1st XV Match Report V Greater Birmingham 7s (Home) Sat 15/05/2010 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Plate

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

 

Plate Semi Finals

Moseley Oak B

10-43

Boyce's Barbarians

Blue Wave

34-5

Harborne

 

Plate Final

Boyce's Barbarians

29-17

Blue Wave

 

Cup

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

 

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

 

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

 

Cup Quarter Finals

Moseley Oak A

31-12

Old Thatched Tavern

OBOSH

7-22

Bournville

Akkies

21-17

Moseley Colts

Sutton Coldfield

33-5

Jokers

 

Cup Semi Finals

Moseley Oak A

21-24

Bournville

Akkies

7-28

Sutton Coldfield

 

Cup Final

Bournville

12-24

Sutton Coldfield

 

Cup Winners: Sutton Coldfield; Cup Runners Up: Bournville

Plate Winners: Boyce's Barbarians; Plate Runners Up: Blue Wave (Kettering)

 

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

 

 

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