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25 Sep 16: Come and Support the Ladies XV on an Historic day at The Mote: Sun 2nd Oct

Maidstone  v Peterborough

Sunday 2nd October sees an historic day at Maidstone Rugby as the newly formed Ladies XV play their first competitive league fixture at The Mote when they host Peterborough RFC.  Many years ago when ladies rugby was in its infancy, the club stood aside as both we and Aylesford looked to build ladies rugby.  Other changes in the intervening years and also the growing popularity of the female game meant that aspect of the game could be ignored no longer.  Under coach Miles Tempan, starting with a handful of players 2yrs ago, the squad has developed to about 30 strong, with many of the ladies not having played rugby before the beginning of this year. 

Whilst they still have much to learn, they have a lot of drive and determination, a great team spirit and are developing in ‘leaps & bounds’ with each passing week.  So why not come along and give them some encouragement on what is a date of significance for both the ladies and the club’s history.

25 Sep 16: Around the Grounds

National 1: a 57-14 win over Fylde sees leaders Hartpury steamroller on at the top; whilst a 41-13 win for Moseley over Blaydon keeps them second with O Albanians third after they won 18-13 against struggling Rosslyn Pk.  DMP move into fourth spot following a 37-12 win over Cambridge, with Blackheath now fifth following a convincing 42-5 result against Coventry. Ampthill and Plymouth Albion complete the top half of the table with 29-37 and 19-21 wins over Loughborough St and Esher respectively.  At the foot of the table Blaydon, Fylde and Rosslyn Pk are the bottom three, just below Macclesfield, who lost 19-29 to Hull Ionians in the last of the days fixtures.

National 2(S): A 30-26 win against BSE keeps Taunton at the head of the division, with Chinnor in second spot after they hammered bottom club Barnstaple 76-5.  O Elthamians 19-22 win at Bishops Stortford sees them move above the Essex club into third place, with Redruth and Worthing rounding out the top six with wins against Redingensians (10-8) and Cinderford (21-15) respectively.  Canterbury sit in tenth spot after a 25-20 defeat at Clifton, whilst in the other mid-table contests Henley beat Exmouth 43-38 and Ldn Irish WG were 31-17 winners against Barnes.  At the foot of the table the bottom three places are all occupied by last season’s promoted clubs, with Barnstaple propping up the table below Exmouth and Barnes.

Nationals 3(SE): On paper the attractive fixture was leaders Wimbledon against sixth placed Southend, with the result going in accordance with early season form as Wimbledon ran out    12-34 winners, although second placed Guernsey slipped up, going down 22-17 on the road at Shelford, whilst third club Hertford move above them after they beat promoted Guildford 33-14.  TJs made heavy weather of last week’s trip to struggling Westcliff but there was no such trouble this week as they cruised to beat A&C 62-10 at the Slade, whilst Combe also had some difficulty in overcoming Westcliff this week, with an 0-11 result finally secured with the last play of the match. In the remaining fixture S&E edged out Colchester 31-22.  At the end of the first month the early challengers look to be sorting themselves out whilst at the bottom it looks like there are half a dozen clubs that could well be involved in the relegation battle, with A&C , the reprieved Westcliff and probably Colchester among the favourites.

London 1(S): A real reshuffle across the division with today’s results; an the top of the table almost all of the clubs faced off against each other, with CS Rugby’s unbeaten start coming to an end as the 23-13 result went in favour of hosts Sidcup who move up to second, with Cs rugby dropping to fifth. T Wells also won and go top after they faced a tough battle against Havant with a 27-13 result. Cobham move up to third following a 10-20 at Chobham, with Tottonians fourth after they beat a sluggish looking Maidstone 18-37.  At the bottom end of the division Gravesend inflicted another defeat on basement club G&F but the Pompey based club will see improvement in the 19-32 scoreline, whilst in the encounter between strugglers Brighton and Chiswick, the result went the way of the visitors 27-29 in a tight contest.  The last of the result saw Dover losing out heavily, 55-15 to Sevenoaks to leave them G&F and Brighton as the bottom three after four matches.

London 2 (SE): Medway romped to another convincing win as they despatch Hove 46-19 to maintain their perfect record, although Dartfordians lost theirs after a 39-10 defeat at Colfes.  The battle between third and fourth went the way of Beckenham as they beat Charlton Pk 25-20, whilst Horsham closed the gap with a high scoring 52-47 win over promoted Bromley.  Three clubs had yet to register a point at the start of the day but that all changed as D&B beat Crowborough 17-21, although bottom club Alleynians beat H&W 31-15 to move into mid table, leaving Bromley and Crowborough as the bottom two after the first month.

London 3 (SE):  The top two clashed as front runners Thanet travelled to Folkestone and came away with a 14-31 win, although third paced Pulborough’s 21-39 win at struggling Aylesford keeps them very much in the early season running as they moved into second spot.  Wins for Lewes at Dunstonians (48-8) and H Heath against Eastbourne (29-24) keep them in the top half of the table, whilst Anchorians comfortably came out on top in their encounter with rivals Sheppey (19-36) and move into fourth spot behind H Heath. In the battle between the bottom two clubs, and given their points deficit, the 32-5 defeat to Park Hse looks ominous and was a result they could ill afford.

Kent 1: At the top H&B remain unbeaten after they comfortably beat Beccs 38-3, Cranbrook sit second after an entertaining 36-36 draw at second bottom HSBC, with Brockleians third after a 0-38 whitewash of Sittingbourne.  Southwark currently prop up the table following a 25-15 loss at O Wills and are 4-points adrift of a group of clubs including Snowdown, who lost 37-22 at Vigo.  The last of the fixtures saw mid-table NAG lose out 29-18 at Kings Coll.

Kent 2: At the top of the table RBS slip to second despite a 22-12 win against Lordswood, with Foots Cray taking over top spot after they crushed Shooters Hill 52-0.  OGs sit third despite having no fixture, with Faversham in fifth place on the same points as OGs & Lordswood after they beat  bottom club Dartford Valley 46-0.  Greenwich are one off the bottom following a 10-23 loss at the hands of Bexley, whilst in mid table Erith lost 7-39 against Askean and Whitsable beat Orpington 33-10.

21 Sep 16: Reminder: Youth Section Competition (Update)

Please note that the deadline for the competition has been extended by Hospitality Finder to midday on Monday 26th September, so still time to get your entries in. Make sure you don't miss out.

Just a reminder to all of our younger members that midday on Friday 23rd sept is the deadline to get your questions in to Hospitality Finder in the competition to win signed shirts from Lawrence Dallaglio & Mike Tindall.

You've got to be in it, to win it!! 

The competition is open to all members of the Youth Section only; to enter, simply send the following details to competitions@hospitalityfinder.co.uk

·         Player name

·         Youth section name

·         Your question to Lawrence Dallaglio & Mike Tindall

·         Parent/guardian name

·         Email address

·         Contact telephone

All information is confidential and will not be shared with any third parties. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you on the Tuesday 27th September.

19 Sep 16: New Youth Kit

During the summer, Youth Chairs Eva & Tuggy were successful with their application for a grant from the Maidstone Leisure Centre Trust.

The application detailed the benefits to players in the Youth Section of having substitute coats to keep them warm and dry whilst on the bench or following an injury.

Despite a warm Sunday the U14’s were very pleased to be given 4 of the 32 jackets obtained from the £1,000 grant.

Being on the bench may prove more popular than usual on a wet, windy and cold December morning!

18 Sep 16: Club skipper clocks up a Ton

For the past few years, 1st XV skipper Ben Williams has been keeping a record of competitive first team appearances (2011-ongoing), this has been combined with the records that were kept by others in the club to look at playing members who have achieved milestone appearances.  Whilst there are some gaps in this, one milestone that did leap out was that whilst the club captain has long passed 100 1st XV caps, this past Saturday’s league encounter against Sevenoaks was his 100th as Captain.

Club President Jim Tinsley took a moment after the game to make a presentation to mark the occasion as we look back on a captaincy that has seen 2 unbeaten league campaigns, 2 London & SE Regional Senior Vase titles, the London & SE Regional Intermediate Cup and National Intermediate Cup, plus most recently the Kent Plate.  Not a bad record to look back on in years to come, and still going.

14 Sep 16: England Legends at Maidstone Rugby Club (Updated)

Maidstone-based corporate hospitality company Hospitality Finder is delighted to announce that brand ambassadors Lawrence Dallaglio and Mike Tindall will be visiting Maidstone Rugby Club on Tuesday 27th September 2016.

The England Rugby World Cup winning legends will be actively involved in coaching the senior squad and Hospitality Finder will also be running a competition for the Youth Section for an exclusive chance to meet and greet their rugby heroes.

Hospitality Finder’s strong ties with the game stem from the official rugby corporate hospitality that they have been providing at Twickenham Stadium for the past 15 years. They firmly believe in putting back into the grass roots of the sport and see this as a great opportunity to do just that by bringing their ambassadors and global stars of the game to this fantastic local club with which they enjoy a close very relationship, having been Maidstone Rugby Club’s primary sponsors for the past two of seasons.

During the day both Lawrence and Mike will be actively involved in coaching the seniors, adding their knowledge and experience from playing at the highest level of the game into the mix.

Off the field there will be an exciting competition for the Youth Sections of Maidstone Rugby, giving one lucky young player from each Youth Section the chance to ask their chosen question to these iconic ambassadors on the day.

The best question from each youth section and each lucky player will win a signed England shirt by Lawrence and Mike and have the chance to ask that very question to them in person.

There will also be an opportunity for players from the Youth Section to be involved in group photos with Lawrence and Mike in addition to autograph signings.

The competition is open to all members of the Youth Section only; to enter, simply send the following details to competitions@hospitalityfinder.co.uk

·         Player name

·         Youth section name

·         Your question to Lawrence Dallaglio & Mike Tindall

·         Parent/guardian name

·         Email address

·         Contact telephone

All information is confidential and will not be shared with any third parties. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you on the Tuesday 27th September.

Outline Timings

5:30pm           Lawrence & Mike arrive.

6 – 7pm          Youth competition: Winners filmed asking their questions to Lawrence & Mike

                        Group photos with Youth Sections

7 – 7:30pm     Training briefing with LD, MT & MFC coaching staff

                        Autograph opportunities (time permitting)

7:30 – 9pm     Training session

                        Brief filmed interviews pitch side with LD & MT (Potentially use a GoPro to get some first                               person footage from player(s) involved)

9 – 10pm        Post-session Q&A with LD & MT (filmed)

  Presentation of signed England shirt to MFC (which may be done as a “shirt exchange” for     photo purposes as MFC have a shirt for Hospitality Finder).

 

06 Sep 16: Youth Section – New Season Membership Mornings

As we start the new rugby season we will be holding membership mornings on Sunday the 18th and 25th September for all existing  and new members to complete forms and pay their subscriptions for the year.

Head coaches for each team will be able to provide you with specific details but let’s please try and get all the paperwork done over these weekends so we can all concentrate on rugby.

Julian and Marilyn will be on hand for you to buy or order items from the club shop.

On the 25th Bob Beney will be encouraging you to sign up to the Club’s very own lottery…the 500 club.  A small investment and potential big returns with profits going directly to the running for the club.

Of course the clubhouse will also be open for food, hot drinks or something stronger a bit later on!  

Wishing everyone a great 2016/17 season.

Tuggy & Eva

Joint Youth Chairs

News archive

 

London & South East Division

London & SE Division 1 (South)

 


Saturday 24th September v Tottonians RFC, Home, KO: 3:00pm

 

 


Other Senior Fixtures

Saturday 24th September

Mustangs XV v Dartfordian RFC 2nd XV, Home, KO 3:00pm (League)

Barbarians XV v Vigo RFC 3rd XV, Away, KO 3:00pm (League)

Veterans XV v Snowdown RFC 2nd XV, Away, KO 3:00pm (League)

 

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

Notices

RBS 6 Nations 2017: England v Italy
posted: September 06 2016

England v Italy: 26th February 2017

this match is not subject tyo the usual RFU allocation procedure and the club is able to bid for as many tickets as it would like.  Bids have to be submitted in October; anyone interested in bidding for tickets should contact Steve Vincent via the normal channels by no later than 5th October.

Junior tickets (15 years and below) are available at £20 each across each Category of ticket. The Adult ticket Categories are: £70, £63 and £65,

For Youth section applications, bids for over 15’s are not excluded however any application for tickets for those age groups will have to be treated as adult tickets. 



Situations Vacant - Ground Chairman
posted: August 13 2016

The club is looking for a violunteer to take on the role of Ground Chairman.

The key responsibility of the role is to  manage the maintenance club grounds/facilities throughout the year to ensure that matches can take place. To ensure that the rules and regulations regarding club pitches are respected and observed.

this is not intended to be a groundsman role although the ability to provide hands on assistance is beneficial, the role is primarily seen as recruiting & managing volunteers, and providing direction to the club on the requirements in terms of pitch & facility management and reparations as required.

For a full description of the role click here, members interested in volunteering for the role and making a direct contribution to the success of the club should contact Hon Sec Craig Tuffrey ivia the website Contacts page in the first instance.



Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 17 2016

 

This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise perimeter board 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.



Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
posted: July 12 2016

Shirt Number Sponsorship

All now Sold

Matchball Sponsorship

Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures; the Kent Cup fixture v Dover or Blackheath is also available but the date  for this is yet to be confirmed.  If you or your company would be interested in being the matchball sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:

3rd Sept v Tunbridge Wells (Sold)

10th Sept v Dover (Sold)

24th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)

8th Oct v Gravesend (Sold)

29th Oct v CS Rugby (Sold)

19th Nov v Chobham(Sold)

3rd Dec v Brighton

7th Jan v Sevenoaks (Sold)

21st Jan v Havant (Sold)

11th Feb v Chiswick

4th Mar v Cobham (Sold)

25thMar v Sidcup

8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham

 



Autumn International Tickets
posted: May 31 2016


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 and Australia, and an announcement will be published on the website for that process in due course. 

 



THE 500 CLUB
posted: June 15 2016

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 hereor 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: June 15 2016

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.





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In what was a difficuly day at the office for his work in both defence & attack, this week's MoM award goes to centre Craig Webb
 

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1 Tunbridge Wells 4 17
2 Sidcup 4 16
3 Cobham 4 15
4 Tottonians 4 14
5 CS Rugby 4 14
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