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Blues end of season dinner

The Academy celebrated a good season at the annual awards dinner on 28th May - players were once again supported by parents and families and the guests of honour were Mike Rayer (Director of Rugby) and Gareth Davies (President).

Awards at the dinner were as follows

Most improved player                          Young player                                      Player of season

       Joe Healy                                     Corey Hircock                                      Duncan Taylor

                                                 

 

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Blues return with shield from National Academy Sevens

The inaugural National Academy Sevens event took place at Newbury RFC on 9th May. With 7 premiership sides, 2 teams from Wales and 4 from ND1 taking part along with 2 county sides and a barbarian team this was going to be a very long and tough day. The Blues were in a strong pool with London Irish, Ospreys and Berkshire.

The opening game against Irish was the first sevens the team had played apart from an hours training session with James Pritchard, they matched their premiership opponents for pace and power but were undone by the Irish teams understanding of sevens. Bedford aquitted themselves well however, managing to only lose by a couple of tries.

Berkshire were next up and the Academy showed they were now adding some sevens savvy to their 15's skills with a comfortable win. The last pool match was against a very strong Ospreys side, the Blues showed that they were now able to play sevens and competed well, being equal on the try count but losing out by a couple of conversions. So the semi for the Blues was to be in the shield competition against Bristol.

                                                             

The semi was always going to be a tight affair, Bristol had brought a strong squad, but the Blues started really well and put the first couple of scores on the board. Bristol however were not going to lie down and both sides played some excellent sevens rugby and the scores were always close. The Blues eventually edged through and won 35 : 28 and a final beckoned for the second time in a week.

The opponents in the final were to be Newport Gwent Dragons, who had brought a very big and powerful side. For many Bedford players this sevens event was their first opportunity to play this version of the game and they were now beginning to understand the physical pressures. The pre-final warm up was more of a "patch them up" session with bodies hanging together. However this side has grown over the season and their mental strength and squad togetherness is immense. In the final they again opened up a quick 14 point lead but the Dragons struck back before half time with a score of their own. 

The Blues had learnt throughout the day how to play sevens and in the first few minutes of the second half they displayed this brilliantly, the Dragons retained the ball for what seemed like an eternity but never managed to breach the Blues defence, and from this defence the Bedford lads gained confidence. When the Dragons turned over ball the Blues were efficient in attack and eventually ran out 35 ; 14 winners.

               

             

Four out of the five opponents for the Blues on the day were premiership level sides and the Academy were outstanding in their efforts to bring back a second trophy to the club in 6 days. This was testimony to their skills as rugby players but more so to their attitude, commitment and willingness to work as a squad. A huge effort and the club should be proud of these young men!

Squad: Miccans, Weston, Graham, Toothill, Tift, Veenendaal, Taylor, Hircock, Allen, Marston, Richardson, Fenner. Travel subs Wrigglesworth, Dachler, Hislop.

National Academy 7's - 9th May - Bedford Academy Squad

 

Players to meet at Goldington Road - coach departs 07:50 am

Players to confirm to Stuart or Martin availability and travel arrangements by Friday evening 8th May.

First game KO 11:20am -

Bedford pool

London Irish, Ospreys and Berkshire.

This is the last event for the Academy in 2008/09 season - all current squad members invited to travel down and end the season with a day in the sun at Newbury.

 

 1

 Weston 

 

2

 Toothill

 

3

 Miccans

 

4

 Tift

 

5

 Graham

 

6

 Veenendaal

 

7

 Taylor

 

8

 Hircock

 

9

 Marston

 

10

 Fenner

 

11

 Allen

 

12

 Richardson

Travel reserves:  Dachler, Hislop, Wrigglesworth

 

National Plate Final - Monday 4th May

Burton 5 pts : Bedford Academy 52 pts

The Blues traveled to Franklins Gardens for the third year running but this time it was to compete in the plate final against Burton. Both sides had brought plenty of support with them and it was the Burton fans who gave renditions of rugby songs from all the home countries!

The first half started as an attritional affair with both sides eager to gain the upper hand at the breakdown with Burton edging events primarily due to their open side who was winning 50-50 ball at the contact area. The opening score however came from the Blues when turn over ball at the breakdown was sent through the hands of Corey Hircock, Darryl Veenendaal and Jack Wrigglesworth before Anthony Fenner finally rounded off the move.  This was the only early score until just after mid way through the half when Wrigglesworth made a half break from a breakdown and then found himself drifting past tacklers to score and Fenner converted.

   

Burton continued to be extremely competitive up front and their backs were also dangerous in open play but it was from a driving maul at the lineout that they narrowed the scores to take the half time score to 12:5 to the Blues. Some simple words at half time focusing on the contact area sent the Academy out with a renewed fervor.

                       

Early in the half Bedford were more competitive at the breakdown and put a lot more pressure on Burton when they had the ball, and from a scrum in the Burton half the ball was moved through phases for Hircock to score and Fenner again converted. The Blues were now starting to win the 50-50 ball up front and this gave the backs time and space to exhibit their pace and from a clever kick through Mike Allen extended the lead.

                                                                 

Joe Marston scored the next try although on at least 3 occasions it looked like he had been stopped but he powered on and set up another conversion for Fenner. Burton continued to battle but with the Blues forwards now in control at set piece and breakdown the Blues backs were in full flow, Duncan Taylor was next to score after the ball had gone through 10 pairs of hands and Fenner converted to take the score line to 38 5. Both sides now took the opportunity to make numerous changes but even with half the side replaced the Blues kept their rhythm and from a break from their own half Taylor was again on hand to score and Fenner convert. Rob Richardson after only a few minutes on the field showed his pace and step with a 50m final try and Fenner rounded off with a conversion to make the final score Blues 52 Burton 5.

       

Congratulations to Burton, they played in great spirit and contributed to an excellent game of rugby, their supporters were vociferous and their medley of rugby songs kept going until after the final presentations. Special mention also to the referee for the day who was always in control and played an important part in the quality of the match.

From the Blues this was the performance that has been waiting to happen for some time, the first half was an attritional battle especially at the breakdown but in the second half the Academy were able to take control of the contact area with impressive performances from the pack. The back row hunted as a unit causing disruption to opposition ball and the backs were given ball and space to show how good they have become. This was the final game in the Academy for many of the players today and to them we say thank you for an excellent season, some of the younger players return next year and will only get better. A few players will now turn out with the first XV in the summer pre-season which is always the Academy's prime objective.

            

The final rugby event of the year is the National Academy 7's at Newbury on 9th May.

 

National Plate Final 4th May - Bedford Academy Squad

 

ALL players to meet at Goldington Road - coach departs 11am prompt.   KO 1:30pm

Coach will return to Bedford post game where club will be open for players and supporters.

Final training session - Sat 2nd May 10.30 am at Goldington Road  - ALL squad and travel reserves.

 
 

 1

  Healy

    17    Skinner
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    18   Robson
 

4

  Lenton

    
 

5

  Tift

    19

  Toothill

 

6

  Weston

 

 

 

7

  Pickett

     
 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

    20   Graham
 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

   
 

12

  Taylor

    21

  Dachler

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allen

     
 

15

  Fenner

    22   Richardson

 

Travel reserves:   Crossland, Conquest, Dodds.

Syston 5 pts : Bedford Academy 33 pts

The final game before the plate final and Syston who had just won the Leicestershire cup stepped in to offer the Blues a game at late notice. This promised to be a good open running game as both sides were keen to utilise the great Syston pitches and the dry sunny weather. This unfortunately however turned into a stop start affair.

Blues opened the scoring early on when Centre Corey Hircock ran one of his now trademark lines to cut back through a sea of missed tackles to score under the posts and Anthony Fenner converted. bedford then quickly increased the lead when darryl Veenendaal took the ball from a well won line out and as the opposition pack made a bee line for the Blues backs, darryl cut through and scored again near the posts to make Fenner's conversion easier.  The final score came a few minutes later when Veenendaal again cut through a few missed tackles to set up a 0:21 lead following the Fenner conversion with only half of the first half gone. This was however the end of the open play as the game began to degenerate into stoppages and scrums, neither side seemingly able to get the game going

The second half was unfortunately similar to the first with the whistle blowing with regularity for more discussions, scrums and penalties. Syston were first to get the score board going with a quick tap penalty sending their scrum half over the line. For the next 25 minutes both sides seemed to be penned into midfield going from set piece to set piece, neither able to get more than one or two phases going. the home side being unlucky when they made a break with a 3 man overlap only to be called back and awarded a penalty.  The Blues finally got back on the scoreboard when they ran from under their own posts and veenendaal showed good pace to use his support players as decoys and get over just inside the corner flag. This seemed to spark bedford as within 2 minutes they again ran from theory own 22 and veenendaal got his fourth and fenner converted to finish the scores at 5 : 33.

Both sides struggled to take much out of a very stop start game, the frustrated look on 40 plus players faces said it all. Syston ended their season on a high with the county cup and Blues travel to Franklins Gardens on Monday 4th for the Plate Final.

 

Bedford Training Schedule - National Plate Final (4th May)

Following are the training sessions for the National Plate Final

Monday 27th April - Goldington Road   (All players)

Wednesday 29th April - Goldington Road   (All players)

Saturday 2nd May - Goldington Road - Team Run (Plate squad plus travel reserves)

Bedford Squad to play Syston RFC - Away Sat 25th Apr

 

Players meet at Goldington Road at 11.30 am.

Players traveling direct to meet at Syston RFC 1:30 pm -  KO 3:00pm

Syston Rugby Football Club
Barkby Road
Queniborough
Leicestershire
LE7 3FE

                  

ALL players to confirm availability and travel plans with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 24/4

 
 

 1

  Healy

    17    Skinner
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    18   Robson
 

4

  Lenton

    
 

5

  Tift

    19

  Rhodes

 

6

  Toothill

 20

  Crossland

 

7

  Weston

     
 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

    21   Graham
 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

22

  Dodds

 

12

  Taylor

    23

  Dachler

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allen

   24   Antoine
 

15

  Fenner

    25   Richardson

 

Academy Players face Barbarianss

Four youngsters played in the Bedford senior squad that took on a very talented Barbarians squad at Goldington Road on Tuesday 7th April. Congratulations to Duncan Taylor, Mike Allen, Anthony Fenner and Darryl Veenendaal.

 

Worcester 20 pts : Bedford Academy 36 pts

The Academy took on a large and powerful Worcester side at Sixways and after the long trip were pleased that the match was still playable despite the pitch being very hard from the lack of rain. The referee was the first to make a mark on the game when with only three minutes gone he sent the Worcester prop to the bin for some back chat.  The Blues took immediate advantage of the number supremacy from a well won line out Fly Half Jack Wrigglesworth jinked past a number of defenders to score under the posts, Rob Richardson hit the conversion for a 7:0 lead inside 6 minutes. Four minutes later and from a scrum on the Worcester 10m line scrum half David Graham went blind and fed Courtney Dodds who scampered home from 30 metres.

Worcester hit back when their prop returned with a good try from a number of pick and drives. Wrigglesworth was on hand again to stretch the lead when he rounded off a typical Blues move which started from good scrum ball, Richardson converting. Following a series of good breakdown ball and hands Mike Allen got on the score sheet with a try and the half was ended when a quick penalty from the scrum saw Duncan Taylor on the shoulder of the scrum half to drive over. Half time and 29:5 and the Blues were starting to get into their stride.

The second half however was a different affair, Worcester stepped up in all areas and the Blues seemed content with their first half performance, a blindside move from a s scrum saw the Worcester team narrow the gap. Blues defence was still sharp and from an intercept Corey Hircock raced 50 metres to score and Anthony Fenner now on the field for the injured Wrigglesworth struck the conversion. rather than kick start the half for the Blues they went back into their shell and it was Worcester who scored two more unanswered tries to end the game 36 ; 20.

Once again the Academy showed just what they can do for 35 minutes but were unable to keep the momentum for the full 70. This is the target for this very talented squad before the season ends!!

Bedford Squad to play Worcester - 4th Apr

 

Squad meet Goldington Road 10:30 am -  KO 3:00pm

Players traveling direct to meet at Worcester RFC (Six Ways) 13:30 pm

                   

ALL players to confirm availability and travel plans with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 3/4

 
 

 1

  Healy

     
 

2

  Amos

16

  Roper

 

3

  Robson

    17    Skinner
 

4

  Rhodes

    
 

5

  Tift

    18

  Lenton

 

6

  Toothill

 19

  Pickett

 

7

  Weston

     
 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Graham

   
 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Dodds

20

  Marston

 

12

  Taylor

    21

  Dachler

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allen

   22   Antoine
 

15

  Richardson

    23   Fenner

Bedford Academy 37 pts : Westcombe Park 10 pts

Westcombe Park made the long trip to Goldington Road for the semi final of the national plate, on a day the players had to face a number of different weather conditions sun, wind, rain and hail made this a match for varying tactics.

The Blues took a very early lead when straight from the kick off a knock on by a Westcombe player was fielded by one of his colleagues up field and Anthony Fenner slotted the penalty on 45 seconds. This settled the home side and for the next ten minutes they played some good rugby. They were rewarded when a turn over ball was spun wide to winger Joe Marston, he put a clever kick into the in goal area and won the ensuing chase for a try which was converted by Fenner.  Having started well the home supporters were expecting the Blues to go on and dominate proceedings but a string of free kicks and penalties against the Blues for needless offences, as well as some spirited defence by Westcombe saw the scores remain constant until a penalty in kicking range was conceded to allow the score to be reduced to 10 : 3.

The Academy failed to find their rhythm and for the remainder of the half a stop start game that was now being impacted by a hail storm was brought to an end when a pick from a Blues scrum saw Ollie Pickett drive over wide to end the half 15 : 3.

Composure and patience were the watch words from the Blues for the second half and they started to find their rhythm. From a well won scrum the backs moved the ball wide for Fenner to appear in the back line and score out wide. Replacement wing Rob Richardson showed his pace when he went outside the Westcombe defence and put in a kick and chase to again score wide. The team at this point were beginning to play the rugby they know is within them and Corey Hircock finished off another move involving forwards and backs. From a line out catch and drive the forwards set up another attack and again Fenner was on hand to score a try which he converted. Score was now 37 : 3.

The Blues took the opportunity to replace a few players at this point and some of the crisp cohesion went out of their game added to which the visitors did not give up battling away in defence and using the wind well in attack. On the stroke of full time the Blues went for a final try but this was read well by the Westcombe backs who intercepted and outpaced the covering Blues wing for a converted try to end the scores at 37 : 10.

Westcombe played well and battled for 70 minutes, showing why they had reached this late stage of the competition. For the Blues it was a stop start performance, dominant in certain areas and in patches showing the quality of rugby this team is more than capable of. Consistency and composure for the full 70 minutes as well as a significant reduction in free kicks and penalties will be required in the final games of the season. A trip to Franklins Gardens for the plate final on 4th May is the reward for the Blues squad

 

Bedford Squad to play Westcombe Park (Plate Semi) - 28th Mar

 

Squad meet Goldington Road 12:30 pm (LATEST) -  KO 2:00pm

                   

ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager by Friday evening 27/3

 
 

 1

  Healy

     
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    17    Robson
 

4

  Tift

    
 

5

  Lenton

    18

  McGregor

 

6

  Weston

 19

  Toothill

 

7

  Pickett

     
 

8

  Miccans 

   
 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 
 

11

  Marston

21

  Dodds

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    22    Richardson
 

15

  Fenner

   

Travel reserves: Styles, Skinner, Antoine

Old Coventrians 10 pts : Bedford Academy 40 pts

Both sides came into this fixture with sides that varied from previous weeks, due either to illness, injury or opportunities to start some younger squad members. With an early kick off in readiness for the England international and a warm dry day the scene was set for some open rugby.

After early exchanges where both sides had opportunities it was the Blues who struck first when David Graham took a quick tap penalty from 10 metres out and drove over the line, Anthony Fenner converting. This sparked a quick spell where Bedford threw the ball around well and Fenner finished off out wide for a try that he also converted. Within minutes Mike Allen was on the end of another sweeping move for a try that Fenner converted and the score was 0 : 21. At this point the Blues would have expected to capitalise on their dominance but instead of going through their phases and patterns they decided to play sevens rugby. This opened the door for Coventry who got on the board following a period of pressure the referee awarded a penalty try which went unconverted.

On his first start for the Blues Courtney Dodds was then on hand to finish off two wide moves and the score was 5 :31. With Fenner down for some treatment Corey Hircock stepped in for the conversion and slotted it from the 5 metre line. Half time and 5:31, the coaches set two objectives for the second half, no silly penalties and play the Blues patterns.

The second half was a stop start affair, Coventry scored a quick try in the first 5 minutes to narrow the lead and then the game turned into an attritional affair with not too much control from either side. A half perpetuated with stoppages was finished off when Mike Weston added some pace to the attack and Fenner converted for the final score of 10 :40.

This was a game where lessons will be learnt by the Blues, an opportunity to play simple patterns and phases was missed - the hard yards need to be made before the ball can be spun wide. Next week the Blues are in the semi of the national plate and will be looking for a different performance.

 

Bedford Squad to play Coventry - 21st Mar

 

Squad meet Goldington Road 10:50 am -  KO 1:45pm

All players where possible to travel on coach - Players traveling direct to meet at Old Coventrians RFC 12:15 pm

                   

ALL players to confirm availability and travel plans with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 20/3

 
 

 1

  Murgatroyd

     
 

2

  Amos

16

  Roper

 

3

  Robson

    17    Healy
 

4

  McGregor

    
 

5

  Lenton

    18

  Toothill

 

6

  Rhodes

 19

  Pickett

 

7

  Styles

    20

  Weston

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Graham

   
 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Dodds

21

  Alston

 

12

  Taylor

    22

  Hircock

 

13

  Dachler

    23   Allen
 

14

  Antoine

    24   Marston
 

15

  Richardson

    25   Fenner

 

Market Bosworth 0 pts : Bedford Academy 41 pts

Any game away to a side in Leicestershire will always be a tough encounter, add to that a place in the last 4 of the national plate and it is easy to picture the desire and commitment that Market Bosworth put into this game. Bedford knew it would be a tough match, they would have to match the Market Bosworth commitment as well as apply their own game plan to be successful. Two years ago Bosworth pushed the Blues to a close 3 point game and memories of this encounter were still in the minds of both sides.

On a pitch with one or two contours and a blustery wind bowing up hill Bedford started with the wind at their backs. The first 10-15 minutes were a joust with both sides probing for weaknesses, Bedford tending to kick early possession away. Once the visitors worked out that ball in hand was a better option they started to put phases of play together and from one of these Corey Hircock rounded off a move to open the scoring with Anthony Fenner converting. Bedford forwards were competing with a strong Bosworth pack and this was giving the Blues backs the platform they need to thrive on. From turn over ball Jack Wrigglesworth burst through to extend the lead with Fenner converting. Five minutes later Wriggglesworth himself turned over ball and with nobody in defence was able to outpace the covering full back to take the scores to 21 : 0 with the Fenner conversion.

Straight from the kick off  Bedford's number 8, George Miccans caught the ball and off loaded to his fellow forward Zac Tift, who rather than setting up a contact area combined with Darryl Veenendaal to draw in the defence and set free Hircock for another 50 metre race home. The final score of the half came from when Joe Marston finished off another series of phases to take the visitors into a 31 : 0 half time lead.

With the wind at their backs the Blues expected Market Bosworth to start the second half strong and they were not disappointed. The home side used the wind well forcing Bedford to counter numerous times from their own 22. Having worked their way up field the forwards put in a number of phases and rounded off well when Prop Joe Healy burst past the ruck to take the ball inside the scrum half and power over.  Mike Allen finished the scoring after another series of hands from the Blues forwards and backs. Even down 41 : 0 Bosworth never gave up and spent 5 minutes on the Bedford goal line before the final whistle brought the game to an end.

This was a good game played in very good spirit, Market Bosworth competed well but it was Bedford's day. The squad finally managed to put in a performance playing their own game plan and demonstrating the kind of rugby those who have followed them all season will know they are well capable of.

 

Bedford Squad to play Market Bosworth (Plate Qtr Final) - 14th Mar

 

Squad meet Goldington Road 11:45 am -  KO 3:00pm

All players where possible to travel on coach - Players traveling direct to meet at Mkt Bosworth RFC 13:25 pm

                   

ALL players to confirm availability and travel plans with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 13/3

 
 

 1

  Healy

     
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    17    Robson
 

4

  Tift

    
 

5

  Lenton

    18

 McGregor

 

6

  Toothill

 19

  Styles

 

7

  Pickett

   

 

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

21

  Dachler

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    22    Antoine
 

15

  Fenner

   

Travel reserves : Skinner, Dodds

Bedford Academy - No match Saturday 7th March

Bedford Academy do not have a fixture Saturday 7th March and will not be training that day.

Full squad are required at training Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th in preparation for the National Plate match away to Market Bosworth on Sat 14th March

 

Bedford Academy Players 2009

        

 

Joe Healey

Adam Murgatroyd

Mike Skinner

Dan Robson

Jack Sutton

Alex Roper

 

 

Ben Amos

Pete Rowe

Rob Conquest

 

 

Tom McGregor

Tom Lenton

Rupert Crossland

 

Zac Tift

Ollie Pickett

Mike Weston

George Miccans

Gareth Toothill

Matt Styles

Darryl Veenendaal

David Graham

Jack Wrigglesworth

Duncan Taylor

Corey Hircock

Joe Martson

Mike Allen

Anthony Fenner

Rob Richardson

 

 

Luke Antoine

Steve Dachler

Harry Alston

 

 

 

Ben Barry

 

 

  

          Bedford Academy 22 pts : Towcester 6 pts

The Blues were at home on Goldington Road for the first time in an age, and with the senior side having a week off this was a great chance to display their rugby in front of a passionate home crowd.  Towcester however had other ideas and turned up fired up and hoping to cause an upset.

The first half hour was an attritional battle in midfield with a combination of good defence and errors spoiling either sides opportunities to break the deadlock. It was Towcester who had the earliest opportunity when a penalty was just struck wide. With a couple of minutes to go in the half Bedford finally opened the scoring with an Anthony Fenner penalty. Right on the stroke of half time the Blues managed to string phases together and hold onto the ball and it was Mike Allen who finished in the corner, Fenner slotting the conversion. The home side taking a 10 :0 somewhat flattering half time lead.

Discipline was one of the watch words for the Blues second half but early on the gap was closed to 10 : 6 with two penalties given away in striking distance. From a quick penalty Bedford again managed to extend the lead with Fenner rounding off the move. The final score came from a break out from the home sides 22 and Allen again rounded the move off with Fenner converting.

Bedford are away to market Bosworth in the next round in 2 weeks time and will have to revert to the level of performance they saw against Loughborough and Leicester tigers if they are to progress further in this competition. Towcester pushed the home side hard and on another day this could have been a different result. ....

 

Bedford Squad to play Towcester (National Plate) - 28th Feb (Home)

 

           Squad meet Goldington Road 12:45 pm -  KO 2:15 pm

                   

          ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday

          evening 27/2

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17    Sutton
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    18    Robson
 

4

  Tift

    
 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Toothill

 19

  Styles

 

7

  Pickett

   

 

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

21

  Dachler

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    22    Richardson
 

15

  Fenner

   

           Travel Reserves:   Skinner, Antoine

 

Bedford Academy to play Towcester in Plate - Sat 28th Feb

 

           Followiing their victory over Rugby Lions - Towcester will be visiting Goldington Road for the next round

           of the National Plate.     Kick off will be at 2.15 pm.

 

        Leicester Tigers 54 pts: Bedford Academy 22 pts

       

Leicester Tigers Academy year on year produces big, powerful and well skilled squads and the one Bedford faced today was absolutely no exception. A hugely talented side who struggle to find opposition to play against proved what they could do, with just 47 seconds on the clock a well worked move off the line out cutting through the Blues midfield defence. 1 minute gone 7 points on the board.

Bedford went straight back up field and within 3 minutes had reduced the lead with an Anthony Fenner penalty. This was to be the last points of the half however for Bedford as they were forced to defend for much of the half against waves of forwards and backs attacks. One or two bounces going the wrong way and some mistakes which were punished resulted in the home side taking a 35: 3 lead into half time.

           

Half time mesage for the Blues was to cut out mistakes, defend wider and focus on winning the second half. A couple of missed tackles however saw the Tigers extend the lead erl into the half. The Blues were however buoyed by some enterprising play between forwards and backs that saw Duncan Taylor touch down bedford's first try. An 80 metre interception try by Rob Richardson converted by Fenner reduced the scores to 15 : 42. Bedford were most certainly in the game in the second half and competed well at all phases, never giving up. Leicester scored two more tries but it was Bedford who finished the scoring for the match with another intercept 70 metre try, this one for Fenner that he converted to leave the final score 54 pts : 22 pts.

                                                           

To find out how well a squad and individuals are performing it is necessary to test themselves against the best and today Bedford played against arguably the best academy side in England. This was a tough challenge physically and skill wise and the battered and bruised bodies in the changing room showed the level of effort expended. The Blues will learn much from this encounter and continue to improve for the rest of the season. Well done to the players for playing with heart, spirit and a lot of skill.

 

Bedford Squad to play Leicester Tigers - 21st Feb (Away)

 

           Squad meet Goldington Road 8.55 am -  KO 12:00 mid day

           Players traveling direct to meet at Oadby Wyggeston RFC 10:30 am

                   

          ALL players to confirm availability and travel plans with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday

          evening 20/2

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17   Skinner
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    18   Robson
 

4

  TBC

    19

  Tift

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 20

 Toothill

 

7

  Pickett

   

 

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

21

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Richardson

22

  Marston

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    23    Antoine
 

15

  Fenner

   

 

        Loughborough Freshers 17 pts: Bedford Academy 24 pts

       

With weather conditions causing havoc the Academy were able to get a  hastily arranged fixture against Loughborough at home on Goldington Road - this was then scuppered with further bad weather so the game was switched to Loughborough pitches which given the recent conditions were in excellent condition. Bedford were slightly hampered on the day with news that 2 front row players had been involved in separate car accidents - fortunately both players are OK and will be back in the squad next week.

Having already played Loughborough twice this season the Blues were in no doubt this would be a hard and fast match, with a referee willing to allow play to flow the spectators were treated to an excellent contest. Both sides had opportunities to score in the opening exchanges but either the final pass did not go to hand or some stern defence thwarted the efforts. It was the Academy who were on the scoreboard early on with two well struck long range penalty efforts from Anthony Fenner. The only try of the half came when Bedford won good ball at the scrum and moved it between forwards and backs for Mike Allen to finish off the move, Fenner converted to leave the score at 0 pts : 13 pts at half time.

Although not on the scoreboard in the first half the Loughborough side had made quite a few opportunities and their number eight had caused many problems with his powerful runs and good use of off loads. It was testament to the Blues defence that they held the home side out for the half. The Blues knew that the freshers would start the second half with the same intensity and they would have to match them up front again.

Loughborough forced early pressure straight from the kick off and it was from a defensive 5 metre line out that the Blues failed to hold onto the ball and Loughborough pounced to get their scoreboard ticking over. This score gave them renewed belief and they worked a move between forwards and backs to score out wide after 45 minutes to bring the scores close at 10 : 13.  The Blues knew they were now in a serious game and started to return to the intensity of the first half, putting pressure on Loughborough which resulted in 2 more penalties to the Academy which Fenner slotted to take them to 10 : 19 ahead.

The try of the game was then scored by Duncan Taylor who was involved in the move twice and which saw the ball passed through numerous forwards and backs hands at pace. The game eased into the last 5 minutes and the Blues seemed to be heading for the win but when a kick failed to find touch from a penalty Loughborough attacked again and another rampaging run from the number eight set up a try and conversion which left the home side only 7 points down with a minute on the clock. The Blues held on to record a good victory against a very good Loughborough team.

With national plate games coming up and a lack of training due to weather conditions this was a very good performance from the Academy, the squad stepped up in terms of intensity and physicality and showed at times exciting execution by all players at pace. There are areas for them to work on in training but as the season starts to move towards the sharp end this squad is taking shape very well.

Healy, Roper, Skinner, Tift, McGregor, Weston, Pickett, Miccans, Veenendaal, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Taylor, Hircock, Allen, Fenner, Toothill, Antoine, Richardson, Dachler

 

Bedford Squad to play Loughborough Freshers- 14th Feb (Away)

 

           Squad meet Goldington Road 10:25 am -  KO 2:00 pm

           Players traveling direct to meet at Loughborough 12:00 pm

                   

          ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 13/2

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17   Skinner
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

    18   Sutton
 

4

  Conquest

    19

  Tift

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 20

 Toothill

 

7

  Pickett

   

 

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

21

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

22

  Dachler

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    23    Antoine
 

15

  Fenner

    24   Richardson

               

 

        Bedford Squad to play Nuneaton - 7th Feb 

GAME CANCELLED - Due to weather conditions. Training Monday and Wednesday as normal

                   Squad meet Goldington Road 10:30 am -  KO 2:15 pm

                   Players traveling direct to meet at Nuneaton 12:30 pm

                   

                   ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 6/2

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17    Sutton
 

2

  Roper

16

  Amos

 

3

  Murgatroyd

   
 

4

  Tift

    18

  Conquest

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 19

 Toothill

 

7

  Pickett

   

 

 

8

  Miccans 

 

 

 

9

  Graham

21

  Alston

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Richardson

20 

  Dachler

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

   
 

14

  Allan

    22    Marston
 

15

  Fenner

     

               

 

                 Bedford Academy players to train with 1st XV

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has invited 6 players currently with the Academy to attend specific training sessions with the 1st XV during the upcoming months to develop skills and identify their potential for senior rugby. All 6 will be meeting with the fitness and conditioning coach on Wednesday 4th Feb in the gym! and will be at the 1st XV session on Monday 16th Feb.

Players selected are:

Mike Allen

Anthony Fenner

Ollie Pickett

Duncan Taylor

Daryl Veenendaal

Mike Weston

 

                Bedford Academy 0 pts  : Loughborough Freshers 8 pts

Bedford's strange season of cancellations, hastily rearranged fixtures and KO times took a different turn this week when the away side advised of an issue with their travel arrangements. This left the Blues unsure of match arrangements and were left to wait and prepare for opponents who finally managed to get to Russell park at 2,45pm.

A game that was now scheduled to be "25 minutes first half and as long as we can in the second before it gets dark" finally got underway at 3.15 pm.  These two sides had met earlier in the season and both expected a fast and physical contest.  The first half ended up scoreless however Bedford had made the clearest opportunities with good breaks from Wrigglesworth and Pickett but failed to capitalise with the final passes not quite going to hand.

The coaches half time talk was difficult as the first half had really only just got going when the whistle blew and with an unknown duration for the second period ahead, more of the same intensity was the call for the Blues.  The half was played at the same pace but the only real opportunity for the Academy was a penalty from long range that drifted just wide.  With a few minutes left on "the clock" Loughborough struck a penalty that seemed to be the deciding factor, then in the final minute of play the away side stole a ball that looked to be set at the back of the Blues ruck to score an unconverted try to round the game off.

Whilst this was a difficult occasion for the home players, having to remain focused without knowing if or when the game would kick off there were a number of positives to take into next week. The intensity, physicality and pace of the 45 or so minutes of play will stand the squad in good stead. Hopefully a rearranged game with Loughborough will be on the cards, both sides benefiting from the level of competition the other can offer.

Healy, Murgatroyd, Robson, Miccans J, McGregor, Weston, Pickett, Miccans G, Veenendaal, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Hircock, Knight, Allen, Fenner, Roper, Amos, Tift, Toothill, Graham, Antoine, Richardson

 

Bedford Squad to play Loughborough Freshers 31st Jan

                   Squad meet Russell Park 12.25pm -  KO 2:15 pm

                   

                   ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 30/1

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17    Sutton
 

2

  Murgatroyd

16

  Amos

 

3

  Robson

   
 

4

  Miccans J

    18

  Tift

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 19

  Roper

 

7

  Pickett

    20

  Toothill

 

8

  Miccans G

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

21

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Hircock

 

 

 

13

  Knight

   
 

14

  Allan

    22    Antoine
 

15

  Fenner

    23    Richardson

                                

                 Bedford Academy 38 pts  : Melton Mowbray 12 pts

The 4th round of the national plate saw a rematch of an earlier cup round played in September at Melton - the visitors today brought down a younger and fitter looking side with a few players only just 17. Bedford themselves were obviously in need of a game having played only one game since the beginning of December.

It was to be the away side that started strongest, their pack winning early ball and from a good line out and 20 metre maul they stung the home side by spinning the ball wide for a well worked score in the opposing corner. This was perhaps the wake up call bedford needed and scrum half David Graham put pace on the game with a quick tap from a penalty 30 metres out and Corey Hircock read the move well to power over the line to equal the scores, Anthony Fenner slotted the conversion. The Blues started to find some rhythm and excellent pace and from a move that involved forwards and backs Duncan Taylor scored a try which Fenner converted to take the home side to 14 : 5. Straight from the restart the ball was caught and fed to George Miccans, he burst through tackles and off loaded to ever present Hircock and Taylor, Miccans was in support again to keep the ball moving and after passing to supporting back row players he got his hands on the ball a 3rd time to finish the try of the match which Fenner converted. The score at half time was 21 pts : 5 pts.

Bedford still needed to be more clinical in their patterns of play and start the second half with the same intensity that they ended the first, a few changes to the team were also made.  Melton came out in the second half as they had in the first and were putting pressure on Bedford but the Blues back row had hunted as a pack all game and were creating problems for Melton in retaining ball. From a turnover Bedford attacked at pace again and this time Fenner scored the try which he converted. The visitors never capitulated and continued to apply pressure with forwards and backs and they were rewarded with another try from a well worked line out which they converted.

The Blues scrum had been working well and from a set piece on the right hand side of the pitch they switched play quickly with the backs for Mike Allen to score in the far corner. In the closing stages Fenner rounded off a fine combination of forwards and backs hands to score in the corner for a final score of 38 pts : 12 pts.

Both sides should be congratulated on a game played at extremely fast pace and in excellent spirit, Melton are developing a young and strong squad that will be together next year. Bedford were in need of this fixture with so many cancellations in December and January, at times they showed excellent execution at pace. there are still areas of phase play, decision making and defence that will need to be tightened for later in the season but this side is still showing the potential to have an excellent end to the season.

Healy, Amos, Murgatroyd, Lenton, McGregor, Weston, Pickett, Miccans, Grahaml, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Taylor, Hircock, Allen, Fenner, Skinner, Sutton, Conquest, Tift, Veenendaal, Antoine, Richardson

              

               Bedford Squad to play Melton Mowbray 24th Jan - National Plate

                   Squad meet Russell Park 12.25pm -  KO 2:00pm

                   

                   ALL players to confirm availability with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 23/1

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17    Sutton
 

2

  Amos

16

  Skinner

 

3

  Murgatroyd

   
 

4

  Lenton

    18

  Conquest

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 19 

  Tift

 

7

  Pickett

 

 

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Graham

20

  Veenendaal

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

21

  Antoine

 

14

  Allan

    22    Richardson
 

15

  Fenner

   

                    Travel reserve Roper, Robson

 

                Bedford Academy - Sat 24th Jan

               Bedford will be at home (Russell Park) on Saturday 24th January to Melton Mowbray in the 4th round of

               the National Colts Plate - a re-run of an earlier Colts cup game in September. Kick off 2pm.

                Bedford Academy - Sat 17th Jan

                    Due to cancellations Blues Academy do not have a fixture on Sat 17th - a full squad training session will take

                    place at Goldington Road - start time 11.30am.

                   Bedford Squad to play Oadby Wygestonians 10th Jan - National Plate

                    Game was cancelled - Oadby unfortunately unable to field side for alternative date - Bedford through to next

                    round.

                    Squad meet Goldington road 10:50 am -  KO 2:15pm

                    Players going direct to arrive by 12.40 pm

ALL players to confirm availability and travel arrangements with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 9/1

 

 

 1

  Murgatroyd

    17    Sutton
 

2

  Skinner

16

  Amos

 

3

  Robson

   
 

4

  Conquest

    18

  Siudak

 

5

  McGregor

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 19 

  Tift

 

7

  Pickett

 

 

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

 

 

 

13

  Hircock

21

  Antoine

 

14

  Allan

    22    Richardson
 

15

  Fenner

   

                    Travel reserve Healy, Datchler, Toothill

                Bedford Academy 51 pts  : Leighton Buzzard 0 pts

Bedford looked to be starting 2009 as they ended 2008 with another cancelled game, Market Bosworth pitch being deemed unplayable as the coach was just leaving Goldington Road - however some quick thinking by Granddad Miccans and 2 phone calls later they were heading off to play a colts plus side from Leighton Buzzard. Many thanks to Dave and Andy at Leighton for getting a team together after their games were also cancelled.

Bedford started slowly and were obviously rusty from a long lay off from game time and this combined with good midfield defence from Leighton made for a combative competition in the middle of the pitch. The first score of the game came for Rob Richardson who rounded off a move seeing many forwards and backs involved, he converted to make the score 7 : 0.  Shortly after Bedford set free Joe Marston who looks like he may have added a few more pounds of power over the holiday to break through a despairing tackles and score out wide. Buzzard kept battling but when they had the ball came up against resolute Bedford defence, and from turnover ball Luke Antoine on the other wing was set free to score a try converted by Richardson.  On the stroke of half time Richardson knocked over a penalty to end the half 20 pts : 0 pts.

At half time Bedford coaching staff were looking for patience and phases of play from the Blues and a step up in the intensity levels. Some of this came early in the second half when a well won line out resulted in multiple phases and a finish by Marston on the opposite wing, Richardson converted.  Bedford had started to find their timing in the back line now and ran from their own 22 with the outside backs interchanging a few times for Duncan Taylor to cap another fine game with a try. A further try from Richardson moved the score line to 37 :0. 

Leighton Buzzard continued to compete both in attack and defence and their back row were a constant threat. A speculative wiper from the Blues found lock Rob Conquest on the wing and his catch and surge from 20 metres out for a converted try took the score on to 44 : 0.  The scoring in the match was finished off close to the end of the game when Josh Fay outpaced the defence for a final converted try to end the game 51 : 0.

 

Bedford were very much in need of this game and again much thanks should be given to Leighton Buzzard for hosting and playing a competitive and fierce game for the entire 70 minutes - testing the Blues attack and defence!   Bedford have started 2009 well but with the fixtures and challenges ahead the squad will have to step up the intensity, attitude and execution when they encounter premier colts sides in the coming months.

Healy, Amos, Murgatroyd, Conquest, Siudak, Toothill, Weston, Miccans, Veenendaal, Wrigglesworth, Antoine, Taylor, Hircock, Marston, Richardson, Skiller, Robson, Sutton, McGregor, Tift, Fay.

               

                Bedford Blues to play Market Bosworth Sat 3rd Jan 2009

                    Bedford Academy have replaced the scheduled training session on Jan 3rd with a fixture versus Market     

                    Bosworth   (Away)

                    Squad meet Goldington road 10:25am -  KO 14:15

                    Players going direct to arrive by 12.30 pm.

ALL players to confirm availability and travel arrangements with Team Manager or Academy Manager by Friday evening 2/1.

                                     Squad

 

  Murgatroyd

   Healy
 

  Amos

  Weston

 

  Robson

  Conquest
 

  McGregor

  Sutton

 

  Siudak

  Toothill

 

  Miccans

  Tift

 

  Pickett

 

 

 

 

 

  Veenendaal

  Graham

 

  Hircock

  Wrigglesworth

 

  Antoine

  Marston

 

  Taylor

  Fenner

 

  Richardson

  Datchler

 

  Allan

 
 

 

 

               

                Bedford Christmas training schedule

                    Following is the training schedule for Bedford Academy over Christmas 2008.

                    Sunday 21st December - Final 2008 fixture v Bishops Stortford

                    Monday 22nd December - Rehabilitation session - This session is ONLY for injured players

                   23rd December - 2nd Jan - players to continue personal fitness programs

                   Saturday 3rd Jan - Training - venue tbd

                   Training resumes Mon & Wed from Monday 5th Jan.

                Bedford Squad to play Bishops Stortford 21st Dec

           GAME CANCELLED

                    Squad meet Goldington road 10:10 am -  KO 12:45

                    Players going direct to arrive by 11.15 am.

ALL players to confirm availability and travel arrangements with Academy Manager or Team Manager by Friday evening 19/12.

 

 

 1

  Healy

    17    Robson
 

2

  Amos

16

  Sutton

 

3

  Murgatroyd

   
 

4

  Conquest

    18

  McGregor

 

5

  Siudak

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 19 

  Toothill

 

7

  Pickett

 

 

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Hircock

  

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

21

  Wrigglesworth

 

13

  Datchler

22

  Antoine

 

14

  Allan

    23    Richardson
 

15

  Fenner

   

 

                Bedford Squad to play Rugby Lions 13th Dec

           GAME CANCELLED

                    Squad meet Goldington road 10:50 am -  KO 14:15

                    Players going direct to arrive by 12.40 pm.

ALL players to confirm availability with Team Manager or Academy Manager by Friday evening 12/12.

 

 

 1

  Murgatroyd

    17    Healy
 

2

  Amos

16

  Skinner

 

3

  Robson

   
 

4

  Conquest

    18

  Sutton

 

5

  Siudak

 

 

 

6

  Toothill

 19 

   TBC

 

7

  Weston

 

 

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Hircock

  

 

 

11

  Antoine

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

21

  Wrigglesworth

 

13

  Fenner

22

  Marston 

 

14

  Allan

   
 

15

  Richardson

   

                Old Northamptonians 7 pts : Bedford Academy 60 pts

Bedford Colts had the best start possible with Mike Allan scoring from the first attack by Bedford with Anthony Fenner converting. The first half did not then open out with Bedford thinking that the job was already done and the some decisions keeping it a close contest. Ollie Picket scored a break away try mid way through the half, but that was the only other score before Allen scored on the stroke of half time. Fenner converted the extras to end a very frustrating half of rugby. Old Northamptonians worked hard to disrupt Bedford’s efforts and went into halftime pleased with the 19 – 0 score.

Joe Healey then took a grip on the game and led the Bedford attack, scoring the next try himself after 15 minutes of the 2nd half. Bedford tried to open out but were caught when ON’s intercepted a stray pass and the try was converted to make the score 24 – 7. Bedford then responded with the try of the match and Allen’s hat-trick. The ball was taken on by the forwards after a break by Fenner, for Rob Richardson to feed Allen; the try had still to be scored as the cover came across, and Allen was up to the task. Tries quickly followed by Marston and Veenendaal, the 2nd converted by Richardson.

The game was now won at 41 – 7, but Bedford were keen to get the frustrating 1st half out of the system. Duncan Taylor dived through a hole with Richardson converting. Conquest and Pickett rounded off the scoring against a tiring defence. Richardson converted with the final kick of the game, to leave the score 60 – 7.  The hospitality and organisation to get this Plate Cup game played was down to the efforts of ON’s, who were worthy opposition especially in the first half.

Healy, Amos, Robson, Conquest, Suidak, Weston, Pickett, Miccans, Graham, Hircock, Marston, Taylor, Fenner, Antoine, Allan.Rowe, Murgatroyd, McGregor, Richardson, Veenendaal, Datchler, Wrigglesworth

 

 

 

squad for weekend of 6/7th Dec is:

1) Healy
2)Amos
3)Robson
4)Conquest
5)Suidak
6)Weston
7)Pickett
8)Miccans

9)Graham
10) Hircock/Veenendaal
11) Marston
12) Taylor
13 Fenner
14) Antoine
15)Allan

16)Rowe
17) Murgatroyd
18) McGregor
19)Styles/toothill
20) Richardson
21) Veenendaal/Datchler
22) Wrigglesworth

                 Leicester Tigers 29 pts : Bedford Academy 6 pts

Bedford faced their toughest opposition of the season in a very good Tigers squad that contained a couple of faces from last years Colts side. An addition to the Blues was Ben Pienaar who Tigers had requested play 20 minutes in his comeback from a serious injury.

Bedford started slowly and seemed to be wary of the players in Green and white and it was Leicester who opened the scoring after 5 minutes following a sustained period of pressure in the Blues half.  For the first 15 minutes the Blues did not see much ball and what they did was turned over a little too easy. As the half progressed however the visitors drew confidence from their defence and started to hold onto the ball themselves, resulting in a penalty on 33 minutes that Anthony Fenner converted. Just before half time another penalty opportunity from wide out drifted just wide which would have seen the Blues take a half time lead.

The half time discussion focused on belief and the Blues came out firing in the second half. On 43 minutes however the Bedford scrum half was penalised for holding on and received a yellow card, Tigers immediately took advantage and scored to take the lead to 12 : 3.  From an identical infringement by Tigers Fenner slotted over a penalty on 46 minutes to reduce the gap, but bedford were still defending a man down. The game was a real physical test for bedford at set piece and loose play and they combated well, it was in the 53rd minute that leicester extended the lead with another try. This looked like being the final score but 9 minutes to go from a bedford scrum the ball came straight out of the opposite side to a surprised Tigers winger who ran almost unopposed to score for a converted try and a 24 : 6 lead. Right on the stroke of full time the replacement left wing, another big runner, powered past some tired Blues defenders to score in the corner to set the score at 29 : 6.

The score was possibly not a reflection of the effort and intensity Bedford had put into this game. it is unlikely they will face a better opposition this season and against a team of players some of whom have seen tigers A duty the Blues coaching staff were immensely impressed with how the Blues handled the pressure. The season sees the squad going from strength to strength.

 

                Bedford Squad to play Leicester Tigers 29th Nov

                    Squad meet Goldington road 8.35 am -  KO 12 noon

                    Players going direct to arrive by 10.25 am.

ALL players to confirm availability with Team Manager by Friday evening 28/11.

 

 

 1

  Healey

   
 

2

  Skinner

16

  Rowe

 

3

  Murgatroyd

17

  Robson

 

4

  Conquest

18

  McGregor

 

5

  Lenton

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 

 

 

7

  Pickett

19

  Tift

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Veenendaal

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

  

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

21

  Datchler

 

13

  Fenner

22

  Antoine  

 

14

  Allan

   
 

15

  Richardson

   

 

                   Travel reserves - Amos

 

                 Bedford Academy 44 pts : Cambridge University U21 14 pts

Bedford welcomed back a couple of faces from last years Colts to take on a physical and pacey university U21 squad in a game that for many of the Academy was their first under senior rather than U19 laws. Before the kick off both sides paid tribute to Dave Ledsom with a minutes silence.

Bedford started the game well but it was not until the 9th minute that the first points were scored from the boot of Anthony Fenner. This was followed a couple of minutes later when the Blues missed their man at a line out but the ball was cleaned up by Will Chudley, Ollie Pickett then bursting through to set up James Knight for another score in Academy colours and Fenner converted to establish a 10 pts : 0 pts lead. This was followed on 18 minutes when Rob Richardson dropped a goal to extend the lead.  It was at this point that Cambridge got back into the game, in the space of two minutes poor discipline from the home side led to 2 converted penalties to close the lead to 13 : 6.  This gave the visitors renewed energy and they pressurised the home side for the remainder of the half. Two minutes before half time however the Blues forwards and backs combined well for Mike Allan to score in the corner and set the scores at 18 : 6 for half time.

The Blues talked about improving discipline and increasing intensity for the second half, but neither was evident when on 43 minutes another penalty was conceded to allow cambridge to once again close the gap. The game was close for the next 10 minutes with both sides having opportunities and on 55 minutes the Blues scored with Jack Miccans rounding off a number of phases with a try that Fenner converted. Two minutes later Miccans broke out of his own 22 and fed Allan for a 50m try under the posts and again Fenner converted to take the scores to 32 : 9. Cambridge kept pressing but from a turn over ball and a few kicks that ended up in the University try zone Joe Marston outpaced everyone to get his hands on the ball for a well deserved score.

Cambridge had not given up and were rewarded for their efforts when they scored a try from a 5m scrum. The final score of the game went to second row Rob Conquest who rounded off a well worked move that saw hooker Mike Skinner deliver a delicate off load for Conquest to power over. Fenner finished off a fine goal kicking performance to end the game 44 pts : 14 pts.

Bedford continue to show improvement in the quality of their performances against good opposition, for 60 minutes in this game there was the intensity, pace and execution the coaching staff are looking for. There are still areas to work on, discipline at the breakdown and maintaining intensity for the full 80 minutes but the squad is definitely heading in the right direction.

 

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Skinner, Murgatroyd, Conquest, Lenton, Miccans J, Pickett, Weston, Chudley, Fenner, Marston, Taylor, Knight, Allan, Richardson, Rowe, Amos, Sudiak, Daynesl, Miccans G, Graham, Datchler

 

                Bedford Squad to play Cambridge Uni U21 22nd Nov

                    Squad meet Goldington road 12.45 pm -  KO 2.15 pm.

ALL players to confirm availability with Team Manager by Friday evening 21/11.

 

 

 1

  Healey

16

  Amos

 

2

  Skinner

17

  Rowe

 

3

  Murgatroyd

 

 

 

4

  Conquest

18

  Siudak

 

5

  Lenton

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 

 

 

7

  Pickett

19

  Miccans G

 

8

  Miccans  J

 

 

 

9

  Chudley

20

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

 

 

 

11

  Marston

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

21

  Datchler

 

13

  Knight

 

 

 

14

  Allan

   
 

15

  Fenner

22

  Richardson

 

                   Travel reserves - McGregor, Antoine

                 Bedford Squad to play Nuneaton Saturday 8th Nov

                     GAME CANCELLED

Squad meet Goldington road 1 pm -  KO 2.30 pm.

ALL players to confirm availability with Team Manager by Friday evening 7/11.

 

 

 1

  Murgatroyd

16

  Healey

 

2

  Amos

17

  Rowe

 

3

  Robson

 

 

 

4

  Sudiak

18

  Lenton

 

5

  McGregor

19

  Conquest

 

6

  Weston

 

 

 

7

  Styles

20

  Tift

 

8

  Miccans

 

 

 

9

  Graham

21

  Wrigglesworth

 

10

  Fenner

 

 

 

11

  Antoine

 

 

 

12

  Barry

22

  Datchler

 

13

  Taylor

 

 

 

14

  Dodds

23

  Marston

 

15

  Richardson

24

  Allan

 

                 Loughborough Freshers 13 pts : Bedford Colts 19 pts

Bedford continued their development with a trip to face what was expected to be a very demanding freshers squad and the home side were everything the Bedford side had expected, physical at the set piece and break down and very pacey throughout the side.

Bedford have been slow starters in previous games but today they started from the first kick off and played possibly their best rugby of the season in the first 20. After 9 minutes Ollie Pickett stole the ball at the breakdown and the colts moved the ball through forwards and backs before Rob Richardson finished off the move, Anthony Fenner converted.  Bedford had a chance to extend the lead with a penalty but almost immediately after the miss Loughborough scored from a midfield scrum after a number eight pick up and a couple of missed tackles to leave the home side 5 pts ; 7 pts down after 20 minutes. This was the point at which the home side took the ascendancy and they took the lead through a penalty on 23 minutes. The rest of the half was played at a fast pace and half time saw the freshers with a 1 point advantage.

The second half continued at the same fast pace and both sides had opportunities to score, however on 52 minutes it was Mike Allan who finished off a flowing move from forwards and backs to put the Blues 8 pts : 12 pts in front. On 60 minutes Mike Weston picked up from a mid field scrum and the seas seemed to part for him as he went under the posts and Fenner converted for a 8 pts : 19 pts lead. Loughborough continued to look threatening and right on the stroke of full time they closed the scores with a deserved try final score 13 pts : 19 pts.

Both teams played a hard and fast game, the referee allowed the play to flow and both sets of coaches took much out of the game. Bedford are continuing to develop well and the squad is starting to gel nicely as they become more familiar with each other and the patterns of play. The challenge is now to play at the level of the first 20 minutes for the full game.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Rowe, Robson, Conquest, Lenton, Weston, Pickett, Tift, Veenendaal, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Taylor, Fenner, Allan, Richardson, Murgatroyd, Amos, Sudiak, Toothill, Graham, Antoine, Barry

 

 

           

                Bedford Squad to play Loughborough Saturday 1st Nov

Squad meet Goldington road 10.50 am - coach leaves club 11.00am.

Players traveling direct to be at Loughborough by 12.40pm - KO 2.15 pm.

ALL players to confirm availability and travel arrangements with Team Manager by Thursday evening 30/10.

 

 

 1

  Healy

16

  Murgatroyd

 

2

  Rowe

17

  Amos

 

3

  Robson

 

 

 

4

  Conquest

18

  Sudiak

 

5

  Lenton

 

 

 

6

  Weston

 

 

 

7

  Pickett

19

  Toothill

 

8

  Tift

   20

  McGregor

 

9

  Veenendaal

21

  Graham

 

10

  Wrigglesworth

 

 

 

11

  Martson

 

 

 

12

  Taylor

22

  Barry

 

13

  Fenner

 

 

 

14

  Allan

23

  Antoine

 

15

  Richardson

 

 

 

                Moseley Colts 6 pts : Bedford Colts 33 pts

Bedford traveled to Moseley for what has always been a tough encounter and this trip was no exception. Moseley are having a good season and the very windy conditions were going to make it tough for any side to travel to Birmingham and perform. "Point to prove" was the watch word in the Bedford dressing room - not to the outside world but internally to the squad itself.

Bedford played into a strong wind in the first half and the game plan was simple - keep ball in hand as any kick was likely to end up behind the kicker. A very tough and physical first half from both sides saw the home side edge to a 6 pts : 0 pts half time lead, Moseley having often been thwarted by some strong defence when they had created what looked like a try scoring opportunity.

With the wind at their backs in the second half Bedford had to be aware that maintaining their composure and not over using the wind with kicks would bring rewards. Soon into the second half the Bedford forwards began to run the necessary close lines that created space for the backs to exploit and Joe Marston finished off a well worked move with Anthony Fenner converting. On 53 minutes the Bedford pack secured good ball from a 10m scrum and Steve Datchler playing his first game at 13 took a crash ball to extend the lead, with Fenner again converting the score was now 6 pts : 14 pts.

                

Bedford aided by the wind were able to keep Moseley in their own half when a move involving forwards and backs saw Mike Allan dive over in the corner and Fenner hit a glorious conversion from the touchline. With 65 minutes gone Bedford worked another move that involved forwards and backs and prop Joe Healy ran a good blind to open line to power over from 15 metres out (though it may have been 50 as he explained in the changing room afterwards!) Fenner continued to knock over the conversions and the score was now 6 pts : 28 pts. Moseley during the second half had continued to play open rugby and on a few occasions created space but into the strong wind it was always going to be a challenge to penetrate the Bedford half. The final score of the half had the home supporters applauding as the Bedford backs showed great hands at pace with Jack Wrigglesworth finishing off in the corner to end the game 6 pts : 33 pts.

                              

Bedford went into the game with renewed self belief and a simple game plan, the execution and intensity of which once again showed that this is an exciting team developing with each outing. There are areas of the game that need to be worked on and attendance at training is paramount to squad cohesion but today's performance was a step in the right direction.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Rowe, Robson, Conquest, Lenton, Miccans, Pickett, Tift, Graham, Fay, Marston, Taylor, Datchler, Antoine, Fenner, Amos, Sudiak, Toothill, Veenendaal, Allan, Wrigglesworth

 

               

                Bedford Academy v Moseley 25th Oct - Squad

                    Squad meet at Goldington Road 10.20 am - Coach departs 10.30 am

                    Players traveling direct to be at Moseley by 1pm

                    KO 2.30 pm.

                    1.  Joe Healy

                    2.  Pete Rowe

                    3.  Luke Spellen

                    4.  Rob Conquest

                    5.  Tom Lenton

                    6.  Mike Weston

          7.  Olly Pickett

          8.  Zac Tift

          9.  David Graham

          10.Josh Fay

          11.Joe Marston

          12.Duncan taylor

          13 Steve Datchler

          14 Luke Antoine

          15 Anthony Fenner

          16 Ben Amos

          17 Dan Robson

          18 Carl Sudiak

          19 George Miccans

          20 Gareth Toothill

          21 Daryl Veenendaal

          22 Ben Barry

          23 Mike Allan

          24 Jack Wrigglesworth

               

                Bedford Colts 13 pts :  Hinckley Colts 16 pts

Bedford relinquished their two year hold on the national colts cup with a close defeat to a well organised Hinckley team. The day looked to be stop start with Bedford players, the referee and the Hinckley team coach all struggling to get into town due to accidents and roadworks..

Hinckley made the better start to the game and capitalised on penalty infringements in the Bedford half with three well struck penalties to take a 0 : 9 pts lead. During this period Bedford also had a player sent to the bin. On 24 minutes Bedford strung their first real attacking move together through the backs and Mike Allan scored in the corner with Anthony Fenner getting the conversion. Bedford maintained posession and from a Hinckley infringement Fenner struck a long range penalty to give the home side a 10 pts : 9 pts half time lead.

The second half was a very stop start affair with both sides struggling to put much pace on the game and both sides committed a number of infringements. It was from one of these mid way through the half that Bedford edged further in front through a Fenner penalty. The game went down to the wire and from a kick and chase into the Bedford 22 Hinckley were awarded a penalty which also resulted in another Bedford player being sent to the sin bin. Hinckley caught and drove and through a mass of bodies the referee awarded the try which was again converted to leave the scores at 13 pts 16 pts with 90 seconds to go.  A last minute surge from the home side saw the backs almost set up a win but it was not to be Bedfords day and Hinckley go on to the next round.

Whilst disappointing for the home team there are always lessons to learn from defeat and this side will go on to be stronger as the season progresses. The sun was shining today and we will learn our lessons. The belief from the coaching staff in the squad we have has not diminished from one lost game, the players will continue to grow and develop. Next week is another game....

Bedford Academy Training

Bedford training sessions with effect from Monday 20th Oct will be as follows:

Monday night - train at Bedford Swifts (Bedford Athletic Stadium) - Meet 6.45 pm

Wednesday night - train at Goldington Road - Meet 6.45 pm

 

       Bedford Academy v Hinckley 19th Oct - Squad

         Squad meet at Russell Park 12.15 pm - KO 2pm.

          1.  Joe Healy

          2.  Alex Roper

          3.  Luke Spellen

          4.  Rob Conquest

          5.  Carl Sudiak

          6.  Mike Weston

          7.  Olly Pickett

          8.  George Miccans

          9.  Darryl Veenendaal

          10. Jack Wrigglesworth

          11. Joe Marston

          12. Duncan taylor

          13 Anthony Fenner

          14 Mike Allan

          15 Rob Richardson

          16 Pat Reed

          17 Dan Robson

          18 Zac Tift

          19 Stefan Cooksamy

          20 David Graham

          21 Corey Hircock

          22 Luke Antoine

          Travel non-playing reserves Ben Barry, Mike Skinner

 

                 Nottingham Colts 17 pts : Bedford Colts 20 pts

Bedford traveled to Nottingham knowing from their encounters last season that the opposition would be well prepared and physical up front and with plenty of pace behind the pack, and Bedford were not disappointed. Nottingham were fierce opponents with and without the ball.

It was the home side who opened the scoring on 4 minutes when they won a line out outside the 22 and Bedford failed to deal with the maul effectively which resulted in a forwards try - converted for a 7pts : 0 pts lead.  Bedford showed their pace from a line out in their own 22 a few minutes later when they created space and winger Joe Marston went on the outside to finish off a fine move the conversion was missed to leave the score 7 : 5.  The remainder of the half was an attritional battle with both sides powerful up front but also trying to play with width, even the referee joined in when in the act of giving a decision to Bedford accidently poking the eye of the Bedford skipper seeing the unfortunate prop miss the last 10 minutes of the half. Nottingham however scored the only remaining points of the half to lead 10 pts : 5 pts.

 

Half time Bedford talked about sorting out simple execution issues and injecting pace into the game and it was straight from pressure at the kick off from Daryl Veenendaal that saw Jonno Elvin gather the ball to score a try to level the scores. Bedford managed to up the pace and from a penalty Anthony Fenner put the side in front for the first time in the game. Bedford maintained the intensity and from well worked phases and hands Rob Richardson put Fenner in space for him to score a try that he converted to take the score to 10 pts : 20 pts.

Bedford had a few more chances to extend the lead but some final passes going astray and excellent home side defence saw the score stay the same until the last 5 minutes. The home side never gave in and were rewarded with a try from a 5m line out which was well converted from the touchline by the impressive Nottiingham fly half to set up a frantic last 5 minutes. Bedford held on to leave winners 17 pts : 20 pts.

 

Having had a couple of games cancelled Bedford were much in need of a tough fixture and Nottingham cordially obliged, Bedford in parts looked very sharp, good patterns of play and executed simple skills well. They will need to do this for 70 minutes if they are to fend off the challenges to their cup run.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Reed, Skinner (c), Conquest, McGregor, Elvin, Weston, Pickett, Veenendal, Fay, Marston, Taylor, Barry, Allan, Richardson, Rowe, Amos, Sudiak, Stylesl, Graham, Hircock, Antoine, Fenner

 

 

                Blues Squad versus Nottingham 11th Oct 2008

                Squad meet 10.15am Sat 11th Oct - Goldington Road.   Coach departs 10.30 am Sharp!

                Players traveling direct to email team Manager and Head Coach before Friday 10th - meet at

                Nottingham 12.15 pm.

               

                    Squad

                    Forwards - Healy, Spellen, Skinner, Reed, Rowe, Conquest, McGregor, Sudiak, Elvin, Pickett, Weston, Styles, 

                                      Amos

                   Backs - Veenendaal, Graham, Wrigglesworth, Fay, Hircock, Taylor, Barry, Marston, Allen, Fenner,

                                 Richardson, Antoine

                Blues Academy versus Worcester (4th Oct) - game cancelled

 

                Due to injuries Worcester are unable to travel to Goldington Road for the fixture and we have been   

                unable at late notice to organise an alternative fixture. There will be a full squad training session at 

                the club on Saturday 4th October from 10.30 am

 

                Melton Mowbray Colts 7 pts : Bedford Colts 27 pts

Bedford began their defence of the national colts cup with an away fixture at Melton Mowbray - a side with a well drilled and fit squad who were obviously prepared to test Bedford to the limit.

Bedford opened the scoring on 4 minutes when a short line out won in their own 22 saw the ball passed between forwards and backs before finally being finished by No 7 Mike Weston. The start looked promising however in the first 10 minutes Bedford had conceded numerous penalties and saw the first sin bin of the game on the 10 minute mark. Melton capitalised on the extra man in the pack to immediately score a converted try to take a 7 pts : 5 pts lead. Bedford put a few phases of play together and when Melton conceded their first penalty on 16 minutes Anthony Fenner converted the kick to regain the lead.

10 minutes late Fenner was again on hand to round off a well worked move and also converted the try to stretch the lead to 7 : 15. Bedford were unable to take control of the game due to some stout defence and forward driving from Melton and it was not until the last minute of the half that they managed to extend the lead with a try from Joe Marston that Fenner converted to take the half time score to 7 pts : 22 pts.

                                

The plan for the second half for Bedford was a simple one, play with discipline, width and composure, however the half was again littered with as many penalties as the first and another Blues sin bin on 46 minutes meant they were again playing a man down. It wasn't until the 56th minute that Bedford managed to breach the Melton defence for the final time in the match when Mike Allen finished off a move from a line out turn over.

 

 

This was only Bedford's third game of the season and some areas of the game from the opening 2 encounters had improved, however the team will need to play with control and composure - applying its own plans and patterns of play if there is to be a repeat of the previous 2 cup wins.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Reed, Skinner (c), Conquest, McGregor, Elvin, Weston, Crossland, Veenendal, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Taylor, Fenner, Datchler, Richardsonr, Selden, Amos, Sudiak, Toothill, Graham, Hircock, Allen

 

 

                 Bedford Colts 17 pts : Leinster Schools U19 30 pts

Leinster Schools returned to Bedford for the third year to take part in a fast paced game on a gloriously warm Autumn afternoon. Both sides testing each other in early season preparation for what will be challenging seasons.

Bedford started well with some good passages of play but it was the visitors who took first blood with a well worked try on 10 minutes, the fly half finishing off a move involving forwards and backs. Bedford went back on the attack and from an infringement 40 metres out Anthony Fenner slotted a penalty to take the score to 3 pts : 5pts. The home side then lost their tight head (who had injured a rib in the warm up!) and hooker with a neck injury. On 30 minutes Bedford conceded a soft try when an over throw from from a 5m line out was pounced upon by Leinster to take the score to 3 pts : 10 pts which was the score going into half time.

During half time Bedford talked about control and composure but 3 minutes into the second half Leinster extended the lead by 3 pts from a penalty. Both sides were playing fast paced rugby but the visitors dominated possession from good ball at line out time and their ability to disrupt the Bedford line outs. However Bedford reduced the deficit when a length of the pitch try involving most of the Bedford backs saw Mike Allen score under the posts and Fenner converting.

This was short lived as the home side again failed to secure a restart and within 30 seconds Leinster had scored another try and converted to take the 10 point lead back.  Leinster continued to win line out ball and a penalty resulting from Bedford pulling a maul down saw the lead extended to 10 pts : 23 pts.  A further try sealed the victory for the Irish side but Bedford were not finished. After a Leinster player was sin binned for killing the ball at the break down the home side opted for a scrum and a well worked move saw Rob Richardson cut through the defence for the final try of the game again converted by Fenner. Final score 17 pts : 30 pts.

This was a good game where both sides learnt much about their squads that can be taken into the upcoming season. Leinster are a strong fast paced side who will compete well in their divisional competitions. Bedford showed at times that with parity of ball possession they have the pace and skills to compete at a high level and must work on retaining possession at set piece and break down, as well as be more competitive in disrupting opposition ball.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Roper, Skinner (c), Conquest, Lenton, Miccans, Weston, Pickett, Veenendal, Wrigglesworth, Marston, Taylor, Barry, Allen, Fenner, Selden, Rowe, McGregor, Tift, Wilmore, Fay, Richardson

 

 

             

                                                    

                Towcester Colts 0 pts : Bedford Colts 39 pts

Following the late cancellation of their original fixture with ND1 opponents Newbury the Blues were very happy that Towcester stepped in to offer a much needed first game of the season.  The match was threatened when the fields were waterlogged on Friday but some remarkable late summer sun ensured the fixture could take place.

Taking a squad of 25 players the Academy started the game strongly playing down quite a slope. After 8 minutes Duncan Taylor went over for the opening score. Towcester put up a very spirited and committed defence for the whole match but on 16 minutes David Kingsbury scored a well worked try which Anthony Fenner converted to take the lead to 0:12 pts.  The final score of the half came from a number of phases of forwards and backs interchange and was finished off by Corey Hircock. 

Half time score 0 : 17 pts.

At half time a number of changes were made to the academy side now playing up hill, and the challenge given to them was to put a number of phases together, something that was not happening in the first half due to Towcester's good defence and breakdown spoiling. 8 minutes into the half possession from a stolen line out saw Ben Barry score, Fenner again converting. A succession of close forward drives saw Peter Rowe mark his academy debut with a try. As Towcester started to tire No 8 Stefan Cooksammy took advantage with a strong run having picked up well from the base of the scrum.   The final score of the half went to Joe Marston who had looked threatening all game and scored again from the blind side of the scrum to finish the scoring at 0 pts : 39 pts.

This was a good opportunity for the academy to test themselves for the first time this season and whilst the team was rusty there were plenty of positives and much that can be built upon for the upcoming season.

Bedford Blues :  Healey, Roper, Skinner (c), Sutton, Lenton, Miccans, Weston, Tift, Graham, Hircock, Marston, Taylor, Fenner, Kingsbury, Richardson, Selden, Rowe, Robson, Sudiak, Elvin, Cooksammy, Barry, Fay, Antoine, Wrigglesworth.

 

                                                   

 

       Academy Squad 2008/09
 

The following players have been selected to form the Bedford Blues Academy Squad for the 2008/09 season, the coaching team would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL the players who committed their time and effort during the pre-season training sessions.

 

Forwards Backs
Stefan Cooksammy
Zac Tift
Darryl Veenendaal
David Graham
Joe Healy
Matt Styles
Michael Skinner
Joshua Fay
Corey Hircock
Jack Wrigglesworth
Pat Reed
Alex Roper
Ben Amos
Peter Rowe
Joe Marston
Alex Goodge
Courtney Dodds
Stephen Datchler
Luke Spellen
Danny Robson
Jim Spiers
Duncan Taylor
Tom Lenton
Carl Siudak
Rupert Crossland
Jack Sutton
Rob Conquest
Adam Martin
Ben Barry
Luke Antoine
Harry Alston    
Rob Richardson
Ollie Pickett Anthony Fenner
Jonathan Elvin
George Miccans
Michael Weston
Gareth Toothill  

The following players may join the Academy once their commitments to school have been completed

Jack Cook

Chris Muncaster

Will Briggs

Tom Rogers

 
       Academy Trial

Bedford Blues Academy internal trial will take place on Saturday 30th August at Bedford Ath - Bedford.

Players to meet at the park at 11am for a 12pm KO.

The Academy will return to Goldington Road after the trial for the 1st XV in the opening league fixture.

         

        Players to confirm to the Team manager if they are NOT able to make the trial

          Academy Fixtures Season 2008/09

Bedford Blues Academy fixtures have now been updated and are available on the schedules page.

Academy Pre-Season 2008/09
 

Bedford Blues Academy Pre-Season will commence on Wednesday 9th July, the sessions are at Bedford Blues, Goldington Road. Training will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings and start at 6.45 pm, finishing at approximately 8.30 pm.

The Colts U19 squad has a strong set of fixtures, and last season played Bath, Leicester, Leinster Schools, Midlands, Loughborough University and Worcester, and won the National Colts Cup for the second year running. 

The fixture list for 2008/09 is still in progress but fixtures to date are as below:

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

September

Saturday

6th

 

 

 

 

Saturday

13th

Newbury tbc

H

1730hrs

 

Sunday

21st

Leinster Schools

H

 

 

Saturday

27th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

October

Saturday

4th

Worcester

H

 

 

Saturday

18th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

 

Saturday

25th

Moseley

A

tbc

November

Saturday

1st

Loughborough University Freshers

A

tbc

 

Saturday

8th

Nuneaton

H

tbc

 

Saturday

15th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

 

Saturday

22nd

Cambridge University U21

H

tbc

 

Saturday

29th

Leicester

A

1200hrs

December

Sunday

14th

Bishops Stortford

H

tbc

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 January

Saturday

17th

Northampton

A

1400hrs

 

Saturday

24th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

 

Saturday

31st

Loughborough University Freshers

H

tbc

February

Saturday

7th

Nuneaton

A

tbc

 

Saturday

14th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

 

Saturday

28th

Moseley

H

tbc

March 

Saturday

14th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

 

Saturday

28th

NATIONAL COLTS CUP

 

 

April

Saturday

4th

Worcester

A

 

          

Stuart Low to join Blues from USA National U18s:

(Posted 10/5/08, DJO)


Stuart Low will join the Blues with immediate effect to take over from Denis Ormesher as the Academy Manager – Head Coach.

Blues Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer said “Stuart’s return to England has coincided with Denis’ move to Luton. Stuart worked with the Blues Academy for 3 years and returns to the UK having extended his rugby profile in the USA. We see Stuart as the natural successor and are delighted that he can join us. Stuart will be working with Denis over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth handover.”

Stuart has been coaching for over 10 years and before going to the USA he coached the U17s and U19s at the Blues Academy. He has been an RFU level 3 coach for the past 5 years and is a qualified USA Rugby and RFU coach educator. During his time in the USA Stuart was able to gain invaluable experience spending time working with coaches of the calibre of Declan Kidney and Mike Kron (NZ scrum coach). In the three years he spent in the USA Stuart set up the Florida Rugby Academy, coached the south USA regional senior select side and spent the last year as head coach of the USA National U18 team.

Stuart said: “The last 3 years in the USA have been a great opportunity to develop my coaching with some excellent coaches from all over the world and to coach some talented youngsters that may well be seen on the world stage in the future. Working with USA Rugby presented me with unique opportunities to see some places and meet people that one would never normally get the chance to experience. My time at Bedford was very rewarding and the opportunity to return and step into Denis’s shoes after his extremely successful tenure is exciting and challenging. I am looking forward to the opportunity and will start work with the coaches and players immediately. Denis has built a strong team with Mark Alderton, Martin Elliott and Steve Guest and I hope we can continue to move the Academy forward to the next level”

 

 

             Results

  Fixture Result F A
  Towcester W 39 0
  Leinster L 17 30
  Melton M W 27 7
  Nottingham W 20 17
  Hinckley L 13 16
  Moseley W 33 6
  Loughborough W 19 13
  Camb Uni U21 W 44 14
  Leicester Tigers L 6 29
  Old Northamptonians W 60 7
  Leighton Buzzard W 51 0
  Melton Mowbray W 38 12
  Loughborough L 0 8
  Loughborough W 24 17
  Leicester Tigers L 22 54
  Towcester W 22 6
  Market Bosworth W 41 0
  Coventry W 40 10
  Westcombe park W 37 10
  Worcester W 36 20
  Syston W 33 5
  Burton W 52 5
  Tot   674 286

 

             Points Scorers

  Player Try Pen Con DG
Points Tot
  Elvin
1
      5
  Fenner
10
15 50   195
  Taylor
9
      45
  Kingsbury
1
      5
  Hircock
8
  1   42
  Barry
1
      5
  Rowe
1
      5
  Cooksamy
1
      5
  Marston
11
      55
  Allan
18
      90
  Richardson
7
1 8 1 57
  Weston
3
      15
  Wrigglesworth
6
      30
  Healy
3
      15
  Datchler
1
      5
  Knight
1
      5
  Miccans J
1
      5
  Veenendaal
5
      25
  Pickett
3
      15
  Antoine
1
      5
  Fay
1
      5
  Conquest
3
      15
  Graham
1
      5
  Dodds
3
      15
  Miccans G
1
      5
  Tot
101
16 59 1 674