Moseley Colts Pre-Season Tour
Ogmore by Sea, Bridgend, August Bank Holiday
A nice and early meet time at the club and straight away we knew we were in for a great tour as the sun shone very brightly for the first time in living memory at Billesley Common.
The tour party, 28 players and 3 coaching staff, were in great sprits and the coach journey whisked by as we got to our digs for lunch. Unfortunately, lunch was an eye opener for the coaching staff as the players seemed to totally forget their dietary advice and tucked into everything going, including our fullback filling up on ketchup sandwiches! Work in progress on the nutrition front?
The afternoon coaching session took place in glorious sunshine where the Colts put in a lot of quality work. The tour captains, Ed Gardiner and Dan Lavender, ran the evening session and gave a very good presentation on strike moves to the players. Nelson led the evening entertainment, as there are not many options available in Ogmore for people to do, and that’s why the players were in bed by 10.30. Surely some kind of record for rugby tourists. Well done Nelson!
Saturday got off to a cracking start but took lots of players by surprise when they realised that there were two 7 o’clocks in the same day, as they were swimming in the sea by 7.30 following a fast paced 2 mile run.
Following breakfast the players put in another quality coaching session and are looking in good form for the main event tomorrow. The dietary advice really needs looking at now following several lads lunch of rice, chicken curry, baked beans and fish fingers all on the same plate! This was when I realised I was very lucky having a separate room and not sharing with five gut busters!
We got into Cardiff in plenty of time to watch the Cardiff vs. Gloucester game. Unfortunately, Gloucester arrived three hours after the stated kick off time and we had to leave at half time to get back to Ogmore to see if there was any food left over from lunch. The evening was taken with taking in the bright lights of the local fun fair; for some; and everyone’s ready for the big game.
Sunday- Bridgend Youth 28 Moseley 17
We departed the Kingswood Centre to travel down the Bridgend Recreation centre to take on, last season’s Welsh Colts cup winners, Bridgend Athletic Youth. In a game of three periods we won the first two and gave them the last one as, hopefully, fatigue of the weekend dug in.
Moseley looked very good in the first period as last season leading try scorer, old crazy legs Sam Yarwood, scored in the corner after a cracking hand off. However, when you see Sam ask him how to call for a ‘mark’?
The Colts impressed with their forward play producing good ball for the backs to look very good every time they received the ball. Dan Micklewright continued his impressive form of pre season with the Colt’s second try as Moseley continued to be on top but never put away the chances they created.
The second period showed Matt Tibbatts doing his leaping like a tin of salmon impression as every member of the touring squad played. During this time the tour captain scored a cracking try after good build play by the team.
The final period showed that you have to take your chances when Bridgend Athletic played their best rugby and the final score was 17-28. On the whole a very promising start to the season for the Moseley Colts. If the players continue with their hard work, success will come. Roll on Stourbridge!
Special mention goes to Ciaran Murphy and Stuart Doust for their first starts in a Moseley shirt. Great start more to come from both and everyone of them. Every member of the squad was a pleasure to be away with and did Moseley proud!
Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach
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