Marketing Partnership through which they will collaborate in the promotion and sale of properties and associated assets located in different countries of the world. These will only be where IAP has been granted a legitimate mandate to be a selling agent by the respective developers, agents or owners. Moseley will receive a commission on successful introductions

Investors Abroad is run by Peter Veitch, Chairman of Moseley Players Association. Another old Moseley stalwart handles properties located in areas of France. Contact details for Peter follow. Please remember to quote that you are from Moseley to ensure the club receives any commission.

Peter Veitch FRICS FNAEA
Managing Director
Investabroad Properties Ltd
Lonsdale House, 52 Blucher Street,
Birmingham B1 1QU, UK

Tel: 0044 (0) 121 616 5108
Mobile: 0044 (0) 7801 800201
Email: Peter Veitch [ pv@investabroadproperties.com ]

MOSELEY OAK

Moseley Oak – 2010/11

In preparation for their 3rd season since formation, Moseley Oak begins pre-season training at Billesley Common at 7.00pm on Tuesday 22nd June.

Training is every Tuesday & Thursday, new players are always welcome.

“JOHN WHITE SIGNS UP FOR MOSELEY OAK”

Moseley Oak Rugby Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of John White as their head coach for the 2010-11 season.

Moseley Oak, formerly Selly Oak RFC, moved to Billesley Common in 2004 with Moseley, and share all the facilities at the rapidly developing site. In 2008 the club was re-named Moseley Oak and continues to draw players from the South Birmingham area as well as the local universities.

The club play in the Midlands 3 League and provides an outlet to those who are moving up from Moseley’s outstanding youth system to play adult rugby as well as opportunities for those retiring from the professional game or electing to develop their career outside fulltime rugby.

The appointment is a return ‘home’ for White who joined Moseley as a Colt and went on to star in the 1st XV as a back row forward of great distinction. He remains one of an exclusive group of English players who can claim to have beaten New Zealand. He played in the Moseley dominated Midlands Counties West side that defeated the 7th All Blacks at Moseley’s former home - The Reddings - in 1972.

His subsequent coaching career has established him as one of the leading exponents of the art. He guided Birmingham &Solihull in their rise up the leagues as well as undertaking spells at Coventry and Stourbridge. He is a highly regarded figure in North Midlands rugby circles and had an outstanding period as head coach of Moseley both at The Reddings and also when the club was based at Birmingham University before the move to Billesley Common.

John, a Vice President of Moseley Rugby Club and former Club Chairman, now turns his attentions on the ‘Oak’ squad that has extensive talent and the so
He forms a partnership with former Moseley team mate and current Moseley Oak Chairman John Richards in a clear sign that Oak intend to ensure that the rich talent that is developed by the excellent grounding within the Moseley youth system fulfils its ability.

A welcome return to Billesley is also extended to his wife Sue who has also been a Moseley servant not least in terms of running the excellent Reddings catering along with Jean Nutt (wife of immediate past President Derek Nutt) for many years whilst the club also expects to see more of his son Duncan who has also been a Moseley player of note.

Moseley Oak RFC has the full backing of Moseley Rugby Club evidenced in the clear statement from Moseley’s President, John Beale, that Oak is the designated route in the career progression of Moseley players leaving the Under 19 Colts as well as former players who wish to return to rugby at Billesley.

New players please contact John Richards, Ben Jowett or Jack Richards on 07970-868039.


KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY

‘Invincible’ Cardiff defeated

One of the greatest days in Moseley’s history was Saturday 17th April 1886 when the club travelled to the famous Arms Park ground to play Cardiff. Prior to this match, which was the last game of the season, Cardiff had played 26 times and won on every occasion. This tremendous run included a victory over Moseley at The Reddings by one goal and two tries to one goal. In fact the only other team to score against Cardiff had been Gloucester who managed a try at Kingsholm.

Such was the certainty that the home side would win that a subscription had already been started to provide medals bearing the word ‘Invincible’ which would be presented to the players after the match. A band had also been engaged to play Cardiff off the field to the strains of ‘See The Conquering Hero Comes.’ In anticipation of a Cardiff win 4,000 spectators converged on the Arms Park.

The Cardiff side was a very strong one including five current Welsh internationals among whom was F.E. Hancock, the captain and pioneer of the four three-quarter system. The match was refereed by G. Rowland Hill, the secretary of the Rugby Football Union.

Moseley won the toss and decided to play with the wind in the first half. The first twenty minutes were very fast with some end-to-end play until Mylins, one of the visiting three-quarters scored a try following a misdirected kick out of defence by Cardiff. Mansell converted the try.

Following the change of ends Cardiff; now playing with the wind spent time in Moseley’s half and three-quarter Douglas scored a try in the corner following a mistake by Wallis, the Moseley fullback. This Cardiff score went unconverted. There then followed a period of pressure by the home side until, five minutes from full time, a weaving run by Mylins enabled him to score his second try for Moseley, which was again, converted by Mansell. There were no further scores and thus Moseley became the only side to defeat Cardiff during the 1885/86 season.

The band rather than playing ‘See Conquering Hero Comes’ had to content themselves with the National Anthem! Medals were still presented to the players at the following month’s annual dinner though presumably not bearing the word ‘invincible.’ Having said that in its review of Cardiff’s season the ‘Western Mail’ opined that ‘The Invincibles’ was ‘a name which they have every right to claim’!

In later years when Moseley visited the Arms Park the crowd often carried banners bearing the words ‘Remember 1886’ and it seems that Cardiff did as Moseley did not win again in the Welsh capital until 1987, 101 years after their last victory.

This Moseley victory helped to convince the London critics that there were players worthy of international recognition in clubs other than Richmond, Blackheath and the universities and four years later, J.H. Rogers became Moseley’s first international player.

Such was the impact of Moseley’s win that nearly forty years later, in 1923, the magazine ‘Rugby Football’ was still commenting that ‘the performance stands out as the greatest ever accomplished by an English club side on Welsh soil.’


MOSELEY PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Anyone who has played for ANY Moseley team is able to join the MPA and is most welcome. The MPA plays a key role in keeping former players involved in the club and providing both help and advice to all areas of the club.

We are always pleased to receive any snippets of information about any old players from any of your eras. Please do drop Moseley Matters a line at info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

News of your Association and the Moseley Club
- by Peter “I don’t do short” Veitch

It’s a while since the MPA Committee produced a Newsletter, so I hope that you will find the enclosed interesting, informative and, in one or two places, thought provoking!

Yes, of course it’s too long but, as most of you know, I “don’t do short”! On this occasion, however, I plead mitigating circumstances as there is, I believe, a great deal of information about both organisations of which you should be aware, especially if you continue to have the welfare of the Moseley Club at heart, as I am sure is the case with all our Members.

Meanwhile, my fellow Committee Members and I hope that you have an enjoyable Summer and we look forward to seeing you at some of the several Reunions planned for the coming season and at the new MPA Hospitality Box at the Club. – Peter Veitch MPA Chairman

Thanks & Rants!

A great many of you were at the AGM and Reunion Lunch on Saturday 1st May and will be aware that Peter Veitch took over as Chairman of the Association on that day. However, it is only right that the whole membership should be properly informed of changes such as this and advised of your Committee’s activities, as well as those of the Club, hence this newsletter.

In fact, the turnout for the Reunion Lunch was fantastic, with just under 100 Members and Guests sitting down for lunch in the marquee. We believe this was the highest number since the 25th Anniversary Lunch at The Reddings in 1982, when we had exactly 100, although the 40th Anniversary Lunch may have equalled this.

We do thank all of you who attended for supporting the event and making it such an enjoyable day and special thanks must go to our indefatigable Hon. Sec. Bryan Skeeles for his hard work in organising the event so successfully.

Unfortunately, the performance of the Club’s caterers was not matched by its players that day and we were obliged to watch our visitors Birmingham & Solihull gain a narrow victory and escape relegation from the Championship as a result. This was a shame, as we were all hoping for a repeat of the previous week’s superb performance in demolishing Coventry to secure our own Championship place for next season. Clearly, however, safety from “the drop” resulted in a rather disappointing performance.

Whilst it is not for us to get involved with “rugby politics”, we are sure that many of you will be amazed at the farcical way the Championship was organised by the RFU in its first season. It was bad enough to have the league structural changes railroaded through in indecent and unnecessary haste during the previous season, when Moseley had to ensure that it was not one of the five relegated clubs.

As you know, the team ended the season with a flourish to finish 8th and capped it with that magnificent Twickenham Cup Final win against Premiership Leeds – not forgetting the Semi Final and League win over Exeter, now also in the Premiership.

What has been patently idiotic and completely inequitable this season has been a situation resulting in Moseley finishing the “proper” league season in a creditable 9th position, with 10 wins to its credit, yet having to compete in a mini play-off league for its survival against two clubs which had gone into administration during the season, one of which finished with 55 less points than Moseley and without a single league win.

At least, the RFU has brought some common sense into the coming season. (It was a proposal by Moseley accepted and put forward by the Championship clubs to the RFU which got this through – Ed). As before, the top eight at the end of the “regular season” will play in two pools of four and will start with between three and no points according to their finishing position. The bottom four will have the same play off situation as before, but will start with a number of points based on their number of wins before the play offs. There will also be more stringent penalties for clubs going into administration.

Your Committee

Peter writes: “following my election as Chairman at the AGM, I pointed out that I have the distinction of being, by a considerable margin, the worst rugby player ever to hold this exalted office! I was not joking, as the highest playing levels I attained as a Moseley player were the Schools and Nomads sides and most of my matches were for the Vandals and Vikings!

Accordingly, I feel particularly honoured and humble to be following in the much more worthy footsteps of Harry Hill, David Cathcart, Arthur Edge, Derek Nutt and John Nolan. Coincidentally, it was Harry Hill, who I had known since childhood, who told me that I should join the Association in 19 sixty something!

“Anyway, here I am and I can only promise to do my best for the Association and all its members. My first and very pleasant task is to place on record the thanks of all of us to John Nolan, who has lead the Association for the last eight years.

During that time, he managed, amongst many other things, to get through an entire AGM in less than 30 seconds – surely a world record! I wonder if it can be beaten! We are grateful to John for his valuable contribution, which was marked by the presentation of an engraved glass tankard at the recent lunch. John is soon to take over as President of the Institute of Structural Engineers, a hugely prestigious appointment and I am sure that we all wish him well for his term of office.

“I am pleased to say that John will remain on the Committee, where he will join its other members, all of whom were re-elected at the AGM, whether they liked it or not! Accordingly, your Committee comprises Hon. Sec. Bryan Skeeles, Hon. Treasurer George Walters, Membership Secretary Roy Kerr plus Taff Hughes, Andy Johnson, Dave Ireland, Derek Nutt and Dave Warren, as well as John Nolan and me.

Moseley Club President John Beale is an ex officio member. In addition, Mary Bucknall, although not a MPA member, but who works tirelessly for the Club, has kindly agreed to be the Committee’s Minutes Secretary, so as to relieve Bryan of some of his work load.”

Future MPA Events

Annual Cricket Match – Friday 30th July between the Club, with a team selected by Dan Protherough, and Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club for the Memorial Trophy, which we need to win back! Commencing at 6.00 pm at the main Ashfield ground, Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, B13 9LB, where there are car parking, clubhouse and bar. As well as the cricket, there will be a barbecue and the July draw of the 300 Club will take place.

Autumn Supper – Friday 12th November, the date is subject to confirmation, but please keep it free and the second option of Friday 15th October. We intend to repeat last year’s highly successful event with another well known entertaining speaker (John Bentley was excellent last year). We will endeavour to arrange over night accommodation with a local MPA member for anyone who has to travel some distance.

Regional Reunions – we are proposing to hold Regional Reunions in London and the West Country, with the support of the respective clubs we are visiting and expect that those clubs will invite their own equivalent Association members along.

Bryan has already paved the way with London Welsh, who we visit on 8th January in the Championship and he will contact Bristol regarding a reunion there on Sunday 28th November. That may well be a “3 way” event, as Bath’s Association may wish to participate.

Two of our members have also suggested a reunion when we play Worcester at home on 2nd October.

We will also be inviting Swansea and Neath, who we play at Billesley Common in the British & Irish Cup on 15th and 22nd January respectively, to join us for a Reunion on those days.

Remembrance Sunday – Sunday 14th November, as usual, there will be a short service at Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club, to where the Moseley War Memorial was moved from The Reddings, shortly before 11.00 am. This is followed by an excellent English breakfast in the clubhouse.

MPA Bits and Pieces

Club Season Tickets – application forms for season tickets can be downloaded from the Club’s website. The good news is that all ticket and gate admission prices have been held at last season’s level, a generous gesture by the Directors in this difficult economic climate. They hope that this may be repaid through spending in the Club Shop, bar, catering and various commercial opportunities.

Bear in mind that, with two additional tickets in the member’s book, a full membership for all the Championship games, including three home play-off games, works out at only £9.68 per entry ticket! A special pro rata deal is also available for the three home Cup fixtures and don’t forget that as a Season Ticket holder, you are entitled to apply for tickets to England internationals at Twickenham.

MPA Ties & Bow Ties – three designs of MPA ties and one bow tie are available for purchase at £10.00 each including postage. Please contact Bryan Skeeles for details and orders.

Simon Cooper – has asked us to mention that he will welcome any members who are holidaying in either of his two abodes, these being Verbier St Bernard in Switzerland and Corfu, Greece. Contact Simon at scooper@odparts.com , mobile +44 7748 988 115 or office
+41 417 294 999.

Touch Sevens at Reunion – Jonathan Hill has undertaken to revive the Touch Sevens competition on the morning of the next AGM and Reunion Lunch. He is hoping to raise eight sides for main and plate competitions. So check out your trainers and contact Jon for further details: jonbhill@btconnect.com or 07896 623 388.

Finally – a rugby player goes to the Doctor and says “I’ve just finished a game, now every part of me I touch – head, legs, arms, all over – hurts”. Doctor: “you’ve broken your finger”!


MWRFC & SUMMER FITNESS


Recruitment Drive!

The MWRFC section of the website has been/is being updated – so check their for contact details! We are on the lookout for new players – please get in touch!
A summary of last season is in the AGM section above.

The ‘End of Season Dinner’ is this Saturday 24th July – there may be last minute places available but get in touch quick! There will also be a ‘Pre season social’ announced shortly.

Fixtures are about to be confirmed and will be on the MWRFC section of the website as well as the RFU website.

New Committee

We’re delighted to confirm the committee for 2010-11 as follows:

Chair – Moira Boot
Secretary – Steph Warner
Treasurer – Linda Colcolme
Captain –Michelle Gwynne
Vice Captain – Amy McGuinness
Communications – Jane Hubble
Kit – Hannah Bussey
Social – Collette (Letty) Turner-Rowley
Tour – Jo Kilby

Pre-season training has started!

Preseason training started on Tues 6th July and takes place every Tues and Thurs. Meet at7pm clubhouse then it will either be on main park or all weather pitch. New players v welcome!

NHS Touch 7s
MWRFC participated in the NHS 7s recently - it was a really good afternoon and well worth the £1.50 ticket money!

With an afternoon full of touch rugby comps, marquee and bar, bbq, laser quest, archery, bouncy castles etc

The NHS league winners were the radiography Hospreys team and the community league winners were the Sutton Coldfield rugby football club. Well done to both teams who played a knackering 4 rounds!

The two runners up were the FY1 doctors, the Hurricanes and the OABees, our community rugby team.

Moseley women represented the SHArks and nhs BEN teams. There were a few other familiar faces around including some RFU touch rugby refs linked to Moseley.
More info incl other sporting opportunities for nhs staff at www.sportandphysicalactivity.nhs.uk

Getting the right balance

Those of you already contemplating your intensive summer fitness programme in readiness for next season might be interested in a recent Radio 4 programme discussing issues around hydration, including exercise and fluid balance. You can listen to the broadcast at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006th1n



M&J AGM Report
Sunday 9 May 2010-05-06

It does not feel like a year since I was elected as your Chairman but I am delighted to present a summary of the season. It is clear to me through interaction with other clubs, attendance at their festivals and indeed my discussions with the RFU that Moseley Mini and Juniors has something special to offer.

It is our job as a committee to protect that and to build and improve on the excellent legacy that we inherit. Here are a few of the highlights from the season:
- Chris Handy Chairman

Social

Norman’s Fruit, Flower and Vegetable auction was once again a great success, raising over £700. A big thank you from the section to Norm for donating a huge quantity of Fruit and Veg, Dave Warren for donating the meat and game, Derek Nutt for being MC on the day and Adam Caves for helping gather the produce. The proceeds this year were split between the M&J section and Moseley Oak at Norman’s request.

We started the season with the world economy and the UK in economic difficulties, against this background we have at times struggled to bring a couple of social events to fruition. We are looking forward now to the end of season BBQ and awards presentation on 22 May.

Treasurer’s summary

The finances of the section remain in good health thanks to the careful stewardship of Mark Saunders – I would like to thank Mark for his many years of service to the section on committee as he hands his role over. We can thank Mark for the solid state of our finances and the stable base upon which we can move forward. Mark will summarise the numbers for us later.

Membership

Kerri Yoxall assumed the membership secretary role at the start of this season and has done a fantastic job – Paul Parkes ensured a smooth handover and thanks to Paul also. Kerri has provided the following input:

Membership this year is up slightly on the 08/09 season, we currently have 272 registered players, compared to last season when we had 243. We have taken £10,425 in subscriptions, made up of 192 playing paying full subs, the remainder at sibling rates.

The majority of these subs were paid in the first couple of months of the season, when there was a payment desk in the clubhouse - this will be repeated next year and it is hoped that all parents will use this facility as it cuts down extra work that falls to the feet of the managers when having to chase subs.

Fixtures

Many thanks to David Delaney Hall and Ian Haines for once again delivering a challenging yet sensible fixture list.

Moseley Festival

Sunday 2 May saw the Moseley Festival and with it a typical Billesley day – absolutely freezing cold!! In spite of the weather teams arrived to contest the event across age groups from Under 7s to Under 12s. Teams came from far afield including the return of one of my old players with his new team mates from Dinas Powys near Cardiff.

This years event was organised by a committee consisting of Louise Baggeley, Kerri Yoxall and Moira Boot – a huge thank you ladies for organising an excellent day. The festival is a huge job and it ran perfectly on the day – I have received thanks directly from other clubs complementing the organisation.

Thank you to Paul Coakley and his business Midland Precision Tooling who sponsored the festival trophies, to program sponsors Jaguar and Chamberlains. Due to the input from sponsors and the efforts of the team the festival has made a profit for the first time in many years.
 
I must thank on behalf of all the Minis the army of 22 volunteers who made the day work, whether you parked cars, sold programmes, marked scores, refereed or generally just helped out – thank you very much.

Clubmark

As Sean Bailey handed over to me last year he agreed to obtain our re-accreditation for Clubmark, the RFU’s Seal of Approval. Sean ensured we got another year accreditation and I am now in the process of obtaining our three year approval and am in dialogue with Ben Waterhouse from the RFU to deliver the re-accreditation.

This is an important award for the club to demonstrate the quality of our processes and people and Sean has left and excellent legacy to build on – I will ensure that we get our re-accreditation.

Tours

Moseley Mini and Junior Section s has a grand tradition of touring and our traditions are alive and well! This year the section took part in two tours, the Under 15s were trying to complete the “5 Nations” on their Easter tours. Having already played in France, Wales and England they decided to try Scotland this Easter.

For those who know their Scottish Rugby – the Borders have always been a traditional heartland of the game and it seemed fitting that we’d try and tour here. Twenty players and thirteen adults departed Billesley on Thursday 1st April for the Coach trip to Berwick upon Tweed. Despite the heavy snow earlier in the week much of it had cleared and we had a very straightforward journey up.

We were based at Ford Castle in self catering accommodation and as the only visitors that weekend, we had the run of the gardens and facilities. Good Friday was pencilled for players training – whilst the adults did a food run to Berwick.

An early start on Saturday 2nd to travel over to Hawick to play 3 games: Hawick, Jed-Forest and Paisley (who were also touring). We played on possibly the most picturesque pitches I’ve seen right by the banks of the river Teviot.

In the Mini section, after a long tradition of touring to the South of France, we tried a different, shorter tour this year to Normandy. Two squads of players at under 11s and under 9s made the trip, which included three games including a fixture against the oldest club in France Le Havre, teambuilding exercises and a game of touch rugby on one of the D Day landing beaches at Aramanche.

All in all this was a great trip and food for thought in future as Le Havre Rugby Club has offered to host us in future years.

Awards

Our coaches met recently to vote on the awards for the season as follows:

The Best Mini’s team – U12s
Phil Bryn for Most improved Mini’s – U9s
Silver Boot for Best Mini at Festivals – U11s
Stephen Hill for best Juniors – U14s
CATS for most improved Juniors – U13s
 
Brown Boot (best coach) – for never giving up, attitude, effort and mobilising the support to turn the boys round and putting in place some key things (weekly fitness and skills) which we all have agreed to support access and take part in – ANITA
 
Bar-Bar (unsung hero)  – for going the extra mile without complaint, always being there and being happy to help, for going round from pub to pub to ensure the mini’s raffle was a success amongst other things – IAN HAINES
 
Through the RFU’s volunteer recognition program we intend to distribute volunteer certificates to the following –
 
Jack Richards  - from the u7s
Adam Davis from the u14s
Anne Tyler from the u13s
Mick Kenny from the u12s
Thommo


In terms of representative honours, the following boys played rep level rugby

U15 Representative Honours:
NM SOR (North Mids School of Rugby): Jack Lea & Marlie Lynch (U16s)
Greater Birmingham U15s:Jack Lea, Harry Bailey, Phil Cadogan, Adam Saunders, Oliver Sankey, Adam Bromley, Will Hunt, Ben O’Brien, Kieran Haines, Matt Hurst, Hao Nguyen

Under 16s
Ryan Miller played for the Midlands (effectively England trials stage)

North Midlands representative
Ryan Millar, Chris Fensome, Marlie Lynch, Saul

Greater Birmingham
Marlie Lynch, Pat Clark, John Hale, Bruno Umkalns, James Lawless-Fisher, Josh Preece.

M&J Tankards
Tankards were awarded for those players that have played for Moseley all through their career from Under 7 to Under 16 stage
Pat Clarke, Chris Fensome, Conner Ward

Aaron Boyce Award
The Aaron Boyce award went to Pat Clarke
 

Racing comes to Billesley

High rollers are invited to join us on Friday 17th September for the Billesley Gold Cup which is a race night with a difference.

The evening includes a fish'n'chip supper, a comedian, a raffle with top prizes and the highlight of the evening is Billesley’s own version of ‘The Gold Cup meets Monte Carlo’ complete with Jockettes and a 4 lane race track.
 
Our 4 riders will be competing to make it to the winners enclosure first based on the roll of a dice. Betting stations provide the excitement and a maximum 6 on the dice produces some added bonuses.
 
Starting at 8pm prompt (traps open at 7.30) the evening will cost just £20 a head or a table of 10 for £185. Carriages are at midnight. Over 18s please!

Contact Martin Cowley (martynmrfc@hotmail.co.uk or 07810 - 850459) to book your place.

Master Class – top coaches; top players!

Moseley are running a rugby ‘Master Class’ at King Edwards School (Edgbaston Park Road) on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September. This is aimed at existing players aged from 8 to 15 who wish to improve their game.

The sessions will be led by Moseley’s Head Coach Ian Smith (37 capped Scotland flanker) and Don Caskie and feature a number of Moseley’s 1st XV players to both demonstrate and assist.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm both days and the cost will be £40.

For further information or to register please contact Dan Protherough on 0121 443 3631 or email community@moseleyrugby.co.uk

 

Billesley Carnival - 24th July 2010

Moseley Rugby Club & Billesley Tennis Centre,
Billesley Common 12pm-6pm
Saturday 24th July
Featuring:
Lord Mayor's Procession
Car Boot Sale
Bar and BBQ
Stage Performances and Arena Acts
Sports and other Activities for all the Family

The event will officially start at 12pm when it is opened by the Lord Mayor.

Details - (opens as PDF)

2010/11 SQUAD STRENGTHENING CONTINUES - PRODIGAL SON OLLIE THOMAS RETURNS – AGAIN!

Moseley Rugby Club is pleased to announce the second homecoming of fly half/full back Ollie Thomas from French club Racing Club Chalonnais.
Thomas, who has signed a one season contract, is a product of Moseley’s acclaimed Mini and Junior and Colts sections. His return complements other new signings in Moseley’s revamped back division. Don Caskie said “Ollie provides a number of attractive options in what is shaping up to be an exciting set of backs.”
 click here for full details

 

June 2010, Moseley Matters Editorial

In preparation for the season ahead
- The easier, the harder and the salvation!


The summer months are possibly the most important in the calendar for the club. It is during this ‘off season’ when the back office activities are in full swing preparing for the new season and details of these follow.

Players

You may already have read in the local press or on the club website about the new and exciting signings for the 2010-11 RFU Championship season. Even more are announced in this newsletter (Please see 1st XV news below) addressing other areas of the team and there will be others...soon.

The club will also confirm the complete squad list for the coming season as soon as this is finalised. The club expects to retain the majority of last season’s squad, where required, supplemented by the new signings and the new dual registered players from Gloucester.

There are no plans to announce individual re-signings (i.e. retained players) since this only brings speculation about others from last season when there are usually good reasons why the player may not have yet have put pen to paper (holidays, tours etc etc).

Finance - restructuring to meet the challenges ahead

The club’s accounts for the latest year available to June 30th 2009 show that the club’s Directors organised a significant refinancing of the club following that year end despite a relatively small loss recorded. This was considered prudent in view of the challenging economic environment with its potentially further deteriorating effect on revenues

Draft management accounts for the current year to date confirm that that this cautious approach was the correct one and prudence must continue to be the club’s priority. Initiatives on both the income and cost front have been undertaken and will continue to be closely monitored and addressed to ensure we are in a position to meet the serious challenges for all clubs at this level – and indeed the whole country.

These initiatives may have had, and could have, an impact on the club’s relative performance on the playing field in the short term although, as mentioned above, the strengthening of the 1st XV squad in certain key positions during the off season has provided some quiet optimism for the club’s continuing improvement in the RFU Championship and excitement for the forthcoming season.

Club’s outstanding community work could be at risk

It is expedient in the current economic climate to pare down all the clubs overheads and reorganise them for maximum financial efficiency. One of these cost centres is the club’s exceptional community development work which has contributed significantly to the development of rugby players in Birmingham’s huge catchment area. However this carries a large overhead.
In this context and despite your club’s repeated appeals at various levels to the RFU, the current player development system has not been altered and the best players which we develop in our area are still being dragged to the nearest PRL cartel England Academy club.

This is despite the prospect of that player gaining better experience playing regularly for the Championship club which has developed him. This club should then be receiving RFU funds for England Under 20 representation which would help it to continue not entrench the position of the already rich Academy club.

Richard Webb, who has just stood down from his part time position as Greater Birmingham rugby development officer to take up a wider sporting role in the City made one of the most telling sentences in his leaving letter to the club:

“I was delighted to hear late last week of four of our boys who have been part of our ‘elite development programme’ since they were 12 year olds, having signed professional contracts with Worcester Warriors. The irony of this news will not be lost on Moseley RFC which for the past nine years has assisted in coaching all the boys and girls within our (Greater Birmingham –Ed ) elite programme and will find the better of these at Worcester, a club which will be its rival in the Championship next season”.

How can we, as a club, justify incurring a substantial overhead to coach and develop players, if the best ones of these players are pulled away from us by an unfair RFU policy under which our club receives little benefit? We must rationalise this overhead within our club.

But the good news – The “Moseley Rugby Community Foundation”

Alternative initiatives are being pursued to try to retain important activities as they are pared by the club itself. The Moseley Rugby Community Foundation has been launched to undertake as much as possible of the club’s outstanding community services activities and deliver this outstanding service to even more children in and around Birmingham. (Please see Moseley Rugby Community Foundation below for details).

This registered charity, a separate legal entity from the club, will provide a better vehicle to attract funding from grant bodies, organisations and individuals, some of whom may be more amenable to contributing directly to community activities rather, say, than a rugby club. This also facilitates a more tax efficient manner of support (for example by using Gift Aid for individuals’ contributions). However it is essential that this funding is forthcoming for the community work to prosper.

..............And how the Moseley family can help

Any assistance which you can provide to generate new income streams, additional commercial revenues, indeed introduce further capital or just provide ‘senior time’ would be of essential assistance. Your club can then be strengthened to survive and meet the ongoing challenges during these testing economic times without the burden continually falling on the same sources whose own resources are understandably not infinite.
 

Why we need your support now!

The reality is that in the economic current climate, Moseley does face challenges (as do most other businesses) and does need to bring forward those who could help the club by sponsorship, investment or otherwise to do so now.

If reduced Government spending restricts school income and some of our community work income is thereby cut, then that will impact upon us. We run a balanced budget and if we have a shortfall income we have a loss which has to be covered.

The Directors only have a finite amount of resources and if we do not make prudent provision now and then have a slip then without additional support there may be no coverage.

However, because the club is looking ahead and addressing issues now (making focussed and planned attempts to become as strong as possible now) we are confident that with your support we will be able to cope next year when any potential impact from the changing economic conditions hit home.

What the whole country faces could have a serious effect on our club if we do not take action now to mitigate that impact. We are appealing to those who could help the club by sponsorship, investment or otherwise to do so now.
 

1ST XV NEWS
Moseley strengthens squad for next season

Moseley Rugby Club has pleasure in announcing several new signings for the 2010/11 RFU Championship season.

After a fifth consecutive year of improvement, the playing management headed by Coach Ian Smith has targeted key positions for strengthening through directly contracted players who provide a combination of experience and high potential.
This policy now targets younger aspiring players on the way up and combines them with an experienced platform and players to the betterment of both themselves and the club.

New signing are as follows:

David Lyons 2nd Row from Worcester

Paul Spivey  2nd Row from Old Belvedere

Ben Pons Back Row from Coventry

Michael Ellery No. 8 from Newcastle
 click here for full details of these players


Billesley Carnival - 24th July 2010

The event will officially start at 12pm when it is opened by the Lord Mayor.

Details - (opens as PDF)


WE’RE HIRING

Telesales – open ended commission package

July &August – may extend

July and August may be holiday time for most of us, but it’s one of the busiest times behind the scenes at the club. The players are back in pre-season training and the preparations for the new season are underway.

That’s why we are urgently seeking further help to boost our already hardworking commercial team.

We need to hire one or more of the following:

1. Experienced telesales professional currently ‘between jobs’ or taking a career break

2. Less experienced sales individual who is willing to learn and work hard

3. Student available during vacation
- experience in tele sales or no experience but willing to graft!

4. Parent with school aged children available part time to suit
- either with tele or sales experience or with the qualities to learn fast!

We offer:

1) Qualified leads

2) Unrivalled range of competitively priced products and services

3) Excellent commission scheme

4) Marketing and management support and advice

5) Temporary position pre-season (may extend if successful)

This is a crucial time for arranging income for the coming season. We’re very grateful for the large number of loyal corporate supporters that the club enjoys and appeal to both them and our private supporters to help with our cash flow by returning remittances for sponsorship, programme advertising, box bookings, private and corporate membership etc.

As with any organisation we cannot stand still and this season are appealing for a particular push on our commercial activities to bring in revenues to support our growing activities both on and off the field.

Our range of ‘products’ is wide and covers not only 1st XV activities but also our highly regarded community activities as well as support for our other 17 teams spanning all age groups and both sexes.

Opportunities are available to individuals as well as organisations and suits all budgets from as little as £200 to 5 figure main and associate club sponsorship. We also will tailor services and products to suit clients, providing special ‘mix and match’ deals across all our product range to ensure excellent value for money to all our supporters.

If you are interested in this position please email a current CV to info@moseleyrugby.co.uk marked ‘private – fao commercial sales’


KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY

In The Beginning

Traditionally, the game of rugby was born in 1823, when William Webb Ellis, a pupil at Rugby School, ‘with a fine disregard for the rules of football as played in his time first took the ball in his arms and ran with it thus originating the distinctive feature of the rugby game.’ The first record of the game outside the school was at Cambridge University in 1839 and the first rugby club, Guy’s Hospital, was founded in four years later. The oldest cub in the Midlands is Burton, which started life in 1870.

Moseley Football Club was founded in October 1873 as an offspring of the Havelock Cricket Club. The origin of the cricket club’s name is unclear but may have been one of the many Victorian institutions, societies and clubs that were named after prominent people, in this case Major-General Henry Havelock of Indian Mutiny fame. Another club that was named after a general is Gordon League rugby club, in Gloucester, which honours the name of Gordon of Khartoum.

The Havelock cricket club, whose ground was in Trafalgar Road, Moseley had been in existence since about 1870. The rugby side was started by some of the younger cricketers who wished to play a winter sport as well as the summer game. Why they chose the rugby game is not known, perhaps one of them was an Old Rugbeian or perhaps the game seemed more attractive than the association code.

Those original playing members that have been identified including captain, S.H. Deakin, were all aged around 19 when the club was formed. Deakin served as captain for the club’s first four seasons and was later club president for three years. Amos Roe, the first president, was a successful businessman in his forties and was presumably chosen as someone experienced in life who could guide the new club.

Both Roe and Deakin had definitely been connected with the cricket club but it is not certain how many of the other footballers had been. Roe and Deakin together with Denston Gibson, who succeeded Deakin as captain, and players such as T.A. Bent and W.J. Chatwin helped to establish the club on firm foundations. The first year’s membership amounted to 20, just enough to form a team as rugby was a 20 a side game in those days.

During that first season, 1873/74, a few games were played under the name of Havelock and a pitch in St. Paul’s Road was taken over for home games. This field is usually referred to as St. Paul’s Road, Camp Hill; however, it is actually in Balsall Heath.

Interestingly, Moseley’s great rivals Coventry came into being in similar circumstances when, in 1874, a group of cricketers from the Stoke Cricket Club decided to try their hand at football.

In 1874/75 the football section of the Havelock club took the field in red and black jerseys and under the name of Moseley as the team has every season since then. Home games were still played in Balsall Heath though exactly where is not known.

MOSELEY RUGBY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

New Charity to take over club’s exceptional community work

The charitable foundation aims to preserve and protect the health of all children in the City and surrounding areas by encouraging participation in healthy recreation - and providing facilities for the playing of rugby and other sports.

In addition the charity will deliver projects and services that assist in advancing their education as well as offering training opportunities in personal, health and lifestyle.

The Foundation will have a particular focus on individuals who need these facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.

The Charity will build on the solid foundation created by the club’s Community Department which has been providing outstanding services to the City of Birmingham for more than eight years. The department has taken sports and life style coaching into 50% of Birmingham’s Primary Schools and 25% of the city’s secondary schools.

Foundation’s services - an attractive supplement for schools

This will be attractive to schools that either don’t wish to or can’t afford to fund full time positions to provide sports and lifestyle activities. The provision of cover for Planning, Preparation and Assessment Time (PPA) will allow teachers to focus on core curriculum activities in the knowledge that their children are receiving the highest quality sports coaching and lifestyle support available.

Head teachers will recognise the opportunity to make the most of their budgets and even expand activities with efficiently run low cost after school clubs providing an outstanding range of activities without using up vital teacher ‘out of hours’ time.

The work will still be carried out by the club’s Young Professionals and other professionals engaged under the new Foundation structure, providing the funding is there.

Trustees and solid new structure

Trustees include some of the “great and the good” within the club.

Foundation Chairman is a senior Moseley past President Joe Jordan who is well known throughout the country for his work in the medical profession and on charitable work. He is also a holder of a special Trustee’s share in the main club.

He is supported by Cllr. Ian Ward, deputy leader of the opposition on Birmingham City Council who has a particular interest in welfare type projects. Councillors from the other main political parties are also very supportive of this work and the club’s objectives.

Magistrate and senior (now semi retired) accountant Clive Denny has been ensuring that all the administrative work is in place to meet the requirements of the Charities Commission. He will be assisted by experienced businessman in both the private and public sector, Graeme Parker.

The club’s direct contact is provided through three Trustees, club vice president Tony Caesar and the club’s two directors. Danny Protherough, the club’s community development manager will also sit on the management committee.
Senior clubmen, John Nolan and John Richards are also kindly assisting with specific fund raising activities.

All in all it’s a pretty solid team to give this project the best possible start!

Foundation Funding – easier for individuals and companies

This initiative will only be successful and survive if it is able to obtain sufficient annual funding through sponsorship, donations and grants although the charitable status makes assessable a whole new range of funding opportunities and grants in a tax efficient manner for companies, individuals and grant agencies. For example Individual donations can be “gift aided” thus increasing their value. Details of memberships will be produced later.

Especially attractive to supporters of charity work rather than rugby

To expand these successful services the Foundation will provide a route for sponsors who may be attracted to the current activities but wish to directly support these as opposed to supporting professional rugby.

Programmes can be provided ‘off the shelf’ or tailored to particular requirements. These will suit all budgets whether it’s ad hoc ‘back fill’ when schools have key teachers away, or the provision of a term or year long programme.

Membership Levels to follow

The foundation welcomes founder sponsors in all categories to support this vital work in the City of Birmingham as well as ongoing short and long term project sponsorship. Organisations and individuals can take advantage of a range of categories of sponsorship from Bronze to Gold and beyond on both a personal and a corporate level.

If you, your company or employer want this important work to continue please do contact in the short term info@moseleyrugby.co.uk with “Community Foundation” in the heading.


POACHER TURNED GAMEKEEPER

It’s always good to hear of an ex player succeeding in a new arena and former Moseley flyhalf Greg Macdonald seems to be going from strength to strength in the field of refereeing.

Greg, who made 100 first team appearances before retiring from playing after the 2007/08 season, has been gaining positive attention from the referee’s society and is already refereeing Level 4 matches.

Well done Greg, we look forward to seeing you in the Championship in the near future, even if they may not allow you to referee one of Moseley’s games!


HELPING YOUR CLUB – BRING SPONSORS IN!

Could your business and personal contact help your club with ADVERTISING and/or SPONSORSHIP?

The success of our great club has only been achieved by the contributions of so many people over the last few years and every little bit you can do on this front, helps.

All introductions would be greatly appreciated. All we need is a name and email address or ‘phone number and an idea of what they may be interested in and/or have a budget for!

(Please see application at the end of this issue of MM)

Please contact ALAN POTTER at the club office on 0121 443 3631or (m) 07796 171214 or email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk


MOSELEY PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Golf Tournaments – One down, one to go!

An excellent day’s play at Ladbrooke Park, near Tanworth in Arden, attracted an excellent turn out from past players and guests alike. The sun shone on the righteous as thunder clouds seemed to revolve around the course without troubling the field that was some 50% up on the previous year. If the tournament sees the same growth next season it may need to be an all day event!

The Winner (stapleford) was Colman Whitelaw 39 pts, followed closely by runner up John Wright on 38 pts. The guest winner (ie not a former player) was Chris Williams on 33 pts.

Our thanks to Tim Edsall for organising the day and the excellent post match dinner. Keep an eye out for next year’s event – scheduled once again for June.

September – date to be confirmed

The second tournament will once again be held at Moseley Golf Club and again open to all. The date will be on a Friday fixed to coincide with a home fixture in early September. To register interest please contact James Morris-Adams James@sandmaster.com

OBITUARIES

Norman Weaving

The club was saddened to hear of the passing of former player Norman Weaving in September, in Heartlands Hospital, from cancer of the colon.

We understand Norman was a Moseley man to the last being cremated in his Moseley Kit.

A number of former teammates have provided their memories attesting to how much of a unique character Norman was;

“We had an Australian hooker playing. His father was a surgeon. The young Ozzie crocked his neck badly against a Cov side and was taken to Oswestry paralysed. Happily he recovered fully but when Taff, Norman (who was propping) and me visited him he was still in a bad state and unable to move. Norman constructed a wall mounted TV frame so he could watch the internationals. We didn’t have such things in those days but it shows what a caring guy old scrap iron was.”
Tony Bertram

“In the Nomads we played Cinderford 1st xv home and away. Our 1st encounter, on this particular season, was at holders lane. There was the usual Gloucester gibes prior to the game, and attempted intimidation by three of the Cinderford team, by urinating in the centre of the pitch. We hammered them by 26 points to 23!!

The return match at Cinderford was equally hard fought with Norman being pole axed by his opposite number, breaking his nose, and needless to say, blood pouring from the wound. My advice to take a rest was immediately ignored, and in any event he was in no mind to listen. As we all know, their were no silly ‘health and safety’ issues like blood replacements in the 70’s. ‘Scrap’ wiped his face, with a very wet towel, and went looking for his assailant.

Needless to say his opposite number was found, before the end of the game at the bottom of a ruck, with similar ‘facial damage’. A gratified Norman left the field at full time, with a grin and, honour satisfied. ……. No doubt they had a pint in the bar afterwards … but that is just supposition?! The result was reversed from the 1st game.

What great memories we all have of “this ruby game” and for me, Norman was one of the great guy’s that made it so special during the time we all played.”
Jonathan Hill

THE NEW BOYS

Worcester & Esher join the Championship

Next season we will welcome both Worcester & Esher to Billesley Common as new members of the championship.

Both clubs arrive from different directions with Worcester being relegated from the Premiership after a tough season that saw a hard fought battle between them Leeds and Sale. As you would expect there have been a number of changes within the club. The most significant being the departure of Director of Rugby Mike Rudduck to be replaced by Head Coach Richard Hill.

Also moving on are Rico Gear to Kintetsu Liners Japan, Sam Tuitupou to Munster, Matt Cox to Gloucester and former Moseley Fly Half Matt Jones to Newport Gwent Dragons.

The club has made some significant new signings, none more so than England Fly Half Andy Goode. Joining him are tight-head prop Oliver Tomaszczyk from Newcastle’s academy, former Bath centre Alex Crockett, Spanish international winger Oriol Ripol and former Moseley Scrum Half Andy Williams.

Worcester have weathered their first controversy of their Championship season with media speculation on the involvement of ex Harlequins DOR Dean Richards, currently serving a ban from the game. The RFU clarified that the involvement of Richards was solely in response to a request from Worcester Warriors to overseen the writing of a report into what went wrong at the club last season and made recommendations, which they considered acceptable. The RFU went on to state that Richards is not permitted to have anything to do with coaching or being a director of a club in any capacity and he may not act as a consultant to any club in terms of coaching or other rugby matters. (that makes it clear then – Ed)

Esher dominated National Division 2 to gain promotion winning 30 of their 33 matches. Having been unlucky to have been relegated from the then ND1 in 2009 Esher now make their first appearance in the new Championship.

The club has retained the majority of their very successful squad and enhanced the team by drafting in players of proven Championship experience. Moving to Molesley Road are Canadian international Phil Mackenzie from Coventry, Rotherham fly-half Mike Whitehead, tight head Ricky Nebbett from Palma, and lock Karl Rudzki from Cambridge.

We hope both clubs enjoy their upcoming visits to Moseley (but not too much on the pitch)

REPRESENTATIVE

Evans still thriving with England Counties XV

Courtesy of RFU Press Office – 7th June 2010

England Counties make ten changes to the starting line-up in their previous game when they meet Ontario Blues at Oakville Crusaders RFC tomorrow (Tuesday, June 8) in the second game of their three-match tour to Canada.

One of the senior citizens in a team with an average age of 22, Mark Evans, the 30-year-old teacher from Fairfax School in Sutton Coldfield, keeps a place on the bench after playing a major part in the gruelling opening success against The Rock.

The Newfoundland provincial team delivered a thorough physical examination of the Counties credentials despite a 20-6 win for the tourists on Friday, when Evans and captain Matt Long from Birmingham Solihull were prominent in a hand-to-hand war of attrition in bitingly cold, wet conditions.

Evans picked up a dead-leg for his efforts at No 8, but he's still keen to get back into action tomorrow if the chance arises.

"Playing for the Counties is a fantastic opportunity that I've been given by Fairfax School, the North Midlands RFU, the Counties selectors and all the other people who have supported me down the years," he says: "To have the chance to represent England is marvellous and to come on a tour like this, where the sheer professionalism and organisation is superb, is a terrific experience.

"I first played for the Counties in France in 2006 and now, as then, you get an insight into what it's like to be an elite, professional athlete. There is also the chance to share the experience with new friends from other clubs and it's something I'll cherish forever.

"On my first trip, when we won for the first time in Beaune, everything went over my head a bit and I was content just to be part of the group, but this time I think I've stepped up to the plate a bit more and taken on more responsibility, especially in the organisation of our lineout play.

"There's also been a great mix of players in the squad. I've been rooming with Tom Kessell from Plymouth Albion, who's only 20, and it's been good to chat about what the future might hold for him. Rugby's been brilliant to me and at this stage of my career it's great to be able to step up and play a leadership role, which makes the whole involvement so much more enjoyable.

"At the other end of the scale, captain Matt Long is our most experienced player. I played with 'Mash' when I was a young lad coming through the ranks at Moseley and it's brilliant to have him as captain now.

"Fairfax do have a strong rugby ethos and a strong fixture list and they've been tremendously supportive in giving me the chance to come away with the Counties. I'm very conscious that I'm representing them and the background often crops up when you get into conversation with rugby folk.

"I'll be taking on a role which involves more mentoring of children in the near future and I think this experience will help me a great deal in doing that job. Fairfax have given me the opportunity to develop these attributes and I'll be talking with the children when I get back about the trip and what it has entailed, part of which will be taking part in an outreach programme tonight with a group of youngsters in Toronto.

"It will be interesting to see how kids from a different country respond to our teaching methods and I'm looking forward to working with a diverse group which involves boys and girls from Under 14 to Under 18 from what we've heard."

And onto the tomorrows game. "We came together very quickly when we arrived in Newfoundland and saw the conditions and we played the direct rugby that we needed to get a win," he says: "The weather forecast for tomorrow is for it to be very hot, so we'll need to play a totally different game.

"We want to build on the winning start and to cut out some of the errors that conditions largely forced upon us. It will be interesting to see how we make the adjustments to our game."

The Counties have been forced to make one change to their selected side, with Sale scrum-half Will Cliff pulling out because of a chest injury picked up in Newfoundland, Tom Kessell coming in and Ross Winney joining the replacements.

Ontario Blues 26 England Counties 32

England Counties maintained their unbeaten record in Canada when they claimed the second win of their three-match tour against Ontario Blues in Toronto.

But once again the tourists found themselves sorely tested by energetic and very skilful opposition, who fully lived up to their reputation for enterprising rugby and had the Counties nerves jangling to the bitter end.

Had the tourists shown less naivety in the closing stages they might have won with something to spare, but instead they were always looking to add to their try tally and it made for very nervous watching.

There was no hint of the topsy-turvy game to follow when the Counties came out of the blocks at pace to take a 10-0 lead in just six minutes. Once again young scrum-half Tom Kessell was on the scoresheet, supporting a smart break by fly half Paul Humphries to slip through near the posts.

Full back Tom Jarvis converted and added a penalty, but the setbacks did not faze the Blues, who settled into the challenge and cut the deficit when prop Dan Pletch was driven over from a lineout.

Fly half Steve Piatek converted and then made the Counties pay for their indiscretions when he landed three penalties to put his side 16-10 ahead at the interval.

With the wind in their favour and some strong direction from the coaching staff at the break, the Counties set about repairing the situation with a more focused and more organised approach in the second-half, a try from a driving maul by prop Gavin Woods, converted by Humphries, edging them in front.
Humphries then supplied a perfectly weighted kick for Jarvis to gather at full-speed to give the Counties a 22-16 lead, but any hopes that the Blues might buckle were quickly dispelled when scrum half Adam Schouten stretched over and Piatek goaled to put the home side ahead again at 23-22.

The indomitable Humphries then served up an exquisite pass for flanker Dan Baines to scythe through under the posts, Humphries converting and adding a penalty for a 32-23 lead.

Piatek had the last word when he kicked a penalty after 65 minutes to bring his side within striking distance again, but although the Counties could not keep their hands off the self-destruct button by continuing to play attacking rugby, they held out for the win.

"The Blues came at us strongly in the first-half, as we knew they would, and they were probably stronger up front and more skilful than we were led to believe," said Manager Danny Hodgson, "Going in six points down at half-time was a bit of a worry and I don't know what the coaches said at half-time, but it certainly had an effect.

"We were more composed after the break and I thought the Blues might tire a bit, but they came back again and took us to the wire. I was a nervous wreck in the closing stages and mightily relieved to get the win.
"Overall, though, I thought it was a great game and a great rugby occasion, just what the Counties team is all about in my view. Now we go to Vancouver to take on the British Columbia Bears and we know that we'll probably need to raise our game again to complete a hat trick of wins."

Ontario Blues: Rory Tomlinson (Brantford Harlequins); Ryan Macsween (Balmy Beach), Ryan Tomlinson (Barrie), Derek Daypuck (London St Georges), Scott Kyle (Niagara Wasps); Steve Piatek, (Brantford Harlequins), Adam Schouten (Brantford Harlequins); Creag Johnston (Toronto Scottish), Mike Pletch (Velox Valhallians), Dan Pletch (Oakville Crusaders), Brett Beukeboom (Lindsay Gryphons OR Gord Kehoe (Barrie), Stu Ault (Barrhaven Scottish), Keegan Selby (Brantford Harlequins), Alistair Clark (Oakville Crusaders), Mark Macsween (Balmy Beach).
England Counties XV: Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire); James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire) capt, Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Charlie Ingall (Tynedale & Northumberland); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Tom Kessell (Plymouth Albion & Devon); Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Phil Eggleshaw
(Nottingham & Durham).
Replacements: all used - Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Craig Voisey (Rotherham [Soon to be Moseley] & North Midlands), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

Referee: Mr Andrew Hosie (Canada/Ontario)

British Columbia Bears 7 - England Counties 46
12 June 2010

England Counties Manager Danny Hodgson insisted that he was the happiest man in Canada after his team completed a hat trick of tour wins by beating BC Bears with a rousing performance at Klahanie Park in Vancouver this afternoon.

The game was an especially emotional experience for the Northumberland farmer, who stands down from the Counties management team after this game having been involved as Assistant Manager and Manager since the side was put together in 2002.

And how well his latest group of players - average age 22 - responded to the challenge of providing the hugely popular Hodgson with a perfect send-off. They scored seven tries in all, with fly-half Paul Humphries converting two and his replacement Ross Winney adding two conversions and a penalty.

The visitors were expecting their toughest test of the three game series, but they got away to a brisk start when centre Henry Staff, the youngest player in the team, powered through to score, and soon afterwards crisp hands from No 8 Mark Evans gave wingman James Tincknell all the space he needed to gallop home.

Good running by the impressive Gareth Collins at full-back helped set up the position for wingman Tom Jarvis to claim the third before lock Louis McGowan was driven over for a try that effectively sealed the game for the Counties at 24-0.

As they have discovered throughout their trip, however, Canadians do not buckle readily and the Bears cut the deficit with a try by flanker Seamus Guy, who took a quick free-kick and bundled over, full-back Mike Hall adding the conversion.

The Bears continued to deny the tourists with some sturdy defending after the break and it was perhaps a tribute to their tenacity that the next Counties score was a Winney penalty to take the score at 27-7.

The closing stages then belonged entirely to the tourists as the home side weakened slightly, tries by Staff, Tincknell and replacement Phil Eggleshaw sealing a top-class display.

"At the start of this trip, I was quoted as being the happiest man in Twickenham when our players came through the County Championship final OK," said a tearful Hodgson: "Now I'm the happiest man in Canada.

"The lads were magnificent and I'm over the moon. To see all the team getting round the field working and grafting like they did was tremendous. There was also skill that was absolutely breath-taking.

"We've had different conditions to deal with in every game and to come into a hot, humid enclosed round and play like we did was something special. For a team that only trained together for the first time a week last Tuesday to play with such style was remarkable and I'm so proud of them. I couldn't have asked for anything more from my last game."

England Counties XV: Gareth Collins (Leicester Lions & Warwickshire); James Tincknell (Wharfedale & Yorkshire), Henry Staff (Blackheath & Hertfordshire), Steve Hamilton (Blackheath & Kent), Tom Jarvis (unattached & Gloucestershire); Paul Humphries (Blackheath & Kent), Will Cliff (Sale Sharks & Cheshire); Matt Long (Birmingham Solihull & Gloucestershire) capt, Jonny Roddam (Fylde & Lancashire), Craig Voisey (Rotherham [Soon to be Moseley] & North Midlands), Louis McGowan (Coventry & Lancashire), Harry Spencer (Saracens/Bedford & Devon), Mark Wilson (Blaydon & Northumberland), Daniel Baines (Macclesfield & Lancashire), Mark Evans (Moseley & North Midlands),

Replacements: all used - Matt Hall (Blaydon & Northumberland), Nick Flynn (Sedgley Park & Lancashire), Gavin Woods (Caldy & Cheshire), Luke Collins (Redruth & Cornwall), Phil Eggleshaw (Nottingham & Durham), Ross Winney (Macclesfield & Cheshire), Kyle Dench (Harrogate & Yorkshire), Fergus Mulchrone (Macclesfield & Cheshire).

BC Bears: M Hall; B Carpenter, S Dawai, T Dalziel, B Nicholson; J Hirst, C Brown; R Hanmer, R Down, S Mackay, E Lopatinsky, M Burak capt, C Pierce, S Gay, C Morrison.

Replacements: D Cameron, L Hart, A Zaruba, S Plummer, H Belanger, J McKenzie, C Trainor, K Appledoom.

Referee: D Smortchevsky (Canada)

REPRESENTATIVE

May flowers to give England U20 flying start

Report courtesy of RFU - 05 June 2010

Argentina 22 England 48

Despite conceding three tries to the hosts, England eventually dominated and ended up securing a bonus point by winning 48-22 in their opening game of the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.

A vociferous crowd at Newell's Old Boys, one of Argentina's top football grounds, got right behind Las Pumitas as soon as the teams came out and the home side made the most of the 'sixteenth man' effect.

With 25 minutes gone they had scored and converted two tries. The first by fly half Medura and the second by hooker Emiliana Coria, right in front of the famous Diego Maradona stand.

At this stage only the accuracy of Tom Homer's boot in the face of a cacophony of Argentine whistling was keeping England in the game. But on 29 minutes a battering run by Calum Green led to space on the left and when the ball came to Jonny May he needed no invitation to step inside and score England's first try, easily converted by Homer.

Ten minutes later an incisive infield break by Marcus Watson led to May going over for England's second, with Homer duly adding the two points. Unfortunately Watson was injured while releasing the ball and had to leave the field with a hamstring injury. Rory Clegg replaced him, going in to fly half, while Freddie Burns dropped back to full back.

There was still time for Argentina to keep the game alive when a simple kick forward bounced perfectly for Medura to grab his second try, which he converted himself to make the half time score 23-19 to England.

A mistake at a line out early in the second half brought the Argentines to within a point of England but a minute later Tom Homer's penalty restored England's four point lead to 26-22.

A period of sustained pressure by England eventually saw the ball move right across the pitch to Jonny May who finished his hat-trick in style.

As the game began to slip away from Argentina, England's forwards kept the pressure on and Tom Homer added another penalty and another conversion when Skipper Jacob Rowan went over from close range.

Christian Wade, who had been looking like he was playing Sevens at times, scored a well deserved fifth try at the end, cheekily avoiding an Argentine defender under the posts. Tom Homer's unerring boot added the conversion to end the game giving him a personal haul of 23 points.

The result puts England top of Pool B ahead of France, who beat Under 20 RBS 6 Nations champions Ireland 25-22.

15 Tom Homer (London Irish), 14 Christian Wade (London Wasps), 13 Jonny May (Moseley / Gloucester Rugby), 12 Tom Casson (Harlequins), 11 Marcus Watson (London Irish), 10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), 9 Sam Harrison (Leicester Tigers), 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins), 2 Arthur Ellis (London Wasps), 3 Shaun Knight (Moseley / Gloucester Rugby), 4 Calum Green (Leicester Tigers), 5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), 6 Will Welch (Newcastle Falcons), 7 Jacob Rowan (C) (Leeds Carnegie), 8 Jackson Wray (Saracens)
Replacements
16 Jamie George (Saracens), 17 Lee Imiolek (Sale Sharks), 18 George Kruis (Saracens), 19 Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons), 20 Charlie Davies (Stade Francais), 21 Rory Clegg (Harlequins), 22 Andrew Forsyth (Leicester Tigers)

England U20's went on to win their second match 36-21 against Ireland followed by a tough match against France which saw them eventually victorious 17-9. In the French match Sean Knight started and Jonny May come on as a replacement at 41 mins.

Unfortunately England fell to Australia 28-16 in the Semi-finals. Some consolation can be gained from the fact that Jonny May came on as a replacement and scored England’s final try.

For the Bronze medal play off against South Africa Jonny will start in the centre with Shaun Knight on the Bench.

REPRESENTATIVE

Scots overwhelmed by ruthless Wallabies

Courtesy of SRU - Saturday, 05 June 2010

Scotland under-20 could not repeat the 2009 Autumn Test heroics of the senior squad as they lost their opening IRB Junior World Championship match to a ruthless Australia at the Estadio CA Colon in Argentina tonight (58-13).

Scotland under-20 head coach, Eamon John, said: “Australia played with an incredible pace and skill level but I think we conceded a couple of soft scores tonight.

“We spoke at half-time about imposing our game on the match and I was happy that we got a good score but disappointingly, just as we were going for another, we lost the ball in contact and they went down the other end and scored.

“As a team we have to learn from the match and use the important lessons to become better players.”

The prolific Ozzies ran in a total of eight tries on the night with their five first-half efforts (scored by full-back Luke Morahan, centre Robbie Coleman, a brace from winger Aidan Toua and captain Jake Schatz) answered by two penalties from Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir.

HALF TIME: 36-6

Despite a much improved second-half performance, some individual errors in one-on-one situations allowed the Australians to cross for a further three tries.

The first was a hat-trick completing score from Toua before Scotland replied through winger Dougie Fife on the 68th minute which Weir converted, 39-13.

Disappointingly, as the Scots were enjoying an improved passage of play and threatening the Ozzie 22, they lost the ball in contact and the Australians (as was typical throughout their performance) countered hard and fast to see Wallaby winger Greg Jeloudev cross the whitewash.

Replacement forward Luke Jones then scored his side’s final converted try of the afternoon following some repeated pick and drives.

FINAL SCORE: 58-13

Scotland under-20 team
Tom Brown; Oliver Grove, Michael Tait, Alex Dunbar, Dougie Fife; Duncan Weir, Alex Black; Nicky Little, Alun Walker, George Hunter, Robert Harley, Robert McAlpine, Michael Maltman, David Denton, Stuart McInally CAPTAIN
Substitutes
Callum Stidston-Nott (on for McAlpine), Russell Weir (on for Black), Matthew Scott (on for Dunbar), Callum MacBurnie (on for Grove), Anthony Kent (on for Hunter), Adam Fedorciow (on for Walker), Michael Fedo (on for Michael Maltman

Unfortunately for Scotland U20’s they followed this defeat up with a 73-0 loss to South Africa.

Pride was finally restored by a 27 – 3 victory over Tonga , in which Callum featured from the subs bench. (Tries - Jonny Kennedy, Michael Maltman & Stuart McInally. Pens - Duncan Weir 2. Cons Duncan Weir 3)

In the play offs Scotland again faced Tonga winning the match 28 – 8, and in so doing secured their place in next years Championship.

For the 9th place playoffs against Ireland Callum has been selected to start on the Right Wing.


MIDLANDS COACHING CONFERENCE

Warwick University - 10th & 11th July 2010

The RFU in conjunction with the rugby Football foundation are running a 2 day coaching conference in Warwick during July.

The conference is aimed at all coaches of the 15 a side game, with a particular focus on adult and senior youth.

Presenters Include:
Nigel Redman England & British Lions
Brian Moore England & British Lions
Russell Earnshaw England 7’s Coach
Eugene Martin Birmingham/Solihull Backs Coach
Tomas Morais Portugal National Coach
Murray Henderson Portugal Forwards Coach/Auckland Academy

The theme of the conference will be about maximizing player talent and potential. Using your resources to maximum effect over a whole season.

Cost is £164.50 (inc. VAT) for both days or £117.50 (inc. VAT) for Saturday only
Includes full board and Conference Resources.

Midlands Coaching Awards Dinner on the Saturday evening

Closing date for applications is 30th June 2010. An application form for the course can be found at the end of this issue of Moseley Matters


MOSELEY COLTS

Moseley Colts ‘End of season dinner & presentations’

Moseley U19 and U17 colts enjoyed a lively end of season dinner on 27th May at the clubhouse where another noteworthy season for both teams was celebrated.

After an excellent 4 course dinner provided by Willetts, awards were presented by representatives of our sponsors, Frank Haslam Milan and Hill Shorter Printers, long-term colts supporter James Morris-Adams and club president John Beale.

Player of the year

U17 Tom Sankey U19 Mick Stephens

Forward of the year

U17 Charlie Owen U19 Adrian Maynard

Back of the year

U17 Jordan Oliver U19 Rob Brown

Most improved player

U17 Siam Javaid U19 Adrian Maynard

Clubman of the year

U17 Adam Hall U19 Dan West

As is customary at the colts dinner, speeches were kept to an enjoyable minimum and we heard from John Richards (‘JR’) on his hope and desire for former colts to join in with the fun at Moseley Oak and from Bealey who’s simple message was to go out & enjoy playing.

We had hoped that former colt and current first XV player Callum McBurnie could join us but he was en route to Argentina for the Junior World Cup, where he was to represent Scotland. However Callum kindly recorded a DVD message, told the players that the pathway to first team rugby at Moseley was well and truly open and he was living proof of its existence. Unfortunately he was still wearing the ridiculous peroxide rinse that was first on view at the Bees game. He denies that he is secretly in love with former colt Nathan Walmsley and wants to look like him.

As an aside, we must congratulate Nathan on his elevation to the England Amateur Rugby League team, England Lionhearts, who were comfortable winners over Scotland recently with Nathan awarded the man of the match.

Notable highlights from the colt’s season: -

- U17s North Midlands league 3 winners and unbeaten after Christmas.

- U19s National Colts Cup Semi Finalists beaten by eventual winners Bedford; Norman Johnson informs me that Moseley Colts have been at least ¼ finalists in this competition in all but 1 year since its inception, a remarkable achievement for a ‘non academy’ side.

- N Midlands Colts Cup Semi Finalists beaten by eventual winners Whitchurch.

- Burhan Torgut and Rob Brown represented Cyprus at senior level in the European Conference (Champions and promoted)

- Louis Padian represented Ireland U19s

- Dan Barratt represented Midlands Group U20s in the annual divisional championships

- We again formed the backbone of the Greater Birmingham U19 squad in the Houghton Harries challenge, a series of trial games for next season’s N Midlands U20 group.

- Our coaches Tim & Alex passed RFU level 2 & 3 coaching awards.

- A fantastic Easter tour to Parma, Italy; ‘tour court’ at the EOS dinner was spectacular and debunked the notion that “What’s on tour, stays on tour” – cheers Malcolm!

We are now in the planning stages for season 2010-2011. Our annual players/ parents meeting will be held on Thursday 24th June at 7.30pm in the clubhouse to share relevant information.

All current and prospective Moseley Colts at U17 and U19 are encouraged to attend.
 

MOSELEY SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION

The newly formed supporters association goes from strength to strength

Following the recent inception of the MSA, momentum on new initiatives grows apace.

Details of many events are being finalised, but will probably include;

More supporters coaches to away games
Beer & skittles evenings
Live music
Other sporting events.

The MSA will be looking to raise funds to support the ongoing development of Moseley as a club.

If you wish to contact the MSA to offer your help or ideas you can do so by e-mailing moseleysupporters2010@gmail.com

More information should be forthcoming at the clubs AGM & Members Forum on the 5th July
 

2010/11 Championship Fixtures released

Moseley's Championship fixtures for next season have now been released - The season starts with a visit from newly promoted Esher  and features visits from both the recent Premiership sides, Worcester and Bristol, in the first few weeks, before a Boxing Day return to Worcester. Click here

 

MOSELEY'S PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
Moseley looks forward to two challenging pre-season fixtures.

Saturday August 14 Cambridge v
Moseley
3.00pm at Wests Renault Park, Cambridge

National Division One side Cambridge provides the first opposition in Moseley's build up to the new RFU Championship season. Cambridge Rugby Club has rapidly climbed through the leagues, having achieved the impressive feat of promotion in three successive seasons. In 2008/9 the club narrowly missed promotion to the RFU Championship when finishing in second place. An ambitious club Cambridge will next season again be challenging to join Moseley in the higher league.

Saturday August 21 Moseley v Aberavon
3.00pm at Billesley Common

This traditional Anglo Welsh fixture was revived last season in the British & Irish Cup on a wet, cold and windy February at the Talbot Athletic Ground. The weather then was in complete contrast to the superb hospitality provided by our hosts. Aberavon Rugby Club has a long and illustrious history having contributed forty-eight Welsh internationals since its formation in 1887. Last season the Wizards finished fifth in the Principality Premiership league.

Both games will provide an excellent opportunity for supporters to gain their first views of Moseley's summer signings.

 

MOSELEY’S 2010/11 SQUAD STRENGTHENING BEGINS -

Moseley Rugby Club has pleasure in announcing five new signings for the 2010/11 RFU Championship season. Head Coach Ian Smith has targeted key positions for strengthening through directly contracted players who provide a combination of experience and potential. click here for full details

 

 

Moseley & Friends Fundraising Canal Walk
Saturday 26th June 2010

Come and have a great day out walking along the canals from Mary Arden’s house, just outside Stratford, to Yardley Wood bridge (over the road from the bus garage), which is about half a mile down the Yardley Wood Road from Moseley Rugby Club. It is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours and also a great way of raising money for worthwhile causes.

For Moseley’s Community Programmes and the Air Ambulance

The itinerary for the day is.

1. Meet 8.00am at Moseley Rugby Club, Yardley Wood Road, Billesley, Birmingham B13 0TP
2. We will then transport you to the canal side near Mary Arden’s House to start the walk at approximately 9.15am.

There will be several places to stop (including five or six pubs) on route, but it is highly recommended that you bring the following: drinking water, a light snack, sun cream, sun hat or waterproof jacket (if the weather is a bit dodgy). Please wear good shoes and sensible clothing.

There will be service vehicles that will follow us on our route and they will stop not only at the pubs but also at convenient points (eighteen in total en route) and they will be contactable by mobile phone if needed in an emergency. They will also have water on board, although you can always top-up at one of the pubs.

Lee Evans, Dave Warren and Paul Bracken will act as last men to make sure everyone is Ok and no one is left behind (especially in one of the pubs).

It is anticipated that the first ones back will be at Yardley Wood Road at around 4.00 to 5.00pm. You will be met again by mini-buses who will take you back to Moseley Rugby Club where there will be free hot food and of course the bar will be open for those who haven't had enough. Lee, Dave and Paul will obviously be the last ones back to make sure everyone has arrived back safely.

Please get as much sponsorship as possible, as it is going to the Air Ambulance (we have called them out on six occasions at Billesley) and the Moseley Community Foundation.

You will be given a t-shirt to wear on the day and maybe a baseball hat (we are hoping to get a sponsor, anyone interested?) Please bring your filled in sponsorship forms on the day so that we can work out roughly what we have raised for the Charities.

Last year we raised £1,000 for Motor Neurone Disease and £1,800 for the British Heart Foundation. Our charities this year are both worthy causes so please collect as much sponsorship as possible.

Most of all have a great day, (all we need is a bit of sunshine), but please act sensibly and have respect for your fellow walkers and other canal users. One of us will be carrying a bucket to collect on the way, so don’t upset the locals.

It is very important that we keep track of the number for people who are doing the walk so that we can make sure we have enough buses and enough food, etc…

For those interested in the soccer World Cup, if all goes to plan and England goes through to the second round, that evening there will be a game with a 7.30pm kick off time. The match of course will be shown on the big screen in the clubhouse.

Please register your interest at the bar, by leaving your name, address and a contact number, so that we can send sponsorship forms and record the number of people taking part. The walk is open to everyone, but we MUST know the numbers to make sure the day runs smoothly.

If you require any further information or extra sponsorship forms, please contact
Lee Evans on 07803-182568 or e-mail lee@pinstripegroup.co.uk or Dave Warren 0121 440 3443 or Moseley Rugby Club.

Thank you for all your support.

Big cycle ride 2010: John O’Groats to Lands End

On 2 August 2010, myself and five other riders will set off from John O'Groats in an attempt to cycle to Land's End in 10 days, in memory of Kirsty Leanne Keylock who died at the age of 17 as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis.

We received fantastic support, notably from organisations providing support facilities along the journey. We are particularly grateful to Lynda Batchelor for allowing us the use of the “PLAYING FOR SUCCESS” minibus as a support vehicle.

This was a special event undertaken by the people that were deeply affected by the loss of Kirsty, who hope to do her very proud as well as to give something back to Diabetes UK.

If you feel you are able to make a donation to the charity please donate directly at the website www.justgiving.com/bigride2010. My employer, National Grid, has kindly agreed to match any donations I receive. Thank you. - Gareth (Gaz) Davies, Vice Captain Moseley Oak RFC

THIS SUMMER AT BILLESLEY

Pro-Tag Rugby
Pro-Tag rugby returns to Billesley Common, every Tuesday (6.30-8.30 pm) until the finals night on 15th June. Why not come along and get a summer fix of rugby in the sun. It’s fun and anyone can enter a team! See www.pro-tag.co.uk

Football World Cup
All the matches APART from England v USA will be shown in the clubhouse.

Why not pop down and enjoy a pint while you watch England win the World Cup! (Or if you are a Scot come along and cheer ‘the opposition’!)

Saturday, June 12th - England v USA Kick off 19.30,
Friday June 18th – England v Algeria Kick off 19.30,
Wednesday, June 23rd - England v Slovenia Kick off 15.00

Please note: On Saturday 12th June (England v USA), the clubhouse has been booked out for a private function and will therefore be unavailable for Word Cup viewing - but will be open for all other World Cup games unless clashing below.

Clubhouse private functions:
June evening bookings so far are - 5th, 11th, 12th and 19th
July bookings so far are - 4th and (tbc) 9th

We hope members and supporters will understand that it is important to take private bookings which are a vital source of income. If you would like to book dates over the summer please contact Alan Potter in the club office on 0121 443 3631 as soon as poss.

Moseley M&Js end of season awards party
Saturday 22nd May - 2pm (Awards 2.30pm)

- BBQ
-Bungee run
-‘Parents & Coaches Touch match’
(Friendly match open to all adults, just bring your kit and best game!)

-Free Admission: no tickets - just turn up to celebrate the end of another great season of rugby! Any questions contact Kerri: 07872 496067

Moseley Colts ‘End of season dinner & presentations’
Friday 28th May 2010 at 7.30pm.

This is a joint dinner for U19s and U17s who have both enjoyed great seasons despite some initial ‘challenges’.
Presentations (for each team) will include:
• Player of the year
• Forward of the year
• Back of the year
• Most improved player
• ‘Clubman’ of the year – for an outstanding contribution by an individual not recognised elsewhere
• Plus a few ‘less serious’ awards to recognise some fairly daft behaviour!

Birmingham National School Sports Week (NSSW)
Friday 2nd July. Get involved!

Denise Lewis headlines the Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week event at Billesley Common in early July and will no doubt raise both the profile of the event and the attendances from pupils and parents alike – not to mention athletics fans!

The event, expected to see hundreds of competitors up at Billesley, is being organised in conjunction with The Youth Sports Trust (YST) and is an exciting opportunity for schools to run a week of sport and activity to inspire young people with the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The week uses the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get more young people taking part in and understanding the value of sport. The junior athletics and supporting events will be in and around our ground and on the Common as well as at the adjacent Billesley Tennis Centre.

Thousands of schools across the UK are taking part, organising Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Torch Relays and inter and intra-school competitions. Young people will be trying new Olympic and Paralympic Sports, learning about the Values of the Games and making Sports Pledges to try new things or push themselves to do their best.

“Take part in Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, and use the power of London 2012 to inspire your pupils to take part in more sport and to understand the value of sport.”
Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust.

Further information from Hannah Roberton, Partnership Development Manager, Baverstock School Sports Partnership baverstockssp@gmail.com 07966 294 618

 

1ST XV NEWS

James Rodwell selected for England Sevens

Congratulations to James Rodwell on his selection in the England Sevens Squad for the Emirates Airline London (Twickenham 22/23 May) & Edinburgh Sevens (Murrayfield 29/30 May)

To follow James’ progress at Twickenham you can obtain tickets from the RFU website (www.rfu.com ). For the Edinburgh Sevens tickets are available from www.edinburgh7s.com .

Justin Mensah-Coker in Canada’s Churchill Cup squad

Congratulations also to Justin Mensah-Coker who has been selected for Canada’s squad for the Churchill Cup tournament.

The Canadians, in pool A, take on Uruguay on June 5 and France 'A' on June 13 with both matches in Denver. The other teams competing in the tournament are Russia, USA and England Saxons.

Jonny May eyes Junior World Championships

​Dual Registered Moseley & Gloucester youngster Jonny May has described playing in the Junior World Championships as a once in a lifetime opportunity he does not intend to waste.

Many of the England Under-20s squad flying out to Argentina this month are seasoned age-group internationals.

But May is far from that – he shot onto the scene playing for Hartpury College last season before making a big impression on the handful of chances he has had in the Gloucester first team.

“It was always in my mind this year was going to be my last real chance to be involved in age group rugby but my plan was to have a good pre-season with Gloucester Academy and have a good go at getting into that Moseley side,” he said.

“But within a couple of weeks I was called up into the first team and it has rocketed on from there really. I played a few warm-up games with Gloucester, then I was straight into the Moseley side. That went really well and as a reaction to that and how well I was doing there I got an opportunity for the England Under-20s.

“I’m just going to go out there and try and learn and better myself, enjoy it as it comes and take it as it happens. “It’s a World Cup and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I want to get everything I can out of it. I’m not even thinking about next year, just solely winning this World Cup.”

May admits he was the new kid on the block when he first linked up with the Under-20s under head coach Mark Mapletoft. But a couple of games – and a couple of tries – later, he now feels fully part of the set-up. He said:

“People were turning round and thinking ‘who’s this guy?’ because most of these guys have been in the set-up since they were young and I’ve missed out on that.

But once you play a game of rugby with the guys they are like your family and now I’m really settled in. You have to see yourself as equal to them because you’re in the same team as them.

You have to work alongside them, learn stuff off some guys and hope that others will learn stuff off you.”

England Under-20s play a warm-up game at Loughborough University tomorrow night before travelling to South America later this month. Their first game is against the hosts, Argentina, on June 5.

NOTE: Moseley centre Callum McBurnie will also be playing in the Under 20s World Cup for Scotland and next season’s dual registered prop Sean Knight will be playing for England U 20s with Jonny

Rob Thirlby Scores in Cornwall Thriller

Cornwall progressed further towards the Bill Beaumont Cup final thanks to a close fought 32-30 victory over Hertfordshire, thanks to a try by Rob Thirlby


KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY

SURVIVAL 1992/93

By 1992/93 Moseley were playing in National League 2 or the equivalent of today’s Championship. The season saw one of the R.F.U.’s seemingly never ending league re-organisations, which meant that seven teams would be relegated from the division at the end of the league campaign with only the top six remaining in the division.

Moseley’s last game of the season was against the National 2 champions, Newcastle Gosforth, at The Reddings. Prior to this final match the club were in sixth place but only on points difference, seventh-placed Bedford having the same number of league points. Bedford’s last engagement was at home against bottom club Morley.

The task for Moseley was therefore to beat Gosforth and hope that Bedford did not defeat Morley by more than 43 points plus whatever Moseley’s winning margin was assuming they won. As the late Peter Woodroofe observed it was an equation complicated enough to change the National Curriculum for maths!

Just to add a little more pressure onto the Moseley side, this being the last home game of the season it was the occasion of the annual Moseley Old Players Association reunion, which meant that many former players would be watching the game.

The home side got off to a good start and led 14-3 following a Mark Linnett try and three penalties from full back Jim Reed-Daunter. However, with a quarter of an hour remaining Gosforth were leading 16-14. Then came the decisive moment. Moseley fly half, Matt Hardcastle, kicked to the corner following a lineout but did not find touch. There was, however, confusion between the Gosforth wing and full back and the ball rebounded off them into touch giving Moseley the subsequent throw.

The lineout was won by the home side but not cleanly, scrum half, Nick Parry, helped it back and flanker John Morris was able to pick up the loose ball and feed winger, Dave Spiller, who went over in the corner.

Moseley now had to show extreme discipline as Gosforth had David Johnson, the scorer of over 5,000 career points, waiting for any kind of kick to regain the lead. As on many previous occasions the home pack came to the fore and kept the ball tight during the last few minutes and victory went to the home side.

The first part of Moseley’s mission had thus been achieved but what of the news from Goldington Road? All was well as Bedford beat Morley but only by 25 points to ten. So when the dust had settled Newcastle Gosforth were crowned as division champions and promoted and Moseley survived to fight another day.

As the game had taken place at The Reddings the celebration of Newcastle’s championship was to a certain degree overshadowed by Moseley’s jubilation at avoiding the ‘drop’.

The Moseley side on this memorable day was:

Jim Reed-Daunter; Dave Spiller, Ian Bancroft, Bob Massey, Steve Purdy; Matt Hardcastle, Nick Parry; Mark Linnett, Richard Hampton, Neil Lyman, Richard Denhardt, Steve Lloyd, Mike Teague, John Morris, Peter Shillingford (captain).


- Ewart Patrick, Club Historian (and Chief Deputy Car Parker in the club’s elite match day parking team!) We’re always looking for volunteers for this ‘highly trained’, ‘ultra fit’ ‘crack unit’– Ed

Got a question for Ewart? Email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk

PS -. I remember that Newcastle Gosforth match well, especially Spiller's winning try. I think we'd flown 2nd row Denhardt home for the last three games of the season, which we needed to win to finish in the top six and avoid relegation. It paid off with ultra-reliable Denhardt contributing his usual power-packed performance and line-out prowess. - Ed



HELPING YOUR CLUB – BRING SPONSORS IN!

Could your business and personal contact help your club with ADVERTISING and/or SPONSORSHIP?

The success of our great club has only been achieved by the contributions of so many people over the last few years and every little bit you can do on this front, helps.

All introductions would be greatly appreciated. All we need is a name and email address or ‘phone number and an idea of what they may be interested in and/or have a budget for!

Please contact ALAN POTTER at the club office on 0121 443 3631or (m) 07796 171214 or email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk



GREATER BIRMINGHAM SEVENS

Great day out as Sutton and Boyce’s Barbs win big!

Billesley Common was bathed in warm spring sunshine last Saturday May 15th. Even the traditional ‘breeze’ was absent giving excellent spectating conditions and hard pitches for running sevens.

The tournament, now in its fifth year, is in memory of Aaron Boyce who played his Mini and Junior rugby at Moseley up until his tragically early death some six years ago and his brother, Ben, ensures his side (Boyce’s Barbarians) are always competitive at this event.

The tournament was once again organised on a group basis with teams qualifying for the afternoon knock out sections in either the Cup (top two teams from each pool) or Plate.

On hand to present the trophies and awards was James Rodwell – current England Sevens player. James, who joined Moseley as a Colt whilst at Birmingham University, passed 100 first team appearances for Moseley in the RFU Championship last season. He has represented England in the last two years of the International Rugby Board (iRB) World Sevens around the globe.

Plate
The Plate saw Boyce’s Barbarians overwhelm Moseley Oak B on their way to eventually winning this section of the tournament with a close affair in the final against Blue Waves (Kettering).

Plate Semi Finals
Moseley Oak B
10-43
Boyce's Barbarians
Blue Wave
34-5
Harborne

Plate Final
Boyce's Barbarians
29-17
Blue Wave

Cup
In the qualifying stages Moseley Colts had an impressive win over Harborne (52-5) before the more experienced Akkies (Loughborough students) edged them out (17-21) in the afternoon knockouts. Akkies were eventually dumped out in the semi finals by the eventual winners Sutton Coldfield (28-7).

Moseley Oak A qualified in straightforward fashion from their group including big wins (27-0) against Jokers (Bromsgrove) and Moseley Oak B. After going behind in the quarter final against 7s specialists Old Thatched Tavern, Oak made an impressive come back using their pace and power (31-12).

This year’s runners up Bournville squeezed past Moseley Oak A in the other semi final having had a fairly untroubled run up to this stage.

Cup Quarter Finals
Moseley Oak A
31-12
Old Thatched Tavern
OBOSH
7-22
Bournville
Akkies
21-17
Moseley Colts
Sutton Coldfield
33-5
Jokers

Cup Semi Finals
Moseley Oak A
21-24
Bournville
Akkies
7-28
Sutton Coldfield

Cup Final
Bournville
12-24
Sutton Coldfield

Cup Winners: Sutton Coldfield; Cup Runners Up: Bournville
Plate Winners: Boyce's Barbarians; Plate Runners Up: Blue Wave (Kettering)

A big Moseley "Thank you" to everyone who helped in the organisation of the day, and to the players, officials and spectators. See you all next year! – Terry Davies


Editors Note: A Special Thank you must go to the most modest organiser of this event, Terry Davies, who put in many hours making this such a success. Due to this and his other unseen but invaluable contributions to the club, he was worthy winner of the prestigious “Moseley clubman of the Year” trophy at the recent club awards dinner.



MOSELEY OAK –WANTED!

Moseley Oak – Coach or Player/Coach for 2010/11

Moseley Oak is an ambitious and progressive club and is currently seeking an aspiring player coach (minimum RFU Level 2 - preferably a forward).

The successful candidate will provide coaching sessions on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 22nd June 2010 and play Saturday throughout the 2010/11 season. Remuneration will be dependent upon experience and qualifications.

If you fit these criteria and have the ability and desire to unlock the potential of a young and improving squad while remaining within the Moseley family at Billesley please contact:

John Richards on 07836 233 487 or Ben Jowett on 07528 446 234



SEASON’S HIGHLIGHTS

Camera Shake has been doing his best impression of Steven Spielberg in producing an excellent video review of the 2009/10 season

You can access by clicking on the link below.............thanks CS!

http://www.mygreatvideos.co.uk/seasonclips.php



MPA - “THE NOT SO GREEN GRASS OF HOME”

“Tommo turns sixty”
Legendary groundsman Alan “Tommo” Thomas, the wizard who can turn green fields into deserts, has celebrated his 60th birthday.
And a host of tributes were paid to the Welsh boyo at a surprise party held at Moseley Ashfield cricket club where Tommo prepares the wickets.
Wisely, Moseley rugby club have never let him near the pitch since their move to Billesley Common; instead he is master of all trades, from doing the laundry to cleaning the clubhouse, and tapping many a pint on the way.
Incidentally, talking of pints, by 9pm on the great day, after sorting out a Sevens tournament at Billesley, Tommo was on his 16th. Many men would not have been standing. But what about that desert?
It was when he was in charge of Moseley’s former ground at the Reddings and he somehow managed to lace the pitch with the wrong concoction. One of his many mates, Ross Reyburn, recalled: “There was not a blade of grass for three months. There was so much sand it was like the Sahara Desert.” And when Birmingham Post rugby correspondent Michael Blair inquired of the problem, the ever tactful Tommo told him to ‘eff off’.
Back in the 1970s Tommo was the star winger in the days when Moseley were the best side in England.
Arriving from Llanelli, he made his debut in 1972 and continued to maintain his place into the mid Eighties. To illustrate how long ago that was a club spotlight report from the time lists his favourite television programmes as Minder and Jackanory and his favourite record as Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
Except that might just have been a bit tongue in cheek as his stated personal ambition was to remain sober for three consecutive days (safe to say he’s never achieved that!) and meet Moseley’s then fly half and England international Martin Cooper “when he’s got money” (safe to say he’s never achieved that either!).
Tommo has an old-fashioned approach to discipline. Working down at Britannic Park, Ashfield’s second ground, he spotted two kids attempting to steal his bike. Seeing him appear from a distance but not realising they had been spotted, the pair along with the booty took cover in the score box.
Where they got the shock of their lives when Tommo flung open the door, uttering the ominous words: “Hello boys.” Asked whether they’d received a clip round the ear, the wizard replied: “Aye, one of them cried as well.”
Then there was the time when a fight broke out in his favourite hostelry, the Village pub in Moseley. It is claimed – though one suspects this may have been embellished a little – that when Tommo moved in as ‘peacemaker’ there were three scrapping and by the end 40 had entered the fray.
Oh and he also has a knack with the birds. The crows – you thought I had something else in mind, be honest – down Britannic I’m talking about. The gang are lead by an evil invalid with half a leg. They dig holes in the pitch and have even been known to steal bails during games. Tommo’s solution is to get an old stump, bang it on the side of the shed, so producing a sound like gunfire … and they’re off. Until the next time.
Tommo is variously described as “a pain in the arse”, “moans like a kitten” but “as loyal as a dog”. If he likes you nothing is too much trouble. Or, as veteran sporting figure Ken Birrell put it, alluding to some dodgy roller disco fracas in France: “Tommo has got me into as much trouble as I have got him into.”
What a bloke!
www.duckersanddiving.co.uk
Footnote:
Apparently Tommo’s excuse for turning the Reddings into a desert was that we had a few soldiers from the Royal Stafford Regiment playing for us at the time and he therefore deliberately turned it into a practice area for Operation Desert Storm!


MOSELEY PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Anyone who has played for ANY Moseley team is able to join the MPA and is most welcome. The MPA plays a key role in keeping former players involved in the club and providing both help and advice to all areas of the club.

We are always pleased to receive any snippets of information about any old players from any of your eras. Please do drop Moseley Matters a line at info@moseleyrugby.co.uk


MPA Goes Hi-Tech?

The MPA now has a Facebook page. To access it you will need to be a Facebook member, but it easy and free to join.

We are hoping to provide a light hearted, easy to use way that old players can stay in touch, exchange stories and upload photos of past or recent club events and games.

The site will be administered by Alan Williams and Jeremy Summers who reserve the right to remove any unsuitable content such as forwards claiming to have scored tries.

We are trying most of all to reconnect with the younger Moseley diaspora to ensure that at next year's lunch the youngest person there is not 45!

That being said the site is there to be used by any former player of any age, any team and any ilk.

We hope you enjoy the site and any photos, stories or news would be very welcome. (I have already added a few photos from last Saturday)

When joining Facebook you are invited to provide personal information. This is only optional and it is not necessary to have any information you provide displayed publicly. We do though recommend that you think carefully about what information you want to be displayed. – Roy Kerr, MPA Membership Secretary

Golf – Two tournaments for Old Players etc this year!

This year there will be two golf tournaments open to all – neither is limited to MPA members (or indeed members of the club). The first in June and the 2nd in September.

Individual Golf Competition 2010
Wednesday 9th June 2010 - Ladbrook park Golf Club

As previously advised arrangements have been made to play the above. The first tee has been reserved from 2.15pm to allow you to arrive for a snack lunch and, perhaps, a couple of jars to steady the nerves before venturing out!
 
The cost is reasonable at £36 for the golf and £15 for the supper afterwards where the dress code is ‘smart casual’.  You are very welcome to bring a guest to this picturesque parkland course where the pro is Garry Alliss whose father is a household name in golf.
 
Even if you are not able to play, come to the supper afterwards, as a few did last year. I look forward to your support. - Tim Edsall

The entry form for the golf day is at the bottom of this newsletter. Please run off and return to Tim.

September – date to be confirmed

The second tournament will once again be held at Moseley Golf Club and again open to all. The date will be on a Friday fixed to coincide with a home fixture in early September. Again – to register interest Please contact James Morris-Adams James@sandmaster.com


Moseley 300 Club - Support Your Club and Win

Former Club President and Moseley Captain, Derek Nutt in conjunction with the Moseley Players Association launched the Moseley 300 Club the aim of which is to provide funds for Moseley's Youth Development.

As our young players grow up through the club we all benefit from any income raised so please do join up – it will only cost you £5 per month and you may win a nice little monthly prize, but more importantly you will be contributing to re-establishing Moseley Youth Development Section as one of the strongest in the country.

The monthly prize draw could net you prizes of £150, £75, £50, or £25.

Please download a Bank Order Mandate available from the home page of the club website (click on the link at the foot of the home page marked 300 Club) and return to the Club Office for the attention of Bryan Skeeles, Secretary of the Moseley Players Association, as soon as possible to make the next draw.

Join the MPA

Former players of ANY Moseley team from ANY era are eligible and very welcome to join the Moseley Players Association. The MPA plays a vital role in the future of the club helping all parts of the club through advice, guidance …………..and occasionally finances!

It also is a great ‘club’ to join and meet up with former team mates at the many
social events they organise. We warmly encourage former players of all ages to
‘sign up’. It costs very little and you’ll get invited to all the events!

Email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk with the heading MPA and your address and
We’ll put you in touch for an information pack.

MPA contacts:

Hon Membership Sec: Roy Kerr; info@moseleyrugby.co.uk
Hon Sec: Bryan Skeeles; 0121 472 0744
Hon Treasurer: George Walters 0121-355-1283
Chairman: Peter Veitch: pv@investabroadproperties.com


THE RFU CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Playoff Tables

Pool A

Team P W D L F A B Pts Pts
Bristol Rugby 6 5 0 1 189 86 4 24 (SF)
Bedford Blues 6 4 0 2 154 125 4 20 (SF)
Cornish Pirates 6 2 0 4 98 158 2 10
Plymouth Albion 6 1 0 5 57 129 1 5

Pool B

Team P W D L F A B Pts Pts
Exeter Chiefs 6 4 0 2 181 86 4 20 (SF)
London Welsh 6 4 0 2 108 110 2 18 (SF)
Nottingham 6 2 0 4 98 141 2 10
Doncaster Knights 6 2 0 4 108 158 1 9

Pool C

Team P W D L F A B Pts Pts
Rotherham Titans 6 5 0 1 188 116 7 27
Moseley 6 2 0 4 153 132 8 16
B’ham & Solihull 6 3 0 3 158 169 3 13
Coventry 6 2 0 4 82 164 2 10 (R)

* B’ham & Solihull deducted 2 points for incorrect player registration.

Congratulations to Exeter on winn ing the two leggeed final and gaining promotion to the Premiership.



MIDLANDS RUGBY NEWS

Keep up with the latest rugby news in

Brian Dick writes on rugby in/on …………

- The Birmingham Post (now weekly on Thursdays)
- The Birmingham Mail (Daily)
- The Sunday Mercury (well…….Sunday!)

Or go on line at
www.birminghampost.net
www.birminghammail.net
www.sundaymercury.net

Paul Bolton writes on rugby union……..

- The Daily Telegraph, The RFU website and The N Mids website


Brian Dick’s Rugby Round Up Show

Brian Dick's weekly Rugby Round-Up video show is on the Birmingham Mail website.

Find it here: http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-videos-pictures/

It features interviews, new photos, Brian Dick's match analysis and a look ahead to the weekend's fixtures.

Let us know what you think and how it should be improved…..

- Paul Bradley, Multimedia Editor, Birmingham Post and Mail, Sunday Mercury
paul.bradley@birminghammail.net

at http://www.mygreatvideos.co.uk/



SUMMER FITNESS

Getting the right balance

Those of you already contemplating your intensive summer fitness programme in readiness for next season might be interested in a recent Radio 4 programme discussing issues around hydration, including exercise and fluid balance. You can listen to the broadcast at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006th1n

Thanks to Jane for pointing this out!



REPRESENTATIVE

North Midlands trounce Eastern Counties
by Paul Bolton 15 May 2010

North Midlands 87–10 Eastern Counties

North Midlands improved their prospects of reaching the final of the County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Second Division by trouncing Eastern Counties 87-10 in a one-sided contest at Stourbridge's Stourton Park ground today.

North Midlands ran in 13 tries, eleven of them converted by Newport fly-half James Curgenven, in what is believed to be their record winning score.

There were four tries for Malvern's former Moseley and Birmingham & Solihull winger James Aston in a dominant display by North Midlands who will progress to the final on May 29 if they do not lose their last group match against Warwickshire at Rugby Lions on May 22.

"We lost a bit of shape for a time in the second half when we made a few substitutions but we knew that we were going to sacrifice a bit of structure to give people game time," said North Midlands' head coach Alan Hubbleday.

"But we were really pleased with the boys, they applied themselves well today and they maintained the intensity for around 65 minutes. The boys can feel very proud of themselves for their efforts and we are looking forward to Warwickshire next week."

Eastern Counties had restricted Warwickshire to a 24-8 win last week but they struggled to cope with the physicality of the North Midlands pack and the pace of their backs.

Aston scored the opening try after just three minutes and there was no respite for Eastern Counties after their long journey as North Midlands scored at a point-a-minute for most of the first half.

Luctonians centre Leon Mells (two) Hereford flanker Guy Thompson, Aston again and Coventry full-back Ollie Winter all scored tries before the break but Eastern Counties hit back when number eight Alex Sautar of North Walsham crossed from close range late in the first half and full-back Peter Clifford (Hartpury College) added the conversion to go with an earlier penalty.

North Midlands lost some of their shape for a time in the third quarter when the coaches used the rolling substitution regulation which is being trialled in the County Championship season.

Their only try in that period came when replacement scrum-half Ollie Williams of Luctonians darted over after a break by Moseley number eight Mark Evans from the base of a scrum.

But North Midlands' superior fitness told in the final quarter as they ran in six unanswered tries the pick of them a length-of-the-pitch effort from Stourbridge wing Chris Tennuci.

Aston completed his hat-trick, flanker Bruce Thomas (Nottingham University) galloped over after good work by Stourbridge prop Andi Lawrence, Worcester Warriors scrum-half Ollie Frost rounded off a sustained attack and Curgenven went over from half way after an Eastern Counties move broke down.

There was still time left for Aston, already an England Counties to impress watching Counties XV selector Jim Robinson, by powering over for his fourth try through a demoralised defence.

Eastern Counties:
15 Peter Clifford (Hartpury Coll), 14 Chris Lombard (Old Albanians), 13 Adam Couzens (Hartpury Coll), 12 Toby Berridge (Cambridge), 11 Shane Janse van Vuuren (North Walsham), 10 James Shanahan Capt. (Old Albanians), 9 Bruce van Poortvliet (North Walsham), 1 Matt Richards (Diss), 2 Mark McCall (Nth Walsham), 3 Des Brett (Blackheath), 4 Simon Coleman (Lowestoft & Yarmouth), 5 Soul Pheonix (North Walsham), 6 Chris Kent Beswick (North Walsham), 7 Jimmy Mayhew (Woodbridge), 8 Alex Soutar (North Walsham) . Substitutes: 16 Gareth Clifford (Wymondham), 17 Jonathan Strong (Fakenham), 18 Chris Brown (Wymondham), 19 Nick Greenhall (North Walsham), 20 Rob Wilson (Beccles), 21 Sam Rhodes (North Walsham), 22 Ian Forton (Lakenham-Hewett).

North Midlands RFU:
15 Ollie Winter (Coventry), 14 James Aston (Malvern), 13 Leon Mells (Luctonians), 12 Cameron Mitchell (Birmingham Solihull), 11 Chris Tennuci (Stourbridge), 10 James Curgenven (Newport Salop), 9 Ollie Frost (Worcester Warriors), 1 Craig Voisey (Rotherham), 2 Dan Osleton (Moseley), 3 Andi Lawrence (Stourbridge), 4 Alex Davidson Capt (Birmingham Solihull), 5 Gareth Taylor (Malvern), 6 Bruce Thomas (Nottingham Uni), 7 Guy Thompson (Hereford), 8 Mark Evans (Moseley). Substitutes: 16 Dale Garner (Birmingham Solihull), 17 Anthony Marfell (Luctonians), 18 Will Betts (Birmingham Solihull), 19 Simon Daws (Malvern), 20 Luke Smith (Old Halesonians), 21 Ollie Williams (Luctonians), 22 William Farris (Malvern)

Referee: Tom Davis. Touch Judges: Karl Kirkpatrick & Paul Dickens

Next Match : Saturday, 22 May 2010
Warwickshire v North Midlands (Rugby Lions Ground)



MOSELEY HELPING OTHER N MIDS CLUBS

Services on offer to other N Mids Clubs

Moseley Rugby Club was extremely grateful for the assistance and support provided by the N Mids RFU and our fellow member clubs during our major challenges to keep the club in Birmingham in 2002.

We think that experience taught us a few lessons, especially in humility which may have been lacking at times in some areas of the club.

At the recent excellent Gt. Birmingham Community Clubs initiative run by the RFU, Council Member Peter Grace kindly made a number of references to Moseley and its leading standing in the North Midlands.

We are acutely conscious that Moseley has always traditionally provided the focal point for N. Mids rugby and has a responsibility to other clubs in the area. We have therefore taken on a couple of initiatives with the RFU to try to improve facilities for other N. Mids clubs

Pitch improvements
“Many clubs now signing up for Vertidrain”.

Following the successful launch of the new Vertidrain tractor facility which aerates pitches, many local clubs have been approaching the club to avail themselves of this excellent service which Keith Kent, the RFU Head Groundsman, considers to be “the most important part of pitch maintenance.

Please call Adam at the club on 0121-443-3631 or email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk for further details.


All Weather Pitch

This is a full sized, third generation, rubber crumb pitch which is capable of holding rugby and football matches. It was constructed with (much appreciated) financial assistance from the RFU and Football Foundation. This has provided 35,000 people uses in its first twelve months of operation among twenty four different organisations.

However only 12% of its usage is by Moseley, and although it is very popular during Monday through to Thursday evenings it can often be made available for other rugby clubs - for example when games may be otherwise called off.

Please contact John Caves at the club on 0121-443-3631 to enquire about availability.



BITS’N’PIECES

Contributions wanted!

Can you help with items of interest for the Bits’n’pieces section of Moseley Matters? A couple of paragraphs are plenty – anything with a Moseley theme is most welcome. Please email info@moseleyrugby.co.uk . We are also keen to have contributions for any other section of the newsletter and are particularly interested in hearing from former players – ‘Where are they now’ would be a great section to start up again.


MINI AND JUNIOR SECTION-

Under 7 to Under 16

“Proud Holders of the RFU Club Mark Award”


Moseley M&Js end of season awards party
Saturday 22nd May - 2pm (Awards 2.30pm)

- BBQ
-Bungee run
-‘Parents & Coaches Touch match’
(Friendly match open to all adults, just bring your kit and best game!)
-Free Admission: no tickets, just turn up to celebrate the end of another great season of rugby! Any questions contact Kerri: 07872 496067

Under 15s end of season report

A good season for the Under 15s with a number of new players joining the squad – taking the total number of registered players to 26 which bodes well for next season.

The lads’ game is maturing nicely and the players are showing a greater belief in themselves and their game. This has been seen in a number of games where they have come back from behind to win – something they struggled with as U14s.

The team has a very successful Tour of the Scottish Borders at Easter and showed real mettle against some seasoned opposition.

A very strong representative presence was underlined with eleven players making GB U15s demonstrating the talent that lads have in their squad. Moseley U15s squad has the largest club share of the 15s GB squad. The lads won through to the NM Plate Final and shared their win with Luctonians drawing 10 10.

We should thank our Coaches for their work and tenacity: Mark Saunders, Geoff Cadogan, Geoff Thompson and Rodger Saunders. And lastly thanks to the lads – you’ve given us some great rugby this season.

All the match results (as are ALL the M&J results for all age groups) can be found on www.moseleyrugby.co.uk – click on Mini & Juniors and select the team.

Season summary:
Played: 22; Won: 12; Lost: 7; Drawn: 3; For: 507; Against: 342.
Joint winners: North Midlands Plate

U15 Representative Honours:
North Midlands School of Rugby: Jack Lea & Marlie Lynch (U16s)
Greater Birmingham U15s:Jack Lea, Harry Bailey, Phil Cadogan, Adam Saunders, Oliver Sankey, Adam Bromley, Will Hunt, Ben O’Brien, Kieran Haines, Matt Hurst, Hao Nguyen
Greater Birmingham U16s: Marlie Lynch


Under 11s – End of season report

All in all an excellent season, from a results perspective the Under 11’s enjoyed an 80% win record in games outside festivals including a victory over Worcester.

In festivals we travelled to Sandal where we were slow to start and lost two games before winning two, North Mids where we lost in the semis, Leamington where we recovered from a slow start to finish second and then Moseley where we won.

This was the first victory for this team in a festival having come close over a number of years earned with two minutes of intense defence in the final game that demonstrated intensity levels we have not seen before. An under 11s squad also toured Normandy and was unbeaten on tour – an excellent achievement.

In terms of player progression then we welcomed some newcomers this season, Patrick, “big” Will and Isaac together with the return of Ben, Ollie Perry and Ollie Pryce. These guys have integrated well into the set up and are moving forward, we wish Isaac luck as he moves on to pastures new.

Our forwards played well all season with a front row picked from Luke, Declan, Ben, Ed Pracey and Tom.

In the second row Will H slotted into position early on and was joined by a number of partners throughout the year with the return of Ollie Perry and the move of Alex Gissen into the forwards giving us strength in depth in that position with Alex and Ollie putting in some excellent late season performances. Nik Watkins showed great improvement this season and Patrick and Will contributed in their first season of rugby.

All in all our pack was seldom bettered all season with Declan outstanding, Ed getting stronger in an improving front row and Will H showing consistent game-sense throughout.

The backs started to put together some really attractive running rugby, but also showed that we can defend as well when required. We saw excellent development from Will K and Pablo at scrum half with Pablo also slotting in at fly half when required to accompany the consistency of Jim.

In the centres Alex D-H was always on hand to provide an injection of pace and bravery with Henry providing excellent handling skills and Oshian providing direct running and pace.

On the wing Nathan and Seth proved a great combination with a real improvement in their tackling skills. Dan Everill provided solidity and his usual jinking runs from full-back and Matty Pakes developed at full back too throughout the season.

Ed Bates, Sol Caley, Angus Bradley and Felix Parkes also contributed this season and I hope that they soon return to rugby at Moseley.

In summary then, a great season in which we have tried to move everyone’s skill level forward integrating new players with some old faces. We started to develop options through the team and that is the key to a successful squad. Enjoy the summer break lads, good luck as you move to your new schools and I hope to see you all next season. - Chris Handy

Keep ‘em coming!

Please keep the reports coming in – if your age group hasn’t submitted an end of season report please send it in for the next edition!

 

THE GAMEFACE OF MOSELEY’S NEW KIT SUPPLIER

Moseley Rugby Club has chosen Gameface Sport as its new and exclusive kit supplier.
Under a two-year deal, Gameface will provide all the 1st XV’s playing kit and casual wear and will be the exclusive provider of all club merchandise.
Gameface is a UK based sports clothing brand, specialising in high performance rugby kit, training and leisure wear designing and manufacturing rugby kit in its own factory in Norwich and abroad. While previously focused primarily on the rugby sevens and schools markets this move raises Gameface’s presence by supplying a high profile club that features every weekend in one of the top 12 games of club rugby in England. More images

 

Greater Birmingham 7s tournament – Moseley Rugby Club welcomed everyone to Billesley for the highly regarded Greater Birmingham 7s on May 15th where spectators were rewarded with a combination of high quality seven-a- side rugby, interspersed with end of season frolics from the more social sides. Billesley was bathed in warm spring sunshine and the traditional ‘breeze’ was absent giving excellent spectating conditions and hard pitches for running 7s. More

Moseley shop - END OF SEASON SALE -

Following the appointing of a new kit supplier for next season, we are holding a massive sale of existing Club Shop stock to make way for the new exciting range coming in.

So please visit or call the Club Shop for some not to be missed bargains. You can call Alan in the office (0121-443-3631- pay by credit card and we’ll post to you or collect at your convenience).

REPLICA SHIRTS ADULT reduced! – NOW ONLY £29

SMOCK TOPS ADULT reduced! – NOW ONLY £24

etc, etc. full details

 

SAT 15th May - Greater Birmingham 7s tournament – Moseley Rugby Club welcomed everyone to Billesley for the highly regarded Greater Birmingham 7s on May 15th where spectators were rewarded with a combination of high quality seven-a- side rugby, interspersed with end of season frolics from the more social sides. Billesley was bathed in warm spring sunshine and the traditional ‘breeze’ was absent giving excellent spectating conditions and hard pitches for running 7s.
The tournament, now in its 5th year, is in memory of Aaron Boyce who played his Mini and Junior rugby at Moseley up until his tragically early death some 6 years ago and his brother, Ben, ensures his side (Boyce’s Barbarians) are always competitive at this event.
The tournament was once again organised on a group basis with teams qualifying for the afternoon knock out sections in either the Cup (top two teams from each pool) or Plate. The Plate saw Boyce’s Barabarians overwhelm Moseley Oak B on their way to eventually winning this section of the tournament with a close affair in the final against Blue Waves (Kettering).
                                                    Cup Winners Sutton Coldfield:                                

Knockout stages results:
Plate Semi Finals: Moseley Oak B 10-43 Boyce's Barbarians; Blue Wave 34-5 Harborne
Plate Final: Boyce's Barbarians 29-17 Blue Wave

In the qualifying stages Moseley Colts had an impressive win over Harborne (52-5) before the more experienced Akkies (Loughborough students) edged them out (17-21) in the afternoon knockouts. Akkies were eventually dumped out in the cup semi finals by the eventual winners Sutton Coldfield (28-7).
Moseley Oak A qualified in straightforward fashion from their group including big wins (27-0) against Jokers (Bromsgrove) and Moseley Oak B. After going behind in the quarter final against 7s specialists Old Thatched Tavern, Oak made an impressive come back using their pace and power (31-12).
This year’s runners up Bournville squeezed past Moseley Oak A in the other semi final having had a fairly untroubled run up to this stage.
 

Cup Runners Up: Bournville

 

Cup Quarter Finals
Moseley Oak A 31-12 Old Thatched Tavern; OBOSH 7-22 Bournville
Akkies 21-17 Moseley Colts; Sutton Coldfield 33-5 Jokers


Cup Semi Finals: Moseley Oak A 21-24 Bournville; Akkies 7-28 Sutton Coldfield
Cup Final: Bournville 12-24 Sutton Coldfield

Plate Winners: Boyce's Barbarians;

A big Moseley "Thank you" to everyone who helped in the organisation of the day, and to the players, officials and spectators. See you all next year!

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Club Annual Awards Dinner - 7th May

Richard Stott - was presented with the club Player of the Season award at the annual awards dinner on Friday  7th May. Club President John Beale was on hand  to present a range of awards.

Colt of the Year: Mick Stephens

Moseley Oak Player of the season: Antonio Solomon (former Moseley Colt)


Moseley Oak Clubman of the Year: Jack Richards (former Moseley Colt)

1st XV Most Improved Player: Calum Macburnie (former Moseley Colt)

1st XV Players’ Player: Chevy Pennycook

1st XV Player of the Season: Richard Stott

Clubman of the Year: Terry Davies


Special mention to Jake Stott (aged 17 months) who was presented with a chocolate digestive by Moseley Chief Exec for being the youngest attendee at the dinner (and being extremely well behaved). Before receiving his own award, Jake's father Richard was heard to be complaining that son had more awards than him and he hadn't even started playing rugby!

Bryan Skeeles received a tea bag for being the oldest at the dinner!

Thanks were made to the numerous volunteers that make the club tick - all received a mention, but special thanks were made to 'Grimsey' the club doctor and his team of physios who work miracles on the 1st XV squad. The 'highlight' of the Doc's season was the beautiful stitching on Terry Sigley's leg earlier in the season that received much acclaim from the A&E department on return to Birmingham after the game (well, he is a plastic surgeon, so 50+ stitches are just part of an average day!). Tex was rumoured to have been delighted that due to this high quality and responsive treatment he doesn't have a scar and his legs will be fine on the beach this summer.

 

Ally Muldowney - was presented with the Lionel Moriaty Golden boot following the supporters player of the season vote. Brian Skeeles made the presentation, in the presence of Deborah Moriaty, Lionel's widow,  after the final game of the season at Billesley on Saturday. Golden Boot

 

 

 

 

Club Annual Awards Dinner - 7th May - Individual, corporate and group/team enquiries to Alan Potter, call the club office on 0121 443 3631




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