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eEdition No: 371 Thursday 24th November 2011
***Sun 27th Nov***
At Billesley Common
“Moseley U16 v Old Halesonians”
11.00am KO @ Billesley
“Moseley U15 v Stourbridge”
11.00am KO @ Billesley
“Moseley U13 v Old Halesonians”
11.00am KO @ Billesley
“Nottingham v Moseley”
3.00pm KO @ Meadow Lane
FIXTURES THIS WEEK………………
Date Team Competition Opposition Venue Kick Off
Sun 27th Nov 1st XV Championship Nottingham Away 3.00pm
Sat 26th Nov U19 Colts N. Mids League Whitchurch Away 2.00pm
Sun 27th Nov U17 Colts Training Billesley 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 16 Old Halesonians Billesley 11.00pm
Sun 27th Nov Under 15 Stourbridge Billesley 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 14 Old Halesonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 13 Old Halesonians Billesley 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 12 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 11 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 10 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 9 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 8 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Sun 27th Nov Under 7 Luctonians Away 11.00am
Date Team Competition Opposition Result
Sat 19th Nov st
1 XV Championship Bedford Lost 37 - 24
Sat 19th Nov Oak Midlands 2 Tamworth Won 26 - 21
Sun 20th Nov U19 Colts Nat Cup 3 Walsall Won 5 - 29
Sun 20th Nov MWRFC Championship Nottingham Lost 5 - 58
Sun 20th Nov U17 Colts Friendly Kidderminster Won 8 - 38
Sun 20th Nov Under 16 N Mids Cup Bridgnorth Postponed
Sun 20th Nov Under 15 Hereford Won 22 - 12
Sun 20th Nov Under 14 Gtr B’ham Festival W1, L1
Sun 20th Nov Under 13 Bridgnorth Won 0 - 85
Sun 20th Nov Under 12-U7 Kidderminster See M&J
EVENTS COMING SOON TO BILLESLEY............
Date Event Details Venue Kick Off
Every Wed All Welcome Quiz Night Clubhouse 8.00pm
Fri 2nd Dec Christmas Party Take Fat + 3 Course Meal & Disco Clubhouse 7.30pm
Sat 3rd Dec 1st XV v Doncaster Knights Billesley 3.00pm
Sat 3rd Dec Christmas Dinner Ladies Section La Plancha 7.30pm
Sat 17th Dec 1st XV v Munster Billesley 3.00pm
Sat 28th Jan Burns Night Clubhouse 7.30pm
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“IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION!”
“Here’s the evidence - so now please can we have an England Academy?!”- see Editorial
“Get a Christmas greeting from your favourite player” - See Christmas Card Offer
“Going Green?” - see Big Match Preview
“New Gift Wrapping Service introduced” - see Club Shop
“Ryan Glynn praises the coaches” - see 1st XV News
“Special offer available now” – See Season Tickets
“How Moseley helped develop the stars of the future” - See Benefits Of Playing For Moseley
“Dan plays with Grit” - see 1st XV News
“Is Craig Voisey the answer to the tight head dilemma? - see Scrum on the mend?
“The Cats are here to play! Women’s rugby at Moseley” - see Know Your Moseley History
“Launch Of Moseley Rugby Loyalty Cards” – See New Ticket Offer
“Pride restored?” - See 1st XV Last Week
“All the Championship Stats” - See Anoraks Corner
“Get a gift voucher for Christmas” - see Club Shop
“Dec 2nd Take Fat tickets selling fast” - see Christmas Party
“Limited edition hoodie now available” - see Club Shop
“Hat trick of wins for Oak” – See Moseley Oak
“B&I Cup Bargain” – See Munster Match Special Offer
“Colts get home tie in National Cup Round 4” – See Colts
“Co-ownership on top Turkey project from only £9995!” - see Investabroad
“Tough times against Nottingham”- See MWRFC
“Under 10’s in silverware win” - See M&J
“North Midlands games & event schedule” - see North Mids News
The benefits of playing for Moseley
Here’s the evidence, now can we please have an England Academy?
(…..and yes we are going to keep on about it until this is dealt with fairly!)
During the recent Heineken Cup match between Toulouse and Gloucester there were some
names mentioned which were very familiar to Moseley people - and that didn’t just include
former Moseley skipper Peter Buxton, now a veteran at Kingsholm!
No, there were five others who came on the field who had spent some of their formative rugby
time at Billesley Common only fairly recently..........and some who now seem to be on the brink
of achieving international recognition. Two of these players were on the scoresheet.
Moseley supporters will remember winger Charlie Sharples who started in Moseley’s “A XV.
There was centre Henry Trinder, who starred in our EDF Trophy final win at Twickenham, big
tight head prop Rupert Harden, scrum half Dave Lewis and lastly centre/winger Johnny May
whose mixed and unfinished initial performances at Billesley needed the attention which our
Replacement scrum half Dan Robson would have made it 6 - but was an unused replacement
for this fixture having made his Billesley debut last season following in the footsteps of his
father’s illustrious Moseley career.
In an excellent article in last week’s Birmingham Post, (see below) Brian Dick highlighted the
progress of these players - and benefits to their careers which playing for Moseley has brought.
Further down there is also an article about current Moseley scrum half Ryan Glyn, dual
registered with Northampton. The process just continues. Ryan stresses how “the coaches
have been fantastic, managing the way we play and train”
It would be wrong to interpret this as vindication of the dual registered system. This certainly
benefits those Premiership clubs which have an inequitable monopoly of all the talent due to
having England Academies in the first place......and the almost ‘magnetic attraction’ that creates
for any aspiring player.
No - it shows what can be achieved by players playing and developing their games at clubs like
Moseley (and other ‘Championship-type’ clubs) which have a particular skill at developing talent
and will give them game time in a tough playing environment. Don’t just think of the few who
have successfully come through our ranks, think how many more could be produced if we were
supported with the proper structure.
We’re not asking to take any players away from other areas and clubs outside our own
catchment area of Greater Birmingham - nor do we think would other Championship clubs.
No, all we are primarily asking for is that so that we are able to develop our own players – many
of whom have been through Moseley’s excellent Mini & Junior and Colts at Moseley since micro
and mini stage. We don’t believe that these players should be obliged to go to other clubs (who
happen to have Academies but they are miles away) to develop their rugby career just because
the development structure in England is wrong.
With the current turmoil at the RFU (and in the England team), surely people must realise that
the current structure at the top of the English game is wrong? Now is the time to sort this out.
Can we please start realising the full player potential in this country at Moseley and other
Championship clubs? Here’s the evidence, now can we please have an England Academy?
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“THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING FOR MOSELEY”
Brian Dick outlines what playing for Moseley can do for a player
Birmingham Post, Thursday 17th November
There was something strangely familiar about the Gloucester side that battled with such
courage and excellence in Toulouse last weekend.
It was a team in which only the faces had changed, a little more hairy on account of the fund-
raising juggernaut that is Movember, yet for all their wispy whiskers the delicate hands and
blistering pace were unmistakable. Unless I'm very much mistakes it was the Kingsholm
Moseley fans will remember Charlie Sharples, Jonny May and the lavishly gifted Henry Trinder
with a swoon, a reminder of days when the conveyor belt between Gloucester and Billesley
Common ran up the M5 with raw materials and sent back Premiership prospects in various
stages of readiness.
Teeth cut on the playing fields of Newbury, Otley and Sedgley Park are now sharp enough to
give Heineken Cup favourites Stade Toulousain not so much a nasty nip as a lost limb.
And so it nearly came to pass at Stade Ernest-Wallon where Masters Sharples, May and
Trinder, with 63 Moseley matches and 29 Red and Black tries between, combined to gut
Toulouse like a cheap fish.
Half an hour had gone when the French aristos lost the ball on their own line and were
powerless as it was whipped through the backs where Trinder's quick hands gave May a two-
The full back, yes, just imagine it gaffe-prone Jonny May-day
playing full back against mighty Toulouse, pinned Clement
Poitrenaud with an understated simplicity and gave Sharples an
easy run in. It was a try that bore the hallmark 'Made In
Gloucester (via Moseley)'.
Trinder would later follow that up with a try of his own, when his poacher's instinct told him to
support Mike Tindall's outside break. From the moment the ball dropped in the 22-year-old's
hands no one would catch him.
“It was my first Heineken Cup game and I really enjoyed it,” Trinder said. “With the atmosphere,
facilities and great players they have got it was a great experience – a dream come true.”
In the end it wasn't enough to win the match, neither was the
growing assurance of former Mose prop Rupert Harden as
Toulouse triumphed 21-17, but it was enough to prompt a
knowing nod from the Moseley regulars who had seen the trio
develop in the Championship.
Moseley helped us all
“Moseley helped us all,” Trinder continued. “I took a lot of confidence from my time there.
Having played a few games at Cinderford it was a real step up – into professional rugby where
the opposition were bigger, faster and stronger.
“In my early games in men's rugby I stood off in defence a little bit and needed to be more
aggressive. I learned to do that and it hasn't held me back.”
Make no mistake the route from Monks Lane to southwest France was not without its blunders
and set-backs. In September 2008, Trinder scored twice on his Moseley debut as a half time
replacement at Newbury as he announced his scorching turn of speed to the wider world.
He would go on to score eight tries in his first ten games for Ian Smith's side and it was obvious
to everyone he was a young man with stardust in his boots.
Anyone who three months later saw him rip Manchester for a jaw-dropping hat-trick, two from
inside his own half, realised that and though there have been serious injuries along the way the
former Cirencester colt's assent has never been in doubt.
The same could be said of Sharples, even though of the three he is probably the less gifted
footballer. Perhaps it is the receding hairline that gives him an appearance of maturity beyond
his years but even as a 19-year-old Sharples looked an assured figure.
Smith recalls having to pay particular attention to the winger's ball skills when he first arrived at
Moseley. To look at him now, you wouldn't have known it.
Sharples won his first cap for England in the summer, many more are
likely to follow and the promise that brought him 13 tries from 32
matches over two seasons is being richly fulfilled.
Everyone will have their favourite but the one which stands out was
when Moseley were being hammered at Rotherham in October 2008,
Sharples chased a kick-off, caught it in stride and blazed untouched to
That try was a fitting metaphor for the unhindered progress he has made at Gloucester.
May is a different case. He arrived in Birmingham in 2009 off the back of the Twickenham hat-
trick that gave Hartpury College the Intermediate Cup just minutes before Moseley beat Leeds.
But he did so as a recent convert to the sport and a raw talent, without – as Smith puts it –
having been 'tainted' by the academy system.
And make no mistake some of the things he did were the stuff of nightmares. If Smith had a
pound for every time May ran into touch, he'd be bank-rolling the Georgian national side
himself. But he did that because of an innate ebullience and a confidence which convinced him
he could take the most experienced wingers on the outside, even with no room to work in.
“And with good reason,” says Smith. “His running style might not make it look that way but he's
the fastest bloke at Gloucester.”
Just as there always seemed to be a catastrophe waiting to happen with May, there was also a
high chance he would do something spectacular.
By the time he returned to play for Moseley against Worcester last season he was a different
player to the one who had scored four in 13 matches in the previous campaign but probably
cost as many. On an afternoon won by Warriors' internationals from the bench, mercurial May
proved himself to be the best player on the park.
Which means of the three it is the likeable, yet wacky 21-year-old who has travelled the furthest
in the shortest time, both in terms of the quality of his performances and the tactical variety he
offers Bryan Redpath.
However, to see the three of them operate in harness so effectively in Toulouse last weekend
was a joy that would only be surpassed if the colour of the shirt changed to white.
Moseley's Kingsholm ‘Holy Trinity’
Henry Trinder (wing, centre)
2007-08: 1 start, 0 tries
2008-09: 11 starts, 3 reps, 10 tries
2009-10: 2 starts, 1 try
Total: 14 starts, 3 reps, 11 tries
(Gloucester: 30 starts 11 reps, 15 tries)
Represented England v Barbarians, 2011
Charlie Sharples (Wing)
2007-08: 20 starts, 6 tries
2008-09: 12 starts, 7 tries
Total: 32 starts, 13 tries
(Gloucester: 61 starts, 17 reps, 35 tries).
Represented England v Wales 2011
Jonny May (Centre)
2009-10: 13 starts, 5 tries
2010-11 2 starts, 1 try
Total: 15 starts, 6 tries.
(Gloucester: 22 starts, 10 reps, 12 tries)
. Represented England U20
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1st XV NEWS – SCRUM ON THE MEND?
Craig Voisey optimistic about Moseley scrum
The Birmingham Mail, Tuesday 22nd November
Earlier this season there was a time, albeit only a few seconds, when Craig Voisey was not the
most popular Moseley player in the club’s history. The period started at around 4.45pm and
ended at 4.47pm on Sunday, October 16, when the prop forward flopped over the top of a ruck
and was penalised for killing the ball.
Up stepped Tommy Bell, who thumped it between the sticks and transformed what looked like a
21-19 victory to Moseley, into a 22-21 win for Leeds. For a minute or two even his closest
friends must have avoided catching the England Counties front-rower’s eye.
However, it would have taken a pretty unsympathetic observer to have claimed Voisey had not
played his part in establishing the winning position his indiscretion ultimately squandered.
Having come on as a half-time substitute, the Bridgend-born forward led the charge into a
Leeds pack that was thoroughly over-run and a 13-3 interval deficit metamorphosed into the
chance of a rare success away from home.
Two weeks later he would be elevated to the role of first-choice tighthead and he has remained
there ever since, very much part of the solution to Moseley’s early-season scrummaging
“I got a little bit of banter from the boys but they realised if it had come off it would have sealed
the game,” he recalls. “I made the decision to go for the ball and it was wrong – that’s what
happens in rugby. There were four or five incidents leading up to that which we could have done
“The coaches were pretty fair, they knew I was gutted to have made that mistake. A rollicking
would not have been worth it. I felt sick about it. When you come on you want to make an
impact and give your all so to throw away four points at the last gasp is pretty sickening.
“I would like to think I have come back from that well, though.”
Indeed he has. Voisey’s consistency has lifted him ahead of Anton O’Donnell and Colin Quigley
and alongside fellow prop Tom Warren and hooker Adam Caves, head coach Kevin Maggs has
at last alighted upon the best combination.
Just in time too, because Moseley travel to Nottingham on Sunday for a rematch with the side
that beat them 20-10 in the second game of the season. One thing that sticks in the memory
from that game was the destruction Nottingham loosehead Michael Holford wrought on the
Moseley set-piece. They have had struggles since but none as pronounced as that afternoon.
“We need to work hard, follow the hit and keep the pressure on them,” Voisey says. “That is one
thing the combination of me, Adam Caves and Tom Warren brings. We might not be the biggest
front row or even the best scrummaging but we all work hard and that pays off.”
That much was seen at Bedford last weekend when even though Moseley ended up losing,
their work in the scrum went from problematic to promising.
Blues’ tighthead Phil Boulton gave Warren a torrid first half-hour and the hosts forced a penalty
try. But a spot of tinkering and not only was the damage stopped, Moseley began to inflict a
spot on the hosts. It was symptomatic of the advances Moseley had made in the set-piece since
the early weeks of the season.
“Neil Mason has played a big part in that. It wasn’t really a technical issue. The biggest thing for
us this year has been attitude, which is a bit embarrassing, people have not been working hard
“Waggy has always been a leader on the pitch but he’s much more vocal this year, he has been
getting on people’s backs and getting them geed up for every scrum.
“We are really starting to improve and there is no reason why we cannot look to have a
dominant front row again,” he said. “Maybe not in the same way as recent seasons but we are
relatively fast, strong and we all work hard and I think we are starting to impose ourselves.”
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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - By Glyn Barlow
Moseley v Nottingham
Sunday 27th November 2011
Meadow Lane, KO 3.00pm
“Don’t they have a great team at Nottingham?! It’s a long
time since Moseley won there. The home club must be an
overwhelming favourite to win on Sunday” – Message Board
So Sunday sees the third away trip in a row for Moseley and
it’s been a road trip of mixed fortunes so far.
Following the pain of a heavy loss in South Wales, a much changed Moseley side went to title
chasers Bedford last week - and left with pride intact, but alas pointless. So Sunday sees the
third away trip in a row for Moseley and it’s been a road trip of mixed fortunes so far.
Despite the loss, the players will take a number of positives from the match. Even if a win
wasn’t on the cards, the team was unlucky not to pick up one or two bonus points for their
Nobody could fault their work ethic and intensity and were it not for one or two lapses of
concentration, a number of critical mistakes and a slice of luck to Bedford, perhaps something
could have been obtained from the game.
However, when we review this match (in conjunction with the last Championship game against
Bristol) the most noticeable change from early season is that the players have started to
develop the frame of mind to play a full eighty minutes - and with it have proved that the best
sides in the league can be challenged.
Which brings us to the next challenge in the form of a Nottingham
side which has itself endured a disappointing start to the season.
Whilst they currently lie in 7th place, recent results have seen five
wins and a draw in seven games - suggesting a return to form.
Clearly with the aspirations of the club to play rugby at the highest
level, re-enforced by the link with Notts County Football club, the
hosts will be looking to continue this trend on Sunday.
The Nottingham squad has been recently bolstered by news that further funds have been
made available for squad signings. The first of which, current Samoan Second row Filipo Levi
will be adding his 6’ 5” frame alongside fellow forward Brent Wilson and Junior All Black Scrum
Half Sean Romans as soon as his visa is granted.
As will be recalled the two sides have already met this season at Billesley Common when
Nottingham won by 10 – 20. This was a game when Moseley let slip a 10 point half time lead.
If the true potential of the Moseley team can be reached, a top eight finish is not impossible.
However we are currently fourteen points away from that position and all opportunities must be
taken if that goal is to be obtained. This needs to start at Nottingham on Sunday!
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BIG MATCH PREVIEW – FROM NOTTINGHAM
“Nottingham Rugby look to close the gap on leaders”
- The Nottingham Post previews the game
NOTTINGHAM Rugby will be looking to close the gap on the Championship leaders when they
play second from the bottom Moseley at Meadow Lane on Sunday (3pm).
The game is a charity match for The Prince's Trust and another victory would see the Green
and Whites close the gap further on the teams above them in the table. Especially as they travel
to play the bottom team, Esher, the following Friday night (7.45pm).
Their fourth try in injury-time against Plymouth Albion gave them a bonus point which moved
them up a place to seventh last Sunday on 29 points. They are one point behind Leeds
Carnegie but there is then six-point gap to Rotherham Titans who are fifth, just three points
behind the leaders.
The club's three new signings in the last couple of weeks is further evidence of their ambitions
for this campaign, a place at the Premiership table next season. Director of rugby, Glenn
Delaney has been slowly strengthening his squad over the last five years. But his efforts have
been hamstrung by a lack of finance and the Munto fiasco which nearly saw the club disappear
He has now nailed his colours to the mast, however, with the signings of the two New
Zealanders, scrum half Sean Romans and big No.7 Brent Wilson, and the experienced Filipo
Levi, the current Samoan second row player and former captain. The rest of the league will, no
doubt, be looking on with interest at what's happening at Meadow Lane.
"We've always wanted to expand the squad, both in terms of quantity and quality," said
Delaney. "And I believe we've done that with these three signings. They are all big, experienced
"Brent has played in the Premiership for a number of years with Newcastle and both Sean and
Filipo have had plenty of international experience. Over the last few years we've always lacked
the depth in the squad to get us through tough seasons and when it came to the play-offs we
didn't have the manpower to get us through.
"Our first priority now is to qualify for the play-offs in March, and the sooner we can do that the
better. We are playing much better now and we've been unlucky in the games we've lost, going
down by just one score when the opposition have scored late in the game.
"We've been our own worst enemy at times as our concentration hasn't always been what it
should have been and that's where I think the experience of our three new players will be a
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1st XV NEWS
Rookie scrum half Ryan Glynn heaps praise on coaches
Rookie scrum-half Ryan Glynn has praised the coaches at Moseley for
helping him take his career to a new level since he arrived in the
The 19-year-old came to Billesley Common on a dual-registration deal
with Northampton and having begun his first senior campaign as back-
up, within a couple of months he has established himself as first choice.
The St Helens-born half-back has started five of the last six
Championship matches, including Saturday’s defeat at Bedford, which
would have been considerably heavier had he not made two try-saving
And while there are still rough edges to his game, what cannot be disputed is the youngster’s
potential and attitude – qualities that have lifted him above Sam Brown and Ryan De La Harpe
in the pecking order.
But Glynn is quick to deflect the praise and credits the Moseley set-up for accelerating his
“Sam is a great player, Dela is a fantastic player, you have just got to come and earn your
stripes,’’ he said. “I have been given a chance to start for the last couple of weeks and hopefully
I will keep that position. But everyone’s got to work hard for their spot, there’s a lot of
competition. I think I am really growing as a player and improving week in, week out. This is
what I need at this stage of my career.
“The last few years I have not been playing a great deal of rugby. I was aware I was coming to
Moseley at the start of the season and I am just trying to learn from the people around me and
get as much feedback as I can.
“The coaches have been fantastic, managing the way we play and train”
“When I was at Coventry last season, I was here and there, I enjoyed that but I was still playing
Under-19s rugby at Saints, so I was a bit in and out. “It’s a lot more settled here, the coaches
have been fantastic, managing the way we are playing and training. It’s good to come down and
get game time.
“I am happy to be playing rugby, it’s a good set of lads. I think we have got something here and
that we can go forward and climb up the league.”
They certainly need to start doing that sooner rather than later. Moseley are second from
bottom and while their potential is undoubted, it is by no means certain they will fulfil it.
Saturday’s 37-24 reverse at Goldington Road was a classic example. A lot of what Moseley did
was good but Glynn admits there were crucial areas in which they caused their own problems.
“Little errors crept into our game, which let us down. Our penalty count was a bit high.”
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In conjunction with an RFU Championship initiative,
Moseley Rugby are rewarding loyalty among fans
with a loyalty card that allows you to collect a free
match ticket for every five purchased.
Fans can pick up the loyalty card from the Moseley
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Fans will get a stamp on their loyalty card for every
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The tickets can be purchased for the same game or for consecutive games and the free ticket
will be the same value as the minimum priced ticket purchased. The scheme does not apply to
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In order to obtain the stamps the tickets must be purchased from either Moseley Rugby Club
Office (Monday to Friday) or at the gate on match days. You must present your loyalty card at
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Completed cards should be returned to the Club Office with name and address details, either in
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Start collecting today! Moseley Rugby play Doncaster on December 3 rd. and London Scottish on
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1st XV NEWS
Moseley second row Dan Sanderson refuses to change 'abrasive' style
By Brian Dick, Sunday Mercury
Moseley lock Dan Sanderson has vowed not to change his
confrontational style despite being slapped with two suspensions for
foul play in just six months.
The former Northampton second-row has recently returned from a
three-week ban after being cited for a dangerous tackle in the
Championship match with Esher.
That was the second time this year he has been up before an RFU
disciplinary, the first when he was red-carded for punching.
That happened in April when he was playing for Saints in an A
League match against Leeds and was sent off and banned for one
However, the 27-year-old insists he does not want to lose the physical side of his game.
“I am never going to change. I love being abrasive. Sometimes you get away with it and
sometimes you are on the receiving end and it’s not seen,’’ he said.
“You don’t want to be sent off because it’s stupid and you don’t want to let your team-mates
down but as far as being abrasive, I kind of like that side of the game.
“You have to as a second-row, you can’t be stupid but you also have to look after yourself and
Sanderson also feels the tackle against Esher was poorly timed in a wider context. “I think it
came from an IRB directive,’’ he added.
‘‘There have been a couple of issues in the World Cup, even before the Sam Warburton one. I
was a bit gutted. It wasn’t bad but they see it that way and you just have to stick to the rules.”
KNOW YOUR MOSELEY HISTORY - By Ewart Patrick
Women’s Rugby At Moseley-The Early Days
The first occasion on which Moseley played host to a women’s
rugby team was on 15th May 1982 when the Birmingham
Publicity Association Ladies took on the Moseley 1st XV, at
The Reddings, in a charity match in aid of the Midlands
Association for Spina-Bifida/Hydrocephalus.
To even up the contest the men all played out of position and
‘lent’ two players, Nick Jeavons and Dave Williams to the
ladies’ side. The laws of the game were also tweaked
somewhat-the men could only wear pumps, they couldn’t run
with the ball and only one man could tackle a lady while any
number of ladies could tackle a man.
The result of the game was a 26-8 win for the Ladies but more
importantly over £600 was raised for the spina-bifida charity.
In the following season a challenge to a return fixture was
issued by the Moseley 1st XV and the match took place on 7th May 1983. By this stage the
ladies’ side had developed into a proper team known as the Moseley Cats, which was coached
by the club’s assistant coach, Rudi Smith.
Prior to this return game, which also took place at The Reddings, the Cats had defeated both
Stourbridge and Old Silhillians men’s teams. On this occasion the nominated charity was Radio
Lollipop, which provided hospital radio for children and the charity’s vice-chairman B.B.C. Radio
1 D.J. Peter Powell attended the game.
In the following October the Cats were again in action when they defeated Walsall 18-0 and
West Midlands Police 22-16. These games were followed by another fixture with Walsall, which
the Cats also won. In the second half of 1983/84 the Cats took on one of Moseley’s junior
teams, the Vandals, and continued their unbeaten run with a 4-0 victory following which there
was another match with Old Silhillians. The Cats then played a third game with the Moseley 1st
XV at the end of the season. In total the Cats raised £1,500 for Multiple Sclerosis (Solihull
Branch) during the 1983/84 season.
The Cats chosen charity for 1984/85 was the N.S.P.C.C. and they started the season early with
a draw with the men of Brecon R.F.C. in August and this was followed, in September, by a 26-6
win against Coleshill Round Table.
A month later Guide Dogs for the Blind were the beneficiaries when the Cats defeated West
Midlands Police 24-12 at Tally Ho! The 1st XV programme carried an account of this match
from ‘a feline reporter’ who commented that it had been ‘an arresting performance.’
The Cats next match, a 20-4 win over Walsall, made the pages of the Birmingham Post and
special thanks were recorded ‘to the biased referee, without whom this score would not have
been possible!’ This game raised £80 for local muscular dystrophy charities.
In their next encounter the Cats once more defeated the Moseley Vandals and raised £100 for
that year’s chosen charity, the N.S.P.C.C. The children’s charity was also the beneficiary when
the Cats defeated Old Silhillians 18-4 in their next fixture. This match was followed by an 18-4
victory over Avery.
After 1984/85 the Cats played only occasionally, in November 1987 they once more played
Moseley Vandals and in March 1989 they played the Sports Council at Sutton Coldfield R.F.C.
on both occasions in aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospice.
This was the end of female rugby at Moseley until 1999 and the formation of the present
Moseley Women’s R.F.C. to play fixtures with other women’s clubs and to compete in the
various women’s rugby competitions.
There was a foretaste of competitive women’s rugby on 12th February 1989 when a women’s
international match between England and Wales was staged at The Reddings. The English
women recorded an easy victory by 38 points to four, captain Karen Almond, of Wasps, scoring
18 of the total from fly half.
Another women’s international, refereed by leading official Roger Quittenton, was staged at The
Reddings on 18th March 1990 when Great Britain entertained Italy and defeated them 32-0
The Valley Riverside Project
Sunday 27th November at 10.30am
The Valley Riverside Project, our neighbours on Billesley Common
who do an excellent job of maintaining the bottom part of Billesley
Common as a natural area needs volunteers to help plant 105
Saplings at the
bottom end by
The saplings are provided by The
Woodland Trust and will be used for new &
improving existing hedgerows.
Meet at the Haunch Lane entrance. Please
bring a spade and wear suitable clothing
Winter Wonderland at Billesley Common
Saturday 17th December
Discover the wonders of the Common this winter with a Community Tree Dressing and
Christmas Carols. Free Family event. Meeting at Haunch Lane entrance. 11.00am – 12.30pm
Why not enjoy this festive celebration then stay on at Moseley for the B&I cup encounter
MUNSTER MATCH SPECIAL OFFER
B&I Cup Bargain
Why not get together with friends to enjoy the great atmosphere of this match
This offer is only available on purchases made in advance of the day of the match, and will not
be available at the game.
Tickets are available by ordering over the phone from the club office during the week. The office
is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
REVISED MUNSTER KICK OFF TIME
Moseley breaks with tradition for one off game
In order to accommodate Munster’s travel plans and as a “one off” it has been agreed to move
the kick off time of the game on the 17th of December to 2.00pm.
This will allow Munster to travel home after the match rather than having to incur a further nights
1ST XV – MATCH REPORT AND STATS
Bedford v Moseley
Saturday 19th November
Bedford Blues 37 - 24 Moseley
James Pritchard 15 Anthony Carter
Mark Kohler 14 William Robinson
Brendan Burke 13 Greg King
Tom Bedford 12 Andy Reay
Josh Bassett 11 Bradley Hunt
Jake Sharp 10 Oliver Thomas
Darryl Veenendaal 9 Ryan Glynn
Sam Walsh 1 Thomas Warren
Neil Cochrane 2 Adam Caves
Philip Boulton 3 Craig Voisey
Michael Howard 4 David Lyons
Sean Tomes 5 Daniel Sanderson
Alex Rae 6 Neil Mason
Sacha Harding 7 Chevvy Pennycook
Paul Tupai 8 Michael Ellery
Chris Locke 16 Paul Spivey
Dan Seal 17 Michael Maltman
Sam Pailor 18 Anthony O'Donnell
Don Barrell 19 Charley Thomas
Stef Leibenburg 20 Bradley Davies
Jamie Lennard 21 Jack Adams
Oliver Dodge 22 Samuel Brown
Pen James Pritchard 11 3-0
13 3 - 3 Pen Oliver Thomas
Penalty Try 18 8-3
Con James Pritchard 18 10 - 3
Try Josh Bassett 32 15 - 3
Con James Pritchard 32 17 - 3
39 17 - 8 Try William Robinson
39 17 - 10 Con Oliver Thomas
Rep Chris Locke For Neil Cochrane
40 17 - 10
41 17 - 15 Try Neil Mason
41 17 - 17 Con Oliver Thomas
Try Mark Kohler 42 22 - 17
Miss Con James Pritchard 42 22 - 17
Try Michael Howard 57 27 - 17
Con James Pritchard 57 29 - 17
Rep Jack Adams For Greg King
58 29 - 17
Rep Paul Spivey For David Lyons
66 29 - 17
Rep Samuel Brown For Ryan Glynn
66 29 - 17
Rep Don Barrell For Paul Tupai (Tactical) 66 29 - 17
Pen James Pritchard 69 32 - 17
Rep Dan Seal For Sam Walsh (Tactical) 69 32 - 17
Rep Bradley Davies For Anthony
69 32 - 17
Rep Jamie Lennard For Jake Sharp
73 32 - 17
Rep Sam Pailor For Sean Tomes
73 32 - 17
Rep Oliver Dodge For Tom Bedford
73 32 - 17
Rep Michael Maltman For Michael
73 32 - 17
Try Sacha Harding 76 37 - 17
Miss Con James Pritchard 76 37 - 17
Rep Stef Leibenburg For Darryl
78 37 - 17
Rep Charley Thomas For Adam
78 37 - 17
Rep Anthony O'Donnell For Craig
78 37 - 17
83 37 - 22 Try Neil Mason
83 37 - 24 Con Oliver Thomas
Venue Goldington Road Attendance 2,429
Weather Dry Referee Michael Tutty
(Match details courtesy of Rugby Roundup)
Moseley reach midway point of the season with eighth league defeat against Bedford
by Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail
Words like disappointment and frustration returned to the Moseley lexicon at Goldington Road
on Saturday as Moseley reached the midway point of their regular season with an eighth league
But unlike several rather inauspicious afternoons in the last couple of months, this goes down
as a ‘good loss’ – if there is such a thing – as Moseley matched Bedford with their effort if not
After all no-one can doubt the physical and emotional investment the visiting players made in
this encounter and, strange though the scoreline makes it sound, it was one they were not far
from taking something tangible from. No-one could have argued with one or even two bonus
As proceedings reached the hour-mark Moseley were just 22-17 behind and, although they
were hardly laying siege to the Bedford line, they had enough reason to believe they could
cause an upset.
That they didn’t was down to a couple of missed tackles on rampaging Blues second-row Mike
Howard and a failure to prevent Sacha Harding sneaking through the back door while they tried
to kick down the front.
Graft those points on to the Bedford total and everything looks unfairly lop-sided: “I thought we
deserved to get something out of it,” said head coach Kevin Maggs.
“But we lost concentration a couple of times and lost a bit of composure. It’s frustrating more
than anything else. It’s not through lack of effort, all of those lads have fought really hard in the
last few weeks. We were against a team that has been together for quite a long time.
“They are well drilled and vastly experienced but I thoroughly believed we could come here and
do a job on them. Not only because of the Bristol match. Leeds came here, didn’t show any
respect, got stuck into them and we did that but in little bits. But we didn’t do it consistently for
Particularly not when they spent most of the first half trying to win an unwinnable kicking duel.
That limited them to a brace of tries from Neil Mason and one from Billy Robinson.
MOSELEY’S INNOVATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
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WHAT THE MEDIA SAID
Determined Blues see off dogged Moseley
- Bedford Today
Bedford Blues recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time in two months as they
ground out a 37-24 win over Moseley at Goldington Road this afternoon, writes James
In a cagey but engrossing encounter, Bedford were much the better side, but struggled to break
down the Mosley resistance before running clear late on.
Bedford’s first score was thanks to a penalty try before Josh Bassett and Mark Kohler gave the
hosts a 22-10 half time lead. And Sacha Harding and Mike Howard scored second half tries to
give Bedford the hard-fought bonus-point victory.
It was a much-needed win for the Blues after winning only one of their four previous home
league games. James Pritchard returned to the starting line-up for Bedford, while Neil
Chochrane also made his comeback from injury.
Both sides made a tentative start with neither team looking particularly threatening in the
opening stages as Bedford controlled possession. However, the home side only had to wait
nine minutes before opening the scoring when Pritchard simply converted a straightforward
penalty after Moseley were caught offside.
The visitors hit back immediately, though, with three points through the boot of Oliver Thomas.
The Blues were a bit sloppy in the opening 15 minutes as they gifted possession to Moseley on
several occasions, but it wasn’t long before they got their first try.
After Tom Bedford had been held up, the hosts’ power in the scrum proved too much and, after
a series of collapsed scrums, the referee awarded Bedford the penalty try and James Pritchard
converted to give the home side a 10-3 lead after 18 minutes.
Thomas had the chance to reduce the deficit but his poor penalty attempt drifted wide. It was a
close-run affair with Bedford dominating possession but failing to find a way through the
stubborn visiting defence.
Moseley continued to stand firm until the 33rd minute when Bedford extended their lead with a
brilliantly worked try. Brendan Burke made the initial run before off-loading to Pritchard who
then did wonderfully to play in Bassett on the inside for the try. That score was then converted
to give the home side some breathing space at 17-3.
The second try should have allowed Bedford to gain control of the contest but Moseley hit back
through a William Robinson try. The visitors kept the ball well and stayed patient before
Robinson spotted a gap and just managed to touch down before Thomas converted.
Bedford responded within a minute though as Kohler squeezed across to give Bedford a handy
22-10 half time lead.
The Blues began the second half in the worst possible fashion as Jake Sharp’s attempted kick
was charged down to allow Andrew Reay the easy task of touching down 30 seconds of the
restart. And Thomas converted to bring the away side within five points.
The pattern of the match was similar to all of Bedford’s home matches this season as they
dominated possession but sloppy errors at the crucial time proved costly. Despite controlling the
match, the Blues were far too frantic in possession and seemed to panic on several occasions.
However, the hosts’ sheer unrelenting pressure from Bedford finally told when they recorded
their fourth try and booked a bonus point as Howard barged over. Pritchard converted to allow
the home crowd to breath more easily with 20 minutes remaining.
Bedford didn’t let up and continued to pour forward in search of more tries but only managed
three points through the boot of Pritchard. Harding finally completed the victory for Bedford in
the closing stages when he collected the ball quickly and caught the Moseley defence off guard
as he sprinted over from 50 metres.
However, there was still time for a consolation try for Moseley as Neil Mason touched down
following a pick and drive from a lineout. Thomas converted with virtually the last kick of the
game, but it was too little to late as Bedford ran out comfortable 37-24 winners
Frustrated Moseley coach Kevin Maggs claimed responsibility for the tactics which stopped his
side taking anything out of their trip to Goldington Road. The former Ireland international
admitted his side kicked away too much possession but refused to point the finger at his
Instead, Maggs said he should take the blame for not making his intentions clear as Mose
invited trouble in the first half by giving Bedford a regular supply of ball. That meant the visitors
went into the break 12 points down – a deficit they threatened to bridge when Neil Mason
claimed the first of his two tries straight after the restart.
But despite putting in a spirited performance the Red and Blacks were never able to dictate and
as a result extended their poor run at Bedford.
“We kicked away a lot of ball,” Maggs conceded. “At times we have got to play up once or twice
before we look to kick and I think we kicked a little too early today. They might have misread my
messages. I will take the criticism for that.
“I am just disappointed because we worked hard and I thought it should have been closer than
Blues’ James Pritchard opened the scoring after ten minutes but Mose were level straight from
the restart as an Ollie Thomas penalty made it 3-3. However, a quarter of an hour in the third
penalty from a 5m scrum was enough for referee Michael Tutty to award a penalty try, which
On the half hour Anthony Carter squandered a rare piece of possession when he slashed a
poor kick into touch on the half way line. Bedford won the lineout, whipped the ball left where
Pritchard and Brendan Burke exchanged passes and worked room for Josh Bassett to run
round behind sticks. The ever reliable Pritchard made 17-3.
But two minutes before the break, slick hands in the Blues 22 worked room for Billy Robinson to
pick his way through for his fourth of the season. Thomas converted and at 17-10. But on the
last play Alex Rae into the visitors’ 22 there was space out wide for Mark Kohler to jink past
Seconds after the interval Mason latched on to a charge down and Thomas improved for 22-15
at which stage Mose had the momentum. But they were unable to maintain pressure and tries
from Mike Howard and Sacha Harding, plus five more points from Pritchard, meant Mason’s late
second was scant consolation
“YOUR CLUB” – SPONSORSHIP
Your Chance To Help The Club
As season ticket and gate prices have been frozen this year, our income from gates and
membership will be static yet the club’s costs will continue to rise through inflation so we would
kindly ask that those who can to compensate please by taking advantage of as many of the
clubs products and services as possible.
Every little bit you can do on this front helps as does paying early for cash flow. These products,
including sponsorship, advertising and corporate membership can be obtained easily by
completing the “Commercial Products” application form at the bottom.
There are a number of ways potential sponsors can gain exposure to potential customers by
being involved with Moseley. If you know of an organisation or individual that may be interested,
here are four reasons why they should consider us:
In excess of 1,000 supporters per week at home matches
Visiting supporters from all over the UK
2,000+ readers per week reading Moseley Matters
Coverage in local media (ITV & BBC)
At the bottom of this newsletter you will find information on how to take advantage of
them. Please pass this to any companies or organisations you think may have an
Help us develop Moseley into a club ready for the next step in our rugby challenge. Please call
Alan Potter on 07530-105289 if you can help in any way.
FIXTURES, RESULTS & TABLE
The Championship – This Week
Friday, 25 November 2011
Leeds Carnegie Vs. Rotherham Titans 20:00 Headingley
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Bedford Blues Vs. Esher 15:00 Goldington Road
Doncaster Knights Vs. Cornish Pirates 15:00 Castle Park
Plymouth Albion Vs. London Welsh 15:00 Brickfields
Sunday, 27 November 2011
London Scottish Vs. Bristol Rugby 14:00 Athletic Ground
Nottingham Vs. Moseley 15:00 Meadow Lane
The Championship – Last Week
Bristol (10) 37 Cornish Pirates (21) 33
Tries: Goodridge, Merriman, Fatialofa, Grieve Ward 2, D Doherty, Cattle, Suniula
Con: Roberts 4 Cook 4
Pen: Roberts 3
Bedford (22) 37 Moseley (10) 24
Tries: Harding, Penalty, Howard, Bassett, Robinson, Reay, N Mason
Con: Pritchard 3 O Thomas 3
Pen: Pritchard 2 O Thomas
Esher (12) 15 Leeds Carnegie (14) 20
Pen: Kirby 5 Bell 4
Drop Goals: Bell
London Welsh (12) 18 London Scottish (5) 16
Tries: Tonga'uiha, Ajuwa D Howells
Con: Ross J Brown
Pen: Ross 2 J Brown 3
Rotherham Titans (17) 23 Doncaster (0) 10
Tries: Copeland 2 Luke
Con: Law 2 Luke
Pen: Law 2 Luke
Drop Goals: Law
Nottingham (10) 34 Plymouth Albion (3) 10
Tries: Erinle, Shaw, Cobden, Socino Carpenter
Con: Hallett, Aldridge 3 Love
Pen: Aldridge Love
Drop Goals: Aldridge
Team P W D L F A Diff BP Pts Adjust
Bristol Rugby 11 8 0 3 280 238 42 7 39 0
Bedford Blues 11 7 1 3 348 254 94 8 38 0
Cornish Pirates 11 6 3 2 326 252 74 7 37 0
London Welsh 11 7 1 3 304 211 93 7 37 0
Rotherham Titans 11 7 1 3 284 202 82 6 36 0
Leeds Carnegie 11 7 0 4 229 263 -34 2 30 0
Nottingham 11 5 2 4 286 243 43 5 29 0
Doncaster Knights 11 5 1 5 234 259 -25 6 28 0
London Scottish 11 3 0 8 252 287 -35 7 19 0
Plymouth Albion 11 4 0 7 214 281 -67 2 18 0
Moseley 11 2 1 8 236 318 -82 4 14 0
Esher 11 0 0 11 140 325 -185 1 1 0
“All sizes of replica shirts now available in the Club Shop!”
New Gift Wrapping Service Available for Christmas
All Items wrapped in tissue paper and
placed in a red gift bag
Adult sizes - £49
Children’s sizes - £39
Credit or debit cards welcome
Shop opening times
All first team home games: 1.30 pm - 5.15 pm (closed during the game but open at half time)
Mid-week games: open at 6.30 pm
Sunday mornings: 11.30 am - 1.00 pm
At other times: If you want to drop by the shop on a weekday to make your purchases, please
call the club in advance on 0121-443-3631 and speak with Bill, Club Manager. Pease go to the
club office (rear of clubhouse) if the shop is temporarily un-manned.
Top Points Scorers
Player Team Conversions Penalties Drop Goals Tries Points
Garry Law Rotherham Titans 18 31 2 0 135
Kieran Hallett Nottingham Rugby 16 29 0 2 129
James Love Plymouth Albion 15 27 0 2 121
Rob Cook Cornish Pirates 26 18 0 1 111
Tommy Bell Leeds Carnegie 10 25 1 2 108
Daniel Mugford London Scottish 10 20 0 3 95
Gordon Ross London Welsh 15 19 1 0 90
Jamie Lennard Bedford Blues 17 11 4 0 79
Tristan Roberts Bristol Rugby 15 15 0 0 75
Oliver Thomas Moseley 17 10 1 0 67
Robert Kirby Esher Rugby 7 14 0 0 56
Thomas Luke Doncaster Knights 12 8 0 1 53
David Doherty Cornish Pirates 0 0 0 9 45
Mathew James Bristol Rugby 5 11 0 0 43
James Brown London Scottish 5 10 1 0 43
Edward Jackson London Welsh 0 0 0 8 40
Jake Sharp Bedford Blues 6 7 0 1 38
Joseph Ford Leeds Carnegie 3 7 3 0 36
Robin Copeland Rotherham Titans 0 0 0 7 35
Jack Tovey Bristol Rugby 0 0 0 7 35
Josh Bassett Bedford Blues 0 0 0 7 35
Alex Davies London Welsh 8 6 0 0 34
Bradley Davies Moseley 5 6 2 0 34
Top Try Scorers
Player Team Tries Points
David Doherty Cornish Pirates 9 45
Edward Jackson London Welsh 8 40
Josh Bassett Bedford Blues 7 35
Robin Copeland Rotherham Titans 7 35
Jack Tovey Bristol Rugby 7 35
David Jackson Nottingham Rugby 6 30
Shane Monahan Rotherham Titans 6 30
George Watkins Bristol Rugby 6 30
Blair Cowan Cornish Pirates 5 25
Drew Locke Cornish Pirates 5 25
Michael Keating Doncaster Knights 5 25
Edward Thrower London Welsh 5 25
Semisi Taulava Rotherham Titans 5 25
Michael Ellery Moseley 4 20
Robert Lewis London Welsh 4 20
Andy Reay Moseley 4 20
Iain Thornley Leeds Carnegie 4 20
David Bradford Doncaster Knights 4 20
Johannes Schmidt Bedford Blues 4 20
William Robinson Moseley 4 20
Team Points Breakdown
Team Conversions Penalties Drop Goals Tries Penalty Tries Points
Bedford Blues 30 22 4 40 2 348
Cornish Pirates 28 20 0 42 0 326
London Welsh 23 25 1 35 1 304
Nottingham Rugby 20 31 1 30 0 286
Rotherham Titans 22 33 2 27 0 284
Bristol Rugby 23 28 0 29 1 280
London Scottish 15 33 1 22 2 252
Moseley 22 16 3 25 2 236
Doncaster Knights 19 17 0 28 1 234
Leeds Carnegie 13 32 4 18 1 229
Plymouth Albion 15 27 1 18 2 214
Esher Rugby 10 20 0 12 0 140
Statistics courtesy of Rugby Roundup
(THE SENIOR AMATEUR TEAM @ BILLESLEY)
The recommended route for progression
Moseley Oak RFC has the full backing of Moseley Rugby Club evidenced in the clear statement
from Moseley’s new Chairman of Playing, John Richards, and from Moseley’s President, John
Beale, that Oak is the designated route in the career progression of Moseley players leaving the
Under 19 Colts as well as former players who wish to return to rugby at Billesley. Oak players of
the right standard will get priority to play in Moseley Development matches.
Playing the 2011-12 season in Midlands League 2, new players are welcome – please visit
either the Moseley club website or the Oak website for contact details or Call Jack Richards on
07970 868 039.
Midlands 2 West (North)
“Moseley Oak Win Third On The Bounce”
Moseley Oak battled to a second away win of the season 26-21 at Tamworth in a gritty
performance which showed how much they cared about the shirt. After losing five straight at the
start of the season the side have now secured three victories in a row.
And it was a particularly praiseworthy success given the number of injury changes as a result of
the effort put in during the previous fixture at Stafford. Another top show.
Moseley Oak dominated the first half as they got in the faces of the Tamworth side forcing them
to constantly spill the ball. They went 7-0 ahead after a lineout take, then a maul to the line, got
second row Duncan White over, Dan Pons converting.
Pons then notched a penalty before a Tamworth lock was yellow carded for impeding the scrum
half once too often after a quick tap. More indiscretions saw Pons extend the lead to 13-0
before Matt Durber, capitalising on a turnover by the forwards, scored the try of the match
breaking through the centre and scything under the posts, Pons adding the extras.
At half time it had been all Moseley Oak as Tamworth looked a ragged, error-strewn bunch
But it was a transformed Tamworth who came out in the second half and immediately battered
Virtually from the off Jimmy Carroll went over, with Danny Norton converting. And then Joe
Madden followed up, benefitting after Moseley Oak had an attempted clearance kick charged
down on their line. Norton again did the honours.
Moseley Oak were reeling and next it was a pushover try from John Smith, with Norton putting
Tamworth ahead at 21-20. But Moseley Oak pulled themselves together, started fronting up in
the way they had in the first half, and ultimately dogged out four valuable points helped by two
more Pons penalties.
Once they might have caved in under the assault but, now they have come to terms with the
higher division after promotion last year, they are sticking together and making the hard yards.
Dan Lavander and Greg Cox were again impressive in the forwards, but in truth all stepped up
to the plate. Pons controlled things at the base of the scrum and put in plenty of astute kicks.
Jonathan Perks was solid at full back and centre Jack Richards tackled his heart out.
A first ever win at Tamworth for Moseley Oak and despite a 3-2 try count against them
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Aston Old Edwardians 9 - 31 Old Saltleians
Bridgnorth 24 - 13 Burntwood
Leek 53 - 3 Shrewsbury
Spartans (Midlands) 17 - 10 Stafford
Stoke on Trent 51 - 0 Lordswood Dixonians
Tamworth 21 - 26 Moseley Oak
Team P W D L F A Diff BP Pts Adjust
Stoke on Trent 8 8 0 0 439 56 383 8 40 0
Old Saltleians 8 7 0 1 223 98 125 5 33 0
Leek 8 5 0 3 178 127 51 2 22 0
Aston Old Edwardians 8 5 0 3 132 160 -28 2 22 0
Lordswood Dixonians 8 4 0 4 161 189 -28 4 20 0
Tamworth 8 4 0 4 169 206 -37 3 19 0
Stafford 8 4 0 4 149 163 -14 2 18 0
Bridgnorth 8 3 0 5 152 167 -15 4 16 0
Moseley Oak 8 3 0 5 134 210 -76 2 14 0
Spartans (Midlands) 8 2 0 6 111 152 -41 4 12 0
Burntwood 8 2 0 6 106 173 -67 2 10 0
Shrewsbury 8 1 0 7 85 338 -253 0 4 0
Visit http://moseleyoakrugby.co.uk/ to see all that is happening at the club including player
profiles, match reports and much more.
For more information on Oak please contact John Richards, Ben Jowett or Jack Richards on
Moseley Oak are sponsored by:
MOSELEY PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Past and Present Players of Moseley Rugby Club
“Keeping the spirit alive”
Membership of Moseley Players Association (MPA) is open to anyone who has played for ANY
Moseley team, including MWRFC and Moseley Oak. This includes anyone who has had a
significant involvement with managing, coaching or providing on-field care to the players and
was therefore an essential part of the playing team. The MPA plays a key role in keeping former
players in touch with each other and involved in the Club and assisting the Club in any ways it
can. Please contact the Membership Secretary Roy Kerr (contact details are at the end of this
section) for details and a membership application form.
We are always pleased to receive any snippets of information about any old players from any of
your eras. Please email Moseley Matters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPA Members’ London Reunion – Esher, 10th December
Advanced notice to all MPA members resident in London and the South East that there will be a
Members’ Reunion at the Esher Championship match on Saturday 10th December.
Further details will be announced in due course but, meanwhile, we can advise that MPA
committee man Jeremy Summers has reserved two tables for lunch prior to the match. It is
hoped that the Supporters Association will be running a coach for those wishing to travel from
Birmingham or elsewhere en route!
Bits and Pieces
MPA Ties & Bow Ties – three designs of MPA ties and one bow tie are available for purchase at
£10.00 each including postage. Please contact Bryan Skeeles for details and orders.
Moving house or changing e-mail addresses
Please remember to let us know if you have changed your address - either home or e-mail; and
if you haven't provided us with an e-mail address, please let us have the details - it is quicker,
cheaper and we only send out a few messages each year, so we won't be filling your inboxes!
Roy’s contact details will be found at the end.
Peter Veitch (Chairman) – email@example.com, home – 0121 449 3710, office –
0121 616 5108, mobile – 07801 800201
Roy Kerr (Membership Secretary) – firstname.lastname@example.org, home – 01675 464648, mobile –
Bryan Skeeles (Hon. Secretary) – home – 0121 472 0744
George Walters (Hon. Treasurer) – email@example.com , home – 0121 355 1283
MOSELEY SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION
The MSA would like to remind fans that membership runs out on 1st July, so please print off a
membership form, fill it in and return it to us with your payment. New members are always
welcome as membership is essential for us to raise funds to help provide events and resources
for the club. So far this year we donated £500 to the first team for a team building event before
the season started and we are currently looking at other options. Your membership will also
enable you to receive discounted away travel. For more information please
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.moseleysupporters.co.uk.
MOSELEY WOMEN’S TEAM
RFU Championship Midlands Division
Success breeds success……..
Moseley’s highly successful women’s team enjoyed consecutive promotions to the RFU
Championship Midlands Division last season where the side finished mid table.
The women's team training starts on Tuesday 19th July. We meet Tuesdays (8:00 - 9:30pm)
and Thursdays (7:30 - 8:30pm), the first week of training (Tues 19th, Thurs 21st) will be fitness
based sessions with official rugby training starting on Tues 26th July.
New players always welcome. Come and try a taster session or watch us play.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Cambridge Select Ladies 38 - 10 Stoneygate Ladies
Lichfield Ladies II P-P Olney Ladies
Moseley Ladies 5 - 58 Nottingham BC Ladies
Shelford Ladies 7 - 73 Lakenham Hewett Ladies
Moseley 5 – 58 Nottingham
Moseley Women took on top of the table Nottingham on Sunday and Nottingham showed
without a shadow of a doubt why they are league leaders.
Moseley started well from their kick off, turning over possession at the first rook and spread it
quickly wide to full back Fran who side stepped a couple of Nottingham players to score on the
wing. The conversion was unsuccessful.
Unfortunately this early try only seemed to spur Nottingham on and to a much improved
performance. Moseley withstood constant pressure from Nottingham for 15 minutes before a
sharp midfield switch saw the oppositions 13 slice through the Moseley defence to score under
the posts. A few inaccuracies in Moseley’s handling and kicking gave constant possession back
to Nottingham, which Moseley could ill afford to do. Moseley seemed unable to contain the
dominant Nottingham back line and 3 more tries were run in before half time.
Half time score 5 – 24.
The second half saw Moseley compete admirably with the Nottingham forwards, with successful
‘pick and go’s’ making valuable yards, but they were unable to convert the possession they had
Newcomer to the side Meena Frombo put in a couple of massive tackles which undoubtedly
encouraged others to do the same. Nottingham’s physical prowess and well executed moves
were just a little too much for Moseley’s inexperience. Nottingham ran in another six
unanswered tries in the second half, bringing the final score to a convincing 5 – 58 win for the
Congratulations must go to Nottingham, who played an excellent game, but also to the entire
Moseley side who were put under such intense pressure throughout the game but everyone
gave 110% and nobody stopped playing until the final whistle. There is plenty for Moseley to
work on in training but playing such a difficult game will only give them the drive and endeavour
to improve, and do better next time!
Back of the match: Abi Mullins (Wing)
Forward of the match: Steph Warner (Hooker)
Team P W D L F A Diff BP Pts Adjust
Nottingham BC Ladies 7 6 0 1 247 86 161 5 29 0
Lakenham Hewett Ladies 5 5 0 0 208 40 168 3 23 0
Lichfield Ladies II 5 3 0 2 98 44 54 3 15 0
Cambridge Select Ladies 6 3 0 3 150 151 -1 3 15 0
Olney Ladies 6 3 0 3 141 166 -25 3 15 0
Moseley Ladies 6 2 1 3 107 184 -77 2 12 0
Stoneygate Ladies 6 1 1 4 78 207 -129 2 8 0
Shelford Ladies 7 0 0 7 96 247 -151 5 5 0
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Cambridge Select Ladies Vs. Shelford Ladies
Lakenham Hewett Ladies Vs. Olney Ladies
Moseley Ladies Vs. Stoneygate Ladies
Nottingham BC Ladies Vs. Lichfield Ladies II
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NORTH MIDLANDS NEWS
County Under-19s to face Yorkshire
21/11/11 by Paul Bolton
North Midlands U19’s begin their preparations for this season's National Under-20
Championship when the county Under-19s take on Yorkshire in the annual friendly between the
two counties at Dudley Kingswinford's Heathbrook ground on Sunday November 27 (2pm).
North Midlands have a close association with Yorkshire at age group level going back many
years and this keenly-anticipated fixture forms an important part in the selection process for the
Under-20 Championship, which kicks off in the New Year, and also for next season's
North Midlands have named a 26-strong for the match which includes prop Gino Belmonte, a
member of the Worcester Warriors Academy, who is gaining valuable senior experience on loan
at National Two North newcomers Bromsgrove this season.
North Midlands Under-19s:
Backs: George Baxter (UWIC), Dave Brazier (Moseley), Will Burton (Luctonians), Will Goodwin
(Ellesmere College), Alex Lane (Hereford), Jake Newman (Bromsgrove), Andy Oakden
(Whitchurch), Jack Pennells (Newport), Christopher Perry (Newport), Bryn Phillips (Whitchurch),
Iwan Phillips (Whitchurch), Thomas Westwood (Newport).
Forwards: James Bailie (Moseley), Jacob Bates (Newport), Gino Belmonte (Bromsgrove),
Aiden Cheshire (Moseley), Alex Coton (Moseley), Johnny Hill (Luctonians), Aaron Hudson
(Dudley Kingswinford), George Lee (Ledbury), Louis Madican (Old Halesonians), Ben
Meadows (Moseley), Aaron Middleton (Worcester), Ben Thompson (Ledbury), Matt Wilkes
(Ludlow), Lewis Woodfield (Moseley).
North Midlands Under 16s beaten in Super Sunday
Written by Paul Bolton
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 01:35
North Midlands Under-16s were beaten 42-15 by a lively East Midlands side in the second
Super Sunday tournament of the season at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry on Sunday
November 20. East Midlands, well-drilled and talented, were quick out of the blocks and had
scored two early tries before North Midlands had really settled.
Quick thinking from prop Will Teece (Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat Scholl, Hereford and
Herefordshire), who crossed a close range, briefly revived North Midlands but they were 21
points adrift at the break after East Midlands ran in two more tries.
North Midlands made substitutions after the break to freshen things up and they helped provide
fresh impetus as winger Reece Chapman-Carry (St Thomas Aquinas School, Moseley and
Worcestershire) and Will Merriman (Kingstone HS, Hereford and Herefordshire) ran in
The substitutions helped North Midlands gain supremacy in the scrum but that was not enough
to prevent East Midlands pulling clear and inflicting a second successive defeat on them
North Midlands Under-18s face East Midlands in Super Sunday final
21/11/11 by Paul Bolton
Defending champions North Midlands will meet East Midlands in the final of this season's
Midlands Under-18 Championship at the Super Sunday event at Broadstreet RFC near
Coventry on Sunday December 4 (2.30pm).
North Midlands held off a spirited second half fightback from Staffordshire to hang on for a 34-
32 win in their final group match at Stourbridge having earlier edged out Warwickshire in the
first match of their title defence.
Full story at http://www.northmidsrfu.co.uk/News_Article.asp?nid=594
North Midlands RFU…………….Calendar of Matches & Events Coming Soon.....
Sunday 20 November 2011
North Midlands U16s v East Midlands @ Broadstreet RFC, 1pm,
Sunday 27 November 2011
North Midlands U.19 v Yorkshire U.19 @ Dudley Kingswinford RUFC 2:00pm
Sunday 4 December 2011
Midlands U18s Super Sunday @ Broadstreet
Monday 5 December 2011
North Midlands Full Committee Meeting @ Dudley Kingswinford, 7pm
Wednesday 7 December 2011
NMSRFR meeting @ Tally Ho, 7.15pm
Thursday 8 December 2011
West Midlands Regional Delivery Team Meeting in Warwickshire 10am
Sunday 11 December 2011
Cheshire U.20 v North Midlands U.20 @ Sandbach RUFC 2:15pm
Sunday 8 January 2012
North Midlands U.20 v Warwickshire U.20 venue TBA
“A PROUD TRADITION”
(Under 17 through to Under 19)
New Players – Under 19s and Under 17s
We warmly welcome aspiring rugby players who wish to raise their game and enjoy a season
with one of the top Colts squads in the country.
The 2011—12 season will see the Colts defending their title in the North Midlands Colts league,
participating in the prestigious National Colts Cup (Semi Finalists last season) and include
fixtures this season with the Academies of Nottingham, Bedford and (new for this year)
A refreshing of the coaching team at both levels including the appointment of a former Moseley
Colt and England Youth International, Paul Bailey-Green, as U19 Back coach, Rob Di Leva as
our Sports Therapist and the retention of last year’s successful U16 coaching team Geoff
Cadogan and Mark Saunders to work with the U17 group.
Home tie for Moseley in National Colts Cup
23/11/11 by Paul Bolton
Moseley, winners of the inaugural National Colts Cup in 1998, have been drawn at home to Old
Northamptonians after their 29-5 win at Walsall in the third round.
Hereford beat Nuneaton 22-7 in the third round and have now landed a home tie against the
defending champions Bedford Blues which must be played on or before February 5.
Bedford are bidding to win the competition for the fifth time in six seasons. Their last defeat in
the cup was against Hinckley three seasons ago and they booked their place in this season's by
beating Leighton Buzzard 29-7.
Market Harborough will entertain Wolverhampton and Burton will host Paviors in the other fourth
round ties involving Midlands clubs.
The Investabroad Properties National Colts Cup was introduced in 1997/98 as part of the East
Midlands RU's centenary celebrations.
A Plate competition for clubs beaten in rounds one to three of the Cup was introduced two years
Both competitions have grown in strength and popularity and are still administered by East
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Third round (Midlands): Hereford 22 Nuneaton 7, Burton 34 Kenilworth 16, Walsall 5 Moseley
29, Wolverhampton 22 Worcester Wanderers 18, Leighton Buzzard 7 Bedford Blues 29, Paviors
17 Market Bosworth 8, Scunthorpe 6 Old Northamptonians 21, Oadby Wyggestonians 8 Market
Fourth round draw (Midlands): Moseley v Old Northamptonians, Hereford v Bedford Blues,
Market Harborough v Wolverhampton, Burton v Paviors. Ties to be played on or before
Investabroad Properties National Colts Plate:
Round 3A (Midlands): Syston v Leighton Buzzard. Ties to be played by December 4,
Round 3B (Midlands): Old Halesonians v Birmingham & Solihull, Dudley Kingswinford v
Lichfield, Walsall v Derby, Rugby Lions v Bromsgrove, Barkers' Butts v Worcester Wanderers,
Wellesbourne v Kenilworth, Stourbridge v Whitchurch, Lutterworth v Northampton BBOB,
Ampthill v Kettering, Market Bosworth v Oundle, Northampton Old Scouts v Wellingborough,
Coalville v Loughborough, Hinckley v Syston or Leighton Buzzard, Oadby Wyggestonians v
Melton Mowbray, Scunthorpe v Luton. Ties to be played by January 15.
National Colts Cup – Round 3
Walsall 5 - 29 Moseley
The U19 Colts progressed into the next
round of the National Cup with a
comfortable victory over Walsall.
Moseley kicked off and had much of the
early territorial advantage. They soon found
out that they were facing much more
organised opponents than of late, ones who
would not just let Moseley run through them.
As a result Moseley found it hard to make
best use of the ball when they had it, but
when their opponents had possession they
pressurised and harried.
The result was an extended period of play inside the Walsall half, but little to show in the way of
scoring chances. There were a few penalty opportunities, but they were either taken quickly
down blind alleyways, or kicked to touch.
Finally, after 20 minutes and from a scrum about six metres out, in the middle of the pitch,
Moseley secured their own ball. Crisp passing to the right wing gave Ryan Miller the space to
cross the line for the opening try.
Moseley were soon back in Walsall territory after the restart. They were starting to look after the
ball better, recycling it and putting phases together. However the home side were proving to be
resilient in defence.
Moseley did get the ball across the line but the referee judged it to be held up. The resulting five
metre scrum was won and the ball worked down the blind side with the forwards providing just
enough power for Elliot Price to touch down the second try. Ben Morgan added the additional
two points from out wide on the right.
Moseley comfortably caught the restart, but a fumble from a simple pass gave Walsall a scrum
inside the Moseley 22. It was the first real time they had visited Moseley territory and were
determined to make the most of it. They won the scrum and a drive had Moseley at sixes and
sevens. The drive was halted just short of the line but at the cost of a penalty. It was Moseley’s
turn on the back foot, but they defended well and relieved the pressure.
There was time enough for Walsall to break through the Moseley defence from inside there own
half - and just failed in a foot race to the line. Moseley were awarded a penalty which was kicked
to touch for the referee to blow for half time, the score line reading 0 – 12 in Moseley’s favour.
Moseley continued to pressurise after the break, but a more determined Walsall made for a
scrappy opening to the second half. Moseley
won a scrum against the head just outside the
Walsall 22 and made progress up field.
After several phases of play and good recycling
they ignored an overlap on the outside and
moved the ball infield for Jordan Oliver to finish
off a well worked move.
Walsall started to enjoy a little bit more freedom
from being pinned back in their own territory and
stared to play in the Moseley half for a time. But
like Moseley before them there was little in the
way of a threat to the score line.
Moseley had a line out on their opponents’ five metre line. The ball broke free to Walsall, who
were adjudged to have carried the ball into the dead ball area resulting in a five metre scrum.
Moseley secured the ball and passed it infield from the back of the scrum.
Ryan Miller was making a screaming run from deep and chose an excellent line to receive the
pass, carving through the Walsall line to score the best try of the day under the posts.
Conditions under foot were not conducive for place kicking, but Morgan made no mistake,
taking the score to 24 points to nil.
From the restart Moseley cleared to touch giving Walsall a lineout just inside their own half.
Moseley won the ball and passing it infield and then back again, left Ryan Miller the space on
the right wing to use his pace and run in for his third try of the afternoon.
Walsall enjoyed another period of possession and territory, taking their turn in recycling the ball
well. A clever chip over the Moseley defence close to the line allowed the advancing attackers
to claim the ball and touch down for a consolation try.
The remaining few minutes were a bit scrappy - and with the referee indicating time up Moseley
kicked the ball into touch for the final whistle and a score line reading 5 – 29
Moseley Colts now progress to Round 4, where they will meet one of the other regional winners.
That they beat one of the better teams in the Sunday division of the North Midlands Colts
League also bears well, should they maintain the current League status and get into the playoffs
at the end of the season.
Jon Meadows …. Photographs courtesy of Adrian Jones
(Excellent report. Thank you. Ed).
Backs: Y Siddiqui, C Wellington, J Oliver, J Jones, R Miller, B Morgan, D Brazier
Forwards: J Lawless Fisher, E Price, A Coton, B Meadows, C Tokeley, H Pitt, J Baillie, A Heron
Replacements: T Dalton, C Ward, P Clarr, R George, J McLaren, R Biddle
Tries: Ryan Miller (20 mins, 54 mins, 57 mins), Elliot Price (28 mins), Jordan Oliver (40 mins)
Conversions: Ben Morgan (2)
Team Pd W D L F A Diff Pts Adj
Moseley 8 8 0 0 288 63 225 36 4
Worcester 8 7 0 1 294 66 228 35 7
Whitchurch 6 3 0 3 122 113 9 16 4
Stourbridge 6 3 0 3 146 188 -42 15 3
Lichfield 7 3 0 4 129 115 14 13 1
Old Halesonians 7 1 0 6 93 181 -88 5 1
Telford Hornets 8 0 0 8 36 382 -346 0 0
Saturday 26th November
Lichfield vs Telford Hornets 14:15
Stourbridge vs Worcester 14:15
Whitchurch vs Moseley 14:15
Under 17 Colts
Focus on Students new to Birmingham
Whilst we do of course welcome all prospective players, this time of year is when students are
coming to our city and may be looking for a suitable club. Moseley Colts welcome all students
coming to one of the city’s many leading educational institutions. If you are a talented and
experienced player perhaps you will consider joining the premier colts’ (under 19s) team in the
Outstanding fixtures - Saturdays
Moseley Colts play the top club and Academy sides in England and beyond. 2011-12 once
again features one of the strongest fixture lists in the country including Northampton, Bedford
Blues and Nottingham at academy level. We also will be defending our title in the North
Midlands Colts league and participating in the North Midlands Cup (finalists last year) and
National Colts Cup where we have reached the semi-final stages in the previous two seasons.
Amongst the country’s leading Under 19s sides
The most prestigious Under 19 club competition is the National Colts Cup attracting over 100 of
the leading clubs from all corners of England. Since its inception in 1997 Moseley has reached
the quarter final stages in 12 of those 13 years. The club won the inaugural cup in 1998 and
were runners up to Harlequins in 2005.
Outstanding coaching and development
Moseley’s highly qualified coaching team helps players to develop and achieve their maximum
playing potential, not only by improving core skills but also by promoting the significance of an
appropriate lifestyle for elite sportsmen. We also value the social side of the game very highly
including many events such as our annual Easter tour. Last year we had a highly successful
visit both on and off the field when we were hosted by Parma in Italy where we took on their
U20 Academy team as well as pre-season when we hosted Munster Under 19s.
Experience with Moseley Colts prepares rugby players for club sides - almost every local side
has a former Moseley Colt – and equips players with experiences that they can use when they
return to their home club following their period of study. A significant number of the current RFU
Championship (England level 2) Moseley 1st XV squad are former Moseley Colts. Many others
feature in National League and Premiership sides, as well as achieving representative rugby for
county and country.
Try us out!
Pre-season training has now started and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday @ 6.30pm at
our Billesley Common ground. You are welcome to turn up to the sessions or if you prefer to
have an informal chat before doing that, to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Too old for the Under 19 Colts?
Take a look at Moseley Oak Rugby Club which is also based at Billesley Common (details on
the above website) - the natural progression to development and representative rugby.
Further information on both Colts and club rugby including directions and contact details can be
found at www.moseleyrugby.co.uk. - Simon Bartlett, Chairman of Youth Rugby,
Any promising young players aged between 16 and 18 years who have aspirations of playing a
good level of rugby are invited to attend training which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday
(both 6.30pm starts). For more information please visit www.moseleyrugby.co.uk and click on
‘Colts’ or contact Simon Bartlett, Chairman of Youth Rugby whose details are below.
Superb Canadian Exchange opportunity for a Moseley Colt
A superb opportunity has arisen for one or two of our Colts to experience rugby in Toronto
under an exchange programme which we are developing.
The successful suitable applicant’s family would host his equivalent Canadian Colt for a term or
more from September and then visit Toronto to stay with his new friend’s family and play rugby
there during the summer months. (Rugby is played from May through September in the
province of Ontario).
Moseley has extensive links with Toronto rugby and many of our players have played for and
indeed, in some cases are still involved with, Toronto Scottish, so there would be plenty of
support and a fine welcome for any Moseley player there. Ex Moseley Colt and current 1 st XV
squad member Ben Pons, spent an enjoyable three summer months doing just this two years
A promising 16 year old scrum half from a good family has already been identified in Toronto
and he is keen to play rugby in the Birmingham area. We would like to offer him the opportunity
to train with and play for our Colts team and also to participate in one of the areas schools.
If you would like to be considered for this exciting exchange opportunity please contact Simon
Bartlett on the number/address below.
For further information on any Colts activities please contact Simon Bartlett, colts’ manager,
Email: email@example.com ; Mobile: 07590 424785
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Child £12.00 Vouchers N/A Various
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Mid-week games: open at 6.30 pm
Sunday mornings: 9.30 am - 1.00 pm
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*Please call the club in advance on 0121-443-3631 and speak with Bill, Club General Manager, if
you want to drop by the shop on a weekday to make your purchases ; please go to the club office
(rear of clubhouse) if the shop is temporarily un-manned.
MINI & JUNIORS
Match Reports - Please!
Readers do value the reports from the M&Js. If you can help your hard pressed coaches and
age group managers, please volunteer your services for the odd match report. No previous
experience needed – just ability to type (ish!)
Parking on Sunday mornings
Could we please remind everyone that parking is not permitted around the clubhouse (except
for disabled drivers displaying valid blue badge disabled stickers and for short term deliveries).
There’s plenty of parking in either the inner car park (off Yardley Wood Road) or the large outer
car park which are both open on Sunday mornings.
Moseley 22 - 12 Hereford
This was a tremendous performance from the team against last year’s North Mids semi-finalists.
Last season we conceded 50 points against Hereford so Sunday proved a great achievement
for every one scoring four tries to two.
The pack was very strong in the set play, in scrum and line out and was very quick to the break
down. The backs used the ball very well and scored four great tries, a truly great team
Finally I would like to thank Hereford for making it a very entertaining contest. Well done every
body, see you Tuesday at training to carry on the great work. Anne Tyler, Team Manager
Greater Birmingham Tournament
Sutton 24 – 0 Bees
Bees 0 – 34 Moseley
Moseley 0 - 8 Sutton
A strange day was spent at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston where three teams played a
round robin apparently to try and provide a squad for the Greater Birmingham squad. It is not
clear how this to be achieved but we await with baited breath the outcome.
From the Moseley perspective there were two shortened games which provided a contrast of
fortunes. The first game was a fairly routine victory over an under strength Bees team. The
game was never in doubt following two tries from Nick Empson and a third under the posts by
Jack Lester. The second-half was a procession and gave no indication of what was to come.
The second game was against Sutton and the very atmosphere changed around the verdant
fields. From nowhere, a plethora of Sutton fans turned up apparently thinking there was a
round-ball game to be had. The game itself was intense with Sutton running out deserved
winners with their pack demonstrating great skill at the breakdown despite the best efforts of
Dan Coakley, Jeavon Purewal and Kobe McBean.
In truth Moseley lacked a little all over with the backs uncharacteristically sloppy with their
handling. We did have moments of pressure and Sutton certainly knew they had been in a
game. There is plenty to learn for Moseley and any return game will be a cracker. - Fitzy Snr
Kidderminster 0 – 21 Moseley (Half time 0-7)
Better late than never….here is the U14’s report from last week! (Thanks – Ed)
Following an impeccably observed two minutes silence on this Remembrance Sunday a
glorious game of rugby broke out under the late autumnal sun. Make no mistake, this was a
proper game. Kidderminster asked no quarter and played hard rugby right to the end. Perhaps
the finest achievement for Moseley was in not conceding although this was often too close for
The game started with Kidderminster pressure, and the scrums were initially controlled by the
home side. Despite this the forwards put up staunch resistance and gradually started to give the
backs some ball. There were several heavy tackles put in, notably by Jeavon, Kobe and Nick,
with Fitzy and Dan Coakley winning good ball in the line-out.
Half-way through the first half a good forward move down the left wing led to good possession
which found its way to Jack Lester who broke the line brilliantly to register the first score on the
corner. Brandon landed a difficult conversion with ease.
Kiddy came right back and came close to scoring several times. Again, great tackling from
Brandon (little guy who played full back) and Ewan Bell prevented points whilst Cavan and Jack
were repeatedly felled by strong opposition tackles.
A great first half led to an even better second, with the Moseley pack gradually gaining control,
Harry winning a couple against the head. The backs were beginning to find some space, great
runs from John Byrne were beginning to create some space in the mid-field.
This inevitably led to another Lester try, in the corner. Brandon again slotted with aplomb.
Many teams would have folded at this point but Kiddy kept on coming. It was great to watch,
both sides breaking the tackle line, both sides defending ferociously. Typical of this endeavour
was one man-size tackle by Dan Coakley which left the opposition centre wishing he’d stayed in
Jack finally broke the resistance with a great try under posts following great forward play, a
thrilling run from Brandon which he finished by throwing an outrageous pass giving Jack the
equivalent of a tap-in.
Apologies for those I haven’t mentioned as this was a tremendous team effort, with everyone
fully deserving of praise. The outstanding performance came from Archie at scrum-half, making
the most of limited possession and giving his opposite number a torrid time. Despite not being
his regular position, we discovered that Archie is, in fact, the tallest scrum half in the squad.
So, a big well done to everyone involved I look forward to the next thrilling instalment.
A special mention must go to two players who were unable to attend today’s fixture, Adam Boot
and Greg Naptin. They both attended Armistice Day parades with their relevant cadet squads
(Adam in Rubery and Greg in Shirley). - Fitzy Snr
Match 1 won 10-0
Paddy 2 tries
As the fog parted over Billesley Common, at least far enough to see the other side of the pitch,
the U12s were revealed in strength. It was good to see our new lads, as well as those returning
Kidderminster were a well drilled opposition, making effective use of kicking, more than we were
used to. The opening exchanges were evenly contested, though Moseley didn’t really appear
sharp enough at the breakdown. However, after a few minutes, the forwards committed to the
game and set the pattern for what was to come- a morning of forward dominance, releasing the
backs to good effect.
Both tries were scored by Paddy, using his strength and direct running to good effect, thought
the man of the man performance goes to Kieran ,showing great resilience at number 8 , taking
the ball into contact every time but never without winning valuable yards first.
Overall after a slow start a hard fought and very well deserved win.
Match 2 15- 0 won
Ben 1 try Dylan 2 tries.
Though the second game gave an opportunity for some of our newer and developing players,
alongside more battle hardened veterans, the game actually bought about some of the best
team play of the day. Wholesale changes at half time didn’t disrupt the game at all. Ben
controlled the game at fly half, with the Josephs sharing the scrum half shirt. After an incredibly
strong surge and a good off load from Thomas, Ben went over for the first try of the game.
The front row of Tim, Callum and Hriday were immense in the first half, and the thud of Hriday
and Archie on the opposition prop from a penalty restart can still be heard echoing around the
Our hard working props were replaced at half time with Max and Dylan but the work ethic
remained the same - Moseley kept driving forward and Max was instrumental in both of Dylan’s
subsequent tries. The game closed with several lads playing in unfamiliar positions and yet with
Paddy at full back and 'winger Thorn' on the prowl, the team never looked like coming second
Great performances from the whole team- well done lads. - Louise
U10s at the North Midlands Festival,
(Kidderminster Carolians RFC, 20 November 2011)
Moseley Plate Winners!
The U10s at last got their hands on some silverware with victory in the plate final competition of
the North Mids Festival. Over the six 12 minute games played, the team only conceded two
Sixteen under 10s teams arrived to compete in the Festival. Moseley’s was drawn in the
Leagues stages with Dudley Kingswinsford, Droitwich and Bredon. The team exploded out of
the blocks scoring three tries (Ollie, Stan, Warwick) against DK in the first half and Will rounding
off the match with a fourth try near the end of time.
The importance of this score would only become apparent at the end of the day. Second match
was against a strong Droitwich team, but Moseley showed themselves to be more than able to
Droitwich went up by one try before half time, and in the final minute Moseley thought they had
secured the equaliser when Ben went over, only to have the try disallowed for a player being
off-side. The final league game was against Bredon, who were topping the League.
Again it was an exceptionally close match, and the defence displayed by both teams were
superb, but ultimately Bredon snatched victory with a solitary try. In the end the two League
losses came down to the narrowest of margins.
For the quarter-finals of the plate, Moseley found themselves drawn against Stourbridge (who
has won Moseley’s own festival last season). The match was a try-fest for Moseley with Ollie,
Callum, Warwick and Alfie all making the score sheet.
Victory now meant they were playing against Hereford in the semis. Once more assured
Moseley defence snuffed out any Hereford threat and strong attacking play saw Ben and
Warwick score before half time, Hector then finished off the game with a second half try.
For the plate final Moseley found, with Jamie as captain, themselves facing unknown opponents
in the form of Newport. The game was a tense affair, both for players, coaches and parents
alike! Some last gasp Moseley defence work saved a couple of tries, and likewise strong
defence from Newport snuffed out a number of promising Moseley attacks.
At the final whistle the game remained nil-nil, and both teams fell silent as officials consulted the
competition rules to determine who would be the winners. The celebrations of the Moseley boys
on hearing that it was tries scored in the League rounds, which clinched them victory, was well
This was an all-round team performance, which pleased the coaches enormously. Each player
worked hard in defence, whilst those playing in the front three (Stan, Jamie, Max, Tom and
Cameron) showed themselves to be strong scrummagers (consistently winning ball against the
head) which enabled the backs to launched their attacks.
A special mention should also be made to Matt who was the team’s nominated referee, and
whose services were repeatedly called upon. - Nick Crowson
Team Squad: Alfie, Warwick, Jamie, Cameron, Ed, Hector, Tom, Stan, Will, Ben, Max, Callum,
League Game1: vs Dudley Kingswinsford 4-0 win
League Game 2: vs Droitwich 0-1 loss
League Game 3: vs Bredon 0-1 loss
Plate Quarter Final: vs Stourbridge 4-0 win
Plate Semi-Final: vs Hereford 3-0 win
Plate Final: vs Newport 0-0 win for Moseley determined by League tries.
Game 1 Moseley 0 - Kidderminster 20
Game 2 Moseley 15 - Kidderminster 10
Game 3 Moseley 10 - Kidderminster 0
Man of the match: Chris Doughty
A colder day than we'd enjoyed at our previous fixture greeted us on match day, but the team
made a blistering start to the first game with Alfie scoring from the opening move. Unfortunately,
the excitement was short lived as Kidderminster replied with six unanswered tries to leave
Moseley in no doubt as to the tough task that lay ahead.
We'll never know what coach Paul said in that half time talk, but all fourteen of the Moseley U7s
pulled together to make their family and friends who were watching proud. Moseley outscored
their opponents 6-5 in that second half, with Yusuf leading the way with a remarkable hat trick.
Some great passing and support play also lead to Alfie scoring another and Tyler adding one to
give Moseley the momentum going in to the second game.
The next game was a far tighter affair, with the defence that was lacking by both teams in the
first game coming to the fore. This was highlighted by our brave team putting their bodies on the
line, with Jack and Jarryd brushing off injuries suffered while preventing Kidderminster from
making further inroads on the scoreboard.
Despite having to momentarily play against an extra player due to the odd miscalculation by the
opposition, the team pulled off a commendable 5-5 draw with Tyler getting a couple of scores
and Se', Jarryd and Nathan each adding good looking tries.
Now that the team had warmed up, it was time to put Kidderminster to the sword. The third and
final game was marked by some great passing movements and scintillating running, with
Thomas and Hannah particularly unlucky not to score after long runs through the heart of the
With vociferous support from the sidelines, the team was roared on to a thoroughly deserved 9-
6 victory, led by four tries from Alfie (two in each half). Some superb running from Amaan led to
him getting a couple of tries, with Se', Tyler and Ellie completing the scoring (Ellie being very
unfortunate to have another, final minute try chalked off for a stud on the whitewash millimetres
from the line).
It was a thoroughly enjoyable game, for the children and for their fans, and I would like to thank
Paul, Steve and Alison for the great work they are doing with the development and
management of a great little team.
(As an aside, a big thank you to all parents for the fact that we had a squad divisible by 7 today
to simplify the conundrum of how to make sure everyone gets a fair amount of game time!)
Well done Moseley U7's for a superb game today. - Todd Micklethwaite (Tyler’s Dad)
(And thank you Todd for writing this excellent report – Ed)
Season 2011/12 Fixture List
Sat 20th August 4.30pm Pre-Season Aberavon v Moseley
Sat 27th August 3.00pm Pre-Season Moseley v Bedwas
Sat 3rd September 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Cornish Pirates
Sat 10th September 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Nottingham
Sat 17th September 2.30pm Championship Doncaster v Moseley
Wed 21st September 7.30pm B&I Cup Moseley v Plymouth Albion
Sat 24th September 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Esher
Sun 2nd October 2.00pm Championship London Scottish v Moseley
Sat 8th October 3.00pm Championship Moseley v London Welsh
Wed 12th October 7.45pm B&I Cup Bristol v Moseley
Sun 16th October 3.00pm Championship Leeds v Moseley
Sat 22nd October 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Rotherham
Fri 28th October 7.45pm Championship Plymouth Albion v Moseley
Sat 5th November 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Bristol
Sat 12th November 3.00pm B&I Cup Cross Keys v Moseley
Sat 19th November 3.00pm Championship Bedford v Moseley
Sun 27th November 3.00pm Championship Nottingham v Moseley
Sat 3rd December 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Doncaster
Sat 10th December 3.00pm Championship Esher v Moseley
Sat 17th December 2.00pm B&I Cup Moseley v Munster
Mon 26th December 3.00pm Championship Moseley v London Scottish
Sat 31st December 2.00pm Championship London Welsh v Moseley
Sat 7th January 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Leeds
Sat 14th January 2.00pm Championship Rotherham v Moseley
Sat 21st January B&I Cup Quarter Final
Fri 27th January 7.30pm Championship Moseley v Plymouth Albion
Fri 3rd February 7.45pm Championship Bristol v Moseley
Sat 11th February Reserve Weekend
Sat 18th February 3.00pm Championship Moseley v Bedford
Sat 25th February 2.00pm Championship Cornish Pirates v Moseley
Sun 3rd March Blank Weekend
Mon 10th March Championship Play offs Round 1
Tue 17th March Championship Play offs Round 2
Wed 24th March Championship Play offs Round 3
Thu 31st March Championship Play offs Round 4
Fri 7th April B&I Cup Semi Final
Sat 14th April Championship Play offs Round 5
Sun 21st April Championship Play offs Round 6
Mon 28th April B&I Cup Final
Tue 5th May Final 1st Leg
Wed 12th May Final 2nd leg
Thu 19th May Championship Final 1st Leg
Fri 26th May Championship Final 2nd leg
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