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03 May 16: Past President opens new school facility on behalf of Wooden Spoon
Friday 29th April saw Maidstone Rugby’s Immediate Past President Bob Beney on hand on behalf of the Wooden Spoon Society to announce the official opening of the new Woodland Tower play area at the Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone. The school is located just a few minutes from the town centre and caters for students between the ages of 4-19 yrs with a wide range of additional educational needs within the profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, complex needs, challenging behaviour, sensory impairments and autistic spectrum.
Commenting on the day, Bob said it was an honour to be asked to represent the Wooden Spoon Society and that he found the whole event both a “humbling and moving experience”
02 May 16: Around the Grounds
Without doubt the biggest game on Saturday was taking place at Twickenham as the Army faced the navy in the traditional encounter for the Babcock Trophy. Or as many would describe it, “the world’s biggest reunion, cunningly disguised as a rugby match”. Having said that, there are not many matches at this level that could fill a stadium the size of Twickenham. In what was a bruising encounter the navy fought back from 26-7 down to 26-26 going into the final minutes. An army penalty with only five minutes remaining but some poor discipline saw the navy tie the game up with a long range penalty of their own to see the match end as a 29-29. The result saw the navy take the Inter-services honours, having beaten the RAF 9-8, with the Army losing to the same opponents 13-12. There are not many tournaments where you’ll end up with results as tight as that.
National 1: with Richmond having already secured the title and promotion to the Championship their narrow 39-40 loss at home to fifth placed Plymouth Albion affected little, other than taking the gloss off the day for the home side. For Blackheath, they won 45-17 against Blaydon, and whilst that moved them up to third place, wins for Hartpury (68-21) against Hull Ionians and Ampthill (20-13) at home to Esher meant that only 2 points separated 2nd from fifth in the table. At the bottom, defeats for relegated Henley 12-31 to Rosslyn Pk and Cinderford, 52-22 at the hands of DMP ended their poor seasons, but at least Wharfedale went out with a bang, beating Coventry 28-24. The remaining match saw Loughborough St beat Fylde 57-17.
National 2(S): the county’s clubs finished the season in 9th and 10th places with Elthamians losing out 31-38 at home to taunton, whilst Canterbury posted a final day win, with a $!-31 victory over Barnes. At the top both Cambridge and O Albanians both won, with Cambridge’s 52-14 thrashing of relegated dorking enough to give them the title and promotion back to Nat 1 at the first time of asking. O Albanians hammered bottom club Launceston 90-3 but will have to face off against Sedgely Park to retake their place in the division above. At the bottom, the other relegated side in Southend completed a miserable day for the bottom three clubs with a 45-26 defeat at Chinnor. In the remaining fixtures, Redruth and Redingensians fought out a 33-33 draw, whilst Worthing edged out Clifton 27-26 and third placed Bishops Stortford beat BSE 41-29.
London 2 (SE): Tunbridge Wells had been scheduled to play their postponed fixture against Crowborough, but with Wells having already secured the title and Crowborough avoiding relegation, agreement between both clubs and the league committee now means that the fixture will not be played and recorded as void.
National 3: Heartbreak for TJs as they lost out in their playoff with Barnstaple 30-31, going down with what was the last kick of the match. Having started brightly and taking an early lead, the visitors then came back and went into the interval with the score at 13-21. TJs took the initiative in the second half and led 27-21 early in the final quarter before Barnstaple came back at them to lead 28-27. A TJs penalty close to full time gave them the lead but is was a Barnstaple penalty deep in stoppage time that saw the final kick of the match bisect the posts to deny the Kent side.
In the other playoff at this level Hinckley beat Wirral 33-20.
London 1: with Ldn 1(N) club Amersham & Chiltern returning to Nat 3(SE) at the first time of asking Tring were looking to do the same as they hosted Guildford for the playoff match. The hosts took an early lead in what was a tight first half battle with the score at 14-7 to Tring at half-time. Guildford levelled the score in the third quarter before Tring again led 21-14 midway through the last stanza. Two tries for the visitors in the last five minutes against a tiring Tring side were enough to take the match and promotion with a 21-26 scoreline.
London 2: Sevenoaks hosted Ldn Cornish, who after losing out to Medway last season were looking to make it second time lucky. After the early exchanges saw a penalty apiece it was Oaks who settled the better, scoring four tries at regular intervals with only two Ldn Cornish penalties in response to lead 29-9 at the interval. However, it was the visitors that played the stronger second half as they came back at their hosts. An Oaks yellow card provided the catalyst for a couple of Ldn Cornish tries pulled the score back to 29-23 before the hosts steadied the ship with another try and a late penalty enough to keep them out of reach despite another Cornish try and take the win 37-28.
In the playoff for promotion to Ldn 1(N), Sudbury beat Hammersmith & Fulham 28-18
Kent 1/Sussex 1: With all the action in the higher division amongst the so called ‘big guns’ it would be easy to miss the fact that there was also the playoff taking place for promotion to Ldn 3(SE), with Kent 1 club O Williamsonians travelling to face the once mighty Haywards Heath. In what was quite a tussle with five yellow cards dished out it was the home side that held their nerve to win 13-8 despite a brave effort by O Wills to overturn a 13-0 half-time deficit.
Shepherd Neame Kent Cup competitions
Kent Cup Final: Westcombe Park v Blackheath. Combe took the county title in what was a close contest with a 16-12 win over Blackheath
Kent Shield Final: Aylesford Bulls v Sevenoaks. The day’s hosts won the inaugural Shield title after the impact of two key games in two days took its toll on Sevenoaks who put out a young side featuring a number of their colts and succumbed to a more powerful Aylesford side that ran out comfortable 45-8 winners.
Kent Plate Final: O Dunstonians v Maidstone. Maidstone took the Plate trophy by a walkover as unfortunately Old Dunstonian were unable to field a side for the Plate Final and whilst Canterbury RFC, as losing semi-finalists were offered the opportunity to compete, they were unable to do so at such short notice.
Kent Vase & Salver Finals: Unfortunately not all scores available at the moment but it was a good day for the two sides promoted from Kent 2 this season as Snowdown comfortably overcame Beccehamians 31-5 to take the Vase, whilst Kent 2 champions Sittingbourne overcame the challenge from Southwark Lancers to win the Salver.
01 May 16: Autumn International Tickets
In addition to matches v S Africa and Australia in November and December, there are two other Autumn internationals for which we the club is not constrained to a fixed ticket allocation and for which you might wish to apply for tickets, plus an additional fixture which sees Argentina play Australia as part of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri-Nations) competition. Dates and pricing details are as follows:
08 Oct: Australia v Argentina KO tbc, Ticket Prices £80, £60, £40 (£20 in all three categories)
19 Nov: England v Fiji KO 14:30, Ticket Prices £50, £35, £25 (£15 in all three categories)
26 Nov: England v Argentina KO 14:30 Ticket Prices £78, £70, £63, £55, £48, £37 (£20 in all categories) Note: This match is followed at 17:05hrs by England Ladies v Canada Ladies for which your match ticket will allow you to watch.
NB: Juniors prices in brackets
If you are interested, could you please contact Steve Vincent with your ticket requirements (and in what price categories) so the club can submit bids accordingly. The closing date for bids is in mid-August, although given that it is the holiday period it is requested that your bids are submitted to Steve by mid-July at the latest.
NB: Please note that you can bid for tickets for the fixtures against S Africa ans Australia, and an announcement will be published on the website for that process in due course.
30 Apr 16: Club attends unveiling of the Rose & Poppy Gates at Twickenham
On the eve of the traditional inter service Army v Navy fixture, ex-servicemen Bob Hayton and Mick Walker represented Maidstone FC at the unveiling of the Rose & Poppy commemorative gates, which now stand under the West Stand’s gold lion and through which teams will walk en route to Twickenham international matches. Invitations to the unveiling were extended by the RFU to two representative of each club in existence at the time of WW1 as part of the RFU’s commemoration of the World War I centenary.
The 15th rose on each gate represents the man at the front, and forms the lock. A bronze bar at head height suggests the point where soldiers went over the top, beyond it the roses become poppies, each made from brass taken from shells fired by German artillery at the Allied trenches.
For a full description of the story behind the gates click here
27 Apr 16: Harry makes an addition to the collection
With this Sunday’s Kent Plate Final being fly-half Harry Millar’s last outing for the club, he took the time following his last home match against Charlton Park last weekend to make an addition to the club’s growing clubhouse shirt collection with the donation of a 1st XV shirt from his home club in New Zealand, Christchurch RFC.
This Sunday’s final will be his 29th outing for the club in which he has so far amassed 232 points and weighed in with 4 tries from the 111 that the 1st XV have posted so far in competitive fixtures.
PS: What is it with Kiwis and Red & Black shirts?
21 May 15: Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise pitchside advertising sales. The success of the club in being able to generate perimeter board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Manager's role has outgrown what can be achieved and fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for perimeter board sales as a standalone role.
The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating and exploring opportunities and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.
Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website
For a full description of the role click here.
18 Feb 16: Maidstone Rugby Summer Ball - Sat 16th July 2016
Maidstone Rugby Summer Ball
After an absence of several seasons and thanks to Neil & Sharon Cole, the traditional Summer Ball is back on the events diary.
This years Summer Ball will take place at Oakwood House on Saturday 16th July.
The evening will consist of a 3-course meal, entertainment and a live band.
Or, for ease of payment, payments can be made by card or paypal using the link below:
London & South East Division
London & SE Division 1 (South)
Thats all for this season, don't forget the Players Awards Dinner on Fri 6th May, plus the Summer Ball on Sat 16th July.
Also the Club Golf Day taking place at Bearsted Golf Club on Thurs 14th July.
Keep an eye on the website and social media for details of pre season training commencing in June.
Other Senior Fixtures
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Members & Sponsors Golf Day - Thursday 14th July 2016
posted: March 15 2016
The club is delighted to announce the reappearance on the calendar of a club Golf Day in what we hope will become an annual event. This year’s event will take place on Thursday 14th July at Bearsted Golf Club.
The day will be run with teams of 4 on a full handicap ‘Stapleford’ format; best three scores from four, and is scheduled to start at 1:30pm with coffee and bacon rolls prior to the golf, with tee off times from 2:00pm. There will be a dinner in the evening at 7:00pm to accompany the prize giving.
Dress for the event is normal golfing attire on the course, and smart casual in the evening and guests are welcome at the dinner.
The day provides a great opportunity from both a business and social perspective for teams from both our members and sponsors along with their clients, to mix and enjoy a day’s golf at what is a lovely venue in Bearsted.
The cost for the day is £50 per head (£200 per team of four), If you want to play but don't have a team then the event organiser can find a team for you.
In respect of the event organisation and coordination, this is being led by our immediate Past President, Bob Beney and if you wish to be involved in the event, either as an individual or entering a team, could I ask that communication is directed to him at the contact details below. Those of you who are golfers will know that events such as this prove extremely popular and there are likely to be limited places for teams and individuals, so a prompt indication of interest to Bob would be appreciated.
click here to email Bob Beney
THE 500 CLUB
posted: September 10 2015
Have you joined the 500 Club?
What is the 500 Club? The 500 Club is a cash draw that takes place at regular intervals during the season.
How does the 500 Club work? The 500 Club works on the basis of members entering the 500 Club Fund, the cost is £60 per year (although you can put in more) and members are allocated a number for each £10 contribution. Half of the fund goes towards the prizes and the other half to the club. the size of the fund dictates the size of the prizes, so the more people pay in, the more money is available in prizes. The winning numbers for each prize draw are drawn utilising an electronic random number generator.
How do you join? Collect a form in the clubhouse bar or contact the 500 Club coordinator Bob Beney, either via email (click here) or Mob: 07973 118043.
How do you pay? Payment can be monthly by either standing order or direct debit (available shortly) or annually by cheque or bank transfer.
Can other members of your familly join the 500 Club? YES
What does the money earned by the club get utilised for? Of the total money generated 50% goes into the prize draws for cash prizes, with the remaining 50% into club funds. This season the club has decided to create some additional focus to the use of the 500 Club funds by supporting a specific project within the club. Discussion has identified that there is a real need for additional equipment and machinery to assist the ground chairman in pitch reparations during both the playing and closed season, the money generated by this season’s 500 Club will assist in funding those ground and machinery requirements.
Kent RFU – Associate Membership
posted: September 10 2015
Have you considered becoming a member of Kent RFU? The county’s constituent body is looking to strengthen its membership. For only £10 per year you get the following benefits:
Your own copy of the Annual County Handbook.
2 issues of the Kent RFU ‘In Touch’ Newsletter.
The entitlement to apply for international tickets through the county.
Free entry to RFU County Championship home fixtures.
Free entry to the Shepherd Neame Kent Cup finals day.
For further information or if you have any queries contact Kent RFU Membership Secretary Steve Homewood (click here) and to download a Kent RFU membership form (click here) which should in turn be forwarded to Steve.