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…...EDF Energy Trophy holders: Carpe Diem! …… "MOSELEY MATTERS” 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 Results……………… 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 Moseley Matters is issued every week during the playing season. Please keep sending all info, news, bits and pieces or if you have any ideas on what you would like to see please contact us at email@example.com . “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 EDITORIAL 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 club brings. 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? MOSELEY MINI SEASON TICKETS Get your discounted tickets for the remaining Championship games 10 tickets for £100 9 for £90 8 for £80 7 for £70 6 for £60 5 for £50 That is a massive 33% saving on the adult entry price! (NB no further discount for Seniors) Payment must be made in advance by cheque or cash only and send in an envelope marked 'Season Ticket' to the club office. Please utilise application form at the end of this newsletter. Tickets can be used at home Championship games only, including three play-off games but excluding any quarter final, semi-final or final. Not for use B&I Cup matches “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 Kiddies. 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- on-one. 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 the line. 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 CHRISTMAS CARD OFFER Get your personalised Christmas card signed by your favourite member of the 1 st XV squad Send a “Shaggy Seasonal” Greeting to your loved one Wish them a “Waggy Wonderful “Christmas For only £2.50 you can arrange for a Moseley Christmas card to be signed by your favourite player or member of the coaching staff The ideal surprise for your son or daughter, get their Moseley hero to send them a Christmas greeting! Just contact Bill Redwood in the club office to arrange your cards. (0121-443-3631 firstname.lastname@example.org ) Get them soon before stocks run out! 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 problems. “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 better in. “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 enough. “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.” CHRISTMAS PARTIES AT YOUR CLUB “Moseley’s own Christmas party” Tickets selling fast – get yours now! Fri Dec 2nd - Now just over a week away! “The return of ‘Take Fat’ Comedian + Disco + 3 Course Meal! All for the incredible price of ONLY £20 / Ticket! ======================================================= “Your own private Christmas party!” Private Functions at the Clubhouse welcome Have you booked your company Christmas party yet? Book your own Christmas party at the clubhouse and we will custom an occasion to meet your needs! We welcome private bookings and can cater to every occasion. Further information including sample menus for both hot meals and cold buffets are available. Just call Bill on 07515-294312 or via email@example.com......or just drop in when you’re nearby. 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 theme http://moseleysupporters.proboards.com/ 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 efforts. 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! “MOSELEY BOXES AVAILABLE” Hospitality Boxes and other Opportunities - Four cracking fixtures all at a low, low price! Saturday 3rd December v Doncaster Saturday 17th December v Munster (B & I Cup) Saturday 26th December v London Scottish Entertain up to 12 guests with privileged parking, match programme, hot food served in your box or in the players room, included cheese board tea and coffee. “Specially priced for these games at just £399 plus VAT!” Please book early for any of the above games either as a corporate/business event Group of friends or your employees as a Christmas treat. Pitch Perimeter Signs You will note that we have a number of new signs at the ground this season with a number still in the pipeline to be fitted, so it’s not too late for you to get involved. “Normal price is just £950 plus £125 for sign manufacture (both plus VAT)!” Check out all the available advertising and sponsorship opportunities on the website or the match day programme. Contact Alan Potter on 07530 105289 or at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 altogether. 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 players. "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 huge asset." LIMITED EDITION HOODIE AVAILABLE FROM THE CLUB SHOP 1st XV NEWS Rookie scrum half Ryan Glynn heaps praise on coaches Birmingham Mail 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 summer. 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 tackles. 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 development. “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.” NEW TICKET OFFER Launch Of Moseley Rugby Loyalty Cards 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 Rugby Club Shop, or the Club Office. They will also be available on match days at the ground. Fans will get a stamp on their loyalty card for every ticket they purchase for any Moseley Rugby Championship home game during the 2011 - 2012 season and once they reach five, the 6th will be given for free! 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 British and Irish Cup tickets. 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 the time of purchase. Stamps will not be awarded retrospectively. Completed cards should be returned to the Club Office with name and address details, either in person (Monday to Friday) or by post for award of the free ticket. Start collecting today! Moseley Rugby play Doncaster on December 3 rd. and London Scottish on Boxing Day. Tickets are £15 for adults, £10 for senior citizen concessions, £6 for students and £3 for juniors. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with Moseley Rugby Club Season Ticket Offers. 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 week. 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 your team-mates.” 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 COMMUNITY 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 Haunch Lane. 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 against Munster? MUNSTER MATCH SPECIAL OFFER B&I Cup Bargain Why not get together with friends to enjoy the great atmosphere of this match Please Note 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 hotel costs. 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 Replacements 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 Match Statistics Min Score 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 (Injury) 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 (Tactical) Rep Paul Spivey For David Lyons 66 29 - 17 (Tactical) Rep Samuel Brown For Ryan Glynn 66 29 - 17 (Tactical) 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 Carter (Tactical) Rep Jamie Lennard For Jake Sharp 73 32 - 17 (Tactical) Rep Sam Pailor For Sean Tomes 73 32 - 17 (Tactical) Rep Oliver Dodge For Tom Bedford 73 32 - 17 (Tactical) Rep Michael Maltman For Michael 73 32 - 17 Ellery (Tactical) Try Sacha Harding 76 37 - 17 Miss Con James Pritchard 76 37 - 17 Rep Stef Leibenburg For Darryl 78 37 - 17 Veenendaal (Tactical) Rep Charley Thomas For Adam 78 37 - 17 Caves (Tactical) Rep Anthony O'Donnell For Craig 78 37 - 17 Voisey (Tactical) 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) Match report 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 defeat. 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 their execution. 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 points. 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 80 minutes.” 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 Moseley Gift Vouchers The perfect Christmas Gift for the person who has everything Available in £5, £10 & £20 from the club shop. See below for the fantastic range of items that the vouchers can be used to purchase 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 Heneghan. 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 Sunday Mercury Peter Keenan 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 players. 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 that.” 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 Pritchard improved. 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 Robinson. 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 interest. 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 Attend: 6,044 Bedford (22) 37 Moseley (10) 24 Tries: Harding, Penalty, Howard, Bassett, Robinson, Reay, N Mason Kohler Con: Pritchard 3 O Thomas 3 Pen: Pritchard 2 O Thomas Attend: 2,429 Esher (12) 15 Leeds Carnegie (14) 20 Tries: Bell Pen: Kirby 5 Bell 4 Drop Goals: Bell Attend: 844 London Welsh (12) 18 London Scottish (5) 16 Tries: Tonga'uiha, Ajuwa D Howells Con: Ross J Brown Pen: Ross 2 J Brown 3 Attend: 2,290 Rotherham Titans (17) 23 Doncaster (0) 10 Tries: Copeland 2 Luke Con: Law 2 Luke Pen: Law 2 Luke Drop Goals: Law Attend: 2,467 Nottingham (10) 34 Plymouth Albion (3) 10 Tries: Erinle, Shaw, Cobden, Socino Carpenter Con: Hallett, Aldridge 3 Love Pen: Aldridge Love Drop Goals: Aldridge Attend: 2,467 Table 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 REPLICA SHIRTS “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 Only £2.50 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. ANORAKS’ CORNER Championship Statistics 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 MOSELEY OAK (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) Match reports “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 their opponents. 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 Results 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 League Table 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 Website 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 07970-868039. 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 email@example.com. 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. Contact Details Peter Veitch (Chairman) – firstname.lastname@example.org, home – 0121 449 3710, office – 0121 616 5108, mobile – 07801 800201 Roy Kerr (Membership Secretary) – email@example.com, home – 01675 464648, mobile – 07889 175377 Bryan Skeeles (Hon. Secretary) – home – 0121 472 0744 George Walters (Hon. Treasurer) – firstname.lastname@example.org , home – 0121 355 1283 MOSELEY SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION MSA Membership 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 email@example.com 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. Training 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. Last Weekened 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 Match Report 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 into points. 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 away side. 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! Steph Warner Back of the match: Abi Mullins (Wing) Forward of the match: Steph Warner (Hooker) League table 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 Fixtures Sunday, 11 December 2011 Cambridge Select Ladies Vs. 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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 tournament. 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 unconverted tries. 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 MOSELEY COLTS “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) Northampton Saints. 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. Under 19 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 later. Both competitions have grown in strength and popularity and are still administered by East Midlands RU. Investabroad Properties National Colts Cup 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 Harborough 28. 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 February 5. 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. Match Report 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) Table Points 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 Fixtures 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 region. 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. Outstanding opportunities 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 email@example.com 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 ago! 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. 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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. Under 15 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 performance. 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 Under 14 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 comfort. 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 bed. 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 Under 12 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 well represented. 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 common. 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 best. Great performances from the whole team- well done lads. - Louise Under 10 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 tries. 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 compete. 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 deserved! 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, Ollie. 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. Under 9 Game 1 Moseley 0 - Kidderminster 20 Game 2 Moseley 15 - Kidderminster 10 Game 3 Moseley 10 - Kidderminster 0 Man of the match: Chris Doughty Under 7 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 Kidderminster defence. 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) 2011/12 FIXTURES . Season 2011/12 Fixture List Home Away 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 Championship Semi- Tue 5th May Final 1st Leg Championship Semi- Wed 12th May Final 2nd leg Thu 19th May Championship Final 1st Leg Fri 26th May Championship Final 2nd leg MOSELEY - MEMBERS’ SEASON TICKET APPLICATION 2011/12 “PRICES FROZEN FOR THIRD SUCCESSIVE SEASON!” Adult £155……………….. 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