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23 Nov 14: Around the Grounds

National 1:  A convincing 56-15 win for leaders Ealing over Fylde keeps them clear at the top of the table, with the result seeing Fylde drop to fourth spot, Rosslyn Pk stay second after a 10-31 win at Hartpury with Coventry moving into third place following their 21-53 win at Tynedale.  In a day of 50+ scores, Blackheath were on the receiving end of one, as they lost out 50-10 on the road at Darlington MP, whilst bottom club Macclesfield were also on the receiving end of a thrashing, losing out 17-51 to fellow strugglers O Albanians who still lie three off the bottom of the table.  Cinderford remain in the bottom two despite a 27-17 win over Wharfedale.  In mid table both Richmond and Esher narrowly came out on top in what were the tightest results in the division, with Richmond beating Blaydon 29-28 and Esher coming out on top 19-17 against Loughborough St.

National 2(S):  Canterbury stay in the relegation zone as we approach the season’s halfway stage, going down 24-11 to fellow strugglers Lydney.  Elsewhere O Elthamians just lost out 29-26 at Southend but still sit comfortably in mid-table in their first season at this level.   Henley continue to lead the way following a 17-3 win against Redruth, with Dorking still hard on their heels after they just edged Bishop’s Stortford 23-22 in a tight encounter.  Taunton remains in third place despite a 30-26 reversal at in form Chinnor. At the foot of the table the bottom two clashed, but a 43-20 win for Dings over Shelford can’t lift them off bottom spot.  Elsewhere, Cambridge lost out 14-28 at home to Worthing, whilst Launceston were 23-16 winners against visiting Clifton.

National 3(SE):  The lead changes at the top with Ldn Irish (Am) taking the lead after they just had too much for TJs, running out 16-8winners in a tight encounter.  BSE & Westcombe Pk both slipped up as the Suffolk club lost out 7-18 to fourth placed East Grinstead, and Combe went down 18-13 at strugglers Westcliff, a result that lifts the Essex club clear of the bottom two.  Guernsey stay at the foot of the table after a 21-14 loss at CS Rugby, whilst Tring went down by the odd point, 18-17 at Gravesend.  Elsewhere Chichester brought their poor run to an end with a 16-18 win at A&C, whilst Hertford were convincing 32-10 winners against Barnes.

London 1 (S):  Wimbledon stay top, despite a 39-17 reversal at S&E, a result that sees the Surrey club move into second place in the table despite Guildford’s 48-3 hammering of Hove.  Sidcup remain in the mix in fourth spot despite losing out 33-18 at Chobham who now lie in fifth place.  At the bottom of the table, Cobahm still prop up the division despite a 26-13 win over Charlton Pk, Basingstoke sit third from bottom after a tight 29-28 win at home to Twickenham.  In mid-table a 13-5 win for Dover against Havant keep them just above the danger area awhilst G&F fought out a 17-17 draw against Brighton.

London 2 (SE):  The day had a lot of potential to see the pecking order established as we enter the mid-season period, with all of the top four in action against each other.  Leaders Maidstone hosted second placed Tunbridge Wells at The Mote, running out 18-12 winners to open up and 8 point gap at the head of the table.   In the other top four clash third placed Medway travelled to face Sevenoaks with the winner knowing they could close the gap on the top two, and the visitors took the honours 34-23.   Elsewhere, the mid-table clash between D&B and Ashford convincingly went the way of Deal 30-0, who are now beginning to turn results in their favour and they now move above their mid Kent opposition in the table.  A 19-13 defeat for Colfeians at Thanet sees the East Kent side also move above Ashford and leaves Colfes in the bottom two after.  At the foot of the table Aylesford travelled to face an in form Crowborough and a solid 32-6 defeat leaves them still without a point and falling further behind at the foot of the table.

London 3 (SE):  Horsham stay at the head of the table after a 47-0 thrashing of Anchorians, whilst Dartfordians were equally convincing, running out 8-56 winners at H&B.  Bromley lost ground following a 15-15 draw at H&W.  Whilst Anchorians loss sees them still in the danger area, the drop zone is firmly occupied by Lewes, who went down 7-38 to Folkestone, with just being beaten 13-12 by Dustonians.  In the last of the fixtures, Pulborough were 22-8 winners over Uckfierld

Kent 1:  All change at the top of the table in what looks like being a tight battle for promotion, as Vigo go top after a 17-24 win at OGs, with second placed Beccs losing out 15-14 at fourth placed Sheppey.   Cranbrook also dropped points as they could only manage a 17-17 draw at HSBC.  At the foot of the table Bexley moved off the bottom after posting their first win of the season, a 29-33 win at Sittingbourne.  In mid-table O Wills were resounding 52-10 winners at home to HSBC, whilst Southwark lost out 11-13 at home to Lordswood.

Kent 2:  NAG move back to the top after they beat rivals Brockleians 10-19, third placed Foos Cray had no fixture and Askean move into fourth spot following a 21-15 result over Greenwich.  Elsewhere Shooters Hill beat Orpington 19-14 and Whitstable beat Edenbridge 31-19; at the bottom Dartford Valley just lost out 18-19 to Faversham.

16 Nov 14: First Ever Girls Rugby Match at Maidstone

This last Sunday saw the first ever girls rugby match played at The Mote with the newly formed Maidstone U13s girls team taking on a more established Sevenoaks team.  This was the first competitive rugby for Maidstone’s girls and the newly formed side play their socks off. 

Sevenoaks played exceptionally well and came with a full squad. The atmosphere was electric as the Maidstone Girls battled their way through very muddy conditions. Sevenoaks triumphed in the end after a gruelling battle where tries were scored from both sides.

“ I am so proud of the girls with their determination and sheer grit, their passing and determination to be the best they could be- some with only a few weeks of training under their belts!” said Maidstone Head Coach, Miles Tempan. “With more girls we can definitely compete in more matches and hope this is the start of many more games both home and away.”

 

16 Nov 14: Youth Coaching Update

In its efforts to assist Maidstone Rugby’s youth team coaches to consistently deliver safe and effective coaching that meets RFU standards, the club have recently introduced a “best practice” policy for coaching qualifications across all age groups.

March this year saw the club host a First Aid training course run by an external RFU endorsed training company, which has put the club in the fortunate position where all of the youth age group teams have at least one trained First Aider.  As an ongoing part of this new policy the club has also hosted a “Play it Safe” safeguarding children course this month which was attended by 15 coaches and parent First Aiders.

As part of the ongoing development, also arranged is a ‘Scrum Factory’ course which will be held at the club in early December.

One of the aspects that is currently at the forefront of the rugby agenda is concussion management and we are taking steps to ensure our youth team coaches, First Aiders and parents all understand the new RFU approach, and have arranged for Katy Hornby (who is a doctor and works closely with Rosslyn Park RFC) to deliver a concussion management training presentation at Maidstone on Sunday 23 November.

 

15 Nov 14: Around the Grounds

National 1:  Ealing and Rosslyn Pk continue to set the pace as both posted wins against Esher (27-10) and Tynedale (64-43) respectively, Fylde stay on their heels after they won 35-3 against Wharfedale.  At the foot of the table Macclesfield posted their first win, running out narrow 27-29 winners at Loughborough St, fellow strugglers Cinderford  lost out heavily  46-5 as they made a fruitless visit to NE club Blaydon.  Another of the strugglers, O Albanians also posted a win taking the match 13-10 at home to Richmond.  A 29-24 win for Blackheath against Hartpury keeps ‘Club’ in the top half of the table, with the other mid-table encounter between Coventry and Darlington MP going the way of the midland club 29-17.

National 2(S):  With the Canterbury languishing at the wrong end of the table, a good result at home against Chinnor was essential; a nailbitting 23-22 win for the city club sees them move up four places in the table to eleventh.  The big clashes of the day were between Taunton and Dorking, with the Somerset club looking to make up some lost ground on the leading two clubs; but the result went the way of the Dorking 14-21 and sees them consolidate second place in the table.   The other top of the table clash saw leaders Henley travel to fourth placed Bishop’s Stortford, the Henley bandwagon rolls on, with a solid 14-21 result to keep them unbeaten at the top of the table.  At the bottom, a tight 32-31 win over Launceston sees them move up the table at the expense of their opponents.  Of the other struggling sides, bottom club Dings lost out 36-25 to Redruth, whilst Shelford went down heavily 41-13 at Worthing and Lydnet lost out 38-18 to Elthamians.  In the last of the fixtures Clifton were resounding 51-18 winners over Southend.

National 3(SE):  The big clash in the division was between the top two as leaders Westcombe Pk hosted Suffolk club BSE, the 13-20 result in favour of the BSE sees them take over at the top of the table and Combe drop to third, with Ldn Irish (Am) moving into second spot after they beat struggling Guernsey 17-31.  An 18-5 result for E Grinstead over A&C keeps them in touch with the leading three.  At the bottom Tring beat CS Rugby 21-16 to move off the foot of the table, with Westcliff losing out 35-23 at TJs.  In the mid-table battles Barnes were 29-15 winners against Gravesend, whilst Chichester lost out 23-30 at home to an in form Hertford.

London 1 (S):  Wimbledon stay at the head of the table after they hammered G&F 50-22, Sidcup stay in second place following their 26-3 win against basement club Cobham.  S&E continue their rise up the table and occupy third spot after they were 14-36 winners at Twickenham, with Guildford and Chobham occupying the next two places after Guildford beat Charlton Pk 16-19 but Chobham lost out 29-27 at Brighton.  At the bottom end of the table Basingstoke lost out 38-22 at Havant whilst Hove and Dover fought out an 8-8 draw to remain in the danger zone.

London 2 (SE):  Despite the top of the division being competitive, it was affairs at the other end of the table that were of interest as the bottom club Aylesford hosted D&B, the 3-33 result in favour of the visitors moves them up three places in the table to seventh and now means that there is a 10 point gap to safety for the Bulls.  At the top end of the division a resounding 3-39 bonus point win for leaders Maidstone at Beckenham sees them move clear at the top following Tunbridge Wells fixture against Crowborough being postponed. In mid-table Thanet’s woes continue as they have now lost 5 consecutive league matches, going down 38-12 at Sevenoaks who move up a place but leave Thanet now one off the bottom, whilst Ashford lost out heavily, going down 19-53 to visiting Medway who move up to 3rd position in the table.

London 3 (SE):  Leaders Horsham continued their good form as they just came out on top 5-10 against hosts Folkestone, but they now share top spot with Dartfordians after they were 34-10 winners against visiting H&W.  Bromley stay third after a big 50-8 win at home to bottom club Lewes.  .  At the bottom, whilst Lewes look the early favourites for the drop Park Hse and H&B look the main candidates for the other two relegation slots, with Anchorians 22-8 winners against Park Hse, whose survival cause also wasn’t helped by a points deduction.  Elsewheret H&B lost out 35-26 at Uckfield and Dunstonians were narrow 24-21 victors over Pulborough.

Kent 1:  A 48-3 win for Beccs against struggling OGs keeps them at the head of tha table, a point ahead of Cranbrrok who 28-12 winners against O Wills.  Vigo sits a point behind them after they beat Southwark 31-7.  Sheppey remain in fourth spot, but will look at the 10-10 draw at Kings Coll as points dropped in their battle to return to Ldn 3.  At the bottom, Bexley notched up their first win of the campaign with a 19-8 result against HSBC, whilst in mid-table Lordswood were 30-7 winners against Sittingbourne.

Kent 2:  There is a change at the top of the table as NAG lost out 12-17 in the battle with third placed Foots Cray, The result sees Brockleians now head the table after they were 0-22 winners at Edenbridge.  There is a smattering of points deductions across this division which affect placing, but on the pitch Faversham remain bottom after they lost 8-25 at home to Shooters Hill.  As Faversham dropped into negative points, Orpingtom pulled themselves back into the black with a 21-12 win against Askean, whilst Whitstable also move up the table after a tight 14-15 win at Greenwich.

15 Nov 14: Situations Vacant - Hon Treasurer

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.

 

12 Nov 14: Draw announced for the RFU Cup Competitions

The draw has been announced for the RFU Intermediate Cup plus the Senior and Junior Vase competitions.  With Harrow going out in the last round, the last eight In the Intermediate Cup sees three of the league leaders in the London 2 divisions remain in the competition and the draw has seen them all avoid each other.  Maidstone have received another home tie, and will face league rivals Medway,  the draw means that both clubs will bookend the month of January with cup and league fixtures against each other; whilst the other club from Ldn 2(SE), Crowborough have also received a home draw and will face Ldn 2(SW) leaders Ldn Cornish.  North of the Thames, Norwich will host Chiswick, whilst fellow Norfolk club Diss travel to take on Hammersmith & Fulham.

In the last eight of the Senior Vase, Bromley and Dartfordians are the county’s only remaining representatives and Darts have been rewarded for their win over Folkestone with a draw against Ldn 3(NW) club Stevenage  In fact all of the representation from north of the Thames are from the 3(NW) division with Bromley hosting league leaders Welwyn.  Other regional interest lies with Ldn 3 (SE) leaders Horsham, who have been drawn away against Fullerians; whilst the last of the fixtures sees Ldn 3(SW) club Ldn Exiles host Hitchin.

The Junior Vase is a round behind the other two knockout competitions with Beccehamians and Sheppey remaining as Kent’s representatives in the tournament.  The next round sees Beccs at home to Surrey based Camberley who along with Battersea Ironsides are possibly one of the favourites for the regional competition; Sheppey also have a home draw and will host Southampton from Hampshire Div 2.  A big win in the last round for last season’s regional finalists Battersea Ironsides sees them play host to Eastbourne in the next round.

The next round for all three competitions is to be played on Saturday 3rd Jan 2015, strange scheduling by the competitions committee when the 29th Nov is a vacant weekend.  When 26% of the scheduled fixtures have resulted in WO already, how many competition withdrawals the scheduling creates due to it being so soon after the Xmas & New Year holiday period, we will have to see.

Full details of the draw for all three competitions can be found at www.rfulondon.com

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 Next 1st XV Fixture

Saturday 6th December 2014

Maidstone FC 1st XV v Aylesford Bulls RFC, Away, KO 2:15pm

 


Other Senior Fixtures

Saturday 29th November

Mustangs XV v tba

3rd XV v tba

Development XV  v tba

Barbarians XV v  Sheppey RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 2:30pm

Veterans XV v  Canterbury RFC 5th XV, Home, KO 2:30pm

Sunday 30th November

Maidstone FC Late Red, Black & White XV v Aylesford Bulls RFC Veterans XV, Away, KO tbc

(See weekly round-up for all this week's fixtures)

Notices

Club End of Season Tour
posted: October 24 2014

Club Captain Ben Williams is organising a toyr to Gloucester at the end of the current season, the tour is open to all senior players (Over 18) and non players alike.  Ben currently has a rough idea of outline costs and times but with a better idea of the numbers interested a more precise cost can be worked out.  If you want to tour, there is a list behind the bar to put your name on. This is you committing to coming and a £30 deposit will be required by 15th November.

Outline Itinerary

Venue - Gloucester...
Dates - Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May 2015
Opposition - Gordon League RFC
Cost - depending on numbers £80-£150 for coach travel, accommodation and breakfast.

Rough itinerary
Friday: 9:00 am depart Maidstone (from club)
Arrive in Gloucester approx 12-1pm
Activity, open to suggestions but I can organise Bubble Football (google it!)
Out in Cheltenham Friday night


Saturday:  Arrive at club for an early KO about 2pm
Enjoy the hospitality of the club and head into Gloucester


Sunday:  Depart Gloucester about 10-12
Arrive back in Maidstone 2-4pm

 



Bar Staff Required
posted: October 21 2014

The club has need of two additional bar/kitchen staff to work on an occasional basis covering some Saturdays in addition to parties and large events.

If you are interested in helping out at the club, please contact Carol McKenzie via email for full details (click here)

 

 



Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities (updated 1st Nov)
posted: July 29 2014

Matchball sponsorship opportunities for next season are still available; these are inexpensive options that small companies and individuals can afford.  If any other club members wish to support the club, or feels that their company might be interested then please contact Bob Hayton.

The following home league fixtures remain available  (the immediate priority is the early season fixtures up to Christmas):

28 Nov v Harrow (RFU Intermediate Cup) - Taken by Gordon Diment

13 Dec v Deal & Betteshanger - Taken by Gordon Diment

20 Dec v Ashford

17 Jan v Thanet Wdrs

07 Feb v Sevenoaks

11 Apr v Crowborough

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Perimeter Advertising - Pitchside Boards: Limited vacancies remaining.
posted: September 12 2014

There are still a few places available for pitchside boards, could your company be interested? Have you asked them? The worst they can say is No!! So why not find out.

If your company are or may be interested the please pass details to Bob Hayton and the club will take it from there.



Volunteers Required – Pitchside Board Sales
posted: May 24 2014

 

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.



**IMPORTANT** MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS **IMPORTANT**
posted: September 04 2014

Stipulations to Membership from 01 September 2014:
 
•  Members owing subs from 2014/15 have until 30th September to sign up for DD or pay for the coming season in full – if not they will  owe for the previous season + the coming season before they can play again.

 • Existing players must have a DD in place or paid in full before taking part in any pre-season training.

 • New players joining can attend pre-season training but must have signed up to the DD or paid in full prior to first match.

 • New players joining during the season must sign up before their second match.

 • We acknowledge that particularly in the lower sides that on occasion non-member players may to be drafted in at late notice on an ad hoc basis. In doing so, they will be subject to a match tax of £10. Those fitting this category will be allowed to play on 3 occasions by which point, full membership will be required to be considered for further selection.

 • Failure to meet any of the requirements will render a player unavailable for selection until any accrued debts are paid.

 • If you are not a member, then you will forfeit all membership rights including Club representation, use of club house facilities, access to physiotherapy services provided and entitlement to apply for international tickets.

In addition you should also be aware that your entitlement to vote at any Annual General Meeting (AGM) or Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is dependent on your eligibility as a paid up member of the club.  The bottom line is that, to have a say in the way in which the club is run you have to actually be a current member.



Club Promotional Video - Spread the Word.
posted: July 04 2014

The 14/15 season is already shaping up to be exciting, both on and off the playing surface and as part of that process the club has produced a promotional video, so take a look and pass the word to yor friends and associates via your electronic and social media contacts.

Click here to view: PROMOVID



1st XV Kit Order Forms
posted: August 24 2014

1st XV kit order forms for non playing kit can now be downloaded from here for submission either direct to Kevin Bailey or via the 1st XV Coaching & Management Staff (according to the instructions issued).  Click here to download the form for completion and submission as appropriate.



SHOP NEWS
posted: July 04 2014

 

Training smock tops:  Black with Grey trim (note this is a change in colour from last season)


They are available in all sizes from Extra Small Boys (30") to 3XL (50") - see shop page for full details of sizes

The tops will come complete with Maidstone Rugby Crest to the front, Maidstone Rugby ball logo to the back with players name in white below.

These tops are £30 each (complete with all embroidery name etc) and delivery is anticipated to be two weeks from the order being placed by the Club - we anticipate that the order will be placed (subject to demand) so that the tops will be available from the start of the season

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £15 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS IS END OF 4th AUGUST 2014

Club Hoodies:  The price remains for this season @ £40 including embroidered name / nickname for Adult sizes with Junior hoodies up to LB's ( 36" chest) @ £33.50.


Please note that there is a limited number and sizes of plain hoodies in stock which are available now, which for a small additional charge can be returned to Samurai to have a name/nickname added if required

The order will be placed by Mid-September for delivery in November, subject to the minimum order number required by Samurai being achieved

Please e-mail Kevin Bailey with your details (see contact page) - £20 deposit is required when placing your order - payment options will be advised when ordering.

CLOSING DATE FOR ORDERS END OF AUGUST 2014

AND finally.................

If anybody requires a new kit bag {£30} or back pack {£27.50} for the new season - prices inclusive of name / initials please contact Kevin Bailey for further details (deposit required)





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Man of the Match

Man of the Match - 22 Nov 14:

For what ended up a tight battle that was a tough forward encounter, for his 'lead from the front' display today's Biddenden Vineyards  MoM award goes to Club Captain Ben Williams.

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1 Maidstone 8 39
2 Tunbridge Wells 8 31
3 Medway 8 30
4 Sevenoaks 8 25
5 Beckenham 8 24
6 Deal & Betteshanger 8 18

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