Junior Academy Match Report V Seasons Review 2006-2007 () Sun 29/04/2007 

Under 17 Colts - Season Review 2006/07.

The mantra of our club over the last few seasons has been “Start of a new era”. Well for some of our teams every season starts a new era. The introduction of contact, the intricacies of line out and start of 15–a–side through the mini and junior years are prime examples.
However, by far the biggest step changes come between U16 to U17 and U17 to U19 when our teams take the leap of faith into grown up rugby; selection on merit, a spell on the sidelines if you aren’t performing well and increasingly, a game almost every week. Some are even competitive. To contend with these changes was the challenge set to this squad at the end of the U16 year. And I have to say, they stood up to the plate.
The stats speak for themselves really.
Moseley U17 Colts Season 2006 – 2007
Played 24 Won 22 Drawn 1 Lost 1 Points for 588 (Average slightly less than 25 per game) Points against 87 (Average slightly less than 4 per game) North Midlands East League Champions North Midlands Premier League Champions North Midlands U17 Cup Winners National Competition Quarter Finalists (eliminated only on a penalty shoot-out. OUCH!) Moseley Rugby Club Team of the Year.
A further important achievement was the ability to develop players from the U16 team into the U17 side – 5 in total: Leighton Peach, Ritchie Nelson, Lawrie Keys, Dan Mickelwright and Curtis Gilbert, all of whom enriched our squad. Similarly, from the U17s, Alex Warner and James Weaver received U19 Colts ties (for 15 appearances in the season) and Josh McPherson, Tom Bartlett, Calum Sheehan, Tom Maguire and Jon Betty were selected at various times to represent the older age group.
This movement of players is, of course, not without its problems as all age groups have their own requirements but if we ascribe to player development then parochial attitudes should not be allowed to prevent talented individuals from playing at their highest level. Each age group can, and should, look below them to assess the talent pool and promote where appropriate. That way, we not only keep our players, we progress them. In the world outside rugby, I think it is referred to as fast tracking…
Several of our players also achieved representative honours for Greater Birmingham U19 and North Midlands U18 Development squads.
Onward, upwards and into next season, further challenges await but everyone connected with the squad is convinced that this group of players has the wherewithal to face up to them.
My thanks to the two Dave’s (Ireland and Taylor) for their help and support during this season and we all look forward to doing it all over again come September. Simon Bartlett