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2010/11 Season Reports


Moseley Ladies v Shelford Ladies Jan23rd 2011


Moseley’s last match v Shelford ended in a frustrating narrow defeat. Moseley had so much to prove with the 2nd league matches and this 3rd home match in a row. Recent matches have been frustrating, but the team had  good turn out to training with team run throughs and today’s result proved what depth of talent is spread over the forwards and backs.


Having opted for the slight uphill incline in the first half on ‘the Common’ pitch, Shelford had a slight advantage in scrums, however this did nothing to stop Moseley dominating in the scrums from the start, with several steals throughout match and many a good clean ball. Play was fairly balanced with forwards working well as pods, rucking and occasional maul, setting it up for swift hands to the backs, resulting in 5 tries scored in the first 23 minutes. A silly error by prop Claire resulted in a yellow card leaving us down to 14 on the pitch. Second row Becky was called off, Laura moved into 2nd row and Katie ‘Pitbull’ came on as substitute prop. Shelford did not fail to monopolise on any gaps created with our player missing and scrums did not feel as tight with fewer clean balls. Half time score 25-10.


Jane Hubble came off as prop with Pitbull on. This time Mosley had the advantage of the slope and within 20 minutes had once again started working in pods with great scrums and good interlink betweeen forward and back play. Pitbull converted the try with the score line increasing to 37 –10. Ten minutes into second half brought about another couple of changes with Oli coming on for Frankie on the wing and Hannah coming on for Rachel as hooker. Further play with forwards setting up clean ball and good handling in the backs brought a further try from winger Emma and captain Michelle ‘Deli’ Gwynne.


A final push from the opposition allowed them through to score in the 81st minute. Moseley were determined, not only to win but to win in style with a magical 10 tries in the game. This came from a great dummy off load from prop Claire in the last 5 minutes of the game.


This match brought together and demonstrated the depth of talent MWRFC has in both forwards and backs. A well deserved forward of the match went to our recent afddition to the team, Prop, Clare who helped dominate in the scrum, made endless tackles and scored a classy try with back of the match going to Hannah Bussey at no. 10 for her constant control of the 9 - 10 channel, bossing the fowards, taking the ball forward herself at times and being a general nightmare for the opposition.


Scores:- BJ 5 min, Emma 9 min, Laura 12 min, BJ 17min, BJ 23 min, Hannah 51 min, BJ 59 min, Pitbull converting, Emma 67 min, Deli 78 min, Clare 85 min.


Final score 52-15


Moseley Ladies 17 Cambridge Select 25 January 16th 2011


MWRFC needed to prove their worth of being in this league after last weeks defeat on home soil. Cambridge select have proved a difficult team in the past with a very bad loss against them at the end of last season using a well drilled and fit side. This season’s team demonstrated they had both.


Billesley Common’s wind gusts did not fail to disappoint alongside some very heavy downpours so it had been agreed to play on the AWP.


Cambridge had first KO and throughout Moseley did not fail to catch initial balls and plough into the smaller opposition.


Both teams were able to win back balls in rooks. Moseley dominated in the pack and time and time again won ball at scrum. When switched on, 2 well deserved tries were scored before half time. Each of them from great set piece to quick running and smooth handling in the back (Emma and Jo, no conversions), however strong words were said out of frustration at a few missed tackles which Cambridge did not fail to convert to give them well needed points.


Second half saw Katie’ Pitbull’ Mahon come on for Jane Hubble as tight head prop. Moseley still dominated in scrum. Line outs throughout were difficult for both teams with the wind, however quick reactions meant relatively few balls were lost and more stolen. Cambridge managed to turn ball at rook and make the most of our (relatively few) handling errors with their quick hands and even quicker winger scoring a further 3 tries (no conversions). Moseley kept on the attack and were rewarded for a final try in last 10 minutes with Liv scoring on the wing (Conversion Robo).


Moseley did prove they have got talent in both the forwards and backs to be in this league and to climb back to the top 3 teams. There are enough matches left in the season for us to make that difference, however it does rely on team run throughs and with struggling numbers on practice nights it appears to me that this is the real challenge of the season. All the ingredients are there for some great match play if we can bring it together with some good practice sessions.


A big welcome to Frankie who played for the first time as full back. She demonstrated good knowledge of her position with confidence and flare. A well deserved ‘back of the match’ awarded.  And well done to Aimee who won forward of the match and proved her value in the pack both in the scrum and in demolishing number 10 time and time again.


Moseley Ladies 17 Stoneygate Ladies 7 November 14th 2010

It was the grudge match we had all been waiting for with the formidable Stoneygate Ladies team turning up for the first Moseley home match in several weeks.
Both teams proved to be fairly evenly matched in the first half. Moseley players relentlessly chipped away at the opposition and finally battled their way through with a combination of impressive drives and consistent recycling of the ball to put the first points on the board with a try scored by Inside Centre Olivia Horgan crashing over the line. Minutes later and in spite of the intimidating Moseley defence Stoneygate equalised and converted their try to take a two point lead at the end of the first half. Score at the end of the first half Moseley 5, Stoneygate 7.
The second half started well with a revitalised Moseley squad coming back to score an inspiring try minutes in to play courtesy of Big Jo (BJ) Kilby (number 15) who strode to glory over half the length of the pitch leaving a host of bewildered and confused Stoneygate players in her wake. The unbreakable defensive line which continued for the remainder of the match, and the securing of the bulk of possession by Moseley, ensured that no more points were lost. With all Moseley players on the pitch making an invaluable contribution to play, team Captain and number 8, Michelle Gwynne secured the win with an unforgettable pinball style run to the opposition try line, the try was skilfully converted just before end of play
Players of the match: Backs – Big Jo (BJ) Kilby (15), Forwards – Steph Warner (7, later 2).

Shelford Ladies 32,  Moseley Ladies 27 October 31st 2010

Yet another away match, and yet another wet and miserable day out, but the most disappointing thing is that the Moseley side could have and should have won.
It was a close game, with a meagre difference of five points, but a lesson and a half to learn for the Moseley ladies.
The match started off to a number of quick plays and Moseley soon had a try on the score board. Having relaxed a bit to a good start, Moseley missed a few of tackles and allowed in two tries from Shelford’s centre back. A penalty and two conversions against Moseley made it look as if there was no come back for the ladies in red. And then the third Shelford try appeared on the score board.
A stern talk by Coach Matt Dickerson and Captain Michelle Gwynne worked its magic, and Moseley played an excellent second half. They swiftly and almost effortlessly evened out the score and brought the momentum forward until the inexperience in new back line starters has taken its toll and a couple of chipped over the top balls have resulted in tries for Shelford. This time, Moseley ladies didn’t hang their heads in despair but retrieved the pre-season fitness and put in big hits, well-formed rucks and gazelle-like sprints which resulted in yet another beautiful try by wing Emma Shields and showed true winning potential…just as the referee blew the whistle for full-time. And every single player sighed: “If only we had 5 more minutes!..”
Moseley played enjoyable and fast-paced rugby, but unfortunately lacked some concentration and cohesive play only achieved by a position-experienced and familiar starting 15. They walk away with a bonus point and their heads held high. Bring on the next game!
Player of the match: Backs – Emma Shields, Forwards – Jane Hubble.

Moseley WRFC 5, Buckingham Swans 26 - 3rd October 2010

The match kicked off on the all weather pitch, despite repeated battering by wind and rain over its course, which had earlier flooded all grass pitches. Buckingham ladies gave a well drilled performance, with their tall outside centre and agile loose head prop being the main orchestrators in putting them on the score board first. Moseley ladies fought hard to defend and work rate and tackling was valiant. Big hits went in from forwards resulting in turn over balls in an effort to create an effective platform for the back to play off which was rewarded when scrum half, moved out to outside centre following a substitution, Sasha Drozd, crossed the try line for Moseley. However, despite repeated efforts Buckingham's skill and size kept Moseley from adding to this. Buckingham scored a further 3 tries, converting 3 of these to deny the home side.

Michelle Gwynne (Del)

Moseley WRFC 10 Lutterworth 10 - 26th Sept. 2010

Say the word ‘friendly’ to the Moseley Women’s team and you may as well have said that there isn’t a game at the weekend. This being so, we had a ‘scratch’ team for our opening game of the season. Lutterworth travelled down from Leicester with a full squad and replacement, yet we could only field 13 players.

The match began with some rather scrappy play, new season nerves obviously getting on top of both teams, but Lutterworth soon asserted themselves and showed their intent to keep the ball in the tight with their sizable pack. Lutterworth also dominated Moseley’s 7 man pack in the scrum. Although Moseley’s line out was working well, Lutterworth won their own ball on the Moseley 5 meter line and the Lutt’s Number 8 crashed over to open the scoring and to close the first quarter.

The second quarter was a lot more structured from both sides. The Moseley forwards put their rucking drills in training into good use, turning over a lot of ball, however they took the ball on a little too often, preventing the backs the chance to outpace their opposition. Excellent defence and tackling from fly half Hannah Bussey ensured no further scores before half time.

Moseley’s squad was bought up to 14 players with the late arrival of full back Jo ‘Lazarus’ Kilby at half time, who put the team first and played through illness. Moseley appeared to be a completely revitalised side in the second half and put their first points on the board 5 minutes in. A Moseley penalty was taken up route 1 by novice second row Aimee Cottingham, and quick ball to the backs took Moseley deep into the Lutterworth 22. The ball then went loose and prop Katie ‘Pitbull’ Mahon, fly hacked the ball across the field where it was picked up by wing Jenny Barrett who had an easy run in to score from 20 yards. Scores were now level at 5-5. Lutterworth soon answered the Moseley score with another of their own. A couple of well organised pick and go’s sucked in the Moseley forwards, allowing the Lutt’s backs to demonstrate their good handling skills, spinning the ball out wide to their outside centre who scored unopposed. Conversion missed, score 5-10.

With 20 minutes to go, supporter and ex-Moseley player Cath Venning donned a pair of boots to level the sides at 15 each. She made a big impact on the flank, tacking her opposite number into touch just 5 meters out. Moseley then dipped into their kicking game, turning their opponents on several occasions and provided immense pressure with some good chasing. The Lutterworth pack were tiring, which Moseley tried to exploit with a couple more quick tap penalties. The ball then found its way out to the left wing where speedster Emma Shields weaved and evaded several of the Lutterworth backs to score from half way. The conversion was unsuccessful meaning Moseley were unable to capitalise on their new lease of life in the second half. The game ended 10-10.

Congratulations go out to Laura McKenna and Aimee Cottingham who played their first ever game of rugby, and to Rachel Fenton, Joy Potter and Jenny Barrett who all played their first games for Moseley. I am so proud of the whole team for pulling together, with people playing out of position and novice players throwing themselves totally into the game. Thanks to all those who made the effort to turn up and play! A final thanks and a note of appreciation goes to new coach Matt Dickerson, with support from his brother Alex, who coached and looked after us during our first outing of the 2010/2011 season. Oh and of course congratulations to me for stepping in at captain and playing the completely alien position of scrum half! :)

Player of the match – Forwards: Aimee Cottingham, Backs: Letty Turner-Rowley

Written by Steph Warner

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