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Academy Fixtures – 2011/2012

Date   Opponent   KO Result Pts Pts
            For A
               
Friday 12-Aug Academy U18 Tournament at Saracens A 12.00 pm      
Sunday  21-Aug Irish Exiles U19s A 2.00 pm W 57 43
Saturday 27-Aug Training H 10.00 am      
Saturday 03-Sep Training H 10.00 am      
Saturday 10-Sep Leicester Academy H 3.00 pm L 0 31
Wednesday 14-Sep Eastern Counties U18s (at Shelford) A 7.30 pm W 46 0
Sunday  18-Sep East Midlands U18s H 2.00 pm W 43 0
Saturday 24-Sep Kettering (Cup) A 3.00 pm W 42 9
Saturday 01-Oct Cambridge Univ U21s A 2.30 pm W 36 25
Saturday 08-Oct Oxford Univ U21s H 3.00 pm L 8 15
Saturday 15-Oct Hinckley - Colts Cup (at Biddenham School) H 2.00 pm W 49 7
Saturday 22-Oct Northamption Saints Academy H 2.30 pm L 3 39
Saturday 29-Oct Day Off          
Saturday 05-Nov RAF U23 XV H Cancelled      
Saturday 12-Nov Gwent Dragons Academy H 2.00 pm L 20 22
Saturday 19-Nov Leighton Buzzard (Cup)  A 2.15 pm W 29 7
Saturday 26-Nov Cambridge Univ U21s (at Athletic Stadium) H 12.30 pm W 23 5
Saturday 03-Dec Saracens Academy H 2.00 pm L 12 32
Saturday 10-Dec Loughborough Univ Freshers A 12.30 pm L 12 52
Saturday 17-Dec Training          
Saturday 24-Dec            
Saturday 31-Dec            
Saturday 07-Jan Saracens Academy H 2.00 pm L 19 20
Saturday 14-Jan Moseley A 2.30 pm W 60 12
Sunday  22-Jan Midlands Division A 2.00 pm D 19 19
Saturday 28-Jan Northampton Saints Academy A 12.00 pm L 8 40
Sunday  05-Feb Hereford (Cup) - postponed A 2.00 pm      
Saturday 11-Feb Leicester Tigers Academy - cancelled A 12.00 pm      
Saturday 18-Feb Worcester - cancelled H 2.30 pm      
Saturday 25-Feb            
Sunday  04-Mar Hereford (Cup) - rearranged  A 2.00 pm W 30 0
Saturday 10-Mar Nottingham A 2.00 pm W 37 0
Saturday 17-Mar Cinderford (Cup) A 2.30 pm W 24 0
Saturday 24-Mar Loughborough Univ Devel XV - cancelled H 3.00 pm      
Saturday 31-Mar Moseley (at Athletics Stadium) H 1.30 pm W 71 0
Monday 09-Apr Chinnor (Cup Semi Final) H 3.00 pm W 42 10
Saturday 14-Apr Worcester - cancelled H 3.00 pm      
Saturday 21-Apr Leicester Tigers Academy - rearranged  A 12.00 pm L 0 40
Saturday 28-Apr            
Saturday 05-May            
Monday 07-May Ivybridge - Colts Cup Final   3.15 pm W 31 15
Friday 11-May End of Season Dinner          
               

 

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 31 pts: Ivybridge 15pts:

Monday 7th May 2012

National Under 19 Knock Out Cup Final

Bedford Blues won the Investabroad Properties National Under 19 Cup for a record fifth time in six seasons with a 31pts - 15 win over Ivybridge in Monday's final at Franklin’s Gardens.

The match was preceded with a minute’s silence to mark the death of Blues stalwart Mark Howe who had died the previous evening. Mark, a Bedford Blues playing legend for two decades, made 478 appearances for the Blues between 1976-96; he was captain of the club in 1989-90 and was currently serving on the Board of Directors. He represented England Schools, Students and U23s, East Midlands, Midlands, and the Barbarians and was a final England trialist in 1981.

Streeton scores the final try

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues ©

Wing Dean Adamson

c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues ©

With expectations high the Blues looked nervous, and made a shaky start. Bedford dominated possession, and territory, but some poor decision making, over optimistic offloads, and missed passes from the Blues, stopped them settling. Ivybridge broke out of their 22 on a number of occasions, before taking the lead with a well struck penalty from their captain and fly half Cameron Settler. It was not until half way through the 1st half that the Blues levelled the scores with a penalty from fly half Harry Key. Blues wing Anthony Hensman scored the opening try after a sweeping move, involving 4 – 5 phases, with full-back Elliott Clements-Hill giving the scoring pass. Key added the conversion to extend Bedford’s lead to 10pts – 3. A period of forward pressure produced another try for hooker Alex Bloisi just before half time, converted by Key, to give the Blues a 17pts – 3 lead at half time.

Bedford went further ahead with a third try just after half time when Key kicked a penalty to the corner, flanker Bryan White won the line-out and was driven over by his pack. Key converted and the Blues were 24pts – 3 ahead. Ivybridge hit back with Setter crossing for a try, which he converted, before another try from flanker Jordan Anderton narrowed the gap to 24pts – 15. Bedford took control of the game again and with a great counter attack Hensman and full back Aaron Morris moved the point of attack to set scrum half Ali Price free to make great ground and feed centre Felix Streeton for the try of the game. Key converted to give the Blues the cup by 31pts – 15.

Iybridge close in on Key

Photo c/o Andre Smit ©

Ali Price with the cup

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues ©

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“ I thought this was a good game in greasy conditions, with both sides playing good rugby. We took some time to settle but eventually controlled the game well. All credit to Ivybridge, they stopped us settling early in the game and then came back from 24 pts - 3 down to narrow the gap to 24 pts – 15, before we sealed the win.”

“There was a lot of pressure on our guys as Cup holders and, apart from some poor decision making in the first 15 minutes, they coped with this well.”

“A cup win at the end of the season is a great way to finish but looking back the most satisfying aspect of the season is how the squad have developed. Four of them have stepped up to play for the Blues 1st XV, Ali Price has been awarded a contract with the Blues, others have trained with the 1st XV. The squad has improved individually and collectively over the season and some of the youngsters offer real potential for the future.”

”Winning the Cup for three years on the run is great for the club, but the real test of the Academy is how many players we get through to the Blues 1st XV squad. The next challenge for the older players is to show if they can now make the step up to adult rugby. A number of them will be training with the Blues 1st XV in pre-season training this summer and will be hoping to impress Mike Rayer and claim a spot in the Blues senior set up.”

“Thanks must go to a long list of people who helped to make a successful season end with a trophy; the physio team of Harriet Cole, Nick Allen and Dani Yarwood for keeping the squad fit, repairing injuries and acting as “agony aunts” to the squad; strength & conditioning coach Matt Williams who has begun to make real improvements in their conditioning programmes; Team Manager Gareth Davies for all of the unseen work behind the scenes; the Blues supporters who have supported the team in many of their games; Nigel Rudgard, Andre Smit and Phillip Streeton for their match day photography; Geoff Irvine, Gareth Davies and Mike Rayer for their encouragement and support over the season; the players’ parents who have been supportive over the whole season; and finally the coaching team of Alan Brown, Rich Candlin, Gregor Gillanders, Steve Guest, James Hinkins, Ian Vass who became a very effective team over the season.”

 

The Blues celebrate

Photo c/o Nigel Rudgard – Photographer, Bedford Blues ©

 

Bedford: Josh Smith, Alex Bloisi, Matt Collins, Ben Latimer, Gareth Baxter, Sven Meilland, Ollie Clough, Bry White (v.capt); Ali Price (capt), Harry Key; Anthony Hensman, Felix Streeton, Alex Awenat, Dean Adamson; Elliott Clements-Hill: Subs: Khrys Speed, Connor Adams, George Stuffins, Jake Foster, Alex Smit, Nathan Donnachie, Aaron Morris:

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Academy squad for Cup final:

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to face Ivybridge in the National Under 19 Cup Final, on Monday May 7th, Kick Off 3.15pm at the Northampton Saints Franklin's Gardens ground.

The Blues make one change in their starting line up from the semi-final team than beat Chinnor. Winger Anthony Hensman starts and Aaron Morris moves to the bench. The Blues have opted for a 4/3 split on the bench and prop Connor Adams makes his first appearance for the Blues. The side is captained by scrum half Ali Price, who plays on Friday night for Scotland U20s vs England Counties U20s.

 

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith

17

Connor Adams

2

Alex Bloisi

16

Khrys Speed

3

Matt Collins

18

George Stuffins

   4 Ben Latimer    

5

Gareth Baxter

   

6

Bry White (v.capt)

20

Sven Meiland

7

Ollie Clough

   

8

Ben Brownlie

   

9

Ali Price (capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key

22

Nathan Donnachie

11

Anthony Hensman

19

Aaron Morris

12

Felix Streeton

13

Alex Awenat

14

Dean Adamson

15

Elliot Clement-Hill

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said ...... "Ivybridge will present a really tough challenge. They have had an outstanding season having only lost one game and that one narrowly against Redruth back in September. They have won 29 games, lost one and drawn one and won the Devon Colts league and the Devon Colts Cup."

“The Blues squad has trained really well over the last two weeks and we have had some really tough selection decisions to make. The attitude of the guys who have not made the squad of 22 has been excellent and, although they were disappointed to miss this last game of the season, they have focussed on helping the squad of 22 to prepare for the final.”

"This is an exciting weekend for the Blues with a Championship semi-final against London Welsh on Friday night, and the Academy in the National Under 19 Cup Final on Monday. The final looks set to be a good game. We hope the Blues supporters turn out in force at Saints on Monday."

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Leicester Tigers U19s 40 pts: Bedford Academy U19s 0 pts:

Saturday 21st April 2012

Leicester Tigers U19s, who have already beaten England twice, Wales and Canada this season, were too strong for the Blues winning by 40pts – 0. Leicester, one of the RFU funded Academies, scored 6 tries (3 in each half) in a fine display of power and skills to defeat the Blues.

Tigers took an early lead when the Blues won a scrum against the head on half way, Blues scrum half Ali Price broke but lost the ball. Tigers counter attacked, and made ground to score in the corner. The Blues ht back and No.8 Ben Brownlie, and centre Felix Streeton both went close without scoring; Brownlie was tackled into the corner flag, and Streeton was held up over the line. Leicester went further ahead when a fine break by their centre put in the Leicester No.8, who scored his second try just before half time, to put the Tigers ahead by 19pts – 0 at half time.

Tigers scored three further tries in the second half to win by 40pts – 0.

Blues defence ... Bry White wins the lineout ....

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a very good game, a real physical challenge for the Bedford players. Tigers had a number of players in their pack who are bigger than any of the Blues 1st XV. Leicester showed real power with their big players running hard lines in the first half. They changed their game plan in the second half and moved the ball wide with their back three always dangerous. They have a fantastic record this season. Although Leicester won well, there were lots of positives for the Blues to take from the game.”

“We coped well with the power of the Tigers, and showed real character against what is probably the best U19 side in England. The Blues never gave in and competed right to the end. This was a great warm up for the Cup final in two weeks time. We have only conceded one try in our last 5 games, so this was exactly the challenge we needed.”

“We now have two weeks hard training before our Cup tie against Ivybridge on Bank Holiday Monday.”

Bedford play Ivybridge in the final of the National Colts Knock Out Cup, on Monday May 7th at Franklin’s Gardens, KO 3.15pm.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Ben Latimer, Gareth Baxter, Bry White (v.capt), Jake Foster, Ben Brownlie; Ali Price (capt), Nathan Donachee; Anthony Hensman, Felix Streeton, Alex Awenat, Aaron Morris; Dean Adamson: Subs: Will Allard, Jack Allen, Alex Bloisi, Alex Smith, Sven Meilland, Seb Clarke, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Nick Coward, Elliott Clement-Hill, Will Simmonds:

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Bedford Academy U19s 42 pts: Chinnor U19s 10 pts:

National Colts Knock Out Cup – Semi Final

Sunday 9th April 2012

The Blues Academy progressed into their fifth National Colts Cup Final in six years with a 42pts – 10 win over Chinnor on a wet and miserable Easter Monday at Goldington Road. The Blues did not have it all their own way. After almost total dominance in the first half, and a 30pts – 3 half time lead, the Blues lost their way in the second half, allowing Chinnor back into the game. Chinnor narrowed the gap to 30pts – 10 after 20 minutes and it was not until the last 10 minutes that the Blues regained composure to score two late tries and a 42pts – 10 win.

Bedford took an early lead after 3 minutes when from a strong Blues scrum, Ali Price nipped over for a try, converted by fly half Harry Key. The Blues put pressure on Chinnor with a series of well built attacks involving backs and forwards. Chinnor were unable to cope with the Blues control and were forced to concede a series of penalties allowing Key to extend the lead with well taken kicks after 10 and 15 minutes. The next score followed straight from the kick off. Bedford drove back into the Chinnor half to win a lineout. The Blues won good ball and good work by centres Felix Streeton and Alex Awenat saw Streeton score under the posts. Key converted and the Blues were 20pts up after less than 20 minutes. Chinnor narrowed the gap with a penalty before Bedford scored their third try following good approach work from back row forwards Ben Brownlie and Bry White; left wing Dean Adamson made the extra man on the right and fed right winger Aaron Morris for a good try. Key converted and slotted another penalty to put the Blues ahead by 30pts – 3 at half time.

The second half saw a totally different performance with Bedford looking complacent, and Chinnor looking the better team. There was no score until 20 minutes into the half when Chinnor scored a converted try to narrow the gap to 30pts - 10. Bedford woke up and put together a much better last 10 minutes scoring two good tries; scrum half Alex Smit following a number of attacking phases; and Adamson following some good approach work by forwards and backs. Key converted one to give the Blues a 42pts – 10 win, and a place in the final.

Aaron Morris breaks Ali Price

NB: © Photos above are copyright Bedfordshire Times & Citizen ©

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a real game of two halves. We played some very good rugby in the first half and then went to sleep at half time. All credit to Chinnor, they came back at us after half time and made us look average at best.”

“We are obviously pleased with the win but not with the performance over the whole game. We need to learn to perform at a high level over the whole game.”

“We have a tough test away in our next game. We play Leicester Tigers, who beat the England Under 18 XV on Sunday. We will need to perform much better to cope with them.”

Streeton scores Smit scores

Bedford play Ivybridge, who beat Wadebridge by 27pts – 5 in the other semi-final on, in the final of the National Colts Knock Out Cup, on Monday May 7th at Franklin’s Gardens, KO 3.00pm.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Alex Bloisi, Matt Collins, Ben Latimer, Gareth Baxter, Bry White (v.capt), Ollie Clough, Ben Brownlie; Ali Price (capt), Harry Key; Dean Adamson, Felix Streeton, Alex Awenat, Aaron Morris; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Will Allard, Khrys Speed, George Stuffins, Alex Smith, Sven Meilland, Alex Smit, Nathan Donachee:

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Academy squad for semi-final:

The Blues Academy have announced their squad to face Chinnor in the National Colts Knock Out Cup Semi-final, on Monday April 9th, Kick Off 3pm at Goldington Road.

After a few weeks of squad rotation the Blues make seven changes to their starting line up from last week. Prop Matt Collins, and full back Elliott Clement- Hill return from injury and, along with prop Josh Smith, 2nd row Ben Latimer, flanker Bry White, scrum half Ali Price and centre Felix Streeton, return to starting line-up. The side is captained by Ali Price.

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Alex Bloisi

17

Khrys Speed

3

Matt Collins

18

George Stuffins

   4 Ben Latimer

5

Gareth Baxter

19

Alex Smith

6

Bry White (v.capt)

7

Ollie Clough

20

Sven Meiland

8

Ben Brownlie

9

Ali Price (capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key

11

Dean Adamson

22

Nathan Donachee

12

Felix Streeton

13

Alex Awenat

14

Aaron Morris

15

Elliot Clement-Hill

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said “We have had some good performances over the last few weeks and with players returning from injury, we have had some really tough selection decisions to make.”

"We have had a good week’s training in preparation for the semi-final. Chinnor will be tough opponents. Doncaster were favourites to win the Quarter Final and Chinnor played well, in appalling weather, to beat them."

“The players are determined to reach the Cup Final again, and are looking forward to a home fixture in the cup. A Goldington Road semi-final should be a great day, and is a chance for the squad to demonstrate how far they have developed this season. We hope the Blues supporters turn out in force to support the Academy."

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Bedford Academy U19s 71 pts: Moseley U19s 0 pts:

Saturday 31st March 2012

 

With 11 tries (from 10 different players) and 8 conversions the Blues Academy were too strong for an under strength Moseley side, winning by 71pts – 0.

First half tries were scored by winger Anthony Hensman (2), scrum half Alex Smit, full back Dean Adamson, fly Half Harry Key, prop George Stuffins, flanker Sven Meiland and 2nd row Alex Smith. With 6 conversions from Key the Blues led by 52pts – 0 at half time.

In a shortened second half the Blues scored further tries through fly half Will Affleck, No.8 Ben Latimer and wing Will Simmonds. Two conversions from centre Felix Streeton gave the Blues a 71pts – 0 win.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “We owe a big thank you to the Moseley management, coaches and players. Moseley were under strength, being weakened by injuries and availability, yet they were determined to honour the fixture, knowing that we have a cup semi-final next week and would not want to have a last minute cancellation. The Moseley players competed to the end. They found their rhythm in the second half and put the Blues under pressure. Thanks also go to the Blues players who played for Moseley.”

“Although Moseley were under strength some of our support play, especially in the first half, was encouraging. Our defence was again a real strength, with this being the fourth game on the run that we have stopped the opposition scoring.”

“Our finishing, whilst good at times, was still not clinical enough. There were a number of possible scores we failed to take. We need to work on being much more clinical and making sure that simple chances are executed, without over complicating them. At times all we needed to do was to move the ball cleanly to execute the overlap and score, yet poor decision making, and execution, stopped us scoring.”

“We now turn to preparations for the National Colts Cup semi-final against Chinnor. The players are determined to reach the Cup Final again, and are looking forward to a home fixture in the cup (a rare event). In the last three seasons in the Cup we have had 4 home ties, and 16 ties away from home. A Goldington Road semi-final should be a great day, and is a chance for the squad to demonstrate how far they have developed this season.”

The Semi Final, against Chinnor, is on Easter Monday, April 9th, Kick Off 3.00pm at Goldington Road.

Bedford: Will Allard, Alex Bloisi, George Stuffins, Alex Smith, Gareth Baxter, Sven Meiland, Ollie Clough (v.capt), Ben Brownlie; Alex Smit, Harry Key; Anthony Hensman, Nathan Donnachie, Alex Awenat (capt), Aaron Morris; Dean Adamson: Subs:, Josh Smith, Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, Bry White, Ben Latimer, Ali Price, Will Affleck, Felix Streeton, Will Simmonds:

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Academy to play Moseley:

The Blues Academy are back in action this week against Moseley - Kick Off 1.30 pm at the Bedford Swifts' Ground, Barker's Lane, Bedford.

The Blues are missing a number of players; hooker Khrys Speed is on loan to Hertford and plays in their National Two league game against Worthing and prop Matt Collins, 2nd row Jack Warrior, wing Nick Coward and full back Elliott Clement-Hill are injured. 2nd Row Alex Smith has recovered from injury and he and Bedford School winger Anthouny Hensman make their Blues debuts. Flanker Ollie Clough, No 8 Ben Brownlie and winger Aaron Morris also return to the side. Centre Alex Awenat continues his return from injury and captains the side.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

       

1

Will Allard

16

Josh Smith

2

Alex Bloisi

17

Nick Brown

3

George Stuffins

18

Michael Goldsworthy

4

Alex Smith    

5

Gareth Baxter

19

Ed Stallwood

6

Sven Meiland

20

Bry White

7

Ollie Clough (v.capt)

   

8

Ben Brownlie

21

Ben Latimer

       

9

Alex Smit

22

Ali Price

10

Harry Key

23

Will Affleck

       

11

Anthony Hensman

   

12

Nathan Donachee

24

Felix Streeton

13

Alex Awenat (capt)

   

14

Aaron Morris

25

Will Simmonds

       

15

Dean Adamson

   
       

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said “With the Cup semi-final next week, the side playing well and a number of players returning from injury, we have a number of tough selection decisions coming up - these are exactly the sort of selection problems coaches love to have. We have played well over the last few games, and the players coming back from injury are keen to break back into the squad."

"We have made some changes to the starting line up for this week, which gives us a chance to look at some different combinations. It will be a good test to see how quickly we settle into the game. Although we had a good win over Moseley in January, they are a side that always gives us a tough game."

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National Colts Cup Semi-Finals:

The Blues will play Chinnor in the National Colts Cup semi-final on Bank Holiday Easter Monday, at Goldington Road, Kick Off 3.00pm.

Chinnor beat Doncaster, in the Quarter Final, by 11pts - 10. Chinnor, who were ahead by 8pts - 0 at half time, went behind by 10pts - 8 with 10 minutes to go before Chinnor kicked a penalty 2 minutes from time to win the tie. Chinnor beat Worthing (15pts - 3) in Round 5, and had a walk over in Round 4.

In the other semi-final Ivybridge will take on Wadebridge in a South West Derby; Devon vs Cornwall. Ivybridge, from just outside Plymouth in Devon, beat Wolverhampton by 31pts - 5 in the Quarter Final. Wadebridge, from Cornwall, who were behind by 12pts - 9, scored a last minute try in their Quarter Final to beat Old Northamptonians by 16pts - 12.

Ivybridge beat Harrow (22pts -8) in Round 5, and Amersham and Chiltern (28pts - 5) in Round 4. Wadebridge beat the highly fancied London Irish (20pts - 19) in Round 5, and Old Patesians (23pts - 14) in Round 4.

All the cup results can be seen on the EMRU website - http://www.emru.co.uk/page-219-Cup.aspx

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “Chinnor will be tough opponents. Doncaster were favourites to win the Quarter Final and Chinnor played well to beat them."

"After so many away cup ties we all looking forward to a home tie, and a semi final at Goldington Road on Easter Monday should be a great day. We hope the Blues supporters turn out in force to support the Academy."

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Blues through to Semi-Final

Cinderford 0 pts: Bedford Academy U19s 24 pts:

National Colts Knock Out Cup – Quarter Final

Saturday 17th March 2012

The Blues Academy continued their series of long distance away cup ties with a trip deep into the Forest of Dean for their Quarter Final tie against Cinderford. In a game played in driving wind and rain for the second half the Blues outplayed Cinderford to gain a 24pts – 0 win, and a home tie in the semi-finals.

With Andy Deacon as 1st XV coach, and Phil Vickery as Coaching Consultant, the Blues expected a well drilled forward pack, who would relish contact. Cinderford started well with a series of forward drives but the Blues defence held. After 10 minutes the Blues counterattacked from a Cinderford kick and centre Alex Awenat, back after a long injury lay off, beat the Cinderford defence with quick footwork to score; fly half Harry Key converted to put the Blues 7pts ahead. Cinderford continued to attack with forward drives but the Blues defence growing in confidence soaked up everything, smashing the Cinderford forwards back time and time again. Late in the half the Blues defence turned over a Cinderford attack in midfield and counterattacked to win a 5m lineout, and with real precision drove the lineout for flanker Jake Foster to touch down, Key converted and the Blues were 14pts - 0 up.

The second half started with the wind and rain lashing in from the Welsh hills. Key slotted a long range penalty from just inside the Cinderford half to stretch the Blues lead. The Blues forwards were gaining more and more control, with Cinderford unable to break through. A lineout just outside the Cinderford 22 was driven by the Blues, and a series of forward drives gained further ground before scrum half Ali Price nipped in for the try; Key converted and the Blues were 24pts ahead, and into the semi-final for the third consecutive year.

Ali Price breaks ..... ... the Blues defence ...

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a tough game. The Cinderford pack are a well drilled unit. They play a lot of rugby in the South Wales leagues, and are currently top of the Gwent league.”

“We were pleased with our defence today. We spend a lot of time in training working on defence and this was rewarded today. Our defensive organisation, and some of our individual tackling, was very good. The old cliché that “defence wins games” was proven again today, and to deny the opposition a score for the third game on the run was satisfying for us all.”

“Away cup ties are difficult, and we seem to get our fare share of them. In the last three seasons in the Cup we have had 4 home ties, and 16 ties away from home. The lads are all looking forward to a home tie, and a semi final at Goldington Road on Easter weekend should be a great day."

The Semi Final, against the winners of the Chinnor vs Doncaster tie, is likely to be played on Easter Saturday, April 7th, at Goldington Road.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Ben Latimer, Gareth Baxter, Sven Meiland, Jake Foster, Bry White (capt); Ali Price, Harry Key; Nathan Donnachie, Felix Streeton, Alex Awenat, Dean Adamson; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Will Allard, Nick Brown, George Stuffins, Hadyn Edwins, Seb Clark, Alex Smit, Will Affleck:

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Academy back in Cup Action:

The Blues Academy are back in action this week in the National Colts Knock Out Cup.

Bedford play their Quarter Final tie against Cinderford away on Saturday March 17th, KO 2.30 pm.

The Blues are missing a number of players due to injury and school sevens tournaments but field a strong side. 2nd row Jack Warrior (ankle), No 8 Ben Brownlie (hamstring) and flanker Ollie Clough (unavailable) all miss the tie. Centre Alex Awenat returns from injury with Harry Key moving to fly half. The side is captained by flanker Bry White, with scrum half Ali Price as vice captain.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

       

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Khrys Speed

17

Nick Brown

3

Matt Collins

18

George Stufins

4

Gareth Baxter    

5

Ben Latimer

19

Hadyn Edwins

6

Sven Meilland

   

7

Jake Foster

20 Seb Clark

8

Bry White (capt)

   
       

9

Ali Price (v.capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key

22 Will Affleck
       

11

Nathan Donnachie

   

12

Felix Streeton    

13

Alex Awenat    

14

Dean Adamson

   
       

15

Elliot Clement-Hil

   
       

The game will be played at Cinderford RFC, The Beavis Memorial Ground, Dockham Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2AQ. Tel: 01594 822673 http://www.cinderfordrfc.co.uk/

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said “Away Cup ties are always difficult and we expect Cinderford to be a tough game. It is a long journey and they are a strong side with a powerful pack who love to take on the opposition. With rain due overnight in Cinderford this will be a tough forward game. They have a good record and have won 18 games and only lost twice all season, with a fixture list which includes some tough games in South Wales."

"Although we performed well in last week's win over Nottingham, we know that nothing less than our best will be good enough in Gloucestershire on Saturday. Training has gone well this week, and we are all looking forwward to the game".

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Nottingham Academy U19s 0 pts: Bedford Academy U19s 37 pts:

Saturday 10th March 2012

On a dry, very windy day which made goal kicking difficult, Bedford scored 7 tries, converting only one, to neat Nottingham by 37pts – 0.

The Blues started well, and controlled all the early exchanges. After early pressure centre Harry Key went over the first try after 15 minutes. Bedford increased the pressure but the Nottingham defence held until a set move from a scrum saw fly half Will Affleck, feed full back Will Simmonds to score in the corner. With the Blues forwards dominant flanker Jake Foster touched down a lineout, driven from 5m, to put the Blues 15pts – 90 ahead at half time.

Bedford went on to score 4 further tires in the second half; just after half time winger Dean Adamson finished a move to score in the corner; centre Felix Streeton finished a move from Simmonds; Adamson got his second; and just before full time winger Sven Meilland dived over in the corner to the cheers of 20,000 fans. Although the cheers were from the Nottingham Forest fans for Garath McCleary’s goal in Forest’s 3-1 win over Millwall at the adjacent City ground, their timing was spot on. With the last kick of the game, in what was a bad day for the four kickers the Blues used, Key converted to give the Blues a 37pts – 0 win.

2nd row Gareth Baxter wins the lineout .. flanker Bry White drives on .... .... flanker Jake Foster touches down

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was an improvement over last week’s performance. We controlled the game well, getting into positions which allowed us to pressurise Nottingham. Our lineout and set scrum went well and our support play got better and better as the game went on. Nottingham got back into the game in the second half but our defence was strong. Individual tackling, and defensive organisation, were good, and showed how the guys are responding to coaching. Our defence kept Nottingham out and set up a number of counterattacks from deep in our own half in the second half.”

“We have another tough away game next week with the trip to Cinderford in the next round of the Cup. Cinderford are a good side, with a good record this season and, as with any side from Gloucestershire, we expect a tough game.”

The Blues play their Round 6, Quarter Final, tie away against Cinderford in Gloucestershire on Saturday March 17th, Kick Off 2.30 pm.

Bedford: Will Allard, Alex Bloisi, Matt Collins, Gareth Baxter, Hadyn Edwins, Bry White, Jake Foster, Ben Latimer; Alex Smit, Harry Key; Dean Adamson, Nathan Donnachie, Felix Streeton, Elliott Clement-Hill; Will Simmonds: Subs: Josh Smith, Nick Brown George Stuffins, Ed Stallwood, Seb Clarke, Tom Protchard, Will Affleck, Ali Price, Sven Meiland:

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Hereford 0 pts: Bedford Academy U19s 30 pts:

National Colt Knock Out Cup

Sunday 4th March 2012

This was an eventful day for the Blues Academy.

An early morning start for the long trip to Hereford; Coach No 1 breaking down at Worcester and a 2 hour wait for replacement Coach No 2; a delayed kick off; Coach No 3 sent from Bedford to Hereford for the return journey getting stuck in the Hereford Rugby Club Car Park; Coach No 1, by now repaired, getting to Hereford and setting off back to Bedford with an escort from the break down truck, leaving Coach No 2 stuck up to its axles in the car park; Coach No 1 getting as far as the M1 before breaking down again; Coach No 4 dispatched from Bedford to complete the final leg of the journey and to arrive back at Goldington Road at 9.45 pm. Thankfully after a slow start, and a 5pts – 0 lead at half time, the Blues raised their game in the 2nd half to score 4 further good tries and win by 30pts – 0.

The Blues made some poor decisions in the first half trying to run the ball wide, when they should have played for position, and losing the ball far too often in contact. Hereford were unlucky not to score early in the half when they beat the Blues defence, only for their winger to lose the ball when he was about to score. It was not until 25 minutes in, that the Blues scored their first try; after 2 or 3 attacking scrums No 8 Ben Brownlie moved the ball to the left to centre Felix Stretton, who fed winger Nathan Donnachie, who stepped inside the defence to score in the corner.

The Blues stepped up a gear after half time and began to play some better rugby. Centre Harry Key extended the lead with a penalty. The Blues hit again straight from the kick off; 2nd row Jack Warrior, and flanker Bry White, drove the ball from the kick off, hooker Khrys Speed and Brownlie supported and made ground to feed Stretton to cut inside for an excellent try to put the Blues 13pts – 0 ahead. Winger Dean Adamson scored shortly after, again with help from Brownlie. The Blues forwards were by this time totally in control and a driving line out saw prop Matt Collins score his first try for the Blues. The Blues finished the game with a well deserved try from Brownlie. Hereford kicked out of defence and with no kick chase, Brownlie ran the ball from inside his own half to score under the posts, Stretton converted and the Blues won by 30pts – 0.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “It was clear to see that we suffered badly from not having a game for 5 weeks. Our decision making, and our ball retention in contact, were both poor in the first half, and the nightmare coach journey did not help our preparation. These games are meant to test the players, and this one certainly did that.”

“Hereford are a good side, with a good record this season. Away cup ties are always difficult, and we seem to get our fair share of away cup ties. To win by 30pts to nil in the circumstances was a good result. I felt our defence today was very good, and to deny Hereford any score was satisfying for us all.”

“No. 8 Ben Brownlie, and 2nd row Gareth Baxter, both had good games on their debuts, and winger Dean Adamson back from injury for his first game for the Blues this season looked sharp. Some of our injured players are making good progress and we hope to have prop Will Allard, and centre Alex Awenat back in the next week or so.”

The Blues play their Round 6, Quarter Final, tie away against Cinderford in Gloucestershire on Saturday March 17th, Kick Off 2.30 pm.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Nick Brown, Matt Collins, Jack Warrior, Gareth Baxter, Bry White, Jake Foster, Ben Brownlie; Ali Price, Will Affleck; Nathan Donnachie, Harry Key, Felix Stretton, Dean Adamson; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: George Stuffins, Khrys Speed, Alex Bloisi, Ben Latimer, Ollie Clough, Alex Smit, Sven Meiland:

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Academy back in action in Cup:

After a few weeks break due to weather and cancelled games the Blues Academy are back in action this week in the National Colts Knock Out Cup.

Bedford play their rearranged 4th Round tie against Hereford away on Sunday March 4th KO 2.00 pm. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday 5th February but was cancelled due to a frozen pitch.

The Blues are missing a number of players due to injury and school sevens tournaments but field a strong side. 2nd row Gareth Baxter (from Cambridge) and No.8 Ben Brownlie (Moulton College) make their Blues debuts and winger Dean Adamson returns from injury for his first game for the Blues this season. The side is captained by flanker Bry White, with scrum half Ali Price (returned from Scotland U20 training camp) as vice captain.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

       

1

Josh Smith

16

George Stufins

2

Nick Brown

17

Khrys Speed

3

Matt Collins

18

Alex Bloisi

4

Gareth Baxter    

5

Jack Warrior

19

Ben Latimer

6

Bry White (capt)

   

7

Jake Foster

20 Ollie Clough

8

Ben Brownlie

   
       

9

Ali Price (v.capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Will Affleck

   
       

11

Nathan Donnachie

22

Sven Meilland

12

Harry Key    

13

Felix Streeton    

14

Dean Adamson

   
       

15

Elliot Clement-Hil

   
       

The game will be played at Hereford Rugby Club, Wyeside, Belvedere Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0PH. Tel: 01432 273410

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/herefordrfc/

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said “Away Cup ties are always difficult. We expect Hereford to be a tough game. They are a strong side with a powerful pack who love to take on the opposition. They have a good record and have won 16 games and only lost 3 all season."

"Although our last game was the end of January, the boys have trained hard over the last few weeks. We had a very competitive training game two weeks ago, and a number of the squad have been getting game time elsewhere over the last couple of weeks, as part of their development. They are all now raring to go and to get back in action for the Blues this weekend."

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Bassett in England U20 squad to play Italy:

Bedford Blues 19 year old winger Josh Bassett has been selected to start for England Under 20s against Italy in Rovigo on Friday night.

Bassett who came through the Blues Academy system is a regular for the Blues and is also the Championship’s leading try scorer with 17 in 20 games. Josh said: “If someone had told me last season I would be regularly playing Championship rugby I wouldn’t have believed them. It’s good but it’s down to the hard work in training and the other lads getting me into positions to score.”

He’s been buoyed by the success of a number of Blues stars who have gone on to make their mark in the top flight, including the likes of Karl Dickson (Harlequins), Billy Twelvetrees (Leicester Tigers) and Luke Fielden (Newcastle Falcons).

Bassett who is currently studying for a sport and exercise science degree at the University of Bedfordshire, added “It shows how strong Bedford is and the area and the coaching staff at the Academy. They’ve brought me through and trained me. I think it shows Bedford is a great place for building talent and to take it further. With the likes of James Pritchard who has been to World Cups you are always learning here.”

Bedford Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher said “We are all delighted for Josh. Nine months ago he was playing for the Blues Academy Under 19 side – this week he gets his first England cap. Josh deserves his break. His success shows what hard work can bring, and is a great example to the rest of the Academy guys.”

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We are all delighted for Josh and he thoroughly deserves his opportunity. The majority of the national squad is made up of Premiership players so to have a representative from the Championship and Bedford is a real honour for the club. Josh has shown all of us what he is capable of and has established himself in the squad this year. He is still a young lad and I’m sure that he has a big future ahead of him.”

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Saturday February 11th - Tigers game cancelled.

The Blues Academy game away vs Leicester Tiger's Academy on Saturday February 11th has been cancelled due to a frozen pitch and the forecasted weather conditions.

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Wednesday February 8th - Academy Training Cancelled

There will be no training on Wednesday February 8th.

Physio available between 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Contact Nick Allen to arrange appointment.

Agility project re-tests will take place - Dani will contact those involved.

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Monday February 6th - Academy Training Cancelled

There will be no training on Monday February 6th.

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Academy Cup Game Postponed:

The Blues Academy National Colts Cup game away to Hereford on Sunday February 5th has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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Northampton Academy U19s 40pts: Bedford Academy U19s 8pts:

Saturday 28th January 2012

The Blues came up against an in-form Northampton Saints Academy at Franklin’s Gardens. Down 19pts – 3 at half time, they lost by 40pts – 8.

Saints scored six tries (Will Hooley, Howard Packman, Alex Wootton, Josh Skelcey, Charlie Esam and Sam Harry) with Hooley converting five. The Blues try was from flanker Ollie Clough with full back Elliot Clement-Hill kicking a penalty.

Saints, with a number of full time professionals like Alex Day and Danny Herriott in their ranks, were too strong for the Blues.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “Saints were clinical in their finishing. We missed some crucial one on one tackles 15 minutes either side of half time and Saints punished us. I was pleased with our set piece, with scrum and lineout going well. Our contact skills were good against a physical Saints side, but our defence let us down.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Alex Bloisi, Will Allard, Ben Latimer, Jake Patrick, Will Presland, Ollie Clough, Danny Hartwell; Ali Price, Will Affleck; Nick Coward, Brandon Lewsey, Felix Stretton, Aaron Morris; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: George Stuffins, Matt Collins, Hadyn Edwins, Sven Meiland, Jake Foster, Tom Pritchard, George Humphries, Nathan Donnachie, Will Simmonds:

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Midlands Division U18s 19pts: Bedford Academy U19s 19 pts:

Sunday 22nd January 2012

With the Blues thinking they had lost the game 19ts – 17, but the referee confirming the score as 19pts -19, this was nevertheless a disappointing performance from the Blues.

The Blues took an early lead after 5 minutes when, they won a penalty; a kick to the corner for a 5m lineout, and flanker Ollie Clough was driven over. The Midlands then had the better of the rest of the half, putting Bedford under pressure. From a 5m scrum on the half hour the Midlands fly half cut through to score under the posts, convert the try himself and take the score to 7pts – 5. Poor defence from Bedford a few minutes later saw the Midlands score another try to go into half time 12pts – 5 ahead.

The Midlands went further ahead 5 minutes into the second half when a missed tackle in midfield allowed them another try, which they converted to go 19pts – 5 up. Facing the prospect of a loss, Bedford began to get their game together and put together some good phases. After 20 minutes a good attack from deep by full back Elliot Clement-Hill was taken on by winger Aaron Morris who fed No. 8 Danny Hartwell for a good try, Clement-Hill converted. 5 minutes later a good counter attack from within the Blues’ 22 by back rows Bry White and Ollie Clough was supported by prop Will Allard who made good ground. The ball was recycled and the attack taken up the right by centre Brandon Lewsey, he fed winger Nick Coward, who made good ground before passing back inside to Lewsey for a good try. The conversion by Clement-Hill took the scores to 19pts – 19. The Midlands had the chance to win the game with a penalty in the dying seconds in front of the posts but, with confusion around the score, they opted for the scrum. The Blues held and the ball was cleared, to end the game at 19pts all.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a disappointing performance from the Blues. The Midlands Division looked far hungrier, especially in the first half. We need to look long and hard at how we performed. If we approach the Saints game this week, and the Hereford game the week after, the way played in the first half, we will have a rude awakening. We did much better in the second half, and I was pleased with the way we got our game back on track.”

“We were also pleased with how some of the new guys we had on trial performed. Hooker Alex Bloisi (St. Geroge’s School Harpenden), and scrum halves Cameron Keenan (Bedford School) and Tom Pritchard (Stamford School) all did well.”

Bedford: Josh Smith (capt), Nick Brown, Matt Collins, Jack Warrior, Will Simpson, Jake Foster, Ollie Clough, Bry White; Ali Price, George Humphries; Nick Coward, Nathan Donnachie, Felix Stretton, Aaron Morris; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Henri DaCosta, Alex Bloisi, Will Allard, Sven Meiland, Danny Hartwell, Tom Pritchard, Cameron Keenan, Will Affleck, Brandon Lewsey, Charlie Moore:

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Blues to play Midlands Division

Sunday 22nd January 2012

The Blues Academy will play the Midlands Division U18 squad on Sunday January 22nd, Kick Off 2.00pm, at Northampton Men's Own Rugby Club.

The Midlands Division, a representative side selected from the Midlands Counties (East Midlands, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Notts,Lincs & Derbys, North Midlands and Staffordshire), will play in the Divisional Festival, in mid February, where they compete with the other three Divisions; the North, London & SE, and the South & South West. The Festival is used as a trial for the England U18 squad. The game against the Blues is part of their preparation for the Festival.

The six Bedford Academy players who are part of the Midlands Under 18 squad; props Henri DaCosta, and Matt Collins, scrum half Alex Smit, fly half George Humphries, centre Felix Streeton and full back Aaron Morris, will play for the Blues against the Midlands.

The Blues are missing hooker Khrys Speeed (on loan to Hertford for three weeks), and are also without 2nd row/back rows Ben Latimer, Jake Patrick and Hadyn Edwins, scrum halves Huw Walters and Alex Smit, and centres Harry Key and Alex Awenat. Ali Price returns from Scotland Under 20 training, and the Blues bring in two new scrum halves on trial, Cameron Keenan from Bedford School, and Tom Pritchard, from Stamford School. Bedford School fly half George Humphries starts, and centre Felix Streeton returns from injury.

 

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith

16

Will Allard

2

Nick Brown

17

Alex Bloisi

3

Matt Collins

18

Henri DaCosta

4

Will Simpson

5

Jack Warrior

19

Sven Meilland

6

Jake Foster

7

Ollie Clough

8

Bry White

20

Danny Hartwell

     

9

Ali Price

21

Cameron Keenan

10

George Humphries

22

Tom Pritchard

     

11

Nick Coward

23

Charlie Moore

12

Nathan Donnachie 24

Brandon Lewesey

13

Felix Streeton  

14

Elliot Clement-Hill

 
     

15

Aaron Morris

25

Will Affleck

     

The game will be played at

Northampton Men's Own Rugby Club

Stoke Road

Ashton

Northampton

NN7 2JN.

www.pitchero.com/clubs/northamptonmensown

Directions:

Exit M1 J15 travel along A508. Take main road through Roade.

Continue along A508 for approx. 1 mile.

Turn left at crossroads signposted Ashton.

Ground approx. half a mile on right hand side.

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Moseley U19s 12pts: Bedford Academy U19s 60 pts:

Saturday 14th January 2012

Bedford Academy convincingly beat Moseley by 60pts - 12. Playing on the Moseley rubber crumb artificial pitch the Blues scored 10 tries in perfect conditions, on a cold sunny day. With an injury to flanker Jake Foster before the game, scum half Huw Walters going to hospital with a broken wrist after 20 minutes, and replacement scrum half Alex Smit coming off in the second half with a shoulder injury, the Blues had some disruption to cope with, but they still put together a strong performance.

The Blues took an early lead after 4 minutes when, after demolishing two Moseley scrums, they won a penalty; a kick to the corner for a 5m lineout, flanker Ollie Clough was driven over, centre Harry Key converted. The Blues then dominated the rest of the half putting Moseley under intense pressure in the scrum and lineout, and controlling the contact area. With control up front the Blues' backs had a field day. A further five tries were scored before half time; flanker Will Presland powering through for two; a great break by Clough putting scrum half Alex Smit in; a break by Key feeding fellow centre Alex Awenat to score; and a break from fly half Nathan Donnachie supported by winger Aaron Morris to give Smit his second try. Key converted three more and the Blues were 38pts – 0 up at half time.

Moseley started the second half with real determination, and from a lineout in their own 22 the winger showed real pace to outflank the Blues' defence to score in the corner. The Blues hit back with four further tries; prop Josh Smith from close range; No 8 Danny Hartwell with a pick up from a scrum; winger Nick Coward with a break from his own half; and centre Brandon Lewsey with a well timed pass from Morris. With only one try converted the Blues led by 60pts – 5 before Moseley ended the game with one of the best tries of the game. An attack from deep was supported well for a fine try under the posts. The conversion made the final score 60pts – 12 to the Blues.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was solid performance. With Ali Price away with Scotland, losing two scum halves to injury is a real blow. I thought Will Affeck, who has not played scrum half since last season, did a good job. We went off the boil after half time and allowed Moseley to get back into the game, when we should have closed them out of the game, but we got it back in the last 20 minutes. Some of the support play today was good, and our set piece was strong.”

Bedford: Josh Smith (capt), Nick Brown, Will Allard, Will Simpson, Jake Patrick, Will Pressland, Ollie Clough, Ben Latimer; Huw Walters, Nathan Donnachie; Nick Coward, Harry Key, Alex Awenat, Aaron Morris; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Josh Taylor, Matt Collins, Jack Warrior, Jake Foster, Danny Hartwell, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Brandon Lewsey:

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Price named in Scotland Under 20 squad.

Academy scrum half Ali Price has been named in the 40 strong Scotland Under 20 squad for the upcoming Under 20s Six Nations tournament. Ali has travelled up to Edinburgh to join up with Peter Wright’s squad in the hope of making the starting squad when the competition kicks off on February 3rd against England in Glasgow.

Scotland under-20s begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign on Friday 3rd February against England under-20 at Firhill in Glasgow. They will then travel to Wales on Friday 10th February before playing France under-20s at Netherdale, Galashiels on Friday 24th February. After taking on Ireland under-20s on Friday 9th March their campaign culminates with a match against Italy under-20s on Friday 16th March. Scotland are then working towards the under-20s Rugby World Cup in South Africa later this year.

Price joined the Blues Academy a year ago on the recommendation of Eastern Counties. A pupil at Wisbech School, he had impressed playing for Eastern Counties Under 18s, before he joined the Blues.

On joining the Blues Academy he established himself quickly in the U19 squad and had an outstanding game, scoring twice, in the Blues National Colts Knock Out Cup Final win at Franklin's Gardens at the end of the season.

He was invited to train with the Blues 1st XV during pre-season, and he is now a student at the University of Bedfordshire. Ali has already played four games for the Blues 1st XV this season in the B&I Cup and the Championship. He made his Blues debut in the B&I Cup win at home to Esher.

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Bedford Blues Academy 19 pts: Saracens Academy 20 pts:

Saturday 7th January 2012

Bedford Academy lost to Saracens Academy at Goldington Road in a cracking game of rugby by the narrowest of margins, 20pts - 19.

Playing down the slope Bedford opened the scoring after 10 minutes when a fine counter attack from the Blues half took the Blues deep into the Saracens 22. Sarries killed the ball in a ruck and the Blues were awarded a penalty. The ball was kicked into the corner and the Blues drove over from the 5m lineout with 2nd row Jack Warrior getting the touchdown. Centre Harry Key converted and the Blues were 7pts up. Sarries hit back 5 minutes later when, after some good phases of play they moved the ball to score in the left hand corner. With both sides evenly matched there was some very good rugby on display. The Blues fought back into the Saracens 22 and put them under pressure. A 5m line was won and the Blues drove over the line for Warrior to touch down again. Unfortunately the referee disallowed the try. Saracens cleared from the 22 drop out and won a scrum midfield. After a couple of further phases the Saracens scrum half showed real pace to break away and score. Saracens went ahead at half time by 10pts – 7.

Bedford turned around to play up the slope and against the wind, and pressurised Saracens right from the kick off. The Blues won quick ball in the Saracens 22. Scrum half Ali Price made a good break, fed centre Alex Awenat who got through a gap to play the ball back inside to Price to score a very good try. Key converted and the Blues were back in the lead 14pts – 10. Saracens narrowed the gap with a penalty 5 minutes later. They took the lead when a clearance kick from the Blues failed to find touch, Saracens counter attacked to score a good try, which with the conversion put them 20pts – 14 ahead. The Blues were not finished and took the attack back deep into the Saracens half and won a 5m scrum. Price broke blind to score in the right hand corner. Key’s conversion from wide out narrowly missed and Sarries won a fine game by 20pts – 19.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “Whilst disappointed not to have won we were very pleased with the Bedford performance today. This was a very even game that could have gone either way. A couple of refereeing decisions went the wrong way and it was Saracens' day.”

“Saracens are a good side, well coached, with some outstanding young players. The Blues matched them today in every phase of the game, and showed that they are developing well and beginning to put into practice the lessons from the training field. There were some good individual performances today, and as a team the boys are really beginning to gel together.”

“We are away to Moseley next week, which is always a tough game, and the lads are looking forward to building on the performance against Saracens.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Josh Walker, Jack Warrior, Will Pressland, Jake Foster, Ben Latimer; Ali Price (capt), Will Affleck; Nick Coward, Harry Key,

Alex Awenat, Elliott Clement-Hill; Aaron Morris: Subs: Nick Brown, Will Allard, Henri DaCosta, Will Simpson, Sven Meilland, Ollie Clough, Danny Hartwell, Huw Walters, George Humphries, Charlie Moore:

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Blues Academy vs Saracens Academy
Saturday 7th January 2012 - Kick Off 2.00 pm


The Blues Academy return from the Christmas break with a game against Saracens Academy on Saturday January 7th, Kick Off 2.00pm, at Goldington Road.

With the Blues 1st XV away - you are all welcome to come to GR and support the Academy.

The Blues include 2nd row Josh Walker, and flanker Ollie Clough, both home from University, Stowe School prop Henri DaCosta, and Bedford School players fly half George Humphries and winger Nick Coward. Flanker Bry White is unavailable due to a funeral, and No.8 Jake Patrick, scrum half Alex Smit and centre Felix Streeton are out with injuries. Ben Latimer starts at No.8 and centre Alex Awenat returns from injury.

The side is captained by scrum half Ali Price, who has just been selected for the next stage of the Scotland U20 training squad.

 

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith (v.capt)

16

Will Allard

2

Khrys Speed

17

Nick Brown

3

Matt Collins

18

Henri DaCosta

4

Josh Walker

5

Jack Warrior

19

Will Simpson

6

Will Pressland

20

Sven Meilland

7

Jake Foster

21

Ollie Clough

8

Ben Latimer

22

Danny Hartwell

     

9

Ali Price (capt)

23

Huw Walters

10

Will Affleck

24

George Humphries

     

11

Nick Coward

25

Charlie Moore

12

Harry Key

 

13

Alex Awenat

 

14

Elliot Clement-Hill

 
     

15

Aaron Morris

 
     

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“We lost in a very good game to Saracens early in December, so are looking forward to the re-match. Saracens played well, they had some outstanding young players and played a fast paced game. Saturday's game will be a good test of how much we have learnt from the last game, and how we put those lessons into practice."

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Midlands Under 18 Squad


Congratulations to the six Bedford Academy players who have been selected for the Midlands Under 18 squad; props Henri DaCosta, and Matt Collins, scrum half Alex Smit, fly half George Humphries, centre Felix Streeton and full back Aaron Morris.

The players, who played for the East Midlands U18s in the County Championship, will join players from the other Midlands Counties (Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Notts,Lincs & Derbys, North Midlands and Staffordshire) to represent the Midlands in the Divisional Festival, which is used as a trial for the England U18 squad, in mid February.

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Loughborough Univ Freshers 52pts: Bedford Blues U19s 12 pts:

Saturday 10th December 2011

Bedford Academy, missing 12 players due to injury and Midlands U18s trials, could not cope with the direct running of the Loughborough back line, and lost by 52pts - 12.

Bedford started well, and after a period of pressure forced a 5m scrum. The Blues pack drove the students back and scrum half Ali Price, nipped over for the first try; full back Elliott Clement-Hill converted and the Blues were 7pts up after 5 minutes. L’boro hit back and scored three tries, and two conversions in 8 minutes; a lineout drive for a converted try; a counter attack from their own 22 after Bedford lost the ball in contact and then missed their tackles as the students attacked; and a missed midfield tackle to gift a try; and L’boro were 19pts – 7 ahead. Bedford steadied their game and began to put some good attacks together but the students defence held. L’boro stretched further ahead when missed tackles allowed them through for a try under the posts, which was converted to put the students 26pts – 7 ahead at half time.

Bedford started the second half well and for 20 minutes the sides were evenly matched. The students then hit with two converted tries in two minutes to go 40pts – 7 ahead. They stretched the lead 5 minutes later with a quick tap penalty. Bedford continued to battle and from a scrum deep in their half flanker Jake Foster and No. 8 Bry White drove the ball upfield; a quick ruck was won and scrum half Huw Walters, and fly half Joe Tarrant, moved the ball quickly to put Clement-Hill in for a good try in the corner. The last say went to L’boro students with an injury time try to end the game as deserved winners by 52pts – 12.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a frustrating game for the Blues. We put together some good attacks but our defence let us down badly. The Loughborough back line were big, strong and ran straight. You have got to tackle low to stop them. Our defence was not good enough today and Loughborough capitalised on it.”

“There were some positives from the game; our set piece looked solid, and our contact skills good, No 8 Bry White was again outstanding, and scrum half Huw Walters and fly half Joe Tarrant, both playing their first game for the Blues, did well.”

“We now have a week’s training before we break for Christmas. We return to training in early January and have a tough fixture programme ahead. We open the fixtures with a return game against Saracens, followed by games against Moseley, East Midlands U20s and Saints before a tough cup tie away to Hereford.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Will Allard, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Will Pressland, Jake Foster, Bry White; Ali Price, Will Affleck; Jonny Morgan, Joe Tarrant, Elliott Clement-Hill, Tom Chellew; Charlie Moore: Subs: Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, Sam Brown, Will Simpson, Huw Walters, Essad Al-Zubeidi:

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Blues Academy 12pts: Saracens Academy 32pts:

Saturday 3rd December 2011

Bedford Academy lost to Saracens Academy at Goldington Road by 32pts - 12.

Saracens opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes when a Blues mistake at a scrum in their own 22 gifted Sarries a try to go 7pts – 0 ahead. Saracens stretched their lead with a penalty after 10 minutes and a further converted try after 20 minutes to go 17pts – 0 up. The Blues hit back with a lineout drive for prop Will Allard to score. This was followed quickly by a fine try from scrum half Ali Price; a scrum on the half way, Price broke blind and beat the cover to score under the posts, full back Elliot-Clements-Hill converted to narrow the score to 17pts – 12. Saracens scored again before half time to end the half at 22pts – 12.

Bedford went into the 2nd half playing down the slope but were unable to break the Saracens defence. Sarries scored two further tries to win a very entertaining game by 32pts – 12.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “Saracens played well and took their chances. They have some outstanding young players and play a fast paced game. We made a couple of basic mistakes which gave them a couple of scores. Saracens were more clinical than we were in attack.”

“They showed us the benchmark we need achieve. Despite the score this was a very encouraging performance from the Blues. In many areas we matched Saracens. We play away against Loughborough University Freshers this week. This will be another good test of the squad.”

Bedford: Josh Smith), Nick Brown, Will Allard, Hadyn Edwins, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Jake Foster, Bry White; Ali Price, Will Affleck; Jonny Morgan, Felix Streeton, Oliver Petrides, Cameron McLean; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Michael Goldsworthy, Sam Webb, Will Simpson, Will Pressland, Tom Borrett, Nathan Donnachie, Charlie Moore:

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Blues Academy vs Saracens Academy
Saturday 3rd December 2011 - Kick Off 2.00 pm


The Blues Academy play Saracens Academy on Saturday December 3rd, Kick Off 2.00pm, at Goldington Road.

With the Blues 1st XV away - you are all welcome to come to GR and support the Academy.

The Blues are without prop Matt Collins, scrum half Alex Smit and full back Aaron Morris (all on East Midlands duty) and hooker Khrys Speed (travelling reserve for 1st XV). No 8 Jake Patrick, centre Alex Awenat and winger Tom Chellew have not recovered from injuries and miss the game. Winger Jonny Morgan returns from injury, and Will Pressland moves to the back row. The side is captained by scrum half Ali Price, who has just been selected for the Scotland U20 training squad.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith (v.capt)

16

Michael Goldsworthy

2

Nick Brown

17

Sam Webb

3

Will Allard

   

4

Hadyn Edwins

18

Will Simpson

5

Jack Warrior

   

6

Sven Meilland

19

Will Pressland

7

Jake Foster

   

8

Bry White

   
       

9

Ali Price (capt)

20

Tom Borrett

10

Will Affleck

21

Nathan Donnachie

       

11

Jonny Morgan

   

12

Felix Streeton

   

13

Oliver Petrides

   

14

Cameron McLean

   
       

15

Elliott Clement-Hill

22

Charlie Moore

       

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“We were pleased with the performance last week against Cambridge University. Saracens will offer us a tough challenge this week. They have some outstanding young players and play a fast paced game".

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Academy Scrum Half in Scotland Under 20 Training Squad.

Academy scrum half, Ali Price, has been selected for the Scotland Under 20 Training squad. The squad will train at Murrayfield for three days (December 19th - 21st). There will be a further Training Camp and a trial game in January before the squad is selected for the first of Scotland's Six Nations games, against England U20s.

Price joined the Blues Academy a year ago on the recommendation of Eastern Counties. A pupil at Wisbech School, he had impressed playing for Eastern Counties Under 18s, before he joined the Blues.

On joining the Blues Academy he established himself quickly in the U19 squad and had an outstanding game, scoring twice, in the Blues National Colts Knock Out Cup Final win at Franklin's Gardens at the end of the season.

He was invited to train with the Blues 1st XV during pre-season, and he is now a student at the University of Bedfordshire. Ali has already played four games for the Blues 1st XV this season in the B&I Cup and the Championship. He made his Blues debut in the B&I Cup win at home to Esher.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “We are delighted with this selection for Ali. He has taken his chances with the Blues well and has trained hard to get where he has. He is still only 18, and will be in contention for Scotland U20s next season as well"

"Ali is another great example that with the Blues Academy development path, and a lot of hard work from the player, players will develop and progress."

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 23 pts: Cambridge Univetrsity U21 XV 5 pts:

Saturday 26th November 2011

On a blustery day at the Bedford Swifts’ ground, Bedford beat the older University side, in the final stages of their preparation for the Varsity game at Twickenham, by 23pts - 5. The Blues led by 13pts – 0 at half time, and controlled the game well to win by 23pts - 5.

The Blues’ preparation was disrupted when two of the starting back line pulled out in the warm up. Centre Alex Awenat and winger Tom Chellew both had minor hamstring injuries that had not fully recovered. The Blues made some last minute changes and reshuffled their back line. The opening exchanges saw Bedford take control up front but make too many basic handling mistakes to develop any continuity. The Blues took an early lead after 10 minutes with a penalty from fly half Harry Key. Bedford stretched further ahead when a good break by the back line was taken up the right by full back Elliott Clement-Hill; he was held but offloaded inside to winger Cameron McLean, who cut in to score under the posts; Key converted and Bedford were 10pts up. With the Blues’ forwards giving the older students a tough time in the scrum, often pushing them off their own ball, Bedford took control of the game. The Blues support play was good with forwards and backs keeping the ball alive with a mix of good offloads and strong rucking. Key stretched the lead with a further penalty before half time.

Bedford opened the second half with a good try. Key fed hooker Khrys Speed in a counter attack; centre Felix Streeton broke the line, Clement-Hill supported and fed 2nd row Haydn Edwins for a try in the left corner; Key converted, and the Blues were 20pts up. Key put the Blues further ahead after 20 minutes with another penalty. Cambridge began to get back in the game and put together some good attacks. From a series of forward drives in the right hand corner they moved the ball across their back line for a good try on the left, from winger Chris Blucke, to make the final score 23pts – 5 to Bedford.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “The injuries to Alex Awenat and Tom Chellew were only minor but we decided not to risk them and had to make some last minute changes to our back line. Although we made too many basic mistakes in the early part of the game, we took control as the game developed. Our forwards gave us a great platform. They took on the older students and dominated up front. We don’t do “Man of the Match” awards but one of our backs said after the game that, if we did, the pack should be awarded it collectively.”

“We have worked a lot of playing the game at a high tempo and keeping the ball alive in training over the last few weeks. We were delighted to see how the forwards and backs linked today to keep the game moving, and to change to point of attack. This was a good performance by the whole team.”

“Games between Bedford and Cambridge University always produce good rugby – today was no exception.”

Bedford: Josh Smith (capt), Nick Brown, Will Allard, Hadyn Edwins, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Jake Foster, Bry White; Ali Price, Harry Key; Nathan Donnachie, Felix Streeton, Oliver Petrides, Cameron McLean; Elliott Clement-Hill: Subs: Michael Goldsworthy, Khrys Speed, Sam Brown, Will Simpson, Danny Hartwell, Alex Smit, Tom Borrett:

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Academy to play Cambridge University U21 XV

Saturday 26th November 2011 - Kick Off 12.30 pm

The Blues Academy play Cambridge University U21 XV, on Saturday November 26th, Kick Off 12.30pm.

The game will be played at the Bedford Swift's ground at;

Bedford International Athletic Stadium

Barkers Lane

Bedford

MK41 9SB

 

Team

 

Substitutes

1

Josh Smit (capt)

16

Michael Goldsworthy

2

Nick Brown

17

Khrys Speed

3

Will Allard

18

Nick Brown

4

Hadyn Edwins

   

5

Jack Warrior

19

Will Simpson

6

Sven Meilland

20

Danny Hartwell

7

Jake Foster

   

8

Bry White

   
       

9

Ali Price (V.capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key

22

Nathan Donnachie

       

11

Tom Chellew

23

Cameron McLean

12

Felix Streeton

   

13

Alex Awenat

   

14

Oliver Petrides

   
       

15

Elliot Clement-Hill

   
       

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Academy to play Hereford in Cup

National Colts Cup

Bedford have been again drawn away in the next round. They will play away against Hereford on Sunday February 5th, Kick Off 2.00 pm.

The game will be played at

Hereford Rugby Club

Belvedere Lane

Hereford

Herefordshire

HR4 0PH

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Leighton Buzzard 7pts: Bedford Blues Academy 29 pts:

Saturday 19th November 2011

Bedford progressed to the next round in a scrappy win away against Leighton Buzzard. The Blues, who led by 15pts – 0 at half time, went on to win by 29pts – 7, without ever establishing any continuity.

Bedford took an early lead with a penalty from fly half Harry Key. Two 1st half tries, both from driving lineouts; one from 2nd row Jack Warrior, and one from No.8 Jake Patrick, with a conversion by Key made the half time score 15pts – 0.

The second half saw Buzzard open the scoring with a good converted try to make the score 15pts – 7. The Blues scored two further tries; a good attack from a midfield scrum, with centre Felix Stretton giving the scoring a pass to full back Aaron Morris; and another from a driving lineout from Warrior; conversions from Key and Stretton made the final score 29pts – 7 to the Blues.

No 8 Jake Patrick with scrum half Ali Price in support ....... Centre Felix Stretton is held

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a disappointing performance. Our discipline was poor and we conceded far too many penalties. This let us down badly and stopped us developing any rhythm.”

The Blues will learn their opponents in the next round when the draw is done this week. The game is due to be played on the weekend of 4th/5th February.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Will Allard, Sven Meilland, Jack Warrior, Bry White, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Ali Price, Harry Key, Will Pressland, Felix Stretton, Alex Awenat, Oliver Petrides; Aaron Morris: Subs: Matt Collins, Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, James Grosvenor, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Tom Chellew:

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Academy Squad for next round of Cup

Leighton Buzzard vs Bedford Academy

Saturday 19th November 2011 - Kick Off 2.15 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play away in the next round of the National Colts Cup against Leighton Buzzard. The game will be played on Saturday November 19th, Kick Off 2.15pm.

The Blues are without 2nd Rows Hadyn Edwins and Ed Stallwood, and back three players Jonnie Morgan, Elliott Clement-Hill and De la Rey Veenendaal. Hooker Khrys Speed, flanker Bry White, scrum half Ali Price and centre Alex Awenat return to the squad after 1st XV duty in the B&I Cup game at Melrose last week, and wing Tom Chellew plays his first game this season after injury.

The side is captained by prop Josh Smith.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith (capt)

16

Michael Goldsworthy

2

Khrys Speed

17

Nick Brown

3

Will Allard

18

Matt Collins

4

Sven Meilland

   

5

Jack Warrior

   

6

Bry White

19

James Grosvenor

7

Jake Foster

   

8

Jake Patrick

   
       

9

Ali Price (v.capt)

20

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key

21

Will Affleck

       

11

Will Pressland

22

Tom Chellew

12

Felix Streeton

   

13

Alex Awenat

   

14

Oliver Petrides

   
       

15

Aaron Morris

   
       

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“We were pleased with the performance last week against the Gwent Dragons Academy. This week sees us return to cup action. Away games in the cup are always difficult and we know that Leighton Buzzard will give us a stern challenge on their home ground.”

The game will be played at:

Leighton Buzzard Rugy Club

Wrights Meadow
Leighton Road, Stanbridge
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 9HR

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Bedford Blues Academy 20 pts: Gwent Dragons Academy 22pts:

Saturday 12th November 2011

The Blues lost to the Gwent Dragons Academy in an excellent game at Goldington Road. With the Dragons ahead 5pts – 0 at half time, the second half saw the lead change 4 times before the Dragons snatched victory with the final play of the game to win by 22pts – 20.

The Dragons Academy, one of the five Welsh Regional Academies funded by the Welsh RU, is a new fixture for the Blues. On their first visit to Goldington Road they took an early lead when last season’s Wales U16 captain, centre Scott Cole, went over wide out in the right corner. The Dragons continued to move the ball wide at every opportunity but the Blues' defence held in an entertaining first half.

Bedford took the lead 10 minutes after half time when centre Felix Streeton made a break from inside the Blues' half and timed his pass well to winger Jonny Morgan who finished the move with a strong run; winger Elliot Clement-Hill converted, and the Blues led by 7pts – 5. The Dragons regained the lead when a penalty was given against the Blues for “back chat” and Dragons’ centre Jack Dixon crashed over from short range. The Blues fought back into Dragons' territory for centre Harry Key to score a penalty to level the scores at 10pts all, before the Dragons took the lead again with a try wide out from winger Ashton Hewitt. Bedford fought their back and from a 5m scrum, flanker Essad Al-Zabero and scrum half Alex Smit pressured the Dragons with Al-Zabero getting the touchdown; Key converted and the Blues were 17pts – 15 ahead. Minutes later Clement-Hill extended the lead to 20pts – 15 with a penalty. Straight from the kick off the Blues attacked again and Morgan went over in the corner but failed to ground the ball to the referee’s satisfaction and the try was not allowed. The Dragons had one last attack in them and a fine move, with some excellent support, saw fly half Ethan Davies touch down, and convert with the last kick of the game, to give the Dragons 22pts - 20 win.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a cracking game, with both sides performing well.”

“We are disappointed to have lost right at the end of the game, however we made a couple of mistakes and the Dragons punished us for them. We gave away a daft penalty for back chat which led to a try and we let the Dragons get back into the game on a couple of occasions after we had scored.”

“ Having said that I was pleased with some of the rugby we played. The Dragons are a fine side who have already beaten Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and North Wales this season. They have a number of exciting players who have played for Wales at U16 and U18 level, and we matched them for the whole game. We got better as the game progressed and put together some great rugby in the second half. It was good to see the boys putting into practice much of what they have been working on in training.”

Bedford: Josh Smith (capt), Nick Brown, Matt Collins, Ed Stallwood, Jack Warrior, Sven Meiland, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Alex Smit, Will Affleck; Jonny Morgan, Will Pressland, Oliver Petrides, Elliot Clements-Hill; Aaron Morris: Subs: Sam Webb, Michael Goldsworthy, Will Allard, Hadyn Edwins, Essad Al-Zabero, James Grosvenor, Nathan Donnachee, Harry Key, Felix Streeton.

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Academy vs Gwent Dragons

Saturday November 12th 2011

After a two week gap the Blues Academy return to action against the Newport Gwent Dragons Academy on Saturday November 12th. Kick off is 2.00 pm at Goldington Road. The Dragons, one of the five Welsh Regional Academies funded by the Welsh RU, is a new fixture for the Blues.

The Blues are missing four players who are in the 1st XV squad for the B&I Cup game away at Melrose - hooker Khrys Speed, flanker Bry White, scrum half Ali Price and centre Alex Awenat. The side is captainined by prop Josh Smith, who had a fine game last week for Bedford Athletic 1st XV against Luton. Alex Smit starts at scrum half and Will Affleck starts at fly half.

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith (capt)

16

Will Allard

2

Nick Brown

17

Sam Webb

3

Matt Collins

18

Michael Goldsworthy

4 Ed Stallwood    

5

Jack Warrior

19

Haydn Edwins

6

Sven Meilland

   

7

Jake Foster

20

Essad Al-Zabero

8

Jake Patrick (v.capt)

21

James Grosvenor

       

9

Alex Smit

   

10

Will Affleck

22

Harry Key

       

11

Jonny Morgan

23

Nathan Donnachie

12

Will Pressland

24

Felix Streeton

13

Oliver Petrides

   

14

Elliot Clement-Hill

   
       

15

De la Rey Venendaal

25

Aaron Morris

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“This will be a tough game. The Dragons have already beaten three of the Welsh Regions this season, Llanelli Scarlets, Cardiff Blues and North Wales. They have a number of exciting players who have played for Wales at Junior level."

"We are delighted that four of the Academy squad are in the 1st XV this week - they deserve the opportunity and it is a great boost to the rest of the squad to see them progress. It also gives other players the chance to step up and make their mark."

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Academy to play Leighton Buzzard in Cup

National Colts Cup

Bedford will play away in the next round against Leighton Buzzard, who beat Loughborough by 29pts – 10 in the last round. The game will be played on Saturday November 19th, Kick Off 2.15pm.

Leighton Buzzard Rugy Club

Wrights Meadow
Leighton Road
Stanbridge
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 9HR

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Academy vs RAF U23 - Nov 6th - Cancelled

Unfortunately the RAF U23 XV have had to cancel the game vs the Blues Academy, which was due to be played on Saturday Nov 6th so now the Academy are now training at Goldington Road from 10.30 to 12 noon.

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Bedford Blues Academy 3 pts: Northampton Saints 39 pts:

Saturday 22nd October 2011

The Blues found the going tough against a strong Northampton Saints Academy side. Saints, one of the RFU funded Academies, boasted several England schoolboy internationals in their ranks.

Bedford started well and took an early lead when fly half Harry Key slotted over a penalty after the Saints were caught offside. The visitors came back strongly and the home side struggled for possession as the Saints scored four tries in quick succession to lead by 25pts – 3 at the interval. Bedford started the second half strongly and were more competitive in all areas. Winger Jonny Morgan came close twice and scrum half Ali Price was a constant threat. However Saints held out well and finished the stronger side scoring two further tries in the closing minutes.

The Blues competed well and but will be disappointed not to have scored a try. They will be encouraged, however, by several strong individual performances against one of the top Academy sides in the country. With a week off this Saturday the Blues now prepare for their next game on Saturday November 5th vs the RAF U23 XV, at Goldington Road, Kick Off 2pm.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Nick Brown, Matt Collins, Ed Stallwood, Jack Warrior, Bry White, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Ali Price (capt), Harry Key; Jonny Morgan, Alex Awenat, Oliver Petrides, Elliot Clements-Hill; De la Ray Veenendaal: Subs: Khrys Speed, Michael Goldsworthy, George Stuffins, Ben Latimer, Seb Clark, Sven Meiland, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Cameron McLean, Aaron Morris.

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 49pts: Hinckley 7 pts:

Saturday 15th October 2011

Bedford progressed to the next round of the National Colts Knock Out Cup with a convincing win against Hinckley. The Blues, who were ahead by 14pts – 0 at half time, scored a further 5 tries in the second half to win by 49pts – 7.


The visitors started well but, with the Blues pack on top, Bedford exerted early pressure but the Hinckley defence held for the first 20 minutes. Bedford opened the scoring when winger Jonny Morgan came off the blind side wing, and fed full back De la Rey Veenendaal for the first try; fly half Harry key converted. Hinckley sent the restart directly into touch and from the resulting scrum on half way scrum half Ali Price broke blind and fed Veenendaal for his second try; Key converted and the Blues were 14pts - 0 ahead at half time.


The Blues continued the momentum early in the second half when after a break by flanker Bry White, winger Oliver Petrides scored; Key converted. Moments later winger Elliot Clements- Hill scored after a good break by Veenendaal. Hinckley responded well and were camped on the Blues line for several minutes before a breakaway resulted in a try for Clements-Hill which he converted. The Blues dealt with the restart well moving the ball quickly to Morgan who beat several defenders to score from deep; Clements-Hill converted. With five minutes to go another break by Veenendaal from within his 22 led to a try for scrum half Alex Smit; Clements-Hill converted. The Blues were disappointed to have conceded a try with the last play of the game, but this was an encouraging display against a good side, who knocked the Blues out of the competition three years ago.

Bedford will play away in the next round against Leighton Buzzard, who beat Loughborough by 29pts – 10 in the last round. The tie is due to be played on the weekend of 19th / 20th November.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Ed Stallwood, Jack Warrior, Bry White, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Ali Price (capt), Harry Key; Jonny Morgan, Will Pressland, Alex Awenat, Elliot Clements-Hill: De la Ray Veenendaal Subs: Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, George Stuffins, Sven Meiland, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Oliver Petrides:

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Bedford Blues Academy U19s 8 pts: Oxford University U21 XV 15 pts:

Saturday 8th October 2011

The more experienced visiting students proved to be just too strong for the young Blues who trailed 15pts – 0 at half time but finished the stronger of the two sides at Goldington Road on Saturday.

Oxford opened the scoring with a simple penalty and soon afterwards took advantage of some missed tackles to score a converted try under the posts. The Blues struggled to get back into the game conceding penalties at regular intervals and after Oxford produced a steady spell of forward pressure Bedford conceded their second try. The Blues made it even more difficult for themselves when they lost Key to a yellow card shortly before half time.

Despite being one man short Bedford started the second half well and a sweetly struck penalty from full back Elliot Clements-Hill reduced the deficit. However the Blues struggled to gain any meaningful posession against a heavier, well organised visiting pack and only a strong home defence prevented the students going further ahead. The Blues finished well and an outstanding solo effort from centre Alex Awenat with five minutes left gave Oxford a nervous finish.

This was a decent performance from the Blues against a very good, disciplined side but a high penalty count cost them dear. They will benefit from this experience and look to improve in all areas as they prepare for their National Colts Cup match against Hinkley at Biddenham School on Saturday.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, Haydn Edwins, Jack Warrior, Seb Clark, Jake Foster, Ed Stallwood; Ali Price (capt), Harry Key; Jonny Morgan, Alex Awenat, De la Ray Veenendaal, Cameron McLean; Elliot Clements-Hill: Subs: Khrys Speed, Sam Brown, Will Simpson, Ryan Griffiths, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Oliver Petrides, Charlie Moore:

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Cambridge University U21s 25pts: Bedford Blues U19s 36 pts:

Saturday 1st October 2011

On a scorching hot day Bedford beat the older University side by 36pts - 25 in a cracking game of rugby. The Blues, with two tries in the first half, led by 17pts – 13 at half time, and scored three further 2nd half tries to win by 36pts - 25.

It was the University who started the game well stringing together a series of attacks that threatened to out-flank the Blues defence. Left winger Will Smith opening the scoring when he went over after a well executed backs move after 5 minutes. Bedford hit back 5 minutes later when good pressure from the Blues pack led to a penalty 10ms out; scrum half Ali Price took a quick tap penalty and went over; fly half Harry Key converted. The University scored again 15 minutes later when a 5m lineout was driven over by the strong Cambridge pack. The University extended their lead with a penalty 5 minutes later to go 13pts – 7 ahead. Bedford took the lead for the first time when a Cambridge kick was fielded by Price, he beat the cover and set up a counter attack, flanker Jake Foster supported and fed flanker Josh Walker for a fine try, a fitting reward for Josh in his last game before leaving for University in Bristol. Key converted, added a late penalty, and the Blues were 17pts - 13 up at half time.

The University regained the lead and opened the 2nd half scoring when they wheeled a scrum to score on the blind side. The game remained very close with both sides playing some good rugby. Bedford scored next when great pressure from the forwards, showing good control to retain the ball, set up the backs for a well worked try from winger Cameron McLean. Bedford went further ahead when good approach work was taken on by centre Alex Awenat who offloaded the ball to scrum half Alex Smit up in support; centre Oliver Petrides converted. Cambridge narrowed the gap to 29pts – 25 to Bedford, before Bedford sealed the win with a close range try from prop Sam Brown. Petrides converted and the Blues won by 36pts – 25.

Winger Adam Theobald ......... ......... with Charlie Moore in support

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a very good game of rugby, with both sides performing well. Games between the two sides are always tight and usually produce good rugby – today was no exception.”

“After a poor performance last week the training this week was hard with a big emphasis on control in contact. Monday’s contact session was intense and we are pleased with the way the Bedford lads responded, putting into practice what they have worked on in training. They handled the older University side well, controlling the ball in contact and showing patience to recycle the ball.”

“I thought some of lads showed real maturity today, none more so than Josh Walker, captaining the side in his last game before he goes to University in Bristol.  Next week’s game against Oxford University Under 21s will be just as tough a test.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, Ed Stallwood, Jack Warrior, Josh Walker (capt), Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Ali Price, Harry Key; Jonny Morgan, Will Pressland, Alex Awenat, Elliott Clement-Hill; De la Ray Veenendaal: Subs: Khrys Speed, Sam Brown, Will Simpson, Hadyn Edwins, Seb Clark, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Cameron McLean, Oliver Petrides, Adam Theobald, Charlie Moore:

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Kettering 9 pts: Bedford Blues U19s 42 pts:

National Colts Cup

Saturday 24th September 2011

Bedford progressed to the next round with an unconvincing win away against Kettering. The Blues, who were behind by 9pts – 7 at half time, eventually strung together some decent attacks in the last 15 minutes to win by 42pts - 9.

Bedford started the game by conceding a string of penalties, with 5 conceded in the first 10 minutes. Kettering took an early lead with a well hit penalty, before Bedford hit back with a try from fly half Will Affleck, converted by centre Harry Key. Kettering hit two further penalties to lead by 9pts – 7 at half time.

The Blues, started the second half well with an individual try from full back De la Rey Veenendaal. The Blues superior fitness began to tell and they scored four tries in the last 15 minutes: Winger Elliott Clement-Hill with a well taken try down the right wing, converted by Key; a good break by Veenendaal and Clement-Hill put in scrum half Alex Smit; the best try of the game followed, when a good break by hooker Nick Brown and prop Mike Goldsworthy, was taken on by flanker James Grosvenor, who fed Smit to score his second; winger Charlie Moore scored the final try when Key made a break, flanker Jake Foster won the ball from the maul to keep play moving, Affleck broke the line and Moore scored in the corner; Key converted all five second half tries to give the Blues a win by 42pts – 9.

Centres Alex Awenat .........
......... and Harry Key

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “This was a disappointing performance. Our discipline was poor and our decision making and contact skills let us down badly. Kettering played well and looked far hungrier for the ball than we did."

"We need to learn the lessons from this performance. We made far too many unforced errors. We played well in the last 15 minutes, and scored some good tries, but we need to be able to put in this level of performance across the whole game.”

The Blues play Hinckley in the next round. The game is due to be played on the weekend of 15th/16th October. Hinckley, who had a bye in the opening round this year, knocked the Blues out of the cup in the first round three years ago.

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Ed Stallwood, Hadyn Edwins, Josh Walker, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick (v.capt); Alex Smit, Will Affleck; Oliver Petrides, Harry Key (capt), Alex Awenat, Elliott Clement-Hill; De la Ray Veenendaal: Subs: George Stuffins, Nick Brown, Michael Goldsworthy, James Grosvenor, Jonny Morgan, Charlie Moore, Aaron Morris:

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Academy Squad for opening round of Cup.

Kettering vs Bedford Academy

Saturday 24th August 2011 - Kick Off 3.00 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Kettering in the first round of the National Colts Knock Out Cup on Saturday 24th September. Kick off is 3.00 pm at Kettering.

The Blues are without flanker Bry White (injured playing for the Blues in B&I Cup against Esher), scrum half Ali Price (who is on the Blues bench in their away game at Rotherham), prop Will Allard, 2nd row Jack Warrior and centres Felix Stretton and Will Pressland, all injured.

Team

Substitutes

1

Josh Smith

16

Michael Goldsworthy

2

Khrys Speed

17

Nick Brown

3

Matt Collins

18

George Stuffins

4 Hadyn Edwins

5

Ed Stallwood

6

Josh Walker

19

James Grosvenor

7

Jake Foster

8

Jake Patrick (v.capt)

 

9

Alex Smit

10

Will Affleck

 

11

Oliver Petrides

20 Jonny Morgan

12

Harry Key (capt)

13

Alex Awenat

14

Elliot Clement-Hill

21

Charlie Moore

 

15

De la Rey Veneendaal

22

Aaron Morris

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“We had good performances against Eastern Counties and East Midlands last week, when we took the chance to look at some of our younger players. This week is a different focus with an away Cup tie.”

“Away games in early rounds of the Cup are always difficult. They require a very different focus from the players. Concentration and discipline are vital. This will be a good test for them.”

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Academy past and present against Esher

Congratulations to the seven current and recent Blues Academy players who were in the Blues XV who beat Esher by 62pts - 30 at Goldington Road.

Hooker Chris Locke, centre Duncan Taylor, winger Josh Bassett and flankers Bry White and George Messum, were in the starting line up and scrum half Ali Price and fly half Lawrence Rayner camne off the bench to play in the second half. Taylor scored two tries, Locke and Rayner one each with Rayner also kicking a conversion.

With White and Price both 18 years old, and still in the U19 squad, and Bassett, Messum and Rayner only 19 years old, the performance was a great advert for the Blues Academy.

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Bedford Blues U19s 43 pts: East Midland 0pts:

Sunday 18th September 2011

The Blues, who rested a few players in their third game in eight days, were still too strong for a young East Midlands side. Ahead by 10pts – 0 at half time they went on to win by 43pts – 0.

Bedford were on top in the first half but the East Midlands defence held well. The Bleus scored two first half tries; scrum half Ali Price and winger Jonny Morgan to go into half time 10pts – 0 ahead.

The Blues, playing down the slope, strung together some good phases in the second half scoring five tries: Price after a fine break by centre De la Rey Veenendal; 2nd row Haydn Edwins, after a good offload from prop Josh Smith; centre Alex Awenat from a good break by fly half Harry Key; Veenendal from good running in broken play; and Awenat again. With four conversions from Key the Blues ended as winners by 43pts – 0.

Denis Ormesher, Bedford’s Academy Director, said … “The first half was a bit erratic; we did not build the continuity we are looking for. I was pleased with the performance in the second half; we began to string together some phases of play and ran the ball well. It was good to see some of the Blues players doing well playing for the East Midlands squad.”

Bedford: George Stuffins, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Jack Warrior, Haydn Edwins, Jake Foster, Seb Clarke, Ben Latimer (v.capt); Ali Price, Nathan Donnachie; Aaron Morris, Felix Stretton, Alex Awenat (capt), Jonny Morgan; Charlie Moore: Subs: Josh Smith, Josh Taylor, Will Simpson, James Grosvenor, Tom Borrett, Harry Key, De la Ray Veenendall:

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Academy Squad to play East Midlands announced:

Bedford Academy v East Midlands

Sunday 18th August 2011 - Kick Off 2.00 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play East Midlands at home on Sunday 18th September. Kick off is 2.00 pm at Goldington Road.

Making their Blues debuts are; prop Will Dyer, hooker Josh Taylor, flanker Seb Clark and fly half Adam Love. The Blues, who rotate their squad for their third game in eight days, are captained by centre Alex Awenat.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

       

1

Will Dyer

16

Josh Smith

2

Khrys Speed

17

Josh Taylor

3

Matt Collins

18

George Stuffins

4

Haydn Edwins

 

5

Jack Warrior

19

Will Simpson

6

Jake Foster

7

Seb Clark

8

Ben Latimer

20

James Grosvenor

 

9

Ali Price

21

Tom Borrett

10

Nathan Donnachie

22

Adam Love

 

11

Aaron Morris

23

Cameron McLean

12

Felix Stretton

24

Harry Key

13

Alex Awenat (capt)

25

De la Rey Veenendaal

14

Jonnie Morgan

 

15

Charlie Moore

       

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said …

“After a tough game against Leicester Tigers last weekend, the boys bounced back with a good win against Eastern Counties at Shelford on Wednesday evening.

“This is our third game in eight days and we are taking the opportunity to try a few different combinations. The boys have trained hard over the summer and the competition for places is really tough. This is giving us some tough selection decisions to make – exactly the sort of selection problems any coach loves to have.”

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Eastern Counties U18s 0 pts: Bedford Blues U19s 46 pts:

Wednesday 14th September 2011

After a tough game at the weekend against Leicester Tigers, Bedford were too strong for a young Eastern Counties side under floodlights at Shelford on Wednesday night. Bedford, who had a slow start, were 22pts – 0 up at half time before winning by 46pts – 0.

The opening exchanges all belonged to Eastern Counties. Counties attacked the Bedford line from the start, and it was mistakes in execution, rather than Bedford defence, that stopped the Counties side scoring. The Blues started badly, and a succession of basic errors, many of them unforced, gave possession, and territory, back to the Counties side. Counties failed to convert any of their early pressure into a score and it was Bedford who scored first after 30 minutes. Full back Elliot Clement-Hill went over in the corner after the Blues recycled the ball effectively through 3 phases. Hill added a penalty a few minutes later to put the Blues ahead by 8 pts – 0. Bedford scored two further tries in the next 5 minutes; a strong run by winger Cameron McLean; 2 minutes later good approach work by the Blues led to a try for the opposite winger, Adam Theobald, converted by Clement-Hill, and the Blues ended the half 22pts – 0 ahead.

Bedford continued their improved play in the second half and scored four further good tries, all scored by the back line; centre Ollie Petrides, after a good pass from flyhalf Will Affleck; McLean got his 2nd after good approach work by full back Aaron Morris; centre Alex Awenat, taking a great line close to fly half Nathan Donaghee; and a good team try by Morris, after am attack which started on the Blues own line. Two conversions by Donaghee gave the Blues a win by 46pts – 0.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “We made some real basic errors in the first half, and were very slow to start. I was pleased to see that we got it together later, and played some good rugby in the second half. Some of the youngsters who came in did well. This will give us some tough selection decisions.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Nick Brown (capt), George Stuffins, Jack Warrior, Ben Latimer, Sven Meilland, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick; Alex Smit, Will Affleck; Cameron McLean, Will Pressland, Oliver Petrides, Adam Theobald; Elliot Clement-Hill: Subs: Michael Goldsworthy, Sam Webb, Matt Collins, Ed Stallwood, Bry White, Tom Borrett, Nathan Donaghee, Alex Awenat, Aaron Morris:

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Bedford Academy U19s 0pts: Leicester Tigers Academy U19s 31pts:

Saturday 10th September 2011

Leicester Tigers, one of the RFU Premiership funded Academies, who have beaten Cardiff and Llanelli, and drawn with Munster this season, were too strong for the Blues in an entertaining game at Goldington Road. The Blues, who were behind by 24pts – 0 at half time, put in an improved 2nd half performance, to lose by 31pts – 0.

Veenendaal feeds Awenat

Good defence from Tigers

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “We gave Leicester too much respect in the first half and made too many basic errors in the contact area and in defence. The second half was a big improvement and we started to put together some decent phases of rugby. Leicester are a strong side and showed our lads the standards they need to aspire to.”

Bedford: Josh Smith, Khrys Speed, Matt Collins, Josh Walker (capt), Haydyn Edwins, Bry White, Jake Foster, Jake Patrick,; Ali Price, Harry Key; Oliver Petrides, Will Pressland, Alex Awenat, Elliot Clement-Hill; De la Rey Veenendaal: Subs: Nick Brown, Sam Brown, George Stuffins, Jack Warrior, Sven Meilland, Michael Goldsworthy, Alex Smit, Will Affleck, Felix Stretton, Jonnie Morgan:

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Academy Squad to play Tigers announced:

Bedford Academy U19s v Leicester Tigers U19s

Saturday 10th September 2011 - Kick Off 3.00 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Leicester Tigers at home on Saturday 10th September. Kick off is 3.00 pm at Goldington Road.

Making their Blues debuts are; props Geroge Stuffins and Sam Brown, centre Will Pressland, and winger Jonnie Morgan. The Blues, who are without prop Will Allard, flanker Ollie Clough, and wingers Dean Adamson and Tom Chellew, are captained by second row Josh Walker.

 

Team

 

Substitutes

       

1

Josh Smith

16

George Stuffins

2

Khrys Speed

17

Nick Brown

3

Matt Collins

18

Sam Brown

4

Haydn Edwins

19

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker (capt)

   

6

Bry White

   

7

Jake Foster

20

Sven Meilland

8

Jake Patrick

21

Mike Goldsworthy

       

9

Ali Price

22

Alex Smit

10

Harry Key (v.capt)

23

Will Affleck

       

11

Elliot Clement-Hill

24

Jonnie Morgan

12

Will Pressland

25

Felix Stretton

13

Alex Awenat

   

14

Oliver Petrides

   
       

15

De la Rey Veenendaal

   
       

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “The game against Tigers is always one of our toughest games of the season. Leicester, who are one of the RFU funded Premiership Academies, have probably been the best U19 side in the country over recent years. They play a physical game, with great ball skills, and are always tough opponents.”

“This is a great first home game of the season for our players. They will need to perform at their best. They have trained hard over the summer; they are beginning to develop into a team, and they are looking forward to testing themselves against the Tigers ”.

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Irish Exiles U19s 43pts: Bedford Academy U19s 57pts:

Sunday 21st August 2011

In a game of three 30 minute periods the Blues Academy U19s beat the Irish Exiles U19s by 57pts - 43pts, on a scorching afternoon at The Oratory School, Reading. The Exiles were using the game as preparation for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship in September, when they play against the other Irish provinces.

The Exiles, at the end of a two day training camp, started the game at a furious pace, forcing Bedford into a number of mistakes. Bedford had opportunities but mistakes in counter attack, and in contact, gave the ball back to the Exiles. Good attacks from the Exiles, and poor defence from the Blues, gave the Exiles three tries in a 10 minute period and, with only a single penalty from centre Harry Key, the Blues were 19pts – 3 down at the end of the 1st session.

With the Blues making four changes initially and three more during the session, and the Exiles making more, the 2nd period saw a change in fortunes. A 5m lineout was won by 2nd row Josh Walker, and the pack drove over, with flanker Jake Patrick getting the touchdown after 5 minutes. Four minutes later Walker broke out of his own half into the Exiles 22; the Blues won a quick ruck and prop Will Allard crashed over for a try under the posts; Key converted to make the score 19pts – 15 to the Exiles.From the kick off the Blues spilled the ball and the Exiles moved the ball quickly to score to go 26pts – 15 ahead. The rest of the period belonged to the Blues with two tries from De la Rey Veenendaal; one from Elliott Clement-Hill and one from Alex Awenat, and four conversions from Key to put the Blues ahead by 43pts – 26 at the end of the period.

The 3rd session saw the Exiles restore their strongest lineup and with a fast start scored a good try under the posts; five minutes later they scored a close range try to narrow the gap to 43pts – 38. There then followed three tries in quick succession; Alex Smit scored for the Blues with a quick tap penalty; the Exiles scored again, and Smit scored the final try from a good offload from flanker Sven Meilland; Clement-Hill converted twice and the Blues won a fast game by 57pts – 43.

Petrides tackled

Walker wins the lineout

Smit breaks

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “This was a tough game against strong opponents. We made too many mistakes in defence, and in the contact zone, and the Exiles took full advantage and punished us. Although we did well in the 2nd session the Exiles had a weaker side against us. The 3rd session was much better and we began to play some of the rugby we are capable of.”

“Pre-season games like give us a good indication of how our summer training has progressed – no matter how much the squad train against each other there is no substitute for a tough game contest. Although there is still a lot of hard work to be done there were encouraging signs of some good performances.”

Bedford: Will Allard, Khrys Speed, Henri DaCosta, Josh Walker, Jack Warrior, Jake Patrick, Ollie Clough (capt), Michael Goldsworthy; Ali Price (v.capt) Will Affleck; Adam Theobald, Harry Key, Alex Awenat, Oliver Petrides; De la Rey Veenendaal: Subs: Nick Brown, Matt Collins, Haydyn Edwins, Jake Foster, Sven Meilland, Alex Smit, Josh Cassels, Elliot Clement-Hill:

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Academy Squad to play Exiles announced:

Irish Exiles U19s vs Bedford Academy U19s

Sunday 21st August 2011 - Kick Off 2.00 pm

The Blues Academy have named their squad to play Irish Exiles away on Sunday 21st August, at The Oratory School, Woodcote, Reading, RG8 0PJ, kick off 2.00pm. The Exiles will be using the game as preparation for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship in September, when they play against the other Irish provinces.

After their appearance in the Academy U18 tournament at Saracens last week, the Blues make wholesale changes to their lineup. Making their Blues debuts are; from Stowe School prop Henri DaCosta and hooker Nick Brown; Moulton College 2nd row/back row Jake Patrick; Kettering prop Matt Collins; Ampthill 2nd Row Haydyn Edwins; ex-BMS winger Josh Cassells; from Saracens Academy wing Adam Theobald and full back Elliott Clement-Hill; and from Leeds Academy centre Harry Key. The side is captained by flanker Ollie Clough.

Team

Substitutes

1

Will Allard

2

Khrys Speed

16

Nick Brown

3

Henri DaCosta

17

Matt Collins

4

Jack Warrior

5

Josh Walker

18

Haydyn Edwins

6

Jake Patrick

19

Sven Meilland

7

Ollie Clough (capt)

20

Jake Foster

8

Michael Goldsworthy

9

Ali Price (v.capt)

21

Alex Smit

10

Will Affleck

11

Adam Theobald

22

Josh Cassell

12

Harry Key

13

Alex Awenat

14

Oliver Petrides

15

De la Rey Veenendaal

23

Elliot Clement-Hill

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “The Irish Exiles game will give a first run out to some of the older players. The Exiles will be tough opponents with all of them being in the U19 year."

“The squad have trained hard over the summer and they are all looking forward to their first game of the season. We have had some talented players join us and they are beginning to combine well as a team. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, and some tough games to come, we are pleased with their progress so far.”

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Training - Monday August 22nd

Training in Monday August 22nd will be held at the Bedford Swifts Rugby Club – change in Athletic Stadium Changing Rooms;

Bedford International Athletic Stadium

Barkers Lane

Bedford

MK41 9SB

01234 351115

For full schedule ... see here

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Academy Under 18 Tournament

Friday August 12th 2011

Bedford Blues 7 27 Gwent Dragons
Bedford Blues 0 21 Saracens
Bedford Blues 17 12 Harlequins
Bedford Blues 0 27 Ospreys

The Blues Academy kicked off their season, in the Academy Under 18 tournament held at the Saracens Training ground at the Old Albanians Rugby Club. The 15-a-side tournament saw the Blues in a pool with Harlequins, Saracens and Gwent Dragons. In the other pool were Northampton Saints, Gloucester, the Ospreys and Worcester.  With more than 200 of the best U18 players in Southern England and South Wales the standard was high with some quality players on show.

The Blues started with a game against the Gwent Dragons, the WRU Regional Academy based around the Newport Region. The Blues conceded an early score and, taking time to get used to each other and to organise their defence, they were 20pts - 0 down just after half time. They began to get more organised as the 2nd half continued and put Gwent under some pressure close to their line. A quick penalty was taken and centre Felix Stretton put winger Aaron Morris in for a try under the posts; Stretton converted. Gwent scored a late close range try to end as deserved winners by 27pts – 7.

The second game was against the hosts Saracens, who had a side of very big physical players. Bedford started well and competed with the bigger side up front, pushing Saracens off their own ball in the scrum on a number of occasions. It was not until just before half time that Saracens scored to lead 7pts – 0 at half time. Saracens extended their lead to go 14pts – 0 up just after half time, and 21pts – 0 by the end of the game. This was a much better performance from the Blues against a very physical side.

The final pool game was against Harlequins, who had already beaten Gwent Dragons. Quins started well and put the Blues under a lot of pressure eventually scoring a close range try to go 5pts – 0 up. The Blues fought straight back and put Quins under pressure with a series of well worked phases. From one such attack in the Quins 22 the Blues lost the ball and Quins broke away and with a length of the field run went 12pts – 0 ahead. The Blues showed great character to fight back and again worked their way into the Quins 22, where from a 5m scrum No 8 Ben Latimer picked up, went blind and put scrum half Alex Smit in for a try in the corner to make the half time score 12pts – 5 to Quins. The second have saw the Blues, growing in confidence, play their best rugby of the day; a very good attack involving a number for phases saw full back Ryan Fuller go in for a try in the corner to make the score 12pts – 10 to Quins; and cool heads and a good counterattack saw winger Nick Coward break away to score under the posts, converted by fly half Nathan Donaghee, to give the Blues a win by 17pts – 12.

2nd Row Haydyn Edwins wins clean ball

Full Back Aaron Morris offloads

The final game saw the Blues face the Ospreys, the WRU Regional Academy based around Swansea. The Blues were down by 10pts – 0 at half time and by 27pts – 0 by the end of the game. This was probably one game too many for the Blues and the difference in fitness and physicality was clear, with the Blues struggling to cope with the Ospreys power and pace.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “This was a good tournament, against some very good sides. It was a good opportunity to look at some of the young players we have had on trial this summer.”

“The difference in physicality and fitness between the Premiership Academies and the Blues was clear, and gave our players a clear benchmark of what they need to do to compete at this level.”

“We were pleased with their performance. Playing together for the first time some they showed real character to work as a team, and a number of individuals stood out, showing real potential for the future. The win against Harlequins was the highlight, and gave the lads confidence. It is always good to get a win against an RFU funded Premiership Academy”

“Our focus the coming week turns to the Irish Exiles U19 game, which will give a first run out to some of our older players. The Exiles will be tough opponents with all of them being in the U19 year. Some of the younger players who did well in the Saracens tournament will also be involved.”

Bedford Squad:

Forwards: Mitchell Akroyd; Sam Brown; Matt Collins; Henri DaCosta; Will Dyer; Haydyn Edwins; Conor Gracey; James Grosvenor; Danny Hartwell; Connor Herilhy; Stephen Jenkinson; Ben Latimer (v.capt) Drew McLeod; Will Simpson; George Stuffins; Rory Sarjeant:

Backs: Tom Borrett; Nick Coward; Nathan Donnachie; Ryan Fuller; Sam Levy; Adam Love; Alex Millar; Aaron Morris; Sam Pressling; Alex Smit (capt); Felix Streeton; Barnie West:

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Academy Squad to face Premiership Academies:

Friday August 12th 2011 - Kick Off 12.00 pm:

The Blues squad for the Academy Under 18 tournament is below. This will be held at the Saracens Training ground at Old Albanians Rugby Club, Woollam's Playing Fields, Harpenden Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 6BB.

Forwards

Backs

Front Row

Mitchell Akroyd

Sam Brown

Matt Collins

Henri DaCosta

Will Dyer

Stephen Jenkinson

George Stuffins

Half

Backs

Nathan Donnachie

Adam Love

Alex Smit (capt)

2nd Row

Ben Latimer (vice capt)

Haydyn Edwins

Drew McLeod

Will Simpson

Midfield

Tom Borrett

Nick Coward

Alex Millar

Sam Pressling

Felix Streeton

Back Row

Connor Herilhy

Conor Gracey

James Grosvenor

Danny Hartwell

Rory Sarjeant

Back 3

Barnie West

Ryan Fuller

Sam Levy

Aaron Morris

The Tournament pitches the Blues against five English Premiership Academies and two Welsh Regional Academies, in two pools, with four sides in each. Games are 15-a-side and 11 minutes each way. The Blues are in a pool with Harlequins, Saracens and Gwent Dragons. In the other pool are Northampton Saints, Gloucester, the Ospreys and Worcester. The Blues' first game is against Gwent Dragons, kick off 12.40.

GROUP 1

TIME

TEAMS

PITCH

12.00

Saracens v Quins

1

12.40

Blues v Gwent

1

1.20

Saracens v Blues

1

2.00

Quins v Gwent

1

2.40

Saracens v Gwent

1

3.20

Quins v Blues

1

Scoring:

The Pool positions will be ranked using the scoring method:

- 4 points are awarded for a win, 2 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
- 1 bonus point is awarded for scoring 4 or more tries in one game.
- 1 bonus point is awarded for losing within 7 points.

All teams will then play a final game against the team in the corresponding postion in the other pool.

FINALS

MATCH

TIME

PITCH

4th Place Final

4.20

1

3rd Place Final

4.20

2

2nd Place Final

4.20

Main Pitch

1st Place Final

4.45

Main Pitch

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Congratulations to James and Clare Hinkins

Congratulations to Academy coach James Hinkins, and his wife Clare Hinkins, on the safe arrival of Florence Thelma Hinkins - born at 9.39 am today, Tuesday August 9th, weighing in at just under 6lbs. Clare and Florence are both well - Hinks says he is "ridiculously proud" !

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Academy take on Premiership Academies:

Friday August 12th 2011 - Kick Off 12.00 pm:

The Blues Academy kick off their season on Friday August 12th, by appearing in an Academy Under 18 tournament organised by Saracens. This will be held at the Saracens Training ground at Old Albanians Rugby Club, Woollam's Playing Fields, Harpenden Road, St Albans, Herts, AL3 6BB.

The Tournament pitches the Blues against five English Premiership Academies and two Welsh Regional Academies, in two pools, with four sides in each. Games are 15-a-side and 11 minutes each way. The Blues are in a pool with Harlequins, Saracens and Gwent Dragons. In the other pool are Northampton Saints, Gloucester, the Ospreys and Worcester. The Blues' first game is against Gwent Dragons, kick off 12.40.

The Blues continue their preparation for the season the week after with an away game against Irish Exiles Under 19s, on Sunday August 21st at Reading Oratory School, kick off 2.00pm. The Exiles will be using the game as preparation for their Irish Inter-Provincial Championship in September when they play games against the other Irish provinces.

Bedford’s Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … “The U18 tournament will be a real challenge against some very good sides. It is an ideal opportunity to look at some of the young players we have had on trial this summer in competitive games.”

“The Irish Exiles game will give a first run out to some of the older players. The Exiles will be tough opponents with all of them being in the U19 year. We will play a mix of U19s, U18s and maybe a couple of U17s if they do well in the Saracens tournament.”

“We will use the U18 tournament and the Exiles game as trials, and to warm up for the season ahead. Our fixture list is looking the strongest we have had for some time, with games against the Premiership Academies of Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and Saracens, the Welsh Regional Academies of Gwent Dragons and the new North Wales Academy. We also play the Cambridge and Oxford University U21 XVs and Loughborough University. These are all hard games, but they develop players and help us to see if they have got what it takes to step up to the professional game.”

“The squad have trained hard over the summer and, although there is still a lot of work to be done, we are pleased with their progress so far.”

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Gareth Davies: Team Manager.

Bedford Blues have announced the appointment of Gareth Davies as Team Manager for the Blues Academy. Davies (not to be confused with his namesake, the Blues President) will take responsibility for the operational support that is needed to make the Academy function effectively, and will work closely with the Academy Director, Coaches, and Physio team.

Gareth is an RFU Level 2 coach and for several years was a junior coach at Ampthill RFC and was involved with various age groups within the Bedfordshire County RFU. He is currently Squad Manager for East Midlands U16s, and assists the WRU as Squad Manager for the Welsh Exiles, where he has overseen the development of many players who have gained international honours. Gareth will continue with these roles alongside his Blues role.

Davies said …. “I have followed the progress of the Blues Academy closely in recent seasons and am extremely impressed with their professionalism, structure and vision. I'm delighted to be joining such a successful and ambitious Academy. I am looking forward to working with Denis, and the Academy team, developing future Blues 1st XV players.”

Blues Academy Director Denis Ormesher said …. “I am delighted that Gareth is joining the Blues Academy team. He has great experience which he can bring to the Blues. His support will allow me and the coaching team to focus even more on coaching and player development.”

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Academy Fixtures – 2011/2012

The Bedford Blues Academy have announced their fixtures for the first half of the season.

The Academy will open their season on Sunday August 21st - with a game against Irish Exiles U19s. The game will be played at Reading Oratory School, Kick Off 2pm. The Exiles will be using the game as preparation for their Irish Inter Provincial Championship in September with games against Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht. The Blues will use the game as a trial, and as a warm up game for the season ahead.

The Academy Fixture list contains games against the Premiership Academies of Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and Saracens, the Newport Welsh Dragons Regional Academy and the Cambridge and Oxford Universities Under 21 XVs.

The Blues' Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said … "I am delighted with the way the fixture list is shaping up, with it looking as if it will be a really good set of games to develop the Academy players in. We will play Tigers, Saints and Saracens Academies home and away, and the new fixture against the Newport Welsh Dragons Academy, home and away, is a great fixture for us. We are working on other games and will announce these when they confirmed. We will enter the National U19s Knock Out Cup competition again - this gives the squad a different type of competition, which is ideal for their development."

For full fixture list see .... here

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Bedford Blues Academy - Assistant Team Manager

The Bedford Blues Academy needs an Assistant Team Manager to assist in the running of the Blues Academy.

The Blues Academy was set up to identify, recruit and develop professional players for the Bedford 1st XV of the future. The Academy has a great record in producing players for the Blues 1st XV, with player such as Sacha Harding, Will Chudley, Chris Locke, Darryl Veenendaal, Duncan Taylor, and most recently Josh Bassett, coming through the Academy to the Blues 1st XV.

The Assistant Team Manger will take responsibility for much of the administration, and support, that is needed to make the Academy function effectively, and will work closely with the Academy Director, Coaches, and Physio team.

If you ....

.... we can offer you;

If you would like to be part of the Blues Academy Management Team, and help in developing the Blues players of the future, please contact Denis Ormesher, Bedford Blues Academy Director (email denis@ormesher.co.uk or phone 07909 903344 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 07909 903344 end_of_the_skype_highlighting), for an informal discussion.

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Academy Coaching Team

The Blues Academy has announced the new coaching team for the 2011/12 season.

Denis Ormesher will again head up the Academy team as Academy Director.

Steve Guest, James Hinkins and Ian Vass will continue as part of the team and will be joined by new coaches Rich Candlin and Gregor Gillanders.

Candlin, who played 2nd Row for the Blues from 1999 – 2002, also played for Coventry and Cambridge before he retired from playing 2008. He is Head of PE at Samuel Whitbread Community College in Shefford. Gillanders, also a 2nd row, played for Coventry, Leicester and England Under 20s before he joined the Blues and established himself as 2nd row or back row in the Blues 1st XV.”

Ormesher said ….. “Dan Richmond did a great job last season and we are sorry to lose him. We will be keeping in touch and I know Dan will be on the look out for potential Blues Academy players for the future.”

“I am delighted that Steve, James and Ian will continue to be part of the coaching team next season and that Rich and Gregor will be joining us.”

“Steve, James and Ian worked well together last season and we saw many of the squad develop significantly under their coaching. With Rich and Gregor joining, we have a team with a great breadth of playing and coaching experience, which will allow us to have a real focus on individual player development and helping players to achieve their potential.”

“We are all looking forward to the new season and the challenge of a building a new group of players into a strong Academy team.”

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Pre-Season training:

Pre-season training and trials commence Monday July 4th - training is Monday and Wednesday throughout July - meet at Goldington Road at 6.30pm - bring boots and trainers as players will be road running to and from the training venues.

Invitations, and further details, will be sent mid June.

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New Players Welcome:

If you are a player (between U17 and U19) who thinks you have the potential to play at the Blues Academy, or you are a coach who would like to recommend a player, please send the following info to Denis Ormesher at denis@ormesher.co.uk

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Academy Players to train with Blues Senior Squad pre-season:

10 members of last season’s Academy squad have been invited to train with the Blues Senior Squad for Phase One of the Blues pre-season programme.

They are winger Josh Bassett, who was contracted to the Blues senior squad last year, plus;

Dean Adamson Wing/full back
Elliot Bale Fly half
Tom Chellew Wing
Andy Ince Flanker
George Messum No 8
Ali Price Scrum half
Lawrence Rayner Fly half
De la Rey Veenendaal Centre/full back
Josh Walker 2nd row/flanker

The Blues Academy Director of Rugby Denis Ormesher said … “The players have worked hard all season and deserve this opportunity. I am confident that all of them will do well and they will push some of the seniors in training.”

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