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23 May 15: Diary Date: AGM - Friday 10th July
The date for this year's Annual general Meeting has been set for friday 10th July at the club. Details of the agenda and points for discussion will be published in due course but following an eventful season both on and off the pitch there will be plenty to be updated on.
22 May 15: Champions T-Shirts & Polo Shirts
Following a number of enquiries, we have sought some options to produce commemorative T-shirts (black) or polo shirts (red and black as before) following the clubs success in winning the Intermediate Cup.
The proposed design will have the club crest and wording as the original polo's with the addition of 'Champions' inserted below and a full list of the fixtures and results on the back headed 'The road to Twickenham,'
Due to the large quantity of printing required the anticipated cost of the T-shirts would be £35 each with polo's at £37.50 - these are being offered at cost price
It is fully appreciated that as a one off garment they are expensive, so will only be ordered against confirmed applications with costs paid. Please note they are ONLY available in adult sizes from XS to 3XL. As we will need a minimum number of garments to make the order feasible, due to one off set up costs and delivery charges, there is no guarantee that an order will actually be placed.
If anybody is interested in placing an order, please contact Kevin Bailey via email (click here)
22 May 15: Maidstone based Hospitality Finder join with the County Town Club
Maidstone Rugby are pleased to announce a major sponsorship deal with locally based company Hospitality Finder, one of the leading event management companies in the UK. As a major player with a proven pedigree in the corporate hospitality industry Hospitality Finder has over 30 years of experience in the field and are official providers of major Rugby, Horse Racing, Motorsport, Tennis, Football, Cricket and Golf events plus many more events around the United Kingdom and overseas.
Mike Dunderdale, the co-founder and Managing Director of the company commented “As part of our on-going commitment to support the development of grass-roots sport in our local community, Hospitality Finder is delighted to announce this exciting new partnership with our local team Maidstone Rugby Club.
The growing stature of the Club has been extremely impressive in recent times and we are proud to contribute our support to ensure Maidstone Rugby Club enjoys further success in the future. We look forward to seeing more outstanding displays on the pitch in the coming season, as we saw at Twickenham Stadium in Maidstone’s recent Cup Final.”
22 May 15: Club Blazers
The last batch of club blazers was ordered and delivered over 2 years ago (2013) and there have been expressions of interest in obtaining a blazer from various quarters throughout the past season. The club is prepared to assemble another order but you should be informed that the minimum order quantity is 20 and the last order took c2 years to assemble. Therefor if you put your name forward please be aware that this will not be a rapid process.
Members interested in ordering a blazer should forward their names to Bob Hayton and include what size they require; sizing is based on the standard M&S blazer sizes (i.e. 42R, 42L etc) although minor adjustments can be made such as extra or shorter sleeve length
Please note that given that it took c2-years to assemble the order for last batch of blazers this batch is therefore expected to be the last order for the foreseeable future, so if you don't order one, you may well miss the boat!!
21 May 15: Charity Football Match, Friday 29th May, KO 7:30pm
Stars from football and sport in Kent will go head to head in a charity football match on Friday 29th May at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium. Many well known names will take to pitch for the much awaited charity clash with the proceeds of the game going to Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Cardiac Risk in the Young.
A whole host of Maidstone United and Gillingham stars from the past and present will be playing against a Kent’s All Stars team that combines ex professional footballers and representatives from our champion sports teams from across the county. Fresh from having won the RFU Intermediate Cup Final at Twickenham, some of our own victorious Maidstone Rugby side will also be playing with Ben Pitkin, Olly Newton, Josh McKenzie, Alex Clark and Josh Pankhurst already confirmed.
So why not make a note in your diary and pop along for the 7:30pm KO and support the boys, it's all in a very good cause.
For a fuller description of those taking part click here
20 May 15: Topnotch stay on as Maidstone Rugby’s Fitness Partners
Maidstone Rugby are pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership with local fitness centre Topnotch as the side looks to begin its preparations for the 2015-16 season.
Having re-established its relationship with Topnotch prior to the extremely successful 2014-15 league and cup campaigns Topnotch’s Ross Whateley was more than delighted to continue the arrangement with the county town club.
20 May 15: A Day Out at HQ
Twickenham: Diary Notes from a Vice President supporter
Thursday (30th April)
Popped down the club to see the squad training on the first team pitch. The elegant Stewart Thresher is putting the boys through some unopposed drills with Paul Hathaway looking on. The ball is pinging through the hands and no mistakes – all at speed. Impressive. Bridgnorth will have to be an exceptional team to beat us me thinks. Everyone looks sharp, relaxed, confident and happy. There is a positive atmosphere and all the boys have a smile on their faces.
Big Kiwi centre Lenny Van der Velde is on the side lines watching the session. Sadly he’s injured and he has to have a knee operation on his return to NZ. This soft spoken rock of defence takes the disappointment of missing out on our big day all in his stride and is philosophical. What a great guy – we wish him all the best in getting over this serious injury.
Sunday (3rd May)
At the Club
In line with tradition the player’s coach is late to arrive. However, no panic, everyone is calm and it’s just another game. The coach eventually arrives about ten o’clock and it soon departs after a bit of best wishes and back slapping from supporters. Everyone is relaxed and there’s an air of confidence, not arrogance.
At eleven o’clock, all 270 supporters are on the coaches and off we go bang on time despite the rain which is most unwelcome. How good it is to see a big level of support from the junior teams – hopefully today will inspire them to play for the first XV in the years to come. Home grown is best maybe?
On the coach
Coach E has a special guest – Gina Skelton. She’s Jonno Skelton’s mum and she’s flown all the way from Queensland, Australia to see her son play at outside half (she goes back home on Tuesday!). To make her feel welcome we sing a very bad rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’. Gina, being a member of the Australian Army took it all in her stride.
1.40pm the team comes out to have the official photograph under the banner ‘The Spirit of Rugby’. Supporters are there to cheer them on. The photograph turns out to be very impressive.
3.00pm. The Match. Both sides line up and face the West Enclosure. Some of us are in the Royal Box! Bridgnorth look a big beefy side; they are bigger than us but will they live with our expansive attacking game. Move them about the park, I think to myself, and play to the open spaces. Play our normal game and we should do it.
The game is over in a flash. The pressure is on because we have a countdown clock and we’ve run them off their feet in the first half – just great rugby. It’s good that our ‘home grown’ players get some tries and we’re 24-6 up at half time. Surely we can’t lose this big lead. The Bridgnorth supporters have had little to cheer about but their team rallies in the second half by playing to their big forwards. We give away a string of penalties at the breakdown and one wonders if the referee is ‘evening up’ the scoreline – surely not, this is Twickers. However, we concede well-deserved tries to the Shropshire lads; well deserved, but it’s too little too late. The boys look tired as Bridgnorth are a powerful unit, and our tackling has been awesome to keep them out. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1……leaps of joy for us all; we’ve won at Twickenham. There’s a lot of emotional for everyone from Maidstone; hugs, kisses, tears, joy, relief…what a performance. We’ve done it at last.
The Bridgnorth boys get their medals from the Royal Box. They are totally knackered with their huge second half effort. Maidstone collect their medals and Ben Williams raises the Cup to the crowd. Maidstone support goes wild. There is a lot of noise and excitement in the air and everyone is overjoyed.
Hey, ho.. what’s going on; Ben Williams is down on one knee, as all props do, proposing to his girlfriend, Jo Cook, on the halfway line. Thankfully, Jo accepted to rapturous applause.
The Spirit of Rugby is a hidden palace in the west stand and once you’ve got in it’s an exclusive environment. Unlike our club, you need tickets, wrist bands to get anywhere other than the loos. The Bridgnorth team and supports are very gratuitous in defeat as they have no complaints – the better team won. There are kind words from the Bridgnorth president, and our president says all the right things in reply. The respective captains speak in accord as both sides have had a wonderful season. Someone had to win and at long last, Maidstone F.C. have the Intermediate Cup.
Maidstone stalwarts of the past will be looking down at all the fun and excitement. I think back of Alfie Johnson, Malcolm Farley, Harry Green and all those who sent us forward in the 70’s and 80’s. As for my 30 year old deck chair blazer; it’s had its last trip and it retires in full Twickenham glory. Never to be seen again. Bring on a new era.
Well done team Maidstone and lots of thanks to the Kiwi boys who now return to NZ. What exceptional players.
Graham Norton V.P
18 May 15: London 1(S) League Composition Confirmed for 2015-16
The London Divisional Organising Committee has confirmed the league composition for London Division 1 (South) for the 2015/16 season.
Following the imbalance between the northern and southern London divisions created by all three clubs relegated from National 3(SE) going into London Division 1(North) the level transfer procedure came into play. The consequence of this is that Chiswick RFC who won the playoff against Diss RFC for the promotion place in the London 2 northern divisions have been transferred to London Division 1(South). The complete league composition is listed below and information on the Links pages of the website has been updated accordingly. Work has started on the fixtures for the new season and the League organising committee anticipate having the fixtures list published by the end of May (although these tend to be released by divisions over a period of a week or so).
Charlton Park RFC
Gosport & Fareham RFC
Sutton & Epsom RFC
18 May 15: CLUB SHIRT ORDER FOR NEW SEASON 2015/16
Orders for new club playing shirts are now being arranged for delivery for the start of next season - the shirts are a 'Regular Fit' (NOT the skin tight playing version) but these still can be used for playing in or just leisurewear for supporters / parents etc
The shirts can be personalised and a graphic of the shirt will follow shortly to explain the alternatives available to the back of the shirt - essentially it can be manufactured with different printed options, including 'Maidstone Rugby', your name , a number, or any combination of these. PLEASE NOTE that the cost of the shirt is fully inclusive of all printing options.
The cost of the shirts (provisional - subject to confirmation) are £35.00 from baby up to large boys, £42.50 from XS up to 2XL and £47.50 for 3XL or bigger - please refer to the sizing chart on the Club shop webpage - to reiterate the shirts are regular fit not the tight 'competition version' used by the playing sides. Women's sizes are available as detailed on the sizing chart, BUT a minimum order of 10 shirts is required, so for any women's order could you please also provide an alternative mans sized shirt, just in case the minimum number is not achieved.
If anybody wants to place an order you need to get the details (size and personalisation requirements) to KEVIN BAILEY ASAP, preferably by e-mail, but strictly by no later than 19th June (no extension to the deadline is possible due to manufacturing lead times) - a minimum deposit will be required of £25 for child's shirts and £35 for adults, this to be paid via electronic transfer, bank details will be advised, or cheque (Regret - strictly no deposit no order, as these are bespoke orders).
If anybody has any queries please contact me direct - see contacts page on the website
13 May 15: New Sponsor lends its support to Maidstone Rugby
The club is pleased to announce that new sponsor Linton Fuel Oils has joined with Maidstone Rugby for the 2015-16 campaign. Linton Fuel Oils is part of the WFL (UK) Ltd who have a keen interest in rugby and through the Watson arm of the business are a major sponsor of Exeter Chiefs. However, their support is not limited to the elite end of the sport and Rob Young, Regional Sales Manager at Linton Fuel Oils commented, “We’re delighted to be supporting Maidstone for the 2015/16 season. Going unbeaten last season and taking their respective title was very impressive, so we’re very happy to support the club as it continues to go from strength to strength. We wish everyone at the club the best for the forthcoming campaign.”
That's all for this season, see you all again in September when we look to do it all again
(or most of it).
(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)
Diary Date - Vice President's Lunch - Sunday 12th July
posted: May 09 2015
Something that has been missing off the diary schedule this last season, largely due to the busy season has been the traditional Vice President's Lunch at Bearsted Golf Club. that has been rectified and a lunch has now been added to the diary for Sunday 12th July. Keep an eye on the website for more details but interested personnel should contact Bob Beney either by phone (T; 01622 736357) or via email (click here),
posted: May 07 2015
All players should be aware that pich renovations are already underway on all 3 pitches, currently all pitches have been reseeded, with 80 tons of top dressing applied to the training pitch and 10 tons on each of the two other pitches. All players are to note that all 3 pitches are 'Out of Bounds' until further notice.
Activities such as O2 Touch and any training activities are requested to use the area at the far end of the lower pitch.
Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer
posted: May 15 2015
A change in work circumstances has meant that current Hon Treasurer Ben Court will have to stand down from his role as Hon Treasurer at Maidstone Rugby.
This is a critical role to ensure the sound running of the club; currently Ben is investigating how to break the role down into a series of clearly defined areas in order to best meet the club’s needs as it continues to progress. However, a copy of the role description for the Hon Treasurer as it is currently defined can be found on the club’s policy page (click here).
If any member of the club is interested in taking on this critical role, either in full, or in part, please contact either Ben or a member of the committee in the first instance.
Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 21 2015
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 board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Officers role has become greater than can be fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for pitchside 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. However; 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 leads 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.