As if Saturday's home game against Caldy didn't already have enough significance, two club stalwarts and fan favorites will be retiring from playing for Birmingham Moseley. Adam Caves, holder of the record appearances in the professional era (387) and Chris Brightwell (141) will be pulling on the Red & Black for the last time.
All the best lads and thanks for everything. #Legends #MoseleyMen
Considering it was always going to be a nervy affair, with the futures of both teams in the league at stake, as well as being played in the winds of Storm Hannah, and with several key injuries and absences, I thought we did incredibly well. Caldy threw everything at us - they were capable of periods of sustained pressure and ferocious at the breakdown - but we weathered the storm. We made plenty of mistakes - missed tackles, failed line outs, knock ons in promising positions - but rallied for one final onslaught, which - thankfully! - proved decisive. I do hope we can now regroup, form a great squad for the new season, and make a real showing from September under a new DOR. Two things this season has shown me - (a) the high standard in the league and (b) the closeness in standard between highly and lowly placed sides. I hope we can draw strength from our survival and build for a new season where, as spectators, we can watch games without that gnawing sense of dread which has characterised this season. Come on you Mose..........................!!!
Maybe all are unsure as to their futures with a new DOR coming in. For Collin, his contract has more than likely ended but thats not to say he wont be here come September ( trust he remains - experience, knowledge etc) This point was overheard from a senior player about his own future too.
A game we made difficult by dropping our balls in promising positions! Not the five points I had predicted but ....summer...September to go again.Yes and all the best to retired and departing players and lets see how the squad developes for next season.
Well said jones. It was one of those games where Caldy had nothing to lose whereas Moseley had everything to lose. Fortunately Moseley got the crucial score right at the death but, until then, it was all up for grabs.
See you all next season by which time, hopefully, all our nerves will have settled down a bit.
Come on Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
Post by kingsheathlad on Apr 27, 2019 20:33:40 GMT
Great opening try.lucky not to get a yc in first half what looked like obstruction on their winger.second half seemed like lots of knock ons by both sides.I thought Le Roux coming in gave us impetus and we held onto the ball better and the winning try eventually came. Roll on next season.Onwards and upwards.
Can we have valium sandwiches on the menu next season dont think I can handle another season like this one. Congrats to the players and coaches for getting the result and the tremendous support.Commiserations to Caldy I really feel for them and their supporters
Well done to the squad which did enough in the second half of the season to keep us up ... just.
Today's match seemed to sum up the season - no shortage of effort, plenty of errors especially at critical points, and odd flashes of skill which today gave us the two tries. And a late twist which his time was in our favour.
Caldy, who played a quarter of the match with 14, will feel rightly aggrieved by some of the ref's decisions and by my reckoning hadn't been in the bottom three all season until our second try was scored.
A contest between two teams desperate to avoid relegation, separated by the only conversion not taken into that wind.
Congrats to the boys, coaching team and the medics. Well-deserved to stay in this league. However, to be fair the team only lost couple of games heavily. Interesting 2019-20 season coming up!
Thank you to Adam Caves and Chris Brightwell on retirement from the club, both of whom had big impact at Mose. Also, congrats to Tom Fidler for his 100th appearance for the club and Josh Poole for receiving the Golden Boot trophy.
What with Valium sandwiches and Viagra biscuits called for yesterday I now know we are a 21st century Club.
I believed the omens may be contriving against us before the kick off, however, with not a Cornish Pastie in sight on any of the counters - my home game ritual blasted apart. I felt lonely, detached and starving only to have my fears nulled with the win in this tense game. Notwithstanding, I trust the catering buyers will be castigated accordingly and reminded of the potential results of the disciplinary action taken by refecting on the outcome of visitors to Sweenie Todds hair stylist salon in past times!
Hope we get to hear about the trip to the Ilfracombe Tournament of zillions of our young players in the next few weeks.
Yes, it was an awful game and yes, we have seen some disappointing performances this season. BUT, take a look at final league table. One extra win and we would have finished eighth! This is a tight competitive league and whilst we have not played particularly well we have still been competitive
Anyone know when the first pre-season friendly is?
... and on that subject, please, no friendlies against Cov or Wuss. Being beaten out of sight with a more or less completely new team was a disaster for confidence this season and there is no reason to expect 19/20 to be different. Losing is not a problem, but not being competitive is.
Wasn't there a deal to play Cov twice so this summer it would the return?
I agree with others here, pre-season hammerings and the injuries that with came with them last August are hardly conducive to a good September.
I thought we dug in well in the second half, I feared the worst going into that gale and we looked 2nd best at half time. Perhaps the wind was tricky for both teams, other than the place kicking it didn't seem to really matter. I thought JLR made a big difference when he came on, suddenly we were going forward all the time.
Good job we weren't relying on higher placed teams to do us any favours yesterday as has been the case for the last month.
Delighted we survived and sent Adam and Chris off with a win, they've given everything to the club.
I agree with most of what has been posted about the game yesterday. Thought at one stage the number of knock ons would come to bite us. I didn’t understand Caldy’S tactics in the second half. It appeared to me that they were merely trying to hold on to their slender points advantage rather than taking the game to us.(Rather pleased they didn’t). The lads gave everything and given the fact that we were on the wrong side of several tight games in the first half of the season I think it has been only justice that we have stayed up by winning a number of games in recent weeks by slender margins. As far as next seasons squad is concerned I would be interested in hearing what other supporters feel about both the army connection as well as the dual registration and loan initiatives. From my standpoint the army connection has both its advantages as well as disadvantages. It is clear Lewis Bean stood out as a massive signing and I am not surprised the Saints have stepped in to sign him although I will watch to see how much game time he gets. Ravai, JD and others have done their bit but have not been consistent and/or available enough. There hangs the disadvantages as we needed their availability to at least cover the catalogue of injuries we sustained during the season. The dual registered scheme, I am afraid, completely escapes me. When you look through the list of players in the squad we have a number who have turned up, played and then disappeared. If we intend to go this route next season is it possible we can get more clarity or is that simply wishful thinking? I am not close to the inner sanctum to know which players have been approached to sign again for next season but having maintained our position in Nat Division One I hope we are now talking to them.
Personally I would worry about relying on Army or RAF lads due to their jobs having to come first ,I have seen it season after season at a club near me who have signed lads from a local RAF base only to be denied promotion due to unavailability at a crucial stage of the season.
Duel registration works well if you can guarantee the parent club leave them with you for the season but inevitably they don't .
My way forward with recruitment would be quality local talent ,plenty have slipped through the net at Moseley earlier in their careers ,Louis Roach being one ,another name springs to mind ,a lad who went onto play age grade for his country and now captains a good Nat 2 side ,Joe Wrafter played North Mids rugby before going to Hartpury,these lads are out there ,recruitment is key at this level ,Moseley is still a prestigious name to play for ,especially in the eyes of local lads .
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2019 15:28:27 GMT by jonnoisgod