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2008/09 Season Reports

Stoneygate 7's tournament report

Moseley women (Becky Smith, Lorna Tibbatts, Moira Boot, Beth Hale, Liz Dziergas, Kirstie Ashworth, Candice Pugh, Ade Fall) travelled to Leicester to play in the Stoneygate 7's tournament on Saturday. The annual tournament was host this year to 20 men's teams and 14 women's teams. Moseley women battled hard through the pool stages of the competition, playing Loughborough, Stoneygate and Richmond, all teams in higher leagues than Moseley. To their surprise they made it into the semi-final of the plate and saw off Jimmies Angels to register a place in the final against Buckingham Swans, their nemesis in the league. After 3 injured ankles, 1 ambulance exit, lots of bruises and grazes, Moseley emerged victorious to lift the plate. The perfect way to end what was already a hugely successful season!

3 injured players were Ade and Becky who went over on their ankles - they were supposed to be doing the Stratford Triathlon on Sunday but had to withdraw due to their rugby injuries - and Lorna who was whisked off to hospital in excruciating pain with a suspected broken ankle. Thankfully, it was not broken but a full diagnosis is not possible for another 5 days due to the enormous swelling on her ankle. We wish all three players a speedy recovery.

Moseley 36-Nottingham 5 - April 19th 2009

Moseley ladies completed a winning weekend for Moseley teams when they defeated Nottingham in a much anticipated match. Having only lost once, Nottingham had topped the table for most of the season, so a close and physical encounter was predicted.

However, due to every player giving it their all and an almost faultless display of rugby by Moseley, Nottingham were made to look very much the lesser team, unable to formulate any comprehensive attacking passages of play. The final score of 36-5 reflected the dominance Moseley exuded throughout the game.

From the kick off Moseley made their intentions clear putting Nottingham under pressure from the start causing them to make countless errors and keeping the ball in their half. However, going against the general run of play, Nottingham scored first monopolising on a rare Moseley mistake.

The realisation that Moseley were the better team resulted in them coming straight back at Nottingham continuing their initial dominance. With the forwards controlling the breakdowns and breaking through the Nottingham defence on powerful and well supported runs the backs were able to repeatedly make decisive runs advancing over the gain line.

Two of these passages of play culminated in Jo Kilby going on a blistering run, avoiding a number of tackles through nifty footwork and scoring 2 tries. Katherine Mahon converted one of these and then ended the first half with an excellently kicked penalty. The half time score was 15-5.

The 2nd half very much emulated the first with Moseley having the majority of the possession. Any Nottingham attack was quashed by some excellent tackling from both the forwards and backs. On the majority of occasions the Moseley players were able to quickly regain possession by some excellent ball stealing in the tackle and at the breakdown.

Moseley’s defence proved impenetrable in this half but they continued to find weaknesses in the Nottingham defence resulting in a further 3 tries- 2 further tries by Jo Kilby and 1 try by Lorna Tibbatts after a decisive drive by the whole pack after the ball was stolen at a line-out. Katherine Mahon had on her kicking boots converting 2 of these tries.

Overall this was the best performance by the ladies so far this season, playing their style of rugby and dominating for the entirety of the match. Every single player demonstrated excellent skills in both attack and defence and were fully committed throughout the game.

Back of the match was awarded to Rachel Murray, who at scrum half ensured the forwards and backs linked flawlessly and on several occasions spotted gaps in the Nottingham defence to make decisive runs and gain significant ground.

Forward of the match was awarded to Rebecca Smith for her overall performance on the pitch and to provide entertainment at the end of the match with her inability to down a pint (although this has improved!).

A big thank you to all of the supporters who came to watch- the encouragement from the sidelines was much appreciated by all of the team.

A win in the last match of the season against Cambridge will ensure promotion for the second successive year. Please come to watch the women’s team on the 3rd May to support their promotion quest. - Rebecca Smith (What an excellent report of what was a most enjoyable match! – Ed)

Midlands League One Table – Monday 20th April

                    P W D L F A BP Pts
Moseley         11 9 0 2 313 82 7 43
Nottingham     10 8 0 2 283 66 4 36
Cambridge       9 8 0 1 90 43 1 33
Buckingham    11 6 0 5 220 90 7 31
Longton          9 2 0 7 89 212 3 11
Witney          12 2 0 10 38 266 2 10
Oxford          12 2 0 10 82 356 2 10

4 points for a win; 2 points for a draw; 1 bonus point for scoring 5 or more tries, one for losing 15 points or less.

End of Season Tour & Triathlon

This year the tour is from Friday 5th until Sunday 7th June in Bournemouth. Once again Moseley ladies are entering Upton Triathlon on Saturday 11th July. Standard or sprint versions. Individual or relay. Includes open water swimming. Stay for the post tri party and camping.

If anyone is interested in joining our party for either of these events contact Jane on

Longton 5 Moseley 12 - April 5th 2009

Moseley women played their last away game of the season on Sunday against a much improved Longton side. With little to distinguish most of their backs from their forwards Moseley knew they were in for a tough and physical game.

From the whistle Moseley’s defensive play was tested as Longton launched several comprehensive attacking phases of play. However Moseley’s defence proved impenetrable which is testament to the coaches’ efforts and the teams desire to win. At half time the score remained 0-0.

With obvious superior fitness levels and team determination to win the 2nd half proved to be very different. The pack consistently out-scrummed a substantial Longton pack and the backs through some excellent support play were able to break through the game line.

Both tries were score d as a result of some decisive runs by Jo Kilby - one try scored by herself after collecting the ball in our 22, the other through Jo linking with the back line resulting in Wendy Hooker breaking through several tackles to score in the corner.

Although Moseley were unable to maintain a clean sheet the Longton try was questionable as it was scored after a blatant knock-on that the referee failed to spot.

The final score was 12-5 to Moseley and was overall an impressive team performance.

Forward of the match was awarded to Lorna Tibbatts for some excellent runs that consistently broke through Longton’s defence and for her turn-over count at breakdowns. Back of the match was awarded to Wendy Hooker for her outstanding run that resulted in the 1st try.

Moseley are currently top of the league table but with the remaining 2 matches being against the 2nd and 3rd placed teams the result of these matches will determine the final positions. Any support for these final 2 home matches on 19th April and 3rd May would be greatly appreciated.

Midlands League One Table – Monday 6th April

                         P W D L F A BP Pts
Moseley          10 8 0 2 277 77 7 39
Nottingham       9 8 0 1 278 30 4 36
Cambridge        9 8 0 1 90 43 1 33
Buckingham     10 5 0 5 215 90 6 26
Longton           8 2 0 6 74 173 3 11
Witney Angels  11 2 0 9 38 261 1 9
Oxford            11 1 0 10 43 341 2 6

4 points for a win; 2 points for a draw; 1 bonus point for scoring 5 or more tries, one for losing 15 points or less.


Moseley 24 Stoneygate 10 - 22 March 2009 - (friendly)

Moseley Women faced the formidable task of playing Stoneygate, a team a league higher than them in the national competition. However, Moseley stepped up to the challenge producing an excellent overall team performance with both experienced and new players producing exceptional rugby.

The match was very much a game of two halves with the strong wind playing a major part in the tactics employed by both teams when on the attack. Both teams scored all of their points when the wind was behind them reinforcing the impact this had.

Overall, Moseley were dominant in most areas of the game, with Stoneygate only able to demonstrate their presumed superiority at the breakdown where they were exceptional at turning the ball over. Due to Moseley’s dominance this ability did not however, convert to points being scored.

The final score was 24-10. Try scorers were Lorna Tibbatts (2), Jo Kilby and Victoria Clifford. Katherine Mahon kicked both conversions. This display of rugby fills the team with high optimism for their remaining 4 league fixtures. -

Oxford 0 Moseley 58 - 25th January 2009
It’s not often that you can leave one coach nearly lost for words and another having to down a pint after being nominated by the forward of the match (good move Rachel) against none other than ‘Guinness’.

These events were as a result of another victory from a team who are going from strength to strength and who are enjoying their rugby both off and on the field.

The trip to Oxford gave the team the chance to play some expansive rugby and give game time to blood new players. The first 15 minutes set the pace for the game with 3 tries being scored in quick succession.

The first came from a quickly taken lineout by Jo (full- back) resulting in a pass to Becks who made good ground before passing onto Amy Mc Guinness. Her strong run took the ball into the oppositions 22 and was rounded off to Jo, who started the move, and ran the ball in from the 5 meter line. This was converted by Pit.

The second try was the result of good clean hands and the exploitation of space and Jo finished the move in the corner. The third try was classic Amy Mc Guinness who collected the ball in her own half and stormed her way up the pitch to score under the posts. This was converted by Pit.

Further pressure was exerted on the Oxford team who took to kicking for position. This however backfired as many balls were collected by Jo and run straight back at them. Moseley’s fourth try came from winger Candice Pugh. Inspired by the film Dodge ball which she had watched on the trip down, Candice collected a loose ball and then somehow crawled to the line on all fours before placing the ball down!

This has never been seen before in Moseley colours!

Jo’s 3rd try came after another good set of hands and quick thinking and with effective play from Guinness, Liz Webb and Wendy, Jo again scored in the corner.

The second half saw much of the same determination and team play. With several changes in place, Sophie Kettel opened the scoring after 3 charges to the line. This was followed by Jo coming into the line to score again and then Guinness following suite with yet another score. This was converted by Luger.

Rachel, who was converted from ’9‘ to ’6’, marked her debut with a very smart piece of play. Taking the ball of the back of a scrum she played a chuckle ball with Luger and then launched herself up field to score in the corner. Just before the final 5 minutes Jo sold the Oxford defence a very clever dummy and went on to score under the posts. This was converted by Pit. The final score was 58 -0.

The game was definitely an opportunity for the backs to shine and use moves practiced on the training field. However this was only made possible by the securing of the ball by the forwards and their determination to keep Oxford in their own half.

Credit must go though the Oxford squad who fought to the end and did not let their heads go down.

Forward of the match: Rachel Murray

Back of the match: Amy Mc Guinness.

The team returned to Birmingham watching “How to lose a guy in 10 days” on the coach video. Let’s hope Candice can convert that into a positive!

Moseley 25 Buckingham Swans 17 - 18th January 2009

Moseley women continued their unbeaten home record yesterday with a 25-17 victory over Buckingham Swans, the team who were directly above them in the league table. Buckingham arrived with a depleted team- only fielding 14 players- and without a kit to play in! Despite this Buckingham were a well organised team with a strong pack of forwards and very dynamic back line. Throughout the game they didn't allow Moseley to monopolise on the overlap that the extra player should have given them and they repeatedly broke through holes in the Moseley defensive line. Having said this Moseley played well as a team throughout the game remaining positive and determined even when they went behind on 2 occasions. The forwards again scrummaged well, driving the considerable Buckingham pack off the ball on a number of occasions. They were also able to take advantage of their extra height in the lineouts to again steal the ball from them. The backs maintained pressure on Buckingham, making some excellent tackles and repeatedly breaking through the game-line. All of Moseley's tries were the result of good team play with the forwards and backs linking well together, culminating in decisive runs from the backs who scored all of the 5 tries.

Although this was a very positive win for Moseley, Buckingham's tries, which were all scored from individual brilliance by a number of their backs, served to show limitations in Moseley's defensive play. Buckingham exploited the space that Moseley gave them and took full advantage of any missed tackles, something that Moseley need to concentrate on doing in their future matches.

Special mention goes to 3 players who stood out on the pitch. Lorna Tibbets repeatedly broke through tackles and made a number of decisive and powerful runs. Forward of the match was awarded to Victoria Clifford for her outstanding support play, commitment throughout the game to rucks and tackles and also for making considerable ground when given the ball. Back of the match was awarded to Kirsty Ashworth, who at 10, was the instigator of the moves that resulted in the tries being scored and she made some vital defensive tackles, turning the ball over on a number of occasions.

This win now moves Moseley up to 2nd place in the table and added to their excellent tally of bonus points as 5 tries were scored.

Try scorers were:

Amy McGuinness (2)

Wendy Hooker (1)

Jo Kilby (1)

Candice Pugh (1)


Moseley 51 Oxford 5 - 30th November 2008

What a difference a week makes! Fresh from a coaches meeting, a spirited training session and a captains’ speech Moseley Ladies were a force to be reckoned with on Sunday afternoon. Another full squad, with immense experience both on the field and bench, approached the game with renewed levels of energy and commitment.

In a league where the level of the oppositions’ ability can never be sure it took Moseley a good ten minutes to assess what was in front of them. After this initial hesitant start Moseley started to assert their superiority and scored a well taken try in the corner by Candice. This was followed by more controlled and well structured play with good off loading and support play. The linking of the forwards and backs was more in keeping of previous weeks play and ended with several tries being scored by players of both packs.

The first half was not without incident and for the first time two Moseley ladies players saw yellow and were sidelined in the bin for 10mins. The second card saw the awarding of a penalty try for the visitors just before half time which was unconverted. The second half saw more dominance from the Moseley side and try of the match came after a sweet passage of play from Jo, Guinness and Emily who scored under the posts. The scoreline reflects a team who showed more aggression and passion from the previous week and who looked fitter and happier in possession.

Although this was a much improved performance the team must continue to work on focus within the game and learn to exploit the weakness of the opposition. At times the width of the pitch was not used to the full and possible overlaps under used. Moments of the game have to be Becks scoring on her birthday, Lorna hurting herself by tackling a side step ! and Robbo for her ‘it couldn’t be me sir!’ look. Highlights have to be Rachels’ run from the half way line to score, Jo and Guinness’ lines of running and Stephs’ never-ending tackling and support play.

Players of the match ,
Forwards –Steph Warner
Backs – Emily
Try scorers were,
Rebecca Smith 1, Lorna Tibbets 2, Candice Pugh 1, Emily Williams 2, Kirsty Ashworth 1 , Rachel Murray 1, Amy Guinness 1.
Conversions - Katie ‘Pitbull’ Mahon 3.
Thanks go to Derek, Dave, Alex and Nigel for their never ending support and words of wisdom, and to the many supporters who continue to put their faith in the ladies squad.

Moseley 39 Longton 5 - 9th November 2008

If Carlsberg had forecast the weather for this match it would probably have been the wettest forecast they could have predicted! Moseley’s first home game, played thankfully on the first team pitch, was battled out in driving rain and biting wind. Indeed it is credit to the team that despite the conditions the team entered the pitch in a positive and determined manner. This week saw a squad of 25 players available and a stand filled with supporters, also braving the weather! Not to mention those in the club house who were less brave!! This is a continued sign of the strength and depth the ladies team has now established both on the pitch and with their support base.

It was obvious that the game plan was going to have to match the conditions which meant keeping the ball close and kicking short. Robbo’s kick off replicated this where a short kick start saw Longton fumble the ball and Moseley capitalized on this by exerting pressure on their forwards. After a series of recycling, the ball was worked out wide for Candice the Moseley winger. She impressively ran an angled line and off loaded for Captain Rebecca Smith to score her first try of the season. Unfortunately the conversion by Katie ’pitbull’ Mahon fell victim to the weather with the wind taking it wide. This really shaped how the rest of the game was to be played, total Moseley dominance, with Longton failing to get out of their own half. In the first 15minutes Moseley scored another try following a series of off loading and cleverly run angles, a typical Amy Mc Guinness try using a circle ball move with Kirstie. The conversion was again taken wide by the wind.

Longton struggled with their re-start and this gave Moseley a scrum advantage on the half way line. From this more attacks were formed with Moseley ladies continuing to build patterns of play in the Longton half. The pressure put on the opposition saw penalty after penalty being given away and the resulting passage of play and quick hands enabled Candice to score in the corner.

In the last 5 minutes of the first half Victoria Clifford scored in front of the posts following a great run by Amy Guinness and a cleverly timed off load by Ade. This was converted and made the score at half time 17-0

The second half saw a similar pattern with Moseley showing total dominance. With a squad of 25 Moseley had the luxury to make a series of substitutions and so fresh legs arrived on the scene. Moseley capitalized on this and tries were scored by liz Webb, Amy Mc Guinness and a second for Victoria Clifford. Aided by the post the conversion of the second try was successful.

The only real mistake was to give away a series of penalties which resulted in a Longton try following a quickly taken move.

The final score was Moseley 39- 5 Longton .

The team is to be commended for playing in conditions that meant many balls were dropped or knocked on, but this did not deter them from still playing committed rugby. At times slide tackles into puddles were needed with the Moseley fullback showing great technique and execution in this area.

Watching from the stands it was a privilege to see a team playing full 15s competing in contested scrums and playing rugby as visioned by the coaches. Well done girls.

Player of the match – Forwards - Katie ’Pitbull’ Mahon

Backs - Emily Williams
match photos

Buckingham Swans 28-0 Moseley

Moseley ladies were given the hardest match of the last two seasons last weekend as they fielded a team made up of some new players to Moseley and players out of position.

Playing uphill, after a slow start, MWRFC held their defensive line for a good 3-4 minutes only to concede a try and conversion when a Swans winger managed to find some open space and ran through at pace scoring the first try against Moseley in many games. Moseley rallied and held the defensive line for some time before injury forced Captain, Rebecca Smith off (after a dangerous tackle and an injury to the right eye) whilst Buck Swans scored their 2nd try and conversion.

Steph very nearly had to come off with an injury to her shin but bravely walked through the pain and managed to continue throughout the whole match. Some changes in positions led to Katie ‘Pitbull’ Mahon coming onto the front row and Sophie going into the 2nd row with Beth, and Adrienne moving to back row.

First half seemed very bitty with lots of stoppages for scrummaging and penalties. Bucks swans had a very experienced pack and showed their dominance in the scrums on most occasions. They also seemed to get to breakdown situations and appeared very well practiced at dealing with running mauls and rooks.

Second half found Hannah on the front row, replacing Jane Hubble as loose head.
After coaches words at half time, Moseley started the 2nd half with more fire, determination and aggression, however, once again, Bucks managed to make a quick break and run at very quick pace to score under the posts. This was converted to make a running score of 21 – 0.

Moseley put in some good tackles, notably Sarah and Pit, both of whom prevented tries close to the line. There were very few times that Moseley took the attack, notably, Pitbull made a break and gained about 15 metres and, Emily and Candice managed to get quick ball out onto the wing, however both to no avail as the Swans defence was just too good.

Again, many scrums and breaks for penalties found Bucks swans breaking free once more to score their final try and conversion.
Moseley ladies came away with heads down, however, the coaches pointed out that in this higher league it needed to be expected to meet stronger and more experienced opposition. There are many things we can take from this match and work on at training. No one person could be accused of not giving their all in this match and as the opposition pointed out, the score line did not reflect the effort we put in.

Players of the match went to Kirstie Ashworth (backs) who was very strong in her own position but also seemed to be all over the pitch. Also to Steph Warner (forwards) for her sheer determination in defence.
Stuart and Jane Hubble

We are recruiting! Newcomers will be made very welcome and will receive excellent coaching from our experienced team. Training is on Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Billesley. This is a great time to come along and get to know the team – get in touch for more information

Cambridge Select 0 Moseley 24
Moseley Women got their season off to a start on Sunday by continuing their undefeated run that has now lasted for over 12 months.

Moseley travelled to Cambridge to find their university team waiting to play what was also their first game of the season. Despite the women having not played a match since April they made their intentions clear from kick off - strong tackling, forceful rucking, accurate hands and good lines of running gave Moseley the foundation on which to build a very impressive first half.

For the first 20 minutes Moseley were camped in the Cambridge half. A good series of ball retention and effective offloading culminated in Adrienne Fall's first try of the match. This was then successfully converted by Becky Smith (score 7-0).From Cambridge's restart Moseley re-built again and continued pressure, particularly from the forwards, led to Adrienne's second try (score 12-0).

Although Moseley did not score in the rest of the first half the TMO would have shown that Lorna Tibbatts had clearly grounded the ball under her chest over the line - the referees view had obviously been obstructed! This was the first of several dubious refereeing decisions that were made throughout the rest of the game.

After a constructive half time talk Moseley approached the second half with the same dynamism and commitment. Another set of good phases of play saw Kirstie Ashworth cross the line for the 3rd try (score 17-0). Moseley continued to dominate the second half with CAmbridge struggling to put together any effective phases of play. This was undoubtedly down to the very strong defensive line and the turnovers made at breakdowns.

This fine performance was capped by Amy McGuinness' 75 metre dash for the line which included her inevitable swerve she is renowned for. This try was converted by Becky Smith making the final score 24-0.

This was undoubtedly a first class whole team performance with every single player contributing to the win. Notable moments of play were stealing ball at the lineouts, driving mauls and rucking, dominance in the scrum, decisive lines of running and try saving tackles.

Congratulations to all especially new players to the team who showed what a vital role they will play this season. Thanks also Derek, Jean, Alex and Greg for their support and words of encouragement. Here's looking forward to the rest of the season.

We are recruiting! Newcomers will be made very welcome and will receive excellent coaching from our experienced team. Training is on Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Billesley. This is a great time to come along and get to know the team – get in touch for more information

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