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Tewkesbury 0 Moseley 59 - April 27 2008
Well what a fantastic finish to the best season Moseley Women's team
have ever had!
The coach journey down was fairly pleasant and the look on a couple of
the oppositions face was priceless as 22 girls 4 coaches and more
supporters than ever before got off the coach. Unfortunately the
regulations for the league only allow 20 players in a team so a big
thanks to Jo Woffinden and Laura Knott who both opted to support instead
The match was played as 12 a side with contested scrums for the first
time this half of the season. Tewkesbury won the toss and decided to
kick off; the ball was well gathered by Kirstie Ashworth starting at out
side centre. After a couple of good carries and breaks the ball was lost
forward in the contact by some strong tackling by Tewkesbury. Their
number 8 at one point lifting prop Katie Pit-bull Mahon clean of the
The resulting scrum saw Tewkesbury break the Moseley defensive line and
their No.8 go steaming toward the try line only to be forced into touch
by Moseley No. 8 Amy Pugh. Moseley won the resulting line out and strong
runs and breaks lead to Amy McGuiness being put in to space and easily
outpace the opposition winger to score to the right of the post. Fly
half Liz Plummer’s conversion attempt going wide.
Moseley again struggled to gain the usual dominance they have shown in
previous matches, due to the strong tackling of Tewkesbury. When
Tewkesbury did gain possession they relied heavily on their No.8 and
when she was wrapped up by the defence, they showed very little
attacking threat. Moseley ground their way forward and were awarded a
couple of penalties which saw them enter the Tewkesbury 22. From here it
was no problem for Lock Lorna Tibbatts to charge across the line, Liz
adding the conversion.
Moseley gained more moment towards the end of the second half and good
hands and a strong break by Amy McGuiness saw Emily Williams put into
space. Emily was brought down just short but good support play saw the
ball retained and driven forward. From the resulting ruck the ball was
passed to Kirstie who showed great vision to open up a half gap and
score. Again Liz finding her mark and adding 2 points.
The last try of the half came from a magnificent break by Emily Williams
who flew down the wing and passed out of the tackle to fellow winger
Wendy hooker who scored to the right of the posts, Liz falling just
short on the conversion. Moseley kept the moment and good grafting by
lock Adrianne Fall saw Moseley remain within in the Tewkesbury half. At
Half time the score was Tewkesbury 0 Moseley 24.
The second half saw Moseley make use of its massive bench, with Jane
Hubble, Adrianne Fall, Amy Pugh, Liz Plummer, and Wendy going off. To be
replace by Hannah Brown, Victoria Frag Clifford, Becky Smith, Liz Webb,
and Candice Pugh. Despite the changes Moseley were soon able to regain
the ball following kick off and hard work by a saw a rolling maul power
across the Tewkesbury line and Kirstie score, Pit-bull missing the kick.
Moseley again struggled to maintain momentum and the usually solid scrum
did wheel and go backwards on a number of occasions. Despite this hard
graft by Lorna, and Frag gave quick ball to scrum half Sarah Robinson.
This gave the backs chance to swing the ball wide, and Candice Pugh was
able to storm up the left wing and score. This time Sarah Robinson drop
kick lacked the legs to add two points. At this point Lorna was replaced
by Louise Nolan playing for the last time in Moseley colours.
Despite a scrappy patch of play and Moseley being kept in their own half
by a couple of knock ons or the occasional interception. The girls never
gave up and some good 'steals' by Becky Smith soon restored some
composer to the side. The backs again linked well and Candice Pugh was
able to get on the end of a move by centres Amy and Kirstie and go
through the middle and score. Pit bull missed the kick and was then
substituted for Caroline
With addition of a fresh pair of legs the Moseley scrum was able to
stand its ground. Using this as a platform the backs were able to link
well and pick a hole in the Tewkesbury defence. Liz Webb running in the
7th Moseley try, again Sarah was unable to add the two points. The final
substitution saw Helen Boyle replace Emily Williams, with Louisa moving
to No. 8 and Becky to the wing.
Moseley again found them selves pegged in their own half and only some
amazing rucking and a real charging ‘carry’ by prop Hannah Brown was
able to get them free. Again hard work by all allowed Becky Smith to get
on the score sheet following another good series of hands by all.
Moseley now seemed to find their stride as Candice completed a hat trick
following more great handling. Becky Smith also scored again showing a
great turn of pace to slip two defenders and score.
Play then stopped for a while on the Tewkesbury 22 as one of their girls
was treated having come off worse trying to tackle one of the Moseley
girls. When play restarted Moseley didn’t miss the chance and Kirstie
completed her hat trick with another fantastic showing of vision.
(Now most will realise that this brings the score to 64-0 however nobody
noticed the mistake on the paper work until after the ref had left).
Play continued until Moseley lost the ball into touch.
Final score Tewkesbury 0 Moseley 59(64).
The forward-of-the-match award, thanks to some really good hands and one
particularly spectacular carry, Hannah Brown. The back-of-the-match,
Kirstie Ashworth, having played her best game of the season and showed
great vision in scoring and setting up tries. So Moseley Women are now
the undefeated champions of National Championship 2 West Midlands,
having played 16, won 16, scored 845, and conceded only 27.
Moseley 61 Cleobury Mortimer 5
The Moseley ladies final home match was expected to be their toughest
match in the second half of the season - the girls won the away fixture
by only 24 points. Thanks to a very impressive defensive display by the
This time however Cleobury had only 12 players and had opted to go
uncontested in the scrum. Cleobury kicked off and the ball was caught
well by Adrienne Fall, Moseley then proceeded to play the ball through
hands with some nice hands off and loops however the girls were trying
to play the game at too high a tempo and a pass went just forward of
Kate Crowley who looked certain to score.
With uncontested scrums there was no chance for Moseley to regain
possession but good tackling and lots of pressure saw Cleobury forced to
kick, the ball failed to find touch and was gathered by Emily Webb.
Again Moseley played the phases and passed well but missed an over lap
as Kate Crowley missed Candice on her shoulder and instead took the ball
in to contact 10 meters out from the try line. From here the forwards
drove the ball on and Lorna Tibbatts was able to stretch and score,
Sarah Robinson unable to add the two points.
Moseley claiming the ball from the restart again trying to play the game
at high tempo to get out of their own half, however the ball was dropped
backwards and rather than diving on it Katie `pit-bull' Mahon made a
desperate kick at it only for a Cleobury winger to pick the ball up and
run round Moseley's bunched defensive line and score, their fly half
also missing the conversion.
Cleobury, taking the restart well, spent a long time in Moseley's half.
Hard work by the forwards put Moseley back in possession and Amy
McGuiness put her body on the line to go storming up the middle. I think
the Cleobury girls will still be feeling those impacts even now!
The net result of this brought Moseley another try when quick ball from
the resulting ruck saw stand off Kirstie Ashworth put Kate Crowley away
to score Moseley's second, "Pit-bull" going short on the kick.
Another good take at the restart by Adrienne saw Moseley going driving
back up the field again, a further series of loops and good support work
by the forwards saw Amy McGuiness rewarded with a try Pit-bull again
missing the kick. Moseley again had to work hard from the restart with
several near breaks by Kate, both Amy's, and Candice all being held up
by Cleobury's strong defensive play. Kate was finally able to slip
through a couple of tackles and score under the posts Sarah Robinson's
drop kick conversion adding two points.
Moseley were again made to work hard with ball changing hands though
knock ons and kicks or loose passes into touch. Despite the change in
hooker from last week Moseley were as ever dominant in the lineout, this
as always provided a strong platform for our backs to run off but again
Moseley struggled to compete with a streetwise Cleobury. Fortunately the
ref caught them diving over on two occasions, and quick taps saw
Cleobury give away another penalty resulting in pit-bull crossing to
score, but again her kick failed to reach its target.
At this point substitutions were made with Adrienne and Pit-bull both
coming off to be replaced by Jane Hubble and Helen Boyle. Both new
comers were easily able to slot into the side and keep up with the
fantastic pace of the game. The final try came from some nice hands in
the backs. Liz Plummer came on for Amy McGuiness and put Candice Pugh in
a in great position to slip two defenders and score, Sarah pushing the
conversion wide. Half time score Moseley 32 Cleobury Mortimer 5.
The second half started at just as good a pace as the first with Moseley
regaining the ball from the kick with some great pressure from the
forwards resulting in a Cleobury kick being gathered by Candice who kept
her head and stayed on her feet till support arrived. Moseley again
played the phases and seeing a gap Kirstie Ashworth dived over the line
and a Cleobury player to score a try at a somewhat uncomfortable looking
angle, Sarah pulling short on the kick.
Moseley’s next two tries came from some impressive breaks by Kate
Crowley who linked well with Kirstie, Amy Pugh and Liz to slice open the
Cleobury defence. Sarah went wide with the first kick and Liz Plummer
failed to find her range with the second.
Further substitutions in the second half saw Amy McGuiness return to the
field on the wing replacing Candice and the welcome return of Caroline
who replaced Hannah Brown as prop (Hannah having worked like a trooper
throughout her time on the field and is a very welcome addition to the
side this season).
Cleobury were on the offensive again and looked to have broken the
Moseley defence with ease, but Amy Pugh who had been covering well all
match, forced a missed pass which went in to touch.
Moseley scored again when Kate having made yet another a storming break
was brought down in the Cleobury 22. Captain Amy Pugh quickly picked up
from the base of the ruck and dived for the line closely supported by
Kirstie, who had a hand in grounding the ball. Both girls deciding that
as Kirstie had already scored one try this one should go to Amy, the
conversion was added by Liz.
Cleobury never gave up and forced Moseley to knock on, or managed to
isolate and turn players. Moseley defence was tested and the Cleobury
fly half, showing a great turn of pace, looked to have broken away down
the wing only to be put into touch by a good hit from Liz.
The last try of the game came from Amy McGuiness who showed great
strength to go tearing up the middle to score, Liz again adding two
points. Play continued from the restart till a great tackle by Cleobury
caused Kate to spill the ball forward and the match to end - final score
Moseley 61 Cleobury Mortimer 5.
Moseley were given plenty of praise by the Cleobury coach after the
match, and I think that this was certainly the sort of game Moseley need
if they are to go on and do well next year against stronger opposition
in the league above.
Moseley players of the match Adrienne Fall in the forwards and Kate
Crowley in the backs.
Shrewsbury 0 Moseley 79
- April 6th 2008
Despite waking to a couple of inches of snow in Birmingham, the ground
at Shrewsbury was unfrozen, so the match was able to go ahead. The match
stuck to the usual theme this season of being played with less than 15
(13 in this case 7 forwards 6 backs) and going uncontested at the
scrummage. Moseley received the kick at the start but play was scrappy
and the ball was turned over in the ruck. Despite this Moseley turned
the ball over again from a knock on by Shrewsbury.
The play remained
scrappy until a good series of hands saw Candice Pugh take a high pass
and sprint clear to score on the left wing, Liz Plummer falling just
short on the conversion. Shrewsbury were again on the assault with very
aggressive rucking. Moseley at times looked to be losing the usual
forwards dominance. Despite this with an excellent turn of pace Amy
McGuinness was able to break through to score under the post, this time
the woodwork denying the conversion. The third try for Moseley was
identical to the first, Candice Pugh being put into space on the left
wing to score under the posts. This time Liz slotted the conversion.
Hard graft by the forwards especially Jane Hubble, who on a number of
occasions was smashing through the defence, gave centre Amy McGuinness
chance to show her great running lines and turn of pace to score twice
more. Liz making one kick, while going wide with the other. The forwards
again struggled with the aggressive rucking of Shrewsbury, but when
Moseley knocked on or got turned over due to bodies being on the wrong
side of rucks, control of the ball was quickly regained by some great
tackling, Candice and Amy McGuinness getting special mention here for
some fantastic tackles in both halves. Moseley scored again following a
period of scrappy play, as Victoria ‘Frag’ Clifford found herself in the
open and she easily out-paced the defence to score. Liz again falling
just short with the kick. The final try of the half came from an
impressive run from Emily Williams who scored under the posts, Liz
finding her range added the conversion half time score Moseley 41
The second half opened with a second hat trick for Amy McGuinness whose
form has gone from strength to strength of late. Her first two tries of
this half coming from brilliant breaks. The third came from a well timed
pass out of contact by Captain Amy Pugh to centre Liz Webb who had come
on for Helen Boyle (who has just returned from an ankle surgery). Liz
who needed three players to bring her down was able to pop the ball to
Amy McGuinness who ran in the try. Liz was able to make all but one of
the conversions. Despite several further attempts at breaks by
Shrewsbury, Moseley were able to stop them and in the line out Captain
Amy Pugh had a fantastic showing, winning every throw of the match
Moseley only throwing themselves three times. Amy Pugh showing great
strength taking two players into touch a one point.
The next try for Moseley came from Katie ‘pit-bull’ Mahon who, having
worked hard all match, found herself in space as the game again became
quite scrappy. Pit-bull did not look pleased at having to sprint but did
well as she was nearly pulled up short by an impressive tackle, Liz
making the kick. Moseley scored again when another pair of fresh legs
was added in the form of hooker Moira Boot. This bolstered the forwards
and allowed them to put Candice Pugh into space to complete a hat trick
on her first full game. Liz again adding two points. The final try came
from Liz Webb who despite being held up earlier was able to break clear
of the defence and score. The woodwork again thwarting Liz’s conversion
attempt. Full time score Moseley 79 Shrewsbury 0. Moseley players of the
match Jane Hubble for the forwards, for her hard work and sheer
determination, and Amy McGuinness for the backs, for her amazing
tackling and even better breaks and running lines.
Worcester II -0 Moseley - 84
March 2nd 2008.
As the score would suggest this was a very convincing performance from
Moseley. The away side were in charge from the kick off, utterly
dominated the line out and were too powerful for Worcester in the loose.
Moseley’s support play was excellent and this was a committed
performance from a full squad of 18 as the substitutes who joined in the
second half made a definite impact.
Victoria Clifford and Emily Williams were
justifiably Moseley’s players of the match, but there was a long line of
contenders queuing behind them for honours. The usual suspects performed
well in the forwards. In particular, Adrianne Fall, Katie Mahon, Louisa
Nolan and Liz Dziergas, were always looking for work and making ground.
Liz Plummer had an excellent first half at outside half and the rest of
the backs worked well together, in particular Becky and Emily. Promotion
is looking increasingly likely for Moseley as their points difference
passes 600 for the season, is 1000 out of the question?
Moseley 66 Shrewsbury 10 January 28th 2008
After rearranging the fixture because Shrewsbury couldn’t find enough
players, it was a real surprise to see them turn up with 18 players when
the Moseley ladies could only field 16. Even more interesting was the
size of the pack and the fact that in November they couldn’t play
contested scrums and today they were still unable. The game started with
Moseley receiving the kick going straight into touch. Moseley took the
scrum infield but despite good handling by the backs and forwards the
ball was lost forward in contact. Play continued to go backward and
forward with Moseley getting the ball back by stalling Shrewsbury’s
mauls and good steals by the back row. It seemed that Moseley were
failing to click, until Moseley No. 8 Amy Pugh picked up from the base
of a scrum side stepped the defence and ran half the pitch to score
under the post, the conversion added by Liz Plummer.
Despite being first on the score sheet Moseley still didn’t find that
spark although a flash of brilliance saw flanker Becky Smith burst
through to score to the left of the post. Liz failed to convert. The
restart didn’t go that well after the ball landed on Becky’s feet and
went forward so the ref awarded a scrum inside the Moseley 22. Despite
some hard work in defence Shrewsbury managed to cross the line in the
corner, their fly half missing the kick. This galvanised Moseley and
another good steal saw Moseley play the ball through the hands drawing
the defence to give Emily room to run from the corner to touch under the
post, Liz adding the conversion. The next try came from inside centre
Kate Crowley who ran though to score under the post, Liz again adding
the points. Moseley scored again this time the ball going through the
hands till centre Amy McGuiness saw a gap and crossed the line, Liz
adding the points just before the half time whistle.
The second half started as the first began with a well worked try by the
Moseley back line, again Amy McGuiness adding the finishing touch with
Liz adding the 2 points. Moseley’s next try came form Kate Crowley who
ran though 6 defenders and then half the pitch uphill to score under the
post, again Liz adding the conversion. Kate was then given a break and
winger Liz Webb was given a chance to try her hand at centre while
Candice Pugh came on to the wing. Not to be out done Amy McGuiness
completed her hat trick in the same style as Kate with Liz Plummer
keeping up the excellent kicking rate. Shrewsbury then managed to keep
Moseley in their own half. Amy McGuiness taking a blow to the nose had
to go off as a blood replacement Kate returning to the field.
Unfortunately the Moseley defence couldn’t hold and the Shrewsbury fly
half scored in the corner but was unable to convert.
Moseley then reclaimed the ball from the restart, but hooker Elizabeth
Dziergas had to go off with injured ribs so a patched up Amy McGuiness
had to go in the back row. Play restarted with a Shrewsbury scrum, but
the ball that was won back by good Moseley defence and was passed to
Wendy Hooker who ran 70 meters weaving through the defence only to put
the ball down 5 meters short of the line, luckily centre Liz Webb was
able to ruck over and No. 8 Amy Pugh picked up and placed the ball over
the line, Liz was unable to make the kick. The final try came from Liz
Webb who managed to side step her way through the opposition, Liz
Plummer adding the conversion. The match finished with a kick from
Shrewsbury into touch. Moseley player of the match Liz Plummer thanks to
her 8 out of 10 conversions and her good distribution and organisation
of the backs.
Final Score 66-10 to Moseley
Eccleshall 0 Moseley 15 - January 21st
With weather conditions far worse than last week, it would be forgiven
to think that today’s match would not have gone ahead. However, despite
the opposition having to change venue, and then the grounds keepers
having to remove the surface water from the pitch using black bins, the
match did go ahead and it proved to be a close forward battle. Moseley
kicked off and chased down well though they were able to steel
possession only to knock on. This was the start of a running theme
throughout the match, with conditions bad it was scrum after scrum.
Again, Moseley were able to wrestle possession by forcing Eccleshall to
knock on. With a brilliant burst of speed of the base of the scrum and
then some beautiful running lines team captain Amy Pugh was able to get
Moseley inside Eccleshall 22. Then determined work by forwards Frag, Ade
and Lorna, scrum half Charlotte Houlder was able to cross the try line
while being well supported by fly half Kristie Ashworth. Flanker Becky
Smith missed the kick.
Moseley struggled to get out of their half following the restart with
both sides losing and gaining passion through a series of turnovers and
knock on’s. Moseley finally got out of their half after scrum half
Charlotte was heavily stamped on by the opposition number 7 who saw
yellow for her over active feet. Eccleshall had no subs and were soon
reduced to 13 players as there scrum half went off injured. Despite the
2 man advantage Moseley could make little ground with the referees
liking of the phrase ‘knock on’ and ‘poor hands’ by Moseley. It was only
after some good rucking and several steals by the flankers Becky and
Lorna that Moseley started to gain ground. Then a good pop pass from Amy
Pugh to Frag saw the Moseley lock gain 15 meters closely supported by
hooker Elizabeth Dziergas. More hard work by all the forwards saw
Adriennne Fall cross the line, Becky going wide of the uprights. The end
of the first half saw Eccleshall restored to 14 men but no change to the
score line. Although Eccleshall did come close, due to a series of
penalties and knock ons, a last ditch tackle by Becky saved the day.
The second half saw the injured scrum half return for Eccleshall, and
very much of a similar style of game to the first half with lots of
scrums. However it has to be said that Moseley seem to be have gained
the upper hand and were taking scrums against the head as well as
pushing Eccleshall back on a couple of occasions despite Eccleshall
weight advantage. Eccleshall tried to make ground by kicking the ball
deep however good hands and a level headiness by full back Wendy Hooker
saw Moseley keep Eccleshall out. Moseley struggled with Ecclehall’s
seven who is either new or has some incriminating photos of the referee
as she was able to avoid binding in the scrum or being offside as well
as some dubious off the ball antics. Despite all this Charlotte was able
to boss the game well and with substitutions at fly half and lock
Moseley were able to inject some more pace while maintaining good form
thanks to Liz Plummer and Louisa Nolan’s experience.
Moseley finally managed to score again after hard work resulted in
Moseley being awarded a penalty inside Eccleshall 22 which was well run
by Lorna resulting in a rolling maul just short of the line with
Charlotte crossing the line and Liz going wide of the post on the
conversion. Eccleshall gained the advantaged in the final 15 minutes of
the match, the result was that Moseley’s defence was surly tested and
not found wanting. It took real character by both forwards and backs to
keep their heads and not concede a try. Final changes saw Kristie’s
return to the pitch as flanker for Lorna who in the captain’s opinion
was the forward of the match, and Moira Boot replace Elizabeth as
hooker. Eccleshall came close at one point but Moseley turned over the
ball only to have the referee give the scrum to Eccleshall which
infuriated Moseley coach Derek Nutt. Even with the changes to the pack
Moseley were able to win three straight scrums and finish the game with
a clean score sheet. The back and player of the match in my opinion has
to be Charlotte who has never played scrum half before this, but did a
fantastic job and should defiantly make the starting line up next week.
Final Score 15-0
Moseley 32 Bridgnorth 0 - January 13th
A disappointing start for Moseley who were expecting to play a game with
a full compliment of players, only to be let down by Bridgnorth's short
numbers at the last minute. In the end we played 13 aside. At
Bridgnorths request we agreed to play a 'double '. (The points won today
will be carried over to the next scheduled match which has now been
Weather conditions were poor with a fierce cross wind. From the outset
Moseley found it difficult to maintain a good shape and gave away far to
many penalties due to silly mistakes. Basic ball handling errors and a
lot of forward passes meant Moseley lost the ball on several occasions
and for the longest time in the season so far we found ourselves on the
defensive. However several successful turnover balls and forced errrors
enabled us to win the ball back and eventually score.
It’s worth mentioning Kirstie who worked hard all first half to find any
gaps leaving the opposition confused as to whether she was a forward or
back! Some just and hard words from the coach at half time and some
fresh energy from the the likes of Becky and Charlie helped give some
more shape to our game in the second period.
We went from ‘inappropriate’ ball handling in the wind to going into
contact. The change in tactics paid off with the final score 32-0. This
is no time for Moseley women to rest on their laurels. With the defeats
of last season on the oppositions mind they will be out to beat us!
Moseley 96 – Tewkesbury 0 - December 2nd
'They’ll be dancing in the
streets of Moseley tonight’, as a certain former commentator may have
said after this performance, although the rate at which Moseley women
ran in tries might have made the job one for Murray Walker rather than
Bill McClaren. Despite playing 14 as side at the request of Tewkesbury,
and contending with a howling cross field wind, Moseley scored 18 tries
and 3 conversions to win by 96 points to 0 against a Tewkesbury team who
stuck at their task, but were simply unable to cope with the power and
commitment of the home team. I have been watching Moseley women for 3
years and I firmly believe that this was the best performance I have
seen to date – and it has had some competition this season. Although the
conditions led to errors and fumbles at times, this was a demolition
derby of power and control from a pack which was impressive as a unit in
both loose and tight, linking well through a rampant back row to a
backline which is now permeated by precision, pace and handling ability
in every position.
Tewkesbury kicked off into the strong wind and Moseley conceded a scrum
through a fumbled catch. However, the home team regained possession and
territory to find themselves in a midfield maul on the Tewkesbury 22
meter line. The ball came back to Kate Crowley in the centre who ran in
the first Moseley try after 5 minutes. Moseley again fumbled the kick
off receipt, but normal service resumed as the ball was stolen back by
flanker Louisa Nolan, whose support play, handling and tackling were
outstanding in the first half. Having won the ball, Louisa passed neatly
to Sarah Robinson who broke 30 meters up field before. Sarah returned
the ball to Louisa in support, and Louisa linked in turn to No 8 Amy
Pugh who scored the first of her four tries. Katie Mahon converted and
the score was 12-0 Moseley after 10 minutes.
Following the restart, Emily Williams broke from the Moseley 10 metre
line to the Tewkesbury 22 before the ball was lost to Tewkesbury. A
scrappy series of rucks followed, but Moseley regained possession and
Amy Pugh was in support wide on the left to take the ball over the line
for a second unconverted try. 17 - 0 Moseley. Louisa Nolan was prominent
again after the kick off, receiving the ball from Katie Mahon after a 10
meter break, and initiating a series of short driving rucks before she
reappeared to harass Tewkesbury into conceding a scrum in their own 22
meter line. Amy Pugh picked and ran from the base of the scrum for her
hat trick try. 22-0 Moseley.
Amy Pugh was back in action again in the build up to the next try
following yet another big No 8 pick up, and a massive break up field
from the restart. Excellent support from centres Amy McGuinness and Kate
Crowley, along with Aid Fall, put standoff Kirstie Ashworth in for the
first of her own hat trick of tries. Moseley 27, Tewkesbury 0. Pressure
built again straight from the restart with a series of phases
culminating in a 15 meter break from Kate Crowley on halfway. The ball
was taken on by the back row before it was moved right to Amy
McGuinness, who in turn linked to Emily Williams on the 22 meter line to
put Emily in for her first try. Moseley 32 Tewkesbury 0. More of the
same followed the restart. A powerful maul from Moseley with Victoria
Clifford, as ever, in the thick of it, led to a 20 meter break from
Heather Smith (deservedly Moseley’s forward of the match) and an off
load to hooker Liz Dzergias who scored her first try for Moseley. Katie
Mahon added the conversion, Moseley 39, Tewkesbury 0.
Amy Pugh’s fourth try came as Moseley stole the ball from Tewkesbury on
their 22 meter line and Amy picked and ran from the base of a ruck to
cross the line. Minutes later it was Victoria Clifford’s turn to score
after some good work from Emily Williams and Amy McGuinness in support.
Victoria was straight back in the action minutes later, leaping like an
electrocuted salmon to catch and drive from the restart, her second
clean take from a kick off in two weeks!!!!! Kate Crowley took the ball
on making good ground again before Amy McGuinness touched down for her
first try. The final try of the half came, once more, from Emily
Williams as scrum half Sarah Robinson broke from a scrum on half way
releasing Kirstie Ashworth and Amy McGuinness to take the ball on. Emily
gathered from a ruck on the Tewkesbury 22 meter line to run in under the
posts. Moseley 59 Tewkesbury 0 at half time.
Undeterred by a strengthening wind in the second half Moseley came close
to scoring twice early in the half. A third attempt was narrowly missed
as back row Lorna Tibbets, who had replaced Louisa Nolan at half time,
managed to cross the line but couldn’t ground the ball. However, once
again Kirstie Ashworth was on hand to take the points. Moseley’s next
try, their 13th, clearly demonstrates their current strength. Tewkesbury
kicked off and Sarah Robinson gathered. The ball was moved to Aid Fall,
Amy Pugh and on to Kirstie Ashworth. A further 10 meters came with close
driving support from the forwards with Aid, Amy Pugh, Lorna and Victoria
working particularly hard. Tewkesbury cleared to touch but Amy Pugh won
a clean line out at No 2 and Lorna broke 10 meters downfield, crossing
the Tewkesbury 22 meter line. Kirstie Ashworth took the ball on from the
ruck and passed to Amy McGuinness, who returned it to her running on a
loop to score under the posts. A drop goal conversion from Sarah
Robinson followed. This was a try which showed all Moseley's skill,
strength, vision and ruthless execution. Moseley 71 Tewkesbury 0.
Two further tries followed, one from Liz Webb in the left hand corner
following a break from Amy McGuinness, and a further try from Amy
McGuinness herself after Sarah Robinson, who had an excellent game,
stole the ball from the base of the Tewkesbury scrum. A brace of tries
for Candice Pugh, one on each wing, moved the score on to 91 – 0, before
the final try of the match confirmed the reason why Liz Webb was named
as player of the match from the back line. Having made a fine try saving
tackle on her own line, Liz chased Sarah Robinson’s clearance kick and
gathered on half way before sprinting 50 meters to score her second and
Moseley’s 18th of the match. Moseley 96 Tewkesbury 0.
At this point, as a responsible match reporter, I have paid close
attention to Victoria Clifford’s request that I refrain from mentioning
the fact that she dropped the ball over the Tewkesbury try line in the
final minutes while in a certain scoring position which would have taken
Moseley over the century. Consequently, I will make no reference to it.
In any case, it would be grossly unfair to Victoria who had another
tremendous game and thoroughly deserved her earlier try having given
To say this was a fine Moseley performance is a massive understatement.
The team displayed the full range of rugby skills from every player in
every position, as demonstrated by the fact that their 18 tries were
scored by 9 individuals. They had grasped the game by the scruff of the
neck from the kick off, and their control was absolute right to the
final whistle. This was not a victory but an invasion; a performance of
nuclear proportions. While Liz Webb and Heather Smith thoroughly deserve
the plaudit of players of the match, this was a team performance of
which all those involved can be extremely proud.
Cleobury Mortimer 0 Moseley 24 - November 25th
Moseley’s women faced their sternest test of the season on Sunday with a
tough, forwards orientated, away fixture against Cleobury Mortimer, the
current league leaders. Although a newly established team playing its
first season, Cleobury clearly has some experienced players and with
both teams turning up with a full squad this was always going to be a
Moseley kicked off and a big hit from Louisa Nolan brought the ball back
to the visitors. Moseley ran the ball wide from an early penalty but a
first encounter with the aggressive Cleobury defence set the tone for
much of the first half. Although Moseley spent virtually all the first
period in the Cleobury half, much of it in the 22, a run away victory of
the type which has seen a points difference move to over 300 was never
Moseley initially appeared surprised by the staunch defence and,
accustomed to breaking the gain line with relative ease and scoring
freely, found themselves stopped in the centres by the Cleobury defence
which, although it spent the entire afternoon on the cusp of the
off-side rule deserves immense credit.
Unusually, Moseley lost some early rucks, surrendering possession
unnecessarily (although Cleobury persistently offended at the breakdown
all day). However, Cleobury were unable to clear their lines and on the
quarter hour prop Katie Mahon finally broke through the Cleobury defence
following a driving lineout and sprinted 30 meters, brushing off several
of the opposition, to score the opening try 10 meters in from the right
touchline. The conversion was missed but Moseley were off and running at
A further 10 minutes of constant pressure from Moseley followed, as
Cleobury conceded a series of penalties and struggled to contain the
visitors. However, despite some excellent support play and picking and
running from Heather, Victoria Clifford, Ade Fall and the ubiquitous Amy
Pugh the line remained intact. It is fair to say that Moseley should
have made more of their field position. They failed to take
opportunities, notably by taking the ball blind at one point ignoring a
massive openside overlap, and allowing Cleobury to knock them back too
often in contact. A lower body position from the ball carrier and a
little more awareness from the support would have made this period more
fruitful in the face of tough defence.
However, the pressure from Moseley was immense and Cleobury were living
dangerously on their 5m line while struggling to clear. Despite being in
her first season of rugby, winger Emily demonstrated the same natural
ability she had shown against Hereford Greyhounds and came close to
scoring in the left corner but unfortunately grounded the ball with 2
movements. None-the-less, Moseley regained possession after the
resulting Cleobury penalty and the pressure was finally rewarded with a
try from Ade Fall to the right of the posts, almost inevitably from a
driving maul. The conversion was missed leaving the score 10-0 Moseley
at half time.
Moseley had all the pressure in the first half but should have made more
of it. However, they never looked likely to concede and Cleobury's only
real try scoring opportunity was thwarted by hooker Liz Dziergas with a
fine try saving tackle. Unfortunately flanker Becky was forced to retire
following a bad knock to the head early in the half, continuing a run of
bad luck having been knocked out against Greyhounds in the previous
Moseley initially had less territorial dominance following the restart
with much of the first 20 minutes of the second half being played
between the 22 metre lines. This attritional phase saw a series of
scrums and penalties awarded to both teams, particularly following a
couple of high tackles on each side.
However, Moseley's backline began to engage, and Kirstie Ashworth, who
had another excellent game at standoff, spun the ball left from a ruck
on halfway and some excellent handling from the backline took the ball
over the 22 meter line. Scrum half Sarah Robinson kicked cross field and
Moseley regained possession in mid-field before spinning the ball wide
right leading to the award of a penalty try to Moseley following a ruck
on the 5 metre line. Cleobury had been repeatedly penalised for offences
at the ruck and when they blatantly interfered with the ball on the
ground the referee did not hesitate. Although this was not a direct
scoring opportunity, and the penalty try may have been harsh, Cleobury
had been warned repeatedly and some action was inevitable. Liz Plummer
added the conversion and the score was 17-0 Mosley.
More action from the backline led to the final try of the match. Emily
began the move by dodging a tackle on half way and spinning the ball
wide left. Sarah Robinson showed great awareness to take the ball on to
the Cleobury 5 metre line following a penalty to Moseley, and Emily was
unlucky not to score when she was held up by stalwart defence in the
in-goal area. A 5 metre scrum resulted and Amy McGuinness was finally
able to break through, having been restrained by at least 2 tacklers for
most of the day, and scored under the posts. Liz Plummer converted again
and the score stood at 24-0 Moseley. The final moments were disrupted by
a painful leg injury to Charlie Houlder, who was forced to retire early
and prevented from further demonstrating her natural rugby skills.
Moseley can take a great deal of satisfaction from a determined team
effort against the side most likely to compete for promotion this
season. Kirstie Ashworth and Liz Dziergas were deservedly named player
of the match for backs and forwards respectively. The display was all
the more impressive given the quality of the opposition. In particular
the forwards were dominant at set piece and loose play. A number of
substitutions in the second half had no adverse impact on the cohesion
and effectiveness of the pack, an indication of the strength in depth of
In particular the back row of Louisa Nolan, Amy Pugh, Becky, began the
game showing talent and commitment. It is a credit to their teamwork and
training that when Heather and Victoria Clifford joined the back row,
they were able to retain that direction and work rate seamlessly. The
same was true of the front row. The back line had to manage with much
less space than they are accustomed to, but adjusted well and began to
make a greater impact as the second half progressed. Long periods of
possession on the Cleobury try line should perhaps have led to some more
points in the first half but this is a team that has shown itself able
to deal with everything thrown at it this season.
The Moseley title campaign continues!
Hereford Greyhounds 0 Moseley WRFC 55 - November 4th
Moseley women continued their rampaging start to the
season, with a 55-0 win over recently-relegated Hereford Greyhounds.
Despite being reduced to twelve players at the (belated) request of
Hereford, and facing some dubious refereeing decisions, Moseley showed
talent and commitment against a Hereford team that refused to give up
and defended well throughout.
Hereford kicked off and following a couple of early rucks, Moseley moved
the ball from their own lineout and, after slick handling from Amy
McGuinness, Liz Webb and Kirstie Ashworth, number 8 Amy Pugh sprinted
the remaining 20 metres for a try 10m in-field on the left wing. Katie
Mahon added the conversion, to see the score at 7-0 to Moseley after 5
minutes. 10 minutes later, Hereford infringed on their own scrum just
inside Moseley's half. Kirstie Ashworth took a quick tap, and gained a
further 10m after Hereford failed to retreat 10. Another quick tap from
Kirstie Ashworth, and a delightful, by now almost trademark, flat pass
to Amy McGuinness on the Hereford 10m line saw McGuinness gallop 30m for
the first of her 4 tries, in the right hand corner. The conversion was
missed, and the score remained at 12-0.
A passage of play including some useful breaks by Amy McGuinness and
Emily Williams, a new recruit on Moseley's right wing, was stopped short
by the first of many high tackles which went unchecked by the referee.
Moseley recycled the ball, and the move culminated in a beautiful
side-step and sprint to the posts by Rebecca Smith, another new recruit.
Katie Mahon's conversion took the score to 19-0 after 22 minutes.
And so it remained till half time. Moseley continued to retain the upper
hand, and Greyhounds tackled hard to try to stay in the game. Some big
hits, particularly from Victoria Clifford, and tidy handling saw Moseley
repeatedly cross the gain line in fine style. However, 20m runs are
nothing without the support, and with the back row reduced to the number
8 alone, Moseley were unable to capitalise on yards and possession. Amy
Pugh, Victoria Clifford and Ade Fall worked hard to fill in the gaps in
the back row, and both Emily Williams and Liz Dziergas put in enormous
hits, but no further points were forth-coming before the break.
The second half started with a statement of intent from substitute
second row Louisa Nolan, who frankly demolished Hereford's kick-off
receiver. Moseley maintained pressure and were unlucky to be held up
over the line after a number 8 pick-up from Amy Pugh, following a scrum
stolen from Hereford on their own 5m line. A series of scrums on
Hereford's 10m line led to a Moseley penalty on the 22 under the posts.
A try was almost inevitable from the pressure, and Rebecca Smith duly
obliged. No conversion, Moseley 24-0.
The flood gates began to open, with Moseley's better support play
leading to improved ball retention and recycling. Moseley constantly
broke through the mid-field, and were rampant for 20 minutes, until the
show was unceremoniously stopped when the ref blew up 10 mins early. Amy
McGuinness scored a converted try to take the score to 31-0 after 15
minutes of the second half. 20 minutes in, and some tight handling and
well-supported breaks took Moseley from their own 22 to a third and
unconverted try for McGuinness. 36-0 to Moseley. This was followed by
some more solid support play, to put right wing Emily Williams in for a
well-deserved try. The conversion was missed, but Moseley moved on to
The high tackles took their toll minutes later when Rebecca Smith, who
had been excellent in the centre all afternoon, was stopped on the
Greyhounds try line by a dangerously high tackle. After she was
substituted off in a daze, the penalty, bizarrely, went to Hereford.
Smith had apparently failed to release the ball after near-decapitation.
Moseley stole the ball in the resulting lineout, leading to Amy
McGuinness' fourth try under the posts. The try was converted by Kirstie
Ashworth. Moseley 48, Greyhounds 0. The final play of the game started
with a break from Kirstie Ashworth, and ended with a try from Victoria
Clifford, who had played well in the loose all match, under the posts
and converted by Kirstie Ashworth. The final whistle blew at Moseley 55
All in all, it was a powerful performance, with the forwards dominating
the scrums and lineouts, and tremendous work from all five of those who
played in the front row against a big pack. The scrums are becoming a
great strength of Moseley's play. All credit to Greyhounds who never
gave up, and tackled hard all day, but never really looked likely to be
in the running. Another strong performance from Moseley, whose points
difference now approaches 300 after only 4 matches.
90 Worcester II, 7 - October 29th 2007
Last week Moseley women played hosts to table leaders Worcester 2nd XV which
was to be the biggest match of the ladies season so far. Worcester could
only manage fourteen players so it was agreed that both sides would play
fourteen a side, Moseley fielding three new players due to both injuries and
Moseley won the toss and kicked off, the ball finding touch straight away
was brought back in for a scrum. Laura Marjoram took on the role of loose
head prop for Jane Hubble out with a foot injury. Despite the change Moseley
were the ever dominant force and the ball was quickly out, moving through
the hands of the backs. Fly half Kirstie Ashworth, seeing a gap, charged
across the line, tight head prop Katie Mahon going just wide on the
Moseley seemed a bit shaky at the next restart but soon regrouped and
through good hands and good lines inside centre Kate Crowley crossed the
line. This time the conversion was made by full back Liz Plummer.
Moseley had now found their stride and it wasn’t long before Kate Crowley
again crossed the line, Katie Mahon coming up short on the conversion. Again
following another dominant scrum and good work by the forwards second row
Adrienne Fall, touch down from a maul. Liz Plummer added the two points from
a difficult kick. The next score came from a storming run by flanker Amy
Pugh who was pulled back short and away from any support. Moseley were lucky
and retained possession for new girl Charlotte Houlder to cross the line,
Katie again missing the conversion.
Kate Crowley was having a very impressive match and scored three more times
before the end of the half with both kickers failing to find their mark.
There were points when the forwards and backs went into contact one play to
many, and twice three man overlaps were missed. Half Time score 44-0 to
The second half started with the substitution of fly half Kirstie for prop
Hannah, this meant that flanker Becky Smith moved to full back and Liz
Plummer moved to fly half with Laura Marjoram moving to second row and
Victoria Clifford moving to flanker.
The second half saw the scrum going uncontested for the third week in a row,
despite this the line functioned well with both jumpers Becky Smith and Amy
Pugh taking their own ball cleanly thanks to good throws from hooker Liz
Dziergas, and stealing several of Worcester’s. Moseley’s first score came
from Charlotte Houlder following some beautiful hands by the backs, again
Katie having an off day, missed the two points.
Head Coach Derek Nutt has been working with the backs and the fruits of his
labour were certainly shown as both wingers Emily Williams and Liz Webb
scored using a set play Derek had worked on. Katie’s lucky red boots were
not working as she missed again but Liz Plummer did and added another two
points. Kate Crowley got her sixth try of the match from some good lines.
Winger Emily Williams showing good speed and strength scored her second try,
Liz adding the extra points.
The final fifteen minutes saw Moira Boot come on for Adrienne Fall in the
second row. Moseley scored yet again, utilizing Kate Crowley, following
another good run. Moseley then seemed to struggle to cross getting held
short of the line with both Amy Pugh and Becky Smith unable to make headway
the ball was then in the hands of flanker Victoria Clifford who smashed
across, Liz converting.
Moseley’s final score came from a nice run from scrum half Sarah Robinson
off the back of a strong maul by Moseley. Katie again missed the conversion
but did manage to hit one of the Worcester girls instead. The final play of
the match saw a loose pass kicked down field by Worcester who ran it in
under the posts with the fly half being successful with the conversion this
time. Final score a fantastic 90-7 for Moseley.Well done ladies what a
58 Sutton Coldfield 0 - October 14th 2007
last weeks great start to the season Moseley women made it 2 wins from 2,
however Sutton were in no mood to make this an easy match. Scrum half Sarah
Robinson got the match started after Sutton won the toss and decided to
receive. Moseley were able to gather the ball but looked a little on edge and
lost possession through a high tackle (same ref as last week folks). Hard
work lead to the ball back in the hands of Moseley and Amy McGuiness finished
of a well worked team piece to score under the post. Liz Plummer aka Luger
(returned from injury) playing on the wing added the conversion. After last
weeks storming run Pitbull decided to repeat the performance and this time
scored, this time Lugar missed the conversion. More hard work by the forwards
saw Pitbull cross the line again Lugar adding the conversion. Moseley were
made to work for every try and the forwards and backs were made to tackle hard
and struggled at times to get clean ball, due to improvement in opposition.
The match was not without incident with fly half Kirstie having to have her
hand bandaged up after it was stood on during a breakdown. This saw the
return of club captain Moira Boot (who hasn’t played for 2 seasons) entering
the back row and Rebecca Smith moving from flanker to the wing and Lugar
returning to fly half. No sooner had Kirstie been patched up than full back
Wendy was off after fracturing her jaw in a collision with one of the
opposition. Meanwhile Moseley added another try to their count with Frag off
loading in the tackle to Amy Pugh who crashed over to score, Lugar adding 2
points. After setting up the last try, Frag crossed the line after another
good performance by forwards and backs alike. At the whistle Sutton were so
keen they tried to carry on with the ref and opposition. Half time score
Moseley 31 Sutton Coldfield 0.
The first half saw complete dominance by Moseley in the scrum unfortunately
Sutton opted for uncontested scrums in the second half. Our line out
functioned well again with both jumpers and hooker MFI doing a great job.
Despite a bandaged hand Kirstie took her chance and crossed the line. Moseley
worked hard and tackled and rucked well, and despite their best efforts Sutton
couldn’t get past the Moseley defence. The next try came as Moseley shipped
the ball out wide and Lugar marked her return to the side with a try in the
corner with the posts denying here the extra points. Amy McGuiness added the
8th try with a good break and foot race Lugar adding the
The final few minutes saw Sutton started to drop like flies and Frag having a
storming match crossed the line again after a nice of load by Amy. Sutton
decided that Frag was Moseley’s player of the match (Moseley choose Pitbull as
there own player of the match). Lugar going just wide of the posts. The
final try came from Kirstie crossing again with Lugar again just missing.
Full time Score 58-0 Moseley. Special mentions to Liz Williams who played her
first match for Moseley and had a good game. Also Rebecca Smith showing good
skills at flanker, wing, and full back. And Jane Hubble who while always a
dominate present in the set piece is starting to show up more and more in the
loose. With a weeks rest Moseley women will hopefully be fully rested and fit
for the big match against Worcester 2nds at home on the 28th.
86 Eccleshall 5 - October 7th 2007
It’s been a late start to the season with a bye and
then the first match of the season against Bridgnorth cancelled. Some may
think that the women may have been rusty but from the score line that was
clearly not the case.
Moseley won the toss and started off with a short kick.
With good work the ball was quickly back in the hands of the forwards and
through a good series of drives the ball was touched down near the posts
by the pack through Frag (who had only been back in the UK since 5 am).
Conversion was made by Pitbull.
The restart saw a good series of hands through the forwards
and backs and resulted with fullback Wendy Hooker running a try from the
corner to under the post, which was again converted by Katie Pitbull
High tackles and some handling saw Eccleshall regain the
ball, but hard work through the back row, especially by new girl Heather
(who ran all over the pitch for every breakdown), saw Moseley regaining
The next score came from a good break from last years top
try scorer Amy McGuinness, who ran 20 meters to score, again converted by
Pitbull. Further work saw a break by centre Kate Crowley who scored in
the corner, this time Pitbull failed to convert.
More work by the forwards and good off loads by the captain
Amy, as well as twinkle toed running by Ade led to further breaks and
scores by Amy McGuinness and Kate Crowley both converted by Pitbull.
Despite a few bad passes, scrum half Sarah Robinson got herself on the
score board following a good series of hands and offloads from the
forwards and backs.
The forwards had a fantastic first half with some vastly
improved rucking and mauling, though there was still the odd side was run
by a few forwards and backs a like. The line out functioned well with
Becky Smith jumping at 2 and Amy Pugh jumping at 4. Although we did lose
the occasional ball, we also managed to steal our fair share as well.
Unfortunately, Eccleshall had a prop that was
inexperienced and therefore the scrum went uncontested much to the dismay
of the front row especially Jane Hubble who had her best half of rugby yet
culminating in a fantastic set towards half time. Amy McGuinness scored
twice more before the end of the half giving a half time score: 50-0.
The second half saw the first start for Hannah at prop.
With such a good first half Moseley did take their foot off the pedal a
bit and the scores did not come as fast for Moseley. A hard drive from the
forwards resulted with Captain Amy crossing the line and Becky scoring a
try. Kirstie at fly half kept the backs ticking over with some good
offloads and breaks herself but Moseley’s good field position was lost
through squandered possession and a lot of high tackles. Eccleshall’s
No.12 tried to drop kick one resultant penalty which went wide but
continued to push Moseley back by good kicking out of hand.
During the first half Eccleshall had not look likely to
score despite some good handling themselves, however Moseley had started
to bunch around the breakdown and leaving a large gap, Eccleshall did not
miss the opportunity and scored in the corner despite a flying last ditch
tackle by Wendy.
This galvanised Moseley and they quickly struck back
started by a storming run by Pitbull who ran to within 5 meters of the
line. The ball was quickly picked up by MFI, passed out to Kate, who
crossed the line to score, this time Becky made the conversion. The next
Moseley score came from Wendy who, following a beautiful side step scored
under the posts Pitbull adding the 2 points. This was followed by the
Captain side stepping herself and nearly scoring after another good run
only to be pulled back just short, but the rest of the forwards were on
hand and Frag got her second try of the day, Pitbull adding another 2
The final few minutes saw Louisa Nolan at 7 bravely charge
down an Eccleshall kick, this was followed by Becky scoring the final try
of the match Pitbull failing to add the final 2 points. At the final
whistle Mosley 86, Eccleshall 5.
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